Abram was instructed to separate from his homeland, father, and rlatives, and THEN to head out for a
geographical location that was to be later made known to him.
Only to the extent that Abram obeyed God could he (or we) go any further with the plan that God had in mind
for each one of us, as individuals. Abram did not separate from his father or relatives upon departing Ur. He relocated in Haran that had the same pagan-worship environment as Ur.
The Message Of The Stars (Psalms 19:1/Romans 10:18), is a “visual aid” in which God portrayed the Gospel Message via selected constellations. Satan not only led the world at large away from being able to see this, but incorporated a perverted form and usage of the stars in all of the “moon” god religions of the world.
Satan did not and does not have the power to alter the assigned paths of the celestial bodies that form the
constellations, but his did and does have the power to distract our attention from the Message of the Stars and to provide an alternative and evil use of the stars through the false religions of the world. Following the Tower of Babel, the false gods and the false religions took on different names with the introduction of different languages. Through the initial efforts of Cush and
Nimrod, the concept of human beings becoming equal to the various moons gods were planted, took root, and spread among the nations and cultures, as well.
In time, even a large portion of the Christian Community would come to view the human rulers in positions of religious and political power as being divinely ordained monarchs or bishops who were appointed to advise the monarch concerning
Satan, primarily through the work of Cush (Noah’s grandson and Ham’s son) and Cush’s son Nimrod in the third and fourth generation in the line of Noah, established an alternative use of interpreting the stellar universe, making many of the
celestial bodies the objects of worship that the peoples of the ancient world would worship in order to please the various gods that these celestial bodies represented. Noah and at least the house (family/descendants) of Shem remained faithful to the God of the Bible.
Cush and his descendants chose to reject the true God and chose the Romans 1: 8-32 paths the majority of the human race has chosen since before and after the Flood.
Collectively, these “gods” were and ae known among pagan cultures as the moon gods, with Allah eventually being elevated to be the primary “moon god” by the time of Mohammad in the 8th century AD.
Aram, later to be renamed Abraham, was approximately 50 years old and living in Ur when he was called by God to depart and head for what we now refer to as the Promised Land. Canonized Scripture does not reveal why it was that God chose Abram, but as we will see, there are historical sources outside of Scripture that offer information concerning the fifty years of Abram’s life that preceded the Genesis calling of God.
Ur, at that time, was one of the main centers where the worship of the moons gods was prevalent.
The Book of Jasher, a source outside of canonized Scripture , but one that was cited twice in Canonized Scripture (Joshua 10:13/2Sam. 1:18) as being a credible reference source of historical information, offers the following information concerning the life of Abram, prior to receiving the call from God to depart Ur.
A word of caution is appropriate here, as the Book of Jasher was never accepted as authorized Scripture. Note that there are as many as five different versions of this Book of Jasher, with at least one of them being suspected of being deliberately altered.
Any part of any one of them that is found to contradict Scripture must be discarded.
But does that mean that we are to “throw the “baby” (useful information) out with the “wash-water” (erroneous information)?
No, but it does require that if and when any source of information outside of Scripture is contrary to what Scripture has to say, we side with Scripture.
In the case of what the Book of Jasher offers concerning the life of Abram, there is nothing that contradicts what we have in Scripture.
The first mention of Abram in Canonized Scripture, prior to him being called by God, is in Gen. 11: 26. There we learn that Abram was the son of Terah and had a brother named Haran who later became the father of Lot.
Such writings as the Book of Jasher, like the secular works of the historian Josephus, can be of a great practical assistance when applying the much needed isagogic perspective to the accurate interpretation of what is revealed in Scripture.
An advancing disciple needs only to have the spiritual maturity to be able to discern fact from fallacy in non-Biblical sources to benefit by them.
The Book of Jasher records much information concerning the life of Abram that led up to the incident in Ur recorded in Scripture, and can shed light on the question of why it was Abram that the plan of God focused on in that era.
For what it’s worth, at least one of versions of the Book of Jasher contends that when Abram was born, the astrologers of that day that had the ear of the rgning king of Ur informed the king that according to their observation and
interpretation of the recent stellar activity, a rival (Abram) was born.
Note the similarity of the events that took place at the First Advent that motivated Herod to destroy his suspected rival (the Lord Jesus Christ. Such similarities between Old and New Testament events are frequently found in Canonized Scripture.
According to the Book of Jasher, a substitute was brought to the king and was executed, leading the king to believe that Abram, his suspected rival, had been eliminated.
Fifty years later, this event would play a part in what brought about the final departure of Abram from Ur.
According to the Book of Jasher, Abram was initially hidden out in a cave and eventually was taken to the house of Noah and Shem, where he, for thirty nine years, was raised and received the spiritual edification of Noah and Shem, who were
believers and faithful to the Lord.
The Biblically substantiated family line connecting Abram to the Noah and Shem would explain why Abram was eventually taken from the cave and brought to the house of Noah and Shem. At the same time, the development of the moon god religions and the false worship and practices that went along with them was spreading like wild fire throughout the world. The introduction and promoting of these false religions was the primary focus of the angelic conflict, with the devil securing widespread victory over the majority of the human race who rejected God and adopted the alternatives being presented by the devil. Never-the-less, in each generation of Man, God always has a remnant of people who will preserve and promote the truth
of the Word of God. In doing so, these people become the targets of Satanic attack in the ongoing Angelic Conflict, while the followers of all the false religion (including the false “religion” within the Christian Community) are blessed and promoted by Satan (Luke 4:6).
The tendency for the fallen human race is to reject God (Eccl. 3:11) and then to adopt one of the many “religious” alternatives that Satan promotes in the name of religion. This is outlined in Romans 1: 18-32. The devil has an alternative plan for the plan that God has ordained for each and every dispensation, including the dispensation of the Church Age in which WE are living!
Accordingly, only the minority of the souls (on a global scale) choose to respond to the Eccl. 3:11 knowledge of the true God and believe in the true God.
God holds each soul accountable (Romans 1:20) to the extent that each soul chooses to respond to the Eccl. 3:11, inherent knowledge that God places in every soul He creates, and then to the extent that He has made Himself known to Man during the course of the various dispensations.
According to Scripture (Eccl. 3: 11/Romans 8:20), there is no soul that has any excuse before God!
According to the Book of Jasher, Abram, after spending decades in the house of Noah and Shem, Abram returned to the house of his father and got involved in an incident in which he (Abram) chopped up the idols of worship in Ur. This would be consistent with the level of spiritual maturity he had achieved before
returning to the house of his father in Ur.
Upon being brought to the king’s court to answer for this idol-desecrating event, Abram was identified as being the “rival” that the king believed to have had executed decades before.
At this time, according to the Book of JASHER, the finger of blame for the prior
deception was pointed towards Abram’s brother Haran, the father of Lot. Haran (not to be confused with the City
of Haran) and Abram were sentenced to death in the king’s “furnace”.
Haran (Abram’s brother and the father of Lot) perished in the furnace, but Abram was delivered by God from harm in the midst of the fire.
The king, perceiving Abram to be under the protection of his God, released him, possibly in fear of divine retribution if any further action was taken against Abram.
(Note the similarity here and the Scriptural account in Daniel in which Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego delivered by God).
This death of Haran (lot’s father) may have played a part in the taking along of Lot along when Abram, his father, and Lot eventually left (or fled) from Ur.
In time, Abram once again become a suspected rival of the king and was designated for elimination. It was at that time that God instructed Abram to leave Ur.
Regardless of what credibility one places on the Jasher account, Canonized Scripture reveals that by not separating himself from his father and relatives, Abram was acting in clear contradiction with the marching orders he received from the Lord
Abram’s choice (if it was actually his choice) to leave Ur and to go to Haran was a decision that obviously favored his father and his father’s desire to continue in his pagan worship of the moon gods. Genesis 11:31 reveals that it was Abram’s father who took Abram and his family to Haran, upon departing Ur, raising the obvious question of what
(or who) finally got Abram to depart Ur.
Whenever we drag our heels long enough, God will use the free-will choices of others to accomplish in our lives what we do not choose to address on our own.
Did Abram choose to leave Ur in order to primarily fulfill the plan of the Lord, as the “Sunday School” image of “Father” Abraham suggests, or was this simply the logical thing to do in light of the hostile political environment that wanted
him dead that got Abram moving?
Either way, it is safe to conclude that Abram was taking into consideration his relationship with his father and family when he left Ur and relocated in Haran.
The pitfall and evil of favoring the desires of parents, spouse, children, or SELF over one’s calling in the post salvation life of discipleship was addressed by the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 14: 16).
Haran like Ur, was a major center of pagan worship of the moon gods.
Like a person dealing with the negative the influence of alcohol, it will do one little good to leave one bar, only to enter the next one down the street. So ar, Abram has fallen way short of fulfilling the totality of the instructions
he received from the Lord while living in Ur.
It is one thing to make great, well intended, heartfelt declarations of faith (Luke 22: 33, 34), but it can be horse of a different color when it comes to seeing it through when put to the test. When a decision is consistent with the plan of God, it will inevitably encounter opposition from the devil and testing from God. Satan’s objective of the spiritual combat in such cases is to have the believer become self-deceived into thinking that the absence of adversity and presence of prosperity is a sign of
God’s approval, when in fact it can be coming from the hand of the devil (Luke 4:6).
The “bottom line” in determining the source of one’s blessings and/or prosperity is
to ask oneself whose plan it is that is being promoted. Is it God’s plan, our plan, or the devil’s plan that is being promoted?
One cannot simultaneously serve two masters (Matthew 6:24). The throne of our life is NOT a two-seater!
The advancing disciple will be brought to a point in time when his/her challenge is to identify the will of G and make God’s plan for his/her life the bottom line in determining ALL that he/she will do or refrain from doing in order to fulfill God’s
God got Abram out of Ur, but no doubt Satan was right there to minimize the damage by keeping Abram from advancing the plan of God any further.
This diabolical objective in the realm of spiritual combat was achieved, evidenced by Abram’s relocating in Haran in the evil company of his father and relatives.
The quickest way to get relief from demonic pressure that comes from spiritual combat is to stop advancing in the plan of God.
This may bring about a temporary form of relief, but in time it will invite divine discipline and need to deal with all the negative consequences of the poor decisions we make while living outside of the known plan of God.
True discipleship involves suffering from one side of the other. If one is going to suffer, better that he suffers for doing what is right (1Peter 3: 17).
The devil and the Ephesians 6:12 forces of evil will find a way to any forward progress in the spiritual life of anyone
who steps out in an act of faith along the path that God calls him/her.
These counter-actions can come in the form of adversity or what appear to be blessings of opportunity resulting in temporal
The devil will provide you with all the adversity that God allows and/or all “blessings” (Luke 4:6) you can handle, if either one will get and keep you off the path that God has ordained for your life and God’s glory.
There is ALWAYS spiritual combat and activity taking place all around us each and every day in the invisible spiritual world.
This daily spiritual combat is not the Hollywood version portrayed in the modern day horror films, but is manifested in all the sources of negative influence that are intended to distract and/or to deceive us from seeing and/or acting upon the will of God for that day.
It was that way in the Garden of Eden and throughout all of human history. More times than we would care to concede, the devil wins these rounds of combat when dealing with human beings.
The incoming missiles of spiritual combat are designed to distract us from perceiving the will of God for the day at hand.
The devil, better than most believers, knows the wisdom of taking on the battles of the spiritual life one day at a time.
These “missiles” are launched out of the mouths and through the actions of people in our personal periphery and via modern day channels of media. The more spiritually mature we become, the easier it becomes to detect the diabolical agenda behind the missiles that are launched towards us every day.
Satan’s daily strategy is to reinforce existing distractions and to introduce new ones when the recipient is most vulnerable.
These distractions can come in the form of adversity or blessings, as long as the diabolical objective behind them is achieved.
Satan is a veteran in the realm of spiritual combat and is well aware of what buttons to press and when to press them for maximum effect.
Like trying to place a frog in water, it would squirm and fight for its life if the water were already boiling. If the same frog were placed in the same water, but at a comfortable temperature, and the heat were turned up very gradually, the same frog might just sit there until it is eventually overcome.
For the most part, the devil works the same way. If we had the spiritual maturity to see the boiling water coming, we would not go there, but if it initially appeared to offer some form of comfort or pleasure, we might enter into it, only to be consumed by it over time.
Likewise, the plan of God does not involve either an uplifting “mountain top” or a challenging “deep valley” experience every day.
Seeking some experiential high each day can cause one to disregard the little things take place all around us each day.
When taken as a whole, it is the accumulation of the events of each day that contributes greatly to one’s progression or regression in the Master Plan of God.
There will be milestones and red-letter days along the way, but the post salvation plan of God for each one of us will literally take the rest of the time we have here on Earth to complete.
Unlike God, most of us have no idea when either the moment of the circumstances of our earthly departure will manifest
When we read Biblical accounts, we often fail to appreciate the amount of time that passed during and/or between the activities recorded in one chapter and/or verse and the next.
Likewise, each day along the way to the next mountaintop or valley event is another step forward or backwards along or in retreat from the path that God has ordained for each one of us.
Abrams detour to Haran was an obvious step backwards in the plan of God. Abram) would not and did not go any further in the plan of God until he left Haran.
Satan had every reason to encourage Abram to stay right where he was.
There are NO days off, rest areas, or neutral zones along the spiritual highway. One is either progressing or regressing at any given time.
The more frequent and intense the missiles of spiritual warfare appear in our lives, the closer to arriving at the next objective in the God’s plan we are.
Satan does not waste munitions on targets that pose no threat to his strongholds.
Accordingly, when there are periods of time in which we experience no incoming missiles, one should check with the Navigator (2Cor.13: 5) to make sure we have not drifted from our appointed course.
The absence of incoming missiles and/or the blessings of prosperity can very well bthe devil’s means of keeping one right where the devil wants us to be.
Disciples are not called to experience the (Phil. 4:7) peace that surpasses all understanding by trying to avoid or escape from the reoccurring pressure of spiritual combat.
Disciples are called to experience that peace while he/she is in the midst of the worst that Satan and the Ephesians 6:12 forces of evil are allowed to throw at us!
Once saved, the believer is then called to the post salvation life of discipleship. The personal will of God for Abram’s post salvation spiritual life was what God revealed to him while he was in Ur.
In the Church Age, it is after salvation that the devil and his Ephesians 6:12 forces of evil go to work trying to dissuade the believer from continuing (John 8: 30, 31) in the Word and benefiting from the confidence and the freedom thattrue discipleship generates.
The devil knows that as long as there are any doubts concerning the integrity of one’s salvation, the believer’s focus will be on retaining what cannot be lost instead of advancing in the post salvation calling of God.
Salvation was not the issue when he received his marching orders from God in Ur.
In Abram’s case, there had not been a single page of what we later identify as canonized Scripture composed, but there was the Message of the Stars that was known to believers after the Fall.
In Abram’s case, he could not “continue in the Word (John 8:31), as we are instructed to do (John 8: 31), but he did need to keep focused on the Gospel as it was revealed to him in the Message of the Stars (Psalms 19: 1/ Romans 10) and on the spiritual edification that he received during the 39 years in the house of Noah and Shem.
The Book of Jasper contends that Abram had already been saved and was well-edified during the decades that he spent in the house of Noah and Shem, before returning to Ur at the approx. age of 50.
For those who do not accept the historical account of Abram offered by the Book of Jasper, Scripture itself reveals that Abram was counted as righteous upon “believing” in what the Lord disclosed to him in Ur, even though there would be many delays and detours along the way when it came to execution.
Some (discarding the information provided in the Book of Jasper) will take the position that it was in Ur that Abram was saved.
I believe that the event (in Ur) was not the time that Abram was saved, but having already been saved, and already having understood the Message in the Stars, was the time that his part that he was being called to fulfill in the plan of God.
Understanding the isagogics (the historical background) that took or will take place at the times when events addressed in Scripture is a critical element of properly interpreting and applying the Word of God.
By any account, Abram was clearly in his post salvation life upon departing or being taken by Terah from Ur.
The post salvation spiritual life begins at salvation and ends when one departs this Earth.
Being IN the period of time of one’s post salvation spiritual life and executing the plan of God is not always one in the same.
In fact, each and every time a believer commits a sin by either thought, word, or deed, he/she steps outside of the plan of God and enter into a status of “temporal” death in which NO (John 15:5) divine good can be produced until fellowship (
2Cor 13:14/Habakkuk 1:13) with God is restored through confession (1John 1:9) of all known sins is made. The length of time that these periods of temporal death consume can be as brief as the few seconds it takes to confess the sin in private prayer, or for as long as the rest of one’s post salvation spiritual life.
Confessing,but not forsaking (John 8) the same sin will accomplish little as one will soon enough find him/herself out of fellowship again. Partial obedience is also partial disobedience.
Satan was fully aware of what the divine objectives were that Abram was being called to fulfill, and soon had developed a
The part that each one of us is called to play varies greatly, but like into the construction of a brick wall, each one contributes to the collective end result.
As in the case of Abram, the devil will engineer a plan to counterattack any significant forward progress that an advancing disciple achieves.
A common mistake is for a born again believer to make is to choose an area of service or activity in which he/she desires to serve God, and then seeks His approval. It is God who decided when we (our souls) were to be created and placed in the body of His choosing that was reproduced by our natural parents (John 3:6). It was God who determined the which dispensation of human history each one of us was to be a part of, and the number of days we were/are to remain on Earth. It is God who determined the role that each one of us would knowingly or unknowingly, play in the Master Plan of God (1Cor. 12: 18).
I use the past tense “was” in the above statements, as the Divine Decree is an account that was authored by God in eternity past, prior to the creation of Man that documents all of the thoughts, actions, and choices that each one of us would have or make in time.
Even though God knows of every decision that we are going to make in time, we are still held accountable as it is we who makes these choices with the free will that God gives to each and every one of us.
Once the details of God’s plan for us, as individual believers have been disclosed to us, there are NO acceptable alternatives.
This was true of Abram, later named Abraham, and it is true of each one of us.
At east one version of The Book of Jasher, offers the following historical background information of Abram’s life, prior to this calling from Ur when he was around 50 years old.
When Abram was born, the astrologers of his day informed the king that they observed activity in the stars that identified Abram as being a rival to the throne.
Note that the astrologers of the Magi at the time of the First Advent would also come to worship a “king”, much to the anger and vengeance of Herod.
When ordered to present Abram (for execution), another child was substituted and Abram went into hiding. Aram was
later relocated and spent thirty nine years in the house of Noah and Shem, learning of God and the things of God.
While most of the world had gone the way of the false moon gods, the family line of Noah and Shem remained true to the
It was at some point during these years that Abram came to know the Lord as a result of believing in the teaching that he received in the house of Noah and Shem.
When Abram was around fifty years old, he returned to the house of his father in Ur and opposed the all the pagan worship that his father entertained, going as far as carving up the idols of the pagan moon gods.
Abram was called to account for his actions, and while in the king’s court, Abram was identified by the king’s wise men as being the one that the king thought he eliminated as a rival decades before.
Abram’s father placed the blame on Haran (Lot’s father) for being responsible for the deception that took place shortly Abrams birth in which a substitute was executed in Aram’s place.
All of this resulted in Abram and his brother, Haran (Lot’s father), being sentenced to death in the king’s furnace.
Abram was miraculously protected from them flames, but Haran, (Lot’s father) perished.
Seeing that the hand of God had been with Abram in the furnace, the king chose to spare Abram from further attempts to kill him.
Later on, however, Abram was once again identified as being a rival and a threat to the throne and orders were issued to arrest and execute him.
It was under these circumstances that God spoke to Abram and announced his plan to have Abram separate from his father and relatives and leave Ur and go to a land that was later to be made known to him. As in the case of most believers, God only reveals the specifics of His plan for our individual lives in stages and a pace that is consistent with the our obedience to what He has already revealed to us.
There is the “perfect” will of God for Abram’s life (and ours) that would have been or be manifested if he (and we) had made or make all the right choices along the way.
Under these circumstances there would be no need for divine discipline (Hebrews 12:6), but there would be satanic
The end result of the life of Abram, were the results of all that good and bad decisions he made. The same will be said of each one of us.
God will not violate our free will by forcing us to do what He asks of us, but will use the free will choices of others to accomplish what He desires when we choose to drag our heels.
With the exception of the incarnated Lord Jesus Christ, no being (angelic or human), that has ever been given free will has ever completely fulfilled the potential of what the perfect plan of God for their lives might have produced.
The omniscience of God allows Him to know what ALL of the decisions, good and bad, that we will make in time, and has factored them into the Divine Decree so that in the end, God’s plan for the human race will be fulfilled, with or without our
The only one who suffers a degree of loss (1Cor. 3-: 12-15) for neglecting or rejecting the true post salvation spiritual life is the one we see when we look into a mirror.
What becomes of us as an individual soul, be we saved or condemned (John 3: 18), rewarded (1Cor. 3: 12-15), or naked (without a uniform of glory over our resurrected bodies) in Heaven, is determined by our OWN choices we make when God reveals Himself and/or His plan(s) to each one of us.
Salvation cost God His only begotten Son, but costs us nothing.
Discipleship, on the other hand, is a post salvation activity that will be more and more costly for the believer who chooses to pursue it.
The cost will always involve rejection and persecution, and in some cases, our physical lives.
God’s army of disciples is an all- volunteer outfit.
There are benefits awaiting the veterans of spiritual combat, but discipleship does not increase the integrity of one’s salvation. Discipleship is the learningand the application of the Word of God under the enabling power of God the Holy Spirit.
Discipleship and not the rote exercise of “religion” is what bring glory to God in the midst of the Angelic Conflict.
By enlisting, the believer chooses to have the yoke of the Lord placed on him/her.
In the secular military, the individual soldier does not get to choose what battles he will and will not take part.
In the fire service, firefighters do not get to choose what fires or rescue missions they will or will not respond.
In the police service, line officers do not get to choose what calls they will and will respond.
In the service of the public, these front line men and woman are under the yoke of superior officers that are an extension of a political power or authority.
In the service of the Lord, disciples are under the yoke (harness) of Christ that controls the location, direction and pace of their post salvation spiritual life.
The proverbial yoke of the Lord is light and easy (Matthew 11:30) providing (Hebrews 12:6) we do not lag behind, try to jump forward, or attempt to take a detour from the path and the pace that God has in mind for each one of us.
A born again believer can never separate him/herself or be separated from Christ as far as his/her salvation is concerned, but we can (and often do) choose to cast off the yoke of discipleship and replace His plan for ours.
When God is in control of our thoughts and actions, the yoke is on. When WE are in control of our thoughts and actions, the yoke is off!
As far as God is concerned, the entire human race on the Earth is divided into two categories at any given time.
One category consists of those who are (or will be) saved in the course of their lifetime here on earth, and the other category consists of those who are spiritually dead, headed for Hell.
The first category (believers) can be divided into two subgroups.
One subgroup consists of the minority of born again believers of each generation who choose to enter into and to remain in
The other group consists of the majority of born again believers who remain saved, but choose not to enter into or to remain in discipleship.
In many scenarios, military justice calls for the execution of a soldier who deserts in the face of the enemy.
When a believer chooses not to identify or to execute the individual plan that God has for him/her, he/she enters into a state of temporal death. Temporal death is a state of being in which he/she becomes unavailablefor the production of the divine good that God desires to produce through him/her (John 15:5).
What the deserting believer will often time do is to come up with an alternate plan to serve God, but this will not accomplish the will of God.
As the historical record of the Book of Jasher contends, I believe that Abram was in fact already born again as a result of the positive responses he made to the doctrine he received while in the house of Noah and Shem.
Abram’s relationship with the Lord, upon returning to his father’s house in Ur, was evidenced by Abram’s destruction of the pagan idols.
In Genesis 12:5, when God told Abram to take note (count) the stars; He was referring to Abram being reminded of the message of the stars that portrayed in the Gospel in theconstellations.
At the time of the (Genesis 12:5) incident, the counting of the stars did not mean to number them 1, 2. 3 etc., but to do an accounting of the information that God revealed in the stars, and then come to a conclusion based on what was been
revealed. In this Genesis 12: 5, the counting of the stars meant for Abram to remind himself of the message he had been taught regarding the signs of the Zodiac that portray the message of salvation.
Abram’s call to leave Ur and to go to a land that God would reveal to him was the beginning of the part that Abram was to play in the furtherance of the plan of salvation that God revealed in the Message of the Stars.
By re viewing the, “Message of the Stars” (The Gospel) that God inscribed for Man, Abram was reminded of what the long term plan of God called was all about, but did not know what part he (Abram) was to play in its execution, until it was later revealed to him, stage by stage, beginning with the call of God that he received in the land of Ur.
Until he accomplished what the plan called for “today” (separating from father, relatives, and leaving the land of Ur) there would be no “tomorrow” (entering into the Promised Land).
Adam and the woman did not need faith in their pre-Fall status, as their fellowship with God was already a daily, experiential reality.
As of the Fall, Adam and Eve and all of the generations of Man that followed, then needed and needs to have faith in God’s plan of salvation.
It was after the Fall that God revealed to Adam, Eve, and their offspring, His plan of salvation.
God did so initially through a set of constellations of the Zodiac that was revealed and remains to be seen in the night skies (Romans 10:18/ Psalms 19:1).
These stars were set in place during the creation of the physical universe, but prior to the Fall, there was no need for Man to be able to discern the message therein.
These selected constellations graphically portray and outline God’s plan of salvation (or condemnation) of the souls of the human race.
This stellar message begins with the coming of the Virgin Mary (symbolized by the constellation Virgo) and ends with the reigning king (symbolized via the constellation Leo) in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Eve understood the message of the stars, evidenced by what she said at the birth of Abel (Gen. 4:1) and reiterated at the birth of
Seth (Gen. 4:25), in that through Adam’s line of humanity the Savior would come.
Abel understood the message, evidenced by the substitutionary sacrificial offering of animal blood that he offered to God was symbolic of the Sacrificial Lamb of God the Lord Jesus Christ) and His atoning work through His blood, was to come.
God revealed the outline of the His plan of salvation in the Message of the Stars in the post-Fall period of the lives of Adam and Eve, but it was not until the era of the Old Testament prophets that many more of the details concerning the Savior and His Work were made known.
It was not until the New Testament period that his name, “Jesus”, was to be announced.
Individuals of each dispensation become a believer by believing in God and His plan to the extent that it was made available to them.
The seed (Genesis 3:15), as it was correctly understood by Eve to have been, would come in human form, as it did at the First Advent.
What Eve did not know was how much time was to pass before this event took place. Her comments at the birth of Seth, speaks of there being an appointed seed (in Adam’s line) to fulfill the prophetic words of Gen.3:15.
The animal sacrifices of the Old Testament were symbolic and looked forward to, the coming and the sacrifice of Lamb of God in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The elements of Lord’s Supper, aka Communion, are symbolic of and look backwards (in time) to the Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ, and forward to the His return.
This was why Abel’s symbolic blood (animal) sacrifice was accepted by God and the non-blood offering by Cain that lacked this symbolic significance was rejected by God.
Until salvation is addressed, NO other sacrificial offering is accepted, as spiritually dead persons can accomplish NOTHING in the spiritual realm, then or now (John 15:5).
The rejection of Cain’s offering triggered the first recorded murder in human history with Cain slaying Abel.
“Religious” persons of many varieties have been murdering “spiritual” persons since, with some actually
believing to be doing service for God (John 16:2) in the process!
The devil well-understood the significance of the message that God inscribed in the stellar universe, and would later pervert the use of the stars, in which the various celestial bodies would be worshiped directly or as symbolic icons of the various “moon” god religions that he endorsed.
It was from an environment of the moon god worship that Abram was called when he was living in Ur. In fact, Ur became one of the centers in which the moon gods were worshiped.
During the course of the various dispensations of the human race, God has used different means of communication through which He makes the means of salvation known to ANYONE and EVERYONE who truly desires to learn of it (Jer. 29:13) with ALL his/her heart.
The devil has worked, and continues to work, long and hard to develop perverted of the means and the messages through which God has chosen to reveal Himself and His plan of salvation.
The devil as also worked long and hard to distract the individual and collective souls of all the generations of Man from meeting the criteria of seeking God with all their hearts.
The devil has had considerable success, as the narrow road that leads to eternal life is only found by the minority of the souls of each generation (Matthew 7:14).
Scripture documents (Matthew 7:13, 14), secular history and statistics concur, and even a passive observation of the world and the Christian Community will confirm that even though God’s perfect will desires a different outcome, only a minority of each generation of Man will never be saved, and that only a minority of those saved will choose to enter into and remain in
The details of God’s plan of salvation were made clearer and clearer as God released further details of His plan throughout the course of human history, with the complete and final details being documented in the Gospels and were further elaborated in the epistles of the New Testament.
When studying the different dispensations of the Angelic Conflict, it is important to develop the ability to see the events recorded in Scripture through the eyes of those who participated in them.
Church Age believers have the privilege and the accountability of having the full plan of God spelled out for us. To whom (Church Age believers) much (the Gospel) is given, much (the need to respond) will be required (Luke 12: 48)!
In past generations, believers had not been given all the details, but were counted as righteous (Gen 15: 6) on the basis of faith in what God had revealed to them, as of that point in human history.
Every soul has the opportunity to respond to God via the knowledge that He has placed the every soul that He creates (Eccl. 3:11).
The emergence of a new or newer means of revelation or communication does NOT mean that God cannot also continue to make use of the previous means of revelation, if that is what it will take to make His plan of salvation known to any given
soul in any given environment.
The Magi of the First Advent were among the ancient peoples who could still, at that time, make legitimate usage of the constellations and astrology to perceive the immanency of future events revealed in the Zodiac.
The same stars and constellations are still there, but for the most part, the fact that God (Psalms 19:1/Romans 10:18) used them to declare His plan of salvation during ancient times has been largely “shelved” through the efforts of Satan and the Ephesians 6:12 forces of evil.
Anyone who now has access to Scripture, would be well advised not entertain any of the false and/or perverted uses of astrology that Satan has introduced and endorses in response to the Message of the Stars that God authored.
The following is a brief outline of past and FUTURE events that God revealed to Man during ancient times via the constellations:
Virgo: The coming and contribution of the Virgin Mary concerning the manifestation of our Lord’s humanity.
Libra: Sin must be paid for. Man, being spiritually incapable of atoning for sin needed a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Scorpio: Sin results in spiritual, physical, and temporal death.
Sagittarius: Demonism – the activity of evil beings in the spiritual realm.
Capricorn: Pre-Flood corruption of the Earth.
Aquarius: Noah’s Flood
Pisces: God’s Remnant
Gemini: Hyper-static Union
Cancer: Gathering of the redeemed
Leo Establishment of The King (Kingdom)
The line/voice spoken of by Paul (Romans 10:18) is speaking of the path on which the relevant celestial bodies can be seen in the night skies at various times of the year, that appear along the same path that the sun appears to take across the sky each day, depending one’s geographical location.
In the Romans 10 passage, Paul is speaking of the testimony of Old Testament believers and prophets, New Testament apostles, new testament disciples, Old Testament Scripture, New Testament Scripture (still being written at the time), and the message of the stellar universe, that ALL speak of the plan of salvation, leaving no one an excuse, and leaving no one outside of the circle in which God communicated or communicates with Man.
When the time (3rd to 4th generation after Noah) came for the devil to counter attack the plan of God through the introduction of false deities, Satan engineered and promoted an accompanying, but perverted use of the Zodiac as a central part of the “moon” god religion.
Instead of acknowledging the message of salvation, portrayed in the constellations, this distorted use of the Zodiac became the means by which the followers of pagan religions would attempt to use as a source of divination and guidance in their day to day lives.
Note that to the extent that God allows, Satan did and remains to have the ability to perform overt actions (Exodus 7:11) to promote his agenda. It was the misapplication of this principle through which the Lord’s enemies came to the blasphemous conclusion, attributing His miracles to the delegated power from Satan.
This form of demonic deception, when it is deployed by the devil, creates a degree of accreditation to the activity of the devil, as well as to doubts as to the identity of the source or power behind those who were called to do God’s will (Luke 11:15).
It is not be out of character for the devil to use his power to perform acts that would appear to lend credibility to the false use of the Zodiac that he manufactured.
This corrupted use of the Zodiac is where such things as modern day horoscopes originated, and why such things were eventually banned during ancient Hebrew history and punishable by death.
As in the case of EVERY means of revelation that God has ever deployed, the devil has manufactured a perverted form of it, with just enough “credibility” to and reinforcement to have it appear to be legitimate.
Like ANY form of counterfeiting, the fake must appear to be authentic if the intended deception is going to work.
In the secular world, those who deal with currency are NOT trained to detect counterfeit money by keeping up with endless and ongoing versions of counterfeit money, but by being able to confirm the real thing.
Edified believers of the Church Age (Acts 17:11) can do the same to protect themselves from false doctrine.
As of the Mosaic period, God began what was the start of a 1500 year process that would become what we now know as the completed Canon of Scripture that among other things would provide documentation all of the past, present, and future
activities that God has ordained for the human race as a whole.
It is this completed Canon of Scripture that would and did become God’s primary source of revelation for the Church
God spoke through many Old Testament prophets, providing the recipients of the messages with daily and lifetime guidance, some of which still have application for present day future events still to take place during the END TIMES and
During the Earthly ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, God spoke audibly to the world through the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ.
During the Apostolic period of the Church Age, God spoke through the mouths of the Apostles and the pastor teachers that they appointed in the various local assemblies of the early Church.
As of the end of Apostolic period, it would be through the mouths of evangelists that the Gospel would be primarily proclaimed, and it would be through the mouths of pastor teachers that born again believers would primarily receive their spiritual edification.
Needless to say, the devil has continued to offer his alternative counterfeits for each one of these means of communication that God has ordained.
God provided His message verbally to Adam. Satan provided his alternative to the woman (Eve).
God created the constellations and a message within them. Satan provided a false use of the Zodiac.
God provided prophets. Satan provided false prophets.
God provided the Bible. Satan distorts it, adds to it, rejects or ignores it, and endorses ALL other writings that contradict it.
God provided apostles and pastor- teachers and evangelists. Satan provides false apostles and a host of positions with functions that God NEVER gave to ANY man.
Modern day technology has greatly enables evangelists and pastor teachers, but this same technology is also being used (if not more so) by Satan and the Ephesians6:12 forces of evil to counterattack any forward progress that the permissive will of God will allow in the realm of spiritual warfare in the Angelic Conflict.
Note that changes in the primary means of communication throughout human history does NOT mean that God cannot or that he does NOT use previous means of revealing Himself, if that is what the circumstances of any individual or group of
There is not ONE soul that is not given the Eccl. 3:11 knowledge of God. On the basis of this knowledge, every soul that does not reach the age or stage of moral accountability is saved (2Sam. 12:23).
Upon reaching the age or stage of moral accountability (2Sam 12:23), each soul then has the responsibility and accountability to respond it, to the extent that God reveals Himself to EACH soul.
Human souls are accountable to the extent that God reveals Himself to each one, beginning with the Eccl. 3:11 knowledge of God.
The full revelation of God, as it pertains to salvation, comes with the presentation of the true Gospel Message.
At the same time, anyone who IS given the opportunity to hear the Gospel, and refuses to listen to it or rejects it after listening to it, condemns him/herself (John 3:18).
When Abram responded to the call of God, he was, “counted as righteous (Gen. 15:6)” as a result of believing in God to the extent that God had revealed Himself to him.
Scripture does NOT offer much information concerning the pre-salvation life of Abram or the reason why God chose him to fulfill the part of the plan of God that he did.
This same source also goes into a detailed account of how Abram was converted from the worship of the moon gods to faith in God.
Present day Muslims link Abram (Abraham) to the worship of Allah and name him as the “Father” of modern day Islamic faith, and promoted the faith through Ishmael, but Scripture reveals that Abram was a believer in the God of the Bible before departing Ur, ans before Ishmael was born. The Biblical blessings afforded to Ishmael and his descendants were/are temporal in nature (Gen. 17:20), and must be distinguished from the spiritual blessings concerning Isaac and his sons (Gen. 17:21).
Abram’s father remained to be a worshiper of the moon gods, from which Allah the moon god was made the primary moon Gob via Mohammad in the 8th century.
Scripture neither confirms nor denies to what extent Abram may or may not have been involved with the worship of the moon gods prior to his salvation, but Scripture is clear that Abram had entered into a personal relationship with God no later than the Genesis 15:6. Long before the birth of Ishmael. If one chooses to accept the historical account of Abram from his birth to the Genesis 15:6 incidents at age 50, this would mean that Abram was born again during some point in his 39 years in the house of Noah and Shem.
By any account, Abram later renamed Abraham was NOT the founder of what is now known as the Islamic faith.
Ishmael and his descendants were given certain national promises (Gen. 17:20) by God, but these great blessings were temporal in nature.
God made it clear that Isaac was to be the one (from Abram’s loins) to provide the family line through which the Message of the Stars would be fulfilled (Gen. 17:19).
Upon leaving Ur, Abram made an unauthorized stop in Haran.
We can conclude that it was not God who authorized this stop, as Haran provided the same pagan environment as Ur, being centers where the worship of the moon gods was prevalent.
Abram was called to separate himself from the pagan environment of Ur.
There are times when the call of God on someone’s life will involve either staying or going into an ungodly environment in order to evangelize the souls there, but this was not the calling of Abram.
Abram was being called to separate himself from the pagan worship environment of his father.
The “moon gods” is a category of many false deities that developed during the 3rd and 4th generation after the flood.
The gods and goddesses these false religions developed have a corresponding celestial body (sun, moon, planet or stars) or a natural image (man, beast, fish, bird, or a combination thereof) that plays a primary role in the pagan worship.
The veneration of these celestial bodies equated with the worship of the false gods and goddesses that they symbolically represented.
Such religious practice(s) and evolution is the end result of the
Romans 1: 8-32 course of action that the majority within each generation of fallen Man chooses to take.
Satan has a long history of working covertly through persons in positions of political, religious, and popular prominence. The devil is most successful when the system of religious and political authority is one in the same.
This can be documented as far back as the second and third generations of the descendants of Noah following the flood, evidenced by the activities as such persons as Cush and Nimrod.
In some cases, such personalities in the ancient world were deified (in their own minds or in the minds of those who followed them) either during or after their time here on Earth.
God, too, makes use of political authority to accomplish his plans for the human race through what He directs or allows such persons or their systems of power to do.
This can be seen Biblical record of the ancient Hebrews in their blessings under one pharaoh and persecution under another.
Our Lord spoke of the sovereignty of God superseding secular authority during His conversation with Pilate (John 19:11).
Such ancient and present-day systems of political and religious authority are often referred to as “beasts” in Scripture (Daniel Chapter 7/Revelation Chapters 4, 6, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19 and 20).
When the false prophet (Mohammad) in the 8th century came on the scene and established the “abomination that makes desolate” in Jerusalem, the seventh beast of Revelation was established, but received a fatal blow (to its forward) progress at the Battle of Tours in 732 AD.
The present day religious bonding of the Muslims throughout the Middle East is the rise of the 8th beast of Revelation, and will in the timing of God, bring about the Battle of Armageddon and the Second Advent.
While independent of each other as nations, they are united through common religious beliefs and control.
Such systems of power can be found both within the Christian Community, as in the case of the Holy Roman Empire, and outside of the Christian Community, as in the case of the 7th and 8th “beasts” in the Book of Revelation.
At the time of the tower of Babel,there were already some 360 moon “gods” or “goddesses” (false idols) being worshiped throughout the pagan world.
With the different languages and geographical locations entering the human environment, these “gods” and “goddesses” were given different names and images as the independent nations and their separate religious systems developed with the full endorsement of Satan.
In the course of the development of these false deities, many of them created intermediate gods or goddesses being promoted as having specific areas of power, knowledge, or influence, and were promoted as affording followers the opportunity to gain favor through which one could secure the pleasure and blessings of the primary moon god.
The concept of venerating physical objects and gaining favor with God through deceased human intercessors would
later infiltrate a large portion of the Church under the influence of the Holy Roman Empire.
Biblically endorsed intercessory prayer involves the prayers of believers on the Earth, the Lord Jesus Christ,
and God the Holy Spirit.
At the time that God called Abram, the worship of the moon gods had been well established, and Ur, from where Abram
was known as a major center for their worship.
Mohammad, in the seventh century (AD), in response to a vision that he claimed to have had, claimed himself to be
the last prophet of Allah.
According to Mohammad’s vision, Allah was from then on to be the one moon god to be worshipped to the exclusion
of all others.
As well as elevating Allah to a position of supremacy among the moon gods, Mohammad emphatically denied the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ and even the very existence of God the Holy Spirit, thereby clearly identifying himself as the false prophet of the "beast" spoken of in end time prophecy.
At that time, a mosque and a second structure were built in Jerusalem the area where the Court of the Gentiles and the Holy of Holies of the ancient Temple of God had stood existed before its destruction in 70 AD.
This is what made Mohammad the false prophet of the “beast” spoken of in Scripture, and the buildings he erected in the area where the former temple of God once stood, is the abomination that make desolation that is spoken of in Scripture.
Within this mosque are inscriptions that deny the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ and existence of God the Holy Spirit.
With the coming forth of Mohammad, A holy war was then declared, self-justifying the extermination of all “infidels”
(those who did not believe in Allah) within land or lands that did or would, come under the domain of Allah.
In time, according to Mohammad’s vision, this would include the entire world, along with the world-wide “elimination” of all infidels.
Global domination will not ever be achieved, as their plans to accomplish this will be cut short with the manifestation of the Second Advent when the beast attempts to destroy and remove Israel.
I mention this now as the concept of Allah goes as far back as the worship of multiple moon gods that were in place at the time of Abram’s call.
We will study these ancient events when we reach the END TIMES portion of our study.
When Scripture uses the term “forever”, it can mean never coming to an end, as in the case of eternal issues, and it can also mean existing without interruption until its purpose is accomplished.
Among the many false religions of that existed at the time that Abram (Abraham) was called from Ur, was the worship of the moon gods. Theses gods had a corresponding icon that was associated with one or more celestial objects such as the sun, moon, planet(s), or stars.
Popular among these pagan religions, was the worship of the Moon god, Allah.
As of the time Abram was called by God in Ur (Gen 15:6), he was a believer in the true God.
It is NOT unusual for God to make great use of a born again believer, who in their pre-salvation lives, had been notorious enemies of the faith (Acts 9).
Ever since the Fall of Man, we ALL come into this world as spiritually dead unbelievers with a nature that is hostile (Romans 8:7) towards God and the things of God, and vulnerable to the concepts that are offered in the name of false religion.
Thank God that we are also come into this world with a God-given knowledge of there being a true God (Eccl. 3:11/Romans 1:18-20), affording us to make a choice, when in the course of our time here on Earth, between the voice of God and the voice(s) of
Like many born again believers, there was inconsistency in Abram’s post salvation spiritual life. One day he is putting himself in harm’s way (when he chopped up the pagan idols in Ur), and yet he dragged his feet when it came to separating from his
father and relatives in order to fulfill the plan of God.
This principle prioritizing one’s spiritual believers over familial relationships is what the New Testament principle found in Luke 14:26 in all about. There, we read:
If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and
children, and brothers and sisters, yes, even his own life, he cannot be My disciple
(Luke 24: 26( NASB).”
The “comes to me” part is referring of salvation. Salvation sets the stage for discipleship, but success or failure in the realm of discipleship neither improves nor diminishes the integrity of one’s salvation.
Failure to place God, and or the things of God above and beyond conflicting familial considerations disqualifies a born again believer from advancing in discipleship.
While salvation cannot be lost, a born again believer can receive divine discipline (Hebrews 12:6) for rejecting the call to enter into or to advance in post salvation discipleship.
Note that the “hate” spoken of in Luke 14:26 does not mean that God wants us to have negative feelings towards family members, but that IF and when we are given the choice of favoring one to the displeasure of the other, a disciple is called to choose for God and/or the things of God.
The plan of God would not and did not continue until after the death of Aram’s father, as Abram did not leave Haran or its pagan environment until after his father died.
Instead of viewing the human servants of God as portrayed in what I call the “Sunday School” image, Scripture reveals the faults and failures of these great men and woman of God.
From Adam on down, God reveals the human frailty in each one of God’s servants.
Even the sinless Lord Jesus Christ asked God the Father, if it were possible to achieve His mission by some means
other than the ordeal of the impending cross! I believe our Lord's concern was the ability of His humanity to endure long enough for Him to fulfill its divine purpose of atonement on the cross.In the same prayer, our Lord also acknowledged that it was the will of God the Father that was to be (Luke 22: 42). If what our Lord was to do was to be done with the power of His deity, then this would have been of no concern to Him.Note that an angel from Heaven came down and ministered to the humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ. This, I believe, was to minister to His physical needs as the pressure was so great that His bled through His sweat glands (Luke 22: 43: 44). This, I believe, was a foreshadowing of the ministry of God the Holy Spirit that would sustain Him in His Humanity during the events that led up to and while on the cross.
Pointing out the frailty of many of the Lord's servants is not to condone the negative choices or behaviors that other servants of God made or got involved in, but should be a source of encouragement to each one of us and dissuade us from placing unrealistic expectations on self or others.
Even the results of our negative or independent choices will eventually be used by God to set the stage for the next
phase, as God works ALL things for good for those who are called for HIS purposes.
Abram acquired great wealth and prosperity during his stay in Haran.
Since it was in the best interests of Satan for Abram to remain in Haran, it can be reasonably concluded that the
temporal prosperity that Abram acquired there came from the hand of the devil (Luke 4:6).
Satan is always more than willing to bless anyone or anything that will run interference with the plan of God.
Satan had good reasons to encourage Abram to remain in Haran and to proceed no further, geographically or
figuratively in the plan of God.
Upon finally departing Haran, Abram brought his wealth with him. It was with the wealth that he acquired in Haran that
he arrived in the land of Canaanites.
It was not until Abram chose to move on, both geographically and in the execution of the plan of God that God
revealed to Abram the location of where his descendants would eventually receive the national promise of the Abrahamic Covenant.
In Genesis 12:7 (NASB) we read, “To your (Abram’s) descendants I (God) will give this (Canaanite) land.”
Did God just spin a globe around in the Situation Room of Heaven and randomly select the Land of Canaan as being the
No! This was in response to a curse that the descendants of Ham would receive as a result of the curse that Noah
placed on them following the incident documented in Gen. 9:25, 26.
Whenever the specifics of the plan of God are revealed, Satan and the Ephesians 6: 12 forces of evil adjust the
focus point of the spiritual combat to counter-attack or impede it's progress.
To disregard the significance of the spiritual combat that takes place each and every DAY in the dispensation and
generation in which God has placed us is a tremendous achievement of the devil.
The devil promotes all kinds of distractions and alternatives to what the plan of God is calling us to do! These
distractions and/or alternatives can come in the form of either adversity overt prosperity.
As a general rule, they are what make up the ups and downs, twists and turns of what those without spiritual
discernment would call everyday life.
he historical record of Scripture has been preserved for us so that we can be edified as to what the plan of God
is and what phase of it that we presently are engaged.
The same pitfalls that believers of the past generations and dispensations faced, are the same ones that we have
faced, are facing, and will face until our time or departure or the Rapture takes place!
Scripture records that Abram continued on in his journey to Bethel and was headed for the Negev (southern
part of the land). Then, a famine brought Abram to the land of Egypt.
A (human) plot to deceive the status of Sarai (as Abram’s wife) was entertained, as Abram feared that he would
be murdered by the Egyptians in order for them to have Sarai and all of his temporal possessions.
Satan undoubtedly reasoned that as long and Abram and Sarai were kept apart, there could not be any heir produced
that could fulfill God’s plan.
The title of Pharaoh does NOT refer to only one person of ancient history, but to the one person who was the ruler
of the Egyptian empire at any given time.
Pharaoh, having taken Sarai (later renamed Sarah) into his house, gave Abram much wealth.
However, before anything came of it, Pharaoh was stricken with plagues.
When the deception of Sarai’s true (marital) status was learned of, Pharaoh, in fear of further consequences, had
Abram and Sarai escorted out of the land of Egypt, taking the acquired wealth obtained there with them.
Abram retraced his path back to the Negev and then to Bethel where he had formerly set up camp.
Lot, who was still traveling along with Abram, had also obtained much personal wealth.
As a result there were not enough natural resources in the immediate area to sustain the large herds of both Abram
Abram gave Lot the choice, and as a result, Lot separated from Abram and headed for the Jordan Valley. Abram settled
Once again, we can see the principle of full obedience taking place BEFORE progress in the plan of God takes place.
Abram had taken Lot, his nephew, with him when he left Ur, in an act of non-compliance with the specific
instructions to separate from his relatives.
It was not until Abram and Lot separated that God revealed to Abram additional details concerning the land of
Canaan and its relationship to the Promised Land.
In Gen. 13: 14-17 (NASB) we read, “The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Now lift up
your eyes and look from the place where you (Abram) are, northward and southward, and eastward, and westward (14); for all the land which you see, I (God) will give it to you and to your servants forever (15).
Israel would possess and occupy portions of this land on and off throughout their national history, butt the “forever” (meaning without interruption) part would not start to be fulfilled until AFTER the days of the Gentiles are completed.
The stage was set for the days of the Gentiles to end in 1948 with the re-establishment of Israel as a nation, and was finalized in 1967 when Jerusalem was no longer under Gentile control.
The end of the days of the Gentiles was also the start of the END TIMES referred to in BOTH the Old Testament (Book
of Daniel) and the New Testament Gospels, epistles, and Book of Revelation.
The presence of the Jews, especially in the status of a nation, would be opposed by many groups for a variety of reasons, and its destruction (as a nation) and a people has been the underlying and ultimate objective of its political, social, economic, and
religious enemies throughout the course of secular history.
The removal of the Jews, as a people and as a nation, has been and will continue to be the reason that there will NEVER be a lasting peace in this area of world, and will be what will ultimately bring on the Battle of Armageddon.
There are political, temporal, and religious reasons behind anti-Semitism, but ALL point to elimination of Israel
as being the starting point for resolving these ancient issues.
Satan has his own reasons (Rev. 20:10) for NOT wanting to see END TIME prophecies fulfilled, and understands all
too well the role that the Jews have to play in them.
For this reason, the devil promotes any and d all grievances that Israel’s enemies have.
We will study these principles when we come to that part of our study of the Angelic Conflict.
Satan supports ANY political, social, economic, and religious institution or activity that would desire to
either impede or to destroy the Jews as both a people and a nation.
The long-term Islamic agenda is to place the entire world under the rule of Allah and to rule it under the precepts
of the Koran.
The presence of Jews within the primary area of the present day Islamic World, aka the eighth beast of the Book
of Revelation, is especially offensive to them.
Accordingly, in the religious eyes of the 8th beast of Revelation, there is an equal “justification” for the death and destruction of any individual or nation that would act in a favorable manner towards the Jews as either a people or a nation.
In time, ANY nation that does not willingly submit to the global rule of Allah would inevitably become the mortal enemy of Islamic goal of global reign, but the immediate focus in on any nation or coalition of nations that takes sides with Israel.
Israel was re-established as a nation in 1948. In 1967, Israel regained political control of Jerusalem, bringing the days of the Gentiles to an end, and ushered in the END TIMES.
This re-establishment of Israel (as a nation) was in fulfillment of end time prophecy, bringing to the forefront of current events land and religious disputes in the Middle East that will inevitably bring Man to the Battle of Armageddon and the return of the Lord Jesus Christ in the VERY near future. We will examine the activity of the Angelic Conflict during the end times when we reach tha point in our study.
After the separation of Abram (Abraham) and Lot, Lot was taken prisoner as a war refugee and relieved of his
possessions as spoils of war in a war that broke out in the geographical area where he had settled.
When word of Lot’s situation reached Abram, Abram mustered his men, rescued Lot and recovered his
Abram apparently had concerns as to what these kings and peoples may do in retaliation for their defeat and loss of
the possessions that Abram recovered upon rescuing Lot. History records that the result of one conflict is what sets
the stage for the next. The ironic part is how enemies in one war become allies in the next.
God (Genesis 15:1) reassured Abram that he had nothing to fear, as God was and would continue to be his source of
protection (Gen.15: 1).After being reassured that the Lord would continue to be Abram’s protector, Abram raised the issue of his heir. According to custom, Eliezer of Damascus was the one who was in line to be the temporal heir of Abram. As of this time, Abraham had produced no heir from his loins.
The Lord, again, reassured Abram that he would have many descendants. Here (Genesis 15:5), the Lord used the uncounted number of the stars as an illustration of how many descendants would have. The descendants being spoken of here were to come from his loins. These descendants were to be the “spiritual” family of God, who in the course of time, would come to believe in the Savior depicted in the Message Of The Stars, whose humanity would come through Abram and the line of (Isaac) the heir that was still to come forth from the loins of Abram.
Abram believed this message from God, and his belief was counted as righteousness. Abram had already been saved, but was now righteous (or in line with) the plan of God.
The Lord, at that time, revealed further details concerning the land in which the descendants of the heir (Isaac) were
going to inherit. However, this event would not take place immediately, as God also revealed that before entering into the land, they were going to be enslaved in another land (Egypt) for 400 years.
The timing for the removal of the present inhabitants had not come as of yet (Genesis 15:16). When the time came, the Kenite, Kenizzite, Kadmonite, Hittite, Perizzite, Repham, Amorite, Caanite, Girgashite and the Jebusite peoples were to be conquered and their land seized as a promised inheritance from God (Genesis : 18-21).
Land entitlement has been an issue in this part of the world since ancient times, but it was and will be the religious
differences that will be what motivates the 8th beast of Revelation to attempt to oust the nation of Israel from its land in the End times.
Our Lord taught that wars and rumors of wars must take place (Matthew 24:6), as it is by such means that God has chosen
to set the stage for the unfolding of the plan of God.
Contrary to human viewpoint, the rise, the fall, and boundaries of all nations are in accordance to the will and master
plan of God (Acts 17:26), manifested by all that God directs or allows to take place in the course of world history. Many wars and rumors of wars have been the result of the spiritual combat that has been taking place in the minds of men and woman, good and evil, who have been in secular positions of authority (Romans 13:1) over the course of secular history. God does not violate the free will of these individuals, but being aware of what decisions and actions they are going to choose to take, factors this knowledge into the writing of the Divine Decree.
Satan, and the Ephesians 6:12 forces of evil, to the extent that God allows in the course of the Angelic Conflict, has influenced both secular and religious world leaders to engage in wars and campaigns with the objective of impeding the plan of God concerning the Jews and the Church.
Despite well intended efforts to secure world peace, every day of world history brings us one day closer to Armageddon.
Ten years passed since Abram settled in the land of Canaan, and still there was no “promised” heir. Abram, upon taking the
advice of Sarai, his wife, brought about a natural descendant (Ishmael) with the surrogate services of his wife’s servant girl, Hagar. Failing to wait for the promises of God to manifest themselves, believers often engage in activities that are contrary to the timing and the plan of God, and bring on much adversity in the process. At that time, and in the End Times, the devil made and will make
use of Abram did to generate much adversity and controversy in both the political and religious realm.
God provided for the much despised Hagar (Genesis 16:9), and granted certain tporal blessings for Ishmael (Genesis 17:-20), but God totally rejected Ishmael as being the means through which the humanity of the Savior would come (Gen. 17:19), fulfilling the plan of salvation as portrayed in the Message Of The Stars that had been revealed to Abram.
Thirteen years after the birth of Ishmael (Gen. 16:16/Gen. 17:1), the Lord appeared to Abram and announced it was nearing the time for the birth of the promised heir, even though Abram and Sarai were both passed the natural ability to produce children without divine intervention.
Abram, was now renamed Abraham by God, as Abram and the descendants of his heir (Isaac) who was about to come, would enter
into a covenant with God in that through (Isaac) the humanity of the Savior would eventually come. As a sign of this covenant, the ritual of circumcision was introduced and all the males of Abraham’s house were circumcised.
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