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God shows me things from time to time that I have not developed into a teaching yet. He recently showed me one such thing as I read Hebrews. In chapter 2 verse 14 the writer of Hebrews tell us how Jesus became flesh and blood (a man) like us so that, by dying, He could (according to most English translations)"destroy" the one who had the power of death (Satan), thus taking away our fear of death. The Greek word translated as "destroy" (katargeo) actually means "to make of no effect" or "to become powerless." So this verse is actually saying Jesus took the power out of Satan's hands. The book of Revelation says in chapter 1, verse 18 Jesus now has the keys of death. If these verses are true, Satan lost his power the instant Jesus took it at the cross, and he now has none. But what he does have is deception, for in another verse, 2 Corinthians 11:14 AMP, he is said to masquerade as an angel of light. Please note, though, even before Satan lost his power to Christ he was required to ask God for permission to do what he does (Luke 22:31,32 and Job 1:6-12). Check out my articles on Satan. I hope this helps clarify this scripture.
I have another gem for you from my studies. I strongly believe the scriptures answers any questions of importance we have about them. In my reading I came across Isaiah 9:15 that reads, ". . . the prophet that teaches lies, he is the TAIL." I immediately thought of, and made the connection to Revelation 12:4 that says, "His TAIL drew a third of the stars of heaven." If the TAIL is a prophet (or prophets) that teaches lies to the "stars of heaven," who are these stars? Could they be members of the Church - a part of the great falling away, mentioned in 2 Thess. 2:3? After all, we are now in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:6). Paul mentions these heavenly places 5 times in this letter. We are the seed of Abraham, and, perhaps, the "stars of heaven," too.(Hebrews 11:12)
I understand your view and it's well written. For certain Isaiah 14 is talking about the King of Babylon as it refers in verse 3. But is this also a type
This study of the Book of Hebrews is written by Bill Britton. It is very up-lifting and balanced and it will bless your sox off!
God says things at least two times when He wants to establish something. Christians need to understand this principle when studying the Book of Revelation.
A prophecy that foretells the Two Witness Ministry that I write about in this website. It sleeks of redemption through Christ and brings out revelation from the Holy Spirit about the end time.
Two Witnesses in Revelation: What do they have to do with Christ’s Return? Are they the Army of God or Elijah? Will they be perfect, attaining “the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”?
Take a look at the Book of Acts. What do you see? Does this describe Christianity today? Is Satan deceiving the Church? Aggressive Christianity is a must read!
Not all church doctrines are true! Questionable information comes from everywhere today. How do you sort through it all? Your life depends on finding the right answers.
Jesus fulfilled Passover at the cross. Jesus fulfilled Pentecost when he sent the Holy Spirit to empower the Church. He will fulfill the Feast of Tabernacles very soon!
The Church needs to prepare for the return of Jesus. These teachings are designed to build up defensive and offensive weapons, like praise, so the Church can be a beacon in this dark world.
What really takes place when Jesus returns? What is the Rapture? Who is taken and who is left behind? What happens to the Church?
Since you came to know the Lord, do you ever think of praise as a weapon? It is indeed a most formidable weapon! In John 1:1-13 all things are created by the Word, the Word is God, the Word is Jesus,
Have you ever wondered about Adam’s curse? That serpent, Satan, pulled a fast one when he tempted Adam and Eve didn’t he? Or did he?
How does one study Scripture? Does the Bible answer most questions that come up when reading it? What help can you get from the Bible that makes a verse clear?
Satan is here for a purpose. He is a murder and a thief, but God has complete control of him. So why does he exist? What is his purpose?
Who does Jesus say Satan, the devil is? Is he and his evil principalities and powers fighting God to win this Earth from God? What was he at the beginning?