An In-depth biblical analysis about the limits in which satan, fallen angels, and demons must abide. This is a essential knowledge that every christian must possess. Rev. Jay Werman
“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”Luke 10:19
Jesus took back the authority and power that Adam gave to Satan, and Jesus gave it to all those that believes in Him! Jesus set up satan’s boundaries. The expression “serpents and scorpions” symbolized “demonic powers”. Lucifer decided to crossed the boundaries that placed on him, and paid the price for it. The same principle apply to any other beings that have rebelled against God.
We will explain the scenario that took place in the book of Job 1-2. Obviously, In this book are so many details revealed by God that it is impossible to explain them all in this topic, but we will cover the most important ones. We will search and connect these passages back and forth.
A comprehensive explanation of key words in Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28
The greek word “Tartarus” and its meaning
Satan’s limited ruling upon man
The casting down of Lucifer from the third heaven
The pre-adamite world described in Jeremiah 4:23-26
The chapters 1-2 of the book of Job offers a open windows into the spiritual realm. There many passages throughout the scriptures that shows such celestial events. The problem with a lot of christian people is the lack of commitment with God. Nowadays, satan has brought up so many distractions into the lives of christian people that most of them lost their passion to know God’s truths. Even many ministers had lost that desire as well. No wonder the spiritual state of the christian church today is disgraceful. Revelation 3:16
“Now there was a day when the sons of God (angelic beings) came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.Job 1:6
The expression “the was A DAY” it’s used twice in the first 2 chapters of the book of Job. 1:6; 2:1. It implied that celestial beings report back to God in the regular basics. Satan is not the exception to this rule as it is shown here in the book of Job 1:6; 2:1. The expression “sons of God” is used 5 times in the O.T. and is always used in reference to “angels” and not to man. This is according the the context in which this expression is used. Here is the use of the hebrew word for “son” in the hebrew language:
- son, grandson, child, member of a group
- son, male child
- children (plural – male and female)
- youth, young men (plural)
- sons (as characterisation, i.e. sons of injustice [for unrighteous men] or sons of God [for angels])
- people (of a nation) (plural)
- of lifeless things, i.e. sparks, stars, arrows (figuratively)
- a member of a guild, order, class
The following passage also made reference to the angels:
“When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”Job 38:7
Unfortunately, Man lost his position before when Adam surrendered his will to satan, but Jesus came to restore man back to the position that he lost when he disobeyed God.
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”John 1:12-13
Let’s keep analyzing the key words in the passage of Job:
“And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.“Job 1:7
Satan searching constantly the events that are taking place in the affairs in earth. The same expression used in Job of satan searching the earth is also registered in the book of Zechariah 1:7-11 Celestial beings that were riding “spirit horses”, and scouting the earth, and later given report to the Lord of theirs findings. In Zechariah 1:10-11 its used the same expression as in Job 1:7.
“I saw by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in the bottom; and behind him were there red horses, speckled, and white. Then said I, O my lord, what are these? And the angel that talked with me said unto me, I will shew thee what these be. And the man that stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, These are they whom the Lord hath sent to walk to and fro through the earth. And they answered the angel of the Lord that stood among the myrtle trees, and said, We have walked to and fro through the earth, and, behold, all the earth sitteth still, and is at rest.”
The spirit horses are literal and not symbolic. Compare with Revelations 19:11-21; 2 Kings 2:11; 6:14-17. These celestial beings are send back and forth between the third heaven and earth each time is requires it. As like the case of chariots, horses and riders, which took Elijah to the third heaven. 2 Kings 2:11. Celestial beings also were sent to protected Elisha as it is stated in 2 Kings 6:14-17.
Job 1:7 expressed how satan, the fallen angels and demons search and inspect the earth in a continue motion. They search for any reason that they can use to accuse man before God. Satan knew already details about Job when God asked him;
“And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”Job 1:8
And Satan replied back:
“Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?”Job 1:9
The Hebrew word used for “nought” is “chinnâm”, which mean, “freely, for nothing, and without cause”. Even revealed that satan knew the motivation of Job in serving God. The word is connected with the blessings upon Job in verse 10.
“Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.”Job 1:10
The Hebrew word used in Job 1:10 for “hedge” is “śûk”, which mean, “to hedge or fence up”. It expresses the idea of a “barrier or boundary is placed upon”. Verse 10 clearly says that this barrier was placed “about or around HIM, HIS HOUSE and ABOUT ALL that he hath on EVERY SIDE”. This is God’s protection upon Job because he “feared (respect, honor and reverence) God”. Satan Couldn’t trespass this barrier placed upon Job, unless he obtain God’s permission. But God knew that Job’s heart wasn’t upon his possessions, which was the result of God’s blessings. Right here is where the majorities of people get confuse and misinterpret the event registered in the book of Job. Satan asked God to removed this barrier so that he can prove that Job was serving God because of the blessings, but God knew perfectly Job. So, God allowed satan to test Job. It is critical to understand the differences between “the permissive will of God” and “the perfect will of God’. Both are clearly expressed in the entire Scriptures and both needs to be comprehend in their own context. We will explain the differences between both but not extensive because that will deviate us to a different subject.
The Permissive Will of God. This is when God “allowed” certain types of events, situations, or acts to take place”. God’s permissive will is allowed when the subjects of God’s kingdom are not willing to obey the law established by God. When Adam sinned, he passed from a perfect state to a imperfect state, which was brought about by his own decision. The imperfect state carried a different ruler over Adam and Eve because of their sinful nature. Once they entered into this area, they were under a “permissive will of God”, which it placed them over a totally different scenario. God was no longer their God and ruler and they will suffer the consequences of their actions. God advised them not to eat of the forbidden fruit, but the decision was freely from them. Gen. 2:17. God, who became their judge, implemented the punishment for their transgression. Gen. 3:16-17. God’s permissive will is in operation when any creature moves out of God’s perfect will. Lucifer and the fallen angels, decided willingly to step out of God’s perfect will and now they are walking under God’s permissive will. They broke God’s law and they sinned willingly and were cast out of God’s heaven, and satan became the ruler of everyone that rebels against God. Isa. 14-12-14; Luke 10:19; Rev. 12:7-12
The Perfect Will of God. The kingdom of God is rule by God’s will and every subject of his kingdom must obey His will. God’s perfect will was established along with His creation in Gen. 1:1, but in Gen. 1:2 the earth became under judgment because of the rebellion of Lucifer, fallen angels and the pre-Adamites. God restored earth back to its original state in Gen. 1:3-2:1. God created man and gave him a free will. Lev. 19:5; 22:29; Mat. 16:24; Luk. 9:23-24; Jn. 1:13; 1 Cor. 7:36-37; 1 Pet. 4:3; 2 Pet. 1:21; Rev. 11:5-6; 22:17. The expression “I will” is used over 200 times in connection with man in the book of Psalms alone.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”Romans 12:2
Most people blame God of events, o things that God has nothing to do with it. The lack of knowledge of the Word of God is the reason for this. It’s easy for man to blame others for their own mistakes. Adam was the first one to do this.
“And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.”Genesis 3:12
Genesis 1:1 shows “the perfect will of God” in full display, but it was interrupted by the rebellion of Lucifer, and Adam. It will be put back in place in full display again after the earth is cleanse by fire and the New Heaven and the New Earth is established as it is shows in Revelation 21- 22; Isaiah 65:17; 66:22-24; 2 Peter 3:13. Even in Lord’s prayer this concept is stated:
“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven“Matthew 6:10
The expression “kingdom” implied “God absolute authority and power upon all his creation”. All the rebels must be subjugated and punished before God can re-establish His absolute dominion upon all things. When will this happen? In Revelation 20 details all over it:
“And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.”Verses 7-9
These passages shows that satan is limited by God, even predict the imprisonment of this fallen angels, which is ordered by God himself. In verse 9 describe the way God will destroy everything that is upon the earth; “and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them”. In Genesis 1:2 shows how God destroyed everything with a universal flood, but after satan is loosen from the bottomless pit, everything will be destroy with fire. Every building, bridge, monument, and everything under the sun will be consumed by fire. Then after that, God will restore the earth for the third time and everything will be like it was in Genesis 1:1; which is perfect! All those people that have spent all their lives building things here on earth, will found out that nothing will last forever. By the way, this sure be a warning for all those leaders in the churches, who are more concerned, or worried, about the physical structure where they gather than doing God’s will. All those physical structures will be destroy by fire, no matter who builded them.
The sinful nature gave authority to satan over man, since the fall of Adam in the Garden of Eden, which is described in Gen. 3:1-19. This right or authority that was given to satan to control and operate on the earth is subject to God’s boundaries, which mean, that satan, the fallen angels and demons MUST abide by this limitations. The book of Job arranges some of these boundaries placed by God. The majority of the people who reads the book of Job has misunderstood the lay out of these boundaries and had created many false doctrines and fallacies. Unfortunately, we can’t explain these restrictions placed over satan ruling upon man, because it will deviate us from the main subject. So, we will arrange the basic idea given in the book of Job. God opened up a window in “the spiritual realm” in the Chapters 1 and 2, so that we can SEE and UNDERSTAND these boundaries by which satan is limited.
The following passages shows an angel coming down from the third heaven and chain up satan for 1,000 years. So, after satan is cast out of heaven by Michael and his angels in the middle of the great tribulation. Rev. 12:7-9. Satan’s boundaries is clearly shows throughout all the scriptures.
“And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.”Revelation 20:1-3
Satan was limited in his actions from the very beginning, when he was still an angel of God. After he was cast out from the third heaven, he actions are still limited, but when Adam, betrayed God, he give satan more territory to operate. Jesus came to recover that territory from satan, and to give it back to man. Satan has made believe that he still owns that territory in man’s lives; with lies and deceitful teachings, he still claims that he has not lose anything. We will answer all these false claims. The sad part is that most born again christians ignored these biblical truths. Satan had fabricated many types lies to made christians believe that he still have power over them, and those who doesn’t know God’s word, falls into satan’s lies. Jesus had defeated satan, the fallen angels. demons, and any other type of evil power. The church is supposed to enforce the victory of Christ over the power of darkness, but the church changed their direction and now is being distracted by satan’s deceitful ways. There will be a day when the church will regain their senses and will wake up to the fact that we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. As it is stated in the following passages:
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:28-39
These powerful passages expressed the position of every born again and yet, we see a church distracted by pursuing material things. Others, keep living their lives as if Christ never paid the price for them. All these things will come to an end before the Lord Jesus comes again for his church. But many christians will lose rewards for their lack of belief and action in God’s word. The greek word “I am persuaded” used by Paul in Romans 8:38 is “peithō”, which implied “to believe firmly in the truth”. This conviction is the result of knowing God’s word. Satan, the fallen angels, and his demons will be cast out forever into the lake of fire. God will be the Supreme ruler of the universe again as it was in Genesis 1:1. Everything will be perfect and in complete harmony as God intended when He created all things. Genesis 1:1 it shows God ruling in harmony and in Genesis 1:2 it shows the chaos that was brought upon the universe because of Lucifer’s rebellion.
We will explain in details the key word used in all these passages.
The scriptures reveals the limitation of satan’s ruling upon the earth. Even though there is a lot of information about Lucifer, the fallen angels, demons, and other spirits beings, the scriptures expressed some of the boundaries these creatures possess. If we know where to look for, that is. We don’t need to speculates about it, since we have this information in plane view. Every creature that God have created have boundaries, regardless of the position these creatures have been given by God. Why the scriptures doesn’t reveal more details about it? Because the scriptures was given to us so that we can understand God’s redemption plan. The scriptures can not contained every little detail of every single incident that had happened in every realm. The scriptures was given to man, and for that reason it is limited to cover God’s relationship with man and every detail involving man’s actions. So, Let’s detail the passages that shed light on it.
Lucifer was created to serve God but he decided to rebel against God and took with him one third of the angels. Here are some of these passages, alone with the explanation of it.
“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 14:12
First, This passage clearly states that Lucifer was “Cast out of Heaven”. This is the third heaven, which is God’s heaven. Every angelic being has they origine in God’s heaven, and Lucifer was not the exception to this rule. When God inspired the prophet Isaiah to write about this event, it was with the intention to give us a window into the events in the third heaven. God throw out Lucifer out of the third heaven for his rebellion. The hebrew expression used in Isaiah 14:12 for “art thou fallen” is “nâphal”. It is a primitive root; to fall, in a great variety of applications (intransitively or causatively, literally or figuratively, and each one must be place into their proper context. “nâphal” which means:
- to fall, lie, be cast down, fail, to fall upon, attack, desert, fall away to, go away to, fall into the hand of.
- to cause to fall, fell, throw down, knock out, lay prostrate (lying stretched out on the ground with one’s face downward)
- to overthrow, to make the lot fall, assign by lot, apportion by lot, to let drop, cause to fail (figuratively),
- to throw or prostrate oneself, throw oneself upon, to lie prostrate, prostrate oneself.
So, “How art thou fallen” is taunting the way Lucifer was cast down from the place of his creation. The same apply to all the angels that had decided to follow Lucifer’s path. God addressed Lucifer’s case in Isaiah 14:12 because he was now their leader. But the fact of the matter is that Lucifer was cast out from heaven for his rebellion. This expresion implied “Used of force to cast him out of heaven” and that he was thrown out in a literal sense, which means “Force out bodily”. To expelled Lucifer from the third heaven, God used a superior power and force. This act was done by God himself, sending a message to all the angelic beings of the consequences of disobedience. As we explain the key words involved in these passages, the more clear will be the scenario that took place when God cast him out of heaven. This is corroborated by the testament of Jesus in the following passage:
“And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.”Luke 10:18
This refer to the same event that is described by Isaiah 14:12. The differences between the passages is that Jesus used the name of “satan” instead of “Lucifer”. Later we will study the passages that deals with lucifer’s failed invasion to the third heaven, and for which he was thrown out. It’s essential to know all these details in order for us to have a completed picture of satan’s boundaries. But God himself cast out Lucifer and one third of the angels for rebellion against their creator. In the book of Revelation 12:7-9 describe a future war between God’s angels and satan and his angels.
“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.”Revelation 12:7-9
This war will be the last one between angelic beings, where satan will be stripped off of his possession of the heavenlies places. Observe the following passages:
“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience”Ephesians 2:2
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”Ephesians 6:12
Satan will be cast out from the heavenly places for ever, he will be cast out by God’s angels. God already defeated satan, the fallen angels and his demons, but because Adam gave satan the right to rule upon man, satan will no be cast out from this heavenly places until the second half of the great tribulation. Satan will be thrown out “into the earth” and he won’t have no more access to the heavenly places.
The first time Lucifer was thrown out from the third heaven was thousand of years before Adam’s creation, he was a fallen angel when the events of Genesis 3:1-6 took place. The second time that he will be cast out from the heavenly places will take place in the middle of the great tribulation, right after the 144,000 or “the man child” is caught up into God. Rev. 12:5.
But the fact is that Lucifer was cast out for “treason against God”. So, let’s keep breaking down the key words in Isaiah 14:12.
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!”Continuation of Isaiah 14:12
The hebrew word used for “lucifer” is “hêylêl”, which mean: “light-bearer”, also is translated “shining one, morning star, Lucifer”. Also is used as “of the king of Babylon and Satan (figuratively)”. “Helel” describing the king of Babylon. In the same verse called Lucifer, “son of the morning”, the word “morning” come from the hebrew word “shachar”, o “Dawn” (literally, figuratively or adverbially): – day (-spring), early, light, morning, whence riseth.
“…how art thou cut down to the ground”Continuation of Isaiah 14:12
This hebrew expression means as follow:
- to fell a tree; generally to destroy anything: – cut (asunder, in sunder, down, off), to cut, hew, chop, cut down, hew down, hew off, cut off, cut in two, shave off.
This expression described the way satan was cast out from the third heaven, after he was intercepted by God in his invasion of the third heaven, which is where God have his throne. If we align the statement of Jesus in Luke 10:18 and the statement here in Isaiah 14:14, we can have a more precise image of the casting out of Lucifer, which is the punishment for deceiving all the nations that existed at that time. Again, the scriptures doesn’t revealed too many details about this subject, but only a small window, so we can have an idea of the events that occurred. It’s also unknown the length period of time in which Lucifer ruled the earth but it was a sustancial time. In Genesis 1:1 we found the earth and the universe created perfect. Then in Genesis 1:2, this perfection was destroyed but judgement. The gap between verse 1 and 2 is found in Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Jeremiah 4:23-26. The statements expressed in the scriptures are with the purpose of enlight us in the events that happened and remove any confusion that might rise for the absence of details. The scriptures can not contain all the details that had happened in every event described in it, since the basic purpose the scriptures is to bring man in reconciliation with God. But one day, once we are reunited with our creator, we will have any question answered.
“…which didst weaken the nations!”Continuation of Isaiah 14:12
This refer to “the nations” that existed at that time, and were under the ruling of Lucifer. This nations were “weaken” by lucifer with the purpose of invading God’s heaven. This nations were located here on earth and not in heaven, and were ruled by Lucifer since the original creation of the earth. The period of time is unknown but it was the ruling of Lucifer upon the earth. The hebrew word used for “nations” is “gôy”, which is used hundreds of times for “Gentiles, nations, people, heathen”. This word is never used for “angels”. He convinced all his subjects to rebel against God and invade the third heaven. In the book of Jeremiah 4:23-26 these nations are called “men” and not angels. Jeremiah described the period of time in which Lucifer ruled the earth and the judgment that came after his rebellion. In the book of Ezekiel 28:11-19 also is used the hebrew “gôy” in reference to Nations of men, and not angels. There was nations of men in the time of Lucifer’s ruling upon the earth? Yes. They all perished when the universe was destroyed with a universal flood. The period of time between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 is unknown, but in Genesis 1:1 God created perfect everything. In Genesis 1:2 Judgment came upon the creation because of the rebellion of Lucifer and the nations under his ruling.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”Genesis 1:1
All were created perfect and was given temporary to Lucifer to rule but he failed, and then, came the judgement that left the universe in complete destruction as it is stated in the following passage:
“And the earth was (became) without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”Genesis 1:2
Notice that in verse 2 it is used the hebrew word “hâyâh” for the word “was”, which means
- “to become, to happen, fall out, occur, take place, come about, come to pass, to come about, come to pass, to come into being”
The earth “became without form and void” because of Lucifer’s rebellion. God doesn’t creates things “without form, and void”. The darkness was upon the earth because the universal flood destroyed everything. In Genesis 1:3 God “restored” the earth to the second perfect state and second habitation. This time God put a man in charge of his creation. By the way, the hebrew expression used in Genesis 1:2 “without form, and void” is “tôhû va bôhû”, wich means; “waste and empty. The same expression is used in Jeremiah 4:23, which is used in the same context. Did God created in the beginning the earth “without form and void”? of course not. Here is a passage that confirmed it:
“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 (The Earth) not in vain (tôhû), he formed it (The earth) to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.”Isaiah 45:18
The hebrew word used in Isaiah 45:18 for “vain” is “tôhû”, which means “without form, empty, waste”. In Genesis 1:1 God did not created “tôhû va bôhû”, o “without form, o void”. It became that way because of Lucifer’s rebellion. Genesis 1:2 shows the chaotic state in which the earth became because of God’s judgement.
The hebrew word used for “weaken” is “châlash”, which means:
- to be weak, be prostrate, by implication to overthrow, decay: – discomfit, waste away, weaken. The idea in the context behind the word “weaken” is that every subject under the ruling of Lucifer was “stretched out with face on the ground in adoration or submission”.
This is the reason of his rebellion, he wanted to be “worshipped” by all his subjects. He didn’t want to obey God any longer. This is confirmed by the statement express in verse 13 of Isaiah 14. Let’s break it down:
“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”
Here is what the passage says:
- For thou hast said in thine heart. This is Lucifer conceiving in his heart the rebellion against God. This is the beginning of his steps to invade the third heaven.
- I will ascend into heaven. This statement debunk the theory that Lucifer was serving in heaven when he decide to rebel. The expression “I will ascend” implied the fact that Lucifer was on earth when he conceived the idea of invading God’s heaven. The word “heaven” in the context of these texts is connected with God’s heaven, and not the atmosfear. Here in Isaiah 14:13 we can see the steps that Lucifer took after he conceived his betrayed.
- I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. The hebrew word used for “exalt” is “rûm”, which means: “to rise, rise up, be high, be lofty, be exalted, be uplifted”. THe idea shed in this word is to “rise up higher”. What was lifted up according to this passage? Lucifer’s throne. This means that Lucifer’s throne was on earth and not in the third heaven, but he wanted to “rise up his throne”. The expression “the stars of God” in this passage implied “the grand total of planets in the universe” created by God. Noticed how far in the universe Lucifer wanted to “rise up his throne”; It says “Above” the stars of God. The Hebrew word used for “above” is “ma‛al”, which means “higher part, upper part (substantive), above (adverb), on the top of, above, on higher ground than (preposition), upwards, higher, above (with locative)”. This word shows that Lucifer conceived his betrayed when his was on earth, and decided to be like God by rising his throne higher than the universe, where God have his own throne. Lucifer was not in God’s heaven when he decided to rebel. Also, he convinced all his subjects to rebel against God when he was on earth. At the same time, he also deceived one third of the angels.
“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.”Revelation 12:4
This passage shows how many angels were deceived by Lucifer; “Third part of the stars of God’s heaven”. These fallen angels will be part of the future war described in Revelation 12:7-9.
- I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation. The “Mount of the congregation” is a mountain in the third heaven where all the celestial beings gathers to regular worship. Observe the statement in the passage “I will SIT UPON the mount of congregation”. Which means that Lucifer wanted to be worshipped by all the celestial beings as God is worshipped. The hebrew word is “yâshab”, which is translated “Sit” but means that he wanted to “dwell, remain, abide, sit upon”, once he reached that mountain. Lucifer knew the type of worship that was giving to God in the mountain by all the celestial beings, and he wanted for him, forgetting that he was created to worship God. Being regularly worship in this mountain, God was recognized as “The supreme ruler of all things”. Lucifer wanted to have the type of worship, but he was just another subject of God’s kingdom. Every being created by God is put on “test” to determine their eternal position. Lucifer failed this test, along with all his subjects. The fallen angels failed this test as well. There are 2 types of fallen angels; Those who are ruling with satan, and those lock up in the tartarus for leaving, o not keeping their first state, as it is expressed by the following passages:
“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”2 Peter 2:4
The expression “spared” used in 2 Peter 2:4 is from the greek word “pheidomai”, which means: “to abstain, forbear, or spared”. The verb “pheidomai” imply “politely or patiently restrain an impulse to do something”. God did not spared the fallen angels that decided to fornicate to prevent the seed of the woman to be born. God did not refrain from punishing these fallen angels for their sinful act. According to 2 Peter 2:4 these fallen angels were “cast down to hell”. These fallen angels that commited “fornication” were tied up in chains, and throwing down in complete darkness. The greek verb used here by Peter is “for Cast them down to hell” is “tartaroō”, which means:
- “From Τάρταρος Tartaros̄ (the deepest abyss of Hades); to incarcerate in eternal torment: – cast down to hell”
- “the name of the subterranean region, doleful and dark, regarded by the ancient Greeks as the abode of the wicked dead, where they suffer punishment for their evil deeds; it answers to Gehenna of the Jews”
- “to thrust down to Tartarus, to hold captive in Tartarus”
Again, the greek verb for hell is “tartaroō”, which is a place of darkness exclusive for fallen angels. These fallen angels are also “chain up”, or “seira” from the greek, which means: “a line, a rope, a chain”. An angel from the third heaven will come down and will chain up satan, and throw him into the bottomless pit for 1,000 years, according Rev. 20:1-3. In 2 Peter 2:5 also expressed the same idea of God not refrining himself from bringing judgement upon the old social system. Genesis 6:1-8:22.
“And spared not the old world (social system), but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly”2 Peter 2:5
“And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly”2 Peter 2:6
In the verse above (v.6) God did not refrain himself from turning these cities into ashes because of their sinful acts. The idea expressed by Peter in verses 4-6 is that if God did not spare the fallen angels, the inhabitants of the earth in Noah’s time, the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha, he will no refrain himself from punishing any man who lives in a corrupt manner, which include any backslider. read verses 9-22.
“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he (God) 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.”Jude 6-7
By the way, “Darkness” is always the result of judgement, which is the same principle applied in Genesis 1:2. This fallens angels are “chained up” in this place called “tartarus”. There are fallen angels that are ruling with satan and those lock up in complete darkness. These fallen angels are in this place because they commited “fornication”, as it is stated by Jude 6-7. This union between fallen angels and women produced the giants described in Genesis 6:1-4. Jude verse 7 expressed that God placed these fallen angels that committed Illicit sexual acts in the tartarus “Are set forth for an example”, so other fallen angels were refrain from committing the same type of transgression against their own nature. Observe the following passage:
“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.”Genesis 6:4
The expression “In those days” implied “In the days before Noah’s flood”, and there were giants “after that”. These giants appeals in the books of Exodus, numbers and Deuteronomy. But these giants were the results of the union between fallen angels and women. Why these fallen angels decided to commit such trasngregation? They were trying to corrupt every woman so “the seed of the woman” couldn’t be born.
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”Genesis 3:15
This passage predicted the fall of satan and his dominion. This is the reason that motivate all these fallen angels to fornicate with women; to corrupt them so there were no woman able to gives birth to the seed. Also to rise an army of giants to eslaves men, and if the seed of the woman was able to be born, these giants will fight against him. But all these abomination were stop by God by placing these fallen angels into the tartarus as an example to other fallen angels. One thing worth mention is that the word used in Genesis 3:15 for “seed” is -zera‛-, which means: “seed, sowing, offspring, semen virile, and of moral quality”. So, in Genesis 3:15 it meant “semen virile”, which is a reference of the one that will “bruise” satan’s head. Woman does not produce “semen”, this is given, o produce by man. So, why in Genesis 3:15 is used such expression? Because “the SEED of the woman” will come from God himself. The woman was the channel from which the seed (of God) will be born in this world. God couldn’t just show up the take everything back, because he gave it to Lucifer first, then destroyed everything as it is stated in Genesis 1:2, and restored again and gave it to Adam, but he gave it back to satan. So, God needed to his “seed” to be born as any other man is born, so that His seed will have the right to operate in this world. Not like satan that his used deceitful ways to regain control of the earth. This is the reason why God gave the Genesis 3:15 prophecy. Paul made this very clear in Galatians 4:
“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”Verses 4-5
The greek word used for “made” is “ginomai”, which means: “to become, i.e. to come into existence, begin to be, receive being”, “to become, i.e. to come to pass, happen. In reference of events”, “to arise, appear in history, come upon the stage”, “to be made, finished. Used of miracles, to be performed, wrought – formed o created”. But the used in Galatians 4:4 it means that the seed of God become into existence through a woman. This is why the fallen angels sought to corrupt women by having sexual intercourse. Genesis 6:4. They understood what God meant when He said “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15. They knew that if the seed of the woman was born, they will be punished for helping satan to deceive man. Obviously they didn’t comprehend the full meaning of the prophecy expressed by God. God need a woman to give him the right to place his seed into her womb and allows the Son of God to be born into this world. God foresaw into the future and saw Mary as that woman.
“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”Isaiah 7:14
That “Son” was the seed of God. The greek word “ginomai”, o “became into existence” is used again in reference to the seed of God:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made (greek “ginomai” which is “became into existence”) that was made. (verses 1-3) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”John 1:1-3, 14
Let’s process to breaking down the key words in Isaiah 14:12-15, which involve the original fall of Lucifer as well as his final throwing down to the lake of fire. Compare to Revelation 20:10. When this event takes place all the rebels will end up in there. The subject matter of Isaiah 14:15 is the punishment of the rebels.
Here is the explanation of the last part of 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 14:13
To what is referring in the last part of this passage? Well, let’s review the key words in the beginning of the verse 13: Lucifer conceived his sin in his heart by decided to ascend to the third heaven and to exalt his throne above the stars of God. Now, notice the following part of this passage..”I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation”. Lucifer wanted to be seated upon the mount where all the celestial beings regularly worship God, The Mount of Congregation. Where is this mountain located? In the third heaven. Now, look at the sequence expressed in verse 13;
- I will ascend into heaven. God’s heaven, which is the place where God is worship and rules.
- I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. Here expressed that God’s heaven is above the stars, where he wanted to exalt his throne, or place of ruling.
- I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation. To be worship as God is Worshipped.
So, the expression “In the sides of the north”, means that God’s heaven is located “in the north sides of the universe. Every single celestial being knows where is located the third heaven. In the book of Job shows 2 occasions when angels went to God’s heaven to present themselves to Jehovah. Every single created being most give account of their activities to God. As it stated in the book of Job 1:6; 2:1. God opened a window of the spiritual realm in the book of Job 1:6;2:1 with the purpose of showing the events that takes place regularly in God’s heaven. Most people that read the events of the book of Job 1-2 endup with the wrong conclusion. But satan knows where God’s heaven is located since he have to present himself to report his activities to God. This access to the third heaven will end when he will be cast out by Michael:
“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.”Revelation 12:7-9
It’s interesting the expression used in Revelation 12:8 “And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven“.
So, The third heaven is located “…In the sides of the north” of the universe. By the way, God’s heaven is a literal place, where spiritual beings live and worship their creator. Here is one the passages that confirms it.
“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he (Abraham)sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he (Abraham) looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”Hebrews 11:8-10
The “city” spoken in here is “the New Jerusalem”, which is a literal city, the capital city of God’ heaven from where God rules the universe.
“But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”Hebrews 11:16
The third heaven is not a mystical, mysterious place in the middle of nothing. God is not a spook, floating cloud or gosh, as many beliefs, but rather a divine being. It’s sad to hear people describing God, which shows they lack of knowledge of the scriptures. The bible described God as a trinity of persons. Yes, you read correctly. The hebrew word used for God in the O.T. is -‘ĕlôhı̂ym- which is a plural noun. It implied “plurality of persons”, If we translate the hebrew word as it is written, it will say “Gods”. Here are the meanings of the hebrew word -‘ĕlôhı̂ym-
- Rulers, judges
- Divine ones
Plural intensive – singular meaning:
- god, goddess
- godlike one
- works or special possessions of God
- the (true) God
the meanings of the hebrew word -‘ĕlôhı̂ym- will depend upon the context in which its used. God The Father, God The Son, and God The Holy Spirit.
“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”1 John 5:7
If the hebrew word -‘ĕlôhı̂ym- is a plural noun when used with reference to God, indicating “plurality of persons”, why here in 1 John 5:7 it says “and these three are one“? In the only sense that God is one is in “unity”. When it comes to other areas the plurality of God is noticed. There are no contractions, nor confusion in the bible, but rather people taking passages out of their own context to based the own opinions. I just wanted to explain a bit about the hebrew word. Here is another passage that confirmed the usage of plurality of the hebrew word -‘ĕlôhı̂ym-
“And God (-‘ĕlôhı̂y-) said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”Genesis 1:26
“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”Genesis 3:22
“And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”Genesis 11:7
“And I (Jesus) will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”John 14:16-17
“And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.”John 17:11
“That they (disciples) all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”John 17:21
Again, the only sense in which God is one, is in the sense of UNITY. Paul explained the same type meaning in 1 Corinthians 12.
“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.”1 Corinthians 12:12
I just wanted to provided you with passages that proves the plurality of God. The scriptures revealed a very limited information about God himself, since we have a very limited understanding. Even with such limited information, people have created many differents fallacies about God. It will become a time when God will reveal more details about himself to those who reach the state of perfection. We will spend all the eternity learning all the things that now we can’t comprehend. Satan has introduced a lot of twisted and corrupted ideas about God with the purpose of muddling God’s image.
Now, God’s ruling place is in the third heaven, where Lucifer wanted to be after he decided to invade it, as it is expressed in 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”
The third heaven is located “…In the sides of the north” of the universe. Again, God’s heaven is a literal place, where the new Jerusalem is. The city will move from the third heaven to new earth, from where God will rule the universe for ever and ever.
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 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.”Revelation 21:1-3
In Isaiah 14 also shed a light about the people that had descended into hell. Let’s explain it:
“Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.”verse 9
This passage confirmed that “hell” is located “beneath” the earth, and not here on earth as many are teaching through fallacies. The hebrew word used for “beneath” is “tachath”, which means:
- “the under part, beneath, instead of, as, for, for the sake of, flat, unto, where, whereas”
- “in, under, into the place of (after verbs of motion) (in compounds)”
- “from under, from beneath, from under the hand of, from his place, under, beneath”
- “what is under one, the place in which one stands (noun masculine), in return for that, because that (conjunction)”
Jesus spoke of this place in the following passage:
“For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”Matthew 12:40
Now, Isaiah 14:9 is says that “Hell from beneath is MOVED for THEE to MEET THEE at THY COMING”. What does it mean? This passage explains that “the people that are in hell are moved to meet others as they descent to hell”. The theory that all the dead in hell are “motionless” is not supported by the scriptures. Even when Jesus told the story of Lazarus in Luke 16, He expressed the emotions involved in the paradise and hell.
“There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.”Luke 16:19-21
Luke 16:19-31 is not a parable but rather a true story. A parable doesn’t use real people’s name as it is used in Luke:19-31.
“And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.”verse 22-23
In verse 22 also provide the information about the assignment of angels in taking them into paradise after their passed away.
“And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.”verse 24
Just as Isaiah 14:9, this passage shows that people in hell beneath are fully conscious of their surroundings. Also, it shows the emotions of the people after they arrived into hell. Notice how Jesus detailed the the acts of the rich man; “He cried”, “asked to Abraham to have mercy”, “asked him to send Lazarus”, “Lazarus finger”, “water”, “Cool HIS TONGUE”, “Feeling hurt by the flame”.
“But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.”verse 25
The passage above proved that saints can not answer requests. Also that people in hell never lose their memory after death. It also show the fulfilling of the following passage:
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”Galatians 6:7
The story told by Jesus in Luke 16:19-31 open up the reality of those that has died without Christ as savior. It makes no difference weather people believes that hell is a real place, o not. What makes it real is the fact that The Word of God said it.
“And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.”Luke 16:26
“Between US and YOU” Here is stated that after death there are 2 different type of people; those been comforted and those being tormented”. Before the resurrection of Christ all the saints were taken to “Abraham’s bosom”, which was located in the center of the earth. Right after Jesus resurrection all the righteous were translated to the third heaven. There is no such thing as “purgatory” in the scriptures, it is a pagan belief made up by the catholic church to infuse guilt among the people for their deaths and at the same time, the church sold “certificates of pardon”. Once the person bought this certificate of pardon, the penitent souls in purgatory was released to heaven, but this is just one fallacy made up by the catholic church. Jesus said in Luke 16:22-23 that “the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom”, and ” the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom”. There’s no other place mention in the scriptures where the souls of those that had died will go to. The catholic church took advantage of the ignorance of the people at the time to sell these certificates de pardon, and also enriched themselves.
“Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)”Ephesians 4:8-10
Also, Abraham’s bosom and hell was separated by “a great gulf fixed”. Allow me to explain the meaning of the original greek words used here in Luke 16:26. The greek word used for “great” is “megas”, which means under the context of the story told by Jesus, “It’s in particular of space and its dimensions, respectively”. Now, This greek word takes more shape with the definition of the next word, which is “gulf”. From the greek “chasma”, which means, “a gaping opening, a chasm, a gulf, gape, crack, split”. The idea here is that such opening was really wide and deep. This is confirmed by the way Abraham answered to the supplication of the rich man. “…so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence”. Luke 16:26. The rich man in hell understood perfectly what Abraham say to him regarding the passing from one place to the other. Abraham told this rich man in hell what were the boundaries in that place, from which the rich man didn’t argue about it. curiously, The greek word used for “fixed” is “stērizō”, which means:
- to make stable, place firmly, set fast, fix
- to strengthen, make firm
- to render constant, confirm, one’s mind
The word “stērizō” imply in the context of the text that “this great opening” between these 2 places, has being ” made firmly”, from which NO ONE CAN’T CROSS. Today, Abraham’s bosom is emptied, because all the righteous were translated to paradise in the third heaven. Here is a passage that proves that paradise is in the third heaven:
“It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord. I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up (translated or raptured) to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.”2 Corinthians 12:1-3
God left this place called “Abraham’s bosom” as evidence to all those who are in hell to see.
These passages of the real story told by Jesus in Luke 16:19-31, is perfectly connected with the passage of Isaiah 14:9. Constantly people are descending into hell, who are received by those already there. There is not a moment of rest, or silence in hell. The same type of interaction that occured between Abraham and the rich man, takes place constantly between those in hell. Seldon you hear today any church preaching and warning people about hell, since satan has kept christians entertained in other issues. Hell is a real place, regardless of what satan’s doctrines might say. So, Isaiah 14:9-11 describe the details of people arriving in this place of torment.
One thing is for sure, the people that are in hell at this present moment knows the reality that they are in. Most of them didn’t expected to be there, but they are, and now they are fully aware of their terrible situation. Hell is a temporary place of torment for those that die in a state of rebellion, which is the result of their spiritual nature.
“Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us? Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.”Isaiah 14:9-11
The hebrew word used for “They POMP” is “gâ’ôn”, which means:
- exaltation, majesty, pride, excellence related to God, nations, and of the Jordan.
- pride, arrogance (bad sense)
The hebrew expression “gâ’ôn” used in Isaiah 14:11, it’s used in the absolute sense, which imply the arrogance of the antichrist when he is ruling in the great tribulation period.
“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”Proverbs 16:18
“The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.”Proverbs 8:13
“And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.”Isaiah 13:11
In the prophetic stage, Isaiah 14:9-11 expressed the moment when all the people in hell sees the antichrist descending into hell. He is mock by all those in hell. As any other passage of the scriptures, these verses of Isaiah 14:9-11 can be apply to any of those that have died without Christ as savior. Also, Isaiah 14:12-15 expressed the same type of teasing and contemptuous language against Lucifer, as he was thrown out of heaven by God.
Now, Isaiah 14:14 proves that Lucifer’s throne was here on earth, and not in heaven, as most people tend to believe. Let’s review the key words involve in the passage:
“I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be Like the most High.”
Lucifer’s throne was located beneath the clouds here on earth. Clouds generally form within the troposphere, or the layer of atmosphere closest to the earth. The lack of studying the scriptures have created of form of misinformation, which expose them to false or inaccurate information, especially that which is deliberately intended to deceive. Lucifer wanted to ascend “above the highest of the clouds” with the purpose of become like God, as its stated in the end of the verse 14. “I will be like the most high God”. Lucifer saw the magnitude of the glory of God in the full sense of the expression. Then, he decided to set up a scheme, or master plan to invade the third heaven. He didn’t wanted to be limited by God anymore, he wanted to be like God, not having to obey anyone. In Isaiah 14 is revealed
“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: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”Verses 13-14
These 2 passages shows where Lucifer was placed by God to be tested. It says that Lucifer conceived his rebellion first in his heart, and he wanted to ascent from earth to above “The clouds”, above “The stars” and finally the third heaven. Once there, he wanted to dethrone, or remove God from heaven, but God was waiting for him. Lucifer was blinded by his pride and arrogance. Lucifer was not alone in this rebellion, since there were one third of the angels that also decided to rebel with him, and let’s not forget all the inhabitants, or occupants of the earth at the time. These residents of the earth at the time when Lucifer was ruling are described in Jeremiah 4:23-26. Let’s read them:
“I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the Lord, and by his fierce anger.”
Let’s consider each expression:
- “I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light“. Jeremiah saw the earth in the same way Moses saw it in Genesis 1:2. Chaos was upon the earth, which is the result of the judgement of God because of the rebellion of Lucifer. Jeremiah used the same words that Moses used. “..the earth was without form, and void”. The same hebrew words “tôhû va bôhû” are used by Jeremiah and Mosses in Gen. 1:2. Jeremiah 4:23-26 is the biblical context of Genesis 1:1-2; Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:11-19. Jeremiah 4:23-26 doesn’t apply to the period of time when God brought Noah’s flood as many are teaching. “…The heavens had NO LIGHT” verse 23, in the flood described in Noah’s days the heavens had lights.
- “I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly“. This described “an earthquake” that shocked the earth, because of the judgement of God upon the lucifer’s ruling. God placed Lucifer, and the angels in a temporary setting, so they can be tested and later to assign with eternal responsibilities. Lucifer, one third of the angels, and the pre-adamites failed this test, and were punished according to God’s laws. Lucifer lost his standing before God, and he became a fallen angel, along with the other angels. The rest of the creation was completely destroyed by the wrath of God, as it is described by Jeremiah 4:23-26.
- “I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled“. This verse describe the first state of the earth, which is connected with Genesis 1:1. Jeremiah mentioned “man and birds” here. Remember what Isaiah 45:18 said?
“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, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.”
- “I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the Lord, and by his fierce anger“. Again, the language expressed by Jeremiah is very clear, there was a social system established. “fruitful place…..and ALL THE CITIES”. These cities were builded by man (v. 25). The scriptures limites the information about this subject, only giving us a small window of these events. Perhaps the remains of humans and animals that scientists have found beneath the ground belongs to these events. One thing that I always keep in my is that God knows why he kept some events hidden from us. Observe what Moses wrote in the book of Deuteronomy about this:
“The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”Deuteronomy 29:29
- “were broken down at the presence of the Lord, and by his fierce anger”. Everything was destroyed because it was part of the rebellion against God, led by Lucifer. These passages can explain the chaos in which the universe is described in Genesis 1:2. The anger of The Lord came down to the creation for their collaboration with Lucifer, everything was destroyed by a universal flood.
“And the earth was (became) without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”Genesis 1:2
The bottom line is that God created the heavens and the earth Perfect. Genesis 1:1 and the creation became in a chaotic state because of the rebellion of Lucifer. Genesis 1:2. The wrath of God came down to the creation and destroyed it because of their sin. They sinned when they crossed the boundaries, and decided to rebel against God’s laws. Isaiah 14:12-15 proves Lucifer’s decision to rebel, and planification of invasion of the third heaven. But instead, he was punished as it is stated in Isaiah 14:15.
“Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”
This also apply to anyone that tries to be like The Most High God using deceiving ways like Lucifer did.
Also there is a record of the fall of Lucifer in the book of Ezekiel 28:11-19. We must keep in mind that the scriptures can not details very events that took place in the past, that will make the books of the bible thicker. The bible contains the basic rules by which every man must abide. The scriptures shows us the moral boundaries that we’re supposed to obey, from which present-time men have departed from.
The passages of Ezekiel 28:11-19 shows very clear the boundaries that Lucifer crossed, and the consequences of doing that; Let’s review them:
Note: In Ezekiel 28:12 it is used a principal of double reference, in which a physical person is used to refer a spiritual being. When using a double reference principle, the student must abide by the context of the text, and the subject matter of any passage, to extract the right interpretation. The prince of Tyre in Ezekiel 28:12 is a shadow of his real ruler, satan. We must keep in mind that every evil ruler on earth is a reflexion of their master; in the case of Ezekiel 28:12. This Prince of Tyre is nothing more than a reflexion of satan, and in the prophetic passage both are addressed. To separate the section that applies to either the prince of Tyre and Lucifer, any passage that can not be apply to a human must be apply to Lucifer. Keeping the harmony of each passage is vital to maintain the integrity of ach passage of the scriptures. We MUST NOT force any personal interpretation to any passage, but rather keep a neutral position and we have to exam all the respectives pasages that refer to the same.
“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.”Ezekiel 28:11-12
Here are the explanations of each keyword involve on this passage:
- “Thou sealest up the sum“. The hebrew word used for “sealest up” is “châtham”, which means; “to seal, seal up, affix a seal, to lock up, to be stopped”. From the ancient hebrew the key word above means; “To seal, or mark something closed”. The other hebrew word used is “toknı̂yth”, for “sum”, which means; “measurement, pattern, proportion, admeasurement, that is, consummation”. From the ancient hebrew it means; “An amount weighted out”.
- “Full of wisdom“. The word “Full” comes from the ancient hebrew-Aramaic word -mâlê-, which means; “full or fully (literally or figuratively), fullness, that which fills, therein, all, fill, handful, multitude, as is worth”. “As one who is full of authority”. [Aramaic only]. The hebrew word used for “wisdom” is “chokmâh”, which means; “shrewdness, wisdom, wisely, skilful, wits”. In the case apply in the passage the word implied the capacities, and skills that was given to Lucifer when God created him. This shows the capabilities that Lucifer used to convinced one third of the angels of heaven, and the pre-adamites to rebel against God. This is the reason why God punished Lucifer with such fierce, wrath, fury, wrathful, or displeasure. Not only Lucifer but all those that decided to followed him. Jeremiah 4:23-26. After the millennial kingdom of Christ ends up, satan and all the rebels will be punish in the lake of fire for all eternity. Revelation 20:10-15. Lucifer used the wisdom that God gave to him for his own benefit.
- “Perfect in beauty“. The hebrew word used for “perfect” is “kâlı̂yl”, which means:
- “entire, all, perfect (adjective)”
- “entirety (substantive)”
- “whole, whole burnt offering, holocaust, entirety (substantive). “the whole” (specifically a sacrifice entirely consumed)”
- “complete. perfect, wholly, perfection, utterly, whole”
I must emphasize that every meaning of the original hebrew word, it should be determined by the context of the text, and by the subject matter. In the case of Ezekiel 28:12 the hebrew word “kâlı̂yl” it is used in reference to “the perfect beauty of a perfect creature”, and it’s not applicable to any sinful person. So, this explanation clearly settles the argument that Ezekiel 28:12 it refers to an earthly king. Now, let’s define the hebrew word used for “beauty”, in Ezekiel 28:12. In the hebrew language “beauty” is “yŏphı̂y”, which imply the idea of beauty that goes beyond the normal. In fact, Lucifer’s beauty was the origin of his pride, and fall.
“Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty..”Ezekiel 28:17
“Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil“1 Timothy 3:6
I could explain here a bit more deeper but the expressed idea is clear. As in other passages of the scriptures, God opened up the events that took placed in the past to shows us what really happened in such events. Through Ezekiel God has revealed the creation of Lucifer, and some of the attributes that was given to him. It also detailed how Lucifer got corrupted by committing a sinful act, which was his downfall.
Let’s keep explaining the next passage in Ezekiel 28 that refers to the creation and fall of Lucifer. When God created Lucifer, God established boundaries along with power to rule. Ezekiel 28:11-19 describes them:
“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.“Ezekiel 28:13
The expression “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God“, Can NOT be applied to any earthly person, but rather a celestial being. Obviously, here in Ezekiel 28:13 is a reference to Lucifer, who was placed in Eden to rule the earth. This period of time is paced in Genesis 1:1, when everything was perfect, and complete harmony. The period of time of lucifer ruling the earth and its inhabitants is not reveal, neither the period in which the heavens and the earth became “without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep” as it is described in Genesis 1:2. But Lucifer was the ruler of earth way before the days of Adam’s creation. This “Eden the garden of God” was destroyed along with everything in it, because of the rebellion of lucifer and all the creatures that followed him. I must clarify that “the garden of Eden” used in relationship with lucifer, IS NOT the same mentioned with reference to Adam. Even though lucifer was in Adam’s garden as it is shown in Genesis 3.
“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”Genesis 3:1
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”2 Corinthians 11:3
The greek word used for “subtitly” is “panourgia”, which means, “craftiness, cunning, a specious (superficially plausible, but actually wrong, misleading in appearance, especially misleadingly attractive) or false wisdom”, these meanings are applied to any type of falsehood. The word can be used in a good sense, prudence, skill, in undertaking and carrying on affairs. The usage of this word will depend upon the context in which is use, and the subject matter.
Lucifer knew the real meaning of been established as the head of the garden of Eden, he wanted to regain such position, but now he will use his corrupted wisdom. Twisting every word that God will speak to man. Unfortunately, Adam failed his test and succumbed to satan’s lies; he became slave of a satanic nature, without God and in spiritual darkness. Adam was careless with the responsibility of guard and protect the garden, and that reason he lost the right to rule it.
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THE LIVING WORD CENTER, INC.
By Rev. Jay Werman
This is one of the most fascinating topic of the Scriptures. There are a lots of details that are explained in the Scriptures relate to the Kenosis of Christ but those that are revealed are very interesting. So, I will do my best to explain these details that are revealed to us in the Scriptures. Now, I have to make something very clear before I begin this subject. If you belong to a certain denomination or religion and already have a preconceived ideas about it, don’t waste your time reading this. In order for the seed to produce results, it must fall in good ground, otherwise the seed won’t produce as it was meant it.
"And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred." Mark 4:8
This is the reason why so many believers are not growing in the knowledge of The Word of God. Preconceived ideas, human philosophies, satanic doctrines, religions, and dogmas, will make the seed ineffective. Lack of spiritual growth is the direct result of being ignorant of what God has revealed in His own Word.
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children." Hosea 4:6
So, What’s the meaning of the Greek word “Kenosis”? The Greek word is used in Philippians 2:7.
"But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men"
The Greek word is “Kenoo”, which means “to empty out of”, “to drain”. Thayer explain it as follow:
1) to empty, make empty – 1a) of Christ, he laid aside equality with or the form of God
2) to make void – 2a) deprive of force, render vain, useless, of no effect
3) to make void – 3b) cause a thing to be seen to be empty, hollow, false
Total KJV Occurrences: 8 – made, 2 Rom 4:14, 1Co 1:17; void, 2 Rom 4:14, 1Co 9:15; effect, 1 1Co 1:17; make, 1 1Co 9:15; none, 1 1Co 1:17; reputation, 1 Php 2:7
Now, observe how the expression “But made himself of no reputation” in Phil. 2:7 is located between 2 others expressions within the context of the text:
"Who (Christ), being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: (v.6) But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: (v.7) And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." v.8
Verse 6 states that Christ “Made Himself of NO REPUTATION, or EMPTY OUT Himself”. The question is “Of what did Christ empty himself? verse 6 filled the gap. “Who, being in the FORM OF GOD”. This is what Christ empty out of. In the Scriptures no specification is found in details of the Kenosis of Christ, but one aspect is very clear; one of the members of The GodHead became a man. Christ willingly laid aside his divine abilities and powers, and he was born as a sinless man. To rescue humanity from eternal perdition, The second person of The GodHead “Made Himself of no Reputation”, even though He was in the form of God.
"In the beginning was the Word (Gr. Logos), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." John 1:1-3
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:14
The second person of The GodHead became of man the day His was born of Mary. God became of Father that day, and Mary became a mother that day.
"I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee." Psalm 2:7
"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." Matthew 1:18-23
Mary gave birth to a child, who was an eternal God. She didn’t have birth a god as many are teaching today. Before Jesus was conceived by Mary, He exist as one of the three members of The divine Trinity; An everlasting God.
"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." Micah 5:2
"And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7
God became a Father that day and Jesus became The Son of The Living God. The titles of “The Father and The Son” were put in place for reasons to redeem humanity. In the Scriptures are 247 names and titles use to all the three members of The GodHead.
"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." Luke 2:8-11
"Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
Following the question we placed in the beginning of this post, which is “Of what did Jesus emptied Himself? Which is refer in Phil. 2:6. Jesus couldn’t emptied out Himself of His Divine nature, for He was God manifest in the flesh according to The Scriptures. Isa. 7:14; 9:6-7; Mat. 1:18-25; Jn. 1:1-2, 14; 1 Tim. 3:16. Before He “Took the form of a servant, and was made in the LIKENESS of men” Phil. 2:7, He was an eternal and everlasting God. Mic. 5:1-2; Jn. 1:1-2; Heb. 1:8; Rev. 1:8-11.
According to The Scriptures Jesus emptied out Himself of the following:
- His EQUALITY with God. Phil 2:6-7; Jn. 14:28; 1 Cor. 11:3
- His God Form, which is His bodily shape or form. God’s body is spiritual in essence like there is any other in the spiritual realm. Every member of The GodHead have a spiritual body, Jesus is the one member of the divine trinity with a different body. Phil. 2:6-8; 3:21; Mat. 1:18-25; Lk. 1:35; Jn. 1:14; Lk. 24:37-40; Gal. 4:4; Rom. 8:3. In fact, Jesus’s body will always have the evidences of His sacrifice:
"And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends." Zech. 13:6
Jesus’s body is different than the spiritual body of The Father and The
Holy Spirit. Observe how in the same chapter of Zechariah 13 The Messiah is called “MY FELLOW”.
"Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones." verse 7
The expression “My Fellow” in the context of the text implied “same kind and nature”. The Hebrew word used for Fellow is “‛âmı̂yth”, which in the context of the passage means “Fellow God, Another God, a Comrade God, An Associate God, a Kindred God”. Only in this passage is translated “Fellow”. The other passages where this Hebrew word is used: “neighbor” Lev 6:2; 19:15; 19:17; 24:19; 25:14-15; “Another” Lev 19:11; 25:17; The different meanings of this word still express the same idea, which is “Of ANOTHER PERSON of the SAME KIND and NATURE. Many different Scriptures shows behold doubts the doctrine of The Holy Trinity of The GodHead.
- Jesus emptied out of His Immortality. For God Cannot die, so the second person of The GodHead “Laid aside” His God-like body and took a human body. Phil. 2:7-8
"For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures" 1 Cor. 15:3
"For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption." Psalms 16:10
"Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed." 1 Peter 2:24
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:" 1 Peter 3:18
- Jesus Laid aside His Divine Glory; The Glory He possessed with The Father, and before He was conceived by Mary by the power of The Holy Spirit.
"But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost." Mat. 1:20
"And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified." John 12:23
"And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was." John 17:5
"For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." Mat. 16:27
The same idea is expressed by Paul in Phil. 2:5-11.
The Union of the two natures in Jesuschrist:
The two different natures were both complete in themselves, and yet, it didn’t formed a third nature. We are forbidden to teach the contrary. Jesus was the perfect representative of God and man, Jesus was a Divine human being. Christ often spoke of Himself as a single person, and not as two persons. In fact, there is no interchange of speech between the two natures, between two parts of the attributes and powers of both natures, which are accredited to one person. These are use as part of a single person, there is no dual personality as many are teaching today. One single unit of characteristics of both the human and the divine; just as any father and mother to their offspring, making a single person with a characteristics of both. Jesus was unique in His kind, He represented God and man, which is the role of the High Priest. Every single ministerial office introduced in the Old Testament was a shadow of Jesus’s mission to re-unite God and men.
"But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises." Hebrews 8:6
"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" 1 Tim. 2:5
This passage proves that Jesus is a different and separate person from God. A Mediator is “a person who attempts to make people involved in a conflict come to an agreement; a go-between”. Jesus was born for that specific purpose; to create a New Covenant through which He re-conciliated God and men. No one else could done such task.
The Greek word used for “Mediator” is “mesitēs”, which means;
1) one who intervenes between two, either in order to make or restore peace and friendship, or form a compact, or for ratifying a covenant
2) a medium of communication, arbitrator
The word is used 6 times in the N. T. Gal. 3:19-29; 1 Tim. 2:5; Heb. 8:6; 9:15; 12:24
To be continue..!
THE LIVING WORD CENTER, INC.
Rev. Jay Werman, Director
This is a very fascinating topic of the scriptures, which will be explained within the context of each passage. It’s an important knowledge to have today!
Text based: 1 Th. 4:13-18
“13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 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: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
How many “raptures” are taught in the Scriptures?
There are ten different raptures taught in the entire Scriptures. We will specify each with their respective scriptures.
- First rapture taught in the Scriptures:
“Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” Gen. 5:22-24
The Hebrew word used for “God Took him” is “lâqach”, which mean as follow: “to take, get, fetch, lay hold of, seize, receive, acquire, buy, bring, marry, take a wife, snatch, take away”. The Greek word used in the passage below expanded the meaning in Gen. 5:24. In other words, both passages compliment each other to express the event that took place. The Hebrew word is used 975 times in the Old Testament
“By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” Heb. 11:5
The Greek word used for “Translated” is “metatithēmi”, which mean “to transfer, that is, (literally) transport, (by implication) exchange, (reflexively) change sides, or (figuratively) pervert: – carry over, change, remove, translate, turn.” Enoch was transported literally to the third heaven.
- Second rapture taught in the Scriptures:
Elijah was translated into the third heaven. 2 kings 2:11-12.
“And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.” V. 3
The Hebrew word “lâqach”, which translated here as “take away” is used in the same sense as Gen. 5:24. It’s repeated again in verse 5. The Scriptures gives details of how Elijah was rapture to the third heaven.
“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.” V. 11
“went up” from the Hebrew meaning “to go up, ascend, climb”. Elijah was taken in a “whirlwind” from the Hebrew word “se‛ârâh”, which mean “tempest, storm, whirlwind”. God allowed Elisha to see this event by the use of “Spiritual discernment”.
- Third rapture taught in the Scriptures:
Jesus ascended to heaven to offer His blood and to sealed the covenant and came back the same day.
“And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her. Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.”
In verse 17 after Jesus was resurrected from the dead, he was translated to the third heaven to offer his own blood for us the day to appear to the disciples.
“Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father”. V. 17
Why Mary Magdalene couldn’t touch Jesus? When Jesus resurrected from the death, He rose as our “High Priest”, which couldn’t be touch by anyone before the offering of the blood. In fact, the consecration and purification rituals done by the high priest was extended for the entire week prior to the Day of Atonement. Exodus 28, 29; Leviticus 8. The Holy of Holies was divided by a veil (the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. Mat. 27:51), and no one was allowed to enter except the High Priest, and even he could only enter once a year on Yom Kippur (the day of atonement), to offer the blood of sacrifice and incense before the mercy seat. Jesus is mentioned as our high priest in Heb. 2:17; 3:1; 4:14-15; 5:5-10; 6:20; 7:26-28; 8:1; 9:11, 25; 10:21; 13:11.
“But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.”
After Jesus spoke to Mary Magdalene, Jesus as our high priest went to the Holy of Holies in the temple in heaven and he came back the same day as it is stated in the above passage and in the below passage:
“Then THE SAME DAY at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.”
- Fourth rapture taught in the Scriptures:
The translation of the “captivity” where the saints or righteous went after died; also known as “Abraham bosom” in the story told by Jesus in Luke 16:19-31. After Jesus resurrection and His ascension to the third heaven, Jesus took this place and all the saints along with it was moved to “Paradise”, which is located in the third heaven. Observe what Paul said in the following passages:
” I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.”
2 Cor. 12:2
Note the language used in the next passage;
“How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.” V. 4
The captivity underneath the earth is emptied. All the saints of The Old Testament were raptured or translated into the third heaven when Jesus took them.
“Wherefore he saith, when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.” Ephesians 4:8
Abraham’s bosom is now an empty space in the center of the earth and it’s a reminder to those in hell that the righteous are in a better place. It’s a separation between the wicked and the righteous for eternity.
“The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” Psalm 9:17
” For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.” Psalm 37:10
“And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” 1 John 2:17
- Fifth rapture taught in the Scriptures:
The ascension of Jesus to the third heaven in a literal cloud after His resurrection.
“To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.”
Noted the same statements in the following passages:
“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.” Acts 1:9
“So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.” Mark 16:19
“And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.” Luke 24:51
- Sixth rapture taught in the Scriptures:
Paul was translated to the third heaven.
“I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.”
2 Cor. 12:2
The passage used the word “Caught up”, which in Greek is “harpazō”, meaning “to snatch out or away”, “to seize, carry off by force”. The same word is used in 1 Th. 4:17 related to the rapture of the church and in Acts 8:39:
“And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.”
- Seventh rapture taught in the Scriptures:
The rapture of the church, which is the general rapture that we all are waiting for. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
“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: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” 1 Th. 4:17
“But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.”
1 Cor. 15:23
“Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”
1 Cor. 15:51-54
All the saints of the Old Testament are involved in the resurrection of theirs bodies.
- Eight rapture taught in the Scriptures:
The 2 witnesses of Rev. 11 will be translated to the third heaven after their resurrection as it is stated in Rev. 11:3-12
“And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.”
The two witnesses are Enoch and Elijah, who had not died because they are living in the third heaven since their raptured.
“And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.” Rev. 11:3-12
The context of the identity of these two witnesses:
“Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves? And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.” Zechariah 4:11-14
“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” Mal. 4:5-6
Enoch and Elijah were translated previously to the third heaven (Gen. 5:24; Heb. 11:5; 2 Kings 2:11) will experience a rapture again but the difference in the last one is that they will ascend to the third heaven with a glorified body. Observe the law established in Hebrew 9:27 says:
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”
Both man are living in the third heaven with a natural body and they will come back to bring Israel back to God after they fleet from Judea, fulfilling the prophetic word given by Jesus in Mat. 24:15-16. After that they both will die and will be resuscitate from the dead with a glorify body.
- Ninth rapture taught in the Scriptures:
The 144,000 Jews sealed by an angel (Rev. 7:2) in the first three and a half years of Daniel’s prophecy. Dan. 9:27; Rev. 7:1-8. These are not “the Jehovah witness” religion as they teach. It’s just a fallacy. These are JEWS, NOT GENTILES as it is expressed in the following passage;
“And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of ALL THE TRIBES OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL.”
The judgment angels were told:
“And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having THE SEAL OF THE LIVING GOD: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants (144,000 Jews) of our God in their foreheads.” Rev. 7:2-3
What keep these 144,000 from being harm? is it keeping the Sabbath as the Jehovah witnesses says? This is false and just another fallacy. What keep these 144,000 Jews from being harm by the judgements is that they are “sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.” Rev. 7:3
They will be caught up as the man-child as it is expressed in the following passage:
“And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.”
How we identified these 144,000 Jews as the man-child? Well, according to 1 Cor. 10:32 there 3 ethnic groups:
“Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God.”
The church is already gone by the time the great tribulation period start and the two ethnic groups left are The Jews and The Gentiles. The gentiles are the one persecuting the Jews, so they cannot be identify as “the man-child”. The only one left is the Jews, which identity is confirmed in Rev. 12:1:
“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.”
This woman represents the nation of Israel. Noted what the following passages says:
“And she (Israel) being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.” V. 2
repeating the passage of Rev. 12:5 (compare with Isa. 66:7-8)
“And she (Israel) brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up (rapture) unto God, and to his throne.”
- Tenth rapture taught in the Scriptures:
The great multitude of tribulation saints who are saved after the rapture.
“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” Rev. 6:9-11
“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; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”
“And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.”
“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”