Direction in an Age of Confusion
20 Years of Prophecy Fulfilled
Introduction to Evil
For many years, most people, readers, interviewers, media, and others, didn’t realize that my ministry and outreach services weren’t my full time job and household support funds. My previous husband Gary, and I were both not only writers and publishers, we had careers outside of or added to, our creative communications, as self-funding our charitable giving and Lighthouse Beacon Church Beacon Institute (Holistic Health) required all of my books revenue to sustain them.
My career and secular work network was based on my extensive education, background, varied experiences and notably contacted for ‘Advisory’ and ‘Contractor’ by colleges for teaching, US government agencies program delivery services, telecommunications, and more. My resume circulated nationwide, with many requests for my availability to provide research, development, or implementation of ‘special projects’.
Such was the case when post-Prophetic Conference, in early 1999, The Talman Company, Publishers and Distribution for my books, Blow the Trumpet’s Loudly, and When Hell Freezers Over, embezzled over $ 1.2 million dollars of our book revenue and stolen books, as well as twenty –plus other publishers and authors.
Some people would question why a ‘true prophet’ couldn’t see that coming? The answer is true prophets can’t use their own gifts to help themselves, especially noting the explanations I provided in the Introduction of this work.
We never recovered the funds owed, and the books in warehouses in mid-west, had been sold quickly to bookstores and remainder companies without our, or other publishers and writers, knowledge, as well. Without the books legitimately owned by us, over the last twenty-plus years, monitoring sales through Amazon new, and used Blow the Trumpets Loudly! And When Hell Freezes Over, revenue gained by ‘others’ , possible losses of the pending screen rights I’d committed to, audio books, and Book of the Month Club opportunities were also negatively affected.
Speaking as a Theologian and Prophet, familiar with both Old Testament and New, Kabbalah and the Qur’an and will provide some brief resource references to prove more spiritual unity in belief than division in this subject.
Satan in the Talmud. A passage in the Sanhedrin gives Satan a central role in the biblical story of the binding of Isaac and it was Satan that caused the Jewish people to despair of Moses returning from Mount Sinai by showing them an image of the prophet on his deathbed.
Kabbalah and Hasidism: The Jewish mystical tradition has more to say about Satan, not only portrays a description of Satan and an entire realm of ‘evil’ populated by demons and spirits, that are parallel to the realm of the ‘holy’. Satan is known in Kabbalah as Sama’el and sometimes known as the ‘Great Demon’ realm of evil ‘the other side’.
There are some differences in views of Jewish versus Christian beliefs about Satan:
Beginning with the Bible, Book of Genesis (Old Testament) and in the Book of Revelation (New Testament) reference an “ancient serpent” — commonly understood as the snake that tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden, determined as ‘who is the Devil and Satan.’ Also descriptions of a ‘red dragon with seven heads and ten horns prepared to devour a child ‘Jesus’.
There is a war in heaven, where Satan (an Angel) is hurled to earth because of his attempt to usurp the power of God, and enacts a rebellion, cast out. The Book of Luke, (New Testament) Jesus says he saw Satan “fall like lightning from heaven.” And believing Christian prophecy, Satan will be bound by a chain for 1,000 years after the return of Jesus.
This ideology is often held by some of Jewish traditions, but may have some basic differences, and traditions, in the Hebrew Bible, Satan is sub-ordinate to God, and carries out His purposes on earth, reflecting on the Book of Job as well, in the Christian Bible (Old Testament), agree.
In the Book of Job, Satan has a central role in the story known as an angel in the divine court. According to the biblical narrative, Satan — here too commonly translated as the Adversary, appears (1:6) one day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan (Accuser) also came with them The Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
Satan’s response is to challenge God’s faith in Job’s character, by contending that Job is faithful -- only on account of his wealth and good fortune. Take those away, Satan debates, then Job will curse and reject God. God permits Satan to take away Job’s wealth, kill his family and afflict him physically,(but cannot kill him) none of which convinces Job to rebel against God. In fact, Job doesn’t give up, instead remained faithful, and God rewarded him for it.
Also both Christian and Hebrew Bibles text, Satan appears as ‘Satan or HaSatan (the Satan) again.
In the Book of Zecharia, (3:1-13) Satan appear as a specific figure, as HaSatan — the Satan, whereby the high priest Joshua is described as standing before a divine angel (the Angel of the Lord) while Satan stands at his right to accuse Joshua, the High Priest of the restoration who came back in the first group with Zerubbabel (Ezra 3:2; 5:2; Hag. 1:1 of leading the nation of Israel). “Satan” also translated as “Adversary. However, because the activity of accusation is so in character with Satan (Job, chapters 1 and 2; Rev. 12:10), the identification is accurate. This malicious adversary stands in the presence of the Lord to proclaim Israel’s sins and their unworthiness of God’s favor.
The situation is crucial: If Joshua is vindicated, Israel is accepted; if Joshua is rejected, Israel is rejected. The entire plan of God for the nation was revealed in the outcome. Israel’s hopes would either be destroyed or confirmed, and when the sin of the nation is permanently put away by the “Branch,” the coming Messiah, believed to be Jesus Christ (by Christian & Messianic Jew faith).
Otherwise, Hasidic, Reformed, and other sects of Jewish faith being that ‘Messiah’ has not yet come.
Islam, Muslim Faith:
Qur’an (Surah 2: Al Baqarah 36: But the Devil caused them to deflect therefrom and expelled them from the (happy) state in which they were; and we said: Fall down, (plural addressing Adam, Eve, and Devil/Satan), one of you a foe to the other! There shall be for you on earth a habitation and provision for a time.)
To understand the Islamic teachings on good and evil, we need to understand that Islam views life as a ‘test of deciding between good and evil’.
Said Nursi explains the aim of creation in the following words: “Belief in God is the highest aim of creation and the most sublime result, and humanity’s most exalted rank is knowledge of Him. The most radiant happiness and sweetest bounty for the jinn and humanity is love of God contained within knowledge of . Islam teaches that, from our perspective, doing good and staying away from evil is a means of getting closer to God. Islam teaches that humans are equal in all respects (e.g. race, gender, status, occupation, appearance, etc) except for closeness to God.
Islam teaches that there are Angels, and cannot commit sins or descend to lower stations, nor can they achieve a higher station through good deeds. God gives human beings the opportunity to rise to a level beyond the angels or go below the level of Satan; it is all our choice. Without the creation of Satan or evil, there would not be any stations for humans to pass through to ‘get closer to God’.
The Qur’an: . . . but it is possible that you dislike a thing which is good for you, and that you love a thing which is bad for you. But God knows, and you know not. (Baqara 2:216)
Satan got the better of them and caused them to forget God. Those are the party of Satan. Truly the party of Satan are the real losers. (Mujadila 58:19)
…And those who persevere in seeking the pleasure of their Lord, and keep up prayer and spend (benevolently) out of what We have given them secretly and openly and repel evil with good; as for those, they shall have the (happy) issue of the abode. (Rad 13:22)
It is not righteousness that you turn your faces toward the East and the West, but righteousness is this that one should believe in God and the last day and the angels and the Book and the prophets, and give away wealth out of love for Him to the near of kin and the orphans and the needy and the wayfarer and the beggars and for (the emancipation of) the captives, and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate; and the performers of their promise when they make a promise, and the patient in distress and affliction and in time of conflicts—these are they who are true (to themselves) and these are they who guard (against evil). (Baqara 2:177)
Islam teaches that Satan in himself has no power to create. There is ‘no war’ between Satan and God; Satan was given a certain amount of time by God after he rebelled, because it is possible for people to make progress and attain higher spiritual stations through resisting his temptations. Satan’s only power is the ability to whisper into people’s souls and try to misguide them. He whispers to prevent people from doing good, or at least to delay it.
The main method in Islam for resisting Satan is prayer and refuge in God because their belief is that without God’s permission, Satan cannot cause any harm. A person who takes refuge in God and asks for help from Him with an open heart will be immune to Satan’s evil whispers. Their published prophetic traditions include various prayers that are intended to guard believers against the tricks of the devil.
So this may seem off the topic of the last few weeks, but necessary to insert here, based on a mid-point of the Blogs, (there will be 22 more) before I complete and publish the entire Direction in an Age of Confusion. The next Blog is about 'HEALTH'.
The questions remain as the others have been for several posts, considering if Evil is 'Real', as God is 'Real'... and if your whole body, soul and spirit 'Health' depend on your answers
It's time to consider...
What was your life like twenty years ago? Ten years ago? Five?
Is your life better or worse? Quality of life, peace, stability, health, in what ways….
Is society and community around you is as a whole, better or worse?
If your life and the lives of your children or family, in the future is to be determined by your decisions and actions of ‘today’, --what are you going to change? Or do?
Because it doesn't have to be this way...