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The Truth About Satanism - Part 3

A strange occurrence took place during the Noachan deluge. Notice, “And the angels which kept not their first estate (principality), but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness, unto the judgment of the great day” (Jude 6). These are the demons, who were once righteous angels, but who followed Satan in his rebellion, and who are “chained” by God’s power to this earth!

Notice what happened! “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell (Greek tartaroo, meaning a condition or place of restraint!) and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world (the pre-flood period), but save Noah and the eight, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly” (II Peter 2:4-5).

When Satan was cast out of heaven with one third of all the angels, it was following a titanic clash of super-powerful spirit beings a climactic battle of inter-galactic space! He and his angels (now demons) were chained by God’s command to this wrecked, lifeless, water-covered earth! Then, countless thousands of years later, following perhaps more than four billion years of being on this earth with no humans around, God created Adam and Eve, and human history began.

Instantly, as we shall see, Satan tried to wreck this new creature; to thwart God’s plan! As always, he failed. But he almost succeeded, for the whole world became corrupt, except for Noah! Men had become totally perverted, were engaged in every sort of evil, bestial behavior, including cannibalism! God found but one man who was righteous before Him Noah! He proposed to destroy all mankind, now wholly corrupted by Satan (except for Noah), by a massive flood! Then, as the whole world was once again inundated with water; as Noah and his family were being protected of God, a strange thing happened! Christ Himself, the member of the Godhead who did the creation (John 1:1-14; Heb. 1:1-14), came down to this earth and gave powerful witness against Satan and his demons during the flood!

Notice it! “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened (made alive) by the Spirit: by which (through which agency; by means of which) He went and preached to the spirits in prison (Greek: tartaroo, meaning this earth, where they were “chained,” or “in prison”) which sometimes were disobedient” (I Peter 4:18-20).

Notice that the phrase “which sometime were disobedient “merely explains which spirits this verse identified. Plainly, Christ went somewhere, and preached to spirits which had been disobedient! Now, when did Christ do this? “When once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah,” answers your Bible! Notice the rest of the verse, “while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is eight souls were saved by water” (I Peter 3:18-20).

During the period when Noah was preparing the ark for the survival of his family, and thus the preservation of the human race, Christ came down to this earth in spirit, and gave powerful witness against Satan and his demons, testifying to the great watery destruction that was soon coming; perhaps reminding them of the interminable times during which they wandered to and fro over the heaving waves which covered this earth warning them about the horrifying fate awaiting them!

And what is that fate? Jude gives us a clue. Speaking of false teachers who are influenced by Satan and his demons; who are like types of the same, Jude wrote: “These are spots in your feasts of charity, which they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars (the Bible uses stars as symbols of angels in many places!) to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever” (Jude 12-14)!

Even as Satan and his demons had already had a taste of countless thousands of years of enduring nothing but storm-tossed waves, inky blackness, with no humans around, so Christ may have powerfully reminded them of that fact; predicted their ultimate fate to wander like “wandering stars” to whom is reserved inky blackness stygian darkness for all eternity!

About a thousand years prior to this strange occurrence, Adam and Eve became the first, and perhaps only human beings, to ever see Satan in his real form!

Believe it or not, the traditional, mythological concepts of Satan’s appearance are, like everything else the devil has concocted, all lies! We will give a brief explanation here. “Now the serpent (Heb: Nachash) was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Eternal God had made. And he said unto the woman, ‘Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden’” (Gen. 3:1)?

Here, Satan began subtly implying that God was unfair! He was putting into Eve’s mind the thought that God would have denied them anything to eat. In her beguiled innocence, Eve thought to reason with this strange looking creature who spoke to her: “And the woman said unto the serpent (Nachash), ‘We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 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 you die.’ “

This was the tree which symbolized the “knowledge of good and evil.” Was it a real tree? The Bible says so. Very probably it was a real tree, with real fruit. That we are to understand the metaphorical value of this encounter between the first family and Satan is obvious. However, many doubters have chosen to “spiritualize away” any actuality of this very real experience fantasizing that perhaps this first sin was sex between Adam and Eve.

That this is sheer nonsense is evident from God’s own Word by simply reading Genesis 2:24-25, and Genesis 1:27-28, together with Hebrews 13:8. God instructed them to come together in marriage as “one flesh” and to “be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.”

No, the tree was real, all right. Certainly, it was not an apple tree, and the protrusion in a man’s throat, which is a part of the “voice box” is not an “Adam’s apple,” or the mythological piece of “apple” that allegedly stuck in his throat when he tried to eat it!

After Eve in her naivete tried to explain, “the serpent (Nachash) said unto the woman, ‘Ye shall not surely die: 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’ “(Gen. 3:5).

Note all that was implied! Satan contradicted God; saying Adam and Eve would not surely die! Was this subtle inference concerning the Satanic and purely pagan doctrine of the “immorality of the soul”? Certainly, it is the first recorded lie! Christ called Satan the “father of liars” (John 8:44).

Then Satan implied God was withholding vital knowledge; in other words, being deceitful, and only telling Adam and Eve a part of the truth. Satan might well have said, “God knows better than that,” or “God knows more than He’s telling you.”

He appealed to Eve’s vanity, telling her she was “just as good as God” and had every right to be “equal” with God, to be “as God, knowing good and evil.” He appealed to her sense of inferiority and insecurity, making her think God was unfair to withhold something from her which was beautiful, and to be desired! He promised her a better life than she presently had, eye opening knowledge; superior intellect, wisdom; “the straight dope,” coming to understand the “whole scene”! He promised instant gratification no waiting, no months or years of work before the payoff; she could have it right now! “‘in the day ye eat thereof.’”

What happened? “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for good, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise” (Gen. 3:6).

With Satan’s subtle suggestions ringing in her ears; with his thoughts dominating her mind, the woman looked closely at the forbidden fruit. Sure enough! The tree looked good; the fruit was ripe, beautiful, succulent and tasty-looking!

“And I am told I can’t have that?” She might have thought. “But why? Why, that just isn’t fair!” Her lower lip may have protruded a little, and she may have been emotionally moved by this new revelation! Why? God was depriving them of something that was beautiful and good.

Try an experiment. Place a two-year old child in the middle of a room, and put a couple dozen toys of every shape, size and description about; games, trucks, cars, tinker toys, anything you can find. Then, take some old worn out rag doll a homemade, ugly-looking thing, which looks ready to be thrown out and casually place it among all the new, shiny, glittering toys. Explain to the child, “Now, Johnnie, you may play with all these toys but one; you can play with the jacks and ball, the blocks, the tinker toys, the toy train, everything but you must not touch this old rag doll, you must leave it alone.” Then exit the room, and watch through the keyhole!

How long to you think it will be before little Johnnie is playing with the rag doll? Human nature is rather predictable, isn’t it? Being a collection of vanity, jealousy, lust, greed, inferiority, selfishness, self-pity, and a desire for power, money, and self-gratification, it is easily attracted to “forbidden fruit.” Satan knows this, and plays on human nature.

Continuing, “she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons” (Gen.3:6-7).

When Eve lusted, she broke the commandment against coveting (Ex. 20:17). Since coveting is idolatry (Col. 3:5), she broke the commandment against idolatry (Ex. 20:3). God was her only Father, and in disobeying His direct commands, she broke the commandment about honoring her Father (Ex. 20:12). Since the fruit of the forbidden tree was not hers, she stole the fruit, thus breaking the commandment against stealing (Ex. 20:15).

But to break only one commandment is to be guilty of breaking all of them! “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all” (James 2:10)

God says, “Because the carnal (physical fleshly) mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Rom. 8:7).

See how easily Satan was able to appeal to Eve’s sense of fairness; how easily he managed to get her mind on self-pity, on physical appetite, on vanity desiring to “be wise?” He had said, “Why, you will be like God is, to know good and evil! “But to Eve, the word “evil” had only piquant, mysterious meaning! It made her tingle with excitement; with apprehension, curiosity! What was EVIL? She wanted to experience this “evil,” to know all about it! As she allowed Satan’s subtle inferences to color her thoughts, it was only a short step to the bold, brazen move to reach out and take that which she had been forbidden to eat?

When Adam and Eve were created, they had no reason to doubt God. They were not hostile, or afraid. Read the entire account from Genesis 1:26 to the end of the chapter 3. Earlier, when God talked with them, they were naked and unafraid, just as a tiny child is utterly unaware of any shame in nakedness. How many little toddlers have gone outside following a bath when their mother is distracted, and are found heading down the street wearing not a thing?

Yet, the minute Adam followed his wife, took and ate the fruit, they both became ashamed, aware of their nakedness! Suddenly, what had been perfectly natural, wholesome, normal, beautiful was ugly. After all, they had complete privacy; they were the only humans on earth, in the world’s biggest bedroom,” the Garden of Eden!

But notice, “And they heard the voice of the Eternal God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Eternal God amongst the trees of the garden: (Gen. 3:8).

For thousands of years, men have plaintively whined, “But why does God hide Himself? Why can’t we see God?” Yet, look at another example: When the Israelites received the law at the foot of Sinai, they saw the huge clouds, heard the thunder, saw the lightning awesome display. They cried out to Moses, “Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die and the people stood afar off” (Ex. 20:19-21).

It is man, who had “hidden” himself from God! But more than that, man has erected barriers between himself and God! Notice, “Behold, the Eternal’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities (law-breaking) have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue has muttered perverseness. None calls for justice, nor any pleads for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies, they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity” (Isa. 59:1-4).

Adam and Eve had no reason to be ashamed of their bodies, no reason to hide from God! Until, that is, they had allowed Satan’s thoughts into their minds, and followed his subtle enticements, and given in to their vanity and lust! They then felt soiled, dirty!

How many people, as children, cheated on a test in school, stole marbles from a store, took candy or stole money? And what did they feel as a result, but hot-cheeked shame, anxiety, uneasiness, a feeling of being dirty, and soiled?

Guilt is a terribly uncomfortable feeling being under condemnation, wondering what the consequences will be it upsets your whole being, causes the stomach and various glands to react! Guilt can make you sick!

Where Adam and Eve would have joyfully called out to God, talked unashamedly to Him; eager to hear His words, to exult in His company, to learn from Him, to gaze upon Him in unabashed love and admiration; now, they were afraid! When they explained they knew they were naked, that they were afraid, God said, “Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

“And the man said, the woman whom thou gavest me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat” (Gen. 3:8-12). Do you notice the reasoning? Adam did not repent of his sin; did not merely acknowledge, humbly, “I did, Lord, and I am deeply sorry, and ashamed of myself! Please forgive me!” No, Adam was arguing it was somehow God’s fault! After all, had not God given him the woman? The woman had led him, deceived him he had followed her example! But God gave Adam the woman. Already, Adam was using Satan’s twisted reasoning which always results in blaming God!

“And the Eternal God said unto the woman, what is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, the serpent beguiled me, and I did eat” (v. 13).

Each shifted the blame. Neither admitted, straight out, ‘I have sinned! I was wrong!” Each tried to “explain things,” to reason around to the point that the finger of blame pointed in some other direction! See how they had come under Satan’s influence?

We will continue this series, be watching for its posting.

 
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