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 Godís elect. We were justified by God in eternity for
our faithful service to Him in the rebellion (Romans 8:29-33).
Satanís 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 Godís promise is not up to
us. We canít get it by choosing it or working hard for it God will show
mercy to anyone He chooses. (Todayís Parallel Bible: New Living
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 Ďhatedí in Hebrew means: "to hate
personally: an enemy." (Strongís #8130)
The verbs Have loved & Have hated is expressed in
the past tense to show the time of Godís 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 Rebeccaís 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 motherís 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 Jeremiahís
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 Ďtenseí defined by Websterís Dictionary
means, "any of the forms of a verb that show the time of itís action or
state of being."
The verb Ďknewí is expressed in the past tense to
show the time of Godís personal relationship with this great prophet began
in heaven long before he was formed in his motherís womb. Jeremiahís
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 Satanís
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 Godís 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 Strongís 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) Todayís 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) Websterís New World Dictionary, Second College
Edition. Copyright 1972 and 1970, by The World Publishing Company. New
York and Cleveland.
6) Websterís New Collegiate Dictionary. Copyright 1961
by G. & C. Merriam CO., Publishing. Springfield, Mass., USA.
Related Bible Studies On This Website Are Listed Below
1) The Three Earth Ages.