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(This painting suggests the development of dissatisfaction and conspiracy among the angels of heaven that was carried to the earth by the angel who used the form of a flying, talking serpent.)

 

 

Today, reply is on the offense(s) committed among the angels that led to sin in the earth, and the origins of transgression (sin) among the many created beings and living creatures fashioned by the Creator.  Along with the accounts of covenant relationships with mankind, the gospel, and other streams of revelation, the holy writings allow Christian believers to discover the origins of opposition to divinity such as deception, disobedience, disbelief, malice, and skepticism.  In the same way sacred correction and discipline provided to mankind through sacred law was challenged, condemned and criticized by finite living creatures on the earth, there were those among the holy angels in heaven who questioned the integrity and righteousness of GOD for devising and imposing divine law and judgment upon themselves.  Annulling eternal law, coveting dominion, and secret  insurrection were disguised, “sugar-coated”, and made to appear as genuine devotion.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “?” (Level 1 with 95 points, a member since March 29, 2018) posted the following:

 

What did Lucifer the angel do that God cast him out of heaven to hell?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And there was war in heaven:  Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:  he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ:  for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.  Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.  (Revelation 12:  7-12, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Satan’s Challenge to Divinity (03/27/2018); The Servitude of Angels (08/28/2017); Names of the Adversary? (03/19/2017); About Lucifer in Scripture (02/18/2016); The Need For Divine Rule? (08/27/2015); Can The Bible Be Increased? (05/31/2015); The Words Are Spirit? (06/03/2015); The Power of Death? (10/01/2013); Divine Love Revealed? (10/02/2013)

 

“?”, here are some points mature Christians willingly consider:

1.  Most Christian believers acknowledge the information provided to mankind that makes immortal, immutable, invisible divinity knowable, known, accessible and approachable (we say, the revelation) includes sacred events before the foundations of heaven and earth (i.e., preexistence), occurrences and patterns on earth that copy those from heaven as well as the operations of sacred spirit contained and embodied in human form.  

2.  The language and mind-set that must be used when considering the events of heaven must be sacred knowledge (e.g., divine law; eternal purpose; covenant promises; prophecy) and the full system of things that are spirit in place of secular knowledge and the use of carnal, material, and social things that often results in spiritual confusion.

3.  Because many of us think of defiance of GOD and rebellion as expressions of anger, bitterness, and violence, we often fail to grasp that opposition to GOD may be in quiet forms that include complaining; conspiracy (organized opposition that is hidden or secret); contradiction; encouraging dissatisfaction; being inconsistent (we say, wishy-washy); being indifferent (lacking enthusiasm and zeal); lying; being opinionated; presumption; exaggerated pride (we say, arrogance, haughtiness); refusing correction; self-promotion; being stubborn; and unnatural affection (responding to loved ones and others as idols).

4.  Sacred process includes the accomplishment of divine ends by using agents, messengers, spokespersons, and living vessels of consecrated substance from the makeup of divine fullness (the GODhead; the Trinity; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit).  Included are faith, forbearance, holiness, restraint, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin).  Also, emblems, sacred objects, and holy writings are used to convey consciousness of divine person, presence, and sovereign will without promoting their worship as idols.

Using language from the Bible, the following also is helpful:

(1.)  Numbers 16:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:  2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:  3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them:  wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord?

(2.)  Numbers 16:  8-14, KJV:  8 And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi:  9 Seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the Lord, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them?  10 And he hath brought thee near to him, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee:  and seek ye the priesthood also?  11 For which cause both thou and all thy company are gathered together against the Lord:  and what is Aaron, that ye murmur against him?  12 And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab:  which said, We will not come up:  13 Is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, except thou make thyself altogether a prince over us?  14 Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land that floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards:  wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? we will not come up.

(3.)  Numbers 28-33, KJV:  28 And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the Lord hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind.  29 If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the Lord hath not sent me.  30 But if the Lord make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the Lord.  31 And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them:  32 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.  33 They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them:  and they perished from among the congregation.

(4.)  Luke 14:  16-24, KJV:  16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:  17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.  18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.  19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them:  I pray thee have me excused.  20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.  21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.  22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.  23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.  24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Jude 5-7:  KJV:  5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.  6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.  7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, points are shared on the fall of Lucifer and his followers.  Access, approval, and intimacy within relationships contribute to the formulation of continuing desires, expectations, and demands.  Exaggerated pride is often accompanied by covetousness, inordinate desire, and a false sense of authority and ownership.  The word from GOD establishes the existence and movements of divinity (we say, active presence), and is to effect and fulfill divine operations that even may be unseen and unknowable to the living.  Those who alter, contradict, oppose, and refuse to perform according to the divine word will be in violation of sacred law (i.e., the express will of GOD).  Neither the kingdom of heaven nor the kingdom of GOD upon the earth are a democracy having no divine ruler to whom self-will within created beings and living creatures must be accountable.  To exist eternally within either of those two spheres of life demands there be accord with GOD.  Those among the heavenly host were the first to become slaves to sin that was undetectable, yet, wickedly called forth conspiracy, deception, secrecy, and silence.  The tiny spark conveyed to mankind by the serpent upon the earth has threatened to become a conflagration of unholy fire that will eventually consume all Creation.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Mortal Seeker” (Level 4 with 2,621 points, a member since April 14, 2012) posted the following:

 

Might Satan have rebelled because he was trying to free the angels from God’s slavery?

But he lost, and winners write the history books, so his fight for freedom got described as a prideful act of disobedience. Just like any failed slave revolt in pre-civil war America might have been.

Update:  Think about how Pharaoh would have written the account of the Exodus if the Egyptians had triumphed.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?  And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.  And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.  But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:  a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.  Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.  And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:  They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;  And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed:  but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.  But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?  Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?  (Hebrews 1:  5-14, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Names of the Adversary? (03/19/2017); Destruction of the Adversary? (01/06/2017); About Lucifer in Scripture (02/18/2016); The Need For Divine Rule? (08/27/2015); Satan Should Stand Trial? (02/16/2014); The Right Place to Get Knowledge? (02/17/2014); The Power of Death? (10/01/2013); Divine Love Revealed? (10/02/2013)

 

“Mortal Seeker”, the actions of Satan reported in the Bible must be assessed or judged in the light of full truth.  The holy writings are intended to provide a disclosure of divine acts and events that should make divinity knowable, known, memorable, and “visible” to all created beings and living creatures.  While there continue to be hidden and unreported mysteries, the things that are revealed operate as do divine law and final judgment by presenting the character, nature, and substance of GOD.  This is more completely and perfectly achieved by a focus on GOD appearing in the earth as Jesus Christ, and the multiple works by the GODhead to recover mankind from the operations of sin on the earth.

The full record of Scripture speaks to the founding of heaven and earth.  Men are to understand the existence of angels, mankind, and all Creation is the expression of divine processes, eternal purposes, and sovereign will.  Angels were fashioned to be servants who are neither mortal nor immortal, yet, are privileged to appear in the divine presence, and to endure on the basis of faith, grace, and divine prerogative.  Thus, their duration, quality, usefulness, and value are generated and maintained almost entirely through their voluntary service to divinity.  By contrast, men were fashioned to exist indefinitely as companions to immortal, incorruptible divinity.  When their character, consciousness, and self-will were dominated by sin through the influence of an angel using a disguise as a serpent, mankind became mortal, subject to death, and appointed to final judgment. 

Sin opposes the continuing existence of divine law, GOD as the Law Giver, and all divine order throughout the universe.   Sin is not created by GOD, is no spirit or material creation, yet, sin may dominate awareness and self-will in the living.  The operations of sin foster nonexistence and spiritual confusion through subtleties (i.e., barely visible differences; hidden shifts in focus, meaning, and value).  Along with error, misdirection, and presumption great damage is brought against every sacred work.  Thus, because of his self-promotion as a god over the people of Egypt—who all sold their own belongings and themselves as slaves to Pharaoh during a period of famine on the earth—the monarch who ruled a one-world empire upon the earth is described as a figure, or type representing Lucifer/Satan/the serpent, who had identified himself as a god while on the earth by saying to the woman:  Ye shall not surely die.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, the process of full divine revelation demands that the justice of GOD appear framed by such elements as balance, completeness, forbearance, forgiveness, impartiality, longsuffering, lovingkindness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Where sin results in the corruption of Lucifer’s beauty so that he appears as a dragon over the course of time, the integrity of GOD in exchange and relationship shines more and more brightly as genuine, immutable glory.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Salvation for those who died before the time of Christ is the topic, today.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Keller” (Level 1 with 105 points, a member since June 22, 2014) posted the following:

 

Christians: What happened to those who died before the time of Christ?

Since Christianity technically wouldn’t have existed or been heard of anywhere, how was it expected for people to lead a Christian lifestyle thus granting them a place in Heaven?

Were they accepted into Heaven by deafault? If this were the case, then they could commit any kind of evil during their time on Earth and get away with it, which doesn’t sound fair to me.

Hell (man’s common grave) wouldn’t have existed either since it was first mentioned in Genesis 3:19 which is after the creation of humanity.

This leaves two options: Either everyone went to Heaven no matter what crimes they committed or they simply ceased to exist when they died – there was no afterlife. Neither of those two scenarios seem ‘perfectly moral’ as God is supposed to be, to me.

Which is right, or is there a third explanation?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And the LORD God said unto the woman, what is this that thou hast done?   And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.  And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.  Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.  (Genesis 3:  13-16, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Expulsion from Eden (05/05/2014); Blasphemy Against the GODhead (05/06/2014); Covenants and Relationships (01/29/2014); Salvation is Conditional? (01/30/2014); Those Who Never Heard? (06/07/2013); If You Are Sent… ? (06/08/2013); How Was GOD Known Before Jesus? (10/06/2012); Jesus, King of Earth? (10/07/2012)

 

“Keller”, here are a few points you should find helpful:

(1.)  For those who are a part of the kingdom of GOD in Christ, the sacred precepts, principles, and divine processes for Christian belief all appear within the chapters of Genesis.  However, their divine nature and operation can not be understood immediately by those who lack spiritual discernment (i.e., the ability to use ones own spirit content from GOD to recognize and respond to spirit matter in such life experience as events, messages, motives, objects, other persons, purposes, and utterance).  Where one relies only upon finite human notions such as intellect, logic, mathematics, philosophy, reason, and science, they are repeatedly overwhelmed by such elements as diversity, subtlety (i.e., barely visible differences; hidden shifts in meaning and value), and suspensions of temporal order (we say, past, present, future).

(2.)  Salvation from GOD first appears in the holy writings with the accounts of Creation and judgment that feature Adam as a single created being existing in two forms (male and female).  Their transgression of divine law (the expressed will of GOD), along with violation of a relationship with divinity that could only continue through intimacy and trust, threatened divine order for heaven, the earth, and the entire universe.

(3.)  Christ was first proclaimed and promised through a statement from GOD to a different living creature, the serpent (we say, the devil, the Adversary, the Fallen Angel).  The word of GOD spoken as an expression of divine wrath uttered in judgment, and in rebuke of sin, was overheard and received by Adam as promise, prophecy, and a sure word of divine intent.  Sin had first been discovered among the holy angels who voiced opposition to the continued existence of divine law not realizing that that was also opposition to the continued existence of GOD, and all Creation.  The serpent introduced Adam and the entire sphere of earth to the non-material, non-spirit influence we now call sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  For example, (4.)  Adam was granted a priesthood modeled after that in heaven that was to be an inheritance for the sons of GOD upon the earth.  All mankind was to hold that GOD is providing for mankind’s release from sin, and that this includes that divinity eventually would appear incarnate (having the form of man, as an offspring of Adam), would endure suffering as a holy sacrifice, and would accomplish reconciliation between GOD and all the created beings and living creatures.  Those who would be saved as the offspring of Adam would receive salvation by looking forward to the Advent (we say, coming) of the Holy One, and through sacred operations that centered in faith, hope (we say, expectation), and divine love seen in such spiritual elements as forbearance, forgiveness, humility, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Focus today is upon covenant and relationship with GOD.  Also, there is more on how Moses engaged GOD “face to face.”  An Internet writer using the ID “Smiley” (Level 1 with 249 points, a member since July 27, 2013) posted the following originally asked at Yahoo Answers United States:

 

Could someone please help me with this question is really important to me.?

how does God enter into a covenant relationship with his people??

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Face to Face Like Moses? (01/28/2014)—Often the language in Scripture that reports GOD appearing to a man upon the earth must be understood as saying that a person (e.g., Abraham, Jacob, Solomon, Isaiah) had a simple experience (e.g., a dream, a trance, a vision) wherein they suddenly became overwhelmed by, and were able to mentally, physically and spiritually grasp their own awareness of GOD.  While they were permitted to hear and see incarnations, representations, and visions from GOD (e.g., the burning bush, the ladder from earth to heaven, the pillar of cloud by day and fire by night), the person did not look upon or see Almighty GOD who exists entirely as spirit.  GOD delivered the Ten Commandments “face to face” to the entire multitude who gathered with Moses at Sinai; and later appeared to a gathering of elders who would be endowed with a portion of the Spirit of Prophecy that resided within Moses.  At no time did GOD project an image, a likeness, or a similitude of created beings and things that could be copied or used as ones personal idol in private worship.  Being in personal relationship with GOD therefore meant maintaining continuous obedience and recognition of sacred law.  Also, thorough knowledge and adherence to the public commandments and judgments also would be acknowledgment of the active presence of divinity.  By the ministry of Jesus Christ, incarnation, judgments, law, prophecy, and more are brought together by baptism (we say, death and rebirth).  Believers all receive a fresh endowment of the Spirit imparted to indwell mankind at Creation.  It is this Spirit from GOD that amplifies and maintains their experience of divine presence, communion and fellowship with GOD.  See Deuteronomy 5:  4, Deuteronomy 4:  11-13, Exodus 24:  9-11, Numbers 11:  24-29, Numbers 12:  8, Hosea 12:  10, 1st Corinthians 6:  19-20, Romans 8:  15-17 and 1st John 4:  12-13, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:  If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.  To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious:  and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious:  but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,  And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient:  whereunto also they were appointed.  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;  Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God:  which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.  (1st Peter 2:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Sacrificial Relationships? (10/23/2013); Relationship by Unselfish Giving? (10/24/2013); Balaam (10/15/2013); About Sabbath (10/16/2013); Gentiles and the Law? (09/19/2013); According to This Word (09/20/2013); Vows and Covenants? (12/17/2012); The Firstborn, Higher than Kings? (12/18/2012); Why Did The Judges Fight? (10/19/2012); The Spirit is Willing (10/20/2012)

 

“Smiley”, here are a few points to consider that are important for Christian belief:

(1.)  Covenant relationship and priesthood for mankind with divinity was first established in Adam (the single name given by GOD to the male and female that had been created).  GOD affirmed the expression of faith displayed by the pair following the judgment against sin that had been pronounced upon the serpent.  Adam hoped (i.e., expected) and trusted that GOD would bring to pass as a benefit for mankind all that was spoken against the deceiver.  See Genesis 3:  14-15, King James Version.

(2.)  In the Garden of Eden, Adam lost mankind’s initial status in relationship as one existing in favor only because newly created of GOD.  Obedience by the pair was to emerge through acceptance, interaction, respect, and trust, rather than full knowledge of divine law, sacred process and eternal purpose.  See 1st Timothy 2:  13-15, KJV.

(3.)  Rightly understood, every covenant that appears in the Bible (for example, with Abraham, Noah, Moses, David, and Jesus Christ) may be seen as only a “contract modification”, or further development of the things first proclaimed by GOD as provisions for continuing all created beings and living creatures despite the appearance of sin through the serpent.  See Jeremiah 31:  31-37 and Ephesians 2:  11-22, KJV.

There is far more to be said, properly shared, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  GOD establishes covenant by utterance (e.g., proclamation, promise, prophecy) as well as by sacred events to acknowledge praise and prayer.  Mankind first was privileged to enter covenant by manifesting faith during judgment, then by performing atoning sacrifice.  Now, covenant for mankind must be through the provisions of Jesus Christ:  Redemption (service as living sacrifice) following baptism (death and rebirth) along with Salvation (atonement and mediation performed on mankind’s behalf).  See Hebrews 12:  18-29, KJV.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.  (Proverbs 21:  30, New International Version, NIV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC