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Blogging His Story

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"The world around us is under the control of the evil one." 1 John 5:19  Why is there so much pain and suffering?  It's a common and reasonable question. This blog hopes to answer that question (as well as others) by demonstrating that this world is under the control of Satan, a created elohim (god) who rebelled against Yahweh, the only uncreated  elohim (God).

Yahweh Elohim (LORD God)

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Yahweh—the only uncreated, self-existent elohim —rules a supernatural realm as three persons: Father, begotten Son, and Holy Spirit. (Isa. 57:15, Ps. 93:2; Col. 1:17; Heb. 9:14; Isa. 11:2)

God of Angel Armies

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The Father, through his begotten Son, creates the lesser elohim —an army of supernatural warriors known as angels. (Col. 1:16)

Angel of the LORD

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The begotten Son, known as the Angel of the LORD (Yahweh), serves as the commanding officer of His Father’s angelic army. (John 1:14; Josh. 5:14)

Creation of the Natural World

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The Father, through his Son, then creates an autonomous physical realm called the natural world, a world that is perfect and free from pain, suffering, and death. (Col. 1:16)

God's Sacred Space: Garden of Eden

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Yahweh then creates a sacred garden which will be their home in the physical realm. (Gen. 2:8; 13:10; Ezek. 28:13)

Mankind: Yahweh's Gardeners

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Then, they create human beings, Adam and Eve, in their image to tend to their sacred garden. (Gen. 1:27)

Humans Given Coregency

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Yahweh gives coregency of the natural world to his gardeners, and often fellowships with them. (Gen. 3:8)

Forbidden Tree

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Although Yahweh gives his gardeners permission to eat from the fruit trees in the sacred garden, He forbids them eating from one particular tree as doing so would have lethal consequences. (Gen. 2:16-17)

Lucifer Covets Yahweh's Throne

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But one of the lesser elohim —the angel Lucifer—wants Yahweh’s power for himself. (Isa. 14:13-14)

Revolt in Heaven

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Lucifer convinces one-third of the angelic army to join him in overthrowing Yahweh. (Rev. 12:4)

Satan Banished from Heaven

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But Lucifer fails to usurp Yahweh’s throne, and he and the angels who joined his revolt are banished from heaven. (Ezek. 28:15-16)

Fallen Angels (Demons)

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Cast down to earth, Lucifer and his fallen angels are now known as Satan and demons. (Rev. 12:9)

Satan Seeks Revenge

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Wishing for revenge against Yahweh, Satan uses a serpent to enter the natural realm. (Rev. 12:9)

Satan Possesses the Serpent

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Possessing the serpent, Satan convinces Yahweh’s gardeners that if they eat from the forbidden tree, they too will have the power of Yahweh. (Gen. 3:4-5)

Treason Against Yahweh

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Wishing to have Yahweh’s power for themselves, the gardeners eat from the tree. (Gen. 3:6)

The Curse of Death

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The lethal consequences of which they were warned come true. Death, and all its consequences—disease, pain and suffering—enter the natural world. (Rom. 5:12)

The Protoevangelium

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Although Yahweh’s perfect world is now under a curse, He promises that one day a Deliverer will come who will defeat Satan and break the curse of death. (Gen. 3:15)

Mankind Banished from Yahweh's Sacred Garden

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Tainted by sin, Adam and Eve can no longer enter Yahweh’s sacred garden. (Gen. 3:23-24)

Satan: God of this World

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By disobeying Yahweh, Adam and Eve unwittingly gave coregency of their world to Satan, who is now enthroned as the god of the natural world. (2 Cor. 4:4)

The Flood

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Several of Satan’s demons attempt to corrupt the human bloodline, but Yahweh saves one family aboard an ark when He uses a flood to purge the earth of violence. (Gen. 6:4-8, 11-13)

Angels Imprisoned in Tartarus

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The demons responsible for the corruption of mankind are captured and imprisoned in hell. (2 Pet. 2:4)

God Disinherits the Nations (Gentiles)

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Once again, human beings populate the earth, and rejecting Yahweh as God, they establish themselves as His enemy. (Deut. 32:17; Rom. 8:6-7)

Demon Rulers of the Nations

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Masquerading as angels of light, the demons claim to be the protective deities of mankind and rule the nations as gods. (Deut. 32:8)

God Claims Israel (Jews) as His Inheritance

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Although Yahweh allowed the lesser elohim to rule the nations, he claimed one country in Satan’s kingdom as his own and promised to give that country to Abraham and his descendants. (Gen. 12:1-4; Deut. 32:9)

Jacob Wrestles with Yahweh

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Decades later, the begotten Son wrestles with Abraham’s grandson Jacob. He then changes his name to Israel, promising to give him the land He claimed in Satan’s kingdom. (Gen. 32:24, 28)

The 1st Kingdom

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 The Egyptian Empire The Bible divides all of human existence into seven kingdoms. (Rev 7:10)

Satan Attempts to Annihilate the Jews

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Wishing to prevent Yahweh from claiming land in his kingdom, Satan orchestrates the enslavement of all Israel’s descendants and murders their baby boys. (Ex. 1:13, 22)

The Burning Bush

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After several generations of slavery, Yahweh calls Moses, a Jewish shepherd raised in the Egyptian palace, to return to Egypt and demand the release of the Jewish people. (Ex. 3:7- 8)

Judgment Against the Gods of Egypt

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Filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, Moses calls down plagues upon the land of Egypt, demonstrating that Yahweh’s power over the forces of nature are far greater than the alleged powers of the lessor elohim . (Ps. 78:42-48; Ex. 12:12)

Band of Angels

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Yahweh sends a band of warrior angels against the gods of Egypt—the demons who orchestrated the enslavement of His people. (Ps. 78:49)

Angel of Death & Passover

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When the king of Egypt refuses to release the Israelites from slavery, Yahweh allows the angel of Death to go through the land but passes over any house marked with the blood of a lamb. At last the king of Egypt sets them free. (Ex. 12:12-13)

Yahweh Defeats Chaos

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But the king of Egypt regrets setting them free, and soon the Israelites are trapped between the pursuing Egyptian army and the sea (often personified as a chaos monster). Yahweh parts the sea to create a path of escape proving that He alone is stronger than the storm god who allegedly protects people from the sea. (Isa. 51:9-10)

Ark of the Covenant

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On the way to the promised land, Yahweh vows that the Israelites will be his people and He will be their elohim and that He will dwell in their midst—invisibly above the ark of the covenant. (Lev. 16:2; Ex. 29:45) Ark of the Covenant. (1904), by James Tissot. Public Domain.

The Tabernacle

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The people build a sacred tent in which they keep the ark of the covenant—Yahweh’s first dwelling place on earth since the sacred garden. (Ex. 40:35, 38)

Satan & the Body of Moses

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After Moses dies, Satan attempts to confiscate his body, but Michael the Archangel thwarts his plans. (Jude 1:9)

Michael the Archangel

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The Archangel Michael is the appointed guardian angel of the Jewish people, and the protector of their land. (Dan. 12:1) Michael the Archangel. Used under license from Shutterstock.com.

Captain of Yahweh's Armies

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Yahweh’s begotten Son appears to Joshua and promises the Israelites that He will be with them and lead them to victory. (Josh. 5:14; 1:9)

Yahweh Acquires Land

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The country Yahweh claimed is conquered and renamed Israel—at long last, Yahweh has territory in the physical realm. (Josh. 11:23)

Choose the Elohim you will Serve

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Joshua urges the people to choose which  elohim they will serve—Yahweh or the fallen angels who once ruled that land. (Josh. 24:15)

Dagon

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But the generation after Joshua rejects Yahweh, the morally restrictive elohim of their parents, and chooses to worship the morally permissive elohim of the cultures around them— elohim such as Dagon, the god of Philistia, whose worship requires sexual promiscuity—a temptation the people find hard to resist. (Judg. 2:10)

Samson and Delilah

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Yahweh appoints judges to encourage the people to reject Dagon and be loyal to Him, but Samson, the judge called to rescue the people from philistine oppression, falls for a Philistine woman, Delilah. (Judg. 2:16; 16:4)

Dagon Captures Samson

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Delilah betrays Samson and he is taken captive by the Philistines who pluck out his eyes and display him in their temple, praising Dagon for empowering them to capture Yahweh’s judge. (Judg. 16:21-25)

Samson Destroys Dagon's Temple

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Believing Yahweh to be stronger than Dagon, Samson begs Yahweh to give him the strength to defeat the Philistines in death, a prayer which Yahweh grants. (Judg. 16:26-30)

Dagon Captures Ark of the Covenant

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But once again the people are at war with the Philistines. Fearing defeat in battle, the Israelites bring the Ark of the Covenant onto the battlefield hoping it will protect them. But it is captured and displayed as a trophy before a statue of the “victorious” Dagon. (1 Sam. 4:16-17)

Yahweh Defeats Dagon

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The Philistines then destroy the Tabernacle, Yahweh’s dwelling place on earth. But the next day, when the priests of Dagon enter the temple, they discover the statue of Dagon lying prostrate before the Ark of the Covenant, his head and hands cut off like a defeated king. (1 Sam. 5:1-5)

Ark of the Covenant in Storage

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Terrified of Yahweh, who they recognize as superior to Dagon, the Philistines return the Ark of the Covenant to Yahweh’s territory, the land of Israel. The Israelites, equally terrified of Yahweh’s power, and without a Tabernacle, place the Ark of the Covenant into storage. (1 Sam. 6:1-3; 7:1-2)

David Defeats Goliath

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Due to the failure of the judges, kings are appointed over the Israelites. The first king, Saul, is insanely jealous of one of his military commanders, David, whose faithfulness to Yahweh leads Israel to victory over the Philistines. (1 Sam. 8:4-5; 18:6-9)

David Forced into the Territory of the Lesser Elohim

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Realizing Yahweh has appointed David to be his successor, Saul seeks to kill him. David is forced to flee Israel and take refuge in territory belonging to Satan’s demons, which David feels is the same as being forced to worshipping them. (1 Sam. 26:19)

Death of Saul

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King Saul dies in battle against the Philistines, and David returns to Israel and is crowned king. (1 Sam. 31:4; 2 Sam. 5:3)

Ark of the Covenant Returns

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King David takes the Ark of the Covenant out of storage and places it in the rebuilt Tabernacle in Jerusalem. At long last, the Philistines are defeated for good and Yahweh is declared the victor over Dagon. (2 Sam. 6:17)

God's Temple Blueprints

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David makes plans to build a temple for Yahweh to replace the Tabernacle, a mere tent, and on his deathbed, gives his son Solomon the temple blueprints. (1 Chron. 28:19)

Solomon's Temple

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Solomon builds the temple and dedicates it to Yahweh. He then relocates the Ark of the Covenant into the temple’s sacred inner chamber—the new dwelling place of Yahweh on earth. (1 Kings 8:10-11)

Solomon's Marital Alliances

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Over the course of his reign, Solomon makes hundreds of political alliances with the various nations around him, each one sealed in marriage. (1 Kings 11:1)

Solomon's Apostasy

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Near the end of his life, Solomon gives in to the desires of his wives; he builds shrines to the lesser elohim of their home nations and joins them in worshipping their gods. (1 Kings 11:1, 4-9)

The Divided Kingdom

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Due to Solomon’s apostasy, the land of Israel is divided into two kingdoms. Yahweh’s temple in Jerusalem resides in the southern kingdom. (Eph. 4:27; 1 Cor. 10:20)

Baal

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Ahab, a king of the northern kingdom, marries a Syro-Phoenician princess and builds her a temple to her god, Baal, in Yahweh’s territory. (1 Kings 11:1, 11-13)

Israelites Worship Baal

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Following their king and queen’s example, the Israelites in the northern kingdom serve Baal as their elohim . (1 Kings 16:30-32)

Satan Infiltrates Israel

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The Israelites worship of the lesser elohim allows Satan and his minions to infiltrate Yahweh’s territory. (1 Kings 18:18)

Elijah and the Priests of Baal

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A prophet named Elijah initiates a contest with the priests of Baal to see whose elohim can send fire from the sky to set their sacrifice aflame. (1 Kings 18:20-24)

Contest on Mount Carmel

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After Baal fails to set his sacrifice aflame, Yahweh sends fire from heaven and consumes his sacrifice. (1 Kings 18:25-39)

Ahab is Killed

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Even so, Ahab refuses to forsake allegiance to Baal. Another prophet warns him that God and his council of angels has arranged for Ahab’s death in battle. But refusing to listen, Ahab goes into battle and is killed. (1 Kings 22:19-35)

Holy Soil

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A diseased-ridden general from Syria seeks out a prophet of Yahweh. When he is healed, he swears allegiance to Yahweh and requests to take soil from Yahweh’s territory back to Syria so that he can worship Yahweh even when in the territory of another elohim . (2 Kings 5:1-19)

The 2nd Kingdom

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The Assyrian Empire.

Assyrian Captivity

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The Northern Kingdom continues worshipping the lesser elohim , and Yahweh allows the Assyrian Empire to take them into captivity. (2 Kings 17:21-23)

Assyrian Brutality

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Known for their brutality, the Assyrians carve reliefs of their treatment of Jewish captives—impaling them on stakes and flaying them alive. (2 Kings 18:31-35)

Child Sacrifice

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Terrified of the Assyrians and seeking the protection of the lesser elohim , the king of the Southern Kingdom offers the highest possible worship to the gods—child sacrifice. (2 Chron. 28:1-3, 20-23)

Angel Single-Handedly Defeats the Assyrian Army

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After the king dies, his son puts an end to child sacrifice, and Yahweh sends an angel against the Assyrian army that has laid siege to Jerusalem. (Isa. 37:36)

People Ignore Prophets

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But the next king reintroduces child sacrifice, and although Yahweh sends prophet after prophet warning the people to forsake allegiance to the lesser elohim , their messages are ignored. (2 Chron. 36:16)

Prophets Weep

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Prophets warn that such flagrant treason will result in their captivity and forceful removal from the land. (Jer. 25:4-11)

God Promises to Return the Jews Twice

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Yet in His mercy Yahweh promises that they will return to the land of Israel—both in the immediate future and again in the far future, prophesying that even after he brings them back, something will happen that forces them out of the land a second time. (Isa. 11:11)

The 3rd Kingdom

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The Babylonian Empire.  (The Assyrian Empire falls to Babylon)

Babylon Marches on Jerusalem

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As Yahweh foretold, the Babylonian Empire wages war against Israel and defeats them. (2 Kings 25:1-7)

Babylonian Captivity

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Yahweh’s temple is destroyed, his territory is conquered, and his people are taken into captivity. (2 Kings 25:8-11)

Marduk: god of Babylon

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Believing their elohim Marduk has defeated the elohim Yahweh, the Babylonians place Yahweh’s sacred temple vessels in the temple of their god, Marduk. (2 Chron. 36:7; Ezek. 36:20)

Captives Mourning

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Despite their allegiance to other elohim , Yahweh has not forsaken his people and promises to rescue them from captivity. (Jer. 29:11)

Daniel Prays for 3 Weeks

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A captive named Daniel prays for days on end with no response. (Dan. 10:2-3)

Gabriel thwarted by the Demon of Persia

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After three weeks, an angel appears to him with a message from God, explaining that he had been dispatched immediately but the ruling demon of Persia prevented him from delivering his message. (Dan. 10:10-12)

Michael the Archangel Rescues Gavriel

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Only after the archangel Michael fought off the demon of Persia was Gavriel free to deliver Daniel’s message. He warns Daniel that at the end of all things, the enemy will rise against Israel to destroy it, but Michael—the protector of Israel—will stand against him. (Dan. 10:10-12, 20-21)

The 4th Kingdom

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The Persian Empire. (The Babylonian Empire falls to Persia)

Cyrus the Great

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Cyrus the great, the king of Persia, frees the Jews from captivity and returns to them Yahweh’s sacred temple vessels. (Ezra 1:7)

The Second Temple

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The Jews return to Israel and rebuild Yahweh’s temple. (Ezra 6:16)

Jeshua the High Priest

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Although Satan attempts to prevent the Jews from appointing a high priest and reestablishing worship of Yahweh, Yahweh’s begotten Son denies Satan’s demands. (Zech. 3:1-5)

Haman's Plot Against the Jews

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Satan knows he is running out of time and that the promised Deliverer will soon be born. Thus, he orchestrates an annihilation attempt on every Jew in every providence of the Persian empire by royal decree. (Esther 3:9-11)

Jews Defend Themselves

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But his plan fails when the king, realizing he has been tricked, issues another decree allowing the Jews to defend themselves. (Esther 8:8, 11)

Prophets Read from the Law

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Prophets read from Yahweh’s law and admonish them to learn from their past mistakes and remain faithful to Yahweh as their one and only elohim . (Mal. 3:16-18)

The 5th Kingdom

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The Greek Empire.   (The Persian Empire falls to Greece)

The Seleucid Kingdom

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After Alexander the Great’s death, the Greek Empire is divided into four portions. Israel falls under rule of the Syrian portion known as the Seleucid Kingdom. (Ant. 12.1.1-2)

Antiochus Epiphanes

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Antiochus Epiphanes, a Seleucid ruler who serves the Greek elohim Zeus, defiles Yahweh’s altar and forbids worship of Yahweh under penalty of death. (1 Macc. 1:44-60)

Matthias Maccabee

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Despite the mass slaughter of men, women, and children for remaining loyal to Yahweh, a priest named Matthias refuses to offer a sacrifice to Zeus. (1 Macc. 2:15-30)

Maccabean Revolt

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Mattathias’ son, Judah Maccabaeus, encourages all those loyal to Elohim to join him in fighting against the Seleucid army. (1 Macc. 3:13-22)

Maccabean Victory

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Judah and his small band of faithful warriors defeat the massive Seleucid army. (1 Macc. 4:14-25)

Hanukkah

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Free from persecution and threat of death, the Jews purify the defiled temple and rededicate Yahweh’s altar. Every year they celebrate God’s deliverance of them in a week-long holiday called Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. (1 Macc. 4:36-59)

The 6th Kingdom

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The Roman Empire. (The Greek Empire falls to Rome)

Rome conquers Israel

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Rome conquers Israel but allows worship of Yahweh to remain legal. However, they appoint Herod the Great, an Arab loyal to Rome, as king of the Jews despite Yahweh’s command that only a Jewish descendent of David may sit on the throne. (Jos. Ant. 14.4.; 70-72; 15.1.1-6)

The Fullness of Time

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At long last, the time has come for the promised Deliverer who will reclaim the physical realm from Satan. The begotten son, the Captain of the Armies. (Phil. 2:6)

Word Becomes Flesh

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He lays aside his immortality, and leaves the supernatural realm. (Phil. 2:7)

The Annunciation

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The angel Gabriel appears to Mary, the fiancée of Joseph, the rightful heir to David’s throne, and tells her she will give birth to the promised Deliverer. (Luke 1:30-35)

Birth of Jesus the Christ

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The soul of Yahweh’s begotten Son is implanted in Mary’s womb, and nine months later, she gives birth to him and names him Jesus. (Micah 5:2)

Massacre of the Innocents

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The Arab king Herod hears of the birth of a rival claimant to his throne and sends soldiers to kill all the baby boys in the village where Jesus was born. (Matt. 2:16)

Flee to Egypt

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An angel warns Joseph and Mary to flee to Egypt, beyond Herod’s jurisdiction. (Matt. 2:13)

Return to Israel

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After Herod dies, an angel informs Joseph that it is safe to return to Israel. (Matt. 2:20) The Holy Family (1866), by Gustave Doré, for La Grande Bible de Tours. Public Domain.

Jesus Grows Up

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Jesus grows up in a countryside village in Israel, learning the trade of carpentry, and studying and discussing Scripture with his elders. (Luke 2:40, 46-47, 52)

Jesus' Baptism

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To signal that Yahweh’s promise to reclaim the earth has begun, Jesus is baptized—Yahweh confirms that Jesus is his son, and the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, gives him powers. (Matt. 3:13-17)

Temptation of Christ

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Knowing Jesus has come to reclaim his kingdom, Satan offers it to him freely if Jesus will serve him as elohim . Jesus refuses. (Matt. 4:1-11)

Kingdom of God Citizenship

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The Jewish people recognize Jesus as a prophet, and eagerly listen as he tells them that Yahweh’s kingdom is coming and what the requirements are for being a citizen of that kingdom. (Matt. 5-7)

Jesus Displays His Power over Satan

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Jesus proves his authority and identity as Yahweh’s begotten son by displaying his power over Satan’s domain of sickness, disease, and death by healing the sick, casting out demons, and raising the dead. (Luke 6:17-19)

Jesus goes to Bashan (The Place of the Serpent)

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Jesus and several of his followers take a boat across the sea to the region of Bashan—territory outside of Israel that belongs to Satan. (Matt. 4:34; 5:1)

Satan Attempts to Protect his Territory

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Not wishing for Jesus to enter his territory, Satan conjures a storm in the hopes of killing him before he can reach the shore. (Matt. 4:37)

Jesus Calms the Storm

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Jesus shouts out, “Be muzzled!” the same words he uses to cast out demons. Instantly, the storm calms and the boat reaches the shore. (Mark 4:39)

Jesus Casts Out Demons

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Immediately, a man possessed by thousands of demons comes up to Jesus, but he casts out the demons and frees the man from Satan’s hold. (Mark 5:2-17)

Mount Herman in Bashan

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Although Jesus goes back to Israel, he returns to Bashan and takes his followers to the base of Mount Hermon, a mountain controlled by Rome and littered with shrines and temples to all the lesser elohim of the empire. (Matt. 16:13) Nihastatue (2001), by Nmaluf. Creative Commons Attribution 0.0.

Pan's Grotto

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At the base of the mountain, near a courtyard for sexual worship rituals, is Pan’s Grotto, a cave known as the Gates of Hell, believed to be a portal between earth and the underworld. (RVL 4:3)

Jesus Declares War on the Gates of Hell

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Jesus explains that he will soon empower his followers as ambassadors of heaven with a diplomatic mission, and that even the Gates of Hell will not be able to stand against them. (Matt. 16:17-18; DMH: TUR)

Transfiguration of Jesus

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Jesus then takes them up Mount Herman, the mountain of the lesser elohim , where he temporarily transfigures into a supernatural being—revealing himself as the incarnation of the pre-existent Captain of Yahweh’s Armies and declaring war on Satan and all the demons ruling the nations. (Matt. 17:1-3)

Jesus enters Jerusalem

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Soon after, Jesus sets out for Jerusalem surrounded by a large crowd of Jews hailing him as the Messiah, the rightful heir to David’s throne. The corrupt Jewish leaders, whom Rome has allowed to rule only if they keep the people in line, demand that Jesus make them stop, but he refuses. (Luke 19:35-40)

Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem

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When Jesus sees Jerusalem up ahead, he weeps, knowing that those who do not believe in him and will orchestrate his murder will forfeit Yahweh’s protection of them, and Rome will destroy both the city and the temple. (Luke 19:41-44; Matt. 23:37)

A Satan-Possessed Judas Betrays Jesus for Money

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Satan possesses one of Jesus’ followers, Judas, who has been stealing from Jesus’ meager finances. Judas goes to the Jewish leaders and promises to betray Jesus to them for money. (Matt. 26:14-16)

Satan Possesses Judas Again

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While Jesus eats the Passover meal with his followers, Satan enters the room and once again possesses Judas who leaves to tell the Jewish leaders where Jesus will be spending the night. (John 13:21-27)