Scripture reveals that there are opposing forces that exist in the universe and these form an unseen warfare that is spiritual in nature.  The prophets Ezekiel and Isaiah provide glimpses into eternity past which reveal the basis for a struggle that continues to this day. 

Speaking of Lucifer, later called Satan, God declares … "You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: The ruby, the topaz, and the diamond; the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper; the lapis lazuli, the turquoise, and the emerald; and the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets, was in you.  On the day that you were created they were prepared.  "You were the anointed cherub who covers, and I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God; you walked in the midst of the stones of fire.  "You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created” (Ezek 28:13-15 NASB). 

What a magnificent portrait of the cherub created by God to serve the second member of the Trinity.  In keeping with God’s divine essence, His creation was perfect, beyond human expression of beauty and designed to glorify Himself.  However, Lucifer allowed unrighteousness and evil intent to enter into his thinking.  Arrogance led to him fomenting a plan of rebellion against his Creator.  Lucifer, a cherub who once radiated the light of God now was steeped in darkness. The light of God exposed the thinking of this one who, also called the devil, would war against God.

Isaiah records the charges presented by the Sovereign God in the Court of Heaven.  "But you said in your heart, 'I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north.  'I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High'” (Isa 14:13-14 NASB). 

God, being Just, pronounced a verdict of guilty and Matthew in his gospel reveals how the sentence would eventually be carried out in … the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels.”  (Matt 25:41b NASB). Between those judicial proceedings and the future execution of that sentence, there is obviously an undetermined internal of time that accounts for the creation of the heavens, the earth and human history. 

Since a perfect God can only create that which is compatible with His essence, the infinite God opens His revealed Word to mankind with a dogmatic statement … “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen 1:1 NASB).  It is for finite man to accept or reject that which God has affirmed.  The fact that some choose to deny the Creator God and his creative act is rooted in a second statement found immediately after God’s pronouncement of creation. “And the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep” (Gen 1:2a NASB). 

God is not a creator of chaos.  Apparently, this condition was the result of judgment, prior to human history, against the author of darkness, that same cherub who rebelled against God in eternity past. The same God who executed judgment against Satan, had a plan that demonstrated grace toward his new creation, mankind.  The Genesis narrative continues … "Let there be light"; and there was light” (Gen 1:3 NASB).

And the light of God still continues to be demonstrated in human history, not only through celestial bodies,  but in a Person, Jesus Christ who proclaimed … “I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12 NASB). 

Two opposing conditions face every person in life -- to remain in darkness and condemnation or to enter by faith into the light of salvation freely offered by faith.  “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness” (John 12:46 NIV).

 

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