Cast out without Force

Posted Mar 15, 2018 by Ruben Olschewsky in Blog
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Cast out without Force!

Revelation 12:9 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.

We nod our head in approbation that a rebellious leader like Satan, and his sympathisers, should not be tolerated. In order to maintain the harmony of Heaven it would make sense to throw out those elements that deprive everyone of this Harmony. Our natural sense of Justice is satisfied with this picture. However, we are told that the natural mind is motivated by a power that is not Heaven born.

1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal (natural) mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

James 1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

If then I cannot rely on my natural understanding, how does God reveal his system of Government?

Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

 Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying,Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.

1 Kings 19:11-12 And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: 12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Matthew 7:1-2 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

Malachi 3:5-6 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts. 6 For I the Lord, I change not;therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

It would appear that the workings of God are not as we would expect and sister White expresses this further when she states:

Satan’s deceptive power was to be broken. This could not be done by force. The exercise of force is contrary to the principles of God’s government; He desires only the service of love; and love cannot be commanded; it cannot be won by force or authority. Only by love is love awakened. To know God is to love Him; His character must be manifested in contrast to the character of Satan. {DA 22.1}

With this in mind, let us return to the original text and consider the expulsion of Satan and Angels from heaven. The text uses the following Greek word:

 g0906. βάλλω ballō; a primary verb; to throw (in various applications, more or less violent or intense): to give over to one's care uncertain about the result.

It is clear then that this word has a number of possible applications which can imply the use of force and also the letting go of something uncertain of what the outcome will be which is certainly not a use of force. With what is being revealed in scripture about the character of God I would like to present some additional texts that use this same word and place some context to this event of casting out the demonic host from heaven.

Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send (G0906) peace on earth: I came not to send (G0906) peace, but a sword.

Christ’s message was certainly a message of peace but its effect upon earth was the contrary because the spirit that rules the earth is the spririt of Satan which is at war with the Gospel of peace. Hence, Christ’s revelation of peace was seen through perverted understanding.

John 13:5 After that he poureth (G0906) water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

Was Christ’s pouring out the water, by which He was to manifest the Kingdom of God where value is not connected to position, an act of violence? You decide.

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out (G0906) fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

How does perfect Love cast out fear? Considering that perfect Love (Agape) is expressed in the same chapter as being God Himself (1 John 4:8) it would make sense that Perfect love will cast out fear in much the same way as Light will “cast out” darkness. The presence of light causes darkness to disappear.

1 John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

Acts 26:18  To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

Let us consider some further texts that speak on the expulsion of Satan from heaven:

Jude 1:6  And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Ezekiel 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

The statement of “I will cast thee out as profane out” has all been built on the Hebrew word “Halal”

h2490. חָלַל ḥâlal; a primitive root; properly, to bore, i.e. (by implication) to wound, to dissolve; figuratively, to profane (a person, place or thing), to break (one's word), to begin (as if by an “opening wedge”); denom. (from 2485) to play (the flute): — begin (x men began), defile, x break, defile, x eat (as common things), x first, x gather the grape thereof, x take inheritance, pipe, player on instruments, pollute, (cast as) profane (self), prostitute, slay (slain), sorrow, stain, wound.

The common use of this term in the bible is as follows; begin 52, profane 36, pollute 23, defile 9, break 4, wounded 3, eat 2, slay...

It would certainly make sense that Satan was defiled, broken or wounded from the Holy Hill as it would be speaking of his pride and aspirations. But it really doesn’t address the casting out part. The “apostolic bible polyplot”, which an interlinear style of Septuagint has expressed the verse in the following manner:

(ABP+)  From G575the abundance G4128 G3588  of your trade G1711 G1473  you filled G4130 G3588  your storerooms G5009 G1473  with lawlessness, G458  and G2532  sinned. G264  And G2532  you were wounded G5135  from G575the mountain G3735 G3588  of God, G2316  and G2532  [4led G71  5you G1473  1the G3588  2cherub G5501.4 G3588  3overshadowing] G4951.3  from out of G1537the midst G3319  of the stones G3037  of fire. G4447

the text here is almost identical with the LXX Septuagint and it is surprising to note that the term “cast out” also has no presence. It would appear that the idea of casting out was introduced by interpretation of context. What I mean by this is simply this, if the translator has understood that the events in heaven took place in this manner then that is what they have written into this text believing this to be accurate.

I will add another text for your consideration:

2 Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

it would seem straight forward here to find a greek word to express the word “cast” but again we find that a direct match is not found. I will supply the text in an interlinear translation to explain:

(ABP+)  For if G1487 G1063 G3588  God G2316  [2of angels G32  3sinning G264  1spared not], G3756 G5339  but G235  in chains G4577of the infernal G2217  region G5020  delivered them up G3860  for G1519  [2judgment G2920  1being kept for]; G5083

the concept of “cast into” comes from the use of the word  g5020. ταρταρόω tartaroō; from Τάρταρος Tartaros (the deepest abyss of Hades). The suffix “ω” alters the meaning of the root word , the deepest abyss of Hades, to involve an action. However, the action is actually not prescribed by the suffix but rather by tradition. The suffix itself only implies “to do” meaning to result in being in the physical place of Hades. How that is to be accomplished is actually not expressed by the suffix.

So we have another text which does not actually express a casting out directly leaving us with the expression that is revealed in Jude 1:6 which states that they (the demons) “left”.

I would like to use the spirit of prophecy now to highlight some principles based on the following fundamental thoughts;

  1. We are controlled by either Christ or Satan
  2. If we are controlled by Christ then we have the mind of Christ
  3. If we are controlled by Satan then we have the mind of Satan

These principles are based upon the following texts (Romans 8:6,7; 1 Cor 2:14; John8:34; James4:4; Phil 2:5; Col 1:27; Gal 2:20)

Below are some statements from Sister White which explain circumstances in which Christ casts people out:

In the Garden of Eden

But the great Lawgiver was about to make known to Adam and Eve the consequences of their transgression. The divine presence was manifested in the garden. In their innocence and holiness they had joyfully welcomed the approach of their Creator; but now they fled in terror, and sought to hide in the deepest recesses of the garden. (PP 57.4)

The effect of God manifesting His presence brought about a fleeing from the soul controlled by Satan.

 After their sin Adam and Eve were no longer to dwell in Eden. They earnestly entreated that they might remain in the home of their innocence and joy. They confessed that they had forfeited all right to that happy abode, but pledged themselves for the future to yield strict obedience to God. But they were told that their nature had become depraved by sin; they had lessened their strength to resist evil and had opened the way for Satan to gain more ready access to them. In their innocence they had yielded to temptation; and now, in a state of conscious guilt, they would have less power to maintain their integrity. { PP 61.4}

In humility and unutterable sadness they bade farewell to their beautiful home and went forth to dwell upon the earth, where rested the curse of sin.

           Were they forcible removed from the Garden? No, after their initial fear at the appearing of Christ in the Garden, they communed with Him and He explained their state of mind. Adam and Eve heard the explanation given to them from the divine one and they obeyed.

In the Temple at Jerusalem

With searching glance, Christ takes in the scene before Him as He stands upon the steps of the temple court……As He beholds the scene, indignation, authority, and power are expressed in His countenance. The attention of the people is attracted to Him. The eyes of those engaged in their unholy traffic are riveted upon His face. They cannot withdraw their gaze. They feel that this Man reads their inmost thoughts, and discovers their hidden motives. Some attempt to conceal their faces, as if their evil deeds were written upon their countenances, to be scanned by those searching eyes. { DA 157.4}

The confusion is hushed. The sound of traffic and bargaining has ceased. The silence becomes painful. A sense of awe overpowers the assembly. It is as if they were arraigned before the tribunal of God to answer for their deeds. Looking upon Christ, they behold divinity flash through the garb of humanity. The Majesty of heaven stands as the Judge will stand at the last day,—not now encircled with the glory that will then attend Him, but with the same power to read the soul. His eye sweeps over the multitude, taking in every individual. His form seems to rise above them in commanding dignity, and a divine light illuminates His countenance. He speaks, and His clear, ringing voice—the same that upon Mount Sinai proclaimed the law that priests and rulers are transgressing—is heard echoing through the arches of the temple: “Take these things hence; make not My Father’s house an house of merchandise.” { DA 158.1}

Slowly descending the steps, and raising the scourge of cords gathered up on entering the enclosure, He bids the bargaining company depart from the precincts of the temple. With a zeal and severity He has never before manifested, He overthrows the tables of the money-changers.

Jesus does not smite them with the whip of cords, but in His hand that simple scourge seems terrible as a flaming sword. Officers of the temple, speculating priests, brokers and cattle traders, with their sheep and oxen, rush from the place, with the one thought of escaping from the condemnation of His presence. { DA 158.2}

A panic sweeps over the multitude, who feel the overshadowing of His divinity. Cries of terror escape from hundreds of blanched lips. Even the disciples tremble. They are awestruck by the words and manner of Jesus, so unlike His usual demeanor. They remember that it is written of Him, “The zeal of Thine house hath eaten Me up.” Psalm 69:9.

A superficial reading of this scene would conclude that Christ lost His temper and began “casting out” all those who were working evil in the Temple. It even says that His disciples “trembled”. This scene however is not finished and the subsequent events play a crucial part in understanding how we ought to read:

Overpowered with terror, the priests and rulers had fled from the temple court, and from the searching glance that read their hearts. In their flight they met others on their way to the temple, and bade them turn back, telling them what they had seen and heard. Christ looked upon the fleeing men with yearning pity for their fear, and their ignorance of what constituted true worship. {DA 162.1}

When they fled, the poor remained behind; and these were now looking to Jesus, whose countenance expressed His love and sympathy. With tears in His eyes, He said to the trembling ones around Him: Fear not; I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify Me. For this cause came I into the world. { DA 162.5}

The people pressed into Christ’s presence with urgent, pitiful appeals: Master, bless me. His ear heard every cry. With pity exceeding that of a tender mother He bent over the suffering little ones. All received attention. Everyone was healed of whatever disease he had. The dumb opened their lips in praise; the blind beheld the face of their Restorer. The hearts of the sufferers were made glad. { DA 163.1}

Consider now what makes one group of people run away screaming in terror while another group remains with concern. The group who ran away were those who projected their violent authority upon the people of Israel through lies and the traditions which they had formulated. This image was now being reflected back onto them through their fear of exposure. The record tells us that those who remained were the frail, the sick, the dying, the mothers and children. If anyone was going to run away from a violent authoritarian it would be the children and yet they felt drawn to Him. Additonally, the act of throwing someone out is an act of violence and the scripture tells us that Christ never did any violence:

Isaiah 53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

However, the leaders of Israel were known for “casting out” people:

John 9:22 These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

John 12:42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:

Luke 4:29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.

This violent behaviour was manifest by the Religious rulers of the Nation of Israel and Christ told them of what Spirit they were of:

John 8:44 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.

In closing I would like you to consider the following sequence of texts:

John 3:17,19, 20

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

It is the manifestation of the matchless charms of Christ which dispels evil while at the same time attracting the poor in Spirit. May you be blessed as you meditateupon this study