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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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that produces every good. He turned to lawlessness. He had been
trained in the administration of perfect law and arder. As long as
Lucifer continued in this perfect way, there was happiness and joy
unspeakable over the whole earth. There was glorious peace- beau–
tiful harmony, perfect !ove, cooperation. The government of God
produced a wonderfully happy state- as long as Lucifer was loyal in
the conduct of God's government.
What Caused the Angels' Sin?
What caused the angels on earth to sin, to turn to lawlessness?
Certainly the ordinary angels did not persuade this great super–
being to turn traitor. No, it was in him that iniquity was found.
But, after how long? We don't know. God does not reveal that!
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could have been any number of years from one or less to millions
times millions.
And then, even after Lucifer himself made the decision to re–
be! and try to invade God's heaven to take over the universe, it is
not revealed how long it took him to persuade all of the angels un–
der him to turn traitor and follow him.
1 know well the method he used. He uses the same method
still today in leading deceived humans into disloyalty, rebellion,
and self-centered opposition against God's government. First, he
turns one or two to envy, jealousy, and resentment over an imag–
ined injustice - then into disloyalty. Then he uses that one or two,
like a rotten apple in a crate, to stir up resentment, feelings of self–
pity, disloyalty and rebellion in others next to them. And, as each
rotten apple rots those next to it until the whole crate is rotten, so
Satan proceeds.
If, in the government of God on earth today, the "rotten
apples" are not thrown out early enough, they would destroy the
whole government. But, once thrown out of the crate, they cannot
do any more damage to those in the crate.
But
think
how long it must have taken the soured and embit–
tered Lucifer to turn millions of holy angels into resentment, bit–
terness, disloyalty, and finally open and vicious rebellion.
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could
have taken hundreds, thousands, or millions ofyears. This was all
befare the first human was created.
All this happened after the original creation of the earth, de-