Amazing Discoveries

Total Onslaught
by Professor Walter Veith

The Battle of the Giants Lecture Outline for
DVD #227
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Amazing Discoveries

Total Onslaught Lecture Outline #227

The Battle of the Giants

1.Did God Make the Devil? Ezekiel 28:15, “Thou wast ______ in thy ways from the day that thou wast _________, _____ iniquity was found in thee.” NOTE: Here we are told that Lucifer was a created being. He was created perfect. God did not create the devil; He created Lucifer. In the same way that God did not create rotten apples. He made good apples to be eaten when ripe. Likewise God made grain, but man makes whiskey, after he has spoiled what God made. 2.Why did Sin rise up in Lucifer? Joshua 24:15, “________ you this day whom ye will serve…” NOTE: “It is useless to inquire into the mode, time, and character, of the fall of the angels.” John Calvin (French Reformer) What Luther Says, Vol. 1, pg. 394.

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To give a reason for sin would be to excuse it; to excuse sin would be to defend it. The Bible gives an ample description of how sin developed in Lucifer. Ezekiel 28:17, “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy ___ ______, _____ hast __________ thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.” Isaiah 14:12-14, “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! For thou hast said in thine heart, __ will ascend into heaven, __ will exalt my throne above the stars of God: __ will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: __ will ascend above the heights of the clouds; __ will be like the most High.” NOTE: He was proud of his beauty. It went to his head and he became headstrong. So, the seed of sin germinated, and little by little Lucifer came to indulge the desire for self-exaltation. 3.Why did God not destroy Lucifer when he first began to rebel against Him? NOTE: This is a question that thinking people everywhere have wondered about. If we think about this logically, it is actually quite simple. Had Lucifer been immediately blotted out of existence, some would have served God out of fear, and not out of love. The influence of the deceiver would not have been fully destroyed, nor would his spirit of rebellion be wiped out. For the good of the entire universe throughout ceaseless ages, he must fully develop his principles of rebellion, so that his charges against God’s government might be seen in their true light by all created beings, and that the justice and mercy of God and the immutability of His law might be forever placed beyond all question. Sin must run its course that its enormity

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might be fully abhorred; but it will be finally eradicated, along with its originator. Ezekiel 28:18-19, “Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ______ upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be ____ ______.” 4.In what beautiful place did War break out? NOTE: Filled with pride in his own glory, Lucifer spread discontent, discord, and disaffection among the angels, leading to open rebellion. This had never been known in the universe. It was a new element, strange, mysterious, and unaccountable. There was war in heaven. Revelation 12:7-9, “And there was _____ in heaven: ________ and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great ______ was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which ___________ the _______ world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” 5.Who is Michael? NOTE: Because he is called the Archangel, some believe that this to be an angel of the same rank that Lucifer was, but the Bible leads us to believe that Gabriel has taken the position of Lucifer. The name Michael is mentioned in Daniel, Jude, and Revelation, and each time it is in the context of the great controversy with Lucifer, with Michael commanding the angelic

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host. The designation ‘archangel’ here refers to more than highest angel, but to leader of the angels. The name Michael means “He that is what God is,” and only Christ qualifies for that position. Who would contend with Satan over the body of Moses (Jude 9) other than Christ Himself? The voice of the archangel that calls forth the dead at the second coming of Christ, can only be the voice of Christ Himself. 1 Thessalonians 4:16, “For the Lord ________ shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the __________, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:” John 5:27-28, “And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear ___ _______,” 6.What did God say when He finished creating this world? Genesis 1:31, “And God saw every thing that he had ______, and, behold, it was _____ ______. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” NOTE: God is not the author of sin, but He was willing to bear its consequences. The great controversy raging in the universe is between the Creator of all things and Satan the covering cherub, who rebelled against God because he deemed himself equal with Christ in glory and refused to be subjected to His authority and government. Having been driven from heaven, Satan turned his attention to the newly created earth. When Eve had wandered from Adam’s side and was confronted by Satan, she was deceived into believing that a knowledge of good and evil would enable her to be like God, and that sin would not carry with it the consequence of death. Sin is the transgression of the law (“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law:

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for sin is the transgression of the law.” _ John 3:4), which forms the basis of God’s government in heaven. He tempted her to break the law of God by coveting the position of God. This planet has been suffering those consequences since that time. It is a planet in rebellion against the government of God. By being obedient to the will of Satan, Adam and Eve became subject to his rule. 7.According to the Scriptures, what are some of the names attributed to the devil? 2 Corinthians 4:4, “In whom the _____ of this _______ 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.” John 12:31, “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the _______ of this ________ be cast out.” Ephesians 2:2, “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the _______ of the power of the ___, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” Matthew 12:24-26, “But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by __________ the ______ of the ________. And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?” NOTE: Notice what Martin Luther, the great protestant reformer said about the devil, “The wickedness of the Devil is so great on this planet, that no man can grasp it. To be so wicked to find one’s pleasure and delight only in the misfortune of other

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people; in their lingering hunger, thirst, misery, and want, in the perpetration of nothing but bloodshed and treason, especially in the lives of those who neither have done nor could do any harm, this is the hellish and insatiable rage and fury of the wretched Devil.” 8.What was Satan from the beginning? John 8:44, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a ____________ from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” NOTE: His pride led to envy and his envy led to hatred. His hatred for Christ is so all consuming, that he eventually murdered the Son of God on Calvary. His hatred for those whom Christ has redeemed is what fuels the fires of the pain and grief of this world. Those who love and serve Christ are the enemies of Satan. 9.What did Jesus say to His people about what would happen to them in this world? John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In this world you shall have __________ ____, but be of good cheer: I have ___________ the world.” NOTE: The Christian will have tribulation on this planet. But, because of Jesus the Christian can have peace in the midst of the storms of life. 10.Isn’t the devil just an imaginary being that exists in our own minds? Matthew 16:23, “But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, _________: thou art an offence unto me: for thou

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savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” NOTE: With all the evidence of senseless hatred, war and bloodshed on this earth, there are some who will still deny the existence of Satan. However, the man who doesn’t believe in the existence of the Devil is already deceived. “Medical tradition and superstition are the source of the conception which has come down to us of Satan as a monster of horrid form and hideous expression, with an accompaniment of hooves, horns, pitchfork, barbed tail, and breath of flames. This hobgoblin of the ignorant and superstitious has no reality in fact, no basis in the Scriptures, and is the source of derision on the part of intelligent and cultured people. This very grotesque and absurd impression regarding Satan is in itself an evidence of the craft and guile of the deceiver.” Carlyle B. Haynes, Satan, His Origin, Work, and Destiny pg. 9 The Devil is no theological abstraction, some psychic trauma, or distortion of the mind. The Devil is a personal being, able to assail unsuspecting individuals. 11.Where is the devil at this moment? Job 1:7 (NKJV), “...going to and fro on the earth and ..._____ ____ back and forth on it.” 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, _________ ______, seeking whom he may devour:” NOTE: The devil is not in the center of the earth. But, rather, he is walking on the earth for the purpose of destroying life. 12.What is the strategy of the devil?

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1 Timothy 2:14, “And Adam was not deceived, but the woman ______ ____________ was in the transgression.” Revelation 16:14, “For they are the spirits of devils, working __ ______, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 11:14, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is ____ _______ into an angel of _________.” Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in ______ places.” Revelation 12:10, “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the ___________ of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.” Job 2:7, “So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and ______ Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.” John 8:44, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a ____________ from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” NOTE: The devil uses deception, miracles, transformation into light, affliction, and murder, to carry out his work in hurting God by hurting human beings. 13.What can a person do on the practical level to overcome the

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devil and his devices? James 4:7, “_________ yourselves therefore to God. _______ the devil, and he will flee from you.” Revelation 12:11, “And they overcame him by the _______ of the Lamb, and by the word of their ___________; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” NOTE: The only way to overcome him is to take the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:17). Christ said to Satan n the wilderness temptation, “It is written.” The promises of God are worth committing to memory now. The example of the prophets and apostles of old are an encouragement to the believer. 14.What does the symbolism in Revelation 12:1-5 relate to the battle between Christ and Satan? Revelation 12:1-5, “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a ________ clothed with the ______, and the ______ under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve ____ ____: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.” NOTE: Before we continue with our study we must find out who is represented by the woman with the sun, moon, and stars? We read in the book of Isaiah:

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Isaiah 6:5 (NKJV), “As a bridegroom rejoices over the ________, so shall your God rejoice over you.” Paul called the Corinthians the bride of Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:2, “For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste ________ to Christ.” NOTE: What an apt description of the church of Christ! She has not committed fornication with the world, her doctrines are pure. The sun, moon and stars represent the light of heaven that lightens her. The woman is pregnant and about to give birth, and later we read that she gave birth to a male child: Revelation 12:5 (NKJV), “She bore a male child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His __________.” This can only be Jesus, as it is He that will rule the nations, and He that ascended into heaven. Psalm 2:7-9, “I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the ________ for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’ vessel.” This child was none other than God Himself… Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV), “For unto us a ________ is born, unto us a ___ is given, and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” NOTE: The Catholic Church teaches that this woman, clothed

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with the sun, is Mary as she gave birth to Jesus. However, this interpretation creates problems because the woman is later persecuted by the Dragon, flees into the wilderness, is taken care of for 1260 days (which is the same time period that the little horn would persecute God’s people as described in Daniel 7) and then the Dragon finally makes war on the remnant of her seed. Clearly, the symbol therefore refers to God’s faithful people (of which Mary was a member). It was out of His people that the Messiah was to come. 15.In Revelation 12, how is the devil achieving his aims on this earth? Revelation 12:3-4, “And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red _________, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the _______ stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to _________ her child as _______ as it was born.” NOTE: We know from verse 9 that the dragon is Satan, but Satan works through earthly instruments to achieve his aims. The dragon also has ten horns, which remind us of the fourth beast of Daniel 7, which represented Rome. Satan worked through pagan Rome to destroy Jesus. It was a Roman official that condemned Him to die, Roman soldiers that crucified Him and guarded his grave, and a Roman seal that sealed His grave. At His birth, Herod had tried to destroy the newborn king by issuing the harsh decree condemning male infants to death, but Rome crucified Him. But, instead of defeating Christ by this act, it produced the greatest victory the universe had ever witnessed, because Christ, the sinless One, rose from the grave. No Roman seal could hold Him and Satan lost the battle. 16.What happened to Satan at the cross?

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Revelation 12:10, “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the ______ of our brethren is _____ ______, which accused them before our God day and night.” NOTE: Satan’s apparent victory at the cross was to be his greatest defeat. Not being able to tempt Christ, and realizing that his own fate had been sealed forever, he determined to destroy off the face of the earth those who believed in the merits of the risen Saviour. He relentlessly persecuted God’s church using the state, first in the form of pagan Rome and then in the form of papal Rome. 17.Even though the persecution was severe, what were the people of God able to do? Revelation 12:11, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” NOTE: History tells us how cruel Rome was in its persecution of God’s people. The Colosseum, where an estimated 80,000 Christians were set alight or killed by lions, testifies to the fact that almost 3 million Christians were martyred during the first two and a half centuries after Christ ascended to heaven. The emperors of Rome were relentless in their cruelty towards the new converts, and monsters such as Nero and the Emperor Marcus Aurelius made a sport of devising methods to kill them. Historians tell us that Marcus Aurelius used to tie the legs of his victims onto two horses and watch how these Christians were torn asunder. When Rome adopted the Christian religion and made it the state religion, matters did not improve, but got worse. Firstly, a subtle compromise bred complacency, and when this did not work, the fires of persecution were rekindled. When Constantine adopted the new religion, he did so with a mind

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to blend the old pagan religion with Christianity. Harry R. Boer’s book: A Short History of the Early Church tells us what happened when church and state united. “The multiplication of holy days, the veneration of saints, martyrs and relics, and the value attached to pilgrimages and holy places often pushed truly spiritual concerns into the background.” p. 42 F. J. Foakes-Jackson in his book History of the Christian Church describes the aims of Constantine: “In dealing with the church, his object was gradually to transfer to Christianity from heathenism all that had hitherto made it attractive in the eyes of the people.” p. 286 Constantine, in fact, was the first to enact Sunday laws in 321 A.D., enforcing the maintenance of the pagan day of worship in violation of the law of God. The German historian, H. G. Heggtveit, describes the compromise in these words: “Constantine labored at his time untiringly to unite the worshippers of the old and the new faith in one religion. All his laws and contrivances are aimed at promoting this amalgamation of religions. He would by all means melt together a purified heathenism and a moderate Christianity.” With regard to the Sunday laws, Heggtveit states: “His injunction that the ‘Day of the Sun’ should be a general rest day was characteristic of his standpoint . . . Of all his blending and melting together of Christianity and heathenism, none is more easy to see through than this making of his Sunday law. The Christians worshipped their Christ, the heathen their sun god; according to the opinion of the Emperor, the objects for worship in both religions were essentially the same.” Harry Boer, in his historical account A Short History of the Early Church makes the following statement: “He (Constantine) designated Sunday by its traditional

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pagan name - The Day of the Sun, not the Sabbath or the Day of the Lord. Pagans could therefore accept it. Christians gave the natural sun a new meaning by thinking of Christ the Son of Righteousness. Constantine and later emperors, as well as the church councils, enacted additional Sunday legislation. It was Constantine’s decree of 321, however, that laid the basis of the universal recognition of Sunday as a day of rest.” p. 143 18.What did the faithful do in the face of such a crisis? Revelation 12:6, “And the ________ ____ into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.” NOTE: In response to the crisis, those who wanted to remain faithful to God and His Word, fled into the solitary places to be able to worship God according to the dictates of their conscience. This is the period of persecution predicted by the prophet Daniel in connection with the little horn, which we identified as the antichrist or papal Rome (See The Man Behind the Mask). The church that compromised with heathenism became the persecutor. Pagan Rome was replaced by Papal Rome. 19.Where did the faithful flee to? Revelation 12:13-14, “And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the _________, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.” NOTE: The church fled into the solitary places of the world, and during the time of papal supremacy, the word of God was kept alive by small groups of believers such as the Waldenses, who kept the Sabbath of the fourth commandment rather

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than the pagan Sunday and chose rather to die than deny their faith in Christ and the Scriptures. They were thrown off cliffs, their children’s heads were bashed against the rocks and some were cremated alive. The church (the woman) fled to solitary places in the Alps in order to escape the persecution of the dragon, and in the Piedmont valleys in northern Italy, hundreds of thousands of them were martyred because of their faith. The church in the wilderness kept the flame of truth burning. They cherished the Scriptures, and when the reformation spread the word of God, Rome stepped up its efforts to destroy those who would defy its doctrines. History abounds with atrocities against Protestants, the wars that were fought to exterminate them, the massacres that took place and the work of the inquisition that led to the torture and burning at the stake of thousands. When persecution could not destroy the work of the Reformation, a more subtle strategy was employed, and the Counter-reformation, led by the Jesuits, was born (see The Spirit of Unity). Sadly, this bore fruits of compromise, as in the days of Constantine, and the church in the wilderness once more became a church at peace with Rome. 20.Who would make the devil angry? Revelation 12:17, “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the _______ of her seed, which keep the ________ of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” NOTE: As seen in a previous study, the two beasts of Revelation 3 will unite in their persecution of this remnant, and decrees (see The Mark of the Beast) will be legislated, enforcing papal doctrines. The great controversy will end when the final apostasy against God’s government declares the law of God null and void, and issues decrees that God’s commandment-keeping people, who refuse to obey man rather than God, should be destroyed.

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21.When will the patient endurance of God’s people be ultimately rewarded? Revelation 14:12 , “Here is the ______ of the saints: here are they that _____ the ______________ of God, and the faith of Jesus.” NOTE: This patience will be rewarded when Christ returns as King of kings and Lord of lords to take those who have patiently waited for Him to mansions, which He has already prepared.

MY DECISION FOR JESUS…

I choose to be on the side of Jesus, the side of truth, not the side of traditions of men. Yes or No

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