Time, Truth and Wisdom
CHAPTER 1 Before Creation-Our Father and the Angels
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth.
Creation was an act by a superior being and Genesis 1:1 through 2:3 ascribes everything to a Creator that moves, acts, speaks and makes everything from nothing. We must believe that He, the Creator, has created everything that we see around us. If we don’t believe this first verse in His letter to us then we are wasting our time by studying the Scriptures any further.
This first verse has to be the cornerstone of any further beliefs that we may obtain. If this verse is untrue then the entire Bible is untrue. You cannot pick and choose which parts of the Bible in which you are going to believe and those that you will not.
One must take into account that there are figures of speech, euphuisms, colloquialisms and Hebraisms throughout the Texts. Not recognizing or understanding these writing techniques may confuse you and make it more difficult to understand the Scriptures. If there are verses or chapters in the Bible that don’t make sense and appear to conflict with each other then you are at fault, not the Scriptures. Entire church systems have been brought into existence because of not understanding or misinterpreting certain verses.
Our Father, in His infinite knowledge and mercy, would not allow His children to be held responsible for their actions on judgment day if His letter to us, having been translated over and over again throughout the centuries, contained so many inaccuracies that all truth was lost. He loves us too much. He just would not let that happen.
There are many references to this creation throughout the Old and New Testaments:
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 3:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In the book of Hebrews we find:
Hebrews 1:10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands.
What was the condition of heaven at this time? Was there anything else “there” before our Father began the six days of creation as it is written of in Genesis? In Genesis 1:26 our Father said:
Genesis 1:26 Let us make man in our image.
Who are the US and why did He use the plural our image? The US and WE are, of course, angels. Angels are of an order of heavenly beings that are superior to man in power and intelligence although not all-powerful and all-knowing:
Psalms 103:20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
2nd Thessalonians 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels.
They are to do the commandment of our Father:
Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
They were created by our Father and were present to rejoice when our Father created the world:
Psalms 148:5 Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.
In their original state they were holy but before the creation of the world, in that foundation, some of them rebelled against our Father. They are spiritual beings and they were created for our Father’s pleasure. They are numbered in the billions.
Each angel has a spiritual body, a soul and a spirit. The Apostle Paul gives us an excellent explanation of the difference between the spiritual and flesh bodies in the Books to the Corinthians. But our focus right now is the spiritual body in the first heaven/earth age. This spiritual body has substance to it.
It can receive and consume food as does our flesh body, in as much as manna, the food that mysteriously appeared every morning as the Hebrew children wandered in the Sinai Desert for forty years, is referred to as “angels’ food”:
Psalms 78:25 Man did eat angels’ food: he sent them meat to the full.
Another example of angels being able to consume the food that we eat can also be found in:
Hebrews 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
This spiritual body of the first heaven/earth age will not progress into the second heaven/earth age, the age within which we are now living, but the soul and spirit will. We will leave this spiritual body behind because it no longer serves our Father’s purpose. It is important to understand this:
A.) The spiritual body (angelic) in the first heaven/earth age will not progress into the second heaven/earth age. Our Father has no further use for it.
B.) The soul and spirit of the angelic body in the first heaven/earth age will be placed into a new spiritual body in the second heaven/earth age. (The age within which we are now living.) This spiritual body, along with the associated soul and spirit, will reside within the flesh body until that flesh body dies.
When death does happen, the flesh body goes back to the soil from which it came, our Father has no further use for it, and the spiritual body, soul and spirit, will go back to the Father that gave it:
Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
We are told, through the Scriptures that these spiritual bodies are “male” in nature because of certain acts associated with them and they are referred to as the “sons of God”:
Genesis 6:2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
They are male in nature because of the acts that they performed in Genesis chapter 6 and also referred to as “sons of God” in the Book of Job:
Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.
This soul and spirit will never die except that God Himself destroys it:
Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
And this will not happen until the Day of Atonement or better known as the Judgment Day. After the attempted overthrow in heaven, it was God’s decision to take the soul and spirit of each angel and place it into the embryo growing within the mothers’ womb in this second heaven/earth age.
The Scriptures mention only one archangel by name and he is Michael. The angel Gabriel appears to occupy a similar status as that of Michael although he is not specifically referred to as an archangel either in the 1611 version of the King James or the Companion Bibles.
The word archangel is only used twice in all of Scripture and they are the highest rank of angels. In Revelation, 12:7-8, it is Michael and his angels that fight against Satan and his angels just before he is released onto this earth for a short time:
Revelation 12:7And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
Revelation 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
This archangel will have the task of caring for Israel:
Daniel 10:21But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.
Daniel 12:1And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
Michael disputed with Satan about the body of Moses after his death:
Jude 1:9 Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
At the present time, he is charged with holding Satan behind the throne of God to be released later for a short season.
Gabriel communicates special messages from our Father to His servants. It will be this angel that will tell Zacharias that his wife Elizabeth would become pregnant and give birth to St. John the Baptist:
Luke 1:13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
And that Mary would conceive and give birth to Jesus Christ:
Luke 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
Michael and Gabriel are used by our Father for His own purposes and both, answering the charge from God Himself, are used by our Father to further carry out His divine plan. They will never come into this earth age in human form and are therefore not required to decide whether they will follow our Father or Satan. They do not have free will.
For those of you that have heard of the Archangel Raphael here is some background on that. An early definitive version of the Bible that was uniformly accepted as the official bible of the Catholic Church was called the Vulgate. In 382 A.D., Pope Damasus commissioned Jerome to do a retranslation of old Latin manuscripts and the Vulgate, also in Latin, was the end result.
Within the Old Testament books of the Latin Vulgate is the Book of Tobit (also referred to as the Book of Tobi and the Book of Tobias). It is in this book that we find the only reference to an archangel named Raphael. According to some scholars and some Jewish traditions, Raphael was one of four archangels that protected the Throne of God, the others being Michael, Gabriel, and Uriel.
Because of a surge of angel worship, in 745 A.D, Pope Zachary removed Uriel from any such association with the other three. Raphael is considered an angel of healing and is not mentioned in the 1611 version of the King James. Our Father cautions us very sternly about angel worship.
The Scriptures, by and large, do not portray angels as having wings with the exception of Cherubim in the book of Exodus:
Exodus 25:20 And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.
Angels are spirit-beings and are called “messengers” while the Cherubim, also spirit-beings, are never dismissed on errands as angels are and they are never spoken of apart from the throne of our Father. Seraphim are described as having six wings in Isaiah 6:2:
Isaiah 6:2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
While Cherubim as having only four:
Ezekiel 1:11 Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies.
Cherubim and “living creatures” are the same spirit-beings as can be demonstrated by:
Ezekiel 10:20 This is the living creature that I saw under the God of Israel by the river of Chebar; and I knew that they were the cherubims.
Of the two Cherubim that were assigned by our Father to guard the Mercy Seat, one would eventually revolt against Him and of the other there is no information. This Cherub that would lead this revolt will be known by several different names according to the particular role that he will play throughout Scriptures but in this first heaven/earth age his name will be Lucifer:
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.
Cherubim are mentioned many times and are too numerous for further specific Scripture listings.
The living creatures or Cherubim, also called “composite creature-forms”, are four in number and the four symbolic heads of the four divisions of the animal creation represent them: the lion, ox, eagle, and man:
Ezekiel 1:6 and every one had four faces, and every one had four wings,
Ezekiel 1:10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.
These four “faces” also represented four of the twelve Tribes when the Israelites were encamped for the night. The twelve Tribes arranged themselves in a very specific pattern for defensive purposes. The Tribe of Dan, on the Northside, was represented by the eagle; the Tribe of Judah, on the East, by the lion; the Tribe of Rubin, on the South, by the man; and on the West, the Tribe of Ephraim by the ox.
Other living creatures, also referred to as beasts in the Book of Revelation, are known as Zoon or Zoa. In the Greek, Zoon is a “living thing” or “animal”, while Zoa is a primary verb meaning “to live”. Created specifically by our Father for His own purpose, these living creatures guard the Throne in heaven. They are represented as having four heads with multiple eyes, giving them the ability to figuratively “see” what’s going on around the Throne.
They will never come into this earth age in human form and are therefore not required to decide whether they will follow our Father or Satan. They do not have free will. They do, however, seem to be higher in authority than angels, cherubim, and seraphim as they are continually closer to the Throne of God. Our Father will use these four beasts, Zoon, in Revelation chapter 3 to open the seals so that St. John will be able to see and understand them. We will get into that in a later chapter.
The cherubim/seraphim DO seem to have free will, in as much as, Satan was a cherub that was chosen by our Father to sit on one side of the Mercy Seat, to protect it, and later decided that he wanted to have total control of it. We will see the account of that decision in a later chapter. Satan, at this time, is being held in bondage, in heaven, by the archangel Michael. He takes every opportunity to point out to our Father every time we mess up.
The billions and billions of angels all have free will. We will find in a later chapter that when Satan decided to try to overthrow and take control of heaven from our Father that fully one-third of all the angels decided to follow Satan:
Revelation 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
And I don’t believe that the other two-thirds of the angels were without some degree of complicity. I believe that at least another one-third were sitting on the fence trying to decide which side to go to, always trying to have the upper edge on who might win in this conflict.
After all, these are the souls and spirits that our Father will breathe into every embryo at the moment of conception and all you have to do is to look around at human nature today and you know that some were fence-straddlers by how they act and conduct their lives in this earth age.
What do the angels do for us? Do they interact with us in our daily lives? At our Father’s command they watch over and protect us:
Psalms 91:10-12 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling., For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways, They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
They ministered to Christ after the temptation by Satan:
Matthew 4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
We have been taught as little children that we all have a guardian angel and that guardian angel has the face of our Father at any time that we are at risk:
Matthew 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
Should you ever unknowing place yourself in harm's way or in physical danger they can raise a flag, if you will, to garner our Father’s immediate attention.
They will be the reapers at the end of this dispensation, to separate the good from the bad, the tares from the wheat, and the followers of our Father from the followers of Satan:
Matthew 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
They will come with Christ when He again stands on Mount Zion, on the Lords’ Day, that final day of this dispensation:
Matthew 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory.
We are cautioned to never turn a stranger away from your table because you never know when you might be breaking bread with an angel;
Hebrews 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Would you have the spiritual discernment to know that it was an angel? Probably the most important thing to understand concerning angels is that we are not to worship them:
Colossians 2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.
After St. John had been shown the wonders and prophesies in the Book of Revelation, in that 19th chapter, he fell down to worship the angel:
Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
From the above verse we can see that we again are referred to as angels when our flesh body dies and our spiritual body comes forth and, along with our soul and spirit, we return to the Father. A kernel of corn can be used as an example: this kernel will represent you, your flesh body and when you plant it in the ground it will die and a new growth comes forth; that new growth representing your spiritual body.
The “angel of the Lord” is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit of God. Although we cannot look upon the face of our Father while we are in these flesh bodies God Himself, as the angel of the Lord, will appear to humans whenever He so chooses. When Moses went up on Mount Sinai to receive the ten commandments he looked upon a burning bush, a way our Father used to show that He is present, the Shekinah glory of our Father being too much for the human body to bear:
Exodus 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
The angel of the Lord is associated with deliverance as this angel leads the Hebrew children out of Egypt, our Father speaking:
Exodus 23:20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.
Exodus 23:21 Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.
The angel of the Lord would also herald the birth of Jesus Christ:
Luke 2:9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
Collectively, the angels are called “the host of heaven”. When the angel announced to the shepherds that the Lord Jesus Christ had been born, the hosts of heaven began to sing:
Luke 2:13-14 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
The host of heaven consists of angelic beings and celestial bodies whom God has created and whose principal role, like ours, is to serve and glorify Him.
Because of the war in heaven (that cherubim, Lucifer, attempting to control the Mercy Seat) in that first heaven/earth age and the love of our Father towards His children (the angels, the host of heaven), He decided to bring all into this present heaven/earth age so that all souls, individually, could make that decision as to whom they would ultimately follow; our Father or Satan.
Life on this planet does not begin and end with a birth date and a death date. Life began in that first heaven/earth age as angels in spiritual bodies; it progresses to life in flesh bodies in this age and ends, again, with life in spiritual bodies in the eternal age. The same soul and spirit progress through all three ages regardless of which body you are in.
According to Scripture, such are some of the conditions of the first heaven age.
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__21 June 2009__