Thursday, December 31, 2015

Why Doesn't Satan Give Up If He Knows He Loses in the End?

As we wrap up our study today in Revelation 12:1-6, we need to understand that in regards to verses 5 and 6, we are right in the middle of those two verses. We are living in a time after verse 5, but before verse 6.

Revelation 12:5 ~ "She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne."

We know in prior studies that "she" is in regards to the nation of Israel>Mary who would bring forth a son, Jesus Christ, who will one day rule the nations with an iron scepter during His 1000 year millennial reign. In reference to being "snatched up" this is the same word in Greek and Hebrew that is the same reference to where we get the term rapture. It is the same word used when Enoch and Elijah were "taken or snatched up." Jesus ascended back to heaven and has been there for the last 2000+ years.

During this period, we know that Jesus has ascended back into heaven, the church is on earth still, the Tribulation has not happened yet, Israel has not been deceived by the Antichrist yet and will one day flee into the wilderness. Now let's look at verse 6 to see how wonderfully these two verses fit together.

Revelation 12:6 ~ "The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God where she might be taken care of for 1260 days."

We know that the woman is the nation of Israel, and we will figure out where Israel will flee to as we pull verses from previous scriptures and the Old Testament to map these clues perfectly. We understand the reference of 1260 days to be the biblical standard for 42 months or 3 1/2 years. This is a future event that will occur during the Tribulation period.

Matthew 24:16-25 ~ "then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let no one on the roof of his house go down to take anything out of the house. Let no one in the field go back to get his cloak. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant and nursing mothers! Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be a great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now - and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. At that time if anyone says to you, "Look, here is the Christ!" or, "There he is!" do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect - if that we possible. See, I have told you ahead of time." 

We need to understand that the "elect" referred to here is the believing remnant of Israel during the Tribulation period. We know that the nation of Israel will flee to the mountains. It will be such a time of initial rush that no one will have time to go back and get anything, they will need to leave right away.

Psalm 23:4-5a ~ "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me, You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies."

We know that David wrote this Psalm and we, as Gentiles hold fast to the promises of this Psalm but it was the Jews who have the rights to this promise first. This will be important later in our study.

In Jordan, there is a crack in the earth in which the city of Petra resides. In some place the cliffs are 200 feet high and are so small that a man on horseback can not fit inside the paths. Yet once you are in there, there is an amphitheater that can easily hold 10,000 people. The country of Jordan is right next door to Israel and in order to get there you have to cross over the mountains. Speculation?

Daniel 11:41 ~ "He (the Antichrist) will also invade the Beautiful Land (Jerusalem). Many countries will fall, but Edom, Moab and the leaders of Ammon will be delivered from his hand."

Edom and Moab are located with the nation of Jordan as well as the city of Ammon. Jordan is the "they" that will feed Israel when it flees into the city of Petra during the Tribulation Period. It is not hard to see how wonderfully God is connecting the dots if we are only willing to look and study His Word.

We need to understand that Satan hates it whenever we pray, attend church or share the gospel with the lost world. He is losing his hard fought battles because he lost the war a long time ago. Read Isaiah 9, Micah 5, Daniel 12, Ezekiel 40-44 and Isaiah 56-66 for more information). It's all about Jesus!!!

We know that Jesus ascended and is in heaven because He promised that when He got there, He would send us a helper, His Holy Spirit. So how do we know Jesus arrived in heaven? He sent His Spirit as promised on the Day of Pentecost and it is with us even today. When the church is raptured from this world, the Holy Spirit will simply step aside so that evil can run rampant on the earth. He does not leave with the church.

Satan's reason for not giving up even though he knows he won't win in the end is simple. He knows if he can affect you, he affects the heart of God. As a Christian, his plan is to neuter you or sterilize your power. It's to make you goofy. No wonder your spiritual life is not making a difference. God's got your soul, but Satan has your vitality!

You won't impact anyone and in fact you can impact the church negatively when people judge you and your Christianity based on your words and actions alone. Why would anyone want to be a Christian when they see you? People shouldn't be deceived. They shouldn't be following Christians, they should be following Christ, and we as believers, should be letting them see what Christ is doing in our lives.

Satan is fighting but those battles that he wins are battles that are handed to him. We let Satan win when we allow him to continue to attack our lives. We need serious, desperate prayers for our country, marriages, homes, churches and government leaders.

Matthew 24:35 ~ "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away."

When you read the Bible, you're reading God's Word, God's message to man. The Word of God, the Bible is indestructible.

According to the Bible, in obedience to God, every Christian is commanded to support and pray for Israel. It's always been about Israel.

Genesis 22:17-18 ~ "I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of the enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me."

Joel 3:2 ~ "I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land."

2 Chronicles 7:12-17 ~ "the LORD appeared to him at night and said, "I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices. When I shut up the heavens so there is no rain, or command locusts to destroy the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there. As for you, if you walk before me as David your father did, and do all I command, and observe my decrees and laws,"

Isaiah 40:1 ~"Comfort, comfort my people, says your God."

There is a satanic, religious jihad, a global agenda that is under way that is designed to:

1. Economically disable the USA (west).
2. Intimidate the Christian church to silence.
3. Annihilate the nation of Israel.
4. All of this, to establish a New World Order.

Ephesians 6:10-18 ~ " Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breast plate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints."

The Bible tells it perfectly - Satan loses big in the end. Jesus is coming back.

1 John 4:4 ~ "You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world."

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