Prayer to make me Invisible to evil and deliverance Prayer to God and Protection of the Angels in Heavens

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O Father in Heaven. The Almighty God. The Everlasting Father. Archangels and Holy Angels. Jehovah. Elohim the Highest name that Created all Universe and all Heavens and Angels and Cherubims and Protection angels and Seraphims.

You have given most Holy and Anointed Son of God by the Holy Holy Spirit by the Baptism of the John who walked this earth to the Jesus Christ. Prince of Peace. Everlasting Father. Elohim You have given Jesus from Holy Nazaret on the Cross for the Sacrifice of our sins to be forgiven. By His Holy Blood I am Protected and covered from any concequences of the evil. By the Holy Rock and Shield of Almighty God Hide me from and eye of the evil. You are my hiding place. I take shelter in the Secret Place of the Most high. Scatter the evil and make me invisible to demons and evil spirits, strongholds, powers of the enermy and scatter my enermies as they LEAVE in Seven ways, refuged by the Archangels and Powers of the Third Heaven and the Seventh Heaven. O God in Heaven Hear us.

We give Power and Might and Praise to the Lamb of God who has been killed and has RISEN From the Dead by the Power of the Elohim and by the Power of the Most Holy Spirit of God and the Seven Lamps that are Seven Spirits of God sent to the earth. The eye of God the Father solve and hide us Under His Holy Wings as we call on the Lord for deliverance from all evil spirits and Hiding and Invisibility to the evil Under the wings of the Holy Angels so the enermy shall not interfer our plans and sow confusion as we serve humanity by Your Will Father spreading the Evangelism and Prophetic Power and 9 gifts given by God. Anoint us from the Heaven, by the fresh Oil and Your Most Holy Spirit for Your Service.

We pray Invisibility to us to hide us by the Archangels and the Blood shed on the Calvary the Most Holy Son of God Jesus Christ shall be our hiding place. Release Consuming Fire of the Word of God sent to the earth by the Holy Prophets who have anointed by the Most Holy Spirit of God and the Word of God who IS Jesus Christ sent to this earth to Holyfy and Save us on from our Sins. We declare that Jesus Chist Has Risen from the dead, and our human Spirit is Risen with Jesus Christ and we overcome by this Prayer and the most Powerful Elshadai, Adonai and by His Spirit of Holyness and the Power of the Most high the any evil work against us and we rebuke the spirit of Jezebel.

Archangel Michael come and smash all the legions of satan, temptations, actions, plans, corruption and threats and evil minds by His most Holy SWORD and Rebuke them we humbly pray Almighty God and smash them in the pieces, letting the Most Holy Spirit and His Power of the Most Powerful Elshadai hide us from them and make us INVISIBLE to the Powers Under the first heaven as we believe that everything God Holy angels who He Created for our Protection is Given to us by the whispers of the Holy Spirit – The Knowledge and The Secrets of God. We shall not speak and if we speak and work we are protected and made INVISIBLE to principalities and powers of the enermy and evil mind and every form of sin and death and corruption and by the POWER of the GOD. POWER of the GOD defend us as we shelter Under the Shield of FAITH IN YOU. Holy and Invisible God come to our Protection and Help by the Power of the Most Holy Spirit.

Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God Almighty who Is and Is to Come as the Lion of Judah. Guide us by the Power of the Gabriel, Mother of God and separate us from our sins by the Blood of Jesus Christ and let your Presence fall on our family as a Powerful Blanket of INVISIBLE PEACE of GOD. May God Rebuke the Jezebel spirit and hold us in his Power and Might and make us Prophets and Servants of God as we humbly pray to the Father..

We send this Prayer to the Throne of the Most Holy Elshadai the Everlasting God with Praise and thankfulness and the answer shall come fast. The Peace, Invisibility, Finances and Protection from evil the enermy and temptations shall come to us fast with financial and spiritual PEACE we are NOW INVISIBLE TO ANY EVIL EYE MIND AND SPIRIT That is not a Spirit of God. AMEN.

Sheema Habba te Caare

Amen

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The Warfare Prayer – Engaging the Battle – Deliverance Prayer through Warfare

The Warfare Prayer - Engaging the Battle - Deliverance Prayer through Warfare

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the victor’s crown, the life God has promised to those who love him.” – James 1:12

Engaging in the Battle

We need tools in spiritual warfare as well. It has been the underlying purpose of this book to provide practical, usable information and insight into the waging of a winning warfare.

The world, the flesh, and the devil will be continuously defeated if we use the weapons of our warfare. The Lord has provided all the tools we need. The Lord Jesus Christ has provided all of our victory. He used the same tools He has provided us in winning the battle. His victory is our victory.

It remains our responsibility to use these weapons so graciously provided in His grace. Every time you use them you’ll thank God for the tools of victory He has provided. Just as I think with fond remembrance of the man who gave me the tool box when I use my carpenter’s tools, so your heart will reach out in an ever deepening gratitude to your Lord.

In previous chapters, importance of doctrinal truth and doctrinal praying was intended to be lifted high. Doctrine, God’s unchanging truth, is mighty in defeating our enemies. This truth must get deep into our souls. This can only come about as we gain understanding of the Holy Word of God and then use that Word aggressively in our lives.

With the permission and approval of Dr. Victor Matthews, professor of theology at the Grand Rapids Baptist Bible College and Seminary, I include here some very fine helps in keeping doctrinal truth in the forefront of your warfare.

“The Daily Affirmation of Faith” was written by Dr. Matthews to provide a concise, clear statement of the truth of the Word of God as it applies to our victory. I commend this affirmation for daily reading aloud on the part of those who are experiencing intense warfare. It will do much to build spiritual foundation into your soul. It will keep the ground of your victory aggressively in action against your enemies. Study the texts of Scripture for your own enlightenment and edification.

The Daily Affirmation of Faith

“Today I deliberately choose to submit myself fully to God as He has made Himself known to me through the Holy Scripture which I honestly accept as the only inspired, infallible, authoritative standard for all life and practice. In this day I will not judge God, His work, myself, or others on the basis of feelings or circumstances.

  1. I recognize by faith that the triune God is worthy of all honor, praise, and worship as the Creator, Sustainer, and End of all things. I confess that God, as my Creator, made me for Himself. In this day I therefore choose to live for Him (Rev 5:9,10; Is 43:1,7,21; Rev 4:11).

  2. I recognize by faith that God loved me and chose me in Jesus Christ before time began (Eph 1:1-7).

  3. I recognize by faith that God has proven His love to me in sending His Son to die in my place, in whom every provision has already been made for my past, present, and future needs through His representative work, and that I have been quickened, raised, seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenlies, and anointed with the Holy Spirit (Ro 5:6-11; 8:28; Phil 1:6; 4:6,7,13,19; Eph 1:3; 2:5,6; Ac 2:1-4,33).

  4. I recognize by faith that God has accepted me, since I have received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior (Jn 1:12; Eph 1:6); that He has forgiven me (Eph 1:7); adopted me into His family, assuming every responsibility for me (Jn 17:11,17; Eph 1:5; Phil 1:6); given me eternal life (Jn 3:36; I Jn 5:9-13); applied the perfect righteousness of Christ to me so that I am now justified (Ro 5:1; 8:3,4; 10:4); made me complete in Christ (Col 2:10); and offers Himself to me as my daily sufficiency through prayer and the decisions of faith (I Co 1:30; Col 1:27; Gal 2:20; Jn 14:13,14; Mt 21:22; Ro 6:1-19; Heb 4:1-3,11).

  5. I recognize by faith that the Holy Spirit has baptized me into the Body of Christ (I Co 12:13); sealed me (Eph 1:13,14); anointed me for life and service (Ac 1:8; Jn 7:37-39); seeks to lead me into a deeper walk with Jesus Christ (Jn 14:16-18; 15:26,27; 16:13-15; Ro 8:11-16); and to fill my life with Himself (Eph 5:18).

  6. I recognize by faith that only God can deal with sin and only God can produce holiness of life. I confess that in my salvation my part was only to receive Him and that He dealt with my sin and saved me. Now I confess that in order to live a holy life, I can only surrender to His will and receive Him as my sanctification; trusting Him to do whatever may be necessary in my life, without and within, so I may be enabled to live today in purity, freedom, rest and power for His glory (Jn 1:12; I Co 1:30; II Co 9:8; Gal 2:20; Heb 4:9; I Jn 5:4; Jude 24).

Having confessed that God is worthy of all praise, that the Scriptures are the only authoritative standard, that only God can deal with sin and produce holiness of life, I again recognize my total dependence upon Him and submission to Him. I accept the truth that praying in faith is absolutely necessary for the realization of the will and grace of God in my daily life.

Recognizing that faith is a total response to God by which the daily provisions the Lord has furnished in Himself are appropriated, I therefore make the following decisions of faith:

  1. For this day (Heb 3:6,13,15; 4:7) I make the decision of faith to surrender wholly to the authority of God as He has revealed Himself in the Scripture to obey Him. I confess my sin, face the sinful reality of my old nature, and deliberately choose to walk in the light, in step with Christ, throughout the hours of this day (Ro 6:16-20; Phil 2:12,13; I Jn 1:7,9).

  2. For this day I make the decision of faith to surrender wholly to the authority of God as revealed in the Scripture–to believe Him. I accept only His Word as final authority. I now believe that since I have confessed my sin He has forgiven and cleansed me (I Jn 1:9). I accept at full value His Word of promise to be my sufficiency and rest, and will conduct myself accordingly (Ex 33:1; I Co 1:30; II Co 9:8; Phil 4:19).

  3. For this day I make the decision of faith to recognize that God has made every provision so that I may fulfill His will and calling. Therefore, I will not make any excuse for my sin and failure (I Th 5:24).

  4. For this day I make the decision of faith deliberately to receive from God that provision which He has made for me. I renounce all self-effort to live the Christian life and to perform God’s service; renounce all sinful praying which asks God to change circumstances and people so that I may be more spiritual; renounce all drawing back from the work of the Holy Spirit within and the call of God without; and renounce all nonbiblical motives, goals, and activities which serve my sinful pride.

— I now sincerely receive Jesus Christ as my sanctification, particularly as my cleansing from the old nature, and ask the Holy Spirit to apply to me the work of Christ accomplished for me in the crucifixion. In cooperation with and dependence upon Him, I obey the command to “put off the old man” (Ro 6:1-14; I Co 1:30; Gal 6:14; Eph 4:22).

— I now sincerely receive Jesus Christ as my sanctification, particularly as my enablement moment by moment to live above sin, and ask the Holy Spirit to apply to me the work of the resurrection so that I may walk in newness of life. I confess that only God can deal with my sin and only God can produce holiness and the fruit of the Spirit in my life. In cooperation with and dependence upon Him, I obey the command to “put on the new man” (Ro 6:1-4; Eph 4:24).

— I now sincerely receive Jesus Christ as my deliverance from Satan and take my position with Him in the heavenlies, asking the Holy Spirit to apply to me the work of the ascension. In His Name I submit myself to God and stand against all of Satan’s influence and subtlety. In cooperation with and dependence upon God, I obey the command to “resist the devil” (Eph 1:20- 23; 2:5; 4:27; 6:10-18; Col 1:13; Ja 4:7; I Pe 3:22; 5:89).

— I now sincerely receive the Holy Spirit as my anointing for every aspect of life and service for today. I fully open my life to Him to fill me afresh in obedience to the command to “be filled with the Holy Spirit” (Eph 5:18; Jn 7:37-39; 14:16,17; 15:26,27; 16:7-15; Ac 1:8).

“Having made this confession and these decisions of faith, I now receive God’s promised rest for this day (Heb 4:1-13). Therefore, I relax in the trust of faith, knowing that in the moment of temptation, trial, or need, the Lord Himself will be there as my strength and sufficiency (I Co 10:13).”

The Warfare Prayer

Another doctrinal tool that has proved of great benefit to me and to many others is the “Warfare Prayer” composed by Dr. Matthews. As a theologian, his unique and thorough way of including sound doctrine in this prayer is most helpful. I would urge anyone facing obvious spiritual warfare to use this prayer daily. It is good to read it aloud as a prayer unto the Lord. Eventually one will be able to incorporate the doctrinal truths expressed into his own prayer life without reading it.

The devil hates this prayer. Usually before working with anyone who has deep demonic affliction, I will request that we read this prayer in unison. Many times the oppressed one can read only with great difficulty. Sometimes sight problems, voice problems, or mind confusion become so intense that the afflicted person can continue only with great effort.

It is the truth of God that Satan cannot resist, and he vigorously fights it being applied against him. Those serious about warfare should daily use a prayer of this type along with other prayer examples shared in this book.


THE WARFARE PRAYER

Heavenly Father, I bow in worship and praise before You. I cover myself with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ as my protection during this time of prayer. I surrender myself completely and unreservedly in every area of my life to Yourself. I do take a stand against all the workings of Satan that would hinder me in this time of prayer, and I address myself only to the true and living God and refuse any involvement of Satan in my prayer.

[Satan, I command you, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to leave my presence with all your demons, and I bring the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ between us.]

Heavenly Father, I worship You, and I give You praise. I recognize that You are worthy to receive all glory and honor and praise. I renew my allegiance to You and pray that the blessed Holy Spirit would enable me in this time of prayer.

I am thankful, heavenly Father, that You have loved me from past eternity, that You sent the Lord Jesus Christ into the world to die as my substitute that I would be redeemed. I am thankful that the Lord Jesus Christ came as my representative, and that through Him You have completely forgiven me; You have given me eternal life; You have given me the perfect righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ so I am now justified. I am thankful that in Him You have made me complete, and that You have offered Yourself to me to be my daily help and strength.

Heavenly Father, come and open my eyes that I might see how great You are and how complete Your provision is for this new day. I do, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, take my place with Christ in the heavenlies with all principalities and powers (powers of darkness and wicked spirits) under my feet.

I am thankful that the victory the Lord Jesus Christ won for me on the cross and in His resurrection has been given to me and that I am seated with the Lord Jesus Christ in the heavenlies; therefore, I declare that all principalities and powers and all wicked spirits are subject to me in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I am thankful for the armor You have provided, and I put on the girdle of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the sandals of peace, the helmet of salvation. I lift up the shield of faith against all the fiery darts of the enemy, and take in my hand the sword of the spirit, the Word of God, and use Your Word against all the forces of evil in my life; and I put on this armor and live and pray in complete dependence upon You, blessed Holy Spirit.

I am grateful, heavenly Father, that the Lord Jesus Christ spoiled all principalities and powers and made a show of them openly and triumphed over them in Himself. I claim all that victory for my life today. I reject out of my life all the insinuations, the accusations, and the temptations of Satan.

I affirm that the Word of God is true, and I choose to live today in the light of God’s Word. I choose, heavenly Father, to live in obedience to You and in fellowship with Yourself. Open my eyes and show me the areas of my life that would not please You. Work in my life that there be no ground to give Satan a foothold against me.

Show me any area of weakness. Show me any area of my life that I must deal with so that I would please You. I do in every way today stand for You and the ministry of the Holy Spirit in my life.

By faith and in dependence upon You, I put off the old man and stand into all the victory of the crucifixion where the Lord Jesus Christ provided cleansing from the old nature. I put on the new man and stand into all the victory of the resurrection and the provision He has made for me there to live above sin.

Therefore, in this day, I put off the old nature with its selfishness, and I put on the new nature with its love. I put off the old nature with its fear and I put on the new nature with its courage. I put off the old nature with its weakness and I put on the new nature with its strength. I put off today the old nature with all its deceitful lusts and I put on the new nature with all its righteousness and purity.

I do in every way stand into the victory of the ascension and the glorification of the Son of God where all principalities and powers were made subject to Him, and I claim my place in Christ victorious with Him over all the enemies of my soul. Blessed Holy Spirit, I pray that You would fill me. Come into my life, break down every idol and cast out every foe.

I am thankful, heavenly Father, for the expression of Your will for my daily life as You have shown me in Your Word. I therefore claim all the will of God for today.

I am thankful that You have blessed me with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. I am thankful that You have begotten me unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. I am thankful that You have made a provision so that today I can live filled with the Spirit of God with love and joy and self-control in my life. And I recognize that this is Your will for me, and I therefore reject and resist all the endeavors of Satan and of his demons to rob me of the will of God.

I refuse in this day to believe my feelings, and I hold up the shield of faith against all the accusations and against all the insinuations that Satan would put in my mind. I claim the fullness of the will of God for today.

I do, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, completely surrender myself to You, heavenly Father, as a living sacrifice. I choose not to be conformed to this world. I choose to be transformed by the renewing of my mind, and I pray that You would show me Your will and enable me to walk in all the fullness of the will of God today.

I am thankful, heavenly Father, that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, to the casting down of imaginations and every high thing that exalted itself against the knowledge of God, and to bring every thought into obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore in my own life today I tear down the strongholds of Satan, and I smash the plans of Satan that have been formed against me. I tear down the strongholds of Satan against my mind, and I surrender my mind to You, blessed Holy Spirit.

I affirm, heavenly Father, that You have not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. I break and smash the strongholds of Satan formed against my emotions today, and I give my emotions to You. I smash the strongholds of Satan formed against my will today, and I give my will to You, and choose to make the right decisions of faith. I smash the strongholds of Satan formed against my body today, and I give my body to You, recognizing that I am Your temple; and I rejoice in Your mercy and Your goodness.

Heavenly Father, I pray that now through this day You would quicken me; show me the way that Satan is hindering and tempting and lying and counterfeiting and distorting the truth in my life. Enable me to be the kind of person that would please You. Enable me to be aggressive in prayer. Enable me to be aggressive mentally and to think Your thoughts after You, and to give You Your rightful place in my life.

Again, I now cover myself with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and pray that You, blessed Holy Spirit, would bring all the work of the crucifixion, all the work of the resurrection, all the work of the glorification, and all the work of Pentecost into my life today. I surrender myself to You.

I refuse to be discouraged. You are the God of all hope. You have proven Your power by resurrecting Jesus Christ from the dead, and I claim in every way Your victory over all satanic forces active in my life, and I reject these forces; and I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ with thanksgiving. Amen.

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Warfare Prayer against Lust – Warfare Prayer for uncleanness – Father Prayer – Holy Prayer

Warfare Prayer against Lust - Warfare prayer for Satan - Rebuking evil - 4 Horsemen

Warfare Prayer against Lust

Ephesians 5:3  (KJV) But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

Father, I come boldly before Your throne of grace and mercy to find help and strength in my time of need. Lord, Your word says in Matthew 26:41 to watch and pray so that we will not enter into temptation, for we know that the spirit is willing, but Father, I know my flesh is weak. Lord, Your word says in James 4:7 that if we submit ourselves unto You, and resist the enemy, he will flee from us. Lord I fully submit to You, I resist this lust, I need you. Father, I am weak, but you are made strong in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9) So by my faith, I overcome, In You. Being unable to overcome this lust myself, I give the burden to you by faith (Psalm 55:22) so that I am able to withstand the devil and his many temptations, by my faith, my strength, and hope, that is in in you. Therefore, Lord I confess that I am strong in You, and in the power of Your might (Ephesians 6:10).

Father, in the name of Jesus, I cast down every wicked, lustful, lascivious, and unclean thought of the enemy in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth (2 Cor 10:5). In your strength, I refuse, and will refuse, to allow any thoughts of the enemy to enter in; I cast them from me in the name of Jesus. I completely repent and turn from all lust. Father, I pray that You will cause me to think upon those things which are pure, honest, and of a good report (Philippians 4:8), and I pray that you will not allow my mind to wander into idleness and lust, but that it stay upon the name and person of Jesus.

Father, I thank You for revealing the evil lustful spirits, attempting to drive me to lust. I thank You and believe you will not allow me to be drawn away by the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, or the pride of Life (John 2:16). I thank You for not allowing me to be overcome with lust in my eyes, for I know the eyes are the door to the heart, and Your words says to guard my heart with all diligence (Proverbs 4:23) Father, please help me guard my heart by the words that I speak, and strengthen me to guard my thoughts and eyes. Father, I pray that You place upon me the whole amour of God, so that I will always be able to stand against the devises of the enemy (Ephesians 6:10-20). I pray and thank you, that You lead and deliver me from every temptation of lust, sin, and evil desire.

In the name of the Lord Jesus, I take authority over Satan, every principality, every evil spirit, and every spirit of wickedness in high places. I cut every ungodly soul tie associated with all evil memory recall concerning lust. I bind all spirits involved in the name of Jesus Christ, and render them without power to operate in my life. I cut all lust, and all its triggers off my mind, will, and emotions and I surrender lust and its desires from out of my heart, to you Lord Jesus. In the name of Jesus, I bind and cast off every spirit of lust, adultery, fornication, lasciviousness, and uncleanliness in my life. Father, I surrender my body to you as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1), and I recognize that my body is the temple of the Almighty Living God, and a dwelling place for His Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19), and I rejoice in knowing that the blood of Jesus Christ sanctifies, cleanses and covers me.

Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy:

Satan, in the name of the Lord Jesus, every stronghold, you have attempted to bring against me is rendered, powerless and void, by the authority of Jesus Christ! I put off all forms of lust and put on my new nature, in spirit, of holiness righteousness, and purity, (Ephesians 4:24). I strip lust of all power over my flesh and carnal mind! Jesus has defeated you Satan and I take dominion over you, you are under my feet, and your power of lust and sin is broken in my life. I abide in Jesus. I have dominion and have received victory.

Father, I thank You for hearing my prayer, and delivering me from the power of the enemy. I thank You for Your word, that it is established in my heart, my thoughts, and life. I thank You for giving me power over the enemy, I thank You for strengthening me so that my body is not defiled by lust, because it is Your Temple. Thank You Lord, for restoring me, for cleansing me, and for overcoming for me. I praise You,(from my heart) and give You all the glory, and sing Hallelujah to the name of Jesus. I have the victory IN You and through You. I believe I have received (mark11:24) the victory.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

I PRAISE YOU GOD AND GIVE YOU GLORY

In Jesus mighty name, Amen.

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The Mysteries of God Jesus Christ The Mystery of God in Man

The Mystery of God in Man

The Mystery of God in Man

By Eric Butterworth

Within every person is the unborn possibility of limitless growth, and ours is the privilege of giving birth to it. Paul obviously had this in mind when he referred to: … the mystery hidden for ages and generations ... which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Col. 1:26, 27).

Studies of God have abounded in all the religions of the world, most of which have dealt with an intellectual construction of a Being “out there.” And we have been subtly conditioned by artists’ visualizations such as Michelangelo’s classic frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. A massive figure of a man, representing the Almighty, reaches down to touch man. It is a beautiful work of art, but not the best example of man’s attempt to define the indefinable.

Through the ages of man’s quest for Truth and reality, there has appeared, here and there, a lone figure who caught the idea of the mystery of God in man. Ikhnaton, King of Egypt from 1379-1362 B.C., was a forerunner of the ideal. His is probably the first awareness of “God is one and man is one in that one.” Among the Greek philosophers, Plotinus stands out as a forerunner of the new insight of Truth. He caught the idea of a cosmic force that is both imminent and transcendent in life. Each being contains in itself the whole intelligible world. Therefore all is everywhere. Each is all, and all is each. He saw man at the very center of the universe which rushes and streams and pours into him from all sides while he stands quietly.

But for the most part, this idea of God in man has been a well-kept secret in the field of religion, and a rejected theory in science. This could well be the most colossal blunder ever made by man, for while man has searched the heavens and the Earth, the great secret of existence lies within himself. It is only through realizing this mystery of God in man that we can understand one like Jesus, with all His spiritual power, as a demonstration of that which is fundamental in all life.

Dwell for a while on the idea of the universe as the allness that we call God, realizing that everything within it, from the vast galaxies to the subatomic particles, is created in and of the universe. You may wonder about the vastness of the universe and peer at it through a telescope. However, you are not on the outside looking in. You are on the inside looking out. You are the universe at the point where you are.

Attributed to Saint Augustine is this profound thought: God is a circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere. If the center is everywhere, it is where you are. You are the center of the universe, the center of God. This is not a point to be made egotistically, but transcendentally.

There is that of you which is centered in God, and which is a point of God-activity flowing forth into expression as you. And, the circumference is limitless. There is no limit to God, or to man in God consciousness.

God is not in you like a raisin is in a roll, but like the ocean is in a wave. The wave is nothing more nor less than the ocean formed into the shape of a wave. And you are nothing The Mystery of God in Man more nor less than God expressing as you. Thus divine sonship is not a projection of the Divine into the human. God cannot project Himself outside Himself; He can only express Himself within Himself. Man is not an individual in God, for that would presuppose isolation and separation. Man is an individualization of God.

This is fundamental for all persons. Thus, any kind of phenomena displayed by uncommon men and women are but the erratic manifestation of a higher state of consciousness that will be the natural possession of the man of the future. As Jesus said: ” … he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do … ” (John. 14:12). God in each of us is the allness of which we are an eachness, and the constant need in our lives is to unfold more of our allness in a process of conscious evolution. It is not trying to get into God or to get God into us. It is to, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10).

We all have a long way to go, but Jesus demonstrated a goal that is believable and achievable, and He pointed to that in us which is perfectible. Wherever we are along the way, no matter what the problems or challenges, there is always more in us, the Christ in us as our hope of glory, which means our potential for healing, overcoming, prospering, and succeeding. And there is no limit!

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Mystery of God – Seven Truths – Jesus Christ About the Secret The Kingdom of God – Mystery of Jesus Christ

Mystery of God - Seven Truths - Jesus Christ About the Secret The Kingdom of God - Mystery of Jesus Christ

Seven Truths From Jesus Christ About the Real Secret The Kingdom of God

Christ said the real secret of the universe, on which all of the past, present and future depends, is the Kingdom of God. Explaining His famous parable of the sower, He called descriptions of the way to enter the Kingdom of God and its principles “mysteries”—secrets or hidden truths most people don’t understand (Matthew 13:11).

Christ said the real secret of the universe, on which all of the past, present and future depends, is the Kingdom of God. Explaining His famous parable of the sower, He called descriptions of the way to enter the Kingdom of God and its principles “mysteries”—secrets or hidden truths most people don’t understand (Matthew 13:11).

What are these great truths, these mysteries so few understand?

1. Human beings can be converted and raised up “at the last day” (John 6:40) to enter the Kingdom of God and eternal life. What Jesus meant was that we will live as children in a divine family with the Father and Son forever. Surprisingly, this will begin right here on earth. To learn more, request or download our free booklet The Gospel of the Kingdom.

2. Christ treated all of Scripture, which at that time consisted of what we call the Old Testament, as the Word of God—revealing the real secret. He said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). In other words, the secrets of God are revealed in the Word of God, the Bible, and nowhere else. To learn more, request or download our free booklet Is the Bible True?

3. The law of God holds the key to the Kingdom of God. The law of God, summarized in the Ten Commandments, is the basic law of the universe. The law of God will bring true success. To learn more, request or download our free booklet The Ten Commandments.

4. The goal in life is to develop the character of God by conforming to Christ—not your human heart. Following your own inclinations apart from God will lead to death (Jeremiah 10:23; 17:9; Romans 8:7; Proverbs 16:25). Your greatest goal is not the selfish ambition to attract all the physical wealth and everything else you desire. To learn more, request or download our free booklet What Is Your Destiny?

5. Satan counterfeits and misrepresents spiritual truths and deceives mankind. In the parable of the sower, Jesus said, “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart” (Matthew 13:19). Anyone who believes in “ the law of attraction ” will not be able to understand and receive the truth about the Kingdom of God. The apostle Paul said the devil’s teaching and spiritual control of the world would blind most from understanding the Kingdom of God and how man enters it through following Christ’s teachings (2 Corinthians 4:4). To learn more, request or download our free booklet Is There Really a Devil?

6. God has given us the keys of overcoming—the spiritual process of conversion. It starts by giving up the kind of lifestyle of self-absorption laid out in the teaching of The Secret and The Law of Attraction. To enter the Kingdom of God, you have to give up the natural priorities of the self, sacrificing the self to be transformed into a new being with eternal life. Jesus Christ promises good things will come to each of us abundantly if we live a life of giving to others, not getting for ourselves. To learn more, request or download our free booklet Transforming Your Life: The Process of Conversion.

7. God will give us every good thing—but only in the coming Kingdom of God can we receive the glorious reward that will be greater than anything we can imagine in this life today. Jesus Christ’s teaching is summed up in this: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). God wants you to inherit the Kingdom of God—the greatest secret in the universe that will transform you and all who choose to think, believe and act on it.

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The Secret Things of God. Secret things belong unto the Lord our God. Jesus Christ About the Real Secret

The Secret Things of God. Secret things belong unto the Lord our God. Jesus Christ About the Real Secret

Seven Truths From Jesus Christ About the Real Secret
The Kingdom of God

Christ said the real secret of the universe, on which all of the past, present and future depends, is the Kingdom of God. Explaining His famous parable of the sower, He called descriptions of the way to enter the Kingdom of God and its principles “mysteries”—secrets or hidden truths most people don’t understand (Matthew 13:11).
hrist said the real secret of the universe, on which all of the past, present and future depends, is the Kingdom of God. Explaining His famous parable of the sower, He called descriptions of the way to enter the Kingdom of God and its principles “mysteries”—secrets or hidden truths most people don’t understand (Matthew 13:11).

What are these great truths, these mysteries so few understand?

1. Human beings can be converted and raised up “at the last day” (John 6:40) to enter the Kingdom of God and eternal life. What Jesus meant was that we will live as children in a divine family with the Father and Son forever. Surprisingly, this will begin right here on earth. To learn more, request or download our free booklet The Gospel of the Kingdom.

2. Christ treated all of Scripture, which at that time consisted of what we call the Old Testament, as the Word of God—revealing the real secret. He said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). In other words, the secrets of God are revealed in the Word of God, the Bible, and nowhere else. To learn more, request or download our free booklet Is the Bible True?

3. The law of God holds the key to the Kingdom of God. The law of God, summarized in the Ten Commandments, is the basic law of the universe. The law of God will bring true success. To learn more, request or download our free booklet The Ten Commandments.

4. The goal in life is to develop the character of God by conforming to Christ—not your human heart. Following your own inclinations apart from God will lead to death (Jeremiah 10:23; 17:9; Romans 8:7; Proverbs 16:25). Your greatest goal is not the selfish ambition to attract all the physical wealth and everything else you desire. To learn more, request or download our free booklet What Is Your Destiny?

5. Satan counterfeits and misrepresents spiritual truths and deceives mankind. In the parable of the sower, Jesus said, “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart” (Matthew 13:19). Anyone who believes in “ the law of attraction ” will not be able to understand and receive the truth about the Kingdom of God. The apostle Paul said the devil’s teaching and spiritual control of the world would blind most from understanding the Kingdom of God and how man enters it through following Christ’s teachings (2 Corinthians 4:4). To learn more, request or download our free booklet Is There Really a Devil?

6. God has given us the keys of overcoming—the spiritual process of conversion. It starts by giving up the kind of lifestyle of self-absorption laid out in the teaching of The Secret and The Law of Attraction. To enter the Kingdom of God, you have to give up the natural priorities of the self, sacrificing the self to be transformed into a new being with eternal life. Jesus Christ promises good things will come to each of us abundantly if we live a life of giving to others, not getting for ourselves. To learn more, request or download our free booklet Transforming Your Life: The Process of Conversion.

7. God will give us every good thing—but only in the coming Kingdom of God can we receive the glorious reward that will be greater than anything we can imagine in this life today. Jesus Christ’s teaching is summed up in this: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). God wants you to inherit the Kingdom of God—the greatest secret in the universe that will transform you and all who choose to think, believe and act on it.

The Secret Things of God

“Secret things belong unto the Lord our God.”* A secret is something known only to one or to very few. Many things are known to God which are kept secret from man, but all man’s secrets are known to God. It pleases God, however, to reveal some of His sweet secrets to man. Those who love God and serve Him faithfully have the blessed privilege of knowing many things of God and heaven that others do not know. God “revealeth his secrets to his servants.”* Jesus said that He would make Himself known to us as He would not unto the world. Oh, how blessed to come near to Christ and have Him tell us some of the precious secrets contained in those mysteries hidden for ages! The angels knew that the mystery of salvation contained many precious things, for they desired to look into it. The revelations of Jesus are heaven to the soul. How the heart that has heard the voice of the Lord longs to know more of the secret things hidden in Him! Such a heart will seek after Him; it will cleave to Him; it will rest only when in His presence and learning more of Him, seeing more of His love, and tasting more of the sweetness of His life.

God usually speaks in a “still small voice,”* and hence to hear Him one must necessarily come very near to Him. God has a secret place in which He tells His secrets. It is only those that “[dwell] in the secret place of the most high”* that can know the secrets of the Lord. If you would know much of the secret things of God, you must live near Him. The Lord has a secret tabernacle, and it is down in that secret place with all the world shut out that He tells His secrets. It is a narrow passage that leads to this secret pavilion. Houses and lands must be left behind. Those hearts to whom houses and lands can talk cannot hear the still, sweet voice of Jesus. The voice of the Lord might be saying, “Come to me in a quiet hour of prayer”; but houses and lands would be saying, “You will not have time; we must have your service.” If you would hear God speak, you must leave this world so far behind that you cannot hear it when it speaks.

The way into the Lord’s secret pavilion is so narrow that father and mother, brothers and sisters and friends, must be left behind. Jesus may speak; but if you are not deaf to the voice of father or mother, you may not hear Him. Children also must be left behind. God may be calling you to a secret place where He can tell you secret things. It may be far from home; it may be over the stormy seas; but father, mother, brother, sister, or children may talk so loudly to your heart that you cannot hear God’s voice. “The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him.”* To fear God is to keep His commandments (Deuteronomy 5:29).

To enter into the secret chamber of God, your own life must be left behind. Self must be crucified. Oh, how many dear children of God have failed to hear the secrets of the Lord because of the clamorous voice of self! Jesus is talking to your heart, saying, “Here is one of My poor, needy ones to whom you can now give aid, and I will bless you and make you happy”; but that monster self sets up such a din and confusion that you cannot hear the voice of Jesus. So self must be crucified.

There are secret things of God to be learned all along the Christian way. We are to grow not only in the grace but also in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus. It is not in the greatest affairs and concerns of life only that we need to know more of God; but many, I am persuaded, also need to know Him better in the little happenings and circumstances of everyday life. Early in my Christian experience I was taught a precious lesson from the Lord. I had two beautiful young cherry trees growing in my garden. One springtime my little boy climbed into one and to all appearance ruined it; but a voice seemed to say to my soul, “All things are of God; look unto Him and know that all things are for good, and you will see some of His secret things.” I cut off the broken branches and committed the tree into the hands of the Lord. I knew that if He was able to curse a fig tree and cause it to die, he was able to bless a cherry tree and cause it to grow. That tree grew as I never saw a tree grow. In a short time it was more beautiful than the other tree.

When Peter called the Master’s attention to the withered fig tree, he answered, “Have faith in God,”* and then farther said, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”* God will bless the affairs of your everyday life. Do not think anything too hard nor too small for God to do. If you want a mountain removed, ask Him and doubt not, and you shall have what you asked; or if it is only a grain of sand you want removed, ask the Lord and doubt not, and He will remove it. It is more difficult for some to have faith for the small things than for the great things. If you have but two pieces of meat, do not hesitate to give one piece to the needy. God can, and will if you ask, make the remaining piece go farther than the two would have gone without His blessing. This is a secret not known by everyone.

A poor Christian brother awoke early one morning and, calling to his wife, said, “If we should dust the flour barrel well, do you not think we could get enough flour to make bread for breakfast?”

“No,” the wife replied, “I scraped it out clean last evening and barely had enough to make bread for supper.”

The poor preacher lay there for awhile thinking how to get bread for his children. It came into his mind again that if they would dust the flour barrel they could get flour enough for breakfast. He arose and made a fire and then went—no doubt with deep feeling in his heart—to dust the flour barrel. After some dusting and scraping and shaking, he succeeded, to his wife’s astonishment, in getting enough flour to make bread for breakfast. She went to preparing the breakfast, and he sat down to meditate upon the things of God.

Just as she was ready to call her husband and the children to breakfast, she heard a rap on the door. She went to the door, and there stood a poorly-dressed man, who said, “Madam, can you give me something to eat?”

She went and informed her husband of a man’s being at their door begging for food. He said to his wife, “divide out my portion of the bread and give it to the man.”

“No,” she said, “I cannot do that. If you do not eat, I cannot.”

“Do, wife,” the poor preacher said, “as I have told you; give him my portion of the bread, and you and the children eat your breakfast.”

She did as requested. She and the children ate heartily. When they had finished their breakfast, she called to her husband, “Come, eat your breakfast; there is some bread left.”

He went to the table, gave thanks to God, and ate all he desired; and yet there was bread left. Such gracious doings of our blessed Lord are some of His secrets.

The Lord Jesus told a secret thing to Peter one day. He would not have told it to everyone, for some would have scoffed at Him. He told Peter to go to the sea and cast in a hook and to take the first fish that should rise. This fish, the Savior said, would have a coin in its mouth. “Take that,” He continued, “and [pay the tribute] unto them for me and thee.”* Peter had sufficient faith to do as he commanded. What his feelings were as he went on his way to the brook, I will leave you to imagine. No doubt his heart was all expectation and wonder as he waited for a bite at his hook. But it was even as the Lord had told him. I do not know how came the coin in the mouth of the fish, but such doings are among the secrets of the Lord.

I will relate what to me was a most remarkable instance of God’s answering prayer and manifesting Himself to His own as He does not to the world. In the autumn of 1906 the Gospel Trumpet Company, publishers, purchased a large printing press. The cost of this press was something more than fourteen thousand dollars. I spoke of the matter to our home congregation and asked if they did not wish to do what they could in helping to pay for the machine. A poor sister, who is rich in grace, desired to have a part in the matter. She began to ask the Lord to give to her that she might be able to give something to his good work. It was one dollar she was praying for. The Lord gave her in a marvelous way little by little until she had ninety-five cents. She then earnestly sought the Lord for the remaining five cents. After prayer she sent her two little boys away to their work, which was splitting wood. One boy struck his axe into a block, cracking it partly open. In that crack he saw a shiny object. He called to his aid a larger boy, and they succeeded in getting the block of wood open; whereupon they found a silver dime. This had no doubt been placed in the tree many years before; for it had all grown over, leaving no scar. The Lord prepared this coin to answer this woman’s prayer, as He did the coin in the mouth of the fish that Peter caught.

God does not manifest Himself thus to the world, and I sometimes fear that many of His own dear children are not learning as many secrets as they might. How many glorious secret things lie deeper in God than I have gone, I do not know; only, I know there are many. My heart is reaching for them with avidity. Down, down into God; down into His secret pavilion; down where I can see more of His love to me; down where I can feel more of His Spirit’s power; down where His breathings are felt more sensibly upon the soul; down where that still, small voice rhythms more sweetly and can be more distinctly heard—this is the pleading of my soul.

God’s child has nothing to fear. The love of a gracious heavenly parent is over it. Have faith in God, and He will reveal Himself in many wondrous secret ways. Christ fed the multitude from a few loaves. He is the same today, and He will do the same for you literally. Draw near to Him, and He will teach you secret things.

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Mysteries of God. Divine attributes of the God. What means God?

Mysteries of God Secret things of God Gods Nature

What do we really mean by “God”?

Atheism is on the rise. Skeptical thinkers like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris vigorously attack belief in God as irrational or, even worse, dangerous. The so-called New Atheism has attracted millions of young people thanks to bestselling books such as The God Delusion and God Is Not Great.

How should Christians respond? How can we turn the tide of secularism and draw people back to God?

In this new six-part film series and study program, Bishop Robert Barron reaches into our rich intellectual tradition to teach us how. Using the insights of St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Pope Benedict XVI, he uncovers a clear yet sophisticated understanding of what we mean by “God”.

Who is God? And why does he matter? Watch this series and you’ll not only learn the answers yourself, but you’ll discover how to share them with others – especially those who no longer believe.

 


 

Lesson 1 – Atheism and What We Mean by “God”

There are lots of views about God. Some see him as a mythical fairy in the sky, others as the Supreme Being. Some consider him a threat to our freedom. But for Christians, God is not one being among many. He’s not a competitor to our flourishing. God is that than which nothing greater can be thought, the strange and unique source of being itself. Before discussing anything about God we must become clear about one question: who is God?

 

Lesson 2 – St. Thomas Aquinas and the Paths to God

In the thirteenth century, St. Thomas Aquinas composed his famous five paths to God. His proofs don’t depend on the Bible or divine revelation. They simply start from the world around us—trees, birds, buildings, and even ourselves. Thomas noticed that none of these things have to exist. But if that’s the case, there must be some cause behind them, something grounding their existence. For Thomas and all Christians since, we know this source of all being by its ancient name—God.

 

Lesson 3 – The Divine Attributes

Once we understand who God is, we naturally wonder, “What is he like? How does he act?” We can never fully answer those questions. Yet we can know that God is self-sufficient—he doesn’t need the world but creates it out of love. God is omniscient, knowing all things. God is omnipresent, everywhere in existence. Through these attributes we discover a God who presses upon the world, always and everywhere, not aggressively but only with love.

 

LESSON 4 – Providence and the Problem of Evil

Perhaps the most difficult question in theology is this: Why does God allow evil? If God is all-good and all-powerful, then why are our lives marked with pain and suffering? These are not abstract questions. They go right to the heart of our experience. We have each wrestled with misery, wondering when God would intervene. As with Job, God does not give us answers. He instead offers a person: the crucified Jesus, through whom God enters our suffering and makes it his own.

 

Lesson 5 – Exploring the Trinity

The most important event in human history took place when God, infinite and incomprehensible, became a finite and familiar man, Jesus Christ. While some people reduce Jesus to a wise teacher, the testimony of scripture and the early Church makes it clear that Jesus of Nazareth was, and is, God incarnate. He’s the Second Person of the Trinity. And by his sacrificial death and glorious resurrection, we too can enter into Trinitarian life.

 

Lesson 6 – The God Who is Love

The book of Genesis reveals that we are made in the image and likeness of God. What does this mean? For St. Augustine it affirmed that our own traits—our minds, our self-knowledge, our self-love–can tell us something about God as a Trinity. What is Christianity finally about? What is the deepest meaning of being and all reality? The Christian answer is this: God is love, a play of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

God Revealing Mysteries
Most Relevant Verses
Daniel 2:28 

“However, there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will take place in the latter days This was your dream and the visions in your mind while on your bed.
Daniel 2:47

The king answered Daniel and said, “Surely your God is a God of gods and a Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, since you have been able to reveal this mystery.”
Daniel 2:19
Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven;
Job 12:22

“He reveals mysteries from the darkness And brings the deep darkness into light.
Daniel 2:22

“It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness, And the light dwells with Him.
Jeremiah 33:3

‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
Daniel 7:16

“I approached one of those who were standing by and began asking him the exact meaning of all this So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things:
Daniel 2:29

“As for you, O king, while on your bed your thoughts turned to what would take place in the future; and He who reveals mysteries has made known to you what will take place.
Daniel 2:23

“To You, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, For You have given me wisdom and power; Even now You have made known to me what we requested of You, For You have made known to us the king’s matter.”
Daniel 2:30

“But as for me, this mystery has not been revealed to me for any wisdom residing in me more than in any other living man, but for the purpose of making the interpretation known to the king, and that you may understand the thoughts of your mind.
Ephesians 6:19

and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,
Ephesians 1:9

He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him
Colossians 1:27

to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Matthew 13:11

Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.
Mark 4:11

And He was saying to them, “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but those who are outside get everything in parables,
Luke 8:10

And He said, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that SEEING THEY MAY NOT SEE, AND HEARING THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND.
Colossians 1:26

that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints,
Ephesians 3:5

which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit;
Ephesians 3:3

that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief.

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Prayer for Luck Success Financial Freedom Guardian Angels Prayer | Repentance | God’s Glory and Presence | Blessings

Prayer for Luck - Presence and Power of God - Bellingrath Gardens

Father God,

I humbly become to your throne filled with Glory and Blessings. I have been obedient to you. If I have been not I repent it now and walk out of satans territory and enter into Your Glory and Blessing. I declare that Jesus has made a curse on the Cross, for me to receive the Blessing. He was made poor for me to enter into the miracle of financial freedom, not just for myself, but to help others in need.

Please Lord I Surrender to You. For in Surrendering is a Power of God into my Life. Please Father Bring Your Presence over my life because in your Presence there is a Change – a Positive Change.

I want to thank you for all you have done for me and all that you will continue to fo in my life. I pray for the Good and Generous Luck in mylife for You have given Your Guardian Angels a charge to protect me in all my ways.

Please, Guardian Angels, Make my wishes come true! Show me the most propitious game; Unveil to me Fathers Glory to Move that will be able to bring me Fortune May it be so! All I ask is that through your power and blessing that I am able to fulfill my potential as a person. I need to make it out of this difficult moment in my life Father.

May today there be peace within. May you trust your Highest Power that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God. Let His Presence settle into your bones, And allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, and be happy. It is there for each and every one of you.

In the mighty name and Power of your son Jesus Christ and in the Everlasting Covenant I pray amen Amen

Devotion To Read Daily To Bring Good Luck and Prosperity Into Your Life

The Prayer of (Your Name Here):

I Chronicles 4:10 – “And (Your Name) called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh, Heavenly Father, God, would You please bless me indeed, and enlarge my bank account and bring me much prosperity and abundance, perfect health, and true happiness in my life and that Your Hand might always be with me, and that You would keep me from all evil, that it might not harm or depress me!

And God granted him/her that which he/she requested.”

IPPFoundation 2018

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What does it mean when the Bible refers to the “third heaven”? Apologetics Christian Faith

Third Heaven Apologetics

At the time of ancient Israel they did not have as complete an understanding of the universe as we do today. So they wrote in terms with which  they were familiar.  The Jews spoke of three heavens. The first heaven consisted of the the earth atmosphere where the clouds and birds were. The second heaven was where the sun, stars, and moon was. The third heaven was the dwelling place of God.  When Paul said he was caught up to the third heaven (2 Cor. 12:2), he was referring to the very dwelling place of God.

As a note, the Mormons erringly teach that the three heavens consist of telestial, terrestrial, and celestial. They divide them into compartments dwelt by people after they die.

The First Heaven: Earth Atmosphere

  • Deut. 11:17–Then the LORD’s anger will burn against you, and he will shut the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce . . .
  • Deut. 28:12–The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands.
  • Judges 5:4–“O LORD, when you went out from Seir, when you marched from the land of Edom, the earth shook, the heavens poured, the clouds poured down water.
  • Acts 14:17–“Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; . . . 

The Second Heaven: 

Outer Space

  • Psalm 19:4, 6–In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun . . . It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; . . . 
  • Jeremiah 8:2–They will be exposed to the sun and the moon and all the stars of the heavens which they have loved and served . . . 
  • Isaiah 13:10–The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light.

The Third Heaven: God’s Dwelling Place

  • 1 Kings 8:30 (phrase repeated numerous times in following verses)–then hear from heaven, your dwelling place . . . 
  • Psalm 2:4–The One enthroned in heaven laughs; The LORD scoffs at them.
  • Matthew 5:16–In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

The highest heaven, the third heaven is indicated by the reference to the Throne of God being the highest heaven:

  • 1 Kings 8:27–“But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you.
  • Deut. 10:14–To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.
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Bible Prophecies. American Prophet Message – Promises and Sealed Prophecies—Unlocking Secrets We Need to Understand in This Hour

Promises and Sealed Prophecies—Unlocking Secrets We Need to Understand in This Hour

As Jesus builds His church, He is unlocking secrets we will need to understand the times in which we live.

After providing Daniel with a shocking prophetic overview of the last days, the angel Gabriel instructed him, “Go your way, Daniel. For these words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end” (Dan. 12:9; see also Dan. 12:4).

The words “closed up” actually come from a Hebrew word meaning “encrypted” or “encoded.” The word “sealed” means “preserved,” like a sealed canning jar used to preserve food.

These things written of in prophecy have been closed up and sealed for a future time—a time that is now coming upon us. It seems as though God is swiftly unsealing and decoding these prophecies as we approach the coming of Christ.

You see, God meant for His people to understand the cryptic prophecies relating to the last days. For believers there is no fear, only an exciting hope promised by Jesus Himself and confirmed by the apostles in their writings.

Jesus said, “When these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, for your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28), and “Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God. Believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places. If it were not so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, you may be also” (John 14:1–3).

The apostle Paul wrote, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 15:13). The apostle John shared the words of Jesus: “Because you have kept My word of patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation which shall come upon the entire world, to test those who dwell on the earth” (Rev. 3:10).

Jesus cried out, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28). In Revelation, we read, “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ Let him who hears say, ‘Come.’ Let him who is thirsty come. Let him who desires take the water of life freely” (22:17).

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The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him Psalm 25:14 – KEEPING GOD’S SECRETS

Chapter 1
KEEPING GOD’S SECRETS
      In Proverbs 25:9b we read, “discover not a secret to another (Disclose not a secret to another).”
      For years I have felt the importance of teaching God’s people that they must learn to keep God’s secrets. Many of God’s precious revelations cannot be given to us because we are not capable of handling them wisely. We do not have enough reverence and fear of God in our hearts to obey the convictions of our heart. “The secret of God is with them that fear the Lord.”
      The Bible also tells us “Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore” (Psalms 37:27). But sometimes, when we know something and we don’t depart from evil, and we don’t do good, we will tell it around, and we will bring destruction on another life. In other words, if we hear an evil report about another person, and we talk about it to others (which we will do if we do not have the love and compassion of the Lord in our hearts) we will grieve the Lord, and bring much harm into the life of the individual who has sinned. We may even send them away from God forever, because they will identify God by our actions. They will believe that if you, a follower of Christ, are cruel and merciless, then your God must also be cruel and merciless.
      When the Lord knows that He can trust us with His secrets, He will reveal things to us which He cannot reveal to others.
      On the eve before He died, Jesus said to His disciples “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now” (John 16:12).
      The reason that they could not be told these heavenly secrets was because they were not mature enough in the Word of God. It was not because they did not love Jesus — they loved Jesus. They probably loved Him more than you and I. They had lived with him and knew him intimately. But they were not mature.
      God is going to bring us into a time and place when the secrets that have been sealed up since the days of Daniel, the prophet, shall be revealed. Remember, the Lord speaking to Daniel said to him, “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased” (Daniel 12:4). The truths that God revealed to Daniel were for another age, and that time is now.
ANGELS KEEP SECRETS
      The secrets of God are very precious. When Samson’s father, Manoah, was visited by the angel of the Lord, He asked him, “What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour?” The angel replied to him, “Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?” (Judges 13:17-18).
      The angel did not want to reveal his identity because he did not want man to honour him; he wanted all the honour to go to God alone. He was only a messenger of the Lord. Sometimes we honour the messenger more than we honour the ONE who sent him.
      The angels minister with pure hearts of love. Much of their ministry is done in secret. They do not publicize their works of love and mercy. They come and go like the wind. They do not ask for recognition or honour. The praises of men mean nothing to them.
END-TIME MINISTRY WILL BE
SIMILAR TO THAT OF THE ANGELS
      I believe the greatest end-time ministry will be done in secret, just like the angels’ ministry is. We will go about unseen, unrecognized, unheralded, and people will wonder who touched them, who helped them, who put that money in their coat pocket, who miraculously delivered them from what would have been a terrible accident, or certain death.
      The Holy Ghost has been revealing to saints that we will travel like the wind. The time is going to come when it will be impossible to go to certain places in the natural. Even now, it is practically impossible to get visas for ministry in certain Moslem, Hindu and Communist nations. Air fares are increasingly more expensive — especially if one has to travel at a moment’s notice. It is time for us to prepare our hearts for “Philip’s Instant Travel.” We had better get ready for translation ministries! Glory to God! God did it before, and He can do it again! See Acts 8:39-40, “And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.” When we have finished our work, delivered our message, the Holy Spirit will catch us away and deliver us to our next appointment. We won’t even have time to introduce ourselves, nor will we want to!
“THIRTEEN AT THE TABLE”
      Some years ago I came across a wonderful, miraculous testimony in the Assemblies of God weekly magazine, The Evangel. It was called “Thirteen At The Table.” They gave us permission to use it in our End-Time Handmaiden’s Magazine. Later, we invited the writer of that article, the wife of an Assemblies of God preacher, to give her testimony at our 1979 World Convention in Dogpatch, Arkansas. We will never forget it.
      Her name was Gladys Triplett. When the miracle visitor came to her house she was living in Newberg, Oregon. Her husband was an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. They had eight children. The youngest two were sixteen months and three months old. Her husband had gone to another city for revival meetings, leaving her alone with the children. But she was very sick and weak, as she had not recovered fully from the birth of her last child. She had not been able to sleep for some nights. Her house was in a mess, toys scattered everywhere, unmade beds, a mountain of dirty dishes in the sink, and a large pile of dirty laundry waiting for her. After the older children left for school, she sank, exhausted on the couch, only to hear the doorbell ring.
      Upon answering it, she found a strange lady standing there, in the pouring rain, who told her that she had come to help her because she had prayed for help.
      Gladys sank to her knees, the visitor picked her up, laid her on the couch, telling her, “Sleep now, my child, for He cares for you.”
      When Gladys woke up three hours later, she found her baby had been freshly bathed and was sleeping in her crib, the older girl was sitting, playing in her high chair, the floor was cleaned, the big pile of laundry was washed, ironed, and put away (even though it was pouring rain and she had no dryer). This was a task that usually took her more than two days in good weather. The dishes were washed, dinner was ready, including a newly baked cake, and the table was set with her best linen for thirteen people. Gladys tried to find out who the kind helper was, but she only answered, “a friend, a child of God.” She said she had been sent by the Father, Who loved her and had heard her cry for help in the night.
      Gladys told her that there wouldn’t be thirteen for supper, as her husband was gone, and they didn’t have that many children. But she answered, that there would be thirteen for dinner. Sure enough, her husband arrived, saying his meeting had been cancelled, and he brought five guests with him. There were thirteen at the table, and the little girl in her highchair. While they were eating, the visitor washed all the pots and pans, and when Gladys went into the kitchen, she was gone. They inquired if any of the neighbours, or even the police might know who she was, but no one knew anything about her. She was simply, “a friend, a child of God” who, as she had told Gladys, when asked how she got there, answered, “As a crow flies, so came I.”
      Upon closer inspection, she discovered that all the children’s newly laundered clothes were in their correct drawers. Who but an angel would know what belonged to whom!
      I believe that, even as the angels worked with the saints in the Bible, they will work with us today. In fact, if we had eyes to see them, we would find that they are all around us. Many times people have seen angels when I have been ministering the Word of God. Angels will work with us, and we will work with them through our prayers which will give them strength to fight against the demons. We are going to join the angels in their ministry and they are going to work with us. It is going to be “the angel together with the saints ministry” of the end-time. Are you getting ready for it?
 
Chapter 2
PAUL’S SECRET
      Even now, the Lord is doing wonderful things which His children are forbidden to talk about. Paul had experiences which he only referred to slightly as having been caught up into paradise and hearing “unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter” (2 Corinthians 12:4).
      Sometimes we wonder why God does not let us tell all the good things that are revealed to us. But we must remember Jesus often warned people to keep things secret.
      In Hebrews 5:11-14, Paul said that he had many things which he wanted to teach the Church, but they were not able to receive that teaching now because they were incapable of understanding deeper truths. They were still babes who only wanted milk (simple, easy-to-understand stories), and had no appetite for the real meat of the Word. Sad to say, there are many revelations and Heavenly truths which Paul never shared. They remained “God’s secrets.” We are the poorer because of that. I believe that there are many prophets and seers in the Church who know some of these secrets, but refuse to share them because they know they will not be understood.
PETER’S SECRET
      When Peter made the great confession, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God,” Jesus told him that he had received this great revelation from His Father in Heaven. He said, that upon this truth, He would build His Church. As they were leaving the place of revelation, Jesus charged His disciples that they should tell no man that He was Jesus the Christ (Matthew 16:20). That was a pretty difficult secret for the disciples to keep.
PETER, JAMES AND JOHN HAD A SECRET
      One of the greatest experiences Peter, James and John had is called, “The Transfiguration of Christ.” It took place on a mountain. No one had ever experienced anything like that before. It was absolutely sensational, and if news of it had gotten around, people would have gone mad. They wouldn’t have let Jesus out of their eyesight, day or night. But what did Jesus say to His three disciples who experienced this phenomenon? On the way down the mountain He warned them, “Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead” (Matthew 17:9).
JESUS HEALED A DEAF MAN AND
TOLD HIM TO KEEP IT SECRET
      One day, when Jesus was at Galilee, they brought to him a man who was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech, in the hope that Jesus would heal him. The Gospel says that Jesus, “took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers into his ears, and He spit, and touched his tongue; And looking up to heaven, He sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened. And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain. And He charged them that they should tell no man: but the more He charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it; And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: He maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak” (Mark 7:33-37).
JESUS HEALS A BLIND MAN SECRETLY AND TELLS HIM TO KEEP IT A SECRET UNTIL HE GOT BACK TO HIS HOUSE
      At Bethsaida the people brought a blind man to Jesus for healing. He took him by the hand, led him out of the town, and when He had spit on his eyes, He put his hands upon him, He asked the man if he saw anything. The man, looking up, said, “I see men as trees, walking.” The second time, Jesus put His hands upon his eyes, and told him to look. This time the man’s sight was completely restored. He could see clearly. Jesus sent him away to his home, saying, “Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town” (Mark 8:26).
      Why was did Jesus warn the man to go straight home to his family, and not stop to talk to people on the way? It could have been because people would have questioned him, rebuked him and doubted his testimony. Perhaps the man was still weak in faith. It had taken two touches of Jesus hands to heal him, and he had not come of his own accord to Jesus. Someone else had brought him. Apparently, it wasn’t the man’s faith that had healed him, it was his friend’s faith, working together with Jesus’ faith, that had brought about this miracle.
      Sometimes when we try to tell someone who is a cynic and a doubter about our miracle, the devil will use that one to rob us of our miracle. There are times when we are even forbidden to bear witness of a miracle until our faith is strong enough to stand the testings of the unbelievers who will mock us and doubt our experience. Jesus knew that the enemy would raise up too many who would be antagonists against the Lord of Glory.
WHY WAS THE LEPER WHO WAS HEALED
TOLD TO SHOW HIMSELF TO THE PRIEST?
      Luke tells us that one day, as Jesus was ap­proaching a city, a certain man who was “full of leprosy,” saw Jesus walking by. He fell on his face, and begged Him “Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean.” Jesus “put forth His hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.” Suddenly, that horribly deformed man, who must have been a sickening sight, was made absolutely whole. Can you imagine the joy, the amazement, the wonder of it all! Anyone standing by must have let out screams of delight. But Jesus “charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.” Jesus was doing what the Torah had commanded.
      The last man was permitted to go straight home to his house. But the leper could not go to his house until he was pronounced clean by the priests. Only then was he free to return to his family.
      It is impossible to keep a miracle secret, so every time another miracle happened the fame of Jesus spread around the country, until everyone was talking about Him (Luke 5:12-15).
KEEP THE RESURRECTION OF JAIRUS’ DAUGHTER A SECRET
      When the daughter of Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue, was dying, her father came to find Jesus to bring Him to his house to heal his daughter. But before Jesus got to there, the child had already died, and the mourners had gathered for the wake. Their loud wails and their unbelief hindered them from seeing a great miracle. Jesus knew they were full of unbelief. They didn’t even want to see a miracle. Their hearts were hard, even though they seemed to be weeping. But they only wept because they were hired, professional mourners and got paid for their job. If there was no funeral, they wouldn’t get their salary. They rejoiced every time there was a funeral, and they were called to perform. They mocked Jesus when He said the child was “sleeping.”
      Jesus took the girl’s parents into the room where the child lay, and commanded all the mourners to leave the room. He took the girl by her hand and called, “Maid, arise.” When she came to life there was great joy in that room. But Jesus charged the parents that they should tell no man what had truly happened. He let the people think that they had made a mistake, she had only been sleeping! The mourners didn’t get their pay that day! Neither did they see one of the greatest of our Lord’s miracles. And Jairus and his wife couldn’t even talk about it to anyone! Another reason Jesus told the parents to keep it secret was because of whom Jairus was. He was the leader of the local synagogue, a man of high position. If he would have confessed openly to the miracle, he would have been thrown out of his own synagogue. Jesus didn’t want this to happen. He needed to keep the man in a place of authority where he could help the people to know God better.
      Don’t think that you have to tell everybody every­thing that the Lord does for you! There is a time when silence is expedient. Don’t give the devil an oppor­tunity to mock what God has done. Don’t cast your pearls to the swine! (Matthew 7:6).
JESUS BEFORE THE SANHEDRIN
      When Jesus was brought before the Sanhedrin the chief priests questioned him, “Art thou the Christ? tell us.” Jesus knew that they wouldn’t believe it if He told them the truth about Himself. He answered them, “If I tell you, ye will not believe.”
      But when they commanded Jesus to answer them in the name of God He was compelled to give them an answer. His answer is very powerful. “And he said unto them, ‘Ye say that I am’” (Luke 22:70).
      By their deeds, they were fulfilling the prophetic Scriptures. They were performing the very things that the prophets had said they would do to the Messiah. They, themselves, by their rejection of Him, were bearing witness that He was The Christ, the King of the Jews.
 
Chapter 3
SPIES MUST OPERATE IN SECRET
      Before Joshua led the armies of Israel into the Promised Land, he sent two men to spy out the Land. Their mission was a secret one. A spy is someone who knows how to keep his mouth shut. I believe, as we are coming into this end-time, we will have to learn how to move in secrecy if we are going to conquer the enemy, and redeem the land.
      There is power in secrecy, because the enemy cannot make use of information to destroy God’s plan. God will not trust you to handle underground ministries until you know how to die for the sake of a secret.
      Many of our brothers and sisters are tortured in Persecuted Lands because they refuse to reveal the names of their fellow Christians. Their tormenters lie to them and promise them that if they will reveal those who are Christians that they will not be tortured any more, and will be set free. But those honourable men and women of God know that if they betray their brothers and sisters in Christ, they too would be per­secuted, and may even have to die at the hands of those who hate Christ. So they remain silent under great duress, and they usually have to pay a terrible price.
THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING A SECRET
      Job says that even in his youth he knew how to keep the secrets of God. Is that the thing that made Job great? Job says, “As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle” (Job 29:4).
      Job sees himself as the Lord’s tabernacle, which hid the Lord’s secret. Do you remember what the Holy of Holies was? It was a secret place separated from the Holy Place by a thick, heavy veil. The priests of Israel were forbidden to pass beyond that veil. Only the High Priest could enter, and then it was only on the Day of Atonement. What was the mystery about that Holy of Holies? What made it so holy?
      It was the beautiful golden Ark of the Covenant, wherein the Holy Torah was kept. No man dared look upon it with his eyes. When it was moved about it was always wrapped up so that no one could see it. What happened when some men dared to look into the Ark of the Covenant? They were smitten dead. 1 Samuel 6:19 tells us that 50,070 men died because they broke the Holy Law of keeping God’s secret thing secret.
      Beloved, God was already trying to prepare an elect company by teaching them the importance of secret warfare, secret worship, secret knowledge in God. God said you can not look into the Holy of Holies unless you are qualified for high priesthood ministry. Today we are the Tabernacle of the Lord, and the Ark of the Covenant dwells in our hearts. The secret of the Lord is in our tabernacle. Sad to say, that in some lives, the Holy Presence of God is so covered with sin and debris, unbelief and wrong teaching, that the gold never shines out to the world.
THERE IS SUPERNATURAL PROTECTION
IN THE SECRET PLACE
       Psalm 27:5 says, “For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock.” That means that there is a covering, there is a storm shelter, an air raid shelter, a shelter where neither chemical, biological nor nuclear weapon can harm me. I thank God that we have such a secret tabernacle! The secret of the Lord is revealed to those who that fear Him, and He hides them in the secret (mystic) depth of His Tabernacle. I know that if I am in that Tabernacle there will be an ample, miraculous supply of oxygen because He made the oxygen. When He created Adam, He breathed oxygen into his nostrils, thereby giving him life. God still has His oxygen supply!
ABRAHAM, THE FRIEND OF GOD
      Abraham was a man who could keep God’s secrets. In Genesis 22 we read the account of how Abraham was commanded by the Lord to offer up his son, Isaac, as a sacrifice. Josephus, in his History of the Jews, tells that Abraham did not tell Sarah what he was intending to do. He kept it secret from her. If she would have known his intentions she would have fought Abraham with every ounce of strength in her body. And Isaac, seeing how distressed his mother was, would have refused to have submitted to this testing. Josephus says that Abraham did not tell Sarah lest he be hindered from obeying God.
      Sometimes, if you reveal the leading of God in your life to your family or dearest friends, they will do everything they can to hinder you because they want to spare you pain.
       Abraham wasn’t God’s friend by accident; he was God’s friend because friends share secrets they don’t divulge to others. Friends have secrets they don’t even tell their parents, their children or their spouses. Don’t believe that you have to tell your spouse everything. If you are an Abraham you don’t tell your wife God’s secrets, or His demands on your life. You are free to make sacrifices which she need not know about; and this is true of the wife also.
      Micah 7:5 says, “Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.” And then it goes on to tell you why—“For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house” (Micah 7:6).
      Abraham’s dearest love, Sarah, could have been his enemy if he had said to her, “Sarah I am going to go and offer Isaac as a sacrifice.” God could trust Abraham to know His secret plans to pour out His wrath on Sodom and Gomorrah. Remember when the Lord went to visit Abraham, He said, “Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do; Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?” (Genesis 18:17-18).
      The secret of the Lord is with the prophets of the Lord. The Lord has given them inner wisdom and knowledge that is absolutely tremendous. Amos 3:7 says, “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”
      When the Lord gives you “marching orders,” or shares with you the secrets of His heart, keep it to yourself. Be careful what you share with others. Sometimes even your dear friend can turn against you. The Holy Spirit may plant a heavenly secret in you which He didn’t plant in your friend because that one is not ready for it yet. Don’t share it with that one, because the devil can take that beautiful, precious truth and twist it, working on their minds to cause agitation against you to such a degree that it will become an offense — a rock for them to stumble over. Don’t take it for granted that everyone is going to believe your “heavenly-secrets,” visions and rev­elations. By sharing your secret you could even cause them to sin against the Holy Ghost.
      Also, you could be guilty of aborting the plan of God. What is an abortion? Abortion is bringing to the world what is not ready for birth. There are abortions which are not intentional. We call them a miscarriage. They are not purposely induced. A spiritual abortion is the birthing of an undeveloped plan. It has not been matured enough to be able to survive. If you begin to divulge the secrets of God to someone who has not yet heard from God themselves, that one will run with it, destroy themselves and others with that very thing that could later have been to the salvation and help of multitudes of people. They will likely also destroy you! I believe that, as we are coming to this end-time, we are going to have to learn how to be wise concerning the secrets of God, lest we be hindered from obeying God.
JACOB ESCAPES IN SECRET
      In Genesis 31:20 we read, “And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled.”
      Jacob was the grandson of Abraham. He was living with his father-in-law Laban, who was a Syrian. He had served Laban for twenty years; and at the end of all those difficult years he realized that if he did not steal away he would never be able to leave. He had already seen the hate Laban had for him in his eyes. The whole family had turned against him. God had spoken to him to return home to his father’s house. He knew he had to go, but he knew that Laban was capable of using force to prevent him from leaving. Not only was the flock he had obtained through hard labour in danger of being confiscated by Laban, even his life, and the lives of his family were not safe any more. He knew that if he was to leave, he would have to do it secretly. He waited for an opportunity to get out when it was safe. That chance came when Laban and his sons were in distant pastures with the sheep. Jacob moved quickly, taking his family and sheep with him.
      Now, don’t you decide to pack your suitcase and run away! You have to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is no other way that you can live and serve God. First, fast and pray over your situation. If your life is in danger you may have to flee suddenly, but if you still are safe in the circumstances, I admonish you to fast a prophet-length fast for your situation to change. Then, if it doesn’t change and God releases you or commands you to go, (like He did Jacob) then you must obey God to be in His will. This is something you have to feel by the sweet Spirit of God down deep in your soul.
 
Chapter 4
 JOSEPH
      The third of the patriarchs we want to mention is Joseph, the son of Jacob and Rachel. The secret of God came upon Joseph’s tabernacle when he was seventeen years old. At that time the revelations of God and secrets concerning his future were given to him, but he didn’t have the maturity to keep them secret, and that is what got Joseph into all of his troubles. He went around, telling his brothers, “I had a dream last night, boys. I sure had a dream. God loves me, and you had better watch out because I am going to be famous one day. I am going to have a big name for myself. My father and mother and all of you are going to recognize that I am special.”
      Beloved, you may one day be “special” also, but you need to recognize you will only be special by the grace and the goodness of God.
      And yet, the wonderful thing was that even though he was a fool and told the secret and got himself in trouble, because he was sorry and cried out to the Lord from the pit, the Lord took his mistakes and worked them for good.
      God could have put Joseph in that place of authority without the pit experience because He can do anything. God is getting us ready for Millennium Kingdom reigning, and we will need to go through tribulation if we are not ready for it. We can only go through the trials that are coming upon this world through the power of an anointed life. If we are not ready for what is coming, God will put us in the “pressure-cooker,” so that we will have the qualification for greatness. God knows how to work in all of our lives.
      Later in his life Joseph learned to keep his secrets because when his brothers came to Egypt to buy grain he hid his identity from them. Genesis 42:6-7 says, “And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph’s brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth. And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them.”
      When he saw his brothers, did he say, “I am Joseph — now I’ve got you in my hands!”? What did he do? He kept his identity secret, and by keeping the secret he was able to do what he had to do to bless his family. There was still a work of processing that the Holy Ghost had to do in all their lives and especially in the heart of Simeon. He had been the most cruel to Joseph, and the only way God could break old Simeon down was to send him to jail. God broke him in the prison. God had to take that last trace of meanness out of that man, and He did it, because Joseph could keep a secret.
      When we can keep a secret through the anointing, God can take the meanness out of that mean “Simeon” in our families. Some of you women suffer persecution from your husbands because you don’t want to keep your mouth shut. You let them listen to tapes they have no business listening to. You leave books lying around which their unregenerate souls are totally incapable of understanding. Or you tell them the secrets of God that you hear in your bedroom chamber. They are not ready for it. God has to put your “Simeon” in jail first. He has to put him in a place where He can break his rebellious will. And you have to wait!
      Another very enlightening thing that Joseph did took place when his family moved to Egypt. He told his brothers that when Pharaoh asks them about what their trade was, that they should not confess to being shepherds, instead they were to say they were cattlemen. This was because sheep were considered unclean to the Egyptians, and to be a shepherd was an abomination. Josephus writes that the Egyptians were forbidden to have anything to do with sheep. There is a reason for that, but we do not want to go into that now.
      As you serve the Lord and travel to nations where you are forbidden to preach the Gospel, you will fill out many forms that will include the question, “What is your occupation?” Don’t think that you have to be so honest that you should write “minister of the Gospel.” or missionary, or evangelist, etc. You will close the door to yourself. Instead, you can honestly tell them you are a teacher, or a housewife, or retired. How do you think we went back and forth across the Iron Curtain borders during those years we smuggled Bibles into Eastern Europe? Be wise as a serpent, and harmless as a dove! Because his brothers took his advice, Joseph was able to locate them in the best pasture land of Egypt.
      God is going to put us in the best place in the kingdom, He has a divine plan for us. King Jesus has gone ahead of us. He says, “I prepared all these things for you and I am going to give you the best of the land, but keep your mouth shut. I have a work for you to do but you must know how to keep My secrets.”
THE MIDWIVES’ SECRET
      We read an amazing story about the midwives who saved the lives of the newly-born boy babies of the Hebrew women in Egypt (Exodus 1:16-21). God established these holy women, these wise women. The king had given command that all boy babies born to the Hebrew women must be instantly put to death. But the godly midwives refused to obey the king’s orders. Because they saved so many lives, God honored them and “gave them houses,” or, gave them greatness in His Kingdom. These women knew how to keep a secret that a boy-baby had been born.
      We are in the business of delivering the “man-child.” We must learn to keep our mouths shut. Don’t go around telling everyone that you are expecting the “man-child” to be born. Too many already think they are Elijah. The “man-child” is being born, but in secret, in great secrecy, without a lot of bragging, without a lot of boasting, and without a “holier than thou” spirit. The spiritual midwives were raised up of God to secretly go from house to house to deliver those little baby boys. Those babies were the future hope of Israel, they would lead the tribes to warfare and victory, and they would be there in the wilderness where God would reveal to them many of His wonders.
      One of those little babies that were saved was Moses. His mother’s name was Jochebed. Jochebed did not obey the king; she made a little ark; she got the revelation from the story of how Noah built the ark. He saved his family. She had faith to save her son. She lined it with pitch and put it in the Nile river with all the crocodiles, but she knew that she had a God in Heaven Who was able to protect her baby. There aren’t enough “crocodiles” to eat the “man-child.” She went home to pray, while she sent that “junior handmaiden” (Miriam) down at the river to watch and see what God would do. She was but a girl, but she was not too young to know the importance of keeping a secret.
      Sometimes, as parents, we have to go and hide, and let the kids do the job. God is raising up our youth. They may be the ones who will save our lives tomorrow.
      Bless her heart, that little Miriam could keep her mouth shut too. She saw the king’s daughter come down to the river to bathe in the waters. When the princess found her “baby in a basket,” Miriam ran up to her, and offered to find her a wet nurse. She didn’t say, “I’ll go and get Mama — she knows how to nurse our brother so he won’t cry.” She knew how to keep a secret. Oh, the wisdom in Miriam’s heart! How could that child learn to keep silence? Because in tribulation you will learn to keep your mouth shut.

Chapter 5
RAHAB
      All nations have spies. In Bible times, Israel also had spies. Joshua, the commander of Israel’s armies, decided to send two spies into the Land of Canaan to spy out the land so they could determine its strength. These two spies came to Rahab the harlot’s house (Joshua 2:14). Through her they were able to learn the thoughts of the enemy, because Rahab said the whole land is trembling in fear of you.
      It is so important that we know in this hour where to hide—it might not be in the house of a Christian, it might be in a harlot’s house! They were in danger of being discovered while on their secret mission, and it was a good place to hide! Their lives were “on the line.” They knew that if Rahab couldn’t keep a secret they would be arrested and put to death. They had to trust her. What she told them gave them the faith they needed. Now they knew for sure that God was going to give them the city of Jericho, and all the land. They realized that the warfare would be intense, that many would die, for God had commanded them to spare no lives. On the other hand, they were indebted to Rahab for sparing their lives when the soldiers came to her house looking for them. So they agreed to spare her life and the lives of her loved ones because of her kindness to them.
      If we can keep a secret we will not only save our own lives, we will also save the lives of those we love. I believe if we will learn how to keep secrets in the next few years we will be able to save many lives. I believe we will be given the opportunity to save those who are in danger because of antisemitism and persecution. We will have to have hiding places, like Corrie Ten Boom did, for those who are fleeing for their lives. We have to learn how to save both Jews and Christians. Again in our land there will be the secret Under­ground Railroad, as our forefathers had when they tried to assist the Negro slaves who tried to escape from their cruel masters. The abolitionists who were caught helping them were punished severely, so once again, many will lay their lives down to save others.
      The same happened in the days of Hitler’s rule in Germany. All who saved the lives of the Jews did it knowing that their lives were in great danger, for if they were caught it meant sure death. But they were organized. We learned from others how to save lives. Everyone should read The Hiding Place, the story of how one brave family in Amsterdam saved the lives of many Jews.
      Rahab saved the lives of those two spies, and they saved her life in the day of war, when the city was condemned to be destroyed—all because they knew how to keep a secret. It’s the old Law of God, A LIFE FOR A LIFE!
SAMSON
      Samson was a man who could not keep a secret, even though his life depended on it. He had the anointing, he had the power of God, he had the deliverance ministry, but he put his head on the lap of the wicked and traitorous Delilah once too often! God’s people must be careful where they lay their heads! We must never rest in false comfort. The Word of God warns us, “Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom” (Micah 7:5). But Samson did not heed this godly warning, and when Delilah repeatedly begged him to tell her what was the secret of his great strength, he pushed from his conscience the warning of God that he must always keep this secret in his heart. He broke down and told her “all his heart” — “if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.” As a result, while he was sleeping, she called his enemies, and they cut off his hair, leaving him in a state of weakness. When he was without strength they blinded him, and made him their slave.
      If we do not heed the warning of God, and keep His secrets, we too can become slaves of those who hate us. Many Christians think that the devil knows everything. That is not true. He is NOT omniscient. The devil knows a lot; he has a lot demons and people working for him, but he doesn’t know it all, unless we tell him. If we keep our mouths shut, the demons are not going to be able to report to the devil our thoughts, because they do not know them. It wasn’t until the demon in Delilah found out the secret, that he could tell it to Samson’s enemies. If the devil would have known it sooner, all he would have had to do was tell his fortune tellers and soothsayers the secret of Samson’s strength, and he would have been destroyed earlier. There are a lot of things the devil still does not know.
      Sometimes I am surprised, when I have been on dangerous secret missions for the Lord, how little the enemies of the Lord know. God keeps them in a state of confusion. They know a lot, but they still don’t know everything. We have to risk that chance that they don’t know. You have to believe God in the dangerous and evil days that lie ahead of us that He will cover our tracks, and hide us in His secret pavilion.
      When Samson told the secret of his anointing, he lost his power. If you tell all the good secrets of God’s anointing in your life, you are a fool. You don’t need to tell where you got the anointing! How can I tell what made me until I tell what suffering I went through? How can I tell the suffering I went through if I don’t tell who made me suffer? How can I not tell who made me suffer without pointing my finger and destroying somebody’s reputation, and robbing them of the little honour they still have? And how can I hurt their family and relatives who still are living?
      There is a time coming when all things will be revealed, but until then, keep even your enemy’s identity secret. Your enemy could be another Christian. And to reveal your enemy’s evil ways would bring dishonour to our Lord Jesus. When the enemy of the Christians discover the sins which a child of God has committed, he will bring shame to all of us who love the Lord. Then the evil one laughs at us and mocks us to scorn.
      When Saul and his sons were killed on the battlefront, David said, “Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph” (2 Samuel 1:20). Many have lost their vision because they couldn’t keep their mouths shut.
RUTH
      When Naomi instructed Ruth how to present her need to Boaz (Ruth 3:1-14), the entire proceedings were enacted in secret. Naomi told her to act in secret, and Boaz told her to “Let it not be known that a woman came into the floor” (verse 9). We have to be careful of the appearance of evil, because we can destroy the weak consciences of other people who cannot understand a situation. Ruth obeyed her mother-in-law’s wise advice because she knew the customs of the people. Everything must be done in secret. If it had been made known to the neighbours, it could have turned into a terrible situation which would have destroyed the whole plan of God for the House of Judah. There are things that God calls us to do that we can only do in the dark. If it had not been for the hours of darkness there is no way that we could have succeeded in our Underground Ministry in the Iron Curtain nations. We waited until it was dark before we started moving out to visit the secret Christians. If we had tried to do it in the daylight, it would have, not only have been dangerous for us, it would have been even more dangerous for them. Thank God, He gives us a “cloak of darkness” to help us to do good deeds also.
      Why did Boaz tell Ruth to keep her visit to him a secret? He knew that both he and she would have lost their honour. Sometimes things have to be done in secret lest those who are God’s chosen people lose their honor before the world. You know what you are doing is not wrong and I know it is all right, and before God our consciences are clean, but we have to be careful that we do not bring reproach upon the Lord, nor endanger others.
SAMUEL’S ANOINTING OF DAVID
      When God wanted Samuel to anoint the shepherd boy, David, to be the next king of Israel, He told him, “How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons. And Samuel said, How can I go? if Saul hear it, he will kill me. And the LORD said, Take an heifer with thee, and say, I am come to sacrifice to the LORD. And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will shew thee what thou shalt do: and thou shalt anoint unto me him whom I name unto thee” (1 Samuel 16:1-3).
      The Lord said to Samuel, don’t tell them what you are going to do, because Saul has his spies all over the land and they are going to find out, then your life, and the lives of the family of Jesse, will be in danger. Who did the people of the land watch more than Samuel? When Samuel moved, it was like the king moved. Everybody watched what Samuel did, and it was reported right away to King Saul who was full of suspicion and hated anyone who might prove to be a threat to his throne.
      So God told him to take his heifer with him to the house of Jesse in Bethlehem, then when people asked him what he was doing, he could honestly say that God had called him to offer a sacrifice in Bethlehem. Some might say, “But that is acting out a lie.”  God gave him a plan which would allow him to tell enough of the truth to satisfy the curious without having to lie.
      It is about time you learn a little bit of the art of covering your tracks. God gives His people wisdom and knowledge. Be wise as a serpent as well as harmless as a dove. Samuel would have never been able to anoint David if he had not done it the right way, the secret way.
 
Chapter 6
WHY DO WE WANT TO KNOW GOD’S SECRETS?
      If you want to know God’s secrets, as most of us do, it is because we were created to know the deeper things of God. There will always be a void in our souls until we become intimate with God, as our father Adam and our mother Eve were, who walked and talked with God every day, learning from Him continually. But God knows that since sin entered the world, we are not able receive and understand many of the secret things of God, because we have not reached the state of grace which they were in.
      While they were still in the state of innocence, God said to them, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:17).
      Adam and Eve were tempted by the thought of being able to know the secrets of God so that they could be equal with Him. It would be wonderful if we could be as wise as God, but then we would also have to be omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent and perfect in love. If we had all wisdom and power, and not perfect love, we would destroy others with our knowledge and power. Paul said, “And though I… understand all mysteries, and all knowledge…and have not love, I am nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:2). That is why it is so important that when we know God’s secrets, we should also know how to keep God’s secrets.
      Deuteronomy 29:29 says, “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this Law.” It is one thing to have the Word of God on the walls of your house, but its another thing to have them written on the walls of your heart.
SECRET MINISTRIES
      Some of the greatest ministries that are going to be done in the end-time are going to be done anonymously. God wants to prepare us for them. When you do something anonymously there is no pride attached because you are not getting recognition or fame — no one knows you were the one who gave that large sum of money, or who showed mercy to another person in need. The Good Samaritan was nameless.
      Job was a secret philanthropist, he said, in Job 40:13, “The secret of the Lord is upon my tabernacle.”
HOW TO DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF GOD
      The Psalmist says in Psalm 25:14, “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him.” Psalm 27:5 says, “In the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me.” In Psalm 91:1 we read, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” As these dark days are coming upon us we will have to draw very close to the Lord, and live in that intimate relationship with Him, where we will have “around the clock” protection.
IN THE SECRET PLACE OF THE STAIRS
      There is a place in God where only those who have a great hunger for God make every effort to climb higher and higher.
      The Beloved of the Song of Solomon calls to His bride, “O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely” (Song of Solomon 2:14).
      The cleft of the Rock is where God hides Himself when He wants to meet with His beloved, this is the place He promised to meet with Moses when Moses longed for His glorious Presence.
      When Moses besought God, “Show me thy glory!” The Lord answered him, “There is a place here by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock; And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover thee with My hand while I pass by” (Exodus 33:18, 21-22).
      In the “Rock of Ages” there is a cleft where the spear was driven into the side of Jesus. If you hide yourself in the side of Jesus, right underneath that rib, you will know all the secrets of eternity that He has saved in His heart to share with you when you are ready for them. You can go right into the heart of that Rock, and you can have a revelation in God that is beyond the limitations of the natural. The veil will be removed so that you can see and know as you are seen and known.
DANIEL
      One of the saints of God, who had a key to the secrets of God, was Daniel the prophet. He had a tremendous open door to the secrets of God.
      When King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream which he could not remember, but which he felt was of utmost importance, he called in his magicians and astrologers and Chaldeans to tell him what the dream had been, and give the interpretation. They were baffled by such a demand. They said to the king, “There is none other that can show it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.” In his fury, the king demanded that all his wise men be slain. But when Daniel was told about the king’s decision, he went to prayer, and God gave him the answer in a dream, “Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven” (Daniel 2:19)
      Nebuchadnezzar, upon seeing this great gift in Daniel, fell upon his face and worshipped, saying, “Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret” (Daniel 2:47). God is going to have a people like Daniel in these days!
      Later, when Daniel was an old man, Nebuchadnezzar’s grandson, Belshazzar, the king, on the eve of the destruction of the Babylonian Kingdom, made a great feast for all his lords. In a drunken state he called for the vessels of the Holy Temple, which had been brought to Babylon when Jerusalem was sacked, so that they could drink their wine from them. This was a sacrilegious act because they had been dedicated to the Lord God, Jehovah. Man must never use these holy vessels in a profane way. The crowd drank wine, and praised the gods of gold and silver, etc. In the same hour there appeared a man’s hand, and it began to write a message on the wall of the palace that they could not understand. Everyone began to tremble with fear. The most terrified of all was the king, himself. He called for his wise men to give him the interpretation of these words. But they too did not know the answer.
      Then the queen mother, upon hearing what had happened, came to the great hall and announced to the king, “There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers; Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation” (Daniel 5:10-11).
      When Daniel appeared, the king begged him, trembling, “I have heard of thee, that thou canst make interpretations, and dissolve doubts: now if thou canst read the writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof, thou shalt be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt be the third ruler in the kingdom” (Daniel 5:16).
      Not only could Daniel read the words on the wall, he was able to give the interpretation of them. He could do it because God gave him the secret meaning of the words. It was a very dire warning that the end had come for the Babylonian Kingdom. That night, the city of Babylon fell to the Persians and most of the people who had been at that feast were put to death. But God had warned them through the Prophet whom the Lord God could trust with His secrets.
      There was no secret that could be hidden from Daniel. King Nebuchadnezzar had given him the title, “Master of Magicians.” That was the only way he could describe his ability to know secret things. They believed in magicians but they did not understand about holy prophecy or seers. God’s seers could see beyond the natural realm into the spiritual secrets of God. God gave Daniel revelation in the secret visions of the night.
      It is in the night vigils that the secret revelations of God will be given to you. In the “dark night of the soul” when you are going through trials and great testings and the way before you is hidden in darkness, the greatness of God will be revealed to you.
      Later, God gave Daniel all the secrets of the end-time, and then God said to him in Daniel 12:4, “Shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”
      It will only be those who have the same anointing as Daniel who will be able to rightly interpret the end-time scriptures that concern the eschatology of the times. Many try to understand it. They use mathematics and their knowledge of the Scriptures, and still they miss it. Some have made drastic mistakes when they have attempted to prophecy the dates of the coming of the Lord. Only the “Daniels” will have true understanding concerning these days. The Word clearly states, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy” (Acts 2:17-18).
      We read a very amazing and hard to understand account in Revelation 22:8-9, “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. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.”
      I ask you, who gave John all these secret revelations while he was all alone in exile on the Isle of Patmos? Could it possibly have been Daniel? Whoever it was, we know that it was not a member of the Trinity, nor was it an angel, but, as this mysterious messenger, himself said, “I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren, the prophets”!
      This mysterious prophet appeared to Apostle John for the purpose of giving him very in-depth prophecies concerning the last days. He told him about the tribulation that would come upon the earth, the terrible judgments of God upon the nations, the rise of a diabolically evil antichrist who would become a world dictator, the mark of the beast, the final World War (which some call the Battle of Armageddon), the White Throne Judgment, the Holy City, and much more. Who was “that prophet”? Could he have been Daniel who had been commanded by the Lord to “Shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end” (Daniel 12:4)?
 
Chapter 7
GOD KEEPS HIS SECRETS
UNTIL THE RIGHT TIME
      I believe there are many great secrets and mysteries of God which have yet to be revealed. In Romans 16:25 we read, “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began…”
      God keeps His secrets until the right time when they can be revealed. He kept the mystery of salvation through His Son hidden for four thousand years. When you and I walk with God we can keep His secrets too. But the day will come when He will release us to share them, even as He did through Apostle Paul. Nearly two thousand years have passed since Paul was released to reveal the mystery of the Gospel. Now we have come again to the revealing of new truths — end-time truths. The veil between earth and Heaven is becoming thinner and thinner. Our eyes are being enlightened that we might know the mysteries of the eternal ages.
“I CAN’T TELL YOU”
      To keep a secret doesn’t only mean to keep from speaking, it could also mean that you have to put on an act, or pretend in a way that will throw the enemy into confusion. You don’t need to fall in a trap that the enemies of Jesus try to make for you. You don’t need to give an answer to every question that is put before you. You can just say, “I can’t tell you,” like Jesus did many times when the Pharisees interrogated him. And you do not need to make any excuses for your silence. There are many ways of answering those who will get us into trouble. The enemy doesn’t need to know the secrets of God. Don’t give the devil any information that belongs to God!
MICHAL SAVED DAVID’S LIFE BY PRETENCE
      In 1 Samuel 19:11-17 we read the dramatic story how Michal saved the life of her husband, David. I believe God showed her what to do so that she could give him time to escape out of the hands of her father, King Saul, who, because of his mad jealousy and rage, wanted to kill David. When Saul sent his spies to spy on him, planning to kill him in the morning, Michal warned him, “If thou save not thy life tonight, tomorrow thou shalt be slain. So she let David down through a window and he went, and fled, and escaped. And [she] took an image, and laid it in the bed, and put a pillow of goats’ hair for his bolster, and covered it with a cloth.” When Saul’s messenger tried to arrest him she told them that he was sick. When they reported this to Saul, he ordered them to go and “Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may slay him.” And when they returned to get him, they discovered that instead of it being David, it was an image hiding under the covers. Saul was filled with anger.
      When he interrogated his daughter, in order to save her life, she told him that David had begged her to let him escape or he would have killed her. It wasn’t quite the truth, but what else could she have said? Her father would have killed her too! By pretending that David was sick in bed she gave him time to escape from certain death.
      There may come a time when we will have to hide someone or save another person’s life. God will let you know how to do it so that you can deliver that one from torture or death without sinning.
ABIGAIL SAVES THE LIVES OF HER FAMILY
BY DECEIVING HER HUSBAND
      This is one of my favourite Bible stories. It is recorded in the twenty-fifth chapter of 1 Samuel. In this story, David and his men are hiding from King Saul in the Wilderness of Paran. There was a very wealthy man in that area by the name of Nabal who was a big “rancher.” He had three thousand sheep and one thousand goats, so that gives us an idea of how rich he was.
      The Bible says that his wife Abigail was a woman of good understanding and a beautiful countenance, but he was churlish and evil. David was in need of food for his followers, so he sent ten men to the “ranch” to ask for assistance to feed them. David sent a message of goodwill and told how they had protected Nabal’s shepherds during the time that they were out in the fields with their herds. He asked a “love offering” in return. He said, “Let the young men find favour in thine eyes, or we come in a good day, give, I pray thee, whatsoever cometh to thine hand unto thy servants, and to thy son, David” (verse 8).
      However, when Nabal heard their request he became angry, and insulted David, “Who is David?” he asked, mockingly. He added that there were many rebels in the land who had broken away from their masters, and, “why should I take my bread, and my water, and my flesh, that I have killed for my shearers, and give it unto men whom I know not whence they be?” (verse 11).
      When David received this report, he became angry and determined to retaliate, telling the men to gird on their swords. David had six hundred men, four hundred were going to make a raid on Nabal’s “ranch.”
      It was then that one of Nabal’s servants told Abigail what had happened, and warned her to prepare herself because they were sure to be raided by David and his men, and that not one would be left alive. He said that David and his men had been good to them, and they had protected them, and that the two groups had enjoyed good fellowship together in the fields. He added, “Our master…is such a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him” (verse 17).
      When Abigail heard this, she immediately gave orders to prepare bread, wine, sheep, corn, raisins, and figs, to take to David. She sent them on ahead, as she got herself ready to follow on her donkey to meet David. The Bible says clearly, “But she told not her husband Nabal” (verse 19b). When she met David, she got off her donkey, fell before him, bowing down to the ground, and begged him, “Upon me, my lord, upon me let this iniquity be: and let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak in thine audience, and hear the words of thine handmaid. Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send. Now therefore, my lord, as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the LORD hath withholden thee from coming to shed blood, and from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now let thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal. And now this blessing which thine handmaid hath brought unto my lord, let it even be given unto the young men that follow my lord. I pray thee, forgive the trespass of thine handmaid: for the LORD will certainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord fighteth the battles of the LORD, and evil hath not been found in thee all thy days. Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the LORD thy God; and the souls of thine enemies, them shall he sling out, as out of the middle of a sling. And it shall come to pass, when the LORD shall have done to my lord according to all the good that he hath spoken concerning thee, and shall have appointed thee ruler over Israel; That this shall be no grief unto thee, nor offence of heart unto my lord, either that thou hast shed blood causeless, or that my lord hath avenged himself: but when the LORD shall have dealt well with my lord, then remember thine handmaid” (1 Samuel 25:24-31).
      When Abigail received the information about her husband’s actions, she didn’t ask herself, “What will Nabal do to save our lives?” Instead, she immediately, began to secretly make plans how she herself would spare their lives. She was a woman of great wisdom. She knew there was no use in talking to her husband. He was a “churlish” man. That means he was surly and rude. One cannot reason with such a person. The name Nabal means “fool.”
      What are you going to do when you are married to a fool? You yourself, must take responsibility for what should be done. She knew their lives were in danger. Abigail saved Nabal’s life, even though he didn’t deserve it, for her plea touched the heart of David and he answered her, “Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me: And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand. For in very deed, as the LORD God of Israel liveth, which hath kept me back from hurting thee, except thou hadst hasted and come to meet me, surely there had not been left unto Nabal by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall” (1 Samuel 25:32-34).
      The greatness of God was in Abigail because she took the blame for her husband’s evil deeds. It was only because she was able to keep her actions secret from her husband that she was able to deliver her family and household. By keeping God’s secret Abigail was able to save lives, including Nabal’s.
HEZEKIAH’S TERRIBLE MISTAKE
      Sometimes, we like to brag about the great things God has done for us or through us. We may even think we are giving honour to Him. But it is not always a good thing for the enemy to hear about that which will make him jealous of us, and our successes.
      After the King of Babylon heard about King Hezekiah’s miraculous healing he sent messengers with a complimentary letter and a present. Hezekiah was so flattered by these important visitors that he “showed them the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah showed him not” (Isaiah 39:2).
      When the prophet Isaiah heard what he had done, he was grieved, because he knew that Hezekiah had made a foolish mistake. He immediately sent him the word of the Lord, warning him, “Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD. and of thy sons that shall issue from thee, which thou shalt beget, shall they take away; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon” (Isaiah 39:6-7).
      Americans have been doing that for a long time, we have been showing many of our secrets to the spies of nations that hate us. The enemy knows our strength and our weakness. He knows how vulnerable we are for attack. God is trying to tell us to use wisdom.
      Sometimes its even wrong to show our treasures to one who is not an enemy.
      I remember when I first arrived in Shanghai I was very naive, as a new missionary always is. I left my good fountain pen in the sitting room when I retired to my bedroom. The next morning, as we missionaries were sitting together in the sitting room, one of them picked up my pen and asked, “Who does this belong to?” I acknowledged that it was mine. He gave me a warning I never forgot. “Never let things like this lie around, because if you do, you will be tempting the natives. They love pens, and other precious things like that, and they are too poor to afford them, so it tempts them to steal them.” Since then, I have always tried to be careful not to “tempt the natives.” Even a good person can fall because of temptation.
      There are many ways in which we can tempt people or cause them to become discontent with their life style. If God is giving you extra money, don’t go around bragging about it to the one who has none. And don’t try to make them feel “little” or “sinful” because they have less, or because you think they don’t have “your faith” for finances. Always try to be modest in every way.
      God wants us to be wise in many ways concerning the Kingdom of God. We have many braggarts and boasters; and not a few are in the ministry! I believe God is calling us to be extra wise in these days. We are really going to have to be careful about the things we share with others.
      Some of you will be called, like Joseph, to store up certain things for the days ahead. Be careful to whom you reveal this type of ministry. Don’t show every one your “granaries.” Hezekiah couldn’t keep God’s secret. He was “bought” with a present. There always will be those who can be “bought” with a present, or with flattery. Satan always has those who will pretend to be your friend, but whose intentions towards you are evil. And if you do not have discernment they will deceive you. Always be careful that you are not distracted by a decoy that satan has put in your pathway. God wants us to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.
 
Chapter 8
MARY HID THE SECRETS OF GOD IN HER HEART
      When the shepherd told Mary about the angels and the message they had brought them from heaven, the Bible says, “Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19).
      She did not go around bragging about her great “miracle experience.” She kept these things in her heart and she pondered over them. She didn’t even ask her rabbi about all that had happened.
      Sometimes there are things that you just to have to keep in your heart, and ponder over, and wonder about. Mary also kept the prophecy old Simeon gave them when Jesus was dedicated to the Lord in the Temple.
      The devil will say if you don’t confess the Lord before men then God will not confess you in Heaven. Confession is one thing; ministering about Jesus Christ is one thing, but going around telling about these secrets of God is another thing. Jesus warned us, “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you” (Matthew 7:6). We must not take the precious jewels that God has given us, and share them with those who are unclean. In the Bible swine were called unclean by God. When Jesus says that we should not give the holy things to the swine, He means that we should not give the holy, dedicated things of God, to that which is profane. Don’t inform the devil of the secrets of God; keep the secrets of God in your heart.
      Jesus said, in John 16:12, “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.” Jesus knew that if He would tell His disciples all the things that He would have liked to have told them, that the deeper truths would have been a stumbling block for them. It would have destroyed their faith, because they were so immature in their understanding concerning the things of God
      God wants us to grow into maturity. With every secret comes the burden of responsibility. The truths of God and the secrets of God are a very great weight to carry.
SECRET ESCAPE
      In times when our lives are in danger, we might have to escape like baby Moses escaped — in a basket (Exodus 22-10). In Acts 9:25 we read how Paul escaped from men who had plans to kill him in Damascus when he was let down by the wall in a basket.
      In order to escape from the angry crowd, Jesus was able to make Himself invisible (Luke 4:30 and John 8:59). When they tried to arrest Jesus, He suddenly disappeared. He didn’t allow Himself to be taken. He didn’t submit to their man-made authority to arrest him. Sometimes fear can paralyze you. You don’t need to submit to the devil to arrest you. If there is no way of escape, you have to submit, but if you can escape, do it.
THE FAITHFUL KEEP SECRETS —
THE UNFAITHFUL DON’T
      God wants us to be wise. Proverbs 11:13 states, “A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter” (Proverbs 11:13).
      God needs people with faithful spirits who will be able to conceal the King’s business in these latter days. Be careful of those who gossip about others. Remember, “He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips” (Proverbs 20:19). “Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint” (Proverbs 25:19).
      We know that Proverbs 3:32 says, “His secret is with the righteous.” Your faithfulness in keeping God’s secrets will be in your eternal records as recorded by the angels of the Lord. If you want to be counted as a righteous one in God’s sight, you must learn to keep His secrets. He will surely reveal to you the secrets He knows you will keep. To be found faithful and righteous in His sight means you have gained His trust, and He will continue to share with you the secrets of His heart.

Chapter 9
LOVE IS THE KEY TO BEING ABLE
TO KEEP A SECRET
      The only way that we can have the strength to keep a secret is through love. Love covers a multitude of sins. We are living in a time of accusation, betrayal, distrust, and self-promotion. We need wisdom and discernment to know what is right and what is wrong. I believe that we have come to a day when the Lord is going to give His children greater wisdom and discernment than we have ever had before.
      Remember that by covering another person’s sins, you may be saving that one’s life, and that in saving one life, you could be saving your own!
      There are two kinds of secrets. One is the secret of knowing another person’s weakness or failures, and being able to keep it between yourself and God alone. It is wrong to spread it about. Remember again what David wrote when Saul was killed; even though Saul was his deadly enemy, he still did not give an evil report against him. He tried to cover Saul’s wrong doings and his weakness. He said, “Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph” (2 Samuel 1:20).
      When my father died of cancer, the doctor warned me that he would suffer great agony before he passed away. But one hour later he quietly “fell asleep in Jesus.” When I asked the Father how was it that he could pass without enduring great pain, He told me, “Your father never caused others to suffer, so I spared him pain.” It was true. My father never gossiped nor repeated someone else’s failures and wrongs to anyone, even my mother. He just never talked about people in an unkind way. Because he was kind to others, God was kind to him. He had a good heart. A good heart covers the wrongs of the bad-hearted person.
      The second kind of secret is the ability to keep in one’s heart the things which God reveals to you, but which are forbidden to others. Paul said that when he was caught up into Paradise, he “heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter” (2 Corinthians 12:4). Paul knew the importance of keeping God’s secrets.
      My friend, Valerie, shared a dream with me, which I would like to share with you.
      “In a dream I saw a huge cardinal on my screened-in patio. It was the size of an eagle, and brilliant red. It sang glorious melodies that took me into the Presence of God. I was so happy and ecstatic that I wanted to share it with my son. I called up the stairs, ‘Timothy, come quickly! See this marvelous thing.’ I then ran out onto the patio, and brushed the cardinal’s belly so he could hop onto my arm. Instead of hopping on, he bit into my arm with his beak, and the pain shot through me. I tried to shake him off, but he wouldn’t let go. The pain was growing so great, I banged him against the post. He fell off. Timothy then walked in and said, ‘Mom, why did you call me to see a dead bird?’ The bird’s colors had faded and now he seemed small. I awoke instantly in great distress.
      “After three days of fasting and praying, the Lord spoke to my heart and told me the secret things belong to the Lord, and He wanted to share His secrets with me, but I had to learn to keep His secrets and only share them with those He told me, and some secrets were to be shared with no one. He said that not everyone was ready for them. He said they would take a pure and holy thing, and mock it, and call it ‘dead’ or ‘ugly.’ Others would destroy what He was trying to build in me, and use through me. He told me the secret things belong to the Lord, and He reveals them to whom He wills. We need to use wisdom, and share only what He permits, and when He allows it.”
      Be wise, beloved, and the Lord will reveal to you many wonderful secrets which He has kept secret from the foundation of this world. If you cannot understand some of the things the Holy Spirit has spoken to you, just keep it in your heart, and ponder it, like Mary did. In God’s time you will understand.
 
CLOSING PRAYER
      Father, You have called some of Your servants into ministries which must be done in secret, for if they were to talk about their “work” they would endanger the lives of their fellow men. Help us to be faithful. Give us the grace to take “the vow of silence” so that people can come to us with their problems, their convictions, and trust us with the deepest, darkest sins of their lives, knowing that we will take it no further than the Throne of God in secret prayer.
      Please, O God, give me the Grace of God, so that I will be able to control my tongue, for I honestly confess that it is the member of my body which transgresses the most readily. Help me to be like Jesus, Who was able to hide His heart’s secrets even from those who were His nearest and dearest. If you can trust me, I know I will be lifted into a higher dimension than I have ever been in before. AMEN!  

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The secrets of God – The authority of the Scriptures – Prayer of Secrets of God – Treasure in the Bible Sciptures

Read the Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:1-16

In preparation for a series of messages from Ephesians 1 through 3, it will be helpful to consider a subject which is always of prime interest to believers — the authority of the Scriptures. Why do we accept the Scriptures as the Word of God and as the authority in our lives?

I hope you recognize that authority is always the ultimate question. In any issue we discuss, we finally must resolve it on the basis of authority. We can’t get away from that, although we might like to. Many of us cherish the fond illusion that, if we only had the opportunity, we could set aside everybody else’s thinking and do our own. We say, “I want to come to my own conclusions.” We don’t want anyone else to influence us. But we are kidding ourselves when we talk that way, because, of course, we can’t do that. There is no way by which we could possibly spend the time necessary to think and study through everything ourselves. We must accept authority. We do it all the time: If you are a stranger in a town and somebody gives you directions, you accept them as an authority in that area without question, because you think they know more than you do, even though you have never met them before. If you read a road map or refer to the owner’s manual of a new appliance or even read a newspaper, you are constantly accepting statements on the authority of others.

Therefore the final issue always is: “What authority do you have?” I hope you have learned already that a Christian resolves his puzzles and riddles and the difficult questions of life on the basis of the authority of the Word of God. The final right we have as human beings is to choose the authority we are going to obey. That is all. We must obey some authority. We must submit to some master. And the final right — really the only right — we have, is to choose which master we are going to submit to.

Here in Peninsula Bible Church, and among the Christian community around the world, the ultimate authority is the Scriptures. “The Word of God” we call it. This book, the Old and New Testaments, is the revelation of the mind of God — God speaking to man. Therefore, what it says is final. It is superseded by no other authority. It is challenged and rivaled by no other. There is nothing which approaches it, in the mind of a Christian. It is unquestionable because it is God himself speaking — the ultimate authority in all of life.

“Well,” somebody says, “that is fine for you Christians. You accept that by blind faith. But how do you know the Bible is the Word of God?” There are many very legitimate approaches to answering that question. We might discuss the uniqueness of the Bible in its unerring ability to foretell human history. Or we might invoke the authority of Jesus Christ — and of course all final authority rests there. Even the Scriptures are acceptable to us only because of the authority of the person of Jesus Christ. But the approach I want to discuss this morning — and what to me is the most remarkable and convincing evidence that the book I have in my hand is God’s revelation of ultimate reality, of final truth — is the fact that here in this book I find revealed about life certain truths which are essential to me, or to any person, in order to live life as it was intended to be lived, and which I cannot find anywhere else — no other source gives them to me.

They are certain essential elements which I must know if I am going to handle life properly, and which I cannot learn anywhere else. Not in all the libraries or universities of earth, nor in all the research of science, nor in all the thinking of philosophers — not in any of the investigation of human knowledge and wisdom — can I ever find the truths which are hidden here. These are what mark this as God’s book, the essential book about life. And it is some of these I want to bring before you. In First Corinthians 2, the Apostle Paul is saying this very thing to the Corinthian believers:

When I came to you, brethren, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in much fear and trembling; and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glorification. None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written,

  “What no eye has seen,

    nor ear heard,

  nor the heart of man conceived,

  what God has prepared for those who love him,”

God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For what person knows a man’s thoughts except the spirit of the man which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who possess the Spirit.

The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16 RSV)

He says that among the mature we speak or impart a hidden, secret wisdom, which none of the rulers of this age know anything about. When he refers to the rulers of the age, he does not mean governmental authorities, necessarily. He is talking about the leaders of human thought — the philosophers, the statesmen, the molders and fashioners of world opinion, the poets, the politicians — those who lead people in every realm of life. And he says, “They do not know these secrets of God. And because they don’t know them, they make the most atrocious blunders. They are constantly making mistakes — terrible, ghastly, costly mistakes which injure and damage thousands and millions of people. “But,” he says, “God has revealed these secrets to us, by his Spirit. They are imparted to those who are filled with the Spirit. Those who possess the Holy Spirit can hear and understand these secrets of God.” Paul calls them the “depths” or the “deep things” of God.

It is these same things which later on in First Corinthians he refers to as the “mysteries” of God. In Chapter 4, Verses 1 and 2, there is a beautiful statement describing what a Christian is:

This is how one should regard us[Christians], as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy[faithful to their task]. (1 Corinthians 4:1-2 RSV)

We know what a stewardess is, in this day of aviation. And a steward is the male counterpart — a dispenser of necessities, who gives out meals and tickets and information and all the other things necessary to any traveler. This is the idea Paul conveys regarding Christians. Christians are said to be stewards of the mysteries of God. We are caretakers, custodians, of God’s secrets, dispensers of them — not to keep them for ourselves, but to practice them and distribute them to a waiting world which is falling apart because it doesn’t understand how to handle life the way it ought to be lived. Therefore it is essential that we understand these mysteries.

Now, even Christians struggle a great deal in their lives. The knowledge of these secrets doesn’t remove us from conflict. We all have grave problems. I have discovered that you can fall through the roof even though you are a pastor of a church!

You can be confronted with puzzling and baffling experiences you don’t know the answers to. These secrets do not exempt us. But one thing they do — they enable us to find the solutions, and to handle the circumstances which come. And without them we are unable to do so.

I am greatly concerned at how many Christians exposed to the truth of God are still unable to handle life as it is thrown at them. That is why I have chosen to bring this message — in order that we might understand these secrets, and give ourselves to this matter of becoming faithful stewards of the mysteries, the secrets, the hidden wisdom, of God.

  1. S. Elliot described life this way: “All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance. And all our ignorance brings us nearer to death. But nearer to death, no nearer to God. Where is the life,” he asks, “that we have lost in living?” It is possible, is it not, to lose life while you are living it because you don’t know the hidden wisdom, the secrets, the mysteries of God.

Mysteries, in Scripture, are not ‘Who Done Its.’ They are not insoluble problems, strange and mysterious riddles nobody can grasp. They are secrets hidden from the general public, but available to those who are in the inner circle because they are willing to be taught by the Spirit. And they are essential to life. As we take up some of the more important of them, we need to realize that I can touch upon them only briefly in the time available. But they are not unfamiliar themes. They have been preached here many times. They are set before you constantly, so they won’t be new and startling.

But what you should think of as we go through them is: How much do I know these? How much can I handle this kind of truth? How much can I impart it? How much is it showing up in my practical daily existence? That is where these secrets become available to the world around.

One of the greatest secrets scattered throughout the Scriptures is what you find referred to repeatedly as “the mystery of the kingdom of God” — the secret government of earth, if you like. This is the fact that in the midst of the world around us, with nature and people and books and trees and houses and all the other visibilities of life — right in the midst of it, permeating all of it, and governing and controlling everything — is a secret, invisible kingdom. It is the kingdom of God. God is in control of history. He is governing human affairs. He is behind creation. He made nature.

I am always disturbed, whenever I go someplace like a national park, to hear the rangers say, “Nature did this, and nature did that.” But, nature is what is there. So if you say this, what you are really saying is that nature made nature, that nature produced what you call “nature.” That is senseless. It doesn’t mean a thing. Nature does nothing. Nature is what is produced, not what is producing. It is God who produces nature. But sometimes even Christians use that phraseology because we are falling heir to the philosophy of the world about us which tries to obscure the kingdom of God and act as though it isn’t there.

Men don’t want to think of God as being present. Yet without this knowledge of the kingdom of God, and God’s control of human events and human lives, including yours and mine, even to their most intimate details, life becomes meaningless, empty, and devoid of purpose. We feel worthless, useless. And the older we grow, the less reason we seem to have for living. If you want purpose in your life, you must begin by recognizing the fact of this mystery, of this secret kingdom, this rule of God in the midst of human affairs. Then things will begin to fall into place and make sense. Without it, life is mere existential despair.

That despair has spread throughout the world in our day. Men deny the existence of this secret kingdom. But they are constantly falling apart at the seams because they have no meaning, no purpose, no reason to exist. This feeling is perhaps best described by the high priest of humanism, Bertrand Russell, who recently died. He wrote:

Brief, powerless is man’s life. On him and all his race the slow, sure doom falls pitiless and dark. Blind to good and evil, reckless to destruction, omnipotent matter rolls on its relentless way. For man, condemned today to lose his dearest, tomorrow himself to pass through the gate of darkness, it remains only to cherish, ere yet the blow falls, the lofty thoughts that ennoble his little day.

What a gloomy statement! What dark, rank pessimism!

And yet that is all you can see in this universe. It is nothing but a cold, cosmic machine, cranking on its relentless way … if you don’t recognize the kingdom of God as Jesus revealed it — the heavenly Father with his heart of concern for his own, his intimate knowledge of even the hairs of your head and every other part of your body and being. This is the answer — this secret of God.

But to translate this into your daily experience is absolutely necessary. It is one thing to talk about it at church. But what about tomorrow at work, and in your home, and among the neighbors, and in the realm of politics? Do you see the kingdom of God there? Do you see God’s iron-clad grasp of human events there as well? Do you see his ruling and overruling hand, his ability to control and manipulate, and to bring about his purposes through tears and darkness and sorrow? Well, that is what makes the difference between meaning and meaninglessness in life.

Then there is what Paul calls, in Second Thessalonians, “the mystery of lawlessness,” (2 Thessalonians 2:7 RSV). How we struggle with this! Who hasn’t asked, “Why did this happen to me? Why do I have to go through this experience? Why does cancer suddenly strike a dear one?” You must face these questions.

“Why should injustice prevail? Why do wars continue their senseless destruction?” Man wrestles with injustice, evil, and the inability to make real social progress — and always has. Why is it that we are still grappling with the problems the Romans struggled with in the days of Julius Caesar? We haven’t learned a thing more than they about how to solve them. And back even to the dimmest recesses of human history they were wrestling with the same basic problems. Why? Where has all our vaunted education — the heights of human wisdom — brought us, when we haven’t been able to solve any of the basic problems? Why is this? Why is it that politicians can never be trusted to keep their promises — even the best of them? Of course, a lot of demagogues run around making promises merely because they want to get into office. It is amazing each year how people fall for that, never seem able to see through those who make promises, and change them with the wind, in order to get elected. But there are some good politicians, too, who make promises they fully intend to keep. And they promise what they sincerely want to deliver when they get into office. But when they get there they can’t do it. Why?

The answer of Scripture is that there is a mystery of lawlessness. There is a malevolent being called Satan, prince of a great kingdom of darkness and evil, a kingdom of millions of beings like himself who are in headlong stampede against the government of God, in revolt and rebellion against him, and who are intent on wrecking and smashing and mangling all the love-born plans of God for the human race. And they know how to do it!

You will never understand life, and you will never understand the conflicts you have in your home between yourself and your wife, or your children, or your parents, or with your neighbors, or anyone else, until you understand this secret, this mystery of lawlessness. You will never be able to do anything effective about it. You will constantly be merely treating the symptoms which keep reappearing all the time unless you begin to understand how to use weapons which will aim at the real source of trouble, as Paul tells us in the sixth chapter of Ephesians. Without this knowledge there is no explanation of history. There is no realistic way of dealing with current problems. There is no solving of harmful or hurtful relationships between human beings. You will never solve the problem of the Communist threat to the world, or anything else, until you understand the mystery of lawlessness.

Exactly parallel with that is what Paul calls “the mystery of godliness.” In First Timothy he says, “Great is the mystery of godliness,” (1 Timothy 3:16 KJV). This is the answer to the mystery of lawlessness.

God has a secret which, if you learn it, enables you to handle this mystery of lawlessness. You can never escape the struggle, but you can win! That’s the point. You don’t have to be defeated. You don’t have to be torn apart and discouraged and bored and jealous and envious and anxious and fretful. You can win, by means of the secret of godliness. It is also called “the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:19), and in another place “the mystery of Christ and his church,” Ephesians 3:4). It is simply the fantastic, radical principle that God intends to live in man. Man is to be the dwelling place of God. And, through the cross and the resurrection, God has set aside man’s guilt and provided for his weakness and impotence, and has given him a way of handling life as it comes — through the power and the activity of God himself, living in you. That is the mystery of godliness — the greatest secret the world has ever heard of!

And it is waiting for Christians to demonstrate — so that when you get upset or anxious or attacked, you don’t react as a non-Christian would. You don’t retaliate or spill out a torrent of angry words in return. You don’t strike back, you don’t get even. But many, many Christians evidence the fact that they haven’t yet learned the mystery of godliness, simply haven’t really learned this secret. They may know it intellectually, but they haven’t committed their lives to it. And yet that is what changes life. That is what revolutionizes society. That is what God calls us to learn.

It is the answer to guilt. How many of you get up in the morning, and, first thing, feel a sense of guilt about something you didn’t do but should have, or something wrong you did do the night before? Do you know how to handle it? Do you know how to divest yourself of that sense of guilt and to step out, free, forgiven — God’s man or God’s woman? Do you know how to handle the sense of feebleness you feel whenever you are challenged with something too big for you? Do you know how to avail yourself of God’s power to meet that challenge?

Without this secret we become victims of life instead of victors. Much already has been taught here about that over the years, and doubtless much more will be. But now we must move on to another mystery. In First Corinthians 15, Paul says to these men and women who are facing life and death,

Lo! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52 RSV)

There are many passages in Scripture which speak of that change, of what God is going to do in the future, what he is preparing us for. This is what explains what happens to us in our lives. This is why we can take the sorrows and heartaches and injustices which come.

As Paul tells us, “This slight, momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,” (2 Corinthians 4:17 RSV). And, “The sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us,” (Romans 8:18 RSV).

All this points to that great theme which, Paul tells us in Ephesians, is behind all of God’s work (see Ephesians 1:10) — that in the fullness of time he may gather together all things in Christ, and harmony and unity will be restored to the universe. The second law of thermodynamics, which insists upon decay and loss, will be reversed, and things will get better and better, and greater and greater, and richer and richer, and higher and higher to an infinity beyond our comprehension. This is what puts hope back into our discouraged lives. Life is not without meaning. This is the secret of it. There is no more encouraging secret in all the world than to understand this mystery of God’s working in the future.

Finally, we stand before the mystery of God himself, this mighty Being, this wonderful God — three persons, yet one God — whose ways are different than our ways, greater and higher, who teaches us to lose life in order that we might gain it, that if we are going to live, we have to die, that if we are going to reign, we must become a servant of others, that if we are going to become rich, we must accept poverty and loss, who constantly rules with undeviating justice, and yet with warm, heartfelt, absolutely unending love. No wonder Paul says, “The foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men,” (1 Corinthians 1:25). At last we must cry out with the apostle as we stand before the greatness of God and say, “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33 KJV). What a God! What truth!

The thing that grips me at this moment, and I hope it grasps you, is the fact that to us — we plumbers and carpenters and doctors and bankers and housewives and laborers and construction workers and secretaries — to us have been committed the secrets of God. We are stewards of the mysteries of God. They are given to us in order that we might understand them, and begin to live on them ourselves, and then by that demonstration to impart them to others around us, so that all of life begins to be changed.

Do you have any idea how dark this world would be, how completely hopeless life would be, without the slightest bit of relief, were it not for the dissemination of these secrets of God through the centuries already — by Christian people?

And we have a responsibility to our own generation to be stewards of the mysteries of God. “Moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful,” (1 Corinthians 4:2 KJV).

I share with you something which has been troubling me: I am disturbed at how few of our people really have habits of personal Bible study. We all love to come and listen to these truths expounded here. We love to read the messages in printed form, and some are studying them. Some are using them as they are intended to be used — as guidelines to prompt your own study. But many are only coming and drinking it all in, but never going beyond that — merely listening — perhaps a few changes apparent here and there, but nothing very much.

Now, let me say something out of the depths of my pastoral heart: You will never be a faithful steward of the mysteries of God that way. You will never be able to help another. You will never be able to demonstrate these secrets in your own life until you personally begin to dig deeper into the Scriptures yourself, and find them out for yourself. It is only as you take these guidelines and begin to translate them into your own terms, into your situation, into your home, where you live, that these truths begin to come alive, and the community starts sitting up and taking notice that here indeed are people who have learned to live in a wholly different way. Only thus can we become faithful stewards of the mysteries of God.

The ultimate demonstration is what takes place down in the hurly burly of life, right in the blood and the sweat and the tears of the marketplace and the home and the school and wherever we are.

This is what makes me know the Scriptures are the Word of God. They solve the problems of life, explain its puzzles. And yet they are still beyond us, still challenging to the intellect. I have been studying this Bible for more than thirty years, but I still often feel as though I have just opened the book and it is flashing its new insights, revelation, and knowledge into my mind which simply dazzle me and challenge me and make me pause in humility to give thanks to God for these marvelous, delivering truths. What a ministry God has committed to us!

My challenge to you is to ask yourself how faithful a steward you are of these great secrets. These are the riches God has entrusted to us to disseminate through our lives to others. May God help us as we face them and answer these questions: How much do you know of this yourself? How much has it gripped your heart, and changed your life?

As we close, I would like to ask you for a moment to pray silently before God and answer whatever the Spirit of God is asking your own heart. I don’t mean to condemn; God does not condemn. But sometimes he wants us to take an honest look at ourselves and see where we are, and to renew our commitment to allow him to change us and make us faithful stewards of his mysteries.                

Prayer

Our Father, we ask you to forgive us for the neglect of your Word. What a fantastic treasure of knowledge is here in these pages! How much we need to give ourselves to it, Lord. This is what you have put us here for in this brief span of earthly life — that we might learn these eternal truths which will flash in glory forever through the endless reaches of eternity. And our lives will be reckoned as worthwhile only as we have grasped them and understood them and begun to practice them. Lord, teach us, then to be faithful stewards of the mysteries of God. Help us, Father. We accept your immediate forgiveness for our failure, but we want to go on from here, Lord. We don’t want to be fettered and impotent through ignorance or faithlessness. We want to be strong and genuine and healthy and whole and wholesome, imparting health and strength to others as well. Through us, Lord, heal the blight of humanity around us — the curse and the darkness and the corruption and the despair which is so evident about us. Work through our lives to heal many, we pray, and above all, make us faithful stewards of these secrets. As ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

 

 

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The Book of Mysteries – Secret Things of God – The Mystery of the Secret Angels – Revelations in The Book of Mysteries that are contained in God’s word

Jonathan Cahn—New York Times best-selling author of the international sensation The Harbingeris back, this time mixing potent Bible passages and end-times insight in The Book of Mysteries. The book debuted as a best-seller, but why did he write it? And how can it help you in your everyday life?

Charisma News caught up with Cahn to get some answers in part one of this exclusive interview.

Charisma News: Why did you write The Book of Mysteries?

Cahn: First, because God is amazing and there’s no end to His wonders. So too, there’s no end to the wonders, mysteries, and life-changing revelations filled with wonder, mysteries, and life-changing revelations. And so much of these are untapped.

Many of these are only revealed in the original language, others in the often lost Jewish context and background, others in world history, and others, I believe, to be revealed in their appointed time. The Book of Mysteries is the opening up, decoding, and revealing of many of the deepest mysteries of God. It is filled with mysteries never before committed to paper, and things I’ve never shared before.

Second, because I believe that the days ahead will be very challenging for God’s people, and they need to be strong, revived, refreshed, rooted, grounded, and victorious. The Book of Mysteries was just released, but we’ve been getting report after report of people’s lives being transformed, revived, even saved—as the book is also for giving to unbelievers—that it will draw them to salvation.

So if The Harbinger was the revealing of a mystery, and The Mystery of the Shemitah was the revealing of a mystery—The Book of Mysteries is the opening up of literally hundreds of mysteries—the mysteries of God, the mysteries of heaven, the mysteries hidden in the writings of the rabbis, the mysteries of the last days, the mysteries of the holy days, the mysteries of the word, the mysteries behind world history—and ultimately the mystery of you, or the reader, that he or she will find the mystery behind his or her life, and, in that, find their calling and destiny.

Charisma News: What was the most surprising mystery you discovered in your studies?

Cahn: That’s so hard to say as there are so many, and so many moments of being amazed. What surprised me is that as I wrote it, new mysteries kept coming.

I think the reader will find most of them surprising—mysteries like ‘How to Alter Your Past,’ ‘The Mystery of Melchizedek, ‘The Mystery of the Secret Angels,’ ‘How to Enter the Heavenly Dimension,’ ‘The Seven Mysteries of Your Life,’ etc. I think the reader will find many surprises waiting.

Charisma News: Share some of the revelations in The Book of Mysteries that are contained in God’s word, but would never been seen in the English translation?

Cahn: One of the mysteries in the book concerns the name of God. In English we read the word ‘God.’ But in Hebrew, the word is Elohim. Elohim is an extremely unique word with peculiar properties. It breaks the rules of standard grammar. It’s not a singular word, but plural—and yet it’s speaking of a singular reality—God. When this takes place in the Hebrew Scriptures, it is, in a sense, a code, a sign, revealing that the reality behind the word is so gigantic, so awesome, so beyond, that the word cannot contain it. It means that whatever you think of God, there’s always more.

Another mystery in the book has to do God’s mercy. When we read in the Hebrew Scriptures that God has mercy, it doesn’t really say that, not in the Israel language. The word is Rachamim. And Rachamim isn’t mercy—but mercy plural. It’s another one of those unique words in Hebrew that holds strange properties. The word for sin in Hebrew is singular, but the word for God’s mercy is plural. That means, no matter how much sin you have, God’s mercy and love to cover that sin is more than enough.

It’s Rachamim. That means you can never exhaust it. There’s no end to it.

And one more mystery in the book that reveals an amazing thing about Messiah’s death. In Isaiah 53, is a prophecy of Messiah’s death. You would never see it in English, but the word used for Messiah’s death is not death… but deaths. In other words, He didn’t die only one death—He died many deaths. He died the deaths of all. Each of our deaths are included in that one Hebrew word. It also reveals that the death He died was so great, that even the word ‘death’ cannot contain what He did for us.

So however good you think God is, He’s better. And whatever we know of God, we don’t even know the half of it. We have only just barely begun. Therefore, no matter how long we’ve known Him, we must never stop—never stop seeking Him, never stop the journey. And for most believers, we have to begin it again, as if for the first time—as there is so much more to find and discover. That’s why I wrote The Book of Mysteries.

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Angels Everywhere – Good and Evil Angels – Angelic Abilities – Angelic Impartation- Secrets of God – Secrets of Angels

The King of Syria was waging war against the nation of Israel. He tried often to attack by surprise, but his army was continually foiled. Somehow, his top-secret war plans were being divulged to the king of Israel. So one day the Syrian king confronted his generals, saying, “Which of us is for the king of Israel?” (2 Kings 6:11).

They replied, “None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom” (v. 12).

Now enlightened, the king of Syria decided to kidnap the Lord’s agent. One night he sent a large army to encircle the little town of Dothan, where Elisha was staying. Early in the morning, Elisha’s assistant arose and discovered they were completely surrounded. When he saw the glitter of armor on thousands of soldiers and heard the snort of stomping horses, he rushed to Elisha and cried out, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” (v. 15).

Elisha walked to the window, perhaps rubbing his eyes from the sleep, and calmly responded, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (v. 16). His young assistant must have been bewildered because of the huge army threatening them, but Elisha prayed, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” God immediately answered His messenger’s prayer. “Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (v. 17).

Who were these soldiers in chariots of fire? These supernatural beings that surrounded the town were angels sent from God. King David gives us this clue: “I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around” (Psalm 3:6). Why could David be so confident? Because, “The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them” (Psalm 34:7).

I also pray that God will open our eyes as we consider what the Bible says about these very real but largely unseen beings.

Angels Everywhere

It is probably safe to say that many of us have actually seen these messengers from God but didn’t realize it. The Bible says, “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels” (Hebrews 13:2). Like many others, I believe I have been providentially protected by angels.

But that’s not why I am convinced of their existence. I believe in angels because the Bible plainly teaches that they exist. From Genesis to Revelation we read all about them. At least 250 Bible passages speak of angels. The last book of the Bible alone has 80 references. Surely, with so many Scriptures about them, it is a subject worthy of our careful attention.

Both the Hebrew word mal’ak and the Greek word angelos, from which we get the word “angel,” simply mean “messenger.” Indeed, the word is sometimes used to describe a human who is dispatched as an emissary. People often mistook angels for ordinary people, but these heavenly messengers are greater than mortal beings. And they are not all alike. One class of angels is called cherubim, such as those who guarded the gates of Eden after Adam and Eve were expelled. These winged angels are also called “watchers.” Another class is called seraphim, which means “burning ones.” These celestial beings are often seen before God’s throne or by prophets while in vision.

Angels are created beings. Some have suggested that the “sons of God” uniting with the “daughters of men” reference in Genesis 6:2 is referring to angels. But we know angels cannot procreate. They are not human. David portrays them as brilliant beings created by God, “Who makes His angels spirits, His ministers a flame of fire” (Psalm 104:4). Humans, by contrast, “have been made a little lower than the angels” (Psalm 8:5).

While created beings, angels are much more powerful than earthlings. Peter describes them as being “greater in power and might” (2 Peter 2:11). Did you know that a single angel destroyed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers in one night? (See 2 Kings 19:35.) When David sinned in numbering Israel, an angel went through the land as a plague and killed 70,000 men. The Bible explains, “Then David lifted his eyes and saw the angel of the Lord standing between earth and heaven, having in his hand a drawn sword stretched out over Jerusalem” (1 Chronicles 21:16). This was the work of just one angel.

Good and Evil Angels

Not all angels do the bidding of God. There are good angels and bad angels. At one time all angels served the Lord, but the highest angel of heaven, named Lucifer, turned against God. He became Satan, the enemy, and persuaded a third of the other angels to join in his rebellion. The Bible says, “War broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought” (Revelation 12:7). The dragon symbolizes the devil, and Michael symbolizes Christ, the One who is over all the angels.

Seeing this battle helps us understand the root of sin in our world. It all began with a single fallen angel. “His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth” (v. 4).

We are warned, “Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil [and his evil angels] have come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time” (v. 12). The pain and suffering and sin in our world began with the fallen angels. When Adam and Eve listened to Satan instead of God, the devil was empowered to set up his headquarters on our planet and was given temporary dominion over the earth to carry out his rebellion against God. Paul describes their evil work against us: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). We are at war with fallen angels who daily attempt to thwart God’s will and get us to sin.

Someday these evil angels, who are very real, will be destroyed. Jesus spoke of their end in the parable of the sheep and goats. “Then He [God] will say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41). They also know their doom is coming. Fallen angels, or demons, would ask Jesus if He had “come to torment [them] before the time” (Matthew 8:29). Good and bad angels are very real and not just a figment of our imagination. They are like invisible radio waves. Though we cannot see them, they are still all around us.

It’s been asked that if God is all-powerful, why doesn’t He just wipe out all the evil angels with the snap of His divine fingers? It is because His character is at stake. The devil has leveled dreadful charges against God. If the Lord simply incinerates all who call Him unfair, it would lead all of His creatures to follow Him out of fear instead of serving Him out of love. Trust is the foundation of true love. The Bible says, “God is love” (1 John 4:8) and “there is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear” (v. 18). Love must remain the supreme motive for serving God. So God allows Lucifer and his angels to fully demonstrate their character to the universe before they are punished and annihilated.

Ironically, those who are in the greatest danger of being influenced by evil angels are those who do not believe they exist. People who laugh at the idea of the devil and his angels as make-believe ghoulish imps with batwings and horns are more susceptible to his deceptive work. Even the paintings of good angels that look like tiny, unclothed cupids floating on clouds are medieval fiction. Angels don’t have little baby angels. They are large, powerful, and majestic creatures.

It’s good for us to believe in the wondrous work of heaven’s beautiful angels. But it’s equally important for us to be aware of the evil angels. Jesus told us to pray, “Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” for good reason (Matthew 6:13).

Angelic Abilities

What are some other capabilities of angels? For one, they are physically brilliant. When Jesus rose from the dead, the angel who came from heaven had a countenance “like lightning” and “clothing as white as snow” (Matthew 28:3).

Angels are also fast. “The living creatures ran back and forth, in appearance like a flash of lightning” (Ezekiel 1:14). It reminds me of one of the quickest insects on earth—the dragonfly—which has been clocked at more than 30 miles per hour; it would be like you running at 90 miles an hour!

However, angels are much quicker than dragonflies. Heaven’s messengers evidently move faster than the speed of light. Note Daniel’s experience with an angel: “While I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering” (Daniel 9:21). Picture what happened: Daniel prayed to God and while he was still praying God sent an angel from heaven, thousands of light-years away, to Daniel’s side. Now that’s fast!

Sometimes Scripture refers to angels with wings. When Isaiah saw the Lord in heaven on His throne, he also saw angels. “Above it [the throne] stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew” (Isaiah 6:2). The cherubim that were fashioned to be on top of the ark of the covenant in the temple had wings: “The cherubim shall stretch out their wings above, covering the mercy seat with their wings” (Exodus 25:20).

Angels also have bodies, although they are not mortal like our own; they live in a dimension we find hard to comprehend. Interestingly, the apostle Paul says that “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 15:50). At the resurrection we will be given new bodies that, like the angels, will never die.

We can begin to grasp, in a small way, the realities of things unseen by studying the electromagnetic spectrum. The visible spectrum are light rays we can see with the naked eye—all the colors of the rainbow. We call these wavelengths “light.” Yet there is a large range of frequencies we cannot see. Scientists long ago discovered the existence of gamma rays, infrared, microwaves, radio waves, and more. We now know there are thousands of frequencies bombarding us from all around. So, likewise, it shouldn’t be too difficult to believe there is a spirit realm that we don’t fully understand.

How many angels are there? The Bible doesn’t give us an exact number, but we know there are a lot. For instance, when Jesus was arrested in Gethsemane, He said to His fearful disciples, “Do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matthew 26:53). That would be nearly 80,000 angels!

Here’s what the apostle John saw in vision: “Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands” (Revelation 5:11). This terminology in Greek indicates a number that cannot be counted. Here is the same idea: “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels” (Hebrews 12:22). Keep in mind that these are references to the good angels. There are plenty of bad ones out there as well.

Not to Be Worshiped

Angels are bright, powerful, intelligent, fast, and awesome. They are individuals with their own unique personalities. But for all the fascinating qualities of these heavenly beings, the Bible says we are never to worship them. They are part of the divine order, but they are not divine. As mentioned, angels are created beings. While God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit are eternal, angels have a beginning point. Good angels will live on throughout eternity, but evil angels have finite lives with a certain ending.

The Bible cautions, “Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels” (Colossians 2:18). When an angel appeared to John, he bowed down to worship. Note the angel’s response: “See that you do not do that. … Worship God” (Revelation 22:9).

The Ten Commandments plainly tell us, “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:3). That would include angels. Even praying over images of angels is prohibited. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them” (vv. 4, 5).

We know that one angel has demanded worship. When Satan tempted Christ in the wilderness, he promised Jesus the whole world if the Savior would only worship him. Of course, Jesus refused to comply with the devil’s invitation. He responded, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve’ ” (Matthew 4:10).

Heavenly angels see themselves as our partners in the plan of salvation. The angel who visited John also said, “I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and those who keep the words of this book. Worship God” (Revelation 22:9, emphasis added).

Glorifying God

One of the paramount joys of angels is to glorify God. We see this in Isaiah 6 and Revelation 7. When the angels came to announce the birth of Christ to the shepherds, what were their words? “Glory to God in the highest!” (Luke 2:14). Angels find no greater pleasure, and we were created for the same purpose. “Therefore,” writes Paul, “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). We ought to find our supreme happiness in glorifying the God who saves, just like the angels.

Angels are ministering spirits who also live to obey God’s will. They constantly surround the Lord. You can see this symbolized in the earthly temple. It was a miniature model of the heavenly sanctuary. When God instructed Moses to build a sanctuary in the wilderness, angels adorned the temple. Angels were placed over the ark. Angels were embroidered into the curtains and engraved in the golden walls of the holy place. They were everywhere. In reality, angels surround God’s throne in heaven waiting to do His bidding.

The angels are especially interested in the plan of salvation for our lost world. Peter speaks of our salvation as “things which angels desire to look into” (1Peter 1:12). This host of heaven is God’s army ready to do battle for our redemption. They participate in saving us from destruction. “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14). What an encouragement to know that these divine agents are sent to serve us!

Guardians

A brief reference made by Jesus about angels shows how each one of us has at least one of these guardians of heaven watching over us. Christ said, “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 18:10). Even the weakest Christian has the assurance that “their angel” has access to God.

David affirms the defense of angels when he writes, “Bless the Lord, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word. Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, you ministers of His, who do His pleasure” (Psalm 103:20, 21).

Most comforting are David’s words of the protective care angels provide God’s children. “Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot” (Psalm 91:9–13).

There are so many inspiring references to angels in the Bible. We could go on for hours about the stories of these heavenly beings in the Bible who visited Hagar, Lot, and Jacob, who fed Elijah, who saved Daniel in the lion’s den, who spoke with Zechariah, who announced good news to Mary, who freed Peter from prison, who guided Philip to an Ethiopian, who encouraged Paul in a sinking ship, and who even comforted Jesus after 40 days of fasting in the wilderness and in Gethsemane. Angels are all through the Bible.

Pastor John G. Paton, a pioneer missionary in the New Hebrides Islands, told a thrilling story involving the protective care of angels. A hostile, man-eating tribe surrounded his mission headquarters one night, intent on burning the Paton family out and killing them. John Paton and his wife prayed all during that terror-filled night that God would deliver them. When daylight came they were amazed to see that, unaccountably, the attackers had left. They thanked God for delivering them.

A year later, the chief of the tribe was converted, and Mr. Paton, remembering what had happened, asked the chief what had kept him and his men from burning down the house. The chief replied in surprise, “Who were all those men you had with you there?”

The missionary answered, “There were no men there; just my wife and I.” The chief argued that he had seen many men standing guard—hundreds in shining garments with drawn swords in their hands. They seemed to circle the mission station so that the tribe was afraid to attack. Only then did Mr. Paton realize that God had sent His angels to protect them.

We are not alone in this world. Heavenly beings observe everything we do. Not only do they protect us, but they cooperate with God in guiding us into truth when we stray. Someday we will meet them face to face. I’m looking forward to meeting my guardian angel; aren’t you? While we should never worship them, we certainly should thank God for angels who live to serve our fallen world.

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Guardian angels – Master mechanics – Time for Angels

Guardian angels

 There is a resurgence among a diverse US population who believe that guardian angels not only exist, but claim to have a working relationship with them. Angelogy seminars and lectures, and a noticeable rise in publications about angelic contact, indicate a growing acceptance of angelic presence in everyday life. Accounts of angelic contact contain common elements that angels are incorporeal, sexless, highly intelligent, able to move at the speed of thought, full of warmth and joy, are cooperative not competitive, and often say the same thing: Don’t be afraid. (Source: Wall Street Journal, USA)

(Share International, July/August 1992)

Master mechanics

 Recently, two elderly sisters, driving along a quiet country back road in Iowa, USA, had a puncture. Unable to change the tyre, they sat and waited, hoping that help would soon arrive. Within seconds a car appeared and three young men jumped out offering to help. Their rescuers were handsome, courteous and happy. They were also fair- haired, blue-eyed, and all wore white suits.

One of the young men lay full length on the road to position the jack, and was scolded by the sisters for soiling his spotless attire. However, he made light of their worry and, when he climbed to his feet his suit was not stained at all, even though the road was greasy and slippery after a days rain.

The tyre was quickly changed, the young men ascertained the sisters had no further difficulties, and refusing to accept payment for their efforts drove away. However, as they continued down the country lane, their vehicle began to shimmer brightly, until the car was almost transparent and then, with a final pulse of brilliant light, it vanished altogether. The sisters are convinced that they were helped by angels.

Apparently, dozens of experiences have been recorded from all over the United States of angels coming to the rescue of stranded travellers with punctured tyres. The angels are always young, smiling and playful, but become solemn and silent as they perform their duty of changing the wheel. When their mission is accomplished their otherwise unremarkable vehicle dematerializes in a magical shimmer.

Time for angels

A recent cover story of Time magazine called it a grass-roots revolution of the spirit. The article, `The New Age of Angels,’ states: 69 per cent of Americans believe they [angels] exist. What in heaven is going on?

Writer Nancy Gibbs explores the questions many people are seeking to answer about the nature and role of angels in the universe. Gibbs states: By scriptural tradition, angels pull back the curtain, however briefly, on the realm of the Spirit. [And in] offering a glimpse of the larger universe, they issue a challenge to priorities and settled ways. Angels, she claims, seem to be a universal idea that cuts across cultures and spans centuries. Fifty-five per cent of adult Americans believe that angels are higher spiritual beings created by God with special powers to act as His agents on earth.

Whether an angel appears in a dream, as a comforting presence, or a physical person, there exists a remarkable similarity among reports of such encounters. Two angelic experiences are related in the TIME article:

A woman with uterine cancer is visited by a tall, dark stranger with deep blue eyes three days before she is to enter the hospital for surgery. The stranger states: I am Thomas. I am sent by God. He proceeds to raise his right hand and the incredible heat coming from his hand, and a strong white light passing over her body, convinces the woman she is cured of the cancer. In fact, test results prove negative, prompting her doctor to acknowledge he had witnessed a medical miracle.

Another woman reveals that her husband, in the throes of lymphocytic leukemia, was visited by a pale, white man with icy blue eyes. After the visit, the terminally ill man seemed lit up, just vibrant, according to his wife. He died two days later, but with what his wife called extraordinary peace of mind.

The encounters with angels seem to provide in some cases the extrication from danger, but in others they allow for the removal of the fear of that danger – a change in attitude, not circumstance. The common thread is a profound change in the lives of those who have had an experience with angels.

The article concludes: For all those who say they have had a direct experience of angels, no proof is necessary; for those predisposed to doubt angels’ existence, no proof is possible. And for those in the mystified middle, there is often a growing desire to be persuaded. If heaven is willing to sing to us, it is little to ask that we be ready to listen. (Source: Time magazine)

New York Times editorial on angels

A recent Sunday New York Times editorial discussed the renewed interest in angels in popular culture and the number of current books about angelic visitations. The New York Times  did not acknowledge the possible veracity of the stories, but also did not overtly disparage them. As the editorial put it: Many people, it turns out, still believe that in their hour of need … the mysterious stranger who came to their rescue was no earthly friend but another kind of guardian.

In regard to the current popularity of angels as images and ideas, the editor reflected: We cannot give a definitive answer. We can guess, though. In a sectarian age, when people are being slaughtered for their differences, angels are nonsectarian well-wishers, common to Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Zoroastrianism. Bodhisattvas fulfill the same role … in Buddhism, as avatars do in Hinduism. They are universal exemplars of grace and innocence … a sweet antidote to the nastiness of most popular culture.

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Angels under the New Covenant – Loose your angels – Mystery of Angels

Mark Buntain was a missionary in India. He built an orphanage, church and needed hospital in Calcutta. But tragedy struck the region. Torrents of rain came down, forcing the government to evacuate much of the city. Mark reluctantly boarded the evacuation plane.

Questions whirled through his mind, “Will this flood wipe out all of his work for the poor?” He felt dejected. He did the only thing he knew to do–which was to pray. A man sat next to him in the plane, and began to encourage Mark. He told him that everything was going to be all right. He even outlined several steps that Mark could implement that would make his ministry even more effective. After talking with this man, Mark was greatly encouraged.

The stewardess came by and asked Mark what he would like to drink. Mark gave his order and then turned to see what the man would order, but to his amazement, the man was gone. He vanished! Mark searched all over the small plane looking for the man, but he was not in there. Mark realized he had been visited by an angel.

There are so many different ideas people have about angels, but the only authoritative guide we have in understanding angels is the Bible, God’s Word. Some think that angels are little, chubby babies flying around holding a little toy disguised as a bow and arrow. But the Bible describes angels as great, big warriors that are here to guide, protect and deliver us. Some also think that angels are people who have died. But the Bible makes a clear distinction between saints and angels. Angels are a different class of beings than humans.

What are angels? Hebrews chapter 1 verse 14 tells us: “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” Three important facts about angels are mentioned in this verse. Number one, angels are spirits, therefore they are not usually seen. Just because you don’t see an angel does not mean one is not there. The second fact reveals that the duty of angels is to minister and serve humans. Humans do not serve angels, angels serve humans. And the third truth about angels is that their ministry is limited primarily to those who are or will be saved. They are not required to serve the unsaved; though, because of God’s mercy to all, they do help nearly everyone. Only heaven will tell how often angels have helped us.

ANGELS UNDER THE NEW COVENANT

Hebrews 8:6 says that we have a better covenant based on better promises than people had under the Old Covenant. This is true concerning the ministry of angels.

Under the Old Covenant, the saints did not have authority over the angels, therefore they had to wait on them for help. Today, angels wait on us because now we can use the name of Jesus, which is a greater name than angels, to dispatch angels to do their work. Prior to the cross, the scriptures taught that Jesus was “made a little lower than the angels.” But the scriptures teach that now he is “crowned with glory and honor” so that angels submit to Him and His name (see Hebrews 2:9, 1 Peter 3:22 and Philippians 2:10).

1 Corinthians 6:3 says that we will judge angels. The judge is always greater than those who are judged. The scriptures inform us that believers have authority to dispatch angels to minister on their behalf.

Have you been dispatching your angels? Or have they been sitting idle waiting for you to put them to work?

LOOSING YOUR ANGELS

In Matthew 18:18, Jesus gave the Church the keys of the kingdom of heaven. He said, “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Most of us have heard this scripture used to “bind” the devil and demons. And the Bible does tell us that we can “bind the strong man”, and that a mighty angel will “bind the devil for a thousand years”. The word “bind” is a term to describe our power to “tie up” Satan.

However, Jesus also said that we have the power to “loose”. And what do we loose? Certainly, not Satan. Then who? Angels of course. A voice said, “Loose the four angels which are bound…And the four angels were loosed” (Revelation 9:14-15 KJV). You can readily see that angels are meant to be loosed. And who has the power to loose angels? Jesus said that we do. We have the keys of the kingdom!

You might ask the question, “How do we loose angels?”

I think it would help us to answer this question by going to Psalm 103 and reading verse 20. It says, “Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the VOICE of his word.” (KJV)

Notice that angels hearken–listen and act upon–the VOICE of God’s Word. We know that the Bible is God’s Word. But angels don’t hearken just to God’s Word, but they hearken to the voice of His Word. Try this profound experiment: Take your Bible and place it next to your ear. Stop! Listen! What do you hear? NOTHING! Why? Because the Bible does not have a voice unless we give it a voice.

In other words, angels act on God’s Word that we speak out of our mouths. They listen to us speaking God’s Word. And when we speak God’s Word, angels rush to perform it in our lives.

Can you see how we have hindered angels in performing their duties for us? We bind angels when we speak contrary to God’s Word, and say things such as “Nothing ever works out for me.” “If I didn’t have bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all.” “I’m so clumsy.” “I live by Murphy’s Law.” “I can’t seem to get out of debt.”

ANGELS LISTEN TO OUR WORDS

Jesus said, “Whoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God” (Luke 12:8, KJV). Jesus declares to the angels what we declare. When we confessed that Jesus was our Lord, Jesus confessed to the angels that He was our Lord. Angels are aware of what we confess here on earth. Jesus echo’s our words to the angels, and depending on what we say, they bring to pass our words.

There’s an interesting story in the Bible which illustrates this truth. You know the story. Jesus was tempted by the devil for forty days, and while being tempted Jesus did only one thing: He spoke the Word of God. He kept saying, “It is written…It is written…It is written.” After Jesus kept quoting God’s Word, the Bible says, “Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him” (Matthew 4:11). Do you suppose the reason why the angels came to Jesus was because He kept speaking God’s Word? I think so! Angels hearken unto the voice of God’s Word. Jesus gave voice to the Word, and angels came to minister to Him. Angels will do the same for you if you will do what Jesus did–and that is speak God’s Word!

MAKE GOD YOUR DWELLING

One of the believers favorite Psalm says, “If you make the Most High your dwelling–even the Lord, who is my refuge–then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone” (91:9-12).

God promises complete protection for the person who makes the Most High his dwelling. The secret to tapping into the power of this Psalm is to make the Most High your dwelling. That is the key. God promises protection, so long as you make the Most High your dwelling.

So how do you make God your dwelling? The answer is at the beginning of this Psalm. It says, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I WILL SAY OF THE LORD, `He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'” You make the Most High your dwelling the same way that David did–by SAYING OF THE LORD that He is your dwelling! Your confession that He is your refuge and fortress is what makes God become your refuge and fortress.

And what does God do when you confess that He is your refuge and fortress? He commands His angels to guard you in all your ways so that no harm befalls you nor any disaster overtake you. Angels work for you because you confess who God is to you and what He will do for you.

This is what Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego did before they were thrown into the fiery furnace. They boldly declared, “The God we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O King!” They stood their ground in faith. And what was the outcome? God sent an angel to keep them from burning. The angel heard God’s Word coming from the lips of these courageous saints–and he harkened unto their words.

FEAR GOD

There is one final scripture that I want to show you that will prove that angels are greatly affected by our words. It is Psalm 34:7: “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.” The angel of the Lord delivers those who fear God, not who fear tragedy.

And what does it mean to fear God? Verse 11 and 12 begins by telling us, “Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days.” Angels definitely are involved in prolonging our lives and making our days good. But what is the fear of the Lord? The next verse says that if you want many good days, then “keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.”

The fear of the Lord is manifested in restraining the tongue. If you fear God, then you will speak the truth. And what is truth? Jesus said, “Thy word is truth!” God’s Word is the highest form of truth in the universe.

By speaking God’s Word, you are keeping your tongue from evil and from speaking lies. And when you do, the angel of the Lord will encamp around you to deliver you in times of trouble. This angel will do this because you show the fear of the Lord by speaking His Word!

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Why Did God Create Angelic Beings? Angels and Archangels – Angels Carry the Message – Angels Love Us Enough to Watch Over Us – Guardian Angel

There are good reasons to believe angelic beings exist (even without the specific description of these beings in the Bible), and God’s Word provides us with much more detail about their existence and nature. But another question still lingers: why did God create angel beings exist in the first place? Angelic beings were created for much the same reason humans were created. They were created to love God. Those angelic beings who continue to love God are still angels. While some have fallen away and become demons, those who remain are in a love relationship with their Creator. This relationship with God provides us with another clue to their existence (and God’s purpose in creating them in the first place). Those angelic beings who love God also love us. In this way, the angels serve an important purpose: they are used by God to reflect His love for His children. Let’s take a look at the love angels express for God:

They Love to Praise and Glorify Him
This attribute of the angelic order separates angels from demons. Those who still adore God are the angels; those who reject Him are the demons. There is an entire group of angels whose only job is attending to God (Cherubim and Seraphim):

Revelation 5:11-12
And I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”

They Love to Be in His Presence
Angels are constantly returning to the presence of God. When humans get a glimpse of angels, they are often still radiating the “glow” of God’s glory. They are still “white” from being in His presence, in much the same way Moses was “white” after being face to face with God on the mountain when he received the Ten Commandments:

Ezekiel 1:13-14
In the midst of the living beings there was something that looked like burning coals of fire, like torches darting back and forth among the living beings. The fire was bright, and lightning was flashing from the fire. And the living beings ran to and fro like bolts of lightning.

They Love to Carry His Message
Angels are also in love with God’s Law. The Apostle John said we demonstrate our love for God when we obey his Law (1John 5:3). Angles understand this principle. They love God’s truth and they love to share it with others:

Hebrews 2:1-3
For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?

Given how much angels love God, it shouldn’t surprise us they would reflect this love on us as God’s created children. God loves those who have repented and given themselves to Him. This is why the angels also love the saints:

They Love Us Enough to Appear to Us in Our Own Form
Angels are immaterial, spiritual beings. But when they appear humans, they typically take on our form. Why would they do this? Perhaps it is because they love us and want to connect with us as created beings. One thing is clear, however. Angels never appear to wicked people. They only appear to the saints; to those who belong to God:

Genesis 18:2-5
And when he lifted up his eyes and looked, behold, three men were standing opposite him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the earth, and said, “My lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, please do not pass your servant by. Please let a little water be brought and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree; and I will bring a piece of bread, that you may refresh yourselves; after that you may go on, since you have visited your servant. “And they said,” So do, as you have said.”

They Love Us Enough to Announce the Savior
Ever notice how many angelic appearances there are in the nativity story, or how many angels appear in the Old Testament after God makes His covenant with Abraham? Angels often appear in the Biblical record as messengers announcing God’s plan of redemption. They joyously relish in this activity and celebrate the promise of Salvation:

Luke 2:8-12
And in the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields, and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. And the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

They Love Us Enough to Rejoice at Our Conversion
In keeping with this role of announcing the Good News, angels also seem to rejoice whenever any of us decides to repent and place our trust in Christ:

Luke 15:8-10
“Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

They Love Us Enough to Watch Over Us
Angels care so much about God’s chosen people they continue to stay in our presence, even when we forget they are here:

1 Timothy 5:21-22
I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels, to maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality.

They Love Us Enough to Surround and Protect Us
Angels stay close to us for a reason. They are part of that spiritual battle Paul mentioned in Ephesians 6:12-13. The angels protect us:

2 Kings 6:15-18
Now when the attendant of the man of God had risen early and gone out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was circling the city. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master. What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

They Love Us Enough to Worship Alongside the Church
Angels are always in our presence. This means they are also in our presence while we are gathered together worshiping God.

1 Corinthians 11:5-11
But every woman who has her head uncovered while praying or prophesying, disgraces her head; for she is one and the same with her whose head is shaved. For if a woman does not cover her head, let her also have her hair cut off; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, let her cover her head. For a man ought not to have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man. For man does not originate from woman, but woman from man; for indeed man was not created for the woman’s sake, but woman for the man’s sake. Therefore the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.

They Love Us Enough to Take Us Home to God
Finally, it is God’s holy angels who will someday take us back home to Him. The angles love us enough to make sure God’s chosen will be reunited with God:

Luke 16:21-23
Now it came about that the poor man died and he was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried.

Why did God create angelic beings? Given their love for God’s children, angels appear to be yet another expression of God’s love for us. God’s angels give us a glimpse into His heart, for when we observe the loving activity of angels, we are actually witnessing the loving nature of God Himself.

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The Apocryphon of John – The Secret Book of John – The Secret Revelation of John

The Mystery of God in Man

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Berlin Codex (BG 8502, 2) & Nag Hammadi Codex  III, 1

Translated  by Michael Waldstein and Frederik Wisse
Edited and Formatted by Lance Owens

The Apocryphon of John is commonly referenced by two other names: The Secret Book of John and The Secret Revelation of John,  each depending upon how the word “Apocryphon” is translated. The two surviving Coptic manuscripts of  the shorter version of The Apocryphon of John — found in the Berlin Codex and Nag Hammadi Library Codex III — are very similar, but they are not identical. In this edition prepared for the Gnostic Society Library both manuscripts have been edited together. Where the reading of NHL Codex III,1 varies from the Berlin Codex BG 8502,2, the variant version of the passages from Codex III are shown with blue text enclosed in brackets {}.

Sectional numbering has been added following the system proposed by Karen King — for details, see Karen King, The Secret Revelation of John.  In Dr. King’s system, sectional numbers are based on the texts from all four existing manuscripts.  In the two “Short Version” manuscripts combined here, Berlin Codex and NHC III, some sections found in the “Long Version” are absent.  For example, the introductory text in section 1 appears only in the long versions, and not in the short version. Thus the short version manuscripts begins with section 2.

This internet resource has been edited and formatted by Lance Owens and is based on the Waldstein and Wisse translations:  Michael Waldstein and Frederik Wisse, The Apocryphon of John: Synopsis of Nag Hammadi Codices II,1;III,1; And IV,1 With BG 8502,2 (Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies), Brill Academic Pub, 1995.  Also see:  Karen King, The Secret Revelation of John , Harvard University Press, 2006.

For purposes of academic citation, please always refer to the print editions of the texts.

Visit the Apocryphon of John Collection for more information on this text.

 

2 Now it happened one day when John the brother of James, the sons of Zebedee, was going up to the temple, a Pharisee named Arimanios approached him. And he said to him, “Where is your teacher, the one whom you used to follow?”

He said to him, “He returned to the place from which he came.” The Pharisee said to me, “This Nazorene deceived you (pl.) with error. [He filled [your (pl.) ears with lies], and he shut [your hearts]. He turned you (pl.) [from] the traditions of your fathers.” When I heard these things, I turned from the temple to the mountain which was a place of desert. And I grieved greatly in my heart, saying, “How was the Savior appointed? Why was he sent into the world by his father who sent him? Who is his father? And of what sort is that aeon to which we will go? He told us that the aeon is modeled on that indestructible aeon, but he did not teach us about what sort the latter is.”

3 Just then, while I was thinking these things, the heavens opened, and the whole creation below the heaven was illuminated with light [below] heaven. And the [whole] world [quak]ed.

I was afraid an[d I watch]ed. And behold a child [appeared to] me. Then [he changed himself] into the form of an old man [who had flight existing within him. [Although I was watch]ing him, I did not [understand this wonder, whether it is a [likeness] having numerous forms [in the flight—for its forms [appea]red through each oth[er—or] if it is one [likeness th]at has three aspects.

[He sa]id [to me], “John, wh[y] are you doubting and [fearful]? For you are not a stranger [to this like]ness. Do not be faint[hearted]! I am the one who dwells with [you (pl.) al]ways. I am the [Father.] I am the Mother. [I] am [the S] on. I am the one who exists for ever, undefil[ed and un]mixed.

N[ow I have come] to instruct you [about what] exists and what [has come] into being and what mu[st] come into being, so that you will [understand] the things which are invisible a[nd those which] are visible, and to t[each you] about the perfe[ct Human].

Now then lift up your [face to] me and listen. [Receive the things that I] will tell you toda[y so that] you yourself will tell the[m to your fel]low spirits who are [from] the im[mov]able generation [of the] perfect Human.”

4 And [I asked] to know.

He said to me, “[The Unit]y is a monarchy [with nothing] ruling over it. [It is] the Gold and] Father of the All, the [h]oly, the invisible, [who ex]ists over the All, the one who [. . .] incorruption, [exist­ing as] pure light, into which it is not possible for any light of the eye to gaze.

It is the Spirit.

It is not appropriate to think about It as god or that It is something similar. For It surpasses divinity. It is a dominion having nothing to rule over It. For there is nothing existing before It nor does It have need of them.

It does not need life. For It is eternal. It does not need anything. For It cannot be made perfect as though It were deficient and only required perfecting. Rather It is always totally perfect.

It is light. It cannot be limited because there is nothing before It to limit It. It is inscrutable for there is no one before It to scrutinize It.

It is immeasurable because there is no other to measure It as though (anything) exists before It. It is invisible because there is no one to see It. (It is) an eternity existing forever. (It is) ineffable because no one has comprehended It in order to speak about It. (It is) the one whose name cannot be spoken because no one exists before It to name It.

It is the immeasurable light, the pure one who is holy and unpolluted, the ineffable one who is incorruptibly perfect. It is neither perfection nor blessedness nor divinity, but It is a thing far superior to these. It is not boundless nor is It limited, but It is a thing far superior to these.

For It is neither corporeal nor incorporeal. It is neither large nor small. It is not a quantity. It is not a creature. Neither is it possible for anyone to know It. It is not something pertaining to the All which exists, rather It is a thing which is better than these—not as being superior (to others as though It is comparable to them) but as that which belongs to Itself.

It does not participate in an aeon (as a constitutive part of it). Time does not exist with regard to It. For whoever participates in an aeon would have to have had it prepared for It by others. And time was not delimited for It since It does not receive from another who sets limits. And It does not need (anything).

Nothing from the All exists before It.

All It asks for is Itself alone within the perfect light. It will contemplate the unmixed light, the immeasurable vastness.

(It is) the eternity who gives eternalness, the light who gives light, the life who gives life, the blessed one who gives blessedness, the understanding which gives understanding, the ever good one who gives good, the one who does good-not such that It possesses but such that It gives—the mercy which gives mercy, the grace which gives grace.

5 What shall I say to you about the immeasurable light?

What is incomprehensible (can only be expressed as) the likeness of the light. In this manner, I will speak to you as far as I will be able to know It—for who could know It infinitely?

His aeon is indestructible, being in a state of tranquility, at rest in silence. (It is) the one that exists before the All, for It is the head of all the aeons {(It is) the head of all the aeons because its goodness provides for all the aeons} —if another thing does exist with It.

For none of those among us understood the things which belong to the immeasurable one except the one who appeared in It. It is he who told these things to us.

(It is) the one who knows Itself alone in the light-water that surrounds It, which is the spring of living water, the light which is full of purity. The spring of the Spirit flowed from the living water of the light and it abundantly supplied all the aeons and the worlds. {and the spring of the Spirit from which the [living] water flows. It abundantly supplied all the aeons and their worlds.} In every way It perceived Its own image, seeing It in the pure light-water which surrounds It.

And Its thinking become a thing. She appeared. She stood in Its presence in the brilliance of the light; she is the power which is before the All. It is she who appeared, she who is the perfect Pronoia of the All, the light, the likeness of the light, the image of the Invisible, she who is the perfect power, Barbelo, the perfect aeon of the glory.

She glorifies It because she appeared through It and she perceived It. {the glory who glorifies It because she appeared through] It. And she glorified [It].} She is the primal Thought (Protennoia), Its image.

She became a primal Human, which is the virginal Spirit, the triple male, the one belonging to the triple power, the triple na[med], the triple begotten one, the androgynous aeon which does not grow old, who came from Its Pronoia. {[the triple male, the triple] hymned, the [triple named, the tri]ple po[wer, the] androgynous aeon which does not grow o]ld, [which ca]me forth fr[om Its Pronoia].}

6 And Barbelo requested It to give to him Foreknowledge. It assented. When It had assented, Foreknowledge appeared. He stood with Thought, who is Pronoia.

She glorified the Invisible one and the perfect power, Barbelo, for they came into being through her.

Again, this power requested (It) to give her Incorruption. And It assented. When It had assented, Incorruption appeared and she stood with Thought and Foreknowledge, glorifying the Invisible one and Barbelo since she had come into being because of her. {They glorified the invisible Spirit and Barbelon for they had come into being because of her.}

She requested (It) to give her Eternal Life. It assented. When It had assented, Eternal Life appeared. And they stood {And he stood}, glorifying It and Barbelo for they had come into being because of her from the revelation of the invisible Spirit.

This is the pentad of the Aeons of the Father, who is the primal Human, the image of the Invisible one, namely: Barbelo, Thought, Foreknowledge, Incorruptibility, and Eternal Life. This is the androgynous pentad which is the decad of the Aeons, the Father from the unbegotten Father. {This is the androgynous pentad which is the decad of the Aeons of the Father.}

7 Barbelo gazed intently into It, the pure light. She turned herself toward It. She gave birth to a spark of blessed light, but it was not equal to her in greatness. {She gave birth to a spark of light resembling the blessed light } This is the Only-begotten who appeared from the Father, the divine Autogenes, the first-born son of the All of the Spirit of pure light.

The invisible Spirit rejoiced over the light which had come into being, the one who was the first to appear from the primal power, which is Its Pronoia, Barbelo. And It anointed him with Its goodness/ Christhood so that he became perfect. There was no lack of good/ Christ within him because he was anointed in the invisible Spirit’s goodness/Christhood which It poured out for him. And he received the anointing through the virgi[nal Spirit. He stood in [Its pre]sence, glorying the invisible Spirit and the perfect Pronoi[a], from whom he had appeared. {He stood in Its presence, glorying the invisible Spirit and the one because of whom he had appeared.}

And he asked to be given one single thing, Mind. {And he asked to be given a fellow worker, Mind.} The invisible Spirit assented. Mind appeared. He stood with Christ, glorifying him and Barbelo, for all these had come into being in silence and thought.

The invisible Spirit willed to perform a work. {The invisible Spirit willed to perform a work through the Word.} Its will became a work. He appeared. He stood with Mind and Light, glorifying It. The Word followed the Will. For through the Word, Christ created everything. The divine Autogenes, Eternal Life and Will, Mind and Foreknowledge stood, glorifying the invisible Spirit and Barbelo since they had come into being through her.

Through the Spirit, he perfected the divine eternal Autogenes, the son of Barbelo, so that he stood before the eternal virginal invisible Spirit. {The great invisible Spirit perfected the divine Autogenes, the son of Barbelon} It was the divine Autogenes Christ that It honored with great honor, namely he who had come into being from Its primal Ennoia. That one is the one whom the invisible Spirit appointed as god over the All, the true god. It gave to him all authority and It caused the truth which is in It to be subject to him in order that he might know the All.

(He is) that one whose name they will speak among those who are worthy of it.

8 For from the light, which is the Christ, and Immortality, through the divine [Spirit], {For from the light, which is the Christ, and immortality, through the gift of the invisible Spirit} the four great Lights appeared from the divine Autogenes so that they might stand before him.

The three (are): Will [and] Thought and Life. And the four are: Grace, Understanding, Perception, and Prudence. Grace (belongs to) the primal Light Harmozel {Armozel}, who is the angel of light in the primal Aeon; with him are three Aeons: Grace, Truth, Form. The second Light Oroiael is the one he placed over the second Aeon; with him are three Aeons: Pronoia, Perception, Memory The third Light Daveithe is the one he placed over the third Aeon; with him are three Aeons: Understanding, Lov[e, Likeness]. The fourth Light Eleleth is the one he placed over the fourth Aeon; with him are three Aeons: Perfection, Peace, Wisdom. These are the four Lights which stand before the divine Autogenetor, the twelve Aeons which are placed beside the Child, the great Autogenetor Christ, through the approval of the divine invisible Spirit. {These are the four Lights which stand before the divine Autogenes, the twelve Aeons which stand before the Child through the gift and approval of the great Autogenetor Christ, through the gift and the approval of the invisible Spirit.} The twelve Aeons belong to the Son of Autogenetos.

9 All things were firmly founded through the will of the holy Spirit, through Autogenes. And from the first Understanding and the perfect Mind, through God, through the approval of the great invisible Spirit and the approval of Autogenes, It named the true perfect Human, the primal revelation, Adam. {From the first Understanding and the perfect Mind through the gift and the approval of the great invisible Spirit in the presence of Autogenes, the perfect, true, holy Human, the first who appeared—he was called Adamas.}

It set him over the primal Aeon beside the great divine Autogenetor Christ, being the primal Aeon of Harmozel and Its powers with him.

And the invisible Spirit gave him an unconquerable intellectual power. {And the Invisible one gave him an unconquerable intellectual power.} He said, ‘I glorify and I praise the invisible Spirit for it is because of you that all things came into being and all things (are) in you. And I praise you and Autogenes and the three Aeons: the Father and the Mother and the Child, the perfect power.’ {“I praise you and Autogenes and the aeon the triad: the Father and the Mother and the Child, the perfect power.”}

And It placed his Child Seth over the second Light Oroiael. {And his son Seth was placed in the second aeon with the second light Oroiael.}

And in the third Aeon was placed the seed of Seth, the souls of the saints who dwell forever in the third Light Daveithe. {And in the third Aeon was placed the seed of Seth, the souls of the saints who dwell in the aeon with the third Light Daveithe.}

And in the fourth Aeon were placed the souls who did understand their perfection yet they did not repent immediately but they persisted a while. In the end, however, they repented. They will remain in the fourth Light Eleleth, the one who yoked them to himself, glorifying the invisible Spirit. {having been gathered to that place, glorifying the invisible Spirit}.

10 Our fellow sister, Sophia, being an Aeon, thought a thought from within herself and in the thought of the Spirit and the Foreknowledge.

She freely willed the likeness to appear from within herself although the Spirit had not agreed with her nor had It consented nor had her partner approved, the male virginal Spirit. {She freely willed the likeness to appear from within herself. Her thought was not idle and her product came forth imperfect, for it was not patterned in her form for she had made it without her partner, (and) it was not patterned in the likeness of the Mother.} But she did not find her concord. As she was about to acquiesce without the approval of the Spirit or the understanding of her own concord, she swelled out {she was complete}.

Because of the audacity within her, her thought was not able to be idle and her product came forth, being imperfect, ugly in his appearance, because she had made it without her partner {and her product came forth, being imperfect, not being formed in her form, for she had made him without her partner}. And he did not resemble the likeness of the Mother, for he had another form. As she deliberated, she saw that he had become modeled after a different likeness, “having the face of a serpent and the face of a lion. His eyes were shining with fire. She cast him away from her outside of those places so that none of the immortals might see him, because she had given birth to him in ignorance.

She united a luminous cloud with him. She placed a throne in the midst of the cloud so that no one might see him except the holy Spirit who is called Life, the mother of everyone {except the holy Spirit who is called the Mother of all the living}. And she named him Yaldabaoth. He is the Chief Ruler, the one who attained a great power from the Mother.

11 He removed himself from her. He abandoned the place in which he had been born. {He moved from place to place away from the place in which he had been born.} He seized another place. He created for himself an aeon, which blazes with a shining fire, in which he now dwells. {He created for himself an aeon of fiery, luminous flame, in which he now dwells.}

And he copulated with Madness, who is in him {He copulated with Ignorance, who is in him}. He begat authorities who are under him, the twelve angels, each one of them to his own aeon following the model of the immortal Aeons. And he created for each one of them seven angels each and for the angels three powers-these are all under him, 360 angelic beings with his third power, following the likeness of the primal model which is prior to him.

Now when the authorities appeared from the chief begetter, the chief ruler of the darkness, these were their names from the ignorance of he who had begotten them: The first is Yaoth. The second is Hermas, who is the eye of the fire. {The authorities who appeared from the chief begetter, the Chief Ruler of the darkness and ignorance, together with the authorities were in ignorance of the one who had begotten them. These are their names: the first is Haoth. The second is Harmas, who is the eye of the fire.} The third is Galila. The fourth is Yobel. The fifth is Adonaios. The sixth is Sabaoth. The seventh is Kainan and Kae, who is named Cain, who is the sun. The eighth is Abiressine. The ninth is Yobel. The tenth is Harmoupiael. {The seventh is Kainan Kasin, who is called the sun. The eighth is Abiressia. The ninth is Yobel. The tenth is Armoupiael.} The eleventh is Adonin. The twelfth is Belias. They all have double names: one set of names from desire and wrath, but yet other names which are given to them by the glory of heaven. The (latter) are the ones which reveal their nature in truth.

Saklas called them by the names which are from illusion and their power. {Saklas called them by the names which are from illusion and their powers.} On the one hand, through (the names given by the glory of heaven), they are reproved and weakened, like the seasons, while on the other hand, through those (of Saklas) they grow strengthened and increase. And he commanded that seven kings should rule over the heavens and five over the chaos of Hades. {And he commanded that seven should rule over the heavens and five over the chaos of Hades.}

12 The names of the glories who are over the seven heavens are these: The first is Iaoth, the lion-faced {The first is Aoth, the lion-faced}. The second is Eloaios, the donkey-faced. The third is Astaphaios, the hyena-faced. The fourth is Iao, the snake-faced with seven heads {The fourth is Yaw, the serpent-faced and lion-faced}. The fifth is Adonaios, the serpent-faced. The sixth is Adoni the monkey-faced {The sixth is Adonin, the monkey-faced. The seventh is Sabbadaios, whose face is a shining fire}. The seventh is Sabbataios, whose face is a flame of fire that shines. This is the hebdomad of the week. These are those who rule the world. Yaldabaoth-Saklas (is) the one whose forms are without number such that he can appear with any face at will.

13 He allotted them (portions) out of his own fire, but he did not give them any of his power from the pure light of the power which he had drawn from the Mother. Because of the glory which is in him from the power of the light of the Mother, he became Christ to them. Because of that, he made them call him God, {Because of the glory which is in him from the power of the light of the Mother, he was lord over them. Because of this, he called him­self God over them} thus being disobedient to the reality from which he had come into being.

And he joined with the authorities. When he spoke, the seven powers came into being, and he named them. {And he joined the powers with the authorities. When he spoke, they came to be.} Beginning with the highest, he placed authorities (as follows): The first, then, is Pronoia with the first (authority) Yaoth. The second is Divinity with the second one Eloaios. The third is Goodness/Christhood with the third one Astaphoios. The fourth is Fire with the fourth one Yao. The fifth is Kingship with the fifth one Sabaoth. The sixth is Understanding with the sixth one Ad[oni. The] seven[th] is Sophia [wi]th the seventh one Sabbataios. These are the ones who have a firmament corresponding to each heaven and aeon according to the likeness of the Aeon which exists from the beginning, in the model of the indestructible ones.

14 He saw the creation below him and the multitude of angels which are below him who came into being from him. And he said to them, `I am a jealous God; without me there is nothing.’ —already indicating to the angels who are below him that another God does exist. For if there were no other (god) over him, of whom would he be jealous? Then the Mother began to move to and fro as she understood her deficiency. It was her own perfection that had caused her to be blamed, because her partner had not been in concord with her.”

But I said, “Christ, what does it mean `to move to and fro?’

He smiled and said, “You think it happened like Moses said ‘upon the water.’ But in fact, she saw the evil and rebellion which would happen through her offspring. She repented, and as she was coming and going in the ignorant darkness, she began to be ashamed and she did not dare to return but she continued coming and going. Now her coming and going is ‘to move to and fro.’

Now when the Arrogant one got a power from the Mother, he was ignorant of many beings who were superior to his Mother, for he said about his Mother that she alone existed. He saw the great multitude of angels that he had created. He was mighty over them. And when the Mother understood that the untimely birth of the darkness was not perfect because her partner had not been in concord with her, she repented. She wept great tears.

And It heard the entreaty of her repentance and the brothers prayed for her. The holy invisible Spirit assented. When the invisible Spirit had assented, It poured upon her a Spirit from the perfection. When her partner came down to her to put right her deficiencies {her partner came down to put right their deficiencies}, it was through Pronoia that he willed to put right her deficiencies. She was not, however, conveyed to her own Aeon, but, because of the great ignorance which had appeared in her, she dwelled in the Ninth until she puts right her deficiency.

15 A voice came to her, ‘The Human exists and the Child of the Human.’ The chief ruler Yaldabaoth heard, but he did not think that the voice had come [from the exalted height above].

The holy, perfect Father, the first Human of human form, taught them about himself. The Blessed one revealed his likeness to them.

And the whole dominion of the seven authorities bent down.

They saw the pattern of the image in the water. They said to each other, ‘Let us create a human in the image of God and with the likeness.’ They created out of each other and all their powers.

They molded a form out of themselves and each one of (their) powers created from its power a soul. They created by imitating the image which they had seen, the image of the one who exists from the beginning, the perfect Human.

They said, ‘Let us give him the name Adam so that that name and its power might illumine us.’ And the powers began (creating their respective souls) from (the image) below: The first is Divinity; it is a soul of bone. The second is Christhood/Goodness {The second is [Lor]dship]}; it is a soul of sinew. The third is Fire; it is a soul of flesh {[The third is bo]th Christhood/Goodness and Fire, it is a so[ul] of [fle]sh [and the whole foundation of the b]od[y]}. The fourth is Pronoia; it is a soul of marrow which is the whole foundation of the body. The fifth is Kingdom; it is a soul [of blood]. The sixth is Understanding it is a soul of skin. {The sixth is [Understanding]; it is a soul of tooth with the whole body.} The seventh is Wisdom; it is a soul of hair.

And they set the whole body in order. {And they set the whole human in order.} And their angels stood before them. They created a substantial soul out of the things which had first been prepared by the authorities, the harmony of the joined parts.

17 {And he blew into it from his spirit, which is the power from the, Mother, out of the Chief Ruler into the body.} And they created the whole body, which was joined together by the multitude of angels.

18 And it remained inactive a long time because neither the seven authorities nor the 360 angels who had forged [the links of the chain] were able to awaken it.

And (the Mother) wanted to retrieve the power which she had given to the ruler from (her) audacity. She went in innocence and entreated the Father of the All, whose mercy is great, and the luminous God. Following a holy design, he sent Autogenes and his four lights in the shape of angels of the Chief Ruler. They advised him with the goal of extracting the power of the Mother from within him.

They said to him, ‘Blow into his face from the spirit which is in you and the object will arise: And he blew into it from his spirit, which is the power from the Mother, into the body.

And [at that moment] he moved.

Immediately [the rest of the] authorities became jealous because he had come into being through them all and they had given the powers that existed within them to the human and he possessed the souls of the seven authorities and their powers. His wisdom was greater than them all and greater even than the Chief Ruler. And they knew that he was naked of evil because he was wiser than they and he had entered into the light. They lifted him and brought him down into the lowest region of all matter.

But the blessed Father is a merciful benefactor. He had mercy on the [Mother’s] power that had been taken [from] the [Chief] Ruler lest they might have power over the body. He and his mercy sent the good Spirit as a helper to the primal one who had gone down, who was named Adam. (His helper is) the Epinoia of the light, the one whom he named Life.

It is she who labors for the whole creation by toiling with him, by setting him right in his own perfect temple {[by setting him] right [in his own] fullness}, and by teaching him about the descent of his deficiency and instructing him about his ascent.

And the Epinoia of the light was hidden within him so that the rulers might not know but our sister Sophia, who is like us, would set right her deficiencies through the Epinoia of the light.

19 And the human shone because of the shadow of the light which is in him. And his thinking was superior to those who had made him. {And his thinking was superior to those who had made him and, the [whole] host of rulers of authorities.} And they bent down. They saw that the human was superior to them. They took counsel with the whole angelic host of the rulers and the rest of their powers. Then they mixed fire and earth with water and flame. They seized them and the four winds, blowing with fire, joining them with each other, [making a] great disturbance; they brought him down into the shadow of death.

Yet again they made another form from earth, water, fire, and spirit which is from matter, darkness, desire, and the adversarial spirit. This is the chain. This is the tomb of the molded body with which they clothed the human, the fetter of the flesh. He is the primal one who came down and the primal partition. But it is the Thought of the primal light who dwells in him who awakens his thinking. {This is the chain. This is the tomb of the molded body with which the robbers clothed the human, the chain of oblivion. And in this way, the human become mortal. This is the primal desc[ent] and his Primal partition. But it is the Thought of the pre-existent light who dwells in him who awakens his thinking.}

20 The Chief Ruler took him and placed him in paradise, of which he said, ‘It is [a] delight for him’ but really so that he might deceive him. For their delight is bitter and their beauty is licentious. Their delight is a deception and their tree is iniquity. Their fruit is an incurable poison and their promise is death to him. {For [their flood was bitter and their [beauty] is licentious. Their food was a deception and their trees were [iniquity. Their fruit was an incurable poison] an[d their promise] is [death] to them. } Their tree which they planted is the tree of life.

For my part, I will teach you about the mystery of their life. It is their counterfeit spirit which dwells in them, whose purpose is to make him wander so that he does not know his perfection.

That tree is of this sort: Its root is bitter. Its branches are shadows of death. its leaves are hate and deception. Its fragrance is an ointment of evil. And its fruit is the desire for death. Its seed drinks from darkness {[an]d its seed sprouted [from] darkness.} The dwelling place of those who taste it is Hades. But the tree which they call ‘knowledge of good and evil’ is the Epinoia of the light. Concerning her they commanded, ‘Do not taste (of it),’ which means ‘do not listen to her.’ They issued this commandment against him so that he might not look up to his per­fection and realize that he was naked of his perfection.

But as for me, I set them right so that they would eat.”

I said to him, “Christ, was it not the serpent who instructed her?”

He laughed and said, “The serpent is the one who instructed her about the sowing of desire, pollution, and destruction because they are useful to it. Yet it knew that she would not obey it because she is wiser than it. {and [he said], “the serpent appeared to them [. .] sowing of desire, which is the pollution […] darkness so that he might be useful [to it]. [For] it knew [that] he was disobedient to it because he was [wiser] than it.}

21 And he wanted to bring out the power which had been given to him. And he cast a trance upon Adam.”

I said to him, “Christ, what is the trance?”

He said, “It is not like Moses said that he caused him to sleep but it was his sensibility that he covered with a shroud. He weighed him down with insensibility. {“Are you thinking that it is as Moses said, ‘He caused him to sleep’? No, but it was his sensibility that he covered with insensibility. } For indeed it is said by the prophet, ‘I will make the ears of their hearts heavy so that they might not understand and might not see.’

Then the Epinoia of the light hid herself in him.

And according to his will, he wanted to bring her from the rib. But the Epinoia of the light is ungraspable. The darkness pursued her, but it was not able to lay hold of her.

He wanted to bring the power from him (Adam) to make another kind of molded form in a woman’s shape.

And he stood her up before him – not ‘He took a rib’ as Moses said.

He created the woman beside him.

Immediately he became sober from the drunkenness of the darkness. The Epinoia of the Light uncovered the shroud from his understanding. Immediately when he recognized his essence {Immediately he recognized his fellow essence who is like him}, he said, `Now this is bone from my bone and flesh from my flesh. Because of this man will leave his father and his mother and he will cling to his wife, and from two they will become a single flesh.’ For the Mother’s partner will be sent forth and she will be set right{For the Mother’s consort was sent forth to rectify her deficiencies}. Because of this, Adam named her the mother of all the living by the authority of the exalted height and the revelation.

Epinoia taught him about knowledge. From the tree in the form of an eagle, she taught him to eat of knowledge so that he might remember his perfection {[so that they might] remember their Fullness} for both were in a fallen state of ignorance.

22 Yaldabaoth knew that they had withdrawn from him. He cursed them. Moreover, he adds concerning the female that the male should rule over her for he does not understand the mystery which came to pass from the design of the Holy Height. But they were afraid to curse him, thereby revealing his ignorance. All his angels cast them out of paradise {And he threw them out of paradise}. He clothed him with a dark gloom.

Then Yaldabaoth saw the virgin who stood beside Adam. He was full of senseless folly, desiring to sow a seed in her. He defiled her.

He begat the first son, Yawe {Yawai } the bear face, and similarly the second, Eloeim the cat face. The one is righteous, while the other is unrighteous. Eloim is righteous; Yawe is unrighteous. He set the righteous one over fire and spirit, while (he set) the unrighteous one over water and earth. Among the generations of all humanity, these are called Cain and Abel.

Up to the present day, marital intercourse came about from the Chief Ruler. He planted a desire for seed in Adam so that from this essence (of desire) a likeness from their counterfeit spirit might be begotten. {And to the present day sex[ual intercourse continues, re­maining fro[m] the Chief Archon. And [He planted] in Adam a seed of desire so that through this essence their likeness could be begotten through the counterfeit spirit.} He set two rulers over the principalities so that they might rule over the tomb. He recognized his essence which is like him {He recognized his own lawlessness}.

Adam begot Seth just as it is in the generation which is above in the aeons. Likewise the Mother sent what belongs to her {Likewise they sent to the Mother her own Spirit to awaken those who are like it}; the Spirit came down to it (the generation) to awaken the essence that is like it (the Spirit) following the model of the perfection, to awaken them from forgetfulness and the wickedness of the tomb.

And it (the Spirit) remained like this for a while: it labored on behalf of her seed {And [thus] they re[mained for] a while, while she labored on behalf of the seed } so that when the Spirit from the holy aeon should come, it will set right the deficiency by (establishing) the uprightness of the aeon so that it might become a holy perfection; thus it would come to pass that there would be no deficiency in it.”

23 I said, “Christ, will the souls of everyone live in the pure light?” {Then [I] said, Lord, “Will the souls of every one be saved [for the pu]re light?”}

He said to me, “You have arrived at an insight of great things such as are difficult to disclose to any others except those who are from that immovable generation. Those upon whom the Spirit of the Life descends, having been yoked with the power, they will be saved and become perfect. And they will be worthy to enter these realms of the great Lights. For they will be worthy to be purified there from all evil and the enticements of wickedness. {And they will be worthy of these great Lights. For there they are purified from all wickedness and the chains of evil.}

For they do not give themselves to anything else except this incorruptible congregation and they attend to it without anger or envy or fear or desire or overindulgence. They are not restrained by any of these nor by anything else in them except only the flesh {and they attend to it without anger or envy or jealousy or desire or overindulgence. They are not restrained [by] any of these (except only the flesh] } to which they are subject while they are waiting fervently for (the time) when they will be brought forth and those who receive (them) will admit them into the honor of the imperishable eternal life and the calling, enduring all things, bearing all things so that they might complete the contest and inherit eternal life.”

I said, “Christ, what will the souls do, upon whom the power and the Spirit of Life descended but who did not do these things, in order that they might also be saved?” {And I said to him, Lord, “Where are the souls of those who do not do these things or where will those go into whom the Spirit of Life and the power entered? Will they be saved or not?}

He said to me, “Those upon whom that Spirit comes will live in any case and come out from evil. {He said to, “Those into whom the Spirit of Life enters will be saved in any case, these ones flee from evil.”} For the power enters into every human being—for without it, it is not possible for them to stand upright. After it (the soul) is born, then the Spirit of Life is brought to it. If the powerful Spirit of Life comes, it strengthens the power, which is the soul, and it is not led astray into wickedness. {After the human is born, the Spirit of Life brings the counter­feit spirits. If the Spirit of Life [comes], since it is strong, it [str]engthens [the soul], which is the power, and it is not led astray into wickedness.} But those into whom the counterfeit spirit enters are drawn by it and they are led astray.”

I said, “Christ, {I said, Lord,} when the souls [of those] leave the flesh, where will they go?”

He laughed and said to me, “To a place of the soul, which is the power that is greater than the counterfeit spirit. This (soul) is powerful. It flees from the works of wickedness and it is saved by the incorruptible oversight and brought up to the repose of the aeons.”

I said, “Christ, {I said, “Lord, } what about those who do not know the All—what are their souls or where will they go?”

He said to me, “In those, a counterfeit spirit proliferated by causing them to stumble. {He said to me, “It is these that the counterfeit spirit has burdened when they stumbled.} And in that way he burdens their soul and draws it into works of wickedness, and he leads it into forgetfulness. After it has become naked in this way, he hands it over to the authorities who came into being from the Ruler. And again they cast them into fetters. {And in this way after becoming [na]ked of the body, they are handed over to the authorities who came into being through the Ruler. Again [they cast] them into (bodily) parts.} And they consort with them until they are saved from forgetfulness and it receives some knowledge. And in this way, it becomes perfect and is saved.”

I said, “Christ, how does the soul become smaller and enter again into the nature of the mother or the human?”

He rejoiced when I asked this, and he said, “Blessed are you for paying close attention! Because of this they submit themselves to another who has the Spirit of Life in it. By following and obeying him, it is saved, and of course it does not enter another flesh.”

I said to him, “Christ, where are the souls of those who understood but turned away?” {I said, “Lord, those who did understand yet they turned back, where are their souls or where will they withdraw?”}

He said to me, “Those to whom repentance did not come will go to the place to which the angels of poverty will withdraw. And they will be guarded for the day when all those who blasphemed against the holy Spirit will be punished. They will be tortured in eternal punishment.” {And [they] will be guarded for the day when all those who blasphemed against the holy Spirit with an eter[nal blasphemy] will be pun­ished.}

24 I said, “Christ, where did the counterfeit spirit come from?”

He said to me, “(It all began) when the Mother whose mercy is great and the holy Spirit, the compassionate, who troubles herself with us—the seed that is, the Epinoia of the light awakened the thinking of human beings of the generation of the eternal, luminous, perfect Human. Then the Chief Ruler knew that they surpassed him in the excellence of their wisdom. He wanted to restrict their plan for he was ignorant. He did not understand [that] they were wiser than he. He made a plan with his powers. {He made a plan and begot Fate.}

They begot Fate and they bound the gods of heaven and angels and demons and human beings with measures and seasons and times in order to keep them all in its fetter—for it was lord over them all.

He had a wicked and perverted thought, and he had regrets about all the things which had come into being through him. He planned to bring a flood over the whole erection of humanity.

And the greatness of Pronoia, who is the Epinoia of light, instructed Noah. {And the greatness of Pronoia produced a Thought, which is Epinoia. She appeared to [Noah].} He preached to people, but they did not believe him. It is not like Moses said, that he hid himself in an ark, but she sheltered him somewhere not Noah more (than others) but also some people from the immovable generation.

They entered a place. They were sheltered by a luminous cloud. And he recognized his sovereignty along with those who were with him in the light which illumined them, {And they recognized the sovereignty above [an]d those who were with him when the light illumined them} for darkness flowed out over everything upon the earth.

25 He made a plan with his angels. Their angels were sent to the daughters of men so that they might raise offspring from them, to be a respite for them. But at first they did not succeed. They all came together to make a plan to create the counterfeit spirit—for they remembered the Spirit which had descended.

And the angels altered their appearance into the likeness of their husbands and their ‘husbands’ sated them with the spirit, which molested them in the darkness out of wickedness.

“They brought them gold, silver, gifts, and metals of copper, iron, and every sort. They beguiled them into temptation {And they [be]guiled them into distractions} so that they would not remember their immovable Pronoia.

They took them and begot children out of darkness through their counterfeit spirit. It closed their hearts. They became hard by the hardening of the counterfeit spirit until now.

26 So again the blessed Mother Father, whose mercy is great, takes form in her seed.

27 First I went up to this perfect aeon. And it is to you ( John) that I speak these things so that you might write them down and give them in secret to your fellow spirits. For this mystery belongs to the immovable generation.

The Mother had come another time before me. These are also the things which she did in the world. She set her seed upright {She was [rectifying] her deficiency.} I will teach you about what will happen. For indeed I gave these things to you so that you might write them down and keep them secure.”

Then he said to me, “Cursed be anyone who will exchange these things for a gift, whether for food or drink or clothing or anything else like these.” {Then he said to me, “[Cur]sed be every one who will give these in exchange for a gift, whether silver or [gold or] in exchange for drink or for [things to] eat or clothing or anything else like these.}

He handed over this mystery to him. Immediately he disappeared from him.

And he ( John) went to his fellow disciples. He began telling them about the things which had been said to him by the Savior.

The Secret Revelation of John.

Based on the translations in:
Michael Waldstein and Frederik Wisse,
The Apocryphon of John: Synopsis of Nag Hammadi Codices II,1;III,1; And IV,1 With BG 8502,2
,
Brill Academic Pub, 1995
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The Lord Jesus Christ in you and you in Him – God’s Mysteries in the Holy Scripture Bible – Wisdom of God in a mystery

The Lord Jesus Christ in you and you in Him

  • [1 Cor 2:7,8] But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
     
  • [Eph 3:3,4] How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
     
  • [Rom 16:25] Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
     
  • [Col 4:3] Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
     
  • [Eph 5:32] This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
     
  • [Col 1:26,27] Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

While the New Testament speaks of several different mysteries, there is one that stands out in greatness of importance.  It is revealed to us by the apostle Paul, and  contains the details of God’s grand redemptive plan . I say the details of the plan, because redemption in general is a theme that pervades the whole Bible.

So what exactly was the mystery? That God would send a Messiah to save His people Israel was not a mystery. Neither was it a mystery that Gentiles would be saved . For example, [Isa 42:6] ‘I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;’ . It was even revealed that the Messiah would be a suffering servant in Isaiah 53.   What was the great mystery?

What was hidden in the secret counsels of the Almighty was this: that an entirely new creation, made up of a diverse assortment of people including both Jews and Gentiles, possessing incredible spiritual riches (Eph 3:8), would come into existence

This new creation is described as being in a living, organic union with the resurrected and glorified Lord Jesus Christ. It is called ‘the Body of Christ’, or the ‘Bride of Christ’, or ‘the Church’.  It is not an organization, but an organism. The Lord Jesus is the head of this unique organism: [Eph 5:23b] ‘Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body’. [1 Cor 12:27] ‘Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.’  

The rules for joining organizations are pretty well defined, but how does one join an organism?

The New Testament says that members enter the Body by a supernatural operation — by being baptized or immersed into it by the Holy Spirit. (The Greek ‘baptizo‘ means to immerse.) [Gal 3:27] ‘For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.’

This baptism into Christ is not a ceremony involving water (though that should follow), but a work of the Holy Spirit at the instant one is regenerated by faith in the Lord Jesus.  It is a supernatural uniting of the believer with the glorified Christ and His body. It is the work of God from start to finish, but accompanied by faith on our part.  [1 Cor 12:13] ‘For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.’

This placing of the believer into the Body results in what the apostle Paul meant by the phrase ‘in Christ’. Someone has counted over 150 times in his epistles where he used that terminology to describe the exalted position belonging to Christians.  We are wholly identified with the Lord Jesus.  It is a glorious event in the life of a believer when it sinks into his heart and mind what it means to be ‘in Christ’!  For me personally, it was a life-transforming experience.

The other facet of the great mystery of redemption is this: the Lord Jesus Christ takes up permanent residence in the Christian the moment that he trusts the Savior.  [Col 1:27] ‘To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:’  Isn’t that an awesome assertion?  The Lord God Almighty, Creator of the heaven and the earth, the great, eternal I AM, indwells each believer!  [Rom 8:9] ‘But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.  Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his

The union is complete: Christ in the believer, and the believer in Christ. Someone has given a crude analogy that, while imperfect, might help illustrate.  Consider a bottle in the ocean — the ocean water is in the bottle, and the bottle is in the ocean. The Lord Jesus alluded to this mutual indwelling just before He was crucified. He said: [John 15:4-5] ‘Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing’.

Note that to realize the full value of this union, we must ‘abide’ in the Lord.  ‘Abide’ means to dwell or remain; we are to always be in conscious union with the Lord Jesus.

I referred above to the Church as a new creation.  Actually, in the mystery there are two new creations: the individual believer and the Church.

  • The believer is born spiritually and becomes a new creation when he is baptized into Christ [2 Cor 5:17] ‘Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new’. (The King James version says ‘new creature’, but ‘new creation’ is more accurate.)
     
  • The mystical Body of Christ was created at Pentecost [Acts 2:1-4a] ‘And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost…’. 

Any reference to ‘church’ in the Old Testament economy, as in Acts 7:38, implies an assembly of people, not the body of Christ. The word ‘church’ can also refer to an assembly in the NT, as in Paul’s letters to the churches, but the new creation is the ‘Church’ with a capital ‘C’; the Body of Christ and the espoused Bride of Christ: [2 Cor 11:2b] ‘I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ’.

This Body includes all regenerated Christians from Pentecost to the event described in [1 Th 4:16-17] ‘For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord’. The coming of the Groom for His espoused Bride! The greatest marriage ceremony in the history of the universe!

That is the mystery hidden from past ages — an entirely new organism with the Living Lord Jesus as the head, composed of diverse members each indwelt by the Spirit of Christ.

The key to this incredible work of redemption — the event  that opened the windows of Heaven and enabled the outpouring of God’s grace upon the human race — is the cross

  • [Rom 16:25] Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
     
  • [Eph 3:3-5] How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote before in few words, whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit.
     
  • [Eph 3:8-10] Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: to the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

In my study of Paul’s writings, I noticed the frequent use of the term ‘mystery’.  Now, at least in Paul’s usage, a hidden truth about God’s plan is called a ‘mystery’ not because it cannot be known today, but because it was kept by God as a secret in past ages, before it was supernaturally revealed by God through the apostles at the start of the church age. In fact ‘musterion’, the Greek word translated ’mystery’, actually means ’secret’.  God kept these wonderful truths secret until this age of grace.

While Eph 3:3-5 states that the secret was revealed to other apostles and prophets also, it would be hard to argue that Paul was not the principal agent through which the important truths were revealed.   As stated in the verses cited above, the mystery was made known to Paul by revelation.  It was not made known to the sons of men in other ages.  It concerns the Church and God’s great eternal plan of redemption. 

Probing a little deeper into Eph 3:8-10 as cited above, we see that the revelation of the secret is a demonstration to the ‘powers and principalities’ — angelic powers — of God’s ‘manifold wisdom’. The Greek word for ’manifold’ means ‘much variegated’ or ‘multifarious’. What is that?  What kind of wisdom is demonstrated to the angels by the Church?  Peter said that angels are intrigued by it: [1 Pet 1:12] ‘…the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.’

One dictionary defines variegated this way: ‘Diversified in colors or external appearance‘.   It defines multifarious as ’Having great multiplicity; having great diversity or variety’.   You can draw your own conclusion about what that says about God’s wisdom, but to me it means it has many facets, like a cut diamond, or many aspects that one could explore.  I believe that it will take all eternity to discover the extent of all the wonders encompassed in what God has accomplished in the Church through Jesus Christ and Him crucified. That’s why Paul speaks of  ‘the unsearchable riches of Christ’ in verse 8.

The unfortunate fact is that while the great secret has been revealed by Paul, many facets are not widely known by Christians.  The truth about justification through the Lord’s death and resurrection is fairly well known, but others, such as the believer’s position in and identification with the ascended Lord Jesus are not. The late Miles Stanford had a correspondence ministry with thousands of Christians over a period of half a century. Based on that experience, he stated that only about 5 percent know their position in Christ.

You might be thinking, ‘So what? Why should I be concerned with doctrinal issues like that? They just cause divisions.  I just want to love Jesus!’.  Well, it was important to Paul. In the midst of the highly doctrinal first part of his Ephesian letter, he prayed that [Eph 1:18,19] ‘The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe’To the Colossian believers he said, [Col 1:9,10] ‘…we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God’.

Ephesians and Colossians, along with part of Romans, are the richest mines of positional and identification truths in the Bible. In those contexts the apostle earnestly prayed for God to open the understanding of the believers to know themAnd note the results of a full understanding of Paul‘s doctrine:

  • Walking worthy of the Lord,
  • Pleasing God, and
  • Fruitful lives. 

H A Ironside points out the practical value of assimilating Paul’s doctrine of the mystery.  In his commentary on Ephesians 3, he says this:

The extent to which we accept these precious truths for ourselves, will determine our practical sanctification.  The Christian who truly understands his unity with Christ, and therefore with all who are in Christ, cannot be sectarian in heart or practice, but must embrace all believers in his fellowship and interest.

To profess to believe the truth is one thing.  To be governed by this belief in quite another.  So intimate is the link that binds all believers to each other and to our glorified Head in Heaven that everything I say or do as a Christian has an effect for good or ill on all my fellow members, just as every part of the human body affects every other part. This amazing truth should make us very careful in our walk and our attitude toward one another.

If we realize that we are members one of another (Rom 12:5), one practical result should be a concern for the suffering members of the Body.  Christians should make an effort to be informed about the suffering Church. The mainstream media will not tell you. 

One good source of information on the persecuted Church is the Open Doors ministry cited on the Links page. Another is Paul Marshall’s work, ‘Their Blood Cries Out’.  On the back cover of that book is the astounding assertion that ‘200,000,000 Christians throughout the world live in daily fear of secret police, vigilantes, or state repression and discrimination’. That’s two hundred million! It goes on to say, ‘These are not wild rumors. Nor are these simply Christians who, like so many others, suffer from war or tyranny.  Hundreds of millions of Christians are suffering simply because of what they believe’.   The Word of God says, [Heb 13:3] ‘Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body’. We should keep them in our prayers.

 

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The Mystery of God – The Mystery’s Messenger – The Mystery’s Message – The Depth of the Mystery – Secrets of Christ & Paul the Apostle

The Mystery of God

Why did Paul suffer so much? What inspired him to face five beatings of thirty-nine stripes by the Jews, thrashings by rods, a stoning, and a multitude of other perils (2 Cor. 11:24-28)? The apostle even viewed these experiences as a privilege, and a reason to rejoice, because it was for the “mystery of God” (cf. Col. 4:3).

The Mystery’s Messenger

Paul was a messenger of the mystery of God. As a result, he suffered tremendously. His perspective, however, was remarkable. He wrote:

“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and fill up on my part that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church” (Col. 1:24; quotations are from the ASV).

Was Paul a criminal? No. He was not suffering because of reckless conduct. He was suffering as a Christian — particularly as a minister to the Gentiles. “With the chain upon his wrist” (Eadie, p. 86), he made three observations about his suffering.

The Messenger Suffers Personally

Paul explained that his suffering was to “fill up on my part that which is lacking.” Some commentators have misconstrued this phrase. For instance, T.K. Abbott noted that: “Roman Catholic expositors, including Caietan, Bellarmine, and more recently Bisping, find in the passage a support for the theory that the merits of the saints constitute a treasure of the Church from which indulgences may be granted” (p. 230).

This cannot be the meaning. First, the Catholic view contradicts the nature of the gospel – salvation is by grace through obedient faith, and not of meritorious works (cf. Eph. 2:8; Rom. 1:5; 16:26; Jas. 2:24-26). Second, the Catholic dogma attacks the very foundation of the gospel, which is the redemptive work of Christ. The New Testament teaches that Christ’s sacrifice is all-sufficient and complete (cf. Col. 1:14,20,22,28; 2:3,10; Heb. 2:10). The inspired writer of Hebrews stated the matter concisely. “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified” (10:14).

So, in what sense did Paul “fill up that which is lacking”? Christ’s redemptive work, while saving us from the wrath of God in judgment (Rom. 5:9), does not free us from the suffering of this life. In fact, the opposite is true. If we follow Christ, we will suffer. The Lord warned us of this (cf. Jn. 16:33; Mt. 5:10-12), and God has allowed us to experience suffering, just as a loving father corrects his son (cf. Heb. 12:5-11). God allows us to suffer for spiritual development (cf. Rom. 5:3-5; Heb. 12:7; 1 Pet. 5:10). Herbert M. Carson observed, “It is for this reason that he rejoices in afflictions because they are within God’s plan for the perfecting of His elect” (p. 52).

The Messenger Suffered for Others

Paul’s suffering also benefited the Colossians – indeed, the whole church. He wrote that the suffering is “for you…for His body’s sake, which is the church.” The preposition translated “for” is huper. Paul’s suffering had “ministerial utility” (Lightfoot, p. 82). He was not suffering in their place; rather, he suffered “in their interest.” Curtis Vaughan described the idea:

“The sufferings, therefore, were for their sake in the sense that they shared in the benefit of the ministry that brought on those sufferings. The second phrase affirms that the benefit of Paul’s suffering extends not simply to the Colossians, nor to the Gentile portion of the church only; they in some sense have a bearing on the whole body of Christ” (p. 189).

Paul defended the Gentiles as legitimate heirs of the promise in Christ, and he worked for their inclusion in the body of Christ on equal terms with the Jews (cf. Gal. 3:26-29; Acts 15:3). Although he was persecuted viciously for this, his apostolic work is influential yet today.

The Messenger Rejoiced in Suffering

Paul rejoiced because of his sufferings. In Colossians 1:19-23, the apostle discussed the redemptive work of Christ. He was a minister of the gospel (v. 23). But that service brought him suffering. Nevertheless, he said, “Now I rejoice….” The term nun, “now,” is not merely transitional. It means, as John Eadie explained, “‘at this present time’; with the chain upon my wrist, I rejoice” (p. 86).

Paul was rejoicing (present tense) while writing, although he was suffering (cf. Acts 28:28-31; Col. 4:18). He did what Christ taught. “Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets that were before you” (Mt. 5:12). A.T. Robertson remarked of Paul, “His conception of his ministry gave Paul a grip on himself and held him above all despair. There was a sense of purpose in his experience” (p. 64).

Paul rejoiced because he filled up on his part that which was lacking of “the afflictions of Christ.” Does this expression refer to the afflictions that Christ endured? That is unlikely for the following reasons. First, the term “afflictions” is never used of Christ’s sufferings on earth, but it is used of the Christians’ experiences (Abbott, p. 230; cf. 2 Cor. 1:5-8). Second, “afflictions of Christ” stands parallel in the passage with “my [Paul’s] sufferings.” Third, the sphere of these “afflictions” was Paul’s flesh. The “afflictions of Christ” is a description of Paul’s suffering.

Why did Paul call his experiences the “afflictions of Christ”? His afflictions were suffered while serving Christ. They were “Christian afflictions,” for they were “incurred in the line of duty” (Vaughan, p. 190). The persecution was, therefore, ultimately directed towards Christ. No doubt Paul could recall the Lord’s statement, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” (Acts 9:4). These afflictions were for “His name’s sake,” that is in the interest of the gospel of which Christ is the chief cornerstone. Paul’s Christian suffering produced Christian joy.

The Mystery’s Message

Paul moved from reflecting on his circumstances to his stewardship of the message. In this connection, he wrote, “…whereof I was made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which was given me to you-ward, to fulfill the word of God” (v. 25). “Dispensation” is translated from the word oikonomia. It conveyed the idea of stewardship. Paul had “in his care” an important message. This statement about the message identified both its source and goal.

The Source of the Message

The message, which Paul preached, was not self-originated. He was doing what the Lord instructed him to do, for he “was given” the stewardship “of God.” He wrote to the Galatians that the gospel, just as he taught it, was received “through revelation of Jesus Christ” (1:11-12).

The Goal of the Message

The message was to be preached in its fullness. Paul was to preach God’s Word in its completeness. Only then could it fulfill its purpose in the world – saving both Jew and Gentile (cf. Rom. 1:16). An incomplete gospel is a perverted gospel (cf. Gal. 1:6-9). It was for this reason that Paul said, “I shrank not from declaring unto you the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27).

The Mystery’s Meaning

Paul described the word of God as, “the mystery.” He explained the term when he said, “even the mystery which hath been hid for ages and generations: but now hath it been manifested to his saints” (v. 26). God’s word is called a mystery because, though it once was concealed, it now is revealed (cf. Rom. 16:25). This message was undiscoverable by man. God, however, revealed it. “His saints” (i.e., all the saved – not an alleged elite spiritual class) have “heard and learned” the gospel (cf. Jn. 6:45), and they alone fathom “the riches of the glory of this mystery.”

Paul extolled its wonder by saying, “…to whom God was pleased to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (v. 27). God revealed the message because he willed to do so. In discerning the mystery’s meaning, Paul conveyed God’s plan as to its scope and depth.

The Scope of the Mystery

The mystery’s scope makes it an inexhaustible treasure of glory. It is “among the Gentiles.” This priceless idea is also expressed in the words, “God so loved the world…” (Jn. 3:16; emphasis added). Every man, every women, of every class, color, and culture stands to benefit from the revelation of God’s mystery. This is the essence of the praise rendered to Christ in Revelation 5:9. “And they sing a new song, saying, Worthy art thou to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and didst purchase unto God with thy blood men of every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation….”

The Depth of the Mystery

The “riches of the glory of this mystery” is “Christ in you.” God’s “revealed secret” is that salvation is through union with his Son. We have fellowship with him, thereby we have fellowship with the Father (1 Jn. 1:3-4). This spiritual union is accomplished when a penitent individual is “buried with Him in baptism … through faith in the working of God” (Col. 2:12; cf. Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3-4).

Christ is “in you” as he permeates the mind. Paul prayed, “…that ye may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding … increasing in the knowledge of God” (Col. 1:9,10). The apostle Peter taught that we are saved “through the knowledge of him that called us.” He wrote that we should grow “unto the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ,” and he desired that Christians “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 1:1-3,8; 3:18). Christ is “in you” according to the knowledge of his love, his life, and the liberty from sin, which is accomplished by his gospel.

As Christ fills the mind and heart, he enables the will and motives. He said, “If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments” (Jn. 14:15). God accomplishes, in Christ, what no mere ethical restriction or requirement can do (Rom. 8:1-3); he can strengthen us to overcome the penalty and power of sin (Rom. 8:13). It should be the desire, therefore, of every child of God “to gain Christ and be found in him … to know him, and the power of his resurrection” (Phil. 3:8-11). To know the full motivating influence of Christ’s redemptive work, ought to be our goal – which necessarily involves the “fellowship of his sufferings.” When, therefore, a person is carefully attentive to obey God’s word, “in him hath the love of God been perfected” (1 Jn. 2:5).

The mystery gives every person that embraces it the “hope of glory.” The saved person rejoices “in the hope of the glory of God” (Rom. 5:2). A Christian will not only see God in all his glory, he will also share in the glory of Christ. Paul explained to the Philippians, “For our citizenship is in heaven; whence also we wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to the body of his glory…” (Phil 3:20-21). Any person who obeys the Lord can be united with him now, and finally be “with him manifested in glory” (Col. 3:4). “And every one that hath this hope set on him purifieth himself, even as he is pure” (1 Jn. 3:3). “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God” (Rom. 11:33).

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Promises and Sealed Prophecies—Unlocking Secrets We Need to Understand in This Hour

Archangel Gabriel

Archangel Gabriel is the DIVINE MESSENGER of God, who brings us inspiration in order to assist us with transition and change. Gabriel inspires us to receive divine unction directly from the Source. For Gabriel’s messages align us with who we truly are, blessed in the soul’s arousal of our spiritual path. Therefore, receiving this Angel’s inspiration means we fully discover that love and compassion, are the only way forward to freedom – an initiation that is announced in the breath of heaven.

To draw Gabriel and the divine message of this Oracle deeper into your life, to feel the mighty force of this Angel’s love flowing through your body bringing you balance, inspiration, blessing and grace, to hear the whispering of this Angel’s wisdom asking profound questions of your soul acknowledging that part of you which moves as a messenger – open your Throat Chakra, express your heart felt realities, recognize the closely aligned Mercury communication energy that moves through you, stimulated by Gabriel.

Speak to the scribe secreted in the Godliness of your soul, and converse with a voice of love. Open your heart to the bounty of its wisdom, and when answers arise, the lapis lazuli elixir of Gabriel will be bring the exquisite elixir of expression through all your creative endeavors.

Therefore, ask yourself:

  1. Do I have a clear vision of the inspiration of love and joy in my life?
  2. Am I able to be a Messenger and express the conviction of my soul’s creativity?
  3. Is my conduct with other folk full of graciously inspired kindness?
  4. Am I open to the notion of ‘surrendering’ so as to receive Divine messages?
  5. Am I open to communicate every aspect of my soul through the great I AM PRESENCE?

Archangel Hanael

Archangel Hanael invokes us to champion our willpower with the shield of humility, and to live sustainable love through strength, integrity, courage and purpose. As the SACRED WARRIOR, Hanael evokes our spiritual muscles to be in peak condition, fostering a sense of direction that emits peace through each breath, hope in each movement, and integrity in each step. For make no mistake, we are receiving cosmic encouragement from the Angelic kingdom at this time of great soul-striding, to harmonize our cardinal virtues, so that we may meet the ascending vibrations of the Galactic Heart, and to ultimately move into the fifth dimension.

Hanael’s cosmic force is suffused with Mars energy and therefore strengthens the Base Chakra to flow with greater ease identifying who we are – for the main thing, is always to keep the main thing the main thing – and so we create joyous, love filled lives, full of creativity that allows us to know we are from the Source, and that any other feeling is simply an illusion!

To fully embody Hanael’s amazing force, to feel the force of this Archangel’s splendor as yours, to draw this Archangel’s ruby force deeper into your being are you living these values:

  1. In which life situations do I not feel sure and steadfast?
  2. What actions in others cause me to feel most vulnerable?
  3. When do I feel insecure, and why does this state occur?
  4. What aspects do I need to relinquish when feeling fear?
  5. How can I become the Captain of my soul living with full integrity?

Archangel Jophiel

Archangel Jophiel is the cosmic force brought forth to aid us with the nature of our spiritual liberation. Jophiel lovingly frees us to comprehend the greatest teaching of the HOLY LIBERATOR, and like the great Buddha in the icon above, to detachment through stillness. For this profound quality always releases us from conflicting feelings and erroneous thoughts, thereby we stir forgiveness, liberation, meditation and ultimate joy within our lives.

The furthest planet from the Sun is Saturn, and this noble entity gave forth the celestial fire that drew Jophiel’s citrine essence into creation. Therefore, with such ability for ‘remote viewing’, this great Archangel allows us to perceive exactly where our limitations lie, how we may release ourselves from their hold, and so provides us with the perspective to review the emotion of the Third Chakra, feeling as it does the gains and seeming losses of life.

Jophiel brings vitality, stimulation, and the power to liberate oneself from the prison of negativity, the slough of despond, or from the cage of miscreation. Therefore, in order to draw Jophiel’s energy closer to you, to feel the force of this Archangel’s citrine light in the flesh of your being, ask yourself:

  1. In which situations of my life do I not feel liberated?
  2. What do I need to do, to regenerate my being?
  3. Where in my body do I feel detachment from negative impulse?
  4. Which aspect of my emotional life needs optimum healing through love and joy?
  5. How can I bring a great sense of liberation to those I love?

Archangel Metatron

Archangel Metatron brings us the iridescent force of the SUPERNAL TEACHER concerning the things that were, things that are, and things that have not yet come to pass. Thus Metatron speaks from the core of this Oracle with Divine intelligence, miraculous power, refined wisdom and great mercy, startling us to act upon that which concerns our soul, that which helps us to recognize our wholeness.

Metatron possesses the key to the Akashic records, as seen in the icon, and so aids the revelations that occur at this time of the great shift. Being thus, Metatron will allow you to see the wisdom in any conundrum, will solve any puzzle, will provide light in the darkest of caves, and so stimulates you to reveal information about your soul’s code, and the relevant incarnations you have lived. In turn, these teachings will allow you to hear this great spiritual teacher secreted in the godliness of your soul, who wishes you to bring forth the extra-sensory abilities that you possess. Metatron governs the Twelth Chakra Stellar Gateway, and issues energy from the planet Sirius.

To truly feel the experience of Metatron’s teaching ask yourself:

  1. Am I clear about the profound meaning of my life?
  2. Am I sustained by the conviction that each moment of life is miraculous?
  3. Does my love flow in the world bringing me joy?
  4. Do I honor and celebrate the wisdom of my soul’s intelligence?
  5. Am I open to receive divine messages?

Archangel Michael

Archangel Michael is the embodiment of the Art of Alchemy, and like the Egyptian God Thoth, the Scribe of the Gods, skillfully enchants cosmic forces through us into direct rays of action. For Michael is the COSMIC LEADER of the Angels of Atlantis, lasering our lives in order to cleanse all negativity. Michael is aligned with the planet Jupiter’s energy, which moves us to expand our horizons through transmutation, patience, the I am Presence, bringing us to enchantment. In this, Michael uses the love of the heart as a unique dialing force to make sure integrity takes full lodging in our consciousness.

As night follows day, as spring follows winter, as all conditions exist in duality, the force of Alchemy may transmute all negativity. Thus, Michael comes to lead us in the expiation and atonement of all karma, all sense of self-doubt, and all feelings of self-inflicted negative emotion. And so we are resurrected to our divine inheritance, living lives of love and joy-filled bliss, opening our Crown Chakra to the infinite splendor of abundance – in Michael’s case with the helping power of the planet Jupiter.

In order to embody Angel Michael’s values, ask yourself:

  1. Am I open to the greatness of my potential power?
  2. Am I sustained by the notion of life’s enchantments?
  3. Do I honor the power of choice?
  4. Am I fearful or joyous about being the master/mistress of your destiny?
  5. Am I the Leader of the core elements of my life?

Archangel Raphael

Archangel Raphael, like the calm of the woodland spring, exists as an exquisite HOLY HEALER bringing our beings to commune with Mother Earth. This richens our journey through the knowledge of interconnectivity, empathy and oneness, bringing all aspects of our lives back into harmony as we embark on our soul’s odyssey.

Raphael draws healing and cleansing to us wherever we may be, and so this Archangel’s key is to foster the joyous evolution of planetary existence – stimulating the life of our being, the planet, and the Cosmos. Thence allowing God’s plan to be brought forth.

Calling on Raphael in all situations when healing is required, brings an open-ness to our Heart Chakra and the strength of the planet Orion to move through us.

The following questions will draw the nature of RAPHAEL’S energy deep within you:

  1. Am I able to feel peace and tranquility moving through my life?
  2. Does my heart’s intelligence always guide my nature?
  3. Is my life washed clean with the beauty of my love?
  4. Am I open to being in deep communion with nature?
  5. Do I cleanse my body, mind and soul regularly?

Archangel Raziel

Archangel Raziel is the keeper of the DIVINE MYSTERIES and so this guardian Angel of Illumination is the keeper of the supreme knowledge of the soul, just as the Great Pyramid and Sphinx hold the secrets of bygone civilizations. Therefore, drawing Raziel into your daily devotions will allow you to experience life drawn from a deeply profound connection with the sacredness of the Cosmos. Once you allow this magic into your life the veil of illusion parts, and you will see life truly as it is, full of a love that stretches for infinity.

Being with Raziel’s countenance means we experience life, fused with the knowledge of the afterlife, and as intuition melds with conscience, faith awakens us to visionary faith in the power of the Universe. Raziel governs our dreams and the vestigial Third Eye Chakra and emits powerful force from the planet Neptune.

Ask yourself the following questions, and the nature of RAZIEL’S energy will move fully through your life. When you petition Raziel, the force of this resplendent Angel will help you to transform your life:

  1. Am I open to believe in the magic and mystery of creation?
  2. Am I able to sense the depth of my in-tuition?
  3. Does my soul or higher self guide my daily living?
  4. Can I use my intuition to penetrate and understand human nature and life’s mysteries?
  5. How often do I bring an awareness of infinity into my day?

Archangel Sandalphon

Archangel Sandalphon’s unique force is as the SACRED GUARDIAN of the Planet, and of our earthly presence. Sandalphon is destined to draw the creative energy of Planet Earth into the evolutionary ascension of the Galactic Force, and through all living beings with love, intention as seen in the icon of Avebury Henge.

Sandalphon awakens the ying/yang force lying within us, to the evolution of our purpose. For as the Galactic Heart pulsates, so does the Universal Heart, so does the Individual Heart, and so does Sandalphon’s Heart – inspiring us to live in co-creation with the cycles of nature, and to recognize our connection with the Earth Star Chakra. The planet Arcturus brings this blessed Archangel into existence from the Source.

To draw the power of Sandalphon deep into the earth of your body and the fire of your soul ask yourself these questions:

  1. Am I able to feel the rhythms and pulse of Mother Nature?
  2. Does my soul read the reason for my body’s presence on this Planet?
  3. Am I in full honoring of the beauty of the Earth’s environment?
  4. Am I open to the Earth-Elementals and Guardians of Nature?
  5. What can I richen the planet with, seeing the Earth as a planetary organism, and living the course of my life upon it?

Archangel Shamael

Archangel Shamael is the ultimate DIVINE GUIDE who watched over Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemene, and is appointed to equally look out for you in moments of great challenge. The vast love of this great Angel creates a ray of hope that always overshadows the burden of the mortal flesh, and transforming us to create the beauty that is always wanting to emerge.

Most miracles are accompanied by Shamael’s presence, and so any project visited by this Archangel will be filled with serenity and ease. For Shamael is the governor of the Soul Star Chakra and emerges from the might of the Andromedan constellation

Ponder on Shamael and ask yourself:

  1. Am I open to the wisdom of uncertainty and the possibility of change?
  2. Do I believe in the liberation of new beginnings, or am I held by fear of change?
  3. Does my heart as the seat of the soul, feel alight with life?
  4. Am I allowing serenity within to meet each of my days?
  5. Do I seek the truthful countenance of others?

Archangel Uriel

Archangel Uriel represents the union of Heaven and Earth, made manifest through the great OM, and the beauty of the human heart, for within the individual heart is a space for a potential marriage between the physical flesh and the Godly Spirit. For the sonar of the heart is where the super coherence between Heaven and Earth, between Human and Divine takes place, in order for us to be conduits for the abundance of the Cosmos.

Unerringly, Uriel as the ETERNAL COMPANION is a compass for the pure manifestation of unconditional love through friendship, trust and freedom. It is through this love that Uriel becomes the Angel of Destiny, and as such knows the secrets of your incarnation through the folds of time-past and time-future. In time-present, Uriel governs the Eighth Chakra of the Universal Heart, and with a Pleiadian force achieves companionship by shining a light on your path, particularly when you feel yourself stumbling along in the dark.

The questions below will help to begin magnetizing Uriel’s existence in your life experience, and ultimately into your soul

  1. Is my heart completely open to Love?
  2. Is my life a pathway open to companionship?
  3. Have I developed the power of discernment for companionship?
  4. What do I see in my community that is an example of love, and can I assist this?
  5. Do I engage in daily acts of compassion?

 

Archangel Zadkiel

Archangel Zadkiel as the DIVINE COMFORTER bestows beneficent wisdom upon us, allowing clear vision to take place over the obstacles that perpetuate the self-limiting beliefs we may hold – the impediments that stop us from enjoying spiritual abundance. Zadkiel not only shows us what needs to be brought forth into the light to be healed, but also clarifies how to intuitively heal it, which brings gratitude and security. So this exquisite Archangel, who governs the Tenth Chakra, and who arises from Uranus, teaches us to trust in God’s utter benevolence and guidance – to yield and let God comfort us.

Gaze on the serene countenance within the icon that heads this page – the image was chosen by the Angels of Atlantis to help you feel the implicit love and comfort of Zadkiel opening the Tenth Chakra of the Galactic Heart. Through the love of the Divine Mother, we may feel our consciousness drenched with compassion. Then ask yourself how you may wish to draw Zadkiel’s force deeper into your own heart, for when you petition Zadkiel, the force of this wonderful Comforter will automatically call you to the purpose of your love, and in so doing your life will be immediately transformed:

  1. Is my heart open to the possibility of profound Cosmic Love?
  2. Is my life a conduit for love, to alleviate the suffering of others?
  3. What part of me needs to be free before I can accept Divine Love?
  4. Do I live in constant gratitude for the bounty and abundance of Planet Earth?
  5. If my life were dedicated to the path of Zadkiel’s love, what would I do?

Archangel Zaphkiel

Archangel Zaphkiel inspires us to great acts of sacred loving and thus governs the Second Chakra, which contributes to the depth of our relationship behaviors, and encourages us to feats of personal compassion and divine romance.

Zaphkiel arises from Venus, the Planet of Love, as seen in the icon, and always appears when we call, reminding us of the love that arises from deep within the Source, that in moments of life can be easily forgotten. This Angel moves us to find true compassion and ecstasy through the romance of life – those ideals of love that replenish our force – allowing us to surrender to passion, and pulsate with bliss and devotion for the Divine.

If we open our hearts and fully yield to these moments of divine passion, we may be amazed by what flows through us – for within these moments lies a sacred pact, rich with the potential for beauty, tenderness, creativity and grace. All we need do, is to yield to the pulse of the love-freedom, rather than holding back from the dance of life, in the fear that we will loose the object of our desire – fear of losing our rapport with God, what could be more strange?

When you petition Zaphkiel, the force of this wonderful Sacred Lover Archangel will automatically call you to the purpose of your life’s quest, and in so doing you will feel immediately transformed, moved by the force that lives at the centre of the Universe,

Therefore ask yourself:

  1. Are my mind and body open to reveal my soul’s passion?
  2. Can I easily surrender to the heart’s pulse, or do I hold back from this, by prescribing the outcome of the action?
  3. What play or pleasure do I engage in regularly to reveal the creativity of my love?
  4. Do I live in constant awareness of the deep love, compassion and ecstasy that soars through the Cosmos?
  5. Do I live and work to feel my sensual and sensory nature expanding?

 

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The Quardian Angel Prayer – Quardian Angel – Special Angel – Ministering Spirits – Lord Commits His Angels to wach over us

THE GUARDIAN ANGEL PRAYER

Do you know you have a special angel? No, not just someone you love! The Guardian Angel Prayer pays tribute to a wonderful divine being!

God in His great love for us gives each of us our own unique guide, a guardian angel, at birth to keep us going in the right direction on our path towards heaven. 

Guardian angels watch over us, pray for us, and help guide our thoughts and inclinations. They can even protect us from physical as well as spiritual harm!

The Guardian Angel Prayer sums this up quite nicely:

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love commits me here, ever this day [or night] be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.

Christ Himself made reference to Guardian Angels when he said once referring to children that “their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven” (Matt 18:10).

St. Jerome marveled in reference to this passage “How great is the value of the (human) soul that every single person has from birth received an angel for his protection.”

One of his 4th century contemporaries, St. Basil, once wrote that “every one of the faithful has an angel at his side as educator and guide, directing his life.” (Doesn’t this statement remind you of the Guardian Angel Prayer?)

Other theologians including St. Clement and St. Gregory the Great noted that every country, city, town, village, and even family has its own special Guardian Angel!

Angels are pure spirts. They often delivered important messages in Biblical times, such as when the angel Gabriel told Mary that she was to be the mother of Jesus (Luke 1:26-38). (Indeed, the word “angel” is derived from the Greek word “angelos,” meaning messenger.)

Angels carried out other important tasks in Scripture as well, like keeping three youths safe who were thrown into a fiery furnace after they defied the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar (as depicted in the painting at left) (Daniel, Ch.3); and rescuing St. Peter from prison (Acts 12:6-10).

We must treat our Guardian Angels with respect and love while having confidence in their protection, which we all sorely need at times!

This is due in no small part to the actions of their counterparts, the fallen angels better known as demons. While you might say that misery loves company, these evil spirits have no love for us, and certainly not for God (or for anything else for that matter)!

They want to drag us down to Hell with them by goading us into all kinds of sinful and malicious behavior. Fortunately, our Guardian Angels can help us follow in our Lord’s footsteps on the road towards Heaven instead.

As mentioned earlier, angels can help protect us physically as well as spiritually. There have been numerous stories for example, of people being rescued from harmful situations by mysterious strangers who seem to depart just as suddenly as they first appeared!

Although these accounts are anecdotal, they nonetheless point out how important angels can be in our lives and encourage us to call on them for help in our prayers.

We can also imitate our angels, much as we imitate our Lord, in the little (and not so little!) things we do to help each other, especially those most in need.

The Guardian Angel Prayer at first glance might seem like just a childhood nursery rhyme but it can inspire us to be receptive to our Angels’ Heavenly guidance.

With God’s help and theirs, your words, prayers, and actions can help other people navigate what at times can be a convoluted road towards Eternal Life. And your Guardian Angel is happy to help you help them in sharing God’s love!

Guardian Angel Prayer

O pure and happy spirits whom the Almighty selected to become the Angels and Guardians of men. I most humbly prostrate myself before thee to thank thee for the charity and zeal with which thou dost execute this commission. Alas, how many pass a long life without ever thanking their invisible friends, to whom they owe a thousand times their preservation!

O charitable Guardians of those souls for whom Christ died, O flaming spirits, who cannot avoid loving those whom Jesus eternally loved, permit me to address thee on behalf of all those committed to thy care, to implore for each of them a grateful sense of thine many favors and also the grace to profit by thine charitable assistance.

O Angels of those happy infants who are as yet “without spot before God,” I earnestly beseech thee to preserve their innocence.

O Angels of youth, conduct them, exposed to so many dangers, safely to the bosom of God, as Tobias was conducted back to his father.

O Angels of those who employ themselves in the instruction of youth, animate them with thy zeal and love, teach them to emulate thy purity and continual view of God, that they may worthily and successfully co-operate with the invisible Guardians of their young charges.

O Angels of the clergy, of those “who have the eternal Gospel to preach to them that sit upon the earth,” present their words, their actions and their intentions to God, and purify them in that fire of love that consumes thee.

O Angels of the missionaries who have left their native land and all who were dear to them in order to preach the Gospel in foreign fields, protect them from the dangers which threaten them, console in their hours of discouragement and solitude, and lead them to those souls who are in danger of dying without Baptism.

O Angels of the infidels and pagans, whom the True Faith has never enlightened, intercede for them, that they may open their hearts to the rays of grace, respond to the message delivered by God’s missioners and acknowledge and adore the one true God.

O Angels of all who travel by air, land or water, be their guides and companions, protect them from all dangers of collision, fire, and explosion and lead them safely to their destination.

O Guardian Angels of sinners, charitable guides of those unhappy mortals whose perseverance in sin would embitter even thine unutterable joys, wert thou not established in the peace of God! Oh join me, I ardently beseech thee, in imploring their conversion!

And thou, O Guardian Angels of the sick, I entreat thee especially to help, console and implore the spirits of joy for all those who are deprived of health, which is among God’s most precious gifts to man. Intercede for them, that they may not succumb to despondency or lose by impatience the merits they can gain in carrying with resignation and joy the cross which Christ has laid upon them as a special token of His love.

O Angels of those are at this moment in the agonies of death, strengthen, encourage and defend them against the attacks of their infernal enemy.

O faithful Guides, holy spirits, adorers of the Divinity, Guardian Angels of all creatures, protect us all; teach us to love, to pray, to wage combat on earth, so that one day we may reach Heaven and there be happy for all eternity!
Amen.

O Angels of those who are lingering in Purgatory,intercede for them that God may permit thee to bring them some balm; console them that they may know that we are praying for them and that we ask thee to join in our entreaties.

Prayer to Guardian Angels

All you holy angels and archangels, thrones and dominations, principalities and powers, the virtues of Heaven, cherubim and seraphim, praise the Lord forever.

Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here, ever this day (or night) be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide.

In Jesus Holy Name and in the Blood of the Eternal  Covenat I pray. Amen

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Praying in tongues of Holy Spirit has benefits – Tongues of Holy Spirit is the entrance into the supernatural

Just as Paul was not ignorant of the power of prayer and speaking in tongues, neither were the early Christians. The early Christians understood that they could not neglect prayer.

Acts 6:4; “But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and the ministry of the word ”

We shall be persevering to the prayer and the service of the saying (logos) (Acts 6:4 New Testament Greek Interlinear).

They were a praying Church and how great and mighty things they achieved in prayer. Even when they became very busy in ministry, they did not allow business to get in the way of prayer. In the literal text it says, “We will persevere and give ourselves to the prayer….” Pay attention to the words ‘the’ prayer not just a prayer. The word ‘the’ is a definite article meaning “a determiner” that introduces a noun phrase and implies that the thing mentioned has already been mentioned and was common knowledge. The early Church comprehended that pray- ing in tongues was the prayer. Praying in tongues was known as the prayer. The early Church gave much time and attention to it. This was common knowledge to the early disciples, and it should be so in the modern church.

Prayer, especially praying in tongues, is a vital aspect to spiritual growth and sensitivity in the spirit. There is no way around it! If you want to grow in the anointing, it is imperative that you become a person of prayer. Jesus was a Man of prayer, as was the apostle Paul, and the early Church was birthed and based on prayer. The Holy Writ (Bible) shows that prayer, and especially tongues played a very prominent role in the life of the early Church, and it must play a prominent role in your life.
In my book ‘The Power of Praying in tongues’ I give 101 benefits of praying in the Spirit. These benefits will improve your life in many ways including your spiritual, emotional, physical, and relational well-being. Allow me to list a few here:

1. Tongues is the entrance into the supernatural.

1 Corinthians 14:2; “For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God…howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries”

Praying in tongues is beneficial because it is the gateway into the spirit realm. There is a doorway into the realm of the spirit and it is through tongues. John said, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day” (Rev. 1:10). No wonder Christians have no knowledge of entering the spirit realm. Tongues are the key that unlock the spirit world. As long as satan can keep you away from tongues, he can keep you away from the miraculous. Notice the words, “howbeit in the spirit” (1 Cor. 14:2). When you pray in tongues, you are automatically in the spirit. Paul was stating that God is in the spirit, and when we pray in tongues we are in the spirit where God dwells. In other words, when you start praying in tongues you are entering God’s miracle zone.

I want you to understand this fact – Tongues is the prayer in the New Testament

2. Praying in tongues is a direct line to God.

1 Corinthians 14:2; “For he that speaketh in an un- known tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God…howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.”

Tongues is your hotline to God. How many people would love to have an audience with God? Literally millions! There are people all over the world doing all kinds of crazy things to get their god to hear them. Some are piercing their bodies, and others are offering all kinds of sacrifices, but Paul re- veals to us a direct line to the Almighty. People of all religions know that when we get an audience with God, miracles will flow.

Through tongues, you and I can have direct access to God. The Word says, “no one understandeth him…” (see 1 Cor. 14:2).This means satan does not understand when you pray in the spirit. He knows what you are doing, but he cannot understand what you are saying. He is helpless to sabotage your prayer. It is funny how people say, “Tongues is of the devil,” and yet Paul says, “Tongues is talking to God.” Through tongues, you have direct access to God.

Tongues are the believer’s direct access to the throne room. Do you get that? This is very important for you to grasp!

3. Praying in tongues is speaking divine mysteries—divine coded secrets.

Praying in tongues is speaking divine mysteries––divinely coded secrets. First Corinthians 14:2 says, “For he that speaketh in an un- known tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God…howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.” Notice the word mysteries. This is a loaded word that has multiple meanings, which are eye-opening. Some versions translate this word as “secrets.” The Greek word is musterion and the meanings are:

  • Hidden things
  • Divine secrets
  • Coded language
  • Secret will or plan
  • Secret counsels that govern God in His dealing with the righteous, hidden from the ungodly and wicked men but plain to the godly
  • Knowledge withheld from ungodly, but truth revealed to the righteous
  • Images and forms

W.E. Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words defines mysteries as “primarily that which is known to the mustes, meaning they initiated from mueo, which means to initiate into the mysteries.” In the New Testament, the word mystery does not denote “the mysterious,” as with the English word. Rather, it denotes that which, being outside the range of unassisted natural apprehension, can be made known only by divine revelation, and is made known in a manner and at a time appointed by God to those who are illumined by His Spirit. In the ordinary sense, a “mystery” implies knowledge withheld; its Scrip- tural significance is truth revealed. Look at First Corinthians 14:2 again. It says, “no one understandeth him.” This means satan does not understand what you are saying when you pray in the Spirit. Therefore, he cannot sabotage your prayer. Now look at this stated meaning, “But that which, being outside the range of unassisted natural apprehension, can be made known only by divine revelation.” Therefore when you pray in tongues, secrets or plans will be made known to you. Let’s look at some other translations of First Corinthians 14:2:

  1. The New International Version says, “For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit.”
  2. The Weymouth New Testament puts it this way, “Yet in the Spirit he is speaking secret truths.”
  3. The Amplified Bible says, “…because in the [Holy] Spirit he utters secret truths and hidden things [not obvious to the understanding].”

When you pray in tongues, you are declaring the secrets of God, which will impart blessings and impact your life. You are prophesying your God-ordained future. By praying in the Spirit, you are making a path of blessings and power for you to walk in and enjoy.

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Secrets to Operating in the Creative Miracle-Power of God

Learn ways to connect with God’s supernatural power!                        On the following pages are  secrets to operating in the creative, miracle-power of God. This is by no means a simple three-step process, but I do believe if you apply these principles to your life, you’ll see signs and wonders released through you on a daily basis.

1. Cultivate God’s presence in your life.
The more you can cultivate an environment that’s conducive to the Holy Spirit, the more of God’s presence you will carry. The more of His presence you carry, the more power you will have.

You cultivate this environment by spending time doing whatever it takes to have the person and presence of the Holy Spirit hanging out with you. Quickly confess and repent of the slightest leaning toward sin or spiritual darkness. Pray in tongues often. Cover yourself under the blood of Jesus. Meditate in the Word. Express worship to the Lord through song and prayer.

Constantly invite the Holy Spirit to be with you in evident ways as often as possible. Avoid anything that would grieve Him. You’ll find that as your life is filled with the atmosphere of the Holy Spirit, miracles, signs and wonders will be a natural overflow.

2. Cultivate God’s faith in your heart.
True supernatural faith flows out of the spirit and affects the mind—not the other way around. Faith defies logic and natural reality for a higher spiritual reality. It causes natural things to line up with what God has already accomplished spiritually.

We must live in the Word and constantly renew our minds. Faith is born from revelation in the heart. When truth is revealed to your mind and heart by the Holy Spirit through the Word, faith comes alive on the inside of you. John 8:32 says, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (NKJV).

Soak your mind and spirit in God’s Word by constantly setting your thoughts on it, and the revelation of truth will produce supernatural faith in your heart. Heart-faith produced by the revelation of truth is the ultimate key to operating in God’s power, and the Bible tells us it comes from Jesus: “Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]” (Heb. 12:2, The Amplified Bible).

3. Add action to your faith.
The power anointing comes for a reason and has an intended purpose. Isaiah 61:1 says, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound” (NKJV).

The power anointing for healing and miracles will manifest only if you’re praying for sick people to be healed. You must be intentional in looking for opportunities in which this anointing will be needed. The Bible tells us, “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:20). The power anointing is given to help other people in a supernatural way and in the process reveal God’s heart and nature to them.

Don’t allow yourself to get discouraged. Stay focused and tenacious. No matter what you see, set your vision higher, know and understand God’s will and truth, and allow His faith to move you to action. This action will release the power of God and produce the miraculous.

4. Passionately pursue spiritual gifts.
First Corinthians 14:1 tells us to earnestly desire spiritual gifts. I often lay my hands on my own belly during times of prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to stir up and manifest the gifts of the Spirit that are within me. Spiritual gifts of healing, working of miracles, words of knowledge and faith are all invaluable manifestations for the ministry of the miraculous. As you ask God to stir them up, He will.

The Greek word for the gifts of the Spirit is charisma, which Strong’s Concordance defines as “gifts of grace; a favor which one receives without any merit of his own.” You can’t work for or earn them. They are given freely by the Holy Spirit just as salvation is. You can have all of them—and the more you pursue them, the more you will have!

5. Practice prayer and fasting.
Matthew 17:14-21 gives an account of the healing of an epileptic boy. The disciples couldn’t cure him, but Jesus did. When Jesus was asked why the disciples had no success, He said it was because of their unbelief.

It wasn’t a question of God’s will. Nor did Jesus focus on the boy’s faith. It was the level of faith in the disciples’ hearts. Yet He also pointed out that “this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting” (v. 21).

Prayer and fasting help to release God’s faith within us. It’s the faith that produces the miracle, not the fasting. Fasting and prayer in this instance serve as the passageway into the fullness of faith that exists in God’s heart. Again, it isn’t by our works, but by His faith and grace extended toward us.

6. Learn to hear God’s voice.
To operate in the supernatural we must develop a keen sensitivity to the person of the Holy Spirit. God doesn’t work the same way all the time, and we need to hear His direction for each situation.

Consider Jesus. He saw signs and wonders on a consistent basis in His daily life, but He never prayed the same way twice. Sometimes He laid hands on people; sometimes He instructed them to take a specific action; sometimes He did unusual things Himself such as spit in mud and put it into a person’s eyes. He was unconventional but completely Spirit-led.

The key is He did only what He saw His Father doing (see John 5:19). His ability to hear and see the actions of His heavenly Father came out of the time He spent with Him in prayer and communion. If you want to sensitize your spiritual eyes and ears, you must put yourself in a place where you can see and hear God.

This will often require you to pull away into a “deserted place” so you can place all your heart and mind on Him. When you exercise your spiritual senses by learning to listen and not just talk, you will be led by the Spirit to see wonderful manifestations of His power.

7. Associate with the anointing.
A major key for me in being brought to a new level of God’s power was learning that it was OK to go where God was moving. Some people think: If God wants to give me something, He can come right here into my room. I don’t need to go anywhere. Of course God can meet us in our own rooms, and many times He does.

However, that doesn’t negate the fact that you can literally “catch” the anointing by putting yourself in a place where God is moving. Find people and ministries that are carrying God and get around them. We learn from one another and receive impartation of power through association.

These corporate encounters with God do not replace your hidden devotion expressed in the place of private prayer. They simply add to and enhance your relationship with God.

I’ve been blessed to have been able to associate with some of the most anointed people on the earth today. My fellowship with them has not only stirred my faith but also released a transference of wisdom, revelation and power into my own life and ministry.

Anointed fellowship, whether from meeting with another person or from listening to anointed teaching CDs and videos, is crucial to cultivating the anointing in your life. Associate with God’s power by hanging out where He is.

8. Be motivated by love.
Love must be the foundation for everything you do. Without it, power can lead to pride and self-inflation.

Love is the greatest manifestation of God’s power. It was because of love that Jesus walked in total obedience. It was because of love that the power of sin and Satan were defeated.

Love is what motivates our faith (see Gal. 5:6). Love is what causes us to live in the Spirit. Love is the greatest virtue of all.

Without faith you can’t please God. But without love you can’t know Him at all. Love filled with truth is the ultimate spiritual weapon against sin, temptation, offense, disunity, sickness, oppression and spiritual corruption, and death. Love conquers all.

As you apply these principles to your life with God, expect to see His glorious power and anointing released in you and through you.

There is someone out there who is waiting for a miracle. They need God’s touch. Your life and obedience to God may be the missing ingredient!

Every born-again, Spirit-filled child if God has the anointing upon their life. However, each individual is responsible for keeping and increasing the level of anointing. That is why some walk in a greater anointing than others. The Word teaches Christians to be filled and continually filled with God’s Spirit, thus ensuring a fresh outflow of the anointing (Eph. 5:18). It should be noted that after the outpouring of the Holy Ghost recorded in Acts 2, the disciples experienced another outpouring soon afterwards. (Acts 4:31)

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The Secrets of God – Prayer for the Secrets of God

Read the Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:1-16

In preparation for a series of messages from Ephesians 1 through 3, it will be helpful to consider a subject which is always of prime interest to believers — the authority of the Scriptures. Why do we accept the Scriptures as the Word of God and as the authority in our lives?

I hope you recognize that authority is always the ultimate question. In any issue we discuss, we finally must resolve it on the basis of authority. We can’t get away from that, although we might like to. Many of us cherish the fond illusion that, if we only had the opportunity, we could set aside everybody else’s thinking and do our own. We say, “I want to come to my own conclusions.” We don’t want anyone else to influence us. But we are kidding ourselves when we talk that way, because, of course, we can’t do that. There is no way by which we could possibly spend the time necessary to think and study through everything ourselves. We must accept authority. We do it all the time: If you are a stranger in a town and somebody gives you directions, you accept them as an authority in that area without question, because you think they know more than you do, even though you have never met them before. If you read a road map or refer to the owner’s manual of a new appliance or even read a newspaper, you are constantly accepting statements on the authority of others.

Therefore the final issue always is: “What authority do you have?” I hope you have learned already that a Christian resolves his puzzles and riddles and the difficult questions of life on the basis of the authority of the Word of God. The final right we have as human beings is to choose the authority we are going to obey. That is all. We must obey some authority. We must submit to some master. And the final right — really the only right — we have, is to choose which master we are going to submit to.

Here in Peninsula Bible Church, and among the Christian community around the world, the ultimate authority is the Scriptures. “The Word of God” we call it. This book, the Old and New Testaments, is the revelation of the mind of God — God speaking to man. Therefore, what it says is final. It is superseded by no other authority. It is challenged and rivaled by no other. There is nothing which approaches it, in the mind of a Christian. It is unquestionable because it is God himself speaking — the ultimate authority in all of life.

“Well,” somebody says, “that is fine for you Christians. You accept that by blind faith. But how do you know the Bible is the Word of God?” There are many very legitimate approaches to answering that question. We might discuss the uniqueness of the Bible in its unerring ability to foretell human history. Or we might invoke the authority of Jesus Christ — and of course all final authority rests there. Even the Scriptures are acceptable to us only because of the authority of the person of Jesus Christ. But the approach I want to discuss this morning — and what to me is the most remarkable and convincing evidence that the book I have in my hand is God’s revelation of ultimate reality, of final truth — is the fact that here in this book I find revealed about life certain truths which are essential to me, or to any person, in order to live life as it was intended to be lived, and which I cannot find anywhere else — no other source gives them to me.

They are certain essential elements which I must know if I am going to handle life properly, and which I cannot learn anywhere else. Not in all the libraries or universities of earth, nor in all the research of science, nor in all the thinking of philosophers — not in any of the investigation of human knowledge and wisdom — can I ever find the truths which are hidden here. These are what mark this as God’s book, the essential book about life. And it is some of these I want to bring before you. In First Corinthians 2, the Apostle Paul is saying this very thing to the Corinthian believers:

When I came to you, brethren, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in much fear and trembling; and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glorification. None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written,
  “What no eye has seen,
    nor ear heard,
  nor the heart of man conceived,
  what God has prepared for those who love him,”
God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For what person knows a man’s thoughts except the spirit of the man which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who possess the Spirit.

The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16 RSV)

He says that among the mature we speak or impart a hidden, secret wisdom, which none of the rulers of this age know anything about. When he refers to the rulers of the age, he does not mean governmental authorities, necessarily. He is talking about the leaders of human thought — the philosophers, the statesmen, the molders and fashioners of world opinion, the poets, the politicians — those who lead people in every realm of life. And he says, “They do not know these secrets of God. And because they don’t know them, they make the most atrocious blunders. They are constantly making mistakes — terrible, ghastly, costly mistakes which injure and damage thousands and millions of people. “But,” he says, “God has revealed these secrets to us, by his Spirit. They are imparted to those who are filled with the Spirit. Those who possess the Holy Spirit can hear and understand these secrets of God.” Paul calls them the “depths” or the “deep things” of God.

It is these same things which later on in First Corinthians he refers to as the “mysteries” of God. In Chapter 4, Verses 1 and 2, there is a beautiful statement describing what a Christian is:

This is how one should regard us[Christians], as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy[faithful to their task]. (1 Corinthians 4:1-2 RSV)

We know what a stewardess is, in this day of aviation. And a steward is the male counterpart — a dispenser of necessities, who gives out meals and tickets and information and all the other things necessary to any traveler. This is the idea Paul conveys regarding Christians. Christians are said to be stewards of the mysteries of God. We are caretakers, custodians, of God’s secrets, dispensers of them — not to keep them for ourselves, but to practice them and distribute them to a waiting world which is falling apart because it doesn’t understand how to handle life the way it ought to be lived. Therefore it is essential that we understand these mysteries.

Now, even Christians struggle a great deal in their lives. The knowledge of these secrets doesn’t remove us from conflict. We all have grave problems. I have discovered that you can fall through the roof even though you are a pastor of a church!

You can be confronted with puzzling and baffling experiences you don’t know the answers to. These secrets do not exempt us. But one thing they do — they enable us to find the solutions, and to handle the circumstances which come. And without them we are unable to do so.

I am greatly concerned at how many Christians exposed to the truth of God are still unable to handle life as it is thrown at them. That is why I have chosen to bring this message — in order that we might understand these secrets, and give ourselves to this matter of becoming faithful stewards of the mysteries, the secrets, the hidden wisdom, of God.

T. S. Elliot described life this way: “All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance. And all our ignorance brings us nearer to death. But nearer to death, no nearer to God. Where is the life,” he asks, “that we have lost in living?” It is possible, is it not, to lose life while you are living it because you don’t know the hidden wisdom, the secrets, the mysteries of God.

Mysteries, in Scripture, are not ‘Who Done Its.’ They are not insoluble problems, strange and mysterious riddles nobody can grasp. They are secrets hidden from the general public, but available to those who are in the inner circle because they are willing to be taught by the Spirit. And they are essential to life. As we take up some of the more important of them, we need to realize that I can touch upon them only briefly in the time available. But they are not unfamiliar themes. They have been preached here many times. They are set before you constantly, so they won’t be new and startling.

But what you should think of as we go through them is: How much do I know these? How much can I handle this kind of truth? How much can I impart it? How much is it showing up in my practical daily existence? That is where these secrets become available to the world around.

One of the greatest secrets scattered throughout the Scriptures is what you find referred to repeatedly as “the mystery of the kingdom of God” — the secret government of earth, if you like. This is the fact that in the midst of the world around us, with nature and people and books and trees and houses and all the other visibilities of life — right in the midst of it, permeating all of it, and governing and controlling everything — is a secret, invisible kingdom. It is the kingdom of God. God is in control of history. He is governing human affairs. He is behind creation. He made nature.

I am always disturbed, whenever I go someplace like a national park, to hear the rangers say, “Nature did this, and nature did that.” But, nature is what is there. So if you say this, what you are really saying is that nature made nature, that nature produced what you call “nature.” That is senseless. It doesn’t mean a thing. Nature does nothing. Nature is what is produced, not what is producing. It is God who produces nature. But sometimes even Christians use that phraseology because we are falling heir to the philosophy of the world about us which tries to obscure the kingdom of God and act as though it isn’t there.

Men don’t want to think of God as being present. Yet without this knowledge of the kingdom of God, and God’s control of human events and human lives, including yours and mine, even to their most intimate details, life becomes meaningless, empty, and devoid of purpose. We feel worthless, useless. And the older we grow, the less reason we seem to have for living. If you want purpose in your life, you must begin by recognizing the fact of this mystery, of this secret kingdom, this rule of God in the midst of human affairs. Then things will begin to fall into place and make sense. Without it, life is mere existential despair.

That despair has spread throughout the world in our day. Men deny the existence of this secret kingdom. But they are constantly falling apart at the seams because they have no meaning, no purpose, no reason to exist. This feeling is perhaps best described by the high priest of humanism, Bertrand Russell, who recently died. He wrote:

Brief, powerless is man’s life. On him and all his race the slow, sure doom falls pitiless and dark. Blind to good and evil, reckless to destruction, omnipotent matter rolls on its relentless way. For man, condemned today to lose his dearest, tomorrow himself to pass through the gate of darkness, it remains only to cherish, ere yet the blow falls, the lofty thoughts that ennoble his little day.

What a gloomy statement! What dark, rank pessimism!

And yet that is all you can see in this universe. It is nothing but a cold, cosmic machine, cranking on its relentless way … if you don’t recognize the kingdom of God as Jesus revealed it — the heavenly Father with his heart of concern for his own, his intimate knowledge of even the hairs of your head and every other part of your body and being. This is the answer — this secret of God.

But to translate this into your daily experience is absolutely necessary. It is one thing to talk about it at church. But what about tomorrow at work, and in your home, and among the neighbors, and in the realm of politics? Do you see the kingdom of God there? Do you see God’s iron-clad grasp of human events there as well? Do you see his ruling and overruling hand, his ability to control and manipulate, and to bring about his purposes through tears and darkness and sorrow? Well, that is what makes the difference between meaning and meaninglessness in life.

Then there is what Paul calls, in Second Thessalonians, “the mystery of lawlessness,” (2 Thessalonians 2:7 RSV). How we struggle with this! Who hasn’t asked, “Why did this happen to me? Why do I have to go through this experience? Why does cancer suddenly strike a dear one?” You must face these questions.

“Why should injustice prevail? Why do wars continue their senseless destruction?” Man wrestles with injustice, evil, and the inability to make real social progress — and always has. Why is it that we are still grappling with the problems the Romans struggled with in the days of Julius Caesar? We haven’t learned a thing more than they about how to solve them. And back even to the dimmest recesses of human history they were wrestling with the same basic problems. Why? Where has all our vaunted education — the heights of human wisdom — brought us, when we haven’t been able to solve any of the basic problems? Why is this? Why is it that politicians can never be trusted to keep their promises — even the best of them? Of course, a lot of demagogues run around making promises merely because they want to get into office. It is amazing each year how people fall for that, never seem able to see through those who make promises, and change them with the wind, in order to get elected. But there are some good politicians, too, who make promises they fully intend to keep. And they promise what they sincerely want to deliver when they get into office. But when they get there they can’t do it. Why?

The answer of Scripture is that there is a mystery of lawlessness. There is a malevolent being called Satan, prince of a great kingdom of darkness and evil, a kingdom of millions of beings like himself who are in headlong stampede against the government of God, in revolt and rebellion against him, and who are intent on wrecking and smashing and mangling all the love-born plans of God for the human race. And they know how to do it!

You will never understand life, and you will never understand the conflicts you have in your home between yourself and your wife, or your children, or your parents, or with your neighbors, or anyone else, until you understand this secret, this mystery of lawlessness. You will never be able to do anything effective about it. You will constantly be merely treating the symptoms which keep reappearing all the time unless you begin to understand how to use weapons which will aim at the real source of trouble, as Paul tells us in the sixth chapter of Ephesians. Without this knowledge there is no explanation of history. There is no realistic way of dealing with current problems. There is no solving of harmful or hurtful relationships between human beings. You will never solve the problem of the Communist threat to the world, or anything else, until you understand the mystery of lawlessness.

Exactly parallel with that is what Paul calls “the mystery of godliness.” In First Timothy he says, “Great is the mystery of godliness,” (1 Timothy 3:16 KJV). This is the answer to the mystery of lawlessness.

God has a secret which, if you learn it, enables you to handle this mystery of lawlessness. You can never escape the struggle, but you can win! That’s the point. You don’t have to be defeated. You don’t have to be torn apart and discouraged and bored and jealous and envious and anxious and fretful. You can win, by means of the secret of godliness. It is also called “the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:19), and in another place “the mystery of Christ and his church,” Ephesians 3:4). It is simply the fantastic, radical principle that God intends to live in man. Man is to be the dwelling place of God. And, through the cross and the resurrection, God has set aside man’s guilt and provided for his weakness and impotence, and has given him a way of handling life as it comes — through the power and the activity of God himself, living in you. That is the mystery of godliness — the greatest secret the world has ever heard of!

And it is waiting for Christians to demonstrate — so that when you get upset or anxious or attacked, you don’t react as a non-Christian would. You don’t retaliate or spill out a torrent of angry words in return. You don’t strike back, you don’t get even. But many, many Christians evidence the fact that they haven’t yet learned the mystery of godliness, simply haven’t really learned this secret. They may know it intellectually, but they haven’t committed their lives to it. And yet that is what changes life. That is what revolutionizes society. That is what God calls us to learn.

It is the answer to guilt. How many of you get up in the morning, and, first thing, feel a sense of guilt about something you didn’t do but should have, or something wrong you did do the night before? Do you know how to handle it? Do you know how to divest yourself of that sense of guilt and to step out, free, forgiven — God’s man or God’s woman? Do you know how to handle the sense of feebleness you feel whenever you are challenged with something too big for you? Do you know how to avail yourself of God’s power to meet that challenge?

Without this secret we become victims of life instead of victors. Much already has been taught here about that over the years, and doubtless much more will be. But now we must move on to another mystery. In First Corinthians 15, Paul says to these men and women who are facing life and death,

Lo! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51-52 RSV)

There are many passages in Scripture which speak of that change, of what God is going to do in the future, what he is preparing us for. This is what explains what happens to us in our lives. This is why we can take the sorrows and heartaches and injustices which come.

As Paul tells us, “This slight, momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,” (2 Corinthians 4:17 RSV). And, “The sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us,” (Romans 8:18 RSV).

All this points to that great theme which, Paul tells us in Ephesians, is behind all of God’s work (see Ephesians 1:10) — that in the fullness of time he may gather together all things in Christ, and harmony and unity will be restored to the universe. The second law of thermodynamics, which insists upon decay and loss, will be reversed, and things will get better and better, and greater and greater, and richer and richer, and higher and higher to an infinity beyond our comprehension. This is what puts hope back into our discouraged lives. Life is not without meaning. This is the secret of it. There is no more encouraging secret in all the world than to understand this mystery of God’s working in the future.

Finally, we stand before the mystery of God himself, this mighty Being, this wonderful God — three persons, yet one God — whose ways are different than our ways, greater and higher, who teaches us to lose life in order that we might gain it, that if we are going to live, we have to die, that if we are going to reign, we must become a servant of others, that if we are going to become rich, we must accept poverty and loss, who constantly rules with undeviating justice, and yet with warm, heartfelt, absolutely unending love. No wonder Paul says, “The foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men,” (1 Corinthians 1:25). At last we must cry out with the apostle as we stand before the greatness of God and say, “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33 KJV). What a God! What truth!

The thing that grips me at this moment, and I hope it grasps you, is the fact that to us — we plumbers and carpenters and doctors and bankers and housewives and laborers and construction workers and secretaries — to us have been committed the secrets of God. We are stewards of the mysteries of God. They are given to us in order that we might understand them, and begin to live on them ourselves, and then by that demonstration to impart them to others around us, so that all of life begins to be changed.

Do you have any idea how dark this world would be, how completely hopeless life would be, without the slightest bit of relief, were it not for the dissemination of these secrets of God through the centuries already — by Christian people?

And we have a responsibility to our own generation to be stewards of the mysteries of God. “Moreover, it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful,” (1 Corinthians 4:2 KJV).

I share with you something which has been troubling me: I am disturbed at how few of our people really have habits of personal Bible study. We all love to come and listen to these truths expounded here. We love to read the messages in printed form, and some are studying them. Some are using them as they are intended to be used — as guidelines to prompt your own study. But many are only coming and drinking it all in, but never going beyond that — merely listening — perhaps a few changes apparent here and there, but nothing very much.

Now, let me say something out of the depths of my pastoral heart: You will never be a faithful steward of the mysteries of God that way. You will never be able to help another. You will never be able to demonstrate these secrets in your own life until you personally begin to dig deeper into the Scriptures yourself, and find them out for yourself. It is only as you take these guidelines and begin to translate them into your own terms, into your situation, into your home, where you live, that these truths begin to come alive, and the community starts sitting up and taking notice that here indeed are people who have learned to live in a wholly different way. Only thus can we become faithful stewards of the mysteries of God.

The ultimate demonstration is what takes place down in the hurly burly of life, right in the blood and the sweat and the tears of the marketplace and the home and the school and wherever we are.

This is what makes me know the Scriptures are the Word of God. They solve the problems of life, explain its puzzles. And yet they are still beyond us, still challenging to the intellect. I have been studying this Bible for more than thirty years, but I still often feel as though I have just opened the book and it is flashing its new insights, revelation, and knowledge into my mind which simply dazzle me and challenge me and make me pause in humility to give thanks to God for these marvelous, delivering truths. What a ministry God has committed to us!

My challenge to you is to ask yourself how faithful a steward you are of these great secrets. These are the riches God has entrusted to us to disseminate through our lives to others. May God help us as we face them and answer these questions: How much do you know of this yourself? How much has it gripped your heart, and changed your life?

As we close, I would like to ask you for a moment to pray silently before God and answer whatever the Spirit of God is asking your own heart. I don’t mean to condemn; God does not condemn. But sometimes he wants us to take an honest look at ourselves and see where we are, and to renew our commitment to allow him to change us and make us faithful stewards of his mysteries.

Prayer

Our Father, we ask you to forgive us for the neglect of your Word. What a fantastic treasure of knowledge is here in these pages! How much we need to give ourselves to it, Lord. This is what you have put us here for in this brief span of earthly life — that we might learn these eternal truths which will flash in glory forever through the endless reaches of eternity. And our lives will be reckoned as worthwhile only as we have grasped them and understood them and begun to practice them. Lord, teach us, then to be faithful stewards of the mysteries of God. Help us, Father. We accept your immediate forgiveness for our failure, but we want to go on from here, Lord. We don’t want to be fettered and impotent through ignorance or faithlessness. We want to be strong and genuine and healthy and whole and wholesome, imparting health and strength to others as well. Through us, Lord, heal the blight of humanity around us — the curse and the darkness and the corruption and the despair which is so evident about us. Work through our lives to heal many, we pray, and above all, make us faithful stewards of these secrets. As ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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God has revealed the mystery of His will to His saints! Word of God Mystery – Jesus Christ Mystery

The Bible unveils a great mystery. Paul proclaimed “the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints” (Colossians 1:25, 26).

The mystery, revealed in the Bible, is described in various ways: the mystery of God (Colossians 2:2; Revelation 10:7), the mystery of His will (Ephesians 1:9), the mystery of Christ (Ephesians 3:4; Colossians 4:3), the mystery of the kingdom of God (Mark 4:11), the mystery of the gospel (Ephesians 6:19), the mystery of the faith (1 Timothy 3:9), and the mystery of godliness (1 Timothy 3:16).

In the Bible, a mystery is a hidden truth that can be known only by revelation.
God has revealed mysteries to man.

Daniel declared: “He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things” (Daniel 2:21, 22).

God has revealed His mysteries to enable man to do His will: “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29).
These mysteries are not understood by all.

“In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, ‘I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight’” (Luke 10:21).

“And the disciples came and said to Him, ‘Why do You speak to them in parables?’ He answered and said to them, ‘Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand’” (Matthew 13:10-13).
Why do some fail to understand?

Although man’s ears cannot be closed physically, they can be switched off. Zechariah said of God’s rebellious people: “They refused to heed, shrugged their shoulders, and stopped their ears so that they could not hear. Yes, they made their hearts like flint, refusing to hear the law and the words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets” (Zechariah 7:11, 12).

God instructed His people for their good, “Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward” (Jeremiah 7:24). God’s word is keyed to those who “incline their ear,” to those who are eager to learn.
How do people avoid hearing?

By not listening! People tune out what they do not want to hear. They prefer to watch dramatic presentations that require little effort or thought.

To really learn something however, especially if it is a little complicated, active listening is required. Like in school, one must listen to learn.

A preacher notices certain people who are listening to every word to learn more about the will of God. He notices others who sit with a blank expression, apparently thinking about something else, or nothing at all. Some allow themselves to be easily distracted by little disturbances rather than focusing on the message. Some even go to the rest room … to see who just sent them a text message on their cell phone!

A preacher spends many hours in study and preparation to present a message from the word of God. But he is not an entertainer: he cannot mesmerize your mind like television.

While God’s word is being preached, the hearer also has a task to perform. He must listen attentively.

This lesson about the mystery of God will require concentration. We will be reading some beautiful, yet complicated passages of Scripture. Listen carefully so you can understand what God is telling us in His word.
Who can understand the mysteries of God?

About the coming reign of righteousness it was foretold: “The eyes of those who see will not be dim, and the ears of those who hear will listen” (Isaiah 32:3).

Only those who want to do the will of God understand the mysteries of the kingdom. Jesus said: “If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority” (John 7:17).

Paul explains that the mysteries of God are comprehended only by people who value spiritual realities: “However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Corinthians 2:6-8).

Paul had not based his message on human wisdom, so their faith would be in God, not man (verses 4 and 5). To the mature Paul speaks “the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory.” Even before creation, God had a marvelous plan for man. This plan could not be known by human wisdom.
Paul continues: “But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him’” (1 Corinthians 2:9). The blessings God has prepared are so vast that they not only cannot be known by human wisdom, they cannot even be imagined!

But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God” (1 Corinthians 2:10, 11). The mystery of the wisdom of God and the unimaginable blessings He has in store for those who love Him, have been revealed through the Spirit!
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God” (1 Corinthians 2:12). The mystery of the grace of God has been revealed by the Spirit.

Paul continues: “These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual” (1 Corinthians 2:13). Some claim that the ideas in the Bible are inspired, but not the words. Paul emphasizes, however, that he communicated the revealed mystery in words taught by the Spirit.

He concludes: “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).

Thus, spiritual discernment is required to understand “the things of the Spirit,” the mystery of the wisdom and will of God.
The mystery was revealed to the apostles in the first century.

Paul’s understanding of the mystery came by revelation. He explained: “For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles – if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)” (Ephesians 3:1-4).

Paul gained knowledge of the mystery of Christ by revelation. Others can obtain this knowledge by reading what Paul has written.

“Which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power” (Ephesians 3:5-7).

The mystery of salvation by Christ, made known to the apostles and prophets in the first century, included the truth that believing Jews and believing Gentiles would be united in the same body, the church of Christ.

Paul’s special mission was to preach the gospel to the Gentiles: “To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Ephesians 3:8).

But he also addressed everyone, “And to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God” (Ephesians 3:9).

The fellowship of the mystery is the fellowship of the saved of every nation in the church of Christ, as determined by God before creation.

“To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Ephesians 3:10-12).

Never underestimate the importance of the church of Christ. The mystery of the manifold wisdom of God is made known by the church, not only to man on earth, but also to the principalities and powers in heaven!

This purpose is accomplished in Christ who is the source of salvation for mankind.

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth” (Ephesians 1:7-10).

For the sake of the church, Paul was willing to suffer so the mystery – the word of God – might be preached: “I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints” (Colossians 1:24-26).

It was God’s will that the saints might know the glory awaiting those in whom Christ dwells: “To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus” (Colossians 1:27, 28).

Paul had a burning desire to help people understand the mystery of God so they might enjoy the blessings God gives to those who are in Christ.

“To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily. For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 1:29 – 2:3).
Through the Scriptures this mystery is made known to all nations.

After the mystery of salvation was revealed to the apostles, God commanded that the gospel be made known to all nations through inspired Scriptures: “Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith – to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever” (Romans 16:25-27).
Preachers are stewards of the mysteries of God.

They must faithfully proclaim the gospel. Referring to Peter, Apollos and himself, Paul wrote: “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:1, 2).

We are to pray that preachers will boldly proclaim the mystery of the gospel: “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints – and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak” (Ephesians 6:18-20). “Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak” (Colossians 4:2-4).

The Bible is a book of mysteries revealed. What have we learned?
God has revealed the mystery of His will to His saints.
Only those who want to do the will of God comprehend the mysteries of the kingdom.
Only those with spiritual discernment understand the mystery of God’s wisdom revealed by the Spirit.
The mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ was revealed to the apostles and prophets in the first century.
It was God’s good pleasure to make these mysteries known. He wants us to know the mystery of God.
God commanded that the revelation of this mystery be made known to all nations through inspired Scriptures.
Preachers must faithfully proclaim the mysteries of God.
We are to pray that they will boldly do so.

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory” (1 Timothy 3:16).

What a tremendous blessing that God has revealed to us the mystery of salvation! Through the Scriptures this mystery has been made known to all nations for a purpose, “for obedience to the faith” (Romans 16:26).

Thus Jesus commands: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15, 16). “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age’” (Matthew 28:18-20).

What is the mystery revealed? The good news that sinful man can be saved by the grace of God through His Son, Jesus Christ. Accept God’s mystery of salvation by believing in Christ and confessing His name (Romans 10:10), by repenting and being baptized for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38). Do not delay. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). Amen.

 

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MYSTERIES: The secret things belong to GOD

There is a mystery. An eternal circle or infinite depth to GOD. This is true of His attributes also. Heresy begins when we add or detract from what GOD has said in our attempt to intellectually “explain the mystery” for human consumption rather than admitting it’s a mystery and admiring it.

We have infinitely less possibility of explaining the mysteries of GOD than a toddler has of explaining advanced algorithms.

A few examples:

ALL POWERFUL: Can God make something so big, He can’t lift it?

TRINITY: How can God be three but one?

DEITY / HUMANITY: How can God never be tempted, but Jesus who was God was tempted in all points like us?

[False teachers attempt to “explain” this mystery by denying His Deity]

ETERNAL: What does “no beginning, no ending” look like? How can God be outside of time, but inside of time at the same time?

ALL PRESENT: How can God be everywhere, but in one place (on His throne, in my heart, etc) all at once? How could Jesus’ soul be in hell (Acts 2:31) and in paradise (Luke 23:42-43) at the same time?

SOVEREIGNTY: How can God give us all an equal and a free choice, but then elect certain people via additional grace?

ALL KNOWING: How can God know everything, but Jesus not know the day or the hour (only the Father in heaven) of His second coming?

INCARNATION: How could God, who is a Spirit, place himself geographically into a body? How could there be Christophanies in the Old Testament? Was Jesus, who is an Eternal Being, as the Son of Man able to go back in time or into the future?

VIRGIN BIRTH: How could Jesus be born of a woman, but without her sin affecting Him?

GOODNESS: How could a good God allow men to be born into the world that He knows will burn in hell forever? While a choice was required for us to love God, it also allowed us to choose sin. Why did God create love to require a choice? Why does good have to be hard for us? To test our love more? Then why couldn’t love have been created to not need tests?

Why are the laws of the universe apparently unchangeable? I say “apparently”, because Jesus had to die on the cross. If the rules were changeable, don’t you think He would have foregone such agony? The questions can continue forever.

These questions and many more we ask, but we must learn to accept they are true and that we will need a new body and mind like Jesus to understand them. Attempting to “explain the mysteries” for human consumption leads to strife, heresies, and all manner of confusion, when we should instead acknowledge that it is an unexplainable mystery.
He is GOD. We bow in awe of Him, for though we do not understand Him, we believe Him.

I like one sign that I saw in Charlotte about fifteen years ago. It said: “God does not ask us to understand Him, just love Him”. Even Calvin at the end of his Institutes admits that he doesn’t understand it all, but is hoping to inspire and stimulate others to seek answers on these matters.

GRACE: The Mystery of Grace is incomprehensible by humankind. It is a vast and infinite puzzle or mystery, but God knows every piece and where each goes. Calvin, Arminius, or any other mere man will never solve this mystery. If anything, their speculation has created strife in the Body of Christ as some of their followers began to use their speculation as an addendum to GOD’s Word, a very dangerous practice. Enduring faith is what saves us, not enduring works, as seen in the Scriptures repeatedly. When you see assurances of salvation throughout Scripture, you will see such assurance is offered to those who ‘believe’. This action verb ‘believe’ is in the present linear continuous tense which is best interpreted “believe and believe and continue to believe”.

For example, John 5:24 says:

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”

In other words, faith is what saves. Works do not.  You must “believe and believe and continue to believe” and you have eternal life. It’s not “believe in the past at some moment in time” and then you have eternal life. 

You do not have to work for salvation, either before or after your commitment to Christ and the Spirit’s indwelling. Enduring in works is not necessary for salvation, but you do have to endure in faith as shown in Revelation 2 and 3, Hebrews 6, and many, many other passages. This is what John Calvin taught as well, as you will see later in this article. 

True faith will produce works, but works cannot assist in grace or salvation before or after salvation. “Means of grace” is never taught in Scripture for sanctification or salvation, and the Scripture trumps either the Reformers, the Calvinists, the Baptists or any other theological system.

“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved.” – Matthew 10:22

 
Enduring faith saves. Enduring works have nothing to do with salvation.

COMPARE THESE BIBLICAL CONCEPTS:

  1. God poured His grace upon all men
  2. GOD would have all men to come to the knowledge of the truth
  3. GOD is not a respecter of persons
  4. Salvation is by grace through faith and that not of ourselves; it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast
  5. No man can believe unless the Spirit draws him
  6. Jesus was lifted up, so he might draw all men unto Himself
  7. God chose us and gave us grace (Calvin loves this)
  8. I chose God because of His grace (Arminius loves this).

Of these last two points, BOTH are true. God chose us because we chose Him because He chose us because we chose Him because … this is beyond our comprehension.

SEVEN REASONS TO AVOID SPECULATION ON GOD’S INFINITE NATURE

For those who accept the “TULIP” of Calvin or the teaching of Arminius regarding the Sovereignty and Grace of GOD; for those who teach heresies that attempt to explain the inner mechanics of the Virgin Birth, the dual Divinity and Humanity of Christ, the Omnipotence, the Omniscience, Omnipresence, Eternalness or other attributes of GOD, I would warn you to avoid doing so. By speculating on the inner mechanics of GOD’s Divine Attributes, you will be adding words to the Bible that are not in the Bible, and you will be doing all of this in the name of “interpretation” when in reality, you are actually adding your SPECULATION to Scripture. You will consider yourself a clever intellectual for having solved what brilliant scholars before you could not … at least in your own mind. In reality, you will bring division to the church while the lost world will wonder why there are so many “interpretations”.

Most denominations in Protestant non-sacramental circles would have their differences resolved with this approach. No more divisions would exist between Methodists, Presbyterians, Free Will Baptists, Reformed, or many other sects if people stopped following men who add their speculation to the Bible and followed only the Bible.

If GOD wanted to share the inner mechanics of His mysteries, such as the Mystery of Grace or Election, do you not think He could have done so in great detail? Our minds cannot comprehend GOD’s thoughts, so why do we expect Him to explain the infinite nature of His attributes, His mysteries, and His prophetic secrets to finite minds like ours? If you wish to challenge your intellect, try comprehending the length of eternity. If you cannot understand this one attribute of GOD, why do you strive to understand the vast and infinite well of Grace? Or any of His other attributes?

Here are SEVEN GOOD REASONS TO AVOID SUCH SPECULATION:

1. Deuteronomy 4:2
“Ye shall not add unto the Word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.”
2. Deuteronomy 12:32
“What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.”
3. Jeremiah 26:2
“Thus saith the LORD; Stand in the court of the LORD’s house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the LORD’s house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word:”
4. Revelation 22:18-19
“For I testify unto every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
5. Deuteronomy 29:29
“The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
6. Isaiah 55:8-9
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
7. Ephesians 2:7
“That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”
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Scriptures, in the original Greek, make it abundantly clear that GOD is not a respecter of men and that he draws all men to Himself, so that whosoever believes in Him by counting the cost and making such a choice will be given the Holy Spirit. The same Scripture makes it equally clear that GOD elects or chooses His Bride, gives us grace in order to have faith, gives grace to the humble, resists the proud, and without His grace, we would never choose Him.

Does He give equal grace at the beginning and then as some are humble, does He give more grace?  As others are more proud, does He resist them? We are not told all the details of this or any other aspect of how grace operates from a Divine perspective of Sovereignty and Free Will; therefore, TULIP, a popular Calvinistic acronym for his theological system, is an addition to Scripture. Some of TULIP is absolutely against Scripture in how it adamantly limits Christ’s atonement and states that GOD’s grace is irresistible without any conditions or explanation. The BIBLE doesn’t say such things, so this is mere speculation by Calvin and his followers.

On the other hand, those who teach that we gain or lose salvation based upon works are legalistic, whether they claim that the works are required before the sinner’s prayer and baptism of the Spirit or if they claim that the works are required after His indwelling. Such teaching is adding to the grace of GOD. Sacramentalists are similar to “Repeated-Regenerationists” in this way. Such legalism and “work salvation” teaching is dangerous heresy. Calvin was a sacramentalist ironically (works), while Arminius was closer to the other side of the fence (works in a different way). Both are lacking Scriptural backing. Both are adding their “thoughts” to Scripture in order to create a man-made system of theology. Scripture warns in both Deuteronomy (twice) and in Revelation about adding to Scripture or detracting from it. We are given very severe warnings about changing the gospel of GOD into a false gospel in Galatians.

One of the reasons why some have fought over these two belief systems of Calvin and Arminius (rather than dismissing them as speculation that goes beyond the Scripture) is the “easy-street salvation” school of thought, in my opinion. Some believers may feel that if they can prove Calvinism is true, they can then cast their faith aside through risky behavior and still go to heaven, because “once saved always saved”.

This “easy-street salvation” is not taught by Calvin or Arminius. The ELECT are not those who “said a prayer” but rather those who were given additional grace to have faith in Jesus and “kept the faith” to the end of their journey (“the elect”). A “sinner’s prayer” doesn’t save us, but rather a faith in Jesus which may be manifest as a sinner’s prayer in the beginning, but it is more importantly a faith in Jesus that endures and this faith is only made possible by His grace. For example, Calvin says regarding such “easy-street salvation” in his commentary on I Timothy [I Timothy 1:19] the following quote:

[QUOTE BEGINS] “19 Having faith and a good conscience I understand the word faith to be a general term, denoting sound doctrine. In the same sense he afterwards speaks of “the mystery of faith.” (1Ti 3:9.) And, indeed, the chief things demanded from a teacher are these two: — that he shall hold by the pure truth of the gospel; and next, that he shall administer it with a good conscience and holiest zeal. Where these are found, all the others will follow of their own accord.
From which some having turned aside concerning faith He shows how necessary it is that faith be accompanied by a good conscience; because, on the other hand, the punishment of a bad conscience is turning aside from the path of duty. They who do not serve God with a sincere and a perfect heart, but give a loose rein to wicked dispositions, even though at first they had a sound understanding, come to lose it altogether.
This passage ought to be carefully observed. We know that the treasure of sound doctrine is invaluable, and therefore there is nothing that we ought to dread more than to have it taken from us. But Paul here informs us, that there is only one way of keeping it safe; and that is, to secure it by the locks and bars of a good conscience. This is what we experience every day; for how comes it that there are so many who, laying aside the gospel, rush into wicked sects, or become involved in monstrous errors? It is because, by this kind of blindness, God punishes hypocrisy; as, on the other hand, a genuine fear of God gives strength for perseverance.

Hence we may learn two lessons. First, Teachers and ministers of the gospel, and, through them all the churches are taught with what horror they ought to regard a hypocritical and deceitful profession of true doctrine, when they learn that it is so severely punished. Secondly, this passage removes the offense by which so many persons are greatly distressed, when they perceive that some, who formerly professed their attachment to Christ and to the gospel, not only fall back into their former superstitions but (which is far worse) are bewildered and captivated by monstrous errors. For by such examples, God openly supports the majesty of the gospel, and openly shows that he cannot at all endure the profanation of it. And this is what experience has taught us in every age. All the errors that have existed in the Christian Church from the beginning, proceeded from this source, that in some persons, ambition, and in others, covetousness, extinguished the true fear of God. A bad conscience is, therefore, the mother of all heresies; and we see that a vast number of persons, who had not sincerely and honestly embraced the faith, are hurried along, like brute beasts, into the reveries of the Epicureans, so that their hypocrisy is exposed. And not only so, but contempt of God is universally prevalent, and the licentious and disgraceful lives of almost all ranks show that there is either none at all, or the smallest possible potion of integrity in the world; so that there is very great reason to fear lest the light which had been kindled may be speedily extinguished, and God may leave the pure understanding of the gospel to be possessed by very few.

Have made shipwreck: The metaphor taken from shipwreck is highly appropriate; for it suggests to us, that, if we wish to arrive safely at the harbor, our course must be guided by a good conscience, otherwise there is danger of “shipwreck;” that is, there is danger lest faith be sunk by a bad conscience, as by a whirlpool in a stormy sea.” [QUOTE ENDS]

Taken from here: http://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/calvin/cc43/cc43005.htm
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Here’s verses that are from both sides. First, a few of the verses that emphasize Free Will.

Mat 10:22 “And ye shall be hated of all [men] for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”
Rev 2:10 “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast [some] of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”
Rev 3:21 “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”
Hbr 2:1-3 “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let [them] slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard [him];”
Ti 1:19 “Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: [Calvin in his own commentary on Timothy explains that this is a believer who apostatizes and shipwrecks his faith and he warns believers of this possibility]”
Hbr 6:4-6 “For [it is] impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put [him] to an open shame. [“tasted”is the same word used in Hebrews 2 regarding Jesus tasting death].”
Cr 10:12 “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”
Hbr 3:12 “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.”
Hbr 4:1 “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left [us] of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.”
Hbr 4:11 “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”
Hbr 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession.
Hbr 12:14-17 “Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble [you], and thereby many be defiled; Lest there [be] any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.”
Hbr 12:25 “See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more [shall not] we [escape], if we turn away from him that [speaketh] from heaven …”

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Here are the verses that Calvinists say emphasize the Calvinistic Sovereignty concept.

Total Depravity:

Mark 7:21-23; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 6:20; Rom. 3:10-12; I Cor. 2:14; Eph. 2:3, 15; Calvinism maintains that because of our fallen nature we are born again not by our own will but God’s will (John 1:12-13); God grants that we believe (Phil. 1:29); faith is the work of God (John 6:28-29); God appoints people to believe (Acts 13:48); and God predestines (Eph. 1:1-11; Rom. 8:29; 9:9-23).

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Unconditional Election:

Calvin teaches that God does not base His election on anything He sees in the individual. He chooses the elect according to the kind intention of His will (Eph. 1:4-8; Rom. 9:11) without any consideration of merit within the individual. Nor does God look into the future to see who would pick Him. Also, as some are elected into salvation, Calvin teaches that others are not (Rom. 9:15, 21).

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Limited Atonement:

Calvin states that Jesus died only for the elect. Matt. 26:28; John 10:11, 15; Matt. 25:32-33; John 17:9; Acts 20:28 and Eph. 5:25-27; Isaiah 53:12.

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Irresistible Grace:

When God calls his elect into salvation, Calvin believes they cannot resist. Romans 9:16; Philippians 2:12-13; John 6:28-29; Acts 13:48; and John 1:12-13.

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Perseverance of the Saints:

John 10:27-28; John 6:47; I John 2:19
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Calvin’s teaching in his commentary on I Timothy suggests that he really believed the “P” in his acrostic T.U.L.I.P. was “Perseverance of the Elect” and NOT “Perseverance of the Saints”. Thus, I believe that either Calvin was self-contradictory or that both Calvinists and Arminius followers would agree on the “P” in T.U.L.I.P. Ironically, Jack Hyles and many other “Eternal Securitists” are not Calvinistic in their beliefs, but “Easy-believism Eternal Securitists” for lack of a better word. In other words, they teach that if one prays the “sinner’s prayer”, they’re all set for heaven, regardless of their belief in GOD thereafter. On the other hand, Scripture uses conditions whenever it speaks of GOD’s promises regarding assurance of salvation.  Assurance is only promised to believers and never to unbelievers. One is deemed “saved”, or as the Greek states it “safe”, if one believes (in a continuous tense in the Greek). Even Calvin believed that one could “shipwreck” one’s faith, and that it is faith that saves. The Scriptures speak very clearly in Hebrews and many other passages about the dangers of neglecting one’s faith and salvation.

Paul spoke of a man who was committing incest with his father’s wife, and told the early believers to deliver him to Satan for his physical destruction, so that his eternal soul might be saved.

“To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” – 1 Corinthians 5:5

Why did Paul want them to deliver someone over to Satan to be destroyed physically? So that their spirit would be saved? How does this make sense with “eternal security”? It doesn’t. If eternally security was true, there’s no purpose for one to be destroyed physically. After all, according to such teaching, one just says a prayer to GOD and can never be lost; thus, a person may as well live to three hundred years old instead of being physically destroyed by Satan, because, in the “eternal security” world of “easy-believism”, there’s no worries about their soul being “saved in the day of the LORD Jesus”.

However, in Paul’s words, inspired by GOD, he states that the destruction of the body would be better than the destruction of the soul. Why? If one reaches a point of complete hedonism, as the man in incest to which Paul was speaking, it is better that they die in such a state of evil works, than that they continue to live and perhaps become an unbeliever again. Why? Hebrews 6 states clearly that such a person is impossible to be renewed unto repentance if they make the fatal error of entering again into unbelief. Thus, doesn’t this verse make more sense if one were destroyed by Satan before they enter into unbelief to their own eternal damnation? Without this purpose to this passage, the passage becomes purposeless? Thus, the “eternal security” view makes this passage in I Corinthians 5 completely and utterly nonsensical.

Avoiding heretics, as the apostles warned, makes more sense when you realize that you if you spend enough time with heretics, you may eventually accept their damning false gospel and enter unbelief. Of course, the Elect will not accept such a false gospel, but those with temporal faith rather than enduring faith are impacted since only those with enduring faith enter heaven.

“And you shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved.” – Matthew 10:22
“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” – Matthew 24:13

“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”  – Mark 13:13

In fact, the Scripture states clearly that salvation has no dependence upon works before salvation or after it, but that salvation does go hand-in-hand with belief, and that apostasy goes hand-in-hand with unbelief.

He that believes and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believes not shall be damned. – Mark 16:16

The parable of the sower and Judas Iscariot and the foolish virgins and others including several men who Paul named as having left the faith are examples of such a horrible end. Jesus said: “While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.” – John 17:12

This passage is a great example of the balance for Jesus “keeps us” as He said here, but only those who the Father has “given” to Him. He also guarded them, but one was lost. Why? Jesus did not keep him and he was not one of the Elect. I would also caveat that works was not the reasoning for their being lost as some works salvation adherents and Arminius adherents state. Faith was the reasoning, because it was belief in the Old Testament that saved and belief in the New Testament as well. All of repentant faith and sustaining grace as evidenced by the seal of the Spirit. I recently explained to my child (who was asking) how Old Testament saints were saved. I explained that we all believe the Messiah is who He says He is – the One who can take away our sins by His sacrifice, and we give Him our life in faith. The O.T. saints never saw Him crucified but believed He could do it and gave their lives to Him. We today never saw Him crucified but we still believe He did it and we give our lives to Him. Judas stopped believing and was “lost” (Greek ‘apollymi’) as Jesus termed it. A lesson for those of us today, as was the wilderness testing of Israel and also the angels who left their first estate. How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation? That’s the key warning to the Body of Christ that commands that they abide in the Vine through belief and grace, so that they will not become branches fit for pruning and the fire. It is faith that saves. It is unbelief that damns.

Is it not fitting that the Greek word for unbelief is ‘apistia’, and the Greek word for apostasy or a “falling away” is ‘apostasia’?

On the “Irresistible Grace”, we must concede that GOD’s grace is both “irresistible” due to His election of saints, but also NOT “irresistible” due to His giving us an utterly free will choice in the matter – both are true – it’s just that we can’t understand this … we humans aren’t used to “GOD-thinking” such as Jesus being “tempted in all points” as a man, while equally being GOD who “can’t be tempted”.

Also, the same goes for “Limited Atonement”. GOD died for all men but knowing which ones would trust Him, He also died for certain men. BOTH are true. Jesus said that He died to draw ALL MEN unto Himself; yet we realize He also knew who would and wouldn’t choose Him and be chosen by Him and thus, he knew He was dying for only the Elect. BOTH again. Do you understand that we can’t comprehend this mystery?

On the “Unconditional Election”, I would state that GOD elected us unconditionally in that without His grace, we could not come to Him due to our total depravity; however, even though we are totally depraved, we are still given a choice and we choose – we cannot deny this; however, we choose based upon GOD’s grace. That means we may be totally depraved but we still have the ability to choose, and those who choose to believe are saved, so election is both unconditional and conditional which is far beyond the ability of depraved Calvinists or any other humans to comprehend.

Once again, BOTH are true.  GOD says that He gives grace to the humble and resists the proud, so this makes room for some condition to exist even though we also know that in one sense we couldn’t merit GOD’s favor or be “humble” enough to merit such grace so we are “Unconditionally Chosen”; however, we choose due to grace and grace is given to the humble, while the proud are resisted.

GOD gives us the grace, but then gives us the choice to help us realize that we aren’t a robot-bride or a Bride that is being forced to stay in a relationship without choice as Calvin teaches. We are a Bride who has chosen Him and yet couldn’t without Him choosing us. To say He chose us first would be to say we didn’t choose Him once you realize that we couldn’t without His choosing us. To say we choose Him first is arrogance on our part. We can’t choose Him without His grace. Thus, the CONUNDRUM – the beautiful, magnificent, wondrous and glorious CONUNDRUM which He will explain to us throughout the ages as He says He will in Ephesians 2:7

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

With Calvinism, there’s no need for Ephesians 2:7 since Calvin felt he had it all figured out. The same goes for Arminius. Oh wretched are we humans who think we can spell out and detail the Mind of GOD and who add our meager, finite, pitiful thoughts to His infinite thoughts.

Besides, we are either a follower of Jesus or a follower of Calvin. Which will it be?  Will you call yourself a Calvinist, a Wesleyan, a Remonstrant (follower of Arminius), or a follower of Apollo? Or will you call yourself a follower of Jesus?  No man can serve two masters. 

Either you must say the written and incarnate Word is sufficient or that you need the writings of Calvin or the Westminster Confessions or papal history, canons, bulls and creeds, charismatic words of ‘knowledge’ or man-made additions. The Bible is clear.  We are not to add or diminish one word. 

Both John Calvin and the Master of the Papal Inquisition and founder of the Jesuits, Ignatius of Loyola, both killed believers and attended the same college, and history tells us that Calvin assisted the Inquisition in great part, not just watching the death of many identified with Jesus, but he assisted in their torturous deaths himself. Would a Christian do this to the brethren? Would a Christian send even an unbeliever before the Inquisition? 

I have heard that both Ignatius of Loyola and John Calvin were both conversos who carried out the will of the Tempter.  If so, Calvin would possibly have been buried in a tomb with other infiltrating conversos.  Today, nobody knows where John Calvin was buried.  I will leave such matters for you to determine and will state that there needs to be more evidence before such matters can be considered ‘proven’.

I will only say that Calvin’s theology was far different from the Word who said to bless your enemies. Calvin killed his enemies.  The Word said don’t add to Scripture.  Calvin added.  The Word said belief alone saves us (not works).  Calvin added sacraments to the work of Christ as did many of the so-called ‘Protestants’.  The Word said to love others as the second of the greatest commandments. Calvin hated Jews as did many ‘Protestants’ or ‘Reformers’ like Martin Luther who also taught works salvation through sacraments. Reformed theology attempts to annihilate the Jews’ covenant with GOD and their place in prophecy. The Word offers a different view.  I once offered verses from the Word to a Calvinist and he pretended he didn’t have time.  Yet, he did have time to read book after book by men, including Calvinist men. Who is the Master of such a person who finds books by Calvinists to be more enjoyable than the Book of the Word? Does Reformed theology’s popularity indicate we’re ‘close to the end’?

Why were popular reformed movements today like Sovereign Grace Ministries started originally as ‘People of Destiny International’ and ‘Covenant Life Church‘ by Roman Catholics, Larry Tomczak and C.J. Mahaney?

Why do the core Reformed doctrines, as well as the beliefs found within the Reformed movement from John Calvin on the Inquisition and beheading of other followers of Jesus, Jew hatred, and works salvation (sacramentum), come from protesting Catholics who believed in reforming the Catholic religious system of Rome?

The Baptists and Waldensians have a claimed lineage all the way back to the apostles and which predates Constantine the sun-worshiping emperor’s Roman Catholicism. Constantine’s statue is still seen in Vatican City today.  The Protestant lineage is traced to the Catholic Reformers.  

I believe the growing ‘Reformed’ movement today is actually an indication that many are drawing back under the Satanic skirts of Rome again as the time of the Gentiles is fading to its end as prophecy has predicted it would. As many enter the bed of Calvinism, they are half-way to the bed of Rome.  Both Catholicism and Calvinism are anti-Jewish, anti-Abrahamic covenant, pro-works, pro-sacraments, and both add to Scripture with their own thoughts. By your fruits, you will know them.

Calvin said of those who identified with name of Jesus but who believed differently than him: “One should not be content with simply killing such people, but should burn them cruelly.”

Jesus said of the same type of people in Mark chapter 9: “For he who is not against us is on our side.”

You can read the context in that chapter. He was not saying that all His enemies were His children, but rather Jesus explained:

“Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me.”

While Calvin ordered people to the Inquisition, Jesus said in John 18 and Luke 6:

“My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”

“Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.”

Nowhere in Scripture is anyone told to kill someone for their beliefs.

Give me Jesus alone – for salvation, sanctification and edification.  He is the Word and He is all we need.  I need not call myself by any other man’s name.

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Therefore, we conclude on the matter of T.U.L.I.P. that Calvin teaches “YES” to each of these five points. Arminius teaches “NO” to each of these five points. They both have valid Scriptures. How can we reconcile these Scriptures? They are both additions to Scripture.  Were not the teachings of Calvin and Arminius the source of many schisms in the Body of Christ? And is not the root word of ‘heretic’ in the Greek, the word for ‘schism’?  Were there not many other movements that created schisms as well? Were not the Jesuits masters of creating schisms?

Thus, I conclude that the Bible is teaching a mystery of grace that neither Calvin nor Arminius could understand, but which they attempted to intellectually solve to their own eternal ignominious shame.

I believe GOD’s grace is a mystery that no person can fully comprehend in this life. How is this possible? With GOD and His attributes, all things are possible. He is the Infinite One.  We are the finite ones. We must realize we can never understand His Divine Nature in all of its fullness, including His Grace.  We are not able to place GOD into a laboratory and dissect Him and His attributes.
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Thus, instead of striving about doubtful disputations, we should avoid schisms and embrace the prophecies regarding the Jews of Israel that we are watching happen in our very day.  We should refute salvation through sacraments and we should admit our own incompetency to understand the mind of GOD, refrain from adding to His Word, and unite in the Mission to bring the Gospel to all the world.

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Prayer for Inspiration and Divine Ideas & Prayer for Secrets of God

Heavenly Father,
 
I have called upon Thee for you to hear my whisper through your marvelous loving kindness impart your Divine Inspiration stirring up the Secrets of Your light and Divine Ideas into my spirit. Thy right hand save me. For I have put my trust in Thee Lord. Holy Spirit Impart Your Secrets – the Mind of God – Into my Spirit Father. Shield me with your Faith and from the suffering today for in Your presence there is no suffering. The Stillness of my soul stretches out for the Secrets of God, Father. My spirit streches to know you deeply for who you are, Lord.
 
Impart Your Holy Spirit Father who is like a wind and breath inside me. I obey in Your light Your Spirit Father. And I ask you to reveal the Secrets of your ways and thoughts to me Father. Through Your Holy Spirit that searcheth all things, the hearts of the men yea even the Deep things of God. Holy Spirit through silent worship I shall gain a Divine Idea for my life and Impartation of the Inspiration of the Secrets of God. Inspiration for the life, prayer, worship, service and movement with Your Holy Spirit Father. And anything you want to give me overflowingly Father.
 
Let me know all things that you want to Reveal me. As You Will. All things exist by thee. I receive the Revelation of the Holy Spirit for you have said in Your Word Father that Your thoughts and ways are not ours, but prophetically I pray that these Deep thoughts of God as the Holy Spirit Wills shall be given unto me by Grace. As I seek Thy ways and paths to follow you Lord. Let me understand Thy Good and Perfect Will, Lord. And bring my mind into alignment with Your Holy thoughts, which are Love, Peace and Mystery, Father
 
All things exist by thee. Thou hast made known unto me. Thy deep mysterious things. For all things exist by thee and there is none by thee Father. By thy Law thou hast directed my heart that I set my steps straight forward upon your paths and ways and Your thoughts Father and walk in your presence and where your presence is. Impart now the Gift of understanding the Mystery of the Gospel Father that I may know Thy ways through Your Word. As the mystery starts to stir up my soul and spirit. You have imparted in me your Holy Ghost who is the source of all Power, Inspiration and Divine Ideas. I pray, release your Inspiration and Divine Ideas upon my life Father.
 
For the stars are the memorial of your Name. And your works are praised by the oceans and mountains. Inspire me by your Glory and Grace Holy Spirit. As I adore your power upon me and even then when I don’t feel you, let my soul speak silently within me through your Inspiration and Secrets of God by your Holy Spirit Father,
 
In Jesus Mighty and Glorious Name,
Amen

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