Some common terms used in this course are:
Scripture: This refers to any of the 39 books of the Old Testament and 27 books of the New Testament, which is collectively referred to as The Bible (or The Word of God, The Holy Bible, The Holy Scriptures, God’s Word). The Bible is recognized by Christians as being the word of God. Devout Christians agree that the Bible is infallible in the original manuscripts. Today, many translations exists. Some of there are called “paraphrases” and others are actual translations.
Revelation: Within the context of this course, generally referring to that is which is revealed supernaturally (usually, by God). Revelation can also come from Satanic means. It is important to understand this (see also The Discerning of Spirits). Not all supernatural revelation is prophetic (see Prophetic). But all supernatural revelation contains information that has been revealed in the supernatural dimension. Note that the term revelation may also be used in a more general sense to refer to that which is revealed by God in nature, or in Scripture. Thus, there are different types of revelation, including supernatural, biblical, and general (or common).
Prophetic: Usually referring to something that contains a foretelling of an event, or something intimate that is revealed, something which could not have been known by any other means except by God (see also Word of Knowledge). Note, Satan may attempt to “mimic” prophetic revelation. However, Satan does not know the future, except that which has been revealed in Scripture.
Prophecy: One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit found in 1 Corinthians 12:7-10. It is thought by some that this gift has ceased but it has not. Reasons for these will be covered in this course.
Word of Knowledge: One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit found in 1 Corinthians 12:7-10. A word (possibly more than one word) revealed supernaturally to a person, in which the supernatural source is God. It should be noted that demons may also possess knowledge which can be revealed through supernatural means (e.g. spirit mediums), which is why the discerning of spirits is needed. One cannot simply rely upon the fact that the knowledge is supernatural, but it must be discerned.
The Discerning of Spirits: One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit found in 1 Corinthians 12:7-10. Discerning whether revelation comes from God or Satan. Discerning also the type of spirit that is present when that spirit is demonic. Discerning what types of spirits are at work in a person’s life.
God: The Creator of the Universe. There is only one God. He has revealed himself in three distinct persons, namely Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The fact that God has revealed himself in three distinct persons, or personalities, is very clear from a good study of Scripture (this is not covered in this course).
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Commonly referred to as the first, second, and third persons of the Godhead, or, as many say, Trinity (a word that simply means three-in-one).
Elohim: A Hebrew word for God that refers to a plurality within a unity. God is a plurality (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) within a unity. He is only one God.
Angels: Angelic beings created by God.
Demons: Fallen angels. Also called evil spirits (or sometimes, just “spirits”, however, good angels can also be called “spirits” so you need to check the context).
Satan: A demon. The chief of the demons. Originally his name was called Lucifer before he fell. It is Satan who led the rebellion and many other angels followed him. They are now reserved unto judgment but many have freedom to roam on the earth, which God uses to test people. God, being good, is not the author of evil. But he may allow evil for a variety of reasons which do not negate his goodness. For example, God may allow evil so that people who will be saved can be born. If God judged all evil immediately, then many people who are yet to be saved would never have the chance to even be born. However, one day, there will be a future judgment. The Bible is very clear about that.