Follow Me: Eternity Past

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Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible.

John 1:1; Psalm 90; Genesis 1:1-2; Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:13-18; Jeremiah 4:23-26; Isaiah 45:18, Genesis 2:4

The Chronological Bible begins with a selection of scriptures under the heading “Eternity Past”. A portion from Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 address the rebellion of a Cherub named Lucifer that happened before God said, “Let there be light.” An alternate location for these scriptures is sited after God created Adam and Eve.

There are valid arguments for both placements of Lucifer’s rebellion in the timeline. But it’s not my purpose to debate these matters. Let me state my belief and we will move on to more important matters. I believe the initial chapters of Genesis record the restoration of planet earth which suffered some sort of catastrophe after Lucifer and his angels rebelled. I also believe that one purpose for man’s creation is to solve the problem these angels created.[1]

In Ezekiel 28 God told his prophet to mourn the demise of the human king of Tyre, but the lamentation addresses a created being that had access to the Garden of Eden and the “holy mount of God.” The king of Tyre lived centuries after humanity lost access to the Garden of Eden. This created being is identified as a cherub, a winged angel similar to those who covered the mercy seat on the Ark of the Covenant Israel built at God’s command.

This cherub, called Lucifer by Isaiah, was anointed by God and ordained to be a guardian. He was full of wisdom, beautiful to behold and wealthy. His greatest assets led to his downfall. Lucifer’s beauty made him proud. His pride corrupted his wisdom and his wealth made him violent.

According to Isaiah the heart of his problem was in his heart. Lucifer said in his heart. “I’ll go up to heaven and set up my throne above God’s stars. I’ll sit on the mountain far away in the north where the gods assemble. I’ll go above the top of the clouds. I’ll be like the Most High.”[4]  These were Lucifers thoughts long before they became actions. His thoughts bring to mind scriptures about thinking pure thoughts and possessing a “pure heart.”[3]

Lucifer already had access to the heavens. Going to the holy mount of God was not the problem. The “reason” was the problem. He wanted to set his throne over the “stars of God” and be like God. He never said he would set his throne above God’s throne. The angels who rebelled, which we call devil’s to differentiate between the angels who sinned and those who remained faithful, are afraid of God and I doubt he would have been that ambitious.[5]

Lucifer wanted what most of humanity desires – to be more important than others.  He considered himself wiser than others and entitled to better things. He wanted the position Jesus would later teach us is obtained through  humility, obedience and sacrifice. God gives grace to the humble and resist the proud.[6] God withheld grace from Lucifer and resisted him with this judgment:

“…I threw you down from God’s mountain in disgrace. The guardian angel forced you out from the fiery stones. You became too proud because of your beauty. You wasted your wisdom because of your greatness. So I threw you to the ground and left you in front of the kings so that they could see you. You dishonored your own holy places because of your many sins and dishonest trade. So I set fire to you to burn you up. I turned you into ashes on the ground in the presence of all who saw you. All the nations who knew you are horrified because of you. You have come to a terrible end, and you will never exist again.”[7]

God declared he would remove Lucifer from his place among the fiery stones and promised to bring him to a terrible end. This judgment reads as though it already happened, but when God speaks he is not limited by time as we are. He “calls into being things that were not”[8] with his words. Lucifer’s ultimate end is the lake of fire “for ever and ever”.[9] An end he has not yet tasted.

Our first image of God in eternity past, before humanity is created, is not that of a loving father but a judge. His first judgment is against those who have more than enough but are not satisfied with the place he has given them, and rebel against his divine order by seeking to exalt themselves.

I believe God had more in mind than crushing a rebellion and destroying Lucifer when he said, “you will never exist again”. In those five words I see the beginning of a costly plan to teach us the meaning of love. I perceive a purpose to eradicate an evil attitude which creates misery and a plan to create within us a pure heart. For God is not willing that any should perish but all should come to the knowledge of the truth.[10]

[1] According to Jude 1:6, there are angels who abandoned the place God gave them that are held in chains until time comes for them to be judged. Ephesians 3:10 says God is using the church to make his wisdom known to the rulers and authorities on the heavenly realms. 1Corinthians 6:3 says we will judge angels. Revelation 12 describes a war in heaven that removes the devil and his angels from their place in heaven. They are cast down to the earth where they suffer God’s wrath with rebellious humanity.

[2] Isaiah 14:13

[3] Psalm 24:4; Matthew 5:8; 1 Timothy 1:5; 2 Timothy 2:22; 1 Peter 1:22; Philippians 4:8

[4] Isaiah 14:13-14, God’s Word

[5] James 2;19

[6] James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5

[7] Ezekiel 28:16-19, God’s Word

[8] Romans 4:17

[9] Revelation 20:10

[10] 1 Timothy 2:4

About Teena Myers

Teena Myers is the Chairman of Southern Christian Writers, a freelance writer and author of three books.
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