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The Truth Shall Make You Free



CHAPTER VII

DELIVERANCE PROMISED

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THE fulfillment of the divine mandate to multiply and fill the earth with a righteous offspring had been set before the perfect man and woman. That was a joyful prospect. It was to be carried out under conditions that would benefit the offspring and glorify God, fulfilling his purpose. At the time that Lucifer was still faithful God had given him a special organization of holy angels and had placed Lucifer over these, and these all composed a righteous heavens over the man and woman in Eden.

Being the "anointed cherub that covereth", Lucifer was a righteous invisible overlord over them, and under his righteous overlordship the divine mandate was to be carried forward to its grand result, a populated Paradise earth. Adam and Eve were not authorized to bring forth and fill the earth with imperfect, unrighteous children; but, being perfect and in God's likeness, they were to be fruitful and multiply their kind in righteousness and thus to fill all earth with Godlike men and women, all worshiping Jehovah. Seeing the wonderful possibilities by means of this human pair with reproductive powers, Lucifer set out to block the fulfillment of the

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divine mandate and to have the earth peopled with humans practicing religion and worshiping Lucifer instead of Jehovah God.

The divine mandate was a pleasant prospect for the perfect pair to contemplate. The thought of their first baby must have been thrilling, as well as the fulfilled mandate, an earthful of stalwart men and lovely women, all descended from themselves as the fountainhead and all brought up by them "in the nurture and admonition of the Lord". The powers of reproduction had been implanted in their bodies, not because the human race was to be a dying race and hence reproduction would be needed to continue the race in existence, but in order to people the earth with humans proving themselves worthy of the right to everlasting life. All would be one grand human family, children of God. There would be no economic problems due to selfish commerce nor political disputes and differences, because the rule of the earth would be Theocratic, God's rule through his righteous invisible overlord. So it would be all around the earth. There would be no need of wars, on the theory that the earth was becoming too crowded and it was necessary to fight with death-dealing weapons and kill off some millions in order to relieve the overcrowding. To the contrary, the earth would become more and more densely inhabited as new generations were born, until the earth was entirely comfortably filled. Then generating of children would stop according to the will of God.

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Having come to the perfect accomplishment of the divine mandate, perfect humankind in full self-control and obedience to the command of God would cease to reproduce. The race would come to its full growth. During the time that it was being expanded, more and more of the earth's surface would be subdued and the boundaries of the Edenic paradise extended out, until at length Paradise encompassed the whole earth and made it a glorious sphere in God's spacious universe. This earthly garden of delight the full-grown perfect human family would occupy forever and in it glorify God. His purpose to have this divine mandate realized in righteousness will not fail. The time of its fulfillment has by him now been reserved for the future when the right conditions are established.

As soon as Adam and his mate had eaten of the forbidden fruit and broken the Theocratic law, they realized within themselves their unworthiness and unfitness to carry out the divine mandate. "And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig-leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of Jehovah God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Jehovah God amongst the trees of the garden." — Genesis 3:7,8, A.R.V.

Adam and his wife did not die immediately on eating the fruit. Their invisible overlord, Lucifer, "the anointed cherub that covereth,"

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had induced them to sin against God, and he also refused to apply his power of death against them, in order that he might uphold his lie, "Ye shall not surely die." There was one other kind of tree in that Paradise, namely, "the tree of life also in the midst of the garden." Reasonably, the unfaithful Lucifer, who knew the location of the "tree of life", would conduct them to it as early or quickly as possible. If they partook of its fruit, then apparently they would be covered by a guarantee of life for ever. Then if God would execute Adam and Eve, it would belie the meaning and purpose of the "tree of life" and would prove His word of guarantee untrustworthy. If, however, God did not execute them because he respected the meaning of the "tree of life" and their partaking of it, then the Devil's words would be upheld, "Ye shall not surely die." This would prove God's law unworthy of being kept and its penalties unable to be enforced by Him. It would cast doubt upon His being almighty. The artful Devil thought he could corner God and put him into an impossible dilemma. God, though, was not slumbering. Alertly he blocked the traitor's scheme.

Jehovah's trusted officer having failed him, he himself took charge of the case for judgment which had now arisen. By his ever faithful executive officer, the Word, Jehovah God made known to Adam and Eve His presence at the garden. It was as if walking through the garden, and it approached them. They saw no one, but heard the evidence of the presence of the Judge.

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They knew they were on judgment and that the facts of the case were against them. Their fig-leaf aprons were not enough to hide their embarrassment; they hid among the garden trees. It was not necessary for the Judge to be visible and for them to see the Judge with their naked eye in order to be on judgment. This makes clear how in the judgment of the nations of their descendants it is not necessary for Jehovah's Judge to appear in a visible body, neither for the nations of earth to see him literally, in order for them to go on judgment. The Lord's Judicial Officer, being a divine Spirit, would be invisible to all the nations gathered before him, and yet he would make his presence discernible by the visible signs of his presence which he would make appear. — Matthew 24: 3-14.

Not that the Lord failed to spot them hidden behind the trees, but, in order to grant them a fair hearing, Jehovah by his Judge summoned them out of hiding. "And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself." By reason of yielding to the religion of that Old Serpent, the Devil, and committing the sin of disobedience, one of the great freedoms had been lost to man, the freedom from fear. They may have felt also that God had neglected to provide clothing for them, because now they experienced feelings of shame of nakedness.

"And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I

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commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat." (Genesis 3: 9-12) This sounded like casting reproach upon Jehovah God for giving Adam the woman, because God had made her to be a helpmeet for man instead of a temptress.

"And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat." (Genesis 3:13) By the process of elimination the Lord got down to the bottom of the matter, that all the evidence might point to the first starter of this outbreak of rebellion. He must establish whether this originated with humankind, or whether the invisible overlord of man, the covering cherub Lucifer, connived at man's sin or, worse still, was the inducer thereof and was himself a rebel and traitor, guilty of mismanagement. All the evidence worked down to this last point. The 'father of lies' was detected and exposed. On him God first expressed judgment.

"And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: and I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." (Genesis 3:14,15) With such fearful phrase Jehovah God was not addressing the mere serpentine

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beast, but the wicked spirit person who had obsessed the serpent and had caused it to speak the devilish lie to Eve.

With those words of curse Jehovah asserted his supremacy over all creatures. He was answering the challenge of the Devil and was dooming the purpose of that wicked rebel to disgraceful failure. As it is written to the "seed" of the "woman": "The God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly." (Romans 16:20) There is no food in dust, but it is dry and lifeless. On suchlike the Old Serpent, the Devil, must feed and have no hope of eternal life. God's blessing was removed from him, and he was humiliated from out of God's holy organization. This should have served as warning notice to all the angels who had been serving under Lucifer.

As Jehovah God was not here addressing the literal serpent on the ground, so also he was not talking of the disobedient woman Eve, nor of any other woman descended from Eve, including the Jewish virgin, Mary of Bethlehem. By the term woman He was designating something greater, something symbolized by a pure and faithful woman, namely, God's universal organization of holy creatures.

God himself is Head over this organization. It is wedded or united to Him beyond divorcing and is subject to him. From it he brings forth such special servants as he wills. Thus, to use a figure of speech, his holy organization is God's "woman". It is so written, at Isaiah 54:5,13:

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"For thy Maker is thy husband; Jehovah of hosts is his name: . . . And all thy children shall be taught of Jehovah; and great shall be the peace of thy children." (A.R.V.) With such words Jehovah speaks to the organization called "Zion". Moreover, the angels of heaven do not marry nor are any given as females in marriage, and there are no women in heaven. Hence when the symbolic book of Revelation speaks of a woman in heaven, it could not mean a literal female from this earth, but must mean God's organization Zion, his "woman", guided by his heavenly light. "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars." (Revelation 12:1) It is between this "woman" and that Old Serpent, the Devil, or Satan, that Jehovah God puts enmity or hostility and hatred. It means war.

That Satan would form an organization in opposition to God and to God's holy organization, Jehovah foretold by speaking to the Old Serpent regarding "thy seed" as in contrast with "her seed", the offspring of God's organization. Between the two seeds must be opposition and conflict. To this end the Old Serpent, the Devil, would build up an organization symbolized by an unclean wicked woman, whose name is called "Babylon" in Holy Writ. This official organization of Satan the Devil would mimic God's organization and bring forth a sinful "seed" to fight against and persecute the

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"seed" of God's devoted "woman" or organization.

Who shall win in the long-enduring conflict? Referring not to his "woman", but to her

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"seed", Jehovah served this unchangeable notice on the Old Serpent, the Devil: "It shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." It is therefore a wresting of the Scriptures and is a religious attempt to support Mariolatry when the Catholic Douay Version Bible translates God's words: "She shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel."

The footnote of the Douay Version says such rendering is made according to "divers of the fathers" and "conformably to the Latin" (The Vulgate). Certainly, though, it is not conformably to God's Word, which was here written originally in Hebrew. In the Hebrew text the word seed (zera') is masculine, and the pronoun which the Hebrew uses is not feminine, but is masculine, he (hu). Likewise, the possessive pronoun thereafter used is not feminine (her), but is masculine (his). Hence all the accurate and non-Catholic translations read correctly with the original Hebrew: "He shall crush thy head, but thou shalt crush his heel."  — Roth., A.E.V.

Thereby the great Father of the "woman's" seed made known that He would lay open His and her "seed" to the hostile acts and operations of the Old Serpent, the Devil, and his organization. God was also throwing open to Satan the Devil the liberty to attack and persecute the "seed" of God's "woman", to let Satan see whether he could by such means break the integrity of the promised "seed" to their God Jehovah, and whether Satan could thus drive

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them out of God's organization and so prove himself superior to the Most High God. Such Satanic action would cause this "seed" great pain and some injury as if by a 'bruising of its heel' by a snake lying hidden and striking behind one's back. However, there would be a limit to such liberty of uninterrupted action granted to Satan and his "seed". That fixed limit would be when the "seed" of unbroken integrity would gain the victory by God's almighty power and would crush the Serpent and its generation of vipers lifeless.

By talking to unfaithful Lucifer under the symbol of the serpent Jehovah God showed that the first devil had now come into existence by slandering God. Devil means slanderer. Likening him to a serpent means the Devil is a deceiver. By raising up opposition the unfaithful Lucifer became Satan, which name means opposer. Symbolizing him as a monstrous snake or dragon means that he is a great swallower, devourer and crusher, of God's righteous ones, if possible. (Jeremiah 51: 34; Revelation 12: 3,4) The issue of God's good name and supremacy had now been raised by the Devil. God sentenced him to destruction, but did not at once destroy him, that He might put the issue to the test until the time limit arrived.



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