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Aspects of divine judgment are our topic, today, along with more on being lost without GOD.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “ubhannahh” (Level 1 with 1 point, a member since April 11, 2007) posted the following:

Does god judge us while on earth right before we die?

The sinners

THE BATTLE AXE:  Lost Without GOD? (06/26/2013)—All men feel some degree of separation from GOD.  The Almighty must exercise authority and impartiality, yet, maintain exalted sovereignty, holiness, and sanctification.  There must be order, process, sequence and structure that, taken all together, appear as separation.  By contrast, the separation that results from defiance, disobedience, distrust, fear, guilt, shame, or willful persistence in sin is not permanent, and may be removed through divine operations that include forgiveness, rebirth, and repentance.  In this sense, GOD manages fellowship and intimacy for believers the same way a mother or father seeks to be their child’s confidant without losing their own proper place as an adult, their changing place as the child’s caretaker, protector and teacher, or their permanent place as parent.  See Isaiah 59:  1-21, John 17:  14-26 and Hebrews 12:  1-11, King James Version.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.  If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you:  on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.  But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.  Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:  and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?  Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.  (1st Peter 4:  12-19, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  To Find A True Christian? (06/17/2013); Unseen Sin? (06/18/2013); Teachings on Judgment (06/06/2013); Those Who Never Heard? (06/07/2013); If You Are Sent…? (06/08/2013); Scriptures and Sayings (06/09/2013); Must We Really Die? (05/13/2013)

“ubhannahh”, here are some points describing divine judgment that are widely shared among Christian believers:

(1)  The sacred operation of judgment is eternal, and appears as an aspect of divine being, and sacred person.  GOD is a spirit who reveals divinity by imparting spirit matter to created beings and living creatures.  The “acts” and spirit substance of GOD establish awareness of divine power, possibility, and presence that includes creation, forgiveness, judgment and salvation. 

(2)  Judgment of those upon the earth (animals, mankind, spirit beings) has already begun, and is a continuing sacred process that is now focused upon “the household of GOD” meaning, those in covenant, those in adoption and rebirth through the imparted indwelling Spirit, and those entrusted who serve through the ministry of Jesus as Risen Lord.  Those who, in the end, are accounted as redeemed and saved, first, have also been regarded as sinners along with those who are wicked.  Instead of behavior and conduct, that frequently shifts and changes, the make-up and spirit content of all living persons will be examined.

(3)  In order to list the peculiar sequence of events that pertain to judgment believers include:  (a.) the law proclaimed (with its benefits, punishments and sanctions), (b.) the accomplishments of death (e.g., redemption, release from sin, and transfer of inheritance through the law), (c.) the completion of documents that serve as life-records with the conclusion of inquiry, investigation and truth-finding, (d.) rebirth and resurrection, (e.) the sanctification and perfection of those embracing salvation, (f.) examinations from the book of life, (g.) the destruction of the wicked, and (h.) a distribution of divine rewards.

There is no simple explanation, or abbreviated way to clarify the many profound truths of judgment.  There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example,  (4)  there are three events we think of as “final judgment.”  The first is when Christ returns to harvest the earth and receive all those who acknowledge him as Savior.  However, their judgment already will have been completed.  The “white throne” judgment, sees the wicked appear before Christ.  This occurs after Satan is cast into the lake of fire.  Because the process of divine judgment may only involve the living; the dead must be revived, and do not answer any angel, devil or human accuser.  They must acknowledge the record of their own deeds.  Finally, following the second death whereby all the wicked are destroyed, there will be a judgment for appointment of divine duties and privilege within the eternal kingdom.)   Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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      Whether it is mandatory to confess sins to the clergy is the topic, today. Also, there is more on outgrowing childhood prayers. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Donald” (Level 6 with 12,780 points, a member since May 12, 2009) posted the following:


If its mandatory to confess our sins to a Catholic Priest, is it a sin if we confess our sins to God only?

Why would we need to bypass God to please the Catholic Church?


THE BATTLE AXE: Outgrowing Childhood Prayers? (04/07/2013)—We of the church must first triumph in relationship to GOD as our Father through Jesus Christ, within our hearts and thoughts, rather than in society and in the streets. For both children and mature Christian believers, where all that is spoken in prayer can be accounted as truth, prayer is equal to praise and testimony in judgment. Even so, the most important aspect of prayer is often nonverbal, and is not a matter of the words we speak. Thus, instead of exaggerations, flattery, and guile, attitudes of humility and respect ensure our access to GOD. Included are allowing our thoughts to be directed by sacred truth, bowing, genuflecting, folding our hands together to hold them back from sin, and waiting in silence. (See Romans 8: 26-27, KJV.) Privately speaking in tongues has importance and value for ones personal growth in the Spirit that can be recognized and understood by all within the church. However, speaking the truth with understanding, and prophecy are more necessary for growth and order within any assembly. (See 1st Corinthians 14: 1-5, KJV.) Many believers deliberately speak using prayers recorded in the Bible, and language from the holy writings. Christian adults also accept that intent and purpose are aspects of prayer. As a result, while we strive to be open, honest and thorough in prayer, confessing our faults and needs, believers respectfully leave many things unsaid. Included are complaints, condemnation of others, defiance, insults, and requests for permission to violate divine law and sacred order. (See Hebrews 4: 12 , Daniel 9: 3-22, Matthew 6: 9-15 and Luke 11: 1-4, KJV.) We receive opportunities for prayer as a gift; however, they are also aspects of duty—things that must be done (like it, don’t like it) despite every difficulty, inconvenience, and sacrifice that may be required. Just as parents are to guide their children in the things from GOD for life and love, it is also the duty of children to refresh, and share with their parents from the fountain of GOD’s spirit that our children receive.


THE GOLDEN ARROW: So Joshua rose up early in the morning, and brought Israel by their tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken: And he brought the family of Judah; and he took the family of the Zarhites: and he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man; and Zabdi was taken: And he brought his household man by man; and Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken. And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me. And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it. (Joshua 7: 16-21, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Why Confess Before Priest (02/27/2012); GOD Was Sorry? (02/28/2012); Girdle 4: The Sin of Achan (11/19/2011); Binder 27: Confession (10/24/2011); Dispatch 46: Effectual Fervent Prayer (09/25/2011); Confess? Yes! (02/20/2011); “Subtle” (02/21/2011); Why Confess? (12/16/2010); Mercy is Just? (12/17/2010)

    
     Donald, where you will first show respect to GOD in prayer, the following points should have great clarity:

(1.) Pastors, priests, deacons, elders, and other clergy are to be respected as spiritually anointed and experienced agents or spokespersons that make GOD present and visible in the reality of believers.

(2.) As with chastisement and punishment a child receives from their parents in the home, the effectiveness of confession as a process to gain cleansing, peace of mind, and spiritual strength comes only by agreement, covenant, obedience, and willing submission. 
 
(3.) Many are disheartened by their continuing need for spiritual increase and power, for it usually appears as confusion, infirmity, unbelief and weakness. Those appointed as intercessors and mediators in the church also are in the same condition; and, therefore, are fit to stand on our behalf, and with us as companions.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) The demands upon the congregation are binding, and mandatory upon believers through faith and trust toward GOD. In most instances, the order and structure in place have been experimentally and experientially tested for hundreds of years, and through thousands of lives. Outcomes and results have been approved because they have provided true sacred benefit.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      A staff member’s concerns for enrollment ages of children within a church Sunday School program are the topic, today. Also, there is more on why the early church of Jesus Christ cannot be viewed as a socialist commune. A “Yahoo Answers” writer using ID “Brea” (Level 3 with 1,264 points, a member since May 17, 2012) posted the following:

Teacher With Children’s Church Problem?

Children’s Church Problem. I am the teacher for Children’s Church during our Sunday morning services. The age group is K – 5th and the parents decide when they want them to start to sit in church or if they want them to join Children’s Church younger than 5. For over 3 years we’ve had this age range and all of a sudden I’m being told that the church is now writing a policy for Children’s Church and that any child older than 6 will not be allowed. I was never consulted nor do the people making the policy know anything about Children’s Church. I told my preacher that the age was up to the parents and not him, me, or the policy makers….he said it was up to him and the policy makers. He basically took the decision away from the parents. So question, I feel like this is wrong….Should I fight it? I know it will hurt my kid’s feeling to be told no. My thing is that no kid who want to come to Children’s Church and learn about God should be turned away no matter what the age or policy.

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Maybe I should add this: They want to change the age to 4-6 year olds only. They want 7 and up to sit in the sanctuary. There will not be another program for the older kids, we only have about 15 and maybe 6 on a given Sunday. We also don’t have anything else going on for kids at our church besides Sunday School which most of my kids don’t go to.


THE BATTLE AXE: My Brother’s Keeper? (04/05/2013)—(6.) Appetite, covetousness, desire, lust, pride and showing-off generate continual conflict both among, and within created beings and living creatures. Through the active presence, gifts, and operation of the Holy Spirit, the early church accomplished a Christ-like level of dutifulness, faithfulness, giving, joy, longsuffering, love, sacrifice, trust, and unselfishness that was to be an example for all mankind. The divine nature fosters approval instead of rejection, compassion instead of cruelty, cooperation instead of competition, mutual acceptance and unity instead of division and separation, eternal life rather than the second death. (7.) In the modern world, the church must be strong not only to overcome the effects of cultural and political persecution. Believers also must continue in constant vigilance to avoid the widespread criminal exploitation that comes against those who pursue innocence, nonviolence, purity and truth. Many mock believers for waiving their “rights” as gun owners; however, government by GOD has not promoted fear, debilitating poverty, spiritual confusion, unmanliness, or weakness. (8.) Fear of poverty is a deeply ingrained psychological condition that relates to animal instinct in mankind as well as to hidden fears of famine, shortage and starvation. Contentment is the true prosperity for the church: being free of anxiety about what one does have, free of care about what one does not have, and free of envy as to what others may have. (9.) While there have been instances of congregations abused by wicked clergymen who presume upon believers, extorting their funds, confiscating their belongings and property, and using them with contempt as no more than a “cash cow,” the genuine leaders of the church are discerned and recognized by their generosity, humility, simplicity, transparency, and truthfulness. Under the influence of sin, many claim to be justified when being destructive and vicious on behalf of family, and loved ones. Nonetheless, within the church of Jesus Christ, every believer may declare with conviction that no man has anything in this world (wife, children, houses, land) he would be willing—by cheating, deception, lying, stealing, and violence—to go to hell to get, or to possess. See James 4: 1-4, Hebrews 10: 31-38, 1st Timothy 6: 3-10 and 17-19, King James Version.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God. (Psalms 78: 2-8, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: GOD in Schools? (12/20/2012); Naaman the Leper (12/21/2012); The Gospel not Logical? (09/16/2012); Unwelcome Gifts? (09/17/2013); Some To Rule? (03/31/2012); Girdle 45: I Have Left Me 7,000 (01/01/2012); Teen Believers? (10/07/2010); Foiled Again (10/08/2010); Binder 32: Those Yet Unsaved (10/29/2011)

      Brea, here are some points from a mature Christian believer to consider after your prayers:

(1.) Conflicts between teachers and school officials are not unusual, even in the setting of a church congregation. Because teachers have direct contact with parents and their children, they often feel best qualified to determine the most useful activities, approaches, materials, lesson plans, and techniques for evaluation of their students. In general, we say the teaching staff seeks “freedom;” and this is called “classroom autonomy.” When challenged by those having other levels of authority, teachers mistakenly may respond as if the legitimacy of their faith and salvation are at question. Unless there is continuing, shared prayer and open communication among program administrators and staff, ambition, pride and showing-off will produce no more than “glorified baby-sitting.”

(2.) In such church settings as Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Day Care and Cradle Roll, believers are often chosen to serve as child caretakers, disciplinarians, and nurturing persons, not to serve as teachers fitted to the task on the basis of their experience as professional educators, or spiritual guides. With small children (and often adults), there is a great need for affective training that molds or shapes the expression of emotions and feelings. Academic discussion, logic and reasoning are not regarded as the best tools for imparting such spirit content as alertness, dutifulness, faithfulness, forgiveness, love, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

(3.) Spiritual teachers are developed through spiritual challenges. They must first overcome much opposition to their sacred commitment, and against their own still developing faith. Many seek to do this as “an experiment” or through “OJT” (on-the-job-training). Humility, longsuffering, obedience, patience and trust from the Holy Spirit describe the spirit substance of the best candidates for church school staff members. See again 1st Timothy 3: 1-16, KJV.

(4.) In most assemblies, the issues of age and inclusion have been argued and tested for long periods. Here, in the United States, the age of accountability—when a child may begin to make decisions for their own participation in the ordinances of the church body as a full and equal member, including baptism, confirmation and giving donations or tithes—varies from 8 to 18. Failing to see the “bigger picture,” parents and teachers may not readily endorse what, in fact, our sound ideas for their own local congregation.
    
     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (5.) The problem for the Children’s School should not be taken as a personal problem. Be prepared to yield, rather than fight against this or that. We only win the struggle for souls where its understood, they already belong to GOD through Jesus Christ, not by our private efforts. There are many other ways you may serve the congregation and honor the Lord. Having respectfully expressed your concerns, put all in the hands of GOD. Leave that particular program, rather than nourish a root of bitterness.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      The importance of the words of Christ as found in the Bible to the full content of Christian belief is in focus, today, along with more on the faith of ones parents. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “i don’t know” (a Top Contributor on Level 4 with 2,737 points, a member since July 17, 2012) posted the following:

If you only had Jesus’ words without the rest of the bible, would you still be a Christian?

What if we only had his words and none of the gospels or other books? What would Christianity be like?

THE BATTLE AXE: The Faith of Ones Parents? (11/18/2012)—In every generation there are young people who condemn and dismiss the beliefs of their parents as harsh, primitive, outdated, superstitious, and unscientific. While they appear to compete at finding a clever atheistic put-down for their caretakers, the challenge that, in fact, produces genuine maturity is that children come to know and understand as well, or more completely and correctly than their parents. This is made difficult, because miscommunication, adult and child self-importance, and warped parental pride result in parents refusing all correction and instruction from their children, and all others—even officers within the church and worship assembly. At home, every effort by their children to learn or share what GOD has bestowed upon themselves is condemned by their parents as being only “back-talk,” disrespect, rebellion, rejection and “sass.” Often, parents loudly profess to have faith, and when asked to explain or provide a detailed understanding, they cover their faith with a cloak of silence, or they posture as though betrayed, deeply hurt and unjustly offended. In such moments, family, the church, and even GOD may be accused as those who mock and scorn an innocent victim in distress. Rightly understood, correct knowledge of sacred process, divine purpose, and godly truth is delivered only through operation of the Holy Spirit. All should rejoice as faith, holy wisdom, hope, meekness and love are shown to be present, the evidence of things unseen. Focus is upon the message from GOD and his Christ, and there ought be no quarrel against the messenger. In time, even a minor child comes to understand that.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: 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. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. (Luke 24: 44-49, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Caesarea Philippi (10/22/2012); (10/23/2012); Contradictions? (09/21/2012); The Spirit by Measure (09/22/2012); Girdle 46: That Ye Be Likeminded (01/02/2012); Why “Mysterious” (11/11/2012); Attending Church? (11/12/2012); Childlike Faith (10/18/2012); The Gospel not Logical? (09/16/2012); Unwelcome Gifts? (09/17/2012)

      During my middle school years, I believed everyone could have all the knowledge necessary from the Holy Bible by reading only “the red part.” In my understanding, then, the “red-letter edition” presented every word spoken by Jesus Christ, and, therefore, was more authentic as a presentation of divine truth since the quotations were all from the begotten son of GOD. At first, I thought the black letters introducing and following the words of Jesus could be ignored and skipped. I assumed, like many adults were doing, that anything I could not understand immediately was insignificant, and would add no weight. It was only a few short months before I realized that, when reading and studying the holy writings, the context is essential to clarity and full comprehension. It was many years before I learned to place correct value upon the Scriptures as holy utterance, and a mechanism that conveys spirit content and divinity.

      While the Bible was venerated in our home as more than a mere book, we were guilty of the widespread sin of “bible-olatry” that also occurred in the homes of our neighbors. The Bible would sit in an honored place on the coffee table, on a mantle or shelf, and no one was allowed to touch it (except for regular furniture dusting and polishing), or read it (except on very, very special occasions). Children were told, you are not grown up enough to read the Bible, the Bible is too hard to understand, the Bible is confusing even to educated people, and too much of the Bible drives men mad. Where, the holy book is treated with superstition, and as untouchable the Bible is no less than an idol, a household god, and a teraphim.

      My discovery of the Book of Acts, became my re-education to grasp the full meaning of Creation, divine person, salvation, and the perfecting of the church as a spiritual body and unique “spirit person.” Through Acts and the epistles, believers experience a personal growth that prepares one for spirit baptism, explanations of practices and standards within their own worship congregation, and vital truths that open understanding of prophecy. The unity of Scripture became blazingly clear, as all the prophets from Moses through Malachi, John the Baptist and John the Revelator were shown to speak from a single spirit, the very one Jesus spoke of called “the Comforter,” “the Spirit of Truth” and the “Spirit of Prophecy.” Instead of continuing as obstacles and stumbling blocks, such prophetic books as Daniel, Ezekiel, Psalms, and Revelation became further platforms for growth of the divine spirit that had been deposited to reside within me.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the Bible documents the priesthood given to Adam from heaven as an inheritance to mankind. Reading both the Old and New Testament are necessary to comprehend the full revelation without confusion regarding the place of judges, kings, patriarchs and prophets. The priest is authorized to make offerings and blood sacrifices for atonement, cleansing, and sanctification. As the Son of Man and Son of the Highest, Jesus Christ inherits and fulfills both the divine priesthood of earth as well as that in heaven.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Angels are the primary topic, today, and there is more on the duty of parents to require church attendance by their own children. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Jimmy Walters” (Level 1 with 73 points, a member since October 28, 2010) posted the following:

Are angels both male and female?

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ty all for your input really i beg that any of you are true believers in the christ almighty ..iam looking into the facts of angels around us sent by god almighty …well…i am lkooking for the servents of god lost to our/mine human eyes


THE BATTLE AXE: Parental Duty? (10/08/2012)—The duty of ones parents to nourish and supervise the course of their child’s spiritual growth is no less vital than the parental duty to recover ones child from a pool of acid by changing their baby’s diaper. Parents are to exercise authority over their minor children in such a way that the heart and mind of GOD is immediately made known and visible to their offspring. Children cannot be nourished through deception, fear, lies, and ungodliness. The age for a child’s accountability varies from 8 to 18 year’s old. Certainly, once a child becomes a young adult (20-25), they are correctly held to be accountable for their own spiritual choices, knowledge, and practice. When children disobey their parents they also unintentionally destroy communication and parental trust, and they dishonor and disrespect their parents. Thus, the person, teachings and values of ones parents must be internalized, that is, made a continuing and permanent part of the child’s awareness. Similarly, by grounding their children in the holy writings, parents provide a tool that supplies answers, comfort, encouragement and guidance whenever the parents are not physically present. As adults, the spiritual inheritance from ones parents is no less important than the features imparted through DNA. Routinely, adults must function when surrounded by others who disbelieve, and who share no divine comfort, or counsel that provides balance and strength to endure. Moreover, to fulfill their roles as spiritual guides and mentors to their own children, parents cannot rely on the natural processes of physical and social growth. Parents must educate themselves as thoroughly as possible in all the things from GOD available to themselves. Even so, their child’s growth in the spirit does not depend so much upon a parent’s scholastic achievements, precise knowledge of the Scriptures, or their strict practice of ceremony and ritual as upon their faith, obedience and trust in GOD through Jesus Christ. In the same way the sins of the parents are in effect as challenges and consequence unto the third and fourth generations, the righteous instruction of ones parents may continue for 160 years (see Exodus 20: 5, Exodus 34: 7, and Numbers 14: 18, King James Version).


THE GOLDEN ARROW: For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels. (Luke 9: 26, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Coveting The Throne (03/07/2012); On Going to Heaven (01/13/2012); Girdle 17: Try The Spirits (12/02/2011); Girdle 16: A Drawn Sword (12/01/2011)

      Here are some thoughts you may find helpful:

      Most of us depend upon the Bible and other holy writings for sacred knowledge about the angels. Some have spiritual testimonies of experiences where angels appeared. In general, we understand angels to be created beings and living creatures that abide in heaven, the place of GOD. As such, angels are not mortal, and do not possess the same features and characteristics of mankind, including flesh, gender, and the need to acquire knowledge. GOD is a spirit, and while angels are spoken of as “spirits” and “flames of fire” (see Hebrews 1: 6-8, KJV), angels are very different from Almighty GOD. Angels have authority, curiosity, dimension, eminence, form, power, and spirit-person, however, angels are not incorruptible and immortal.

      The King James Version of the Bible first speaks of “the angel of the Lord” as an emissary and spokesperson from GOD to Hagar (the second wife to Abram), and uses the pronoun “he”. Here, the angel (i.e., messenger) appears in the role of prophet, one who comforts, edifies, and exhorts (see Genesis 16: 7-13). The device of personification where angels, and even GOD, is described as if a human person is used throughout the Scriptures. Many times angels are referred to using “he” and “him”; yet, “she” does not seem to appear. Examples also include Judges 6: 11-23, Judges 13: 20-22 , Acts 12: 7-10 and Revelation 14: 19.

      Angels are variously described in the Scriptures as having faces, feet, hands, wheels, and wings, and are physically portrayed as akin to humankind. Angels are spoken of as having emotions and feelings of anger, joy, and sorrow. Where angels appear in their splendor this is to identify them as sent from GOD as well as to admonish, alert and caution the person to whom they are sent. Angels have assumed human form when appearing to judges, prophets, kings, and apostles; and this is understood as a device to avoid confusion and human error. While compared and contrasted to the Son of GOD (as in Hebrews 2: 5-16), angels are never compared to Almighty GOD; and stern warnings have been issued against the worship of angels (see Revelation 19: 9-10 and Revelation 22: 7-9). Angelic glory is distinct from the glory of GOD the Father, and from the glory of the Son. Jesus commands the armies of heaven as Captain of the Host, and is named Faithful and True. Only Christ is hailed as Regis Angelorum, King of Angels.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, many depictions and descriptions of angels can be found in secular art and literature where angels are portrayed as androgynous and as hermaphrodite (having both male and female sexual parts). This is primarily to convey such attributes as ageless beauty, balance, gentleness, innocence, fullness, lightness, mystery, purity, and sweetness, rather than gender or status as LGBT.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC