L. A. Marzulli
From L. A. Marzulli’s: The Cosmic Chess Match!
Chapter 7: Job. A Look Into The Third Heaven!
T.M.H.G = The Most High God
T. F. One = Satan
Most of us are familiar with the story of Job. It may be the oldest book in the Guidebook to the Supernatural, i.e. The Bible.
The book of Job gives us a unique insight into the Cosmic Chess Match, as it shows us glimpses of The Third Heaven, how evil manifests in the world, and how T. F. One can manipulate the natural world. In short it is an important resource for us today in regard to spiritual warfare!
The time of Job is certainly after the fall of man in the garden, and after the flood of Noah. The stage is set as God assembles the son’s of god i.e. angels together and then T. F. One, Satan, appears amongst them.
In the text we see that Satan also is present in the congregation of angels. This is important for us to realize, as we see by this scripture that T. F. One, at this point, had access to the third heaven. In other words he had not yet been deposed to his present position, that of the second heaven. (See Chapter 3 for details) Before I get too much further we need to read the text and explore how the events that are portrayed in Job are a glimpse into just how serious the cosmic chess match is.
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil.
We are introduced to Job and where he resided, in the land of Uz. We also are told that he was a man who heard God and shunned evil. He was also blameless and upright. In other words Job knew who The Most High God was, in modern vernacular he had fellowship with Him.
Please remember that this takes place before the Abrahamic covenant. In other words, there are no Jews, Temple, Mosiac law, or Torah, all of that would come later.
So it was, when the days of feasting had run their course, that Job would send and sanctify them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings [according to] the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my sons have sinned and cursed [fn] God in their hearts.” Thus Job did regularly.
Job is offering the burnt offerings in case his son’s have cursed God. He is doing this before the Levitical priesthood was established, which was the system that was put in place centuries later by Moses to provide a way to expunge the sins of the Jewish people. We see by Job’s offering that even in antiquity there was a shedding of blood for the taking away of sin. This begs the question, from whom did Job learn this? The point of these verses is to establish that Job knew T. M. H. God, and was also keenly aware of the need to make things right, to atone for his sin, to make amends for any wrongdoing.
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. (emphasis mine)
The phrase son’s of God, is the same Hebrew words that are used in the Genesis 6 account. I bring this up because it relates back to chapter 4, of this book. It becomes clear to me that we can’t have it both ways. Either the son’s of God is translated angels and thus the unthinkable happened, in that these fallen angels had sex with earthly women, thus creating the Nephilim, or somehow the ungodly line of Cain has access to the third heaven, the throne room of God. I doubt very much it is the later!
This phrase is extremely important as it shows us that The Fallen One, Satan, was present in the heavenly scene. In other words he had access, at this point in time, to the third heaven. He wasn’t expelled to the Second heaven as of yet.
Authors Side Bar:
Please take note that the same Hebrew wording is used in the Book Of Job as appears in the Genesis 6 account. Son’s of God is what is translated in both books, and yet it, in Job, it clearly denotes that it is the angels of heaven that are assembling in the heavenly scene, not the supposed wicked son’s of Cain. This is important for us to grasp as without this understanding we miss one of the major moves of the match, that of Genesis 6, and therefore remain clueless as to the Fallen Ones agenda, especially in regard to the last days!
And the LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?” So Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”
Here is another verse that is pregnant with meaning, because we see that Satan, T. F. One has access to the earth. It would appear that he can go anywhere he wishes and walk about. We also see this when he appears to Yashua and tempts him for 40 days and nights. (See Chapter 11: The Temptation in the Desert)
I would point out that this reference to Satan walking about on the earth is, in my opinion, in real time. The Fallen One is manifesting in our space/time continuum, furthermore it is not imaginary or an illusion as when T. F. One is here, he is here in real time, there is physicality to his being.
Authors Side Bar:
I would also point out that (Chapter 11) that the Fallen One is able to offer all the kingdoms of the world to Yashua/Jesus, if he will only fall down and worship him. He can only offer this because they are his to offer! This goes back to the original move in the garden, where man forfeited the title deed to the earth and The Fallen One usurped it. This is what the match is about! Who will rule the earth?
Because of this, man was doomed to slavery and spiritual bondage under the rule of T. F. One. With the promise of the Messiah and what He would do, all of that bondage would be broken. The chains would be loosed and captives set free! This redemption, retaking of the kingship of the earth, eventually happened, in part, thousands of years later because T. F. One did not understand the plan that had been put in place by T. M. H. God, that of redemption and, in fact, willingly aided in the very event that would spell his downfall and eventual demise the crucifixion. (See Chapter XX)
It is interesting to me the way all of these stories intersect one another and weave a cosmic tapestry that shows this struggle playing out through the vast expanse of centuries!
Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that [there is] none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”
Here we see T. M. H. God directly presenting his servant Job, for T. F. Ones, consideration. T. M. H. God knows Job as a blameless and upright man… I would add that he is proud of Job
So Satan answered the LORD and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!” And the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has [is] in your power; only do not lay a hand on his [person].” So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
We see from this passage that T. F. One, knows all about the providence, the hand of blessing, the goodness of the Lord, that is bestowed upon Job. T. F. One also points out that T. M. H. God has protected Job because, he has made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has. It would appear that because of this hedge T. F. One is powerless to get to Job, or to adversely affect his life. This should be very sobering to us, as I believe we are kept from tragic events that we will never know of, because like Job we are hemmed in and protected, by the merciful hand of T. M. H. God! Does that mean that there are angels that surround us and keep us from the evil that T. F. One wishes on us? Could it be that this hedge that is being discussed is of a supernatural nature? If so, this would be a sobering reminder of just how fragile our lives are and that we owe our providence and well being to aegis of T. M. H. God.
This is the beginning of the micro battle for Job, as T. F. One announces:
But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!”
This is the micro move as T. M. H. God, allows T. F. One, to do what he wants, but with limitations, as he answers:
Behold, all that he has [is] in your power; only do not lay a hand on his [person].
Even here we see that there are boundaries, protocols, that T. F. One must adhere to, as he is not allowed to harm Job physically, at least not yet. This is the beginning of a micro move, in that what transpires in the rest of the story is a text-book illustration of what T. F. One would like to do to all of us. We must never forget the he comes to rob, kill, and destroy, and as we explore the rest of the story we will see that this is precisely what T. F. One seeks to do.
I also want to add that there is a huge macro move that is going on and it is this.
We are discovering what Job is about to go through and the story is told to us in both the Tenach – the Hebrew scriptures – and is also included in the Christian Bible. This story has been read by billions of people down through the annals of time and I believe it has been placed, in the Guidebook to the Supernatural, to give us a glimpse as to how the war, is carried out, and how it affects each and every one of us. It is classic textbook example, a training manual of an ongoing cosmic war or chess match, that is there for our benefit, if we have eyes to see….
The Fallen Ones First Attack on Job
Let’s pick up the story, but before we do I would point out that T. F. One wastes no time in striking, and when he does it is with all the power at his disposal and, as we shall see, it is deadly and devastating.
Now there was a day when his sons and daughters [were] eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house; and a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, when the Sabeans raided them and took them away–indeed they have killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”
While he [was] still speaking, another also came and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”
While he [was] still speaking, another also came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three bands, raided the camels and took them away, yes, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”
While he [was] still speaking, another also came and said, “Your sons and daughters [were] eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, and suddenly a great wind came from across [fn] the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”
There are four servants here that are deliberately kept alive so they can be used as messengers to relay the tragic events that are happening to Job’s loved ones and possessions, in short everything in life that he holds dear is taken from him in an instant.
This is orchestrated and deliberate, and these servants are unknowingly, in the service of the Fallen One, so that one after another they appear and tell their tales of woe.
It is important for us to realize that the Fallen One uses other men, in this case the Sabeans and the Chaldeans, to accomplish his purposes. This is a great insight for us, because nothing has changed in the ensuing thousands of years. The Fallen One uses those who are yielded to him, knowingly or unknowingly, to accomplish his works of robbing, killing, and destroying, and that is exactly what is happening to Job.
I also believe that the same goals of the Fallen one are happening today and in fact, as we shall explore in later chapters, his evil handiwork has been applied throughout the whole of history.
We hear from one servant that the fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and servants. I would point out that this is the wrong interpretation of a supernatural event from the servant, in other words he is reporting a falsehood of the event that he has witnessed.
How many of us have blamed sickness, financial hardship, or other events on our lives on God when in fact, it was the sadistic handiwork of T. F. One. This fire it is not the fire from T. M. H. God, but the fire from the god of this world, i.e. T. F. One, Satan. We learn from this that he has the power to come with lying signs and wonders, so much so, that we are told in the Guide Book to the Supernatural:
that event the elect would be deceived, if that were possible.
We also know, from the Book of Revelation, that the false prophet, one of the Fallen One’s main-men in the end times, has the power to call fire down from heaven.
Surely we can agree that the servant was deceived as he thought the fire was from God. There was no discernment, he just assumed it was from God,` and he assumed wrongly.
This verse gives us a sobering insight that when the Fallen One manifests on this earth, in the last days, it will be with the same type of lying signs and wonders and much, much more. Underestimating what T. F. One is capable of doing may be one of the most foolish and dangerous positions that we can take!
Sadly, much of the church today is ignorant of this, or willfully ignores what happened in the Book of Job! This story should make it very clear that when T. F. One goes after someone it is with all the fury of hell that he does so. Why should our day be any different then the time of Job? So many Christians live in a false security that none of what befell Job, will ever happen to them, that they are immune from the attacks of T. F. One.
I once gave a presentation on my book Politics, Prophecy & the Supernatural and at the end a man stood up, who was clearly vexed. He stated that God would never give us anything we couldn’t handle.
I agreed and pointed him to prophecy that has been handed down to us, to warn us of what is coming on the earth, so that we will not be deceived in these last days! However, if you don’t know what the prophecy states, if you are ignorant of it and are not informed you will leave yourself open to deception.
Remember too that when T. F. One is kicked out of the second Heaven, as we are told will happen during the Tribulation period, he becomes furious because he knows his time is short. In other words he is now stuck in our space-time continuum, and with that he has lost his ability to see through time.
To go back to my Cornfield analogy, he is standing next to us in the cornfield. He now sees through time the way we do, in a second by second linear fashion. He can no longer see into the future, he is blinded to it, for the first time, and this enrages him!
Back to Job: We also hear from the last of the messengers that,
a great wind came up and struck the four corners of the house and the house collapsed killing all the son’s and daughters of Job
Authors Side Bar:
In chapter 15 of this book, we will explore a story that is similar, as we are told that a mighty wind comes up on the sea and threatens to sink the boat that Yashua/Jesus and the men who are with Him, are riding in.
I bring this to your attention so that you will remember what happened to Job’s offspring and see how Yashua’s/Jesus power is far greater than T. F. Ones.
Back to the Job account: T. F. One is also called the Prince of the Power of the Air, one of his many dubious titles of distinction. We see, from the text, that he creates a violent wind that is so powerful, sudden, and devastating, that the house is destroyed. Might this have been a tornado? I’m speculating, but it certainly is a possibility that this is what this “great wind” was.
The thing to remember here is that, at this point in the story, Job is being hit by the full fury of T. F. One.
We also see that not only are men used to fulfill T. F. Ones purposes, but the elements of fire and wind are also brought into the fray. We can see from this that the battle is very real, that the stakes are high, and that even though this is a micro move, in that it affects, at least for now, only Job, the cosmic repercussions come down to us through the centuries. This is a book that should be studied in detail, as it gives us a plain view into the diabolical, machinations, of the enemy of our souls, T. F. One.
What follows next is Job’s reaction to the tragedy:
Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped.
There is a scene from the movie Shindlers List, where at the end of the film, when the Jews have been liberated from the death camp, their first act is to worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
This is exactly what we see Job do. He falls on his face, because he realizes, in the depth of his soul, that there is no other place he can go. There is no comfort anywhere else. He also utters a phrase that is used everyday in grave-site ceremonies all over the Christian world:
And he (Job) said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.”
Job realizes where his blessings originate. He understands that everything he has and acquired are, in fact, on loan from God!
He knows, all to well that when he leaves his earthly tent he will take nothing with him, all that he has amassed will be left to another.
The story continues and I will not reprint all of it here. I will instead give you the “Cliff Notes,” version to get to the place in the story that I want to discuss.
Once again the sons of God – angels of heaven – assemble and T. F. One, is present with them. There is another exchange about Job between T. M. H. God, and T. F. One. This time T. F. One, declares that if Job looses his health then he will curse God. T. M. H. God allows it, but again sets limits on what T. F. One, can do, as he is not allowed to kill Job outright. Here’s the part that is pertinent to our discussion:
So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.
We see here that T. F. One strikes Job with painful boils. This is important as we see that sickness – and I’m not saying all sickness – can originate from T. F. One. He has the power to strike a person with a malady.
There are those who don’t believe that T. F. One manifests in this way in today’s modern world. Sadly, I believe that they are misled and have been lulled to sleep. Their slumber is the perfect place for T. F. One to wreak havoc. In the words of author C. S. Lewis, “the devil wants us to think that he does not exist.”
T. F. One continues his campaign of robbing, killing and destroying into the present day.
The battle is very real and many Christians never engage because they are not told that the battle is raging all around them. In many churches today the prosperity gospel, the self help gospel, the name it claim it gospel, and signs and wonders gospel, all of which lead people away from engaging in what I would call the Prime Directive, which is to destroy the works of the devil i.e. The Fallen One. That is what we are told to do by Yashua/Jesus.
The attack or test is over and Job is restored.
I’m going to “cut to the chase,” here and state that after the testing
that Job went through, which includes being abandoned by pretty much everyone, including his wife – who admonishes him to curse God and die – T. M. H. God intervenes directly. His involvement stops the attack that has been waged by T. F. One, against Job and then Job is restored. In short, T. M. H. God intervenes and undoes what T. F. One has wrought.
I believe that the Book of Job can be viewed as an instruction manual in spiritual warfare. As I have mentioned here, it not only shows us what T. F. One is capable of doing, but also gives us an insight into the cosmic war that continues to rage to the present day. However it doesn’t stop there as it reveals that T. M. H. God, is in control of the situation even when it appears that He is not. Here is the end result of what transpires and it brings to closure the tragic events that have befallen Job.
Job 42: 12 Now the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning; for he had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and one thousand female donkeys.
I believe that it is imperative for us to grasp that the battle is real! In other words there are some who don’t believe that a similar situation, like the one that happened to Job, can happen to them. We should never underestimate the machinations of T. F. One. This is why at the end of this book I have enclosed a brief chapter on Spiritual Warfare. We need to walk in the full armor of God on a daily basis, and realize that we are engaged in a war. We must gird up the loins of our minds and prepare to destroy the works of the devil. We must always be ready to call upon the Name of Lord, to say out loud, The Blood of Jesus, to understand our authority in Christ, that we stand and fight in His righteousness, His salvation, His truth!