by Pastor Mark Downey
What prompted this subject was a book I started to read and a movie I saw called "The Possessed". The book, like so many others, starts with a false assumption about satan. The movie, like so many others of its genre, reinforces the church establishment's position on evil, which misplaces fear of the Lord with fear of the devil. Why is it that there are so many people vehement in their belief about a "Satan"? Some people believe sin became carnel or incarnate. The exegesis of satan will be found in our study of satan in context to the entire Bible. When we read the 12th chapter of Revelation, there is a lot of figurative language. We know that by interpreting this chapter in a literal sense, we get a lot of bad theology. In verse 7, it reads: "there was war in heaven". Does this mean the abode of God?
The Greek word for heaven is ouranos (#3772, Strong's Concordance), meaning "through the idea of elevation and by implication power"; and from Strong's #3735, oros: "a mountain, lifting itself above the plain", which suggests earth and not outer space. Was there war on earth or star wars? The word war in the KJV has a margin note. Contrast Luke 19:38 "the King (Jesus Christ) that cometh . . . peace and heaven" with verse 42 of the same chapter "belong unto thy peace". Acts 10:36 brings us closer to who and where: "The word God sent to Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ. " And then Luke 2:14 says "glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men. " The context of peace and its counterpart, war, is associated with people and earth. The 'peace in heaven' being spoken of here is peace in Christian cities, nations or elevated places of power; i.e. government or church authority.
The political determination for our lives is within the body of Christ, our obedience to God's Law in a body politic brings the blessing of peace, whereas rebellion to the Laws of God brings the curses of warfare. When the enemies of God want to remove the context of our peace on earth, they take the battle into outer space, and our people fall away from truth. Witness the apostasy within Christian Identity because of screwball theology. Let me point out a few things in Revelation 12. Verse 12 speaks of "rejoicing, the heavens" (plural), and then refers to people dwelling on the earth. In other words, be glad in your Christian Identity community or body politic here on earth. There's a theme of purging in Revelation 12, not travel or astral projection from outer space to earth, with such phrases as verse 4 'did cast them to earth'; verse 9 'the great dragon was cast out, he was cast out into the earth and his angels cast out with him'; verse 10 'the accuser of our brethren is cast down'; verse 12 'for the devil is cast down'; verse 13 'the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth'. All of these characters, properly identified, are not Hollywood monsters in outer space, but rather the real life adversaries on earth. Verse 9 could very easily apply to the Sanhedrin of Christ's day, who were the evil jews in power at that time, and were cast out as Col. 2:15 puts it "having spoiled rulers and authorities, He exposed them publicly, triumphing over them in it (His Crucifixion)" What He said about them came to pass in Jerusalem circa 70AD.
We also have a prophetic significance to Revelation 12 concerning the key to the calculations of 'seven times punishment' of Israel, or the White race, winding up in America in 1776, as referenced in verses 6 and 14. The colorful language of John's vision is about race, not Darth Vader. Back to the Fallen Angel theory, we read in verse 7, "Michael and his angels fought against the dragon". Michael is a Hebrew name and means "who (is) like God?" He's described as Michael the archangel in Jude 9. An archangel is the chief angel according to Strongs #743. An angel is a messenger, so Michael is self explanatory as the chief messenger. Not much is said about Michael, but if Jesus Christ is the chief shepherd and the chief cornerstone, I would venture to guess that our Lord and Savior is the chief messenger as well (and not Luke Skywalker). The Michael of Daniel 12:1 is the deliverer of His people, "a nation" (not fallen angels up there).
Hebrews 1:4 says "being made so much better than the angels (the mere messengers of mankind) as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. " Our name does not mean 'who is like God?', yet our proximity to our Creator as His Israel means 'ruling with God'. In Psalms 103:20, His angels (Strongs #32, Israelite messengers who bring tidings; by implication a pastor) are those who do His commandments. Luke 7:24 refers to the messengers of John and is Strong's #32, the same Greek word 'aggelos'; that is, angels. And in I Thes. 4:16, "and the Lord himself shall descend . . . with the voice of the archangel". In other words, he is first in political rank or power. He is the King of kings. In Rev. 1:20, John writes "the mystery of the seven stars . . . are the angels of the seven churches (i.e. the pastors of these ecclesias). " Rev. 12:1 says "there appeared a great wonder in heaven" (i.e. the church invisible). The woman with a crown of twelve stars is symbolic of the twelve tribes of Israel scattered around the world.
As mentioned earlier, these verses have prophetic significance to the greatest Christian nation in the history of mankind and its birth as a nation is found right here in Scripture. Verse 5 tells us she (Israel) brought forth a man child (a nation) who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. "Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. Who hath heard such a thing? Who hath seen such a thing? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children" (Isaiah 66:7-8). "And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches" (Rev. 2:26-29). This is speaking about the New Jerusalem, the cleansed Kingdom of Heaven on earth!
Let me clarify this business about war and peace, as mentioned earlier. Revelation 12:7 says "there was war in heaven" with a margin note to contrast that with Luke 19:38, where we read that as Christ comes to earth, there is 'peace in heaven' and, in verse 42, as He approached Jerusalem, Christ said "the things which belong unto thy peace". I think He was talking about unity and the lack of conflict; there will be no rebellion in the Kingdom of Heaven. There will be rebellion against God, but not with angels in His abode. When Jesus said "think not, that I am come to send peace on earth, I came not to send peace, but a sword (or division - Luke 12:51)" Mt. 10:34. The scriptures do not contradict themselves. When Christ preached peace, it was the word God sent to the White race, Israel, so that each believer "being justified by faith, has peace with God through Jesus Christ" (Rom. 5:1). We could be having an armed revolution against wickedness in high places and still have a countenance of peace.
The truth Christ brought to the world was so controversial that they killed Him. When they crucified our Lord, there was war, and the Christ-killers have been trying to change the location of the warfare in your minds ever since, so that we don't kill them. Is Christ talking about celestial angels to bring hither the enemies of God that reject His reign/government and slay them (Luke 19:27)? The context is quite clear with the previous verse (v. 26) concluding the moral of the parable of the ten pounds, a lesson in free enterprise, or Christian economy. In verse 14, the jews hated Him and said "we will not have this man to reign over us". Thus the violent take the Kingdom by force. The history of American politics is one anti-Christian attack after another, but verse 26 infers that everyone having value will be given more and everyone who is worthless, whatever value he has will be taken away from him. Hitler understood this concept: taking away the power of the purse from jewish usurers. What a clever ploy of the jew, to tell the Christian that the war is between God and fallen angels far away from this earth, and then supplant that idea with the rapture, another false theory.
So why worry or be upset about the rampant corruption: from the Gary Condits and perverts in politics to the pulpit pimps who have prostituted themselves for filthy lucre? Our peace on earth in Christian Identity is to be at war with the enemies of God. "Rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them" (Rev. 12:12) means the happiness within the body of Christ. The rest of verse 12 says 'woe to the rest of mankind, because the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows he has but a short time'. When the Judeo Christian renders this literally into their concept of verse 9, the great dragon, that old serpent, the devil and satan which deceives the whole world, all of which are idiomatic expressions, they conveniently ignore the very simple explanation of what these figures of speech represent. We read in verse 10 "the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. " Is it some kind of evil spirit floating in the ether that possesses the mind of man to lie about the followers of Christ? Or is it real life people that constantly accuse Christian Identity of things which are false? How can anybody in their right mind not see how the Holy Roman Empire, Catholicism, was cast unto the earth; i.e. , spread their tentacles of deceit throughout the world, and how today, there is a revival of this beast; this final attempt at a one world religion: Mystery Babylon, also called the ecumenical movement.
It is our Movement that looks forward to casting down these devils and satans in the form of the ADL, SPLC, FBI, TBN, IRS etc. Don't you think it would be to the advantage of these power brokers to get you to believe that they have made some kind of unholy alliance with a supernatural entity . . . so don't you even try to do anything about it??!! The allusion to some sort of hideous animal, like a dragon or old serpent, is merely a literary device to convey the very worst in somebody, as we read in Ezek. 29:3: "Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh King of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of rivers". Actually, a word study of satan and devil reveal that nowhere in scriptures are these words meant to be supernatural beings tempting mankind to sin. In fact, it is the pagan world that attributes the dark forces of evil into gods, the personification of vice and sinfulness. This is the tradition of deification from a mongrelized mentality; it is the bastard mutations of the mystery religions fueled by jewish and non White theology.
The apostolic church and early followers of Christ understood the devil and satan to be these opponents of Jesus who slandered and falsely accused Christians, just as they do with Christian Identity today. Today's enemies of God are not pawns of a supernatural god called satan; they are just greedy, egotistical scumbags responsible for their own actions, and nobody can blame something or somebody else for their sins. They take the word Lucifer like the word armageddon, both of which appear only once in the scriptures, and build a fantastic doctrine and theology, all of which is fantastically false. Whenever you pick and choose things out of context, you can make the Bible say whatever you want. And that is what they have done with their fallen angel nonsense. Those judeo-Christian messengers who insistently associate Lucifer of Isaiah 14:12 with Rev. 12 don't have any scholarly evidence to prove their fallen angel now rules the earth. Jesus said in Mt. 28:18 "all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth". How much power does that give a so-called Lucifer? We can easily identify Lucifer in Isaiah 14:4 as the king of Babylon ('take up this proverb against him'). Lucifer (v. 12) fell from heaven. Heaven here refers to a high or lofty place of authority in Babylon: "which did weaken the nations". Are there, or were there nations in the extraterrestrial heaven? In verse 13, this guy is definitely campaigning for god-king status by exalting his throne above the stars of God. This is not literal stars, but rather the twelve tribes of Israel, and this guy wants to be the head and us the tail. You can see by reading this chapter, how rulership can become quite intoxicating to the point of thinking you "will be like the Most High". Well I don't think so, and Isaiah 14:16-17 is the clincher that puts him in his place where it says, "They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; that made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?"
Is this the man or the fallen angel? Like so many other megalomaniacs in history, this is man the sinner playing God. Isaiah 14:12-17 describes earthly conditions influenced by man's greed, force, selfishness, ambition and pleasures. If there were a war in heaven before the Creation, you would think that there would be some mention of it in the first book of the Bible rather than the last book. But such is not the case; there never was war between God and His messengers in His celestial abode, therefore, there is no such thing as a fallen angel. But, there is a messenger-angel in Revelation 14:8 that announces what is fallen, and that is Babylon, that great city, that made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. I would rather see the fall of God's real life adversaries than imaginary myths. Amen?