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The Doctrine of God’s Angels

Part I

Now that I have shared the truth about satan and demonology, I will move on to the next study in this series – The Doctrine of God’s AngelsMany facts about these angels, such as their creation, their bodies, etc. were covered in the Doctrine of Demons lesson. Seeing the devils started out as righteous angels, the facts are the same. Now, let us discover more information about the righteous angels.

I. Two of God’s Angels are Named

Guido Reni's archangel Michael (in the Capuchi...A. Michael – a prince with God. “One of the chief princes” – Daniel 10:13 “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia,” “Your prince” – Daniel 10:21 “But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince,” “The Great prince” – Daniel 12:1 “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book,” “The Archangel” – Jude 9 “Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee,” “Michael and his angels” – Revelation 12:7 “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels.” Note: Michael is the only archangel mentioned in the Bible. The word “archangel” only appears 2 times in the Bible (1 Thessalonians 4:16, Jude 9). If Michael is the only archangel, it will be his voice we hear at the Rapture. Remember – Angels are messengers. The message will be “Come Up Hither.” However, Daniel 10:13 seems to indicate he is just one of the archangels. Archangel means “chief angel” in Greek.

Joseph dreaming and Angel Gabriel (Monaco, Man...B. Gabriel – a man of God, one who stands in the presence of the Lord. First mention of Gabriel – Daniel 8:16 “And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision,” delivers a message to Daniel – Daniel 9:20-23 “And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God; Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.”

Delivers a message to Zacharias announcing the birth of a son, John the Baptist – Luke 1:11-20 “And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.”

Delivers a message to a virgin named Mary about the birth of a son, the Lord Jesus Christ – Luke 1:26-38 “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.”

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2012 in Eschatology

 

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The Doctrine of Demons

The next part of our study is on demons; there is actually a doctrine of demons that we need to be aware of. We know that satan was once an angel, but he chose to challenge God’s authority and wanted to be like God. Because of his rebellion he and his minions were cast out of Heaven and became what we know as demons. It is important for us to understand who they are and the havoc that they wreak on this earth, and that we must call on God’s power and protection from them.

The devil’s fallen angelsDemonology. The word “devils’ is found 55 times in the Bible, 4 times in the Old Testament and 51 times in the New Testament. The New Testament word in the Greek is “daimon” from which we get the word demon. However, the word demon is not found in the Bible. “Devils” and “demons” are the same in today’s English vernacular, but “devils” is the Bible word.

From our previous study on satan, we learned that the devils have a ruler over them, beelzebub, the prince of the devils, satan. And they followed satan in rebellion against God – one third of the angels followed him in his revolt. They are fallen angels now known as devils.

English: Man being attacked by demons and devils

Devil in Chains

The Devils Exist in Two Groups: I. Those that are Imprisoned in Chains in Darkness until the Judgment Day – 2 Peter 2:4 “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;” Jude 6 “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” These devils are probably the angels referred to in 1 Corinthians 6:3 “Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?” Why some of the devils are chained and others are obviously free is not known. We should just be thankful for this truth and that it is not any worse than it is. Devils are angels that sinned and left their first habitation whether free or bound.

II. Those that are Free and go About doing Demonic Work:

A. These will also end up in hell for that is why hell was prepared originally – Matthew 25:41 “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” As we learned in earlier studies, hell was not created for man, but for satan and his minions.

B. They know that their time is coming – Matthew 8:29 “And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?” They also know that their time is very short, therefore, as God’s children we must persevere and be diligent in sharing the Good News of Jesus’ Salvation for mankind.

C. They know that they shall be tormented in hell – Matthew 8:29, Revelation 20:10 “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” It is their mission to take as many humans with them as possible to this place of eternal torment, because we are God’s beloved. Many are choosing to be deceived into believing that it will be an eternal party. God’s Word says it will be eternal torment, and God does not lie.

D. They know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God – Matthew 8:29, Mark 1:24 – “Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.” Is it not very ironic that people choose to believe satan’s lies and reject Jesus as God’s Son? Even the devils know Him as God’s Son. See also Mark 3:11, Luke 4:41, Acts 19:15.

E. They are unwillingly subject to Jesus Christ – Mark 1:34 “And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.” Matthew 8:30-32 “And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.” They did not want to be cast into the “pit.” There are many more examples in God’s Word of Jesus casting out devils. This proves that when they attack us, we can call on the name of Jesus Christ to rebuke them, and they must flee.

1. Amazingly, even the unsaved can cast out devils by the name of Jesus Christ – Matthew 7:22-23 “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

2. Those who are not part of our fellowship can cast out devils by the name of Jesus Christ – Mark 9:38-40 “And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part.” See also Luke 9:49-50.

3. Those in our fellowship can cast out devils in the name of Jesus Christ – Matthew 10:8 – “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” See also Matthew 17:19-21, Mark 9:28-29. We must pray and fast for such miracles of deliverance.

4. The Spirit of God can cast out devils – Matthew 12:28 “But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.” This, I believe, is God’s main method today – through the power of the Gospel and the Word of God. Salvation delivers one from the kingdom of darkness.

5. Jesus himself cast out devils – Mark 1:39 “And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.” It is Jesus and the power of His name that wins against these demonic forces. It is a supernatural and spiritual warfare.

F. They believe in God and tremble at the thought of Him – James 2:19 “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” Here again, very ironic indeed that some people call themselves atheists, while even those who they let deceive them know that God is real.

G. They love to control, indwell and possess bodies:

1. Humans, the phrase “possessed with devils” or “possessed of a devil” occurs 11 times in the Gospels – for example, Matthew 9:32 “As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil.”

2. Animals, 2000 swine – Mark 5:13 “And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.”

H. They some times inflict an individual in large companies:

1. Legion – Mark 5:2-13 “And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.”

2. Mary out of whom the Lord cast out 7 devils – Mark 16:9 “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.”

I. There are unclean spirits mentioned 20 times in the New Testament, example Revelation 16:13-14 “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” Those who dabble or get caught up in things like seances or ouija boards must be aware that they are dealing with unclean spirits.

J. They can work miracles – Revelation 16:14 “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” Be very cautious about believing that all miracles are of God! If we truly know Jesus as our Saviour and keep our eyes on Him, we will not be deceived.

K. They teach false doctrines through false prophets as seducing spirits – 1 Timothy 4:1 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;” To seduce means to deceive, cause to rove, to be an imposter – 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” Also verses 13-15 “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” A good example of this is how it is so easy for anyone to become an ordained minister via the internet today. There are many calling themselves pastors, but deceiving people with lies such as, “It is okay to be homosexual; God made you that way.” They will stand before God and answer for their evil deceptions.

L. They are some times sacrificed to – Leviticus 17:7 “And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.” Deuteronomy 32:17 “They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.” Psalms 106:37 “Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils.” 1 Corinthians 10:20 “But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.” Be aware also that this still happens in our world today, because satan is harder at work today than ever before, as he knows his time is very short.

M. They are some times worshipped by man – Revelation 9:20 “And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk.”

If you have not done so, please turn to Jesus now! He died that NONE should perish with satan. He patiently waits with open arms but for a short time now. Do not wait until it is too late!

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Posted by on December 6, 2012 in Eschatology

 

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Angelology-The Doctrine of Angels

I must first apologize that for the past two weeks I have been stricken with a terrible bacterial respiratory infection. At one point it actually went into my eyes, and the doctor prescribed an eye drop that did more damage because of the reaction I had to it. I was prescribed a different antibiotic eye drop and am able to read and, therefore write again. I do believe I am being attacked by the evil one because this next entry is about the doctrine of Satan. I am sure he does not want anyone to know God’s truth from His word about him. Especially in these Last Days. I am hearing on FOX Cable News this morning (you may not hear it on the lamestream networks-I believe they work for satan) that Morsi, President of Egypt has just declared himself as Pharaoh. Need I say more?

As I mentioned at the beginning of these entries, these are studies that our preacher at our church has been teaching us over the past year or so. They are directly from God’s Word of Truth, The Holy Bible, the uncorrupted King James Version. The next section of study is on Angelology – The Doctrine of Angels. Most of us are aware that satan was once an angel, so the truth of his beginning and end is part of this study. I have decided to get this all in one post instead of breaking it into parts. Please take your time and study at your own pace. Though long, it is so well worth your time and effort.

I rebuke you satan and your evil minions from me and this witness for my God YHWH!

The Doctrine of Satan
I. His Existence

English: Satan as Antichrist

English: Satan as Antichrist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A. Doubted by the World – Ninety-four percent of Americans believe in a Supreme Being. Only forty percent believe in Satan. (AFA Journal, February, 1997) Perhaps it is easier for some to deny his existence than to face their fears and turn to God and His power to overcome. We also know that he does not bother anyone who is not a threat to him.

B. Portrayed by the World as a Fictitious Character – He is thought to be a medieval two-horned, fork-tailed impish creature, dressed in red flannel underwear. “If I were the devil, I would deny my existence in the world and down-play it in the local Church, thus freeing me to go about my business unheeded, unhindered and unchecked!” (The Baptist Bulletin, December 1971, page 13) Are we not seeing the consequences of this happening in our churches?

C. Declared by the Bible

1. The devil is mentioned in 7 Old Testament books – Genesis, 1 Chronicles, Job, Psalms, Isaiah, Ezekiel and Zechariah.

2. He is found in 19 New Testament books, and is referred to by every New Testament writer – Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Ephesians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 1 John, Jude, Revelation.

3. He is mentioned by the Lord Jesus Christ some 15 times! A few examples – Matthew 4:10 “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Matthew 16:23 “But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” Matthew 25:41 “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” Luke 10:18 “And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” Luke 22:31 “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.” John 8:44 ” Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

II. His Origin and Being

A. Created by God – Colossians 1:16, Revelation 4:11, Revelation 10:6, Ezekiel 28:12-15 “Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.” Study of Ezekiel 28:12-19:

1. “Thou sealest up the sum,”Ezekiel 28:12. He was the epitome of God’s creation. God never created anything finer.

2. “Full of wisdom,” – Ezekiel 28:12. He did not need to learn wisdom, was created with fullness of wisdom. Now corrupted – verse 17 “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.”

3. Perfect inbeauty,”– led to his prideful heart and downfall, verse 17. Also study Proverbs 16:18. His beauty is described in verse 13a. (Physical beauty is often depicted in Scripture as vanity – 2 Samuel 14:25, Proverbs 6:25, Proverbs 31:30, Matthew 5:28.) Remember, satan is a beautiful creature! Though he is really a cherubim, he transforms himself as an angel of light – 2 Corinthians 11:14 “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” He is not an ugly monster with a pitchfork in his hand. Many people are destroyed by the devil because they are looking for the wrong person.

4. “Thy tabrets..thy pipes was prepared in thee…,”verse 13b. Satan did not have to learn to play a musical instrument, he was a musical instrument. Thus, many forms of music today are satanic. Some are of God, some are of the devil (see Exodus 32:17-26). No other angels, seraphims or cherubims are said to be musical or singing.

English: The Mercy Seat, illustration from the...

5. “Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth…,”verses 14, 16. A cherub was a special kind of being whose purpose was to protect God’s holiness. “Covereth” in Hebrew means to protect, to fence in, defend. Exodus 25:19-20 as on the mercy seat, the cherubs were to cover the mercy seat.

6. “Thou wast upon the Holy mountain of God,”verse 14b. Satan had the most exalted position of any created being.

7. “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou was created…,”- verse 15. Originally, satan was a perfect creature, right up until he became a self-created sinner.

8. He is a real person with a celestial body – 1 Corinthians 15:39-40 “All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.”

9. He possesses intelligence – 2 Corinthians 2:11 “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” 2 Corinthians 11:3 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”

10. He possesses memory, he quoted Psalms 91:11-12 to Christ on the mount of temptation. (Matthew 4:5-6, Luke 4:9-11)

11. He possesses a will – Isaiah 14:13-15 “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” 2 Timothy 2:26 “And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”

12. He possesses emotions: desire – Luke 22:31 “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat”, pride – Isaiah 14:13-14 “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:”, and wrath – Revelation 12:12 “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”

13. He possesses organizational ability – The Bible speaks of Satan’s:

a. Synagogues – Revelation 2:9 “I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.”

b. Doctrines – 1 Timothy 4:1 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.”

c. Schemes:

i. Revolt of 1/3 of the angels with him – Revelation 12:4 “And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.”

ii. Will organize the last revolt – Revelation 20:7-9 “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.”

iii. Subjected Job to systematic trials – Job 1-2.

iv. Has his system of evil government – Ephesians 6:11-12 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

v. His schemes are called the “depths of satan” – Revelation 2:24 “But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.”

III. His Rebellion and Sin

A. Iniquity was revealed in Isaiah 14:13-14 “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” Note the 5 “I wills” of satan: “I” – the first sin was pride. “…will” – the second sin was rebellion. Each “I will” has significance.

1. “I will ascend into heaven.” Obviously, the third heaven where God is – 2 Corinthians 12:2

2. “I will exalt my throne above the stars of God.” Satan desiring the worship of all the angels, sometimes called stars  – Revelation 1:20; 12:4

3. “I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north.” Satan wanted the worship of all God’s creatures (congregation) from the place where God sits. Consider Psalms 48:2 regarding the sides of the north. “Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.”

4. “I will ascend above the height of the clouds.” Probably a reference to wanting to be above God Himself – Nahum 1:3 “The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.”

5. “I will be like the most High.” Hebrew El-Elyon, which means “the strongest strong one.” Satan did not use one of the many caring names that God has, but rather one of ruling by strength. satan does not care about us, He just wants to rule us. He, thus, was a self-created sinner who exercised his free-will in pride and rebellion against God Most High.

IV. His Revolt

St Michael and the Devil

St Michael and the Devil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A. Led a third part of the angels in rebellion against God (Revelation 12:4 “And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.” Stars and angels are the same in this text, Revelation 1:20 “The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.”)

B. They gave their allegiance to satan – Revelation 12:7 “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels.”

C. Considered after the revolt to be satan’s angels and no longer. God’s angels – Revelation 12:7-9 “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 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.”

V. His Methods and Devices – Ephesians 6:11 tells us to stand against the wiles of the devil. Wiles comes from the Greek word “Methodeia” from which we get the understanding of the word to mean “methods.”

A. His Methods – General Works

1. Perverts God’s word, by changing it and questioning it – Genesis 3:1-5 “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”

a. “Doctrines of devils” 1 Timothy 4:1

b. “Father of lies” – John 8:44 “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

c. Inspires “lying wonders” – 2 Thessalonians 2:9 “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.”

d. Steals the good seed – Matthew 13:19

e. Sows evil seed among us – Matthew 13:38-39

f. Blinds the minds of unbelievers – 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

2. Seeks to Destroy the Unsaved

a. Has dominion over sinners – Acts 26:18 “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” John 13:2 “And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him” Ephesians 2:2 “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience”

b. Inflicts with disease – Luke 13:16 “And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?”

c. Afflicts the soul and body – Luke 9:1-2 “Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.”

d. Has the power of death – Hebrews 2:14 “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;”

e. Seeks “to steal, kill and destroy” John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

3. Seeks to Render the Righteous Useless to God’s Work:

a. By affliction – Job 1:12; 2:4-7

b. By wrestling with us – Ephesians 6:12

c. By tempting to disobedience – 1 Chronicles 21:1 “And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.” Genesis 3:4-5

d. By slander – Job 1:9-11 “Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.”

e. By accusation – Revelation 12:9-10 “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. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”

f. By hindering  – Zechariah 3:1 “And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.” 1 Thessalonians 2:18 “Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.”

g. By devouring us – 1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”

h. By instigating us to sin – Acts 5:3 “But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?”

4. Imitates Religion

a. Preaches “another Jesus, another spirit, another gospel” – 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” This is happening today in many of our churches.

b. Has false apostles and false teachers – 2 Corinthians 11:13 “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.” Anyone can go on the internet and become so-called “ordained minister.” They are false teachers.

c. Presents himself as an “angel of light” to deceive those looking for the true light – 2 Corinthians 11:14 “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” Many are too easily deceived these days.

d. Transforms his ministers as “ministers of righteousness” – 2 Corinthians 11:15 “Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” This makes me think of the homosexuals who get ordained and teach others in their churches that their lifestyle, which is an abomination to God, is okay with God. They will answer to God in the end.

B. His Devices – Specific Works – 2 Corinthians 2:11 tells us not to be ignorant of his devices. Devices are plans, schemes, tricks. The devil’s devices change with the ages (for instance, evil television shows were not a device of satan 100 years ago.) They change with the times and with every individual person. He has a particular will for every human being – 2 Timothy 2:24-26 “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” He, being full of wisdom, uses different devices on each person and in each circumstance to distract us from fulfilling God’s will. Some of the devil’s devices in our day may include, but are not limited to:

1. He tempts us to substitute good things for the best things. “Family time” instead of “Church time,” or “Sunday is my only day off to fix up the house,” etc.

2. He tempts us to focus on imperfections of other Christians rather than their good points.

3. He tempts us to focus on people rather than on Jesus.

4. He tempts us with numerous distractions such as sports, music, hobbies, TV, movies, parties, picnics, vacations, and money-making, to keep us from attending to main things.

5. He tempts us to look at the temporal (temporary) rather than the eternal (eternity), looking at the here and now.

6. He tempts us to get discouraged with one particular weakness or temptation to the point of giving up.

7. He tempts us to think that we are strong enough not to need prayer and daily food from God’s Word.

8. He tempts us to think that our problems are bigger than God.

9. He tempts us to think that God’s methods are outdated and that they will not work today.

10. He tempts us to procrastinate.

11. He tempts us to fear the future, resulting in worry, care, anxiety, etc.

12. He tempts us to fear people, making us afraid to witness to them.

13. He tempts us to think that someone else will do it.

14. He tempts us to think that it is not our job (Soulwinning, caring for others, giving money, bringing people to church, etc.)

15. He tempts us to think that commandments are “callings.” (Soulwinning, etc.)

16. He tempts us to think that “God made me this way,” and I cannot change.

17. He tempts us to think that we are too young or too old.

18. He tempts us to question God’s ownership of us. Satan deleted “Lord” from “Lord God” when he addressed Eve in Genesis 3:1-5.

19. He tempts us to think that we do not know enough to do a certain job for God.

20. He tempts us to focus on our inadequacies, “Why would God use me?”

21. He tempts us to move too soon.

22. He tempts us to fear failure.

There are many devices of the devil. These are just a few suggestions. I know I can certainly relate to many of them. I am sure you can think of more, “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” (2 Corinthians 2:11) Do not be ignorant of these devices of Satan today! Identify them and overcome them! God will help you; all you have to do is ask Him.

Ventano del diablo II

A. Jesus called satan the “prince” of this world. Prince means “first in rank or power,” “chief ruler” – John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11

B. The Pharisees called satan Beelzebub, the “Prince of the devils” Matthew 9:34, 12:24 “But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.” Mark 3:22-24 “And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils. And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.”

C. Paul called the devil “the prince of the power of the air” (the prevailing spirit among mankind) Ephesians 2:2.

D. Paul also called satan “the god of this world” in 2 Corinthians 4:3-4.

E. Jesus declared plainly that satan has a kingdom – Matthew 12:26 “And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?” See also Luke 11:18

F. Satan plainly claimed ownership of all the kingdoms of the world and their glory – Matthew 4:8-9 “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” See also Luke 4:5-7.

G. Satan’s kingdom is fourfold – (Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”)

1. Principalities – are chiefs in various orders of place or ranks. Example, “prince of Persia” who resisted Daniel’s prayer and fought with Michael the archangel – Daniel 10:10-13 “And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands. And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.” Also, the God of battles would fight also the “prince of Grecia” – Daniel 10:20 “Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come.” Plus, the “prince of Tyrus” in Ezekiel 28:2.

2. Powers – are “governments, authorities, powers of influence” on earth, the spirit of antichrist that permeates the world even now – 1 John 4:3 “And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”

3. Rulers of the darkness of this world – humans in governments that are tools the devil is using. Also, who is not aware of the Illuminati who have been around for centuries?

4. Spiritual wickedness in high places – humans in religions that are tools the devil is using, religious leaders – 2 Corinthians 11:13-14 “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” “High places” is a common phrase in the Old Testament to false religious worship and idolatry.

VII. His Demise and Destruction

A. Foretold by Jesus – Luke 10:18 “And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.”

Engraving by Michael Burgesse after John Bapti...

B. Will be cast out of Heaven (Revelation 12:7-10) as the result of a future war in Heaven between Michael and his angels and the devil and his angels. “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 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. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”

C. He will come to earth in greater wrath than ever – Revelation 12:12 “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”

D. He will enjoy the pinnacle of his kingdom and being worshipped for a short time on earth – Revelation 13:4 “And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” Revelation 16:2 “And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.” Revelation 19:20 “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.”

E. Satan will be bound for 1000 years in a bottomless pit – Revelation 20:2-3 “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.”

F. He will be “loosed” for a short time and will “deceive the nations” of the earth to fight against God – Revelation 20:7-9 “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.” The battle will be very short-lived!

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2012 in Eschatology

 

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The Bible Bookcase

We must understand that the books of the Bible are not compiled in chronological order. They are placed in order by subject as follows:

Old testament windowA. The Old Testament

1. Law – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

2. History – Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther

3. Poetry – Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon (In Hebrew, these were in poetry form.)

4. Major Prophets (the big books) – Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel

5. Minor Prophets (the smaller books) – Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

B. The New Testament

1. Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

2. History – Acts

3. Paul’s Letters

a. To the churches – Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians

b. To the Pastors – 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus

c. To his friend – Philemon

d. To the Jews – Hebrews

4. Other General Letters – James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2, and 3 John, Jude

5. Prophecy – Revelation

Conclusion of the Doctrine of the Bible

I believe in the verbal, plenary (comprehensive, full in all respects), inspired word of God, without error. It is my primary source for information concerning God, His church, and it is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. I believe that God controlled the mind and hand of the writers of His word. I believe this accuracy to be extended to every portion of the Bible, so that it is infallible as to truth and final as to divine authorship.

I further believe that Jesus Christ is the central person and theme of this whole book. If we see Jesus Christ, the Son of God and God the Son throughout the study of its pages, our conclusions will probably be accurate.

All success in the Christian faith must be tied to this book.

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2012 in Eschatology

 

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Practices that are a Must in Understanding the Bible

English: Heart shaped shadow cast by a ring on...A. How Can We Understand The Bible? In answering that important question, consider first the preparation necessary for Bible study. You see, the Bible is one book that is written for the heart. Unless your heart is prepared, you will miss the truths and blessings of God’s Word.

1. You Must Have a Regenerated Heart Having been born of the Spirit through faith in Christ – John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” The unsaved person cannot understand God’s Word, according to 1 Corinthians 2:14 ” But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

2. You Must Have a Humble Heart – Listening to God as a little child would listen to his father – Matthew 11:25 “At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”

3. You Must Have An Obedient Heart – Willing to do whatever the Word says, with a deep desire to know God’s Word – Psalms 119:97 “O how I love thy law! it is my meditation all the day.” The Christian who sincerely loves God’s Word has no trouble finding time to read it every single day. Acts 17:11 “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

The first step in getting more out of your Bible study is simply this: open your heart to God and let Him prepare it for the blessings He wants to give you. Let Him cleanse every corner as you confess every sin. Be sure your will is yielded to Him. When your heart is quieted before Him, breathe the prayer of the psalmist: “Open thou mine eyes; that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law.” (Psalms 119:18)

The second step is this: realize that God has made provision for you to understand His Word by giving you the Holy Spirit. The Spirit wrote the Word – 2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (See also 2 Peter 1:21) and is the Divine Teacher to explain the Word – John 14:26, 16:13-15 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you…Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” Allow the Spirit to guide you and you will be amazed at the way He will open your spiritual eyes! Of course, this means that you must be on good terms with the Holy Spirit, not grieving Him with disobedience or unconfessed sin – Ephesians 4:30 “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” He is the Spirit of wisdom and revelation who will open the eyes of your understanding, accord to Ephesians 1:17-18 “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,” So allow Him to direct your study of God’s Word.

B. Principles of Bible Study

1. The Accuracy Principle – Be sure that all persons, places, objects, and events are accurately identified, and all words accurately defined, before you interpret a passage of Scripture. You must be especially accurate in identifying persons and places in the Bible. There are 10 different Simons, 4 men named John, 3 James, 6 Marys, and several Herods! Some people have 2 names: Jacob is also called Israel, Levi is another name for Matthew, and Peter is called Simon and Cephas. The Sea of Galilee is also known as the Sea of Tiberias and the Sea of Gennesaret.

The Accuracy Principle also tells you to define Bible words accurately. The King James Version of the Bible was translated from the Hebrew and Greek manuscripts in 1611. Since that time, many English words have changed their meanings. Take Hebrews 13:5 as an example: “Let your conversation be without covetousness…” That seems to teach that Christians must never talk about money, but the writer had something entirely different in mind. The word “conversation” means “speech” today, but back in 1611, it meant “behaviour.” This verse simply commands us to live without the love of money controlling our actions. Or, look at Philippians 4:6, “Be careful for nothing…” which seems to suggest we should be careless about everything! Of course, the word “careful” meant “full of care, anxious” back in the 17th Century; so the verse implies, “Be anxious about nothing.”

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Strong’s on “echad” (Photo credit: bismikaallahuma)

To help you understand these old English words you will eventually want to purchase an 1828 Noah Webster Dictionary and/or a Strong’s Concordance of Greek and Hebrew words.

2. The Background Principle – Be sure that you understand the background and setting (context) of a passage before you interpret it. Always study a verse in the light of the entire chapter, and study the chapter in the light of the entire book it is in. Ask yourself these questions:

a. What is the main theme of this chapter?

b. Who is speaking: God, man, satan, angels?

c. Who is addressed: God, man, saints, sinners?

d. When was this spoken or written?

3. The Cross Referencing Principle – Be sure that the Holy Spirit is your ultimate teacher and cross-reference all Scriptures concerning a particular word, doctrine, topic, character, principle, etc. Compile all Scriptures about the subject and believe all the truth about that subject not just part. This type of study is called “comparing” in 1 Corinthians 2:13 “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” and is the method the Holy Spirit honors with His illumination. Cross references in your Bible come in handy. They refer you to other Scriptures that shed light on the same subject. For example, why did Jesus constrain (compel) His disciples to get into the boat and depart after He had fed the 5,000? Matthew 14:22 does not tell us, but the cross reference refers us to John 6:15-21, and here we find the answer. Verse 15 says that the crowd wanted to take Jesus by force and make Him a king! Jesus refused to be crowned by people who were only interested in full stomachs! Never study a verse or passage as an isolated piece of Scripture. Look at it in its setting and study all the passages related to it. That way you will find many of the problems solved and the so-called “contradictions” answered.

Use good sense in interpreting parables, too. Do not try to make everything in a parable mean something unless the Bible warrants it. Look for the main lesson in a parable and the details will give you little trouble. Often the Bible explains the various symbols in a parable such as, “The Parable of the Sower” in Matthew 13:3-8 “And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.”

Explanation in Matthew 13:19-23 “When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

Also the “Vision of the Woman” in Revelation 17. After reading Chapter 17 see how the explanation in verses 9, 12, 15, and 18 “9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.” “12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.” “15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” “18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.”

4. The Dispensational Principle – The Bible is divided into at least 12 different ages. We must “rightly” divide the word of truth – 2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Some of the laws, rules, rituals, etc. that God expected people to live by in one dispensation (age) were changed in another. Someone who does not know this will think there are contradictions in the Bible. For example, some meats that were not allowed to be eaten in the Old Testament are now allowed in the New Testament.

Here is a look at the 12 dispensations:

a. Eternity Past

b. The Creation – Six days in duration in which God created all things.

c. Garden of Eden – Perfection, Adam and Eve, Very short in duration.

d. Age of Conscience – From expulsion from the Garden of Eden until the flood of Noah.

e. Age of Human Government – After the flood. Man was given the responsibility of capital punishment.

f. Age of the Patriarchs – Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (twelve sons).

g. Age of Law of God – Through Moses and the Nation of Israel.

h. Apostolic Age – Day of Pentecost until the completion of the Bible, various gifts, signs, and wonders.

i. Church Age – Overlaps with Apostolic Age until the Rapture of the Church in Revelation 4:1 “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.” The Apostolic Age ends at the completion of the writing of the New Testament. I Corinthians 13:8-10 “Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.” Some have suggested that the 7 churches of Asia, spoken of in Revelation 2 and 3, represent the past 2,000+ years of church history in exposing the personality of the churches during these years. This seems to be more than coincidental:

  • Church of Ephesus – 1st Century Church – Sound in doctrine and works, but they left their first love – Revelation 2:1-7
  • Church of Smyrna – 100-376 AD – The persecuted church that was poor materially, but really rich spiritually – Revelation 2:8-11
  • Church of Pergamos – Middles ages – Mixed with the world – The heretical Church – Revelation 2:12-17
  • Church of Thyatira – 1054-1305 AD – The Medieval Church – Idolatry – Attached to the world. Spiritual fornication – Revelation 2:18-29
  • Church of Sardis – 1305-1517 AD – The almost dead church – Apostasy – Revelation 3:1-6
  • Church of Philadelphia – Reformation to early 1900’s – The Church in Revival – Revelation 3:7-13. Some churches will continue in this spirit until Christ comes.
  • Church of Laodecia – 1940’s-Present – Apostasy and Humanism – Ecumenical (Global) – Christ is on the outside – Revelation 3:14-22.

j. The Tribulation – Time of Jacob’s (Israel’s) trouble – 7 years long.

k. Millennium – Christ’s Kingdom! 1,000 Years!l. Eternity – Heaven or Hell. Do not allow the difficult portions of the Bible to discourage or detain you. Live by what you clearly understand from God’s Word and trust Him to shed light on the obscure passages in His good time. The test of successful Bible study is not simply how much you learn, but how much you live what you learn. The proof that Christ has taught you is not a ‘big head,’ but a ‘burning heart’ – Luke 24:32 “And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” Prepare your heart, yield to the Spirit, and apply these basic principles. The Bible will become a new book to you and you will become a stronger Christian!

 
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Words that are a Must in Understanding Bibliology

Bibliology – the Doctrine of the Bible – The term BibliIntaglio,, copperplate print (KJV) 1631 Holy B...ology (from Greek biblos meaning “book”) refers to the study of the nature of the Bible as revelation. It often includes such topics as revelation, inspiration, inerrancy, canonicity, illumination, and interpretation.

There are several words that we must understand if we wish to study and understand God’s Word, The Holy Bible.

A. Revelation – may be defined as God’s communication of divine truth to man concerning that which man could not otherwise know about God and His will. Since man is spiritually dead, it is impossible for man to know anything about God unless God reveals it to him. In a general sense, man has always possessed a limited amount of revelation concerning God as communicated through His creation (Job 37:1-6; Psalm 19:1-6; Acts 14:17; Romans 1:20) and His dealings with man (Genesis 1:26; Acts 17:24-27). However, in order for man to gain a true and experiential knowledge of God, special revelation was necessary.

In conveying His message, God spoke progressively and in various supernatural ways including:

1. Dreams – Genesis 37:5-9 “And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words. And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.”

2. Visions – Genesis 15:1 “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” (See also Isaiah 6:1-8; Amos 7-9)

3. Direct Communication – 1 Samuel 3:3-14 “And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I. And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down. And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again. Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him. And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child. Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth. And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle. In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end. For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever.”

4. Theophanies – Genesis 32:24-30 “And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” (See also Genesis 18)

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5. Miracles – 1 Kings 18:17-40

“17 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel?
18 And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father’s house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.
19 Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table.
20 So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.
21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.
23 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:
24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.
25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.
26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.
27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.
28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.
29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.
30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.
31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:
32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.
33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.
34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.
35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.
36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.
37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.
40 And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.” (See also Genesis 6-9; John 20:30-31)

6. Prophets unto the people – Hebrews 1:1 “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,” 2 Peter 1:21 “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” Hosea 1:1 “The word of the LORD that came unto Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.” Joel 1:1 “The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.”

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7. The Incarnate Son of God – John 1:1-18
“1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
18 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” (See also Hebrews 1:2; John 14:7)

8. The Written Word of God  – 1 Corinthians 2:9-11 “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.” 2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

God’s Revelation ceased with the completion of the written Word – the Bible – Revelation 22:18-19 “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

B. Inspiration – Inspiration is that inexplicable working of the Holy Spirit whereby He guided the human authors of the Bible in choosing the very words (verbal) they used in writing every portion (plenary) of the original manuscripts so that the Bible is, in all its parts, both infallible, as to truth, and final, as to authority. The guidance of the human authors by the Holy Spirit was such that He used their own individual personalities to record without error God’s revelation which is to be the only authoritative source for man’s faith and practice.

Matthew 5:17-18, 24:35 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled…Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (See also Luke 21:15; John 5:39, 10:35; 1 Corinthians 2:10-13; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21; Exodus 4:10-15; 2 Samuel 23:2; Isaiah 8:1; Jeremiah 1:9, 30:2, 32:2; 1 Corinthians 11;23, 14:37; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Galatians 1:11-12; Hebrews 1:1-2; Revelation 1:11; Genesis 1:26; Exodus 4:12; Isaiah 51:16; Ezekiel 1:3; Revelation 14:13; Hebrews 6:18; Titus 1:2)

C. Inerrancy and Infallibility – Since God is the Divine Author of the Scriptures, and since the Holy Spirit guided the human authors, and since God is true – John 3:33; 17:3 “He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true… And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” Romans 3:4 “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.” His Word must be true and without error. Not only is the Bible without error, but it speaks with precise accuracy and reliability – John 17:17 ” Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

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D. Authority – That which the Scriptures proclaim, they speak with the absolute authority of “Thus saith the Lord.” Since it is the Word of the Almighty God, it is binding upon all men.

Matthew 22:29-32 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” (See also Matt. 21:42, 5:17-18, 26:53-54)

John 5:39 “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” God’s Word is, therefore, man’s absolute authority for faith and practice.

E. Canonicity – The word “canon” comes from the Hebrew word for a measuring instrument or “that which keeps a thing straight” and implies the idea of a “standard.” The Scriptures are an authoritative standard for the faith and practice, not because they passed man-made tests, but because they are God-breathed, or inspired. During the process of determining canonicity, the Holy Spirit simply led men to recognize that which was already fact.

The Old Testament canon consists of 39 books – cf. Joshua 8:31-35, 23:6; 1 Kings 2:3; 2 Kings 14:6; Ezra 7:6; Malachi 4:4; also Matthew 5:17; Luke 24:27, 44; Matthew 23:35; 2 Timothy 3:16. The New Testament canon consists of 27 books – cf. John 14:26, 16:12-15; 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 5:27; 1 Corinthians 2:7-13; 2 Thessalonians 3:16; 2 Peter 3:15-16.

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F. Illumination – is the work of the Holy Spirit whereby He gives individuals the ability to understand the Word of God. Because of sin, man’s understanding has been darkened so that no one can understand Scripture properly without Divine assistance – Romans 1:21 “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” Ephesians 4:18 ” Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:” 1 Corinthians 2:14 “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” It is the Holy Spirit which enlightens the mind of the believer to understand the Scriptures – 1 Corinthians 2:6-16; 1 John 2:20, 27; John 16:8; 2 Corinthians 4;4.

G. Interpretation – The Scriptures must be interpreted on the basis of sound exegesis (explanation, exposition) and the illuminating ministry of the Holy Spirit. The Scriptures are to be interpreted literally giving consideration to the historical, cultural, and grammatical context of the passage. The premillennial, dispensational system of interpretation is the correct approach to understanding the progressive unfolding of God’s plan. (More on how to understand the Scriptures from a dispensational aspect later.)

H. Preservation – God has providentially worked to assure that His Word is kept accurate through the centuries – Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.” Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” See also 1 Peter 1:23-25; Psalm 12:6-7, 119:89, 119:152; Matthew 24:35; Luke 21:33; Matthew 5:18. Because the originals no longer exist, these verses are either not true or God has kept His Word and promise through copies of the original and in other languages.

I believe that God has preserved His eternal Word for English people today in the Authorized Version, also known as the King James Version of 1611. All other English versions deviate from the truth, leave out passages, change meanings of words, verses, and texts and weaken the major doctrines of the faith. For example: of the 5,332 complete New Testament manuscripts in the original Greek still in existence today, only 10 of them leave out portions or all of Acts 8:37 “And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” The New International Version (NIV) deletes this verse completely. This they do on the basis of making God’s Word more easy to understand. I say, “Bunk to that.” As addressed above, if we have Jesus as our Saviour, and trust in His indwelling Holy Spirit, He gives us the understanding that we need.

According to Dr. Floyd Jones, Th. D., Ph.D., the NIV has 2,922 fewer words in the New Testament than the KJV and over 6,300 less words than the KJV in the whole Bible. (For more proof and comparisons of the corrupt versions go HERE)

“The 1611 KJV is from a superior text, translated by superior translators into a superior English,” said Bible historian, Dr. Jewell Smith. There were 54 translators of the KJV 1611. Each was commissioned by King James and knew how to fluently speak between 3 and 10 languages. They were not religionists, but linguists.

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Thousands of martyrs have given their lives to protect and promote the Textus Receptus (Received text from which we get the KJV). It is hard to find anyone who ever died to protect the perverted texts. They are not worth dying for.

 
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Interesting Facts About The Bible

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1. The word “Bible” means “books.” The Bible is a library of 66 books written by authors over a period of 1500 years. There are 39 books in the Old Testament (OT) and 27 books in the New Testament (NT).

2. The authors claimed that their words were from God, dictated to them by the Holy Spirit. Some use the word “inspired” by God. “Inspiration” is a translation of the Greek word theopneustos. Theopneustos literally means “God-breathed.” This translation was derived from the Latin Vulgate Bible where the word inspiro is used in      2 Timothy 3:16 to translate the word theopneustos. The emphasis is that Scripture has been breathed-out by God. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 2 Timothy 3:16

3. Daniel referred to the Old Testament writings (the book of Jeremiah) as the “books” in Daniel 9:2 “In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.”

4. Jesus referred to the Old Testament writings as the Scriptures in Matthew 21:42 “Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?”, The Law in John 10:34 “Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?”, The Prophets in Matthew 5:17 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”, The Psalms in Luke 24:44 “And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.”

5. Jesus quoted out of the Old Testament 76 times from 12 Old Testament books: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy (most), Psalms, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Hosea, Micah, Zechariah, Malachi.

6. Paul called the Old Testament writings: The Scriptures – Romans 15:4 “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”, The Oracles of God – Romans 3:2 ” Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.”, The Law – 1 Corinthians 14:21 “In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the LORD.”

7. Paul quoted the Old Testament 131 times from 17 Old Testament books: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 1 Chronicles, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekial, Hosea, Joel, Habakkuk, Malachi.

8. Seven books have no quotes in the New Testament but are referred to in the New Testament: Numbers – 1 Corinthians 10:9; Judges – Acts 13:20; Ruth – Matthew 1:5; 1 Samuel – Hebrews 11:32; 2 Kings – Matthew 1; 2 Chronicles – Matthew 1; Jonah – Matthew 16:4.

9. Old Testament books which are neither quoted from nor referred to in the New Testament: Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Lamentations, Obadiah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, yet by the time of Christ, these were considered the Scriptures by the Jews and contained in the Canon that Christ approved of. (“Canon” means “the official list of the books contained in the Bible; books of the Bible accepted by the churches.”)

10. A total of 314 verses are used from the Old Testament in the New Testament. Ninety-two of the 314 refer to Christ.

11. A total of 136 different Old Testament characters are referred to in the New Testament.

12. Thirty out of 39 Old Testament books are represented in the New Testament (see number 9 above)

13. Luke referred to the Old Testament four times from three different books: Exodus, Leviticus, Isaiah.

14. The disciples referred to the Old Testament as the Scriptures in Luke 24:32 “And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?”

15. Peter quoted from seven Old Testament books: Genesis, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Psalms, Proverbs, Isaiah, Joel.

16. Peter referred to all of Paul’s writing as Scriptures: 2 Peter 3:16 “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.” Paul wrote 14 of the 27 New Testament books. (The word “scriptures” means “holy writ.”)

17. The New Testament directly quotes 23 Old Testament books: Psalms – 78 times (most), Isaiah – 57 times, Deuteronomy – 47 times, Exodus – 31 times, Genesis – 26 times, Leviticus – 23 times, Jeremiah – 9 times, Hosea – 6 times, Zechariah – 6 times, Proverbs – 5 times, Malachi – 5 times, Habbakkuk – 4 times, Micah – 3 times, Joel – 2 times, Amos – 2 times, Daniel – 2 times, 1 Kings – 2 times, 2 Samuel – 1 time, 1 Chronicles – 1 time, Joshua – 1 time, Ezekiel – 1 time, Haggai – 1 time, Job – 1 time

18. The top ten characters referred to in the New Testament from the Old Testament: Moses – 101 times, Abraham – 94 times, David – 67 times, Elijah – 41 times, Isaiah – 26 times, Jacob – 26 times, Isaac – 24 times, Adam – 18 times, Judah – 16 times, Joseph – 14 times

19. The writers of the Old Testament books include (but are not limited to): Moses, Joshua, Samuel, Ezra, Nehemiah, David, Sons of Korah, Asaph, Heman, Ethan, Solomon, Haggai, Zechariah, Hezekiah, Agur, Lemuel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Malachi, and other unknown authors.

20. The writers of the New Testament books include: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, Peter, James, and Jude.

21. The occupations of these authors are very diverse and include a soldier, an Egyptian prince, a priest, a king, a rich farmer, a poor farmer, a scribe, prophets, a prime minister’s cupbearer, a tax collector, an evangelist, a physician, a wealthy fisherman, a poor fisherman, a carpenter, a tentmaker, and others of unknown occupations.

22. Some of the authors, like Moses and Paul, were very educated men, others, like Peter and John, were considered unlearned and ignorant – Acts 4:13 “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.”, yet the Lord used them to write 7 New Testament books.

23. God is in no way mentioned in the book of Esther or the Song of Solomon, but His presence and works are seen throughout.

24. The Canon of Scripture (66 books) was completed in 95 AD, when John finished writing the “Revelation.” These books were the only ones accepted by the first century church leaders as inspired by God. Other spurious (false or counterfeit) works were not accepted by the early church. The Roman Catholic Church attempted to add to the Bible the Apocrypha Books (such as Tobias, Judith, Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus, Baruch, 1 and 2 Machabees) in the 1500’s. These books were rejected as spurious, and though they were added between the Old and New Testaments of the King James Bibles for their “literary and historical value,” the outcry of believers and lovers of the Bible was so loud that they were soon deleted so as not to be mistaken as scripture. These books still appear in Roman Catholic Bibles (Douay-Rheims version) but few others. These protestors were right to cry out against them:

Deuteronomy 4:2 “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.”, Deuteronomy 12:32 “What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.”

Proverbs 30:5, 6 “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”

Revelation 22:18, 19 “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

 

 
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