Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Satan’s warfare

Is Satan fighting two fronts now presently, one in the heavenlies and the other with this present scenario in Israel in their state of unbelief?

It is my understanding from scriptures that Satan is not presently fighting two wars, but one!

Satan did fight against Israel and God's program to/about them in time past before God changed the program. Satan worked hard to get Israel to reject God's Son/their Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, (by using their own unbelief and self-righteousness against them)—which they did at Calvary and in the early chapters of the book of Acts (Acts 1-7)!

But once God changed the program in Acts 7-9, and began dealing, not with the nation of Israel, but with the gentile nations, Satan, too, changed His strategy. No longer did Satan have to fight God's earthly kingdom program to/for that nation; but, because God set them aside temporarily to operate the current program of gentile grace, Satan is now working to keep people from believing this message.

Look what happened after the Apostle Paul was saved in Acts 9, and God changed the program. Satan also knew that God's dealing with Israel changed, so he also changed his strategy and went—not after the Israeli kingdom church, but—after Paul and members of the new church, the Body of Christ...

Acts 9:31
Then had the churches [consisting of Jews only trusting in the name of Jesus Christ, aka the Jerusalem church, Peter’s church, the Little Flock] rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

The Apostle Paul says that Satan's goal is the exact opposite of God's.

God's will is that all men be saved and come unto a knowledge of the Truth. [1 Timothy 2:4]

Therefore, Satan's goal is to keep all men lost and saved people confused, specifically by not knowing the Mystery of Christ committed to our Apostle Paul!

Satan will use any means to keep a person lost, whether it is one extreme, religion (be it Christian religiousness, Judaism, Islam, Catholicism, etc.) or the other extreme, the lasciviousness of the carnal/natural flesh.

Therefore, he does not need to focus on any particular ethnic/religious group like unbelieving Israel.  Because, as god of this world he has the whole earth's system tailored to keep all men lost, and saved men confused.

The only thing that can stop Satan is the proclamation of Paul's gospel; that being, the gospel of the grace of God, that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the 3rd day.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And once a person believes that, in order that that person grows up in Christ, he needs to know the Mystery of Christ from God's Word rightly divided, so Satan confuses that as well, by mixing law and grace.

It is this heavenly message given to Paul that Satan sets his sights on to stop today, and puts all his energies into hindering the spiritual wickedness in high places/heavenly warfare of Ephesians 6—this is the only front that he fights on today! Satan already knows that unbelieving Israel has been in His hand since the Lord's earthly ministry (and even before), and especially since they rejected Paul's preaching of Christ almost 2,000 years ago. So, it is their own unbelief about the Lord Jesus Christ is keeping them lost and in the dark.

Hopefully this helps...Maranatha!

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