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There Was War in Heaven

31 Oct
War in heaven -- Polaris and Thuban

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Keeping in mind my previous studies on Revelation 12, showing that the Lord had originally named the stars in their constellations in the sky (Psalm 147:4; Job 9:9), there was war in heaven and the conductors of that war were the dragon and Michael, the Archangel. In the context of the theme of the battle between the dragon and the Strong Man in the heavenly constellations, this would be Satan versus Christ. Now, Christ is not an angelic being, but he does rule the angels of heaven, and that is all the prefix, arch, in archangel means. Jesus is God (John 1-3, 14) and not an angel (Hebrews 1:5-8, 13), but he is the Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament, who bears the name YHWH (Genesis 22:11-12, 15-18; 28:12-22 compare with 31:11-13; 48:15-16). He is the Messenger (Angel) of the Covenant in Malachi 3:1, and this is Jesus.

The heavenly struggle between Michael and the dragon was also a struggle between their angels or messengers (G32).[1] However, although the translator uses the English word angel to translate the Greek word, this doesn’t mean such a rendering offers us a correct perspective. These angels or messengers are human, not spirits, and the battle, although depicted in the heavenly constellations, is on the earth (cf. Revelation 12:4).

The battle in the heavens foretell the binding and the destruction of the dragon (Revelation 12:8), who was cast out of heaven with his angels or messengers (Revelation 12:9). This one is identified as the old Serpent (Genesis 3:1-5), Satan, the Devil, and he was able to deceive the whole world, just as he had done with Eve in the Garden of Eden. An interesting side is: Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Germany’s propaganda minister is reported to have said:

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”[2]

Therefore, if the citation above is logical and true in its concept, in order to propagate his deception, the dragon needs the power of the state to protect the evil and persecute or deny the truth. If Michael represents Jesus and Michael’s angels represent Jesus’ disciples, then whatever occurs in or is written in the constellations above, describing the “war in heaven” (Revelation 12:7) must have a recognizable place in Jesus’ ministry, as recorded in the Gospel narratives. Otherwise, all these things are simply guesses that may or may not be true. Interestingly, John claims that the dragon was cast out, and he identifies the dragon as “that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan). The Gospel of Luke has a similar statement:

“And he (Jesus) said unto them (his disciples), I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” [Luke 10:18 – parenthesis mine]

The question is: how many times must Satan be cast out of heaven before he remains cast out? I believe, if God does the casting out, the thing is done, period. If this is so, then what Jesus said he observed, during his ministry on earth, must have occurred at that time. In other words, what is written in the constellations above, have something to do with the work of Jesus, not the twelve labors of Hercules, as the Greek mythologists claim. In the context of the citation above, Jesus had sent out his messengers, the Seventy, two by two (Luke 10:1). They returned positively elated in that the demons were subject to them in Jesus’ name (Luke 10:17). It is in this context that Jesus made his statement that Satan was cast out. In other words Jesus and his messengers (the Seventy, which included his Apostles) were sent forth to preach the Gospel to cities he would visit (Luke 10:1), and the dragon and his messengers, the scribes, Pharisees and chief priests fought and lost the battle, whereby the dragon and they (the scribes, Pharisees and the chief priests) were cast out of heaven (cf. Revelation 11:2).

Keep in mind that John is at this time measuring the Temple of God (Revelation 11:1-2). Heaven is depicted as being inside the House, especially in the place where the Lord dwelt, the Most Holy Place. The Temple was the place where heaven and earth met. It was a model of the Garden of Eden. The Most Holy Place was that part of Eden, out of which Adam and Eve were driven. Since the veil of the Temple has been removed (cf. Genesis 3:22-24), the Most Holy Place and the Holy Place are virtually one, undivided room. Nevertheless, the outer courts are considered given over to the gentiles (Revelation 11:2). In other words, the scribes, Pharisees and chief priests were allotted the service outside the House itself. They were cast out of the House (Revelation 11:1-2; cf. Genesis 4:16) or in the context of the war in heaven, they were cast out of heaven (Revelation 12:9), and all of their labor was considered the futile work of the nations (cf. Amos 9:7-8)

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[1] According to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon (G32) aggelos means: “a messenger, envoy, one who is sent, an angel, a messenger from God.” In this context Jesus’ disciples, whom he sent to preach the Gospel to the world, according to Matthew 28:18-20 are aggelos (G32) or messengers, according to Thayer’s Greek definition of the word. The Apostles, then, are the angels who fought with Michael (Christ), but the battle is on earth, although it is written in the heavens via the constellations that were put there and named by God (Psalm 147:4).

[2] Joseph Goebbels: quoted from the Jewish Virtual Library and Think Exist.com.

 
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