From the book “THE TRUTH ABOUT ANGELS”
by Terry LAW
The Truth About Angels
You cannot put [God] off with speculations about your
next door neighbours or memories of what you have read in
books. What will all that chatter and hearsay count (will
you even be able to remember it?) when the anaesthetic fog
which we call "nature" or "the real world" fades away and
the Presence in which you have always stood becomes palpable,
immediate, and unavoidable?1 —-C.S. LEWIS
For fifty years we have been in one of those periods, a cycle in history, when belief in the supernatural has been repressed so much that it seems weird, foolish, and irrational. Now the pendulum is swinging the other way. But without the balance of teaching from the church, too much of the supernatural is being accepted without question.
When God moves to restore a truth, it seems that human nature always goes to the extreme with it. One of three things happens:
People go overboard and get caught up in emotional extremes.
The enemy exaggerates fears that things are out of control or becoming emotional and fleshly so that well-meaning Christians are the ones who quench the move of the Spirit. William DeArteaga's Quenching the Spirit shows this pattern through revival after revival.
The Holy Spirit brings a balance and integrates the restored truth with previous truths to make a solid foundation for the next restoration.
When God moves in restoration, the secular world also somehow receives the truth released into people's spirits. Because nonbelievers don't have a personal relationship with Jesus, they translate the thoughts or influence of the Holy Spirit into secular terms.
The spiritual movement to take us back to the basics of the faith has translated in the secular world as a "back to the earth" movement, back to one's roots in nature. The spiritual move of breaking out of religious traditions became the Jesus Movement, but at the same time, hippies rebelled against all establishment, including God.
The neo-Pentecostal (or Charismatic) movement emphasized the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit. This was translated by the world into interest in the occult. Satan never misses open doors. His trade is wildfire—or no fire at all.
The purpose of the move of God that we call charismatic was to restore the knowledge that He loves mankind. However, many Christians as well as nonbelievers somehow became "babies" who wanted toys and presents as a demonstration of love. God's love was viewed in many cases as permissiveness, with no emphasis on a holy walk. This resulted in a generation of spoiled baby boomers and baby Christians, similar to those Paul dealt with at Corinth. We call this the "Me Generation."
The move of God to pull down the walls of racial separation in His church is being translated by the world into political correctness, tolerance carried to extremes.
The Current Move Is About Angels
For His own reasons, God is showing us that we need to know about angels today. Believers are coming into a time, I believe, when that knowledge will be as important as it was to the early church. When God moved to restore this truth to His people, Satan began to thrust his "ringers" forward, catching the world's attention. He is forever the counterfeiter.
Many Christian leaders realize that something is happening today. It is very hard to miss. No matter which school of eschatology you subscribe to, it seems there are troubles ahead that all of us will have to live through. In fact, these already have started: stronger earthquakes, heavier floods, famines, and persecution against Christians and the Christian way of life.
For years the angels protected my associates and me behind the Iron Curtain. Now they protect us as we travel to the Middle East, and I have no doubt they will continue to protect us. This is a biblical truth for every child of God. I am not special. Many missionaries, evangelists, and pastors—in fact, all believers—can testify to the same protection. Psalm 91 spells this out for us, as do Jesus' words in Mark 16:15-18.
[GENERAL STATEMENTS….. FOR HEBREWS 11 SHOWS US MANY OF GOD’S CHILDREN SUFFERED PERSECUTION AND DEATH. JESUS HIMSELF SAID SOME OF HIS DISCIPLES WOULD BE BROUGHT BEFORE AUTHORITIES, BUT THE SPIRIT WOULD GIVE THEM THE WORDS TO SPEAK. ALL THROUGH THE AGES SOME OF GOD’S CHILDREN SUFFERED FOR THE GOSPEL SAKE…..PETER AND PAUL AND MANY OTHERS SUFFERED DEATH, AND HISTORY RECORDS IT ALL - THE BOOK OF ACTS, CHURCH HISTORY, AND SECULAR HISTORY - Keith Hunt]
Other church leaders see the "fullness of time" approaching. The threads of events and circumstances that will make up the second major kairos of the New Testament are being woven together. As George Otis Jr. pointed out, in times like this, multitudes of lesser kairos moments are occurring. We need angelic assistance now more than ever.
Those who stuck a toe in the waters of New Age in the mid-sixties have now launched out into the deep things of Satan (Rev. 2:24). They are convinced they are more "spiritually mature" than "those intolerant Christians." Michael Green wrote:
Magic is the attempt to bring the spirit world under one's knowledge and control. It is the precise opposite of religion, which seeks surrender to the Divine, not control over it, and operates by faith, not knowledge... Further, it is an endeavor to "conjure up spirits of the universe that are alien to God Almighty."2
Robert Lightner has pointed out that when people turn away from God's authority, they turn to themselves for authority. He wrote:
Having experienced humanism's total failure and frustration, man is now turning to the world of evil spirits for answers to his most perplexing problems.3
The problem today is that many people think these evil spirits are God's good angels.
[INDEED SO, EVEN IN MANY CHURCHES; THEY THINK THIS ANGEL OF LIGHT APPEARING TO THEM, IS AN ANGEL FROM GOD, BUT OFTEN IT IS THE DARK SPIRIT WORLD COMING IN SHEEPS CLOTHING, TO DECEIVE. AS I’VE SAID BEFORE, A PERSON WHO IS CONVINCED AN ANGEL FROM GOD APPEARED TO THEM, WILL HARDLY EVER ADMIT THEY HAVE WRONG THEOLOGY, OR PRACTICE CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS THAT GOD CONDEMNS….SUCH AS SUNDAY OBSERVANCE OVER THE 7TH DAY SABBATH, CHRISTMAS OVER GOD’S FEAST OF TABERNACLES, EASTER OVER THE PASSOVER AND FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD - Keith Hunt]
What Is the Truth?
No human being knows all of the truth about anything. However, it is possible to identify real truth in the midst of error, counterfeit, subtractions, and additions that are all presented as "truth." The standard by which all these stories, doctrines, reports, and speculations must be measured is the Word of God.
[OH YES HE HAS THAT CORRECT - Keith Hunt]
Hodge wrote that there is a difference between believing what is possible and believing only what is certain. It is illustrated by the different approaches of Martin Luther and John Calvin to the devil and his works.4 Luther was disposed to credit all evil to the spirits of darkness. Calvin credited nothing to their agency that could not be proved actually to be their work. In this case, I have to agree with Calvin.
[ALL THAT IS AGAINST OR OPPOSITE TO GOD’S WORD OF TRUTH, IS IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER FROM THE WORLD OF EVIL SPIRITS, EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY - Keith Hunt]
The same thing applies to angels. Let us be like Calvin in this case and be neither too skeptical nor too gullible.
[I AGREE - Keith Hunt]
It is intellectually and spiritually dishonest to blame the devil or evil angels for sins of the flesh.
[INDEED, FOR WE COULD SIN, EVEN IF SATAN AND THE DEMONS WERE NOT AROUND. SIN WILL STILL BE POSSIBLE FOR HUMANS IN THE AGE TO COME - Keith Hunt]
It is intellectually and spiritually dishonest to believe everything an angel says without testing it.
[AGAIN VERY TRUE - Keith Hunt]
It is intellectually and spiritually dishonest to attribute things that cannot be explained to angels or demons.
[YES CORRECT - Keith Hunt]
Prove All Things
Believers must not, and nonbelievers should not, accept anything supernatural without testing its source. Paul said to "prove all things" and to "hold fast that which is good" (1 Thess. 5:21). John wrote:
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they
are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the
—1 John 4:1
How do you test an angel?
You do this by seeing if his visit matches those in the Bible, if his words line up with the Bible, and if the purpose that his visit achieves is biblical.
[I WOULD SAY THIS IS RIGHT ON THE BUTTON - Keith Hunt]
* Does he tell you he is the spirit of a dead friend or ancestor? In other words, does he draw your attention to himself or to beings other than Jesus and the Father? That is not a real angel of God. God's angels never testify of themselves.
* Does he bring you revelation that cannot be found in the Bible, say that all religions are of God, and tell you that the hereafter is a good place for everyone? That is not a real angel of God.
* Does he entertain, socialize, and hang around after his "assignment" is over? That is not a real angel of God.
* Does he use spectacular lights, weird sounds, or odd odors to get your attention? That is not a real angel of God. When a real angel appears, he gives you a message or helps you out of danger—and then vanishes.
* Does he flatter you and build up your pride, perhaps telling you how spiritual you are? That is not an angel of God. An angelic visitation is not proof of spiritual maturity.
* Does he leave you feeling anxious, fearful, or confused? That is not an angel of God.
* Does he try to force you to do something against your inner witness? That is not an angel of God.
* Do these encounters bear spiritual fruit? Do they cause you to change for the better in some way? Or are the results harmful to you or those around you? That is not an angel of God.
* If an angel tells you that you can talk to him anytime or call him in some way, or if he tells you that angels can live within you—he is a counterfeit. Real angels never become part of you, nor can you ever become an angel.
[I FULLY AGREE WITH THE POINTS ABOVE GIVEN - Keith Hunt]
How can you test an angel if you do not know the Bible? The answer is, you can't!
Knowing the Bible Is Essential
Doug LeBlanc wrote in Moody Monthly magazine that Christians are less informed in a Christian worldview today than they were even a few decades ago. He wrote:
A startling number of Americans who consider themselves Christians are unable to say who preached the Sermon on the Mount...With their secular neighbors, evangelicals lap up the evolution-as-fact premises of Jurassic Park, the sexual exploitation of MTV, and the dumbed-down factoids of USA Today.5
Gallup polls on whether there had been religious training in people's backgrounds showed that:
* In 1968, 9 percent said no.
* In 1978, 17 percent said no.
* In 1988, 25 percent said no, and 49 percent of parents told Gallup in 1988 that their children are receiving no religious training.
What has occurred in the last two decades can be called "the secularization of consciousness," says Os Guiness of The Trinity Forum.6 Several years ago the cover of Christianity Today declared we are in the first post-Christian generation.7
The famous historian Will Durant predicted in the 1950s that the last major confrontation of Western history would not be between democracy and communism but between the Western Christian mind-set and Eastern religions.
Russell Chandler wrote that this confrontation is embodied in the New Age movement:
The New Age has touched you. You've heard its ideas, listened to its music, viewed its artwork, watched its superstars, read its literature, and bought its products. You may even have participated in its therapies, shared in its rituals, and embraced its philosophies—‘all without knowing them as New Age’.8
Peter Jones points out that "in spite of its apparently tolerant, pluralistic, and diffuse nature," the New Age has a real agenda, "orchestrated from a diabolical center," that is moving toward "ecological disaster of the spirit."9
Another best-selling new book is by a man who writes of an after-death experience that initiated a series of out-of-body experiences and communications from heavenly beings. A council of "thirteen beings of light" told him to build a series of centers where people can "heal their spirits and build a strong faith in God." That sounds good, does it not? However, in the context of the unbiblical picture of the afterlife that they have presented, the "god" on which their faith is built is not the Creator, God of the universe, but a different god.10
This man has lectured in Russia, presenting his concept of "spiritual capitalism," which is "that all people should be free to worship the way they choose" on "many paths to righteousness."
Another popular book sounds very biblical and spiritual, even giving good guidelines for testing angels. Yet a certain percentage of the book is taken up with information learned from angels that is similar to Swedenborg's, a teaching on meditating with a passive mind, and a "pilot program" angels have instituted.11
This pilot program involves "seeding" of angels among human beings, "a new way" of angels working with their "wards." This is alleged to have started about two hundred fifty years ago. Without a sound grounding in Bible knowledge and in God's ways, many Christians may totally accept this book and others like it.
For the first time in its history, idolatrous thinking and practices underline American society more than Judeo-Christian principles. Environmentalism is a fairly recent movement that is beginning to look like "idolatrous thinking." It seems to be developing into the core of a New Age religion.
There is no question we should be better stewards of the earth than we have been. In fact, we must assume responsibility for our environment. Along with the original mandate from God to man— take dominion, multiply, and subdue—came a fourth directive. That was to "replenish" (Gen. 1:28).
Stewardship in the Bible means to take care of everything for God, the real Owner (Ps. 24:1). Man was not given ownership of the planet but simply rule (or dominion) over it.
However, conservation and concern for the environment, which is valid in many areas, has become a religion in itself. Paulist Father Robert A. Sirico wrote in the Wall Street Journal that environmentalism has spawned a revival of pagan earth worship, which has attracted the feminist movement. The idea is that the earth itself is living and divine, which Romans 1 calls worshiping creation instead of the Creator.
While this "new" religion was not started by an angel, many of the angels featured in the proliferation of popular books on angels are helping to build it. One has to submit that angels are involved heavily in this aspect of the New Age, as well as in personal guidance.
It seems very clear that we are living in one of those kairos moments of history.
[THE WESTERN WORLD, ESPECIALLY THE ANGLO-SAXON WORLD IS BECOMING LESS AND LESS CHRISTIAN EVERY MONTH AND EVERY YEAR; YOU CAN SEE THE ETERNAL GOD AND HIS BIBLE DISAPPEAR FROM SOCIETY IN GENERAL, MORE AND MORE AS TIME MOVES ON. WE HAVE RAISED A GENERATION THAT KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT THE BIBLE. I ONCE WORKED FOR A YOUNG MAN ABOUT 30 YEAR OLD; HE KNEW I WAS A RELIGIOUS MAN, AND NOW AND AGAIN WOULD ASK ME ABOUT MY RELIGION. HE ONCE ASKED ME A QUESTION, AND I SAID, “WELL THE BIBLE SAYS….” HE ANSWERED ME WITH, “KEITH, I’VE NEVER READ ONE WORD OF THE BIBLE.” THAT HIT ME RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES. I GREW UP WITH THE BIBLE FROM AGE 7. I REALIZED WE HAVE A GENERATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER EVER BEEN EXPOSED TO THE BIBLE. SO IS IT ANY WONDER OUR NATIONS ARE ENACTING LAWS DIRECTLY OPPOSED TO THE LAWS AND COMMANDMENTS OF GOD. WE TRULY HAVE A SOCIETY TODAY THAT CALLS EVIL GOOD, AND GOOD EVIL - Keith Hunt]
When the Earth Meets the Sky
A kairos moment happens when the earth and the sky seem to meet. Some would call it a "paradigm shift"—moving from one worldview to another.
It is a point in time when the veil between the natural and the supernatural becomes opaque, and everything familiar seems turned upside down.
It is a time when God is saying, "Once again, I will shake everything that can be shaken." (See Hebrews 12:26-27.)
It is a time when God sovereignly intervenes in our programs and plans in order to forward His own purpose and plan.
It is a time when Christians can clearly see God's promises arching over us like a rainbow—if we walk through the storms and the rain in faith and claim His peace. Have you ever seen a double rainbow? God's promises are like a sky full of rainbows…….
When the earth literally meets the heavens, that will be a "pot of gold" for the children of God. However, it will be an awful moment for wicked angels and human beings who have not believed in Jesus.
The lie of Satan's government will be judged in the complete and final exhibition of its anti-God character.
The cosmos diabolicus, whose princes "crucified the Lord of glory" (1 Cor. 2:8), will vanish from power and from sight.
Some who have accepted the counterfeit angels of light will see more real angels than they want to as angels harvest the earth and Jesus treads out the grapes of wrath (Rev. 14:14-20).
In the introduction and the first chapter, I asked a lot of questions about what is going on in the world now regarding angels. Hopefully, those questions have been answered for you. I have presented what I believe is the truth concerning the present furor about angels.
[MOST OF THE TIME THE AUTHOR HAS BEEN CORRECT; A LOT OF STUDY HAS GONE INTO HIS PRESENTATION - Keith Hunt]
I am not saying now is the end of the world……
Every being that calls itself an angel is not necessarily a godly angel. In fact, probably 75 percent of what is being written, said, and seen today, about angels is probably a satanic counterfeit.
What should we do about the evil in the world?
In the apostle John's revelation, the saints overcame Satan by three things.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
In the same chapter, Michael and the angels clean up the heavens. Notice that the believers do not overcome the devil by cleaning up the heavens. Their part is on earth; the angels' part is in the heavens…….
The day is upon us when earth and heaven literally are meeting, and God will have a victorious church on earth. This is the time when believers must get hold of the truth of God's Word and begin to preach, pray, and witness. "Not loving your life to the death" does not always mean martyrdom. It can also mean commitment, consecration, and total dedication to God of everything you are and have…….
[I AGREE, SO IT WAS, SO IT IS, SO IT WILL BE - Keith Hunt]
The Victorious Church
Many Christian leaders are sensing that this kairos heralds the greatest move of God we have ever seen, certainly the greatest in this century and probably in all of history.
[NOPE! THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN IN 1994; THE GREATEST MOVE OF GOD HAS NOT YET TAKEN PLACE; THE GREATEST MOVE OF GOD WILL BE AT THE VERY END TIME, WHEN THE TWO WITNESSES ARE PREACHING TO THE WORLD FROM JERUSALEM, THE TRUTHS OF GOD AND THE FALSEHOOD AND DECEPTIONS OF THE DEVIL AND DEMONS - Keith Hunt]
Many church leaders are announcing this major move of God. Pat Robertson wrote in a recent newsletter:
I also believe we are going to see a dramatic increase of signs, wonders, miracles, healings, revelations, visitations of angels, and dreams. I believe God is pouring out His Spirit on the church, and it is going to become more intense in the next few years.
[NOPE! IT’S NOW DECEMBER 2017 AS I ENTER THIS; GOD’S SPIRIT WILL NOT BE POURED OUT ON GROUPS LIKE PAT ROBERTSON, OR ANY PROTESTANT GROUP. GOD’S SPIRIT WILL GIVE STRENGTH TO HIS TRUE CHILDREN TO STAND AND BE COUNTED, AT THE END OF THIS AGE. MANY OF JESUS’ TRUE DISCIPLES WILL STAND FOR THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD, AND SOME WILL GIVE THEIR LIVES FOR THE FAITH ONCE DELIVERED TO THE SAINTS - Keith Hunt]
We are living right on the edge of the turnover of our universe. The most cataclysmic events and the greatest revivals our world has ever known may happen in our lifetimes. Our responsibility as Christians is to prayerfully remain focused on God's eternal purposes.12
[THE EDGE COULD BE IN GOD’S EYES A MUCH LARGER EDGE THAN A LOT OF FUNDAMENTAL TEACHERS TALK ABOUT. TIME WITH GOD IS NOT TIME AS WE HUMANS COUNT TIME. IT IS NOW A FEW WEEKS AWAY FROM 2018 [24 YEARS SINCE THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN - THE AUTHOR COULD WELL BE DEAD BY NOW], AND CERTAIN PROPHECIES THAT MUST COME TO PASS BEFORE JESUS RETURNS, LOOK LIKE THEY ARE SOME YEARS AWAY FROM COMING TO FRUITION - Keith Hunt]
The preaching, prayer, praise, and giving that accompanied the evangelistic crusades of Dwight Moody, Charles Finney, and others opened the windows of heaven over areas. This is about to happen in a greater way as God's people humble themselves and pray.
[IT SURE IS NOT AND WILL NOT HAPPEN AMONG PROTESTANTS; THE CRUSADES OF MOODY AND FINNEY WERE CRUSADES OF A DECEIVED AND FALSE CHRISTIANITY; SO ALSO I CAN ADD WAS BILLY GRAHAM CRUSADES, KENNTH COPLAND, JOE OLSTEIN AND THE LIKE - Keith Hunt]
Finney ushered in one of the greatest revivals America has ever seen. He always said the "secret" to this was prayer. History shows that about 80 percent of his converts remained faithful to God. Finney used to get up at 4:00 a.m. and pray until 8:00 a.m. every morning. When enough Christians begin to do this, evil angels will get out of the way.
[WELL WITH ALL HIS PRAYER, HE WAS A TEACHER OF FALSE CHRISTIANITY. HE WAS A BLIND LEADER OF THE BLIND; ALL PART OF BABYLON MYSTERY RELIGION, THE WOMAN WHORE AND HER DAUGHTERS OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION - THE PROTESTANT “REVIVALS” MEAN NOTHING, WHY THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IS STILL INCREASING ITS MEMBERSHIP - Keith Hunt]
Rick Joyner wrote:
The Welsh revival was initiated and carried by a devotion to prayer and intercession that also spread throughout the worldwide Christian community. Much of the fire that continues in some of the great prayer movements of today could likely trace their origin to a lingering spark from the Welsh Revival.13 In the Welsh revival, the early revivals of the twentieth century, and in meetings of the British evangelist Smith Wigglesworfh, ungodly places closed down because no one would go there anymore. Criminal activity was minimal.
[NOW TO BE SURE MANY OF THESE “REVIVALS” DID BRING MORAL FRUITS, AND SOCIETY WAS THE BETTER. I GREW UP [IN THE 1940s AND 1950s BELIEVING SUNDAY WAS THE 7TH DAY SABBATH, AND TOWNS AND BUSINESSES CLOSED UP; NO PRO SPORTS DONE….. SOCIETY WAS BETTER OFF WHEN CHRISTIANITY (EVEN A DECEIVED ONE) WAS THE BASIC RULE OF THE DAY - Keith Hunt]
As the church begins to move in its authority and takes the gospel to the world, angels will deal with the territorial powers over the areas where righteousness reigns. Many seemingly unsolvable problems in society will be eliminated, almost overnight.
[THAT WAS FANCY WISHFUL THINKING….. JESUS SAID BEFORE HE RETURNED “EVIL SHALL ABOUND AND THE LOVE OF MANY SHALL WAX COLD” (Matt. 24). EVIL HAS ABOUNDED MIGHTILY SINCE THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN, AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO, TO THE VERY END OF THIS AGE - Keith Hunt]
It is time, church, to open our eyes. Angelic activity—good and bad—is telling us that kairos is upon us.
[OPENING OUR EYES WILL SURELY TELL US IN PLAIN SIGHT THAT THE DEMONIC FORCES ARE INFLUENCING AND CONTROLLING THE NATIONS OF THIS EARTH MORE AND MORE; SO IT MUST BE FOR SO IT WAS PROPHESIED TO BE AT THE END OF THIS AGE - Keith Hunt]
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