"Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame." I Cor. 15:34
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children." Hos. 4:6
"Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you." Hos. 10:12
This is a story of creation. This is a story of what happens when one of God's creations rebels against Him and leads others into rebellion as well. This is a story of how "all things work together for good for those who love God". This is a story of how Satan's existence fits into God's plan of creation. This is a story of how God creates a race of beings that will constantly grow, throughout all eternity, in knowledge, power, wisdom and righteousness, with no limits to what they could eventually accomplish. This is a story of how Satan unwittedly assists in this (that without the temporary existence of Satan these beings could not exist).
This is not only a Bible story; it is a BIBLE STUDY COURSE.
God was alone!
In the days before all beginnings.
Infinity had passed. An eternity with no beginning! The universe was empty, void. No life or existence anywhere (save for God Himself). Darkness was everywhere for God had made it so (that His light might shine more brightly); and empty vastnesses of space (that His creations might have room to live, grow and breathe).
And God was alone!
For eons and beyond He had conferred with His two other selves, the Word (His only Begotten - John 1:1-5 & 14; I John 5:7; Rev. 19:13; Heb. chapt. 1 & 11:3; Col. 1:12-20; II Peter 3:5) and the Spirit (the Breath of Life - Ps. 104:29 & 30; Job 27:3, 26:13 & 33:4) making plans, comparing notes, and waiting for the right time -Eccl. 3:1-8.
Yet, still, He was alone.
An infinite Love aching to be loved in return - I John 4:7-21.
And the time was almost here! He had waited for so long that even HIS patience had nearly run out. But, He would permit no failures. His creation should have no cause to reproach Him. All things must be done at the proper times. Order and peace shall be ruling forces in His universe. For such is the law of His existence. He, alone, would be responsible for His creation. Therefore, everything shall be done properly and in order. All His creations must be perfect...
Part ONE - CREATION Chapter I - Creation's Dawn
...But, He was still alone.
So God took thought and the Word took somewhat of the clouds of heaven and formed it in the shape He desired and He spoke, and the Spirit breathed the breath of life; and behold! A living creature! Conscious, self-willed and intelligent. Full of wisdom and beauty. He was a mighty angel, twenty feet tall with wings white as snow. Every precious stone was his covering. He walked up and down before God in the midst of stones of fire. He was perfect in all his ways - Ezek. 28:13-15. Innocent and pure and full of the glory of God. He looked at God. And God sang for joy - Zeph. 3:17.
Yet there was a shadow in God's heart!
For the Spirit had spoken to the Word and said, "From this life shall come death. Not only the deaths of multitudes, but thine own life is forfeit as well..."
Part ONE - CREATION Chapter III - Pride vs. Humility
"Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee....Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness:" Ezek. 28:15,17
As the years passed Gabriel and Lucifer grew in strength and wisdom. But Gabriel more than Lucifer, for Lucifer had taken to wandering off by himself, thinking thoughts of pride and jealous anger. And he desired the worship and adoration of lesser beings for he saw that Gabriel worshipped only the Lord. Though Lucifer helped to form Gabriel, Gabriel understood the difference between the 'Creator' and the 'created'. Therefore Lucifer despised his brother Gabriel.
He did not know, or his jealousy did not allow him to see, the love his brother had for him. He did not know, when he left to sit alone, that Gabriel begged God to be taken from the chief spot and that it be given to Lucifer. But God would not, for He said that Lucifer must learn this lesson of pride, else he could never be truly happy in heaven.
"For," said God, "true happiness comes not only from the knowledge that thou art loved but also from a true knowledge of thyself. Lucifer is no god yet he believes himself worthy of worship by lesser beings.
"Well, let him create them himself, if he can. Behold, he has blinded himself to thy love, Gabriel, and he will not listen to thee if thou shouldest approach him. Let him approach thee. If he forsakes his pride, I will give him the chief spot, else IT IS THINE FOREVER."
And Gabriel bowed his head and said no more.
There came a time when Lucifer DID come to Gabriel, and called him , "traitor," and, "usurper." But Gabriel answered not these accusations but said instead, "Lucifer, Lucifer, if you would only open your eyes and see, you would know the love that Michael and I have for you as a brother. And even God, as His erring child. How many times has the Lord warned you about the consequences of pride? Please, I beg you, listen to God. He knows what He's talking about. If you would only humble yourself and give up such thoughts of jealousy and pride all would be restored."
Then Lucifer laughed, and he said, "How can such humility take away your spot by God's side? From the first, you have coveted my relationship with the Lord and have desired to be first in all things."
"You know that this is not true," said Gabriel. "From the beginning I was given all these things without knowledge or consent. Yet who can say 'No' to God? You should take this to the Lord. The responsibility is His, not mine." So saying, Gabriel flew off and left Lucifer alone.
Then Lucifer considered Gabriel's words (he had no choice for he was alone and slowly becoming a prisoner of his own thoughts and emotions. Therefore thoughts of Gabriel's words kept coming back to him. He was losing control over them and did not even know it) and he realized these words of Gabriel's WERE true. Gabriel WAS innocent. He should not have said such things to his brother. How could he have been so blind and stupid? He, Lucifer, greatest of all God's creations brought to this; where he could accuse his brother falsely and harbor anger and jealousy towards him. He did not deserve even the second place beside God's throne.
Therefore he went before God and bowed low before Him. And Lucifer said, "Lord God, I am not worthy of the position you have given me. I have falsely accused my brother, Gabriel, and have been a sore trial to you and Michael. Let me go, alone, into the darkness forever, for I am not worthy to behold your glory and light. Nor should I be allowed the companionship of such righteous beings as Michael and Gabriel."
But God smiled and said, "Nay, I WILL NOT. Still, seest thou not? All that was needed was a little humility. The knowledge that thou art unworthy does much to counteract pride. Because of this, I will not take away anything from thee. Instead I shall bless thee. Behold."
And God waved His right hand. Then did Lucifer see God sitting on His throne with Gabriel on His left. And God said, "Take now thy rightful place at my right hand and be content, for thou art worthy."
And Lucifer was astonished. Never had he imagined that the chief spot would be restored to him. "What justice is this?" he thought to himself, "That I should receive rewards instead of punishments? This is all very confusing. I don't understand." (Lucifer never did understand the qualities called 'Love' and 'Mercy'.)
He looked at Gabriel and Gabriel said, "Go ahead, I have hoped and prayed that this would happen. And I am glad for you, that you have been restored to yourself. Let there now be no more harsh words between us."
And, though Lucifer could not understand Gabriel's attitude either, nevertheless he took his place beside God's throne and (for a time) was content.
And the shadow in God's heart lifted somewhat.
Part TWO - REBELLION Chapter V - Final Choices
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations. For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will also sit upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High..." Isa. 14:12-20
...And it came into the heart of God to make a new thing to bring such joy and happiness to His children that they could not contain it. The last dark, empty spot in His universe would be filled with such light and glory to outshine all others before it. The greatest, final, and most wondrous act of all was about to unfold.
Therefore God called the assembly together. All the angels and the representatives of the worlds came to the mount of the congregation. And Michael spoke to them and said, "Behold, it has entered into the hearts of my Father and myself to create a new world, greater and unsurpassed by all that has gone before. For its inhabitants shall be made in our own images, after our likenesses, and shall be called 'Man' and 'Woman' - Gen. 1:26&27, 5:1-3 & 9:6; Phil. 2:5-8; Col. 1:15."
Then did Lucifer's heart leap with joy and GREAT pride, for he saw that his might and glory would be esteemed even greater in the eyes of the universe. (For he assumed that he would have a hand in this creation as he did in all others). "Just imagine it. Creating a being in the image of God! Surely all creation would sing praises to my glory for thousands of years to come," he thought to himself.
Therefore, when God dismissed the assembly to make His plans alone, Lucifer stayed behind to include himself. But Michael said, "Nay, Lucifer, because man shall be created in God's own image he shall be closer to God's heart than any other which has gone before. Therefore this work cannot be shared with any created being. We must do this alone. Go thy way and be at peace." So Lucifer left and there was great anger in his heart.
Then, as Michael watched him leave, He said, "It has begun."
But the Spirit said, "Yet this, too, is necessary. All the universe must know the truth. Every individual shall each decide for themselves who they will follow. Many shall fall from grace into destruction, but the rest shall obtain greater knowledge and joy when it is finished."
"I know it," said Michael. And He wept at the losses of the beings that would fall. Yet even more for Lucifer (who was oldest and wisest and closer to God than any which had gone before).
And the shadow in God's heart grew great...
...Now God knew all which had transpired, yet He did not interfere but let it run its course. For He knew that the knowledge which all had of His love would guide them through this crisis if they did not allow Lucifer to poison their thoughts. Therefore, He stayed away until the earth was complete. But when He returned and found heaven half empty He called all the angels together. Even Lucifer dared not refuse the summons. Yet he came prepared for war, and his angels with him, bearing swords of fire.
Then God spoke to the hosts of heaven and said, "I am the Lord thy God. There is none besides me. Without me none of you would have ever existed. I, alone, have everlasting life - I Tim. 6:16 - which I give to those that love me and keep my commandments - Rom. 6:23; Rev. 12:17, 14:12 & 22:14."
And Michael spoke and He said, "Lucifer, stand forth. This is thy day of judgment and I, I am thy Judge!"
And Lucifer went and stood in the midst of the congregation. All eyes were on him and he trembled for fear.
Then Michael said, "Thou hast spoken against me and Gabriel, thy brothers; against God and the government of all creation; against the law and the peace which God has created. Thou hast inspired rebellion and dissention amongst the angels of God and hast deceived them with thy lies. Also, thou claimest to be greater than God in that thou sayest thy government would be greater than God's government. Therefore thou must answer before all of heaven. What sayest thou to these accusations?"
To see Michael sitting on His throne and to hear Him speak these words very nearly caused Lucifer to flee in a blind panic. And, as the Holy Spirit moved upon his heart (quickening his conscience, convincing him of the errors of his position), Michael held His breath in anticipation. This was Lucifer's turning point. All future events pivoted on this moment. Should he repent, much evil will be avoided. If not, pain, sorrow, sickness, death and destruction will result. And, almost, Lucifer did repent. He knew he was in the wrong. He knew none could fight against God and succeed. But, as he looked at the faces of the angels and heard the thoughts of those who trusted him, he realized that they had much confidence in him (though they also were afraid of God's judgments). Yet their confidence gave him courage, and his pride prevented him from humbling himself before them.
Then Michael sighed and in His face was much sorrow. Lucifer had made his decision...
..."Thou art free to go anywhere thou shalt wish to go," said God, "But no longer shalt thou be called 'Lucifer, son of the morning.' Thy name is 'Satan, the enemy' and never shalt thou reflect my glory forevermore." And Satan was stripped of his light (his robe of righteousness, the light of Holiness) and his followers also. They had fallen from grace and passed the point of no return and they knew it. Then did Satan flee in terror and his angels with him.
And a voice was heard coming out of the altar saying, "Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments." Rev. 16:7 And as Michael withdrew into His secret place in the temple there were tears on His face. The brightness of heaven seemed to have dimmed and the shadow in God's heart was complete.
Part TWO - REBELLION Chapter VI - Deception
...Now Satan...went to the assembly in heaven to speak to all present. And Gabriel spoke to him and told him he should not be there but Satan spoke to God and said, "I have the right, for Adam and Eve have eaten of the tree of knowledge of good and evil and have released me. By obeying me and disobeying God they have accepted me as their representative in the heavenly court, whether they realize it or not. I am the god of the earth. I have the right."
And he also said, "See? God is unjust and His words cannot be obeyed. I shall set up my kingdom upon the earth and shall prove to all the universe that its inhabitants cannot keep God's laws for they are too strict and it is impossible for anyone to follow them."
"So be it," said the Lord, "Thou shalt represent the earth in the heavenly councils. And we shall see which kingdom is the everlasting kingdom. Let all the hosts of heaven hear my words. The earth shall be a testing ground for all the universe to see that which is true and that which is false. When all doubt is abolished, that which is false shall be destroyed and that which is true shall reign supreme forevermore. As for Adam, I have told him he shall die if he eats the fruit of the tree. And he shall, but not until he realizes fully the consequences of his actions."
And God said, "Go thy way Satan. Thou art free to roam the earth and to do as thou wilt. As for my servants upon the earth, those who desire my love, thou shalt be limited in what thou canst do unto them for I shall protect them and guide them and teach them the way of righteousness. And it may be that some of them shall be saved and be restored unto myself - Job chapts. 1, 2 & 42; I Cor. 10:13."
"Not so," said Satan, "They are all mine. And according to your law they must all die." Then Satan laughed and said, "Unless you can find a substitute for them, to die for them, you have no right to interfere."
"I shall interfere," said God, "for I have made the earth. Thou hast not. I shall protect mine own. As for my plans for their salvation, they are no concern of thine. Go thy way, Satan, and leave us in peace." So Satan returned to the earth.
But the shadow in God's heart grew greater than ever...
Part TWO - REBELLION Chapter IX - Brotherly Love
"Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams." I Sam. 15:22
...So the two brothers built their altars. Cain, with the confidence born of arrogance and pride in this year's harvest, and Abel, with just a little doubt, wondering if perhaps his brother is right. Then they both got on their knees and prayed. And straightaway, before Abel had hardly finished speaking, fire came down out of heaven and consumed his sacrifice - Gen. 4:4&5 - thus vindicating his faith - Heb. 11:4. But Cain prayed all day without an answer.
Finally Abel said, "I guess father was right. Please, brother, trade some of your fruit for this lamb which remains. You can see it is the bigger of the two which I brought and I saved it for you. Perhaps God will still find favor with you if you do it right."
"Shut up!" said Cain. For his pride in the results of his hard work in the fields would not let him admit to his mistake. "I only have to pray a little longer." So he stayed up there all night while Abel went home (though Abel left his lamb there in case Cain should change his mind).
And God said to Cain, "Why art thou so angry? If thou shouldest obey my word wouldst thou not find favor with me? If not, behold, a greater sin than this lieth just around the corner - Gen. 4:6&7."
Yet Cain turned a deaf ear and went home thinking perhaps God's fire had missed and should have hit his sacrifice and not Abel's.
"Perhaps Abel should not have been there at all," a voice said. "Then you would have found favor with God. But, with Abel's presence, God was forced to choose between the two of you and therefore your great sacrifice did not receive its due recognition. Now, if you can prevent Abel (at whatever cost) from sacrificing, then God will not have to choose between you two and you will be accepted."
Therefore Cain went to Abel who was in the fields tending Adam's sheep. And Cain said, "The next time I go to do sacrifice you will stay here and tend the sheep. I wish to go alone, by myself, and therefore find favor with God."
But Abel said, "Nay, brother, it is father's will and it is God's will that I go to do sacrifice. Though I love you I cannot obey you."
Then Cain picked up a stone and said, "Very well. You force the issue. I cannot allow you to go with me."
And Cain killed his brother Abel because Abel's deeds were righteous and his were not - I John 3:12. And Satan flew away laughing merrily. "See?" he said to his angels. "All this because Cain tried to find favor with God." And his angels looked at each other nodding their heads...
Part TWO - REBELLION Chapter XI - "Water? From the SKY?"
"...for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that was then was, being overflowed with water, perished..." II Peter 3:4-6
...So Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives began to obey the Lord. They built a huge boat. The like of which had never before been seen, never before been needed. For the earth was all one continent. Anyone could go anywhere upon the face of it without ever worrying about crossing the wide seas of today. Boats were merely tools for crossing rivers or lakes. Not for sailing oceans with far away, unseen shores! And the strangest thing of all - he built it on dry ground!! People came from all over just to see this wonder, this crazy man and his family wasting years of their lives to build such a useless thing. People would ask Noah, "What are you doing? Do you plan to live there? You must be planning to have many children - indeed a whole city's worth - to live in that stupid excuse for a house. You have a house over there! Why do you need such a thing?"
But Noah said, "I build this ark to save me and my family from the destruction to come. For, behold, the Word of the Lord came to me and said, 'Noah! I, the Lord, have seen the wickedness of this generation. That there are none righteous upon the face of the earth. Now, therefore, behold, in the space of 120 years I shall pour upon the face of the earth a mighty flood that shall cover even the highest mountains, that the wickedness which dwells upon the earth shall be no more.'"
And Noah said, "Thus do I build this boat for the salvation of the earth. If any wish to escape destruction, they need only to enter in and be saved. Else you will die."
But the people laughed only the harder and said, "What? Water? From the sky!? Water from the sky!? Ha!Ha!Ha! Never has there been such a thing before. All know water comes up from the ground as the morning dew and waters all things - Gen. 2:4-6. You are surely crazy! Water does not fall from the sky. It's impossible." And they left, spreading the message of the crazy man and his fairytale rain.
Sometimes God picks the most unlikely subjects to spread His word. For in the days of Noah it was the scoffers and scorners who spread the message of the flood. While Noah was too busy building the ark to travel the world, as Enoch did, preaching of the retribution of the Lord, his message was spread the world over. Though there were some who remembered the words of Enoch and realized that his son Methuselah (whose name meant, 'When he dies, God shall send it') was the oldest man alive and would surely die soon, they were also laughed to scorn for believing the words of Noah. Therefore they decided to hold their peace, to wait and see if rain would truly fall. They also were taken by surprise when it finally came.
Eventually, of course, the ark was completed and stocked with food - Gen. 6:21. Methuselah finally died, being 969 years old (a wonder even in his day and age). And that very year did God move the hearts of the animals and birds that they also would be saved. Therefore they came. From across the world. Seven by seven of the clean and two by two of the unclean - Gen. 7:2&3 - they came and entered the ark.
Seeing these things come to pass, there were many who would have entered the ark, being convinced of the truth of Noah's message. But Satan and his angels were extremely active among mankind. Seeing he could not prevent Noah, Satan instead caused the wicked to lay hands upon those who would obey the Word of God, (save for Noah and his family who were being protected by Michael, Himself) causing them to be beaten and mocked until they forsook God and decided not to enter the ark. Though Noah (one last time) beseeched those who watched to come and be saved, they would not.
So Noah and his family entered into the ark, and the Angel of the Lord (Michael - Rev. 3:7; Gen. 7:16) came and closed them in. Though Noah was reluctant to abandon his race to the judgments of God, the Angel of the Lord pulled him into the ark and shut the door behind him - Gen. 7:16.
The lines were drawn. All cases had been decided in heaven. There was no turning back and probation had closed for the human race - Heb. 11:7...
...Now Noah and his family were in the ark for seven days - Gen. 7:10 - during which time life went on without change outside. But at the end of the seven days, complete and utter destruction took them all by surprise. For not only was there a great deluge, but also a great earthquake such as had never been before nor shall be 'till the last days. The very shape of the earth was changed and the continents formed. The earth was tilted on its axis (creating the four seasons). And water poured from the deeps to add to the deluge from above - Gen. 7:11. When the wicked finally realized that Noah had spoken the truth, they ran, screaming, to the ark and beat on the door.
"Let us in," they cried. "We believe! We believe!"
But it was too late. Though Noah tried to open the door, he could not for God Himself had closed it. As the waters rose, humans and animals alike scrambled for the hilltops and mountaintops to no avail. For the waters covered them all. The last thing many of them saw was the ark of Noah floating safely upon the flood and they wailed. Many animals were destroyed, the like of which has never been seen since. Such as the dinosaurs (too big to enter the ark). But their fossilized remains can still be found today as a testimony against the wickedness of the earth. For the force of the waters caused their bodies to be covered by rock and mud so their skeletons would be preserved for later generations to find...
Part TWO - REBELLION Chapter XII - When Man becomes a God, Part One
"Shall mortal man be more just than God? Shall a man be more pure than his Maker?" Job 4:17
"Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." II Thess. 2:4
...Now mankind again began to multiply upon the earth. Due to the curse of Noah they were a colorful race. Black, brown, white and (due to some mingling of the races) red, yellow and other hues as well. As their numbers increased it became necessary for them to migrate south and then east out of the mountains to the land of Shinar, the land of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Their leader was Nimrod, fourth from the line of Noah of the seed of Ham. He was called 'Nimrod, the mighty hunter before the Lord - Gen. 10:9' not only because of his great skill in hunting and killing the beasts of the earth but also because he hunted and enslaved the souls of men.
Satan was active also among mankind, determined to destroy all knowledge of God (or at least to pervert Him and His plan of salvation in the minds of men). He knew the best way to enslave a multitude would be through their leader. And the best way to reach Nimrod was through his mother, Semiramis. She who would later be known as Ishtar, Ashtoreth, Diana, Aphrodite, Isis and many other names as well (when the languages changed) was very wicked and her ears were ready to heed the lies of Satan. Therefore he came to her and promised that she would live forever and be worshipped by all mankind as the goddess of the earth. He promised this also for her son, Nimrod (if she married him), saying that when they died their spirits would live on and become gods. Therefore she married her son so that she could become queen and through her influence Nimrod set up his own political/religious system. A revival which was accepted by all mankind and would speak down through the ages until the end of time...
...Since the Creator was rejected, the creation was now worshipped (i.e. the sun, moon, stars, plants, animals, even the four seasons). Winter and summer solstices were now said to be holy days; also spring and harvest time as well. For spring, the symbols of fertility, the egg and bunny, were holy; for harvest, the fruits of their labors (a pumpkin for example). Winter solstice was a time to worship the sun that it would return and warm the earth. Therefore evergreen trees (because of their resistance to cold weather) were decorated with symbols of the sun (bulbs made by hand to hang upon the trees). This was a time, said Nimrod, to show the sun-god, namely himself, that they were worthy for him to warm them in the months ahead. In order to do this they must show a spirit of giving by giving gifts to each other.
Worship of the stars (the belief that being born at a specific time, during a specific planetary or astral alignment causes a fixed destiny for the individual) eventually became modern-day astrology, which is expressly forbidden by the word of God - Isa. 47:11-15.
Many other abominations were taught by Nimrod and his mother, not the least of which were the confessions. Rather than confess directly to God, men were commanded to confess their sins to other sinful men. These 'priests' would seclude themselves in little boxes with only one hole in its side for the eye to look through. They could see who was confessing but the confessor could not see who was inside the box. All they could see was the 'eye of god' looking through the hole in the side of the box. After the confusion of tongues and the scattering abroad of mankind upon the face of the earth this became the 'eye of Horus' or the all-seeing eye so highly praised by the Egyptians.
Any who refused to follow the teachings of Nimrod and his mother were put to death lest the gods of nature strike out against them and again destroy the earth by flood. To prevent this Nimrod commanded that they build a high tower that would reach up to the heavens. He planned to place his throne upon the top of the tower and all mankind would come to worship and none would be scattered abroad upon the earth - Gen. 10:8-10 & 11:1-4. In later ages the Aztecs and Mayans of Central and South America would follow this same pattern and performed ghastly human sacrifices on top of their pyramids. The Egyptians believed their pyramids could only be completed by the gods which would manifest itself as the all-seeing eye hovering above the pyramid.
Once Satan saw what he had accomplished among mankind he laughed and again complained to God of the wickedness of the earth. "They should all be destroyed," he said, "for they follow me and worship themselves and forsake you and your law".
Therefore did God Himself come down to the earth and there confound the speech of men. They could not understand each other and could not work together nor live together - Gen. 11:1-9. When they discovered that they could only understand the speech of those of their immediate families, they packed up their belongings, their children, pets and religions and scattered abroad upon the face of the earth. Most of the blacks migrated south and west to Africa. The whites went west to Europe. Those with yellow skin went east to the Orient. The red-skinned peoples migrated east and then north until they crossed over to the Americas and then traveled south scattering themselves upon all the land. Russia, India, Australia, Hawaii, all the four corners of the earth each became inhabited by the different races of mankind fleeing from the judgments of God - Gen. 10:1-32 & 11:5-9.
The different animals found only in specific places upon the earth and no where else (i.e. the koala bear and kangaroos of Australia, the komodo dragons of Komodo Island, the elephants found only in India and Africa) all were brought by those fleeing from Babylon. The different, age-old pagan religions have too much in common to not have come from the same source. The pyramids of the Aztecs and Egyptians are but one example. The belief, predominant among all pagan religions, that the spirits of the dead can come back and must be placated to not harm the living has its source at the tower of Babel. Nimrod became Gilgamesh, Marduk, Horus, Baal, Molech and many others besides when the languages of men became confused. Predominant among many religions was the belief in a child-god coming forth from a virgin goddess. A perversion of the true gospel of Christ brought about by Satan in his attempt to deceive mankind.
Thus did Satan succeed in planting his false religions in all the nooks and crannies and secluded spots upon all the earth. Thus did their leaders become gods and were worshipped by the masses. Great atrocities were performed by the Aztec, Mayan and Egyptian 'gods' including the sacrifices of humans (men, women and babies) to appease the wrath of these wicked men. Molech, the god of the Ammonites, also demanded that children be sacrificed to him - I Kings 11:7; Lev. 18:21; Deut. 18:10. As well as Chemosh of Moab.
Thus was mankind scattered upon all the face of the earth and with them went the belief of a bloodthirsty, cruel God who demanded blood sacrifices to appease His wrath. True knowledge of God was very nearly wiped away and Satan danced for joy thinking that he had won...
Part THREE - RESTORATION Chapter XIII - The Friend of God
"Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the friend of God." James 2:21-24
...In the heavenly courts and the rest of the universe there was great amazement at the gullibility of mankind. That man should worship man and turn their backs on the Creator (especially so soon after the flood). They were astonished at man's willingness to follow the wicked and power-hungry. And they were fearful that mankind could not obey the laws of God. All the greed, wickedness, disease, wars, cruelties and death would spread throughout the universe should Satan's claim (that God's law was impossible to keep) be proven right on the earth. They began to see, in part, the dangers of disobedience to God's rule of life. They began to see what was truly at stake should Satan's government of the earth become the government of the universe.
Nevertheless, God had a plan to keep knowledge of Himself, righteousness and obedience alive upon the earth. Approximately 275 years after the division of mankind at the tower of Babel, God called Abram (a pagan) to be His servant, the forefather of a nation of righteousness. For the Lord spoke to Abram and told him to leave his pagan family and brought him to the land of Canaan where He promised Abram that his seed would cover the entire land and be as numerous as the stars in the sky. And Abram took his wife, all his belongings and followed after the Lord - Gen. 12:1-8, 13:14-18, 15:1-6 & 17:1-8&15-16; Heb. 11:8-12...
...Now Satan knew if even one man followed after the Lord and taught his children also then Satan would lose - Gen. 18:17-19. But, try as he might, he could not keep Abraham from believing in God. God protected him (because of his faith) and would not let Satan near - Job 1:9&10; Ps. 5:12 & 91:1-16; Gen. 15:1. And, as Satan watched Abraham and saw how much he loved his son, a plan began to form in his mind on how he could destroy both Abraham and Isaac. If Abraham could be led to reject God, Isaac would follow and there would be no Seed of Promise (whom Satan knew to be Jesus - Gal. 3:16). If, however, Abraham persisted in obeying God then Isaac would die and again there would be no descendant to carry the seed on. Either way Satan would win.
Therefore he went to the congregation in heaven and said, "Behold, I come from wandering to and fro upon the face of the earth and I see that mankind does not believe in God and does not follow His law."
But God smiled and spoke proudly as He said, "Hast thou not considered my servant Abraham? There is none as righteous as he! He believes in me and follows my ways. I am not ashamed to call him 'Friend' - II Chron. 20:7; Isa. 41:8; James 2:23."
But Satan said, "Does Abraham fear God for no reason? You're protecting him and won't let me near. Of course he'll keep following you. I can prove that Abraham is just as self-centered as everybody else and will not follow you. I say that Abraham will turn his back on you and will not obey, should you command him to sacrifice his son, Isaac, to you as a burnt offering."
But God said, "No Satan. That is YOUR way, not mine. To command servants to sacrifice their children is the way of all the heathen nations. I will not do it."
"Hah!" said Satan. "You're afraid! Isaac is the visible fulfillment of your promise to multiply Abraham's seed. He is too old to have more and he will reject you if you command him to sacrifice his son to you. Then shall you see that ALL upon the earth are wicked and ALL must be destroyed. And then you must concede that I have won."
Then God considered the thoughts of those present in the congregation and saw the doubts in their hearts and that they considered this to be a valid test of Abraham's faith. And He said, "Very well, Satan. Go thy way and we shall see."
And word spread throughout the universe that God had commanded a man to sacrifice his son as a burnt offering...
..."Why are you so sad father?"
Abraham hardly heard his son. He was murmuring to himself about another son through Sarah and about a resurrection from the dead of his son - Heb. 11:17-19 (which seemed more likely because the promise was through Isaac not any other son that Sarah might have). There was no doubt in Abraham's mind that God would keep His promise to multiply his seed (whether or not he lived to see it - Heb. 11:13).
"Father, why do you speak as though I were dead? Where is the sacrifice Father?" "God will provide, my son," was all Abraham could say to Isaac. When they reached the mountaintop in Moriah Abraham prepared the altar, laid out the wood on the altar, put the knife next to the wood and then he fell down to the ground beating his fists against the rocks as he cried, "Not my son. Not my son."
"Father, you must tell me what is wrong."
"God has come to me and has commanded me to offer you up as a burnt offering. But, I cannot do it, my son."
And Isaac asked, "Why would a God of Love ask you to do this?"
"I don't know," said Abraham.
"Are you sure it was God?" asked Isaac.
"Yes," Abraham said. "I know His voice. It was God!"
"Then you must do as He has commanded you to do father," and Isaac climbed on top of the altar and laid down on the wood.
Abraham was amazed at the faith of his son and he knew that God must be obeyed at all costs. As he picked up the knife Isaac said, "I love you father."
"I love you too, my son," and tears streamed down Abraham's face as he raised the knife and prepared to kill his own son...
Part FOUR - WHEN GOD BECOMES A MAN Chapter XVII - The Fulness of Time
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isa. 9:6
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made....And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:1-3 & 14
Once the decree to rebuild Jerusalem went out, Satan knew that there was little time for him to prepare for the coming of Messiah . But, try as he might, he could not get the Jews to again worship the pagan gods of the other nations. They had apparently learned their lesson from the Babylonian captivity and refused to ever again pray to any of the false gods around them. But Satan had other tools to use and desired to alter the mentality of the Jews so that when Messiah came He would not be what was expected and the Jews could be led to reject Him. The Jewish leaders presented God as being so strict and cruel that the smallest of offences were met with the severest of penalties. There were so many petty rules and regulations enforced upon the people by their leaders under grave threats of punishment by God that the people lost sight of the true God of love, grace and mercy. They believed that their salvation depended on works and that they had to work their way into heaven.
This, of course, required the work of several generations (by Satan) to set up, but once accomplished, these beliefs solidified over the years and became church traditions which, in a few more generations, became, in the eyes of the people and priests, as necessary a requirement as obeying the scriptures and, in many cases, of more importance than God's word - Matt. 15:1-9; Titus 1:10-16.
As the time neared for Messiah to come people became more and more interested in the prophecies concerning Him. They had many scriptures that spoke of His mission to suffer and die for their sins but they didn't understand them. (They were being blinded by Satan.) They also had prophecies that spoke of Him coming to destroy His enemies and to set up an eternal kingdom on the earth. This was more appealing to them because they were under Roman occupation at this time and wanted their freedom. Once Messiah came and did not do the things they expected, Satan could use these false beliefs to influence them to reject Jesus...
...Michael called the congregation in heaven together and Satan also came, as was his right as the earth's representative. Once assembled Michael restated His intention to bear the sins of the righteous to the cross and to disprove Satan's claim that God's law was impossible for earth's inhabitants to keep.
"Man for man," said Satan, "As God you would prove nothing. Being All-powerful and All-knowing would give an unfair advantage and would not prove that man can keep your law. You must give up your God-head and be no stronger than any man without the power of God. This means that you must not even have the memory of ever being God. Knowledge is power. All must be left behind. Since you command your people to live by faith - Hab. 2:4 - then you also must live only by faith, not by sure knowledge."
"Agreed," said Michael, "save for one point. Messiah shall not be any less than Enoch or Moses or Elijah or the prophets who were given visions and power to work miracles and to save souls. He shall be able to do all things any man of God could do - Heb. chapt. 2."
"Very well," said Satan and he returned to the earth and informed his angels of all that had transpired telling them to let him handle Jesus, but to come if he needed them.
In heaven Gabriel spoke to Michael and said, "Don't worry. We'll come help you if need be."
"No," said Michael, "None of you shall interfere, no matter what you see. I leave Gabriel in charge and all of you shall obey him. Gabriel, thou hast the harder job. Thou shalt be hard pressed on all sides. Thy love for me shalt cause thee to want to come to kill and destroy those that harm me, and the other angels shall press thee to do that very thing. But, Gabriel," Michael said as He began to fade away, "Promise me that none shall interfere."
As Michael vanished from sight, Gabriel whispered, "I promise," and he heard Michael's voice one last time in his head saying, "Thou shalt also intercede on behalf of the earth before my Father." And at that moment Michael ceased to exist. All heaven was strangely silent and the Father as well, yet in His face there was much pain and sorrow and a growing hint of anger...
...Finally the time arrived for 'The Anointed One' to appear. The sixty-nine 'weeks of years' of Daniel's seventy-week prophecy had reached an end. Exactly 683 years from the decree to rebuild Jerusalem, in the autumn of the year 27 A.D., Jesus stood up out of the Jordan river and received the anointing of the Holy Ghost in sight like a dove lighting upon Him. The Father's voice spoke for all His people to hear saying, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased - Matt. 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-23; John 1:29-34." The time was fulfilled and Messiah had come - Mark 1:15.
Part FOUR - WHEN GOD BECOMES A MAN Chapter XVIII - Conflicts
"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." Heb. 4:15
Immediately the Spirit of God drove Jesus into the wilderness - Matt. 4:1; Mark 1:12; Luke 4:1 - where He was tested for 40 days, during which time He did eat nothing - Luke 4:2; Matt. 4:2. At the end of 40 days Satan (as an angel from heaven) appeared to Jesus and declared that the Father had seen Jesus and commanded that His fast was over, that He now needed to eat something to survive.
"Therefore, if you are the Son of God, you can command that these stones be made bread," he said - Matt. 4:3; Luke 4:3.
Jesus picked up a rock and raised His hand above it, but then stopped. Not 40 days hence all of God's people had heard the Father declare that Jesus was His beloved Son. Naturally all the angels in heaven would have heard this as well. Why then was this angel asking Him IF He was the Son of God? Jesus lowered His hand, dropped the rock and quoted scripture, "Man shall not live by bread only, but by every word that proceed-eth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live - Deut. 8:3; Matt. 4:4; Luke 4:4
Next Satan took Jesus to Jerusalem and set Him on top of the tallest tower. "Look at all those people," he said. "You are just one common man from Galilee. How could you possibly convince them of your mission? They will not listen to you unless you could do some great act of the supernatural. Oh, I know what you can do. Cast yourself down from here for it is written in the scriptures that God will send His angels to protect you and save you. They would cause you to catch your foot on a stone so you would not fall to your death - Ps. 91:12; Matt. 4:5&6; Luke 4:9-11. How much faith do YOU have, Jesus?"
"They would listen then, wouldn't they?" said Jesus.
"Yes, they would, if you could do something like that."
Again Jesus hesitated. "But that promise would only apply in the case of an accident or if someone were to push me off," He thought to Himself. "Not if I JUMPED off just to prove myself."
"It is written," He said to Satan. "Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God - Ex. 17:2; Deut. 6:16; Isa. 7:12; Matt. 4:7; Luke 4:12."
Finally, Satan took Jesus to the top of a high mountain and, in a moment's time, showed Him all the kingdoms of the earth in all their glory. "There's no need for you to suffer and die for them to save them. Death by crucifixion is a most horrible way to die. Why put yourself through all that? They belong to me. I can give them to you, and I will. Over a period of time you could teach them and guide them on the path of righteousness. All you need to do is to bow down to me and worship me and all this will be yours - Matt. 4:8&9; Luke 4:5-7."
"That WOULD work," thought Jesus. "Over a period of time, I COULD teach them the way of righteousness. Besides, crucifixion IS a horrible way to die. But more than all this, the sins of the world (placed upon me) would cause my Father to turn His back on me. That would be unbearable."
But, again, Jesus hesitated. "But, if I were to worship the devil, my Father would turn His back on me anyway. And for all eternity, not just for a moment. Not only this but the sins of this world would spread throughout all the universe and all eternity. Such suffering and death would multiply into infinity. THIS is unthinkable."
"Get thee behind me Satan," He said. "Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve - Deut. 6:13; I Chron. 16:29; Ps. 96:9; Matt. 4:10; Luke 4:8."
Then Satan fled in fear and great anger. "This isn't over," he yelled back to Jesus, "not by a long shot..."
..."Now what do we do," Satan' angels asked him. "So far we haven't been able to get anywhere with Him."
"Use the love of His family and friends to impede His ministry," Satan said. "Get them to take Him by force away from the multitudes."
The multitudes were so great that Jesus' family and friends were worried that Jesus would still try to minister to so many. "Let us go and lay hold on Jesus to take Him away from the multitude. He is beside Himself. He is still trying to minister to all of them."
But when they came to the house, they could not enter because of the crowds. So they had some of the people relay a message to Jesus that they were outside and wanted to see Him. But Jesus knew what was in their hearts and refused to go and see them. He looked around at the people and said, "Behold, my mother and brethren; for whosoever doeth the will of God, the same is my brother and sister and mother."...
...There came a time when the multitudes came to Jesus in the desert and heard Him teach. Afterward they were hungry and had nothing to eat. Jesus fed them all (about 5,000 men) with just five barley loaves and two small fishes. When the people saw this miracle they said among themselves that this must be the Messiah that was to come. Many therefore would have taken Jesus by force and made Him king but Jesus hid Himself and went up to a mountain top to pray while His disciples took ship and began to sail to the other side - Matt. 14:14-21; Mark 6:34-44; Luke 9:11-17; John 6:1-15.
"Look," Satan told his angels. "How often do we get an opportunity like this? Jesus is separated from His disciples. If we can destroy them then Jesus will have no one to follow Him at all. He might just as well go back where He came from for no one would even want to be around Him once word gets out that all of His disciples are dead."
And they tried to kill Jesus' disciples by causing a great storm to arise and the ship was tossed about on the sea.
But Jesus came down from the mountain and saw His disciples struggling in the ship and He walked upon the water to them at about the fourth watch of the night.
"Look," one disciple said. "It's a spirit. We are all about to die."
"Don't be afraid," Jesus called out to them. "It is I. Be of good cheer."
And Peter said, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come out to you on the water."
And Peter stepped out and walked on the water to Jesus. But when He drew close and was far away from the ship, he began to be afraid and he took his eyes off of Jesus, looking around at the storm, and began to sink.
"Save me," he cried.
And Jesus came and lifted him up and said, "Ye of little faith. Why dost thou doubt?"
And, as soon as they entered into the ship the storm ceased and the ship appeared at the other side.
"Truly, you are the Son of God," they said as they worshipped Him - Matt. 14:22-33; Mark 6:45-52; John 6:16-21.
Part FOUR - WHEN GOD BECOMES A MAN Chapter XIX - The Man, The Mission
"Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him..." Isa. 53:1 & 2
...Then Judas Iscariot, the one who carried the moneybag for Jesus and His disciples, complained to some of the disciples.
"Why was such a waste made?" he asked. "Couldn't we have sold that ointment and made over three hundred pence to give to the poor?" But he said this, not because he cared for the poor, but was a thief.
"Dost thou care so much for the poor, Judas?" Jesus asked. "The poor thou hast with thee always, but me thou hast not always. Leave her alone. She hath done a good thing unto me. She hath done what she could for me, for she hath anointed me for my burial. And I say unto thee, that wheresoever the gospel shall be preached, throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be mentioned as a memorial for her - Matt. 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; Luke 7:36-50; John 12:1-8."
But Judas was angered by Jesus' words. "There He goes talking about dying again," said a voice in his head (a voice very much like his own). "The scriptures say that Messiah is supposed to ascend the throne of David, subdue all our enemies and that His kingdom will last forever. But Jesus refuses to plainly reveal Himself to the priesthood. If we keep going on like this, He'll never take the throne. Since Jesus will not go to the priests then the priests must go to Him. But they are afraid of the people. Then they must be led to Him where there are no crowds to stop them. Only then can Jesus be given the opportunity to take David's throne. Only then can Israel have her king again."
Then, two days before the Passover, Jesus again told His disciples that He would be crucified in Jerusalem. The priests also consulted with each other about how they could take Jesus and have Him killed.
Judas then went to the priests and told them that he would give Jesus to them. He told them that he could lead them to where Jesus would be without the people being around.
The priests were overjoyed and promised to give him money. And from that moment on, Judas Iscariot sought opportunity to betray Jesus - Matt. 26:1-5 & 14-16; Mark 14:1-2 & 10-11; Luke 22:1-6....
Part FOUR - WHEN GOD BECOMES A MAN Chapter XX - "Behold, The Lamb of God"
"I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me..." Isa. 63:3
..."This thing is now set in motion," Satan's angels said to him, "and no one can stop it. He's going to be crucified," they complained. "You can't allow that to happen."
"Don't worry," Satan responded. "He will never allow Himself to be treated for very long the way I am about to treat Him. Come, and watch, see what I will do to Him."
And the chief priests and elders spat in Jesus' face and blindfolded Him and struck Him on the face with the palms of their hands and mocked Him saying, "Prophesy, who was it that struck you?" - Matt. 26:67&68; Mark 14:65; Luke 22:63-65. They continued this until the morning and then they took counsel among themselves as to how they could influence the Romans to put Him to death. Finally they led Him away to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor - Matt. 27:1&2; Mark 15:1.
As they were leaving the palace Peter was again recognized by another servant, but he denied the third time of ever knowing Jesus and the cock crowed a second time. As Jesus turned and looked at Peter their eyes met. Then Peter remembered what Jesus had told him and ran away weeping bitterly - Matt. 26:73-75; Mark 14:70-72; Luke 22:59-62; John 18:26&27.
"See," Satan said. "How long do you think He will put up with all this? I will make Him give up in anger and condemn all the world as the cruel, unjust people they are."
And the evil angels smiled and agreed with him. "Just see to it that He does not get crucified. Kill Him before He gets to the cross if you have to but don't allow Him to die on the cross."
"Stop worrying," Satan said. "Just watch and see what I will do to Him."
In the heavenly courts there was much discord and dissention. God was sitting on His throne, His face in His hands. Every once in a while the congregation heard the words, "My Son, My Son" and they knew that God was weeping. Many angels were ready to go to the earth and destroy those that mistreated their God. They each had their own destroying weapon at their sides and were about to leave the congregation when Gabriel met them at the gate.
"Stop," he said. "No one is allowed to leave to go to the earth. Not unless Michael Himself commands it."
"Don't you see what is happening there?" the angels asked. "How can you just sit by and watch?"
"Because Michael commanded us to. If you love Him you will obey Him. No one is allowed to help Him. Concentrate instead on the wickedness of Satan and know beyond all shadow of a doubt just how evil he really is. But stand ready to help Michael if He calls."
When Jesus was taken to Pontius Pilate, Judas Iscariot finally realized that Jesus was not going to be crowned King and that he, Judas, had betrayed innocent blood to be crucified. He took the thirty pieces of silver back to the priests and confessed his crime to them but they refused to help him. He then threw the pieces of silver down on the floor and went and hanged himself. The priests took the money, but, because it was blood money, they couldn't accept it in the sanctuary, so they bought a field with it and used the field to bury strangers in - Matt. 27:3-10...
...Jesus was taken to the courtyard where the solders stripped His clothing off of Him and whipped Him with the traditional Roman whip. The "cat-of-nine-tails" had pieces of broken glass and scrap metal tied to the ends of it. They literally pealed strips of skin off of Jesus with every blow. The traditional punishment for insurrection was forty lashes, but (as a symbol of Roman mercy) the sentence was reduced by one lash. Thirty-nine lashes were given to Jesus. Thirty-nine strips of flesh were pealed off of His body.
The angels in heaven pressed Gabriel so much that he had to draw his sword and threaten every one of them to keep them under control.
Satan and his angels laughed as they watched Jesus being whipped by the Roman soldier.
"He won't last much longer," Satan said and his angels suggested a crown of thorns and some more mockings and abuse.
One soldier made a crown of thorns and they put it on Jesus' head. Then they put a purple robe on Him and a staff in His hand and bowed down to Him and mocked Him saying, "Hail, King of the Jews, hail." And they laughed as they spat on Him and took the staff out of His hand and beat Him over the head with it, driving the thorny crown into His head - Matt. 27:27-31; Mark 15:16-20; John 19:1-3.
But Jesus never answered a word. "He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth."
"What's keeping Him from destroying them?" Satan's angels asked. "Why does He allow them to continue? The people He's trying to save treat Him like this and He just lets them do it?"
"It won't last much longer," Satan said. "Look, He's bleeding to death now and won't even last to be hung on the cross."...
...Then Jesus' own clothes were put back on Him, His cross was given to Him and He was led away to be crucified - Matt. 27:21-26; Mark 15:20; Luke 23:18-25; John 19:12-16.
"Kill Him," Satan's angels said. "Kill Him now."
"Stop worrying," Satan replied. "He's not going to go through with it. Watch."
And Satan stuck his foot out and tripped Jesus making Him fall and His cross on top of Him, scraping His bleeding back and leaving large splinters in His flesh.
"Get up," said the Roman soldier as he started to whip Jesus. "Get up I say."
As Jesus struggled to His feet the angels in heaven pressed hard on Gabriel to stop this terrible thing that was happening to their God. "How can you be so heartless and cruel?" they asked. Yet they saw the tears pouring down Gabriel's face as he replied, "I will not be the one to cause all of Michael's suffering to be made of no account. He does this to save the earth and only by saving it will His sacrifice be worth anything at all."
As Jesus walked a little farther He stumbled and fell again. And again, a third time He fell. This time He didn't get up. Not even the soldier's whip could give Him back any strength to stand. But His fierce determination and iron will (the only things keeping Him alive) would not let Him quit, not yet.
He started to crawl, dragging His cross behind Him...
...Then Jesus, looking down on those that had crucified Him said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do - Luke 23:34." And Satan's jaw dropped.
"That doesn't sound like a man angry at His tormentors," Satan's angels exclaimed. "Rather it sounds like the God of Love that Michael has claimed to be all along. How can He just hang there and say something like that? Get Him down from there or make Him come down on His own. HE CAN'T STAY THERE UNTIL HE DIES, SATAN"
"Stop calling me Satan, " he said.
"Why not," they replied. "You really ARE the enemy. God IS the God of Love and Justice He claims to be. It is YOU who have lied."
"You just watch. I still have a couple more tricks up my sleeve."
But Gabriel sent an angel to stand guard over Jesus. "See that no one touches Him any more," He said. "If He comes down on His own then you can miserably destroy those that torment Him. If not, none shall touch Him while He yet lives. Especially Satan and his angels, for they shall try to prevent His death on the cross."
And the angel planted himself directly in front of Jesus and the cross. He drew his sword and just stood there waiting and wondering at the strange fate that should place him here. That he should prevent anyone from saving his God from death on the cross.
"Look," Satan's angels complained, "now we can't even pull Him down ourselves."...
...Jesus was on the cross for six hours, the last three of which were in total separation from His Father. For the first time in all eternity, God turned His back on His Son and could not even look at Him; had to withdraw His presence from Jesus and from the entire land. As Jesus hung on the cross for these last three hours His heart broke and at the end He cried out, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" which, being interpreted means, "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
Some thought He was calling for Elias and stopped the one that was going to give Him some vinegar to drink. "Let Him be," they said. "Let's see if Elias will come and save Him."
But Jesus raised His head and the look of triumph in His face was unmistakable.
"It is finished," He yelled. "Father, into thy hands I commend my Spirit."
And He let out such a cry of triumph that the last of His strength and will was poured out into it.
And He died.
And straightaway the veil dividing the Holy from the Most Holy in the temple of God was torn by unseen hands from top to bottom and there was a great earthquake that opened up the graves of the saints.
Now when the Roman centurion saw all these things, he said, "Surely, this was the Son of God - Matt. 27:46-54; Mark 15:34-39; Luke 23:45-47; John 19:28-30."
Now that Jesus was dead Satan no longer tried to control the people. The deed was done. And when the people saw what they had done, they smote their breasts and returned each man to his own house in astonishment - Luke 23:48.
"No, no, no, no, no," Satan jumped up and down as he yelled. "How could this happen? What is it that kept Him from saving Himself?"
"Now look," his angels said. "We're doomed. And it's all your fault."
"No, there is one more chance. Everyone get your weapons and come with me."
In the heavenly courts there was great turmoil. God had turned His back on all present and was just sitting there with His face buried in His hands. The angels were dumfounded at the scene being played out on the earth. Suddenly Jesus' voice was heard as He cried out, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" and all heaven became instantly silent. All looked at God on His throne in fear and wonder. Yet, still, He did nothing. Then Jesus' voice was once more heard in heaven when He said, "It is finished." Suddenly God stood and turned around so fast that all heaven shook so badly that everyone fell to the ground.
"They have killed my Son," God lamented and His face was terrible to behold. "I shall go and destroy them all right away."
"Wait," Gabriel said as he stood up and blocked the gate from God. "You can't."
"I can and I will," God replied. "Get out of my way. Anyone who interferes shall be killed as well."
"Then kill me too," Gabriel said as he drew his sword, but he shook so from fear that he could hardly stand, "for I will strike you if you come any closer. And then go, kill all the earth. Then, when you resurrect Michael from the grave, you can tell Him that all His pain and suffering was for nothing. That you have killed all those that He has tried to save."
Then God stopped and looked at Gabriel and His anger cooled somewhat, "Well did my Son choose thee, Gabriel. None other could have possibly stood up to me like thou hast done and yet live.
"Very well Gabriel," and God withdrew to His private chambers while Gabriel just sat down where he was, astonished at himself. He put his head in his hands and cried. Michael was dead! And he had allowed it to happen!...
...Once back in heaven, Jesus met Gabriel at the gate.
"Good job," He said to Gabriel as He put His hand on Gabriel's shoulder. "I now have one more job for thee. Thou wilt not like this one either, but it must be done."
"Anything Lord," Gabriel said.
"Assemble all the angels at the Mount of Congregation," Jesus said. "Tell each of them to bring a destroying weapon. We go to war."
Then Gabriel turned white as a sheet, because Satan was already there with all of his angels and they had their weapons as well.
Once all had been assembled, Jesus stood before His Father.
"I have done all that was required for the salvation of mankind, Father," He said. "Wilt thou that I shouldest relinquish the earth to another, or shall I take it for myself?"
"Nay," God said, "thou art now the King of the earth. I give it to thee and all the kingdoms thereof. Thou, only, shalt represent the earth in the heavenly councils."
"No," said Satan, "the earth is mine. I do not accept this."
"Thou hast been exposed Satan," Jesus said. "All of creation now knows who and what thou art. All doubt has been abolished. It IS possible for mankind to keep God's law. All know that thou art a malicious and jealous person who harms others for spite. Soon thou shalt cease to exist, thou and those who follow thee. I have taken the earth from thee and thou hast no place anywhere in all of creation. Leave now and never come back."
"No," said Satan as he looked around at the angels which followed him. He drew his sword and yelled, "ATTACK..."
Part FIVE - THE CHRISTIAN DISPENSATION Chapter XXI - When Man becomes a God, Part Two
"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing:..." Isa. 52:7&8
After the ascension of Jesus His followers, as He commanded - Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4&5, stayed in Jerusalem to await the anointing of the Holy Spirit. They were all with one accord, in one place, praying together in the unity and purity of knowledge and of the gospel of Jesus Christ - Acts 1:14 & 2:1. Suddenly they heard the sound of a rushing wind that filled the house and they saw tongues of fire lighting upon each of them and they were filled with the Holy Spirit. There were about one hundred and twenty people present to spread the gospel and the anointing of the Spirit over the entire world to the end of time - Acts 1:15 & 2:1-4. The outpouring of God's Spirit manifested itself predominately with the giving of knowledge and secondarily with signs and wonders to obtain the attention of the people - Acts 2:4-12, 37-43, 3:1-12 & chapt. 4. The first day were 3,000 people added to the followers of Jesus and 5,000 more not long after - Acts 2:41 & 4:4. Eight thousand people saved from the testimony of one hundred and twenty! Soon after, multitudes more were added to them - Acts 5:14-16 & 6:7. These people were not saved because they saw miracles. The signs and wonders shown were simply outward signs that there was a supernatural presence among them. These people were saved because they heard the word of God (preached with power), believed in it and acted upon it - Acts 2:41-47 & 4:31-37. The anointing of the Holy Spirit gave the fearful disciples of Jesus the boldness to preach the gospel as well as giving them the knowledge of what words to speak at what time that would be most effective upon the hearts of the listeners - Acts 4:29&30 & 5:20.
Once Satan saw these things come to pass he knew that he would have to act quickly else all the world would be saved. The Spirit of God would spread like a pebble dropped into a calm, still pond creating waves of blessings that would spread throughout the world and throughout all time. He called his fallen angels together to counsel them on what they should do now to stop this new tide of righteousness. Once assembled the angels began to murmur and complain that they saw no reason to continue in a war that they had already lost. Why should they waste their time tempting and deceiving the humans any longer? The whole universe now knew the truth and they had no hope of ever becoming the gods and superior beings that Satan had once promised to them. He was a liar and had deceived them as well. Why follow him any longer?
"You fools," Satan said. "Look at the example of the scapegoat in the Jewish sacrificial systems. The forgiven sins of the righteous are placed upon the heads of those that caused the righteous person to commit that sin - Lev. 16:7-10 & 20-22. Already each and every one of you carries the weight of sins that you have caused God's people to commit. From Adam and Eve eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil to Noah's drunken stupor, to Abraham's lies about not being married to his wife, to Jacob deceiving his father to obtain the blessing of the first born, to the ten brothers of Joseph selling him into slavery and then lying to their father about it, to Moses' angry outbursts of temper. Shall I go on? What of Peter's denial of Jesus or the disciples' abandonment of Him during His trial and crucifixion? Have you considered that the same people you caused to yell, 'Crucify Him. Crucify Him.' are being converted to His cause even as I speak? We have already lost the battle. There is no use in denying that. Many people will be converted and we will be unable to prevent this. But we can prevent all the world from being saved, if we stay united and do not fight against each other. This new tide of grace must be stopped at all costs. The more people we can prevent from repenting, the less we will have to suffer for their sins. They will have to suffer for their own sins. Also consider this. Those that become saved will inherit what we have lost. Immortality!! And more than this, through the previously unknown knowledge of good and evil and their experience of rejecting evil, they (in time) will become more knowledgeable, wise and powerful than ever we could have, even had we stayed in heaven. Just imagine the weak humans turning their backs on your temptations, placing the sins which they have committed on your heads and then living for all eternity becoming greater than you ever could have!"
Through these words Satan infused his angels with the power and anger they needed to continue the battle against God's people. Then, as he sat back and watched, he smiled to himself for he saw that their anger grew as they consulted with themselves. By the time they left their rage had grown beyond bounds and Satan laughed as he watched them converging upon Jerusalem intent on using all their powers to kill and destroy...
...Finally, in the year 70 A.D., Satan's plans for Jerusalem were accomplished. He had influenced the Romans to attack the city and surround it completely, preventing anyone from entering or leaving. The gates were closed and locked and Satan himself stood just inside the main gate determined that none should escape. What few Christians that were left saw the armies of Rome and remembered Jesus' prophecies - Luke 19:41-44, 21:20-24 & 23:27-31; Matt. 23:29-38 & 24:2. They cried to God to save them and the Roman army temporarily withdrew. Gabriel was sent to Jerusalem and Satan fled in fear from him. The gate was opened for God's people and they fled for their lives. Gabriel left also and with him went the Spirit of God. Satan returned and slammed the gate shut. The door to Noah's ark was closed and all inside the city had passed the point of no return. Satan had total control over the minds and bodies of all inside Jerusalem. They had committed the unforgivable sin. They had rejected God's Spirit and refused to repent. They had continually refused to be forgiven and God had withdrawn the opportunity from them. And the Romans returned and lay siege to the city. None could leave. All were trapped inside without hope. Love and mercy were banished from Jerusalem and Satan was free to do whatever he wished.
Now that his true nature had been revealed to all the universe, Satan had no reason to hold back his wrath and anger from the Jews that were in his power. For the first time in over four thousand years he could truly be himself and had no restraints to keep him from venting his long restrained anger (against God and His people) upon the descendants of those that had for so long kept knowledge of God alive in the world. Though the Roman general gave opportunity of surrender to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, they refused. Satan had other plans for them. He stood just inside the gate and watched as his angels played with them...
...Eventually God's promises came to pass. The 1260 years of Papal supremacy ended. The beast received its deadly wound. Napoleon's general had stormed the Vatican and taken the Pope prisoner. The Catholic Church, as a nation, no longer existed. In 1798 the time of the end had begun and God's Spirit began to be poured out upon the earth. The Protestant Reformation had begun, bringing light and knowledge unknown since the days of the first Christians. A new world had been colonized, guarantying freedom from religious oppression. Though the beast's deadly wound was healed when it again became it's own nation in 1929, Satan had no further use for it, except perhaps for a smokescreen to hide his true intentions. For the Papacy had been unmasked and could no longer be as effective a tool for him as it had been in the past.
Satan had for two thousand years been studying the prophecies and witnessing how they were fulfilled and he knew of the prophecy of the new nation that would arise. Just like in ages past when he could no longer use a false, pagan religion to deceive God's people, he now could no longer use an obviously false Christian religion either. He now had a new tool. It was called 'Democracy'...
Part FIVE - THE CHRISTIAN DISPENSATION Chapter XXIII - On the Edge of Time
...In the heavenly courts Jesus continues His work in the temple as High priest. The angels go to and fro from heaven and earth ministering to all who call upon the name of the Lord. God the Father sits on His throne ruling over all. Suddenly God's voice is heard from His throne. All those present look and see Him talking toward the Most Holy place in the sanctuary where Jesus is working. Silence, fear and desperation fill all the inhabitants of heaven as they listen, for the content of what they hear fills them with dread for the inhabitants of the earth.
"It is time, my Son," said the Father. "Finish up thy work as High Priest and make an end."
"Not yet," said Jesus from the temple, "My people are not ready to withstand the deceptions of these times. Give me a little more time to strengthen them. And the sealing angel time to mark them."
"Time is running out," said the Father. "You must finish now."
"Please Father. The number of the 144,000 is not yet complete. But I have only a few hundred more to go. I died for them. Please let me save them. It won't be long now."
"Very well," said the Father. "But you must hurry. The day for your return is set. It cannot be delayed."
"Thank you Father. I will finish soon."
And while Jesus finishes His work in the sanctuary, God summons seven angels and gives to them the seven vials containing the seven last plagues that will fall upon the earth.
"Take these vials," He said, "and go to the earth and wait for my Son to finish up His work. Then you shall begin to pour these last plagues upon the earth."
And they obeyed.
Now that God's last church has fallen, Satan leaves minor angels in charge of God's remnant and concentrates his energies on uniting the world in rebellion to God's word. His angels had caused many problems in society to arise that can only be solved by certain changes in society that go against the scriptures and follow the same pattern that he has used for ages, since the tower of Babel. To fix the economy a six day work week needs to be instituted. Since most companies already work Monday through Saturday, this is not hard to do. Next the crime wave needs to be stopped. Death penalties for the smallest crimes will insure more obedient subjects and clear out the overcrowded prisons. Once these things come to pass Satan is now able to unite the whole world under his banner if he can get the most powerful nation to join church with state, to execute religious laws through political laws, and then cause the whole world to follow their example.
"One hundred forty three thousand nine hundred ninety five," says a voice from the temple in heaven.
The decree goes forth in the "freedom from religion," "Protestant," "Democratic" nation that all shall worship God on Sunday under penalty of law! No one that disobeys this law shall be able to buy food, clothing, electricity, gasoline, pay rent or anything else, neither shall they be able to sell anything unless they conform to the new laws that will improve their country. Also freedom of speech is threatened. Any who speak against the establishment shall also be under the threat of death - Rev. 13:17.
"One hundred forty three thousand nine hundred ninety six," continues the voice from the Most Holy place in the temple.
Suddenly a few members of God's remnant church, the world over, run from door to door, neighbor to neighbor, friend to friend and any stranger they meet on the streets and proclaim loudly and without fear, in a strong voice the third angel's message of Revelation chapter 14. They go forth in the power of the Spirit, as the first church in the days of the apostles, and shake the entire world with their message of God's true Sabbath day. All people who wish to know the truth become convinced of the truth of what they hear - Luke 21:15. Some join their ranks and help them to spread the message - Joel 2:1-11. Others go ask their religious leaders to confirm what they have heard. They have itching ears and hear what they want to hear to quiet their fears and reject the truth - II Tim. 4:3. Others simply don't care. They'll follow the easiest path they can find and go along with the majority into damnation. They reject God's Spirit and He leaves them.
"One hundred forty three thousand nine hundred nine seven," all the angels in heaven shudder as they hear the number of the sealed as they are being sealed.
Satan is not idle at this time either. He has expected this new movement of God's Spirit since the days of the flood and he knows how to insure that the majority will reject God and be lost. Many of God's people are thrown into prison. Their homes confiscated, monies and land, taken. They are despised, rejected, laughed at, mocked, beaten, some are killed, others have to flee for their lives into the most desolate places of the earth and hide in caves and mountains.
"One hundred forty three thousand nine hundred ninety eight," the dreadful countdown continues.
To help in his deceits, Satan tells his angels to perform many miracles that seem to point to Sunday as the right day to worship. Freak accidents happen when someone attempts to work on that day and spirits appear telling people of the Sunday Sabbath and how it was changed. Finally Satan himself appears, as though he descended from heaven, in appearance like the descriptions of Jesus given in the books of Daniel and Revelation - II Cor. 11:13-15. He shines with a light unlike any that has been seen before. He speaks softly and blesses the people that have obeyed his voice. He appears sad when he speaks of those that have heard his word and rejected it. He states that is a sad thing for them to choose to die rather than to follow him.
"One hundred forty three thousand nine hundred ninety nine," Jesus continues counting.
This final great deception is too much for those that have rejected God's Spirit. They receive strong delusion and believe a lie - II Thess. 2:9-12. This deception is so strong that even God's true people are nearly tricked - Matt. 24:24; Mark 13:22. Numbering exactly 144,000 worldwide, they remember that God's law is unchangeable and eternal. They also know that Jesus, when He comes, should not touch the ground at this time. He should only come, take His people and then leave, leaving behind Him the wicked dead and a desolate, empty earth - I Thess. 4:16-18; Matt. 24:30 & 31. Through their knowledge of true Bible doctrines they are saved from the deceptions of these times Isa. 11:2&3, 8:20, 28:10-12 & 33:6; Hos. 4:6 & 6:6. They see Satan for who he really is and reject him. They are the only ones in the entire world that are not deceived. All other nations and religions follow Satan, believing him to be Jesus. The whole world is now under the banner of this "false Protestantism" as all religions, Christian and pagan alike, become 'converted'.
Also at this time the Turkish nation (the king of the north) comes to an end and Jesus ends His work as High Priest in heaven - Dan.11:45 thru 12:2.
"One hundred forty four thousand," He says. He stands up and in a loud voice declares, "It is done. He who is mine will always be mine and cannot change. He who is against me shall always be against me and cannot change either - Dan. 12:1; Rev. 8:3-5 & 22:11&12." Then He removes His priestly clothing and puts on His kingly attire complete with crown and in a great voice He calls to the seven angels who have the seven last plagues, "Go your ways and pour out the vials of God's wrath upon the earth - Rev. 15:5-16:1. But touch not any man upon whom is the mark, and begin at my sanctuary - Ezek. chapt. 9."
The Investigative Judgment in heaven is over. The point of no return has been reached. The door to Noah's ark has closed and none can enter. God's Holy Spirit has been taken from the earth (save for a little breath to keep what is left alive from dying - Ps. 104:29 & 30; another example is Gen. 6:3) and all mankind must now stand alone (without a mediator) before God while He pours out His wrath upon the earth. The chance for repentance is no longer offered to a fallen humanity and Satan has total control over the minds and bodies of those who have chosen to follow him. They are trapped with no hope of rescue as Satan stands before them in anticipation...
Part FIVE - THE CHRISTIAN DISPENSATION Chapter XXIV - "I Do Not Yet Make a Full End
...Then a small dark cloud appears in the east which grows in size and brightness as it nears the earth. Soon Jesus can be seen sitting on a throne on the cloud and all the wicked inhabitants of the earth wail when they see Him and fall down dead from the brightness of His glory - Dan. 7:13; Matt. 24:30 & 26:64; Mark 13:26 & 14:62; Acts 1:9-11; II Thess. 2:8; Rev. 14:14-16 & etc. Even God's people are greatly distressed at this time as they see their God, finally, for the first time - Isa. 6:1 & 5; Amos 5:18-20; Mal. 3:2, and they cry, "Woe unto us! How can we endure such a sight? Who shall be able to stand?" and a great silence covers the earth as all, men and angels alike, wait to hear God's response. And as they hear the words, "My grace is sufficient for thee - II Cor. 12:9," they stand up and shout a great cry of victory, "Behold, this is our God! We have waited for Him. He will come and save us" - Isa. 25:8 & 9. And Jesus cries to the righteous dead to arise out of their graves and, as they come forth, translated into eternal beings, the remaining righteous living are translated with them and Jesus sends His angels throughout all the earth and gathers His people to Himself in the sky and then returns to the heavenly courts with them - Isa. 26:2; Matt. 24:31; Mark 13:27; I Thess. 4:16-18.
Great rejoicing meets them as they enter the gates of heaven and come face to face with the wonders prepared for them by God. Loved ones and friends that had been parted by death are reunited. Praises are given to those who helped others to be saved and congratulations given to those that made it into heaven. The saints of the last days give many thanks to the martyrs of the Dark Ages that preserved the scriptures for them to read and learn the truth. Through it all praise is given to Jesus for their salvation. Songs and thanksgiving are given to their God and God sings also of His love for them.
As the redeemed look around they wonder why some people that they thought should be with them are absent. They are given unlimited access to the record books in heaven that have recorded all the deeds done by all the people of the earth to determine for themselves why some are not present. They remain for a thousand years pouring through these books to judge for themselves and to set time limits for the suffering that all the wicked will receive when the thousand years are over - I Cor. 6:2 & 3.
On the desolate earth only Satan and His angels remain - Rev. 20:1-6. All the wicked were destroyed by the brightness of Jesus' coming and their dead bodies left for the birds of the air to feast upon. For over 6,000 years Satan and his angels have been so busy tempting, deceiving and destroying that they have not been able to (nor have they wanted to) take the time to reflect on the final result of their work and of the glory that they had once had in heaven. Now, for a thousand years, they have no choice. Chained by circumstances to the desolate earth with nothing to do they remember what it was like in heaven, the joy and companionship with God that they had experienced, and their suffering is greater than anything that they could have caused to humanity. They wander about seeing the desolations on the earth that they had caused and know that soon they must pay the consequences. That God has not yet made a full end...
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