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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
super being of awesome, majestic beauty, dazzling brightness, su–
preme knowledge, wisdom and power - perfect as God created
him! But God of necessity created in him the power of choice and
decision, or he could not have been a being of individuality and
character.
1 want you to grasp fully the supreme magnificence of this
towering pinnacle of God's created beings. Two different biblical
passages tell us of his original created state.
First, notice what is revealed in Isaiah
14.
(This famous
chapter begins with the time, shortly ahead of us now, when the
eternal God shall have intervened in this world's affairs. The
people of Israel - not necessarily or exclusively the Israelis or
Judah - shall have been taken as captive slaves, and God shall
intervene and bring them back to the original promised home–
land.) "And it shall cometo pass
in
the day that the Lord shall give
thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard
bondage wherein thou wast made to serve, that thou shalt take up
this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the
oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased! The Lord hath broken
the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers. He who
smote the people in wrath ... he that ruled the nations in anger, is
persecuted, and none hindereth" (verses 3-6).
This is
NOT
speaking of the king of ancient Babylon, Nebu–
chadnezzar. The time is yet ahead of us - but shortly ahead.
It
is
speaking of the modern successor of that ancient Nebuchadnez–
zar.
It
is speaking of the one who will be
RULER
of the soon-com–
ing resurrected "Holy Roman Empire" - a sort of soon-coming
"United States of Europe'' - a union of ten nations to rise up out
of or following the Common Market of today. Britain will
NOT
be
in that empire soon to come.
This united Europe will conquer Israel -
if
you know who
Israel is today, and 1 do
not
mean Judah, known as the lsraelis
today. All that involves a number of other prophecies, which there
is not room here to explain.
But this "king of Babylon" shall at the time of this prophecy
have been utterly defeated by the intervention of the living Christ
in His power and glory. Continue on:
"The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into