Nature Pictures

Nature Picture Pathways 

 Nature is God's first book.  Nature was around for about 2500 years before the existence of the first scriptures.  Hence we can find the same truths that are found in the Bible, displayed in nature. 

 The Seed Picture

Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.  Luke 8:11 

 Seeds look so small and unassuming and yet they are little power packed packages.  One apple seed can grow a tree that produces many more apples with more seeds.  Which in turn produce more trees with apples with more seeds.  The line of one seed would simply be almost impossible to trace.  So it is with the word of God.  It seems so simple and yet it contains power--God spoke and there was light.  This same power is given to us in the Bible and yet how many of us pass by it hardly noticing each seed of promise.  But it's effect on those who read it is absolutely amazing.  It causes them to grow and bear fruit to the glory of God.  Within each verse and chapter are power-packed seeds that contain a whole fruiting plant already.  What an gift we have in the word of God, a power packed seed of the gospel!.  

Whatever gift He [God] promises, is in the promise itself. "The seed is the word of God." Luke 8:11. As surely as the oak is in the acorn, so surely is the gift of God in His promise. If we receive the promise, we have the gift.                  Education pg 253

 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. Isaiah 55:11

 

 

 

The Waterfall Picture

Water can represent people (Rev. 17:15)

The Rock represents Christ (1 Cor. 10:4)

White represents purity (Dan. 12:10)

As the water in a waterfall falls upon the rock, so we are to fall upon Christ.

Just as the water breaks when it falls on the rock, so we are to be broken upon Christ.

 And as the water breaks - it turns white in color, so when we are broken upon Christ,  we become pure.

 

 

The Hidden Meaning of Colors 

 There are 3 primary colors - Blue, Red, Yellow. All other colors are made from combinations of these three colors.

These 3 colors represent the 3 members of the Godhead - Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

Blue = Father = God's Law (10 commandments) "...Put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:... that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them.." Num. 15:38,39

Red = Son = Blood, Sin                                                 "...though your sins be as scarlet,...though they be red like crimson,..." Is. 1:18                                                                   "...our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,..." Heb. 13:20

Yellow = Holy Spirit = God's Love                             "...the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold." Ps. 68:13                                                  "And John bare record, saying, I saw the spirit descending from heaven like a dove..." John 1:32                                   "...the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost..." Rom. 5:5

"The heavens were opened, and beams of glory rested upon the Son of God and assumed the form of a dove, in appearance like burnished gold."    Review & Herald 1-21-1873

"And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant..."     Gen. 9:16,17 

So in the three primary colors, you have the 3 members of the Godhead. You also have the 3 elements essential for salvation - God's Law, His Blood, His Love! 

If you combine any 2 of these 3 colors, you get one more color.

 Blue mixed with Red = Purple = Royalty                                            "...and purple rainment that was on the kings..." Jud. 8:26

Obedience to God's Law combined with the Blood that Jesus shed for our sins enables us to become part of the Royal Family

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Yellow mixed with Blue = Green = Hope & Trust                              "Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters...her leaf shall be green..." Jer. 17:7,8

God's Love combined with obedience to His Law provides us with Hope for mankind.

 

 Red mixed with Yellow = Orange (Amber) =God's glory   

    "...I saw as the color of amber, as the appearance of fire...this was the appearance of the likeness of the              glory of the Lord..." Eze. 1:27,28

The Blood of Jesus combined with the Love of God enables us to see God's Glory.

 

If you go out in nature and apply what you now know of the meanings of the colors - You will discover countless spiritual lessons that God has "hidden" in plain sight for His people to                 discover.

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 "And now abideth faith, hope, charity (love), these three; but the greatest of these is charity." 1Cor. 13:13

 Here is pictured the Godhead - FAITH & HOPE = Holy Spirit

                                                              CHARITY & FAITH = Son (Jesus Christ)

                                                              HOPE & CHARITY = Father

So why is "Charity" greater than the others? Because it is representing the Gift of the Father and Son!

       "...the Spirit of truth,...he shall not speak of  himself;...He shall glorify me (Jesus)..."  John 16:13,14

       "...for I (Jesus) proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me." John 8:42

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Another Lesson 

The Splinter

When you get a splinter and you remove it, you are, without knowing it, seeing a spiritual lesson that God has "hidden" for you to find. 

Just as the splinter (a foreign object)has penetrated one of the members of the body - so sin (a foreign object) has penetrated members of the church (body of Christ)

Just as a splinter, as long as it is in the skin, causes pain, so sin, as long as it is present in the members - causes pain.

When you remove the splinter - it leaves a hole which must be filled with an antiseptic (cleanser)or it will get infected.

"When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first..."

                                                                     Matthew 12:43-45

When you remove some sinful habit from your life, it leaves a hole which must be filled with a good habit or the sinful habit will come back and get worse (get infected)

If the wound gets infected, it can spread and cause many problems for the entire body - one of which, if it gets really bad, can be what is called "Tetanus" or"Lock Jaw".  This condition causes the jaw to lock so that you can no longer eat bread and you will die. The way to fix the infection is to cut open the puncture wound so that it can get oxygen - because the germ that causes Tetanus can not grow if oxygen is present.

If the sinful habit gets worse, it can spread and cause many problems for the entire church body - one of which, can cause members to "Lock their Jaw" and not eat of the Bread of Life - the Word of God. Continuing in this condition will cause a person to die (spiritually). The way to fix the sin infection is to use the Sword of the Spirit to cut open the puncture wound so that the pure oxygen of the Holy Spirit can get to the infection.      "The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit."     John 3:8

"It is one of Satan's most successful devices, to lead men to the commission of little sins, to blind the mind to the danger of little indulgences, little digressions from the plainly stated requirements of God. Many who would shrink with horror from some great transgression, are led to look upon sin in little matters as of trifling consequence. But those little sins eat out the life of godliness in the soul. The feet which enter upon a path diverging from the right way are tending toward the broad road that ends in death. When once a retrograde movement begins, no one can tell where it may end."   RH, November 8, 1887

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The Story of Salvation in the 4 Seasons

All around us, God has written His Word - His plans for us. From the smallest insect to the mightiest mountain, each portrays a part of God's wonderful plan for His children!

If you look at the four season's colors - It tells our story. 

 Spring - New Life - The Creation of Man

Summer - The Eden Experience

Fall - The Fall of Man & Death

Winter - Life on the Sin Cursed Earth

Spring - New Birth/Life - Jesus Comes

Summer - Heaven & New Earth

 

In the spring, everything is green (Hope) and all the colors of the rainbow are seen as flowers begin to bud and the earth comes to life.

As summer comes along, the colors are in full bloom - Everything is perfect. The air is fresh and clean, and beauty carpets all of nature. The trees are busy producing fruits and nuts, and the earth is filled with the goodness of God.

Then comes the fall. It parallels with the fall of man. Just as fall brings death to the plants and leaves, so sin brought death to planet earth. But God was not going to forsake His people.

In the fall, the leaves turn red (the Blood of Jesus) and yellow (Love of God - as manifested in the Holy Spirit). The leaves then turn brown (the color of man) and fall (come) to the earth, where they decompose and become the nutrients that give life to the plants in the spring. Likewise, we are to spread the truth as it is in Jesus, and scatter it like the leaves of autumn, and one day it will stimulate new life in Christ for someone.

 As fall turns into winter, everything is dead and barren, the cold winds of affliction blow.  But God  offers/sends white (purity) snow to cover the dead earth.  The true Christians appear as the evergreen who has hope even in affliction and collects the snow (the righteousness of Christ).

Then spring arrives with its green color (Hope for mankind), and buds and blossoms start coming out. The signs of summer (Christ's return) are all around us.  Many experience the new birth in Christ.

Summer is a return to Paradise and the earth made new!

  " This earth is the place of preparation for heaven. The time spent here is the Christian's winter. Here the chilly winds of affliction blow upon us, and the waves of trouble roll against us. But in the near future, when Christ comes, sorrow and sighing will be forever ended. Then will be the Christian's summer. All trials will be over, and there will be no more sickness or death. "God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things have passed away."--Manuscript 28, 1886

 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer [is] nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, [even] at the doors.  Matt. 24:32,33

In summer, as we look upon the trees of the distant forest, all clothed with a beautiful mantle of green, we may not be able to distinguish between the evergreens and the other trees. But as winter approaches, and the frost king encloses them in his icy embrace, stripping the other trees of their beautiful foliage, the evergreens are readily discerned. Thus it will be with all who are walking in humility, distrustful of self, but clinging tremblingly to the hand of Christ. While those who are self-confident, and trust in their own perfection of character, lose their false robe of righteousness when subjected to the storms of trial, the truly righteous, who sincerely love and fear God, wear the robe of Christ's righteousness in prosperity and adversity alike.  {Faith I Live By 119

Plain statements must be made. Unvarnished truth must be spoken in leaflets and pamphlets, and these must be scattered like the leaves of autumn.--Lt 31, 1897.  {Publishing Ministry 324}

More than one thousand will soon be converted in one day, most of whom will trace their first convictions 
to the reading of our publications.--
Evangelism p.693 (1885).

 

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The Stone in the Pond

Many people desire to understand how God works. One way that God's method can be illustrated is by throwing a stone into a pond.

      The Stone (Rock) = Christ  (see 1 Cor. 10:4)

      The Water = People (see Rev. 17:15)

When Christ comes into someone, that person affects others, and those people affect others, and the effects keep growing and growing.

If an evangelist reaches 100 people, then each one of those 100 people share their knowledge with 100 people. By the time the "ripples" subside, 1000's of people have been influenced by that one evangelist.

Here you have one illustration of what the Bible calls - A Wheel within a Wheel!