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Gabriel’s Announcements, cont’d…

 Bless the LORD, ye His angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His Word.” – Psalm 103:20

Sometimes, angels are called “ministers:” Who maketh His angels spirits; His ministers a flaming fire.” – Psalm 104:4 and Hebrews 1:7

Hebrews, chapters 1 and 2 gives us much information – and blessings – concerning angels. One thing, however, that you need to know:

Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?” – Hebrews 1:14

(Inheritance is a family matter! This salvation has to do with those already in the family. This salvation is an inheritance. This salvation in chapter 1 of Hebrews is built upon – knowledge upon knowledge – as each chapter in this book, builds upon the previous one. Chapters 2 thru 12 begin with a conjunction – each one dependent upon the previous one.)

Gabriel deals with the coming kingdom reign of our Lord and Savior, Jesus, the Christ in the passages mentioned yesterday. Review them. Angels are the ministers to the elect of God.

Gabriel gives Daniel prophecy concerning the coming tribulation which takes place at the end of this age.

Gabriel gives to Zacharias the news of the promised forerunner before Christ’s earthly appearance. Zacharias’ son will be born and proclaim “in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous; so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” – Luke 1:17, Malachi 4:6 – thus, continuing the prophecy given to Daniel.

And, continuing this prophecy, Gabriel appears to THE virgin – Mary:

…you will conceive in your womb, and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and His kingdom will have no end.” – Luke 1:31-33.

This prophecy, building upon the above two, brings us all the way through the coming ages. “His kingdom” begins with the first 1,000 years of His rule with a rod of iron.

Rev 5:10 And You have made them a kingdom, (royal race) and priests to our God, and they shall reign [as kings] over the earth! [Exod. 19:6; Isa. 61:6

Rev 12:10 Then I heard a strong (loud) voice in heaven, saying, Now it has come–the salvation and the power and the kingdom (the dominion, the reign) of our God, and the power (the sovereignty, the authority) of His Christ (the Messiah); for the accuser of our brethren, he who keeps bringing before our God charges against them day and night, has been cast out! [Job 1:9-11.]

Rev 11:15 The seventh angel then blew [his] trumpet, and there were mighty voices in heaven, shouting, The dominion (kingdom, sovereignty, rule) of the world has now come into the possession and become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ (the Messiah), and He shall reign forever and ever (for the ages of the ages)! [Ps. 22:28; Dan. 7:13, 14, 27.]

Rev 12:10 Then I heard a strong (loud) voice in heaven, saying, Now it has come–the salvation and the power and the kingdom (the dominion, the reign) of our God, and the power (the sovereignty, the authority) of His Christ (the Messiah); for the accuser of our brethren, he who keeps bringing before our God charges against them day and night, has been cast out! [Job 1:9-11.]

Rev 20:2 And he gripped and overpowered the dragon, that old serpent [of primeval times], who is the devil and Satan, and [securely] bound him for a thousand years. Rev 20:3 Then he hurled him into the Abyss (the bottomless pit) and closed it and sealed it above him, so that he should no longer lead astray and deceive and seduce the nations until the thousand years were at an end. After that he must be liberated for a short time. Rev 20:4 Then I saw thrones, and sitting on them were those to whom authority to act as judges and to pass sentence was entrusted. Also I saw the souls of those who had been slain with axes [beheaded] for their witnessing to Jesus and [for preaching and testifying] for the Word of God, and who had refused to pay homage to the beast or his statue and had not accepted his mark or permitted it to be stamped on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived again and ruled with Christ (the Messiah) a thousand years. [Dan. 7:9, 22, 27.] Rev 20:5 The remainder of the dead were not restored to life again until the 1,000tyears were completed. This is the first resurrection. Rev 20:6 Blessed (happy, to be envied) and holy (spiritually whole, of unimpaired innocence and proved virtue) is the person who takes part (shares) in the first resurrection! Over them the second death exerts no power or authority, but they shall be ministers of God and of Christ (the Messiah), and they shall rule along with Him a thousand years.

Rev 22:19 And if anyone cancels or takes away from the statements of the book of this prophecy [these predictions relating to Christ’s kingdom and its speedy triumph, together with the consolations and admonitions or warnings pertaining to them], God will cancel and take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the city of holiness (purity and hallowedness), which are described and promised in this book. Rev 22:20 He Who gives this warning and affirms and testifies to these things says, Yes (it is true). [Surely] I am coming quickly (swiftly, speedily). Amen (so let it be)! Yes, come, Lord Jesus! Rev 22:21 The grace (blessing and favor) of the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) be with all the saints (God’s holy people, those set apart for God, to be, as it were, exclusively His). Amen (so let it be)! (AMP)

THERE IS NO GOSPEL – GOOD NEWS – WITHOUT THE KINGDOM! “The Spirit and bride say, ‘Come.’ and let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.” – Rev. 22:17 (NAS)

December 28, 2010 Posted by | Gabriel's Announcements | 1 Comment

Gabriel’s Announcements…

 Have you been visited by an angel? This topic came up in Wednesday night’s Bible study meeting – at the end of the regular study. Several people felt that they probably had encountered “an angel unawares” at some point in their life, including my husband. He had a car problem some time ago and a man arrived and helped him fix it pronto. He thanked the man and then looked up to find that he had disappeared. There had not been enough time for the guy to walk two steps, but no one was there and no car.

Abraham was visited by angels, so was Lot. Jacob saw the angels of God ascending to and descending from heaven. The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels according to Ps. 68. Psalm 78 reminds us that there are evil angels that God can send to do his will. The subject is quite exhaustive to study fully – and I have not.

Here are the six verses mentioning Gabriel. What I want you to notice is the response of Daniel, Zacharias and Mary to Gabriel’s appearance to them:

(Dan 8:15 AMP) When I, even I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I sought to understand it; then behold, there stood before me one [Gabriel] with the appearance of a man. (Dan 8:16 AMP) And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of the [river] Ulai which called and said, Gabriel, make this man [Daniel] understand the vision. [Dan. 9:21; Luke 1:19, 26.] (Dan 8:18 AMP) Now as he [Gabriel] was speaking with me, I fell stunned and in deep unconsciousness with my face to the ground; but he touched me and set me upright [where I had stood].

(Dan 9:21 AMP) Yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the former vision, being caused to fly swiftly, came near to me and touched me about the time of the evening sacrifice. [Dan. 8:16.] Dan 9:22 He instructed me and made me understand; he talked with me and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give you skill and wisdom and understanding.

Dan 9:23 At the beginning of your prayers, the word [giving an answer] went forth, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved. Therefore consider the matter and understand the vision.

Now, observe Zachariah’s reaction:

(Luk 1:19 AMP) And the angel replied to him, I am Gabriel. I stand in the [very] presence of God, and I have been sent to talk to you and to bring you this good news. [Dan. 8:16; 9:21.]Luk 1:12 And when Zachariah saw him, he was troubled, and fear took possession of him.

Luk 1:18 And Zachariah said to the angel, By what shall I know and be sure of this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.

Luk 1:19 And the angel replied to him, I am Gabriel. I stand in the [very] presence of God, and I have been sent to talk to you and to bring you this good news. [Dan. 8:16; 9:21.]

Luk 1:20 Now behold, you will be and will continue to be silent and not able to speak till the day when these things take place, because you have not believed what I told you; but my words are of a kind which will be fulfilled in the appointed and proper time.

Last, is Mary’s reaction, and, to me, it seems to be very similar to Zachariah’s, but she isn’t made silent:

(Luk 1:26 AMP) Now in the sixth month [after that], the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee named Nazareth, (Luk 1:27 AMP) To a girl never having been married and a virgin engaged to be married to a man whose name was Joseph, a descendant of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. (Luk 1:28 AMP) And he came to her and said, Hail, O favored one [endued with grace]! The Lord is with you! Blessed (favored of God) are you before all other women! (Luk 1:29 AMP) But when she saw him, she was greatly troubled and disturbed and confused at what he said and kept revolving in her mind what such a greeting might mean. (Luk 1:30 AMP) And the angel said to her, Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found grace (free, spontaneous, absolute favor and loving-kindness) with God.

Luk 1:34 And Mary said to the angel, How can this be, since I have no [intimacy with any man as a] husband? Luk 1:35 Then the angel said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you [like a shining cloud]; and so the holy (pure, sinless) Thing (Offspring) which shall be born of you will be called the Son of God. [Exod. 40:34; Isa. 7:14.]

Now, read all the above again – and, pause and calmly consider……

December 27, 2010 Posted by | Gabriel's Announcements | 1 Comment

   

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