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Predestination
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When this epic war was fought in paradise, Satan, ever so clever, chose one third of the faithless children and deceived them into fighting with him in the rebellion (Revelation 12:3-4). God on the other hand chose the faithful children that stood with Him in this great battle. This truth is still a mystery to most of Christendom concerning the divine selection of God’s elect. We were justified by God in eternity for our faithful service to Him in the rebellion (Romans 8:29-33). Satan’s rebellion and the consequence of our action in that rebellion is the foundation of predestination. It means your destiny according to election or free will is a calling that was attained in heaven. This title cannot be earned on earth regardless of how good we are. In the case of Jacob and Esau, before they breathed their first breath, God chose one and rejected the other based on their record in heaven.

     Romans 9:10-16-This son our ancestor Isaac. When he grew up, he married Rebekah, who gave birth to twins. But before they were born, before they had done anything good or bad, she received a message from God. (This message proves that God chooses according to His own plan, not according to our good or bad works). She was told, "The descendants of your older son will serve the descendants of your younger son." In the words of the Scriptures, "I loved Jacob, but I rejected Esau." What can we say? Was God being unfair? Of course not! For God said to Moses, "I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose." So receiving God’s promise is not up to us. We can’t get it by choosing it or working hard for it God will show mercy to anyone He chooses. (Today’s Parallel Bible: New Living Translation)

     Romans 9:11-13 For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of Him that calleth; It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written Jacob have I love, Esau have I hated. (Malachi 1:1-3)

The word ‘hated’ in Hebrew means: "to hate personally: an enemy." (Strong’s #8130)

The verbs Have loved & Have hated is expressed in the past tense to show the time of God’s emotion towards Jacob and Esau was based on events which took place in heaven and not on earth. God would never love or hate the little embryos that He placed in Rebecca’s womb without prior knowledge as to the character of their souls. This is also true in the case of Jeremiah. Before he was formed in his mother’s womb, God chose him to be a prophet unto the nations. He knew the character of this faithful servant personally in heaven. This is the reason why Jeremiah’s sanctification is expressed in the past tense. His destiny, according to election, was sealed in heaven. There was nothing that Jeremiah could have done here on earth to change his calling.

     Jeremiah 1:4-5 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations."

The word ‘tense’ defined by Webster’s Dictionary means, "any of the forms of a verb that show the time of it’s action or state of being."

The verb ‘knew’ is expressed in the past tense to show the time of God’s personal relationship with this great prophet began in heaven long before he was formed in his mother’s womb. Jeremiah’s prophetic calling in this earth age is a testament to his faithful service to God in heaven. In conclusion, let me reiterate by saying that understanding the three world ages is the first step into the divine knowledge. This spiritual insight will allow you, through faith, to see that we as created spirits, existed with our eternity Father prior to Satan’s rebellion. This is not reincarnation friend, because it is appointed for man to die once in the flesh. After that the judgment of the spirit, this is the second death (Hebrews 9:27 & Revelation 20:7-15). If you know this truth among many others such as the false teaching of the rapture doctrine, then you probably are one of God’s elect because the rest were blinded (Romans 11:7-10 & Isaiah 29:9-14 ). I thank you for studying with Men As Trees Ministry and encourage you to view some of the other Bible studies on this website.

Study References Are Listed Below

  • 1) The Companion Bible: The Authorize Version Of 1611 (KJV). Kregel Publications. Grand Rapids, MI.

  • 2) The Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance Of the Bible: James Strong. Hendrickson Publishers. Peabody, MA.

  • 3) The Interlinear Bible: Hebrew - Greek - English. Copyright 1985, 1993, 2000, By Jay P. Green, Sr. General Editor and translator. Sovereign Grace Publishers. Lafayette, IN.

  • 4) Today’s Parallel Bible: New International Version - New American Standard Bible - King James Version - New Living Translation. Copyright 2000 By Zondervan Publishing House. Grand Rapids, MI.

  • 5) Webster’s New World Dictionary, Second College Edition. Copyright 1972 and 1970, by The World Publishing Company. New York and Cleveland.

  • 6) Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary. Copyright 1961 by G. & C. Merriam CO., Publishing. Springfield, Mass., USA.

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    Related Bible Studies On This Website Are Listed Below

    1) The Three Earth Ages.

     

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