The Creation (1 of 5)

The Creation (1 of 5)

Introduction to Creation

1 Corinthians 15:21-27 (NKJV) 21  For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.
22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
23  But each one in his own order: Christ the first fruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.
24  Then comes the end, when He delivers the Kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.
25  For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.
26  The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.
27  For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.

1 Corinthians 15:55-57 (NKJV) 55  “O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?”

56  The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
57  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

We need a proper understanding of God’s plan. From Genesis through Revelation the Kingdom of God involves a beautiful and fantastic restoration of all things. It involves God’s reign over every aspect of creation. It includes people, animals, and all creatures in the universe. It involves food, music, celebration, laughing, and rejoicing.

Above all, it brings a thriving relationship with God and our Saviour, Jesus Christ, who is at the centre of God’s Kingdom program. It also involves real interactions and activity with other people who know God. The Kingdom also includes nations doing real cultural activities. In other words, the Kingdom is life and life abundantly.

The Kingdom of God also makes everything we do and every trial we face worth it. “Through many tribulations we must enter the Kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). And, “If we endure, we will also reign with Him” (2 Tim 2:12). A tangible Kingdom awaits all who devote their lives to King Jesus. No matter how bad things get, a wonderful Kingdom awaits.

God’s Kingdom program involves five major parts or developments:

  1. Creation:        Genesis 1 – 2
  • The Kingdom is present with creation as God the King of creation tasks His image-bearer, man, to rule and subdue His creation.
  1. Fall:        Genesis 3
  • The fall marks man’s failure to rule God’s creation; both God’s image-bearers (humans) and the creation come under the devastating effects of the fall.
  1. Promise:        Genesis 3:15 – Malachi
  • The promise plan guarantees the seed of the woman will eventually succeed over the power behind the serpent (Satan); the fall will be reversed and man will effectively rule over creation.
  1. Redemption:    Gospels – Epistles
  • Jesus the King brings redemption through His atonement, and His death is the basis for the Kingdom and reconciliation of all things.
  1. Restoration:    Revelation of Jesus Christ.
  • With the restoration of all things, God’s Kingdom plan is fulfilled as Jesus successfully reigns over the earth; this Kingdom merges into the perfect Kingdom of the Father.

The Bible’s storyline shows how the Kingdom created goes to the Kingdom fallen, which then leads to the Kingdom restored. This storyline is centred and anchored in Jesus the Messiah.

1 Corinthians 15:1-8 (NKJV) 1  Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2  by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you–unless you believed in vain. 3  For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4  and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5  and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6  After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7  After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 8  Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.

Colossians 1:10-23 (NKJV) 10  that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11  strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12  giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13  He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14  in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. 15  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16  For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17  And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18  And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. 19  For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20  and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. 21  And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22  in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight– 23  if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.

The Bible does not leave the Kingdom in the abstract. If God rules, He rules somewhere, even if somewhere is everywhere. There is no abstract rule without a realm. Thus, it is best to define the Kingdom of God as “the rule of God over His creation.”

What is a Kingdom?

Matthew 6:13 (NKJV)  And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

The word is “malkuth” in Hebrew and “basileia” in Greek. There are other terms relevant to the Kingdom concept. But like any term, the meaning of “Kingdom” and similar terms is not found primarily in the etymology or origin of the word but in its usage. Usage determines meaning.

Malkuth and basileia often are translated as “royalty,” “royal power,” “reign,” and “Kingdom.” The concept of “Kingdom” includes at least three essential elements:

  1. Ruler: A Kingdom involves a ruler with rightful and adequate authority and power.
  2. Realm: A Kingdom involves a realm of subjects to be ruled.
  3. Rulership: A Kingdom involves the exercise of ruling.

All three elements are needed for a Kingdom, including active ruling.

Essential to the word Kingdom is the actual exercise of authority in a realm over which one has the sovereign right to rule. If the exercise of authority is not in view, the concept of Kingdom is not present. Thus there can be no Kingdom in the truest sense without the ruler, the realm, and the reigning function.

We can trace the Kingdom theme from Genesis through Revelation. This theme provides a unifying structure that bound all the Bible together into a unit, and by which all the history recorded there could be understood and related.

While most Kingdom passages focus on God’s mediatorial Kingdom on the earth (Dan 2:44; Matt 6:10; Acts 1:6), God’s universal Kingdom is always in operation. He is always in control and He always prevails. For a time men may resist God’s mediatorial Kingdom plans, yet they never escape God’s universal rule.

Coming Soon

Jesus Christ proclaimed and explained the Kingdom of God – God’s rule over all things. In the Old Testament, God established his Kingdom politically under David. When the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem, the prophets continued to speak of the reestablishment of the Kingdom of God under the coming Messiah.

Isaiah 9:6-7 (NKJV) 6  For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7  Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

When Jesus came to earth, he preached that the Kingdom of God had arrived.

Matthew 4:17 (NKJV)  From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Matthew 5:3 (NKJV)  “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Luke 11:20 (NKJV)  But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the Kingdom of God has come upon you.

With Jesus’ coming, God’s redemptive rule has freed men and women from Satan’s power. When Jesus cast out demons, he demonstrated the reality of the Kingdom. And through his parables, Jesus described what the Kingdom was like (Mt 25).

Jesus’ own account of the Kingdom, from an earthly perspective, turns worldly values and priorities upside down. In God’s Kingdom, the poor are rich, those who mourn will be comforted, the meek are powerful, and seekers, mercy-givers, peacemakers, and those who are persecuted are the ones who will inherit the Kingdom.

Matthew 5:3-12 (NKJV) 3  “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4  Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. 5  Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. 6  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. 7  Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. 8  Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. 9  Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. 10  Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11  “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12  Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Jesus’ ministry on earth ushered in the Kingdom; the coming of the Spirit brought it into a new phase; and someday, when the dead in Christ are raised and Jesus comes again to establish his earthly Kingdom, it will be fully realized in all of its splendor, justice and perfection (Rev 22:1 – 5).

Acts 2:1-11 (NKJV) 1  When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2  And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3  Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4  And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5  And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. 6  And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. 7  Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? 8  And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? 9  Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10  Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11  Cretans and Arabs–we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”

Revelation 22:1-5 (NKJV) 1  And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2  In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3  And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. 4  They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. 5  There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.

The goal is for this planet to be brought into perfect conformity with God’s will. When the ultimate Mediator, Jesus the Messiah, successfully reigns over the earth, the mediatorial Kingdom will be brought into conformity with God’s Universal Kingdom. And God’s will on earth will be done as it is in heaven.

1 Corinthians 15:24 (NKJV)  Then comes the end, when He delivers the Kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.
1 Corinthians 15:28 (NKJV)  Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

Matthew 6:10 (NKJV)  Your Kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.

Eventually, all will be restored, God’s plan fulfilled. Part of that includes “a new heaven and a new earth”.

Revelation 21:1 (NKJV)  Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.

Inerrancy of the Scriptures

For centuries most people in the Christian world accepted the Scriptures as The Holy Bible and believed it to be God’s revealed written message to mankind. They believed that it was free of mistakes (inerrant), that it could not be wrong on any subject (infallible), and that its words came from God Himself through specially chosen prophets (inspired).

Jewish believers had held this same opinion for centuries before, with respect to the Old Testament, and the orthodox Jews still hold this view today. The belief that the Bible was God’s written Word and free from error was seen to be the Bible’s own claim for itself, as well as the authoritative claim of Christ Himself.

Thus, orthodox Christians today, whatever their denominational label, still hold the doctrine that the Holy Scriptures (both Old and New Testaments) are God’s actual words to man (originated by Him and communicated by His Holy Spirit’s guidance through chosen, holy messengers), and are thus verbally (the written words, not merely the thoughts) inerrant, infallible, and inspired, as they were originally written in the autographs-that is, in the actual documents penned by the prophets and apostles, or by their secretaries when dictated.

2 Peter 1:20-21 (NKJV) 20  knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21  for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

Romans 16:22 (NKJV)  I, Tertius, who wrote this epistle, greet you in the Lord.

The Bible Declares Itself to be the Word of God

2 Timothy 3:16 (NKJV)  All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

  • “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (v16). This great declaration explains and affirms why the Bible alone has been the final authority for the faith and practice of evangelical Christianity through the centuries.

Christ Taught the Inerrancy of the Bible

John 10:35 (NKJV)  If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken),

  • Christ, as the eternally preexistent member of the Trinity, now God incarnate, occupies a unique place in the Scriptures: He is the God-Man from heaven.
  • Note that when Christ said, “The Scripture cannot be broken” (v 35), He declared categorically without exception or limitation, that fault cannot be found in the Scriptures.

Prophets of the Old Testament Received the Scriptures as Inerrant

  1. Moses, the author of the first five Old Testament books, was commanded by God Himself to record events in Israel’s history and transmit them to Joshua (Ex. 17:14). He kept written records of Israel’s journeys (Num. 33:1,2). His writings were to be read and studied by future kings of Israel (Deut. 17:18, 19). He wrote down a body of law which the priests of Israel preserved. This law was to be read publicly every seven years in order to preserve godly living (Deut. 31:9-12). Moses’ law was to be received and studied by Joshua as the secret of his success-by direct command of God.

    Joshua 1:7-8 (NKJV) 7  Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. 8  This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

  2. Joshua’s generation saw Moses’ writings not as the words of man, but as having the authority of God (Josh. 8:31-35).
  3. David charged Solomon to obey God’s written law, especially the law of Moses (1 Kin. 2:3).
  4. Isaiah claimed that the words he spoke and recorded were the actual words of God, which were to be received and obeyed (Isa. 1:10). Isaiah equated correctness with adherence to God’s written Word (Isa 8:20).
  5. Daniel studied the writings of Jeremiah the prophet, and took these to be accurate and inerrant records of God’s message to man (Dan. 9:2; cf. Jer. 25:11, 12).
  6. Malachi ends the Old Testament era with an admonition to “remember the Law of Moses … The statutes and judgments” (Mal. 4:4).

    Malachi 4:4 (NKJV)  “Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, With the statutes and judgments.

  • The Scriptures were uniformly and universally received by the Old Testament prophets and writers themselves as the perfect and inerrant Word of God, the only standard of faith and practice.

Christ & the Apostles Authenticated the New Testament as Inerrant

2 Peter 1:21 (NKJV)  for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

  • In addition to both the Old Testament prophets and Christ, the New Testament apostles and writers agreed that the Scriptures were truly from God, hence inerrant.

Christ and the Apostles Accepted Genesis as a Factual Account

Matthew 19:4 (NKJV)  And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’

  • Some skeptics have dismissed the Genesis account of creation and miracles as impossible. But the Bible says that Christ was present with God “in the beginning” and “all things were made through Him” (John 1:1-3). He alone, who came from heaven, was present at Creation. He witnessed all events in biblical history. He was in a position to know truth from error, fact from myth. What He accepted as true becomes our most certain guide to truth

Christ & the Apostles Accepted the Books Most Attacked by Critics

Matthew 12:40-41 (NKJV) 40  For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41  The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.

  • The Book of Jonah, claimed by some to be fiction, was personally authorized by the all-knowing Christ. Nor is this the only disputed book He attested:
  1. The Pentateuch (the first five Old Testament books) was written by Moses. (Moses’ final death account [Deut. 34] was probably added by Joshua.) Note that in Matthew 4:4, 7, 10, Christ defeats Satan by quoting from Deuteronomy 6:16; 8:3; and Deut. 10:20.

    Next to Genesis, Deuteronomy is the book most attacked by critics. Yet it was Christ’s first choice in fighting Satan. Our conclusion: Deuteronomy was authenticated as inerrant Scripture, once and forever, by the all-knowing Christ.

  2. The Book of Daniel was written by Daniel, about 600-550 B.C., although critics say that it was written four hundred years later at about 168 B.C. They allege this because Daniel’s prophecies in chapters 2, 7, and 8 seem to extend this far into history (although, indeed, they extend much farther).

    These critics do not believe it possible that God’s prophets could miraculously predict the future. Jesus, however, quotes Daniel as a God-inspired foreteller of the future (Matt 24:15; Mark 13:14). To Christ, and therefore to us, the Book of Daniel came from God, was written by Daniel, foretells the future, and is inerrant in all of its words.

    1. Some scholars divide Isaiah into three sections: “First Isaiah,” chapters 1-39; “Second Isaiah,” chapters 40-55; “Third Isaiah,” chapters 56-66. Because of the three divisions of subject matter, different emphases, and alleged variations in style, some maintain that different authors wrote each section. However, Isaiah is mentioned by name in the New Testament some twenty-one times. For example:

      Matthew 15:7-9;    Isa. 29:13

      Matthew 3:3;    Isa. 40:3

      Acts 8:28-33;    Isa. 53:7, 8

  • Along with these three quotations (one of which was spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ) from the three different sections of Isaiah, there are at least eighteen others from Matthew through Romans. All New Testament writers accept the unity of the book and that it is the work of one prophet

Fulfilled Prophecy Shows the Inerrancy of the Bible

Psalm 119:89 (NKJV)  Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.

  • Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matt. 24:35). He was speaking in a context of prophetic predictions. He insisted that every predictive word would find its fulfillment because it comes from God, who knows and controls the future. Other prophets have spoken throughout world history; it is apparent that none of them really knew the future, especially the distant future. Only the prophecies of the Bible have been and will be fulfilled in every detail. These prophecies come to us in the exact words of Scripture. Their past fulfillment is a proof that the Bible is God’s book-true, as it claims for itself, and inerrant even in its prophetic words.

The Biblical Creation

Genesis 1:1-3 (NKJV) 1  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2  The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3  Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

Genesis 1 reveals the glories of God’s creation: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen 1:1). In six days God created a spectacular universe full of wonder and mystery-the sun and planets, animals, birds, fish, vegetation, land, and sea.

Six times God pronounced His creation “good” (Gen 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25). Then in 1:31 He said it was “very good” (1:31). This includes the earth and all its physical aspects.

There are religions and philosophies based on the belief that the physical world is an illusion (Hinduism), or that the physical world is really just perception but not reality (Idealism). The philosopher Plato (427-347 B.C.) elevated spiritual matters over the physical. Two thousand years of church history show that the fog of Platonism has often clouded Christians. Many think God’s ultimate purposes involve escape from the “carnal” physical world to a glorious spiritual existence in the sky.

A strong contrast is made between earth and heaven, so much that the ultimate goal is to escape earthly existence. But anti-material views are wrong. Physical things are not bad. In fact, the material and immaterial aspects of God’s creation are in harmony with each other.

The new world needed a ruler. Yes, God was King and could directly rule over this new kingdom himself, but this was not His plan. So He created man. “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness'” (Gen 1:26a).

As “image” and “likeness” of God, man is created as king and son. He is placed into relationship with God. Man is now positioned and equipped to rule and subdue the earth on God’s behalf. Man has a task to complete.

First, he is to “multiply” and “fill the earth.” God’s plan for mankind involves more than just Adam and Eve. It involves their offspring. Adam and Eve were made to produce other image bearers who too would share their God-given responsibilities.

Second, God instructs man to “rule” and “subdue” the creation. The Hebrew term for “rule,” which is used twice in Genesis 1:26-28, is r¯ad¯ah and means “have dominion,” “rule,” or “dominate.”.

This is evident in man’s naming of the animals, which was a demonstration of dominion (see Gen 2:19-20). Thus, there is a royal and kingly aspect to the language of Genesis 1:26-28. The very first of the divine injunctions laid upon him, man was regal in character.

God placed man in a physical environment suitable for beings with physical bodies. There was a real place called “Eden.” God also made sensual delights for Adam, including food: “Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food” (Gen 2:9). Adam was also given physical work to do. He was to “cultivate” and “keep” the Garden of Eden God entrusted to Him (Gen 2:15).

Then God made a real flesh and blood mate for Adam-a woman, Eve, who would be Adam’s equal, yet also different from Adam (see Gen 2:18-25). From this point onward, man’s service to God would also include his treatment of other human beings.

Authority to rule over creation was not intended to be the sole possession of Adam. The command for Adam and Eve to fill the earth with other image bearers indicated this.

The couple can eat from any tree in the garden, but they were to avoid eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. To eat from it meant death. This was an opportunity for these volitional beings to willingly express obedience to their Creator with their hearts. Avoiding the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” was to be an expression of worship.

John 1:1-5 (NKJV) 1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2  He was in the beginning with God. 3  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5  And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
John 1:18 (NKJV)  No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.

The Earth

I do not believe that the Earth is flat like a Chapatti or a Pancake and I do not subscribe to the Flat Earth Society’s view. However, I would rather believe the Bible and its authentic account of creation than any man-made belief system or agency.

The Triangle Gospel

Triangles were easy to draw and is not in any way a reflection of anything religious or occultic. My eldest son drew them in my physical notebook in 2010. I drew it again with MS Word later to teach the congregation.

Scene 1

In the beginning there was God. In the Old Testament, four words are translated as the English word “God”. Those words are El, Elah, Elo’ah, and Elohim.

Genesis 1:1 (NKJV)  In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 2:4 (NKJV)  This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD (Yehovah) God (Elohim) made the earth and the heavens,

He is the one we call our Heavenly Father.

Scene 2

Psalm 82:1 (NKJV)  God (elohiym) stands in the congregation of the mighty (el); He judges among the gods (elohiym).

The Jews understood that there were two families; upper and lower. This is confirmed in the New testament

Ephesians 3:14-16 (NKJV) [14]  For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, [15]  from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, [16]  that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,

God has two families. Various Bible translations render the name of this council of elohim” as: ‘the great assembly,” “heaven’s court,” “the divine council,” and “the assembly of El.” The heavenly council is also rendered in English translations as “His own congregation,” “the congregation of the mighty,” “the assembly of God”, the assembly of the angels,” “the hosts of heaven,” “the heavenly host,”, “the company of God,” or “watchers”.

Scene 3


1 Timothy 5:21 (NKJV)  I charge you before God and the Lord Jesus Christ and the elect angels that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing with partiality.

Part of this Elohim class of beings is a sentient class of creatures known as angels. The Angelic incursion continues to have a disastrous effect on human beings.

There are three angels whose names are made known in the Scriptures:

  1. Michael, the archangel. Most angels in the Bible are portrayed as messengers, but Michael is described in all three books as contending, fighting, or standing against evil spirits and principalities.
  2. Gabriel. This angel seems to be a special messenger of the Lord. He is mentioned three times in Scripture:
  3. Lucifer, son of the morning (Satan). This is a fallen angel, who was created a perfect and powerful angel.

The Bible also describes different classes of Angels.


The word “arch” simply means chief, and it suggests that there is a class of beings higher than ordinary angels.

1 Thessalonians 4:16 (NKJV)  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.


This word means fiery ones. Their form appears to have been human, with the addition of wings.

Isaiah 6:2 (NKJV)
[2]  Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.

This word is used elsewhere only of the “fiery serpents” sent by God as his instruments to inflict on the people the righteous penalty of sin.

Numbers 21:6 (NKJV)  So the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died.


“Cherubim” is the plural of “cherub,” from the Hebrew word for “draw near.”

The Cherubim look like men except that each one has four faces and four wings and feet like a calf. Two of their wings join tip to tip, and the other two cover their bodies. Their faces are like those of a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle.

Ezekiel 1:10 (Sept.)  And the likeness of their faces was the face of a man, and the face of a lion on the right of the four; and the face of a calf on the left of the four; and the face of an eagle to the four.

When Moses was up in the mountain talking to God, what did the Israelites form a Golden image of? Cherubim were placed in the Garden of Eden to guard the Tree of Life, after the fall of Adam and Eve (Gen.3:24).

Genesis 3:24 (NKJV)  So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

Satan was the “anointed cherub”. It appears that he was the head of the cherubim. Speaking of his fall, the Bible has this to say.

Ezekiel 28:13-15 (NKJV) [13]  You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes Was prepared for you on the day you were created. [14]  “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. [15]  You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you.

Isaiah 14:12-14 (NKJV) [12]  “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! [13]  For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; [14]  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’

  1. Though he is commonly called Lucifer, the exact word in Hebrew is Heylel – Heylel ben shachar.
  2. This word Heylel appears nowhere else in the Bible.
    1. Root: from hālal (in the sense of brightness)
    2. to be clear (origin of sound, but usually of color);
    3. to shine; hence to make a show, to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish;
    4. to rave; causative to celebrate;
    5. also to stultify :- (make) boast (self), celebrate, commend, (deal, make), fool (-ish, -ly), glory, give [light], be (make, feign self) mad (against), give in marriage, [sing, be worthy of] praise, rage, renowned, shine.
  3. Shachar means the morning. Ben Shachar means the son of the morning.
  4. Whatever his name is, he is the one ultimately responsible for all sin and rebellion in the Universe. We know that he took down a third of the Elohim class of beings with him into damnation.

Revelation 12:4 (NKJV)  His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.

Satan’s demand to Jesus was that he be worshipped as God. This was shown even in the OT where the fallen Elohim took up the place of false gods of various nations: Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the demon God of Moab and Milcom, the god of the Ammonites

1 Kings 11:33 (NKJV)  because they have forsaken Me, and worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess (elohiym) of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god (elohiym) of the Moabites, and Milcom the god (elohiym) of the people of Ammon, and have not walked in My ways to do what is right in My eyes and keep My statutes and My judgments, as did his father David.

Demons [shedim] (Deut 32:17)

Deuteronomy 32:17 (NKJV)  They sacrificed to demons (shed), not to God (Elo’ah), To gods (elohiym) they did not know, To new gods, new arrivals That your fathers did not fear.

Disembodied human dead are also called Elohim (1 Sam 28:13)

1 Samuel 28:13 (NKJV)  And the king said to her, “Do not be afraid. What did you see?” And the woman said to Saul, “I saw a spirit (elohiym) ascending out of the earth.”

If you google this, you will go mad. 10,000s upon 10,000 differing answers will make you lose the simplicity in Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:3 (NKJV)  But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

I want to make it very clear that when we speak of the upper family of divine beings, we are certainly not talking about a pantheon of Gods or a multitude of equal gods. There is no such teaching anywhere in the Word of God. However, there is very clear biblical evidence that there is an upper family that God has created, over which He is supreme. Furthermore, it can be seen from scriptures that some of these beings, whether good or evil, are called Elohim.

Our heavenly Father created a court-like assembly of divine beings, also known as Elohim, through which He directed the original affairs of His kingdom work. According to both the Old and New Testaments, He continues to administer His kingdom relationships through this divine structure.

Various Bible translations render the name of this council of elohim” as: ‘the great assembly,” “heaven’s court,” “the divine council,” and “the assembly of El.” The heavenly council is also rendered in English translations as “His own congregation,” “the congregation of the mighty,” “the assembly of God”, the assembly of the angels,” “the hosts of heaven,” “the heavenly host,”, “the company of God,” or watchers.

Psalm 82:1 (NKJV) God (elohiym) stands in the congregation of the mighty (el); He judges among the gods (elohiym).

Daniel 4:13 (NKJV)  “I saw in the visions of my head while on my bed, and there was a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven.

Daniel 4:17 (NKJV)  ‘This decision is by the decree of the watchers, And the sentence by the word of the holy ones, In order that the living may know That the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, Gives it to whomever He will, And sets over it the lowest of men.’

Regardless of the particular words and phrases chosen by the interpreters, the implication is the same. Elohim, our Heavenly Father, surrounds Himself with a court or a council that is made up of the Elohim. They are His created and divine beings – His upper family.

1 Timothy 5:21 (NKJV)  I charge you before God and the Lord Jesus Christ and the elect angels that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing with partiality.

Luke 12:8 (NKJV)  “Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God.

Revelation 3:5 (NKJV)  He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

These scriptures reveal that in the Gospels, Epistles and in the book of Revelation of Jesus Christ, this council is mentioned.

When Genesis opens with the declaration, “In the beginning Elohim created…,”

Genesis 1:1 (NKJV)  In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heavens and the earth.

We have to ask: Is this a declaration that only one God created everything, or was it a pantheon of Gods that did the creating?

Genesis 2:4 (NKJV)  This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD (Yehovah) God (Elohim) made the earth and the heavens,

As we have learned, the Hebrew words Elohim is applied to something other than the true and living God. There is, however, one name that is unique to the God of the Bible. Our Heavenly Father reveals Himself in the Old Covenant as Yehowah/Jehovah/Yahweh, the first mention of this name, here stated as the only creator.

The Bible doesn’t even come close to teaching that there exists an assemblage of equal and sovereign “gods.” Please be very clear about this.

In Hebrew Scriptures, this name is recorded as YHWH. Ancient Hebrew did not use vowels in its written form. The appropriate vowel sounds of words were passed down orally. As a result, when ancient Hebrew is studied, scholars and linguists often do not know with absolute confidence how certain Hebrew words were pronounced.

This is the reason that the pronunciation of YHWH, also known as the tetragrammaton, is still not universally agreed upon. Some prefer “Yahweh” (YAH-way); others prefer “Yehowah” or “Yahuweh”; still others argue for “Jehovah.”

Isaiah 42:8 (KJV)  I am the LORD (Yĕhovah): that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

Scene 4

Into this cosmic mess after judgment, God creates man in His own image.

Psalm 8:5 (NKJV)  For You have made him a little lower than the angels (elohiym), And You have crowned him with glory and honor.

The unfallen man walked in the dominion and authority that God had. This includes authority of the fallen Elohim.

Genesis 3:5 (NKJV)  For God (elohiym)knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God (KJV- ye shall be as gods) (elohiym), knowing good and evil.”

Satan said that they could actually take a position among the Elohim, knowing what they knew. Remember the whole family in heaven and the family in earth from Ephesians 3:14-16.

Ephesians 3:14-16 (NKJV) 14  For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15  from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16  that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,

The woman was deceived, the man disobeyed.

1 Timothy 2:14 (NKJV)  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.

Romans 5:19 (NKJV)  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.

Scene 5

Adam handed his authority over to Satan, who using Adam’s God given authority and dominion became the God of this age.

2 Corinthians 4:4 (NKJV)  whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

He also became “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience” (Eph.2:2).

Ephesians 2:2 (NKJV)  in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,

Scene 6

Galatians 4:4-6 (NKJV) 4  But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5  to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6  And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”

Colossians 1:20 (NKJV)  and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

Scene 7

Ephesians 2:6-7 (NKJV) 6  and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7  that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:10-11 (NKJV) 10  And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11  But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

Colossians 3:1 (NKJV)  If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

Scene 8

Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV) 18  And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Mark 16:15-16 (NKJV) 15  And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16  He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

Scene 9

Revelation 21:1 (NKJV)  Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.

Isaiah 65:17 (NKJV)  “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.

The Circle of Life

Spirit Soul and Body

  • If I ask you who you are, you will tell me your name.
  • If I ask you what you are, you will tell me your profession
  • If I ask you where you live, you will tell me your address

Biblically you are a spirit, who lives in a body and you have a soul

1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NKJV) Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Genesis 2:7 (KJV) And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

  • Can a body exist by itself?    Yes.
  • Can a spirit exist by itself?    Yes.
  • Can a soul exist by itself?    No.
  1. The soul came into being when the Spirit came in contact with the body.
  2. The soul is tied to the spirit.
  3. The normal state of the soul is in conjunction with the body and the spirit.
  4. The moment you get born into the earth, your soul is forever bound to the spirit, either dead or born again.
  • When you are born again, your spirit responds to the Word of God
  • Your soul agrees and is convicted and you give yourself to Jesus by first repenting.
  • Your body responds by being obedient to your soul.

One day, we all will shed this body. At that time, our spirit and our soul will be bound together, awaiting the new body.

Philippians 3:21 (NKJV) who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

Then comes judgment.

Hebrews 9:27 (NKJV) And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

The Book of Life

Revelation 20:11-13 (NKJV) 11  Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12  And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13  The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.

Anyone not found written in the Book of Life is cast into the lake of Fire.

Revelation 13:8 (NKJV) All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Philippians 4:3 (NKJV) And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.

Revelation 21:27 (NKJV) But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

As for the believer, there is the judgment throne of Christ

2 Corinthians 5:10 (NKJV) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

Matthew 12:36 (NKJV) But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.

The Books

  • … and the books were opened, Revelation 20:12.
  • And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.

There are books in heaven that record everything we do, but it does not matter what you do, if your name is not in the Book of Life, you are doomed. The rest is just the severity of the punishment.

Anything that is purposed of the Lord will begin as a book in Heaven. These books are written after God has a counsel. To understand this, there is concept found in the Bible which I’d like to present.

I call it The Circle of Life.

Romans 8:28-30 (NKJV) 28  And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30  Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.


  • Foreknew
    > Predestined > Called > Justified > Glorified

Jeremiah 1:5 (NKJV)  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you – This is foreknowledge.

No single individual is chosen, elected, foreknown, or predestined to be saved or lost without his personal choice and responsibility in the matter .

John 3:16 (NKJV) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

1 Timothy 2:4 (NKJV) who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV) The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Revelation 22:17 (NKJV) And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.

Foreknowledge speaks of that which occurred in the counsel of the Lord. In this counsel, decisions were made about destinies of the world. This includes individuals, cities, states, businesses and all the way upto nations. There were conclusions that were arrived concerning what part of God’s kingdom agenda each would fulfill. There was a “foreknowing” of us from the counsel of God.

Once these decisions were made, they were written down in a book in Heaven, and it became a predestined thing. This is the next stage that the Apostle Paul wrote about.


  • Foreknew >
    > Called > Justified > Glorified

You and God agreed to fulfill His plans when you are sent on a “mission” to Earth.

The Apostle Paul tells his spiritual son Timothy to fulfill what was planned before time began.

2 Timothy 1:9 (NKJV) who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,

Notice that purpose and grace were given to Paul and Timothy before time began. This is really interesting. How can something be given to something else that does not yet exist?

Purpose is what is written in the books of Heaven about them and grace was the empowerment to bring it into the reality of the Earth realm. This was given during the counsel of the Lord, before time began.

Being predestined has nothing to do with us not having a choice or a will. In fact we can have a predestined plan for our lives and not fulfill it. Each person born arrived with a predestined plan concerning their life. They have a book in heaven about them. We can either choose to discover what is in the books about us or disregard it and go our own way. It is each person’s individual responsibility to discover what was predestined about them and written in the books of Heaven.

Psalm 139:16 (NKJV) Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.

God wrote down in a book the destiny and Kingdom purpose for each of our lives. God ‘saw’ us in our fleshly form in the Earth, before we ever existed. He saw our days. Not just the number of them, but He saw the activities in them and what we would accomplish in our life. Our individual book is a written record of all that God planned for us and the Kingdom impact He has destined for our lives. Every person ever born has a book written about them. The battle is to get what is in the book to manifest on the Earth.

Even Jesus had a book. Hebrews 10:5-7 tells us that Jesus had a volume of the book that He came into the Earth to fulfill.

Hebrews 10:5-7 (NKJV) 5  Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me. 6  In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. 7  Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come– In the volume of the book it is written of Me– To do Your will, O God.’ ”

There is a book in Heaven that chronicled what Kingdom purpose Jesus would fulfill in the Earth. Jesus came with a passion and a commitment to complete what had been written in the books of Heaven about Him. This is interesting because John 1:14 says that Jesus is the Word made flesh.

John 1:14 (NKJV)  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

In other words, Jesus was the Word sent out of Heaven to be born in the flesh. His physical birth allowed what was written in the book of Heaven to manifesting in the flesh. He then spent the next thirty three and a half years of His life fulfilling what had been written in His book.

Anything God-ordained is first written in a book or scroll in Heaven. It must be sent out of Heaven and birthed into the Earth realm before it can become flesh. This is what happened to Jesus, but also to us and anything else that is ever ‘born’ into the Earth realm. So it could be said that before we came into the Earth, we were a word written in a scroll. When we are born-again, we begin the process of living out our Kingdom purpose as it is written in Heaven in our book. This is the reason that Ephesians 2:10 says that we are His workmanship.

Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

This is the purpose spoken about in Romans.

Romans 8:28 (NKJV)  And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.


  • Foreknew > Predestined >
    > Justified > Glorified

God has to call you to Salvation because we lost all contact with God when we arrived here on Earth.

John 6:44 (NKJV)  No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.

John 6:65 (NKJV)  And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.”

Psalm 51:5 (NKJV)  Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me.
Isaiah 59:2 (NKJV)  But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.
Romans 3:23 (NKJV)  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

  • Still we have this longing in our hearts for God. It is because of this foreknowledge.
  • We know we are called to do something better. That is because of predestination.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT) Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity (owlam) in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

Eternity means

  • Past: long duration, antiquity, futurity, for ever, ever, everlasting, evermore, perpetual, old, ancient, world, ancient time, long time.
  • Future: for ever, always, continuous existence, perpetual, everlasting, indefinite or unending future, eternity

So God calls you to Eternal Life again.

1 Peter 5:10 (NKJV)  But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

After we respond to His call, He then justifies us.


  • Foreknew > Predestined > Called >
    > Glorified

Romans 3:24-25 (NKJV) 24  being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25  whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,

Justification is the judicial act of God, by which he pardons all the sins of those who believe in Christ, and accounts, accepts, and treats them as righteous in the eye of the law, i.e., as conformed to all its demands.

This is the stage where we begin to get glimpses of what we were made for. We begin to discover what is written in the books of heaven about us.

Jeremiah 29:11-14 (NKJV) 11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12  Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13  And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 14  I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.

We realize these plans as we renew our mind in the Word from God.

Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV) 1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

As we renew our mind in the Word of God. Jesus is the Word of God we need to conform to, that which made everything.

John 1:1-4 (NKJV) 1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2  He was in the beginning with God. 3  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.


  • Foreknew > Predestined > Called > Justified >

1 Corinthians 6:20 (NKJV)  For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

James 1:21 (NKJV)  Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.

Isaiah 43:7 (NKJV)  Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”

Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

The fifth and final stage mentioned is being glorified. Being glorified is not talking about going to Heaven. It is speaking about us fully stepping into all that is written in the books of Heaven about us. We begin to ‘ live the dream’ that God had about us before time began. This has been called the convergence point. It is where everything we have gone through, good or bad, works together to propel us into our ultimate destiny.

We see this in the life of Joseph where he was in his father’s house, but then sold into slavery by jealous brothers. He ended up ruling over the household of Potiphar. Then he was cast into prison unjustly, after which he was promoted from this most unlikely place to Prime Minister of Egypt. He became the preserver of life that God had destined him to be as it was written in the books of Heaven. All of these things worked together and converged together to prepare and get Joseph to his appointed place. He then, from his glorified position, had the Kingdom impact that was predestined by God that he was to have. The reaching of the convergence point of our lives can be costly and expensive but worth it. Not only do we find the ultimate satisfaction that we were built for, but God gets His Kingdom purpose fulfilled through us.

The most critical stage of this process for individuals all the way to nations, is being justified. Once we maneuver our ways through the courts of Heaven and get legal things arranged, God can freely then grant to us the passion of His heart.

The battle is to get what is in His will as written in His books manifested on Earth though our lives.

Matthew 6:10 (NKJV)  Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.

The Opposition

Romans 8:29 (NKJV)  For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

For whom He foreknew, why is there a qualifier there? Are there those who God did not foreknow? Obviously not, in the sense that He is Omniscient. Were things created later, things that God did not intend to be created? Discern this for yourself, but according to the Word of God.

Jeremiah 1:5 (NKJV)  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

Matthew 7:21-23 (NKJV) 21  “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22  Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23  And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Who opposes that? Those whom God did not Foreknow. In other words, those who are not His.

Genesis 3:15 (NKJV)  And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”

This started the war as we know it in our realm of existence, between the seed of the “serpent” and the seed of the woman.

Matthew 13:24-30 (NKJV) 24  Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25  but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26  But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27  So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28  He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29  But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30  Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ‘ ”

Matthew 13:36-43 (NKJV) 36  Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.” 37  He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38  The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one.
39  The ene

my who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. 40  Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. 41  The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 42  and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43  Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!


tthew 7:21-23 (NLT) 21  “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22  On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23  But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

This is the reason that separation is absolutely vital to our purposes in Christ.

Ephesians 2:1-7 (NKJV) 1  And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2  in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3  among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. 4  But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5  even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6  and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7  that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

2 Corinthians 6:17 (NLT)  Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you.

A Brief History of the Heaven & Earth – 1

Part 1

So much has happened in the last 100 years spiritually compared to the centuries that went before, that it is indeed daunting to even attempt to broadly summarize any of it.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NKJV)  That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun.

All the fashions have already been. All that we call technology has already been, maybe in different form.

This also means that there is no new creation “under the sun”. The God, our Father in Heaven, remains a creator God, but the god of this age duplicates and reveals what is hidden.

The beginning of the 20th century saw a new, yet old cosmological paradigm put in place that could theoretically provide a convincing new and deceptive pretext for a new wave of satanic incursion in the guise of life from other planets.

We do have to stop and consider the question of the dimensional veil, the barrier, that God put in place after the fall, which we know once was broken before the flood and caused the flood.

Isaiah 59:2 (NKJV)  But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.

Fallen angels are once again revealing themselves to humanity this time as alien saviors and serve as governors of Satan’s earthly Kingdom. Demonic spirits even now manifest themselves in the physical realm inhabiting people moving objects, even attacking individuals.

The Bible seems to confirm that this barrier will remain in place right up until shortly before Jesus returns, when it will be removed and the spirit of Antichrist will have a period of unprecedented access to the earth and to humanity one last time before he meets his own end.

The Testaments

All kingdom passages in the Bible harmonize and complement each other. Because there is a divine author behind the Bible, all passages of Scripture harmonize, including those addressing the kingdom. No passage contradicts another passage.

Symbols in kingdom passages have a literal meaning that can be under- stood through grammatical-historical-literary interpretation. God sometimes uses symbols and vivid imagery to convey truths. In studying kingdom passages, we will encounter dragons, horns, statues, and frightening beasts. This often happens in Ezekiel, Daniel, Zechariah and Revelation. The symbols in these books were given to be understood and point to literal meanings. Some are explained and others are not, and some are harder to decipher than others. Nevertheless, behind each symbol is a specific meaning. We should not approach most of the Bible in a contextual manner, but then shift to “symbolic interpretation” or some other approach when we address symbols or prophetic sections. A difference exists between how God reveals a particular revelation and how readers should interpret that revelation. The use of symbols does not sanction symbolic hermeneutics.

The New Testament builds upon the contextual meanings of the Old Testament (OT) kingdom passages and themes. Much information about the kingdom is found in the OT books. Also, the OT is the informing theology of the New Testament (NT). This is evidenced by the approximately three hundred quotations of the OT in the NT.

So, a proper study of the kingdom should not ignore the OT and simply jump to the NT. The NT is building upon and relying upon the previous revelation of OT kingdom passages.

New Testament writers are not transforming and reinterpreting the kingdom message of the Old Testament. The kingdom promised in the OT is the kingdom the NT reveals. Certainly, as progressive revelation unfolds, new information will be given, including the news that Jesus is the Messiah and there will be two comings of Jesus. But new revelation is not contradictory revelation, nor does it reinterpret earlier revelation. It is in harmony with the previous revelation.

Fulfillment of God’s prophetic and kingdom purposes occurs with the two comings of Jesus. Jesus is the center of God’s kingdom program, and all of God’s promises, including kingdom promises, are “Yes” in Jesus. However, not all kingdom promises were fulfilled with Jesus’ first coming. Since there are two comings of the Messiah, fulfillments of prophecy occur with both His comings.

NT silence on an OT text should not be understood to mean an OT promise has been dropped or transformed. What God has revealed once is enough.

2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV)  For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.

God’s plans involve both individuals and nations. While individuals and individual salvation certainly are important in the NT, God’s plans still include nations. Both must be grasped to understand God’s kingdom program. It is not the case that with Christ’s first coming God’s plans for Israel and other nations were entirely transcended by individual spiritual salvation.

God’s plans for Israel also are also affirmed in the NT. The message of the kingdom was first directed to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matt 10:6). God’s future plans for Israel are discussed in Matthew 19:28; Acts 1:6; and Romans 11:26. Nations and kings are even mentioned as part of God’s plan for the coming kingdom of Messiah (Rev 2:26-27) and eternal state (see Rev 21:24, 26).

Ethnicity and national distinctions are not erased. Revelation 5:9 says Jesus’ blood purchased “men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.” Their distinctions aren’t obliterated but continue into the intermediate Heaven and then into the eternal Heaven.”

Spiritual unity in Christ exists alongside ethnic and national diversity (see Eph 2:11-3:6). Just as God is both unity (one God) and diversity (three persons), God’s people evidence both unity and diversity. The kingdom of God involves diversity of nations, including Israel.

God’s Plan throughout the Testaments

Restoration of Israel (Old Testament)Matt 19:28; Acts 1:6 (New Testament)

Matthew 19:28 (NKJV)  So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Acts 1:6 (NKJV)  Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”

Salvation of Israel    Luke 1:68-69; Rom 11:26

Luke 1:68-69 (NKJV) 68  “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His people, 69  And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of His servant David,
Romans 11:26 (NKJV)  And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion,
And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;

Consolation of Israel    Luke 1:25

Luke 1:24-25 (NKJV) 24  Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying, 25  “Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.”

Descendant of David will rule over Israel    Luke 1:32-33

Luke 1:32-33 (NKJV) 32  He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33  And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

Fulfillment of Abrahamic Covenant with Israel    Luke 1:54-55

Luke 1:54-55 (NKJV) 54  He has helped His servant Israel, In remembrance of His mercy, 55  As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and to his seed forever.”

Physical deliverance from Israel’s enemies    Luke 1:70-74

Luke 1:70-74 (NKJV) 70  As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, Who have been since the world began, 71  That we should be saved from our enemies And from the hand of all who hate us, 72  To perform the mercy promised to our fathers And to remember His holy covenant, 73  The oath which He swore to our father Abraham: 74  To grant us that we, Being delivered from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear,

Salvation for both Gentiles and Israel    Luke 2:32

Luke 2:32 (NKJV)  A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”

Rescue of Jerusalem from Gentiles    Luke 21:24; Rev 11:1-2

Luke 21:24 (NKJV)  And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
Revelation 11:1-2 (NKJV) 1  Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. 2  But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months.

Salvation for people of Jerusalem    Matt 23:37-39

Matthew 23:37-39 (NKJV) 37  “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 38  See! Your house is left to you desolate; 39  for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ “

Importance of Israel’s templeMatt 24:15;Rom 9:4;2 Thess. 2:4;Rev 11:1-2

Matthew 24:15 (NKJV)  “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand),
Romans 9:4 (NKJV)  who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises;
2 Thessalonians 2:4 (NKJV)  who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

Revelation 11:1-2 (NKJV) 1  Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there. 2  But leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months.

Significance of land of Israel    Matt 24:16; Luke 21:20-24

Matthew 24:16 (NKJV)  then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
Luke 21:20-24 (NKJV) 20  “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. 21  Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. 22  For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23  But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. 24  And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

Abomination of Desolation and Israel    Matt 24:15;2 Thess 2:3-4

Matthew 24:15 (NKJV)  “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand),
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 (NKJV) 3  Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4  who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

Personal Antichrist    2 Thess 2:3-4;1 John 2:18;Rev 13:1-7

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 (NKJV) 3  Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4  who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
1 John 2:18 (NKJV)  Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.
Revelation 13:1-7 (NKJV) 1  Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. 2  Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. 3  And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. 4  So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” 5  And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. 6  Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. 7  It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.

Tribulation for Israel    Matt 24:9-21

Matthew 24:9-21 (NKJV) 9  Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10  And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11  Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12  And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13  But he who endures to the end shall be saved. 14  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. 15  “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), 16  then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17  Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. 18  And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 19  But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20  And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21  For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Worldwide Tribulation; Judgment; Wrath    Rev 3:10

Revelation 3:7-10 (NKJV) 7  “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”:
8  I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. 9  Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie–indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. 10  Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

Day of the Lord    1 Thess 5:1-4;2 Thess 2;2 Pet 3:10-12

1 Thessalonians 5:1-4 (NKJV) 1  But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. 2  For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3  For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4  But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-17 (NKJV) 1  Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2  not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3  Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4  who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. 5  Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6  And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7  For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. 8  And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9  The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10  and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11  And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12  that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 13  But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, 14  to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15  Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. 16  Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, 17  comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.
2 Peter 3:10-12 (NKJV) 10  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11  Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12  looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?

Restoration of the creation    Matt 19:28;Rom 8:19-22

Matthew 19:28 (NKJV)  So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Romans 8:19-22 (NKJV) 19  For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21  because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22  For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.

Cosmic signs in connection with Tribulation    Matt 24:29

Matthew 24:29 (NKJV)  “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

Judgment of Nations    Matt 25:31-46

Matthew 25:31-46 (NKJV) 31  “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32  All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33  And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34  Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35  for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36  I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ 37  Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38  When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?
39  Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40  And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ 41  Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42  for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43  I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ 44  Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45  Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46  And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

New Covenant fulfilled with Israel    Rom 11:27

Romans 11:27 (NKJV)  For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.”

Kingdom of God after worldwide Tribulation    Luke 21:31

Luke 21:31 (NKJV)  So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.

Old Testament covenants, promises, temple service for Israel    Rom 9:4

Romans 9:4 (NKJV)  who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises;

From the Past to the Present

Now we are going to look at it from a spiritual perspective. I expect that you be like the Bereans and read your Bible.

Acts 17:11 (NKJV)  These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.

According to the Bible, every single person on the earth, after Adam, is born into the middle of a war. This war is one that cannot typically be seen with the naked eye. Its existence is not broadcast on the evening news. Its reality is not even realized by the vast majority of the population. Yet this war has raged on since the very beginning.

The battle lost in this war had a devastating effect when that ancient serpent, also known as the devil and Satan, entered the garden and tempted the first man and woman to disobey God. Through this sin, death entered the world. This fallen mankind began to multiply and cover the face of the earth, not without hope, but with a promise of a savior through the seed of the woman.

The first full assault on humanity to eradicate the seed of the woman from the Earth came soon after. Nothing, even our greatest science fiction movies, can even come close to depicting this invasion. Though you could describe it as an alien invasion, because these invaders were not human, you would be wrong to think that they were inter-stellar or inter-planetary. No, they did not come from some distant galaxy, from some far-off star system, rather they descended from right above.

Genesis 6:1-2 (NKJV) 1  Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, 2  that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.

Jude 1:6 (NKJV)  And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day;

These Angels conspired to abandon their assigned posts in the firmament, where they carried out the commandments God had given them. These watcher Angels fell from their first estates that God had set for them, and they came down to Terra Firma, where they began a sort of colonization campaign.

They sired the Nephilim, their hybrid abomination offspring, which began to ravage the land and feed upon men. They corrupted the genetics of not just humanity, but of animals and plants as well. Using the knowledge they had been given by God to perform their original tasks in the heavens, they proceeded to teach mankind all sorts of forbidden things, in order to “civilize” them, to equip them in the building of cities, vast kingdoms, where these fallen angelic beings could rule as gods.

The knowledge bestowed by these beings was presented as being the keys to humanity’s path to enlightenment; the technological know-how that would eventually allow us to take our seats alongside them, as gods, but of course this was all a lie. This forbidden knowledge brought nothing but destruction, perversion, wickedness and death.

God, the Creator, finally became so grieved by the immensity of the wickedness on the earth, and the corruption of his creation, that he decided to wipe it all out, and begin again. Sparing one single family and the animals which God brought to ride out the waters with them, God wiped out every living thing on the earth-people, livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and the birds of the sky. All were destroyed. The only people who survived were Noah and those with him in the boat.

When the waters receded, the world had been cleansed from the evil that had almost wiped out humanity from the face of the earth. The great empires of the fallen ones and their father’s had been erased. Their monuments and citadel’s shattered by earthquakes and buried by oceans. The angels who had conspired together against God were buried deep in the bowels of the earth, held there in the deepest darkness until the time of the final judgment of all things. The body-less spirits of the giants, the Nephilim, were cursed to roam the earth, tortured by hunger and thirst that they could never satisfy, forever longing to have bodies to inhabit once again.

Satan’s direct rule over the whole earth through his vassals, the Fallen angels, was over. However, no sooner than the earth began to be filled once again with trees and plants and animals, and people began to spread out and fill it once again, did the enemy of mankind begin working, seeking to rebuild what God had destroyed, his beloved empire, whose sole purpose was the enslavement and destruction of mankind.

However, it would be different this time around. No longer did the Fallen one have the ability to send his rebellious emissaries to the earth, to take wives and build cities and palaces, where such self-declared deities could sit and rule directly over their subjects. No longer could they walk amongst men and be revered for their brilliance and stature.

No, instead the satanic kingdoms that would be built after the flood had to be done through the worship of now invisible deities, forced to orchestrate their rule through various systems of interdimensional communication, since God had now bound them behind a spiritual veil. Once again, a spectrum of forbidden knowledge was disseminated amongst these newly reborn civilizations in order to facilitate the connection between these civilizations and their demonic benefactors.

Thus, in the courts of all the human kings and leaders of these kingdoms, worked a host of occult priesthoods, sorcerers, mediums, astrologers, and practitioners of divination. The subjects of these pagan kingdoms would formally acknowledge their loyalty to their false fallen invisible gods by sacrificing to idols, building them temples, having orgies and uninhibited drunken revelry.

The rebellion against God resumed in earnest after the flood, from the first failed attempt by Nimrod to build a tower into the heavens and storm the throne of God, through all the following kingdoms which were founded after the scattering from Babel.

After God destroyed the tower at Babel and confused the languages of mankind, paganism and occultism were gradually spread and developed throughout the world yet again, until once more the true God of heaven and earth chose to intervene, this time by setting apart a man, a people, a kingdom, to bear His name to the rest of the world.

From Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, down through Moses, Aaron, and Joshua, judges like Samson and Gideon, Kings like David and Solomon, prophets like Elijah, Samuel, Daniel, and Joel, on through the centuries, and amidst the rise and fall of many demonic empires, the God of all creation revealed himself, and began to reveal his plan to redeem humanity from their curse of sin, and death, and demonic oppression.

A Brief History of the Heaven & Earth – 2

Part 2

From the humble town of Nazareth, Jesus stepped forward and revealed himself as the promised Messiah, the son of God, the Word made flesh, and the one whose own sacrifice would once and for all destroy the curse, and make it possible for men and women to be reborn through the Spirit of God, who would actually come and live within us as the new Temple of God.

For many centuries that followed, the truth of God began to advance upon the various territories of these demonic kingdoms, freeing people from the bondage they had been held in for generations. For the first time since the great flood, large numbers of people began to truly understand who they had actually been in servitude to, in these pagan kingdoms. Throughout stretches of Europe, Africa, and Asia, the truth of Jesus kept spreading. People kept getting set free.

From that point on, the great spiritual war began to take on a rather new twist.

The first tactic Satan brought against us was brute persecution. He used his puppet Emperors of the Roman Empire to imprison kill and torture the first Christians, but somehow this only wound up revealing the power of the gospel, and the hope in eternity that it truly brought. So faith in Jesus only spread. The once unshakable Roman Empire began to crumble under its own human weight.

Next Satan tried a different approach, which in many ways proved more effective than the first. Instead of trying to crush the spread of faith in Jesus with the powers of the empire, he would usurp it. From the time of Constantine onward, the enemy began a blasphemous campaign of rebranding many of his old demonic kingdoms, and demonic occult priesthoods, as now being Christianized. This way he could seduce the Christians with wealth, power, and earthly pleasures, and corrupt the Church of Christ from within.

Pagan temples were repurposed as Christian churches. Pagan rites and rituals were reinvented as Christian ceremonies. The Roman Catholic Church slowly emerged as one of the most effective weapons against the kingdom of God, while it mockingly carried out its activities in his name, a tactic which has no doubt given the devil no small measure of sacrilegious joy.

Through this earthly institutional vessel, Satan was able to prevent scores to people from actually reading the Scriptures for themselves, and turned them instead back to the same bondage and darkness that the demonic systems had enforced before, only now it was being done in the name of Jesus.

Still by the sheer grace of God, the truth endured, the gospel spread, and genuine faith in the creator and savior of mankind continued to grow.

Satan continued to work furiously to regain control of the world of men by way of Catholic imperialism and eventually European colonialism, which because of the advent of unprecedented naval power, began to conquer more and more of the world that was accessible by ocean. At the same time, however, the spread of imperialism all too often still brought with it the truth of the gospel, which opened the hearts and minds of the people to the true nature and identities of the pagan and shamanic religions they had traditionally held.

The more Satan worked to tighten his grip on the world through Imperial and economic means, the more he continued to find his kingdom being forced to operate in the shadows. The occult knowledge and pagan rituals that went all the way back to Babylon, had been preserved down through the centuries by various strains of secret societies, esoteric mystery schools, and underground Brotherhood’s. For the most part, this is where it remained.

As much as the devil had increased his control over humanity through governments militaries in financial means, the truth of God had increased as well, to the degree that most populations would still never openly embrace Lucifer as the one true God, even if he did control vast empires of wealth and power through his network of lesser demonic emissaries.

Witchcraft and Luciferian (satanic) beliefs were not yet something that humanity as a whole would accept, and this was an objective that Satan had to achieve, if indeed he was to successfully restore his absolute rule over the world, and declare himself to be God.

In order to get the entire world back to where Satan wanted it, he had to implement another plan, another strategy, so massive in scope that most people, even the majority of those who even believe he exists in the first place, have difficulty in believing that such a thing could be pulled off.

In the ancient times when God first saved humanity from utter destruction at the hands of the Fallen watchers, and then again from the tyrannies of the demonic kingdoms, people still understood the basic nature of the realm that God had created for them.

The earth was filled with plants and animals, and mankind had been given dominion over it. The heavens above were filled with the luminaries, who served the creatures below by marking the days and months and years, and allowed for navigation over vast stretches of earth as well. Those pagan kingdoms that rejected God worshiped various fallen angels as their gods, but for the most part, they still understood where those “gods” had come from.

They still knew that they had come from the stars, from the sky, from the firmament. When the truth of God had been fully revealed through the person of Jesus, the ancient cosmology had been given its full context. The distinction between the creator and the creation was made clear, and the futility of the rebellion by those first fallen angels was made plain to see.

In order for Satan to convince the world that he was the supreme being and worthy of humanity’s worship, he would have to rewrite the entire script, and completely repackage himself, his kingdom, and his message, and present it in a new way.

Like the recycling of an old Shakespearean play into a modern cinema, in order to reintroduce and rebrand the old characters, you first have to rebrand the setting in the stage itself. The horse carriage will have to be a motor car, the 15th century buildings and landscape will have to be modernized.

Satan needed a whole new backstory, a whole new angle, through which he could gradually insert himself, and his rebellious agenda against God, into the hearts and minds of humanity.

Yet it was through a familiar tactic that this new angle was achieved. The old trick of bestowing upon humanity forbidden knowledge, which plays upon our pride and arrogance, was now used again in a masterful and cunningly deceitful way.

This occult knowledge or gnosis was rebranded as science.

Much of the groundwork for this rewrite had already been laid in ancient Greece, even before Jesus had been born, by way of the so called Greek philosophers. These were in fact men who took many of the concepts and teachings that came from the occult mystery skulls, from spirit mediums and pagan ritual contact with the demonic realms, and then proceeded to preach them, adding their own speculations and human-centered conclusions.

This effectively sanitized these concepts from their demonic origins and the eyes of many later generations, as though they were simply the profound thoughts and musings of mere men.

During the Renaissance in Europe, many of these ideas began to once again take hold, as they were increasingly considered to be harmonious with the teaching of the Bible, and slowly began to exert a greater and greater influence upon theologians and scholars throughout the largely Christianized Europe, particularly after certain works ascribed to the Egyptian Magus (singular of Maggi) known as Hermes Trismegistus, were translated into Latin and then circulated among intellectuals with a predilection for such material.

The kabbalah, which is literally “parallel/corresponding,” or “received tradition”, which emerged from earlier forms of Jewish mysticism, too began to receive more attention from thinkers and monks and people with the necessary literary education.

Kabbalists believe their source of information was transmitted by the angel Raziel to Adam after he was evicted from Eden. What you need to understand about Kabbalah is that although it propounds the unity of God, it promotes dualism, the belief that there is a supernatural counterpart to God. Why I take time to mention this is that more and more so called scientists are discovering that what they find out from science has been foretold in Kabballa.

Back to our timeline, and to what was happening during the Renaissance in Europe. The Kabbala, together with writings on alchemy that came from Muslim mystics, these streams of occult knowledge and teaching began to permeate.

How little do most students today realize that the bulk of those individuals revered today as having been the pioneers and visionaries of materialistic science, were in fact greatly influenced by concepts that were introduced by occult manuscripts, and the core tenets of mysticism.

Leonardo da Vinci, Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon, Robert Fludd, Nicholas Copernicus – these are names we all learn about in school, but yet we learn about them as men who simply derived their discoveries and scientific achievements by way of pure observation and logical deduction.

However a more thorough investigation into the matter at which they arrived at their various discoveries, and the various occult materials which they were all coincidentally reading, reveals that these discoveries were nothing more than very ancient teachings on the nature of the cosmos and nature, simply being repackaged and reintroduced with a quasi-Christian veneer.

The Copernican cosmology of a vast universe, a planetary solar system, even a big bang to start it all off, could be found in the Kabbalistic texts long before Copernicus.

The concepts of molecules and chemical reactions, even elemental transmutation by a way of atomic fusion and fission, were first presented in the more imprecise occult practices of alchemy.

The idea that nature and the cosmos was governed by invisible forces and laws, which could be discovered and calculated, and then reapplied through various technological means, is actually an underlying precept of Hermeticism, the teachings of the Egyptian Magus known as Hermes Trismegistus.

Isaac Newton placed great faith in the concept of an unadulterated, pure, ancient doctrine, which he studied vigorously to aid his understanding of the physical world. Many of Newton’s manuscripts detail his thorough study of the Corpus Hermeticum, writings said to have been transmitted from ancient times, in which the secrets and techniques of influencing the stars and the forces of nature were revealed, i.e. As Above, So Below.

So, with a good measure of help by the well-financed so called Brotherhoods, such as the Rosicrucians and Freemasons, The Royal Society was established as the first official organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific understanding, and the rest as they say is history.

What had begun as a half-hearted attempt to combine the knowledge gained from these various divine revelations, with the knowledge gained from nature, was quickly transformed into an unapologetic natural philosophy. The universe suddenly got very very big, and God became very very removed, to the point where then the cosmos itself was easily considered capable of having formed without God’s assistance whatsoever.

Models of the Copernican heavens were expanded and refined. Darwin stepped in to explain how life could have emerged from the primordial ooze, long after the Earth had slowly formed over billions of years from the slow gathering of cosmic dust in the vacuum of space.

The universities and lecture halls largely built and maintained by these same wealthy blue blooded fraternities, quickly and not surprisingly, became hostile territory to anyone who dared question the new burgeoning scientific consensus the universe was now presented as a vast evolving almost infinite space, with our little blue planet floating somewhere in the middle.

This then opens the possibility that while man might be the pinnacle of life on this planet, he might not be alone in the universe either.

So finally, now the stage has been set for the same old characters in the old drama, the fallen ones who invaded the pre-flood world, to start to re-emerge with a new set of costumes, to make the deception of humanity complete again.

This is the world we now live in today. This war to deceive will rage on till the end of this age, but our Lord Jesus has won the victory. His Church is His Lampstand through which He is revealed, and the darkness dispelled.

Isaiah 5:20 (NKJV)  Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Ephesians 5:14 (NKJV)  Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.”