THE PHYSICAL CREATION

Is the physical creation something that was imitated or copied from the spiritual creation?  Today is the Sabbath of August 26, 2000, as I start this paper. I am just finishing two papers, Our Delivery from Slavery and an addition to Satan’s Execution.  They have led to a completely new line of thought about the spiritual creation and the physical.  I had visited this line of thought over the years, just in and out with no clear-cut answers. Possibly some of you who will eventually read this paper have wondered about this too.  For instance Ezek 1:10:

Ezekiel 1:10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.

All these faces are found in the physical creation, not only the faces but also the complete body.  Thoughts about these creatures have drifted in and out of my mind over the years. Why are they like this?  That is what I want to explain in this paper. What is God saying to us through his word a little here, a little there, Isa. 28:10?

Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

As I’ve said and written hundreds of times, there is no understanding the Bible and end time events without accepting, understanding and believing 1 Corinthians 10:11.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

“Examples” is Strong’s #5179: “a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar; by anal. a shape, i.e. statue, (fig.) style or resemblance; spec. a sampler (“type“), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).”

Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says: “type, as a constituent element of a parable or model of some reality which was yet to appear, a prototype of that which was yet to be developed and evolved.”

“Admonition” is Strong’s #3559: “calling attention to, i.e. (by impl.) mild rebuke or warning.”

“World” is Strong’s #165: “prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):—age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the , while the) world (began, without end).”

As with any article, paper, etc., the reader will have to reach his or her own conclusion as to what God has done in these creations, spiritual and physical.  I want to raise some questions as we get into this subject.  We may find answers now, we may find answers later, or we may not find answers at all.  Revelation 22:1 may be a good place to start.

Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

If you want to review Revelation 21, you will see that it is talking on the spiritual level. All the physical creation is gone.

Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. 6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.

16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.

17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. 18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.

19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; 20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. 22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Notice some of the things in chapter 21 that exist on the spirit level that we also have in the physical.

Verse 2, Holy City, New Jerusalem. We have physical cities, but none are holy.

Bride and Husband, we have in physical.

Verse 5, God’s Throne. We have physical thrones.

Verse 6, Spiritual thirst. We have physical thirst.

Verse 11, we have physical precious stones.

Verse 12, walls, heights, gates.  We have all these on the physical level.

Verse 13, Physically, we have the four directions.

Verse 14, the Spirit City has foundations. Our cities and buildings have to have foundations.

Verses 15-16, the concept of numbers and a square were spiritual before they were physical, also a way to measure distance also existed in the spirit realm. This also is in verse 17.

Verse 18, Our precious metal gold was patterned after spirit gold.

Verses 19-21, We have the precious stones in physical types.

I will ask a question here, but I will not answer it because I don’t know.  Did a spirit oyster produce the spirit pearls? If prototypes hold true, the answer would be yes.

Verse 23, the concept of light was spiritual before physical.

Verse 27, lying was a spirit concept before it was physical, also, murder and lust, John 8:44,  which says that Satan created or invented these concepts.

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Continuing in verse 27, the concept of “books” was in existence in the spiritual realm long before we ever had a physical book.

Revelation 22:1 shows that the concept of something being pure and clear, versus it being dirty, contaminated, smoky, hazy, dim, befouled, etc. existed in the spirit world before the physical.  Gabriel versus Satan would be an example of that. Gabriel being pure and clean in God’s sight, versus how Satan appears contaminated to God. Ezek. 28:15 shows us how Satan went from the status of clear and pure to the status of contaminated and dirty, thus creating those concepts.

Ezekiel 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

Go back to Revelation 22:1 and notice the spiritual reality of the prototype river, the thing to be imitated in the physical river.

Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

Remember what 1 Corinthians 10:11 said discussed earlier. In the physical creation we have countless copies of this river all over the world.  This word “proceeding” is Strong’s #1607 meaning, “to depart, be discharged, proceed…” In other words, God’s River of Life flows just as our physical rivers flow.  Notice also the river in Revelation 22:1 is called a river of water of life.  Isn’t all or most all of the physical creation we see around us dependent on this physical water of life?

Can you start to see the pattern? These few verses describe many things in the physical that are patterned after what already existed in the spiritual.

Revelation 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Revelation 22:2 sets the stage for an expanded line of thought about what went on in the spiritual creation and long before man was created.  Notice the things mentioned spiritually that we see physically.  “Street” is Strong’s #4113 meaning, “a wide “plat” or “place”, i.e., open square – street.”  Do we see that concept applied physically in many of our towns and cities? Of course, they all have streets, but many have squares. That is a spiritual concept that we humans use physically.

Continuing in verse 2, there is a tree of life.  Aren’t there countless billions of trees on the face of the earth?  I do not know if it could be said of all trees, that they are trees of life, but certainly, a large number are trees of life to animals, birds, and insects.  Look at a few examples.  The oak tree furnishes life for squirrels, some birds, deer, etc. through its acorns.  Here in Colorado the pines furnish life-giving seeds to the squirrels and some birds.  The aspen does not bear a visible fruit, but elk eat its bark all through the year, especially in the winter.  They also feed some on fresh pine needles.  Willow shoots are the favorite food of moose and ptarmigan that are primarily tundra birds that feed on the stunted willows that grow above tree line.  It could very well be that every tree species is a tree of life to some insect, animal or bird.

This spiritual tree has leaves, so do most if not all the physical trees.  They have either leaves or needles.  Notice that this tree grows in the middle of the street or town square on either side of the river of life so that its root system takes its water from the river of water of life.

Our fruit trees have to have a source of water to produce fruit.  Here again, is a physical thing patterned after the spiritual?  Our trees grow in dirt.  Can we not assume that this tree of life grows in spiritual dirt?  I am sure it does not sit there suspended in spirit space with its root system exposed.  One more thought before we leave this tree, what happens to the fruit? Is it consumed by spirit beings? Does Gen 3:22 indicate that eating the fruit from this tree of life is a way to obtain the water of life which sustains spirit life just as physical water sustains physical life?

Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as 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 for ever:

If you came through the Worldwide Church of God system as I did, the way I remember being taught about eternal life is that we would be self-existing when made spirit beings. If that is the case, why is the water that comes from God’s throne called water of life? Why isn’t it just “water?” Revelation 22:1.

Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

It seems apparent to me that spirit beings will have to access this water of life directly as water or as food it produces. Is there other food that this water of life produces other than fruit? We will visit that concept shortly.  Do spirit beings have to eat spirit food and partake of spirit water just like we physical human have to do on the physical plane?  So, I ask the question, is our manner of sustaining life patterned after what sprit beings are doing?  For some more on that concept, read my paper on Satan’s Execution.

Let’s go to Luke 22:18, Mark 14:25, Mat 26:29.

Luke 22:18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.

Mark 14:25 Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.

Matthew 26:29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

What are these 3 verses telling us? They say that there is spirit wine.  Is our physical wine patterned after something that already existed spiritually?  Let’s follow up on this concept a little.  Are our physical vineyards patterned after spirit vineyards? Are our physical vineyard keepers patterned after spiritual vineyard keepers? Are our wine breweries patterned after spirit wine breweries?

Read Num. 13:23.

Numbers 13:23 And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.

It took two men to carry one cluster of grapes that came from the Promised Land.  Is God’s word true or not?  What does 1 Corinthians 10:11 say? Review the definitions on page 1. 1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

This verse says these things are written for us as prototypes or things to be imitated.  Is this the size of the clusters of grapes we will see as spirit beings when we enter eternal life, the real Promised Land?  I ask again, is God’s word true or not?  For me, I’ll take it as being true.  There are spirit grapes and spirit wine.  There are physical grapes and physical wine.  Doesn’t the vinedresser have to work with the vines to make them produce?  Is that patterned after a spirit vinedresser who works with the spirit vines to make them produce?  Can spirit beings obtain water of life through this spirit wine made from these spirit grapes, just as we can obtain physical water from physical wine?

Now go to Luke 14:15.

Luke 14:15 And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.

“Bread” is Strong’s #740 meaning, “bread (as raised), loaf…”  Here again, is the physical bread we enjoy patterned after something that already existed in the spiritual?  Where does this bread, this wine, this fruit come from in the spirit world? Does it happen by magic? Is it instantly created on the spot as needed?  I doubt it very seriously.

Is there some kind of farming system in the spirit world? Are our farms patterned after that in some way?  Is this one way that this water of life of Rev. 22:1 is distributed to the spirit world, through spirit foods grown by this spirit water?

Christ states that He will eat in the Kingdom.

Luke 22:16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.

Can we start to get the idea that eating and drinking are a way of life in the Kingdom of God, and that this is the way the Father sustains all the spirit beings with the water of life of Revelation 22:1?

Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

Go back to Luke 14:16.

Luke 14:16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:

This time notice the word “supper,” which is Strong’s #1173 meaning, “dinner, i.e., the chief meal (usually in the evening) – feast, supper.”

Now look at Matthew. 22:4.

Matthew. 22:4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

“Dinner” is Strong’s #712 meaning, “the best meal, (or breakfast)(early), i.e. luncheon…”

These two verses seem to indicate that the banquet may be an all day affair.  There is good reason to believe that this banquet may go on for maybe 7 years.  Read my paper on the Marriage Banquet.  One thought I want to leave with you before we leave this parable.  Notice it is speaking on a spiritual level.

Matthew 22:2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,

Matthew 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:

12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Verse 14 tells us that when all is said and done, only the few will obtain eternal life.

Verse 4 told us what is to be prepared for this dinner, this banquet, ” my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.”  “Oxen” is Strong’s #5022, meaning “steer, a bullock, bull, ox.” “Fatling” is #4619, meaning “grained, i.e., fatted.”

I did not write that verse.  It is describing a spiritual banquet.  Are there spirit cattle that are slaughtered?  Should we start to look at spirit in a different way?  Is this another way that the living waters, the water of life of Revelation 22:1 sustain the spirit beings through spirit animals that they eat?  We will refer back to this as we get into another aspect of the physical imitating the spiritual.

Let us now go to the chapters in Exodus that will show you that the physical imitates the spiritual.  You will need to read my paper, “Our Delivery From Slavery.”  I will just hit some of the highlights of that paper to make my point here.  To cut through as quickly as possible, notice the comparison presented.  God’s people the Israelites were in slavery to Pharaoh and the Egyptians, and Moses took them out under Christ’s leadership.

Acts 7:37 This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.  38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

The end time Christians are in slavery to Satan and the demons, 2 Timothy 2:26.

2 Timothy 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Ezekiel 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

This clearly identifies Satan as the Pharaoh, so this must be a spiritual Egypt.  Your first reaction may be, “Hey, I’m not in slavery.”  What does Matthew 25:5 say?

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

Is this true or not?  Let’s face it. If we are asleep, all the end time virgins, then we are sleepwalking with Christ, and if we are not asleep, then we are not virgins.

To deliver us from this spiritual slavery, Christ will have to free us from Satan.  To make a long story short, the original deliverance from Pharaoh and the Egyptians was just a prototype, a thing to be imitated, as Christ frees the end time Church.

Is 1 Corinthians 10:11 true or not? Review the definition on page one.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Again, I suggest you read the paper on Our Delivery From Slavery.  The fact is, if we are to believe our God and His Bible, the physical release in Moses’ time is a thing to be imitated on the spiritual level in the end time, as Christ frees the end time Church with spirit plagues on Satan and the demons just as there were physical plagues on the Egyptians and Pharaoh.  With these thoughts in mind, it is not hard to see how the ten plagues of Exodus that were done physically could be done in a spiritual way also.

The fact that there are spirit wine, spirit bread, spirit fruit trees, spirit oxen, and fatlings, and spirit beings leaves the door wide open to the ten plagues applying spiritually.  For instance, from the first plague of water turned to blood, it is easy to see how the water of life of Rev. 22:1 could be befouled, polluted, contaminated in some way and not be fit for spirit consumption just as bloody water is not fit for physical consumption.

Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

Wouldn’t a spirit hailstorm of the magnitude of the one described physically in Exodus 9 destroy all the spirit trees of life, the spirit vineyards, the spirit cattle, etc.?  Couldn’t spirit locusts eat what the hail leaves?  Couldn’t this mighty God create or cause spirit darkness to settle on the spirit world?  Couldn’t this plague of lice, which is actually a biting or stinging gnat, be done on a spirit level? From this plague of flies, which was in fact mosquitos, I ask, couldn’t a spirit mosquito bite a spirit being?

I know this is a reverse application of the physical creation and spirit counterpart in the plague instances.  After studying these concepts, it is almost like there are two worlds, a spiritual and a physical side by side in a sense.

Let’s look at some more physical concepts that are patterned after spiritual.  Satan created the spiritual concept of sin.  There was no lying until Satan created it according to John 8:44.

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

He is the father of lies. There was a time that lying did not exist.  Notice Ezekiel 28:14.

Ezekiel 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

Notice also Satan created murder in John 8:44 above.  “Murderer” is Strong’s #443 meaning, “to kill, a manslayer, murderer.”  Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says of this word meaning, “manslayer, or one who commits homicide…”

How did Satan create murder? Did he actually kill another angel of lesser power?  To me, this is what it means.  According to Strong’s the primary meaning is to kill. We will see later in this paper how Satan did this.  We know as end time Christians, if we hate, it is the same as murder.

So, Satan created a concept that the Father had to deal with, that of taking another being’s life and this has been passed down to humans with Cain killing Abel as the first example in the physical arena.  Here again the physical is patterned after the spiritual.  One more point about murder and killing.

Matthew 22:4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

This is the parable of the marriage banquet.  The dinner or meal was prepared.  If this is a spiritual meal, it has to be spirit oxen and fatlings.  If spirit animals could be killed, why couldn’t spirit beings?

If Christ attributes to Satan three of the Ten Commandments, murdering, lying and lust, in John 8:44, it is probably a safe assumption that Satan also was involved in creating the concepts of the other seven.  Let’s look at how Satan went astray and what the Bible tells us about it.  Satan wasn’t initially created as a murderer and liar.  He was perfect according to Ezek. 28:15.

Ezekiel 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

The word “perfect” is Strong’s # 8549 meaning, “entire (lit., fig. or mor.), also (as noun) integrity, truth – without blemish, complete, full, perfect, sincerely, sound, without spot, undefiled…”

Satan was undefiled from the day of his creation until iniquity was found in him.  “Iniquity” is Strong’s # 5766, meaning, “(moral) evil- iniquity, perverseness, unjust…”  Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study – Old Testament says of this word: “perverseness, wickedness, dishonesty, wrong, injustice, unrighteousness…”

Satan went from a state of perfection to a state of depravity.  Humans start out in depravity and have to rise to a state of perfection.

Did the angels at that time have a code of conduct?  I’m sure they did. John was going to worship the angel that spoke to him.  What did the angel say in verse 9?  He said he was a fellow servant and kept the sayings of “this book.”

Revelation 22:8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.

9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

It is apparent from what we have studied so far that Satan created the system that the angels and we are subject to today.  I want to go through the verses we have on Satan and see what we can learn from this.  The story may be somewhat disjointed as I write it, because of the way the Bible is written.  Go to Isa 14:12-14.

Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Notice here that Satan’s lust had gotten the best of him.  Lucifer was going to try to take over the Father’s position.  Let’s go back to verse 12 and ask some questions.  “Lucifer” is Strong’s #1966 meaning, “in the sense of brightness…”  “Son” is Strong’s #1121 and the primary meaning is, “a son (as the builder of the family name)…”  ‘Morning” is Strong’s #7837 meaning, “dawn…”

As we go through this, remember that it is on a spirit level not physical.  It ‘s easy to think physical, but these verses are describing or talking about a powerful spirit being.

“Ground” is Strong’s #776 meaning, “to be firm, the earth (at large or partitively a land)… ”  Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study – Old Testament says this noun means the “earth, that is, the physical planet…”  Is this the same ground, spirit in composition, which produces the tree of life fruit, Revelation 22:2?

Revelation 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

The fruit is grown from this spirit dirt and nourished by the water of life, Revelation 22:1.

Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

Could there even be a hydrological cycle?  Notice in Isaiah 14:14 that Satan would ascend above the clouds.

Isaiah 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Is this the same ground that produces spirit grapes, so we will be able to drink spirit wine in the kingdom, Matthew 26:29?

Matthew 26:29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

Is this the same ground that grows grain to make bread that we will eat in the kingdom, Luke 14:15?

Luke 14:15 And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.

Is this the same ground that produces spirit grass and plants that feed spirit cattle, so that we can eat spirit meat in the Kingdom, Matthew 22:4?

Matthew 22:4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

Remember these three verses are talking on a spirit level.  Satan was going to exalt his throne above the Father’s, so this has to be speaking of a spirit earth where Satan is a king. Is the pattern of kingdoms and nations we see in the physical today patterned after something that was on a spiritual level before.

Satan is a king.  Notice this in Revelation 9.11. “And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.” This king has subjects that are demons, in this case; but they were not always demons.  They started out as righteous angels.  Also in Revelation 12:7, “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels…”  Michael must also be a king, because he has angels.

Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

Isaiah 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Isaiah 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Notice the last phrase of verse 12: “weaken the nations.”  “Weaken” is Strong’s #2522 meaning, “to prostrate, by impli. to overthrow…”  “Nations” is Strong’s #1471, meaning, “(in the sense of massing) a foreign nation…” What nations, you may be thinking.  Just hang on for this is one of the deep things of God.  Stop and think.  These three verses in Isa. 14:12-14 are talking about a spirit being on a spirit earth and now spirit nations are thrown into the mix.

“Archangel” is Strong’s #743 meaning, “chief angel- archangel.”  As far as I am aware, the Bible just mentions three archangels by name, Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, and Satan is actually called a king in Ezekiel 29:3, therefore Michael and Gabriel must also be kings.

Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

Daniel 10:13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

This verse indicates to me that there might very well be more, for Michael is called one of the chief princes.  If there were just three and Gabriel and Satan were locked in a power struggle, why didn’t it call Michael the other chief prince?  “Princes” is plural.  “Princes” is Strong’s # 8269 meaning, “a head person (of any rank or class)… “Chief” is Strong’s #7223, meaning “first in place, time or rank…”

So now what do we have?  It seems we have a spirit earth, with spirit nations, with spirit kings or princes over them, and that these spirit nations were weakened, prostrated or overthrown by this Lucifer being.  After Satan had accomplished all this, he was feeling too big for his britches, as my dad used to say.  Lucifer was ready to move to take over the Father’s place described in Isa. 14:13-16.

Isaiah 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;

In verse 15, the Father is making His threat and is very capable of backing it up.  “Hell” is Strong’s #7585, meaning “hades or the world of the dead…” We will be looking at more on this threat in Ezekiel.

As we continue in verse 16, keep in mind that we are still talking on a spirit level.  Who are “they”?  Ezekiel 28:17 tells us.  They are kings, the spirit kings of the spirit earth at that time and we ourselves also after we are changed, Revelation 1:6 and Revelation 5:10.

Revelation 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Satan will not be executed until after the Millennium.

Continuing in verse 16, the word “man” has to be Satan.  No physical man has the power to make the earth tremble.  “Tremble” is Strong’s # 7264, meaning, “to quiver (with any violent emotion, espec. anger or fear)…”

“Shake” is Strong’s # 7493, meaning, “to undulate (as the earth, the sky, etc.);also a field of grain…”  According to Webster’s Dictionary, “undulate” means “to cause to move in a smooth, wavelike motion…”  “Kingdom” is Strong’s # 4467, meaning “dominion…” Zodhiates says it means, “kingdom, dominion, realm, reign, royal rule, sovereignty…”

This word “man” is Strong’s #376, meaning, “a man as an individual male person…”  This word is used in Daniel 9:21 to describe Gabriel.  This is a good example of how God has written the Bible to interpret itself and to hide the meaning from those who are not given to understand.

Daniel 9:21, Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.

Isaiah 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

If we are not willing to accept God’s word as written, then we will no doubt go and fall backward into the Lake of Fire.  The “stammering lips” is the way God did it.  It’s obvious that a man couldn’t do the things outlined in Isa. 14:12-17, yet God confused these verses to the foolish virgins by calling this being a man, but He clears it up for the wise virgins in Daniel 9:21.

Review these verses.

Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. 16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; 17  That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

God is still speaking on a spiritual level here.  In studying this verse with a spiritual application, it makes me wonder if this is when the first concept of war was brought into existence.  Notice the scope.  It is the whole spirit earth.  Man’s wars today just affect a small portion of the earth.  Even what we called the two World Wars actually did not affect the whole world in area of combat.

“World” is Strong’s #8398, meaning “the earth (as moist and therefore inhabited) by extens. the globe…” “Wilderness” is Strong’s #4057, from # 1696, “in the sense of driving, a pasture (i.e. open field whither cattle are driven), by impl. a desert…”

“Destroyed” is Strong’s #2040 meaning, “to pull down or in pieces, break, destroy, beat down… “   Zodhiates says of this word, “to pull down, to tear, to break, to destroy…” The whole world being made a wilderness or desert with the cities torn down and destroyed has never happened in the physical realm yet.  This has become possible only since the development of nuclear weapons.  Apparently, Satan has the power to do this on the spirit level to a spirit world to spirit cities.  So here again, Satan first created on the spiritual level things that we see physically: aggression, war, conquest, intimidation, and everything else that goes with this scenario.

Continue with the last phrase of verse 17, “opened not the house of his prisoners.”  “House” is Strong’s #1004 meaning, “a house in the greatest variety of applications, espec. family…” “Prisoners” is Strong’s # 615 meaning “bound, i.e., a captive (those which are bound).”

Here again it appears that Satan created this evil of taking less powerful beings and turning them into slaves through imprisonment.  This occurred countless times in the physical creation in many different ways.  In most nations today, humans are slaves to their governments through taxation and various rules and regulations.

I think those who really study their Bibles understand that Pharaoh is a type of Satan, Ezek 29:3.

Ezekiel 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

Pharaoh (Satan) has servants, and those servants have servants.  Are these servants the prisoners that Satan refused to release from his prison in Isaiah 14:17?  I cannot believe that God would create a spirit angel into eternal life and create him as a slave or bondservant to another more powerful angel.  The word “servant” in Ex. 9:20 is #5650 meaning, “a servant, bondage, bondman (bond) servant…”

Exo 9:20  He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses:

Let’s review what we’ve read in Isa. 14:12-17.  Remember this is a spirit application.  A human could not do these things on a worldwide scale and attack the Father’s throne.  Satan as he was going bad overthrew the angelic nations on the spirit earth.  He turned the spirit world into a wilderness of desolation or a desert and took captives that he has enslaved to this day.

Verses 13-14 seem to indicate that Satan may have made an assault on God’s throne.  As we will see later, he did, and some demons were killed.   When you read Luke 10:18, don’t confuse this event with what goes on in the book of Revelation.  Christ speaks of this in past tense before the book of Revelation was ever written.

Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

He fell back to the spirit earth described in Isaiah 14:12-20.  Let’s go over to Ezek. 28:12-19.

Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.

Verses 12-15 explain Satan’s status at the start.  Apparently, he was approaching the ultimate in God’s handiwork.  God’s skill in creating the awesome beauty of this cherub archangel would make us humans gasp in astonishment.  I doubt if we can even start to grasp in these verses the beauty and awesome position that Satan had and would have had for eternity if he had not wasted the opportunity.

In one sense, we can see how Satan has created suicide by his actions and the lifestyle he willingly chose.  This will lead to his death after the millennium and he brought it all on himself, so in that sense he has killed himself.

We may find out eventually that he is the father of every form of evil known to humanity or it could be that he had some help in this creation of evil as other angels went bad and added their thought processes to the mix. Verse 15 tells us he was perfect in his ways from his creation till he started to sin.

In verse 16, we start to see more of what Satan actually did.  The word “multitude” is Strong’s #7230, meaning, “abundance (in any respect)…”  “Merchandise” is #7404, meaning, “trade (as peddled) – merchandise, traffic.” This word comes from #7402, which means “travel for trading…” So, where did this “travel for trading” take place in this spirit earth?  Isaiah 14 tells us in verses 12, 16, and 17.  Notice again that this spirit earth had kingdoms and nations.  It also had cities.  Review this a couple of pages back.

We need to take a long digression at this point to start to see what was going on.  Were angels created to a life of doing nothing, just floating around on the proverbial clouds?  Let’s notice a few things starting with John 5:17.

John 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

“Worketh” and “work” are both Strong’s #2038 meaning, “to toil (as a task, occupation, etc.)…”  Satan had a job.  He was one of the cherubs that “covereth.”  He worked right there in the throne room area of God.  Gabriel has a job, Luke 1:19. He stands in God’s presence in order to carry out God’s assignments.

Luke 1:19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.

Michael’s job apparently is looking after the Church, Dan. 12:1.

Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

I do not think that any other conclusion could be reached except that every angel has a job.  This keeps the spirit earth operating.  If every human had a job to do, a responsibility, the physical earth would certainly be a better place.  Is what we see in the physical earth patterned after what existed in the spirit earth?

Let’s look deeper into this idea of spirit jobs.  I just do not believe God does very much by magic.  Look at a couple other examples of jobs for spirit beings, Matthew. 22:12-13.

Matthew 22:12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

Matthew 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

“Servants” is Strong’s #1249 meaning, “to run on errands, an attendant, i.e. (gen) a waiter (at table or in other menial duties)…” Have these servants prepared and served the banquets or meals that the Father and Christ have hosted down through the millennium and been “bouncers” when necessary?

Go to 2 Kings 6:15-17.

2 Kings 6:15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?

16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.

17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

Is the job of this angelic army to surround and protect God’s human servants?  This could be God’s “secret service.” Was that concept actually created in the angelic world?

Zechariah 4:10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.

These seven angelic beings have a special assignment, traveling back and forth through the earth checking on certain aspects of the church in the end time.  There are probably many other job assignments given to angels.  The church members and their families probably enjoy special protection through the angels whose job assignment it is to do this.  I think that all angels have a job given to them by God.  Satan had his job assignment in Ezek. 28:14. He was the “cherub that covereth.”

Let’s start to look at the possibilities of how Satan fell from his original position.  Read Ezekiel 28:16.

Ezekiel 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

“Multitude” is Strong’s #7230, meaning “abundance (in any respect) – abundance…”

“Merchandise” is #7404, meaning, “trade (as peddled) merchandise, traffic.”  This word #7404 comes from Strong’s # 7402 meaning, “to travel for trading…”

So, was Satan a traveling salesman or trader? Was he trafficking in merchandise?  According to verse 16, he had an abundance of trade.

As a boy growing up on the farm, I remember how the peddlers would come by selling their goods, such as peaches, apples, and other things that we did not grow ourselves, even including ice before we got electricity.

As Satan took up this traveling and selling of merchandise, he must have started slacking on his job of being the “cherub that covereth,” and any other assignment he had in the Garden of Eden, Ezek. 28:13-14. You would not think that the job as “cherub that covereth” would leave much time for trading.

Ezekiel 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

Did Satan create the first trading monopoly?  Did he corner the market?  Is what we see today in this world patterned after what Satan created in the process of his downfall?  It is easy to see this principle at work in the world’s markets today, the greed, the corruption, the scandals, even the deaths of innocent people as in the current debacle of Firestone Tires and Ford Explorers here in the US (Fall 2000).

Satan probably created every sinful practice during his original downfall that we see being used in business and commerce.  Is this why God has laid out in the Bible the way man should deal with his fellow man? The rules are there, the laws and statutes, so that we would be without excuse.

What might Satan have been peddling or trafficking in?

Ezekiel 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

This verse could start to give us some insight.  “Precious” is Strong’s #3368 whose primary meaning is, “valuable…” As Satan started to create wickedness, would he have lusted over these precious stones belonging to others and thought of amassing them for himself?  Did he start trading other items for these things?  No doubt there were plenty of the precious items in various parts of the spirit earth like it is today on the physical earth.

Were there gold mines and diamond mines, just as today?  I doubt that many of these precious stones or gold nuggets were just lying around to be picked up by passers by.   What makes something precious or valuable? Scarcity!  Did these precious stones or gold have to be mined or processed?  This would provide more jobs for spirit beings.

The New Jerusalem is described in Revelation 21:18-21.

Revelation 21:18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.

19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;

20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

Was this magnificent structure just zapped into place by magic, or did angelic master craftsmen build it?  Notice what happened on the physical level back in Exodus.

Exodus 35:30 And Moses said unto the children of Israel, See, the LORD hath called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah;

31 And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship;

32 And to devise curious works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,

33 And in the cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning work.

34 And he hath put in his heart that he may teach, both he, and Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.

35 Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any work, and of those that devise cunning work.

Exodus 36:1 Then wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whom the LORD put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that the LORD had commanded…

2 And Moses called Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whose heart the LORD had put wisdom, even every one whose heart stirred him up to come unto the work to do it:

4 And all the wise men, that wrought all the work of the sanctuary, came every man from his work which they made;

God gave these men special wisdom and ability to craft the beautiful objects for the Tabernacle.  Don’t you think this example is patterned after what had already happened in the angelic world?  Is I Corinthians 10:11 true or not?

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

“Examples” is Strong’s #5179: “a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar; by anal. a shape, i.e. statue, (fig.) style or resemblance; spec. a sampler (“type“), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).”

Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says: “type, as a constituent element of a parable or model of some reality which was yet to appear, a prototype of that which was yet to be developed and evolved.”

“Admonition” is Strong’s #3559: “calling attention to, i.e. (by impl.) mild rebuke or warning.”

“World” is Strong’s #165: “prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):—age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the , while the) world (began, without end).”

So, as Satan was slipping under an eternal death sentence, was he trying to amass more and more of the precious, most valuable things in the spirit earth?  What are other commodities that Satan could have been peddling or trafficking in? Consider all the fruits of the water of life of Revelation. 22:1. Let’s refresh our memory some.  Doesn’t it take the physical water of life to produce most all we see around us, the food stuffs, fabric for clothing, building materials, etc.?  Even the abundance of plastics is a byproduct of the petroleum industry, and crude oil and coal are fossil remnants of plants and animals, which grew eons ago if science is correct.

Remember what we covered earlier. This water of life of Revelation 22:1 produces fruit that could be eaten, as well as the bread, wine, the ox and fatling that we will eat in the Kingdom.  Was the spirit earth similar to our earth today?  Some parts are rich in one thing, while another part is rich in something else. This would automatically lend itself to a system of trade and commerce.  Remember what we saw in Isaiah 14:12,16-17.  There were nations, kingdoms, and cities.

What are some other possible trade items that we can find mentioned in the Bible?  Clothing, would be one thing, Revelation 19:13, 14.

 

Revelation 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

“Vesture” is Strong’s # 2440 meaning, “(to put on) a dress (inner or outer), apparel, cloke, clothes, garment, raiment, robe, vesture.”   “Fine linen” is Strong’s # 1039 meaning, “made of linen, neut. a linen cloth – (fine linen).”

Did Christ and the Father just ZAP these garments into existence, or were there farms and fields where the flax was grown? Did angels process the flax into spirit clothes for angels to wear?  Was there trade or trafficking in clothing?  Notice another garment in Christ’s wardrobe. Revelation 1:13 mentions a long garment with a golden girdle.

Revelation 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

Daniel describes an archangel, probably Gabriel, who was also clothed in linen with gold trim or ornamentation.  Did God “zap” this gold, or was it mined and processed by angels?

Daniel 10:5 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:

6 His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.

7 And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.

13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

In Revelation 7, the Great Multitude is clothed with white robes.

Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

In Revelation 19:8, the whole church in the First Resurrection wears fine white linen.

Revelation 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

“Arrayed” is Strong’s # 4016 meaning, “to throw all around, i.e. invest (with a pallisade, or with clothing)…” It should be apparent by now that spirit beings wear clothing of some sort, possibly a wide variety.  This would be another opportunity, as Satan was falling to a lower state, for him to practice his trafficking, maybe to try to monopolize the clothing industry or the flax production for the fine linen.  Remember, his ultimate intent was to take it all, Isaiah 14:13-14.

Isaiah 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Isaiah 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Did Satan try to take over the transportation industry? Look at something you may not have thought of. Don’t forget 1 Corinthians 10:11.   Are physical horses imitations of spirit horses?  Horses played a major role in history and transportation up until the modern age.  “Horses” in Revelation 19:14 is Strong’s #2462 meaning, “a horse.”  “Horses” in 2 Kings 2:11 is Strong’s #5483 meaning, “to skip, a horse, (as leaping)…”   Revelation 19:11, 14 say that Christ rides a horse and that Christ’s army rides on horses.  These have to be spirit, not physical.

Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war…

14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

Look at Exodus 14:23.

Exodus 14:23 And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.

Now, read 2 Kings 6:17.

2 Kings 6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

Certainly, these were angels here, and this was their mode of travel. “Chariots” is Strong’s # 7393 meaning, “a vehicle, by impl. a team, by extens. cavalry, by analogy, a rider…”  Notice also 2 Kings 2:11.

2 Kings 2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.

This was Elijah’s transportation into retirement.  Now look at Zechariah 6:1-5.

Zechariah 6:1 And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of brass.

2 In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses;

3 And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses.

4 Then I answered and said unto the angel that talked with me, What are these, my lord?

5 And the angel answered and said unto me, These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth.

In verse 2, it says “in the first chariot…in the second chariot…”Green’s Interlinear Bible, Hebrew to English renders that as follows, “with the chariot first (were) horses red, and with the chariot second horses black…”

The Living Bible Paraphrased translates this passage this way, “the first chariot was pulled by red horses, the second by black.”

The Moffat Translation says, “the first chariot had chestnut horses, the second had black horses.”

The Scofield Bible says, “Before the first chariot were red horses, before the second chariot black horses.”

It is apparent that the King James Version is in error by saying in the first chariot, in the second, etc. The chariots were pulled by horses. This brings up an interesting thought.  Physical horses are stronger and faster than physical human beings.  I would ask, are spirit horses stronger and faster than spirit beings?  Is horse travel an alternative method of travel, or even a major means of travel just as it was in the physical world until the modern age?  Here again what we see in the physical is copied from the spiritual.

Now, back to Satan’s downfall.  Did he try to corner or monopolize the transportation business of his day?  Remember, in Ezekiel 28:16, “merchandise” is Strong’s #7404, meaning “trade as peddled…”   He had a multitude or abundance of this trade.  This trade is what led him to sin.  The possibilities of things to trade could be limitless as we see in the physical world.

Notice another example in Numbers 22:31.

Numbers 22:31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.

Swords would be another item that would have to be manufactured, plus sheaths to carry them in, and belts to hold them up.  Would Christ and the Father just zap these things, or would work be required to produce them?  Notice John 5:17.

John 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.

Do Christ and the Father work while the rest of the angels sit around and do nothing?  No way, the angels have jobs.

Let’s continue in Ezek. 28:16 with the word “violence.”  It is Strong’s #2555, meaning “violence, by impl., wrong, by meton. unjust gain – cruel (-ty), damage, false, injustice X oppressor, unrighteous, violence (against, done), violent (dealing), wrong.”

Eze 28:16  By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the Old Testament gives “unrighteous gain” as one of the definitions of the word, “violence.”

Let’s understand this more clearly.  What was going on in the angelic world? Can we not look at what is going on in today’s world in the area of commerce and trade and start to see how Satan was doing his trading or commerce back then in the angelic world? What does 1 Cor. 10:11 say?

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Now look at Mat. 4:8-9.

Matthew 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

Christ did not deny that the world, the kingdoms, the glory, riches, etc. were Satan’s to give to anyone that he wanted.  So, if the world is Satan’s and he is its god, can we not then know for sure that the evil seen in today’s world is patterned after what Satan created in his downfall in the angelic world?

Notice three evil things that Satan created that are in turn listed in the Ten Commandments for us humans.  They are lying, murder, and lust.

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

If Satan was the father of lying, it means that it started with him.  “Father” is Strong’s #3962 meaning, “a father…” So Satan begat or started “lying.”

“Lust” is Strong’s #1939 meaning, “a longing (espec. for what is forbidden)…”  Here again, Satan set in progress the lust, greed, desire to get, and for Satan himself, by whatever means it took to get it.

“Murderer”” is Strong’s #443 meaning, “(to kill) a manslayer… “Zodhiates says of this word, “manslayer or one who commits homicide…” Both Berry’s Greek to English Interlinear and Green’s Greek to English Interlineartranslate it that way.

Satan began to lust, creating it in the process.  Spirit murder was a hard concept for me to grasp.  How can a spirit being murder another spirit being?  Was this the prototype of the many physical murders we hear about constantly on the news among human kind?  The human scenario was started by Cain who killed his brother Abel.  I have no problem with the concept that Satan committed murder, but how did he actually do the deed? Let’s look at what the Bible offers us about this.  It will take some review.  Go to Revelation 22:1.

Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

Review all of chapter 21 and we will see that this scene pictured in this verse is after everything is spirit.  There is no more physical matter.  Still, this water that proceeds from the throne is water of life.  This tells us that spirit beings have to access this water of life to continue to exist.  So, spirit beings are not self-existent.  Angels and demons have to access this water of life to exist.  The accessing can be done through the Tree of Life or foods that its water produces.

Luke 14:15 And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.

Matthew 26:29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

Christ said that we would drink wine in the Kingdom.  Angels and demons could access water of life this way.  We will eat bread in the Kingdom, so angels and demons would access water of life through eating grain that the water of life caused to grow.  There will be oxen and fatlings eaten at the marriage banquet, Matthew 22:1-4.

Matthew 22:1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,

2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,

3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.

4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

It is obvious that food and drink are a way to obtain this water of life. What happens when a physical being is deprived of the physical water of life, food and drink? It would die quicker from lack of drink than from lack of food.  Could this be true in the spirit world?   Look at Ezekiel 28:18-19.

Ezekiel 28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.

Verse 18 describes Satan’s execution.  Does verse 19 indicate that Satan was looked on with terror?  It very well could.  Consider the following verses.

Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. 16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; 17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.

19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.

20 Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.

In verse 16, the word “man” is referring to Satan.  It is Strong’s #376, and it is the same word used in Daniel 9:21 to describe Gabriel.  This is really getting into the deep things of God.

Continuing with the thought of how Satan committed the first murder or murders, we covered earlier in this paper the thought of the physical earth being patterned after a spirit earth that existed before.  Generally, in the past, I thought that the spirit concepts described in these verses stopped with verse 15.  Study this closely and you will see that the same thoughts of a spirit earth and spirit cities and kingdoms start in verse 12 of Isaiah 14 go right on through to at least verse 20.

Today is Nov 25, 2000 as I start to write more on this subject of Satan creating murder.  Two weeks ago Sunday Nov. 12, I sat here dumbfounded as I began to see what Satan had done, spirit kings killed, thrust through with the sword, buried in their graves described in the verses above.  As mentioned a few pages back, I could not comprehend how Satan could kill a spirit being, but now I begin to see what Satan had actually done from the pages of the Bible.  Satan has committed atrocities in the spirit world that are astounding and no doubt continue to this day.  Satan has used evil men here in our lifetime to commit horrendous deeds, like Hitler and the Jews or Pol Pot and the Killing Fields of Cambodia.    The master murderer inspired these men.  Let’s see what the Bible says about this. Go to Isaiah 14:16.

Isaiah 14:16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;

Remember that this is talking on a spiritual level, not physical, so review starting in verse 12 concerning Lucifer.  “I will ascend to heaven…I will exalt my throne…I will be like the most high.”

Verse 16 says that this Lucifer made the spirit earth to tremble, shook kingdoms.  “Kingdoms” is Strong’s #4467, meaning the dominion, i.e. abstract, the estate (rule), the country (realm), kingdom…”

Verse 12 said that he weakened nations.  “Weakened” is Strong’s # 2522 meaning, “to prostrate, by impl. to overthrow…”

In verse 16, “tremble” is Strong’s # 7264 meaning, “to quiver (with any violent emotion, especially with anger or fear)…”  “Shake” is #7493 meaning, “to undulate…”

As Satan’s evil mind developed into its depraved condition of today, he committed a horrible atrocity.  He overthrew spirit nations and caused shock waves of fear to roll through the spirit kingdoms.  He caused the spirit earth to quiver with fear.  He made this spirit world as a wilderness, says verse 17.

“Wilderness” is Strong’s #4057, “midbar {mid-bawr’}  from 1696 in the sense of driving,  a pasture, (i.e.  open field, whither cattle are driven)…”

Satan destroyed the spirit cities.  “Destroyed” is Strong’s # 2040, meaning, “to pull down, or in pieces, break, destroy, beat down…”

Notice what else he did in verse 17.  He “opened not the house of the prisoners.”

Before I elaborate on that last statement, I want to ask a question.  Did Satan mount a surprise attack on the rest of the spirit world with his followers, one third of the original number of angels? See Revelation 12:4.

Revelation 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

When did this attack happen?  Were the rest of the angels ignorant of murder, taking the life of a fellow angel?  They might have been, but they weren’t ignorant of taking a spirit life, as they were certainly used to eating spirit animals, like we will be doing in the Kingdom, Matthew. 22:4.

Matthew 22:4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

Let’s continue with the last seven words of verse 17, “opened not the house of the prisoners.”  There are two things that could happen if you open not the house (jail) of the prisoners.  It could mean they are still in captivity until this day with no freedom.  It could also mean that they starved to death, if the prison was literally never opened so that food could be taken in.  Remember that spirit beings have to access the Water of Life of Revelation 22:1 in some form.

Hitler’s treatment of the Jews is a clear example of not opening the house of the prisoners.  Many of the Jews were systematically worked and starved to death.  Millions died in what we call the Holocaust.  Did the same thing happen in the angelic world?  Was Hitler (Satan) and the Jews (Righteous Angels) a rerun of what had happened before in the angelic world?  Here is a thought worth considering.  Why was it Hitler versus the Jews? Why was it not Hitler versus some other group?  Notice Revelation 2:9 and 3:9.

Revelation 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

True Christians are called “Jews” in these two verses.  Christians are Jews inwardly, Romans 2:28-29.

Romans 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

Romans 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Wouldn’t the righteous angels fall into the same category as true Christians?  The Holocaust as we call it could very well have been patterned by Satan on what he had already done in the spirit world.

Do not forget that Isaiah 14:12-20 is talking on a spirit level, as we continue in verse 18.  The spirit nations had spirit kings.  Revelation 9:1-11 describes demons being let out of the bottomless pit with Satan as their king. He was a king over angels before he went bad.

Rev 9:1  And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. :2  And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

3  And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4  And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

5  And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. 6  And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

7  And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. 8  And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.

9  And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. 10  And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

11  And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

“Archangel” is Strong’s #743 meaning, “chief angel; -archangel.”  Zodhiates’ Aids to the New Testament says, “first or highest angel, leader of angels…”

So, Isaiah 14:18 tells us that we have spirit kings over spirit nations.  What does the rest of the verse say? The Living Bible Paraphrased expresses this, “The kings of the nations lie in stately glory in their graves.”

Isaiah 14:18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.  19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcass trodden under feet.

The Moffat Bible says, “Kings of the nations sleep in honour each within his tomb.”

Verse 18 tells us that there are spirit kings in their graves.  This just blew me away as I gradually understood how Satan created murder, John 8:44.  I just could not fathom how one spirit being could kill another except for the Father and Christ.  Verse 19 tells us at least one way, “thrust through with a sword.”  It is not hard for me to grasp now, that if a physical sword will kill a physical human being, a spirit sword will kill a spirit being.  At least some angels do carry swords.

Numbers 22:31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.

God used a sword to block the say to the Tree of Life.

Genesis 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

So, spirit swords can kill a spirit being.  Satan even killed angels of his own kingdom, possibly because they would not go along with him.

Isaiah 14:20 Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.

This was no doubt a surprise attack with lots of hand-to-hand combat.  This may be radical thinking to you. Can you show me that Isaiah 14:12-20 is not speaking on a spirit level?  The angelic slaughter was not over yet either. Revelation 12 describes a spirit battle in the end time, if we understand this correctly.  Notice verse 7.

Revelation 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

Has there ever been a war without casualties?  Will there be more captivities or prisoners taken?  Satan has servants as well as prisoners.

Exodus 12:29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.  30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

There are two ways to look at the firstborn (created) of the captives.  First, are they righteous angels? Or, are they misfits in Satan’s kingdom who won’t submit to him?

Was Joseph’s example with Potiphar an office of pharaoh a type of what is going on in the spirit world even today?

Genesis 39:1 And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.

Joseph was put in prison with the guilty and the innocent.

Genesis 40:1 And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt.

Pharaoh was angry with the chief baker and the chief butler, two of his officers, and put them in prison.  The butler was apparently innocent and was restored to his former position. The baker was executed, whether guilty or not.  So, among the captives Satan holds in the end time when this all-powerful Jesus Christ smashes Satan’s domain with the ten plagues will be a mixture of guilty and guiltless.

It is hard to imagine God smiting the first created of the righteous angels who have been taken prisoner and held captive by Satan. What about these dead righteous angels and the angelic kings thrust through with the sword and those yet to be slain in the upcoming wars.  If I even remotely understand what is going to happen in the angelic world, there are two battles coming up and there will no doubt be casualties on both sides. One of them is mentioned in Revelation 12:7.  It says that Michael and his angels fought the dragon and his angels, so this is King Michael having it out with Satan. But notice Exodus 7:4 where Christ is going to give Satan the knockout punch and lay his hand on Egypt in “ten plagues” and bring forth his armies.  Wouldn’t Michael and his angels just be one of these armies?

Exodus 7:4 But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments.

“Armies” is Strong’s #6635 meaning, “a mass of persons (or fig. things), especially organized for war (an army)…”  So if I understand this correctly, Christ will use his angelic armies to free the end time Christians from slavery to Satan.  He certainly did not need his armies to deal with the original Pharaoh.

This war will produce casualties and Michael’s war in Revelation 12 will produce casualties.  What about the dead angels?  Aren’t they dead in Christ, if they are righteous?

1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.

Won’t we be dead in Christ if we hold out faithfully to the end of our lives?  Would it be any different with righteous angels?  So what do we have in 1 Thes. 4:16?  We have a resurrection of dead righteous angels as well as humans.  Will the dead wicked demons be resurrected at the same time as the dead wicked humans and then tried and fried?  See my paper on the First Resurrection.

This knowledge surely gives Acts 3:21 a new twist.

Acts 3:21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

“All things” is Strong’s #3956 meaning, “all, any, every, the whole…”

I will ask a question at this point, since the whole point of this paper is the question, is the physical creation patterned after a spiritual creation?  The physical earth will be in shambles when Christ returns.  It seems apparent that the spirit earth is already in shambles from reading Isaiah 14:16-20.  So, the question is, will there be a 1000-year rebuilding period in the angelic world running simultaneously with what is going on in the physical earth?  I’m just asking the question, not answering it.

John 8:44 told us that Satan created murder, was the father of it.  Starting in the angelic world, what we see physically is just a continuation of the pattern Satan set thousands of years ago.  Let’s look at Ezekiel 28 to gain some more knowledge of Satan, his past and future.  In verse 12, he is called the King of Tyrus, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.  He was in Eden, the garden of God, in verse 13.  Verse 14 describes part of his job. Verse 15 says he was perfect in his ways.  This certainly eliminates any human from consideration.

Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

“Perfect” is Strong’s #8549, meaning “entire (literally, figuratively, morally) also as a noun, integrity, truth…”

Ezekiel 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.

Verses 16-19 describe some of his sins, how he created vanity.  It also describes his execution and shows that he will cease to exist entirely.

Let’s go back to verse 1 of Ezekiel 28 and start to see how today’s armies could possibly be patterned after what Satan set in motion.  Remember that is verse 12 Satan is called the King of Tyrus.

Ezekiel 28:1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

“Prince” is Strong’s #5057 meaning, “a commander…” Is this prince a commander of Satan’s military forces, all or part?  He would be of lesser rank than Satan who would be the General.   Exodus 11:5 and 12:29 give a little more detail on it.

Exodus 11:5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.

Exodus 12:29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.

This prince could be something like a mayor or a governor.  I lean toward this prince being a military commander because of the wording in some of the rest of the verses.  This prince could just be one of many, for Satan no doubt has his hierarchy, and that is the way today’s military is organized and functions.  A lot of the same wording is used to describe this prince, or commander, that is used to describe Satan.  Compare Ezekiel 28:4-7 with 12, 17 and 18.

Ezekiel 28:4 With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures: 5 By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:

6 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God; 7 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness…

Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty…

17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. 18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

Compare the “prince of Tyrus” in verse 9 with the description of Satan in Isaiah 14:13-14.

Ezekiel 28:9 Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.

Isaiah 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Isaiah 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Satan warred and murdered, and by the wording, this prince demon did too.  Was this demon trying to take Christ’s place as Satan was attempting to take the Father’s position? Apparently, in trying to take over the Father’s throne, part of Satan’s army went right into the throne area.  Notice verse 8 where God is warning this demon that he will die the death of those slain in the midst of the seas.  What is “the midst of the seas?” Could it be Revelation 4:6, the sea of glass?  Could it be that a band of demons, Satan’s soldiers, came right into the throne area to attack the Father and Christ and were executed right there in the middle of the Sea of Glass?

Revelation 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

With Satan creating the concept of war, attacking, taking by force, there are other evils he created simultaneously with his war making efforts, such as the right of conquest.  That is a term used today for occupying a nation, conquering an area, taking prisoners.  This in turn created a need for prison camps.  It is an easy step from taking a prisoner to making him a slave.

Exodus 12:29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.

30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

Exodus 9:20 He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses:

21 And he that regarded not the word of the LORD left his servants and his cattle in the field.

Satan continues the same practice today.

2 Timothy 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

If you are an end time Christian, do you think that you can’t be enslaved or taken captive by Satan?  If so, you are a foolish virgin indeed and sound asleep.

Matthew 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

Notice just a couple of Bible examples.

1 Chronicles 21:1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.  Was Satan able to take David a prisoner here and make him do his will?  You bet he was.

Numbers 20:10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?

Numbers 20:11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.

Here, Satan was able to take Moses captive or prisoner temporarily and make him do his bidding.  To think that we cannot be taken or enslaved by Satan is foolish indeed.  He has had his chain around my neck for the last five years and made me do his bidding.

Let’s continue our quest into the possibility of the physical creation being patterned after the spiritual creation.  Now, let us look at Eden, the Garden of God and see if the physical Eden was patterned after the former spiritual Eden.

Go to Revelation 22:1-2.  This is the source of it all, in the past, as well as in the future.

Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

This river is water of life.  Doesn’t that say there is no life without this water?  Spirit being have to access this water through taking it in as water or from eating the products this water produces.  This was covered earlier, how we will drink wine, eat bread, eat spirit meat, etc. in the kingdom.  If you study Revelation 21 and how it blends into Revelation 22 you will see that this is talking on a spirit level.  All the physical is gone, yet Revelation 22:1 speaks of water of life.

The word “Lord” used in the Old Testament, for example in Genesis 2:9 is Strong’s #3068 meaning (the) self-existant or eternal…  Since we will be sons and daughters of God in the resurrection, will we be self-existent? Maybe we will, maybe we won’t.  To me, Revelation 22:1-2 doesn’t seem to indicate that we will be self existent.

Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

At this point all the nations are spirit and according to the wording here, they need some care or attending to.  “Healing” is Strong’s #2322 is from Strong’s #2323 meaning “attendance (spec. medical, i.e. cure)…”  I doubt seriously if sons and daughters of God can exist without the water of life.  It is going to take the water of life to carry the angelic nations as well as the human (made spirit) nations back to the Garden of Eden condition.  As we go along in this paper, we will begin to see that the physical Garden of Eden could very well just be a rerun of the spirit Garden of Eden.  That would certainly tell us much about what went on in the spirit world before humans were created.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

“Examples” is Strong’s #5179: “a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar; by anal. a shape, i.e. statue, (fig.) style or resemblance; spec. a sampler (“type“), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).”

Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says: “type, as a constituent element of a parable or model of some reality which was yet to appear, a prototype of that which was yet to be developed and evolved.”

“Admonition” is Strong’s #3559: “calling attention to, i.e. (by impl.) mild rebuke or warning.”

“World” is Strong’s #165: “prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):—age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the , while the) world (began, without end).”

Notice all these prototypes.  Things happened and were written for us.  As I’ve said and written many times, there is no understanding the Bible in the end time without believing and understanding 1 Corinthians 10:11. Look at Ezekiel 28:12-15.  In verse 12, this king of Tyrus or Satan was full of wisdom, perfect in beauty.  In verse 14, he was the anointed cherub that covereth.  In verse 15, he was perfect in his ways.  All this description certainly eliminates any human from this scenario.

Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

Now, go back to verse 13.  Where did this perfect being apparently live, or at least spend lots of his time?  Eden, the garden of God.  This was certainly before there was any human.  This had to be a spirit garden of Eden.

The king of Tyrus, this anointed cherub, this perfect Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12), this perfect creation of God apparently lived in or worked in Eden, the garden of God.  Was this whole spirit earth with it spirit nations and spirit kings, the garden of God?  I covered this earlier.  The verses here in Isaiah 14:12-20 give us a lot more detail to what was going on at that time.

Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;

17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.

19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.

20 Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.

The whole spirit Earth was created perfect and in one sense could have been called the Garden of God.  The physical Earth was created perfect also, and had an Eden in it.  It may very well have been that there was a Garden of Eden within the spirit earth, like it was in the physical.  I think that is more probable.  Satan was in the spirit Garden of Eden before he went bad.  He was also in the physical Garden of Eden doing his dirty work, Genesis 3:13.

Genesis 3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

Christ calls Satan a serpent in Revelation 20:2.  Compare to Ezekiel 29:3.  Notice the dragon is called Pharaoh King of Egypt.  Egypt is the whole world today and Satan is it’s god, 2 Corinthians 4:4.

Revelation 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Ezekiel 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Let’s go on to Ezekiel 31 and see what God has written there about Satan, his past and his future.  From verse 10 through the end of the chapter, there is a warning.  Ezekiel 31:2 is a message to Satan and his demons. Don’t forget what it says in Ezekiel 29:3 above.  Who are you like in greatness Satan?  In verse 3, “Assyrian” is Strong’s #804 meaning (in the sense of) successful…  Pharaoh (Satan) was being compared to a successful cedar in Lebanon.  “Thick Boughs” is Strong’s #5688 meaning something intertwined i.e. a ring, wreath, or foliage…

Ezekiel 31:2 Son of man, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, and to his multitude; Whom art thou like in thy greatness?

3 Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of an high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs.

To put it in a language we can understand, Satan was successful.  He was near the top in God’s government.  He was in high places and he intermingled with those other beings God had created that were in high places. Ezekiel 28:12-15 supports this.  Study these verses closely.  Satan originally had a tremendous position in God’s government.  Right there in the throne area apparently.

Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

Can Satan’s position change?

Ezekiel 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

Continuing in 31:4, God says the waters made him great.  Is this the water described in Revelation 22:1?  This Holy Spirit water does more than support spirit life.  It exalts or abases, blesses, or curses, 1 Peter 5:6.

Ezekiel 31:4 The waters made him great, the deep set him up on high with her rivers running round about his plants, and sent out her little rivers unto all the trees of the field.

Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

I would like to ask the question, is the work of the Holy Spirit we see today patterned after what was existent then in the spirit world?  Since Christ and the Father are spirit, is this water of life in Revelation 22:1 pure God essence flowing out of the thrones of Christ and the Father?  This word “deep” in verse 4 below is Strong’s #8415 meaning an “abyss (as a surging mass of water), espec. the deep…”  The Father and Christ, the two self-existing Gods who have this endless supply of water of life are the source of the “deep.”

Was Satan (Lucifer, King of Tyrus, Pharaoh King of Egypt) one of the most splendid of all God’s creation in this spirit earth among the most successful at the start before he went bad?  Can we look at a well-watered physical plot of ground with all its lush growth and start to see how Satan’s spirit nation Egypt must have been among or the lushest spirit nation that God created.  The wording of Ezekiel 31:4 seems to indicate that.

Ezekiel 31:4 The waters made him great, the deep set him up on high with her rivers running round about his plants, and sent out her little rivers unto all the trees of the field.

Take a map and look at what we call the Nile Delta today.  Are all these tributaries of the Nile River as it approaches the sea, what God is describing in verse 4?  The Nile River is a river of life in Egypt today, just as the river of life was from God’s throne supports life in the spirit world.  Here again it is sure obvious that the physical is patterned after something that already exists spiritually.

Go to Gen 2:10.  This river is the equivalent of Revelation 22:1.  Without this river to water the garden, to give it life, all the physical living plants would die.  The same thing is true on a spirit level.  Without the water of life all the spirit things would die.

Genesis 2:10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.

Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

Notice this river in Eden split into 4 tributaries or smaller streams, just like the Nile splits into smaller streams today at the Nile Delta.  This makes me wonder if the original spirit Eden in the first spirit Earth was in Lucifer’s or Satan’s country, the kingdom of Egypt.  It is also possible that the whole spirit earth was Eden.  If it was, the water of life, Revelation 22:1 flowed through Egypt first and then out to the rest of the Earth.  Do not forget what Ezekiel 28:13 says. I still think it is more likely that there was a garden spot in the spirit earth, just like the physical.

Ezekiel 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

Let’s go on to Ezekiel 31:5.  Notice how God uses this tree to teach us about Satan’s start.  His, (Pharaoh) king of Egypt, the great dragon height was exalted.  So, Satan’s rank or position was apparently above all the other angels except possibly one.  I think there were two cherubs that covered, Ezekiel 28:14.

Ezekiel 31:5 Therefore his height was exalted above all the trees of the field, and his boughs were multiplied, and his branches became long because of the multitude of waters, when he shot forth.

Ezekiel 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

Just as a dominant tree influences its neighboring trees, was Satan’s influence reaching a long way from his home area?  Was he doing it through trade or commerce, Ezekiel 28:16, 18?  “Merchandise” in verse 16 is Strong’s #7404 meaning ‘trade (as peddled), merchandise, traffic.”  “Traffic” in verse 18 is Strong’s #7404 also.

Ezekiel 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

Ezekiel 28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

As covered earlier in this paper, Satan had developed a system of commerce, international trading in the spirit world.  Did this lead to the greed and violence that led to his downfall?  Continuing of Ezekiel 31:5, did Satan or his kingdom have more or better access to the water of life, Revelation 22:1?

Ezekiel 31:5 Therefore his height was exalted above all the trees of the field, and his boughs were multiplied, and his branches became long because of the multitude of waters, when he shot forth.

6 All the fowls of heaven made their nests in his boughs, and under his branches did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young, and under his shadow dwelt all great nations.

Notice the phrases in verse 5, multitudes of water.  “Multitude” is Strong’s #7227 meaning abundant (in quantity, size, age, rank, quality)…  Going on to verse 6, this Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon’s influence encompasses the whole spirit earth.  Notice the last sentence of verse 6.  Under his shadow dwelt all great nations.  “Nations” is Strong’s #1471 meaning “in the sense of massing, a foreign nation…”  This is the same word used in Isaiah 14:12, 18.  Refreshing our memory about verse 12, “weaken” is Strong’s #2522, which means ‘to prostrate, to overthrow…”  “Kings” in verse 18 is Strong’s #4428 meaning a “king, royal.”  “Lie” is Strong’s #7901 meaning “to lie down for any purpose…”

Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

Isaiah 14:18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.

These kings are lying in their graves, thrust through with the sword as Isaiah 14:19 says.

Isaiah 14:19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.

Remember that Satan is a king, Revelation 9:11.  Does the phrase “under his shadow dwelt all great nations” mean that Satan was somehow over in rank or influence the other arch angles and their kingdoms or nations?  If we as a human are under the shadow of a huge tree, then this tree is over us and we are influenced by what it does.  For instance, if it sheds it’s leaves, the shadow it produces is far smaller.  An example of the nations being in the shadow of a greater nation would have been the British Commonwealth at its zenith, or the USA with its many territories at it’s zenith.  Here again is the physical patterned after the spiritual.

Revelation 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

Go on to Ezekiel 31:7.

Ezekiel 31:7 Thus was he fair in his greatness, in the length of his branches: for his root was by great waters.

God speaking of this Pharaoh king of Egypt, the Great Dragon, Ezekiel 29:3.  He was fair in his greatness as he, God, continues to compare him with a tree.  “Fair” is Strong’s #3302 meaning to be bright, i.e. (impl.)beautiful…  “Greatness” is Strong’s #1433 meaning magnitude (lit. or fig.) greatness…

Satan was beautiful in the magnitude of his greatness originally as the length of his influence circled the whole spirit earth.  All the great angelic nations were under his shadow all because this pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon had his root or source of life by great waters, Revelation 22:1.  This water of life proceeds from God’s throne.  Satan was at the source of it.

Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

Remember Ezekiel 28:14.  He was the anointed cherub that covereth.

Ezekiel 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

Exodus 25:18 And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.

19 And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof.

20 And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.

21 And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.

Go on to Ezekiel 31:8.  No other angelic beings (trees) in the Garden of God (Eden) could measure up to this Pharaoh king of Egypt the Great dragon.  Read carefully the wording in verse 8.  The fir trees were not like his boughs.  The fir trees (angelic beings) did not have his influence.  Neither did the chestnut trees.  No tree or angelic being in the garden of God was like him in his beauty.  He was perfect in beauty Ezekiel 28:12.

Ezekiel 31:8 The cedars in the garden of God could not hide him: the fir trees were not like his boughs, and the chesnut trees were not like his branches; nor any tree in the garden of God was like unto him in his beauty.

Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

Continue in Ezekiel 31:9.

Ezekiel 31:9 I have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden, that were in the garden of God, envied him.

“Fair” is Strong’s #3303 meaning beautiful (lit or fig):- + beautiful, comely…  “Branches” is Strong’s #1808 meaning something dangling, i.e. branches…  All the rest of the trees (angels) in the garden of Eden were jealous of Satan (Pharaoh king of Egypt, the Great Dragon).  “Envied” is Strong’s #7065 meaning, “to be (cause/make) zealous, i.e. (in a bad sense) jealous or envious…”  To put it in street language, reading verse 2-9, Satan (Pharaoh) seems to have it all going for him.  He was right there at God’s throne, verse 7.  His root was by the great waters.  His influence apparently reached all the angelic nations, as under his shadow dwelt all the great nations.  It is not hard to imagine that he was in third place right behind Christ in influence, apparently having more influence than the other archangels did.

Do not jump to hasty conclusions.  I said influence, not power.  Apparently, Satan and Gabriel are tied or equal in power, Daniel 10:13.  There is at least one angel that is stronger than Satan, Revelation 20:1-2.  God gives us a lot of information about Satan and the Garden of Eden, using the analogy of the trees and angelic beings.

Daniel 10:13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

Revelation 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Go back to Genesis 2:9.  The physical Garden of Eden had all the trees pleasant to the sight.  There were no doubt plenty of life-giving trees in the spirit Garden of Eden since all spirit being had to access the water of life, Revelation 22:1-2.

Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

The big question I do not have an answer to today, December 30, 2000 is, was there a tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the spirit Garden of Eden?  I do not know.  Did the Father and Christ know what evil was before Satan created it?  Look at John 8:44.

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

A father begets.  Did the concept of evil not even exist before Satan started to go bad?  Had the Father and Christ never come face to face with that concept before Satan begat it?  I do not know and I do not know if the answer is in the Bible.  Since God cannot be tempted with evil, it probably was never a factor in his existence, James 1:13.

James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

Notice twice in Jeremiah 19:5 and Jeremiah 32:35 the evil that Satan inspired humans to do.  God says in both verses that he had never thought of such evil.

Jeremiah 19:5 They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:

Jeremiah 32:35 And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.

Without further information from God’s word, I would lean towards the line of thought that God and Christ had never confronted the concept of evil until Satan did his thing.

In Ezekiel 31:10, God starts to get on Satan’s case, “thou hast lifted up thyself in height.”  Isaiah 14:13-14 shows us at least one way how he did this.  The next sentence in verse 10 is “he hath shot up his top among thick boughs.”  Was Satan trying to have more influence in the throne area, more than the cherub that covereth?  Was he trying to influence the 24 elders?  Maybe, maybe not.

Ezekiel 31:10 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast lifted up thyself in height, and he hath shot up his top among the thick boughs, and his heart is lifted up in his height;

Isaiah 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Revelation 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

Satan’s vanity was moving him in the wrong direction.  One other scenario that leapt out of all this information dealing with the question was the physical Garden of Eden patterned after the spiritual Garden of Eden  is the clear knowledge that God gives us that Satan had his part in the destruction of both gardens, the spiritual and physical.  That leads to another line of thought.  Look at the physical world today.  Isn’t it about as far as it could be from the Garden of Eden as we think we know it?  Consider the physical misery that humans suffer world wide today, hunger, disease, oppression, all the fall out from endless wars, pollution, etc.  Is this all patterned after what is going on in the spirit world today?  Do not jump to hasty conclusions and say no.  Maybe it is, maybe it is not, but don’t forget Satan is responsible for both disasters, the raping and pillaging of both the physical and spirit earth.

Isn’t the greed factor the bottom line for both disasters?  Does Isaiah 14:12-20 give any indication that all this terrific destruction and death in the spirit earth has been repaired?  No, neither does Ezekiel 28:1-19, and Ezekiel 29, 30, 31, 32. These chapters detail more destruction and death in the spirit earth.  Do not forget who Satan really is, Ezekiel 29:3.

Ezekiel 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

The Bible gives many details about the war, death, and destruction that are yet to fall on this physical earth. The question I would like to ask, is this simultaneous with what is going on in the spirit world?  I will be doing a paper in the near future on the Terrible of the Nations dwelling on what they do to Satan’s world.   There are two sets of scriptures I would like look at concerning this.  First, read Acts 3:21.

Acts 3:21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

Notice Christ stays in heaven until the times of restitution of all things.  Wouldn’t this all things include the restoration of the spirit earth as well as the physical earth?

Spoken by the mouth of the Holy Prophets, Isaiah 14, Ezekiel 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 all give us information about Satan’s past and future.  John 8:44 tells us about some of Satan’s past activities.  Aren’t the above examples of the Holy Prophets speaking?  I am not saying this thing will happen simultaneously, but I can only lean in that direction in my thoughts.

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Is it impossible to think that Acts 3:19 might just be written to demons as well as humans?  If a demon truly repented and was changed, wouldn’t he be forgiven?  Look at Isaiah 14:18-19.  Aren’t the spirit kings that aredead in their graves and those thrust through with the sword dead in Christ?  If they are righteous angels and dead in Christ, won’t they be resurrected like the dead in Christ humans?  If you want to argue with verses 18-19 and think it is speaking of humans, read Isaiah 14:12-20 and notice that the subject does not change.  It is Lucifer throughout.

Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

Isaiah 14:18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.

19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.

Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;

17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.

19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.

20 Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.

Continuing with the duality or the physical being patterned after the spiritual, read Revelation 22:1-2.  This water of life which grows the tree of life, will it not be used to heal the spirit nations that are laid waste?  Reread Isaiah 14:12-20 above.

Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

It is really hard for me not to lean toward the line of though that this restoration of all things will be happening to the spirit world as well as the physical world at the same time.

There is more to this subject that I will be covering in the upcoming paper, the Terrible of the Nations, which I may very well start the rough draft tomorrow January 3rd, 2001.

God has his sequence of events that are to happen in the end time all laid out for us.  I have covered all this in prior papers.  All I will say here is it starts with us waking from our spiritual sleep, Matthew 25:5.  Notice it says they ALL slumbered and slept, not just some, ALL.  The cry at midnight starts the waking up process as God starts dealing with us individually.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

Published August 4, 2002

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