“Angels & Demons In The Outfield”

Posted: October 13, 2012 in Bible Prophecy, Church, Daniel, Hell, Holocaust, Israel, Rapture, Replacement Theology, Resurrection, Tribulation

     “Interest in the occult and paranormal is on the rise today.  The movie industry has certainly capitalized on this heightened curiosity, not to mention the numerous television programs, newspaper columns, magazine articles, game manufacturers, and book publishers that have hyped these topics as well.  Unfortunately, the fragments of truth that are sometimes communicated about the demonic world are frequently lost amidst sensational stories and exaggerated remarks.  Consequently, many people have a distorted understanding of the satanic realm.”  C. R. Swindoll. 

     Reliable.  The Scriptures are a reliable source of information concerning the unseen world.   Daniel chapter 10 sheds a lot of light on the activities of angels and demons.  So, let’s discover what God’s Word has to say.

     Dreadful. When a person encounters an angel that comes in humanoid form, the experience can be very frightening. This happened to the Roman guards that were assigned to protect the tomb of Jesus from intruders (Matthew 28:2-4). Although generally unobserved by humans, they are numerous, powerful, and real (Hebrews 12:22; 13:1; 2 Kings 19:35). They learn about the wisdom of God by observing Christians (Ephesians 3:10).

     Demons. Some of the angels from the lower two categories (Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 1:16) were persuaded by Lucifer to follow him in his rebellion against God and to act independently of God (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:12-10; Revelation 12:4). He tempts us to do the same thing today. But apart from Jesus we can do nothing (John 15:5). Demons are powerful and can inhabit the body of any unbeliever if they choose to do so (Luke 8:30). They can negatively influence and tempt Christians (Ephesians 6:12; Luke 22:31, 32), but they can’t indwell them (2 Corinthians 6:14-16).

     Christophany. In the Old Testament times the pre-incarnate Son of God (the Lord Jesus Christ) appeared on several occasions as “The Angel of the Lord” to Abraham, Jacob, and Moses and others (Genesis 12:7-9; 16:7-14;18:1-33; Exodus 3:2-4:17; John 8:58). We believe that the One who appeared to the prophet Daniel was none other than the Son of God Himself (Daniel 10:4-9). See a similar description given to the Apostle John (Revelation 1:12-18). Notice their responses to this One.

     Information. The prophet Daniel wanted to know more details about the suffering of the Jews in the days that followed the 70 year Babylonian captivity (Jeremiah 25:11; 29:10). Although they had been freed by the Persian (Iranian) King Cyrus to return to Israel (Ezra 1:1-4), most of the Jews chose to stay in Persia (Iran) and become “shop keepers” rather than “sheep keepers” as they had been in Israel.

     Delayed Answer. Although an angel had been dispatched from God as soon as Daniel had made his request, he didn’t get to him until three weeks later. He had encountered a demon (fallen angel) who wanted to prevent him from giving to Daniel the information he had requested. So Michael the archangel came to the angel’s assistance and enabled him to finally get to Daniel with the message from God concerning the future suffering of the Jews.

     Shock And Awe. So upsetting was the information that he could hardly believe it (Daniel 11). But he declared that it was to be believed because it came from God through an angel to him. Much of what was predicted by Daniel has already happened and can be verified by secular history. But what is still out in the future is even more distressing. It will be the final “holocaust” just before Christ returns to earth to set up His millennial kingdom. The information given to Daniel is amplified in the Book of Revelation.

     Caution. We must be extremely careful today lest we be deceived by a fallen angel (demon) or by a false teacher who may appear as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). God is not giving out any new revelation (information) today. He hasn’t done so since the Apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation. We have all that God wants us to have in the 66 books of the Bible (2 Peter 1:3, 4). Don’t follow those who add to or subtract from the Word of God (Revelation 22:18, 19).

     Satan’s Kingdoms. When he encountered Jesus in the wilderness, the devil made a legitimate offer to Him. He offered to Him the kingdoms of this world (that he owns and controls now- 2 Corinthians 4:4) if only Jesus would bow down and worship Him (Matthew 4:9). Had Jesus done this, He could have avoided the painful cross. But it wasn’t God the Father’s plan for Jesus to get control of the kingdoms of this world that way. First He would need to die for the sins of all mankind, rise bodily from the dead, and offer salvation to sinners for a limited time (2 Corinthians 6:2). There are no second opportunities to be saved once you die (Hebrews 9:27). Where will you spend eternity? Are you absolutely sure?

     Return. At the appointed time Jesus will return to this earth and take the kingdoms of this world by force from Satan and then cast him and his followers into the lake of fire to suffer forever (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 19:16; 20:1-10). You don’t have to end up with him and his followers if you will place your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ exclusively. Stop trusting in any of your good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5)!

     Extent. How much longer will the Jews continue to suffer at the hands of God’s enemies? Sadly, it will go on until Jesus Christ (Messiah) returns to rescue the believing Jewish remnant at the end of the seven years of the tribulation (“the time of Jacob’s trouble” – Jeremiah 30:7; Zechariah 12; 14). God’s time clock with the Jews will resume when the Antichrist confirms a peace treaty with the Jews for seven years (Daniel 9:27). This will happen shortly after the true church has been caught up to meet the Lord in the air (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Romans 11:25). Are you ready for this event? It’s imminent. “Perhaps Today” in spite of what the mockers say (2 Peter 3:3-9).

     Replaced? The church has not replaced the Jews. Both groups are distinct in God’s eyes (1 Corinthians 10:32). There will be a believing Jewish remnant that will repent and turn to God and be saved (Zechariah 12:10; Romans 10:13; Matthew 21:9; 23:39). Those people and nations who mistreat the Jews will experience God’s judgment (Genesis 12:1-3; Romans 12:19). Pray that our people and leaders don’t do this to the Jews.

     Destiny. Like a ship headed for a specific destination, so God’s plan for the Jews and His plan for the church cannot be thwarted. The believing Jews have been promised the earth (Matthew 5:5). Do you know how much territory they will get in the future (Genesis 15:18)? Jesus also said, “I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). Do you belong to it? Are you absolutely sure you will go to heaven the moment you die (1 John 5:13; Philippians 3:20)? Why should God let you into it? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would that be?

     Victorious. Every Christian can/should be victorious over the temptations that Satan or his demons hurl at us. We don’t have to be ignorant of his devices (2 Corinthians 2:11). What do you know about the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17)? Are you tired of being Satan’s victim (2 Timothy 2:26)? Would you, as a Christian, like spiritual help to live victoriously? If so, ask.      

     Contact.  You may get in touch with us by calling 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at www.kelseypeach.com.  We have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages and other information for Christians to grow. These weekly articles usually correspond to our talks on Sundays and can be heard on the Internet.

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