Paul's, Thorn in the Flesh
(2 Corinthians 12:7)

       

        "And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure."
- 2 Corinthians 12:7

        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...

 

"Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;"
- Genesis 3:18

        Here the ground is cursed with thorns and thistles, after the fall of Adam.

        The 3rd mention is...

        "But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell."
- Numbers 33:55

        Here the word "thorn" implies; to warn or to keep straight.

        The 4th mention is...

        "Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you."
- Joshua 23:13

        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...

        "And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD."
- Ezekiel 28:24

        Now we shall see that "thorns" are a type. That type being; evil, demonic spirits (fallen angels)...

        "And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame: and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day;"
- Isaiah 10:17

        "Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off."
- Isaiah 55:13

        "For thus saith the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns."
- Jeremiah 4:3

        We then find this same 'type' utilized in the New Testament...

      "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?"
- Matthew 7: 15-16

        "He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful."
- Matthew 13:22

        Then lastly, we come to know the final mention of the word "thorns"...

        Which relates to...

    "But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned."
- Hebrews 6:8

      "Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:"
  - Matthew 25:41

        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...

        "But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils."
- Matthew 12:24

        Therefore they crowned him as such...

        "And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!"
- Matthew 27: 28-29

        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...

        "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? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.."
- Job 2: 3-7

        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...

        "Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches."
- 2 Corinthians 11: 24-28

        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)...

  "And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?"
- Acts 19:15

             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...

        "Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual."
- 1 Corinthians 2:13

        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"...

        "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
- Ephesians 6:11-12

        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...

      "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. "
  - James 4: 7-8a

        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...

        "In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory."
- Ephesians 1: 13-14

        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...

        "In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:"
- Colossians 2:11

        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...

        "For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh), dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?"
- Romans 7: 14-24

        And also;

        "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would."
- Galatians 5: 16-17

        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...

        "For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted."
- Hebrews 2: 16-18

        And also;

      "Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin."
- Hebrews 4: 14-15

        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!

        "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves... Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
- Matthew 7:15 and 21-23

        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...

      "Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me. Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?"
  - Galatians 4:15-16

        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'.

        Next is...

        "Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand."
- Galatians 6:11

        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...

        "And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens:"
-Acts 17:15a

        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...

      "And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him"
- Matthew 27:55

        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!

        "And we went before to ship, and sailed unto Assos, there intending to take in Paul: for so had he appointed, minding himself to go afoot. And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene."
- Acts 20: 13-14

        Therefore -- as to whether Paul was weak, sickly and half blind -- the Bible emphatically states a resounding: NO!!

       

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