January 4, 2020
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Refuting false teachings and not properly dividing the Word of God
People want to know what was God doing before He made heaven and earth and created man? Part of it we can answer, but other parts we can’t.
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People want to know what was God doing before He made heaven and earth and created man? Part of it we can answer, but other parts we can’t.
I got an e-mail from a man in Australia, and he castigated us because we believe that the angels were created before man, and were on the earth before they rebelled. He says that everything was done in six days.
If you just take Gen. 1 you could make a case that that could be so. However, how are we to understand the Scriptures? Isa. 28, ‘line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little’! Then ‘rightly dividing—rightly putting together—the Scriptures. Dividing means that you take part of the Scriptures here and part of them there and you put them together so that you have a full story, as much as you can get.
That’s what we’re going to do today. It’s going to take us a little time to get through this, but this will be very interesting, indeed!
Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God…” It’s interesting that if you look at the word ‘the’ it’s in italic. In the Hebrew it’s “in beginning…” Why? The answer is in 2-Tim. 1!
How long has God existed? He doesn’t tell, except that He lives forever! God has a plan and we cover that plan through the Sabbath and the Holy Days.
2-Timothy 1:9: “Who has saved us and called us with a Holy calling—not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace…”
We take all the attributes of God:
· God is love
· God is truth
· God is righteous
· God is good
· God will avenge those who rebel against Him
· there’s grace and Truth
· He offers repentance and understanding
So, all of that is included here!
“…which was given us in Christ Jesus before the ages of time” (v 9).
What does this tell us? This verifies John 1:1: “ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and not even one thing that was created came into being without Him” (vs 1-3).
This verifies it! This tells us that Christ was with God before the ages of time. That’s why it starts in:
Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God…” We don’t want to go any further than that at this point! There is God and there is Christ. What’s the next thing that it says:
“…created the heavens…” (v 1). How long did it take Him to create the heavens? We don’t know! But think about how vast it is and so awesome! They know by measuring the speed of light that some of these galaxies are so far out there that for the light to reach us, it takes billions of light years.
One of the last things I heard on the news concerning some of the things that they’re learning, is that the universe is so vast that there are so many galaxies out there, there is no way to even estimate the number that there is. So He created the heavens.
What’s the next thing that He created? And this is where they go wrong! How do we know? Then we’ll talk about angels. We will see that’s the next thing that God created, before He created the earth.
Ezekiel 28:11: “And the Word of the LORD came to me, saying, ‘Son of man, lift up a lamentation over the king of Tyre…’” (vs 11-12).
Verse 2: “Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre. ‘Thus says the Lord GOD,’…” Who is the king of Tyre? You have a prince of Tyre, and it says of him:
“…Because your heart is lifted up, and you have said, ‘I am a god, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas’; yet, you are a man and not God, though you set your heart as the heart of a god” (v 2).
· How did he do that?
· Under whose inspiration did that come?
· It came from Satan!
It didn’t come from God!
Where is there another account when someone goes somewhere and says that he’s ‘God’? 2-Thess. 2, a man!
Let’s read abut the king of Tyre, v 12: “Son of man, lift up a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “You seal up the measure of perfection…”’” We will see that this not actually a man! But it’s Satan—who is behind the prince of Tyre—to make him think that he’s a god.
“…full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You have been in Eden the garden of God…” (vs 12-13).
Let’s stop and ask: When we read in Gen. 2 & 3, who was in the garden?
When we come to Gen. 3, something slithered in! The serpent representing:
4. Satan the devil
What happened to the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve sinned? They were cast out! They couldn’t get back in because cherubim were guarding the entrance!
The only one this (Ezek. 28:13) can refer to in the garden—it doesn’t refer to God, Eve or Adam—is the serpent who is Satan.
At that point, was he against God? Yes, indeed! The reason is that after God created the heavens He created the angels, and then we will see that He created the Earth.
“…every precious stone was your covering… [listed are all the stones] …The workmanship of your settings and of your sockets was prepared in you in the day that you were created” (v 13). All angels were created!
Sidebar: Angels also have free moral agency. They’re not robots. If they were robots you could program them to never sin. But to come to a sinless point, you must choose to love and obey God, whether you’re a human being or an angel. That’s just the way it is.
Verse 14: “You were the anointed cherub that covers, and I set you so; you were upon the Holy mountain of God; you have walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire… [the spirit street] …You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, until iniquity was found in you” (vs 14-15). How did that come about? We’ll find in a little bit!
The point that I want to cover in Job 38 is that angels were created before the Earth was created. That becomes very important. Job got all lifted up; he was really something! He was righteous, but he took all the righteousness to himself.
If you do everything that God says for you to do, and if that is as perfect as you can be, whose works are those? Those are the works of God that He gave you to walk in! Can you take any credit for really being righteous and ignore God? It’s like today, people say that we all evolved. God says, ‘I created you!’
Job 38:1: “Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said”--because Job demanded that God talk to him! Be careful what you ask for, you may get it! It may not be what you think it is.
Verse 2: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?” Partial knowledge without full knowledge! The partial knowledge that we have is only part of the full knowledge.
We all have the knowledge that we are alive and here today. We all understand that before we came to services, that we had to get up, clean up and get dressed and get here. But everything to do that God gave to you, which is your whole body, mind and everything; trillions of cells that are alive and living and moving. The inside of the body is really kind of… That’s a tremendous thing!
Verse 3: “Now gird up your loins like a man; for I will demand of you, and you shall answer Me. Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?….” (vs 3-4)--talking about creating the Earth! Like everything else, it has to have a foundation.
“…Declare it if you have understanding! Who has determined its measurements if you know? Or who has stretched the line upon it? On what are the foundations fastened to? Or who laid its cornerstone” (vs 4-6).
It says in Job 26:7: “…He hung the earth on nothing.”
How does it do it? We know that God uses magnetic power that comes from the sun and from Jupiter. In the winter time, in the northern climes they can see the Northern Lights. What they’re watching is the magnetic waves coming from the sun to the earth that keeps the earth in its place, yet, turning on its axis and going in its orbit. The magnetic forces! Likewise, the opposite with the South Pole.
It’s interesting, I was watching a little bit about Antarctica and planes were flying over the bottom of the earth if you look at it. They were testing magnetic anomalies. There were some that got very strong. What was that? That was the magnetism coming from the sun to the South Pole. You have the northern pole and the southern pole and that keeps everything moving and progressing.
Sidebar: Aliens had a city buried under Antarctica.
Job 38:7: “When the morning stars sang together…”--angels! When it talks about the seven angels to the seven churches (Rev. 1), it says that the ‘seven stars are the seven angels.’ So, these are angels.
What do we have so far?
Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God… [He was there first] …created the heavens…”—that was next. Then He created the angels, and the created the Earth.
There are various meanings of heavens. The universe is called the heavens. Around the earth it is called heaven. In between that you have all the rest of the universe.
Job 38:7: “…and all the sons of God… [another definition of angels (Job 1)] …shouted for joy?” Why did they shout for joy? Because God was making this for them!
They know in geology when they examine the geological layers that there were two floods. What was the iniquity that took place that caused the angels to rebel? The one, the anointed cherub that covers, had so much glory, and he’s called ‘the shining star.’ It’s interesting that ‘all the sons of God and the stars sang together.’
Isaiah 14:11: “Your pride is brought down to the grave, and the noise of your harps. The maggot is spread under you, and the worms cover you.”
This is a type of the coming beast who is also going to die. This is the power behind it:
Verse 12: “How you are fallen from the heavens, O shining star, son of the morning!… [we have the same words as we have in Job 38] …How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart… [here is his iniquity]: ‘I will ascend into the heavens, I will exalt my throne above the stars [angels] of God; I will also sit upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north” (vs 12-13).
That’s what we talked about where he was walking on the stones of fire.
Verse 14: “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds…” Where are the clouds? On the earth! So, if he’s going to ascend, he’s leaving the earth to go after God!
“‘…I will be like the Most High.’ Yet, you shall be brought down to the grave, to the sides of the pit” (vs 14-15).
It blends into to the king of Assyria, yet, it’s Satan who is the power behind it.
Now we will see this rebellion and what happened. Then we’ll find out what happened to the earth, because it’s really quite a thing when you come to understand it.
Heb. 1 will perhaps give us an understanding as to why they rebelled. There are different places that connect this back to God and close to the beginning, and here’s one of them:
Hebrews 1:1: “God Who spoke to the fathers at different times in the past and in many ways by the prophets, has spoken to us in these last days by His Son, Whom He has appointed heir of all things, by Whom also He made the ages” (vs 1-2)--ages of time!
Verse 3: “Who, being the brightness of His glory and the exact image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His own power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high”--life, death and resurrection of Christ!
Verse 4: “Having been made so much greater than any of the angels…”
· Isn’t that where part of the jealousy began?
· The knowledge of what was going to happen to Christ?
We know from Revelation 13:8: that “…the Lamb [was] slain from the foundation of the world.”
Hebrews 1:4: “…inasmuch as He has inherited a name exceedingly superior to them. For to which of the angels did He ever say, ‘You are My Son; this day I have begotten You’? …And again, ‘I will be a Father to Him, and He will be a Son to Me’?” (vs 4-5).
That is a summary of how Christ became impregnated in the womb of the virgin Mary, was born, had His ministry, lived and died as a perfect sacrifice for mankind!
Verse 6: “And again, when He brought the Firstborn into the world, He said, ‘Let all the angels of God worship Him.’”
Didn’t that happen on the night that He was born? It’s very interesting that the most important birth in the world was the birth of Christ. Yet, it was almost unknown! Why? Because Joseph and Mary were not living in Bethlehem, yet, they had to get there in order for Jesus to be born in the City of David! So, there was a tax where they all had to go to their home birth town and register. It was so full of people that they had to go to a stable, and Jesus was born and laid in a manger.
All of the trumpet guards of King Herod came around and blew their trumpets and said, ‘The King has arrived.’ No! No one knew!
· Who knew of a baby born in a stable?
· Who did God announce it to?
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He surely didn’t tell Herod! But two shepherd boys out in a field. They heard the angels singing and worshipping God and the newborn Jesus. Only they! So, they went into Bethlehem and found Him and then told everybody about it. That was quite a thing!
Verse 7: “Now, on the one hand, of the angels He says, ‘Who makes His angels spirits… [they’re made out of spirit and live forever] …and His ministers a flame of fire.’”
Verse 14: “Are they not all ministering spirits, being sent forth to minister to those who are about to inherit salvation?”
God’s plan was revealed to the morning star—who is called Lucifer in other places—and to the angels, and they found that now they’re going to have to serve human beings, made of the dust of the ground. Is that the cause of their rebellion? Well, we read of the rebellion in Rev. 12. The one who became Satan the devil said:
Hey, I’ve got all this glory, I have all this perfection, I’m almost as good as God. Let’s all get together and have a battle and take away the Throne of God, we will have it for ourselves. We don’t want to lose the power that we have.
The way they looked at it! But in fact they wouldn’t be losing power; they would be serving. Actually, Rev. 12 describes one of the oldest things that has happened in the Bible, aside from creation.
Revelation 12:1: “Then there appeared a great wonder in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and having the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” This is a plan of God! Typical of the one who would become Mary, but picturing the plan of God.
Verse 2: “And being with child, she cried in travail, and was in pain to deliver. And another sign was seen in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns on his heads; and his tail swept away a third of the stars [angels] of heaven, and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to deliver, so that he might devour her child when she gave birth” (vs 2-4). He was born and God protected Him and so forth! What happens when there is war?
· there’s always chaos and confusion
· there is always death and agony
· there is always destruction
Jer. 4—we have a description in Hebrew that is important that helps us to understand one of the verses in the first part of the book of Genesis. This is why we always have to let the Bible interpret the Bible.
What always happens when there’s sin? What always comes about? Death! In human terms, when people are sinning, what always occurs? A war!
Jeremiah 4:20: “Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is laid waste. Suddenly my tents are laid waste, my curtains in a moment. How long shall I see the banner of war and hear the sound of the ram’s horn? ‘For My people are foolish; they have not known Me; they are stupid children, and they have no understanding. They are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.’ I looked on the earth, and, lo, it was without form and void…” (vs 20-23).
What was that a result of? War! Did God create it without form and void? No! It was a beautiful country that they were in!
Let’s take it to another place. Let’s take it to the end of WWII: Hiroshima and Nagasaki. What happened when they dropped the atomic bombs on them?
· total destruction
· chaos and confusion
· everything all upset
We’re going to see that when there was that war in heaven, and the angels were on the earth at that time, then something happened to the earth. And the key is Jer. 4.