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MYSTERY OF THE AGES
broadcasts-not in words, sounds or pictures, but in
attitudes, moods, impulses.
For example, we read in Ezra 1:1, when King Cyrus
of Persia issued a proclamation to send a colony of Jews
back to Jerusalem to build the second Temple, he was
moved to do so because God stirred up his human
spirit-in other words, put the suggestion and impulse
in his mind, and the king acted on it. In the same
manner Satan moves on the human spirit within people
to move them in attitudes of envy, jealousy, resentment,
impatience, anger, bitterness and strife. People have no
realization of the tremendous power of Satan. The
human spirit within each human is automatically tuned
to Satan's wavelength.
It
seems as if Satan has
surcharged the air over the entire earth with his attitude
of self-centeredness and vanity.
And so a world-a civilization-developed from the
original Adam and Eve. When God shut off the tree of
life, that act marked the foundation of the world.
It
was
founded on rejection of God, on disobedience to God's
law, which defines God's way of life. And all the evils,
sorrows, pain and suffering in 6,000 years of human
civilization have resulted.
God had designed a 7,000-year master plan for
accomplishing his tremendous purpose. The first 6,000
years were allotted to allow Satan to remain on earth's
throne, and for humanity to learn the bitter lesson,
through experience, that Satan's way of self-centered–
ness in opposition to God's law leads only to pain,
suffering, anguish and death.
The whole world of humankind has been deceived
into preferring this "getting," self-centered way of life.
At this point, remember, the world had never
known of the existence of God the Father until Jesus
came and revealed the Father (Matt. 11:27).
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