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(Gen 28:10,11) And Jacob [Heb: heel catcher, supplanter] [trickster (deceiver), herein symbolizing an unsaved person in the beginning of his transition into Israel (Heb: he will rule as God)] went out from Beersheba [Heb: well of an oath], and went toward Haran [Heb: burning] [away of sin]. And he lighted [Heb: made intercession, prayed] [a consequence of burning away of sin] upon a certain place [Heb: fig. a condition (of body or mind)] [in his life], and tarried [Heb: endured] there all night [surrounded by the darkness of this world], because the sun was set [lacking the illumination of God, and it was cold]; and he took of the [hard] stones of that place [the condition of the hardness of his heart at that time, i.e., his inner thoughts], and put them for his pillows [as the worldly foundation of his thoughts], and lay down in that place [Heb: fig. a condition (of body or mind)] to sleep [no longer in active charge, offensively or defensively, of his life, but openly neutral… resting]



(Gen 28:12) And he [Jacob] dreamed [dream states are instances of pure thoughts that exclude physical body participation], and behold a ladder [Heb: a stair case] [1] set up [Heb: stationed: established] on the earth, and the top [Heb: head] of it reached to [Heb: touched] heaven: and behold the angels [spirits] [2] of God [we, the spiritual entities (composited thoughts) temporarily dwelling inside these physical bodies, are those once but no longer innocent spirits/angels] ascending and descending [we approach God as we mentally tread (spiritually climb) ever upward through the clouds, and God comes down to meet us in the air] [3] on it [i.e., on the ladder, based on revelations, stairs, steps (for our feet, hands for our work)](Gen 28:13) And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, [a repetition of the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen 12:1-3)] I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; Gen 28:14  And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 

1.    Commentary: Symbolically, in the Bible, a man is “like a tree” (Psa 1:3), and Jesus was in fact a “carpenter” (Mark 6:3); hence, the “ladder” to heaven is built of wooden rails (people: teachers - shepherds), and wooden stairs (people: students support - sheep), also meaning that Jesus Christ fashioned the wooden ladderfor our feet (walk – stepping) and for our hands (works – grasping). By ascending vertically to heaven, each step represents a cumulative revelation likened unto the building up of a volcano “here a little and there a little” (Isa 28:10,13) of the Word of God, and then the sudden explosion: pow, i.e., the revelation.

2.    (Psa 104:4) [God] Who maketh his angels [Heb: messengers (messages)] spirits; his ministers [Heb: worshippers: servants] a flaming [consuming] fire[this verse repeated in Heb 1:7]

a.     (Jer 23:29) Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

b.    Commentary: all spirits (good and evil angels) were originally thoughts of God and part of God’s innocent (good and perfect) Holy Spirit (the Thoughts of God). Then God “created evil” (Isa 45:7), and “the third part” (Rev 12:4) of the innocent angels listened to and believed Lucifer-Satan instead of God, and were consequently exiled from heaven (exiled from the Holy Spirit), and became separatedfallen angels (unclean spirits, devils, demons), i.e., fallen (defiled, perverted, altered, changed) thoughts of God. “For I am the LORD, I change not;” (Mal 3:6a)

3.    Commentary: “ascending and descending” = From a wholistic overview, we are ascending up to heaven, by prayer [a] and study [b], step by step; we are ascending (no longer earthbound) through the Word of God; we are ascending through high “decks” of white (the color symbolizing innocence and purity) suspended clouds, each composed of condensed water (Eph 5:26), condensed words of God, i.e., raindrops, continually descending down upon and into us, spreading like scattering seeds (“The seed is the word of God” Luke 8:11), nourishing “the dust” (Gen 2:7) of the earth, of us. God in Jesus Christ is descending down upon and into we who are ascending into Him, “to meet the Lord in the air[c].

a.     (1 Thes 5:17) Pray without ceasing

b.    (2 Tim 2:15) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman [Gk: toiler, laborer] that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing [Gk: to make a straight cut, fig. dissect (expound) correctly] the word of truth

c.     (1 Thes 4:16-18) For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel [Michael], and with the trump(et) of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up [ascending] together with them in the clouds, to meet the [descending] Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 

4.    Commentary: The angelic spiritual ladder (pathway) is the only way back into spiritual heaven.

a.     (Eccl 12:7) Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it

b.    Commentary: Are you ascending Jacob’s ladder to heaven?