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Chapter One

 

God’s Plan / Satan’s Plan

What a bombshell! Right from the very first chapter the answer to the question concerning evil, suffering, and tragedy are clearly answered—and answered from a solid biblical background.

The book (God’s Plan / Satan’s Plan), attacks it all: An overview of the two creation accounts from the correct biblical view.

Predestination and original sin are examined and cleared up for our understanding.

Discover the true meaning of the Zodiac and the Queen of Heaven (the moon goddess).

Historical accounts of the Exodus and Christ’s birth date are examined.

A clear presentation of the Trinity from Scripture is provided.

Deceptions are explored, including Islam’s prophecy for the end times (which, by the way, we are now living in according to their end time beliefs).

Discover also the true ancient meaning behind Marriage and Divorce, and why God allows divorce (very reluctantly of course).

Simply ask you non-believing friend (or one who is in a false religion), to read chapter one of God’s Plan / Satan’s Plan—just chapter one. Don’t worry—God will reveal Himself by the end of chapter one.

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You Asked For It!
God’s plan is to reconcile with many of us who have fallen and separated ourselves from Him. God wants us back, and states in John 6:35-40, that He will not lose even one of the elect (those chosen to be saved).
Satan’s plan is to disrupt God’s plan. Satan will use our fallen condition to try and destroy at least one of the elect, so as to set a precedent to overturn God’s plan, thus, establishing his authority over God and us. Satan must destroy the Jewish people. Satan continues to imitate God whenever possible, and to distract our understanding of God’s Word and promise of salvation. The battle began in Eden (70), and will continue until the millennium ends (71, 72).
Every day, someone asks the question: “Why does a loving God allow tragedy and suffering to occur?” Everyday a baby dies, someone contracts cancer, a major event (like a fire, earthquake, tornado, or some other natural disaster takes place, where people are killed), or a plane, or bus, or train crashes. So, should God intervene? Why exactly does God allow tragedy and suffering to occur?
And, there is another question which hardly anyone asks: “Why does God allow Satan control over this world?” The response that: “God allows Satan to control this world, so that we will be forced to make a freewill choice between God and Satan” doesn’t match with Scripture, because: A) God does not tempt anyone (James 1:13—God does test the saved, but tempts no one), and, B) God does the leading—no one seeks after God—we don’t “choose” God, He chooses us (Psalm 14:1-3; John 15:16). So, there must be another reason God allows Satan to control this world (age).
The answers are actually obvious, if we look to Scripture. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Gen. 1:1). The original creation is supernatural, and the Hebrew word “bara” is used to denote original creation (creation out of nothing). The heavens, the earth, and the host of heaven (the sons of God—the morning stars, as they are called in Job 38:1-18), are all created in the original creation. This creation, and the beings (host—sons of God), are all supernatural (eternal). Eden (Paradise) is a picture of this original creation, where everything is created originally (bara), and eternal (supernatural), just as the new heaven and earth to come in the future, will also be eternal and supernatural. Eden is described in Genesis chapters two and three, and Eden is very different from the 7-day creation of Genesis chapter one (70).
Now, over in Job 38:1-18, God tells us that the sons of God witnessed the earth being “laid out.” In the context of Job 38, the earth referred to here is not supernatural—and therefore, not the original creation (Eden). God refers to the “sea” in this narrative of Job 38 (which is not part of Eden, nor part of the new heaven and earth—Rev. 21:1). The Hebrew word translated as “laid” means to “change,” “impute,” or “make,” and is not a reference to a supernatural creation (bara). The same word “laid” in verses 4 and 6 is translated as “made” in verse 9. During the 7-day creation event, the word “make” (asah) is mostly used to describe creation out of already existing material—not original creation (bara—Eden). In Job 38:14, God states the earth was “turned” (meaning “changed”), and this Hebrew word “haphak” means to “change,” “overturn,’ “convert,” “overthrow,” or “turn aside.” In Job 38: 9, God talks about wrapping the earth in “darkness”—darkness, of course, means gloom (shadow—darkness—not eternal life—not the supernatural original creation). In Job 38:17, God speaks of “death”—obviously this is not Paradise (Eden).
Here, in Job 38, what was happening then, was that the sons of God were witnessing the re-creation of the earth after the fall of one-third of the sons of God, as referenced in Revelation 12:1-4. The context, here in Job 38, is to “change,” “darkness,” and “death”—just like Genesis 1:2. Genesis 1:1 is the original creation (bara—Eden). Genesis 1:2 is the earth being re-formed after the fall (asah—the 7-day event). Genesis 1:2, in the Hebrew, from the Septuagint (300 years before Jesus), reads “but, the earth became unformed and void, and darkness was upon the deep abyss. And, the Spirit of God brooded over the waters.” God was re-making the earth for a natural flesh existence, and this 7-day creation to come is to last for only a short period of time (our time—this age), in order to accomplish the reconciliation of many of those fallen from Eden.
God tells us in Luke 3:38, that Adam was a son of God (Adam was in Eden—supernatural—eternal), but because of sin, Adam was cast out of Eden to this natural re-made flesh age earth. Today, for those of us who are “born again” (John 3:1-7), we will become sons of God—reconciled back to God after our separation due to the fall (Scripture tells us we will become like the angels—1 Cor. 15:49; Mark 12:25; Matt. 22:30; Luke 20:35-36; Rom. 5:10-11, 8:14,19; 1 John 3:1-2; 2 Pet. 1:4) (70).
Most people view this world we live in today as God’s good creation. Babies are seen as born innocent into this world. Every day, we hear of heroic acts where good people will sacrifice themselves to help someone in need. The image we have developed of this world is that life is a wonderful gift, and that we need to do all the good we can to persevere and develop it. Anything that harms our life (tragedies and suffering) represents evil, and God allowing evil just is not right—if He truly loves us.
However, God is doing the just and right thing by allowing tragedies and suffering, and allowing Satan to control this world. The reason why this is true is because…“We asked for it.” We Christians need to grow up and state the truth…we asked for this! In the beginning, God created all the host of both heaven and earth (Gen. 1:1, 2:1; Job 38:1-7; Rev. 12:1-2—all the host of heaven are pictured in Rev. 12:1 by the 12 stars on the woman). The woman represents all the host of creation (God’s betrothed—the bride). Twelve is the Hebrew number for fullness, or completeness. All the host of heaven (stars of the woman), are betrothed (engaged) to become God’s bride (Rev. 19). While in Eden (Paradise—Gen. 2:4-3:24), God, our Creator, gave us all freewill to do as we wanted. God wanted to fellowship with His creation. God set the Tree of Life in the creation to give us eternal life with Him, and God also set the Tree of Knowledge in the creation, and offered us a choice: either continue walking with God, and leave the Tree of Knowledge alone—or, choose the Tree of Knowledge over God, our Creator.
One-third of the host (with the urging of Satan), chose the Tree of Knowledge over the Creator. We read of the fall in various places, including the fall of Adam, Eve, and Satan in Genesis 3 where Adam, Eve, and Satan all sin, and are cast out of Eden to this age. In Revelation 12:1-4, we are told that one-third of the host of heaven (stars—those betrothed and engaged to God), are cast out of heaven to the earth. In Isaiah 14:12-19, Satan and his prisoners, the stones of the pit, are referenced. In Ezekiel 28:12-19, Satan is seen in Eden with the stones of fire. In Ezekiel 31, Satan is pictured as a great tree in Eden along with all the other trees of Eden, and some are cast into the pit. The symbolism in these passages in God’s Word is clear: Whether the beings of creation are called stars, or host, or stones (stones of fire, or of the pit), or angels, or trees (bearing good or bad fruit, which Jesus described in Matt. 7:17-18), or “sons of God,” one-third of the host (beings), of creation followed Satan. We chose Satan over our Creator.
God had made a commitment with us, that if we loved God more than anything (even the Tree of Knowledge—Matt. 22:37), that we would enjoy His kingdom forever (Tree of Life), and if we chose otherwise, that we would die (suffer a physical death and be separated from God—Gen. 2:16-17). Our choice was to follow Satan, and have knowledge, and be as God ourselves (pride). And, God has given us exactly what we asked for…Satan’s way.
Scripture tells us that this world, this age, this earth we are born into, is Satan’s domain (Job 1:7; Matt. 4:8-10; Luke 22:31-32; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:2; 1 John 4:4). God gave us this earth age (“made” it—asah—Psalm 115:15), because we chose to follow Satan. This age is only temporary. This age (world) is slowly dying and deteriorating, and death awaits everything (even the cosmos). We made a decision to die (be separated from God—Gen. 3). So, God, our Creator, has given us exactly what we asked for. We will all die to this flesh body, just as God’s justice requires (Gen. 2:17). We are all condemned (John 3:18) to eternal separation from God from the moment of conception (Psalm 51:5, 58:3). We have all sinned (past tense—Rom. 5:12). We are enjoying exactly what we wanted—Satan’s way (this world), and not God’s way (Paradise—Eden—heaven).
It is interesting today, that Christians can accept the fact that we are sinners (Rom. 3:10-12, 23), and that we are, somehow, personally responsible for our sin—but, we seem not to be able to say exactly why this is true. We hold onto views that babies are innocent, even though Scripture is clear that we are all guilty of sin from the very moment of conception. We are separated from God because of our sin when we enter into this world (John 3:18; Rom. 1:21-32). And yet, we still hold onto views that we are basically good people. We know from Scripture that we don’t seek God, that we don’t love God, but rather God seeks us, and it is God who leads us back into a relationship with Him (Psalm 14:1-3; John 6:29, 15:16). Yet, we still think of ourselves as having a role in seeking God (70).
So, rather than blame God for tragedies and suffering, we need to point the finger of blame where it really belongs—right back at ourselves. We chose this existence (Satan’s domain), and God is just in giving us exactly what we asked for—our freewill decision to choose knowledge, rather than God.
Actually, the real story, here, is how much God loves us (John 1:16-17, 12:47). We have already made our choice, and we chose to follow Satan. And yet, even though we rejected God, God is still extending His love to us (Jesus sacrificed to cover our sins–to enable those who will trust in Him to be reconciled back into a relationship with Him, and back into an eternal existence in heaven with Him once again–John 3:1-7; Rom. 5:10-11). God does not have to do this. God is doing this because He loves His creation, and He is willing to sacrifice to save those who will trust in Him.
The Scriptures tell us that angels in heaven do not marry, and also that in the resurrection we will be like the angels (Luke 20:35-36; Matt. 22:30; Mark 12:25; 2 Pet. 1:4). Jesus even remarks that at the judgment, those who deny Christ, will be cast into the fire prepared for the angels (Matt. 25:41). What did the early Christians say? Gregory of Nyssa said the resurrection promises us nothing else than the restoration of the fallen to their ancient state, an angelic life. Chrysostom said man led life like the angels, until the fall. Gregory of Nazianzus tells us that man is a “new angel,” meaning an angel now in a flesh body.
Many wonder exactly why God uses such specific details like the 153 fish harvested on the right side of the boat in John 21:3-12. I’m not into all the number-counting schemes many get into, but John was inspired by God on a couple of occasions to use very specific numbers, both in the book of John and in the Revelation. Both the Hebrew and Greek languages used letters to refer to numbers, and numbers to refer to letters. Everyone recognizes that there is a letter-to-number representation in 666, used in Revelation 13. In the Hebrew, 153 translates to beni Ha-Elohim (sons of God—“angels”), just as used in Genesis 6 where the fallen angels came to women before the flood of Noah (70). In the Greek, “sons of God” is also related to the number 153. In the Greek, the term “sons of God” translates to 3x7x153, which means “The perfection of God’s purpose is in the sons of God.” Here, in John, the beni Ha-Elohim are not the fallen angels who are condemned by God (Jude 6), but, are the beni Ha-Elohim who are reconciled and saved (Rom. 5:10-12). (70) God’s precise use of 153 to describe the fish harvested into His kingdom on the right side of the boat is to inform us that we have fallen (just like Adam and Eve fell). And, just as Adam and Eve were banished to the earth to die as humans, we also will die—having been born as flesh humans. Yet, God will save all those who trust in Him (John 3:1-7)—the perfection of God’s purpose—the reconciliation of the “sons of God.”
John Trench in his “Notes of the Miracles of Our Lord” noted that this “definite number, even as the number of the elect, is fixed and pre-ordained…being equal to the angels.” Augustine referred to the 153 as symbolically representing the saved. Jerome referred to the 153 as the elect gathered into the kingdom of God.
Jesus tells us in John 3:1-7, that to be saved and restored to a relationship with Him (to be reconciled), that two things are required: 1) Be born flesh – a water birth – born of water. Those in angelic supernatural bodies (like Adam, Eve, and the host of heaven), cannot die. Therefore, the host of heaven who sinned (Adam and Eve are the example —Gen. 3:16-19; Rev. 12:1-4), cannot be saved while in their supernatural state, and they, therefore, must first become flesh—to die (just like Adam and Eve were cast out of Eden to die in flesh bodies—Gen. 2:17—see also Job 33:4-6), and, 2) Be born of Spirit. Jesus tells us that we must receive our eternal spiritual nature from God—become spirit (John 3:6). Some will be born again (develop a relationship with God), but many will not. Those “born again” become sons of God—reconciled back to God.
Unfortunately, the Bible tells us that despite God extending His love, and mercy, and grace to us (Eph. 2:1-9), in the end, many (if not most), will still not love God (Rev. 20:7-8). Many want to be in Paradise (want the benefits), but do not love God (Matt. 7:22-23, 25:1-13). God desires to save (reconcile) with those who love Him back. God wants to welcome us back into a relationship with Him (reconcile—Rom. 5:10-11). But, if most do not love God, then God will allow them to remain separated, just as they have chosen (I call it “the great divorce”—which occurs just before those who truly love God, join Him at the great wedding celebration at the end of this flesh age (Rev. 19:7-9, 20:4-6).
In Genesis 3, in Eden, Adam and Eve showed that they were ashamed of sinning against God (they were humble). At the same time, Satan continued to show contempt. For those of us who will humble ourselves before our Creator, God is merciful, and will reconcile with us (Ps. 51:15-17; Isa. 66:1-2; Eph. 1:4-5, 11; James 4:6). The rest (those who do not love God)—God will divorce…separate from them forever.
Satan has done a good job of deceiving us into blaming God for suffering and tragedies, when, in fact, it is our own selfishness and pride which have separated us from God’s presence, and delivered us into this deteriorating earthly flesh existence (Satan’s domain). If it weren’t for God’s love for us, we would simply remain condemned to hell (separation from God) forever. But, God so loved us, that He took the step of sacrificing for those of us who will trust in Him (John 1:1-18; Phil. 2:1-8; John 6:33, 38; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 2:9; Col. 2:8-9). We don’t deserve this opportunity at reconciliation, much less, have any right to complain about it. Satan truly has done a good job of deceiving us into questioning God’s ways, and questioning just who is really responsible for suffering and death.
Of course, God can, and does, intervene in history to accomplish His purposes. And, many times, our prayers are answered because they agree with God’s purpose. But, basically, we are living the life we chose—Satan’s way. Thank God that He is a loving God. Otherwise, we would be truly doomed.
An understanding of Romans 5:12 is key to understanding that the Eden creation account and this age we live in today, represent two different earth ages—one supernatural (Eden), and this one which is temporary—flesh (70). Romans 5 is used by modern scholars to establish that we inherit Adam’s sin (as well as our sin nature from Adam), in some way. In the fourth century, there was a shift in theology, concerning several areas of the Bible. This was due, in part, to the Latin Vulgate of the Roman Catholic Church mistranslating Romans 5:12 to read “in whom all sinned” referring to Adam, instead of the correct wording we are aware of today, which reads “because all sinned.”
Because of this mistranslation, Augustine formed a “Federal Head” doctrine position, where Adam is the head of the human race, and Adam is responsible for our being sinners…not us (75), and for over a thousand years, this mistranslated understanding has persisted. In the seventeenth century, Johannes Cocceius formalized the “Federal Head” position used today. Even though the translation error was corrected, no one has adequately reconciled this “Federal Head” position with the now corrected translation of “because all sinned” (Adam being a “Federal Head” was not the view of early Christians before the fourth century).
Before the fourth century, the early Christians and Jewish people accepted the supernatural aspects of the Bible, but after the fourth century the church moved to a more “natural” explanation of Scriptural passages. This movement to a “natural” understanding included our view of the relationship of angels and humans, the original sin and source of evil, the age of accountability and our supposed “federal head,” predestination, and our misunderstanding of the two creation narratives (70), as well as the true meaning of the “beni Ha-Elohim” (whether angels or humans) of Genesis 6 (70).
The early Christians knew that we were each individually responsible for our own personal sin. In fact, the concept of the sin of Adam being imputed to future generations is foreign to Jewish thought (Deut. 24:16; Ezek. 18:20—the early Christians, including Paul, were Jewish). Erickson, in his book “Christian Doctrine” states: “There is a definite connection between Adam’s sin and all persons of all times. In some way, his sin is not just the sin of an isolated individual, but is also our sin. Because we participate in that sin, we all, from the beginning of life receive a corrupted nature along with a consequent inherited tendency toward sin.” Donald Guthrie in “New Testament Theology,” (1981, pgs. 210-211), states that: “Although Paul maintains that sin entered this world through Adam (Rom. 5:12), Paul does not argue from the one (Adam), to the many (all people), as if he were heaping the responsibility of everyone’s sin on Adam’s head.” In Paul’s theology, we are each individually responsible for our sin in the past (Rom. 5:12). To quote Rabbi Joseph Telushkin (74), “The idea that every child is born damned for the sin of Adam is alien to Jewish thought.” (Deut. 24:16; Ezek. 18:20).
God’s plan is to reconcile with as many of us who will trust in Jesus (Rom. 5:10-11), while Satan’s plan is to deceive us into believing that Adam is really responsible, and that we are somehow born “good”—have made a couple of mistakes—and only need to fix it somehow—not needing Jesus. Satan is continually imitating God, trying to substitute his ways in place of God’s ways. This began in the creation, in Eden, and will continue right up to the very end when Jesus returns, and then, even further, at the very end of the millennium (Rev. 20:7-9). Let us start at the beginning, wind our way through history up to today, and conclude with how even our understanding of marriage and divorce is part of God’s plan, and how it is being corrupted by Satan to keep us from God.

 

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