The Great Spiritual Battle – Part One

The Lord, the Most High God, is the Pre-Existent One. In the Beginning, there was God. God is the Beginning, and Jesus was there with Him. (John 1:1-2) The name He gave to Moses explains our Lord so well. He said His name is “I AM.” (Exodus 3:14) He did not say “I was, I am and I will be.” God simply IS, and He dwells in the eternal plane of existence that we call the Spiritual Realm, or Heaven, where time, as we know it, does not exist.

This spiritual world, or Heaven, also possibly has always existed. It boggles the mind. In Heaven, the Lord created many servants. We call them angels, although there are many ranks or offices within this group; for example, principalities, powers, rulers, chiefs, princes, governors. (Ephesians 6:12)

The Most Beautiful Created Being

We are given a description of one of these beings in Ezekiel 28:11-19. Ostensibly, the King of Tyre is being described, but it is clearly a supernatural being. Every precious stone was his covering. He was an anointed cherub. He was in the Garden of God. He walked among fiery stones. He was perfect from the day he was created, until iniquity was found in him. This being became proud because of his beauty. This being is the Devil, also known as Satan, the accuser.

The Devil wishes to usurp the Lord and take His place. Here are five statements of the Devil:

“I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation ... I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” – Isaiah 14:13-14
Notice the arrogant “I will”, five times.

There was rebellion in Heaven. The Devil rebelled against God.

It is thought that one-third of the uncounted millions of angelic beings rebelled against the Lord.

When the Devil rebelled, the Lord was not surprised. He had a Plan. The rebellion of the Devil occurred before the creation of the world in which we live. In fact, our physical world is part of the Plan of God. We, who are the Children of God, are also His servants. We play a part in the Lord’s grand Plan.

When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, again, the Lord was not surprised. Their sin initiated the plan to redeem all human servants so that they can live with the Lord in His kingdom. This part of the plan included Jesus, God in the form of man, coming to this world and being the Sin Offering for all our sins. By doing so, the Lord Jesus made certain that the faithful servants of the Lord would be rewarded by living with Him in His kingdom. Again, that was part of the Plan.

To be continued . . .

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