NOTE FROM EUDORA: THIS IS MY FAVORITE LESSON OUT OF ALL THESE
Are we ready to join the battle? God has shown us time and time again in His story, (history) that many battles had to be fought. I am not talking about down through the pages of time, but through out the Bible. Let’s go back again to the beginning. Let’s go back into the garden. The original garden has been sealed up. Did you know this? Lets journey over there first so we can read that…
Genesis 3:24 ~ So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Immediately after the fall of man in the Garden of Eden we see a picture of certain beings being placed at the Garden entrance to protect the Garden from Adam’s presence. This was to stop Adam from ever going back to enter to eat of the Tree of Life. Adam’s sin is clearly seen as a very harmful part in his life, especially endangering him for eternity. God did not want Adam to eat of the tree of Life and live forever. The only conclusion we can draw from this is that the sin in Adam’s flesh would be incapable of being rectified, if Adam had gone back in and eaten of the Tree of Life.
At any rate, Adam was not able to go in and eat from the tree of eternal life, while in a state of sinfulness because we do know that it was the Cherubim’s that kept him out. There were more than one Cherubim, because scripture tells us Cherubim’s, more than one, but yet only one sword. Formerly, Adam was to keep the Garden. Now Adam himself was being kept from the Garden. Although a present danger existed outside the Garden during Adam’s presence in it, the greater and eternal danger lay with-in the garden. Adam had to be secluded from the realm of the Garden and was to remain outside. Adam would have lived forever in the state of sinfulness if he remained in the garden and have eaten of the Tree of Life in that state.
Thank God , through the Bible that we can go back and read about the event that took place in this garden that is east of Eden.
Besides these “Cherubim’s”, God placed a flaming sword at the entrance of the Garden. It spun in a ball of fire turning in every direction. There were several “Cherubim’s” and a single flaming sword. What were these creatures, and what was the significance of a flaming Sword? Why didn’t God permanently build up a blockade at the entrance? Why didn’t God completely remove the Garden itself? Surely God did not position these angelic characters to keep the Garden, since their position was to remain at the entrance. . on the outside. Since these questions can be asked, we must conclude there is a message the Lord is telling us in this picture.
The Cherubim were first mentioned after the fall of man , out side of the garden. These creatures represent not only creation but the restoration of creation. Why? We must understand that Adam not only flung all unborn humanity into a world of sin, but he also threw all of creation down with him! He was in a sense, a king over all the earth – over all creation. He named creation. When Adam obeyed the devil and sinned, he handed the devil the realm of the world in surrender, and all that was in the world became subject to sin’s bondage.
Let’s go back for a minute and take a look at what we just studied. The Covenant with Noah and God and all peoples that was spoken after the flood, was spoken right there at the altar that Noah built after he came out of the ark.
Genesis 9:1-10 ¶ And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.
Verse 10: And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.
I want you to pay particular attention to four things mentioned in this verse because when we study these creatures, we will find a similarity.
We know that all creation was represented on the ark but for some reason God specifically mentioned ‘the fowl, the cattle, from every beast of the earth with you and all that go out of the ark’. So here we see a bird, a cow, a beast of the earth and man who came out of the ark. God spoke these animals specifically and therefore there is a specific reason. He could have said, Giraffes, Hippos, Robins, etc.
So, what is a Cherubim? What was that creature that was left for all time to post the entrance to The Garden. Let’s find out.
In Ezekiel Chapter 1 there is mention of what appears to be a living cherubim. In verse five. Ezekiel gives us a description of what he is seeing. The likeness of four living creatures and their appearance was like the likeness of man. So we see one creature, that looked like four and yet one of the likeness of the four, looked like a man. Verse 6, says every one had four faces and every one had four wings. So now we see 4 heads with each head having four faces,
Verse 7 says that their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf’s foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass. In verse 8, they had the hands of a man under their wings. Verse 10, tells us 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. Verse 15 says that the cherubim’s were lifted up, this means that they could fly.
I think it so interesting that Ezekiel paid such close attention to these creatures and was able to give us complete details of what these creatures looked like and not only that, but he doesn’t appear to be afraid of them. What would you think if all of the sudden, one of these creatures landed right in front of you? You wouldn’t believe it would you?
Later on in the last verse, # 28, Ezekiel tells us that there is the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain. (The sign of the Noahic Covenant)
In Ezekiel 10: 20, Ezekiel has seen these creatures again and says this: This is the living creature that I saw under the God of Israel by the river of Chebar; and I knew that they were the cherubim’s.
How do you suppose he knew that?
Didn’t Jesus say that unless we are born again, we cannot see the Kingdom of God? He didn’t say we cannot enter into the Kingdom, but ‘see’ the Kingdom. What would you think if I told you that I have seen one of these creatures?
Didn’t we all just see one through Ezekiel’s description? In your mind’s eye you have already pictured what this image is like.
Remember the animals mentioned by God at the alter when He made the covenant with Noah after God had cleansed the earth with the flood waters?
God preserved animals from the flood waters with Noah’s ark. The mission of God is that all might be saved. He wanted these animals around for a future time when He would redeem, not only man, but all of creation, when this comes to pass in completion !
The plan of God is to restore the kingdom the way it was first intended to be. To protect Adam, which was a representative of all man kind, from going back into the garden and being locked in the state of sinfulness, God placed these creatures at the gate of the entrance. These creature represent all of God’s creation. These creatures symbolize God’s perfect creation and they are guarding and protecting the Tree of Life that is in the midst of the Garden.
The fish are not mentioned because for some reason, there will be no sea in the new kingdom of God.
Rev 21:1 ¶ And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
God has called us into battle to take back was is rightfully ours. But the battle that is before us is not between flesh and blood as you might think. Ephesians 6:12 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 places. Our battle is not between each other.
Some folks believe that the problem started with Ishmael and Isaac, two sons of Abraham. One son was the product of the work of man’s flesh, and the other was the son of promise.
To the son of promise (Isaac) God gave the inheritance and kingdom. Not because he earned it, but as a gift because Abraham acted on faith. Likewise, if we act on faith we will inherit the kingdom of God. However, God also made a covenant with Isaac, similar to the one He had made with Isaac’s father, Abraham.
Ishmael was given a blessing, but not the land of Israel and not the kingdom. Oil has made the Arabs wealthy beyond measure. They can buy almost anything they desire. But the one thing they want the most is Isaac’s inheritance; the land of Israel. They will never get it because the work of the flesh can not inherit the promise land; meaning nonbelievers will not inherit the kingdom. So what about the Jews? Many do not believe in Christ? Not yet, but soon they will recognize Christ as their Messiah.
The angel of the LORD said Ishmael “will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” ~ Genesis 16:12
The battle that goes on in the Middle East has been here since the separation of Ishmael and Isaac. The conflict in the Middle East is about anti-Semitism which is discrimination against or prejudice or hostility toward Jews. It is also about the gospel which is contrary to the fundamental Islamic doctrine that the whole world must be conquered and controlled by Islam.
The birth of Ishmael is written in Genesis 16 the whole chapter. The birth of Isaac is in Genesis 21: 1-8. The story of their separation is found in Genesis 21:8-21.
In Ephesians 6:12 the scripture clearly tells us that our battle is not against flesh and blood. These who are not flesh and blood are demons over whom satan has control. They are not mere fantasies… they are real.
We face a powerful army whose goal is to is to defeat God’s church body. Not the church as in a building, but the body of believers. All those who believe and serve Christ Jesus. When we become a believer, these demonic powers become our number one enemy. Just because we can not see them, does not mean they are not there and it certainly does not mean that they are not real.
We do not see God and He is real. Jesus Christ is the visible of the invisible God.
Colossians 1:15 [ Christ Is Supreme ] Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, (NLT)
The demons that we can not see are controlled by satan. They will use every device to turn us away from God and back to satan. Just in case you might be wondering, even the demons believe in God.
James 2:19 ~ Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
We are all born in to the valley of decision and face the valley of death, if we do not decide to become part of God’s family.
Romans 8: 18-21 tells us this:
18 He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. (KJV)
Here is a version that may explain this a lot easier: The New Living Translation of the Bible:
18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in Him. (Jesus) But anyone who does not believe in Him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. 19 And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 All who do evil, hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.
In order to get into the battle we must join the army of God. We must become a part of a very large growing family. This is not a choice to make lightly because it is a decision that we need to make a commitment to. Not to me, not to our parents, not to our friends, but to God Almighty, through His Son Jesus. Remember, Jesus told us, we can not get to the Father, unless we go through The Son, whom is Jesus Christ our Lord.
John 14:6 ~ Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Once we do, we are immediately covered by the blood of Jesus. Jesus shed His blood on the cross and this is the blood that was shed to cover us from all sin. We are to receive Jesus Christ and go and sin no more. We might make a mistake, but the Spirit of God that comes into our life at the moment we receive Jesus Christ, is the Spirit of God who will lead us to ever lasting life. When we listen to what the Spirit of The Lord says to us, we follow the Spirit of truth.
When we make this commitment, it is imperative that we begin to read the Bible so that we can be led by The Spirit of God. The Spirit of The Lord, will show us all that we need to know, so that we will know our part in His plan.
It is so amazing to talk to someone who is truly filled with The Spirit of The Lord, because they will share with you a very interesting fact. Before they were born again, they would read the Bible and not understand it. After they received Christ Jesus as their Saviour, they begin to understand what they read in the Bible. This is because The Spirit is revealing God’s truth to them.
When we do not know Christ Jesus, we make choices as though this life is all that we have. In reality, this life is just an introduction to eternity. We receive this new life by faith and begin to evaluate all that happens from an eternal perspective. The closer we move into God, the more The Spirit reveals to us who God is.
The Spirit of God that hovered over the face of the waters in the very beginning of time is God The Father of Creation. Jesus Christ is God in the flesh. His Spirit was blessed into the womb of Mary, Joseph’s wife and Jesus was born on earth in a body of flesh. When Jesus died on the cross and descended into Heaven, He had a divine body. I can’t not explain this to you because I have not seen His body, but I understand that He is in a spirit like form, right now, sitting at the right hand of the Throne in Heaven. I just have faith in what I read and understand, just like all other believers in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:14-17 Grab your own Bible and look this up so you can know that you can be adopted into God’s family.
If you have never trusted in Jesus Christ before, put your measure of faith to the test this week and let the promise of eternal life be yours… and believe.