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Mystery of Angels and Evil Spirits
culminating with the Flood, was worldwide, universal sin.
Notice: "... the earth
was filled
with violence ... for
all
flesh
had corrupted his way upon the earth ... for the
earth is filled
with violence ..." (Gen.
6:11-13).
"But Noah
found grace in the eyes of the Lord.... Noah was a just
man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with
God" (verses
8-9).
All flesh had sinned-over the whole
earth. But
only Noah
"walked with God." So, the Flood
destroyed
the whole
earth-all but Noah and his family.
The homosexual and other sins of Sodom and
Gomorrah spread over the territory of those two cities.
And physical destruction came to their entire area. The
sin of the angels was worldwide; the destruction of the
physical was worldwide. (And there is reason to believe,
as will be explained in chapter 7, universe wide.)
The verses quoted above place the sinning of the
angels
prior
to the antediluvian sins that started with
Adam,
prior
to the creation of man. And
that
should be
a surprise revealing of one phase of the mystery! Angels
inhabited this earth
before
the creation of man.
It is revealed in Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28, that God
placed the archangel Lucifer, a cherub, on a throne on
the earth. He was placed there as a ruler over the entire
earth. God intended him to rule the earth by
administering the government of God over the earth.
And the government of God was administered on earth
until the rebellion of the sinning angels.
How long these angels inhabited the earth before the
creation of man is not revealed. It might have been
millions-or even billions-of years. More on that later.
But these angels sinned. Sin is the transgression of God's
law
(I
John 3:4). And God's law is the basis of God's
government. So we know these angels, apparently a third of
all the angels (Rev. 12:4), sinned-rebelled against the
government of God. And sin carries penalties. The penalty
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