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Extra Terrestrial Beings – Ray Comfort
13 But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. 16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, 'to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,' and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
I was speaking with two men in their mid 20's on a plane recently, as we flew from Los Angeles to Atlanta, Georgia. Mike and Jeff were tech guys who installed computer programs in the homes of the rich, so that they could control an entire home at the touch of a button. Amazingly, they could program the music, the AC, and other appliances in someone's home back in Los Angeles, from a laptop 20,000 feet in the air as we flew over Texas.
Both of them believed in the theory of evolution, and didn't believe that there was life after death. They did, however, believe that there was life on other planets, "somewhere in the universe." They were right in their beliefs. There are extra terrestrial beings. One of them appeared to Zacharias as he prayed in the temple, and rightfully, the experience terrified him. In other places in Scripture we are told when these incredibly powerful "celestial" beings manifest themselves to brave Roman soldiers, they fainted like women and lay on the ground as dead men.
Gabriel told Zacharias that he had been heard by God. He would grant them both a child in their old age. Notice in the text the absolute surety of this taking place. I have used the old KJV to make this important point. In the KJV the word "shall" or "shalt" are used at least eight times.
One of the greatest joys of being a Christian is the absolute knowledge that there are certain things that are "sure." There will be a Day of ultimate justice. There is life after death that you and I can tap into, in this life. There is a Heaven and there is a Hell. These things are for sure. But take the life's philosophy of the faithless atheist. For him, nothing is sure. He doesn't know what created everything. He doesn't know why he's alive, nor does he know what happens after death. He lives without assurance. His feet are firmly planted in mid air.
Gabriel told Zacharias that he was going to have a son, that his name would be John, and that many would rejoice at his birth. He wouldn't drink strong drink, he would be filled with the Holy Spirit, and that God would greatly use him to prepare the way for the Messiah. This "John" would have the ministry of turning the "disobedient to the wisdom of the just." The "just" are those who have been justified by God. They are the "blessed" ones who have had their sins forgiven (see Psalm 32:1). These people are those God has separated for Himself, and they live life by a wisdom that's not of this world. The Apostle Paul speaks of the world's and God's amazing wisdom in 1 Corinthians chapters 1 and 2.
What was about to happen to Zacharias and Elizabeth was ordained by God. The good news of the birth of John the Baptist was going to take place. But what was Zacharias' reaction to this good news? You won't believe what he said...
Pic. A six day old Human Embryo implanting itself onto the wall of the womb.
Unbelief for Dummies
18 And Zacharias said to the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years." 19 And the angel answered and said to him, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. 20 But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time."
In this passage of the Bible we see what's behind atheism. It is what the Bible calls the sin of "unbelief." An atheist is someone who has no belief in God or in any gods. So what's wrong with that? Can they help it if they doubt?
Imagine a father tells his beloved son that he was going to buy him a bike for Christmas. The father carefully explains that it would be a red bike, with gears, high tech wheels, and that it would be extremely light-weight. He explains to the boy that it's completely paid for and says that he will get it as a gift first thing on Christmas morning. What would you think if the son says, "How do I know this will happen?" Such a question would be an insult to his father's integrity. It means that he doesn't trust his own father.
Even the most sinful of us is offended when a person doesn't believe something we tell them. When we don't believe someone it means that we think that they are a liar. They are devious, and they are therefore not worth trusting.
However, this insult is greatly magnified if we don't believe something God says. He is without sin. He is absolutely trustworthy, and He is even incapable of lying (the Bible says that it is "impossible" for God to lie). This is why "unbelief" is a great sin. It grossly insults the integrity of a holy God, and this is why Gabriel is greatly offended.
When Zacharias insulted him with his unbelief, he stated that he was Gabriel "who stands in the presence of God." This was a five star general among the angelic hosts. Sinners cannot stand in the presence of God, but this perfectly sinless angel did, and so he struck Zacharias dumb for being so dumb.
Never insult God with your unbelief. The Scriptures say "He that believes not God has made Him a liar." and "Let none of you depart from the Living God through an evil heart of unbelief." Those who don't believe are like Zacharias, after the angel struck him.
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Believe the Truth, not a Lie
This article was good, in that I have struggled with anxiety, and have a hard time believing God's word for peace, healing, etc. Unbelief can take more forms than just unbelief in God. It means not trusting, relying, leaning on Him, too.
I just read an article by David Kupelian which talked about how Hitler told big whopper lies, which Hitler said would eventually be believed by people, if only partly at first, causing one to doubt. Here is an example: Two people campaigning, one smears the other, who loses, even tho what was said is not true, it still creates doubt in the voters mind.
My point is, Satan is a big liar, and God is the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life, no way to Him except thru His Son, Jesus.
Good article, thank you.
|Posted On: 09/23/09 01:24:57 PM
||Age 38, HI
To the street preacher, I know some Christians don't believe in angels showing themselves to us, but I do believe they do in certain situations. Most of the time it's in a stranger, and we figure it out later. That's why we should live Godly lives before the angels.
|Posted On: 09/23/09 10:59:14 AM
||Age 59, USA
Visitation Of Angels !
I, am a street minister and have had visits
by angels seen & unseen all my life.My book
"Testimony Of Miracles" will be in book stores soon.I, am so grateful to have found this website.May the Lord bless you all.
Sincerely, a loving brother in Christ,
Brother Don Haynes
|Posted On: 09/21/09 10:43:54 PM
||Age 61, GA
Outstanding article, I agree
Outstanding and needed article. The majority of people like Obama and Oprah believe there are many paths to Heaven. To believe this is to call Jesus a liar. Because Jesus said, "I am The way the Truth and the Life no one goes to the father except through me." If Christians knew the seriousness of calling Jesus a lair they wouldn't watch Oprah or vote for Obama.
|Posted On: 09/21/09 08:27:50 PM
||Age 51, TN
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