It is unfortunate that traditional Christianity does not teach about the first earth age that existed back when Satan rebelled.
Are you ready to learn some fascinating things from God's Word through old lovable Peter?
Peter knew the scriptures well and often draws from the Divine dealings recorded in the Old Testament.
Remember how he stood up on Pentecost Day and quoted the prophet Joel?
So we are going to lay some foundation in this study, going all the way back to the beginning of time, to bring us up to speed with some of the basics which Peter will talk about later on.
1 Peter 1:1
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
And not only was Peter sent forth to the early church, but even to this day he has been sent forth unto us to bring forth the teachings of the One with whom he walked side by side and received His personal instructions.
It is extremely important that we notice to whom this letter is written, because it is addressed to the "strangers" who are scattered or dispersed, even the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel.
James in his book would also address the "scattered" tribes: James 1:1 "James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting."
Also, the word "strangers" is an interesting and appropriate word used here because if you will take the time to look it up in Strong's Concordance you will discover that it means "pilgrims" and is translated as such in the next chapter in verse 11. "Pilgrims" makes one think of the sojourners to America and rightfully so, for they continued the migration to the west of the House of Israel to receive the promises made to their father Abraham to inherit the most resourceful and blessed piece of real estate on earth, which lies from sea to shining sea!
That's right, the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel are not really lost at all.
It's just that you have to be familiar with the Word of
God to know who they are and where they are instead of listening to the
traditions of men who would have everyone who is not called a Jew believing
they are gentiles. What a bunch of malarkey.
gentile H1471 â?é â?åé go?y go?y go'ee, go'-ee Apparently from the same root as H1465 (in the sense of massing); a foreign nation; hence a Gentile; also (figuratively) a troop of animals, or a flight of locusts: - Gentile, heathen, nation, people.
gentile G1484 ??????? ethnos eth'-nos Probably from G1486; a
race (as of the same habit), that is, a tribe; specifically a foreign (non-Jewish)
one (usually by implication pagan): - Gentile, heathen, nation, people.
 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
The word eklektos (elect) comes from eklegomai (chosen), and what Peter is saying is that there was a time, long ago, when our Father "chose" those who deserved to be chosen to be used by Him whenever and however He so chooses!
Now it is up to you to choose whether or not to believe and understand it.
It is unfortunate that traditional Christianity does not teach about the earth age that existed when Satan rebelled and drew a third of God's children away from our Father (Rev. 12:4).
Oh, they recognize that it happened but seem unable to connect it with the fact that there was once a cataclysmic event that destroyed every structure and every living thing on this planet and the entire global surface was covered with water.
You can read about that destruction in Jeremiah chapter 4.
This is the Lord speaking:
For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.
One needs to know and understand the use of the Hebrew words tohu va bohu, without form and void.
And please note the fact that there was no light, which is why He would first say in Gen. 1:3 "Let there be light".
There was light during the flood of Noah, so let's not be ignorant (or sottish) and try to say this was Noah's flood.
 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.
 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.
But there was NO MAN here.
No birds like a raven or dove either!
 I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger.
You bet there was and the North and South Poles were plush with green vegetation, too.
All of it was destroyed, broken down, BY GOD HIMSELF!
Hello, wake up!
Again, the earth wasn't destroyed when He created it!
He created it beautiful and to be inhabited in Genesis 1:1.
God Himself even says that He didn't create it in the condition of Gen. 1:2. Isaiah records His words for us:
For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
But it "became" (see NIV translation) that way in Genesis 1:2 when our Father knocked this planet off its true axis, which is why magnetic north and true north are 80 to 90 miles apart depending on the wobble, and slightly out of it's true 360 day orbit around the sun.
Have you ever read the Book of Job?
If so, do you remember after the 37 chapters of traditional church teaching by Job's buddies (which God said was bunk), that He gave Job a little lesson in humility and perspective? God described to Job the creation in Genesis 1:1, not Genesis 1:3, and guess what?
ALL the sons of God, that would include Job and you and me and all those who have died in the flesh and have returned back home (Eccles. 12:7), and those who haven't made the trip here yet, i.e. are waiting to be born in the flesh, SANG FOR JOY at the beautiful handiwork of God.
They wouldn't have sang for joy at the condition in which it is described in Genesis 1:2.
They would have said "Yecch!"
Here's the account where God is speaking to Job:
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
He was amongst those singing for Joy!
 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
Job couldn't answer that question and neither can NASA!
 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Your documentation is in Ezekiel 28:15 concerning Satan: "Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee."
But after his rebellion, Satan was judged in that "world that then was", a phrase Peter will use in chapter 3 of his 2nd book, and sentenced to DIE!
That is why Satan is called "Death" and is referred to as the "son of perdition", the son who will perish.
Of course God wasn't too happy with the rest of His kids who sided along with Satan, but rather than judging them and perhaps sentencing them to die, He postponed judgment until after the Millennium, after His plan to redeem them, the plan of salvation (which means to salvage), has been accomplished.
So He destroyed the earth age that was, the age to which all "Fossils" and "Remains" belong, and gave us this flesh age to be born of woman, innocent, without any prior knowledge of the "world that then was", with an opportunity to decide whether to love God or follow Satan.
Now you know what happened to the dinosaurs, don't you!
God destroyed them all following Satan's rebellion!
The apostle Paul knew all of this, just like Peter did.
They both speak of the time before the "foundation of this earth age" so matter of factly that it makes you wonder why everyone doesn't talk or teach about it.
Here's Paul talking about the same "elect" or "chosen":
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
They were chosen before the foundation of the world, a long time before they would be born in the flesh.
 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
So we see that God predestinated His elect to be used "according to the good pleasure of His will", i.e. however He so chooses.
Our Father knew us all, long before we were born of woman to temporarily dwell in a flesh tabernacle, which we call our body.
He knew Jeremiah before he was born:
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
That is how He could say in Romans 9:13 "Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated" even before they were yet born.
Yes, He knew us all long before we were born.
But guess what?
We've left out the best part!
We know that Satan drew 1/3 of God's sons away from Him, but there were some who stood and fought against the dragon [Satan] and made our Father proud of them.
They exercised their "free will" then, (in the first earth age) and chose to love God and not Satan, and so God has chosen them and predestined them to be a part of His plan in this earth age.
He has used them all down through history until even now.
And you know what else?
He chose the last ones, the elect who would be present during the final generation, first!
Now you know the more in-depth meaning to Christ's words that the first shall be last; and the last first.
So no altar call is necessary for God's elect, His chosen, because when He's ready to use them He'll let them know.
He might knock them off their horses (Paul) or have them swallowed by a big fish (Jonah) or just call them away from fishing (Peter, Andrew, James, and John) if they are the type who haven't let their "free will" run riot, like some He has to rescue from themselves first.
If you understand any of that which we are talking about, then you can fill in your own experience.
So it is God's elect to whom Peter addressed this marvelous epistle.
Read Romans 8:29-39 and discover that they were not only chosen and predestinated, but "them He also justified".
Are you one of God's elect?
If so, this Book of Peter is addressed to you!
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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