The path connecting
Netzach and Chesed is represented by the Wheel of Fortune tarot card,
sometimes referred to as the Wheel of Fate or the Wheel of Destiny. This
path connects Victory and Mercy, both of which are directly related to
the fate or destiny of those who have begun the Great Work.
The Victory spoken of here is the victory over death and sin that is
given freely by the grace of God through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ,
and reflects His great Mercy (Chesed) upon us. Netzach is a sphere of
the mind (Yetzirah). The victory that is accomplished is that of
renewing your mind (changing your belief system, and behavioral
patterns) to overcome sin and follow Christ (Romans 12:2).
The Wheel of Fortune card contains a great deal of symbolism, and
expresses many mysteries related to the mind. The Wheel in the center of
the card reflects a wheel within a wheel (Ezekiel 1:16). The imagery of
a wheel within a wheel and the four living creatures pictured on the
four corners of the card makes it clear that the wheel being referred to
is the one spoken of by the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel.
Ezekielís wheel is a great mystery, and even today the exact meaning is
not known. The wheel refers to the mysteries of God, such as His plan,
purpose, and His will. We will examine Ezekielís wheel in detail later
on in this chapter. The four living creatures at the four corners of the
card represent the four living creatures (Revelations 4:7) or the
angelic order of the Cherubim, which are also included in Ezekielís
At the top of the wheel on the tarot card, is a sphinx holding a sword.
The sphinx pictured here is the sphinx of Greek Mythology. The sphinx is
associated with riddles of the mind. There is also an Egyptian Sphinx.
The Egyptian Sphinx has the body of a lion and the head of a man. The
Egyptian Sphinx is a giant statue that sits in front of the pyramids as
if to guard them.
The Sphinx in Greek Mythology has the body of a lion and the head of a
woman. In Greek mythology, the sphinx stood at the gates of the city and
would ask those wishing to enter a riddle; if the person failed to
answer the riddle correctly, the sphinx would devour that person. The
sphinx pictured on the Wheel of Fortune tarot card represents the sphinx
of Greek Mythology as the sphinx has the breast of a woman; however the
sphinx can also be associated with the Egyptian sphinx because of the
headdress she is wearing. The Sphinx is holding a sword representing her
ability to destroy those that do not possess the correct answer to her
On the left side of the wheel, there is a bronze serpent, representing
salvation from sins. This is the bronze serpent that Moses created in
the desert and represents the removal of the punishment of death caused
by sins; if you are willing to place your faith in God (Numbers 21:5-9).
The bronze serpent that Moses lifted up in the desert was a precursor to
the salvation that would later be offered through Jesus Christ when He
was lifted up on the cross. The relationship between Christ and the
Bronze serpent is covered in greater detail in the study of the sphere
of Tiphareth. The serpent on this card reflects the possibility of
To the right of the wheel on the tarot card there is a strange orange
creature. This creature is the Hermanubis, which is a combination of the
god Hermes in Greek mythology, and the god Anubis from Egyptian
mythology. Hermes was the god of travelers, commerce, messengers, and
thieves in Greek mythology, and later became associated with alchemy.
Anubis was the jackal-headed Egyptian god of the dead and judgment. The
Hermanubis is a combination of both of these two mythological gods and
represents attributes of them both. Hermanubis serves as a guide to the
dead, to deliver them to their final destination.
On the outside of the wheel, there is a sphinx, a bronze serpent, and a
hermanubis, representing choices and consequences. The sphinx represents
the ability for you to make your own decision in regards to your
destiny. Based on the choices you make, you will receive salvation
through the bronze serpent, or you will receive death through the
If you make the correct decision the sphinx will allow you to pass into
the city (heaven in this case), if you make the wrong decision you will
be devoured. The Wheel of Fortune card expresses deep spiritual
mysteries, and represents fate and freewill, choices and destiny. Are
there unlimited possibilities, or has your fate already been determined?
This is the question that this chapter seeks to answer.
The wheel pictured in the center of the card is made up of a wheel
within a wheel, representing Godís control over mankind. God is the
source of the wheel represented by the wheel within the wheel (the
axle). The outer wheel turns and moves in the direction determined by
the axle or inner wheel. From the axle proceeds eight spokes, which hold
the wheel together and keeps the wheel spinning as it is supposed to.
Inside the first layer of the wheel are eight letters. The letters are
written in English and in Hebrew. The Hebrew letters starting at the
right of the sphinx and being read in a clockwise direction are; Yod Heh
Vav Heh (YHVH), which is the sacred name of God, the Tetragrammaton. If
you read the English letters in a clockwise direction starting and
finishing at the T you come up with the word TAROT.
Tarot cards are used in divination to predict the way your future will
turn out if you continue making the same choices you have in the past.
If you start at the sphinx and read the letters counterclockwise, you
have the word TORA referring to the Torah, which are the five books in
the Old Testament referred to as the Law of Moses. If you read the
letters clockwise starting at the R you have the Latin word ROTA meaning
Wheel. Combining these words with the divine name (YHVH), you have Godís
Wheel, Godís Law, and Godís ability to know your fate or His plan for
The wheel has eight spokes that represent the eight cardinal directions,
denoting that every possible direction your life may go is included in
the wheel. On the ends of four of the spokes there are four alchemical
symbols (mercury, water, salt, and sulfur), which may represent that
this card has to do with the Great Work or Spiritual Alchemy.
In alchemy, mercury represents energy, or spirit. Christians are to be
born of water and of the spirit (John 3:5), and they are also referred
to as the salt of the earth (Matthew 5:13). Salt is also used in
purification (Ezekiel 16:4). Sulfur is the stone the burns also referred
to as brimstone. Brimstone is used in the Bible to signify the wrath of
God (Ezekiel 38:22, Revelations 14:10). Salt, Sulfur, and Mercury
represent Body, Mind, and Spirit to the alchemist. The four living
creatures as well as the wheel within a wheel are found in the book of
Ezekiel 1:10-12 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the
face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four
had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of
an eagle. Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward;
two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their
bodies. And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was
to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.
Revelations 4:6-8 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like
unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the
throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first
beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third
beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were
full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy,
holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
The four living creatures each have four faces, one looking in each of
the four cardinal directions, they also have eyes in front and behind
meaning they could see everything and in every direction. These four
living creatures identified as being of the angelic order of the
Cherubrim (Ezekiel 10:1) guard the throne of God.
Cherubrim were also assigned to guard the way to the Tree of Life in the
Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:24). The four living creatures are made up of
four different creatures describing the attributes of the Cherubrim. The
lion represents sovereignty and strength. The Lion is the mightiest of
all of the wild beasts. The Ox is the mightiest of the domesticated
animals, and represents patience, servitude, and endurance in the work
that it conducts.
Man represents intelligence. God gave man dominion over all of the
animals to rule over them (Genesis 1:26). The Eagle is the mightiest of
the fowls of the air, and represents divinity due to its power to soar
above all of creation. Because the four living creatures each had four
faces, regardless of the direction they went they were always going
straight ahead (Ezekiel 1:12). They did as God directed them and did not
deviate on their paths.
The attributes of the four living creatures are also associated with
Christ and the four Gospels. In Matthew Christ is represented as a king
(Matthew 27:11, 37), the lion is the king of the beasts. Christ is also
referred to as the Lion of Judah (Revelations 5:5). In the Gospel of
Mark, Christ appears as a servant, and as a sacrifice for our sins (Mark
10:45). The Ox is a domesticated animal that serves man (Numbers 7:7),
and was also used in sacrifices (Numbers 7:17).
Christ appears in the Gospel of Luke as the Son of Man (Luke 5:24) and
was filled with wisdom even in His youth (Luke 2:52). The only other
person in the Bible that is referred to with the title of ĎSon of Maní
is Ezekeil (Ezekeil 2:1). Ezekiel was a prophet of God, sent to warn the
children of Israel to repent lest they die in their sins. Christ
likewise preached to the children of Israel, and those that heeded His
words were shown the path to salvation.
In the Gospel of John, Christ deity is expressed because he both ascends
and descends from heaven (John 3:31, 6:38), which is how He is
associated with the Eagle. The four Gospels reflect different character
traits of Christ, which are also associated with the four living
Ezekiel 1:15-17 Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel
upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces. The
appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a
beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their
work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. When they went,
they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went.
Ezekiel 10:9-14 And when I looked, behold the four wheels by the
cherubims, one wheel by one cherub, and another wheel by another cherub:
and the appearance of the wheels was as the colour of a beryl stone. And
as for their appearances, they four had one likeness, as if a wheel had
been in the midst of a wheel. When they went, they went upon their four
sides; they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head
looked they followed it; they turned not as they went. And their whole
body, and their backs, and their hands, and their wings, and the wheels,
were full of eyes round about, even the wheels that they four had. As
for the wheels, it was cried unto them in my hearing, O wheel. And every
one had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, and the
second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and
the fourth the face of an eagle.
Each of the four living creatures possessed one wheel; together they
supported the throne of God and formed a chariot. All four wheels were
the same, and appeared as a wheel within the middle of a wheel. These
wheels allowed the living creatures to travel in all directions without
turning. Some people think that the wheels intersected each other at a
right angle, which would allow the wheels to move in every direction
without turning. However, two wheels intersecting each other at right
angles would not be able to roll (at least they canít with the
technology we have today).
If Ezekiel is describing two wheels intersecting at right angles, it is
more then likely that he is trying to describe a sphere, which could
roll in all directions without turning (a word for sphere did not exist
in Ezekielís day). It is more probable that Ezekiel is describing the
inner wheel (axis), and the outer wheel, to describe Godís divine
intervention and control over the wheel and our lives. The wheel is
controlled from the source (axis), and moves in the direction the inner
wheel directs. The fact that the wheels could move in all directions
without turning represents Godís omnipotence.
Ezekiel 1:18 As for their rims, they were so high they were awesome; and
their rims were full of eyes, all around the four of them.
The wheels were full of eyes and were so high that they were awesome
(Ezekiel 1:18). Some people speculate that Ezekiel is describing a
flying saucer, and think the eyes all around the wheels represent little
lights underneath the flying saucer. Others think he is describing the
movement of the planets in the solar system, and think the eyes around
the wheels represent stars. Ezekiel is more then likely continuing to
describe the might, omnipotence, and awesome power of the Lord, and the
eyes represent that God knows and sees all.
The wheel possesses very powerful symbolism. The wheel alone is a symbol
of progress. The wheel helps us to progress from place to place, and
represents Godís guidance in our lives.
Proverbs 16:9 A man's heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his
God is the source of the wheel, and He directs our paths (Proverbs 3:6).
The wheel represents our destiny, the plan God as predestined for our
lives. The wheel displays Godís providence. The wheel is always turning
in accordance with Godís will, and He controls the directions our lives
go in. God controls the events of the world in order to discipline us
and to perfect our souls.
Sometimes one spoke is on top and sometimes another. One moment we are
on top of the world and the next we are cast down. While we are on top
we donít know how long we will remain there, and when we are at the
bottom we need to trust in God and be patient until He lifts us back up
(James 4:15). Each spoke rises at its appointed time and descends at its
appointed time, but the motion of the wheel continues unchanged
according to the action of the wheelís source.
1 Samuel 2:6-8 The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to
the grave, and bringeth up. The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he
bringeth low, and lifteth up. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust,
and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes,
and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the
earth are the Lord's, and he hath set the world upon them.
The wheel also represents cycles of life, and cycles of events.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 That which has been is what will be that which is done
is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 3:15-17 That which hath been is now; and that which is to
be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past. And moreover
I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there;
and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there. I said in mine
heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time
there for every purpose and for every work.
There is nothing new under the sun, and history repeats itself. The same
battles that have been taking place since the beginning of mankind
continue to this day. The Bible is full of the struggles of many
different people. We have a record of their mistakes and of their
triumphs. The Bible has been given to us so that we do not need to learn
the same painful lessons as those in the past.
We would be fools if we make the same mistakes as our ancestors or if we
repeat their same actions and expect different results. Do we need to
have our eyes gouged out and become the slaves of our enemyís before we
learn to control our lusts (Judges 16:21)? Will we allow sin to run
rampant throughout our cities to the point of their destructions
We are given many examples of how to live, and how not to live. The
wheel of fortune card represents endless possibilities, yet there is no
such thing as chance or luck. Our lives can turn out in many different
ways, but they are based off of repeating patterns. The sphinx on top of
the Wheel of Fortune card does not possess a riddle that we do not have
the answers to. The answers are spelt out in the Bible, and we can see
the results of the actions of those in the past to prevent ourselves
from making the same mistakes. We can control our actions and be assured
of our salvation (2 Peter 1:10-11, 1 John 5:13).
Ezekielís wheel represents Godís will and purpose to include His wrath.
Ezekiel 10:2 And he spake unto the man clothed with linen, and said, Go
in between the wheels, even under the cherub, and fill thine hand with
coals of fire from between the cherubims, and scatter them over the
city. And he went in in my sight.
In-between the wheels there is fire and brimstone representing the wrath
of God (Ezekiel Ch9). Elsewhere in the Bible a threshing wheel is used
against the wicked.
Proverbs 20:26 A wise king sifts out the wicked, And brings the
threshing wheel over them.
A familiar saying that can be associated with the wheel is, ĎWhat goes
around comes around.í This is also what Christians know as the Golden
Matthew 7:12 ďTherefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to
them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.Ē
Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, crushed down,
full and running over, they will give to you. For in the same measure as
you give, it will be given to you again.
This is similar to the Eye for an Eye philosophy of the Old Testament.
Exodus 21:22 If men fight, and hurt a woman with child, so that she
gives birth prematurely, yet no harm follows, he shall surely be
punished accordingly as the woman's husband imposes on him; and he shall
pay as the judges determine. But if any harm follows, then you shall
give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot
for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.
If men while fighting cause a woman to have a miscarriage, whether or
not the baby lives determines if the men would be put to death. An eye
for an eye was the Hebrews method of ensuring justice on the earth, and
this idea of action and consequences was restated in the New Testament
by Christ as the Golden Rule, and as punishment for your actions.
Matthew 26:52 Then said Jesus unto him, ďPut up again thy sword into his
place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.Ē
Revelations 22:12 And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with
Me, to give to every one according to his work.
Christ corrected the Ďeye for an eyeí philosophy that the people were
using it out of context (outside of the criminal justice system). It was
not supposed to be about revenge.
Matthew 5:38-39 You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and
a tooth for a tooth. But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But
whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
Romans 12:19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to
wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the
We are to leave room for the Lordís wrath. The Wheel of the Lord
continues turning, and He will render to everyone according to their
works (Revelations 20:12). God allows sin to exist in the world in order
for us to have freewill, and He gives us the ability to make our own
decisions. Because Adam and Eve ate of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and
Evil, it is now inevitable that some people will be lost.
We wouldnít have freewill if people were not allowed to choose evil. God
has a plan for us and controls our destiny, but at the same time he
allows us to make our own choices; and gives us room to make our own
mistakes. He does this so that we will be disciplined and will grow
spiritually. God always gives us choices and His mercies are great.
Ezekiel 2:3-5 And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the
children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against
me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this
very day. For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send
thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD.
And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for
they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a
prophet among them.
God appeared to Ezekiel and sent him to warn the children of Israel to
turn from their sins. God knows all things and knew that most of the
children of Israel were beyond the point of listening to Ezekielís
message, but God sent him to warn them nonetheless. Israel will know
that they had a prophet among them, and on the Day of Judgment they will
not have any excuses.
When the Lord spoke to Ezekiel He referred to Ezekiel as Son of Man.
Ezekielís message of salvation was a precursor to the message that
Christ would later preach. Christ is the only other character in the
Bible referred to with the title of Son of Man (Luke 5:24). Christ
preached to the children of Israel knowing that most of them would not
listen to Him, but they did have the message of salvation preached to
them and will have no excuse on Judgment Day.
They made their own decisions. It is a demonstration of Godís great
mercy that He would send messengers to warn those that are making
themselves to be His enemies. Godís mercy is display by the fact that
the people deserve judgment, but He is patient with them and gives them
every opportunity to receive mercy.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count
slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should
perish but that all should come to repentance.
It is Godís will that all people come to repentance. He does not desire
for anyone to perish, but in order for us to have freewill some people
will be lost Ė because they will choose not to listen to the warnings
they are given. God has a plan and purpose. One of the big questions
people often pose to the idea that everything happens in accordance to
Godís will, is that, ďif God is in control of everything then why is
there so much suffering in the world, and why does God allow bad things
to happen to good people?Ē
The answer is that God does not cause bad things to happen to anyone.
Bad things happen as the result of sin being in the world, and without
the existence of sin we would not have freewill or the ability to
choose. How could we make a choice if there is only one option? God
tells us what we need to do to be happy and what we need to do to
receive salvation, but then He gives us the option to decide for
ourselves whether or not we will follow Him.
A great deal of the time when bad things happen to people it is the
result of their own actions. Of course, there are times when completely
innocent people fall victim to evil. How can this be? It is because evil
exists in the world that we live in, and the world we live in is not
fair. God is a God of justice, but He never promises us that we will
receive justice on the earth Ė or that we will be treated fairly in this
world. The Bible actually states the contrary and tells us we can expect
to suffer and be persecuted in this world (2 Timothy 3:12).
1 Corinthians 4:11-12 To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and
we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless. And we labor, working
with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we
The objective of our lives is not to be successful in this evil and
materialistic world. The objective is for us to exist in a world
containing both good and evil, but for us to choose to be good and for
us to choose to follow God. In this world children starve to death,
people rob and kill each other, and do all manner of unspeakable evil to
one another. Some people look at all of the misery in the world and
wonder how God could allow it to happen.
Bad things happen in this world, and the world is unjust. The thing you
need to understand is that the events that take place on earth are not
what are important in the grand scheme of things. What is important is
the decisions that you make, and whether or not you decide to follow
Jesus. Once you are in Heaven it will not matter if you fell into the
hands of evil men and were tortured and murdered, or if you starved to
death on the street. It does not matter that sin exist in the world, all
that matters is that you donít succumb to sin and that you make it into
On the Day of Judgment, those that practiced evil will be judged (and
then you will receive justice), but while on earth the world will not be
fair. Think of the world as a testing ground where you are being tested
to see whether you should be sent to Heaven or to Hell.
Everyday you are given choices. God observes your choices and you will
be judged according to the choices you make.
Evil and temptation are around you everyday; your goal is to endure and
overcome it. Bad things happen, but you can do things about it. You
donít have to allow children to starve to death; you can be there for
your neighbors when they are in need, which is what you are called to
Luke 10:30-37 Then Jesus answered and said: "A certain man went down
from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of
his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. "Now by
chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he
passed by on the other side. "Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the
place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. "But a certain
Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he
had compassion. "So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on
oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn,
and took care of him. "On the next day, when he departed, he took out
two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, 'Take care of
him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.
"So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among
the thieves?" And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said
to him, "Go and do likewise."
Everyday we are being tested. We are given opportunities to overcome our
own sins, resist temptation, and to help out our fellow man. The
existence of evil in this world is what allows us to be placed in
situations were we exercise our freewill and make choices. We are able
to learn from our experiences, and they enable us to grow spiritually.
It is not an accident that evil exists on the earth.
Isaiah 45:6-7 That they may know from the rising of the sun to its
setting That there is none besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no
other; I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create
calamity; I, the Lord, do all these things.
God is in control of all things and has a plan and purpose for
everything He does. It was not an accident that God placed the Tree of
Knowledge of Good and Evil in the same garden as Adam and Eve, and then
left them unattended with it. Man has dominion over the animals because
of his ability to use his mind. By God allowing evil to come into the
world, he gave humans a way to grow both mentally and spiritually.
With their minds Adam and Eve decided to defy God, resulting in choices
and consequences. It is only through consequences that we seek to make
the correct choices. Humans can now be observed and judged by their
actions. Sin, evil, and misery came into the world with Godís
permission, but God does not cause anyone to sin. Evil exists in the
world so that we have choices; sin exists in the world when we make the
Predestination versus freewill is a subject that many people have
difficulty with. If God has your destiny planned out before you are born
(Romans 9:11) then how can your life be determined by the choices you
make? God allows you to make your own decisions, but He already knows
what decisions you will make, and how your life will turn out because of
It is difficult for us to grasps this subject, because God views our
lives from a different perspective. For example, we may be climbing up
one side of a mountain and making plans and decisions about what we are
going to do when we get to the other side. We are making our own
decisions and have an idea about what we are expecting to do when we get
to the other side of the mountain, but God has a different perspective
then we do.
From where God sits, he may see that there is an enemy army, a wild
animal, or robbers waiting on the other side of the mountain to devour
us. We still have freewill and are making our own decisions, but God
knows our destinies, because He can see where our lives are leading us.
As humans we possess this same ability, only to a lesser degree.
We can predict how our children will respond in certain situations based
upon their upbringing. Our children are free to make their own
decisions, but those decisions will be based on the morals and values
that they have learned. We do not know exactly what our children will do
in every situation (and we certainly do not control their actions), but
we can generally predict their behavior.
Of course sometimes our children stray from their upbringing, and
sometimes they will make poor decisions. These are the times that they
will be disciplined, and based on whether or not they learn from their
mistakes; we can predict how they will respond in similar situations in
the future. This is similar to how God could allow us to make our own
decisions, yet still know how our lives will turn out, but to a much
It is understandable that God could predict how an individual will turn
out based on the circumstances of that personís life. The area of the
world the person is born in, their parents, their culture, and several
other factors will come in to play in shaping the destiny of each
person. God has control of all of these influences giving Him the power
to know what fate has in store for us, and He can influence our lives
according to His will and purpose.
God does not control every aspect of our lives, but he gives us room to
exercise our freewill. God controls the major events of our lives, but
allows us to make our own decisions in other matters. To clarify this
point we will look at the life of King David.
Acts 13:22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to
be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found
David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill
all my will.
God chose David because He knew David would be a good king, and because
He knew David would fulfill His will. This was the major event that King
David was destined for. Besides David fulfilling Godís purpose of
becoming King, God allowed David to use his freewill to make his own
decisions, which would affect Davidís life but not alter his destiny.
Our lives will be according to Godís purpose, but we can make our lives
a great deal more difficult by using our freewill to make bad decisions.
We are accountable for the consequences of our sins, which may make our
lives harder, as was the case with King David.
2 Samuel 11:2-5 Then it happened one evening that David arose from his
bed and walked on the roof of the king's house. And from the roof he saw
a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold. So David
sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, "Is this not
Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?" Then
David sent messengers, and took her; and she came to him, and he lay
with her, for she was cleansed from her impurity; and she returned to
her house. And the woman conceived; so she sent and told David, and
said, "I am with child."
King David was a good king and lived according to Godís will. However,
David also had freewill, and his life would be affected by the
consequences of the decisions that he made. One night David happened to
see a beautiful woman and he lusted after her. He inquired about who she
was, and even though he learned that she was married he committed
adultery with her and got her pregnant.
2 Samuel 11:6-9 Then David sent to Joab, saying, "Send me Uriah the
Hittite." And Joab sent Uriah to David. When Uriah had come to him,
David asked how Joab was doing, and how the people were doing, and how
the war prospered. And David said to Uriah, "Go down to your house and
wash your feet." So Uriah departed from the king's house, and a gift of
food from the king followed him. But Uriah slept at the door of the
king's house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to
David tried to cover up his sin by calling the womanís husband home from
war in hopes that he would lay with his wife, and believe the child she
was carrying was his own. However, Uriah did not go to his house and
Davidís plan to cover up his sin failed.
2 Samuel 11:14-15 In the morning it happened that David wrote a letter
to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. And he wrote in the letter,
saying, "Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat
from him, that he may be struck down and die."
Since David was unable to deceive Uriah into believing the child
Bathsheba was carrying was his own, he decided to have Uriah killed.
Uriah was one of Davidís most faithful and loyal soldiers, and was
listed as one of Davidís mighty men (1 Chronicles 11:41). David betrayed
Uriah and had Uriah trustingly carry the very letter that ordered his
David utilized his freewill to commit several sins in this matter. He
coveted his neighborís wife (Exodus 20:17), he committed adultery
(Exodus 20:14), and he committed murder (Exodus 20:13), two of which are
sins punishable by death under Mosaic Law (Exodus 21:14, Leviticus
20:10). God sent the prophet Nathan to confront David with his sins.
2 Samuel 12:9-11 'Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to
do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword;
you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the
sword of the people of Ammon. 'Now therefore, the sword shall never
depart from your house, because you have despised Me, and have taken the
wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife. "Thus says the Lord: 'Behold,
I will raise up adversity against you from your own house; and I will
take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he
shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun.í
2 Samuel 12:13-14 So David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the
Lord." And Nathan said to David, "The Lord also has put away your sin;
you shall not die. "However, because by this deed you have given great
occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also who is
born to you shall surely die."
David sinned against God, and because of this he had to deal with the
consequences of his sins. David repented and God forgave him (2 Samuel
12:13), but the consequences of his sins remained with him. The first
punishment for Davidís sins was that the child Bathsheba was carrying
would die, which happened seven days after the childís birth (2 Samuel
Other consequences were that the sword and adversity would rise from,
and never depart from his house (2 Samuel 12:10-11). The adversity that
followed resulted in one of Davidís sonís raping his sister (2 Samuel
13:14), and another one of Davidís sons avenging the rape of his sister
by murdering his brother (2 Samuel 13:28-29). Later that brother would
rebel against his father and also be killed (2 Samuel 18:14-15).
So was God unjust by allowing Davidís daughter to be raped, and two of
his sons to be killed as the result of Davidís sin? No! Everyone still
utilized their own freewill and was responsible for their own actions.
Amnon chose to rape his sister (2 Samuel 13:14, 16) and his death was
the result of his own sins (Deuteronomy 22:25, 28-29, 27:22). Absalom
chose to have his brother murdered (2 Samuel 13:28), and Absalomís death
was also the result of his own sins (Deuteronomy 19:11-12).
As for the sister Tamar, she did nothing wrong (2 Samuel 13:7-14), and
she certainly did not deserve the pain that was inflicted upon her. Like
Uriah the Hittite (2 Samuel 11:11), Tamar was the victim of other
peopleís sinful desires. The world is not fair and bad things do happen
to good people. This is the result of sin being in the world, but if
these events were not possible we would not have freewill. Although
Uriah and Tamar may have endured suffering while on the earth, their
reward will be great in Heaven (2 Thessalonians 1:4-7, 2 Corinthians
So, if the tragic events were of each individualís own making, then how
is it that they were the consequences of King Davidís sins? King David
did not cause his sons to make the choices that they did, but it is very
likely that his actions could have influenced their decisions to some
degree. Through Davidís sins he demonstrated to his children that he was
willing to go against Godís commandments in certain situations. This
could have planted the seed in their minds for them to do likewise when
they felt it necessary.
1 Kings 15:4-5 Nevertheless for David's sake the Lord his God gave him a
lamp in Jerusalem, by setting up his son after him and by establishing
Jerusalem; because David did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, and
had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of
his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.
Davidís destiny and purpose was to be king and do the will of God.
Davidís life turned out as God had predestined it to. David made his
life harder then it had to be because he used his freewill to sin
against God, but the main purpose of his life remained according to
Godís plan. Davidís sins were great, but he repented of them. He was
disciplined by the consequences of his sins and he learned from his
David fulfilled Godís purpose and did not lose his salvation. He dealt
with the consequences of his sins, and lived out the rest of his life
according to Godís will. The major events of Davidís life were
predestined by God, yet God allowed David to use his freewill to make
his own choices. These choices affected Davidís life, but not his
God has control of our lives in that He influences them and directs them
according to His will and purpose, but He does not live our lives for
us. He may control some of the events of our lives, but we are given
room to make our own choices; and we will be held accountable for our
Matthew 12:36-37 "But I say to you that for every idle word men may
speak, they will give account of it in the Day of Judgment. For by your
words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."
God controls our lives in that we will be put in different situations
and will interact with other people according to Godís plan. How we
interact and what we do in the different situations will determine how
we will be judged on the day of the Lord. God does not control our
actions, but influences the major events of our lives.
When dealing with the topic of predestination, there are three people
that usually come up: Judas Iscariot, Pontius Pilate, and Pharaoh. Were
these people allowed to use freewill, and if not how could God hold them
accountable for their actions? Before we get into the topic of ĎSome
pots were made to be brokení, we will first examine whether or not these
three men had a choice in the things they did. We will begin by
examining the actions of Judas Iscariot. Did Judas have a choice in
John 5:15-18 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus,
which had made him whole. And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus,
and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath
day. But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had
broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making
himself equal with God.
Luke 22:1-6 Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called
the Passover. And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might
kill him; for they feared the people. Then entered Satan into Judas
surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. And he went his
way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might
betray him unto them. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him
money. And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them
in the absence of the multitude.
The chief priests and the Pharisees already wanted Christ dead before
Judas approached them. Satan entered into Judas and Judas approached the
chief priest and offered to betray Christ. What caused Judas to do this?
The event that took place immediately prior to Judas approaching the
chief priests to betray Christ was a dispute over costly ointment
John 12:3-6 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very
costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her
hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. Then
saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should
betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and
given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but
because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.
The reason Judas got angry over the costly ointment (and decided to
betray Christ) was because he was a thief, and he wanted the money for
himself. This was the character and nature of Judas Iscariot. He was a
greedy and selfish person. It is understandable that someone with those
characteristics could be foreseen as a traitor. God knows the hearts of
men (Roman 8:27), and could have easily determined that it was in Judas
Iscariotís nature to betray Christ. God did not force Judas to betray
Christ, but selected Judas knowing that it was what he would do.
John 6:64-71 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew
from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should
betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come
unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. From that time many
of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus
unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him,
Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we
believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living
God. Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you
is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was
that should betray him, being one of the twelve.
Jesus knew from the beginning that Judas was going to betray him, and
selected him as one of the twelve disciples so that the scriptures might
be fulfilled. Judas was a selfish thief that lied and pretended to be a
disciple of Christ in order to steal their money.
God did not make Judas betray Christ, but God did know that Judas would
be the one to do so. Judas made the decision to betray Christ with his
own freewill. After Judas approached the chief priests and offered to
betray Christ, Judas was given a chance to change his mind and was given
a final warning. This display of mercy is similar to when Ezekiel was
sent to the children of Israel (Ezekiel 2:3-5). It was doubtful that
Judas would listen to the warning (because of his nature), but he was
given the warning nonetheless, so that he would not have any excuses for
John 13:21 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and
testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you
shall betray me.
Matthew 26:21-25 And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you,
that one of you shall betray me. And they were exceedingly sorrowful,
and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I? And he
answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the
same shall betray me. The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but
woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It had been good
for that man if he had not been born. Then Judas, which betrayed him,
answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.
Jesus gave Judas this final warning after Judas had already made a deal
with the chief priests to betray Him. God knows all things so of course
He knew that Judas had approached the chief priests to betray Christ.
Judas was given a chance to change his mind. Was this possible or was
Judas forced to betray Christ? Judas betrayed Christ out of his own
The scriptures could have been fulfilled if someone other than Judas had
betrayed Christ, but Judas was selected as a disciple because God knew
based on Judasí character that he would be the one to do so. Was Judas
given a chance to make a different decision? Of course he was. Jesus
warned him right before Judas went out the door to betray him.
Judas had all the information necessary to make the correct decisions in
his life. Judas lived with Christ for three years and witnessed many
miracles. He was with Christ when Christ presented His teachings to the
multitudes. It was predestined that Christ would be betrayed, but was
out of his own freewill that Judas betrayed Him.
Psalm 41:7-9 All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do
they devise my hurt.: An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him:
and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more. Yea, mine own familiar
friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his
heel against me.
John 13:18-19 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but
that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath
lifted up his heel against me. Now I tell you before it come, that, when
it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.
Jesus quoted Psalm 41:9 to inform the disciples that he was going to be
betrayed by someone close to Him. Jesus uses the exact words minus the
words, ďfriend, in whom I trusted.Ē Christ had to be betrayed by someone
near to Him so that the scriptures might be fulfilled. God knew before
hand that Judas Iscariot would use his freewill to make the decisions
that he did, which were according to Godís plan and purpose. God
foresees events far into the future. He does not cause these events, but
is able to see where mankind is going based on the choices they make.
To clarify this further we will look at what God told Abraham. God
called Abraham to journey into the land of Canaan to a land that would
be given to the descendants of Abraham as an inheritance (Genesis
12:1-2). Abraham did as God had instructed him, and arrived in the land
that would later be given to his descendants (Genesis 12:7).
Genesis 15:12-16 Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon
Abram; and behold, horror and great darkness fell upon him. Then He said
to Abram: "Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a
land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them
four hundred years. "And also the nation whom they serve I will judge;
afterward they shall come out with great possessions. "Now as for you,
you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old
age. "But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the
iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete."
Abraham did as God directed him and moved to the land that God promised
to give to his descendants. So why didnít God just give the land to
Abraham at that time? It is because the time had not yet come for the
land to be taken from the Amorites. At that time the Amoritesí sins did
not yet warrant their destruction. However, God foresaw that their sins
were continually increasing and within the next four hundred years their
sins would merit them being overthrown, and their land would be given to
the descendants of Abraham (Genesis 15:16).
In the above verses God also informed Abraham that his descendants would
be taken to a different land and would be made into slaves for four
hundred years. God foretold the judgment He would inflict on Egypt to
free the children of Israel from their bondage.
The life of Pharaoh is more difficult to explain then Judas, because God
did harden Pharaohís heart so that Pharaoh would continue to hold the
children of Israel captive, in order for Godís power to be displayed.
The thing that you need to understand is that Pharaoh still had
freewill, and it is because of his actions that the plagues fell upon
The plagues that fell upon Egypt were brought about by the consequences
of their actions. The same way that the sword and adversity would rise
from and never depart King Davidís house because of his sin, the people
of Egypt would have to face the consequences of their sins as well.
Exodus 3:7-8 And the Lord said: "I have surely seen the oppression of My
people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their
taskmasters, for I know their sorrows. "So I have come down to deliver
them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that
land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to
the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the
Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites.
The plagues were not brought down on Egypt because Pharaoh failed to let
the Hebrew people go when Moses first asked him to. God brought judgment
to Egypt because He observed the oppression that was taking place there
and because He heard the cries and knew the sorrows of the Hebrew
people. God foresaw these events and foretold of them to Abraham
Exodus 4:21-23 And the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to return
into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I
have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not
let the people go. And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD,
Israel is my son, even my firstborn: And I say unto thee, Let my son go,
that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will
slay thy son, even thy firstborn.
Exodus 7:3-5 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs
and my wonders in the land of Egypt. But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto
you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and
my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great
judgments. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I
stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel
from among them.
Exodus 9:13-17 And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the
morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD
God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. For I will
at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy
servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none
like me in all the earth. For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may
smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off
from the earth. And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up,
for to show in thee my power; and that my name may be declared
throughout all the earth. As yet exaltest thou thyself against my
people, that thou wilt not let them go?
Pharaohís life served the purpose of God, and his freewill actions were
in accordance with Godís plan (Exodus 9:16). God hardening Pharaohís
heart served several purposes. Egypt was being judged because of their
sins; in the same way the Amorites were about to be. By prolonging the
time before Pharaoh would allow the children of Israel to be let go, God
multiplied His signs and wonders, and dispensed the consequences the
people of Egypt had coming to them for their sins. In doing so the
people of Egypt would know that YHVH was the only true God. The plagues
were a form of discipline for the Egyptian people. The Egyptian people
were worshipping several other gods at that time.
God displayed His power so that the people of Egypt would know the YHVH
was the only true God. Several of the plagues were targeted specifically
against the gods of Egypt. For example, the plague of darkness (Exodus
10:21-29) demonstrated Ra the Egyptian sun god was powerless against
Jehovah. The water of the Nile turning to blood showed that Khnum (the
guardian of the Nile) could not stand against God, the death of the
firstborn sons (Exodus 11:5) displayed Godís sovereignty over Isis (the
goddess of life), and the destruction of the crops by hail and locusts
was against Osiris (god of agriculture and death).
The judgments that God placed on Egypt both punished them for
worshipping other gods, and corrected them by showing them whom they
ought to worship. These judgments also fulfilled the prophecy that God
had spoken to Abraham (Genesis 15:14), and set the stage for the Gospel
of Christ by initiating the Passover and the sacrifice of an unblemished
lamb so that the wrath of God would Passover the house of those that
followed Godís commandments (Exodus 12:11).
All things worked together for the glory of God and according to His
plan. God punished, saved, fulfilled prophecy, disciplined, and laid the
foundation for the future death of Christ on the cross, all at the same
time; based on the freewill actions of several different people coming
So did Pharaoh have freewill? Yes, it was through Pharaohís freewill
that he kept the Hebrew people in bondage. It was through Pharaohís
freewill that he brought sorrows onto the children of Israel to the
point that they cried out to God for deliverance. During the seven
plagues God hardened Pharaohís heart so that Godís will would be
accomplished. When Moses spoke to Pharaoh, Pharaoh was not able to
prevent the afflictions that God had predestined to bring upon Egypt.
The afflictions were the consequences of the sins of the people and were
foretold by God many years in advance in the same way that God foresaw
that the sins of the Amorites were going to increase to a point that
they would likewise be judged. God did not force these people to sin so
that he could afflict judgment upon them, but He foresaw that through
the peopleís choices they would continue to increase in their sins and
judgment would eventually be warranted.
As for Pontius Pilate he too was able to use his freewill to make his
own decisions. It was according to Godís will that Christ would be
crucified, since it was the very purpose of His birth. Pilate did not
want to have Christ crucified. He made a few attempts at releasing
Christ, but the Jewish people would not have it. God also gave Pilate a
warning, and gave him every opportunity to make the correct decision.
Matthew 27:19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent
unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have
suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.
John 19:12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the
Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's
friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.
God sent a warning to Pilate through a vision that his wife received,
not to have anything to do with the death of Jesus, but Pilate was too
weak to standup to the people (Matthew 27:24, Mark 15:15).
Acts 3:13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our
fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied
him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.
In the above verse Paul confronts the Jewish people, because they
delivered Christ up and denied His release when Pilate wanted to let Him
go. Pilate was warned by his wife and desired to release Christ, but he
backed down to the will of the people.
Acts 4:26-28 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were
gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a
truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod,
and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were
gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel
determined before to be done.
Could Pilate have let Christ go and the scriptures still have been
fulfilled? Of course he could of. The chief priests were determined to
have Christ crucified, if Pilate did not give the order they would have
taken Christ to someone else that would have. Christ had already been
before Herod once; they could have easily taken Christ back to him and
pressured Herod to give the order.
Regardless of who gave the order, all things happen in accordance with
Godís will. It would not be hard for God to recognize that it was in
Pilateís nature to succumb to the will of the people when placed in that
situation. God influences the circumstances of our lives to ensure that
His will is accomplished. He can predict how we will behave in different
situations based on our behavioral patterns and character traits, but
the decisions we make are still our own.
Proverbs 16:4 The Lord has made all for Himself, Yes, even the wicked
for the day of doom.
God created every one of us for a specific purpose. All of us play a
particular role in Godís plan, and we interact with each other according
to Godís purpose, in order for Godís will to be accomplished. Not every
person that God created will receive salvation. Some pots were made to
Jeremiah 18:3 Then I went down to the potter's house, and there he was,
making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was
marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another
vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. Then the word of the
Lord came to me, saying: "O house of Israel, can I not do with you as
this potter?" says the Lord. "Look, as the clay is in the potter's hand,
so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!
We are the creation, and God can do with us as he sees fit. The potter
plans out the destiny of his creation when it is still on the wheel. The
potterís will could be compared to the Wheel of Fortune card in that our
destinies are determined before we are created on the potterís wheel.
Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and
thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
Job 10:8 Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about;
yet thou dost destroy me. Remember, I beseech thee, that thou hast made
me as the clay; and wilt thou bring me into dust again?
Job 33:6 Behold, I am according to thy wish in God's stead: I also am
formed out of the clay.
God is the creator and we are the creation. We are at Godís mercy. Our
lives and our fate are completely reliant upon the mercy of God, which
is another reason this path is located on the Pillar of Mercy on the
Qabalah. On this earth, our circumstances are based on Godís mercy;
certainly Godís blessings make a big difference on the level of
satisfaction we find on the earth.
As for our spiritual circumstances we would not be anywhere without
Godís mercies. We receive salvation through the sacrifice that Christ
made, and from there we begin the Great Work; but even then we are given
the Holy Spirit to guide us. Without Godís mercy we would not be able to
get anywhere physically or spiritually.
Psalm 145:8-9 The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger
and great in mercy. The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are
over all His works.
God is merciful to us. He is patient with us and he is good to all. He
causes the sun to rise and sends rain to both the righteous and to the
wicked (Matthew 5:45). Who are we to question Godís plan in our lives?
Isaiah 29:16 Surely you have things turned around! Shall the potter be
esteemed as the clay; For shall the thing made say of him who made it,
ďHe did not make me?Ē Or shall the thing formed say of him who formed
it, ďHe has no understanding?Ē
Isaiah 45:9-10 "Woe to him who strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd
strive with the potsherds of the earth! Shall the clay say to him who
forms it, 'What are you making?' Or shall your handiwork say, 'He has no
hands'? Woe to him who says to his father, 'What are you begetting?' Or
to the woman, 'What have you brought forth?'
We are the creation and each of us has been created according to Godís
purpose. What right do we have to question the plan God has for our
lives? We were created to fulfill Godís will and not the other way
around. The events that take place in our lives take place according to
Godís plan, and we may not understand the reasons at the time or maybe
We need to be patient and believe that God is working for our good and
in our best interest. The Lord works in mysterious ways, and we are not
able to comprehend the significance of all of the events that take place
in our lives. We interact with other people and influence them (and vice
versa) in ways that we are not always aware of.
Romans 8:28-30 And we know that all things work together for good to
them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to
the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many
brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and
whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he
Some pots were made to be broken and some people have been created for
destruction (Proverbs 16:4). At the same time some people were
predestined to receive salvation. To those who love God, all things will
work together for their good (Romans 8:28). To those that do not choose
to love God, God is still good to all and will be gracious and merciful
to them while they are on the earth, but in the end they will be lost
While the clay was still on the potterís wheel God determined its
destiny. Some of the clay has been predestined to be conformed to the
image of Christ and will receive salvation, and other lumps of clay were
created to serve their purpose on earth and then will be lost. It is not
our place to question the decisions of our Creator. He assigned us each
our own purpose, which are the major events of our lives. He then gave
us room to use our freewill to make our own choices. God foreknows
(Romans 8:29) what choices we will make, because He is the one that
created us and gave us our personalities. In this way we have been
predestined, but at the same time use our freewill to manifest Godís
plan for us.
Those that are predestined to be justified God has also called (Romans
8:30). If God did not call us, we would probably be too caught up in the
material world we live in to seek Him out. God calls us in many
different ways. In the Great Commission Jesus told the disciples to make
disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). You may also be called because
God placed a desire in your heart to seek Him out. God calls those He
chooses to Himself and may call you several times before you hear Him.
God may have placed this very book that you are reading into your hands
to draw you to Him.
God uses people to serve His purpose. We enter act with other people and
our actions influence the lives of others and vice versa. It is true
that sometimes God will appear to people in visions or dreams like He
did with Abraham, Moses, Ezekiel, and so on, but most of the time God
uses the lives of individuals to influence the lives of those around
them (Matthew 5:16).
In the Old Testament of the Bible, God spoke to the people by sending
prophets to speak to them (Ezekiel 2:3). Our lives constantly influence
the lives of those around us, and we must be mindful that we do not lead
others astray (Romans 14:21). God knows how we will use our freewill and
what our characters will be like before we are even born.
Romans 9:10-13 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by
one, even by our father Isaac; (For the children being not yet born,
neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according
to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;) It was
said unto her, the elder shall serve the younger. As it is written,
Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
God knew that He would love Jacob and hate Esau before they were even
born. So if God knew He would hate Esau, then why did He create him in
the first place? God created Esau and gave him freewill to serve his
purpose. Esau used his freewill to become a fornicator and profane
person that held nothing sacred, and even sold his own birthright for a
morsel of food (Hebrews 12:16).
In contrast Jacob was a hard worker and endured fourteen years of labor
for the love of Rachel (Genesis 29:18, 27-28). The interactions of these
two brothers were documented so that we can learn from their triumphs
and their failures. God created Esau knowing that He would hate his
actions, but Esauís life served the purpose that others might be saved.
We have the life of Esau as an example so that we will not repeat his
Romans 9:14-16 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with
God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will
have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of
God that showeth mercy.
Our fates are at the mercy of God. All of us have sinned and fall short
of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). We are all deserving of judgment, but
God chooses whom He chooses to have mercy on, and who are we to question
God? We do not receive Godís grace through our works (Ephesians 2:9),
but through His mercy. By works we do not earn our way into heaven, but
God shows mercy to those He chooses. That does not mean that how we live
our lives will not play a role in whether or not God selects us to be
shown mercy. God judges everyone according to their deeds (Revelations
2:23), and He knew whether He would love or hate Jacob and Esau before
they where born based on how they would live their lives.
Romans 9:17-23 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same
purpose have I raised thee up, that I might show my power in thee, and
that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath
he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. Thou
wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted
his will? Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall
the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one
vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? What if God, willing to
show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much
longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he
might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which
he had afore prepared unto glory,
God endured with longsuffering the evil deeds of men, that He might
display His power and bring about salvation to the righteous. God did
not like the actions of those that used their freewill to choose evil,
but He endured it so that He might show mercy to the righteous according
to His plan. If some people did not receive condemnation then to what
benefit would it be to follow God and receive His mercy? Without
punishment, there would be no heavenly rewards, because everyone would
receive the same fate regardless of if they were good or evil. Without
punishment for sin there would be no justice, and Godís mercies would
not be viewed as such a great gift. Everyone was created for a purpose,
and without the vessels of destruction we would not have freewill or be
able to grow spiritually.
Revelations 6:10-11 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long,
O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them
that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of
them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little
season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should
be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
In the above verses those who have sacrificed their lives for Christ cry
out to God awaiting God to avenge their deaths on those that dwell on
the earth. God tells them to be patient and to wait for the appointed
time. God endures evil with longsuffering (Romans 9:22) not wanting
anyone to perish, but is patient to give sinners more time to come to
repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
God has a plan and sticks to it. In the above verses God is withholding
His judgments on the earth in order to allow more saints to be martyred
and to fulfill their destinies. God has a plan and everything takes
place at its appointed time according to His purpose (Ecclesiastes
Ecclesiastes 3:10-11 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to
the sons of men to be exercised in it. He hath made every thing
beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so
that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to
God gave the travail that we experience on earth to us so that we might
be exercised in it. The challenges we face on the earth will help us to
grow. While we are facing challenges they may seem difficult and may
cause us great sorrow, but the work will bring forth beauty in its time.
Because we are born into a world containing sin, we often become too
absorbed in the matters of this world to pursue the mysteries of God.
That is why those that God has predestined He also calls (Romans 8:28).
We are built up (exercised) by our experiences, and God directs our
paths according to His purpose.
Proverbs 21:1 The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the
rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.
Proverbs 20:24 A man's steps are of the Lord; How then can a man
understand his own way?
The Lord directs our paths according to His plan. We make our own
decisions in this world, but God foresees and influences the directions
are lives are going, in order to manifest His will.
Isaiah 14:24 The Lord of hosts has sworn, saying, "Surely, as I have
thought, so it shall come to pass, And as I have purposed, so it shall
Isaiah 14:26-27 This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole
earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations.
For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? And his
hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?
The will of God will be done, His plan will be made manifest, and no one
is able to resist His will. This philosophy may seem both discouraging
and comforting. You may be discouraged because it seems as though you
are powerless to affect your own destiny, but the opposite is actually
If Godís predetermined plan could be affected by outside influences then
how could we have faith in His promises? We can be comforted by the fact
that the will of God will stand. We can be comforted because God made
His will know to us, and He has shown us the path to salvation. Because
Godís will is unchanging, we can have faith in His promises, and be
assured of our salvation.
Isaiah 46:9-11 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and
there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the
end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not
yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel
from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass;
I have purposed it, I will also do it.
God has declared the fate of man and the world from the beginning of
time. We have a record of the things that have passed and of the things
that will take place in the future. The Bible allows us to learn from
the lives of those that lived before us, and foretells of the events,
which God has purposed for the future. The will of God is expressed in
the Bible. We can have faith that what God has preordained He will also
see to completion.
Ephesians 1:9-10 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will,
according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That
in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in
one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on
earth; even in him:
Ephesians 1:11-12 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being
predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things
after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of
his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
God has made His will know to us through the Bible. God preordained all
of the events of the past and the events to come in the future so that
we might receive salvation through His son Jesus Christ. God set the
stage for the coming of Christ through out the entire Old Testament of
the Bible. The Passover in Egypt, The Bronze Serpent being lifted up in
the desert, the message of the Son of Man, and the call for Abraham to
follow God by faith are just some of the events that set the stage for
the coming of Christ; which we have discussed in this chapter. We have
been predestined according to Godís plan, and all things happen
according to His will (Ephesians 1:11).
2 Timothy 1:9-10 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling,
not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace,
which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now
made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath
abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through
1 John 3:8-9 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. Whosoever is
born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he
cannot sin, because he is born of God.
We have been called according to Godís purpose, to receive salvation
through Jesus Christ. God has preordained all of these events before the
world was created. The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was placed in
the Garden of Eden so that humans may have freewill in order to grow
through choices and consequences; being exercised through our
experiences on the earth.
Evil exists in the world in order for us to have choices. Christ came to
the earth in order for us to receive salvation. Both sin and the way to
overcome sin through the sacrifice of Christ were preordained before the
world began. Christ came to the earth to do the will of His father, and
to set an example for us to follow.
Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me:
nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
Christ prayed that Godís will be done, and we are instructed to do
John 14:13-15 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do,
that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing
in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments.
1 John 5:14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we
ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
If we ask anything in prayer through Christís name it will be given to
us, but there are conditions that go along with this instruction. We
must keep the commandments, and the things we ask must be according to
Godís will. God does not want anyone to parish, but for all to come to
repentance (2 Peter 3:9). If we ask God to bring one of our loved ones
to repentance, so that they might be saved, then we would be praying in
accordance with Godís will.
In contrast if we pray in Christís name for a new car or to win the
lottery it is doubtful that we would receive these things; unless they
just happened to coincide with Godís plan for our lives. God is
omnipotent and knows all. He knows the secrets of men (Romans 2:16), and
He knows our needs before we even ask.
Matthew 6:7-8 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen
do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be
not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye
have need of, before ye ask him.
John 3:27 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it
be given him from heaven.
Everything we receive and everything that we have has been given to us
by the grace of God. We need to have faith that all things will work
together for our good (Romans 8:28), trust in Godís plan, and pray that
His will be done (Luke 22:42). We do not know what the future holds in
store for us. The best that we can do is follow the commandments and
have faith in Godís plan for us.
James 4:13-15 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to
such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a
profit"; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is
your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then
vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall
live and do this or that."
The will of God is going to be accomplished with or with out us. We
should make it a point to include God in our lives.
Ephesians 1:4-5 According as he hath chosen us in him before the
foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before
him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by
Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.
Those that have been called by God should strive to be holy and
blameless before Him out of love and respect. This is the Great Work and
the endeavor of our lives.
2 Timothy 2:19-22 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. 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. If a man
therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour,
sanctified, and met for the master's use, and prepared unto every good
work. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith,
charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
God knows those that are His. The followers of Christ are called to
depart from their iniquities. There are vessels of honor and of
dishonor. We are to purge ourselves of our sins in order that we may be
considered vessels of honor that are met for the masterís use.
We have covered all of the imagery on the Wheel of Fortune tarot card
except for the books that each of the Cherubrim possess, and the clouds.
The clouds represent that the Wheel of Fortune is in the heavens. God
determines our destinies from His throne in the heavens.
Each of the four living creatures can be associated with one of the four
gospels of Christ. The books in front of the four living creatures can
be viewed to represent the four gospels. However, the four living
creatures also represent the angelic order of the Cherubrim, which face
every direction, have eyes in front and behind and see everything. The
books in front of the four living creatures may be the books used to
record the freewill actions of humans, which will be read on the Day of
Judgment when everyone will have to give an account for their deeds.
Malachi 3:16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, And
the Lord listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written
before Him For those who fear the Lord And who meditate on His name.
Revelations 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God;
and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the
book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were
written in the books, according to their works.
On the Day of Judgment we will be judged based upon what is written in
the books. God is our creator. Our fates have been determined before
hand while on the potterís wheel. We have freewill, yet God foreknows
the choices we will make, and knows whether we are vessels fit for honor
or for destruction.
We can be comforted by our calling, because we have been shown the path
to salvation and the will of God has been made known to us. Everything
works according to Godís purpose. God looks down on us from Heaven and
fashions each of our hearts individually. Bad things may happen to us
while we are in this world, but this life is but a vapor that is here
only for a while (James 4:14). We should trust in Godís plan for our
lives. We endure the evil in this world while we are in it, but the
Kingdom of Heaven will be our home for eternity.
Psalm 33:13-22 The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men.
From the place of His dwelling He looks On all the inhabitants of the
earth; He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their
works. No king is saved by the multitude of an army; A mighty man is not
delivered by great strength. A horse is a vain hope for safety; Neither
shall it deliver any by its great strength. Behold, the eye of the Lord
is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy, To deliver
their soul from death, And to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits
for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice
in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name. Let Your mercy, O
Lord, be upon us, Just as we hope in You.