April 30, 2009
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April 30, 2009
It has come to my attention that there are some who have things to say which are more directed towards me that aren’t exactly appropriate to approve ( I am talking about comments). There were two in particular that I received today (which I have not approved in respect to them because I am writing about their comments), and I tried to e-mail the two people but one of the e-mails I sent was sent back to me because the e-mail provided was fake. If you have something to say towards me that will make me want to reply, PLEASE DO provide an e-mail address that is valid so that I may get back to you. Otherwise, I have no idea if you will get my reply to your comments. Also, if you would like clarification on something written in a post here, please do write a valid e-mail address in your comment too so I can e-mail you with the clarification. I will not approve a comment regarding clarification if the e-mail is in it, for your protection, unless you specifically say that it is alright with you that I make the comment viewable.
This does not apply to regular comments and/or questions that any of you may have about certain topics, such as wanting a post written to get the Bible’s perspective on certain things (and basically things that fall under what I initially said could be commented about so that I could write posts in regards to requests).
When reading this blog, it is absolutely essential that the posts be read carefully and completely . I have received comments that try to “accuse” me of things that aren’t true, due to the fact that they have not even read the posts in their entirety, otherwise they would know their comments don’t make sense and they are making false accusations which would be cleared up if they would just read the post instead of a few words. While I am on the subject of things that aren’t true, someone implied that I might be receiving some sort of monetary profit of some sort, so before anyone else asks about it, I want to make it clear that I do not receive any monetary compensation/profits nor am I asking for any. I did not make this blog in hopes of getting anything of any kind, and I think it’s very unfortunate that there was someone who would think otherwise.
“Hate mail” (or should I say comments and not mail?) is UNWELCOME here. In my very first post I made it clear that that was not what this blog was for.
Now, about RSS readers. I have received a few comments saying that this blog has been added to their RSS readers, and I would like to say that I am very grateful and think it is amazing. However, there was one comment from someone saying that they didn’t understand how to add the blog to their RSS reader. I am sorry to say that I do not know how to do that, otherwise I would write a little tutorial of some sort to help. So, if anyone who has added this blog or any blog to their RSS reader successfully, I would very much appreciate it if you could write a comment explaining how it is done so that those who want to add this blog to their RSS readers can learn how to.
Happy Reading and Thank You to all who read this blog 🙂 I sincerely hope that this is benefiting some of you out there.
Has Satan and the demons (fallen angels), knowledge of the Bible by way of reading the scriptures and the written words of the prophets?
April 23, 2009
“Mandyrene” asked this question some time ago in a coment:
“Has Satan and the demons (fallen angels), knowledge of the Bible by way of reading the scriptures and the written words of the prophets? Also, if they have or have not, please pass on any scripture knowledge that clarify your findings. This is of great interest to me, it leads to many questions being answered.”
I am sorry it took me a while to answer, but I wanted to make sure I was thorough enough, which I hope this post is!
In order to assist Satan in causing trouble here on Earth, it is logical that the demons (fallen angels; angels who took Satan’s side) would have to be able to see us humans, as well as hear us. We know that demons have certain abilities to do things physically (as was evident in Noah’s times when the bad angels who were on Satan’s side came down to Earth and materialized into human bodies to have sexual relations with the women of Earth as told in Genesis chapter 6, and also, Satan harmed Jehovah’s faithful servant Job’s family by killing all his children as indicates Job 1:18-19 when Satan causes the winds that are mentioned in those verses), so it wouldn’t necessarily be impossible for them to find a way to get a Bible to open and flip pages to read it. But, it is more likely that they would not want to do that, because it has Jehovah’s name in it and they are not on his side and don’t want to have anything to do with him because they know it is only a matter of time before they are destroyed for all the evil they have caused. And as James 2:19 says, “You believe there is one God, do you? You are doing quite well. And yet the demons believe and shudder”. They shudder just from the thought of what God has in store for them, because they know he is real and is true. It wouldn’t be necessary for them to read the Bible in order to know what is in it. Why? Going back to the story of Noah’s days, if you know the details of it, there were angels that had begun to notice the women of Earth (Genesis 6). This indicates (and therefore proves) that the angels (which later came to be called “demons” once they were thrown out of Heaven because of their complete rebellion) could see humans all the way from heaven. Because Satan and his demons roam the Earth 24/7 (if you’d like to think of it that way) it is completely possible, or I should say, they can surely see us and HEAR us speak of God’s word. When Satan and his demons were still able to go to Earth and back to Heaven as they pleased, they saw the Bible being written, so there is no doubt that they have thorough knowledge of it, which includes of course all the prophecies in it about what will happen to them. (ONE of these prophecies is at the end of this post…the one from Revelation)
Further proof that Satan knows what the Bible says:
When Jesus was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights, Satan tried to tempt him three times. Matthew 4:5,6 talks about the second time he tried to tempt him: Then the Devil took him along into the holy city, and he stationed him upon the battlement of the temple and said to him: “If you are a son of God, hurl yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will give his angels a charge concerning you, and they will carry you on their hands, that you may at no time strike your foot against a stone.’” Note, Satan said “for it is written”, showing he had knowledge of what the Bible says.
When Jesus lived here on Earth, on one occasion he expelled demons from two men. When he was expelling them from the men, “They screamed, saying: “What have we to do with you, Son of God? Did you come here to torment us before the appointed time?” (Matthew 8:29).This indicates that they knew Jesus was Jehovah God’s son, but more importantly it is very clear that the demons were aware of the prophecy that said the time would come when they would be destroyed (and I say “more importantly” because this applies to the question at hand). As we know, the prophecy is found in the Holy Scriptures in Revelation 20:1-3, 7-10, so this also indicates that they had knowledge of the Bible and its prophecies.
I hope that answered your question, mandyrene, and I hope everyone who reads this blog found it to be easy to understand. If anyone needs clarification on something, please let me know. And, as always, I encourage each and every one of you to leave a comment if you would like, even to just say hello :), or to ask about something else you’d like to know about. I hope everyone is doing well!
April 22, 2009
I’m sorry I haven’t been able to put up the next post yet. It’s almost finished but still needs some organization. I should have it up by tonight. You can look at the previous post to see what it will be about. I have been up to my neck in homework, exams, etc. and so I haven’t had time to post. When I get home I will try to put the new post up!
Also, hopefully after the post is put up, the next post after it will be about the military. Jehovah’s Witnesses do not join the military and therefore do not fight in wars, which is something that differentiates them from other religions, but many people don’t know why or have erroneous ideas as to why. Therefore, I hope to make the next post about that.
Thank you all for your patience.
April 16, 2009
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That aside, I received a request on information concerning Satan’s and his demon’s knowledge of the Bible and its prophecies. I am currently working on a post to answer the question thoroughly, so please be patient and keep checking back.
April 12, 2009
Hello everyone! I hope everyone has been doing well. I have not been able to write any new posts lately and I apologize. Speaking of new posts though, the Poll on the right of this blog is very important in relation to new posts. So far the majority of votes have chosen “Other”. However, in order to meet the needs of that I am asking that you suggest a topic that you are interested in learning about. It is clear that those who have voted want to know about another topic not listed as a choice, but because I cannot just guess what topic you want to know about, I need to hear from you what you are interested more in. So, please leave a comment, as this will benefit YOU.
While praying to God in public, Jesus once said “…Father, glorify your name.” Therefore a voice came out of heaven: “I both glorified [it] and will glorify [it] again.'” (John 12:28) In John 17:6, Jesus also says “I have made your name manifest to the men…” and in verse 26, he says to God, “And I have made your name known to them and will make it known…”. As we can see very clearly, it was extremely important to Jesus that everyone know God’s name.
What then is God’s name? Some people believe that God’s name is Jesus Christ. However, as it is evident in John 12:28, Jesus prayed to his father. Is it possible to be one’s own father? Logically, of course not. Just as I cannot be my own mother, and you cannot be your own mother or father, the same is true for Jesus.
Psalm 83:18 reads, “That people may know that you, whose name is Jehovah, You alone are the Most High over all the earth.” Isaiah 12:4 says, “Give thanks to Jehovah, YOU people! Call upon his name. Make known among the peoples his dealings. Make mention that his name is put on high.” Yes, God does have a personal name- Jehovah. And what’s more, He wanted for everyone, including you and I, to know what his name is and use it. In fact, the very first human people he created, Adam and Eve, knew his name. How do we know this? Well, according to Genesis 4:1, after giving birth to Cain, Eve said, “I have produced a man with the aid of Jehovah.” This proves that they must have known God’s name.
How important is it that we use God’s name (Jehovah)? The apostle Paul said in Romans 10:13 that “everyone who calls on the name of Jehovah will be saved.” (Of course, being “saved” involves more than literally JUST knowing his name, but I will save that for a later blog.) Also, at the beginning of Jesus’s Model Prayer, Jesus put the sanctifying of God’s name before everything else that he asked for, showing us that his father’s name was of utmost importance. In Psalm 9:10 we read, “And those knowing your name will trust in you, For you will certainly not leave those looking for you, O Jehovah.” which shows that Jehovah cares about us.
“‘From the sun’s rising even to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place sacrificial smoke will be made, a presentation will be made to my name, even a clean gift; because my name will be great among the nations,’ Jehovah of armies has said.” (Malachi 1:11)
I hope this satisfies the purpose of this blog. As always, you may request more information/clarification, if needed, and your comments are welcome. Please do take advantage of this and take the few seconds it takes to answer the poll, as this will benefit YOU, the reader. Or if you are interested in a Different topic or have some kind of suggestion, let me know.