The Light Forever. Bible Study in Context
Time, Truth, and Wisdom
CHAPTER 5--The Foundation of the World-The Katabole’
In chapter one, we took a look at the condition of heaven and the hosts thereof. Almighty God decided to create spiritual beings, angels, and souls for His pleasure. He had the power to do this and He created these souls that numbered into the billions.
At His thought or word He began creating, making, acting, moving, and speaking and all things came to be from nothing. We saw the special creatures that He created for His use, the zoon or zoa; we saw the angels, Michael and Gabriel as His special envoys; the two cherubim on either side of the Throne of God to protect the Mercy Seat, and we saw the “hosts of heaven”, those billions of angels that sang and praised Him night and day. In Revelation the angels are referred to as “stars of heaven” and in the Book of Job we can see that these stars of heaven sang for joy:
Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
It is here, at this time, when there is absolute happiness in heaven that we begin to focus on one individual entity. This entity is called the “cherub that covereth”. Our Father created this cherub in the full pattern of splendid beauty; our Father anointed him and walked with him in the midst of the stones of fire;
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.
This cherub was created with beauty far and above all the rest of His creation. You would think that a spiritual entity such as this would not succumb to pride but he did. You would expect that a spiritual entity such as this, one so highly exalted by God Himself, would not let pride be his downfall, but it did.
This cherub will be the focus of many events throughout the Scriptures; we will read of his many deeds designed to destroy the Son of the very Creator that brought him into being. He will play many different roles and have a different name for each role that he plays. He will look into the mirror and his heart will swell with pride and instead of simply protecting the Mercy Seat he will decide to try to remove our Father and sit on that seat himself as we can see from the Book of Isaiah:
Isaiah 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
And now there is a rebellion in heaven.
Lucifer, his name in his present role, has decided to take what he has deemed to be rightly his and fully one-third of the angels in heaven have decided to follow after him:
Revelation 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven.
Remember that I spoke earlier about the angels being called “stars of heaven” and here you have it from Revelation. One-third of the stars of heaven are a lot of angels, millions and millions of them and they have chosen to follow Lucifer.
Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!
This was the katabole’ in the first heaven/earth age. A war was fought between our Father and Lucifer. We, in our flesh bodies today, can see the horrible toll that a war can take on human beings, not only physically but emotionally. This war in heaven was far, far different because it was in a realm that human eyes would never see.
This war raged within a heavenly sphere with unimaginable power. This war, were we in the flesh been able to observe it, would have frightened us to the very core of our being, filling us with a dreadful feeling that would have been unimaginable. Fear would have wrapped her arms around us and made our very soul collapse. Lucifer and his angels will lose this war and heaven will never be the same again. This is what happened at the foundation of the world.
Our Father has sentenced Satan to perish, to die, but it will not happen any time soon. It will happen at the end of the Millennium on the day of the great White Throne Judgment. All souls that have not overcome will likewise be sentenced to that spiritual death. But at this point in time, Satan is the only soul that has been given the death sentence.
What happens to the rest of the souls, those that took sides with Lucifer and those that didn’t, how does our Father handle them? Does He sentence them to a spiritual death as well? How easy would it be for you to kill one of your children should they disobey you?
Our Father decided to destroy that first heaven/earth age. He decided to bring each soul into this heaven/earth age through the womb of a woman, umbilical cord to umbilical cord, to decide whether they would follow Lucifer or our Father. They would be brought into this heaven/earth age fully innocent of any knowledge of their actions or what happened in that first heaven/earth age. They would not remember which side they chose:
Isaiah 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
Medical science will tell you that we only use approximately 10% of our mental capabilities and the reason for that may be that if the veil of innocence was removed from our minds that we would have total recall of the events of that first heaven/earth age, this knowledge being stored in areas outside of that 10% that we now use.
Certainly, at the moment that these flesh bodies die and our spiritual body comes forth, we will remember our actions in that first heaven/earth age. There is no reason not to be able to remember. Why? Because we will have used up that time assigned to us in these flesh bodies to make that all-important decision.
By the time this flesh body dies, whether you know it or not, we will already have made the decision, consciously or unconsciously, to follow God or Satan and it no longer is necessary for God to continue to keep us in spiritual darkness concerning our actions in that first heaven/earth age. Indeed, it would be impossible for that to happen because when this flesh body dies and the spiritual body goes back to the Father that gave it, we will know immediately what decisions we made in that first heaven/earth age.
I’m sure that there have been times in your life that you have experienced a feeling of déjà vu, the remembering of scenes or events when experienced for the first time, a feeling that you have seen or heard something before. Perhaps that veil has parted ever so slightly. And make no mistake about it, you don’t have these feelings because you lived in a past life on this earth for we will go through this life in flesh bodies only once, for there will be no reincarnation:
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.
Later on, when life in these flesh bodies is over and that spiritual body within us comes forth we will again have that remembrance but for now we are born completely innocent of any past decisions. This is the purpose of our existence in this heaven/earth age. There is no other reason. We are here to decide whether we love our Father or whether we love Satan. It’s that simple.
During this time of the first heaven/earth age many scholars believe that this earth was without mountains, oceans, and streams. They believe that the earth was uniformly round, that all the land mass was fertile; that the axis of the earth was true and that the climate was moderate, worldwide. There were no storms, hurricanes, tornados or rain and there were no ice caps at the North and South Pole.
The vegetation was watered with the dew that settled to the ground each night and everything was protected from the harmful rays of the sun by the firmament that was in the midst of the waters, in the Hebrew language, the “apparent arch of the sky”.