The Journal of Discipliana

The Disciples of Christ Historical Society (DCHS) has decided to revive its periodical “Discipliana” as a scholarly and fully refereed journal sponsored by the Society. The new title will be “The Journal of Discipliana” and the venue for publication will be solely online. All published articles and reviews will be published in an “open access” format.

Content eligible for publication will include scholarly treatments (historical or contemporary) of all aspects of the Stone-Campbell Movement utilizing perspectives and methodologies provided by any of the disciplines currently active in religious or theological studies (theology, bible, history, ethics, practical theology, religion and art, ethnic and cultural studies.)

DCHS is pleased to announce that Mark G. Toulouse, Emeritus Professor of American Religious History at Brite Divinity School, has agreed to be the General Editor of the “The Journal of Discipliana.” An Editorial Committee will serve alongside Toulouse to review and commission articles. Managing Editor is James L. McMillan, DCHS Archival Associate.

A Demon Under Every Rock — Not

but they are a part of the early Christian worldview. YMMV.

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons…

4 Exorcism Psalms from the Dead Sea Scrolls

Jesus and Psalm 91 in Light of the Exorcism Scrolls

Irenaeus: Against Heresies (Book III, Chapter 6)

The Book of Enoch tr. by R.H. Charles

Search Results for: demon at Mike Heiser’s

Prophethood of All Believers

What Does It Mean To “Stand in the Council”?

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Naked Bible 113: Ezekiel 2-3 | S1 Aug 13, 2016 1 hr 9 mins

The second and third chapters of Ezekiel continue the episode of his call as a prophet.

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“Look, in this you are not righteous.
I will answer you,
For God is greater than man.
Why do you contend with Him?
For He does not give an accounting of any of His words.
For God may speak in one way, or in another,
Yet man does not perceive it.
In a dream, in a vision of the night,
When deep sleep falls upon men,
While slumbering on their beds,
Then He opens the ears of men,
And seals their instruction.
In order to turn man from his deed,
And conceal pride from man,
He keeps back his soul from the Pit,
And his life from perishing by the sword.”

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So the Lord said to Moses: “Gather to Me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them; bring them to the tabernacle of meeting, that they may stand there with you. Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone. … Then the Lord came down in the cloud, and spoke to him, and took of the Spirit that was upon him, and placed the same upon the seventy elders; and it happened, when the Spirit rested upon them, that they prophesied, although they never did so again. But two men had remained in the camp: the name of one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad. And the Spirit rested upon them. Now they were among those listed, but who had not gone out to the tabernacle; yet they prophesied in the camp. And a young man ran and told Moses, and said, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” So Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, one of his choice men, answered and said, “Moses my lord, forbid them!” Then Moses said to him, “Are you zealous for my sake? Oh, that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them!”

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I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed

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When they went from one nation to another,
And from one kingdom to another people,
He permitted no man to do them wrong;
Yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes,
Saying, “Do not touch My anointed ones,
And do My prophets no harm.”

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When they were few in number,
of little account, and sojourners in it,
wandering from nation to nation,
from one kingdom to another people,
he allowed no one to oppress them;
he rebuked kings on their account,
saying, “Touch not my anointed ones,
do my prophets no harm!”

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For the people is disobedient, false children, who would not hear the law of God: who say to the prophets, Report not to us; and to them that see visions, Speak [them] not to us, but speak and report to us another error; and turn us aside from this way; remove from us this path, and remove from us the oracle of Israel.

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As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right. But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.

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As Saul listened to this report, the spirit of God rushed upon him and he became very angry…

When Saul was told that David was at Naioth in Ramah, he sent officers to arrest David. But when they saw the band of prophets presided over by Samuel in a prophetic state, the spirit of God came upon them and they too fell into the prophetic ecstasy. Informed of this, Saul sent other messengers, who also fell into the prophetic ecstasy. For the third time Saul sent messengers, but they too fell into a prophetic ecstasy.

Finally Saul went to Ramah himself. Arriving at the large cistern in Secu, he asked, “Where are Samuel and David?” Someone answered, “At Naioth in Ramah.” As he walked from there to Naioth in Ramah, the spirit of God came upon him also, and he continued on, acting like a prophet until he reached Naioth in Ramah. Then he, too, stripped himself of his garments and remained in a prophetic state in the presence of Samuel; all that day and night he lay naked. That is why they say, “Is Saul also among the prophets?”

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For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.

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Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.

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The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. [time passes] Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you. … And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”

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And this proclamation of the good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

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this is what the prophet Joel spoke about: ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour my Spirit on everyone. Your sons and daughters will speak what God has revealed. Your young men will see visions. Your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour my Spirit on my servants, on both men and women. They will speak what God has revealed. I will work miracles in the sky and give signs on the earth: blood, fire, and clouds of smoke. The sun will become dark, and the moon will become as red as blood before the terrifying day of the Lord comes. Then whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

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When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit,

‘Why did the Nations rage,
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers were gathered together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed’

for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Nations and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

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Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. [#TheMostNeedfulGifts]

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If, therefore, the whole church comes together and all speak in tongues, and outsiders or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are out of your minds? But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all, the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.

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Paul’s New King of Kings and Lord of Lords Proclamation