Epic Star Wars, Episode I: The Real Phantom Menace

The Star Wars saga, like many movies, highlight a conflict between good and evil. There is a clear line of distinction between the two sides and the conflict seems ongoing, as if it will last forever. No wonder that three more episodes are being added the saga! But did you know that the real Star Wars have been going on for thousands of years?

In the next several audio lessons, I’m going to briefly tell you about the real life, Epic Star Wars going on right now, from beginning to end. What makes these Star Wars epic? They’re real, for one. Secondly, the entire universe is involved, not just a galaxy far, far away. Lastly, these wars are almost over.  It is important to see where we are in this conflict now so you can know what to do before it’s over. But rather than draw it out to span nine episodes, I’m going to tell you about the Epic Star Wars in seven brief episodes. How many parallels to the fictional Stars Wars will you be able to see in this saga? Let’s find out. Today’s episode…

Episode I: The Real Phantom Menace

Before we begin, let us pray.

God in heaven, please help us, to understand what the real phantom menace is so we may be prepared for the end times. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

A long time ago in the universe far, far away, there was a kingdom…filled with stars. In Bible prophecy, angels are sometimes symbolized as stars. Let’s look at a couple of verses for you to see this for yourself.  When God responded to Job out of the whirlwind, He referred back to the glorious praise His angels gave when He created the Earth. “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38:4, 7). It was the angels who sang together in that time. It was the angels who shouted for joy. When Jesus appeared to John in a vision on the isle of Patmos, He explained to him the mystery of the seven stars which he saw in His right hand. “The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches…” (Rev. 1:20). But what exactly are angels? Not literal stars, of course. According to Hebrews 1:14, angels are ministering spirits. These spirits actively minister to the Lord and to His Creation. Over these ministering spirits, Lucifer was chief. What was Lucifer like? According to the Scriptures,

“Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast 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 hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.” (Ezek. 28:12-14)

From this passage, we can see that Lucifer was beautiful, he was wise, he was very well-dressed, and he was musically talented. He stood before God Himself and covered His glory with his wings. What a position to have in heaven! Lucifer was in charge of communicating God’s will to the other angels. His very name means “light-bearer.” The light Lucifer received came from the Godhead, the government that reigned over Lucifer, the angels, and all of Creation. More commonly known today as the Trinity, God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit rule over all of creation. One in character and purpose, the Godhead ministered to all Creation as the angels ministered to Him. So in this entire universe, everyone took care of one another. This was a perfect universe, with a perfect kingdom reigning over it. And in this perfect kingdom, like all kingdoms, there is law. The government of God has not been, or will ever be, a lawless kingdom. This law is the foundation of moral and civil law on Earth today. This law is the Ten Commandments. These commandments have always existed as the means by which we discern right from wrong. Let’s look at a few Scriptures so we can see the eternal nature of God’s law for ourselves.

When the nation of Israel wandered through the wilderness, God gave them a law that He Himself wrote. With His own finger, God wrote the Ten Commandments on two tables of stone. Moses placed these tables in the ark of the covenant made for Him on the earth (Exod. 32:15, 16; 34:1; 40:20). This law, and the temple itself, were built according to the pattern of the heavenly temple the Lord showed Moses on Mt. Sinai (Exod. 25:40). John, the disciple of Jesus, saw the real ark of the covenant in the heavenly temple and it was in the same place as the ark of covenant on the Earth (Rev. 11:19). And within this ark, according to the pattern of the tabernacle, the genuine tables of the Ten Commandments are inside! Thus we can see, that the law of God is an eternal law. Through obedience to this eternal law of God, the inhabitants of the universe lived in a peaceful and more civilized age.

But this age of peace did not last, for Lucifer began to break this law. “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee” (Ezek. 28:15). This was the first time that someone began breaking the law of God. The fact that Lucifer rebelled against God proves that God created these celestial beings with free will. The angels were not forced to love God, nor were they oppressed by Him. They chose to love Him as He loves them. This is the only kind of love that can exist in heaven. But Lucifer gradually rebelled against this kind of love, slowly turning his love and adoration away from God and toward himself. “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness…” (Ezek. 28:17). Why he chose to do this, we do not know. But we do know that He gradually coveted the power of God and gradually wanted to be like the Most High.

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, 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 the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High” (Isa. 14:12-14).

Eventually, Lucifer got to the point where He determined to seize the object of His desire. This is how sin always works, for it is written that “…every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin:” (Jam. 1:14, 15). Now Lucifer, as the covering cherub, knew God’s law backwards and forwards. He knew it would never justify his evil intentions, so he went around it. He began to gossip in heaven. He spread lies that questioned God’s character and he exalted his own. The angels had never heard a lie before, so they believed Lucifer and many of them were won to his cause.

Before the dark times, before the Epic Star Wars, the Lord gave Lucifer a faithful warning. Remember the pattern we discussed in our first audio lesson? God’s people start off well, they eventually rebel, God gives them a faithful warning, and then His people make a choice whether to turn back to Him or continue rebelling against Him. The first warning was given to Lucifer, to keep him from falling. In warning Lucifer, God not only demonstrated His patience with Lucifer, He also made it clear that He knew about his plans and where they would lead. Sin was a new thing to God’s Creation, even to Lucifer. Even Lucifer did not know how far this phantom menace would lead him. But despite the faithful warning given to him, Lucifer chose to continue his rebellion. He chose to follow these strange new feelings. He chose to gather more sympathizers until he felt it was time to seize the divine throne.

Now God could have just taken Lucifer out, him and those angels who rebelled against Him. But if God struck him down, Lucifer’s influence would become more powerful than we could possibly imagine. The lies that Lucifer spread about God and His rule would have been bolstered if He destroyed the rebellious angels now. The angels’ journey towards the dark side would have been complete! How would He respond to this rebellion of Lucifer’s? Would He use force?

“…Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn” (Mt. 13:29, 30).

To save the angels and the universe from potentially joining this rebellion, God let it play out. Everyone had to see for themselves what rebelling against the law of God leads to. Even us. Only when we truly understand what rebellion really is, God will ultimately deal with sin.

Before God and the host of heaven, Lucifer boldly presented claims before all the heavenly host, false claims that condemned God’s character and uplifted his own. In His mercy and love for the angels, the Lord gave a final, faithful warning. He showed them the truth of their present doings and warned them of what this sinful course would lead to. When the host of heaven were given a clear understanding of the situation through God’s warning, they had a choice to make. They, like the Israelites at Sinai, now had to answer the question “Who is on the Lord’s side?” (Exod. 32:26). Two-thirds of the angels, those who did not err and those who repented of their rebellion, stood on the Lord’s side. One third of the angels in heaven stood with Lucifer. They willingly chose to turn to the dark side. The first rebel alliance in all creation had now officially formed. We can see this in the prophecy of Revelation 12:4. “And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven,” These stars became Lucifer’s angels, subject to his will. This rebel alliance against God and His government could not remain in heaven without endangering the unfallen angels. Moreover, the alliance itself would not leave heaven peacefully. So war broke out.

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Rev. 12:7-9)

Although the Bible does not mention what kinds of weapons were used, the end result was apparent. The shroud of the phantom menace, sin, had fallen. Begun, the Epic Star Wars had. The rebellious angels, once holy ministers of God and His Creation, became the unholy demons who now work to twist and destroy it. And Lucifer, the light-bearer, once the covering cherub who stood in the presence of God, became Satan, the enemy of God. How would this newly formed rebel alliance war against Him? Stay tuned and you’ll find out on the next exciting episode of Epic Star Wars!

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