ECCLESIASTES

or, THE PREACHER

Chapter 1

"The Chief Good; Man, his Labor, and Vanity."

This Bible Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's transcription/ location
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The name of this Book, "Ecclesiastes" is taken directly from the Latin Vulgate Version, through the Septuagint Version, which was made in Alexandria Egypt in the second or third century before Christ [B. C.]. The Vulgate, or Latin Version of the Bible was made by Jerome about the close of the fourth century A. D., and authorized by the Council of Trent, 1545-1563 B. C. "Ecclesiastes" comes from the Hebrew name "KOHELETH", which means "Assembler or Convener". It is not a proper name, but comes from the root word in the Hebrew, "Kahal" which means "to call".

The Book of Ecclesiastes was written by king Solomon, by the presence of the Holy Spirit. This entire Book was written to "the man that walks under the sun", which is an expression that means, "to those that live in the flesh body". It is addressed to the soul that lives in this flesh body to tell us how to be happy while we live in the flesh body. It was written to give us peace of mind, and exist in the flesh body with what ever condition we find our selves in.

When we have total understand of this book of Ecclesiastes, and live in accordance with it's instructions, we can be prosperous, happy, and have a total different understanding of our flesh bodies, and the spiritual body that dwells within our flesh bodies. This is the purpose of this book. It was written to give you happiness which you live in the flesh body, and give you a purpose and reason for living.

Ecclesiastes takes a close look at both sides of the view of life in the flesh body. We will first take a optimist look at life, then the pessimist view of life. Though the optimist will over play life in the flesh, but the beauty of it all is that we will see the truth that lies between the two. That truth will give us peace of mind.

Ecclesiastes 1:1 "The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem."

Son of David, and King in Jerusalem, identifies this Preacher as king Solomon.

Ecclesiastes 1:2 "Vanity of vanities," saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity."

"Vanity" in the Hebrew is "habel" and denotes "emptiness". It is used adversely and shows something that is empty of reality.

If you don't know where to look for peace of mind, everything will seem empty, and even money and wealth will not help you, even special privileges won't help you, if that are to do with this flesh world. However there is a wisdom and a way that those in the flesh can be fulfilled.

Ecclesiastes 1:3 "What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?"

This refers to earthly man. Solomon had gathered so much wealth in the world, that we cannot comprehend it in our minds. Solomon is saying that with the accumulation of all this wealth, how long will flesh man enjoy it.

Ecclesiastes 1:4 "One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever."

You can amass all the wealth that is possible, yet in the end, you are going to die just as a pauper does, and the flesh body is going to end and decay. Solomon is asking, what good does it do you? Remember that this entire book is directed to the man [woman] that is on this earth and living in the flesh body. All flesh will die once, and you are going to, unless you are living on the Day of the Lord, at the sounding of the last trumpet; then you will be changed instantly into your incorruptible body. Short of that day, all flesh bodies are appointed to die once.

Solomon is saying then, what profit is there in gathering all this wealth when you cannot take it with you, when your generation passeth away? There is only one thing that you can take with you, other that that which is recorded in the heavenly book [the book of Life], and that is your works, and those works are not the works of the world, but the works that you have done for the Heavenly Father, and His children. Those works will profit you, but not in this flesh body.

The earth will continue from the time it was created, through all three earth ages, as it is written in II Peter 3:5-7 "For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:" [5] "Whereby the world that then was [first earth age], being overflowed with water, perished:" [6] "But the heavens and the earth which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men." [7]

Ecclesiastes 1:5 "The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose."

In other words, the old sun just keeps following it's path across the sky, as the flesh man watches it come up and go down, day after day, year after year and flesh generation after flesh generation. She comes up in the east, and sets in the west, then she hurries around the dark side to do the same old thing that she has always done. Flesh man watches the process as each time shortens the time of the flesh, and hastens the day of the decay. Same old thing day in, and day out, it never changes.

Ecclesiastes 1:6 "The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits,"

The thought in the Hebrew text here is an extension of the verse prior. Meaning that in it's seasons, in the summer the sun moves to the north and we have warmth, and in the summer the sun moves to the south position and we have the cold and blistery conditions. Solomon is saying that the seasons, just as the days are marked continually with the same old movements, just as they always have. By this we continue to have the seasons, the times of growing, and the times of harvesting.

Ecclesiastes 1:7 "All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again."

Solomon is reminding us that the rivers are not going to overflow the ocean. We know that through the evaporation of the waters in the seas, and oceans we have the rains, that fill the rivers, and flow to the seas to be evaporated again. This is a process that we can count on year after year, over and over; does is sound empty? It has a purpose that we will see.

Ecclesiastes 1:8 "All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing."

"Labor" in the text is "weariness. The labors, or weariness of the societies that flesh man hears and sees, man never quite understands. Anytime you get to the point that you know everything in this flesh body, you are just kidding yourself.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 "The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun."

Solomon, with the guidance of the Spirit of God, is telling you that those things that have happened before, will happen again. It is important that you understand this. There is no new idea or thing that can happen to man that has not already happened to man. Remember that "under the sun" in in reference to "this flesh body of man".

This point helps us understand the Word of God, and the types that the prophets of old give us in their writings. Paul told us in I Corinthians 10:11; "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come."

"Ends of the world", means the ends of this earth age, or dispensation where man lives in his flesh body. Paul told us that all those things that were written by the prophets of man's actions, and what happened to them when they either violated God's law, or kept God's law were examples to us, for there is no new thing that will happen to flesh man, that has not already happened to others in the past. We are to study God's Word, and by our understanding of His Word, we can have the peace of mind that comes with God's faithfulness to His Word.

There is nothing new under the sun, even to the point of what happens at the end of this earth age, is a copy of what happened at the end of the first earth age. God has detailed out for us in His Word all events that will take place, right up to His second coming at the sounding of the seventh and final trumpet. He has name the signs, and given us examples even of the one world system that is coming upon us now, and will rule the minds of all mankind very shortly, all that is, except God's elect who know the truths, and will not be deceived.

Ecclesiastes 1:10 "Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new: it hath been already of old time, which was before us."

As mankind digs into the earth, and finds the fossils, and other remnants of the ages that was before the destruction of the earth that closed out that first earth age, we see that man is lead to believe that the earth has continued for millions of years in the state that it is now. Some churchmen dispute this, but the mere physical properties of what we can see does back up this finding. There was a "time of old", prior to the current earth age, the age where the souls of mankind live in their flesh bodies, and what happened then is as it is happening now.

This is also the assumption that modern science is based on, only what they disregard is the fact that the souls of the suns of God did not exist in flesh bodies then, and that is why we simply cannot find the bones of flesh man prior to six to ten thousand years. What they find that looks like apes, are apes, and those that look like monkeys are monkeys. Scientists have a nasty habit of stating things as fact, when they is not, for the sake of making credible that which is a lie.

There is nothing new under the sun, even lies and deceptions existed in that first earth age, by the master of all lies, Satan.

Ecclesiastes 1:11 "There is no remembrance of former [things]; neither shall there be any remembrance of [things] (men) that are to come with those that shall come after."

The word "things" has been added by the translators. It was added to carry the thought, however there is a problem with this, because the subject is "men that walk under the sun", or flesh man", and not "things". "There is no remembrance of former men".

Don't lose your thought of what Solomon is talking about here. We are not talking of the spiritual aspect to the man, and the spiritual things that he did, or did not do, but the story that is built around what others remembered of the man. It was "his story", or what we call "history" of what mankind prefers to remember of the person, right or wrong.

When the Communists took Russia they rewrote the history of their land, and all thought of God, and the Tzar were eliminated from their history. The historians of our land today are becoming liberal, and secular education is being rewritten from the truths of what this nation was founded upon, and it will continue because the men and women of God have turned over the system to the liberals. When any political or social body is taken over by another, the new system will change the minds of flesh man to conform to the new system, and the remembrance of those men that are to come, will lose sight of the truth of what happened in the past.

This was true in Abraham's day, it was true in Solomon's day, and in Jesus day. It is very evident when the Kenite Jewish priests and leaders of Jesus day tried to hide the truths of what happened in Jesus day. The historians of today are making a believable lie for our children's children in the future. As far as the flesh that walks the earth under the sun, it will not remember very much, only that which it is taught to remember. As time goes by people just seem to forget, and just don't care about what happened, if it doesn't apply to them directly.

Ecclesiastes 1:12 "I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem."

Solomon is tellin us, he had it all, he was the king over Jerusalem.

Ecclesiastes 1:13 "And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travil hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith."

God gave wisdom to exercise the mind, and understand those things that are happening under heaven, which is this earth. We have to live in these flesh bodies for one lifetime. That lifetime is a different length for different people, but it is only given for one lifetime in the flesh. We need to learn how to enjoy ourselves, for without a sense of purpose, all becomes vanity, with is emptiness, nothingness. Once the flesh is gone, as far as the man that walks under the sun, it is over. Again remember this book is aimed at the physical [flesh] man, which is separatedfrom the spiritual man.

Ecclesiastes 1:14 "I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit."

Solomon is telling us that he has tasted and done all that flesh man can do, while living under the sum, or in the flesh, and it is emptiness, and like chasing the wind. In the flesh there can be on happiness, for only in the spiritual can there be fulfillment.

Ecclesiastes 1:15 "That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered."

There are certain thing that just cannot be understood in the flesh body, they just don't make sense. That is where the spiritual nature of man comes into the picture.

Ecclesiastes 1:16 "I communed with mine own heart, saying, `Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem:' yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge."

"I thought within mine own mind," Solomon said as he took account of all the wealth and position that he had in Jerusalem, and he knew that God had granted him special wisdom and knowledge that no other man on earth had. Solomon was king, and he owned and controlled everything that he desired.

Ecclesiastes 1:17 "And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit."

Solomon said that in him mind he tried wisdom both ways, both in madness and folly, and to do good. Solomon said that this also is vexation of spirit, or chasing of the wind, trying to know both good and evil. Neither of them was worth anything, as far pleasing that which is under the sun, these flesh bodies.

Ecclesiastes 1:18 "For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow."

Remember that the subject in this entire Book of Ecclesiastes is the flesh man, he that walketh under the sun. This is talking about the wisdom of the flesh, and Solomon is saying that the more knowledge you obtain of earthly knowledge, of the flesh, the more sorrow it brings to the flesh, especially when it is dealing with the pleasures of the flesh, with out discipline of the mind.

The results of those earthly wisdom and knowledge lessons usually ends up in loss of God given wealth, sickness, and diseases. You saw and experienced the pleasures of the flesh, and the things that brought the pleasures, in the end increases your sorrow. Wisdom of drugs, is the frying of the mind. Wisdom of the pleasures of the filth of Sodomy is the sickness to your body, and the diseases that it brings to your flesh body. The wisdom and knowledge of adultery brings the broken home. These points of wisdom and knowledge may seem good to flesh man while they are practiced in the flesh, but they bring sorrow and destruction in the end.

Solomon is telling us that personal gratification can not be found within knowledge, wisdom, or the flesh; it comes from a higher power naturally.

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