The Mystery of Lucifers fall Revealed
From The Revelation of Lucifer: His Fall from Grace to Disgrace (more chapters free online)
I saw that the throne was empty I was startled and dumbfounded. Where was God? Where could He be? Why did He leave? What was going on? At Jesus' most desperate hour of need, the throne was empty I then noticed that everything in heaven had come to a complete standstill—no worship, no music, no praise, no one giving God the glory At that moment, absolutely nothing was going on in heaven.
Now let s get back to Lucifer. Not only was he made unlike any other angel, but he had a very strong and commanding presence. Even Michael and Gabriel seemed to be affected by his presence and beauty, In a very good way. Lucifer's presence somehow glorified God the Father—it alone seemed to do something to heaven itself The followmg is a very poor example, but it is the best one I can come up with. It's like a pmball machine in that when the ball is hit, every Instrument in the machine—all the lights and sounds comes alive. He was something you can't accurately describe in words. You could spend countless thousands of years just looking at his beauty In a way it was as If his appearance was constantly changmg, over and over again. There were colors you ve never seen before. Whenever he moved, things would just react, akin to putting French fries Into a pot of boiling 011— as soon as the fines hit the oil, there's an atonmc reaction In the pot. As beautiful and exquisite as the other angels were, especially Michael and Gabriel Lucifer stood out. There was one strange thing: in spite of all his beauty, he was so very, very humble. He was also one of the few angels who were allowed to walk up and down before God on the throne. And each time he came out, he would be more radiant and spectacular than before. He seemed to love to spend most of his time in God's presence
The next spectacular thing about him was that whenever he opened his mouth, there would be music that came forth like nothing you could even fathom hearing. This music sounded like a trillion-man orchestra—an orchestra whose music you could listen to forever. Whenever he brought forth his music, it seemed to do something to everything in heaven— angels, elements, the whole makeup of heaven. It was so powerful and commanding. What was really incredible was that whenever he played, even God on His throne seemed pleased. It was as if you could feel that God was smiling in complete satisfaction Still, in spite of all this, Lucifer seemed and acted extremely humble and unassummg. He was always trying to help out wherever and whenever he could—always worshippmg, praising, and giving God the glory. Everything he ever did always pointed back to God.
I'd never seen this type of humility displayed before. It seemed as though everyone was always commg to him with questions for him or for God. They would wait for Lucifer to come, and then they would get his advice or get him to take a message to God
Although Lucifer would play music whenever he was walking in the presence of God, he would also play in the various parts of heaven, but he was happiest whenever he was before the throne. Being before the throne just seemed to excite him In an awesome way I soon realized when I didn't see him, it was because he was on earth with one-third of the angels in Eden
Don t panic. I'll show you In Scripture that this is all true. This Eden was as beautiful as the second garden of Eden where Adam and Eve lived. This is called the pre-Adamic Eden. Every type of prehistoric animal that we see in our history books existed here. The only difference is that they were not wild, nor were they brutes. They were all like sheep They were very tame, and there was no threat to any kind to any animal, large or small There seemed to be a gentle peace and serenity among these animals. Every animal appeared to be able to cohabitate In perfect harmony. There were nations
and kingdoms of angels everywhere. In this garden of Eden, Lucifer's
responsibility was to give the worship of the earth to God and to give the laws of God to the earth. I saw a beautiful sanctuary in the midst of the garden where Lucifer would go to carry out these duties. He would spend so much time in the sanctuary of God, praismg, worshipping, and gwing
Him glory, and I soon understood that somehow he was able to take all the worship and praise of the angels into the sanctuary and offer them up to God. All of the angels stood by whenever he went in and waited. Whenever he did this, beautiful music played, and you just knew that God accepted it He would come out of the sanctuary, and without saying a word, he would somehow relate the laws of God to angels in a way that they understood, and then they would all start worshippmg and praismg God in approval. Lucifer had the ability to still be able to send forth his music Into heaven as if he were there. The only thing he couldn't do was to offer the music to God's throne while he was on the earth. He had to go there himself and stand in the presence of God in order to play before Him. Everyone seemed to miss him while he was on earth, yet each time, before his return to heaven, there was a very high level of anticipation concerning his arrival. Th1S seemed to go on forever, and although there was an order to It, each time it happened was more spectacular than ever.
In Isaiah 14 13 the Lord spoke to His prophet concerning Lucifer. Also in Ezekiel 28:13 the prophet said that Lucifer was in Eden Lucifer loved gwing praise, worship, and glory to God. It was as if this was all he existed for. He would spend countless days in the sanctuary offering up the worship and praise of the earth and yet be just as excited bringmg the angels the laws of Go
Though it was barely recognizable, I soon noticed, to my shock and disbelief, that a change was taking place as the angels worshipped God and Lucifer played music. Over time, I began to see that Lucifer was very slowly changing then. worship of God to worship of himself In the past, he would just play the worship music, and everyone would come near the sanctuary as he sent the praise up to God. But now he was leading them away from the sanctuary to a place where he would be in the center, and it seemed like all the praises were being directed toward him.
Because they knew his posltlon in heaven, they never really questioned him about this change. They just accepted everything he said and did At first he started by telling them that God wanted them to send their worship and praise toward him and that he would go into the sanctuary and offer it up to God. But when he left them and went into the sanctuary, instead of offering the worship and praise up to God, he would just stand there, caught up in what he had done. He started listening more and more to himself and admirmg his own beauty He slowly started changmg laws concerning the earth, and soon he was telling the angels to give him glory He told them that God wanted them to give him praise and that they should listen to him excluswely.
Now he was talking about himself what he wanted to do, and where he would go; everything was focused on him. In the past, when God would summon him, he would immediately appear before the throne, and when he would arrive, he would fully bow down and worship God in that position But now, even though he came quickly, it was not as quickly as before. Next he started telling untruths concerning God. He was now saying that God didn't really care about them, because if He did, they would be allowed to walk before Him on the throne. He told them that God was about to create some new angels who would have more authority and be In a better position than theirs.
He said that God was getting weaker. At first, none of the angels believed him or even listened to him, but as time went on and there was no response or reaction from God, it became very puzzling to them. One thing I noticed almost immediately from the time Lucifer started this trend of disobedience was that right above God would be a picture of everything Lucifer thought or did. At first I was puzzled as to why God didn't react and shut down th1S rebellion instantly. Then I remembered that He was omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient—why should he be concerned with this little act of treason? He's God. He knows everything from the beginnmg to the end.
I couldn't help but think about His mercy. When Adam and Eve sinned, He had mercy When Cain slew Abel, He had mercy. Even when wicked Ahab repented in sackcloth and ashes, He showed mercy Moses killed a man, and He had mercy. When Israel sorely sinned against God, He often showed mercy In the love He showed for me when He allowed His only begotten Son to be crucified in my stead was mercy. What else would one expect of God? Who can know the mind of God? Who can be HIS counselor?
You or I would have reacted right away, but He chose not to. Still, this whole thing baffled me. When Adam and Eve sinned, He could have destroyed them and started over, effectively preventing the mess we re In today, but He chose not to. He had a plan—a plan of redemption. After that, I realized God's greatness and power. But each day, Lucifer seemed to be getting bolder and bolder, trying to cause division among the angels. Then he started doing the unthinkable. When God would summon him to the throne, each time he purposely took more time to arrive. Now, when he arrived and bowed down, you could see something changing on his face. On his face was utter contempt for God. Each time he was called to the throne, he wouldn't bow as low as before. His sheer disrespect for God Almighty made me so angry. I wanted to see him destroyed immediately Soon he stopped bowmg down altogether and just started bending his head toward God The next thing he did made me think God would surely make a move to destroy him: now, when God would summon him to the throne, he would send another angel. This was detestable, for he knew that the angel wasn't allowed to walk before the throne. When the angel would come back, telling Lucifer that he wasn't allowed to be in God's presence, Lucifer would say, ' I don t know what happened, for He asked for you."
By now the situation on earth and in heaven seemed to be getting tense. Angels were now openly wondering why God hadn't stepped In and stopped Lucifer. They had never before seen this part of God, and it was difficult to bear. Lucifer soon stopped gomg into the sanctuary altogether. He now told the angels to worship and praise him only. He soon started bringing forth his own laws, which were contrary to God's. Angels on earth began offering him the same type of worship and praise that they offered God. I don't know whether the angels noticed, but slowly, Lucifer's appearance started to change. His music was also sounding different repulsive, eerie, and frightening. HIS once majestic looks were slowly changing into something not so majestic and not so beautiful
Soon, all of the earth was in an uproar over Lucifer. He started telling them that he was God and that he would sit on the throne in the north, high above the stars and clouds. He began making all types of promises to his angels, telling them that there would be no difference between him and them and that they would be allowed to walk before the throne. They believed him, thinking he must have been right, because if God was more powerful, surely by now He would have responded. But strange as it may seem, the Father did absolutely nothing. Even when Lucifer stopped bowing down before His throne and started looking directly into His face with the most contemptible look Imaginable, God showed no reaction. I wanted to cry at what I was experiencing, and I felt helpless to do anything other than to watch. The rush now taking place on earth and in heaven was almost unbearable.
This was out-and-out mutiny on Lucifer's behalf How dare he? How could he? Why would he? How long was this spectacle gomg to last? He was planning for an all-out war against heaven, to take what he declared was rightfully his. I realized it was no longer a question of whether he would do it No. Now the question was when. He had his angels in a frenzied hysteria, anticipating the next move in heaven.
Just when you thought everything would explode, he did the unimaginable: he erected his own throne and took a seat on it. At seeing th1S act of high treason, his angels went mad with exuberance and joy, worshippmg and givmg him praise in a way that looked distorted. They were rocking back and forth violently, yelling, "Lucifer is God! Lucifer is God! He is God"' They did this continuously, both day and night, and Lucifer just sat there enjoymg it with this strange, sick grin on his face. The more they worshipped and praised him, the more he enjoyed it.
But for me, watching this became more and more sickening. All of heaven was quiet, for the angels had never seen this before, and they couldn't comprehend why God was allowing this to take place. Just when you thought everything would explode, Lucifer stood up on the throne, looked up into heaven, and said the words that would change his course forever: I will ascend into heaven I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation in the sides of the north. I will ascend above heights of clouds. I will be like The Most High (Isaiah 14:13,14).
God, I thought, do something. Don't You see what he's planning to do? Don't You know what he wants? He doesn't just want Your position —he wants You destroyed! Please react' Do something! But as I looked at the throne, I saw that God hadn't changed His position at all. He was acting as if nothing was about to happen. God, please, please, at least call your heavenly angels. Call
Michael and his angels so that they can at least be on guard. Lucifer and his angels headed straight toward heaven and God, planning to overthrow it.
Then as I looked into heaven, I saw something marvelous—something that made me want to shout, cry, and yell. I just can't explain my emotions at that time. I saw that all the angels in heaven were ready! They were always ready. Their appearance changed into something superb! They looked bigger and stronger and more arrayed in color than before. It looked as if they were wearing some kind of heavenly armor. There was excitement in the air! I was too stunned to react; I could only watch.
I saw God standing up on His throne. I had never seen Him like this before. He had the look of one million conquerors all rolled up into one—not just a conqueror, but a conqueror of conquerors.
All of heaven was on display, and it was simply magnificent. The music was so wonderful, beautiful, and very powerful—the type of music you would hear after someone has conquered the universe. I saw Michael and his angels at the entrance of heaven. Michael's appearance was so spectacular, arrayed like never before, and he had this look of total confidence and victory as he awaited Lucifer.
By this time, Lucifer and his angels were just about to enter into heaven. All of a sudden, I could see a change on Lucifer's face—a change from a look of victory, pride, and arrogance to one of utter confusion and fright. I realized that somehow Lucifer was being pulled toward God with an unbelievable force and speed. I saw Lucifer trying to resist with every ounce of his strength but to no avail. He soon realized it was useless. I also recognized that for every angel Lucifer had, God had about a million. His angels had no possible chance. Lucifer was still trying to stop himself from being pulled toward the throne and God, but he simply couldn't. The closer he got to God, the more fear and fright you could see on his face.
The next thing that happened really blew me away. It's nothing I could have fathomed in a million years. Just as Lucifer reached God on His throne, something happened within the Father. At first, I was bewildered at what I was seeing, but as I focused more and more, I saw this bright, radiant light come forth from God. As He came forth, I could not believe what I was seeing. No' It can't be! How could this be? I wanted to let out a yell, but I couldn't. No, it couldn't be. There was something gold engraved in His chest.
Yes, it is! Yes, it is' I thought. The gold engraving simply said, 'Jesus, Son of God." Yes' Hallelujah! But God began to say something, quoting Ezekiel 28:12-18:
Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty Thou has been in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering. The sardius, topaz and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald and the carbuncle and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou has walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude if thy merchandise, they have filled the midst of thee with violence and thou has sinned.
therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God and I will destroy thee o covering cherub from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou has defiled the sanctuaries by the multitude of thy iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
By then Lucifer was dumbfounded and totally frightened. Jesus grabbed Satan as you would a stick and simply threw him out of heaven. At the same time, all of the angels who had rebelled with him were also thrown out of heaven and back toward the earth. I noticed that as they were falling backward, they started taking on other shapes and forms. Their appearances changed, and they began losing all their beauty and splendor. They started looking horrific and terrible. Their faces became unimaginably deformed.
Their once beautiful, strong, magnificent features were now repulsive Lucifer looked the worst, and his frightening features were beyond description. He was thrown past the earth into the lower parts of hell itself, where the level of darkness was like nothing anyone has ever viewed unless you never receive Christ into your life, in which case you'll get a firsthand look.
Then, looking back into heaven, I saw a scene of total and absolute victory. The angels were rejoicing, worshipping, and praising God for the victory. There was now praise like never before toward God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Then, surprisingly, all the angels went back into God the Father, and He stood at the throne alone. In an instant, God's appearance changed as He looked down toward the earth and all its inhabitants. I had never seen God look like this. The look of fury and anger in His eyes would make you tremble for fear. This look was deadening and cold. I would have expected this look from Him when Lucifer first started changing in his ways and actions toward God. It was as if everything stood motionless. Seeing His appearance like this was frightening. Just the look in His eyes was enough to scare anyone to death.
As He looked toward the earth, I noticed that the sun had stopped shining and the stars had started disappearing. Everything began to turn pitch- black. You could see the fallen angels running, frightened, scattering all over the earth. They were now going into the lower parts of the earth where Satan was, and in one instant, this once beautiful earth turned into ice. Everything instantly froze. I somehow realized that I was seeing what happened between Genesis 1 and Genesis 2. Let's take a moment and explore my findings to see what happened to Lucifer, the garden of Eden, and the earth.
Genesis 1:1 says, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Verse two says "and the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." In Hebrew, the word for beginning is bara, which means "brought out of nothing. In Hebrew, the same word means "the dateless past." In other words, this verse says that in the dateless past, Elohim created the heavens and the earth. This verse is ageless because it has no beginning. Who knows when the beginning was?
Here we are also seeing the trinity, because the name Elohim is the plural word for God. Also, any Hebrew noun that ends in im is plural, which means the term "the heavens" signifies more than one heaven. The first heaven, found in Genesis 1:8, is the atmosphere. The second heaven, in Ephesians 6, is where the principalities and powers of the air live. The third heaven is where Paul went when he saw God.
Something has now happened, because verse two says, And the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the water." Something is missing or not right. The Hebrew word for was is haya, which means become.
Something begins to happen between verse one and verse two. Read Deuteronomy 32:4. There are four Scriptures that claim that anything God creates is perfect. Everything that God does is perfection. Isaiah 45:18 lets us know that God did not create the earth in vain. It was created to be inhabited, and it was a work of perfection. Here God uses three words: created, formed, and made.
He "created" the heavens and formed" and made the earth. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says again that everything God makes is beautiful and perfect, and Psalm 18:30 tells us the same thing. In Genesis 1:2, we see that something is not right, because now the earth is formless, empty dark, and flooded: The spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.'
Verse three says, And God said let there be light." The word let is introduced. Let is never a word of creation. It is a word of permission. Verse four says, And God saw the light, that it was good and God divided the light from the darkness." Where did this light come from? There was no sun, no moon, and no stars. In verse six, God says, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters and let it divide the waters from the waters.' There had to be a flood, for here God is dividing waters from waters, which is restoring, not creating. He was restoring the atmosphere of the earth. Verse seven introduces the word made. This word is asa in Hebrew, which simply means to make or mold or form. This is not building. In verse nine it is used again—permission, not creation. God says, Let the dry land appear," which must mean that the dry land was flooded with water. Permission! The word let, in verse fourteen, "lights in the firmament of heaven to divide the day from the night." God now restores the sun, moon, and stars. Therefore,
Genesis 1, from verse three on, is the work of restoration, not creation. In Genesis 2, the earth is formless, dark, and empty. If we look at Genesis 2.1—2, a few things take place: Lucifer's fall, war between God and Lucifer, the destruction of earth and its inhabitants (demons), and the fall of countless angels who are now bound up in the underworld, traitors found among the angels of God. Earth was destroyed because of Lucifer's rebellion. In Job 9:1—7, God is so angry that He removes the mountains and overturns them, but He also shook earth out of place. The pillars that held the earth trembled, and He commanded the sun not to shine and shielded the stars. Verse eight is a verse of restoration. The same thing that happened in verse eight also happened in Genesis 1. Look at Jeremiah 4-23. The prophet had a vision where God allowed him to see what the earth looked like. Genesis 2.2 shows us the same things found in Genesis 1 2
Genesis 2.2 is also the same as Job 9. Job saw something strange. He saw no man, but he saw birds. In verse twenty six, he again saw no man. He saw an earth that was destroyed and also a fruitful place that was destroyed. Genesis 1 is the reverse of Jeremiah 4:23—26. God allowed this prophet to see the earth's destruction, not its restoration. Verse twenty-six mentions cities.
He was watching the earth go from a fruitful place to a wilderness. Verse twenty-seven lets us know that although God made the earth desolate, He will once again rebuild or restore it. We see, then, that the earth was once habited and now uninhabited. Once fruitful, now unfruitful. Beautiful, now empty. Though earlier God said "Good," now He was upset and angry. Who was He angry with? Not creation. We now understand that when God came back in Genesis 1:2, He began to restore the earth. In Isaiah 24 we see the exact same things we see in Genesis 1:2. Here the Lord turned the world upside down, and then inhabitants were scattered abroad. Who were these inhabitants? These are the same demons we fight today. Job 9 says the earth was flooded. In Genesis 1:9, God restored the earth to its original form. He took the waters that had flooded the earth, restores the atmosphere, and gathers the waters into one place, and the dry land appears. In verse two, the Holy Spirit comes moving upon the face of the waters. Remember, there was no sun shining, so there was no warmth. It was all frozen. Its destruction had been sudden. Science tells us that dinosaurs were destroyed instantly. In Siberia, a prehistoric elephant was still eating lunch when it was instantly frozen in the ice. In Job 38:7, we see that the angels were there. They were rejoicing, which means this happened after Lucifer's fall. The angels were created before this. When God restored the earth and laid its foundations again, the angels were there, watching.
They had already been created. See 25—30. This is about the time the earth had no inhabitants on it. Here, God was talking about when the earth was green and fruitful. But in verse thirty we see destruction. He created the earth and then destroyed it, and now it was frozen. His presence warmed up the earth, and it melted the ice, beginning the process of restoration. Psalm 104:5—6 talks about the flood—the pre-Adamic flood or the flood before Adam was created, not the flood of Noah. Verse five shows us how God in His anger covered the earth with a flood. Verse seven says God rebuked the waters, and in verse eight, the flood was removed in a moment.
This was not the flood of Noah, because the flood of Noah was not rebuked, only the pre-Adamic one. Now let's examine Lucifer. Isaiah 4-1—12 says he was in heaven. He weakened the nations — which means the nations had to exist. He had an evil desire to enter into his heart. He looked up and saw God on His throne
Where was Lucifer? On earth. If he said he would exalt his throne above the clouds, he had to have been below them. When he said, I will exalt my throne, ' this means he had a kingdom. Verse fourteen confirms once again that he was below the clouds. When he said, I will be like the Most High God" in verse fifteen, God responded by saying that Lucifer would be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. This confirms that the Devil and his demons were in hell before Adam and Eve were created. We understand that the beings in verse sixteen were the demons in the pit—not human beings, but the demons who were destroyed in the rebellion.
Ezekiel 25:15 talks about Eden, the garden of God. There are two Edens, pre-Adamic and Adamic. The pre-Adamic Eden belonged to Lucifer, the Adamic to Adam.
Lucifer was the head of worship Music came from within him. He had two positions, one of archangel and one of cherub. Only Christ has more than one office in heaven. Lucifer was honored above all other angels. He was the anointed cherub who covered. The Word says he was anointed. He walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire (Exodus 24.10—17). He was privileged to walk up and down before the throne of God. He was perfection itself, the worshipper of the godhead. He was the ruler of the earth with one-third of the angelic host. Their job was to give the worship of the earth to God and the laws of God to the earth. In verse seventeen, we see that there were kings, inhabitants, and cities on earth before Adam. God told
Adam to replenish the earth, and He told Noah the same thing. This has to mean that it was once full; since it was empty, it needed to be refilled.
In verse eighteen, we see Lucifer was a priest, since he defiled his sanctuaries. Thus, he had more than one office. According to Isaiah, Lucifer was a king, for he had a throne, and a priest, for he had a sanctuary. He was also a prophet, giving God's Word to the nations. He corrupted God's Word and kept the angels' worship to himself He was able to influence the whole world against God. He finally rebelled and invaded heaven. He fell Hopefully this demonstrates not only what took place in Genesis 1 and 2 but also what Satan did after he fell to the earth and into hell.
Let's get back to my revelation. What I saw in one moment of time simply amazed me to the point where it seemed like I was in a trance. The entire earth, once this beautiful, magnificent place, was now completely frozen and suspended in time. Instantly, it was over. There was nothing left that was not pure ice—ice as it has never been seen before. Every single living creature was frozen in time. There was absolutely nothing left that wasn't frozen.
I remember that just before Lucifer's fall and total rebellion, I noticed a change in the behavior of prehistoric animals. Earlier I mentioned all of these animals, both large and small, that somehow all cohabitated in total peace and harmony. It was truly a marvelous sight to behold, wonderful and amazing, for I knew that this was only possible by the power of God. But then they slowly became very angry and vicious toward each other. This once docile animal community was now turned into a ferocious, frenzied, meat-starved jungle. I believe that just as I started to see a change in
Lucifer's behavior and countenance, this whole spirit of rebellion changed not only among the angels but also among the animal population. Lucifer's rebellion affected everything that he was in contact with. It's hard to believe, but it's true. In God's anger and fury, everything Lucifer controlled paid a high price for his high treason.
After God turned His once perfect handiwork into what now looked like a frozen wilderness, He simply sat back down on His throne. Every angel in heaven who saw what was going on now began to worship and praise Him and give Him all the glory. I just want to take a minute to say that in no way, shape, or form am I trying to bring on confusion concerning the Word. Just search the Scriptures for yourself, and the Holy Spirit will show you the truth. I never asked for nor sought this revelation. The Holy Spirit gave it to me. What happened next, I can't explain; I can only tell you.
The next sight I saw was Jesus on the cross. All of heaven was motionless. I could see legions of angels just waiting near the cross. Then, as I looked upon the cross, I couldn't bear what I was seeing, for it was extremely sad.
The last time I had seen Jesus, when He came forth from His Father, it was a picture of absolute splendor, majesty, and glory. But now to look at Him was almost impossible, for He looked nothing like He had earlier. Now I could see that He had been beaten and tortured beyond recognition. At one point, I had to turn my head away because of the brutal way He was beaten.
Why did they do this to Him, and what did He do to deserve this type of inhumane treatment? His entire back was shredded to pieces, and His front had fared no better. This was very sad and hard to stomach. It made me sick just to look upon Him. There was blood everywhere. What could be in the hearts of men to devise this type of punishment? What I saw was so terrible, so horrific, that for as long as I m on the earth, I will never, ever forget the image of Him on the cross.
I could feel myself getting angrier and angrier at what I was looking at. Then, as I looked near the cross, I could see the faces of the angels. I thought I had been so affected by this sight, but the looks on their faces made me weep. They had no choice but to watch their Christ be brutally and sadistically beaten. Can you just imagine how they felt watching Him suffer?
Never before in time had they had to experience something of this magnitude, and never again will they. They were waiting for Him to just give them the word to rescue Him, to free Him, to relieve Him of this brutal torture —but you know what? It never came. They watched in sheer disbelief and pain as He uttered not a word. My God, why didn't He just give them the signal and let it be over? Why did He just stay there and suffer? I wanted to go to the cross myself and just take Him down and comfort Him. He looked so pitiful hanging there. It was totally unbearable, yet for some reason, I couldn't take my eyes from Him. What one prophet said was so true: He was like a sheep before her shearers, like a lamb before the slaughter." He uttered not a word. The same prophet said, 'He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with His stripes, we are healed.' He was right when he said, There was no comeliness about Him that we should desire Him. He looked at His angels and then He just looked away.
Then I realized that a noise was coming from the crowds. They were taunting Him, teasing Him, mocking Him, and laughing at Him. The soldiers were gambling for His robe. Those people's behavior made me so sick, angry, and frustrated. Wasn't it enough that He'd been betrayed?
Wasn't it enough that He'd been falsely accused? Wasn t it enough that He had been condemned? Wasn't it enough that He had been tortured? Wasn t it enough that He had nails in His hands and feet? Wasn't it enough that He wasn't even recognizable? Wasn't it enough that He had been found innocent by Pilate? But because of that spirit of hatred for Him, they demanded He be crucified. What more did they want or expect? They knew that He would soon be dead. And then, in spite of suffering and being tortured—I don't know how He did it or whether He even had the strength to utter words—He kept silent to His angels. But I heard Him say something that was so typical of Him. He responded to the thief's comments on the cross, in spite of His own pain, suffering, and despair. In that moment, He seemingly forgot about Himself. I don't believe anyone else could do this.
You or I probably would have looked at this person as if He had lost His mind or something. We would have replied to Him with something like, Are you stupid and blind? Don't you see my condition? Can't you see all the blood I ve lost? Man, I m barely conscious. Leave me alone, that I may die"' No, not our Lord and Savior. No, not Jesus Christ. He looked over at the man with those compassionate, loving, and caring eyes and said to him, Today, thou shalt be with Me in paradise. The Bible gives no history on this man. Did he know before that moment who Jesus was? Had he heard any of His sermons? Had he seen any of His miracles? With Jesus, it didn't matter. All that mattered was that at that moment, he recognized who He was and simply said, Have mercy on me, ' and those four words allowed him to change his destiny.
Again, I was able to look down into hell, and to my shock and dismay, there was Satan, sitting on his throne. He was intensely watching what was going on, and he had a look of absolute disdain and contempt for the Lord.
His chief demons were surrounding his throne. Most of the demons in hell were worshipping and praising Satan and giving him all the glory for what was going on. Then, all of a sudden, Satan let out this loud, sadistic snarl. It sounded like a beast. He started laughing and telling his demons, ' Didn't I tell you so? Didn't I tell you so? I told you I would do it! I told you I would get even with Him for what He did to me. I told you I would have revenge for what He did to me. I told you I would make Him sorry for challenging me." I could see that he was still so very bitter and angry: in all that he said, he didn't even acknowledge Him as God.
Next I witnessed hysteria that would make you sick. Everyone in hell began to let out unbearable yowls and screams sickening to the ear. All were waiting for the entrance of Jesus. They believed that once there, He would be held captive with those who died believing in God. They were having a precelebration of the Lord's entry into these parts.
Just as I couldn't bear it any longer, my attention was turned back to the cross as I heard Jesus say, Father, why hast thou forsaken me?" The way He said it made all who heard it feel a sense of utter hopelessness for Jesus. I immediately looked up to the throne, and to my surprise and bewilderment,