FRIEND OR ETERNAL FOE?
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(Isa 14:12) How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
(Ezek 28:14,15) Thou [Lucifer] art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee [which means that God must have intended it to be so when He created the angel Lucifer, or alternatively, God made a mistake. What do you think?].
covereth = Heb: to entwine as a screen; by impl. to fence in, cover over, (fig.) protect:--cover, defense, defend, hedge in, join together, set, shut up.
Dakeís Annotated Reference Bible: From the dateless past to the end of the 7 days (Gen 1:3-2:25) angels ruled various planets (Isa 14:12-14; Ezek 28:11-17; Jer 4:23-26). //// God set this cherub [Lucifer] over the earth to protect it, overshadow it, and rule it.
Commentary: Thousands of years later, there remains a formidable enemy to godliness in the universe. God commanded Lucifer, the anointed cherub, to cover, protect, and defend the planet earth. The command of God to the anointed Lucifer is in harmony with the command of Jesus Christ to the anointed of us: "Go ye into all the world [Gk: kosmos; cosmos, (universe)], and preach the gospel [of love] to every creature" (Mark 16:15). This appears to be Godís purpose in us for the accomplishment of which we are presently being trained up. (Prov 22: 6). Rather than having "authority over ten cities" or "five cities" (Luke 19:17-19), we may be given authority over ten planets.
perfect = Heb: entire (lit., fig. or mor.); also integrity, truth: without blemish, complete, full, sound, without spot, undefiled, upright, whole.
iniquity = Heb: (moral) evil: perverseness, unjustness, unrighteousness, wickedness.
Commentary: Lucifer failed in his assignment to protect and defend the earth because iniquity (sin) was found in him. However, when the anointed of us are sent out into the universe on our assignments, we shall not fail for we are bring made "perfect" daily, and promised "perfection" eternally.
(Gen 1:11-13) And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself [Godís seed is in Himself], upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day.
fruit = Heb: fruit:--bough, ([first-]) fruit ([-ful]), reward.
(Gen 1:29) And God said [to man], Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed [wheat, barley, etc.], which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat [Heb: for food].
(Gen 2:7-9) And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life [the Holy Spirit]; and man became a living soul. And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden [Heb: delight]; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food [the qualifications]; the tree of life [representing Christ] also in the midst [Heb: middle] of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil [representing Satan].
garden = Heb: a garden (as fenced) /// to hedge about, i.e. (gen.) protect: defend.
Commentary: May we note that "every tree" in the garden was "pleasant to the sight, and good for food" which includes not only the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil, but also the surrounding trees as well, and they all were fruit bearing trees "good for food." Who were these other surrounding trees that bear fruit? Well, in context, the tree of life that bears fruit for God represents Jesus Christ who, in all probability, is also "the angel of the LORD" (68 mentions in the Bible), and the tree of knowledge of good and evil that bears fruit represents Lucifer-Satan (good-evil) who also is an angel. Thus we may almost certainly conclude that the surrounding trees that bear fruit (praise, worship, Word) for the Lord were also angels. Symbolically, where does that place we who bear "fruit" for the Lord?
(Gen 2:15-17) And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it [Heb: serve] and to keep it [Heb: to hedge about, guard, protect]. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But [except] of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die [by ingesting the poison of the mingled (good-evil = Lucifer-Satan) and therefore impure and defiled Word of God].
Commentary: First, we have noted that Luciferís assigned mission was to "covereth" (Heb: protect, defend, hedge in) the planet earth (Ezek 28:14,15). Secondarily, we also noted that at a time after Luciferís fall from grace (his failure to be worthy to accomplish his assignment), God established an invisible (un-discernable) hedge or defense of protection around the "garden" (Heb: to hedge about, protect, defend) of Eden (Gen 2:8). Thirdly, we now learn that God put the man into the Garden of Eden and commanded to the man that he "dress it" (Heb: serve) and "keep it" (Heb: to hedge about, guard, protect) (Gen 2:15). What is God showing/telling us by continually repeatedly establishing a seemingly necessary defense of protection, and that defense from what threat? Wild animals one might answer. Well, yes, of course, but easily controlled by God. But what if there really is something else out there that is much more vile and dangerous than some trifling wild animals living on a small unobtrusive planet called earth among billions of other planets in the universe?
Commentary: Please understand that God gives us each what we each need to accomplish his purpose in us, and that I am of a fairly sound mind and not one subject to flights of fancy or hallucinations, nor a liar. In that light, it would have been very difficult, if not impossible, for me to have given any credibility to the present conclusions that I have herein drawn without having personally witnessed and experienced, up real close, a large stationary silently hovering circular UFO (soft yellow with a tinge of green) bigger than a football field (possibly a friend of God, but probably a formidable foe of God) for about twenty minutes with 5,000 other men on Dhahran Air Force Base in 1961 in Saudi Arabia. Something is out there, definitely! Be it good or bad, we shall soon find out.
Commentary: Shortly thereafter, as I recall, I began to see auras, halos, around some people, mostly around their head and/or diffused around their upper body. Some of the halos were fairly well defined, and some were more diffused. Yep, surely did. But at the time it was no big deal to me and I didnít put the two unusual events together. Just thought there was something wrong with my eyes even though they functioned perfectly well as per normal otherwise, and wound up being thoroughly examined by an Ophthalmologist in the Air Force Hospital in Tripoli, North Africa for a month or so. The Doctor sympathized but could find nothing wrong and the "halo" sightings diminished and eventually ceased.
(Mat 13:47-50) Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea [a biblical symbol of humanity], and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Commentary: "at the end of the world" = Gk: aion; meaning this world. This is not the same Greek word for "world" that is used in Mark 16:15 which there is kosmos meaning cosmos or universe. Well, we are not sure of what all that ultimately means, except the word "vessels" definitely opens up some interesting possibilities, and relates to UFOs and a short story stimulated by a dream that I wrote a while later in Arabia, the essence of which may be summed up as: Warning, be very hesitant/reluctant about entering into a flying saucer. J However, fear not, for "The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them [manifesting to some perhaps as an aura, or, the glory] that fear him, and delivereth them." (Psa 34:7). God bless you.