In the previous blog, “Greater Light, Lesser Light”…we learned that in creation, the sun represents Jesus Christ as he is the “bright morning star, ” “true light,” and “greater light” that rules the day. However there is also a false and “lesser light” that rules the night, who is none other than Satan, our adversary–also known as Lucifer, the light bearer–represented by the moon. So what clues are given in creation about the Son of God and our adversary? Throughout this study, we will look at differences between the sun and moon, but in this introduction, we will focus on light and darkness as it pertains to righteousness and unrighteousness:
According to the article, Characteristics of the Sun:“the Sun is the largest object in the Solar System, accounting for 99.86% of the mass.”
The most obvious reason that the sun/Son is a greater source of light on Earth than the moon/Lucifer is that the sun larger than the moon—about 400 times larger (article: The Sun and Moon). Jesus Christ, who made all things, has power over the created being Satan. In Genesis 3, the LORD [Yhovah~Eternal] God [Elohim~God plural] told Satan how he would be defeated when the curse was delivered :
14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Theologians mostly agree on who the woman’s seed is, but they drastically differ on whom the serpent’s seed is. However, since we are discussing light and darkness, I think it is important to view the woman’s seed and the serpent’s seed from a spiritual perspective. Given that God said the woman’s seed would bruise the serpent’s head–which interestingly is the most effective way to kill a snake– literally means this child, who would defeat Satan, would be conceived without a man involved. Otherwise, God would have specified “Adam’s seed” because the seed is typically attributed to the father. Thus, Satan knew that the Messiah would come through a virgin and has been warring against her seed since:
17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Spiritually speaking, the seed of the woman are those who have submitted to Jesus Christ. As for the serpent’s seed, the literal interpretation would be the AntiChrist; however, spiritually, there are many antichrists, as John explains…
18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, andthat no ° lie is of the truth.
22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is° the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
Therefore, an antichrist spirit exists in anyone who denies the God the Father and Son [1 John 4:1-3]. Moreover, those who have not submitted to Christ, is already under Satan’s control whether they know it or not, and spiritually speaking, considered Satan’s “seed.” I know it might sound harsh but when the Pharisees questioned Jesus about His birth, Jesus told the Pharisees (i.e., religious rulers who were very knowledgeable of the Old Testament law) that their father was the devil [John 8:44]. Jesus didn’t tell the Pharisees that because they were “evil” per se, He told them that because anyone who does not have the Spirit of God, does not know God and His righteousness and cannot please Him:
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot °please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
We have our own standard or “knowledge of good & evil” but we cannot please God by our own self-righteousness and pride[Isaiah 64:6]. We are born with a sinful nature, because we inherited this depraved state due to Adam’s fall [Romans 5:12]. Yet the good news is “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” [1 Corinthians 15:22]. Therefore, we have a Savior who sends His spirit to renew our heart, seek His righteousness and convicts us when we fall short of His glory, while giving us the power to do so.
So what does this have to do with the sun and moon? Since the fall of man, two types of people existed: the children of light and the children of darkness. Paul told his fellow Christ followers:
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. [1 Thessolonians 5:5]
Therefore, a spiritual battle exists between Satan’s seed or “the children of darkness” and the woman’s seed—those who through submission “keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” and through Christ’s death became “the children of light.”
Stay tuned for The Son & Moon, Part 2- The differences between the sun and moon
Love & Light,