The Three Earth Ages A brief History.
Jehovah is especially, therefore, the God of Israel; and the God of those who are redeemed, and are thus now “in Christ”. We can say “My God,” but not “My Jehovah”, for Jehovah means “My God”. Israel is the, lost, or scattered ten tribes.
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In the beginning of time, (whenever that was; has not been stated,) God created everything in the Heavens and on the earth. Then some unknown length of time later, something catastrophic occurred that made
God's Creation come to utter destruction, it became a wasted place. This destruction manifested itself among other things as a total flood. So complete was this destructive event that not only did the earth become an indistinguishable ruin, but all the earth was cast into utter darkness. (tohu WA bohu (תֹ֙הוּ֙ וָבֹ֔הוּ) is a Biblical Hebrew phrase found in the Book of Genesis KJV 1:2. It is usually translated "formless and empty," or some variation of the same, and describes the condition of the earth before God said, "Let there be light." Precise translation of the phrase is difficult, as only the
first word, "tohu," appears to have any independent meaning. "tohu" is used 20 times in the Hebrew bible, and is used to mean "vain" or "waste." “bohu" appears only three times in the Hebrew bible, always together with "tohu," and always quoting the Genesis verse We will study what God's Word, The Bible, says about the beginning:
· The beginning of not only the history of the creation of the world as we now know it today, http://godsplan.org.uk/fleshage.htm
· But also the creation of the world that then was, http://www.godsplan.org.uk/2%20Peter%203.htm
· As well as the world that is to come http://www.godsplan.org.uk/kingdom.htm
These are known as Earth Ages, and there are three of them spoken of in the Bible; we will learn of them in this study. We will also read of time-gap in scriptures, a great flood and destruction other than; and before Noah's flood. Unfortunately, due to the lack of quality in; in-depth teaching of God's written Word, many Christians have been led into confusion regarding foundational truths that are so very important to our understanding of the whole of God's Word and His plan. There is a plan and a "theme" to the Bible and it flows from Genesis through to Revelation. But how can we understand the ending of God's plan (Revelation) if we don't fully understand the beginning (Genesis)?
Understanding these key fundamental truths is vital to understanding the whole of God's Word.
But due to the false teachings and the half-truths that we have been exposed to our entire life, we must first unlearn the untruths, before we can learn the truths of God's most Perfect Word, the Bible(KJV).
2 Peter 3:5-7 KJV
5. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: http://www.godsplan.org.uk/2%20Peter%203.htm
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: http://godsplan.org.uk/fleshage.htm
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. http://godsplan.org.uk/greattribulation2.htm (Then to…)
Acts 26:26 (KJV) For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.
John Milton in 1667 wrote an epic poem called ‘Paradise Lost’ from the Bible revealing all that has gone before. To some it is just a long poem, to others a literary work of a competent writer, but to those who study the Bible ardently it is the correlation of The Holy Bible (Companion) KJV—and reveals, like John Milton, who 350 years ago, undertook the mammoth task of translating God’s Word the best way he knew how, to future bewildered researchers, laying a new foundation to those today who ridicule such work, but would have us believe we originated from apes, and even further back, to what is termed a ‘big bang’ and a slime pit of primordial soup (existing from the beginning of time) from which we crawled and became human beings; How extraordinarily ludicrous (So absurd or incongruous [inappropriate] as to be laughable). http://www.godsplan.org.uk/book1.htm
Excerpt from CHAPTER 1 Paradise Lost John Milton. (IN PLAIN ENGLISH)
01. Tell me about man's first sin, when he tasted the forbidden fruit and caused all our troubles, until Jesus came and saved us. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/markofcain.htm
06. Inspire me with this knowledge. You are the heavenly spirit who inspired Moses in his teachings. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/secondadvent.htm
12. I am asking for your help because I want to write a great work different from any that was ever written before.
17. I want you to teach me, Holy Spirit, because you value goodness more than fancy churches.
19. You know everything. You were there at the Beginning. You sat like a dove with your wings spread over the dark emptiness and made it come to life.
23. Enlighten me where I am ignorant and strengthen my abilities so that I can correctly explain God's great purpose to men.
In Genesis 3 http://godsplan.org.uk/serpentofgenesis3.htm we have neither allegory, (Allegory is a device used to present an idea, principle or meaning) myth, legend, nor fable, but literal historical facts set forth, and emphasised by the use of certain Figures of speech. (See Ap 6 All the confusion of thought and conflicting exegesis (is a critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially a religious text), have arisen from taking literally, what is expressed by Figures, or from taking figuratively what is literal. A Figure of speech is never used except for the purpose of calling attention to, emphasising, and intensifying, the reality of the literal sense, and the truth of the historical facts; so that, while the words employed may not be so strictly true to the letter, they are all the more true to the truth conveyed by them, and to the historical events connected with them. But for the figurative language of verses 14 &15 no one would have thought of referring the third chapter of Genesis to a snake: no more than he does when reading the third chapter from the end of Revelation (ch 20:2). Indeed, the explanation added there, that the “old Serpent” is the Devil and Satan, would immediately lead one to connect the word “old” with the earlier form and former mention of the serpent in Genesis 3: and the fact that it was satan himself who tempted the “second man”, [Christ] “the last Adham”, would force the conclusion that no other than the personal Satan could have been the tempter “of the first man Adham”. The Hebrew word rendered “serpent” in Genesis 3:1 Nāchāsh (from the root Nāchāsh to shine), and means a shining one. Hence, in Chaldee it means brass or copper, because of its shining. Hence, also the word Nehushtāna piece of brass, in (2 Kings 18:4). In the same way Serāph, in (Isaiah 6:26) means a burning one, and, because the serpents mentioned in Numbers 21 were burning, in the poison of their bite, they were called Saraphim or Seraphs (Snakes).
Genesis 3:1 KJV Now the serpent was more subtil 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’?”
Serpent, Hebrew Nāchāsh, a shining one. See note on Numbers 21:6 Fiery serpents = burning. Hebrew nacheshіīm serāphīm. (Of effect) because, the effect of the bite was a burning sensation. Hebrew Serāph. The Seraphim so called in Isaiah 6; 2, because they were burning ones: hence the name for these serpents. In the same way nāchāsh, shining one is also used for serpents, because they are shining ones in appearance. The old serpent:
2 Corinthians 11:3 (KJV) But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
Transformed as an “angel of light” (a glorious angel).
Ezekiel 28: 14, 17. KJV http://www.godsplan.org.uk/books.htm
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.
The anointed cherub that covereth: Cherub can be used only of a supernatural being, overshadowing, and protecting “the world that then was” (2 Peter 3:6), or the garden of verse 13.
17. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty; thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness.
The First Book of Adam and Eve detail the life and times of Adam and Eve after they were expelled from the garden to the time that Cain kills his brother Abel. It tells of Adam and Eve’s first dwelling - the Cave of Treasures; their trials and temptations; Satan’s many apparitions to them; the birth of Cain, Abel, and their twin sisters; and Cain’s love for his beautiful twin sister, Luluwa, whom Adam and Eve wished to join to Abel.
This book is considered by many scholars to be part of the "Pseudepigrapha" (soo-duh-pig-ruh-fuh). The "Pseudepigrapha" is a collection of historical biblical works that are considered to be fiction. (By whom do you think?)
Because of that stigma, this book was not included in the compilation of the Holy Bible. This book is a written history of what happened in the days of Adam and Eve after they were cast out of the garden. Although considered to be pseudepigraphic by some, it carries significant meaning and insight into events of that time. It is doubtful that these writings could have survived all the many centuries if there were no substance to them.
THIS BOOK IS SIMPLY A VERSION OF AN ACCOUNT HANDED DOWN BY WORD OF MOUTH, FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION, LINKING THE TIME THAT THE FIRST HUMAN LIFE WAS CREATED TO THE TIME WHEN SOMEBODY FINALLY DECIDED TO WRITE IT DOWN.
This particular version is the work of unknown Egyptians. The lack of historical allusion makes it difficult to precisely date the writing, however, using other pseudepigraphical works as a reference, it was probably written a few hundred years before the birth of Christ.
Parts of this version are found in the Jewish Talmud, and the Islamic Koran, showing what a vital role it played in the original literature of human wisdom. The Egyptian author wrote in Arabic, but later translations were found written in Ethiopic. The present English translation was translated in the late 1800’s by Dr. S. C. Malan and Dr. E. Trumpp. They translated into King James English from both the Arabic version and the Ethiopic version which was then published in The Forgotten Books of Eden in 1927 by The World Publishing Company.
pseudepigraphic = In Old Testament biblical studies, the pseudepigrapha are Jewish religious works written c 300 BC to 300 AD, not all of which are literally pseudepigraphical. They are distinguished by Protestants from the Deuterocanonical (Catholic and Orthodox) or Apocrypha (Protestant), the books that appear in the Septuagint and Vulgate but not in the Hebrew Bible or in Protestant Bibles. Catholics distinguish only between the deuterocanonical and all the other books that are called biblical Apocrypha, a name that is also used for the pseudepigrapha in the Catholic usage. http://fam-faerch.dk/pseudigrapher/pseudo/ae.html
There have been only two epics that I know of, one is Paradise Lost by John Milton; the other is the Holy Bible (KJV), the third which I am just completing is called the ‘Three Earth Ages by John E Bradburn’ http://www.godsplan.org.uk/threestages1.htm. Both are similar in the telling of the First Age through to the Fallen Age (Flesh Age) to God’s Kingdom. The guidance of the Holy Spirit is tantamount, if not absolutely necessary; to understanding, and hard work.
1 Timothy 2:14 (KJV) And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
Revelation 12:7-9 (KJV)
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Paradise Lost (Plain English)
John Milton 1667
01. Tell me about man's first sin, when he tasted the forbidden fruit and caused all our troubles, until Jesus came and saved us. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/2%20Peter%203.htm
06. Inspire me with this knowledge. You are the heavenly spirit who inspired Moses in his teachings.
12. I'm asking for your help because I want to write a great work different from any that was ever written before.
17. I want you to teach me, Holy Spirit, because you value goodness more than fancy churches.
19. You know everything. You were there at the Beginning. You sat like a dove with your wings spread over the dark emptiness and made it come to life.
23. Enlighten me where I am ignorant and strengthen my abilities so that I can correctly explain God's great purpose to men.
27. You know everything about Heaven and Hell, so tell me, what was it that made Adam and Eve go against God's orders? They seemed so happy. He had given them the whole world, except for one little thing.
33. Who made them do this awful thing? It was that snake from Hell, wasn't it. His envy and thirst for revenge made him go trick Eve the way he did. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/markofcain.htm
37. His pride had got him thrown out of Heaven with all his followers. They supported him in his ambition to glorify himself - even to the point of waging war against God. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/books.htm
44. But he was doomed to fail. After a terrible war, God threw him into Hell for daring to fight him.
50. For nine days he and his evil followers were lying helpless in the fires of Hell.
54. But soon he grew angry, thinking about all the lost pleasures and the unending pain.
56. He looked around and saw a lot of suffering. But he only felt stubborn pride and hatefulness.
59. As far as he could see there were flames, but they burned dark instead of bright, and they only revealed sorrow and hopelessness.
60. These fires would never go out and the torture would never end.
70. This is the place Justice made for those who rebel against God.
73. It was as far from Heaven and Heaven's light and as different from Heaven as it could be.
76. This is where he saw all his defeated followers. And there, wallowing in the flames right next to him was his top assistant.
80. Later we would know him as Beelzebub.
81. His leader, who they called Satan, finally spoke.
84. Is this really you? If you are who I think you are, how you have changed! Your brightness that outshined everyone is gone.
87. If you are the one who joined me in planning and undertaking our grand mission--it looks like now we are joined again, but in misery.
92. Look at how far we fell! It has come to pass he was much stronger than us after all, but how could we know that?
94. But I do not care what he did to us, or may still do, I'm not sorry. And I'm not going to change.
97. My appearance may have changed, but the indignity I suffered that caused me to fight Him has not changed.
100. And what made the multitudes (30%) agree with me and join me in battling him and shaking up his kingdom--that hasn't changed.
105. So what if we lost some ground? He will never be able to take away my free will, my revenge, my hate, or my courage never to give up.
109. And if I still have all that, what did He win?
111. Am I supposed to kneel and beg for mercy from Him who I just gave some serious worry about the safety of His empire?
115. That would be worse shame than the defeat we just had.
117. We cannot die, and we cannot be physically hurt (wrong), but we have learned a lot from this experience.
120. Whether we do it by outright battle or some more devious way, we can fight our enemy forever--that tyrant in Heaven who sits there now, gloating over His victory.
125. Satan said these words forcefully though he was in pain and despair.
127. Beelzebub responded, ‘Oh Prince, you bravely led the rebelling angels against Heaven's king. ‘
132. But he defeated us, whether by his greater strength or just good luck, I don't know.
134. Now, too late, I see only too well the sad outcome of our plan--the loss of Heaven, and all our comrades left in such sad shape.
138. But we are like gods and cannot die. Our minds and spirits are indestructible, and soon our strength will return, although our glory and joy are gone forever.
143. Now I think our Conqueror must really be almighty. How else could He defeat an army like ours?
146. But what if he left us alive just to make us suffer?
149. Or maybe he wants to make us his slaves to do whatever strange things he thinks up for us to do in this dark pit.
153. What good is it if we remain alive and healthy forever if it is only so we can suffer forever?
156. Satan answered quickly, I know it is not good to be under His power, but I will tell you one thing--we will never do good deeds again. We will get all our pleasure from doing evil, because it's the opposite of what he wants.
162. And if He tries to turn our evil actions into something good, we will find another way to turn them into evil again.
166. And sometimes we will succeed, and disrupt His plans and cause Him a lot of grief.
169. But look around--the enemy forces have gone back to Heaven, and the storm that surrounded us is calm now.
178. Maybe His anger has been satisfied, or maybe He is turning His back on us in contempt--either way, let us take advantage of the opportunity.
180. See that dark barren plain over there?
183. Let us get out of these flames and go rest there--if we can get any rest in this miserable place.
186. Let us gather everybody there and decide how we can recover from this disaster and make more trouble for the enemy.
192. As Satan spoke to his companion only his head and blazing eyes were up above the flames.
194. The rest of his body was stretched out on the lake of fire like a big whale--the kind that sailors, they say, sometimes mistake for an island and spend the night anchored by its side.
210. And he might never have got out of that lake, or even lifted his head, if God didn't decide to allow it.
214. God left him free to commit his many crimes and pile more damnation on himself while he tried to harm others.
217. But he would find that the result would be God's goodness, grace, and mercy given to man, while he suffered God's punishment over and over.
221. So Satan got up, and the flames rolled back leaving a big open space where he had been lying.
225. Then he spread his wings and flew up into the polluted air and landed on dry land--if you could call it land, since it was as hot as fire.
230. The smoke and the smell and the colour of the hill was like an erupted volcano.
237. This land was meant for people who were not blessed.
238. Beelzebub followed Satan. They were both proud to have gotten out of the lake by their own power, or so they believed.
01. Satan sat on his throne. It was fancier than the richest kings of Persia or India had.
05. He had become the king of evil.
07. It was more than he hoped for, and now he was greedy for more.
08. Instead of learning from his defeat, he just wanted to fight God some more.
10. So he began to tell his dream to the assembly.
11. Gods of Heaven! - I still call you that because no place, however deep and dark, can weaken immortal power.
14. I'm not giving up on Heaven.
15. We will rise up more glorious and more feared than if we never fell, and not be afraid that we might lose again.
18. Heaven's law made me your leader. The rights of justice gave us free will. And our achievements gave us honour and glory.
22. Now we have it all back again, and in a much safer place. He willingly gave us this kingdom. Nobody would want to take it away from us.
24. The powers that rule in the comfort of Heaven might be envied, but who is going to envy whoever rules in Hell and is in constant pain and under constant threat of attack from above?
30. Where there's nothing to steal, there are no thieves. Nobody wants to gain worse pain for him-self than he already has.
35. That makes us more firmly united. Now we can fight for what is rightly ours.
39. We have a better chance of succeeding now than when we were in the comforts of Heaven.
40. Now it is just a matter of deciding how to go about it. Who wants to speak?
43. Moloch stood up. He was the strongest and fiercest angel in the war.
46. He wanted to be as strong as God; otherwise to him life wasn't worth living.
48. He was willing to risk everything.
51. I vote for war, he said.
52. I don't know anything about trickery.
53. Those of you, who want to sit around conspiring, do it in your own time!
54. What do you expect the rest of us to do--sit around and wait in this hell-hole while our warden sits above on his comfortable throne?
60. No! Let us take these damned hell-flames and attack his angels with them.
68. He invented these tortures. Let us return them to him and dump sulphur and black fire on His throne.
71. It will not be as hard as you think. Being chased downward and falling like we did is unnatural to us. But we can fly upward more easily, and take them by surprise.
82. Are you afraid to make him mad again? What more can he do to us?
85. What is worse than this?--where fire tortures us without end, and we are slaves at his mercy to punish whenever and in whatever way he wants.
92. How much worse could things get? If he decides to kill us, let him. At least we will be out of here.
99. And if we really are immortal and cannot die, then we can make his life miserable with repeated attacks forever.
105. If not victory, at least we can get our revenge.
108. Next to stand and speak was Belial. He was handsome. His voice was sweet. But he was a con artist. Beneath his dignified appearance he was lazy and immoral.
119. I would go along with the idea of more war, he said, except that our most expert warrior bases everything on despair and a hope for death--all to accomplish some kind of revenge.
129. How could we succeed? Heaven is surrounded with armed guards. And scouts patrol all the dark outer spaces.
134. Are we supposed to bring Hells fire with us to fight Gods forces while He sits safe and untouchable? He would soon throw us all back into Hell again.
142. Are we supposed to make God mad enough to kill us? Is that our last hope?
146. I don't think so. Who wants to lose their life, their mind, or their power?
151. Even if that is really what we want, God may not even be able to kill us. Anyway he would not if he could.
155. He is too smart to give us what we want. He wants to keep us alive to punish forever.
01. Hail, holy light. You were here forever, like God. (Elohim)
08. You were here before the sun.
09. When God said, "Let there be light," you came to light up the creation of the world.
13. I am finished talking about Hell for a while.
21. Now I'm asking your light to shine on me.
23. I am blind, so it will not help my eyes, but that doesn't stop me from enjoying hearing about beautiful places.
29. I love poetry, especially in the Bible.
32. There were many blind men in history and in legend who had great thoughts and wrote great poetry.
38. The nightingale sings beautifully in the dark.
40. The seasons change, day turns to night, and there are flowers, birds, and beautiful faces. But I can't see any of it.
45. I cannot learn anything by looking around.
51. So please shine your light inside me so I will be able to see and tell about things people cannot see.
56. Now I am imagining how God looked down on His creation from Heaven.
60. All the angels were gathered around Him. They were greatly blessed just by being in His presence.
62. His son, Messiah, sat on His right side.
64. God saw Adam and Eve enjoying the Garden of Eden.
69. He looked down into Hell and all the way up to the dark side of Heaven. There he saw Satan getting ready to land on the outer shell of our universe.
75. It looked like a big globe full of water or air
01. I wish somebody had warned Adam and Eve, the way St. John warned everybody about Satan in the Book of Revelation.
06. Then maybe they could have been saved.
09. Satan was coming to Earth to take revenge on them for losing the war and being thrown into Hell.
13. But he was feeling less sure of himself than when he began his mission.
16. He was feeling nervous.
19. He could not escape the feeling that he was still in Hell.
23. He was suddenly overwhelmed by painful memories of the glory he once had and how terrible his situation had become.
29. He looked down at Eden, which was beautiful. Then he looked up at the full shining sun.
31. He said to the sun, ‘You look like the god of this new world. All the stars hide when you come out. ‘
35. But I hate you. I hate how you remind me of how glorious I once was--even more glorious than you.
40. Pride and ambition caused me to go against God. But why? He is the one who gave me my glory. He was kind to me. And he did not ask much in return.
46. What was so hard about giving him the praise and thanks that he deserved?
48. But all his goodness only made me bad.
49. I was in a high position, but it just made me want to be higher.
52. I got sick of always saying thank you.
54. I guess I forgot all that He continually gave.
55. I did not see that feeling gratitude does not need to be expressed in words. So what was the problem?
58. Maybe it would have been better if he had made me a lesser angel. Then I would not have become so ambitious.
61. But then maybe another high angel would have done what I did. And I would end up one of his followers.
63. But there were other angels as powerful as me, yet they never rebelled.
66. I had the same free will as they did. So what do I have to blame for my fall?
68. Nothing but God's love that he gives equally to everybody. Then damn his love! since it makes no difference whether he loves me or hates me. Here is where I end up.
71. No, damn myself. Since I freely chose to do what I did, and now sadly regret.
73. I feel like Hell. Wherever I go is Hell. Infinite Hell, infinite hate, infinite despair.
76. And yet I am afraid an even worse Hell waits for me--one so bad that, compared to it, this is like Heaven.
79. What can I do? Is there any way out of this? Yes, I can beg forgiveness, but the thought of it makes me sick.
82. What shame I would feel before all my followers.
83. I led them to this, with promises and bragging how I could beat God.
86. They should only know how I now eat those words, and what terror I feel while they worship me as their king.
91. King of misery, that's me. Still falling into worse misery.
93. Even if I could be forgiven, how long could I keep up the insincere apologies I made in pain, once I was back in my comfortable old high place.
98. Things have gone way too far. There's too much hatred to ever be undone.
100. I would only relapse into worse hatred and worse rebellion. Any reconcilement would be short-lived.
103. God knows all this. He is as unlikely to forgive me as I am to ask Him to.
105. He has given up on us and created this new world of man to take our place.
108. So all hope is gone, and with it, fear and regret as well.
109. All good is lost to me. Evil will become my good, let God rule over the world of good, I will rule over evil--and maybe my half will turn out to be bigger than His, as mankind may soon find out.
114. While he spoke, his evil emotions showed on his face. If anybody had seen him, it would have given away his phony cherubs disguise, since they never have such bad thoughts.
119. Realizing this, he quickly changed his expression. He was the first one ever to pretend to be saintly, while hiding his true evil intent.
124. But he was too late. Uriel had been watching him the whole time.
01. It was sunrise when Adam woke up.
04. His healthy environment caused him to sleep light, so just the sound of rustling leaves or birds would wake him up.
09. So he was surprised to see Eve still asleep with her hair in a mess and with a troubled expression on her face.
12. He raised himself up on his elbow and stared at her, admiring her.
17. He whispered, Wake up, Eve, before the beauty of the early morning is gone.
22. You do not want to miss the citrus blooms, the colours and the fragrance, and the bees collecting their pollen.
26. She woke up with a start.
28. Oh, Adam, she said, I'm so glad to see your perfect face.
31. I had a dream, but not as I usually dream, about you and pleasant things, but bad things I never thought about before.
36. I thought I heard you talking in my ear, telling me to go with you.
38. You talked about how beautiful the night was, the birds that sing at night, and how the moonlight from the full moon made everything beautiful, but nobody was there to see it.
44. You said the stars were like eyes waiting to enjoy my beauty.
48. I got up to follow you, but you were not there.
52. It looked beautiful, much more than it does in daytime.
54. Suddenly I noticed an angel standing beside it.
58. 'What beautiful fruit!' he said, 'and nobody wants to taste it? Well, nobody's going to stop me from eating it. What else is it here for?'
64. Then he picked a piece of fruit and ate it. I was shocked.
67. He said 'Wonderful fruit! Good to look at, better to taste. It's supposed to be only for the gods, but it's able to turn men into gods. And why not? Why not spread the good? That would honour God all the more.'
74. Then he told me I should eat the fruit too. He said it would make me even happier than I am and turn me into a goddess.
82. Then he put the fruit near my mouth. It smelled so good, I could not help myself. I ate it.
86. Suddenly we both flew up into the sky. Then he was gone and I sank back down into sleep.
92. I am so relieved to find out it was just a dream!
95. Adam said, “I don’t like this dream. It comes from some unknown evil.”
(54—95) The Bible KJV does not mention fruit being eaten by Adam or Eve; the seed is of two different fathers: http://www.godsplan.org.uk/markofcain.htm More on this later.
01. The brave angel travelled all night, till morning. Nobody chased after him.
04. In Heaven, there is a cave near God's throne. Light and darkness take turns coming out of it and travel through Heaven, like day and night.
11. Night there is like twilight on Earth.
12. Abdiel saw the whole plain covered with squadrons of chariots, reflecting the morning light.
19. He could see Gods army was ready for war. Apparently they already knew what he was coming to report.
21. He was happy to be home. They all greeted him and praised him for being the only one of all of Satan's followers who would not rebel against God.
25. They brought him before God's throne.
28. Gods gentle voice said, well done, Abdiel. You held your own against the pack.
32. The truth made you stronger than them, with all their weapons.
33. In return you were mocked, and had to face all their contempt. That can be tougher to take than violence. But you only cared about getting My approval.
37. Your next victory will be much easier. You will go back and fight them, backed up by my whole army. You left there being ridiculed, but you'll return in glory.
40. We will have to use force against those who reject their rightful King Messiah and His laws.
44. Michael, you are my highest military leader.
46. And Gabriel, next in rank, both of you go lead my army in battle against the rebels. Take as many thousands as you need to equal theirs.
50. Use whatever weapons you need.
51. Drive them right out of Heaven into their place of punishment. Hell is wide open and ready for them to fall into.
59. Equally horrendous was the trumpet that blew.
61. All of Gods powerful army came out when they heard it. It motivated them to go fight.
68. On they went. Hills and woods were no obstacle. They just flew over them.
73. It was like when all the different kinds of birds came to get their names from you, Adam, all perfectly lined up.
76. They travelled a very long distance.
79. Finally they could begin to see shields and spears, spread all across the horizon. It was Satan's army, speedily advancing.
86. Satan's forces had planned to take God by surprise and take over His throne, but they could see that was not going to be the case..
91. We may find it hard to imagine gentle creatures like angels fighting a war, but that's exactly what happened next.
01. Come down from Heaven, Urania. (That's the best name I can think of for you.) Listening to you I get higher than Mount Olympus, even higher than Pegasus, the winged horse, that can fly.
05. I will call you that even though you're not one of the nine Muses or one of the Olympian gods. You were born in Heaven.
08. Before the world was created, you were already there. You made God happy as you talked and played and made poetry with your sister, Wisdom.
12. With your guidance I dared to go up into Heaven.
15. Now you better guide me safely back down to Earth where I belong, before I fall, like Bellerophon, who fell off Pegasus and ended up lost and wandering aimlessly.
21. I have told only half of my story now. The rest of it takes place here on Earth.
23. As a poet, I feel more confident writing about earthly rather than heavenly things; Although here is where I have many personal problems and dangers.
27. I am blind, surrounded by darkness and solitude, but I am not alone.
28. You come to me in my dreams and inspire me to tell this story.
31. Not many people will read it though, only the really wise ones.
32. Keep the stupid, noisy ones away from us.
33. The Muse, Calliope, could not save her son, Orpheus. His music charmed even the trees and rocks till the drunken mob killed him.
38. But that won't happen to us because you really are from Heaven, not just a Greek myth,?
40. So, what happened after Raphael warned Adam that the same thing that happened to the bad angels could happen to him if he touched the forbidden tree?
50. He and his wife had listened carefully and were fascinated, hearing about things they could never have imagined, like the war in Heaven.
59. Adam was so impressed with Raphael’s story that he became thirsty to hear more--like how and why the world was created, and what all happened before he was born.
69. So Adam said to Raphael:
70. That was quite a story, sir!
71. We thank God for sending you to us. You warned us about things we wouldn't have known anything about otherwise, which could have been disastrous for us.
77. Now we are more determined than ever to obey His will forever.
80. And since you have been kind enough to teach us these wonderful high things, I was just wondering if maybe you might also be willing to tell us some more about some other things that it might be good for us to know about?
86. Like, for example, how did the sky with all the stars come to be? and the air that flows over all the plants and trees?
90. And what prompted the Creator in the first place, at this point in all eternity, to decide to create this world out of nothing? And how long did it take him to do it?
94. If it is not forbidden for you to reveal these things to us, we want to know them, not to be nosey about God's secrets, but because the more we know about His creation, the more we will admire Him.
98. I bet Daylight will slow down just to hear you tell about how it was created, and how Nature was born.
104. And if the Evening Star and the Moon come out to hear your story, Night will make everything quiet so they can hear.
106. And Sleep will wait and listen too, or we'll tell him to go away until you finish your story.
110. The angel answered, I'll grant your request, though it is difficult to put into words that you can understand what miracles God can do.
115. But God told me to answer whatever questions you may have in ways you can understand, to make you happy and better able to glorify Him.
120. But some things are none of your business, and those things you should not ask about or even try to imagine.
126. Knowledge is like food, and when you seek too much, it turns into nonsense, the way too much food turns into indigestion.
131. Okay, so after Lucifer and his legions fell into Hell, (He was called Lucifer at that time because he was brighter than the brightest star) and the Son returned victorious, with all the angels, God looked at them from His throne and said. . . Know then, that after Lucifer from Heaven
132. (So call him, brighter once amidst the Host Of
133. Angels, then that Star the Stars among)
134. Fell with his flaming Legions through the Deep
135. Into his place, and the great Son [Christ] returned
136. Victorious with His Saints, the Omnipotent
137. Eternal Father from His Throne beheld
138. Their multitude, and to His Son thus spake.
139. At least our envious Foe hath failed, who thought
140. All like himself rebellious, by whose aid
141. This inaccessible high strength, the seat
142. Of Diety supreme, us dispossess,
01. Adam was so charmed listening to the angel that he was in a kind of daze.
04. He snapped out of it and said:
05. How can I ever thank you for telling me this amazing story, and teaching me things I would never find out otherwise.
11. It indicates how glorious God is too.
13. But there's one more thing I'm curious about--something only you could answer.
15. When I think about how tiny the Earth is compared to the sky and all the many stars, and the immense distances they must have to travel every day around this Earth just to give us some light here at night, and how that is their only purpose--
25. I have to wonder why Nature would waste all that energy, when it would be so much easier for the Earth to move the little bit it would need to move, instead of the stars, to get the same result.
39. When Eve saw that Adam was getting so heady with his thoughts, she decided to leave.
42. (If anybody was paying attention, they would have asked her to stay, she was so beautiful.)
44. She went out into the garden, and all the fruits and flowers seemed to perk up as soon as she walked by or touched them.
01. So much for the angel's friendly visit with Adam.
05. Now we're going to talk about sadder things--like when man lost faith and became disobedient to God.
08. And about how God got angry and passed judgment that brought suffering into the world.
12. And about Sin and Death, and about Misery, who tells us when Death is coming.
14. It is a sad story, but it's more impressive and inspiring than all those stories about anger and vengeance in the Iliad or the Aeneid or the Odyssey.
20. At least, it will be, if my heavenly muse keeps coming to me every night in my sleep and inspires me to write this poetry.
25. It took me a long time to get around to writing this epic.
28. It seemed like war was the only subject epics could ever be about.
30. All this tiresome stuff about brave knights in battles, while nobody talks about patience or sacrifice--things more worth admiring.
33. Or else they go on about these sports heroes and tournaments and their favourite teams and all the overblown celebrations. It's not my thing.
42. I prefer a different subject--one which is important enough to be truly called heroic.
44. Maybe I'm too old to write in a way that does that subject justice, but Urania visits me each night and gives me the inspiration I need.
48. The Sun had set and Venus, the twilight star, was gone also.
51. Night covered the entire horizon.
53. Gabriel had thrown Satan out of Eden, but he was coming back now.
55. Satan had worked out his plan for man's destruction and he was so determined he didn't care how risky it was.
58. He returned in the middle of the night, the same as he had fled, when Uriel had spotted him and alerted the angel guards.
63. He had circled the Earth for seven continuous nights, staying on the dark side of the Earth, and came down on the eighth.
67. He found a secret way into the garden.
69. There was a place (not there anymore, not because of time, but because sin destroyed it)--a place where the Tigris river went underground at the foot of the mountain and eventually came up as a stream in the garden, near the Tree of Life.
74. He swam through this tunnel and came up in the garden, surrounded by mist.
76. He had been searching for a good way to hide his presence here.
77. He had searched land and sea, from the Black Sea up as far as Siberia and down to Antarctica, then from Syria west to Panama and India.
83. He roamed the whole world and carefully studied every kind of creature and decided that the snake was the best one for him to sneak around in.
90. He figured that it was such a sneaky looking creature already that nobody would suspect anything unusual about his strange behavior once he was inside the snake.
01. God knew all about how the snake got Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, and how she did the same to her husband.
05. He knows and sees everything.
08. He didn't try to stop Satan because the couple had free will, which was all they needed to defend themselves.
14. But they disobeyed God and now they had to pay the penalty
17. The guardian angels flew up to Heaven.
19. They knew about man's fall and they were sad. They couldn't work out how Satan had got past them.
21. Soon the news reached Heaven.
23. Those who heard it were sorry and full of pity (though angels can never really be sad).
26. They surrounded the ones who returned from Earth to hear all about it, but they were hurrying to God's throne to explain how they tried their best to keep Satan out.
31. God reassured them that he was not holding them responsible.
34. Those of you who have just returned from Earth, do not feel bad.
37. Nothing you did could have prevented man’s fall.
38. Back when Satan was headed for Earth, I told you this would happen.
43. Nothing I did affected man's fall. I left him entirely to his own free will, without the slightest influence from me.
47. But he did fall, and now we have to pass sentence on him, which will be death.
50. He is trying to convince himself that it is not going to happen, since he did not die immediately. He's wrong.
55. There's nobody else I would send to judge them but you, My son.
56. I gave over all jurisdictions to you in Heaven, Hell, and Earth.
58. It is not hard to see that by sending you I want to add mercy to justice.
60. You are man’s friend. You volunteered to become man yourself one day and be his Saviour.
63. The Son appeared on the right side of his father with the glory of his father's light shining on him.
68. He said, Father, you just say it and I will do whatever it takes to please you.
71. I will go judge the sinners.
73. But you and I both know I will be the one who gets the worst of the punishment sooner or later.
75. I promised it so they would not have to die, and I have no regrets.
77. I will judge them fairly but mercifully, just the way you want it.
80. Nobody needs to come with Me to witness this, just those two.
82. Satan already convicted himself by running away.
84. The snake was just the innocent stooge.
85. So he got up and went.
86. Angels accompanied him to Heaven's gate, where you could look down and see Eden.
90. He got to Earth in no time, literally.
92. The sun was setting and gentle breezes brought the cool of the evening.
95. But his temperament was even cooler.
96. In sentencing them, He would play judge and defender at the same time.
97. When they heard his voice they ran.
01. They prayed sincerely. God's grace had removed all the bad emotions from their hearts.
05. Their sad sighs told him more than any words they could have said.
08. The Greeks have a myth about Deucalion and his wife, who survived a world-wide flood, like Noah. They prayed that mankind could be restored--the same thing Adam and Eve were praying for now.
14. Their invisible prayers reached Heaven, where the Son of God covered them with incense and brought them to his father's throne.
22. Father, let me show you the first results of the heavenly grace you placed on man, he said. As your priest, I bring you these sighs and prayers, mixed with incense, in this gold cup.
26. These are sweeter than all the delicious fruits he could have grown in Paradise before he fell.
30. Listen to his sighs.
32. He may not have the greatest skill in choosing the right words to pray with, so let me speak for him.
33. I will be his advocate. I will place My spirit in him. I will help him perfect his good qualities and I will pay for his sins with My own death.
37. Let me bring peace to mankind for the limited time he has to live.
40. I only want to soften his punishment, not eliminate it. He must die, after all.
42. But a better life awaits him.
43. Then everybody who is saved can live a new, happy life, joined with Me, the way I am joined with you.
CHAPTER 12 (The World That Is Now)
01. Like a traveller taking a break at noon, Michael paused in his story at the point where one world was destroyed and a new one was about to begin.
04. He thought Adam might want to say something, but he didn't. So Michael continued:
06. So now you saw one world end and a new generation of men begin.
08. There is a lot more I wanted to show you, but I think the magic drops I put in your eyes are beginning to wear off.
11. So I'll just tell you the rest of the story.
13. This new generation, still just a small number of people, will behave them-selves for a while. They will remember only too well what God could do if they made Him angry.
17. The population will quickly grow. They will farm and raise livestock, and they will hold religious feasts and live in peaceful communes.
24. But there was a rebellious man, Nimrod, who wanted power over the others.
29. He ended the period of peace. He hunted men like they were animals. He killed anyone who refused to accept him as their ruler. He wanted to be like a god.
38. He got others to follow him. They went west from Eden, to a place where they could mine building materials.
44. They decided to build a tower tall enough to reach Heaven. They wanted to be famous world-wide. They did not care if it was good fame or evil fame.
48. But sometimes God comes down and wanders around, invisible, to see what men are doing.
50. When he saw the tower they were trying to build, he cast a spell on them so that when they spoke to each other it seemed they were all speaking different languages and nobody could understand anyone.
56. There was loud babbling all over. All the builders were confused and angry and stormed off the job, leaving the building unfinished. The angels in Heaven were laughing.
63. What a stupid man, said Adam, to think he could make himself lord over his brothers.
66. God gave us authority over the animals only, not over people. He's the only one who can rule over us.
72. And to make matters worse he builds this tower to defy God.
74. How stupid! Where did he expect to get food to feed himself and his army up there?--that is, if he didn't run out of air to breath first,
79. You're right about him, said Michael, but there's something else you have to understand.
83. Since you committed your original sin, there is really no true liberty anymore.
84. Liberty is linked to wisdom, so when a man is unwise or ignores what he should know, that's when unhealthy desires take over.
90. Then his mind becomes a slave to his desires.
92. So God allows tyrants to come along and enslave his body as well.
96. Not that that excuses tyrants from blame.
Thus, when we combine the Biblical account, with the account of Josephus, we find that Cain was the first man to build cities, and to place people inside them -- obviously so he could more easily "control, and legitimately charge for protecting" them. He became the world's first "tyrant." He was the first political dictator, and founded a society in distinct rebellion against the laws of God. Those laws meant nothing whatsoever to Cain and his followers and his children. The laws of God were considered to be for the weak and foolish, not intended for the intellectual elite of Cain and his leadership. No doubt, also, that Cain began the world's system of taxation, to compel those in his cities to "pay" for their city services, "protection," and "government," and he and his cronies and aides lived very well off the spoils of the conquests, and the "taxes" they extorted from their followers and slaves. (Ring any alarm bells yet)
All this, no doubt in the "name" of Cain, "servant of God," the world's first "benefactor." Thus this whole worldly "Babylonish" system, today; really began with none other than Cain, the son of Satan, who murdered his brother Abel out of a fit of jealous rage! http://www.godsplan.org.uk/parables.htm (See parable of the tares). It was Cain and those following in his steps that Jesus was actually referring to when He said to His disciples: "You know that the RULERS of the Gentiles LORD IT OVER THEM, and their high officials EXERCISE AUTHORITY over them [and love to do so!]. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave -- just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many" http://godsplan.org.uk/christtheredeemer.htm http://www.godsplan.org.uk/markofcain.htm
25 But Jesus called them unto Him, and said, ’Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.’’
26 ‘But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;’
27 ‘And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:’
28 ‘Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many.’
To the end that, knowing the corruptedness of our nature, we should always be heedful and diligent, and never have any trust in ourselves; for in our flesh and in our minds do the appetites and affections continually dwell, which, as deadly enemies of the soul, lay a thousand snares and baits for us incessantly, labouring to make us proud, ambitious, lecherous, and covetous.
This is the fear whereunto the whole of Scripture exhorteth the Christians that have once tasted how sweet the Lord is, and which bestow all their endeavour in following Christ’s footsteps, who cast not from them this holy fear, because they labour to put off the old man.
And the good Christians must never bereave themselves quiet and clean of this childly fear, which is the singular friend of Christian charity; http://www.godsplan.org.uk/christianmovement.htm like as the slavish fear is such an enemy unto it, as they can by no means dwell together. And by the foresaid things a man may plainly perceive that the good Christian ought never to doubt of the forgiveness of his sins, nor of God’s favour, One must also believe particularly that his own sins are forgiven him by Jesus Christ; and the reason is ready at hand, namely, that, forasmuch as God hath promised thee to accept thee for righteous through the merits of Jesus Christ:
IF THOU BELIEVE NOT THAT THOU ART BECOME RIGHTEOUS THROUGH HIM, THOU MAKEST OUR FATHER A LIAR, AND CONSEQUENTLY THOU MAKEST THYSELF UNWORTHY OF HIS GRACE AND LIBERALITY.
1. But thou wilt say to me, “I believe well the forgiveness of sins, and I know that God (Our Father) is true; but I am afraid that I am not worthy to have so great a gift.”
2. I answer, “That the forgiveness of thy sins shall not be a gift of free grace, but a wages, if God should give it thee for the worthiness of thy works.”
But I reply upon thee, that God accepteth thee for righteous, and layeth not thy sin to thy charge, because of Christ’s merits which are given unto thee and become thine by faith. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/faith.htm Therefore, believe that not only the forgiveness of sins in general, but also apply the same belief to thine own particular person, by believing without any doubt that all thy misdoings are pardoned thee through Jesus Christ. And in so doing thou shalt give the glory unto Our Father Yahweh, by confessing Him to be merciful and true, and shalt become righteous and holy before God Our Father, Yahweh; forasmuch by the same confession the holiness and righteousness of Jesus Christ shall be communicated unto thee.
But to return to our purpose of predestination: I say that, by the things above mentioned, a man may evidently perceive that the assurance of predestination doth not hurt, but rather greatly profit, the true Christians. And I think not that it can hurt the false Christians and reprobates. For, albeit that such manner of folk would bear themselves in hand, and pretend to the world-word to be of the number of the predestinate, yet can they never persuade their own consciences, which will ever be gnawing and crying out to the contrary. But yet it seemeth greatly, that the doctrine of predestination may hurt them. For they be wont to say, “If I be of the number of the reprobates (a depraved, unprincipled, or wicked person), what shall it avail me to do good works?”
And if I be of the number of the predestinate, I shall be saved, without any labouring of mine to do good works http://www.godsplan.org.uk/parables.htm. I answer thee at few words, that by such devilish arguments they increase God’s wrath against themselves; who hath disclosed the knowledge of predestination to the Christians, to make them hot and cold in the love of God, and to set them forward and not backward unto good works. And therefore for the true Christian on the one side holdeth himself assuredly predestinated unto everlasting life, and to be saved, not at all by his own merits, but by Our Father’s election, who hath predestinated not for our own works’ sakes, but to show the greatness of His mercy; and on the other side endevoureth himself to do good works after the example of Jesus Christ, as much as His salvation depended upon His own policy and painstaking. As for him that ceaseth to do good, because of the doctrine of predestination, saying, if I be predestinated, I shall be saved, without straining of myself to do good works; he sheweth evidently that his travailing is not for the love of God, but for the love of himself. By reason whereof, the works that he does may be perhaps good and holy to the sight of men, but they be wicked and abominable before the Lord God, who hath an eye to the intent. And hereupon it may be gathered, that the doctrine of predestination worketh rather good than harm to the false Christians. For it discovereth their hypocrisy; which cannot cure itself so long as it lieth hidden under the mantle of outward works.
· But I would have them that say, I will not strain myself to do well; for if I be predestinated I shall be saved without tiring of myself so much; I say; “I would have them tell me, how it happened that, when they be diseased, they say not also, I will have neither physic or physician; for look, what God had determined upon me cannot but come to pass.
· Why eat they? Why drink they? Why till they the ground? Why plant they vines? And; why be they so diligent in doing all things convenient for to sustain the body?
· Why say they not, also, that all these turmoilings, policies, and travails of ours are superfluous; forasmuch as it is not possible but that whatsoever God hath for-seen and determined, concerning our life and death, must needs come to pass?
· And, therefore, if God’s providence makes them not negligent and idle in things pertaining to the body, why should it make them more slothful and negligent in that which concerneth the Christian perfection, which without all comparison is far nobler than the body?
But, forasmuch as we see that niether Jesus Christ, nor St Paul, for any doubt of offending the reprobates, have forborne (held back) to preach the TRUTH, which is necessary to the edifying of the chosen, for the love of whom the everlasting Son of God became man and was put to death on the tree, we also in likewise ought not to forbear the preaching of predestination to the true Christians, forasmuch as we have seen that it importeth great edification.
Now are we come to the end of our purpose, wherein our chief intent hath been (according to our small power) to magnify the wonderful benefit which the Christian man hath received through Jesus Christ being crucified http://www.godsplan.org.uk/christianrace.htm and to show that faith http://www.godsplan.org.uk/faith.htm of himself alone justifieth, that is to with, that God receiveth and holdeth them for righteous which believe steadfastly that Christ hath made full amends for their sins; howbeit, that, as light cannot be separated from fire, which of itself burneth and devoureth all things, even so good works cannot be separated from faith, which alone by itself justifieth. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/justification.htm,
And this holy doctrine (which exalteth Jesus Christ, and represses and abates the pride of man) hath and always shall be rejected and fought against by such Christians as have Jewish minds. But happy is he who, following the example of St Paul, spoileth himself of his own righteousness, than that which is of Jesus Christ, wherewith if He be clothed and apparelled, he may most assuredly appear before Our Father Yahweh, and shall receive His blessing and the heritage of heaven and earth, with His only Son Jesus Christ our Lord; to whom be all honour, praise, and glory, from this time forth for evermore—AMEN. January 23rd 1861.
CHRISTIANS AS HAVE JEWISH MINDS
I repeat; quite often, that we owe a great debt of gratitude to the Hebrews and Jews for giving us Christians the wisdom, and knowledge, which is in our Lord. The KJV Bible consists of the Old Testament and New Testament and both should be thoroughly perused to gain all the understanding and wisdom of Gods Plan. http://www.godsplan.org.uk/Index.htm