Isaiah 14:1-11 speaks of the end of Lucifer [Satan, the adversary of God] and how he will be brought to his end. Verse 12-15 gives the reason for the fall of Lucifer, which is his rebellion against God.
Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
When God was creating angels he created arch angels to have oversight over the other angels. At least three of these powerful beings are named in scripture: Gabriel, Michael and Lucifer. One of these arch angels stood on either side of the throne of God the Father in heaven, with their wings covering the throne.
Most representations show two cherubs actually on the throne, below is the most accurate probable representation I have found. Their faces are turned inward to the God on the throne, and their wings cover the throne, yet they have more than one pair of wings.
Lucifer was one of the covering cherubs over the very throne of God, as close to God the Father as any being at that time, except for the one who became Christ the Creator. Yet he became filled with pride and rebelled against God; is it any wonder that man in his fleshly weakness could also become filled with pride and rebel against his God?
Ezekiel 28:1-10 speaks of the ruler of Tyre, who has become full of pride and considers himself as wise as God. Then in verse 11 God compares the proud king as a type to Lucifer/Satan in his pride.
Ezekiel 28:11 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
12:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
God says that he made Lucifer perfect and anointed him to cover his throne.
12:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
12:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
The greatness of his beauty and the multitude of his riches corrupted him and filled him with pride. Which pride in themselves and their own ways to reject the truth of God, is the foundational sin of the church of God today.
12:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire [The fire crystal sea [expanse] which is before the throne of God (Revelation 15:2). This statement means that Satan will be destroyed and will never again come before God’s throne.].
12:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
The End of Satan
12:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
12:19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
Satan was the originator of sin which is rebellion against God; as was pointed out in yesterday’s post [which has been updated this morning]. Did God Create Evil? is actually an introduction to this post.
When Lucifer became corrupted by pride he rebelled against God and sought to rise up against God
Isaiah 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Revelation 12 is a prophecy about the woman and the birth and ascension of Christ, and about the flights of the Ekklesia of God from Satan’s persecution through Rome; one in the first century to Pella, and one in the 21st century probably also to Pella. Yet there is a very revealing statement included in Revelation 12 on the original rebellion of Lucifer.
Revelation 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars [angels] of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: This reveals that when Lucifer had rebelled, he had also convinced one third of the angels to join with him in rebelling against God.
How did Lucifer do this? How did he convince these angels to follow him in rebellion against God?
Undoubtedly in the exact same way that he has convinced the church of God groups to rebel against God today! By a very subtle deceit!
Lucifer would have said “I am the appointed servant of God, and you must obey me.” “To question me is to question God!” ” trust me and do as I say, do not Questions me!” Then he would have began to subtly twist and spin the word of God to say that “God said, but he meant”
He would have said that God was merciful and did not care if they disobeyed a little; then over a long time he would have turned these folks to trust and follow him without question. Then when he had them fully deceived and in his hands, he would have cast aspersions on the word or will of God.
At first he would not attack God, but would only subtly criticize this or that law or decision, and over time would gradually lead the angels to follow him and to turn and finally openly rebel against God!
Brethren, this is exactly what has happened in the churches adopted the Satanic church governance system of Babylon; and then taught the people to blindly and unquestioningly obey men as a layer of authority between the brethren and God!
Now the brethren follow and idolize men and exalt them above God’s word just like the fallen angels did!
Satan and humanity
After Satan was cast down with his followers, God made man. God decided to allow man to be exposed to Satan and his pernicious ways so that man while in the flesh could experience the evil of sin and then make an informed conscious decision, as to obey and follow either God, or the Adversary.
Satan being much wiser and more subtle than any beast or man, immediately was able to argue and reason, and to convince the woman to reject the word of her Creator for what looked good to her (Genesis 3).
When Satan was cast down to the earth he became the ruler of this world; and those called to who overcome and become LIKE God, are being prepared to replace Satan as rulers of this earth at the coming of Messiah the Christ. While all humanity is being given the experience of what following Satan is like.
Today Satan rules the world from an invisible behind the scenes position, and he has a government!
Satan’s followers rule nations, and provinces and cities, while others control the weather and still more have as their function to deceive the nations, and there are others who will torment men, knowing that their own torment in prison for a thousand years and then their final destruction is close at hand. All of this being limited by God according to God’s will!
2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Satan offered Jesus ruler-ship over all the nations under himself, and he had the authority to do this at that time.
Matthew 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Brethren, If we will only follow God and not make idols of wealth, or men, or corporate churches, or power, or any kind of worldliness; if we will “follow the Lamb withersoever HE goeth”: Then we shall be among the chosen overcomers; and will be resurrected to rule the nations with Christ as our King, replacing Satan’s rule with all its evil and suffering.
Who has not heard of the conflicts in Libya, Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Gaza and so many places with all the suffering that war brings? Who has not heard of the outbreak of Hemorrhagic Fever in Africa, AIDS, cancer, malaria and so many other diseases?
Satan’s world is a world of suffering and death, and we need to repent of doing as we think is right; yes even the Ekklesia; and we NEED to follow Christ and his wisdom!
This world NEEDS a change of government; We NEED God the Father, the King of the universe; to send his Son and gather his chosen, to remove and replace Satan and his spirit followers.
Humanity NEEDS to be delivered from the deception of Satan which has brought so much calamity on this earth!
And that casting off of Satan’s deception MUST start with US!
We must cast off our idolatry of men and past false traditions; we much joyfully receive the increase in knowledge promised to Daniel for the last days. Knowing that casting off error and receiving the truth of God, liberates us from deception and beings us closer and closer to being like our Beloved Father!!
The Mark of the Beast is our rebellion against the Word of God.
Beware of the most insidious Satanic lie oi all: “It is only a very small thing why would a loving God care about that”. Remember that God cast Adam and Eve out of paradise for taking a piece of fruit! God tests our faithfulness with the little things, knowing that if we love him enough to care about the little things we can be trusted with much more (Luk 19:17).
Satan is the god of this world having deceived the whole world; and he rules the world through those he has deceived. You cannot hold a position of power in this world without either being deceived and controlled or by knowingly making an agreement with Satan.
2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them..
This leads us to the subject of necromancy, or communicating with the dead.
Ecclesiastes 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, . . .
Once the spirit is unplugged from the body, it becomes as inanimate as a computer disk unplugged from the computer; yet it can be plugged into another body and restarted, as a disk can be plugged into a differed computer and restarted. But as long as the spirit of a person is not plugged into a body, either physical or an advanced body made of spirit, it is inanimate and cannot function.
When people hold séance’s to try and communicate with the dead; they are not really speaking to loved ones or famous personalities at all; they are communicating with demons masquerading as the dead! Which demons mislead and deceive that people do indeed live on as animate spirits after death; and then they also deceive with their demonic advice!
Now of course some of that advice is true to maintain their credibility and the deception; but their overall effect is to lead people away from God and into their spirit of rebellion against God!
Deuteronomy 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times [An Astrologer or Horoscopes], or an enchanter, or a witch. 18:11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
I have seen that in the church of God groups, there are very many who are into Astrology and consult horoscopes in their papers etc.
Brethren, consulting horoscopes, or using divination to make decisions, or those who seek contact with the dead, or with the spirits is absolutely forbidden by God. It is rebellion against God because the spirits being followed are in rebellion against God; therefore to seek them is to seek rebellion against God Almighty!
18:12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
18:13 Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God.
18:14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the Lord thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.
What is witchcraft but rebellion against God and his Word?
Witchcraft and the Mark of the Beast Defined
When taken down to its most basic foundation; true godliness is to become like God! To learn and to keep the whole word of God, to follow Christ and the Father wherever they lead and to dedicate ourselves to passionately doing the will of and to please God in ALL things!
On the other hand to fail to keep the Word of God; to fail to seek out and do the will of God; to seek to please ourselves rather than to submit ourselves to and seek to please God: is rebellion against God and his word!
Remember that when you break one point of law, you have broken the whole law!
James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.
Therefore a lack of zeal to keep the WHOLE law, and a refusal to become like God, by doing our own thing and not being zealous to internalize God’s nature as codified in his law and will; is the definition of witchcraft and is rebellion against God.
Some say that rejecting the biblical Sabbath is the mark of the beast; yet these same people call the Sabbath holy and then routinely pollute it; taking the mark of the beast upon themselves by their own words! So it is with all the major COG Groups: They all collectively have the Mark of the Beast! and by their own words!
When Satan rebelled against God and became the adversary; was it over the Sabbath day [which did not exist at that time]? Can we sin without breaking the Sabbath day? Can we keep the Sabbath perfectly and still sin in other things, becoming an adversary to God?
Of course we can!
We can lie, cheat or steal, commit adultery or engage in other sins, and still keep the Sabbath perfectly! We can be separated from God and become God’s adversary by ANY sin.
Isaiah 1:13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. 1:14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. 1:15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
Why? Because we appear before God as if we followed him; while we have no zeal to keep his commandments and chose to exalt our own false traditions above the Word of God!
We appear before God falsely pretending to be his people, when we teach for doctrine the words of our idols of men; our false pretense makes us disgusting to Jesus Christ!
1:16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; 1:17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 1:19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
The Sabbath is only one point of the whole law, and breaking the Sabbath breaks the whole law; as breaking any other point of the law is exactly the same as breaking the Sabbath! For they are all points of the same law!
Therefore the breaking of any law; the refusal to seek and do the will of God, the rejection of any truth in order to remain steadfast to error; is rebellion against God and is the Mark of the Beast!
We say that the Beast is the Babylonian church state system and its leader; yet the church of God openly follows the Babylonian Beast system in most of their church governance systems, by placing a man, or a board between the people and God!
Let me echo the words of Paul: Be ye followers of me as I also follow Christ! the corporate COG groups will say the very same thing, but they will lead you to follow their idols and say that if you question them you are leaving God:
So how do we determine of someone is following God? We MUST, and are COMMAMDED; to question the words of men by the word of God 1 thess 5:21 and hold fast only that which is true by the whole word of God!
The physical Beast man or system, is only a physical replica of Satan and Satan’s system! Satan’s system of church governance is placing men between the brethren and God, making men the idols of the brethren to be obeyed in lace of God!
This physical human beast and the false prophet and their system; are following Satan in rebellion against keeping the whole word of God! Leading humanity to follow them, as they follow demons; in rebellion against God and the whole word of God!
Which is exactly what most church of God leaders are doing today! “Follow me, or follow our Council; for doing so is following the leaders that God ordained, and disagreeing with us is the same as rebellion against God!” In this they lead the brethren to follow them in their errors and sins, regardless of what the word of God says.
They reject truth and cleave to well established errors and sins, and lead the brethren to follow them away from God! Therefore almost all the COG groups are indelibly marked with the Mark of the Beast!
What is witchcraft?
1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion [against the word of God] is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [for our own ways, and our refusal to submit to the word of God] is as iniquity and idolatry. [Idolatry because we make an idol of our sin and its author Satan; and exalt our idols above God.]
God defines witchcraft as rejecting the word of God for sin to follow demons, and rebellion against the word of God.
Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee [Saul and anyone else who is not zealous to keep the whole word of God] from being king[s].
A fear religion dominates and intimidates the brethren to follow men without questioning them by the Word of God.
Today the brethren willfully close their eyes to the truth of God’s Word, out of a powerful spiritual FEAR; that by not following an idol of men, they are somehow rebelling against God; when the exact opposite is the truth! It is by following men contrary to the Word of God that we become idolaters, rebelling against God and bring spiritual disaster on ourselves!
Thus the brethren are filled with a tremendous fear of men and do not fear God. and it is because of their fear of men, that the Spirit of God has been quenched; and they have no godly power against evil.
Brethren, these men who induce fear and use it to control and manipulate the brethren are NOT of God. Godly love casts out fear and does not seek to induce it. If we are godly and zealous to keep the word and will of God, then we need have no fear of God’s judgment; and we certainly need not fear men!
Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
No man can come between any person and God! Only our own rebellion and sins against God can separate us from him! Do not believe the LIE that we must obey men to receive salvation! We are to continually question the words of men by the whole word of God; and are not to make idols of men! We are to fear and follow GOD and NOT men!
To follow men without question is witchcraft; because it exalts others above God; which is pure rebellious Satanism against Almighty God.!
Romans 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Fear and Demons
This world operates mainly on the bully system, which is the system of Satan. Just as many religious leaders, love to have the preeminence; so does Satan! Why do folks with the same doctrines split apart6? Because each wants to be the boss!
In fact this love to be the preeminent leader is inspired by Satan himself and his own pride and love of himself. And the demons just love to see people afraid of them. If people fear them, it makes them feel strong and powerful. They seek out those who fear them because it makes them feel so good, fear is what they are all about.
Satan and his demons are all about hate and fear; because they know deep down, that they are as nothing compared to the God they seek to overthrow.
In dealing with the Adversary, his followers, and their deceptions and the fear they seek to induce, we must:
1. The first principle in dealing with demons is to be close to God, to stop being afraid of and idolizing men, and to be zealous to learn and to keep the whole word and will of God, so that we will be filled with the POWER of God’s Spirit.
2. Then we are to have a proper perspective, that we cannot handle the problem alone, but that Almighty God is far more powerful than Satan. Therefore we are to respect the power of God and are not to have any fear of men or demons.
3. Being always close to God we are to stand up and resist the devil, and know that if we do so; he will flee from before us; because the power of God is with us, in direct proportion to the degree that we are zealous to follow God.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
4:9 Be afflicted [fast], and mourn [repent from sin], and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
Jesus gave us certain signs of his true disciples.
Mark 17:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
They would love, live by and preach the truth; and would proclaim the gospel of warning and repentance to all people. They would not resist the truth and they would not have a business model outreach.
17:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
God’s true disciples will have power to cast out demons! That is a PROMISE of Jesus Christ! Why Is this power not manifest in the church of God groups today? Because they have quenched God’s spirit by their idolatry and rejection of the truth of God, for their idols of men and false traditions. The same thing can be said for the other promises of Christ; we do not receive them, because we do not faithfully keep the word of God!
17:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
17:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
GUARD YOUR MIND!
The governments of this world are controlled by Satan and his demons; the religions of this world are controlled by Satan and his demons; and the societies and people of this world are deceived by Satan and his demons. This is Satan’s world, expect for the few that the Father has called out in espousal to his Son Jesus Christ.
All of the elements of this world are in bondage to the deception of Satan, and the called out are IN this world, but are not to be OF this world. We are to keep ourselves unspotted by the world.
James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction [to be compassionate], and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
Today modern technology is used by the unwitting servants of Satan to present the most vile filth as exciting good fun. This is mostly targeted at the young in the form of the Harry Potter type books, and the Disney type films. Beware these types of evil that present wickedness as something good.
Another type of fad which comes in and out of style, are the horror films; often focusing on demonic things like vampires and the so called living dead and extensive bloodshed. These things are designed to confuse the mind about death; and to fill the average mind with horror, fear and the dark thoughts of the most abominable evil.
Our nature becomes what we fill our minds with either becoming evil full of evil thoughts; or becoming godly and filled with godly thoughts.
Our actions begin with our thoughts; godly actions come from godly thoughts, and evil actions come from evil thoughts.
Godly people have their minds filled with godly thought and do not run to see evil, and to vicariously partake of such evil. To willingly fill our minds with such evil is to pollute the spiritual temple of God and is a great sin. And by filling our minds with evil we are openly filling ourselves with demonic influence.
Next, when Satan and his demons cannot deceive; they love to try and instill fear of themselves. This makes them feel powerful ;and in fact when we fear demons, we are committing an act of idolatry. How? We are denying the power of God over the demons and allowing them to terrify us; when we have the protection of the Almighty, if we would only trust in him!
James writes that godly love casts out fear, and by that he means that if we love God enough to trust in him and are zealous to learn and live by every Word of God; we need have no fear of being judged evil by the greatest power in the universe; and so will have no reason to fear lessor powers like demons and men no matter what title they claim.
When we fear, we are delivered into the hands of those we fear! Therefore we are not to fear demons or satan himself; but we are to TRUST in the Eternal who has the power over such fallen spirits; God command them and they obey him! Therefore if we are in Christ and fully follow him; these fallen spirits will also obey our command through Christ dwelling in us! We have no power of our own over demons; but Christ dwelling in us is the same Christ who had power over demons during his physical earthly ministry!
Why were so many such instances recorded? To help our faith that Christ dwelling in us will have the same power today as he had then!
As we saw yesterday, Jesus gave all of his disciples power over demons; however that power is directly related to how diligent and faithful we are in following Christ and being His disciples.
If we turn from Christ and from enthusiasm for keeping the word of God, to become the disciples of idols of men; we will have NO power either over demons or to overcome sin
Even the faithful may sometimes have too little faith and must reach out to God in fasting and prayer before have the power to cast out a demon. The same is true of sin or any problem; we must be close to God to overcome, and the closer we are to God the more power to overcome we will have.
Matthew 17:21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
If we Hunger and Thirst after the Bread and Water of life; the very nature of Christ; to be filled up to overflowing with the very nature of God; then Christ will dwell in us and fill us with his own power.
Jesus Christ is our LORD, our espoused Husband, our Beloved Deliverer, the destroyer of Egypt’s first born, the parter of the sea, the LORD COMMANDER of the armies of righteousness, the Eternal High Priest of the Father and the King of kings, the Mighty Caster Out of demons!
If we faithfully follow him wherever he goes, and passionately seek to please him; learning and keeping the whole word of God with intense enthusiasm; he will give us HIS authority and power over evil, including satan and his demons, within the limits of the will of God.
If we tried to cast Satan out of the final false prophet that would not happen, because it would break the will of God. Nevertheless in our own personal lives we would have the power to resist the devil, and overcome sin; through the power of God; if we are diligent to follow our LORD in all things!
Your personal life need not be one of torment by spiritual oppression; just avoid all evil as far as is possible in this wicked world and seek to please our God by loving him enough ot passionately KEEP his word! And then avoid evil as much as is possible in this world, filling your mind with all good things!
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Ephesians 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead [in sin], and Christ shall give thee light [of understanding]. 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise [in the Word of God and godly wisdom],
5:16 Redeeming the time [making the best use of our time to become godly] because the days are evil. 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit [By faithful obedience to God and a diligent seeking of God’s Spirit];
5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Focus on God and his word to learn it and to keep it; focus also on the strength and power and the mighty deeds of the Ultimate Overcomer, who will come and dwell within us to overcome sin with us if we will only follow him! Focus on the good promises of our Mighty LORD!
Believe, Trust and Know that the battle is not ours alone, and that the LORD of the armies of righteousness goes before us if we will only follow him!
The end of the matter is this: If we are faithful to and resolutely following our LORD; to grow in Him, to become like Him, to internalize his very nature; to become the beloved eternal spiritual bride; the very apple of Christ’s eye; He will deliver us and nothing can separate us from his love, or his power to deliver!
Brethren, we have become emasculated and have lost sight of our God, by fearing men and idolizing them above our Mighty God! Today take some time to think on the greatness of the Mighty God to whom we are espoused in marriage as his collective spiritual bride.
Our God is AWESOME and Mighty to Deliver his faithful bride!!! When we fully understand that and are faithful to follow Him; NOTHING can prevent our resurrection to spirit and eternal life with our Most Beloved!
Brethren, by focusing on men; we have lost sight of our calling and of the greatness of our Husband and our LORD!
You men: How much do you love your faithful cooperative wives? Enough to defend them?
Our espoused Husband is ten thousand times more passionate about his spiritual Much Beloved Bride of eternity! and ten trillion times more powerful to defend and deliver his Beloved!!!
Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Peter wrote that no scripture can be interpreted privately, meaning that all scriptures on any subject must fit together and support one another and that no single scripture can stand alone, or contrary to other scriptures.
2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
All scriptures on a given subject must fit together, and in studying any subject we must put all the scriptures on a subject together. In that way God protects us from translation faults, and the truth of his Word is revealed.
This is the process by which we must apply in resolving the enigma of having several scriptures refer to the end of Satan as death, while Rev 20:10 seems to refer to his end being eternal torment.
Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
The Wages of Sin is DEATH
Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Who must pay those wages?
ALL unrepentant sinners! and that includes angels who are unrepentant sinners!
God will pass judgment on Satan and those angels who follow him on a future Day of Atonement.
Can Angels die?
Did the very Creator God die for us? If the Creator God himself could give up his God-ship to die for his creation; then the sinful angels can also be destroyed by God for their wickedness.
Show me where in the scriptures it says that angels cannot die if God should choose to destroy the wicked among them?
Isaiah said it this way:
Isaiah 27:1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent [Satan], even leviathan that crooked [perverse] serpent; and he [Christ] shall slay the dragon [Satan] that is in the sea [sea of people].
The Sea being a type of the peoples that follow Satan. Satan deceives and leads the nations and peoples.
Revelation 20:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
Because Lucifer sought to steal the throne of God the Father in heaven; he is cast down and called the Adversary [Satan].
Satan is to be restrained for one thousand years and soon after that will be cast into death
Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
The king of Babylon and the spiritual king of Babylon [Satan] will be brought down to destruction.
14:16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; 14:17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? 14:18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.
The beast and final false prophet shall be thrown alive into the fire of Ghenna; as an example of the final fate of the ultimate spiritual king of spiritual Babylon and rebellion against the will and commandments of God, Satan.
14:19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet. 14:20 Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.
Ezekiel said it this way:
Ezekiel’s prophecy of the physical prince as a type of the spiritual king of Tyre; Lucifer/Satan himself
28:11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him,
The king of Tyre is quickly identified by the description. In the beginning Lucifer was full of godly wisdom and spiritual beauty as God’s people should be.
. . . Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
Lucifer Undeniable Identified.
28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth [the throne of God with his wings]; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
Lucifer was corrupted by his beauty, wisdom and wealth and his position, into an overwhelming pride; just as the church of God has been corrupted into great pride in their assumed righteousness and imagined spiritual riches.
28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise [riches] they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
28:17 Thine heart was lifted up [PRIDE] because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness [we became filled with pride because we think of ourselves as having all spiritual knowledge and needing nothing Rev 3:16]: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
Like Lucifer today’s church of God is full of iniquities and is blind to their condition because of our pride. Because we will not listen to the Word of God and exalt ourselves above God and his Word to do as we think best, because of PRIDE: we are rejected by Jesus Christ and by God the Father!
Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm [hot for our own ways and cold regarding any zeal for God; equals lukewarm], and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich [spiritually], and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Ezekiel 28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick;
Satan’s end and the end of all the unrepentant proud who have no zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God: is eternal death!
. . . therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. 28:19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
The Wages of Sin
Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Who must pay those wages? ALL unrepentant sinners! and that includes angels who are unrepentant sinners!
God has already passed judgment on Satan and those angels who follow him; there judgment is to be cast into utter eternal darkness Jude 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness [oblivion] for ever.
And what is utter eternal darkness but the oblivion of death?
It is the mere assumption of a man that no spirit can die.
God is eternal and exists as long as he wants to exist, and can voluntarily give up eternal life, if he so chooses. Lesser spirits are subject to the commandments, judgment, authority and power of God!
Angels are NOT God the Father or Jesus Christ! They are subject to God the Father, and HE can judge the wicked among them, and apply to the wicked spirits the wages of their sins! Those who do not rebel and sin have life; and those who rebel and sin will reap the wages of that rebellion and sin; just like unrepentant human beings.
To say that the Father cannot destroy the wicked spirits; is to LIMIT the POWER of ALMIGHTY GOD!
Let us consider Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
The key to understanding this; is that the word “torment” in 1611 English the word “torment” is synonymous with “judged” or “condemned”.
Tormented and judged meant the same thing in 1611, because the condemned were tormented by torture. Since that time various translators have maintained this wording because of their Roman Catholic doctrinal bias of an eternal tormenting hell fire. A better wording of Revelation 20:10 is that Satan would be judged and condemned forever and would never again exist day or night forever.
Can a resurrected child of God who has been given eternal life ever die?
Finally, if once given the gift of eternal life; can any human, having been elevated to God spirit status; rebel and sin and then still be condemned to death?
God has taken great pains to prevent that from ever happening and it is not likely to ever happen.
Man has been allowed to taste Satan’s ways to the full and will then be allowed to taste of God’s ways; after which we will make a well informed choice.
It is unthinkable that after tasting BOTH ways to the full, anyone person would choose to rebel and sin against God in future eternity: Yet if that were to ever happen, the wicked rebel would lose his eternal life and be destroyed.
As the possession of the physical promised land is ABSOLUTELY CONDITIONAL on being and faithfully keeping the whole Word of God: A place in the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life, is ABSOLUTELY CONDITIONAL on faithful, without compromise OBEDIENCE, to our Husband and our Father in heaven!
The book of Deuteronomy teaches us, that possession of the Promised Land is totally conditional on diligent obedience to ALL of God’s commandments. This is why Judah and Israel shall soon go into another captivity for the many sins and abominations they do in their land.
That lesson is also for us; the Called Out of the New Covenant of the spirit.
Any person who is not diligently, zealously, faithful to all of God’s commandments today; WILL be rejected by Messiah; just as surely as Israel was rejected and thrust out of the land for their rebellion, disobedience and for their Sabbath breaking.
And in God’s eternity; any person who willfully sins and rebels against God, will have his eternal life taken away, and be thrust out of that Promised Land of Eternity, and will reap the wages of sin; which is DEATH!
Our peaceful relationship with God the Father and our Husband: UTTERLY DEPENDS on our faithfulness and zeal for them! FOREVER! and EVER! and EVER!
I am saying that we all have to be faithful to God forever. When I said that if a person, after being changed to spirit, began to sin deliberately and willfully and rejected God, as Satan has; he would have his eternal life withdrawn; I was not implying that such a thing would happen, only stating that IF this happened, the person would reap the wages of sin.
God will NOT tolerate any willful sin. Now if we make an honest mistake, and repent of that when it is brought to our attention, that is one thing; but God will not tolerate any willful deliberate rebellion against him and his ways.
God is working very hard to demonstrate to every person the ways of Satan and God’s own ways, so that an informed choice can be made. I do sincerely doubt that any person after being changed to spirit would ever turn against God. However: if they did, they would have to face the price for doing so.
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
We need to realize that the drying of every tear cannot be accomplished without putting away the cause of our tears, which is Satan and sin itself. Yes, God will dry every tear and will put all sin OUT of his people, and we shall go on into eternity in harmony with the Father, our Husband and their teachings and commandments.
We must root out the attitude that we can compromise with God’s ways and have no tears; for it is disobedience to God and his ways, by ourselves or others, that is the source of our tears.
God will not tolerate willful sin among his people, and is eradicating it from physical persons today; so that it will not exist in eternity.
Those who say that Jesus is love and will understand and wink at or tolerate our sins: ARE LIARS and Antichrists!