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Only the Armor of God is Our Arsenal!

EVERY BORN AGAIN CHILD OF GOD MUST IMPLEMENT THIS IN OUR LIVES EACH AND EVERY DAY! Yes, only the armor of God will win the battle of spiritual warfare that we all face if we are born again by the blood of Jesus Christ. When we become children of God, we not only inherit God’s blessings but God’s enemies as well. The Lord’s foremost enemy is satan, whose purpose is to destroy God’s work – John 8:44 “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” But, Jesus came to “destroy the works of the devil!” 1 John 3:8 “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”

satan is a fallen angel – Isaiah 14:12-15 “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” As a fallen angel, he is only a created being. He is in no way equal to God, our Creator! While satan is superior in intellect and strength to mankind, he is inferior to God in every way. Believers have the power of the indwelling resurrected Christ over them and protecting them. All we have to do is use the Living Word of God and believe, His power will overcome the enemy – 1 John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (Man do I wear that verse out!)

In addition, believers have been given the whole armor of God “to stand against the wiles of the devil” – Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

Each piece of the armor is to be put on to help believers overcome the temptations and attacks of the evil one!

  1.  Having Girded Your Waist with Truth (Ephesians 6:14): The waist or abdomen area was generally thought to be the seat of emotions. To gird this area with truth is to commit your emotions to believe the truth. Often a person knowingly allows herself to believe a lie because of fear or self-pity. Believers must hold a commitment to truth regardless of the repercussions – John 8:32, 36 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free…If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
  2.  Having Put on the Breastplate of Righteousness (Ephesians 6:14): “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;” The breast is generally thought of as the place of the soul. The heart must be kept pure and righteous because sin gives a foothold to the enemy. We must confess our sin, and then forgiveness on the basis of the blood of Christ cleanses our hearts – 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
  3. Having Shod Your Feet with the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace (Ephesians 6:15): “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;” The proper shoes enable our feet to go from place to place. The believer is to be about her Father’s business, which is to spread the gospel of peace and reconciliation. An unshakable sense of this mission will keep us headed in the right direction – Matthew 28:19, 20 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
  4. Taking the Shield of Faith (Ephesians 6:16): “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” Notice it says ALL the fiery darts of the wicked. The wicked one is “the accuser of our brethren” – Revelation 12:10 “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.” He will send his fiery darts to instill doubt, fear, and guilt. Faith acts as an invisible shield that deflects such false accusations – Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” The one thing that helps us keep that faith is memorizing these words from God and using them against that evil accuser. God’s Words are living and they have power from on High that we do not have. Remember how Jesus did that when He was tempted by satan?
  5. Take the Helmet of Salvation (Ephesians 6:17): “And take the helmet of salvation,” A helmet protects the head, that is, our brain and our thoughts (yes, satan can try to attack us and make us doubt by getting into our thoughts. We must come against those thoughts immediately, for we learn to know and discern right away that such thoughts are not from God. And evil MUST flee at the name of Jesus – “the LORD rebuke you satan”, “get thee behind me satan, in the name of JESUS I command you!”). Assurance of Salvation is a mighty defense against doubt and insecurity and the kinds of works that are bred by them – 1 John 5:11-13 “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” What an awesome, assuring promise! Memorize it!
  6. Take the Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17): “and the sword of the Spirit,which is the word of God:” The Word of God, the only offensive weapon in this armor, was used by the Lord Jesus against satan as I said above. We find this account in Luke 4:1-13. As I said, the Word of God is living and all powerful as well as effective and instructive (Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17) “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart…All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
  7. Praying Always (Ephesians 6:18): “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” Prayer opens communication between us and God. In the midst of battle, we as believers MUST keep in CONSTANT communication with our Leader for directions and encouragement. Our prayers for one another are important and effectual – James 5:16 “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

 

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2016 in Call to Action

 

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Be Not Deceived by satan’s tools!

Elisha’s Encounters with Children (2)

“Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burn offering upon the wall…”

The Moabites were an army deceived by what appeared to be a blood-drenched battlefield (vss. 21 & 22). The mistake soon turned into a rout! The king of Moab, then took his oldest boy, his heir and sacrificed him! Here we are confronted with a child of some upbringing, a king’s son, who is sacrificed.

Elisha was the designer of the battle plan, per the Lord’s instructions, that brought about the confusion in the looming conflict (vs. 16ff). As a side note, an important feature of this God-directed plan was music. In verse 15, a minstrel played and God’s hand rested on the man of God. I know I’m considered by many as old fuddy-duddy, but music plays an important role in the lives of its listeners as well as the participants. Nothing I can write or say will change your mind; it’s like concrete–thoroughly mixed up and firmly set! But, God help you parents to at least know what your teens and pre-teens are listening to.

Some children have been raised properly to a point and then for whatever reason parents waver from the way of right, decency and good sense. Discipline that was once demanded becomes ignored. Consistency is perhaps the most important ingredient of all in child rearing. Sometimes. self-indulgence, self-pity or self-love replace discipline, consistency and tough-love. The sacrifice of a child shadows a foreboding future with regret. –Dr. Tim Green

On the subject of music, I can testify to the very firm fact that music does, indeed, play a major role in human behavior. Let us not forget that satan was the angel of music at one time, and he certainly knows how to entice and captivate the human mind, leading us astray in whatever weakness we may have. Music is just like anything else in this world. If it is taking first place over the Lord, it is an idol. When my girls were teenagers I made it a point to know exactly what they were listening to. Many is the time I threw their music in the trash, and taught them to take notice of what was going on in their minds and behaviors, and how their moods changed, when they listened to the heavy metal, rap, or any other worldly trash of the day. “Garbage in, garbage out!”

I was raised on old-time country music, and let me tell you that when I hear some of it today, I am reminded of some pretty bad memories from my past because of poor choices. For me, if it is not about the Lord, I usually do not have a desire to hear it. And every time I try, for just a bit, to listen to some old 70s favorites it does not take long for a sad or bad memory to surface, and I am led back to the good old uplifting songs of faith. AND, do not be deceived! Many of the very successful artists of this worldly music have admittedly sold their souls to that old devil and they use their music for his purpose. They do not hide it! They receive fame and fortune in return, but sadly, their souls will spend eternity in hell with their deceiver unless they turn from it. Is that the road we want our children to go down, or ourselves for that matter?! BE INFORMED:

GREAT INFORMATION TO KNOW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MzsVoeFwjk

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2016 in God's Truth

 

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Doctrine of the Holy Spirit – Part 6

Holy Ghost

VI. Sins Against the Holy Spirit

A. By Unbelievers

1. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit – Matthew 12:22-37 “Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”

Mark 3:22-30 ” And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils. And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house. Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation. Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.”

NOTE: A careful study of the above two texts (the only passages that speak of this sin) clearly show that Jesus was addressing unsaved people.

2. Resisting the Holy Spirit – Resist means “to fight against” – Acts 7:51-60 “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth. But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.”

B. By Believers

1. Quenching the Spirit – This is caused by not doing what the Spirit wants us to do. A sin of omission. 1 Thessalonians 5:19 “Quench not the Spirit.”

2. Grieving the Spirit – This is caused by doing what the Spirit does not want us to do. A sin of commission. Ephesians 4:30 “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”

3. Vexing the Spirit – To vex means “to wear down or to weary.” Isaiah 63:10 “But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.”

4. Lying to the Spirit – Acts 5:1-6 “But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him.”

Keep your vows! – Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 “Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words. When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands? For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God.”

5. Tempting the Spirit – When two or more believers agree to do something together against the direction of the Holy Ghost. Acts 5:7-10 “And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband.”

NOTE: Numbers 4 and 5 above are examples of “the sin unto death.” 1 Corinthians 11:27-30 “Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.” 1 John 5:16 “If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.”

6. Doing Despite unto the Spirit – Hebrews 10:29 “Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” Despite means “to insult.” In this case – Hebrews 10:24-31 “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” – it refers to insulting the Holy Spirit by a light, indifferent attitude towards church attendance and love for God’s people.

 

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2013 in God's Truth

 

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The Doctrine of Demons

The next part of our study is on demons; there is actually a doctrine of demons that we need to be aware of. We know that satan was once an angel, but he chose to challenge God’s authority and wanted to be like God. Because of his rebellion he and his minions were cast out of Heaven and became what we know as demons. It is important for us to understand who they are and the havoc that they wreak on this earth, and that we must call on God’s power and protection from them.

The devil’s fallen angelsDemonology. The word “devils’ is found 55 times in the Bible, 4 times in the Old Testament and 51 times in the New Testament. The New Testament word in the Greek is “daimon” from which we get the word demon. However, the word demon is not found in the Bible. “Devils” and “demons” are the same in today’s English vernacular, but “devils” is the Bible word.

From our previous study on satan, we learned that the devils have a ruler over them, beelzebub, the prince of the devils, satan. And they followed satan in rebellion against God – one third of the angels followed him in his revolt. They are fallen angels now known as devils.

English: Man being attacked by demons and devils

Devil in Chains

The Devils Exist in Two Groups: I. Those that are Imprisoned in Chains in Darkness until the Judgment Day – 2 Peter 2:4 “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;” Jude 6 “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” These devils are probably the angels referred to in 1 Corinthians 6:3 “Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?” Why some of the devils are chained and others are obviously free is not known. We should just be thankful for this truth and that it is not any worse than it is. Devils are angels that sinned and left their first habitation whether free or bound.

II. Those that are Free and go About doing Demonic Work:

A. These will also end up in hell for that is why hell was prepared originally – Matthew 25:41 “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” As we learned in earlier studies, hell was not created for man, but for satan and his minions.

B. They know that their time is coming – Matthew 8:29 “And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?” They also know that their time is very short, therefore, as God’s children we must persevere and be diligent in sharing the Good News of Jesus’ Salvation for mankind.

C. They know that they shall be tormented in hell – Matthew 8:29, Revelation 20:10 “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” It is their mission to take as many humans with them as possible to this place of eternal torment, because we are God’s beloved. Many are choosing to be deceived into believing that it will be an eternal party. God’s Word says it will be eternal torment, and God does not lie.

D. They know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God – Matthew 8:29, Mark 1:24 – “Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.” Is it not very ironic that people choose to believe satan’s lies and reject Jesus as God’s Son? Even the devils know Him as God’s Son. See also Mark 3:11, Luke 4:41, Acts 19:15.

E. They are unwillingly subject to Jesus Christ – Mark 1:34 “And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.” Matthew 8:30-32 “And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.” They did not want to be cast into the “pit.” There are many more examples in God’s Word of Jesus casting out devils. This proves that when they attack us, we can call on the name of Jesus Christ to rebuke them, and they must flee.

1. Amazingly, even the unsaved can cast out devils by the name of Jesus Christ – Matthew 7:22-23 “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

2. Those who are not part of our fellowship can cast out devils by the name of Jesus Christ – Mark 9:38-40 “And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part.” See also Luke 9:49-50.

3. Those in our fellowship can cast out devils in the name of Jesus Christ – Matthew 10:8 – “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” See also Matthew 17:19-21, Mark 9:28-29. We must pray and fast for such miracles of deliverance.

4. The Spirit of God can cast out devils – Matthew 12:28 “But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.” This, I believe, is God’s main method today – through the power of the Gospel and the Word of God. Salvation delivers one from the kingdom of darkness.

5. Jesus himself cast out devils – Mark 1:39 “And he preached in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils.” It is Jesus and the power of His name that wins against these demonic forces. It is a supernatural and spiritual warfare.

F. They believe in God and tremble at the thought of Him – James 2:19 “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” Here again, very ironic indeed that some people call themselves atheists, while even those who they let deceive them know that God is real.

G. They love to control, indwell and possess bodies:

1. Humans, the phrase “possessed with devils” or “possessed of a devil” occurs 11 times in the Gospels – for example, Matthew 9:32 “As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil.”

2. Animals, 2000 swine – Mark 5:13 “And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.”

H. They some times inflict an individual in large companies:

1. Legion – Mark 5:2-13 “And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.”

2. Mary out of whom the Lord cast out 7 devils – Mark 16:9 “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.”

I. There are unclean spirits mentioned 20 times in the New Testament, example Revelation 16:13-14 “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” Those who dabble or get caught up in things like seances or ouija boards must be aware that they are dealing with unclean spirits.

J. They can work miracles – Revelation 16:14 “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” Be very cautious about believing that all miracles are of God! If we truly know Jesus as our Saviour and keep our eyes on Him, we will not be deceived.

K. They teach false doctrines through false prophets as seducing spirits – 1 Timothy 4:1 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;” To seduce means to deceive, cause to rove, to be an imposter – 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” Also verses 13-15 “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” A good example of this is how it is so easy for anyone to become an ordained minister via the internet today. There are many calling themselves pastors, but deceiving people with lies such as, “It is okay to be homosexual; God made you that way.” They will stand before God and answer for their evil deceptions.

L. They are some times sacrificed to – Leviticus 17:7 “And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.” Deuteronomy 32:17 “They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.” Psalms 106:37 “Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils.” 1 Corinthians 10:20 “But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.” Be aware also that this still happens in our world today, because satan is harder at work today than ever before, as he knows his time is very short.

M. They are some times worshipped by man – Revelation 9:20 “And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk.”

If you have not done so, please turn to Jesus now! He died that NONE should perish with satan. He patiently waits with open arms but for a short time now. Do not wait until it is too late!

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Angelology-The Doctrine of Angels

I must first apologize that for the past two weeks I have been stricken with a terrible bacterial respiratory infection. At one point it actually went into my eyes, and the doctor prescribed an eye drop that did more damage because of the reaction I had to it. I was prescribed a different antibiotic eye drop and am able to read and, therefore write again. I do believe I am being attacked by the evil one because this next entry is about the doctrine of Satan. I am sure he does not want anyone to know God’s truth from His word about him. Especially in these Last Days. I am hearing on FOX Cable News this morning (you may not hear it on the lamestream networks-I believe they work for satan) that Morsi, President of Egypt has just declared himself as Pharaoh. Need I say more?

As I mentioned at the beginning of these entries, these are studies that our preacher at our church has been teaching us over the past year or so. They are directly from God’s Word of Truth, The Holy Bible, the uncorrupted King James Version. The next section of study is on Angelology – The Doctrine of Angels. Most of us are aware that satan was once an angel, so the truth of his beginning and end is part of this study. I have decided to get this all in one post instead of breaking it into parts. Please take your time and study at your own pace. Though long, it is so well worth your time and effort.

I rebuke you satan and your evil minions from me and this witness for my God YHWH!

The Doctrine of Satan
I. His Existence

English: Satan as Antichrist

English: Satan as Antichrist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A. Doubted by the World – Ninety-four percent of Americans believe in a Supreme Being. Only forty percent believe in Satan. (AFA Journal, February, 1997) Perhaps it is easier for some to deny his existence than to face their fears and turn to God and His power to overcome. We also know that he does not bother anyone who is not a threat to him.

B. Portrayed by the World as a Fictitious Character – He is thought to be a medieval two-horned, fork-tailed impish creature, dressed in red flannel underwear. “If I were the devil, I would deny my existence in the world and down-play it in the local Church, thus freeing me to go about my business unheeded, unhindered and unchecked!” (The Baptist Bulletin, December 1971, page 13) Are we not seeing the consequences of this happening in our churches?

C. Declared by the Bible

1. The devil is mentioned in 7 Old Testament books – Genesis, 1 Chronicles, Job, Psalms, Isaiah, Ezekiel and Zechariah.

2. He is found in 19 New Testament books, and is referred to by every New Testament writer – Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Ephesians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 1 John, Jude, Revelation.

3. He is mentioned by the Lord Jesus Christ some 15 times! A few examples – Matthew 4:10 “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Matthew 16:23 “But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” Matthew 25:41 “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” Luke 10:18 “And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” Luke 22:31 “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.” John 8:44 ” Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

II. His Origin and Being

A. Created by God – Colossians 1:16, Revelation 4:11, Revelation 10:6, Ezekiel 28:12-15 “Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.” Study of Ezekiel 28:12-19:

1. “Thou sealest up the sum,”Ezekiel 28:12. He was the epitome of God’s creation. God never created anything finer.

2. “Full of wisdom,” – Ezekiel 28:12. He did not need to learn wisdom, was created with fullness of wisdom. Now corrupted – verse 17 “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.”

3. Perfect inbeauty,”– led to his prideful heart and downfall, verse 17. Also study Proverbs 16:18. His beauty is described in verse 13a. (Physical beauty is often depicted in Scripture as vanity – 2 Samuel 14:25, Proverbs 6:25, Proverbs 31:30, Matthew 5:28.) Remember, satan is a beautiful creature! Though he is really a cherubim, he transforms himself as an angel of light – 2 Corinthians 11:14 “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” He is not an ugly monster with a pitchfork in his hand. Many people are destroyed by the devil because they are looking for the wrong person.

4. “Thy tabrets..thy pipes was prepared in thee…,”verse 13b. Satan did not have to learn to play a musical instrument, he was a musical instrument. Thus, many forms of music today are satanic. Some are of God, some are of the devil (see Exodus 32:17-26). No other angels, seraphims or cherubims are said to be musical or singing.

English: The Mercy Seat, illustration from the...

5. “Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth…,”verses 14, 16. A cherub was a special kind of being whose purpose was to protect God’s holiness. “Covereth” in Hebrew means to protect, to fence in, defend. Exodus 25:19-20 as on the mercy seat, the cherubs were to cover the mercy seat.

6. “Thou wast upon the Holy mountain of God,”verse 14b. Satan had the most exalted position of any created being.

7. “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou was created…,”- verse 15. Originally, satan was a perfect creature, right up until he became a self-created sinner.

8. He is a real person with a celestial body – 1 Corinthians 15:39-40 “All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.”

9. He possesses intelligence – 2 Corinthians 2:11 “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” 2 Corinthians 11:3 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”

10. He possesses memory, he quoted Psalms 91:11-12 to Christ on the mount of temptation. (Matthew 4:5-6, Luke 4:9-11)

11. He possesses a will – Isaiah 14:13-15 “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” 2 Timothy 2:26 “And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”

12. He possesses emotions: desire – Luke 22:31 “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat”, pride – Isaiah 14:13-14 “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:”, and wrath – Revelation 12:12 “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”

13. He possesses organizational ability – The Bible speaks of Satan’s:

a. Synagogues – Revelation 2:9 “I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.”

b. Doctrines – 1 Timothy 4:1 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.”

c. Schemes:

i. Revolt of 1/3 of the angels with him – Revelation 12:4 “And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.”

ii. Will organize the last revolt – Revelation 20:7-9 “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.”

iii. Subjected Job to systematic trials – Job 1-2.

iv. Has his system of evil government – Ephesians 6:11-12 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

v. His schemes are called the “depths of satan” – Revelation 2:24 “But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.”

III. His Rebellion and Sin

A. Iniquity was revealed in Isaiah 14:13-14 “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” Note the 5 “I wills” of satan: “I” – the first sin was pride. “…will” – the second sin was rebellion. Each “I will” has significance.

1. “I will ascend into heaven.” Obviously, the third heaven where God is – 2 Corinthians 12:2

2. “I will exalt my throne above the stars of God.” Satan desiring the worship of all the angels, sometimes called stars  – Revelation 1:20; 12:4

3. “I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north.” Satan wanted the worship of all God’s creatures (congregation) from the place where God sits. Consider Psalms 48:2 regarding the sides of the north. “Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.”

4. “I will ascend above the height of the clouds.” Probably a reference to wanting to be above God Himself – Nahum 1:3 “The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.”

5. “I will be like the most High.” Hebrew El-Elyon, which means “the strongest strong one.” Satan did not use one of the many caring names that God has, but rather one of ruling by strength. satan does not care about us, He just wants to rule us. He, thus, was a self-created sinner who exercised his free-will in pride and rebellion against God Most High.

IV. His Revolt

St Michael and the Devil

St Michael and the Devil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A. Led a third part of the angels in rebellion against God (Revelation 12:4 “And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.” Stars and angels are the same in this text, Revelation 1:20 “The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.”)

B. They gave their allegiance to satan – Revelation 12:7 “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels.”

C. Considered after the revolt to be satan’s angels and no longer. God’s angels – Revelation 12:7-9 “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

V. His Methods and Devices – Ephesians 6:11 tells us to stand against the wiles of the devil. Wiles comes from the Greek word “Methodeia” from which we get the understanding of the word to mean “methods.”

A. His Methods – General Works

1. Perverts God’s word, by changing it and questioning it – Genesis 3:1-5 “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”

a. “Doctrines of devils” 1 Timothy 4:1

b. “Father of lies” – John 8:44 “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

c. Inspires “lying wonders” – 2 Thessalonians 2:9 “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders.”

d. Steals the good seed – Matthew 13:19

e. Sows evil seed among us – Matthew 13:38-39

f. Blinds the minds of unbelievers – 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

2. Seeks to Destroy the Unsaved

a. Has dominion over sinners – Acts 26:18 “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” John 13:2 “And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him” Ephesians 2:2 “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience”

b. Inflicts with disease – Luke 13:16 “And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?”

c. Afflicts the soul and body – Luke 9:1-2 “Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.”

d. Has the power of death – Hebrews 2:14 “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;”

e. Seeks “to steal, kill and destroy” John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

3. Seeks to Render the Righteous Useless to God’s Work:

a. By affliction – Job 1:12; 2:4-7

b. By wrestling with us – Ephesians 6:12

c. By tempting to disobedience – 1 Chronicles 21:1 “And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.” Genesis 3:4-5

d. By slander – Job 1:9-11 “Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.”

e. By accusation – Revelation 12:9-10 “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”

f. By hindering  – Zechariah 3:1 “And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.” 1 Thessalonians 2:18 “Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.”

g. By devouring us – 1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”

h. By instigating us to sin – Acts 5:3 “But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?”

4. Imitates Religion

a. Preaches “another Jesus, another spirit, another gospel” – 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” This is happening today in many of our churches.

b. Has false apostles and false teachers – 2 Corinthians 11:13 “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.” Anyone can go on the internet and become so-called “ordained minister.” They are false teachers.

c. Presents himself as an “angel of light” to deceive those looking for the true light – 2 Corinthians 11:14 “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” Many are too easily deceived these days.

d. Transforms his ministers as “ministers of righteousness” – 2 Corinthians 11:15 “Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” This makes me think of the homosexuals who get ordained and teach others in their churches that their lifestyle, which is an abomination to God, is okay with God. They will answer to God in the end.

B. His Devices – Specific Works – 2 Corinthians 2:11 tells us not to be ignorant of his devices. Devices are plans, schemes, tricks. The devil’s devices change with the ages (for instance, evil television shows were not a device of satan 100 years ago.) They change with the times and with every individual person. He has a particular will for every human being – 2 Timothy 2:24-26 “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” He, being full of wisdom, uses different devices on each person and in each circumstance to distract us from fulfilling God’s will. Some of the devil’s devices in our day may include, but are not limited to:

1. He tempts us to substitute good things for the best things. “Family time” instead of “Church time,” or “Sunday is my only day off to fix up the house,” etc.

2. He tempts us to focus on imperfections of other Christians rather than their good points.

3. He tempts us to focus on people rather than on Jesus.

4. He tempts us with numerous distractions such as sports, music, hobbies, TV, movies, parties, picnics, vacations, and money-making, to keep us from attending to main things.

5. He tempts us to look at the temporal (temporary) rather than the eternal (eternity), looking at the here and now.

6. He tempts us to get discouraged with one particular weakness or temptation to the point of giving up.

7. He tempts us to think that we are strong enough not to need prayer and daily food from God’s Word.

8. He tempts us to think that our problems are bigger than God.

9. He tempts us to think that God’s methods are outdated and that they will not work today.

10. He tempts us to procrastinate.

11. He tempts us to fear the future, resulting in worry, care, anxiety, etc.

12. He tempts us to fear people, making us afraid to witness to them.

13. He tempts us to think that someone else will do it.

14. He tempts us to think that it is not our job (Soulwinning, caring for others, giving money, bringing people to church, etc.)

15. He tempts us to think that commandments are “callings.” (Soulwinning, etc.)

16. He tempts us to think that “God made me this way,” and I cannot change.

17. He tempts us to think that we are too young or too old.

18. He tempts us to question God’s ownership of us. Satan deleted “Lord” from “Lord God” when he addressed Eve in Genesis 3:1-5.

19. He tempts us to think that we do not know enough to do a certain job for God.

20. He tempts us to focus on our inadequacies, “Why would God use me?”

21. He tempts us to move too soon.

22. He tempts us to fear failure.

There are many devices of the devil. These are just a few suggestions. I know I can certainly relate to many of them. I am sure you can think of more, “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” (2 Corinthians 2:11) Do not be ignorant of these devices of Satan today! Identify them and overcome them! God will help you; all you have to do is ask Him.

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A. Jesus called satan the “prince” of this world. Prince means “first in rank or power,” “chief ruler” – John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11

B. The Pharisees called satan Beelzebub, the “Prince of the devils” Matthew 9:34, 12:24 “But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.” Mark 3:22-24 “And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils. And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.”

C. Paul called the devil “the prince of the power of the air” (the prevailing spirit among mankind) Ephesians 2:2.

D. Paul also called satan “the god of this world” in 2 Corinthians 4:3-4.

E. Jesus declared plainly that satan has a kingdom – Matthew 12:26 “And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?” See also Luke 11:18

F. Satan plainly claimed ownership of all the kingdoms of the world and their glory – Matthew 4:8-9 “Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” See also Luke 4:5-7.

G. Satan’s kingdom is fourfold – (Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”)

1. Principalities – are chiefs in various orders of place or ranks. Example, “prince of Persia” who resisted Daniel’s prayer and fought with Michael the archangel – Daniel 10:10-13 “And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands. And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.” Also, the God of battles would fight also the “prince of Grecia” – Daniel 10:20 “Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come.” Plus, the “prince of Tyrus” in Ezekiel 28:2.

2. Powers – are “governments, authorities, powers of influence” on earth, the spirit of antichrist that permeates the world even now – 1 John 4:3 “And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”

3. Rulers of the darkness of this world – humans in governments that are tools the devil is using. Also, who is not aware of the Illuminati who have been around for centuries?

4. Spiritual wickedness in high places – humans in religions that are tools the devil is using, religious leaders – 2 Corinthians 11:13-14 “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” “High places” is a common phrase in the Old Testament to false religious worship and idolatry.

VII. His Demise and Destruction

A. Foretold by Jesus – Luke 10:18 “And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.”

Engraving by Michael Burgesse after John Bapti...

B. Will be cast out of Heaven (Revelation 12:7-10) as the result of a future war in Heaven between Michael and his angels and the devil and his angels. “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”

C. He will come to earth in greater wrath than ever – Revelation 12:12 “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”

D. He will enjoy the pinnacle of his kingdom and being worshipped for a short time on earth – Revelation 13:4 “And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” Revelation 16:2 “And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.” Revelation 19:20 “And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.”

E. Satan will be bound for 1000 years in a bottomless pit – Revelation 20:2-3 “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.”

F. He will be “loosed” for a short time and will “deceive the nations” of the earth to fight against God – Revelation 20:7-9 “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.” The battle will be very short-lived!

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2012 in Eschatology

 

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The Millennial Kingdom

 

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The Kingdom of  Christ on Earth –  Read Revelation 20 and Isaiah 9:6, 7 – “Millennium” means “one thousand years.” It is mentioned six times in the first  seven verses of Revelation 20.

Let us study the details of these thousand years:

A. Satan Will Be Bound – “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.” (Revelation 20:1-3) The tempter of the saved and unsaved, the accuser of the brethren, will be bound 1000 years in a bottomless pit. He will not be able to deceive the nations (people) during this time.

B. Christians Will Rule and Reign – “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not whorshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:4) God’s promise to let believers rule and reign with Christ will come to pass.

C. Believers Will Be Resurrected and Will Also Be Priests – “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:6) Those who die in Christ during the tribulation are resurrected to be with and reign with Him. We will not only rule and reign, but we will also be priests of God and Christ. “And Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (Revelation 1:5, 6) Also Revelation 5:10 “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests; and we shall reign on the earth.”

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A priest is one who makes intercession, a go-between, one who prays for another. Why will we need to be priests during Christ’s Kingdom? Because…

D. Lost People Will Still be Living on Earth – “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.” (Revelation 20:7, 8) Remember, about half of the world’s population survives the tribulation and makes it into the millennium. By today’s account that would be over 3 billion people.

E. Man Will Procreate and Die During the Millennium – “There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.” (Isaiah 65:20) Some take this to mean that the righteous will live to a ripe old age (hundreds of years), but the sinner (those who, even during Christ’s reign, will reject Him as their Lord and Saviour) will die young at a hundred years old. It does say to me that those who die at a hundred years old will be a very young. Because there will still be sin and sinners, there will still be death (Romans 6:23a). What could the world’s population explode to in 1,000 years if death were very limited?

F. Life Will Go On – “And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.” (Isaiah 65:21)

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G. We Will not Lose what We Work For – “They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.” (Isaiah 65:22, 23) Neither the government nor anyone else will take what we have worked for, for God is a giver, not a taker.

H. We Will receive an Answer Before We Pray – “And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” (Isaiah 65:24)

I. The Nature of Animals Shall Change – “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.” (Isaiah 65:25) See also Isaiah 11:60-8 These animals will be awesome pets for us.

J. There Will Only be Peace – “For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: …” (Isaiah 66:12a) See also Isaiah 11:9.

K. The Whole Earth Shall be Full of the Knowledge of the Lord – “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:9)

L. God’s People Will Have Rest – “And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.” (Isaiah 11:10)

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Posted by on September 18, 2012 in Eschatology

 

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Importance of Spiritual Warfare

Over the past several decades we have watched as good, upstanding leaders in our churches have been destroyed by Satan’s strongholds in their lives. It appears to me that many of today’s Christians do not realize the importance of spiritual warfare, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12) We must take a stand against it and carry out the teachings from God’s Word, for without Jesus and His power we are nothing. Left to our own devices, we shall perish, and this world’s time is very short.

I am nearly finished with a study that I feel strongly God led me to – the book, “Reflections of His Image” by Nancy Missler. In her book she shares an example of Spiritual Warfare Prayer that, if we are wise, need to pray literally every day. It is with heartfelt desire that I pass this on to whomever God leads it to. Do you wish to see God work in your lives? Do you want His Shield of Protection?

Abba Father, King of the Universe, in the Name of Jesus, I ask you to search out and expose all my enemies and the tactics they employ against me.

Open my eyes that I may see and understand the battle. Give me wisdom and understanding that I may lean on Your ways and not my own.

Reveal any root of bitterness, unforgiveness or iniquity that I may repent before you and take back any legal right given to the enemy. Bind the enemy that is round about me and loose every stronghold that has been established in my life. In the Name of Jesus and through His authority I say to my enemies, “the Lord rebuke you for He is my defender and the lifter of my soul. I take my stand against you, your temptations, deceptions and snares in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Father, Creator of all things, let me not take my stand alone, but fill me with Your Spirit. Empower me to stand against the enemy and cover me with the blood of Jesus. Release Your mighty angels to defend me. I trust in You, Jehovah-Jireh, my provider, and I will not be disappointed, for You are a shield about me.”

Amen

Ephesians 6:10-20

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Posted by on June 1, 2012 in God's Love

 

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