26 July, 2019

34. Lucifer: What's in a Name?

34. Lucifer: What's in a Name?

How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, morning star!
Isaiah 14:12

Name: Lucifer aka Satan
Status: Fallen Angel and God of this World
Rank: Commander of the Fallen Angel Army

Though Lucifer is the most common name given to the fallen angel known as Satan, this is technically not his name. Lucifer is merely the Latin word for light-bearer, and in Latin versions of the Bible even describes Jesus.

Some Protestant Christians, presumably ignorant of this, have accused Catholic Christians of invoking the name of Lucifer at the Easter services because they annually sing a song about Jesus inspired by 2 Peter 1:19 in Latin.

2 Peter 1:19 (Latin version):
et habemus firmiorem propheticum sermonem cui bene facitis adtendentes quasi lucernae lucenti in caliginoso loco donec dies inlucescat et lucifer oriatur in cordibus vestris
2 Peter 1:19 (English version):
we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts.
In Isaiah 14:12, the king of Babylon is called Lucifer/the Morning Star. Many, but not all, Christians see a parallel in this passage to the fall of Satan, which explains the confusion over the names.

Note: the Hebrew word for lamp shining / light-bearer is Haylel, which is why I named him Lucifer Haylel in The Chronicles of TimeLucifer for the familiarity and Haylel for the accuracy.*

So where does the idea of a parallel come from?

We'll check that out in the next post.

Were you familiar with the Latin version of 2 Peter 1:19? If not, what surprised you the most about it?
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*accurate IF the Isaiah passage does parallel the fall of Satan.
Photo Credit: Statuette of Baphomet (public domain)

18 July, 2019

33. Cake or Death?

33. Cake or Death?

"The Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” Genesis 2:16-17

After God creates Eve, He announces that everything he has created is "very good."

What was God's first command to the human race?


Wrong Answer.

Unless of course you answered: have sex.*

Lots and lots of sex.

Yup. Not kidding. Hover over Genesis 1:28.

Who said God's rules weren't fun?

Moving on.

Before God created Eve, He told Adam that he could eat from every tree on the surface of the earth...save for one. This particular one was in the very center of God's garden. The garden which Adam was the gardener of. God explicitly warned Adam that the fruit of this particular tree would kill him.

The Ultimate Cake or Death.

Would you like cake (the fruit from any of these 1015 trees + immortality)
or death (the fruit from this one forbidden tree)?

Perhaps one of the reasons this passage is so mocked by the ASA is because it seems as unlikely that a real historical Adam and Even would eat from the fruit of the forbidden tree, as it would any reasonably intelligent person choosing death instead of cake?

So what was really going on?

Once again, 2nd Temple Judaism has the answer (as we will see in upcoming posts).

And that answer might surprise you.

Do you think the standard Sunday School explanation reasonably explains why Adam and Eve ate from the tree of Knowledge and Good and Evil? 
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Photo Credit: Cake Image by Pexels from Pixabay 
*Please note: Adam and Eve were married when given that command.

05 July, 2019

32. Lord of Death

32. The Lord of Death

"...the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil."
Hebrews 2:14

The Wisdom of Solomon is a Jewish book dating to a time period referred to as 2nd Temple Judaism, the short-lived, but unique brand of Judaism adhered to by Jesus and Paul.
God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death of the living. God created man to be immortal, and made him to be an image of his own eternity. Nevertheless through envy of the devil came death into the world.... Wisdom 1:13-14 and 2:23 NRSV & KJV
Whether you believe the Wisdom of Solomon is inspired or Deuterocanonical/Apocrypha, one thing remains clear: The Jews of Jesus' and Paul's day understood that God did not create death.

Paul confirmed this New Testament Jewish belief in his letter to the church in Rome:
Against its will, all creation was subjected to God's curse. Sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people...
Romans 5:12 and 8:20.
So what does this mean?

Quite simply, it means that God did not use macroevolution, the species-to-species aspect of Darwin's theory, because death is in integral part of the process. (For info on microevolution, the God-created change-within-species aspect of Darwin's theory, see the post Darwin's Finches.)

The species-to-species aspect of Naturalistic/Darwinian evolution and the Bible are at odds, because the former demands that death existed long before the first homosapien walked upright.

This is likely the biggest deviation between Naturalistic science and Creation science. If one believes in naturalism, the Bible MUST be wrong, because Naturalism demands that NOTHING but natural forces operate in the world.

As we've mentioned before, Creation science allows for the First Cause to be supernatural. And it allows for man to be created in the image of God and not a cosmic accident.

Naturalism is the #1 weapon of the ASA,

And the ASA is the #1 weapon of the forces of darkness.

They claim their sword is stronger than yours.

So how did one man bring death to the world? And why in Gehenna would he do so?

We'll discuss this in upcoming posts.

SwordCraft Tips: Highlight Romans 5:12 and 8:20 (and Wisdom 1:13-14 and 2:23 if your Bible has it) in your designated spiritual warfare color.

Are you surprised that 2nd Temple Judaism so explicitly states that God did not create death? 
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*The Bible of the early Church, including the Bereans  from Acts 17:11, and the original Protestants (including the first editions of the King James Bible) contained the Wisdom of Solomon as well as several other 2nd Temple Jewish books. The Bibles of Catholic, Orthodox, and Coptic Christians still contain many of these books.

01 July, 2019

31. Lord of the Sabbath

31. Lord of the Sabbath

For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. 
—Exodus 20:11

On the sixth day (the first Friday), God declared that his creation was "very good." Planet Earth was Eutopia,* a perfect world.

On the seventh day (the first Saturday), God finished his work of creation, so he "sabbath on the seventh day from all his work."

We often translate the Hebrew word "sabbath" as rested, though it more accurately means "ceased" or "desisted."

At this point in scripture, barely chapter two, God defines himself as Creator of the world, his most magnanimous role, and establishes a 7-day week, and later (Exodus 20:11) would declare that on the 7th day all those in allegiance to him were to honor him as Creator by also ceasing from their own work every 7th day.

Think about that for a second.

God comes down to earth—a very rare occurrence—and writes on stone in his own hand, and of all things he chooses to include this.


Could it have anything to do with this?
They deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed... —2 Peter 3:5
Interestingly, Jesus refers to himself as the Lord of the Sabbath in Matthew 12:1-8, Mark 2:23-28 and Luke 6:1-5. And in John 1:3, Jesus is referred to as a co-creator with his Father:
All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
Highlight Exodus 20:11 and 2 Peter 3:5 in your designated spiritual warfare color.

Do you see a connection between 2 Peter 3:5 and naturalism? Why or why not? Share your answers on the Blogging His Story Facebook page.

*Eutopia = a good place. Dystopia = a bad place. Utopia (pronounced the same as Eutopia) = a non-place, meaning a fictional place, such as Narnia or Middle Earth. 

Photo Credit: Commandment Image by Messianic Publications.