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Question asked by - Eleanor
Location - Accra, Ghana
Question - What is your doctrine pertaining to women leaders?
Our Answer - Since you used the word "doctrine" I assume that you are referring to those in the Christian church. This subject has been disputed over the years as even the Apostles Peter and Paul tended
to have a difference of opinion about it.
Basically, in ceremonial roles, the Bible makes it clear that God's preference is for men to occupy these positions (1 Timothy 3:2). Old Testament priests were always of the male gender. However, the Apostle
Paul wrote, "Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church" (1
Corinthians 14:34-35 NIV). Frankly, Paul was not my favorite apostle. He didn’t even believe that Christians should get married (1 Corinthians 7:9). In fact, Paul never married, but Peter was a married man. And the
Apostle Peter said, "In the last days, God says, I will pour out My Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on My servants, both men and women, I will pour out My Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy" (Acts
Perhaps the key phrase here is “in the last days” as traditionally men have held the majority of ordained positions in the church. Peter’s scripture in Acts, seems to be changing that. And I have read commentaries stating that Paul’s
letter to the Corinthian church was meant for situations that occurred at that time, in that church. Perhaps so. However, even in Old Testament times, women were prophets of God, in the houses of worship. Deborah was the
most famous. The Bible says, "Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites came to her to have their disputes decided" (Judges 4:4-5 NIV). But Deborah was not the only one. Miriam was a prophetess too (Exodus 15:20). Huldah was also a prophetess (2 Kings 22:14). And in the New Testament there was Anna (Luke 2:36-37) who thanked God
after seeing the baby Jesus.
Over the centuries there have been many missionaries who were women, some of them died in the service of their Lord. Both Gladys Aylward and Isobel Huhn, were great missionaries in China. Amy Carmichael was a missionary to India,
and Mary Slessor to Africa. And Corrie ten Boom was used by God in a mighty way. She and her sister saved the lives of many Jewish people from the Nazis during World War 2. And they set an example for others of what they
were willing to suffer due to their love for Christ. Joni Eareckson was another example of a woman of God. She has given her testimony before thousands of people, stating how Christ gave her the grace to cope with a horrible
My favorite is Florence Nightingale, a woman born to great wealth and privilege. But her love for Christ was so strong that she followed His calling to give medical help and comfort to the soldiers in the Crimean War. She, like
many who answered the call of God, faced fierce opposition from her family, who claimed she was throwing her life away to enter such “lower class” work. Upon arriving at the war site she and the nurses she took with her,
noticed the filthy floor of the medical building and got down on their hands and knees to scrub it clean. Florence Nightingale never married, and I have heard how she would walk through the hospital ward at nighttime carrying
a little candle (they didn’t have electricity in those days). And she would read from the Bible to comfort sick, wounded, and dying soldiers. She made nursing into a respectable and honored profession.
And then there’s Kathyrn Kuhlman, who was ordained in 1968 by the Evangelical Church Alliance. She had a nationally broadcasted television show in the 1960’s and 1970’s called “I Believe In Miracles” which aired weekly,
as well as a radio show. She was well-known for her healing ministry. For over two million people claimed they were healed during her meetings. She preached sermons from the pulpit with a spiritual authority.
Personally, I don’t feel comfortable with women taking ceremonial roles in the church, especially those who dress in clerical clothes (unless they are in the choir). That said, I do believe that God uses women in many wonderful
ways. Many ministers of God came to accept Christ through the ministry of women. My husband says that I was the inspiration that led him to accept Christ as his Savior and Lord in the early nineteen eighties, a few years
after our marriage. And he is the President and Chief Executive Officer of this organization. I hope this has been of help to you.
Question asked by - Emmanuel
Location - Lagos, Nigeria
Question - Please kindly explain to me Ezekiel 1. What were the 4 wheels Ezekiel saw in a vision about?
Our Answer - Let's start by comparing this scripture with Revelation chapter four. This paints a slightly less confusing picture. Yet this time it is the Apostle John who has the vision, not Ezekiel. The setting is clearly in Heaven and it is the same as that which Ezekiel saw. Obviously, it cannot be compared to anything on earth, therefore, it is hard for us to relate to it. Jesus was once asked about heavenly things by Nicodemus, and He replied, "I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?" (John 3:12 NIV).
In both accounts, that of Ezekiel and that of John, the prophet must have been "...in the Spirit..." (Revelation 4:2 NIV) or he would not have been able to survive the experience. For, "...flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable" (1 Corinthians 15:50 NIV). And the Lord's own disciples were terrified when Jesus briefly returned to His more natural state during the transfiguration (Mark 9:6).
The four living creatures are cherubims (Ezekiel 10:6), which are angels. As far as the wheels in your question are concerned, "...each was like a wheel intersecting a wheel. As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the cherubim faced; the wheels did not turn about as the cherubim went. The cherubim went in whatever direction the head faced, without turning as they went" (Ezekiel 10:10-11 NIV). We are also told that "...the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels" (Ezekiel 1:20 NIV).
Each of the cherubims had four faces, "...the face of a man, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle" (Ezekiel 1:10 NIV). We know that God uses the imagery of animals to convey the attributes of the being. An example of this is found in (Daniel 7:3-7). In this case the face of the man may represent God's ordained ruler of creation (Genesis 1:26-28). The face of the lion may symbolize the strongest of the wild beasts. The ox could represent the most powerful of domestic animals. And the eagle could symbolize tremendous swiftness and eyesight, the way it goes after its prey.
There are many different opinions on this. However, my feeling is that the four faces may be for the purpose of watching the four corners of the earth. In Daniel, certain angels called watchers are mentioned, and have the power to make decisions in agreement with God's will for mankind. It says, "This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever He will, and setteth up over it the basest of men" (Daniel 4:17 KJV).
Obviously, we humans are of paramount importance to the Lord or He wouldn't have been willing to sacrifice His own Son for us (John 3:16). We are temporal, and exist from one generation to another within the limited time frame that God originally gave to Adam. However, since Adam sinned against God, and obeyed the devil [who had entered into the body of a snake (Revelation 12:9)], the Devil, Satan, gained control of everything that belonged to Adam, including authority over the earth. For, "...everyone who sins is a slave to sin" (John 8:34 NIV). Satan is "...the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience" (Ephesians 2:2 KJV). And his demons (fallen angels - see Revelation 12:9) help him tempt people to do evil.
Now let's get back to the wheels within a wheel. When I think of this I sense the imagery of a bicycle wheel with each of the spokes intersecting throughout the wheel as one generation intersects with another. The inner wheel could move to the exact intersection where it meets up with the outer wheel, where the spokes meet. This could make flight to the exact point of time and place on earth easier to reach.
We must remember that only our time on earth in temporal, the time period that Satan controls. Heaven is not limited by time, for it is eternal. That's how God knows our past, present, and future. He is "...the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End" (Revelation 22:13 NIV). Satan's time is swiftly coming to an end. That's why "he is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short" (Revelation 12:12 NIV).
Of course, the imagery of a bicycle wheel, no matter how new and clean it may be, seems incongruous compared to the sacredness of an angelic wheel that, "...sparkled like chrysolite" (Ezekiel 1:16 NIV) and contains the spirit of the angel (Ezekiel 1:21). However, we can only compare it to that which coincides with human understanding. I hope that this help your understanding of this passage.
Question asked by - M. Moses
Location - Hyderabad, India
Question - To overcome satanic temptations what we do?
Our Answer - Don't put yourself into a position of inviting it. Whatever the temptation is, do not be around anyone or anything that could lead you in the wrong direction. For example, if it's pornography, stay away from magazines and movies that promote it. If it's temper, draw closer to the Lord so that the Holy Spirit will control your life (Galatians 5:22-25). If it's adultery, refuse to see the person who encourages you to sin. If it's hatred, and a desire for revenge, pray about it and let the matter rest with God (Proverbs 3:5-7). He's better at defending His people who have been treated badly then we humans are (see Deuteronomy 32:35-36, Psalms chapter 37, and Romans 12:19-21).
So keep your heart on Christ and you mind in the Word of God, daily if possible. And stay in an attitude of faith and prayer.
Question asked by - Koilraj G
Location - Tamil Nadu, India
Question - Who is god?
Our Answer - God is the Creator of everything, not only in this world, but in the entire universe, in every dimension. He is the only real God there is! Demon spirits want people to think that they are gods. But they are not deity (Deuteronomy 32:17). They are rebellious angels that were once created by God to serve Him. However they chose to rebel against God and were thrown out of Heaven (Revelation 12:7-9) and their solid bodies were burned to a crisp (Ezekiel 28:18) as part of their punishment for attempting to mutiny against God.
Since Adam, the first human, disobeyed God and allowed sin to come into this world (Genesis Chapter Three), every human being born through the bloodline of Adam is contaminated with a disease called sin. As a result we are born in a state of separation from our Creator and doomed to a life without His protection and without fulfilling His purpose for us. And after we die those of us who never accepted God's only salvation (Hebrews 2:3) will end up in the same place that God created for the devil (the head demon) and his fallen angels (demons). It's a place that is worst than your worst nightmare, a place that the Bible refers to as Hell (a jail in the center of the earth) and the Lake of Fire (like a federal prison next to Hell). Jesus Christ, God's only begotten son (John 3:16) is our only hope of escape from the sentence of Hell (John 14:6, Acts 4:12). Jesus said that those who do not accept Him as their Lord and Savior will end of up in the fires of Hell. He said, "This is how it will be at the end of the age. The [good] angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Matthew 13:49-50 NIV). And it will never, never end! The suffering of those sent there will go on forever!
Jesus Christ came into this world for one purpose only, to die in our place, paying the price for our redemption and rectification with God. He did not come through the bloodline of Adam. But was sired directly through the Holy Spirit and born through a young Jewish virgin name Mary. Christ existed in Heaven as the second part of the Holy Trinity long before He came into this world as a baby to save us from the control of the devil and demons. For Adam's sin gave the devil and his demons control over us. But they are nowhere near as powerful as God. No one is! God, our Creator, exists as three persons, God the Father (the most powerful of the Trinity), God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit. God is not one person but a family of three separate individuals "For there are three that bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one" (1 John 5:7 KJV). The Holy Ghost and Holy Spirit are the same Person. He is the third part of God's Trinity. Unlike God the Father, who is also know as the Ancient of Days (Daniel 7:9-13) and God the Son (Revelation 1:9-18), the Holy Spirit does not have a solid body. But His Presence and power can be felt throughout an entire church or any location He chooses to appear. He is invisible, but people become aware of His Holy Presence. God the Father and God the Son are only in one place at a time. However, the Holy Spirit knows everything that happens in the universe and keeps Father and Son aware of it (Proverbs 15:3). So do God's holy angels, who are always watching us and recording all that we do (Revelation 20:12).
If you want to know more about this subject, I suggest you read the Bible for yourself. I suggest the following versions, The New King James Version, The International Version, Today's English Version (Good News Bible), The American Standard Bible, The New American Standard Bible, and the Contemporary English Version. Also, read the newsletter articles I have written on our website.
Question asked by - Emmanuel Idowu
Location - Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria
Question - Name 5 ministers in the Bible that education contributed to the success of their ministry.
Our Answer - The answer is none of them. The Bible implies that Moses (Deuteronomy 31:22), Daniel (Daniel 1:3-7), and Paul (Philippians 3:5) were the most educated. However, none of them gained such tremendous ministries as a result of their man-taught education. As Paul said, "For it is we who... worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh" (Philippians 3:3 NIV). With all his vast education, Paul said it added nothing to his ministry. He said, "...I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ" (Philippians 3:8 KJV). In the New International Version the word "dung" is translated "rubbish." Of course dung may be helpful in the compost pile, but little else.
God wants the glory in everything we do! And He gets no glory when some highly educated individual reaches a place of authority and influence. That's why Paul told the Corinthian church "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight. As it is written: 'He catches the wise in their craftiness'; and again, 'The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.' So then, no more boasting about men! All things are yours" (1 Corinthians 3:19-21 NIV). The Corinthian church had been greatly influenced by Athens, which was a nearby city. The Athenians held human education in high esteem. So Paul was trying to get the Corinthians to understand that human education can be corrupted by the devil (Acts 20:29-30). "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" (Ephesians 6:12 NIV).
That's why Paul told the Corinthians, "For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength. Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things - and the things that are not - to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him" (1 Corinthians 1:25-29 NIV).
God wants the glory! He does not want to give it to mankind. That's why He picked shepherd boys like Joseph (Genesis 37:2) and David (1 Samuel 17:34) to be used in mighty ways through His Spirit. And Jesus chose uneducated fishermen like John and Peter, and a tax collector like Matthew (also known as Levy) to take the Gospel to the Jews. And Jesus Himself was a carpenter (Mark 6:3). That's why, "When Jesus had finished these parables, He moved on from there. Coming to His hometown, He began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. 'Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?' they asked" (Matthew 13:53-54 NIV).
Of course there have been some educated missionaries like Albert Schweitzer. But his education was used primarily for medical purposes. It was in addition to his missionary work. Even children can say amazing things when they speak through the Holy Spirit! For Jesus told His disciples what Power they would have. He never mentioned human education. He said, "...the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you" (John 14:26 NIV). It's not what we can do for God. It's what God can do through us! Even an uneducated English house cleaner named Gladys Aylward had a tremendous ministry in China, through the Holy Spirit!
Question asked by - Juan Diaz
Location - El Monte, California
Question - What is the meaning of 1 Timothy 2:15 regarding the phrase "saved in childbearing" (KJV)? According to Ephesians 2:8 we are saved by grace.
Our Answer - The scripture you are asking about and the one right before it reads, "And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety" (1 Timothy 2:14-15 KJV).
This in no way implies that a woman has to have a baby in order to be saved! It is referring to what happened in the Garden of Eden when Eve disobeyed God and ate the forbidden fruit. Eve was deceived but Adam was aware of what would happen. He knew that Eve's sin would separate her from the Lord. And, it would seem, he did not want to be separated from Eve. You see, he loved her more than he loved God. Unfortunately, in our natural sinful state, we human beings tend to love the gifts of God more than the Giver. So the devil used Eve in order to get to Adam. For God put the seed of human life (semen) in the body of the man. The woman's body didn't contain any seed. It was the human incubator that would bring future generations of children into this world.
Our bodies were made from garden soil, the dust of the earth (see Genesis 2:7, 3:19). So childbirth could be compared to planting a seed in the garden. In order for it to grow into a healthy plant, the seed must be good, but the soil also has to be fertile. Therefore, due to Adam's sin, his entire body, including the seed for all human generations, was contaminated with sin, dooming all of us to eternal separation from God. However, not all of Adam and Eve's children were male. Baby girls would be born to them as well. They would grow up to be women capable of childbirth. And eventually, a young virgin named Mary would come into this world. So even though Adam's sin came about due to Eve's urging, it was also through the female gender that our salvation would come. If it had not been for the female sex we would have no hope of escaping our sin. For it was through the birth of the baby Jesus, born through the body of a woman, that our salvation would come from! For God put the seed of new, uncontaminated life into her body, through the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35). Her Son, Jesus Christ, is our one and only mediator between God and man (see 1 Timothy 2:5). Only He, can reconcile us to our Creator. Jesus said, "...I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6 NIV).
That's what the Apostle Paul was talking about.
Question asked by - Abides
Location - Queensland, Australia
Question - I know we will be judged by Jesus on judgement day but I have read in Matthew Jesus said that the 12 disciples will also judge us is that correct?
Our Answer - I assume you are talking about the following scripture. "Jesus said to them, 'I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on His glorious throne, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel'" (Matthew 19:28 NIV). If you are a Gentile, this does not apply to you at all. The twelve tribes of Israel were all Jewish, descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The twelve disciples were also Jewish.
The Jews were blessed by God more than any ancient people. They were the only ones in ancient times to love and serve the one and only true God. The Lord was always fighting for them against their pagan enemies. And the Jews would worship Him for a little while, then drift away from Him, into horrible sin, leaving their first love and following the ways of the pagans. The whole Old Testament is about God's help and encouragement of the Jews, and their frequent drifting away from Him. Most of us have heard about how God freed the Jews from Egyptian bondage (see Exodus 3:1 thru 12:51), and even opened up the Red Sea for them to walk across on dry land (Exodus 15:1-13). Or how God used a little Jewish shepherd boy named David to slay a huge giant in the name of the Lord (1 Samuel 17:1-54).
There are too many examples in the Bible of God fighting for the Jewish people for me to list. However they also broke the Lord's heart with their constant straying away from Him. The Lord warned them not to do this in scripture such as Isaiah 1:18-24 and Isaiah 5:1-13, where God uses metaphoric language to describe how disappointed and angry He was when, after His many blessings, the Jews constantly strayed away from Him. More examples of God's blessings and the Jews straying can be found in Nehemiah chapter nine, Psalm 78:1-72, and Deuteronomy 32:15-22.
The point is, they of all people should have recognized their own Messiah when Christ came into this world. But instead, they rejected Him. This was prophesied by Isaiah, who wrote, "He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered Him stricken by God, smitten by Him, and afflicted" (Isaiah 53:3-4 NIV). Can you imagine the pain God felt when the people He had loved and blessed the most would not even accept their own prophesied Redeemer! And Christ suffered so much for us! That's why, after giving up hope of reaching the Jewish nation as a whole, God instructed Paul to take the message of the Gospel to the Gentiles (Acts 13:46). For they would accept Him!
That's why the Apostle John wrote of how God the Son existed in Heaven long before He came into this world as our Savior. John called Him the Word of God. He wrote how God's Son was there at the time of creation, and says, "He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him" (John 1:11 NIV). In other words, Jesus came into this world as a Jew. But the Jewish people, as a nation, would not accept Him. However, twelve Jewish men did accept Him. They loved Him and served Him. They became His primary disciples. And most of them died for Him, often in agonizing ways. They remained true to Him even unto the end of their lives. So that's what the scripture in Matthew 19:28 is all about! On judgment day, they will sit in judgment over all the Jewish leaders and their followers who rejected Him. For they remained faithful to Him, while the others didn't.
Nevertheless, Jews that accept Christ as their Savior and Lord, will get to Heaven if they remain faithful till the end (Matthew 10:22, 24:13, 1 Corinthians 1:8, and Revelation 2:26). For they may not be among the twelve great Apostles, but they have remained faithful to the Lord. And there are a lot of Jews today who do accept Christ as their Messiah. They are a minority compared to the Jewish people as a whole, but they will still get into the Kingdom of God.
Question asked by - Prasoona
Location - Mangalagiri (Guntur District), India
Question - What is the difference between Satan and the devil?
Our Answer - They are the same person! Satan is his name. And the devil is his title.
The devil, whose name is Satan, was originally created by God as a powerful Heavenly angel. He was perfect in every way from the time he was created up until sin took root in his heart. His original name was "Lucifer." That name only appears in the King James Version of the English Bible (Isaiah 14:12). In other translations the meaning of the word is translated. "Lucifer" means "morning star" and so that is how it is stated in the New International Version. The New American Version uses the term "day-star." Another translation of the word "Lucifer" is "light bearer." It is sort of a title. And probably refers to a specific position of authority. Angels, are also referred to as "stars" in the Bible (Job 38:7).
The Bible seems to hint that specific angels have jurisdiction over certain nations. Examples of this are found in Daniel 10:13 and 10:20, where they are referred to as "princes." By the way, some people are confused about angels. They see pictures or paintings of baby angels, or angels portrayed as women. However, there are only two forms of intelligent life that God ever created, the angels and mankind. The angels are all in the male gender. And they were created individually, not through procreation, as humans were. Mark 12:25 tells us that they do no marry or have children. They remain as they have always been, as adult males.
The angels were created long before mankind came into existence (Job 38:4-7). And, just as we humans were given freedom to choose whether to serve God or not, so were the angels. God didn't want a race of robots to be programmed. He wanted beings capable of independent thinking that He could associate with on an intelligent basis. All the angels were given certain talents, just as we humans have. Some were great artists, some good orators, etc. And they were given various degrees of power and prestige. The Bible implies that Lucifer was the most powerful and honored angel of all. I believe that mostly likely he was ruler in the spirit world, over planet earth. And that a population of angels lived on our planet prior to the creation of mankind. That would explain the fact that scientists believe that the earth is very old, and that there was more than one ice age. It also explains why the bones of dinosaurs and fossils have been found in the earth.
There seems to be a great gap in time between verse one and verse two which says, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters" (Genesis 1:1-2 KJV). Now we know that God is Light (see 1 John 1:5) and that all He creates is perfect and full of some kind of light. Even the stars give us light at night! The earth is full of water. And verse two tells us that the Holy Spirit moved over the water. Why did He do that? I believe it was because Lucifer had once ruled over the earth. After revealing that he thought himself equal or greater than God, I think the Lord cursed him with huge animals such as dinosaurs and made the earth unpleasant to live in, finally flooding it with water. Without the Presence of God there was no light on the earth, and without light, there was no heat either. And somehow, it seems that the Lord created such a disruption of normal functions that the earth became squishy and shapeless. Consequently the water that existed froze.
However, when God remade the earth for mankind, it was made up of recycled material. And, since "...the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light" (Genesis 1:2-3 NIV). The light defrosted the earth and the Lord spent the remaining five days enthusiastically putting His love into making the earth a perfect and joyous habitation in which mankind could live. Now, since the original inhabitants were angels, many of which became fallen angels (also called demons), the earth needed to be repopulated. So, the Lord told Adam and Eve, "...Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth..." (Genesis 1:28 KJV). The word "replenish" implies that some kind of life was there previously.
Now what led up to all of this. Here we go back to Lucifer again. He had been perfect in every way from the time God created him until pride began to form in his heart (Isaiah 14:12-15) and he became jealous of the power and authority of God. The Lord was the only One in the universe more powerful than Lucifer. Therefore, as a result of Lucifer's influence over one third of God's heavenly angels, "...there was war in Heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in Heaven" (Revelation 12:7-8 NIV). So, what happened, and who was the dragon? "The great dragon was hurled down--that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him" (Revelation 12:9 NIV).
As a result of the war in Heaven, God changed Lucifer's name to "Satan." And Lucifer's position was no longer that of a powerful Heavenly angel, but now as God's chief enemy, known as "the devil." He was the one who entered into the body of a snake in the Garden of Eden and was able to tempt Eve (Genesis 3:1-7). God also changed the position of all the angels who had mutinied with Satan. That's when they became known as "demons." In case you are wondering how these beings, who had flesh and bone bodies as angels, were able to enter into the bodies of humans and animals (see Mark 5:2-13), part of the punishment they received from the Lord was the loss of their solid bodies. God said to Satan, "Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings. By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries [bodies]. So I made a fire come out from you, and it consumed you, and I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching" (Ezekiel 28:17-18 NIV). There was a great trial in Heaven and the fallen angels (demons), who mutinied with Satan also received the same fate. Their bodies were totally incinerated by God while they stood there before Him!
That's who Satan, the devil, is. Sadly, Adam and Eve, God's first human creations, chose to believe the devil, and disobey God. That's how sin came into the human race. And it is why we must repent of our sins to God alone (Matt. 6:9), not the priest or any other human being. Only Jesus, God's Son, paid the price to redeem our souls from the clutches of Satan (1 Tim. 2:5-6). For Satan still controls the lives of all who have not repented (Ephesians 2:1-3) and accepted Christ as their Savior (John 1:11-13). As believers in Christ, He Is our only Savior, our only protector, and our only hope of ever getting to Heaven when we die (John 14:6). "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12 NIV).
Question asked by - Moni
Location - Chennai (capital city in the Indian state of Tamil, Nadu.)
Question - What is the name of existing oldest city right from Abraham's period till now with same name?
Our Answer - While some archeologists state that Jericho is the oldest city in the world, I see no evidence in the Bible that the city existed at the time of Abraham. However, Hebron, located in Israel, did (Genesis 13:18). And it is still a very active city today.
Question - I have noticed that you use the Jewish star on your newsletters with a cross inside of it. Are you Jewish? Please tell me what the star with the cross means?
Our Answer - No, we are not Jewish, but, as Christians, we owe a tremendous debt to the Jewish people. This is because it was through them that our Savior, Jesus Christ, came into this world. The Bible, both Old Testament and New Testament, were written by Hebrews (Jews). Moreover, it was a Jew named Paul, formerly Saul of Tarsus (Acts 9:4), who brought Christianity to the Gentiles when the Jews, his own people, rejected Christ (see Isaiah 53:3, John 1:11, and Acts 13:46).
The greatest examples of godliness we see in scripture are Jewish prophets of Old, like Daniel, Joseph, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Hezekiah, Matthew, Bartholomew, and many others. Also, women of faith like Sarah (Genesis 17:15), Deborah (Judges 4:4), Huldah (2 Kings 22:14), Ruth (book of Ruth), Esther (book of Esther), Anna (Luke 2:36), and others. Without the faith and dedication of Jewish people like them, we may never have been given the opportunity for so great a salvation.
For the name "Christ" means Messiah. In Old Testament times God's people didn’t know God the Son by His earthly name Jesus, but they worshipped Him as the great “I Am” who spoke to Moses by the burning bush (Genesis 15:1, Exodus 3:13-14, and John 8:58).
The Cross within the "Star of David" on our newsletters is meant to signify the union of the Old Testament prophesy of the Messiah and promised Redeemer (Job 19:25 and Isaiah 54:5) with the New Testament reality of His coming, ministry, death, and resurrection. The Old Testament prophesies the events of the New Testament, and the New Testament fulfills the Old Testament (Matthew 5:17).
Our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, was a direct descendent from the royal line of King David. The "Star of David" was the emblem of David's kingdom. Therefore, the Cross of Jesus is placed inside the "Star of David" in order to convey the message that He who died for us on Calvary came from royal blood (see Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-38). Moreover, since Christ was and is the Son of the Living God, His royalty was not just earthly, but Heavenly as well.
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