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Spirit Is Eternal

As is the case many times, people have questions about Spiritual matters. One of the most recent ones I was asked was: “If Christ was God In the flesh, how could He have died?” Then to expand this idea of God, who is Spirit, could die, they reasoned: “ Then why can’t Satan, who also is spirit, be put to death for his evil?

First we’ll deal with the Scripture that tells us that, indeed, God did become flesh. We read inJohn 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But to as many as received him, to them he gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” (to those who accept the fact by faith, that He, Jesus Christ, the Word, was truly God.) But also they had to believe the following verse. Verse 14And the Word was made flesh , and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. 18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared (revealed) him.”

Now how was this possible? Matthew 19:26 says, “...with God, all things are possible. ” Even the woman that God chose to give birth to the Messiah, had similar questions! Notice. Luke 1:28 “And the angel (Gabriel) came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, ... 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest ... 34 Then Mary said, how shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost (Spirit) shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that Holy thing (One) which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” So it was, that God, through the Power of the Holy Spirit, was able to impregnate a human female! It follows, that in the human conception and reproduction process, that Jesus Christ had to “empty Himself” or devolve Himself from His Divine State of being a God Being, to that of becoming human - totally human! I don ’t believe I am being blasphemous in stating this, but in order for Him to become the “only begotten Son” as a human being (John 3;16), it was BY THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT OF THE FATHER. He had to become a human male sperm, to impregnate the human female ovum. Only by becoming fully human, could He die for our sins! (Many Scriptures, both in the O.T and N.T., prove that He died!)

Philippians 2:7 “But made Himself of no reputation, (From Bullinger‘s Companion Bible: “emptied Himself“, Greek: kenoo; same as Romans 4:14, “is made void”= Lit. “has been emptied ”. From George Herbert’s words, “He laid His glory by” i.e. the outward attributes of Deity ..”) and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. Verse 8 And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled (emptied) Himself , and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (stake). ” This is why, we read in John 1:14: “And the Word was made flesh .” So now, Philippians has revealed how He was able to do this. This should not sound so incredulous to us as Christians. Through the Power of the Holy Spirit, God is able to reverse that order! In the resurrection of the Saints, He is able to transform flesh and blood human beings into immortal Spirit Beings! Several Scriptures attest to that fact. Romans 8:11 “But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Jesus from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in you.” I Corinthians 15:20 “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at His coming. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (Read the entire 15th chapter of I Corinthians to really understand what is the state of the dead and what happens at the sounding of the seventh trumpet.) I Thessalonians 4:16 “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds. to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

Can Satan Die?

Let’s move on to the other question of: “ why can’t Satan be put to death for his evil sins?” Some have been confused by what they have read in some passages in the Bible that, superficially, seem to say that. In fact, some of the major “so called” evangelists promulgate these ideas, both in their churches and on television programs.

First of all, the one we know as Satan, is revealed as one who had been a former Archangel and who held a very high position at the very Throne of God in Heaven. Isaiah 14:4 “That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased? The golden city ceased!” (This chapter is an allegory, where this human king of Babylon is used as a type of what will represent Satan the devil.) Verse 12 “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning (day star)! how art thou cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars (angels) 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 (or, I will be) the most High.”

Another Scripture gives us additional information. It too, is an allegory, using another human king as a type of Satan the devil. Ezekiel 28:12 “Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say to him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, ...and gold: the workmanship of your tabrets and of your pipes was prepared in you in the day that thou wast CREATED. 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 your ways from the day that wast created, till iniquity found in thee.” (The next verse is critical in understanding the ultimate fate of this sinning archangel.) 16 “By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: (Heaven) and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. ”From the very context itself, you don ’t destroy from. You can remove from. So the word “ destroy”, (from the Hebrew “Abad, can be translated “ move”, “remove”, “to make void“, “be undone” or “be lost“, as well as other meanings.)Also in the same verse, it states, “I will cast thee (remove you) as profane out of the mountain of God:”

From the two passages of Scripture we read above, we learned that Satan was once a created archangel. Angels are created spirit beings, not physical beings, as is mankind or the physical animals on this earth. And it becomes apparent that this once righteous and holy archangel, had become corrupt after his assignment as ruler of this earth. He now, in his vanity lust and greed for more power, had attempted a coup of the very Throne of God! He was totally defeated and cast back to this earth, the estate God had given him, along with a third of the angels, which became demons.

Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong wrote in his book: “Mystery of the Ages”, in the chapter about “Mystery of Angels and Evil Spirits ”: Page 60,61 “Other passages place angels on earth prior to man. Notice II Peter 2:4-6. First in time order “angels that sinned.” Next in time sequence, the antediluvian world beginning with Adam, carrying through to the flood. After that, Sodom and Gomorrah”. But how and when did the angels sin? Notice carefully what is revealed in II Peter 2:4-5: “For if God spared not he angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; and spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bring in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.” The words “cast ...down to hell” in the above verse is an English expression translated from the Greek tartaroo, from tartaros, found in no other Bible passage. Tartaros means a place or condition of restraint.”

These verses show that universal sin brings universal destruction to the physical earth. The antediluvian sin, culminating with the Flood, was worldwide, universal sin. Notice: “... the earth was filled with violence ...for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth ... for the earth is filled with violence ...” (Gen. 6:11-13). “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD....Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God” (verses 8-9. All flesh had sinned ---over the whole earth. But only Noah “walked with God.” So, the Flood destroyed the whole earth --- all but Noah and his family.

It is revealed in Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28, that God placed the archangel Lucifer, a cherub, on a throne on the earth. “How long these angels inhabited the earth before the creation of man is not revealed. It might have been millions - or even billions - of years, more on that later. But these angels sinned. Sin is the transgression of God’s law (I John 3:4). And God’s law is the basis of God’s government. The penalty for the sin of angels is not death , as it is for man. Angels are immortal spirit beings and cannot die. These spirit beings had been given dominion over the PHYSICAL EARTH as a possession and an abode. The universal, worldwide sin of the angels resulted in the physical destruction of the face of the earth.” Page 76 “The penalty of sin by the angels was not death -- for God had made them immortal spirit beings who cannot die. What God had given them was THIS EARTH as their abode and opportunity to qualify to possess and beautify the entire UNIVERSE. Their penalty ( they are still awaiting final judgment up to now) was disqualification -- forfeiture of their grand opportunity, perversion of mind, and a colossal earth wide CATACLYSM of destruction wreaked upon this earth. As a result, the earth came to the condition briefly described in Genesis1:2. So the rebellion of these angels that sinned (II Pet. 2:4-6; Jude 6,7; Isa. 14:12-15; Ezek. 28:12-17) brought this extreme cataclysm to the earth.” (End of quote from “ Mystery of The Ages.)

Now, let’s look closely at the Scriptures noted above: II Peter 2:4 “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.” We’ve already found earlier that this word “hell” is from the Greek, “tartaroo”, meaning “a place or condition of restraint”. Satan, as powerful as he is, is still under the control or restraint of Almighty God! Remember in the example of Job, where Satan wanted to tempt him to the extent where Job would turn against the LORD, if he didn’t protect and bless him. Job 1:9 “Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for naught? 10 Hast not thou made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? 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.” Verse 2:4 “And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his skin. 5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.”

Satan had to get permission from God, before he could do any of his evil work. The trials became more and more intense, but through it all, Job would not curse God. (even though Job was shown to have a lot of self-righteousness.) But the point was, that Satan could go no farther than God would allow. He was restrained in what he was able to inflict on Job! He is still held back by that “hell” of tartartoo, in the New Testament as well. I Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered awhile, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” Jude 6 “And the angels (demons) which kept not their first estate, (the earth) but left their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” Still showing that restraint that Satan and his demons are under until their day of judgment. Even these demons knew that a time of judgment or torment was ahead for them.. Matthew 8:29 “And behold they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? Revelations 20:10 “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and false prophet are, (were) and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever .”

This is speaking of the lake of fire, where the coming dictator of a revived Roman Empire and the leader of the great whore church, situated in Rome will have been thrown by the Great returning Jesus Christ to this earth. Of course, being physical, they will have been consumed by the flames, (Malachi 4:1,3) but Satan and his demons will be tormented there for a thousand years, by seeing all of his schemes and dreams destroyed by the Great Jesus Christ. After the Millennium and the Great White Throne judgment period, when all people will have had their opportunity for salvation, Satan and the fallen angels will be cast into, what is probably the darkest parts of outer space. Jude 13 “ Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, (typifying fallen angels, not men) to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.” So, since Satan and his demons are spirit beings and can’t die, this is their eternal torment and punishing for all eternity.

Another thought I would like to present at this time is about a difference in spirit beings: There is a vast difference, just as there is great differences between mankind and the animal kingdom! John 4:24 “God is a Spirit: “ And angelic beings are also spirits! They both possess immortality and are on a different plane or level than anything physical. Ultimately, we can obtain immortality through Jesus Christ, when we are in the very Family of God.. But understand this! God Almighty is the Creator Spirit. HE IS COMPOSED OF HOLY SPIRIT! He created all things, including other spirit beings! He and His Son, Jesus Christ had NO BEGINNING! Everything else did, including all the angels, including Satan, who became the devil. So, don’t ever forget that the CREATOR is always greater than the created!

One of the questions asked that prompted this article, was: “If God could die as Jesus Christ, (He could, because He was totally human.) why can’t Satan, even if he is spirit being?” You know, we can’t limit God. But that is not the way it is written in His Word! Just accept the Bible as it is revealed, by His Spirit, to His Church, through His ministry. Ephesians 4:11 “And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” (I Corinthians 12:4-18-27,28-31)

Finally, what about the supposition that angels can co-habit with women and produce progeny that became “giants in the earth” (Genesis 6:1-4)? Some have tried to promote this erroneous idea, on prominent religious T.V. programs. Even “Bullinger’s Companion Bible”, tries to espouse this Satanic doctrine! It does not agree with Scripture! Genesis 1:21 “And God (Elohim) created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, AFTER THEIR KIND, and every winged fowl AFTER HIS KIND: and God saw that it was good.” (Verses 24, 25) Always after “their kind”. Then God reveals that He made MAN after His KIND - “in the image of God created he him; male and female created He them. ” :(Verse 26). This world, in general, has not recognized nor understood this awesome truth! We are made after the GOD KIND! But we are, at this time, in this fleshly form, unable to have a FLESHLY UNION WITH A SPIRIT BEING. Even Jesus Christ had to “empty himself” to become flesh (a human sperm), in order to impregnate the virgin Mary! SATAN DOES NOT HAVE THAT POWER! He is a created being, NOT THE CREATOR!

I ask the question: If Satan, or his demon followers, had the power to cohabit with human “daughters of men”, why aren’t they still doing it today? No, the term “ sons of God” in Genesis 6:2, merely means, sons, by virtue of creation or human beings, descended from Adam.

  1. Angels do not marry: Mathew 22:30.
  2. Each “kind” produces “after his (it’s) kind“, as we read in Genesis 1:21, 24, 25 .
  3. In the Bible, the phrase “sons of God” is used three ways:
    1. Spirit begotten--Romans 8:14; I John 3:2.
    2. Angels--Job1:6; 38:4,7 .
    3. Man, by virtue of creation-- Psalms 82:6; Malachi 2:10 “Have we not all have one Father?; Luke 3:38

Of course, Satan would have you believe the LIE that he can produce children, as God has and is doing. The only way Satan can have “children ”, is in a spiritual sense, where he is called the “father” of deceived people and is the “father of liars”: John 8:44.

Don’t fall for these clever deceptions of the “evil one”!

 
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