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Topics today include ongoing revelation, the Trinity, and the possibility of added persons being discovered within the GODhead.  Also, there is more on children and divine justice.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Chris C” (Level 3 with 1,810 points, a member since June 13, 2006) posted the following:

We talk about God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Could there be God the X as well?

We talk about the Trinity of God – father, son and holy spirit; is there any reason why there is not a Quadernary of God i.e God the X as well, where X just hasn’t been revealed yet. If you think there could be God the X, what do you think that X might be?

THE BATTLE AXE:  Destroying Justice? (07/18/2013)—The revelation of divinity through divine judgment may appear cruel, harsh and unkind for there are necessary displays of awe, terror, sovereign majesty, and wrath against sin.  The demand that law and judgment be impartial makes it that divine justice for children is not different than for adults.  There can be no lenience on the basis of age, and zero tolerance may be practiced.  At many points during the course of their development children are only consumers, and are correctly seen as prostitutes and whores who do not love, they manipulate.  Even so, righteousness demands that peculiar provisions be made for children in judgment, because generally they lack experience, farsightedness, income, perspective, and practical knowledge.  Only in the perfect judgment of GOD are all the extenuating circumstances, dilemmas, lapses, unfulfilled needs, quirks, and the broad range of subtle considerations describing the behavior of a child taken into full account.  Although children are taught to “face reality” in multiple aspects (e.g., carnal, emotional, mental, physical, psychological, social), during much of their childhood they do not rely upon common sense, logic and reason.  Impulse, animal instinct, and intuition often dominate.  Because of sin in the world, and their limitations as offspring of Adam, children cannot face the reality of right relationship with GOD through Jesus Christ unassisted by adult believers.  The endowment of divine spirit substance children contain from their birth begins to diminish and weaken as they grow.  Thus, children too experience rebirth from divine DNA in water baptism to acquire the endowments of sacred spirit that include faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Correctly understood, the heart (i.e., ones inner center where feeling and thought are associated as recognizable patterns; also, ones imagination) of a child is not spiritually perfect; and may be governed by deceptions, fantasies and foolishness (see Proverbs 20:  11, Proverbs 22:  15, Jeremiah 17:  9 and Hosea 5:  4, KJV).  Until disciplined (we say, trained), focused and polished, children may only express raw affection, and remain unable to communicate and respond to the demands of mutual love.  Through defiance of authority, ignorance, and willfulness, both children and adults become agents of destruction and ruin among mankind.  In the holy writings, sin is shown to establish challenges against order, and put conditions in place that persist for up to four generations (we say, 160 years).  As with practical jokes and pranks, sin is rarely harmless, innocent, or justified exclusively on the basis of ones intent to amuse, entertain, and share laughter.  Sin is not eliminated or removed from children simply by their aging; thus, the seriousness of sin in children is that it becomes sin in adults, who continue and nourish sin in their own offspring, and in coming generations.  There are many, even among Christian believers, who hold fantasies that children can do no wrong, and that childhood is a time of purity.  Some seek place as “children of GOD” thinking they will not have to assume adult duties and responsibilities, participate in the work of a holy priesthood, or suffer as innocents.  Instead of pursuing the goals of maturity, eternal life and righteousness, theirs is a lust for abandon (i.e., freedom from care, worry), fun, and unending youth.  Like the character in popular literature, Peter Pan, many feel they will never have to grow up, because they are under the blood of Christ.  However, “born again” believers must “grow up again;” a person’s rebellion against divine law and the Gospel can not be hidden by behavior that is either childlike, or childish.  Their complaining, denials, dismissal of spiritual consequences, immaturity, lack of humility, refusal of cautions and warnings, and rejections of sacred instruction are a clear declaration that Christ is not their good shepherd.  See Exodus 20:  4-6, 1st Corinthians 13:  11, Ezekiel 33:  30-33 and Luke 6:  46-49, KJV.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:  as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.  (Romans 1:  16-25, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Return in Glory? (07/04/2013); Desire for Love? (07/05/2013); Can GOD Die? (05/14/2013); Acknowledging Divinity? (03/30/2013); Before Abraham Was… (03/14/2013); How Was GOD Known Before Jesus? (10/06/2012); Why “Mysterious” (11/11/2012); Attending Church? (11/12/2012)

“Chris C”, here are some points shared among mature Christian believers that are usually helpful for avoiding spiritual confusion:

(1)  The ongoing revelation of divinity to finite created beings and living creatures occurs within frameworks of time, space, relationships, and personal capacity.  Various divine operations are employed that appear as goal directed, gradual, measured, and progressive.  Examples include birth, death, forgiveness, judgment, redemption, resurrection, salvation, and sanctification.  The material shared for knowledge of GOD also must be finite, fixed, ordered and unchanging, otherwise, believers could be repeatedly overwhelmed by unanticipated change, disorder, reversals, and uncertainty (we say, evil). 

(2)  The approved holy writings are set (we say, the canon is closed); and believers expect no new doctrines, proclamations of divine will, or portrayals of divine person that do not conform to the existing standard. 

(3)  It is our faith as Christian believers that GOD is a spirit, who must be known through ones own spirit content, and by spiritual discernment (i.e., comparing spiritual things to other spiritual things).  There is no such feature as blind faith, for the faith we speak of is tested truth that for many millennia has been carefully examined, demonstrated through selected actions and practices, detailed, documented, affirmed by sacred witnesses, and may be experienced also by believers, today.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  For example, (4)  While it is the intent and purpose of GOD that corruption and mortal being will cease to exist following judgment of the wicked from the earth, transformation for humans to immortality and incorruption (we say, everlasting life) will not also impart or lessen the authority, knowledge, duty, glory, majesty and sovereignty of Almighty GOD.  Finite being will continue; and the ancient rule will still apply (see Deuteronomy 29:  29, KJV).)  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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      Focus, today, is upon the church as the “bride of Christ” and whether that title applies to the practice of homosexuality as an aspect of Christian belief. Also, there is more on TV portrayals of GOD that raise questions about divine immortality. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “flutter” (Level 6 with 12,680 points, a member since June 6, 2006) posted the following:


If the church is supposed to be considered the bride of Christ does that mean?

that christian men are gay


THE BATTLE AXE: Can GOD Die? (05/14/2013)—(6.) Television programs that offer ghost stories, horror tales, and supernatural thrillers cannot be trusted as sources for divine truth, sacred doctrine, and genuine spiritual insight. While many Christians regard TV fare as harmless and useful for sharpening the mind like brainteasers and crossword puzzles, others realize many dangerous presentations are broadcast that contain corruption, distraction from performing ones duties, encouragement of complaining and violence, half-truth, hidden messages, lies, poison, and open thrusts against sound belief. Their danger to young and developing minds is that they also introduce assumptions and false truths relied upon for emotional, psychological and spiritual strength that can not be removed without severe disruption and damage. New believers and those recently “born again” are encouraged to carefully reexamine their amusements, break some favorite habits for entertainment, or even completely avoid their old pleasures. As with science fiction, viewers must employ the mental device common to most story-telling called “a willing suspension of unbelief.” Such programs present the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the principles for righteousness given by GOD using errors, exaggerations, and unbalanced extremes. The various shared purposes among the actors, film crew, writers and others often center in arousing the sexual appetite of viewers, exploitation of human weaknesses, generating fear as a device to ensure excitement, self-promotion, and dispersing “the leaven of the Pharisees.” See Psalm 1: 1, 1st Peter 2: 1-3, Colossians 2: 18-29, 1st Corinthians 13: 1-13 and Luke 12: 1-5, King James Version. (7.) According to the standards for Christian believers, angels, the divine tool of death, demons and devils actually do exist. However, the fictional accounts that portray death as a man, a heroic figure, or a god are little different from the stories and tales that advance the Devil and other unclean spirits as exercising divine authority, and power. In fantasies, spirit beings may be used to display a mix of animal and human behavior at the same time, and so are repeatedly depicted as monsters. Characters that exhibit only blasphemy, defiance, rebellion and spiritual confusion properly are seen as abnormal, deformed, imperfect, powerless, ungodly, unnatural, and weak. No created being or living creature will ever have sufficient authority, content, knowledge, or power to end divine being and the existence of GOD. See Deuteronomy 32: 39-43, James 2: 19 and 1st John 4: 1-3, King James Version.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god. The LORD will cut off the man that doeth this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the LORD of hosts. And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand. Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. (Malachi 2: 11-15, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: When Jesus Comes Back? (04/19/2013); What’s The Way Out? (04/20/2013); Girdle 5: Of Trust (11/20/2011); Binder 43: The Holy City (11/09/2011); Binder 41: Access to GOD (11/07/2011); Written Above? (02/18/2011); GOD’s Favorite? (02/19/2011)

      “flutter”, here are some points acknowledged by many mature Christian believers who are continuing to carefully examine the claims made by GOD upon mankind through Jesus Christ:

(1.) A bride is to be a life companion within a human relationship founded in choice, courtship and dating, divine/mature guidance, respect, shared purpose, and trust. Arbitrary and erratic features of human experience are dampened and removed through commitment, faithfulness, stability, and truth.

(2.) As the bride of Christ, the church serves as a confidant, an intimate partner, and a “sounding board” to sacred goals, divine operations, and eternal truths. The church is a beloved and primary co-worker with Christ in various roles of ministry to the earth. Included are apostle, comforter, family, healer, herald, judge, leader, model (i.e., example), pastor, prophet, spokesperson, and teacher.

(3.) While sexual behavior has great power to determine content, duration, fertility, prosperity, quality of life, and success for many human relationships, the salvation of GOD through Jesus Christ cannot be acquired or maintained on the basis of desires, lusts, and sexual practices. All believers upon the earth are privileged to share in the duties of a divine priesthood from the heavens. For maximum effectiveness, believers hold to strong discipline, giving, focused practice, prayer, study, and watchfulness. Together these remove spiritual confusion generated by the world as well as such obstacles to faith as self-contradiction, error, folly, inconsistency, irreverence, and pride.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) Ones bride is also their partner for claiming their own inheritance, for lawfully bringing forth offspring, for endowing and equipping ones offspring to receive, preserve and continue the shared heritage, and for overcoming the challenges and limits of mortality such as corruption, fear, isolation, pain, poverty, and sickness.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

A question about divorce, and more on the deliverance of the Apostle Paul from law and from sin. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “youth action” (Level 1 with 95 points, a member since November 17, 2012) posted the following:

What is the bible’s viewpoint about divorce?

on d ground of adultery, does the bible permit divorce?

THE BATTLE AXE: The Slave to Law and Sin Made Free (11/16/2012)—Saul of Tarsus was chosen to demonstrate that “ordinary men” also may receive a “miraculous birth.” Paul was “born again”, and emerged from three days of darkness as did Jonah, in a resurrection to new life through Jesus Christ. While Paul was granted understanding that was radical for his day, modern believers are given a more complete and detailed revelation than that provided to the early church. The changes wrought within Saul, and through his ministry, were by the operation of the Holy Spirit imparted from GOD the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. In the effort to acknowledge both his human condition and the continuing spiritual growth they were experiencing, Saul (Paul) and all the other disciples and witnesses of Jesus had to abandon many long-held ideas about faith, law, righteousness, and sin. While sin first appeared among the angels, the angels were endowed with no knowledge or skill to detect, and remove sin from their midst. Although not created by GOD, and having no divine content, sin may dominate the self-will of created beings and living creatures without also being recognized in their awareness. To the extent law (i.e., the expressed will of GOD) makes sin known and visible, many attack the law as if the law is the cause and source of sin. In another important error, many associate sin with Satan as though sin is a power he possesses that may be exercised for his own benefit. Satan is only another slave and victim of sin. Through Christ the experience, focus and nature of divine law are revealed as cleansing, correction (not punishment), forgiveness, healing, and love.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand. Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously. Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment? (Malachi 2: 13-17, King James Version)



THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Why “Mysterious” (11/11/2012); A Life Companion? (11/07/2012); On Asking Why (11/08/2012); Wrong To Love? (08/17/2012); The Young Less Religious (08/18/2012); Binder 43: The Holy City (11/09/2011); Binder 41: Access To GOD (11/07/2011)



Both marriage and divorce are emblems of divine authority in the same way a police officer displays a badge and wears a name plate. GOD is made known to humankind through intimate relationship; and the divine presence works like a glue or bonding agent that establishes cohesion, purpose, stability, truth and wisdom. Such elements as attraction, compatibility and passion derive from the flesh; that is, from appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, touching) and mind (e.g., fantasy, imagination, recall).

Jesus continues to teach that the divine intent for marriage was to join a man and women as life companions, not merely as sexual partners. In sexual joining (be it as simple as holding hands or a kiss on the cheek) emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual joining also may occur. The bodies of a couple are fused in a physical and temporal act that does not endure beyond their copulation; however, through the interweaving of their mind and spirit, they may become a living unit, and single person before GOD as were the male and female both known as Adam.

While the Scriptures record GOD stating emphatically that he hates divorce (called “putting away” in the writings of the Prophet Malachi) fornication (a joining of spirits through sexual activity) is identified as a lawful ground for divorce. When a person engages in sex, they receive a deposit of the spirit matter residing within their partner. Where a person has had multiple partners, they have also received multiple spirits. Spiritual defilement may occur where a person receives negative and unclean spirits. More than this, spiritual confusion may occur through attacks upon ones inborn spirit, and conflict among the spirits for control of the individual.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, divorce is a legal solution where separation must occur. GOD also uses the natural solution of death.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

     Definitions are shared for “childlike faith” along with more on the priesthood of kings.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Mark” (Level 1 with 87 points, a member since October 17, 2012) posted the following:

What does childlike faith mean?

THE BATTLE AXE:  The Priesthood of Kings (10/17/2012)—There are many powerful lessons and warnings established through the record of priesthood by kings.  Just as the Tabernacle and Temple were to be after the pattern of things in heaven, monarchy for the covenant people was to be a visible copy upon the earth of invisible things from the heaven.  During all the time the ark was separated from the Tabernacle, the people gradually lost knowledge of the law, and its provisions.  Thus, for example, observance of the Passover and the divinely commanded assemblies of the heirs and heads of households that were firstborn was reinstated under Josiah, a descendant of David, who, in addition to purging the nation of idolatrous worship, instructed the people directly by reading to them from the book of the covenant (1st Kings 22 and 23, KJV).  The holy writings present the lists of kings for both Judah (the Southern Kingdom) and Israel (Samaria, the Northern Kingdom), and by contrast offer no list of High Priests.  Spiritual leadership by the kings resulted in such extremes as worship of the golden calf in Dan and Bethel, inclusion of idols within the Temple at Jerusalem, and the use of gold and silver from the Temple to hire mercenaries or pay tribute to foreign kings.  While all the kings were anointed to serve as the embodiment of the nation and its people, and many were outstanding as sinners, the kings were not consecrated to be the bearers of sin as the High Priests were, or to be those who would make atonement before GOD, entering into and cleansing the Most Holy Place within the Temple.  As a visible display of the divine person, the king/high priest furthers understanding that GOD is able to come forth among mankind incarnate.  In Scripture, the unified rule over heaven and earth that is invested within both Father and Son (two kings at once) is only depicted for mankind upon the earth through the simultaneous reign of David and Solomon (see 1st Kings 1 and 2, KJV).

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?  And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,  And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.  But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.  Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!  (Matthew 18:  1-7, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  When Prayer Works (10/11/2012); The Gospel not Logical? (09/16/2012); Unwelcome Gifts? (09/17/2012); For The Young (01/24/2011); Responsibility? (01/25/2011); Doing Nothing? (01/04/2011); “As If” (01/05/2011)

     My complete response to your question shares a definition of “childlike” as well as a definition of “faith.”  The first term focuses upon the tone and quality of behavior and conduct characterizing minor children.  A child is held to be immature, simple, and underdeveloped.  In general, children are understood as open to new challenges, experiences, and ideas that are outside of their usual routine.  Because they lack bias, fear, prejudice, and long-practiced patterns of adult logic and reason, children are seen as flexible, fresh, meek, and more spiritually alive than many adults.  Far different from “childish”, meaning foolish, silly and wasteful, “childlike” is used to say, obedient, receptive, respectful, and trusting.

      “Faith” is a spirit content of divine person, and is therefore inseparable from holiness, humility, joy, truth, wisdom and wrath against sin.  In efforts to understand the fullness of divinity, mankind speaks of faith in many ways.  However, rightly understood, faith pertains to sacred being and existence, not simply to human attitudes, behavior and character.  Spiritual maturity for believers in Jesus Christ is characterized as one having faith, and is seen as childlike, because there is usually continual growth in understanding.  Correctly understood, however, the many necessary changes in behavior and conduct result from changes in spirit content, not changes of intellectual and mental content.

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, Christian belief requires a “new” way of thinking that will permit the awkward pairing of ideas after the flesh (e.g., appetite, behavior, desire, thought) with elements that are not carnal, material, physical and social, and that exist totally as spirit.)  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