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"As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;" (Ephesians 4:14 NASB).

Saturday, November 16, 2013

SPIRITUAL WARFARE: An essay on Satan and his fallen angels


Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Satan is the accuser of us brothers and sisters, and is before the Lord day and night accusing us (see Revelation 12:10). Satan is Not more powerful than God, or he would not beg God to tempt us. 

Satan tries all the time to get permission from God to put us through trials and tribulations. Sometimes God allows Satan to tempt us, because the Lord knows that His faithful servants will triumph over Satan through remaining faithful to God (see Job 1 and Job 2). 

Has it become less relevant for you to talk about Satan and his fiery darts at church, home and in the workplace? Perhaps we have become lackadaisical in staying vigilant to be On Guard and in our hearts maybe some people doubt that Satan exists at all! 

Remember the movie line in The Usual Suspects (1995), when actor Kevin Spacey says, "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to convince the world he didn't exist." 

1 Peter 5:8-9 (NLT)

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9 Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.

WHY HAS MANKIND BEEN PLAQUED WITH EVIL? Because Satan and his angels were thrown out of heaven---cast down to the earth (Revelation 12). When Satan was cast out of heaven, he took a third of the hosts of heaven with him and swept these celestial beings down to earth. The account in the book of Revelation 12 indicates that these fallen angels were stars. The Holy Bible, after Lucifer and his followers great rebellion in heaven, calls the fallen angels demons, devils and evil spirits.

DEMONS EXIST HERE ON EARTH AND SOMETIMES POSSESS PEOPLE

Matthew 8:28-34 (NIV)

Jesus Restores Two Demon-Possessed Men

28 When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes,[a] two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. 29 “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”
30 Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. 31 The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”
32 He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. 33 Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region.

Footnotes:
a. Matthew 8:28 Some manuscripts Gergesenes; other manuscripts Gerasenes


What about the FALLEN ANGELS WHO DID NOT KEEP THEIR POST, but that are now securely chained in prisons of darkness (Jude 1:6). Are these the same angels of Genesis 6 who had sex with the daughters of men?

Some humans have given themselves to the devil's service... For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). 

Satan masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), and perhaps many of the apparitions that people have claimed to have seen are the Devil seeking to fool people into believing that he is the Virgin Mary and other Canonized saints of Roman Catholicsim, Lutheran, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, Mythraism, Islam, Hindu, Shinto and other manmade religions.
The Sun goddess emerging out of a cave, bringing sunlight back to the universe
Amaterasu is a part of the Japanese myth cycle and also a major deity of the Shinto religion. She is the goddess of the sun, but also of the universe. The name Amaterasu derived from Amateru meaning "shining in heaven." The meaning of her whole name, Amaterasu-ōmikami, is "the great august kami (Gama or god) who shines in the heaven," similar to the Roman Catholic false teaching on "Mariology" and adulteration of Jesus mother, Mary, as the "Queen of Heaven."

2 Corinthians 4:4 (NIV)
4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

I recently asked a woman to Google and read Section 969 Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church as part of our discussion on Mary and saying the rosary. 

Jesus did Not teach people to "Hail," pray to and give adoration to His mother, Mary (see Matthew 10:37-38; Matthew 12:46-50; and Luke 11:27-28). In addition, the apostles did Not teach people to build shrines and make statues to Mary, or worship Jesus' mother, because such practices are against God's commands outlined in Exodus 20:1-4.


CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
SECOND EDITION
PART ONE
THE PROFESSION OF FAITH
SECTION TWO
THE PROFESSION OF THE CHRISTIAN [CATHOLIC] FAITH
CHAPTER THREE
I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
ARTICLE 9
"I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH"

Paragraph 6. Mary - Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church

Section 969 [666] "This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation . . . Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix."512 --- 

THE CATECHISM OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IS AN ANTICHRIST DOCTRINE (Revelation 18:4), because JESUS ALONE IS THE ONLY GIFT OF SALVATION!

Presently, Satan is allowed to go through all the different levels of heaven (the earth's atmosphere, outer space, and even into paradise to show up with the Lord's angels and accuse us before God day and night (Job 1:6; and Job 2:1).


Revelation 12:3-4 (NLT)
3 Then I witnessed in heaven another significant event. I saw a large red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, with seven crowns on his heads. 4 His tail swept away one-third of the stars in the sky, and he threw them to the earth. He stood in front of the woman as she was about to give birth, ready to devour her baby as soon as it was born. 

The Large Red Dragon's tail swept away one-third of the stars in the sky, and he threw them to the earth. Satan will eventually be bound, and then he will be let loose after the thousand years to lead one last rebellion before he is destroyed forever (Revelation 20). But for now, Satan is at work spewing spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12)...For now, Satan is the Prince of the power of the air.

Ephesians 2:2 (KJV)
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

The Book of Enoch (also 1 Enoch) is an ancient Jewish religious work, traditionally ascribed to Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah.

Gradually, as the Oxford University edition of the Book of Enoch reached wider and wider audiences, scholars began checking in library collections across Europe, the result being that many more fragments and copies of the Enochian text in Ethiopian, Greek and even Latin were found tucked away in neglected corners.[1]

This first section of the Book of Enoch describes the fall of the Watchers, the angels who fathered the Nephilim (cf. the bene Elohim, Genesis 6:1-2) and narrates the travels of Enoch in the heavens. This section is said to have been composed in the fourth or 3rd century BC according to Western scholars.[2]

The introduction to the Book of Enoch tells us that Enoch is "a just man, whose eyes were opened by God so that he saw a vision of the Holy One in the heavens, which the sons of God showed to me, and from them I heard everything, and I knew what I saw, but [these things that I saw will] not [come to pass] for this generation, but for a generation that has yet to come."[2]

The Book of Enoch discusses God coming to Earth on Mount Sinai with His hosts to pass judgment on mankind. It also tells us about the luminaries rising and setting in the order and in their own time and never changes. "Observe and see how (in the winter) all the trees seem as though they had withered and shed all their leaves, except fourteen trees, which do not lose their foliage but retain the old foliage from two to three years till the new comes."[2]

How all things are ordained by God and take place in his own time. The sinners shall perish and the great and the good shall live on in light, joy and peace.

"And all His works go on thus from year to year for ever, and all the tasks which they accomplish for Him, and their tasks change not, but according as God hath ordained so is it done."[2]

The first section of the book depicts the interaction of the fallen angels with mankind; Sêmîazâz compels the other 199 fallen angels to take human wives to "beget us children".

"And Semjâzâ, who was their leader, said unto them: 'I fear ye will not indeed agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin.' And they all answered him and said: 'Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations not to abandon this plan but to do this thing.'. Then sware they all together and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. And they were in all two hundred; who descended in the days of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon, and they called it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it."[2]

The names of the leaders are given as: "Samyaza (Shemyazaz), their leader, Araqiel, Râmêêl, Kokabiel, Tamiel, Ramiel, Dânêl, Chazaqiel, Baraqiel, Asael, Armaros, Batariel, Bezaliel, Ananiel, Zaqiel, Shamsiel, Satariel, Turiel, Yomiel, Sariel."[2]

This results in the creation of the Nephilim (Genesis 6) or Anakim/Anak (Giants) as they are described in the book: "And they became pregnant, and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells:[67] Who consumed all the acquisitions of men. And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against them and devoured mankind. And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another's flesh, and drink the blood."[2]

The Book of Enoch also discusses the teaching of humans by the fallen angels chiefly Azâzêl:
"And Azâzêl taught men to make swords, and knives, and shields, and breastplates, and made known to them the metals of the earth and the art of working them, and bracelets, and ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all colouring tinctures. And there arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and they were led astray, and became corrupt in all their ways. 

Semjâzâ taught enchantments, and root-cuttings, Armârôs the resolving of enchantments, Barâqîjâl, taught astrology, Kôkabêl the constellations, Ezêqêêl the knowledge of the clouds, Araqiêl the signs of the earth, Shamsiêl the signs of the sun, and Sariêl the course of the moon."[2]

Michael, Uriel, Raphael, and Gabriel appeal to God to judge the inhabitants of the world and the fallen angels. Uriel is then sent by God to tell Noah of the coming cataclysm and what he needs to do.

"Then said the Most High, the Holy and Great One spoke, and sent Uriel to the son of Lamech, and said to him: Go to Noah and tell him in my name "Hide thyself!" and reveal to him the end that is approaching: that the whole earth will be destroyed, and a deluge is about to come upon the whole earth, and will destroy all that is on it. And now instruct him that he may escape and his seed may be preserved for all the generations of the world."[2] God commands Raphael to imprison Azâzêl:

"the Lord said to Raphael: 'Bind Azâzêl hand and foot, and cast him into the darkness: and make an opening in the desert, which is in Dûdâêl (God's Kettle/Crucible/Cauldron), and cast him therein. And place upon him rough and jagged rocks, and cover him with darkness, and let him abide there for ever, and cover his face that he may not see light. And on the day of the great judgement he shall be cast into the fire. And heal the earth which the angels have corrupted, and proclaim the healing of the earth, that they may heal the plague, and that all the children of men may not perish through all the secret things that the Watchers have disclosed and have taught their sons. And the whole earth has been corrupted through the works that were taught by Azâzêl: to him ascribe all sin."[2]

In the Book of Enoch, God gave Gabriel instructions concerning the Nephilim and the imprisonment of the fallen angels: "And to Gabriel said the Lord: 'Proceed against the biters and the reprobates, and against the children of fornication: and destroy [the children of fornication and] the children of the Watchers from amongst men [and cause them to go forth]: send them one against the other that they may destroy each other in battle."[2]

Some, including R.H. Charles, suggest that 'biters' should read 'bastards' but the name is so unusual that some believe that the implication that's made by the reading of 'biters' is more or less correct.[2]

The Lord commands Michael to bind the fallen angels. "And the Lord said unto Michael: 'Go, bind Semjâzâ and his associates who have united themselves with women so as to have defiled themselves with them in all their uncleanness. 12. And when their sons have slain one another, and they have seen the destruction of their beloved ones, bind them fast for seventy generations in the valleys of the earth, till the day of their judgement and of their consummation, till the judgement that is for ever and ever is consummated. 13. In those days they shall be led off to the abyss of fire: (and) to the torment and the prison in which they shall be confined for ever. And whosoever shall be condemned and destroyed will from thenceforth be bound together with them to the end of all generations."[2]

Revelation 12 depicts a woman with 12 stars on her head as God's holy people, Israel, and the persecution by the Antichrist and his cohorts. In Christian theology, Israel is considered to be both God's people Jew and Gentile, because the book of Hebrews describes Gentiles as grated.


The mystery of the final Antichrist is already at work 2 Thessalonians 2:7 informs us, and the embodiment of Satan in the final Antichrist will be a world leader NOT of royal succession Daniel 11:21 tells us. The Antichrist will slip in when least expeced and take over the kingdom (earth) with flattery and intrigue. Before him great armies (like Egypt, Irag, Kuwait, Syria) will be swept away, including a covenant prince (Daniel 11:22).

The book of First Thessalonians describes the Rapture of the Church taking place (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) before The Great Tribulation---a period of time on earth that many Pre-Tribulation Eschatologists believe will take place.

Perhaps the period of the final Antichrist (a world leader) breaking a treaty with people, could be in the middle of specified time---such as the dissolution of the Israeli-Arab Conflict.

1 Thessalonians 5:3-4 (NIV)
3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief."

1 Thessalonians 5:9 (NIV)
9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is time to teach sacred and redemptive history in a way that puts secular history in a biblical perspectiveThe King James Version of the Great Commission does Not say to "Go make disciples," it says to: FIRST TEACH, THEN BAPTIZE (when people believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him as their Lord and Savior)...and then GO TEACH ALL THINGS THAT JESUS TAUGHT HIS DISCIPLES---THAT IS TO OBSERVE HIS WRITTEN WORD, THE HOLY BIBLE.

Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV)
19 "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:"
20 "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen."

This means WE MUST TEACH TO BE WATCHFUL AND SOBER (Matthew 24) and to know God's plan for humanity, such as the fact that ALL who call upon the Name of the Lord during The Great Tribulation will be saved---as well as Ezekiel's prophecy of the Millennial Kingdom and the restoration of the Levitcal priesthood by the descendants of Zadok (Ezekiel 44, see verses 15 and 16). Remember one thing my friends...The Jews did NOT kill Jesus, even though many false religious leaders in Christ's time thought that they were putting Him to death and ending His ministry. God used the evil in mankind's heart to accomplish His plan to conquer death with Jesus' glorious resurrection.  

THIS TESTIMONY IS NOT MEANT TO SCARE YOU, but rather to inspire you to get on fire for God's promises, and rebuke Satan and his cohorts in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ as did Michael (Jude 1:9)!

Right now, Satan is in control of this world, and he is going before the Lord day and night to accuse God's holy people (read Revelation chapter 12). Satan is the god of this present age, and his fallen angels (demons) and followers---those who engage in occult practices (see Deuteronomy 18:9-12) are working very hard to corrupt the minds and hearts of world leaders. 

Peter H. Davids points to Dead Sea Scrolls evidence but leaves it open as to whether Jude viewed 1 Enoch as canon, deuterocanon, or otherwise: "Did Jude, then, consider this scripture to be like Genesis or Isaiah? Certainly he did consider it authoritative, a true word from God. We cannot tell whether he ranked it alongside other prophetic books such as Isaiah and Jeremiah. What we do know is, first, that other Jewish groups, most notably those living in Qumran near the Dead Sea, also used and valued 1 Enoch, but we do not find it grouped with the scriptural scrolls.[3]

The relation between 1 Enoch and the Essenes was noted even before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. While there is consensus to consider the sections of the Book of Enoch found in Qumran as texts used by the Essenes, the same is not so clear for the Enochic texts not found in Qumran (mainly the Book of Parables)[4]

Satan knows the Holy Bible better than any Christian and tried to tempt Jesus using Scripture, but the devil is Not all-knowing and did Not realize that when he was tempting Jesus in the wilderness that Christ knew the Holy Scriptures, because the Holy Scriptures are Jesus' word and Jesus name is the Word of God (Revelation 19:13; cf. John 1:1 and John 1:14).

God created the angels before He created the universe. Their name "angel" means "messenger" and there are two groups of angels the good and the evil. There was a rebellion by Satan in heaven and a part of the angels joined him (Revelation 12:9). Like man, angels have a will and the ability to choose right from wrong. The Bible says that their number is innumerable. The angels who followed Satan are the fallen angels and they continue today serving Satan under his command carrying out his evil designs. 
         
The Bible tells us much about angels and what they do: (1) They worship God (Rev. 5:11-12; Psa. 148:2). (2) They serve and obey God (Psa. 103:20-21). (3) They minister to and protect God's people (Heb. 1:14; 13:2). Examples are Elijah (1 Kings. 19), Daniel (Dan. 6:22), Peter (Acts. 5:19; 12:7- 11), and Paul (Acts. 27:23). (4) They help in the Great Commission of world evangelism (Acts. 8:26; 10:3,7,22). (5) They watch over children who believe in Jesus (Matt. 18:6,10). (6) They accompany saints to Heaven when they die (Luke. 16:22). (7) They will return with Jesus from heaven and help establish the kingdom (Matt. 24:30- 31; 25:31; 2 Thess. 1:7-10). (8) An angel will bind Satan (Rev. 20:1- 3). (9) Angels guard the gates of the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:12). (10) They are spirits (Heb. 1:7). (11) They can fly and move quickly. (12) They are always referred to as masculine and never a babies (Gen. 18:1,2; Judges 13:3,6; Luke 24:3,4).

CHECK OUT FACT NO. 13: The Angels who left their posts in Genesis 6 and had sex with the daughters of men sinned and are held in prisons of darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day (Jude 1:6). Even the demons in Matthew 8:28-32, that possessed the two men knew the Holy Scriptures about the judgment on the great Day. But the Angels in heaven and those BELIEVERS who make it to the resurrection will no longer marry (Matt. 22:30).

Fact (14) Angels are very powerful (Psa. 103:20). (15) They are very wise (2 Sam. 14:20), but they are not all-wise---1 Peter 1:12 speaks of things the angels desire to know, and in Ephesians 3:10, we learn that angels are learning from God's revelations to and workings in the church. Fact (16) Angels cannot die (Luke 20:36). Satan, his demons (fallen angels) and his cohorts (occult practitioners) and some wealthy people on earth, who have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows (1 Timothy 6:10), are working very hard to bring about the devil's agenda to demoralize the world. But Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever!

Matthew 25:41 the Lord Jesus, says that God initially prepared hell for the devil and his angels.

Matthew 25:41 (NLT)
41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons.[a]
Footnotesa. 25:41 Greek his angels.

When one studies all the false religions of the world, you will find that the occult practices taught by the fallen angels exist in these antichrist religions---as well as Freemasonry, witchcraft, Neo-pagan, New Age practices and Satan worship..

Galatians 1:4 (NLT)
4 "Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live."

Jesus also preached to those who were dead.

1 Peter 4:6 (NLT)
6 That is why the Good News was preached to those who are now dead[a]—so although they were destined to die like all people,[b]
they now live forever with God in the Spirit.[c]
Footnotes:
4:6a Greek preached even to the dead.
4:6b Or so although people had judged them worthy of death. 4:6c Or in spirit.

The Holy Scripture of 1 Peter 4:6 shows us God's love and faithfulness to His Old Testament saints

CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT: Know this, the more you desire to know secrets and things limited to a group of people like Wiccans and Freemasons, who have specialized knowledge (Esotericism), the more you invite the occult into your life.

Regardless of the Book of Enoch, the Holy Bible is as complete as God intends it to be for our instruction in right living---and putting our faith in Jesus, who will defeat the Satanic trinity of Lucifer, the final Beast (Antichrist) and False Prophet (Revelation 13-14), known as Babylon the Great (Revelation 17-20).

The summary of this essay is for you to know that Satan and his followers of fallen angels (demons and evil spirits) are as real as God, the Father, Jesus, the Son, and the Holy Ghost..So humble yourselves before God and resist the devil...

James 4:7-10 (NLT)
7 "So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. 9 Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor."


Jesus Casts Out A Demon His Disciples Couldn't 
(Mark 9:14-29)
Jesus, Peter, James and John were just coming down from the mountain where Jesus had been transfigured when they found the other disciples engaged in an argument with some religious teachers. A man had brought them his son who was possessed by an evil spirit, but they had failed to cast it out. We know that, prior to this, Jesus had given His disciples authority to cast out demons (see Matthew 10:1; Mark 3:14-15; Luke 9:1). And, prior to this, they had successfully cast out demons (see Mark 6:13). So why, this time, did they fail? When they later asked Jesus that very question, according to Mark's Gospel, He told them it was because that particular kind of demon could only be cast out through prayer. However, Matthew recorded Jesus' response as being: "You didn't have enough faith" (Matthew 17:20). Even though the disciples had God-given authority to cast out demons, their authority didn't work unless they exercised faith. Again, this is proof that God's will doesn't always automatically come to pass in our lives. We must believe what God has said, or else we may not experience what God has promised. As Jesus said, "Anything is possible if a person believes" (Mark 9:23, emphasis added).[5] Notice that what is possible depends upon each individual's faith.[5]


Godspeed, Love, Teach and Empower,

Brother David Johnson, XU

2 Corinthians 11:12-15 (NKJV)
12 But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast. 13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, 
whose end will be according to their works.

Endnotes:

1. The Book of Enoch and UFOs by Ashley Rye

AS FAR AS GOD'S GOOD ANGELS: Have you ever considered that Ezekiel saw an ancient UFO in his vision of the Angelic Cherubim?

Ezekiel 1 (NIV)
EZEKIEL'S INAUGURAL VISION
1 In my thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God. 2 On the fifth of the month—it was the fifth year of the exile of King Jehoiachin— 3 the word of the Lord came to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, by the Kebar River in the land of the Babylonians.[a] There the hand of the Lord was on him.

4 I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north—an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal, 5 and in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was human, 6 but each of them had four faces and four wings. 7 Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze. 8 Under their wings on their four sides they had human hands. All four of them had faces and wings, 9 and the wings of one touched the wings of another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved.

10 Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a human being, 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. 11 Such were their faces. They each had two wings spreading out upward, each wing touching that of the creature on either side; and each had two other wings covering its body. 12 Each one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went. 13 The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures; it was bright, and lightning flashed out of it. 14 The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning.

15 As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with its four faces. 16 This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like topaz, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel. 17 As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not change direction as the creatures went. 18 Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around.

19 When the living creatures moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the living creatures rose from the ground, the wheels also rose. 20 Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. 21 When the creatures moved, they also moved; when the creatures stood still, they also stood still; and when the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels rose along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. 22 Spread out above the heads of the living creatures was what looked something like a vault, sparkling like crystal, and awesome. 23 Under the vault their wings were stretched out one toward the other, and each had two wings covering its body. 24 When the creatures moved, I heard the sound of their wings, like the roar of rushing waters, like the voice of the Almighty,[b] like the tumult of an army. When they stood still, they lowered their wings.

25 Then there came a voice from above the vault over their heads as they stood with lowered wings. 26 Above the vault over their heads was what looked like a throne of lapis lazuli, and high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man. 27 I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. 28 Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him.

This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking.

Footnotes:
a. Ezekiel 1:3 Or Chaldeans
b. Ezekiel 1:24 Hebrew Shaddai

2. Book of Enoch
3. Peter H. Davids, The Letters of 2 Peter and Jude, The Pillar New Testament commentary (Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 2006). 76.
4. See the page "Essenes" in the 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia
5. heavensfamily.org/ss/family_devotions/day_71

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