THE STORY OF THE FALL OF LUCIFER

ADETUNJI TIAMIYU(2010)

THE STORY of the FALL of LUCIFER

And there was war in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels

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NAME: ADETUNJI TIAMIYU BOOK TITLE: THE STORY OF THE FALL OF LUCIFER E-mail ADDRESS: adetunjitiamiyu@yahoo.com PHONE: 2348132098359 NATIONALITY: NIGERIA

BOOK SYNOPSIS ‘The Story of the Fall of Lucifer’ consist of ten chapters. An overview of the content of each chapter is presented bellow.

CHAPTER 1- INTRODUCTION -THE BEGINNING

This chapter provides a quick summary of the events of the beginning. In it, the reader learns the reason why the world was created in the first place. It provides an introduction to the person of God (the Father) and His only begotten Son. It points the reader’s attention to the reason why the Father had to sacrifice His Son before commencing the work of creation.

CHAPTER 2- DISPENSATIONS
This chapter tackles the issue of imaginary years. It points to the fact that lack of understanding of these imaginary years that existed between Genesis chapter 1 verse 1 and 2 is a 2

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limiting factor in the explanation of human history and the advancement of biblical research. Without arguing the existence of these period of time, ‘Dispensations’ gives a clear picture of the place where it should occupy in relation to prophesy. It suggests that ‘with this (prophetic) line of reasoning, those imaginary years will no longer stand in the way of history.’

Dispensations also provide clear definitions of the eras that existed since he beginning of the world. Without allowing imaginary years to blur out the perception of history, ‘Dispensations’ clearly points out that ‘from the time of the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, there had been two long era. The first being the angelic era also known as the pre-adamic era, while the second era is the era of men which can also be referred to as the adamic era.

After this, it gives the first introductory remarks about the person of Lucifer, identifying him as the wisest and the most powerful angel of the angelic era. This chapter also points out the fact that Lucifer’s corny defeat of Adam was what triggered the beginning of the Old Testament era of the reign of angels.

CHAPTER 3- MAN AND ANGELS

Using scripture’s concept of ‘spirits’ as a research tool, this chapter plainly points out the differences between man (the favorite personality of the Adamic era) and angels (the favorite personalities of the angelic era).

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This chapter also provides the missen secret link between the person of Lucifer and the Old Testament law. In the same way, it reveals the link between the person of the Holy Spirit and the New Testament law of love. It holds that ‘Lucifer represented the guardian of the Old Testament while the Holy Spirit represents the real New Testament Guardian.’

CHAPTER 4- THE FIGHT OF FAITH

After the existence of the link between the old law and Lucifer has been established in chapter 3, this chapter goes a step further to reveal the reason behind the seeming antagonism between the old law and the new one. It shows that Lucifer is the reason why the Old Testament laws of sin and death must be set aside in order to embrace the new one which is made available through Jesus Christ.

The Fight of Faith also provides an introduction to the evil nature of Lucifer in preparation for what will be discussed more extensively in Chapter 5.

CHAPTER 5- LUCIFER

This chapter is central to this book. In it, the personality of Lucifer is discussed fully along with the roles he played during the angelic era. Using relevant bible verses as research tools, this chapter provides an all encompassing view of his nature, 4

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power, glory, pride and wisdom. It reveals the glorious position that he share with God among ‘the stones of fire’ in heaven before his great fall which shall be discussed fully in chapters 7 & 8.

In this Chapter, Lucifer is often referred to as the King of Babylon, King of Tyre, or the Commander-in-Chief of the Chaldean army. These names are used in relation to the scriptural verses/ tools used in each case especially as it relates to the story of the nation of Israel in the Old Testament. Other names of Lucifer used here are the Light Bringer, Morning Star and Day Star.

CHAPTER 6- THE HORNS OF DECEPTION

Using the horns as a research tool, this chapter reveals a major similarity between Lucifer( the old dragon) and the New Testament beast. 'The horns of deception reveals the great wisdom of Lucifer and the beast with which they deceive their enemies.'

This chapter also explains how this horns, now identified as puzzles, can be solved and thereby disabled.

CHAPTER 7- A BRAND NEW ISRAEL

A brand new Israel is a concise 5

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presentation of the account of Lucifer's fall from grace in the earthly system which God had earlier instituted. It explains all the facts associated with how he lost authority over believers in the New Testament era.

This chapter shows how the role of Lucifer and the Old Testament laws were no longer required due to the introduction of the Holy Spirit into the system. It also tells the story of how the Lord, Jesus Christ left His throne in the assembly of the gods (i.e heaven of the angels) to come down to earth and how Lucifer took advantage of His absence and was maltreating the faithful angels. Here, his plan to take over as the presiding being in heaven is clearly depicted.

A brand New Israel is simply a narration of how salvation plan was carried out to completion in the lives of men ( i.e believers).

CHAPTER 8- WAR IN HEAVEN

War in Heaven' is a concise presentation of the account of Lucifer's fall in the heavenly system. It explains all the facts surrounding how he lost authority over the faithful angels in the New Testament era.

In this dramatic, action-packed presentation, the reader catches a clear picture of the account of the war in heaven and how Michael, the 6

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arch angel gathered his angels and how they marched out to make war against Lucifer, the mighty angelic guardian and his angels.

War in Heaven simply narrates the account of how salvation plan was carried out to completion in the lives of the holy angels in heaven.

CHAPTER 9- THE PRINCE OF TYRE
‘The Prince of Tyre’ is the New Testament beast of revelation. An introductory remarks have already been made about him in chapter 6- The Horns of Deception. After concluding the narration of the story of the fall of Lucifer in the earthly and heavenly systems, this chapter takes a step further to reveal why the devil had to hand over his power and great authority to the beast after being cast down from his lofty seat in heaven. It discusses the personality of the New Testament beast in greater detail especially his role in helping Lucifer to regain his dynasty in the world. In this chapter, the beast is identified as ‘the god who reigns in the midst of modern science’, as opposed to Lucifer who reigned in the midst of the Old Testament laws.

CHAPTER 10- LUCIFER’S RETURN PLAN
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This chapter reveals the two major plans Lucifer wants to carry out to enable him to regain his lost kingdom. These plans are; 1. To tumble the New Testament era of freedom and re-establish the Old Testament era of bondage under which he reigned in the days of old. 2. To sow the seed of endless war all over the world. In this chapter, Lucifer is often referred to as the 'warring prophet’.

PURPOSE FOR WRITING ‘THE STORY OF THE FALL OF LUCIFER’
1. It was written to solve major puzzles that has been blocking the understanding of human history and limiting the advancement of biblical knowledge and research. One of the puzzles is the often misunderstood concept of imaginary years. 2. This book also provides the missing links that has made the narration of the gospel story as it relates to the fall of Lucifer a mystery. By reading ‘the Story of the Fall of Lucifer’, believers would come to understand the amazingly simple logic that makes the initial creation, empowerment and eventual fall of Lucifer justifiable. 3. It will shed light on present world events 4. 8

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It will also spur interest in bible study in the hearts of people all over the world who have always found it boring due to many puzzling concepts they continually encounter while reading the prophesies. With many hard puzzles explicitly explained, those who had thought studying the bible boring would begin to find it interesting after reading this book. 5. This work will definitely clear the path for more meaningful research in God’s word. 6. It will open the eyes of the church to the eternal plans of God for mankind as expressed in bible prophesies.

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Contents
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Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION The Beginning Chapter 2: Dispensations Chapter 3: Man and angels Chapter 4: The Fight of Faith Chapter 5: Lucifer Chapter 6: The Horns of Deception Chapter 7: A brand new Israel Chapter 8: War in Heaven Chapter 9: The Prince of Tyre Chapter 10: Lucifer’s Return plan Conclusion: Prophesy

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Chapter One
INTRODUCTION

THE BEGINNING
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life John 3:16

It is a true story. My heart is gladdened each time I consider its reality. In it, every piece is fitted together by unimaginable love. The account itself is full of intrigue and exhilarating action. The characters are more real than anything you have ever watched in movies or read about in any book. It is a multifaceted story with interesting turns that follow such a simple pattern that even a primary school pupil would easily understand. Yet the wisdom contained in it is such that would baffle the greatest professors of all time. Try to see yourself as one of its characters, and you 11

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can imagine the rush of emotion and suspense. This story is one that many generations have waited to hear. It is an intricate part of the eternal gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to Jews and Gentiles- an everlasting gospel that dates back to the ageless past. IT ALL BEGAN IN TIMELESS ETERNITY when the Ancient, Invisible, Immortal Spirit whom we now know as the Father, sent His Word into the world or universe as some would prefer to call it(John 3:16). This event first took place in the realm of eternity, in the Spiritual Territory within which time and distance do not exist; in the Heaven that was before all heavens were created, a place where no creature has ever been. No angel has seen this great Heaven of the Father (John 1:18). None of them even knew the Father or anything that belongs to this particular Heaven. The ONLY PERSON who knew the Father or this Heaven was the Word whom the Father had sent. And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. John 3:13 THE WORD WAS NOT A CREATED BEING. He came directly from the bowels of the Father. He was an intricate part of the Ancient, Invisible, Immortal Spirit who dwells in Heaven (John 10:30). Therefore, He did not only know Him who is the Father, but also had His nature, heart and wisdom. He was not His servant, but an extension of His very person.

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God sent His Son (the Word) into the world with the aim of expressing the glory of His person to creation (John 17:26). The Father wanted to extend His kingdom by allowing creation to share in His glory. So, He gave His heart, wisdom, glory, love, beauty, power, mercy and His entire will to the world in the person of His only begotten Son. THE GOSPEL IS A LOVE STORY! It was not only founded on the platform of unconditional love but also built up by the same. This story is the account of how some have sought the Kingdom of God by way of force, obedience to the law, manipulation, pretence and impure motives but failed. And how others sought it by way of love and faith, and were freely given the opportunity of sharing in the Father’s nature. Keep following this wonderful story; it will touch your heart. The Son was given as the Father’s Word- the expression of all that the He takes delight in. He was His exact image and likeness. Just as a son takes up the nature of his father, so did the Word take up the exact nature of the Father. The Ancient of days made the Word appear in such a way that if anyone should see Him, he would not need to be looking for the Father any more. He was the express image of the Eternal Spirit who dwells in the Heaven that is far above all heavens. The Son was made the exact copy of all that He loves and takes pleasure in. He represented His entire will and desire for all generations. He was His heart throb. Everything that He loved was Him. He was the sum total of all that the Father has to say to creation and all that He wanted the world to learn about Himself. See the Son, and you have seen the Father- the likeness was that serious. 13

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If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? John 14:7-9 The Word was all that was required to bring creation into all of the Father’s glory. He was everything that the world needed to know in order to learn about the nature and requirements of the Father that safely leads a person into His glory. Since the reason why the Father sent the Son and the Spirit was to share His nature with creation, then it meant that the Word was the reason why all the worlds were framed. All that the world needed was to see the Word and she would have seen all about the Father that would make her qualified to enter His glory. The world needed to hear the Word speak and she would have heard all she must hear from the Father in order to inherit His kingdom. If the world would receive the Word, then she has received all that the Father has to offer to prepare her for His inheritance. All that creation needed was to hear Him, see Him and receive Him (John 6:27). Even though, the Word (the Son) was in the exact form that was required to accomplish the Father’s will, there remained one more thing. The only begotten of the Father was still carrying the glory of His presence. With 14

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this glory, no created being would be able to stand before Him let alone waiting to hear from Him or even receiving Him. Yet the plan was that creation would see Him, hear Him and receive Him before sharing in the Father’s nature. How can this be possible? How would the Son relate the will of the Father to Creation without destroying her by the brightness of His glory in the process of doing so? Something significant had to happen. And of course, it did. The greatest sacrifice of love had to be made. This sacrifice took place right there in that great Heaven of the Father before the worlds were framed. It was performed by the unimaginably great hands of the Father Himself. On that great day of unspeakable pain, humiliation and sorrow, the Father took His Son to the altar of sacrifice. The Father loved the world so much, even before it was created, that He was ready to pay the greatest price to bring it into His eternal glory. Even before anything that we know or those we do not yet know ever came into existence, He had this great love for creation that He was ready to give out His most valuable possession to save it. Words cannot describe the greatness of the Love that the Father had for the world and how much He longed to make her His own. This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. 3:16 John

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The Son of God was there. He observed the way the Father longed to extend His love to the world. This kind of love is greater than what mortal man can understand, but He understood the Father’s love because He also had His heart. He knew the greatness of his unconditional love and understood that it is the MOST IMPORTANT aspect of his nature. The love of the Father is an unconditional love because it had been since the ageless past before any condition we now know came into existence. It is a type of love that existed before anything called Jews, Gentiles, obedience, sin, judgment, justification or death came into existence- a kind of affection that is not tied to any condition. It is the purest form of love- THE FATHER’S LOVE (Rom 5:8). The only begotten Son is the Father’s greatest treasure and this love was so great in His heart that He would not mind giving Him out for the sake of the world He loves. But more interesting was the fact that the Son Himself was not less ready to give up His place as the only begotten Son of the Most High to embrace whatever love would require Him to do or become just to fulfill the Father’s will. Just as the Father was ready to sacrifice His Son, so also was the Son ready to willingly give Himself for the sacrifice of love(Rom 10:17-18). All that was in that great Abode of the Father were in one accord as the sacrifice was ready to be performed. The Father stripped the Son of the glory of His presence. He took Him to the place of sacrifice and carefully rid Him of that glorious look that creation would not be able to withstand. This sacrifice was the most painful thing ever, yet the most glorious (Isaiah 53:1-7). It was 16

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certain that the Word, who is the only begotten of the Father, must go and show Himself to the world before creation can enter into the Father’s glory. However, He was still carrying that glory which He had with Him. With this glory, those to whom He had been sent to present the Father would be destroyed by the brightness of His appearance. But God loved the world so much that He had to slay Him to make relationship with Him possible. After the sacrifice, the only begotten Son of the Father became ‘so ordinary’ that one beholding Him would definitely consider Him robbed, stricken, forsaken, unattractive and lowly. He who once sat with the Father in unimaginably great glory now became as a lamb. And not just a lamb, but one who had been slain, stricken and humiliated. He was stripped of the glory that He had with the Father, and was left with His intricate nature as the only begotten Son of God. HE WAS STILL HIS ONLY SON AND WOULD FOREVER BE, but He no longer looked like it in terms of glorious appearance. He still looked exactly like the Father; He still had all His nature, but no longer did He possess the brightness of His glory. In appearance, He became as a mere man and though He did not have any earthly father, He was known all over the world He had made as ‘the son of man’- a title which He had gladly embraced for the sake of love. One would actually think that being slain only meant that He was robbed of the glorious look which He had with the Father before the world began. But He was stripped of something far more than just the glory of His 17

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presence. As one coming from the Father, He was so holy that He could not look on a faulty thing. He was not only perfect, but could not bear with nothing but perfection. Anything that is yet imperfect would be consumed to ashes before Him. The only begotten of the Father, could not behold anything that has the slightest spot of imperfection. Just like His Father, He had such a personality that was too great to imagine. Whatever He says must happen immediately; His words cannot wait. His commands must be carried out at such a speed that is not possible for even the fastest angel. He WOULD NOT change His mind over anything He has purposed to do. He was too perfect to overlook the slightest sin or provocation. However, creature was meant to be made into the Father’s image through love and relationship with His Son. The world was meant to grow from imperfection to perfection through the revelation of the Word (the only begotten of the Father). The Son was meant to be her coach, teacher, savior and Christ. So, if He is to bring creation from imperfection to perfection, He must be able to relate with her while she is still imperfect. The Son must be able to bear with sin and creation’s flaws or failures, at least for some time. Therefore, the Father also stripped Him of that ‘impossible-to-behold’ glory which He had with Him before the world began. This made the only begotten of the Father to become just like ‘a man in search of his lover’. He became so tender and longsuffering that He could bear very long even with the most wretched sinner. Sometimes He got angry and would have destroyed the offender, but almost immediately, He would change His 18

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mind and forgive. He repented of many evil He had purposed to do at instances when he got angry. If not that He turns back from His anger, the entire world would have been destroyed a long time ago. This became possible because the Father Had stripped Him of that fearful aura He had with Him before the world begun. One seeing the Son with His long suffering attitude would think He has become different from the Father. But this is not true as the Father Himself is the most longsuffering, forgiving and merciful God anyone can imagine. He had the nature of forgiveness but His glory and infallibility would not allow His merciful nature to be noticeable. The Father really longed to show the world that He forgives, overlooks wrongs and bears long with a sinner. But there is another part of Him (His glory and infallibility as God) that makes it impossible for an imperfect thing to be able to come near Him. Even though the Father wanted to forgive or overlook imperfection, He would not compromise His position as the infallible unchangeable God. It is true that imperfection cannot come before Him, but deep down in His heart He longed to bring an imperfect world into His perfection and to make the corruptible incorruptible. When an imperfect thing comes before the Father, it is definitely destroyed. But this did not happen because the Father wanted to destroy it. It is destroyed simply because of the brightness of the glory of His presence. This glory was preventing His unconditional love from gaining expression. So, the Father longed to separate His glory from His person so that creation can experience His 19

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compassion towards sinners. THIS DESIRE OF THE FATHER WAS EVENTUALLY
ACCOMPLISHED IN THE SACRIFICIAL SLAYING OF HIS SON.

Dear reader, I believe very strongly that this gospel story would change your life. It’s all about the Father’s love and it’s amazing how that we never knew the Father until the New Testament came and the Son began to tell us about Him. All the prophets of old longed to hear this love story, but they didn’t because it was reserved for the New Testament believers. With the sacrificial slaying of His only begotten Son, the Father was finally able to separate His glory from His person so that His love can be expressed to creation without any hindrance. The Son is the very person of the Father in character and nature but He no longer possessed all the aspects of God that would have made relationship with the world impossible. He took away everything that would make Him unapproachable, so that creation can be able to behold Him, who is the very image of the Father long enough to learn about the Father’s longsuffering, willingness to forgive, compassion towards sinners and His eternal plan for all creation. THE FATHER’S DESIRE TO SEPARATE HIMSELF FROM
HIS GLORY FOR THE SAKE OF LOVE WAS EVENTUALLY FULFILLED IN THE REVELATION OF THE PERSON OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON.

After the Father had slain the Son in Heaven, He sent Him into the world to commence the work of creation. Note that this event occurred before time began. The only begotten of the Father is the creator of everything that has existed, is existing and would exist in the future. In the beginning, the Lord was required to make and create the world according 20

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to the will of the Father. He made all things in accordance to the specifications that He provided. The Son and the Father worked together as one to bring the work to completion. The presence of God with Him was manifest in the person of the Holy Spirit. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:1-3 The Word was not alone, but He was performing in the fullness of the presence of the Father (the Spirit). Therefore, He worked because the Father was also working. In fact, nothing was made except the Father commanded the specific way it should be made. But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. John 5:17-19 21

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The Son did not do anything of His own, but only the things He saw the Father doing. He put materials which He required together in the process of making every creature with such accuracy that one cannot fully imagine. He had always been with Him and understood the dexterity required in carrying out His work. He did the Father’s work in the fullness of the Spirit and was required to present it to Him at the end in a perfect and incorruptible form. The Son continued to work as the Father also worked

Chapter Two
DISPENSATIONS
And the Lord God said, behold, the man is become like one of us, to know good and evil: and now lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever: therefore the Lord God sent him forth 22

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from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken (Genesis 3:22-23) From the time of the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, there had been two long eras. The first being the angelic era, also known as the pre-adamic era, while the second is the era of men which can also be referred to as the Adamic era. Dear reader, without adequate knowledge of the concept of dispensations, we cannot understand ‘’The Story of the Fall of Lucifer’’. This is why this chapter is very important. Please, take your time to understand it. There are a lot of misunderstandings trailing the existence of pre-Adamic and Adamic eras. Misgivings over these scriptural concepts are born out of the inclusion of imaginary years between the first and second verses of the book of the beginning, Genesis. Though, it is true that thousands of years passed between these two verses, this period is not one that we do not know, but it is an intricate part of our history. They are not imaginary, but real. Of course we understand that there was a wide gap between when God first created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1) and when He began to re-create it all over again in verse 3. God did not make earth that is empty and void; He made it good just as every other thing that He made in the beginning. But something definitely evil happened along the way and the earth gradually turned berserk. 23

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According to that creation account as recorded by God’s servant, Moses, God began to re-create the earth once again and we saw that the first thing that He did was to introduce the Light of the world (Jesus, our Lord) into the chaotic mass that the earth had turned into. Jesus is the Light of the world. If He is that Light whom Moses wrote about, then we can also view that Genesis account of creation as prophecy. I am no trying to say that they were not real events that birth the existence of everything both visible and invisible. Of course they are! However, I am only trying to point our attention to the prophetic side of that wonderful story that graced the first page of scripture. I believe that a prophetic side to this story is not a matter of probability but an undeniable scriptural fact. By exploring the prophetic side of the creation story, it automatically follows that the Man Christ, whom all the other prophets before and after Moses testified about, is the Light in that account. If this is true, it means there was no light until He came into the world about 2,000 years ago. With this line of reasoning, those imaginary years would no longer stand in the way of history. So we can say without fear of contradiction that the Old Testament era of fallen man was the era of darkness under which the earth gradually went out of course and eventually became empty and void. This era is the same as the era of angels. So, we do not really need to see the chaotic era of the reign of angels as a period of time which we know little about. The pre-Adamic era is not different from the Angelic era which is not also different from the Old Testament era. Please, note that I am now viewing these first verses of the scriptures as prophesies about the coming of Christ. 24

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In case you are yet to understand my drift, let me clarify some terms a little more. Dispensations which I have always been referring to as eras are identified according to the class of creatures that reigned in them. Therefore, the pre-Adamic era or Angelic era is the time of the reign of angels while Adamic era, also known as the era of men, is the time of the reign of men. Please, don’t let this confuse you; God is the supreme ruler of the universe. However, He is the God of love and One who shares. In fact, the reason why He created the universe in the first place, was for the purpose of love and sharing. This is why the Lord does not reign alone but allows creation to join Him as kings and princes in His kingdom. Therefore, we can define the angelic era in better terms as the period in which angels reigned together with God in heavenly places. During this period of time, angels occupied a greater position and possessed higher authority than every other created being (including man). The Lord reigned in their midst and had become like one of them. So these angels were known as gods during this time of their reign because they were just like the Lord Himself (in appearance) and carried the glory of His presence. On the other hand, the Adamic era or the era of men, is the period in which man now reigns with God in the Heavenly Realm. In this new dispensation, man occupies a greater position than all created beings and have higher authority than even the greatest angel. Men now have God walking in their midst as one of them and are therefore referred to as gods because they also share the intricate qualities of His person. 25

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Please don’t get it all mixed up, the Adamic era did not occur during the time of the first man. Even though he was Adam, he did not reign. So, we cannot call that dispensation the era of Adam or the Adamic era because man did not reign during this period. The first man lost in the Garden of Eden to one of the wild animals which he was supposed to rule over according to the word of prophesy God gave concerning him on the sixth day of creation. The first man lost dominion and became subject to all manner of things- sin, death, angels, weaknesses, toil and many more. The old man lost the battle in Eden, so he became a subject instead of a king. We later found out through the study of scriptures that the wild animal (serpent) which the former Adam lost to was an angel. This way, man lost dominion to the head of the angels in a battle of wisdom. But we also saw that God was not well pleased with the incident of man’s fall as revealed in His curse upon the deceiver. The time of the first Adam was not the Adamic era. On the contrast, the time of the first man was actually the Angelic era. When man lost in the battle of wisdom to the greatest of the angels (Lucifer), he and all his descendants became subject to him. The incident of man’s fall in the Garden of Eden marked the beginning of the Angelic era. This same period of time which lasted from that time until the coming of Jesus Christ, the second Adam, is what we all know as the Old Testament era. Please note that we cannot really say that the Angelic era was God’s plan for man. No, it was only the result of man’s fall. If he had not eaten of the forbidden tree there wouldn’t have existed anything like the Old Testament. It was man’s fall that necessitated the coming of the reign of 26

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angels. During this period, man suffered immensely, he was operating on a level of being that was much lower than his original potential. He had become a subject, but he was created to be a ruler. On the other hand, angels had become gods but they were originally created to be servants. The old covenant was a direct opposite of what God originally intended. No wonder it went from bad to worse until the Lord decided to end it all. It was not in the creator’s eternal plan in the first place. Immediately man sinned in Eden, he ceased to be a part of God’s court. Before his fall, we read of how God brought all living creatures which He had made to the man and whatever name he gave to each of them became their names till today. This signifies God’s original intention to allow man to sit together with Him as judge of the universe. He was created to be in the class of God, to have His Spirit, mind and wisdom. God wanted man to be able to reason along with Him so that decisions as to how the affairs of the universe should be run can be arrived at together with him. What a great plan God had for man! However, when he sinned, everything changed and angels took over the place that was legally reserved for man. After his fall we read from scriptures how judgment was passed upon him from the company of angels. At this point, the Lord was already sitting among angels as judge and together they (God and angels) determined the fate of fallen man. And the LORD God said, behold, the man is become like one of us, to know good and evil: and now lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever… so he drove out 27

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the man (Genesis 3:22,24a) Of course, man did not become like the Father by eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, instead he died spiritually and became more like the devil. However, the Lord is saying here that ‘he is become like one of us’. Don’t let this confuse you, ‘us’ here represents the Lord, who was the speaker and the angels, who were co-judges at the court session. These angels were created with the working knowledge of good and evil. This is because they were meant to be servants according to God’s purpose for creating them, so He gave them knowledge of right and wrong. The logic here is that someone who does not have the knowledge of good and evil cannot be a good servant. However, man was not meant to be a servant, so God gave him His Spirit instead. He was not meant to be subject to any created being, so he didn’t need that knowledge of right and wrong that makes one perpetually subject to sin and possible punishment. When man sinned, he lost fellowship with God. He lost the life of the Spirit which was freely given to him and was reduced to mere dust. He ceased to be in the class of God by nature and could no longer behold Him in His glory as before. However, God whose purpose for creation was fellowship found companionship in no other class of creatures but angels. Though they were originally created to be servants, the Lord temporarily took them as sons in anticipation of a future time when the real sons would be delivered from sin to reclaim their position with God. But until this future time appeared, man remained subject to angels. 28

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Before man sinned, the judgment seat was with him in Eden as the Lord visited him at the cool of everyday. But immediately he sinned, a new court was formed in heaven among the angels. It is the custom of the Lord to closely identify Himself with members of His court. Except you know Him personally or could recognize his voice, you can hardly differentiate him from them. In fact, He calls them brethren. This was why when Christ later left the company of the angels to come into man’s company on earth about 2,000 years ago, it was very difficult for outsiders to precisely identify Him whenever He is sitting in the midst of His disciples. In the same way, when He was sitting in the midst of angels as judge in the Old Testament era, He considered them as His own brethren and used the pronoun ‘us’ when addressing them. Outsider could hardly differentiate him from them. After the establishment of the angelic court, the first sentence passed from this court was against man. What a pity! It was such a bad news for all the unborn generations of the first Adam when the Lord called out to the angels to come and reason with Him in judgment against him. I can imagine the angels taking their seats in the court room to ensure that the verdict was not only passed but enforced. The unanimous decision to send man out of Eden was the first judgment passed from the angelic court sessions. This event marked the inauguration of the heavenly court of the angelic era. It was the first event that occurred in the Old Testament dispensation of man’s search for restitution. Angels began to reign! However, according to the prophetic account of the sixth day, this was not supposed to happen. 29

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On the sixth day when God mentioned ‘Us’, He was not referring to Himself and angels. It was the Father who was speaking here through His Holy Spirit and was referring to Himself and His only begotten Son. The account clearly shows us that there were two actors when it comes to the creation of man. First was the One identified as God (the Father), who made man in HIS OWN image and second was the one simply identified as ’he’ who also made man in the image of the same God (the Father). This was not a repetition! God is the Father and the one bearing the masculine pronoun often associated with the male gender is the Son of Man, our Lord Jesus Christ; the only begotten of the Father. He had always been the Son of Man even before the first man came into existence. … So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them. (Genesis 1:27) The plan of the Father was that man should be transformed into His image through relationship with His only begotten Son. He wanted man to be like Him just as the Son is like Him. His plan was for man to also possess the same Spirit or heart as His so that he can sit together with Him as judge over every other thing he has created. However, man lost this privilege to sin and the angels grasped it. This notwithstanding, God did not give up on His eternal plan for man which he had for him on the sixth day when He fashioned him in the spirit. As the angelic era progressed, the Lord began to prepare man once again toward reclaiming his inheritance. Obviously, God was still interested in establishing an Adamic era that 30

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would last forever. Remember that God’s plan for man was that he should reign together with Him in His kingdom for all eternity. Since the first Adam was not able to reign, there was a need for a second Adam. Therefore, the Angelic era continued until Jesus Christ, our Lord whom we know as the second and last Adam appeared in the scene about 2,000 years ago to accomplish what the old man could not. It was in the event of His victory over Lucifer that the New Testament era of men kicked-off. This good news of the coming of God’s kingdom into the midst of men is the story of man’s deliverance from the anomalies and injustices of the Angelic era. It is the account our journey towards spiritual freedom and our quest in reclaiming the glory we lost in the first Adam. In this legendary story, Christ is the Hero. He is the Spiritual Adam who won the victory over the wild animal called Lucifer who had defeated the first man to claim authority over him and the rest of the world. The gospel story is the story of the battle of battles and the victory, for man, is one of inexplicable joy. Even though, the promise of an Adamic era had been given by the very mouth of God on the sixth day of creation; it did not come into full manifestation until Christ came. The Lord our God is the first man of promise. Though the Father had given the first Adam the opportunity of inheriting the promise of His kingdom, he and all his descendants could not until the only begotten Son appeared in the form of man. Until He came, all men were dead. He was the first man who came out alive from the midst of dead men- the first begotten from the dead. 31

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Just as the angelic era began with the appearance of the subtle serpent in Eden, so did the Adamic era commence with the appearance of the Son of Man. In scriptures, we saw how the reign of Lucifer began. It was not a righteous beginning; his reign started on the note of deceit, lies, robbery, hatred, selfish ambition and antagonism to God’s established order. So, what do you think would characterize a kingdom founded on such a foundation? No wonder the Angelic era went from bad to worse until it eventually came to an abrupt end with the coming of the Man, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. There were many righteous angels who were not privy to Lucifer’s ambitious spirit until they saw him trying to take over God’s throne. However, their righteousness was not enough to annul the fact that the whole angelic era was built on a faulty foundation. God still had to end the reign of angels. If the foundation is at fault what can the righteous do? The first stones in the foundation of the era of angels were lies and deceit. There was therefore nothing that even the holiest angels could do to salvage it when the Lord set Himself in battle array to end it. I believe by the time you finish reading this book, you would agree with me that we might need to be more flexible in our view of the angelic era as an era that existed during some countless imaginary years that we cannot readily account for or race out from the written word- the scriptures. We should not forget the Darwin’s theory. One cannot really estimate the number of years the purported evolution of man from apes took place or the actual events that culminated to the full manifestation of humans from primitive life. The subject of imaginary years can be very 32

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tricky and one dangerous thing about it (whether the one found in modern science or in the interpretation of scriptures) is the fact that it distorts man’s history with the aim of robbing Christ of His glory. Even though, there was a world that was re-created, we must not allow the idea of the existence of that world to blur our perception of this present one. We must be wary as Christians, so that we don’t miss out on some vital truths of God’s word.

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Chapter Three

MAN AND ANGELS
But to which of the angels, did He say at any time, "Sit on My right hand until I make Your enemies Your footstool?" Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for those who shall be heirs of salvation? Hebrew 1:13-14 All the things that the Son made can be broadly classified on the basis of the realms at which they exist (please note that this is the safest way of seeing God’s work). These realms are the heavens and earth (Gen 2:4). According to the will of the Father, heaven was meant to be the throne of His only begotten Son from which He shall rule over the entire universe in the fullness of His power and presence- His Holy Spirit (Isaiah 66:1). Heaven was the seat of power and authority. The Lord ruled the world from it. This meant that all the affairs on earth were to be controlled from and by what happens in heaven. This point would enhance your understanding of the things that I am about to share with you.

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According to the Father’s plan, the Son made the heavens to be inhabited by angels while He made the earth to be inhabited by man. However, it was unto man that the Father had given the promise of adoption. ANGELS ARE SPIRITS, BUT NOT EXACTLY- the Lord only made them spirits by giving them the look/appearance of spirits and not because they really have the intricate qualities of the Spirit. THERE IS ONLY ONE SPIRIT and that is the Father whose presence is manifest in the person of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, if anyone would become a spirit he must have to come through the One and only true Spirit Himself. Only believers who have been born of the Holy Spirit can be truly called spirits (John 3:3-6). The angels do not have this privilege. Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. Hebrew 1:4-6 Only man has the opportunity of sharing in the same nature as God. However, not all men have this privilege, but ONLY those who believe in the One whom the Father has sent.

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But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12-13 In the Old Testament, angels were preferred above men. They were the sons of God while man was simply flesh or dust (Gen 3:19). This is because the old system gives priority to what is observable. Angels could move with great speed and accomplish wonderful things within a very short time because of the way the Lord made them. They had a kind of body that permits them to do these things. They could not be stopped by a physical wall or things that would normally hinder mortal man. So, they were able to evade natural laws in the process of carrying out the Lord’s purposes (Psalm 104:4). They were spirits by look, therefore they were known as the sons of God under the system of the old covenant because the former system judged things according to appearance. They were regarded as the sons of God because of the way the Lord made them and not because they were really born of God. They were not given the privilege of sharing in the intricate qualities of God but their sonship was based on physical or superficial parameters. They looked like God, so the old system identified them as gods without considering the intricacies of their nature. However, today under the new covenant, we who have become heirs of salvation are the real sons of God because we have been born of the ONLY TRUE SPIRIT and share in all the intricate qualities of His person. Angels have a spirit 36

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body but the true sons of God have the heart of the Holy Spirit (God). So which one do you think is a greater determining factor, the body or the heart? Think about it. The former system forced people to have a carnal perception of things. Some of the angels who were supposed to serve man became proud because of the place they had in the Old Testament. Therefore, many of them set out in pursuit of human worship. Ofcourse, some of them succeeded and gave birth to the numerous religions that fill the world. People of the Old Testament saw themselves as inferior to angels and many of the people worshiped them. Spirit worship took over the hearts of the people of the world because men were still in darkness and lacked an understanding of the future plans of the Father for humanity. If man had known his place in God’s everlasting plan for creation, he would have understood that eventhough he doesn’t have a spirit body like angels, he has been crowned with glory and honor above all of them(Hebrew 2:7). In this New Testament era of light, we now understand that angels are ministering spirits sent by God to serve us. They are not our teachers, savior or God- they are our servants. It is better to listen to what a man of the Spirit has to say about God than to listen to what an angel has come to announce. This is why the Lord did not allow angels to bring the salvation message to humanity. He did it Himself and afterwards allowed men of the Spirit to convey it to others. Angels are not normally included in the equation. 37

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If only the people of the world would understand this, they would no longer pay attention to books that some prophets say they received from angels. The book that contains truth is the one written by men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and which contain words spoken by the very Mouth of God Himself. Books have been dictated to men by angels. These books contain the wisdom of angels and not the wisdom of God. The angelic books usually have sweet stories, local wisdom and interesting moral lessons but they lack real value and are potentially dangerous because those angels that dictated them are fallen sinful lying spirits. These spirits have head knowledge of the Lord, which is why all the religions of the world bear some resemblance to the Old Testament Jewish worship. Heaven where the angels dwell became very important, not because angels live there but because the Lord rules from there. The king of kings who presides over the affairs of the universe had His seat in heaven. He ruled the entire world from His throne on the holy mountain. Every thing that happens on earth was determined by the decisions reached at His judgment seat. The angels were His ministers but men were to become co-heirs with Him. Whatever decision the Lord reached in heaven in terms of justice and the enforcement of the law, he sent his angels to effect it. This made angels important in the system of things. The Father’s will is that what happens in heaven and what happens on earth should bear close resemblance. His 38

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desire is that His will be done on earth just as it is in heaven (Luke 11:2). It was with this purpose of the Father in mind that the Lord made the heavens and the earth. He made every creature inhabiting these realms according to the specifications He had received from the Father before the world began. All men were carefully and wonderfully made to the glory of the Father, so also were angels. Everything that has to do with God’s law, rulership and judgment had its real representation in heaven. This is because heaven was the throne of God and it was from there that He gave the rules that govern His chosen people on earth. This meant that the real law and judgment was to be found in heaven. Now, the one who truly came from the Father to represent His law was the Holy Spirit. He is the one whom the Father truly wants to be the guide of the world that He is bringing into His perfection. The plan of God was that the Spirit (the guardian from God) should dwell in the heart of man rather than written laws crammed up in his head. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. Ezekiel 36:26-27

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The Holy Spirit was the one who came to testify about the Father’s law and guardian. He is perfect and holy but the former carnal law was not. The law of the Spirit administers life to those who believe but the Law of Moses brought death upon those who trusted in it. The law of the Spirit is mild and gracious, it doesn’t condemn. No one who lives by Him would ever know condemnation. The Spirit Himself is that perfect Law which the prophets spoke about. According to scriptures, the Holy Spirit was to be given to those who have been washed in the blood of Jesus. However, Christ did not come until about two thousand years ago. So, does it mean that there was no law before the Spirit was given? No ofcourse, the Lord gave the Old Testament laws in order to bridge the gap. The Son of God was meant to rule the entire universe by certain laws in anticipation of the coming of the Holy Spirit. This initial set of laws was for the purpose of preparing creation for the real law of the Spirit. THEY WERE NOT PERFECT LAWS, but a representation of the one that must come later. If the Son did not give this imperfect form of the real law at first, there would be nothing to prepare creation for what the Father planned for the time of the end. So, God allowed the Son to give the Old Testament laws to prepare the world for the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Old Testament law was given to men on earth, but just as I mentioned earlier, everything that had to do with judgment on earth had its original form in heaven. This, as I also said before, is because it is from heaven that the Son rules the entire universe and it is also the will of the Father 40

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that things should be on earth just as they are in heaven. Therefore, the real law with which the Son ruled the entire universe in the Old Testament was in its real form in heaven. Just as the Holy Spirit, who represents the guardian or law of the New Testament, is a person and NOT a written code, voice or force, so also was the one who represented the Old Testament guardian/law a real person who dwelt in the heaven of the Son. This angel was made by the Lord according to the exact specifications that the Father gave. He was to be in the Old Testament what the Spirit is now in the New Testament. This angel was representing the Holy Spirit, so he was made to be a god even among the gods. I believe you can easily guess who this angel was. Of course, he was Lucifer, the mighty angelic guardian. Lucifer represented the guardian of the Old Testament, while the Holy Spirit represents the real New Testament guardian. The beauty of the old law before it was distorted by sin can be likened to the beauty of the devil before his motives became corrupt by sin. The law on earth automatically became crooked when his heart became corrupt in heaven where he dwelt. The old law was represented by the person of Lucifer, the light bringer. Eventhough, the law (the accuser of the brethren) is generally seen as an idea, thought or written code on earth, he is not seen that way in the spirit realm. In heaven, he is seen clearly as a spirit person who dwells in a real spiritual world. The truth is that the world that we live in presently is not 41

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the real world but the real world is the spirit world that our physical eyes do not see. The Old Testament era was the era of the reign of angels. They were allowed to rule with God in heavenly places but the New Testament era is the era of men. Believers now reign with God in the Heavenly Realm. The dispensation of angels was very dramatic. They had access to wonderful powers and great honor was placed on their personalities. However, they were not perfect and were also subject to error. Therefore, they needed a guardian (law) who would monitor their activities. The Holy Spirit is the great guardian whom the Father had sent, but the world could not yet receive His ministry. Therefore, in anticipation of the coming of the Spirit, the Lord anointed Lucifer as the mighty angelic guardian. He was made with every beauty and abilities required for optimum performance in his unusually great office, but his heart became corrupt along the way with diverse vices- greed, pride, arrogance, vain religiosity, insatiable desires, inordinate ambition, hateful nature, blood lust, injustice, wickedness and the plan to take the place of God. Lucifer was not upright in heart. He perverted justice for the sake of personal gains and abused his office as the angelic guardian. He delayed justice in the name of ‘due process’ and stylishly obstructed the answers to the prayers of the saint. When the Lord sends an angel to go and deliver good news, he delayed him, but quickly allowed the tormenting 42

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spirits to go. The devil loved evil more than good and the Lord was not well pleased with him. As his office became more corrupt by the day, so did the entire Old Testament era of angels. … God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. Psalm 82-1-7 Ofcourse, Lucifer was not monitoring their activities with all truthfulness of heart. Angel worship started proliferating in the world. Instead of angels being instruments in the hands of the Lord, they were beginning to take the place of God Himself. When the appointed time came, the Lord decided to end the era of angels and to usher in the era of the true sons. With the coming of this new system, the old one was STRUCK OUT. Lucifer, the former angelic 43

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guardian lost his seat and the true Guardian who is the Holy Spirit took over His rightful place. However, Lucifer, the angelic guardian was not well pleased with this new system. He had become so power drunk that he wanted to continue in his office forever. He had become so used to oppression, dishonest gains, and the human worship which he continuously received. He didn’t want to relinquish his post. Many other angels like Lucifer joined in the rebellion and together they formed the first enemies of the new covenant. IT WAS WITH THE EVENT OF THEIR REBELLION THAT KINGDOMS WERE ESTABLISHED. Those who embraced the coming of the new system became part of the KINGDOM OF LIGHT, while those who rejected the new covenant but arrogantly remained in the old system formed the KINGDOM OF DARKNESS. The Lord rejected the kingdom of darkness, but loved the kingdom of light and made it His own. The devil became the king in the kingdom of darkness while the Son of God reigns in the kingdom of light forever and ever. Amen.

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Chapter Four

THE FIGHT of FAITH
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And if ye will receive it, this is Elias which was for to come He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Matthew 11:12-15 It was not even John who brought the gift of God’s kingdom to all men (John 1:8), yet the battle for the kingdom started once he showed up to announce that it was coming (Matt 3:2). In the days of old, salvation belonged to the Jews, and gentiles had little or no chance. But in this New Testament era, Christ has brought salvation unto all men (John 3:16). Now it doesn’t matter if one was a gentile or Jew but everyone has been made equal in the sight of the Father of all (Galatians 3:28, Rom 10:11-13). This means great deliverance for everyone, not for gentiles alone but for the Jews also. Because not all who were Israelites were Jews, for many of them though born to Abraham were gentiles by nature (Rom 9:6-8). A large number of them were actually worse than the uncircumcised philistines (John 8:38-47). So it didn’t matter that they were Jews by birth, but they still suffered and were destroyed under the weight of the law of sin and death, because they were not better than the hopeless gentiles judging by their evil nature. Their case was even worse, as the law which was given to save them was weakened by their evil tendencies (Rom 8:3), so that instead of saving them, it brought condemnation. (Rom 7:10). God’s children (the Israelites) suffered from sin and guilt under the law because of its heavy burden and strict requirements, while the gentiles on the other hand stood no chance in the quest for righteousness because God had already rejected them by not giving them any law to start with. So who is better, the Jew or gentile? Glory to Jesus for he has revealed to 46

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us in these last days that all men are equal before God, for his plan all along was to subject all men to the power of sin, so that he can also save all. Paul testified to this truth when he said; For God has imprisoned everyone in disobedience so he could have mercy on everyone. (Rom 11:32)NLT What then? Are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; (Rom 3:9)NLT The Israelites therefore needed salvation as much as the gentiles did. All men needed Christ; all without an exemption- both Jews and Gentiles. For a true Jew is not one by birth but by a change of heart through circumcision of the same. For you are not a Jew just because you were born of Jewish parents or because you have gone through the ceremony of circumcision. No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by God’s spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people. (Rom 2:28-29) NLT The reason why Christ came was to make salvation available to the entire world (John 3:16). This was not because God had changed his mind over 47

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the fact that salvation belongs to the Jews alone, but because there was a problem with the way the old covenant (the law) identified whether someone was a Jew or not. The truth is that there were many gentiles by birth who were Jews by heart. There were many who were lawless, not because they were arrogant, but because no one had given them a law. Some of these gentiles even fulfill the law of God, when they have not been given any (Rom2:14), while those with the law continued to break it. This proves to us that many are Jews by birth but gentiles by nature. However, the law does not consider this, as it only cares about physical nativity. Therefore Christ came to appease the old law once and for all, so that he can enforce a better one that would take spiritual nativity or nativity by heart into consideration, so that ‘spiritual Jews’ among the gentiles can also be saved. God has not changed his mind, as salvation belongs to the Jews ALONE (Matt 15:24) - now I mean Jews by heart and not by blood line (John 1:1213). All gentiles are God’s enemies for ever (Matt 10:5) - and I mean all those who are without law (lawless), sinful, uncircumcised, unrepentant and unbelieving (1 cor 6:9, Gal 5:21, Ps 37:20). You would notice this style in the life and teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. He treated repentant gentiles as if they were Jews (Lk 17:15-19), but addressed unrepentant Jews as though they were hopeless gentiles (Jn 8:39-44). Many people misunderstand this but wrongly believe that Jesus is a friend to all sinners. No! Not exactly, he is only a friend to those sinners who come to repentance. 48

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Christ has broken the barrier on the way of salvation, so that anyone who believes whether Jew or gentile is saved, and everyone who hardens his/her heart whether Jew or gentile is condemned (Rom 2:9-12). Therefore, salvation is made available to everyone who believes no matter where he or she was born in the world. The reason why the kingdom of God turned into a matter of violence was that the law (Lucifer) was aggrieved once it sighted the coming of John. The old law hated the simplicity of the new covenant, and was offended once John began to talk about it. Now let’s look at what was actually happening under the old covenant, and how sin was taking advantage of the weakness of the law in order to enslave men. The truth of the matter is the fact that the righteous law of the Lord was corrupted by sin. Why? Because the law was corruptible of course! The old covenant was weak and ineffective though its place in God’s eternal plan can not be revoked. It was easy to manipulate and burdensome. So, the evil one took advantage of these weaknesses. Sin did not only corrupt the law, it completely hijacked it and began to use it to its own advantage. But sin used this commands to arouse all kinds of covetous desires within me! If there were no law, sin would not have that power. At one time I lived without understanding the law. But when I learned the command not to covet, for instance, the power of sin came to life, 49

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And I died. So I discovered that the law’s commands, which were supposed to bring life, brought spiritual death instead Sin took advantage of those commands and deceived me; it used the commands to kill me. But still, the law itself is holy, and its commands are holy and right and good. But how can that be? Did the law, which is good, cause my death? ofcourse not! Sin used what was good to bring about my condemnation to death. So we can see how terrible sin is. It uses God’s good commands for its own evil purpo (Rom 7:8-13) So, instead of being the law of life (Christ), it became the law of sin, and we know sin doesn’t walk without death. Infact the power of sin is deathhis twin brother. So, the law God meant for good for the Israelites became the law of sin and death in the hands of the devil (Rom 3:20). This adulterated law that cares only about guilt and condemnation is the reason why the kingdom of Heaven became a matter of violence in this New Testament era of righteousness and grace.
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But no one knew or noticed that this impostor was trying to take the place of God in the hearts of His people until light came. It hid under the law to do all these, but when Christ came, He shinned His light into the darkness of the law and the thief (the accuser of the brethren) was suddenly revealed. This law of the flesh was not an enemy all along, not because it was not wrecking any havoc, but because darkness was still hiding it from the faces of those who would have declared it an enemy. If you look through the New Testament writings of the apostles, you would notice how they fought hard against the law of sin and death. It was very clear that they would not bow to the dictates of the law of condemnation, so the devil hated them because he could not bear to see anyone being freed from its dictates. Their gospel of freedom through faith and not by the law therefore offended the devil (the master of sin and its dictates). The more we know the nature of the corrupt old law which is represented by the person of Lucifer, the more we would understand the reason why it was offended by the coming of the new covenant. Permit me therefore to talk some more about this selfish impostor. The old law is very harsh and impossible to please (Rom 4:15). He doesn’t care about the same things that God cares about even though he used to be a part of God’s house of Old Testament. He was so close to God in appearance and in words, but his heart was far away from Him. In those days, he stayed in God’s presence every day, yet his desires were directly opposite to His, infact they were contrary and at enmity. 51

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So close, yet so far away from him; the lord cared about salvation but he only cared about death. While God doesn’t want the death of a sinner, but that he should repent and be saved, Lucifer was only interested in killing him. He is not happy when sinners repent but rejoices only when they die as a consequence of their sins. He sees nothing interesting about a peaceful day, but becomes excited at the slightest scent of war. The old corrupt law (Lucifer) loves death, pain, plagues and hard torture. The sight of war chariots, flying arrows and spears, clashing swords, and scary thunder bolts gives him great pleasure. The smell of fire, smoke, raw flesh and blood are his greatest delight. He does not understand the way of love, but only understands the language of hatred, violence and unforgiveness. The old corrupt law doesn’t care about righteousness, but only about sin and its consequences. The Lord loves freedom for his people but it loved slavery and oppression instead. However, the law of sin and death continued its stay in God’s presence until the time of its fall came. The Lord hated this law all along, but He was waiting for the right time to come when He would expel it from his house ONCE AND FOR ALL, and deliver his people from its grip. Everyday as he remained in His presence, He saw his heart and hated his motives. He therefore decided to banish him from his house for all eternity. All thanks to Jesus Christ our Lord who finally dethroned the law of condemnation, so that sin and death no longer have a place in this new spiritual house. The messenger of death (the corrupt law) who is also known as the devil waged war against all nations of the world. He had no friend, as he is 52

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impossible to please. He even hated the Jews more than other people of the world because of his hatred for salvation (but this was a secret of his heart which only the Lord could notice). All men including the Israelites therefore suffered under his evil rule during the days of his reign. He destroyed both Jews and gentiles alike, and the entire nations groaned in pain. The law took away all the time and attention that the people should really give to God and was directing worship to itself. Lucifer was actually trying to take the place of God. The devil waged war against anyone or nation that seeks the things which he secretly hates- peace, love, freedom, salvation, eternal life and the likes. However, the former angelic guardian did not understand that there is another way to receiving the gifts of the kingdom apart from mere obedience to the dictates of the law. So he concentrated all his effort on preventing all men, no matter how holy or careful, from being free from the guilt of the law. He must have reasoned that since the only way to receiving the reward was if one was free from guilt, then no one will ever succeed as long as he perpetually brought unending accusations against him or her in legal matters. Being the master of condemnation, he therefore made sure none was free from guilt. The accuser of the brethren made sure none was guiltless. Therefore, no one could be justified by the old law or receive eternal life thereby. Even Moses could not be justified by the law. But the devil did not understand that God had a better plan. This plan was kept secrete so that the foolishness of the law may be revealed at the appointed time. God had a 53

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joker; another way and infact the only true way to receiving eternal lifeTHE WAY OF FAITH AND LOVE.

Oh, how foolish the devil was! If he had known, he wouldn’t have given himself so much to religious violence to the point that he even crucified the Lord of glory by unjustly bringing up charges against him in matters of the law of Moses. The devil does not know all things. Infact, when we compare the things he knows with the great things we now know in Christ Jesus, we would see that he is worth being called foolish, and we are wise enough to teach him. Under his nose, patriarchs of old were batching the gifts of the kingdom, but he didn’t understand how they were doing it. This was because these people were getting it through faith and love, but all he could understand was the way of religion and violence. He had tried to stop them by making them guilty of the law, yet they got eternal life anyway. Even many years before Christ came to announce the way of faith to all men; these people saw beyond their time and walked in it. This way was invisible to the devil, so he could not stop them and they were therefore able to accomplish great and mighty things in their time. They even stopped the threats of death and escaped the consequences of the law. Mountains skipped at the sound of their voice and great armies were put to flight. The devil marveled at their exploits, as they were not doing these things through the law, but through some other ways that he could not understand. Look at what the scriptures have to say about some of these men of faith;

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By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son; Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones… By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment. By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days. By faith the harlot Rehab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace. And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gideon, and of Barak, and of 55

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Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: (Hebrew 11:17-35) They could not be stopped by the same things that the devil was using to stop people of their generation. Lucifer wondered at their exploits but could not understand them because the way of faith had not been publicly proclaimed. If he had known this secret way of faith he would have tried to stop them, but glory be to God who blindfolded the deceiver of men and humiliated the master of law and condemnation(1 Cor 1:19-20). When the appointed time came, God sent John the Baptist, the fore runner of Christ, into the world. It was John who began to publicly announce that the kingdom of God was coming through another way, and that it was coming for EVERYONE. Look at what the scriptures say about John; There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 56

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That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. (John 1:6-8) This public proclamation exposed the secrete way of faith through which the patriarchs walked. Nothing can be more offensive to the devil than a public proclamation of God’s kingdom, and more painful was the fact that it was even for all men. Now, this way of salvation was being made visible and accessible to everyone in the world. Only few could see it before, but now all men have the opportunity to see it. The devil also saw it for the first time and was offended. All along, he had been looking for this secret way of salvation which the prophets spoke about, so that he might corrupt it as he did to the former one. When John appeared, the way of faith suddenly became visible to the evil one, and the battle against the kingdom started immediately. All through the Old Testament, the kingdom of God and its gifts were available. However, it was not as a matter of violence because there was no enemy yet. When I say that there was no enemy, I do not mean that there were no people who hated God’s kingdom and were against it. What I mean is that God was still hiding it from the faces of the people (the devil and his agents) who would have declared it an enemy. Until an enemy is identified there can’t be war, therefore it was when the devil saw the coming of God’s kingdom that he identified it as an enemy and began to wage war against it. And this happened immediately John started to announce it in the wilderness. As Christians seeking the gift of eternal life through Jesus, I encourage you to get ready to fight the fight of faith. 57

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Dear reader, I believe you are beginning to understand the issues that surrounded the angelic era and how it was affecting the lives of men on earth. I am sure that this chapter has opened your eyes in some ways.

Chapter Five

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workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Ezekiel 28:13

In the days of old, before Christ’s coming and ascension, when Lucifer was still ruling in the earth in his full strength and royal honor, there was no one greater than him except the Lord his maker. He represented the Law enforcer and of course no one could be greater than the law. He was a means of punishment. He was made an instrument of wrath, a destroyer and messenger of death. The Lord set him in the place of higher honor than all His angels. None of them could compare with him in any way. Even when Michael the arch angel was disputing with him over the body of the great prophet (Moses), he dared not come against him with railing accusations but could only venture to say ‘the Lord rebuke you’(Jude 1:9). The devil had been a great genius since the day the Lord created him. He made him the wisest among all his counterparts (Gen 3:1). Though, he always used this wisdom against the good purposes of the Lord, yet his place in God’s eternal plan for mankind can not be revoked. This is because it was in the personality of Lucifer that all the things which the Father hates were clearly revealed. With this, it became easier to understand the Father’s pleasures. Just as the Son represents every thing that the Father loves so also did the devil represent everything that He hates. 59

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Many people think that it is being religious that makes them unlike the devil. This is not true as there is really no one that can be as religious as Lucifer, the old-time dragon. He stood in the presence of the Lord all his life, yet his nature was very different from His. You can imagine how he bows religiously in the Lord’s presence, kneeling down in worship while reciting verses from the holy book (Job 1:6). No one could observe all these rituals in a more spectacular way than Lucifer, yet he didn’t have a change of heart to show for it. He was a religious warrior, murderer and militant who broke the law of love and peace in the name of perpetuating religion. Many still worship him today. In history, their most respected leaders still remain warring prophets and not a sacrificial lamb who would rather give His life for the sake of peace. The character of the devil is most perfectly elucidated in religions that lack a sacrificial lamb as its most valued character. The gospel is a real story because it is not just an idea that came down from heaven by the hand of an angel and was received by a prophet isolated in a particular cave. No! ’Prophets’ surround the receipt of revelation by mysteries in order to enslave their fellow man. The gospel of Christ was not a one-generation-one-person affair, but an eternal plan with a story line in which many real actors have acted their parts according to the Father’s master plan. Many generations played their parts in the story line and countless characters were staged. From Adam to Christ there were many generations and privileged characters like Abel, Seth, Noah, Abraham, 60

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Isaac, Israel, Moses, Elijah, David and so on. Different people at different places wrote about their experiences in their own life times as they saw the advancement of the gospel story. And when Jesus eventually came, just as He was there in the beginning of the story, He also came to end it in a grand style. It is a complete story which we now share with the entire world. The gospel story does not only involve many characters and generations but also have many angles to it. It is a many-sided story with perfect harmony between every part. Because this book is on Christian warfare, I have literally jumped many things in the story line so that I can quickly get to where the battle is. I mean the action parts. If you have been following the account so far, you would note that I have now gotten to the character named Lucifer. After the Lord created Lucifer, He anointed him as the mighty angelic guardian (Ezekiel 28:14). He was such a beautiful creature! Out of all the things that the Lord made, no one had a more glorious appearance than he did. He was so powerful that he could not be counted as one of the conventional angels. Though he was created by the Lord and dwelt in heaven, yet he was not within the arc of angels. No, Lucifer did not belong to the normal assembly of the gods; he stood out distinctively in glory and honor. He was a god even among the gods- a creature full of wisdom, exquisite in beauty, and endowed with unfathomable powers (Ezekiel 28:12).

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Lucifer was created to show forth the righteous judgments of the Lord. He was created so that through him the Lord can show His love for fairness, justice and equity. With a creature like Lucifer representing the law enforcement officer, no one was un-punishable; not even Michael, the arch angel. No creature both in heaven and on earth could confront him. However, instead of showing forth God’s fair judgments, he unjustly accused the people and perverted the way of justice. Everyone feared the king of Tyre (Lucifer); he was the last person anybody ever wanted to see. The Lord made him greater and more powerful than all other creatures He had made, so that through him everyone could be punished no matter how highly placed. In heaven, he was indeed the mighty angelic guardian. The fierce look on his face alone was enough to keep the angels from sinning. His glorious power was unequalled and no one could possibly imagine standing against him in battle. The king of Tyre was such a magnificent man! He had such an inexplicably great privilege before God that he even seemed to share in the glory that belonged to the Lord almighty alone. HE WAS ALLOWED TO WALK
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reputed to walk (Ezekiel 28:12). When the Almighty descended in His fierce anger in the midst of fire, smoke, thunder and thick darkness upon mount Sinai, not even a fly could come near the mountain of God’s wrath(Exodus 20:18-20). The great indignation of the Lord burned dangerously against the Israelites from the 62

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midst of mount Horeb when the Lord descended in the fullness of the Holy Spirit. The earth trembled, there was thick darkness, the sun could not give its light and the moon was no where to be found on that great day of the Lord. No one could even dare to look up at the mountain to see this terrible sight. Everyone fled to his tent and even in their hiding place they could not bear the sound of the terrible voice that spoke to them. Even the angels of God moved back in terror. Don’t forget that Moses was as one of the angels who spoke with the Lord face to face. But, that day, the great prophet himself was trembling with fear and no one dared to cross the boundary to Mount Sinai (Hebrew 12:18-21). However, there was one creature that was so powerful that his throne was actually in the midst of the stones of fire. As hot as the stone was on that great day at Mount Sinai, he could walk freely and happily in it (Ezekiel 28:14). One would even think that it was the fire of the Holy Ghost that was burning on the mount that day, but it was not. The fire of the Spirit is not a physical fire but a spiritual one just as we now know it today. The fire that was actually burning was the fire of Lucifer, the god of fire. The thunder that was striking was also from him. However, it was God’s voice that the people heard (Exodus 20:1). The honor of staying in the fire of God’s refining wrath belonged to Lucifer
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destruction. He had such a strong affinity for fire, smoke, thunder, blood and thick darkness. The desire of his heart at all times was to see God’s anger burn against His chosen people. He was the most highly placed and sacred creature in the religious system of the Old Testament, yet he had the most wicked heart and deceptive spirit. Though Lucifer, the mighty angelic guardian had the singular honor of walking in the midst of the stones of fire with the Lord Himself, his nature was very different from His. Tyre’s king was an integral part of the process of God’s wrath and vengeance. The devil enjoyed the reputation of being counted as part of God’s refining fire. This is the fire of God’s merciful wrath with which He purged His chosen ones from sin and stubbornness in order to make them perfect, holy and acceptable in the sight of God. The Lord’s intention for punishing Israel was not to destroy her, but to discipline her as a loving father disciplines his beloved child. Though, Lucifer was part of this refining fire, his intentions and desires were different from the Lord’s. He did not care about that laudable, holy and merciful purpose of the Lord’s punishments. All he was after was an opportunity to kill, steal and destroy the precious souls of those whom the Father loves (John 10:10). The heart of the king of Babylon was not right with God. He didn’t care about the things that are consistent with the merciful, loving nature of the Lord. Though, he had a very high reputation in heaven and on earth, he was such a vile creature due to the condition of his heart. 64

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Judging by how evil the devil was, one would expect that the Lord should have destroyed him long ago. But the Lord did not; rather he continued to be patient with him. The Lord had always seen the wickedness of his heart, but the world could not see a person’s heart. Everyone in heaven and on earth actually thought Lucifer was really doing the Lord’s will when he was destroying the nations of the world. They could not see into his heart, but the Lord did. The entire world needed to also see the evil in Lucifer’s heart before he could be punished. If the Lord should punish him without first making his sins obvious, other angels may become nervous and insecure. They may loose faith in His faithfulness, because they would think He destroyed him just because He no longer needed his ministry. Some of them would reason that if the Lord could discard Lucifer then He would surely discard them also. Therefore, the Lord needed to show to the entire world that he was destroying him because his heart was contrary and at enmity with Him. It was for this reason that the Lord continued to patiently sharpen the instrument of wrath in preparation for that great day of wrath when the destroyer himself shall be destroyed. According to the Father’s will, the Lord was not given to save or bring back Lucifer; He was only waiting for the right time to come so He could topple his kingdom once and for all. The Lord made Lucifer a very wise and subtle creature because of the role he must play in God’s refining fire. This role was that of a progress 65

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monitor and quality checker. Apart from this, he was also called to bring those sheep who wander off back to the fold. All these things are what the Holy Spirit now does in the most loving way. However, Lucifer did not do any of these faithfully but only pretended to. The Lord allowed him to go and see if the nation of Israel whom He had chosen are doing all the things He commanded them to do. But all he usually did was to go back to the Lord with evil reports and unending accusations against the brethren. No amount of obedience could ever satisfy him. The Lord only wanted him to go and test them by using his great wisdom to see if they really understood the words that He spoke to them. But instead, he tempted them and caused God’s people to fall into condemnation, so that he could have evil reports to send back. The role of Lucifer was the role of the law, which was to make sin known to those who were concerned. The Lord did not need any creature to be able to know if there was sin in the hearts of His people. However, He needed those He wanted to correct to see their sins by themselves. Not only the sinner, but also every other witness in heaven and on earth. Lucifer was given the task of making sin obviously visible. The plan was that when the sins in the hearts of God’s people have been made observable to the offender himself and to all witnesses, then the Lord would have the opportunity of correcting and teaching whoever is affected in a more rewarding way. Others would also have the opportunity of learning from him, just as we are now learning from the characters in the 66

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scriptures. When the offender does not even know that he has sin in his heart, how would one be able to correct him or help others? Whenever the Lord gives an instruction or promise to His people, He allowed the devil to go and try their faith to see and reveal whether they really understood His words or believed in His promises. His work was to show the extent to which Israel was committed to her God in an observable way. He was to test them and not to tempt them. His work would reveal whether the will of the Father is being replicated in the minds and life style of His people. The will of the Lord was that His people should love God with all their heart, mind and strength. The Lord also wanted them to love their neighbors as they loved themselves. It was all about replicating the Father’s key character in them- love. Lucifer was chosen to reveal to all witnesses if these were true of the Israelites. Israel was very religious and especially good on the outside. Only a very hot refining fire could expose the true quality of her faith. The devil was an ideal tool for this work. He was allowed to try Israel’s faith vehemently until the evil (sin) that was lurked up under their vain religiosity was exposed. If the Lord had unleashed His punishment on them before the sins in their hearts were exposed or before they had failed His tests, Israel would have named the Lord an unjust God. They would have pointed to their vain religiosity as proof of their innocence. However, the accuser of the brethren would not let sin remain hidden and unpunishable. The devil was the great instrument of sin revelation. Through his unbeatable wisdom, he subjected Israel to great trials of 67

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deception until their sins became so much that their open religious ostentations could no longer hide them. The serpent deceived the people of God to the point that their sins became so obvious and especially sinful that even they themselves could no longer claim innocence or deny being guilty of death. This was one reason why when the devil was still in the place of high honor among the stones of God’s refining fire, one can also call him ‘a stumbling stone’ or ‘rock of offence’- a title which belonged to the Lord alone. The reason why Lucifer seems to be sharing names with the Lord was because of the position he had with Him in the Old Testament before his fall. He shared those names with Him because he was the only one who was allowed to share the same position with Him among the stones of fire. Another role which the devil was meant to play was the role of bringing back the lost sheep. This became necessary when the children of God refused to heed to corrections after their sins have been exposed. Though, most times Israel would not have been stubborn if not that Lucifer over did his work. The Lord’s intention for subjecting His people to wise tests was to make them learn from their mistakes and become better. His plan was to expose hidden evil motives, iniquities and unbelief which they might not even be aware of, so that He could then have the opportunity of correcting them. God’s desire was for Israel to become perfect someday, but the devil wanted to destroy them totally. After he made their sins obvious, he still went ahead to harden their hearts so that they would not heed to corrections. The Lord saw this evil in Lucifer’s 68

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heart but He continued to tolerate him because He actually wanted to bring up a nation that would not be ignorant of his devices but one that would be wise enough to outwit him. After Israel have been deceived by the dragon and their sins have become obviously offensive, the Lord would send His prophets to them to see if they would be sorry for their sins and repent. But the devil further hardened their hearts and made them to kill God’s messengers and defile His alter with human blood. The people of Israel suffer greatly from the hands of the deceiver. They rejected the laws of the Lord and regarded His messengers as fools. They disdained the Holy One Himself and likened the Lord of heaven’s army to lifeless gods of the earth. They even represented Jehovah with graven images of bulls, birds, calves and different kinds of creeping things. The people of God rejected His righteous authority over them but went lusting after other gods. Therefore, because they would not repent and turn from their wicked ways, the Lord also resorted to using the fire of His wrath to bring them back to Himself. At this instance, what He did was to turn His back on them for a little while. When this happened, the king of Tyre became happy and quickly rushed into the camp of the Israelites to destroy them in countless numbers. The way he devastated the people of God whom the Father loves shows that he was actually interested in wiping them out completely. Even after the Lord had stayed his hand, the king of Babylon still took those who were left away into captivity in his own land, where he subjected them to hard labor and rigorous torture. 69

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There in captivity, he tried to erase the knowledge of God from their memories. He forced them to learn his ways and live by his customs. The king of Babylon secretly wanted to receive the worship that belongs to the Lord, so he forced them to worship him and his image while they were in captivity in his land. If any one of the Israelites tried to remember the God of Israel or speak of Him to his fellow prisoners, the king of Tyre quickly ordered that he should be killed. The pain and anguish in Babylon was great; much greater than Israel could bear. While Israel suffered in captivity in the hands of the king of Babylon, they were forced to remember how good the Lord was to them in the days before they sinned. Therefore, they cried out to God in their pains and repented of their sins after they had learnt their lessons in the hard way. The fire of God’s wrath through the hand of the king of Tyre made Israel to confess her sins and become converted. At this point, their eyes were opened and their unbelief was taken away so that they saw the Light of Israel once again and began to walk in His ways. Therefore, the merciful God, who had always been waiting for this moment of repentance to come, welcomed them back with opened arms of love. The Lord came back to His people, rebuked the devourer on their behalf, took them back to their own lands and began to govern them once again in peace, prosperity and righteousness. When they returned, they became better servants of God. Their hearts became more humble because of the tough lessons they had just learnt in Babylon. They worshipped the Lord with true faith and deep appreciation. Each one of 70

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them renewed covenants of love and obedience to God and the Lord loved them even more. The refining fire of God’s wrath produced a more deeply rooted righteousness into the lives of the Israelites. Therefore, the devil who revealed their sins through deception and who punished them in Babylon became renowned as Lucifer, the light bringer. He was also called ‘the son of the morning’ because it was through his destructive acts that light was restored back to the hearts of the Israelites so that their eyes could become opened to see their God. These names are just the same with what we currently know Christ to bear, but I believe you now understand why. Lucifer enjoyed that he was actually sharing names with the Lord. One of Christ’s titles he loved most was ‘the Morning Star’. If you look around you carefully you will see how much he loves this title. The ’morning star’ represents a great star that chases out the moon of the night to usher in the brightness of the morning. This title can only be conferred on the two personalities who were powerful enough to stay in the midst of the stones of fire. These two persons were the Lord, the creator of the universe Himself and Lucifer His rebellious servant. Jesus, the Lord Himself, is the true and faithful Day Star. Though Lucifer shared this name with Him in the Old Testament, he was very different from Him. Lucifer was that ’day star’ that rises with death, pain, sorrow, plague and woes, but Christ is the ’Day Star’ that arises with healing in His wings. 71

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In those Old Testament days, the devil had great honor both in heaven and on earth. When no other thing seemed to work, Lucifer was all that was needed to bring back righteousness into the camp of the erring nation of Israel. The king of Tyre was created with every item that was required to humble the hearts of God’s people. His destructive acts were just too terrifying for the stubbornness or their hearts to resist. In the days of the old covenant, the Lord used Lucifer, the commander-in-chief of the Chaldean army to bring back righteousness in the Land of Israel. He was all that was required. He was the model of perfection. Everything needed to bring finishing touches to the issues of perfection was him. During the era of the Old Testament, God used Lucifer, the king of Babylon to correct and bring back His people any time they erred. However, the Lord was not very pleased with this system of perfection. Instead of using the instrument of violence to bring His sheep back, He longed for a future time when the Holy Spirit would be given and He would then be able to use the instrument of love to restore His people once and for all. The only begotten of the Father longed for a future time in which His people would no longer need to stray away from His love. He didn’t like the way the destroyer was treating them and the rest of the world. However, the Old Testament was everything that was in existence at the time and Lucifer remained the best option available.

Chapter Six

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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. Revelations 12:3 In the prophecy of Ezekiel, in chapter 28, God’s servant was asked to prophesy against two great men. One was the king of Tyre (Eze 28:11) and the other was his prince (verse1). Tyre is the same as Babylon. The devil (the old time dragon) is the king of Tyre and the beast is his prince. This wicked king is the devil who has been deceiving the whole earth since the time of the beginning in Eden (verse 13) and his prince is the anti-Christ who was prophesied to come in the days of the end. The dragon and the beast have many features in common and one of them is their horns. These horns are what they use to deceive their enemy until they lead him or her into condemnation. The horns represent the great wisdom of these creatures. They can also be captured as puzzles with which they floor their enemy. These puzzles have been designed in such a way that they easily force the unwatchful believer to compromise his or her stand in God’s words. I have therefore named them ‘’the horns of deception’’. The horns of deception the beast is using against the world today also belonged to the dragon of old. These horns were the same puzzles that the dragon used to deceive Eve, until the first men missed the mark and 73

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thereby brought sin and condemnation into the world. God knew they wouldn’t die physically if they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He knew they would die spiritually, and that was the way he wanted them to also see things. The Lord wanted them to think spiritual, see things in the spiritual way and respond to issues as such. This was the mark, but they missed it. They sinned. The devil pointed his horns of deception at them and they were forced to step down from the exalted grounds of true faith unto the sinking sand. This is the true meaning of missing the mark or sin. Real sin is not mere failure to satisfy the requirements of a written code, but real sin is spiritual. It is compromising one’s stand as a believer. The question the devil asked them was simply to make them reason as a man instead of reasoning the way the Lord did when He spoke to them. The devil did not really deceive them through some complex wise sayings; he simply asked them a question (a puzzle). Put in another way, he simply pointed the horn of deception at them. But as I mentioned earlier, these horns have been carefully designed to make a believer step down from the grounds of faith. Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 74

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And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. Genesis 3:1-5 All that the devil needed to do was point the horns at the first men, and the magic happened- they fell. The sinking sand was the carnal perception of God’s words which the puzzle of the serpent forced Eve to have. She lost sight of spiritual death and began to think of physical death alone. When there was no physical prove that the fruit contained any poison that could kill the body, the devil was able to deceive her into assuming that the Lord did not really mean what He had said about eating from the tree. She had become blind to the spiritual consequences that should follow if she should disobey. All she could see now was a doubtable physical consequence. This carnal mindedness is what leads to sin and which ultimately leads to death. There is no way one can prevent death from coming upon a carnal minded person who walks after the dictates of the flesh. Even when you are explaining spiritual matters to him, he still can not just understand. Except his mind is changed through a spiritual re-birth, a man walking according to human reasoning would naturally end up in hell. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14 75

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Dear believer, don’t forget that real sin is carnal mindedness which is a direct fruit of unbelief. It is not an action but a state of mind. When the devil is using his horns effectively against a believer or any other person, the effect is that he is estranged from God. Such a person would not be able to understand who God is or what He means by his words. He cannot reason like Him. He is simply like a slave who does not understand the matters of the kingdom. No matter how beautiful a cloth you put on a slave, he would continue to be a slave because of his mindset. So it is with carnal minded men, they would forever be separate from God except they repent of carnality and take hold of God’s ways. Eventhough a man who walks after the flesh really wants to please God and meet up with the righteous requirements of the law, he incurably continues to miss the mark. He is a stench in the Lords nostrils. His mind is seriously marred as his reasoning is grossly infected with unbelief. Eventhough, he tries to be good with all his might, he would still be far from God and unable to find his love. In the futility of his efforts, he is then forced to assume that the true God is actually supposed to be far from him, but close to some special few ones. The devil made the children of Israel to live a defeated life of sin, by using his horns against them. Because of this, majority of them missed the mark and were destroyed in countless numbers due of their unbelief while in the wilderness of sin. The horns of the dragon made them unable to understand the laws of the Lord in its real spiritual perspective. As a 76

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result, their minds became estranged from God and because of their canal mindedness they became perpetually bound to sin and death. The devil made them spiritually useless with nothing valuable left within hearts to be salvaged for any worth. Their minds were darkened by sensuality. Israel was as smoke in His nostrils, and a pain in his neck. She could not learn with her heart, see with her eyes, hear with her ears or even understand anything He says. After several futile attempts to bring her back, the Lord was forced to conclude that Israel of old was a stiff necked people; a nation that continually aroused his anger. And if not for his promise to Abraham, He would have simply wiped her out during one of his fuss with her. If you study the scriptures well enough you will discover some of the horns of the dragon with which he destroyed the nation of Israel. These puzzles can be best captured as questions. These questions come with subtle suggestions that weaken faith in God’s words. The greatest puzzle that enslaved Israel and is still enslaving them until today is the puzzle that asks; is the Lord truly God? As simple as this question is, it has a very dangerous suggestion behind it. It is the most dangerous horn of the Old Testament dragon king. This is because the people rightly believed that the true God is suppose to be so powerful that if any man should see Him, he would simply burn to ashes. It was a general consensus among the Jews that no man should see God and live. So they had the natural tendency to doubt the validity of the Lord who talks to Moses face to face and calls Himself God. So you 77

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now understand that the devil was not pointing that particular horn of deception at them for nothing. If the horn prospers, it means they would no longer need to take the Lord so serious as Moses is trying to make them do. They just need to recognize that he is a powerful person, one of the great prophets, a law giver, and good teacher. They even appreciate His peculiarity as a prophet who seem to have greater power than all the others. A man who performs mighty, unbelievable miracles such as exercising authority over the seas, raising the dead, healing the sick, casting out devils and making food to appear from no where. Israelites of old even admit that he is such a peculiar prophet who doesn’t seem to have a known father and whose house they have not yet discovered in any part of the country. He simply appears to his own this moment and disappears at the next. And each moment just before he disappears, he would usually promise that he is coming back soon. And interestingly he does! He even tells his servants to wait for him at particular places and before you know it, He is there. Funny, isn’t it? You can not possibly trace his foot steps to know how he arrived there or the path he had followed. For instance, how can one trace the path a baby boy followed into the womb of a virgin without artificial insemination? Or how can someone explain how a full grown man would rise up into the sky until he is seen no more, without being attached to a balloon? He comes in mysterious ways from an unknown spiritual home and returns in the same way to that same invisible abode, yet he always returns. His ways are so unsearchable. What a Man he is!

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When we sample people’s opinion even in this twenty first century, we would find out how this horn of the old dragon is still prospering in the world. Most unbelievers actually believe that Jesus was a very fine man and good teacher who did wonderful things. But they just don’t think they should be bothered or interested in Him the way the gospel suggests. They don’t think they need to obey His teachings. They believe this would mean taking Him too serious. The people of Israel observed all these wonderful attributes of the Lord who continually proved Himself to be God. But on the other hand, the devil pointed his horn of deception at them. So, they began to wonder in doubt, if truly He is God as He said He was. Though He acts in unusually great manners and seems to be capable of doing all things, he doesn’t look like God to them. He was just like a man- he smiled, laughed, singed, ate, got angry, wore cloths, was hurt and even cried. At the same time, he spoke with great authority and his words seem to carry unfathomable power. But can he really be God? The horns continued to torment their reasoning. Israel could not believe how one who is God could possibly be so close in nature to man that he could even sit on the same stone with him and speak with him face to face like a man speaking with his friend. However, these people do not understand that it was for their sakes that he was robbed of that glory that they were looking for in him. It was for our sakes that he was stripped of that glorious appearance that would have made it impossible for a mortal man to see him and live. The Father had slain him before the foundations of the worlds were laid. He stripped him of the 79

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glory he had with him before the worlds were framed, so that he can be approachable to mortal man. For the sake of his beloved, the Lord took up the form of a mere man so that he might be able to freely relate the will of the Father to his people and in a form they could understand. However, they were deceived by the horns of the dragon. So, they judged the Lord according to his physical appearance. Their minds became so carnal that they could no longer see him in his spiritual form as God, but could only see him in his physical form as man. They therefore took the Lord of glory for granted and ridiculed him in the sight of their lifeless gods. They carried his name to round tables of scornful men and there they washed him down with humiliating words. This horn of deception was really wrecking havoc in their camp. Israel was robbed of the ability to see her God, because as long as she had carnal eyes, all she could see whenever she beheld Him was a man. However, as the brand new spiritual Jews we have been re-created with spiritual eyes. With the new birth we are able to see beyond the man Jesus. With eyes of faith, the regenerated soul is able to see the fullness of God’s nature dwelling in Him and know that He is truly God. But for those who ridiculed and continue to ridicule him, He would surely return for a pay back. Since they humiliated Him because He was not carrying the form of the incredible, impossible-to-behold God, he would therefore return in the very form in which they expected to see him. And according to their expectations he shall come to them on that great day of his wrath, and they shall all become as ashes before him. 80

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I would not try to point out all the horns of the dragon and the beast in this book. Rather, I would be satisfied if I am able to give us the idea of what the horns look like so that we can find out the rest of them ourselves. Ofcourse, they are not difficult to unravel. For example, you would easily find the horn of the dragon that poses the puzzle that asks; why do the righteous suffer and the wicked are spared? If you are an average student of the scriptures, you would know how greatly this puzzle troubled the people of the Old Testament. It is not difficult to also find the underlying threat in this puzzle. It is easy. If the righteous suffer, then why struggle so hard to be? Is this not a logical way to reason? A carnal man would naturally reason like this and end up in hell. Try to analyze this puzzle in a more elaborate way as I did for the horn asking if the Lord is truly God. Find out any other horn from scriptures and try to do the same to it, using scriptures as the analytical tool.

Chapter Seven A BRAND NEW ISRAEL
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Who hath heard such a thing? Who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her… That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations. Isaiah 66:8-11

What brought about the New Testament was the fact that the old one became faulty. And it was not just because it was faulted but because it was actually ‘faultable’. The real issue was the fact that the old law was corruptible. The element of corruption that existed within the law was no other person but Lucifer. He spread the corruption in his heart all over the system until the entire old covenant became corrupt and disgusting. The whole structure itself became so awful and nauseating that the Lord set Himself in readiness to discard it. The Lord did not try to repair the old ways rather He discarded it totally. The issue was not that the system on the holy mountain had been corrupted by Lucifer and his ‘evil children’. No, the real issue was that the system itself was porous, weak and corruptible. It was for this reason that Christ became tired of the old covenant and began to move towards establishing a better one.

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The Lord was not satisfied with the system of the Old Testament. He didn’t like the system of justice which was strictly dependent on physically observable sin. He was also tired of the carnal way of worship. The Lord no longer derived any pleasure from the smell of incense, burning flesh of animals and the hypocrisies that had surrounded the temple worship. The system was really porous and Lucifer was taking advantage of this weedy structure to perpetuate his own evil intentions. The Lord hated the way he was treating His people, so He decided to end their suffering by ushering in an entirely new plan. This new plan, as represented by the new covenant, was able to expose Lucifer’s sin himself, thereby making him punishable. It ended his corrupt ministry such that his role as the enforcer of the law was no longer needed. The new system was also be able to provide the only means of escaping unjust accusations in matters of the law that forced unnecessary condemnation and dead sentences on God’s people in the old testament. And ultimately, this new covenant was able to provide a perfect replacement for Lucifer. The solution to Israel’s predicament in the hands of Lucifer was nothing but that the Holy Spirit should be given. Therefore, it became unavoidably necessary for the Lord, the only begotten of the Father who rules the universe from His seat in heaven, to reveal the greatest secret of all ages to creation. This secret was the fact that the Father will make man perfect without the assistance of the law or any written code. The secret was the revelation of the Father. The Lord needed to show the One God to the 83

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world, who would rather give His Holy Spirit (the spirit of holiness) instead of corruptible laws. The Father is that Eternal Spirit who dwells in the Heaven above all heavens that any creature has ever seen. He is the All-sufficient, Allpowerful, Immortal, Invincible Spirit who does not need the backing of any created thing to make His people perfect. The idea is that if the Son can present Israel to the Father and make them His own, the Almighty would make them faultless without any need for Lucifer. Infact, He would destroy the destroyer for their sakes. However, no one else knew the Father in heaven and in the entire world except His Son whom He had sent before the world began. No one knew the Father. None of the angels had ever seen Him or been to His dwelling place. Only the Son knew Him well enough to be able to reveal Him to the world. With the desire to have the world experience the Father’s love, the Son set Himself in readiness to go and reveal Him to humanity. When the right time came, the Lord left His glorious throne in the assembly of the gods to come down to earth. Then, on the streets of Jerusalem, He began to testify about the Father, His Holy Spirit and Judgment. The plan was that when the Father has been revealed, He would give His Spirit to those who ask of Him and the destroyer would lost his authority over the lives of God’s people. This would culminate in the end of Lucifer’s tyranny over those who have become the Father’s possession. 84

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The devil was a blameless creature despite the wrath he unleashed upon the nations. This was because everything he ever did was within the jurisdiction of his calling. Though, he continuously overexerted his powers, he did only the things he had the authority to do and did not disobey the Lord’s instruction at any time. But he cunningly overdid his works. Eventhough his intentions were all evil, he did not over-step his boundaries. He had the most evil heart compare to all other creatures, yet he was also the most careful in conduct. Except you see his heart you can never imagine that he was not the purest of all creatures. Lucifer continuously brought unending accusations against peoples and nations, so that the Lord may grant him permission to go and destroy them, but he never went on his own volition. The Lord really wanted to expose the evil intentions of his heart so that He may punish him for his secret sins, but His plan for him was not ripe for execution. If the Lord had destroyed Satan before his sins were exposed, the angels would wonder why, because they couldn’t see his heart. So, he remained blameless as he did not miss the mark in his conduct until the prophecy of his fall was ready to be fulfilled. However, he had always missed the mark in his thoughts and intentions since the time of the beginning in Eden. The era of fulfillment of the prophesy finally came when the Lord of the heaven’s army left His throne among the gods to come down to earth in order to reveal the Father to His people, Israel. The Lord was the only one in the world who could monitor or control Lucifer’s extremely fearful 85

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activities. This was because none of the angels could withstand him in power, glory and wisdom. Therefore, once the Lord left the heavens to come down to earth, the mighty angelic guardian was himself left without a guardian. So, he easily went out of hands, as no one was there to control him. He sinned! And what a pity, he sinned in the dispensation of the Father- at a time when the judgment of the Almighty was being revealed to the world. Lucifer sinned against the Ancient One who punishes with eternal fire; whose punishments are not in a temporary hell but in an everlasting lake of unimaginable fire. This had always been the plan of the Lord. His plan for Lucifer was that of everlasting destruction. To whom much is given, much is expected. Despite the great wisdom that Lucifer had, he could not sense that an unfathomable danger was looming over his soul when the Lord was leaving the heavens to come down to earth. He failed to realize that he would be very prone to sin if his guardian should leave. He believed so much in his powers and vain righteousness that he paid no attention to the evil in his heart. He didn’t also realize the fact that the times were already changing and that sin in the dispensation that shall follow the revelation of the Father would be punished with eternal verdict. Lucifer was not only prone to sin but also to eternal punishment in the hands of the Holy Spirit of the Father. Of course, the king of Tyre was a very wise creature and should have understood all these things, but his great wisdom was corrupted by his 86

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love for power, riches, position and vain glory. When the lord was leaving, all that Lucifer could see was an opportunity to rise up and take over His throne. He had always nurtured the ambition of sitting in the seat of honor to preside over the mountain of the gods. His pride made him to think he would become unquestionable when the master is no longer in the house. He thought of how every creature in heaven and earth revered him, so his heart was lifted up within him. He considered in his heart that if he could command so much respect in all the realms that were created, then nothing would be able to stop him if he decides to ascend above the stars of heaven to become as the Almighty. What a pity! The king of Tyre forgot that he was only an instrument in the hands of the Lord. At last, that moment of immeasurable grace came and Christ walked on the streets of Israel testifying about the kingdom of the Father, His judgments, His Holy Spirit and righteousness. The Lord had left the glory which he had in heaven to come down to earth and Lucifer had already taken over the affairs on the mountain. He treated the brethren in heaven harshly, beating and subjecting them to needless torture. Though, the Lord was on earth now, he knew the things that were going on in the place He had left behind because the show of God’s omnipresence (the Holy Spirit) was with him. Through the Spirit the Son knew all things. Sometimes, He told his audience about the activities of Lucifer in heaven and the judgment He shall subject him to when He returns. He said all these things in parables. At least, that was how they sounded. While all these were happening in heaven, the Lord carried on His work of revealing the Father to His people on earth. During this period, He began 87

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to show the people that the Father could actually give them His Holiness so that they would no longer need to depend on obedience to an insatiable law. He also pointed their attention to the fall of Lucifer and the establishment of a new order. These revelations changed everything the world had ever been used to. Now Israel was beginning to understand that there is One, who is the Most High, who is able to end their spiritual misery and sorrows by giving them His Spirit. All along, the devil brought endless accusations against Israel in matters pertaining to the written law and physical conducts. He was able to do this because the people had not yet known their God to be Spirit. In the Old Testament, the people of God saw the Lord physically. They heard His voice with their ears and responded back to Him in the same ‘carnal ways’. He spoke to them from physical mountains and appeared to them in their synagogues. The Lord even ate with them and they saw Him wearing cloths as they did. In those days, everything about God and worship was very physical to the Jews. His judgments were also physical- both his rewards and punishments. Israel of old worshipped a God that could be seen, touched and heard physically, so they were also required to worship Him as suchon physical mountains, temples made by human hands and altars of stone. Therefore, when they erred, their disobedience could also be observed physically. So, the accuser of the brethren accused them bitterly before the presence of the Lord until he was given the permission to carry out his evil sentences on them. 88

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When the right time came, Christ delivered His people from the one who continually accused them, and from the wrath of the law which he enforced. The Lord was able to do this by introducing the Eternal Spirit in Heaven to His people. Israel was transformed the moment she came to know the Father. This was the only way out of her protracted captivity to the king of Tyre. The Father is Spirit and the only way to get to Him, worship Him or please Him is also spiritual. This new order of worship brought deliverance from the accuser who continually brought unending accusations against Israel in matters of physical worship and observable conduct. Once the Father was revealed, everything about Israel’s worship, culture and belief system became spiritual. Infact, the people became spiritual themselves. Natives of Israel were no longer identified according to earthly families, natural descent, blood line or physical appearance but by a spiritual change of heart. Everything moved from physical to spiritual once the Father was revealed. The law itself became spiritual. Therefore, it became extremely good. And more wonderful was the fact that it became incorruptible. The grip that the old imperfect law of observable sin and death had over God’s people was immediately annulled. The devil had never seen anything like this in all his life. He became perplexed because there was no longer any observable reason for accusation through which he may be granted permission to destroy God’s people. His great wisdom was confused for the first time. He looked around and could identify true Jews only by their confessions of faith and uprightness and no more by looks. He 89

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beckoned on his great wisdom so that he might bring up charges against them, but it seemed the power of accusation which he formally wielded was all gone. There was no longer any physically observable justifiable reason by which he could condemn them to death as before. The way of righteousness had become spiritual and could only be monitored spiritually by the Eternal Spirit Himself. To worsen Lucifer’s grief, people of the gentile nations also began to take advantage of the salvation of Israel, and they were also being given the Holy Spirit. The barrier that blood line once posed was taken out of the way and salvation spread to the ends of the earth. Judgment was taken far away from the understanding of the devil and his sorrow was greatly increased. Everything had become spiritual and now God’s people were no longer required to live by the flesh, written laws, physical codes of conduct and open religiosity, BUT BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. At this point, the provision of the new covenant had become really glorious but even as good as it was, something was still missing. The Lord was still physical as He was yet to ascend up into Heaven. The Lord had to become Spirit Himself, so that His physical presence would not pose a barrier to the full manifestation of the new spiritual order. Therefore, the Lord of the Old Testament, mediator of the new covenant and Messiah of the world whom the Jews had always known was transformed into Spirit. Our Lord Jesus Christ, the king of kings who spoke, touched and ate with them on mountains, in their houses and synagogues was changed into Spirit. With their very eyes, the disciples watched as 90

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this transformation took place. Right before them in Galilee, Christ went up into Heaven. He ascended and continued to ascend as they gazed at Him. He went up and continued to go up until they could see Him no more (Matthew 16:19). What a glorious phenomenon to witness! The law giver was taken up into the Highest, Invisible Heaven of the Father. The Lord of the heavens army became Spirit. Therefore, the believers’ warfare and the weapons of war also became spiritual. As the Law giver became Spirit so also did His law become spiritual. Those who truly obey Him in this new era are therefore those who treat His laws as spiritual and respond to them as such. This was the event that perfected all of the dimensions in the scheme of the new covenant. It is more glorious than what I can express in words. May be I would be able to make you see it in a better way as I discuss the heaven version of this event. What I am trying to say may not mean so much to you as it means to me now. But the point here is that Christ ascended to the Heaven above all heavens, far above angels, principalities, powers, rulers, kingdoms and every other name that was named. He rose up into Heaven to sit in the Seat of Highest Honor at the right hand of the Father, far away from all observables or anything that could be seen with the eyes. He was raised far beyond any mountain of worship, synagogue, altar, culture, book, idea, imagination, scheme or open religiosity. With this, He established everlasting authority and put every created thing under Himself. When the new spiritual order was finally established, the physical one was abolished and Lucifer lost his grip over God’s people. The devil still has 91

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power over people who still live by the flesh (carnal, observables) because he would still have reasons to condemn them to death. But the new spiritual family of Israel has been taken far from his reach. God’s righteous people no longer needed the former angelic guardian as a refiner or teacher because they now have One who is greater than him who guards them peacefully and lovingly- the Holy Spirit of the Father. Before the presence of the Spirit, who is the new perfect Guardian Cherub, the devil is just a listless, sacrilegious object of no repute. Though Lucifer dwelt in the midst of the fire of the Lords wrath, he could not come near the fire of the Father’s wrath which the Holy Spirit brought. It was such a great humiliation for him. Satan was disgraced! He who once knew no fear has now become fearful and restless. The mighty cherub that once took pleasure in destroying God’s people now runs away apprehensively whenever believers are approaching just because he is scared of the Holy Spirit whom they carry in their bowels. The devil has finally lost authority. He who was once the god of fire now runs away in trepidation from the new form of fire- the Holy Ghost fire!

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Chapter Eight

WAR IN HEAVEN
And there was war in heaven… 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…

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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. Therefore rejoice ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them… Revelations 12:7-12 When the Lord was ready to introduce the Father to the world and to topple the kingdom of the devil, He didn’t start this great work in heaven (the assembly of the gods) but He first came down to earth. This was because the system of the Old Testament was still in effect and Christ had to demonstrate the Father’s sacrifice of love under the terms of the old covenant before the new can be established. The Lord wanted to show the world that the Father’s loving sacrifice of Him (His only begotten Son) was what made relationship with God possible at all. He wanted to show that without this sacrifice, man can not come near to God in righteousness or friendship. Without this sacrifice which the Father performed in Heaven before the world was made, there can not be remission of sin; imperfection can not take on perfection and the corruptible would always remain corruptible. Eventhough, this sacrifice had already been performed on behalf of all nations even before the worlds were framed; Christ still needed to perform it again under the terms of the old covenant. This sacrifice was performed first in the Spirit Realm by the Father and now it is to be performed in the physical realm so that those who live by sight and carnal 94

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reasoning can also understand that the only begotten Son had been slain for them when they see it with their physical eyes. The old covenant makes people to understand only physical methods. It was for this reason that Christ came to teach carnal Israel about the Father physically under the terms the old covenant so that they might be able to understand. If one should see the Lamb of God with his physical eyes, he would not be able to find a proof that He had been slain. This is because it was a spiritual slaying that could only be observed with spiritual eyes. Therefore, a canal man would not be able to observe or even understand it. For an unspiritual person, the proof that a man has been slain is if there is blood on his body and he is lying down dead in a fixed position. But even though the Lord who appeared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had been slain, He still lives, speaks, moves and is worshiped forever more, Amen. A carnal mind can not understand such a method, but only understands that someone was slain when he sees blood on the person’s lifeless body. Under the old covenant, the Lord allowed the people to perform this act of sacrifice in anticipation of His coming. They used lambs to represent the Lamb of God who was slain before the world was made. And when they slew the lamb, they sprinkled its blood on the altar as prove that the sacrifice had been performed. Until they did this, they could not come close in worship. This is because in the carnal, old system of observables, blood is the proof of sacrifice. Now, Christ was ready to teach the world about the pain and victory of the Father’s sacrifice of love in a way that she would be able to understand. That is, in a physically observable way. 95

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There is no mortality in heaven. It is impossible for anyone to shed blood there. This is because angels don’t die physical death like men and the gods don’t bleed. A dead angel would continue to shudder in pain and agony as he screams forever. This is the meaning of death in the real spiritual sense. Death means curse, pain, sorrows and regrets that are sealed up by hopelessness. A carnal mind cannot understand real death, but this is what the Holy Spirit is warning the world about in this New Testament era Since physical slaying proved by blood is not possible in heaven, the Lord had to come down to earth to perform the sacrifice in a physically observable way in the sight of all witnesses in heaven and on earth. The Lord had to come down to the realm where physical slaying with blood evidence can be achieved. He who is the Father’s perfect sacrifice had to take on the form of a lamb that could bleed and die a physical death. He is God. It is not possible for Him to bleed or die, but He became a man for the sake of teaching the world about the Father’s love and bringing her into relationship with Him. The Word of God became flesh and dwelt physically among men as the teacher and mediator of the new covenant, and ultimately gave His life as the sacrifice for sin. And His blood became the everlasting evidence that this sacrifice has been made- an instrument of deliverance from sin and reconciliation with to God. Another important reason why the Lord started destroying the works of the devil on earth was because if He had started in heaven and casted him down to earth before giving spiritual power and authority to man, the 96

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result would have been disastrous. Lucifer would have simply come down to earth in his rage and destroyed the entire nations. Now, I have already given us tips of what happened on earth and how salvation plan was carried out to completion for all men in the previous chapter. Don’t forget that the angels were still suffering under the rulership of Lucifer in heaven while the Lord was vindicating man on earth. However, immediately Jesus the Lord perfected His work of saving man, He moved straight to heaven to minister deliverance to the faithful angels. Below is the account of what happened in heaven. When the time came for the angels to be liberated from the messenger of wrath, a great sign was witnessed in heaven. This sign that appeared in heaven was telling the story which had already been concluded on earth all over again. A glorious woman appeared in the sky that was pregnant with a male child. This woman was just like Mary, the mother of Jesus. She was carrying a special baby. According to prophesy, her unborn child was destined to rule the entire nations with an iron rod of authority. Wise men from the east had already come to announce the time that He must be born. The hearts of God’s servants who were faithfully waiting for His coming were filled with joy. Some of them had gone into the temple praying and fasting in anticipation of His arrival. A lot had already been spoken about this great King who was to be born. The angels could not wait to see His deliverance (Rev 12:1-17). Lucifer was the reigning king during this era in heaven, just as Herod was during the time when Jesus was born in Bethlehem. The burden that this 97

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evil king was placing on the shoulders of God’s people had become unbearable. God’s servants on the holy mountain were crying out to Heaven for deliverance from his evil rule. Everyone was waiting for the mighty deliverer to show up. The holy angels gazed at the pregnant virgin with great joy and enthusiasm in their hearts. All they wanted to see was the birth of the Child who was to come and bruise the head of the ancient serpent. Of course, they were there when the Lord said this to Lucifer and now they were about to witness the fulfillment of one of the greatest events in prophesy. However, Lucifer had also enquired about the birth of the Child with the iron rod of authority. He asked his wise men about when and where the Child should be born. After they had told him, he planed to be there before the Child was born so that he might devour Him immediately He is brought forth. The devil was already planning to rise up to take over as the presiding being in heaven, so he became angry with the unborn Child. He was deceived by the greatness of the wisdom, beauty and power which the Lord had given him. He no longer wanted to be subject to divine authority, but desired to be like the most high Himself. He looked around at the entire heavens and behold there was none that was as strong, rich, wise and famous as he was. He felt that no one could possibly stop him if he decides to kill the Child and remain in control of the angels. How sad! Lucifer was deceived by his love for power and he eventually sinned. He missed the mark and went out to war on his own volition. His heart was filled with violence on a day of peace, as he sought to kill the innocent 98

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virgin and her Child. In his sin, the dragon stationed himself before the woman who was about to be delivered of the Man Child, with the intention of devouring Him as soon as He was born. Just as it was in Jerusalem when Herod sought to kill Jesus, the hearts of the angels were also gripped with fear when they saw the evil intention of the dragon. They became apprehensive about what should possibly be the fate of the woman and her Child. There was nothing they could do to save them. None of them could even think of confronting the angel of wrath. Lucifer had never lost any battle since the day he was created, and it was very difficult to imagine him loosing battle against a little baby. The heavens quaked dangerously because the devil was angry. The Lord was not there to stop him by the word of the Father’s authority, so the situation was going out of hand. Well, that was how the situation appeared. Lucifer, the anointed cherub that covers roared in great anger and all the angels ran into hiding. When there was nothing to appease his anger he began to throw down the stars of heaven and to destroy the sacred vessels on the mountain of holiness. The temple of worship which the Lord cherished so much was now filled with fire, smoke and thick darkness by reason of Lucifer’s rage. Thunder struck from every direction and a great noise of war had replaced the shout of praises that was usually heard on the mountain when the Lord ruled in it. It was as if the heavens were about to crash down to earth on this day of election. The son of perdition would not permit a free and fair deal at the pool. Rather, he resorted to violence on the day of peace, when a new king was to be chosen. 99

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Everyone fled from the pools. No one could withstand the wrath of the destroyer. The hearts of the faithful angels were filled with sorrow for the sake of the Child and the woman. They had never experience such an evil plot on the mountain of God all their lives. For the first time, they saw the sin which the Lord had always seen in Lucifer’s heart. Now their eyes saw the extent of his wickedness, and they understood what the Lord had always told them. However, they still wondered if the dragon should be left to burn up the mountain of God, kill the woman and the holy seed. The hearts of the faithful angels burned with zeal as they longed to see the Lord’s righteous judgments once again. When they saw how the Lucifer was defiling God’s holy habitation and his planned treachery, their hearts were filled with holy anger. The righteous servants of the Lord had come to love the holy mountain with great passion. These special citizens loved the country so much that they cried out to the Lord and wished they could go out to make war against the offender. But who will dare to lead the way of battle against the Leviathan? What a dire situation it was for God’s angel on this fateful day! The seed of the woman who carried the authority of the promised kingdom was about to be brought forth, but the dragon was also waiting to destroy Him at birth. In the midst of this seemingly hopeless situation, when everything seemed to be working against them, the holy angels held on to the Lord’s promise of deliverance and marched out from their hiding place in readiness to fight as soon as the child was born. With their eyes laden 100

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with tears, they encouraged themselves in the Lord as they drew out their swords and mounted the chariots of fire in readiness to make war against an enemy who was much greater than them and who they could not possibly withstand. It was as if they were racing to their own death when the holy angels marched out against Lucifer on that great day of battle. But they no longer cared about loosing their lives. They were ready to die at their post while protecting the holy city. The mountain of the gods was about to experience a bitter war which had never taken place since the Lord created the heavens. Other unfaithful angels gathered in support of the devil. No one could sit in the fence. The destroyer had stationed himself in front of the woman while she continued to groan in labour pains because her Child was just at the verge of being brought forth. The temperature on the mountain had reached boiling point as everyone waited for the Child to be born. Herod was waiting to destroy Him while the holy angels wanted to witness His righteous reign. Everyone had an expectation for the seed of the woman. It finally happened! The event that everyone had been waiting for eventually took place. The woman travailed and brought forth a Man-Child who carried the power and great authority of the promised kingdom. Lucifer rose in his fury and rushed to consume the new born King while the faithful angels also moved to protect Him. However, the devil was such a genius in the acts of war. He was faster and smarter than all the angels put together. He got to the Child first and would have devoured 101

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Him, but a great hand from Heaven rescued Him from the hands of the destroyer. The hand snatched Him away before Lucifer could touch Him. This event infuriated the devil even more, he roared angrily and like Herod he began to look for someone to kill. Meanwhile, the Child with the iron rod of authority was not only snatched from the hands of the destroyer, but was also taken up unto the throne of God. He was taken far above the reach of all created things including the devil. Everyone watched as the Child was being taken up. All the holy angels watched this event of great significance as it unfolded before their very eyes. The Child who was being taken up carried the iron rod of the authority of the promised kingdom which they have always longed to partake of. This iron rod was still in His hand as He rose up to Heaven. All the inhabitants of heaven watched as this Child took the rod far above principalities and powers or any other thing that have been created or named. Right before their watching eyes, the commander of the heavenly host was transformed into Spirit. He ascended and continued to ascend as they gazed at Him. He went up and continued to go up until they could see Him no more. What a glorious phenomenon to witness! The law giver was taken up into the Highest, Invisible Heaven of the Father. The Lord of the heavens army became Spirit. Therefore, the angelic warfare and the weapons of war also became spiritual. The battle approach changed immediately the holy angels saw this transformation. Their old fashioned weapons of warfare in their hands 102

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were no longer required in the battle that was before them. They knew where to stand instantly if they must conquer the dragon. Without wasting time, they quickly took their stand in the Heaven of the Father where the War Lord and the iron rod of authority had ascended. So, the angels looked up to Christ where He is seated in the place of Highest Honor, as they marched out to make war against Lucifer. Their weapons against him were no longer physical but spiritual. They came out against the leviathan with weapons that could not be seen with the eyes but which are conscientiously fashioned out in spirit, truth, undivided zeal and absolute commitment to God. The brand new army of heaven under the new covenant confronted the former angelic guardian without using any observable spare, sword or shield, BUT BY FAITH. Just as Herod did, when the dragon also saw that the Child had been snatched out of his hands, his anger grew fiercer and his destructive acts upon the mountain of God was greatly increased. However, the holy angels would not permit him to do any further harm in the temple of God’s holiness, so they threw the dust of battle at the face of the god of war. What an act of faith! The tears of fear on their faces had been replaced by a blazing fire. The leviathan turned around and saw the troop of heaven’s army coming up against him. He looked at them all, and the way they marched made him to laugh at them in contempt. To him, they were like grasshoppers trying to fight an elephant. Many of them were not even trained for war yet they were coming against one who had been a warrior since the day he was brought forth from the deep dark waters of mysteries. Most of 103

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them carried no weapon, and it seemed to Lucifer that they were coming against him with their bear hands. Just as Goliath of the Philistines laughed at David when he raised a sling and a stone against him, this also made the devil to laugh and laugh in disbelief when he saw the angels marching out against him. They really looked very serious about the confrontation and Lucifer could not believe that anyone who actually knew who he was could even picture it in his heart to arouse his anger. It was the most foolish decision he had ever imagine anyone would make. Lucifer was intoxicated by the greatness of the power and authority which the Lord had given him. He looked at the strength of the army coming up against him with contempt; they were like grasshoppers in his sight. The great wisdom which the Lord gave the king of Tyre was weakened by his love for power and position. To his own hurt, he looked down on the army of angels and disdained them. To him, they were less than what he could consume at once by the fire from his mouth, especially when he saw that they were not armed with observable weapons of war. In his arrogant pride, he wondered if he should wipe them away with his powerful tail, or if he should just strike them down all at once by thunder. As they approached, all Lucifer was thinking of was how he should go about destroying them. Loosing the battle never occurred to him, he was only trying to decide which method of destruction would please him the most. He must have thought of subjecting them to slow death by drowning them in the flood that comes from his mouth. May be this did not seem very gratifying, he may have also considered picking them like insects one after the other to torture with his poisonous claws. But despite 104

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the great powers that Lucifer wielded during this great battle, he was disgracefully defeated and thrown out of heaven into hopelessness and everlasting shame. On that great day of battle in heaven, Lucifer, the god of fire opened his mouth as usual and fire came out to burn up the holy angels. But to his amazement, an invisible shield stopped the raging fire. After this, he struck with a mighty thunder and the heavens quaked dangerously. But only the shakings, lightning and noise were observed, the thunder itself had lost its power. Then the messenger of death became even angrier so he threw his tail at them with the aim of wiping them away as he did to the stars of heaven, but an invisible hand held his tail down. At this point, the destroyer began to realize that the day of his fall had come. An invisible sword pierced through his bowels several times, as he was being confronted by the angels. A spiritual iron rod continually battered his crowned heads. Bullets of stone hit him from every direction and heavy spears pierced through the metallic scales of his body. However, he could not see the weapons that were tormenting him with his eyes neither did he understand where they were coming from or who was throwing them. He who was once regarded as the god of fire suddenly began to scream and shudder in pain because he was being burned by a new form of fire- the Holy Ghost fire. After wielding all his fearful weapons, Lucifer, now clothed with shame, was forced to succumb to the terrible fate which had befallen him. Then he looked closely at the army of angels which he had earlier despised and 105

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noticed that the invisible weapons that were tormenting him came in direct response to their confessions of faith, and the immunity against his destructive weapons which they possessed was due to the blood of the lamb. The accuser of the brethren then sought out legal faults against them so that he may acquire the power to torment them again, but the blood of the Lamb continued to speak for them. So, the devil was left totally confused and frustrated. He could not withstand or understand the spiritual blows he continuously received. The holy angels spoke and thunder struck the offender. They commanded fire and it consumed him. Lucifer, the old dragon had never experienced anything like this before. He had become a shadow of his former self. Even his powerful jaws, legs and tail were tied down just because they commanded that it should be so. Lucifer and his angels lost the battle. After all their might was gone, they sought to find a place on the holy mountain to recline away from their enemies, but they could not. The entire mount had become one nation united by faith in Jesus Christ. Holy angels took their stand in every corner of the assembly; therefore, there was no room for Lucifer and his servants in the city of God. Wherever they turned in the assembly of the gods, they met holy angels who tormented them with invisible weapons until they were forced to run. There was only one mountain of God and Satan could not find another. Therefore, the old angelic guardian became an abominable thing in the sight of the holy angels as they looked down upon him in his sin and shameful defeat. So, they threw him out of heaven like a filthy rag. Through the mighty power released by the Holy Spirit, the 106

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new Angelic Guardian, they bound him and casted him down to earth. What a great shame for the great impostor. This marked the beginning of sorrows for the devil. Who could have ever thought that the god of war could by any means suffer defeat at the war front? Who could have ever imagined that anyone in the world would dare to even provoke the Leviathan? In case you are yet to understand how powerful Lucifer was, take a look at how the Lord described him to Job, His servant. Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? Or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? Will he make many supplications unto thee? Will he speak soft words unto thee? Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more. Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him? None is so fierce that dare stir him up… Still the Lord was not finished with His description of his greatness and beauty. He was not ready to hide anything from His servant, so He continued; I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion. Who can discover the face of his garment? Or who can come to him with his double bridle? 107

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Who can open the doors of his face? His teeth are terrible round about. His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal. One is so near to another, that no air can come between them. They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered. By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning. Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out. Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron. His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth. In his neck remaineth strength, The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved. His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone. When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves. The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon. He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood. The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble. Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear. Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire. 108

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He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment. He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary. Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear. He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride. Job 41:1-34 Even though, Lucifer was so powerful that no weapon of warfare of old could make him shudder, he could not stand before the power of the Holy Spirit of the Father. When the iron rod of kingdom authority was revealed, the angels defeated him through God’s power of the new covenant which became accessible through the shed blood of the lamb. They did not need to raise a sword or spear against him, yet they overcame him. The holy angels conquered the dragon by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. When Lucifer saw that he had been thrown down to earth, he became more furious. The defeat he had just experienced did not make him sober; rather it made him even fiercer. There is no sobriety in the nature of the devil, all he does and can do is to fight, hate, kill, and destroy. Even after his defeat, Satan began to plan towards the time when he would gain the power of the coming scientific era and with it unleashed all the terrors of old in a grand style. He has raised the logo of the ’morning star’ spiritually on earth in anticipation of regaining his lost glory. The angel of death who cloths himself with religion and human government is now hiding in 109

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corners of the world seeking for the power of scientific weapons by which he will unleash his anger once again on the entire world and especially on the seed of the woman. When the angels saw the anger with which he was coming down to earth, they were forced to pity the sons of men. Even after their great victory, they could no longer rejoice when they saw the evil that was likely to befall humanity by reason of Lucifer’s rage. They could only hope and pray that believers would stand up to the fight.

This seems to be the end of the story, but it is a beginning in itself. ‘’The Story of the Fall of Lucifer’’ continues as the Lord has allowed him to come down to earth. This gives you and me the opportunity of acting and contributing our own parts to the advancement of the story. And with the power of the Holy Spirit in us, we are actually meant to be the most glorious set of actors in the entire story line. So, come with me as we trace history and biblical prophecies even further into our own time.

Chapter Nine

THE PRINCE OF TYRE
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And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea… And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. Revelations 13:1-2 After his fall, the dragon was no longer fit for the battle before him. He had lost the ability to make war against the new spiritual Israel. This was because the Lord had stripped him of the authority which he once used over God’s people. The iron rod of authority had battered the heads that use to carry the crowns of his authority and he could no longer condemn the people of God because the way of worship had become spiritual. Besides all these, he had sinned against the Holy Ghost when he made war against the Child and the angels on the mountain of the gods. So, the endless anger of the Father was already burning against him. He was without hope of forgiveness or restitution. He could not come near any place where the Holy Spirit dwells. So, the devil became as good as nonexistent to believers who carry the Spirit and live by faith. For this reason, the old dragon sought ways of overcoming his limitations in order to get to the believer. In his wisdom, he decided to go and get a son (his prince) who would be new in the battle scene. With a new creature that will also have the nature of Lucifer his father, the battle against Christians can continue. 111

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With all the power the Lord had invested in him, Lucifer was able to concoct a creature out of the same deep dark waters of mysteries that happened to be his own mother. This creature also has the same nature as the devil. He was his offspring but they came from the same womb. This new creature is the beast, the prince of Tyre, the supposed heir to the throne of Babylon. With a creature like the beast, the devil is able to come near those who are carrying the Holy Ghost to harm them if the battle conditions should favour him. If any believer is found in his territory no matter how much of the Spirit he professes to carry, the devil is able to harm him through the help of the beast. The beast provides camouflage for the devil. He is new in the scene and Lucifer is only trying to use him to unleash the great anger he had always nursed against God’s people since the time of the beginning. So the beast happens to be the means by which the angel of death seeks to regain his office in the world. He wants to kill, steal and destroy with greater intensity in this New Testament era than what he did in the Old Testament era. So, he is trying to use the beast to regain his throne. Through the help of the beast, Lucifer is gradually regaining his kingdom on earth and the wounds on his head are being healed. It seems that these wounds no longer matter, as he is now doing valiantly through the opportunities that the beast affords him. People now worship him as 112

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before and his kingdom has started to increase in great proportions once again. The devil sustained a battered head from his encounter with the Holy Spirit on the mountain of God. However, he still wants to wear a crown. This was one great problem he had while trying to regain his dominance in the world. However, he was able to solve this problem in the personality of the beast. Through the beast, Lucifer, the old dragon was able to transfer his crowns of glory from his wounded heads to his horns. This solved the problem of where he should put his crown. At least, even if they are not really on his heads, everyone would still be able to see them on him. (Compare the dragon in revelations 12:3 with the beast in chapter 13:1). Before his great fall, Lucifer had his crowns on his heads. This meant that he was anointed in the conventional way and was given the authority which he used by the Lord Himself. He even went to the throne of God like any other angel. He bowed down before the Lord to ask permission to unleash his anger (Job 1:6-12). And when he went out to destroy, he went in the power that the Lord had invested upon him. Though, he was overdoing his work because of his evil motives, he was still using the legal authority he had over God’s people. This is what it meant for Lucifer to have his royal diadems on his heads. But in the battle of heaven, his heads were battered and could no longer carry the crowns. However, the presence of crowns on the horns of the New Testament beast shows that the authority he has is not real but a false one. This 113

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means that the beast can be confronted and his authority is questionable. He was only allowed to reign for as long as he can hide and deceive the world. But, when light comes, men would definitely raise the sword against him. The presence of the crowns of glory on the horns of the beast shows that the glory of the prince of Tyre is simply in his horns. It means that his puzzles are what he uses to glory over his enemies. Once the beast is able to deceive a believer, he gains the edge and lords over his soul. This is what it means for the beast to wear his crowns on his horns. Remember that I have already shown us that the horns represent the great wisdom with which the beast defeats his enemy. Unlike the dragon, his predecessor, the beast does not need to go to the Lord to take permission before he goes ahead to destroy a man that he has already deceived. Lucifer, the accuser of the brethren of old always went back to the Lord to take permission even after deceiving Israel. Eventhough, he had already made them to sin, he couldn’t go to destroy except the righteous Judge commanded it. This was because he was given his crowns of authority by a legal ceremony- they were placed on his heads. However, the beast received his crowns without the direct involvement of God. He is therefore not accountable to the Lord. This makes him very dangerous. Lucifer fought against a physical nation, but in this new spiritual era, the beast is in warfare against a spiritual nation. The old king was specially given to fighting observable war, but the beast is a specialist when it 114

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comes to spiritual war. He was brought forth from the sea of hopelessness in order that he may wage war against believers. Lucifer deceived people into sinning against a visible Lord, but the beast deceives them into sinning against the Holy Spirit. Unlike the old dragon, the beast is more interested in corrupting the heart of man than his physical conduct. We can observe the works of the beast and Lucifer by studying peoples’ actions. This is why the scriptures tell us that we shall know them by their fruits. Therefore, as Christian we monitor the activities of the beast by looking at what is happening around us on the street, in our schools, in individual homes, at working environments and businesses. More importantly we have to look at what is going on in the government. This would provide us with information on how much the beast is thriving. The Old Testament is the era of law, and Lucifer reigned while hiding in it. The New Testament on the other hand is the era of science, and the beast also reigns while hiding in it. However, this is not the best method for differentiating the Old Testament from the new because the law did not become extinct with the coming of the New Testament, and at the same time, science had always been existing since the time of the beginning. So, it is better to define these two eras by the aspect of science and the law that were reigning in them. In the Old Testament, physically observable law and science ruled over the entire universe. Science itself is not a new phenomenon. It had been since the time of Adam when fig leaves were sown together to make clothing. Noah also built an ark that is probably the size of a convectional 115

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duplex. Machines were made as far back as the bible days of kings and there were men in those days who were renowned builders of all kinds of weapons of war. Even before the advent of calculus, I believe these ancient engineers knew ways of solving problems that required such aptitude. Wood works, metal works, pottery, bottled wine, clothing, perfumes, jewelries, musical instruments, large and high rising buildings, ancient medicines, ancient writings of the prophets, and planned farming systems are proofs of the existence of science during the days of the patriarchs. However, the science of the Old Testament was very physical. It employed the use of tangible thing to make other larger or more useful tangible things. Ninety nine percent of the science then was physical, unsophisticated and crude. The devil who ruled in the Old Testament employed the crude science available at that time to unleash havocs on the entire nations. He corrupted the use of pottery, wood work and metal works by deceiving the people into using them against God. Israel provoked the Lord to anger continually by using these arts to produce idols of different kinds. The deceiver made sure the people used all the available science that I mentioned earlier to fight against God and His people. At the same time, the angel of death used the weapons of war (which science of the time could provide) to wreck havoc in all the nations. With these weapons he was able to kill more people within the short time he was given to carry out each of his assignments. However, in this New Testament era, ‘’spiritual laws and science’’ rules the entire universe. After the ascension of Christ, modern science sprang 116

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up. This is the type of science that I refer to as ‘’spiritual science’’. Men all around the world began to discover things that were earlier unimaginable. Scientists in this new spiritual era began to utilize seemingly intangible things to make and drive tangible things. They came up with discoveries pointing to the fact that there are innate invisible powers in substances. Science itself took a new turn when the New Testament was ushered in. The world now utilize products of science that are either invisible or are driven by things they can not be seen. I have already shown us that the things we see in the physical system on earth are carbon copies of what is obtainable in the spirit realm. So, when the New Testament was established, we started seeing things around us that point to the inner workings of the new covenant. This is why certain field of science could develop. Some of them include; the science of genetics, internet, radioactivity, astronomy, biotechnology, electricity telecommunication and many more. All these branches of science are built on the discoveries and usage of elements that are not readily seen with the naked eyes. You will also notice how they now rule the world. Lucifer, the angel of death really desires to use this new form of science to kill, steal and destroy as he did with the former crude one. He wants to use them to provoke the Lord to anger the same way he used the former. More importantly, he has seen the great destructive powers that are made available when this form of science is translated into weapons of war. He understands that If he should gain absolute control of these weapons, it is sure that he would be able to destroy more lives and even nations within a very short time than he was able to do since the world was made. With 117

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the realization of the short time available for his final plots, the angel of death began to seek to take hold of these weapons desperately. When we study our history, we would notice how the devil has been manifested in some world leader and how they desperately sought to lay their hands on scientific weapons of the new order. It is not as if these leaders were the devil themselves, he was only manifesting himself through them as he did with the king of Babylon in the Old Testament. Many of them had unbelievable dreams such as wiping out an entire race or even the world. And if not that they were not in absolute control of science, they would have succeeded. Lucifer really wants to take over the world once again but he understands that it won’t be possible without greater control over scientific weapons. However, the person that would take over science must also have worldwide political acceptance. Therefore, since his political era had passed, he needed a great politician of the new order to bridge the gap. The style of politics the devil practiced in the days of his power no longer sells in this New Testament age. His pattern of governance no longer win peoples’ votes, except in Old Testament countries where citizens and the government still believe mainly in the warring prophet in the name of practicing religion. The Old Testament era was the era of bondage when men were held captive under strict regulations that robbed them of self expression and identity. It was in this kind of a system that Lucifer reigned. But the New Testament is an era of liberty where everyone seems to be clamoring for 118

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freedom. After the ascension of Christ, nations began to move rapidly towards independence. It was obvious that men were beginning to wave the idea of expanding their territories through war crusades. Everyone began to work towards having truly free citizens and a world without war. Nations began to hold peace talks and with few outbreaks of war, international organizations are working harder at strengthening the cords of peace. Now it seems nobody wants war again except Lucifer the warring prophet himself and his messengers. In the political realms of the New Testament, the only thing that sells is freedom. Just tell the people about freedom, and they would come out en mass to vote for you. The old dragon is not well adapted to this system of politics because he only understands the concept of war. This is why he had to go and get the beast. Unlike the dragon, the beast is custom-made for the New Testament. He has all the potentials for gaining world wide political acceptance in this new era. This is because he believes so much in science and freedom. He is able to take over the political scene quite easily. Almost all men would want to vote for him. However, the problem he is still having is that some do not believe in freedom from Godliness or freedom without Christ as the saying goes. The beast is already gaining control of the political scene, but all that is left is for him to successfully hand over his authority to the angel of death. Of course, he is already doing this but with much trouble as Christians are on the resistance. He speaks of devaluation of human lives in the name of freedom and science. He has started with abortion of unborn babies. Soon 119

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he would move to old helpless adults. After these, he would bounce on able bodied men in prisons until he comes upon innocent men and little children on the street. He is doing this with the wisdom of the finest politician of the new order. You would hardly notice the evil behind his elegant gestures as his political campaigns are in line with the desires for freedom and peace in the heart of an average New Testament person. The beast is now trying to win his major opposition (Christians) to his side or at least make them to overlook his actions. Of course, he is also winning the battle to some extent in this area. With his horns of deception, the evil god who reigns in the midst of modern science is beginning to make some believers to support his anti-Christ laws, while others have simply become indifferent. Both categories favour his operations very strongly. With Christians keeping quiet, he would have all the opportunity of successfully handling over his throne to the angel of death who would unleash great wrath on all the nations of the earth. At the same time, if he gains the support of believers, he would have successfully ruined the eternal salvation of so many. If believers neglect the fight of faith against the anti-Christ, he would have all the time to hand over his political powers to the devil. When this happens, the angel of wrath having gained world’s political power would use the instrument of torture to make Christians to deny their faith and lose the reward of heaven. Therefore, if believers keep quiet, the result would be the same as when we support the anti-Christ. The only wise option is for all Christians around the world to rise up and stop the beast and his anti-Christ laws. With the power of the Holy Spirit, prayer and the 120

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weapon of love, we shall be able to stop the works of the devil until Christ finally comes. The law of the Old Testament was good but Satan corrupted it by taking advantage of its weaknesses. In the same way, the science of the New Testament is very beautiful but the beast is fast corrupting its use and taking advantage of its weaknesses too. The freedom that comes with the new spiritual order is also good but the beast is beginning to incite people towards using it against God. Our enemy is not science neither is it the law but the evil spirits trying to operate through them. We need both science and the law to build great nations with truly free citizens. But we must also bear in mind that failure to fight against the beast is very dangerous. If we hang our spiritual weapons of war at this point, unborn generations would be at the disadvantage. Soon, the nations (peoples) of the world who would not repent but are left behind after the final harvest of the saints would be forced to fight a physical warfare where they would contend hopelessly with the angel of death. With political power under his control and the weapons of the new era in his armory, all the earth would be too weak to contend with the monster.

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Chapter Ten

LUCIFER’S RETURN PLAN
And the serpent cast out of his mouth water like a flood after the woman, so that he might cause her to be carried away by the river. And the earth helped the woman. And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the river which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was enraged over the woman, and went to make war with the rest of her seed, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Revelations 12:15-17 The devil started to unleash great wrath on all the nations of the world, especially those who believe in the Son of God, immediately he was 122

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casted down from heaven, but he could not do this with absolute success because of certain limitations which I will now point out. Israel had become spiritual and it was no longer a nation whose boundary was defined by geography. The nation that had always been the object of hatred for the king of Tyre was fast infiltrating every nation of the earth. It became obvious that Lucifer must be ready to search the whole world, and look in every corner of the streets of the nations to get to find his enemies. Though he had been trying to wipe out the entire Christian race since then, it was obvious that he needed something more than he had to be able to kill every believer in the world. The more he killed the spiritual Jews (Christians), the more they multiplied and spread all over the world. You might be wondering how the devil was able to kill Christians when he could not even come near a person who is carrying the Holy Spirit. The reason is simple! Lucifer is a fallen spirit angel; he doesn’t have a body that is physically adapted to life on earth like that of a man. Though, he is able to do so many things on earth, but only by possessing his victims with the spirits under his care could he do anything. The angel of death can attack a person with an evil spirit, causing him or her to convulse to death. He is able to send an incurable disease into a persons system or even infect a whole community with a deadly plague. This used to be his major system of causing destruction of lives, but things changed after the coming of Christ. Believers had received the power to cast out demons, stop plagues, heal incurable diseases and even raise the dead back to life. Therefore, the more he attacked in these manners, the more Christians 123

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had testimonies to share. Though he is incurably addicted to using these methods, he still has another method. This method is that of deception. Since the new spiritual Israel easily cast out evil spirits, the devil decided to use evil information rather than evil spirits. Words themselves are like spirits that are able to possess the mind of a man and make him act in the most abnormal way. In fact, you can make a man to do the most terrible thing imaginable if only you can talk him into believing it is the right thing to do. This won’t be difficult especially when you promise him a reward that he would be ready to even die to get. In line with this method, the devil began to raise men with belief systems that do not only hate Christians, but that also suggests that they should be bled to death, clubbed down, stoned, burnt, fried, sawn in pieces and so on. Many religious sects and individuals who were possessed by this evil ideas or teachings began to arise. The men under the influence of these teachings began to move with great zeal and were killing Christians all over the world. The devil deceived them into thinking they were doing service to God whenever they kill a Christian, so they even put in more effort. Christians could not stop these sects of people by fighting them back because they were not demons but humans. I hope you understand that Christ was not a warring messenger and believers therefore do not use physical weapons of warfare. The only way to stop them from killing the believers is by loving them and showing them the truth. These were actually killing with the sincere belief that they are doing it for God. The 124

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devil had filled them with evil teachings in the name of helping them to discover the will of the creator. Believers can easily cast out demons with one word of command but a man with false ideas needs to be shown love, talked to and taught before his eyes can be opened and be free from the hold of wrong teachings. Now it became obvious that with this new set of human enemies that the devil has been raising against the church, the only weapon of war that could work was LOVE. As the devil continued to instigate men, nations and religions against Christians, more believers were killed than was possible with any plague in the Old Testament. This system of massacre of the devil continued to work, but somewhere along the way the earth itself came to the aid of the woman and her seeds. The coming of the New Testament era of freedom and science was making it difficult for the devil to carry out the work of wiping out the believers to completion. Naturally, people of the world were beginning to embrace civilization and to respect human right. This was making the nations of the world to move towards a system that would not favour mass killings of armless citizens, unnecessary wars, and defamation of human rights and so on. This was happening as a direct consequence of the coming of the New Testament era. The spiritual climate had changed with the fall of Lucifer from his place in heaven and the spiritual destruction of his work on earth, so the physical too had started to change. The establishment of the new era in the spiritual realms was making things to change in the same direction on earth also. However, as I have always pointed out, the devil does not like the coming of the New 125

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Testament, he prefers the dark era of old. This is because mass killings of innocent people are better done under the system of the old covenant. Therefore, with the advancement of the era of civilization, the initial killings of believers naturally died down to a very large extent. As I suggested in the previous chapter, Lucifer was fast loosing the political acceptance of nations, peoples and governments as the New Testament era of science and freedom advanced. It was obvious that his regime was gradually fading away. His ideas of slavery, government by religion, war as a means of expanding territory, holy war in the name of serving God, capital punishment in religious law courts, cutting people’s hands, legs, tongue, or private parts as means of punishment were gradually becoming unacceptable to the general public. Men were beginning to embrace the fact that sinners could be rehabilitated in well equipped prisons instead of killing them. Human right was already becoming a public issue and people were supporting the idea that women should have equal rights as men. Others had begun to raise the motion that everyone should have the right to choose the religion to belong and that political powers should not force religion on citizens. With this, it was becoming easier for Christians to live safely in the nations of the world. But the devil hated this system and began to device strategies of tumbling the era of freedom to re-establish the era of bondage again in the world. If the era of bondage should return, the angel of death would gain the perfect atmosphere required for mass destruction of lives and properties 126

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of the people of the earth. And with scientific weapons of the new era in his hands, he would gain the power to destroy as much as a whole continent with one little blow. The devil has seen this possibility and words can not describe the joy in his heart today as he observes how wonderfully his plans are prospering. He is carefully implementing his strategies and now he is only one step away from success. Lucifer, the angel of death has been taking so many steps towards making the Old Testament era of anarchy to dominate the world once again. However, I would not try to explain it all but would only point our attention to the issues involved. I also believe a word is enough for the wise. Now, the devil had two major plans that he wanted to carry out. These plans were (1.) to tumble the New Testament era of freedom, and reestablish the Old Testament era of bondage, and (2.) to sow the seed of endless war all over the world. The first thing that he did in an attempt to regain his kingdom back was to go and get a son. The coming of his son into the scene became necessary because of the fact that he needed somebody to introduce him to the New Testament world in a way that she would be able to understand and ultimately accept. Everyone now considers the devil’s system of governance to be too harsh, cruel and destructive and would not accept him. Therefore, he decided to get a son who would be able to bridge the gap that the New Testament era of freedom has created between him and his ambition to rule the world once again. 127

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The beast is the son whom Lucifer got. Unlike his father, he is able to work effectively within the New Testament system. He is the god that now reigns in the midst of modern science and who is everyday corrupting its use. The beast is everywhere, even in church. The devil sent him into the entire world in order to weaken the use of science and enlightenment as a means of freedom from the era of slavery and anarchy. Instead of advancement in development of the nations to take men farther from the devil, the beast is now using the same science to drive men closer into the hands of the old dragon. You would be able to understand this when you consider what is now going on in the developed countries or the free countries of the world. People are becoming so free that they even want the freedom to end the life an ‘’unwanted’’ child or aged adults. We must wake up from our slumber, the beast who reigns in today’s era of freedom and science is only trying to hand the world over to Lucifer, the angel of death. The devil can not accomplish this in a free nation all by himself, but the beast has great political acceptance in the New Testament age and can easily introduce death and anarchy into the veins of a so called free nation. With the introduction of the beast, Lucifer has been able to pursue his goal of overturning the New Testament era of true freedom. The more the corruption of freedom and science the weaker the system became. Sadly, the system is beginning to take the shape of the old one. At the same time, Lucifer pursued his second goal of sowing the seed of endless war in the world by swinging into action himself. The kind of war the devil was sowing its seed was such a war that the participants are not 128

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discouraged even by death. To get such people to fight for him, he understood the fact that he had to promise them an after death reward and which would be worth dying for. This kind of warriors can only be raised on the platform of religion. I would therefore refer to these set of religious soldiers as ‘warring prophets’. Please note that the term warring prophets used here figuratively refers to rebellious Lucifer and his devotees. Of course, there were faithful prophets of old who fought battles during the Old Testament. They fought those wars because Christ had not come to legally end the era of physical warfare. War was the major available way of solving disputes at that time. However, many of them, dissatisfied with bloodshed, longed to see the coming of Christ and the fulfillment of prophesy, so that they can finally convert their weapons of war into working implements and their weapons of destruction into building tools. However, when prophesy was finally fulfilled, every one laid down their weapons of war and destruction, BUT LUCIFER AND HIS FOLLOWERS WOULD NOT. Warring prophets or religious warriors are those prophets who still held on to their weapons of war even after the death and ascension of Christ. Prophets of old, who also fought wars (Abraham, Moses, Joshua and David), are no threats to world peace today but only those who arose after Christ. This is because the appearance of religious warriors after the coming of Christ is a direct consequence of Lucifer’s rebellion and his plan to fill the world with violence once again.

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Warring prophets can be very religious. In my opinion, many of them are more religious than Moses was. When they speak, everyone hearing their rhymes is amazed at the magnitude of their wisdom. They gave laws that their followers continue to cherish. In character, they were usually very adoring and possess unbeatable charisma. They are a sect of immensely talented gracious young men with very charming appearance. They usually have an exceptional memory. When they recount the words they got from the spirit realm to their followers, their audience are continually stunned by the wisdom in their illustrations. They usually have devotees who follow them with great passion and are ready to go with them even unto death. Some of these warring prophets did so well in physical conduct to the point that men of the world started comparing the elegance of their personality to that of Christ. But like Lucifer, the angel of death, they also have one defect in their lives. Just one thing that blights all the charm in their personality and the purity of their outward religiosity- a secret blood lust. Warring prophets, like Lucifer, are religious warriors who murder in the name of fighting for their people and perpetuating religion. Like the devil their idea of peace is gotten from the perspective of physical warfare. They believe that there cannot be peace in the world until the entire nations of the earth is forced to submit to the god of the warring prophet. They teach that anyone who fights for the god of war in such a quest should consider himself highly privileged and favoured by God. And if he dies in the process of killing ‘pagans’ or forcing them to confess allegiance to his god then he is even more favored as he will be greatly rewarded in heaven. 130

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No one can be better than Lucifer, the god of war himself when it comes to observing religious rites. Verses of the holy book are recited and everyone in the room takes the position of awe and worship as his soldiers prepare to unleash havoc. They are taught to give glory to the god of war whenever they succeed in bringing one of their enemies down. Therefore, at the war front they literally slaughter men and as the victim’s blood sprout out from his neck like a fountain, with his appendages jacking helplessly, they recite verses from the ’holy book’ in praises to the god of the warring prophet. The religious gesture that they put forth at the war front makes them immune to the cautions of their conscience and they go on even with greater determination to unleash havoc with the sincere belief that they are serving God. This is one of the reasons why I call them warring prophets All that was required for the devil to sow the seed of endless war is to make it religious. If someone believes that he is killing for God, then he will forever be committed to the course. When nations go to war, they might surrender along the way, accept defeat or resort to dialogue. But when people go to war as a means of worship, there is no turning back. Even when they surrender or dialogue at a point, they are only trying to get an opportunity to re-enforce. For them, they need a win in order to appease their god. And when they seem to be sitting down quietly and have not declared war on all ‘pagans’, it doesn’t mean that they have renounced the warring prophet or they no longer obey his teachings. They are only waiting for the right conditions to appear. 131

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All that the angel of death and his devoted followers are waiting for is the beast. The devil has sent the beast into the developed and developing free nations of the world with the mandate of sabotaging the advancement of the era of freedom by stylishly corrupting the system. It is very disheartening to find out that two thousand years after the coming of Christ, there are still countries where autocracy is being practiced. This is the work of Lucifer. At the same time, it is equally shameful that with the extent of awareness for freedom that has been created in the developed countries, people are beginning to support the killing of babies. All these are the activities of the beast. The devil is only using him to weaken the new system so that the former can be re-established. The works of the devil is gradually being concluded. He has been working along side with the beast and they are achieving greatly. The beast is weakening the New Testament era and re-establishing the Old Testament era of devaluation of human lives. From the other side, Lucifer has succeeded in sowing the seed of endless war in the world by successfully instituting the religion of the warring prophets with political power lust. What is now left is for the beast to hand over the powers of the new age to the angel of death. There is no way anyone can successfully tame the Old Testament system of things or rid it of war and devaluation of human life. As long as this old system is still found in the world, war is somewhere around the corner. If proper actions are not taken towards killing the seed of war in the world today, the Old Testament system in which the king of Babylon reigns would return. Then Lucifer, the commander-in-chief of the Chaldean army 132

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would unleash his wrath on the nations of the earth once again. It would happen exactly as it did in the days of old. Those who escape death by those flying weapons of the new age would be slaughtered by their own neighbors who have come to accept the warring prophet as the true messenger of God. It would even be worse for those who are killed neither by the weapons nor by their neighbors. Many of the remnants would be tortured to death. The rest would be taken into captivity in Babylon where they would be forced to worship the warring god of the Babylonians. But God forbid that these should happen while the Holy Ghost is still present on earth. The core foundational message of prophets of doom is usually the fact that there is only one God and that warring prophets are his messengers. They became more prominent after the ascension of Christ with a message antagonizing the claims of the sacrificial lamb and endorsing the teachings and attitude of the warring prophet. More dangerous is the fact that the messages says that no other prophet should come after the warring prophets, thereby trying to kill the hope that war should ever come to an end. Many people all over the world have come to accept them as the true messengers. This is why I said those who escape death by the flying weapons would be killed by their own neighbors if the plans of the devil should succeed (God forbid). This was what happened to the children of Israel of old when the Babylonians invaded their land. Their neighbors who saw the hand of the king of Babylon as the finger of God mocked Israel and even killed those who were trying to escape. But this would not happen in this New Testament era as long as the Holy Spirit is present with believers on earth and until the final harvest of the saints 133

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from the world take place. Those who reject the love of Christ are the ones that must be pitied. Now talking about the truly holy war, the type of war that our Lord and savior Jesus Christ fought was with His blood and word. This is very different from the wars fought by warring prophets. Jesus’ kind of war administered life to sinners instead of death as in the case of the prophets of doom. It was not fought with physical weapons of warfare but by LOVE and sacrifice. Instead of fighting back and spilling human blood in the name of saving His people or perpetuating religion, He rather gave His life and allowed Himself to be killed, so that peace can reign in the world. He saved the lives of His people by LOVE and sacrifice. He brought everlasting shame to the kingdom of the devil when He gave His life to usher in the era of peace. This is the true Holy war.

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CONCLUSION
PROPHECY
And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said to me, See, do not do it! I am your fellow servant, and of your brothers who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God, for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Revelations 19:10 Except the scriptures actually have a prophetic perspective, it would have ceased from being relevant in today’s world. The words of our Lord would always remain true and alive as long as the world exists because they have such a prophetic drift that can not be bound by time. Ofcourse, the devil knows so much about the scriptures, but he knows little about prophetic codes. When we move into the prophetic in our explanation of scriptures, the devil is dumb founded. He runs into serious trouble because prophesy is the wisdom of the Father Whom Lucifer can not understand. Only the prophetic church can outwit the devil.

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Now, we know that all prophesies are fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ. This brings the glory of Lucifer’s defeat solely on the personality of our savior and Lord. He Himself is the first real prophet and the Father of all prophets. When he came into the scene about two thousand years ago, He changed everything man had ever known through the spirit of prophecy. Of course, we have always understood the laws of the prophets to be commandments. However, Christ showed us through His words that they are not ordinary laws, but prophesies that He came to fulfill. This was the beginning of troubles for the devil because his shame was not to be found in any other place, but in the fulfillment of prophecies. Everything I have written about from the chapter one of this book to this point is the same things that almost every believer already knows very well. But you will notice that it became a weapon of spiritual warfare when it became prophetic. For example, we all know the account of the beginning which was written by Moses according to tradition. We know that the first event was that God created the heavens and the earth. God made these two realms very good just like every other thing that He made in the beginning. However, in verse two we saw how everything had become formless and empty because of the corruption of the era of angels. After this, we understand that God began the work of re-creation. We saw the first thing that God did in verse three. He spoke and said ‘let there be Light’ and it happened- there was Light. When we consider this account of the beginning as a story it would only pass for comic, but if we consider it as it is in its real form as prophecy it becomes an eternally faithful life-giving testimony. And this is why Christ 136

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came to make us see His words to the prophets of old as prophesies of Himself. According to the gospel, we now understand that Jesus was the Light which Moses spoke about. He is the Light that prophesy proclaimed must come into the world. If this is true, it means that the era that preceded His coming was the Old Testament dark era of angels and carnal men under which the earth was formless and void. This would also mean that it was the work of redemption through our Lord and savior Jesus Christ that destroyed the devil’s works and casted him down from His exalted position in heaven. It was also after the coming of Light that that we saw the separation of light from darkness. This signifies that it was after the coming of Christ that kingdoms were established. Since re-creation started after God said ‘let there be Light’, we can therefore say that the new re-created world is the world which was created after the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ- the true Light. In view of the fact that the world we are talking about is only accessible to believers, we also understand that it is a spiritual world already dwelling in our hearts. And judging from the fact that the Light of the beginning is such that lights-up every man that comes into this world, we can convincingly say that we are the real men who have been made in the image and likeness of God through the Spirit birth. And we can go on and on. This prophetic gospel is what the devil can not bear to hear. It is our weapon of spiritual warfare. Dear Christian and end-time soldier of the cross, if we must fight this end time battle and win, we must know Him, who is the faithful loving Warrior, who fights with the instrument of Love. We have to understand the New 137

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Perfect WarLord and Mighty Guardian Cherub- the Holy Spirit. In order to be God’s approved soldiers who use the sword of the Spirit with great precision in the battle field, we have to become one with the Holy Spirit of prophesy Himself. I know my words may sound like parables now but let me explain myself by telling you some other things I know about the Father whose presence is manifested in the person of the Holy Spirit. It is about his style of speech- prophesy. The Father can not reckon with imperfection neither can He speaks directly to an imperfect world. Therefore, in His infinite wisdom He fashioned a way through which he would speak to the perfect world even while it was still imperfect. This method of speech that boycotts all imperfection to address the perfect man of the Spirit is PROPHESY. It is the style of speech which is found all through the scriptures. This method belongs to the Father. Refusing to reckon with imperfection, He speaks about the perfect ending of a matter even during its raw beginning, and calls those things that do not yet exist as though they were already visible. Prophesy is not the same as talking. Infact it is a method of speech which is used in place of talking. The secret is that truth becomes limitless, infallible and eternally relevant when it is spoken in the spirit of prophesy. For instance, the laws that were spoken by God in the wilderness were not really for the traveling Israelites but they were actually for us. It came from the throne of grace and was meant to minister life but it became a burden on the sinful Jews because it was not theirs. However, the same law being transformed through the Spirit gives us life. All prophecy, laws 138

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and promises of the scriptures actually belong to everyone who shall become heirs of salvation. This is why the scriptures would forever be relevant to whoever receives its content. The powers of the age to come are released through the Spirit of prophesy. In prophecy, we become one with the Father. When we preach the eternal gospel of Christ in the spirit of prophecy, the power of the Spirit would be released like never before. This power is what the world is waiting to see. Lucifer represented the power of the Old Testament; he was the former angelic guardian. But I have come to announce to you that he was not the real thing. The Holy Spirit is the divine power of the Father; He is the perfect guardian Cherub- the leader of the New Testament soldiers of Christ. In His presence, Lucifer stands no chance; he is just too weak to confront Him. Through the power of prophesy, sons of God in this end time battle would finally humble the works of the devil on earth. All we need to do is tap into the Spirit of the prophets and the entire nations would tremble positively at the sight of our coming. I have no doubt that God is releasing His great power to the church now as it was prophesied in the scriptures. However, I also believe that when the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable. We must know what to use the power of the Spirit for in order to avoid falling into the same error as Lucifer and his angels. The desires of the Lord for those whom He makes His sons have not changed. It is the same things He expected the sons of God of Old Testament to pay attention to. However, during the angelic era when the 139

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Lord gave the opportunity which we now have to angels, they failed Him. He invested great power in them so that they could administer justice, save dying souls, break the chains of the oppressed, feed the poor and release the prisoners, but they went their own ways in vain pursuit of personal gains. Love was everything the Lord wanted them to possess and communicate to the world, but rather than serve with their powers, they sought to be worshipped. Lucifer led the Old Testament sons astray and the whole earth went out of course. The Lord was not well pleased with this as I have already pointed out in this book so far, so he banished the entire system. Look at what God said about the angelic era again; …God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. Psalm 82:1-7

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Saints of God, we have been given greater opportunity in these last days than the angels ever had. We are the true sons of God. Why should the foundations of the earth go out of course in our own time? We must rise up and prove ourselves to be the true sons of God who were spoken about in prophesy. Greater power than what the whole world has ever experienced is about to be manifested through the church of the end time. We have to begin to use this power towards fulfilling the eternal will of God on earth. This divine will of the Father has not changed, it is nothing but Love. It is time for war! We must save the poor and needy. It is time to fight for the oppressed and save the dying souls of the world. Corruption and injustice must not reign anymore in our lands. We are the ones that will kill the seed of war and paralyze the arms of the angel of death. Peace must reign wherever the soles of our feet touch. It is time to revive the weakling arms of government and minister strength to the law enforcement agent. There must be security of lives and properties. Men should not spend more time in prison than required; the right to justice must not be delayed. The rich should not oppress the poor any more in our countries. The Almighty longs to see us manifest as His true possession, His battle ax and instrument of deliverance. He has not changed and would never change; He is still the same God who spoke through His prophets. All He wants is that the revelation of His unconditional LOVE should cover the entire nations as waters cover the sea.

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Brethren, all hands must be on deck in this final battle. No believer is exempted and no one is insignificant. No matter how many or how few our gifts are, we have equal chances at using whatever talent(s) we have to win the same eternal reward. Wherever you are and in whatever condition you find yourself, you can show love and make sacrifices for the sake of another. This is what makes you a general in this end time army. You may not have money to give, but you never can tell how far a loving smile would go in saving the life of a hurting neighbor. Some of the little things we do in love go a long way to destroy the plans of the devil. For instance, all individuals whom the devil had used to promote injustice and death in the world could have been saved if someone had prayed for them or given them godly counsels at the right time and in the right place when they were still younger. But what happened was that they were suffering from hopelessness, lack of love and spiritual poverty all their youth until they grew up into a monster and became a problem to the country and the entire world. Some of these forsaken people got into public offices and looted the treasury thereby robbing a whole nation, depriving the poor of their rights and promoting death by starvation. If someone close by had noticed there misery during their youth and set out to help them by casting out the demon living inside them or by preaching the gospel of love to them, they wouldn’t have grown up to be a threat to peace. You can be the savior of the world and win a great crown for yourself in heaven if you help to restore a little child close by. Then, at the judgment seat, the Lord would say if not for you, that little boy would have grown up into a murderer and kill many people. You can actually save a whole nation by saving one man close by. Every act of love has a reward 142

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and each one deals a blow on the kingdom of darkness- a little drink for the thirsty, a gift to the poor, a timely marriage counsel, a word of encouragement, an act geared towards defending the oppressed, a timely business advise, a courtesy visit… all these are weapons against the enemy. You are a good soldier when you do not only have love but also know how to use it. With the message of the gospel and prophesy in our mouths, the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives and the weapon of unconditional love in our hearts, there is nothing we won’t achieve in this last battle. There would be no mountain too high for us to climb and no river too deep to walk over. We are the true sons; the real spirits. We shall walk through walls and travel faster than light or any angel. We shall defile natural laws in the process of fighting this battle against the spirit forces of evil. Nothing would be able to stop us, nothing would escape our impact. In the Old Testament when men were still lowly and warfare was all physical and bloody, we still saw how men of faith defiled natural laws to win victory for the Lord. The scriptures tell us about the mighty men of David. Look at what was said about some of them; First was Adino the Eznite, who killed eight hundred enemies of Israel of old just with a single spear. These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same 143

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was Adino the Eznite: he lifted up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time. (2 Samuel 23:8) Second was Eleazar the son of Dodo, who refused to turn back even when all the armies of Israel had run away. Being left alone at the battle front, he defiled death and put to flight an army that a whole nation could not withstand. He fought until his hand cleaved to the sword. And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away: He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand cleaved unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil (2 Samuel 23:9-10) Shammah the son Agee saved the economy of the land when he singularly stood against the armies of the philistines and defended a piece of land full of lentils alone when all other soldiers were gone. The account told us that he took his stand in the midst of the ground and defended it. And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where was a piece of ground full of lentils: and the people fled from the Philistines. But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory. 144

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(2 Samuel 23:11-12) If these people could do all that they did in those days of physical bloody warfare. We can do much more in these days of bloodless spiritual warfare. So I call on men all over the world to stand up for Christ in this day of battle. We must give everything we can for God to use. Valiant men come forth, fearless men come forth Come take the kingdom to the ends of the earth Laborers come forth, spirits and sons come forth, come loose your life in a way you gain it. The Lord is building an army, come be a soldier we call forth men! Like a mighty rushing wind, the soldiers stomp their foot Men with strong conviction, they know their God, they know His Word To turn the kingdoms of this world to the kingdoms of our God The Lord is building an army, come be a soldier we call forth men!

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All glory to the Father of all Spirit and to the Lamb who sits upon the thrown. May His name be praised now and forever more. Amen.

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