For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. Romans 8, 18-23
Have we really understand this amazing apostolic statement, spoken by the great apostle Paul. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
Paul says that not just the earth will be set free, but all that God has created? Paul is says that not only is the earth in the grip of bondage, but all of creation. What an profound statement by Paul.
How misunderstood today is Gods great plan of redemption and salvation. The heavens will also participate in this cosmic event, when God manifests his Sons and Daughters, at the day of the Lord.
What is man, that You are mindful of him, or the son of man, that You care for him? You made him a little lower than the angels; You crowned him with glory and honor; You have put in subjection all things under his feet. For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing unsubject to him. But at present not yet do we see all things having been subjected to him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, because of the suffering of death, having been crowned with glory and with honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting to Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, having brought many sons to glory, to make perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings. Hebrews 2, 6-10
The great eternal destiny of Gods good creation, is now being, through Christs death and resurrection, restored for and unto the redeemed sons and daughters of God, how amazing is this!
But I am saying inasmuch time as the heir is an infant, he carries nothing of more-value than that of a bondservant, though being lord of all; but is under guardians and stewards till the appointed-day of the father. So also, when we were infants, we were enslaved under the fundamental principles of the world. But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth his Son, born out of a woman, born under the law, in order that he might buy those up who were under the law, in order that we might receive the sonship. \ulnone\nosupersub And because you are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. So-that you are no longer a bondservant, but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. But indeed back then, not knowing God, you were enslaved to those who by nature are not gods. Galations 4, 1-8
Paul is saying that the whole creation is presently in a state of slavery to the angelic powers, which God created.
Paul says that creation is in the grip of bondage to the rulers and powers of the heavens. This is an epic statement by Paul.
Its like the whole creation lives under the bondage of the angelic order of the cosmos? Not only is the earth in the grip of corruption, but also the heavens are in some way under subjection to these cosmic powers, whom the prince of the powers of the air has somehow, as Paul says, become the god of this present eon.
Those we live in Christ, waiting for the blessed hope, which is to coming, come under such great assaults from these cosmic world powers.
These cosmic rulers and powers know what is waiting for the elect of God.
These powers over creation, know full well what the revealing of the Sons of God represent to the present systems and structures, which this world is presently cradled in.
All the creation will be set free from these dominating cosmic war lords, who rule their subjects with fear, intimidation, and deception.
These heavenly beings, who are the present governmental authorities, which sit in these high places of govermental ruler-ship, situated in the cosmos of creation.
These powers of the heavens, they are the foundationial structures of this present order and system of present reality, which creation is presently in the grip of.
The foundations and systems of human life, they are a reflection of who these cosmic powers really are.
If we really want to know what this other world of the kingdom of the air looks like, then all we have to do is look at this present world and it systems, which this present age is cradled in, and under.
This present world order of reality, is the reflection of these world dominating rulers, whom sit in the high seats of governmental power, as the gods of this present age.
The humanity of this present age, lives and reflects these invisible, cosmic, ruling orders, systems, and structures of life.
These invisible principalities and powers, who dwell in the cosmos over creation, which is located in the realm of the kingdom of the air, they were created by the God of heaven, to lead humanity to the God who created all things.
In the beginning it was God in Christ who created these positions of governmental authority over his creation. God set these rulers and authorities in these high places of governmental positions, in the roles as his governors and magistrates over the cosmos.
For all things were created in Him, the things in the heavens, and the things on the earth, the visible and the invisible; whether thrones, or lordships, or rulers, or authorities, all things have been created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and all things consist in Him. Colossians 1-16,17
The principalities and powers, Paul says that they are the gods of this present age of the the cosmos, which is the present order and system of this present creation.
These rulers, who rule over the cosmos of Gods creation, they somehow have corrupted all their ways. Instead of leading humanity to the God who created all things, they now lead man away from God, and now to themselves, as the gods of this age.
These systems and structures, which these powers move and operate in, they were all created and given by God, for the good of all his creatures.
Something happened, long ago, the bible has things to say about it, but there is so much that is left unsaid.
There seemed to be a great cosmic rebellion, which occurred in the realm of the kingdom of the heavens. These rulers and authorities, who were given the places of great honor and authority, by the God who created them and all things, they somehow rebelled against the God who created the heavens and the earth..
I think the bible is pretty clear, that these powers, who are in a present state and condition of hostile rebellion to the purposes of God, they did not lose these positions of delegated authority, as the rulers and authorities of this age.
Even in this great cosmic rebellion, God did not remove them from their positionial authority, over the created cosmos. God left them in places of governmental authority, but God did, by the event of the cross of Calvary, pronounce and deliver divine judgment on their rebbellion.
These rulers of the great rebellion know that their long rein of rebellion and teror over Gods good creation, it has and ending season to it. These world dominating powers, who brood over creation, they do know what happened through the cross of Christ.
Having stripped off the principalities and the authorities, he publicly made a show of them, triumphing over them in it. Colossians 2- 15
Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glorification. None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 1 Corinthians 2, 6-8
At the climax of this present age, which is called the great day of the Lord, there will be a great change of universal, cosmic, government, over the entire cosmos.
On the great day of the Lord, God will reveal his true priests and kings, Sons of the new order of creation, birthed at the cross of calvary, who will sit and rule through Christ, over Gods restored creation, they will truly represent, and be the true imagers, of the loving and good God, who created all things in Christ.
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels warred against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels warred back. And he did not have strength, nor was found a place for them any longer in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown out, the ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, deceiving the whole inhabited world. He was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. And I heard a great voice in heaven, saying: “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ have come. Revelation 12, 7-10