June 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

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Satan's Mirror Image!
Christians, Know Your Enemy!

Everything in this world, both physical and spiritual, had a beginning. The way people think began with being taught by their parents, then educators, and finally religious leaders. We are all a product of the way we live. Our thoughts and beliefs have been shaped around our environment which includes family, friends, educators, government leaders, and religious leaders.

When we were in our formative years most of how we thought was formed by our parents and extended family like grand-parents and relatives. As we grew we began to listen to acquaintances, and friends. Later in life our way of thinking was formed by listening to teachers, preachers and government leaders and we began to form "our way of life."

People choose to attend churches that seem to fit their life style or the life-style which they desire. Their belief system then takes the teachings of the pastors and teachers of that church and makes them their own. Those churches are a product mainly of what the pastor or pastors have been taught in seminaries, and by other religious leaders passing down traditions and teachings, which they themselves learned from those before them.

Religious people of this world who profess to be Christian, have accepted the teachings of the trinity, heaven or hell, sunday worship, and a great many other things that are not supported by most versions of the bible.

Where did all these beliefs come from?

What is the foundation of most religious beliefs? We will try to explain the way this society lives and the basis of their belief systems in this article.

I won't try to cover all the differing beliefs, but the first part of this article will be concerned with the belief that when one dies, one goes to Heaven.

The Domain of Satan

One of the things of which most should be aware, is that this earth is the domain of Satan the Devil. At this time he is the god of this world (this society) (2 Cor. 4:4).

4 "In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them."

Almost everything we see in this society is a result of Satan's way of thinking. His way of thinking is the way he taught Eve in the garden. He taught Eve to make up her own mind about what was right and what was wrong. He told Eve that God didn't want her to be able to think and decide for herself what was right and wrong.

He insinuated that God just didn't want her to know everything God knew, and that by eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, she could know as much as God.

Gen. 3:1 "Now the serpent was more subtil (Strong's 6175 - subtle, shrewd, crafty, sly)than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil."

Eve believed Lucifer (Satan), accepted his "instruction", caused Adam to accept that same way of thinking, and then began to teach it to her family. Cain (probably Eve's favorite son) accepted this way of thinking and this way of life and passed it on down to his offspring, as one can discover by reading the first few chapters of Genesis.

However, I believe Adam repented and began to teach Seth the righteous way of life.

Gen. 4:25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.
26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.

Abel practiced God's Way of Life, and Seth was born to replace Abel. For more on this, you might want to read the article in the archives called "The Seed of Satan." According to the context of the Bible, there was a righteous line of people descending from Seth, who God used to replace Abel.

Some have said the last part of verse 26 meant that men began to call themselves God. However, from the context it seems to show that Adam taught Seth (whom God gave to replace Abel) God's righteous way of life and Seth then taught his son Enos that way. 

And besides, don't we Christians call ourselves God when we say we are His children? Think about it! The Pharisees accused Jesus of that same thing because He called Himself the Son of God.

John 10:33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?

This has been discussed in our article "The Seed of Satan" in the newsletter and in the archives on the web site.

The Mirror Image

Here at Seven Times, we have come to realize that almost everything we see is a mirror image of God's realm. Why is that?

Most of the religions of this world are mirror images of God's teachings and there is a basis for that.

Most religions are so close to the REAL thing as to be almost indistinguishable from the worship of the TRUE God. Only the "Mind of God" (His Holy Spirit) which lights our path can cause one to know the difference!

Perhaps a little explanation is in order here.

When a person looks at a picture of themselves and then looks in a mirror, there is something different about the two images, but it is extremely difficult to decide what is different.

Of course, the image is reversed. It is flopped on its axis. It is not the same as the original. Perhaps it could best be demonstrated if I ask you to take a picture of yourself and place it against a mirror beside the image of yourself that is reflected. With some careful study, you might see that the two images are very subtly different. The reason it is this way, is because we are used to seeing ourselves in a reflection. Others see us as we are, but we can only see a mirror image.

That is the same way with this society. It looks like God's green earth but at this time it is the kingdom of Satan the Devil. It is based upon the thinking of Satan, the god of this world (remember 2 Cor. 4:4), and it is structured as he wants it!

Why are things this way? What happened to cause them to be this way? Why do people believe they are "going to Heaven" when they die?

The plan of God and Lucifer's part in it

Lucifer, the Archangel, was sent to this earth to establish it and prepare it for human habitation. Lucifer was in on the plan, that God was going to make Sons out of human beings whom God was going to create.

As Lucifer went about preparing the earth for mankind, his vanity began to get the best of him and he sinned.

Let's look in Ezekiel 28:

14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

Yes, even God said that Lucifer was perfect. God had created him that way. However, just as many movie stars and leaders in this world are totally vain, Lucifer became very vain and began to believe he was just as good as God and just as powerful.

When Lucifer began to think in this rebellious way, he began to talk to the angels under his authority and to twist their minds around to his way of thinking. He began to teach them what he would later teach Eve in the Garden of Eden, that they could make up their own minds about what was good for them. He taught them they were free to think any way they wanted to think, and besides, weren't they powerful, too?

In the scripture Ezek. 28:12 it is referring to Lucifer/Satan when it uses the word "King." In verse 2, when referring to the human leader of Tyrus, it uses the word "prince."

Lucifer sealed up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. He also was perfect in his ways until his vanity got the best of him and lawlessness (iniquity) was found in him.

We know this is talking about Lucifer/Satan because verse 13 says he had been in Eden, the garden of God. The only humans who had been in the Garden were Adam and Eve, and they were put out when they rebelled and sinned against God. Everyone after that was blocked from entering and partaking of the tree of life.

Gen. 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become AS one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

(Notice--God did NOT say man had BECOME one of them. He said they had become AS one of them.)

Gen. 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

The verses in Ezek. 28 also talk about the "workmanship" of Lucifer's tabrets and pipes when he was created. He was anointed (means - appointed) as a "covering" Cherub. One who was appointed OVER the earth to defend it, take care of it, and prepare it for human habitation.

At this time the earth was a perfect creation. It didn't look like Gen. 1 pictures it. God had to do that to the earth because of the results of Lucifer's rebellion.

Verse 15 says Lucifer was PERFECT until iniquity was found in him. By going against God's commandments, Lucifer sinned.

What did he do, and why?

In Isaiah 14: we see the reason.

12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

He wanted to be in authority over the Stars of God (angels are sometimes referred to in scripture as stars -- Job 38:7), and over the congregation of God (the church, or children of God).

He wanted to be LIKE God! It DOES NOT say he wanted to overthrow God!!

He wanted to sit in a throne with God, the Father, and Jesus Christ. He wanted to have the authority that has been reserved for the Children of God!

The scriptures prove WE will be like God. Paul said that now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face:

1Co 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

God is creating a family to occupy that throne of authority beside Him and Jesus.

The previous scriptures show that Lucifer wanted to "go to Heaven."

That is the idea Satan has implanted in the minds of people in most religions of this earth, from Christianity to Islam to whatever.

This is also where the idea of the Trinity comes from!

That idea is the mirror image of God's plan for the church, the body of Christ. That body of people is spoken about as "the Bride of Christ." Those in that body of people will be in authority under God and Jesus. They will be given that throne of authority when resurrected to immortal life!

God rejected Lucifer and his plan to have authority with God and Jesus! That rejection is why Lucifer got so MAD! When he was cast back to earth, and renamed Satan (adversary), he was extremely angry and set about to RUIN God's earthly creation!!

It is my belief that he began to try to start his own family to show God just how good and powerful he really was. I believe he began experimenting with plants and animals causing grievous mutations!!

We see this today in the cloning experiments done with animals. Of course we have also seen some of this today in the experiments scientists have done with our food plants to "make them more resistant to disease" and "to improve their yield."

According to an article by Rick Weiss in the Washington Post, dated March 7, 2001, "leading animal cloners know that behind the stunning stories of cloning successes in cows, sheep, goats, pigs, and mice, 95 to 97percent of efforts still end in disaster."

The article also stated, "Of the handful of clones that make it to term, most will have grossly enlarged placentas and fatty livers." It also continues, "And of the three or four fetuses that may survive their birth, most will be monstrously big -- perhaps 15 pounds -- and will likely die in the first week or two from heart and blood vessel problems, underdeveloped lungs, diabetes or immune system deficiencies."

Satan is much, much smarter than all brilliant human scientists. He could clone and mutate animals successfully in his attempt to "create a family." However, he could NOT give them the human spirit!

It is possible that dinosaurs and "cave men" came about by this attempt of Satan to have his own family. Fossilized footprints that look human have been found near, and in the same earth strata, as the fossilized remains of dinosaurs.

It has been proven by scientists (in spite of the arguments of "religionists") that the earth is millions of years old. It is also proven by scripture (if the Bible can be believed -- and I believe it!) that mankind is only 6000 years old.

It is very probable that Satan was trying to "create" his own family. He, of course, could not. However, we can see here that "mirror image" Satan has promoted.

It seems that Satan developed a world of mutated plants and animals, a world of gigantism which would have been very uninhabitable by mankind. Gigantic animals, trees, and massive thick vegetation would just not be habitable by mankind. Those giant animals would probably have eaten mankind before man had a chance to multiply.

Given the scenario I have painted, don't you think God would have had to destroy the face of the earth in order to get rid of everything Satan had mutated?

When we come on the scene in Genesis chapter one the earth is in ruin! The earth was covered with clouds and water. It was in "tohuw" and "bohuw" (hebrew words for waste and emptiness).

God then had to begin to renew the face of the earth to make it habitable for mankind.

Ps 104:30 Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.

According to many good theologians, there is a gap in time from verse one of Genesis 1 to the second verse. That theory is expounded because God creates nothing in "tohuw" and "bohuw." We can reflect on the following verse.

Isa 45:18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain (Heb. tohuw - Strong's 08414), he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

God needed to destroy the handiwork of Satan and renew the face of the earth. He probably did that with a flood. Perhaps that is why He told Noah He would never again destroy the earth with a flood.

The next time God destroys the earth, it will be with cleansing fire!! He will do that, once again, to destroy all of Satan's works and perversions on this earth.

We read about some of that in Revelation 20:

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

And in Chapter 21:

8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

THAT lake of fire will cover the whole surface of the earth because the earth MUST be cleansed so that God the Father can come and reside with His Children!!!

Rev. 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Everything physical on the face of the earth will be burned up. It will be ashes under the feet of the spirit born saints of God. (Mal. 4:1-3)

Once again Satan will see all
his works destroyed by God!!

So you see, Satan's world is a mirror image of God's Kingdom! It reflects Satan's attempt to be LIKE God, to prove to God that he is just as good and powerful as God Himself, that he is worthy to sit on a throne with God and Jesus over everything else. (A closed God-Head).

As you study and learn more about God and His plan, you can begin to see Satan's mirror images in this society.

Understanding the "mirror image" will help you know your enemy. He is walking about seeking whom he may devour!!

1 Pet. 5:8 "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Are you really studying your Bible? Are you close to God and Jesus? Are you obedient to them in all things you see in God's Holy Word?

You had better be!!!

Please remember this.

God's true children will become at one with Him at the resurrection! (This is pictured by God's Holy Day called The Day of Atonement!)

They will inherit everything Jesus inherited! (Rom. 8)

17 "And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together."

God's true children will be IN the Kingdom (family) of God when they are resurrected. They will sit in that throne of authority with God and Jesus, IMMORTAL as Jesus and God are immortal, not only EVER-LIVING but having LIFE TO GIVE, just as Jesus and God have now!!

Isn't THAT what you want? Sure it is!!!

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