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Today, reply is on the divine use of angels who also appear to mankind displaying human form and process. The holy writings document angelic visitations as one of the many divine operations used to clarify both the sanctions of sacred law that oppose transgression, and the sacred provisions for the correction and recovery of mankind from sin. Included are death, deliverance, mortality, rebirth, and the second death. Divinity now requires there be more than a spirit form for things from GOD appearing in the earth; there must be recognizable spirit content, process, and substance. It is written: 1st Corinthians 13: 1-3, King James Version (KJV): 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion & Spirituality who uses the ID “Leila” (Level 6 with 19,240 points) posted the following:

 

Jehovah’s witlesses, if God is not a man, then how did He appear alongside two other men, and meet with Abraham ?

Genesis 18 1-8

Abe even got Sarah to get some fine meal, knead it and make cakes for the Lord and his companions.

Should’ve made pie, but never mind.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. (Colossians 2: 18-19, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Born Mortal or Immortal? (03/11/2020); Godliness Characterizes Authentic Humanity (02/06/2020); Divine Dominion Over Nature (02/04/2019); Opposing The Divine Will (03/30/2018); Lower Than The Angels? (09/12/2017); Miracles Are Not Everlasting (07/18/2017); Names of the Adversary? (03/19/2017)

 

Leila”, the process of Christian belief is one of gradually coming to correctly know and understand the operations and substance of divine spirit. Things that are too high for mankind because they communicate awe, mystery, and wonder have been focused and softened to be suitable for human experience; thus, the core of our sacred knowledge consists primarily of human eyewitness reports and testimonies. GOD is a spirit (we say, breath; active presence; divine fullness; word from an anointed language and celestial vocabulary) who appears and is manifest to mankind even without using material form, measurable dimensions, familiar similitude, or any fixed visual configuration. Divinity can be known to the living because spirit may exist and occupy the consciousness and self-will of created beings and living creatures. GOD has used various settings and devices that provide men on the earth with material experiences of immortal, invisible divinity that are graphic and memorable. Included are the ram caught in the thicket that appeared to Abraham, the burning bush that was displayed to Moses, the glory of GOD that was proclaimed and shown while Moses was in a cleft of the rocks, and divinity using human flesh and life process to appear on the earth as Jesus Christ (we say, the Incarnation).

The divine use of angels as companions, messengers, sentinels, or spokespersons from GOD to mankind may be found within the holy writings in accounts that go back as far as Eden. Descriptions and depictions of angels as celestial beings, as those appointed by GOD to exercise dominion over the natural world, and as those who may continually appear in the presence of GOD often include their adornment having multiple faces, lights, wheels, and wings. Thus, the prophets describe cherubim and seraphs as “other worldly”. No angels were reported to have appeared to Noah; and their appearance having the form of ordinary men occurs with Abraham, with Daniel, with Lot and his family delivered at Sodom, with Mary at the tomb of Jesus, and with the apostles assembled at the ascension of Jesus.

The revelation of death as finite, and life to mankind as an eternal purpose unfold over the course of thousand of years and includes the use of sleep to protect Adam during the creation of the female; the removal of Enoch from the earth through translation; the prophet Elijah taken up by whirlwind and a chariot of fire; and Lazarus called forth from the tomb. The angel who appeared to Joshua as Captain of the Host is regarded as an early appearance of Jesus Christ prior to his Incarnation. As with the use of miracles, the use of angelic visitations did not always result in men having greater faith; their responses included confusion, defiance, fear, skepticism, superstition, and uncertainty. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a selection from the music ministry of John Michael Talbot:

(1.) Isaiah 55: 6-11, King James Version (KJV): 6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

(2.) Psalms 34: 6-8, KJV: 6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. 8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

(3.) 2nd Kings 6: 15-17, KJV: 15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? 16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

(4.) Revelation 22: 8-11, KJV: 8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. 9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God. 10 And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. 11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (5.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hYRA2PYkos.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, reply is made to a question on a personal name in the Bible given to the Adversary of Jesus Christ.  The primary focus for Christian readers should be the revelation of GOD to created beings and living creatures using the carnal form and spirit person of Jesus Christ.  Personal names for divinity become important because every sinner must seek a personal relationship with the Creator.  However, none are encouraged to seek a personal relationship with the one called “a murderer from the beginning,” “the accuser of the brethren,” “the covering cherub,” and “the wicked one.”  An important principle for organizing sacred knowledge from the Bible is that the spirit should be a reader’s focus more than “the letter.”  Information supplied in Scripture is accepted and affirmed on the basis of corroborating testimonies and the certainty imparted as faith, not upon elements from the world such as secular knowledge, scholarship and language studies.  The Bible is to be understood as prophetic, promissory, and things spiritual in their makeup that are not always carnal, material or social in nature (e.g., covenants, parables, sermons, vows).  Exact dates, personal names, and precise descriptions of events and places often are less useful than the “shadows”, simple patterns, repeated figures, and sacred display of types that will appear.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Lala” (Level 6 with 13,784 points, a member since May 09, 2013) posted the following:

 

Christians…why do you believe Satan’s name was Lucifer when there is no lucifer in any Hebrew, or Aramaic text?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Thy ga’on (pomp, pride) is brought down to Sheol, and the noise of thy nevalim (harps); the rimmah (graveworm) is spread out under thee, and the tola’at (worm) covers thee.  How art thou fallen from Shomayim, O Heilel Ben Shachar (Bright One of the Dawn, Day Star, Lucifer)! How art thou cast down to the earth, thou, which hast laid low the Goyim!  For thou hast said in thine lev, I will ascend into Shomayim, I will exalt my kisse above the kokhavim (stars) of El (G-d); I will sit also upon the har mo’ed (mount of assembly), on yarketei Tzafon (on the heights of Tzafon);  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like Elyon (the Most High).  Yet thou shalt be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the bor (pit).  (Yeshayah (Isaiah) 14:  11-15, Orthodox Jewish Bible, OJB)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Destruction of the Adversary? (01/06/2017); About Lucifer in Scripture (02/18/2016); The Main Problem? (11/26/2015); The Need For Divine Rule? (08/27/2015); GOD and Hitler? (03/12/2015); The Power of Death? (10/01/2013); Divine Love Revealed? (10/02/2013)

 

“Lala”, throughout the holy writings, instead of being a spoken word to know someone by, a name is their reputation, their body of deeds and works.  Those choosing to be built up and edified through the things from GOD and Christ are not to focus on the names and origins of evil, the character and nature of wickedness, and the personifications of sin.  Even the prophesies of conflict, teaching about angels, and the topic of war in heaven are to be examined emphasizing balance, restraint, and their fruitfulness in the work of saving souls.  Thus, forgiveness, divine love, majesty, purity and righteousness of Deity are to be uppermost in the believer’s own thoughts and in what is shared as ministry.

Mature believers rely on the Bible to develop discernment, the ability to correctly recognize spirit content from the makeup of GOD within events, oneself, other persons, prophecy, holy writings, etc.  The Bible records the sacred operations of divinity using thousands of events, within thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years.  The observations and presentations from academic thinkers and secular scholars rarely supply genuine spirit substance from the makeup of GOD such as faith, forbearance, gratitude, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

In the same way there are multiple figures and holy names that appear throughout the Scriptures when proclaiming the sovereign authority and power of GOD, there also are various names used to speak of a created being who has operated in Creation opposing divinity.  Called “Satan” (the Adversary), “the Devil” (one who slanders), “the Dragon”, “the Fallen Angel” and “the Scapegoat”, he is acknowledged as a carrier, embodiment, and a purveyor of sin.  Sin indiscriminately opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and all divine order.  While sin has not been put forth by divinity, and has no spirit content, sin has direction, effect, and presence.  Sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures; therefore, through Jesus Christ men receive fresh endowments of imparted, indwelling Spirit.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, the names of the wicked should not be exalted and accounted as “great men” or women of history.  By their deed destroying life, they become irrelevant and unworthy of honor, even where the topic of our discussion is the pattern wherein death, deception, and rebellion are introduced and maintained.  Also, when in relationship with divinity, personal names are of less importance, for a believer’s accomplishments should be credited to Christ just as their redemption and salvation are not by their own merit.  The names we now use as aspects of our carnal, material and social existence will not be used in the heaven and earth made new.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, Scripture points are shared on Lucifer as a character in the Bible who represents sin and wickedness.  As in the use of parables, many simple statements are made within the holy writings that must be recognized and understood as emblems, figures and types building up, and contributing to fixed patterns for understanding.  Among them are many discrete mentions of the devil, Satan, and the seed of wickedness.  Believers often have many questions regarding this figure, his role in final judgment, human suffering, and the process of divine exorcism, for the devil is thought to inhabit and take authority over the will of others (i.e., possession).  As Satan, Lucifer is also called, the Deceiver and the accuser of the brethren.  Consider the following verses, and the presentation below:

John 8:  42-44, King James Version (KJV):  42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me:  for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.  43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.  44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own:   for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Ephesians 5:  5-7, KJV:  5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.  6 Let no man deceive you with vain words:  for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.  7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

Ephesians 2:  1-3  KJV:  1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;  2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Acts 13:  6-11, KJV:  6 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus:  7 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.  8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.  9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him.  10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?  11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.

The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Joe” (Level 2 with 393 points, a member since October 28, 2014) posted the following:

 

Where is the story of Lucifer in The Bible?

Before Earth was created in Heaven Lucifer was the most beloved angel, an archangel but he got jealous of God and convinced I think about a third of Heaven to rebel against God with him. Then he was defeaten cast to the Earth and became The Devil and his fellow rebels became the demons and ever since they’ve been doing dark stuff and yeah.

You know the story.

Where is it in The bible?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house:  and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.  He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;  The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;  The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.  As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.  The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;  And shall cast them into a furnace of fire:  there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.  Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.  (Matthew 13:  36-43, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Main Problem? (11/26/2015); The Need For Divine Rule? (08/27/2015); The Origin of Sin? (07/31/2015); Does Satan Know? (11/06/2013); Unguarded Chocolates? (11/07/2013); The Power of Death? (10/01/2013); Divine Love Revealed? (10/02/2013); The Adversary? (12/05/2012); “Soul” Food? (12/06/2012)

 

“Joe”, instruction from the Bible that addresses the origins and operations of sin are found throughout the Scriptures as guidance provided over the course of thousands of years, through thousands of events described using thousands of lives.  Believers are to gradually acquire a consciousness of existence and life that embraces “spirit” as an aspect of all living process and substance.  Saying this another way:  Believers are granted a “GOD’s-eye-point of view, and should gain experience and sacred knowledge that supply a divine perspective.  Seeing what divinity sees is necessary, for GOD is a spirit who has put forth all that is including created beings and living creatures, their spheres for life (e.g., earth, forest, jungle, celestial heaven, oceans), multiple levels and process for change, growth, interaction and transformation as well as possibilities and potential for development, fulfillment and perfection.

The various accounts that describe sin through Satan as a living object having attributes and qualities of character, nature, and person begin in the Book of Genesis.  The serpent that appears to the first pair (Adam) is not a creation from GOD, has not been dispatched as an angelic messenger, and does not operate in accordance with the divine word, eternal purposes, and revealed will of GOD we speak of as “law.”   Thus, the name given to this agent and representation of opposition to divinity becomes “Satan”, that means, “the Adversary.”  (The word “devil” means “slanderer”, one who makes false reports to “bad mouth” someone else, soil their reputation, and damage their relationships.)

The name “Lucifer” is said to mean “light-bearing” and “the morning star,” and is used to speak of an archangel many Christian believers now also identify as one of the two covering cherubs before the throne of GOD (as depicted through the Ark of Covenant).  His place of high service could only be maintained through faith, and exalted humility.  As a spokesperson for GOD, and a manifesting of unseen Glory, the honor, praise, and worship being displayed had to be understood as directed to GOD, and not to himself.  Christ may be understood as the second of the pair.

In the language of the Scriptures, the following verses are often agreed upon as important to the full teaching on the place of Lucifer, divine judgment against corruption, salvation, and the triumph over sin through Jesus Christ:

(1.)  1st John 3:  7-9, King James Version (KJV):  7 Little children, let no man deceive you:  he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.  8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.  9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him:  and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

(2.)  1st Timothy 2:  13-14, KJV:  13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.  14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

(3.)  Isaiah 14:  12-15, KJV:  12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!  13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God:  I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:  14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.  15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

(4.)  Ezekiel 28:  15-17, KJV:  15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.  16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned:  therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God:  and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.  17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness:  I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

(5.)  Matthew 4:  8-11, KJV:  8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;  9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.  10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan:  for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.  11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

(6.)  Zechariah 3:  1-4, KJV:  1 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.  2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee:  is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?  3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.  4 And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (7.)  Romans 8:  35-39, KJV:  35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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