The COSMIC WAR – Spiritual War (History “X-treme”)

“We WRESTLE NOT AGAINST FLESH and BLOOD, BUT against SPIRITUAL wickedness in HIGH PLACES …

… therefore, PUT ON the WHOLE ARMOR of GOD” …

The BIBLICAL WORLD VIEW describes COSMIC, SPIRITUAL WARFARE by forces that transcend our current “3-D” world, a history of “reality” that occurred BEFORE and will continue AFTER this current historical age or epoch.

What we call “HISTORY” is, in short, GOD’s “REDEMPTIVE PLAN” in a huge COSMIC WAR, His course of REPLACING the REBELS of a third of heaven with those FAITHFUL to HIM

JESUS stated that when He returned to RULE HIS ETERNAL KINGDOM, would HE find FAITH?”

PRE-HISTORY – GOD vs SATAN (the “adversary”)

JESUS told His disciples, “I SAW SATAN FALL like lightning from heaven” (Luke 10:18).

ISAIAH 14

12 How you have FALLEN from HEAVEN,
    morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been CAST to the EARTH,
you who once laid low the nations!
13 You said in YOUR HEART,
    “I WILL ASCEND to the HEAVENS;
I will RAISE MY THRONE
    ABOVE the stars of GOD;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.[b]
14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
    I will MAKE MYSELF LIKE the MOST HIGH.”
15 But you are BROUGHT DOWNto the realm of the dead,
to the depths of the pit.

16 Those who see you stare at you,
they ponder your fate:
“Is this the man who SHOOK he eEARTH
and made kingdoms tremble,
17 the man who MADE the WORLD a WILDERNESS
who overthrew its cities
and would not let his captives go home?”

EZEKIEL 28

A Prophecy Against the King of Tyre (Satan)

28 The word of the Lord came to me:“Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘In the pride of your heart
you say, “I AM a GOD
I SIT on the THRONEof a god
in the heart of the seas.”
BUT you are a mere mortal and NOT a GOD,
    though you THINK you are as WISE as a GOD.
Are you wiser than Daniel[a]?
Is no secret hidden from you?
By your wisdom and understanding
you have gained wealth for yourself
and amassed gold and silver
in your treasuries.
By your great skill in trading
you have increased your wealth,
and because of your wealth
your HEART has GROWN PROUD.

“‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lordsays:

“‘Because you think you are wise,
as wise as a god,
I am GOING to BRING foreigners AGAINST YOU,
the most ruthless of nations;
they will draw their swords against your beauty and wisdom
and pierce your shining splendor.
They will BRING YOU DOWN to the pit,
    and you will die a violent death
in the heart of the seas.
Will you then say, “I am a god,”
in the presence of those who kill you?
You will be BUT a MORTAL and NOT a GOD,
in the hands of those who slay you.
10 You will die the death of the uncircumcised
at the hands of foreigners.

The STORY of LUCIFER – HIS HISTORY    (from AllAboutGod.com)

Lucifer is just another name for Satan, who as head of the evil world-system is the REAL, THOUGH INVISIBLE, POWER BEHIND the successive rulersof Tyre, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome, and all of those evil rulers that we have seen come and go in the history of the world.

This passage GOES BEYOND HUMAN HISTORY  and marks the beginning of sin in the universe and the very fall of Satan in the pristine, sinless spheres BEFORE the CREATION of MAN.

We also see this same motif in Ezekiel: “Moreover the word of the LORD came to me: Mortal, raise a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, Thus says the Lord GOD: You werethe signet of PERFECTION, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.

You WERE in EDEN, the GARDEN of GODevery precious stone was your covering, carnelian, chrysolite, and moonstone, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald; and worked in gold were your settings and your engravings.

On the day that you were createdthey were prepared. With an anointed cherub as guardian I placed you;you WERE ON the HOLY MOUNTAIN of GOD;you walked among the stones of fire. You were blamelessin your ways from the day that you were created, UNTIL INIQUITY was FOUND in YOU.

In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned; so I cast you as a PROFANE THING from the mountain of God, and the guardian cherub drove you out from among the stones of fire.

Your heart was PROUD because of YOUR BEAUTY; you CORRUPTED your wisdom for the sake of your splendor.

I CAST YOU to the GROUND; I EXPOSED YOUbefore kings, to feast their eyes on you. By the multitude of your iniquities, in the unrighteousness of your trade, you profaned your sanctuaries.

So I brought out fire from within you; it consumed you, and I turned you to ashes on the earth in the sight of all who saw you.

All who know you among the peoples are appalledat you; you have come to a dreadful end and shall be no more forever” (Ezekiel 28:11-19).

Isaiah 14:12, tells us of Lucifer/Satan’s choice. “I will ascend to heaven; I will RAISE MY THRONE ABOVE the STARS of GOD;I will sit on the mount of assembly on the heights of Zaphon; I will ascend to the tops of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High.”

Did you notice in this passage all of the “I wills. ” He said he would exalt his throne above the stars of God. The word “stars” here does not refer to what we see in the night sky. It refers to the angels of God.

In other words, “I will TAKE OVER heaven, I will BE GOD.”

That is Lucifer/Satan’s SIN and that is the INIQUITY that was found in him.

He does NOT want to be GOD’s SERVANT.

He does not want to do what he was CREATED to DO.

He wants to be SERVED and there are millions who have chosen to do just that; SERVE HIM.

They have listened to his liesand chosen to follow him.

Eve believed the lie that she would be like God.

The reason Lucifer/Satan tempted her with that was because it is the very thing that he wants — to be God.

God created Satan as Lucifer, the highest ranking angel of all.

Lucifer, however, WAS NOT CONTENT to WORSHIP and SERVE HIS CREATOR.

Full of PRIDE, he REBELLED, leading a THIRD of the angels.

Unable to match the Almighty God, Lucifer was CAST to the earth where he has operated as the devil ever since.

The biblical passages of Job, Isaiah 14:12-15, Matthew 4:3-10, and Revelation 12:7-12provide a glimpse of Satan’s history and character.

God did not create Lucifer as evil but allowed the potential for sin. While God cannot commit sin, He doesn’t take it away from those who do. When Lucifer chose to rebel, he instantly became the author of sin. Evil is the result of a free-will choice by Lucifer.

Satan and sin don’t foil God’s divine purposes.

Evil in stark contrast to good, shows God’s mercy to whom He chooses to provide salvation. God uses evil and demons for His divine purposes (1 Samuel 16:15-16).

Satan fears GOD’s PREDESTINED PLAN: SALVATION, NEW HEAVEN, and NEW EARTH for HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE.

He will prove that He is victorious over evil and evil beings who follow Satan’s ways.

SPIRITUAL WARFARE:

Spiritual warfare exists in the UNSEEN, SUPER-NATURAL dimension, where God is a ALL-POWERFUL and Satan is in REVOLT.

A Christian soon discovers, although spiritwarfare is UNSEEN, it’s absolutely REAL.

The Bible speaks of spiritual warfare in many places, but most directly in Ephesians 6:12, where Paul speaks of putting on the full armor of God:

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Ephesians 6:14-18:
“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplicationin the Spirit…”

God vs. Satan: The Battle of the Ages

by Richard Pinelli  from LifeHopeandTruth.com

Across a span of time and on spiritual battlefields our human minds can only STRUGGLE to COMPREHEND, an EPIC BATTLE has been RAGING between GOD and a powerful, evil spirit – Satan the devil.

This battle has impacted the course of history in powerful ways (and continues to do so)—but in order to FULLY UNDERSTAND the BATTLE of God vs. Satan, we have to STEP BACK to the EARLIEST pages of HUMAN HISTORY.

In the BEGINNING, GOD CREATED the heavens and the earth.

Although we are only given small glimpses of the world PRIOR to man [Adam], the Scriptures tell us that during this time Lucifer, one of the high-ranking angels serving before God’s throne, convinced a third of the angels to follow him in rebellion against God(Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:13-16; Revelation 12:7-9).

Apparently, because of this great battle, the beautiful earth God had created (Isaiah 45:18) BECAME “without form, and void”(Genesis 1:2).

Because of Lucifer’s rebellion, his name was changed to Satan, meaning “adversary.” His followers, fallen angels, became known as demons.

GENESIS (“beginnings”) – Humanity and “The FALL”

After refashioning the earth so it could sustain human life, GOD CREATED the first man, Adam.Eve, the first woman, was created a short time later.

In addition to placing them in the GARDEN of EDEN (“heart of God”), where they could live and multiply, God gave them instruction in the way of life that would lead to happiness and eternal life.

But this couple was also given the CHOICE of whether they would obey their CREATOR or choose THEIR OWN PATH.

God gave Adam and Eve the first opportunity to rule when He put all things under the feet of man, giving him dominion over the works of God’s hand(Psalm 8:4-8).

Satan the deceiver attacks mankind

Though largely banished to earth (Luke 10:18) with only a few exceptions when he could appear before God’s throne (Job 1:6).

Satan and his demons were not ready to concede in their fight against God.

Satan the devil soon BROUGHT the BATTLE to the GARDEN of EDEN.

SATAN CONVINCED the FIRST man and his wife to DISREGARD the instruction and commandments of GOD.

They bought the LIE that MAN [Adam] can CHOOSE FOR HIMSELF what is right and what is wrong, what is GOOD and what is EVIL.

As a RESULT of this TRAGIC SECISION, SIN entered the world and DEATH entered by sin.

Man CUT HIMSELF OFF from the guidance, direction and blessings of GOD.

From mankind’s perspective, THIS BEGAN the BATTLE of light vs. darkness, right vs. wrong, evil vs. good.

Sides were drawn. Camps and philosophies were developed.

The result is that we now live in a world where we face a clash of values having to do with the questions of sin and who is in charge of this earth.

Until mankind comes to terms with God’s ageless law, he will forever struggle in the battle of the ages with Satan’s philosophy that humans can decide for themselves what is good and what is evil.

What began in the garden all those years ago was a deception that has survived through the ages—a deception that still affects us today.

Satan’s DECEPTION proves DEADLY

Shortly after creating them, God instructedAdam and Eve to look to Him for the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:15-17).

Satan came along and portrayed God as a LIAR and an OPPRESSSOR (Genesis 3:4-5).

Eve was DECEIVED (2 Corinthians 11:3), and Adam willingly ate of the wrong tree (1 Timothy 2:14).

Satan convinced mankind that he should and could DECIDE for HIMSELF GOOD and EVIL.

This is the GREAT DECEPTION. (“You shall be as Gods”)

The deceiver and his agents brought darkness and oppression disguised as light and liberty. As a result of Adam’s choice, mankind was cut off from God—the only true source of light, life and liberty.

What a deception! The author of darkness and death posed as an angel of light and sold the most fatal lie anyone has ever bought.

God said, “In the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Satan, in effect, said, “God knows better—He’s been lying to you.”

Through the ages, Satan and his agents have designed various systems to disguise the same old package of death.

God vs. Satan: Bible prophecy

As a result of Adam’s sin, God dealt with each one of the players in the deception of Eden.

In Genesis 3:15 we see the oldest and longest-running prophecy of the Bible. God told the serpent, Satan the devil, “I will put EMNITY between YOU and the WOMAN, and between YOUR SEED and HER SEED [Christ].”

The battle lines for thousands of years – until the return of Jesus Christ and the removal of the devil – had been drawn.

There would be enmity or hostilitybetween the woman, representing the true Church with God’s servants, and those of Satan’s world.

Thus began the divisionbetween those who choose light and truth and those who choose darkness and lies.

Continuing His address to Satan, God went on to say, “He [Christ] shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His [Christ’s] heel,” referring to the fact that Satan would orchestrate the hatred of Jewish leaders to have Christ crucified. As Christ said to these leaders, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do” (John 8:44).

This BATTLE – the battle of GOD vs. Satan – has been GOING ON for OVER 6,000 years.

We are told in 2 Corinthians 4:4that Satan is the “GOD of THIS AGE.”

In God’s sovereign purpose, Satan has been permitted to exercise a great measure of authority and power through the duration of this age.

While man remains a free moral agent and is answerable and responsible for his actions, evil is more than human.

Evil has its source in a powerful being that has BLINDED the minds of those God is not yet working with. 

One of the primary manifestations of satanic influence and of the evil of this age is religious deception. It is blindness in reference to the laws of God’s coming Kingdom. It is obvious from many passages in the Bible that the Kingdom of God in its permanence does not belong to this age – for Satan is indeed the god of this age.

But God has not gone off to heaven and left this world under the complete control of this evil spirit being called Satan the devil. God has not been dethroned. It remains eternally true that “the LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all”(Psalm 103:19).

God is still king of all the ages.

It is simply a matter of understanding that the fullness of God’s Kingdom will not come about until this present evil age comes to an end.

Jesus Christ established a beachhead for the Kingdom of God through His Church, though this world remains largely the kingdom of Satan.

We also need to understand that the Kingdom of Godis not only future. Jesus Christ established a beachhead for the Kingdom of God through His Church, though this world remains largely the kingdom of Satan.

The book of Hebrews speaks of faithful people living during the time of the early New Testament Church who “havetasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come”(Hebrews 6:5).

The powers of the world to come have thus penetrated this age. The defeat of Satan by God and the establishment of His Kingdom are not solely in the future. God has already acted in His kingly power to break the power of Satan.

This present evil world – the domain of Satan – has been breached by God.

Satan’s kingdom is DOOMED to fall

The Scriptures make it clear that Satan’s evil influence over mankind is destined to end.

Speaking of Christ, Hebrews 2:14-15says, “Through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”

The destruction of Satan’s stronghold has already been guaranteed through Christ’s death, burial and resurrection from the dead.

It was a defeat for Satan in that his activity – his power in some real way -was and is curtailed towards God’s people.

Christ’s ministrywas also an invasion of Satan’s realm. Christ came “preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people” (Matthew 4:23).

Christ preached the Kingdom of God and then demonstrated its power. He told the people of His day that casting out demonswas clearly the work of God’s Kingdom (Matthew 12:24-29).

The gospel – the good news – of the Kingdom of God, which Jesus brought, includes the fact that the power and the authority of the KINGDOM of GOD has come to earth and that it is at work in and among humanity.

The Jews of the first century were expecting God to send them a leader who would overthrow Roman rule. But the hope of such a leader did not happen. The Jewish state was not restored, the temple was destroyed, and the Jewish people were scattered.

But Jesus was not wrong in His prediction. The fullness of His Kingdom had simply not YET come.

Even though the Kingdom of God is not yet a reality on earth, Jesus instructed the members of His Church, which is the spiritual body of people representing that Kingdom, to preach this message to the world.

The teachings of Jesus, including many Kingdom parables, explain that while the Kingdom has NOT YET REPLACED “the kingdoms of this world” (Revelation 11:15), the seeds of this future government have been planted and are growing.

SPIRITUAL WARFARE is a reality of the Christian life.

We know the ending – our side wins.

Since the Devil has already lost, he has nothing to lose in TRYING to TAKE AS MANY people WITH HIM in defeat.

Therefore: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”(Ephesians 6:10-11).

The following are NAMES of Satan and ALIASES he uses:

  • Lucifer, meaning morning star (Isaiah 14:12)
  • ruler of the demons (Matthew 12:24)
  • god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4)
  • devil/accuser (Matthew 4:1)
  • prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2)
  • roaring lion (1 Peter 5:8)
  • serpent (Genesis 3:1)
  • dragon (Revelation 12:9; 20:2)
  • adversary (Job 1)
  • tempter (Matthew 4:3)
  • the anointed Cherub that covers (Ezekiel 28:14)
  • Beelzebub (Matthew 12:24)
  • Belial (2 Corinthians 6:15)
  • wicked one (Matthew 13:19)
  • What are his POWERS?
  • The only ruling power Satan has is over the human, secular, unsaved global world (1 John 5:19; Jude 9; Revelation 16:13-14)
    • Satan, described in the Bible, can and does win battles for the mind. He takes devilish pleasure every time a human falls into sin and rejects God. Can he get away with his malevolence? While Satan does spread terror, his strategies are destined for defeat (Revelation 20:10).
    • Satan is the author of sin and evil. For a time, God is allowing him to roam the earth like a roaring lion, devouring human prey. The ultimate source of all persecution, he hooks his evil character into the heart of a person’s soul to influence the mind, emotions, and will (John 13:2).
    • Satan is not omnipresent – he cannot be in more than one place at a time. Only God is everywhere, only God knows everything.
    • Satan uses supernatural schemes and tactics to overcome his victim. Satan is a supernatural being with great power to deceive (Job 1:7).
    • Satan and his demon followers can attack both internally and externally yet escape unnoticed as the instigator of strife and suffering. Possession and oppression of people marks their work.
    • Ruling from the unseen spirit realm, Satan commands his demons to possess or oppress his victims. He is responsible for tempting sinners; blinding their eyes with lies; leading them into sin; and then slandering them to God (Genesis 3)

SATAN, limited and restrained by God, is neither all-powerful nor all-knowing, nor present everywhere. He can do nothing apart from God’s sovereign authority. The biblical book of Job is an example of not only Satan’s terror but also HIS LIMITATIONS and DEFEAT.

While Satan can entice a person to SIN, he cannot force him to do it. Unlike the omniscient God, Satan cannot know everything about the future or a person’s thoughts.

While Satan can influence peopleto sin and can cause sickness, his power is limited by the all-powerful God. The Lord controls – permitting or restricting – each of his actions.

Although Satan is titled the “prince of the power of the air,” he cannot ever be the independent ruler of the earth.

Satan is a fearsome foe but conquered under the victorious King, Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:10, 15 Revelation 20:2-3, 10).

GENESIS (“beginnings”) – Humanity and “The FALL”

After theserpent beguiled Eve, and she and Adam ate, then the serpent was physically cursed and the serpent(s) made enemies with Eve’s seed.

Gen 14-15 “The LORD God said to the serpent, Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life; And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed”

This speaks to the fact that humans and snakes have had enmity between them ever since.

After the serpent beguiled Eve, and she and Adam ate, then the serpent was physically cursed and the serpent(s) made enemies with Eve’s seed.

Gen 14-15 “The LORD God said to the serpent, Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life; And I will put ENMITY Between you and the woman, And between YOUR SEED and HER SEED;”

This speaks to the fact that humans and snakes have had enmity between them ever since.

Gen 15-16 “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”

Spiritually, Satan and his seed are ENEMIES of GOD and God’s people, and Satan’s EVENTUAL DEFEAT by Jesus Christ was prophesied:

The meaning of this ties into a couple other passages of scripture:

John 8:42-44 “Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love ME, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me.

“Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father.

He [satan] was a MURDERER from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is NO TRUTH in him Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from HIS OWN NATURE,for he is a liar and the FATHER of LIES.

Satan is called the god of this THIS WORLD, the RULER of the POWER of the AIR, the RULERof this world (2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:2; John 12:31; 16:11), and portrayed as possessing the kingdom of this world(Luke 4:6; 1 John 5:19), and the SOURCE of MURDER, THEFT, LYING, SICKNESS, and DISEASE (John 8:44; 1 John 3:2; Luke 13:16; Acts 10:38).

Moses describes an important Old Testament background. Satan is portrayed as “the ancient serpent” with his key attribute of DECEPTION.

The Genesis text reads: “Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate’ ” (NIV). By alluding to Genesis 3:13, John draws on the Creation story in Genesis 3 in which Satan deceives Adam and Eve and brings about the fall of humankind.

John draws on this cosmic conflict theme from the earliest days of human history.

FALLEN ANGELS (War in Heaven) and The FLOOD

In the CENTURIES BEFORE JESUS, there was a fall of angels, based on an Old Testament passage unrelated in Genesis chapter 6.

The NEPHILIM were on the earth in those days – and also afterward – when the SONS of GOD went to the DAUGHTERS of humans and had children by them.They were the heroes of old, men of renown.

That is all; the Bible says nothing more.

The Book of Enoch

WHO were the SONS of GOD?

Who were the sons of God meant to represent?

The apocalyptic Book of Enoch gave names to the sons of God and elaborated on the story.

Enoch understood NEPHILIMto be FALLEN ANGELS who had sexual intercourse with human women.

So GOD PUNISHED THEM, and their acts LED directly to the FLOOD of Noah.

The Book of Enochtells the story in chapters 6 and 7:

And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: ‘Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men and beget us children.’ And Semjaza, who was their leader, said unto them: ‘I fear ye will not indeed agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin.’

And they all answered him and said: ‘Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations not to abandon this plan but to do this thing. ’Then sware they all together and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. And they were in all two hundred; who descended in the days of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon, and they called it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it.

And these are the names of their leaders: Samlazaz, their leader, Araklba, Rameel, Kokablel, Tamlel, Ramlel, Danel, Ezeqeel, Baraqijal, Asael, Armaros, Batarel, Ananel, Zaqiel, Samsapeel, Satarel, Turel, Jomjael, Sariel. These are their chiefs of tens.

And all the others together with them took unto themselves wives, and each chose for himself one, and they began to go in unto them and to defile themselves with them, and they taught them CHARMS and ENCHANTMENTS, and the cutting of roots, and made them acquainted with plants. And they became PREGNANT, and they BARE GREAT GIANTS, whose height was three thousand ells.

Chapter 10 describes God’s response to the angels:

And the Lord said unto Michael: ‘Go, bind Semjaza and his associates who have united themselves with women so as to have defiled themselves with them in all their uncleanness.And when their sons have slain one another, and they have seen the destruction of their beloved ones, bind them fast for seventy generations in the valleys of the earth, till the day of their judgement and of their consummation,till the judgement that is for ever and ever is consummated.   In those days they shall be led off to the abyss of fire: and to the torment and the prison in which they shall be confined for ever.’

The Book of Enoch continues for several chapters describing the PUNISHMENTS of the FALLEN ANGELS and THEIR CHILDREN.

2 Peter chapter 2 refers to the Book of Enoch:

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them in chains of darkness to be held for judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah…

Jude actually quotes Enoch by name assuming him to be the Enoch of Genesis, which he was not:

ENOCH, the seventh from Adam, PROPHESIED about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to JUDGE everyone, and to CONVICT all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed.”

He also refers to the angels in Enoch:

The angels who did not keep their positions of authority but ABANDONED THEIR PROPER SWELLING – these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for JUDGMENT on the GREAT DAY.

Rebellion – FALLEN ANGELS and The FLOOD: 1 Enoch

from Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean, by Philip Harland

A very important part of Satan’s identity within Christianity is the notion that Satan is the CHIEF ANGEL among a group that REBELLED AGAINST GOD and FELL from THEIR ORIGINAL POSITION in the heavenly realm.

We first have clear signs of this critical component in Satan’s story around 200 BCE in a Jewish writing in the Pseudepigrapha known as 1 ENOCH.

Book one of 1 Enoch presents a midrash (interpretation) and considerable expansion of a few mysterious verses in Genesis (6:1-8): the account of the “SONS of GOD” (angelic figures) MATING WITH HUMAN WOMEN that immediately PRECEDES the story of God sending the FLOOD.

“ENOCH’s” visions explain the origins of evil and sin among humanity, and in this case suggest that ultimately EVIL came from the DIVINE REALM by way of FALLEN ANGELS

Issues regarding the degree to which humans, on the one hand, or divine beings (angels), on the other, were responsible for the introduction and continuation of evil and sin among humanity would continue to occupy those who told and re-told the story of Satan in subsequent centuries.

In the process of explaining the origins of evil, this author seems to blend together two separate traditions that existed before his time concerning a CONSPIRACY among CERTAIN ANGELS..

At times the author speaks of SEMYAZ (Semihazah) as the CHIEF and at others of AZAZEL (Asa’el).

The author seems to have preserved the different emphases of each tradition. The SEMYAZ material portrays the conspiracy against God as centred on the SEXUAL act of union with humans and the AZAZEL tradition focusses on how the fallen angels subsequently reveal SECRETS of heaven to humanity, including skills that led to WAR and SEDUCTION, to the general CHAOS that BRINGS the FLOOD.

The OFFSPRING of the mixing of divine and human are GIANTS whose spirits after death are DEMONS that continue to mislead humanity. (15:8-12).

The result of this whole conspiracy is war and chaos on earth.

God consults with his trusted angels, such as Michael and Raphael, to arrange punishment of both the humans and the fallen angels,referring to the end of days in the process:

“then spoke the Most High. . . ‘the EARTH and EVERYTHING will be DESTROYED. And the DELUGE is about to come upon ALL the EARTH; and all that is in it will be DESTROYED.’ . ..

And secondly the Lord said to Raphael, ‘Bind Azazel hand and foot and throw him into the darkness!’ And he (Raphael) made a hole in the desert. . . he threw on top of him (Azazel) rugged and sharp rocks. And he covered his face in order that he may not see light; and in order that he may be sent into the fire on the great day of judgment.” (1 Enoch10:1-7; trans. by E. Isaac in James H. Charlesworth, ed. The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha[2 vols. New York: Doubleday, 1983-85], p. 17)

The imprisonment and end-time fate of this fallen angel here resembles the fate of “the ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan” in John’s Apocalypse (20:1-10),.

As in other apocalyptic writings, the FLOOD of long ago becomes a precursor or foreshadow of God’s final intervention in the END TIMES, the “GREAT DAY of JUDGMENT”, when the angels who rebelled, along with the humans who sided with them by doing evil, WILL MEET THEIR END.

The RIGHTEOUS ones,on the other hand, will go on to live in a NEW WORLD cleansed“from all sin and from all iniquity” (see 10:17-22).

The name “Satan” itself does not appear here at all, but the fallen angels story was soon to be linked up with passages involving the angelic adversary (“satan”) in the Hebrew Bible, as we begin to see in the likes of JUBILEES (chapters 10-11; c. 150-105 BCE).

Still later (in the second and third centuries CE), this notion of fallen angels would also be linked up (by Christian authors) with a passage that originally referred to the Babylonian king as COSMIC REBEL in Isaiah 14, the “Day Star, Son of Dawn” who FALLS from heaven (where he IMAGINES himself to belong).

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The Secret of the ‘GARMENTS of SKIN’ of Adam and Eve

October 3, 2017by Gabriel Comia, Jr.

from www.taughtbydegree.wordpress.com

‘Garments of Skin’ given by God to Adam and Eve

Immediately after Adam and Eve had disobeyed God’s command (Genesis 2:17) for having eaten the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden, the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; Adam and Eve were afraidof their nakedness that is why they hide from the LORD.  And then they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.  Genesis 3:7

But before  they were expelled from Garden of Eden, GOD PROVIDED THEM WITH CLOTHING:

“And the Lord God made garments of skin (‘or with an ‘ayin) for Adam and his wife and clothed them” (3:21).

There are many interpretation however, as to the garments of skin – the skin of animals as loin covering to protect the sacral chakra, the center of energy life force,  while other  meaning is a form of pure light– an all seeing eye, shining rays of  light, an owr.

Adam and Eve had their garments of celestial light replaced by “garments of skin,” which merely protected but no longer illuminated. (Zohar, II, 229a-b).

After the death of Adam and his wife, the GARMENTS of SKIN were GIVEN to ENOCH, the son of Jared. Book of Jasher Chapter 7

Enoch is the seventh of the ten pre-Deluge Patriarchs.Enoch lived 365 years  (3284-3017 BCE) which is extremely short in the context of his peers because he TRAVELLED to HEAVEN.

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These recount how Enoch is taken up to Heaven and is APPOINTED GUARDIAN of all the CELESTIAL TREASURES, chief of the archangels, and the immediate attendant on God’s throne.

He is subsequently taught all secrets and mysteries and, with all the angels at his back, fulfils of his own accord whatever comes out of the mouth of God, executing His decrees. Enoch was also seen as the inventor of writing, and teacher of astronomy and arithmetic, all three reflecting the interpretation of his name as meaning initiated. Much esoteric literature like the 3rd Book of Enoch identifies Enoch as the Metatron, the angel which communicates God’s word.

Methuselahlived 969 years (Genesis 5:27), longer than anyone else recorded. His father was Enoch. Methuselah,  meaning “God sent Death”, a communication by God that he will send death to earth by means of flood.

After the death of Methuselah, NOAH took the ‘garments of skin’ and brought them to the ark, and they were with him until he went out of the ark. Book of Jasher

When the flood subsided, Noah offered burnt offerings to God, who said: “I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more everything living, as I have done.” (8:20–21)

“And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and REplenish the earth.” (9:1)

They were also told that all fowls, land animals, and fishes would be afraid of them. Furthermore, as well as green plants, every moving thing would be their food with the exception that the blood was not to be eaten. Man’s life blood would be required from the beasts and from man. “Who sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.” (9:6)

HAM {the garments of skin were STOLEN from his father Noah}

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After the flood, Noah  began farming and engaged in vine growing. He planted field of grapes and produced wine.

One day when Noah was drunk, his youngest son Ham STOLE those garments of skin and HID them from his brothers who covered the nakedness of their father.

Another,  while in Noah’s house,  Ham fathered a son CANAAN as a result of sexual act committed  to Noah’s grand daughter in law Rasueja, the wife of Arphaxad. (The Book of Jubilees)

Noah died 350 years after the flood, at the age of 950,  the last of the extremely long-lived antediluvian Patriarchs. The maximum human lifespan, as depicted by the Bible, diminishes rapidly thereafter, from almost 1,000 years to the 120 years of Moses

CUSH was the eldest son of Ham.  He was the BROTHER of illegitimate CANAAN(land of Canaan), Mizraim (Egypt) and Phut (land of Libya), and theFATHER of the Biblical NIMROD.

Ham gave the GARMENTS to his firstborn son Cush, who kept them for a long time in secret, not telling anybody about them.

But Cush (in his older days) took himself yet another wife and by her, Cush got NIMROD, who became CUSH’s FAVORITE SON.

When Nimrod had reached manhood, Cush gave him these CLOTHES and thus NIMROD got even more POWERFUL.

And when Ham’ s first son Cush was born,  he gave him the stolen ‘garments of skin’ in secret, and they were with Cush for many years while also concealed from his sons and  brothers. Book of Jasher

Nimrod  was the son of Cush, making him the great-grandson of Noah. The Bible described him as the king of Shinar (Assyria/Mesopotamia), cities of Babel, Erech and Accad , and  was “a mighty hunter who was rebellious against God.

NIMROD & The TOWER of BABEL

TOTALITARIAN “TOWERS”of POLITICAL IDOL-atry

“IF there is NO GOD, EVERYTHING is PERMITTED” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

TOTALITARIANISM MODERN STARTS FROM TWO BIBLICAL NARRATIVES and REVELATIONS – HUMAN ATTEMPTS to “PLAY GOD” – The GARDEN of EDEN and TOWER of BABEL

And they said, go to, LET US BUILD us a CITY and a TOWER, whose top may REACH UNTO HEAVEN; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth”  – Genesis 10:4

“and the Lord said, behold, the people is ONE, and they have all one language;  and this they BEGIN to do:  and NOW NOTHING WILL BE RESTRAINED FROM THEM,which they have IMAGINED to do.”  – Genesis 10:6

In UTOPIAN SOCIETIES, NATURE, MAN and GOD are PLACED ON the SAMEPLANE

MANKIND, ONCE SPIRITUALLY EVOLVED ISGOD, recognizing its “collective consciousness”.

DESPOT-ic RULERS exhibit the SAME EGO-MANIA: the GOD-STATE, a product of EVOLVED MAN, was TOUTED AS GOD and the PARTY and its LEADERS were the voice of this DESPOTIC-STATE DEITY.

POLITICAL IDOL-atry sought and seeks to “PLAY GOD” by RE-CREATING BOTH the “GARDEN of EDEN” and “TOWERS of BABEL” 

NIMROD & The TOWER of BABEL

from Israel-a-history-of.com

NIMROD, the son of Cush, had an impact on ancient ISRAEL unmatched by any other of HAM’s descendants.

CUSH, the oldest son of HAM, fell under the NOAH-ic CURSE. Consequently, the descendants of Cush, Nimrod included, would fall under the curse as well.

The deification of Nimrod, ca. 2000 BC.

The SON of CUSH

The son of Cush‘s name literally means “LET US REBEL”.

Cush felt threatened by Noah’s prophecy of servitude, and consequently sought to establish his own kingdom through his son.

He would become the founder of the very empirewhich would one day completely DESTROY the nation of ISRAEL and its Temple, and send its people into exile.

This empire would, in due course, come to represent the SATANIC GOVERNMENT set up and established in REVELATION to pursue and utterly DESTROY ALL JEWS and CHRISTIANS from the face of the earth.

Genesis 10:8-10

“And CUSH begat NIMROD: he began to be a MIGHTY ONE in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the MIGHTY HUNTER before the Lord.

And the beginning of his kingdom was BABEL, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.”

NIMROD

As the descendants of Hammoved into Arabia and AfricaCushand his clan choose to settle in the Tigris-Euphrates River Valley.

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By the time the son of Cush had come of age, he had established himself as a “mighty one in the earth”.

The Jerusalem Targumhas this to say about him:

” He was powerful in hunting and in WICKEDNESS before the LORD, for he was a hunter of the SONS of MEN, and he said to them, ‘Depart from the JUDGMENT of the Lord, and adhere to the JUDGMENT of NIMROD.’ 

Therefore is it said: ‘As Nimrod the strong one, strong in hunting, and in WICKEDNESS before the Lord.’ “

The SPIRIT of REBELLION is seen clearly in Ham’s grandson. 

He has NO DESIRE to pursue the commandments of God.

Instead, in an effort to thwart the Noahic curse of servitude, Cush had raised his son in the hopes of ESTABLISHING THEIR OWN KINGDOM ON EARTH, and perhaps even enslaving the descendants of Shem and Japheth.

Nimrod was without a doubt a man of great charismaand ability. He held tremendous influence over the people. (the “Cult of Personality”)It is noted that he was a “mighty hunter before the Lord”.

Such a phrase would seem to indicate hunting above and beyondthe normal hunting required to gather food for one’s family.

Throughout the Old Testament the Bohemath and Leviathan appear sporadically, indicating that extremely large animals were present in Old Testament times. Some geologists and scholars claim that the Ice Age immediately followed the Genesis flood, and fossil records from the Ice Age, and pre-Ice Age (before the Flood), indicate that enormousanimals existed, perhaps even dinosaurs, or some ancestors of them that found their way onto the ark.

As the environment changed due to the flood, the food supply would have changed as well. Animals that were used to abundant supplies of food before the flood, perhaps found it hard to survive on the limited food supply after the flood. These fossil records indicate that enormous animals were in fact living around this time.These animals may have been a serious threat to man in the centuries following the flood.

Any person that gained a reputation as a Big Game Hunterin those times would surely have gained fame and popularity among men.

However, this ability was TAKEN and USED “AGAINST the LORD”.

Verse 9from this passage literally translates;

“He was a mighty hunter against the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter against the Lord.” (italics added)

It was by his prowess as a hunter that fame and honer were obtained, and ultimately he rose to a position as a world leader of his time, using his charisma, ability, and energy to establish an empire, centered in Babel.

God had given Noah and his sons the order to ESTABLISH HUMAN GOVERNMENT, but the kind He INTENDED was a FAR CRY from what Ham’s descendants would build and establish.

The Babylon mentioned throughout the entire Bible, from the captivity and destruction of Israel in 586 B.C., to the Babylon of the book of Revelation, is the Babel built and established in Genesis.

This was truly a GOVERNMENT SET UP AGAINST GOD, and EVERYTHING GOD REPRESENTED.

NIMROD’S EMPIRE

These people built a vast networkof citiesand religious complexes, centered in Babel, or Babylon.

The Mighty Hunter built Erech,called Uruk in the Bible. Erech is 100 miles southeast of Babylon, and was the legendary home of Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh was the hero of the Babylonian flood story.

Archaeological excavations at Erech have produced ancient writings that date long before Abraham.

Immediately north of Babylon, was Accad.Accad is also found throughout the Bible and other ancient texts spelled Akkad, and Agade.

The Akkadian Empire lent its name from this city. The Akkadian Empireis practically the same as the Sumerian Empire.

Calneh has yet to be identified, however it was in the land of Shinar. The “land of Shinar” is most likely Sumer, and referred to in Daniel 1:2as Babylonia.

From Babel, he worked his way up the Tigris River into Assyria.

His plan of expansionwas in motion. He sought to establish great cities on each river, the Tigris and the Euphrates, in an attempt to control trade and commerce in the region.

Approximately 200 miles north of Babylon, on the upper Tigris river, he founded Nineveh.  As Babylon was situated on the Euphrates, Nineveh was situated on the upper Tigris, and later became the capital of the Assyrian Empire, just one of the eventual conquerors of ISRAEL.

This perversionled to PANTHEISM, the belief that NATURE and GOD are in essence the SAME, and POLYTHEISM, the religious system which establishes multiple gods.

This was in direct oppositionto Monotheism, which is the worship of ONE GOD. Judaism, Islam, and Christianity are all forms of monotheistic belief systems.

There is plentiful evidence to suggest that all forms of paganism, meaning all forms of pantheism and polytheism, traces its ROOTS back to Ancient BABYLONIA.

It is no secret that the assortment of gods and goddesses from Egypt, India, Greece and Rome all find their BEGINNINGS in the original pantheon of the BABYLONIANS.

There is even evidence that NIMROD himself was later DEIFIEDas Merodach, or Marduk, the chief god of Babylon.

This may be the originof Pharaoh and Caesar worshipseen in later empires,where the leader of the particular empire is claimed to be a god.

TOTALITARIAN “GARDENS” and “TOWERS of BABEL”

A re-created “garden”,built by MEN and women, CANNOT ESCAPE the FACTS of HUMAN NATURE – GREED, ARROGANCE, and a NEVER ENDING FOCUS ON SELF.

Liberalism is the world’s moral-political PETER PAN complex.  It is NARCISSISM arrayed in UTOPIAN longings.  It believes that the wisdom that once fueled our civilization was merely a shattered stepping stone to its OWN bloodless IDEAL of PERFECTION.

LIBERALISM BELIEVES WITHOUT QUESTION the PERENNIAL DELUSION of the SERPENT in the GARDEN:  that ONCE WE HAD REBELLED WE WOULD “BECOME GOD” and ACHIEVE OUR OWN HOMOGENIZED VALHALLA (HEAVEN on EARTH)

Oblivious to CAUSE and EFFECT and (unintended) CONSEQUENCES… dystopians NEVER know when to STOP … arrogantly fail to see the REALITY of “SIN” and recognize the LIMITS of humanity.

“IF there is NO GOD, EVERYTHING is PERMITTED” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Dystopians attempt to build their own TOWERS of BABEL to “HEAVEN”,  their ambitions to BECOME “DIVINE” WITHOUT “LIMITATIONS” thwarted in confusion …

Dystopians “EXTERNALIZE” life’s problems while failing to look INTERNALLY and recognize WE ARE the “PROBLEM” …

Reinhold Niebuhr’s book “The Nature and Destiny of Man” reminds us “MAN is HIS OWN MOST VEXING PROBLEM” ...

The most obvious statement is “BUT I’M ALL RIGHT … I’M a GOOD PERSON”

If most people think think they are “all right” and a “good person”,  WHY is the WORLD in its current DISMAL, DYSFUNCTIONAL STATE?”

the dystopian BLIND lead the blind and wonder why and how things go “off course” …

superficial PERCEPTIONS are blind to REALITY …

TOTALITARIANISM MODERN STARTS FROM TWO BIBLICAL NARRATIVES and REVELATIONS – HUMAN ATTEMPTS to “PLAY GOD” …

… RE-CREATING EDEN and and BUILDING TOWERS (of Babel) to HEAVEN

FASCISM is a “RELIGIOUS” movement, human attempts to REPLACE GOD, POLITICAL IDOLATRY (SUBSTITUTES for GOD)

NIMROD– The first human rebel against God.  HE Built cities and his human government replaced God.

Instead of being governed by GOD, the “STATE” and human GOVERNMENT BECAME “god”.

BABYLON MYSTERY RELIGIONS REPLACEDTRUE GOD WORSHIP.

The Tower of Babel was an attempt to ESCAPE the “RESTRAINTS” of humanityand build “heaven”, in DEFIANCE of God.

UTOPIANS  think they would be BETTER OFF if it were RID of “The TRAGIC”.

Utopians are  AGAINST ANY LIMITS WHATSOEVER.  

The “tragic” know human will is CAPABLE of GREAT EVIL, particularly when it brooks NO RESTRAINT.

They know HUMAN WILL MUST be RESTRAINED by allegiance to a HIGHER law than the SELF.

The “NEW” GODS of transformational, “collective salvation” are REGRESSIVE and inevitably OPPRESSIVE, based on NONSENSE and NOTHINGNESS leading us NOWHERE.  

It is when humanity attempts to “PLAY GOD” when the greatest evils occurs. 

Attempts to RE-CREATE “The GARDEN” result in “The GULAG”.  

The building of promised HEAVEN on EARTH produces HELL, paradie PERVERTED. 

Delusional DREAMS turn into NIGHTMARES. 

The true ROOT of “SIN” and “EVIL” is HUMAN PRIDE: IDOL WORSHIP which “REBELS”, REJECTs and seeks to REPLACE GOD (The “Almighty”), SEEKing  and “IMAGINE-ing” SUBSTITUTES (the “Absurd) for GOD

This empire would, in due course, come to represent the satanic government set up and established in Revelation to pursue and utterly destroy all Jews and Christians from the face of the earth.


NIMROD

As the descendants of Ham moved into Arabia and Africa, Cush and his clan choose to settle in the Tigris-Euphrates River Valley.

By the time the son of Cush had come of age, he had established himself as a “mighty one in the earth”.

The deification of Nimrod, ca. 2000 BC.

The Jerusalem Targumhas this to say about him:

” He was powerful in hunting and in WICKEDNESS before the Lord, for he was a hunter of the sons of men, and he said to them, ‘DEPART FROM the JUDGMENT of the LORD, and adhere to the judgment of Nimrod.’ Therefore is it said: ‘As Nimrod the strong one, strong in hunting, and in wickedness before the Lord.’ “

The spirit of REBELLION is seen clearly in Ham’s grandson. He has no desire to pursue the commandments of God.

Instead, in an effort to thwart the Noahic curse of servitude, Cush had raised his son in the hopes of establishing THEIR OWN KINGDOM on earth, and perhaps even enslaving the descendants of Shem and Japheth.

Nimrod was without a doubt a man of great charisma and ability. He held tremendous influence over the people. It is noted that he was a “mighty hunter before the Lord”.

Such a phrase would seem to indicate hunting above and beyond the normal hunting required to gather food for one’s family.

Throughout the Old Testament the Bohemath and Leviathan appear sporadically, indicating that EXTREMELY LARGE ANIMALS were present in Old Testament times. Some geologists and scholars claim that the Ice Age immediately followed the Genesis flood, and fossil records from the Ice Age, and pre-Ice Age (before the Flood), indicate that enormous animals existed, perhaps even dinosaurs, or some ancestors of them that found their way onto the ark.

As the ENVIRONMENT CHANGED due to the flood, the food supply would have changed as well.Animals that were used to abundant supplies of food before the flood, perhaps found it hard to survive on the limited food supply after the flood.

These fossil records indicate that enormous animalswere in fact living around this time. These animals may have been a SERIOUS THREAT to man in the centuries following the flood.

Any person that gained a reputation as a Big Game Hunter in those times would surely have gained fame and popularity among men.

However, this ability was taken and used “AGAINST the LORD”.

The Babylon mentioned throughout the entire Bible, from the captivity and destruction of Israel in 586 B.C., to the Babylon of the book of Revelation, is the Babel built and established in Genesis.

This was truly a government set up against God, and everything God represented.

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NIMROD’S EMPIRE

The Akkadian Empire lent its name from this city. The Akkadian Empire is practically the same as the Sumerian Empire.

From Babel, NIMROD worked his way up the Tigris River into Assyria.

His plan of expansion was in motion. NIMROD sought to establish great cities on each river, the Tigris and the Euphrates, in an attempt to control trade and commerce in the region.

Approximately 200 miles north of Babylon, on the upper Tigris river, he founded Nineveh.

As Babylon was situated on the Euphrates, Nineveh was situated on the upper Tigris, and later became the capital of the Assyrian Empire, just one of the eventual conquerors of Israel.

Along with Nineveh, NIMROD built the cities of Rehoboth, Resen, and Calah.

A map of the Kingdom of Nimrod.

NIMROD’S EMPIRE CENTERED AROUND MODERN DAY BAGHDAD, IRAQ. HE BUILT UP BABEL & NINEVEH. HE WAS ALSO A GREAT HUNTER.

Twenty miles south of Nineveh, on the banks of the Tigris, rests the excavated ruins of Calah. Calah is still called “Nimrud” after its founder.

These cities taken together were known as “a great city”. Nimrod, in essence, became the originator of the Metropolitan area.

Romans 1:18-32gives a vivid description of what life must have been like for Nimrod and his followers.

The Assyrian myths and legends tell of a “Ninus” that founded Nineveh and the “great city”. Linguists and scholars agree that “Ninus” is a form of “Nimrod”.

So corrupt and evil had this generation become that Revelation 17:5calls Babylon “the mother of prostitutes, and of the abominations of the earth”.

There is plentiful evidence to suggest that all forms of paganism,meaning all forms of pantheism and polytheism, traces its ROOTS BACK to Ancient Babylonia.

They no longer were concerned with worshiping the Creator.

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The TOWER of BABEL

Genesis 11:1-4

“Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar (That is, Babylonia) and settled there. They said to each other, ‘come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.’ They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar.

Then they said, ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a TOWER that REACHES to the HEAVENS, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the earth.”

As he built up his vast network of cities, both on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, he began to institute religious practices that were directly at odds with the worship of the true God.

The passage in Genesis 11tells the story of Nimrod’s efforts at establishing a WORLD RELIGION.

Though Nimrod’s name is not directly mentioned, the Tower of Babel was built in Babylon, presumably under his direction.

Once they had established their construction methods, Nimrod sought to establish his legacy by building a TOWER in HONOR of MAN.

The King James Bible translateS verse 4 as reading;

“….and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven…”.

The reason for building this tower was not to reach the heavens, but to honor heaven and its angelic host.

The word “unto” suggests an offering, and this tower was an offering to heaven and its host.

It would serve as a temple, a central altar, where man could offer sacrifices and worship.

This tower would dominate the city. It would be the crown jewel, architecturally, culturally, socially and spiritually, of the empire. It would be a symbol of man’s unity and strength.

Nimrod instituted governing bodies of priests to regulate and oversee WORSHIP.Verse 8 suggests that though the tower was not finished, it was in use at the time when God came down to look in on the construction.

Ornate decorations would have adorned the ceilings and staircases of the temple.

Emblazoned scenes of stars and heavenly bodies filled the empty spaces in the ceremonial rooms throughout.

The stars began to assume identities, such as Leo the great King of Heaven, and perhaps these identities were shown in sculptures and statues that lined the staircases and doorways of the tower.

Thebeauty of the tower was surely breathtaking. In fact, so impressive was the Tower of Babel that God Himself commented, “now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do“.

As a result, GOD saw it necessary to scatter the people to PREVENT FURTHER CORRUPTION and MORAL DEGRADATION.

To accomplish this, God confounds the language of the people. The word “confound” is the Hebrew Balal, and means mingled, or mixed, and by extension confusion.

The English word “babble” is an example of an onomatopoeia, a word formed to imitate an actual sound.

The very name Babylon would come to represent the city of babbling, or confusion. Babylon, in fact, has since been a center of religious and political confusion.

BABYLON was an ever constant THREAT to Ancient ISRAEL, both spiritually and physically, and continues to be a threat to this very day.

“ISRAEL” – GOD’s REDEMPTION PLAN

Abraham’s Family

One of the most important persons at Nimrod’s court in Ur of the Chaldees in Babel, or Babylonia, was TERAH, the son of Nahor, a great-great grandson of Eber. Terah had three sons, Abraham, Nahor, and Haran.

Abraham’s Birth

The night before Abraham was born, Nimrod’s astrologerswere gathered at Terah’s house. Looking out into the night sky, they read in the constellation of the stars that the newly born child was to become the chief and the father of a mighty nation.This discovery was communicated to Nimrod, who became afraid that the new star might darken his own.

Nimrod asked Terah to bring the newly born baby to the palace to be killed. Terah tried to talk Nimrod out of it, but he couldn’t.

He risked his life and the lives of his whole family, and exchanged his son with a servant’s child born the same day as Abraham. Nimrod did not suspect the ruse, and he killed the baby with his own hands.

Meanwhile, Abraham was hidden in a cave.

Abraham stayed in the cave until he was ten years old. During this time he came to believe in the existence of G‑d through reasoning. Abram had watched the sun and the moon and the stars coming and going, each in its own time. He had noticed the sun giving way to the moon, despite its apparent divine power, and the moon giving place to the sun in the morning.

And so he reasoned that there must be a Power above and beyond all the visible forces of nature, a Power Who had created them, and Who regulated and controlled them at all times. Behind the limited power of all nature, young Abraham perceived the unlimited and timeless existence of G‑d.

Then G‑d made Himself known to Abram and taught him the right way of living.

Later ABRAM went to the house of NOAH and SHEM. There he stayed many years; there he studied and learned to SERVE GOD.

Nimrod had long forgot then the threat of the new star which his astrologers had predicted. He had rewarded Terah for his faithfulness and had given him even higher honors than before. Terah was clever, and Nimrod took his advice in matters of state. Besides, Terah had always appeared an obedient servant with regard to the new idols Nimrod introduced in his empire. Nimrod had no reason to hold any grudge against Terah, in spite of his astrologers’ predictions.

One day, Abraham took an axe and destroyed all his father’s idols. Only the largest remained intact. When Terah saw his idols shattered and scattered all over the floor, he accused Abram. But Abram said that the largest of the idols had killed all the others in a fight over an offering brought to them. Terah exclaimed that such a thing was impossible, since idols could not quarrel or fight.

Then he realized that his son tricked him into admitting that the idols made of stone and wood could not even move, and he became very angry. Forgetting that he had long ago deceived Nimrod by substituting another child for Abraham, he went to the king and reported his son’s irreverence towards the gods.

Nimrod had Abraham thrown into prison and condemned to death by fire. Hundreds of people crowded to watch the son of Prince Terah burn alive for disloyalty and disrespect towards the gods.

For three whole days and nights, hundreds of people could hardly believe their eyes, seeing Abraham walking in the midst of the flames, without having even a hair of his head burn. King Nimrod himself had to admit that Abram had spoken the truth and that he was a man of God. He asked Abram to come out of the furnace. Nimrod then gave Abram many presents and sent him back to his father’s house.

But Abram did not go alone. For with him went two hundred men of noble descent, amongst them, Eliezer of Damascus, who was later to become Abraham’s most trusted servant.

They all abandoned Nimrod and his rich court to live with Abrahamand learn from him the knowledge of the true G‑d.

Abraham married Sarai. He lived with Terah until Nimrod sent for him again, this time intending to kill him secretly. But Abraham learned of this plot in time, and escaped to Noah’s house, where he had lived as a young man. Terah followed him there, and together they went to Haran in Aram Naharaim, or Mesopotamia.

He and Sarai were growing old and longed for a child. When Abraham reached his eighty-fifth birthday, Sarai asked him to marry her maid Hagar. Hagar, prior to becoming Sarai’s maid was a princess in Pharaoh’s house, she preferred to be a maid in Abraham’s household.

The Abrahamic Covenantgave ownership of the LANDof Canaan unconditionally to the DESCENDANTS of ABRAHAM, ISAAC and JACOB (renamed “ISRAEL”)

It was an everlasting possession (Genesis17:7-8). That means forever. This was reiterated when an Angel of the Lord said; “I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the LAND which I have sworn to your fathers and I said I will never break my covenant” (Judges 2:1).

The story of ISRAELinvolves GOD’s PROMISED LAND and PROPHETIC PEOPLE

DEUTERONOMY 32:8 – When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.

ISAIAH 29:14 – Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.

JEREMIAH 30:3 “For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.”

“Israel” encapsulates GOD’s SUPERNATURAL“REDEMPTION PLAN”, His power and control revealed and manifested in human history.  

GOD WOULD “BE KNOWN” to the NATIONS of history THROUGH HIS USE of “ISRAEL”, THROUGH HIS “PROMISED LAND” and “PROPHETIC HAND”.

Satan, God’s “adversary”, attempts to thwart God’s Plan revealed through “Israel”.

ABRAHAM – FATHER of FAITH

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Abraham was thefirst real monotheistand as such is a pivotal figure in Judaism, Islam and Christianity. The Jews call Abraham “Father Abraham”, the Muslims “the Imam to the nations”, and the Christians “Father of Faith”. All three religions claim to be”’the true faith of Abraham”.

Judaism claims it is the original Abrahamic faith, Christianity as having the blessings of Abraham via the Holy Spirit and Islam claiming that it is a return to the true faith of Abraham.

In fact many of the political tensions in today’s world stem from this long standing dispute over the meaning of the Abrahamic blessings and inheritance.

Jews say the inheritance went through Isaac while Muslims claim it was through Ishmael. So if we are to understand our Christian faith and if we are to understand today’s world, we have to understand Abraham.

Abraham was the son of Terah, an idol worshiperand a legend found in both Jewish and Islamic folklore has a young Abraham protesting this. Abraham takes idols to food and water and says “eat, eat and drink, drink” and mocks them. The townsfolk however keep on believing in idols. So one day Abraham smashes all the idols except for the largest idol and he puts the hammer in the hand of the largest idol.

When the infuriated townsfolk come to Abraham and ask him why he did it, he replies “the idols had a fight and the biggest idol won and smashed up all the others”. When the people said “Idols cannot move or use hammers” Abraham replied “Then why do you worship them?”

Abraham’s hometown was “Ur of the Chaldees”.

Chaldeans were noted for their astrology (Daniel 2:2) and Ur seems to have been a center for moon worship. In the midst of this spiritual darkness one man stands out, one man thinks about the idols and objects to them on plain sensible rational grounds – that the idols could not hear, or talk, or eat or drink or do any good or evil and even needed to be carried about! (Isaiah 44:9- 20)

Gradually Abraham’s conscience became very sensitive to God, until he was on speaking terms with God. God even calls Abraham His “friend” (2 Chronicles 20:7, Isaiah 41:8, James 2:23).

The Babylonian /Chaldee culture lived on at Ur, a culture of astrology, hubris, and folly.

By direct contrast Abraham is monotheistic, humble and wise.

In Jewish, Mormon and Muslim legends Abram’s father Terah serves Nimrod, “the mighty hunter before the Lord” and the founder of Babylon and Assyria. Nimrod is one of the most wicked predatory people in the Bible.

Abraham was DIFFERENT because he had a different spirit, and was SET APART by God.

2 Peter 2:6-9 MKJV And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, He condemned them with an overthrow, setting an example to men intending to live ungodly.

(7) And He delivered righteous Lot, oppressed with the lustful behavior of the lawless.

(8) For that righteous one living among them, in seeing and hearing, his righteous soul was tormented from day to day with their unlawful deeds.

(9) The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptation, and to reserve the unjust for a day of judgment, to be punished,

ABRAHAM AT WAR

by Alan Lewis, March 2015

Genesis 14describes warin the Middle East.

War is common in our world today (especially in the Middle East) but this chapter gives us the first recorded battle in Scripture. This is the first war in the Bible.  It is the first mention of armies in the Bible. The chapter describes armies, treaties, an international coalition, military alliances, a rebellion, a military battle between nations.

It is not a battle of one nation against another nation but a group of nations fighting another coalition of nations. This chapter describes a conflict between the kings of the west against the kings of the east.  Some of these kings have some funny names.  This first war in the Bible affected believers.  Lot was taken captive.

There are two different namesfor this battle.  It is called the Battle of Siddimbecause of where it took place.  It took place in the Valley of Siddim (14:8).  The Valley of Siddim is right next to the Dead Sea (14:8).  Genesis 14 does not call it the Dead Sea.  It calls it by its old name, “the Salt Sea” (14:3).  It is one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world with a 34% salinity rate which enables people to easily float in the water.  We are told that this valley was full of tar pits (14:10) and apparently still is.

It is also calledthe War of the Nine Kings, because there were nine kings who fought.  It is a battle of four kings against five.  Four kings of Mesopotamia went against five kings of Plain of the Jordan.  The four kings won.  The five kings lost.  Some of the kings were driven into the slime pits and everyone else escaped to the mountains (14:10). Some have called it War of the Ten Kings because there is a tenth king (Melchizedek) mentioned in the chapter but he did not do any fighting.

Background to the Conflict

WHY were they FIGHTING? Here we need a little historical background.  There are actually THREE WARS in the first sixteen verses of the chapter.

It all begins with a man named Kedorlaomer.  Kedorlaomer was the King of Elam.  Elam is east of Babylonia.  It was Persia in modern day Iran.  Apparently, Kedorlaomer was the Napoleon of his time.  He was allied with three other Mesopotamian kings (Amraphel, Arioch and Tidal). Kedorlaomer was the leader of this four king confederacy.  They swept through the Jordan Valley and began conquering lands.

That was the first military conflict. They started to control Sodom, Gomorrah and the surrounding territories (Admah, Zeboiim and Zoar).  He said, “If you keep sending me money, I weill not bother you.” For twelve years, the whole area paid the Elamites the tribute money.  They imposed heavy taxes on everybody for twelve years.  In the thirteenth year, the people rebelled.  They said, “We are not paying you any more money.  No more tribute”.

That led to an invasion and a battle against the five kings who rebelled.  That led to an invasion by Kedorlaomer.  That was the second military conflict in this chapter.

The five kings lost.  The result of the battle was devastation.  People were killed.  Families were ripped apart.  Atrocities took place.  Property was taken.  Prisoners of war were taken (both men and women).  Innocent people suffered.  Lot was one of them.

We can criticize Lot for being in the wrong place at the wrong time but what happened to Lot really could happen to anyone.  Abraham would not have known what had happened to his nephew had not someone escaped and told him what happened (14:13).  How did this person know to go to Abraham?  He may have been one of Lot’s men.

Abraham’s Test

This is the third testthat Abraham encountered once he entered the Promised Land.

When Abraham got the news of what was happening, he had a decision to make.  That decision involved a TEST of Abraham.

His FIRST test was FAMINE.  God called him into the Promise Land.  He led him there but now a famine is devastating the land.  Will he trust God in the famine?  Abraham FAILED that test.  He WENT to EGYPT.

His second test was a FAMILY FEUD.

Some families argue over silly things.  What his family argued about was a real problem.  They had so many animals and limited resources to take care of them.  Abraham solved that problem by being the peacemaker.  Instead of trying to be right, he did what he could to smooth over the situation.  He told them that they should not fight but divide up the land.  Abraham even LET LOT Lot PICK first.  He gave us all the perfect example of how to settle disputes and how to resolve conflict.

His third testwas BITTERNESS. 

Abraham had every right to be angry with Lot.  He took advantage of his uncle.  He gave him the first choice and he picked the best land for himself.  He didn’t even ask what Abraham though of his choice.  Abraham probably felt cheated.  Abraham took him in after his dad died and took care of him all of this time and he rewarded him by cheating him.  Lot is in trouble right now.  He is a slave.  He is a POW but someone escaped to tell him what happened.  Will Abraham forgive his nephew or hold a grudge?

Lot chose to live in Sodom. He got himself into this mess.  He has only himself to blame.  He made his bed.  Now he has to lie in it.”

That was not Abraham’s response.  He felt sorry for his nephew and wanted to help him.  Abraham acts the opposite of Cain.  Cain said that he was not Abel’s keeper.  Abraham believes that he is his brother’s keeper.  His brother was taken captive and he felt it was his duty to rescue him.  Proverbs 17:17says, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”

His decision to rescue Lot tells us several things about Abraham.

Genesis 15:6 MKJV And he believed in Jehovah. And He counted it to him for righteousness.

The success that came to Abraham came because he trusted God and walked with God and because Abraham cooperated with God’s agenda. God did not bless Abraham’s agenda. In fact God set Abraham’s agenda. God told him what to do and where to go:And Jehovah said to Abram, Go out of your country, and from your kindred, and from your father’s house into a land that I will show you.

God made the plans, and as Abraham entered into those plans he was blessed and became a blessing. God calls the shots. God is the General who commands us. Our job is to obey and to take our place in the plans that He has made. It is as we obey, that we are blessed.

GOD’s REDEMPTION PLAN – “ISRAEL

Abram accepted Sarai’s advice and took Hagar as wife. She bore him a son, who he called Ishmael, “G‑d will hear.”

When Abraham was one hundred years old and his wife ninety, Sarah gave birthto son ISAAC.

Isaac was 37 years  old when he married Rebecca.Twenty years had passed since Isaac’s and Rebecca’s marriage, but as yet, they had not been blessed with children. Finally, G‑d answered Isaac’s prayers, and Rebecca gave birth to twins. The first child to be born was covered with hair like a fully grown person. His parents called him Esau (from the Hebrew word “osso” — finish). The second child followed Esau, holding on to his brother’s heel, and Isaac called him Jacob (Yaakov, “One that takes by the heel”).

Although the children were twinsand grew up together, they displayed a difference in character. Jacob spent all his time at home, engaged in study with his father and grandfather Abraham. Esau, however, resorted to countless tricks to avoid studying, and spent most of his time in the fields. He enjoyed hunting and killing, and was often absent from his home for many days.

Abraham lived to a ripe and happy old age, and died at the age of one hundred and seventy-five. His sons, Isaac and Ishmael, buried him in the Cave of Machpelah.

Esau killed Nimrod, took the garments of skin

On the day of Abraham’s death, Esau had been out in the fields as usual. He had lost his way and was trying to find his way back, when King Nimrod arrived with two servants. Esau hid behind a rock, and when Nimrod was left unguarded, he killed himand fought the two servants who rushed to the aid of their master. Esau escaped with King Nimrod’s clothes.

These were Adam’s garments which later became the property of Noah; Noah’s son Ham, who was Nimrod’s grandfather, had subsequently become their owner, and finally Nimrod had acquired them. These divine clothes had made Nimrod a powerful and skillful hunter and a mighty ruler over all other kings.

Now Esau had come into possession of the most valuable and cherished property a hunter could desire.

JACOB (“Israel”) vs ESAU

ESAU sold the garment of skin to Jacob as part of the birth right agreement }

The birthright was a sacred privilege enjoyed by the first-born son.

This privilege made the first-born the real HEIR and successor to his father, as the head of the family.

Isaac’s first-born son was to be devoted to the service of G‑d and to the sacred traditions of the family.

But in the case of Esau, it soon became apparent that he was not the one to fulfill this sacred duty.Esau did not wish to shoulder this responsibility, preferring a happy and carefree life as a hunter and man of the fields. Jacob, on the other hand, seemed the ideal inheritor and successor.

The day that Esau returned from that fateful hunting trip, his clothes still covered with the spatter of mud and blood, Jacob rebuked him for neglecting his holy duty as first-born.

Esau, however, ridiculed Jacob and spoke very mockingly of the birthright.

Jacob was shocked to hear such abuse of, and disrespect towards, the sacred privilege of the first-born, and proposed to buy the birthright from Esau who willingly agreed to make the deal. Thus Jacob came into the possession of something he cherished more than all the treasures of the world.

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Esauis considered to be a rebellious son who kept a double life until he was 15, when he sold his birthright to Jacob.

According to the Talmud, the sale of the birthright took place immediately after Abraham died. The Talmudic dating would give both Esau and Jacob an age of 15 at the time. The lentils Jacob was cooking were meant for his father Isaac, because lentils are the traditional mourner’s meal for Jews.

On that day before returning, in a rage over the death of Abraham, Esau committed five sins; he raped a betrothed young woman, he committed murder (Nimrod), he denied God, he denied the resurrection of the dead, and he spurned his birthright and giving up the garments of skin obtained from Nimrod.

Jacob’s twelve sons, named in Genesis, were Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin. His only daughter mentioned in Genesis is Dinah.

The twelve sons became the progenitors of the “Tribes of Israel”.

jacob family

“HISTORY” – The GOSPELS: Jesus vs Satan

The “KING of ISRAEL” would be the promised “MESSIAH” to deliver God’s People.

He would be descended from Abraham’s grandson JUDAH, the son of Jacob, renamed “ISRAEL”.

Biblical History describes “The MESSIAH, KING of ISRAEL” on earth and the making of HIS “CHURCH”, His “out called ones” destined to RULE and REIGN with HIM in HIS ETERNAL KINGDOM.

JESUS of NAZARETH, was God manifested. God “tented Himself in human flesh”. Jesus became our “KINSMAN REDEEMER”.  

Isaiah, the prophet of Israel, describe a “SUFFERING SERVANT” in His “first Coming”.  Jesus was crucified and rose from the dead in accordance with God’s “supernatural” plan of salvation manifested in human history.

Jesus was destined to become the “LION of the TRIBE of JUDAH”in His Second Coming, returning to earth to rule “HIS KINGDOM” as the rightful “KING of ISRAEL”.

SATAN TEMPTS JESUS

4 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

But He answered and said, “It is written,‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:

‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus said to him, “It is written again,‘You shall not[a]tempt the Lordyour God.’”

Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

10 Then Jesus said to him, [b]“Away with you, Satan! For it is written,‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’

11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

We find in the Gospels, Jesus spent a good amount of time in his ministry talking about and driving out demons. Here are 11 times Jesus took demons seriously–and why you should too!

1. Temptation in the Desert

(Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13)

Jesus went out into the desert and fasted for 40 days. During these 40 days, Satan tempted Him. Jesus resisted all of the temptations, and Satan departed. Matthew adds that angels came and ministered to Him following the temptations.

2. Demon in the SYNAGOGUE  (Mark 1:21-28; Luke 4:31-37)

While teaching in a synagogue in Capernaum, Jesus was interrupted by a man possessed by a demon. He cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

Jesus ordered the spirit to be quiet and to come out of the man. The man convulsed, and with a loud cry, the spirit left the man.

3. The POSSESED SWINE  (Matthew 8:28-34; Mark 5:1-20; Luke 8:26-39)

Jesus and His disciples were traveling in the region of the Gerasenes. When they arrived there, a man (Matthew reports two men), who had been living among the tombs because of demonic possession, approached Jesus and fell prostrate before him, calling out, “Jesus, Son of the Most High God, what have you to do with us?” The demons begged him, “Do not torment us.”

“What is your name?” Jesus asked.

They answered, “Legion is my name. There are many of us.”They begged Him not to drive them away from that territory and requested, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of swine.”

He allowed them to enter the nearby herd of swine. The pigs ran down a steep bank into the sea and drowned. The man who had been freed of Legion proclaimed to all the people what the Lord had for him.

4. Driving Out Demons by the Power of Demons?

(Matthew 12:22-32; Mark 3:20-30; Luke 11:14-26)

After Jesus drove a demon out of a person who was mute, restoring their speech, He was accused of driving out demons by the power of the Beelzebul (the devil).  Jesus responded to the accusations:

“Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say that it is by Beelzebul that I drive out demons. If I, then, drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your own people* drive them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the finger of God that drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man fully armed guards his palace, his possessions are safe. But when one stronger than he attacks and overcomes him, he takes away the armor on which he relied and distributes the spoils. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.When an unclean spirit goes out of someone, it roams through arid regions searching for rest but, finding none, it says, ‘I shall return to my home from which I came.’ But upon returning, it finds it swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and brings back seven other spirits more wicked than itself who move in and dwell there, and the last condition of that person is worse than the first.”

5. Jesus Rebukes Demons (Luke 4:41)

While curing the sick, Jesus was approached by demons, who called out, “You are the Son of God!” Jesus rebuked them and ordered them not to speak because they knew He was the Messiah.

6. The Disciples Are Unable to Drive Out a Demon

(Matthew 17:14-20; Mark 9:14-29; Luke 9:37-43)

A man came to Jesus and told him his disciples were unable to cast out a demon from his son. Jesus asked that the boy be brought to Him. Upon approaching Jesus, the demon caused the boy to convulse. The man told Jesus that the demon had forced the boy into fire and water in an attempt to kill the boy. The father asked Him to help “if you can.”

Jesus replied, “‘If you can!’ Everything is possible to one who has faith.”

“I do believe,”the man responded. “Help my unbelief.”

Jesus order the spirit to leave the boy. Once again, the demon made the boy convulse, and with a cry, the demon left. The boy laid on the ground motionless. His father thought he was dead, but Jesus took the boy by the hand and helped him up.  Later, the disciples asked why they were unable to drive out the demon. Jesus told them (from Mark’s account), “This kind can only come out through prayer.”In the Gospel of Matthew, He says, “Because of your little faith. Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

7. Greek Woman’s DAUGHTER  (Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 7:24-30)

A Greek woman went to Jesus and asked him to drive out a demon from her daughter. He replied, “Let the children be fed first. For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.”

To which the woman responded, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.”

Jesus then said, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.”

When she returned home, the demon had, in fact, left her daughter.

8. Mary Magdalene  (Mark 16:9; Luke 8:2)

Both the Gospels of Mark and Luke describes Mary Magdalene as someone out of whom Jesus had driven seven demons.

9. Jesus WARNS About Satan. (Luke 22:31)

Jesus warns Peter about his denial of Jesus and the great desire of Satan to cause division among the disciples of Jesus:

“Simon, Simon, behold Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat…”

10. Jesus Sends Disciples out with Authority Over Demons (Mark 6:7; Matthew 10:1, 8; Luke 9:1)

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus sends His Apostles out to spread the Gospel. One of the directives He gives them is to drive out demons, and He gives them the power to do so.

“Then he summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.”

11. Jesus Predicts EXORCISMS (Mark 16:17)

Jesus, after the Resurrection, told the Apostles to go out and evangelize. Among the signs He said they could expect to see was the ability to drive out demons.

“These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages…”

This list is not at all exhaustive, but should serve to illustrate that Jesus saw the great torment that resulted from demonic activity. He did not play games with demons; He rebuked them and drove them out.  Demons and the occult are not fun; they are dangerous.  But the Gospels also reveal that Jesus is stronger.

The CROSS: JESUS vs SATAN

At the Cross, where salvation occurs by the blood of the Lamb, SATAN LOSES HIS PLACE in HEAVEN

Prior to the Cross, Satan still had LIMITED ACCESS to heaven, but the Cross finalized his “no-access card” into heaven.

In fact, the phrase “HURLED DOWN” refers to excommunication (cf. John 9:34, 35) and legal punishment (cf. Matt. 3:10; John 15:6; Rev. 2:10). This action of “hurling down” denotes Satan’s expulsion from heaven because of the victory achieved by Jesus on the cross.

The Cross reveals God’s character of love and exposes Satan’s hatred of all that is good and just.

Since the character of God is seen perfectly in Jesus, the Cross also provides the deepest revelation of Jesus as the Son of God and our Redeemer.

In John 12:31, 32, Jesus states, “ ‘Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the PRINCE of THIS WORLD will be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself’ ” (NIV).

Jesus understands His death, resurrection, and ascension as the TURNING POINT in the CONFLICT between GOD and the forces of EVIL: “

‘The hour has come’ ” and “ ‘Now is the time for judgment’ ” (vv. 23, 31, NIV).8

On the cosmic level, this moment brings the decisive victory over the evil ruler of this world.

Therefore, the fall of Satan at the Cross REPLACES SATAN, the ACCUSER of humankind, with humankind’s ADVOCATE, Jesus Christ the Righteous (1 John 2:1)

The concept of the COSMIC CONFLICT is developed into a full-fledged teaching in the New Testament.

Satan is called the GOD of THIS WORLD, the RULER of the POWER of the AIR, the ruler of this world (2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:2; John 12:31; 16:11), and portrayed as possessing the kingdom of this world (Luke 4:6; 1 John 5:19),

… and the SOURCE of MURDER, THEFT, LYING, SICKNESS, and DISEASE. (John 8:44; 1 John 3:2; Luke 13:16; Acts 10:38).

During the period of the second downfall, Paul urges the Christians in Ephesus to put on the FULL ARMOR of GOD.

RESISTANCE: Christians are engaged in SPIRITUAL WARFARE. We are told to know and understand SATAN’S “METHODS” and TACTICS:

2 Corinthians 10:3-5.

The meaning of this ties into a couple other passages of scripture:

John 8:42-44 “Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me. “Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father.

He was a MURDERER from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him  Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a LIAR and the FATHER of lies.”

“FUTURE” HISTORY:

ISRAEL – Satan’s War Against God and His People

DANIEL’s VISION by the Tigris

12 “Do not be afraid, Daniel,” he said, “for from the first day that you purposed to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.

13However, the PRINCE of the kingdom of Persia OPPOSED ME for twenty-one days.

Then Michael, one of the chief princes, CAME to HELP ME, had been left there with the kings of Persia

14 Now I have COME to EXPLAIN to you WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO YOUR PEOPLE in the LATTER DAYS, for the vision concerns THOSE DAYS”…

WHY DOES SATAN HATE ISRAEL?

By: Stephen Yulish     from ProphecyForum.com

God used His first born chosen people, the Jews (through the Patriarchs, Prophets, and Temple) to bring HIS WORD, the Law and morality, to the earth and then sent His Son in a Jewish body to SAVE the WORLD from its sin.

Satan HATES GOD and HIS WORD and he hates God’s chosen vessel, the Jews, from who came JESUS CHRIST

Satan used the Babylonians and the Persians and the Assyrians and the Hittites and the Egyptians to try and DESTROY this ROYAL BLOODLINE by destroying the Jews, but he failed.

Then after Christ died on the cross for our sins, he continued to try and see that the scattered Jews would not return to their homeland and reestablish their Jewish nation.

He infiltrated the Church and helped instigate the Crusades and the Inquisition and the pogroms and the Holocaust in order to destroy the Jews so they could not create another Israel.

Why was he so hell-bent on preventing that from happening?

Jesus Christ is to RETURN to the MOUNT of OLIVES (Zech 14:4) to rule and reign from Jerusalem for a 1000 years (The Millennium) from the rebuilt Temple.

Recently he has infiltrated the Mosque and is using Islam to try and destroy the Jews and Israel. While once it was the Crusader and the Grand Inquisitor and the Nazi, today it is the Imam and the Islamic Cleric and the President of Iran who have called for the destruction of Israel and the Jews.

The Abrahamic Covenant gave ownership of the land of Canaan unconditionally to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. It was an everlasting possession (Genesis17:7-8). That means forever. This was reiterated when an Angel of the Lord said; “I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land which I have sworn to your fathers and I said I will never break my covenant” (Judges 2:1).

God keeps His promises that He confirmed to Israel as an everlasting covenant(Psalm105:6-11) and He says that the offspring of Israel will cease from being a nation when the fixed order of the sun, the moon and the stars departs (Jeremiah 31:35-37).

If Israel ceases to be a nation on that land, then what was Paul speaking of when he said of the Jews that the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable (Romans 11:29)?

JesusHimself said that all the things talked about in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.

It means the Temple must be rebuilt (Daniel 9:27).The House of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem must recognize Him that they have pierced (Zechariah 12:10). That will never happen if Jerusalem is ceded to the Palestinians.

Paul in his Second Letter to the church at Thessalonica said that the antichrist will reign from the Temple (2Thess.2:4).The Temple will not be rebuilt under Palestinian control.

And finally Paul wrote that someday all Israel will be saved (Romans 11:26). This will not happen if Israel no longer exists.

SATAN’s WARFARE AGAINST GOD’s PEOPLE, including JESUS CHRIST, the natural descendants of ancient ISRAEL and ALL true CHRISTIANS, is the primary subject of Revelation 12 and 13.

Revelation 12 first takes us back to the birth of Jesus to show that the Messiah and God’s chosen people are the main focus of Satan’s HATRED and WRATH. It then moves us forward to the time of CHRIST’s SECOND COMING.

Revelation 12 and 13 explain the devil’s motivation and introduce the worldly powers he employs in his end-time battle against Christ and His servants.

SATAN’s ALL-OUT WAR

“And WAR broke out IN HEAVEN: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.  So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was CAST to the EARTH, and his angels were cast out with him” (verses 7-9).

This event comes shortly before Christ returns to bring “salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God” (verse 10).

So God’s angel announces: “Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! WOE to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has COME DOWN to YOU, having GREAT WRATH ,because he knows that he has a SHORT TIME”(verse 12).

When Satan loses his battle with God’s angels, he directs his fury at the people of God.

Satan’s war will be directed not only against the natural, physical offspring of Israel, as at the birth of Christ, but even more specifically against “the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ “(verse 17).

Though some are prophesied to survive the Satan-inspired onslaught, the Scriptures reveal that many others will be martyred. As Christ has already warned: “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake” (Matthew 24:9).

Satan believes he MUST DESTROY “ISRAEL” …

Satan’s major attempts to DESTROY ISRAEL

by Thomas S. McCall

Dr. Thomas McCall holds a Th.M. in Old Testament studies and a Th.D. in Semitic languages and Old Testament.

Why does Satan believe he must destroy Israel from the face of the Earth?

For thousands of years Satan has demonstrated an intense and insatiable drive to completely eliminate the Jewish people. Up to now he has not been able to accomplish his goal. Let’s review some of his major attempts.

Events in ancient history when:

  1. Abraham went to Egyptand lied about Sarah, nearly causing Pharaoh to violate her — Genesis 12:10–20
  2. Abraham had Ishmael with Hagar, bypassing SarahGenesis 16:1–4
  3. Ishmael ridiculed Isaac, attempting to usurp Isaac’s position — Genesis 16:5–16
  4. Esau attempted to usurp Jacob’s blessing from Isaac— Genesis 27
  5. Pharaohordered all male Hebrew infants to be murdered — Exodus 2
  6. Pharaoh attempted to destroy Israel backed up against the Red Sea — Exodus 10
  7. Israel decided to worship the Golden Calf at Mt. Sinai — Exodus 32:24
  8. Israel decided to stay in the wilderness rather than go into Canaan — Numbers 13–14
  9. Moabtried to destroy Israel and stop them from entering Canaan — Numbers 22
  10. the Canaanitesamassed all their armies to destroy the invading Israelites — Joshua 11
  11. the surrounding nations tried to destroy Israel during the time of the Judges — Judges 16
  12. the Assyrian armydestroyed Israel and much of Judah — 2 Kings 17
  13. the Babylonian armydestroyed the Temple and Jerusalem — 2 Chronicles 38
  14. refugees from Babylon were restoring the Temple — Ezra 4
  15. refugees from Persia were restoring the walls of Jerusalem — Nehemiah 2:10–20
  16. Hamanattempted to destroy all the Jews throughout the Persian Empire – Esther 3
  17. Greco-Syrian forces tried to Hellenize Judeaunder Antiochus Epiphanes— Daniel 8
  18. the Roman armydestroyed Judea and Jerusalem twice (70 AD and 135 AD) — Luke 21
  19. the Jewish people were scattered and persecuted throughout the world for 2,000 years — Luke 21:24

Events in modern history as Israel is being restored as the “dry bones” — Ezekiel 37

  1. Hitlerorganized the Holocaustand destroyed over six million Jews.
  2. The Jews attempted to return to Israel against extensive international opposition.
  3. Israel declared its independence in 1947and was invaded by Egypt, Jordan, and Syria.
  4. Israel was invaded in 1967 and 1973by its surrounding neighbors.
  5. Israel was disrupted by numerous intifadas from Palestinians and Jihadists.
  6. Hamas hurled thousands of rockets from Gazainto Israel in 2014.

Future events:

From Bible prophecy, we understand that there is no let-up in SATAN’s CAMPAIGN to DESTROY ISRAEL.

The following scenarios indicate Satan’s continued efforts when:

  1. the anti-Christconfirms a 7-year treaty with Israel, making them think he is the Messiah — Daniel 9:24
  2. Satanis cast out of Heavenand attempts to destroy Israel in the wildernessRevelation 12:13–17
  3. the anti-Christ demands Israel and the world worship him, the Abomination of DesolationMatt. 24:15, 2 Thessalonians 2:3–4
  4. the antiChristbrings the armies of the world against Jerusalem and Israelin ARMAGEDDON — Zech. 12:1–3
  5. BATTLE of MAGOG– Satan attempts to destroy the Holy City after the Millennial reign of Christ — Revelation 20

For 4,000 years the Jewish people have faced relentless persecution, opposition, and attempts to annihilate and destroy them; and in the future, the struggle against Israel continues.

If it concerned any other people, this campaign would seem totally irrational and insane. However, with Israel, a rational but very Satanic strategy sustains this animosity.

For Satan, the destruction of Israel is a matter of self-preservation.

Ultimately, the survival of Israel results in the eternal perdition of Satan.

How can this be? Because when Israel repents and nationally invites the Lord Jesus Christ to be its own Redeemer / Messiah, that generation of Israel will be saved, and Satan’s plan to destroy the Jews will be finally defeated. Christ will return to the Earth, destroy the satanic antiChrist and his armies at Armageddon, establish His Kingdom over Israel and the world for 1,000 years, and then cast the still rebellious Satan into the Lake of Fire forever and ever. (Rev. 20:10)

The key is that Israel must survive to receive Christ nationally as their own Messiah.

As Jesus said when He lamented over Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives a few days before He died and rose from the dead at His First Coming:

“For I say to you, from now on you shall not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’” Matthew 23:39

While the remnant of Israel in every generation would receive Him all during the long period between His First and Second Comings, the nation Israel will not receive Him until after the Rapture of the Church and the Seven Year Tribulation.

Thus, when Israel receives Christ, all that surviving generation of Israel will be saved, and this transformation will usher in the events that spell the DOOM of SATAN.

From Satan’s point of view, he must keep Israel from surviving to the point in time when they will be ready to receive Jesus as their long-awaited Messiah/Redeemer.

They had a great opportunity to receive Him at His First Coming, but as John states:

He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name. John 1:11–12

Israel did not know its great “hour of visitation” when Jesus came the first time, but when He comes again, the nation of Israel as a whole that survives the Tribulation will at last be ready, willing, and eager to receive Him as Savior and Lord.

Thus, Satan has strived mightily to destroy Israel through the centuries up until this present time so that there would be NO ISRAEL to INVITE JESUS to return to the Earth.

Why hasn’t Satan been able to accomplish his repeated purpose to kill off this small nation of only a few million people?

It is because God has promised to preserve His covenant nation forever,as Jeremiah so eloquently explains: Thus says the LORD, Who gives the sun for light by day, and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar; The LORD of hosts is His name: “If this fixed order departs from before Me,” declares the LORD, “Then the offspring of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before Me forever.” Jeremiah 31:35–36

God here states what it would take to destroy Israel. One would have to first destroy the sun, moon, and stars. Once that had been accomplished, then, and only then, could someone go about destroying Israel.

Satan wants to destroy Israel so that he can keep God from sending him into eternal perdition; but God will not allow Satan to destroy His Chosen Nation.

Israel is the apple of God’s eye, so it must survive as a nation before Him for all time.

The THIRD DOWNFALL – into the ABYSS

Revelation 20:1–3 depicts the THIRD DOWNFALL of Satan into the abyss:

And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.

At this stage, an angel with the key to the bottomless pit binds Satan with a great chain,throws him into the pit and locks him in it so that he can no longer deceive the nations.

The Old Testament describes the abyss as the abode of the enemy of God— the cosmic sea-dragon (Ps. 77:16; Job 40:12, 20); and is synonymous with the concept of hades (Job 38:16; Ezek. 31:15) and the realm of suffering (Ps. 71:20).

The New Testament refers to a place of suffering for demons (Luke 8:31).

The strongest Old Testament connection is to Isaiah,where he portrays the host of heaven and the kings of the earth GATHERED together and CONFINED in a prison.  (Isa. 24:21, 22).

John understands that BEHIND the activities of the kings of the earth and the host of heaven is ACTUALLY SATAN.

The depiction of the ABYSShere in Revelation 20 points to the EARTH being a DESOLATE WASTELANDwith no living person in it.

This third fall introduces the MILLENIUM, which BEGINS AFTER the SECOND COMING of CHRIST, when the LIVING and RESURRECTED saints are TAKEN to HEAVEN and all the wicked on the earth lay dead until AFTER the millennium when CHRIST RETURNS again for the FINAL DISPOSAL of Satan and all his minions and followers.

During the millennium, GOD’s SAINTS are IN HEAVEN, sitting in judgment on the course of sin and sinners, including the archsinner Satan and his cohorts, while SATAN REMAINS on EARTH with his minions, to contemplate the misery they have wreaked on humankind.

The FINAL FALL – into the LAKE of FIRE

John describes the FINAL FALL of Satan in Revelation 20:10:

“And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur,where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (NIV; italics added).

The beast and the false prophethave already been thrown into the lake of fire(19:10) while Satan faces the music all by himself.

Revelation 20:11 introduces the GREAT WHITE THRONE.  Lucifer wanted the throne of God (Isa. 14:14).

Now Godis portrayed as unchallengedand unrivaled.

Mentioned once more, the notion of deception (20:10) again points to the Creation story. The issues that were FIRST FOUGHT to the fore in Genesis are now finally going to be RESOLVED in Revelation.

The Genesis story forms a significant backdrop against which to understand Revelation.

The CONFLICT that BEGAN in GENESIS is FINALLYRESOLVED in REVELATION

SINNERS, who have rejected the Lamb, will be eternally separated from God at the final judgment.

SIN, which has caused such misery, pain, and grief on this planet, will forever be no more … and

SATAN, the chief architect of sin and the cosmic conflict, will finally be DESTROYED (Nah. 1:9).

A NEW HEAVEN and a NEW EARTH – Revelation 21

21 Then I saw “a NEW HEAVEN and a NEW EARTH,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away,and there was no longer any sea.

I saw the Holy City, the NEW Jerusalem, coming down OUT of HEAVEN from GOD, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them.

They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will beNO MORE DEATHor mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am MAKING EVERYTHING NEW!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

He said to me: “It is done. I am the ALPHA and the OMEGA, the Beginning and the End.

To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.

Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I WILL BE THEIR GOD  and THEY WILL BE MY CHILDREN.