Are you being visited by angels? Are they showing up in glorious, radiant forms? Does being in their awesome presence fill you with a thrilling mix of terror and joy? Is your soul feeling bathed in warmth, love, and light so that it just longs to pursue a relationship with these creatures? Well, before you go casting yourself entirely into their hands, you need to realize that these supernatural visitors who act so benevolent are not at all what they seem. Those wonderful auras and those dramatic entrances—they’re all just part of a well-rehearsed show that demons have been playing with gullible human beings ever since this world began. Sure, your ego wants to believe that these magnificent creatures are as enamored with you as they pretend to be. You want to latch on to all this guff about you being chosen, gifted, and special. You want to believe that these strange visions and powers you’re suddenly experiencing really are evidence that you have been endowed with some amazing supernatural abilities. Well, you haven’t. You’re just one more in a very long line of suckers, and if you’re smart you’ll get out now before they can get their hooks in any deeper. Continue reading
1. ARE HUMANS SUPERIOR OR INFERIOR TO ANGELIC BEINGS?
Humans have always had an unhealthy obsession with angelic beings. We also insist that if God creates a variety of things, He must view some of those things as better than others. Well, no, this isn’t how God thinks. What is better, color or sound? What is more appealing: the sight of a beautiful sunset or the aroma of your favorite food when you’re super hungry? To God, multiple things can have equal value, even if those things are vastly different. But we humans have a fixation with comparing and ranking. When we’re presented with two things, we feel compelled to label one as better than the other. Continue reading
The book of Daniel is found in the prophetic section of the Old Testament—which means towards the end. There are sixteen prophets with books named after them in the Old Testament (Lamentations is usually included in the group, bringing us to a total of 17 books, but Lamentations is really just a poem written by Jeremiah—it is not a prophecy). These books capture only a portion of what the prophets actually said in their lives. Some of the books (like Jonah) include a lot of historical narration and very little actual prophecy. Other books (like Obadiah) are pure prophecy—meaning that the book is one long stream of speeches given by Yahweh through the mouth of one of His prophets. Continue reading