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Death/Intermedia and resurrection

posted 18 Oct 2012, 07:33 by Karima Rossouw   [ updated 18 Oct 2012, 07:44 ]

DEATH/INTERMEDIA AND RESURRECTION

DEATH

God has written both the first and the last chapter in the history of all things.  In the book of Genesis we read of the beginnings of all things – the universe, life, man, sin, death and society.  In the Revelation of John, which is the climax of the New Testament and of prophetic Scripture, we learn how all things will find their goal and final fulfilment.  Many, like Daniel, ask, “What shall be the end of these things?”

It is very important to know this that death is the separation of soul and body and it is at that time when man is introduced to the unseen world.

In the Bible it is described as follows:

1.       A Sleep:  This was a normal Jewish expression of speech to refer to death as sleep.  This was used in speaking of a believer’s death

When Stephen was stoned, he cried out:  Act 7:59-60 “And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”  Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.”  And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

John 11:11 these things He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.”

2.       The earthly house of this tabernacle (tent) being dissolved:  This is shifting or moving tent to an eternal building made by God.

2 Cor 5:1 for we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

3.       Putting of this tent:  2 Peter 1:14  ...knowing that shortly I must put off my tent, just as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me.

4.       God requiring the soul:  Luke 12:20 but God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required or you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?

5.       Going the way from where there is no return:  John 16:22 for when a few years are finished, I shall go the way of no return.

6.       Being gathered to one’s own people:  Jacob had prophesied sitting on his bed, then simply lay down and died.  Yet his spirit and soul lived on to be with his people.  Gen 49:33 and when Jacob had finished commanding his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed and breathed his last, and was gathered to his people.

7.       Going down into the realm of silence:  Psalm 115:17 The dead do not praise the Lord, nor any who go down into silence.  This happens before Jesus’ resurrection, they waited for him to announce the good news of His victory over death.  It here appears that they waited in silence!  This is all the great men and women of God who died before Christ.

8.        Giving up the spirit or breathing your last:  Acts 5:10 Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last.

9.       Returning to the dust:  Gen 2:19  In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.

10.   Being cut down:  Life in the body is only temporary.  Job 14:2 He comes forth like a flower and is cut down; he flees like a shadow and does not continue.

11.   Departing:  Phil 1:23  For I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.  Death is the first outward and visible effect of sin, and it will be the last effect of sin from which we shall be saved.  1 Cor 15:26  The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.

What will be the eternal effect of death on salvation be?

The Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour has ended the eternal effect of death.  His gift of immortality (“incorruption”) is now available to us all.  Immortality means: not being subject to death.  The key is the life giving Spirit who makes our spirit alive towards the things of God

How is death connected with the doctrine of immortality?

There are two terms, “immortality” and “incorruption,”  and they are both used in connection with the resurrection of the body.  1 Cor 15:53-54  For this corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality.  So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written:  “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

Immortality in the Scriptures is applied to the body and not to the soul.  Even Christians are mortal because their bodies are subject to death.  After the resurrection and the rapture they will reach the state of immortality.  To put it in other words, they will have glorified bodies which are not subject to death any more.

The wicked, too, have a resurrection; but does this mean that they have immortality?  No; their entire condition is one of death, or eternal separation from God.  They have existence, but not the fellowship with God.  They also do not experience the glorification of the body which constitutes real immortality.  They exist consciously in a condition of being into subjection to death.  Theirs is not “the resurrection of life” but the “resurrection of damnation.”  This is a contrast between grace and justice.

John 5:29  …”and come forth – those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.”

If immortality applies to the body, why should we therefore be speaking of the immortality of the will?

The body dies and goes to the dust.

The soul or spirit continues to exist consciously in the unseen world of spirits.  We therefore conclude that man is mortal and his body is subject to death, but his soul [including the will] is immortal, surviving the death of his body,

What is the distinction between immortality and eternal life?

Immortality is future and refers to the glorification of our mortal bodies at the resurrection.

Rom 2:5-7 ….eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honour, and immortality.

Eternal life concerns mainly man's spirit.  It is a present possession, and is unaffected by the death of the body.  Eternal life will reach its perfection at the coming of Christ, and will be lived in a glorified, deathless body.  All Christians, both living and deceased, already have eternal life, but will not have immortality until the resurrection.

There should therefore be a stage where the deceased (the ones having died) are before the resurrection which takes place at the coming again of Christ.  This stage or state is generally called the Intermediate State.

THE INTERMEDIATE STATE

This is the state of death between death and the resurrection.  It should be carefully noted that the righteous do not enter into their final reward, nor the wicked into their final punishment, until after their respective resurrections.  Both classes are in an intermediate state, awaiting that event.  Departed Christians got to be “with the Lord,” but do not receive their final reward.

The intermediate state of the righteous is described in Scripture as one of:

1.       Rest: Rev 14:13  Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on,’ “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they nay rest from their labours, and their works follow them.”

2.       Waiting:  Rev 6:10-11  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”  Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until bothe the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.

 3.       Holiness:  Rev 7:14  He said to me,  “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

 4.       Activity:  There is nothing to destruct them from devoting every minute to God.  Rev 7:15  “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple.  And he who sits on the throne will dwell among them.”

 Remember the wicked also enter into an intermediate state, where they await their final punishment, which takes place after the White Throne judgment, when Death and Hades are emptied into the lake of fire.  Rev 20:14  Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire.  This is the second death.

The first death is the separation of the soul from the body for some time.  The second death is the separation of the body and soul from God forever.

We get false views about intermediate state, which is the follow:

1.       Purgatory:

The Catholic Church teaches that even the faithful need a process of purification before they may to enter God’s presence.  There is no evidence for this view in Scripture.

2.       Spiritism:

Spiritism teaches that we may communicate with departed spirits, these communications being mediated through a “medium”.

Consulting spiritists is forbidden. The Bible indicates that there is evil and danger in the practice.  Lev 19:31  ‘Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them:  I am the Lord your God.’

Lev 20:6-7; Isa 8:19

You must remember that the dead are under the control of God, the Lord of life and death, and cannot therefor be subject to mediums.  He holds the keys – these are emblems of authority to open or shut at will.

Rev 1:18 “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore.  Amen.  And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.”

Spiritistic manifestations are due to the operations of strange psychic forces of which we have very little knowledge, or that the messages originate from lying and seducing spirits.

1 Kings 22:22  “The Lord said to him, ‘ in what way?”  So he said, ‘I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And the Lord say, ‘You shall persuade him, and also prevail.  Go out and do so.’

3.       Soul-sleeping:

Some groups such as the Seventh-day Adventists, believe that the soul exists in an unconscious state until the time of the resurrection.  The Old Testament teaches that while the body enters the grave, the departed spirit enters Sheol where it lives a conscious existence.  Isa 14:9-11; Psalm 16:10  For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, nor will You allow Your holy One to see corruption. 

2 Cor 5:8  We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

And after the intermediate state it the resurrection that follows:

THE RESURRECTION

The resurrection of the body will be characterized by:

1.       Relationship:  1 Cor 15:36-37  Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies.  And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain-perhaps wheat or some other grain.  The grain is sown into the ground and it dies as a seed.  Through the act of dissolution it somehow fertilizes the living germ within it, enabling it to develop into a beautiful new green plant.

2.       Reality:  There are people who do not want to go to heaven because they say it is a vague kind of existence.  On the contrary, the life to come will be just as real as this present one and more so.  Glorified bodies will be real and tangible, and we shall know each other, talk with one another, and freely take part in heavenly activities.  Jesus in His resurrection body was real to His disciples.  Although He was glorified, He was the very same Jesus.

3.       Incorruption:  The resurrection body will be free from sickness, pain, weakness, and death.  Rev 21:4 “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.  There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

4.       Glory:  Phil 3:21 ..who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

5.       Agility:  It will pass through space with lightning speed, due to the mighty energy giving it life.

6.       Subtlety:  In walking the earth in a glorified body we shall not be hindered by such a little problem as a wall or a mountain – we shall simply walk through it!

John 20:26  And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with then.  Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said,  “Peace to you!”

There are many things we do not know, and cannot yet know about the future life.  However, this we do know:

1 John 3:1-2  Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.


God My A-Z

posted 1 Jul 2012, 04:35 by Karima Rossouw   [ updated 1 Jul 2012, 04:48 ]

GOD MY A-Z

If you think about God, can you describe Him from A to Z?  I think that God is so amazing that the alphabet is too short to explain Him.  God is so magnificent that we can only describe Him, of what we read, see, and feel about Him.

God says in Gen 17:1 to Abram: “I am the Almighty God” which means El Shadai, who has the power to do all things. He says that He is the Alpha and Omega.

God says in 2 Chronicles 20:20: “Believe (aman) in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” In this time of age, we have so many things that has taken away our believe, that it is sometimes even hard to believe God to receive.  Satan has taken away our trust, and what does God say, do not trust in mankind, but trust in ME who can provide for you.  Believe and you shall be blessed.  He made Jesus our Bridegroom, that we can be His bride’s.  Matthew 25:1 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.”, and that’s why He will protect us and be called Jehovah Nissi our Banner.

God gave us a Comforter in His Sons place:  He says in John 14:16  “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever:”  We always ask, God where are You?, but we forget that He lives in us.  Jesus can’t dwell with us any more on earth, because of the prophesies that had to be fulfilled so that we can have everlasting life, but he left us His Spirit to be with us for ever.

God will be our Deliver who will save us from ungodliness and from sin.  Romans 11:26-27 says “and so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:  The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; for this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.”

God had made and Everlasting covenant with us in Gen 17:7 and for that He will be Exalted for ever.  He is our EL- ELOHIM.

God is my Father and He is my Friend and that’s why He will never leave me and never forsake me.  Heb 13:5

God is our Greator.  He is the Giver of life and death. He is the Great I Am.

God alone is Holy (Rev 15:4 “For You alone are holy”) and He had given us His Holy Spirit.  God is also my Healer. Isaiah 53:5 “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.”

God is our Inspiration.  He says in 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.”  When you ever feel down and out of courage, remember that He WILL be there for you.

He is our Jehovah.  He had given us His Son Jesus Christ, who loves us so much.  John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  For that He must be our Joy and His joy will strengthen us.  Nehemiah 8:10 “Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

He is our King of Kings and

He is our Lord of Lords.

He is Merciful, and His mercies become knew every day, and endureth for ever.  (Lam 3:22-23; Psalm 106:1)

God is the Name above every name. (Phil 2:9)  In Christ we have become New Creations, old things have passed away, and all things have become new.  (2 Cor 5:17)

God is Omnipresent, and we will not be able to hide from Him in any way.

God is our Potter, He have power over us, who is His clay.  (Romans 9:21)

God is our Questionnaire, we can ask Him any questions, and He will answer them.  He says that we do not have, because we do not ask. (James 4:2)

God is my Rock and my Redeemer.  (Psalm 78:35).  God is my Righteousness.

God is my Salvation, (Titus 2:11) and He is my Strength.  (Jer 16:19)

God is Trinity – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.  He is my Teacher.  John 13:13 “You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.”  God is Trustworthy, if you trust no one, trust only in Him.

God is Understandable:  Isaiah 40:28 “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary.  His understanding is unsearchable.”  God is Upright:  Deut 32:4 “He is the Rock, His work is perfect For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.”

God says in Deut 32:35 and in Rom 12:9 that Vengeance is Mine.  Do not revenge your anger, only God can do that for you.   God says in John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.”

God is Worthy:  Rev 4:11 “You are worthy, O Lord”, and that’s why we Worship Him.  Rev 19:4 “And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, “Amen! Alleluia!”

My God has X-ray eyes.  He can see write through me.

My God says in Matthew 11:29-30 “Take My Yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

God is Zion, and those who trust in the Lord cannot be moved, but abides forever.  Psalm 125:1

God is the beginning and the end.  He is the A and the Z. 

What a great God we have.

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posted 1 Jul 2012, 04:17 by Karima Rossouw   [ updated 1 Jul 2012, 04:38 ]


Jesus – The Ultimate Father

posted 13 Jun 2012, 02:24 by Arinda Conradie   [ updated 13 Jun 2012, 03:11 ]

  • How many of you grew up with a Father, but he was never there?
  • How many of you grew up with a Father, but he was physical and verbally abuse?
  • How many of you grew up without a Father in the house, only you and mom? 

Today I want to introduce to you my ultimate Father – Jesus Christ.  I want to tell you who my Father is, and maybe if you want, you can make Him yours too.

  1. My Father loves me so much, that in Matthew 1:23, He made a Son called “Immanuel” which means “God with us”, so that my Father will never leave me, nor forsake me (Hebrews 13:5).  He became flesh and walked the earth for 33 years, so that He will knew and know how I will feel, what I am going through, and how I am thinking and what I am thinking.  And that’s why His mercy become new every day for me (Lamentations 3:22-23).
  2. My Father loves me so much, that when He was tempted for forty days in the wilderness, He will know what I am going through, when I am temped. And that’s why He gave us a resolution for temptation. Read very carefully: 1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it”. (NKJV: 1982)

Paul is saying in this verse:

  • Wrong desires and temptations happen to everyone, so don’t feel you’ve been singled out.
  • Others have resisted temptation, so can you. 
  • Any temptation can be resisted because God will help you resist it.

God helps you resist temptation by helping you:

  • Recognize those people and situations that give you trouble. 
  • Run from anything you know is wrong.
  • Choose to do only what is right. (Deuteronomy 30:15-16 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments, His statues, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the LORD your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.)
  • Pray for God’s help, and
  • Seek friends who love God and can offer help when you are tempted.  Running form a tempting situation is your first step on the way to victory.  (2 Timothy 2:22 “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart”.)
    That’s how much my Father loves me. He even gave me a way out from temptation.
    3.  My Father loves me so much that He performed miracles, and still doing it today. My son is a miracle;
         we've waited ten years for him. It was impossible for me to bear children, but for God nothing is
         impossible.  My husband is miracle. He broke his back and was diagnosed that he can be lame,
         but with God nothing is impossible. He is walking today. How many people do you know that had
         miracles in their lives?
         Jesus performed approximately 40 miracles during His earthly ministry.
         He healed 26 specific persons of leper, blindness, deafness, deaf and dumb, paralysis... some of the
         healings are mentioned in three Gospels, so, the Gospels are full of physical healings. 
         He delivered 7 persons from the demons of spinal bent for 18 year, epilepsy, blindness, 
         madness ... He resurrected three persons.
    
    4.  My Father loves me so much that He teaches me through Peter, that even if I go through trials and 
         tribulations, to stay faithful, because you will come stronger out of it. Remember Hebrews 13:5 at point 1. 

    5.  My Father loves me so much that He says in Psalm 91 that even in the midst of danger,
         He will protect me, and that He shall give His angels charge over me, to keep me in all my ways.

    6.  My Father loves me so much that He says in Mark 8:34 “Whoever desires to come after Me,
         let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” This means understand and accept that
         discipleship means forsaking all selfish personal ambition.

    7.  My Father loves me so much that He says in John 3:16 “that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
         believes in Him should no perish but have everlasting life.” Who will do that for you?
         was bruised for my iniquities. The chastisement for my peace was upon Him, and by His stripes
         I am healed”. (Sela) – Means stop and think about it.

    8.  And lastly, my Father loves me so much that He said when He died and went up to heaven,
         He gave us His Holy Spirit to live in us, to feel His presence every day, to teach us His ways,
         so that He will be my personal Teacher and Trainer.

I thank Jesus that He gave me an opportunity to make Him my Father. My prayer for you today is that you will make Him your Father too. He is there, He wants to be your Father. 

Salvation Prayer.
Jesus I know that I am a sinner.  Forgive me all my sins.  I turn my back on sin to live only for You with my mind, my words and my deeds.  I trust in You, to save me from sin, because You have died for me on the cross and rose again, so that I can live.  Come into my heart as my Lord, my Saviour, and my Friend.  Amen

FAITH

posted 12 Jun 2012, 13:31 by Wybrand Conradie   [ updated 13 Jun 2012, 03:31 by Arinda Conradie ]

FAITH

What is faith?

Heb 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.”

Faith is to have trust in, or security of someone or something. In this case we talk about faith in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Faith is essential/real

Matth 17:20 “So Jesus said to them, Because of your unbelief; for assuredly,
I say to you if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain move from here to there, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Faith is the essence that can produce the things that we hope and dream of. The Word of God is the only thing that truly can be essential.

Rom 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God"

It is the word of God that the Holy Spirit uses to awaken a response of faith within us, and it is the reliability of the word of God on which we rest our faith for salvation, The words of Scripture are the words of eternal life.

In short, the word of God produce faith in us. 

The measure of faith

Rom 12:3 ....God has dealt to each one a measure of faith

It depends on how you care for this seed of faith. Do you give it water or do you let it die?

GROWTH IS DEPENDENT ON CARE, THE SURROUNDINGS, AND CIRCUMSTANCES

God does not want His children to be ignorant/onkundig.

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

Everything that God promised will be obtained through faith in God.

There are 3 points why we must have faith:
  1. Because we want to please God.
  2. Because God wants to inspire us.
  3. And because of the Armor of God.

1. Because we want to please God (Heb 11:6)

But without faith it is impossible to please Him for he
who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

You must remember, a whole generation of Israelites died in the dessert, because they refused to believe that God was with them and that God had promised the land of Canaan to them.

    Unbelief is rebellious to God.
    Unbelief awakens God wrath or anger.
    Unbelief is disobedient to God.
    Unbelief close the door of heaven.
    Remember it is impossible to please God without faith.

1.1 Faith pleases God:
      Joshua and Caleb was the only too out of 3 million people who pleased God so that they could
      get what God had promised.  Heb 11 is the gallery of fame.

1.2 Faith overcomes the world:
      1John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world.  And this is the victory that has
      overcome the world – our faith.
  •       Faith overcome worldly attitude
  •       Faith overcome unholiness or ungodliness
1.3 Never brake down faith:
      Never say that people can’t do what God told them to do.
      You must never doubt God’s Word.

2. Because God wants to inspire us

2.1 The commandments of God:
      1 John 3:23 And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son
      Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.  Love and faith is God
      commandment in the New Testament.

2.2 Paul Scriptures:
      In Romans, Cor, Gal, Eph, Phil and Col Paul says that we must live through the law of faith,
      and not through the works of the law.

3. The Armor of God

3.1 Above all:
      Eph 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery
      darts of the wicked one.  Why above all? This is the most important amor that God gave His children
      to use.  Faith are here the SHIELD.

3.2 Waist with truth – the Word: Eph 6:14

3.3 Your feet the gospel of peace – the Word: Eph 6:15

3.4 The sword of the Spirit – Rhema:
      Eph 6:17 The word must be mixed with faith. Without faith the word is powerless.

3.5 The breastplate of righteousness:
      Eph 6:14 The breastplate is dressed in faith. Rom 3:22
      Even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe,
      For there is no difference.

3.6 The Helmet of Salvation:
      Eph 6:17 Without faith, salvation could not be experienced.

3.7 Praying always:
      Eph 6:18 Believe when you pray. Mark 11:24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask
      when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. Matt 21:21-22
      So Jesus answered and said to them,  “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt,
      you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain,
      ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea’ it will be done. 
      “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

3.8 Firm through faith:

3.9 Stand firm through faith:
      Eph 6: 13-14 Without faith we cannot stand firm. Rom 11:20 Well said. Because of unbelief they
      were broken off, and you stand by faith.

What can faith do:

Faith move mountains
Faith drive out demons
Faith awakens the dead 
Faith protect against evil 
Faith obtain a good testimony 
Faith move through Godly fear 
Faith worship while you die
Faith still storms and calm the sea 
Faith heals the sick 
Faith brings finances into movement
Faith give food to those who are hungry
Faith is obedient to the Word and voice of God
Faith let the barren bare children
Faith leave the possession of sin

There were 2 things that made Jesus angry:
  1. The unbelief of His disciples.
  2. The hypocrisy of the Pharisees.
There are 7 big faith builders:

1. Know that you are saved
    John 8:36 “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

2. Know that you are a new creation
    2 Cor 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed
    away; behold, all things have become new.

Col 1:21-22 And you, who ones were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight –

3. Know that He is in you and you in Him
  1. Know how valuable and precious you are.
  2. Know what you own.
  3. Know what you can do
  4. Know who you are.
  • We are under His reign
  • We have His life
            o We have His mighty power
            o We have His nature and character
            o We have His victory
            o His wisdom is given to us
            o We have His righteousness

4. Righteousness is to be in right standing with God
    Righteousness means to stand in the right relationship with God Righteousness means
    to stand in the right relationship with each other.

5. Know the power of the Name of Jesus
    In a name there is authority, reputation, success and representation.  Mark 16:17-18n
    “And these signs will follow those who believe;  In My name they will cast out demons; 
    they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly,
    it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.”

Remember representatives and ambassadors honor, respect and subject to the Name.

The effect of the Name will bring deliverance, protection, provision and Godly health.

6. Know obedience to the Word

7. Know what to confess
    Heb 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens,
    Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

ANGELS AND DEMONS

posted 12 Jun 2012, 13:30 by Wybrand Conradie   [ updated 13 Jun 2012, 03:34 by Arinda Conradie ]

ANGELS AND DEMONS

Angels and demons are spiritual beings created by God. Angels are created by God to be messengers and serving spirits for Himself, and after the fall of some angels, to be soldiers of the Almighty. 

The origin of demons

Demons were original angels of God.  They, with Lucifer, conspired to be equal to God.  They were the same angels as the holy angels, but full of envy and selfish ambitions (Isaiah 14:12-17).

The anointed cherub

This is a description of a being of the highest order which were created by God. And his name is Lucifer. He was the seal of perfection – not one of God's creatures was more prefect than him. He was full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. It looks like nobody was more beautiful or wiser than him.  His covering exists of every possible precious stone. He was in heaven the master musician and worship leader (Ezek. 18:13-19). 

The fall of Lucifer

He is the author of sin. He was the first being to become disobedient to the will of God. You must remember modesty, submission and serviceableness, always goes the honour beforehand in the kingdom of God. Modesty means to humble yourself and that you must die. “And being found in the appearance of a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross” (Phil. 2:8).

Satan fall down to the earth (Luke 10:18): “And He said to them, I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven”. 

Satan was filled with valance. That is why he is a murderer, a thief and a destroyer (John 10:10). 
Satan was conceited because of his beauty. He has lost his beauty because of his glory. He contaminated his residence through his unrighteousness.

Satan and his angels

It is known that Lucifer had taken a third of the angels with him when he fell.  These fallen angels of Satan are
known as demons.  Their aim is still to take the authority and position of God over.  Their desire is to be worshiped.  The only way to get it, is through lying and deceit.

Those who are locked up with chains

It looks like Satan and his demons are limited to the planet earth. Some of them have freedom of movement as far
as humans give them permission, and some others are locked up in chains. Only at the end of time and the
beginning of the thousand year of peace, all of them will be locked up (Rev. 20:1-2). 

Those who are bound up know:
“For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgement” (2 Peter 2:4). 

“And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their abode, he has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgement of the great day”
(Judas 1:6). 

Here we see a group of angels who did not keep them to the territory they were limited to. They left their own residence. It is them that are locked up in chains and cast into hell. Satan and his demons were only thrown out of heaven and cast down to earth later, when Jesus conquered. 

Satan will be bound and finally be cast into the pool of fire, where he will burn forever. 

Here are three Greek words for hell: 
  1. Gehenna
  2. This is the pool of fire which is for the devil and his demons, and for all people who's names are not in the book of life of the Lamb. This place is not yet occupied (Math. 18:9). 
     2.  HadesIn
          Hebrew it is Sheol, which means the place of the dead. Formerly it existed of two places, which had been
          separated by a big cleft. The one place is known as the place or torture and the other as paradise.
          They could see one another, but could not go over to one another.

When Jesus died, He descended to the lower parts of the earth (Acts 2:27), disarm the authority and power,
and went through paradise. When Jesus was resurrected, He awakened all the OT dead saints.
When He ascended, He took them with Him to heaven. “Therefore He says: When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive , and gave gifts to men.” (Eph. 4:8-9). Now this “He ascended” what does it means but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?

Hades is only a place of torture, where those who had not been saved is going when they die and wait for judgement day.

      3.  Tartarus
            It is noted only once in the Bible. It looks like a jail right at Hades where some of the demons
            are locked up (2 Peter 2:4).

Who are these angels?
They are a group of angels that left their spiritual form and adopted the form of human. It looks like they contaminated the human race and seduced them, and that was the cause of giants and the birth of awful beings. This can be the reason why God wiped out all humans on the earth and locked up these angels and start a new beginning after the flood.

The line of action of demons

1.  Seed of doubt (Gen. 3:1)
2.  Direct contradiction (Gen. 3:4)
3.  Openly deceiving (1 John 2:16)

The rank of demons 

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12). 

Principalities

The Greek word is archo. It means to be first in political ranks or power. It looks as if the devil has an authority council who rules under him over all the demonic world. 

Powers

The Greek word is exousia and means to have power, freedom and the authority and the right to do something.
This is a group of demons with delegated authority and they are liable to the principalities.
This division is equal to the department of law and order in an evil government that ensures that the system works. 

Evil spirits in the air

The Greek word is pneumatikos and means wind. It refers to the invisible spirits which activate all that is wicked, unclean, immoral, murderous and breaking off. They are the workers of unrighteousness – evil spirits that activate seduction, mockery and uncleanness in the world of today. 

The area of demons

Satan has only dominion where there are human beings and only as far as they allow him. So they are on the earth
and in the atmosphere. Their areas include the kingdoms of this world, the world system of this present age
(Rev. 12:9-12; Eph. 2:1-2; Luke 4:5-6; John 12:31; 2 Cor. 4:4). 

In this present age their areas are as follows: 
  1. The kingdoms of the world 
  2. The continents of the earth
  3. The sub-continents of the earth
  4. The nations of the world
  5. The cities of the world
  6. The individuals on earth.
They want to rule over religion, politics, the economy, educational systems, justice, the military or families and individual's lives. 

Against who or whom do the demons conduct war?

Conducting war against Christians: 
  1. Personal attacks (Eph. 6:12) 
  2. Personal accusations (Rev. 12:10) 
  3. Personal pursuit (Rev. 2:10) 
  4. Freshly sin (Eph. 4:27). 
 Conducting war against the church: 
  1. Prevention of repentance (Luke 8:12) 
  2. Produce false ministers (1 Tim 4:1) 
  3. Causes discord (1 Cor. 2:10-11) 
  4. Prevent simplicity (2 Cor. 11:3) 
  5. False propaganda (Luke 4:39) 
  6. Giving illness (Luke 4:39). 

What is our protection against demons?

  1. To wear the whole armour of God (Eph. 6:13-17): 
  2. Girded your waist with the truth 
  3. Breastplate of righteousness 
  4. Put onto your feet the willingness to spread the gospel 
  5. Shield of faith 
  6. Helmet of salvation 
  7. Sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. 
To flow in the gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:7-11): 
  1. Word of wisdom 
  2. Word of knowledge 
  3. Faith 
  4. Gift of healing 
  5. Working of miracles 
  6. Prophecy 
  7. Discerning of spirits 
  8. Different kinds of tongues 
  9. Interpretation of tongues. 

To be a demon-conqueror, you have to:

  1. Know who you are in Christ 
  2. Live in obedience to God 
  3. Work with the Holy Spirit 
  4. Confront temptations with the word of God (Math. 4:4-10) 
  5. Use the Name of Jesus Christ 
  6. Confess the power of His blood. 
All the power of Christ is to our disposal through the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ disarmed the principalities and powers through the cross. Having disarmed them, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them (Col. 2:15). Through us these evil spirits are now conquered. 

The secret to conquer Satan is to be submissive to God and to resist the devil If we do that, the devil will flee from us (James 4:7). 

There are three other things that also makes us conquerors over Satan and his demons: 
  1.   Through the blood of Jesus 
  2.   Through the word 
  3.   Through surrendered lives. 

Angels

The character of angels

Mentioning of angels:
Angels are mentioned 32 times in the books of Moses. In the OT they are mentioned 108 times. 

Historical Scriptures:
The work and service of the angels are mentioned 37 times in Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings and Chronicles. 

The poetic books:
Angels are mentioned in Job 4:18 and in the Psalms where they are portrayed as servants of God by protecting and preserving His servants from danger.

The prophetic Scriptures:
In Daniel the names of two Angels are mentioned, namely Michael and Gabriel. And a third is mentioned in Isaiah, namely Lucifer.

The New Testament:
Angels are mentioned 165 times in the NT, of which 65 times they are mentioned in the book of Revelation.

The reality of angels

Angels are a reality and are spirits created by God. They have form and substance. The word angel means messenger.

1.  Angels are immortal: 
“... nor can they die any more, for they are equal to the angels and are the sons of God, being sons of resurrection” (Luke 20:36). 

2.  Angels are of a high rank and order:
Because they are stronger and more powerful and have more freedom of movement than humans.

3.  Angels are intelligent beings:
“... but my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of the angel of God, to know everything that is in the earth”
(2 Sam. 14:20). 

But there are things angels do not know about:
1.  The time of the second coming of Christ (Math. 24:36) 
2.  The salvation plan (1 Peter 1:12)  They also cannot understand it, because they were not     part of the fall.
3.  The thoughts of man (1 Cor. 2:11). They are not omniscient.

Angels are: 
1.  Holy beings (Mark 8:38) 
2.  Angels are countless (Hebr. 12:22; Job 25:3; Luke 2:13-14) 
3.  Angels are strong/powerful (2 Thes. 1:7; Rev. 18:1; Ps. 103:20) 
4.  They are invisible but can appear (Num. 22:22-31) 
5.  They don't get married (Math. 22:30) 
6.  Angels are joyful (Luke 15:10) 
7.  They are not to be worshipped (Rev. 22:8-9; Col. 2:18). 

Division and rank of angels

There are some order and rank amongst angels. It shows their position and grade of authority (Col. 1:15-16).

1.  Heavenly hosts (Luk2:13) 
2.  Cherubim (Gen. 3:24) 
3.  Seraphim (Is. 6:1-3) They are the protectors of the holiness of God. 
4.  Living beings (Rev. 4:8) 
5.  Michael, the archangel (Dan. 10:13) He is the protector of Israel. 
6.  Gabriel, the head messenger (Dan. 8:15-16; Luke 1:11-19) He brings revelation of future events. 
7.  The holy messengers and keepers (Dan. 4:13-23).

Functions of angels

God gave them the following responsibilities: 
  1. They are worshippers (Rev. 7:11; Is. 6:3; Rev. 5:11-12) 
  2. They show people direction (Gen. 24; Acts 8:26; Acts 10:3-5) 
  3. Angels give protection (Ps. 91; Dan. 6:16-23) Daniel in the lion's den; his friends in the furnace; Paul in the storm. 
  4. Angels supply information (Acts 7:53) 
  5. Angels accompany us to heaven (Luke 16:22-23) “So it was that the beggar died and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torment in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom”.
  6. Angels carry out judgement (1 Chron. 21:14-15; Acts 12:21-23; Math. 13:38-42) 
  7. Angels bring provision (1 Kings 19)
  8. Angels provide war heroes (Rev. 12:7-9; 2 Kings 16:17; 2 Kings 19:35)
  9. Angels bring encouragement (Dan. 9:21)
  10. Angels create opportunities (Hebr. 13:2). 

What do angels know?

According to 2 Samuel 14:20 they know a lot: “... but my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of the angel of God, to know everything that is in the earth.”
  1. Angels know God personally 
  2. Angels know demons 
  3. They know the humanity of mankind (Job 38:6-7) 
  4. They know about the resurrection (Math. 28:2-6; Acts 1:10-11;  1 Cor. 15) 
  5. Angels know God's intentions (1 Peter 1:10-12) 
  6. They know the service of the church (Rev. 2:3; 1 Tim. 5:21) 
  7. Angels know God's judgement (Rev. 12:7-12; Jude 1:6-8). 

The service of angels

“Are they not ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebr. 1:14). 

Angels and prophesy

God revealed Himself through prophets and then through His Son Jesus Christ. Angels are often messengers of God through whom He revealed Himself. 
  1. Angels bring warnings.  They brought the news of Isaac’s birth and announced the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. 
  2. Angels ascend and descend (Gen. 28:12)
  3. They visit a very strong man (Judges 13:3-8)
  4. This angel appeared as a man.
The following things happened:
  • He commanded that God be served with offerings 
  • The angel did not reveal his name 
  • He did not eat with them 
  • The angel told them how to bring up the boy.

  • Angels speak to people (Zech. 1:9-17) and he had to write it down.
    Angels carry out the word They help that God's word comes to fulfilment. What man must do. Man must ask God. As soon as we made our needs known to God that is similar to His word, God sends His angels to make it true in our lives. Man must confess the word: “Bless the Lord, you, His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word. Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, you ministers of Him, who do His good pleasure” (Ps. 103:20-21). When our lives are in agreement with the word of God, angels react on that – specifically when we have faith in the power, the plan and the intentions of God.

Angels and Jesus

The life of Jesus from the beginning to the end was filled with the presence and activities of angels. Jesus expected the angels all around Him. 
  1. Angels proclaimed Jesus as Leader. Zechariah did not believe Gabriel. Why do you think God stroke him with muteness? So that he will not loose his blessing – John the Baptist – by confessing the wrong things (Luke 1:11-19).
  2. Angels proclaimed His coming (Luke 1:26-28)
  3. Angels proclaimed His birth (Luke 2:8-13)
  4. Angels protected Him as a child (Math. 2:13-21) We saw Joseph's immediate reaction to the dream, as if it was normal.
  5. Angels supported Jesus' ministry “Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him” (Math. 4:11). “Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven and strengthening Him” (Luke 22:43). “Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?” (Math. 26:53). Jesus gave Himself voluntarily TO DIE FOR US.
  6. Angels was actively involved with His resurrection “And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightening, and his clothing as white as snow” (Math. 28:2-3).
  7. Angels proclaimed His second coming “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of glory” (Acts 9:1-11). 

Angels and the book of Revelation

We read more about angels in the book of Revelation than in any other book of the Bible. In Revelation Chapters 2 and 3 you can see that the seven churches had their own personal angel. Maybe there was an angel assigned to each church to protect, lead and reveal the will of God to them. 

Angels around the throne of God

“All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, saying: Amen! Blessing an glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honour and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen” (Rev. 7:11-12). 

Angels carry out judgement

Warnings and consequences (Rev. 14:9-11) 
Seven bowls and hale judgement (Rev. 16:2-21) 
The scarlet women and the beast (Rev. 17) 
The fall of Babylon (Rev. 18). 

In chapters 16, 17 and 18 of Revelation, the angels are actively involved with what happens. 

Angels and men

Which type of people do angels attend to? 
  1. People who knows God and serve Him (Dan. 6; Acts 10:2)
  2. Those who need special help (Acts 5:19-23)
  3. People have personal angels:  For you personally:   “For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways” (Ps. 91:11). To be near you: “... the angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them” (Ps. 34:7). There is enough for all: “A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; ten thousand time ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, and the books were opened” (Dan. 7:10).

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