New theological post by guest blogger Ruddy Adam.
Two Biblical Questions: Is Lucifer a Real Being? Does the Lord Love All Things, as the Apocrypha Seems to Say?
Interesting questions! They give me a chance to get a few linguistic points across. Thank you, D.!
I would have to say that the question you have brought up regarding “whether God loves all things” is a linguistical problem as well as one of context.
To answer one of those questions, in short, Lucifer is real, having numerous names, such as Apollyon (the Destroyer), Beelzebul (the Dung god, or the Ruler over Flies), the Ruler over the Demons, the Ruler over this Age, the Ruler over Darkness, the Ruler over the Unseen World, the Evil-One, the Beast, the Deceiver, the Slanderer, the Ruler over the Abyss, Belial (the Worthless One), the Son Who Brings Destruction, the Tempter, the Thief, the Sheep Stealer, the Father of Lies, et al.
Ezekial 28.12-19 tells us the Lord created Lucifer. But pride swelled in the being that would become known, as noted above, by many names (Satan, Devil, Death, the Serpent, Antikhrist, et al.), just as the Lord is known by many names; and fool that he is, he rebelled with the idea of taking over God’s Seat as Supreme Ruler. This obviously occurred in the Prior Kosmos.
“Pride usually comes before a mighty fall,” to quote a Scripture (Proverbs 16.18) by the use of the figure called gnome, where the spirit and meaning of the Scripture is quoted, but it is not a verbatim quotation. Or, where the sense of the Scripture (quotation) is kept without using the same words or syntax. This is usually done to clarify a Scripture or shorten it, which is where we get the modern meaning of the word gnome: a short, chopped off little creature.
Now, to the part about the Lord’s loving all things that exist and all things He created. While there are some things we can use and learn from in these books, they are, however, most definitely apocryphal, and there are numerous translations having vastly different readings. When the authors of these books tell us of their travels, certainly we can use that information. When they tell us what they believed, we can use that to understand how they understood things during their day, such as their belief that Satan had the ability deceive a young girl, and have sex with her to take her virginity.
4 Maccabees 18.7-8: From the Mother of Seven Martyred Sons
7. And the innocent mother of the seven martyred sons spoke the following to her children: “I was a chaste virgin, and did not go beyond my father’s property, but protected the curve from which the woman was made.
8. No seducer corrupted me while in the desert. Nor did the destructive, deceiving Serpent spoil the purity of my virginity.”
This one is certainly informative. But by no means can we use the apocryphal writings as authoritative Scripture to create doctrines from. For information on our people, their travels, and beliefs—yes. That said, let’s take these two vv., Wisdom of Solomon 11.23-24, as something we should discuss as if they are Scriptural.
Wisdom of Solomon 11.24
“For you love all things that exist, and have loathing for none of the things which you have made, for you would not have made anything if you had hated it.”
Comment regarding “loving all things that exist”: The caveat here is simple. For example, neither Hebrew nor Helada (Greek) use terms such as “attempted to do” a thing, or “tried to do” a thing, or “claimed to be” someone or something. Nor do they clarify limited statements versus unlimited ones or local statements versus universal ones. This must be done by context, the immediate context, a slightly extended context, or the context of the entire Bible. Whichever one is called for to interpret the Scripture properly, and that I determine by contextual circles, which I have written about before.
Take for example the statement I’ve often made that psychopaths are incurable and that we recognize psychopaths by certain character traits they possess. You should be able draw a most perfect syllogism by that statement, but you cannot.
Seemingly Perfect Syllogism
Psychopaths have certain recognizable traits.
Psychopaths are incurable.
Therefore, anyone with those recognizable traits is an incurable psychopath.
Although I’m going to explain this more thoroughly in an upcoming study, the statements in the syllogism are true in a limited manner, but they are not true in an unlimited manner. Rather than totally true statements to create a perfect syllogism, they are “as a rule” type of statements—true but limited truths—because alcoholics, drug addicts, and degenerate gamblers have the same traits as psychopaths yet are not necessarily psychopathic, and therefore are not necessarily incurable.
Now, too, to expand even further on the linguistic side, Hebrew and Helada are very, very economical languages, as I mention quite often. 8500 words in Biblical Hebrew; 5500 in Biblical (Koine) Helada; 1-million in English. That the Biblical languages are economical means they often omit subjects, objects, finite verbs, linking verbs, infinitives, and concepts that inform us that someone is “trying” or “attempting” to do a thing or is “claiming” something (which may or may not be true). These must be supplied in the receiver language (in our case, English) by the translator, according to the context.
For instance, the term Adamic man is not used exactly in that manner, but we know that Adam’s offspring (Adamic man) is whom the Lord has been speaking to since Genesis. So, a translator like me whose goal it is for readers to understand every verse fully in every context is going to put “Adamic” with “anthropos” (Adamic man) so readers will understand that is who is being addressed: Adamic man. The ancient ancestors who first translated the Scriptures from the original languages could not, however, have done that if they had wanted to, because of the pressures they had on them not to alter the Scriptures and to conform to their respective ruler’s wishes, though they did at times make doctrinal translations rather than linguistic ones and did add to the Scriptures in places they wanted to get their own message across.
So then, we have two things going on with the statement “the Lord loves all things that exist,” and indeed He does, if we supply the ellipsis properly, which would be this: “He loves all things that exist as He created them.” Pride changed Satan; he is not the same being that the Lord created. The Lord loved Lucifer as He created him, but not as he became of his own free will to stray from the Lord and to love himself over Khrist.
Moreover, in another example, the Lord said He hated Esau (Mal. 1.3 & Rom. 9.13). Why? In some cases, Esau is put for his entire offspring (the Edomites) who hated Yasreal and warred against them for centuries, and anyone who hates true Yasreal is the Ever-Living’s enemy. Herod—the murderer of Yasrealite children—did so in an attempt to kill Yasu. (Note here that the Scriptures never use the terms true Yasreal or fake/false Yasreal—but we know that they both exist.)
On top of that, Esau himself showed no respect for the Ever-Living’s will by selling his heritage for a bowl of soup. He in effect spit in the Lord’s face, and that is not a good thing. Neither did he humble himself and ask for forgiveness, because his envy of his brother Yakob drove his mentality. Envy, pride, and jealousy destroy the soul, that is, the spirit as the Lord designed it.
Therefore, those horrible characteristics of human nature created entirely new humans that the Lord did not create, and He does not like that—at all.
Moreover, Esau deserted his own people and mixed with foreign women (Genesis 28.8-9), who were daughters of Ishmael (Yishmael) which created a new race that the Lord Himself did not create. Esau had already married two Hittite women who “were a source of much suffering to Isaac (Yisah) and Rebekah.” (Genesis 26.34) Esau also mated with Kannanite women (Genesis 26.2) and that was an even worse sin in the Ever-Living’s eyes. These actions He surely detests!
Now, let us not forget that the Lord went into the spirit-world (Helada: Tartarus; 2 Peter 2.4) where souls that either had not bowed themselves to the Lord or had no opportunity to do so were imprisoned; and while there, Yasu proclaimed His Message of forgiveness and love to them. I assume that most all Adamics were drawn to that Message, and bowed their spirits to the Master Who gave Himself for them on the Cross. And I assume that, because Satan was not there to hinder them. Neither was the flesh nor the Devil’s soulless offspring. It seems to me that in a state where the flesh and etcetera did not drag on them, the Lord’s all-consuming love would have had to have magnetized them to the point that they would run right to Him. So we won’t rule out seeing Esau in the next age. The Lord’s sheep hear his voice, and they fly to him when He calls them. (another gnome from Yohn 10.3)
Now to the Wisdom of Solomon 11.23
23. But you are merciful to all, for you can do all things, and you do overlook men’s sins, that they may repent.
Again here, we have a typical ellipsis, and we would have to supply the omission in this manner: “But you are merciful to all Adamics, for you can do anything, and you overlook the sins of Adamic men, *in order that those Adamics can repent.”
*in order that those Adamics can repent (Wisdom of Solomon 11.23): This is a purpose clause, showing the reason that the Lord “overlooks” the sins of Adamic man: so they can repent. “Overlook” is not a good word for this verse, but it’s one that the ancient translators used. Perhaps something along the lines of “You are tolerant of the sins of Adamic men” would work better, “thereby providing them with the opportunity to change their minds toward You.”
In the context of Scripture, the Lord “overlooking” sin is never so stated. His tolerance of His people’s wrongs against Him while He corrects them, however, is certainly Scriptural. “He is longsuffering—not wanting anyone to perish, but rather wanting all Adamics to change their minds toward Him!” (another gnome, from 2 Peter 3.9)
A Few More Scriptures Where the Ellipsis Must be Supplied for Clarity by the Translator
31. Then, Yasu said to the Yudeans who claimed to believe in Him: “If you continually stay in My Message, you are definitely My disciples.
32. And so, you will recognize the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
They were not, however, who they claimed to be, and thus attacked the Lord—and He responded by informing us of their true ancestry, stating this about them further in Yohn:
44. You (the Yudeans who “claimed” to believe in Him) are born from your father the Devil, and the desires that you inherited from your father you are determined to carry out! From the beginning he was always a murderer and has never stood in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks of his own accord, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
The Antikhrist Arriving First
2. And observe, a White Horse, and the one sitting upon him had a bow. And a crown was given to him, and he went forth conquering, and he went forth attempting to conquer.
* and he went forth attempting to conquer (Rev. 6.2): Remember now that the Scriptures never say that someone “attempted” or “tried” to do a thing. It is always that someone did a thing, though the context may tell us that the person merely attempted to do something; and a good translator will supply the ellipsis or at the very least put it in a note to the side so readers will understand the meaning .
In Rev. 6.2 we have three reasons to add the word “attempting,” showing that the Antikhrist, who is the rider on this horse, does indeed conquer some, but others he only attempts to conquer.
One is common sense combined with Scriptural precedent. There is no precedence for repeating a line back to back for the sake of repeating it or to express emphasis. Hence, we may conclude that the second clause in which I’ve added “attempting” has a different purpose from the first clause and, that is to show that the rider on the horse does not conquer all—that he only attempts to do so.
Two, linguistically, we have an abrupt change in the last clause to the subjunctive mood, which is the “perhaps” or “maybe” mood in most cases. So, that in itself weakens the “conquering” effect.
Last, we have the Scriptures that tell us the Antikhrist does indeed conquer the whole civilized-kosmos, all humans in fact but the Separated-Ones. Which tells us he attempts to deceive them, but does not accomplish that feat. That fact we find in the following Scriptures.
A Classic Limited Statement
9. And the Mighty Snake was thrown out of the Upper-Level—that old Serpent, called the Devil and Satan, *the one who deceives the entire civilized-world—was thrown to the earth, and his fallen-angels were thrown out along with him.
*the one who deceives the entire civilized-world (Rev. 12.9): We have here a classic limited statement given to us in an unlimited manner, because we know from other Scriptures (see below) that Satan as the Antikhrist does not deceive the entire world, because a few vv. later in Chapter 12 we see that “the others” who were not deceived were still “clinging to the Lord’s testimony.”
Revelation 12.17 Satan Seeks to Persecute the Elect
17. And the Mighty Snake became enraged with the Woman and went off to wage war with *the others in Her Seed-Line, those guarding and attending to the Ever-Living’s commands and clinging to the testimony concerning Yasu.
*the others in Her Seed-Line (Rev. 12.17): The “others” mentioned here are the Separated-Ones, the Elect, those Yasu has chosen for one specific purpose: to stand and testify for Him when the Antikhrist is here on earth proclaiming that he himself is the One, true God.
Revelation 13.2: Satan Working Behind-the-Scenes of His One-World Government System
2. And the Mighty Snake supplied the Beast-System with power, and with a throne, and with an enormous amount of authority.
7. And permission was given to the Beast-System to wage war with *the Separated-Ones and *to attempt to conquer them. And authority was given to it over every tribe and people and language and race.
*the Separated-Ones (Rev. 13.7): These are the same as “the others” from Yasreal’s seed-line mentioned in Revelation 12.17. Again, these are the Elect, whom the Lord mentions in Matthew 24.23-24, when the Lord is warning us not to accept the false Khrist when he arrives, and that his “transcendent signs and wonders” will be so powerful that—if possible (and it is not)—they would deceive even His Elect, the Chosen, the Separated-Ones who are (as previously stated) specially selected for the purpose of standing against the Antikhrist—in the last days.
It is Not Possible to Deceive Khrist’s Elect
23. Then (after Satan arrives as the Antikhrist) if anyone says to you, “Look, here is the Khrist! Or, there He is!”—do not even begin to believe them!
24. For the fact is that false-Khrists and false-teachers will show up. And they will produce transcendent *signs and wonders, so as if possible, they would mislead even the Elect.
*signs and wonders (Mat. 24.24): The first word in the pair, “signs,” appeals to the right-side of the brain (or as the Helada of the day believed, the “imaginative part of the brain”); the second word, “wonders,” appeals to the left-side of the brain (or as the Helada of the day believed, the “reasoning part of the brain”).
Obviously, this shows that the ancient Greeks were a couple of thousand-years ahead of modern neurologists, who discovered only recently that humans have several brains in their skull rather than only one.
It’s obvious, too, that the Lord will allow Satan as the Antikhrist to engulf totally with deception the brains of those who do not have the Seals seared in their minds.
*to attempt to conquer them (Rev. 13.7): Again in this verse, the infinitive “to attempt” must be added to convey the fact that Satan’s One-World System attempts to conquer (read: deceive) the Separated-Ones, but the Scriptures tell us that the Elect cannot be shaken, they cannot be swayed, that the Separated-Ones do not bow to the Antikhrist.
So then, by understanding classic Biblical omissions, limited statements, and contextual exegesis, we see that the Ever-Living does not love everyone, because after they change the characteristics as He created them, they are no longer what He created; and He loves what He created and, as He says in Genesis, He created all things in a certain way, is satisfied with them, and wants them to stay that way.
Verses in Ezekial That Show Satan, Once the Main Guardian Cherub, is a Created Being
13. You were once in Eden, the Creator’s garden! Every precious stone was set in your garments: the ruby, the diamond, the opal, the onyx, the sapphire, the emerald, and also gold. Your musical instruments and your precious-stone settings were prepared for you with perfect craftsmanship the day you were created.
14. You were anointed the Guardian Cherub. For I thus ordained you. You were in the Creator’s separated heights. You walked among the fiery stones!
15. You were perfect in your duties from the day you were created until wrong-thinking was discovered in you. (Note here the use of the Divine Passive, was discovered, which tells us that the Lord was the one Who discovered Satan’s deceit without so mentioning His Own Name. Another beautiful way of expressing the Lord’s actions in a simple yet linguistic manner. The Divine Passive is very common in the Scriptures.)
16. Through your many dealings you were discovered filled with deceit, and you started sinning. Thus, I drove you from the Divine Heights in a state of disgrace, and I cast you from among the fiery stones—oh Guardian Cherub!
17. You lifted your heart in pride because of your magnificent beauty. You perverted your wisdom because of your shining splendor. *So I cast you to the ground. I made a mockery of you before the earth’s rulers *so that they could see who you truly are.
*So I cast you to the ground. I made a mockery of you before the earth’s rulers so that they could see who you truly are. (Ezekial 28.17): These are not only some of my favorite Scriptural sentences; they are very informative. This event took place in the Prior Kosmos, and it tells us what happened to the Devil, and it tells us that there were rulers in that age just as there are in this one and will be in the Eternity.
*so that they could see who you truly are (Ezekial 28.17): The Lord showing the rulers in the Prior Kosmos who Satan truly is means that he had deceived them and had them believing he was someone he was not. And we know who that was: the Ever-Living. His jealousy of the Ever-Living and the pride that had risen in him because of his beauty made him want to be God, though he was merely a created being—one that the Lord will never have any mercy or love for ever again.
This ought to answer those two questions, which are indeed worthwhile and such questions allow me to bring in things we need to review, in massive rote, just as the Lord Himself taught: the same important subjects over and over, though always from different contexts and times of action, each with a tad amount of different truths for us to devour.
I remain, for the truth: Ruddy Adam