The Cosmic War Begins-Chapter 1 Excerpt
This battle is ancient and raged long before Adam and Eve walked beneath the cool shade of an incredible garden of delights. It’s a battle that has played out for millennia and found its way into Paradise itself; a battle that eventually sucked our first parents into its vortex though they were hardly innocent victims. It’s a battle that has affected us throughout history and continues affecting us today.
But understanding the depth of what’s coming next requires understanding the past. Some may wonder why it even matters. The past is the past. It can’t be changed. Ah, but it does matter. It matters because history repeats itself. Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 1:9, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” He’s saying that what’s happened in the past is going to happen again. It’s a cycle, a circle of events that seems to be repeated. And it’s at our door.
It’s a battle between God and Satan, between good and evil, and we are in the crossfire. How do we know there is an angel war? Daniel 10:12-13 gives us a clue. Daniel prayed and fasted and sought God after he had received a prophecy he didn’t understand. For twenty one days he waited for the answer and when it came he was told the reason it took so long was because the prince of Persia (the ruling demonic spirit over Persia) prevented his coming and that Michael, a chief prince/angel, had to assist him.
Satan and his cohorts are still trying to thwart us at every turn, especially when it comes to the things of God. The war is real. And it has real casualties. So, let’s see how it all began.
God starts the clock.
Genesis 1:1 states, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” The Hebrew word here for beginning is reshiyth and means the first or best of a group, the beginning of a series. Also, that word “created” in Genesis 1:1 is bara and means to create, to make something new, something that never existed before. God created a life-sustaining earth and neighboring planets that never existed before and it must have been wonderful, because God only creates the wonderful.
Then notice that word “heaven” is singular. In 2 Corinthians 12:2, Paul talks about being “caught up to the third heaven” into Paradise, indicating there is more than one heaven, more than one dimension. While eternity already existed in Genesis 1:1 as did God’s abode—His dwelling place in the third heaven—this heaven was something new. This heaven, created in the beginning of a specific series, was our atmosphere and surrounding planetary bodies.
Ok, but is there anything that points to an actual angelic civilization?
Paul reminds us that we see through a glass darkly (1 Corinthians 13:12) and so the best we can do is piece together the scant clues available, while understanding it’s sketchy and subject to change as more clues are uncovered.
We’ll begin with the Kings List. It was found by Hermann Hilprecht, a German American scholar in 1906. A stone table, at least four thousand years old and inscribed with Sumerian cuneiform writing, it lists 143 kings that ruled the land. But here’s the interesting part: the first eight kings mentioned were said to have “descended from heaven” and ruled for a combined total of 241,200 years!1
These were not mere mortals. No eight men on earth ever lived those combined years. They had to be angelic beings. But how would the Sumerians know about them if they reigned before the six days of creation? Easy, through knowledge given them by angels when they began interacting with man after Adam and Eve were expelled from the garden. More about that in the next chapter.
Many myths and legends speak of advanced civilizations prior to the flood. Webster defines a myth as, “a traditional story of unknown authorship, ostensibly with a historical basis, but serving usually to explain some phenomenon of nature, the origin of man, or the customs, institutions, religious rites, etcetera, of a people.” And Webster defines a legend as, “a story of some wonderful event, handed down for generations among a people and popularly believed to have a historical basis, although not verifiable.”