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The Doctrine of Election Part 5.We have now established the fact the cosmic system of Satan, which is his power system, is designed to cause doctrine to be choked or suffocated in our souls, MAT 13:22; MAR 4:19. When we talk about the Cosmic System, we are talking about two fundamental systems: Cosmic One and Cosmic Two.

Cosmic One is Satan’s power system or plan of emphasizing love for ourselves only, with emphasis on selfishness rather than selflessness. Cosmic two is Satan’s power system of emphasizing antagonism toward the Bible, the Word of God and attacking the grace and forgiveness of God. The cosmic system is Satan’s strategy as the ruler of this world to control believers. It is His policy for the rulership of this world.

Cosmic one, living for self, is Satan’s means of controlling the human race. Satan invented arrogance, for arrogance was his original sin. This arrogance is documented for us way back in Eze 28 and Isa 14.

In Eze 28, we meet the devil in all of his glamour and beauty and glory so that we can understand why he was so determined to designed the two cosmic systems, C1 and C2. To truly understand why Satan designed C1 or C2, we must see him as he really is. The most attractive, most beautiful, the most astounding personable creature that has ever lived.

EZE 28:11-12, Again the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre [The king of Tyre was one of the few individuals in human history who was possessed by Satan just like the serpent in the garden and Judas Iscariot who betrayed our Lord.] and say to him, Thus says the Lord God, You had the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.”

This is the Lord speaking to Satan who had possessed the King of Tyre.

The phrase “You had the seal of perfection” is very important. Of all of the creatures to come from the hand of God, Satan was the most beautiful, the wisest, the most personable of them all.

EZE 28:12, “Thus says the Lord God, You had the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom [he’s a genius] and perfect in beauty [his overt beauty is perfect].”

If there’s anything that destroys genius, smartness, talent and beauty, or anything else that can be considered to be worthwhile, it can be destroyed by arrogance. Arrogance makes a smart good looking man, ugly and dumb. Arrogance makes a beautiful intelligent female, homely and stupid. And arrogance begins with a thought. First, there is the thought of arrogance. Then there is the decision of arrogance. Then there is the action of arrogance.

Just as with Satan, first he thought it, then he decided it, and then he did it! He led the first great revolt in the universe. He started the first conspiracy in the universe known as the pre-historic angelic conflict.

EZE 28:13, “You were in Eden, the garden of God;”

Satan was not only perfect but he also lived in a perfect environment. The original sin among angelic creatures is like the original sin among human creatures, it occurred as a decision in perfect environment. Adam was perfect in appearance and brains, just as Satan was. And the environment was perfect.

So immediately we know that there are three things that you can do without as far as happiness in life is concerned;

1. You don’t have to be a genius to be happy. In fact, it’s very hard to be a genius and be happy.

2. You don’t have to be beautiful to be happy.

3. You don’t need a perfect environment to be happy. Yet it’s very interesting, people associate happiness with these three things and yet they are the least important things in life as far as true happiness is concerned.

Happiness comes from truth. Happiness is a state of mind. Above all, happiness is something that all members of the human race are born without. We are not born happy, even as we are not born free. One of the most asinine stupid statements is the fact that people are born free. The extent of the helplessness of the baby guarantees no freedom at first, and that’s the way it’s suppose to be. We weren’t born free, we were born helpless. Born stupid! Born without happiness!

Satan was created in an adult stage as far as angels are concerned. He was created an adult with perfect beauty, with the greatest genius of any creature God ever made and with perfect environment. He didn’t have to acquire these things. He had them from the start of his life. With self-consciousness, he had perfect beauty, perfect brains, in a perfect environment.

EZE 28:12 says he was the sum total of perfection, and he made a decision. He had everything people ordinarily think would give them happiness. I think the majority of us would say that if we had perfect brains, perfect beauty in a perfect environment, we would be happy. But we’re just kidding ourselves. Because people who have all of these things or a part of these things, always want something else. They’re not happy. Something’s missing. And do you know what it is that they think is usually missing? They want power. They want approbation. They want to be recognized. You see, that’s the power of beauty.

What good is beauty if others in your life don’t recognize it. Someone doesn’t say you’re beautiful.

Satan had beauty and brains from the start of his life and he also had authority being the anointed cherub or the Messiah’s angel, but he got tired of being second in charge. He became bored. He had everything except God’s power and that’s what he wanted.

So a principle emerges, Arrogance promotes ambition, or today we call that inordinate ambition. By the way, this is why the first sin mentioned in God’s top seven is arrogance, the sin of Satan. Arrogance is satanic. Arrogance is found in tremendous measure among born again believers.

Many of them are so busy cleaning up the devil’s world, they don’t know a thing about the angelic conflict and why they are here. They ignore the principle of separation of church and state which is a basic concept of freedom. They are then following the devil’s pattern.

“I can do a better job of the universe than God can!”

“Vote for me angels and I’ll give you a better universe!”

The lust for power has its roots in arrogance. The lust for power is simply much more than having the ability to manipulate people. The lust doesn’t begin with trying to exercise authority or influence over people. The arrogance part of the cosmic system, especially C1 states it all when it says “Look at me!”

It is pre-occupation with self. Satan says “Look at me, I’m beautiful, smarter than anyone else.”

Arrogance is a desire for recognition.

So, again, in EZE 28:13, “You were in Eden, the garden of God.”

Satan was indeed in God’s garden of Eden, however, he did not appear there as a minister of God, but as an apostate and venomous serpent eager for the ruin of the new creation. That is what Satan’s cosmic system, C1 and C2, is all about. This could have been the same Garden of Eden or may not have been the same, all we do know is, at this time, he was worshipping God.

EZE 28:13, “You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The ruby, the topaz, and the diamond; The beryl, the onyx, and the jasper; The lapis lazuli, the turquoise, and the emerald; And the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets, Was in you. On the day that you were created They were prepared.”

This verse says he was a genius, and he has the most beautiful body of any creature, the most beautiful face, the best sounding voice, the greatest personality. And the adorning with jewels suggests his great importance and the glory of his appearance. Even in the Garden of Eden, his name nahash, translated “serpent,” means `the shining one.’ And that is what his cosmic system is all about. His cosmic system is filled with human good, self-improvement and making the world a better place to live.

The Apostle Paul even states that he is even now transformed into an angel of light, 2CO 11:14, And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

It’s also interesting that in verse 13, these precious stones mentioned are displayed three times as recorded in the Bible.

a) In the high priest’s breastplate as a manifesta­tion of divine grace. The breastplate was filled with 12 stones representing each tribe of Israel. It was also accompanied by the Urim and Thummim. Together they represented the divine guidance of the Lord. The cosmic system of Satan has a counterpart.

b) Secondly, in the New Jerusalem, which reflects the glory of God, these are the stones that we are told are there.

REV 21:15-21, And the one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall. And the city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal. And he measured its wall, seventy‑two yards, according to human measurements, which are also angelic measurements. And the material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

These stones that Satan possessed were also manifested in the eternal state.

c) The third time the stones are mentioned is in our passage as the covering of this great angel, which signalizes the highest of all creation. This once pointed to Satan but now points to the King of kings and the

Lord of lords, our Lord Jesus Christ, who has authority over Satan’s cosmic system. No distinction could be imposed on any creature more exalting than is imposed by these covering stones. And there is something very interesting about these stones, Satan only possesses nine of them not all twelve.

Why?

Well, each one of these stones represent a different tribe of Israel with different meanings for those tribes.

The interesting thing is that the three stones that missing are the third row in the breastplate;

The jewel for the tribe of Issachar is missing because it represented the sin and burden bearer which Satan is not. The jewel for the tribe of Gad is missing because it represented victory and Jesus is the victor who was crucified. The jewel for tribe of Asher is missing because it represented the royal seed, and Jesus, not Satan is the royal seed, the Royal King forever. ‘

Next it says: the workmanship of your settings and sockets refers to the fact that he did not need an instrument to praise and glorify God, he was given a built-in Royal crown of praise to praise to his Creator. This is why his voice is like a pipe organ. He did not need an instrument of praise to glorify his Creator; he was an instrument of praise.

Notice the last phrase in EZE 28:13, On the day that you were created They were prepared. Remember, Satan is still a creature created but God and he hates to reminded of that. EZE 28:15 tells us that when the Lord says through the prophet Ezekiel to Satan, “You were blameless in your ways From the day you were created, Also, we read in PSA 148:2-5, “Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! Let them praise the name of the Lord, For He commanded and they were created.”

So Satan hates to be reminded that he would be nothing if it were not for the grace and love of God.

In the next verse, EZE 28:14, we seem to pass from the royalty of Satan to his priestly dignity. He is said to have been the Anointed Cherub that covers by God’s appointment­.

EZE 28:14, “You were the anointed cherub [that is the highest rank of angelic creatures] who covers, And I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God [third heaven]; You walked in the midst of the stones of fire.

The word anointed means the Messiah’s angel as we would say in our day and age, the Messiah’s right hand man. Satan was in the throne room of God. He is also said to have been upon the Holy Mountain of God and to have walked up and down in the midst of the Stones of Fire.

Some say that this passage in Eze 28 refers to the king of Tyre and not Satan. There are many problems with that interpretation and conclusion:
First, EZE 28:12, the Bible teaches no man is perfect and yet we read the phrase “You had the seal of perfection.

Secondly, Verse 12, it says that the one who the Lord is talking to was Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty, and that’s a problem.

Thirdly, the king of Tyre was never in Eden, the garden of God as EZE 28:13 “You were in Eden, the garden of God;

Fourth, the king Tyre was never an anointed cherub who covers,

Fifth, he never walked in the midst of the stones of fire, only an angel could do that.

Six, in EZE 28:15, it could be said to the king Tyre, “You were blameless in your ways From the day you were created,

The point is that we are definitely talking about an angel, namely, Satan, the devil, or Lucifer, who has developed those two cosmic systems.

So, in EZE 28:14, “You were the anointed cherub who covers, And I placed you {there.} You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked in the midst of the stones of fire.

The holy mountain of God is the place of His presence in visible glory, where our Lord’s High Priest would stand before Him to minister to Him, EXO 4:27, PSA 2:6.

Satan’s presence on the holy mountain would indicate his enjoyment of the full Cherubic privilege of nearness to the throne of God.

Remember that the cherubim were the group of angels related to the throne of God as protectors and defenders of His holiness.

Therefore, we can conclude that this great angel was created above all angels to be a proctor and defender of the throne of God. So do not be surprised when you run into someone who is suppose to protect and defend the authority over them but instead attacks it and discredits it, it started with their father the devil, not  literally in many cases, but experiential.

EZE 28:14-15, “You were the anointed cherub who covers, And I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked in the midst of the stones of fire. You were blameless in your ways [not innocent, blameless] From the day you were created, Until unrighteousness was found in you.”

The first sinner of all creatures was Satan. He had everything to make him happy but he lusted for power!

And the unrighteousness found within him is told to us in EZE 28:17, “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor.

His sin obviously was pride. In fact, the scripture tells us that he was conceited. In 1TI 3:6, Paul is warning Timothy not to put men in positions of authority too soon, and he says “And not a new convert, lest he become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil.”

EZE 28:16, “By the abundance of your trade You were internally filled with violence,

The phrase the abundance of your trade refers to his genius plans. Satan has come up with many plans.

Plans for his angels, plans for the human race, plans for you and me. This is why when Satan sinned one third of the angelic creatures went with him, and he had plans for them. Perhaps he promised them what a lot of conspirators promise their victims, promotion. Satan organized them against God. Once man was created, Satan had plans for man which we will study. By the way the Hebrew word for trade, rekullah is also translated slander, it means to go about in order to traffic something against someone, or to slander, or to try and destroy someone’s reputation by trafficking gossip and slander. It speaks peddling things for the sake of personal gain. It indicates that going about among the angels which was necessary for Satan to do to secure their allegiance to his program of rebellion and conspiracy against God. Satan is a master of conspiracy! In fact, he is the originator of conspiracy!

EzeE 28:16-17, “By the abundance of your slander You were internally filled with violence, And you sinned; Therefore I have cast you as profane From the mountain of God [this is future, it has not been accomplished yet, he still has access into heaven]. And I have destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the stones of fire. Your heart [right lobe] was lifted up because of your beauty;

He’d walk around with all of those stones and see his reflection and say “Boy, you’re fine!”

When he said mirror mirror on the wall, he knew the answer to the question: who’s the greatest of them all?

And his self-consciousness was parlayed into a tremendous case of pride.

EZE 28:17-19, “Your heart [right lobe] was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom [this means to distort it] by reason of your splendor [your breath-taken beauty]. I cast you to the ground; I put you before kings, That they may see you [this is future]. By the multitude of your iniquities, In the unrighteousness of your trade [your dishonest transactions, a reference to the fact that Satan entered into conspiracy], You profaned your sanctuaries [that’s Satan’s first fall, his second fall is mentioned next which will come in the Tribulation period]. Therefore I have brought fire from the midst of you; It has consumed you, And I have turned you to ashes on the earth In the eyes of all who see you. All who know you among the peoples Are appalled at you; You have become terrified, And you will be no more.”

This will all take place before the Millennial reign of Christ and after it as well! It is obvious that these verses point out the immediate, future and the final judgment of God upon this mighty angel, all of which is more com­pletely described in other parts of the Bible. In this one context however, God records the origin, the estate, the character, and the sin of the greatest of angels.

Why?

One of the reasons is simply because he wants us to see the devastating affects of arrogance and pride.

Arrogance basically has to do with thought while pride has to do with action.

PRO 8:13, “Respect for the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way, And the perverted mouth, I hate.”

ISA 13:11, Thus I will punish the world for its evil, And the wicked for their iniquity; I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud,

Notice that there is a difference between pride and arrogance. The difference has to do with thought and action, thought they are very closely related. Here’s the point, this passage brings out the fact that God did not create Satan as such, He created an angel who was perfect in all his ways, and that angel sinned by opposing the will of God.

So, let’s review, repeat, and recognize some important principles again concerning the Cosmic system.

Cosmic one, living for self, is Satan’s means of controlling the human race. Satan invented arrogance, for arrogance was his original sin.

Cosmic Two is Satan’s propaganda and indoctrination college to educate and promote antagonism toward anything related to God, especially the grace of God. Cosmic two represents religion and works and antagonism toward God and His grace.

Cosmic One, living for self, represents Satan’s attitude at the time of his prehistoric fall.

By prehistoric I mean before the human race was created.

Cosmic Two, antagonism toward God and His grace, represents Satan’s attitude at the time of Adam’s fall in the garden of Eden up until the end of human history.

Cosmic One, living for self, emphasizes arrogance and abnormal preoccupation with self.

Cosmic Two emphasizes antagonism and intolerance toward the plan, purpose, and will of God, as well as toward all Christians executing it.

In GAL 4:29, But as at that time he [Ishmael] who was born according to the flesh [from Hagar the slave girl] persecuted him [Isaac] who was born according to the Spirit [from Sarah], so it is now also.

To this day, legalism persecutes grace. To this day, the children of the bond-woman, persecutes the children of the free woman. To this day, Ishmael’s children, the Arabs, persecutes Isaac’s children, the Jews. To this day, religion and legalism, persecutes grace and truth.

Cosmic One is Satan’s philosophy in the prehistoric angelic conflict.  Cosmic two is Satan’s philosophy in human history as the ruler of the  world.

The target of Cosmic One is yourself:
The target of Cosmic Two is Bible doctrine.

Cosmic One, we destroy ourselves.
Cosmic Two, we become antagonistic toward Bible doctrine.

Cosmic One emphasizes self in contrast to God.
Cosmic Two emphasizes the human viewpoint of psychological living in contrast to the divine viewpoint of spiritual living.

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