THE RAISON D’ETRE OF MARRIAGE
Immediately Satan fell from heaven to the earth as a guardian cherub, because of pride and arrogance (Isaiah 14: 12-18), the Sovereign Jehovah Lord God Almighty decided to bring into fruition His further plan of creation. This earth as we know it was barren and empty inhabited by fallen Satan and his band of rebellious angels later known as principalities and demons (Revelation 12: 7-13). The human race, the ecosystem, flora and fauna; indeed, everything as we know today were virtually non-existent. Genesis 1: 2 rendered this state of earthly confusion thus: “The earth was without form and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep.” The word: “darkness” here refers to Satan, because God is Light, in Him there is no darkness at all” (I John 1: 5). So if God is Light and there is no darkness in him at all, it simply means His enemy Satan is that darkness. Now take note of this biblical principle as you read the Word of Life. Anywhere and anytime you read the Holy Bible and you see the word: “darkness” not referring to physical darkness as we know but spiritual darkness, it is referring to either Satan directly, his activities and or the fiendish activities of his demons and or his human followers. This is a principle in biblical interpretation or exegeses.
Satan and his demons were already on this earth prior to the creation of the earth in situ. Satan, the demons, the twenty-four elders, the remaining loyal guardian angels: Gabriel (Luke 1: 26-28); and Michael, (Jude. 9), the four living creatures, and the angelic hosts (Revelation 4) who continually praise and worship the Jehovah Lord God Almighty were wondering who would reign on the earth. Of course, Michael who led the angelic forces to drive out rebellious Satan and his hordes from heaven thought they would be told to come down to the earth to take control as a promotion and reward (Revelation 12: 7). The twenty-four elders and the other high-ranking angelic hosts that sit in council with the Jehovah Lord God Almighty thought too that they would be in charge of the earth ( I Kings 22:19-21). On Creation Day, the Jehovah Lord Almighty rather surprised all the angelic hosts when He gave the reins of the earth to His Branch, the Word of Life, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, our Lord Jesus Christ Who had and has been in the Bosom of the Father when the heavens were made and now the earth too (Isaiah 9: 6-7; John 1: 1-5). And God the Father announced: “Let there be Light” (Genesis 1: 3) and that Light was our Lord Jesus Christ. No wonder when Jesus Christ came in flesh eons later, He reminded the Israelites in John 8: 12: “I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
As soon as God the Father handed over the creation of the earth to His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, the angelic hosts in heaven and “the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy (Job 38: 7). Then the Lord Jesus Christ created the earth and, because He had and has and will continue to carry out the will of the Father at all times, in all ways, always decided to create a family for the God Head. As Jesus told his Jewish audience in John 5: 17: "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working." As to the desire of God the Father to have a family, apart from the angelic beings, Jesus again explained in Mathew 12: 46-50: “While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers? Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” In addition to His desire to thoroughly humiliate Satan and his renegades, the Sovereign Lord God Almighty created the earth to build a family patterned along His relationship with the God Head: God the Son-Our Lord Jesus Christ-and God the Holy Spirit. Again, God the Son disclosed this in John 14: 23: “Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” That seems like a family to me, or what do you think? Where do you make a home? In the family of course! Back to creation, Jesus Christ knew the Will of the Father, because He and the Father are One as He said in John 10: 30: “I and the Father are one." Consequently, as the Lord Jesus Christ Who is God the Son finished the physical creation of the earth now in situ; He invited His Father, my Father and your Father, the Sovereign Jehovah Lord God Almighty in Genesis 1: 26 to jointly bring the third partner into this family thus: “Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." That “Us” in that verse was unquestionably referring to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. In order to establish His words forever, this family-in-mind desire was reiterated by the God Head in Genesis 1: 28 again: “God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth."… Hallelujah!
The heavenly hosts shouted for joy. Even though they-the angels- were and would never be part of us even in eternity as they would permanently remain in heaven while we human beings remain on earth at the renewal things, they praised their Maker for another milestone. Man, that is you and me; male and female are the masterpieces of God Almighty and His desire is to fellowship with us as a family and He has given us this earth as our home as the Psalmist aptly revealed in Psalm 8: 1-9:
“LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
Again, as David disclosed: ““The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to mankind” (Psalm 115: 16).
RUMBLES IN THE CAMP OF SATAN:
As soon as the human race was created to superintend the earth, bedlam ensued in the camp of Satan. The demons were aghast, because they thought either Michael or Gabriel or any of the angelic hosts would be the stewards of the earth but God had a different plan entirely. In the wisdom of the Sovereign Lord God Almighty, He didn't want to re-litigate the war in the heavens which had just been fought and won by His angels; rather He wanted a different set of creatures-that is you and I-to build Him a family. But Satan put his devilish wisdom to use and told his fellow rebels; “How can God build a family with one individual, relax!” That was why Satan didn't move into the Garden of Eden to deceive Adam but waited until Eve came into the picture. As long as God Almighty desires a family and as surely as He reigns in the heavens and on earth and al that are in them; His desires must be established no matter what. And by the way, the desires of God are also His wills or what He wants. This is why Satan has a monomaniacal commitment to destroy the family, because the institution of family is marriage. As a matter of fact, every philosopher, especially the Cartesian philosophers and all sane sages in human history have told us that the way the family goes so the society.
Hear Confucius, the great Chinese Sage on the family and the institution of marriage in the Analects: “To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order; we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.” Rene Descartes, the French philosophical thinker and the father of Cartesian philosophy made family as an institution the primacy of his Cogito ergo sum Discourse and placed the marriage institution as the bedrock of any modern society. Again, like Confucius, Descartes affirmed that as the family goes so the fate of the human race. From Durkheim, Cooley to Weber, Comte, Spencer and other great Sociologists, the family is placed first as the agent of socialization. The jury is out that society will inexorably grinds to a halt without the family and the institution of marriage that gives teeth to it. After the creation of the human race and the Lord God made Adam the representative of the God-Man Family He intended, His next masterpiece according to George Santayana is the family through the institution of marriage. The 19th century Spanish philosopher said that; “The family is one of nature's masterpieces,” while many of the world's great thinkers have extolled the greatest institution next to the human race. Satan hates God with passion; he hates the human race the more with envious loatheness. He hates you, because you have the potential to be a part of God's family which he and his demons cannot and will never be. No wonder the assaults on marriage and the family are endless and ceaseless from the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Just look around you today in the world; can't you see how the family and the institution of marriage are being destroyed? No wonder the most dominant issue on earth today is what becomes of the family. Unless you are coming from Mars, you will know that from Africa, Europe, and Asia to Australasia, and the Americas, gay marriage, lesbianism and the rest are the dominant issues. Why? Read the Word of Life.
THE GOOD NEWS AND GREAT FAMILY RE-UNION
Far be it for the Lord God Almighty to lose a battle. Adam and Eve messed up thoroughly and they were disgraced. They forfeited their rights to remain in Holy Communion with God because of disobedience. They were driven out Eden albeit temporarily. But it is not about Adam and Eve but the Will of God. If what the Lord God Almighty said and reaffirmed twice did not come to pass, then He is not God anymore. As the Psalmist says: “The LORD does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths. (Psalm 135: 6)(Psalm 115: 3).
The Lord God had made an agreement with the human race to build Himself a family through us. Adam and Eve may have messed up but that didn't inviolate the agreement and so our Lord Jesus Christ came to put into effect this plan. That is why salvation is free. The marriage institution is the prototype of this God's family system. That was why Jesus told His disciples in John 15: 15: “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” You can choose to be Jesus friend today and become a part of his family. The choice is yours.
What will be the role of the family in heaven? Will we know ourselves as family members? ---Anonymous.
Yes, we will know ourselves as family members when we get to heaven. Our loved ones who have gone to heaven before us are waiting for us who are able to make it to heaven through our Lord Jesus Christ to join them for the Great Union I explained above. That is why it is called a family re-union for as our Lord Jesus Christ promised in Luke 22: 16: “For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God,” referring to the Great Supper. The greatest assurance of this family re-union is in Revelation 19: 9:“Then the angel said to me, "Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!" And he added, "These are the true words of God." Yes, believe it!
Will those who will be with Satan and the demons in hell also know and recognize themselves in hell? ---Anonymous.
You bet. After all, the rich man knew he was in hell in torment (Luke 16: 14-31) and entreated father Abraham to send Lazarus back to earth to warn his brothers and family members to repent and give their lives to Jesus Christ so they won't end up with him in hell as well. Another perspective of the keen awareness of collective family misery in hell that awaits all Christ's rejecters was provided by our Lord Jesus Christ in Mathew 25: 41-46: “Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me. They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' “He will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.' “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” Once the unbelievers get to hell, the demons they served and worshipped, either willfully or ignorantly while they were on earth will now become their bosses and those denizens of hell will recognize one another.
As Isaiah 14: 9-11 explained, the so-called big men and women of the present worldly system, powerfully devilish celebrities, kings and godfathers and godmothers, politicians, rich men and women, power brokers, rich and poor who have been sucked-in by Satan's lies and deceptions and eventually ended up in that gloomy darkness will be shocked at how helpless Satan and his boastful demons have become when they are all thrown into hell:
“The realm of the dead below is all astir
to meet you at your coming;
it rouses the spirits of the departed to greet you—
all those who were leaders in the world;
it makes them rise from their thrones—
all those who were kings over the nations.
They will all respond,
they will say to you,
“You also have become weak, as we are;
you have become like us.”
All your pomp has been brought down to the grave,
along with the noise of your harps;
maggots are spread out beneath you
and worms cover you.” (Isaiah 14: 9-11).
Your Prediction for the Year 2014.
Prof Happy New Year,
Interesting what you predicted about Mr. Chris Christie (New Jersey Governor) in your prediction for 2014. I had a couple of revelation myself which incidentally coincided with yours. Of note is the dark cloud I saw forming in the sky over the Basilica in Italy and just as the overcast was going to take over the skyline the Basilica imploded and crashed all the way to the ground.---Undisclosed from Houston, Texas.
Thank you my fellow worker in the Lord. The Lord God Almighty is revealing Himself more than ever before to His children in these Last Days. Let's continue to pray and keep vigil so that this Good News of salvation will continue to spread and the un- reached will be reached in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
Miscellaneous Questions about Spiritual Matters:
Good day, Prof, I received in the mail my purchased eBook titled: “The Kingdom of Satan Exposed.” Sir, I promised to carefully and painstakingly read the book to get insight about demonic operations and other subjects matter that you dealt with in the book. Sir, I will like you to help me with answers and supported with biblical evidence to the following under listed questions.
1) What is/are the difference between a vision, trance and dream?
2) Can a minister (preacher) operate the fivefold office?
3) What is/are the difference between power and authority?
4) How can one grow in the power of God?
5) How can one get to hear the Holy Spirit of God and when He speaks to
a person does the person hear him with the natural ears or the Holy Spirit will pop the words on the mind of the receiver.
Furthermore, I read through your prophecy for the year 2014 concerning the men of God in Nigeria. Sir you confirmed my suspicion about TB Joshua, there is something in me that didn't agree and accept this man as a genuine man of God. Finally, more grace from the Lord Jesus Christ to you and your entire team. Yours faithfully, ----E.O. Kaduna, northern Nigeria
Thank you very much, Mr. E.O (full name obscured at his request) for your email and for buying our book: “The Kingdom of Satan Exposed.” I sincerely believe as you rightly noted that the book will deepen your knowledge about spiritual matters so you will continue to grow in the Lord. We-with my co-author- did not write the book, rather the Holy Spirit used us to write the book not to satisfy anyone's curiosity about the activities of the children of disobedience and lawlessness rather, as Apostle Paul commanded in Ephesians 5: 11: “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” Now as to the questions you asked, you know we cannot answer all of them as comprehensive as we should in this article, but we will just gloss over them. In future articles, God's willing, we will devote time on each of them.
Your questions on dream, vision and trance are answered in the eBook you purchased. On whether a preacher can operate the five-fold ministry-I am sure you are referring to Ephesians 4: 11-16: “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers,), no, no one man or woman can exercise all the positions simultaneously. He/she may have to live on earth for centuries and besides, the use of the word; “some” in those verses answers your question.
On your question about power, authority and dominion; again, the answers are in the Ebook you purchased. On questions 4 and 5, the answers were in my previous articles in this column. We are currently compiling these past articles into a book form and we shall give them out free to enrich the congregation of the saints. Watch out for the book. On 2014 prophecies and predictions, we gave those predictions and prophecies as directed by the Holy Spirit and already, they are being fulfilled. Thank you my dear fellow brethren.
Next Week: We will look at the issue of divorce in marriage. Can a Christian divorce for whatever reasons and will a divorcee make it to heaven? Can two divorced couple come back together again as married couples?
*Dr. Fayemiwo, CEO, Alternative Lifestyle Communication, DBA Chicago and co-author of the latest book: “Coming to America,” is head of Global Missions and professor of Biblical Exegesis at Kingdom Bible College and Seminary, Tucson, Arizona, USA. He can be reached at [email protected] Visit his company's website: http://www. allternativecommunication.net/