Who In Heaven And Hell Knows You?
By David J. Stewart | July 2012
Acts 19:15, "And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?"
Jesus taught His disciples that if we deny Him before others in shame, then He will deny us in Heaven in shame over our lousy testimony. The Lord is ashamed of many believers today (most in fact). We know that God monitors this area and does care, as seen in the life of Job. It was God who bragged on Job to Satan in Job chapter one.
Job 1:6-11, “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.”
Satan made insults and said that God protected Job, blessing him bountifully. Satan challenged God, alleging that Job would curse God to His face if he took all his blessings away. My friend, the same God is on His throne today and hasn't changed. The same rotten Devil is walking to and fro the earth (and notice in verse 7, “walking up and down in it”... to Hades). The same evil heart of mankind hasn't changed. Nothing under the sun has changed. And you can be assured that God tests ALL of His children. Satan still comes to God's throne and makes allegation day and night the Bible says...
Revelation 12:10, “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”
Satan accuses us day and night before God. Where do you think critics, gossipers and slanderers get that from? The spirit of Satan is working in them just as Ephesians 2:2 teaches. Most professed believers are ASHAMED of the name of Jesus, because mentioning the name of Jesus implies His deity, virgin birth, sinless life, Godhead, death, burial and bodily resurrection. These are all called THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST 2nd John 1:9, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.”
A lot of so-called Christian religious movies, films and songs mention God, but they are ashamed of Jesus; whereas Hollywood openly and shamelessly blasphemes, curses and desecrates the precious name of Jesus Christ in EVERY movie they make. The Jews (God rebellious people) HATE Jesus and reject Him as their Messiah still today 2,000 years after He walked through Jerusalem. The Lord came to His own and they killed Him.
My friend, are you ashamed of the Lord Jesus Christ? Jesus said that if we deny Him, then He'll deny us...
Luke 12:8-9, “Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God. But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.”
We know that Jesus is not speaking about salvation, because the Bible tells us about many people who were ashamed of Jesus (like Peter and Demas), or feared for their lives like Joseph of Arimathaea or many of the Pharisees. Nicodemus came to Jesus at night (John 7:50) when the Lord taught him how to be born again in John chapter 3:1-7. Nicodemus was afraid that the Jews might kill him. The Jews were a rough bunch. They had the Lord killed and personally stoned Stephen to death in Acts chapter 7. So the Bible isn't teaching that a person is not saved if they're ashamed. Peter even cursed and denied the Lord for fear; but later repented and became bold unto death for His preaching of the Gospel.
I don't know about you, but I don't want Jesus to deny me. I want to be known by the angels in Heaven. I want the angels to know who I am when I get there. I want the citizens of Heaven, my true heavenly family, to greet me and hug each other as we shed tears and rejoice in the souls that have been saved and lives changed. And oh to see my Jesus Whom I love. I am convinced that there are already people in Heaven who were saved through my ministry online. I'll never know how many people have been reached for Christ with the Gospel through my labors, but if the e-mails I've received in the past are any indication of how much God is using this online ministry to get people saved and change lives—I will be very happy for losing my life for Jesus Christ. Daniel 12:3, “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”
Jesus and the Apostle Paul were known by the demons and Satan, but the unsaved sons of the Pharisees weren't known at all...
Acts 19:13-17, “Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.”
Does the Devil know who you are my friend? Do the demons tremble when you fall upon your knees to pray? Does Satan hate you because you're leading lost sinners to the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? 2nd Corinthians 4:4 says that Satan is the god of this world, and deliberately blinds men's minds to hinder them from understanding the Gospel, lest they should be saved. If you are contending for the Christian faith, upholding the inspired King James Bible, preaching the Gospel and living for the OTHERS in the Lord Jesus Christ, then all the hordes of Hell and all the angels of Heaven KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!
We're dealing with spiritual powers that are greater than the atomic bomb, greater than the universe. Those people today who are sincerely trying to rescue America back to liberty, without repentance toward God which leads men to believe the Gospel, are wasting their time. The religious Led Zeppelin club won't save America. Until God means more to Christians than anything else in this world, we will not have God's blessings in our nation. The average believer is worldly, carnally-minded and as useless as the unsaved. We are at war! We are at spiritual war with the Devil! Our high schools are war zones! The reason why is largely because of the music the kids listen to.
Columbine wasn't an accident! Remove the Bible from classrooms, teach sex ed and pass out condoms, give the kids music about shooting and killing others, teach them that there is no God and evolution made them—and then watch the disaster unfold. Everything in the lives of America's children today are a recipe for disaster! And then moronic fools ask in bewilderment why and how this could happen? Blaming parents doesn't work anymore, because today's parents are no better than America's culture of abortion death, violence and murder, sexual immorality, hatred for the Bible, and wickedness that they were raised in. Bad parents are going to make bad parents! The moral trend of our nation has been downward for the past century! Your only hope is to move out into the country and get out of the system (or leave America). The Amish people are smart and know what they're doing. Yet, Hollywood maliciously attacks the Amish culture and degrades them. Although plagued with works-based religion, the Amish are wise to get out of the system!
God sends His angels in response to our prayers to minister unto us; but Satan sends demons to afflict us and destroy our lives if we don't pray and submit to God. Luke 22:40, “And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.” If you don't pray and abide in the Scriptures, you are telling God that you can do it yourself and don't need His help. Angels were sent to minister to Elijah in 1st Kings 19:5-7. Angels ministered to Jesus after His 40-days of temptation and fasting in the desert (Matthew 4:11). Angels are servants who minister (serve). In Daniel 10:12 we learn that an angel was sent by God in response to Daniel's prayers. And God will send His angels if you pray. Romans 1:20 says that God's eternal power and Godhead are invisible, so don't expect to see things happen in an expected manner; but rather, expect the unexpected.
I think it's interesting that if the angels in Heaven know who you are, then so also do the demons (fallen angels) in Hell know who you are. The believer who bears fruit (souls saved) to the Lord is known by angels and demons alike. I would to be known in the angelic world. I want the saints in Heaven to know that I'm on the Lord's side. The saints rejoice in Heaven when someone gets saved. Luke 15:10, “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” The Bible doesn't say the angels are rejoicing, but certainly they are too. The Bible says that there is much rejoicing IN THE PRESENCE of the angels. It's the saints who rejoice. Heaven cares!!!
Here's a beautiful Scripture teaching guardian angels. Matthew 18:10, “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.” Their (your, my) angel, doth behold the face of the Father. Amen! Whew!!! Angels are ministering spirits who are continually beholding the Father's next command.
Are You Really On Your Way To Heaven?
So many people think they know what Christianity is all about, but they don't get it. They don't truly understand what's going on. I often hear people who profess to be Christians ask why all the different religions fight with each other instead of uniting? They are likely not saved. If they don't see what's wrong with Roman Catholicism, then they don't know how they got saved either, because they likely DIDN'T. That shows their woeful ignorance of Satan and how the Devil deceives people. Catholics ADD keeping the seven-sacraments to be saved. They require water baptism like Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses and Church of Christ false cults do. Water Baptism is one's public profession of faith. A Wedding ring doesn't make a person married, it just symbolizes one's marriage. Likewise, Water Baptism doesn't save anyone, it just symbolizes your faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (the Gospel).
Most professed Christians are unsaved and headed straight for hellfire. They've be led astray from the doctrine of Christ by manmade traditions—led into the Devil's lie that a person must receive Jesus as Lord of their life to be saved—surrendering all to God, making a commitment to Jesus, forsaking the world, giving up sinful bad habits, praying a sinner's prayer, walking an alter, et cetera. However, the Bible simply says in Acts 16:30-31, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” That's it my friend—believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus died, was buried and rose from the dead three days later. This is the Gospel (good news) of Christ crucified and risen. If you believe (trust) the Gospel, you are saved. If you receive the Gospel as payment for YOUR SINS, then you are saved. 1st Corinthians 15:1-4 defines the Gospel...
1st Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
It's ok to prayer a sinner's prayer, but it's not the prayer that saved you. Your faith in Christ's death, burial and resurrection saves you. Amen! Do you believe my friend? Have you accepted Jesus as the Christ, the only begotten Son of God, Whom the Father sent into the world to pay for our sins? John 20:31, “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” END
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