Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers; and the Egyptian magicians also did the same thing by their secret arts. Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. Miracles, signs and wonders can often be the work of Satan. They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs.
Acts to Revelation l Episode 8
Hebrews NIV, "Are not all angels ministering spirits…? Occult magic was practiced during the era of the Early Church. And they all, from smallest to greatest, were giving attention to him, saying, 'This man is what is called the Great Power of God. But when they believed Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptized, men and women alike. And even Simon himself believed; and after being baptized, he continued on with Philip; and as he observed signs and great miracles taking place, he was constantly amazed.
Simon discovered that the power of God was far greater than the power of the Occult, and that true healing comes from the Lord.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
In the Early Church at Ephesus, practitioners of occult magic become acquatinted with the Gospel through the ministry of the apostle Paul. They were converted, and then destroyed their occult textbooks. And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds. Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all.
And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver. At the Second Coming of Jesus, practitioners of the occult will be prohibited from entry into the glorious New Jerusalem. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
Failing to inherit eternal life, those who practice magic arts will, tragically, find themselves condemned to experience the second death.
He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. The history of Christianity does not address or lament the disappearance of the seven churches.
Second, if any of the seven churches escaped these purges, they either acquiesced to the demands of Constantine A.
Finally, Islamic conquests in Asia Minor during the seventh and eighth centuries A. By the sixth century A. History proves that human beings, whether Jew or Christian, are the same. We have already discussed the fall of Israel and the disappearance of the seven churches. Those loving the Word of God went underground because the devil chased the woman into the wilderness for 1, years. During this millennium of persecution, history describes two versions of Christianity.
One church is lavishly headquartered at Rome and the other church is destitute, hiding in the desert. The world is in the dark and which is why this period of time is often called the Dark Ages. We have seen how lampstands are used in prophecy.
Then, the seven lampstands disappeared. Now, we ask, who are the two lampstands in Revelation 11? God has proven with Jews and Christians alike that human beings cannot be trusted as agents of His law. One lampstand represents the first tablet of stone and the other represents the second tablet of stone. The law of the Lord is changeless, a perfect light displacing darkness. The law of God is the plumb line of Truth.
The law is found and explained in the Word of God and it testifies about the actions of the living. One last point.
When we studied the seven seals , we learned that the second seal was opened in The rider on the red horse went throughout Earth with a large sword. That sword represents the Word of God which has been widely translated and distributed throughout the world.
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God raised up numerous Bible Societies at the beginning of the nineteenth century for the purpose of distributing His Word. In Revelation 11, the purpose for distributing the Bible becomes self-evident. The Word of God or portions of it has been distributed throughout the world. The wicked will be enraged by the law of God and they will persecute those who obey the gospel of Christ. To take this one step further, Jesus Himself will speak through the , Make no mistake about this, the gospel of Jesus will be preached, as a witness to all nations, and then the end shall come.
Matthew There were two major harvests each year in ancient Israel. The first harvest came from winter crops which were harvested in the spring. First fruits from the winter crops were presented to the Lord at the Feast of Weeks also called the Feast of Pentecost The second harvest came from summer crops which were harvested in the fall. First fruits from the fall harvest were presented to the Lord at the Feast of Ingathering the Feast of Tabernacles. Generally speaking, there were two cycles of rain per crop.
The work of the Holy Spirit can be described as two rains. God wants every sinner to become a spiritual being. He wants us to overcome sin and live victorious lives. He is not willing that any person should be lost. We need a Savior who empowers us to forgive our debtors and love the unlovely.
We need a Savior who will comfort us for doing right — even though the heavens may fall. Most of all, we need a Savior who has died in our place and paid the penalty for our sins. There is great peace and joy in having a Savior. The Holy Spirit is anxious that we hear the gospel of Jesus because the truth about Jesus and our need of the Savior comes from hearing the Word of God. Romans ; 1 Corinthians After hearing the terms and conditions of the gospel, the Holy Spirit is sometimes able to bring a person to repentance. The Spirit enables us to see ourselves as God sees us and this view is rather shocking.
Suddenly, our need for a Savior becomes uppermost! The born again experience is like the early rain in ancient Israel. Just before the early rain came, seeds were planted, and of course, the early rain and the sunshine that followed caused the seeds to germinate and grow. In a few days, the bare ground produced new life! Whether it is a summer crop representing early in life or a winter crop representing late in life , the rain that produces the harvest is the latter rain. The world has never experienced the latter rain of the Holy Spirit, but it will only occur during the Great Tribulation.
For 1, days, the law of God will be presented with power and clarity, and the Holy Spirit will pound on every heart. The contest will be difficult and painful. Those who submit to the law of God will suffer the penalties of Babylon.
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Those who submit to the laws of Babylon will receive the seven bowls and lose eternal life. When a person passes his test of faith, the righteousness of Christ will be imparted to that person. Genesis ; Colossians ; Romans ; Revelation ; The sealing will be caused by the latter rain experience. If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies [At the appointed time, God will destroy those who reject the testimony of His Witnesses with fire].