He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
For by Him all things were created, in Heaven and on Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him.
Colossians 1:15-16 English Standard Version (ESV)
I am touched by what I shared recently! The Word!
Satan with ALL his knowledge of The Word can quote it backwards and forward!
There are SO many reasons we were given the experience of Jesus after the fast! SO many!
We will focus on one thing in particular:
The Word in NO WAY is used against Satan! he was there when it was written by man! he knows it inside and out! he quotes it!
Bible verses about Wisdom of Satan
No Christian thinks that the message of Christ is foolishness, nor do we think that the wisdom of men is really all that wise—in fact, we have a tendency to reject it. What the Bible shows is that we are susceptible to it.
“Let him who thinks he stands take heed, lest he fall”
1 Corinthians 10:12
We should not willingly put ourselves in the line of fire. None of us is strong enough to resist Satan as Jesus Christ did—it took Christ to defeat him! All that God asks us to do is resist him. If we do this, Christ will come to our aid and rebuke him. Never be deceived into believing that we can out-think, out-wit, out-subtle, or spiritually overcome Satan alone. His powers and “wisdom” would put us to shame.
1 John 4:6
The story of Lucifer’s fall is described in two key Old Testament chapters—Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14. Let’s briefly look at both of these.
It would seem from the context of Ezekiel 28 that the first ten verses of this chapter are dealing with a human leader. Then, starting in verse 11 and on through verse 19, Lucifer is the focus of discussion.
THE FALL OF LUCIFER IN THE BIBLE
What is the rationale for the conclusion that these latter verses refer to the fall of Lucifer? Whereas the first ten verses in this chapter speak about the ruler of Tyre (who was condemned for claiming to be a god though he was just a man), the discussion moves to the king of Tyre starting in verse 11. Many scholars believe that though there was a human “ruler” of Tyre, the real “king” of Tyre was Satan, for it was he who was ultimately at work in this anti-God city and it was he who worked through the human ruler of the city.
Some have suggested that these verses may actually be dealing with a human king of Tyre who was empowered by Satan. Perhaps the historic king of Tyre was a tool of Satan, possibly even indwelt by him. In describing this king, Ezekiel also gives us glimpses of the superhuman creature, Satan, who was using, if not indwelling, him.
Now, there are things that are true of this “king” that—at least ultimately—cannot be said to be true of human beings. For example, the king is portrayed as having a different nature from man (he is a cherub, verse 14); he had a different position from man (he was blameless and sinless, verse 15); he was in a different realm from man (the holy mount of God, verses 13,14); he received a different judgment from man (he was cast out of the mountain of God and thrown to the earth, verse 16); and the superlatives used to describe him don’t seem to fit that of a normal human being (“full of wisdom,” “perfect in beauty,” and having “the seal of perfection,” verse 12 NASB).
WHO IS LUCIFER, WHY DID HE REBEL?
Our text tells us that this king was a created being and left the creative hand of God in a perfect state (Ezekiel 28:12,15). And he remained perfect in his ways until iniquity was found in him (verse 15b). What was this iniquity? We read in verse 17, “Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor.” Lucifer apparently became so impressed with his own beauty, intelligence, power, and position that he began to desire for himself the honor and glory that belonged to God alone. The sin that corrupted Lucifer was self-generated pride.
Apparently, this represents the actual beginning of sin in the universe—preceding the fall of the human Adam by an indeterminate time. Sin originated in the free will of Lucifer in which—with full understanding of the issues involved—he chose to rebel against the Creator.
This mighty angelic being was rightfully judged by God: “I threw you to the earth” (Ezekiel 28:18). This doesn’t mean that Satan had no further access to heaven, for other Scripture verses clearly indicate that Satan maintained this access even after his fall (Job 1:6-12; Zechariah 3:1,2). However, Ezekiel 28:18indicates that Satan was absolutely and completely cast out of God’s heavenly government and his place of authority (Luke 10:18).
Isaiah 14:12-17 is another Old Testament passage that may refer to the fall of Lucifer. We must be frank in admitting that some Bible scholars see no reference whatsoever to Lucifer in this passage. It is argued that the being mentioned in this verse is referred to as a man (Isaiah 14:16); is compared with other kings on the earth (verse 18); and the words, “How you have fallen from heaven” (verse 12), is alleged to refer to a fall from great political heights.
There are other scholars who interpret this passage as referring only to the fall of Lucifer, with no reference whatsoever to a human king. The argument here is that the description of this being is beyond humanness and hence could not refer to a mere mortal man.
There is a third view that I think is preferable to the two views above. This view sees Isaiah 14:12-17 as having a dual reference. It may be that verses 4 through 11 deal with an actual king of Babylon. Then, in verses 12 through 17, we find a dual reference that includes not just the king of Babylonbut a typological description of Lucifer as well.
If this passage contains a reference to the fall of Lucifer, then the pattern of this passage would seem to fit that of the Ezekiel 28 reference—that is, first a human leader is described, and then dual reference is made to a human leader and Satan.
It is significant that the language used to describe this being fits other passages in the Bible that speak about Satan. For example, the five “I wills” in Isaiah 14 indicate an element of pride, which was also evidenced in Ezekiel 28:17 (cf. 1 Timothy 3:6 which makes reference to Satan’s conceit).
As a result of this heinous sin against God, Lucifer was banished from living in heaven (Isaiah 14:12). He became corrupt, and his name changed from Lucifer (“morning star”) to Satan (“adversary”). His power became completely perverted (Isaiah 14:12,16,17). And his destiny, following the second coming of Christ, is to be bound in a pit during the 1000-year millennial kingdom over which Christ will rule (Revelation 20:3), and eventually will be thrown into the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41).
In this day and age, there are so many ‘preaching’ The Word! Is it truly The Word as written? The subtle ‘translation’ in God in the flesh’ time on Earth is evident!
“Jump” Satan said. “For God will send His angel’s to protect you from striking Your foot on a stone!” An attempt to use The Word to fell The Word!
In essence, he said You being You are protected! The Word said (I The Word) “Tempt not The LORD your God!”
Even backtracking a tad, having fasted for 40 days and nights. Satan started from a simple “IF you are The Son of God” (a Part of The Most high) simply ask these stones to be bread!
Jesus could have summoned angel’s to provide sustenance; but He said (quoting Scripture – Himself) Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. and Luke 4:4: And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
Why is this deep?! MAN (not things in the spiritual) MAN! God was here as Man to respond to the challenge! God was challenged to live as Man and see how easily He would fall!
Remember Jesus was 100% Man. He was born physically as Man, grew as Man, ate as Man. In The Word, pretty much nothing said about His youth. In researching, I have found text that suggest that they document the youthful days of Jesus.
Again this is unimportant. I think fallacy. It is not in The bible! God did not intend for it to be! Why in Jewish custom do we have bar mitvah and mitzvah?
According to Jewish law, when Jewish boys become 13 years old, they become accountable for their actions and become a bar mitzvah. A girl becomes a bat mitzvah at the age of 12 according to Orthodox and Conservative Jews, and at the age of 13 according to Reform Jews.
In The Word, only after Jesus presentation in the temple – His Bar Mitvah, are we told of His works.
Even then, we do not see many till after His baptism, His turning water to wine…that He was led by The Spirit to begin His fast.
Jesus – God in The Flesh. Was EVERY bit as human as us. He knew exactly what He was here for! We read in The Word multiple places that He says exactly what would happen:
Jesus Predicts His Death
He then began to teach them that the Son of Manmust suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law,and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
Mark 8:31-33 New International Version (NIV)
From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.
Matthew 16:21 English Standard Version (ESV)
With the third temptation there is so much attached to it! Satan has a council much similar to the council of angel’s the presented themselves as described in the book of Job.
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.
7 And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
8 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
9 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
12 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.
There are a multitude of reasons I share this. The Word is there so we can learn from it!
Satan is not prevented from Heaven. Satan was created with superhuman abilities, strength, power and beauty. He was a head cherub and walked on and through the fiery stoned.
You were anointed as a guardian cherub,
for so I ordained you.
You were on the holy mount of God;
you walked among the fiery stones.
You were blameless in your ways
from the day you were created
till wickedness was found in you.
The Bible teaches that fallen angels are invisible, supernatural, angelic, spirits created by God. Satan employs them as his immoral agents. After one-third of the heavenly angels sided with Satan, they were cast out of heaven to the earth (Revelation 12:4).
The Bible calls fallen angels devils, demons, evil, and unclean spirits. Their lust for power is matched with an evil mind, emotions, and will. In their present, restrained state, demon angels are awaiting God’s final judgment and their ultimate destination: God’s predestined, eternal hell, a place of “reserved everlasting chains.”
While the Bible doesn’t offer the exact number of angels, the hosts could outnumber people. Of all the multitudes of angels God created, fallen angels comprise one-third. Satan keeps demons in bondage to his will: corrupting humans to separate them from God.
Fallen Angels — What are demons allowed and forbidden to do?
God controls the universe — including Satan. However, He permits Satan to assign demons to activities and people to test. Demons tempt, accuse, and deceive. Demons dominate and captivate people who practice sin. Demons can inflict disease, ruining bodies and souls (Luke 9:42).
Demons can possess a person who is not under God’s protection (i.e. saved from sin by Jesus Christ), causing them to say and commit evil things (Matthew 8:28-24). The goal of demons is to separate as many people from God as possible forevermore, taking them to eternal hell with them. Their war strategy is influencing the mind to reject the Lord Jesus and live in sin. In God’s churches, they attempt to draw people away from the truth (1 John 4:1).
Satan and demons cannot possess true Christians because the Holy Spirit indwells and protects them (1 John 4:4). Although demons can oppress people and tempt them to sin, they cannot make people choose wrong. Demons fear God’s presence (James 2:19).
Here, I try not to give too much credit to beauty and perfection himself – Satan. He was created perfect. I am moved to add that not all that glitters is gold. It may be in our Earthly sense. But, gaze on it with a spiritual eye.
God wants to give you a greater vision of who He is and the plans He has for you. Satan’s goal is to use guilt, insecurity and fears to keep us from growing and living a full, joyful life. You can tap into the power of God’s vision for your life by meditating on Scriptures of promise!
When you spend time in prayer, worship and the Word, God will reveal dreams and visions far greater than you ever imagined. Here are my favorite Bible verses when I’m seeking the Lord’s guidance and vision over my life, as well as a prayer to focus my heart.
Lord, I praise you for inviting me into your eternal purpose. I thank you that you are working out everything in conformity with the purpose of your will (Ephesians 1:11). You are the master strategist. Give me a greater vision of your purpose for my life. Awaken my heart and establish your reign in my life. Out of Your glorious riches strengthen me with power through Your Spirit in my inner being and give me a spirit of wisdom and revelation that I may know you better (Ephesians 3:16-17). Make me fully alive to your destiny in my life. Amen.
If you lack – ask!
If you need – seek in prayer and fasting (casting off the flesh for a time builds the spiritual.)
The next verse I share is with the reason to show you how we are instructed to be:
Defraud ye not one the other, unless it be with consent for a time only, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not through your lack of selfrestraint.
1 Corinthians 7:4
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
For your other half NOTHING says “No!” But rather, realize what it says. I will be EXTREMELY clear here. We have lightly touched on things of the flesh: pornography and the like…
Galatians 5:19–21 speaks of the works of the flesh, saying they are “evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these.”
Paul then warns “that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” The works of the flesh are the things human beings naturally tend toward that are contrary to God’s design for us (Romans 1:28–29). Those who pursue lifestyles characterized by immorality, anger, divisiveness, drunkenness, etc., are giving evidence that they are not saved (see Matthew 7:20).
When the Bible speaks of the “flesh,” it is often referring to our natural sin tendencies. We are all born with a sin nature (Romans 5:12). Our natural predilection is to please ourselves any way we see fit. We can be trained to behave in more socially acceptable ways and even find enjoyment in being kind to others. However, without the power of God, we remain self-centered. We do what we do, even good things, because we receive some selfish payoff. Anything not done from faith or love for God—any deed not empowered by the Holy Spirit—is a “work of the flesh” (Romans 8:8; 14:23).
At salvation, the Holy Spirit moves into the repentant heart, making it possible for us to make choices that are of the Spirit, rather than the flesh (Galatians 5:16; Ezekiel 36:27; Romans 8:4; Colossians 3:5–8). We are to consider ourselves “crucified with Christ” (Galatians 2:20) and our old sin nature dead (Romans 6:2, 11), but the flesh does not die easily. A battle still rages within even the most dedicated follower of Christ. The apostle Paul wrote eloquently of this battle in Romans 7. Verses 21–23 say, “So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.”
Works of the flesh are not always as obvious as the ones listed above. They can even be found within Christian ministry, as people try to gain popularity or self-worth under the guise of serving Christ. Diotrephes was rebuked for this in 3 John 1:9. Trying to please God from selfish motivation leads to unhealthy competition, slander, bitterness, and eventual burnout (Galatians 1:10).
The works of the flesh are in total contrast with the fruit of the Spirit, detailed in Galatians 5:22–23. What pleases the Lord in our lives is not a “work” but a “fruit” that the Spirit alone can produce. We can avoid works of the flesh by staying continually submitted to the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to direct every aspect of our lives (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:25).
I was reading The Word and even realized that what is ‘naturallt’ a no-no is more so spiritually!
Women and Their Menstrual Cycle
(God said to do what?)
Many times it is difficult to understand a concept or a practice of a civilization from thousands of years ago. Different cultures have had many practices that do not make sense to us today, but perhaps a proper understanding of that practice might help us gain clarity. The Hebrew practice to separate their women from others during their menstrual cycle is one such practice. Did God have a good reason for this law? Or perhaps we don’t quite understand this law. The purpose of this article is to identify the reason God gave menstruation statutes and how we should apply them today.
Uncleanness in the Bible:
The scripture speaks much about being unclean. The Hebrew word for unclean is ṭâmê’, which literally means, “polluted (-tion), unclean”(Strong’s Dictionary – H2931). The Greek word used for unclean in the New Testament is akathartos, which literally means, “impure – foul, unclean” (Strong’s Dictionary – G169). The meaning of unclean in the scripture is impure or polluted. Things or people that were unclean were foul, impure, or polluted. There is nothing about this that is ceremonial like many seem to believe. To be unclean simply meant that you were infectious. If you look at the causes to be unclean this becomes clear. You could become unclean by touching a dead body (Lev. 5:2), by childbirth (Lev. 12:2), by disease (Lev. 13:3), during a menstrual cycle (Lev. 15:19), when you have an open wound (Lev. 15:5-12), and many more. The one common theme is that of infection. The ancient Hebrews most likely did not know about bacterial infections and microbes that cause disease. They simply were given the laws to avoid such things. Modern science confirms this. Every example in the scripture of an unclean situation can be scientifically explained today.
It is important to remember that to be unclean was not sin. It was a normal thing that could happen on a regular basis. That does not mean that sin could not cause uncleanness. When someone had a disease such as the botch of Egypt or scabs it was due to sin (Deut. 28:27). Though the scripture is not clear, these diseases were most likely a result of breaking one of God’s health or dietary laws. The point is, being unclean was a natural part of the Hebrew society and God’s law regarding how to deal with uncleanness was meant to protect the individual and the society from these diseases. The menstruation laws of the scripture are simply designed to protect the woman and society from infection. Menstruation is not a sin, but the discharge is infectious and needs to be taken care of.
Interpreting the scripture can be difficult, but it does not have to be. The problem we have is we lack the knowledge of how to study the scriptures. This should not be the case for the scripture tells us plainly how to study it. According to Isaiah 28:9-14, the Bible is written in legal code. It was written, “precept … upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little” (Is. 28:10). We need to study the Bible as a lawyer would study law. This type of study is called code pleading. You can read more about code pleading here.
Though code pleading is the method of study the scripture portrays, there is more to the story. According to the scriptures we need to study the law in the Spirit of the Law, as opposed to the letter of the law. The Spirit of the Law comes from a maxim of law that says, the intent of the lawmaker is the law. It is our duty to study scriptural law in light of God’s intent for that law. This is the basics of biblical study. We need to study the Bible as a law book and seek to determine God’s intent for each statute. You can read more about the Spirit of the Law here.
The point to all this is simple, when you study the scriptural laws concerning clean and unclean, the only way it makes sense is in light of God’s intent for that law. If we try to spiritualize or ceremonialize these laws they make God look incompetent and ridiculous. Why would anyone want to follow a God that asks us to do such ridiculous things. The truth is, there is a logical reason for each one of God’s laws. We just need to “Study to shew [ourselves] approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). If we study diligently using the above two principles we will discover why God gave us these laws.
A Modern Understanding:
Using the principles of study above, we will now take a look at the biblical menstruation laws. Here is the passage in it’s entirety.
And if a woman have an issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be put apartseven days: and whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the even. And every thing that she lieth upon in her separation shall be unclean: every thing also that she sitteth upon shall be unclean. And whosoever toucheth her bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. And whosoever toucheth any thing that she sat upon shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. And if it be on her bed, or on any thing whereon she sitteth, when he toucheth it, he shall be unclean until the even. And if any man lie with her at all, and her flowers be upon him, he shall be unclean seven days; and all the bed whereon he lieth shall be unclean. (Lev. 15:19-24)
This is the entirety of the verses in question regarding menstruation. The words highlighted yellow are key words that need to be identified for proper understanding. Here are the words with their Strong’s definition:
• put apart (niddâh – H5079) – properly rejection; by implication impurity, especially personal menstruation.
• her – not in the original language. The Hebrew words involved are nâga‛ which means to touch and ṭâmê’ which means unclean. This verse does not say not to touch the woman/her, but to not touch the unclean.
• it (hû’ hı̂y’ – H1931) – the third person pronoun singular, (he, she or it).
• and her flowers (niddâh – H5079) – properly rejection; by implication impurity, especially personal menstruation.
The previous definitions will help gain an understanding of the meaning of this particular statute. Many assume this means that a woman has to be separated from her household for seven days when she is menstruating. This understanding might appear to be correct based upon the English translations alone, but when each Hebrew word is defined the truth becomes clear. In fact, what might be most confusing is that the Jewish tradition was that of the letter of the law. They believed they needed to separate their women for seven days from the rest of the household. However, as the Messiah demonstrated throughout the scriptures, the Jews followed their traditions over the commandments of God (Matt. 15:3, Mark 7:6-7, etc.). Just because the Jews interpreted this passage this way does not mean this is how God intended it. Remember, the Spirit of the Law is to determine the intent and purpose of the Lawgiver. We need to understand the menstruation laws as God understands them.
The subject of this entire section is niddâh(H5079). This word references the flow of blood from a woman during menstruation. Unfortunately, in Lev. 15:19 this word is translated as “put away”, but should be translated as”rejection.” That is, the rejection of blood from the woman’s body. This verse is saying she shall be menstruating for seven days, not to put women apart from the family. This makes sense for a woman’s menstrual cycle is typically one week. In Lev. 15:24 this word is translated as “her flowers” and refers to the flow of blood that is not to touch a man. The niddâh (H5079 – rejections, impurity, menstruation, etc.) is called “it” in Lev. 15:23 and is the real subject of this passage. We are to protect people from the “it,” which is the menstrual blood from a woman. If this niddâh gets on the couch, bed, or any person, they are unclean and need to wash. Women are to be careful to make sure this niddâh does not contaminate anything. The sanitary pads women use today do a wonderful job of this, but the practice to put women outside the house for seven days was a very disrespectful practice of the Hebrew people. The truth is, the scriptures speak of sanitary “rags” women used during menstruation. In Isaiah 64:6 God declares that”all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.” The words “filthy rags” are the Hebrew words filthy (‛êd- the menstrual flux – Strong’s Dictionary – H5708) and rags (beged – a covering, that is, clothing – Strong’s Dictionary – H898). This is a reference to the Hebrew practice of a pad to cover the discharge of a woman during menstruation. This law does not refer to separating the women from the household, but of separating the discharge from contact with people. The next few verses confirm this understanding by explaining how to deal with an extended menstrual cycle. The topic here is of a seven day period of menstruation, not a seven day period of separating women from their households. Of course, there is a separation of intimacy between a husband and wife during those seven days, but this is not to be understood as the wife leaving the household.
The bottom line is this, there are three things that our bodies need to do that we are responsible to keep clean. Men have to deal with two of the three while women have to deal with all three. Both men and women need to keep their bodies and others clean after urinating and defecating (Deut. 23:13). Women have a third responsibility due to their reproductive system. Since women have the ability to bear children, their bodies discharge on a monthly cycle. God has given women instructions on how to deal with this necessary, but unclean discharge.
It is very unfortunate that many read these verses and automatically assume God is asking us to do some sort of ceremonial ritual to please him. This sounds very religious and not like God at all. God gave us a law, not a religion. The New Covenant gives us the means to practice this law by forgiving us of our sins and providing the Holy Spirit for help. To interpret a law like God’s menstruation laws in such a ridiculous way gives credence to the Pharisees and their strange practices and makes God look incompetent. I think we should give God some credit and look at His laws through the eyes of His Spirit. This will help us to make sense of the “perfect law of liberty” (James 1:25), but to see this as a religious ceremony as the Pharisees did makes God’s law to be without liberty and hard to understand.
By Steve Siefken
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth
not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15 KJV