Stuff we don’t talk about in Church

(The following are my teaching notes from a Sunday School class I taught in June, 2012.)

Stuff we don’t talk about in church

I. Introduction – what is our culture trying to “teach” us?

How many of you have seen or heard of these movies?

Thor
Green Lantern
Cowboys and Aliens
Battle: Los Angeles
Immortals
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Pt 2
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn
Paranormal Activity 3
Insidious
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Captain America
X-Men 1st class
Limitless
The Avengers
Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Wrath of the Titans
Men in Black 3
John Carter
Dark Shadows
Chronicle (2012)
Underworld: Awakening
The Devil Inside
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Battleship
Beauty and the Beast
Star Wars Episode 1 in 3D
the Raven
Chernobyl Diaries
Prometheus
 

What do these movies have in common? They all involve people who are not natural human beings – aliens, mutants, supernatural beings, etc.

II. Is the Bible relevant in a discussion of aliens, UFO’s, mutants and supernatural beings?

Why do you think we have so many movies covering these topics? Are we being conditioned (brainwashed) to believe a particular agenda? Do you think the Bible is relevant in a discussion about aliens and mutants?

Genesis 6:1 Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, 2 that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “ My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

Sons of God?? – who are they? In Hebrew it is bene eloheim – Sons of God. Some people make the claim that these are the “godly” sons of Seth, but is this an accurate interpretation? Let’s look at other places where the term “sons of God” (bene eloheim) is used in the Old Testament. I found two in the book of Job.

Job 1:6  Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. 7 The Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “ From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.”

Job 38:1 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, 2 “Who is this that darkens counsel By words without knowledge? 3 “Now gird up your loins like a man, And I will ask you, and you instruct Me! 4 “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, 5 Who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it? 6 “On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone, 7 When the morning stars sang together And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

 I ask you, is there any reason to believe the sons of Seth would be meeting with God and Satan off of the earth (Satan had just come from the earth) or celebrating when the earth was created? Of course not. It’s clear that sons of God (bene eloheim) are angels – created beings who existed before the earth. Some of them descended to earth and had children by women according to Genesis 6:4. I know, I know, that’s an extremely radical statement, but it’s in God’s Word, so I believe it.

 Every culture has a record of these beings who descended to earth. Think of the Greek and Roman gods of mythology, the many Indian gods, the Egyptian gods (that the one true God walked over to bring out the children of Israel from captivity), and all the “gods” the pagans worshiped in the Bible – Baal, Moloch, Diana, Zeus, Hermes, Jupiter, Asherah, Dagon, and Baalim, to name a few.

 But what about these offspring of these fallen angels and women? These mutants (demigods or half-gods) called the Nephilim who were mighty men ( giboram), who were well known by the people of that time. If this really happened, then there should be a record of this, right? How about the stories of Hercules, Perseus, Gilgamesh, Nimrod and numerous giants such as Goliath and his brothers and Og of Bashan as well as others who are known in Greek, Roman, Indian, and Sumerian literature.

 III. The Days of Noah, the Flood, and the Nephilim

 What was special about Noah?

 Genesis 6:9. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect (tamiym) {entire, without blemish, complete, full, perfect, sound, without spot, undefiled, uprightly whole} in his generations. (dore).

 Compare this use of perfect (tamiym) to Exodus 12:5

 Exodus 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish (tamiym), a male of the first year.

 So why did God destroy the earth with the flood? I suggest it is possible that one of the factors was that God’s pure creation of man and animals was about to go extinct due to intentional corruption of their genetics by the fallen angels who descended to earth.

 Genesis 6:12 And God looked upon the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon upon the earth.

 God in his mercy was saving his creation – us – so that we could be redeemed.

 Consider this strange story in the Bible: 

Genesis 9:18-27  The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.)  These were the three sons of Noah, and from them came the people who were scattered over the earth.  Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard.  When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent.  Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father’s nakedness and told his two brothers outside.  But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s nakedness. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father’s nakedness.  When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him,  he said, “Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.”  He also said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem.  May God extend the territory of Japheth ; may Japheth live in the tents of Shem,and may Canaan be his slave.”

Ham saw the nakedness of his father, but Noah cursed Ham’s son Canaan, not Ham. Why? Who were the Canaanites? Is it possible that Canaan exhibited signs that he carried Nephilim genetics (possibly passed through Ham’s wife)?

What did the Hebrew spies discover when they were sent into Canaan to spy out the land?

Numbers 13:33 There we also saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak are part of the Nephilim); and we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.

Were the Israelites exaggerating about the size of the Nephilim in Canaan? Perhaps not. Let’s see what God said about their size.

(God speaking) Amos 2:9 “I destroyed the Amorite before them, though he was tall as the cedars and strong as the oaks. I destroyed his fruit above and his roots below.

Nephilim could get as tall as cedar trees – at least 30′ and possibly much taller.

Who were Canaan’s descendants? Recognize any of these names from the OT?

Gen 10:15-18 Canaan was the father of Sidon his firstborn, and of the Hittites,  Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites,  Hivites, Arkites, Sinites,  Arvadites, Zemarites and Hamathites.

This explains some of God’s strange commands in the Old Testament:

 Deuteronomy 7:16 You must destroy all the peoples the LORD your God gives over to you. Do not look on them with pity and do not serve their gods, for that will be a snare to you.

 1 Samuel 15:3 Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’

How do you possibly reconcile this as being the same God that Jesus claims to be one with? I believe that God, in his mercy toward us, was preserving His creation so he could redeem us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. If he had let the human race become corrupted again, would there be anyone for Jesus to redeem by his sacrifice on the cross? It makes sense now that the God who seems so harsh in the Old Testament and the loving God made known through Jesus Christ could be, and in fact are, the same.

Is all that’s happening new in the world – “alien” activity, genetic manipulation, etc. really new?

Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 What has been will be again,what has been done will be done again;there is nothing new under the sun.  Is there anything of which one can say,  “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.

So, why am I bringing this up? It’s interesting, but does it really have relevance today? After all, the days of Noah were so long ago. These things happened in the days of Noah – is it possible that they will happen again?

Matthew 24:37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

 IV. Our Real Enemy

Ephesians 6:12
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

There are rulers and wicked spiritual forces in heavenly places, and these are our enemy.

Daniel 10

10 Then behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. 11 He said to me, “O Daniel, man of high esteem, understand the words that I am about to tell you and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. 12 Then he said to me, “ Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. 14 Now I have come to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to the days yet future.”

I doubt a mere man could have stopped an angel on his mission from God. Obviously the prince of the kingdom of Persia is one of those beings referenced in Ephisians 6:12

Matthew 4

8  Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; 9 and he said to Him, “ All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘ You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’” 11 Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.

What I find interesting about this passage is that Jesus does not rebuke Satan for the statement that he (Satan) could give Jesus the kingdoms of the world.

1John 5:19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

2Corinthians 4:4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Even though God is sovereign over everything, he has apparently allowed the fallen angels to retain some authority that He must have given them for this period of time (this age). It will come to an end, but for now they are the powers, rulers and principalities that control this fallen world.

V. How does this all end?

Revelation 12:7-12

7 And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, 8 and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. 12 For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.”

At some point, either in our past or still to come in our future, Satan and his angels will no longer be in the heavenly realm where Ephisians 6:12 says they are, but will be forcibly evicted from their heavenly realm and thrown to the earth by God’s angels led by the Archangel Michael. Assuming this has not happened yet,  what might happen when this takes place?

Matthew 24:24 For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.

What would be so convincing that, if possible, it could convince even Christians. What are these great signs and wonders?

2 Thessalonians 2

1 Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, 2 that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3  Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. 5 Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things? 6 And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. 8 Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; 9 that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, 10 and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. 11 For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, 12 in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.

Paul reminds us again of the delusion that is coming by Satan’s hand with all power and signs and false wonders and with all the deception of wickedness.

Rev 13:11-17  Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon.  He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed.  And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men.  Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.  He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.  He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead,  so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.

Satan wants our worship, and either his deceptions or the threat of death will force most to bow the knee to him.

VI. Will you be deceived?

So – what if these fallen angels or, as the History channel calls them, “Ancient Aliens” do show up? Will you know who they really are? Will you believe their lies?

Mat 10:16 I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.

In the interest of being “shrewd as snakes”, I have investigated some of the “New Age” religion websites, and they are all buzzing about what they expect to happen very soon. All the hype about “2012” may be their attempt to manufacture what they will call an ancient prophecy that will be very convincing to most people. After all, we’ve been conditioned for decades that “aliens” do exist. Remember the movie list at the start of this lesson? That’s just in the past year and a half.

Here are some lies you may hear from the enemy that I’ve picked up from these New Age websites:

  • We were here in the beginning (probably with very convincing proof, because they were here).
  • We created you (perhaps will say by manipulating the DNA of lower primates to create us and give us speech and intelligence).
  • We are here to help you to ascend to a higher reality. This seems to be a big one for them. In order for this to happen, humanity must be united in one mind and spirit. Those that do not go along must be removed from this world (killed), but this is not punishment – their souls will be transferred to a new world where they can learn and advance until they too can ascend as you will. (John 16:2 They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God.)
  • Jesus is one of us – an Ascended Master who has appeared in many forms in your history. He is one of many higher beings that have been sent to help humanity.
  • All the religions of the world can be united in worship of us, since your different religious factions can be all traced back to us, and we are your true gods.
  • We will give you the true story of your history, not the corrupted tales in your religious books such as the Bible, the Koran, etc.
  • You are in need of some genetic maintenance that will increase your lifespan indefinitely. Mutations, cosmic radiation, and other influences have damaged your DNA and this is why people no longer live long lifespans. It was not meant to be and we can repair it.
  • Planet Earth is facing a threat from hostile beings who have have their intent to take over the world and enslave you. They were against us helping you to your first ascension as intelligent beings. We are here to help you prepare to battle them. In order to accomplish that, the entire earth must come together as one world united.

Scripture says that Satan will seize control of the world, set up a one world government under his control and establish a one-world religion. Might this be the way it happens?

The excerpt below is from one of these “New Age” websites. This is supposedly coming from an “Ascended Master” who is here to “help” mankind “ascend” to a “higher consciousness”. I believe these “Ascended Masters” are what Paul references in Ephisians 6:12. In the interest of being “as shrewd as snakes” in knowing our enemy and his plans, I’ve included this excerpt from a message “channeled” through an “Ascended Master”. I believe this is all pure deception and could possibly be a major part of the deception Jesus talks about in Matthew 24. Look carefully at the wording and you can read between the lines..

‘First Contact’ will start when a special series of major announcements are made by the world’s major governments, which will be almost simultaneous. They will announce that E.T’s are here and benevolent, and will acknowledge the part the Galactic Federation has played, in assuring the new reality manifests according to the divine plan. Once the series of formal announcements and the global delivery of your abundance are complete, we will begin our own proceedings. These will include a series of daytime flyovers. We will accompany them with an announcement of who we are and what we are doing. The next step will be a number of small landings. At this point, we will permit you to inspect our craft and choose a few individuals to take a brief ‘joyride’ in our ships. ‘First Contact’ would also take place, to land en masse if requested by the Spiritual Hierarchy. Special, planet sized command ships from the Scientific and Exploration fleets will serve as the main command ships for the First Contact mission. Fifty human star-nations are involved in ‘First Contact’. Our mission is divine and our aim will be to manifest many important projects, to promote world peace, alter social, cultural and economic structures, and permit Mother Earth to transform herself. As a final step, we will introduce you to your local Spiritual Hierarchy, and re-unite you with your brethren in the Inner Earth. There will be an ongoing series of announcements by the Ascended Masters that will help resolve certain cultural power struggles and make possible cross cultural co-operation. Each one will step forward and explain the origins and histories of your many cultures and religions, and radical changes will take place in your religious struggles. Our Earth allies are acutely aware that the moment of formal ‘First Contact’ will end the many millennia in which the ‘divide and conquer’ rule ran this reality. It will also proclaim that we will no longer tolerate the greed and arrogance of your present cabals. The announcement of ‘First Contact’ will encourage full disclosure of the now super-secret UFO government files. The area of so-called UFO studies requires a spiritual arm. This segment enables us to look beyond the technology and realize that advanced, enlightened societies are primarily spiritual in nature….

VII. What do we do?

Trust in Jesus Christ of the Bible as your Lord and Savior:

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

 Don’t be afraid:

Mat 10:28-31 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.  Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Don’t give in to the lies of the enemy, even if it means death:

Rev 13:8-10 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast – all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.  He who has an ear, let him hear.  If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.

 Rev 14:9-12 A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb.  And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.”  This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.

 Mat 16:24-27 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.  What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?  For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done.

 Remember, in the end, Jesus wins, and we win if we’re in Him!

2Thessalonians 2:8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.

 Rev 19:11-16  I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war.  His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.  He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.  The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.  On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:  KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

 Rev 21:1-7 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.  He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.

 Remember God’s promise of immortality in an imperishable body and our dwelling with him forever.

2 Corinthians 5:1-5 Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.  Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling,  because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked.  For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.  Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

 1 Corinthians 15:50-57 I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.   Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.  For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.  When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”  “Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?”   The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.   But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

 

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