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Satan – The Adversary

Though the Hebrew word satan is a verb, it has become personified as the Adversary, the one who brought sin into the world and ultimately, in the end, the wrath of Elohim against that sin. Satan was used by Elohim to test Job as his modem of operation is to actively encourage the righteous to disobey the Word/Commands of Elohim.

This is why he tested Yeshua, the only righteous one who could remove the wrath of sin from those in the world who would choose to put their faith in him.

Satan, according to witches who worship him, appears as a normal man with blonde hair.

The Shining One – The Fallen

Before the beginning, the there was a unique keruv in the heavenly realm. From the Hebrew keruv comes the word ‘cherubim.’ It is believed that the keruvim were chiefs in angel hierarchy. Keruvim were placed on the cover of the Ark of the Testimony and it was from between these two winged beings that yod hey vav hey spoke with Moshe. The Hebrew word for ‘cover’ is cacak is used for the shadowing of the mercy seat with the wings of keruvim.

The Shining One

“How did you come to fall from the heavens, morning star, son of the dawn?” (Isaiah 14:1).

It is from this verse in Isaiah that the Shining One, who became the ‘fallen one,’ receives the name Lucifer. Lucifer is the Latin word for ‘light-bringer’ while in Hebrew helel means ‘Shining One.’ Before the Shining One fell from the heavens, he was referred to as the ‘morning star, the son of the dawn.’

Thought referred to as satan, the Hebrew word is not a noun, but a verb referring to a ‘temptation that must be overcome.’ After his demise, satan was personified and known in Hebrew as the Adversary.

“‘You put the seal on perfection; you were full of wisdom and perfect in beauty; you were in ‘Eden, the garden of God; covered with all kinds of precious stones — carnelians, topaz, diamonds, beryl, onyx, jasper, sapphires, green feldspar, emeralds; your pendants and jewels were made of gold, prepared the day you were created” (Ezekiel 28:12).

The ‘morning star’ was full of wisdom, beautiful on perfect. The Hebrew word for ‘perfect’ is tamim and means ‘complete, sound, blameless and full of integrity. On the day he was created, precious stones were created to cover him. The Hebrew word mesukkah is another word used for ‘covering’ like a garment. This keruv was the epitome of Elohim’s heavenly creation clothed in carnelian, topaz, diamonds, beryl, onyx, jasper, sapphire, green feldspar, and emeralds. He was also given gold ‘pendants and jewels.’

The Orthodox Jewish Bible more correctly translates the Hebrew for ‘pendants and jewels’ in verse 13. They are ‘hand drums’ and ‘wind instruments.’ This ‘son of the dawn’ established on the mountain of Elohim was given hand drums and wind instruments with which he led the heavenly worship of yod hey vav hey.

“The workmanship of thy hand drums and of thy wind instruments was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created” (Ezekiel 28:13).

In the book of Daniel, the prince of Persia mentions Micha’el, the chief of heavenly princes, who came to his rescue. In this discourse, this prince reveals that there are regions in the heavenly realm that are not only under divine protection, but wage real wars that are unseen to us. The Shining One protected a large region on God’s holy mountain in the heavenly realm.

You were a keruv, protecting a large region; I placed you on God’s holy mountain. You walked back and forth among stones of fire” (Ezekiel 28:12-13, Complete Jewish Bible).

According to the Hebrew of Ezekiel 28:13, he was ‘anointed’ as a ‘guardian’ and placed on God’s holy mountain. The holy mountain in the heavenly realm is Mt. Tzyion in the heavenly Jerusalem and is the location of the throne room of yod hey vav hey (Hebrews 12:22). This was the Shining One’s protective jurisdiction.

Stones of Fire

The Shining One walked back and forth among the stones of fire. There are many references to fire that are related to being in the presence of yod hey vav hey. There was fire in the bush that didn’t burn when He called Moshe. There was fire on top of Mt. Sinai when He met with the Israelites. A pillar of fire protected the Israelites through the wilderness. The prophet Daniel sees the throne as fiery flames (Daniel 7:9).

Enoch was also taken to a place that burned day and night. The book of Enoch gives a glimpse of the heavenly realm given to a man ‘who walked with God and was no more’ (Genesis 5:24). Notice the stones are similar to the ones in the High Priest’s breastplate and the foundations of the New Jerusalem. It would seem that yod hey vav hey always tries to bring some part of the glory of His realm to ours.

“I came and saw a place that was burning night and day, where (there were) seven mountains of precious stones-three lying to the east and three to the south. And of those to the east, [one was] of colored stone, and one was of pearl, and one was of [jasper]. And those to the south were of flame-colored stone. And the middle one of them reached to heaven like the throne of God-of antimony; and the top of the throne was of lapis lazuli. And I saw a burning fire. And beyond these mountains is a place, the edge of the great earth; there the heavens come to an end. And I saw a great chasm among pillars of heavenly fire. And I saw in it pillars of fire descending; and they were immeasurable toward the depth and toward the height” (1 Enoch 18:6-11).

The prophet Ezekiel describes the appearance of keruvim as fiery coals, burning like a torch (Ezekiel 1:13). Psalm 104:4 describes the servants of Elohim as fiery flames. The Hebrew word for ‘servants’ in this verse is malakim or angels. Thus, walking among ‘fiery stones’ could mean the Shining One merely walked among all of the keruvim and malakim and had fellowship with them.

The Fallen One

“You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, until unrighteousness was found in you” (Ezekiel 28:15).

This Shining One was perfect, tamim, until unrighteousness was found in him. This implies that even angels have the freedom to obey and serve Elohim or disobey and rebel against Him. The Hebrew text uses ‘iniquity’ instead of unrighteousness. Iniquity is pre-meditated and intentional. The ‘son of morning’ brought forth into the heavenly realm a purposeful immoral iniquity that needed reckoning.

“You thought to yourself, ‘I will scale the heavens, I will raise my throne above God’s stars. I will sit on the Mount of Assembly far away in the north. I will rise past the tops of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High'” (Isaiah 14:12-14).

His abundance of wisdom and beauty became corrupted, perverted with an insatiable pride. His heart turned from a love for yod hey vavh hey to a love of himself. The Hebrew word for ‘pride’ is ga’own and means ‘arrogancy.’ He desired to ascend to the highest heavens and sit on a throne above Elohim’s stars.

“‘When your commerce grew, you became filled with violence; and in this way you sinned. Therefore I have thrown you out, defiled, from the mountain of God; I have destroyed you, protecting keruv, from among the stones of fire. Your heart grew proud because of your beauty, you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor” (Ezekiel 28:16-17).

The word ‘commerce’ also means ‘trading and ‘peddling’. What was he ‘trading?’ What was he ‘peddling?’ Perhaps in his arrogance he was trading promises of greater heavenly position to those malakim who would worship him. Perhaps he was peddling the idea of rebelling against Elohim and setting up his own kingdom. He used his perfected ‘trading’– truth for lie, wisdom for knowledge, and beauty for sin, when he entered the Garden of Eden. The moment the Adversary tempted Eve with his ‘fallen wisdom,’ she became one of his ‘merchants’and had to chose whether she was going to ‘trade’ with him or not; whether the goods he was peddling were worth the price.

This once perfect keruv appeared to Eve in the form of a serpent. The Hebrew word for ‘serpent’ is nachash. A different Hebrew word for ‘serpent’ used in Numbers 21:7 is seraphim. Seraphim means ‘burning’ or ‘glowing ones.’ Burning fiery serpents came or seraphim came against the Israelites when they sinned. Moshe was commanded to make a bronze nachash for the people to look at in order to keep from dying. When Hezekiah became king of Judah, the nachash made by Moshe was being worshiped and called the Nechushtan, a maligning name given to the serpent on the pole. In the Garden, the ‘fallen one’ may have appeared like a ‘fiery serpent’ covered in ‘fiery precious stones.

The Shining One became full of violence and sin. The Hebrew word avel also means ‘injustice’ and used with hamas, the Hebrew word for ‘violence,’ suggests the injustice wrought by ‘the son of the dawn’ was ‘violent injustice.’

Elohim had to destroy the Shining One. The Hebrew word for ‘destroy is abad and means ‘to be lost’ or ‘blotted out.’ It is also used for ‘to do away with’ as with names of other gods and idols. Perhaps this is why there is not actual knowledge of the heavenly name for the Adversary like there is for Micha’el and Gabri’el.

“Your pride has been brought down to Sh’ol with the music of your lyres…. You became filled with violence; and in this way you sinned. Therefore I have thrown you out, defiled, from the mountain of God; I have destroyed you, protecting keruv, from among the stones of fire. Instead you are brought down to Sh’ol, to the uttermost depths of the pit” (Isaiah 14:11, 15-16).

The sin of the Shining One defiled him. The Hebrew word for ‘defile’ is chalal and means ‘profane.’ The now ‘falling one’ treated the holiness of the heavenly realm, the holiness of being not just in the presence of the yod hey vav hey, but also His covering, in a profane way. No longer could he be allowed to protect the throne and the holy mountain. Yod hey vav hey threw him down to Sh’ol and destroyed him from among the stones of fire – removed him from His Divine Presence. Even the music he had composed on the lyre was removed with him.

According to Yeshua, the event of satan’s removal from heaven happened quickly:

“Yeshua said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” (Luke 10:18).

Sh’ol is the place of holding for the ‘wicked’ dead until the Day of Judgment. Obviously the Adversary isn’t in Sh’ol in this present world. In the book of Job, he is able to go ‘to and fro’ on the earth acting as an accuser. Once driven the earth without any access to the heavenly realm, he will manifest in bodily form as the anti-messiah, the seed of the serpent. In the book of Revelation, this Accuser will be finally judged and thrown into the lake of burning fire and sulfur.

The Battle Rages

It is the ultimate purpose of the Fallen One to destroy the lineage of the Seed. He began with Cain killing Abel, lessening the Seed-chance by onehalf. He sent angels to create half-spiritual, half-human Nephilim corrupting the DNA of humanity. After the flood, he challenged the promise made to Abraham and Sarah, made Ya’akov and Esau enemies, and even tried to destroy the Tribe of Judah. He brought Goliath to David. He tried to assimilate Isra’el into the Greek Empire through Antiochus Epiphanes, but was thwarted by Judah Maccabee. He used Haman to try to destroy the Jews in Persia, but was silenced by Queen Esther.

“For we have been sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, killed, exterminated. If we had only been sold as men- and women-slaves, I would have remained quiet; since then [our] trouble would not have been worth the damage it would have caused the king [to alter the situation]” (Esther 7:7).

The Adversary has been given authority over all the kingdoms of the world and has a throne here on earth. Because he once reflected the glory of Elohim like precious stones, he still has the ability to masquerade as an ‘angel’ of light’ and blinds people from seeing the light of Messiah. He is the prince and power of the air who works among the disobedient, those who reject the Torah of Elohim and traps those who do not repent from sin and captures them to do his will. In his arrogance, he tempted Yeshua in the wilderness.

“I won’t be talking with you much longer, because the ruler of this world is coming” (John 14:30).

“The Adversary took him up, showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world, and said to him, “I will give you all this power and glory. It has been handed over to me, and I can give it to whomever I choose. So if you will worship me, it will all be yours” (Luke 4:5-7).

“I know where you are living, there where the Adversary’s throne is” (Revelation 2:13).

“There is nothing surprising in that, for the Adversary himself masquerades as an angel of light …” (2 Corinthians 11:14).

“They do not come to trust because the god of the ‘olam hazeh has blinded their minds, in order to prevent them from seeing the light shining from the Good News about the glory of the Messiah, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 2:12).

“For God may perhaps grant them the opportunity to turn from their sins, acquire full knowledge of the truth, come to their senses and escape the trap of the Adversary, after having been captured alive by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:25-26).

“You walked in the ways of the ‘olam hazeh and obeyed the Ruler of the Powers of the Air, who is still at work among the disobedient” (Ephesians 2:2).

“Then the Spirit led Yeshua up into the wilderness to be tempted by the Adversary” (Matthew 4:1).

The Adversary is behind all the false religions and false gods of the world because he has fallen angels serving with and for him in this world which has become his kingdom … for now.

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Halloween – All Hallow’s Eve

Autumn brings cooler weather, multi-colored leaves and the harvest of corn, gourds and pumpkins.  In the midst of the pumpkins and puffy clouds, excitement begins to arise from the oncoming celebration of Halloween.   Every year that excitement is intertwined with the fear and anxiety of child abductions, poisoned candy, and destruction of public property.  Every year this celebration of darkness continues to grow in grandeur  with more and more super Halloween venues, stores and haunted houses, while people  nationwide shake their heads and wonder what is happening to our world.

The celebration of All Hallows Eve is not in the Bible because the Word of God is explicit about activities done in darkness.  Halloween celebrations take place mostly at night and center on spiritually dark things.     Decorations glorify death and fear:  spiders, witches, skeletons and black cats.     Children dress up in costumes that honor death and horror: ghosts, witches, devils, skeletons, vampires and zombies.   Of course, there are other  costumes to soften or mask the dark side: Cinderella, Little Bo Peep, Spiderman, Jack Sparrow and whatever is popular with Disney and the media.    Teenagers, bored with masquerading,  show their real character as mobsters by destroying public and private property.

“In the beginning, God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light” (Genesis 1:1-2).

Before light, there was darkness and empty space.  When God spoke,  light came into this world and the Light of the World was God and was with God. 

“In the beginning was the Word,  and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  …In him was life, and that life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it….  “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil” (John 1:15, 3:19).

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I AM the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life…. “While I am in the world, I AM the light of the world…. “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness” (John 8:12, 9:5, 12:46).

Jesus calls himself the Light of the world and there is no darkness in him.  He came into the world to destroy the works of darkness and the spiritual powers and principalities associated with it.  Because  people love darkness more than light, they do not understand the light nor do they come near the light.

Unfortunately, the world has contaminated the minds and hearts of many believers accordingly.   Rather than being transformed by the renewing of their minds, they play with the fruitless deeds of  darkness rather than expose it for what it is.   We should be praising God for calling us out of darkness into His glorious light  not paying tribute to the darkness (1 Peter 2:9, 2 Corinthians 6:17-7:1). 

“And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:15).

For several decades  Christ’s victory over death has been diluted with an infatuation of death that Christians have blurred the line between their gift of eternal life and a celebration of death.   They have traded their precious redemption through the blood of the Son of God for a celebration that brings no profit to their present life or future heavenly rewards (Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:8-12). 

“Be alert and of sober mind.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings (having to separate themselves?)” (1 Peter 5:7-9).

Scripture never indicates that Jesus honored any holiday with pagan foundations.  Because he obeyed the commands of his Father,  he didn’t go out in the spiritual darkness of October 31to shine or be a light. He didn’t hand out gospel tracts nor did he tell his disciples to do so.  His life of obedience to his Father was his testimony; ours must be too.

“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.  It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness.  Their end will be what their actions deserve” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).

As the Son of God, Jesus did not imitate evil nor should we.  He didn’t pretend or  masquerade to be something that he wasn’t.  That is Satan’s method of operation and should not be ours. 

“Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.  Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD; because of these same detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.  You must be blameless before the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 10:10-14).

Many who claim to follow Christ have become lukewarm, mixing the holy and the profane no longer having the the maturity to discern good from evil.  They cannot see that witchcraft with all of its gnarly fingers has grasped children and young adults in their homes, schools and towns.  They are blind to demons and evil spirits presented in television programs and movies.  Just consider that zombies are walking dead people who are given homage by those who claim to have eternal life.

“Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good.  Anyone who does what is good is from God.  Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God” (3 John 1:11).

A recent popular mantra in Christendom has been “What Would Jesus Do?”  This is the exact question to be asked regarding any unBiblical holiday, but especially about Halloween.  What WOULD Jesus Do?  Would he try to redeem something rooted in the abominable ways of the nations back to his Father or would he call it for what it is and not participate in pagan ways?  The institutional church has been more than willing to teach that everything Jewish is ‘evil’ or wrong, but legitimate evil practices at Halloween are not.  Churches create ‘alternatives’ keeping their disobedience disguised allowing them to keep one foot in the world and one foot … in the world.   

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

The god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers and will continue to do so until Christ’s return.  The god of this world is also being allowed to deceive believers who want to do what is ‘right in their own eyes‘ and live unaccountable lives.  A great deception happens to believers when they claim to have the Light, but still embrace the darkness in ways that they see as fun or harmless.

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14).

For those who truly have asked Jesus to be their Savior, it’s imperative to allow Him to be Lord as well.  Though it may be a challenge and even difficult to step out and stay out of the darkness,  each of us have a responsibility to ourself, our children and our testimony to the world around us about Jesus’ salvation and redemption from eternal death and spiritual darkness.  We each have a responsibility and an accountability to God. 

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God” (James 4:4).

If you call on the Light of the World for your salvation and have repented from a sin-filled life, then you have to choose between being a friend of God or a friend of the world.  When you choose to be God’s friend, you will receive  spiritual eyes and be set free from human traditions rooted in darkness and the demonic spiritual forces of this world.  Both are  incorporated into the celebration Halloween.

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.  For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is head over every power and authority” (Colossians 2: 8-10).

There will  always be those who mock at the idea of not taking part in Halloween festivities.  For doubters, research All Hallows Eve and Samhain using an encyclopedia or browse the internet.   Talk to a law enforcement official in your local town and find out about witchcraft activities during Halloween.   Read the newspaper and note all the crime and death that takes place during Halloween.  Near Denver, Colorado, a shed was found with the bones of many human remains along with articles of witchcraft following Halloween. This is the information age.  If you want information, it’s readily available.

No longer will you shake your head in wonderment at the growing evil in the world, but you will know the truth and you will be set free to understand whose holiday this really is.  You will begin to  walk in the wisdom of God’s Word and will not only know what Jesus did, but more importantly you will know what Jesus did NOT do.  He did not celebrate any pagan holidays inclusive of Halloween; he suffered death on a cross, and then rose from the dead, victorious over death and spiritual powers and authorities in high places. 

That’s what Jesus did.  What will you do?

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For a children’s booklet explaining Halloween, “Take off your mask, Celebrate Life!”