In other words, Lucifer-turned-Satan would eventually die for all
eternity. Herein lies another mystery! In order to understand
the many sayings of the bible, one must appreciate that God calls
those things, which currently do not exist, as though they already
exist. Satan will eventually die, therefore, many prophecies and
statements of the bible leave him out of the picture, as though he
currently does not exist!
Romans 4:17 (As it is written, I have made you a father of many nations,)
before him whom he believed, [even] God, who quickens (makes alive)
the dead, and calls those things which be not as though they were.
Let us look at one example. John tells us that Christ made all
things. Here God inspired John to leave Satan out of the picture
– for God looks at the future when Satan will not exist. In other
words, for all practical purposes, Satan does not exist! Satan is
nothing – why consider him?
Furthermore, we must understand that the Hebrew and Greek
use of all-inclusive terms differs from English in its Germanic use
of these expressions. We tend to avoid such terms in formal
usage, realizing the limitations of their realism in most things.
John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing
made that was made.
One could construe the following verse to mean that John
baptized everyone who lived in Judea, including the entire city of
Jerusalem. We know this to be incorrect and that the Scriptures
intend no such thing. Therefore, we should consider this principle
when studying the bible.
Mark 1:5 And there went out unto him all the land of Judea, and they of
Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing
Ezekiel does not leave us in doubt about Satan’s future. Satan
used his beauty as a reason for exalting himself. Satan corrupted
his wisdom because of his status as a Morning Star. God says
that He will cast Satan down to the ground. Here again we see
Michael throwing Satan out of heaven; here again we understand
the Christ’s meaning when he says that He saw Satan fall from
heaven as lightning; and we tie this in with Isaiah 14:15 Yet you
shall be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. All four
accounts, Ezekiel, Isaiah, John, and the Christ refer to the
disastrous fall of Satan from heaven to the earth in abject
Ezekiel 28:17 Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty, you have
corrupted your wisdom by reason of your brightness: I will cast you to the
ground, I will lay you before kings, that they may behold you.
However, there is more. God will destroy Satan – he will never
exist again. From this we can know that the Earth Project, which
God gave to the Word, will be the last of its kind. John also tells
us of Satan’s destruction in Revelation 20:10. God will cast
Satan (probably by means of an angel) into the lake of fire and
brimstone and his punishment will be permanent – in other words,
he will be no more. We will not go into the poor KJV translation
of this verse based on the erroneous doctrine of the KJV
translators, in this writing. Ezekiel is plain that Satan will
become ashes and “never shall be anymore”. Revelation 20:10
must agree with God’s sentence of Satan in Ezekiel 28:18-19.
Ezekiel 28:18 You have defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your
iniquities, by the iniquity of your traffic; therefore will I bring forth a fire
from the midst of you, it shall devour you, and I will bring you to ashes
upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold you.
19 All they that know you among the people shall be astonished at you:
you shall be a terror, and never shall you be any more.
Revelation 20:10 and the Devil, who is leading them astray, was cast into
the lake of fire and brimstone, where [are] [were cast] the beast and the
false prophet, and they shall be tormented day and night—to the ages of
Why have we gone into all of this? Simply, because we need this
background in order to understand whom the Word was before
John 1:1. Furthermore, if we cannot know who the Word was,
we cannot know Who Yahshua is.
In our study thus far, we have come to understand that Lucifer
was a Morning Star. Yahshua tells us, through the writings of
John, that He is the bright and Morning Star.
Revelation 22:16 I Jesus (Yahshua) have sent my angel to testify to you
these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David,
[and] the bright and morning star.
Here is another mystery revealed: Lucifer and the Word began
as Morning Stars. Each had the beginning of a created being.
Each began seemingly with the same qualifications. However,
Lucifer became Satan and God has highly exalted the Word
above His original state. The Word now sits at the right hand of
God. On the other hand, Satan has become the god of this world
blinding those who do not believe – in general trying to destroy
humanity’s reason for being.
Luke 22:69 Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the
power of God.
2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of
them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who
is the image of God, should shine unto them.
The Atonement Pageant
At this point, we are ready to probe who the Word and Lucifer
were, at the very beginning of their existence. To do this, we
must examine the Atonement Pageant of the two goats.
On the Day of Atonement, among other things, the Levites
presented two live goats – perfect to the human eye – before the
High Priest. It was the High Priest’s job to determine which of
these two goats would be the Sin Sacrifice for the people. The
answer was beyond the High Priest. God required the High
Priest to cast lots to make this determination. In other words,
God chose which Goat would represent the Sin Sacrifice.
It should be self-evident that as God selected which of the two
goats represented Yahshua that the two beings in question were
of equal status originally – otherwise, what is to choose? In the
Atonement Pageant, the two goats were so much alike; both
were of the same kind; both were perfect to the human eye; both
were originally of a quality to stand for choice.
In other words, both goats at the beginning of the pageant
symbolized the original position of the beings they represented
and by the end of the pageant, the selected goat represented
Yahshua, the sacrificed Savior of the world and the default goat
represented Satan, the evil being, which brought sin into the
world. God brings harmony or atonement in two ways: through
the sacrifice of Yahshua for reconciliation of our past sins, and
through the removal of Satan – the being that originally brought
disharmony into the world and maintains a steady flow of conflict
in the society of earth.
The fact that God chose someone to be the savior of the world
indicates there were two beings originally available for the
position – at least ostensibly. If only one existed to stand for this
position, there would be no need for the selection process. The
Apostle Peter tells us that God picked out or chose the Christ for
His position as the chief corner stone.
1Peter 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in
Zion a chief corner stone, elect (picked out, chosen), precious: and he
that believes on him shall not be confounded.
After God told the High Priest – by lot – which Goat to use for
the Sin Sacrifice, the other goat became, by default, an animal to
release into the wilderness. One Goat represented Yahshua who
died for the people and the other goat represented a useless and
restless being who roamed to and fro on the earth – of no good
use to anyone – in other words, Satan. Read our book, Why
Atonement to gain a fuller understanding of this subject.
The two goats of the Atonement Day Pageant represent the two
Morning Stars that God created in the beginning. God chose one
of the Morning Stars to create the universe and He gave the
other Morning Star an outpost position on the earth with 1/3 of
the angels for his helpers. After an indefinite length of time,
Lucifer got tired of his position and jealous of the Word’s
position and influenced his angels to mount up to heaven and fight
However, this is not the whole story. We know whom the two
goats of Atonement represent. We know that God originally
chose the Word over Lucifer for the vast inheritance of the
universe. We know that God chose to make the determination of
which goat would represent these two beings. However, what did
God consider in His choice between the two goats? The fact that
God made the choice rather than the High Priest directs us into
the distant past to the beginning of Lucifer and the Word.
One might not tend to delve deeper into the past, as the
Atonement Pageant would seem sufficient to identify two beings
of equal status, originally. Moreover, the Pageant goes into the
selection process and the position of each. However, another
mystery tells us more about the time before John 1:1, completing
what we can know about the distant past of origins before the
Word began His creation.
The Mystery of the Sons of the Patriarchs
Adam and Eve had their first son – Cain. They had another son –
Abel. All indication suggests that these two sons were twins.
Although Cain was the first child and seemingly destined to become
the heir – Eve thought she had gotten the Promised Child – he turned
out to be a prime representation of Satan. Abel – the second-born –
represented the Messiah to come – he was righteous, and died
because of his righteousness.
We will not go into the details here, but Noah had two sons, almost
surely twins: Ham and Shem. We have proven elsewhere that Ham
was the older and Shem was the younger of these two sons. Japheth
was older than Ham and Shem. However, of these “twins” Ham, the
older became a representation of Satan and Shem the younger
represented the Messiah to come – he was righteous; the Christ came
through the line of Shem.
Abraham’s firstborn, Ishmael represents Satan; and Isaac, his
younger son represents Yahshua. God required Abraham to offer
Isaac, his son of promise, as a sacrifice – typical of the only begotten
Son of God – Yahshua. Notice how God paints Ishmael – a type of
Satan – out of the picture: “Take now your son, your only son
Isaac… The descendants of the firstborn, Ishmael, have been an
adversary continually against the descendants of the second-
born, Isaac – a type of Satan against the Church of God. The
Christ came through the line of Isaac, the second-born child.
Genesis 22:2 And he said, Take now your son, your only [son] Isaac,
whom you love, and get you into the land of Moriah; and offer him there
for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell you of.
Isaac’s firstborn, Esau represents Satan and his descendants
represent Satan’s demise – God will ultimately destroy Esau’s
descendants. Jacob represents Yahshua. Here we have another
set of twins. The Christ came through the line of Jacob, the
Jacob’s firstborn, Ruben represents Satan; and Joseph the
firstborn of Jacob’s second wife represents Yahshua. Ruben and
Joseph presents this subject from the perspective that Satan was
a firstborn created son of God and Yahshua is the firstborn
begotten Son of God.
Joseph’s firstborn, Manasseh lost out to Joseph’s second born,
Here are six varying examples, among the patriarchs where the
older represented Satan to one degree or another and the
younger represented the Messiah to one degree or another. The
firstborn, in these examples, lost out to the second-born. This is
a mystery and, with what we know about the Atonement Day
two-goat-pageantry, it gives us another part of the puzzle about
who Yahshua is.
Surely it will not escape any bible student with the holy spirit that
of the two beings God originally created, the Word was the
second created being. In other words, if Lucifer had received his
“right” of the first-created being, it would seem that he would
have been the creator of the universe and God the Father would
have given the Word an outpost on the earth with 1/3 of the
Perhaps we now understand where Satan got his seed of
bitterness. There is little doubt but that God was trying Satan
for a higher position, providing he was successful in his
debasement. However, he failed and all is history.
As a sidelight, we can probably guess that God chose the younger
of the two Atonement Day goats to represent Yahshua. By
default, the other goat became representative of Satan. Perhaps
this is where the figure for the devil – “that old goat” – derives.
Yahshua Barabbas & Yahshua the Christ
We also have a New Testament example of the Ancient Day of
The Jews brought Yahshua the Christ to Pilate seeking His
death. Pilate offered the people a choice between two men 1)
Yahshua Barabbas or 2) Yahshua the Christ. Yahshua Barabbas
was a murderer – a prime type of Satan.
Mark 15:7 And there was [one] named (Yahshua) Barabbas, [which lay]
bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had
committed murder in the insurrection.
John 8:44 You are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father
you will do. He (the devil) was a murderer from the beginning, and
abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a
lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Observe that Pilate played out the Atonement Day pageant
before the people. Anciently, the people gathered outside the
tabernacle or temple while the High Priest cast lots to determine
which of the two goats represented the sacrifice for sin, as a
type; here Pilate played out the reality. The people gathered
outside the judgment hall of Rome. Pilate did not cast lots, but
he gave the people a choice and they chose Yahshua Barabbas –
a type of Satan – for release. Furthermore, the people – at the
urging of the chief priests and elders – demanded the death of
Yahshua the Christ, the righteous one.
Matthew 27:17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said to
them, Whom will you that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus
(Yahshua) who is called Christ?
Matthew 27:20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude
that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus (Yahshua).
21 The governor answered and said unto them, Which of the two will you
that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.
22 Pilate said to them, What shall I do then with Jesus (Yahshua) who is
called Christ? They all say to him, Let him be crucified.
Luke 23:18 And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this [man],
and release unto us Barabbas:
The point we should not overlook is that God again – in the
reality, as He did in the Day of Atonement type – impresses on us
that originally two beings of equal status stood for choice: the
given name of Barabbas and the Christ was Yahshua (“Jesus”)
which means: YHWH is salvation. However, one of these men
was a murderer, a prime description of Satan, and the other was
the perfect Christ.
2424 ~Ihsouv~ Iesous \@ee-ay-sooce'\@
of Hebrew origin 03091 ^ewvy^; TDNT-3:284,360; n pr m
AV-Jesus 972, Jesus (Joshua) 2, Jesus (Justus) 1; 975
Jesus =" Jehovah is salvation"
1) Jesus, the Son of God, the Saviour of mankind, God incarnate
2) Jesus Barabbas was the captive robber whom the Jews begged Pilate
to release instead of Christ
3) Joshua was the famous captain of the Israelites, Moses' successor
(#Ac 7:45, Heb 4:8)
4) Jesus, son of Eliezer, one of the ancestors of Christ (#Lu 3:29)
5) Jesus, surnamed Justus, a Jewish Christian, an associate with
Paul in the preaching of the gospel (#Col 4:11)