Experiencing the Power of the Gospel
Part 3―Biblical Doctrines in the Light of the Gospel
Part 4―Last Day Events (Eschatology)
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Our adversary has stated that man does not need their creator in order to have continued life and happiness.
He called into question the validity of God’s laws and cast doubt on God’s very right to rule the universe.
What finally happened then?
Rev 12 (v. 7) And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, (v. 8) but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.
Did God make a mistake? Was there a glitch in His angel-making factory so that when Lucifer came off the assembly line, he was destined for breakdown? Not at all! God is perfect, and God is love. I suppose that if He had wanted to, the Lord could have made all of His creatures mere robots. But robots cannot love. Indeed, true love must be freely and willingly given.
Luke 10 (v. 18) Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” (v. 18) And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
So, God took a risk when He bestowed this ability to receive and give love freely. His subjects might end up rejecting His love and rebelling against Him. But God gave the ability anyway. He did so for the same reason that most couples decide to have children even though they know that doing so is a risky business. They bring children into the world despite realizing that they will choose to resist their love. They do so because, like God, they want to share their love.
Rev 12 (v. 9) So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Why did this happen?
Isa 14 (v. 12) How you are fallen from heaven, Oh Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground,...(v. 13) For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars
of God;...(v. 14) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.
LISTEN TO HIS PLAN IN “THE GREAT CONTROVERSY” EXPLAINED:
Satan....had sought to falsify the word of God and had misrepresented His plan of government before the angels, claiming that God was not just in laying laws and rules upon the inhabitants of heaven; that in requiring submission and obedience from His creatures, He was seeking merely the exaltation of Himself.
Nothing could be further from the truth....Satan is a self-proclaimed enemy of God whose aim is to defame His character and capture His kingdom. He also despises you and your loved ones, and he has plans to destroy you because he knows how much God treasures you.
God’s government included not only the inhabitants of heaven, but of all the worlds that he created; and satan thought that if he could carry the angels of heaven with him in rebellion, he could also carry the other worlds.
The following text is to prove through Bible scripture that there is life on other worlds in the universe. It would seem very improbable that God would only create one world in this vast universe to hold conscious intelligent life.
The earth itself, the very field that satan claims as his, is to be not only ransomed but exalted. Our little world, under the curse of sin the one dark blot in His glorious creation, will be honored above all other worlds in the universe of God.
Heb 1 (v. 2)....spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
Heb 11 (v. 3) By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God....
I Cor 4 (v. 9)....for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.
I Cor 15 (v. 40) There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. (v. 41) There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.
So, there are other worlds involved in this Great Controversy!!
Why did God not destroy these lawbreakers at the very beginning?
If [God] is all-powerful, why didn’t He just vaporize the wayward angel when he began his revolt?
The answer lies in the fact that profound issues had been raised before all intelligent creation.
1. Would independence from God’s sovereignty ever bring lasting benefits?
God allowed Lucifer to carry out his rebellion [because]....it helped to settle any potential questions about the freedom of choice God gave His intelligent creatures. Now, no one can say that God forces sentient beings to do anything against their will. They are free to choose their own paths.
2. Would God’s direction of people be better for them, or would man’s own direction be better?
....it would pain a loving God to know that His children obeyed Him only out of a horrifying fear of being exterminated. Like any good parent, He wants His sons and daughters to obey Him because of willing love and good reason rather than from coercion and fear.
3. Could humans successfully govern this world independent of their Creator?
God’s immediate destruction of Lucifer might have given the other angels serious doubts about His love and government; particularly, those who might have wondered if satan was actually on to something. God, in wisdom and in love, is allowing the devil to make his point, thereby letting the whole universe see, the terrible results.
These questions required answers that only the passing of time could supply, to settle thoroughly the issues that had been raised.
The inhabitants of heaven and of the other worlds, being unprepared to comprehend the nature or consequences of sin, could not then have seen the justice and mercy of God in the destruction of satan. Had he been immediately blotted from existence, they would have served God from fear rather than from love.
Jude 1 (v. 6) And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day;
The evil angels were not destroyed, but reserved for the judgment!!
Evil must be permitted to come to maturity. For the good of the entire universe through ceaseless ages, satan must more fully develop his principles, that his charges against the divine government might be seen in their true light by all created beings....
Matt 7 (v. 20) Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
Satan’s rebellion was to be a lesson to the universe through all coming ages, a perpetual testimony to the nature and terrible results of sin.…Thus the history of this terrible experiment of rebellion was to be a perpetual safeguard to all holy intelligences, to prevent them from being deceived as to the nature of transgression....
1. Life―How did it get here? (Ch.16). "Why would God permit suffering?" p.192-193
2. Doug Batchelor, (2004). Broken Chains: Finding Peace for the Raging Soul, p.70. Pacific Press
3. E.G. White, The Great Controversy, p.498, par.1
4. Doug Batchelor, (2004). Broken Chains: Finding Peace for the Raging Soul, p.72-73. Pacific Press
5. E.G. White, The Great Controversy, p.497, par.1
7. E.G. White, The Desire of Ages, p.26, par.3
8. Doug Batchelor, (2004). Broken Chains: Finding Peace for the Raging Soul, p.71. Pacific Press
9. E.G. White, The Great Controversy, p.498, par.3
10. E.G. White, The Great Controversy, p.499, par.1