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Satan faces the blistering truth.
He and the demonic draw closer and closer to their final destination: eternity in the lake of fire.
How can the unavoidable truth be avoided?
How does one escape the inescapable?
Yes, the Devil has a plan to escape God’s wrath.
It’s called escapism.
They make the king glad with their wickedness, and the princes with their lies.
King Nebuchadnezzar lost his kingdom.
While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.
Then driven mad:
The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws.
But with restoration, Nebuchadnezzar looked up.
And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation
When Paul was called by Jesus, Paul saw the light upwards.
At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.
Looking upwards to heaven:
These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven…
Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.
Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.
The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.
The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.
When we see in the light (rather than not being able to see in the darkness) we see the truth – that a heavenly world can come down to earth.
For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life
We see so far because of the light. We see a big world that can encompass so many – not just ourselves.
We see how a permanent, sustainable world is possible – a world of fellowship with so many others.
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
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.
Out of the darkness, we can see with the light – the true state of affairs: that everlasting societies are held up and kept together by the Word.
O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.
The Devil always wanted to be like God and have his own civilization over which to rule and receive worship.
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
…and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
And God promises the Devil his own people.
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?
…And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
However, the Devil has a problem.
While God promises a people to worship the Devil, the Devil cannot structure his own kingdom the way God can structure his own kingdom.
The Devil, the father of lies, that is, darkness, cannot understand the light.
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.
And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.
The Devil simply cannot understand the light/truth that is necessary to structure eternal society: selflessness, servitude, humility, charity, forgiveness, mercy and proper fellowship.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works
God’s people build character via tribulation.
…we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places;
And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
The Devil’s kingdom, under the beast and the false prophet, cannot be built with a people prepared for selfless acts and love/servitude for their fellow man.
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.
The Devil has to have a different plan to build his people.
And he does. It’s a stairway to heaven.
Satan’s first plan failed.
The Devil thought that killing Christ would be a victory for the demonic.
But those husbandmen said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance shall be ours.
Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.
Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;
…and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
Satan never could understand Christ’s victory of selflessness.
1 Thessalonians 5:14
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
When Christ died on the cross, he completed his perfect work – a perfect example of the selflessness that builds a permanent, sustainable world: giving up all for your fellow man.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
A portrait in flesh.
Jesus was punished that we might be forgiven.
1 John 2:1-2
And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
Jesus was wounded that we might be healed.
1 Peter 2:24
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Jesus was made sin with our sinfulness that we might be made righteous with his righteousness.
2 Corinthians 5:21
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Jesus tasted death for us that we might share his life.
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.
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.
Jesus was made a curse that we might receive the blessing.
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Jesus endured our poverty that we might share his abundance.
2 Corinthians 8:9
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved?
And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
Christ left no earthly items – no wife, no heirs, no money, no clothes, no home.
He was buried in borrowed linen and tomb.
They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots.
This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.
And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid.
Jesus bore our shame that we might share his glory.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Jesus endured our rejection that we might have his acceptance with the Father.
He was cut off that we might be joined to the Lord.
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
Our Old Man was put to death in him that the New Man might come to life in us.
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him
Laughter in the Bible is often associated with triumph.
The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.
...Till he fill thy mouth with laughing, and thy lips with rejoicing.
Jesus endured the enemies’ laughter that we might have the last laugh.
And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
Jesus took a pretty funny line from his mockers.
And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee?
But we have the triumph in the end.
Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.
The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him
As we walk on water to Jesus, we emulate his ultimate example, one of selflessness, servitude, humility, and giving up for those in need.
I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
But those who reject selflessness through Christ continue their natural course of corruption in this world – corruption like a piece of fruit decaying.
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
As mankind turns away from God, we view God as man, then birds, then animals, then reptiles.
We fall down.
…Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do here.
So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall round about.
Certain people are already cut off from God.
Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
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.
Similarly, the Devil and his minions are cut off from God.
I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.
As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away…
As we fall down:
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the created more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
The fallen worship the created and turn God into a lie.
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 bronze, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk
What if the damned tried to re-connect with God?
What if those who can never inherit the blessings of the Lord wanted their ‘stairway to heaven’?
And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
Back upwards, they view God as reptiles, animals, birds and then man.
But, climbing upwards, they reach the height of mankind, and the damned cannot re-connect to God.
When we make idols, we worship the highest rung of the ladder that the damned can obtain: mankind (ourselves – who are the created – and our creations).
And we turn the truth of God into a lie by serving the created (Romans 1:25).
At the top rung of the stairway to heaven, the damned revel in the created man (selfish self-worship), the created (our fantasy versions of us, which is a product of our works) and falsehoods.
And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.
Note how these idols, the work of our hands (our own ‘good’ works), cannot see or sense. These idols are in the darkness.
And by worshipping them, we are in the darkness with them.
Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:
They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:
They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.
They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.
And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.
Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not
By having no speech, sight, hearing, sense of smell, touch, or walking ability, they are in darkness.
That is, they cannot connect in a big world via fellowship with many, many others.
These idols can only connect with themselves – selfishness – a worship of self.
Note how worship of self/our creations/lies are intertwined.
Unified rebellion: the Tower of Babel to reach heaven – to indulge imagination.
And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
You might wonder why the mainstream media and governments are promoting insanity like transgender acceptance, abortion, pedophilia, evolution, and Islam.
You might wonder why the mainstream news has so many agenda-driven lies.
The Devil has to prepare his people.
God’s people are prepared through affliction to build character via Grace.
But the Devil’s plan for his people is much different.
His people reach the top rung of the ladder and end at self.
But the self can expand via fantasy, the created, which doesn’t really have to logical.
The created can be hypocritical – like a comic book story or a plot-flawed movie.
On the Devil’s top rung of the stairway to heaven, fantasy of the created self and the creation of our hands are paramount – as long as there is no truth/light to expose the hypocrisies.
In the Devil’s ideal world, medical staff would treat a man (who transitioned to a woman) as a woman in the hospital. And no one would question this.
In the Devil’s ideal world, an 800 pound woman would be gorgeous and brave.
No one would mention health risks, the loss of beauty, or practical issues such as being able to walk.
No mirror of the Bible would exist to see beyond our selfish self-view.
No criticism of self would exist, only self, and our own ‘good’ works.
In a real and practical sense, the glory of self, this selfish behaviour, would result in pain, homelessness, loneliness, poverty and depression.
But, this wouldn’t matter, as the Devil’s people would watch the news and see how problems will be solved.
Pangs of depression would be relieved by the latest prescription drug.
And, the latest fantasy movie would show the ideal to which they strive.
Satan’s people dismiss the growing hordes of homeless as something that requires more big government, and more faith in the latest exalted leader.
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
All nations compassed me about: but in the name of the LORD will I destroy them.
Many professing Christians (and others) present the light (that is, truth, logic) and point out the hypocrisies of new moralities like gender fluidity and identity politics.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD
However, this backfires, as those in darkness feed into their gospel of self, as they reject light, truth and logic – and prioritize self – that is, feelings.
The female, being more oriented towards feelings than the male, triumphs, illustrative of our rebellion against truth via feminism.
Yet hear the word of the LORD, O ye women, and let your ear receive the word of his mouth, and teach your daughters wailing, and every one her neighbour lamentation.
And thou saidst, I shall be a lady for ever: so that thou didst not lay these things to thy heart, neither didst remember the latter end of it.
Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children
Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.
1 Corinthians 1:10
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you;
…that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
Similarly, the Devil rallies his people to be unified.
His counterfeit bride (the whore) speaks with one voice.
They have their mantras from the media:
“Diversity is our strength.”
“Reaching your full potential.”
“I have so much to give.”
“Gender equality by 20XX.”
“I believe the women.”
The Devil, the prince of the power of the airwaves, can rally his people via the newsroom teleprompter.
…according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience
In this dystopian, dark and rickety world, Satan can explain to God that he and his people have structured their world. They are fine and don’t need God.
But the Devil’s humans are in pain.
They put on that forced, plastic smile as they go to work and fill in the gaps between the machines (what the machines cannot do), and then play video games in virtual reality and self-medicate.
But they are never happy.
They never discover who they truly are, as they reject God, and God never is able to intervene (human free will rejection of God) and never strip away their false selves through affliction to find their true roles in life.
They never break away from the machine and have honest, true, pure fellowship with God and man.
The human touch, proper gender relations, and the joy of giving rather than receiving elude them.
Why does the Devil prioritize this fantasy, this created at the top rung of the stairway to heaven?
Because that’s all the Devil has left.
As bitter as the Monday morning commute, autumn turning into winter, the mirror…
…inescapable reality awaits:
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.
What is the Devil’s defense against the inescapable?
Escapism. Fantasy. Falsehoods. Lies.
Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves
With new gospels of gender fluidity, transhumanism, evolution, true equality, Satan wishes to carpet bomb the world in lies, lies and more lies.
“Truth is situational.”
“Objectivity doesn’t exist.”
Even though the truth (the Word made flesh) was right in front of Pilate…
Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.
…Pilate then asked:
Pilate saith unto him, What is truth?
“Facts don’t care about your feelings” becomes “Feelings don’t care about your facts.”
The Satanic say: “My mind is made up. Don’t confuse me with the facts.”
The Devil’s ideal world would be an Orwellian world, where all people are able to believe that 2 + 2 = 5.
God calls himself the God of Israel.
1 Kings 8:15
Blessed be the LORD God of Israel…
2 Samuel 23:3
The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me…
There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.
And said, O LORD God of Israel, why is this come to pass in Israel, that there should be to day one tribe lacking in Israel?
But the Devil is desperate for lies – and to make God’s truth/light into a lie/darkness.
During World War II, why did the Devil and his people try to kill off all of the Jews during the Holocaust?
Why do Muslim nations presently surround and threaten to invade and wipe Israel off the world map?
Because, if the Devil is able to eliminate the children of Israel – he eliminates Israel, and turns God’s Word into a lie.
Then truth of the condemnation of Revelation 20:10 doesn’t apply.
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.
Carpeting the world in lies in hopes of invalidating God’s truth is the Devil’s only hope.
You may wonder what the light, the truth that is Christ, would have to say in response.
What would Jesus do regarding Satan covering the world in lies?
Jesus has responded – with approval.
Our savior approves and authorizes the Devil’s plan.
At the end of this age, Christ victoriously rides the white horse.
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
But, before that, the messenger of Christ rides the white horse to conquer the world.
And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
Once all nations learn of Christ…
And the gospel must first be published among all nations.
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
…then the end of this age will come.
What does this mean?
It means that once the white horse has passed (the gospel given to all nations, which could be now), the end of this age transpires.
Accordingly, the Devil brings his destruction after the white horse has passed.
And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
Many Christians rightly use the Word to rebuke Satan and the demonic.
They properly say: “The Lord rebuke you devil!”
Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan;
Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan
However, to rebuke the Devil, many Christians incorrectly say: “Get behind me, Satan!”
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.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.
And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
When you examine the original Greek of Matthew 16 and Mark 8, the word ‘behind’ means to ‘follow along after.’
(And with ‘deny himself, and take up his cross,’ Christ explains how to properly follow.)
Similar to the horses of peril following after the white horse, Christ approves and authorizes the Devil following behind with his message.
God promises the Devil his own people, and the Devil has to mature and perfect his own people.
Satan has 100% legal right to present his case of rebellion, lies and deceit, after Christ has presented his case of truth, selflessness and sacrifice for your fellow man.
Satan has 100% legal right to confront you with his darkness and lies, with which he may test you to see if you break.
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat
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.
And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
2 Corinthians 4:4
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not…
Will this crazy world break you?
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
Christ needs your decision for separation of sheep and goats.
Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
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:
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
In a real and practical way, the only way the human race can survive and thrive is by the logic, facts and truth of selflessness, love, sacrifice and proper fellowship that is consolidated in the ultimate example – the person of Jesus Christ.
But the Devil has his time of presenting his case – his way of rebellion and resisting the truth with hypocrisy, deceit and escapism.
He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
And that rebellion begins with that growing portion of darkness in all of us, where we pridefully think that we can solve life’s problems our way.
Note how Jesus said ‘Get thee behind me, Satan’ to Peter in Matthew 16 and Mark 8.
Yet, just before:
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven
Upon Peter’s rock would be built the Church – but it had to be a Church with a presented case of darkness in addition to light. We have to know and confront our darkness.
1 Timothy 1:20
Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.
1 Corinthians 5:5
To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
The Hebrew term for ‘Satan’ is the accuser or the adversary/one who resists/opposes.
What does Satan resist? His darkness/lies resist the light/truth.
The Devil will do whatever he can to oppose the true substance that will hold civilization together – basic gender differences, selflessness, charity, true fellowship, forgiveness – as the facts and evidence of historical rises and falls of societies have shown.
However, those who speak logically to show facts and evidence have missed an important fact themselves.
Mankind is inherently rebellious against God – against the truth, the light, the facts and evidence.
Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
The people say: “Tell me lies. Tell me sweet little lies.”
Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits
And teachers of facts will only teach certain facts – not facts that would threaten the teachers’ popularity.
2 Timothy 4:3-4
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
We need true liberty to speak and do as we please – so that we can speak a world of truth into existence, and shed light that will get rid of all darkness.
Even freedom of speech advocates do not have true liberty – as they censor their own speech (to maintain popularity and in-group consensus).
These ‘free speech’ advocates will never change the world as they are confined by self-censorship, and thus tied to this world (popularity and in-groups).
True liberty breaks the bonds of this world to create a new world of honest fellowship with God and man.
For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word
We are always tempted to go back to feelings – following our hearts to the prideful/false self where we are amazing in our ‘bless me’ clubs and our in-groups, where everyone else is wrong and violates our own ‘common sense’.
The human race’s natural disposition is rebellion against truth/logic/light/God.
We can see this in empowered women – the mirror.
Women are to man as man is to God.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church…
1 Corinthians 11:3,7
…the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man;
…he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
When women are empowered (that is, have abundance of money, food, freedom of lifestyle choices, and other resources) – what do women do?
They rebel against man by aborting his seed, destroying marriages, and tearing down man’s handiwork of built civilization.
Thou art thy mother's daughter, that loatheth her husband and her children; and thou art the sister of thy sisters, which loathed their husbands and their children
Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
What is the greatest threat to Satan’s darkness? Light.
A small candle can illuminate part of a room in complete darkness.
The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.
So, explaining that abortion is murder, that transgender people are unhappy and have high rates of suicide, and that Islam is not of peace – confounds the Devil’s plans to mature his own people.
If you are speaking the light/truth and you oppose the Devil – God is protecting you – right?
What would be the point?
Most opposers of the Devil (professing Christians or otherwise) speak truth, but also lies (lies being the darkness that destroys society).
Most people who speak light/truth like ‘women are happier as mothers rather than corporate cogs’ – are also likely to say: ‘I want true gender equality’ – and cling to false idols like ‘science will save us,’ popularity, and career success.
For them, God’s people, Christ’s bride, is a portrait in flesh of daughters who should have the freedom to do what they want – motherhood or career – her choice.
No true repentance, servitude or changing of heart is necessary.
The reality is that most professing Christians – and most people who speak the light – the truth about real gender differences (to counter gender fluidity), the truth about socialism’s decline, and the dangers of greed in capitalism – these people will never fit into a permanent, harmonious world.
Most truth tellers will also mix in a bit of darkness – a bit of lies – falsehoods that will tear down a harmonious civilization. Just one accepted falsehood would upset a permanent, harmonious world – a world according to God’s plans.
2 Chronicles 25:2
And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.
And it shall come to pass, that the man's rod, whom I shall choose, shall blossom: and I will make to cease from me the murmurings of the children of Israel, whereby they murmur against you.
…And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds.
The whole point of life on earth is so that God can have his own people.
Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Those who are in both light and darkness (truth and lies) cannot co-exist with God and his people in eternity, as they would eventually question God’s Word and tear down paradise.
For example, those not completely committed to the Word might become greedy.
“I worked hard – so why not?”
Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house?
And then as the greedy become strengthened and are able to grab more and more, the rest of the people have to struggle to survive – which is the situation we have now.
He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.
Heaven coming to earth is built upon God’s people.
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
As ministers (servants) of the Word, we hold up a new heaven and a new earth.
1 Corinthians 3:9-10
For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
Free will and life are about how we, the human race, can perform.
We have been given The Law to aid us, but it has to be lifted upon men’s shoulders.
And four wagons and eight oxen he gave unto the sons of Merari, according unto their service, under the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.
But unto the sons of Kohath he gave none: because the service of the sanctuary belonging unto them was that they should bear upon their shoulders.
At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD…
Men are not to abdicate their responsibility to hold up The Law, albeit a broken Law.
Men’s shoulders, not oxen:
1 Chronicles 13:9-10
And when they came unto the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled.
And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God.
If our faith in the Word fails, civilization fails.
Elijah asked a question. He didn’t get an answer.
1 Kings 18:21
And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
Those who are not completely committed to God exist in a world of both light and darkness.
The double minded (light/dark) will never overcome as a proper Christian.
For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;
Because they rebelled against the words of God, and condemned the counsel of the most High
But you might say that you are not in darkness.
You might say that you are not like the Devil and you understand the light.
You know the truth and realize that 2 + 2 = 5 is wrong.
In fact, you might even be very good at math.
Pop quiz time.
You might have that 2 + 2 thing solved… but picture this:
And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.
Do we understand the light?
Or are we are in darkness and unable to understand the light?
We have wisdom when we see ourselves as a woman to be married – as the bride of Christ – as that is how God sees us.
2 Corinthians 11:2
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
This perspective provides a simple test.
You see an attractive woman.
She is attractive in the sense that she is healthy, beautiful, and draws men’s heterosexuality.
She is in love with a particular man who works as a taxi driver, a store clerk, or perhaps a door to door salesman.
He has below average wealth and regular looks, and has no prospects for wealth like an inheritance or career possibilities.
She loves him, that is, wants to serve him, care for him and marry him.
Under the worldwide religion of feminism, she could certainly demand a wealthy man, but she loves him.
Can you understand this love?
Or are you in the darkness?
Can you understand the self-sacrifice or is it beyond your recognition?
Would you say she is crazy?
If you were her parent or her friend, would you prefer she married a richer man?
When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.
But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:
And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.
Do you also need the darkness of lies to hide your true self from yourself, as you ponder this test?
Is your largest lie to yourself?
As you take the test:
1) You deny and explain away that you would prefer that the pretty woman (who is your daughter or friend) would marry a rich man.
This is lying to yourself and all – the darkness.
You need the darkness to exist and maintain that prideful, false version of yourself – a false you who certainly is a ‘good person’ – without paying the price of sacrifice and repentance.
2) As you see yourself in the mirror of the Word, you realize that yes, you do have that desire for that easy world, in which those close to you are not of low status and struggling.
You do want the easy way for you and your own.
You realize that you are no better than a dog – just another pig gorging at the trough.
Your works and character will never be the foundation for a new heaven and earth.
Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
3) You go back to the darkness – as you prefer the echo chamber of peers who congratulate you on your ‘good’ works. Continue being a label. You don’t need all of this Christ/sacrifice/repentance.
For many are called, but few are chosen.
3b) For the few – with repentance, you delve into the torment of yourself.
In the mirror of the Word, you examine all aspects of yourself in the light.
You don’t look so good in the sunrise.
It turns out that you don’t have all of the answers, and that the prescriptions you were giving were to enrich your pride (and perhaps even your bank account).
There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.
4) The repentant, walking on water towards Christ, change their hearts over time – to perfection (alternative translations: maturity, fulfilment, completion).
The completion is where you have found your true, unique, individual self upon which God has built, so that you are royally purple (not the demonic, false, prideful self of escapism).
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded
With a new heart, the repentant can exist in a covenant relationship with God’s people.
Covenant means: ‘what is mine is yours.’
They have faith that those in Christ will weather the storms.
They confidently can understand the light – that love, that sacrifice, that servitude of their beautiful daughter, or their beautiful friend.
Help yourself, brother. What’s mine is yours.
Wouldn’t that be a beautiful world?
He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
1 Timothy 6:18
That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him two.
Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land
…the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.