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Theology – The Doctrine of God-Part 1

Introduction:

The word “theology” comes from 2 Greek words: “theos,” meaning “God,” and “logos,” meaning “word” or “doctrine.” Thus “theology” is the teaching, doctrine, or study of God.

In a broad sense, the word “theology” means the entire study of Bible doctrine, the study of the Creator and His creation. In a more narrow sense it refers to the study of the doctrine of God, His attributes and works. It is in the latter sense that we will study Theology: God, His nature, and His attributes.

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English: Title page of The Holy Bible, King James version, 1772. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I. The Existence of God

A. It is assumed – “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) God never argues His existence. He expects us to accept the fact that He exists. He simply states His existence in His Word. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

B. Acknowledgments of God’s existence – It cannot be proven there is no God. To prove there is no God, one would have to go to every corner of the universe and look under every rock to show that He is not there. Man does not have the capability of doing this, and never will. We can believe there is a God because of :

1. The Word of God – “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the world of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” (Hebrews 1:1-3)

We must accept by faith that God has given us His Word. Without it we would not know how to be saved nor how to have fellowship with Him. Apart from God’s revelation, man drifts along on a meaningless existence without purpose or goals.

2. Intuition – It is natural for man to believe that there is a God. The abnormal mind is the only one that cannot accept the fact of God’s existence. “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1a) William Evans once said, “All the evidence points to the conclusive fact that this universal faith in the existence of God is innate in man and comes from rational intuition.”

3. Tradition – It has been the common characteristic of peoples throughout history to believe there is a God and a life after death. History proves that man is a religious creature. After a detailed study of some of the remote tribes of Africa, David Livingstone concluded that all people have a conception of God which they have passed on from generation to generation.

It is not uncommon for missionaries to go to people who have never been reached by the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to see those people worshiping a Supreme Being of some sort.

4. Reason – By looking all around us, it seems obvious that Someone with intelligence created, ordered, and organized this marvelous universe. Everything exists in perfect order. “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” (Romans 1:20)

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” (Psalm 19:1)

“For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.” (Hebrews 3:4)

Reason tells us that such perfect design demands a Designer. God has assisted man’s reason by showing Himself to man in His general revelation. God’s works are seen in nature.

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English: Candlestick – Nature series – “Pâte de Verre” – Daum – Nancy France (12cm) Français : Bougeoir – série Nature – “Pâte de Verre” – Daum – Nancy France (12cm) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

5. Nature –  “And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein: Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.” (Acts 14:15-17)

“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” (Psalm 8:3-4)

6. His Son – God revealed Himself to reasonable men by a special revelation. He came to this world in the form of a baby. “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” (I Timothy 3:16)

The best ways God could show Himself to mankind are: 1. Show Himself, and 2. Write it down (the safest form of communication imaginable!). This is what the Lord has done. He has revealed Himself to this earth (as a human being in the form of Jesus Christ) and he has left man with a written record (the Bible).

Man is without excuse. “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” (Romans 1:20)

 

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2013 in Eschatology

 

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Myths About God’s Angels

I am humbled to share that I have had the privilege to have seen an angel appear during a duet that a couple sang at our church’s Christmas celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ this past Christmas. At first I saw something out of the corner of my eye and when I turned to look full on, I saw a very large angel that reached from the ceiling of our large auditorium to the floor. I did not see glowing or hair or a face. I saw royal blue flowing robes and his hands held together like in prayer. I knew instantly that he was joining us in praising our Saviour. As soon as I turned my head back to the couple singing on stage, the next part of the song was by the male singing of the angels who told the shepherds of the birth of Jesus. I was called “favored one” by a friend, but that is not what I believe this was about. I believe that I am no more special than any other believer, but that God showed me something special that He knew I needed to see at that moment. Though I have caught glimpses out of the corner of my eye many times in the past, this is the first time I saw, what I call, a full-blown angel. My immediate response for quite some time was a very intense “thank you Lord” for sharing such a special honor with me, your humble servant.

There are many myths about angels that are spurious. They are based on traditions and not the Scriptures. Some would include, but are not limited to:

Myth #1 – There are female angels. Not one dot of Scripture ever refers to angels as feminine. They are always referred to in the masculine genders. Angels always appear as men. Example: Genesis 19:1-17:

1   And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;
2   And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.
3   And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.
4   But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:
5   And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.
6   And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,
7   And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.
8   Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.
9   And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.
10   But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.
11   And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.
12   And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:
13   For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.
14   And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.
15   And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.
16   And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.
17   And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.

Revelation 21:17 “And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.”

Myth #2 – Angels have halo’s. The words “halo” or “halo’s” do not appear anywhere in Scriptures.

Myth #3 – Angels have long hair. It is a shame for a man to have long hair. 1 Corinthians 11:14 “Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?” Again, angels are male in gender. Corrupted devils are referred to in Scripture as locusts having long hair – Revelation 9:8-11 “And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.” On the subject of hair – 1 Corinthians 11:1-15:

1   Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
2   Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.
3   But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
4   Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.
5   But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
6   For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.
7   For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
8   For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man.
9   Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
10   For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.
11   Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.
12   For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.
13   Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?
14   Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
15   But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

Myth #4 – Angels play harps. (This one makes always me laugh. :-0) Harps on earth or in heaven are only played by humans in the Scriptures. Harps are mentioned 54 times in the Bible, never regarding angels.

Myth #5 – Angels have wings. Whereas seraphims and cherubims have wings, it never states that angels do. Twice, as we have seen, angels are said to fly. Seraphims are said to have 6 wings. Cherubims have 2 wings. Angels are never stated to have wings in the Scriptures.

Myth #6 – Angels float around on clouds. Only once is a particular angel said to be “clothed with a cloud…” in Revelation 10:1. Only Jesus is described to be “him that sat on the cloud…” in Revelation 14:15.

Myth #7 – Angels should be worshipped. Some have relegated Michael and Gabriel to sainthood. We have probably all heard of a “church” named St. Michael’s or St. Gabriel’s. This elevation is not scriptural. “Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.” (Colossians 2:18) “And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am they fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God…” (Revelation 19:10)

Myth #8 – There are little baby angels called cherubs. Cherubs are cherubims. They are synonymous in Scripture. Cherubims are a four-winged creature mentioned in 15 books in the Bible. They cover the mercy seat on the Ark of the Covenant in regards to Old Testament temple furniture.

Myth #9 – Angels sing. There is no basis for this in Scripture. We have seen that angels rejoice, praise, worship and bless God. It is not mentioned that they sing anywhere in Scripture. Satan was the only angel ever mentioned to have musical ability created in him in Ezekiel 28:13b.

Myth #10 – Every time a bell rings an angel earns his wings. I must say that “It’s a Wonderful Life” is one of my very favorite movies to watch and it is a tradition in our home on Christmas Eve. Though I know it is not Biblical, I like what it adds to the story. 🙂 Bells are only mentioned six times in Scripture. They refer only to a priest’s garments and horses.

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Eschatology

 

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God’s Angels – Part 3

III. The Responsibilities of God’s Righteous Angels

A. In the Past They Have:

1. Appeared in dreams – Matthew 1:20-24 “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:”

2. Given laws and revelations – Acts 7:53 “Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.”

B. In the Future They Will:

golden-city-of-heaven1. Guard the gates of the New Jerusalem (our final home) – Revelation 21:12 “And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:” Also compare Genesis 3:24 “So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”

2. They will help regather Israel – Matthew 24:31 “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

3. They will help separate the good from the ad – Matthew 13:24-30 “Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” Matthew 13:36-41 “Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;”

Jesus Christ, angels and apostle. Church of th...4. They will accompany Christ to earth – Matthew 16:27 “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” Matthew 25:31 “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:”  2 Thessalonians 1:7-10 “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.”

5. They will bind satan and guard his abyss – Revelation 20:1-3 “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 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.” Revelation 9:1 “And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.”

C. Presently They:

1. Wage war in actual combat – 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.” 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.”

2. They help to execute judgement – Genesis 19; Matthew 13:41-42; Acts 12:23 “And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.”

3. They minister to the saints – Hebrews 1:14 “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” See also Acts 10 and Matthew 4:11.

4. They help rule nations – Daniel 10:13-21 “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. Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days. And when he had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb. And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips: then I opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him that stood before me, O my lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength. For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? for as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me. Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me, And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me. 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. 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.” Also Daniel 12:1.

18th century rendition of a guardian angel.5. They help individuals – Matthew 18:10 “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.” Psalm 34:7 “The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.” Also Hebrews 1:14

6. They praise and worship God – Luke 2:13 “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,” Psalm 103:20 and 148:2 “Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word;” “Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.” Revelation 5:11-13 “And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.”

7. They strengthen in trials – Matthew 4:11 “Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.” Luke 22:43 “And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.” Psalm 34:7 “The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.”

8. They help direct sinners to Gospel witnesses – Acts 10:3-48 “He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do. And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually; And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa. On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven. Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate, And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there. While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them. Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come? And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee. Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him. And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and he had called together his kinsmen and near friends. And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me? And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee. Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God. Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.”

9. They help direct Gospel workers to sinners – Acts 8:26-40 “And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 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. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.”

10. They minister before God – Revelation 8:2 “And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.” Revelation 14:15-19 “And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.”

11. They protect the saints – Psalm 34:7; Acts 12:7-10 “And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. And he went out, and followed him; and wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision. When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.”

12. They witness confessions – Luke 15:8-10 “Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” See also 1 Timothy 5:21.

Angel of the Death13. They help transport the deceased to the presence of God – Matthew 13:30 “Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” Luke 16:22 “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;” Matthew 13:36-43; Matthew 24:31; Also Mark 13:27 “And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.”

14. They help impart God’s will – Acts 5:19-20 “But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said, Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.” Acts 10:1-6 “There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway. He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.”

15. They help bring answers to prayer – Daniel 9:21-23 “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.” Also Daniel 10:12-13.

16. They are present in the Church – 1 Corinthians 11:1-10 “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.” Revelation 2: 1, 8, 12, 18 and 3:1, 7, 14 – “Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; – And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; – And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; – And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; – And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. – And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; –  And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;”

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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.

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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.”

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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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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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Reading and Studying the Bible

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I really love my Women’s KJV Study Bible. I began studying the book of Joshua this morning, and in chapter one is an article by Roberta Parham Hromas (from Passport to the Bible) that I feel led to share. It fits perfectly with my new series here on God’s Word, this must be more of God’s Perfect Timing! Enjoy!

Perspective – Beginning to Read and Study the Bible

The Bible tells us how to know God…how to find eternal life…and how to experience genuine life in our inner person. It gives health to our souls and tells us how to heal broken relationships. The answers to life’s questions are found in the Bible. But where does a person begin in reading and studying the Bible? Here’s an approach that has been effective in the lives of many people around the world:

Start by reading ten minutes a day. The truth of the Bible is like food for your soul. The Bible will literally become a part of you, and your hunger for God’s Word will increase if you begin reading God’s Word daily. If you find that ten minutes a day isn’t enough to satisfy your spiritual hunger for the Word, try ten minutes in the morning and ten minutes in the evening. You may need several ten-minute feedings throughout the day.

Make sure you have a small, readable copy of the Bible that you can carry with you. Ask God to guide your reading. If you have difficulty concentrating as you read, read the Bible out loud.

Read as if God is speaking directly to you. Always look for the personal application.God knows the number of hairs on your head, and he desires to make his Word come alive to you in practical, personal ways. This does not mean that you are the sole source of interpreting the Bible or that you can bend the Bible’s message to fit your own life and your own ideas. Bible truths are eternal and absolute. The Bible spans all cultures, history, social levels, and occupations, all ages, races, and nationalities. But the way in which a particular passage of the Bible applies to your circumstances and your experience is unique to you each day. If a verse stands out to you in a particular way, write it down on a card and carry it with you all day. Read it over and over. Think about why the verse stood out to you.

Five Ways to Study the Bible. In addition to your daily reading of the Bible, discipline yourself to engage periodically in a more in-depth study of the Bible. Here are five approaches to Bible study:   English: Personal bible study Português: Estud...

1. Word and Subject Studies – This approach to study begins with the question, “I wonder what the Bible has to say about…?” The word or topic you choose is the subject of your study! Use a concordance to look up various references from Genesis to Revelation. With pencil and paper in hand, begin to look up references, and as you read each one, write down a few words that summarize what you believe to be a practical meaning or application of the verse to your life. Be sure to look up a number of verses or passages in both the Old Testament and New Testament–perhaps a dozen or more verses or passages. You may also want to look up synonyms (similar words) and antonyms (opposite words). Word and subject studies make great devotional studies to share with others. They reveal the nature of God and God’s “opinion” on a wide variety of problems and issues.

2. Journey Studies – The Bible tells the story of many journeys–both journeys of individuals and the journey of the children of God. A study of these journeys can help us see that life happens in stages…situations do change…and that no circumstance lasts forever. Life has good times and bad times. You may want to study the journeys of these men and women: Joseph, the Children of Israel as they left Egypt, Abraham and Sarah, David, Paul, and most certainly, Jesus. Journey studies lead us to an understanding that life is in constant motion and that natural life has a progression to it.

3. Progression Studies – In progression studies we are concerned with progress in our spiritual lives. The Christian life must have an upward trend so that we are always growing more into the likeness of Christ, closer to God, and upward in spirit. Some very familiar passages may be read in a progressive way that reveals growth toward spiritual maturity, including the Beatitude portion of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3-12), Psalm 22-24 (which gives insight into Jesus as our Shepherd), Galatians 5:22-23 (one character trait gives rise to the next as we bear the fruit of the Spirit), Ephesians 3:14-19 (a spiritual progression for those who pray with boldness and confidence), 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (for those who are living in the day of the Lord’s return). As you engage in a progression study, read the whole before dissecting the parts. Look for a strong relationship among the verses–don’t contrive a relationship that doesn’t exist; check your progression with other Scriptures; keep in mind that the last verse or last passage must bring you closer to Jesus than the first.

4. Type and Shadow Studies – A rewarding way to study the Old Testament is to look for the people, objects, and events that cast spiritual shadows. These studies reflect “types” of experiences and events that happen to us on a spiritual level today. In themselves, the stories are about Old Testament people and events. The shadows of these stories tell us more about God, outlining for us the nature and working of God on the spiritual level. As such, they tell us a great deal about our spiritual selves and help us understand our spiritual purpose. Type and shadow studies reveal the interplay of the Holy Spirit and Jesus in our lives as we make the steps.

How do these studies differ from Journey and Progression studies?

  • Journey studies show how God works in our natural lives; type and shadow studies, in contrast, show us the master plan for our lives in the context of eternity.
  • Progression studies make us aware of the steps that occur in spiritual growth. A type and shadow study, in contract, tells us how these steps occur and why.

The story of Ruth (Book of Ruth) is a good story for type and shadow studies. (Ask: who is Ruth? Who is Boaz? Who is Naomi?) The way in which God dealt with the Children of Israel in the Book of Deuteronomy makes a good type and shadow study, as do the stories of Esther, Jonah, and Job.

5. Symbol Studies – The Bible has many symbols, including numbers, colors, and tangible objects used as symbols in various places. In many cases, understanding a symbol is the key to understanding an entire story or teaching. Symbols indicate eternal value, eternal meaning, and eternal reasons. For an object to be a genuine symbol, the meaning associated with that symbol must run from cover to cover in the Bible. Among the symbols that make great studies are: gold and silver, wood, crown, seals, stone vs. dust. Objects that are filled with symbols make good studies, including the Ark of the Covenant, Noah’s ark, Nehemiah’s wall, and Daniel’s den of lions. Ask the Holy Spirit to make the meanings of the symbols known to you and be sure to check and cross-check your interpretation of a symbol to make certain that your interpretation is valid. A true symbol does not mean one thing in one place and another thing in another place–it must have a consistent meaning throughout the Bible.

The more you read and study your Bible, the more you will want to read and study it. Its spiritual riches cannot be fully mined in any one lifetime…that’s all the more reason to begin today and continue reading and studying every day for the rest of your life!

 

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2012 in Godly Women

 

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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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Posted by on October 22, 2012 in Eschatology

 

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