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From the time I became old enough to attend Sunday school, I became aware of Satan, the universe’s ultimate bad guy. Early in the book of Genesis, when Adam and Eve were still wet behind the ears, Satan first pops onto the scene hawking his wares of doubt and deception to the gullible housewife Eve, who feel for it hook, line and sinker. A little later in life I discovered by reading the book of Job that we really get a flavor of the purpose of Satan in this book that is a basic microcosm of the history of man on earth and where it seems were are just pawns in the spiritual warfare going on all around us in this, “I think he will, I know he won’t” scenario.

How much do we know about Satan? Just who is Satan and what can we find out about him? I believe we can gain some awesome insights to the character of Lucifer (Satan’s name) from two complimentary chapters in the bible…Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28.

I had read the passages from Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 a few times before, but for some reason, I had never read them to the depth that I explored them this time…there are some deep insights and inferences here within these passages that really reveal the character of the Oppressor (as Satan is referred to in Isaiah 9).

I’ll begin my journey in Isaiah 14 simply because it comes first in the list. In the first verse of Isaiah 14 the Lord is talking about His people after they have regathered in their land (something that the nation of Israel has done once again) as we all know. In verse three it says He will give them rest from their sorrows and fears that had plagued them for centuries. Who was the oppressor that was plaguing them?

Isaiah 14:4 you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon: “How the oppressor has ceased, the insolent fury ceased! ESV

It appears in verse four that the oppressor is the king of Babylon. This verse gives us a clue about something deeper, for there was no king of Babylon, to speak of in Isaiah’s day, especially as a political entity for Isaiah lived in the eighth century BC which was about one hundred years prior to the rise of Nebuchadnezzar II, the first king of the Babylonian Empire…who then is being referred to as the king of Babylon? Satan is referred to as the king of Tyre in Ezekiel’s comparable passage and, by inference, I believe Satan is who the Lord is referring to here in this passage in Isaiah. There are several places in the bible where we get either direct references, or inferences that Satan is behind the rulers of this world. Below I have listed seven attributes of Lucifer that I find in both Isaiah and Ezekiel.

Attribute 1 Satan is referred to as a king in both Ezekiel and in Isaiah (Isaiah 14:4 and Ezekiel 28:12)

Attribute 2 It seems that Satan was the top dog in the cherubim hierarchy from Ezekiel 28:13, 14.

Attribute 3 However we find he was lesser than Christ in two ways; he was a created being (Ezekiel 14:13), as were all  the other angels, and he was the son of the morning (Isaiah 14:12) Christ is referred to as the morning star in Revelation 22:16, therefore son of morning is and underling position, in my opinion.

Attribute 3 Satan is very beautiful from Ezekiel 28:12-13

Attribute 4 and his vanity, or pride because of his beauty caused his downfall, we find in Ezekiel 28:17

Attribute 5 Even though the scripture implies The Lord was proud of Satan and trusted him in Ezekiel 28:14 and he was considered perfect, this wasn’t good enough for him and his sense of self-worth created a delusion of equality with The Creator of all things…(what a delusion)

Attribute 6 Satan was cast out of heaven to the earth from Ezekiel 28:17-19 and Isaiah 14:12.

 Attribute 7 Satan is intrinsically evil toward the people of the earth we find in Isaiah 14:6, as well as the whole book of Job.

There are several more we can dig out of these interesting passages, and I combined a few, but these are the first attributes of our most powerful adversary that popped out at me. All I can say, is I’m happy the Trinity is on our side as our defenders, because folks, we have no chance against Satan.

What is Satan’s origin? He was created as a Cherub, a top level angel and was apparently given a position as top dog in the hierarchy. He was created with amazing beauty and he was extolled and trusted by Our Lord.

What is his agenda? His agenda is to become, and to prove that he is equal in all respects to The Lord. That didn’t work out very well in the beginning and he was booted out of heaven when his plot was discovered, so part of that agenda is to turn the creation that he is in charge of…that he is king over…against the Creator and to have them worship him instead…something that, in part seems to be working…at least temporarily.

What is his destiny? His agenda seems to be working temporarily, but we have read the last few pages and we know the eventual outcome of the story…he is utterly destroyed in the end.

God Bless Jim

11-16-20

  1. We read throughout the scriptures about Satan and it teaches us about the deep, malevolent nature of this evil super angel enough for us to hate him and that is good. However, Jude 9 is an astounding verse that should cause us to step back a bit, for this verse teaches that regardless how evil, how dastardly or how horrible we may think Satan is, we are not to maliciously disparage him, for he is still a creature of rank. Despite how Michael the Archangel felt about Satan, he dared not revile him. That verse has made me aware of how I should think before framing my words about Satan or any dignitary I may not care about.

In the mid 1990s, I rode my motorcycle into a Hardee’s for coffee in East Tennessee and, as cyclists tend to group together, I parked next to a sportbike I had spotted as I pulled into the parking lot. After I got off my bike, I stared in wonder and amazement at this bike that hailed California license tags, it had a seat that seemed about 3 microns thick and saddlebags that appeared to be attached by divine intervention to this grimy, road-worn cafe style racer. In the 1990s, you didn’t see that many motorcycles with out-of-state plates…and you certainly didn’t see uncomfortable sportbikes traveling from out of state unless they were traveling in the back of a truck.

At the time, I was in my early forties and traveled quite a bit and I couldn’t believe anyone could have been riding that misery machine across the country and still be ambulatory enough to walk into the restaurant. I went inside lookin for the rider and spotted the kid, which was easy seeing we were the only two with bikes there, and I walked over and spoke with him. It seems he was headed to DC from Cali and he told me he had been averaging 600 to 700 miles per day. I asked if he felt stiff or cramped after riding all day in a position akin to being stuffed into a pringles can (I probably didn’t mention the pringles can, but that was the image I was seeing) and he said no, not at all and looked at me a little oddly as if this were one of the sillier questions he had heard. For decades I have thoroughly enjoy traveling on cross-country camping trips and at the time, I did it astride a BMW K100RS and toward the evening of hundreds of mile days, I would often feel mind-numbing stiffness and pain from my neck to my hips, while wishing they made portable traction machines I could carry along with me. At the end of our short conversation, I shook his hand and wished him the best and walked away thinking that guy must have been one of those rare humans born without pain receptors.

Patchwork America

Posted: July 12, 2020 in My view of the world

The great world experiment called the United States of America is like an immense Patchwork quilt made up of multitudes of different ethnicities, races, religions and experiences, sewn together to create a mighty woven web of strength. However it seems the media only desires to look for problems in the fabric and they do manage to find small areas of loose stitching within the fabric. When they do discover those areas, they happily zoom in on the defects to attempt to prove just how terribly worn and frayed the fabric is that holds this great country together, often without merit.

If they actually allowed the viewers to see the larger picture, it would demonstrate that these small areas of problem threads do not really affect the the cohesiveness of all the fabric surrounding it as well as the strength of the whole quilt, but they do not want their viewers to concentrate on the strength of the cohesiveness of America, only its weaknesses.

Jim 7-12-20

My father used to quote the phrase “I cried because I had no shoes until I met the man who had no feet” to me to help teach me to appreciate what I have, while at the same time desiring to work for more. It worked for I have always tended to never lose sight that there are always those that have less than me and I thank the Lord daily for what He has blessed me with, and continues to do so.

There are so many people today that seem to endlessly complain about everything without stopping to realize how blessed they actually are, and this started me thinking about my parent’s generation. I began thinking about life in the early part of the twentieth century, as opposed to life since I have been circling the sun.

Think about this, if you were born in 1900, for the first 50-55 years of your life, if you lived in rural America, you had minimal, or no healthcare, no electricity or running water, the prospect of finding a job outside of a large city was poor and there was no social security fund for the aged to fall back on…life as we know it, really only became commonplace after 1955. These facts can be a little sobering, if we allow them to sink in, and we need to make sure we appreciate every day we live upon this earth, instead of whining about what we don’t have.

Jim 5-22-20

Alternate title OK, So Maybe I am a Racist (but I’m proud of it!)

I grew up in the 1960s and I remember reading and seeing heaps of things growing up about Nazi Germany and the Gestapo and the tactics they used to control people. The Totalitarian German Government throughout the 30s and 40s completely controlled its subjects and a few of the tactics they employed were things such as controlling the travel of the populace and enforced curfews as well as lock downs and generating programs in which they encouraged people to “snitch” on their neighbors for illegal activities…there was much more they did to control the people unfortunate to be within the realm of their control, but you get the picture and it sounds terribly familiar to what has been going on across America in the last couple of months.

The 1st amendment to the United States Constitution addresses the protection of free speech, but the formerly free media and militant liberals (those guys that espouse tolerance) proves daily that they have no toleration for anyone that doesn’t see things their way and is doing their best to erode that individual liberty by attacking anyone says something they don’t like. For example, today I saw a news story where the liberals and their minions (the media) were absolutely up in arms, accusing a family run business in Texas that has been struggling because of the Corona virus (that started in China, the same country that pressured the WHO to not report the virus in January and subsequently started preventing export of masks and respirators to the West) of racism because they placed a sign on their marquee that said “Don’t buy Chinese, buy American”…so what? The owner has a right to post whatever he wants on HIS sign and he wanted to get the word out that America’s dependence on China hurts all Americans…and I wholeheartedly agree with him. The dependency of America and many of the world’s nations, on cheap Chinese products has severely hurt local community manufacturers and many small, local economies around the nation, as well as the world to the point that many small communities around this nation are starting to look like ghost towns with all their boarded up buildings where local small manufacturers used to employ local citizens. This country has an opportunity to turn that around.

When it comes to the virus, I truly believe that China weaponized this virus to hurt and destabilize western economies, for the purpose of strengthening their own economy and I believe that it has had an opposite effect (to strengthen my argument this was intentional, China has almost no cases of this virus in their larger and most populous cities such as Beijing and Shanghai). They have hurt economies across the globe, but many of the western governments are actively blaming China for this as well and are seeing China’s response such as refusal to allow Westerners access to their areas infected, threatening to withhold medicines and the raw elements required to make effective antibiotic and anti-viral medicines to the west, as we learned that 90% of all medicines and raw elements to make the medicines are now manufactured in China (the last penicillin manufacturer in the US stopped making it in 2002).

We have an opportunity to lessen our dependence on the Communistic and Totalitarian regime that runs China by a huge amount and bring manufacturing back to this Country, subsequently helping those that are struggling in many of the small communities to make ends meet. Lets help America become a manufacturing giant again by weaning ourselves of the communist teat that currently controls us.

America was based upon freedom of speech without fear of government intervention and freedom of religion where folks can worship without fear of reprisal or government repression. It appears those guaranteed rights and freedoms are under severe attack, for today if someone voices their opinion that offends someone somewhere they are immediately excoriated and labeled either a racist or an (xxx)phobe and these labels are swiftly shot across the major media outlets like a raging wildfire, with the intent of destroying the offenders reputation. I have no reputation to damage, and even if I did, I don’t believe I would cowtow to the readily offended. According to those that appear to control the media in this Country now, and because of the current mentality I am a racist for saying “screw China…buy American”…and I am tremendously proud to wear that label!

 

 

Jim 5-14-20