Summary: Some people try to ignore the devil, hoping that if they refuse to acknowledge him he won’t acknowledge them. Hoping that if they ignore him he’ll just go away. That doesn’t help! That doesn’t work because that is a plan hatched by an imperfect being that
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Knowing the Enemy & Walking Through Walls
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Some people try to ignore the devil, hoping that if they refuse to acknowledge him he won’t acknowledge them. Hoping that if they ignore him he’ll just go away. That doesn’t help! That doesn’t work because that is a plan hatched by an imperfect being that is living in an environment; 1) That was created for the devil
2) That we are intruders upon
3) That the devil has been given control of!
12) How art thou fallen from heaven, O’Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13) 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:
14) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like The Most High.
15) Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
At a time before time, the devil, satan, beelzebub, the king of Babylon, the prince of this world, lucifer thought more highly of himself than he ought (Rom 12:3). In Romans 12: 13 it said, For thou hast said in thine heart….” He thought it and GOD knew it!
Hebrews 4:12 tells us that GOD, “…is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” We see through these two verses that this law applies to satan as well as man. What we see throughout the Bible is that what applies to man also applies to the angels but not always vise versa!
In Genesis 1:1-2 we see the results of the thoughts of satan.
1) “In the beginning GOD created the heaven and the earth.
2) And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the SPIRIT of GOD MOVED UPON THE FACE OF THE WATERS.
I John 1:5 declares, “…that GOD is light, and in HIM is no darkness at all.”
Thus what we see in Genesis 1 is that GOD created the heaven and the earth. Then satan is placed here as shown in verse 2. Earth is “without form and void” not because it is without shape but because the SPIRIT of GOD has not yet impacted it! At this point “Darkness”, satan was all that really was present. This is the time of the dinosaurs. This is the time before time as far as the time of man is concerned.
Now, since as we read in I John 1:5 that in GOD there is no darkness, because we see that darkness was on the face of the deep and that satan is the prince of darkness, we can conclude that the earth was created for him, (to a point and in a way). Kind of as his own “deep space prison” and yet as we see in Job 1:6-7, he still can obtain access to GOD’s presence.
Then we see man intruding upon earth! As GOD creates or really re-creates the earth, HE stops at the end of each day and notices that this is good! You then almost get the impression that HE sleeps on it and decides to do something more the next day. This is NOT the case but that is the impression you could get.
Then on the sixth day GOD creates man! Here is where satan starts to get “creepy”. Genesis 1:26-31 is where man is formed and satan is informed that he is no longer in charge! For here man is given dominion.
Before I go too far let me stop and give order to things. Psalms 8:4-5 is where this comes from.
4) What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the SON of MAN, that thou visitest him?
5) For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Keep in mind and record it in your heart that the word “angels”, in verse 5, should have been rendered “GOD or GODHEAD” but due to religious and political beliefs in the Church of England at the time of translation it was recorded as angels.
Now, there are many churches that will tell you there was no death before the fall of man and this may or may not be the case depending on how you see Genesis 1. What is your belief as to what GOD meant when HE said, “…and let them have dominion over…” (vs26) and, “replenish the earth, and subdue it…”(vs28). Then in verses 29-30 GOD tells us that herbs and fruit are to be the meat of every living thing possibly thereby stopping the killing for food! In many churches they will contend that because of these verses that pre-historic life didn’t exist. I find that harder to believe in light of fossil remains. Combining what we have read in verses 1-2 with what is written in verses 26-31 and the fossil remains, I find an even stronger argument for the re-creation theory. That is, that the earth existed “but” was void and without form or that darkness ruled. That satan had dominion and the stories that science conjures up about pre-historic times would fit the image of life without GOD in it! Why else, in verse 28 would GOD say to “replenish” the earth if death didn’t exist?