20. My Vision on Creation, Evolution, Fossils

and

Other Worlds  


October 21, 2009


http://omega77.tripod.com/visionoct212009.htm



The Lord instructs us to ask and we will receive. I supplicated the aid of the Lord in regard to issues relative to creation week, evolution and the “apparent” disparities between the findings of science relative to these factors compared to the revealed Word of God. In His loving mercy, God met my request with beautiful reconciling answers to my questionings. This document is a revelation of the answers I received which fully explain the discrepancy involving millions of years determined by the carbon dating of man’s archeological and anthropological findings. I was shown that the following statements are truth:

 

  1. ·       That the first free-will being in God’s universe, brought into existence through the creative agency of Christ, was Lucifer.


  1. ·       Lucifer was given the power to manipulate the tools of nature. As long as he was in harmony with the laws of God, everything went well. But Lucifer manifested a selfish characteristic contrary to the character of Christ—much like our scientists today. Because he saw that creative works were performed through natural means, he felt that there was no need for Christ as the master Creator. If Christ had destroyed Lucifer and those who sympathized with him, the rest of His creatures would have served Him out of an allegiance of fear. God did not desire such service and thus the controversy began.


  1. ·       Lucifer was permitted the privilege of sharing in the creations of new worlds and things pertaining to those worlds until he engaged sinful manipulations of matter, though the real power behind all true and valid creation and matter was/is Christ.


  1. ·       The original methodology Christ employed for creation was through the agency of natural laws. Long periods of time were permitted for the development of new things as is evinced by the course of nature even today. This was God’s normal method of creation. It was this slow process of true “evolution” that gave rise to Satan’s illusion that he could rival Christ in the creation process. God had entrusted him with great power.



  1. ·       Christ kept His superior and supreme power and authority hidden by His selfless, self-sacrificing character of love. This proved to be a test to Lucifer.


  1. ·       Lucifer’s great beauty stirred within him a sense of superiority.


  1. ·       Lucifer came to believe that he could rival the creations of the Son of God. But the righteous character of Christ provided a source of challenge and restricted Lucifer’s desire for indulgence and promotion of self. Thus, the seeds of independent action were born in Lucifer’s heart and he began to act independently of Christ. It was then that he began to manipulate the laws of nature to create things in his own way. Since all creation in that period of time was wrought through the normal processes of evolutionary growth, even as today, Satan fell into the erroneous conclusion that he could manipulate the laws of nature independently of Christ, to become the supreme creator.


  1. ·       Amalgamation is an example of Satan’s method of creation. Satan was given the chance before the flood to try out “his” method of creation. At that time, natural law was broad enough to take in the possibility of crossing the species; and through the control of Satan, the base crime of amalgamation among the beasts and of man and beast went forward. The prehistoric fossils of animals and man bear out the results of Satan’s control of the forces of natural creation. But God has long since removed the possibility of inter-mixing the species to any appreciable extent and herein lies the paradox. The evolutionist today would dearly love to find one single evidence that crossing of the species is possible, while the creationist Christian abhors the thought.


  1. ·       The Lord showed me that the noxious weeds, and the part of the animal kingdom that are quite generally found to be disgusting are those creations that have been manipulated by Satan. I say “generally” because it is fitting that Satan’s agents would find his perversions of manipulation quite agreeable.


  1. ·       Evidential proof of amalgamation after the flood is the fact that only Noah, his wife and three sons and their wives got off the ark. So from eight individuals we have all the diversity of races today.


  1. ·       If, as some vaguely suppose, ALL creation had been wrought by instantaneous command from Christ, then Lucifer could never have been tempted to think he could become superior to Christ, for Lucifer could not create that way.


  1. ·       Christ’s purpose in creating THIS WORLD by instantaneous acceleration (by His command) was to be a demonstration to the universe as to the identity of the real power behind creation—the True Creator. Satan forced this act on the part of Christ.


  1. ·       The unique, accelerated creation of this world was never seen before and would never be seen again for the express purpose of proving Satan wrong. It will be seen in the establishment of the new heaven and the new earth. The battle between Christ and Satan (good and evil), and the two diverging types of government would be clearly manifest by this act which Satan could not duplicate.


  1. ·       Accelerated creation in the other worlds was employed for the creation of reasoning beings with the freedom to choose.


  1. ·       Satan would be given full opportunity to carry out his ideas about creation and his ideas about government and at the same time Christ would reveal the true nature of His own character on which His system of creation and government are based.


  1. ·       Lucifer was not taken into counsel in the planning of THIS WORLD. Christ must needs prove the pure nature of His own creation, and He could do so only if Lucifer had absolutely nothing to do with it. But Lucifer was given a chance to go ahead with his own form of creation in the manipulation of natural laws, and the outcome of his choices would become very evident.


  1. ·       Thus, THIS WORLD was created in six literal days, GREATLY ACCELERATED. Christ merely spoke and it was done. Lucifer had no such power! Lucifer had never witnessed such power. This was final and indisputable proof of the identity and power of the true Creator.


  1. ·       Since this method of creation was totally contrary to the usual methodology of God, and since it would never occur again for the purpose of proving Satan wrong, God made a memorial of that creation that was to stand throughout all eternity. That memorial was the seventh-day Sabbath. No other god has ever been able to speak a world into existence!


  1. ·       The Sabbath was given as a sign of faith in the fact that the ultimate power of creating was the heritage of Christ alone.


  1. ·       Any share which the creature(s) ever had in the works of creation was an endowment from the Giver of all good gifts.


  1. ·       The Sabbath was given as a safeguard against any future repetition of Satan’s error. Honoring the Sabbath day is an acknowledgement of faith in Christ as the Creator of THIS WORLD in six literal days. All who do not believe this truth bring high dishonor to the Creator.


  1. ·       It was because of the emergency created by Satan’s sin in challenging Christ’s power as Creator, that the overruling power of a free choice became a saving necessity. God had to make an arbitrary decision to overrule His usual habit of creating through the slow, evolving process of natural law, and resort to bringing forth a sudden, accelerated creation.


  1. ·       The Sabbath is a sign of faith in the prerogative of God to exercise His freedom of choice at His discretion, and to save His universe from a tragic consequence caused by the wrong choices of His created free-will beings.


  1. ·       The Sabbath has a further meaning. The highest evidence of divine power is the power of creation. This power was the heritage of Christ alone. Any creative power which may be vested in the creatures of God’s universe is theirs by virtue of the selfless character of Christ, expressing itself through His sharing that power with them. They are but the tools in His great work of progressive creation. Lucifer could not have aspired to make himself equal with Christ unless he aspired to equal Christ in this respect also. Therefore, the most pertinent element in the rebellion of Lucifer surrounded creative power. Conversely, the most pertinent element in defining the true God is creative power. Has any other challenger to God created a world(s), let alone a universe?


  1. ·       Thus, those who honor the Sabbath, honor and forever memorialize the true Creator of this world and the universe. On this attitude the fruit of salvation depends. For only as one believes that Jesus Christ is “come in the flesh,” and that this same Jesus is the only begotten divine Son of God in whom is vested all power and authority in heaven and earth, can one be the recipient of the gift of eternal life. For unless the subjects of a kingdom have respect for its government and its king, there can be no lasting harmony in that kingdom.

 

The Million and Billions of Years Issue

 

The Lord showed me God created the earth (land) from pre-existing earth (land) matter which He had previously created as part of the universe. The creation of the earth consisted of the formation of existing elements of the universe as far as land, water and light was concerned and that matter in the form of land, water and light were part of the universe before THIS WORLD was created. The definition of the word created in Genesis 1:1 bears this out for it means to shape, to fashion, to form. But until the elements of earth and water were brought into formation, the earth was void.

 

http://bible.worthwhile.com/bible.php?b=gen&c=1&v=0&d=1&w=0

 

Number 1254

Transliteration:

bara' {baw-raw'}

Word Origin:

a primitive root

TWOT:

278

Part of Speech:

verb

Usage in the KJV:

create 42, creator 3, choose 2, make 2, cut down 2, dispatch 1, done 1, make fat 1


Total: 54

Definition:

1. to create, shape, form

A. (Qal) to shape, fashion, create (always with God as subject)

a. of heaven and earth

b. of individual man

c.  of new conditions and circumstances

d. of transformations

B. (Niphal) to be created

a. of heaven and earth

b. of birth

c.  of something new

d. of miracles

C. (Piel)

a.     to cut down

b.     


Genesis 1

 1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

 2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

 3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

 4And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

 5And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

 6And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

 7And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

 8And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

 9And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

 

The Lord showed me that He made many worlds and that the matter (substance) used was existing from time immemorial to man. Extant light was formed for other worlds, as were atmospheres, water, gases, nutrients, plant and animal life and all the necessities for life sustenance of all God’s creatures. All the elements were part of the matter of the universe from the beginning, but Christ ordered (formed) them and spoke them into formation as our world and other worlds so that they would support life as we know it. The fact that earth, water and light matter existed before this earth was created does not preclude their creation by God at some point and time and/or different earth formations being created at different times.

 

     “When God formed the earth, there were mountains, hills, and plains, and interspersed among them were rivers and bodies of water. The earth was not one extensive plain, but the monotony of the scenery was broken by hills and mountains, not high and ragged as they are now, but regular and beautiful in shape. . . .

Angels beheld and rejoiced at the wonderful and beautiful works of God.”--3SG 33. {TA 47.5}

 

We are told that man was made of the dust of the earth. And how old is that dust? From time immemorial to man! The animals were also made of that dust. Man and animals were created in an accelerated manner. Adam and Eve were created as mature adults capable of immediate reproduction. This fact in and of itself is proof of the accelerated creation process involved with THIS WORLD.

 

God can create matter for use in all His creation processes and some of this matter is older than other of it, and that is God’s answer to me as to why man is able to measure objects as deriving from millions or billions of years in the past. Thus, the six day creation week is not in any opposition to the facts science has arrived at by way of the age of matter, including the bones of man and animals that are made from that matter. Thank you Lord for the simple answers that have confounded the minds of men of science, for you have told us that spiritual things are spiritually discerned and that they are as foolishness to worldlings. The wisest of men have not been able to see that if man is made from the dust of the earth, that the bones of men are as old as the matter used to form those bones and that such matter has been existing forever as far as man can determine. End of vision—rwb

 

Internet Group Question and Answers Discussion of my Above Vision

 

----- Original Message -----

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Ron,

 

Just read through your vision on creation... I have a few questions.

 

You said " Since this method of creation was totally contrary to the usual method of God and since it would never occur again, God made a memorial of that creation that was to stand throughout all eternity. That memorial was the seventh-day Sabbath. "

 

The Sabbath was in existence before then though right? But at that time God also made it a memorial to creation because God used accelerated creation on the earth? I mean the whole universe was keeping the Sabbath already before?

 

If I understand right you are saying that the reason we see millions of years in the carbon dating method is because God used matter that was already existing and already there from when he first created the universe.

 

So there is a gap of time in between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 of millions of years, but from the time when God said let there be light (2nd part of verse 2) to now have been only about 6000 years. The period of time the earth was in the without form, and void stage could be a long time, longer then 6000 years.

·   God creates the earth without form and its void covered with water using natural law (slowly)

·   A period of time elapses perhaps Millions of years?

·   Satan Challenges Christ's power as creator

·   Then Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters about 6000 years ago

·   God then begins accelerated creation with the earth.

 

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God created the earth in six days and then He rested. The Sabbath was not needed by God. The Sabbath was made for man and man was not created until this earth was created.

 

Matter was already in existence from eternity. The universe was held together by matter. God used that matter to create the earth. He formed the earth from matter that already existed before the earth was formed. There was no gap in time because the matter that already existed was merely formed into the earth, thus creating the earth.

 

Ron

 

 

----- Original Message -----

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Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 8:46 PM

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The universe existed prior to the formation of this earth. The Sabbath was a memorial to God's creation of the earth in six days. The fourth commandment testifies to that fact. I don't mind the questions. Others might have the same questions but would doubt rather than ask. I would far rather one asks.

 

Ron

 

 

 

 ----- Original Message -----

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Ron,

 

I understand that the matter was already there when God created the earth but was matter something that has always been or did God bring it in to existence?

 

So you mean before the creation of the earth the Sabbath was not kept in Heaven by the angels? God did not have the 10 commandment law before He created the earth? Ellen White says in the Great Controversy page 438 "God instituted the Sabbath in Eden" so I believe your vision is from God. I had always been under the impression that God's Law was from eternity. Please don't think I'm questioning your vision, just trying to understand.

 

 

----- Original Message -----

From: Ron Beaulieu

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In regard to the principles of God's law being from eternity in that they are a transcript of the self-renouncing love character of Christ, they are eternal. It is the principle of creation through natural law which the Sabbath was instituted to symbolize and memorialize. However, the memorialization was over the fact that God, as Creator, could accelerate the natural law and He only. Thus, the Sabbath is a memorial to the true and only Creator God and His accelerated Creation of the earth. Satan's counterfeit efforts at creation were self-centered, whereas the motivations of God's Creative acts were based on self-sacrificing love for the best welfare of all His creation. This is a deeper revelation of the Sabbath.

 

Ron

 

 

----- Original Message -----

From: Ron Beaulieu

To: AdventistHotIssues@yahoogroups.com

Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 9:25 PM

Subject: Re: [AdventistHotIssues] New file uploaded to AdventistHotIssues

 

 

In regard to the principles of God's law being from eternity in that they are a transcript of the self-renouncing love character of Christ, they are eternal. It is the principle of creation through natural law which the Sabbath was instituted to symbolize and memorialize. However, the memorialization was over the fact that God, as Creator, could accelerate the natural law and He only. Thus, the Sabbath is a memorial to the true and only Creator God and His accelerated Creation of the earth. Satan's counterfeit efforts at creation were self-centered, whereas the motivations of God's Creative acts were based on self-sacrificing love for the best welfare of all His creation. This is a deeper revelation of the Sabbath.

 

Ron

 

  

----- Original Message -----

From: Ron Beaulieu

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Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 9:06 PM

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The commands of God are based on the golden rule. They are necessary where two or more created beings accrue. The ten commandments, inclusive of the Sabbath, were given to Israel because they had lost sight of the law of self-renouncing love which was incumbent within the golden rule.

 

Ron

 

----- Original Message -----

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I hasten to add that if God created all things, He created the universe, but from what I was shown, that creation was eternal in nature as far as our understanding can now take in. This is now beyond our comprehension. That is one of the issues I would like to have explained if I am saved.

 

Ron


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From what I was shown, the universe is eternal as is God. However, as this world was added to the universe, so did God add to it by forming other worlds such as ours. They never sinned.

 

Ron

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Thank you Ron for answering my questions. God has shown you some amazing revelations in this vision

 

  

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Praise The Lord our Great Saviour for His timing answers to our questions!

Thank you Ron for your precious ministry of grace, to prepare a people For His Name!

George

 

----- Original Message -----

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I thank you and God for your acceptance of the truth and for lending your encouragement to it.

 

All Glory to God,

 

Ron

 

 

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It is obvious from some of the mentions of the universe in the following document that it existed prior to this earth being formed.

 

Chapter XXIX. - The Origin of Evil

     To many minds, the origin of sin and the reason for its existence are a source of great perplexity. They see the work of evil, with its terrible results of woe and desolation, and they question how all this can exist under the sovereignty of One who is infinite in wisdom, in power, and in love. Here is a mystery, of which they find no explanation. And in their uncertainty and doubt, they are blinded to truths plainly revealed in God's Word, and essential to salvation. There are those who, in their inquiries concerning the existence of sin, endeavor to search into that which God has never revealed; hence they find no solution of their difficulties; and such as are actuated by a disposition to doubt and cavil, seize upon this as an excuse for rejecting the words of Holy Writ. Others, however, fail of a satisfactory understanding of the great problem of evil, from the fact that tradition and misinterpretation have obscured the teaching of the Bible concerning the character of God, the nature of his government, and the principles of his dealing with sin. {GC88 492.1}

     It is impossible to so explain the origin of sin as to give a reason for its existence. Yet enough may be understood concerning both the origin and the final disposition of sin, to fully make manifest the justice and benevolence of God in all his dealings with evil. Nothing is more plainly taught in Scripture than that God was in nowise responsible for the entrance of sin; that there was no arbitrary withdrawal of divine grace, no deficiency in the divine government, that gave occasion for the uprising of rebellion. Sin

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is an intruder, for whose presence no reason can be given. It is mysterious, unaccountable; to excuse it, is to defend it. Could excuse for it be found, or cause be shown for its existence, it would cease to be sin. Our only definition of sin is that given in the Word of God; it is "the transgression of the law;" it is the outworking of a principle at war with the great law of love which is the foundation of the divine government. {GC88 492.2}

     Before the entrance of evil, there was peace and joy throughout the universe. All was in perfect harmony with the Creator's will. Love for God was supreme, love for one another impartial. Christ the Word, the only begotten of God, was one with the eternal Father,--one in nature, in character, and in purpose,--the only being in all the universe that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God. By Christ, the Father wrought in the creation of all heavenly beings. "By him were all things created, that are in Heaven, . . . whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers;" [COL. 1:16.] and to Christ, equally with the Father, all Heaven gave allegiance. {GC88 493.1}

     The law of love being the foundation of the government of God, the happiness of all created beings depended upon their perfect accord with its great principles of righteousness. God desires from all his creatures the service of love,-- homage that springs from an intelligent appreciation of his character. He takes no pleasure in a forced allegiance, and to all he grants freedom of will, that they may render him voluntary service. {GC88 493.2}

     But there was one that chose to pervert this freedom. Sin originated with him, who, next to Christ, had been most honored of God, and who stood highest in power and glory among the inhabitants of Heaven. Before his fall, Lucifer was first of the covering cherubs, holy and undefiled. "Thus saith the Lord God: Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering."

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"Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so; thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee." [EZE. 28:12-15, 17.] {GC88 493.3}

     Lucifer might have remained in favor with God, beloved and honored by all the angelic host, exercising his noble powers to bless others and to glorify his Maker. But, says the prophet, "Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness." [EZE. 28:12-15, 17.] Little by little, Lucifer came to indulge a desire for self-exaltation. "Thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God." "Thou hast said: . . . I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation." "I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High." [EZE. 28:6; ISA. 14:13, 14.] Instead of seeking to make God supreme in the affections and allegiance of his creatures, it was Lucifer's endeavor to win their service and homage to himself. And, coveting the honor which the infinite Father had bestowed upon his Son, this prince of angels aspired to power which it was the prerogative of Christ alone to wield. {GC88 494.1}

     All Heaven had rejoiced to reflect the Creator's glory and to show forth his praise. And while God was thus honored, all had been peace and gladness. But a note of discord now marred the celestial harmonies. The service and exaltation of self, contrary to the Creator's plan, awakened forebodings of evil in minds to whom God's glory was supreme. The heavenly councils pleaded with Lucifer. The Son of God presented before him the greatness, the goodness, and the justice of the Creator, and the sacred, unchanging nature of his law. God himself had established the order of Heaven; and in departing from it, Lucifer would dishonor his Maker, and bring ruin upon himself. But the warning, given in infinite love and mercy, only aroused a spirit of resistance.

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Lucifer allowed jealousy of Christ to prevail, and he became the more determined. {GC88 494.2}

     Pride in his own glory nourished the desire for supremacy. The high honors conferred upon Lucifer were not appreciated as the gift of God, and called forth no gratitude to the Creator. He gloried in his brightness and exaltation, and aspired to be equal with God. He was beloved and reverenced by the heavenly host. Angels delighted to execute his commands, and he was clothed with wisdom and glory above them all. Yet the Son of God was the acknowledged sovereign of Heaven, one in power and authority with the Father. In all the counsels of God, Christ was a participant, while Lucifer was not permitted thus to enter into the divine purposes. "Why," questioned this mighty angel, "should Christ have the supremacy? Why is he thus honored above Lucifer?" {GC88 495.1}

     Leaving his place in the immediate presence of God, Lucifer went forth to diffuse the spirit of discontent among the angels. Working with mysterious secrecy, and for a time concealing his real purpose under an appearance of reverence for God, he endeavored to excite dissatisfaction concerning the laws that governed heavenly beings, intimating that they imposed an unnecessary restraint. Since their natures were holy, he urged that the angels should obey the dictates of their own will. He sought to create sympathy for himself, by representing that God had dealt unjustly with him in bestowing supreme honor upon Christ. He claimed that in aspiring to greater power and honor he was not aiming at self-exaltation, but was seeking to secure liberty for all the inhabitants of Heaven, that by this means they might attain to a higher state of existence. {GC88 495.2}

     God, in his great mercy, bore long with Lucifer. He was not immediately degraded from his exalted station when he first indulged the spirit of discontent, nor even when he began to present his false claims before the loyal angels. Long was he retained in Heaven. Again and again he was offered

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pardon, on condition of repentance and submission. Such efforts as only infinite love and wisdom could devise, were made to convince him of his error. The spirit of discontent had never before been known in Heaven. Lucifer himself did not at first see whither he was drifting; he did not understand the real nature of his feelings. But as his dissatisfaction was proved to be without cause, Lucifer was convinced that he was in the wrong, that the divine claims were just, and that he ought to acknowledge them as such before all Heaven. Had he done this, he might have saved himself and many angels. He had not at this time fully cast off his allegiance to God. Though he had forsaken his position as covering cherub, yet if he had been willing to return to God, acknowledging the Creator's wisdom, and satisfied to fill the place appointed him in God's great plan, he would have been re-instated in his office. But pride forbade him to submit. He persistently defended his own course, maintained that he had no need of repentance, and fully committed himself, in the great controversy, against his Maker. {GC88 495.3}

     All the powers of his master-mind were now bent to the work of deception, to secure the sympathy of the angels that had been under his command. Even the fact that Christ had warned and counseled him, was perverted to serve his traitorous designs. To those whose loving trust bound them most closely to him, Satan had represented that he was wrongly judged, that his position was not respected, and that his liberty was to be abridged. From misrepresentation of the words of Christ, he passed to prevarication and direct falsehood, accusing the Son of God of a design to humiliate him before the inhabitants of Heaven. He sought also to make a false issue between himself and the loyal angels. All whom he could not subvert and bring fully to his side, he accused of indifference to the interests of heavenly beings. The very work which he himself was doing, he charged upon those who remained true to God. And to sustain his

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charge of God's injustice toward him, he resorted to misrepresentation of the words and acts of the Creator. It was his policy to perplex the angels with subtle arguments concerning the purposes of God. Everything that was simple he shrouded in mystery, and by artful perversion cast doubt upon the plainest statements of Jehovah. His high position, in such close connection with the divine administration, gave greater force to his representations, and many were induced to unite with him in rebellion against Heaven's authority. {GC88 496.1}

     God in his wisdom permitted Satan to carry forward his work, until the spirit of disaffection ripened into active revolt. It was necessary for his plans to be fully developed, that their true nature and tendency might be seen by all. Lucifer, as the anointed cherub, had been highly exalted; he was greatly loved by the heavenly beings, and his influence over them was strong. God's government included not only the inhabitants of Heaven, but of all the worlds that he had created; and Satan thought that if he could carry the angels of Heaven with him in rebellion, he could carry also the other worlds. He had artfully presented his side of the question, employing sophistry and fraud to secure his objects. His power to deceive was very great, and by disguising himself in a cloak of falsehood he had gained an advantage. Even the loyal angels could not fully discern his character, or see to what his work was leading. {GC88 497.1}

     Satan had been so highly honored, and all his acts were so clothed with mystery, that it was difficult to disclose to the angels the true nature of his work. Until fully developed, sin would not appear the evil thing it was. Heretofore it had had no place in the universe of God, and holy beings had no conception of its nature and malignity. They could not discern the terrible consequences that would result from setting aside the divine law. Satan had, at first, concealed his work under a specious profession of loyalty to God. He claimed to be seeking to promote the honor of God, the stability of his government, and the good of all the

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inhabitants of Heaven. While instilling discontent into the minds of the angels under him, he had artfully made it appear that he was seeking to remove dissatisfaction. When he urged that changes be made in the order and laws of God's government, it was under the pretense that these were necessary in order to preserve harmony in Heaven. {GC88 497.2}

     In his dealing with sin, God could employ only righteousness and truth. Satan could use what God could not--flattery and deceit. He had sought to falsify the word of God, and had misrepresented his plan of government before the angels, claiming that God was not just in laying laws and rules upon the inhabitants of Heaven; that in requiring submission and obedience from his creatures, he was seeking merely the exaltation of himself. Therefore it must be demonstrated before the inhabitants of Heaven as well as of all the worlds, that God's government was just, his law perfect. Satan had made it appear that he himself was seeking to promote the good of the universe. The true character of the usurper, and his real object, must be understood by all. He must have time to manifest himself by his wicked works. {GC88 498.1}

     The discord which his own course had caused in Heaven, Satan charged upon the law and government of God. All evil he declared to be the result of the divine administration. He claimed that it was his own object to improve upon the statutes of Jehovah. Therefore it was necessary that he should demonstrate the nature of his claims, and show the working out of his proposed changes in the divine law. His own work must condemn him. Satan had claimed from the first that he was not in rebellion. The whole universe must see the deceiver unmasked. {GC88 498.2}

     Even when it was decided that he could no longer remain in Heaven, infinite wisdom did not destroy Satan. Since the service of love can alone be acceptable to God, the allegiance of his creatures must rest upon a conviction of his justice and benevolence. The inhabitants of Heaven and of other worlds, being unprepared to comprehend the nature

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or consequences of sin, could not then have seen the justice and mercy of God in the destruction of Satan. Had he been immediately blotted from existence, they would have served God from fear, rather than from love. The influence of the deceiver would not have been fully destroyed, nor would the spirit of rebellion have been utterly eradicated. Evil must be permitted to come to maturity. For the good of the entire universe through ceaseless ages, Satan must more fully develop his principles, that his charges against the divine government might be seen in their true light by all created beings, that the justice and mercy of God and the immutability of his law might forever be placed beyond all question. {GC88 498.3}

     Satan's rebellion was to be a lesson to the universe through all coming ages, a perpetual testimony to the nature and terrible results of sin. The working out of Satan's rule, its effects upon both men and angels, would show what must be the fruit of setting aside the divine authority. It would testify that with the existence of God's government and his law is bound up the well-being of all the creatures he has made. Thus the history of this terrible experiment of rebellion was to be a perpetual safeguard to all holy intelligences, to prevent them from being deceived as to the nature  of transgression, to save them from committing sin, and  suffering its punishment. {GC88 499.1}

     To the very close of the controversy in Heaven, the great usurper continued to justify himself. When it was announced that with all his sympathizers he must be expelled from the abodes of bliss, then the rebel leader boldly avowed his contempt for the Creator's law. He reiterated his claim that angels needed no control, but should be left to follow their own will, which would ever guide them right. He denounced the divine statutes as a restriction of their liberty, and declared that it was his purpose to secure the abolition of law; that, freed from this restraint, the hosts of Heaven might enter upon a more exalted, more glorious state of existence.

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     With one accord, Satan and his host threw the blame of their rebellion wholly upon Christ, declaring that if they had not been reproved, they would never have rebelled. Thus stubborn and defiant in their disloyalty, seeking vainly to overthrow the government of God, yet blasphemously claiming to be themselves the innocent victims of oppressive power, the arch-rebel and all his sympathizers were at last banished from Heaven. {GC88 500.1}

     The same spirit that prompted rebellion in Heaven, still inspires rebellion on earth. Satan has continued with men the same policy which he pursued with the angels. His spirit now reigns in the children of disobedience. Like him they seek to break down the restraints of the law of God, and promise men liberty through transgression of its precepts. Reproof of sin still arouses the spirit of hatred and resistance. When God's messages of warning are brought home to the conscience, Satan leads men to justify themselves, and to seek the sympathy of others in their course of sin. Instead of correcting their errors, they excite  indignation against the reprover, as if he were the sole cause of difficulty. From the days of righteous Abel to our own time, such is the spirit which has been displayed toward those who dare to condemn sin. {GC88 500.2}

     By the same misrepresentation of the character of God as he had practiced in Heaven, causing him to be regarded as severe and tyrannical, Satan induced man to sin. And having succeeded thus far, he declared that God's unjust restrictions had led to man's fall, as they had led to his own rebellion. {GC88 500.3}

     But the Eternal One himself proclaims his character: "The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty." [EX. 34:6, 7.] {GC88 500.4}

     In the banishment of Satan from Heaven, God declared his justice, and maintained the honor of his throne. But

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when man had sinned through yielding to the deceptions of this apostate spirit, God gave an evidence of his love by yielding up his only begotten Son to die for the fallen race. In the atonement the character of God is revealed. The mighty argument of the cross demonstrates to the whole universe that the course of sin which Lucifer had chosen was in nowise chargeable upon the government of God. {GC88 500.5}

     In the contest between Christ and Satan, during the Saviour's earthly ministry, the character of the great deceiver was unmasked. Nothing could so effectually have uprooted Satan from the affections of the heavenly angels and the whole loyal universe as did his cruel warfare upon the world's Redeemer. The daring blasphemy of his demand that Christ should pay him homage, his presumptuous boldness in bearing him to the mountain summit and the pinnacle  of the temple, the malicious intent betrayed in urging him to cast himself down from the dizzy height, the unsleeping malice that hunted him from place to place, inspiring the hearts of priests and people to reject his love, and at the last to cry, "Crucify him! crucify him!"--all this excited the amazement and indignation of the universe. {GC88 501.1}

     It was Satan that prompted the world's rejection of Christ. The prince of evil exerted all his power and cunning to destroy Jesus; for he saw that the Saviour's mercy and love, his compassion and pitying tenderness, were representing to the world the character of God. Satan contested every claim put forth by the Son of God, and employed men as his agents to fill the Saviour's life with suffering and sorrow. The sophistry and falsehood by which he had sought to hinder the work of Jesus, the hatred manifested through the children of disobedience, his cruel accusations against Him whose life was one of unexampled goodness, all sprung from deep-seated revenge. The pent-up fires of envy and malice, hatred and revenge, burst forth on Calvary against the Son of God, while all Heaven gazed upon the scene in silent horror.

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     When the great sacrifice had been consummated, Christ ascended on high, refusing the adoration of angels until he had presented the request, "I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am." [JOHN 17:24.] Then with inexpressible love and power came forth the answer from the Father's throne, "Let all the angels of God worship him." [HEB. 1:6.] Not a stain rested upon Jesus. His humiliation ended, his sacrifice completed, there was given unto him a name that is above every name. {GC88 502.1}

     Now the guilt of Satan stood forth without excuse. He had revealed his true character as a liar and a murderer. It was seen that the very same spirit with which he ruled the children of men, who were under his power, he would have manifested had he been permitted to control the inhabitants of Heaven. He had claimed that the transgression of God's law would bring liberty and exaltation; but it was seen to result in bondage and degradation. {GC88 502.2}

     Satan's lying charges against the divine character and  government appeared in their true light. He had accused God of seeking merely the exaltation of himself in requiring submission and obedience from his creatures, and had declared that while the Creator exacted self-denial from all others, he himself practiced no self-denial, made no sacrifice. Now it was seen that for the salvation of a fallen and sinful race, the Ruler of the universe had made the greatest sacrifice which love could make; for "God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself." [2 COR. 5:19.] It was seen, also, that while Lucifer had opened the door for the entrance of sin, by his desire for honor and supremacy, Christ had, in order to destroy sin, humbled himself, and become obedient unto death. {GC88 502.3}

     God had manifested his abhorrence of the principles of rebellion. All Heaven saw his justice revealed, both in the condemnation of Satan and in the redemption of man. Lucifer had declared that if the law of God was changeless,

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and its penalty could not be remitted, every transgressor must be forever debarred from the Creator's favor. He had claimed that the sinful race were placed beyond redemption, and were therefore his rightful prey. But the death of Christ was an argument in man's behalf that could not be overthrown. The penalty of the law fell upon him who was equal with God, and man was free to accept the righteousness of Christ, and by a life of penitence and humiliation to triumph, as the Son of God had triumphed, over the  power of Satan. Thus God is just, and yet the justifier of all who believe in Jesus. {GC88 502.4}

     But it was not merely to accomplish the redemption of man that Christ came to the earth to suffer and to die. He came to "magnify the law" and to "make it honorable." Not alone that the inhabitants of this world might regard the law as it should be regarded; but it was to demonstrate to all the worlds of the universe that God's law is  unchangeable. Could its claims have been set aside, then the Son of God need not have yielded up his life to atone for its transgression. The death of Christ proves it immutable. And the sacrifice to which infinite love impelled the Father and the Son, that sinners might be redeemed, demonstrates to all the universe--what nothing less than this plan of atonement could have sufficed to do--that justice and mercy are the foundation of the law and government of God. {GC88 503.1}


     In the final execution of the Judgment it will be seen that no cause for sin exists. When the Judge of all the earth shall demand of Satan, "Why hast thou rebelled against me, and robbed me of the subjects of my kingdom?" the originator of evil can render no excuse. Every mouth will be stopped, and all the hosts of rebellion will be speechless. {GC88 503.2}


The cross of Calvary, while it declares the law immutable, proclaims to the universe that the wages of sin is death. In the Saviour's expiring cry, "It is finished," the death-knell of Satan was rung. The great controversy which had been so long in progress was then decided, and the final

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eradication of evil was made certain. The Son of God passed through the portals of the tomb, that "through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil." [HEB. 2:14.] Lucifer's desire for self-exaltation had led him to say, "I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. . . . I will be like the Most High." God declares, "I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth, . . . and never shalt thou be any more." [ISA. 14:13, 14; EZE. 28:18, 19.] When "the day cometh that shall burn as an oven," "all the proud, yea, and all that  do wickedly, shall be stubble; and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch." [MAL. 4:1.] {GC88 503.3}

    

The whole universe will have become witnesses to the nature and results of sin. And its utter extermination, which in the beginning would have brought fear to angels and dishonor to God, will now vindicate his love and establish his honor before a universe of beings who delight to do his will, and in whose heart is his law. Never will evil again be manifest. Says the Word of God, “Affliction shall not rise up the second time.” [NAH. 1:9.] The law of God, which Satan has reproached as the yoke of bondage, will be honored as the law of liberty. A tested and proved creation will never again be turned from allegiance to Him whose character has been fully manifested before them as fathomless love and infinite wisdom. {GC88 504.1}

 

Supplementary Material: Ellen White on Other Worlds

 

·       “The work of redemption will be complete. In the place where sin abounded, God's grace much more abounds. The earth itself, the very field that Satan claims as his, is to be not only ransomed but exalted. Our little world, under the curse of sin the one dark blot in His glorious creation, will be honored above all other worlds in the universe of God. Here, where the Son of God tabernacled in humanity; where the King of glory lived and suffered and died--here, when He shall make all things new, the tabernacle of God shall be with men, "and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God" (Rev. 21:3). And through endless ages as the redeemed walk in the light of the Lord, they will praise Him for His unspeakable gift--Immanuel, "God with us." {AG 370.5}

 

The Mediatorial Work of Christ

 

·       “The work of God's dear Son in undertaking to link the created with the uncreated, the finite with the Infinite, in His own divine person, is a subject that may well employ our thoughts for a lifetime. This work of Christ was to confirm the beings of other worlds in their innocency and loyalty, as well as to save the lost and perishing of this world. He opened a way for the disobedient to return to their allegiance to God, while by the same act He placed a safeguard around those who were already pure, that they might not become polluted. {MYP 253.3}                                                              

 

·            While we rejoice that there are worlds which have never fallen, these worlds render praise and honor and glory to Jesus Christ for the plan of redemption to save the fallen sons of Adam, as well as to confirm themselves in their position and character of purity. The arm that raised the human family from the ruin which Satan has brought upon the race through his temptations, is the arm which has preserved the inhabitants of other worlds from sin. Every world throughout immensity engages the care and support of the Father and the Son; and this care is constantly exercised for fallen humanity. Christ is mediating in behalf of man, and the order of unseen worlds also is preserved by His mediatorial work. Are not these themes of sufficient magnitude and importance to engage our thoughts, and call forth our gratitude and adoration  to God? {MYP 254.1}

 

·       "Satan was greatly loved by the heavenly beings, and his influence over them was strong. Some course must be pursued to uproot him from their affections. God's government included not only the inhabitants of heaven but of all the created worlds; and Satan thought that if he could carry the intelligences of heaven with him in rebellion, he could also carry with him the other worlds"{RH, March 9, 1886 par. 4}

 

·       "If God were like us, we would expect to hear him say, "Let the world go; let Satan have it for his own." But I am so thankful that God is not like man. He so loved the creatures of his care that he provided a way by which they might be brought back to their Eden home. But at what an immense cost was this provision made! It was no less than by giving up his own dear Son, who was equal to himself, to bear the penalty of the transgressor. The controversy was not to be taken into the other worlds of the universe; but it was to be carried on in the very world, on the very same field, that Satan claimed as his." {RH, March 9, 1886 par. 9}

 

·       "Oh that I might impress upon the minds of all the true mission of Christ in coming to our world! It was to redeem man, and at the same time to show the immutability of his Father's law. The very fact that it was necessary for him to give his life for the fallen race, shows that the law of God will not release man from one tittle of its claims upon him. Satan's work has ever been to find fault with the law of God. But the very fact that Christ bore the penalty of the transgression of the law, is a mighty argument to all created intelligences in heaven and in other worlds that that law is changeless; that God is righteous, merciful, and self-denying; and that his administration is one of justice and mercy."{RH, March 9, 1886 par. 28}

 

Practical Lessons from Nature's Book

 

     “The constant contact with the mystery of life and the loveliness of nature, as well as the tenderness called forth in ministering to these beautiful objects of God's creation, tends to quicken the mind and refine and elevate the character; and the lessons taught prepare the worker to deal more successfully with other minds.” {CG 56.3}

 

Heavenly Knowledge Will Be Progressive.--All the treasures of the universe will be open to the study of God's redeemed. Unfettered by mortality, they wing their tireless flight to worlds afar--worlds that thrilled with sorrow at the spectacle of human woe and rang with songs of gladness at the tidings of a ransomed soul. With unutterable delight the children of earth enter into the joy and the wisdom of unfallen beings. They share the treasures of knowledge and understanding gained through the ages upon ages in contemplation of God's handiwork. With undimmed vision they gaze upon the glory of creation-- suns and stars and systems, all in their appointed order circling the throne of Deity. Upon all things, from the least to the greatest, the Creator's name is written, and in all are the riches of His power displayed. {AH 548.1}

 

     And the years of eternity, as they roll, will bring richer and still more glorious revelations of God and of Christ. As knowledge is progressive, so will love, reverence, and happiness increase. The more men learn of God, the greater will be their admiration of His character. {AH 548.2}

 

     God's Voice in His Handiwork.--Wherever we turn, we hear the voice of God and behold His handiwork. From the solemn roll of the deep-toned thunder and old ocean's ceaseless roar, to the glad songs that make the forests vocal with melody, nature's ten thousand voices speak His praise. In earth and sea and sky, with their marvelous tint and color, varying in gorgeous contrast or blended in harmony, we behold His glory. The everlasting hills tell of His power. The trees that wave their green banners in the sunlight, and the flowers in their delicate beauty, point to their Creator. The living green that carpets the brown earth tells of God's care for the humblest of His creatures. The caves of the sea and the depths of the earth reveal His treasures. He who placed the pearls in the ocean and the amethyst and chrysolite among the rocks is a lover of the beautiful. The sun rising in the heavens is a representative of Him who is the life and light of all that He has made. All the brightness and beauty that adorn the earth and light up the heavens speak of God. {CG 53.1}

 

     Shall we, then, in the enjoyment of His gifts, forget the Giver? Let them rather lead us to contemplate His goodness and His love. Let all that is beautiful in our earthly home remind us of the crystal river and green fields, the waving trees and living fountains, the shining city and the white-robed singers, of our heavenly home-- that world of beauty which no artist can picture, no mortal tongue describe. "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." 1 Corinthians 2:9. {CG 53.2}

 

     Of God's Love and Character.--Mothers . . . should not be so engrossed with the artificial and burdened with care that they cannot have time to educate their children from God's great book of nature, impressing their young minds with the beauties of opening buds and flowers. The lofty trees, the lovely birds caroling forth their happy songs to their Creator, speak to their senses of the goodness, mercy, and benevolence of God. Every leaf and flower with their varied tints, perfuming the air, teach them that God is love. All that is good and lovely and beautiful in this world speaks to them of the love of our heavenly Father. The character of God they may discern in His created works. {CG 54.1}

 

     Of God's Perfection.--As the things of nature show their appreciation of the Master Worker by doing their best to beautify the earth and to represent God's perfection, so human beings should strive in their sphere to represent God's perfection, allowing Him to work out through them His purposes of justice, mercy, and goodness. {CG 54.2}

 

     Of the Creator and the Sabbath.--Who gives us the sunshine which makes the earth bring forth and bear? and who the fruitful showers? Who has given us the heavens above and the sun and stars in the heavens? Who gave you your reason, and who keeps watch over you from day to day? . . . Every time we look at the world, we are reminded of the mighty hand of God which called it into existence. The canopy over our head, and the earth beneath covered with a carpet of green, call to remembrance the power of God and also His loving-kindness. He might have made the grass brown or black, but God is a lover of the beautiful, and therefore He has given us beautiful things upon which to look. Who could paint upon the flowers the delicate tint with which God has clothed them? . . . {CG 54.3}

 

     We can have no better lesson book than nature. "Consider the lilies of the field; . . . they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." Let the minds of our children be carried up to God. It is for this that He has given us the seventh day and left it as a memorial of His created works. {CG 55.1}

 

     Obedience to Law.--The same power that upholds nature is working also in man. The same great laws that guide alike the star and the atom control human life. The laws that govern the heart's action, regulating the flow of the current of life to the body, are the laws of the mighty Intelligence that has the jurisdiction of the soul. From Him all life proceeds. Only in harmony with Him can be found its true sphere of action. For all the objects of His creation the condition is the same--a life sustained by receiving the life of God, a life exercised in harmony with the Creator's will. To transgress His law--physical, mental, or moral--is to place one's self out of harmony with the universe, to introduce discord, anarchy, ruin. {CG 55.2}

 

     To him who learns thus to interpret its teachings, all nature becomes illuminated; the world is a lesson book, life a school. The unity of man with nature and with God, the universal dominion of law, the results of transgression, cannot fail of impressing the mind and molding the character. These are lessons that our children need to learn. {CG 55.3}

 

     Other Lessons From Nature's Laws.--In the cultivation of the soil the thoughtful worker will find that treasures little dreamed of are opening up before him. No one can succeed in agriculture or gardening without attention to the laws involved. The special needs of every variety of plant must be studied. Different varieties require different soil and cultivation, and compliance with the laws governing each is the condition of success. {CG 56.1}

 

     The attention required in transplanting, that not even a root fiber shall be crowded or misplaced, the care of the young plants, the pruning and watering, the shielding from frost at night and sun by day, keeping out weeds, disease, and insect pests, the training and arranging, not only teach important lessons concerning the development of character, but the work itself is a means of development. In cultivating carefulness, patience, attention to detail, obedience to law, it imparts a most essential training. {CG 56.2}

 

     The constant contact with the mystery of life and the loveliness of nature, as well as the tenderness called forth in ministering to these beautiful objects of God's creation, tends to quicken the mind and refine and elevate the character; and the lessons taught prepare the worker to deal more successfully with other minds. {CG 56.3}

 

     Lessons From Seed Sowing.--The parable of the sower and the seed conveys a deep spiritual lesson. The seed represents the principles sown in the heart, and its growth the development of character. Make the teaching on this point practical. The children can prepare the soil and sow the seed; and as they work, the parent or teacher can explain to them the garden of the heart, with the good or bad seed sown there; and that as the garden must be prepared for the natural seed, so the heart must be prepared for the seed of truth. As the plant grows, the correspondence between the natural and the spiritual sowing can be continued. {CG 56.4}

 

     As the seed is cast into the ground, they can teach the lesson of Christ's death; and as the blade springs up, the truth of the resurrection. {CG 57.1}

 

     The Garden of the Heart Needs Cultivating.-- From the tilling of the soil, lessons may constantly be learned. No one settles upon a raw piece of land with the expectation that it will at once yield a harvest. Diligent, persevering labor must be put forth in the preparation of the soil, the sowing of the seed, and the culture of the crop. So it must be in the spiritual sowing. The garden of the heart must be cultivated. The soil must be broken up by repentance. The evil growths that choke the good grain must be uprooted. As soil once overgrown with thorns can be reclaimed only by diligent labor, so the evil tendencies of the heart can be overcome only by earnest effort in the name and strength of Christ. {CG 57.2}

 

     Growth in Grace.--Tell your children about the miracle-working power of God. As they study the great lesson book of nature, God will impress their minds. The farmer plows his land and sows his seed, but he cannot make the seed grow. He must depend on God to do that which no human power can do. The Lord puts His vital power into the seed, causing it to spring forth into life. Under His care the germ of life breaks through the hard crust encasing it, and springs up to bear fruit. First appears the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear. As the children are told of the work that God does for the seed, they learn the secret of growth in grace. {CG 57.3}

 

     Rising Above Surroundings.--In America we have the fresh water lilies. These beautiful lilies come up pure, spotless, perfect, without a single mar. They come up through a mass of debris. I said to my son, "I want you to make an effort to get me the stem of that lily as near the root as possible. I want you to understand something about it." {CG 58.1}

 

     He drew up a handful of lilies, and I looked at them. They were all full of open channels, and the stems were gathering the properties from the pure sands beneath, and these were being developed into the pure and spotless lily. It refused all the debris. It refused every unsightly thing, but there it was developed in its purity. {CG 58.2}

 

     Now this is exactly the way that we are to educate our youth in this world. Let their minds and hearts be instructed who God is, who Jesus Christ is, and the sacrifice that He has made in our behalf. Let them draw the purity, the virtue, the grace, the courtesy, the love, the forbearance; let them draw it from the Source of all power. {CG 58.3}

 

     Lessons in Trust and Perseverance.--"Ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: . . . and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee." "Go to the ant; . . . consider her ways." "Behold the birds." "Consider the ravens." Job 12:7, 8; Proverbs 6:6; Matthew 6:26, American Standard Version; Luke 12:24. {CG 58.4}

 

     We are not merely to tell the child about these creatures of God's. The animals themselves are to be his

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teachers. The ants teach lessons of patient industry, of perseverance in surmounting obstacles, of providence for the future. And the birds are teachers of the sweet lesson of trust. Our heavenly Father provides for them; but they must gather the food, they must build their nests and rear their young. Every moment they are exposed to enemies that seek to destroy them. Yet how cheerily they go about their work! How full of joy are their little songs! {CG 58.5}

 

     How beautiful the psalmist's description of God's care for the creatures of the woods--

     "The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats;

     And the rocks for the conies." Psalm 104: 18.

He sends the springs to run among the hills, where the birds have their habitation and "sing among the branches." Psalm 104:12. All the creatures of the woods and hills are a part of His great household. He opens His hand and satisfies "the desire of every living thing." [Psalm 145:16.] {CG 59.1}

 

     The Insects Teach Industry.--The industrious bee gives to men of intelligence an example that they would do well to imitate. These insects observe perfect order, and no idler is allowed in the hive. They execute their appointed work with an intelligence and activity that are beyond our comprehension. . . . The wise man calls our attention to the small things of the earth: "Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise; which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest." "The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." We may learn from these little teachers a lesson of faithfulness. Should we improve with the same diligence the faculties which an all-wise Creator has bestowed upon us, how greatly would our capacities for usefulness be increased. God's eye is upon the smallest of His creatures; does He not, then, regard man formed in His image, and require of him corresponding returns for all the advantages He has given him? {CG 59.2}

 

 

 

 

 

 

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