Because of the Angels

The following is an excerpt written by Derek Prince that I found extremely insightful and important to our understanding of I Corinthians 11:2-16…and specifically the importance of the veil or head-covering (see Head-covering Study tab) even in today’s world.  There are significant reasons Paul gave the new Assembly of believers the ordinances of Head-covering and the Lord’s Supper we find in I Cor 11.  There are ancient truths that cannot be ignored if the church (Assembly of believers) is to be the church the Lord Yeshua (Jesus) meant it to be in these last days.  As discussed in detail in the Head-covering Study, the wearing of the veil by women in the church shows God’s government and headship order in the earth.  Not only as a witness to other people but also to the angels…God’s messengers and ministering spirits to those who will inherit eternal life.  It is important to realize that angels are eager to look into the spiritual activity of men and women…I Peter 1:12 says – “unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.”  Personal comment:  I believe the angels are expecting to see God’s headship principle demonstrated specifically by the women in assembly to show they are under the authority of Christ (Messiah).  When the head-covering is absent, a vital piece of God’s order is missing from the worship/prayer service. What impact this has had upon the angels’ ministry and participation during church assemblies only eternity will tell.

 I encourage you to keep an open mind before you dismiss what Mr. Prince has provided…take the time to review the scriptures given and understand that “legends”, “myths” etc. very often are based on something that may really have happened.  Like a lost civilization waiting to be found under layers of earth and sediment, there are truths that have been lost for hundreds, even thousands of years that are now being unearthed.  There was a reason why the Lord felt it necessary to destroy the entire world of humans and animals (that breathed air) by a flood….all flesh may have been corrupted by something we hadn’t previously considered.  Lastly, because there are some things I do take exception to and things that I feel need further clarification, I will continue to provide my personal comments throughout Mr. Prince’s article - I hope you won’t find it too distracting.

 Lord Bless you in your continued search for truth!

 

Because of the Angels

Angelic Intervention in Human Lives  by Derek Prince

Dear Friend,

In giving instructions about the conduct of worship in the New Testament church, Paul writes: “For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.”1 Paul takes it for granted that when Christians meet for worship, angels will also be present and will participate.

More than once when Ruth and I were worshiping together, she heard the angels singing. We realized that we were privileged to experience a tiny part of the total worship of the universe, spanning both heaven and earth. I have heard similar testimony from other Christians.

 In Hebrews 1:14 the writer says that God’s angels are “all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation.” The Greek phrase translated “ministering spirits” describes specifically spirits who perform priestly acts of worship. In the New Testament Church heaven and earth were blended together in worship.

 Successive Angelic Rebellions

The Bible reveals a succession of angelic rebellions against God. The first—and the most significant— was the original rebellion of Lucifer (an archangel) described in Isaiah 14:12–14:

“How you are fallen from heaven,

O Lucifer, son of the morning!

How you are cut down to the ground,

You who weakened the nations!

For you have said in your heart:

‘I will ascend into heaven,

I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;

I will also sit on the mount of the congregation

On the farthest sides of the north;

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,

I will be like [equal to] the Most High.’”

 In Revelation 12:3–4 Satan is depicted as “a great, fiery red dragon” whose “tail drew a third of the stars of heaven.” Apparently as an archangel, Lucifer (now satan) had authority over one-third of heaven’s angels, who followed him in his rebellion and were with him cast out of heaven. satan and the angels who followed him then established a rival kingdom in “the heavenly places,”3 somewhere between the third heaven4 (which is God’s dwelling place) and the heaven visible from earth.  Personal comment:  Ephesians 2:2 says satan is “the prince of the power of the air.”

 Although satan’s destiny has been irrevocably settled by his defeat at the cross, final judgment on him will not be carried out until the close of the millennium. At that time satan—together with the antichrist—will be “cast into the lake of fire and brimstone. . . . And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”5

 Fallen Angels Before the Flood

 A further transgression on the part of angels is described in Genesis 6:1–2:

“Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.”

 Who are these “sons of God”? They are twice referred to in the book of Job. In Job 1:6: “There was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and satan also came among them.”  And again in Job 38:4-7 when God asks Job:

 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.  Who determined its measurements? Surely you know!  Or who stretched the line upon it?  To what were its foundations fastened?  Or who laid its cornerstone, When the morning  stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy? 

 Obviously, in both these passages these “sons of God” were angelic beings. Certainly there were no human beings present when God laid the foundation of the earth. 

 Personal comment: based on this understanding, it is possible God was speaking to the angels when He said “let us” make man in our image since angels were spirit beings as well; however, this is another study all together.

 There are two passages in the New Testament which describe God’s judgment on the angels who sinned in this way with human women. In Jude 6 it says: “And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home [heaven]—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day” (NIV).

Clearly these are not the angels who participated in Satan’s original rebellion, because Satan and his angels are not yet confined, but are free and active in “the heavenly places.” The sin of the angels Jude refers to was that they abandoned their appointed dwelling place in heaven and came down to the plane of earth, where they cohabited with human women.  Jude then continues: “In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.”

 Jude compares the fallen angels of Noah’s day with the people of Sodom and Gomorrah because both groups were guilty of the same sin of sexual immorality and perversion. In 2 Peter 2:4–6 the Apostle likewise joins together the fallen angels of Noah’s day with the people of Sodom and Gomorrah:

 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly. . . .

 In both cases their sin was unnatural sex. In verse 4, where the English translation says, “cast them down to hell,” the Greek word used is actually Tartarus, a word that occurs frequently in Greek literature. Tartarus has been defined as “a place of confinement as far below Hades as Hades is below earth.”  Personal comment:  this is a good example of why it is critical to look at the original languages the scriptures were written in - to get a clearer understanding of what is being said.

It is amazing how long the Lord will tolerate some forms of sin in the world, but there are certain boundaries which God jealously watches over. One such boundary is that which prohibits sexual perversion whether it is between angels and human beings or between human beings of the same sex. When that boundary is crossed, God’s severest judgments will quickly follow. In one case, judgment came in the form of the flood; in the other it instantaneously wiped out the population of two entire cities.

 Similar Sins in Our Day

The Bible clearly indicates that intercourse between angels and human women did not permanently cease at the time of the flood. “The Nephilim (often translated as “giants”) were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.”

 The Hebrew word Nephilim  is directly derived from the Hebrew verb naphal, which means “to fall.”

Nephilim, therefore, are fallen ones—that is, fallen angels. There were Nephilim on the earth “in those days” (i.e. at the time of the flood)—and also afterwards (i.e. after the flood).

 Those who were born in this later period out of this unnatural union were called heroes. Greek mythology abounds with descriptions of such heroes. They were born when beings that the Greeks called gods had intercourse with human women. These gods were supernaturally powerful beings who came down from a higher plane of existence. The Bible calls them Nephilim. They were, in fact, “fallen” angels.

To give but a few examples, Zeus (the “father” of the gods) was said to have taken the form of a swan and united with a woman called Leda, who bore him three children. On another occasion, in the form of a bull, Zeus had intercourse with Europa, who also bore him three sons. Another “god”—Poseidon, the god of the ocean—united with a human woman and she bore him a son called Theseus, who became one of the most famous of the Greek heroes.

 Many other examples could be added. These myths are like a cracked mirror, giving a distorted representation of events which are accurately summed up in Genesis 6:4.

 As in the Days of Noah

In Luke 17:26 Jesus warns us: “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of  Man.” In other words, conditions that marked the days of Noah will again characterize the period just before the present age closes. In Noah’s day “the earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.”7 Certainly both of these features are being manifestly reproduced before our eyes today: moral corruption and continually escalating violence. 

 In Noah’s day, too, humanity was invaded by angels from a higher plane who made human women the objects of their lust. Today, once again, the media are replete with reports of “visitors from outer space.”

Sometimes these are attested by vivid eyewitness accounts. We can write these accounts off as fabrications, but this does not explain their increasing frequency.  Another explanation suggested by Scripture is that conditions from the days of Noah are being reproduced.  Fallen angels are again at work on planet earth. 

Personal comment:  I don’t necessarily agree with this explanation of where “flying saucers” etc. are originating from, but it is food for thought.  The fact is there is no scripture (I’m aware of) that points to another wave of fallen angels on the earth (in our day) that specifically change their form to marry earthly women; however, there are many scriptures that point to satanic or demonic activity in the earth in the days before Messiah’s return.

 A Timely Word from Paul

If the above interpretation of Scripture is correct, it imparts a fresh urgency to Paul’s warnings given in 1 Corinthians 11:2–16. Paul did not view the Church as a little group of people tucked away on their own in some religious building. Rather he viewed the church as part of a vast, action-packed drama spanning both earth and heaven. Participation in their meetings was not limited to human beings but could also include angels, both good and evil. In particular, Paul warned that human women participating in the worship of the church needed to be aware of the possible presence of both good and evil angels.  Their appropriate response was to have a suitable covering on their heads.  In this way, they affirmed that they were under the authority that Christ has vested in His Church. They also paid due respect to the good angels who might be present and at the same time protected themselves against impure spiritual influences that might proceed from evil angels. The instructions concerning worship which Paul gives in 1 Corinthians 11:2–16 can be summed up in one word: reverence.

Personal comments:  the scripture just says “because of the angels”…we are not told whether they are good, evil or both.  One might assume because of the context (a church assembly) that they would be primarily good angels. Regardless, I Cor 11:10 informs us that heaven is watching how we conduct ourselves in assembly.  I agree that a veiled woman does enjoy a degree of protection from spirits of lust etc the same way she would if she were dressed modestly in other ways.  However, I do think a veiled woman can be demonically influenced in the same way an unveiled woman can be influenced if her heart is not right.  The veil (like other articles of modest dress) should be a reflection of what is in the heart.  Unlike other modest apparel, however, the veil displays the headship principle to both men and angels and that in itself is significant. 

“Where Is My Reverence?”

In the time of Malachi the Lord charged His people with insincerity in their worship. They were very religious, yet they were irreverent. In Malachi 1:6 the Lord says:

“A son honors his father,

And a servant his master.

If then I am the Father,

Where is My honor?

And if I am a Master,

Where is My reverence?”

Then in Malachi 1:14 He concludes:

“For I am a great King . . .

And My name is to be feared among the nations.”

In almost all cultures there are certain rules of conduct which govern the way people relate to their king.

We call these rules protocol.

Like an earthly king, the Lord, too, has His protocol.  Some of the requirements of heaven’s protocol are found in 1 Corinthians 11:2–16. They remind us that Christians in their worship are not just a little isolated group on their own. On the contrary, Paul says, “we have been made a spectacle to the world [the universe], both to angels and to men.”8 We have seen that the “angels” include both good and evil angels. As a token of our respect for the Lord, and also in our own best interests, we need to study and to follow the requirements of heaven’s protocol.

Personal comment:  yes there are good and evil angels, but again whether or not I Cor 11:10 is referring to evil angels as well is debatable.

 END OF ARTICLE

 Personal observations:  when the Bible says all flesh was corrupted (including animals) there’s strong evidence that the fallen angels were involved with this corruption…leaving their original estate in the heavens to cohabitate with earthly women…correlate Gen 6 with Jude verses 6-8 and 2 Peter 2:4-6.

 Additionally, if you look closely at Jude verse 14, you will find a reference to a prophecy given by Enoch that is not in the Old Testament.  What that means is that Jude either references an OT scripture that was removed at some point (not likely) or he is referring to an “extra-Biblical” writing.  As a point of interest, the writing he references is very possibly the Book of Enoch in which you do find the very same prophecy.  What I believe this means is that there are in fact extra-Biblical writings that the Jews were/are well aware of that possibly contain credible information outside the realm of the typical westerner’s theological background and culture. Books like the Book of Enoch, the Book of Adam, the Book of Jubilees and others have long been considered and studied by the Hebrews.  Having read some of these myself, it seems that they in many cases help “fill in the blanks” that are missing from the Old Testament scriptures (particularly Genesis).  Everything in these books of course needs to be vetted against the Word of God and filtered thru the Holy Ghost.  You will find some interesting information regarding the fallen angels of Genesis 6 and of their off-spring in some of these books.

Another interesting article that discusses the Nephilim etc can be found at:

http://www.tbm.org/origindemons.htm

 

 Lord Bless...

 

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