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12 And the LORD [Yahovah] said ['amar] unto Satan [satan], Behold,
all that he hath is in thy power [yad]; only
upon himself put not forth [shalach] thine hand
[yad]. So Satan [satan] went forth [yatsa'] from
the presence [paniym] of the LORD [Yahovah]. KJV-Interlinear
12 Then the LORD said to Satan, 'Behold, all that he has is
in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.' So Satan departed from
the presence of the LORD. NASB
arrived at the assembly, made his argument, received his permissions, and left.
alone should tell us all something. Of
all people, Satan should have learned something. And that is simply that Satan has no real
power, except that which God permits.
fact, you can expand this principle to all creatures. None of us possess any real power, except for
that which God permits. For all of the celebrities, for all of the politicians,
for all the criminals, for all the tyrants, for everyone who has ever lived and
breathed in history, nothing has occurred except by Gods will.
Christ controls history. He does this in
God can do things directly. He created
the universe. He creates life when each
person is born into this world. Second,
God does things indirectly. He controls
history thorough the laws of divine establishment. He provides influence over the thinking of
individuals who learn truth and thus their actions can be influenced toward
making the proper decisions in life.
Third, God can control history through His permissive will. In this, He allows the free will of humanity
to make its own decisions. Good can be
good, criminals can be criminals, voters can vote according to their own
beliefs regardless of whether they are right decisions or wrong ones.
has complained to God, about Job. Job
has done nothing wrong. Satan does not
like that. Satan could easily have
ignored Job, and let him live out his life.
But evil is never satisfied with the lives of others. Evil will always try to run the lives of
others, subordinate them to itself, even destroy them, such that evil can have
its own way.
seeks its own security in the misery of others.
Job has done nothing wrong. God will not
lift his hand against Job, because there is no reason to do so. Satan, on the other hand, is not interested
in fairness, he is not interested in justice, he is not interested in the
welfare of Job or his family, or his property, or his animals, or his
will go to great lengths, even to inflicting great harm against people and
animals, just to prove a point to God. A
point, which is nothing more than an opinion.
That opinion being that Job only worships God because Job has been given
now, the challenge is made. If Job was
to lose his wealth, then what would his reaction be toward God.
does God even accept this challenge?
Because we are now being taught a very real lesson in life.
history is not an accident of evolution, but a purposeful response to the
angelic conflict. Human history is the
solution to the angelic conflict.
has been convicted and he has been sentenced to the Lake of Fire. His sentence has not yet been carried
out. He is in effect appealing his
sentence. Human history is that appeal
complains and that is his argument pattern for human history. Satan wants to be like the most high, and yet
he can do nothing unless he has Gods permission. Satan complains about one thing and then
premise is that no one will worship God, unless they are blessed greatly by
God. Satan has tried to rule the world
using six empires in the past. He has
failed in every attempt. God has
controlled the history of this world despite Satan's ongoing attempts to
sabotage all that God has done. And God
has controlled history using as little as the written word.
has controlled history in the past through patriarch family leaders, such as
Job, such as Abraham. God has used
prophets and priests. God, in our own
dispensation, is using only the written word combined with the power of the
indwelling Holy Spirit, to control history.
the Rapture occurs, the Holy Spirit will be withdrawn, and God will still
control history, while simultaneously Satan will fail and even bring humanity
to near extinction.
history is one very long never-ending series of complaints and challenges from
Satan. If this then that.
gave Satan permission to take only Job's wealth and family. Satan does not hesitate to do so.
is not humanity working independently in this universe, defining and designing
his own destiny.
is the free will thinking of humanity, functioning within the framework of the
angelic conflict, while still under the complete control of Jesus Christ.
evil, all sin, all thinking and activities in this world, are based on the
pattern of Satan's agenda. Though we
never see Satan, nor have any direct contact with him, Satan is behind all that
was fooled through the serpent, an animal that was nothing more than a talking
pet. Job had no clue as to what was
about to be unleashed against him.
Satan's hand was in both.
extends its tentacles into human history through false philosophies, false
theories, false beliefs, false sciences, and mans thoughts and actions are
influenced by those patterns of thinking.
that is false, never, repeat never looks after your best interests.
heard on the news today, a report of the latest threat from the terrorists in
Iraq. They won't stop until the White House
and Jerusalem are both destroyed.
White House represents the greatest freedom, greatest prosperity, and the
greatest power on earth in our present day.
Jerusalem has always represented the one true God, Jesus Christ, who is
the source of that freedom, prosperity and power.
where do you suppose all of this hate originates? And why?
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