Monday, August 12, 2013


The Bible speaks of three heavens:  1) the "third heaven" where God dwells (Job 1:6; 2:1; 2 Cor. 12:2; Rev. 4:1; etc.);  2) the "second heaven" which was created on day one, and "filled" on day four (Gen. 1:1; 14-19);  3) the "first heaven" which was created on day two, and "filled" on day five (Gen. 1:6-8; 1:20). 

Satan, once known by the name "Lucifer," was cast out of the "third heaven" (Isa. 12:14; Lk. 10:18).  According to the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:2, Satan is now known as "the prince of the power of the air," and he is the driving force in the hearts of unregenerate man.  Later in Ephesians, Paul wrote of Satan being our enemy, and he described how we are to defeat him (Eph. 6:11-17).  James also told us to "resist the devil and he will flee from you" (Jam. 4:7).

Yesterday, someone on Facebook made mention of something I had never noticed.  He pointed out that in Genesis 1:1-31, God used the word "good" seven times, but that He did not describe what He created on day two (Gen. 1:6-8) as being "good."  Observe:

* Day One - Heaven and Earth were "good" (v. 4).
* Day Three - Dry Land and Vegetation were "good" (v. 10, 12).
* Day Four - the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars were "good" (v. 18).
* Day Five - the Fowls of the air and the Sea-life were "good" (v. 21).
* Day Six - Land Animals and Mankind were "good" (v. 25) and "very good" (v. 31).

He said that his Pastor had explained the "missing approval" as a deliberate omission due to the fact that, no sooner had God separated the atmosphere from the seas below, Satan was cast down to become "the prince of the power of the air."  God's work had become "contaminated," and as such, it was no longer "good."  In addition, in His parables in Matthew 13, Jesus used birds as symbols of Satan.  While he did not mention the seas, the fact that there will come a time when there is a new heaven and a new earth on which there will be no seas (Rev. 21:1), might indicate the seas are contaminated as well; perhaps when they were used to destroy nearly all of creation (Gen. 6:17-20).
Just a thought:  wherever Satan is allowed to dwell, that place is NOT good!        

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