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Jayce’s Bible Study 002: The Beginning

In the beginning, God created all that we know and much, much more. So I am going to suggest something weird to you. In order to understand the Bible, you must understand some things you have to infer from the text. So we will look beyond the word but still firmly on solid Biblical ground.

I am sure you have heard of the devil. The king of hell who rules with a pitchfork and who stands in opposition to God. Well, get that picture out of your head. There is not just one, there are many, though there is one very much so notable. His name is Lucifer.

Now there are only two verses in the Bible that we really get a clear image of Lucifer.

12 How you have fallen from heaven,

You star of the morning, son of the dawn!

You have been cut down to the earth,

You who defeated the nations!

13 But you said in your heart,

‘I will ascend to heaven;

I will raise my throne above the stars of God,

And I will sit on the mount of assembly

In the recesses of the north.

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;

I will make myself like the Most High.’

15 Nevertheless you will be brought down to Sheol,

To the recesses of the pit.

16 Those who see you will stare at you,

They will closely examine you, saying,

‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble,

Who shook kingdoms,

17 Who made the world like a wilderness

And overthrew its cities,

Who did not allow his prisoners to go home?’

18 All the kings of the nations lie in glory,

Each in his own tomb.

19 But you have been hurled out of your tomb

Like a rejected branch,

Clothed with those killed who have been pierced with a sword,

Who go down to the stones of the pit

Like a trampled corpse.

20 You will not be united with them in burial,

Because you have ruined your country,

You have killed your people.

May the descendants of evildoers never be mentioned.

21 Prepare a place of slaughter for his sons

Because of the wrongdoing of their fathers.

They must not arise and take possession of the earth,

And fill the surface of the world with cities.”

Isaiah 14:12-21

“You had the seal of perfection,

Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.

13 You were in Eden, the garden of God;

Every precious stone was your covering:

The ruby, the topaz and the diamond;

The beryl, the onyx and the jasper;

The lapis lazuli, the turquoise and the emerald;

And the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets,

Was in you.

On the day that you were created

They were prepared.

14 You were the anointed cherub who covers,

And I placed you there.

You were on the holy mountain of God;

You walked in the midst of the stones of fire.

15 You were blameless in your ways

From the day you were created

Until unrighteousness was found in you.

16 By the abundance of your trade

You were internally filled with violence,

And you sinned;

Therefore I have cast you as profane

From the mountain of God.

And I have destroyed you, you covering cherub,

From the midst of the stones of fire.

17 Your heart was haughty because of your beauty;

You corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor.

I threw you to the ground;

I put you before kings,

That they may see you.

18 By the multitude of your wrongdoings,

In the unrighteousness of your trade

You profaned your sanctuaries.

Therefore I have brought fire from the midst of you;

It has consumed you,

And I have turned you to ashes on the earth

In the eyes of all who see you.

19 All who know you among the peoples

Are appalled at you;

You have become terrified

And you will cease to be forever.”

Ezekiel 28:12-19

This set of verses gives all the information about Lucifer that we need. Lucifer was most likely leader of the worship of God. He was one of the first creations of God, and he was beautiful. The important thing to recognize about these verses is not one of these charges against Lucifer, include the fall of Adam and Eve whom we will talk about next time. This time, I want to hammer out the conflict of good and evil.

If you don’t find that strange, then how about his charge of being thrown down before Kings? When did this happen? If you read these verses, you can easily miss what is going on here. This is not an I will, or it’s prophesied these things will come to pass. No, this has happened. So the question is when. This has troubled many scholars. So there is no ambiguity about my statements I am going to say it. Lucifer fell at sometime between verse Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2.

This is a preposterous statement, and many people have gone elsewhere by now. I have evidence, however. Let’s look at those verses, though.

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 And the earth was a formless and desolate emptiness, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

Genesis 1:1-2

God created the heavens, and the earth is pretty definitive. Now there are some people that hold the view that is a summary statement. However, that is not. I think that is a statement.

The beginning of verse two is where things get interesting. In the Hebrew, the word for formless and desolate emptiness is “Tohuvubohu” it has a sense of becoming that way. So it would be more appropriate to say, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And BECAME formless and desolate emptiness,” This would place Lucifer in a world that was already made a heaven that was already made and then his rebellion against God happens. Everything around the world is destroyed.

The earth is ruined because of Lucifer and the angels that joined him. This would also explain some verses in Job which seem strange if you think about it.

“38 Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind and said,

2 “Who is this who darkens the divine plan

By words without knowledge?

3 Now tighten the belt on your waist like a man,

And I shall ask you, and you inform Me!

4 Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?

Tell Me, if you have understanding,

5 Who set its measurements? Since you know.

Or who stretched the measuring line over it?

6 On what were its bases sunk?

Or who laid its cornerstone,

7 When the morning stars sang together

And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

8 “Or who enclosed the sea with doors

When it went out from the womb, bursting forth;

9 When I made a cloud its garment,

And thick darkness its swaddling bands,

10 And I placed boundaries on it

And set a bolt and doors,

11 And I said, ‘As far as this point you shall come, but no farther;

And here your proud waves shall stop’?”

Job 38:1-11

We have God speaking to Job here. There is one thing I want to point out. The morning stars, aka angels, are already on the scene. So, they existed before God created the universe. I think I have shown enough proof for now. There will be more as we go through this study.

Let’s go on and finish the verse. “And darkness was over the surface of the deep”. This is another portion of a verse that should make you pause. The word for darkness here is not the normal darkness, this is a supernatural or spiritual darkness. Think the plague of darkness over Egypt. This is a darkness you can feel. Its chashak in Hebrew.

So then lets go along too deep. This is the abysso. The abyse. In some languages, it is called Tartarus. It is as far below earth as earth is heaven. I don’t know where that is, but I do not want to be there.

We have a cosmology forming. We have this dark, dark abyss above that we have a destroyed world and above that we have a destroyed heaven.

“and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” Now we see the Spirit of God hovering the surface of this dark place. Calming it perhaps?

Now we witness how God creates. Genesis 1:3 God creates light. There was already darkness. More evidence of my theory.

Now the rest of Genesis God lists in extensive detail what he is doing and how he is making everything. You can find some very extensive work online about how this matches with know science and what not. That is not my calling. Now and then I will share some interesting ideas and what not but the science of the Bible I really care little about.

In the end, God explains things to a person who does not understand what he is saying. There is an entire mountain of hidden treasures though, if you search the scriptures for them. This is a basic Bible study though and we don’t want to get too into the weeds. A few times we will, but mainly this is just to give you the basic idea of what the Bible talks about.

However, if you go verse by verse, you can find wondrous things and I encourage everyone to.

Now, back to Lucifer. Lucifer is chief among fallen angels. He is the leader of them. He is called Satan now. Satan means the Adversary or Opponent. So it is not a proper name but a title. There are many Satans in the Bible in the Hebrew or the Greek. So don’t get ruffled when you are going through the book in the original language and you see that word used of something unanglic.

That being said, the entity that God calls Satan is very much your opponent in every way. Now don’t get it twisted. The Satan of the Bible is extremely different from the pop culture Satan or the Satan that you most likely are familiar with. He is a fallen angel with a command of roughly one third of the angels.

That means our guys outnumber his forces two to one. So what we know about him is from the above verses. You can infer that he was a worship leader of some sort. It mentions his pipes at one point which most likely is pointing to his skill with song. Ask the music industry about his skill at music. I am sure many of them will tell you they pledged themselves to him for talent.

It also mentions the way he gained favor with the angels. He campaigned against God. It was the goods he sold they wanted; their right place as God in his kingdom. He was violent to those that did not conform to his kingdom. And they brought him down for it.

So that leaves the question… who are the other fallen angels. Fortunately, we don’t need to know the other fallen angels to understand God’s message. We only need to know of God above. He will do the work on ridding them and foiling their evil schemes.

Angels are powerful and even other angels don’t rebuke other angels with their own power, but with God’s. We would be wise to do the same. So, with those understandings out of the way, lets look at Adam and Eve next time.

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Jayce’s Bible Study 001: Who Is God?

God, YHWH, Adonia, Abba, Father, Host of hosts, Lord, several things probably enter your mind when you hear the word God. If we wind back the hands of time to the very start; even before we have God. Everything was God, and all things sprang forth from God. He is the All Father.

If there is one thing that God wants us to know, is he created everything and that everything must bow to him? In Genesis, in the very beginning, he tells he created. In Hebrews, we are told everything sprung forth because of God.

The image some more juvenile people have is the old man in the clouds. Maybe he is wearing a crown and holding a stick. He might scowl at all the sinners down below, saying “Get off my lawn!” and then smiting a few of them. This is pure fiction.

He did not make it in vain. God makes nothing in vain. Instead, he puts great care and knows his creation intimately. I could even suggest he cancels out the improper movement of atoms on an individual level. He holds all things together. The very fabric of everything depends on him.

That being said, it would only stand that he is a mighty big God; enormous and beyond time itself. He is omnipresent because he made all things from him. He set forth the very vibrations with his voice that set the atoms in their proper sequence. So naturally, being able to see everything, he could hear everything, he could then sense everything, and he would know everything. He is wise beyond anyone’s understanding.

He says he knows the end from the beginning. We meet a moral dilemma here, though. If he knows the end from the beginning, he knows every evil action that will and has taken place. Every child murdered, every person left in misery, every temptation given from devils and more brutal things best left unsaid. Why does God allow for evil to exist?

There are some problems with God’s character. God primarily wants love and peace to reign. This is clear from one of Christ’s titles. “The prince of peace” God could make everyone without sin and only be able to act in a good way. This, however, is the captivity of the mind. If you cannot do evil, is it really a good thing to do good because that’s all you can do? No, the option of evil must be there to truly make an act good. So thats no good. God does not want to mind control us.

So lets say God allows evil, but why does he not right it or at least prevent the bad things from happening. Someone steals an item from you and poof, another one is there to replace it. Do you see a problem? How about a drunk driver is careening, and he stops it and magically no one gets hurt. Do you problem now? Maybe a man is thinking about kidnapping the child and his acts are made impossible for him to do. He keeps trying to, but suddenly he is teleported to across the street or maybe outside of the playground. See the issue. Well, let’s make it smaller. You are going to tell a lie, but the words can’t leave your mouth. Let’s say you have an argument and you want to call them stupid and you can’t. You thought it but you can no longer act on it. Our actions would be controlled. Well, God does not want to do that either. He wants our actions to be pure as well as our hearts. Giving our good deeds and actions more weight, evil must exist.

Then how about God punishes someone immediately after they do their action. So you have someone do the action like murder and he beamed them out of here. I mean, murder is extreme. However, God’s standard for goodness is much, much higher than murder. He considers it adultery if you even look at someone with lustful eyes. Even more so, if you hate your brother, you are guilty of murder to God. So God could justifiably end it all now and every single person on earth is dust in the wind. Another thing he does not want to do.

There will be a time of judgement for everyone. Where he will separate and divide the nations. However, that is a topic for another time. The important part to remember from this is that God may be in a unique position as a King over all. He created it and he could destroy it. God would be alright to destroy everything and start over if he wanted. He does not need us at all. We, however, are fueled by Him alone.

As we go through this study, we will learn about the character of God and His ways of dealing with things. Now, for your journey into the word, I would suggest you have several things. One a Bible, a program will do but I encourage everyone to have a physical Bible. I will use a NASB for this study (and will reference others to make the language clear.) Something to write notes in, be it a series of word documents, or a notebook, or anything really but have a system to take notes. I will also encourage you to share things, study with a friend and to teach it to them. You don’t need to share this study with them. However, I want you to share and discuss what you learned with others.

If you have not accepted Christ as your Lord and savior, that is fine. I encourage you to continue this study to at least learn about Christian’s and what we believe. We are going to start in Genesis for the first part of this study. We will look through the Bible in Chronological order, so I am going to have you flipping all over your text. You do not need to be an expert on where the Bible chapters are. However, here is a brief rundown of how your Bible is most likely set up.

The first we have the Old Testament. This is everything before the time of Jesus (Yushua). Not that Christ does not appear in the Old, but before he was made flesh like a man. The first five books of the Old Testament are the Torah or Pentateuch. These books are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. Next we have the historical books, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther. Now if you’re a Jew, Catholic or Orthodox person, you may think that’s too many books, or I have left what books. This is the Protestant version of the Bible. I am covering the Protestant version of the Bible because its the one I am most familiar with. However, I will do several aside just to look into other texts as well. So don’t worry, my “humble” and “expert” opinion will be available on those books as well.

Now we have the books of wisdom. This is Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Wisdom, Ecclesiasticus. Then we have the Major Prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel. Then the minor prophets, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi. That’s the Old Testament.

Now for the New Testament, we start with the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Then we have the History which is one singular book Acts. Then the Letters Of Paul, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon. Then we have the general letters, Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1 and 2 and 3 John, and Judas. Now we have a last book. That is the New Testament’s one book of prophecy, Revelation. That will be fun to get into. Now I am sure you remembered all that and I will never have to go over it again. So, with that over with… we can begin our study.