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Tuesday, April 21 2015
Psalm 144: Why Did Satan Attack God?
"Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee"
The universe was created in perfect peace. There were no enemies, foreign or domestic. The angels were all patriotic to their Creator (see also The Patriotism Prophecy) - even the one who later became the leader of the first rebels (see What Is Satan's Real Name?).
"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.
Satan perverted himself (see What Does The Bible Say About Perverts?) from a righteous servant of God into a swaggering, evil fairy. Why? What made him mistakenly believe that he could succeed?
Satan assumed the God's Peace meant that God was weak because God created universal freedom, without forcing anyone. It not a universal dictatorship, as Satan sought to make it.
Satan assumed that he could attack the very Throne of God because, as his then-twisted mind presumed, the peaceful Creator would be unwilling or unable to fight. It wasn't a matter of not knowing that God was all-powerful - he still called God the Most High. But Satan assumed that God was a liberal wimp who would not use force to prevent Satan's "I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God." Satan was wrong.
"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!
Among those who defeated the first rebel army was the LORD God, Who was later born as Jesus Christ (see The Identity Of The LORD God).
"10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven." (Luke 10:18 KJV)
The Crucifixion of the Lamb of God (see Nisan 14: The Day That The Messiah Was Crucified) was a gift to humanity. It was not a victory of the evil, or a surrender by the righteous. The Messiah could have instantly destroyed all of those Who were killing Him that day, "But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?"
"26:53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
When the Messiah returns (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?), it will be at the lead of a great army that will defeat those who lust for war. Their purpose will be to restore the peaceful Paradise that was Creation.
"19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
With Paradise restored, then will be fulfilled the famous prophecy "they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."
"4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Micah 4:1-3 KJV)
David fought, when he had to, because he had to - not because wanted to (see Why Didn't David Kill Saul?). Those who attacked David's peaceful kingdom made the same mistake that the fool Satan did. Peace comes from the victory that is assured to those who obey the LORD.
"144:1 A Psalm of David.
Fact Finder: Satan was the inventor of iniquity ("28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee"; Ezekiel 28:15 KJV). What does "iniquity" mean?
This Day In History, April 21
753 BC: According to the historian Varro, Romulus and Remus founded the city of Rome on this date.
43 BC: Marcus Antonius was defeated by Octavian (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) near Modena, Italy.
1075: Alexander II, (Anselm of Lucca), pope 1061-1073, died. Although elected pope, the German court (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) nominated another man and Alexander was not recognized by the empire until 1064 (see Emperors and Popes).
1509: King Henry VII of England died. His accession to the throne in 1485 ended the Wars of the Roses between the houses of Lancaster and York.
1526: Mongol Emperor Babur annihilated the Indian army of Ibrahim Lodi.
1689: William III and Mary II were crowned joint king and queen of England, Scotland and Ireland.
1782: The city of Rattanakosin, now known as Bangkok, was founded on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke.
1809: Napoleon's army fought the Austrians at the Battle of Landshut in Germany.
1828: Noah Webster published the first U.S. dictionary. Popular myth and propaganda notwithstanding, the actual first English-language dictionary was published in England around 1600, over 200 years before Webster.
1836: Rebel forces under Sam Houston defeated the Mexican army under Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto, which led to the Texas secession from Mexico.
1898: Two months after the sinking of the battleship Maine, the U.S. began a naval blockade of Cuba. It almost immediately captured a Spanish merchant vessel, the Buenaventura. The beginning of the Spanish-US War.
1914: The Ypiranga incident. A German arms shipment to Mexico was intercepted by the U.S. Navy near Veracruz.
1918: Manfred von Richthofen, Germany's top fighter ace in the First World War, was killed in action at age 26. Known as the "Red Baron," he shot down 80 (79 British, 1 Belgian) enemy aircraft. The Red Baron was shot down by a Canadian fighter pilot, Captain Roy Brown, over northern France.
1926: Queen Elizabeth II was born in London.
1934: The so-called "Surgeon's Photograph," one of the most famous supposed photographs of the Loch Ness Monster, was published in the Daily Mail. In 1999, the picture was revealed to be a hoax - a toy submarine outfitted with a sea-serpent head.
1965: Sir Edward Appleton died at age 73. The British physicist was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1947 for his discovery of the Appleton Layer (which the scientific community named after him) of the ionosphere, which is a dependable reflector of radio waves.
1989: Tens of thousands of students and workers poured into Peking's Tiananmen Square in defiance of official warnings against anti-government protests.
1992: The first discoveries of extrasolar planets were announced by astronomers Alexander Wolszczan and Dale Frail.
1997: The cremated ashes of LSD user-loser Timothy Leary (who, hypocritically, was a psychologist who witnessed the horrendous damage that LSD did to people's minds; see also Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly?) and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry were launched into space in the world's first "space funeral."