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THE SONSHIP MESSAGE #2- What Really Happened in the Garden of Eden

This is Part 2 in a series on The SONSHIP Message that is hidden in the Holy Bible!

What Really Happened In the Garden of Eden   

Why am I here? What is life all about? Why did God create me? What will happen to me after I die? Was I born to die or is there more to life than thatDid God have two plans- a Plan A when creating Adam and Eve, and then a Plan B when they sinned while in the Garden?

NO! God who knows the end from the beginning had only One Plan. He never makes a mistake and always has everything under control. From the beginning of time God had only one plan for man! From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is only a 7000-year account of God’s dealing with mankind; 6000 years have nearly passed and the 1000 year-reign of Jesus Christ will soon begin. For an Eternal God, 7000 years is a just a blink of an eye. There is much more God has for us, but are not revealed in the Holy Bible. They deal with EternitySo what is ‘the eternal purpose which God purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord’ Ep3:11? Paul wrote .. God hath chosen us in Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love; Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself  (SONSHIP), according to the good pleasure of his will’ Ep1:4,5.

God knew and chose us in Jesus Christ before the world began, to be a holy people, long before we knew and accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Before our parents met, before Adam and Eve were created, and before the world began, God chose us to be His holy children, according to the good pleasure of His will. 2Ti1:9 states God ‘..hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling.. according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began’. God had predestinated everything, and His purpose and good pleasure are intertwined in all His creation. But how do we know that we are included in this chosen group? To be in this group, we must be in Christ, living a holy and blameless life before God in love. Otherwise, we are not. We will now discuss God’s sovereignty and what is His good pleasure toward us.

God’s Sovereignty and His Good Pleasure

God is Sovereign and Almighty. He does whatever He wants. He chooses whomever He pleases ‘..according to his good pleasure which he purposed in himself’ Ep1:9. To illustrate God’s sovereignty, as Creator we had no choice to be born: no choice of our parents, our gender, male or female, our ethnicity or nationality- yellow, brown, red, black or white, or the country we were born in e.g. Africa, China, or the USA. Also, we had no choice of when in time and history we would be living. Would you have liked to have live in Noah’s days, during the great flood when all died except for 8 people, or in the days of Moses, wandering aimlessly in the desert for 40 years until many people died off? It was a Sovereign God who put us into this world, chose our parents, gender, ethnicity, nationality, and when in time we would be living. God chose you and I to be living today.

Why is this so special? God chose us to be living in these last days such that one day soon, some of us will see Jesus and be taken alive to heaven in the Rapture 1Th4:17. John wrote ‘when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is1Jn3:2. Jesus said ‘Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see GodMt5:8. We are living in a very special time when Jesus will return to take us to heaven with Him Jn14:3. Because of His sovereignty and great love, God worked out His great plan and purpose for us! To learn God’s eternal purpose in Christ Jesus- why He created us, and what He wants to achieve in us, we must first examine WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN!

In the Garden of Eden

Ge1:1 states that God created the heaven and the earth. God put all the trees and animals on the earth and Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Every tree God planted was pleasant to sight and good for food Ge2:9. God also allowed the serpent to be in the garden. Re12:9 tells that the old serpent is the Devil or Satan. How did the tree of knowledge of good and evil (the forbidden tree) get in the garden? Since it was an evil tree, God did not plant it; perhaps Satan did! Mt13:25,39 states the devil is the sower of tares, or the planter of the bad seed. Like God’s trees, the forbidden tree was also beautiful Ge3:6, but not good for food.

In the beginning 6000 years ago, God had only ONE LAW- thou shalt not eat of the forbidden tree;for in that day you eat thereof, you shall surely die’ Ge2:17. However, consider these facts: Without the serpent, there would not have been any temptation, and without the forbidden tree, no sin! So here is a very important revelation: If Adam and Eve did not sinwe would not have needed a Savior; Jesus would not have to come, and if Jesus did not come, we would not know Him and about God’s great plan for us. Jesus means ‘he shall save his people from their sins’ Mt1:21.

Consider thisNO SIN, NO SAVIOUR NEEDED, AND JESUS NEED NOT COME; NO SPECIAL PLAN FOR MAN, NO HOLY BIBLE TO TELL US WHAT HAPPENED and WILL HAPPEN, and we would have NO KNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS! Without the Bible, we would not know of God’s great love for placing us here on earth, and His eternal purpose for us in Christ Jesus ourLord Ep3:11! BUT ADAM AND EVE DID SIN, WE NEEDED A SAVIOUR, JESUS CAME TO SAVE US. NOW WE HAVE THE BIBLE TO TELL US WHAT HAPPENED AND WILL HAPPEN, AND NOW WE HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD AND HIS LOVE, AND HIS GREAT PLAN AND PURPOSE FOR OUR LIVES Jn3:16!

The Garden Scene/The Garden Sin

Adam and Eve may have lived in the garden for many years before they gave in to the serpent’s temptation. They were carefree, asexual having no children, and were in daily communion with God. They had no hunger, no sweat, no sorrow, no pain, no lack, no strife, no bondage, no problems, no violence, no sickness, no disease, no sin, no evil and no death! They were vegetarians who ate the fruit of all the trees except one in the Garden. They were healthy and would have lived forever. Prior to sinning, Adam and Eve were clothed with a bright glory.

The Bible said that the serpent was very subtil and wise Ge3:1, and perhaps very attractive. The serpent stood upright and could talk like a human. The serpent may have encountered Adam and Eve many times. But he laid a trap for them one day, even as he does for all of us 2Ti2:26. The devil was a murderer from the beginning and is the father of lies Jn8:44. Satan seeks to steal, kill and to destroy us Jn10:10. Adam and Eve believed the serpent’s lie about becoming as wise as gods Ge3:5, disobeyed and broke God’s only law then, became wise, knowing good and evil, and also perverted and corrupt. Their eyes were opened and they lost their glory, and realized they were naked and sinful. Ro5:12 states by Adam, sin and death entered into the world, and they were passed on to every man!

God’s Life for Our Life- To Bring Forth His Eternal Plan

God knew that Adam and Eve would sin and He would have to die for our sins. God is Omniscient and knows the end from the beginning, what will happen before they happenThe Bible tells us Jesus isthe Lamb slain from the foundation of the world Re13:8, not just 2000 years ago. Ep1:4 states that ‘..God has chosen us in Jesus Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and without blame before God in love’. Why do we need to be holy and blameless if there was no sin? 2Ti1:9 states that ‘God had saved and called us with an holy calling before the world began’.

Ac2:23 declares that it was by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God’ that Jesus would be crucified and slain. But why did God want to pay such a great price to save us? God had planned to die for our sins. It was His choice before the world began to come down to earth to pay for our sins and to effectuate His great plan for usIsaiah 53 prophesied of the death of Jesus, the suffering Messiah, 700 years before it happened. It is all about God’s great love and God’s grace!

Salvation is all about God’s great love for us and God’s grace toward us! So why was God willing to pay the ultimate price, His life, to die for us to save us Jn15:13?  What was God’s motiveIt was His prerogative and choice to die for us Knowing that man would sin, God gave His life for our lifeGodin the person of Jesus Christ, came to earth to die for us. Here are some reasons why Jesus came to earth: 1.To teach and preach the gospel of the kingdom of God, to heal every sickness and disease Mt4:23, 2. To save sinners 1Ti1:15, 3. To make us free Jn8:36, 4. To destroy the works of the devil 1Jn3:8, 5. To give us an abundant life Jn10:10, and eternal life Jn3:16, 6. To taste death for every man He2:9, and to destroy death 1Co15:56. But the most important reason why Jesus came was to redeem us SO THAT GOD CAN HAVE MORE SONS AND DAUGHTERS LIKE JESUS.

Tit2:13,14 state Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus ChristWho gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself A PECULIAR PEOPLE, zealous of good works. 2Co6:17,18 declare ‘.. I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be MY SONS AND DAUGHTERS, saith the Lord Almighty’. This is the SONSHIP Message- God’s eternal plan to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ- a people like Jesus Christ!

God’s Great Love For Us- the Gift of His GLORY

We express our love by giving to others, such as our families, friends, and those in need. Love is conveyed through our words and actions. Even more so with God! 1Jn4:8 tells us God is love’. God is the personification of Love. The measure of God’s great love for us is proven by His willingness to die on the cross for us in the person of Jesus Christ Jn3:16! Another very important aspect of God’s love is His desire to share all of that He has. Ep1:18 states ‘that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the GLORY OF HIS INHERITANCE in the saints’.

But because God is also Holy and Just, He is constrained to give His GLORY only to those who are deemed worthyonly to those who are pure and holy, who have been tested and proven. Peter wrote ‘..the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and GLORY at the appearing of Jesus Christ 1Pe1:7. Paul wrote For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?’ Heb12:6,7.

Paul saidThe Spirit itself beareth witness.. that we are the children of God, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we SUFFER WITH HIM, that we may be also GLORIFIED together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the GLORY which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the MANIFESTATION OF THE SONS OF GOD  Ro8:16-19.

Before dying on the cross for us, Jesus expressly prayed the Father saying And the GLORY which thou gavest me I HAVE GIVEN THEM..’ Jn17:22. Paul wrote Godcalled you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the GLORY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST’ 2Th2:14; That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and GLORY’ 1Th2:12. God sent His Spirit to ‘change us from GLORY to GLORY into the same image as Jesus Christ 2Co3:18. God’s desire is that we become like Jesus in order to give us all things. Re21:7 states He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

In short, this is the SONSHIP message: God wants more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ to give them His GLORY and EVERYTHING that He has. But SONSHIP is only for those who know of God’s great plan, for IT WOULD REQUIRE FAITH, DESIRE, AND EFFORT ON OUR PART FOR IT TO BE FULFILLED IN US. 

The SONSHIP Message- God’s Eternal Purpose in Christ Jesus

God’s plan is indeed to bring many sons to GLORY. Heb2:10-11 state For it became him (God), for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto GLORY, to make the captain of their salvation (Jesus) perfect through sufferingsFor both he that sanctifieth (Jesus) and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren’What can be clearer than this? Jesus came to earth so that God could have more sons and daughters like Him.

By His coming, Jesus left us an example to follow. Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it Mt16:24-25.  The apostle John wrote Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called the SONS of GOD.. when He shall appear, we shall be like Him (Jesus); for we shall see him (Jesus) as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure’ 1Jn3:1-3.

Ro8:29-30 state for whom God did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON, that Jesus might be the firstborn of many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called.. he justified, them he also GLORIFIED’. Php3:21 states God willchange our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body‘. Paul wroteThat I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus’ Php3:10-14. Paul’s goal and our goal should be the same- to become like Jesus Christ. This is what the SONSHIP message is all about!  God wants more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ so that HE CAN GIVE US ALL THAT HE HAS- EVERYTHING AND ALL THAT HE HAS Re21:7.

The SONSHIP Message- The Paramount Reason Why God Created Man

In summary, the paramount reason why God created man is to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ- SONSHIPIt is about God’s love and desire to give His inheritance of GLORY to usThis is the same GLORY that Lucifer wanted to extort from God, but was cast out of heaven. Lucifer wanted this GLORY that belonged only to Jesus then, and later reserved for those God who will change to become like Jesus Christ. Lucifer’s evil desires is found in his 5 I wills’: ‘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: ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I WILL BE LIKE THE MOST HIGH’ Is14:13-14. Lucifer was subsequently defeated in his rebellion against God, and was cast down to earth Ez28:17,18, Lk10:18.

Years later after Lucifer fell, God jumpstarted His great SONSHIP plan for man when He placed Adam and Eve in the Garden 6000 years ago and allowed Satan the serpent, and the tree of offense- the no-no tree to be there. Adam and Eve partook of the fruit of that evil tree, whereby, sin and death enter into the world. And because Adam and Eve sinned, we needed a Savior; Jesus had to come to earth to die for our sins. And because of Jesus, we now have the Bible, and we can now know of God’s great love and His plan to give us an inheritance of His GLORY. God sent Jesus Christ to be the perfect example for us to follow. Ep4:13 statesTill we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the STATURE OF THE FULNESS OF CHRIST’. 

We are nearing the time of perfection when the Rapture will soon occur. 1Jn3:2 states ‘..when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is’. It is the Holy Spirit’s job to conform us to the image of Jesus Christ. 2Co3:18 states weare changed into the same image from GLORY to GLORY, even as by the Spirit of the Lord’. Ro8:14 tells us ‘As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the SONS of GOD’Ro8:19 states ‘For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the SONS of GOD’. This is ‘the eternal purpose which God purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord’ Ep3:11, and the paramount reason why God created us- for SONSHIP, to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ in order to share all His riches and GLORY with us for all ETERNITY. And all this began in the Garden of Eden! Amen!

Please also see the other SONSHIP Messages.. Thank you!

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SATAN’S PLAN TO DESTROY AMERICA… THE REST OF THE STORY

AMERICA, PAUL HARVEY, AND THE DEVIL

Over the recent past decades, America has degenerated financially, morally, and spiritually. America has forsaken God, rejected His ways, and now even defied Him by enacting laws contrary to His Word. America has invited the Devil to enter in, to destroy us from within by using our own leaders and politicians to do so. 

Fifty years ago in 1965, famous ABC radio commentator PAUL HARVEY mesmerized millions with his story IF I WERE THE DEVIL’; how the Devil would seduce and destroy America. This paper will discuss who the Devil is, his origin, devices, and tactics from the Holy Bible, and after that, what Paul Harvey had so well noted in 1965. Satan has succeeded in destroying AMERICA- our youth, homes, schools, churches, society, our economy, and now our entire country!

The names of LUCIFER, SATAN, and THE DEVIL are synonymous. They are all the same person! Satan, the Devil is an unseen operative in the world today, whose job is to destroy, and take as many to hell with him. His greatest trick is to disguise himself such that most people don’t believe that he exists or is behind all the evil and corruption in the world today! Even the churches today are ignorant and unprotected from him, as they seldom warn their members about him in their sermons, much less believe that there is a Devil. 

So the Devil, our hidden enemy, goes on with impunity to do his evil deeds to steal, kill, and destroy people’s lives and their souls. The Bible states ‘For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high placesEp6:12.

THE ORIGIN OF SATAN- THE FALL OF LUCIFER, THE ANOINTED CHERUB 

The Bible says that Satan was once a fallen angel called Lucifer, who along with a third of the angels in heaven rebelled against God and were cast down to earth Re12:3,4. The Bible also states that angels were created before man Ps8:5, and that there are over 100 million angels in heaven Re5:11. Lucifer, son of the morning, wanted to be like the most High God Is14:12. Lucifer was the anointed cherub that covereth Ez28:14. He was the highest-ranking angel with great power and authorityGod gave Lucifer his wisdom, beauty, and power v12-14 . Lucifer was beautifully adorned with sparkling precious stones, v13  and was created perfect, until wickedness was found in him v15.  His beauty, wisdom and brightness caused him to become exceedingly proud v17His music was beautifully and skillfully performed as he led the heavenly host in worship to God. Lucifer’s self-importance fueled his heart with pride and iniquity Is14:11,Ez28:13. He could not contain or humble himself before God. One day, Lucifer set up a plan to displace God and began to foment sedition in heaven. Ez28:16 says By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned’Lucifer and his followers had defiled themselves by their traffic in the ‘the multitude of thine iniquities’ v18. Lucifer wanted to be like God- to supplant Him. The first sin ever committed against God was not on Earth, but in Heaven. Because God is a Holy God, He cast Lucifer, aka Satan, and his followers out of heaven! Jesus said ‘I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven’ Lk10:18.

These are thefive sinful I WILLs of Luciferfound in the book of IsaiahLucifer said 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: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High Is14:13,14. Lucifer wanted to steal God’s glory and throne, to be number one. Lucifer, being very wise and cunning, thought he knew everything and that his plans to supplant God would succeed. Lucifer led the rebellion in heaven against God, was defeated and cast down to earth v18.  Since angels are spirit beings and unlike men, they do not die. Many of these fallen angels are now dwelling on earth. But they are now called devils or demons Mt4:24, Lk8:30, like those that Jesus cast out of them that were possessed Mt8:16. The demons remain on earth today to do Satan’s bidding, to influence and destroy men’s lives and cause their souls to perish in hell!

SATAN, THE DEVIL- HIS TACTICS EXPOSED

The Bible warns us of the devices of Satan so we will not falter in our faith. What are some of his devices? Here are some D-words like D-evil which describe Satan’s devices deception, depression, delusion, defraud, destroy, disorder, distortion, doubt, disbelief, distress, dispute, discord, discouragement, disappointment, discontentment, dissatisfaction, disobedience, dysfunctional, division, defiance, disaster, and diseases.

Much that we know of Satan is revealed in the New Testament. The Old Testament has very little written of him, mainly in the book of Job. God allowed Satan to test Job’s integrity: ‘And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a Perfect and an Upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? And still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.. And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life. So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crownJob2;3,6,7.

THE DEVIL- THE DESTROYER, MURDERER, THE THIEF, THE LIAR, OUR ADVERSARY

Jesus said Satan is the thief whocometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly’ Jn10:10.  Jesus told the PhariseesYe 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, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it Jn8:44.

The apostle Peter said ‘Be sober, be vigilant; because your Adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour’ 1Pe5:8. Peter spoke from personal experience because he himself nearly fell. Jesus told PeterSatan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for you that your faith fail not..’ Lk22:31,32. Here we see that Satan is allowed to test us, can put disease on us, steals the Word of God and also our joy and peace from us, and seeks to kill and destroy us. The Devil was a murderer from the beginning, a liar and the father of lies- an Adversary who seeks to devour us!

The apostle Paul also warned us about the lies, wiles, devices, and snares of the Devil. Paul wrote a novice must not be lifted up with pride lest he fall into condemnation of the devil’.. he must have a good reportlest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil 1Ti3:6,7. He said that we can be taken captive at his will, if we fall into the snare of the devil 2Ti2:26. Paul said Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil Ep4:26,27; to forgive othersLest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices 2Co2:11.

Paul declaredPut on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil’ Ep6:11. Paul wrote ‘And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if HIS MINISTERS  also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works’ 2Co11:14,15.

Paul also spoke of seducing spirits and doctrines of devils 1Ti4:1. Paul statedNow the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before.. that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God Ga5:19-21. Satan, the Devil, uses his agents, even church ministers 2Co11:15, to deceive and snare us, through their lies, wiles, and devices 2Co2:11.

Satan is the accuser of the brethren Re12:10, who oppresses and condemns us Ac10:38, 1Ti3:6. He is also thespirit of fear2Ti1:7, who brings fear and depression upon people. Jesus said to CAST OUT devils Mk16:17 from them that are possessed with them. We are told not to give place to the Devil Ep4:27. We give place to Satan when we walk in our flesh, and not in the Spirit Ro8:1. Satan often speaks through carnal people. An example is the remark Peter made right after his great confession about who Jesus is. When Jesus told he must suffer, be killed, and be raised up on the 3rd day, Peter opposed him. Then Jesus rebuked Simon Peter for wanting power and prominence in an earthly kingdom. Jesus even called him Satan Mt16:16,23.

Another example is Ananias and Sapphira, whose hearts Satan filled to lie to the Holy Ghost. They gave place to Satan, and both fell dead when confronted by Peter. They withheld a part of the money they said they would give when they sold their land Ac5:3-5. Judas Iscariot, an apostle, also gave place to the devil. He coveted money, and like Peter, Judas was also seeking for glory in an earthly kingdom. In Judas’ case, his greed was so great that Satan himself entered into him Lk22:3, and possessed him. Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver Mt26:15, but later hung himself.

The Bible is replete with many accounts of people giving place to the Devil- Adam and Eve, Cain, Balaam, Samson, Saul, David, Solomon, Ahab, Jezebel, Gehazi, the Scribes and Pharisees (Mt23), etc. In summary, beside our own weaknesses, the works of our own flesh, and our own sinful nature, the Devil uses many wicked and corrupt leaders and people to do his evil deeds to destroy us, just like he has and is doing to AMERICA, and to the rest of the world!

‘THIS IS PAUL HARVEY- NOW YOU’LL KNOW… THE REST OF THE STORY’!

Paul Harvey, the famous radio commentator, was heard and enjoyed by millions over 1200 radio station nationwide. He died in 2009 at the ripe old age of 90! His first broadcast of      ‘IF I WERE THE DEVIL’  was broadcast on April 3, 1965.  It was quite PROPHETIC then,  for Harvey really described America today; THE DEVIL HAS GREATLY SUCCEEDED IN TAKING OVER AMERICA– ‘BECAUSE HE KEEPS RIGHT ON DOING WHAT HE DOES’!  

THE INCREDIBLE PAUL HARVEY- AMERICA IN THE GOOD OLE DAYS

In the 1960’s, America then was relatively innocent, moral, honest, God-fearing, and hard-working. Families were strong and together, husbands loved their wives and vice-versa, divorces were uncommon, teen pregnancies rare, pornography was hidden, abortion was illegal, homosexuality was a shame, sodomy was a crime, drug use was for losers, a dollar went a long way, and $25, a shopping cart full of groceries for a family of five for an entire week! A McDonald’s hamburger was 25¢, coffee or soft drinks 10¢, a loaf of bread 25¢, gasoline 31¢ and milk 75¢ a gallon, a movie 40¢, a first-class stamp 5¢, a new car under $3000, and real unemployment was only 5.5%. People worked long and hard, and were often too busy to get into trouble! They went to church on Sunday, prayed and worshiped God. America was on Top Of The World- economically, financially, and industrially! America was wholesome then, and God blessed America… but our leaders and politicians allowed the Devil, the Prince of Darkness, to slowly sneak in and to destroy us!

IF I WERE THE DEVIL– by PAUL HARVEY

If I were the DEVIL… if I were the PRINCE OF DARKNESS, I’d want to engulf the whole world in DARKNESS, and I would have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest APPLE on the tree, THEE!  So I’d set about however necessary to take over the UNITED STATES. I’d subvert the CHURCHES first. I’d begin a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a SERPENT, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: ‘do as you please.’ To the young, I would whisper that the BIBLE is a MYTH. I would convince them that MAN created GOD instead of the other way around;

I would confide that what is BAD IS GOOD, and what is GOOD is SQUARE. And the OLD, I would teach to pray after me: ‘Our FATHER, which art in WASHINGTON’ and then, I’d get organized. I’d educate AUTHORS in how to make LURID LITERATURE exciting so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting. I’d threaten TV with dirtier MOVIES and vice versa. I’d peddle NARCOTICS to whom I could. I’d sell ALCOHOL to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with PILLS.

If I were the DEVIL, I’d soon have families at WAR with themselves churches at WAR with themselves and nations at WAR with themselves until each in its turn was CONSUMED. And with promises of higher rating, I’d have mesmerizing MEDIA fanning the flames. If I were the DEVIL, I would encourage SCHOOLS to refine young INTELLECTS but neglect to discipline emotions- just let those run WILD until before you knew it, you’d have to have drug-sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door. Within a decade, I’d have PRISONS overflowing. I’d have JUDGES promoting PORNOGRAPHY. Soon I could evict God from the COURTHOUSE, and then from the SCHOOLHOUSE, and then from the HOUSES OF CONGRESS. And in His own CHURCHES. I would substitute PSYCHOLOGY for religion and DEIFY SCIENCE. I would lure PRIESTS and PASTORS into misusing BOYS and GIRLS and Church Money.

If I were the DEVIL, I’d make the symbol of EASTER an egg and the symbol of CHRISTMAS a bottle. If I were the DEVIL, I would take from those who have and I would give to those who wanted, until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And what will you bet I couldn’t get whole states to promote GAMBLING as the way to get rich. I would caution against extremes in hard work, in patriotism, in moral conduct. I would convince the YOUNG that marriage is old-fashioned, that SWINGING is more fun, that what you see on TV is the WAY to be. And thus I could UNDRESS you in PUBLIC and I could lure you into bed with DISEASES for which there is no cure. IN OTHER WORDS, IF I WERE THE DEVIL, I’D JUST KEEP RIGHT ON DOING WHAT HE’S DOING!    PAUL HARVEY- GOOD DAY?!

THE AMERICA OF TODAY- 2015

Everything that Paul Harvey told us in 1965 has come true! The Devil did what Paul Harvey said he would do to destroy America. Since 2008, we have seen increasing corporate and personal bankruptcies, home foreclosures, homelessness, poverty, and a real unemployment over 15%. The apostate churches have been subverted with a watered-down gospel, now preaching a SOCIAL GOSPEL of good works and brotherhood, but not against sin, the need for repentance and salvation through Jesus Christ; no warnings of HELL AND DAMNATION, of Satan, of God’s coming judgment, the Endtimes, the Rapture, the AntiChrist, the coming Great Tribulation, and the soon return of Jesus Christ to earth. States have adopted SECULAR HUMANISM, where men now create god in their image, thereby rejecting God and the Bible. Over the years, God has been gradually removed from America’s courthouses, schoolhouses, the Congressional houses, and the church, God’s houses of worship!

Today Evil is Good and Good, Evil! Is5:20 warns Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness..’. Today, OUR FATHERS in Washington D.C. have brought America to the brink of disaster by their greed, corruption, wasteful spending, by socialism, and by legalizing immorality. Since 1965, the runaway US National debt of over $18 trillion, has gone up over 55 times. AMERICA is now a struggling, debt-ridden, and welfare Nation heading for a very deep GREAT DEPRESSION. America has rejected God and is no longer a Christian nation. The DEVIL, through the actions of corrupt and wicked leaders, has succeeded to take over AMERICA to destroy her utterly from within! 

(FOR A 2013 SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO PAUL HARVEY SEE SO GOD MADE A LIBERAL’)

What Really Happened in the Garden of Eden Part III Conclusion

What Really Happened in the Garden of Eden- The SONSHIP Message 

God’s Great Love For Us- the Gift of His Glory

1Jn4:8 tells us ‘.. God is love’.  God is the personification of Love.  God’s love is perfect. Love is conveyed through words and actions.  We express our love by giving to others- our families, friends, and those in need.  Even more so with God!  The measure of God’s great love for us is proven by His dying on the cross for us in the person of Jesus Christ Jn3:16!

Here is a also another very important aspect of God’s love:  Because God is love, He wants to share all of His riches and glory with us Ep1:18.  But because God is also Holy and Just, He is constrained to give His glory only to those who He deemed are worthyonly to those who are pure and holy, who have been tested and proven.  Peter wrote ‘..the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ 1Pe1:7.

Paul wrote ‘The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us Ro8:16-18.  Jesus expressly prayed the Father saying And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them..’ Jn17:22. 1Th2:12 states That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. Paul wrote ‘Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ 2Th 2:14.

God gave us His Spirit to change us from glory to glory into the same image as Jesus Christ 2Co3:18.  God’s desire is that we become like Jesus, so He can give us all things. Re21:7 states He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.  In short, this is the SONSHIP message- God wants more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ.  But SONSHIP is only for those who know of this great plan that God has for us.  It would require faith and a desire to be like Jesus on your part for it to be fulfilled in you. Without these virtues, faith and desire, SONSHIP will  be unattainable to you!

The SONSHIP Message- God’s Eternal Purpose in Christ Jesus  

Jesus came to earth so that God could have more sons and daughters like Him.  By His coming, Jesus left us an example to follow.  Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it Mt16:24-25.  He2:10 states ‘it became God.. in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

1Jn3:1-3 declare Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called the SONS of GOD.. when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see him as he is.  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.  Ro8:29-30 state for whom God did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His son, that Jesus might be the firstborn of many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified’.  

Php3:21 states God will ‘change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body‘.  Paul wrote ‘That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;  If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus’ Php3:10-14.  Paul’s goal and our goal should be the same- to become like Jesus Christ.  This is what the SONSHIP message is all about!  God wants more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ so that He can give them all that He has-  EVERYTHING that He has Re21:7.

The Paramount Reason Why God Created Man- For SONSHIP

In conclusion, the paramount reason why God created man is to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ (SONSHIP), in order to share His glory with them!  This is the same glory that Lucifer wanted to extort from God and was cast out of heaven;  the glory that belonged only to Jesus and reserved for those later that will become sons of God. Lucifer’s desires can be found in his 5 ‘I wills’- 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: ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High Is14:13-14. Lucifer was defeated in his rebellion against God, and was cast down to earth Eze28:17,18, Lk10:18, Re12:9.

After Lucifer fell, some untold years later God jump started His great SONSHIP plan for mankind, when He placed Adam and Eve in the Garden which was 6000 years ago.  God allowed Satan and the tree of offense, the no-no tree, also to be there.  Adam and Eve partook off the fruit of that evil tree, thereby sin and death came into the world. Because of Adam and Eve sin, we needed a Savior; Jesus had to come to die for our sins.  And because of Jesus, we now have the Bible, and we can now know of God’s great love and plan for us, and of His inheritance that He intends to give us.

God sent Jesus Christ to be the perfect example for us to follow.  Ep4:13 states ‘Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect manunto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.  We are nearing the time of perfection when the Rapture will soon occur.  1Jn3:2 states ‘..when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is’.  It is the Holy Spirit’s job to conform us to the image of Jesus Christ.  Ro8:14 tells ‘As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  2Co3:18 states we ‘are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord’.

Ro8:19 tells ‘For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the SONS of GOD’.  This is the ‘eternal purpose which God purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord’ Ep3:11 and the paramount reason why God created us- for SONSHIP, to have more sons and daughters like Jesus Christ in order to share all His riches and glory with us for all eternity.  And it all began in the Garden of Eden!

This concludes What Really Happened in the Garden of Eden!  Amen!