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To lay a foundation, to show the similarity, let us read from Isaiah 14
starting in verse 12 and read to verse 14.
12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer (or Satan, Devil), 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; (in other words, rule God's people)
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ (Sounds just like Antiochus!)
13 You (Lucifer or Satan) were in Eden, the garden of God (the only humans in the garden were Adam and Eve); 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 (he was heaven's praise and worship leader).
14 “You were the anointed cherub (the king was not an angel either) who covers (he was to cover or watch over mankind, protect them); I established you (God anointed and appointed him to take care of His creation); you were on the holy mountain of God (Zion where the temple was, he was to guard God's kingdom on earth); you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones (Hebrews 1:7, Hebrews 1:14, he was the head angel).
15 You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created (God only created perfection), till iniquity was found in you.
16 “By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within (those Satan possesses he causes to amass wealth as money is power), and you sinned; therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God; and I destroyed you (cast him out of His Kingdom), O covering cherub (took his responsibilities from him), from the midst of the fiery stones (barred him from Eden).
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery (spiritual and physical), fornication, uncleanness (did you know the word unclean is the opposite of modest?), lewdness (crude and offensive in a sexual way),
20 idolatry (anything that takes man's eyes and hearts off of God), sorcery (witchcraft, wizardry), hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath (many walk in these), selfish ambitions (do what they want to do at the cost of others), dissensions (anything that causes man to remain out of order with the rest of the universe), heresies (nonconforming, dissensions, deviation from truth),
21 envy, murders (mankind is about to self destruct over this one), drunkenness (addictions of all kinds are at an all time high), revelries (noisy festivities, especially those that involve alcohol), and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Maybe the world's people should take a second look at this scripture!!)
Those that walk in the works of the flesh
are seeds from the fruit of the Tree of Good and Evil
, Satan himself! You find the fruit of this tree reproduced in all the systems of his world
, its banking, government, schools and churches. Its culture also is evidence
, proof he has become god to the multitudes! He has made them willing subjects of the kingdom of darkness
. Their manners, morals, dress, speech and cruel personalities mirror his nature. This world he has masterminded stands alone in the universe, at odds with God
, apart from the rest of creation, out of the order and original perfection God meant
for earth to enjoy. How long will the sovereign God of the universe put up with all this
! It all depends on how much time Father has allotted to Satan to attempt to fulfill his decree
, win his challenge against Him. When God says “enough is enough
” it will all be over
and this world, all that is in it and those who love it will be destroyed
16 ‘After this I will return (He did at Pentecost) and will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up;
17 So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord (the body of Christ, the temple of God, His tabernacle will shine and lead the way to eternity), even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, says the Lord who does all these things.’
18 “Known to God from eternity are all His works.
I Peter 2:5
5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (This body of people houses God today just as one body housed Christ when He walked the planet two thousand years ago.)
II Corinthians 5:19
19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
Satan has done his very best to see to it this house or temple is not completed
! Every start in that direction has been defiled, resulting in secret societies
, denominations, mystery religions
, etc. Truth that has been released through the ages has been slowly distorted, twisted, into many false doctrines
and lies that have made people actually turn from God, not to Him! Lack of God's knowledge
has produced a people that trust in man, rely on their own ability
apart from God and has caused many to not believe He exists
! There is also a large part of society that is angry with God
because of the terrible circumstances that exist within this imperfect world when the fact is, the world does not belong to God at all
! Jesus said He was no part of the world, and neither should those who love Him be.
John 12:31 shows us God will certainly judge it though and its ruler be destroyed.
31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out (of the earth).
As the earth belongs to the children of God and their Father, Satan owns the world with his children. Therefore all that happens in this world
is the result of Satan's prompting. Hurricanes, fires, earthquakes etc are not acts of God at all, they are evidence of who is the god of this world
, the prince of the air. The killings, rapes, murders and wars are not of God either, but are the nature of the evil spirit
that rules. Sickness, death, pain and sorrow are the aftermath of the fall of man into the clutches of the enemy
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,
I Corinthians 15:49
49 And as we have borne the image of the man of dust (Adam), we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man (Christ).
Galatians 5:22-23 reveals the fruit Adam and Eve fed upon before the fall.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.