The Original Rebel

Elle G White 1827 - 1915
– Ellen G White 1827 – 1915

The magnificence of the actual natural history of the world is one to see to believe, and its consequence is a threefold message in human behaviour. People have been deluded for thousands of years. As time moved on, the deceit became an all-consuming plan to blot out the existence of humanity at the same time, destroy the Earth, mother. To understand human nature in its pure element, we must look into the written records.

ResearchGate Biblical Anthropology and the Cosmic Conflict: an overview with directed emphasis on the writings of Ellen G White deal with anthropology, human nature, in relationship with Cosmic Conflict as is presented by Ellen White. The purpose is to better understand how this conflict, which began in heaven, was established on Earth according to Genesis 3, influences our nature today.

God: ‘You were the seal of perfection Full of wisdom and perfect
in beauty. You were in Eden, the
garden of God; Every precious
stone was your covering… The
the workmanship of your timbrels
and pipes was prepared for you
on the day you were created. 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. You
were perfect in your ways from
the day you were created, Till iniquity
was found in you” (Ezek 28:12-15
“[Lucifer] gloried in his bright-
ness and exaltation and aspired
to be equal with God. He was
beloved and reverenced by the
heavenly host, angels delighted
to execute his commands, and
he was clothed with wisdom and
glory above them all. Yet the Son
of God was exalted above him, as
one in power and authority with
the Father. He shared the Father’s
counsels, while Lucifer did not
thus enter into the purposes of
God. ’Why,’ questioned this
mighty angel, ‘should Christ have
the supremacy? Why is He honoured above Lucifer?’”
(5 E. G. White, The Great Controversy-
Between Christ and Satan: The Conflict of the Ages in the Christian Dispensa-
Conflict in Heaven)
Lucifer exploited his influence as chief of heaven’s creation
to infect his dissatisfaction about
God among the angelic host. His
power to deceive was enormous as
he disguised his purpose in a cloak
of falsehood (2 Cor 11:13-14). Pre-
tending to have the best interest
of the angelic hosts at heart, Lucifer at first seemed noncommittal.
“All his acts were so clothed with
the mystery that it was difficult to dis-
close to the angels, the true nature
of his work. Until fully developed,
it could not be made to appear the
the evil thing it was; his disaffection
would not be seen to be rebellion.
Even the loyal angels could not
fully discern his character or see
to what his work was leading”. 6
Lucifer used what God could not
— flattery and deceit — 7 to distort
the truth about God’s omniscience
God could have easily destroyed
Lucifer, but He did not. “God in
His wisdom permitted [Lucifer] to
carry forward his work until the
spirit of disaffection ripened into
active revolt. It was necessary for
his plans to be fully developed, that their true nature and tendency might be seen by all. Had Lucifer been immediately annihilated, created beings would have served God from fear rather than from willing hearts.
(Mountain View, CA: Pacific Press, 1911),

Lucifer Cast Out of Heaven

The ensuing revolution culminated in the actual war in heaven (Rev
12:7-9) with the inference of one
third of the celestial beings joining the insurgency. “Cast down
to earth” (Rev 12:4, Luke 10:18,
Jude 1:6), Lucifer now became
Satan, the avowed adversary
of God and the slanderer of His
the character of love. Thus Lucifer formed himself into a god of his own
making, “the father of lies” (John
8:44), and prepared to beguile
God’s newest creation. Did God ever make “ruler” of
a new planet—to have dominion
over it? Is it possible Lucifer saw
himself as not only subordinate to
Christ, but now also, in a sense,
subordinate to the new order of
creation, humanity?
Perhaps we could expand
Satan’s statement to “I will ascend—not only above this new ‘kind’
of God’s creation—but even above
God Himself.” Could this have
heightened his appeal to other
angels? They might have reasoned, “We are only messengers,
servants, ministering spirits.
We’ve worked eons for God, and
now, rather than promoting from
within, God has created a whole
new race who we must also serve.
We are nothing but slaves (doulos)’! (This accusation, if plausible,
could account in part for Christ’s
voluntarily incarnation to “servant slave.”)
If this scenario is feasible, then
dualism becomes a necessary lie
not only to deceive Eve and her
descendants, but also to sustain
Satan’s usurped position. Lucifer
knew that God is the source of all
life and the sole source of immortality. Lucifer had, then, to “invent” dualism to vest himself with
immortality in order to “ascend
above God.”
The Impact of Dualism
Classical dualism stems largely
from the writings of Plato, Aristotle, and the Stoics and defines
death as the separation of the soul
from the body. Implications from
dualism emerge that impact the
moment of death, humanity’s state in death, the resurrection, the
final punishment, and the world
to come.
Thus, the dichotomy of Platonic
dualism has negative implications
for Christian spirituality, soteriology, and eschatology. However,
dualism also impacts what we believe about our present life, particularly fostering negative views of
the body in contrast with the positive role of the soul. Redemption
then becomes only an internal experience of the soul as opposed to
a complete transformation of the
whole person. 10
Many belief systems are derived
from anthropological dualism.
Consider the intercessory roles
of Mary and the saints or popular
beliefs about paradise, purgatory,
hell—all unsupported by biblical
exegesis of mortality. Since Plato
considered material components
of the earth to be evil, the Christian’s
10 Samuel Bacchiocchi, Immortality
or resurrection: A biblical study on human
nature and destiny (Berrien Springs, MI:
Biblical Perspectives, 1998), 17.
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hope of ultimate restoration of
creation and its creatures (Rom
8:19-23) is reduced to some sort
of eternal, ethereal contemplation
in a spiritualized heavenly state.
“Conversely, when Christians
view themselves and the present
world wholistically as the object of
God’s good creation and redemption, they will be … compelled
to act as God’s steward of their
bodies as well as of the created
order”. 11 Thus, “Issues of social
justice, war, racism, poverty, and
economic imbalance should be
of concern to those who believe
that God is working to restore
the whole person and the whole
world”. 12
In addition to the dualism
inherent in the doctrine of the
immortal soul, some since the
Enlightenment has defined humanity as only a cog in the universal cosmic machine. Though
this view does not propagate the
a dualistic view of a present immortal soul neither does it offer hope,
since humans exist only in a mechanistic universe whose behaviour
is driven by involuntary forces. According to anthropic mechanists,
humanity cannot ever possess immortality. 13
11 Ibíd., 34.
12 Ibíd.


What is believed about human
nature significantly impacts what
is believed about human destiny.
In contrast to dualism, the holistic or monistic nature conferred
on Adam and subsequent humanity is threefold, comprised
of physical, intellectual, and moral powers. God intended that
these powers are cultivated and
developed, that each individual
would maintain accountability to
himself or herself, to society, and
to God. 14 Today, “[All] should
understand the functions of the
various organs and the dependence of one upon another for the
healthy action of all. They should
rent principles, the occasionalism of
Malebranche and the pre-established
harmony of Leibniz agree in denying
all relationships between the soul and body
and in explaining their union in man by
a dualistic parallelism. The second ex-
planation, furnished by Spinoza, rejects
the miraculous and transcendental intervention of God, identifying thought
with God Himself, who is the only substance This is why, by contrast with the
first, we call it monistic parallelism”. J.
R. Zurcher, The Nature and Destiny of
Man: Essay on the Problem of the Union
of the Soul and the Body in Relation to the
Christian Views of Man (New York, NY:
Philosophical Library, 1969), 59.
14 E. G. White, Child Guidance:
Counsels to Seventh-day Adventist Parents
(Hagerstown, MD: Review & Herald)

Satans Final Delusion

57Volumen 09 – Número 02 – Julio – Diciembre 2012 Estrategias para el cumplimiento de la misiónHe offers immortality to man not universally but conditionally”.38 More recently, renowned evan-gelical author N. T. Wright says, “At least since the Middle Ages the influence of Greek philosophy has been very marked, resulting in a future expectation that bears far more resemblance to Plato’s vi-sion of souls entering into disem-bodied bliss than to the biblical picture of new heavens and new earth”.39 Indeed, it does seem to be a strange contortion of Scriptu-re that requires death to actually mean life—somewhere—heaven, hell, or in between!Satan’s Final Delusions The father of lies has been honing his deceptions regarding human origins and destiny for thousands of years, preparing for the final conflict that plunges hu-manity into chaos and choices of desperation just preceding the es-chaton. Ellen White writes:38 W. Temple, Nature, Man, and God: Being the Giord Lectures Delive-red in the University of Glasgow in the Academical Years, 1932-1933 and 1933-1934. (London: Macmillan, 1934), 30: 461-63.39 N. T. Wright, Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church (New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2008), 80.“If the dead are admitted to the presence of God and holy angels, and privileged with knowledge far exceeding what they before possessed, why should they not return to the earth to enlighten and instruct the living? … How can those who believe in man’s consciousness in death reject what comes to them as divine light communicated by glorified spirits? Here is a channel regar-ded as sacred, through which Satan works for the accomplish-ment of his purposes. The fallen angels who do his bidding appear as messengers from the spirit world. While professing to bring the living into communication with the dead, the prince of evil exercises his bewitching influence upon their minds”.40 As part of his façade near the consummation of earth history, Satan attempts to embrace the entire world in his confederacy. “Hiding his deformity under the garb of Christianity, he assumes the attributes of a Christian, and claims to be Christ Himself”

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