Heaven, the Abode of God has taken at least couple of different forms. One was the Heaven we read in Genesis - that place where God was surrounded by ALL those angels which He created. Now, the subject of Angels is a fascinating one; one that is rarely spoken in Christian circles - thereby leaving us with a gaping void about these heavenly creatures.
The other heaven is where God resides now. The future heaven will be when He comes and lives with us.
Most of us do not know this, but we are not supposed to worship Angels. Just like humans, angels worship and serve God (Isaiah 6:2-3; Revelation 22:8-9). In ancient times, angels were able to take on the form of humans as they delivered messages for Him
Angels were mostly created on the first day. Job 38:1-7 indicate that angels were present as eyewitnesses during the creation of our Universe.
All these angels are believed to be present in the Garden of Eden even after Adam and Eve were created. Bible speaks of those angels. God designated Lucifer as the "Angel of Worship." He was assigned to dwell in the awesome presence of a perfect and holy God. To fulfill this task, Lucifer had to be perfect too, and he was one step above the rest of the angels, both in appearance and wisdom - He was an Archangel.
Ezekiel 28:13-15 You were in Eden,
the garden of God;
every precious stone adorned you:
carnelian, chrysolite and emerald,
topaz, onyx and jasper,
lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl.
Your settings and mountings were made of gold;
on the day you were created they were prepared.
14 You were anointed as a guardian cherub,
for so I ordained you.
You were on the holy mount of God;
you walked among the fiery stones.
15 You were blameless in your ways
from the day you were created
till wickedness was found in you.
Matthew 4:8-10 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,Then one day, Archangel Lucifer was thrown out of the heaven. In an effort to weaken God's powers, he did his best to take as many angels with him to form a coalition against God. He wanted all those angels to worship him. Hundreds, or even thousands of angels were confused - without having the slightest idea of whether to stick around with God, or to follow the ousted Lucifer. Majority of them, due to the fear of Lucifer hurting them left God's presence. All those who left are termed demons.
“‘You shall worship the Lord your God
and him only shall you serve.’”
Lucifer hated three things - God, God's creatures and God's abode - heaven. After being expelled by heaven, his next aim was to turn God's creation against him. That's when he took the form of a serpent and arrived near Eve. He succeeded in his mission. The human race had fallen. Lucifer introduced sin and even death into the world. He did not stop there - rather he started spreading the lie about heaven to those fallen people and has succeeded quite a bit on that level as well. Being the prince of deception, he does his best in robbing the joy of heaven from the minds of ordinary people. He prevents us from seeing God's heaven, and works hard towards getting it off our spiritual radar. The chief lie he promotes among us is that, "there is no life beyond earth - death is the end. Hence love those things of this life and party as much as you can, while on earth."
One would think Lucifer - aka Satan, would be called a a prince of darkness. However in the Bible, he is called as and angel of light.
2 Corinthians 11:14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.Listen to this carefully - Satan tries to put on a nice, harmless disguise and appears as the one standing up for good (rather than evil). He tried to be that "Mr. Nice Guy" by offering to feed Jesus while he was hungry in the desert.
The very same Satan is capable of appearing in front of us, disguised as God, or even Jesus. Isn't that a spine chilling, hair raising thought? How would we be able to identify Satan at that instant, as we could hardly tell the real Jesus from real Satan. I've been meditating on this question for several weeks now, and think I have the answer.
When God created everything, including those angels, Lady Wisdom was God's companion, standing beside our Lord.
Proverbs 3:19 By wisdom the LORD laid the earth's foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place;
Proverbs 8:22 "The LORD brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old;Only with the help of wisdom, we can tell the difference between Lucifer and Jesus. Jesus was filled with wisdom and hence could tell that he was not being offered food, rather was being tempted and tested by Satan.
A word of caution - we are not strong enough to resist or withstand Satan. Never be deceived into believing that we can out-think, out-wit, out-subtle, or spiritually overcome Satan by ourselves. His powers and "wisdom" will put us to shame. Jesus Christ is the only one who has defeated Satan, and Jesus will come to our rescue when we ask him at times of need. Lady Wisdom will enable us to see that we are facing our diabolic enemy, when we truly are.
Get wisdom, get understanding - let your eyes be opened, and may you be able to see God's "Road-map for Heaven."