If there is a God, why is there sin and evil in the world? Where did evil come from? Will evil ever be destroyed? All these questions will be answered in this post about the War in Heaven.
12 “Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created. 14 “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones.15 You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you.
Here, Lucifer is described. He was a wise, beautiful, perfect angel. He had many gems, stones. He was the anointed cherub. Until iniquity was found in him.
CHERUB: a winged angelic being described in biblical tradition as attending on God. It is represented in ancient Middle Eastern art as a lion or bull with eagles’ wings and a human face, and regarded in traditional Christian angelology as an angel of the second highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy.
12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! 13 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’
He became proud. He found his own beauty beautiful. He loved his beauty so much he was so proud. He was envious of God. Not his beauty, but his power. He wanted to be even higher than God. He called angels to his side, and told them God was unfair and he would be better than God. Some followed him, others didn’t…
15 Woe to those who seek deep to hide their counsel far from the Lord,
And their works are in the dark;
They say, “Who sees us?” and, “Who knows us?”
Lucifer tried to hide the fact that he wanted to be more than God. God knows, He sees everything. He knew.
7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 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.
There was a war. The dragon is Lucifer, now called Satan. Satan was physically expelled from Heaven. God could have destroyed him, right then and there, but God didn’t do that. God didn’t want us to serve Him out of fear, but out of love. So instead, Satan was confined to Earth.
Genesis 1:1, 31
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth . . . Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.
God made the heavens and the earth and when He was done, He looked at it and called it good.
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
God decided to make man in His own image. He decided to put them in charge over all the things He had made.
7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. 8 The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.
And God made man. Later He made a woman to be his partner.
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
There was a tree God had put in the garden that the man could not eat. If he was to eat of it, he would die.
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
Satan disguised himself as a snake. A serpent. He came out when the woman, Eve, came. He convinced her to eat some of the fruit from the tree. She ate it, and gave some fruit to her husband, Adam, and he also ate.
16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?
12Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned
Since Adam and Eve had eaten of the tree they were forbidden to eat, they were to die.
24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
God meant they would die a spiritual death. They would not have to literally die, but they would have to leave the beautiful garden God had made for them.
2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.
Before, Adam and Eve were able to see God. But because of their disobedience, they could no longer see God. But God wanted us to see Him again. So he made a plan. He would send His son to die for our sins so we could meet Him face to face and live with Him forever.
1 John 4:9,10
9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1 John 16:33
33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Although we all have sinned, Jesus has died for our sins. If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins. Have you asked Him to forgive you of your sins today? If not, now is the time.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version.
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