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HEAVEN BEFORE CREATION
" . . . even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God..." Psalm 90:2 KJV.
When I portray God in my mind I see a very huge awesome being that looms above everything that I have considered to be colossal (e.g. tall mountains, great oceans, mighty winds, the sun, etc.). On the other hand, other thoughts creep into mind when I think of Him. I identify Him with perfect love, all goodness, all mercy, all patience, all justice, all wisdom, and all power. It's so encouraging to know that there is someone as great and awesome as God who has such a caring heart.
I hope you are not getting any crazy ideas about Him, wondering how He originally existed. Does that really matter? That is His secret. He has already introduced Himself to Moses as "I am who I am", which literally mean that He exists just the way He is (Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent and has infinite wisdom). That is His original state. He cannot change that. So, what matters is that He is there. You cannot wish Him off. The least that you can do is to seek His favour.
The only information that we have received from the Bible about His eternal past is that He has always reigned, from eternity, in His heavenly sanctuary (above all heavens) that is glowing with the light of His glory. His appearance was like a jasper stone and a sardius stone, and His long fascinating robe filled His heavenly temple. The glow of an emerald circled His throne like a rainbow. There was a lustrous formation of a sea as clear as crystal glass before Him and seven lampstands with burning flames, which are the seven Spirits of God Around Him stood the four beasts known as theSeraphim. The first beast had the appearance of a lion. The second beast had the appearance of a calf. The third beast had the appearance of the face of a man, and the fourth beast had the appearance of the flying eagle. They all had eyes in front and behind. They also had six wings: the first two were for flying, the other two were for covering their face, and the last two were for covering their feet. These beasts proclaimed God's holiness without ceasing (Isaiah 6:2 4:6). Moreover, there were angels everywhere within His holy sanctuary; who worshipped, honoured and served Him faithfully.
Amongst these, there was a certain contingent under the leadership of Lucifer, who was then known as Son of the Morning and the anointed cherub which had to cover. He had tabrets and pipes created in him exclusively for the purpose of praising and worshipping the Most High. He was a spectacle of perfect beauty decorated with precious stones: " . . . .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 . . . " Ezekiel 28:13. He was also complemented with wisdom. He was perfect in all his ways before God, and highly esteemed for offering the ministry of praise and worship. He often utilized the wisdom that was accredited to him, to introduce new songs of praise: a sweet aroma and an offering that was acceptable and well pleasing before God. From the lips of his angelic choir flowed vibes of celestial music which filled the courts of heaven with sounds unknown to this world. Heaven was overflowing with the glory of God's presence, and with exceeding joy, far beyond imagination. God had overshadowed him with His loving grace, which made him favourable to the angels. He ranked high in the hierarchy of heaven: only second to the Seraphim. At this eternal moment, none of the sacred beings of heaven had the idea of rebelling against God's divine power. They were all overwhelmed by His awesomeness. For the duration of their existence, all they knew was that God was worthy of honour, glory and praise. Suddenly the most unfortunate thing happened. Lucifer envied God's sovereign power.
One may wonder: How did evil enter the heart of Lucifer right in the presence of God and within His holy sanctuary? According to the Bible, Lucifer was created (...from the day you were created...Ezekiel 28:15b NLT). Therefore, like a lump of clay in the potter's hand, God could do anything with him. For His own divine purpose, God gave the host of heaven the opportunity to choose between good or evil by allowing iniquity to enter Lucifer's heart. By no means was he condoning the presence of evil, but He was enduring it patiently for a moment, at this point in eternity (Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong . . . Habakkuk 1:13a NIV).
As a person, God has pleasure in doing things according to His will (...for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure* they are and were created. Revelation 4:11 KJV). A passage from Romans 9:10 to 23 gives us a clear impression of how God sometimes allows evil to occur to some people so that others can acknowledge His great mercy and loving-kindness and continue to trust in Him. From verse 10 to 13 we are told how God made His own choice between Esau and Jacob, even before they were born or had done any good or evil: that after their birth, the elder shall serve the younger. Apparently, God loved Jacob and hated Esau. In verse 17 we understand that Pharaoh King of Egypt was born purposely to make known God's power and to declare Him to the world. That is why after every plague God hardened his heart. Let us devote special attention to verse 19 to 23 (NKJV):
You will say to me then, "Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?" But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will a thing formed say to him who formed it, "Why have you made me like this?" Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump make one vessel for honour and another for dishonour? What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endure with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He must make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared before hand for glory.
There are also certain occasions in the Bible, where God Himself has allowed evil to influence people's lives. Such was the case in King Saul's plight: But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit* from the LORD troubled him. 1 Samuel 16:14. And in the case of King Ahab's prophets: . . . I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with all the host of heaven standing on his right and on his left. And the Lord said, "Who will entice Ahab king of Israel into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?" One suggested this, and another that. Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the Lord and said, 'I will entice him.' 'By what means?' the Lord asked. 'I will go and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets,' he said. 'You will succeed in enticing him,' said the Lord. 'Go and do it.' "So now the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouths of these prophets of yours. The Lord has decreed disaster for you." 2 Chronicles 18:18b-22 NIV. Therefore, it is not beyond God's divine power to allow evil to exist for the purpose of exalting righteousness, mercy and justice.
With excitement, Lucifer weighed all his options carefully. He knew that he could not succeed without help. On the other hand, he wondered how long it would take to gain a considerable angelic support before God intervened. Incidentally, he pondered over God's character. The first thing that struck his mind was the seraphim. He could distinctly hear their voices proclaiming God's holiness, over and over again. This sent shock waves through his body: he was terrified. For a moment he trembled as he considered his objectives. In his dilemma, he remembered that God is love. He had always been merciful, good and patient to all. He had never had any reason to be angry or harsh with anyone. Something seemed to amuse him. His face lighted up, followed by a sigh of relief, as he muttered these words to himself: "God cannot change, therefore He will not destroy me for rebelling against Him." This encouraged him to pursue his ideals. Since Lucifer's thoughts were not concealed from God, He could have destroyed him instantly, but for the sake of the innocent angels who could have misconstrued His judgement as severe and merciless thus serving Him out of fear and not worshipping Him willingly with honour and adoration, He ignored him with longsuffering.
Although God was exceedingly grieved by Lucifer's conjectures, He allowed him to reconsider his ways and if possible to repent from this evil. For a moment His love for him impaired His judgement. This reminded me of the conspiracy of Absalom against his father, King David. He was secretly planning to usurp his father's throne. He cunningly used his handsome appearance to win the hearts of the people of Israel and bribed them with special favours to gain their support. David knew about his son's conspiracy but did nothing to stop it. It was only when he realised that Absalom was definitely becoming a threat to his life and to his family that he fled to a place of refuge, where he arrayed his forces against him. Even then, he was still concerned about his safety (Now the king had commanded Joab, Abishai, and Ittai, saying, "Deal gently for my sake with the young man Absalom." 2 Samuel 18:5a NKJV). Unfortunately Absalom died a tragic death in that war. When David heard how his son was killed, he mourned for him (The king asked the Cushite, "Is the young man Absalom safe?" The Cushite replied, "May the enemies of the Lord my king and all who rise up to harm you be like that young man." The king was shaken. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. As he went, he said, "O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you-O Absalom, my son, my son!" 2 Samuel 18:32). Such was the case between God and Lucifer. The father heart of God could not accept that Lucifer His beloved and favoured servant envied His throne.
Finally, Lucifer implemented his secret plan. He was fully convinced that he was about to topple God's Kingdom with an overwhelming majority. His only weapon was that no one knew what was on the other side of the coin. The risk was a severe punishment but what if the reward was complete freedom from God's will with the advantage of having a vast kingdom? Lucifer's argument was that no one will know unless someone is bold enough to attempt this. Heaven was filled with confusion: as some angels after reasoning within themselves, approved his idea. But the majority rejected his idea, forthrightly, as conceited and evil, and continued to observe his actions. Evil will always be evil; it cannot have a good effect. Lucifer managed to change his wisdom into deceit and tried to use subtlety to conceal his ulterior motive. It was when he realized that he was doomed to eternal punishment that he intensified his efforts against the works of God. This marked the beginning of the struggle between the forces of good and of evil, of light and of darkness. In the process, Lucifer forfeited his beauty (When with rebukes You correct man for iniquity, You make his beauty melt away like a moth . . . Psalm 39:11a NKJV) and was renamed Satan. At this stage, Satan could still enter heaven at random to present his accusations (Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. Job 1:6 and 2:1 KJV).
God knew that His future plan to create the heaven and the earth would be under Satan's threat, especially the apex of His creation - man. He knew that Satan would succeed to deceive man, so He supplemented His plan with a mystery. The mystery was Jesus Christ - His only begotten Son - who had to be a "Sacrificial Lamb" for the redemption of the world.
Table of ContentsPreface
Chapter One: Heaven Before Creation
Chapter Two: God's Quest For a Godly Man
Chapter Three: God's Quest For a Godly Nation
Chapter Four: God's Plan To Redeem Man
Chapter Five: The New Church under the Holy Spirit
Chapter Six: The Great Tribulation
Chapter Seven: The Millennium Reign of Christ
Chapter Eight: The Eternal Kingdom of God
Appendix One: Pain
Appendix Two: Faith
Appendix Three: The Rupture
Appendix Four: Forever Young
Appendix Five: The Holy Spirit
Appendix Six: The Mystery of Jesus Christ