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WHY WOMEN REALLY, REALLY, MATTER! AND SATAN REALLY, REALLY, HATES THEM!

One of the perennial questions asked by theologians is when did the Evil One rebel? Some scholars have suggested that Isaiah described Lucifer’s moment of rebellion in Isaiah 14 when it sounds like he thought he could take over heaven-

¶ “How you are fallen from heaven,
O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground,
you who laid the nations low!
You said in your heart,‘
I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly
in the far reaches of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’
Isaiah 14:12-14

But upon a closer examination of the text, it becomes apparent that Isaiah is speaking of the arrogance of the king of Babylon, not Satan directly. The prophesied rise of Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon is described in language that depicts his arrogance as breath-taking. It may be that the condition of the Evil One’s heart at the time of his fall was similarly arrogant to that of Nebuchadnezzar (who Yahweh had to greatly humble, as described in Daniel 2), but we cannot force the text of Isaiah 14 to mean something that it was not intended to mean. If Isaiah 14 does not describe the cause and timing of Evil One’s fall, then perhaps Ezekiel 28 does? After all, it describes what we might reasonably consider to be the cause of the Evil One’s rebellion –

“Because your heart is proud,
and you have said, ‘I am a god,
I sit in the seat of the gods,
in the heart of the seas,’
yet you are but a man, and no god,
though you make your heart like the heart of a god—
Ezekiel 28:2b

But again, a closer examination of the text reveals that Isaiah was dealing directly with the king of Tyre, not the Evil One although it seems to echo the arrogance of the Eden’s Evil One.

¶ The word of the LORD came to me:
“Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre,
Thus says the Lord GOD:“Because your heart is proud,
and you have said, ‘I am a god,
I sit in the seat of the gods,
in the heart of the seas,’yet you are but a man, and no god,
though you make your heart like the heart of a god—
Ezekiel 28:1-2

You may have heard teaching based on these two ‘classic’ passages supposedly about the origins of the Evil One’s transition to Satan (“the Adversary”) boldly asserted and then linked with the idea that he was an archangel who rebelled and took a third of heaven’s angels with him. These ordinary angels who sided with Satan then became demons. Revelation 12 is generally cited to make this case. But there is yet another problem that we encounter in trying to make this narrative fit. Notice the chronological sequence stated in Revelation 12 – particularly addressing the perennial theological problem we are trying to solve:

¶ And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days.
¶ Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
Revelation 12:1-9

Here is the sequence of this passage:

(i) “The woman” (which is Mary representing Israel who is depicted with the metaphorical “sun, moon, and stars” first established from Joseph’s dream in Genesis 37 as being Israel. Whenever Israel turned its back on God the prophets declared that the sun no longer gives forth its light, the moon has been darkened, and the stars have fallen from the sky [Isa. 13:10; Ezek. 32:7]);

(ii) She is about to give birth (to the Messiah, Jesus);

(iii) The Dragon (Satan) musters the geo-political forces at the time — Israel (Herod) and Rome (Augustus);

(iv) The Dragon then sweeps down “a third of the stars of heaven” to the earth (presumed to be the involuntary subjection of a third of heavens angels who are then coerced to follow Satan). But this interpretation of this phrase creates two great problems: it suggests that Satan’s agenda did not commence until after the Christ was born, and secondly, it suggests that there were no demons until after Christ had been born. Both suggestions cannot be substantiated from Scripture;

(v) The Dragon then looms before the woman to devour her child when He is born. Indeed, Satan used King Herod in an attempt to kill the baby Messiah around the time of His birth, but failed;

(vi) The woman’s child grows to be the man who would accomplish redemption and the atonement of humankind’s sin and demonstrate that He is the true King of kings who will rule the nations ‘with a rod of iron’. After this phase of His redemptive plan is accomplished He ascends back to heaven;

(vii) Despite the Dragon’s 1,260 day program to wipe out the bearers of the news of the Saviour’s offer of redemption, the woman (the true Israel) is protected by God from being destroyed. [In A.D. 64 Caesar Nero commenced a killing rampage against Christians but was unable to destroy Christianity. This rampage of martyrdom against the Church ended with Nero’s suicide in A.D. 68, 1260 or so days later.]

(viii) War broke out in heaven with the archangel Michael fighting the Dragon. In A.D. 70 the last vestiges of the Old Covenant were done away with, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Hebrews 8:13, and with the doing away with the Old Covenant (Temple, Priesthood, sacrifices) Satan’s role as the Accuser of believers was extinguished and his doom made certain (the expression “thrown down” is metaphorical language of this, and Revelation further describes his doom as being “thrown into a bottomless pit” in Rev. 20).

Do you see how this sequence does not fit the suggested narrative of the origins of Satan since we know he was already the Evil One in the Garden of Eden described in Genesis 3?

 

WHAT THE BIBLICAL DATA ACTUALLY REVEALS ABOUT THE TIMING OF THE FALL OF LUCIFER

It might be that the story of Job is the most ancient story in the Bible. That is, the oral tradition of this account was being told well before Moses and his editor/s penned the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible – Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus, Deuteronomy). But the Book of Job, which describes a character referred to as the Satan in its opening two chapters was probably not formally written down in its present form until the time of the Exile in the fifth and the fourth centuries BC – whereas we know that the Genesis account was a part of the Book of the Law written and handed down from around 1400 BC. Therefore, the account of the Devil in Genesis 3 has ancient origins. If this text was all the data we had to determine when Lucifer rebelled against Yahweh, then we might be more inclined to accept an ancient tradition that says that it was the creation of the woman that triggered Lucifer to defy God. We certainly could not argue with the data as it is presented in the opening three chapters of Genesis since it is immediately after the woman (Heb. “Ishah”) is created that the devilish serpent appears. An ancient tradition states that it was this which triggered Lucifer, one of the Watchers originally assigned to earth to assist mankind, to be incensed with what Yahweh had done when he created a special being capable of doing what no no heavenly creature could do. While the man (Heb. “Adam”) had been created in the image of God, it was only after God divested Adam of those divine traits and embodied them in the Ishah with an ability that no other creature in the universe possessed: the ability to create ‘spirit’ (when a woman conceives her offspring he or she becomes an entirely new person in her womb with a spirit or soul comprised of a substance not previously in existence, unlike each of our physical bodies which are comprised of pre-existing material) — that the Evil One’s great pride became offended with envy and he was filled with rage against the woman (Ishah).

This would certainly explain the LORD’s denouncement of the serpent and His warning to the Ishah

¶ The LORD God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”
Genesis 3:14-15

If this ancient tradition is correct about the timing and cause of Satan’s origins, then it explains why his devilish strategies are almost entirely focused on the destruction of women. The evidence for this today is horrifically obvious. Satan hates women. He hates that they can do something literally divine – a woman can create a spiritual being – and he cannot. Therefore, he tricks, manipulates, deceives, and cons people into encouraging women to either abuse this divine power or to destroy its fruit (the conceived child) through abortion — and of course, sex-selective abortion. It is conservatively estimated that due to this devilish strategy there are now “one hundred million missing females” from the world’s current population! One researcher has estimated that in India alone, there have been 70,000,000 baby girls aborted due to the practice of sex-selective abortions. Added to this assault on women is Satan’s despicable scheme to have men commit sexual violence against women including the sin of rape and pornography. All the while, the father of lies manipulates even women to be spoke-persons for the euphemistically labelled “Sex Industry” to betray their own sex by advocating for “the rights of sex workers” when they of all people should be defending the dignity of women against the abuses by men! Yet, somehow, Satan’s devilish deceptions are packaged with a veneer of acceptability that results of pitiful confusion by politicians, the judiciary, the media, and the arts. This confusion reached dizzying heights when Hugh Hefner died and he was bizarrely championed as a liberator of women by complying with Satan’s schemes to have stripped of dignity and treated as objects rather than as people endowed by their Creator to be honoured, cherished, and protected from such scandalous abuses. While the media were lauding Hefner as a liberator of women despite his despicable objectifying of women, they were simultaneously promoting the “Me Too Movement” when hundreds of women began speaking up against their mistreatment by other powerful men!

It is my hope that every Christian man repents of their consumption of pornography and is delivered from the lie that the women portrayed in this devilish attack against women actually enjoy being treated as objects rather than as persons! 

 

WHY WOMEN ARE REALLY, REALLY, IMPORTANT

When the Evil One entered the Garden of Eden, he did not try to directly corrupt the man. He went straight to the one upon whom the entire divine plan for mankind depended – the woman. But God immediately instigated His plan of redemption and put women right in the centre of it! As you read through Scripture you will see this pattern – Satan attacks key women, God redeems these women and uses the attack against them as an opportunity to further His plan of redemption despite Satan’s attack against them! When Satan attacked Eve with his insidious deception, God redeemed this attack by announcing that He would send the Redeemer as “seed of the woman” (Gen. 3:15; Rom. 16:20). God ordained that a young woman named Tamar would be one of the women through whom the family line of the coming Redeemer would come. When Satan had orchestrated Tamar’s husband, Er, to be sexually deviant so that this would not happen (Gen. 38:7), God orchestrated for His plan of redemption to be furthered through Tamar and her link to the tribe of Judah anyway (Matt. 1:3). When a young chosen girl, Rahab, was chosen by God to be in the family-line of the Messiah-Redeemer, she too was attacked by Satan at a very young age. She was robbed of her of dignity and purity and against all hope doomed to be childless. But God chose to rescue her out of these wicked schemes of Satan and the men Satan had manipulated to abuse her. God orchestrated a dramatic military rescue plan and brought her into the family of God as the wife of a godly Hebrew man, Salmon, and she was able to become the Great-Grandmother of King David and thereby continue the family-line of the coming Redeemer (Matt. 1:5a). Her only child, Boaz, her son, reached his senior years and had not yet married. Satan had made life difficult for Boaz and his countrymen by orchestrating a drought and a famine. Satan’s scheme looked like it would bring God’s plan of redemption to a halt. But God once again used Satan’s attack and sovereignly orchestrated it as a means to redeem both Boaz and a young Moabite girl, Ruth (Matt. 1:5b) through whom He ensured that the family-line of the Redeemer remained unbroken. And when Satan corrupted the heart of the LORD’s favourite servants, David, with lust for an already married woman, God eventually orchestrated for her who had been the wife of Uriah to be the chosen woman in the line of the coming Redeemer (Matt. 1:7). God redeems women!

Women are really really important to God and our endowed with a divine quality that men do not possess. We have already noted the fifth woman mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus, Mary (when we looked at Revelation 12) and noted how God indeed ensured that this young woman was an important means by which the Redeemer would redeem all mankind. Therefore, men, treat all women with respect, tenderness, and honour. And do this by heeding the Apostle Paul’s injunction to men- 

¶ Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father,
younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters,
in all purity.  ¶ Honor widows…
First Timothy 5:1-3

Your Pastor,

Andrew

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24 Comments

  1. Gordie

    Wow this sort of analysis and deduction inspires me that God has made Christianity an intellectual exploration as much as a spiritual journey. How boring it would be if God just produced his Word like a dry piece of legislation rather than the endlessly intriguing and stimulating exploration that it is.

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    • HK

      I am really opened up with this read. I am born again and am challenged to read the scripture deeper. Thanks for sharing this knowledge.

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    • Bernie

      What a great read and well researched too 👍

      Reply
  2. LYDIA

    Amen!

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    • Vanessa

      I am really bless by your commentary. The truth presented of evil plans of Satan against women and God righteous seeds give a greater need and strategy to pray.Thanks

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    • Marie Mac

      Legislation coming into Ireland to eliminate the words woman, breastfeeding and womb from maternity leave laws.

      We are hated because we are mothers and because by in large, women, are the ones who do most of the praying. Praying for their children, praying for the world as a whole.

      Any statue of our blessed momma Mary depicts her crushing the head of the serpent at her feet. The devil is very aware of the Triumph of the immaculate heart of Mary. In the meantime he can attack us as much as he wants, we will continue with our rosary, which is more powerful than any nuclear weapon, against such evil.

      After all, we can be confident in how this story ends.

      Amen

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  3. Paulo Paulo

    I really enjoyed reading this, Dr Andrew.
    I just never really seen it that way, especially the part where you mentioned, the devil hated when God created woman, Eve, because she can create a person in her, where as, the devil can’t create anything.
    Thanks for that Dr Andrew, something to think more about.
    God bless.

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  4. Sonia

    Dr. Andrew, I am not a feminist but have a heart for women and what they have endured throughout history. My heart aches every time I see injustice toward women. So, I prayed to ask the Lord to reveal why Satan hates women so much, and I found your page. Thank you

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  5. Velique

    Dr. Corbett, thanks for sharing your contemplations with us on how Satan views women. It does appear to me that many men… not just Satan… have womb envy. So, since the God of the Judeo-Christian Bible created everything and is omnipotent, I can’t help but wonder, “Why did you create this?” I mean, how about killing Satan? Why not? What would the world be like without the Father of Lies? I know there are Satanic forces. They are anything that sees me as prey and has no feelings of empathy or compassion, like the science fiction aliens that come to take our world. But as Einstein might point out, it’s all relative. If I want something and I don’t care about you, I’ll take your lands, wealth, women, or whatever as has been done over and over and over for millions of years right here on Terra. It’s a pattern, a cycle, repeated over and over. And my question is, What is the Creator thinking by letting this pattern repeat and repeat and repeat? There are other points of view in other cultures in this world about what and who the Creator is. In my relationship with God, I have become aware that there’s a Plan. I just don’t yet see the Big Picture what S/He’s up to. Do you? Seriously. If so, then please share your perspective on that, also.

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    • Legana Christian Church

      Hi Velique. I think that the case can be made, as I hope that I done, that a Heavenly “Watcher” being originally assigned by YAHWEH (The GOD) to help mankind get established became envious of the woman GOD had just created, and that he introduced sin into the world which has deceived and manipulated men into domineering women, and equally deceived and manipulated women into thinking they are less than men. Certainly the spiritual attack has led to some vulnerable men despising women sexually, and some women despising their God-given gift of womanhood as their identity.

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    • Ryan

      I think this is what God wants from us the most is for us to To seek him and his kingdom I believe he wants us to ask questions about everything and to know him and do it of are own free will that he has blessed us with and trust him and love him and we go through hard tmes and it’s like what is the point of it but if we didn’t have our own freedom of choice we would resent God and not be able to love him and if Life was easy we would forget about our father who always brings the good out of the bad and he will make it better than we can imagine to the ones that obey and love him and endure the trials and tribulations and repent in the end he never said it would be easy but it is and it’s not but It’s way worth I want to serve him more than anything I fall and sin and disobey when I know better and only want to do his will but my flesh is weak and I want to defeat my lust of my flesh and things of the world and give All of my heart and mind and everything I have to the holy father he gave his son to be tortured spat on crown of thrones pushed into his skull speared no mercy whatsoever and took all of the world’s sins from the past present and forever and asked Father why have you forsaken me because he bore all of those sins and our creator the Alpha and Omega the creator of the universe is so perfect and cannot be around sin had to turn his face away from our corrupt awful filthy sins that he took from us so that we might be saved he was unable to look upon his son who committed no sin and wasn’t born out of sin God cannot compromise with sin that would make him a liar if he did that’s why Jesus Gave himself up to die for us he didn’t have to but he loves us so much he did he could of had the a legion of angels come down and wipe us out of existence but no he took it all from from us that don’t deserve to Life and don’t compernd the the love like that and until he Gave up the Holy Spirit the Helper and went to Hell and conquered death his body was what he was talking about when he said I will destroye this tempel and build it back up in three days and he did he was resurrected and showed back up to confirm it with the apostles and everyone and I just want to Give him All of me and serve him only and not be Luke warm we I need to be All In ready to be put to Death for his name sake either you are with him or you are against him there is no neutral no compromises he will have it his way which is the perfect way thank you father my creator you have never Forsaken me even though I have you and strayed so many times and still do please give me self-control and wisdom and courage thank you for chastisement and not turning me over to myself and the world I don’t want to be separated from you ever my Father I’m not worthy and will never be only by your Grace we are saved I want to do your will and I pray for the lost to be found even though they hate me and I just want to be like I was when I was a little child and not corrupted by the world even though I was born out of sin out of sin you were there with me and I want to be innocent like that again but also matured in knowing you and Abel to overcome the world and to spread the good news and advance your kingdom for your glory and not to Boast of myself because it is all you through your awesome power and grace please make me useful I want to be a part of your kingdom and march in your army and be your servent and the best that I can be for you please forgive me of my sins and help me do good works thank you for everything and thank you for your Grace thank you for love thank you for your great paitence and your kindness and loving me so much that you gave yourself and also gave me free will too choose please help me be patients because your timing is perfect thank you for Life Father Love you and want to grow more in your love

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  6. Rebecca Small

    Interesting article. There were 2 mistakes that you might want to fix: In the next to last paragraph, in this sentence about Rahab: God orchestrated a dramatic military rescue plan and brought her into the family of God as the wife of a godly Hebrew man, Boaz, and she was able to become the Great-Grandmother of King David and thereby continue the family-line of the coming Redeemer —
    She was the wife of a godly Hebrew man, Salmon. Then the last part of that sentence should go after the sentence about Ruth who became the great-grandmother of King David.

    And the last sentence in that same paragraph “And when David corrupted…” should read “And when Satan corrupted…”

    Thank you for the article.

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    • Legana Christian Church

      Thank you Rebecca! Much appreciated. I may have to appoint you my ‘official proofreader’! Thanks again.
      -Dr. Andrew Corbett

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  7. Collin

    Wow, I’ve never thought of it that way,I like the explanation

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  8. Seth

    satan’s plan to receive the worship he believed he deserved was to reverse the order that God created for man. Instead of Christ, Man, Women, Children he convinced the women to follow his command which perverted the order and removed God which is what the fall refers to: Satan, Women, Children, Man. And in our current time he is doing the same thing but to the children. Satan, Children, Women, Man. He wants to destroy the children because that is the future of humanity. Children lead their parents straight to Hell. Transgenderism is a spiritual incongruence as a result of the perversion of order. Men dont want to control women. We want to protect them by preserving the order so satan doesn’t destroy our souls. Husbands rule over their wife because that is the perfect punishment God bestowed in order to keep women in order. However, this is not an observable reality or the desire of women and that’s why its a punishment. The husband shall rule over her heart but her mind will take issue with that. Women choose dominant men because its the desire of their hearts because of the punishment of God. So, if women try to pervert the order she will lose no matter what, either in heart or in mind because they have incongruent wills. The older women must teach the younger to submit to the will of her heart or she will attempt to drag you to Hell with her.

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  9. SUSAN BORDEN

    So Seth, unless women are ruled over by their superior males they are doomed!!! Wow. God gave women a brain for a reason it was men who wanted to control the “lesser beings because they think they are Gods. Women are not stupid and do not need an owner to rule over them. Men have had all the power and women have suffered because of it. You owners were allowed to beat us even kill us, after what is a man to do if “his” women disobeys . God did not create women to obey men but to worship and obey God. Get over yourself.

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  10. Cat

    As a young woman trying to accept Christianity I get angry about how women are perceived. Sometimes it feels like men are the loved ones and we are not suppose to have dreams or purpose or hobbies or passions. But this made me feel as valued. Thank you

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5 INDISPENSABLE GUIDELINES FOR NEW PARENTS

This is not for everyone. If you are already a parent, this is not for you. Instead of reading this I suggest you read one of my other more abstract Pastor’s Desk articles. If you are not a parent and have no intention of ever being a parent, this is not for you. Instead of reading this I suggest you read one of my more weighty articles on FindingTruthMatters.org. If you are not yet a parent and one day hope to become a parent, this is for you. Find a quiet place, take the next six minutes thirteen seconds and use the reading of this article as an investment into your future parenting strategies. I did not invent these guidelines. Like many parents who have also discovered the value of these guidelines, once discovered, they seem obvious. These successful parents probably grew up with own parents who inculcated these guidelines almost intuitively. However, my suspicion is that this is becoming increasingly rarer. As with all true guidelines they are adaptable, flexible, and are not a guarantee of parental success — but if ignored they become the point in the mathematical problem solving where you can see you made an error in your working out. In other words, while these guidelines may not guarantee success, if ignored their neglect almost certainly leads to frustration and disappointment. Here are five indispensable guidelines for every prospective new parent.

WHAT WOULD IT TAKE FOR ATHEIST & MAGICIAN PENN JILLETTE TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?

I’ve been praying for Penn Jillette for some time now. It began when I first heard him ridicule the Bible and Christianity. My fascination with Penn (and Teller), and other world-class magicians, has been due to my pursuit to develop my craft of preaching. There are a lot of similarities between preachers and magicians (just as there is also a lot similarities between solo musicians and preachers). I seek to learn from magicians about how to keep an audience’s attention, how to tell a story, and how to make a point by employing the element of surprise. But there are some significant differences between what magicians do and what preachers do though. A magician is deliberately deceptive. A preacher is striving to uphold truth in an honest way.