What Satan didn’t know was that the Fall of Man had not taken God by surprise! The "victory celebration" experienced by the devil and his forces of evil over the Fall of Man would prove to be short-lived.
God authored the Divine Decree concerning the human race "...BEFORE the foundation of the world-Eph. 1: 4 /1Pet. 1: 20 NASB)'. The Divine Decree lists every thing that would take place throughout the history of the human race. God, in His omniscience (knowledge) knew of every decision that every human being would make during the course of his/her appointed time here on Earth with the free will that God gives to each one of us. Having this knowledge, He factored all of these choices into what would eventually become a part of human history, keeping in mind that, in His sovereignty, He has the right and power to intervene and control the extent the impact that our individual choices will make.
God had to have this knowledge in order for Him to have placed the entire sin debt of the human race (1John 2: 2)on the sacrificial humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ for atonement on the cross. When we consider the image of the suffering Lord on the cross, it would be wise to keep in mind that it was our individual sin(s) that were a part of the reason that He was crucified in our place.
Foreknowledge of all the sins that EVERY soul would commit in the course of his/her lifetime here on Earth, does not relieve of us the accountability (Romans 14: 12) that we have for the sins and negative decisions that we would commit during the course of our lifetime. A born again believer's salvation is forever secure, but that does not mean that there is no longer divine discipline (Heb. 12: 6) here on Earth and/or the loss of reward(s) in Heaven (1 Cor. 3: 12-15) as a part of the consequences for the sins we commit.
Omniscience of God means that He was aware of ALL the sin and negative decisions EVERY soul would CHOOSE to commit BEFORE we were born, or in the case of Adam and Eve, before they were created.
As this pertains to the Angelic Conflict, the Fall of Man was recorded in the Divine Decree BEFORE Adam and Eve were created, and did NOT take God by surprise. God's plan of salvation was already in place BEFORE the Fall of Man took place (Eph. /1Pet. 1: 20).
When we confess our sin(s) to God, we are NOT informing Him of anything that He didn't already know. Unlike in the case of fellow human beings, His response to our confession (forgiveness/restoration of fellowship) has already been disclosed (1John 1: 9).
The Divine Decree contains all that the direct will of God establishes; all that the permissive will of God allows; and all that the overruling will of the sovereignty of God prevents from taking place via divine intervention. Of the three ways in which the will(s) of God is revealed, comprehending what divine good there can possibly be in ALL that God allows to take place is the most challenging.
What boggles the limitations of the human mind is how the sovereignty of God manages to remain in control without interfering with the free-will that He gave to the human race, or with the manifestation of satanic activity that is allowed to take place within the established parameters of spiritual combat.
The over-ruling will of God takes place when either human activity or demonic activity gets so far out of line that it violates the parameters that God established for the Angelic Conflict.
As we will see shortly, there did come a time when God had had enough of the negative choices and actions of that the human race as a whole were making, as well as the satanic attempts to test the limitations of the parameters of the Angelic Conflict.
Such human and satanic activities were addressed by God by engineering the great flood of Noah’s Day that reduced the
human population to eight persons (Noah, Noah's wife, their three sons and their wives). As we also take note of, this divine act of divine judgment resulted in the confinement of an undisclosed amount of fallen angels in a section of Hades, excluding both groups from further participation in the Angelic Conflict (Jude). This group of fallen angels had sexual relations with human women that brought about a species of beings referred to as The Nephilim (Gen. 6).
This scenario greatly contributed to the horrific, violent, and ungodly environment that existed prior to the Great Flood. It is interesting to note that when the End Time events take place, Scripture (Matt. 24: 7) tells us that things here on Earth will be the same as in the days of Noah. Some interpret this to mean that for most, life will continue to go on "as is" in many ways as it did right up to the day of the Flood. Others consider that this verse implies that there will be another form of an attempt by Satan to genetically change the human race. I see both (or a combination of both) interpretations being able to make a credible argument in light of the history of Man coupled with the "genetic" engineering we see taking place in the times in which we are living.
The manifestation of the Nephilim (Gen. 6) was one of the last a acts that God's permissive will allowed before "enough was enough", and He determined (Gen. 6: 6, 7) that it was time for His over-ruling will to step up the plate.
The maximum form of divine discipline is physical death of the body (Acts 5), but NEVER the termination of the soul. The souls of every human being that is taken out as a result of divine discipline find themselves in the location and in the experience that their choices brought to them.
The Flood and its resulting consequences did NOT bring Phase Two of the Angelic Conflict to its end. What it did do was to reset the stage allowing for its continuation.
Although spared from the destruction of the Great Flood, the potential of the sin nature that Noah, his wife, their sons, and their wives was still alive and well and would continue to be passed down to the humanity of the generations to come.
God’s permissive will can be seen in the midst of all the negativity that He allows to take place , here in the devil’s (Luke 4:6) world. Much of it is the end result of the negative choices that we, as members of the human race. make each and every day. Understanding the consequences that humankind brings on itself is what answers the age old question of why “bad” things happen to “good” people, and why the
ungodly are “blessed” (Luke4:6) and go through this world unscathed by evil.
Keep in mind that although the destruction (1Pet. 5: 8) of the spiritual life of believers is at the top of the devil's things to do list, don't lose sight that it has also been the long-stated (Isa. 13: 14) desire of the devil to establish a functional kingdom that is independent of God.
Permitting a degree of evil to manifest itself is necessary if Man is to have free will. If the over-ruling will of the sovereignty of God stepped in every time a negative decision was made, then Man would not really have a free will that countered for very much.
The spiritually mature believer learns to trust God who says that knows that all things work out in the best interest of those who live for God (Romans 8:28).
The (human) Biblical heroes of the Old and the New Testament had a heart that was bent towards God, but each one had a fallen nature within that had the potential of doing evil as well as good. In many cases, the evil and sinful deeds of these heroes are revealed. The "Sunday School" image of our Biblical heroes often times over-shadow the dark side of these same men and women. We all, for instance, know of David the shepherd boy who slew the giant Goliath and rose to be one of greatest kings in the history of Israel, but how many of us think of this same David as the adultery who arranged for the death of the man whose wife David impregnated? Saul, later named Paul, before being born again was one of the greatest persecutors of the early Church. I do not make this point to dredge up the dark side of these men, but simply to make the point that all of us, including myself, have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (). It can be reassuring to note that God can take those that human viewpoint would rank as worst among us and produce much divine good through them. From God's viewpoint, there are NO DEGREES of sinners (James 2: 10).
Most of the adversity that we encounter is the direct result of the negative choices that we choose to make, for which the devil had little or no part to play. For the most part, it is when the advancing disciple appears on the devil's "radar screen" as a developing threat to his agenda that we invite attacks from his Eph. 6: 12 forces of evil. It is then that we begin to experience the reality of spiritual combat.
We all came into this world in a state of spiritual death. Spiritually dead individuals can do no more in the spiritual realm than physically dead persons can do in the natural. As of the Church Age, the post (after) salvation spiritual life BEGINS at the moment of salvation, when in response to OUR choosing to BELIEVE in a presentation of the Gospel, our (formerly) dead spirit is regenerated (Titus 3: 5) by God the Holy Spirit.
The devil has MANY alternatives to God's plan and means of salvation. God's plan calls for faith (trust and full confidence) in the Person and the Work of the Lord Jesus Christ (See the Gospel Message). Most of these alternatives involve some form of HUMAN good consisting of humanitarian deeds for the benefit of others, coupled with one's own good personal conduct. It is via such alternatives that the human soul EARNS his/her salvation. Some of these alternatives require one's participation in RELIGOUS rituals, as well. If salvation were attainable via humanitarian deeds, good behavior, and/or "religious" ritual, there would have been NO need or purpose for God the Son to have taken on human form to accomplish what He did on the cross.
Once born again, THEN the "saved" soul becomes of "person of interest" to the Eph. 6: 12 forces of evil. Prior to that, the devil is quite content to leave a spiritually dead soul alone, (Luke 4: 6) or even prosper him/her if that would promote his agenda. It is by no coincidence that persons who are involved in lifestyles that the Bible defines as gross immorality are prosperous here in the devil's world.
I am not saying that such persons are necessarily conscious of this, but it is clear to those who have spiritual discernment how the devil will use the earthly prosperity of such persons to encourage others to take the same ungodly road in life and/or to question the significance of God.
We do not all get involved with the same area(s) of sin, but we all sin. We do not stop sinning just because we are born again (Romans 7). What changes following our salvation is that sin(s) we commit takes us out of fellowship with God, rendering us to developing a mindset that is not conducive to producing divine good until the sin is confessed (1John1: 9) and, if necessary, forsaken (John 8: 11). "Apart from God (John 15: 5), the born again believer can do NOTIHING". This NOTHING includes the production of divine good that glorifies God which is at the heart of the Angelic Conflict in the Church Age.
Scripture (Eph.1: 4) teach that it was in eternity past, prior to the creation of the Earth, that God provided a divine solution for every thing that the negative exercise of the free will that Man received would produce throughout the course of human history.
There is no sin that we have committed, are committing, or will commit that God was/is not already aware. In our confession(s), we are not telling God anything that He does not already know. This does not eliminate the need for confession. Post salvation confession by born again believers is NOT for the purpose of re-securing salvation, but IS a necessary activity if one is to go forward in the plan of God. See the Doctrine of Confession for more details.
As far as the eternal impact of sin is concerned, all of our past, present, and future sins are covered by the blood(saving work) of the Lord Jesus Christ. Never-the-less, unlimited forgiveness of confessed sin is not a license to sin. Sin can result in divine discipline (Heb. 12: 6). When post (after) salvation sin falls under the category of criminal activity in the eyes of the secular law, violations of such laws can result in punishment imposed by secular government, a function that God ordained (Romans 13).
The maximum form of either divine discipline (Heb. 12: 6) or temporal punishment (Romans 13) is physical death Romans 13: / Acts 5.
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In order to generate and to require faith, God chose not to reveal (Deut. 29: 29) all of the details of His plan(s) at one time. Many of the details of future events spoken of in Old Testament Scripture were not to be unsealed or fully understood until the "end times" phase of the Master plan of God arrived in the course of time. Even today, one must be careful when interpreting what he/she believes to be the fulfillment of any given prophecy.
Limited knowledge is an important principle to keep in mind, especially when studying the thoughts and actions of Old Testament believers.
One of the elements of accurate Bible study is to view the passages of Scripture in light of the historical (isagogics) background that was in place at the time that the writing of any given portion of Scripture took place.
What we now refer to as the Bible was composed over a period of approx. 1500 years. The oldest Scripture is believed to be the Book of Job with an undetermined date of authorship. Moses began composing what would become later known as the Old Testament in the approx. year 1500 BC. Under the inspiration of God the Holy Spirit, many human authors wrote about many things that took place long before his time here on Earth. Old Testament Scripture continued to be penned throughout the dispensation of the Old Testament, and came to a a halt around 400 BC.
From 400 BC to the First Advent (1 AD), there were "religious" writings penned, but such writings expressed the human views of the authors and did/does not have the inspiration or endorsement of God the Holy Spirit.
What would become later known as New Testament Scripture, beginning with the Gospels, was composed by human authors, but as in the case of Old Testament Scripture, were written under the inspiration of God the Holy Spirit. The last (in terms of chronological order) of Scripture was the Book of Revelation that was written by John in the approx. yea 96AD.
The compiling and preservation of Old Testament Scripture was one of the gifts that God gave to Man through the ancient Jews. The compiling and preservation of New Testament Scripture was assigned to the Church. The completed Canon of Scripture (aka The Bible) is a like a roadmap disclosing the spiritual highway for those who choose to take that path through life. It must, however, be properly understood if its users are going to benefit from the guidance it provides.
A dispensation is a specific period of time that has a clear starting point and ending point in which certain principles exclusively apply and in which certain divine objectives associated with each dispensation are achieved. There are SOME principles of Scripture that are "universal" in that they have applied, apply now, will apply to all future dispensations to come. There are other principles that were, are, or will be ONLY applicable to specific dispensations. Failing to make these distinctions opens the door to MANY false doctrines and/or practices that have infiltrated the "Christian Community" of our day.
For example, we are presently living in the dispensation of the Church Age that began at the Feast of Pentecost (Acts 2) in 30-33 AD and will conclude when the Rapture (1Thess.4: 15-17) takes place. The divine objectives are defined in the Great Commission (Matthew 28: 19, 20). These two objectives involve the preservation and proclamation of the The Gospel Message to the spiritually DEAD among us, and to make disciples (students and appliers of the Word of God) out of those who are born again. By adding to this agenda, the devil is able to "keep the Church busy" engaging in internal and external activities that it was NEVER ordained to take part in while keeping it distracted from participating in the work that it was "commissioned" to do.
It will be when the Great Commission is completed that the Church Age dispensation will come to its end (Matthew 24: 14). This "end" will not take place one second sooner or one second later than what is called for in the Divine Decree.
In each dispensation, believers were, are, and will be given all that they need to know to executer the part of God’s plan that applies to the dispensation in which GOD placed each and every soul that He creates.
The concept of there being eternity and therefore an eternal purpose for Man beyond the grave is placed in the soul of every human being that God creates (Eccl. 3: 11b) after the Fall of Man. Adam and the woman (Eve) did not need this to be revealed to them as, prior to the Fall, they were in complete fellowship in their relationship with God.
It is when God the Holy Spirit reveals the God of the Bible to the individual soul that each soul is given his/her individual opportunity to believe and to be “counted as righteous” (saved), based on faith on the extent that God has been revealed to him in the dispensation in which God (John 3:6b) placed him/her.
Here, in the dispensation of the Church Age in which we are living, the entire plan of salvation has been revealed to Man in the Gospels. Refusing to believe (or listen to) a presentation of the Gospel amounts to committing the ONE unpardonable sin of disbelief (John 3: 18) that will result in spending ALL of eternity in what the Bible calls the lake of fire once the Rev. 20: 15 event takes place.
BELIEVING (placing one's full trust and confidence) in what the Gospel Message reveals assures one of his eternal salvation, whereas disbelieving in the Gospel Message equally assures one of his eternal condemnation.
After the Fall and throughout the dispensation of the Old Testament dispensation, God based salvation and relationship with believers by looking forward to the time when the Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ would atone for the world’s (1John 2:2) sin debt. Ever since the cross, God bases salvation and relationship with the individual souls of Man by looking back to the Work that was accomplished on the cross.
The individual souls of Man have always been and will always be “saved” by choosing to believe in the God of the Bible and what HE requires for salvation. Individual accountability has always been based on the extent in which God and the things of God were revealed to each soul (or the opportunity to do so), once each soul reaches the age (or stage) of moral accountability.
God has always had His spokespersons and means to establish a personal relationship with ANY soul, anywhere that desires to have one with Him.
In this segment of our study of the Angelic Conflict, we are examining what took place after the Fall and up to the time of the Great Flood of Noah’s Day.
It was after the Fall of Man that Adam and Eve began to populate the Earth. It was at that time that the woman was given the name Eve, as she was then to become the mother of all of the generations of Man (Gen. 3: 20).
The first offspring of Adam and his wife (Gen. 4:1) was a son, Cain, followed by another son, Abel.
The Biblical record of Man does not reveal any of the details of the childhood of these two men, but it is interesting to note that although they had the same natural parents (Adam and Eve), they developed two different and opposing means of worship. It was that difference was what led to the first recorded murder in human history when the offering of one was not accepted by God. Man has had a history of killing members of the human face on the basis of religious convictions every since.
The "offering" presented by Cain is symbolic of all the dead works of religion by which Man attempts to please God by all that he does for God. The pride, arrogance, ignorance, and hostility of the fallen nature in Man insists that he will earn what only the grace of God can give to him. Adding to this, are all the "religious" additives or alternatives that are engineered by Man and promoted
by Satan and the Ephesians 6:12 forces of evil. Such additives and alternatives appeal to human logic, but are in opposition to the, "...mind of Christ (1Cor. 2:16), and in some cases amount to blasphemy as they raise questions as to the integrity of the Person and the completeness of the Work of the Lord Jesus Christ. IF Christ did it all, as He claims He did, what part then does the rituals of "religion" play? The rituals of the Old Testament pointed to the cross to come, whereas the ONE ritual for the dispensation of the Church Age is for the expressed purpose of BRINGING INTO REMEMBRANCE (1Cor. 11: 24, 25) what ALREADY took place on the cross.
The opposing (to religion) concept is based on what God (not Man) has done, is doing, and will do to be saved and to spiritually edify the people of faith. Those who entertain this school of thought acknowledge there is NOTHING that Man can do to obtain or retain salvation that ONLY God can provide. The "spiritual" Man is a keeper of what God has given to him, whereas the "religious" man is a worker who earns what God owes him for the work he has done.
What God (John 15: 5) produces through Man makes an acceptable offering to God, whereas what Man produces through all his works and efforts (independent of God) is rejected. This principle is reiterated in New Testament Scripture (1Cor. 3: 12-15) that speaks of on what basis heavenly rewards will either be received or forfeited when the deeds of Church Age believers are evaluated.
As adults, Abel became a, “keeper of the flocks”, whereas Cain became, “a tiller of the ground” (Gen 4:2).”
In the course of time, both men decided to worship God by making an offering. Cain brought an offering of fruit that he saw as having been the product of what he (Cain) had done for God, whereas Abel brought an offering that represented what God had produced through him (Abel).
One offering (Abel's) represented the "work of God" that was done for Man, whereas the other (Cain's) represented the "work of Man" that was done for God. Both were given with the best of intentions (to please God), but one (the offering of Abel) was accepted by God, whereas the offering of Cain was rejected.
Furthermore, the blood-animal sacrifice of Abel had life of its own, and foreshadowed the eventual blood (life) offering that
would be made by the humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Note, that it was Cain’s offering and the and not Cain himself, that was rejected by God. There is a parallel connection here also with the 1 Cor. 3: 12-15. In the 1COr. 3:15 passage, we see that ALL deeds of human (vs. divine) good are rejected when it comes to the receiving of reward(s), the born again believer remains saved!
When Cain saw that his efforts fell short of what God required, he reacted much like most religious people do when they learn that their efforts were in vain. Cain developed a jealous hatred for Abel, and the relationship that Abel had with God in terms of acceptable worship.
Instead of learning from the example of Abel, Cain reacted with the inherent hostility of the fallen nature, rejecting correction and developing a jealous hatred for Abel.
Cain eventually murdered Abel (Genesis 4:8) and in doing so, committed the first recorded murder in human history.
Members of the human race have been killing each other over issues relating to “religion” ever since.
This incident between two brothers of the first human family is symbolic of a part of the spiritual combat that will take place throughout human history, pitting the religious persons and groups against the spiritual persons and groups.
Religious, but spiritually dead, persons erroneously base what they believe to be their standing with God on all that they do (or have done by others in their behalf) to make and to keep themselves “right” with God. Spiritually alive (Titus 3:5) persons base their relationship on the faith that they have in what God has already done and will do for them.
Scripture is clear that ALL attempts to make one self “right” with God amount to no more than a filthy garment (Isa. 64:6). Such things are held in high esteem by Man, but are detestable in the eyes of God (Luke 16: 15).
While both Cain and Abel were equally sincere in their attempts to please God, it is the one who trusts in the acceptable sacrifice and the work of God, and not the one who trusts in the products and efforts of Man or Man-made religion that are saved and counted as righteous by God. As the old saying goes, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.
Adam, and many members of the earliest generations of Man (Genesis 5: 1-32) lived for centuries. These extended life spans
contributed to the population explosion taking place on planet Earth.
Man continued to progress in knowledge and technology that provided for a degree of human solutions to temporal issues, but as a whole, continued to regress in the realm of spirituality and morality. To this day, the more Man makes advances in medicine, science, and technology, the more Man tends to rely on his human talents and abilities to address the temporal issues of life, and to downplay the existence and significance of God and the things of God.
In Romans 1: 18-32 (NASB), we read of the course that humanity has followed, with more and more intensity,
with each passing generation of Man.
There we read, “(18) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteous, (19) because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. (20) For since the creation of the world is invisible attributes, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. (21) But even though they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in the speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (21) Professing to be wise, they became fools, (22) And exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and birds and four-footed in its crawling creatures. (24) Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. (25) For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator who is blessed forever. Amen.(26) For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their woman exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, (27) and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned their desires towards one another, then with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. (28) And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, (29) Being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, (30) slanderers, haters of God, boastful. insolent, arrogant, inventors of evil , disobedient to parents, (31) Without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; (32) and although they knew the ordinance of God, and those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.”
To this day, only a minority of each generation of Man (on a global level) choose respond to the call(s) of God, even thought it is His desire for all
souls to first be saved (1Timothy 2: 4). Of those who are saved, only a MINORITY of those saved choose to engage in the post salvation spiritual life of discipleship.
Every soul, rather or not he/she is conscious of the fact, takes part in the Angelic Conflict each and every day via the moment to moment exercise of his free will, making choices that either brings glory to God or denies Him that glory.
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In Genesis 6, we see the first recorded attempt to genetically pervert the genetic nature of the human race.
By the time of Noah, Man had reached an all-time low with corruption, immorality, and violence filling the Earth (Genesis 6:11).
Some of the fallen angels (Jude 7) had relationships with female members of the human race that brought about a species known as the Nephilim (Gen. 6:4).
These part human beings, part demonic creatures were giants with extraordinary strength, that Scripture defines as, “…mighty men who were of old, men of renown (Gen. 6: 4).” This attempted perversion was perhaps the “final straw” in the degeneration of the human environment that God, in His permissive will, was going to allow.
The rise of the Nephilim threatened to become the form of humanity that would eventually destroy and/or replace the reproduction of the humanity that God designed for Adam.
God’s plan of salvation called for the preservation of the type of humanity that would qualify as the Lamb of God. If the Nephilim were allowed to genetically change the human race through reproduction and eliminate human beings that were not so changed, the devil would have been able to prevent the production of the type of humanity required to serve as the lamb of God. This was the diabolical plan behind the creation of the Nephilim, just before the Great Flood.
The presence and potential threat of the Nephilim, as well as the degenerate course that the human race chose to take throughout the generations that followed the Fall, reveal that Satan and the Ephesians 6:12 forces of evil were having considerable success in the realm of spiritual combat. Scripture reveals that the fallen angels that were involved in the production of the Nephilim violated the free will of the female humans they "took" as wives, whomever they (the fallen angels) chose (Gen 6: 2).
Many born again believers have difficulty believing what this (Gen. 6) section of Scripture has to say, and have come up with a host of alternative suggestions. Many sectors of the "Christian Community" have no issues taking about the degree of the sin ,evil and violence that the same passage speaks of (vss. 5, 11), but shy away from telling the "whole" story that the passage reveals.
It is interesting to note that END TIME prophesies speak of the world environment being like the days of Noah, This "likeness" is interpreted by most to mean that for the majority, it will be "life as usual" right up to time of the Rapture, just as it was right up to the day of The Flood in Noah's day, in spite of all the negativity that the human environment was experiencing at the time. Others are creating a link between the failed attempt of the devil to genetically change humanity to such things as cloning and genetic engineering of our day.
While many of the discoveries and inventions of Man has contributed to improving the human environment, Mas has a long history of taking such discoveries and inventions and turning them into the means and/or weapons of mass destruction.
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Paul concedes (1 Cor. 3: 21) that it takes a certain level of spiritual maturity for a born again believer to attain before the believer can digest the solid food of the more advanced doctrines. I had been a student of the Bible for decades, but it was not until God brought me to where I was to be prepared for ordination that I learned MANY doctrines that I was totally ignorant of previously. While NONE of this increased the integrity of the salvation I already possessed, it did change my perception of what the true post salvation spiritual life was really all about. It took me twelve years of study and application before I was ready to BEGIN to serve in the capacity of a "Biblically-qualified" pastor-teacher, and still remain to be a "work in progress". After I was ordained, I was led by God the Holy Spirit to establish my ministry "on line"; a move at a time that raised the eye-brows of many fellow believers. I still get that, "Huh?", look when asked for the address of my church and I give them my URL, batmq,net !
Before dismissing this Chapter of Scripture, keep in mind that ALL Scripture is inspired for God and useful for our edification. Rather or not these fallen angels took on human form (to equip themselves with the necessary sexual apparatus to engage the female human beings) is not revealed. Both elect (Heb. 13: 2) and fallen (2Cor. 11: 14) angels have the ability to take on human form in order to fulfill divine objectives (Heb. 13: 2). It is too far of a stretch to consider that the human form that the fallen angels of Gen.6 included the male sexual organ as well? Furthermore, before dismissing the concept that human women can conceive from spiritual beings without having physical intercourse, might want to read again how Mary conceived the humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ.
God chose to have this Genesis 6 account to become a part of His Word. What I would ask the skeptics, is for what reason did He do so if not to educate the people of faith as to what was taking place in the spiritual realm during that point of human history.
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Like a godly parent would do in the natural realm, the heart of God grieved at the choices that His children were making, being continually focused on evil in both thought and action (Genesis 6:5).
As bewildered parents can come to a point that they wish they had never had children in light of the grief and heartache that wayward kids can bring, God was, “…sorry that He made Man on the earth, and was grieved in His heart (Gen.6:6).”
However, among the human race, God found “favor” (approval) of a man named Noah (Gen. 6: 6) Noah was not a man of sinless perfection , but was a "righteous" (man of faith-Rom. 3; 10-12)) who was "blameless" (in lifestyle- Job 1: 1) who walked with God and not according to the ways the world around him.
When one walks with the Lord, he/she is in fellowship and has a moment to moment consciousness of the presence of God. When a righteous man sins, he immediately confesses the sin(s) (1Jphn 1: 9), restoring the fellowship in order to go forward in the plan of God.
Needless to say, Noah was an oddball in the eyes of the people of his generation. The same will be true of anyone who lives the true life of a disciple in the Church Age in which we live. This is especially true if one , like Noah, is a preacher of righteousness (2Peter 2:5).
God revealed to Noah what He was going to wipe all air-breathing creatures, Man and beast alike, from the face of the earth, but that he (Noah) was to build an ark and take aboard his wife, his three sons, and their wives, as well as supplies and a male and female from each of the types of animals of the Earth.
Noah’s three sons and their wives, along with the various species of animals aboard the ark were taken aboard in order to repopulate the Earth after the waters of the flood departed and the surface off the earth became inhabitable once again. As a result of The Flood, the "battlefield" of the Angelic Conflict had been reduced to the soul structures of the eight members of Noah's family.
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