01 - The Conflict Christ vs.

Satan (Red letters do not record) Doubts and Uncertainties The Yin and the Yang... the good versus the bad. Oriental culture teaches that evil is necessary, indispensable for the growth and fulfillment of the human being. But this teaching does not satisfy everyone, and neither does it answer some questions: If God knew that evil was going to happen, why did He permit it? Why must one worship God, perhaps because He needs it? Others say that, "If God created all things, God created evil, then God is evil". Why do bad things happen to good people, and good things to bad people? What is happening in this world, and what does Heaven have to do with this? Charles, who works in an office, accuses the company manager of serious breaches of conduct, such as oppression and cruelty to his employees. Days later, Charles is found dead, and it was well known that he had had some heated arguments with the manager. What would you think? That Charles was right, and the manager had wanted to silence him for his interference and therefore killed his accuser so that no one would verify the truth of his accusations? And if the manager of our story hadn´t murderered Charles? Certainly, his co-workers and witnesses would have been able to verify his accusations against the manager. Lets look at this in another dimension. In this celestial version, Charles is Lucifer, the smartest angel ever created; the angel of light who accuses God, Manager of the universe of cruelty, slavery, oppression, and injustice; he is set apart from the loyal angels, whom he accuses of slavishness. As opposed to the first story, here, God did not destroy his accuser. If God knew this evil in the world was going to happen, why did He permit it? To give us the opportunity to prove which of the two is right! God knew that this evil was going to happen, but the rest of the witnesses in the universe did not know this. God gave the freedom for them to choose and to verify the accusations. Which of the two systems of government is unjust and oppressive? God’s government and its laws, or this world under Satan’s plan? You, perhaps without knowing it, are deciding for one of the two sides. This is the conflict between good and evil. The celestial conditions in play here are higher than our analogy of Charles and the manager, because in the celestial case there are final and eternal consequences. When this uprising in Heaven took place, it was registered in Revelation 12:7: “And there was war in Heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels. 8 And prevailed not; neither was place found any more in Heaven. 9 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.” Revelation 12:4 reports to us that during this rebellion, a third of the angels, who by free election chose to disobey God, were cast out of Heaven. God did not eradicate them. Instead He expelled them from Heaven. The development of this conflict is taking place in a private locality of the universe: Planet Earth!

powerful. God kept to Himself the knowledge of evil because He knew that man was not able to dominate it. a lawyer. it made the earth a unique world. Satan seized what he should not have taken. When Satan chose to disobey God it was because of his pride and greed. Beautiful. and splendid as registered in Ezekiel 28:13 to 15: "Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created.Why the Earth? Because when Adam and Eve ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. to know good and evil. Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. we welcomed him. and He placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims. God did not destroy his accuser. lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life. and now it is for you to decide if you’d like to repent! And to accept the pact that God offers while this conflict runs its course. and by our own free will. and the world embraced it! Satan established his headquarters here on Earth and demanded for himself all the recently fallen humans. On the contrary. You will decide if God deserves to be worshipped. laws. thus notifying us: Genesis 2:16 – 1716And the LORD God commanded the man. saying. For now we live in the flesh for having rejected the love of God. an accuser. When God created Lucifer and man. Now we. thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die". This verse tells us that God knows evil. An opportunity which He has even given Satan. till iniquity was found in thee". and a flaming sword which turned every way. and you and I and all the angels in Heaven will experience this and be witnesses while this conflict is finally settled. the humans. transgressors. to our disgrace. So this world was leased to Satan. See Genesis 3:22 to 24: "And the Lord God said. He hid nothing of what He created from them but a minimum fraction of His creation. The day in which evil was found in him. These are the individuals to whom this condition applies. So He drove out the man. and now. the man is become as one of us. or ask why. angel of light. but who rejected it out of mere pride. In this conflict. and of course Satan and God Himself know what evil is. God also hid the . nor did He eradicate Adam and Eve. (Optional) So in the recently created Earth. He is shown as a Just Judge! He had given them the opportunity to repent. God has given us an opportunity to be reconciled with Him. to keep the way of the tree of life". some witnesses. rebellion was unleashed in Heaven. and a judge are involved. For the door unto sin was opened. of all the worlds created. Behold. God does not show Himself as evil. The Conflict Begins! It all began thus: The Eternal One creates Lucifer. and eat and live for ever: Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden to till the ground from whence he was taken. The accuser (Satan) refused to repent. we will all be able to verify if God truly is “LOVE” and will understand why He is revered and worshipped. Therefore. filled with iniquity.

which he had taken as his own without right. 11 But put forth Thine hand now and touch all that he hath. God therefore permits Satan to test Job by harming him with disease and by taking away his possessions. The angels of Heaven are witnesses of Satan’s accusations. In the meantime. “a good man”. Time which God permits… (II Peter 3: 9-10) “…is longsuffering to us-ward. one that feareth God. So God withdraws His divine protection from Job but warns Satan not to take his life. By working. Job 1:7-12 "And the Lord said unto Satan. Doth Job fear God for nought? 10 Hast not Thou made an hedge about him. reproduce. Notice that verse 6 changes to a celestial setting where beings created by God are presenting themselves before Him. faces the harshness of a planet wasting away because of sin. if they had eaten of it. that there is none like him in the earth. See the book of Job. which Lucifer. Among them. So God gave this conflict more time. are fine examples of the whole process of a trial: The story of Job. the accuser lives on accusing and deceiving! The following three events. and escheweth evil. we either accumulate wealth or get poorer. Something is happening in Heaven which Job doesn’t know about. only upon himself put not forth thine hand. a perfect and a upright man. We grow up.tree of eternal life. 8 And the Lord said unto Satan. Satan arrives representing the Earth. Hast thou considered my servant Job. It tells us of a very rich man who respects God. so Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord. Adam. a strange natural phenomenon leaves dozens of . but which God knew would mean eternal sin. 12 And the Lord said unto Satan. deprived of the Glory of God. in the which the Heavens shall pass away with a great noise. all that he hath is in thy power. We must sow in order to reap our daily bread. not willing that any should perish. This is the sentence verdict for Satan. We could say. The governor of the world in which he lives is accusing him of receiving undeserved blessings from God. and the atonement of sin. 9 Then Satan answered the Lord and said. and about all he hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands and his substance is increased by the land. whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord and said from going to and fro in the earth. and Eve had a right to. Behold. knows the meaning of the sacrifice of the Lamb. “Why do bad things happen to good people and good things to bad people? (optional) Man. and he will curse thee to thy face. You and I have to decide which of these two sides to choose. The story in the book of Job took place at the same time as those of Moses. And now the latest news update! Eight people killed in a massacre. God’s accuser." Summary: Job is a just man before God. the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up”. and die. but that all should come to repentance. and from walking up and down in it. and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. this time limit is called “The Time of Grace”. and the end His time of Grace (Judgment Day!) The Book of Job We often ask ourselves. Jesus crucified. 10But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night. and about his house.

The enemy who showed his intentions to us all when afflicting Job and being the cause of his ruin. of a rebellion in Heaven and of God’s solution in a certain period of time here on earth. the way He wants us to live. with regard to Job not deserving God’s blessings. Never have we seen God but only heard of Him through different sources. the name of God is at stake. he showed Heaven how much faith he had in a Saviour whom he had never laid eyes on but only heard of. this is a perfect example of why bad things sometimes happen to good people. and of how in this conflict. uncontrolled sex. Job was in the same condition as you and I are today. we cheer for promiscuity. you and I will have to determine how far we will be from His divine protection. Job’s sons. which of course were caused by Satan. The problem is.. Check out Psalms 23:4: “Yea. though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me. and plants hate and pride and greed in us all! And then slanderously accuses God of what he himself is author of. God does not want to withdraw His protection from any of us.cattle dead. our government and our lives. just because someone said. who again grants Satan the opportunity so that celestial witnesses verify whether or not Job believes in what he has been told. The story continues in a touching tale of Job’s afflictions. And by suffering his afflictions. Naked came I out of my mother’s womb. blessed be the name of the LORD”. God has every right to test the sincerity we hold for Him. While we are in this world we remain in enemy territory. he was blessed with twice the things that he had lost. One of the biggest problems is that we ourselves are stopping God and His Kingdom from entering our schools. Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me”. leaving billions of dollars in losses.. God has had mercy on you and on all the world. in spite of the fact that some of us despise His wisdom. He believed that God was merciful and just for permitting man to choose whether to do right or wrong. and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave. and how Job remained adamantly faithful to Him.that at the end of this conflict. “We don’t want any praying done in our schools. Job respected God with all his heart. This is sufficient proof to show us that God is not evil! It is Satan who brings illness. nor any reading of the Bible!” Sad but true. After the angels discovered how false Satan’s accusations were against God for having blessed Job. Calamity comes and dwells in the life of Job. incites wars. the accuser. We protest because our children are . Heaven has had the opportunity to see how God has dealt with Satan. Hence. Job 1:21: " And said. What blessings have you received? Perhaps you live a life that pleases God? Are you healthy? Whatever your condition. and the LORD hath taken away. a sudden tornado destroys some homes. The story of Job continues with another accusation of Satan before God. He has been the author of all our woes. His precepts. and killing close to ten people. We of this world are going to suffer the same afflictions which Job suffered in his time. all types of sensual indulgence and violence. Matthew 24:21 says so of our time.

Jesus Crucified and the Conflict. Satan has drowned us in sin for our own ruin and has even created false gods in order to instigate the wrath of God. that evil was never necessary. “I will draw all men unto me” refers to the salvation of all men. One fine example is the case where Abraham was asked to sacrifice Isaac. It seems that Satan still had access to enter Heaven. He restored. But other cases which verify God’s judgment took place here. God’s angels have witnessed that Satan has led the world astray from God's wisdom and blessings. an angel ordered him to stop! Abraham proved his loyalty to God before the eyes of Heaven’s angels. death. And all the angels who have witnessed Satan’s true intentions will testify to all the tragedy that has befallen man during these 6. the Lamb of God. and never again will he be allowed to re-enter. if I be lifted up from the earth. This is a key passage. Heaven knew that Jesus was the promised Savior who would fulfill the promise foretold for so long of restoring man. and abandonment bear the seal of Satan’s rebellion! Consequences which man now carries on his back for despising the life that God gave him in Paradise. from Adam to today’s man. reveals to us the aspect of the murderer. When Abraham stretched forth his hand to take the knife and slay Isaac. violence. He has exaggerated the simple concepts of these commandments in order to make religion appear a burden to man. the Ten Commandments. He resurrected. Illnesses. John 12:31: “Now it is the judgment of this world. Satan has trampled the laws God in Heaven gave to us. as opposed to oriental culture. The Bible. according to His will. He forgave. establishes radically. as we observed in the book of Job. 32 And I. God begins to restore His image. will draw all men unto me”. Mundane living does not please God! We are the ones who abandon God and thus place ourselves within Satan’s grasp.corrected and disciplined in school. Under this impression we become aware that evil is not necessarily as Oriental culture suggests. loneliness. He did not find truth in the people of this world. Now Lucifer would be cast out from Heaven. with the Yin and the Yang. Jesus healed. The phrase. and He showed man the Kingdom of God. Only a few saw him as the true Messiah. to the presence of God. by going there and presenting himself before God. especially Israel. who would take away the .000 years of living in sin. Satan. and then ironically. his only son. This is why at the time of Jesus’ first visit to man. which was tainted by Satan before the universe. hunger. who is roaming and ready to devour! And then we blame God for whatever goes wrong. we want God to bless our comings and goings. At the cross. His creation of invisible witnesses. in his bloodthirsty act of having Jesus crucified. now shall the prince of this world be cast out. who believe in Jesus as the Messiah.

God’s angels will know without any doubt whatsoever that sin must no longer exist and must .sins of the world! Religion. Satan will effectively use this means to devour and to destroy us! Even the chosen ones would be vulnerable to his sly machinations. Ephesians 3:10-11: “To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in Heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God. is another piece of evidence of the cruelty and evil of the fallen angel of light. In the book of Matthew chapter 24. the holy inquisition. distorting the manner of worship and adoration to such a degree that it is irreverent to God. and it will end up the same way by his 2nd coming. having great wrath. Jesus uses the word “deceive” on four different occasions. Wars will break out and intensify. through these tactics. ye Heavens. if it were possible! In spite of all this. the Christians who were thrown into the arena to be devoured by wild beasts.000 years. Satan is denied entrance into Heaven. World War II. such as inserting heresies into man’s mind. the true Church of God. Six thousand years of patience and mercy from God. because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. at the time of His visit. Jesus. just as the Bible reveals by the love of Jesus. and Satan will now attack the church of God head-on! History and Heaven itself are aware of Satan’s actions. and others. Hitler persecutes Jews. the one that has kept the truth. and ye that dwell in them. an innocent man condemned as guilty and cruelly exposed on the cross before the universe. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth. without a doubt. When. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you. he went on to other more subtle tactics. to warn us that in this war. In this case.” This passage speaks for itself. will aid in finishing the task of judging and confirming the sentence to be given to all who have disobeyed God’s law. Satan could not destroy humanity. The following are some of these recorded events summarized: The persecution of Christians by the Roman Emperors. Jesus warned us that many would be misled. He and his devils will come to persecute and destroy any trace of God. saying I am Christ. Matthew 24:5: “For many shall come in my name. was full of error and corruption due to Satan’s tireless work. and shall deceive many”. Six thousand years offering salvation to mankind. Deceit and sophisms that survive to this day and which undermine man’s knowledge of God. Satan! A case commonly seen today of an unjust judge accusing another innocent of being guilty (optional). A short time before judgment day and before the spilling of the seven plagues. he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. a single church. 11 According to the eternal purpose which he proposed in Christ Jesus our Lord ” This is why in the end there won’t be any doubt in Heaven or on earth as to all the evil done during these 6. God is again being falsely accused! But Jesus on the cross is just the beginning of the final countdown! The End of God’s Given Time of Grace Revelation 12:12-13: “Therefore rejoice.

Reina Valera 1960. Even so. true and righteous are thy judgments”. (Gnashing of teeth…. the side where you and I will be given eternal life. Jesus already settled our debts at the cross! If you do not decide to repent now and receive Jesus in your life. The conflict ends. the book of judgment for mankind. which art. Lord God Almighty. Satan will not be given more time. reveals with certainty that the chasm of God between Satan can never be bridged. Christ returns for the second time. Revelation. together with those of us who have adopted sin and dissolution. and thou hast given them blood to drink.be eradicated. and those who have decided for the kingdom of God will be carried away to live with Him. who have scorned the pleas to repent and change from a life displeasing to God. Written by: David Obando Cano CD-ROM “The Greatest Biblical Lessons” Project IASD Interamerican Division 2006 . O Lord. never to exist again. for they are worthy. There is little time left for this conflict to come to an end. Evil spirits will be thrown into the lake of fire.optional) Bibliographical references: Bible passages. God is certainly not going to force you to! The day is soon to come! We hope it won’t be too late for you! Those left behind are sure to suffer.7 And I heard another out of the altar say. and the impious will be pulled out by the roots.. and you and I must certainly have already chosen which side to be on when that happens! We certainly hope you choose the winning side. Rev 16:5-7: “And I heard the angel of the waters say. and shall be. Thou art righteous. and wast. United Biblical Societies. because thou hast judged thus. 1997. 6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets.