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Monday, November 3 2014
Job 24: The Light Of Darkness
"But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!"
The name "Satan," from the Hebrew word pronounced saw-tawn, means blasphemer, or accuser. It is a term for what a once-righteous angel has become by means of his choice of behavior. "Satan" is actually an adjective ("a word that expresses an attribute of something") - much more than merely a personal name.
Satan's actual name, as recorded in the original Hebrew, is pronounced hay-luh-ale (see What Is Satan's Real Name?). It too was used as an adjective for his then-righteous behavior and wisdom. It is nevertheless still accurate for his appearance. Satan's light was only "put out" of the Presence of the LORD, not extinguished into visual darkness.
While he is now totally evil, the Scriptures say that Satan's appearance is still "bright" (see Satan's Masquerade) - as is those who serve him, whether they realize it or not (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
"11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
Satan's light was "put out," away from the LORD, because Satan chose to go away, and a way, from the LORD. Satan's putting out will be completed at the time of the Messiah's return - as prophesied by the Day of Atonement (see the Fact Finder question below).
"28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 28:14 Thou 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. 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee." (Ezekiel 28:13-17 KJV)
The Messiah's teachings directly addressed that spiritual light and spiritual darkness. Evil happens just as much in bright daylight as it does in the darkness of night. It was the very reason that the True Light came.
"4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Matthew 4:16-17 KJV)
Job perfectly understood how and why evil light is "put out." Notice how he describes "light" that is "dark."
"18:5 Yea, the light of the wicked shall be put out, and the spark of his fire shall not shine. 18:6 The light shall be dark in his tabernacle, and his candle shall be put out with him." (Job 18:5-6 KJV)
Job's defense to his accusing friends (see Job's Inquisition and Innocent Until Proven Guilty) directly described the light of darkness versus the true light. In describing the evil ones, "For the morning is to them even as the shadow of death."
"24:1 Why, seeing times are not hidden from the Almighty, do they that know him not see his days? 24:2 Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof. 24:3 They drive away the ass of the fatherless, they take the widow's ox for a pledge. 24:4 They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together. 24:5 Behold, as wild asses in the desert, go they forth to their work; rising betimes for a prey: the wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children. 24:6 They reap every one his corn in the field: and they gather the vintage of the wicked. 24:7 They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no covering in the cold. 24:8 They are wet with the showers of the mountains, and embrace the rock for want of a shelter. 24:9 They pluck the fatherless from the breast, and take a pledge of the poor. 24:10 They cause him to go naked without clothing, and they take away the sheaf from the hungry; 24:11 Which make oil within their walls, and tread their winepresses, and suffer thirst. 24:12 Men groan from out of the city, and the soul of the wounded crieth out: yet God layeth not folly to them.
Fact Finder: When will Satan's evil light be "put out" forever?
This Day In History, November 3
361: Roman Emperor Constantius II died of a fever in Cilicia. He was succeeded by his cousin Julian. Constantius II is shown in the Vatican portrait below; note the typical Babylonian / Roman "halo" around his head (see What Is A Halo?; also Why Observe The True Sabbath?).
644: Umar ibn al-Khattab, the second Muslim caliph, was assassinated by a Persian slave in Medina (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1394: King Charles VI ordered the expulsion of all Jews from France.
1492: The Treaty of Etaples was signed between Charles VIII of France and Henry VII of England. Under the pact, England renounced its claims to French territory in return for indemnity.
1493: Christopher Columbus discovered Dominica while on his second voyage to the New World (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy). The country became independent on this date in 1978.
1534: The Act of Supremacy was passed by the British Parliament. It established King Henry VIII (and his successors) head of the Church of England - an office until then occupied by the Roman Catholic pope.
1679: A bright comet caused widespread panic across Europe.
1760: Frederick the Great of Prussia (not to be confused with Russia; Prussia is in Germany) with 44,000 men defeated 65,000 Austrian troops at Torgau in Seven Years War; more than 13,000 Prussians died in the attack (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1762: Spain acquired Louisiana.
1804: The defeated Sauk and Fox Indians signed a treaty ceding Illinois to the U.S.
1817: The Bank of Montreal, Canada's first bank, opened. With head offices in Montreal, it was the banker in Canada for the Canadian government until the creation of the Bank of Canada 118 years later, in 1935. It participated in many early Canadian developments, including first canals, the telegraph, and the Canadian Pacific Railway.
1838: The Times of India, the world's largest-circulation English language daily newspaper, was founded.
1839: The Opium War between the British and the Chinese began when British warships blew up several Chinese boats at Canton.
1883: The U.S. Supreme Court declared native Americans (the "Indians") to be "dependent aliens."
1903: Following a revolt engineered by the U.S. and encouraged by the presence of a U.S. warship in Panamanian territorial waters, Panama declared itself independent of Columbia - after which Panama became a colony of the U.S.
1918: The fall of the Austro-Hungarian empire at the end of the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1918: Poland proclaimed independence from Russia.
1956: Soviet tanks rolled into Hungary in response to the Hungarian Revolution.
1957: The Soviet Union launched Sputnik II into orbit. It carried the first animal in space, a dog named Laika.
1957: One of the most advanced atomic energy reactors in the world opened at Chalk River, Ontario. Despite an abundance of materials and technology that would permit the rapid production of nuclear weapons, Canada continues to use nuclear technology only to generate electricity.
1970: Salvadore Allende was inaugurated as Chile's first Marxist president. He was overthrown on September 11 1973.
1982: During the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, up to 1,000 Soviet soldiers and Afghan civilians died in the Salang tunnel when a tanker exploded near a Soviet military convoy.