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Birds first appear in the Bible in Genesis 8:8 with Noah sending out the dove. They appear many times right to the last book of Revelation 19:17-18. The Bible is not intended to be a book of nature. But then there are a number of references to the natural world and many of them are used to illustrate spiritual truths with birds.
There are around 300 verses in the Bible that mention them. More than one hundred of these use the words “fowl” or “bird.” It is noteworthy that Old Testament writers wrote more about birds than New Testament writers. Paul only refers to birds only twice in his epistles.
The Bible uses birds to teach spiritual lessons. To one weighed down by
the cares of life comes the verse: Psalm 11:1 King James Version
11 In the Lord put I my trust: how say
ye to my soul, Flee as a bird to your mountain?
For a person who is fighting the deviousness of Satan is the verse:
Psalm 124:7 King James Version
7 Our soul is escaped as a bird out of
the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.
For one who is suffering from curses: Proverbs 26:2 King James Version
2 As the bird by wandering, as the
swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
For those who cannot understand why unbelievers are important or rich:
Hosea 9:11 King James Version (KJV)
11 As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly
away like a bird…
The favourite bird of ancient Israel seems to be the dove as the rock
dove of Palestine was abundant: Psalm 68:13 King James Version
13 Though ye have lien among the pots,
yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers
with yellow gold.
This gentle and beautiful bird had the same loyalty for its dovecote and
its mate that mourning doves have today. It was spoken of favourably in the
Psalms thus: “As the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers
with yellow gold”.
The Covenant: Are we still bound by the Mosaic Laws? Bible verses that explain what the New Covenant is. What is said of the New Testament dispensation, to prove the superior excellency of Christ’s ministry.
Hebrews 8:6 (KJV)
But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
It is said that it is a better covenant, a more clear and comfortable dispensation and discovery of the grace of God to sinners, bringing in holy light and liberty to the soul. It is without fault and well ordered in all things. It requires nothing but what it promises grace to perform. It accepts of godly sincerity accounting it gospel perfection. Every transgression does not turn us out of covenant. All is put into a good and safe hand.
That it is established upon better promises, more clear and express, more spiritual, more absolute. The promises of spiritual and eternal blessings are in this covenant positive and absolute; the promises of temporal blessings are with a wise and kind proviso, as far as shall be for God’s glory and his people’s good. This covenant contains in it promises of assistance and acceptance in duty, promises of progress and perseverance in grace and holiness, of bliss and glory in heaven, which were more obscurely shadowed forth by the promises of the land of Canaan, a type of heaven.
It is a new covenant, even that new covenant that God long ago declared he would make with the house of Israel, that is, all the Israel of God; this was promised in and accomplished in Christ. This will always be a new covenant, in which all who truly take hold of it shall be always found preserved by the power of God. It is God’s covenant his mercy, love, and grace moved for it; his wisdom devised it. His Son purchased it. His Spirit brings souls into it and builds them up in it.
The articles of this covenant are extraordinary, which are sealed between God and his people by baptism and the Lord’s supper. Whereby they bind themselves to their part and God assures them he will do his part. His is the main and principal part, on which his people depend for grace and strength to do theirs. God articles with his people that he will put his laws into their minds and write them in their hearts:
Hebrews 8:10 King James Version (KJV)
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
He once wrote his laws to them now he will write his laws in them. That is, he will give them understanding to know and to believe his law. He will give them memories to retain them. He will give them hearts to love them and consciences to recognize them. He will give them courage to profess them and power to put them in practice. The whole habit and frame of their souls shall be a table and transcript of the law of God.
This is the foundation of the covenant. Duty will be done wisely, sincerely, readily, easily, resolutely, constantly, and comfortably. He agrees with them to take them into a near and very honorable relation to himself. He will be to them a God that is he will be all that to them and do all that for them, that God can be and do. Nothing more can be said in a thousand volumes than is comprehended in these few words: I will be a God to them.
They shall be to him a people, to love, honour, observe, and obey him in all things; complying with his cautions, conforming to his commands, comporting with his providence, copying out his example, taking complacency in his favour. This those must do and will do who have God for their God; this they are bound to do as their part of the contract; this they shall do, for God will enable them to do it, as an evidence that he is their God and that they are his people; for it is God himself who first founds the relation, and then fills it up with grace suitable and sufficient, and helps them in their measure to fill it up with love and duty; so that God engages both for himself and them.(3.) He articles with them that they shall grow more and more acquainted with their God see verse 11. They shall all know me from the least to the greatest, insomuch that there shall not be so much need of one neighbour teaching another the knowledge of God.
In the want of better instruction, one neighbour should be teaching another to know the Lord, as they have ability and opportunity for it. This private instruction shall not be so necessary under the New Testament as it was under the Old.
The old dispensation was shadowy, dark, ritual and less understood. Their priests preached but seldom and only a few at a time. But under the new dispensation there shall be such abundance of public qualified preachers of the gospel and dispensers of ordinances settled in the solemn assemblies and so great a flocking to them, as doves to their windows and such a plentiful spreading of the Spirit of God to make the ministration of the gospel effectual. There shall be a mighty increase and spreading of Christian knowledge in persons of all sorts, of each sex and of all ages. O that this promise might be fulfilled in our days that a great number may believe and be turned to the Lord. God agrees with them about the pardon of their sins as what always accompanies the true knowledge of God:
Hebrews 8:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, etc. The freeness of this pardon. It does not result from merit in man, but from mercy in God. He pardons for his own name’s sake.
The fullness of this pardon; it extends to their unrighteousness, sins, and iniquities; to all kinds of sin, to sins highly aggravated. The fixedness of this pardon. It is so final and so fixed that God will remember their sins no more. He will not recall his pardon. He will not only forgive their sins, but forget them, treat them as if he had forgotten them. This pardoning mercy is connected with all other spiritual mercies. Unpardoned sin prevents mercy, and pulls down judgments.
The pardon of sin prevents judgment and opens a wide door to all spiritual blessings. It is the effect of that mercy that is everlasting. This is the excellency of the new dispensation, and these are the articles of it.
Therefore we have no reason to fear but great reason to rejoice that the former dispensation is antiquated and has vanished away.
This situation brings into serious doubt the status of churches that demand tithing as they have no scriptural authority for their actions. Can such a church be a church of God in this new era?
The Garden of Eden chapter is an appendix to the history of the creation, more particularly explaining and enlarging upon that part of the history which relates immediately to man. We have in it the institution and sanctification of the sabbath that the Garden of Eden was made for man, to further his holiness and comfort. A more particular account of man’s creation, as the centre and summary of the whole work. A description of the Garden of Eden and the placing of man in it under the obligations of a law and covenant.
The creation of the woman, her marriage to the man and the institution of the ordinance of marriage verses 18 and on.
The creatures made both in heaven and earth are the hosts which denotes them to be numerous, but marshaled, disciplined and under command. How great is the sum of them. And everyone knows and keeps his place. God uses them as his hosts for the defence of his people and the destruction of his enemies as he is the Lord of hosts.
The heavens and the earth are finished pieces and so are all the creatures in them. So perfect is God’s work that nothing can be added to it nor taken from it. God that began to build showed himself well able to finish. After the end of the first six days God ceased from all works of creation. He has ended this work. Though in his providence he worked preserving and governing all the creatures and particularly forming the spirit of man within him.
The solemn observance of one day in seven, as a day of holy rest and holy work, to God’s honour, is the indispensable duty of all those to whom God has revealed his holy sabbaths.
I fail to see any element of a fiasco it is all part of God’s continued plan.
Fallen angels are followers of Satan. They were God’s created spiritual beings who were meant to serve Him and act as messengers to His people. As with humans fallen angels were given free will.
Satan is known by many names that are used to describe different aspects of his character. The name Satan means “accuser.” He is also called Beelzebub (lord of flies), devil, the dragon, serpent, tempter, Lucifer, and the father of lies (Revelation12:9 and 20:2).
God created Satan as one of Heaven’s most beautiful angels. Lucifer means “light-bearer” and was referred to as the “morning star.” The devil’s prideful revolt and greed for power turned him into a self-proclaimed enemy of God. He wanted to replace God in every way. Regardless of what name he is called, he is not on equal footing with God.
Lucifer was cast down from heaven to earth. Some of the angels followed him by resisting God’s power and authority.
Satan, with his army of fallen angels and demons, are determined to corrupt and destroy all that is good and godly. 1 Peter 5:8 King James Version
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Angels can be found in several religions including Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, as well as some of the more ancient cultures of Mesopotamia. Angels are often portrayed as otherworldly supernatural beings that God sends as messengers to Earth or to do his bidding.
The seven fallen angels, known as the Nephilim, are Lucifer (who represents pride), Mammon (greed), Asmodeus (lust), Leviathan (envy), Beelzebub (gluttony), Satan (same as Lucifer but also allotted with the sin of wrath), and Belphegor (sloth and laziness). These angels fell from God’s grace after Lucifer instigated a rebellion to take away God’s power and claim the throne of Heaven for himself.
Cemeteries; one of the great universals truths is that the human body upon death has NO spiritual significance.. If it did, we would not need cemeteries. Cemeteries are regarded by our Heavenly Father as Holy ground. Remember Moses? God said to Him take off your shoes for the ground on which you stand is Holy. It was probably where previous men of old had been buried.
The cemetery is where we return our bodies to him as in dust to dust, and ashes to ashes.
People today are choosing to keep the ashes of their loved ones in urns in their homes which is a kin to idolitr and are breaking the First Commandment. They are creating Karmic conditions for their Soul. The place to keep your loved ones is in your heart. In other words carry the memories in your heart!
It is the Soul of that person who must stand before God to account forits actions not family. If it is a teenager they are young adults not children. By the age of seven they inherently know what is right or wrong.
What is important is, to understand Reincarnation which is the returning of the Soul in another lifetime. See the post on Where We Go When We Die.
The issues a few years ago in the media surrounding not allowing suicides to be buried in the Urupa are totally wrong.
Te Ururoa Flavell as a politician here in New Zealand tried to bring a law into parliament to ban suicides from being buried inside cemeteries. There was public outcry at t his proposal from which he recinded, made a public apology and withdrawal of his statement.
It is a ‘More’ meaning a society rule not a spiritual rule. We do not have the right to condemn anyone. They are accountable only to the Lord God.
As a parent you are responsible to provide food, clothing and a warm bed to sleep in. It is not your duty to provide the myriad of material possessions. They are WANTS and must be worked for not given. We didn’t come to the earth for a holiday. Chuckles.
The most important things in life are free, such as your time and your love, yet they are the hardest to get. All our heavenly Fathers expects of us is to do our very best with what we have. It is what is in your heart that is important to HIM. Not the clothes you wear or the flash car you drive.
As loving caring parents and whanau, the correct course of action is to pray for the redemption of their Soul through eternity and give the problem to Jesus. End of story. There is no guilt apportioned to the living.
Parents, family, friends and relatives today, are burdening themselves with guilt and worry over something they had no control over. So much easier to go into your private space to pray and ask for forgiveness for the Soul that has departed and yourself for any harm real or imagined that you may have caused that Soul (from the beginning of time remembering you have encountered them before in another time and another life) and hand the problem over to Jesus. So, so simple, yet we make it so difficult. Why?
A fool’s lips as Solomon has often shown what mischief men do to others with their ungoverned tongues. In these verses he shows what mischief they do to themselves. They embroil themselves in quarrels. A fool’s lips, without any cause or call, enters into arguments by advancing foolish notions which others find themselves obliged to oppose. So a quarrel is begun. By giving provocative language, which will be resented and satisfaction demanded, or by setting men at defiance and bidding them to do if they dare.
Proud and passionate men and drunkards are fools, whose lips enter into contention. A wise man may, against his will, be drawn into a quarrel. However he is a fool that of choice enters into arguments when he might avoid them and he will repent them when it is too late.
They expose themselves to correction: The fool’slips does, in effect, call for whacking. The fool has said that which deserves to be punished with whacking and is still saying that which needs to be checked and restrained with whacking.
They involve themselves in ruin. A fool’s lips which has been the destruction of others proves his own destruction. Shimei’s mouth was his own destruction and Adonijah’s who spoke against his own head. When a fool by his foolish speaking has run himself into an argument and thinks to get himself out by justifying or excusing what he has said his defence proves his offence.
The fool’s lips are the snare or trap of his soul entangling him yet more and more. However, when men by their evil words shall be condemned at God’s bar their mouths will be their destruction. It will be such an aggravation of their ruin as will not admit one drop of water, one drop of comfort to cool their tongue which is their snare and will be their tormentor.
The Journey of Life on the Earth Genesis 1:26-28 teaches that God created all Souls in His image and likeness and blessed them and sent them on their own individual voyage of discovery, to multiply, to have dominion over the earth and all that it contained to eventually return to His presence in the heavenly 4th dimension.
There are two points that follow from this principle.
FIRSTLY, our physical bodies are only temporary for our use during our time upon the earth and have no spiritual importance. What is meant by this you may ask? The answer is, that each time a Soul leaves the earth the physical body will decay but the Soul continues on in the spirit world. When the Soul decides to return to the earth, it is born into another physical body and goes through the cycle of life again from and infant to an adult then leaves again. As in accordance with the cycle of Mother Nature when everything sprouts from a seed, matures, reproduces then dies.
SECONDLY, the most fundamental law of the universe is that there is only one Creator God whom we are to love, praise and worship. Exodus 20:3 The commandment. THOU SHALT HAVE NO OTHER GODS BUT ME!
We do have two bodies. Our physical and carnal body (flesh) and our Spiritual body (soul). When the Holy Word says that our body is a Holy Temple and in the likeness of God, it is clearly speaking of our Spiritual body. A good example of there being two separate bodies is when those who have had limbs amputated yet the missing limb still itches. This is because even though the physical part of the body has been removed the spiritual body is still complete and is why their missing limbs will itch.
Every person has a duty of care to maintain and look after their physical body to the highest possible standard. It is a gift from the God to the Soul to use while on the earth and consequently there is a responsibility upon the user for that body which this is a lesson that millions of dwellers presently on the earth are ignoring.
What will happen to them when they leave their physical body and return to Spirit?
Quite clearly if they have not observed the fundamental Laws of the Universe, they have failed an important test.
The good thing about the lessons from the Godhead is that nobody has to fail unless they CHOOSE to do so. They will return to the earth plane and go through the process of earthly life once again and maybe again and again until that lesson is learned. The downside to this process is, if the Soul during its time on the earth rejects the Lord God then when that Soul leaves the earth it is denied entrance into the heavenly fourth dimension. (see post on Lost Souls)
Shadow people or demons are always negative. I have never yet encountered the presence of demons/ghost’s where it is positive. These encounters with demon/ghosts tend to be accompanied by feelings of dread and horror and the glowing red eyes are decidedly not cool.
There are many different types of shadow ghosts but the red eyes are indicating that they are malevolent.
There are types of a demon/ghosts that are more demonic. I have encountered times where ghost people have attempted physical attacks on people. People may experience waking up with a sensation of not being able to move with a demon trying to choke or suffocate them.
I know from my own long term experience that it is risky to assume that these ghosts are harmless. Most of them are actually controlled by Satan especially where people are drug users.
Lena Townsend, a registered metaphysical practitioner, said while she’s no expert with shadow people, she’s studied instances where people said they felt antagonized by suspected shadow people. In such cases, she believes these shadow people are more than just your average spirit; they could be demons. But she said she doesn’t think all shadow people are malevolent or harmful.
The question is how to get rid of them because they are dead people looking to inhabit a human body or a demon from Satan.
It is well known that ghost people can be repelled by various means, including invoking the Name of Jesus.
Just saying Jesus’s name can sometimes be enough. They are instantly repelled and banished. There are other ways such as:
say protective prayers in the name of Jesus.
Go through every room in your home sprinkling it with lavender water while at the same time blessing the room in the name of Jesus.
Send them a firm thought to demand they leave in Jesus name and never return.
If none of the above work for you, you may contact me for further assistance as we do not need to be present to remove them.
Amnon was the first son of David. In the days of King David there was a war going on between the house of Saul and the house of David.
2 Samuel 3.1 (KJV) Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.And unto David were sons born in Hebron: and his firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; We see from the above verses that Amnon was the firstborn of King David. Unfortunately Amnon came to a bad end which can be studied in:
2 Samuel 13. The righteous God had lately told David, by Nathan the prophet, that, to chastise him for his son in the matter of Uriah, he would “raise up evil against him out of his own house’’ see Samuel 12:11. And in the very next chapter, we find the evil beginning to rise; henceforward he was followed with one trouble after another, which made the latter part of his reign less glorious and pleasant than the former part. Thus God chastened him with the rod of men yet assured him that his “loving-kindness he would not utterly take away.’’
Adultery and murder were David’s sins and those sins among his children. Amnon defiling his sister Tamar and Absalom murdering his brother Amnon were the beginnings of his punishment and the more grievous because he had reason to fear that his bad example might help to bring his children to this wickedness.
In this chapter we can read about Amnon ravishing Tamar, assisted in his plot to do it by Jonadab his kinsman and villainously executing it: see verses 1-20. Then we read about Absalom murdering Amnon for the evil deed: verses 21-39. Both of these great sins were great griefs to David and the more because he was unwittingly made accessory to both by sending Tamar to Amnon and Amnon to Absalom.
Without form and void in Genesis 1? What do you think is meant by this?
The first verse of the Bible gives us a surer, better, more satisfying and useful, knowledge of the origin of the universe, than all the volumes of the philosophers. The lively faith of humble Christians understands this matter better than the elevated fancy of the greatest wits. A general idea given us of the work of creation.
We are given the description of this chaos. There was nothing in it desirable to be seen, for it was without form and void with confusion and emptiness. It was shapeless, it was useless, it was without inhabitants, without ornaments, the shadow or rough draught of things to come and not the image of the things to come . The earth is almost reduced to the same condition again by the sin of man, under which creation groans.
Jeremiah 4:23 (KJV) I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.
To those who have their hearts in heaven, this lower world, in comparison with that upper, still appears to be nothing but confusion and emptiness. There is no true beauty to be seen, no satisfying fullness to be enjoyed, in this earth, but in God only. If there had been anything desirable to be seen, yet there was no light to see it by; for darkness, thick darkness, was upon the face of the deep. God did not create this darkness for it was only the want of light, which as yet could not be said to be wanted till something was made that might be seen by it.
If the work of grace in the soul is a new creation, this chaos represents the state of an unregenerate graceless soul. There is disorder, confusion, and every evil work. It is empty of all good, for it is without God; it is dark, it is darkness itself. This is our condition by nature, till almighty grace effects a blessed change. The Spirit of God was the first mover: He moved upon the face of the waters. When we consider the earth without form and void, I think it is like the valley full of dead and dry bones. Can these live? Can this confused mass of matter be formed into a beautiful world?
Yes, if a spirit of life from God enters into it. Now there is hope concerning this thing; for the Spirit of God begins to work, and, if he works, who or what shall hinder? He moved upon the face of the deep, as Elijah stretched himself upon the dead child, as the hen gathers her chickens under her wings and hovers over them, to warm and cherish them, as the eagle stirs up her nest, and flutters over her young it is the same world that is here used:
Deuteronomy 32:11 (KJV) As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings.