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Monday, November 7, 2016

Doubts? Yes, But We Are On The Winning Side

We must leave Job and his suffering for a moment in order to consider some questions about Satan. He appears early in the book before God with the "sons of God" or the angels. This seems be a place because Satan answers God's question, "From where have you come?" He answers,  “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.” So the where is some place other than the earth. Let us call this where heaven for the moment and assume that it is a place to which spirit beings can come and go as they "present themselves before the LORD." This does not suggest that the LORD is confined to some single place, even though the "sons of God" (angels) and Satan are. They cannot occupy more than one place at a time. 

As we read it, Satan (the name means "opponent" or "adversary"), leaves the place called heaven to travel to the place called earth. I have discussed the concept of heaven  and parallel universes in several earlier blogs. Use the search tool to discover ten blogs relating to the word heaven. 

Samples:
 


Jul 28, 2015 ... We now follow John as he goes through a door standing open in heaven! But where is that? Surely it is out there, beyond the clouds and the ... - al-franzmeier.blogspot.com

 
Oct 28, 2015 ... Here are some of the stories these NDE (near-death experience) folks relate, taken from a 2015 book I've been reading (Imagine Heaven by ... - al-franzmeier.blogspot.com

Apr 12, 2010 ... As we Christians continue to celebrate the 40 days of Easter we rejoice in the hope we now have of heaven and the resurrection because of ... - al-franzmeier.blogspot.com


   


Nov 10, 2009 ... In this passage about Christ our High Priest, we hear that he went not into the old temple in Jerusalem, but into heaven itself once and for all. - al-franzmeier.blogspot.com


 
Oct 19, 2015 ... what does John mean when he writes about heaven being opened or someone or something coming down from heaven? - al-franzmeier.blogspot.com

The point of the book of Job is that there is an unseen world from which Satan and the other angels confined to this earth wage a relentless war upon us humans. The Apostle Paul puts it this way: 
  • For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. - Eph 6:12 ESV (See my blog about spiritual wrestling)
So where are these heavenly places occupied by the evil angels? At one point I opined that this is "the atmosphere" above the earth to which these angels are confined. Opinions about such questions are many. We must leave them open. Whatever you make of all this, as I wrote in a previous blog, we are assured by God's revealed Word that we have spiritual armies fighting at our side against the darkness, destruction and terror of these days in which we live. Based upon the Scriptures listed, that does not suggest that our faith in God's love and mercy will be untested. We will all face doubts, anxiety, confusion and terror. Those are the weapons of the powers of darkness. But we have many promises assuring us that both in this present time and at the end of this time Satan and his demons are and will be defeated.