ABOUT ANGELS 7

One very interesting fact about angels is found in Matthew 13:37-42.  Notice that angels have another job besides being messengers.

He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

 OBSERVATIONS ABOUT EACH VERSE:

37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; {{has to have started sewing the seed on Pentecost}}

38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; {{Good seed and tares have to have started on Pentecost}}

39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

  • {{Satan sowed his seed from the beginning of the kingdom on Pentecost}}
  • {{HARVEST: has to be the after the end of this world – 2nd coming}}
  • {{REAPERS: also has to be after this world ends – after Jesus comes again}}

40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.{{He notes that this is “in the end of this world”}}

41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; {{If this event happens before Judgment, then none of the evil that was in his kingdom will be judged}}

42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. {{Again, if these souls are cast into the Lake of Fire before the Judgment, they have no judgment.}}

43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. {{And once again – this can’t be before Judgment for all of us will stand in Judgment and bow before Jesus – Rom 14:11}}

Another instance where the angels work for the departed souls is found in Luke 16:20-22.  “And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, 21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.”

We cannot speculate whether angels carried the rich man to hell (torments). We do know that angels that sinned were in hell in 2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 6.  We know also that His angels will have work at the second coming – after he judges them – so that they are fully qualified to enter the eternal habitations (1 Cor. 6:3).

Angels are able to transport all souls from this world to the next (Matt. 24:31). “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

ABOUT ANGELS 6

So far we have learned that angels are spirit bodies with no form that man can see unless they take on a form.  We have seen their power and might—their ability to kill or make alive.  We also have learned that Jesus will bring his angels with him at the second coming (Matt. 16:27).  We know that in the resurrection, we will be like the angels with spirit bodies that will not marry or be given in marriage (Matt. 22:29-32).

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MARK, CHAPTER 16 AND MIRACLES TODAY

Recently a friend asked the question: How do you respond to someone who uses the last part of Mark 16 to support miracles today?

I would show them how the scripture, Mark 16:17-18, testifies that the miraculous powers would follow those who believe, but, it does not tell how long those powers would follow God’s children.

Acts 2:39 recounts how long the promise was to be in effect.  The promise was only for two generations, to “you and your children.”  Some argue that the “all that are afar off” refers to unlimited time.  However, that is not what the scriptures teach.  The Greek word for “afar off’ is Strong’s #3112 (makran) –literally “at a distance.”

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GOD’S PATTERN OF INSPIRATION

John 1

How has the Lord given his word to us?

How was it written down?

Other than Moses, John, and Jesus, God spoke through the mouths of his prophets.

God spoke mouth to mouth to Moses and Jesus (Num. 12:8; Deut. 18:18-19; John 12:49-50).

John was in a vision and wrote what he saw and heard (Rev. 10:4).

God spoke directly to Jesus (John 12:49-50).

Luke 1:70As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:

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