It is therefore indicated that at that time —after the creation of angels—the entire universe was brought into existence at the same time as the creation of our earth. I find strong indication of this in other biblical internal evidence, and also it is definitely stated in Genesis The original Hebrew words the words written by Moses imply a perfect creation.
God reveals himself as Creator of perfection, light and beauty. This first verse of the Bible actually speaks of the original physical creation in its entirety—the universe— including the earth, perhaps millions of years ago—as a perfect creation, beautiful and perfect as far as its creation was a finished, completed work. God is a perfectionist! In Job , 7, God is speaking specifically of the creation of this earth. This reveals that angels were created before the creation of the earth —and probably before the material universe.
The suns, planets and astral bodies are material substance. Angels are individually created spirit beings, composed solely of spirit. It will come as a surprise to many to learn that angels inhabited this earth before the creation of man. This passage from Job implies it. Notice 2 Peter After that, Sodom and Gomorrah.
This book of books, containing the revealed knowledge of the Creator God, tells us that God created angels as composed of spirit. But can you imagine angels becoming sinning angels? Angels were created with power of thought, of decision and of choice, else they have no individuality of character. Tartaros means a place or condition of restraint. These verses show that universal sin brings universal destruction of the physical earth. The antediluvian sin, culminating with the Flood, was worldwide, universal sin.
All flesh had sinned—over the whole earth. The homosexual and other sins of Sodom and Gomorrah spread over the territory of those two cities. And physical destruction came to their entire area. The sin of the angels was worldwide; the destruction of the physical was worldwide. And there is reason to believe, as will be explained in chapter 7, universe wide.
The verses quoted above place the sinning of the angels prior to the antediluvian sins that started with Adam, prior to the creation of man. And that should be a surprise revealing of one phase of the mystery! Angels inhabited this earth before the creation of man. It is revealed in Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28, that God placed the archangel Lucifer, a cherub, on a throne on the earth.
He was placed there as a ruler over the entire earth. God intended him to rule the earth by administering the government of God over the earth. And the government of God was administered on earth until the rebellion of the sinning angels.
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How long these angels inhabited the earth before the creation of man is not revealed. It might have been millions—or even billions—of years. More on that later. But these angels sinned. So we know these angels, apparently a third of all the angels Revelation , sinned—rebelled against the government of God. And sin carries penalties. The penalty for the sin of the angels is not death , as it is for man. Angels are immortal spirit beings and cannot die.
These spirit beings had been given dominion over the physical earth as a possession and an abode. The universal, worldwide sin of the angels resulted in the physical destruction of the face of the earth. God is Creator. God is also Ruler over his creation. He preserves what he creates by his government.
What God creates, he has created for a purpose—to be used, improved, developed, preserved and maintained. The preservation and development of the physical earth and all its original beauty and glory ceased—and physical destruction to the surface of the earth resulted! Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Now back to Genesis Verse 1, as stated above, implies a perfect creation.
God is the author of life, of beauty, of perfection. Satan has brought only darkness, ugliness, imperfection, violence. Verse 1 shows the creation of a perfect, if unfinished earth, glorious and beautiful. Verse 2 reveals the result of the sin of the angels. Now another surprise for most readers. Here is another bit of the missing dimension in knowledge, actually revealed in the Bible, but unrecognized by religion, by science and by higher education. From verse 2 of Genesis 1 on, the remainder of this first chapter of the Bible is not describing the original creation of the earth.
But it is describing a renewing of the face of the earth, after it had become waste and empty as a result of the sin of the angels. What is described from verse 2 on, in the supposed creation chapter of the Bible, did occur, according to the Bible, approximately 6, years ago. But that could have been millions or trillions of years after the actual creation of the earth described in verse 1!
The earth had become waste and empty. God did not create it waste and empty, or in a state of decay. God is not the author of confusion 1 Corinthians And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Satan is the author of darkness. The rebellion of the angels had caused the darkness.
God is the author of light and truth. Light displays and enhances beauty, and also exposes evil. Darkness hides both. The verses that follow in this first chapter of the Bible describe the renewing of the face of the earth, yielding beautiful lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers, vegetation—then the creation of fish and fowl, animal life, and finally man.
Remember, God the Creator preserves , improves and enhances what he creates by his government. What he creates is created to be used. This earth was to be inhabited and used by angels, originally. When God placed angels—apparently a third of all Revelation —on the newly created, perfect, beautiful and glorious earth, he set over them, on a throne, to administer the government of God, an archangel—the great cherub Lucifer.
There were only two other beings of this extremely high rank of cherub, Michael and Gabriel. This Lucifer was a super being of awesome, majestic beauty, dazzling brightness, supreme knowledge, wisdom and power—perfect as God created him! Ezekiel But remember, there is one thing God cannot create automatically and instantly by fiat, and that is perfect righteous character. So God of necessity created in him the power of choice and decision, or he could not have been a being of individuality and character.
At this juncture a truth must be explained almost never understood. God creates in a principle of duality. I have compared it to a woman baking a cake. When she takes the cake out of the oven, it is not yet a finished production until she puts the icing on the cake. When God created the earth and other planets this system of duality was involved. What had been created was perfect as far as it existed up to that point.
But it was not yet a finished or completed creation. The same principle of duality applies to the creation of the angels. Perfect righteous character cannot be automatically created by fiat. The angels themselves, of necessity, were required to have their part in the development of character, and their creation could not be actually finished until this character had been perfected. Two different biblical passages tell us of his original created state. First, notice what is revealed in Isaiah The people of Israel—not necessarily or exclusively the Israelis or Judah—shall have been taken as captive slaves, and God shall intervene and bring them back to the original promised homeland.
The Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers. This is not speaking of the king of ancient Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar. The time is yet ahead of us—but shortly ahead. It is speaking of the modern successor of that ancient Nebuchadnezzar. Britain will not be in that empire soon to come. This united Europe will conquer the House of Israel— if you know who Israel is today, and I do not mean Judah, known as the Israelis today. All that involves a number of other prophecies, which there is not room here to explain.
Continue on:. I want to interpose an interesting bit of information right here. The cedars of Lebanon, biblically famous, are almost totally cut down. Only one small clump of these trees remains, high in the mountains. I have seen and photographed them. However, perhaps the finest specimen of the cedars of Lebanon surviving on earth is on what was previously our Ambassador College campus in England. We prized it highly. It is interesting to see that this prophecy, written some years b.
This passage in Isaiah 14 speaks of the doom of this coming human king at the hands of the glorified, all-powerful Christ. Then, coming to verse 12, this human earthly type of Satan the devil suddenly transposes to Satan himself—the former archangel, Lucifer:.
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Notice, Lucifer had a throne; he was a ruler. His throne was on earth, for he was going to ascend into heaven. Actually, it is plain that Lucifer had nothing less in mind than knocking the Creator God off his throne and becoming supreme God himself. From that point, the thought returns to the human king. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. Notice here, once again, the principle of duality. Isaiah applies to a time prior to the creation of the first human, Adam. Look now at the other biblical passage describing this supreme angelic creation of God, in Ezekiel Actually, the entire concept in Ezekiel 26 speaks of the ancient great commercial city of Tyre. It was the commercial metropolis of the ancient world, even as Babylon was the political capital.
Chapter 27 carries on with comparisons to passages in the 18th chapter of the book of Revelation referring to a politico-religious leader to come verses But coming to chapter 28, the theme comes more completely to the time just now ahead of us, the same time depicted in Isaiah Ezekiel 28 speaks of the prince of Tyre, an earthly ruler, of whom the ancient king of Tyre was a type.
But at this point, as in Isaiah 14, the lesser human antitype lifts to a greater spirit being. Instead of the prince of Tyre—a human man—it now speaks of the king of Tyre. This is the same Lucifer. Please read that again!
God would never say anything like that of a human man. This superb spirit being filled up the sum total of wisdom, perfection … and beauty. The tragic thing is that he rebelled against his Maker! He had inhabited this earth. His throne was here. He was a created being —not born human. He was a spirit being— not human flesh. Great genius and skill in music was created in him. Now that he has become perverted in all thinking, acting and being, he is the real author of modern perverted music and the modern rock beat—of discordant moans, squawks, shrieks, wails—physically and emotionally excitable beats—unhappy, discouraged moods.
Think of all the supreme talent, ability and potential in a being created with such capacities. And all perverted! All gone sour—all dissipated, turned to hatred, destruction, hopelessness! Yet, take courage.
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This takes us back to the 25th chapter of Exodus, where God gave Moses the pattern for the ark of the covenant. The description begins with verse 10, and verses show, in the material pattern, the two cherubs who were stationed at each end of the very throne of God in heaven—the throne of the government of God over the entire universe.
The wings of the two cherubs covered the throne of God. This Lucifer, then, had been stationed at the very throne of God. He was trained and experienced in the administration of the government of God.
God chose such a being, well-experienced and trained, to be the king ruling the government of God over the angels who inhabited the whole earth. He had complete knowledge, understanding and wisdom. But he also was given full powers of reasoning, thinking, making decisions, making his choice. And, with all this foreknowledge—even of results and consequences—this superb being, the highest that even God could create by fiat, turned to rebellion against his Maker—against the way that produces every good. He turned to lawlessness. He had been trained in the administration of perfect law and order.
As long as Lucifer continued in this perfect way, there was happiness and joy unspeakable over the whole earth. There was glorious peace—beautiful harmony, perfect love, cooperation. What caused the angels on earth to sin, to turn to lawlessness? Certainly the ordinary angels did not persuade this great superbeing to turn traitor. No, it was in him that iniquity was found.
But, after how long? God does not reveal that! It could have been any number of years from one or less to millions times millions. I know well the method he used. First, he turns one or two to envy, jealousy and resentment over an imagined injustice—then into disloyalty.
Then he uses that one or two, like a rotten apple in a crate, to stir up resentment, feelings of self-pity, disloyalty and rebellion in others next to them. And, as each rotten apple rots those next to it until the whole crate is rotten, so Satan proceeds. But, once thrown out of the crate, they cannot do any more damage to those in the crate. But think how long it must have taken the soured and embittered Lucifer to turn millions of holy angels into resentment, bitterness, disloyalty, and finally open and vicious rebellion.
It could have taken hundreds, thousands or millions of years. This was all before the first human was created. All this happened after the original creation of the earth, described in verse 1 of Genesis 1. Verse 2 of this creation chapter describes a condition resulting from this sin of the angels. The events described in verse 2, therefore, may have occurred millions of years after the original creation of the earth.
The earth, therefore, may have been created millions of years ago. At this point the context returns to the soon-to-appear, human, religious-political ruler—of whom the prince of ancient Tyre was a forerunner. Look at this situation as God does. God has given us humans minds, like the mind of God, only inferior and limited. God made us in his image, after his likeness form and shape , only composed of matter instead of spirit.
We can, to some degree, think even as God thinks. How must God have looked at the situation, as he started renewing the face of the earth—after the colossal debacle of the angels! He had created a beautiful, perfect creation in the earth. He populated it with holy angels—probably millions of them. He put over them, as king, on an earthly throne, the archangel—the cherub Lucifer. He was the most perfect in beauty, power, mind, knowledge, intellect, wisdom, within the almighty power of God to create. God can create nothing higher or more perfect, by instantaneous fiat.
He had led all his angels astray and into the sin of rebellion. Now consider further. But God does nothing in vain. He always has a purpose. Apparently all such planets in the entire universe now are waste and empty—decayed tohu and bohu —like the earth was, as described in Genesis But God did not create them in such conditions of decay—like our moon. Decay is not an original created condition—it is a condition resulting from a process of deterioration.
When they turned traitor on earth, their sin must have also brought simultaneously physical destruction to the other planets throughout the universe, which were potentially and conditionally put in subjection to them.
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Remember, this earth, originally, was intended to be the abode of a third of all the angels. The angels, beholding the earth at its creation, found it so beautiful and perfect they shouted spontaneously for joy Job It was to provide a glorious opportunity for them. They were to work it, produce from it, and preserve and increase its beauty.
Some can save money by doing this finishing themselves—provided they have the skill to do so. This furniture may be of fine and superb quality—yet lacking the final beautifying completion. It is perfect , but subject to a beautifying finish that God intended angels to accomplish. And whether or not it had been revealed to the angels, it was a supreme trial and test. Radioactive elements and the law of radioactivity prove that there was a time when matter did not exist. God is a spirit.
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God is composed of spirit. God was before all else —the Creator of all. Angels were created prior to the earth. What God reveals strongly implies that matter had never existed before the original creation of the earth—that the entire physical universe was brought into being at that time. So the angel potential was to take over the entire universe—to improve and finish the billions of physical planets surrounding the uncountable stars, many of which are suns.
The sun in our solar system is merely an average-size sun. Some that we see as stars are actually many, many times larger than our sun. Our solar system, vast beyond the imagination of most minds, is only a part of our galaxy, and there are many galaxies!
In other words, the physical universe that the mighty God created is vast beyond imagination! How great is the great God! But God may not have then fully revealed this awesome potential to the angels, for one third of them set out to take it from him by force, without first qualifying. For this far-reaching purpose, God established his government on earth over them. The administration of the government of God over this globe was delegated to the super archangel—the great cherub Lucifer. Bear in mind that even the holy angels and archangels—including this super cherub Lucifer—of necessity were endowed with ability to think, to reason, to form attitudes, and to make choices and decisions.
As explained previously, God started this Lucifer out with everything going for him. He sealed up the sum of wisdom, beauty and perfection. He was perfect in all his ways from the instant he was created until iniquity —rebellion, lawlessness—was found in him Ezekiel He had been trained and was thoroughly experienced in administration of the government of God at the very throne of the endless universe! He was one of the two cherubs whose wings covered the throne of God the most high Ezekiel ; Exodus He was created gloriously beautiful—perfect in beauty, but he allowed vanity to seize him.
Then he turned to erroneous reasoning. He reasoned that competition would be better than cooperation. It would be an incentive to excel, to try harder, to accomplish. There would be more pleasure in serving self and more enjoyment. He became jealous of God, envious, and resentful against God. He allowed lust and greed to fill him, and he became bitter. This inspired a spirit of violence! Satan directed his supernatural powers henceforth to evil.
He used his subtile wiles of deception to lead the angels under him into disloyalty, rebellion and revolt against the Creator and finally into a war of aggression and violence to attempt to depose God and seize the throne of the universe. As long as Lucifer remained loyal and administered the government of God faithfully, this earth was filled with wonderful and perfect peace. The angels were vigorously happy to the extent of joy! Sin is the way of life that has caused all existing evils. The penalty of sin by the angels was not death—for God had made them immortal spirit beings who cannot die.
What God gave them was this earth as their abode and opportunity to qualify to possess and beautify the entire universe. Their penalty they are still awaiting final judgment up to now was disqualification—forfeiture of their grand opportunity, perversion of mind, and a colossal earthwide cataclysm of destruction wreaked upon this earth.
As a result, the earth came to the condition briefly described in Genesis Lucifer was created a perfect bringer of light. Now he became author of darkness , error, confusion and evil. So the rebellion of angels that sinned 2 Peter ; Jude ; Isaiah ; Ezekiel brought this extreme cataclysm to the earth. She grabbed her navy pea coat from the hook inside the break room, slid it on, and dug her knitted cap from the pocket before slipping out through the kitchens.
Rain misted over her face and sparkled beneath the halogen security light. Cardboard wilted in the recycler to her left. The lid on the brown dumpster was up. She grimaced, imagining the sodden garbage, and tipped it closed. The clang shot through the alley, disturbing a yellow-striped cat and echoing in her ears until she reached the gated stairwell to the roof. The gate was wrought iron, with a metal screen to prevent anyone reaching through the bars to the interior knob. As a safety measure, only the outside knob locked-if someone dropped the key over the side of the roof, they could still open the gate from the inside.
Luckily, in Seattle, extremely cold days were as rare as a perceptive drunk. Charlie ran lightly up the stairs, her feet slapping tinny chimes from the aluminum treads. In the middle of the roof, a few potted plants edged an Astroturf carpet and surrounded a porch swing better suited to a verandah in Savannah than atop a bar in the trendy Capitol Hill neighborhood. A white string of lights spiraled around the evergreen branches, though the holidays had passed four months earlier.
The scent of grease and fried potatoes it carried did not fade as easily. Old Matthew called the roof garden his little piece of heaven; when Charlie had utilized the sand-filled planter that doubled as an ashtray at the end of the swing, it had been hers. Still was. Though the old movie theater across the street obscured most of the downtown skyline, there was just enough glitter to offer a lovely view. The chill from the seat soaked through her black cotton pants, but the canvas awning had kept it dry. A push of her foot sent it swinging, and she fished her cell phone from her coat.
For the space of a few seconds, the rocking tempo perfectly matched the ring of the phone. You just stuck it. We ordered in. And wine. And her ridiculously articulate-if absentminded-sister was spouting two-syllable non-words. Charlie tried not to imagine that, even though Dylan was…well, yummy. All dark hair and eyes and sinful lips. That ended on a bit of a scream, and Charlie hastily disconnected.
The call time flashed up at her from the backlit screen: fifty-six seconds. Her smile faded. Adding in the minute it had probably taken to come up here, she had thirteen minutes before she had to return. She should have brought a book. Or her knitting bag. How long had she been relying on Jane being available when she needed a distraction? God knew Charlie had been dependent enough in her life; she should have recognized the signs by now. If anyone deserved happiness, it was Jane. She rocked a little harder, let her head fall back against the cushion, and closed her eyes.
Why had she let a guy like Stevens get to her? She never had before. At least she could be confident that no one could see her for the next ten minutes. Determinedly, she occupied herself with a game of pinball on her cell phone until she heard a swell of laughter and voices. Most of the moviegoers turned right, walking down the sidewalk toward Harvard Street and the parking garage.
One large group of twenty- or thirty-somethings, males and females in tailored trousers, long, belted coats and chic haircuts, headed straight for the bar. None of them carried umbrellas, but many Seattle urbanites viewed them with disdain-as if getting soaked honored some sacred Cascadian tradition. But two steps down, still enshrouded by darkness, Charlie froze. Thoughts of annoying customers fled. She stared through the gate at the wet asphalt in the alley, her heart hammering in her chest. For an instant, the shadowy diamond pattern at the bottom of the stairs had thickened and congealed into a human shape.
Around her, the soft pattering of rain steadily increased. From Broadway, the rumble of a bus engine was followed by the gassy release of its brakes. It could have been nothing. Someone using the alley as a shortcut. For someone to have cast a shadow, the person had to be near as well. Silently, she edged back up to the landing.
She looked over the back wall, and her breath caught. A man in black stood directly beneath her. Though the halogen light illuminated his long blue-black hair and whitened the skin at his hairline, hands, and the tops of his ears, the depth of the shadow pooled around his feet seemed to enfold him in darkness. Stopping for a smoke in the rain? And he was too still-almost expectant. So absolute was his stillness, Charlie nearly jumped when he leaned away from the wall, turning his head as if searching for someone. His shadow slid like oil, a dark slick spreading the width of the alley.
Gooseflesh prickled her arms. Their steps seemed sped up, like the cartoonish pace of old black-and-white newsreels. But there was nothing jerky in their predatory glide, nothing comedic. It was too smooth, too quick, too…. A shiver raced down her spine, drew the skin tight across the nape of her neck. Her breath skimmed in between her lips. His mouth was half-open in a smile. Sharp teeth gleamed. Charlie jerked away from the wall and dropped into a crouch. Her legs trembled. Oh, Jesus. Had he seen her? She was crazy. Fucking crazy. One strange incident two months ago, and now she was imagining vampires.
She squeezed her eyes closed, willing away the vision of his teeth, hoping her blindness might be his, too. They flew open again when the sing-songy voice drifted up the stairwell. She was suddenly lightheaded, dizzy. Her inhalations were too fast, too shallow. She forced her breathing to slow, forced herself to think. Her perception could have been distorted. Her job put her in contact with a lot of people, and she was on a first-name basis with many of them. Had anyone mentioned a costume party?
A rave at a Goth club? Still shaking, her breaths ragged, Charlie half-rose from her crouch. She moved quietly to the head of the stairs and peeked around the stairwell housing. No array of diamond shadows. The stairs were completely dark, the light blocked by the three figures staring up at her through the gate. Oh, God. She turned and flattened her back against the brick wall, frantically searching her coat pocket for her cell. The rough corrugated stone dug into her spine.
An eerie screech tore through the air. She realized what it was the same time the first ring sounded in her ear. Come on, comeoncomeoncomeon —. To face these things? A familiar flat clang almost stopped her heart, her breath. The Dumpster. Someone had jumped on top of the lid. And the rough scraping could only be boots against brick.
Charlie shot to her feet, prepared to run.