GOD is the Creator. God has existed from eternity WHO and WHAT God is we learned
in the last lesson. In John1:1weread:"inthebeginningwastheWORD.......thatis,thePersoncalledtheWord. Heisthe Spokesman. "And the Word was with God......
God, then, is another Person. There are actually two divine BeingsrevealedinJohn1:1. Butnoticefurther:"And the Word was God." The Word also is God and "all
things were made by him..." (verse 3). In the Word wasLIFE(verse4).These verses
in John 1 speak of none other than the two eternal members of the GOD KINGDOM. There
is "God" who became the Father, and the "word" who became Jesus. They have life
inherent. And they lived with eachother. Howdidtheylive? ThewayofLOVE!God loved the Word. He said of the Word after He became Jesus the Christ: "My beloved
Son..." And the son lovedandobeyedtheFather. Thislove-thisWAYOFLIFEwastheattitudethatguidedwhattheybothdid.
What did the God Family do? What is their occupation? God is CREATOR. But even
before creating the physical universe, God first created angels.
As both members of the God Family have eternal LIFE inherent within themselves, so
the Word imparted life to the angels when He created them. They have life inherent
- self-contained eternal life. The angels served at the throneofGodinheaven.
Twoofthesewerecherubsofhighrank. And as such, their wings spreadoverGod'sthrone(Ex.25:18-20). OneofthemwasLucifer(Ezek.28:14).
Allgovernmentisbasedonafoundationallaworconstitution. AndtheconstitutionorbasiclawofGod's governmentistheLawofGod-thewayoflifebywhichthetwomembersoftheGodFamilylive! God's government is simply the administration of
God's way of life.God's Law can be summed up in the one word love (Rom. 13:10).
This is because God's very nature is LOVE (I John 4:16), and God's Law reflects
His loving character. And so the government of God is the application of the principal
of love. TheloveofGodisout-flowingtowardothers. Godisconcernedaboutthegoodandthewelfareofothers. God'sloveistheattitudeofcooperation,serving,helping.
God has always loved the Word and the Word has always loved God. The Father, as
we have noted, said of the Word when He became Christ, “This is my beloved son" (Matthew.3:17). TheSonlovesandobeystheFatherwho hasalwaysbeenincharge(John8:28-29;15:10). Thetwohavelivedinharmonyfrometernity(John10:30). The LOVE they
have for each other-this WAY OF LIFE-is the attitude motivating everything the God
The Law of God applies in principle to angels the same as to man. The principle
underlying God's Law remains thesame-lovetowardGodandlovetowardoneanother.
TheBibleclearlytellsusthattheangelsabandonedthewayofloveandsinned(2Pet.2:4). Sin is the transgression of God's Law of love-the way of peace, cooperation
and harmony-the way of givingasopposedtothewayofgetting. And so, because of
his sin, Satan will be destroyed-that is death!Lucifer allowed VANITY to lead him
into the attitudes of coveting, envy, jealousy, competition. He began to live the
way of "get" instead of God's way of "give." So Lucifer rejected God and His Law
of love. Lucifer finally organized a third of God's angels into an army and ascended
to heaven in an attempt to "take" ruleof the universe away from God. But they were
repelled and cast back to earth. As a result, the earth became"withoutformandvoid"(Gen.1:2).
Let's learn the full story of what happened and the steps God is taking to restore
His government-His way of life- to the entire earth and eventually to the entire
universe. Then we'll see what the righteous angels are doing today and how we can
be protected from the wiles of the Devil and his demons.
But before we begin this important study, get your Bible so you can turn to all the
scriptures given in answer to the questions in this lesson. You will also find it
very profitable to copy these verses into a notebook. This will notonlyenableyoutoreviewyourstudiesatanytimeinthefuture,itwillalsohelpmakethesescriptures becomeapartofyourverybeing.Now let's begin this lesson!
This archangel's original name in Hebrew meant "Light-Bringer"-"Lucifer" was his
name in Latin.Lucifer was an awesome spirit being of majestic beauty, dazzling brightness,
great knowledge, power, intellect and wisdom. But Lucifer sinned!
Two passages in Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28-tell us of Lucifer's original created state
and his great sin.
3.Did Lucifer actually want to be like the Most High God? Isaiah.14:14.
comment: It is apparent that Lucifer had nothing less in mind than knocking the
Creator God off His throne and becoming the Supreme Ruler himself !
Here was the supreme masterpiece of God's creative power, as an individually created
being, turning on his own Creator-asaFrankensteinmonsterattemptingtodestroyitsownmaker-inanattempttoassumeallpowerto rulethevastuniverse!
based on competition, self-centeredness, vanity, lust and greed; on envy, jealousy,
hatred, violence and destruction; on spiritual darkness and error, instead of light
and truth; on ugliness insteadofbeauty.
4.Lucifer,thearchangel,wasperfectinallhiswaysfromthetimeofhiscreationuntilsomethinghappened to him. What was found in him? Ezek.28:15. Didhebecomevain? Didhecorrupthiswisdom? Verse17.
Comment: WhenLuciferbeganthinkingthoughtsofcompetition,vanity,envy,lustandgreed,thenthoughts ofresentmentandrebellion,hisabilitytothinkrationallychanged. Hismindbecameperverted,distorted, twisted. His thinking became totally
Lucifer wanted to rule the universe! He said, "I will exalt my throne above the
stars [angels] of God....(Isaiah.14:13).ThusLuciferbecamethefirstrebel-thefirst sinner!Lucifer subtly, perhaps very, very gradually, subverted the angels
over whom God had placed him until he succeeded in turning their minds to rebellion.
Lucifer made the angels feel dissatisfied and wronged by God, injecting resentment
and bitterness into their minds.
Comment:Lucifer deliberately became his Maker's adversary That was his choice, not
God's-yet God allowedit! AndsoGodchangedhisnametowhathebecame-SATAN,whichmeansadversary,competitor, enemyandtheangelswhowerecastdowntotheearthwithhimbecameknownasdemons.
God's Law is the basis of God's government. And as we learned in our previous studies,
SIN is the transgression of God's Law (I John 3:4). We also learned that sin carries
penalties. Notice what was the cataclysmic effect of the sin of angels.
Comment: Canyouimagineangelsbecomingsinningangels? YetthatiswhatGodreveals.
Andsince sin is the transgression of God's Law, these angels transgressed-rebelled-against
GOD'S LAW of LOVE-God's way of life!
Comment: These verses in Genesis 6:5-13 show that worldwide human
sin brought worldwide destructiontotheearth'ssurface! Allfleshworldwidehadsinned. OnlyNoahfoundgraceandforgivenessin God'ssight. OnlyNoah"walkedwithGod."SotheFlooddestroyedallhumanlifeonearth,exceptforNoah andhisfamily.
Later, homosexuality and other sins of Sodom and Gomorrah spread over the entire
territory of those two cities. And so physical, fiery destruction came from God
to the entire area and destroyed everything. The sin of the angels, which occurred
before man was created, unlike that of human sin was universal! Therefore the effect
of their sin upon the universe brought chaos throughout the creation!
3. How does the Bible describe the extreme cataclysmic conditions on the earth
that resulted from the angels' sin? Gen. 1:2. ( Review in Lesson 13 the conditions
on earth brought about by Lucifer's rebellion. Lesson 13 explains the meaning of
the Hebrew wordstohuandbohu,whicharetranslated"withoutform,andvoid"in
Comment: By now you might be wondering if God knew, in advance, that Lucifer and
the angels under him would sin and cause thisuniversaldestruction. Afterall,doesn'tGodknoweverything?TheanswerisNO! IfGodweretodecidetoknowinadvancewhatchoicetheywouldmake,Hewouldhave hadto"program"theirmindstodosoandthusforcethemtomakeit.Instead,Godgavethesespiritbeings,as He
also gives all human beings, the power to think for themselves-to reason, to choose,
to make decisions. Otherwisethey,andwe,wouldbemereautomated robotsdoingwhatwewerepresetormadetodo!
God chose to make angels, and later humans, free moral agents-capable of free choice.
Otherwise neither angels nor humans could develop righteous character. God bestowed
upon angels minds of their own possessing great knowledge-superior to that possessed
by man. One might suppose that, endowed with such great knowledge, theywouldneverchoose,wrongly,orcommitsin.Yetathirdofalltheangelsdidtransgress! Theirgreatknowledgedidnotpreventrebellion,sinanduniversal chaosanddestruction.
competitionleadingtostrife,violence,war. TheycametoresentGod'sruleoverthem. Theychosetofollow theirownway-thewayof"get"-andrejectedGod'sway-thewayof"give". Thusbythisdeliberatechoicethey formed within themselves evil
But God did not leave planet earth in a state of decay and ruin after Lucifer's rebellion.
God set about to restore theearthsoitcouldsupporthumanlife-thenextstepinHisplan-asdescribedinGenesischapterone.
TheveryfactthatSatanwasintheGardenofEdentotemptthefirsthumans-thatheisevennow"thegodof this world" (2Corinthians.4:4)and"theprinceofthepoweroftheair"(Eph.2:2)whohad"allthekingdomsofthe world" to give to Christ
(Matt. 4:8). But, notice what Jesus said to Satan, “You shall worship the Lord your
God and Him shall you serve”!. (Verse 10) In other words, Jesus was telling Satan,
“ I AM your Lord God”! Therefore you should worship me! (Remember that It was Jesus
who had created all things!) John 1:1-3.
When Lucifer turned to rebellion and a third of the angels followed him, it became
obvious that only the two membersoftheGodFamilywouldnotandcouldnotsin.
ThenextstepforGodwastobeginreproducing Himself through human beings who
would, once BORN of God's Spirit as very members of His divine Family, neversinordeviatefromGod'sgovernment.
Comment: Thetreeof"life"andthetreeofthe"knowledgeofgoodandevil"havetremendoussignificance forustoday. Thesewereliteraltrees,buttheywerealsosymbolic.ThetreeofliferepresentedtheHolySpiritofGodandeternalLIFE. ItalsorepresentedthewayofGod's government,whichisthespiritualLawofGod.
Thusbypartakingofitsfruit,revealedspiritualknowledge couldbereceivedandunderstood.The tree of the knowledge of good and evil represented the way of
the Devil-the way of rebellion against God's government, the way of deciding for
oneself right from wrong. It pictured sin and its penalty which for man is eternal
DEATH (Rom. 6:23). It should be stressed here that to sin against God’s spiritual
law is death! And that applies to anyone, including the devil and his demons! Don’t
you think that the devil and his demons have earned their wages of sin? YES! Let'sreallyunderstand.Adamwasmadefromthegroundandgivenatemporary,physical
existence. Hedidnothaveeternal LIFEinherentwithinhimself. Likeawound-upclockrunningdown,hewasintheprocessofagingwithevery breathhetook. Atanytimehewas,aswemightsay,"onlyonebreathawayfromdeath"-cessationofexistence. GodthereforeofferedAdamthetreeof"life,"whichrepresentedGod'sHolySpiritandeternalLIFE. Had AdamandEvepartakenofitsfruit,theywouldhavereceivedGod'sSpiritandbeenbegottenofHim.
God does not impart immortality instantaneously. One is first begotten-impregnated
by the spiritual life of God- and thus becomes an "heir" to eternal LIFE, as explained
in Lesson 8. God's Spirit also would have given Adam andEveaccesstoGod'smind-Hislove,faithandpower,whichleadtoeternalLIFE! TheHolySpiritwould haveprovidedthestrengthtoperfecttheverycharacterofGodinthem,andfinallychangetheirmortalbodies into spirit-born members of the God Family !
God'sSpiritwouldhavealsoimpartedspiritualknowledge,understandingandwisdomtoAdamandEve. It would have revealed an understanding of the spiritual Law of
God the way of life that leads to peace, happiness, contentment,successinlife,cooperationandmutualconcernforfellowman.There are, broadly speaking, two ways
of living-exemplified by the two trees in Eden. The one isout-flowing LOVE. We
term this for brevity and simplicity, the way of "give." The other, the way of "get."
They are the two divergentwaysoflife,leadinginoppositedirections,producingoppositeeffects!
3. But did the wily Satan cleverly delude Eve into disbelieving God and disobeying
His command? Gen. 3:1-7. Did the Devil lie by promising her that she had an immortal
soul in a material body and would not die? Gen. 3:4. And did Satan subtly imply
that God was hiding certain vital knowledge" from her which she ought to have? Verses
5-6 (Notice the words "make one wise" in verse 6.) Did Adam deliberately eat of the
forbidden fruit? Verse6.
Comment: Notice the wording of verse 4, this should read as, “In dying you shall
not surely die”! Satan knew that Eve and Adam would die but not immediately! It would
take time for them to eventually die as they would grow old and then return to the
dust of the earth! (See verse 19)
4.Was Adam deceivedintodisbelievingGod,ordidhereallyknowbetter? ITim.2:14. Didhenevertheless choosethewayofdisobediencetoGodbypartakingoftheforbiddenfruitwithhiswife? Gen.3:6.
Soon afterward, Satan subtly deceived Eve into disbelieving what God had taught.
She took of the forbidden fruit and gave some to Adam. By taking that fruit Adam
chose to disobey God's command and thus rejected God'sgovernmentoverthem.When
Adam took the forbidden fruit, he took to himself the authority to determine the
spiritual knowledge of goodandevil. Heappropriatedtheprerogativeofdecidingwhatisgoodandevil-whatisrightandwrong-what is righteousness and what is sin.
But Adam didn't have this ability of himself.
Adam rejected revealed spiritual knowledge from God. He made the choice that limited
him to knowledge of the physical and material. He rejected the spiritual knowledge
that would have produced a happy relationship with God and with fellowman. He rejected
God's Holy Spirit, God's love, God's government and eternal LIFE' He disobeyed the
explicit command of his Maker. Adam SINNED and brought the penalty of sin upon himself
and all his descendants! (Rom.5:12-19;6:23).
Comment:The eyes of both of them were "opened". The Devil's attitude of rebellion
entered Adam's mindwhenhetooktheforbiddenfruit. Satan,whoisaspirit,impartedtoboththeirmindstheattitudesof vanity,ofselfishness,of"get,"ofresentmentofauthority. Thosecharacteristicswecall"humannature"-the carnal mind described
in Jeremiah 17:9 and Romans 8:7.
AndGodcuthimandhis descendantsofffromaccesstothetreeofLIFE. ThehumanfamilywascutofffromtheHolySpirit. Man,until the second Adam came, had no
access to the Holy Spirit, except for a special few whom God individually called.
1. Who is the "second Adam" spoken of in the Bible? ICorinthians.15:45-47.
2. DidChristmaketheHolySpiritandeternalLIFEavailableagain? ICorinthians.15:22,John1:4;10:10;7:37-39;1 John 5:11-12. But since Jesus' first coming,
is it only those whom God the Father calls who may receive His Spirit and become
one of His "first-fruits"? John6:44;Jas.1:18.
Comment: MankindsinceAdamwasnot offered eternal LIFE until Christ, the second
Adam, established His Church and began offering LIFE to those first-fruits the Father
would call before Jesus' Second Coming. Some of you, like Adam, are being offered
LIFE today! Andyouhavetochoose.
We all have Satan's evil influence to contend with, so it is not easy to overcome
now. But God helps us to obey HimthroughthepowerofHisSpirit. ThosewhodemonstratethattheywanttofollowGod'swayofLIFEwill beHis"first-fruits"-the first to
have LIFE and a leadership role in God's ruling Family forever!
Comment: This prophecy actually foretold the birth of the second Adam who would
overcome Satan-that Jesus Christ would succeed in qualifying to replace Satan ("bruise"
the serpent's head) and restore the governmentofGodonearth!
Comment: Before Jesus could replace Satan as world ruler, He had to be subjected
to the supreme test to prove He would faithfully administer the government of God.As God had allowed Satan to test Adam, He now allowed him to test Jesus, but only
after Jesus had fasted 40 days and nights. While experiencing extreme hunger, Jesus
quoted and obeyed Scripture three times in resisting theDevil-HeOBEYEDGOD!Jesus
proved that He was loyal and faithful to Godand that nothing could move Him to defy
His Father!Jesus thus qualified to replace Satan as world ruler-to administer God's
government over all nations.
6.After qualifying to replace Satan and to become King over the entire earth, and
after His resurrection to His former glorified state, Jesus returned to heaven (Acts
1:9-1 1).Until when is Jesus scheduled to remain in heaven? Acts3:20-21.
Comment: ThegovernmentofGod, will be restored at Christ's Second Coming. Jesus
Christ is coming to restore God's government over all nations-one supreme, divine
government which will bring the world a "utopia" of lasting peace, prosperityandtheknowledgeofGod'sgreatermasterplanforallmankind!
TheCAUSEofalltroublesintheworldtodayoriginatedintheincidentoftheforbiddenfruitintheGardenofEden!Adam,inchoosingthefruitofthetreeoftheknowledgeofgoodandevil,choseto"goitalone"withoutGod. Asaresulthegothimselfandhisoffspringintoaworldoftrouble. Mankindhasbeensufferingtheresultsof thatwrongdecisioneversince!WhenAdampartookofthetreeoftheknowledgeofgoodandevil,herejectedGod'swayoflife. He choseinsteadthe"get"wayofSatan. Godthereforesetasidethefirstsixmillennial"days"ofhumanhistoryfor a testimony to the fruits of following Satan's way of life.
Whatwehavehad,therefore,isaworldofMAN'Smaking,withthechiefarchitectbeingnoneotherthanthe invisible "prince of the power of the air" (Eph.2:2)-thereal"god"ofthispresentevilworld(2Corinthians.4:4)-Satan. AfterthesinofAdamandEve,Godadopteda"hands-off"policytowardtheworldasawhole. Wenowhave hadalmost6,000yearsduringwhichhumanityhasbeencutofffromGod. Duringthistimehumanityhasbeen undertheinvisibleandunrealizedswayofSatantheDevil. Humanbeingshavebeentryingtoorganizetheir ownsocieties,theirowngovernmentsandtheirownreligionsaccordingtothewaythatseemsrighttoman,butwhichhasledtoDEATH! (Proverbs.14:12).During this period God has not attempted
to save the world spiritually (Heb. 9:27). All who have lived and died withoutunderstandingthetruthofGodwillyetcomeintofuturejudgment,inaresurrectiontophysicallifeat the end of the 1,000-year rule of Jesus Christ on earth. Only Abel, Enoch
and Noah are recorded as having turned to God's way during the first 1,900 or so
years. After the Flood Abraham obeyed, believed and relied on God. ButGodneverpromisedspiritualsalvationtothenationofIsraelinthedaysofMoses. Iftheywould obeyHisgovernment,Godpromisedthemnationalwealth,greatness,andpower,butnoteternalLIFE.(This will be thoroughly explained in a coming lesson).
Through all these millennia only the prophets and a few others were given God's Spirit-and
they only to carry out special assignments fromGod (see Jeremiah 7 for an
example). Then came Jesus proclaiming the same knowledge He revealed to
Adam and Eve. But the people did not believe Him. Many believed on Him, but did
So God has permitted Satan to exercise dominion over the earth for nearly 6,000 years.
"Six days," God said in effecttoSatan,"shallthoulabouranddoallthywork'-inthiscaseSatan'sworkofdeceptionandhostility towardGod-"buttheseventhdayistheSabbathoftheLORDthyGod;inityoushallnotdoanywork'(Ex.20:9-10).ThankGodweareneartheendofthesixworkingdaysallottedtoSatan'sdominion.
At the return of Jesus Christ, Satan, thearch-deceiver who was responsible for the
sufferings of this world and for bringing mankind to the brink of annihilation, will
be totally restrained from deceiving the world for 1,000 years(Rev.20:1-3).
War shall then be outlawed and abolished. The coming Kingdom of God will restore
the laws and rule of God to the entire earth. And it will bring about a new civilization
based on GOD'S way of life that will result in world peace(reviewLesson4).People
will find security and happiness. Fears and worries will disappear. Sickness and
disease will be eradicated. Idleness and laziness will disappear as people find
purpose in and experience accomplishment from gainful employment. Families will
live together not just out of a sense of duty, but in warmth, happiness and harmony.
Broken homes and divorce will be a thing of the past.In this joyous world tomorrow,
the whole earth will break forth in singing, dancing and rejoicing! People will
learnwhatabundantlivingreallyis. AnditisthenthatGodwillsetHishandtosavetheworldasthemillions aretaughtthewaytoeternalLIFE!
The Bible indicates that two-thirds of the angels remained loyal to God. These countless
millions of created beings are His servants in helping to carry out His plan for
mankind, as well as performing other responsibilities. Let'sseewhatGod'sWordtellsusaboutthem.
1. In the Bible are described various types of angels whose appearance and function
differ. Are there cherubim atGod'sthrone? Ps.99:1. Andseraphim? Isaiah.
6:1-2. Are there other angelic creatures and "elders" surroundingGod'sthrone? Rev.4:2-11.
Comment: CherubimareassociatedwithGod'sthrone,eithertransportingitaboutorcarryingoutimportant directivesfromthatthrone,suchasguardingthetreeoflifeafterAdamandEvesinned(Gen.3:24). Recallthat before his rebellion,
Lucifer, was an "anointed cherub" (Ezek.28:14).ThebestdescriptionofcherubimisfoundinthebookofEzekiel. Inchaptersone,nineandten,wereadof cherubimtransportingGod'sthrone. Theyarelarge,powerful,four-facedcreatureswithfourwings.
The seraphim, which are said to be above the throne, seem to bear a general resemblance
to humans, but are describedashavingsixwings. Thefour"beasts"(orbettertranslated"livingcreatures")ofRevelation4:6-8 appear to have the combined features
of cherubim and seraphim. No description of the 24 elders is given in the Bible
except that they are dressed in white clothing, each having a golden crown on his
2. DoesGodalsohaveangelswhocontinuallywalkthroughtheearthtoobserveandreporttoHimconditions in the world? Rev. 5:6;Zech.4:10;2Chronicles.16:9.
ArethereotheruntoldmillionsofangelsservingGodatHis universe-ruling throne
in heaven? Dan. 7:9-10. 3. In Hebrews chapters one and two, the Apostle Paul speaks
about the difference between man and angels. Are we plainly told that "the world
to come"-the Millennium and thereafter-will not be ruled by angels? Heb.2:5. ButifwebecometheSpirit-bornchildrenofGod, are we promisedruler-ship
over angels? Heb.2:6-8;1Corinthians.6:2-3.
Comment: God inspired Paul to point out that man has been made a little lower than
the angels for now, but will in the future be placed OVER God's "works"-all His creation,
Angels were not, and never can be, begotten and BORN of God! No angel can ever become
a literal member of theDIVINEFAMILYOFGOD!
5.What, specifically, is God's purpose for His angels? Heb.1:7,14. AreSpirit-begottenChristiansthe"heirs" Paul is talking about? Rom.8:16-17;Gal.3:26-29;4:6-7.
Comment: Angels,higherthanmanisnow,werecreatedtobeGod'sservants,messengersand representativesintheadministrationofHisuniversal rulinggovernment. Now,inrelationtoman,angelsare commissionedtoministertoandservetheSpirit-begottenchildrenofGod,whoareHisspiritualheirs.To illustrate the primary
activity of God's angels today, we might consider the status of the young son of
a wealthy man. While still a child, he may be under the care of an adult servant
or guardian designated by his father. The servant is older, further advanced in
knowledge, much more developed physically and mentally-but has much less potential.
For when the son is mature, he will inherit his father’s , wealth and power. Therefore
Comment:NowonderElisha did not fear his enemies. He knew that one of God's spirit
armies was standinguponthemountain,readytoprotecthimandhisservantfromthearmyofthekingofSyria!
10. Is Michael (one of the archangels who remained loyal to God) the chief guardian
of the descendants of ancientIsrael? Dan.12:1.("atthat[end-]timeshallariseMichael,thegreatprincewhohaschargeofyour people,"ishowtheRevisedStandardVersionrendersDaniel12:1.)
Comment: The Bible mentions by name three angels of very high rank:
Lucifer(Isaiah.14:12),nowSatantheDevil;Gabriel,whoappearedtoDanielontwooccasions(Dan.8:16-17;9:21)1toZacharias,thefatherofJohntheBaptist(Luke1:19),andlatertoMary,themotherofJesus(Luke1:26-28); and Michael,
called one of the "chief princes" (Dan. 10:13), and whom Jude identifies as an archangel
(Jude 9). Daniel 12:1 reveals that Michael is the archangel specifically assigned
to protect and minister to the twelvetribesofIsrael.ItisinterestingtonotethattwelveofGod'sangelswillbethegatekeepersinthenewcityofJerusalem(Rev.21:12),oneforeachtribeofIsrael. ThesetwelvemaybeassistingthearchangelMichaelrightnow.
11. Was Gabriel (apparently of archangel rank) sent to give the prophet Daniel understanding
of visions, and to fight spiritual battles with powerful fallen angels ("princes")
of the Devil so God's will would be carried out amongthegovernmentsofmen? Dan.8:15-16;9:21-22;10:10-14,20-21.
Comment: From these accounts in Daniel and elsewhere in the Bible, we can gather
that the spirit world is teeming with activity! God works (John 5:17) and so do
His righteous angelic servants who are busy helping to carryoutHiswillformankind.
Comment: We have covered only a few of the many verses showing how God's angels
serve Him and His saints today. Let's be grateful to God for sending His powerful,
holy and righteous angels to assist and watch over the work of His Church and those
of us who are His Spirit-begotten children-His heirs soon to be born into the universe-ruling
Family of God?
As this lesson has clearly shown, God did not create Satan the Devil. God created
a cherub of high rank-an archangel named Lucifer-perfect in his ways, but with the
power of free choice. Lucifer transformed himself into the Devil by his rebellion
against the government of God' By his rebellion Lucifer became Satan. By his own
choice in opposing God, he made himself God's adversary.
Recall that the great Lucifer and all the other created angels were never destined
to be more than the servants of God. None of the angels can be begotten of God and
born into the very Family of God as humans can be. After the rebellion of Lucifer
and his angels, God created humans with the potential to become the born-again SONS
Satan and his demons know and hate this fact! Consequently, Satan views human beings
as a grave threat to his way of life. With his perverted and twisted mind, Satan,
who tried to usurp all power and authority from God, now looks upon humans as "competitors"
because God has destined man to replace him and his demons as rulers ofthisworld!And so what could be better, Satan reasons, than to cause these "competitors" to
disobey God and thereby disqualifythemselvessoGodcannotusethem'ThereforeSatan'swholeself-willedpurpose,beginningwith AdamandEve,istodestroyallmankindandthus,hehopes,thwarttheplanofGod. ThatiswhyChristcalled the Devil
a "murderer from the beginning" (John 8:44).
Satan attempted to thwart God's plan to reproduce Himself by first succeeding in
getting the first Adam to rebel against his Creator, thus disqualifying him from
replacing Satan. He then attempted to have Christ, the second Adam, killed by the
civil human government while He was still a young child. Then, when Christ was an
Had Satan won this titanic spiritual battle, he would have retained world rule. If
Christ won, He would depose Satan and become world ruler at His Second Coming. Christ
did win that battle by proving He would obey the government of God, resist the Devil,
and faithfully rule by God's Law throughout eternity. And so must we if Godistogiveusco-ruler-ship of the entire universe with Christ!
We, too, must overcome Satan by the Word and Spirit of God as Christ did. God shows
us how we can win the battle.
1. Are we plainly told that Spirit-begotten Christians are in an all-out battle
for their spiritual lives? I Pet. 5:8; Eph.6:12. CanweaffordtobeignorantofSatan'sbattletactics? 2Cor.2:11.
2.What is the chiefweaponSatanusesinhisattempttodestroyGod'ssaints? Eph.2:2-3.
Comment: Satan,formerlythegreatarchangelLuciferwhowasoriginallycreatedperfectinhisways(Ezek.28:15), developed his satanic nature by his own reasoning
and choice. Humans, in turn, acquire Satan's nature, which is part of what we call
"human nature." Notice how Paul described this natural frame of mind: "The carnal
mind [an attitude acquired from Satan] is enmity against God" for it is not subject
to the law of God, neither indeed can be" (Rom.8:7).
But once the Holy Spirit of God is added to a person's mind upon repentance and baptism,
he has the spiritual awareness and power to resist the attitudes ofself-centredness,lust,greed,vanity,jealousy,envy,resentment, bitternessandhate,whichare"broadcasted"tothemindbySatan!No person is compelled to respond to and obey these impulses
from Satan. The Devil has no power to force anyone to think or do wrong! But the
unsuspecting automatically do so without realizing what is taking place in their
minds. Most people just drift along, responding to emotions and impulses, which
are often expressed in a sinful way (Gal. 5:19-21).
3. After one is begotten by God's Holy Spirit, which makes one a real Christian
(Rom. 8:9), will the Devil continue to try to beguile the newly begotten Christian-to
deceive his or her mind and lead the person away from ChristandHisways?2Corinthians.11:2-4. DidsomeChristiansinPaul'sdaybegintofallvictimtotheDevil's promptingsonceagain? Gal.1:6-8;3:1. DoesSatanalsohavehisownministersthroughwhomheworks? 2Corinthians.11:13-15.
Comment: When Jesus spoke of overcoming, He referred to overcoming Satan's way, which
is contrary to God's way. Those who have turned fromSatan'swayaretobeonguardagainsthimandmustFIGHTTOOVERCOMEhissubtleurgingsand remaintruetoGod'sway!Before Jesus Christ could qualify to restore the government of God and rule
all nations, He had to withstand Satan's most severe temptations. Jesusovercame
the Devil's wiles by the spiritual Word and power of God. He knew God's will. Therefore,
the Devil could not deceive Him! He responded to the Devil's temptations by citing
Which is why we should know the word of God that He has given us-that being the Bible!
4. AreChristianstodayalsotoresisttheDevilbyremainingfirminthetruthGodhasrevealedtothem? IPet.5:9. What must the Devil do if we resist him steadfastly?
5. TheApostlePaulgivesusspecificinstructionsonfightingagainsttheimpulsesandattitudesoftheDevil. What are Christians to put on in order to fight this
spiritual battle? Eph.6:10-13. OfwhatdoesGod'sspiritual armourconsist? Verses14-17.
Comment: "Truth" refers to the inspired Word of God (John 17:17), the first piece
in the Christian's spiritual armour. The "breastplate of righteousness" is obedience
to God's commandments (Ps. 119:172);the"gospelof peace"isthemessageofthesoon-comingKingdomofGodthatwillrulethisearthandbringitpeace.The"shieldoffaith"referstothefaithofJesusChrist,whichcanbewithinus(Gal.2:20;Phil.3:9),notjustto our own human faith. This faith is God's gift imparted by
HisSpirit (Gal. 5:22). And it is this faith-Christ's faithputwithinus-thatwillenableustoconquerandovercomeSatanandsin!The "helmet of salvation" is the
knowledge of what salvation is, what it involves-the purpose of life, the true goal
and potential of mankind-becoming divine members of the Family of God! The"swordoftheSpirit"referstothewrittenWordofGod(Heb.4:12). ItistheChristian'soffensiveweapon in fighting against the wiles of the Devil. To rightly use this
weapon in waging a winning battle against the crafty rulers of darkness, we must
study the Bible and learn God's will and His promises!
What Paul finally mentions in withstanding the attacks of Satan is prayer (verses
18-20). Christians are to draw close to God in persevering prayer (IThessalonians.5:17)-prayingforGod'sChurch,itsworkanditsministers,forallof God'speopleandforthemselves.
This is the way to overcome Satan and force him to flee! This is the perfect strategy
for defeating the Devil's army of demons. If you diligently follow this formula,
your success in overcoming these satanic foes will be guaranteed!
Satan, aided by millions of fallen angelic demons, is the "god of this world" (2Corinthians.4:4)theinvisibleworldruler who incites mankind to disobey God.
Although Satan and his demons were cast back to the earth after their attempt to
dethrone God, they still seek to wrestdominionfromGod. Thesearetheinordinatelyambitious,unscrupulousandruthlessangelswho,not being members of the God Family,
seek by any and every way they can to make themselves the universe-ruling "gods"overandabovetheSupremeCREATORGodandHisFamily-theKingdomofGod!
1. DidJesusrevealthatSatanwouldmakeanotherattempttowrestdominionfromGod? Rev.12:7. Would hebecastbackdowntoearthagain? Verse9.Doesverse10show thishappensshortlybeforeChrist'scoming to establish the Kingdom of God?
Will Satan be permanently cast out of God's presence and from ever having a partinthegovernmentofGod? Verse8.
2. WilltheDevilthenbringgreatwrathuponthewholeworld? Rev.12:12. Willhebeespeciallywrathful against the end-time Church of God? Verses 13-17. Why
will he be extremely angry at this time? Verse 12, last part. "Ashorttime"beforewhat? Rev.20:1-3.
Comment: Once cast back to the earth for the second and last time, Satan will know
that only a very short time remains before he will be completely restrained from
further deceiving the world for a thousand years, and he knows that after the thousand
years he is let loose for a short time and then he and his demons will be destroyed
completely! They will no longer exist!
3. Revelation 12 speaks of God's end-time Church, personifying it as a woman. Will
God provide His Church with shelter away from the wrath of the Devil? Rev. 12:14-16.
(Also read Revelation 3:10). However, will a "remnant" that is, “the others” or
“the rest of them” that keep the testimony and commandments of Jesus, be at a “war
footing” with Satan the devil? Rev.12:17.
Comment: This end-time prophecy tells of an "escape" for God's faithful servants
from the terrible tribulation caused by Satan the Devil. All of God’s people wherever
they are will be protected by God so long as they remain faithful to Him.