….FALLING ANGELS……

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I know that as a child when I heard of Angels who fell from grace I always pictured these ugly, winged, horned, cloven hoofed beings as the Medieval Church used to show…but as I have learned and studied as an ADULT, well, the truth seems somewhat different…

Bear in mind I do not ADVOCATE what they have done, I merely wished to understand the why’s and wherefore’s of what happened…

I was always told Lucifer was in Hades, or slinking about my house waiting to snatch my unwary soul….boy, did I find out some things when this line of inquiry began.

Let’s go back to the beginning, shall we??

Lucifer’s fall from heaven is symbolically described in Isaiah 14:12-14 and Ezekiel 28:12-18. While these two passages are referring specifically to the kings of Babylon and Tyre, they also reference the spiritual power behind those kings, namely, Satan.

These passages describe why Lucifer fell, but they do not specifically say when the fall occurred.

What we do know is this: the angels were created before the earth (Job 38:4-7). Lucifer fell before he tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden (Genesis 3:1-14). Lucifer’s fall, therefore, must have occurred somewhere after the time the angels were created and before he tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Whether Lucifer’s fall occurred a few minutes, hours, or days before he tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden, Scripture does not specifically say.

The book of Job tells us that, for a time at least, Lucifer still had access to heaven and to the throne of God. “One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Lucifer also came with them. The LORD said to Lucifer, ’Where have you come from?’

Lucifer answered the LORD, ‘From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it’” (Job 1:6-7). Apparently at that time, Lucifer was still moving freely between heaven and earth, speaking to God directly and answering for his activities.

At what point God discontinued this access is unknown…or even if He DID.

People like to call this angel “Satan”…why? (personally, I prefer to give him his REAL name..LUCIFER…’The Morning Star’…)

Well, the definition ALONE should give you the answer. Satan:Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin Satan, from Greek Satanas,

Satan, from Hebrew name, devil, adversary, from an, to accuse, act as adversary.

So…can they be “forgiven” of their sin against God and return??

The Bible does not specifically address the issue of fallen angels having an opportunity to repent, but we can gain some insight from what the Bible does say. First, Satan (Lucifer) was one of the highest angels, perhaps the highest (Ezekiel 28:14).

Lucifer—and all the angels—were continually in God’s presence and had knowledge of the glory of God. Therefore, they had no excuse for rebelling against God and turning away from Him. They were not tempted. Lucifer and the other angels rebelling against God despite what they knew was the utmost evil.

Second, God did not provide a plan of redemption for the angels as He did for mankind. The fall of the human race necessitated an atoning sacrifice for sin, and God provided that sacrifice in Jesus Christ.

In His grace, God redeemed the human race and brought glory to Himself.

No such sacrifice was planned for the angels.

In addition, God referred to those angels who remain faithful to Him as His “elect angels” (1 Timothy 5:21).

We know from the biblical doctrine of election that those whom God elects to salvation will be saved, and nothing can separate them from God’s love (Romans 8:38-39).

Clearly, those angels who rebelled were not “elect angels” of God.

Finally, the Bible gives us no reason to believe that angels would repent even if God gave them the chance (1 Peter 5:8).

The Bible says that the severity of God’s judgment varies according to how much knowledge a person possesses (Luke 12:48). The fallen angels, then, with the great knowledge they possessed, are greatly deserving of God’s wrath.

So, the $40,000 question…why did they do it??

My research has led me to believe WE were the cause of it all.

Yep, you and me…EVERYONE….why?…because, they were FIRST of His creations…His FIRST children….and when He created us, imbuing us with His Divine Breath, and allowing us FREE WILL, He put THEM to serve US…we became FIRST IN HIS HEART.

Some did not like this…after all, what child born into a family likes being supplanted and replaced in the Parents love by an ADOPTED child?

Hence why Lucifer DEFIED God’s command, and why He rebelled against God’s decree. He did not want to BE God, he simply wanted things back to the way they were BEFORE we came around..when He loved THEM best.

And so, in anger, (which ALWAYS seems to be the leading cause of woe) Lucifer thought that if he could destroy God’s creation, destroy their SOUL and make them (us) unworthy to enter Heaven, him and his kind could be BACK in God’s loving grace and light without US to be in the way….to put it into the vernacular..he wanted (and still DOES want) to “bump us off”…..

By giving into sin …anger …hatred …violence …drugs… drinking.. promiscuity… intolerance… judging of others.. saying “there is no God”…we are indeed doing his will..finishing what he started. And in the opinion of THIS simple cleric, the WORST sin is denying God even EXISTS…or, for that matter, that Lucifer even exists.

This was first said by the famous French poet Baudelaire in an unusual short story about meeting the Devil and having a grand old time:

Elle ne se plaignit en aucune façon de la mauvaise réputation dont elle jouit dans toutes les parties du monde, m’assura qu’elle était, elle-même, la personne la plus intéressée à la destruction de la superstition, et m’avoua qu’elle n’avait eu peur, relativement à son propre pouvoir, qu’une seule fois, c’était le jour où elle avait entendu un prédicateur, plus subtil que ses confrères, s’écrier en chaire:

«Mes chers frères, n’oubliez jamais, quand vous entendrez vanter le progrès des lumières, que la plus belle des ruses du diable est de vous persuader qu’il n’existe pas!»

(He did not complain in any way about the bad reputation he enjoyed all over the world, assured me that he himself was the person the most interested in the destruction of superstition, and admitted to me that he had only been afraid for his own power one time, and that was the day when he had heard a preacher, more subtle than his colleagues, shout out from the pulpit:

“My dear brothers, never forget, when you hear the progress of enlightenment vaunted, that the devil’s best trick is to persuade you that he doesn’t exist!”

(source: “Le Joueur généreux,” pub. February 7, 1864;)

Oh yes, he IS REAL…so the question remains… are we going to give him the satisfaction of ALLOWING him to lead us away from The Light??

Or do we keep in mind his example, and go the OPPOSITE way HE DID… steer our hearts and minds TOWARDS God, and His eternal promise…

Choice is yours…after all, FREE WILL…the FIRST of BLESSINGS…and the GREATEST of curses, is ours to choose….

Choose wisely…your soul is in the balance….

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READING OF THE DAY: 13 MARCH, 2013

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“Jesus answered the Jews: «My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.»

For this reason the Jews tried all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath but he also called God his own father, making himself equal to God.

Jesus answered and said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, a son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees his father doing; for what he does, his son will do also.

For the Father loves his Son and shows him everything that he himself does, and he will show him greater works than these, so that you may be amazed.

For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life, so also does the Son give life to whomever he wishes.

Nor does the Father judge anyone, but he has given all judgment to his Son, so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father.

Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.

Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life.

Amen, amen, I say to you, the hour is coming and is now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.

For just as the Father has life in himself, so also he gave to his Son the possession of life in himself.

And he gave him power to exercise judgment, because he is the Son of Man.

Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and will come out, those who have done good deeds to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked deeds to the resurrection of condemnation.

I cannot do anything on my own; I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me.” -John 5:17-30.

SAINT OF THE DAY: 13 MARCH, 2013

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Saint Euphrasia
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(382-412)

Saint Euphrasia, born in Constantinople, was the daughter of noble and pious parents, honored by the pious Emperor Theodosius and the Empress of that city.

After the early death of Antigonus, her father, her mother consecrated her widowhood to God, and retired with their only child into Egypt, where she possessed a very large estate. In those days there were many monasteries of nuns as well as of holy cenobites; in one single city there were twenty thousand such holy women, consecrated to Jesus Christ.

Euphrasia’s mother chose to reside near a monastery of one hundred and thirty nuns, which she often visited, accompanied by Euphrasia. When the little girl, seven years of age, begged that she might be permitted to serve God in this monastery, the pious mother wept for joy.

Then the mother led her before an image of our Redeemer, and lifting up her hands to heaven said, Lord Jesus Christ, receive this child under Your special protection. It is You alone whom she loves and seeks; to You she recommends herself.

Then leaving her in the hands of the abbess, she went out of the monastery weeping. She continued her life of prayer and mortification, and a few years later, when this good mother fell sick, she slept in peace.

On receiving the news of her death, Theodosius sent for the noble virgin to come to court, as he considered himself her protector, and already during her childhood had arranged for her to be married to a young senator of Constantinople, when she would reach a suitable age.

But the virgin wrote him, refusing the alliance, repeating her vow of virginity, and requesting that her estates be sold and divided among the poor, and all her slaves set at liberty.

The emperor punctually executed all her wishes, shortly before his death in 395.

Saint Euphrasia was a perfect pattern of humility, meekness, and charity. If she found herself assaulted by any temptation, she immediately sought the advice of the abbess, who often on such occasions assigned to her some humbling and painful penitential labor, which she would execute to perfection.

Once she moved a pile of great rocks from one place to another, continuing for thirty days with wonderful simplicity, until the devil, vanquished by her humble obedience, left her in peace.

She cleaned out the chambers of the other nuns, carried water to the kitchen, and out of obedience cheerfully employed herself in the meanest drudgery, making painful labour a part of her penance. To mention one instance of her extraordinary meekness and humility it is related that one day a maid in the kitchen asked her why she fasted whole weeks, which no other attempted to do besides the abbess. Her answer was that the abbess had enjoined her that penance.

The other called her an hypocrite. Upon which Euphrasia fell at her feet, begging her to pardon and pray for her. In which action it is hard to say whether we ought more to admire the patience with which she received so unjust a rebuke and slander, or the humility with which she sincerely condemned herself; as if, by her hypocrisy and imperfections, she had been a scandal to others.

She became powerful over the demons, and delivered many possessed persons.

She cured a child who was paralyzed, deaf and dumb, making the sign of the cross over him and saying, May He who created you, heal you!

She was favored with other miracles also, both before and after her death, which occurred in the year 412, the thirtieth of her age.