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Revelation 11:15

Hi Pastor John,

I’m wondering if Revelation 11:15 is speaking of Jesus: “And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.”

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Yes, that is correct.

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In that case, it seems like the woman mentioned in the previous verses would be the Jews. Would that also be right?

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Yes, the woman is Israel.

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Thank you,

Jenny

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Who Were the “Devils”?

Hi Pastor John,

Thank you for that answer. (See post dated 8/28/2018: Who Were the “Devils”)

I heard before the pastor said “the devils that Jesus cast out in earth were creatures like man living in the formless and dark as genesis 1:2 said” before God created the new world. They just complicate it.

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That is strange teaching.  Not from God.

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They also said that Satan is an angel and a worshiper.

They said that they are big than humans and they have wings too. Humans are made to worship. After Satan and his angels had been cast out, no worshiper in heaven so God need a worshiper and he calling all humans to worship him. Satan did not want believers to worship God because its a noise to him and he tremble.  The weapons against them is worship (Ephesians 6:12) (very strange interpretation)

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All that is an invention of man.  You can just forget about all that.

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“It was very different from your understanding, Angels have no wings and they are like humans (Hebrews 13:2) Satan is not an angel but a cherub (Ezekiel 28). 

When a man living in God’s kind of life is what really Satan hates because all they can do is sin and they cannot have God’s kind of life. So he deceives in earth as a roaring lion knowing that he has little time. (clearer) If pastors can know this they can say  ‘Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.’ (2 Corinthians 2:11)” (Pastor John)

Is it possible that Satan became “the god of this world” when Adam disobeyed God? (When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. Romans 5:12) 

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The Bible does not say, but that is probably when it happened, yes.

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“And the great Dragon was cast out, the ancient serpent who is called the Accuser, and Satan, who deceives the whole world.  He was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.  And I heard a great voice in heaven saying, ‘For this, rejoice, O heavens and those who dwell in them!  Woe to the earth and the sea!  For the Accuser has come down among you, having great anger, knowing that he has little time”’ (Rev. 12:9, 10a, 12).

In that verse, is it correct that Satan will not come back to heaven?

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That is correct.

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And from the time Satan and his angels had been cast out in heaven, is it possible that the remaining angels will not sin? ( For this, rejoice, O heavens and those who dwell in them!) Satan deceives now in earth but not in heaven.

Leika

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Yes, the remaining angels are faithful.  And Satan has no remaining influence in heaven.  Nor does he have any influence on the holy Ghost that is in you!

Pastor John

 

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Losing the Spirit

Pastor John, 

When a person baptized in the Holy Spirit is not living in godly way, the holy spirit is grieved.  Is it possible that the holy spirit will depart from such a person?

Leika

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Hi Leika.

Good question.  The short answer is yes.  The Spirit may leave a backslider, under certain conditions, while he is still living in this world.  Paul refers to those who have been thus cursed as “reprobates” (2Cor. 13:5–7).  If a backslider never repents in this life and dies in his sin, the Spirit will no doubt be taken from him after death; however, the Bible is silent about that specific point.

Thankfully, God is very patient, “not willing that any should perish”, and He will wait for many years, for a wayward child to repent.  We may all be thankful for that.

Pastor John

 

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Leika’s Poem

Pastor John,

I make a poem yesterday:

 

Babylon the Great

 

The great and mighty city

The mother of harlots, full of mystery 

She drunk the blood of the martyrs 

And she was full of blasphemy 

 

The habitation of the devils

The place of every foul spirit

A cage of every unclean

A congregation of the dead

 

Her hand full of abominations

And filthiness of her fornication 

Her wine and delicacies, drunk and ate by all nation

Her sins and iniquities, reached and seen unto heaven

 

Babylon the great is fallen!

She will be thrown down

And shall not be found

For the judgement will come

 

God is calling her people in Babylon

Come out of her, my people!

For their ceremonies, full of vanity

Come out! For her plague will be exceedingly great!

 

Leika

 

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Who Were the “Devils”?

Pastor John,  

If Satan and his angels were cast out in heaven when Jesus ascended to heaven, then who were the devils that Jesus cast out in earth?

Leika

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Hi Leika.

Thank you for the question.

Satan and his angels were heavenly beings, of course, and could speak face-to-face with God.  The Bible tells of times when that happened.  God often sent them to earth, as He did other angels, to accomplish one purpose or another.  In fact, Satan was in charge of this world; so, he was here often.  You will remember that Paul called him “the god of this world”.  In the Temptation, when Satan offered Jesus authority over the nations of earth, he had the power to do that because, as Satan mentioned to Jesus during the Temptation, God had given all the kingdoms of the world into his hand.

Satan’s angels are the demons that Jesus cast out of people when he was on earth.  They had left their own heavenly bodies behind in order to live in human bodies, but they still had access to heaven when they were not in the human bodies they had possessed.  In Genesis 6, we are told that these “sons of God” possessed human bodies in those early days because they lusted after women.  Read 1Kings 22, and you will see an example of a demon talking face-to-face with God in heaven, and then coming down to earth to possess humans – false prophets, in that case.

What is meant by Satan and his angels being cast out of heaven is that they had their privilege to be in God’s presence taken away.  Instead, they were condemned to wander among men on earth until the end, when Satan and all his angels will be damned forever.  God has cursed them with the greatest curse, the curse of not being able to repent.  They cannot feel regret for wrongdoing.  Therefore, all they can do is sin.  Peter describes their spiritual condition this way: “God spared not angels who sinned, but tartarized them and consigned them to chains of blackness, to be held until the Judgment” (2Pet. 2:4).

So, Satan and his angels, as well as other heavenly beings, were once blessed to be in heaven, but they often came to earth.  Now, they can be nowhere but on earth.  By the way, I love the sympathy for us that came from one of God’s faithful heavenly beings when he saw Satan and his angels cast down to earth to live here all the time with man: “And the great Dragon was cast out, the ancient serpent who is called the Accuser, and Satan, who deceives the whole world.  He was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.  And I heard a great voice in heaven saying, “For this, rejoice, O heavens and those who dwell in them!  Woe to the earth and the sea!  For the Accuser has come down among you, having great anger, knowing that he has little time” (Rev. 12:9, 10a, 12).

Hope that helps answer your question.

Pastor John

 

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Homesick

Good morning pastor John.

This excerpt is so good to me!  It touched me as soon as I read it.  Jesus did not want this world.  Jesus wanted his Father and the glory his Father wanted him to have.  It made me think of sister Sheila and her testimony of being homesick. Oh, to have our hearts and eyes so fixed on Jesus that when they offer us the world, we can’t even see what they offer.

This world will never know our hearts, for we have been forever changed.

Touched by the Son.

Makes me homesick too.

Beth

Ex 8_20

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Sweet Science Class

Hey there, 

We had such a sweet science lesson yesterday.  I looked in my teacher’s notes and saw this.  Ha!  It made me smile.  I was suppose to ask the kids this question and give them the answer, “God”.  They didn’t get that simple answer.  They got the whole testimony, again, on Jesus asking me pretty much the same question, “Who created science?”  It was so sweet to start our first science class of the year with that testimony.  It’s the reason they were ever born. heart 

Cris

lesson

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