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MYSTERY OF THE AGES
envy, jealousy and resentment over an imagined
injustice-then into disloyalty. Then he uses that one
or two, like a rotten apple in a crate, to stir up
resentment, feelings of self-pity, disloyalty and
rebellion in others next to them. And, as each rotten
apple rots those next to it until the whole crate is
rotten, so Satan proceeds.
If, in the government of God on earth today, the
"rotten apples" are not thrown out early enough, they
would destroy the whole government. But, once thrown
out of the crate, they cannot do any more damage to
those in the crate.
But
think
how long it must have taken the soured
and embittered Lucifer to turn millions of holy angels
into resentment, bitterness, disloyalty, and finally open
and vicious rebellion. It could have taken hundreds,
thousands or millions of years. This was all before the
first human was created.
All this happened after the original creation of the
earth, described in verse 1 of Genesis
1.
Verse 2 of this
creation chapter describes a condition
resulting
from
this sin of the angels. The events described in verse 2,
therefore, may have occurred millions of years
after
the
original creation of the earth.
The earth, therefore, may have been created
millions of years ago. But continue this passage in
Ezekiel 28: "By the multitude of thy merchandise they
have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast
sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the
mountain of God: and I will destroy [remove] thee, 0
covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou
hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I
will cast thee to the ground ..." (verses 16-17). At this
point the context returns to the soon-to-appear, human,
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