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Doing Your Own Bible Studies

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eBook download showing how the Bible reveals how each prophecy has been fulfilled with simple study methods explaining how to locate related texts. While writing this book, I was surprised to find simple Bible study methods locked away in the sequence of prophecies found in the Bible. Each study method is explained as the Bible provides the perfect example to learn from.

Seven Steps to Doing Your Own Bible Studies

Step Number ONE
Pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit.

Step Number TWO

Identify the text you want to study. This works great for parables, which are the easiest to recognize. Often times parables are easily identified in the Bible.

KJV Matthew 13:33-3533. Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. 34. All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: 35. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

Another way to recognize a text to study is to ask yourself if the text is defying any natural laws. Following are a few examples.

KJV Daniel 2:45

45. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.

KJV Luke 10:19

19. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

KJV Luke 11:33

33. No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.

KJV Matthew 8:22

22. But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

Daniel 2:45 is a very good example. We know that the symbols used in Daniel 2 are symbolic. They are explained in the same chapter. This prophesy was placed in the Bible for a reason. This is a guide to show interpretations for symbols are to be found within the Bible. Often times symbols are explained within the same book of the Bible. Other times symbols may be explained in other books of the Bible.

When we look at the physical aspects of the other three texts above we can see, most people do not walk on serpents and scorpions, nor do they light a candle inside of a closet and dead people do not bury other dead people. Since these do not lend themselves to physical explanations they must be spiritual. Here is where you will be shown how to interpret spiritual meanings for key words in just about any Bible text.

Step Number THREE

Write out the physical aspects of the text in your own words.

As an example we will use Luke 10:19.KJV Luke 10:19

19. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

If there is a word you do not understand, look up the meaning in a Concordance and substitute a word that is easier to relate to.

Tread: Strong’s Ref. # 3961 pateo Pronounced pat-eh’-o

from a derivative probably of GSN3817 (meaning a “path”); to trample (literally or figuratively):


I (Jesus) will give you power to trample upon serpents and scorpions and over the power of the enemy and nothing shall hurt you.

We can see by the paraphrase this verse is talking about walking (trample or tread) upon creatures that are known to cause harm since they are known to be poisonous.

As seen in the example above, the paraphrase should agree with the original text. You should also write out your understanding of the text. Answer the question, “why isn’t this physically possible or why does this sound strange?” This is where the Holy Spirit will work with you.

Step Four

Identify the KEY words in the text. These will most likely be nouns, the names of people, places or things. Most likely things.

The key words in Luke 10:19 are serpents and scorpions. (Tread may also be a spiritual word.)

Step Five

Look up the key words in a concordance or on a computer Bible search and copy the text.


KJV Genesis 3:13

13. And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

KJV Psalms 58:3-4

3. The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.

4. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;

KJV Revelation 12:9

9. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

These texts show the serpent is Satan and his followers.


KJV 1 Kings 12:11

11. And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

KJV Revelation 9:5

5. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.

We can clearly see the word scorpion is associated with torment which can also be a trial. Ask yourself questions concerning the text. What is a trial? Who causes these trials? Who will torment you? Will it be God’s followers or those that oppose God? You know you are on the right track when you see a spiritual link forming between the key words.

Step Six

Substitute the spiritual meaning of the key words for the physical.

Serpent = Satan and the wicked people that follow him

Scorpion = torment from sinful people

Step Seven

Paraphrase the text using the spiritual meanings for the key words.

KJV Luke 10:19

19. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.


I (Jesus) will give you power to walk (tread or trample) upon Satan and the wicked people that follow him (serpents) and the torments they will send (scorpions) and nothing can hurt you.

Interpreting scripture is that easy. It takes practice to identify verses containing key words and verses identifying the spiritual meaning of key words. Practicing about once a week should get you up to speed in a couple of months. Keep a list of the key words you find. These will help you to quickly understand other texts. I will be adding a list of texts to study. Many of the texts you can interpret as a beginner can be found in Psalms and Proverbs along with many of the spiritual meanings to key words. The parables of Jesus are a good place to begin, as they contain spiritual words and teach the rules of interpretation.


13 Responses to “Doing Your Own Bible Studies”

  1. Pete said

    What do you mean by the word “trail” in step FIVE on the Seven Steps to Doing Your Own Bible Study?


  2. Pete said

    I’m stuck in the parable of the Rich man and Lazarus. We should get together and do this study cuz I’m really stuck.


  3. adventbiblestudy said

    A trial can be anything faced by the the followers of God. Trials can be physical or spiritual. The bondage in Egypt before the Exodus was both a physical trial, being enslaved by the Egyptians and spiritual, the influence of the Egyptian religion upon the Israelites. The defeat by Babylon and occupation by Rome are another examples. Other examples are the drought during the reign of Ahab in Israel, Jacob serving an additional seven years for Rachel and the last days and sacrifice of Christ. Some spiritual trials are Abram being told to leave him home to follow the word of God, Abram and Sara waiting for their first born, Isaac and Christ’s encounter with Satan in the wilderness.

    Here is the majority of text the word trial is found in. I never noticed this before, the word trail is hardly used the the NT.

    KJV 2 Corinthians 8:2
    2. How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality.

    KJV Hebrews 11:36-40
    36. And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
    37. They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
    38. (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
    39. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
    40. God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

    KJV 1 Peter 1:7
    7. That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

    KJV 1 Peter 4:12-13
    12. Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
    13. But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.


    • Bob said

      I think they were referring to the fact that you have misspelled ‘trial” as “trail” in every instance in step five.
      It could be understood quite easily to be a typo (which it obviously is) if it was just once but it happens every time.


  4. adventbiblestudy said

    KJV Luke 16:19-31

    19. There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:

    20. And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,

    21. And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

    22. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

    23. And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

    24. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

    25. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

    26. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

    27. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:

    28. For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

    29. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

    30. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

    31. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

    This is a large text to study. It does contain a number of spiritual words. I would suggest taking your time and looking at this text in sections. Verses 19 and 20 cover one subject. The key words are rich, or rich man, beggar and sores. Looking on the four gospels will explain what a rich man represents. I have never looked at beggar and sores. You can make an educated guess at what these may represent before looking up text.

    Verse 21 contains the key words crumb, table and dogs. This acted parable is very close to Matt. 15:22-28.

    Verse 23 raises questions. The key word hell is explained in Rev 20:12-15. Other explanations can be found by looking at other text containing the word hell.

    Reading all of Rev 20 should give you an idea of what the gulf represents. This is the only verse the word gulf appears in. When this situation arises look at the meaning of the word in the Concordance. This may give you another word to look up.

    Strong’s Ref. # 5490

    Romanized chasma

    Pronounced khas’-mah

    from a form of an obsolete prim chao (to “gape” or “yawn”); a “chasm” or vacancy (impassable interval):

    We see a gulf can also be a chasm or vacancy. You can try these words to see if they will provide additional information.

    If you notice, Jesus tells them to look at Moses and the prophets. This indicates the OT does contain the information to properly interpret this parable.


  5. your pages as been a soul blessing i am one that My believe that God (Jesus) will use me to be great so thanks for the step in studying


  6. I really enjoyed the 7 steps that you outlined here I used Ezra 7:10 as an example for what you touched on in step 1. Again a solid post… One of the best blogs out here thats for sure.


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  9. great tips thank you.


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  11. adventbiblestudy said

    Got to tell you all. I have been learning so many more simple methods from Dr. Lee on the CuppaJ Cafe online studies. The link is on the top left of this page. Hope to see you there. We are covering so many details. It is amazing. Like watching the last days unfold online.


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