Goto to the e-book: Past, present and future
This book is a transcription of a Series of Bible Studies on cassette, given in Johannesburg, South Africa in June 1982. It is important to note the date in the light of what happened to our beloved country and the world between then and now, April 2003. It was 12 years before the black government took over.
Our visitors from overseas who knew our country then, and see how our schools, universities, hospitals, public services, etc., have gone down; they can hardly recognise the country they once knew. We had the strongest army in Africa, now we hardly have any army that you can call an army.
I want to thank the persons who were involved (who want to stay anonymous) for the diligent and competent way in which they carried out the difficult task. You do not write the way you talk; therefore all credit to them that they presented these lectures in such a wonderful readable form.
I know there are sharp differences of interpretation on what happened at the beginning of time. All I ask of my readers is that they read this book with an open mind, and compare my statements carefully with Scripture.
23 April 2003.
[Excerpts from Lectures by F.W.C. Neser]
I have looked for a suitable title for the whole series, and the best I could find was “The Past, The Present, and The Future in the Light of Scripture”. Now, there are a few sayings that I am going to use, that you might have heard before.
First of all, without a past there is no future. You have to know the past if you want to understand the future. So many of us want to leap into the future. We want to understand the future, but history is a continuous stream. History is like, a river that originates somewhere, perhaps on a high mountain and flows through many valleys before it eventually reaches the sea. But that river is one continuous stream of water; otherwise it would not be a river.
On its course to the sea there are many tributaries. There are also many kinds of objects carried along that river stream, like dead animals, tree stumps and so on. But the essential part of the river is still water, although it might become very polluted during its course, but the essential element is still water. We must remember that, also in history it will carry with it the character of its origin until its final inflow into God’s eternal sea; His eternal purpose.
So, without a past there is no future. Another saying, which is often used, which I will also use this morning and which you must ponder is: “He who does not know his history will be compelled to repeat it.”
Now, how far back should we go? Where now should we go to find this past? The history of man, and therefore of humanity, begins before Adam: It actually begins before “In the beginning” of Genesis. This is very, very important, and that is why, in politics, in religion, in our social affairs many of our people do not understand, especially the problems of these times. Because I believe we have come to the time when this river of history has reached the end of its course and is about to flow into the sea, it is of the utmost importance to know how it started, otherwise we shall not be able to understand:
The “time” of destiny, “time” of appointment and “time” of consummation.
So, the history of man begins before Adam.
We shall be referring to many Scriptures.
First of all we start in the New Testament and listen to the words of our Lord Jesus Christ himself. I want to read with you firstly, Matthew 13: 24-30. As a Bible student, you will immediately recognize it as the parable of the tares and the wheat. But I want us to look at what Jesus said.
24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then, hath it tares?
28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
Now listen carefully!
30 Let both grow together until the harvest: - - - -
(this harvest is the time of consummation to which I referred.)
- - - - and in the time of harvest I will say unto the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
Matthew 13:36-43; (Jesus gives the explanation and Jesus himself explains this parable)
36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; - - - -
(so the good seed are men, people, they are the children of the kingdom)
- - - - but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
So, the tares are also people, the children of the wicked one, the devil so he also has children - this is very important. They are men, they are people, and yet their origin is not from God, but is from the devil.
39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; - - - -
(he sowed them, but they are people)
- - - - the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
Now, in some Christian churches, at least some, if not all, it is being preached more and more today that we have come to the end of the world or the end of the age, the consummation of the age. We look at the world, at the nations with their fingers on the triggers, all ready to make war, and we are warned of the end of all life upon this earth unless it is stopped. And this is true!
You know that it is said that the world has enough weapons of destruction at its disposal today to destroy the world three and a half times over,- enough nuclear bombs, bacteriological bombs, chemical bombs and many other weapons of destruction. They have them and will certainly, in their mad attempt towards the end - if they cannot succeed in any other way, use them. The world in its state of madness is capable of just that. So, the harvest is the end of the world and the reapers are the angels.
40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
(or more correctly, consummation of the age.)
41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
So, remember how it started: He say’s: at the beginning there were two seeds sown in the world, the one was wheat, and the other tares. Jesus explained that the wheat was the children of the kingdom or of the Son of man, and the tares are the children of the evil one, or the devil. But both are human beings.
There are two groups of people on the earth, which started right at the beginning: Where did they start and how did they start? We know that the one group called the tares or the children of the wicked one originated in the devil himself. The other originated in the Son of man. These two groups of people will be together until the end of time and man alone by himself, will not be able to tell the difference.
The angels will tell the difference at the end of time and they are going to do it. They are going to gather them up, separate them and tie them into bundles or groups. I am not being dogmatic; I am just putting a thought into your mind. If you look at the world today there are definitely different groups of people: different teachings, ideologies, attracting different classes of people. We must take note of that, but we shall see much more of it as we go along.
There is a point that I wish to draw your attention to, if you will refer again to:
24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
So at the beginning there was only good seed, there was only wheat, and they were as we saw, the children of the Son of man.
25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.
Now, if we refer to the original language, (and I want to show you a Scripture or two about that), the real meaning is not “while MEN slept”, but while a “certain MAN slept”.
That is actually what Jesus said.
If you go carefully into the Greek, the meaning is that “while a certain man slept his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way”.
Now, who was the “sower” in the beginning?
God started with Adam and He started with Eve.
So, this certain man must have been Adam.
“While he slept, the enemy came and sowed the tares”.
In other words, sowed his children.
How did it happen? Now we are going to see.
First turn to:
Matthew 18:23; (and you will find it reads as follows)
23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
A certain king - if you go into the construction of the original Greek you will find that it is the same construction as used here, viz. “WHILE MEN SLEPT”.
If you take a good Concordance, like “Strong’s” and you compare these phrases carefully, you will see that, what Jesus said: “but while men slept” has the same construction and the same meaning as; likened unto a CERTAIN KING.
Now I want to show you as we go along that, “that certain man” - was Adam. While he (Adam) slept, the devil came and sowed his tares.
Let us first go to:
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For our purpose, it is sufficient to note, that He shall separate the nations of the world, as the sheep from the goats. So there will be sheep nations and there will be goat nations. Now bear in mind the tares and the wheat:
The children of the Son of man, or of the kingdom;
And the children of the wicked one, or the devil.
We must always compare Scripture with Scripture; otherwise we shall never understand the Bible. The Bible is not confusing. When we look at God’s Word and place relative items and thoughts about certain things in their true perspective, then we gain insight.
So, these sheep nations are the same as the children of the kingdom, and as the children of the Son of man. He put them on his right hand.
I wish to make these things clear to you today. One must be alert with wide-open eyes and ears to be able to judge with discernment these many things, which are before us. If we do not open our eyes we shall not see them.
Note the tremendous emphasis on the word left today: left wing, left Communism and so on. All these things are significant and great things in the world today, such as leftist movements of whatever category; be on the lookout! The Bible will give you clear indications with regard to all the major occurrences in the world.
If you hold that as a key in your mind, then look at your news. Whether it is in your newspaper, however slanted it might be, or on your television, or the mass news media, and you look at events happening in the world, and you have a clear understanding of the basic framework of God’s plan, then the news of the world becomes absolutely fascinating because you can see fulfilment in the minute’s detail.
Now, these goat nations on the left and the tares are the same.
(Remember we spoke about the origin.)
If we want to understand the present and the future it is essential that we understand the past, otherwise we have no comprehension. We must look at the origin. As these nations on the left are called the goat nations, let us look at the things we know only too well today.
We know that occultism (mystical, magical, and beyond the range of ordinary knowledge, involving the supernatural) is very prominent in the world. As a matter of fact, it is making dreadful inroads even upon Christianity.
And what is one of the major signs of occultism? - The goat!!!
It is very prominent in Satanism. At their ritual and their ceremonies they involve the goat - the goat’s head!
In much of your “pop music” today, which is a subject on its own, so many who have been in pop and have come out again and were converted, show you how many of the “pop songs” revolve around the goat and the ceremony of the goat.
I know that what I am saying is being recorded on tape and will be circulated all over the country and various countries in the Western World. I know that I am saying things that are dangerous, but if I don’t say it, nobody will know the truth. I have been doing this for years and know that God, by his grace, has kept his hand upon me.
There is another movement in the world in which the goat plays a prominent part, which is Freemasonry. One can go into the history of Freemasonry, you can read books by, say, Lester Webster; there are many books written by her. You can read books such as Occult Theocracy by madam Queensburough, and so on, and you will see that the goat is a very prominent figure in Freemasonry and how this organization is connected with subversive movements in the world. The goat nations on the left: goat and left. How prominent that is today.
So, also “In the Illuminati”. Those who study international politics will know what a prominent part the goat plays. We shall meet the goat again, perhaps in our fourth lecture when we get to Esau. I shall then come back to the goat again.
Let us have a look at:
1 GIVE ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
I always advise people to read the Bible with their imagination. You must try to picture a certain scene or situation of which you read in the Bible as clearly as you possibly can. Try and picture Adam and Eve in the garden, and imagine Cain and Abel; where Cain slew Abel etc. and so on.
Now, how did the ancient history come to us?
Well, one way it comes, as with primitive people even today, the father tells his son, and that son, when he is old enough, tells his son, and so on. Of course it becomes warped and much is added or left out and so perhaps you do not get a clear picture, but at least you get an indication of these parables and dark sayings of old, that which have also been passed on from father to son etc. Bear that in mind, and you will see why I have brought that in.
I want to take you to another episode recorded in the Bible, which very few people notice, or even see, and yet is of the utmost importance. I want you to look up two familiar chapters in the Bible, which I will give to you in a moment, where you will see how the angels visited the earth. That these angels, when they came for their visit and to accomplish the mission for which they were sent, were seen and recognized as ordinary men.
They performed the functions of ordinary men, they were seen, and were asked to rest, they were granted hospitality. They were given food to eat, and they ate this food with their hosts etc.
Firstly refer to Genesis 18, where three angels visited Abraham, and began to speak to him concerning the destruction of wicked Sodom and Gomorrah and how Abraham pleaded with one of them to spare Sodom and Gomorrah. I think he started in his plea with 50, and came down, eventually, to ten. That this person, this angel, said to Abraham: “Yes, if we find ten righteous men in Sodom and Gomorrah they will be spared”. But ten could not be found and the towns were destroyed.
Now have a look at what happened.
Genesis 18:1-25, 32-33;
1 AND the LORD appeared unto him (that is Abraham) in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;
Before we read any further there is something else I wish to point out to you, which you as Bible students perhaps already know, but some of the people who will be listening to these tapes might not know. In our King James Bibles where you find the word LORDwritten in capital letters, like here in this verse, the original is YHWH, the original Name of God which is often called JEHOVAH, but Jehovah is arrived at by merely inserting the vowels, making of YHWH, the word JEHOVAH.
That now is most important! In other words, this, and “The LORD appeared unto him” means it was the LORD HIMSELF. He appeared unto Abraham and that is why I prepared you in your minds, saying that you must read your Bible with your imagination. There Abraham was in the heat of the day, sitting in the shade under a tree, and here the LORD appeared. Now, I want you to have a good look and to see what the LORD looked like, and what He did - this person, called “The LORD”!
2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him:
(They were men, he could see them),
and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,
They were men, he could see them, and he ran to meet them and bowed himself to the ground: in other words, he immediately recognized in them people of superior standing to himself. Quite naturally so, of course.
3 And said, My Lord, - - - -
(Small letters, only capital L, the others are small letters. This is now Adonay as would any superior person be addressed as Lord!)
- - - - - if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:
4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:
(We shall soon see who these people were. In any case it started “and the LORD appeared”. We already know that one of them was The LORDYHWH himself, but we shall see who the other two were. But he wanted to wash their feet, they were real men who stood before him, and that is important, and you will see later on why I lay such emphasis on this.
“Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:”)
5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said
6 And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it and make cakes upon the hearth.
7 And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetched a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it.
8 And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; - - - -
(Quite a royal feast)
- - - - - and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.
They ate, and he had already washed their feet. All right, if I go now, and wash your feet as you sit here, or one of you does, one would feel that you are substance. You do not wash a spirit’s feet. They were men, he prepared a royal meal for them, and they did eat, spirit’s do not eat.
Have a good look.
9 And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.
10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life, and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.
11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.
12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After l am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?
(Shall I have desire?)
13 And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, (now look at the word LORD, capital letters, YHWH, this is important)
- - - - -saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?
14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? (capital letters) At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh.
(Who can hide anything from the LORD?)
16 And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.
17 And the LORD said, shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;
Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
(I want you to take note of that verse because we shall be coming back to it.)
19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.
22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.
In other words, which men turned their faces from the thence and went towards Sodom but Abraham stood yet before the LORD? The other two men, they were three; while the LORD, the third One stayed behind with Abraham. The other two went to Sodom because the LORD had received report of their wickedness in his dwelling place, and He said, “I came down to see”.
23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
Before I read further, Abraham had in mind that his nephew, Lot and his wife, and their children were in Sodom. So I am sure that was one of the thoughts that motivated Abraham in his plea before the LORD, because if those cities were destroyed, Lot and his family would also be destroyed with them.
24 Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city: wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?
25 That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
Now, here again, you must use your imagination. Here, Abraham was standing, they say, before this man, but He was the LORD and Abraham knew it, because he addressed him as such. There is a tremendous thought in this, and I do not want to draw a red herring across the trail. It is a study on its own into which we are not going to go in this series. But if you make a good study of it, this LORD was none other than the Lord Jesus himself. It was Jesus who, in one of his theophanies, (appearance of God to man) as it is called in Biblical terms.
“Theos” is the Greek word for God, in other words, where He took on the form of flesh before his incarnation: He always appeared as YHWH or the Angel of the LORD. He was visible, He was tangible, completely in human form, and as such Abraham pleaded with him for Sodom, and he started with fifty. Now, just to save time, we know how he scaled it down, pleading and pleading.
32 And he said, Oh let not the Lord (small letters) be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten should be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.
33 And the LORD (capital letters) went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place.
Now, these two angels, as we saw in verse 22 “And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom.”
Now, in chapter 19:1-38 we read of their arrival in Sodom. Let us look what happened there, and again use your imagination.
Genesis 19:1- 38.
1 AND there came two angels - - - -
(now it is said they were angels, but they were men, Abraham gave them a
royal feast: he washed their feet: they ate with him: now these two men),
- - - - to Sodom at even: and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them; - - - -
(so he saw them)
- - - - rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;
(the same as Abraham did).
2 And he said, Behold now, my lords, (small letters) turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.
(So, he invited them into his house; he again offered to wash their feet, one cannot wash a spirit’s feet, they took on human form, and had already had a meal with Abraham).
3 And he pressed on them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, - - - -
(so they were going to eat again, this is important)
- - - - - -and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.
4 But before they lay down, - -- -
(so they even went to bed),
- - - -the men of the city, even the men of Sodom compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:
5 And they called unto Lot - - - -
(Now, in your imagination, you must see them surrounding the house, perhaps as far down the street, as the eye could see. Because by this time news had spread that there were two strange men. They must have made a tremendous impression because they were angels. In other words they were of high standing and dignity. One could just feel that they were not ordinary men all the same. So they all ran and said that two men had arrived and were now staying with Lot. These people were Sodomites; wicked, filthy, ugly, as we all know. Now you are going to see what they were going to demand from Lot. They were going to demand from Lot that he deliver these two men to them, so that they could commit their foul deeds with them. Now if these two men were not flesh, and, as the Sodomites were after flesh only, why would they have demanded them? I am stressing this because then you will see my point, as we go along).
- - - - and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.
We know that this Biblical term “that we may know them” means, having intercourse with them. In any place where a man and his wife came together, and had intercourse, the Bible describes it as “He knew his wife”. So they said, “that we may know them”. That we may have intercourse with them. You cannot have intercourse with spirit’s, they were real!
6 And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,
7 And said, I pray you brethren, do not so wickedly.
Now, you picture Lot: say, in this house where we are now, closing the door, and standing outside, the whole street just full of people shouting, lifting up their hands, and all that, and Lot trying to quieten them, saying, “Now, listen to me”.
8 Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.
Now, especially in those days, if you gave a person shelter, if they brought him into their house, they were very much on their dignity because that person is then under their protection, and Lot said that these people are now under my roof, and I am responsible for them. Take my daughters and do your things with them, but don’t do it unto these men.
9 And they said, Stand back. - - - - -
(in other words, shut up).
- - - -And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: ----
(In other words, he is an immigrant, he is not one of us, but comes from a different country and even from a different race, but has come to settle here, and now he wants to, as it were, play the lord over us)
- - - - now will we deal worse with thee, than with them - - - -.
(One can just hear the threatening tone, look at their faces, and see how they started to lurch forward, even to grab Lot)
- - - - And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.
(They were after these two men).
10 But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.
11 And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.
12 And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? Son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:
13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.
Can you see, they had the power because they were angels, but they were in the form of men, so much so, that the Sodomites desired them for their intercourse.
14 And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, and get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked, unto his sons in law.
In other words, as one who is just talking nonsense: and that is what people will do today when you warn them.
15 And when the morning arose, then the angels - - - -
(Now they were called angels, but they were men)
- - - - hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.
16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand - - - - -
In other words, grabbed him by the hand, you must now see, here is Lot, he is still fiddling around thinking about his nice house, and so on, and not really taking them seriously, as people would do even today: and they grabbed him by the hand. It wasn’t a spirit that grabbed Lot by the hand. He could feel the grip; he could see them eat, as they could wash their feet.
- - - - and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.
17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for they life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.
(This was urgent, they had to flee and they had to run fast).
18 And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord: (small letters).
19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, - - - -
(Sorry for the interruption, but you must just look how accurate the Bible is. Lot said to them in verse 18; “not so my Lord;” these could not have been capital letters because he had not been speaking to YHWH - they were these two angels).
- - - and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:
20 Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.
21 And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken
(That little city to which he wanted to flee).
22 Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.
23 The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.
24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, - - - -
(Just see it, one blazing inferno of fire)
- - - - and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.
26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
27 And Abraham got up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD.
28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and, beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.
29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in the which Lot dwelt.
30 And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.
Now, his wife turned into a pillar of salt, so only Lot and his two daughters were left. For he feared to dwell in Zoar, and he dwelt in a cave, and his two daughters. Now, I am just reading further because it is interesting, and might stir up several questions: but, just hold them, perhaps for the next few Saturdays, let me then at least put it in your midst.
31 And the firstborn said to the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:
32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
33 And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said to the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
35 And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.
37 And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.
38 And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Ben-ammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.
Now, when we go further through the history of Israel in the Bible we find that these Moabites especially, were Israel’s enemies, so also the Ammonites. I am not dogmatic but those of you who have read my book on Revelation will know that I say that I have a strong feeling, and also a measure of proof, that the Chinese are the descendants of these Moabites today, and that the Japanese are the descendants of the Ammonites. Now, I have various reasons for saying that, but at this stage, I don’t want to expand it because of lack of time.
Remember I said that we must look at where the river started, at its origin. We saw that, while God sowed the good seed, and the good seed were the children of the kingdom or the children of the Son of man, that the tares, also men, were the children of the devil.
Now, I took time to show to you, in the destruction of Sodom, that these two angels took upon themselves human form, they ate, drank and had their feet washed. They were so human that these Sodomites craved them to commit sodomy with them. So, in other words, it is not impossible, and I will show you other occasions in the Bible where angels took on human form.
In this case these angels that took on human form abode in their state as servants of God; they came for a divine mission for which they had to take on human form. They were obedient to God. They did not deviate from their holy state, performed the function for which God sent them, and then went back.
But there are other angels in the Bible who also took on human form, but did not abide in their holy estate. When they took on human form, they could eat and have their feet washed, and could be desirable unto Sodomites, with whom to have intercourse. They then have the full faculties of man, and if they did not abide in their holy state, they could also come and have intercourse with women on earth, and what offspring would come from that?
Now, that is what I am heading for, and for which I am trying to lay the foundation, because that which happened then, Jesus said, “to leave them until the time of harvest”. The time of harvest is at the end of the age, the consummation of the age. We are all saying that we have come to the consummation of the age. We have come to the time when left and right etc. are clearly manifesting themselves. Who are these tares? Where did they come from? Jesus said: “the devil sowed them”.
Now I am going to show to you that the devil was also an angel. Before he became the devil, he was Lucifer, the chief angel of God. But he rebelled against God, and he took on human form, and sowed his tares upon the earth; in other words, left an offspring, he and the angels who followed him. That offspring is upon the earth today, they are the tares, and also are the enemies of the wheat. Only the angels will be able to do the final sorting out.
We must consider this matter carefully. Let us look at the book of Hebrews. No doubt you will say, that we have been dealing only with the Old Testament so far.
But let us have a look at:
1 LET brotherly love continue.
2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Now there it is written: be not forgetful to entertain strangers. If an angel came in its spirit form, I am sure some of you might agree with me, I am perfectly sure, certain in my own mind, that there are angels around us right now.
I have many Scriptures to prove that angels are ministering spirits, to minister unto the heirs of salvation: I will show you that in Scripture. But angels also take on human form, otherwise how could a warning like this be issued -- “be not forgetful to entertain strangers”?
So you see strangers, and will not be able to distinguish whether that person comes to your door as an angel or not, “for thereby some have entertained angels unawares”. This is not something to pass by lightly. It is of utmost importance.
The Scripture is:
Hebrews 1:13- 14.
13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
As a matter of fact, often when I have spoken to some people they would smile incredulously with an attitude of “poor man leave him to his delusions!”
My wife knows, that when we get into our motorcar, we pray before I turn that key and I ask the Lord to protect us on the road and to send His angels before us. That is not just pious procedure. I believe that!
I know many people who can witness and testify where angels, in their own lives, have saved them from certain death. Where they have been grabbed away before a moving car, and some would think nothing of it.
Jesus speaks, I think it is in Luke chapter 18, about the children and their angels, always watching the face of our heavenly Father. I think it is common belief that children have guardian angels. So I believe that every believer has guardian angels to care for him or her, but like anything in our Christian walk, we must claim these things by faith.
We have a part to play because God has made us sovereign beings. We have to activate, as it were, we have to command it, and administer what God has given us. If we would make our faith more practical, I believe our lives would be different to what they perhaps are at the moment, as I shall show you further on.
(These are the words of Jesus when he was denouncing the Lawyers and the Scribes and the Pharisees).
49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:
50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, ----
(I want you to look this up in your Bibles because we are going to see much of that)
- - - - may be required of this generation;
51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.
52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.
Now the blood of all that were slain from the foundation of the world, the blood of all that were slain from Abel to Zacharias shall be required of this generation. There are a few things here that we must understand; that word “generation” is from the Greek word “Genea”, which means Race. It does not mean generation in the sense of a span of life: in other words it should read as follows: “That all the blood that has been shed from the foundation of the world from the time of Abel - - - - - -”
We know who slew Abel, Cain slew Abel and his blood shall be required from this “race”, that race to whom Jesus was speaking; those Lawyers and Pharisees, that element in Jewry. Unless we understand the full truth, we shall never understand the times in which we live. Remember these tares will only be gathered at the time of harvest. The consummation of the age.
In other words, they are among us. But Jesus also said on another occasion: “Ye shall know a tree by its fruit”. You do not pick figs and grapes from a bramble bush with its thorns. These things we must bear in mind for they have significance and meaning! “Shall be required of this generation!”. It starts therefore with Cain – (See Luke 11:50-51).
Now we go to:
29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
(Remember the blood of the prophets, of whom it shall be required?)
31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
(When we go to the book of Acts, wefind that is what they did).
35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon thisgeneration.”(This Race).
Now, let us look again at:
31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto your-selves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
(That word children in the original Greek, means offspring, it means sons; it means descendants).
33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
The word generation here means progeny or produce.
36 Verily I say unto you, all these things shall come upon this generation.
Genea, which means race, not a certain lifespan of people. And to whom was He speaking? They that were there before him, upon that “race”.
I have a few more Scriptures in this connection but before I go any further I would like to bring this to your attention. Just listen carefully! When Jesus spoke, and you must admit that He spoke to them sharply, when He said: “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers”, Jesus never insulted or humiliated anybody, He never reprimanded anybody with the intention of hurting them, like we humans often do.
Jesus was never nasty. When He used strong words was when He uttered the truth only, and not to sting or hurt them. When He called them a generation of vipers, it was not to hurt them, like people do when calling others all kinds of names, like “you brat”, etc. in order to hurt that person.
Jesus never purposely tried to hurt anybody. Therefore, we as Christians, as children of the Lord must remember, if we are real Christians that Christ has left for us an example that we must follow. We must never be nasty in our attitude; we must never do anything to anybody to deliberately hurt that person.
We may speak the truth, but then the Bible says that when we speak the truth, we must do so in love. Jesus spoke the truth when He called these people a generation of vipers. As you have seen and as I am further going to intimate they were these tares; these children of the devil, and the devil is called that old serpent. They were really the serpent’s children, literally.
Now, look at the book of:
(Now just listen to these words, and remember it is Jesus who spoke).
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do: He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie,
(Or more correctly, the lie)
- - - - he speaketh of HIS OWN: for he is a LIAR, and the FATHER of it.
So Jesus said to some the Jews: “Ye are of your father the devil and the lusts of your father ye will do.” I believe this is plain enough, as I explained to you thus far. If you read that chapter you will discover much more along that line. I think I have thus far established that there is a race, a viper’s race; a serpent’s race; a race of tares upon this earth, and that they are the offspring of the very devil himself, literally.
Now we go back to Luke 11.
Luke 11:49- 51;
49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:
50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required from this generation;
51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.
What I am aiming at now, is in verse 50: “that the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required from this generation:” The foundation of the world. What did Jesus mean? Remember what I said, “The Past, The Present and The Future in the Light of Scripture”: I said to you that we could not understand the present, much less could we understand the future if we did not understand the past. I have already tried to give you a look, a peep into the past, and the origin of people and of things; now we are going to see much more of that, but first I want us to look at a few Scriptures in which this expression, “foundation of the world”, also occurs.
Let us look at:
THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.
John 17:24; (Jesus Prays)
24 Father I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
So, there we have “foundation of the world” again.
3 Blessed be the God and Farther of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Paul writes to these Ephesians, and he said God has chosen us before the foundation of the world. Now, “chosen us before the foundation of the world”, who were these Ephesians? I am not going into details here, if you analyse this Epistle, you will find that they were Israelites. That is very important.
The general teaching in the churches is that all those who are saved have been chosen before the foundation of the world. That is one of the main ingredients in the teaching on predestination. That you are predestinated, especially in Calvinism, some to go to heaven and others to go to hell. That is not the meaning of these words.
These constitute a particular group of people to whom Paul wrote these words, ‘that you were chosen before the foundation of the world’. It can be proved from this Epistle that these Ephesians were Israelites. The point here, however, is that they were chosen before the foundation of the world.
Now, this is very important and actually tremendously interesting. These Ephesians were people who lived in the time 60 AD. That is more or less the time during which this Epistle was written, so they were sufficiently grown up to understand what Paul had written to them. So they lived 60 years after the birth of Christ, yet Paul said to them, you were chosen before “the foundation of the world”.
Now how long ago was that? Certainly thousands of years before these Ephesians were born, and yet they “were already chosen”.
So, where do they come from?
Where do you come from?
The moment you were conceived in your mother’s womb, was the time you started life? That is another thought, but there is an answer to that, just tuck it away somewhere in your mind. Now, more about the foundation of the world.
1 Peter 1:20;
20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.
Foreordained before the foundation of the world.
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
So here are people referred to whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, and the letter written to the Ephesians who were chosen before the foundation of the world. We are now going to take a closer look at this word “Foundation” in the Greek language, because it is important! There are two Greek words, both translated “Foundation”, in our English Bibles, but which are completely different Greek words, and therefore have completely different meanings.
All these Scriptures that I have now quoted to you: Luke 11:49- 51; John 17:24; 1 Peter 1:20; Rev. 13:8 and Rev. 17:8 were all translated from the original Greek word – “KATABOLÉ”. You can verify this for yourselves if you take a good Concordance. I took it from the Concordance.
Now, this “KATABOLÉ” in the Greek, according to these “learned” people, literally means -- “a casting down or a founding”.
Very often, when we build a house or a building is erected, we still talk about the throwing of a foundation. We “threw” the foundation.
“KATABOLÉ”means, a throwing down: -- since the throwing down of the world.
The other word used for foundation is – “THEMELIOS”, which is used as a noun together with – “PETRA”, which is a stone.
For example, let us have a look at:
47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:
48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation (THEMELIOS) on a rock (PETRA) and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation (THEMELIOS) built an house upon the earth, against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
This FOUNDATION is – “THEMELIOS” and is of course, a noun.
10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
That word, “foundation” is also from the original Greek word – “THEMELIOS”. Metaphorically it is used for the tenets (principle, dogma, doctrine) of our faith, which of course is not connected with a literal “Petra or rock”.
(Now, I must go into detail about this because we must understand the word “foundation”, where things come from).
20 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation.
1 Corinthians 3:10-12;
This is a very familiar portion of Scripture, and a blessed one.
10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
Lets also look at:
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
1 Timothy 6:19;
19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
The Greek word here is “THEMELIOS” which is completely different to “KATABOLÉ” and has a different meaning.
I have given you various Scriptures about the “foundation”, and the two Greek words “KATABOLÉ” and “THEMELIOS” which have been used. The word“KATABOLÉ” is in the sense of throwing down. Throwing down a foundation, laying a foundation, but it also means, a violent throwing down. This difference in meaning is very important.
Two Bible teachers for whom I have much respect are Dr. Bullinger who compiled the “Companion Bible”, and also F.J. Dake who compiled the “Dakes Bible”.
Both these great men, Bullinger and Dake take this word:
“KATABOLÉ” - as THE CASTING DOWN, or the DESTRUCTION of the world as it was originally created.
Firstly we refer to New Testament Scriptures and then back to the beginning of the Bible in Genesis 1.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9;
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, (KATABOLÉ) but not destroyed.
Those words “cast down” also constitute a variation of the word “KATABOLÉ”.
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
This is a literal casting down, and is derived from the Greek word “KATABOLÉ”.
We now turn to Genesis 1. We could in many ways, perhaps, say that the whole first lecture is an introduction to what follows, but I believe you will perceive how necessary it is.
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Now, let us compare that with:
2 Peter 3:4-6;
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God, the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
“the world that then was, perished.”
We now also read:
18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
”He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited”:
Now how did it then become “void” and “without form”? In other words, how did it become chaotic: in a state of absolute destruction? Everything - just like a bomb being placed in a house, everything scattered all over the house, the doors, the bricks, the mortar, the ceilings, the chairs, everything absolutely a perfect mess.
The world was without form, and void, and yet it says, in the first verse:-
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”;
And Isaiah says here that God did not create the earth to be “in vain but to be inhabited”.
It would almost seem, in our terms, as if a real bomb had hit that first creation and rendered it void, and without form. Therefore that some great cataclysm must have hit the earth some time between Genenis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 - because God had created it PERFECT. And that is exactly what Genesis 1:1 tells us, that to a large extent, and for our purpose, God finished it. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Would God, who is perfect, create anything void and without form? In the beginning, it says, God created it. Now, if God created a mess it would be contrary to God’s entire nature. It would be contrary to God’s whole purpose. But if we say, in Genesis 1, God tells us that in the beginning the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them, something must have happened which destroyed the earth as if something had blown it apart.
And perhaps then ages intervened till God started the creation as we know it today, as we read of the creation in those six days, the plants, the animals, and finally man. Now, I want to show you that THATis exactly what happened. This will explain to us all our fossils, all our skeletons, and the remains that Geologists tell us, are millions of years old.
We are now going to find in the Bible an explanation of these phenomena.
We are also going to probe for the truth by reference to the original language in which the Bible was written.
Now, these words “in vain” in Isaiah 45:18, in the phrase “He created it not “in vain”, are translated from the Hebrew word -- ”Tohù”.
Now, keep your place at Isaiah 45:18, just for a while, to have a look at Genesis 1:2;
“And the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep”.
Now, these words “without form” in Genesis 1:2, as translated from the Hebrew, have exactly the same meaning, -- “Tohù”.
Looking at Isaiah 45:18, therefore, it could read;
“He created it not without form”, you see?
Without form in Hebrew is -- “Tohù”.
This brings us to the conclusion that the earth had become “Tohù” -- without form, because it was not created “without form”.
This is exactly what Genesis 1:2 declares.
Now, this word “was”; please look at Genesis 1:2 again, and the earth “was without form”.
That word “was” in Hebrew is -- “Hâyâh” which means “became”: the word “was” should therefore read “became”.
What a tragedy that there are several incorrect translations in our Bibles which convey the wrong meaning. In its original form the Bible was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and is absolutely verbally inspired, but in the translations many mistakes have been made.
Knowing the conflict of the ages, and knowing the enemy, knowing the devil as we saw this morning, where Jesus said, “and the devil was a liar from the beginning”, it could quite possibly be that the devil succeeded, in distorting many of our translations of these cardinal points to cause the deception that has led Christianity, in many respects, along the wrong paths and byways.
That word “was” in Genesis 1:2 should read - “became”.
So, if we read it again:
Genesis 1:1-2; “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth became without form”, (this gives a better understanding) “and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
If we go to some other translations, we shall find that it is so translated. I want to give to you a few texts in the Bible where that word “Hâyâh” translated as “was” in the King James version of our Bible, is also used where it means “became”.
Let us look at:
7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became (“Hâyâh”), a living soul.
This word “Hâyâh” is exactly the same Hebrew word translated in Genesis 1:2 as “was”.
There is a big difference between “was” and “became”.
26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became (Hâyâh) a pillar of salt.
12 And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became (Hâyâh) my wife.
This was Abraham speaking about Sarah. There are many more such Scriptures, but I do not want to weary you, I shall give you only one more:
67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.
And she became his wife; this is exactly the same word that is translated “was” without form and void in Genesis 1:2.
Now you will agree with me, that this makes a world of difference and therefore gives us a better understanding of what happened in the beginning:
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth, and the earth “became” without form and void”.
Now, if God created the earth not in vain, not Tohù, not void and without form, in other words PERFECT, and it BECAME void and without form, something must have made it so. Only something much greater than any of our biggest hydrogen bombs could have caused a perfectly created earth to become void and without form. But that is exactly what happened.
The Bible tells us about it. By showing you, you will gain a much better understanding of things, which will then enable you to almost see who caused it. It could not have happened by accident. Nothing could happen by accident. God is not a God of chance, God is a God of plan and order and design. Who then threw, as it were, that bomb?
Now that bomb was thrown by the devil himself, and we want to show you how it happened.
When he turned rebel he turned against God. Where at first he was God’s chief archangel, he became the devil, the slanderer, the liar, the accuser of our brethren and the opposer.
Going back to Genesis 1:1 we find further proof there:
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
The Hebrew word for the word CREATED is – “BARA”, and implies perfection! We could have expected that because what God creates must be perfect.
I would like to show you a few Scriptures in which that word is used and in which the thought of “perfection” comes out more fully.
4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgement: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
2 Samuel 22:31;
31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
The word “BARA” does not appear here, but “his way” is perfect.
All that God does is perfect.
19 The LORD, by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.
“The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth”.
Speaking respectfully, it could not have said much for God’s wisdom if the earth was created void and without form. There is no wisdom in that. One more Scripture:
11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.
13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.
14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor anything taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before Him.
What God does, He does “perfect” and that word “Bara” has that meaning in the Hebrew language.
Now, we go back to Genesis.
But to repeat again, the theme of this series is:
THE PAST, THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE IN THE LIGHT OF SCRIPTURE!
As I said, we cannot know and understand the present, much less the future, if we do not understand the past. That is why we must look into this in detail.
Now, in Genesis 1:2, “And the earth became without form, and void.”
That phrase translated “without form and void” in Hebrew reads “TOHÚ VA BOHÚ”. The earth was therefore, (listen carefully this is important), not created – “Tohù”, - that is - “void”:
Isaiah 45:18, but BECAME - TOHÚ, (without form) as we see here in Genesis 1:2, and also as we saw in 2 Peter 3:6.
In Genesis 1:1 we have the world that “then was”.
We look again at 2 Peter 3:6, that is how Peter actually words it:
“Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:”
That is NOT the world of the flood,
but the world of: -- “in the beginning” when that catastrophe hit it.
Now, in Genesis 1:1, we have the “WORLD THAT THEN WAS” and in verse 2 we have the ruin into which it fell. We are not told when, how, or why or how long it lasted. That is important!
Now listen to this; when Geologists have settled the question of how many years they require, they may place them between verses 1 and 2 of Genesis 1.
Now, we come to our next point.
The original creation was created perfect, and it was inhabited.
That is my next point, can you remember? Or shall we read it again:
18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, - - - -
(or not without form)
- - - - he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD, and there is none else.
Now, if God formed it to be inhabited, why should he leave it empty?
That is that world of Genesis 1:1.
So, it was inhabited, but by whom?
Probably by Satan and his angels before the rebellion.
Listen very carefully, because the following is a very interesting point. We always think of heaven as something above. Now, if we modern people believe that the world is round, which we know it is, for us here in Johannesburg today, but some of the people who will eventually be listening to this tape will be in Europe and some in Australia, some in the United States of America, because that is where our tapes also go.
What is “above” for us, in relation to our position, will be “below” for them. We will leave it there, and will come back to it.
I want to repeat this sentence again. The original creation was created perfect and it was inhabited, according to Isaiah 45:18, probably by Satan and his angels before the rebellion. They were, quite likely, in human form, for we saw this morning, in Genesis 18, how these three men came to Abraham; but yet, they were angels, and one of them was God himself. They came in human form and were able to partake of all the human practices, like eating, having their feet washed, resting, and the two angels being desired in a wicked way by the Sodomites of Sodom and Gomorrah.
When we come to Genesis chapter 6, to the fallen angels, where they had intercourse with the daughters of men, they changed into human form, took for themselves human wives, and produced a generation of MONSTERS and REBELS, as we shall yet see when we come to it.
So, therefore, before this chaotic state when the earth became “TOHÚ VA BOHÚ”, it could have been inhabited by Satan and his angels in human form before they became rebels, hence the remains of human skeletons of millions of years ago, as discovered from time to time.
Compare again 2 Peter 3 and so on.
Now, this disruption of the world was an event that marked a sharp division in the dispensation of the ages. It must have been a tremendous cataclysm that hit the earth. I am going to tell you something about it.
In Genesis1:1, we thus have the creation of the heavens and the earth.
In Genesis 1:2, we have its disruption or destruction.
That is of the PRE- ADAMIC WORLD, BEFORE ADAM.
Now let us have a look at:
10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the work of thine hands:
In the beginning, and we see in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. In the beginning God laid the foundation of the earth.
Let us have a look at a few more Scriptures like:
Psalm 104:5- 9;
5 Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.
6 Thou coveredst it with the deep - - - - -
(That is with the seas)
- - - - as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.
7 At thy rebuke thy fled; (the seas) at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.
8 They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.
9 Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth. “
23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form (like in Gen. 1:2) and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.
24 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.
25 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.
(So, there must have been birds before)
26 I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger.”
This is a description of things that had been before; the prophecy seems to suggest that it shall be so again.
That is Jeremiah 4, which is also a description of the fall of Lucifer and his earthly kingdom before Adam, which we are now going to look at.
We are first going to look at:
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, - - - -
(It says he has fallen from heaven, but he says in his heart “I will ascend into heaven”),
- - - - I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the height of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
This is a description of Satan’s rebellion when the devil challenged God, and said: “I am going to be like the most High”.
But what did he say?
He said: “I will ascend into heaven”.
So where was he then? He must have been on earth!
This was where he fell (metaphorically, not from a height) but from grace and from the position he had had with God before. Which was most likely more or less the same position that Adam had and that is why he was so jealous of Adam.
That is why, after Adam had been created, he came and effected through his guile and deceit, the fall of Adam and took Adam’s position and became as it were, again the controller and god of this world. The only one, who was in the position to dethrone him justly and righteously, was the Lord Jesus himself, by dying on the cross, and shedding his precious blood. And that is what it is all about.
Now let us look at Ezekiel’s account of Satan’s fall.
Of course here the devil is addressed through the king of Tyrus, but when we look at the wording, we can see that it was no earthly king, but the devil himself.
11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God;every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
(So there was a time in the life of this person addressed here that he was perfect; that he was without sin; and that he was on the mount of God.)
16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
(It would seem as if he were the chief angel of God.)
17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: - - - -
(So he had beauty, and he had brightness)
- - - - I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
Now let us have a look at the words of our Lord Jesus himself in:
18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
So here is described for us the sin, the rebellion, the pride of the devil when he wanted to take the place of God in heaven, and we must note there in Isaiah 14:13 -- “I will ascend into heaven.” So, he was, of the intent to grasp at the throne of God; he was thrown from heaven and he became the adversary, the opponent, the devil, the deceiver. He became the enemy of God and of God’s creation: man!
He can only be destroyed by the second Adam, the Lord Jesus himself.
I want you to visualize the conflict which started in the dim past and continued on “after the creation as we know it”.
We are going to see much more of that in finer detail. How it was actually planned and how it was carried out. And may God grant that it shall not only be (in human terms) fascinating, but it shall also be awe inspiring, and shall bring us into a new realization of the battle in which we are really involved. And to understand that this personality, Lucifer, when he fell, certainly became the adversary.
But he lost none of his wisdom, he lost none of his power, he lost none of his subtlety, and he lost, when he wished, none of his beauty. From time to time he could assume the form of an angel of light. This is the danger, because to some people Jesus said:
“Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God”.
And as it says in another place:
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”: (Hosea 4:6, KJV)
Because we do not know these things of our enemy and even have a faulty conception of him, some people even joke about the devil. His forked tail, and with a garden fork in his hand and so on. He laughs up his sleeve saying: “you carry on in your ignorance while I carry on destroying you - because you do not know me”.
In battle, a good general will tell you that half the battle is won or lost by knowing or not knowing your enemy. So, if the devil can keep us in the dark concerning him, it suits him fine. But Praise God, what does the Psalmist say?
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”.
But we must understand God’s Word.
My prayer, I can say for almost all of my conscious life, has always been: “LORD OPEN YOUR WORD, AND LET US UNDERSTAND IT”. May God grant, after you have read or heard this, whether it is now or later on this tape, that you shall make this your daily prayer: “GOD OPEN YOUR WORD”.
Because if God’s Word is opened, and we understand, we also know how the devil works and how he can be overcome. Now, Jesus saw how he (the devil) fell from heaven; and the Bible therefore, clearly teaches that the earth HAD BECOME VOID AND WITHOUT FORM BEFORE IT WAS RECREATED IN THE SIX DAYS OF GENESIS 1:3-31, AS WE READ THE CREATION STORY IN OUR BIBLES: That was not the creation, but the RECREATION, the clearing up of the mess.
(In the figurative again, when this house has been bombed and so on, you come back, and say, “well, I’ll start again, I will clear up the mess and will put up a new building”.) Praise God!
IN THE IMAGE OF GOD
And so this earth was recreated. I do not want to go into detail because you can go to any good Bible, and will clearly understand the recreation in Genesis1:3, it does not speak of the creation of the lights. It says that the lights did appear; this smoke and haze which hung over the earth after its destruction of course, obscured the lights so that nobody could see them, and so on.
The man, Adam, was created in the image and likeness of God; morally, intellectually, physically and spiritually. Now this is the next very important point because now Adam appears on the scene after the recreation. He was the one who the devil was after, because in a sense it was this Adam who usurped his glory. God now made him to have dominion over all God’s handiwork, and the devil hated that and said as it were: “This man Adam I have to destroy” and in that he succeeded.
See: Psalm 8:3-9; (a well-known Psalm).
3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. (Listen!)
6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: (man - Adam).
7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
9 O LORD our Lord, (o YHWH our ADONAI) how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
Now, there in v.5, “Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels”.
That word angels (very interesting), in the original Hebrew is – “ELOHIM” (which means – GOD)-- “HAST MADE HIM A LITTLE LOWER THAN GOD”.
Let us look at:
5 For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.
6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?
7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:
8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
But we see Jesus.
In other words, God gave him, that is man, (Adam), dominion over all the earth and commanded him, (listen) to replenish the earth with his image. Let us have a look at:
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness : and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply and replenish the earth, and subdue it: - - - - - -
(Note ‘b’ in column 1, on page 2, of “Dakes annotated Bible” Gen. 1:28 reads as follows in connection with the word “replenish” the earth, and subdue it: This proves a social system before Adam, when Lucifer ruled.
Cp. 9:1, Isa. 2:6; 23:2; Jer. 31:25; Ezek. 26:2; Ezek. 27:25)
- - - - - and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
In other words, total dominion was given.
7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
Now here are a few very interesting and fundamental points to which we must pay close attention.
According to “Strong’s Concordance”, Adam means -- ruddy or to flush, or to turn rosy, red.
Adam was therefore a white man; he had to replenish the earth, meaning that the world was full before and it became empty, and we saw that he was created in the image and likeness of God.
We are now having a closer look at that.
Looking first at the word “image” which according to the learned people in Hebrew is – “Tselem”.
Which means shade, or resemblance. Its usage proves it refers to outward form, (listen) not attributes.
Here are a few Scriptures:
Genesis 1:26- 27, -“God created him in his image and in his likeness”.
Genesis 5:3; (where the same words are used)
3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image and called his name Seth.
This son Seth, looked like Adam because he was in his image and likeness. In the same way Adam looked like God because Adam was created in God’s image and likeness. So, in the way that Seth looked like Adam, Adam looked like God.
6 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
Wherever God appeared, such as in Genesis 18 where the LORD appeared unto Abraham Adam looked like the LORD as Abraham saw him that day. That is terrific, mighty, especially in this end time with our racial question and this urge and pressure exerted on the world to mongrelize the races.
The main aim and purpose is to destroy the image of God and the white man is made in the image of God! I know this is dynamite in the set up of the world today, but Satan is challenging God for supremacy with the intent to destroy again (with the destruction with which he himself was destroyed) God’s work after Christ’s redemption for us, and our full re-instatement into the position Adam had before the fall.
If the devil can destroy this image of God altogether, he will have succeeded in completely thwarting and nullifying, God’s whole purpose. This is one of the things that is at stake at this very moment and which the people do not realize, especially our churches and our preachers and they preach right into Satan’s trap.
Exodus 20:4;(still about this image and likeness in the ten commandments.)
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
The same word is used for image and likeness.
Now I just want to tell you a little story by way of relaxation and explanation. Some years ago I visited my home district in which I was born. My late father’s one sister was still alive, and was married to this uncle whose name was oom Piet Jacobs. I knew where they lived, and knocked at the front door. Everything was quiet because they were old people. There was no reply, so I thought I would run round and knock on the kitchen door. The kitchen door was open, so I just went into the kitchen where oom Piet was sitting at the table and where my aunt was somewhere near the stove. As I suddenly entered the kitchen, he looked up, and I thought he was going to have a heart attack through fright, which frightened me as well. He recovered and said that he thought I was “Johannes”, (which was my late father’s name), who ran into the kitchen. Apparently I looked very much as my father did at that age. So my uncle, when I ran into that kitchen, for that moment thought he was seeing my father. This gave him a tremendous fright because my father had passed away many years before. I had the likeness and image of my father. That was a good illustration.
I emphasize that point, because I want to show you we can know, (although I know that to some people, in this modern age, it would sound like blasphemy) that we CAN KNOW WHAT GOD, AND THEREFORE, JESUS, LOOKED LIKE.
Let us now look at the word “likeness”, which in Hebrew is – “Demûwth”. Its meaning is resemblance, model, shape, and again refers to outward form as proved by its usage from the following texts and many more that I can quote.
I have given you Genesis 1:26; 5:1-3.
18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?
Now Ezekiel 1: And as we said, there are many more which you can look up for yourself in a good Concordance. This one, where Ezekiel had the various visions is quite interesting.
5 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.
Remember we are busy with the word “likeness”, and from its usage is the best way of determining the meaning of a word. By the way, if you make a Bible study and want to have a deeper understanding of any word in a text, take a good Concordance such as ‘Young’s’ or ‘Strong’s’, look up that word, and define by careful comparison of these texts, exactly what that word means. By so doing you will better understand the text. This is a great help in any subject that you study in the Bible.
10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side: they four also had the face of an eagle.
The likeness: one of a man, one of an ox, one of an eagle, etc.
13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.
(You can see that this all refers to outward form).
16 The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.
Likeness -- outward form!.
So you can visualize it.
Now God said: “I will create man in my image and my likeness”, - “outward form”. So God, when he appeared, had an outward form and he looked like Adam, and Adam looked like the LORD. Which is further proof that God is white; wherever he appeared, like unto Abraham he was white.
Let us look at these Scriptures:
8 Phillip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
(The shout RACISM will be heard now, but I am just bringing God’s Word).
9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet
hast thou not known me, Phillip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
He who hath seen Me hath seen the Father! He who hath seen the Father, (The Lord knows that I am not equalising but just illustrating. Like that day when my uncle saw me, he thought he saw my father.) So to the one who saw Jesus, he said; “You have also seen my Father, I look like him”. Now, what did Jesus look like? At least, this we can know!
Look at 1 Samuel 16:12; (description of David). Remember Jesus was a son of David; let us look what David looked like.
1 Samuel 16:12;
12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he (David) was ruddy and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.
David was ruddy, and Jesus is a Son of David.
1 Samuel 17:42;
42 And when the Philistine (Goliath) looked about, he saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.
Some of our modern preachers even go so far in their compromise as to say: Well, at least Jesus must have been coloured. And some even say that Jesus was black, to satisfy the black people. But this is not what the Bible says.
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