Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Fig Tree Prophecy

Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion.

There is one place in the world that God has declared as holy, and that’s Mount Zion and the land of Israel. The prophet Isaiah wrote this – “Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem and before his ancients gloriously.” Isaiah 24:23.

There are one people that are God’s ‘chosen people’, and they are the Jews - “And I have put my words in thy mouth and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.” Isaiah 51:16.

And there is one main event in bible prophecy that had to happen to usher in the time that the bible calls the “last days” or the “time of Jacob’s trouble.” This event is undeniable and it has happened! Israel becomes a nation in one day! 

State of Israel is born headline, 'Palestine Post'
Source: Jerusalem Post

Throughout recorded history, nations have always been typified by types and figures to describe them.

Russia is known as the Bear
America is the Eagle
England is the Lion
Israel is the Fig Tree.

Matthew 24:32-25 refers to Israel becoming a nation and the end times.

As incredible as it was for the nation of Israel to be reborn, more remarkable is the fact that it was reborn on the exact day in history the Bible said it would! This event marked the first time since 605 BC that Israel had its own nation under their control.

No other nation in history has ever ceased to exist for centuries and then returned as a nation in its former land to regain its place in world history. The bible predicted this thousands of years before it happened.

Prophetic Timeline:

Read: Ezekiel 4:3-6 (explanation in Leviticus 26:18,21,24,28)

Their time of punishment would be multiplied X 7 if the people did not repent, and by staying in pagan Babylon, they refused to repent!

According to Ez. 4:3-6, they were to be punished for 430 years (lost their homeland to Babylon).
Later Babylon was conquered and they were captured by Cyrus (539 BC) who allowed them to return to their land (535 BC- about 70 yrs. after they lost their land to Babylon). However, not all the captives returned but chose to stay in pagan Babylon instead. Because of this, the remaining 360 yrs. (430 – 70 = 360) of their punishment was multiplied by 7 (360 x 7 = 2,520 yrs.).
This was based on a 360 day lunar calendar, however if you adjust it to the modern solar calendar, you get 2,484 years.  536 BC (535+1) + 2484 AD = 1948 AD
Why did Jesus curse the fig tree?
Matthew 21:19; Mark 11:14 Because it hadn’t born any fruit.
Does this portion of scripture state that the tree will never bear fruit again?  It seems to, but on closer inspection a different picture emerges.
Never again/ever again = eis ton aiona. The actual meaning is lost in its translation.
Eis: is often used regarding time. It means “to” or “until”
Ton: simply means “the”
Aiona: is a form of “aion” (transliterated “eon”). It means “segment of time” or “age.”
In our English translations, it appears to say that the fig tree was cursed to never bring forth fruit again. It was not the appointed time for the fig tree to yield its fruit, and in like manner, it was also not the time for the Israelis to recognize their Messiah and it remains so to this day (Temporary blindness: John 12:37; Rom 11:7).
Jesus symbolically cursied the Israelis to unfruitfulness until just prior to the 2nd coming. 
Undoubtedly, until the age of the Messiah’s rule over the entire world from Jerusalem. The fig tree incident was designed to show that the Israelis would not produce true spiritual fruit until the Messiah comes to usher in the kingdom of God on the earth.
What does Zechariah say will happen?
Zechariah 12:10: The divine blindness will be lifted, the Israelis will recognize their Messiah after He saves them from an attack by the nations, they will fully realize that the one they’ve rejected for 2000 years is the Messiah. There will be great mourning.
To date this prophecy has never been fulfilled! 
The Fig Tree’s Cycle
The annual fruit cycle of the fig tree occurs at the beginning of spring in late March. The figs are not ready to harvest until early June, about 70 to 80 days later. If we apply the principle of a day for a year to the fruit cycle, we get a corresponding time period of 70 to 80 years. If the parable of the fig tree budding out represents the land of Israel once again becoming home to a Jewish state, then we have 70 to 80 years before the fruit will be ripe. Is it possible that the Messiah intended for us to understand that the culmination of God’s plan would take 70 to 80 years from the re-establishment of modern Israel until the return of the Messiah?
How does the Bible define a generation?
Psalm 90:10: 70 to 80 years
After speaking the parable of the fig tree, Jesus stated; “Truly I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.”
Additional Information: The life span varied over time, the average life span of the pre-Flood patriarchs was 912 years. Shem to Peleg (contemporary of the Tower of Babel) diminished to 484 years. Peleg to Abraham, it diminished to 195 years. The average generation from Abraham to David (Matt. 1:17) was approximately 64 years)
IF we are reading the prophetic symbols correctly, where does this place the passing of this generation and the Coming of our Lord? 
We know Israel became a nation in 1948, although some include the capturing of Jerusalem in 1967 as the correct countdown date. So using 1948, around what year would that place us? Using 1967, around what year does that place us?
(1948) 2018 – 2028
(1967) 2037 - 2047
Though we shouldn't be setting dates, as believers we should know the signs of the times! 
Matthew 24:36; 1 Thess. 5:2-6
Luke 21:29 - 31n“And all the trees”
The Bible uses the analogy of a fig tree in reference to the rebirth of the nation of Israel, but Jesus also indicated that alongside the re-budding of the fig tree, there would be a sign in all the trees.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Source: Focus on Jerusalem
Morocco 1956
Algeria 1952
Tunisia 1956
Libya 1951
Egypt 1922
Turkey 1923
Iran 1979
Iraq 1930
Syria 1946 
Lebanon 1946
Israel 1948
Jordan 1945
Bahrain 1971
Qatar 1971
Oman 1970
UAE 1971
Saudi Arabia 1932
Yemen 1967
Sudan 1956
Mauritania 1960

The 20th century blossoming of national trees throughout the Middle East foretells that Gods’ prophecies for all the nations is coming to pass in these times.

The roots of the Israeli-Arab conflict have come full circle today. They have indeed fathered many nations. For centuries the Arab nations wandered the deserts of Arabia and never projected any borders between themselves. Ishmael’s descendants have lived as mingled desert dwellers and behaved as wild men, and have shown a tendency to life their hands against their brethren, as God foretold. This characteristic has been ingrained into their makeup and is stoked by hatred and jealousy towards Jacob

It was in the 20th century, after the World Wars that the roots of all the modern states of the Middle East blossomed into defined boundaries of nations. Most are aware that Israel was reborn in 1948, but not many people realize that the Arabs discovered nationalism in the same period. Many of Ishmael’s descendants suddenly found themselves identified with ancient national names, some of which were rooted in the ancestry of Ishmael and Esau’s ancestry.

Israel’s Prophetic Background:

Ezekiel 37:10-14 (dry bones, restored to life); Isaiah 66:7,8 (in one day); Ezek. 37:21,22 (re-established as a united nation); Amos 9:14,15 (regained control, never removed); Ezekiel 34:13 (gather); Jeremiah 31:10 (Gather); Jeremiah 16:14,15 (gather, famous); Deut. 30:3-5 (Gather) ; Zech 12:2-3 (Scorned by nations); Ezek 38:14-16 (War of Gog And Magog)

“In a stunning and remarkable moment, Netanyahu also declared to the people of Europe and the world that the prophecies of Ezekiel 37 have been fulfilled. The Holocaust, he said, represented the dry bones and graves of the Jewish people, and out of that horror the State of Israel was resurrected, just as the Lord said would happen through the Hebrew Prophet Ezekiel. Rarely has any world leader given a major address on an international stage declaring End Times prophecies from the Bible have come true. But that is exactly what Netanyahu did.” – Joel Rosenberg’s Blog, January 29, 2010. Nethanyahu gave a political address from Auschwitz, Poland.

Where is Israel Today? Alone!

Israel’s newest crisis in not its biggest one. It is the redefining of the relationship between the United States and Israel.

The basic tenets in the U.S.–Israel relationship were two-fold.

1. There would be no surprises. Neither country would do or say something regarding the Middle East without the other country knowing about it ahead of time.

2. There would not be daylight between the two countries. Israel and America could disagree—but never publicly.

There was a reason for this close cooperation.

Israel needs America’s support. Israel has been called a “one-bomb country”. A single nuclear bomb would level the place. It needs the protection of the United States to hold its enemies in check.
America also needs Israel’s support as well. Israel has been the only constant ally the United States has had in the region, and it is the region’s only democracy.

Since the beginning of the Obama Administration, the United States seems to be trying to position itself as the Arab world’s best friend. The current administration has allowed daylight to filter in between the two countries by publicly disagreeing with Israel’s policies.

If the White House truly wanted to minimize the possibility of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon, it would not have given up concessions the way it did. It would not have communicated its message that the military option is impossible. It would not have publicly defended Iran’s cheating on its existing promises.

Israel is now between a diplomatic rock and a hard place. Israel is in an alliance with a country that does not seem to have Israel in its list of priorities. Also, the next generation of U.S. leaders being groomed do not seem to have Israel as a priority either. They do not seem to recognize the cognitive disconnect involved with accusing Israel of genocide while praising the actions of Iran and Hamas.
As the United States looks more like Europe, Israel looks more alone. Many believe that a prayer on Tisha B’Av is the most logical response to current events.

The only thing missing from this analysis is the fact that Israel will never be alone. Israel was fulfilling prophecy when it was regathered in the land in 1948 as a state for the first time in 2,000 years. Ultimately, Israel will recognize Jesus as their Messiah and true protector:

I will pour out on the house of David and on the residents of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and of supplications, and they will look to me—the one whom they pierced.” Then they will mourn for him, as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him, as for a firstborn son.
— Zechariah 12:10, ISV

Do you believe we are living in the End Times? We are living in the last days and have been since Christ’s First Coming, and we are probably in the end times today.

The time of the last days that Jesus referred to is not in the future, and it’s not coming soon. It is here right now. For the past 6 decades, all the major players have been taking the stage and playing the parts that God said they would. 

Consider the following events: 

In 1948, Israel became a nation, not through her own strength.
A re-gathering has taken place in Israel and continues to take place, from all nations.
Russia and China, two major End Times players, have already signed a pact.
Russia, the biggest End Times player, has already helped Iran build a nuclear reactor.
Iran has repeatedly confirmed their desire to wipe Israel off the map.
Iran now, for the first time ever, has nuclear weapons capable of reaching Israel.


The Jews have been back in their homeland since 1948, and though they still have some battles ahead of them, God has promised that they will never again be driven out of Israel. The bible looks forward to the time when Jesus will physically return to the land where He was born so many years ago. 

There is only one Holy Land that God knows about, and that is the land of Israel that was first promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God’s promises don’t change, even if in this case it took nearly 2,000 years to occur. 

IDF Chief of Staff, Gabi Ashkenazi, speaking at the Arch of Titus 1940 years after the Roman Empire destroyed the Second Holy Temple, declared, “We are here, on the eve of Tisha B’av, the day the Jewish Temple was destroyed by Titus, and together with the Jewish Community we say, “The Nation of Israel lives!” He said, “despite all the misery and horrible tragedies that struck us since the destruction of the Second Temple and our exile, the Jewish people were able to re-establish their national independence in 1948. 

End times bible prophecy has declared that this would happen in the last days, and that is exactly where we are right now.

Source: Bible/ Koinonia House / Boldly Proclaiming Christ: Parable of the Fig Tree and its Prophetic Significance, Carol / Focus on Jerusalem, John F. Walvoord / Every Prophecy of the Bible/ Joel Rosenberg/ Now the End Begins.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Who is the Antichrist? Comparing Christian and Islamic Views

I found this video on Youtube, featured by Belt of Truth, a Blog I follow. It's a very interesting video. I hope you'll watch it!

Have a good week!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Did the Exodus Happen?

Today I am bringing you a video that looks at a few of the arguments against the Exodus and discusses them. I think it's good to know what some of the arguments are against and why they do not hold any water  sand! It's only about 5 minutes long...enjoy!

Hope you have a good day! 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Philadelphia, The Faithful Church

Philadelphia became the greatest trade route in the whole country in Byzantine times, which gave the city its commercial prosperity. It was a center for spreading the greek language and culture throughout the asian provinces. The city was prone to severe earthquakes that caused the people to move out and dwell in tents at times. A key crop in Philadelphia was grapes for wine making. 

The city was known for its resistance to Islam and kept it's christianity long after some of the other cities in the area. The city had many pagan temples, including Dionysus, the god of wine and revelry. 

In Revelation, Christ is revealed in this church as holy and true. He is also identified as the One who opens and shuts. This church is said to have an 'open door.' The commendations to this church was evangelism, works and missions. Though they were few in number, they kept the Word and did not deny Christ, despite those of the 'synagogue of satan,' who also persecuted them.

There is no correction spoken, but there is a warning that they should believe God's promises and stick with Him. They are told to 'hold fast,' which has a strong connotation meaning to cling to tenaciously, with a warning that if not, someone may take their crown. This implies that if you let a God given opportunity slip by, God can call someone else to do it and they crown will go to them. You will lose your reward! 

As believers, we have a permanent identity in Christ. The believer will be given a new name, uniquely his (Rev 2:17). He also says he will 'keep thee from the hour of temptation.' The word 'kept' means to preserve and protect.  To take care of, to guard.  The word 'from' means out of, or it can mean, in the midst of. God is with us through our trials! 

This church, also known as being faithful and having brotherly love,  was a church that Christ loved. In this church, Christ is revealed as having the key that opens and shuts the door to salvation. The door is wide open for most of the missions established during this time, as well as times of revival. 

As Christians we are called to be overcomers. What does this mean? We must be totally loyal to Christ, sharing our love and the Gospel with all men. This relationship with our saviour should be the focal point of our lives. Our minds set on Christ and His will for our lives. Then will our lives truly have full meaning and satisfaction. To be in the will of God is the most exciting place to be! 

The Seven Churches of Revelation

Introduction to the Seven Churches of Revelation
Sweet Smelling Smyrna
Where Did I Leave My Love (Ephesus)
Pergamus: Compromised and Indulged
Sardis: The Living Dead
Falling Away into Laodicea
The Church of Thyatira

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Four Horsemen of Revelation, Color Study

Sometimes Scripture shows us things so clearly, that we miss it!

In Revelation we are introduced to four horsemen as the Lamb breaks open the First Seal. These ride horses, each with a different color. The focus is on the riders. First we are introduced to a white horse whose rider rode forth conquering and to conquer. Many interpret this as conquering through great deception as the Antichrist is ascertained by many to be the rider of this horse. Then a flaming red horse follows whose rider takes away peace from the earth. Next a black horse appears whose rider brings famine upon the earth. The last horse is a pale horse (chloros in the Greek, which is actually pale green). It's rider's name was Death and he was closely followed by Hades.

Four Horsemen by MarkWilkinson
                                                Source: Four Horsemen, by Mark Wilkinson, Deviant Art

These have authority over a fourth part of the earth to kill and bring famine, plagues, pestilence & disease and wild animals. We are not told that they kill a fourth part of the earth, rather that they have authority and power over a fourth part of the earth.

So we have been introduced to four horses and given some specific information about each of their riders, but what of the horses? Each horse has been identified with a color. Could this have any meaning at all? Since God took the trouble to label each horse with a distinct color, wouldn't it suggest that there is meaning to these colors? Yes, sometimes prophecy is stranger than fiction and it's so easy to miss things if we don't look closely. Let me remind you that many people missed the First Coming. We look back and wonder how they missed it, but if we're not careful, it'll happen to us too! 

I watched a video by Pastor Steve at Discover Ministries and it is him I thank for this information. I may not necessarily agree with everything Pastor Steve says, but I found this particular information to be interesting and somewhat enlightening. If you would like to watch the video, I will provide a link below.

Pastor Steve connected the colors of the horses to Flags, and a rather interesting picture emerges. Have a look at the flags I've pictured below. What do you see? 

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United Arab Emirates

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Arab Revolt Flag (not a nation, but interesting nonetheless)

If you're not sure, the answer is: White, Red, Black and Green. Each of these flags uses the same color combinations. This makes sense, because they have similar roots. Did you also take note of the countries, states, or nations that fly these flags?

The countries that will lead World War 3 (Psalm 83) share the same colors on their flags!

[Map of Arab world using national flags. Image from unknown source.]

Here's another map for comparison:
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                                                                            Source: Jewish Virtual

I guess the question then becomes, are the Four Horsemen already riding? Has the First Seal been opened? Interesting, right? I don't know for sure yet, but I stand amazed over and over again at how detailed God is and how interesting His living Word is. Those who say it's an antiquated outdated book, probably haven't taken the time to read it and take it seriously!

As promised, here's the link to Pastor Steve's video.

You Will Never Read the Book of Revelation the Same Way Again!

Have a good week and Blessings to you and yours! 

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Church of Thyatira

Thyatira: 'Continual Sacrifice'

Thyatira was a prosperous town which was well connected to other important cities. It was located on the Hermus River, 38 miles from Pergamos, and 32 miles from Sardis. It was an important manufacturing center noted for dying fabrics and garment making (Lydia, in Acts 16:14 had a business in fabric dyes). Thyatira was also known for its pottery, it's coppersmithing and brass working industries. These powerful Trade Guilds not only controlled business, but each Trade Guild had its own gods which were involved in pagan religious worship and immorality. It was almost impossible to conduct business without belonging to a Trade Guild. 

During his second missionary journey (Acts 16:13-15) the apostle Paul travelled to Phillipi where he meets Lydia, a seller of purple. She listens to Paul's preaching and is so convinced of his message that she and her household are baptized. It is likely that Lydia helped spread the Gospel throughout Thyatira.

In the message to this church, Christ calls Himself, the Son of God, stressing His deity. He is revealed as a Judge. The 'eyes like a flame of fire' suggest discernment and perception which searches out all iniquity. His 'feet like fine bronze' shows He is all powerful in judgment. Bronze, which symbolically means testing shows that Christ tests the works of man. The reference to bronze is also an illusion to the brass working industry of Thyatira.

Christ praises this church for works, love, service, faith and patience. This is the only church that Christ gives praise to for its love. It's love became a part of the problem, though. The congregation loved so much that they tolerated sin and failed to exercise church discipline. This church allowed 'Jezebel' to teach compromise and immorality. 

(Remember King Ahab's Jezebel. She was the daughter of a priest king of Tyre and was married to Ahab for political reasons. She had a strong, doineering, forceful character and was fanatically devoted to Baal. This caused the death of many true prophets of God.)

God extends grace to the Jezebel of Thyatira to repent, but she would not. This indicates she made a conscious choice to continue on in her sin of compromise and immorality. She tolerated evil and had learned Satan's so called 'deep secrets,' which she also taught.

This church therefore allowed 'Jezebel' to teach compromise and immorality. They evidently did not accept the finished work of Christ on the cross as enough, but thought they needed other gods and religious systems, much to their hurt!

However, those who are victorious and do not fall for her deception, God gives authority to rule over the nations. He says they will rule with an iron sceptre and dash them to pieces, like pottery. Another allusion to one of the top industries of Thyatira, pottery. He says He will give them the place of the morning star.

(Lucifer is called the morning star, as well as Jesus Christ. The title was a place that Lucifer attempted to gain but which was triumphed over by Christ, who is the true Morning Star! The 'morning star' will be given to believers who rule and reign with Christ in the Millennium. Revelation 2: 28; 2 Peter 1:19; Daniel 12:3)

The Seven Churches of Revelation

Introduction to the Seven Churches of Revelation
Sweet Smelling Smyrna
Where Did I Leave My Love (Ephesus)
Pergamus: Compromised and Indulged
Sardis: The Living Dead
Falling Away into Laodicea
Philadelphia, the Faithful Church

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sardis: The Living Dead

(Sardis: Revelation 3;1-6)

Sardis was the capital city of the ancient kingdom of Lydia prior to the colonization of the Greeks. It was built on a steep hill surrounded by loose rock and was therefore considered to be impregnable even though Cyrus of Persia, Antiochus the Great and the Romans all overtook the city by surprise attacks. The people of the city falsely thought they were safe based on their feelings of security in the City’s location.

The city was on an important trade route. Their chief industry was dyed woolen garments of beautiful coloring, and they were also known for their jewelry making. It was a wealthy city with powerful influence. Emperor worship, pagan temples and idols, and occult practices were all part of the religious environment of Sardis. Little is known of the church there, other than its reputation for being alive, though they were dead. Herodotus tells us they were lax in their morals.

On a positive note, this church has some who have not defiled their garments (a reference to their woolen garment industry) and whom God accepts and clothes in white. In other words, some in the church were morally pure even though most had lost their zeal, were apathetic and indifferent, and compromised with the world of the day. Theirs were dead works.

Dead works are anything that is not inspired through the Holy Spirit. This is why He had not found their works ‘perfect.’ These were not fulfilling the purpose of God but were motivated by a desire to build their own reputaitons. This church may have had a lot of activity and programs, but none were supported by the Holy Spirit.

Christ’s counsel to them was to watch (you must be awake to watch), strengthen what remained (that which was good), hold fast (keep His word and commandments) and repent (of wrong attitudes and practices). The challenge given was perfection: "walk with Me in white." Soiled garments in the bible frequently relates to the mingling of pagan practices with biblical faith to the point of defiling our relationship with Christ.

Having a combination of wealth and power combined with lax morals and poor Christian influence definitely affected these people. In God’s eyes, they were as good as dead. The city was finally completely destroyed in 640 AD and never rebuilt, as to this day. There are only ruins and a small village near the site of the old city. They did not repent so God removed their lampstand.

What is the personal application?  Do not be quick to judge outward appearance, for reputation is no guarantee of inward character!

How do we remain alive and moving in the Spirit, especially amongst dead Christianity? Know and be alert to the tactics of the enemy. Keep your purpose in Christ as the focus of your life! 

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The Seven Churches of Revelation:

Ephesus: Where Did I Leave My Love?
Sweet Smelling Smyrna 
Falling Away Into Laodicea
Pergamos: Compromised and Indulged
The Church of Thyatira
Philadelphia, the Faithful Church

Have a good week everyone!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Who are the Genuine Children of God?

I came across this post through Berean Research and thought I'd have a peek. Honestly, I found this to be a very on-point essay on what it is to be a child of God. So read on and see what you think.

Who are the Genuine Children of God? 

by Mike Ratliff

28 Καὶ νῦν, τεκνία, μένετε ἐν αὐτῷ, ἵνα ἐὰν φανερωθῇ σχῶμεν παρρησίαν καὶ μὴ αἰσχυνθῶμεν ἀπʼ αὐτοῦ ἐν τῇ παρουσίᾳ αὐτοῦ. 29 ἐὰν εἰδῆτε ὅτι δίκαιός ἐστιν, γινώσκετε ὅτι καὶ πᾶς ὁ ποιῶν τὴν δικαιοσύνην ἐξ αὐτοῦ γεγέννηται. (1 John 2:28-29 NA28)

28 And now little children, abide in him that when he is manifested, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you also know that everyone practicing righteousness has been born of him. (1 John 2:28-29 translated from the NA28 Greek text)

I am sure many of you have come across the following video lately that many younger "Christian Leaders" are saying defines Christianity in the eyes of the "Millennials."

In 1 John 2:28 - 3:10, the Apostle John gives us "evidence" that is most definitely not "politically correct" that will enable us to determine those who really are the genuine children of God and those who aren't. Of course, we should take a close examination of ourselves as we go through this passage.

View Original on Possessing the Treasure

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Pergamus: Compromised & Indulged

                                                                                               Photo  Source: Bible History Daily

Pergamus, located in modern Turkey, was a provincial capital and the seat of Emperor worship. It was the center of four of the greatest pagan cults: Zeus, Athena, Dionysus and Asklepious. The latter was the god of healing and was honored with a great medical school which was associated with the worship of this god. This idol was shaped like a serpent, a symbol still used for the medical profession today. It was a very wealthy city sporting a library of 200,000 volumes later given by Anthony to Cleopatra.

The name 'Pergamos' according to some means 'elevated to marriage' or 'bigamy and/or
polygamy.'  In other words, 'mixed marriage' or 'compromise,' indicating the marriage of the church to the world. This was indeed what happened in this great city. However, the word etymology is mostly uncertain.

According to Revelation, this church is in a dangerous place, as this is where Satan's throne dwells - in fact, this is where Lucifer is not only present, but 'dwells.'  He also rules, as is inferred by the word throne.

The Pergamon Altar or 'Altar of Zeus'scholars believe was the Throne of Satan mentioned by John in Revelation
                                                                                                Photo Source: Bible History Daily
When Emperor Diocletian died in 305 AD, the succession of the Roman Empire was in dispute. On the night before a battle, Constantine had a vision of a flaming cross in the sky with the latin words "by this sign conquer." He won the battle, became emperor and stopped all christian persecution. Christianity became the state religion, and by law everyone had to profess to be a christian or lose his job. All heathen temples were converted to churches, all the names of the pagan entities were changed to christian names. Pagan feasts were converted to christian holidays but some maintained their pagan symbolism - like Easter and Christmas. In fact, many of the practices that exist in the Catholic church today trace their beginnings to this time period.

Unfortunately, Constantine brought about a religious dominion backed by secular power, which brought about a religious system with a form of godliness, without the power thereof. His efforts brought about an apparent freedom for christians, but at the altar of compromise.

Revelation mentions two false doctrines being practised:

The doctrine of Balaam (Numbers 22:2-6,12; Numbers 25:1-3). Balaam taught that people should intermarry with the heathen in order to compromise their beliefs.

The doctrine of the Nicolatians: "Niko" means 'to conquer,' "laity" means 'the people.'
This was a group who tried to separate laymen from clergy for the purpose of power. They claimed to be christians but lived immoral unclean lives believing that what you did to the body had no effect on the spirit (gnosticism).  They Lorded themselves over the laymen of the church, therefore this doctrine destroys the concept of the body of Christ as a whole unit.

Even so, Christ had commendations for them; their good works, they did not deny the faith; they held fast Christ's name. They were challenged to 'eat the hidden' manna'  (manna refers to God's provision for the Israelites in the wilderness and typifies Christ.) 

Did you know? 

The Altar of Pergamom was re-assembled in the Pergamum Museum in Berlin during Hitler's reign. Only the foundations of the altar can be seen at Pergamos today. The Turkish government wants this structure back on it's base and has been pressuring Germany for the return of the Zeus Altar.

The Base of the Altar in Pergamum. Photo Source:

The Altar in Berlin.    Photo Source:
The Seven Churches of Revelation:

Ephesus: Where Did I Leave My Love?
Sweet Smelling Smyrna 
Falling Away Into Laodicea

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Genesis Bible Study, Chapter 3


                                                              Ford Madox Brown, Public Domain

God did not create man after any of the models of angels, seraphs, cherubs or other existing orders of beings. These, by their names and other biblical revelation, are seen to possess great might and are called principalities and powers. 

Man was created tied to the earth and would be beneath the lowliest angel in power and rank, yet he was created in the image of God.

“For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels.” Psalm 8:4,5; Hebrews 2:6-8

There is a passage in scripture indicating the interest of the angel hosts in all events which concern man, the earth, and the plan of God. In addition, Peter tells us that the OT writers studied their own writings in order to find out the meaning of the revelations from God of which they had been the channel in 1 Peter 1:10-12.

The passage closes with a statement to the effect that the angels themselves were intensely occupied with this same study. (Stronger in the Greek than in English: 'Things in which angels long to look')

Genesis 3:1 THE SERPENT

Demonic spirits evidently have the ability to indwell or “possess” either human bodies or animal bodies; and the text suggests that possibly Satan chose the serpent as suitable for his purposes.  Luke 8:33

Serpent: The Hebrew word is ‘nachash'   (Strongs Concordance #5175, from 5172)

The word ‘nachash’ can function as a noun, a verb, or an adjective.

Strong’s Concordance-

As a noun 'nachash' means “snake or serpent.”

As a verb ‘nachash’ means to practice divination, enchant, bewitch, etc.
It also means to hiss, mutter or whisper, as do enchanters. It also means in a secondary sense to divine, or enchant or mesmerise, as a snake often does before catching its prey.

As an adjective ‘nachash’ means: ‘bright, brazen, shining brass’ and is translated to ‘shining one.’ It also has the meaning to shine or sparkle, like bronze or copper.
Some Scriptures also tell us that Satan has an extremely attractive appearance ( 2 Corinthians 11:3,14), and this Hebrew word therefore also conveys the meaning to fascinate/charm and bewitch. Deuteronomy 18:10-14.

Some maintain it originally meant ‘shining upright one.’ Consider that angelic or divine beings are often described in the Bible as shining or luminous.
(Ezek. 1:13-14, 26-27, Dan 10:6, and also Mar 9:3 and Luke 24:4).

What’s significant about this is that the name Lucifer comes from the Latin Vulgate translation of the Hebrew in Isaiah 14:12, “Helel ben-Shachar” and literally means, “Shining One, son of the Dawn.”

With the help of the serpent, Adam and Eve did sin. But God reacted in a way that this adversary did not anticipate; He gave them another chance.

And while the humans were driven from the Garden of Eden, at least they weren’t destroyed. But even more important; God made a way so that their transgression could be atoned for. And He knew that one day a human child of Eve would undo the effects of the fall in the Garden.


The temptation of "the first man Adam" began with the question "Hath God said?"

The temptation of "The second man, the Lord from heaven" began with the similar question "If Thou be the Son of God," when the voice of the Father had scarcely died away, which said "This is my beloved Son."

All turned on the truth of what God had said!

Temptation of Eve:  Genesis 3:1-5

The Word of God being questioned, led Eve in her reply….

(1) to omit the word "freely" -----Genesis 3:2, Genesis 2:16,

               (Eve) - "We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden"
              (LORD God) - "Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat"

(2) to add the words "neither shalt thou touch it" ---- Genesis 3:3,  Genesis 2:17.

               (Eve) - "God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it"
               (God) - "thou shalt not eat of it"

(3) to alter a certainty, by changing the meaning.

               (God) -" Thou shalt surely die" - (Genesis 2:17)
               (Eve) - "Lest ye die" - (Genesis 3:3).

Temptation of Jesus  Matthew 4:1-11

It is not without significance that the first words of "the second Man" were "It is written", three times repeated; and that His last Ministerial words contained a similar threefold reference to the written Word of God (John 17: 8, 14, 17).

Why was Satan’s temptation to Eve successful?
The Word of God was misrepresented three times.

Why was Satan’s temptation to Jesus defeated?
The same Word was faithfully repeated; "It is written"

Satan’s Questions and Response to Eve:

 “Has God said you shall not eat of any of the fruit of the trees?”(Here Satan is questioning God’s Word with a note of mocking condescension at Eve’s naive acceptance of God’s command, along with an inference that God was not quite as good and loving as she thought.)  

Genesis 3:4,5

First Satan questions God’s authority and goodness, then he completely denies His Word, calling God a liar.

“Ye shall not surely die” (Instilling doubt and directly challenging God’s Word)
Then he suggested God had another motive to withhold this knowledge.

“Ye shall be as gods/like God” (You’re missing out/you deserve more). This was the temptation that had led to Satan’s downfall (Isaiah 14:13,14) and it was a temptation to Eve as well.

*As soon as one denies God’s Word or questions His sovereign goodness, he is really setting himself up as his own god because he decides for himself what the standards of truth and righteousness are.  The same temptation comes to us day after day. We must resist the devil and have faith in God.


To Eve it seemed that the fruit was...

1) Good for food: something appealing to the physical, bodily appetite. (Lust of the flesh)
2) Pleasant to the eyes: something appealing to the emotions, the esthetic senses. (Lust of the eyes)
3) Able to make one wise: appealing to the mind and spirit, to pride of knowledge and spiritual insight. (anything that exalts us above our station and offers the illusion of God-like qualities, wherein we boast in arrogance and worldly wisdom is the pride of life.) (Pride of life)

1 John 2:16 “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

Temptation may be directed at the body, soul or spirit, or against all three at once as with Eve and Jesus.

The source of the temptation is said by James to be “earthly, sensual, devilish” James 3:15   
The woman being deceived was in the transgression, which seems to place the main blame on her, accounting for her being cursed and made subject to man. 1 Timothy 2:14

However, Adam’s sin was deliberate. In fact, it was not by Eve’s sin, but by Adam’s that “sin entered into the world, and death by sin.” He was the true federal head of the race (Eve herself having been formed from him), and it was “through the offence of one that many be dead.” Romans 5:15

Genesis 3:7

Their eyes were opened and they knew they were naked.  A sense of guilt and shame came over them. They covered themselves with fig leaves. They realized what they had done and hid.

(Compare Isaiah 64:6 filthy rags of self made righteousness, Isaiah 61:10 garments of salvation)

Genesis 3:8-10

Adam and Eve had hidden themselves from God. Their excuse was that they were naked and afraid.

*The shame of nudity is no artificial inhibition introduced by the conventions of civilization. It has its source in this awareness of sin and is only discarded when the moral conscience has been so hardened as to lose all sensitivity to sin. 

The Bible tells us that clothing is also worn in heaven (Rev 19:14)

Genesis 3:11-13 Who Told You?

Adam would not have known he was naked unless he had disobeyed God.

Hast thou eaten of the forbidden fruit?  An opportunity to confess?

Adam blamed his wife and God, Eve blamed the serpent, neither willing to acknowledge personal guilt.

There is no indication of repentance, only attempts to justify themselves. How much like us!

What actually happened?

1) Their eyes were opened
2) They were ashamed, they feared, they experienced guilt.
3) They began to die.  (In Adam all die. All his descendants. Rom 5:12; 1 Cor 15:22)
4) Fellowship with God was broken.
5) No longer permitted to eat from the tree of life.
6) Cast out of the Garden.
7) They were cursed.
8) They now knew evil through their disobedience.
9) There was now a sacrifice required.

Based on what the serpent said, what didn’t happen?

1) They did not truly become as God, although now they knew the difference between good and evil and everything associated with that.

That's the way it is with sin. It promises so much but delivers so little. What it does deliver, we didn't expect (shame, guilt, death).

Genesis 3:14  What about the curses?

For Adam and Eve, their subjection under the curse was in hope (Romans 8:20) of eventual redemption; for Satan it was final and irrevocable. He had not only rebelled against God in heaven, but now he had also infected mankind with his rebellion.

The serpent was cursed above all animals. Whatever was its beauty and posture before, it would go on its belly and be an object of dread and loathing by all. 

(All other animals were brought under the curse at this time as well. Each was a part of man’s dominion and everything in that dominion was affected through sin.)

Doesn’t that rule out the translation of a “shining one” and keep with the traditional interpretation of a snake?” 

That would be a misguided approach since it would make more sense if the curse were directed at a fallen divine being than a snake. First consider the curse with respect to Eve. God tells the serpent that there will be enmity between the offspring of Eve (humankind) and the offspring of the serpent.  If the nachash were an actual snake then all humans would hate or fear snakes and snakes by nature would exist to attack and harass humans. That is not the case.

God also tells the serpent that he will eat dust all the days of his life. Snakes do not eat dirt as a means of sustenance so the curse is not meant to be taken literally. If that were the true it would make a great case for evolutionists. 

Eating the dust of the earth was a term used for someone of lowly social status of defeat. (Micah 7:16-17, Isa 49:23).

If all Scripture is to agree with itself then a divine super natural being is the only explanation of what tempted Eve and not a snake.

When Satan is spoken of as a “serpent”, it is an implication or figure of speech.
For example, Dan is called a serpent in Gen. 49:17;

Nero is called a “lion” (2Tim. 4:17);
Herod is called a “fox” (Luke 13:32);

Judah is called “a lion’s whelp."

It is the same when “doctrine” is called “leaven” (Matt. 16:6).

It shows that something much more real and truer to the truth is impressed; and is intended to be a figure of something much more real than the letter of the word.

Genesis 3:15,16

I will put enmity between thee and the woman and between thy seed and her Seed.

The earth had originally been put under man’s dominion. By persuading them to follow his word instead of God’s word, Satan probably believed that he had now won the allegiance of the first man and woman and all their descendants. They would be allies in his effort to dethrone and vanquish God. Satan was now the “god of this world” 2 Cor. 4:4.

However....God had now put enmity between them and their seed.

Note that Eve’s “Seed” is capitalized. What does this mean?

This is the first prophetic implication of a coming Saviour.

Christ will be uniquely the Seed of the woman, miraculously conceived and virgin-born. This One would not be of the man’s (Adam’s) ‘seed,’ and therefore not under Satan’s dominion. (more at Seed of the Serpent, Seed of the Woman below)

God prophetically announces the outcome and man’s hope. Satan will be completely crushed beneath the feet of the woman’s Seed, but first the serpent is able to ‘bruise the heel’ of the woman’s Seed. 

 One day a Saviour would come who would destroy the devil and reconcile man to God.

The bruising of Christ’s heel is the most eloquent and impressive way of foretelling the most solemn events; and to point out that the effort made by Satan to evade his doom, then threatened, would become the very means of insuring its accomplishment; for it was through the death of Christ that he who had the power of death would be destroyed; and all Satan’s power and policy brought to an end, and all his works destroyed (Heb. 2:14; 1 John 3:8; Rev. 20:1-3, 10). 

What literal words could portray these literal facts so wonderfully as these expressive Figures of speech?

Seed of the serpent? Seed of the Woman?

As far as we know in this situation, the Serpent would not produce seed.

The woman could not produce seed. 

Therefore, these 2 seeds must refer to spiritual progeny!!!

Satan’s seed consists of those who wilfully set themselves at enmity with the seed of the woman. John 8:44; Ephesians 2:2,3

The seed of the woman would be those in the human family who are brought into right relationship with God through faith, children of the Father.

In addition, there is one primary seed of the serpent and one primary seed of the woman.

The former is the “son of perdition” 2 Thess. 2:3, the end time antichrist.
The primary seed of the woman is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Satan did not know when this would happen, so may have assumed it would be Eve’s firstborn. As a result Satan has continued his attack against the males born in the promised line in case one of them was the promised Seed.


Specific Curse of the Woman.  Verse 16

-As the mother of all living, Eve would experience and pass on a greatly multiplied suffering during childbirth.

This is a recurring reminder of her sin, and yet it comes with a blessing. John 16:21

-She acted independent of her husband in her decision to taste the desired fruit, but now her husband would rule over her and her desire would be for him.

An insatiable desire or yearning for his time, his attention, affection and assurance. Her need would be so great, but her now sinful husband would seldom be willing to meet it. "He shall rule over you."
(The Honeymoon is Over - The Story of Adam & Eve.

Generally speaking, in many cultures man has subjugated woman with little regard for her own personal feelings and needs. Such harsh rule went far beyond God’s intention. Though the husband was the head of the house, he was to love and cherish his wife, considering her to be one flesh with him and clinging to his wife. (Genesis 2:23,24)

Genesis 3:17-19

The ground (earth) was cursed.

The earth had previously cooperated as the man worked in it, but now it would become reluctant to yield his food and would bring thorns and weeds requiring toil, sweat and tears before man could eat of it.

The curse on man was fourfold:

Sorrow: resulting from continual disappointment and futility

Pain and suffering: signified by the thorns which hinder man in his efforts to provide a living for his family

Sweat/tears: the intense struggle against a hostile environment

Physical death: which would eventually triumph over all man’s efforts.

The Second Adam: was the man of sorrows, acquainted more with grief than any other man, wounded, bruised and chastised, wore the thorns as His crown. In the agony of His labor, he sweat drops of blood, offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears and finally died. He bore all the curse Himself for us and the former things are passing away. Genesis Record pg 128

(Gal. 3:13, Isaiah 53:3-5, Luke 22:44, Mark 15:17)

There will be no more curse when Christ returns to purge and renovate the earth. Malachi 4:2; Rev 22:3

Genesis 3:20

Adam named the woman, Eve: (Life spring)

She was the mother of all living.

He thereby indicated his faith in God’s promise that they would have children, and that God would send the Seed of the woman to bring salvation.

No children were born to them before the fall as then those children would have been born in a sinless state. The Bible tells us that all died “in Adam” 1 Cor 15:22

Genesis 3:21

God provided a covering for their nakedness. This would have required shedding of innocent blood.  Leviticus 17:11 They learned, in type, that an atonement (covering) could only be provided by God and through the shedding of blood on the altar.
John 6:53-56

Genesis 3:22-24

Apparently the Garden of Eden continued to exist for some time after Adam and Eve left. The tree of life still grew there, but man was prevented from eating of it.

Man had “become as one of us, to know good and evil….”

This statement has a tone of sadness and the sentence is left if to hasten to avert the tragedy suggested of men living on forever in their now fallen state.

Prior to this man had only known the goodness of God, but now he had experienced the evil inherent in rejecting God’s word.

His hope for ‘god-ness,’ as promised by the serpent was not as he expected. He had been created uniquely in God’s image, but now that image was marred and defaced by his experience of evil.

Did Adam and Eve want to leave the Garden?
They were driven out from the presence of God and separated from Him.

Where did they go to?
Back to till the ground from which Adam was originally taken.

The Cherubim Guards

God placed Cherubim to “keep” or guard the way of the tree of life. There were two, with a flaming  sword flashing around them.

These creatures were the highest in the angelic hierarchy and are always associated with the throne of God (Psalm 18:10; 80:1; 99:1).

Cherubim are described in Ezekiel 1:4-28, Ez. 10:1-22, Rev. 4:6-8.

Later, His presence was revealed over the mercy seat in the holy of holies in the tabernacle. Exodus 25:17-22; Hebrews 9:3-5.

This mercy seat is overshadowed by two golden representations of the cherubim.

It was here that once a year the high priest entered with the sacrificial blood of atonement to sprinkle over the mercy seat.

It is possible that it was here, between the cherubim guarding the way to the tree of life that God continued to meet with Adam and his descendants who desired to know Him? He had shown Adam and Eve that an atonement required the shedding of innocent blood to provide a “covering” for the guilty.  Possibly at an appointed time and place, men were able to meet God, being careful to approach Him with an offering marked by the principle of substitution – the innocent for the guilty.

One’s attitude of the heart determines his destiny in eternity. If he accepts God’s Word, by faith in God’s provision through the shed blood of the Redeemer, then he is of the ‘seed of the woman.’ 
If he rejects God’s Word, relying on his own merits to earn salvation, he is fulfilling his own will in place of Gods’ will. He is presuming to be ‘as gods, knowing good and evil,” and consequently becomes of the serpents’ seed.


Chapter Three Hand Outs

One Will, Two Wills, Freewill
Who is the Morning Star?
What's His Name & His Limitations



Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

After God’s creation, He said that everything was good! So where did this enemy come from and why is he opposed to God?

The Bible tells us that God placed a mighty being to rule and govern in His name.  This being was created with more power and beauty than any other. This spirit being was called Lucifer, “Day Star,” “son of the morning.”

Lucifer, upon his creation, took his place as the highest, most beautiful, most powerful and wisest of the created beings of God. In the first moment of his existence, he awoke in the beauty and power of his exalted position; surrounded by all the magnificence which God gave him. He had never known a lesser moment!! He saw himself as above all the hosts in power, wisdom and beauty. Only at the throne of God did he see more than he himself possessed.

In Ez. 28:14 it states “I had placed thee and thou was upon the holy mountain of God” (a mountain is the symbol of government). Before his fall he may be said to have occupied the role of prime minister for God.

Satan is a created being (Ezekiel 28:15) as are the other hosts of heaven, and they were all ministering spirits “for them who shall be heirs of salvation” (Hebrews 1:14).

At some point this being became filled with pride and decided he could govern independently from God. He proclaimed he would set up an independent rule, and a third of the angels joined him in his rebellion against God. These are the company of fallen angels and demons. Ezekiel 28:15-17

When did this take place? According to the time allowed in the Gap Theory? During or just before the Fall of man? Prior to the creation of the heavens and the earth?

Ezekiel 28:1-19 The first part of the chapter is a lamentation against someone called the PRINCE of Tyre. This was probably a contemporary of Ezekiel.  In the eleventh verse there seems to be a change of address.  This is against the KING of Tyre. In the judgment addressed to this King, it is apparent that a being above and beyond the sphere of humanity is in view. (The Lord on several occasions addresses Satan indirectly: Gen. 3:15; Matthew 16:22,23; Ezekiel 28:12; Isaiah 14:9-11; 14:12).

Now, behind every earthly power there is a satanic power lurking, seeking to control and dominate for the glory of Satan. However, all that Satan has done or is doing or will do is by the permissive will of God.

Satan is still working within the limits of the eternal plan of God.


One Will, Two Wills, Freewill

Ezekiel 28:15 “Thou was perfect in thy ways from the day that thou was created, till iniquity was found in thee”

Until iniquity was found in the heart of Lucifer, all was order and harmony. There was only one will in the universe, and that was the will of God.  Isaiah 45:7 is the declaration by God that sin originated in the heart of Lucifer, His created being.


Isaiah 14:13,14 “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High”

There came into the universe a second will, rising from the heart of Lucifer, the highest and most wonderful of all the created beings in the universe. There was now a second voice saying “I will”.”

Luke confirms this in the passage of Christ’s Temptation and Satan’s offering to Him there:

Luke 4:5-7 “All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it (the kingdoms of the world). If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine”

A careful reading of these verses in which Satan is speaking will show that in the three words italicized, they say, flatly: “mine is the kingdom, the power and the glory.” This is a challenge by Satan of the right of Christ to enter into the principality which Satan held and over which he now claimed right of possession.

Jesus answers to the point: “Get thee behind me Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him only shalt thou serve.” (vs 8)

Then immediately after the temptation He gathers His disciples on the mount in teaches them the disciples’ prayer ascribing the kingdom, power and glory to God alone. (Matthew 6:9-13)

See: The Limitations of Satan


God created man with free will/moral choice. What Lucifer didn’t expect was that God gave mankind a second chance through the coming sacrifice of His only begotten Son which would cancel out the penalty.

The world cannot solve any of its own problems because it is subject to the one who is the god of this age.

(2 Corinthians 4:4 "In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.")

Time must continue until it has been thoroughly demonstrated that there is no health or hope apart from God. Christ shall put down all rule and all aughority and power (1 Cor. 15:24,25)


Who is the Morning Star?

The first reference to the morning star as an individual is in Isaiah 14:12:
 “How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!” (NIV).

 The KJV and NKJV both translate “morning star” as “Lucifer, son of the morning.” It is clear from the rest of the passage that Isaiah is referring to Satan’s fall from heaven (Luke 10:18). So in this case, the morning star refers to Satan. In Revelation 22:16, Jesus unmistakably identifies Himself as the morning star. 

Why are both Jesus and Satan described as the “morning star”?

It is interesting to note that the concept of the “morning star” is not the only concept that is applied to both Jesus and Satan. 

In Revelation 5:5, Jesus is referred to as the Lion of the tribe of Judah. In 1 Peter 5:8, Satan is compared to a lion, seeking someone to devour. 

The point is this, both Jesus and Satan, to a certain extent, have similarities to lions. Jesus is similar to a lion in that He is the King, He is royal and majestic. Satan is similar to a lion in that he seeks to devour other creatures. That is where the similarities between Jesus, Satan, and lions end, however. Jesus and Satan are like lions in very different ways.

The idea of a “bright morning star” is a star that outshines all the others. Satan, as perhaps the most beautiful creation of God, probably the most powerful of all the angels, was a bright morning star. 

Jesus, as God incarnate, the Lord of the universe, is THE bright and morning star. Jesus is the most holy and powerful “light” in all the universe. 

So, while both Jesus and Satan can be described as “bright morning stars,” in no sense is this equating Jesus and Satan. Satan is a created being. His light only exists to the extent that God created it. Jesus is the light of the world (John 9:5). Only Jesus’ light is self-existent. 

Satan may be a bright morning star, but he is only a poor imitation of the one true bright morning star, Jesus Christ, the light of the world.

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