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PERFECT Was Not Good Enough

PERFECT Was Not Good Enough? How was that possible?

All of this began many, many years ago — perhaps millions of years ago — before the universe existed. The angelic realm was a place of total perfection.

Here’s Why This Message Is Important:

Because — it explains EVERYTHING!

Every problem you have ever had in the past; every problem you have right now; every problem you will ever have in the future; — all these problems are the direct result of events that took place in eternity-past!.

And — wouldn’t you agree:

When you know and understand the source of your problems, you have taken a big step toward managing and even eliminating those problems.

So let me show you what very few churches teach to their congregations — but that everyone needs to know!

My goal is to answer these questions:
Start At The Beginning:

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

That verse describes the beginning of the “natural realm”. That’s when space and time and all of the galaxies in the universe came into existence.

However:

Critically important events — things that adversely effect your life today — happened in eternity past. They happened…

BEFORE THE BEGINNING.

In eternity past, God performed His FIRST creation event. He created the “heavenly realm”. Then, God created all the angels.

Thanks to various writers of the Bible — in this case, the prophet Ezekiel — we can know at least some of the details about the invisible heavenly realm and about the angels. So I invite you to focus the lens of your “mind’s eye” on an evil human king, identified in Scripture as:

The King Of Tyre

Important Principle:

Wherever there is an evil human being, there is always an evil spirit in the invisible realm controlling and empowering the evil human person.

Lamentation for the King of Tyre

11 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 12 “Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God: (Ezekiel 28:11~12a)

But immediately, the focus goes beyond the human king, and Ezekiel gives us a description of a being that cannot possibly be a human being. In fact, we are looking at Satan himself. This supernatural creature — described in the passage below — is manipulating the wicked human king with the skill of a master puppeteer.

Here’s the description:

You were the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 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. (Ezekiel 28:12b~14)

All of the angels were perfect beings

15 You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created…” (Ezekiel 28:15a)

The most magnificent angel was named “Lucifer”, which means “Shining One”.

Someone has expressed it more colloquially: “God don’t make no junk!”

13 You were in Eden, the garden of God… (Ezekiel 28:13a)

Consider…

  • PERFECT beings…
  • In a PERFECT environment…
  • Enjoying intimate fellowship with God Himself…

How could anything possibly go wrong??

Evil Appears In Heaven

Were it not for one little four-letter word, the whole universe and all of humanity might never have been created. Do you see it there?

15 You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you. (Ezekiel 28:15)

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You have to understand:

As we know, all human beings are created with “volition”, a free will. Likewise, Lucifer and all of the angles were given the freedom to choose. And we’re told that Lucifer’s “marketing effort” (referred to in Ezekiel 28:16 below) as “the abundance of your trading”) was so persuasive that ONE THIRD of the angels (see Revelation 12:3~4a below) chose to join him in rebellion against God!

Ezekiel 28:16~17

16 By the abundance of your trading You became filled with violence within, And you sinned; Therefore I cast you as a profane thing Out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the fiery stones.

17 “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, That they might gaze at you.
18 “You defiled your sanctuaries By the multitude of your iniquities, By the iniquity of your trading; (Ezekiel 28:16~17)

Personal Note: If the enticing lies of Lucifer were so persuasive that he caused ONE THIRD of all the angels to believe that they would be better off following him than following God, we human beings do not stand a chance against him on our own. But God has given us the power of His Word as our weapon against the demonic forces of evil.

Revelation 12:3~4a

3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. (Revelation 12:3~4a)

The reference to “stars of heaven” in the quote from Revelation (above) refers to angels.

Likewise, the phrase “morning stars” in the quote from Job (below) also refers to angels.

The book of Job also identifies angels:

Job 38:7

when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy (Job 38:7)

Here, then, is the result of Lucifer’s focus on himself

Lucifer made a fatal strategic error!

This Is What Pride Can Do:

Lucifer was so magnificent in his appearance and strength that pride began to well up in his heart. He decided he would not serve God any longer. He actually believed he could do better on his own than always having to follow God’s agenda. So enticing was his offer to his fellow angels that one third of them chose to join him in rebellion.

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. (Ezekiel 28:12b~14)

Lucifer’s heart was so blinded by how magnificent he was (think: “mirror, mirror on the wall…”) that he actually overlooked the fact that he was a created being. He forgot that he was totally dependent upon God to sustain his very existence.

What Lucifer Wanted:

Here’s a look into Lucifer’s heart as he exercises his free will:

13 You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ (Isaiah 14:13~14)

Notice the “I will” statements:
  • I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God.
  • I will set my throne on high
  • I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north
  • I will ascend above the heights of the clouds
  • I will make myself like the Most High

Lucifer was not thinking about how to carry out God’s Will. Lucifer was planning his own agenda. He was choosing — by his own free will — to execute his own plan.

Why Would He Do That?

After all, look at what he had:
  • He was a perfectly-created being
  • He was living in a place of perfection
  • He was the most powerful angle of them all.
  • He was the most beautiful; the most magnificent angel of all
  • He walked in direct fellowship with God
  • He had authority over all the other angels.

But there were two things God had that Lucifer did not have — and Lucifer wanted them!

Lucifer wanted independence!

Lucifer wanted freedom to plan his own agenda instead of always doing God’s will.

Lucifer also Wanted glory; to be worshiped
Remember how Satan tried to tempt Jesus in the wilderness?

8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” (Matthew 4:8~9)

But God does not share His glory with anyone!

I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. (Isaiah 42:8)

Of course, God saw all of this coming, and had a plan ready to execute. God could have simply destroyed Lucifer and his demon followers, but He chose a different path. He chose to use Lucifer’s rebellion to bring more glory to Himself than He would have had if there had been no rebellion.

What Lucifer got:
Where did evil beings come from?

Lucifer’s identity was changed.

His name became “Satan” which means “accuser”.

Satan and his followers were judged, sentenced, and cast out of the angelic heavenly realm. They were banished to a dark, watery place in the natural realm called “Earth”.

God’s plan was to demonstrate to Lucifer and the angels that He was so in control that He could create lesser beings (humans) who, if they would obey God, would go farther than more powerful angelic beings who would not obey Him. The results: glory for God and humiliation for Satan.

In essence, God wanted to embarrass Satan and rub his face in the mud!

And so Satan and his demons remained in this formless, dumpy place. They were filled with rage over having been denied a kingdom in the heavenly realm. They considered God’s verdict very unfair. They boiled with hatred toward God.

But then…

A moment came when God stepped out of the eternal realm, stood on this dark, watery, formless planet Earth, and spoke:

“Let There Be Light!”

Can you imagine what a rude awakening that moment must have been for Satan and his demons?

But it was about to get even worse!

Satan watched as God created a garden of Eden on Earth. He saw God populate Eden with all manner of plants and animals.

And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. (Genesis 2:8)

But then — and much to Satan’s bewilderment — he watched from the shadows as God created the first humans: Adam and Eve.

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:26~27)

At that point, this Garden of Eden — including all that was in it — was a place of total perfection.

But Then:

Here’s what must have REALLY — as it were — poured gasoline onto the fire of Satan’s hatred toward God:

In Satan’s hearing, God gave dominion of this totally refurbished Earth over to Adam and Eve!

29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. (Genesis 1:29~30)

Imagine Satan’s RAGE!!

Not only was Satan denied a share of God’s glory; not only was he stripped of his beauty; not only was he banished from the angelic realm; now he heard God give these puny human beings domination over the one place that Satan thought was his alone!

Suddenly… Satan got an idea!

Remember that scene in the TV Christmas movie, “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” where the Grinch comes up with a devious, diabolical plan to eliminate Christmas?

“The Grinch got a wonderful, awful idea”

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Satan’s “wonderful, awful idea”:

Recall: after Adam and Eve fell for Satan’s deception about the forbidden fruit, Satan also heard God say that the seed (offspring) of the woman would crush Satan’s head, and he (Satan) would bruise her heel.

14 So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. 15 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.” (Genesis 3:14-15)

Satan must have thought, “That is SOOOO NOT going to happen! I’ll just kill off the seed, and I win. Game over!”

Satan’s First Attempt:

When the opportunity came, Satan caused the “bad seed” — Cain — to kill off the “good seed” — Abel. He probably thought, “That was easy!” But Satan didn’t know that Adam and Eve would eventually give birth to Seth.

Satan realized the scope of his “containment” operation would have to be expanded. He figured out that the “seed” God referred to would be coming in a future generation. But which generation? So Satan watched as human history unfolded. When he believed that a particular “seed” might be the one God was referring to, he would take action to stop it.

Here are some of his attempts:
  • Satan sent wicked demons to possess the bodies of men. These demon-controlled men had relations with the women of the land, producing a whole race of giants. But God wiped them all out with a global flood — except for one righteous man named Noah — along with his family.

  • Satan caused King Herod to kill all of the male babies under 2 years of age. But God sent an angel to warn Mary and Joseph to take Jesus to Egypt.

  • Satan really thought he had the situation contained when he got Judas to betray Jesus, getting the religious people to persuade the Roman officials to crucify Jesus. Satan didn’t know that he ass playing right into God’s plan for salvation.

Do you see how, at every turn, God was way ahead of Satan? God was allowing Satan to dig his own pit deeper and deeper, because it is impossible to out-maneuver God. But Satan, being totally blinded by rage and hatred, never learned that lesson.

Unlike human men and women, God made no provision for Satan and his followers to repent. They are on a one-way street leading them to “the lake of fire”! There they will burn in torment for all of eternity. The ONLY satisfaction they will ever have will have will be to take as many human souls as possible away from God into the lake of fire with them.

All of that is well supported by God’s Word!

Referring to the fallen angels, God says in the Book of Hebrews:

16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. (Hebrews 2:16)

And referring to the souls of unrighteous people, He says:

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 (Matthew 25:41)

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This courtroom drama goes on continuously, day and night. It’s occurring right now!

And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. (Revelation 12:10)

Unlike humans, Satan and his demons need no sleep. Unlike humans, Satan and his demons are unified; they are highly organized. In contrast, we humans — including Christians — are disorganized and we fight among ourselves.

SO WHAT??
What does that have to do with me?

Plenty!

The devil’s goal is to take control of your mind. Here are a few of the main ways he does that:

  • TORMENT: — He may inflict so much misery on you that it drives you out of your mind! Then, Satan or a gang of his demons will move in and take control of your way of thinking.
  • QUARRELING: — The enemy “divides and conquers” when he gets us to fight among ourselves But we can learn to recognize those demonic provocations and react by blessing and not cursing.
  • PROSPERITY: — Satan might afflict you with prosperity, causing you to lean back and lower your guard, making it easy for him to set up a stronghold from which to control you. We can see that so clearly in the lives of a lot of world leaders.
  • FALSE RELIGION: — If you must go to church, Satan wants you to remain under the “anesthesia” of one of the easy-chair religions, where virtually no Bible Truth is taught.
  • DOUBLE-MINDED: — Satan arranges a myriad of details so that he can raise up a “mental partition” to keep you from applying God’s Truth into your life.
  • IDOLATRY — Any THING or any ACTIVITY that is more important to you than God is an idol. It’s not wrong to have “stuff”; the problem is when “stuff” has you.
  • TEMPTATION — Satan’s desire is to get us to transgress God’s laws. When we do that, we give the devil a legal right in the Court of Heaven to inflict his wickedness upon us.
  • UNWANTED THOUGHTS: — You can’t block thoughts put into your mind by the devil by “trying harder”. But God has put His power into His Word as our weapon against those thoughts.
  • IGNORANCE — You can be forgiven for not knowing, or for not knowing that you don’t know. But when you refuse to know, you serve Satan and not God
  • IMPATIENCE — The concept of “waiting” pervades the whole Bible. When our attitude is, “I want it, and I want it NOW”, we’re serving Satan, not God.
Satan’s goal for your life is:

He wants you to forget about all of this “stupid church stuff” and to ignore everything you’ve just read here.

He wants you to live according to the common sense “wisdom” of the world — most of which he authored and is vigorously promoting.

Because Then: He HAS You!!

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

More Help Is Coming!

This article is the first in a series of articles that will demonstrate from Scripture what the conflict in the heavenly realm is really all about, and how that leads into God’s salvation plan.

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~Jan


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