Life and Activities in the Angelic World

According to astromomers, our galaxy is a hundred thousand light years in diameter and it contains about tow hundred billion galaxies in the universe. In the angelic world, even a fiery furnace heated several thousand degrees cannot harm the angels or theĀ  righteous. There is sufficient evidence of this fact: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, Daniel’s three friends, were thrown into the blazing furnace heated seven times hotter than usual, but the fire didn’t harm their bodies (Daniel 3:19-27). In the angelic world, no one can kill the angels or the spirits of the righteous except God: Neither chains nor a prison’s restriction can bind them. When the Apostle Peter was locked up in prison, angels were able to enter in freely and open the gate for him, even though four squads of soldiers kept a close watch over him. So, Peter was rescued safely (Acts 12:1-10).

Apostle John wrote as follows: “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, beating twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the trees are for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:1-2).

The fruit of the tree of life and the water of life mentioned above are not of visible material. They are mystic food made by God’s word. The river of the water of life flows from the throne of God and of the Lamb, and on each side of the river stands the tree of life. Men cannot even express one-tenthousandth of the glory of the angelic world with their own wisdom or understanding.

Chosen in Christ Before the Creation of the World

Here is another question: “Did God know that Adam would eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, or not?”

We cannot say that the Almighty God, who declared the end from the beginning, didn’t know (Isaiah 46:10). If God knew, He must have intended from them to sin. Even the serpent that tempted Eve was also made by God. It was God’s providence that Adam and Eve were to be deceived by the serpent and eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3:1-5).

Actually all this was predestined in Christ before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:3-9). Some may think that God established the administration of redemption after Adam sinned. However, it had already been established before the Creation. For it is written:

Ephesians 1:4-9 “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will… In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace…”

Considering that God chose us in Christ before the creation of the world, it is certain that Adam was predestined to die.

As for the origin of sin, we have to study it by connecting all the related verses (Genesis 2 and 3 about the history of Adam, Isaiah 14:12-14 and Ezekiel 28:11-17) and not in fragments, so that we can know the exact relationship between the corrupt angels and men.

Genesis 2 and 3 give a good explanation about how Adam came to sin, so that we can easily understand the origin of sin. And the books of Isaiah and Ezekial teach us how angels became corrupt and committed sin. Actually, their sin is the same as Adam’s. The book of Isaiah explains that motive and the mental process of the first sinner’s rebellion against God. The book of Ezekiel tells about the first sinner’s original nature and position.

In the book of Ezekiel, we can see how the king of Tyre sinned in heaven: He was anointed as a guardian cherub, and walked among the fiery stones on the holy mount of God; however, on account of his overflowing splendor, he became proud and corrupted himself and sinned, and finally he was driven out (Ezekiel 28:11-17).

The book of Isaiah describes the actions of the king of Babylon in heaven: He was in the splendid position of ‘son of the dawn,’ but he became proud and tried to exalt his throne above the stars of God and to be like the Most High; finally, he was cast down to this earth of sin (Isaiah 14:4-15).

Studying the above two chapters together, we can gain a basic understanding of the origin of sin. These two cases are representative of all men and they show numerous angels’ committing sin. As it is written:

Revelation 12:9 “The great dragon was hurled down — that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.”

Even after Satan rebelled against God and was hurled down along with numerous angels, he attended the whole assembly of the firstborn in heaven as the representative of the earth (Job 1:6-7; 2:1-2; cf. Hebrews 12:23). But as soon as Jesus won a victory over him through the Cross, he was completely expelled from the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven (Luke 10:18; cf Revelation 12:9).

The Way of Eternal Life for Mortal Men

Man is born but he cannot escape death. A man is born and dies, another is born and then dies… How many people have been given birth and have died up until now? Though it is said that man is the lord of all creation, he is merely a slave to death. Why has the lord of all creation become a slave to death?

Whether a man lives for ten years or a hundred years, he is destined to die. Huma life is utterly meaningless. This world is merely a short journey; no one lives forever. Every human being is a slave to Satan; he is held in slavery by his fear of death until it comes upon him. Nobody can escape death. How miserable the human life is!

The writer of Psalms described the vanity of life as follows: Ps. 90:9-10 “All our days pass away under your wrath; we finish our years with a moan. The length of our days is seventy years – or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.”

Although the length of our days may be seventy or eighty years, it is like a dream overnight and like the grass which sprouts in the morning. Therefore, we can conclude that life is but an empty dream. The prophet Isaiah wrote, “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass.” (Isaiah 40:6-7)

Then, why were we born into this troublesome and vain world? Who made this world which is vain and empty? The Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned–” (Romans 5:12).

If we consider the above words, it is avery serious matter that several tens of billions of people must die because of one man, Adam. Why did God allow Adam and Eve to commit sin? To this question, some give an answer as follows: “God could have kept Adam and Eve from sinning, but if He had done that, they could not have had absolute freedom. So God gave them the freedom of choice, and they chose to sin.” Do you think their answer is correct? If it were correct, how would they answer the next question? As it is written: “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death…” (Rev. 21:4)

Here, why does God not give absolute freedom of choice, but get rid of death? If we are given absolute freedom in heaven, shouldn’t there also be the freedom to choose death or eternal life? How would they answer this question?

When we study these matters carefully, we come to know that eternal life was not guarenteed to Adam and Eve. God only said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number” (Genesis 1:27-28). Eternal life was allowed under a certain condition. As it is written, “And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17).

The condition was this: “If you eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you will die; and if you don’t eat of it, you will live.” However, to those who are redeemed by Jesus, eternal life is guaranteed. As it is written, “He will wip every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

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