YAHWEH and Satan, (the Adversary)
Assembly of Yahweh, Cascade
(an Assembly of True Israel, of the Diaspora)
YAHWEH and Satan, (the Adversary)
There is One True (G_d) and only One. "Hear O Israel, YAHWEH our Elohim (G_d), YAHWEH is one! (Deu. 6:4). We are told "Do not go after other mighty ones, the mighty ones of the peoples who are all around you, for YAHWEH your Elohim is a jealous El in your midst, lest the displeasure of YAHWEH your Elohim burn against you, then He shall destroy you from the face of the earth." (Deu. 6:14,15); "understand that I (YAHWEH) am He. Before Me there was no El formed, nor after Me there is none. I, I am YAHWEH, and besides me there is no Savior" (Isa. 43:10-11). Therefore, it is quite clear from Scripture, that "there is no other Elohim (G_d) but one" (YAHWEH) (1 Cor. 8:4).
Since there is only One YAHWEH Elohim (G_d), and only one, is He also the Creator?
Let's find out exactly who the Creator is. The very first verse of the Hebrew Scriptures tells us, "In the beginning Elohim created the heaven and the earth." Since "Elohim" is a title, (Mighty one, Strength) this does not clearly identify the Creator, so we need more information. Gen. 2: 4 reads, "These are the births of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that YAHWEH Elohim made the earth and heavens." It is quite clear here in this passage, that the Elohim of Gen. 1:1 is indeed YAHWEH, and that He is the Creator.
YAHWEH the Creator alone IS SELF-Existent, (the UN-originated original). He is First of all things (Isa. 41:4), and He alone is Creator (Ps 146:5-6). This being a basic truth direct from Scripture, we must conclude that ALL that has existence must have come into being by YAHWEH.
The Nachash (many times translated 'Serpent', means "shinning enchanter") must also be a product of YAHWEH's Creation. "Now the Nachash was shrewd above every living thing of the field (earth life) that YAHWEH Elohim made" (Gen. 3:1). Note: This is the same created individual that talked the woman Eve into disobeying YAHWEH in the Garden of Eden. The offspring (descendants) of the Nachash, and the offspring, of the woman Eve (and Adam) will have hatred between them (Gen. 3:15). In other-words, the 'evil pressure' placed upon the descendants of Adam and Eve (Adamites) by the descendants of the Nachash is continuous, and the result is hatred. The Nachash are continuous 'adversaries' to Adamites.
It is very important that we give this matter of YAHWEH creating the Nachash (serpent) some very serious thought, because in it lies the whole cause of Adams sin entrance into the arranged plan of YAHWEH's Creation (world). You see, YAHWEH is an Elohim of purpose. He says, "My counsel does stand, and all My delight I do" (Isa.46: 10). "And I have created the waster to destroy" (Isa.54: 16). The Nachash and his descendants are simply in the plan of YAHWEH and were created to perform a specific purpose in accordance with the Creator's will.
Did YAHWEH create the Nachash and his descendants just as an experiment? Did He know, being the all-wise Creator, what the result would be. Yes, He knew what the outcome would be, He knew the result, and it was just as He had planned it. YAHWEH did not create a universe, then turn it loose to see what would happen. No, He works all things after the council of His will. (Eph. 1:11) Yes, His will. He watches each one of His creatures very closely. There is nothing that occurs without His foreknowledge. YAHWEH knows what will occur from the beginning of time, just as though it had already occurred. His knowledge is unlimited, knowing the end from the beginning (Isa.46: 10). YAHWEH is so almighty and powerful, that the Adversary obeys every command that YAHWEH gives him (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-8). There is no contest, or struggle of power going on between the two, or power comparison. Satan, or the Adversary is simply a reflection of the power which exists from YAHWEH. YAHWEH could by a simple gesture, cut off the power and the authority of Satan, or the Adversary if He so wished. Scripture shows that YAHWEH governs the evil found in the universe, and is ultimately responsible for it all. Yes, YAHWEH is indeed truly all powerful, The Almighty.
YAHWEH in His wisdom saw the need for an adversary, an opponent, someone to work counter to His plans and purpose, and to undertake an attempt to overthrow His ultimate plan of the salvation and praise of all of His creation. So, we see that that an adversary, and even evil itself, is in YAHWEH's plan. Without opposition, YAHWEH could never show His superiority, His love. This fact is simple when we think of it. YAHWEH needed sin and wickedness in order to have an opportunity to show to the creation (world), His mighty power over adversaries, i.e. the Adversary and his satellites. If the Pharaoh of Egypt had not been motivated by an evil spirit he would not have held the children of Israel in bondage. All occurred so that YAHWEH might show to the Creation His power over the adversary. Paul says Pharaoh was raised up for this very purpose (Rom. 9:17; Ex. 9:16). Pharaoh's heart was made stubborn by YAHWEH (Gen. 10:1-2).
There are many events recorded in Scripture, where YAHWEH used an adversary to carry out His purpose. It is evident that even Judas of himself would not have been strong enough to have betrayed the Redeemer Yahushua (J_sus), but he was fortified by the Adversary (Luke 22:3). Only then was he able to betray Yahushua. In this way YAHWEH's plan was again completed.
We can never appreciate the good, if it were not contrasted with the bad. Had we not known darkness, we would not appreciate the light. We must first be hungry to enjoy a good meal. YAHWEH could never have worked out His great purpose without contrast in His creation, such as evil and wickedness. A physician would not receive any praise in his profession if he found no one sick. Neither would YAHWEH be praised for the deliverance 'from sin' if no one had been lost 'in sin'. Nothing can be accomplished without contrast. But the comforting thought is that YAHWEH, by whom all things exist, is not only able but will transmute all evil, wickedness, and sin into good. No wonder the Scriptures tell us, "For the wrath of mankind praises You YAHWEH" (Psa.76: 10).
'Christendom' would have us believe the error, that Satan was first created an angel (messenger) then fell and lost his first estate. However, John says that he sinned from the beginning (1 Jn. 3:8). If Satan was created a messenger, and then fell without YAHWEH's knowledge, attention or control, in an independent act of his own will, would the inhabitants of heaven (or of the earth), ever be safe at any time, not knowing when one of the other messengers might of his own authority decide to become evil, and destroy the whole of YAHWEH's plan and purpose? Of course not. We are told in the Scriptures to let YAHWEH be true, and every man a liar. Let's believe that YAHWEH is indeed true, and "working all matters according to the counsel of His desire" (Eph.1: 11).
All matters? That is what it says. Then we must believe that YAHWEH is operating the whole universe, all of His creation, and is in full control, directing each occurrence. Why should we try to shield YAHWEH's association with evil, when He says:
"YAHWEH has made all for His purpose, and also the wrong for the day of evil" (Pro.16: 4). " forming the light and creating darkness, making peace and creating evil, I, YAHWEH, do all these" (Isa.45: 7).
"See, the heavens, and the heaven of heavens belong to YAHWEH your Elohim, also the earth with all that is in it" (Deuteronomy 10:14).
"See now that I, I am he, And there is no Elohim besides Me. I put to death and I make alive. I have wounded, and I heal. And from My hand no one delivers" (Deuteronomy 32:39).
"YAHWEH puts to death and makes alive, He brings down to the gave, and raises up. YAHWEH makes poor and makes rich, He brings low and lifts up, He raises the poor from the dust, He lifts the needy from the dunghill, to sit with princes, and make them inherit a throne of esteem." (I Samuel 2:6-8).
"0 YAHWEH Elohim of our fathers, are You not our Elohim in the heavens, and do You not rule over all the reigns of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that one one is able to stand against You?" (II Chronicles 20:6).
"I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are on the face of the earth, by My great power and by My outstretched arm. And I shall give it unto whom it seemed right in My eyes. And now, I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebukadnetstsar the sovereign of Babel, My servant. And the beasts of the field I have also given him to serve him." (Jeremiah 27:5,6).
"YAHWEH has made all for His purpose, And also the wrong for the day of evil" (Proverbs 16:4).
"With Him [YAHWEH] are strength and ability, the misled and the mis-leader are His" (Job 12:16).
"...the most High is ruler in the reign of men, and gives it to whomever He wishes, and sets over it the lowest of men" (Daniel 4:17).
"Yours, O YAHWEH, is the greatness, the power and the comeliness, the pre-eminence and the excellency, because of all that is in the heavens and in the earth. Yours is the reign, O YAHWEH, and You are exalted as head above all." (1 Chron. 29:11).
Yes, the adversary(s), and our (opponent(s), are created cunning and crafty, and would deceive the very elect if possible. Yet they will never succeed in undoing anything that YAHWEH has purposed to do. "With Him (YAHWEH) are strength and ability. The misled and the mis-leader are His. He leads counselors away stripped, and makes judges go mad" (Job 12:16,17). The Adversary is chained, and limited, and because of the Messiah, (who has redeemed Israel) can no longer appear before YAHWEH. This 'prosecutor, our accuser' is now limited on the earth, and to the earth, and can only go the 'length of his chain'. In the case of Job's afflictions, (prior to Messiahs coming) YAHWEH told him just how far he could go, and he could not go any farther. In each instance where YAHWEH told him what to do, he obeyed. The Adversary (Satan) and his satellites are subjects of YAHWEH and all are absolutely under the control of their Creator.
But, let us keep in mind, that the Adversary(s) and Satan's career is temporary. It will all end in YAHWEH's appointed time, and all in accordance with His plan.
For aletheia, the Assembly of Yahweh, Cascade
A.O.Y., Cascade, P.O. Box 695, Kettle Falls, WA 99141