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The Falling Star Bites The Dust Part 1

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January 31, 2022 1:00 am

The Falling Star Bites The Dust Part 1

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January 31, 2022 1:00 am

You have an unseen adversary. He’s called the devil, the prince of darkness—with weapons of lies and deceit. He was a prominent angel in God’s creation whose role was to deliver the praise of the angelic choir to God. What caused his fall from this prestigious position? In this message, you’ll study Lucifer’s five “I wills,” spoken in pride. You can stand firm against spiritual attack by understanding God’s sovereignty over Satan.  

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1113 is an adversary is called the Prince of darkness. But we don't have to let him his weapons lying in the what's our defense today we begin a probing look at Satan, God's church in Chicago this with Dr. Sir clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line. Many people think God and the devil.

I like to equals facing off in a boxing ring.

The truth is far different. You know day.

The truth is indeed far different. The reason for this series of messages is to help people to understand that moment by moment the devil can do nothing without God's permission.

You know I believe very deeply in spiritual warfare, but often times it is undertaken with the lack of faith we forget the fact that God is absolutely sovereign, and during this series of messages were going to understand the blunders that Satan made were going to understand the victory of Christ were going to have a better grasp of how it is that we can walk in the spirit confronting the evil one with the resources that God has given to us.

I think that this series of messages is going to be transforming.

So now let us listen to the first in this series, and let's learn about the devil God's gavel because after all he is under God's authority. Listen carefully you were in Eden, the garden of God with that statement. We are thrown into a world with which you and I are not familiar is a world of beauty.

A world of harmony, a world in which there is only one will in the universe and that will is the will and the purpose of God. It is a world that we can scarcely imagine what was in that world, of all places, that one of God's creation.

One of God's creatures decided that he would take a cosmic gamble, which in the end, backfired actually tripped over a series of dominoes and he did not understand how those dominoes were interrelated and he could not fully appreciate the consequences of his decision was this being that stood against God. Who was this being who decided to trade a piece for war and to take on the Almighty.

The Bible says that his name was Lucifer word Lucifer means a light bearer or shining one now. He did not have any natural light of his own but he was supposed to reflect the glory and the light of all mighty God just like today the moon has no light of itself, but it simply reflects the glory and the light of the sun so Lucifer was to reflect God, and evidently he did take your Bibles and turn with me to the 28th chapter of the book of Ezekiel Ezekiel chapter 28 what a description there have of Lucifer. Before he became Satan. You need to understand that God would never create a being who was as great and wonderful as God himself is something couple God would never create a being that was omnipresent, omnipotent God would not do that. But he will create a creature with creaturely perfection and evidently Lucifer was the very best that God could do. He represented the apex the strong apex of God's remarkable creation. Now let's go through this passage of Scripture. First of all, finding out who this creature really was, who was a I need to tell you that in the 28th chapter of Ezekiel, there is a lament or a judgment against the king of Tyre in the first verses and then beginning in verse 11. The prophet continues to speak against the king of Tyre and now Bible interpreters come to a problem. What shall we do, the prophet is saying things that could never possibly be true about a human being. That's why throughout the centuries commentators have always seen in this description of Satan, who was really controlling the king of Tyre and it's as if the prophet Ezekiel is going back in not only seeing the career of Satan. But even going through the corridors of time and seeing those days when the Satan was really Lucifer, son of the morning, the shining one and what we need to do is either begin to interpret the Bible very figuratively. At that point or if we want to interpret it literally in any way.

We must understand the text. That way, because now what follows could not be read. Be a reference to the king of Tyre, but must be a reference to Lucifer himself. Verse 12 Son of Man take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, thus says the Lord God, you had the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty, you were in Eden, garden of God. This is not the garden of Eden, about which we shall speak in the next message. This is a mineral Eden AA garden filled with beautiful stones. Notice it says every precious stone was your covering the Ruby the topaz, the diamond, the burled, the onyx the Jasper and it lists other stones and what it is saying is, is that Lucifer was ineffective. The apex of God's beautiful creation. All the beauty of God.

The creaturely perfections.

It would be possible were poured into this one creature as very interesting as we read this text of Scripture that we find in that he was God's masterpiece, but notice not only the creature he was. But the duties that he performed what was he doing way back when. Well, let's pick up the text in verse 14, you were the anointed cherub who covers that I placed you there.

You were on the holy mountain of God, and you walked in the midst of the stones of fire.

What was he doing that expression the anointed cherub, which covers could be a reference to the fact that he was simply a servant but a scholar by the name of Barnhouse many years ago makes a suggestion which I find plausible, and that is that Satan before he was Satan in the days when he was Lucifer actually had a priesthood, if you please, because you'll notice in verse 18 in the middle of the verse that says you profaned your sanctuaries was that priesthood.

Evidently he had the responsibility of taking the worship of all of the angels that God had created and taking that worship and making sure that it got to God.

He was to make certain that all the praise and the adoration of which God was so eminently worthy would make it to the throne of the Almighty to which it all along. That was his responsibility. Now when you stop to think of it, you realize that he was doing this, but from what point in the universe, possibly the earth, possibly the earth.

I know it's true that he had access to the very throne of God.

He could enter into the presence of God as evidently can all the but the spirit of his activity was the earth that was his abode that was his assigned position later on will see that he is still given that responsibility. Even after the pole and the entrance of sin, and so we have here someone who was the cheerleader of the Almighty. He operates from an earthly base he has access to heaven and his responsibility is to coordinate all of the singing and the glory and the wonder of the angelic choir, leading it to make sure that God got praise well so far so good.

How long did he do that by the way, we don't know could been millions of years. But now this look at the gamble that he took verse 15 you were blameless in all your ways from the day in which you were created on until unrighteousness was found in you.

What a statement you were blameless in all of your ways until unrighteousness was found in you. What was the manner of that unrighteousness will we know it to be pride was pride.

It was jealousy. God was getting all the glory.

Notice it says in verse 16.

By the abundance of your trade. You were internally filled with violence and you send this was pride at its worst. Just like traders who traded in Tyre. You see, what happened is here was Lucifer who was supposed to take the worship of all of the created creatures and make sure that that worship God to God that was his responsibility but he allowed some of it to stick to his fingers. Just like there are traders who all of the money that goes by them. They keep a portion of it, because they're cheating in the very same way Lucifer must've thought to himself it's okay for God to get the honor and the glory and the praise that's no problem. Does he have to receive it all.

Why can't I take some of it may be at least 10%.

Now we come to a theological problem that no theologian to my knowledge has ever been able to solve.

Here's the question you thought about it that stunning statement you are perfect and blameless in all of your ways on until unrighteousness was found in you. And the question is why would a perfect being suddenly have unrighteousness erupt from inside of him or to put the question differently.

Why would a being who had all of these creaturely perfections who supposedly was satisfied.

How would it be that he then would become dissatisfied. Certainly the origin of evil was to make a choice, but why would he want to choose against God was not serving God. The greatest honor that any creature could ever possibly have was not the responsibility of being the highest of God's creation and making sure that he would get old glory and honor was that not a privilege of wonder and incredible race. Why be dissatisfied and why choose unrighteousness. While the answer to that is good for us as human beings.

There is no answer. There is no answer. Only God knows the real answer all that we know is that that that explosive statement you were blameless in all of your ways until unrighteousness was found in you. He decided to make a decision and that decision based on pride and arrogance and jealousy landed himself in a situation from which there would be no escape. Survival is open to the 28th chapter of Ezekiel, could you now turn to Isaiah chapter 14. Always remember, easy to remember these passages because 14 has to be multiplied by two to get 28 Isaiah 14 you have the very same story except this is against the king of Babylon. Then, once again, we face an interpretive question. Either we interpret it, literally, in which case we have to apply it to a being other than a human being or else we try to see all kinds of symbols that don't make a whole lot of sense. Isaiah 14 we pick it up in verse 13 where there are five I will abide by wills of Lucifer, I will ascend to heaven we already had access to heaven, but now he saying I want to ascend into heaven because I want to take the place of God. That's what he means by ascending into heaven, I will raise my throne above the stars of God who are the stars of God, the angels and what does he want to do.

He wants to raise his throne above the he already was above them.

But that's not what he wants. It's because he was above them, but that was a derived responsibility that was something that was given to him of God. He wants to be above them by virtue of his own nature by virtue of who he is.

He wants to be among them so that he can really control them according to his own way what he meant when he said I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. I will sit on the mount of the assembly wherever you have mountains in the Bible it has to do with kingdoms he saying I want to sit up there and I want to rule the kingdom's of the universe and then he says I will ascend above the heights of the cloud and perhaps there is even a reference to the Shekinah glory which is spoken of in the Old Testament as being a cloud and then finally get to the bottom line. I will make myself like the most high. I will be a lie. God there you have it in a nutshell, I want you to know today that the decision that he made was the most colossal disaster and failure that one could ever possibly do. This was the mother of all foolish gambles. What was the chance that he could take on God and win less chance that there would be that I could win the lottery. Did you know that and I want you to know that I don't buy so much as a single ticket Lucifer's chance here was Neil.

It wasn't one over 100 trillion in Google Plex is there word like that. There is now a there there was no chance like that. It was zero to take on God meant undoubtedly that he would lose no matter how he spun the wheel. It was God who controlled the outcome of your matter how he threw the dice was always God who determined how those dice landed colossal mistake.

I'd like to do today is to give you five limitations that Lucifer had five limitations that guaranteed his doom, and you might want to write these down somewhere five limitations five reasons why this gamble was absolutely doomed to fail and became an unmitigated disaster for him and for those who follow him number one think this through. He was limited in what he could achieve.

He was limited in what he could achieve. You just think of that statement. I will be like the most high. In what sense could he be like Almighty God, no theologians of certain words that they used to describe the attributes of God, and there are many attributes, but few of those words are words such as on missions. That word means all all ignition all knowing, mission, knowing all things both actual and possible could Lucifer ever be like God in the sense that he would know everything. The answer is no and no. Satan can know that somebody in Dallas Texas is planning the assassination of the president. He may have access to the perpetrators mind, assuming that the perpetrator was not a believer in Jesus Christ and therefore not having any protection over his mind so he knows what is being planned.

He sees that the gun is being loaded, but he has no assurance. Whatever that it's really going to come off.

Maybe percentages but he can't know it for sure the gun might jam the men might be caught before he goes into the Dallas school room depository building of the motorcade might take a different route to than was planned there.

All of these options that Satan cannot control, and therefore he can have some probability in terms of predicting the future, but he cannot predict the future. Infallibly, only God can do that and that's why most of the predictions that Pres. Kennedy would be assassinated in Dallas. If you remember were made after the assassination, rather than before.

Now this is why the Bible says in the Old Testament that the difference between a prophet of God and the false prophet.

Is this a false prophet may be right. 9/10 times but he will not be right all the time because there are too many factors that he cannot control. Satan cannot see into the future and therefore he may be wrong, prophet of God speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit of God can never be wrong. He is infallibly right because only God knows the future with certainty apodictic certainty.

I use that word because I don't a chance to use it very often. Apodictic certainty there something about it that I love so there you have it all. Say one more time. Apodictic certainty that's got but not Satan so he can never be omniscient can he be omnipresent God fills the whole universe. Simultaneously, the answer is no. If Satan is fighting a battle in Korea. He cannot be fighting a battle in Chicago at the same time he can do through his demons. As will be learning in this series of messages, but he himself personally cannot be present he can travel through the earth that a very quick speed and around the earth. He has that ability to be suddenly present over here and then present over here but he cannot be two places in one time he can never be omnipresent, like God, can he be omnipotent. No God apparently has given him the ability to actualize himself in a physical way all angels seem to be able to do that but he cannot create something out of nothing in and of himself. He cannot create X knee hello. He cannot create human life he cannot crave the sun, the moon and the stars. So in that sense he can never be like God, let me ask you a question. In what sense, then, can he be like God when he says I will be like the most high only in one regard only in one and that is independence, independence he can say to himself I can do my own thing I can rebel against God. I no longer have to look to the Almighty for my orders.

Or at least that's what he thought was going to happen now. I find this to be a scandal beyond irony because just think this through folks. Satan rebelled, that he might no longer have to be God's servant, but he is still God's servant even today, a different kind of a servant to be sure before he served willingly. He served voluntarily. Now he's service non-voluntarily but he serves. Nonetheless, he can only exercise that independence within the circle of God's divine providence and he cannot step outside of those bounds without the express permission of the Almighty sure doesn't sound like independence to me please.

Not much he wants to harass God servant Joe and he can do it except God says all right.

You've asked us about Job, and we've talked together, go ahead and do you can do thus and so to him, but you can't touch his life, but you can do a BC but you can't do the and on and on so what is he a have to do he has to get permission from God. He can take one of God's servants, and he can debilitate him.

He can also give him. Perhaps the dizziness but in the end of God chooses to raise him up as a result of the prayers of God's people, dogs will always triumphs and so Satan with his wheel with his independence. It turns out he's not very independent at all. Somebody asked me the question they sit in this series of messages are you going to show that God actually uses the devil toward God's own ends and the answer is yes. Doesn't seem like independence to make my friend, this is Pastor Luther. Isn't it interesting that Satan rebelled, that he might be totally independent and as I just pointed out, he is now totally dependent again because he has to look to God for his very existence, and he can do nothing without God's permission.

I've written a book entitled God's devil that you might find that title somewhat provocative, but Luther is quoted as saying even the devil is God's devil. Now the subtitle of this book is the incredible story of how Satan's rebellion serves God's purposes.

Let me tell you my friend that if God did not have a purpose in allowing Satan to do what he does. Then of course Satan would be allowed to run amok, so to speak and do his own will. When moment by moment. He is under God's control. Now I wrote this book because I deeply believe in spiritual warfare, warfare praying, but at the same time we have to pray from a position of strength to realize the sovereignty of God for a gift of any amount. This book can be yours. Here's what you do go to RTW This is so important. I'm going to be giving you that address again. RTW or if you prefer, call us at 1-888-218-9337 ask for the book, God's devil. The incredible story of how Satan's rebellion serves God's purposes. Call us right now at 1-888-218-9337 ask for the book, God's devil you can write to us run into when 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614 running to win is all about helping you understand God's roadmap for your race of life, the devil first appeared in the garden of Eden as the serpent of Paradise. Now he's targeting every believer who runs the race of life toward God's goal. Next time more about how Satan got his infamous start and how he can do nothing apart permission of God for Dr. Erwin Luzerne this is Dave McAllister going to win is sponsored by the Moody church

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