TREES – I See Men as Trees Walking – ALGUM/ALMUG TREE

By Kathy L McFarland

(TY200 – Lesson 11)

7/3/2024

The Mysteries of Trees – Algum/Almug Tree

Mark 8:22–26 (KJV 1900)

22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. 23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. 24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. 25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. 26 And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.

TY200 – INTERPRETATION CONFIDENCE CHART

  1. Typology known as fully God’s Truth concerning trees walking as recorded in Mark 8:22-26 (Those specifically, typologically identified in Scripture)
  1. Trees in Scripture identify the different Spiritual Lives that are lived on this Earth
  • Different parts of the trees walking with Christ are fully represented in Scripture as God’s Truth
    • Tree – Spiritual Lives of forgiven followers walking with the Lord Jesus Christ and producing powerful fruits of His.
    • Root – The foundation of a tree from firstfruit that is secured by a lump of clay that can grow and produce living works of fruit
    • Leaves – The preparation that LORD God makes for the coming events of living works.
    • FruitLiving works of the LORD God, done through followers (Branch) of the Lord Jesus Christ (Vine) at the guidance of the Holy Spirit with the spiritual life of a walking tree.
    • Seed – Word of God.
  • The fruit of righteousness is a Tree of Life.
  1.  Typology Known Confidently(Those represented in Scripture with enough frequency, sufficiency, and accuracy to reveal their typological meanings with full Truth of God unchallenged and supported by the Holy Spirit’s teachings)
  1. Almond TreeThe believer, as an almond tree, is a Christian leader, chosen by God, that watches over the works of Christians guided by the Lord, and the people he serves.
  • Algum/Almug TreeThe Spiritual Life works that honors the LORD God and guides Believers to come closer to Him toward the beauty of His Holiness through the Lord Jesus Christ. Musical worship and high praise are often expressed through these types of Christian works.
  1. Typology Known Probably (Knowledge of Scripture, God’s Way, Logic and common sense in the typological meaning can NOT be confirmed fully with the Word of God and the moving of the Holy Spirit)
  1. Typology NOT Known (Can NOT make even simple assumptions of the typological meaning because there is NOT enough frequency, sufficiency, or accuracy recorded in Scripture, and the Holy Spirit is NOT teaching deeper meaning)

Algum – 454 אַלְגּוּמִּים (ʾǎl·gûm·mîm): n.[masc.]; ≡ Str 418; TWOT 89b—LN 3.2–3.12 a species of valued tree, transliterated as algumwood, traditionally sandal-wood but some suggest a species of Juniper, see also 523 (2Ch 2:7[EB 8]; 9:10, 11+)[1]

2 Chronicles 9:9–11 (KJV 1900)

And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices great abundance, and precious stones: neither was there any such spice as the queen of Sheba gave king Solomon. 10 And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon, which brought gold from Ophir, brought algum trees and precious stones. 11 And the king made of the algum trees terraces to the house of the Lord, and to the king’s palace, and harps and psalteries for singers: and there were none such seen before in the land of Judah.

Teachings of Kathy L McFarland

Please first note the definition as it is translated into Hebrew. The transliterated noun shows that Hebrew Scripture calls this tree either Almug or Almugwood, while English speakers know it as Algum. Transliteration is what happens to a word in one language that does not correspond to another language perfectly and must use different or different-ordered letters.

We will be studying both Algum and Almug because of this translation difficulty.

Worksheet #1

1. Why do we study two different words, “Almug” and “Algum” for this specific tree?

a. The noun is transliterated

b. The noun is added later in translation

c. English words mean less than Hebrew

d. All the above

2. What does the Hebrew word אַלְגּוּמִּים (ʾǎl·gûm·mîm) definition for this tree?

a. Species of hard wood

b. Species of white wood

c. Species of valued tree

d. Species of ancient tree

3. What is the transliterated word for גּוּמּים אַלְגּוּמִּים (ʾǎl·gûm·mîm)?

a. Algum

b. Almug

c. Almug or Almugwood

d. Algum or Algumwood

4. What species of tree is probably its type as represented by Scripture? (Will be more than one answer)

a. Cedar

b. Pine

c. Sandalwood

d. Juniper

e. All the above

5. What famous woman met with the King in 2 Chronicles 9:9-11?

a. Ruth

b. Sheba

c. Delilah

d. Rebekah

6. What famous King is spoken about in 2 Chronicles 9:9-11?

a. Solomon

b. David

c. Pontius

d. Zechariah

7. What were the gifts brought to King Solomon by Queen Sheba directly?

a. One hundred and twenty talents of gold

b. Spices of great abundance

c. Precious stones

d. All the above

8. What was the nature of spices Queen Sheba given to King Solomon?

(More than one answer)

a. They were not known by Solomon before then

b. They were the same spices of Israel

c. They were unimportant because they represented natural life

d. They were valued as gifts from the LORD God to provide sustenance for Natural Life (Remember the teachings hints on the previous lesson about spices?)

9. What gifts were brought by servants separate from what Queen Sheba brought directly?

a. Gold

b. Algum Trees

c. Precious Stones

d. All the above

2 Chronicles 3:3 (KJV 1900)

Now these are the things wherein Solomon was instructed for the building of the house of God. The length by cubits after the first measure was threescore cubits, and the breadth twenty cubits…

2 Chronicles 3:6 (KJV 1900)

…And he garnished the house with precious stones for beauty: and the gold was gold of Parvaim.

1 Corinthians 3:11–17 (KJV 1900)

11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Revelation 21:10–11 (KJV 1900)

10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

Precious Stones, Silver, and Gold

Teachings of Kathy L McFarland

Solomon built the House of God. No longer confined to a large tent structure as a Tabernacle, Solomon built the Temple to contain the essence of the LORD God in the Ark of the Covenant, in the Holiest of Holy rooms. Precious Stones were used to add beauty to the structure.

Later, we learn that Christian works are tried by fire on their day of examination; those that did great works for the LORD God upon the Foundation of Christ would show either Gold, Silver, or Precious Stones for a reward. Those works that suffer loss would reveal Wood, Hay or Stubble (but their salvation would NOT be touched.)

We also learn the Holy Spirit of God dwells in each believer that has been baptized by the Holy Spirit Baptism, and that Holy Spirit dwells inside a temple of God and that temple is inside a believer. Guess where the gold, silver, and precious stones are exactly inside a Believer?!?

That’s right folks; those precious stones, gold, and silver are used to make beautiful the temple of God, inside a Follower of Christ doing great works for Him. It is the Holy Spirit that guides all works of a Christian to the highest levels, and it is the temple inside each believer that these different brilliant rewards are placed, awaiting the testing of fire. Isn’t that cool when Scripture comes together so perfectly?

Much later in Scripture, we learn that the Holy Jerusalem will have the glory of God inside her.

Her light will shine through a precious stone that it is made with, clear as crystal! Thanks be to God for sharing the beauty of His rewards and decorations for His Temple.

Worksheet #2

10. Who built the House of God?

a. David

b. Moses

c. Abraham

d. Solomon

11. When the House of God was completed, what Holiest of Holy things of God was contained within?

(More than one answer)

a. The Ark of the Covenant

b. The actual Presence of the LORD God

c. Nothing

d. None of the above

12. What is the room named that contains the Ark of the Covenant in the House of God?

a. Holiest of Holies

b. Priest room

c. Tabernacle

d. Sacrificial tent

13. What is tested by fire for Christians during Christ’s judgment?

a. Faith

b. Praise

c. Worship

d. Works

14. Whose works are tested by fire?

a. Works done through Christian

b. Works directed by the Holy Spirit

c. Spiritual works led by the Spirit through the Christian

d. All the above

15. What houses the Holy Spirit inside every Believer?

a. A Temple of God

b. An active blood system

c. The Holiest of Holies

d. None of the above

16. Where are the rewards for works placed in every Believer before the trying of fire?

a. Inside the Holy Spirit

b. Inside the Temple of God inside the Believer

c. The entire body of the Believer

d. None of the above

17. Who guides spiritual works of the LORD God to the highest level inside a Believer?

a. Believer in faith

b. Believer in doing works

c. Holy Spirit

d. None of the above

18. What will the precious New Jerusalem be built with?

a. Gold

b. Silver

c. Precious Stones

d. Wood

19. What will the nature of the Precious Stones have in New Jerusalem construction?

a. Holy

b. Clear as crystal

c. Every color of the rainbow

d. None of the above

Herbs

Genesis 1:29–31 (KJV 1900)

29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. 31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

We have NOT yet studied Herbs, yet they are an important symbol that touches the same Scriptures often that our Trees touch. Simply put my eager students, Herbs support Natural Life and Trees are the Spiritual Life of man. Just remember that small part about Herbs as we move on.  We will be studying herbs  in much greater detail in the next series  of lessons.

Worksheet #3

20. When did the LORD God give the herbs and trees?

a. In the beginning of creation

b. In the arrival of Christ upon Earth

c. After Christ’s Resurrection

d. Will arrive with the New Earth and New Jerusalem

21. What purpose are herbs made?

a. Natural Life Meat

b. Spiritual Life Meat

c. There is no hidden, deep meaning

d. Eternal Life Meat

22. What purpose are trees made?

a. Natural Life Meat

b. Spiritual Life Meat

c. There is no hidden, deep meaning

d. Eternal Life Meat

2 Chronicles 9:9–11 (KJV 1900)

And she gave the king an hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices great abundance, and precious stones: neither was there any such spice as the queen of Sheba gave king Solomon. 10 And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon, which brought gold from Ophir, brought algum trees and precious stones. 11 And the king made of the algum trees terraces to the house of the Lord, and to the king’s palace, and harps and psalteries for singers: and there were none such seen before in the land of Judah.

Gold, Spices, and Precious Stones vs. Gold, Algum Trees, and Precious Stones

Teachings by Kathy L McFarland

Notice how Queen Sheba’s gifts bring the best herbs ever known to Solomon as a gift to him and his wisdom. It was a special gift to enhance his Natural Life and show favor by Sheba.

The presence of these herbs suggest that it was Natural Life treasures that was given by Sheba.

Notice how the servants of Huram and Solomon brought Gold from Ophir, Algum Trees, and Precious Stones. The presence of Algum Trees suggest that it was Spiritual Life treasure given by the servants.

Both were the greatest of gifts. But we can be certain that with the inclusion of the type of trees brought by the servants as Algums, that Algum Trees are definitely a Spiritual Life level that honors God.

Why did the servants of Huram (Hiram) and Solomon bring Spiritual Life gifts?

King Hiram of Tyre provided materials to David for building his palace and to Solomon for building His temple. Tyre is famous for their giant Cedar Trees, and they figured predominately in the buildings. But, this time, during Queen Sheba’s giftings to discover Solomon’s wisdoms, King Hiram continues to send King Solomon Spiritual Life supplies worthy of the House of God that Solomon was building.

King Solomon used the gifted Algum Trees, to build terraces to the house of the LORD God, and to his palace, harps and psalteries for his singers. The text slightly suggests that Solomon gifted some of these special items made from Algum Trees to Queen Sheba since she had not brought those materials (2 Chronicles 9:12)

Terraces – 5019 לּהָסִ מְ) mesilꞏlā(h)): n.fem.; ≡ Str 4546; TWOT 1506d—1. LN 1.99–1.105 main  road, highway, i.e., an open-country thoroughfare used much, that is relatively wide and  maintained (Nu 20:19); 2. LN 7.26–7.53 raised structure, i.e., an unknown raised construction made of wood which has many differing translations (2Ch 9:11+) (NASB, RSV, NRSV, NJB, NIV) steps, (NAB) stairs (Tanakh) ramps; (NEB, REB) stands; (NKJV) walkways; (WBC) gateway; (KJV)  terraces, see also 5026; 3. LN 41.1–41.24 conduct in life, formally, highway, i.e., the way one

lives life as a figurative extension of traveling down a highway (Pr 16:17; Isa 59:7); 4. LN 1.26– 1.33 star course, i.e., a normal path which is routinely followed, as pertaining to a heavenly  body (Jdg 5:20); 5. LN 15.101–15.106 pilgrimage, religious trek, formally, highway, i.e., the act. of religious, often processional, travel to a holy place or site (Ps 84:6[EB 5])[2]

Terraces

Teachings by Kathy L McFarland

Note the tremendous amount of symbology contained within the word “Terrace” as applied to its meaning in Hebrews. You can be assured that every bit of the deeper meaning of Terrace is applied to the House of God that Solomon was building. He chose the Algum Tree to make the Terraces, because that was the steps that led into the House of God.

Figuratively, steps that lead to the house of God, made from Algum Trees, represent the steps of the journey of a Spiritual Life leading toward the LORD God.

Let’s just glance at another figurative meaning that is suggested by the  Hebrew word of a harp:

Harp –  5575 II. בלֶנֵ) nēꞏḇěl): n.masc.; ≡ Str 5035; TWOT 1284a, 1284b—LN 6.83–6.95 stringed instrument, lyre, harp, kithara, i.e., a musical instrument consisting of a strong frame, taut strings of animal or plant material, plucked to make melodic sounds, usually of a portable size (1Sa 10:5; 2Sa 6:5; 1Ki 10:12; 1Ch 13:8; 15:16, 20, 28; 16:5; 25:1, 6; 2Ch 5:12; 9:11; 20:28; 29:25; Ne 12:27; Ps 33:2; 57:9[EB 8]; 71:22; 81:3[EB 2]; 92:4[EB 3]; 108:3[EB 2]; 144:9; 150:3; Isa 5:12; 14:11; Am 5:23; 6:5+)4[3]

Psalteries for Singers 5574 I. בלֶנֵ) nēꞏḇěl): n.masc.; ≡ Str 5035; TWOT 1284a—1. LN 6.118–6.151 leather vessel,  i.e., a container made of animal skin (as a sheep), tied at the legs, with the neck as the spout to hold liquid (1Sa 1:24; 10:3; 25:18; 2Sa 16:1; Jer 13:12+); 2. LN 6.118–6.151 earthen vessel, jar, jug, pot, i.e., a container made of clay used to hold liquid (Job 38:37; Isa 22:24; 30:14; Jer 48:12; La 4:2+)

We have our famous one Hebrew word that means two different things. Or does it? You must wait for advanced lessons to find the depth of this combination!

Worksheet #4

23. What are the gifts of Queen Sheba to King Solomon?

a. Gold

b. Spices

c. Algum Trees

d. Precious Stones

24. What are the gifts of Queen Sheba to King Solomon?

a. Gold

b. Spices

c. Algum Trees

d. Precious Stones

25. What do the Herb gifts represent that are given by the Queen?

a. Natural Life

b. Spiritual Life

c. Eternal Life

d. None of the above

26. What do the Tree gifts represent that are given by the King of Tyre?

a. Natural Life

b. Spiritual Life

c. Eternal Life

d. None of the above

27. What type of tree did King Solomon use to build his Terraces to the House of God?

a. Algum/Almug Tree

b. Cedar Tree

c. Pine Tree

d. None of the above.

28. What does a Terrace symbolize in original Hebrew?

a. A Spiritual Journey

b. A Natural Journey

c. An Eternal Journey

d. All the above

Almug/Algum Tree – A Spiritual Life level that honors the LORD God and guides Believers to come closer to the beauty of His Holiness through the Lord Jesus Christ. Musical worship and high praise are often expressed through these type of Believers.


[1] Swanson, James. 1997. In Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains : Hebrew (Old Testament), electronic ed. Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

[2]  Ibid.

[3] Ibid.

TREES – I See Men as Trees Walking – ALMOND TREE (10)

By Kathy L McFarland

(TY200 – Lesson 10)

6/27/2024

The Mysteries of Trees – Almond Tree

Mark 8:22–26 (KJV 1900)

22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. 23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. 24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. 25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. 26 And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.

Our study first started from the healed blind man who saw men as trees, walking in Mark 8:22-26. We have studied many of the tree “parts” and learned their symbolic representations in Scripture.

In the upcoming weeks, we are going to study some different types of spiritual lives, represented by different trees in Scripture. As we mature as Christians, we find ourselves fitting into a very specific place in a very specific way in the Kingdom of God, and we learn about the spiritual lives of others that surround us in our Church led by Christ with each of us having a “path” to walk upon. As we learn to walk expertly as trees walking with Christ, we are developed by the Lord to our full potential.

We give up more and more of ourselves and get out of the way of the Holy Spirit as He creates the living works. Knowing our places spiritually walking in the Kingdom of God is an exciting step that grounds us and encourages us to improve our walking even more! Looking forward to the next walking journey with you!

Up to this point, our Scripture text has identified the different parts of a tree specifically. Most references to the different parts came right from our Lord Jesus Christ’s teachings. Now that we are moving to specific trees, it will become more difficult to find specific explanations. It is important that mature Christians, interpret conservatively, analyze correctly, and consider reliability when trying to understand the next studies. I will always be honest with you and tell you how likely or troublesome the interpretation is.

As mature Christians, you must figure the weight of Truth for yourselves. All the words within Scripture are INERRANT and always the Truth of God. However, lone references or scant mentions of something prevents full understanding of that Truth. I promise you that everything I teach, I am convinced upon 100% because of my advanced studies, and the Holy Spirit inside me that confirms it to me. I pray that as you study with me, you have that amount of surety also.

From this point on in our studies together, I will add an Interpretation Confidence Chart at the end of the page, as we study the different trees. I will support all my teachings with the evidence I have to confirm the meaning. Even then, some are lacking in enough firm evidence to confidently declare an interpretation as Truth of God fully. Please refer to this chart each time you study, so you can understand the degree of my certainty in the deep and hidden meanings of the different trees.

The Interpretation Confidence Chart will look like this (Please refer to individual studies in TY200 for proofs):

TY200 – INTERPRETATION CONFIDENCE CHART

I. Typology known as fully God’s Truth concerning trees walking as recorded in Mark 8:22-26 (Those specifically, typologically identified in Scripture)

1. Trees in Scripture identify the different Spiritual Lives that are lived on this Earth

2. Different parts of the trees walking with Christ are fully represented in Scripture as God’s Truth

a. Tree – Spiritual Lives of forgiven followers walking with the Lord Jesus Christ and producing powerful fruits of His.

b. Root – The foundation of a tree from firstfruit that is secured by a lump of clay that can grow and produce living works of fruit

c. Leaves – The preparation that LORD God makes for the coming events of living works.

d. Fruit – Living works of the LORD God, done through followers (Branch) of the Lord Jesus Christ (Vine) at the guidance of the Holy Spirit with the spiritual life of a walking tree.

e. Seed – Word of God.

3. The fruit of righteousness is a Tree of Life.

II. Typology Known Confidently (Those represented in Scripture with enough frequency, sufficiency, and accuracy to reveal their typological meanings with full Truth of God unchallenged and supported by the Holy Spirit’s teachings)

1. Almond Tree – The believer, as an almond tree, is a Christian leader, chosen by God, that watches over the works of Christians guided by the Lord, and the people he serves.

III. Typology Known Probably (Knowledge of Scripture, God’s Way, Logic and common sense in the typological meaning can NOT be confirmed fully with the Word of God and the moving of the Holy Spirit)

IV. Typology NOT Known (Can NOT make even simple assumptions of the typological meaning because there is NOT enough frequency, sufficiency, or accuracy recorded in Scripture, and the Holy Spirit is NOT teaching deeper meaning)

Worksheet 1

1. What Bible verse started the Mysteries of Trees journey in Scripture?

a. Genesis 1:1-3

b. Mark 8:22-26

c. Revelation 1-1-7

d. John 8:13-23

2. What were the Scripture words that alerted us to deeper meaning concerning the Mysteries of Trees?

a. In the beginning God created the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge

b. I see men as trees, walking

c. Daniel saw the tree as stairs climbing to the Heavens

d. Trees, trees, trees, everywhere are trees

3. Who spoke the words “I see men as trees, walking” in Mark that led us to the

Mysteries of the Trees?

a. Jesus Christ

b. The LORD God

c. Peter the Disciple

d. The blind man in the middle of being healed

4. Why must there be a chart in our worksheets that identify the characteristics of

typology?

a. There are varied evidence and proofs associated with the identity of trees

b. There is error in Scripture

c. Old Testament and New Testament disagree

d. All the above

5. Why should the Mysteries of the Trees study be restricted to mature Christians

only? (Short Essay)

6. What are the key rules concerning the study of Typology?

a. Interpret conservatively

b. Analyze correctly

c. Consider reliability

d. Holy Spirit guiding you with the Word of God

e. And it doesn’t hurt to have a knowledgeable and true Bible Teacher guide you with the Word of God and the Holy Spirit

f. All the above

WORD STUDY

IMPORTANT HEBREW NAMES

One of the first things we should examine when trying to nail down a full typology of a word, is the Hebrew word that is used to denote it. Biblical Hebrew likes to use very specific names that give good description of the words chosen, and often, symbols can be derived from the closeness of speech.

ALMOND TREE AND FRUIT – 9196 קדֵשָׁ) šāꞏqēḏ): n.[masc.]; ≡ Str 8247; TWOT 2451a—1. LN 3.2– 3.12 almond tree, i.e., a fruit tree with a beautiful white blossom with pink highlights Prunus amygdalus communis (Ecc 12:5; Jer 1:11+); 2. LN 3.33–3.46 almond nuts, i.e., the kernel of the fruit of the almond tree, eaten whole and also processed into oil (Ge 43:11; Nu 17:23[EB 8]+)

HEBREW VERB CONNECTION TO “ALMOND”: (Hint: Compare the Hebrew Word for Almond and the verb “to watch”)

TO WATCH OVER – 9193 I. קדַשָׁ) šāꞏqǎḏ): v.; ≡ Str 8245; TWOT 2451—1. LN 37.119–37.126 (qal) watch, stand guard, i.e., control access into and out of an area or persons that are valuable or notorious, implying care or duty for the object guarded (Ezr 8:29; Job 21:32; Ps 127:1; Pr 8:34+); 2. LN 23.66–23.77 (qal) be awake, i.e., not be in a state of sleep when one normally should, implying a nervous or anxious state (Ps 102:8[EB 7]+); 3. LN 27.55–27.60 (qal) watch out for, pay attention, i.e., be in readiness and alertness to learn information about an object or situation, implying an action will follow (Jer 1:12; 31:28; 44:27+); 4. LN 39.51 (qal) lie in wait, ambush, formally, watch over, i.e., conceal oneself and observe movements until an opportune time to attack (Jer 5:6+); 5. LN 25.68–25.79 (qal) be intent, have eager desire, be devoted to, i.e., have a feeling or attitude of earnestness toward a goal, as a figurative extension of carefully watching to learn information, or guarding an object (Isa 29:20+); 6. LN 77 (qal) keep ready, be prepared, not hesitate, i.e., be in a state of being primed and set to take an action, as a figurative extension of carefully watching to learn information, or guarding an object (Da 9:14+), note: for another interp in Ps 102:8[EB 7], see 9194; La 1:14, see 85675

Teachings by Kathy L McFarland

Can you see why looking at Hebrew words is so important?

The word for Almond Tree in Hebrew is קדֵשָׁ) šāꞏqēḏ)

The word for the verb “To Watch Over” is קדַשָׁ) šāꞏqǎḏ)

A little vowel sound changes only; and that sound change makes no difference to the hearing of the pronounced word. The Hebrew word for the noun Almond Tree and the verb “To Watch Over” are connected perfectly. When you see two different words, especially a noun and a verb, sound almost identical in Hebrew, it is certain that they are very related in Scripture.

Just by comparing Hebrew, we already know one aspect of the spiritual life of the Almond Tree. Someone experiencing the spiritual life of the Almond Tree will be “watching over” something! Most scholars focus on that connection and carry the “watch over” typology to Scripture representation concerning the Tabernacle tools.

How does this all fit together? Let’s take a journey in Scripture and check it out!

Genesis 43:8–14 (KJV 1900)

8 And Judah said unto Israel his father, Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go; that we may live, and not die, both we, and thou, and also our little ones. 9 I will be surety for him; of my hand shalt thou require him: if I bring him not unto thee, and set him before thee, then let me bear the blame for ever: 10 For except we had lingered, surely now we had returned this second time. 11 And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds: 12 And take double money in your hand; and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand; peradventure it was an oversight: 13 Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man: 14 And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin. If I be bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.

(Teachers note: We will be studying the Mysteries of Herbs later; however, I will give you a little hint. Herbs are provided by the LORD God to help people with their “Natural Lives”. Each herb has a different purpose. The herbs listed in this Scripture reference are especially favored).

Worksheet 2 (Genesis 43:8-14)

7. Israel instructed his son Judah to take the “best fruits in the land” to rescue their brother.

What were they?

a. Balm

b. Honey

c. Spices

d. Myrrh

e. (Pistachio) Nuts

f. Almonds

g. All the above

8. Which of the “best fruits in the land” belong to the “Herb” category?

a. Balm

b. Honey

c. Spices

d. Myrrh

e. (Pistachio) Nuts

f. Almonds

g. All the above

9. Which of the “best fruits in the land” belong to the “Tree” category?

a. Balm

b. Honey

c. Spices

d. Myrrh

e. (Pistachio) Nuts

f. Almonds

g. All the above

10. Which of the “best fruits in the land” are given to enrich “Natural Life?”

a. Balm

b. Honey

c. Spices

d. Myrrh

e. (Pistachio) Nuts

f. Almonds

g. All the above

11. Which of the “best fruits in the land” are given to enrich “Spiritual Life?”

a. Balm

b. Honey

c. Spices

d. Myrrh

e. (Pistachio) Nuts

f. Almonds

g. All the above

12. So, let’s narrow it down to our study of the Almond Tree and its fruit. What is its ranking amongst fruits?

a. One of the best fruits of the land

b. Equal to all herbs

c. Equal to all tree fruits

d. None of the above

13. Did you notice that the best of the fruits was to be placed in a vessel and presented as a gift?

a. Yes

b. No

14. What does the “vessel” remind you about?

a. The “vessel” that is used to contain and present to the Lord the tree fruits of your

labor in this life

b. A precious collection of gifts of works to your Lord

c. The Holy and Righteous works of the Lord through you in this lifetime, presented

with a reverent and honored fashion

d. All the above

15. The Almond Tree and its fruit, the almond, are one of the best fruits, and please the Lord!

a. True

b. False

Genesis 30:37–38 (KJV 1900)

37 And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods. 38 And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink.

Teaching Notes of Kathy L McFarland

Seldom are questionable words found in Scripture, especially the King James Bible; they are very rare. However, some scholars feel the author of Genesis 30:37-43 probably mistakenly identified the Almond Tree as the Hazel. Scholars think the Hebrew word of “luz” was used to probably speak of location (where almond trees grow) rather than tree. Regardless, it seems an easily correctable interpretation, when Bible scholars compare the Almond as the best fruit, to the Hazel, which does not qualify. However, for purposes of our study, we are going to assume that it is NOT a misnomer, that says Hazel as Almond. We are going to interpret conservatively and exclude this Scripture from deep study of the Almond Tree. However, I want you to be aware that Genesis 30:37-43 might qualify for deeper info on Almond, but it is not worth the risk to mistranslate.

An additional note: I firmly believe that the Word of God is “inerrant,” without error, as it is written in its original text. Sometimes, our enemy will try to suggest “error” in Scripture by pointing to this mislabeled tree. I’m a mature Christian and personally call this a “non-event” that does NOT constitute an “error” of Scripture, and the misunderstanding is my lack of knowledge for this word.

As mature Christians, you can decide for yourselves; however, be aware, it is a slippery slope when you declare the Word of God to have error. It is best practice to blame a simple case like this to be your ignorance, NOT God’s mistake, and move on.

Worksheet #3 (Genesis 30:37-43)

16. Why are we forgoing the deep study of Genesis 30:37-43 with concerns to the Almond Tree? (In your own words)

17. Do you believe that the original documents of Scripture are inerrant?

a. Yes

b. No

Golden Candlestick

Exodus 25:31–40 (KJV 1900)

31 And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same. 32 And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side: 33 Three bowls made like unto almonds, with a knop and a flower in one branch; and three bowls made like almonds in the other branch, with a knop and a flower: so in the six branches that come out of the candlestick. 34 And in the candlestick shall be four bowls made like unto almonds, with their knops and their flowers. 35 And there shall be a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches that proceed out of the candlestick. 36 Their knops and their branches shall be of the same: all it shall be one beaten work of pure gold. 37 And thou shalt make the seven lamps thereof: and they shall light the lamps thereof, that they may give light over against it. 38 And the tongs thereof, and the snuffdishes thereof, shall be of pure gold. 39 Of a talent of pure gold shall he make it, with all these vessels. 40 And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount.

Important Hebrew Words

BEATEN – 5251 I. שׁהָ קְ מִ) miqꞏšā(h)): n.fem.; ≡ Str 4749; TWOT 2086b—LN 19.43–19.54 hammered-work, i.e., a metal-crafted article made by artistically hitting an object with hammer to fashion (Ex 25:18, 31, 36; 37:7, 17, 22; Nu 8:4; 10:2+), note: see also domain LN 6.83–6.95; LN 6.102–6.105, note: some sources identify more specifically as an embossed work

SHAFT – 3751 ˂רֵיָ) yāꞏrēḵ): n.fem.; ≡ Str 3409; TWOT 916a—6. LN 6.106–6.117 base, i.e., the bottom of a piece of furniture that makes it stand (Ex 25:31);10

BRANCHES – 7866 נהֶקָ) qāꞏně(h)): n.masc.; ≡ Str 7070; TWOT 2040a—1. LN 6.106– 6.117 branch, i.e., that which is an extension from the base of a stand as a piece of furniture (Ex 25:32);11

BOWL – 1483 גָּבִיעַ (gā·ḇîaʿ): n.masc.; ≡ Str 1375; TWOT 309b—1. LN 6.118–6.151 container for drinking, drinking cup, drinking bowl (Ge 44:2,12, 16, 17; Jer 35:5+); 2. LN 6.106–6.117 flower cup, i.e., a representation of a flower-cup for adorning a sacred object (Ex 25:31, 33,34; 37:17, 19,20+), note: though this item has a container shape, there is no focus on the function of a vessel in this word

KNOPS – 4117 II. פתּוֹרְ כַּ) kǎp̄ꞏtôr): n.masc.; ≡ Str 3730; TWOT 1029—1. LN 6.96–6.101ornamental bud, i.e., a crafted figure in the image of knobby fruit of trees, as a relief on larger piece of furniture, as an art object, not a worship image (Ex 25:31–37:22 passim

FLOWERS – 7258 רחַפֶּ) pěꞏrǎḥ): n.masc.; ≡ Str 6525; TWOT 1813a—3. LN 6.188–6.196 floral work, i.e., an ornamental carving or casting of buds, blossoms, and flowers (Ex 25:31, 33,34; 37:17, 19,20; Nu 8:4; 1Ki 7:49; 2Ch 4:5, 21+)

Teachings of Kathy L McFarland

Does it surprise you that one of the special furnishings has a foundation (base) and branches? Me neither. The Works of the Lord are surely represented by the pure gold candlestick that gives light. Amen?

An interesting sidenote for bowls on the candlestick. See how the Hebrew word for bowls explains the container shape, however, “there is no focus on the function of a vessel in this word.” You can’t squeeze any typology out of something in the Word of God that has no function. The bowl on the candlestick is just a bowl; though it looks like a cup, it has no symbol of a cup, no use as a cup; it is just a cup shape.

The “beaten” forming of the candlestick is highly interesting; it seems an important requirement that it be beaten and not poured. Typologically, it shows how the Lord’s best golden works require a great deal of effort to fashion it perfectly.

Worksheet #4, Exodus 25:31-40

18. What was the holy Tabernacle furnishing made in Exodus 25:31-40?

a. Holiest of Holy

b. Ark of the Covenant

c. Candlestick

d. Basin

19. What was the candlestick made from?

a. Pure Silver

b. Pure Gold

c. Pure Copper

d. All the above

20. What does the pure metal used for the candlestick tell you typologically, when compared to the vessel of works?

a. It is the highest reward

b. All things of God are made golden

c. It follows the metal of silver in worth

d. None of the above

21. The candlestick was formed out of pure gold melted and poured into a form.

a. True

b. False

22. What were the parts to the candlestick?

a. Shaft

b. Branches

c. Bowls

d. Knops

e. Flowers

f. All the above

23. How many branches were constructed on the candlestick?

a. 5

b. 6

c. 7

d. 8

24. How many lamps were constructed on the candlestick?

a. 5

b. 6

c. 7

d. 8

25. What are knops?

a. Ornamental flowers, buds, and blossoms

b. Knots in the branches

c. Almonds

d. All the above

26. What is the candlestick made to symbolize?

a. Tree

b. Cedar Tree

c. Almond Tree

d. Fig Tree

27. If the Almond Tree was chosen to be in the Tabernacle, beaten into a golden

candlestick, and providing the brightest of lights, then it is worthy to consider the Almond Tree to be amongst the best trees recorded in Scripture, and typologically analyzed.

a. True

b. False

Numbers 17:1–13 (KJV 1900)

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and take of every one of them a rod according to the house of their fathers, of all their princes according to the house of their fathers twelve rods: write thou every man’s name upon his rod. 3 And thou shalt write Aaron’s name upon the rod of Levi: for one rod shall be for the head of the house of their fathers. 4 And thou shalt lay them up in the tabernacle of the congregation before the testimony, where I will meet with you. 5 And it shall come to pass, that the man’s rod, whom I shall choose, shall blossom: and I will make to cease from me the murmurings of the children of Israel, whereby they murmur against you. 6 And Moses spake unto the children of Israel, and every one of their princes gave him a rod apiece, for each prince one, according to their fathers’ houses, even twelve rods: and the rod of Aaron was among their rods. 7 And Moses laid up the rods before the Lord in the tabernacle of witness. 8 And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds. 9 And Moses brought out all the rods from before the Lord unto all the children of Israel: and they looked, and took every man his rod. 10 And the Lord said unto Moses, Bring Aaron’s rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not. 11 And Moses did so: as the Lord commanded him, so did he. 12 And the children of Israel spake unto Moses, saying, Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish. 13 Whosoever cometh any thing near unto the tabernacle of the Lord shall die: shall we be consumed with dying?

Important Hebrew Words

ROD – 4751 טּהֶ מַ) mǎṭꞏṭě(h)): n.masc.; ≡ Str 4294; TWOT 1352b—2. LN 3.47–3.59 branch, i.e., the non-fruit part of a plant (Eze 19:11); 3. LN 6.215–6.225 staff, rod, walking stick, i.e., a thick stick of wood (that the hand can grasp), of a length that the body can use as a support for walking, used for various functions of work or discipline (Ge 38:18), note: for MT text in Ge 47:31, see 4753;

28. How many rods did the LORD God instruct to be taken up?

a. 7

b. 11

c. 12

d. 21

29. What is a rod?

a. A branch from a tree

b. A staff

c. A walking stick

d. A thick stick of wood

e. All the above

30. What was written upon the rods?

a. The LORD God’s Holy Name

b. The head of each of the twelve tribe’s names

c. The name of each believer

d. All the above

31. Whose name was written for the House of Levi (House of Priests)?

a. Israel

b. Aaron

c. Zerubbabel

d. Moses

32. Who laid the named rods in the Tabernacle of witness?

a. Moses

b. Israel

c. Aaron

d. Zerubbabel

33. What did Moses find happened to the rods on the next day in Tabernacle?

a. One rod blossomed

b. One rod turned golden

c. One rod became magical

d. All the rods blossomed

34. Whose rod is it that blossomed?

a. Aaron

b. Moses

c. Israel

d. Zerubbabel

35. How did the rod blossom?

a. Brought forth buds

b. Bloomed blossoms

c. Yielded almonds

d. All the above

36. Why did the LORD God do such a dramatic choice?

a. The Almond Tree is the very best

b. He wanted the rebels to know His choice

c. He wanted to stop their murmurings so they wouldn’t have to die

d. All the above

37. (Contemplation) In Old Testament Biblical Times, the Priest Aaron, and later those that followed after him, were responsible for the works of their people as priests in the House of Levi.

a. Have you ever known a Christian leader chosen by God that watches the works

of the people he serves?

b. Do the Protestants have the types of leaders that the Roman Catholic Church

claims?

c. Do denominational leaders serve the same purpose?

d. Can lay leaders spiritual journeys be claimed as Almond Trees?

(These contemplation questions have no known correct answers. It is measured opinions. I would love to hear some of your thoughts!)

Teachings of Kathy L McFarland on Almond Tree (TYPOLOGY DEFINITION)

The spiritual life of an almond tree is the greatest spiritual role a believer can have on this earth. The believer, as an almond tree, is a Christian leader, chosen by God, that watches over the works of Christians guided by the Lord, and the people he serves. He ensures the very best spiritual works of the Lord are accomplished and lets the lights of the Lord Jesus Christ shine the brightest.

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TREES – I See Men as Trees Walking – Fruit (9)

By Kathy L McFarland

(TY200 – Lesson 9 )

6/26/2024

Mark 8:22–26 (KJV 1900)

22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. 23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. 24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. 25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. 26 And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.

The Mysteries of Trees – Fruits

We must realize that at this point in our study, we know what “FRUIT” means in our Scripture.

Fruit are the living works of the LORD God, done through followers of the Lord Jesus Christ at the guidance of the Holy Spirit!

Wow! Wow! Wow! That we are blessed so greatly by the Lord, that we have the powerful Living God doing living works through us. Thanks be to Him!

This next study we will be exploring works and rewards that are given by the Lord for our efforts. We have learned already that the more we rid ourselves of ourselves and make room for the Lord, the more and stronger works can be accomplished. It is the movements of the LORD God, Lord Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit that makes the works of God through us. Sometimes, in rare cases, angels are also tasked with helping the job get done. When every LIVING WORK is accomplished, there is rejoicing in Heaven. It is that big of a deal!

Teachings by Kathy L McFarland

Let us first quickly review what we have learned about the Mysteries of Trees so far (and remember that everything we have learned references Scripture). It all started with a verse in Mark 8:24, “And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.”

We learned that the Lord expected us to walk, and that trees had mysteries embedded within it throughout Scripture. If trees are our spiritual walking, then that is what we do spiritually. Right? So, in our spiritual walking, compared to the different parts of the tree, we can find out how to do spiritual works perfectly. And that is what our study has been about.

Mature Christians learn that “root” of a tree is the Foundation of Jesus Christ, and that the “vine” is Jesus Christ. The “branches” coming from that vine are identified as our efforts as Christians to do works that depended upon the Lord and Holy Spirit. He only allows the worthy growth of branches that conform to God’s will as He prunes back those unworthy. We learn that “leaves” come upon the branches that show flourishing and provisions made by God to produce works. Now we study “fruits” that are the final product, the intended goals of God to establish a purposeful work on this earth.

Matthew 12:33–37 (KJV 1900)

33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. 34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Spiritual Fruit Worksheet

1. What type of tree produces good fruit?

a. Good tree

b. Evil tree

c. Corrupt tree

d. All trees

2. What type of tree produces corrupt fruit?

a. Good tree

b. Evil tree

c. Corrupt tree

d. All trees

3. What does the word “corrupt” mean in this instance of Scripture?

a. Bad

b. Rotten

c. Decayed

d. Having no value

e. All the above

4. How can Christians discern between a good tree and a bad tree?

a. Examine the fruit of a tree

b. Examine the roots of a tree

c. Examine the branches of a tree

d. All the above

5. What type of works does our Lord Jesus Christ speak about in Matthew 12:33-37?

a. Those that glorify Him

b. Those that anger Him

c. Those that come from Christian’s mouths

d. Those that come from Christian’s efforts

6. Can an evil man speak good things?

a. Yes

b. No

7. In your opinion, can an evil man speak good things and trick you?

a. No, if evil says pretend words of goodness, those words would be recognized as

lies if examined carefully

b. Yes, evil can mimic good perfectly.

8. The heart, either evil or good, will betray itself in words spoken from the mouth.

a. True

b. False

9. In your opinion, can an evil person produce living works for God?

a. Evil is unable to do living works because they do not have the Foundation of Christ

b. Evil is unable to do living works because they are not led by the vine of Christ

c. Evil is unable to do living works because they are not filled with the Holy Spirit

d. Evil is unable to do living works because they do not have provisions made for

them by God.

e. All the above

f. None of the above

10. What are the works of evil called in Scripture?

a. Evil works

b. Sinful works

c. Dead works

d. Living works

11. What are the works of carnal men called in Scripture?

a. Works of the flesh

b. Dead works

c. Worldly works

d. All the above

12. What exists in each person’s heart, both evil and good?

a. Religion

b. Spirituality

c. Treasures

d. All the above

13. What type of words will the Lord judge on that Holy Day of Judgment?

a. Every prayer

b. Every word spoken idly

c. Every bad word

d. All the above

14. What does “idle” mean in Matthew 12:36? (Mark all correct answers)

a. Careless in consideration

b. Not working

c. Without thought

d. Useless

e. Ineffective

f. Not accomplishing anything

g. Indifferent

h. Careless

i. Lazy

j. Refuse to work

Contemplation

Proverbs 11:30–31 (KJV 1900)

30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life;

And he that winneth souls is wise.

31 Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth:

Much more the wicked and the sinner.

15. What is a tree of life?

a. Wicked fruit

b. Righteous fruit

c. Sinner’s fruit

d. All people’s fruit

Our Lord’s Words

John 15:1–18 (KJV 1900)

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. 16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. 17 These things I command you, that ye love one another. 18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

Teachings by Kathy L McFarland

Rewards for Fruits

Living Works – Fruits created by Christian with spiritual life as a tree, with roots of the foundation of Christ, with flourishing branches guided by the vine of Jesus Christ.

Dead Works – Acts performed by the evil, worldly, carnal, lost, and those with iniquities that are without God and life and void of the spiritual life of trees.

Vessel – Contains the fruits which are the works created by a Christian who has a foundation (roots) built on Christ and a flourishing branch guided by His vine.

Fruits – Works created by the Christian through Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit with the spiritual life as a walking tree.

2 Timothy 2:19–21 (KJV 1900)

19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. 20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. 21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

1. A seal is placed on the people belonging to the LORD God, and He knows the ones that are His.

2. Every person that comes to the LORD God through Jesus Christ must depart from

iniquity.

3. A vessel contains the fruits which are the works created by a Christian who has a foundation (roots) built on Christ and a branch guided by the His vine.

4. There are many types of vessels in the great house of Jesus Christ. Each vessel represents the works of a person of Christ. Those works form the great house of Jesus Christ.

5. There are many types of vessels in the great house of Jesus Christ. Each vessel represents the works of a person of Christ. Those works form the great house of Jesus Christ.

6. The vessels of gold and silver bring honor. The vessels of wood and earth bring dishonor.

7. Some works bring honor, and some works bring dishonor to the great house of Jesus Christ.

8. If a person purges himself from iniquity, his works shall bring honor to Jesus Christ.

9. If a person is sin-free and does works of honor, he will be made holy and prepared to do even more honorable works for Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:9–15 (KJV 1900)

9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Review:

Concept #1 – If you are a sinner without grace, no amount of good works will be rewarded.

Concept #2 – If you are a sinner without grace, you do not get credit by the LORD God for any works that you have done in your life.

Concept #3 – If you are a sinner without grace, you cannot be saved by your works.

Concept #4 – A sinner can repent from dead works and be saved by grace of the LORD God by, accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior.

Concept #5 – If your foundation is laid on Jesus Christ, but you have not produced good works that sustain the testing of fire, you will be saved, but will suffer loss.

Concept #6 – If your foundation is laid on Jesus Christ, and your good works sustain the testing of fire, you will be saved and rewarded.

Concept #7 – If sin is present during your good works, the fire of the Holy Spirit will burn away all impurities. The type of work is revealed by this fire and classified as gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble.

Concept #8 – If impurity is present throughout your works, you will have stubble, hay or wood which will quickly be burnt away. You will suffer loss.

Concept #9 – If no impurity is present throughout your works, you will have gold, silver, or precious stones. You will be rewarded.

Concept #10 – If your works are pure and complete and under the direction of the LORD God, the Lord Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit, the fire will reveal gold.

Concept #11 – It is very, very good if your works are classified as “gold”. You will

receive great reward.

10. There are six types of vessels built on the foundation of the great house Jesus Christ.

These six types of vessels are:

1) Gold

2) Silver

3) Precious stones

4) Wood

5) Hay

6) Stubble

11. The vessels contain the entire works (fruits) that a Christian has done in their lifetime on earth.

12. Gold, Silver and Precious stones are works of honor. Wood, Hay and Stubble are

works of dishonor.

13. If a person does not have a foundation built on Jesus Christ, he cannot have a vessel (works container). Any works that person does is considered “dead” works, because they are “without life”

14. Every person’s works will be revealed on Judgment Day.

15. Every person’s works will be revealed by fire and be tried to see what sort it is.

16. If the vessel (works container) is gold, silver or precious stones, the work will abide, and the person will receive a reward.

17. If the vessel (works container) is wood, hay or stubble, the person shall suffer loss.

18. A person with a foundation of Jesus Christ cannot lose his salvation. A person can suffer loss from dishonorable works but shall be saved.

Rewards Worksheet

1. How are a Christian’s works judged by the LORD GOD? 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (More than one answer)

A. If the works survive the revealing by fire, the Christian will receive a reward from the LORD God.

B. If the works are burned by the revealing by fire, the Christian will suffer loss.

C. The results of the works are not important. If a Christian tries to do good works, the LORD God rewards the effort.

D. If a Christian’s works are burned by the revealing by fire, his salvation is in jeopardy.

E. Even if a Faithful Christian’s works are burned by the revealing by fire, his salvation is not in jeopardy.

2. What criteria does the LORD GOD use to reward a person or cause a person to suffer loss? 1 Corinthians 3:10-15

A. Works

B. Faith

C. Holiness

D. Favor

3. “Work” is the thing that a person ________? 1 Corinthians 3:10-15

A. Does

B. Believes

C. Loves

D. Wants

4. What criteria does the LORD God use to save a person? 1 Corinthians 3:10-15

A. Works

B. Faith

C. Holiness

D. Favor

5. What are the six principles of the doctrine of Christ? Hebrews 6:1-3

1)

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3)

4)

5)

6)

6. What are “works” as spoken of in Scripture?

A. Acts performed in obedience to your nature with natural life as a Christian

B. Acts performed in obedience to the law of God with your spiritual life as a tree walking with Christ

C. Acts performed in obedience to your faith in God with natural lives of good people

D. Acts performed in obedience to your belief in God with spiritual life as a vessel

7. What are “dead works” as spoken of in Scripture?

A. Any works performed without the spiritual life of trees defined by Scripture

B. Any works performed without the spiritual life of trees defined by Scripture

C. Any works performed without the spiritual life of trees defined by Scripture

D. Any works performed without the spiritual life of trees defined by Scripture

8. How does the LORD God know the ones that are his? 2 Timothy 2:19-21

A. Their souls are light

B. They appear holy and righteous

C. There is a seal placed on them

D. They pray more often

9. What must every person depart from, that comes to the LORD God through Jesus

Christ? 2 Timothy 2:19-21

A. Family

B. Friends

C. Life

D. Iniquity

10. What is the typology for the word “vessel” in Scripture? 2 Timothy 2:19-21

A. Container for all the works (fruits) a Christian creates in a lifetime

B. Fruits created by the Christian

C. Evil works

D. Works of the LORD God alone

11. Whose house is the “great house?” 2 Timothy 2:19-21

A. The LORD God

B. Jesus Christ

C. The Holy Spirit

D. The Christian

12. What does each vessel in the great house represent? 2 Timothy 2:19-21

A. Works of a person of Christ

B. Works of Christ

C. Works of the Church

D. Works of Satan

13. What vessels bring honor? 2 Timothy 2:19-21

(More than one answer)

A. Gold

B. Silver

C. Wood

D. Earth

14. What vessels bring dishonor? 2 Timothy 2:19-21

(More than one answer)

A. Gold

B. Silver

C. Wood

D. Earth

15. What is honored or dishonored by works? 2 Timothy 2:19-21

A. The house of the Christian

B. The great house of Christ

C. The house of the LORD God

D. All the above

16. How does a person bring honor to Jesus Christ? 2 Timothy 2:19-21

A. Purge himself from desires of Natural Life

B. Purge himself from sexual desires

C. Purge himself from iniquity

D. Purge himself of vessels

17. What does Jesus Christ do with a person that is without sin, and does works of

honor? 2 Timothy 2:19-21

(More than one answer)

A. Jesus makes him holy

B. Jesus gives him rest

C. Jesus allows the world to recognize his contributions

D. Jesus gives him a leadership position in a church

E. Jesus prepares him to do even more honorable works

F. Jesus makes him prosperous and rich

18. What are the six types of vessels built on the foundation of the great house Jesus

Christ? 1 Corinthians 3:11-15

1)

2)

3)

4)

5)

6)

19. Which vessels are works of honor? 1 Corinthians 3:11-15

1)

2)

3)

20. Which vessels are works of dishonor? 1 Corinthians 3:11-15

1)

2)

3)

21. Bonus: How can the difference between the list of 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 vessels, and the list of 2 Timothy 2:19-21 vessels be explained? (Contemplation)

22. What type of vessel does a person have that does not have a foundation built on

Jesus Christ? 1 Corinthians 3:11-15

A. Hay

B. Stubble

C. Clay

D. None

23. What are works called that are done by a person that does not have a foundation

built on Jesus Christ? 1 Corinthians 3:11-15

A. Works of charity

B. Dead works

C. Fruitful works

D. Natural works

24. When will every person’s works be revealed? 1 Corinthians 3:11-15

A. On Judgment Day

B. At their death

C. When they are completed

D. When they are started

25. How are every person’s works revealed? 1 Corinthians 3:11-15

A. By wind

B. By water

C. By fire

D. By the LORD God

26. What results if the vessel is gold, silver, or precious stones? 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 (More than one answer)

A. The work will abide

B. The person will be promoted

C. The person will receive a reward

D. The work will fade away

E. The work will cease

F. The person will suffer loss

G. The work will burn

27. What results if the vessel is wood, hay or stubble? 1 Corinthians 3:11-15

(More than one answer)

A. The work will abide

B. The person will be promoted

C. The person will receive a reward

D. The work will fade away

E. The work will cease

F. The person will suffer loss

G. The work will burn

28. What else results to a person that has dishonorable works built on the foundation

of Jesus Christ? 1 Corinthians 3:11-15

A. He loses his salvation

B. He goes to hell

C. He no longer welcome in heaven

D. He will suffer loss, his works will burn, but he will not lose his salvation

Hebrews 9:13–14 (KJV 1900)

13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

29. What does the blood of Jesus Christ purge in a person’s conscience? Hebrews

9:13-14

A. All dead works

B. All sad memories

C. All shameful thoughts

D All the above

30. Who must “works” serve? Hebrews 9:13-14

A. The living God

B. The greater good

C. The True Church

D. The believer’s efforts

1 John 3:8 (KJV 1900)

8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

31. What types of works does a sinner accomplish? 1 John 3:8

A. Works of Natural Life

B. Works of the world

C. Dirty works

D. Works of the devil

32. What do the works of the devil become because of Jesus Christ coming to

earth? 1 John 3:8

A. Dirty works

B. Dead works

C. Evil works

D. Sinful works

33. What types of works, then, are done by all sinners? 1 John 3:8

A. Works of the devil

B. Dead works

C. Sinful works

D. Dishonorable works

Ephesians 2:8–10 (KJV 1900)

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

34. How is a person saved? Ephesians 2:8-10

A. Receives grace through faith

B. Receives forgiveness through works

C. Receives grace through works

D. Receives faith through works

35. What type of works can be accomplished to allow a person to receive salvation?

Ephesians 2:8-10

A. Holy and righteous works

B. Works of ministry and charity

C. Works for the homeless, orphaned and starving

D. Salvation never comes because of a person’s works

36. What is the spiritual word for what a person believes? Ephesians 2:8-10

A. Faith

B. Works

C. Iniquity

D. Thoughts

37. What is the spiritual word for what a person does? Ephesians 2:8-10

A. Faith

B. Works

C. Iniquity

D. Thoughts

38. What preparation was made by the LORD God for His chosen people? Ephesians

2:8-10

A. To survive the battle between works and the world

B. To walk in good works of Christ

C. To desire the works that the LORD God assigns

D. All the above

39. What statement of truth can be made about the LORD God’s workmanship

concerning every good work that is done? Ephesians 2:8-10

A. The product of the works is soon over

B. All good works are accomplished at the LORD God’s Will and direction

C. Works are given to all people, regardless of belief

D. The level of faith is directly related to the level of works done by a person

40. Why should a person avoid boasting about their works? Ephesians 2:8-10

A. Evil can destroy all works

B. Fame is short, and failure long

C. Boasting is vanity and unattractive to the world

D. The works are not prepared by you, but rather the LORD God and Jesus

41. How does a Christian achieve works of gold, rather than works of stubble?

A. Work hard at everything he does

B. Start each work with a prayer

C. Participate in noble and holy works

D. Let the LORD GOD and Jesus Christ use you completely

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV 1900)

15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

42. How does a Christian allow more use by the LORD GOD and Jesus Christ? 2

Timothy 2:15

Becker Bible Teacher Resources (biblestudydata.com)

A. Through prayer and meditation

B. Through study

C. Through faith

D. Through works

43. A good workman for the LORD GOD is never ________ ? 2 Timothy 2:15

A. Tired

B. Weak

C. Ashamed

D. Rewarded

44. How is a man of the LORD GOD prepared for all good works that He Wills? 2

Timothy 3:16-17

A. Through Scripture

B. Through sermons

C. Through the soul

D. Through mysteries

45. “Faith” is the thing that a person _______? 1 Corinthians 3:10-15

A. Does

B. Loves

C. Believes

D. Wants

46. “Works” is the thing that a person _______? 1 Corinthians 3:10-15

A. Does

B. Loves

C. Believes

D. Wants

47. The Mysteries of Trees teaches us that _____________ is the parts of the process

that receives rewards on Judgment Day.

A. Trees

B. Fruits

C. Roots

D. Branches

48. What happens to faith and works, without the foundation of Christ? 1

Corinthians 3:10-15

A. Faith and works will not survive.

B. Faith and works will not be rewarded.

C. Faith and works will suffer loss.

D. Faith and works will endure.

Teachings by Kathy L McFarland

In the upcoming weeks, we are going to study some different types of spiritual lives, represented by different trees in Scripture. As we mature as Christians, we find ourselves fitting into a very specific place in a very specific way in the Kingdom of God, and we learn about the spiritual lives of others that surround us in our Church led by Christ with each of us having a “path” to walk upon.

As we learn to walk expertly as trees walking with Christ, we are developed by the Lord to our full potential. We give up more and more of ourselves and get out of the way of the Holy Spirit as He creates the living works. Knowing our places spiritually walking in the Kingdom of God is an exciting step that grounds us and encourages us to improve our walking even more!

Looking forward to the next walking journey as trees with you!

TREES – I See Men as Trees Walking – LEAVES (8)

By Kathy L McFarland

(TY200 – Lesson 8 )

6/24/2024

Mark 8:22–26 (KJV 1900)

22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. 23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. 24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. 25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. 26 And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.

The Mysteries of Trees – Leaves

Welcome my diligent students! When we first met together, we studied about faith, which can only be gotten through the grace of God bestowing it upon us. There is nothing we can do that brings God’s gift to us, through our Christ Jesus. Then we moved on to study the Mysteries of the Trees. Remember that this study is NOT about faith, but rather, it is about WORKS.

Faith is something you believe.

Works is something you do.

And the mysteries of the trees are given to you to understand the fullness of works and the expectations of your Lord. Leaves are one part of that mystery, and we will gain great insight into the Lord’s will as we study them together.

Matthew 21:18–19 (KJV 1900)

18 Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. 19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.

1. Leaves on a tree do not necessarily mean that it will fruit.

2. If a tree does not produce fruits, it will wither away.

3. The Lord Jesus Christ did not curse the tree to wither it. The Lord Jesus Christ cursed the tree to “Let no fruit grow on these henceforward for ever.” This shows the significance of producing fruit that are standing in the midst of Christ. And it shows the insignificance of leaves only, without the fruit.

Mark 11:13–14 (KJV 1900)

13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. 14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

Mark 11:20–23 (KJV 1900)

20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. 22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

4. When the Lord Jesus Christ saw the fig tree from afar, he observed the leaves, and had hope that possibly fruit was upon it.

5. The fig fruit had not grown upon the tree because it was not in its timing.

6. The disciples of Jesus Christ audibly heard his curse. There was no doubt that Jesus was unhappy because fruit was not upon the tree to feed Him and satisfy His hunger.

7. The next day after the curse, the fig tree dried up from the roots. Our study has led us to know that roots are the foundation upon which the tree grows.

8. When Peter asked about the curse causing the fig tree to wither away, the Lord used that example of the importance of faith in God to accomplish works, no matter how big a project.

Teachings of Kathy L McFarland

We had put a large half-acre garden in to feed our kids. Everything was growing beautifully and fruiting in its time. The tomatoes had huge fruits on them. But we noticed one day that the leaves were dying. The plants had been doing so well, and were watered daily, and the dirt seemed good. The next day, we found all the plant leaves had completely withered away, and most disappeared. So, we had plants that showed their branches, no leaves, and big green tomatoes hanging from the drooping branches. By the next day, the tomatoes had begun withering and soon shrunk into wrinkled dead fruit because there were no leaves on the plants. Since a tomato plant grows tomatoes, and the dying leaves withered it, it seems it had no endurance to survive.

We come to the LORD God through His promise of salvation for those that embrace the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. That is FAITH; The LORD God gives the amount of faith He chooses. There is nothing we can do outside His Word.

However, our WORKS are also measured by the LORD God. We choose to give our lives to Him, to be guided by Him into doing the things He wills. Those that release their personal doings and depend upon God to guide their works have a great reason to survive and continue.

Those Christians that fail to do or consider works as directed by Him often wither. When their leaves cease, so does their fruiting.

Leaves are the part of the tree (spiritual life creating living works) that shows how it is flourishing. More importantly, leaves show the PREPERATION that God is making for the coming events of living works. If the branches (Christian) are bare after spring thaw, and no leaves by the beginning of summer, it is not flourishing, but rather, withering.

If it is not connected to the vine of Christ, it does not live. If it withers, there will be no fruit (living works).

Flourish means healthy. It is the rapid development, that is so alive with potential, fruits are assured. The Lord Jesus Christ expected the development of fruit by observing the leaves as they flourished; when the fig tree did not have fruit according to His timing, he cursed it. The potential of the tree was not the flourishing leaves; the leaves flourished so the fruit could grow (living works).

Let us consider that potential for a moment. It is a fact that when Christians begin doing spiritual works as branches of the spiritual life, that is rooted in the Doctrine of Christ and fed by His vine, we experience a supernatural something that is happening through us that we have not experienced in normal life. Things of Christ’s will develop quickly, as Christians are provided with all the tools and knowledge, they need to carry out the living works in His timing.

Sadly, confused Christians look at the “flourishing” of the leaves, and think that it is wealth, popularity, worldly desires, good clothes, and self-achievement, that develops so the works can be completed. That usually never happens in the real spiritual life of Christians.

The leaves that flourish in a working Christian’s life are often things like helpers, specific monies dedicated to very specific items, a movement of the Holy Spirit that increases the knowledge of the worker, faster timing than would be accomplished by a mere human, increased feelings of blessings that seem to surround the project, successful events that build-up to the works, a deeper understanding of the Word of God as situations develop, and the Christian is equipped with the next path to take.

Participants in the development of a communal work will see each other dedicated to the fruit, and not to the leaves. They are attentive to God’s will, and not worried about the comforts of life to themselves. Remember: The LORD God, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit move quickly and allow the preparatory works to flourish so the works can prosper.

One of the specific areas that I teach all Christian students, is the handling of money, donations, and real property that comes into their hands during this flourishing time. You are given that money to accomplish a very specific task for the purpose of developing a specific work for the Lord. If the Lord gives you new resources, you should spend every cent that is given for that specific work. He will not give you one cent more than you need to accomplish the very specific work.

Now, you are going to see a lot of Christian ministries argue with me on this point. They are going to say that God wants me to be rich and successful and powerful, and that His grace will bless me as I work for Him. That is not true. There is no Biblical support for this. Instead, we see that it angers the Lord Jesus Christ greatly when leaves “flourish” greatly upon a tree, but do not produce any fruit in His timing or will. If leaves flourish, you can be assured that every bit of that flourishing is to be attached to the new works that will soon grow.

Mark 13:28–29 (KJV 1900)

28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: 29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.

9. When the fig tree puts on leaves, we know that summer is near.

10. When summer comes, the fruit should begin fruiting according to the expectations of our Lord in Matthew 21:18-19 and Mark 11:13-14.

11. The branch is tender when leaves begin growing.

12. “Tender” means soft and ready to sprout.

13. When the fig tree branches are sprouting branches and leaves, we recognize the season of summer is near.

Matthew 24:29–34 (KJV 1900)

29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. 32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

14. The Lord wants us to recognize the time of His coming through our observations of the signs of the time, through witness of the tribulation, sun darkening, moon not giving light, stars falling from heaven, and powers of the heavens shaken. When the sign of the Son of man is in heaven, and tribes of the earth mourn, the Son of man will come in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (Come Lord Jesus, quickly!)

15. And when He comes, He will send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together his elect.

16. These events are timed by the LORD God, and no man can give you the date it will happen. Christ’s return to the earth timing is Top Secret. No one knows!

17. But Christ tells us that if we watch the season unfold, we should be able to recognize as signs He spoke about in Matthew 24, just as we watch the signs of the fig tree leaf in preparation for the fruit to grow in the summer.

Teachings by Kathy L McFarland

When we see the Christ’s leaves of preparation flourishing concerning the End Times of this Earth, recognize that preparation, and watch for His coming:

The Signs of the Times Preceding Christ’s Return

Matthew 24 (KJV 1900)

24 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. 3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before. 26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. 32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. 35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. 45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Teachings by Kathy L McFarland

Many strong Christians and Christian leaders are anxiously awaiting prophesized events in Jerusalem, to fully be able to declare with strong belief that the Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is soon. Certainly, in our generation, many of the signs of the times spoken in Matthew 24 have happened. The events in Israel, give promise that just maybe we will be a witness of the Coming of the Lord in our generation!

Certainly, we wait for Him, a bit impatiently, and many pray that He come quickly. Things are getting tough in life, and the world is rumbling. The strongest Facebook Christians are proclaiming the signs and working harder and faster to spread the Gospel of Christ.

We cannot know the exact date, but we can recognize the times, just as we recognize the times of the fruits of the fig tree developing through the appearance of the leaves on its tender branches. It is time for your faith to be solidly formed, your knowledge to be increased, and your spirit to soar with the Holy Spirit’s guidance. It is time to make certain you are strong and walking toward the LORD God, with the Lord Jesus Christ through the dedicated study of the inerrant Word of God. It is time to increase your efforts at witnessing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

As soon as that works is completed, the Lord Jesus can come back! Get to work! Come quickly Lord Jesus!

TREES – I See Men as Trees Walking – BRANCH (7)

By Kathy L McFarland

(TY200 – Lesson 7)

6/18/2024

Mark 8:22–26 (KJV 1900)

22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. 23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. 24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. 25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. 26 And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.

The Mysteries of Trees – Branch

John 15:1–8 (KJV 1900)

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

1. The Lord Jesus Christ represents the vine in Scripture. (v. 1)

a. True

b. False

2. The Father LORD God represents the husbandman in Scripture. (v. 1)

a. True

b. False

3. Christ’s disciples represent the branches in Scripture that produce much fruit. (v. 2)

a. True

b. False

4. What type of vine is Christ?

a. Grape

b. Wine

c. True

d. Beautiful

5. What happens to the branches that do not fruit?

a. They are purged

b. They are plucked

c. They are set afire

d. They are taken away

6. Who takes the branches away?

a. The Vine (Jesus Christ)

b. The Husbandman (LORD God)

c. The Branch (Christian)

d. All the above

7. What happens to the branches that bear fruit?

a. It is taken away

b. It is purged

c. It is picked

d. None of the above

8. What does purge mean?

a. To clean

b. To prune

c. To remove unproductive wood

d. All the above

9. What type of fruit does the branch bear if it is not attached to the Vine of Christ?

a. A little fruit

b. Many fruits

c. No fruits

d. None of the above

10. What does “abide” mean in verse 4?

a. Stay

b. Continue to exist

c. Remain

d. All the above

11. What happens if the branch and the vine remain together?

a. A little fruit

b. Many fruits

c. No fruits

d. None of the above

12. What happens to a Christian’s branch of works if removed from Christ’s vine?

a. The branch is cast forth as a branch

b. The branch is withered

c. Men gather them up and burn them

d. All the above

13. Check out verse 7! It is a unique, singular idea that is often overlooked. If Christians remain with Christ as they create their branches, how will Christ remain with them?

a. Actual presence

b. Present within their hearts

c. Through His Word of God

d. Through angels

14. Can great and many fruits grow from a Christian branch without knowing the Word of God?

a. No.

b. No.

c. No.

d. All the above

15. What is Jesus talking about when He says ask for anything and it will be done?

a. All things in a Christian life

b. Lottery wins, rich rewards, new house, new clothes, etc.

c. Victory, Victory, Victory in personal projects

d. Works of God from a strong branch abiding in Christ

16. What makes you a disciple of Christ?

a. When the LORD God is glorified as you abide in Christ

b. When great fruits come from strong Christian branches

c. When you go to church every Sunday

d. When you post on the Internet great Christian memes without direction from the

Lord

Teachings from Kathy L McFarland

Let us think upon the vine that grows from trees, with runners that connect other foundations, trees, and locations. Jesus Christ is that Vine, and He is continually making connections for His ministry. As branches, we mature Christians pick up signals from the Vine, the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit within us, and begin to grow our branches strong from the Vine of Christ. When it is a new work, especially, we might start a few branches as we determine the direction that the LORD God would have us move.

I was brought to Facebook a few years ago. I did not know why. Immediately, I saw the brilliant ministries of many, and the confused ministries of some.

I begin praying. I started several branches. One branch connected to the other growing ministries. One branch was starting to grow toward the false ministries and try to shut them down. One branch was growing toward helping in the cause of the hungry, orphans and widows. One branch was making friendships on Messenger so I could know people in depth. One branch was giving small Bible Lessons to

mature Christians.

Immediately, many of the branches were taken away by the LORD God. The Holy Spirit within me kept saying to me “STAY IN YOUR LANE.” This was spoken by my close family and friends in my personal life, friends in Facebook, and whispered strongly to me every time I prayed. Soon, a very strong branch began producing fruits when I moved to teaching detailed, deep Bible Studies to mature Christians on Facebook. Any unneeded “stuff” that gathers on that strong branch with many fruits will be purged; the “stuff” will be removed by the LORD God, so the full growth of the fruit can happen. I am in my lane and They are in Their lanes as we work together in the Mysteries of the Trees.

The same type of experience in the growth of branches and fruit is happening to many Facebook ministries today. The vine of Christ is running in the midst of all of His true ministries. It is evident that many of these ministries have strong branches and fruit growing. It is also very evident that many strong ministries are joined together by that vine, as each of us stay in our own lane, and do what we do best. Those blessed by the Lord to receive His Mysteries of His Tree should see an increase of fruits growing from their branches, as these teachings are applied to their ministry.

What exciting times we live in! How honored I am to be a part of the big ministry effort in Facebook! Stay in your lanes and apply the new teachings of God to bring forth stronger branches and many fruits!

Romans 11:16–24 (KJV 1900)

16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. 17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. 19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. 20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. 23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. 24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?

17. How do we know the status of the lump if the firstfruits planted within are holy?

a. The lump it is planted in is holy if the firstfruits are holy

b. The lump does not need to be holy for the firstfruits to be planted.

c. The lump can be holy and the firstfruits evil, still creating a holy fruit

d. The lump’s nature of holy or carnel does not make a difference

18. (True or False) If the firstfruit is holy, then the lump is holy. If the root is holy, so are the branches.

a. True

b. False

19. What should branches taken from a wild olive tree and grafted to a cultivated olive tree, whose root identifies its nature? (Written Answer)

20. (True or False) The branches grafted into a great natural tree should not boast, because it is the roots of that cultivated tree that make it holy.

a. True

b. False

Teachings by Kathy L McFarland

SPOILERS! The olive tree represents the covenant nation of Israel. The wild olive tree

represents the Gentiles. When the Gentiles are grafted into the natural olive tree, they have become Christians through their faith in the salvation and walk with Christ. Though many Jews have fallen away because they were unable to keep the law and made blind and deaf by the LORD God for a while, there still are spiritually enlightened Jews of the covenant with the LORD God.

We, as Christians are grafted into that tree. Christians are warned not to get proud and haughty, lest the same pruning happen to us as did the disobedient Jews. And it is important to note that the original olive tree is still holy, with firstfruits, lump, roots, tree, and that holiness transfers to Christians anointed with the spiritual enlightenment of the olive tree.

The remnant of law-abiding Jews, still under the covenant with the LORD God, are holy. It is their roots that make grafted Christians’ holy, not the other way around. Christians should never be lording it over the Jews, for it is the obedient Jewish olive tree that shared their holiness with us.

21. Let us think upon the natural branches of the olive tree, and the addition of the grafting of Christian branches. Why were the Christian branches initially broken off from the wild olive tree?

a. To add spiritual enlightenment to the natural olive tree

b. To add holiness to the natural olive tree

c. To remove the Christian from unrighteousness and add to the natural olive tree

to obtain holiness

d. None of the above

22. Christians stand by:

a. Law

b. Obedience

c. Faith

d. Worship

23. What attitude should Christians hold by being grafted into the natural Olive Tree?

a. Pride

b. Highminded

c. Fearful

d. None of the above

24. (True or False) The disobedient Jews had their natural branches broken off the Olive

Tree.

a. True

b. False

25. (True or False) The obedient Jews are represented by the natural Olive Tree.

a. True

b. False

26. (True or False) The Gentiles who accepted Christ as Savior were grafted from the Wild

Olive Tree.

a. True

b. False

27. (True or False) When the Christians were grafted into the natural Olive Tree, the

remnant of obedient Jews were made Holy.

a. True

b. False

28. (True or False) When the Christians were grafted into the natural Olive Tree, the

remnant of obedient Jews made the Christians Holy through their roots.

a. True

b. False

Matthew 24:29–33 (KJV 1900)

29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. 32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

29. What time is spoken about by the Lord in Matthew 24:29?

a. After the Tribulation

b. After the Rapture

c. Before the Rapture

d. After the Judgement Seat of Christ

30. What will happen to the sun when Tribulation ends?

a. It will fall from the heavens

b. It will be shaken

c. It will not give light

d. It will be darkened

31. What will happen to the moon when Tribulation ends?

a. It will fall from the sky

b. It will shine brightly and magnify miracles of the Lord

c. It will not give light

d. It will be darkened

32. What will happen to the stars when Tribulation ends?

a. They will fall from the sky

b. They will twinkle with God’s glory

c. They will not give light

d. They will be darkened

33. What drama is occurring in Heaven as Tribulation ends and the sun, moon, and stars are stopped?

a. Lucifer is being thrown from Heaven

b. The powers in the Heavens shall be shaken

c. All the angels will surround the LORD God to protect Him

d. Rapture of those on earth will occur

34. What happens immediately after the powers in the Heaven are shaken?

a. The sign of the Son of man will be seen in heaven

b. Rapture!

c. Judgment

d. The wrath of God is unleashed

35. What will all the tribes on earth do when they see the sign of Christ in the heaven?

a. They will praise the LORD God

b. They will sing their songs of joy

c. They will mourn

d. They will quietly celebrate Shabbat Shalom

36. What is inferred by verse 30, when the tribes react to the sign of Christ in the heaven?

a. The tribes recognize the Lord Jesus Christ fully for the first time

b. The tribes realize that they will soon be cast into Hell

c. The tribes see how influential their own walk in the law was to Christian faith

d. All the above

37. What do the tribes on earth see after the sign of Christ is seen in the Heavens?

a. The Son of Man coming down from Heavens to the Earth

b. The Son of Man descending from the clouds in the sky to the Earth

c. The power and great glory of the Son of Man coming to Earth for all to see

d. All the above

38. How will the Lord Jesus Christ come from the clouds to the Earth?

a. With quiet humbleness

b. With joyful noise to the LORD God

c. With an orchestra and choir of angels making holy in His arrival

d. With power and great glory

39. Who will be gathered together after Tribulation?

a. The faithful alive on Earth

b. The followers of the law on Earth

c. The elect from Heaven

d. The elect from Earth

40. What shall gather those in Heaven together?

a. Four winds

b. Trumpeters

c. Angels

d. All the above

Teachings from Kathy L McFarland

Ok, my precious students. End Times things are always overwhelming and sometimes confusing. But I want you to take a breath and realize one thing. This dramatic entrance of our Lord Jesus Christ, accompanied by the elect in Heaven, will arrive at the sound of trumpets after Tribulation.

The fig tree has been chosen to signal the coming of these events by our Lord. Will the faithful Church of Christ be present for the Tribulation? Or the three and a half years of it? Or the full of it? We will study that much later.

Right now, we must focus upon the fig tree that will be a key component for His people to see that Tribulation is soon at hand. What does the fig tree represent? We will discover that later in our full examination of the trees. But, right now, let’s look at what evidence we can gain by studying the branch of the fig tree from this verse.

Matthew 24:32–33 (KJV 1900)

32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

41. What do you know about a branch when it is yet tender and puts forth leaves?

a. It is Spring

b. It is Summer

c. It is Autumn

d. It is Winter

42. Our Lord is sure that we will recognize the time “it” is near and at our doors. What is the “it” mean is at hand?

a. Tribulation

b. Rapture

c. Judgement

d. Graves opening

Teachings from Kathy L McFarland

When we keep it simple and study exactly what the Word of God tells us, sometimes we can at least gain a sense of the difficult passages. I suggest to you that if Christ is speaking of the other events in End Times, they will be easily recognizable and not require our knowing to survive. The only time that we would need to discern is the Time of Tribulation. Therefore, just as we predict summer by the coming of the tender branch and leaves, so we can predict the Time of Tribulation as Christ’s End Times.

So, before Tribulation comes, it will be like the Fig Tree with tender branches and growing leaves as it does in the Summer. We will study it in detail with the other trees in the future. But when the fig tree is at its summer growth stage, the Tribulation will happen. It’s not during the winter growth stage where everything is hibernated and not growing, nor in the spring when the tree begins anew. Right in the middle of the growth stage to prepare for fruits, Tribulation will arrive.

Let’s put it in simple terms! I pray that me, and my house, and my students, and my friends, and my family, that are committed to following Jesus Christ, will be working, and trying to produce Holy Spirit works right to the time of Tribulation. Everyone say Amen because that is what we are doing right now!

Facebook ministry, local churches, and dedicated institutions are working hard, every day, to grow the fruits. The signs seem ominously close that Tribulation might be at hand; so, we work harder and harder to produce the fruits that bring glory to the Father in Heaven.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Great care must be taken that typological concepts are only defined by the Word of God. It is best if you find a righteous, mature, truthful, scholarly, Holy Spirit-filled Bible Teacher to confirm your ideas to assign meaning to symbols. So far in this study, we have been extremely blessed that the Lord Jesus Christ tells us exactly what the meanings are. As our studies progress, we will be required to combine several Scriptures to fully understand the symbology and typology. If you do not proceed with caution, you can do terrible wrongs in your

interpretation and go as far as to change God’s Word.

Here is an example. Christ told us Himself that Christians were branches. And we can depend upon that definition throughout the New Testament when the Word speaks of works. But in the Old Testament, Daniel identifies branches in an interpretation of dreams as “three days.” (Genesis 40:12) Now a skilled scholar that is blessed with the Mysteries of the LORD God would more than likely be able to connect Old Testament and New Testament symbols, sometimes. But unskilled

readers of the Word of God could easily become confused.

My goal as your Bible Teacher is to show you the Mysteries of God through His Word, so you can grow your ministry for more fruits, and perfect your Christian Walk. Perhaps some of you are interested in studying in detail the hidden Word of God. That should be put aside for a later date as you begin to start learning new things of God. First, let me and the Word of God lead you until you have received what He wills.

TREES – I See Men as Trees Walking – ROOTS (6)

By Kathy L McFarland

(TY200 – Lesson 5)

6/18/2024

Mark 8:22–26 (KJV 1900)

22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. 23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. 24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. 25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. 26 And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.

The Mysteries of Trees – Root

Romans 11:16–18 (KJV 1900)

16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. 17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; 18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

1. What must be holy before the root of trees can grow holy?

a. Firstfruit

b. Lump (of clay)

c. Branches

d. May be more than one answer

2. (True or False) The branches bear the root and make the tree holy.

a. True

b. False

3. What is likely to have caused the Firstfruit and lump of clay to be holy? (To be

proven later in our studies together)

a. Attending church

b. Giving to the orphans, widows, and oppressed

c. Establishing a strong Foundation of Jesus Christ according to Hebrews 6:1-3

d. I just don’t want to answer that one until I learn it.

Matthew 3:10 (KJV 1900)

10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

4. How is a tree cut down if it does not bear good fruit?

a. By its branches

b. By its fruits

c. By its firstfruits

d. By its roots

5. What is used to cut a tree down?

a. Hammer

b. Axe

c. Fire

d. Evangelist

6. Why is the tree cut down?

a. Bad fruit

b. Wrong religion

c. Poverty and sickness

d. All the above

7. What happens to the tree that is cut down?

a. It is cast into the fire

b. It goes to Hell

c. It is rebaptized and restored

d. It is made into something holy

Matthew 13:3–9 (KJV 1900)

3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

8. What type of soil did the seeds fall upon in stony places?

a. Missing grace

b. Missing God

c. Missing soil

d. Missing water

9. How quickly did the seed that fell on stony places grow?

a. It took a long time for them to grow

b. It sprung up quickly

c. It died and never grew

d. Some grew, some didn’t

10. Why did the seed grow as it did?

a. The earth was too deep

b. The earth was too shallow

c. The earth was too hard

d. The earth was too wet

11. What might represent the difficulties of the shallowness of the earth (will learn in detail later in our studies together)?

a. Lack of religion

b. Lack of doctrine

c. Lack of faith

d. Lack of endurance

e. I just don’t want to answer that one until I learn it.

12. What happened to the seed planted amongst the stones when the sun came up?

a. It grew strong

b. It withered away

c. It provided shade for the other plants

d. It grew with the other plants as they held each other up

13. Why did the seed planted in shallow earth perish?

a. It had no root

b. It had no water

c. It had no fruit

d. All the above

Matthew 13:18–23 (KJV 1900)

18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

14. What was the difficulty that the seed planted amongst stony places experienced?

a. It could not hear the Word of God

b. It could not endure

c. It could not participate in the world

d. All the above

15. What might represent the difficulties of the shallowness of the earth (will learn in detail later in our studies together)?

a. Lack of religion

b. Lack of doctrine

c. Lack of faith

d. Lack of endurance

e. I learned it from my Lord Jesus Christ and will answer it

16. What causes the root to be unable to sustain life?

a. Persecution

b. Tribulation

c. Poverty

d. Cults

17. Why does trouble come to the seed on stony ground?

a. Because it is alone without friends

b. Because it is separated from its church family

c. Because it hears the Word of God

d. Because it is not giving enough to the world

18. How quickly does the stony placed seed survive?

a. It endures for a while

b. It endures for a long time

c. It dies immediately after it begins growing

d. It dies quickly after being sown

19. What was the emotion experienced by the seed sown on stony ground when it first heard the Word of God?

a. Relief

b. Sadness

c. Rejection

d. Joy

20. What was the emotion experienced by the seed sown on stony ground when troubles came to it?

a. Joy

b. Sadness

c. Offense

d. Rejection

21. What does the word offense mean as it is used in Matthew 13:21?

a. Exhibit anger

b. Praise God with joy

c. Cease believing

d. Hurt feelings

Matthew 13:24–30 (KJV 1900)

24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

22. What type of seed did the Sower spread in the Parable of the Tares?

a. Good

b. Bad

c. Weed-filled

d. Dead

23. What is the purpose of the Parable of the Tares?

a. To show farming techniques

b. To show preferable earth to plant seed

c. To show the value of weeds

d. To show what the kingdom of heaven is like

24. (True or False) The weeds were already present when the Sower seeded the

ground.

a. True

b. False

25. Who sowed the tares among the wheat?

a. The Sower

b. The righteous farmer

c. The enemy

d. The worldly

26. What are tares ?

a. Spots in the garden where nothing grows

b. Weeds

c. Wheat

d. Chasms between the rows of dirt

27. Why did the Sower not want to weed the garden that he had sowed?

a. It would root up the good plants with the bad weeds

b. It would be easier to gather weeds and plants together in harvest

c. It would be easier to separate the tares from the wheat at harvest

d. All the above

28. What happens to the tares gathered at harvest?

a. They are bound together

b. They are gathered first

c. They are bundled for burning

d. All the above

29. Where is the wheat gathered?

a. Into the owner’s barn

b. Into the field

c. Into the silo

d. Into the servant’s supply

30. How does the Parable of the Tares connect to the Kingdom of Heaven? (Short

Essay Answer)

Matthew 21:18–20 (KJV 1900)

18 Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. 19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. 20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!

Mark 11:20–23 (KJV 1900)

20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. 22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

31. What type of tree did Jesus Christ curse?

a. Fig

b. Olive

c. Pine

d. Lign Aloe

32. Why did the Lord approach the tree?

a. He wanted to destroy it

b. He wanted to eat from it

c. He wanted to prune it

d. He wanted to curse it

33. What was on the tree Jesus cursed?

a. Fruit

b. Leaves

c. Bugs

d. All the above

34. What was the exact curse that the Lord Jesus Christ made upon the fig tree? (Short Essay)

35. What happened after the curse to the tree?

a. It withered

b. It dried up from the roots

c. It produced fruits

d. a & b

36. What can a Christian do if confronted by a fake spiritual work that does not

produce fruits for the spiritually hungry?

a. Water it with money

b. Curse it with faith that will cause it to move away and perish

c. Hold a revival to change its ways

d. Maybe all the above

37. What requirements of faith are necessary to move a non-producing work away

from the presence of followers of Christ?

a. Have faith in God

b. No doubt in his heart

c. Believe that those things which he says shall come to pass

d. All the above

38. Can his act of strong faith that has the potential to even cast a mountain into the sea, be applied to natural life needs such as declaring the need for money in real-life.

a. NO! This verse is about removing dead works

b. NO! This verse is about the cursing of a fig tree when the Lord was hungry, and it did not produce.

c. NO! Scripture should never be put into an unrelated context.

d. NO! The Lord wants us to know how to move works that are fake and not producing from our midst so our good works can produce even more.

Romans 11:16 (KJV 1900)

16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.

39. If the first fruit, is holy, and the clay is holy, and the root is holy, then the branches will be holy.

a. True

b. False

Teachings by Kathy L McFarland

1. The deep meaning of the root of trees is FOUNDATION.

2. The mysteries of Trees produce living WORKS that glorify the Lord.

3. If your foundation (roots) is made with The Foundation of Christ, then your tree will stand strong and be able to produce great works for the Lord.

4. If your foundation (roots) includes worldly ideals, self-improvement goals, carnal desires, self-focused pleasures, worship of idols or false gods, exposure of your soul to evil

and witchcraft, pornographic pleasures, love of money, unproven conspiracy theories, neglect of the Word of God, refusal to follow Christ fully, more pride in your outer appearance than your inner being, etc., then your roots will not be strong enough to support your tree of spiritual works. Your tree will wither and die.

5. If your roots wither and your spiritual tree dies, you cannot produce works for the Lord that glorifies the LORD God.

6. If your roots wither and your spiritual tree dies, then any works that are accomplished through your own efforts are called DEAD WORKS in Scripture. Dead Works do not receive reward from the LORD God and do not advance the Kingdom of Heaven.

7. If your faith is strong, without doubt, and you believe, you can even cast the biggest of non-producing, fake spiritual works into the sea. (Sea will be defined much later in our studies together).

8. If the first fruit, is holy, and the clay is holy, and the root is holy, then the branches will be holy.

TREES – I See Men as Trees Walking – TREES (5)

By Kathy L McFarland

(TY200 – Lesson 5)

6/7/2024

What is the deep, typological meaning of the vision of the blind man when his vision was partially healed by Christ to see the mysteries of God concerning the “trees,” before his full healing took place in Mark 8:22-26?”

Mark 8:22–26 (KJV 1900)

22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. 23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. 24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. 25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. 26 And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.

This study of the mysteries of “Trees” given to us by the Lord has already opened Scripture to fuller potential for understanding. Please reexamine the deeper learning concerning the mysteries of God that we have learned so far: (Look at the Typology Workbook for succinct definitions).

Typology for Blind

Typology for Man

Typology for Walk

We have learned quite a lot of deeper things, haven’t we? As mature Christian Bible students, it is your responsibility to examine Scripture and my teachings carefully and ask for clarification if you do NOT understand. Further, it is your duty to correct your Bible Teacher immediately if I have, God forbid, made a mistake in my discernment and presentation of God’s Truth from Scripture. Please approach my Bible study with the same mature regard and wise care that you use when the Holy Spirit is guiding your personal Bible studies. I only teach Bible Studies that the Holy Spirit has guided me fully in writing them and I am fully confident of God’s Truth when I publish these studies; but I am always a bit untrusting of my ability to remain mistake free. Support me to confirm God’s Truth through your careful examination process.

What is the Typology for Trees?

Consider the deeply defined Greek word that designates the word “tree” spoken about in Mark 8:22-26. Sometimes, English words do NOT reflect the full meaning of the Greek word for tree:

Tree – 1285 δένδρον (dendron), ου (ou), τό (to): n.neu.; ≡ Str 1186—LN 3.2 fruit tree, possibly in some contexts, bush Mt 7:17; 13:32; 21:8; Mk 8:24; Lk 3:9; 13:19; 21:29; Jude 12; Rev 8:7; 9:4

(Fruits) – δεξιά (dexia), ᾶς (as), ἡ (hē): n.fem. [served by 1288]; ≡ Str 1188—1. LN 8.32 right hand (Mt 6:3; Mk 16:19 v.r.); 2. LN 76.4 power, figurative extension of prior entry (Ac 2:33); 3. LN 34.42 δεξιὰς δίδωμι … κοινωνιας (dexias didōmi … koinōnias), make a covenant (Gal 2:9+); 4. LN 87.34 ἐκ δεξιῶν καθίζω (ek dexiōn kathizō), be in high position (Mt 20:23; Mk 10:40+); 5. LN 87.36 καθίζω ἐν δεξιᾷ (kathizō en dexia), be in high position (Heb 1:3; 8:1; 12:2+); 6. LN 28.74 do secretly (Mt 6:3+), see ἀριστερά (aristera), ᾶς (as), ἡ (hē), between 753–754

1. When the partially healed blind man said “I see men as trees, walking” the trees he observed were FRUIT PRODUCING TREES. This fact is extremely important throughout our study of trees.

2. Those belonging to the LORD God are NOT tree standing still and silent. They PRODUCE FRUITS! That is the exact nature of all the Lord’s people who are walking with Him

3. There is even more meaning to the Greek word for “tree” spoken in Mark 8:22-26. RIGHT HAND = POWER! That is a typology definition throughout Scripture! Always! For instance, to be at the right hand of the LORD God indicates that the Lord Jesus Christ wields HIS POWER! (Mark 16:19) (Teacher note: For a side-trip deep Bible Study, find “right hand” throughout Scripture, and see the power of the right hand reflected!)

4. Why is the right hand of power connected to the Greek word for fruit tree in Scripture? I don’t know. However, the meanings of both words, “fruit tree” and “right-hand power” are connected fully in the Greek language in original Scripture manuscripts. The words are that important to Greek meaning, that the connection was made to reflect the full meaning together.

5. Walking fruit-trees were observed by the partially healed blind man in Mark 8:22-26, and those moving trees were filled the POWER OF THE LORD!

Kathy L McFarland Teachings

Throughout our study of trees, we will be examining the part of a tree that Christians develop as they begin their walk by establishing and then throughout their lives leading to the maturity of producing fruits.

The Lord Jesus Christ partially healed the blind man in a supernatural way so he could announce one of the Lord’s primary visions for the development of His Saints! By the end of this complete study, your entire faith walk will become secure in the knowledge of exactly what the Lord Jesus Christ intends as you walk with Him with strong and faithful spiritual growth.

Typology for Trees – 1. Spiritual Lives of forgiven followers walking with the Lord Jesus Christ and producing powerful fruits of His.

The Typology for Fruit (Right Hand) – Power – the producing of fruit.

TREES – I See Men as Trees Walking – WALKING (4)

By Kathy L McFarland

(TY200 – Lesson 4)

5/16/2024

What are the Scripture verses that illuminate deep meaning of “walking?”

Mark 8:22–26 (KJV 1900)

22 And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. 23 And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. 24 And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. 25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. 26 And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.

Kathy L McFarland Teachings:

The next typology we will study in Scripture is the verb “walking.” When the blind man was partially healed, he saw men as trees, WALKING. It is a crucial word in that vision, and typological examination is necessary to fully understand the deep message that the Lord Jesus Christ wants us to know.

To Walk – 4344 περιπατέω (peripateō): vb.; ≡ DBLHebr 2143; Str 4043; TDNT 5.940—1. LN 15.227 walk (around), (Mt 4:18 (and so in the Gospels and Acts); 1Pe 5:8; Rev 3:4; 9:20; 16:15; Mk 16:12 v.r.); 2. LN 41.11 behave, live, conduct one’s life (Ro 6:4 (and so throughout Pauline Epistles); Ro 8:1 v.r.); 3. LN 41.47 περιπατέω τοῖς ἴχνεσιν (peripateō tois ichnesin), imitate (2Co 12:18+)

The Greek word definition “to walk” is like our English word. Of course, it means to propel oneself and move with legs. But there is another meaning that represents to live and conduct one’s life, and the New Testament uses both these meanings throughout (See Strong’s definition).

Romans 6:1–6 (KJV 1900)

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

1. Baptized followers of Christ are dead to sin and do NOT live in sin from the moment of their Baptism forward.

2. Baptized followers of Christ die through their baptism because they go to the Baptismal grave of Christ’s death.

3. Baptized followers of Christ are raised up from the dead through the glory of the Father LORD God when they ascend from the Baptismal waters.

4. Baptized followers of Christ arise in the likeness of Christ’s resurrection, and from that point on, WALK in the NEWNESS OF LIFE.

5. Baptized followers of Christ are dead to sin, resurrected to NEW LIFE, and WALK! They cannot walk until they are free of sin and should NOT serve sin again!

Kathy L McFarland Teachings:

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ and Baptized in Christ’s Baptism, then you WALK in a new life. Until you have had the control of original sin removed from your life through your death in Baptism, you can NOT walk! It is only after Baptism that the hold of sin is released, that you can stand upon your legs and walk with Christ.

Our study of deeply interpreting the vision of the blind man with his eyesight restored partially, “I see men as trees, walking,” has already revealed to us the depth of meaning of “blindness” and the spiritual definition of “men” in Scripture.

Now our Scripture study of the deep spiritual meaning of “walk” is formed from the literal and typological study of Romans 6:1-6. It is quite clear, right?

Walking is accomplished by Baptized followers of Jesus Christ, created in God’s Image, and free from sin!

While there are many recorded events of “walking” followers of the LORD God in the Old Testament, our concerns for “walking” should rest solidly in the revealed New Testament Gospels of Christ at the beginning of this study. It is our primary concern as receivers of the LORD God’s Grace of Salvation through Christ.

This study will proceed to examine both Old Testament and New Testament revelations concerning the act of walking to fully equip with us with deep understanding. However, I encourage you to record the primary, identifying typology of walking in your typology notes as #1 in your record-keeping. We will add to the knowledge as we progress.

How is walking related to the elimination of sin through forgiveness by Christ?

Kathy L McFarland’s Teachings:

It is all centered around the healing of “palsy” by Christ that is recorded in Scripture. That is the mysterious revelation of this particular type of condition that is critical for our full understanding of “walking.”

The Greek word for “palsy” means paralysis or lameness that prevents WALKING! :

Palsy – 4166 παραλυτικός (paralytikos), ή (ē), όν (on): adj. [see παραλυτικός (paralytikos), οῦ (ou), ὁ (ho), just below]; ≡ Str 3885—LN 23.171 paralyzed (Mt 4:24; 8:6+ note: others see these verses as the next lexical entry)

παραλυτικός (paralytikos), οῦ (ou), ὁ (ho): n.masc. [served by 4166]; ≡ Str 3885—a paralytic, a lame person (Mt 9:2, 6; Mk 2:3–5, 9, 10+; Lk 5:24 v.r. NA26; Jn 5:3 v.r. NA26); not in LN

The healed of “palsy” could NOT walk until Lord Jesus Christ healed them. Those crippled with “palsy” in the miracle healings of Christ recorded in the Gospels, were done for a very specific reason. Every time. Search for the EXACT reason that Christ healed the “palsy” in these three accounts:

Matthew 9:2–8 (KJV 1900)

2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. 3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. 4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? 5 For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? 6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. 7 And he arose, and departed to his house. 8 But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

Mark 2:3–12 (KJV 1900)

3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. 4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. 6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, 7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? 8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? 9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? 10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) 11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. 12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

Luke 5:18–24 (KJV 1900)

18 And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. 19 And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. 20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. 21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? 22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? 23 Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? 24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.

“But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins”

Kathy L McFarland Teachings:

We recognize this is a significant miracle with a significant and specific meaning. Because it is recorded in Scripture multiple times, with the exact same reason given each time, you can believe with certainty that:

a. “Palsy” is a condition of sin.

b. People that are in the condition of original sin can NOT walk.

c. The Lord Jesus Christ has been given power upon earth to forgive sins by the LORD God.

d. When the Lord Jesus Christ forgives the sins of those that can NOT walk, the miracle of healing takes place, and the “palsy” CAN walk with Christ.

e. The partial restored eyesight of the blind man recorded in Mark 8:22-26, “I see men as trees, walking” designates that the vision was about men whose sins had been forgiven them by the Lord Jesus Christ, and they were WALKING!

So now we know three very important typologies that will reveal the deeper meaning of “I see men as trees, walking!”

1. We know the condition of “spiritual blindness” cannot be restored or given eyesight without the touch and will of the LORD God.

2. We know the “Men” spoken about in the Gospels designate “Men and Women that are created purposely (after the pattern of evolution) by the LORD God with His breath breathed into them to make them living beings from His essence”

3. We know that “Men” cannot WALK when they are sinners. We know the Lord Jesus Christ was given “the power on earth to forgive sins” by the LORD God. And we know that when Christ heals someone of their sinfulness through His forgiveness of their sins, that they are healed of “palsy” and Baptized through Christ, are able to WALK.

Galatians 2:14 (KJV 1900)

14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

6. To walk uprightly in Christ, it must be according to the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

7. Uprightly – 41.36 ὀρθοποδέω: to live a life of moral correctness—‘to live right, to live as one ought to.’ ὅτε εἶδον ὅτι οὐκ ὀρθοποδοῦσιν πρὸς τὴν ἀλήθειαν ‘when I saw that they were not living right, in conformity with the truth’ Ga 2:14. ὀρθοποδέω may be translated in a number of languages as ‘to live as one should.’

Teachings of Kathy L McFarland:

Walking UPRIGHT is the key to Christian walking that is deeply reflected within Scripture. Spiritually speaking, The “life of moral correctness” is connected completely with the deep meaning of “trees” within Scripture.

Though the obedient Jews walk in their laws and are created by the breath of the LORD God, they do NOT walk UPRIGHT, because they are NOT able to walk according to the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ because of their partial blindness.

Also understand that those that are IN SIN, whether Christian or with the breath of God inside them, do NOT walk with the Lord Jesus Christ and run the risk of being overcome with the condition of palsy.

The next lesson about trees will introduce the concept that the tree is typologically and figurative with “spiritual living.” As our study advances, we will learn of the different trees mentioned in Scripture which connect to a myriad of spiritual lives that are given to us by God to navigate our living, always guided by Christ’s teachings and the movement and of the Holy Spirit.

We have one more general typology to discover, before we move on to the most exciting parts of our study. It is the revelations of the Spiritual Trees that will open our understanding of ourselves and our Christian fellowship in the Kingdom of God, and forever change our relationship with our brothers and sisters in Christ!

Let’s get started by studying the general idea of trees first, and then move on to the depth of the roots those trees to see what is hidden from casual readers of Scripture.