The Order of Things
The Release of Satan
At the end of the seventh week, that is, at the end of all the generations of the children of men, Enoch writes, and I’ll quote again:
At its end shall an apostate generation arise, and many shall be its deeds and all its deeds apostate. And at its end shall be elected, the elect righteous of the eternal plant of righteousness shall be chosen to receive seven fold instruction concerning all His creation.
Then Enoch describes for us how we can recognize this last generation by saying:
And who is there of all men that could know what is the breadth of the Earth, and to whom has the measurement been shown of all of them? or is there anyone who could discern the length of the heaven and how great is its height, and on what it is founded, and how great is the number of the stars, and where all the luminaries rest?
There is only one generation who could discern such things, and that generation is certainly ours. Moreover, Enoch says about us:
For you men shall put on more adornments than a woman, and colored garments more than a young woman, like royalty and in grandeur and in power, and in silver and in gold and in purple, and in splendor and in food they shall be poured out like water. Therefore they shall have neither knowledge nor wisdom, and because of this they shall die together with their possessions; and with all their glory and their splendor, and in shame, and in slaughter and in great destitution, their spirits shall be thrown into the furnace of fire.
Now what happens when people get fat, get rich, and get comfortable? Do they not kick, that is, thrust God off? Do they not forget God who gave them all these things? Sure they do. It happens every time. Enoch says that because of this blessing “poured out like water,” “they shall have neither knowledge nor wisdom.” Why don’t we put that to the test and see if Enoch is right. So I ask, what is knowledge and what is wisdom? How do you define them? Take some time to think about it and ask around, for surely you can find the right answer!
You can find the right answer in the first pages of this book. As I said before, wisdom is godliness and abstinence from evil is understanding. So then, the person who seeks Jesus will find knowledge with righteousness, that is, by doing righteousness, and they that rightly seek Jesus will abstain from evil and find peace.
Enoch testifies about this generation, and since his testimony is about this generation, we who live in it should understand that Satan has been released once again. It was Satan who deceived the nations about God before the reign of Jesus, and now that Satan has been released, he is doing this very thing once again.
So then, you can be sure of this: Satan was bound and imprisoned at the beginning of the reign of Jesus so that the truth about God could march forward unto all the Earth unopposed. I say again, Jesus did not have a power-sharing agreement with Satan in any way, but it was as Paul said to the Romans, “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” “Soon” meant soon, and so He did long ago when He began His reign.
So I ask, is Satan deceiving the nations about God once again? The answer is definitely yes. The purpose is just as the Father planned from the beginning, to destroy all sinners, who are the enemies of Jesus, wiping them from the face of the Earth and putting them under His Son’s feet. Now, the last enemy to be destroyed is death, and death is destroyed when Jesus makes Satan take the swan dive into hell.
Enoch describes the second wave of Gog and Magog, the enemies of Jesus, being led once again by Satan at the end of all generations of men, saying:
And it came to pass after this that I saw another host of chariots and men riding on them. They were coming on the winds from the east and from the west to the south. The noise of their chariots was heard, and when this turmoil took place the holy ones from heaven watched it, and the pillars of the Earth were shaken and moved, and the sound of it was heard from the one end of heaven to the other, in one day. And all shall fall down and worship the Lord of Spirits.
This war that Enoch writes about was actually witnessed in heaven by a four-year-old boy on 13 March 2003, and you can read about it in his book Heaven is for Real. This kid is exactly right in all he says about heaven, for what he says about it would be impossible if the mystery of God was not fulfilled.
Let me walk you through some of his book, because what the boy saw was for our benefit. Concerning Satan’s release and the coming war to dash the nations in pieces and put all enemies under His feet, the boy tells his dad:
“There’s going to be a war, and it’s going to destroy this world. Jesus and the angels and the good people are going to fight against Satan and the monsters and the bad people. I saw it.” [The boy continues saying,] “In heaven the women and the children got to stand back and watch but the men they had to fight. And Dad, I watched you. You have to fight too.”
He then reassures his dad and says, “But it’s ok, Jesus wins. He throws Satan into hell, I saw it.”
Understand then that Satan has been released and the war is imminent. For the boy only watched because he was not yet old enough to fight. And we know that according to Moses a man must be 20 years of age and upward to go to war. In 2012, this year, the boy will only be 14 or so.
Now, in another part of his book, the boy tells his mom that “Satan is not in hell yet” and that “the angels carry swords to keep Satan out of heaven.” The fact that angels now carry swords in heaven to keep Satan out is extremely important because it implies that Satan’s prison has been unsealed and he has been released.
Moreover, the swords that the angels now carry around in heaven to prevent Satan from entering were laid down after the war of 70 AD (2 AD), after Satan was imprisoned and the fallen angels and demons were cast into hell. This fact can be discerned throughout scripture, but it is also plainly written down for us in The Second Book of Enoch:
And I saw until they laid down the sword, which had been given to the sheep, and they brought it back into the house of the Lord, and it was sealed before the presence of the Lord, and all the sheep were invited into that house, but it held them not.
Therefore, since the sword was sealed at that time and now according to the boy’s testimony it’s unsealed to keep Satan out, you can be sure Satan has been released. For nothing accursed is allowed to enter heaven.
Before I move on to other testimony about Satan’s release and this war, I want to solidify this four-year-old’s testimony as true, and it’s quite easy to do. The boy’s father asks him, “Who sits on the other side of God’s throne?” referring to the left side, and the boy says, “Oh, that’s easy, dad. That is where the angel Gabriel is. He is really nice.” Now, this is the same testimony about the left side of the Father’s throne and who sits there that we get from Enoch, and I quote, “The Lord summoned me, and said to me: Enoch sit down on my left with Gabriel.”
So I ask, was the four-year-old boy taught, coerced, or manipulated to give this answer or, for that matter, any of his answers? Certainly not! Everything the boy says in the book testifies to the fact that the mystery of God has been fulfilled, yet it’s plain to see from the book itself that not even his father fully understood the fulfillment of the mystery of God. Now, if the boy’s father didn’t understand, how then could the boy be taught, coerced, or manipulated? Surely, he wasn’t.
Continuing now, the Apostle John said regarding Satan’s imprisonment: “And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison.” The “thousand years” that John is talking about are according to the order of Melkisidek, as I’ve already stated. Jesus fulfills 1,000 years according to the order previously established by the decree of His Father, and then He brings His own glory (1,000 years) into the order, fulfilling both the decree of the order and John’s words.
These years began in the days of the last trump in the historical year of 70 AD (2 AD). Then we add 2,000 years (728,000 days) from the last day of the city and the Law, which was on 3 Elul 70 AD (2 AD), and it brings us to 27 October 1996.
Now, this date of 27 October 1996 wasn’t Satan’s release date, for the prayer of Moses still had to be fulfilled. The part of the prayer I’m referring to is as follows:
Let us rejoice in all our days, in return for the days wherein you didst afflict us, the years wherein we saw evil.
Moses’ prayer is so important that Satan himself fully understood it. For Satan knew that this “rejoic[ing]” could only be possible during the days of his imprisonment by Jesus. This becomes even clearer when Satan tempts Jesus in the desert, quoting from the next Psalm, a mere 13 verses from the “let us rejoice” verse, saying:
For He shall give his angels charge concerning You, to keep You in all Your ways. They shall bear You up on their hands, lest at any time You dash Your foot against a stone.
You see, Satan was in a panic, and if he could get Jesus to reign from the Earth in subjection to him instead of from heaven at the right hand of His Father, then he wouldn’t be imprisoned. Therefore, Satan tries a second time.
The devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these I will give You, if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, ‘you shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.’” Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to Him.
Now, 1,000 years is as a day to God, but it is also a cycle of time concerning good and evil in regard to the children of men who live on Earth. Moses testifies to this fact in his prayer to God, and it is absolutely amazing to understand how great Moses’ revelation was, for Moses says,
For a thousand years in thy sight are as the yesterday which is past, and as a watch in the night.
There is no time in heaven because heaven is eternal and dwells in eternity, so Moses says “a thousand years” strictly for our Earthly-minded benefit. Then he describes it as a cycle of time, saying,
In the morning let it flower, and pass away: in the evening let it droop, let it be withered and dried up.
You see, God is not concerned with 1,000 years per se, but rather with good and evil, the cycle of light and darkness as it relates to the children of men. In the morning, the children of men flourish, namely, the righteous do, because in the same morning, the wicked pass away. This is the order of things, for toward evening there is grief in the hearts of the righteous because of the spread of wickedness, just as with the spread of darkness over the land. Then in the night, behold terror! And again, as morning dawns, wickedness passes away like a shadow, just as the darkness does, from the face of the Earth. Therefore, righteousness flourishes once again.
Consider the love song of Solomon concerning the reign of Jesus and His bride and their offspring: “My kinsman is mine and I am His; He feeds His flock among the lilies until the day dawns and the shadows depart.” This is nothing less than His covenant with His offspring until the day of eternity dawns. For there are no shadows in heaven, and He must reign until all the shadows on Earth are destroyed, removed from His inheritance, the Earth.
Understand then the prayer of Moses, for when he says, “Let us rejoice in all our days, in return for the days wherein you didst afflict us, the years wherein we saw evil,” Moses is referring to two covenants, and as you will see, God literally fulfills Moses’ request, just as Satan knew he would.
The first covenant begins when circumcision is given to Abraham by God in the biblical year of 2107, and it ends on the day of consummation, that is, when the land is cleansed on 14 Nisan 71 AD (3 AD). Now, all of these days correspond to “the days wherein you didst afflict us, the years wherein we saw evil.”
The second covenant, or the days of “rejoicing,” concerns the offspring of Jesus on Earth. This covenant begins on that same day of consummation, 14 Nisan 71 AD (3 AD), and continues for the same number of days, ending on the day Satan was released. For we necessarily “see evil” once more after Satan is free again.
Consider this, the first covenant began in the biblical year 2107, but we don’t know what day exactly. If we use the start year of 2107 and multiply it by 364 days, we get 766,948 total solar days. Then the start date would be 20 October 1997 BC. This would mean the first covenant was 730,284 days long. But if we start the covenant six months (or 180 days) earlier in the same year, then we have a start date of 23 April 1997 BC, making the first covenant 730,464 days long. This later start date will prove even more fruitful, as the days of rejoicing for the saints would have ended on that very day when all of heaven and the boy saw the final war on 13 March 2003.
So then, if we stay true to the word of Moses when he says “days,” then Satan was released on either 13 September 2002 exactly or, as I believe, 13 March 2003 exactly, when all of heaven and the boy saw the final war. Consider the 13 March 2003 date for a minute. Jesus would have shown all of heaven the outcome of Satan’s release after releasing him, don’t you think? Sure He would have! For all of heaven would have wondered at it, and so naturally He would have shown it to them. Moreover, either date for the release of Satan does not break scripture because both of these dates are after the “thousand years” of John’s revelation (actually 2,000 years because of the order of Melkisidek), which ended on 27 October 1996.
Let me paint the picture for you. On 11 September 2001 (Jesus’ birthday), Jesus set in motion, with the terrorist attacks, events that would prepare the world for Satan’s arrival and the destruction of all His enemies. You see, it was Jesus who set the table for the nations to be deceived and led into war. So, at the right time, just when His enemies were primed and ready, He released Satan. This occurred either a year later on 13 September 2002 or a year and a half later on 13 March 2003.
Consider then two possibilities: The first possibility is that if Satan were released on 13 September 2002, then he deceived the nations in short order when in December 2002 all the nations gave their okay to invade Iraq, which occurred a few months later on 19 March 2003. The second possibility is that if Satan were released on 13 March 2003, when God showed all of heaven and the boy the final war, then the United Nations’ okay was just more table-setting by Jesus. This means Satan made quick work of the nations, leading them off to war a mere six days later.
Concerning this final war, Enoch writes:
They were coming on the winds from the east and from the west to the south. The noise of their chariots was heard, and when this turmoil took place the holy ones from heaven watched it, and the pillars of the Earth were shaken and moved, and the sound of it was heard from the one end of heaven to the other, in one day.
Hear then the testimony of the boy, for he said, “The women and children got to stand back and watch,” and hear the words of Enoch previously quoted, “The holy ones from heaven watched it.” Their words match pretty well, don’t they? So then, what do you think?
Enoch says next, “The pillars of the Earth were shaken and moved, and the sound of it was heard from the one end of heaven to the other, in one day.” Maybe Enoch should have just called it “shock and awe”! Yet this was only a rehearsal for the final end, for when Enoch says “in one day,” he is speaking of the day the world will be destroyed as the boy also is, for it’s at that time that all will fall down before Jesus and go to their eternal home as Satan is cast into hell.
The Apostle John writes about what he sees, and it’s really no different than Enoch and the boy. He says:
Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the Earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. And they marched up over the broad plain of the Earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them.
Do not think too hard about Gog and Magog or listen too much to the lofty teachings of men about them; only understand this, that Gog and Magog are the enemies of Jesus. God wielded Gog and Magog, the enemies on the outside of His house, like an axe in 70 AD (2 AD) in order to beat the enemies inside His house as fine as dust, but in our day, it’s Gog and Magog that get destroyed, as Isaiah warned the nations, saying,
Know, you Gentiles, and be conquered; hearken you, even to the extremity of the Earth: be conquered, after you strengthened yourselves; for even if you should again strengthen yourselves, you shall again be conquered.
The nations have indeed strengthened themselves again. Moreover, they have rejected the righteous Law that His offspring live by, and they have embraced every practice of wickedness seeking to cast off the restraint of righteousness. Truly, the nations have fulfilled not only the words of John about them surrounding “the camp of the saints,” but also the words about their attitude, as the Psalmist says,
The kings of the Earth stood up, and the rulers gathered themselves together, against the Lord, and against his Christ; saying, Let us break through their bonds, and cast away their yoke from us.
Now, Peter quotes this verse in the Book of Acts, referring to the Gentile and Jewish leaders in his day. Remember though, at that time, Jesus had not taken up His great power and begun to reign, so the nations were not yet in subjection to Jesus. The nations had to first be conquered and put in subjection, that is, have a yoke thrust upon them, in order for them to rebel and try to cast it off. This yoke of service to the Kingdom of God was thrust upon the nations of the world long ago. For after Jesus put them into subjection, He delivered them over to His saints, until such time as they rebel and are destroyed.
Know then that it’s only at the end of all generations when Satan is released that the nations of the world are once again allowed to be deceived about God by Satan, and because they are deceived, they lift up their horns against righteousness. This leads to the war that results in their destruction and the day of eternity. But as Enoch tells the saints, “Fear not for again the lord will deliver them over to your hands.” “Again” means again. We will fight, and sinners will be destroyed.
Finally, concerning the return of Jesus to the Earth, let me show you something Enoch says:
The first quarter is called the east, because it is the first, and the second, the south because the Most High will descend there. From there will He who is blessed forever descend. And the west quarter is named the diminished, because there all the luminaries of heaven wane and go down.
His message is spiritual and yet, at the same time, a fact. So when Enoch says previously, “They were coming on the winds from the east and from the west to the south,” understand that those on the east and west winds are enemies of Jesus and are surrounding His offspring.
When Enoch says, “The first quarter is called the east, because it is the first,” this implies the first time Jesus was on Earth, which was in the east. When Enoch says, “The second, the south because the Most High will descend there,” this implies His second bodily return to the Earth, for Enoch says next, “From there will He who is blessed forever descend.” So who is blessed forever? Is it not Jesus? Sure it is! And the Apostles use these exact words to describe Jesus. So then, it’s Jesus who descends.
About this descent from on high, the angel who appeared to the Apostles after Jesus’ ascension into heaven said:
Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.
Understand then, Jesus ascended up into the clouds in victory over physical death for Himself the first time. So, too, He will most certainly descend on the clouds in victory over physical death for all His offspring the second time. For physical death is His last enemy and ours.
Now, Jesus and the Apostles both described His second coming as the time when the mystery of God would be fulfilled, that is, when He would receive the Kingdom—but this is not the same as His second return to the Earth. Jesus came on the clouds of heaven in judgment against His house in 70 AD (2 AD), and He descended with a cry of command to raise the dead, as the Apostle Paul said would occur at the last trump, when the mystery of God was fulfilled. But this certainly was NOT the same way the Apostles saw Him go into heaven.
Just as Jesus came with all His saints to begin His reign in the midst of His enemies, destroying the sting of death, so He will come with all His saints at the end of His reign in the midst of His enemies to destroy physical death. For He must reign with all His saints until all enemies are under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death, and death is destroyed when Satan is sent to hell.