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Lee,

I know that in Ugaritic texts the “north” is where the council meets, etc., so no stretch there.

That is true. Heiser points out all these connections in his book Unseen Realm too. I was trying to keep my post short and simple.

I agree with you, about the days of the “gods” being done away with at the coming of Christ….

I’m confused how you can agree with me and then turn around and ask “is it simply Satan that is causing the chaos”? This is also connnected with your statements about the reign of Christ etc..

My understanding is a bit different. When I say “these gods were judged and destroyed in AD 70 at the end-of-the-age prior to the ushering in of the new age”, I mean they were destroyed. That was the lake of fire judgement of Rev. 20:10 in AD 70. The devil (which is a bit complicated in relation to these corrupt gods) and the other corrupt gods were all destroyed in AD 70. That is why I said, “today’s fracturing is a mere remnant from these corrupt gods’ actions in the past” -although man had his part in it too.

To complicate it further, these “gods”, according to 1 Peter 3:19 and Jude 6, were locked up in prison (tartarus) in Noah’s day. So, post Noah’s day they weren’t around to corrupt man.

None of these gods need to exist for man to work evil. James tells us that we are lead astray by our own desires. James 1:14. Man doesn’t need some corrupt god to lead him astray. So, “Who are we dealing with after the council’s demise?” Our own selfish fleshly hearts (although the council is not gone).

Post AD70 those who come to Christ may enter the City gates and partake of the tree of life. Outside the city “are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood”. Rev. 22:14-15.

About the reign of Christ. The way I see it, Christ’s reign was from ~AD 30 to AD 70. That was the period of transition (a period of overlap) of the covenants, the two ages, Israel’s 40-year wondering in the desert and journey to the promise land, etc.. Christ handed the Kingdom back over to the Father in AD70 after he destroyed all that he came to destroy.