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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Heavenly Witnesses

Bible Questions Answered:
“What I want to know is do they see us from heaven?...”
Rodney/ Stevensville, Montana U.S.A.

Bible Answer:

Bible Texts:

According to the Bible, yes!

Hebrews 12:1 KJV (We are seen by heavenly hosts.)
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Why? Because they're cheering us on, let's not fail The Lord, and all those who are watching!

(And, No this verse does not just refer to saints mentioned in chapter 11, 17 saints, these alone would hardly constitute a Great Cloud of Witnesses!

Philippians 3:20 KJV (We are heard by heavenly hosts.)
For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for The Savior, The Lord Jesus Christ:

Who should know better than the Apostle Paul...
II Corinthians 12:4 KJV (Paul)
How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Matthew 3:16,17 KJV (Christ's baptism, He was over shadowed by The Father And Holy Spirit.)
16 And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw The Spirit Of God descending like A Dove, and lighting upon Him:
17 And lo A Voice From Heaven, saying, This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Matthew 17:5 KJV (Mount of transfiguration over shadowed by The Father, Moses and Elijah.)
While He yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold A Voice out of the cloud, which said, This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him.

II Peter 1:17,18 KJV (Mount of transfiguration)
17 For He received from God the Father honor and glory, when there came such a voice to Him from the excellent glory, This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with Him in the holy mount.

Luke 15:3-7 KJV (Heavenly hosts rejoice over a sinners repentance.)
3 And He spake this parable unto them, saying,
4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

Acts 7:54-58 KJV (Heavenly Witnesses, at Stephens death.)
54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him (Stephen) with their teeth.
55 But he, being full of The Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw
the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and The Son Of Man standing on the right hand of God.
57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,
58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him:

Acts 9:3-5 NLT (Jesus watching Paul)
3 As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a Light from heaven suddenly shone down around him.
4 He fell to the ground and heard A Voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting Me?”
5 “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And The Voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting!

I Corinthians 4:9 NLT (The Apostle Paul, witnessed to men and angels)
"... I sometimes think God has put us apostles on display, like prisoners of war at the end of a victor’s parade, condemned to die. We have become a spectacle to the entire world—to people and angels alike.

Revelation 6:9-11 NLT (Heavenly Martyrs speak out.)
9 When The Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of all who had been martyred for The Word Of God and for being faithful in their testimony.
10 They shouted to The Lord and said, “O Sovereign Lord, Holy and True, how long before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?”
11 Then a white robe was given to each of them. And they were told to rest a little longer until the full number of their brothers and sisters—their fellow servants of Jesus who were to be martyred—had joined them.

(The inference is clear, the martyrs having viewed the earth, saw that their slayers were anything but judged, and they sought justice from The Lord.)

(When Babylon is judged, an angel speaks of the events on earth saying...)
Revelation 18:20 NLT (See Revelation 19:1-5)
Rejoice over her fate, O heaven and people of God and apostles and prophets! For at last God has judged her for your sakes.

(It is more than apparent, saints are watching the events of earth.)

Yes, saints and angels view us.
In our world we have at best Imperfect knowledge, but the Apostle reminds us that once in God's eternal kingdom.....

I Corinthians 13:9,12 NLT
9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete..."
12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.