Hello again and thank you for returning to K.I.S.S.I.T. Last post, I left off hinting of an unseen war that is taking place right now. Before I get to that though, I must tell you how it began.
I stated in my last post that Lucifer is the son that had a desire to be like God. By entertaining that desire it began to grow inside him until it couldn’t be contained any longer. Because he chose self over others, he was now calling Jehovah a liar. How? By saying that God did not have his best interest at heart. If God didn’t have his best interest at heart, then Satan would have never had the right to choose self, he would have been forced to choose God. We can read at John 8:44 what Jesus told the Pharisees when he was telling them who their father was, 44“For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+8%3A44&version=NLT
According to Jesus, the devil always hated the truth. What truth? The truth that it is better to rule through unselfish love rather than selfish love. Jesus also said that Satan was a murderer from the beginning. I was curious as to how the devil could be a murderer from the beginning when there were only spirit beings at the beginning. I know that God would not allow him to take the life of any spirit being.
I went to http://www.dictionary.com/browse/murder?s=t and looked up murder. Under verb (used with object) it gave me this definition, number-6. ‘To spoil or mar by bad performance, representation, pronunciation.’ Under that definition he has always murdered the truth via his conduct, and by leading others to believe that God does not care about them. That’s the sin here. Remember the desire the devil had? James 1:15 says that, ‘when the desire has become fertile, it gives birth to sin, in turn, sin, when it has been accomplished, brings forth death.’ I wanted to know what the word sin means so I went to Wikipedia and found this, “To sin” has been defined from a Greek concordance as “to miss the mark”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin
If you were an archer, the mark would be the bullseye. To miss the mark would be a sin. So in this case what would be the bullseye? Unselfish love. By choosing self and accomplishing sin, Satan would bring forth death to himself and to all other living beings if God did not intervene at the right time. God knew that time had the answer to this question of which way to rule.
Let’s dig further into this unseen war and how it developed.
The bible does not tell us too much about the unseen worlds, except that they do exist. Again, Colossians 1:16, 16 ‘for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.’
Why would Jehovah allow there to be so many unseen, let’s call them, ‘governments’? So that those governments that did not want to adhere to unselfish love, would have a chance to prove that there was a better way to rule. Because to say you are a God of free will, and then not to allow free will, would make you a liar. Titus 1:1 says about God, “This letter is from Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ. I have been sent to proclaim faith to[a] those God has chosen and to teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives.2 This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—who does not lie—promised them before the world began.”
Remember Satan and any other beings that have God’s life-giving spirit in them has the right to try and prove God wrong. The problem is, no matter how many governments there are, there are only two ways to rule. Think about it.
This decision made by Satan was the beginning of a war that now would have to take place. This war is about what is right and what is wrong. Is it right to hurt others to selfishly get what you want? If not, then time had to be given to prove that selfish love will never work.
Jesus said of Satan in the latter part of John 8:44 ‘When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.’
Let’s see if the bible can provide us with some information on the character of Satan. It already stated that he is a murderer and a liar. Let’s turn to Psalms 10 and do some reading. Now some will say these scriptures are not about Satan, but about a wicked person, but I say they are about him because in verse 6 of chapter 10 it says, “He says to himself, ‘I will not be moved; Throughout all generations I will not be in adversity.’”
It cannot be speaking about a wicked person, because this individual is throughout all generations. People die within their own generation. Now let’s read some things about Satan’s character in this chapter of Psalms. Verse 3 says, 3 ‘for the wicked one boasts about his own desire; he blesses the greedy and despises the Lord.’
Verse 7 tells us this, ‘7 His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression; under his tongue is mischief and wickedness.’
Characteristics of Satan:
Murderer, liar, haughty, boastful, deceitful, mischievous, wicked and selfish. In the bible our first introduction to him is in Genesis chapter 3:1 “Now the snake was the most clever of all the wild animals Jehovah had made. One day the snake said to the woman, ‘Did God really say that you must not eat fruit from any tree in the garden?’”
Some will say that this is talking about a snake. First of all, snakes don’t talk today and they didn’t talk back then, so it must be making reference to someone else. Revelation 12:9 tells us who it is, ‘9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.’ https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+12%3A9&version=NASB
Satan used the serpent, much in the same way a ventriloquist uses a dummy, to talk to Eve. This shows his deceitfulness. This is where the bible first shows that Satan was in opposition to God. He starts out in Genesis 3:1 by asking a question of Eve, “Did God really say that you must not eat fruit from any tree in the garden?” And she answers him by saying, 2 “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. 3 “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’” https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+3&version=NLT
Notice Eve gets a little annoyed with the serpent when she says, ‘Of course we may eat fruit from the trees of the garden.’ If Satan had appeared as another being, she would not have been so annoyed. Now notice what Satan says to her in Genesis 3 verse 4&5, “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. 5 “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”
So now Satan has planted a seed of desire into Eve. He called God a liar, ‘You won’t die’, and he told her she, ‘would be like God, knowing good and bad.’ After some time that seed of desire to be like God began to grow inside of her and the bible says in verse 6 that, ‘The woman saw that the tree had fruit that was good to eat, nice to look at, and desirable for making someone wise. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.’
The cancer of selfishness was spreading because now Adam had partaken of the fruit as well. The silent war for humans had begun. By telling Eve that she would not die and that she would be like God, Satan was really saying that all beings could rule themselves through selfish love. This start of war, however, an unseen war to us still today in the physical world, did not go unnoticed by the spirit world. In verse 8 it tells us this, ‘and they heard the voice of the Lord God, walking in the garden in the cool of the day. And Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.’
Gee, I wonder who this voice of God could be. Is it not possible to also call ‘a voice’, ‘the word’? Now remember before Adam and Eve ate from the tree they were prefect in mind and body. They had not sinned. But after eating the fruit they began to do something bad. What? Well let’s read in Genesis 3 verse 9 through 14 and see what they did.
‘9 Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” 10 He replied, “I heard
you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.” 11 “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.” 13 Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.” 14 Then the Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this, you are cursed
more than all animals, domestic and wild.
You will crawl on your belly,
groveling in the dust as long as you live.
15 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will strike[b] your head, and you will strike his heel.” https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+3&version=NLT
When the voice asked Adam, “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” Notice the first thing that Adam did was to first blame God, “It was the woman you gave me,’ and then he blamed Eve for giving it to him, she gave me the fruit,’ and I ate it.” When asked, “What have you done?” Eve placed the blame onto the serpent, “The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.” Every reaction was to blame someone else for their selfish act. And we will get into the consequences of their actions later in the story.
With me so far? Good. Let’s continue getting more information on this unseen war …
Now let’s see what the voice of God told Satan what was to happen to him for his part in deceiving Eve. The serpent, as we know, was not a serpent of this world even though it speaks of him as a wild animal of the field. Think about the devil, throughout all of mankind’s history he has been called the lowest of the low, just like a literal snake. He has eaten dust throughout all the days known to mankind and has never received any honor. In the latter part of 14 the voice told Satan this, 15 “andI will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”
Most Christian teachings never even speak about this verse and, if they do, they say it is making reference to Eve. But is that the case? We will get into this later in the story as well, but for now notice that sometime in the future Satan will be dealt a death blow to the head, because as stated, “He will strike your head.”
This is the beginning of the unseen war !
A period of time has now been placed on Satan to prove that his way of ruling through selfish love will work. Remember Satan has been allowed by any and all means to prove his rule will work.
Let’s take a look at all the ways that the devil has used to try and deceive us into believing that God is wrong in His way of ruling through unselfish love. He tells us that we don’t need God to rule over us, that we can do it without him. Now let’s see if he is correct.
Well I’m out of time for this post. Thank you for being here and please join me next time when I will begin to explain the deceptive ways Satan has used to mislead this world.