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This week let’s read about the second type of angels.

The second type of angels are the cherubim Angels.  Many Christians believe these are the second highest rank-
ing angels.  These angels are described as angels that guard the things of God.

Genesis 3:24  After he drove the man (Adam) out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim
and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way of the tree of life.

Hebrews 9:5  Above the ark where the cherubim of the glory, overshadowing the atonement cover (Arch of the
Covenant cover).

Next week, the third type of angel.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.




Angels 5

Posted: January 25, 2018 in Angels
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Welcome and thanks for reading.  This week let’s read how angels appear to people and believers.

Here is one example:

Exodus 3:2  There the angels of the Lord appeared to him (Moses) in flames of fire from within a bush.

Most often, angels appear as real people.  Here are three examples.

Genesis 19:12-13  The two men (angels) said to Lot, “Do you have anyone else here – sons-in-laws, sons or
daughters, or anyone else in the city here, because we are going to destroy this place (Sodom and Gomorrah).
The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great that he sent us to destroy it.

Daniel 10:18  Again the one who looked like a man (an angel) touched me and gave me strength.

Hebrews 13:2  Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels
without knowing it.

Here are three current examples of ordinary people meeting an angel.

1   A young girl lit the garbage in a barrel next to her house.  There was an aerosol can in the barrel that was hiss-
ing.  She felt hands around her, throwing her to the ground before it exploded.  Her family was in the
house cleaning and not nearby.

2  A lady was trapped in a burning building.  She was choking and could not find her way out.  Suddenly, a man
picked her up and carried her outside the building to safety.  The man had no protective gear and was
never heard from again.

3  A young girl is starting her junior year of high school.  She deeply wanted a dress but her parents were to poor.
She was depressed in her room.  She heard a voice say, “Remember the lillies of the field.  Are you not more impor-
tant than they?”  She said “Yes” and felt very happy and peaceful.  Shortly after, a lady pulled up to the front
of the house in a car.  She talked to the girls mother.  She gave the girls mother five dresses that she
was going to throw away.  The dresses still had the price tags.  The girl was very short and has to hem all her
clothes.  These five dresses fit perfectly.  They never saw this lady again.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.



Angels 2

Posted: January 4, 2018 in Angels
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Last week we read that angels are ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation.

Now let’s read how the angels minister to believers.

Genesis 16:11  The angel of the Lord said to her:  “You are now with child and you will have a son.”

Numbers 22:35  The angel of the Lord said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but speak only what I tell you.”

Judges 13:15  The angel of the Lord answered, “Your wife must do all that I have told her.”

Mathew 28:5  The angel said to the woman, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who
was crucified.

Luke 1:13  But the angel said to him:  “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, your prayer has been heard.  Your wife
Elizabeth will bear you a son.”

Luke 1:30  But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.”

Luke 2:10  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all
people.  Today in the town of David a savior has been born to you;  he is Christ the Lord.

The previous scriptures tell us that angels minister by audibly speaking to believers.

In the following weeks we will read other ways in which angels minister to believers and the forms angels take.

Thank you so much for reading.  God bless.



Angels 1

Posted: December 27, 2017 in Angels
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Let’s review our study about angels.  According to the scriptures, what are angels?

Hebrews 1:14  Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who inherit salvation?

All angels are ministering spirits.  They are spiritual beings sent to minister to the believers.

Although angels are spiritual beings, they do not have the same characteristics as the Trinity (God the Father, the
Son and the Holly Spirit).  Angels are not omnipresent (present everywhere at the same time), omnipotent (all
powerful), and omniscient (all knowing).  Nor are they eternal (no beginning and no end).

Angels were created by God.  Here are two verses that tell us angels were created by God.

Nehemiah 9:6  You alone are the Lord.  You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry
hosts (angels), the earth and all that is on it …

Colossians 1:16  For by him all things were created:  things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible …

Here are two more scriptures that express the superiority of Jesus over the angels.

Hebrews 1:4  So he (Jesus) became more superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to

Hebrews 1:6  “Let all God’s angels worship him (Jesus).”

Here is a verse expressing that angels are more powerful than humans.

2 Peter 2:10  … Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings;  yet even angels
although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in
the presence of the Lord.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.





This week I’d like to make several points concerning bible accuracy.

First, if every book of the bible told each story exactly the same, word for word, the writers would be
accused of collusion.  They would be accused of working together and orchestrating their testimony.  Their credi-
bility would be gone.

It is natural and authentic to have slightly different perspectives, but the core of their witness should be consistent.

Secondly, the scriptures are written with Anthropomorphism.  Anotherwords, they’re written in a way
that gives God human characteristics.  

For example, Exodus 15:8  By the blast of your nostrils the water piled up.  The surging waters stood firm like a wall.

God doesn’t have a nose.  He is a spiritual being.  It is written this way so that humans can relate and understand.

Lastly, God is so superior to man, that the bible is written in God Baby Talk.  Again, it written this way so
that humans can relate and understand.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.


As we have read, there are no original manuscripts of the bible.  For example, there are no original manuscripts
that were written by Moses, Job, Mathew, Paul, etc.  The manuscripts in existence are copies that were produced
by scribes.

A biblical manuscript is any handwritten copy or fragment of a portion of the bible text.  A manuscript can’t be
mechanically printed or reproduced in some automated way.

The New Testament has been preserved by more manuscripts than any other work.  There are over
25,000 manuscripts of the New Testament.  There are over 5800 complete or fragmented Greek manuscripts
(original language), 10,000 Latin manuscripts and 9300 manuscripts in various ancient languages including Syriac,
Slavic, Gothic, Ethiopic, Coptic and American.

Surprisingly, the variations in these manuscripts are minor and actually help us figure out the original

For example:

Manuscript #1:  In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Manuscript #2:  In the beginning, God created the earth and the heavens.

Manuscript #3:  At the beginning, God made the heavens and the earth.

Manuscript #4:  In the beginning, God created the sky and the earth.  (As we have read in Heaven 4, heaven is
above the clouds.  The sky refers to the heavens).

Manuscript #5:  In the beginning, Jesus created the heavens and the earth.  (As we read in Trinity 2-6, Jesus, the
Father and the Holy Spirit are all considered God).

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.



About 600 to 1000 years after the Dead Sea Scrolls were the Masoretic Text.  The Masoretes were a
group of Jewish scribes from 600 AD to 1000 AD.  They meticulously assembled and codified the traditional
Hebrew Bible or Old Testament.

The Old Testament was written in Hebrew, a language which originally did not use vowels.  To preserve the
writings, the Masoretes added vowels and diacritical marks above the vowels for correct pronoun-
ciation.  This version of the Hebrew Old Testament is known as the Masoretic Text.

The meticulous care in which the Masoretes edited the text was described by FF Bruce, a well respected biblical

          The Masoretes wrote with the greatest imaginable reverence, and devised a complicated system of safe-
          guards against scribal slips.

          One group of scribes, known as the Masoretes, set its standard much higher than all other scribes.  The
          Masoretes counted every single letter, word, and verse of the Old Testament to preserve its accuracy.

Scholars have compared the text of Isaiah from the Dead Sea Scrolls with the text of Isaiah pre-
served by the Masoretes.  What they discovered was that- even with 600 to 1000 years difference in
text- the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Masoretic Text agreed word for word 95% of the time.  The re-
maining differences were from minor spelling variations.  Other scrolls like 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, and Deuteronomy
do not differ in any way that effects any crucial Jewish or Christian belief.

This shows the care in which the scribes had worked to maintain scriptural accuracy.

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.