Mr Donald Trump’s unpardonable sin. Part 1

As a non  American, it is interesting to watch the war against Mr Donald Trump.  He can hardly do anything right in the eyes of the left.  It even seems as if some churches have forgotten God’s command, ‘I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.’ 1

#  What is Mr Trump’s biggest sin?  

It was to move the Unites States’ embassy to Jerusalem and acknowledge it as Israel’s capital.  So, what is the big deal in that?  Why did it cause an almost apocalyptic out roar?  The reason is that Jerusalem is God’s city: 

  • ‘Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, His holy mountain.’ 2 
  • ‘…Like the utmost heights of Zaphon is Mount Zion, the city of the Great King [God].’ 3   Psalm 48:4 repeats that Jerusalem is the city of God. 
  • ‘For the Lord has chosen Zion [Jerusalem], He has desired it for His dwelling: This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned for I have desired it..’  4  

Mr Trump supported what the Bible declares about Jerusalem.  It is God’s dwelling place.  If so, why all the accusations, complaints and general discontent from especially the left and many Democrats?  It has to do with the invisible ruler of this world, the devil. 5  He does not love God or God’s love for Jerusalem.  To explain it let’s look at the following:

#  Satan’s last act before his eternal sentence will be to attack Jerusalem.

  • Some time in the future, before Satan enters his eternal dwelling in the lake of burning sulphur, he will be chained in the Abyss for a thousand years.  That is during the time of the Millennium, when Christ will personally rule over the nations, from Jerusalem. 
  • When Satan is released after the thousand years, he immediately deceives the people and gathers them for battle.  Revelation 20:8b-9 records, ‘In number they are like the sand on the seashore.  They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city He loves.’  
  • This is Satan’s last act of treachery, ‘And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulphur.’ 6  From then on his future is only eternal torture in the lake of fire.
  • God and Jerusalem are so intimately tied together that on the new earth, we will not have a New Moscow, or a New Washington, but a New Jerusalem. 

#  God loves Jerusalem and has not forgotten the Jews. 

  • Many people think that God has forgotten His nation.  He has not.  The prophet Jeremiah tells in no uncertain terms that Israel will not cease to be a nation before God. 7  Paul writes in Romans 11 about the future restoration of the Israelites.  It all has to do with the end times.  
  • Satan is very well aware of it, and he does not like this prospect, because it means his doom is near.  He likes being the ruler and the destroyer of humans.  Behind the scenes of the ‘attacks’ against Mr Trump is the hand of Satan.  Any leader that in any way advances God’s plan and admits that Jerusalem and therefore the Jews, are important, is the devil’s enemy.  That explains the furore against Mr Trump by the left: they are on the side of the enemy of God, the devil.  Wittingly or unwittingly, they advance the devil’s agenda, not God’s.   

Conclusion

This verse explains what is happening in the world,  “The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against His Anointed One. ‘Let us break their chains,’ they say, ‘and throw off their fetters.’“ 8  However, in America we have to add, ‘Certain news media and influential people in America gather together against the Lord, and do their best to abuse Mr Trump who recognises the importance of Jerusalem in God’s plan.’

References

  1. 1 Timothy 1:1-2  
  2. Psalm 48:1  
  3. Psalm 48:2b  
  4. Psalm 132:13-14  
  5. 1 John 5:19bd  
  6. Revelation 20:10  
  7. Jeremiah 31:35-37 
  8. Psalm 2:1-3 

Why the Kingdom of God is impossible with the devil.

In previous blogs we discussed some aspects of the vexing evil issue, ‘Why did God allow evil?’  ‘What about evil, part 1?’  ‘What about evil, part 2?’  ‘The talking serpent never stopped talking.’   We touched on the appearance of the evil one, ‘the great dragon… that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan who leads the whole world astray.’ 1  In this blog we want to discuss or repeat something very important: the devil has an essential role to play in God’s Kingdom.  To say it clearly, without the devil, God cannot successfully complete His Kingdom Project.

Did God plan the rebellion of the devil? 

  • The Bible tells us that the devil is a rebellious angel, who is in opposition to God.  Did God cause the devil to rebel?  God never interferes with free will.  All angels have free will.  God could not force the devil to rebel, since he could then complain that God set him up and that his sentence of eternal hell is not fair.
  • God will never violate either the angels’ or people’s free will.  That would throw the whole judicial process into a turmoil.  Then most people could complain that God was unfair, since He influenced some to love Him and left others alone.  God is absolutely fair and just.  So He will never override free will.  Therefore God did not plan the rebellion of the devil.
  • However, if God is good and omnipotent, why did He allow the devil to bring evil to this world?  Life would have been so much easier without the devil.  Doesn’t God want us to have a good life?  The answer is: the Kingdom is impossible without the devil, the evil one and his destructive influence on the world.

The devil and the Kingdom of God

  • Why did God allow the devil to usurp Adam’s authority and fill the world with evil?  He could have stopped the devil, limited his power, or just plain annihilated him.
  • The issue has to with God’s plan for man, namely a Kingdom of Love and Peace.  Therefore the devil’s work in God’s Kingdom is absolutely necessary.  God uses his ‘assistance’ to successfully complete the establishment of the eternal Kingdom of Love and Peace.
  • How does the devil do that?  He rebelled against God, he doesn’t like Him and slanders God all the time.  So in what way can he be of assistance to God?

An enemy is essential.

  • Leaders of worthwhile countries have enemies.  That is a fact of life.  There is always someone around who wants to usurp the current leader’s position.
  • With God it is no different.  He is the King of a wonderful country, and He has an enemy.  A future Kingdom of Peace on earth is impossible without God’s enemy who attempts to thwart His plans.  To understand it better let’s compare it with the role of an opposing political party in a country:
  • Country A has a leader, LA.  He has an enemy, Z.  Z goes around and tells everybody that LA is incompetent.  They should replace him with Z.  In this proses Z divides the people.  He exposes those who will oppose LA.
  • Let’s apply this principle to God’s Kingdom.  He is the King.  His Kingdom is eternal and is one of Peace and Love (to be part of His Kingdom is obviously worth trillions).  But…  God has an enemy.   This enemy irrevocably lost his place in God’s Kingdom.
  • Because this enemy was disgraced, he is full of revenge, hate and spite.  He thought he assassinated God’s Son on the Cross, but it was a huge defeat for him when Jesus rose from the dead.  So his next line of attack is to try and prevent people to become citizens of God’s Kingdom.
  • While he will never be king of the eternal Kingdom, he is ruler of this temporary world.  That means he has ways to slander God and propagate how ‘detestable’ He is.
  • In our world, what does the enemy do?  He divides the country’s citizens into two groups, those who accept the current leader and those who don’t.  It is the same with God.  Look at history as revealed in the Bible to see how the devil divides and exposes God’s enemies.

Division caused by Satan 

  • After the Fall, Adam and Eve had two sons.  Abel was a righteous man. 2  Cain refused to listen to God’s warning. 3  That division among humanity continues to this day:
  • Some people are willing to obey God.  They accept the influence of God’s Spirit and choose to ‘eat from the tree of good.’
  • Some people refuse to give heed to God’s warnings or advice.  They accept the influence of the devil’s spirits and choose to ‘eat from the tree of evil.’
  • This selection process went on right through history and continues today.  It is what identifies God’s people as well as His enemies.
  • Look at the final episode in the plan of God.  Revelation 17:14 says, ‘…The Lamb will overcome them [the kings who gave their authority to the beast] because He is Lord of lords and King of kings – and with Him will be His called, chosen and faithful followers.’
  • Also in Revelation we read about people with the exact opposite disposition, ‘…and they cursed the name of God who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify Him.’ 4
  • So the last book of the Bible identifies two groups of people, those who follow Jesus and those who don’t.
  • Revelation 20:12 &15 describe their respective final destinies, ‘…The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books….  If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.’

Conclusion

The devil serves God because he identifies and exposes the rebels.  Then everyone at the Judgement Throne can see that they are unfit for God’s eternal Kingdom, because they will disrupt the Peace and Love.  The division will make it possible that, ‘…the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them.  They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them, and be their God.’ 5

References

  1. Revelation 12:9
  2. Matthew 23:35
  3. 1 John 3:12
  4. Revelation 16:9
  5. Revelation 21:3

Why did God allow evil?

In the previous blogs (What about evil, Part 1 and  What about evil, Part 2) we discussed how evil came into the world with the evil angel, the devil.  After the peaceful scene in Genesis 2, Genesis 4 testifies about the first murder, as well as Lamech’s belligerence.  He said, ‘I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for injuring me.  If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven times.’ 1  Violence became part of life, as history testifies.

The results of the tree of knowledge of evil on society. 

  • God’s verdict about the acquired knowledge of evil by humans, was short and clear, ’The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of his heart was only evil all the time.…  So God said to Noah, ’I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them.’’’ 2 
  • God later reiterated that evil has become part of man’s ‘constitution,’ ‘Never again will I curse the ground because of men, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood’ 3
  • Since Genesis 3 man’s cruelty towards man knows no bounds.  History testifies to rivers of blood, cruelty, inhuman treatment, et cetera.

To answer why God did not stop the devil, or at least evil (which He as omnipotent God can do), we have to look carefully at the following:

1. God gave man a free will.

  • When God created in six days, 4 He sent a powerful message to humans: He is the omnipotent King, the Creator of heaven and earth, the Leader who can accomplish what He intends to do.  He is God Most High, the Owner of His creation. 5  He is the Lord who deserves loyalty, love and obedience.  In the Psalms nature worships God and acknowledges Him as the King who is worthy to be worshipped.
  • God’s plan with His creation was an eternal Kingdom where He is the King (obviously it includes Jesus and the Holy Spirit).  The country He would rule is the renewed heaven and earth.  The citizens will be the people who chose to love Him and accept Him as King.
  • For that reason God created man to follow, love and be loyal to a leader.  That is why He also gave us a free will to choose the leader we want.  Without free will it is not possible to love and be loyal.  God did not make us robots that cannot choose and love, because those are the essentials for a successful eternal Kingdom.
  • If we have only one choice it is no choice at all.  So God allowed an alternative into the earth to make a choice possible.  On the one hand is the good God who desires a disciplined, obedient lifestyle.  On the other hand is Satan with whom anything goes.  It is because he knows where it leads.  His own life is an example.  If a person wants to be immoral, an alcoholic, a murderer, rebellious, or whatever, it is fine with him.
  • On the surface it looks as if the odds are stacked against God.  Who wants to live a moral life with principles when one misses all the fun?  However:

The choice shows in this life, but the real divide comes in the next life.  

  • God promises unbelievable benefits of eternal joy and happiness to His followers, ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him – but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit.’ God’s benefits are so great, because He wants to reward those willing to accept His leadership and obey Him.
  • Those who decided it is not worth to give attention to the Creator of the universe, will follow the devil to his dark destination, eternal suffering and torture.  At least they have one consolation, they don’t have to spend time with the supposedly ‘wicked’ God.  Matthew 25:41 shows their end, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’
  • The ultimate end of our choice on earth is the reason the devil desperately fights to keep people away from the Bible.  He wants to keep them ignorant of the two eternal destinations.  Then they won’t realize that it is crucial to follow and love the Lord Jesus if they want eternal happiness.

 

2. Why God did not stop the devil.

  • God made a decree, ‘the wages of sin [disobedience to God] is death.’ 7  It is because an eternal Kingdom of love and peace is not possible without obedience to the Ruler.
  • So when the devil disobeyed God in heaven, he lost his chance to live eternally in God’s presence.  His sentence was final, since he saw and served God.  He knew all about God.  His sin was, ‘I will ascend to heaven….  I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly….  I will make myself like the Most High.’ 8  
  • He and his demons have no second chance, which is one of the reasons Jesus came as a man.  He died for humans and the devil and his demons are excluded.  Since we do not see God, God is very patient with us.  He continually gives us chances to repent and love Him.
  • If God stopped the devil when Adam disobeyed, the devil could demand that God revoke his sentence.  He [the devil] disobeyed God, and was judged.  Adam disobeyed God, and should also be judged.  Yet God’s plan of mercy and love, from the beginning, was that Jesus would be the sacrificial Lamb.  That is why, as a type, He clothed Adam and Eve in the skins of slaughtered animals.
  • Untested love is not worth much.  The angels were given the opportunity to follow God or Satan.  Some chose God and some Satan.  Humans also have the opportunity to choose.  God will only remove Satan when all people who live, have lived or will live on earth, have had the opportunity decide whom to love and follow.
  • The devil’s work is to identify the rebels among humans, those who have no desire to obey God or to love Him.  God cannot have a successful eternal Kingdom with people who hate Him want to get rid of Him and refuse to obey Him.
  • Many people believe that they could have had a wonderful life if evil didn’t exist.  We agree, but it leads nowhere.  It does not lead to greater love for the Lord, greater obedience and a more moral lifestyle.  Look at the wealthiest countries in the world.  Are they more moral (morality is to live according to God’s standards)?  To only live according to moral standards means absolutely nothing to God.
  • Take the example of Adam and Eve.  If Adam and Eve chose to obey God and not the devil in Genesis 3, would they have lived with God in eternal happiness?  Who says their descendants would continue to love and obey God?  One of them might decide 500,000 years down the line to rebel, like the devil did.  Untested love was, is and will remain useless.

 

3.  Many people blame God for all the evil. 

Let us look at what Scripture teaches.

  • In Revelation 20:1-3 we read, ‘And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain.  He seized… the devil… and bound him for a thousand years.  He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended.’  During that time Jesus will reign in peace.
  • After the thousand years the devil is loosened.  He immediately begins to deceive the people.  In numbers like the sand on the seashore they march, with the devil as chief, to destroy God’s city, and logically, God’s people.
  • Those people lived under the rulership of Jesus for a thousand years, but when the devil appeared on the scene, they immediately rejected Jesus and followed the devil.  While he is chained and confined in the Abyss during the Millennium, there are no problems with sin and evil.  The moment he is released, the people rebel.  It is obvious that Satan is the author of sin, evil, violence, hatred, et cetera.

Conclusion

God does not stop the devil and his evil designs, because it will derail God’s plan for His eternal Kingdom of peace and happiness.  The devil is the rebel sifter for the citizens of the Kingdom.

A few more questions we want to answer:

If God created only good, where does the devil’s evil nature come from?

Why do we have natural disasters?

How did the devil became the ruler of the world?

References

  1. Genesis 4:23-24
  2. Genesis 6:5, 13
  3. Genesis 8: 21
  4. Genesis 1
  5. Genesis 14:19-20
  6. 1 Corinthians 2:9
  7. Genesis 2:17; Romans 6:23
  8. Isaiah 14: 12-14