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Wednesday, April 20 2016
Luke 8: Face Of An Angel, Heart Of A Devil
"And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils ... And when He went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time"
The angels were created beautiful and sinless. While some later perverted their freedom and became evil losers, there is nothing in the Holy Bible that says their appearance changed. Even the most evil among them are still beautiful in appearance - as can be the humans that they sometimes use to mislead (see How Does Satan Impersonate Jesus Christ? and The Servants Of Corruption Promise Liberty).
"28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee." (Ezekiel 28:13-15 KJV)
The evil angels can however also cause severe ugliness in humans by the physical damage that their infestation causes to those who are physical - while the demon ("demon" is the Greek form of the Latin "devil"; see also What Is Satan's Real Name?) itself remains beautiful. As is stated for Satan, they can't be physically ugly because they were created eternal, beautiful, spirit.
The Messiah healed many people of physical and spiritual ailments. In some cases, their physical sickness and injury may have been caused by the devils that took possession of them and caused them to run wild. Among those who were healed was Mary of Magdala - who became not only a fine Christian, but was also given to become the first human witness of the Resurrection of the Son of God (see the Fact Finder question below).
"8:1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, 8:2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, 8:3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.
Those who are converted, by whatever means, cannot then hide the Light of the Holy Spirit (see Why Can't Light Be Hidden?) - but they must also shine by the means of God's Light, not Satan's false light (see Who Lights Your Walk?).
"8:16 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light. 8:17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.
The Messiah was born as a normal human being with actual family (see The Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth) - who themselves became Christians over a period time after the Messiah's Ministry began when He was about age 30.
"8:19 Then came to him his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press. 8:20 And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee.
The healings, by means of the Holy Spirit of Creation, included healings of the weather (see Healings Of Man And Nature).
"8:22 Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth. 8:23 But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.
Another example of what demon possession does to the physical appearance of humans: "a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs."
"8:26 And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee. 8:27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs. 8:28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not. 8:29 (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.)
Regardless of the ailment, faith, by both the Healer and healed, was necessary (see The Fringes Of His Garment).
"8:40 And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned, the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him. 8:41 And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus' feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: 8:42 For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him.
Fact Finder: Mary of Magdala became the first human witness of the Messiah's Resurrection. When did that happen?
This Day In History, April 20
295: The 8th recorded passage of Halley's Comet.
1139: The Second Lateran Council opened in Rome (see also The Struggle For The Papacy).
1453: The last major naval battle in Byzantine (i.e. the East Roman Empire) history occurred; three Genoese galleys escorting a Byzantine transport versus the Ottoman blockade fleet (see also The Fall Of The Muslim Empire and The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1505: Jews were expelled from Orange Burgundy by Philibert of Luxembourg (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).
1534: French explorer Jacques Cartier set sail from St. Malo to explore the eastern coastline of Canada (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1653: In England, Oliver Cromwell expelled the "Long Parliament" for trying to pass the Perpetuation Bill, which would have kept Parliament in the hands of a few members only.
1657: The English navy, under Admiral Robert Blake, destroyed the Spanish fleet in Santa Cruz harbor, Tenerife.
1689: The siege of Londonderry began when supporters of James II attacked the city. The population nearly starved to death before the siege was lifted on July 30.
1769: Pontiac, Chief of the Ottawa Indians, was murdered by an Illinois Indian. In 1763 he had led an uprising against the British garrisons in North America.
1770: English explorer James Cook discovered what is today the coast of New South Wales, Australia.
1792: France declared war on Austria, Prussia and Sardinia in the War of the First Coalition.
1809: Napoleon fought the Austrians at the Battle of Abensberg in Bavaria.
1862: Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard complete the first "pasteurization" (named after Pasteur) experiments (see also Leviticus 13: Bacteria).
1902: Pierre and Marie Curie isolated the radioactive element radium (see also What Does Earth Mean?).
1910: Halley's Comet 29th recorded perihelion at 87.9 million kilometers (see also What Are The Hunter and The Seven Sisters Doing In Heaven? and What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).
1918: Manfred von Richthofen (the famous "Red Baron") shot down his 79th and 80th opponents - his final victories before being shot down and killed by a Canadian fighter pilot, Captain Roy Brown, the next day.
1940: The first electron microscope was demonstrated.
1945: Near the end of the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), Soviet troops began their attack on Berlin.
1947: King Christian X of Denmark died.
1957: Comet Arend-Roland made its closest approach to earth. It was discovered the previous November by Belgians S. Arend and P. Roland. It was remarkable for its anomalous second tail which appeared as a sharp spike aimed at the sun (see also The Sun In History And Prophecy).
1973: The Canadian Anik A2 became the first commercial satellite in earth orbit.
1978: Korean Airlines flight 007 was shot down by Soviet fighter jets after the airliner strayed over Russian airspace.
1989: The last Canadian $1.00 bill was printed. It was replaced by a $1.00 coin that became known as the "loonie" (as did the Canadian dollar itself) because of the engraving of a swimming loon (a fish-eating diving bird of the northern hemisphere) on one side of the gold-colored coin.
1999: The Columbine High School massacre in Colorado: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold shot and killed 13 people and wounded 24 others before committing suicide.
2010: The Deepwater Horizon oil well exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, beginning an oil spill that would last six months.