THE MORNING STARS (PART #6)
by Pastor Jeromy John Visser
Beloved, in 1864
the French poet Charles Baudelaire warned “My dear brothers, never forget, when
you hear the progress of enlightenment vaunted, that the devil's best trick is
to persuade you that he doesn't exist!”
the French poet Charles Baudelaire warned “My dear brothers, never forget, when you hear the progress of enlightenment vaunted, that the devil's best trick is to persuade you that he doesn't exist!”Sadly, that somber reality is most apparent in this godless age more than any other. Hitchcock's Bible Names lists Satan as “contrary; adversary; enemy; accuser” proving that he is the contrast to Jesus Christ who is both the Truth (John 14:6) and the Word (Revelation 19:13). Simply put, "contrary" means opposite.
Jesus' dealings with angels and casting out demons are numerous and His Biblical trials in the wilderness are very literal. Consider that Paul teaches about spiritual warfare in II Timothy 2:24-26 (litv); “A slave of the Lord ought not to quarrel, but to be gentle towards all, apt to teach, forbearing, in meekness teaching those who have opposed, if perhaps God may give them repentance for a full knowledge of the truth, and they having regained senses out of the snare of the devil, being captured by him to do the will of that One” (1a).
To put it bluntly, those who are not
under the guidance of the Holy Spirit are instead under the spiritual
dictatorship of “the prince of this world ” Baudelaire stated,
Satan would love nothing more than for genuine Christians to deny his existence,
likely because it's the first step in denying Yahweh Himself.
”(John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11 & Ephesians 2:2) or Lucifer. This is one reason that following God's Law is so important, the Holy Spirit cannot dwell within an unclean person and it's our sins that separate us from both Yahweh and the Truth. As
Baudelaire stated, Satan would love nothing more than for genuine Christians to deny his existence, likely because it's the first step in denying Yahweh Himself.
“Take heed that
ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven
their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven ”
” (Matthew 18:10) confirming the concept of guardian angels that continually protect God's faithful children. He further adds; “In the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven
”(Matthew 22:30) validating that cherubim are not simple earthly men but part of His heavenly host created in the beginning.
called angels were present
during Jesus' temptations by Satan (Matthew 4:11 & Mark 1:13) and were also
nearby during the
crucifixion. For example, as He hung from the cross; “There
appeared an angel unto Christ from heaven, strengthening him ”
”(Luke 22:43). This is certainly something that a man cannot do - mere men cannot fortify God, rather His children are reinforced by His teachings and the written Word. It's plainly a trait of the snake to reverse the divine order empowering man over Yahweh (2b).
Perhaps too exhaustive to
cover in this sermon are the numerous statements made by Jesus to the churches
in the early chapters of the Revelation of Christ “which
he sent and signified by his angel unto his servant John ”
”(Revelation 1:1). A casual reading of these passages will leave no doubt in the mind of the reader that angels are not plain men but supernatural deities. Jesus is also the Word incarnate according to this prophetical book (Revelation 19:13) thus any denial of what's plainly transcribed is an open denial of Christ Himself (3c).
The false prophet and soothsayer Balaam
was born in Mesopotamia and later murdered at the slaughter of Midian. He's
several times in the New Testament as an eternal example of what not to
follow. Most importantly, Jesus Christ warns the church of Pergamum; “I
have a few things against you, that you have there some holding to the teaching
of Balaam, who taught Balak to throw a stumbling-block before the sons and
daughters of Israel and to eat food sacrificed to idols and to commit sexual sin ”
”(Revelation 2:14 alt).
The “stumblingblock ” ”
”that Balaam (4d) cast before the Israelites was miscegenation and serving other gods, in the Biblical account it was Baal-Peor; “Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of Yahweh was kindled against Israel. And Yahweh said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before Yahweh against the sun, that the fierce anger of Yahweh may be turned away from Israel. And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were joined unto Baalpeor
”(Numbers 25:1-5) (5e).
While this may not sound like a "loving God" it's certainly the Biblical One. The scriptural penalty for those who teach contrary to God's Word is death (Deuteronomy 13:5) and the Christian's inability to follow this dictate is why we're up to our eyebrows with false prophets and their "no-devil doctrines" today. Simply put, those who teach lawlessness or blind faith in man's counterfeit government serve "the lawless one" who is none other than Satan. Let's examine the Biblical account and see for ourselves if angels are supernatural or not:
“Balaam rose in the morning, and
saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab. And God's anger was kindled
because he went: and the angel of YHVH stood in the way for an adversary against
him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him. And the
ass saw the angel of YHVH standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand:
and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam
smote the ass, to turn her into the way ”
” (Numbers 22:21-23 Webster
In this passage, the word adversary is Satan [śâṭân] meaning this "angel of Yahweh" is Lucifer, hand-selected to do the bidding of God and bring about His Will. More importantly, in these passages the Devil isn't seen by Balaam establishing that this angel isn't a mortal but rather a supernatural deity unseen until the time appointed. Balaam refused to do as commanded by God and would teach doctrine according to the highest bidder. He was on his way to curse the Israelites and draw them into apostasy thus he became hated of Yahweh.
This angel had a sword in his hand verifying that cherubs often do the "dirty work" of God like raining fire and brimstone on the numerous homosexuals that occupied Sodom or causing Herod to give up the ghost. As the Old Testament narratives are meant to be examples for future Christians (I Corinthians 10:6-11), it should be noted that in this situation Balaam was blind yet his "dumb ass" had the ability to see clearly. Such is the case today, those blinded to the reality of angels and demons often beat upon those who can, at least spiritually.
angel of YHVH stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a
wall on that side. And when the ass saw the angel of YHVH, she thrust herself
against the wall, and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall: and he smote her
again. And the angel of YHVH went further, and stood in a narrow place, where
was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. And when the ass saw
the angel of YHVH, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam's anger was
kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff ”
”(Numbers 22:24-27 Webster).
Peter teaches why there are false
prophets; “ ” Jude adds;
“They went astray and were deceived, having followed in the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness, but he had a rebuke for his own iniquity: a mute donkey, having spoken in a person's voice, restrained the madness of the prophet
”(II Peter 2:15-16 alt).
Jude adds; “How horrible it will be to them! Because they traveled in the way of Cain, and for pay they plunged into the deception of Balaam, and they perished in the rebellion of Korah
”(Jude 1:11 alt).
Naturally, false prophets will teach contrary to God's spoken and written Word and oftentimes will be funded by groups with antichrist interests, such as a majority of the 501(c)3 government-funded "churches" in our land. Consider that Balaam eventually saw a literal Satan standing in the way of his path - what's that say about those who deny the existence of an adversary to God's people? Much like those who deny God's Law, the literal teachings of Christ and much of Christian history, those who reject the Word are rebellious to Yahweh (6f).
My intention with this sixth part is to again prove that angels are factual. Seemingly, it matters little to the deceived Christian how many scriptural proofs you provide them with regarding the Biblical concepts of heavenly cherubim or evil spirits. As a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump (Galatians 5:9), so too those that accept the belief that they themselves are Satan are in a continual cycle of being off-track. The good thing is such pitiful critters are bound under us because Christ gave us the victory through His sacrifice (I Corinthians 15:57).
The "no-devil" belief is relatively new and foreign to Christian Identity. It's designed by the enemies of God to shatter the Body of Christ by those who openly hold to "teachings of Balaam" and play upon man's intellect. In the Biblical narrative we covered, the dumb ass or "mute donkey" had more wisdom than Balaam until God opened his eyes giving him the ability to see what was always in plain sight. Such is the way that those who deny the existence of literal angels and demons should be handled - only Jesus Christ can give one eyes to see.
The next and seventh sermon
in this enduring series will focus more directly on Christ's Annunciation made
by the archangel Gabriel and also includes Satan's position as the "Dragon"
before and after his fall from heaven. In scripture, Jesus says; “ ”
“I saw Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning
”(Luke 10:18 cev) so this ministry will continue to preach the unadulterated Word of God concerning holy cherubim and evil spirits as long as these false prophets persist in claiming otherwise - let's all be sure to do the same. War for Christ! Amen.
(1a) This means that those
under the guidance of the Holy Spirit will be patient when teaching those
who are not because without that same spirit the unlearned are in "the snare of the devil"
and "do the will of that One" meaning Satan.
As proven in
Judaism Has No
Devil, a majority of those who deny a literal adversary are Judeo-Christians
this false doctrine helps protect the enemies of Christ while enabling the "jews
are God's chosen" fable. Make no mistake, there are numerous imposters
within CI today pushing this antichristian rhetoric and many have been
deceived by their ramblings. Always confirm the pastors you listen to with
scripture, if they depend on dismissal of scripture or private
interpretation to defend their positions then they should be marked and
openly rebuked for their transgressions against God.
(2b) Consider that one of the prophecies Satanail tried to twist during his temptations of Christ was; “He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways” (Psalm 91:11, Matthew 4:6 & Luke 4:10). It's outright blasphemy to suggest that regular men or pastors have "charge" or authority over the Messiah instead of vise-versa but this does little to stop the mouths of those who pervert the gospel. Jesus' answer is “Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God” (Matthew 4:7) because God cannot be tempted with evil (James 1:13). CPM has covered this concept in our recent Halloween sermon “Who Maketh His Angels Spirits?” Please listen to this broadcast if you desire further proof that angels are supernatural "sons of God" and lower in rank than Christ. Jesus being “made a little lower than the angels” will be covered shortly.
(3c) A major tactic of the antichrist is to refer to skewed ‘Biblical proofs’ that support their twisted theories. One such verse is found in Numbers 23:19 and it reads; “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” Sadly, a majority of Christians miss that this was a false prophecy given to us by none other than this bogus prophet Balaam. You might already be familiar with Balaam, he was the liar that Joshua withstood; “Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose and warred against Israel, and sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you: But I [Joshua] would not hearken unto Balaam; therefore he blessed you still: so I delivered you out of his hand (Joshua 24:9-10).” Interesting of note is that by saying “God is not a man” Balaam locks himself forever into the Biblical description of an antichrist and Joshua is considered a "type" of Jesus because his name is Yehoshua (pronounced yeh-ho-shoo'-ah) which means “Yahweh Saved” (Strong's #H3091). Again, Jesus Himself had this to say about Balaam's false prophecies; “I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication” (Revelation 2:14). Here it should be noted that “eating things sacrificed unto idols and committing fornication” can both be considered serving other gods, a clear violation of the first five commandments (Exodus 20:3). For more information on Balaam read Tactics of the Lawless Children (2005).
(4d) I've spoken about both Balaam and his miraculous ass in Jesus, God Or Not? and Tactics of the Lawless One and those familiar with the Babylonian Talmud might be aware that the name of Jesus is replaced by this very false prophet. For example, a half-hearted study into Sanhedrin 106b proves that the jews teach the virgin Mary was a whore and a quick glance at the footnotes will also show that “all the Balaam passages are anti-Christian in tendency [so] Balaam [is] being used as an alias for Jesus” (Rabbi Freedman). The ADL gives further proof when they say “In the nineteenth century, when the field of academic Jewish studies was in its infancy, a small group of Jewish scholars suggested that in some cases the term Balaam in the Talmud may be a codeword for Jesus.” It's no wonder the Creator Jesus Christ purposely calls out "the doctrine of Balaam" by name in the second chapter of Revelation! Knowing this, it's evident that the Babylonian jewish Talmud has no place in Christianity.
(5e) Baal-Peor was the counterfeit god of the Moabites that was worshipped by adherents in illicit temple orgies. This deity is most often represented as both a male sun-god and a female moon-goddess and was revered high atop Mount Peor on the left bank of the river Jordan (hence the plain name 'lord of Peor') where the resulting illegitimate offspring were eventually sacrificed to him. It was because of the Israelites engaging in this forbidden practice that king David wrote; “They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead” (Psalm 106:28) and Hosea gives a much-needed second witness; “I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto shame; and their abominations were according as they loved” (Hosea 9:10).
(6f) Speaking of the eternal Word, the chronicle of how Balaam's ass gains the ability to converse is unforgettable; “Yahweh opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times (Numbers 22:28)?” Soon after this dealing with Satan Balaam begins to "bless" the children of Israel but Joshua himself resists him and delivers the chosen Israelite people (Joshua 24:10). There are many different creatures created by Yahweh that do His bidding. Consider that the prophet Zechariah wrote; “I saw by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in the bottom; and behind him were there red horses, speckled, and white” (Zechariah 1:8). When he asks an angel what they are he was told; “These are they whom YHVH hath sent to walk to and fro through the earth” (Zechariah 1:10). These divine "horses" will be covered in full detail in an upcoming sermon from this same series but for now it's safe to say that denying the existence of the spiritual realm is certainly a sad and ignorant position to be in, especially in God's Judgment (Matthew 7:23).
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