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The Serpent of Paradise gives an overview of the career of Satan and his interaction with the Almighty. It traces his fall from an exalted position to his demise in everlasting shame and contempt. It shows us that Satan always loses even when 'he wins.' Best of all, it confirms that we who have been translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light are able to stand against him. Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. Ephesians 6:10-11 NIV. The Serpent of Paradise is a book about Satan, but it is also a book about God's power, God's program, and God's purposes in this world.
2. The Star That Bit the Dust
3. There Is a Serpent in Our Garden
4. The Serpent's New Religion
5. The Serpent Strikes Back
6. The Serpent Is Crushed
7. The Serpent, God's Servant
8. What the Serpent Wants From You
9. Closing the Door When the Serpent Knocks
10. Neutralizing the Serpent's Poison
11. The Serpent Is Cast Out of Heaven
12. The Serpent in Eternal Humiliation
Posted July 10, 2004
I initially approached this book with some reservations about the interpretation of Scripture which it appeared to provide. However, after an exhaustive study of this extremely well written presentation I am left with an undeniable conviction that it should be required reading for every Christian. A comment on the rear cover of my copy descries the book as a 'veritable treasury of Biblical insight'. I am in wholehearted agreement with such a statement although having some minor disagreements with some of the personal views that are contained. The reader is provided with an in depth study of the fall of Lucifer (the devil/Satan) with insights into the latter's character, his limitations as a 'created being' together with his purposes and his ultimate destination in the 'lake of fire'. Such are approached through a clear portrayal of the Sovereignty of Almighty God. A clear and fundamental Scriptural study leaving the reader in no doubt that, as the devil may tempt, temporarily rule and even destroy, he is ultimately restricted by God's Will and eternal Purposes and that the devil's outcome is certain and unavoidable. The book illustrates how the devil exists sometimes as God's 'instrument of justice' for the disobedient and God's means of 'purification' for the obedient with the reader being instructed about the nature of sin itself, the Holiness & Mercy of God and the helplessness of man apart from God's Grace. The book also analyses what are cited as the bankruptcy and inherent wickedness of human nature extending from the Fall in Genesis to the Return of the Messiah Jesus Christ. One section describing how that God's Judgement may be seen by some as 'long in coming' but when it arrives, as it surely will, it is 'swift and sure'. A section of this excellent work is devoted to how God will 'wrap up human history' amid the return of His Son Jesus Christ. The imagery of lightning and thunder being used to describe such. The study depicting how alghough lightning and thunder occur at the same time, the 'lightning' is seen first with the roar of the 'thunder' being heard later. The 'lightning' occurring at the Cross of Calvary and we now await the 'thunder' of Christ's return. During this lapse of time the book reveals how the devil continues to 'fight' but that even now the 'war is over'. I highly recommend this excellent study along with a book by the late Derek Prince entitled 'War in Heaven; God's Epic Battle With Evil' and Dwight Pentecost's 'Your Adversary, The Devil'.
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