John J. Blanchard
As you are aware, we have been studying the beautiful mind in this series of lessons. When we look at the thoughts of God, we are coming to the understanding that they are so much higher than the thoughts of mankind. It is because He is looking at the spiritual side of things, the spiritual side of language. I want to refer back to a scripture we have looked at a couple of times during this series, just to refresh our memories. Go back to Isaiah chapter 55. Starting in verse 8: “’For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’” So God does not mince words here. He says there is no closeness at all between the way human beings think and the way God thinks.
GOD JOTS DOWN SOME THOUGHTS FOR US
As high as the heavens are above the earth, are God’s thoughts above our thoughts. There is a vast difference between the two. It is as if the Bible, (God’s thoughts) is written on two parallel tracks one high above the other. The one that we can see readily is the physical track. We can see it. We can comprehend it. We can use our education from the physical school systems of the earth to understand the written word. But far above that, as the heavens are above the earth, are the thoughts of God. They are also written in the scriptures. So it is as if there are two parallel tracks, one using the language of God that is based on spiritual things, and one using the language of man to communicate them. It must use physical terms. When we look at the Bible, of course, just physically though we miss out entirely on this higher level of thinking.
To be understood language has lots of words in it, and they must have definitions. In order to comprehend one another when we speak or write, we must have a common set of definition of terms. Without that definition of terms, we cannot communicate. It is as if Babel exists all over again, or two people of completely different languages trying to communicate. So we have to have a definition of terms that is basic so that we can understand what is being expressed. Otherwise communication is impossible or at least very difficult.
A good example of that are people who meet and who have two different languages, and they are trying to talk. What are we reduced to when that happens? I am sure it has happened to most if not all of us at one point or another. Well, we resort to very, very simple things to try to communicate our thoughts. We look at the physical world around us, and we try to find something that the other person with the different language can relate to so they can understand what we are getting at. So we use physical examples. In other words, if we are hungry and want food we may move our hand to our lips showing that we are hungry or thirsty. This physical example helps the person who cannot comprehend what we are saying know that we need food and water. This is sign language, so to speak. If we have a deaf person communicating with another deaf person or communicating with someone who can hear, we use sign language or we point to things.
Now these examples are physical. We can portray flying in an airplane, sitting down, riding in a canoe. There are all kinds of things we can portray to someone, and these are physical to help us communicate our thoughts. It gets a little more difficult when we want to communicate something like emotions, something that is not physical. If we want to portray that we are happy, we perhaps have to make smile lines on our face or smile overly large to get them to understand we are happy. If we are sad, we might fake crying to them and pretend we are weeping so that they can see we are sad. If we are angry, we might really frown at somebody and put a hard look on our face so that they can comprehend we are upset with something. It is a little harder to communicate something that is not physical because we just cannot point to something.
The hardest of all is to try to communicate something spiritual. How do you communicate something spiritual to somebody? How do you communicate to somebody of an entirely different language and culture? Well, we are at quite a loss and quite a handicap to try to do that. Mankind, over the years of course with the help of Satan the devil, has come up with ways to communicate spiritual things through idols, through medallions, beads, smoke and mirrors, so to speak, and all kinds of mystical things to convey spirituality. Of course, that is all false. God says do not get involved with that stuff. But for us to convey even true spirituality, it is very, very difficult. That is what God is doing with His creation with mankind!
He is conveying to us spiritual thoughts. He gives us a lot of help physically out there, as we can see in creation and His Word. But it also takes something of His mind to put in our mind, to help decipher these things (guidance from the Holy Spirit). We need that or we are spiritually blind.
But God gives us certain things to help us see His beautiful thoughts and to understand what He is trying to convey in His thinking. That is this, He first of all gives us creation (the physical things that we see out there). Then He gives us the written Word, the Word of God. In the physical realm, we see physical things to help us understand spiritual things. In the Word, we see His language written out on these two levels: the physical level and the spiritual level, and He says with His help we can comprehend His thoughts between these two things.
Let’s look at a couple of scriptures that will help us understand this point. Romans chapter 1, verse 20: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” So we can, through creation, actually look at God’s attributes, at His thoughts and His plan for mankind! This is one purpose for the physical creation we live in.
Now let’s turn back to John chapter 1. In time frame this is perhaps the oldest scripture in the Bible. John l, starting in verse 1: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”
That is the oldest scripture in the Bible in thinking because before anything was made the Word was there! The Word was there to precede all things, and He actually made all things! So that is the oldest scripture in the Bible, but what is it telling us? It is telling us that the Word (the scriptures are called the Word of God) is God breathed, as you can see in II Timothy 3:16. These are His thoughts written for us to understand and comprehend. They are written for us to study and to grow in righteousness. That written Word can be looked at strictly physically, or it can be looked at very spiritually, or a mixture of the two. That is what God gave us. He gave us the creation and His Word in order to understand His thoughts.
Now if you would please turn to I Corinthians 13. Mankind is imperfect, and mankind is physical. Therefore, he needs all the help he can get to understand the thoughts of God. It is still very difficult if we let anything get in the way at all. I Corinthians 13, starting in verse 12: “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” We are told we look into a mirror, but this is not the clearest rendering. This is the New King James. I would like to read this to you in the original King James Version. Hold your place. I will look this up for you and it says it just a little bit more clearly here.
LOOK INTO THE LIGHT
I Corinthians 13, verse 12: “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” I think this is a better translation here because you do not look through a mirror, do you? When you look at a mirror, you see yourself reflected. But here we are trying to see God, and it says we see through a glass darkly. Now why would it say that? Well, we have seen that Jesus Christ is represented by the sun, His light. We just saw the Word of God is light.
You cannot look directly into bright light. A good example of this is the sun. One cannot look directly at the light of the sun, or it will cause you to go blind. It will destroy your eyesight. So what do we do? We take a piece of glass, don’t we? We darken it with smoke, and we can look through that and see the sun or the eclipse. Then we can make out the outline. We do not see it very clearly, but we can tell it is the sun. This is the thought that is being conveyed here.
We look through a glass darkly at Jesus Christ. He is the Word, and He is the Light. Through His Word, we can look at Jesus Christ! We can understand His thoughts. It says that some day we will be able to do this face to face! So until that time, we have to look through His Word. Because if He were to come here in His full glory in our presence, we would all be instantly blinded! So, therefore, we have to look through His Word to see His thoughts. We have to do this by studying it. It is a dim way of looking directly at Him! Yet it is what we have been given. Coupled with creation and with the Holy Spirit, we can certainly understand all that we need to in this life in order to be of use to Him and be able to grow.
That is the concept He is giving us here, so without the Bible we do not even have that glass to look through. If we do not look at creation, we are indeed blind. If we do not look at these things in order to learn, we are helpless! We are not using the examples that God gave us.
So now I would like to look at some of God’s thoughts. I would like to start with the beginning. Let us go right back to Genesis. Let us go to Genesis chapter 1 and start in verse 1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” So the earth was without form and void.
Now we know that the oldest scripture thought-wise in the Bible is John 1:1. We just read that. So what is being said here cannot contradict John 1:1, that the Word was with the Father and the Word was there before all was created. So in the beginning the Word was there with God, and then it says in verse 2 when the Spirit of God moved over the waters, all was void. There must be a gap of time there. Because before the waters were there, the Word was there. How can the Word, the Holy Spirit of God, move over the waters and it be the first time anything was created?
There must be a gap of time there. We do not know how long that gap is. It could be billions of years. Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong taught this years ago. I think without a doubt, as Mr. Herbert Armstrong said, it is billions of years. In the beginning when all things were created, we know that preceded this, and it has to be as old as what we can prove. This is where a lot of our mind-boggling conundrums come from. Instantly mankind gets all confused looking at this, keeping the two together and saying the Bible is wrong! Some cannot believe in the Bible because they know that scientists have proven to their satisfaction that earth is more than 6,000 years old. So many people have rejected the Bible on that scripture right there. They say the Bible must all be wrong after that because the first thing it says is wrong. But they did not delve into it and look.
God is saying in the beginning He created all things, and then later He moved over the waters and saw it was waste. It was void. So that scripture does not contradict the Bible. God is saying, look, the earth can be as old as you want to make it in thought! I think the scientists are probably right. Over the last number of years with all the scientific instruments and the astronomical data they have compiled, they have proven that the earth and creation is 13 to 15 billion years old, give or take. They are probably right. They have established how long ago the dinosaurs lived and the first Neanderthal things to walk around. All of these things they can date. They are probably right. They are very close. I am sure they have some errors looking at carbon dating but give or take a million or two million years, they are probably right on the money. And they are not contradicting scripture, and scripture does not contradict scientific fact. Because God says when He came and the Spirit moved over the waters, He found it without form and void.
So let us examine that and try to comprehend the thoughts of God and what He is writing here for us. There is no need to get confused or all upset because the Bible is wrong. It is not. It is absolutely correct. That is the first assumption we must always make and go from that point. Do not let others confuse us. The Bible is always right. We just have to see how it is right, but it is always right. God does not make mistakes.
WHY EARTH IS A SPIRITUAL WILDERNESS
We look at the scientific facts, and we know that they must square with the Bible. Also the Bible must square with them somehow. So when the Spirit moved over the waters and found them to be without form and void, the first thing to do is to find out what without form and void means. It is “tohu” and “bohu” in the Hebrew. Then what did we say in the outset? We have to find the definition of terms. Get the definition for them.
“Form” comes from #8414 in the Hebrew in the Strong’s Concordance, which means to lie waste, a desolation, a desert, desolation of the surface, confusion, worthless, vain, vanity and wilderness. We are not going to go back and reprove things we have looked at recently, but go back and look at “wormwood.” Remember the star wormwood and Satan having that particular name attached to him means waste, confusion, desolation. When God’s Spirit moved over the earth, that is what He found! Everything was wasted, which means it had been there before and was now ruined! How long? We do not know. Maybe it was twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen billion years, but it was now a mess! When God turned it over to Satan, it was not a mess. But God found it that way at this point in time.
Now “void” (bohu) means to be empty, like a vacuum, indistinguishable ruins. So when God looked at the face of the earth, it was not like He had created it at all! It was indistinguishable from what He had originally created. So the great Creator made a beautiful earth, came and looked at it quite some time later and found it to be a mess. It was nothing like what He had created at all.
Now when God saw this, He was moving over the waters. The “waters” here means waste water. It also has attached to it the meaning of the word “urine.” Now God saw a total wreck, and He saw waste water. That is like sewer water to God. That is what He saw when He moved over the earth. It was like sewer water – a total mess!
He did not see it the way we sometimes think. It did not say He moved over it and saw no life. There was life there but it was wasted life! It was ruined life! What He saw was cruel life forms, hateful ways of living, hateful attitudes because Satan is confusion. He is wormwood, desolation, destruction and vanity. So He saw this in the waters because the waters portray the sea. We are thinking spiritual and physical.
He was not just moving over the Pacific Ocean. He was moving over the waters (over the earth), and He found all of this desolation. To look at the Pacific Ocean it was not destroyed, but the surface of the earth was. So what He was saying was there was spiritual waste, a spiritual wilderness, a spiritual destruction and not what He had created at all. Of course, the spiritual definitely impacts the physical. He did not create animals devouring one another, cruelly playing with one another before they kill one another, stalking each other. Nor did He create mankind killing one another with warfare. This is not what He created. This is what we even see out there today.
What are we seeing when we look out there and we see warfare? When we see movies where animals cruelly devour one another, what are we seeing? We are seeing the attitudes of Satan portrayed out there in the world! We see Satan’s environment. That is what God saw when He came over the waters! He saw Satan’s environment. All living creatures were in the environment of Satan the devil in his awful attitudes. This is what He saw, and He said this is tohu and bohu! This is waste water. This is not what I want.
EDEN – A POINT OF LIGHT
It says here in verse 3 of Genesis 1: “Then God said, ‘Let there be light;’ and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.” So God said move over darkness, and He created a spot on the earth, which we know became Eden, in which His government reigned in that place. He renewed that spot on the earth the way He had originally intended. He brought light there, He brought peace, He brought joy and renewed the spirit of animals and let Adam name them. There were no lions devouring other animals. There were no bears clawing to death other animals. Mankind was not killing mankind, not until Satan deceived mankind and tried to extinguish the light there. Satan took mankind captive!
This is what God was doing when He separated the darkness from the light. Let’s look at this in another place in the Bible. We are going to go to Jeremiah 4, verse 22: “’For My people are foolish, they have not known Me. They are silly children, and they have no understanding. They are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.’ I beheld the earth, and indeed it was without form, and void.” (same words used in Genesis 1) “.and the heavens, they had no light.” So when God sees mankind sinning, He sees the same thing. He sees destruction. He sees an earth that is a wilderness, without form and void.
He goes on to say in verse 24: “I beheld the mountains, and indeed they trembled, and all the hills moved back and forth.” Now remember mountains are governments. “I beheld, and indeed there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens had fled. I beheld, and indeed the fruitful land was a wilderness, and all its cities were broken down at the presence of the Lord, by His fierce anger.”
When God came over the earth in anger what did He see? He saw that once again it was a mess, destroyed. It is without form and void. Its cities are broken down. Mankind is doing evil. It is the same description as what He found when He came here in Genesis 1:1. Obviously they are not interchangeable, but it is the same type of thing that happened both times. In other words, as Jeremiah is speaking here, when God sees this anywhere on the earth, He is seeing the same thing He saw in Genesis. So when He came here and He saw the animals being cruel and hatred everywhere, He saw a wilderness. Remember Jesus Christ is light. He saw nothing with His Holy Spirit and His light. He saw nothing living His way! Does that mean there could not have been some sort of thinking beings on this planet before? He did not say that. So when you see cave drawings that are 50,000 to 60,000 years old, they could be. They had become waste. They had become destroyed by Satan.
God renewed the surface of the earth. He put Adam the first man of our seed on the earth. There is no contradiction here. He started again, and He started again in a place called Eden. Eventually, of course, Satan tricked Adam and Eve and reinstituted His government, and Eden was shut down. Once again Satan’s attitude was over the whole earth, and it was a wilderness. This is what He is saying here in Jeremiah. When I find the earth in this state, it is a wilderness! So we have to put the two thoughts together.
When God moves over the waters, the sea, and He finds desolation, He finds wilderness. That is another definition of terms because you are going to see wilderness repeated many times in the scriptures. He is not talking about the trees all of the time. He is not talking about the forest that you see out there. He is talking about the wilderness of the earth. Remember going back to the definition of tohu and bohu: desert, without form and void, destruction, vanity. We have studied vanity. It also means wasted and wasted things.
THE SUN SHINES UPON THE SEA
So this is what God is saying. Over the waters, the sea, and over the earth there was a wilderness. Into that wilderness He has brought light again. Through the truth of His Word, Jesus Christ, we have light. But it is still light in the wilderness. So in other words when God looks down on the earth, instead of light all over the earth, He sees spots of light here and there. This is people living with the truth. Any land without the Holy Spirit, where people who have the Holy Spirit are scarce, is a true wilderness. It is a desert. There is nothing there.
Now let us go to Isaiah chapter 45. God did not create the earth to be this way. Verse 18 of Isaiah 45: “For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who has established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited: ‘I am the Lord, and there is no other.’” That word “inhabited” means to sit down and remain, to marry. We know that humanity, the Church specifically, is going to marry Jesus Christ. God formed this earth to produce a bride for His Son. This is another subject to be dealt with at a later date.
He also had produced an earth that will be inhabited by people and is not to be in vain. “Vain” is the same word we saw in Genesis – the surface destroyed. He did not create this to be destroyed. He did not create it to be destroyed in the future either, not by Satan or by anything mankind does. He is not going to allow it. He wants it to be inhabited. No one is going to stop God from His purposes. This is a beautiful thought of God, and it gives us hope. God did not create the earth to be destroyed, and it will be inhabited, guaranteed!
So this is a hope bringer! The sea, the wilderness, will some how be fixed again. Satan’s attitudes will be banished. Go back to verse 5 of Isaiah 45: “’I am the Lord, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me.’” So He is talking about the people who do not know Him. “’That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is none besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other; I form the light and create darkness.’” He can allow the darkness. He separated the darkness from the light, and it says so right here. He says He creates the light and creates the darkness, but when there is light, you can see that there is darkness. Continuing: “’I make peace and create calamity.’” He created Satan. He allowed Satan to do what he did, but God did not do it. “’I, the Lord, do all these things.’”
Drop down to verse 20 of Isaiah 45. This is sandwiching our thought that we just read a minute ago about the earth not being created in vain so He did not create it to be destroyed. Verse 20: “’Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, you who have escaped from the nations. They have no knowledge, who carry the wood of their carved image, and pray to a god that cannot save.’” So God says come out from these evil systems. Come out from the nations and assemble yourselves.
Verse 21: “’Tell and bring forth your case; yes, let them take counsel together. Who has declared this from ancient time? Who has told it from that time? Have not I, the Lord? And there is no other God besides Me, a just God and a Savior; there is none besides Me. Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.’” He wants to save as many as possible!
Verse 23: “’I have sworn by Myself; the word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that to Me every knee shall bow.’” God is going to win and He is going to win big! “’…every tongue shall take an oath. He shall say, “Surely in the Lord I have righteousness and strength. To Him men shall come, and all shall be ashamed who are incensed against Him. In the Lord all the descendants of Israel shall be justified, and shall glory.”’” God will bring peace to His whole creation!
Now we can see here that we are talking about people. God is interested in creating people to be part of His family, so He is interesting in converting and saving people. That is why it says He is the Savior.
Now since we know that when He looks over the waters (and the waters are the sea and there is a wilderness), we know that in those waters (in the wilderness) dwell living things. We know in a physical sense we can look at physical creation and get a picture of reality and a picture of what God is doing. What dwells in the sea? Fish dwell in the sea. God often shows us the fish of the sea to teach us what He wants to do. It sounds corny, but it is not! These are God’s thoughts, and He is trying to help us to comprehend His thoughts.
THE FALL OF LUCIFER
Turn to Ezekiel chapter 28. Do you remember how we looked into the King of Tyre being a type of Satan? You can go back and look at that earlier in the Beautiful Mind series. It is well established. Let us look at Ezekiel 28, verse 1: “The word of the Lord came to me again, saying, ‘Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre, “Thus says the Lord God: ‘Because your heart is lifted up, and you say, I am a god, and sit in the seat of gods, in the midst of the seas,’ yet you are a man, and not a god, though you set your heart as a heart of a god.”’”
So this being who claims to be God and set himself up as a god dwells in the midst of the seas! Drop down to verse 8: “’They shall throw you down into the Pit.’” And we know that is where Satan is going. “’…And you shall die the death of the slain in the midst of the seas.’” Now the King of Tyre, physically dies. Lucifer gets cast down into the pit.
Verse 9: “’Will you still say before him who slays you, “I am a god”? But you shall be a man, and not a god, in the hand of him who slays you. You shall die the death of the uncircumcised by the hand of aliens; for I have spoken,’ says the Lord God.” On the earth Satan has his physical system that brings bad thoughts to the earth. It is a way that brings bad thoughts to the earth.
Lucifer means “light bringer.” At one time Lucifer was a bringer of light of truth, but now he is of darkness. He brings darkness, and he uses human instruments to bring darkness to the earth. This is what is being said here. Both systems will be cast down.
Continuing in verse 11 of Ezekiel 28: “Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, “Thus says the Lord God.”’” Then it shifts back to Lucifer here. “’“You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God.”’” Obviously the physical king of Tyre could not have been that old, so this is Lucifer, this is Satan. He was in the Garden of Eden, and what does it say? He dwells in the seas. It is very simple. He dwelt in the seas and controlled the seas over the whole earth. That is why when God moved over the waters He said this is a waste. He said this is waste water; it is polluted! Everything is polluted because Satan dwells here, and eventually he moved right into Eden and conquered that as well.
It goes on to describe him as a real true beautiful workmanship of God. Continuing in verse 14 scripture tells us: “’You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God.’” So he also existed in the government of God. “’…You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you.’” God does not make any mistakes. He created Lucifer perfectly. Lucifer is the one who went into error.
Verse 16 of Ezekiel 28: “’By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within, and you sinned; therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God; and I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones.’” He destroyed his position in God’s government and cast him down. In a physical sense, the king of Tyre was eventually destroyed as well. Tyre was a trading city/state/nation where they traded in goods. Satan is the spiritual ramification of that and trades in the bodies and souls of men, as we have looked up before. You can look this up in Revelation.
Continuing in verse 17: “’Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, that they might gaze at you. You defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your trading; therefore I brought fire from your midst; it devoured you, and I turned you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all who saw you.’” This system will go to ashes, Satan will be cast into the Pit. This is speaking future here.
Verse 19: “’All who knew you among the peoples are astonished at you; you have become a horror, and shall be no more forever.’” He will be locked away eventually forever, never able to affect mankind again.
Verse 20: “Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Son of man, set your face toward Sidon, and prophesy against her, and say, “Thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I am against you, O Sidon.’”’” This is another city/state of Satan. “’“’I will be glorified in your midst; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I execute judgments in her and am hallowed in her. For I will send pestilence upon her, and blood in her streets; the wounded shall be judged in her midst by the sword against her on every side; then they shall know that I am the Lord. And there shall no longer be a pricking brier or a painful thorn for the house of Israel from among all who are around them, who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the Lord God.’”’”
Now I want you to remember Tyre and Sidon, which are representative of Satan’s government upon the earth, because we are going to look at them again a little later.
I want to get back to our point about fish who dwell in the sea. People who dwell in Satan’s environment, dwelling in the wilderness in the sea, (without the Holy Spirit) have no hope. They must somehow be given hope. Let us take a look at this in another place, too, just to nail this down.
Go back to Job 26. We are going to read the entire chapter. It is a short chapter, but it helps us to understand this thought of God more clearly. Starting in verse 1: “But Job answered and said: ‘How have you helped him who is without power? How have you saved the arm that has no strength? How have you counseled one who has no wisdom? And how have you declared sound advice to many? To whom have you uttered words? And whose spirit came from you? The dead tremble, those under the waters and those inhabiting them.’” So Job understood something here. He is talking to God, and he is saying the people under the waters are in essence dead!
Verse 6: “’Sheol is naked before Him, and Destruction has no covering.’” Satan’s government, his system, is likened to Sheol, which is the grave; and destruction covers the earth. “’He stretches out the north over empty space; he hangs the earth on nothing. He binds up the water in His thick clouds, yet the clouds are not broken under it. He covers the face of His throne, and spreads His cloud over it.’” This is blocking out the sun, blocking out light.
Verse 10: “’He drew a circular horizon on the face of the waters, at the boundary of light and darkness. The pillars of heaven tremble, and are astonished at His rebuke.’” Going through what God is going to rebuke, Satan, Job understood this. He said we are helpless unless You do something God. Our only hope is for God to release the earth from Satan’s grasp.
Verse 12 “’He stirs up the sea with His power, and by His understanding He breaks up the storm. By His Spirit He adorned the heavens; his hand pierced the fleeing serpent. Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, and how small a whisper we hear of Him! But the thunder of His power who can understand?’” We are trapped by Satan, and we need to be set free. God can do it, and He needs to do it! He needs to rebuke the power of Satan so that we will be set free.
So Job knew an awful lot. That, of course, since it is written in the scripture, is there for us to learn from and comprehend the thoughts of God. Go if you would now to Job 28 and verse 12: “’But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?’” Job is asking this question. Where can wisdom be found?
Job 28, verse 13: “’Man does not know its value, nor is it found in the land of the living. The deep says, “It is not in me” ; and the sea says, “It is not with me.”’” Job understood you cannot go to the sea to find wisdom. It is not there. You cannot go to this governing system of Satan to understand anything. It has all been polluted. It is waste water. He knew that we need God to set things right. We need God’s help to set things right.
So we know the concept that Satan is the god of this world. We know that from Ephesians. He rules the sea, and he controls the environment that is the sea that men must dwell in. We are forced to dwell in this system. You do not need to turn to Ephesians 6, verses 10 through 12 because we are quite familiar with that. He is the god of this world, the prince of wickedness. His principalities, his system, his government with its dividing of the world, is the system we dwell in! That is forming the sea that mankind is forced to live in. That is the unfortunate situation mankind finds itself in right now.
Let us look at another scripture along these lines that will help us understand this a little better. Isaiah chapter 14, starting in verse 12. This is speaking directly about Lucifer here. “’How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!’” He was the light bringer at one time. “’How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God.”’” Above the angels of God, as we have seen before. “’“I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.” Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit.’”
Verse 16: “’Those who see you will gaze at you, and consider you, saying: “Is this the man.”’” (the king of Tyre, or in this case Lucifer) “’“…who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, who made the world as a wilderness and destroyed its cities, who did not open the house of his prisoners?”’” You see the concept of Satan taking the earth, capturing it, making people prisoners held captive there, destroying their cities, and making the earth a wilderness. This is not a physical wilderness, but a spiritual wilderness. He shut off the light of God. Instead of bringing light, he brings darkness. He created tohu and bohu, without form and void, a wilderness, waste water.
Physically we can see that the earth where the sea is and the fish dwell is salty. If you drink salt water, it will kill you! It cannot sustain human life. Therefore, the fish representing human beings out there have no hope! They cannot live without fresh water. The Holy Spirit is symbolized by water. Fresh water represents the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit helps us see. Each man (each fish) must have this in order to have eternal life. This is the concept of fresh water eventually replacing salt water. You will see, as we move along, that the earth will become a place that mankind can inhabit forever.
So Christ must restore all things. Restore means to “redo.” It had to have been there before in order to be restored. So let’s go back to Genesis for just a moment. Genesis chapter 1 and look at those same scriptures again a little bit. Verse 1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.”
Now, doesn’t that make a whole lot more sense to us than it used to? It is not confusing, because we can read into these thoughts of God all of this background information and of the defining terms that help us comprehend the thoughts of a beautiful mind. This helps us understand the thoughts of God and where He is going. So we can now read those and understand where God is headed from here. We understand He is going to fix things, He is going to save mankind and restore all things! This will include the nature of animals and the condition of the earth. He will get rid of Satan.
Now God made Eden, as we saw, and Satan ended up there. That had been a beautiful garden. God had separated the light from the dark there, so He pushed out Satan’s darkness. It was not in that garden. He restored in that place the nature of animals. But once again, Satan subdued mankind. He brought mankind back into captivity. He made the whole earth a wilderness again! God looked down and saw now it is time for what? It is time to put the plan of salvation (the plan of God) into effect! He had this waiting in the wings for billions and billions and billions of years!
We have noticed before, before mankind was, God and Jesus Christ had determined that Christ would die to save mankind. Before this plan ever started and before Satan ever recaptured the earth and made tohu and bohu extant once again, God knew how to defeat it! He was ready to defeat it. From that point forward, if you continue reading in Genesis, enmity was placed between Satan and mankind. Mankind will win out because of God, because God would become man, be made man, and defeat Satan by taking over his government. He will cast out his mountains and raise up the mountain of God. All of these beautiful things that we have seen before will take place because Christ is a conqueror. But as a conqueror He is a liberator. He will bring liberty to the captives.
How does He do this? He is going to tread upon the sea! Let’s go back to Job please, chapter 9, verse 8 where it is speaking of God here. “’He alone spreads out the heavens, and treads on the waves of the sea.’” Jesus Christ alone can tread upon the sea. He is above the sea and has the power to control the sea.
Turn now to Psalm 68, verse 19: “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! Selah Our God is the God of salvation; and to God the Lord belong escapes from death. But God will wound the head of His enemies.” Satan is the head of the enemies. “…the hairy scalp of the one who still goes on in His trespasses. The Lord said, ‘I will bring back from Bashan, I will bring them back from the depths of the sea.’” So God will destroy Satan’s government and all of those held captive will be brought back, as it says here, from Bashan. This is a place in the wilderness. He will bring them back from there, as it were, from the sea. So mankind will be brought back from the sea by Jesus Christ.
CHRIST WILL BRING LIBERTY
AND JUSTICE FOR ALL
Turn to Psalm chapter 72, starting in verse 1: “Give the king your judgments, O God, and Your righteousness to the king’s Son. He will judge Your people with righteousness, and Your poor with justice. The mountains will bring peace to the people.” This is God’s government. “…and the little hills, by righteousness. He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor.” This is Satan and his government. “They shall fear You as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations. He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing, like showers that water the earth. In His days the righteous shall flourish, and abundance of peace, until the moon is no more. He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him, and His enemies will lick the dust.”
From sea to sea the earth will be set free! Christ’s mountain will bring peace to the world like rain coming down upon the grass. Remember that we have studied the grass and have learned the grass is people. The grass in the wilderness that is parched is the people without the Holy Spirit. When they get the rain and they start to sprout and grow grass, a crop for God is produced! We have studied that in detail in the past, so we will not look at that right now.
When is all of this going to happen? Go to Isaiah chapter 11. It is not far down the road at all. This will take place in the Millennium. Starting in verse 6: “’The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb.’” This is a scripture that we have often read affiliated with the Millennium and this has been the symbol of the Church. “’…the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.’”
In the Millennium the knowledge of God and His Holy Spirit will be so spread out over the earth, it will be the exact opposite of what we have right now with Satan! The waters that are tohu and bohu and that make people sick will be replaced. His waters of the horrible attitudes that have people killing each other, animals destroying one another, and animals trying to kill man will no longer exist.
Eventually God’s Holy Spirit and His truth will cover the whole earth as the sea. God’s sea will replace Satan’s sea. His attitudes, His intentions, His attributes, His thoughts, will pervade the whole earth and make a beautiful place like Eden where the animals will be kind, people will dwell in safety, and Satan will no longer have any power! So the evil sea will be replaced by God’s sea. His fresh water will replace the polluted water. That is the Millennium. That is not that far off.
In a physical sense on the physical earth, turn to Isaiah 43 for understanding. We know there are a lot of physical things that must be done away with in order to stop having any negative consequences against God’s truth. There will be true worship, and there will be knowledge of God as it says. So absolutely positively, negative knowledge must be eliminated.
Isaiah 43, starting in verse 14: “Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘For your sake I will send to Babylon, and bring them all down as fugitives – the Chaldeans, who rejoice in their ships.’” Ships on the sea, Babylon on the sea: Babylon as we have shown earlier is “wormwood,” which is confusion, vanity, chaos and destruction. This is Satan’s system. Babylon is the physical name of Satan’s kingdom. Hence the tower of Babel and the arch enemy of ancient Israel, the nation of Babylon, two physical types for us to understand the spiritual realities of Satan’s government, our real enemy. So there is a physical system on the earth that must also get cast down, in order to get rid of anything that might have a negative impact on the people of the earth and teach falsehood and evil ways. The earth will be ruled differently, a government based on love and outgoing concern toward all.
Continuing in verse 15 of Isaiah chapter 43: “’I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.’ Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea and a path through the mighty waters.” So we are stuck in this system now, but He is making a way through it for us! “.who brings forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power (They shall lie down together, they shall not rise; they are extinguished, they are quenched like a wick).” Eventually that system will be put out as if you had extinguished a candle!
Continuing in verse 18: “’Do not remember the former things.’”So He is telling people not to remember those evil ways. “’…nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?’” So God is going to do something new. “’I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.’” He is not talking about the Mojave Desert starting to bear fruit. It is the wilderness of the earth, tohu and bohu, that will bear fruit to God. “’The beast of the field will honor Me, the jackals and the ostriches, because I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen. This people I have formed for Myself; they shall declare My praise.’” This is the fresh water that will allow us to live.
So eventually the earth will bear fruit all over the wilderness, and the people will praise God. His knowledge will cover the earth as the sea of Satan now covers the earth. We can look at the physical sea and see the physical ramifications. It is very interesting! Eventually in the Millennium, one-seventh of the time man has will have God’s sea covering the earth.
Go to chapter 51 of Isaiah, starting in verse 10: “Are You not the One who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep; that made the depths of the sea a road for the redeemed to cross over?” You see, the sea must be dried up eventually for righteous people to dwell there. Continuing on in verse 11: “So the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing, with everlasting joy on their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” So when the evil sea is dried up, it is a good thing. There will be gladness over the face of the earth at that time. So the sea will have been changed.
Continuing in verse 12: “’I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you should be afraid of a man who will die, and of the son of a man who will be made like grass? And you forget the Lord your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth; you have feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, when he has prepared to destroy. And where is the fury of the oppressor?’” In other words, the grass used to be terrified. People were terrified of Satan. But the oppressor and his system will be destroyed, setting free mankind!
Verse 14: “’The captive exile hastens, that he may be loosed, that he should not die in the pit, and that his bread should not fail. But I am the Lord your God, who divided the sea whose waves roared – the Lord of hosts is His name.’” So God is showing us that the way He saved Israel in the Old Testament by dividing the sea, He is going to divide the sea so that mankind can now be saved! They will then be set free. He will make a way through it for us right to the Millennium! From here on out we are going to see people saved in droves! This is what we are being set up for here. Is there any corroboration for this in the New Testament or is all of this strange, weird stuff only in the Old Testament? No, there is plenty of corroboration.
CHRIST WILL TREAD UPON THE SEA
Turn, if you would, now to Matthew chapter 14. Now we are going to understand that the thoughts of Jesus Christ go hand in hand with the Old Testament, because He was the speaker of the Old Testament. Those are His words. Matthew chapter 14, starting in verse 22: “Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side.” This is the other side of the sea. “…while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on a mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.”
Remember we saw in Job 9 that God can tread upon the sea. He can walk upon the sea. Where the sea engulfs mankind without His help, He is going to show the apostles with My help you can walk on the sea! You can survive this! This is what this whole example is for.
Continuing in verse 26: “And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, ‘It is a ghost!’ And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.’ And Peter answered Him and said, ‘Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.’ So He said, ‘Come.’ And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.”
Verse 30: “But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, ‘Lord, save me!’ And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’ And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who were in the boat came and worshipped Him saying, ‘Truly You are the Son of God.’” Because the sea obeyed Him!
This whole example is written for us to understand that when we are tossed about by Satan’s sea, our little boat will be preserved if we trust God. There is nothing to worry about. We can walk on the water, as it were, spiritually. This is what Jesus Christ was telling the apostles. So even though we dwell in the sea and we are tossed about, we will survive with God’s help. We will survive by God’s power. He can tread upon the sea and help us to tread upon the sea.
FISHING FOR MEN
Go back to Matthew chapter 4, verse 18: “And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’” God did not choose this time, this place, this example by accident. He was showing them and us that to be fishers of men we will haul people out of the sea! Because God can make us fishers of men.
Go to Matthew 8, verse 20: “And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.’ Then another of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, let me first go and bury my father.’ But Jesus said to him, ‘Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.’”
Verse 23: “Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep.” Another situation on the sea. “Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We are perishing!’ But He said to them, ‘Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?’ Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, ‘Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?’”
They were going to get the point eventually; and that is for us, those born at a later time, so we can see that Jesus Christ can control the sea. It is the sea that we are forced at this time to live in as well.
Go to Matthew 13 and verse 47. It does not get much clearer than this. Now with all of these terms defined for us, we can surely understand this thought of God that was a parable. Starting in verse 47: “’Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet.’” It is like a fishing net. “’…that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.’ Jesus said to them, ‘Have you understood all these things?’ They said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord.’” So they were starting to get the point. “Then He said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.’”
THE KINGDOM EXPLAINED
Christ was saying, look, if you want to understand My kingdom, it is like the sea. You were fisherman. Remember I called you when you were fishing, and I am going to make you fishers of men. You are doing just like you did before, only now you are casting out spiritual nets for Me. You are drawing mankind in so we can sort them out. There will be all of those who want to convert and accept Me, and those who are wicked. The wicked, that is those who do not want to receive God’s Holy Spirit, will not be allowed into the Millennium. But everyone will be given a choice. Scripture tells us in Revelation the innumerable multitude, the vast majority of the population of the earth, is going to accept this from God.
With this understanding of the sea let’s read Isaiah 60, verse 5. “’Then you shall see and become radiant, and your heart shall swell with joy; because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.’” The abundance of the sea is what is harvested from the sea (the fish). We saw that fish represent people. This verse then refers to people being converted.
Turning to Matthew 21, there is a threat, of course, for any who absolutely refuse. Verse 20: “And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, ‘How did the fig tree wither away so soon?’” They had witnessed Christ cursing a fig tree, and it immediately withered away. Verse 21: “So Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, “Be removed and be cast into the sea,” it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.’”
Christ is saying, look if you thought that was something, if you hang in there with Me, someday you will cast mountains into the sea! Now was He talking about the Rocky Mountains? No, He was talking about the mountains of Satan. The Church will help Christ cast them into the sea.
Now turn to Luke, please, chapter 6, verse 17. Now this little story is going to make much more sense than it ever did before. Nothing Christ did was by accident. Verse 17: “And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon.” Remember I said remember Tyre and Sidon? “…who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.”
Eventually all Tyre and Sidon will collapse, and the people who dwell there will be healed if they come to Christ. That is why He picked this place to show them that, teaching from Tyre and Sidon.
Go to Luke 21, verse 25. This is at the very end before Christ returns. “’And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring.’” Now we can comprehend this with the definition of terms. When the sea and the waves are roaring, it is Satan’s system roaring as it is getting cast down! It is not the oceans roaring that is causing men to be scared. When we hear the demons screaming as they are cast into the pit, it will be a frightening sight to see God’s power! These are some of the signs we are going to see.
HOPE FOR ALL MANKIND
We have looked at the stars getting cast to the earth, Satan’s mountain getting cast down, and now these waves. It is the same system collapsing. When we see this system collapse, it is going to be something awesome and dreadful, for Satan, not for mankind.
Now I would like to go to the end of the age, and look at it a little bit more, and look at some things that used to terrify us, and look at the thoughts of God who wants to liberate us. He does not want to kill all of mankind. He wants to liberate us.
Go to Revelation, the end of the Book. Revelation chapter 8, verse 8: “Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood; and a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.” In that sea that Satan controls, when they are converted (this particular one-third here) the water turns to blood. This occurs because when we are baptized, we die to Jesus Christ. When we are baptized, the water becomes Christ’s blood. You are seeing here in one event during the times portrayed in the Book of Revelation, a third of the world, at one shot practically, very quickly converted because the waters become blood! This is not a terrifying scripture. It is us and the world getting released from the captivity of Satan!
Turn to Revelation 18, verse 21: “Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, ‘Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore.’” We see here the system of Babylon, the physical one on the earth and Satan’s government, will be cast into the sea. It will be just as if a millstone was tied around that government and just thrown into the ocean. But the ocean itself, the fish, will be converted out of it! The system will go down, and any who do not want to repent will go down with it! But by and large the vast majority will be converted!
Turn to Revelation 20, verse 13. Eventually at the very end the events of verse 13 occur, the White Throne Judgment: “The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.” Eventually Satan’s sea will have to give up everyone to be judged. God will have His way and judge all of mankind.
What an awesome time that will be when the entire earth is converted! Everyone left who lives into the Millennium and everyone who has not had a chance will, at the very end in the Millennium, be resurrected. From that point, they will be given a chance to become part of God’s sea. They will receive His Holy Spirit. Some small number will get thrown into the Lake of Fire (death). Ultimately God will win, and He will win very big.
When we understand His definition of terms, we can look into the mind and the thoughts of God and see the beauty that is there. We see the love that He has for His people, for His children, for humanity, all of humanity (the family of man), and not just a special few. God wants to save and convert all of mankind who will allow Him to do so.
So with that we have seen another beautiful thought in the mind of God. It will encourage us to stay steadfast until Christ does return!