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September 2, 2016 
To my Dear Africans, 

Yesterday, I started a different article on 'THE ENTRANCE OF EVIL' And I said I would be splitting this article into four parts.  Here is the part two of it.

Discontent among the Angels.
Leaving his place in the presence of God, Lucifer went forth to diffuse discontent among the angels. With  mysterious secrecy, concealing his real purpose under an appearance of reverence for God, he endeavored to excite dissatisfaction concerning the laws that governed the heavenly beings, intimating that they imposed unnecessary restraint. Since their nature were holy, he urged that angels should obey the dictates of their own will. God had dealt unjustly with him in bestowing supreme honor upon Christ. He claimed he was not aiming at self - exaltation but was seeking to secure liberty for all the inhabitants of heaven, that they might attain a higher existence.
God bore Long with Lucifer. He was not degraded from his exalted station even when he began to present false claims before the angels. Again and again he was offered pardon on condition of repentance and submission. Such efforts as only infinite love could devise were made to convince him of his error. Discontent had never before been known in heaven. As his dissatisfaction was proved to be without cause, Lucifer was convinced that the divine claims were just and that he ought to acknowledge them before all heaven. Had he done this, he might have saved himself and many angels. If he had been willing to return to God, satisfied to fill the place appointed him, he would have been reinstated in his office. But PRIDE forbade him to submit. He maintained that he had no need of repentance, and fully committed himself in the great controversy against his Maker.
All the power of his master mind were now bent to deception, to secure the sympathy of the angels, Satan represented that he was wrongly judged and that his liberty was abridged. All whom he could not subvert to his side he accused of indifference to the interests of heavenly beings. It was his policy to perplex the angels with subtle arguments concerning the purpose of God. Everything simple he shrouded in mystery, and by artful perversion cast doubt upon the plainest statements of God. His high position gave greater force to his representations. Many were induced to unite with him in rebellion.
God in His wisdom permitted Satan to carry forward his work, until the Spirit of disaffection ripened into revolt. Satan had been so highly honored, and all his acts were so clothed with mystery. Even the loyal angels could not fully discern his character or see what his work was leading. Even when it was decided he could no longer remain in heaven, Infinite Wisdom did not destroy Satan. The allegiance of God's creature must rest upon a conviction of His justice. The inhabitants of heaven and of the other worlds, being unprepared to comprehend the consequences of sin, could not then have seen the justice and mercy of God in the destruction of Satan. Had he been immediately blotted from existence, they would have served God from fear, rather than from love.


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