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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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But
only Noah
"walked with God." So, the Flood destroyed
the
whole earth-
all but Noah and his family.
The homosexual and other sins of Sodom and Gomorrah
spread over the territory of those two cities. And physical destruc–
tion carne to their entire area. The sin of the angels was world–
wide; the destruction ofthe physical earth was worldwide.
The verses quoted above place the sinning of the angels
prior
to the antediluvian sins that started with Adam,
prior
to the cre–
ation of man. And
that
should be a surprise revealing of one
phase of the missing dimension in knowledge! Angels inhabited
this earth
before
the creation of man.
And the government of God was administered on earth until
the rebeIlion of the sinning angels.
How long these angels inhabited the earth before the creation
of man is not revealed.
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might have been millions - or even bil–
lions- ofyears. More on that later. But these angels sinned. Sin is
the transgression of God's law (1 John 3:4). And God's law is the
basis of God's government. So we know these angels, apparently a
third of all the angels (Rev. 12:4), sinned - rebelled against the
government of God. And sin carries penalties. The penalty for the
sin of the angels is not
death,
as it is for man. Angels are immortal
Spirit beings and cannot die. These Spirit beings had
been given
dominion
over the
PHYSICAL EARTH
as a possession and an abode.
The universal, worldwide sin of the angels resulted in the
physical destruction of the face of the earth.
God is Creator. God is also ruler over His creation. He pre–
serves what He creates by His government. What God creates, He
has created for a purpose - to be used, preserved, and main–
tained. And this use is regulated by God's govemment. When the
angels rebelled against God's government, the preservation of the
physical earth and all its original beauty and glory ceased - and
physical destruction to the surface of the earth resulted!
God is Creator, Preserver, and Ruler.
Satan is Destroyer!
So, now, we read in Jude 6-7: "And the angels which kept not
their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in
everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great
day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in