Did you know that “the heavens” declare the glory of God? That the heavens “speak”? That “in them” God has set “a tabernacle for the sun”?
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. THE HEAVENS DECLARE THE GLORY OF GOD; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. THEIR LINE IS GONE OUT THROUGH ALL THE EARTH, AND THEIR WORDS TO THE END OF THE WORLD. IN THEM HATH HE SET A TABERNACLE FOR THE SUN. (Psa 19:1-4)
This is beautiful!!
[Most of the rest of this “nothing new”, things I have written on before. But I just thought this passage (which I don’t think I have ever included before) was just beautiful!!]
Have you ever wondered if this speaks to more than just the natural “heavens” that we see when we walk outside and look up at the sky?
Look at what Paul says about “them that preach the gospel”!
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? AND HOW SHALL THEY PREACH EXCEPT THEY BE SENT? as it is written, HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THEM THAT PREACH THE GOSPEL OF PEACE, AND BRING GLAD TIDINGS OF GOOD THINGS! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. But I say, HAVE THEY NOT HEARD? Yes verily, THEIR SOUND WENT INTO ALL THE EARTH, AND THEIR WORDS UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD. (Rom 10:13-18)
Their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the end of the world! Sound familiar?
What did Jesus tell his disciples?
Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, LIFT UP YOUR EYES, AND LOOK ON THE FIELDS; for THEY ARE WHITE ALREADY TO HARVEST. And HE THAT REAPETH RECEIVETH WAGES, AND GATHERETH FRUIT UNTO LIFE ETERNAL: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, ONE SOWETH, AND ANOTHER REAPETH. I SENT YOU TO REAP that whereon ye bestowed no labour: OTHER MEN LABOURED, and YE ARE ENTERED INTO THEIR LABOURS. (John 4:35-38)
Jesus said the field was white already to harvest and he sent his disciples to reap!
Who are “the reapers”?
The reapers are “the angels”!
The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and THE REAPERS ARE THE ANGELS. (Mat 13:38-39)
When the “firstbegotten” came into the world, God said: “And let all the angels of God worship him”!
And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM. (Heb 1:6)
Paul was received “as an angel of God”.
And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. (Gal 4:14)
How might one become “an angel of God”?
According to Jesus it comes by “the resurrection of the dead”.
And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: NEITHER CAN THEY DIE ANYMORE: FOR THEY ARE EQUAL UNTO THE ANGELS; AND ARE THE CHILDREN OF GOD, BEING CHILDREN OF THE RESURRECTION. Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. For HE IS NOT THE GOD OF THE DEAD, BUT OF THE LIVING: for all live unto him. (Luk 20:34-38)
Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, BUT ARE AS THE ANGELS OF GOD IN HEAVEN. But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? GOD IS NOT THE GOD OF THE DEAD, BUT OF THE LIVING. (Mat 22:29-32)
Most believe that this speaks of a postmortem resurrection, but does it? Does one need to die, physically, to be resurrected from the dead?
According to Paul we were quickened together with Christ even while we “were dead in trespasses and sin”.
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Eph 2:1-9)
Indeed, Jesus himself said that if he would be “lifted up from the earth” that he would DRAW (DRAG, in the Greek) ALL MEN UNTO HIMSELF.
And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. (John 12:32)
Paul said, if we love the brethren, we know we “have passed” from death unto life.
Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that WE HAVE PASSED from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. (1Jn 3:13-15)
At the resurrection of Lazarus, Jesus told Martha that “He” is “the resurrection and the life”.
Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: AND WHOSOEVER LIVETH AND BELIEVETH IN ME SHALL NEVER DIE. Believest thou this? (John 11:23-26)
So, we know that “in the resurrection” they neither marry nor are they given in marriage, but are “as the angels of God in heaven”. So what do “the angels” have to do with “the heavens”?
Well, wouldn’t an angel be a heavenly or celestial being? One of “the hosts of heaven”?
And didn’t Paul speak about there being both a natural body and a spiritual body, the spiritual bodies being likened to the sun, the moon AND THE STARS, each star differing in glory one from another star in glory?
There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. (1Co 15:40-44)
Now let’s take a look at what the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ says about “the angels of the churches”:
The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. THE SEVEN STARS ARE THE ANGELS OF THE SEVEN CHURCHES: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. (Rev 1:20)
Jesus holds these “stars”, who are “the angels of the churches”, in His right hand!!
Turning back again to Psa 19:
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. THE HEAVENS DECLARE THE GLORY OF GOD; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. THEIR LINE IS GONE OUT THROUGH ALL THE EARTH, AND THEIR WORDS TO THE END OF THE WORLD. IN THEM hath he set A TABERNACLE FOR THE SUN, (Psa 19:1-4)
IN THEM hath he set A TABERNACLE FOR THE SUN!!
Know ye not that YE ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD, and that THE SPIRIT OF GOD DWELLETH IN YOU? (1Co 3:16)
Hallelujah!! CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY!! This was “the mystery” that was hidden, the GOSPEL which Paul was called to preach!
And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet NOW HATH HE RECONCILED IN THE BODY OF HIS FLESH THROUGH DEATH, to present you HOLY AND UNBLAMEABLE AND UNREPROVEABLE IN HIS SIGHT: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and BE NOT MOVED AWAY FROM THE HOPE OF THE GOSPEL, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh FOR HIS BODY’S SAKE, which is THE CHURCH: Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; Even THE MYSTSERY WHICH HATH BEEN HID from ages and from generations, BUT NOW IS MADE MANIFEST to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; THAT WE MAY PRESENT EVERY MAN PERFECT IN CHRIST JESUS: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily. (Col 1:21-29)
In Revelation, John said he saw an “angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to them that dwells on the earth.
Rev 14:6 And I saw another ANGEL fly IN THE MIDST OF HEAVEN, HAVING THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL TO PREACH UNTO THEM THAT DWELL ON THE EARTH, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
Who is this angel preaching the gospel to those who dwell on the earth? Is it an invisible winged creature that lives in a far-off place called “heaven”? Or could it be someone like Paul?
Gal 4:13-14 Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I PREACHED THE GOSPEL UNTO YOU at the first. And my temptation which was in MY FLESH YE DESPISED NOT, NOR REJECTED; but RECEIVED ME AS AN ANGEL OF GOD, even AS CHRIST JESUS.
Paul tells us: “He gave some apostles and some prophets and some EV-ANGEL-ISTS and some pastors and teachers… for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ”:
Eph 4:11-12 And HE GAVE some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, EV-ANGEL-ISTS; and some, pastors and teachers; FOR THE PERFECTING OF THE SAINTS, FOR THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY, FOR THE EDIFYING OF THE BODY OF CHRIST:
Jesus said that in the time of harvest “the Son of man shall send forth His angels”:
He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world (age); AND THE REAPERS ARE THE ANGELS. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world (age). THE SON OF MAN SHALL SEND FORTH HIS ANGELS, and THEY SHALL GATHER OUT OF HIS KINGDOM ALL THINGS THAT OFFEND, AND THEM WHICH DO INIQUITY; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. WHO HATH AND EAR, LET HIM HEAR. (Mat 13:37-43)
These men who labor in the fields are not the first!
Joh 4:37-38 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I SENT YOU TO REAP that whereon ye bestowed no labour: OTHER MEN LABOURED, and YE ARE ENTERED INTO THEIR LABOURS.
It is to THE ANGELS OF THE CHURCHES (to THE STARS which are held in His right hand) that the Lord speaks!
Rev 1:17-20 And WHEN I SAW HIM, I FELL AT HIS FEET AS DEAD. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; The MYSTERY of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. THE SEVEN STARS ARE THE ANGELS OF THE SEVEN CHURCHES: and THE SEVEN CANDLESTICKES which thou sawest ARE THE SEVEN CHURCHES.
Rev 2:1 UNTO THE ANGEL OF THE CHURCH of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
Rev 2:8 And UNTO THE ANGEL OF THE CHURCH in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
Rev 2:12 And TO THE ANGEL OF THE CHURCH in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;
Rev 2:18 And UNTO THE ANGEL OF THE CHURCH in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;
Rev 3:1 And UNTO THE ANGEL OF THE CHURCH in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.
Rev 3:7 And TO THE ANGEL OF THE CHURCH in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
Rev 3:14 And UNTO THE ANGEL OF THE CHURCH of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
John speaks of “the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven” being opened and “the angels” coming out of the temple, having the seven plagues:
And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: And THE SEVEN ANGELS CAME OUT OF THE TEMPLE, HAVING THE SEVEN PLAGUES, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles. And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever. And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; AND NO MAN WAS ABLE TO ENTER INTO THE TEMPLE, TILL THE SEVEN PLAGUES OF THE SEVEN ANGELS WERE FULFILLED. (Rev 15:5-8)
Why the angels?
Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp. For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute upon them the judgment written: THIS HONOUR HAVE ALL HIS SAINTS. Praise ye the LORD. (Psa 149:1-9)
Do ye not know that THE SAINTS SHALL JUDGE THE WORLD? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? (1Co 6:2-3)
Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. For AS THE FATHER RAISETH UP THE DEAD, AND QUICKENETH THEM; EVEN SO THE SON QUICKENETH WHOM HE WILL. [PRESENT TENSE] For THE FATHER JUDGETH NO MAN, BUT HATH COMMITTED ALL JUDGMENT UNTO THE SON: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; BUT IS PASSED FROM DEATH UNTO LIFE. Verily, verily, I say unto you, THE HOUR IS COMING, AND NOW IS, WHEN THE DEAD SHALL HEAR THE VOICE OF THE SON OF GOD: and THEY THAT HEAR SHALL LIVE. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority TO EXECUTE JUDMGENT ALSO, BECAUSE HE IS THE SON OF MAN. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which ALL THAT ARE IN THE GRAVES SHALL HEAR HIS VOICE, AND SHALL COME FORTH; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. (Joh 5:19-29)
Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: AS MY FATHER HATH SENT ME, EVEN SO SEND I YOU. (Joh 20:21)
AS HE IS, SO ARE WE IN THIS WORLD!! (1 John 4:17)
But YE ARE COME UNTO MOUNT SION, and UNTO THE CITY OF THE LIVING GOD, THE HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, and TO AN INNUMERABLE COMPANY OF ANGELS, To THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN, which are WRITTEN IN HEAVEN, and TO GOD THE JUDGE OF ALL, and TO THE SPIRITS OF JUST MEN MADE PERFECT, (Heb 12:22-23)
YE ARE COME!! Written in the second perfect tense, which describes and action which is viewed as having been COMPLETED IN THE PAST, ONCE AND FOR ALL, NOT NEEDING TO BE REPEATED!
NOW is the judgment of this world. NOW is the accepted time! NOW is the day of salvation!!
COME LORD JESUS!!
All Blessings in Christ,