Okay… logical exercise today (and pardon the length of this post). IF satan tempted Eve in the garden, we THEN must conclude that satan was in a fallen state prior to that event. If satan was on Gods “good side” at that moment, he would not have encouraged the worlds first two human beings to disobey the God who created them and forfeit their perfect and eternal existence. If satan was in a fallen state, then his abode in heaven was also therefore in a fallen state… it was made imperfect by the prideful iniquity found within him (Ezekiel 28) and the legion of angels who left their first estate to follow him (Jude 1:6). As God cursed the earth due to Adam’s sin, so too is heaven cursed by satans. If heaven was not cursed there would be no need for war there (Rev 12:7). All existence; the physical which we are able to perceive in these terrestrial bodies (1 Cor 15:40), and the angelic (celestial) which we cannot; are therefore spoiled by sin and are thus in need of redemption if they are to ever be made perfect again, as God declares in Ephesians 1:10…
“That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:”
There is therefore a future dispensation wherein all things will be gathered together in the perfection that is Christ Jesus. Nearly 90% of our King James Bible tells the tale of this earths redemption (along with its inhabitants) through Gods dealing with the nation Israel. “Thy Kingdom Come” is the prayer heard throughout the encampments of Christ and the twelve (Mat 6:10). “Thy Kingdom Come” is the (seriously misplaced) prayer heard throughout myriad churches around the world on Sunday mornings. The tale of the nation Israel from Genesis to Revelation is the implementation of earths redemption. As Israel is future redeemed, so too will be the Gentile nations who bless Israel (Gen 12:3) and so too will the land be made like unto Eden once again (Isaiah 35). But not yet…
Question… heaven too is fallen, so how will heaven be redeemed? Prophesy says absolutely nothing about this and there is a precious good reason why. In 1 Corinthians 2, Paul is explaining to these believers that he did not come to them with mans worldly wisdom or “smooth talking”, but in the demonstration of the Holy Spirit and the power of God Himself. It is Gods own words of wisdom he delivers unto them… Paul is aware that he is writing Holy Writ! He is preaching Christ crucified and the totality (prophesied and unprophesied) of what that means to these believers. And herein lies the mystery we teach once again…
1 Cor 2:7-8… “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
The hidden (mysterious/secret) wisdom God ordained unto “our” glory. Ours, not Israel’s. This mystery is then something that, had the princes of this world understood, they would not have crucified the Lord Jesus Christ. The crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished everything it was prophesied to accomplish PLUS something that was a mystery or a secret kept hidden in God Himself and therefore NOT heretofore revealed to man nor angel in scripture. If God wanted to keep a secret, that secret will be kept! Paul writes in…
Romans 16:25-27… “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, BUT NOW is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.”
Paul is revealing something brand new about the crucifixion; information now given to man (and angel, as we will see) that was kept secret since the world began. The coming of Christ was not kept secret since the world began, His coming, death and resurrection was prophesied since the world began (Acts 3:20-21). The redemption of earth was prophesied since the world began… indeed it is the story of prophesy itself. The redemption of heaven was not however. The church – the body of Christ is the instrument that God will use to “set heaven right” as He will use Israel to set the earth right. This is magnificent, profound and not taught in denominational churches at all. Mention it, as a matter of fact, and you will find it is taboo. It is however what the Bible demonstrates.
The very plan of satan, to kill the Lord Jesus Christ, was the very method by which the God of Glory destroyed him completely. Now that is Wisdom! satan thought he had won the battle on Calvary and become like the Most High (Isaiah 14); yet it was his ultimate defeat. satan knew Christ would resurrect (this was prophesied) but had no idea his dominion (heaven) would be made ultimately clean BY A NEW CREATURE (something the world had not yet seen) – the body of Christ where there is neither Jew nor Gentile!
2 Cor 5:17…”Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Gal 6:15…”For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.”
It is believers today, the new creature; neither Jew nor Greek, bond or free, male or female (Gal 3:28); that will take up the places made void by satan and those fallen angels which followed him. Paul writes to the same Corinthian believers…
1 Cor 6:3… “Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?” As the twelve will sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes in “Thy Kingdom Come” (Mat 19:28), believers today will “sit” in heaven and “judge” angels. wow, Wow and WOW!!!
The reason there are two gospels to two groups of people is because there are two realms that require redemption in Christ. One group is assigned to earthly things (Israel) and the other group (us), to heavenly. Paul is therefore the Apostle to heavens redemption and thus the Apostle sent for us, whom we should follow, if we as believers are to be inside the Will of God.
There is a very, very profound problem with the teachings of today’s churches… they are teaching the wrong gospel.
Colossians 3:1-3… “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”
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