This blog is a follow-up to Epic Star Wars, Episode I: The Real Phantom Menace.
|Lucifer’s Rebellion-Read Ezek. 28:12-14, Isa. 14:12-14, and Rev.12:4, 7-9.||Korah’s Rebellion-
Read Num. 16.
Read 2 Sam. 15-18.
|Good Start (GS)||Yes. Lucifer was the covering cherub in the kingdom of heaven, the closest relationship a created being had with God. (Ezek. 28:14)||Yes. Korah was among the Levites, the tribe consecrated by God to minister before the Lord in His tabernacle. (Exod. 32:26-29; Num. 3:27-31)||Yes. Absalom was a son of David, a man after God’s own heart (1 Sam. 13:14). He had a good father figure to teach him the way of the Lord.|
|Eventual Rebellion (ER)||Lucifer desired to be among the Godhead; wanted to be “like the Most High” (Isa. 14:12-14).||Korah desired the priesthood of Israel (Num. 16:1-3, 8-11).||Absalom desired the kingship of Israel (2 Sam. 15:10).|
|Was the rebellion justified by law of God?||No.||No.||No.|
|How did they try to secure the position?||Conspiracy. (Jn. 8:44)||Conspiracy. (Num. 16:1-3, 12-14)||Conspiracy. (2 Sam. 15:1-13)|
|Faithful Warning (FW)||Yes. Although the time this warning was given is unknown, we know that God would not have let Lucifer continue in rebellion and risk being cast out from His presence forever.||Yes. Moses declared that the Lord would show them all who would be His priest. (Num. 16:4-7;16-18)||Yes. His father’s example and the 40 years between the beginning of and the climax of his plan to seize the kingdom was plenty of time for him to listen to the Lord and amend his ways. (2 Sam. 15:7)|
|Choice: (Repent OR Continue to Rebel?)||Satan continued to rebel. He led his alliance into battle against God rather than relinquish his prideful desire. (Rev. 12:7)||Korah continued to rebel. He deceived all Israel to stand against Moses and Aaron rather than submit to the Lord’s counsel. (Num. 16:19)||Absalom continued his rebellion, leading his supporters against his father David to secure the reign of Israel by force. (2 Sam. 18:6)|
|Result||Satan and his angels were defeated and cast out of heaven (Rev. 12:4, 7-9).||Korah and his company were executed (Num. 16:28-35). Despite another faithful warning, the evil influence of Korah brought judgment upon the congregation (Num. 16:39-50).||Absalom was killed and many Israelites who supported him were killed (2 Sam. 18:6-17).|
Using the chart above, compare the rebellions of Korah and Absalom to the rebellion of Satan using the pattern we outlined in Episode I of Epic Star Wars last week. What can we learn from them?
The pattern we outlined is this: God’s people start off well, but they eventually rebel. God gives them a faithful warning, showing them the truth of their present doings. After they after fully aware of the situation, the people of God choose to either return to God or continue in rebellion.
In comparing these rebellions, we can see that each one a rebellion against a divine order of God: Lucifer against the Godhead, Korah against the priesthood of God, and Absalom against the kingship of God. Each of them wanted the power and the influence that came with these positions, but they lacked the character required for them to have it. They knew that the law of God would not justify seizing these positions. But by continuing to cherish their prideful, rebellious ambitions, each of these parties ultimately acted on them. In the rebellions of Korah and Absalom, hundreds of years apart, we see that Satan tried to do through them what he could not do in heaven. He tried to seize divine authority. That’s why they both used the same tactics in their attempt to seize their desired places. They were moved by the same rebellious angel.
The same result awaits all who cherish their sin in the last days. Holding on to even one sin in these times is dangerous, because we see through these rebellions that one sin led to many and one sinner brought judgment to thousands. Ask the Lord to help you overcome the phantom menace, sin, and to help you obey His faithful warnings to prepare for His coming.
“…Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?” – 1 Cor. 5:6
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” (Jn. 8:44)
“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” – Jam. 1:14, 15