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      The identity of Lucifer/Satan is considered again, and there is more on the Judge Samson and King Saul. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Pantheist Green Nature” (Level 1 with 3 points, a member since October 31, 2012) posted the following:

Arn’t Lucifer and Satan supposed to be? buddies?

Satan works for god, as? a tester, or purger. he would appear to the sinful

THE BATTLE AXE: Hero or Zero? (12/04/2012)—Many of the lives detailed in the holy writings are opened to readers as parables and object lessons. Thus, applying one of the most useful methods for fully understanding the Bible, readers may see both Samson and Saul as types (i.e., figures who depict aspects of existence and varying relationships with GOD). As divinely appointed servants to GOD, both represent the rule of sacred law, and are symbols of Israel as a covenant nation. Accounts of their lives provide admonition and warnings against sin, and further make visible the destructive influence of sin upon the self-will of created beings and living creatures. While serving in righteous judgment from GOD, Samson and Israel were invincible. When not in service to GOD, Samson was merely a whoremonger, who could be manipulated to give up secrets by a woman’s nagging; and Israel was merely another secular state caught up in the ambitions and lusts of men. The reign of King Saul is marked by abuse of authority and malfeasance in office that negate the signal military victory over the Philistines and their champion Goliath of Gath. The man (Saul) is shown in infirmity, madness, and weakness upon the earth seeking to annul the judgment of GOD against himself, rather than abdicate, repent, resign or surrender. Like Cain, who slew his brother Abel, Samson and Saul expose the impotence of every priesthood alienated from GOD and his Christ.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. (Ezekiel 28: 12-15, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: A Partnership? (11/05/2012); To See With New Eyes (11/06/2012) Sin Unknown? (10/10/2012); When Prayer Works (10/11/2012); By Grace (09/04/2012); Coveting the Throne (03/07/2012); Too Many Interpretations? (03/08/2012); Girdle 32: Worship GOD (12/17/2011)

      Consider the following:

      In the Bible, many figures and names are used to describe one of the two covering cherubs who appeared before the judgment seat of Almighty GOD. As described by the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25: 20 and Psalm 18: 11, Psalm 91: 1, King James Version), the two angelic beings were the only visible manifestation of divinity displayed before the host, and the divine presence was to be known by faith, not by sight. The first of these two is held to have been the Son of the Highest, called Michael, and the second is the one that was called Lucifer.

      The problem of sin is understood as having first arisen in heaven through Lucifer, who secretly began to challenge and question the proclamations of GOD. Lacking eternal omniscience, and not having full knowledge of divine intent and sacred purpose, Lucifer spread the notion that holy beings had no need of divine law that would limit, punish, remove, restrict, or extinguish transgressors. Using deceit and disguise, Lucifer and his companions campaigned among the angels and holy beasts of heaven. Law (in fact, divine utterance, and the expressed will of GOD), was maligned as disruptive, intrusive, oppressive, and unnecessary.

     Lucifer was given no authority in the creation of the Temple in the heavens, the creation of mankind, or the creation of the earth. When he appeared in the Garden of Eden as a marvelous and unique creature (a winged serpent that could speak), Lucifer used subtlety to introduce the same corruption of self-will that had spread among the heavenly ones.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, all created beings and living creatures are subject to the will of GOD, and continue as tools of divine purpose that include the revelation of divinity. Angelic beings are neither mortal nor immortal; and do not attain to the fullness of being and purpose residing within the GODhead expressed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Lucifer is known upon the earth as Satan (the Adversary) and the Devil (one who slanders). The Bible records that Satan confronted Job, Joshua the High Priest, and Jesus. However, Satan has no authority in final judgment to accuse, command, control, or condemn anyone to the second death. Like mankind, Satan continues in the earth only through dispensations of grace, mercy and righteousness from Almighty GOD.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX Washington, DC