Why
Earth?
 
 
GOD'S
STRATEGIC
PLAN
 
The culmination of an age-old saga. Eternity future starts here.

Our current Age of Grace (i.e., the Church Age) is in the final phases of God's Strategic Plan to: 1) save humanity from a destiny designed for devils; 2) deal with His adversary Satan; 3) restore the Earth one last time.

Why Earth?
The Bible describes the Earth as the stage for significant strategic events in the past and still many dramatic events yet to occur. As Christians, we may wonder why the Earth contributes so prominently in God's strategic plan. Even scientists bear witness to the meager statistical probability of our life-sustaining habitat, spinning so perfectly off-axis around its life-sustaining star.

Planetary conditions have to be ideal to sustain life - a simple review of our cosmological neighborhood reveals that. Space is a hostile environment, yet our blue planet is like an oasis in this corner of the galaxy. Nor can scientists easily locate similar supposedly random accidents such as our Earth.

But Earth's uniqueness testifies to far greater subtleties than providing a habitable ecosphere. The Bible provides cosmological clues as to why key initiatives of God's Strategic Plan are directed here.

The Bible declares that God is the Sovereign Ruler over all, "Thine, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD and thou art exalted as head above all." (1Chr. 29:11).

The Bible also describes God as Omnipotent (Gen. 17:1; Isa. 40:26), Omniscient (Job 37:16; Prov. 24:12) and Omnipresent (Psalms 139:7-10).

We know that our history began with the creation of Adam and Eve. However, the Bible provides clues that our spiritual struggle has a broader context than implied by our Adamic legacy. Clues of pre-adamite entities and events are provided in the Old Testament and are also referenced by Christ and the apostles in the New Testament.

Although specific dates are omitted, the Bible describes aspects of Earth's pre-history that relate to a conflict begun by the archangel Lucifer in eternity past. The Bible describes God's plan for Jesus to set up headquarters on Earth for the express purpose of ridding it of all rebellion in preparing it for the Father.

That plan includes dealing with Lucifer (now called Satan), sin and all rebellion, prior to restoring the Earth to God's original purpose. This is a prehistoric plan from eternity past (Eph. 3:9-11, 1 Pet. 1:20) and we're in the final stages of its completion.

Let's put these strategic initiatives in perspective, so we can better appreciate Christ's mission - and the mission of His Church.

CHRONOLOGY OF STRATEGIC EVENTS

Pre-Adamic History

  1. God created the heavens, the stars, sun and moon - Gen. 1.1; Ps. 8:3, 90:2; 95:5; 102:25; Isa. 40:12, 26; 45:12; 48:13.
  2. God created the spirit-world - Job 38:4-7; Col. 1:15-18.
  3. God created the Earth (original creation) - Gen. 1:1; Job 38:4-7; Isa. 45:18; Hebr. 11:3.
  4. God created Earth's social order (i.e., "the world that then was") - 2Pet. 3:5-9; Isa. 14:12-14; 45:18; Jer. 4:23-26; Ezek. 28:11-17
  5. Lucifer, an angelic being, reigned over the world that then was (Earth) - Isa. 14:12-14; Jer. 4:23-26; Ezek. 28:11-17; Col. 1:15-18.
  6. God created other thrones, dominions, principalities and powers - Col. 1:15; Eph. 1:21; 3:10; 1 Pet. 3:22.
  7. God reigned Supreme over His Kingdom - Job 38; Dan. 4:17, 25, 32, 35, for an unknown duration.
  8. Lucifer became prideful and conspired with one-third of the angels (including his earthly subjects) to rebel against and to overthrow God - Isa. 14:12-14; Ezek. 28:11-17; 1 Tim. 3:6.
  9. Lucifer launched his planned overthrow from Earth and led his angelic army into Heaven. He was met and defeated by the archangel Michael with an army of faithful angels and sent back to Earth - Rev. 12-7-12;. Isa. 14:12-14; Ezek. 28:11-17; Luke 10:18.
  10. [Although Satan was cast down and dethroned, he was not stripped of his angelic powers and still has access to heaven where he accuses the brethren day and night. Job 1:6; 2:1; Rev. 12:10-12; Zech. 3:6]
  11. God then destroyed Lucifer's kingdom on Earth, including the inhabitants, plant and animal life and caused a great flood (Lucifer's Flood - not Noah's) to make Earth a total wasteland (duration unknown) - Gen. 1:2; Jer. 4:23-26; Ps. 104:6-9; Isa. 14:12-14; Ezek. 28:11-17; 2 Pet. 3:4-7.
    (Chronologically, these prehistoric events took place between verses 1 and 2 of Genesis Chapter 1.) 
    Adamic History 
  12. God restored the Earth in six 24-hour days (not ages, as some wrongly teach), recreating the flora and fauna; created man and put him in charge of the new creation. (Gen. 1:3 - 2:25; Exod. 20:8-11; 31:15).
  13. Satan, still on the loose, tempted man to defy God, which consequently brought the death penalty upon the human race. This act enslaved mankind to the Devil, who possessed the power of death over sinners. It also reinstated Satan as Earth's ruler (prince of this world). (Gen. 3; Luke 4; John 12:31; 2 Cor. 4:4; Rev. 11:15; 20:1-10.)
  14. After man's fall, mankind grew so corrupt that 1,656 years after the creation of Adam, God destroyed mankind with a second flood, saving only Noah, his family and some animals.
  15. God later selected Abraham to head-up a chosen family of believers through whom Christ would eventually come. After the prophesied 430 years, God called Moses to lead the Jews from Egypt to the Promised Land. God gave the Jews His Laws, which they failed to implement and resulted once again in their captivity.
  16. Jesus came to Earth 1,718 years after Moses to finish His Father's business by: fulfilling the Mosaic Law; saving mankind by sacrificing His life for ours; giving eternal life to believers; initiating and commissioning His Church; teaching the truth and dealing with false religion; being victorious over Satan - repossessing the Keys of Hell and Death. (Mark 1:31; Matt. 3:15; John 4:34; Luke 161:16; John 3:16-17; 18:37; 15:16; Matt. 16:18-19; Rev. 1:18.)
  17. We are currently living in the Church Age. The next major event is the revealing of the Anti-Christ, however before that can occur, Christians must first be raptured and Christianity must lapse into apostasy (falling away) - which it has. (2 Thes. 2:3-8).
  18. During the middle of the Week (Rev. 12:7), Satan and his army will again attempt to challenge God in heaven, where he will be met and defeated by the archangel Michael commanding God's angels. Satan will be cast down to Earth and never have access to Heaven again. (Rev. 12:8-12).
  19. Next, Christ will return the second time to the Earth, with His saints to set up His Kingdom, to rid the Earth of rebellion while Satan is bound in the abyss for 1,000 years.
  20. After 1,000 years, Satan will be loosed to deceive the nations one last time, but he and his army of spirit beings and human followers will be defeated. The millennium culminates in the final judgment where sinners will be confined in hell with Satan. The Earth will then be free of sin and rebellion. (Rev. 20:7-10; 2 Pet. 3:10-13; Rom. 8:19-23; Heb. 1:10-12; 12:24-28; Matt. 25:41, 46; Rev. 14:9-11; 20:10-15; Isa. 66:22-24; Rev. 20:11-15).
  21. God will then recreate the Earth a third time. (Isa. 65:17; 66:22-24; 2Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21-22).


 
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