THE MORNING STARS (PART #2)
by Pastor Jeromy John Visser
Beloved, the author of the epistle to the Hebrews reminds Christians; “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Hebrews 13:2). This verse doesn't teach angels are humans but that they oftentimes have the appearance of men as we were created in their image and Yahweh's (Genesis 1:27). Cherubim have the ability to entice women like Eve and this was not only taught by Jesus and John but also by several "early church fathers" like Tertullian (1a), Justin Martyr (2b) and Irenaeus (3c).
Those who claim that the Bible never mentions fallen angels are in grievous error. Jesus teaches; “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven” (Luke 10:18) because “Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” (II Corinthians 11:14). Understanding the fact that our Christian adversary is also a son of God or "morning star" (Job 38:7) helps believers to understand why Lucifer own name means “brightness or the morning star” (Strong's #H1966). Belial is an imposter whose desire is to be the Light (John 8:12, 9:5 & 12:46).
When speaking of the great Judgment, Christ also instructs in Matthew 25:41; “Then shall he [the King] say unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.” From Jesus' own statement Christians can see that the adversary unmistakably has his own angels as Revelation 12:9 further confirms; “The great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
From these two Bible verses we can confirm five blatantly obvious facts: #1) Satan is also called the Devil, that old serpent and the great dragon in scripture. #2) This tempter is able to deceive the whole world (or simply put "those of the world"). #3) Satan has angels of his own (also referred to in the Bible as evil spirits or demons). #4) Both Satan and his fallen angels were "cast out" from Yahweh's company down to earth. #5) Like Enoch confirms, everlasting fire or eternal torment is both reserved and prepared for these same fallen angels.
Job 4:17-18 asks; “Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker? Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly.” Naturally, mortal man is neither more pure nor just than Yahweh but this question further proves the authenticity of Yahweh charging His disobedient angels for their actions as transcribed in Genesis 6:1-7. Their lawlessness in taking wives from among Adam's daughters is what caused God to “bring in the flood upon the world of the ungodly” (II Peter 2:5).
The apostle Peter confirms the teachings of both Jesus and Enoch (4d) regarding these same fallen angels when he wrote; “God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment” (II Peter 2:4). Furthermore, Jude (the brother of Christ) goes beyond a "double witness" adding; “The angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day” (Jude 1:6).
When the fallen angels (or sons of God) interbred with the daughters of Adam the resulting offspring were called giants or simply “mighty men which were of old, men of renown” (Genesis 6:4). The Hebrew word translated as "giant" in scripture is actually Nephilim which could've been much better rendered as a regular “bully or tyrant” (Strong's #H5303). One of the most interesting parts about this word is that it's taken from the primitive root nâphal (pronounced naw-fal') which plainly means “fallen or cast down” (Strong's #H5307).
Both the Books of Enoch (5e) and Jubilees (6f) go into greater detail about these Nephilim or "watchers" who brought about Noah's flood on earth, yet the Biblical account is undoubtedly sufficient enough to prove why this transpired. By all documented reports it was a combination of fallen angels that interbred with Adamic women and man's own predisposition to transgress Yahweh's commands that led to God purging this district with water. Just like Sodom and Gomorrah - it was man that caused their own demise, not an evil God.
The sixth chapter of Genesis begins the account; “It came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And Yahweh said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years” (Genesis 6:1-3).
As we've already established, the sons of Yahweh in these
passages are “angels that sinned” (II Peter 2:4) because they “kept not their
first estate” (Jude 1:6). After seeing that the daughters of men or “Adam”
(Strong's #H120) were attractive they chose for themselves unsanctioned "wives"
procreating with them to bring about the cursed Nephilim. Yahweh asserts His
coming judgment giving man a time limit to repent before sending the flood
waters (I Peter 3:20). Only Noah was “perfect in his generations” (Genesis 6:9)
The Biblical narrative continues; “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. And Yahweh saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:4-5).
Because they were not perfect in their generations by
engaging in mixing, the resulting offspring of these unholy unions brings forth
the iniquitous Nephilim. The majority of Adamites were persistently wicked in
thought and deed and for this cause Yahweh eventually sends the deluge to purge
the earth of their iniquity. God becomes more angered with man in this account
so many of these resulting progeny make it through the flood (Numbers 13:33 &
Deuteronomy 3:11), the most famous of which was Goliath (II Samuel 21:15-22).
Finally, God makes His pronouncement; “It repented Yahweh that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And Yahweh said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them” (Genesis 6:6-7).
It should be noted that those fallen were able to seduce mankind through their own women because they're considered the weaker vessel (I Peter 3:7). Yahweh being repentant at man's wickedness is not a sign that He erred during creation but yet another proof that mankind has a propensity to sin. For a deeper study regarding these Nephilim, Noah and the flood of God read the two-part series Noah's Flood: Flesh or Beast? (2006) because those who dismiss the Biblical reality of fallen angels are either unlearned or intellectually dishonest.
My intention with this series is to show the reality of angels who have the ability to do supernatural acts. As of late, some have accepted the judeo-Christian "no devil" doctrine teaching others this damnable heresy even refusing to repent for their dishonest actions. Any attack on the infallibility of scripture is an assault on Christ Himself as Christians know nothing of the morality of God outside of its pages. The fact that Lucifer is Satan is undeniable because a mere man couldn't fall from heaven (Isaiah 14:12) as no man has seen God (John 1:18).
The teaching of angels is important because Jesus tells us “As the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:37-39). Christians should not only be on guard against the fallen but those who interject dogma designed to guard Satan and his demons.
Some Identity pastors pretend to preach the Mosaic law but also refuse the stoning of false prophets (like themselves) or they allow women to teach men the scriptures because they ignore the teachings of Paul in his own epistles (I Timothy 2:11-13). The numerous miracles and actions ascribed to angels in the Bible are downright impossible to be fulfilled by simple man and some of these dealings will be covered in the next sermon. The fact that such false prophets are among us is nothing new (II Peter 2:1). War for Christ! Amen.
(1a) “Likewise, through a
Virgin, the Word of God was introduced to set up a structure of life. Thus,
what had been laid waste in ruin by this sex, was by the same sex
re-established in salvation. Eve had believed the serpent; Mary believed
Gabriel. That which the one destroyed by believing, the other, by believing,
set straight” (Tertullian's "The Flesh of Christ" 17:4 / 210 AD).
(2b) “Christ became man by the Virgin that the disobedience which issued from the serpent might be destroyed in the same way it originated. Eve was still an undefiled virgin when she conceived of the serpent and brought forth disobedience and death. But the Virgin received faith and joy, at the announcement of the angel Gabriel...and she replied, "Be it done to me according you your word". So through the mediation of the Virgin he came into the world, through whom God would crush the serpent” (Saint Justin Martyr's "Apologia" Chapter 100 / 150 AD).
(3c) “The seduction of a fallen angel drew Eve, a virgin espoused to a man, while the glad tidings of the holy angel drew Mary, a Virgin already espoused, to begin the plan which would dissolve the bonds of that first snare...For as the former was lead astray by the word of an angel, so that she fled from God when she had disobeyed his word, so did the latter, by and angelic communication, receive the glad tidings that she should bear God, and obeyed his word. If the former disobeyed God, the latter obeyed, so that the Virgin Mary might become the advocate of the virgin Eve. Thus, as the human race fell into bondage to death by means of a virgin, so it is rescued by a virgin; virginal disobedience is balanced in the opposite scale by virginal obedience” (Irenaeus of Lyons' "Against Heresies" Book 3, Chapter XXII, Paragraph 4 / 189 AD).
(4d) “It came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: "Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men and beget us children." And Semjaza, who was their leader, said unto them: "I fear ye will not indeed agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin." And they all answered him and said: "Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations not to abandon this plan but to do this thing." Then swore they all together and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it” (Book of Enoch 6:1-10).
(5e) “The men [angels] took me on to the fifth heaven and placed me, and there I saw many and countless soldiers, called Grigori, of human appearance, and their size was greater than that of great giants and their faces withered, and the silence of their mouths perpetual, and there was no service on the fifth heaven, and I said to the men who were with me: Wherefore are these very withered and their faces melancholy, and their mouths silent, and wherefore is there no service on this heaven? And they said to me: These are the Grigori, who with their prince Satanail rejected the Lord of light, and after them are those who are held in great darkness on the second heaven, and three of them went down on to earth from the Lord's throne, to the place Ermon, and broke through their vows on the shoulder of the hill Ermon and saw the daughters of men how good they are, and took to themselves wives, and befouled the earth with their deeds, who in all times of their age made lawlessness and mixing, and giants are born and marvelous big men and great enmity. And therefore God judged them with great judgment, and they weep for their brethren and they will be punished on the Lord's great day (Secrets of Enoch 18:1-4).”
(6f) “In the twenty-eighth jubilee Noah began to enjoin upon his sons' sons the ordinances and commandments, and all the judgments that he knew, and he exhorted his sons to observe righteousness, and to cover the shame of their flesh, and to bless their Creator, and honor father and mother, and love their neighbor, and guard their souls from fornication and uncleanness and all iniquity. For owing to these three things came the flood upon the earth, namely, owing to the fornication wherein the Watchers against the law of their ordinances went a whoring after the daughters of men, and took themselves wives of all which they chose: and they made the beginning of uncleanness. And they begat sons the Nephilim, and they were all unlike, and they devoured one another: and the Giants slew the Naphil, and the Naphil slew the Eljo, and the Eljo mankind, and one man another. And every one sold himself to work iniquity and to shed much blood, and the earth was filled with iniquity. And after this they sinned against the beasts and birds, and all that moves and walks on the earth: and much blood was shed on the earth, and every imagination and desire of men imagined vanity and evil continually” (Book of Jubilees 7:20-24).
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May 27th, 2007 ]
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