Bible Questions & Answers – Part 56

If God cannot look upon evil, how does He have a conversation with Satan after Satan has fallen? & Where did evil come from?

That’s all bound up in what you mean about “look upon,” the Lord cannot look upon iniquity, that is to say the Lord cannot indulge Himself in that. It doesn’t mean He can’t see it because He sees it everywhere. He’s omnipresent, right? And He’s omniscient, therefore He is well aware of all evil.

Furthermore, every human being who has ever lived has a record of his evil written down and all the unregenerate who are brought before the Great White Throne will be judged according to everything that is written in the book. There is an indelible record for every sin ever committed, except in the case of those sins that are blotted out…

So when it says He doesn’t look upon it, it means that He doesn’t look upon it with tolerance, He doesn’t look upon it with favor. It means He doesn’t engage Himself with it. He cannot look upon evil.

That is, He cannot let evil go unpunished. And in the book of Habakkuk where it says that God cannot look on evil, that is a statement tied in to the fact that Habakkuk is struggling with why does God send the evil Chaldeans to judge Israel?

And His answer is, because He can’t tolerate the evil in Israel. So He’s very aware of it. Sinners are, in reality, in His presence all the time because His presence is everywhere. So it’s not out of the boundaries of God’s omnipresence and omniscience to have to even deal with Satan.

It’s much better to say, ‘I have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ’.

He is much more personally involved with Satan and demons than most people would like to think. They all operate under His sovereign control. They have boundaries beyond which they cannot go. Class in point, Job. He can only go so far because God put boundaries on what he could do. So He is engaged with them.

That’s one of the reasons I don’t like the phrase, “I have a personal relationship with Christ,” well so does the devil and so do all the demons and so does everybody else in the world and it’s a very personal one, it’s not a good one, but it’s a very personal one. He is personally acquainted with everything about everyone’s life. It’ much better to say, “I have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. I have a loving relationship with Jesus Christ, He’s my Lord, I’m His slave.” Okay?

Nothing specifically going on in Israel right now is connected to biblical prophecy

Now your first question, with regard to the threats on Israel coming from Iran or Afghanistan, or any other source, I think there’s one thing we need to understand that nothing specifically going on in Israel right now is connected to biblical prophecy. Okay? This…this might surprise you. The fact that Israel exists is certainly prophetic, the fact that they’re in their land is setting the stage. But the motions and movements in the Middle East and in Europe, you just…you just can’t get too specific. I remember when there were ten nations in the European Confederacy, European Economic Community, people were saying that’s the ten horns, the ten toes, Daniel’s image. But then, all of a sudden, there were twenty. Now we’ve got a problem here. So we don’t want to do a lot of headline exegesis of prophetic passages.

I am not pro-national Israel, I am pro-prophetic Israel. Do you see a difference there?

Some of the Arab pastors feel that you’re pro-Israel, maybe…maybe it would be good if there was a way to communicate with them.” I said, “Sure, let’s do this. Let’s have an Arab pastor’s lunch here and they can ask me anything they want and I will explain to them this, I am not pro-national Israel, I am pro-prophetic Israel. Do you see a difference there? I understand the future prophetic purpose of God unfolding in Israel during the time of the Tribulation when they look on Him whom they have pierced and they mourn for Him and a fountain of cleansing is opened and Israel is saved.

The full discussion can be viewed at Grace to You

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