Big Picture

 

This is His Story.

Listed are Facts: History and Current Events.

This is the unseen reality of Life.

What we see in life are usually the waves of the ocean, but not what undercurrents cause the waves in our life. This writing helps you to see the causes of those waves in your life, and how the waves can become calm.

THEN Jesus got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!" He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!" Matt 8:23-27; Luke 8:23-25

The life revealed in the pages of the Bible, God's Own Word, tells many of the reasons why things happen as they do. While this small writing speaks of man, it is written about all people, men and women, children all included.

The Big Picture is written chronologically. Many details and pieces are missing because of the limitations of space. However, for the purpose of your life, the main characters and events are listed. For more details and an in depth understanding of God's True History, receive the Holy Spirit and read God's own Word, the Bible.

  1. God exists. (I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Rev 22:13)
  2. God creates Heaven. (Genesis 1) Heaven is not big enough to contain God. (But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! 1 Kings 8:27; 2 Chron 2:6; 2 Chron 6:18.)
  3. God is in all of His Glory and Majesty. The Lord God IS Holy. (Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy in his dwelling place. 1 Chron 16:27; 1 Chron 29:11; Ps 93:1; Ps 96:6.)
  4. God creates angels. These creatures see God in all of His Glory and Majesty. They do His bidding, and He enjoys them. (Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. Rev 5:11)
  5. God's best and most beautiful angel was called Lucifer. Lucifer reflected God's light, glory and splendor. His name means Light. He was the second in command after God. (Isaiah 14:12 KJV)
  6. Lucifer grew filled with pride. (Who is it you have insulted and blasphemed? Against whom have you raised your voice and lifted your eyes in pride? Against the Holy One of Israel! 2 Kings 19:22; Isa 37:23).
  7. Lucifer is a liar. (He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44 )
  8. Lucifer decides to challenge the Almighty God, to take over, to conquer God. Lucifer wants to be number One and not number two. Lucifer convinces one-third of the angels to join him in challenging God's authority and power. Lucifer and his angels lose the challenge. (His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. Rev 12:4)
  9. There is only One God - There is no contest!! There is only One Who is all powerful, all knowing, all present, all Good. Lucifer and his followers are cast down to earth. (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! Is 14:12; Jesus replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Lk 10:18) Now Lucifer has lost all of the light, glory and splendor he once had. His name is now changed to Satan. His followers are also cast down to the place that was prepared for them. ("Then he will say to those on his left, `Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. Matt 25:41) They are now called demons and devils. They are completely incapable of acting within God's Love and Will. Satan and the devils and demons are completely evil. The opposite of good.  (Notice the word devil is a "d" + "evil".) 
  10. Satan and the devils hate God. They hate God Almighty because of their own pride in themselves. They hate God always, no matter what.  They want to be selfishly in charge. They want things their own way. Since they are doomed to failure, doomed to hell, permanently and eternally to suffer, they war on God. Unlike humans, their own nature and character is unable to change. There is no hope for them. They have seen God in all of His Majesty, Magnificence, Love (God is Love. 1 John 4:16), and Glory and rejected the Lord God Almighty. There is no turning back for satan and the devils. (From now on the word "devil" will be used for satan and devils and demons for the purpose of not honoring them.)
  11. The devils always war against God. They cannot harm God. They can never win. They have already lost permanently. They are only capable of Hating. Their hate for God propels them to hate whomever God loves. If they hate who God loves, then they can hurt who God loves. They can also hurt God's creation. However, the devil can only cause harm if the Lord God allows him (Job chapters 1 & 2).  They are hoping to hurt God, but God has won the eternally victory already. (For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory." "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor15: 53-57)
  12. The devil's purpose and goal is to hurt people and all of God's creation.  The devil uses people to accomplish his goals and purposes.  (You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44)
  13. The devil tries to destroy God's fellowship with His creatures. (Read the book of Job.) The devil tries to rob people of their joy, peace, harmony, love, and of every gift that comes from God. The devil accomplishes this through lies and sin. If he can convince us in our minds, hearts, emotions, spirit, bodies, and pleasures that this temporal world is the complete reality, that there is no God, that we are nothing in God's image, then the devil is winning in that territory. (Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:26-27.) The devil has already lost the war, but he may win battles.
  14. God, in all of His Ultimate Perfection, was rejected by the devil. God wanted, but did not need, the friendship and fellowship of other creatures. So God created a second time. God knew that He was going to do this since He alone is omniscient ("omniscient" means knowing everything, past, present and future). God created creatures that could not see Him clearly, but who could see His character by what He does. (For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith." The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Rom 1:17-20) God chose to make human beings, that is you and me, and all people!!
  15. God made humans physical and to be able to relate with Him spiritually and in every way that He has made them. In this physical realm, humans are limited on the amount of harm that they can do to themselves. In this limited time realm, they can learn about God and come to a decision on if they wanted to live with Him now by faith and after their death forever and ever, --- or not.
  16. God created man in His own image (Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, Genesis 1:26-27 Editor's Note: The word "us" refers to the Trinity, the triune Godhead.). God breathed a living and eternal soul into man. (the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. Gen 1:7) From that point on, the soul was infused upon conception. God's purpose is to call each one he creates, you and me, to Himself and make them His sons by adoption. (For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." Rom 8:15; Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. Rom 8:23; the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Rom 9:4) God created each one individually and with great care and love. ("Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; Jer 1:5)
  17. God made Adam and Eve to be rulers of the earth. Gen 1:26-31, Gen 2:15-17, 25 No one else was to rule all the earth except mankind. God is man's guide and Sovereign Ruler, the One to whom every man, woman, and child must give an account for every choice they make. (Hebrews 4:13, 1 Peter 4:5, Romans 14:12, Hebrews 9:27
  18. God loves all of His creatures. God is Love (John 4:16). God cannot deny His own nature and character. But above all, God loves people. (Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Matt 6:26-27) God created men and women and children to have a personal and intimate relationship with Himself. ("O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. Matt 23:37 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. John 15:4; And you said, "The LORD our God has shown us his glory and his majesty, and we have heard his voice from the fire. Today we have seen that a man can live even if God speaks with him. Deut 5:25)
  19. God created the Earth with great care and love. (Read Genesis 1-2) God spent much care and detail to prepare everything before the arrival of man. (For this is what the LORD says-- he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited-- he says: "I am the LORD, and there is no other. Isa 45:18.)
  20. God formed the first man Himself. With great and tender loving care God used His own Hand to form Adam. Then God breathed into his nostrils to be a living breathing soul.  (The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. Gen 2:7)
  21. For His own pleasure, God walked and talked with Adam ("Adam" means "the first man"). God had an open relationship with the first man. God and Adam had a loving friendship together. (Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. Gen 2:15-25)
  22. God knew Adam was lonely. (But for Adam no suitable helper was found. Gen 2:20) God wanted a suitable mate for Adam. (The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him." Gen 2:18) So God made it good. God made Adam a suitable help mate. God made Eve. (Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. Gen 2:21-25) Wow! Imagine Adam's joy!
  23. God walked and talked with both Adam and Eve.
  24. Then came the enemy. The devil did not want any joy. The devil is miserable and wants everyone to be feeling hopeless, angry, rejected and badly too. The devil watched and waited, looking for an opportunity to strike doubt, temptation and evil into the lives of the trusting and pure human beings. The devil hates God. The devil hates people. The devil wants to ruin people's relationships with God because he knows that only in a right relationship with God can any real joy, hope and peace exist and flourish.
  25. The devil knows Adam and Eve are not allowed to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  While God is out of the area, the devil goes to that tree. (The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. And the LORD God commanded the man, "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die." Gen 2:15-17)
  26. Notice the devil hides from God. He lurks in the shadows and sits in forbidden places. (Genesis 3:1-7) This is the devil's standard pattern: in darkness and bad places. (The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. John 1:5 ; in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes. 2 Cor 2:11)
  27. The devil lies to Eve. The devil tries to confuse her thoughts and break her friendship with God. ("Did God really say, (This casts doubt) 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"(Not God's words at all!) "You will not surely die," (another lie, for spiritual death is true death!) "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God (another lie: tempting Eve to be prideful), knowing good and evil." Gen 3:1-5 ;   "And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 2 Cor 11:14) This is the devil's standard pattern: (He is a liar from the beginning. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44)  The devil casts doubt on God's Word and shades of darkness upon Eve's thoughts.
  28. The only way to combat the enemy's thoughts is by being filled with the Holy Spirit and knowing God's Word, the Bible and the intent of God's Word. (You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4)
  29. The devil wants to break Eve's trust in God's authority. The devil knows the truth. He knows exactly what God said, and why God said it. The devil knows that God is right. The devil knows that God's authority can never be shaken because God is sovereign, but the devil wants to cause pain, injury, harm and evil to Adam and Eve. The devil wants to ruin God's creation. The devil wants to get power and control at the cost of a human soul, Eve, you and me.
  30. Eve falls for it. Eve is beguiled into disobedience by her own freewill. (When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. Gen 3:6) Eve did not know God's Word, and did not trust God's Love for her enough to resist the temptation. (Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7)
  31. How are you with God's Word, the Bible? Are you learning about God and His love and His relationship with you? (Luke 4:1-14 shows how Jesus combated the devil successfully.)
  32. Eve did not call upon the Lord for help. (My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Ps 84:2) Eve did not ask Adam for help. She went her own way. (We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isa 53:6; Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Prov 16:8) How often do you do this? What are the consequences of your actions which effect generations yet to come? Eve sinned first, but so do you and I.
  33. Eve, of her own free will, bit the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Once she bit the fruit, Eve has a new choice to make. She can choose to stop sinning, or to sin again. Eve can tell of her immediate feeling of fear, loneliness, and separation from God and His Love. Eve can repent and confess her sin. Eve can cry out for the Lord God to help her. --Instead, Eve chooses to sin again. Eve gives Adam the fruit to taste and eat. (She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Gen 3:6) (Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. Ps 34:8)
  34. Adam chose to eat of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam freely chose to ignore what God had told him directly. By this singular act, what God promised both of them would happen did happen. Adam and Eve both died spiritually. Their bodies bore the effects of their spirit's sin by having physical death later on. 
  35. By Adam's act of willful disobedience against God's Words, Adam relinquished his rulership of the earth. (See note 17 above) Adam turned his ownership and princehood of this earth to the devil. From the time Adam sinned, everyone who is ever born of man is a descendent of Adam, and has a sin nature and are children of the devil. This curse is permanently reversed by anyone who chooses to know, love, and obey the Lord God Almighty on His terms, through His Son  Jesus Christ. (Note: Jesus was born of woman only and had God as His Father, thereby Jesus Christ had no sin nature.)
  36. Eve and Adam hid. They knew they had done wrong. (Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Gen 3:7,8)
  37. The devil just watched his success in causing pain and horror in God's first two human beings. The devil did not flee, for he was enjoying the torment he helped bring through his temptation and deception of Eve and Adam. That is how the devil is with you, too. Adam and Eve hid themselves trying to hide their sinfulness.
  38. God came looking for His Adam and Eve. The Father Who had made them came looking to care for them. (But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?" Gen 3:9 ) God the omniscient knows exactly where they are, but He wants to give them an opportunity to use their free will and choose to have Him help them, to choose to love Him, to repent. God would love to hear, "Here we are! And we feel so ashamed and bad inside!! Help us!! We are in trouble!" (God wants you to always call out to him when you are in sin! Do you need to do that right now? - Then do it! He is listening to you.! Pray!)

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