The Majesty of God
Chapter Three – Expulsion
After Lucifer managed to garner one third of the angels to his cause, God called a halt to the campaign. He demanded that Lucifer and his followers account for their rebellion. They slandered and made accusations and proposed complex arguments in justification of their rebellion, attempting to recruit the auditors in the galleries of His courtroom, or at least to confuse them.
Then, before the wondering eyes of the Universe, the illusion of beauty these angels cloaked themselves with was stripped away. The evil hidden in them became apparent in the ugliness it had manifested upon their forms. This was probably another thing about God that Lucifer thought was unfair; disloyalty to God diminished his beauty. He had to expend valuable energy to cast illusions, so that the creatures he was bent on deceiving would not see how hideously altered he had become. Holiness no longer beautified these angels.
Lucifer had spun his yarns and now those that had bought them stood arrayed against God, ready to do battle when He commanded them to go into exile. It was a fierce battle. Not that it had to be. God could have knocked Lucifer and his entire army to the other side of the Universe with the slightest movement of one of His fingers. But He let the remaining angels who were loyal to Him have a go at the offenders, probably to teach them how to do warfare against evil, so that they would be ready to help mankind after He placed them on Earth.
Stars collapsed as angels were booted out of their dominions, leaving black holes in space, dense spheres of darkness that absorbed all the matter in their vicinity. The Earth, of which Lucifer had been mentor and had led its inhabitants in the ways of God before he rebelled, was destroyed.
After God's angels herded Lucifer and his cronies together to oust them from their positions in Heaven, they chained them together and rolled them up like a ball of yarn (pun intended) with the prime instigator at the core, then booted them into Hell where they were received with astonishment by the drooping, disembodied, and disfigured spirits of the Earth's rebellious, former citizens. They are referred to in the Bible as "demons."
I believe that there is a difference between the fallen angels and demons. Fallen angels are of a higher order. It seems that demons are the spirits that lived on Earth before it was destroyed. The Earth was recreated in Adam's time.
Hell exists in another dimension, but shares a geographic centre with the Earth, as Earth's guardian angel was at the centre of the rebellion against God. In addition to being prophetic, Isaiah 14 is also historical, a wheel within a wheel. It describes the Earth's destruction prior to its restoration in the Adamic Age, as well as satan's arrival in Hell.¹
Many prophecies can be applied to both past and future, not just one time, and they can be fulfilled several times in several ways.
Some passages in the Bible seem to prophesy both an evil agenda, as well as a good one that brings things back into God's order. This is because satan engineers circumstances to try to make the Bible look like he wrote it himself by going along with it to a certain point, putting his wicked forces into array to simulate what the Bible is talking about, though God is really referring to something other than what satan makes it out to mean.
God turns the tables on him, though, and brings forth His good purposes out of the evil things that He permits satan to do. It all works towards getting satan to shoot himself in the head. There is nothing that he can do that won't end up hurting him because, when he chose to go against his Creator's design, he activated a mechanism of self–destruction that cannot be disarmed.
God has allowed prophecy to work two ways to sift human hearts, to give people the opportunity to take the Scriptures the right way, or to twist them and delude themselves in an attempt to justify their rebellion against Him.
For instance, in the New Testament, we read of where the Jews called down a curse on their children when they cried for Yeshua's crucifixion. Some justify their persecution of the Jews on the basis of that verse in Matthew 27:25, which indeed has been fulfilled by wicked people countless times, and some use that verse to justify their apathy towards the persecution of Jews.
As Bible teacher Roger Sapp, however, rightly points out, it was only some Jews who were hostile towards Jesus/Yeshua, whereas other Jews received Him as their Messiah at that time, and God is not unjust to condemn a whole nation because of the sins of a few, wicked individuals. One of the major reasons that the Pharisees hated Yeshua was because He was so popular with multitudes of Jews who regarded Him as a great prophet, even if they did not recognize that He was their long–awaited Messiah.
Righteous people also take into consideration how the apostle Paul said in the Scriptures that he was willing to waive his covenant rights as one who has received Yeshua as his Saviour, and go to Hell forever, if it would save the Jews. Paul took the opportunity to reach out to the Jews to show them kindness and lead them to Yeshua; he wasn't apathetic or grudging or hostile towards them as a people, though he rebuked their prideful delusions of superiority.
The apostle Peter said in 2 Peter 3:14 – 16 "Wherefore, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him has written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction." The Bible never condones selfish acts.
Hell is the environment that Self creates for its worshippers. It is full of confusion and discord, as everyone in it cares only for themselves, however much harm and discomfort this entails for others.
Those who assert that they do not want to go to Heaven, if their loved ones will not be there, will not find any comfort in sharing Hell with them. In Hell, souls will do anything to each other, regardless of close links in the past, on the flimsiest suggestion that tormenting another will alleviate their own suffering.
The ability for condemned souls to receive and give love is lost in that place, neither is it a place for intellectuals to engage in interesting philosophical discussions, as some have mockingly suggested. The days of gabbing with other rebels in taverns, salons, the porticos of temples, boardrooms, classrooms, and Internet chatrooms regarding ridiculous theories will be long gone. Nobody in Hell has any respect for others, or appreciation for anyone else's ideas, though they are compelled to simulate reverence for their tormentors.
Upon his undignified arrival there, Lucifer lost no time in reasserting his illusion of beauty and confidence before his astounded horde, after their initial glimpse of his tattered, shrieking outrage at being kicked out of his position in Heaven, and ending up in Hell in a gnarled, warty heap, his ungainly, bloated head wobbling under its weight.
At this point, God declared "Time–Out" to the rest of the physical universe, and caused it to retreat back into the spiritual realm to wait out the intermission. Earth was abandoned to lonely isolation, its waters frozen and inert in the absence of the sun's warmth.
Hell became a school for demons and fallen angels to try to surpass each other in evil, abusing each other as they vied for position among themselves, possibly with no inkling of God's further plans to display His glory, but hoping for opportunity to break out of the place where they were confined.
1Yet you shall be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see you shall narrowly look upon you, and consider you, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? [Isaiah 14:15]
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