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It is the Glory of God to Conceal a Matter,
It is the Glory of Kings to Search out a Matter.
Proverbs 25:2 "But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 1 Corinthians 2:7 Which none of the princes of this world knew: (2:7) for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 1Co 2:9 ¶ 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. 1Co 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. Tools specific to 1Co 2:11 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." 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. 1 Cor. 2:14
Revelation and inspiration result from searching, knocking and asking. As simple as it may sound, these pathways that lead a seeker into the knowledge of the mysteries of God is not easy to discover. "God is a Spirit," says the scripture. His divine existence is one that can only be perceived, believed on a non-sensing level. If I say that I know God, whom you neither know nor see, you can only judge my assertions on the basis of my personal credibility. Some spokes persons for God or more credible than others. The early apostles did not so much argue the existence of God as a theory or concept but to prove His existence by supernatural attestations, demonstrating the Power of God. (1Corinthians 2). So we have the matter of proving to a materialistic non believing world that God is real and that He still has a part in the day to day affairs of this world and its occupants. It is a very great mystery that it is G-d who calls us to have fellowship with Him. It is G-d who equips us to grow and minister through Him. It is G-d who preserves and keeps us until his coming to gather his called out people unto himself. So you see, that it is very little about our performance or goodness. The gift of G-d prevails throughout the life of a believer.
MYSTERIES OF GOD - A WORLD OF SPIRIT
Revelation, inspiration, searching, knocking, asking; these are all pathways
that lead a seeker into the knowledge of the mysteries of God. "God
is a Spirit," says the scripture. His divine existence is one that
can only be perceived, believed on a non-sensing level. If I say that
I know God, whom you neither know nor see, you can only judge my assertions
on the basis of my personal credibility. Some spokes persons for God or
more credible than others. The early apostles did not so much argue the
existence of God as a theory or concept but to prove His existence by
supernatural attestations, demonstrating the Power of God. (1Corinthians
2). So we have the matter of proving to a materialistic non believing
world that God is real and that He still has a part in the day to day
affairs of this world and its occupants.
New: The manifestation of Angels in Revival.
Satan the Lord of this World, the Prince of Deceivers
" -- For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places-" (Ephesians 6,12 kjv)
The natural world
appears to the natural senses to be merely a physical world, albeit
with certain unusual qualities and quirks, mostly found in the character
and behavior of people. Things are not always as they appear. There
is a another world another reality, unseen to the natural eye is a universe
full of spiritual energy and peopled with invisible beings.
Because few people
actually see angels or demons it is easy to be drawn into weird speculations
about the nature of life in the spiritual dimension. From a practical
standpoint what we need to know has been outlined in the Bible for our
benefit. If we are ignorant of Satan (the prince over all of the dominions
and powers of darkness) then we are subject to his deceptions. The blind
and the ignorant may say, there are no angels, no demons, nor even any
god. Such people are deceived. The enemy works principally through lies
and deceit. For centuries he has actually owned billions who say they
don't believe in him.
The "Fall of Man" is recorded in the first book of the Bible, Genesis. We may regard this account of the first man and woman who were driven from the "Garden of Eden" to be just a curious and meaningless fable. The reality is historically more real and more profound than we know.
What was the world like
before the fall of man? What was perfect fellowship like with Adam and
Eve walking with G-d the creator? What happened to human destiny when
the Glory of G-d was removed from the original parents of the human race?
The first consequence was that the couple made in the image of G-d lost
their immortality and were made subject to death. Even the earth was subject
to a curse. The second consequence was that Adam lost the dominion over
all things on the earth and it was taken over by the deceiver, Lucifer
aka "the Serpent." He that usurped the title of "the god
of this world." The third consequence is that the children of Adam
and Even no longer remained in the semblance of G-d but in the semblance
of their fallen parents, Adam and Eve, mortal and subject to the curse
of mortality. This condition has been in force until those conditions
were altered when one perfect man, bore upon himself the sins of fallen
man and in so doing redeemed fallen man from the curse. Our full and complete
immortality awaits the final "redemption" with the resurrection
and the return of the Messiah Jesus for his own.
It was the vindication of Almighty God the Father that declared that Jesus had suffered death unlawfully and thus raised him to life again, the resurrection of the Just.
The earth has displayed the manifestation of the Edenic curse for thousands of years unto the present. (Genesis 3;16-19) Nature bears this mark in several ways that reveal Satan's handiwork; weeds, thorns, poisonous substances, violence in animals, violence in human life, death and decay. Beelzebub another name for Satan translates Lord of the Flies which is an attribute to destruction and decay.
A new heaven and a new earth are promised which will be without the slightest tinge of corruption. The prophetic reference of the Lion lying down with the lamb is a picture of the earth without the serpent's corruption any longer at work. Then Satan will be bound and banished from a perfect world.
The culmination time of Satan's influence will eventually come. He will be given one last chance to gather his own and rule the nations through his own spurious "messiah.". The world will be taken into deception and death in this "tribulation" period. The "mystery of iniquity" refers to a kind of contractual agreement between God Almighty and Lucifer, He has been given a finite time to do his work against the children of men, until his license term eventually expires.In the time of the end, the earth will be purged of iniquity. This awaited time grows closer and closer and is known prophetically as the "Day of the Lord".
Jesus made it clear that demons were to be subdued and cast out with the authority of his name. Jesus made provision that all of h0is disciples were given this authority also. (Matt: 10) Numerous details are related in the Gospels of Jesus dealing with a variety of unclean spirits (demons). The ministry and message that was called the Gospel of the Kingdom was predicated upon the existence of two opposing spiritual kingdoms, the kingdom of life and light against the kingdom of death and bondage. Deliverance is the ministry of freeing people from bondages and hurts that Satan inflicts (afflicts) upon people.
Demonic powers continue to live upon the earth and seek to fulfill their natures with human (sometimes animal) hosts. There names are their natures e.g. "lust". They were here in Jesus day and before and remain acting as enemies of humanity even now. They are likened unto flies, serpents, scorpions. Their assignment is to bring hurt, bondage, destructions, disease and evil behavior. One of Satan's most amazing deceptions is to pursuade the intelligent and wize of humanity that he does not exist. Today, no secularist or pschological clinician gives any credence to such a notion as the existence of demons. Psychologists today attribute behavior attributes and choices to mere thoughts and human motivation, this was not the understanding of the Lord Jesus. He came to address those powers and to subdue them.
To describe all of the demonic influence which abounds is too lengthy a theme for this writing. Suffice it to say most human life and personality is tinged by it. Today's society is so totally depraved that wickedness pervades all levels of society and innocence is all but lost.
When Jesus announces that he has "come to bring life and more abundant life," the role of Jesus as is framed delineated. Abundant life is a life free from all curses, limitations, afflictions under which Satan holds all human life until we are delivered "out of his dominion."
Unless we are begotten in Christ Jesus, we are still under the domain of demonic influence and by default the dominion of Satan. This demonic can influence evil thoughts, evil speaking, lusts and perversions, addictions, hatred, enmity, strife, seditions, blasphemies, uncleanness, drunkenness, excesses and various other indulgences of the flesh.
of God have no need to fear demons or Satan's power for we have been given
authority over them. However through ignorance we may still live and function
as one who has no knowledge or power. Satan is delighted at Christians
who are ignorant of the Power which resides in Jesus' name. Satan is delighted
when Christians are ignorant of Jesus' victory over darkness, disease
and death. God said, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. "
Jesus commissioned his disciples to heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons (Matthew Chapter 10:8 Mark Chapter 16:17). Before any man or woman is given this authority he must have his name written in the book of life. It does no good to minister 'deliverance' to a person who goes will go back to the old sin. An unregenerate person must be saved, born from above, before Satan relinquishes control and ownership of that person. This most often when you catch him with his hand in your pocket.
Once a person is born of the spirit and is Holy Spirit baptized, he or she begins to fill his heart with the Spirit of the Word (hidden manna from God.) The light and life that is in the word will cause the influence of the demonic to melt away as snow in the sun. Without continuing in the word or prayer however, darkness may still have a place in a believer. Jesus says, "The prince of this world comes and he has nothing in me, "(John 14,30) -and in the epistle of James, "submit yourself to God, resist the Devil and he will flee from you " (James 4,7) and from Ephesians, " - do not give the devil a foot hold, (give no place to the devil.)" (Ephesians, 4,27.)
Angels in the heavenly realms are also a present reality. They are called ministering servants to the heirs of salvation. We know that we shall and do have fellowship with them. We know that the angels in heaven rejoice with each sinner who is saved and brought to the knowledge of the truth. We know that angels and men surround the throne of God in an ongoing chorus of praise. They are ministering servants sometimes even manifesting as alive-in-the-flesh beings without our being aware of it. Sometimes they bring messages. Sometimes they protect us. They are of many sorts, some look like mighty men, some radiant, some appear as women.
Angels are our friends. But no angel from God would permit us to worship them. Angel worship is false doctrine. Any angel that would request worship would be, absolutely, the wrong breed of angel. The angels have a particular fascination for the privileges humans are afforded in God's kingdom. Humans are called the heirs of salvation, a very honored privilege. Some fallen angels have tried to cross the line and mix with the human race. These angels (Heb. Nephilim) were judged harshly by God and the race which resulted from their interbreeding with the human race was one of the reasons that the flood of Noah came to purge the earth of its evil.
Angels are part of the family of God who, one day, will be as familiar to us as we are to them, for we shall see them as well as they can see us. We are surrounded by an innumerable cloud of witnesses as the apostle Paul records, the Word of God says the angels share in our praises as well as rejoice in our victories of faith.
Glory, Honor and Praise to Him who sets on the Throne for ever and ever. Amen And all of the white robed elders said, Amen. And the shining hosts of heaven bowed and said, Amen.