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The Sovereignty of YHWH Defying Time and Circumstance

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“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Master, “who is and who was and who is to come, the *Almighty.”

– Revelation 1:8

*Almighty: (Greek) “pantokrator” – all-ruling, universally sovereign, omnipotent

For unbelievers, the sovereignty of our Creator is a major point of contention which separates them from acceptance of Him.

It is difficult for the mind which is focused temporally to make sense of a world of suffering if there be any such Being Who is without limit of power.

It is equally difficult for them to feel justice is done on individuals if all have a foreordained fate.

Though believers are less likely to dispute His sovereignty, some of the same questions exist for them.

Is there predestination for each individual in their salvation or lack of it, and if so, how can our own choices matter?

If it is all a matter of choice, where then, is the sovereignty of YHWH?

Scripture can not be said to support anything falling short of the absolute omnipotence of YHWH.

If any created being had an ability to effectively oppose His will, He would be less than omnipotent, and so, less than Elohim.

I say “effectively” oppose His will because many creatures have opposed Him, but ultimately none of this opposition will be to any effect, the only ultimate desired effect of opposing Him being usurping His complete authority over all creation.

This being true, not a single sin any of us can commit will change the universal outcome which YHWH has already ordained.

All that remains in question for us, who have not seen the end from the beginning, is the outcome for each individual.

Knowing all things, it is often asked why He has allowed such evil and suffering.

Evil and suffering had their conception in Satan, and so the question truly is, why did He create this being whom He foreknew as the source of all sin?

It must be realized that it is impossible to understand the answer to this question within the chronologically-based creature mind set.

YHWH is not a chronologically based being.

He is waiting for nothing future, He has no need to recall the past nor treat this moment or the next as if it is passing and will be soon gone.

He exists outside of time and existed when time did not.

He was and is not only capable of knowing all future outcomes, He was and is capable of knowing all possible outcomes.

The mind of Elohim brings into being all reality.

Unlike us, limited beings, who imagine what is not, and whose imaginings have no power to make what is not into what is, His thoughts form the foundation for all things real and true, including each of our existences.

It is then, not characteristic of the mind of YHWH to think that which is not, and so to foreknow or think on all possible outcomes is not a work of imagination for Him, but a view into all reality.

Knowing the result of a being existing that would fall and tempt all creation is not different from those things being absolutely real.

Could He have still chosen not to create Satan?

Yes, He could have, but that unmanifested reality of the being He would never form would be no less true.

All those who would fall to Satan’s temptation if he were formed would still be those who have in them that capacity to oppose YHWH, whether or not there existed any trigger to set in motion their transgression.

Each sinner’s transgression would thus still exist in the sovereign understanding of One who knew all outcomes.

The difference only would be that no redeemer would be supplied to eradicate sin from the reality which was not manifest.

To the chronological mind, it is hard to make sense of being held to the penalty of sin which we would never have an opportunity to carry out, and for good reason.

YHWH would not offend His justice by imposing the penalty of crimes committed within a reality He never initiated, but that same sense of justice could also not allow Him to ignore the truth of His knowledge of those crimes either.

The only way to deliver both justice and mercy was to allow the outcome of Satan’s creation to unfold as they would.

Each sentient creature He created, whether man or angel, would have to be placed within the testing grounds of a fallen creation, so to act out their will of loyalty or transgression, of life or death, and receive in themselves the due rewards of what they did.

YHWH has allowed this creation to become ensnared in sequential time in order that all may choose their sides. When the day of His judgment arrives, no one will be able to either accuse Him of injustice, nor of being unmerciful.

He knew all possible outcomes and no unrepentant sinner would have been anything other than that in the end of manifested reality.

Though there are many possible paths through time, there is only one possible judgment which will occur after such sequential time has been ended.

At this judgment, none of us will not know the reality of all we have done, whether within the space of chronological time we now know and have memory of, or not.

We will not fool ourselves about our intentions or our loyalties, we will not have the ability to delude ourselves over what we believe or do not. We will be given clear sight to understand our own actions, and His.

The result of YHWH giving place to this war between His will and the enemy’s to occur, will be that each of us who have turned our hearts towards Him will be, of an absolute certainty, wholly clean and purged of all transgression.

Truly sealed with His name, as Yahushua said “My sheep hear My voice and I know them and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life and they shall never perish. Neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.” – John 10:27-29

There will be, of truth, no circumstance or possibility left in all the universe which is able to separate us from Him by sin.

His people are named the “called and chosen, Predestined and foreknown” in scripture.

What, then, do our choices have to do with it?

Each individual who will choose sin and death and opposition to His will, just as a lesser version of Satan himself, was understood by YHWH to be needful to exist to the end that all sin might cease in every possible reality which could be initiated by Him.

Satan is judged according to the propagation of the sin he conceived. He is liable for each individual he has tempted and deceived. Satan receives the full recompense for what he is by the existence of those whom he will take down.

Sin is used to punish sin, and so not one thing is left as effectual to the enemy’s goals, but all things work together for the good of those who love YHWH.

We will all make our choices, which we will make freely, but each of those choices were inscribed on the stone tablet of reality before any of us came into being.

These choices were foreknown, not forced upon us.

We will not ultimately change anything which has been foreknown, and yet as we continue to make our choices, we align ourselves with the blessing of YHWH, or the curse of opposition against Him.

If we will do right, we have done right.

When the end of time itself comes and sin and those aligned with it are cast from His presence and the presence of the redeemed, a new creation will be come to be.

We will no longer exist within a temporal battleground, and not only will there be an ultimately pure and perfect creation, but all things which were, which might have been and which could be will have been dealt with, and laid aside forever.

Then What Is will not simply be free of sin, but free of the possibility of sin eternally.

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold! I make all things new.”

And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.

I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.

He who overcomes shall inherit all things and I will be his ‘Eloah and he shall be My son.”

– Revelation 21:5-7

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The Cedar Who Fell

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There is an interesting section in Ezekiel, chapter 31 on which I have never heard much comment from pastors, or any other believers of His Word.

Though it is perhaps easy to read it as being addressed to a nation, there are certain themes within it which would never apply to any nation or ordinary ruler.

Here we see Egypt’s Pharaoh being warned in a comparison of himself to some manner of great and wicked leader, which is identified in KJV and other English translations as “the Assyrian”.

The word Assyrian in Old Testament scripture is translated from the word “Ashshur”, which is spelled : aleph, shiyn, reysh. This word can refer to the second son of Shem, or his descendants, or their country; but another word exists which is worth noticing for its similarity and possible confusion with the word Ashshur.

The word “ashur” which is also spelled : aleph, shiyn, reysh is used as a shortened form of a longer word – te’ ashshuwr – that is the name of a specific type of “box” cedar tree.

The difference in the words Ashshur and ashur is only noted in a vowel point, and it must be remembered that vowel points are not original to the language, and where they make the difference between a translation which makes sense and one which makes less, it is not always the better option to trust the given translation as the best choice.

A reason that it should be questioned that Ashshur should be the correct choice is in the next few words – and supported further by the rest of the text of the chapter.

“Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of an high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs.” – Ezekiel 31:3

It is here plainly said that a Cedar is the object of reference. Might this not make sense if the translation were this instead:

“Behold, the Box Tree was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of an high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs.”

The symbolism of the cedars of Lebanon is very prominent in scripture.

“And Jehoash the king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, Give thy daughter to my son to wife: and there passed by a wild beast that was in Lebanon, and trode down the thistle.” – 2 Kings 14:9

“Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars. Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down. There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled. ” – Zechariah 11:1-3

“The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon. ” – Psalm 29:5

“For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low: And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,” – Isaiah 2:12,13

The idea which follows the symbol of a cedar of Lebanon is pride, strength and rulership, and perhaps more that that. The first time tall, proud trees are mentioned in historical writings of non-canon scripture they appear in the book of giants, which exists now in fragments from the dead sea scrolls.

“In the Dead Sea text entitled the Book of Giants, the Nephilim sons of the fallen angel Shemyaza, named as ‘AhyÄ and ‘OhyÄ, experience dream-visions in which they visit a world-garden and see 200 trees being felled by heavenly angels. Not understanding the purpose of this allegory they put the subject to the Nephilim council who appoint one of their number, Mahawai, to go on their behalf to consult Enoch, who now resides in an earthly paradise. To this end Mahawai then:

[… rose up into the air] like the whirlwinds, and flew with the help of his hands like [winged] eagle [… over] the cultivated lands and crossed Solitude, the great desert, […]. And he caught sight of Enoch and he called to him…

Enoch explains that the 200 trees represent the 200 Watchers, while the felling of their trunks signifies their destruction in a coming conflagration and deluge.”

Mt Hermon, the place of descent of those 200 Watchers, sits on the border between Lebanon and Israel, so that it is evident why a cedar of Lebanon is a very likely symbol for a fallen Watcher.

The rest of this chapter begins to look less like a comparison of pharoah with another great human ruler, and more like a historic comparison to those who ruled the world before the deluge.

“The waters made him great, the deep set him up on high with her rivers running round about his plants, and sent her little rivers unto all the trees of the field.” – Ezekiel 31:4

In 1 Enoch it is described as the fate of the women who became wives of the Watchers that they should be, after their mortal deaths, “Sirens” roaming the earth, and their children became “demons”.

Sirens are understood in legends around the world to be female spirits connected always with water. Perhaps here we see a reference to these human women that were the fuel that fed the reign of these fallen angels on Earth.

“Therefore his height was exalted above all the trees of the field, and his boughs were multiplied, and his branches became long because of the multitude of waters, when he shot forth. All the fowls of heaven made their nests in his boughs, and under his branches did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young, and under his shadow dwelt all great nations. Thus was he fair in his greatness, in the length of his branches: for his root was by great waters. ” – Ezekiel 31:5-7

This describes a world government, much like one that will exist in the near future as it is foretold by Messiah that the last days should be just as the days of Noah were.

“The cedars in the garden of God could not hide him: the fir trees were not like his boughs, and the chestnut trees were not like his branches; nor any tree in the garden of God was like unto him in his beauty. I have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden, that were in the garden of God, envied him. Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast lifted up thyself in height, and he hath shot up his top among the thick boughs, and his heart is lifted up in his height; ” – Ezekiel 31: 8-10

There becomes little doubt in this section that what is being referred to is not a human ruler or a nation, by reference to those in the “garden of Elohim (God)” and “Eden” – which obviously has had no human inhabitant since Adam and Eve.

“I have therefore delivered him into the hand of the mighty one of the heathen; he shall surely deal with him: I have driven him out for his wickedness. And strangers, the terrible of the nations, have cut him off, and have left him: upon the mountains and in all the valleys his branches are fallen, and his boughs are broken by all the rivers of the land; and all the people of the earth are gone down from his shadow, and have left him. ” – Ezekiel 31:11,12

“the mighty one” is translated from “el” which is used to refer to deity, whether the True Creator or a falsely worshiped being. It should be remembered that the Watchers who rebelled did so much after Satan had led his own rebellion, and Satan was, and is still, the primary ruler over the dominion of sin.

These two factions of rebels have not always cooperated with one another, but in the end Satan is given dominion to rule over all who stand in transgression against the Creator.

When the Watchers were imprisoned just before the flood, the world under their rule became a legend and a myth until this day. People have left that history behind them in a past they do not recall.

“Upon his ruin shall all the fowls of the heaven remain, and all the beasts of the field shall be upon his branches: To the end that none of all the trees by the waters exalt themselves for their height, neither shoot up their top among the thick boughs, neither their trees stand up in their height, all that drink water: for they are all delivered unto death, to the nether parts of the earth, in the midst of the children of men, with them that go down to the pit. Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day when he went down to the grave I caused a mourning: I covered the deep for him, and I restrained the floods thereof, and the great waters were stayed: and I caused Lebanon to mourn for him, and all the trees of the field fainted for him.” – Ezekiel 31:13-15

The fowls and beasts can be likened to those who have retained the occult knowledge which originated in those pre-flood days, and who strive toward a resurrection of that age, the ruling families and secret societies of the present world.

The ruin to which the rebel watchers came is a reminder before the heavenly host to beware of entertaining pride and transgression.

The rebels have had their bodies which existed in the physical world destroyed, and they have been thrown into subterranean prisons, dying as mankind does, a form of mortal death.

It is mentioned in 1 Enoch how some of the holy host mourned the downfall of their brethren.

“I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to hell with them that descend into the pit: and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, shall be comforted in the nether parts of the earth. They also went down into hell with him unto them that be slain with the sword; and they that were his arm, that dwelt under his shadow in the midst of the heathen. To whom art thou thus like in glory and in greatness among the trees of Eden? yet shalt thou be brought down with the trees of Eden unto the nether parts of the earth: thou shalt lie in the midst of the uncircumcised with them that be slain by the sword. This is Pharaoh and all his multitude, saith the Lord GOD.” – Ezekiel 31:16-18

The whole world was changed with the end of the Watchers reign and the flood. It would begin over again, with a small remnant.

The phrase “shall be comforted” comes from the word “nacham”, which means to sigh or be sorry for, to pity or repent. These are the whole host of rebel Watchers, “they that were his arm” mourning the defeat of their leader.

Perhaps all should do their own research, and yet this is a chapter which i believe has relevance in this day, and which is worthy of taking notice.

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The Watchers, The NWO & The Phoenix

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Since I have entitled this category, which deals with the Watchers, “The Phoenix”… I realize that some explanation of that connection might be in order. To understand the way in which the phoenix is a key symbol in relation to Watchers… it’s necessary to first understand the role which the Watchers play in the end of this present age.

The pre-flood world society is looked back upon by pagan tradition and modern occult tradition as the “Golden Age of the Gods”. Perhaps distance (even chronological distance) can, indeed, make the heart grow fonder, as that era is regarded by those who look forward to it with nostalgia… A by-gone utopian time where life was easier and the wisdom of the “gods” was present in the Earth.

The presence of man-eating giants and chimera abominations aside, the proponents of a New World Order are working towards a resurrection of that very society which was drowned in the flood.

Not only is there an expectation of a return to that order… but there is an expectation of the return of “the gods” as well.

The Sumerians referenced this return in connection to what has been speculated to be a planet in a long elliptical orbit which makes its rounds at the close of each epoch… known as Nibiru.

Though I would argue that the nature of that object is not a “planet”, exactly… that is beyond the scope of this article.

The idea that these “gods”, known to the Sumerian as Anunnaki (meaning “they came from heaven to earth”) arrived in conjunction with the arrival of Nibiru, would predict that their return coincides with Nibiru’s next visitation.

1 Enoch gives the length of the subterranean imprisonment of the Watchers as “70 generations of men” . “And when all their sons shall be slain, when they shall see the perdition of their beloved, bind them for seventy generations underneath the earth,” 1 Enoch 10:15.

It is, then, in the time frame of the last days, that the Watchers would entirely fulfill the prophecy which speaks of the last days being just like the days of Noah.

The legendary bird called the phoenix can be found throughout multiple ancient religious beliefs, all of which incorporate several main theme points about what this bird is and does.

The most familiar tale about the phoenix is the idea of this creature immolating itself, or otherwise dying at a specific time and being resurrected or reincarnated from it’s own remains.

The symbolism present in this death and rebirth notion encapsulates three inter-related events which produce a destruction of one age and the birth of another one: a celestial event called precession wherein we depart one zodiacal house and enter a new one, the return of “deities” who have been absent for long millennia, and a dramatic shift of circumstances on Earth.

We are not unable to witness the attachment which the elite hold to the symbolism of the phoenix. The bird representative of the United States is supposedly an eagle, yet it’s recorded that the initial idea was that it should be a phoenix and without a doubt, that is the bird they are truly depicting in their own understanding.

It is a habit of the elite to convey their messages in the open through a language of symbolism, which for the most part goes unnoticed by the public, but is easily understood by those “Illuminated” controllers who are familiar with the ancient language of symbols.

It is a tip-off to anyone paying attention when certain themes become prevalent in society or trendy in fashion. The phoenix is one of those recent trendy symbols to make a come-back.

Multi-cultural legends of a god-bird

The phoenix, in most cultural beliefs, are described as being particularly colorful… combinations of red, gold, blue and purple plumage are common descriptions and often times they are described as being related to or appearing like a peacock.

The peacock itself (and birds in general) is not without ties to the Watchers, in fact a small, obscure and very ancient religion of Watcher worship is practiced by certain Iranians called the Yazidi, who’s pantheon of revered spirits in headed up by the entity they refer to as Melek Tawus, the Peacock Angel.

The Peacock Angel is a being who is comparable in description to “Lucifer” of the bible and is identified as the leader of the rebel Watchers, Shemyhaza.

If you happen to follow fashion trends… you may have noticed a strong presence of peacock decor and clothing in the past couple of years.

According to Greek legend, the Phoenix resided in Phoenicia, a people who’s name, obviously, is derived from the bird itself. To this day, the Lebanese, who are one group of descendants of the Phoenician people have a high regard for the bird in their art and culture.

The Phoenicians themselves claimed descent from the phoenix… which is a claim that should not be taken too lightly as they are a Canaanite people and certainly have descended from nephilim.

The Greeks also have been known to associate the phoenix with their deity Zeus… a deity who was the king of their pantheon and who resided on a mountain.

Though this group of deities are now believed to have been represented as living on what we think of as Mount Olympus, it can be no coincidence that the Watchers, as well, considered their home base on Earth a mountain top… Mount Hermon.

Though it might seem hard to connect a real (and humanoid) being to a strange, magical, mythical bird… it is not so in all cultures that the phoenix was thought to have an avian anatomy.

The Garuda, of Hindi mythology was their equivalent to the phoenix, and this creature was described as having a gold colored, humanoid body and a white face.

The story about him related a tale of the Garuda bringing the “nectar of heaven” to the earth… a Promethean-like legend of a deified being bringing that which belongs to heaven, to an earthly realm is a strong correlation to the forbidden knowledge with Watchers imparted to humanity.

In addition to this, another legend states that the Garuda had several sons from whom descended a “bird race” known for their viciousness and warlike behavior and who had a close relationship to a “serpent race”.

There is no doubt that a description of Watcher and of Serpent hybrids can be seen in this legend. The appearance of Garuda, himself, automatically leads one to think of modern depictions of “angels”.

Egyptian culture also had their stories of the phoenix, which they termed the Bennu, or “the ascending one”. The idea of rising, resurrection and renewal were closely tied with the tales of this bird.

Though the Bennu was depicted often as being a completely birdlike creature, at other times he was shown as a man with the head of a heron.

He was thought of as the soul of Osiris… a deity who died, but would rise again. The Egyptians connected all things related to time cycles with the bennu, and in fact the temple dedicated to the creature produced the ancient equivalent of clocks.

In Persian mythology, the phoenix was called the Simurgh, often shown as a giant peacock-like bird and sometimes as having the claws of a lion or a human face.

Interestingly, the Simurgh was known for its rivalry with serpents… just as rivalry actually exists between the two factions of rebel angel groups, Watchers and Serpents.

It is said that the Simurgh is incredibly ancient and has watched the turning of the ages, the destruction of the old and the renewal, several times.

Mythology about this creature ties to it the concepts of fertility and of representing the union between the heavenly and the earthly realms… an unmistakable likeness to the interbreeding of angels with humankind.

There’s no doubt that the elite Illuminates are in a state of ecstasy anticipating the arrival of their renewed age and the ruler ship of the rebels that they call “gods”.

In their minds… it means that their “superior” bloodline will be elevated to a status of minor deities above the decimated masses of human slaves that they call cattle.

What the “rising of the phoenix” will, in reality, be… is a short but intense trial which will forever draw the dividing lines between who will choose to follow the One True Creator and who will choose to follow the pseudo-christ.

And at the close of this era… we won’t be witnessing a revived “Golden Age” of the mount Hermon “gods”… we will be witnessing the final wrath of YHWH which will burn the phoenix to ashes… never to rise again.

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The Validity of 1Enoch

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If you ask most believers to explain what fallen angels are and how they came to be “fallen” they will explain the rebellion of Satan and those who followed him, which took place before man was made.

Few believers will mention a second group of rebels which, nonetheless, have gotten plenty of attention in scripture. The reason that this is such a little known event in spite of its biblical references, is that the book which gives the full account of it has been stricken from the canon.

Imagine if we lacked the book of Exodus and still were left with the many references to the events of Exodus throughout the rest of scripture. Would readers be able to understand the full story of how Hebrews were kept as Egyptian slaves, when this happened and how they were liberated, not to mention the 40 years of wandering in the desert and receiving the law?

How might understanding His law change if there was no full record of how it was received?

The book of Jude is accepted as valid scripture by canon and most believers but it has some things to say that lead to vast amounts of speculation by themselves. Take a look at these verses:

“Now Chanowk (Enoch), the seventh from ‘Adam, prophesied about these men also saying, “Behold! The Master comes with ten thousands of His saints to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are wicked among them of all their wicked deeds that they have committed in a wicked way, and of all the harsh things that irreverent sinners have spoken against Him.” ”
– Jude 14,15

Jude states he is quoting the words of Enoch, the seventh from Adam. It goes without saying that there is a huge gap of time between the lifetimes of Enoch and Jude, so how did Jude come by a prophecy from this ancient forefather of his unless it was written down and well known?

Does it make any sense to assume his contemporary audience would be scratching their heads in confusion, wondering where Jude came by this unknown prophecy allegedly given by Enoch, or does it make sense that Jude’s audience was already familiar with this prophecy and would understand from where he got it?

Compare the above verses in Jude to these verses from the book known as 1 Enoch or the “Ethiopian Enoch” :

“And behold! He cometh with ten thousands of His holy ones To execute judgement upon all, And to destroy all the ungodly: And to convict all flesh Of all the works of their ungodliness which they have ungodly committed,And of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”
– 1 Enoch 1:9

I think it could not be any clearer that these were the very words Jude repeated in his writings as he himself and his contemporaries had access to, and knew well, the contents of 1 Enoch.

Amazingly i have actually had certain believers argue that “it’s not an exact quote.” Even with not taking into account having been translated from two different languages by separate English speaking individuals, the similarity of these two verses would constitute some incredibly improbable coincidence on multiple levels.

This example might be the most well known Jude-1 Enoch connection but it’s not the only one. Here is another:

“And the angels who did not keep their proper domain but left their own abode He has reserved in eternal chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day”
– Jude 6

It seems to be that for the most part believers take for granted that this is simply speaking about Satan and his followers, the problem with that idea comes from the fact that we all well know how active and present Satan’s influence in the world has been since the fall of man.

He’s hasn’t been bound in chains nor have his minions been. Some like to take this verse to mean figurative chains… meaning that Satan and his cohorts are “spiritually” under bondage… very interesting irony if you think about it carefully… Satan and his minions Are spirits, as the nature of angels are, so to bind one spiritually is not very figurative at all.

1 Enoch describes a certain group of angels, however, who were literally bound in fetters and contained in prison cells under the earth for sins which were different from those of the first rebellion by Satan and his followers:

“And the Lord said unto Michael: ‘Go, bind Semjaza and his associates who have united themselves with women so as to have defiled themselves with them in all their uncleanness. And when their sons have slain one another, and they have seen the destruction of their beloved ones, bind them fast for seventy generations in the valleys of the earth, till the day of their judgment and of their consummation, till the judgment that is for ever and ever is consummated.”
– 1 Enoch 9:11,12

Immediately following verse 6 in Jude which deals with the angels who were bound in chains, a comparison is made between this subject and the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah.

“as Sedom and Amorah and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example suffering the vengeance of eternal fire”
– Jude 7

…And by referring back to 9:11,12 in 1 Enoch it’s clear why such a comparison is made. “‘Go, bind Semjaza and his associates who have united themselves with women so as to have defiled themselves”
The sin for which these angels were bound was sexual immorality.

They took wives from among humans and had children by them. This is both a violation of His law against unlike kinds procreating and a violation of the nature of angelic beings, as no female angels were formed and they were not made to procreate.

Jude is, by far, not the only place references to the events described in 1 Enoch can be found. Some are more clear and some less due to a pointed attempt to translate out some of the implications of connectedness to this book.

One pretty clear reference can be found in Genesis 6.

“Now it came to pass when men began to multiply on the face of the earth and daughters were born to them that the sons of the ‘Elohiym saw the daughters of men were beautiful and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. ”
– Genesis 6:1,2

“There were nephilim on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of the ‘Elohiym came in to the daughters of men and they bore to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown”
– Genesis 6:4

The word “nephilim” often rendered “giants” does not actually mean giant… though the connection between nephilim and giant stature is recorded elsewhere, particularly in Numbers.

Nephilim is sometimes translated as “fallen” though it is perhaps better translated as “a feller” in the sense of something or someone who strikes down others in violence. Interestingly, it is also connected with a premature or miscarried baby.

The term “sons of the Elohim” or “sons of God” is understood by many believers to refer to men who are faithful followers of YHWH. This is not at all the meaning of this phrase. The phrase has nothing technically to do with morality, but rather of origin.

A being who has no father other than their Creator is a Son of Elohim. Adam is called a son of Elohim because he was directly created by Him, angels are sons of Elohim because they were directly created by Him, Yahushua is called The Son of Elohim, having no mortal father and being unique in that He is the only Begotten (born of flesh by the Will of the Holy Spirit) son of Elohim.

Yahushua gives men the Power to become sons of Elohim in that they forsake their sinful flesh birthright to be born again as children of YHWH. This last is not the natural state of man, but rather the privilege of believers to become a New Creature in Him.

The old Testament does not refer to men as presently being sons of Elohim, no matter how faithful they are.

For a very long time Christians have had an idea drilled into their minds which makes very little rational sense. The idea that the canon is flawless. Christians will often parrot exactly what they have heard their seminary trained leaders tell them : “There can’t be mistakes in it, He promised to preserve His Word”…

And He did. He did not, however, say that men would not be able to add or subtract information, translate it badly or otherwise attempt to subvert its messages.

This is why believers can not take a lazy approach to learning His word…. It Is out there… but it is up to you to crack open a Strong’s Concordance… study and test in His Spirit extra-canonical texts and research carefully, thoroughly and without prejudice the origins of various translations of the bible, and who was behind them.

Neither can people accept, without question, some single English translation of canon nor can they throw up their hands and determine there is no way to know His full message… neither are realistic.

There is no doubt He has preserved His word on Earth… now it’s His people’s job to Seek it.

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The Dragon : Satan The Serpent

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Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field that Yahuwah ‘Elohiym had made
– Genesis 3:1

The word “serpent”, mentioned here, is translated from the word nachash. This word can mean in the sense of a verb: to whisper, prognosticate or enchant. As a noun it can mean an incantation, an enchantment or a snake.

It is of interest and importance to also note that the same root is used to mean “copper” : nechuwshah and the Chaldean word for “copper” (nechash) is virtually identical to the word which is used for “serpent” in Genesis 3:1.

Was an actual snake involved in the temptation of Eve?

I have encountered, recently, quite a bit of material which supposes that there was no involvement of any reptile in the events of Genesis 3. This view is often closely associated with the idea that the method of temptation also did not involve a literal tree nor any literal fruit.

It is noted in this view that the definition of the word “nachash” only associates serpents with the meaning by way of attributing the primary definition to its character, such as hissing and a sneaky, crafty nature.

Without going off topic and delving into the literal or non-literal meaning of trees and fruit, the use of the word nachash can be found throughout scripture in reference to instances where anything But a literal snake would be quite odd.

An example would be Exodus 4:3 when Moses cast a rod upon the ground and it became a serpent. YHWH commands him to then put forth his hand and take the serpent by its tail. It’s a logical conclusion, then, that the word nachash is, at least at times, used to mean an actual, physical reptile.

Another source to examine for evidence of the presence of an actual serpent in the garden of Eden is what history and archeology have to say about serpents throughout a wide array of cultures.

Serpents, are perhaps, the most heavily dealt with beasts in religious and mythological records. They are seen as embodiments of evil, wisdom, luck, power, knowledge and enchantment. Depicted in ancient art countless numbers of times, they are often shown as an evil to be defeated or feared.. as if mankind had learned to associate their misfortune in life with this beast.

Other depictions actually portray a serpent with a tree and human beings nearby… a scene very reminiscent of the description of events in Genesis 3.

Some even depict serpents as having legs. Recall the curse put on the serpent – “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle and more than every beast of the field. You shall go on your belly and you shall eat dust all the days of your life.” Genesis 3:14

So then if we have the involvement of a real beast… how did this beast come to be used as Satan’s tool and why a serpent rather than some other animal or why did Satan himself not appear instead of using a creature as his medium?

First we can look at what is unique about the serpent as opposed to other animals. “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field…”

You might look at a modern snake crawling through your own garden and not associate it with a great degree of intelligence, and such is the case now with this animal who has been debased from its original created form both in appearance and brain power, but not only did the serpent once have a very different form, it also had great intellect.

Though most might be accustomed to considering humans the only earthly creatures with sentient intelligence and feel that this is directly connected to mankind being created in YHWH’s image… there is not an actual parallel between human monopoly on intelligence and their unique design in His image.

Humans are designed in His image in the sense that they literally resemble the form of their Maker, both in appearance and in having an imperishable and individual spirit. The serpent was not made in the image of YHWH but it was created with great intelligence and even a sentient will that could yield to Satan.

This brings us to another point about why the serpent as opposed to some other animal. YHWH created man in His image, but is man the only creature who had a “model” they were created to resemble?

Consider a particular classification of angelic being called a Seraph. Seraphim are mentioned in the English translation of the Bible in Isaiah: “Above it stood seraphim, each one had six wings, with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.” Isaiah 6:2.

The word in Hebrew – saraph means a fiery, burning creature identified with a serpent and interestingly… copper. (refer back to the words nachash and nechuwshah). The word saraph occurs also in Numbers 21:8 and is translated “fiery serpent” and again in Isaiah 14 and 30 also translated a “fiery serpent”.

In Revelation, Satan is referred to as “that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan” Revelation 12:9. If the animal known as a serpent was modeled or “made in the image” of the class of angelic beings to which Satan himself belongs, it is quite logical that he chose this beast as the most suitable physical housing for himself.

Why didn’t Satan himself manifest physically to Eve? Because he couldn’t. Satan had no physical presence and as a rebellious spirit outside of YHWH’s will, he had no authority to breach the divide between the spiritual and physical realms without the explicit consent to inhabit a native, physical resident of earth.

Satan: The Originator of Sin

Satan is most often connected to the individual called “Lucifer” spoken of in Isaiah 14… i do not agree that these are the same individuals, but that subject is for a different discussion.

The bible does, however, provide an understanding of his goals, his motives and when he initiated his rebellion. He is described in Job as an opponent of both the Creator and those who serve Him… attempting to lay accusation against YHWH’s servants in order to destroy them.

He behaves like a malicious prosecuting attorney, he can’t supersede his Creator’s law so instead he attempts to work it to his ends… knowing that the wages of sin are death, he seeks to demand the full penalty of breaking the law when a person stumbles… and is not above tempting you to stumble so he can. (Thank Yahushua for Mercy!)

In Revelation are these verses about him :

“And war broke out in the heaven. Miyka’el and his angels fought with the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought but they did not prevail nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.
So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Diablos and Satan, who deceives the whole world. He was cast to the earth and his angels were cast out with him. Then I heard a loud voice saying in the sky, “At this moment salvation and strength and the kingdom of our ‘Eloah and the power of His Anointed have come, for the accuser of our brothers who accused them before our ‘Eloah day and night, has been cast down. ” Revelation 12:7-10

This future event shows some of Satan’s goals… he has a desire to literally overthrow YHWH, His law and His will to the (insane) point that he will even storm the “gates of heaven” and engage His faithful angels in battle.

Some will see this as a description of a past event, however it is clear by looking throughout scripture that until this point, he brings before YHWH accusation against believers and is denoted as the “prince of the power of the air”… still having access to heavenly realms.

Satan was the original sinner… having been created (as were all creatures) good, he conceived the antithesis of creation… destruction, in that he willfully began to oppose the sovereign will of YHWH which by its very nature upholds all creation… the natural consequence of that opposition is destruction… the wages of sin were always death.

In his dissent, he successfully lured legions of other angelic beings into his vision of a universe without YHWH. This event occurred before mankind existed, as obviously he was already in a sinful state when he tempted Eve.

This is the rebellion most believers are familiar with, and it was the one which would set in course all other instances of willful sin for all of time… but it might not be as well known that it wasn’t the last angelic rebellion. That’s another discussion.

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