The Gospel of the Kingdom: The pre-Adamic race, angels, the sons of God, the sons of man Pt. 1 & 2
You are going to really enjoy this teaching! In this two part teaching I discuss topics such as the race that was on earth before Adam, Lucifer's fall, who was in the garden before Adam, what Adam's role was in the garden, who are the sons of God mentioned in the Old Testament, and what is an angel and what is not an angel in the Bible. Audio recording attached below along with my notes for the teaching in PDF format.
I mentioned in the audio that a lot of the material I used in this teaching came from a book authored by Sue Watkins. Here's a link to her Amazon page. I highly recommend this book. She has been commissioned by God to write this book and it is packed with revelation and it has a heavy anointing on it. Click here: A Survey of Genesis Through the Lens of a Kingdom Scope Volume One - The Beginning by Sue Watkins.
My personal notes:
John 18:36 - Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here."
NT#G932 – basileia - kingdom - royal power, kingship, dominion, rule
NT#G2889 – kosmos – world - an apt and harmonious arrangement or constitution, order, government
- My royal power and authority are not of this order and system of government.
Luke 4:5-8 NKJV 5 Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, "All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for [this] has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 "Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours." 8 And Jesus answered and said to him, "Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.'
NT# G5308 – hypsēlos - high, lofty; exalted on high; height of measurement; of place, heaven.
NT# G3735 – oros – mountain. Root - to raise up, elevate, lift up;
NT#G932 – basileia - kingdom - royal power, kingship, dominion, rule
NT# G3625 – oikoumenē – the whole inhabited earth, the world; the abode of men and animals
The high mountain the devil takes Yeshua upon is not just a physical high mountain. It is the high mountain of Satan’s kingdom and system of government. Very possible they were standing where the throne of the ruler sat. So the mountain the devil took Yeshua to could be seen as the seat of the government of the kingdoms of darkness. We know this is not the High Mountain where Yeshua’s royal power, authority, order, and system of government comes from. These are two very different and distinct worlds (orders, systems of government); like night and day, literally.
Ezekiel 28:14, 16 - You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. “By the abundance of your trading You became filled with violence within, And you sinned; Therefore I cast you as a profane thing Out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the fiery stones.
Lucifer was the first king/priest and had a seat on the Divine Council. Not only did he lose his seat of authority in the government of God and on earth, but it also happened so fast he didn’t know what hit him. He fell like lightning according to Yeshua in Luke 10:18. Although Satan has lost his authority he has retained his power. In the very next very v19, Yeshua says, Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Mountain can represent a government or kingdom.
Zechariah 4:6-7 NKJV 6 So he answered and said to me: "This [is] the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' Says the LORD of hosts. 7 'Who [are] you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel [you shall become] a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone With shouts of "Grace, grace to it!" ' "
Jeremiah 51:25 - “Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain, Who destroys the whole earth,” declares the Lord, “And I will stretch out My hand against you, And roll you down from the crags, And I will make you a burnt out mountain.
Isaiah 41:15 - “Behold, I have made you a new, sharp threshing sledge with double edges; You will thresh the mountains and pulverize them, And will make the hills like chaff.
Micah 4:1 - And it will come about in the last days That the mountain of the house of the Lord Will be established as the chief of the mountains. It will be raised above the hills, And the peoples will stream to it.
Habakkuk 3:6 - He stood and surveyed the earth; He looked and startled the nations.
Yes, the perpetual mountains were shattered, The ancient hills collapsed.
His ways are everlasting.
Matthew 21:20-21 NKJV 20 And when the disciples saw [it], they marveled, saying, "How did the fig tree wither away so soon?" 21 So Jesus answered and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' it will be done.
Isaiah 2:2 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the LORD’s house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it.
Daniel 2:34, 35 - “You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. “Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
The scriptures clearly state there are two kingdoms. Kingdoms are ruled by kings and have citizens. We are talking about a spiritual kingdom with spiritual beings, sentient beings as its citizens. Not all citizens in the kingdom are sons in the Father’s house just as not everything in the bible called an angel is an angel.
You may ask what this has to do with salvation through Jesus Christ. Everything, if you ask me. We need to understand our place in the kingdom but how can we know our place in the kingdom if we do not understand what the kingdom is?
You have a rank in the kingdom. You were created for a specific purpose. Do you know your rank? Do you know the purpose you were created for in the kingdom? These are questions we should be asking but the answers must be biblical.
Scripture clearly reveals the kingdom, but not just any kingdom. Scripture reveals the system of government the kingdom operates in and the subjects of the kingdom.
Yahweh wants us to have a better understanding of our place in the universe. But it must be Biblical, backed by scripture.
God revealed to me through dreams that He is beginning to release a greater revelation of the Gospel of the Kingdom and with the revelation comes authority and power to confirm the revelation with signs and wonders.
The revelation of the Gospel of Salvation revealed Yeshua as the Lamb of God. When we saw Him as the Lamb we became as we saw Him, we became His sheep.
The revelation of the Gospel of the Kingdom will reveal the Lion of the tribe of Judah. When we see Him as the Lion we will become like Him, Lions of the Bride of Christ.
1 John 3:2 and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
The Lord wants to reveal the King and the Kingdom. Yes, Yeshua is the King of kings, but God said He is not speaking of that King. He is speaking of King Yahweh. There are two thrones in heaven.
Revelation 3:20-22 NKJV 20 "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21 "To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. 22 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."
The revelation of the Gospel of the Kingdom:
· Will reveal the King Yahweh
· Will reveal a greater understanding of the King Yeshua
· Will reveal the kingdom in ways not yet known to man
· Will reveal what our place and rank is in the kingdom
· I believe this will cause the manifesting of the sons of God that creation is groaning for, who are the priests of the Father’s house.
Regarding the power to confirm signs and wonders this greater revelation of the Gospel of the Kingdom, I asked the Lord what more could be done supernaturally that He hasn’t already done. The following verse came to mind:
John 14:12 NKJV 12 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater [works] than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
John 21:25 NKJV 25 And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world [cosmos] itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.
For the church to understand the kingdom it first must acknowledge that UFOs have been proven to exist and that extraterrestrials exist. The church needs to understand that the beings, entities, extraterrestrials, or whatever they present themselves to be they are not of God. They are either fallen angels or other inter-dimensional beings that hate humanity and seek to exterminate mankind.
· We see headlines in the major news outlets today
· Scientists are acknowledging the reality of UFOs.
· Pentagon creates new office to probe UFO reports
· They have vehicles and bodies of dead aliens recovered from crash sites.
September 15, 2020, the Lord told me the Time Travelers are coming but they are not real Time Travelers they are fallen ones who will say they are our siblings from the future who come to share their advanced technology with us.
They are extraterrestrial but only because they are not terrestrial or from this dimension. Yahweh is Extraterrestrial because his place of providence is in the higher dimension. There may be whole planets of sentient beings but they are inter-dimensional. They are either part of the Kingdom of God or part of the fallen ones. They will say they are inter-dimensional and that they created us long ago. Hogwash.
To better understand our place in the universe we must understand we are not the center of it.
We were not conceived with the universe and the universe was not created for man. It was created for Yeshua.
We were born into the cosmos, not with it.
We were thrust into the fray/fabric of a political, societal, and marshal conflict that involves intelligent sentient beings beyond our understanding of exceedingly ancient origin.
In other words, we were born smack dab into the middle of a cosmic war.
The universe was getting along without us before we ever came onto the scene.
Not everything in the bible called an angel is an angel.
Yeshua is the center of all things. If we use a bicycle wheel as an example Christ would be the hub (center) of the wheel. Everything inside the rim of the tire represents the universe/cosmos/the Kingdom. There is the wheel, connected to the wheel are the spokes, and the spokes are connected to the hub, which is Christ. Man is not God’s crowning achievement. Christ is God’s crowning achievement. In Him, we are God’s crowning achievement.
The apostles taught Christ was the very center, source of the universe; the reason for which it was created. The story of redemption is about Him, and it was written for Him, and He is the sole
Colossians 1:15-17 NKJV 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
Mankind is a spoke in the wheel. If we are a spoke who or what do the other spokes represent? The other spokes represent the other sentient beings (celestial, angels, etc.) in the cosmos. When I say cosmos I am referring to the kingdom.
Genesis does not describe the creation of the universe and its planetary bodies. Rather, it describes the renewal of the earth in the aftermath of utter ruin which ends with the creation of Adam to govern it. However, Adam was not the first one in the garden. There was a race on earth before Adam was created. This pre-Adamic race was destroyed by the flood of Genesis 1:2. Yes, your read that correctly. Noah’s flood was not the first flood. Lucifer’s flood was the first flood. Stay with me.
Genesis 1:1-2 NKJV 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was [became] without form, and void; and darkness [was] on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
When God created the heavens and the earth they were perfect. Something happened to cause the earth to become without form, and void, and covered in darkness.
Jeremiah 4:23-26 NKJV 23 I beheld the earth, and indeed [it was] without form, and void; And the heavens, they [had] no light. 24 I beheld the mountains, and indeed they trembled, And all the hills moved back and forth. 25 I beheld, and indeed [there was] no man, And all the birds of the heavens had fled. 26 I beheld, and indeed the fruitful land [was] a wilderness, And all its cities were broken down At the presence of the LORD, By His fierce anger.
Message Bible - v 23-26 I looked at the earth—it was back to pre-Genesis chaos and emptiness. I looked at the skies, and not a star to be seen. I looked at the mountains—they were trembling like aspen leaves, And all the hills rocking back and forth in the wind. I looked—what’s this! Not a man or woman in sight, and not a bird to be seen in the skies. I looked—this can’t be! Every garden and orchard shriveled up. All the towns were ghost towns. And all this because of God, because of the blazing anger of God.
Psalm 104:29-31 - You hide Your face, they are troubled; You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. 30 You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; And You renew the face of the earth. 31 May the glory of the LORD endure forever; May the LORD rejoice in His works.
After the first flood, God renews the earth and creates Adam, and places him in the garden. Adam was the first king/priest according to the order of Melchizedek. The Melchizedek priests operated in the double portion inheritance which is the birthright and blessing. They operated in both realms, the spirit and the natural.
Genesis 1:28 NKJV 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill [replenish] the earth and subdue (govern) it; have dominion (only kings and princes have dominion) over the fish of the sea (sons of the kingdom), over the birds (spirits) of the air (spirit realm, higher dimensions), and over every living thing (beast) that moves on the earth."
A beast is symbolic of someone who does not know Yahweh, someone who is ruled by his carnal nature rather than being led by the Spirit.
2 Peter 3:5-7 NKJV 5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 6 by which the world (the one before the first flood) that then existed perished, being flooded with water. 7 But the heavens and the earth (the one after Noah’s flood) which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the Day of Judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
Another way to know show in the scriptures that there were two floods is by contrasting the two.
20 Contrasts Between the Two Floods (I found these examples in the Dakes Bible)
It was the fall of Lucifer, a third of the angels that rebelled against Yahweh with him, and the rebellion of the pre-Adamic race that brought the first flood and also caused the light of the sun, moon, and stars to be withheld from the earth leaving it in total darkness.
Ezekiel 28:1-19 and Isaiah 14:1-21, tell the story of Lucifer’s fall from heaven but that was not his place. He was created to rule the earth and placed in the garden in Eden. This was before God renewed the earth and created Adam. Lucifer was a kind of prototype of the king/priest that Adam was created to be and function as.
Ezekiel 28:12-16 NKJV 12 "Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "You [were] the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone [was] your covering: (he wore a breastplate as high priest) The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes Was prepared for you on the day you were created. 14 "You [were] the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. 15 You [were] perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you. 16 "By the abundance of your trading You became filled with violence within, And you sinned; Therefore I cast you as a profane thing Out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the fiery stones.
Lucifer was the seal of perfection, filled with wisdom, and perfect in beauty. He must have been something to behold. He was in Eden, the Garden of God. He was created for the sole purpose of ruling the world to represent Yahweh to the people so he was a king. He had a seat on the Divine Council as a representative of the people on earth. He was an intercessor for the people. He wore the breastplate of a high priest so he was a priest of God, he was also anointed and established so he was a prophet. It could be said of Lucifer that he was a king, priest, and prophet of God before his fall. Adam was placed in the garden and was the first Melchizedek on earth. His purpose was to steward the earth until the Messiah would come as High Priest of the Melchizedek priesthood and take possession. The earth, mankind, and all of creation are His inheritance. It was created by Him for Him. We are only stewards until He returns to inherit all things. In Him we are co-inheritors.
Isaiah 14:12-15 NKJV 12 "How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! [How] you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! 13 For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.' 15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit.
Luke 10:18 NKJV And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
Let’s look at the other characters in the story, specifically the ones we could call our extraterrestrial elder siblings.
Race of beings mostly referred to as angels in the bible.
They are extraterrestrial because they are not of the earth.
An extraterrestrial is a being whose providence is not planet Earth.
Providence is where you come from.
Residence is where you reside.
In the bible, they are called elohim.
· It is very possible for a being of extraterrestrial providence to be residing on earth. The Watchers.
Bible introduces us to a race of beings that are clearly alien, without dispute extraterrestrial, and ancient beyond all comprehension. The Bible describes them as – the morning stars.
Job 38:4-7 NKJV 4 "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell [Me], if you have understanding. 5 Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? 6 To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, 7 When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
They are not referring to the literal stars but the sentient sons of God. These sons of God are older than the earth itself since they were present to witness its formation before Genesis 1:2. Not the renewal of the earth but the actual beginning or creation of the earth. In the beginning, God created is not referring to the story of the earth’s renewal.
The morning stars are the sons of God. In Hebrew, bene elohim. Elohim means they are from the higher dimension/spirit realm and not ours. They are from there, not here. They are also not angels.
An angel in the OT is malak in Hebrew and in the NT angelos in Greek. Both mean the same thing. An envoy, an emissary; one who is sent.
1 Kings 19:1-3 NKJV, 1 And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger [malak] to Elijah, saying, "So let the gods do [to me], and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time." 3 And when he saw [that], he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which [belongs] to Judah, and left his servant there.
Hebrews 13:2 NKJV 2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so [doing] some have unwittingly entertained angels.
Act 6:15 NKJV 15 And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an angel.
The bible does not say exactly what angels are but we know they are male. There are no female angels mentioned in the Bible. They do not have wings. The only angels in the bible with wings are the ones mentioned in prophetic dreams and visions.
Angels are often found in possession of technology such and vehicles of conveyance (UFOs) and weapons of war.
Angels also eat and drink as they do with Abraham and Lot. (Genesis 18 & 19)
Some angels deliver messages and some engage in warfare, some execute the judgment of God, and some minister to the children of men. The bible never tells us who or exactly what they are.
What we do know of the angels of heaven:
Have a spoken and written language
They keep records
They sing and compose music
They eat and drink
They possess and wield technology
They are the subject of a kingdom complete with a complex system of government. (the Melchizedek system of government)
And a standing army.
These are the hallmarks of society and culture. We can rationally conclude that these non-human angelic beings depicted in the scriptures are citizens of an advanced extraterrestrial civilization…that predates our own. What is this advanced extraterrestrial civilization call? The Melchizedek Kingdom or the Kingdom of God, or the Kingdom of Righteousness.
John 18:36 - Jesus answered, "My kingdom (royal authority and power) is not of this world (order, system of government).
This is the reason Yeshua taught us to pray in the following manner:
Luke 11:2 NKJV - 2 So He said to them, "When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom (royal power, kingship, dominion, rule) come. Your will (commands and precepts/order, system of government) be done on earth as [it is] in heaven (the kingdom).
Mankind did not invent civilization…we inherited it. The benchmarks of a civilized society
a criminal justice system
refined spoken and written language
These were already in existence in the universe before Adam emerged from the earth and clay. We are just the beneficiaries of the elder race/elder siblings.
We are the recipients of their societal institutions and the co-inheritors of their kingdom, also the co-inheritors of their condemnation should we follow the rebellion.
They are clearly members of an advanced civilization that is the predecessor and prototype of our own until their rebellion. Our society and culture, our system of government, is patterned after theirs just as God instructed Moses to build the tabernacle after the pattern shown to him on the mountain of God, which means in heaven.
Exodus 25:40 RSV 40 And see that you make them after the pattern for them, which is being shown you on the mountain.
Although they are not human they may be rightly considered our Elder Siblings. (as new creations we are not human either) They are also the members of a family to which we once belonged. This ancestral relationship between the angels and mankind is a term frequently used in the scriptures – sons of God.
The term sons of God – bene elohim– provides clarity in a way that unites the Elder Race and the Human Race in remarkable ways.
“sons of God” is always and only used in the OT to refer to the non-procreated children of God; beings not created in a womb (e.g. angels, Adam) – as a side note Adam and Yeshua are the only two created beings (human) everyone else was procreated.
The term carries over into the NT where it retains its OT meaning but does not apply to the sons of men who through Christ can become the sons of God.
As John explains:
John 1:12-13 KJV 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
When we believe in Yeshua/Jesus we are born-again. In other words, we become a new creation that is not made through procreation.
Human beings do not yet qualify to this estate as they are still the product of procreation or sexual intercourse. The will of the flesh.
John is not saying that those who believe are already the sons of God but have been given the power to become the sons of God by being born-again. This power is the hope of the gospel, the resurrection.
By faith, we are the sons of God, but we have not become the fullness of what it means to be a son of God because we are still from here not there. We cannot take on the title ben elohim until we are from over there. We are by faith sons of God just as by faith we are seated in Christ in heavenly places. The fullness of being seated with Him comes after the resurrection from the dead.
When studying this subject the Spirit said the following to me: God is faithful to finish this good work that he has begun in you until the day of Christ. In other words, we are in a spiritual embryotic state in this life. God is nurturing us making sure we get all the spiritual nutrients we need to come to full maturity. When this membrane (the flesh, this filthy tunic) breaks open we will come out full-term and mature, ready to rule and reign as His kings and priests on the earth. Revelation 5:9-10 NKJV 9 And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth."
Notice how Jesus answered the Sadducees when they try to entangle him with the parable about the widow who had seven husbands, all of them being brothers…
Luke 20:34-36 NKJV 34 Jesus answered and said to them, "The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35 "But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; 36 "nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
It’s after the resurrection that we come full-term, fully matured, sons of God. We will then truly be bene elohim in every sense of the term.
The sons of God in heaven and on earth are destined to be united in Christ in what is essentially a family reunion, as mankind was conceived as a son in the beginning.
It is evident that Adam was a son of God in the genealogy of Jesus Christ recorded in Luke who affirms Jesus to be the son of Joseph and traces his lineage all the way back to David, through Noah, and to Adam, the son of God.
Luke 3:23, 36-38 NKJV 23 Now Jesus Himself began [His ministry at] about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) [the] son of Joseph, [the son] of Heli, ... 36 [the son] of Cainan, [the son] of Arphaxad, [the son] of Shem, [the son] of Noah, [the son] of Lamech, 37 [the son] of Methuselah, [the son] of Enoch, [the son] of Jared, [the son] of Mahalalel, [the son] of Cainan, 38 [the son] of Enosh, [the son] of Seth, [the son] of Adam, [the son] of God.
Adam, like the angels, was a son of God, a sibling in the Father’s house. He enjoyed the privileged estate until the fall which alienated him from the divine family and indentured (A contract binding one party into the service of another for a specified term.) him to Satan.
Satan was the original fallen son with whom Adam would have been condemned forever if a way of reconciliation had not been made through the cross. This is the essence of the gospel, the Good News which was declared to mankind through Jesus Christ. He came to seek and save the lost sons of Adam and lead them back to the Father’s House.
Jesus beautifully illustrates the story of the gospel in the parable of the prodigal son:
Luke 15:11-32 NKJV 11 Then He said: "A certain man had two sons. 12 "And the younger of them said to [his] father, 'Father, give me the portion of goods that falls [to me].' So he divided to them [his] livelihood. 13 "And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. 14 "But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. 15 "Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 "And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him [anything]. 17 "But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 'I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 "and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants." ' 20 "And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21 "And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.' 22 "But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe and put [it] on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on [his] feet. 23 'And bring the fatted calf here and kill [it], and let us eat and be merry; 24 'for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' And they began to be merry. 25 "Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 "So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 "And he said to him, 'your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.' 28 "But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. 29 "So he answered and said to [his] father, 'Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. 30 'But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.' 31 "And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 32 'It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.' "
Five characters in this parable:
The main character is the younger son who squanders the co-inheritance of his father’s estate which he shares with his Elder Brother. The squalor that befalls the younger son is symbolic of the wages of sin and the consequence of estrangement from the family. Due to his impoverishment, the prodigal son becomes subject to a swineherd which is symbolic of Satan.
The younger son recognizes the depravity of his folly and decides to return to his father’s house in the hope that he might be received back if only as a lowly servant.
It is important to note that not all those who are in the father’s house are sons. The servants though employed in the house are not members of the family. This circumstance implies that there are other sentient creatures inhabiting the cosmos who though citizens of the kingdom are not the sons of God.
When the father sees the younger son he runs out to meet him. The son assumes the father would be fuming with displeasure is surprised to find him brimming with joy and kisses his face.
The father escorts his son home and adorns him in new clothes representative of the righteousness of Christ and the resurrection.
The fatted calf is slaughtered and a great celebration begins with feasting, music, and dancing. The older son who has always been with the father in heaven is bewildered. Why should they celebrate the return of his younger brother who foolishly squandered his portion of the inheritance?
The father’s answer conveys the message of the gospel: because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found.
If anyone doubts the parable of the prodigal son is about the reuniting of the family of God (the elder race and the human race) consider the two preceding parables.
The parable of the lost sheep and the parable of the lost coin. Jesus remarks there will be joy in heaven among the angels over every sinner that repents.
Luke 15:10 - “Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
The Parable of the Lost Sheep – Luke 15:1-7
· v4 "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one (Adam) of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?
The Parable of the Lost Coin – Luke 15:8-10
· v8 "Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin (Adam), does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds [it]?
The Other Sheep
· John 10:14-16 NKJV - 14 "I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own (kind). 15 "As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16 "And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.
The sons of God rejoice at the repentance of their sundered (disunited, or severed) siblings because they know that soon we will be reinstated in the family of God and the fellowship of Eden will be renewed.
Before Adam and his family could be reinstated into the family of God they had to be redeemed from the swineherd to whom they were indentured.
By offering up his body and blood on the cross, Jesus paid our debt and delivered us from condemnation with Satan.
We were redeemed so that we might be reconciled to the Father and restored to the fellowship of Eden. All that was lost in Adam was regained in Jesus Christ who leads us back to the Father’s House.
In Ephesians 3 Paul provides a clear summary of the subjects of the kingdom.
Ephesians 3:8-11 NKJV 8 To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, 9 and to make all see what [is] the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; 10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly [places], 11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,
Ephesians 3:14-15 NKJV 14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
Genesis 13:16 - "And I will make your descendants as the dust (terrestrial) of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust (terrestrial) of the earth, [then] your descendants also could be numbered.
Genesis 15:5-6 - Then He brought him outside and said, "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars (extraterrestrial/celestial) if you are able to number them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be." 6 And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness. (Righteousness? Did Abraham become a new creation? Yes, it was necessary for him and Sarah both in order to bring forth Isaac.)
One of the misinterpreted subjects in Christianity is the image of God. The question of what it is to be made in the image of God is rarely resolved with a satisfying answer among theologians.
There is a general consensus that whatever the meaning of the image of God is mankind is its sole barer, but this assumption is not backed by the scriptures.
The argument in favor of this presumption is usually framed in this way: Of all the creatures in the universe, only man possesses the emotional, imaginative, and cognitive qualities of the Creator Himself.
For some reason, it is believed that other created beings, such as angels, somehow lack that special something that makes mankind uniquely godlike. This is neither biblical nor logical.
Whether you believe the image of God represents man’s:
His higher intellect
His physical anatomy
His emotional complexity
Or the combination of all these attributes
You cannot reasonably argue, not from the scriptures, that man is the only being in the universe endowed with such.
In the scriptures, it is apparent that mankind resembles the morning stars, the sons of God who not only seem to possess the same attributes but seem to possess them to a greater extent.
The faithful sons in heaven demonstrate beyond doubt that they too are emotionally complex creatures. The simple fact that they sing and compose music should be evidence enough of their creativity. We can say with confidence that human beings have not cornered the market on intelligence.
In light of these biblical facts, it is logical to suggest or imply that the angelic sons of God are also made in the image of God.
Mankind was not made to merely be another creature in the universe but another son in the family, fashioned in the likeness of his elder siblings and bearing together with them the image of their Father.
In the first chapter of Genesis, we are presented with a difficult problem that has vexed the minds of western Christians for centuries. (Notice I said western Christians)
It is a corporate decree from the courts of heaven:
Genesis 1:26 NKJV 26 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
It is often presumed that the plurality of persons apparent in this verse may be attributed to the three persons of the Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit who are dialoguing amongst themselves.
This view would have been foreign to the writer of Genesis, himself a Hebrew with Mesopotamian roots.
An interpersonal dialog between the triune God would be incoherent in the context of the ancient near east and paganism for the Hebrews to worship a triune God when God declared Himself to Israel to be One…
But a council of gods convened in the courts of paradise to deliberate matters pertaining to mankind was a very familiar scene.
In other words, God was speaking to the Divine Council (the bene elohim or sons of God)
God did not and does need their counsel nor permission to do anything. They are to witness and testify that His actions are done in righteousness, or that they were legal actions performed according to righteousness.
When we are born-again we are also to witness and testify that Yeshua is the Son of God and that all his acts were done not according to his will but the will of the Father. In other words, we testify that Yeshua’s acts of righteousness were legal acts according to the Word of God.
When considering the Hebrew Scriptures it is important to understand that they were not written in a cultural vacuum. The Israelites did not descend from heaven. They were the offspring of Abraham who migrated from Mesopotamia.
We learned earlier, the governing institutions of mankind were modeled on the extraterrestrial civilization that preceded us, namely the kingdom of heaven.
Just as our earthly kingdoms have courts and counsels so does the kingdom of heaven. Our earthly kings preside over their counsels which are composed of the princes and potentates (a ruler, a sovereign) of their realm, so also Yahweh presides over the Divine Council and Yeshua over the Courts of Heaven which are composed of the princes and potentates of His realm.
The members of this divine council are referred to as gods in the biblical narrative precisely because of their exalted estate, but they are subservient to their King who is above all, the Most High.
That Yahweh sits enthroned amongst lesser gods is not a controversy among scholars. The idea that there are other “gods” who exist as real supernatural beings, though infinitely inferior to the only Creator and Redeemer, is found throughout the Bible.
Psalm 82 depicts the King of heaven presiding in judgment over a company of derelict princes who have failed to perform their duties.
Psalms 82:1-4 - 1 God (Elohim) has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods (elohim) he holds judgment: 2 "How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah 3 Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. 4 Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked." 5 They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. 6 I said, "You are gods (elohim), sons of the Most High, all of you; 7 nevertheless, like men you shall die, and fall like any prince."
The Song of Moses - Deut. 32:1-9 (Revelation 15:1–4) (Moses pronounces judgment to the gods as Enoch pronounced judgment to the Watchers, bene elohim)
1 Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.
2 Let my teaching fall like rain and my speech settle like dew, like gentle rain on new grass, like showers on tender plants.
3 For I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Ascribe greatness to our God!
4 He is the Rock, His work is perfect; all His ways are just. A God of faithfulness without injustice, righteous and upright is He.
5 His people have acted corruptly toward Him; the spot on them is not that of His children, but of a perverse and crooked generation.
6 Is this how you repay the LORD, O foolish and senseless people? Is He not your Father and Creator? Has He not made you and established you?
7 Remember the days of old; consider the years long past. Ask your father, and he will tell you, your elders, and they will inform you.
8 When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, when He divided the sons of man, He set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God.
9 But the LORD’s portion is His people, Jacob His allotted inheritance.
NLT - When the Most High assigned lands to the nations, when he divided up the human race, he established the boundaries of the peoples according to the number in his heavenly court.
GNT - The Most High assigned nations their lands; he determined where peoples should live. He assigned to each nation a heavenly being,
These sons of God appointed over the nations are princes and the region they governed are called principalities.
More examples of the Divine Council
1 Kings 22:19-22 NKJV - 19 Then [Micaiah] said, "Therefore hear the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by, on His right hand and on His left. 20 "And the LORD said, 'Who will persuade Ahab to go up, that he may fall at Ramoth Gilead?' So one spoke in this manner, and another spoke in that manner. 21 "Then a spirit came forward and stood before the LORD, and said, 'I will persuade him.' 22 "The LORD said to him, 'In what way?' So he said, 'I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.' And the LORD said, 'You shall persuade [him], and also prevail. Go out and do so.'
Isaiah 6:6-8 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal [which] he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth [with it], and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged." 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here [am] I! Send me."
Zechariah 3:1-7 NKJV 1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. 2 And the LORD said to Satan, "The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! [Is] this not a brand plucked from the fire?" 3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel. 4 Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, "Take away the filthy garments from him." And to him He said, "See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes." 5 And I said, "Let them put a clean turban on his head." So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the LORD stood by. 6 Then the Angel of the LORD admonished Joshua, saying, 7 "Thus says the LORD of hosts: 'If you will walk in My ways, And if you will keep My command, Then you shall also judge My house, And likewise have charge of My courts; I will give you places to walk Among these who stand here.
Job 1:6-7 NKJV 6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. 7 And the LORD said to Satan, "From where do you come?" So Satan answered the LORD and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it."
Notice that members of God’s divine council are sons of God. This is a royal family just like it is depicted in the parable of the prodigal son. These princes of the Elder Race are regents of the King appointed to govern on his behalf in the far reaches of his kingdom, just as Adam was appointed to govern the earth.