Gnostic Doctrine

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Satan is Symbolic of an invading Army in the Book of Job



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the book of Job can be interpreted as a
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parable about the nation of Israel's
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suffering and captivity Satan has been
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walking to and fro in the earth
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intervening in the affairs of the
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nations is coming among the sons of God
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would indicate a turning in his interest
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as an adversary among the nations is
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coming among the sons of God would be a
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sign or a warning of an enemy nation's
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activity among God's people therefore
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thus says the Lord Yahweh an adversary
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shall surround the land and bring down
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your defenses from you and your
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strongholds shall be plundered Amos
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chapter 3 in verse 11 in terms of an
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historical application
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Satan's adversarial walking might
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symbolize the coming of Assyria upon the
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northern tribes of Israel or the
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Babylonian captivity we see a reference
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to the captivity in job chapter 42 and
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verse 10 yea we turned the captivity of
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job when he prayed for his friends
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Yahweh gave job twice as much as he had
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before this is echoed in Deuteronomy
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chapter 30 in verse 3 then Yahweh your
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God will turn your captivity and have
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compassion on you and will return and
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gather you from all the peoples where
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Yahweh your God has scattered you
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therefore the calamities that befall job
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symbolized the catastrophe facing the
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nation of Israel the to captivity z'
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first the taking away of the northern
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tribes of Israel and then the Babylonian
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captivity of the remaining free tribes
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there are a few links that support a
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symbolic
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on the standing of job's physical
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afflictions job sits on the ground and
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this is what Jerusalem does when she is
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made desolate Isaiah chapter 3 and verse
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26 and Isaiah chapter 52 and verse 2 job
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sits on ashes and was a response to the
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imminent destruction of Jerusalem in
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Jeremiah's day Jeremiah chapter 6 and
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verse 26 ezekiel chapter 27 and verse 30
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the Assyrian invasion reaches up to the
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neck of Judah see Isaiah chapter 8 and
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verse 8 and chapter 13 verse 28 and job
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is afflicted from the sole of his foot
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to the top of his head job is afflicted
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with the same disease as a zakiya job
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chapter 2 and verse 7 the second book of
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Kings chapter 20 in verse 7 Isaiah
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chapter 38 and verse 21 job's affliction
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is symbolic of the final siege he is now
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like the nation afflicted from the sole
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of the foot to the top of the ad the
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invader has now come to the neck of
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Jerusalem these links support a symbolic
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interpretation of job's physical
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afflictions

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