Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin Bible Ministries
The TREE OF LIFE is a weekly teaching summary.
The Tree of Life for week ending 09/23/01.
The Satanic Deception behind the attack upon America.
Since this is the First Tree of Life since the tragic events of September 11, we begin by saying that our prayers go out for all who have been directly touched by this tragedy, and their families. It is also important to remember to continue to pray for our President and for all who advise him, that they may have divine wisdom as they respond to this horrific act. In times like these we realize that our greatest need is to turn in repentance and faith to the God of all mercy and the Father of all comfort. We all must turn to God and to pray as a nation that this evil will spread no further.
While some stand behind the pulpit and say that this is the judgment of God and the fault of believers, we will see that this is not the truth. Nor were these events for the furtherance of the cycles of discipline upon this nation. However, this was a wake up call to the Church and to the nation.
The recent attack on America is because of the angelic conflict and because the god of this world, Satan, is the promoter of all anti-Semitism and desires to wipe out Israel.
The main reason we were attacked is because of our national stand with Israel. We were attacked for the sole reason of being a Capitalist nation who supports Israel.
One of the promises that God gave to Abraham is found in GEN 12:1 "Now the Lord said to Abram, Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father's house, To the land which I will show you; And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
Any nation that blesses and protects the Jews will be blessed by God, any nation that curses and attacks the Jews will be cursed by God.
Militant Islam is motivated by the devil and the devil wants to destroy that powerful nation who supports Israel as well as the funding source for missions around the world.
Although the United States has problems, we are still the greatest nation in the world. As a client nation, we should let the Supreme Court of Heaven handle this through our military.
The issue in those horrific events is not how it happened, why it happened or that it happened, but rather, what is God's message in allowing it to happen?
As believers it is our duty to watch, pray and realize what is happening in our nation and how vulnerable we really are and to seek God for spiritual answers.
To realize how fragile life really is, how meaningless our portfolios, 401's, houses, bank accounts, stocks and bonds really are.
So what really is happening, what are the spiritual answers?
Back to GEN 12:3, why would God say to Abraham, the first Jew, "I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse."
Or in GEN 27:29 "Cursed be those who curse you, And blessed be those who bless you."
God would not use an Arab regime to discipline us because of our support of Israel. There are many ways we could have been disciplined by God rather than by an evil regime motivated by our support and protection of Israel.
Some have said God is disciplining us for our decisions, but in fact our decisions have been:
Electing new leaders with morals and spiritual values.
Being the funding source for missions around the world.
Being the leading source for the proper Gospel being taught and the communication of God's word throughout the world.
Still having some ministries who refuse to charge for their written material, tapes and publications.
While the nation has problems, there are many good decisions being made.
This could be the trigger of a time of spiritual awakening and a spiritual revival and we can be part of it if we have a positive attitude. The alternative is to speculate what cycle of discipline we are in and say that this is the believer's fault. What was thought or intended to be evil against out nation can turn into a great blessing, maybe a spiritual awakening and a revival and maybe we will become more united as a people and more appreciative for our flag and our freedom than ever before.
God allows things to be shaken so that the things that are NOT shakable will remain, like His Word or Bible doctrine, integrity, character and love.
We have now learned through experience that God's grace must guard us; unless the Lord guards us, we don't have a defense, we are totally out-gunned by the enemy.
We first must recognize the scriptural principle that began in the book of Genesis. What Satan means for evil, God can turn into good, GEN 50:20 "And as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive."
Out of this horrible tragedy, God will bring something good.
It is true that we suffer the consequences of our own decisions, but in this case it is obviously a tragedy that has been perpetrated by people who have an evil intent to try to hurt us. Our country has realized what our friends in Israel have been experiencing for the last half century, the reality of Islamic fundamentalists terror, a very real and well funded terror. The issue is what will we do as a nation! Most of us would love to see a spiritual revival in America, and this could be a reason for it. We need the power and the presence of almighty God to protect this nation as He has done for some 225 years. These are exciting times, they are times to rejoice, not to fear. This is a part of the blessed hope or confidence that Jesus is coming back. That's what we are to tell our children, our friends and Pastors, that's what you are to tell your congregation. Not "I told you so" or what cycle of discipline we're in, not it's the Pentecostal's or the Baptist's or Catholics' fault.
The kingdom of God is getting ready to be brought forth in a new light.
God hasn't forgotten the graciousness of America, the generosity of America, the goodness of America. To this tragedy, we should respond as a city set upon a hill, Mat 5:14 "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden."
There will be people in our lives that are observing how we as believers are responding to this tragic event.
ISA 58:12 "And those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; You will raise up the age-old foundations; And you will be called the repairer of the breach, The restorer of the streets in which to dwell."
Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ need to become a repairer of the breach, to cease pointing the finger and use this situation for the church to come together.
There are important doctrinal principles that are very important to understand at this time in our nations history. This attack on America is because of the angelic conflict and because the god of this world, Satan, is the promoter of all anti-Semitism and desires to wipe our Israel.
Anti-Semitism is a person, a group, an organization, or a nation who is hostile to the Jews. It is intolerance, hatred, prejudice, opposition, persecution, and the exercise of terrorism and military activity against the Jewish race or any person, group, organization, or a nation who supports Israel.
Satan had two major objectives in the unfolding of anti-Semitism, but now he has only one objective or goal left.
The first objective is historical in which Satan sought to keep our Lord from being born, when that failed he tried to kill His humanity before He reached the cross, GEN 4:1-8; 6:1-6; MAT 2:13-16, LUK 22:44.
The first attack was the attack on Adam's seed. When Adam and the woman sinned in the garden, the first prophecy of our Lord becoming a man was given to Satan, who was represented by the serpent, in GEN 3:14-15.
GEN 3:15 "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed (Satan's seed is represented by the Adamic nature, JOH 8:44) and her seed; (a reference to the Lord at the point of his incarnation or the virgin birth) He (the seed of the woman) shall bruise you on the head (literally crush the head of Satan) And you (Satan)shall bruise him on the heel, (a reference to the cross)."
The word enmity is the Hebrew noun `eybah which means a hatred that may be open or concealed; or a hostility which is hatred showing itself in attacks or aggression. The devil commands millions of angels (REV 5:11 cf withREV 12:4) and certain ones were delegated to frustrate the possibility of The Lord Jesus Christ ever becoming true humanity to fulfill this prophecy.
The first satanic attack on Christ becoming true humanity was when Cain murdered Abel in Gen 4, which was a satanic attack on Adam's seed. It was an attack on the first promise given to Adam after he sinned. This promise was that God the Father would provide the Savior from Adam's seed, who would come through the woman as the child-bearer.
Satan and fallen angels understood that the Savior would come in the line of Adam as true humanity through the woman. Therefore, Satan knew he had to cut off that line from Adam to Christ, GEN 4:8 "And Cain told Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him."
The line continued on through Seth, Satan realized that murder wouldn't work to cut off the line. Satan began to see that because the human race was just getting started and murder would not cut off the line. Satan later turned loose the greatest weapons of lust ever, many of the fallen angels who were capable of copulation or having sex with the women of the human race. In this attempt to destroy all true humanity, fallen angels invaded earth and copulated with females, producing half-angel half-human beings, documented in GEN 6:1-6. This was an attempt to wipe out the promise of Jesus Christ coming into the world as true humanity. Satan did not want the Messiah to be born.
GEN 6:1-2 "Now it came about, when men [humanity] began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of the gods [fallen angels] saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took or seized wives for themselves, whomever they chose."
The "sons of the gods" is a reference to angelic creatures. The Hebrew word beni ha elohim is used for angelic creatures only.
"beni" is translated "sons"
"ha" should be translated "the"
and then elohim is in the plural and it is generally used for God when all three members of the Trinity are in view, however, it can also be used for "gods" which is the polytheistic expression of many gods, false gods.
The Hebrew verb laqach means to seize violently, to take by sheer strength, to overpower and seize these women, and in many cases against their will to have sex with them.
Gen 6:3 "Then the Lord [God the Father] said, "My Spirit [Holy Spirit] shall not strive or plead the cause of God in man's soul forever, for in his going astray, he is flesh [mortal]. Therefore, his days will be one hundred and twenty years."
This verse refers to the antediluvian ministry of the Holy Spirit. From the time of Gen 6:3 to the time of the flood, there would be an elapse of 120 years. At that point, God the Holy Spirit would no longer plead the cause of God in salvation, because the flood would wipe them out. Only the eight human beings mentioned previously believed in Jesus Christ.
In verse 4, the antediluvian super-race is mentioned, "The Nephilim [the fallen ones or the fallen angels who followed Satan] were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of the gods [like Zeus, Neptune, Pluto] came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown."
The phrase "The Nephilim refers to the fallen ones, half-human half-demon creatures. Three categories of creatures are mentioned here: ha adam (verse 1) is true humanity, beni ha elohim (verses 2,4) are angels with bodies, ha nephalim are the progeny of the first two combined, half-human, half-angelic creatures.
They had bodies and they actually operated on the earth.
Because of the influence of these creatures, the genetic destruction of true humanity was highly contagious and spreading out throughout the entire world. True humanity was in danger of being destroyed.
As a result of this demon attack, the fallen angels involved were confined to Tartarus, the third compartment of Sheol or Hades.
In the antediluvian civilization, the demons who invaded the earth had angelic bodies and sexual capabilities. With their bodies, these demons were able to have sex with human females, resulting in the satanic attempt to destroy true humanity on the earth so that God's word could not be fulfilled. Satan tried to destroy humanity so that TLJC could not be born true humanity. Satan did not want the Messiah to be born just as Satan does not want Israel to exist.
Here is a principle to learn concerning human history: Many times some great disaster happens and individuals wonder why God allows such things when in reality it is the grace of God at work preserving the human race from self-destruction.
In GEN 6:5-13 is the divine evaluation of the nephilim period.
"Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent and motive of the thoughts of his heart [right lobe] was only evil continually. And the Lord repented or regretted that he had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. And the Lord said, I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I repent that I have made them. Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. Then God said to Noah, the end of all flesh has come before me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth."
After the destruction of the human race in the flood, Satan was not finished, he never will be finished because even after he is put in prison for 1,000 years, he was not rehabilitated.
This is the end of Satan.
All mankind was to be blotted out because mankind had become contaminated by the nephilim, half-human and half-angelic. Had that continued, there would have been no possibility of the Lord Jesus Christ becoming true humanity and being judged for our sins. There would have been no way God could keep his word to Adam and the woman. The reason why the family history or genealogy of Noah is so important is because it is true humanity all the way from Adam and the woman to Noah.
God created Adam and Adam had a son Seth.
Seth had a son, Enosh,
Enosh had a son, Kenan,
Kenan, had a son, Mahalalel,
Mahalalel, had a son, Jared,
Jared, had a son, Enoch
Enoch, had a son, Methuselah,
Methuselah, had a son, Lamech,
Lamech, had a son, Noah.
That Noah walked with God indicates he was a mature believer as well.
Now, what does that have to do with the satanic deception behind the attack upon America? Every member of the human race is descended from either Shem, Ham, or Japheth, or the many combinations that have developed since then. All human beings are descended from Adam through Noah's three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Shem is the father of the Akkadians, Chaldeans, Arabs, Lydians, Syrians, etc.
Abraham was in the line of Shem, and at age 99 he began the new racial species of the Jew. The Jewish line continued only through Isaac and Jacob, both believers. Jacob's twelve sons are the basis for the entire Jewish race.
Our Lord came from the line of Judah.
Ham was the father of the Phoenicians, Hittites, Amorites, Chinese, Japanese, Egyptians, Canaanites, Lybians, Ethiopians, Watusi, Masi, Somali and Nandi.
Japheth is the father of the Medes, Persians, Macedonians, Greeks, Romans, Slavs, Celts, Hurrians and Cassites.
Most of us are combinations of these groups.
Today there is no such thing as purity of race, all have been intermingled and pigmentation of skin is no issue in anything in life.
The effectiveness of the genetic attack on the earth by demons resulted in true humanity being almost extinct on planet earth. And the source of salvation must come from the true humanity of Jesus Christ.
For it says in 1PE 2:24 "He carried our sins in his own body on the cross."
As God, He could have nothing to do with sin, He had to become true humanity. Therefore, there was the necessity for destroying the half-breed race of the half-human, half-angelic creatures.
Whenever God has to judge the world to protect the human race from self-destruction, He always protects the believer from this extreme catastrophe, which in this case was a universal flood that destroyed all nephilim and all animal life on the earth except what was in the ark. But no matter how great the catastrophe, it is the mature believer who always survives.
The glitch in Satan's plan was the divine preservation of eight people, Noah and his wife and their three sons and wives who were the last remains of uncorrupted humanity. Satan always has discovered and will discover that in every generation there are always some believers who become a glitch in Satan's plan. Every time Satan tried to attack the humanity of Christ from being born, God used the curse of Satan and turned into a blessing for the human race.
Cause the fall of man, Satan, God will provide a savior.
Kill Abel, he'll make God's hall of fame in HEB 11:4 "though he is dead, he (Abel) still speaks."
Infiltrate the human race with angelic seed, God will destroy the earth and preserve true humanity and remind them through the rainbow that God will never do it again.
Persecute God's people and in EXO 1:12 "The more you afflict them, the more I will multiply and prosper them,"
Attack God's people, God's client nation, and God will turn the curse into a blessing.
Just like in the days of Noah, in the midst of a wild and evil environment, God always has His man, His people, those who hear the wake-up call and have the humility to go forward with the plan of God in spite of all the opposition and distraction.
These eight were delivered by the ark in the flood which destroyed every last vestige of Nephilim and their "civilization."
On the ark was Shem, the seed which would eventually produce the Messiah, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the virgin-born Son of God.
Because of this MAT 1:21 will happen "She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."
After the flood destroyed the Nephilim incident the same eight people who were delivered became the genetic basis for the present postdiluvian civilization.
This family tree is very interesting when we see the Hebrew names and what they mean:
God created Adam
Mahalalel-----The blessed God
Jared-----Shall come down
Enoch-----To consecrate himself
Methuselah-----His death shall bring