A War in Heaven

Written by Michael Bradley


This next event, a war in heaven, will not be able to be seen withrepparttar naked eye byrepparttar 140800 people still left onrepparttar 140801 earth asrepparttar 140802 7 year Tribulation starts to unfold. What happens in this next incredible event is that Satan and his angels are cast out of "heaven" and cast down ontorepparttar 140803 earth by St. Michael and his army of angels. There will literally be a war inrepparttar 140804 "heavens" between Godís angels andrepparttar 140805 Devil and his fallen angels.

To really understand what is happening with this war in heaven, you need to know that there are apparently three "heavens." The apostle Paul says that he was taken up torepparttar 140806 third heaven - Paradise, where I believe he encountered Jesus and possibly Godrepparttar 140807 Father. He says he does not know if he was in his body or out of his body when he had this experience. Here isrepparttar 140808 verse:

"It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations ofrepparttar 140809 Lord: I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago - whether inrepparttar 140810 body I do not know, or whether out ofrepparttar 140811 body I do not know, God knows - such a one was caught up torepparttar 140812 third heaven.

And I know such a man - whether inrepparttar 140813 body or out ofrepparttar 140814 body I do not know, God knows - how he wascaught up into paradiseand heard inexpressible words, which is not lawful for a man to utter." (2 Corinthians 12:1-4)

Many believe that Paul was talking about himself - that he wasrepparttar 140815 one who hadrepparttar 140816 experience. If this verse is telling us that there is a third Heaven, then there must be a first Heaven and a second Heaven. If God and Jesus live inrepparttar 140817 third Heaven, thenrepparttar 140818 first Heaven has to be our earth. The second heaven then has to berepparttar 140819 "air" orrepparttar 140820 atmosphere between heaven and our earth. Satan is calledrepparttar 140821 prince ofrepparttar 140822 power ofrepparttar 140823 "air" inrepparttar 140824 Bible. This is where he and his demons live and roam in. I believe Satan and his fallen angels were cast out ofrepparttar 140825 third Heaven where God and Jesus live long before we humans were ever created. Satan had rebelled against God before we were created and thus was cast out ofrepparttar 140826 third Heaven down intorepparttar 140827 second Heaven -repparttar 140828 Air. The Bible calls Satanrepparttar 140829 "prince ofrepparttar 140830 power ofrepparttar 140831 AIR." Here isrepparttar 140832 verse that specifically tells us this:
"And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according torepparttar 140833 course of this world, according torepparttar 140834 prince ofrepparttar 140835 power ofrepparttar 140836 air,repparttar 140837 spirit who now works inrepparttar 140838 sons of disobedience." (Ephesians 2:1-2)
Satan is not confined torepparttar 140839 bottomless pit orrepparttar 140840 lake of fire and brimstone at this time. He is free to roam inrepparttar 140841 "air" until Jesus comes back for His second coming. After Jesus comes back, Satan is then thrown intorepparttar 140842 bottomless pit for a 1000 years and then eventually intorepparttar 140843 lake of fire and brimstone atrepparttar 140844 end ofrepparttar 140845 1000 Millennium Kingdom.

What happens in this event is that Satan is cast fromrepparttar 140846 second heaven down torepparttar 140847 first heaven - which isrepparttar 140848 earth. The Bible says he really gets mad when this event occurs because he knows he has but little time left before Jesus comes back for His second coming to throw him intorepparttar 140849 bottomless pit.

The Bible then says woe torepparttar 140850 people still left onrepparttar 140851 earth when this event happens - for Satan will then start to release his wrath uponrepparttar 140852 earth! He first goes afterrepparttar 140853 Jewish people, but God will provide protection for 1/3 ofrepparttar 140854 Jews so he wonít be able to kill all of them. The Bible then says that he will then turn his attention torepparttar 140855 rest of Godís people -repparttar 140856 saints in Christ - and this is where you getrepparttar 140857 42 months that Godís saints will allowed to be given intorepparttar 140858 hand ofrepparttar 140859 Devil andrepparttar 140860 Antichrist for persecution.

The war in heaven will probably occur right aroundrepparttar 140861 midpoint ofrepparttar 140862 Tribulation. This event may also explain whyrepparttar 140863 Antichrist, all of a sudden inrepparttar 140864 middle ofrepparttar 140865 Tribulation, breaks off his peace treaty withrepparttar 140866 Jews and proceeds to sit himself inrepparttar 140867 Jewish Temple proclaiming himself to be God - and then startsrepparttar 140868 mass persecution ofrepparttar 140869 Jewish people and Godís saints. Some people actually think Satan himself may possessrepparttar 140870 Antichrist at this time since he has now been officially cast down ontorepparttar 140871 earth.

Why would God castrepparttar 140872 Devil out ofrepparttar 140873 second heaven? Why not just wait till His Son comes back and then cast him intorepparttar 140874 bottomless pit fromrepparttar 140875 second heaven? I believe that when Jesus comes backrepparttar 140876 second time, He will start His descension fromrepparttar 140877 third Heaven where He now resides. He will then pass throughrepparttar 140878 second heaven and then land onrepparttar 140879 first heaven - our earth atrepparttar 140880 Mount of Olives.

I believe God may wantrepparttar 140881 second Heaven cleaned out from Satan and his demons before His Son starts to descend fromrepparttar 140882 third Heaven. The Bible says that Godís saints will be coming back with Jesus when He comes backrepparttar 140883 second time. If Jesus and all of Godís saints are coming together at one time for this event, I believe God may wantrepparttar 140884 second Heaven free and clear of any demons in this middle realm.

Did Jesus Go To Hell?

Written by Stephen Kingery


Not too long ago, a dear friend of mine ask merepparttar question, "Did Jesus go to hell after He died onrepparttar 140697 cross?" To be honest about it, this question caught me a little off guard. In further discussion, I learned that my friend had been taught that duringrepparttar 140698 three days that Jesus' body was inrepparttar 140699 tomb, His spirit was in hell "paying for our sins." I told him that this was not my understanding of what actually took place during that three-day period, but I would researchrepparttar 140700 question and get back to him. This article is in response to my friend's question.

In my research of this topic, I discovered to my dismay that this doctrine is rather wide-spread inrepparttar 140701 teaching of it. Many television evangelists who followrepparttar 140702 Faith doctrine teach this concept. The Faith doctrine primarily contends that you can have anything you desire -- if your faith is strong enough. To begin, let's examine in a little more detail exactly what this doctrine is all about.

Those who followrepparttar 140703 Faith doctrine believe and teach that Jesus, while still hanging onrepparttar 140704 cross, was changed form divine to demonic. In other words, He became like Satan or at least one of Satan's followers (a demon). He had allrepparttar 140705 characteristics of Satan andrepparttar 140706 demons. This supposedly happened because Jesus "became sin" so you and I could be forgiven of our sins. To put it another way, Jesus not only died physically, but He also died spiritually.

Continuing with this line of thinking, Jesus, or more specifically His demonic spirit, then went to hell to payrepparttar 140707 price for our sins. While there, Jesus was tortured inrepparttar 140708 most hideous fashion by Satan and his followers. They literally torturedrepparttar 140709 life (spiritual life) out ofrepparttar 140710 demonic Jesus. His spiritual body lay limp and lifeless inrepparttar 140711 very heart of hell. Satan thought he had won.

However, asrepparttar 140712 Faith doctrine goes, God -through His faith-filled words - began to bring Jesus back to life. His spiritual body began to fill-out with a newness of life even more powerful than ever before. When this process was complete, Jesus had been re-born in hell and was once againrepparttar 140713 Son of God, a divine being. His divine spirit then re-inhabited His physical body and was resurrected.

What is your first reaction torepparttar 140714 above account? Have you ever heard it before? If your first reaction was, "YES! Victory over Satan," then please STOP and readrepparttar 140715 account again before going any further with this article. Think about what this doctrine teaches.

I hope and pray that your reaction is now one of repulsion and anger. How could anyone who loves God, His Son, andrepparttar 140716 Holy Spirit ever conceive of such a ridiculous doctrine. Let's take a look at whatrepparttar 140717 Bible teaches in respect to this.

In order forrepparttar 140718 false teachers ofrepparttar 140719 Faith doctrine to concoct such a fable as this, various Scriptures must be twisted and distorted to their way of thinking. First, let's take a look at possiblyrepparttar 140720 only verse that could even begin to be taken in such as way as to confirm this doctrine: "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might becomerepparttar 140721 righteousness of God in Him." (2 Corinthians 5:21) If you look closely, this verse does say "to be sin for us." The question is, does this verse mean literally that Jesus became sin? To answer this, let's consider two points:repparttar 140722 practically of it and respected Bible scholars.

To begin with, sin is an abstract not a tangible object. Sin isrepparttar 140723 failure to obeyrepparttar 140724 commands of God. It is an action or in some cases an inaction. It is what we do, not what we are. A person cannot "be sin," but rather can only act sinfully. A person can sin; be a sinner; be despicable, terrible, abhorrent, ungodly, unrighteous, and allrepparttar 140725 rest. But he cannot "be sin." The Bible teaches us to haterepparttar 140726 sin but loverepparttar 140727 sinner. Ifrepparttar 140728 person was sin we would have to hate him too. Therefore, Jesus could not have been sin for us. This Scripture then must, of necessity, mean something other thanrepparttar 140729 literal meaning as it relates torepparttar 140730 phrase "to be sin."

So me must rely on respected, trusted Bible scholars to assist is inrepparttar 140731 interpretation of this Scripture. These scholars agree thatrepparttar 140732 phrase "to be sin" means "bearingrepparttar 140733 penalty of our sins." In other words, Jesus did not become sin but rather becamerepparttar 140734 person who sufferedrepparttar 140735 penalty forrepparttar 140736 sin which we and countless millions of others throughoutrepparttar 140737 ages have committed. Not only dorepparttar 140738 respected scholars of our time agree on this point, butrepparttar 140739 Scriptures also agree. In many places inrepparttar 140740 Old and New Testament Jesus is portrayed asrepparttar 140741 sacrificial lamb,repparttar 140742 person who borerepparttar 140743 punishment for our sins.

Putting that issue to rest, doesrepparttar 140744 remainder of Scripture support or rejectrepparttar 140745 idea of Jesus becoming sin, going to hell, becoming a demon, etc. We will consider just a few ofrepparttar 140746 many Scriptures which refute this abhorrent teaching.

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