Most of us have heard about “fallen angels” even though the Bible does not literally support it. If you research “fallen” you will only find one reference to an angel in Is.14:12, which is a prophecy of something to come. This scripture refers the “the Shining One, the Morning Star.”
“How you have fallen from heaven,
O star of the morning, son of the dawn! NASU
(The KJV adds the name Lucifer, but there is no such name in the most correct manuscripts).
The reason this verse is still future is because Rev. 12:9 is still future.
9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
“The fallen angels” refers to those mentioned in Jude 6 and 2Pe.2:4.
And angels–those who did not keep the position originally assigned to them, but deserted their own proper abode–He reserves in everlasting bonds, in darkness, in preparation for the judgement of the great day. Weymouth. This seems to be a free will decision to abandon (desert) their own dwelling place and because they did,
2 Peter 2:4
For God did not spare angels when they had sinned, but hurling them down to Tartarus consigned them to caves of darkness, keeping them in readiness for judgement. Weymouth
Because of their own actions, God cast them out of Heaven; they didn’t fall, they were thrown out!
What sin did they did commit to cause this? For those who may not know we can find that answer in Genesis.
Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, 2 that the sons of God (angels) saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. NASU
4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days and also later. That was when the sons of God had sexual relations with the daughters of human beings. These women gave birth to children, who became famous and were the mighty warriors of long ago. NCV
The offspring of these angels were/are the Nephilim. Goliath was a Nephilim, a member of a super race of people, continually evil, mighty warriors and famous men of renown. Nimrod was another. This is the sin that these particular angels committed. They have been in Tartarus ever since the Flood.
This will be my shortest Post ever. I am curious what you think we should be praying for more than anything else. One of the things I think should be a #1 concern is that the US Dollar remain the World Reserve Currency. If it ever loses that lofty position, it could lose 50-75% of its value overnight, if not more. When things lose value, it takes more of them to get less. What do you think is the most important thing to prayer for?
(As you can see, it does not pay to take verses out of their context).
Paul was not saying, “hey let’s all go out and put ourselves in a dangerous place where we could to get killed, cuz, hey, then we will be with Christ!” What he was saying was that he himself was torn between wanting, desiring for the gathering together to be with Christ and continuing to do what he was doing, for their sake; not that he or us has any control over the return anyway. Paul goes on to say:
Phil 1:23 But I am pressed by both, having the desire for (the) departure and being with Christ, [for] [it is] very much better, Darby
More of the context of Philippians: Phil 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. KJV
Paul goes on to say in Phil 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. KJV
Phil 3:10-11 That I may know him, and the power of his ability to raise the dead, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the rising from the dead. AT
Phil 3:20-21 for our commonwealth has its existence in [the] heavens, from which also we await the Lord Jesus Christ [as] Saviour, who shall transform our body of humiliation into conformity to his body of glory, according to the working of [the] power which he has even to subdue all things to himself. Darby
2 Thess 2:3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For it (the day of the Lord) will not be, unless the departure comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction, WEB
Death is an enemy and will be an enemy until it is destroyed: 1 Cor 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. KJV
Do you remember that Paul said in 1 Thess 4:13-17 that the dead are sleeping in Christ? Where are they sleeping? In Sheol, the grave. This is where the apostle Paul is now, and Peter and David and Moses as well as everyone who has ever lived and died, except Jesus Christ. Some are awaiting the Gathering Together of the Church of God, the Body of Christ; others are awaiting the Resurrection of the Just, some the Unjust and still others have no idea that they are waiting for anything. But, the fact remains, that they are dead and don’t even know it. Anyone who was ever any good for God, who are dead, are no longer. Death will find us all soon enough without us going out looking for it!
Whatever your hand finds to do, verily, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going. NASB
When one makes Jesus their Lord, God creates His seed in that individual. As was discussed in Chapter III, we become born again of incorruptible “seed” (1 Peter). The word “seed (spora)” implies parentage.3 Spora and sperma 4 both come from speiro (4687) and spao (4685). It is easy to see that these words are the roots of the English words spore and sperm,
which are both used to describe reproduction; the sowing of seed. To gain a better understanding of the birth of Christ, consider the usage of words in following passage:
“An account of the beginning, origin,(genesis, 1078) 5 of Jesus the Messiah,
son of David, son of Abraham” (Mt 1:1). AT
Here, genesis is a noun that means origin, source, or beginning; it comes from the word ginomai (1096): to come into being. Similarly, “And Jacob begat (gennao, 1080) Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born (gennao) Jesus, who is called Christ or Messiah” ( Mt 1:16).
Here is what the KJV says: The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
This should be particularly troubling to everyone, in that the very first verse of the New Testament is corrupt! The word “generation” 1074 is the word genea and is translated as such 31 of 37 times, but it is not used in this verse at all.
Matthew 1:18 should read, “The beginning, genesis (with one “n”), or origin of Jesus Christ happened this way,” not, “Now the birth (gennesis, with a double “n”) of Jesus Christ happened in this way.”6 The earliest and best manuscripts agree in introducing the passage with the words “The beginning.” Some manuscripts have “<1078> accompanying the word genesis.The reason for this is that other manuscripts use the word gennesis (1083). One thing that further sets these two words apart is that genesis can also mean creation. Genesis and “now” also fl ow with the context of Matthew 1:1. Now the beginning (genesis, 1078) of Jesus Christ was on this wise: his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of holy spirit (no article the). But [while] he thought on these things, behold, [the] angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, fear not to take Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of 7 holy spirit (no article the). (Mt 1:18, 1:20) It says this is the beginning, the genesis, of Jesus Christ. You either believe it or you do not. If you do not, then there is no reason to believe anything else the Bible has to say.
NT:4701 spora (spor-ah’); from NT:4687 (speiro); a sowing, i.e. (by implication)
NT:4690 sperma (sper’-mah); from NT:4687; something sown, i.e. seed (including
the male “sperm”); by implication, off spring; specifically, a remnant (figuratively,
as if kept over for planting). Strong’s
NT:1078 genesis, geneseoos, hee; 1. source, origin; 2. used of birth, nativity, in Mt
1:18; 3; of that which follows origin, viz. existence, life Jas 3:6. Thayer’s
Bart D. Ehrman, Th e Orthodox Corruption of Scripture: Th e Effect of Early
Christological Controversies on the Text of the New Testament. (Oxford: Oxford
University Press, 1993).
NT:1537 ek (ek) or ex (ex); a primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence
action or motion proceeds), from, out of (place, time, or cause; literal or figurative;
direct or remote. Strong’s
Some interesting facts.
One of the keys to understanding who is what in the book of Revelation being able to see the different Greek words from which our English words are translated. Beast for example is translated from either zoon or therion:
NT:2226 zoon(dzo’-on); neuter of a derivative of NT:2198; a live thing, i.e. an animal: KJV – beast. NT:2198 zao (dzah’-o); a primary verb; to live (literally or figuratively).
NT:2342 therion (thay-ree’-on); diminutive from the same as NT:2339; a dangerous animal: KJV – (venomous, wild) beast. NT:2339 thera (thay’-rah); from ther (a wild animal, as game); hunting, i.e. (figuratively) destruction: KJV – trap.
Zoon is used 7 times and therion is used 37 times in Revelation. Here we can see that therion is not just any living animal, but a wild, dangerous and destructive one as well.
Rev 13:11-17 describes this Beast from the Earth
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(Taken from Chapter XI of my book)
Yes, there any many false prophets and false teachers, but there is only 1 False Prophet thrown into the Lake of Fire:
And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. KJV
This individual is first mentioned 3 chapters earlier:
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. KJV
Prior to this there is no mention of this individual by this name. The only way we can discover more about them is by their attributes:
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Great teaching from my sister.
When I studied and wrote about Jonah the other day, the Lord jolted me with two instructions. The first was to look up the location of Jonah’s Nineveh and see if it is the same as where ISIS is murdering people today. It is. And the demons are just as viscous now as they were over 2800 years ago in Jonah’s time.
I read this in Holman’s Bible Dictionary about Nineveh in Jonah’s time: “They fought with the Israelites continually, their brutality renowned. They impaled their enemies on stakes in front of their towns, hung their heads from trees and covered city walls with the skins of their victims. And when they took prisoners they tortured them—men, women and children—by hacking off body parts, gouging out their eyes or tearing off their lips or hands.” Horrendous inhumane deeds, then and now: same evil brought about by the same demons.
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