The Image of Whom?

By John J. Blanchard

December 24, 2002

Welcome to the Beautiful Thoughts of God! Today’s subject is the image and likeness of whom? We are going to start right away by turning in the book of Genesis to chapter 1, verse 26. It is a very famous scripture that we have probably all read many times. “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

So without a doubt mankind is created in the image and likeness of God. What does that mean? It means, first of all, (and we can prove this if we wanted to take the time today and go through the scriptures) that we look like God! He has features like we do! Therefore, we can comprehend what His spiritual form is like. Is that the important thing, what we look like? No, what is more important is that we bear the image of His character.

God’s character is reflected by all things good. He is good. He is love. He is perfect. He is kind. He is fully righteous. What He wants to do in mankind is develop beings like Him. He wants to develop beings with righteous character that He can share this universe with for eternity.

This is what God means when He said He created mankind in His image and His likeness. He liked what He created! Remember He said everything He created was good. God does not create junk. God does not make mistakes. Therefore, God is the source of truth. He is the source of the knowledge of all things good. He is a source of love, peace and joy. What does He want from mankind? Those very things.

Please turn, if you would, to John chapter 14. God is the source of these things. We need to learn from God in order to comprehend and appreciate that His character is good, and He wants us that way. John 14, verse 6: “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” So here you have God the Father and Jesus Christ holding themselves up as the example for what mankind is to be, and there is no way to become that way except through Jesus Christ. He is the way, the truth and the life. His character reflects truth. He is the way to eternal life, and we must get there through Him. Therefore, we must learn how to reflect His image. We must reflect the image and likeness of Jesus Christ and God the Father.

Turn, if you would, to John chapter 17, starting in verse 17: Jesus Christ says, “’Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.’” He is talking to the Father. “’As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.’”

Jesus Christ said I am being an example to them of how to get to the truth, Dad! Just like We know You are truth. I want these people that You have given to Me as disciples to learn the truth, to be sanctified and be like Us. In other words, bear Our image.

Turn back to John chapter 6, starting in verse 33: “’For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’” The bread of God is Someone who came down with life eternal in Him. Obviously this is Jesus Christ. “Then they said to Him, ‘Lord, give us this bread always.’ And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.’”

Everyone who comes to Christ, Christ and the Father want to raise up at the last day and give eternal life. Concluding here with this set of scriptures in verse 40: “’And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.’”

Christ is the source of life. He is the way, the truth and the life, and He is the bread that we can ingest in order to obtain it. But we have to believe Him, and we have to want to bear the image of Jesus Christ and His Father, the image of perfection and righteousness. We have to want to do good. We have to learn to do good and to love our fellow man. This is how we in turn love God.

Whoever finds this knowledge (this truth) finds the source of life! Whoever finds Christ and believes in Him finds the source of life. What a wonderful thing to find the source of eternal life! Remember the story of Ponce de Leon? How long have men looked for the source of eternal life, for youth? Here it is! Eternal life and it is laid out for us in the Bible.

Eternal life and the source of it, the fountain of life, is Jesus Christ Himself. All we must do is believe and then trust Him and try to obtain His image in our lives. He will reward us with eternal life. Of course, salvation is a free gift. We understand that. But He expects those who believe Him to bear His image, which means we will be love. We will have out-going concern.

Let us turn now to Proverbs chapter 8. This is a beautiful proverb that outlines some of these gifts that we can have. Remember, as we go through here who is the source of the knowledge of good. It is Jesus Christ. He is the source of life. Proverbs chapter 8, starting in verse 1: “Does not wisdom cry out, and understanding lift up her voice? She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, beside the way, where the paths meet. She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, at the entrance of the doors: ‘To you, O men, I call, and my voice is to the sons of men. O you simple ones, understand prudence, and you fools, be of an understanding heart. Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, and from the opening of my lips will come right things; for my mouth will speak truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips.’”

Who never lies? God never lies. Who has wisdom in abundance? God does. Who always speaks the truth? God does. This is speaking of wisdom from God. Part of His character is to be wise, to be all knowing and to be kind. Here you have it, right in God’s word.

Continuing with this beautiful Proverb in verse 8 of chapter 8: “All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; nothing crooked or perverse is in them. They are all plain to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge.” When we find wisdom, we find Christ. True wisdom comes from Jesus Christ, from His word.

Continuing in verse 10: “’Receive my instruction, and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold; for wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her. “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength. By me kings reign, and rulers decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, all the judges of the earth. I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me.”’”

Verse 18: “’Riches and honor are with me, enduring riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold.’” Christ has fruit that we can eat. He is the bread of life that we can eat. It is what goes beyond physical food and helps us bear His character. We will call that holy righteous character, which is the only thing God cannot create by Himself! It requires our free will allowing Him to work in us to develop holy righteous character.

Continuing in verse 19 of Proverbs 8: “’My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold and my revenue than choice silver. I traverse the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice, that I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, that I may fill their treasuries. The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way, before His works of old, I have been established from everlasting, from the beginning, before there was ever an earth.’” Obviously, we read in John 1:1 in one of our earlier studies that Christ was there in the beginning with God the Father, and He is the Word. This is Christ.

Continuing in verse 24: “’When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, I was brought forth; while as yet He had not made the earth or the fields, or the primal dust of the world.’” As we saw in Titus 1:1 God’s plan goes beyond the creation of the universe. Here was wisdom in personification. Jesus Christ was there before the universe began.

Continuing in verse 27: “’When He prepared the heavens, I was there, when He drew a circle on the face of the deep, when He established the clouds above, when He strengthened the fountains of the deep, when He assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters would not transgress His command, when He marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside Him as a master craftsman; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him.’” Christ was the Creator. He was the Word. God the Father said this is My will and Christ created. Jesus Christ is the Creator and God the Father was the One who willed it done. They have a relationship that goes back to time immemorial, before time began!

Verse 31 of Proverbs 8: “’…rejoicing in His inhabited world, and my delight was with the sons of men.’” Christ was the One of the two God Beings who came to this earth and lived on this earth and walked with men.

Continuing in verse 32: “’Now therefore, listen to me, my children, for blessed are those who keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoever finds me finds life.’” Remember we read that in John 14, John 17 and John 6? Christ is the way, the truth and the life. When we find Him, we find life. When we find wisdom, we find life.

Continuing in verse 36: “’…but he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; all those who hate me love death.’” There we have it in simplified form in one proverb! If we find Christ, we find life. We find the source of all things good.

Let us go back to Genesis, because there is a source of life spoken of in Genesis. We are going to put these two concepts together. Genesis 2, verse 9 talks about that proverbial tree in the Garden. Genesis 2, verse 8: “The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden…” Now we just determined Jesus Christ is the source of life. He is the food of life, He is the bread of life, the water of life, He is wisdom and He is the fount of life. What do you think this tree of life is? It is a source of life, therefore it is Jesus Christ.

What does that tell us? Christ was there in the garden. He was the one who performed God the Father’s will and created Adam and Eve. He was there to teach them as the source of light, truth as the fount of life. There was Jesus Christ teaching, and He was there to help them bear the image and likeness of God the Father and Jesus Christ. He wanted them to learn how to be good and how to bear Their image and be like Him.

They were not just interested in having Adam and Eve look like Them. They wanted them to be like Them and be perfect. They had that opportunity. We know some mistakes occurred. We are going to get to that. Let us go to Isaiah chapter 11 because we want to study this tree a little bit.

Isaiah chapter 11. We are going to learn a few more things about this tree. It is a fascinating subject. Isaiah chapter 11 and we will start in verse 1: “There shall come forth a Rod…” (that is a branch) “…from the stem…” (a larger branch) “…of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.” We just learned where wisdom comes from. We just learned where understanding of all things good comes from and the source of all good knowledge. It is Jesus Christ.

Verse 3: “His delight is in the fear of the Lord, and He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, nor decide by the hearing of His ears; but with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips he shall slay the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, and faithfulness the belt of His waist.” This is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is a root and He is a branch. Do trees have roots and branches? Of course, they do. We are speaking here of the tree of life, Jesus Christ Himself.

Now let us go to Romans chapter 15, starting in verse 12. This is quoting the Old Testament. “And again, Isaiah says: ‘There shall be a root of Jesse; and He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, in Him the Gentiles shall hope.’” Christ is a hope for all mankind, not just the Jews, not just Israel and not just Christians who find them in their lives now. Eventually the whole world will find this root of Jesse, this tree of life. All they have to do is believe. All anyone has to do is believe, obey and try to bear that image of Their likeness. There you go. You have gained eternal life!

God wants to see that this is what we want. We have a free will and must exercise it. When we do, it is His good pleasure to give us the free gift of eternal life and to help us on into eternity. We then can have a fruitful existence forever and ever.

This is the image we must reflect, and these are the fruits we must bear. Remember the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians five: love, joy, peace, long suffering, patience. This is God, this is His character and this is the type of fruit we must bear. We have to have that image. We have to be like Him in His very character and not just in the way He looks.

Unfortunately, there was another tree in that garden, wasn’t there? Let us go back to Genesis chapter 2. There was not just a tree of life there. There was another tree there in the garden of Eden. We are going to go back to Genesis 2 and start again in verse 9.

We read this earlier. Genesis 2, verse 9: “And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” The tree of the knowledge of good and evil was not supposed to be partaken of. Why? Because it is a mixture of good and evil. Any evil is too much for God! You cannot be partly good and partly evil. We have to be clean through and through. This requires Jesus Christ and His sacrifice now that sin is in us, but that is how it has to be. God is perfect. If we want to reflect His image, we must be perfect. Only He can make us perfect.

Now the serpent was there in the garden too. Let us go to chapter 3 of Genesis, starting in verse 1: “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘Has God indeed said, “You shall not eat of every tree of the garden”?’ And the woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, “You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.”’”

Verse 4: “Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’” So we had two trees: one that was strictly good that Adam and Eve could eat of, and we had the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which they were forbidden to eat of lest they die. It was a certainty.

The first lie spoken to mankind was right here! You shall not surely die. Satan knew that once they sinned and once they partook of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, sin had entered and they must die. However, he knew Jesus Christ was there to try to save so he said you are not surely going to die. You might be okay. What a lie! What a deception! He knew he would then have the opportunity to make man miserable for the next six thousand years, and hopefully to get as many of them destroyed as possible. But we are going to see this as we go on.

Please turn to Jeremiah chapter 17, starting in verse 9: “’The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.’” Christ checks. He wants to see what is in our heart. What fruits are we bearing? He said every man is desperately wicked. Do you know what that term “wicked” means there? That is not a correct translation.

Wicked there, if you were to look it up in a Strong’s Concordance, is #605 which means “mortally sick, incurable of ourselves”. Because that is what Satan did. When he brought sin into mankind, he brought an incurable ailment into mankind that only God could cure! No man can cure sin. God has to wash it away. Every man will commit sin in his life, every human being. Satan is that powerful. He knew that once they took of this tree of knowledge of good and evil he had mankind right where he wanted him.

God said you can try to thwart My plan, but you cannot stop it. You cannot stop it, because I will send a Man to the earth that will be perfect. He will be so perfect that His righteousness will be able to wash the sins away of all mankind! That is Jesus Christ.

Continuing on here, we know that Satan did this but why did he do this to mankind? Why couldn’t he leave us alone? Why couldn’t he leave us with our Creator to learn good things? Satan hates mankind, and Satan hates God. That is why. Satan wanted to beat God. He wanted to take over God’s position in the universe. He wants to take over man’s rightful inheritance. He does not want us created in the image and likeness of God. He hates God. That is why He did this.

It helps to understand the motive. When someone does something to us, it helps us to comprehend why. Why would they do that to me? In this case, it helps us to understand what Satan’s motive was. We also have to realize he is a very real being. This is not a story here. This is true!

It also helps us to realize God has not left us to Satan’s devices forever. He has a limit to the time that Satan can effect us. We learned that in the last study. The last study showed us that God has a specific length of time. For six days we are under the influence of Satan, which is six thousand years. The seventh day of creation is the time of rest for God and it is a time for rest for man when we reach the Millennium.

Once we have reached the Millennium, God will refresh things. He will renew things. He will make the earth a perfect place once again just like it was in the garden of Eden. We are almost there!

It also helps us to understand how Satan works today. How does he influence mankind? How does he get the life of everybody to be so miserable? Let us look at a few scriptures that outline this. Turn, if you would, to II Corinthians chapter 4, starting in verse 3: “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.” So Satan has blinded mankind so that they cannot bear the image of God’s character! It is Satan who has done that. He has blinded us. Why can he get away with it? Because he is the god of this world. Notice that “god” is with a little “g”. But he has tremendous authority.

Do you remember the temptation of Jesus Christ in Matthew 4? Christ was tempted by Satan and Satan said you do not have to die. I can give you these kingdoms if you bow down and worship me. He actually had the authority over the earth enough to the degree that he could give it to Christ. It shows you he is the god of this world, and that is one of the ways he can accomplish the blinding of mankind.

Turn, if you would now, to Ephesians chapter 6. We are just going to look at a few scriptures that will help us comprehend how Satan can get away with this, and how he can do these things. Ephesians 6, verse 12: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood…” Our real enemies are not human beings. “…but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” That is our real enemy.

Satan and his demons, his cohorts, are our real enemies. Our real enemies are not mankind. They are moved, motivated and influenced by Satan to do what is wrong. Those who are truly wicked on the earth who give themselves over to him will be destroyed. But the vast majority of mankind is not wicked. They are deceived. They are confused. They do not know what they are doing. That is why we need to offer them forgiveness for the wrongs they commit against us just like Jesus Christ did.

What did He say when they nailed Him on the cross? “Forgive them Father for they know not what they do.” That is the attitude we need to have. Mankind does not know what they are doing. They cannot help it. They are under the influence of Satan the devil. They have to learn how to resist. That is in Ephesians too but that is another subject. You can study that if you would like.

Let us go back now to Ephesians chapter 2, starting in verse 1: “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world…” All mankind, even the called Christians used to walk according to the course of this world. “…according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience…” It is important to realize Satan is the prince of the power of the air.

Did you ever wonder where that thought came from in your mind that you hate? I am speaking of that thought that moves you do to something you really do not want to do. It comes from Satan! All one has to do today is realize how a radio or a television works or how satellite communications and our modern telephone systems work. Sound travels through the air waves and comes into our brain when we turn on the device, whether it is a radio, television or a telephone. Satan operates this way too. He is the god of this world, and he is the prince of the power of the air!

Not only does he influence mankind to put crazy things out on the air waves, but he himself has a mystical power that can actually move people by making them think things and desire things. He knows where our weaknesses are to get us to do his will! He gets us to follow his influence. That is how he gets the world to do such crazy things!

Now, if you would, turn to I Corinthians chapter 2, verse 12: “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world…” Once we get God’s help to comprehend and to see, we are working with God’s Spirit. Let us read that again. “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” When we receive good knowledge and when we receive the truth, that knowledge comes from God. When we understand what the bread of life is and what the tree of life is, that knowledge comes from God.

Satan wants to keep that away from us. He does not want us to understand how to bear the image and likeness of God. He does not want us to be like that. He does not want us to bear good fruit. He wants us to be full of hate! He wants us to be full of envy, full of greed, full of avarice, full of lust for power and sexual lusts. He wants us to fall for alcoholism and drug abuse. This is what Satan wants because this is what Satan is! His influence is to all those evil directions. Why does he do this? Because he has a huge ego, and he wants to do things his way.

Turn to Isaiah chapter 14. Isaiah 14 will give us a glimpse of the biggest ego that has ever been created! Isaiah 14, starting in verse 12: “’How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations!’” It is Satan who weakened the nations. When God created him, he was called Lucifer, Lightbringer. He was perfect, but he himself turned to evil and destroyed his character. He created himself to be evil. God never created anything bad. When Satan turned evil, he created evil! So often when someone does something wrong they want to take as many people with them as they can. That is Satan. He wants to take all of mankind and all the angels if he could!

Let us continue in verse 13: “’For you have said in your heart: “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; 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.”’” He had been given power over the earth, but he was not satisfied. That was not enough. He wanted all the power! He wanted to be like God the Father and Jesus Christ! He wanted to run everything. God said wait a minute. You were not created to do that. You were created to be a lightbringer to bring truth, and I gave you earth. I gave you a place to enlighten and you have ruined it.

Genesis 1:1 we have looked at before. When God looked at the earth under Satan’s domination, he said it is a waste! I have to renew this place, and I am going to bring light here to the garden of Eden. I will put a man here that I can teach. He will bear My image and My likeness. Now can you see why Satan hated that? Satan hates us with a passion, and that explains his motive.

Let us continue in verse 15 of Isaiah 14: “’Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit.’” God says you are not going to get away with this. You will be brought to the lowest depths of the pit. That is where Satan dwells, and that is where Satan currently has free will and can come and go. We are going to see that in just a moment. He can come and go as he sees fit. The pit here means a hole used as a prison. If you were to look that up in your Strong’s Concordance #953, you would see that is a hole used as a prison.

Let us go back to the end of the Bible to Revelation 9 and see another reference to this pit. Revelation 9, starting in verse 1: “The fifth angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth.” That is Lucifer, star of the morning. “To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke of the pit. Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.” These are demons! Locusts are demons in the Bible. They picture demons.

They do not always necessarily refer to locusts, but often a locust means a demon. You can put that down in your definitions. Drop down to verse 11. These demons have a king over them!

Verse 11: “And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.” Abaddon and Apollyon means destroyer, destruction, desolation and waste. Therefore, when God the Father’s Spirit and Jesus Christ’s Spirit moved over the earth and Christ saw waste and destruction, He was looking at the face of Satan! It was the face of the deep. It was the face of the sea.

It is interesting here in Revelation if you were to look up “bottomless pit” in the Greek it comes from #12 and #1037. It means the depthless abyss, the depth of the sea. Therefore the depth of the sea of darkness that the face of God’s Spirit moved over was the dwelling place of Satan! Mankind who dwells in the sea dwells in the influences of Satan. Mankind is in the condition of living under the influence of Satan the Devil where his thought pattern (the prince of the power of the air) rules. We live in this sea! We need to be rescued by none other than Jesus Christ. It has all been figured. God is not going to lose. It is going to be done. We just have to come in concert with God’s plan.

This is how mankind came to dwell in the sea. This is why when Jesus Christ moved His Spirit over the waters, he was looking at waste water. He was looking at Satan’s influence everywhere. It was spiritual darkness and not physical darkness. God handled physical darkness a long time ago when He created the physical sun. That is why this argument over what came first, the Bible or creation is ludicrous. When we understand what God is talking about referring to the image and likeness of Him, it is a spiritual concept. It is very real, but it is spiritual.

Let us now go back to Isaiah chapter 14. We are going to look at this tree again just a little bit. Isaiah chapter 14, verse 29 tell us this: “’Do not rejoice, all you of Philistia, because the rod that struck you is broken; for out of the serpent’s roots will come forth a viper, and its offspring will be a fiery flying serpent.’” What was the serpent? It was representative of Satan in the garden of Eden. What has roots? A tree. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

There in the garden we had Satan dwelling. He was offering the knowledge of evil to mankind. God was saying to Adam and Eve, do not taste that. What I have for you is so much better. Adam and Even had to operate under the principle of free will as well, otherwise they would have been robots. God said I am offering you a choice. Choose life, choose to follow Me and bear My image.

They made a mistake. It is the same mistake we have all made ever since, because we have all sinned. But we can see why we all need God’s plan. God’s plan will set mankind free, and God’s plan will punish Satan.

Let us look now at Ezekiel 28. Ezekiel 28 talks about destroying his government and his kingdom. Ezekiel 28, verse 11: “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: ‘You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: the sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created.’”’”

Satan was perfect. He was there in the garden of Eden later, and he was there to tear down mankind. That is what he did. He had been the sum of perfection, but now he is not perfect. He is the source of evil. He is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Let us conclude with one more scripture, going back to Revelation chapter 20. If we had continued reading in Ezekiel 28 we would have seen that he was going to get punished, and Revelation 20 concludes. We will go back to the end of the book. Revelation 20, starting in verse 1: “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan and bound him for a thousand years…” Who was the serpent? It was the devil. The serpent is representative of Satan, and he will be bound a thousand years. “…and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.”

Satan is about to get locked away in that pit and the key tossed away for a thousand years. He will not be free to come and go. His power will be locked away. The prince of the power of the air will no longer have the air waves at his disposal. That is why with Christ’s teaching in the Millennium and Satan locked away, the world will become a beautiful place. We are almost there!

What is our choice today? Whose image do we want to bear? That is what we ask. The question of the hour is the image of whom? Do we want to bear the image of Jesus Christ and God the Father, (an image of perfection, love, peace and joy) or do we want to bear the image of Satan (the tree of the knowledge of good and evil) and continue in our selfish ways? It is up to us. I ask once again. Whose image do you or I want to bear?