And the Spirit & the bride say, come.... Reveaaltion 22:17

And the Spirit & the bride say, come.... Reveaaltion 22:17
And the Spirit & the bride say, come...Revelation 22:17 - May We One Day Bow Down In The DUST At HIS FEET ...... {click on blog TITLE at top to refresh page}

Monday, November 20, 2017

God is Love: The Evidence

God is love;
1 John 4:16

6 Examples:

1- The Bible begins & ends the same. In the opening story God leans over & breathes the breath of Life into Adam. In the last story God leans over & wipes away all tears from the eyes of the saints. In between it's pages God is leaning over the balcony of heaven to touch you by telling you what He thinks of you.
.... the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
James 5:11

2- God sings a song to the redeemed.
The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, ... even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more....The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty;...he will joy over thee with singing.
Zephaniah 3:15,17

3- God HIMSELF will wipe away all tears.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;
Revelation 21:4

4- God will surround Himself for eternity with His redeemed....for their place of abode is connected to the House of God (His Sanctuary).
In my Father's house are many mansions:
John 14:2

5- Christ has washed you clean in His own Blood.
And from Jesus Christ...the first begotten of the dead,...Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,...
Revelation 1:5
6- He cares about your 1) Personal 2) Physical & 3) spiritual well being.
I wish above all things that thou 1) mayest prosper 2) and be in health,
 3) even as thy soul prospereth......Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing?
and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.... are of more value than many sparrows.
3 John 1:2/Matthew 10:29-31
But I trust I shall shortly see thee,
and we shall speak face to face.
3 John 1:14


And when he thought thereon, he wept.
  Mark 14:72
The Apostles Series: Peter
I Am Not Supposed To Be Here performed by MICHAEL CARD
How did Christianity enter Rome?
Crucifixion of Peter
Last Words of Peter (for us)
Bitter Herbs of Repentance
GOSPEL GEM: Breaking of the rock (Peter)
Picture the Scene
Lesson from Peter's Preaching to Cornelius
GOSPEL GEM: Peter's Mother -in - law
GOSPEL Gem: The Transfiguration
ACTS OF THE APOSTLES: Audio & Pull Quotes- Chapter 51

--Peter's Epistles--
The Greeting from Peter
April 7,1923 Sabbath School Lesson (1 Peter 1)
Even Peter found Paul to be hard to understand at times.....
Peter's 4 Cosmologies
Peter on those 2 Events
Peter on the Judgment
3 Points for Witnessing from Peter
Peter on Path of Sanctification
Peter & Isaiah
Peter to Church Leaders
Description of You by Peter
Where is Scripture from?
Drink Your Milk Daily
Reserved for YOU in Heaven
2 Peter 3:9
Be Holy in Conversation
Christianity - No Pain-No Gain
Creation Moment 1/8/2012 - Entropy
Peter Testifies
Christ in the Books of the Bible Series: 1 PETER
Christ in the Books of the Bible Series: 2 PETER

9 Point Series: (Little Horn, Beast, Man of Sin) #1

"Now let me give you my proof that Daniel 7, 2 Thessalonians 2 and Revelation 13 all refer to the Antichrist.
First of all, in each passage the source, the origin, is the same.
-In Daniel 7:8, the little horn comes from the fourth beast;
-in Revelation the rule of the Antichrist is the last phase of the beast from the sea;
-while the man of sin from 2 Thessalonians is visible after the removal of the Roman Empire."

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
2 Thessalonians 2:4

"A Little Longer" -- Beautiful Writing by E.G.W.

"The Bible is the garden of God.

Are you discouraged?
Are you bereaved?
The word of God tells you not to sorrow as those who have no hope, for there will be a relinking of the family chain.

When we look upon our dead,
-we think of the morning when the trump of God shall sound,
-and when the dead shall be raised incorruptible,
-and we shall be changed.

Over the rent sepulcher of Joseph, Christ proclaimed, "I am the resurrection and the life."
*A little longer, and we shall see the King in his beauty.
*A little longer, and he shall wipe away all tears from our eyes.
*A little longer, and we shall have a robe of purity, whiter than any fuller on earth could whiten it. It is the garment woven in the loom of heaven, not to cover over our sins, for Jesus takes away the sin of the world, but to clothe us in the righteousness of Christ.

I want to behold him until I shall be changed into his likeness; for by beholding we become changed."
Signs Of The Times 1894 E.G.W./John 11:25

Patriarchs & Prophets: Audio & Pull Quotes- Chapter 51

God's Care for the Poor


To the poor, the seventh year was a year of release from debt.

The Lord would place a check upon the inordinate love of property and power. Great evils would result from the continued accumulation of wealth by one class, and the poverty and degradation of another.
The law of mutual dependence runs through all classes of society. The poor are not more dependent upon the rich than are the rich upon the poor. While the one class ask a share in the blessings which God has bestowed upon their wealthier neighbors, the other need the faithful service, the strength of brain and bone and muscle, that are the capital of the poor.
Obedience to God's commandments would surely result in prosperity. Thou shalt lend unto many nations, He said, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee. Deuteronomy 15:6

Who hides in those Rocks 'n Caves?

Those Rocks 'n Caves.....
And people shall enter the caves of the rocks
and the holes of the ground, 
from before the terror of the Lord,
and from the splendor of his majesty,
when he rises to terrify the earth.
Isaiah 2:19 ESV
Q: So who exactly hides?...
A: Then the kings of the earth and the great ones
and the generals and the rich and the powerful,
 and everyone, slave and free,
hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains...
Revelation 6:15 ESV
Q: Does it do any good?
A: Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him?
declares the Lord.
Do I not fill heaven and earth?
declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 23:24

Creation Moment 11/20/2017 - Saturn's Magnetic Field undermines Evolutionary Cosmology

"As Cassini scientists admitted (NASA and JPL), Saturn’s magnetic field
contradicts theory. There is almost zero difference between the spin access and its magnetic field axis. Theory requires some degree of difference to drive the dynamo assumed to create magnetic fields. This “surprising” fact remains unexplained after Cassini’s 13-year mission.

Based on data collected by Cassini’s magnetometer instrument, Saturn’s magnetic field appears to be surprisingly well-aligned with the planet’s rotation axis. The tilt is much smaller than 0.06 degrees — which is the lower limit the spacecraft’s magnetometer data placed on the value prior to the start of the Grand Finale.
This observation is at odds with scientists’ theoretical understanding of how magnetic fields are generated. Planetary magnetic fields are understood to require some degree of tilt to sustain currents flowing through the liquid metal deep inside the planets (in Saturn’s case, thought to be liquid metallic hydrogen). With no tilt, the currents would eventually subside and the field would disappear.
Saturn is not the only planet with a magnetic problem." CEH
Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host,... Nehemiah 9:6

Saturday, November 18, 2017


And Cush begat Nimrod:
he began to be a mighty one in the earth. ...
... And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel,
and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.Genesis 10:8, 10

Marduk, Nimrod & Revelation 17
Nimrod's Kingdom
Nimrod & Semiramis: Birth of Paganism
Battlefield Earth Series - Babel (Beginning of the post-flood rebellion)
Is "Nimrod" back?

Old Testament Love {Same as the New Testament Love}

Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.
Leviticus 19:18

"Many people have mistakenly rejected or neglected the Old Testament on the basis that it speaks about a vindictive God of judgment in contrast to the New Testament God of love manifest in Jesus Christ. This perspective, however, is completely wrong.

One day a lawyer asked Jesus, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:36-40).

Both of these commandments were recorded, of course, in the Old Testament.
--The first one in Deuteronomy 6:4-5 is perhaps the most revered of all passages to the Jews: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”
--The second great commandment is the one in our text for the day. This law is buried deep in the Pentateuch, in the unlikely heart of the book of Leviticus. In the New Testament it is even called “the royal law” (James 2:8).

Thus, the great underlying theme of the Old Testament is love—love for God and love for others—and this truth is stressed by Christ Himself in the New Testament. Even greater is God’s eternal love that was ours from before the world and that will never end. “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee” (Jeremiah 31:3). HMM

Foundations of Faith Sermon SERIES by Doug Batchelor

Foundations of Faith Sermon SERIES
(by Doug Batchelor)
I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone,
 a tried stone, a precious corner stone,
a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
Isaiah 28:16
The Truth About The Truth
The Law of Life and Love
Good God Bad World
The Day Of Restoration  
A Matter Of Life And Death  
True and False Prophets
Cleansing the Temple
Healing, Health, and Holiness  
 The King Returns

Languages from the Plain of Shinar

And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god.
Daniel 1:2

"Whether an occurrence in an Egyptian text of šngr or a similar occurrence in an Amarna letter of Sa-an-ha-ar refer to the biblical Shin‘ar, i.e. Lower Babylonia, is disputed, the Hebrew is nevertheless clear, even if extra-biblical references are not.

According to Genesis 11:2 the confusion of languages occurred in “the land of Shin‘ar”, also mentioned in Genesis 10:10 and 14:1. That this name refers to Lower Mesopotamia is undoubted: the association with other known cities of that region in Genesis 10:10, and the destination of Shin‘ar for the Jewish exiles in Daniel 1:2, make the identification certain.

What is important is the event. It is here proposed that the confusion of languages was a supernatural act of God which created a whole array of unrelated but highly complex languages; namely, the very languages cited and discussed above, which all appear at the same time, i.e. the second half of the third millennium BC. Contrary to what one sometimes reads in commentaries on Genesis, these disparate languages were not a natural development from a single original over time, but a sudden, supernaturally induced change in the linguistic landscape with a resultant polyglot of languages. This is precisely what we find when we study ancient languages and their geographical distribution.

One final comment is necessary here: according to Genesis 10:5, 20, 31 the Japhethites, the Hamites, and the Semites spread abroad with their respective families and languages. These language groups fall into the familiar three streams: Japhetic or Indo-European, Hamitic or Afro- Asian, and Semitic—but these are not necessarily ethnic designations. One important subgroup here is, of course, the Canaanites, who populated the seaboard of the Eastern Mediterranean and whose various subdivisions are those of the Jebusite, Amorite, etc., the ethnic groups we find in Canaan at the time of the conquest.

Now all these groups spoke variations of Canaanite, a Semitic language akin to Hebrew, which explains why the Israelites were able to converse with the Gibeonites, according to Joshua 9:6–7. However, these various peoples descended from Ham (not Shem); nevertheless they adopted Semitic languages early on as they settled in the Levant and Palestine.

What is here contended is that the Tower of Babel event produced this array of disparate but highly complex languages, which remained spoken languages for several centuries, but that they eventually died out: some sooner (e.g. Sumerian and Hattian), some later (e.g. Hurrian and Etruscan). Meanwhile, others persist, or at least their linguistic descendants do: Uralic, Altaic, and Sino-Asian groups. Meanwhile, from antiquity, the main threefold language streams of Japhetic, Hamitic, and Semitic consolidated into the Indo-European, Afro-Asian, and Semitic families." CMI

IN the NEWS - AB 775

How has this happened to us as a nation? How can a state government FORCE a private pro-life organization to advertise FOR abortion?....How is this happening on American soil?
You see, the RADICAL LEFT isn't satisfied with just having abortion legal...they want to ram it down everyone's throats and the real reason they do this is their HATRED for Christianity, since they consider these organizations to be primarily run by Christians....we've lost our country....
Ah, ...but then again, this poking Christians in the eye, which escalated under the Obama years to an unprecedented level, will likely help usher in the mark of the beast. For when natural disaster heat up these Chirstian's will blame our moral decay on God being angry. So even the HATE by liberals for Christianity will play a role in the endtimes apparently.

"The U.S. Supreme Court today decided to hear a pro-life challenge against a California law that forces pro-life centers, such as pregnancy medical clinics, to advertise abortion. The decision marks the first time the country's highest court will hear an abortion-related case during the Trump
Pro-life advocates who have opposed the law, including The National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), praised the Supreme Court for deciding to hear what it called a “critical free speech case.”
"California's threat to pro-life pregnancy care centers and medical clinics counts among the most flagrant violations of constitutional religious and free speech rights in the nation,” said NIFLA founder and president Thomas Glessner, J.D, in a statement. 
The implications of the Supreme Court's decision in this case will reverberate nationwide, to similar unconstitutional laws in Illinois and Hawaii," he added. 
California’s 2015 “Reproductive FACT Act” (AB 775) requires pro-life pregnancy centers to post signage notifying their patients where and how they can receive state taxpayer-funded abortions. The law applied to hundreds of privately funded pregnancy centers." Lifesite 
....keep thee from every wicked thing. Deuteronomy 23:9

Patriarchs & Prophets: Audio & Pull Quotes- Chapter 50

Tithes and Offerings


The system of tithes and offerings was intended to impress the minds of men with a great truth--that God is the source of every blessing to His creatures, and that to Him man's gratitude is due for the good gifts of His providence.
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in Mine house, and prove Me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. Malachi 3:10

Creation Moment 11/19/2017 - Evolution's own ex nihilo

For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.
Psalm 33:9

"Evolutionists have frequently criticized creationism as unscientific because of its basic commitment to the doctrine of creation ex nihilo—that is, “creation out of nothing.” The idea that God simply
 called the universe into existence by His own power, without using any preexisting materials, is rejected out of hand by evolutionists since this would involve supernatural action, which is unscientific by definition—that is, by their definition.

Yet, evolutionary cosmogonists maintain that the universe evolved itself out of nothing! Creationists at least postulate an adequate Cause to produce the universe—that is, an infinite, omnipotent, omniscient, transcendent, self-existing, personal Creator God. For those who believe in God, creation ex nihilo is plausible and reasonable. But even if people refuse to acknowledge a real Creator, they should realize that a universe evolving out of nothing would contradict the law of cause and effect, the principle of conservation of mass/energy, the law of increasing entropy, and the very nature of reason itself. How can they say such things?" ICR

Friday, November 17, 2017

The "Man"like Connection

The Little Horn of Daniel, Beast of Revelation, Man of Sin are one in the same institution with "man"like qualities linking it.....

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling
away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2 Thessalonians 2:3

 ...there came up among them another little horn, ... behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.
Daniel 7:8

 Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
Revelation 13:8


Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide.
Genesis 24:63

Lesson of Isaac's Birth
First references to "Love"
God Will Provide A Lamb performed by Michael Card
Isaac at Eventide
Isaac as Type
Isaac & Christ
God "Dims" His Eyes for You
Laying ALL upon the altar
Patriarchs & Prophets: Audio & Pull Quotes- Chapter 13
Patriarchs & Prophets: Audio & Pull Quotes- Chapter 15

7 Churches Sermon SERIES by H.M.S. Richards

7 Churches Sermon SERIES
(by H.M.S. Richards)
Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last:
and, What thou seest, write in a book,
and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia;
Revelation 1:11

IN the NEWS - Aussies Raise Fist to God

"The result of the postal survey, coming in at a 61.6 per cent vote in favor of marriage reform, signifies a more emphatic vote than
Australians have ever delivered on a national issue outside a referendum.
As Qantas CEO and marriage equality advocate Alan Joyce said after Wednesday’s Yes victory: “If this was a general election, it would be the biggest landslide in Australian electoral history.”
The survey saw responses returned by almost 80 per cent of eligible Australian voters — an arguably comparable figure to the 90-95 per cent who regularly turn out for compulsory federal elections.
However, no election comes close to the thumping triumph for same-sex marriage.
At 61.6 per cent, Yes came out with more votes than either major political party has ever pulled to win a general election."

"Christianity is the largest Australian religion according to the national census. In the 2016 Census, 52.1% of Australians were listed as Christian." wiki
But his citizens hated him,
and sent a message after him, saying,
We will not have this man to reign over us.
Luke 19:14

Papal Notes - I'm of a "perverse attitude"?

I would like to reaffirm my urgent call to renew dialogue on how we are building the future of the planet,” Pope Francis said in a message released by the Vatican on November 16, 2017. “We need an exchange that unites us all, because the environmental challenge we are experiencing, and its human roots, regards us all, and affects us all.”

The Holy Father’s renewed call to action came in a message he sent Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of the Fiji Islands, President of the 23rd Session of the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-23), taking place in Bonn from November 6-17, 2017.  The message was read during the November 16 session.
Pope Francis listed “four perverse attitudes” that “do not help honest research and productive dialogue on building the future of our planet:”
  • Denial
  • Indifference
  • Resignation
  • Trust in inadequate solutions
The Pope stressed that economic and technological approaches are important, but “it is essential and
desirable to carefully consider the ethical and social impacts and impacts of the new paradigm of development and progress in the short, medium .and long term.” And he continued: “…it is increasingly necessary to pay attention to education and lifestyles based on an integral ecology, capable of taking on a vision of honest research and open dialogue where the various dimensions of the Paris Agreement are intertwined. Zenit

I would be considered to have a "perverse attitude" according to Francis
....and after that I have spoken, mock on. Job 21:3

Patriarchs & Prophets: Audio & Pull Quotes- Chapter 49

The Last Words of Joshua


Satan deceives many with the plausible theory that God's love for His people is so great that He will excuse sin in them; The unconditional pardon of sin never has been, and never will be. Such pardon would show the abandonment of the principles of righteousness, which are the very foundation of the government of God. Love to God is the very foundation of religion. To engage in His service merely from hope of reward or fear of punishment would avail nothing. Open apostasy would not be more offensive to God than hypocrisy.
As for me and my house, said Joshua, we will serve Jehovah. Joshua 24:15

Creation Moment 11/18/2017 - Adventist Creation Textbook

Link about the book

".....readers anywhere in the world eager for access to the acclaimed go-to textbook on the latest in creation science studies can now get it for free in digital format, thanks to a unique partnership among three Adventist entities.
The book, just released in its new third edition by Andrews University Press, is Faith, Reason, and Earth History: A Paradigm of Earth and Biological Origin by Intelligent Design, authored by Leonard Brand of Loma Linda University and Arthur Chadwick of Southwestern Adventist University.
The worldwide free e-book release was formally announced at the spring meeting of the General Conference Faith and Science Council (FSC), held in Loma Linda, California, April 19-
20. The Council, comprised of practicing scientists, theologians, educators, pastors and church administrators, meets twice a year to sponsor and promote scientific investigations, publications and other activities with particular attention on creation.
The new publishing initiative was made possible by cooperation among the Council, the North American Division Adventist Learning Community, and Andrews University Press. Faith, Reason, and Earth History by Brand was originally published by Andrews in 1997. A second edition appeared in 2009. This new third edition, now co-authored by Brand and Chadwick, was made possible by funding from the FSC, chaired by Mike Ryan, assistant to the General Conference president.
This outstanding book is exactly in line with the goals and purposes of the Faith and Science Council,” Ryan said. “Andrews had the vision to publish the earlier editions and get Brand’s book established as the standard in its field.”
Ryan explained that with new developments and discoveries happening all the time, they also had to find a way to get an updated third edition in places where typical academic publishing operations like Andrews would have a hard time reaching due to costs. “We had to do something creative to get this book out around the world to do its important work,” he said. “In this day of demands for ‘open access,’ finding a way to make it free, at least electronically, is the way to go.”
The initiative for the unorthodox publishing arrangement for free e-book distribution came from staff at the North American Division’s Adventist Learning Community (ALC), an entity of the Office of Education. The ALC is a web-based educational platform designed to strengthen professionals and lay people in ministry, administration and education through continuing education courses, teaching courses, ministerial training and dissemination of uniquely Adventist content for the church community and beyond. When ALC Director Adam Fenner learned that the Council was wrestling with how to get the Brand/Chadwick book the widest distribution possible, he simply asked: “Why don’t we just make it free?”
Of course, that meant some careful analysis of what we at ALC could do to make it available in electronic form,” Fenner said. “And it required an understanding of the financial implications for Andrews University Press. But with everybody being creative, and eager to make it work, we came up with a good plan.” AR
For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth,.... and rested the seventh day:
Exodus 20:11

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Paul Vs. James? Really?

Some "Christians" claim Paul & James contradict. Some claim Paul teaches salvation by Faith while James teaches by works.....

Hyper-Dispensationalists will go as far as to say that the only Scripture to use for Doctrine are the writings of Paul.

But they are in error with such thinking.....All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,...2 Timothy 3:16 (that would include JAMES)

* They are NOT Contradictory, they are Complimentary
* It is not Faith + Works, rather it is a Faith that Works
* PAUL: How we are saved
* JAMES: How a saved person lives

SUMMARY: There is NO  Contradiction between Paul & James......STOP Confusing yourselves out there on the make yourselves sound weak minded.....

Gossip in Heaven

"Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 explicitly link the start of the cosmic struggle to God’s sanctuary.

José Bertolucci has shown how in each passage there is a movement from the local, historical realm of earthly kings to the heavenly supernatural realm describing Lucifer/Satan and the rise of the great controversy.....has disclosed this conceptual shift in Ezekiel 28—from earthly “prince” (Hebrew nagîd, the king of Tyre, verses 1-10) to cosmic “king” (melek, the supernatural ruler of Tyre, Satan himself, verses 11-19), whose judgment as fallen cherub comes at the climactic center of the whole book. The origin of evil in Lucifer the covering cherub is solidly supported from Scripture.

These portraits of the first cosmic battle are intricately linked with the heavenly sanctuary, and suffused with sanctuary imagery. Ezekiel 28:14 introduces the antagonist as “the anointed cherub who covers.” In the light of the parallel with its earthly sanctuary counterpart this language ushers us into the Holy of Holies of the heavenly sanctuary, “the holy mountain of God.” Isaiah 14:13 calls it the “mount of the congregation”—implying the original worship function of the sanctuary before sin. The heavenly sanctuary, on the holy mountain, was the location of God’s throne where unfallen beings assembled to worship Him.

It was there, in heaven’s Holy of Holies, that Lucifer first tainted the universe with sin. Ezekiel 28:16 states that he did an abundance of “trading” (Hebrew rekullah). Ezekiel draws on a verb that signifies going from person to person dealing in goods or in gossip. Unexplained pride and jealousy led Lucifer to slander God’s character, misrepresenting Him as unfair and autocratic. Eventually he openly revolted against his humble Overlord. The great war had begun, a cosmic war over worship that started at the place of worship—the celestial sanctuary.

Cast out to this earth, as Revelation 12 also depicts, Lucifer “defiled [his] sanctuaries by the multitude of [his] iniquities” (Eze. 28:18). In a twofold battle strategy he both attacks God and His loyal sanctuary worshippers, and operates rival, counterfeit sanctuaries.

Gossip and War in Eden

Scripture opens with Lucifer already fallen, lurking in Eden.
Using a serpent, he instigates on earth the same moral conflict he started in the heavenly sanctuary. His location at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is no coincidence.

The language of Genesis 1 and 2 points toward the Garden of Eden as the earthly counterpart of the heavenly sanctuary.

We could list many more similarities. But it seems clear that Satan’s assault on Adam and Eve occurs at a place that is the Holy of Holies of the earthly sanctuary, “the midst of the garden” (Gen. 2:9).   His location is consistent with his behavior in the heavenly sanctuary. So is his strategy, slandering God as arbitrary and manipulative. His gossip wins over Adam and Eve, and the great controversy enters human existence.

In their sinful state Adam and Eve are no longer able to meet with God face to face in the garden. The garden gate becomes the new place of worship. And there, as before, the great controversy rages—again over the issue of worship. Infused with Lucifer’s pride and with gossip  about God, Cain will not worship as God prescribes. His rebellion, like Lucifer’s, leads to violence, even murder. The battle rages in the story of Cain and Abel: the issue is true worship, and the battlefield is the place of worship, the sanctuary.

Rival Sanctuaries Everywhere

A brief review of Satan’s continuingly defiant challenge may include
--Leviticus 16, high point of the Hebrew sanctuary rituals that contrasts Yahweh and Azazel, protagonist and antagonist in the cosmic drama;
--or Job 1 and 2, featuring the adversary scoffing in the divine assembly (Job 1:6; 2:1);
--or Zechariah, where Satan as malicious witness accuses Joshua in a sanctuary setting (Zech. 3).

Throughout salvation history the counterfeit challenges the true—by frontal attack, by distortion, or through separate, rival sanctuaries that often remarkably resembled God’s sanctuary designs, but with
two conspicuous differences.

Yahweh Himself gave the sacrifices of Israel’s sanctuary (“I have given it to you” [Lev. 17:11]), to propitiate His own wrath. These sacrifices pointed forward to God’s self-sacrificing gift of the Lamb—His Son—to atone for the sins of the world.

Thus Satan’s counterfeit sanctuaries continued his gossip against God by distorting two essential features that revealed the heart of God’s character and the true nature of worship—
--Yahweh’s holiness in distinction to human sinfulness,
--and Yahweh’s covenant love in providing for a substitute and mediator to bridge the gap between His holiness and human sinfulness.

Calvary was the altar of the heavenly sanctuary (Heb. 8:3-5; 13:10), where Christ’s death was as antitype of the paschal lamb (John 1:29), as well as the fulfillment of all the Old Testament’s prescribed sacrificial services (Ps. 40:6-8; Heb. 7-10). Victorious in battle, Christ sits as king/priest in the heavenly sanctuary (Heb. 1:3; 8:1).

But while “D-Day” of the cosmic war is over, “V- [Victory] Day” is still future. He is seated “in heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion” (Eph. 1:20, 21). But His church still wrestles “against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12). The rule of the antichrist, or “man of sin,” predicted in Bible prophecy constitutes the period of “mop-up” operations between the “D-Day” and “V -Day” of the cosmic battle.

When the struggle against slander, the long continuing controversy over character, is finally ended, only the battle scars remain—nailprints in the hands of the Chief Commander of heaven’s forces—forever bearing witness to the falsehood of that original gossip, by showing that “God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)."