Christian! Dost Thou See Them

Christian! dost thou see them
On the holy ground,
How the troops of Midian
Prowl and prowl around?
Christian! up and smite them,
Counting gain but loss:
Smite them by the merit
Of the Holy Cross!

Christian! dost thou feel them,
How they work within,
Striving, tempting, luring,
Goading into sin?
Christian! never tremble!
Never be down-cast!
Gird thee for the battle,
Watch and pray and fast.

Christian! dost thou hear them
How they speak thee fair?
“Always fast and vigil?
Always watch and prayer?”
Christian! say but boldly:
“While I breathe, I pray:”
Peace shall follow battle,
Night shall end in day.

“Well I know thy trouble,
O my servant true;
Thou art very weary,—
I was weary too:
But that toil shall make thee,
Some day, all Mine own:
And the end of sorrow
Shall be near My Throne.”

– John Mason Neale; Attributed to Andrew of Crete (660-732),
Published in Hymns of the Eastern Church, 1866. Edited.

Was the Angelic Sin of Jude 6 Sexual in Nature?

“And He has kept, with eternal chains in darkness for the judgment of the great day, the angels who did not keep their own position but deserted their proper dwelling. The second illustration is the fall of the rebellious angels, who erred from their calling by abandoning their assigned domain. Because of their rebellion, they were judged forever to be confined in gloomy darkness.

the angels who did not keep to their own position Many interpreters, both ancient and modern, believe that Gen. 6:1-8 provides the original Biblical account for these events in Jude. This interpretation is reflected also in the book of Enoch, which contains an elaborate description of the disobedient angels. Other interpreters object to the angelic interpretation of the Genesis passage, and identify the angels in this verse as those who participated in the pre-fall angelic rebellion led by Lucifer (Isa 14).The way Jude referred to the angels gives us reason to believe that this truth was well accepted by his readers and thus needed no further explanation. In the light of that, it is interesting that the uniform ancient Jewish and Christian interpretation was that Jude referred these fallen angels to the “sons of God” in Genesis 6.

but deserted their proper dwelling The angels’ proper dwelling place was in heaven except when dispatched to earth on divine business. The similar sin referred to in the next verse was the inordinate sexual activity in Sodom and Gomorrah. Sin led them to want to settle on earth (Gen. 6:1-4) and take wives from mankind in an inordinate sexual move. The parallel reference in 2 Peter 2:4-10 also implies that the angelic rebellion was sexual in nature. If this was what happened, it obviously means that the fallen angels inhabited human bodies.

he has kept in eternal bonds under deep gloom for the judgment of the great day For more on this deep gloom and the eternal bonds see 2 Pet. 2:4. The rebellious angels Jude refers to are now in bondage and await God’s judgment. These are different from the other fallen angels who are Satan’s agents and are at work in the world today, namely, the demons.

But what is the point? The apostates in Jude’s day had also abandoned a position of great privilege, namely, the opportunity to serve and glorify God. God will also judge them severely because of this spiritual departure. Perhaps the apostates in view here were never saved in the first place, but were wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matt. 7:15).”

Lexham English Bible

Complements of: Dr. William Varner
http://dribex.tumblr.com/post/12157332184/jude-6-angels-that-sinned

Revelation by Seance

“The proliferation of astrologers, seers, mediums, and other later-day ‘prophets’ is one direct result of widespread dissatisfaction with present circumstances and the wistful desire of millions throughout the world to know the future. Feeling that ‘science’ and ‘humanism’ have failed, people shift their faith to pseudoscience and superhumanism, still desperately searching for meaningful answers for their future….

Even many Christians are overly impressed by such seers, attributing their psychic abilities to demonic powers. If they are really supernaturally guided, however, even by demons, one would think their predictions would have a better percentage of success.

The fact is that neither angels nor demons are omniscient and therefore they can know little more about the future than human beings. It is true that men and women can—through planning and working—influence the future to some degree. Also, through analyses and reasoning they could to some extent predict the future. By virtue of their greater powers and greater knowledge, plus their ability to share such knowledge and abilities with other invisible spirits, it is no doubt true that angels and demons can both foresee and influence the future more that could human beings.

But only God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and  omniscient. Since He created time, He stands outside time and thus knows and controls all events everywhere through all time. He may, on occasion choose to share some of His knowledge with His holy angels, or with chosen men. To this extent—and only this extent—can we really know the future, which brings us to the purpose of the Book of Revelation.

This capstone on the wonderful structure of the written Word of God was written specifically to provide knowledge of the future. This is made clear in the very first verse:

‘The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto His slaves things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His messenger unto His slave John (Revelation 1:1).'”

-Henry M. Morris, The Revelation Record,Wheaton,IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 1983, 18-19