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Interpretation Top of the World

by Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D. © 2004

     
The First Blow - Cleansing Flood
 

After gaining control of earth in the Garden of Eden, satan set about to build a world system in which he could be worshipped like God. Satan’s first attempt at human governance began with Cain’s children. It is beyond the scope of this interpretation to discuss the biblical facts that show how satan developed an intricate building industry in which centralization was the primary objective. [Read Genesis 4:16-24 and study the Hebrew meanings of the names therein.]

 

Whenever government is centralized, history has shown that people eventually lose control of their lives because they learn to become dependent upon the government on the one hand and because people have sin natures and are bent upon sinning on the other.

Fifteen hundred years or so after Adam’s fall, the world had become so corrupt from satanic rule that God had to step in if He was going to save humanity. During this first phase of satanic rule, the devil was scheming to fix it so that he would never lose authority in the earth. He thought if he could destroy the purity of men through genetic mutations via the intermixing of angelic genes with men’s genes [Genesis 6:1ff], then God would not have a means to get back into the world to legally recover His lease. If there was no pure race of men for a redeemer to enter the sheepfold, He could not pay for their sins. God would have to let satan remain earth’s ruler forever in order not to become a liar like the devil. Then satan would not have to go to the lake of fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels [Matthew 25:41].

Before satan could destroy the last generation on earth with genetic corruption, Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord [Genesis 6:8].

 
Genesis 6:9
 

9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

Note the word ‘perfect’ in the above Scripture. Its Hebrew meaning is for physical perfection, not moral perfection. There are other words to use for moral perfection. Hence, Noah’s family line had not been contaminated with genetic mutations. Why do think there were giants in those days? It is because men’s genes were crossed with those of angels. Everyone who has seen an angel while in the spirit reports that they are exceptionally large beings. Remember the giant named Goliath that David slew? The Bible indicates he was somewhere between 9 and 11 feet tall depending on the scale of measurements one uses, and he wore a breastplate of iron weighing almost 200 pounds. That is some being! He and the other giants dwelling in Canaan in the early days of Israel were probably born through regressive genes stemming from one of Noah’s daughter-in-laws.

Because of earth’s infiltration of evil angels who kept not their first estate [Jude 1:6; 2 Peter 2:4], the world became filled with violence with only one family left that walked with God. Out of a billion or so people on earth at that time, according to the estimates of some statisticians, the Bible accounts that only eight people went into the Ark even though Noah preached to them that judgment was coming for 120 years. The people of Noah’s day did not have ears to hear.

 
Genesis 6:1-7
 

1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

So God struck the first blow upon satan’s rulership of the world with a universal flood.

   
 

Beautiful Side of Evil- Depiction of satan: Uriel Standing in the Sun 1817by ALLSTON, Washington Mugar Memorial Library, Boston

Satan Sends In His Troops

 

Since the devil’s attempt to infiltrate the human race with contaminated genes failed, he has had to change tactics in ruling earth. He no longer has access to earth through his fallen evil angels. Because they kept not their first estate but left their own habitation to enter the world for the purpose of corrupting the race of men, these angels are …reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day [Jude 1:6].

Satan is now left to ruling earth through men alone. After the first blow, Jeannette saw robotic like soldiers marching in upon the scene. This indicated that since angelic prowess via giants was now forbidden, satan was going to use armies of men to promote his agenda. Indeed, we see from the very beginning of the earth’s renovation after the flood, men became reprobate changing …the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man, and birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things [Romans 1:23], developing astrological charts and creating towers to reach unto heaven, and began to be mighty hunters of men, animals, and things [Genesis 10:9].

Yes, the devil had another tactic with which to control the world. We can see it clearly illustrated in the image of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. We have already learned that God gave this image in the King’s dream to him. In essence, the dream was a revelation by God regarding His preference of governments. Most people agree that the image’s body is representative of the characteristics of the varying kingdoms of the earth and indeed it is. It speaks to the types of governments satan has used to carry out his plans. As each kingdom waned and became more and more corrupt, the devil had to keep changing forms of government. His overall strategy has never changed. He wants to be worshipped by the world as god of it.

On occasion, satan has managed to get people to look at some monarch or leader as a god. But never has he been able to corral all the people everywhere to be worshipped as the god of the world. Every time he seems to be making headway, God raises up a standard against him and comes in like a flood washing away his futile attempts [Isaiah 60:19].

 
German Soldiers WWII
Kingdoms must have armies to sustain their existence and maintain their sovereignty – the stronger the army, the greater the power of that kingdom. Thus, history is replete with battle after battle, a seemingly endless supply of troops of men to do satan’s bidding. They came into the vision in robotic like fashion because they are truly pawns of the devil and controlled by unseen spirits. Over time, however, God has worked through men to loosen the yokes of bondages to depraved and brutal kingdoms. Yet, there are still some out there.
  It is not the purpose of this interpretation to discuss the various governmental systems as depicted by Nebuchadnezzar’s dream image. Rather they are brought up to show why soldiers entered into the vision after the first blow was struck. This was satan’s first line of defense in keeping control on earth after the flood. In due time, however, God struck another blow to his rulership causing him to change tactics again. This one was most devastating to him, and it was hammered at the cross.
   
 
The Second Blow - A Cleansing Cross
 
Titian 1487/90 – 1576 The Carrying of the Cross c. 1508-1509
 

Satan thought he had won the battle to maintain control of earth when he killed the Messiah on the cross. But God outwitted him because the Bible says that satan and his cohorts did not realize what they were doing when they crucified our Lord.

 
1 Corinthians 2:6-8
 

6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for HAD THEY KNOWN IT, THEY WOULD NOT HAVE CRUCIFIED THE LORD OF GLORY.

Glory be to God! The devil and his highest ranking angels who operate as rulers of the darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in high places [Ephesians 6:12] did not realize that in killing the Messiah, God’s sent One, they were doing God service. How is that for an ingenious plan? Truly, in this dastardly deed of crucifying God’s innocent Son, satan …thought evil against God; but God meant it unto good…[Genesis 50:20].

Satan thought if he could just get Jesus killed, He would be out of the way and not able to take over the reins of ruling. The princes of this world are the unseen rulers that run roughshod over people and keep them bound to the wisdom of this world. Even knowing the prophetic Scriptures that foretold His death, the devil was not sure He would rise again. This was satan’s last opportunity to overwhelm the Son of God. Overwhelm Him satan did, but it cleansed the slate of sin. Hallelujah what a Savior!

 
John 12:24
 

24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

Having died, Jesus’ body was put in the ground, covered up, and fertilized with spices; but the Son of God came up and has since produced the fruit of millions of sons and daughters for God’s family, which He wanted when He created the world. God decreed in the creation that any seed would reproduce itself. Of a truth, the seed is in itself because the Son of God was planted, and after He came up out of the grave, many sons of God have come into being. Moreover, His resurrection took all authority away from satan and delegated it to His brethren as we saw in the opening pages of this interpretation.

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