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#006 Do Angel’s Have Wings?

Posted in That's In The Bible - Podcast on February 22, 2009 by thatsinthebible

How does the Bible describe angels? Are they women with wings? Men with wings? Are they people who have died and gone to heaven and are now angels?

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Introduction to angels:

1) Angels were created by God: [Colossians 1:16-17] “For by him (God) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in the earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” Also [Revelation 4:11]

2) First Mention: The word “angel” first occurs in [Genesis 16:7] where the Angel of the Lord ministered to Hagar after Sarai had mistreated her.

3) Angels are spirit beings:  [Psalm 104:4] “Who maketh his angels spirits.”,[Hebrews 1:14] “Are they not all ministering spirits.”

4) As spirits angels are not bound by human laws:

A) They can enter locked prisons [Acts 12:7]

B) Open prison doors [Acts 5:19]

C) Ascend in a flame [Judges 13:19-20]

D) Travel great distances very quickly [Daniel 10:12-13]

E) One angel killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers in one night [2 Kings 19:35]

F) One angel slew 70,000 Israelites following David’s sin [2 Samuel 24:15-16]

G) One angel broke the seal of Jesus’ tomb and rolled away the stone [Matthew 28:2-4]

H) One day an angel will bind the devil and imprison him for a thousand years [Revelation 20:1-3]

I) [Psalm 103:20]  “Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength.”

5) They are very wise [2 Samuel 14:20]

6) “mighty angels” [2 Thessalonians 1:7]

7) Angels are immortal [Luke 20:35-36]

8 ) Great number of angels [Hebrews 12:22]

9) Their abode is in heaven [Mark 12:25]

10) The angels in heaven are holy [Luke 9:26]

The Work of angels:

1) Angels are here to guide believers: An angel guided Philip to meet the Ethiopian eunich [Acts 8:26]

2) They are here to assist, protect, and strengthen the believers:

A) They helped Daniel in [Daniel 6:22]

B) They helped Elijah in [1 Kings 19]

C) They ministered to Jesus at the great temptation with the devil [Matt 4:11]

D) They ministered to Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane [ Luke 22:43]

E) They will accompany our Lord Jesus Christ when he returns [Matt 25:31], [2 Thessalonians 1:7-8]

F) They will take the saints to heaven at death [Luke 16:22]  (Notice this reference has to do with Abraham’s Bosom (Paradise), now that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead we are taken to Heaven not to Abraham’s Bosom.)

3) The angels had a part in giving the law:  [Acts 7:53], [Galatians 3:19]

Angels are always male and never have wings:

[Genesis 19:1-16], [Judges 13:1-22], [Luke 24:1-9, 22-23], [Revelation 21: 9-17], Some (maybe even you) have intertained angels and unaware of it [Hebrews 13:2]

We are to never worship angels:

1) [Galatians 1:8] Angels have no new revelation than that which we already have from this book, if you say an angel tells you something contrary to the bible then throw it out.

2) [2 Corinthians 11:14] Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light, so even if you saw an angel it could be satan himself!

3) [Judges 13:16] We cannot pray to angels, we are to pray to the Lord Jesus Christ and to Him only [1Timothy 2:5].

4) [Revelation 22:8-9] Worship God not angels.

The Angels are at least 33 years old in appearance: Jesus Christ was about 33 and a half years old when He died and was resurrected in a glorified body as 33 and a half years old.  In the Bible Jesus Christ is called “the angel of God” [Acts 27:23], [Galatians 4:14].  So all angels must be that age as well.  We get the age of Jesus Christ at His death from the perfect bible the King James Version.  In the book of John there are 4 passovers mentioned.  Jesus Christ when He started His ministry was 30 years old because in the OT a Jew had to be 30 years old before he could begin his ministry [Numbers 4]. At the start of His ministry He was baptized by John the baptist and a couple days later in [John 2:13] the first passover is mentioned (30 years old).  The second passover is in [John 5:1] (31 years old). The third passover is in [John 6:4] (32 years old).  The Fourth passover is in [John 12:1] (33 years old).

Angels are appearances: Many say that angels are just messengers and that is their only task and purpose, but the Bible paints a much larger picture.  Angels are appearances:

1) The Lord Jesus Christ in the Old Testament appears as “the Angel of the Lord” which is a Theophany (an appearance of God).

2) Michael the archangel instead of being a messenger, stands as the “great prince which standeth for the Children of thy people.” [Daniel 12:1]

3) Children have appearances in heaven represented by angels

4) Local Churches have appearances in heaven represented by angels, the 7 churches in Revelation 2-3 all have angels representing them.

Two main angels in the Bible: (Other than the Angel of the Lord)

1) Michael the archangel:  He is mentioned 3 times in Daniel: [Daniel 10:13,21], [Daniel 12:1].

His work appears to be three fold according the the bible.

1. To deliver God’s poeple particularly the Jews from the power of Satan (found in those verses in the book of Daniel just listed.

2. Michael and his angels will fight against the devil and his angels and cast them down to the earth in the tribulation [Revelation 12:7-9].

3. He is also associated with the resurrection of the dead.  He is associated with the resurrection mentioned in [Daniel 12:1-2], and the “voice” of the Archangel that will be heard when the “Dead in Christ” shall rise [2 Thess. 4:16] will be the voice of Michael because he is the only archangel ever mentioned in the Bible.

2) Gabriel: Gabriel’s work appears to be associated with the redemptive work of God: In [Daniel 8:16, 9:21-27] Gabriel appeared to Daniel to inform him as to the time of Christ’s First Coming. In [Luke 1:5-20] Gabriel announced to Zacharias that he would have a son, who is later known as John the Baptist.  And in [Luke 1:26-33] Gabriel came to Mary and told her she would have a child, and to call his hame Jesus and that He would sit on the Throne of David forever.

The “Sons of God” in the Old Testament: It is true that anyone today that has accepted Jesus Christ as their saviour is called a Son of God.  But in the Old Testament everytime you see the expression “Sons of God” the Bible is refering to angels that have fallen from heaven.  Ever since Adam lost the image of God by eating from the fruit in the Garden of Eden no man was ever called a “Son of God” until the New Testament when we are born again [1 Peter 1:3], [John 1:12].  Adam was the only man in the OT ever called a “Son of God” and thats Adam [Luke 3:38].  Some verses refering to the “Sons of God” (fallen angels) in the Bible: [Job 1:6], [Job 2:1], [Job 38:7], [Genesis 6:2], [Psalm 82].

#005 What Is Mary’s Place In The Bible?

Posted in That's In The Bible - Podcast on February 14, 2009 by thatsinthebible

Should we pray to Mary? Is Mary divine? Did Mary have other children? Find out what the Bible says!

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Luke 1:34-35

Ever since the beginning of time Satan has been trying to creep in as a wolf in sheep’s clothing to cause confusion among the believers by introducing false doctrine. Mary has been elevated to a high honor among millions. How can we know the truth about Mary? By looking at the perfect word of God (the Bible) and seeing what the Bible has to say about Mary the mother of Jesus.sudio1b

The New Testament says very little about Mary. Her first recorded words were spoken at the marriage of Cana where Jesus turned the water into wine. We find Mary only once during Jesus’ public ministry (Matthew 12:46) and then at the cross where she was committed to the care of John (John 19; 25-27). Then after Christ ascended to heaven with the disciples and then finally engaging in prayer before Pentecost, but she has no prominent place (Acts1:14). With this in consideration let us look at the myths concerning Mary.

Given title – Mother of God

This title originated in the council of Ephesus in the year 431. The purpose of this expression was not to glorify Mary but to emphasize the deity of Christ. The term today has come to have a far different meaning than that intended by the early Church. It is now used not to show Christ’s deity but used to exalt Mary to a supernatural status as Queen of Heaven.

When we say a woman is the mother of a person we mean they gave birth to that person. But Mary certainly did not give birth to God, nor Jesus Christ as the eternal Son of God. She was not the mother of our Lords divinity but only his humanity. You see Christ has exsisted from all eternity he was Mary’s creator (John 1:1-3 ).

The bible calls Mary the mother of Jesus but gives her no other title, all others are taken from outside sources other then the Bible.

By using the term “mother of God” man has come to look upon Mary as stronger, more mature, and more powerful then Christ. Rome says “He came to us through Mary  we must go to him through her.” Man magnifies the person that the Holy spirit wants to minimize and minimizes the person that the Holy Spirit wants to magnify.

To call Mary the Mother of God is impossible, illogical, and unscriptural for God can have no mother. He is eternal and without beginning while Mary was born and died within a few short years (John 8:58). “I Am”, The divine nature of Christ existed long before Mary was ever born. Think about this,  Jesus never called Mary his mother, instead he called her “woman”.

I believe Mary would weep to hear anyone pervert the truth as to call her the mother of her creator, true Jesus was God but he was also man and it was only as man that he could have a mother.

Prayer to Mary

Millions of people around the world kneel and pray to statues of Mary. There are over one hundred million practicing roman catholics, maybe a billion through out the world who pray to Mary. I was watching a TV program a couple years back and there were a group of kids that asked, “Are we supposed to pray to Mary?”, the man answered “Yes, who better to go to than the mother of Jesus. If you want your prayers answered go to the mother”. In the book “The Glories of Mary” by bishop Alphones De Liguoris it says “Mary is the peace maker between sinners and God” and “we often more quickly obtain what we ask by calling on the name of Mary than invoking that of Jesus”.

Now looking to Gods Word we never read where anyone ever prayed to Mary. Peter never prayed to Mary, Paul never prayed to Mary,  the early church never did either. In the old testament the Jews never prayed to Abraham, Jacob or David or any of the other prophets. There is not the slightest suggestion that prayer should be offered to anyone other then God.

1Timothy 2:5 , John. 16:23-24, Ephesians 2:13,14,

Doctrine of Mary Worship

As millions of people bow down and worship statues of Mary and say the rosary which includes 50 hail Mary’s, they also bow in a way in which you would do before the Lord. A quote from the same book I looked at earlier says this “Mary is called the Gate of Heaven because no one can enter that blessed kingdom without passing through her”,  “ The way of salvation is open to none otherwise than through Mary”. Isn’t it strange how these statements are in direct contradiction to the Word of God (John. 10:1,7,9 , 14:6). The Bible says in Matthew 4:11 “ Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him alone shalt thou serve.” Mary worship is unscriptural. Mary cannot answer prayers, she cannot save, she was a sinner in need of a savior herself (Luke 1:46-47 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.)

I think of the brass serpent That God had Moses place on a pole and lift up so all those that looked at it would live. If you read in Second Kings 18:4 you will find that the Jews preserved the brass serpent and made an idol out of it. They looked at this as an instrumental cause of salvation although it was never meant to be worshipped. Hezekiah broke it in pieces and named it Nehushtan= a piece of brass. This is what God thinks of all the idols around the world that take glory and honor that He deserves. This is what the worship of Mary does. No wonder why the bible does not tell us any more of the life of Mary. If man knew where she died you could be sure there would be some men, yay even a religion, that would dig up her bones and pray to them.

This is why Bible believers have “failed to give attention to Mary”. Man and religion today have made her greater than God. I will not apologize for giving glory to God rather then Mary. If there someone that ought to be magnified today than it is the Lamb.

Mary’s Lamb

Matthew 1:20-21 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

The link that Pastor Matt mentioned is http://www.bereanbeacon.org

#004 Is Everything Written In The Bible For Me?

Posted in That's In The Bible - Podcast on February 8, 2009 by thatsinthebible

Find out how to read the Bible to understand it. Learn how to apply the Bible to your life and discover the common mistakes that others have made when trying to understand the Bible.

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Is the Bible Written for Everyone? (2nd Installment) Is everything written in the Bible for me? The short Answer to this question is yes and no. This is not a contradiction nor a cop-out.

  • First  you must understand that the Bible is a spiritual book. Not ordinary. (Hebrews 4:12-13)  This book is alive and it judges.  It even takes on personal attributes, this is an extraordinary book.
  • Second you must understand the Applications of the Bible. How it is interpreted and understood.  Historical – What happened at the time, the events described. DoctrinalProphetical Present Truth Or Future Truth. Spiritual – Devotional, how the passage speaks to you . Life lessons to learn from passages not written directly to you. David and Goliath. A real event. Facing Giants in your life and how to overcome them. Ez 28 Talks to the king of Tyrus Vs11-17. 1 Corinthians 10:6 , 10:11 Romans 15:4  So in a Spiritual sense everything in the Bible is written for you. Example – Admonition (warnings) Learning. Now the Bible is also written in a manner of contrasts or one against another.  Saved    Lost //   Righteous    Wicked   //    New man     Old man  Those in the Spirit     Those in the Flesh But there is a division that is more critical    In reference to the whole Bible
  • There are 3 basic groups or breakdowns of people 1 Corinthians 10:32

I. Jews     Hebrews (Later called)     Judah    Israel This group of people was separated by God from all the other nations thus they are call his chosen people Genesis 12:1-3 Begins with Abram  later calle Abraham. All the families of the earth are blessed in Him. Genesis 18:18 All the nations of the earth are blessed in Him. This promise is passed on and confirmed by God to Isaac, Abraham’s son. Genesis 26:1-4 Again this promise is passed on to Isaac’s son Jacob also called Israel. Genesis 28:10-15 The Promised Land. A land flowing with milk and honey. The blessing that went alone with the land grant and the blessing of nations. Ge 27 cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.

II. Gentiles (NT)   Greeks – Romans 3:29 1 Corinthians 1:23 Anyone who is not a Jew is a Gentile. It must be remembered as we just covered, that individuals and nations are blessed in the nation of Israel. How we as a nation or an individual treats the Jews will determine how the Lord will treat us. I will bless them that bless thee and curse them that curseth thee. Look at history Israel has had its struggles, but that is because of its relationship with God . When they rebelled against God    Going into Idolatry. And other such sins. God brought persecution upon them. Jud 2:11-15 This goes on throughout the nation of Israel’s history. When Neb came in took Judah captive and scattered them throughout the nations, this began what is called in the bible “the times of the Gentiles”. Hosea 3:4  Jesus came to this earth the first time, and the Jews rejected him as their Messiah.  In so doing prolonged the times of the Gentiles   and the Church age was ushered in. Luke 21:20-24, Romans 11:25, Amos 9:14-15

III. The Church Body of Christ Bride of Christ Some distinction needs to be made   between the Local church and the body. One is plural,other is singular, one is an organized institution the other a living Organism. The end of Local church apostasy the end of the body is the rapture, lost people in local church no lost in the body. Anyone who has trusted Jesus Christ as their Personal savior is automatically part of the church and part of the body Ephesians 1:22-23 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. Ephesians 5:21-33, 1 Corinthians 12:13When a person trusts Jesus Christ they cease to be a Jew or a Gentile. They become part of the body of Christ which is the Church. Colossians 3:1-11

I have gone through all of this to show that though we may apply the bible to us spiritually.  Doctrinally and Prophetically the bible is written to specific people and groups which can not be applied to everyone. I hope this podcast has been instructive. If you have any question or comment. Feel free to leave us an e-mail.

#003 Is The Bible For Everyone?

Posted in That's In The Bible - Podcast on February 1, 2009 by thatsinthebible

Who is the Bible for? Is it just for those of the Christian faith? What about the Jewish people? What about those of other faiths? What about those of no faith is it for them too?

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Is the Bible for Everyone?

Does the Bible have an Answer to this Question?

It seems so broad, so all encompassing, you can’t mean everyone, you must be referring to just those of the Christian faith. You couldn’t mean non Christians, those of other faiths, even those of no faith.

Those Atheist    or    Agnostic     ( no God )     ( no knowledge )    They are unsure.

For the most part the Agnostics that I have met have no desire to really want to know. They are happy in their ignorance living the Epicurean lifestyle, playing the odds that they will stand before a Holy God and give an account of there sin. The problem with Agnostics and Atheist is the same as it was for the Jews standing before Pontus Pilate “WE HAVE NO KING BUT CAESAR”. In essence they said, WE WILL NOT HAVE THIS MAN REIGN OVER US. The problem is one of Authority. An Agnostic and or an Atheist will not yield in submission to their Creator. The Bible says that God is the Creator:

Genesis 1:1 , Genesis 1:26-27, Isaiah 45:12, Isaiah 42:5

Irrespective of race, nationality, or creed God is responsible for every one being here especially you. In fact God is the reason you are alive because he is the very one which has just given you your very breath. The Bible doesn’t stop there. It further states;

Colossians 1:13-17 , John 1:1-3

Here the Lord sticks the goad in further to those who reject his authority, by stating that God in the person of Jesus Christ is responsible for creating all things and by him all things consist. Therefore when the Lord makes a statement to mankind, it is for everyone irrespective of race, nationality, or creed.

2 Peter 3:9 , Hebrews 9:27 , John 3:16

Whosoever       That means you      Are you Born Again?

It is written and directed to everyone, which includes you. But God is not the tyrant his foes make him out to be.  The Lord has given each of us the privilege of choice.

John 3:17-21

Choice

John 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

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Hebrews 7:25

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