Chapter 2

Mystery of Angels and Evil Spirits

COULD ANYTHING be more mysterious than the question of the
unseen spirit world? Angelic beings have always been a mystery to
people on the earth. Do angels actually exist? Is there, in fact,
a Satan the devil? Is Satan a literal immortal being? Did God
create a devil?
Some religions worship gods they believe to be evil spirits.
Some of the great cathedrals of the Christian religion are
embellished on their exterior with gargoyles, ugly and grotesque
carved faces, which are supposed to frighten evil spirits away.
All the evils and troubles in the world are caused by minds
clashing with minds. But what is the real cause of clashing of
minds? Is there any connection between contentious attitudes and
the unseen spirit world? It is a mystery to almost everybody, but
the Bible reveals a very real but invisible world -- another
dimension, as some choose to call it -- existing along with our own,
absolutely indiscernible to our five senses. It is the spirit
world.
In the first chapter of Hebrews, we read of angels serving as
God's secret messengers, sent forth to minister to those God has
called to salvation and eternal life.
In Ephesians 6 it is stated that our contentions and strivings
are in fact not with other human people, but against
"principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness
of this world, against spiritual wickedness [evil spirits] in high
places."
How can this be? Why is the world filled with such clashings
and contentions between human minds?
In Ephesians 2:2, humans have been walking "according to the
course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the
air [Satan], the spirit that now worketh in the children of
disobedience." People simply do not realize that there is an
invisible spirit power injecting into their minds these hostile
attitudes.
Even to professing Christians, these scriptures have been a
mystery. Why?
This invisible spirit world (Col. 1:15-16) is very real but
because it is invisible it has been a mystery. The fact that holy
angels and evil spirits are invisible does not negate their
existence. In truth the invisible spirit world is more real than
the material and the visible. In fact, most people do not know what
electricity is but are well aware of its reality. The Bible
explains: "If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
in whom the god of this world [Satan] hath blinded the minds of
them which believe not" (II Cor. 4:3-4). Satan is the god of this
world.
The time of UNDERSTANDING has come.


The Supreme Invisible Power

It was made clear in chapter 1 that God from eternity has been a
family, originally composed of two members, God and the Word who
almost 2,000 years ago became Jesus Christ. God is invisible -- the
supreme all powerful Spirit Being. We saw that God lives. He acts!
What does he do? He is the creating family. Perhaps few realize,
the very first thing God created was not the earth, suns other
planets -- the universe. Before all these he created the angelic
beings -- a spirit world of myriads of angelic beings.
The Great God through the Word first designed and created
these SPIRIT BEINGS -- angels, each individually created -- millions or
perhaps even billions of them! Angels are actual personal spirit
beings, each having a mind of greater capacity and ability than
human minds, capable of attitudes, purposes and intentions. It is
stated that even Jesus as a human was made "a little lower than the
angels" (Heb. 2:7). They are composed wholly of spirit. They were
given self-containing life -- life inherent -- immortality. They have
no blood circulating in veins and do not need the breath of air to
sustain life, but have self-containing inherent life.
Angels are, because created by God, called sons of God (Job
1:6), but they were not begotten and born sons of God.


Why the creation of Angels?

Why were invisible spirit-composed angels created before all else?
Why were they created even prior to the creation of physical matter
and the physical universe? Why were they created at all?
Jesus Christ said, "I work and my Father works" (John 5:17).
In John 1:1-5 it is revealed that God and the Word (the God family)
live. In the preceding chapter we noted how they lived -- in mutual
love, total agreement and perfect harmony. But if they lived, what
did they do? They created. One might say that by profession they
were in the creating business. To aid them in the work of creating,
governing and managing what was to be created, they first of all
created other spirit beings on a lower plane than the God family.
Angels were created to be ministers, agents, helpers in God's
creation. They were created as servants of the living God.
From eternity God was supreme, which to our human minds means
God sat on the throne of all that existed or was to exist. In the
25th chapter of Exodus, we find an earthly description of the very
throne of God in heaven, in the description of the ark built by
Moses under God's instruction. On either side of God's throne was
a super archangel, a cherub, whose wings stretched out covering the
very throne of God. This signifies that these superior angels were
involved in the very administration of the government of God over
all of God's creation. They were aides, ministers, servants,
assisting God.
We read about angels in the first chapter of Hebrews. This
chapter first speaks of Jesus. "He, ... stamped with God's own
character, sustains the universe with his word of power ... and thus
he is superior to the angels, as he has inherited a Name superior
to theirs. For to what angel did God ever say, 'Thou art my son,
to-day have I become thy father'? Or again, 'I will be a father to
him, and he shall be a son to me'? And further, when introducing
the First-born into the world, he says, 'Let all God's angels
worship him.' While he says of angels, 'Who turns his angels into
winds [spirits], his servants into flames of fire,' he says of the
Son, 'God is thy throne for ever and ever, thy royal scepter is the
scepter of equity: thou hast loved justice and hated lawlessness,
therefore God, thy God, has consecrated thee with the oil of
rejoicing beyond thy comrades' -- and, 'Thou didst found the earth at
the beginning ....'
"To what angel did he ever say, 'Sit at my right hand, till I
make your enemies a foot-stool for your feet'? Are not all angels
merely spirits in the divine service, commissioned for the benefit
of those who are to inherit salvation?" (verses 3-10, 13-14,
Moffatt translation).
Humans are created a little lower than angels, though we have
the awesome potential of becoming far greater. This fact is
expressed in the second chapter of Hebrews and will be treated in
chapter 7 of this work.
And in chapter 3 we will show humans may be actually begotten
as sons of God, as yet unborn.
It will come as news to most readers that angels were created
before the earth and the physical universe were brought into
existence. Job 38:1-7 shows the angels shouted for joy when God
first created the earth. It is stated in both Genesis 1 and 2 that
the earth was created at the same time as the entire physical
universe.
Angels are invisible, immortal spirit beings with power and
knowledge superior to humans (II Pet. 2:11). They have seen all the
activities of mankind on the earth and therefore know more about
the human mind, psychology, sociology, science and all the arts
than any living man.
Angels serve a great function in carrying out God's purpose
for humanity. They are his invisible agents often ministering in
ways few understand to us poor humans who are heirs of salvation.


Personal Experiences

My wife and I have both experienced this in personal incidents.
When our elder daughter was a baby, Mrs. Armstrong was
sleeping with the child beside her on the inside of the bed against
a bedroom wall. She heard a voice calling out, "Move Beverly." She
thought it was a dream and without waking continued in sleep. She
then heard the same voice again, a little louder. She half
awakened, saw nothing, again thought it was a dream, turned over
and was once again going to sleep, when the voice a third time was
heard, this time loud and emphatic: "MOVE BEVERLY." Bewildered, she
moved the child to the other side of her, and a second or two
later, a heavy framed picture that hung on the wall immediately
over where the child had been lying crashed down on the bed. It
might have crushed the child's head or severely injured her. The
only explanation was that God sent an angel to save Beverly's life.
In the early days of my ministry, about 1934, I was driving a
car one very stormy night in a downpour of rain on a highway south
of Eugene, Oregon. I was driving about 40 miles an hour on a very
winding road. As I approached a sharp curve in the road, the
steering wheel of my car suddenly turned sharply to the left, as if
wrenched out of my hand by some invisible force. Directly ahead of
me was a wrecked truck. I just missed it, passing on its left. It
was dark, and a wrecked car was standing just ahead of me. The
steering wheel of the car was suddenly wrenched out of my hands,
and the car turned sharply toward the right. My car passed between
the northbound car and the southbound truck back onto the right
lane, with not more than a single inch to spare between the wrecked
car and truck. I had never experienced anything like it. The
steering wheel of my car was turned by some force out of my control
and against my hand holding it straight forward.
A previous time, late in 1927, within the first year of my
conversion, I encountered a similar experience.


Experience of the Crooked Spine

After my wife and I had made some little progress in gaining
biblical understanding on the subject of healing, Aimee Semple
McPherson came to Portland.
She held an evangelistic campaign in the Portland Auditorium.
My wife and I attended once, and then I went alone another time. We
were "checking up" on many religious teachings and groups. Unable
to gain entrance, because of packed attendance, I was told by an
usher that I might be able to slip in at the rear stage door if I
would hurry around. Walking, or running, around the block to the
rear, I came upon a sorry spectacle.
A woman and child were trying to get a terribly crippled
elderly man out of a car near the stage entrance. I went over to
help them. The man had a badly twisted spine -- whether from
arthritis, or deformity from birth, or other disease I do not now
remember. He was utterly helpless and a pitiful sight to look upon.
We managed to get him to the stage door. Actually, I should
never have been admitted, had I not been helping to carry this
cripple in. He had come to be healed by the famous lady evangelist.
We were unable to gain contact with Mrs. McPherson before the
service. And we were equally unable, after the service. I helped
get the disappointed cripple back into their car.
"If you really want to be healed," I said before they drove
off, "I would be glad to come to your home and pray for you. Mrs.
McPherson has no power within herself to heal anybody. I have none.
Only GOD can heal. But I do know what he has promised to do, and I
believe God will hear me just as willingly as he will Mrs.
McPherson -- if only you will BELIEVE in what GOD has promised, and
put your faith in HIM and not in the person who prays for you."
They gave me their address, just south of Foster Road. The
next day I borrowed my brother Russell's car and drove out.
I had learned, in studying the Bible on the subject of
healing, that there are two conditions that God imposes: 1) we must
keep his commandments and do those things that are pleasing in his
sight (I John 3:22); and 2) we must really BELIEVE! (Matt. 9:29).
Of course I realized that many people might not have come into
the understanding about keeping all of God's Commandments -- he does
look on the heart. It is the spirit, and willingness to obey. And
therefore some who really BELIEVE are healed, even though they are
not strictly "commandment keepers." But once the knowledge of the
truth comes, they must OBEY. In this case I felt sure that God
wanted me to open the minds of these people about his Commandments,
and that SIN is the transgression of God's LAW.
Consequently, I first read the two scriptures quoted above,
and then explained what I had been six months learning about God's
law -- and particularly about God's Sabbath. I wanted to know whether
this cripple and his wife had a spirit of WILLINGNESS to obey God.
They did not. I found they were "Pentecostal." They attended
church for the "good time" they had there. They talked a good deal
about the "good time" they enjoyed at church. They scoffed and
sneered about having to obey God. I told them that, since they were
unwilling to obey God and comply with God's written conditions for
healing, I could not pray for him.


Was This an Angel?

This case had weighed heavily on my mind. I had been touched with
deep compassion for this poor fellow. Yet his mind was not
impaired, and I knew that God does not compromise with SIN.
Some weeks later I had borrowed my brother's car again, and
happened to be driving out Foster Road. Actually at the time my
mind was filled with another mission, and this deformed cripple was
not on my mind at all. I was deep in thought about another matter.
Coming to the intersection of the street on which the cripple
lived, however, I was reminded of him. Instantly the thought came
as to whether I ought to pay them one more call -- but at the same
instant reason ruled it out. They had made light of, and actually
ridiculed the idea of surrendering to obey God. Immediately I put
them out of mind, and again was deep in thought about the present
mission I was on.
Then a strange thing happened.
At the next intersection, the steering wheel of the car
automatically turned to the right. I felt the wheel turning. I
resisted it. It kept turning right. Instantly I applied all my
strength to counteract it, and keep steering straight ahead. My
strength was of no avail. Some unseen force was turning that
steering wheel against all my strength. The car had turned to the
right into the street one block east of the home of the cripple.
I was frightened. Never before had I experienced anything like
this. I stopped the car by the curb. I didn't know what to make of
it.
It was too late to back into traffic-heavy Foster Road.
"Well," I thought, "I'll drive to the end of this block and
turn left, and then back onto Foster Road."
But, a long block south on this street, it turned right only.
There was no street turning east. In getting back onto Foster Road
I was now compelled to drive past the home of the cripple.
"Could it possibly be that an angel forced the steering wheel
to turn me in here?" I wondered, somewhat shaken by the experience.
I decided I had better stop in at the cripple's home a moment, to
be sure.
I found him stricken with blood poisoning. The red line was
nearing his heart.
I told them what had happened.
"I know, now," I said, "that God sent an angel to turn me in
here. I believe that God wants me to pray for you -- that he will
heal you of this blood poisoning to show you his power, and then
give you one more chance to repent and be willing to obey him. And
if you will do that, then he will straighten out your twisted spine
and heal you completely.
"So now, if you want me to do so, I will pray for you and ask
God to heal you of this blood poisoning. But I will not ask God to
heal your spine unless and until you repent and show willingness to
obey whatever you yourself see God commands."
They were now desperate. He probably had about 12 hours to
live. They were not joking and jesting lightly about the "good
times" at "Pentecostal meetin'." They wanted me to pray.
I was not an ordained minister, so I did not anoint with oil.
I had never yet in my life prayed aloud before others. I explained
this to them, and said I would simply lay hands on the man and pray
silently, as I did not want any self-consciousness of praying aloud
for the first time to interfere with real earnestness and faith. I
did have absolute faith he would be healed of the blood poisoning.
He was.
I returned the next day. The blood poisoning had left him
immediately when I prayed. But, to my very great sorrow and
disappointment, they were once again filled with levity, and
sarcasm about God's law. Again they were jestingly talking about
having a "good time" at "Pentecostal" meetings.
There was no more I could do. It was one of the great
disappointments of my life. I never saw or heard from any of them
again.


God's Invisible Agents

God has had angels specifically assigned to supervise and protect
his Church throughout all of its history (Rev. 1:4,16, 20; 2:1, 8,
12,18; 3:1, 7,14). He has angels who continually walk through the
earth to observe and report back to him the overall conditions on
earth (Rev. 5:6; Zech. 4:10; II Chron. 16:9).
And God has angels specifically assigned to look after his
begotten human children (Acts 12:15; Matt. 18:10). God promises:
"For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all
thy ways" (Ps. 91:11).
Twelve of God's angels will be the gatekeepers in the new city
of Jerusalem (Rev. 21:12), one for each tribe of Israel. These 12
may be assisting the archangel Michael now.
Angels are messengers. They appeared to Abraham, Lot, Hagar,
Moses, Manoah, Gideon, Elijah and many of the prophets and
apostles.
When these angels manifest themselves to human beings, they
generally do so in the form of men.
The Bible mentions three angels of high rank: Lucifer (Isa.
14:12), now Satan the devil; Gabriel, who appeared to Daniel on two
occasions (Dan. 8:16; 9:21), to Zacharias, the father of John the
Baptist (Luke 1:19), and later Mary, the mother of Jesus (Luke
1:26); and third, Michael, called one of the chief princes (Dan.
10:13), and whom Jude identifies as an archangel (Jude 9). Michael
is the archangel specifically assigned to protect and minister to
the 12 tribes of Israel (Dan. 12:1; 10:2-13, 21) and to the true
Church of God today (Rev. 12:7).


The Supreme Creative Accomplishment

God assigns angels responsibilities, but God created within them
MINDS -- WITH POWER TO THINK, TO REASON, TO MAKE CHOICES AND
DECISIONS!
But there was one super-important quality that even God's
creative powers could not create instantly by fiat -- the same
perfect, holy, righteous CHARACTER inherent in both God and the
Word!
This kind of character must be DEVELOPED, by the CHOICE and
the INTENT of the one in whom it comes to exist.
So mark well this super-vital truism -- that perfect, holy and
righteous character is the supreme feat of accomplishment possible
for Almighty God the Creator -- it is also the means to his ultimate
supreme PURPOSE! His final objective!
But How?
I repeat, such perfect character must be developed. It
requires the free choice and decision of the separate entity in
whom it is to be created. But, further, even then it must be
instilled by and from the Holy God who, only, has such righteous
character to endow.
But what do we mean by righteous character?
Perfect, holy and righteous character is the ability in such
separate entity to come to discern the true and right way from the
false, to make voluntarily a full and unconditional surrender to
God and his perfect way -- to yield to be conquered by God -- to
determine even against temptation or self-desire, to live and to do
the right. And even then such holy character is the gift of God. It
comes by yielding to God to instill HIS LAW (God's right way of
life) within the entity who so decides and wills.
Actually, this perfect character comes only from God, as
instilled within the entity of his creation, upon voluntary
acquiescence, even after severe trial and test.
I have devoted a few paragraphs to this point because it is
the supreme pinnacle means in God's overall PURPOSE!
Now as to the prehistoric angels: God 1) created them with
minds capable of thinking, reasoning, making choices and decisions
with self-will; and 2) revealed plainly to them HIS TRUE AND
RIGHTEOUS WAY. But God of necessity allowed them free moral agency
in accepting God's right way, or turning to contrary ways of their
own devising.
What was God's ULTIMATE OBJECTIVE for the angels? Beyond
question it is that which, now, because of angelic rebellion, has
become the transcendent potential of humans!
As the testing ground, and opportunity for positive and active
creative accomplishment, God created -- brought into existence -- the
entire vast material universe.
First of all, God had created angels. After that, and for
angels and for humans who were to be created later God formed and
brought into existence the earth and the entire universe.
God now created not only matter, but with and in it energy and
such laws as man has discovered in the fields of physics and
chemistry. God formed matter to be present in both the organic and
the inorganic states.
And so we come now to that which is revealed in Genesis 1:1:
"In the beginning [of the physical universe] God created the
heavens and the earth." These are material and physical.
As previously stated, in the Authorized Version will be found
the word heaven in the singular. But this originally was written by
Moses in Hebrew. And in the Hebrew the word is in the
plural -- heavens -- thus including not only our earth, but the entire
material UNIVERSE.
It is therefore indicated that at that time -- after the
creation of angels -- the entire universe was brought into existence
at the same time as the creation of our earth. I find strong
indication of this in other biblical internal evidence, and also it
is definitely stated in Genesis 2:4.


The Perfect creation

The original Hebrew words (the words written by Moses) imply a
perfect creation. God reveals himself as creator of perfection,
light and beauty. Every reference in the Bible describes the
condition of any completed phase of God's creation as "very good"
perfect.
This first verse of the Bible actually speaks of the original
PHYSICAL creation in its entirety -- the universe -- including the
earth, perhaps millions of years ago -- as a perfect creation,
beautiful and perfect as far as its creation was a finished,
completed work. God is a perfectionist!
In Job 38:4, 7, God is speaking specifically of the creation
of this earth. He said all the angels (created "sons of God")
shouted for joy at the creation of the earth. This reveals that
angels were created before the creation of the earth -- and probably
before the material universe. The suns, planets and astral bodies
are material substance. Angels are individually created spirit
beings, composed solely of spirit.
It will come as a surprise to many to learn that angels
inhabited this earth BEFORE the creation of man. This passage from
Job implies it.


Angels on Earth Sinned

Other passages place angels on earth prior to man.
Notice II Peter 2:4-6. First in time order "angels that
sinned." Next in time sequence, the antediluvian world beginning
with Adam, carrying through to the Flood. After that, Sodom and
Gomorrah.
This book of books, containing the revealed knowledge of the
Creator God, tells us that God created angels as composed of
spirit. But can you imagine angels becoming sinning angels? Angels
were created with power of thought, of decision and of choice, else
they have no individuality of character. Since sin is the
transgression of God's law, these angels rebelled against God's
law, the basis of God's government.
But how and when did the angels sin?
Notice carefully what is revealed in II Peter 2:4-5: "For if
God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell,
and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto
judgment; and spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth
person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the
world of the ungodly." The words "cast ... down to hell" in the above
verse is an English expression translated from the Greek tartaroo,
from tartaros, found in no other Bible passage. Tartaros means a
place or condition of restraint.
These verses show that universal sin brings universal
destruction to the physical earth. The antediluvian sin,
culminating with the Flood, was worldwide, universal sin. Notice:
"... the earth was filled with violence ... for all flesh had
corrupted his way upon the earth ... for the earth is filled with
violence ..." (Gen. 6:11-13). "But Noah found grace in the eyes of
the Lord .... Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations,
and Noah walked with God" (verses 8-9). All flesh had sinned -- over
the whole earth. But only Noah "walked with God." So, the Flood
destroyed the whole earth -- all but Noah and his family.
The homosexual and other sins of Sodom and Gomorrah spread
over the territory of those two cities. And physical destruction
came to their entire area. The sin of the angels was worldwide; the
destruction of the physical was worldwide. (And there is reason to
believe, as will be explained in chapter 7, universe wide.)
The verses quoted above place the sinning of the angels prior
to the antediluvian sins that started with Adam, prior to the
creation of man. And that should be a surprise revealing of one
phase of the mystery! Angels inhabited this earth before the
creation of man.
It is revealed in Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28, that God placed
the archangel Lucifer, a cherub, on a throne on the earth. He was
placed there as a ruler over the entire earth. God intended him to
rule the earth by administering the government of God over the
earth. And the government of God was administered on earth until
the rebellion of the sinning angels.
How long these angels inhabited the earth before the creation
of man is not revealed. It might have been millions -- or even
billions -- of years. More on that later. But these angels sinned.
Sin is the transgression of God's law (I John 3:4). And God's law
is the basis of God's government. So we know these angels,
apparently a third of all the angels (Rev. 12:4), sinned -- rebelled
against the government of God. And sin carries penalties. The
penalty for the sin of the angels is not death, as it is for man.
Angels are immortal spirit beings and cannot die. These spirit
beings had been given dominion over the PHYSICAL EARTH as a
possession and an abode.
The universal, worldwide sin of the angels resulted in the
physical destruction of the face of the earth.


God Rules His Creation

God is Creator. God is also Ruler over his creation. He preserves
what he creates by his government. What God creates, he has created
for a purpose -- to be used, improved, developed, preserved and
maintained. And this use is regulated by God's government. When the
angels rebelled against God's government, the development and
improvement of the earth "putting the icing on the cake" -- ceased.
The preservation and development of the physical earth and all its
original beauty and glory ceased -- and physical destruction to the
surface of the earth resulted!
By this angelic sin, Lucifer became Satan the devil and his
angels became demons.
God is Creator, Preserver and Ruler.
Satan is destroyer!
So, now we read in Jude 6-7: "And the angels which kept not
their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved
in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great
day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like
manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after
strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the
vengeance of eternal fire."
Now back to Genesis 1:1-2. Verse 1, as stated above, implies
a perfect creation. God is the author of life, of beauty, of
perfection. Satan has brought only darkness, ugliness,
imperfection, violence. Verse 1 shows the creation of a perfect, if
unfinished earth, glorious and beautiful. Verse 2 reveals the
result of the sin of the angels.
"And the earth was [became] without form, and void." The words
"without form, and void" are translated from the Hebrew "tohu and
bohu." A better translation is "waste and empty" or "chaotic, in
confusion and in a state of decay." The word was is elsewhere in
Genesis also translated became, as in Genesis 19:26. In other
words, the earth, originally created perfect and beautiful, had now
become chaotic, waste and empty, like our moon, except earth's
surface was covered with water.
David was inspired to reveal how God renewed the face of the
earth: "Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou
renewest the face of the earth" (Ps. 104:30).


A Surprising Truth

Now another surprise for most readers. Here is another bit of the
missing dimension in knowledge, actually revealed in the Bible, but
unrecognized by religion, by science and by higher education.
From verse 2 of Genesis 1 on, the remainder of this first
chapter of the Bible is not describing the original creation of the
earth. But it is describing a renewing of the face of the earth,
after it had become waste and empty as a result of the sin of the
angels.
What is described from verse 2 on, in the supposed creation
chapter of the Bible, did occur, according to the Bible,
approximately 6,000 years ago. But that could have been millions or
trillions of years after the actual creation of the earth described
in verse 1!
I will comment later on the length of time it might have taken
before all earth's angels turned to rebellion.
The earth had become waste and empty. God did not create it
waste and empty, or in a state of decay. God is not the author of
confusion (I Cor. 14:33). This same Hebrew word -- tohu -- meaning
waste and empty, was inspired in Isaiah 45:18, where it is
translated "in vain." Using the original Hebrew word, as originally
inspired, it reads: "For thus saith the Lord that created the
heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath
established it, he created it not in vain [tohu], he formed it to
be inhabited."
Continue now with the remainder of verse 2 of Genesis 1 (the
earth had become chaotic, waste and empty): "And darkness was upon
the face of the deep [the ocean or fluid surface of the earth]. And
the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said,
Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light,
that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness"
(verses 2-4).
Satan is the author of darkness. The rebellion of the angels
had caused the darkness. God is the author of light and truth.
Light displays and enhances beauty, and also exposes evil. Darkness
hides both.
The verses that follow in this first chapter of the Bible
describe the renewing of the face of the earth, yielding beautiful
lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers, vegetation -- then the creation of
fish and fowl, animal life, and finally man.


The Great Lucifer

But first, before coming to man, we need to fill in the prehistory
portion.
How did this sin of the angels come to take place? How did it
start?
Remember, God the Creator preserves, improves and enhances
what he creates by his government. What he creates is created to be
used. This earth was to be inhabited and used by angels,
originally.
When God placed angels -- apparently a third of all (Rev.
12:4) -- on the newly created, perfect, beautiful and glorious earth,
he set over them, on a throne, to administer the government of God,
an archangel -- the great cherub Lucifer. There were only two other
beings of this extremely high rank of cherub, Michael and Gabriel.
So far as is revealed, these are the supreme pinnacle of
spirit-composed beings within God's power to create. This Lucifer
was a super being of awesome, majestic beauty, dazzling brightness,
supreme knowledge, wisdom and power -- perfect as God created him!
(Ezek. 28:15). But remember there is one thing God cannot create
automatically and instantly by fiat, and that is perfect righteous
character. So God of necessity created in him the power of choice
and decision, or he could not have been a being of individuality
and character.
At this juncture a truth must be explained almost never
understood. God creates in a principle of duality. I have compared
it to a woman baking a cake. When she takes the cake out of the
oven, it is not yet a finished production until she puts the icing
on the cake. When God created the earth and other planets this
system of duality was involved.
What had been created was perfect as far as it existed up to
that point. But it was not yet a finished or completed creation.
God intended the angels to add their own workmanship to the earth's
surface. He intended them to work over the surface of the earth, to
improve it, to embellish it, beautify it -- in other words "put the
icing on the cake."
The same principle of duality applies to the creation of the
angels. Perfect righteous character cannot be automatically created
by fiat. The angels themselves, of necessity, were required to have
their part in the development of character, and their creation
could not be actually finished until this character had been
perfected.


Lucifer, Later Satan

I want you to grasp fully the supreme magnificence of this zenith
of God's created beings. Two different biblical passages tell us of
his original created state.
First, notice what is revealed in Isaiah 14. (This famous
chapter begins with the time, shortly ahead of us now, when the
Eternal God shall have intervened in this world's affairs. The
people of Israel -- not necessarily or exclusively the Israelis or
Judah -- shall have been taken as captive slaves, and God shall
intervene and bring them back to the original promised homeland.)
"And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give thee
rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage
wherein thou wast made to serve, that thou shalt take up this
proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the
oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased! The Lord hath broken the
staff of the wicked, and the scepter of the rulers. He who smote
the people in wrath ... he that ruled the nations in anger, is
persecuted, and none hindereth" (verses 3-6).
This is NOT speaking of the king of ancient Babylon,
Nebuchadnezzar. The time is yet ahead of us -- but shortly ahead. It
is speaking of the modern successor of that ancient Nebuchadnezzar.
It is speaking of the one who will be RULER of the soon-coming
resurrected "Holy Roman Empire" -- a sort of soon-coming "United
States of Europe" -- a union of 10 nations to rise up out of or
following the Common Market of today (Rev. 17). Britain will NOT be
in that empire soon to come.
This united Europe will conquer the House of Israel -- if you
know who Israel is today, and I do not mean Judah, known as the
Israelis today. All that involves a number of other prophecies,
which there is not room here to explain. (This is explained in our
free book "The United States and Britain in Prophecy.")
But this "king of Babylon" shall at the time of this prophecy
have been utterly defeated by the intervention of the living Christ
in his power and glory. Continue on:
"The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth
into singing. Yea, the fir trees rejoice ... and the cedars of
Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up
against us" (verses 7-8).
(I want to interpose an interesting bit of information right
here. The cedars of Lebanon, biblically famous, are almost totally
cut down. Only one small clump of these trees remains, high in the
mountains. I have seen and photographed them. However, perhaps the
finest specimen of the cedars of Lebanon surviving on earth is on
what was previously our Ambassador College campus in England. We
prized it highly. It is interesting to see that this prophecy,
written some 500 years B.C., should record the fact that these
beautiful and stately trees would become so largely felled.)
This passage in Isaiah 14 speaks of the doom of this coming
human king at the hands of the glorified, all-powerful Christ. It
refers to him as Satan's chief political ruler and military
destroyer, to be totally deceived by Satan in the years very
shortly ahead of us.


Satan's Earthly Throne

Then, coming to verse 12, this human earthly type of Satan the
devil suddenly transposes to Satan himself the former archangel,
Lucifer:
"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!" A better translation here is: "How art thou, who
didst weaken the nations, cut down to the ground." The RSV
translates it: "How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid
the nations low!" This the former Lucifer did through the human
political-military leader in his power -- spoken of in the first 11
verses.
The name Lucifer means "Shining star of the dawn," or "Bringer
of light," as God first created him. Now continue: "For thou hast
said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my
throne above the stars [angels] of God."
Notice, Lucifer had a throne; he was a ruler. His throne was
on earth, for he was going to ascend into heaven. Continue: "I will
sit also upon the mount of the congregation [God's heavenly
throne], in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights
of the clouds; I will be like the most High" (verses 13-14).
Actually, it is plain that Lucifer had nothing less in mind than
knocking the Creator God off his throne and becoming supreme God
himself.
Apparently he planned to put himself in place of God, over the
universe!
But finally, as the context returns again to the human type:
"Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell [Heb. sheol ], to the sides
of the pit" (verse 15).
From that point, the thought returns to the human king.
Lucifer was the supreme masterpiece of God's creative power, as an
individually created being, threatening, as a Frankenstein monster,
to destroy his own maker -- and assume all his powers to rule the
whole universe.
Literally this prophecy is speaking of a war in heaven to
occur in our present time described in Revelation 12:7-9: "And
there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the
dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not;
neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great
dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan,
which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth,
and his angels were cast out with him." And also Daniel 12:1-2:
"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. And many of them that
sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting
life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt."
Satan's rebel rule was NOT a government based upon the
principle of love -- of giving, of outgoing concern for the good of
others, but based on SELF-CENTEREDNESS, on vanity, lust and greed,
on envy, jealousy, the spirit of competition, hatred, violence and
destruction, on darkness and error, instead of light and truth, on
ugliness instead of beauty.
Notice here, once again, the principle of duality. Isaiah
14:12-14 applies to a time prior to the creation of the first
human, Adam. But in Revelation 12:7 and in Daniel 12:1 Satan at the
end of the 6,000 years allotted to his rule on earth's throne,
tries once again to seize God's throne in heaven.


Lucifer a Created Being

Look now at the other biblical passage describing this supreme
angelic creation of God, in Ezekiel 28.
Actually, the entire concept in Ezekiel 26 speaks of the
ancient great commercial city of Tyre. It was the commercial
metropolis of the ancient world, even as Babylon was the political
capital. Tyre was the New York, the London, the Tokyo, or the Paris
of the ancient world. The ancient Tyre, port of the world's
shippers and merchants, gloried herself in her beauty, even as
Paris in our time.
Chapter 27 carries on with comparisons to passages in the 18th
chapter of the book of Revelation referring to a politico-religious
leader to come (verses 9-19).
But coming to chapter 28, the theme comes more completely to
the time just now ahead of us, the same time depicted in Isaiah 14.
Ezekiel 28 speaks of the prince of Tyre, an earthly ruler, of whom
the ancient king of Tyre was a type. God says to the prophet
Ezekiel: "Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus [actually
referring to a powerful religious leader to arise SOON, in our
time], 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: Behold, thou art wiser than
Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee: with thy
wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches,
and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures [or
"treasuries" -- RSV] ... and thine heart is lifted up because of thy
riches: therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because thou hast set
thine heart as the heart of God; behold therefore I will bring
strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations ... they shall bring
thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that
are slain in the midst of the seas" (Ezek. 28:2-8). (Compare with
II Thessalonians 2:3-4, speaking of "that man of sin ... who opposeth
and exalteth himself above all that is called God ... so that he as
God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.")


What a Super Being!

But at this point, as in Isaiah 14, the lesser human anti type
lifts to a greater spirit being. Instead of the prince of Tyre -- a
human man -- it now speaks of the KING of Tyre. This is the same
Lucifer.
Ezekiel the prophet continues:
"Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 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" (verses 11-12).
Please read that again! God would never say anything like that
of a human man. This superb spirit being filled up the sum total of
wisdom, perfection and beauty. He was the supreme pinnacle, the
masterpiece, of God's creation, as an individually created being,
the greatest one in the almighty power of God to create! The tragic
thing is that he rebelled against his Maker!
"Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God" (verse 13). He had
inhabited this earth. His throne was here. "Every precious stone
was thy covering ... the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes
was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created" (verse 13).
He was a created being -- not born human. He was a spirit being -- not
human flesh. Great genius and skill in music was created in him.
Now that he has become perverted in all thinking, acting and being,
he is the real author of modern perverted music and the modern rock
beat -- of discordant moans, squawks, shrieks, wails -- physically and
emotionally excitable beats -- unhappy, discouraged moods. Think of
all the supreme talent, ability and potential in a being created
with such capacities. And all perverted! All gone sour -- all
dissipated, turned to hatred, destruction, hopelessness!
Yet, take courage. The awesome human potential, if we care
enough about it to resist Satan's wiles and evils and
discouragements and to persevere in God's way, is infinitely
superior and higher than Lucifer's -- even as created, before he
turned to rebellion and iniquity!
But continuing the particular revelation of this crucially
important missing dimension in knowledge: "Thou art the anointed
cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so," says God of this
Lucifer. This takes us back to the 25th chapter of Exodus, where
God gave Moses the pattern for the ark of the covenant. The
description begins with verse 10, and verses 18-20 show, in the
material pattern, the two cherubs who were stationed at each end of
the very throne of God in heaven -- the throne of the government of
God over the entire universe. The wings of the two cherubs covered
the throne of God.


Trained at Universe Headquarters

This Lucifer, then, had been stationed at the very throne of God.
He was trained and experienced in the administration of the
government of God. God chose such a being, well-experienced and
trained, to be the king ruling the government of God over the
angels who inhabited the whole earth.
Continue: "... thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou
hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire." This
is not talking about any human being. But continue: "Thou wast
perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till
iniquity [lawlessness] was found in thee" (Ezek. 28:15). He had
complete knowledge, understanding and wisdom. But he also was given
full powers of reasoning, thinking, making decisions, making his
choice. And, with all this foreknowledge -- even of results and
consequences this superb being, the highest that even God could
create by fiat, turned to rebellion against his Maker -- against the
way that produces every good. He turned to lawlessness. He had been
trained in the administration of perfect law and order. As long as
Lucifer continued in this perfect way, there was happiness and joy
unspeakable over the whole earth. There was glorious
peace -- beautiful harmony, perfect love, cooperation. The government
of God produced a wonderfully happy state -- as long as Lucifer was
loyal in the conduct of God's government.


What Caused the Angels' Sin?

What caused the angels on earth to sin, to turn to lawlessness?
Certainly the ordinary angels did not persuade this great super
being to turn traitor. No, it was in him that iniquity was found.
But, after how long? We don't know. God does not reveal that! It
could have been any number of years from one or less to millions
times millions.
And then, even after Lucifer himself made the decision to
rebel and try to invade God's heaven to take over the universe, it
is not revealed how long it took him to persuade all of the angels
under him to turn traitor and follow him.
I know well the method he used. He uses the same method still
today in leading deceived humans into disloyalty, rebellion, and
self-centered opposition against God's government. First, he turns
one or two to envy, jealousy and resentment over an imagined
injustice -- then into disloyalty. Then he uses that one or two, like
a rotten apple in a crate, to stir up resentment, feelings of
self-pity, disloyalty and rebellion in others next to them. And, as
each rotten apple rots those next to it until the whole crate is
rotten, so Satan proceeds.
If, in the government of God on earth today, the "rotten
apples" are not thrown out early enough, they would destroy the
whole government. But, once thrown out of the crate, they cannot do
any more damage to those in the crate.
But think how long it must have taken the soured and
embittered Lucifer to turn millions of holy angels into resentment,
bitterness, disloyalty, and finally open and vicious rebellion. It
could have taken hundreds, thousands or millions of years. This was
all before the first human was created.
All this happened after the original creation of the earth,
described in verse 1 of Genesis 1. Verse 2 of this creation chapter
describes a condition resulting from this sin of the angels. The
events described in verse 2, therefore, may have occurred millions
of years after the original creation of the earth.
The earth, therefore, may have been created millions of years
ago. But continue this passage in Ezekiel 28: "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 [remove] thee, O covering
cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 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 ..."
(verses 16-17). At this point the context returns to the
soon-to-appear, human, religious-political ruler -- of whom the
prince of ancient Tyre was a forerunner.
Earlier in this chapter, I showed you how physical
destruction, ugliness and darkness had covered the face of the
earth, as the result of the sin of Lucifer (who is now the devil)
and these "angels that sinned" (now demons), and how in six days
God had renewed the face of the earth (Gen. 1:2-25).


Why the Creation of MAN?

But why did God create man on the earth (Gen. 1:26)? Look at this
situation as God does. God has given us humans minds, like the mind
of God, only inferior and limited. God made us in his image, after
his likeness (form and shape), only composed of matter instead of
spirit. But God says, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in
Christ Jesus" (Phil. 2:5). We can, to some degree, think even as
God thinks. How must God have looked at the situation, as he
started renewing the face of the earth -- after the colossal debacle
of the angels!
He had created a beautiful, perfect creation in the earth. He
populated it with holy angels -- probably millions of them. He put
over them, as king, on an earthly throne, the archangel -- the cherub
Lucifer. Lucifer was the supreme masterpiece of God's creative
power as a single separately created spirit being. He was the most
perfect in beauty, power, mind, knowledge, intellect, wisdom,
within the almighty power of God to create. God can create nothing
higher or more perfect, by instantaneous fiat.
Yet this great being, knowledgeable, trained and experienced
at God's own throne in heaven over the universe and the
administration of the government of God, had rejected that
government, corrupted his way, rebelled against administering or
even obeying it. He had led all his angels astray and into the sin
of rebellion.
Now consider further. Apparently the entire universe had been
created also at the time of the earth's creation. There is no
evidence either in God's revealed Word, nor in science, that any of
the planets in endless outer space had been inhabited with any form
of life. But God does nothing in vain. He always has a purpose.
Apparently all such planets in the entire universe NOW are
waste and empty -- decayed (tohu and bohu) -- like the earth was, as
described in Genesis 1:2. But God did not create them in such
conditions of decay -- like our moon. Decay is not an original
created condition -- it is a condition resulting from a process of
deterioration. Evidently if the now fallen angels had maintained
the earth in its original beautiful condition, improved it, carried
out God's instructions, and obeyed his government, they would have
been offered the awesome potential of populating and carrying out
a tremendous creative program throughout the entire universe. When
they turned traitor on earth, their sin must have also brought
simultaneously physical destruction to the other planets throughout
the universe, which were potentially and conditionally put in
subjection to them.


Earth to Become Universe Headquarters

It will be explained in chapter 7 of this work that God's purpose
is to make this earth, ultimately, the headquarters of the entire
universe.
Remember, this earth, originally, was intended to be the abode
of a third of all the angels. The angels, beholding the earth at
its creation, found it so beautiful and perfect they shouted
spontaneously for JOY (Job 38:4-7). It was to provide a glorious
opportunity for them. They were to work it, produce from it, and
preserve and increase its beauty.
And at this point, it is well to understand the nature of
God's original creation: It is like the unfinished furniture
available in some stores. This furniture is "in the raw" -- it is
finished all but for the final varnish, polish or paint. Some can
save money by doing this finishing themselves -- provided they have
the skill to do so. This furniture may be of fine and superb
quality -- yet lacking the final beautifying completion.
So it is with God's creation. It is perfect, but subject to a
beautifying finish that God intended angels to accomplish. The
original "unfinished" creation was produced by God alone. But he
intended angels, prehistorically, and MAN, now, to utilize creative
power -- to finish this part in God's creation -- of adding the final
beautifying and utilitarian phases of what shall be the FINAL
COMPLETED creation!
And whether or not it had been revealed to the angels, it was
a supreme TRIAL AND TEST. It was to be the PROVING GROUND of
obedience to God's GOVERNMENT and their fitness to develop into
final finished creation the millions of other planets in the vast
universe. For what is revealed in God's Word indicates that God had
created the entire PHYSICAL universe at the same time he created
the earth. The seventh word in Genesis 1:1 should be translated
"heavens." This word includes the vast universe, not just this
earth's atmosphere.
Radioactive elements and the law of radioactivity prove that
there was a time when MATTER did not exist. GOD is a spirit. God is
composed of spirit. God was before ALL ELSE -- the CREATOR of all.
Angels were created prior to the earth. What God reveals strongly
implies that matter had never existed before the original creation
of the earth -- that the entire physical universe was brought into
being at that time.


God's Purpose for Angels

So the angel potential was to take over the entire universe -- to
improve and finish the billions of physical planets surrounding the
uncountable stars, many of which are SUNS. The sun in our solar
system is merely an average-size sun. Some that we see as stars are
actually many, many times larger than our sun. Our solar system,
vast beyond the imagination of most minds, is only a part of our
galaxy, and there are many galaxies! In other words, the physical
UNIVERSE that the mighty God created is vast beyond imagination!
How GREAT is the GREAT GOD!
He intended angels to have a vital part in the final creation
of the endless universe!
(But God may not have then fully revealed this awesome
potential to the angels, for one third of them set out to take it
from him by force, without first qualifying.)
For this far-reaching purpose, God established his GOVERNMENT
on earth over them. The administration of the GOVERNMENT OF GOD
over this globe was delegated to the super archangel -- the great
cherub Lucifer.
Bear in mind that even the holy angels and
archangels -- including this super cherub Lucifer -- of necessity were
endowed with ability to think, to reason, to form attitudes, and to
make choices and decisions.
As explained previously, God started this Lucifer out with
everything going for him. He sealed up the sum of wisdom, beauty
and perfection. He was PERFECT in all his ways from the instant he
was created UNTIL INIQUITY -- rebellion, lawlessness -- was found in
him (Ezek. 28:15).
He had been trained and was thoroughly experienced in
administration of the GOVERNMENT OF GOD at the very throne of the
endless UNIVERSE! He was one of the two cherubs whose wings covered
the throne of God the MOST high (Ezek. 28:14; Ex. 25:20).


How Sin Entered

He was created gloriously beautiful -- perfect in beauty, but he
allowed vanity to seize him. Then he turned to erroneous reasoning.
God's law -- the basis of God's government -- is the way of
LOVE -- outgoing concern for the good and welfare of others, love
toward God in obedience, humility and worship -- the way of giving,
sharing, helping, cooperating. He reasoned that competition would
be better than cooperation. It would be an incentive to excel, to
try harder, to accomplish. There would be more pleasure in serving
SELF and more enjoyment.
He turned against God's law of LOVE. He became jealous of God,
envious, and resentful against God. He allowed lust and greed to
fill him, and he became bitter. This inspired a spirit of violence!
He deliberately became his Maker's adversary and enemy. That was
his choice, not God's -- yet allowed by God!
God changed the adversary's NAME to what he became, SATAN the
DEVIL -- Satan means adversary, competitor, enemy.
Satan directed his supernatural powers henceforth to EVIL. He
became bitter not only against God, but against God's law. He used
his subtile wiles of deception to lead the angels under him into
disloyalty, rebellion and revolt against the Creator and finally
into a WAR of aggression and violence to attempt to depose God and
seize the throne of the UNIVERSE.
As long as Lucifer remained loyal and administered the
GOVERNMENT OF GOD faithfully, this earth was filled with wonderful
and perfect PEACE. The angels were vigorously HAPPY to the extent
of JOY! The law of God's government is THE WAY OF LIFE that CAUSES
and produces peace, happiness, prosperity and well-being. Sin is
the WAY OF LIFE that has caused all existing EVILS.
The penalty of sin by the angels was not death -- for God had
made them immortal spirit beings who cannot die. What God gave them
was THIS EARTH as their abode and opportunity to qualify to possess
and beautify the entire UNIVERSE.
Their penalty (they are still awaiting final judgment up to
now) was disqualification -- forfeiture of their grand opportunity,
perversion of mind, and a colossal earthwide CATACLYSM of
destruction wreaked upon this earth.
As a result, the earth came to the condition briefly described
in Genesis 1:2. Lucifer was created a perfect bringer of LIGHT. Now
he became author of DARKNESS, error, confusion and evil.
So the rebellion of the angels that sinned (II Pet. 2:4-6;
Jude 6-7; Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:12-17) brought this extreme
cataclysm to the earth.
How must God have looked at this situation after the colossal
debacle of Lucifer and the angels that sinned?
LUCIFER was created the most perfect in beauty, mentality,
knowledge, power, intellect and wisdom within the almighty power of
God to create in a being, with power to think, reason, make choices
and decisions on his own. God knew that no higher, more perfect
being could be created as an initial creation.


Origin of Demons

Yet this superior being, trained and experienced at the very throne
of the GOVERNMENT OF GOD over the universe, had resorted to wrong
reasoning and made a diabolical perverted decision. He worked on
the angels under him until he turned their minds to rebellion also.
This, incidentally, might have taken Lucifer millions of years. In
all probability he had to begin perverting the minds of his angels
one at a time, at first. He had to cause them to feel dissatisfied,
wronged by God, and inject into them resentment and bitterness.
When Lucifer allowed thoughts of vanity, jealousy, envy, lust
and greed, then resentment and rebellion, to enter and occupy his
mind, SOMETHING HAPPENED TO HIS MIND! His mind became perverted,
distorted, twisted! His thinking became warped. God gave him and
the angels control over their own minds. They can never straighten
them out -- never again think rationally, honestly, rightly.
I have had a number of personal experiences with demons
through a few demon-possessed people. I have cast out demons
through the name of Christ and power of the Holy Spirit. Some
demons are silly, like spoiled children. Some are crafty, sharp,
shrewd, subtile. Some are belligerent, some are sassy, some are
sullen and morose. But all are perverted, warped, twisted.
Do Satan and his demons affect and even influence humans and
even governments today? Do evil spirits affect even your own life?
These questions will be answered in chapter 4 of this book.
As God surveyed this cataclysmic tragedy, he must have
realized that since the highest, most perfect being within his
almighty power to create, had turned to rebellion, it left God
himself as the only being who would not and cannot sin.
And God is the Father of the divine God family or kingdom.
Notice John 1:1-5. The Word who was "made flesh" (verse 14)
has existed always -- from eternity -- with the Father. God the Father
has created all things -- the entire universe -- by him who became
Jesus Christ (Eph. 3:9; Col. 1:16-17).
When Jesus was on earth, he prayed to God, his Father in
heaven. The Father spoke of Jesus as "my beloved son, in whom I am
well pleased." Jesus lived on earth as a human, tempted in all
points as we are, yet without sin.
The fourth word in the English Bible is "God" (Gen. 1:1). And
the original Hebrew word is "Elohim", a noun plural in form, like
the English word family, church or group. The divine family is God.
There is one God -- the one family, consisting of more than one
Person.
God saw that no being less than God, in the God family, could
be certainly relied on never to sin -- to be like God -- who cannot
sin. To fulfill his purpose for the entire vast universe, God saw
that nothing less than himself (as the God family) could be
absolutely relied upon to carry out that supreme purpose in the
entire universe.


Why Humans Succeed Fallen Angels

God then purposed to reproduce himself, through humans, made in his
image and likeness, but made first from material flesh and blood,
subject to death if there is sin unrepented of -- yet with the
possibility of being born into the divine family begotten by God
the Father. God saw how this could be done through Christ, who gave
himself for that purpose.
And that is why God put man on the earth! That is what caused
God to do this most colossal, tremendous thing ever undertaken by
the supreme, almighty God -- to reproduce himself! The following
chapter will make this undeniably clear.
One last important comment before ending this chapter. God's
supreme overall purpose is to create, even to the extent of
reproducing himself, and also that God must reign supreme over all
his creation. Apparently God has chosen this earth to become his
universe headquarters, and the seat of even the supreme throne of
God. (See I Corinthians 15:24.) But Satan had overthrown the
government of God on the earth. Now God purposed to restore his
government over the earth through man, created in the image of God
and finally to become part of the God family. We should heed Paul's
admonition not to be ignorant of Satan's existence, or of his
devices, nor let him get an advantage of us (II Cor. 2:11). Our
supremely important purpose will be made clear in following
chapters.


Good News

You have heard the saying about "good news and bad news." The
latter part of this chapter has given you the bad news. The good
news is God's purpose through mankind and the fact that the two
thirds of the angels who are holy and righteous outnumber the
demons and remain as God's invisible agents to minister to and help
in the righteous character development of the myriad of humans who
shall yet become the sons and heirs of the Supreme God and members
of the great God family.