Thorn in the Flesh
What was Paul's "thorn in the flesh"?!
Theologians have argued for decades or more over this verse. But by listening to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and by utilizing His system of word study which is incorporated into the King James Bible; we can come to an exact conclusion.
Today the majority of Dr.'s of theology have concluded that Paul's "thorn in the flesh" was obviously an eye problem. But, as is the norm for these prideful chaps, they have missed the mark completely.
When there is a lot of controversy over a verse; Satan is by confusion attempting to hide an important truth!
To begin our journey, we need to do a word study on the word: thorn. Never forget that the only Bible that you can do word studies with is a King James Bible. It is the ONLY Bible that is a product of the Holy Spirit, and it is the only Bible translated from the correct Hebrew and Greek manuscripts.
The 1st mention of the word "thorn" is found at Genesis 3:18...
Here the ground is cursed with thorns and thistles, after the fall of Adam.
The 3rd mention is...
Here the word "thorn" implies; to warn or to keep straight.
The 4th mention is...
Here the word "thorn" means basically the same as Numbers 33:55
We very well have to remember; Paul who was formerly a very highly trained Pharisee, was very well knowledgeable of the Old Testament, of its words, phrases and meanings. Many times the meanings of the phrases and words that Paul uses, are found out more perfectly by going back to the Old Testament.
The opposite of this principle, where "thorns" are used to warn or to keep straight is found in...
Now we shall see that "thorns" are a type. That type being; evil, demonic spirits (fallen angels)...
We then find this same 'type' utilized in the New Testament...
Then lastly, we come to know the final mention of the word "thorns"...
Which relates to...
So, we come to know their end. The final destiny of these evil, demonic spirits (fallen angels).
Let us view this word-play from a different angle.
The Pharisees accused Jesus of being in league with the devil...
Therefore they crowned him as such...
This is again further described in; Mark 3:22 and Mark 15:17.
Now that we circumspectly understand the knowledge we gained by studying the word "thorn". The next word we need to understand is the word: messenger.
All through the Old Testament as well as the New Testament, we find angels as/are messengers. Or, as in this case the "messenger of Satan" would be a fallen angel a.k.a. devils, demonic spirit or demon (all 5 highlighted designations are names or phrases depicting the same spirit beings who were thrown out of God's Heaven for rebelling with Lucifer/Satan against God Almighty).
Side bar; there is NOT such a thing as the heretical Pre-Adamic men nor Disembodied Spirits. That contraption is conjured from pagan/occultic lore. It is also contained in a book, 'Earth's Earliest Ages' by George Pember and G.H. Lang, who were Christian masqueraders attempting to introduce pagan theology into Christianity as if it were Biblical theology.
To further understand the phrase Paul uses here, " messenger of Satan to buffet me" we need to go back to the book of Job...
Please note the similarities between Job and Paul. Was not Paul also, "a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?".
Also, it was most certainly true that Satan was after Paul, willing to put road blocks at his every turn...
Notice: this is written just before our featured verse which we are now currently discussing, 2 Corinthians 12:7!!
And to make emphatically clear that Satan knew just who Paul was, just turn to the book of Acts where the seven sons of Sceva are attempting to order a demon out of a man (the pagan term is: Exorcizism)...
Just as an aside; do the devils know you? Are they concerned about you?
FYI; the reason that the term Exorcizism is in fact pagan is that in the occult, pagans often times come across a "spirit" they are unable to control or that they can not rid themselves of. Therefore, they must go to a witch who is in "possession" of more powerful "spirits" than the one they are trying to rid themselves of. This "more powerful" witch, wizard, warlock or whatever; will Exorcize (cast) that "spirit" out to nether regions, "freeing" the weaker witch of their so-called problem.
Therefore, through the understanding we have gained from the knowledge contained in the Bible by word study and comparing scripture with scripture...
So, wisdom tells us that the "thorn in the flesh" is a "messenger of Satan" (!) just as Paul had so clearly and plainly stated. When you think about it you wonder how Dr.'s of theology can not see the plain on its face understanding of scripture. Obviously, the Holy Spirit is NOT operative in their lives. Pride, and men idolizing themselves and other men, as well as striving to be 'politically correct' in whichever clique they choose to run after; quenches the Holy Spirit's proper influence in their life.
The important truth Satan is attempting to hide is the truth of the spiritual realm. Of Satan and his demons power to influence and/or destroy Christian's lives. AND that the closer you can get and keep to God - the more powerful demonic spirit(s) Satan orders to harass you.
Another time Paul discussed these "messengers of Satan"...
Then Paul goes on to instruct us on how to stand against these "messengers of Satan" in verses 13 through 20 of Ephesians chapter 6.
But it goes back to verse 10, where the Holy Spirit through Paul states, "be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might."
The second witness about how to deal with these messengers of Satan, when they attempt to influence your flesh and/or life is found in the book of James...
You must maintain that exact order. Submit to God first! THEN, you can resist! You can not resist in your own power. For if you try to resist -- without first submitting to God -- Satan's messenger will run you over... then back up over you, and run you over again!
Been there, done that!
The "in the flesh" part, of "thorn in the flesh" has to do with the fact that Satan and his demonic spirits a.k.a. fallen angels, can NOT touch Paul's soul nor spirit. For since the time Paul was Born Again, Paul's soul and spirit belong and are inhabited (sealed) by the Holy Spirit...
The Holy Spirit 'seals off ' the soul and spirit from the flesh, or in other words he spiritually circumcises the flesh from the soul and spirit of the Born Again Christian...
So, Paul as an example of a Born Again Christian, Satan can not get at his soul nor spirit. But the flesh is another story altogether!
Paul -- on at least 2 other occasions -- complained about this "thorn" attempting to influence his flesh...
Just in case you haven't figured it out, your flesh and the devils are a team. They are in league together to work against God and whatever righteousness of God, you would want to do. Your "flesh" is Satan's domain!
So when Paul requested the Father to stop all access of the "messengers of Satan": God refused. God the Father wanted Paul to go through this life as all other men and women are to; by faith and the power of God.
God the Father did not stop all access of Satan, even to His own Son - Jesus Christ. Remember Satan trying to tempt Jesus in the wilderness? In this recorded case, Satan delivered the message - personally.
But by far, this was not the only harassment of Jesus by Satan and his messengers, for we read in Hebrews...
Therefore, if God the Father spared not His own Son, He was not going to spare Paul. I'm sure Paul already knew it, but thought he might ask anyway. Also, Paul mentions that he asked this 3 times, it may have been years between each time - who knows?
Now back to what we stated at the beginning... When there is controversy over a verse; Satan is by confusion attempting to hide an important truth.
That truth -- as we also stated previously -- is the truth of the spiritual realm. Of Satan and his demons power to influence and/or destroy Christians lives. For the most part he has the secular world believing that he and his demonic hordes do NOT exist. Why, he has many in Christendom not believing that he (Satan) and his hordes, along with an actual place called Hell - do not actually exist.
In fact most Born Again Christians only give mental ascent that Satan, fallen angels and Hell - do exist. But by watching their lives, it is obvious that these truths are NOT real to them.
Why does Satan utilize confusion much of the time, and why does it work so well for him? It is because confusion creates doubt. Doubt creates loss of confidence. Loss of confidence creates loss of interest!! Many times this confusion on Biblical doctrines (teachings) can create rebellion, even to a strong feeling for revenge!
The confusion in the minds of Christians concerning the fundamentals of Biblical principals, is unwarranted and unjustified. It need not exist, and would not exist if the Christian clergy, bible colleges and institutions did not aid and abet the deceptions responsible for it.
The guilt for this confusion, doubt and loss of interest rests almost exclusively upon Christian leadership, not Christians generally. The apathetic Christian "leaders" will be charged with responsibility for the increasing dilution of the devotion of countless Christians, and their lack of faith – before Christ's Throne!!
But that will only be the ones who are Born-Again by the Blood of Jesus Christ and sincere Repentance. One has to come to grips with the fact that the majority of the so-called Christian leaders are NOT on their way to an Eternity in Heaven, but will spend their Eternity in the Lake of Fire!
Most Christian leaders, ministers and professors only really care about obtaining THEIR goals in this life!
As TBN's own Benny Hinn so emphatically demanded, "I want my gold right here and right now...in this life! I don't care about gold in the next life!"
There is an invisible idealogical and spiritual war now being very subversively waged against Biblical faith. This -- couldn't care-less attitude -- displayed in the lives of the Christian clergy towards real-life spiritual warfare, offers no opposition to the aggressors against Biblical faith!
There are a few devoted and dedicated Christians in this struggle that see the Biblical-Christian faith "withering on the vine" and about ripe enough to "drop into the lap" of its dedicated enemies. Their cup is made more bitter for them as they observe this unwarranted and unjustified ignorance and indifference on the part of supposed Christian "leadership".
Now, just in case you're curious, where do these Dr. so and so's get their eye problem thing.
First, lets look at...
Here, where Paul mentions "eyes", Paul is in other words saying - 'At one time ye loved me so much ye would have given me your most important and vital asset'.
Note; it does not state, "how large letters I have written". But this is what supposed theologians try to infer. Is that Paul is stating here that he wrote in large letters.
But, what Paul is obviously stating is; "see how large a letter I have written", in other words 'how long a letter'. If you look at the other letters Paul "wrote", you will find that Paul dictated and some one else wrote it down as Paul dictated it.
Another reason I have against Paul being nearly blind is that Jesus himself stated of the Pharisees and others several times, "they be blind leaders of the blind" - Matthew 15:14, and "can the blind lead the blind?" - Luke 6:39
So, with this in scripture, why on earth would God make Paul blind?! I am most certain that Paul's enemies would like more than anything to say of Paul, "He is a blind leader of the blind!".
Another argument the "theologians" bring up is that Paul was blinded on the road to Damascus (Acts - Chapter 9). Then when Paul came to Damascus, "scales" fell from Paul's eyes (verse 18).
Do you understand what these Dr.'s of theology are insinuating? They are saying that God cannot heal someone properly nor completely.
The last one that we'll deal with is found in the book of Acts...
The Dr. so and so's claim that this means Paul was weak, sickly and could not see where he was going.
But, "they that conducted Paul" were Paul's entourage - helpers, heralds, disciples, etc.
Think back to Jesus, they that conducted Jesus were 12 Apostles and...
I ask you... was Jesus weak, sickly and half blind?
Now going back to Paul, we find later on in the book of Acts, Paul preaching and talking "even till break of day, so he departed" - Acts 20:11
Then we find that Paul, after having been up all that night walks on to the next destination, while many of his entourage went ahead by ship!
Therefore -- as to whether Paul was weak, sickly and half blind -- the Bible emphatically states a resounding: NO!!
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