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Circumstances and Consequences

Seminar 216-02
June 3-6, 2009
Seminar topic:

 

The Two Witnesses – Part II

 

Larry Wilson

 

1.   Two Witnesses are:

 

(1) The two laws of the universe, the Constitution of the Universe: “Love God/ Love neighbor” These two laws are “The Royal Law,” (these two laws are represented as two candlesticks)

 

James 2:8   If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as your self,” you are doing right.

 

(2) The Holy Spirit (two phases of the Holy Spirit, are represented by the two olive trees)

(Zechariah 4:11-14)

 

2.   God’s Word is an ongoing revelation of truth, an endless stream of divine declarations that exalt and reveal the substance of the laws of love.

 

The Word of God “pushes” His children to grow, grow, and grow. Eventually, God’s Word causes conflict with the two laws of love and it is these circumstances that reveal things that were previously unknown.

 

For example, Adam and Eve were created perfect. They had sinless natures in the beginning.

 

But….

 

They did not have the knowledge of good and evil.

 

This knowledge did not arrive until they sinned!

 

Genesis 3:22   And the Lord God said [to the other two Gods], “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil [wrong]. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.

 

Genesis 3:23   So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.

 

Genesis 3:24   After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.”

 

We can look backwards over 6,000 years and see what the knowledge of good and evil produces.

 

The carnal heart is thrilled every time a new deviant sin is thought up and implemented.

 

When it comes to doing evil, the amount of creativity involved is amazing.

 

Genesis 6:5   “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time.”

 

The point here is that God’s Word in a fallen world constantly polarizes people.

 

If we accept God’s Word as the revealed will of God, that is, an obligation, and if we are willing to obey its demands, our faith will be tested. Count on it!

 

1 John 2:15   Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

 

1 John 2:16   For everything in the world – the cravings of the sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world.

 

1 John 2:17   The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

 

What is God’s will?

 

That we live by faith: Trust and obey.

 

That we believe His Word is true, practice what it says and watch for the conflicts that will surely follow!

 

God’s Word constantly tests our faith. It reveals areas where we need to grow and once we understand how God’s Word works, it opens our minds to new things and new truth.

 

Profound: The newest thing in the universe is also the oldest thing in the universe.

 

The Godhead.

 

Ever since the last occurrence of sin took place, God’s biggest problem has been the prevention of a third episode of sin in a universe of children having the power of choice.

 

Once a person understands the dimensions of the problem that God is working on, the actions and ways of God over the past 6,000 + years will make a lot of sense.

 

God’s love and wisdom and strange ways make perfect sense when viewed in reverse.

 

This is why God requires His children to put their total faith in Him going forward.

 

Now you know why salvation is based on faith.

 

Faith is the only way a finite being can fully trust and happily live with an all-knowing infinite God that he will never understand.

 

The biblical definition of faith can be summed up in three words: “Trust and Obey.”

 

The two laws of the universe, the Constitution of the Universe is called “The Royal Law” and the King of the Universe is subject to this law just as His subjects are.

 

In fact, by watching and studying the actions of the Godhead, we see what love is and is not.

 

James 2:8   If you keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as your self,” you are doing right.”

 

When Adam ate the fruit, He (1) violated the Word of God (which commanded him not to eat) and (2) he violated the first law of love by putting the second law of love above the higher law.

 

If she wasn’t going to live, he didn’t want to live either.

 

Misplaced love

 

Thus Adam violated the first and highest law, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, mind and soul.

Adam made the horrible mistake of loving Eve more than He loved God.

 

Adam was the first humanist.

 

Humanism is based on the idea that human beings can determine for themselves what is best for life and happiness.

 

Humanism dethrones the wisdom and authority of God and its efforts to avoid pain and unhappiness, it exalts human wisdom that ultimately produces the very thing it seeks to avoid: pain, unhappiness, degeneracy, decadence and death.

 

Isaiah 55:8   “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.

 

Isaiah 55:9   “As for the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

 

Isaiah 55:10   As the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

 

Isaiah 55:11   so is my word that goes out from my mouth; it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

 

God’s children will never stop growing and developing. His Word keeps everything moving forward in growth and maturity.

 

This growth is necessary because God will forever expand the universe.

 

Another new world means another planet of children, and new children means new circumstances and consequences.

 

The expansion of the universe and the population of the universe will never end.

 

Older children will never stop mentoring younger children.

 

God speaks. He commands various things at various times (a) to test and expand the faith of His creatures, (b) to teach us new things that are unknown and (c) to reveal areas in our lives where we need improvement.

 

Example:

 

Exodus 35:3   Do not light a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day.”

 

Numbers 15:32   While the Israelites were in the desert, a man was found gathering on the Sabbath day.

 

Numbers 15:33   Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses and Aaron and the whole assembly,

 

Numbers 15:34   and they kept him in custody, because it was not clear what should be done to him.

 

Numbers 15:35   Then the Lord said to Moses, “The man must die. The whole assembly must stone him outside the camp.”

 

Numbers 15:36   So the assembly took the man outside the camp and stoned him to death, as the Lord commanded Moses.

 

Why was this man stoned?

 

Numbers 15:30   “’But anyone who sins defiantly, whether native-born or alien, blasphemes the Lord, and that person must be cut off from the people.”

 

When a person sins defiantly against the Word of God, he violates the first law of the universe, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, mind and soul…”

 

Defiance is the opposite of submission. Defiance is willful and determined rebellion.

 

This explains why the Great tribulation will be a clash between two systems of law: God’s law versus man’s law.

 

Those obeying God’s law will defy man’s laws and those obeying man’s laws will defy God’s law.

 

Daniel 8:19   He said: “I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end.

 

Consider this: God will not destroy the wicked at the end of the 1,000 years because they offended Him or disobeyed Him. No!!!

 

If the rule of law is present, a judge cannot lawfully sentence a criminal to death because the criminal defied the judge.

 

No, a judge sentences a criminal to death because the criminal deliberately broke the law (1st degree murder) and this offense requires or permits the death sentence according to the law.

 

In a similar way, God will lawfully extract restitution and destroy those who have refused to live by the two laws that everyone including Himself, must live by.

 

If anyone willfully defies these two laws, the death sentence is required.

 

The two laws of love demand that all defiant sinners be eliminated from the universe.

 

If someone refuses to love God first and his neighbor as himself, that person is defiant and all defiant people must be cut off from the society of the universe.

 

Numbers 15:30   “’But anyone who sins defiantly, whether native-born or alien, blasphemes the Lord, and that person must be cut off from his people.”

 

The fall of Lucifer led to the fall of one-third of Heaven’s angels.

 

The fall of Lucifer led to the fall of Adam and Eve.

 

The fall of Adam and Eve has brought untold suffering, sorrow and death to the human race.

 

Because sin is a cancer that never stops infecting the innocent, a God of love will execute justice. 

 

A loving God will not subject oncoming worlds to the predatory nature of sin.

 

The telltale evidence of demon-possessed people is predatory violence.

 

Sin has no contentment.

 

Sin’s requires camaraderie – bringing in new people, capturing the innocent in a stealthy and deadly process and then making recruiters of the young.

 

A perfect counterfeit for true evangelism!

 

The Godhead:

 

Last session I made several statements about the Godhead.

 

I would like to expand and amplify some additional points for your consideration:

 

1.   After the three Gods cast lots and assumed their roles, the first thing the Father did was to write a book about the history of sin.

 

POINT:   Two Gods gave up their power of possessing a perfect foreknowledge of coming events. 

 

After they submitted themselves to each other, ONLY the Father knows everything about the future and He tells the other two Gods whatever He wants them to know.

 

The point here is that the first thing the Father did after assuming His role was to write down a history of life before there was any history to record.

 

According to His perfect foreknowledge, He wrote down everything that would happen and He even included the name of every angel and human being that would live!

 

After writing the book, He then blotted out the name of each person who would choose to defy the laws of love.

 

In other words, every person’s life was written down in the Book of Life, but only the names of those who will choose submission were permanently recorded

 

OK, the Father’s foreknowledge presents an interesting problem:

 

Can God be trusted with His perfect foreknowledge?

 

Will He manipulate circumstances and consequences to avoid problems?

 

Will He use His incredible powers for personal advantage and benefit?

 

Does God always win because He always knows in advance what His opponent(s) will do?

 

To make Himself look good, did God create some angels and some human beings for destruction?

 

Since God already knows what the future will be, does His foreknowledge have any effect on your future?

 

Illustration:

 

Let’ suppose that you and your wife were married in 1945 and by 1947, you had decided to have 9 children. But:

 

You have perfect foreknowledge and you know that your firstborn child will become angry and jealous of you in 1997 – without justifiable cause.

 

You know this child is going to say horrible things about you.

 

You know that this child is going to steal some of your dearest possessions.

 

This child is going to lie and convince a third of your other children that you are a terrible – even a sexually abusive father.

 

You know that your son will become your greatest enemy during 1997 and would, if possible, kill you.

 

Yet, for 40 years, you know that this child will be your best == and most loyal friend – a favorite son.

 

What would you and your wife do to protect yourself in a situation like this?

 

a.) have no children – because the first born has to be the firstborn

 

b.) kill the child sometime during the 40 years while he is still your best friend?

 

c.) immediately kill your child when he becomes evil to limit the damage upon others?

 

d.) write down the whole story before it happens so that at the end, you can show all of your children and grandchildren that you knew what was going to take place before it came to be.

 

The point here is that God knew the outcome of creating life and He chose to be vulnerable anyway.

 

Contrary to Lucifer’s claims, and the blame game that goes on today, God grants the power of choice to all of His creatures.

 

God is love. His foreknowledge does not change His behavior nor does it alter His actions that spring from a character of love.

 

God foreknew the existence of sin and He prepared for its deadly consequences by writing a book.

 

He foreknew that Lucifer would sin and deceive 1/3 of Heaven’s angels.

 

God foreknew that Adam and Eve would sin.

 

He foreknew that generations of people on Earth would curse and deny Him.

 

God foreknows everything.

 

Yet, He made the angels and after they sinned, He gave them many opportunities to repent. One third persistently refused – committing the unpardonable sin.

 

God also made man. Since man did not openly defy God’s law and commit the unpardonable sin, God provided a way back to Eden – the payment was death – Jesus died in man’s place.

 

At the creation of Heaven and Earth, God commissioned some recording angels. Their records, as impartial observers of angels and the human race, are called the book [of deeds]. These are the records from which angels and men will be judged.

 

1 Corinthians 6:2   Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases?

 

1 Corinthians 6:3   Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!”

During the 1,000 years, the saints will go over the records of the wicked (angels and mankind) and they will determine the amount of suffering (restitution) that is required of each wicked person.

 

At the end of the 1,000 years, God is going to present a history of each life to the inhabitants of Earth. Everyone is going to see his own life, as God saw it.

 

There will be no blame, no excuses, and no escape.

 

For God’s record not only includes our external actions, His records include motive. In other words, God sees our inner motives and their corresponding actions and He judges accordingly.

 

When the wicked behold their records as recorded by angels in the book of deeds they will kneel before God admitting that God has been unquestionably fair in His judgment of them.

 

When the righteous beholds their life’s record, they kneel and confess that God’s record is true and they have no claim to eternal life in God’s kingdom.

 

Two Groups:

 

One kneeling before God’s throne of justice, the other before His throne of mercy.

 

Isaiah 45:23    “By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear.

 

Isaiah 45:24   They will say of me, ‘In the Lord alone are righteousness and strength.’” All who have raged against him will come to him and be put to shame.

 

Isaiah 45:25   But in the Lord all the descendants of Israel will be found righteous and will exalt.

 

After the books of record have been opened and the judgment review completed, the Book of Life will be opened.

 

At this time, the universe will behold that God wrote down a complete history of everyone before they came to be.

 

Everyone will be astonished that God, fully knowing their rebellion against Him, gave them so much love and grace.

 

It will be shown that God fully knew who would hate Him and rebel against Him – yet He gave everyone life and Jesus as a ransom for each sinner.

 

Everyone will be forced by circumstances and consequences that God’s way are righteous and most of all, He extended much grace and patience to every sinner.

 

Bible texts:

 

God foreknew every person before they are born:

 

Jeremiah 1:5   “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.

 

2.   God wrote the Book of Life before the world began:

 

Revelation 17:8   “…The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast…”

 

Revelation 13:8    “All inhabitants of the earth will worship the [first] beast—all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.”

 

Revelation 13:8   (Alternate)   “A; inhabitants of the earth will worship the [first] beast—all whose names have not been written from the beginning of the world in the book of life that belongs to the Lamb that was slain.”

 

Point:   God wrote the book before the world began.

 

Next point:    “Then the Lamb’s book of life is identified in Revelation as the book having seven seals.

 

Revelation 5:6   “The I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne…” 

 

(7)   “He came and took the scroll from the right hand of Him who sat on the throne…

 

(12)   In a loud voice they sung: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive

 

1.   power and

2.   wealth and

3.   wisdom and

4.   strength and

5.   honor and

6.   glory and

7.   praise!”

 

Points about the seven seals to consider:

 

1.   The book with the seven seals is introduced in Revelation 5. It belongs to the Father and no one can even look inside:

 

Revelation 5:3   But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it.

 

2.   The book is sealed on the outside with seven seals and there is writing on both sides of the book:

 

Revelation 5:1   Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals.

 

3.   Someone has to be found worthy to break open the seals and disclose the information inside:

 

Revelation 5:2   And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?”

 

4.   The scroll is opened after the seals are broken.  (See above)

 

5.   Jon weeps because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or look inside. (John realizes that this book is the only means of clearing the government of the Father.)

 

Revelation 5:4   I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.

 

a.   The Father has possession of the book.

 

b.   The Father has been accused of things in the past.

 

c.   This book contains a record of everything that has happened.

 

d.   This book is mentioned in Revelation 6 times. And after Jesus receives it, John calls it the Lamb’s book of life (not the book of the Lamb’s life.)

 

e.       Names were written and blotted out in this book before the creation of the world. 

 

f.   Moses knew of this book.

 

g.   David knew of this book.

 

h.   Paul knew of this book.

 

i.   Jesus spoke of this book indirectly.

 

6.   The breaking of a seal has nothing to do with the unrolling of the scroll; rather, the breaking of each seal marks another step in the revelation of all that Jesus really is!

 

7.   As each seal is broken, more about Jesus is exposed (both in heaven and on earth).

 

OK, so now you know two things: Only the Father has omniscience and He wrote a book before any life was created.

 

At the end of sin’s drama, the Book of Life will be found to be identical to the Book of Deeds and this will prove three things:

 

1.   God has perfect foreknowledge

 

2.   God will not, under any circumstances, manipulate circumstances or consequences to favor His position on the throne

 

3.   Can God be trusted with foreknowledge; will He use it for me or against me?

 

The union of the three Gods in marriage has no sexual connotation. The three Gods are not male or female. Before their union, each God was whole and complete.

 

Their marriage and union as One is similar to marriage on Earth.

 

Genesis 2:24   For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

 

The three Gods are not sexual in nature and for that matter, neither are the angels. (There is neither male or female in Heaven.)

 

Matthew 22:30   At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.

 

The Father ordained the creation of this planet and the implementation of sex for a reason.

 

The Father intends to restore His house to 3/3. Right now, it is 2/3’s full.

 

The idea is simple: The number of the redeemed from Earth will equal the number off fallen angels. 

 

Notice how God’s “home improvement” program works:

 

The angels who sided with Lucifer were created in a sinless environment. They had sinless natures. They were perfect until they chose to follow Lucifer.

 

You know how the angels were cast out of Heaven.

God waited until Lucifer’s predatory behavior affected one-third of His family and that was the end of divine patience.

 

God cast the devil and his angels out of Heaven.

 

THEN

 

The Father gave some “creation plans” to Jesus and Jesus went to work.

 

Here’s the plan (as I understand it):

 

The Father foreknew that it would take 6,000 years of sin to gather up enough people to replace the fallen angels.

 

The Father foreknew that procreation was necessary for the planet because He wants to end the sin drama. He intends to repopulate Heaven with a group of ex-sinners who will serve as His ambassadors throughout the universe.

 

By having a large troop of human beings who have “been there, done that,” they will be the Father’s insurance plan program that sin will not arise again.

 

If a “hot spot” should develop somewhere in the universe, the Father will empty 1/3 of Heaven to that “hot spot” to put the fire out.

 

If the potential rebellion cannot be stopped, the Father will suddenly execute the sinners and everyone will know that the Father has acted according to love.

 

You see the wages of sin is immediate death by execution.

 

The death of Adam and Eve was stayed because Jesus stepped in the way to redeem mankind. Therefore a huge host of ex-sinners is God’s insurance policy against the third rise of sin.

 

The point here is that sex on this planet is a temporary creation.

 

God lost a third of His angels. They were sinless and lived in a perfect place, yet they chose to defiance!!!

 

He will replace them with people who were born in and under the curse of sin and yet chose submission!!!

 

Wow!!!

 

Think about this:

 

Who can make more noise throughout eternity about the horror of violating the Royal Law and the Holy Spirit than ex-sinners?

 

As for sex, at it’s best (and I must say that sex has produced far more agony on Earth than joy); sex is just a tiny earthly sample of the emotion and union with God that is to come.

 

1 Corinthians 2:9   However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him,

 

1 Corinthians 2:10   but God has revealed it to us by His Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

 

1 Corinthians 2:11   For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.”

 

So, there you have it.

 

God created sex for a temporary purpose.

 

God could not create fallen beings, but God decided to use fallen beings to save the universe from a third episode of sin.

 

For this reason, God will elevate fallen man above the angels – and they are ready to submit.

 

Jesus is the Creative Agent of the Godhead.

 

Jon 1:1   In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

John 1:2   He was with God in the beginning.

 

John 1:3   Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

 

John 1:4   In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.

 

John 1:14   The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

 

1 John 1:1   That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.

 

1 John 1:2   The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.

 

1 John 1:3   We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.

 

1 John 1:4   We write this to make our joy complete.

 

1 John 1:5   This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

 

[The idea is that fallen man lives in great darkness and in order to have fellowship with God, a person has to be willing to enter the light and let go of his darkness on a continual basis]

 

1 John 1:6   If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.

 

1 John 1:7   But if we [continue to] walk in the light [toward the light], and he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”

 

Hebrews 1:1   In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways,

 

Hebrews 1:2   but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.

 

Hebrews 1:3   The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”

 

John 6:46   No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father.

 

1 Timothy 1:17   Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

 

Colossians 1:15   He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

 

Colossians 1:16   For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.

 

Colossians 1:17   He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Ephesians 1:17   I keep asking the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

 

Ephesians 1:18   I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hoe to which he has called you, the riches of the glorious inheritance in the saints,

 

Ephesians 1:19   and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength,

 

Ephesians 1:20   which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at the right hand in the heavenly realms,

 

Ephesians 1:21   far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

 

Ephesians 1:22   And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,       

 

 

 

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