God gave us His Word. Jn 1:1-IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD, AND THE WORD WAS WITH GOD, AND THE WORD WAS GOD.
Jn 1:3-ALL THINGS WERE MADE BY HIM; AND WITHOUT HIM WAS NOT ANY THING MADE THAT WAS MADE.
God created Satan and gave him incredible power and great wisdom to deceive the people of the world. It is written: Rev 12:9…SATAN, WHICH DECEIVETH THE WHOLE WORLD.
Satan was created to oppose and discredit God’s Word and make people believe God’s Word is wrong.
He was given the power to put into people’s thoughts nearly anything, except the truth as outlined in God’s Word. He is skillful at mixing lies and truth together.
He has been given complete understanding of exactly how man thinks, and what man’s desires are-ref Mt 16:23.
He has been given the authority and power to give people whatever they wish, even the whole world, if they will worship him-ref Mt 4:9, or if they simply will not follow Jesus.
He is behind every false religion and false way.
He is the wisest, most subtle or crafty, and deceitful being ever created by God-Gen 3:1.
Jn 8:44-Satan 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.
He was given power to try and deceive God’s angels, of which he succeeded in deceiving some.
He has the power to deceive the entire world, all at the same time with the same thought-ref Rev 20:8,9.
People will be confronted with God’s Word and also with Satan’s deceptions, as Eve was. Then each person has to make a choice. That choice is between believing God’s Word or believing the thoughts they have that cause them not to believe the Bible. Those thoughts are from the devil, but of course the people never understand this. The Scriptures covering this should be covered a little further on.
Satan’s goal is to be worshipped, to overthrow God, to be God-ref Isa 14:13; Ezek 28:2.
Satan’s goal is to deceive the world-ref Rev 12:9.
Satan’s goal is to keep you from surrendering to Jesus.
And if you surrender to Jesus, His goal is to deceive you and cause you to turn back to the way you were-2 Pe 2:22.
Satan’s goal is to keep people from hearing and reading God’s Holy Word.
His goal is to put thoughts in your mind that cause you to not believe the Bible-ref Rev 12:9.
And if you do believe the Bible, his goal is to distort God’s Word in your heart and mind-ref 2 Cor 4:4.
His goal is to cause you to do what he wants or what you want, but not what God wants-ref Jn 8:45.
His goal is to trick or deceive you with situations he sets up and with clever words or thoughts in your mind that are in harmony with your unrepentant desires or worldliness-Gen 3:13.
His goal was to destroy Jesus. He thought he succeeded, but in reality he failed-1 Cor 2:8.
His goal was and is to destroy the Jews which are God’s people, and turn the world against them-Gen 3:15.
His goal is to make life miserable for those that follow Jesus, especially for those that labor in the Word and obey it-many verses cover this.
God created Satan and gave him GREAT wisdom and understanding. Satan is WISER THAN DANIEL; THERE IS NO SECRET THAT THEY CAN HIDE FROM THEE-ref Ezek 28:3-5.
Satan knows how to tempt people using their hurts, and loneliness, and fears, their love, their cravings for food, and cravings for drugs, and sex, and friends and fellowship. Satan knows how to use people’s unrepentant, worldly desires.
The devil has the power to make you think that his ministers are actually God’s ministers.
It is written: 2 Cor 11:13-15-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.
Humanity is very ignorant of what the Bible says and easily deceived regarding Satan’s ministers, that is, ministers that are not born again.
It is written, regarding his ministers, Lk 11:44-…FOR YE ARE AS GRAVES WHICH APPEAR NOT, AND THE MEN THAT WALK OVER THEM ARE NOT AWARE OF THEM.
Satan’s ministers are as graves. However, people believe they are ministers of God. Inwardly, Satan’s ministers are ravening wolves in sheep’s clothing-ref Mt 7:15,16. Satan and his ministers are masters of deception. Do Satan’s ministers know they are Satan’s ministers? Absolutely, not. They are fully persuaded that they are of God. It is only by their fruits that you can detect them-ref Mt 7:16. But if you are worldly-minded and easily misled by Satan, then how can you detect which ministers are of Satan and which are of God????? Having many theology degrees is no indication a minister is born again.
There are very few God-fearing, Christ-centered, spiritually-minded ministers anymore, who understand what the meat of God’s Word is, who also understand Bible prophecy, the strait gate and narrow way, and the last prophecy to be fulfilled before the Antichrist is revealed.
There are few that preach on heaven and hell, sin, repentance, obedience, judgment, and fearing God. There are few that teach the Revelation and the latter days that we are now in.
There are few that teach that the proof of your love for God is in direct relation to the degree that you keep His commandments-Jn 14:15, 21.
In this Laodicean, lukewarm church age, there are many that use lots of unbiblical stories, but few Scriptures come out of their mouth.
If you have one of these few spiritual ministers that preaches the things from God’s Word just covered and understands spiritual warfare, you are blessed. Support him, pray for him, help him, and beware. For it is written: Heb 13:17-OBEY THEM THAT HAVE THE RULE OVER YOU, AND SUBMIT YOURSELVES: FOR THEY WATCH FOR YOUR SOULS, AS THEY THAT MUST GIVE ACCOUNT, THAT THEY MAY DO IT WITH JOY, AND NOT WITH GRIEF: FOR THAT IS UNPROFITABLE FOR YOU.
Satan will do everything possible to get you away from such a minister. Satan knows that a spiritual, Christ-centered minister can detect his schemes, even if you cannot. And if you get deceived by Satan in one of his clever devices that tugs on your heart strings, Satan knows that a spiritual minister can correct you and help you escape the snare Satan has caught you in, through God’s Word.
A spiritual preacher can in meekness instruct—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-ref 2 Tim 2:25,26. However, if you are secretive and deceitful and not easily corrected, you are meat waiting for the wolf to devour; and when you are devoured you will probably never know it, until it is too late.
If you choose to willingly sin, you open the door for Satan to attack you in ways few people understand. May I be blunt. You give one inch to the devil, and you might have problems you do not want, or even worse, you might wake up in hell. It is written, NEITHER GIVE PLACE TO THE DEVIL-Eph 4:27. Fear God, and depart from evil.
Note the craftiness of Satan. With only 53 words, he persuaded Eve to believe God’s Word was not true. Then he persuaded her to sin. Then she tempted Adam, and he sinned-Gen chapter 3.
Eve chose to believe the devil’s words over God. Adam and Eve both died. They did not inherit eternal life.
Judas had seen Jesus raise the dead and heal all kinds of diseases. Judas knew that Jesus was God and was full of mercy and love. Yet Satan was so cunning that he persuaded Judas to betray Jesus-Lk 22:3.
Consider what Satan did to Job’s health, his family, and his possessions. Consider the many ways he tempted Jesus. Consider what Paul went through and suffered. Consider how Satan used Hitler and many others like him.
Satan used Cain to kill Abel, thinking that Jesus would come from that lineage.
Satan used Herod to kill multitudes of Jewish infants thinking that he would kill the baby Jesus also.
(Ref Job 1:1-22)
Note: Satan was given authority to cause men to steal from Job.
Satan was given authority to kill Job’s servants,
to kill both people and sheep with the fire,
to bring forth wind and destroy a house.
Satan was given authority to kill Job’s sons and daughters.
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Satan was given authority to bring great physical torment upon Job, to move on Job’s wife to try and persuade him to curse God and die.
Satan used Job’s friends to condemn him and torment him with their lying accusations.
Despite Job not understanding what was happening, he never spoke against God. However, his wife did.
Life is a test. Many born again Christians have been tormented and killed for their faith in Jesus Christ.
Even now, in various countries, born again Christians are tormented in jail in deplorable conditions. Their future is death; and often it is dying with great physical pain, because they will not renounce their faith in Jesus Christ.
The price Jesus paid to redeem us was horrific torture and death. He was marred worse than any man-ref Isa 52:14. His beard was ripped off His face. He was beaten almost beyond description. A crown of thorns was embedded in His head. His hands and feet were pierced, and his side jabbed with a spear. As He endured this physical agony and cruel mockings, He also suffered utter grief and anguish in His soul and spirit, being separated from fellowship with His Father, as the Lord laid on Him the sins of all mankind, past, present, and future. 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-2 Cor 5:21.
Mankind has virtually no understanding of Satan and his powers of deception. Many people don’t even believe he exists. It is written: 1 Cor 2:14-BUT THE NATURAL (or worldly, or carnal or unsaved) MAN RECEIVETH NOT THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD: FOR THEY ARE FOOLISHNESS UNTO HIM: NEITHER CAN HE KNOW THEM, BECAUSE THEY ARE SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED.
2 Cor 4:3,4-BUT IF OUR GOSPEL BE HID (or, we may say, not understood), IT IS HID TO THEM THAT ARE LOST: IN WHOM THE GOD OF THIS WORLD (which is Satan) 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.
Satan has the power to make people believe they understand, even when they do not understand. It is written: Mt 13:13,15-…THEY SEEING SEE NOT; AND HEARING THEY HEAR NOT, NEITHER DO THEY UNDERSTAND. FOR THIS PEOPLE’S HEART IS WAXED GROSS (or is calloused), AND THEIR EARS ARE DULL OF HEARING, AND THEIR EYES THEY HAVE CLOSED.
As the Tribulation approaches, evil and rebellion against God will increase. Finally, just after the Rapture of the church, the son of Satan, called the Antichrist shall be revealed. He will ultimately rule the world. At the time of the Battle of Armageddon, Satan will be cast into the bottomless pit, and be chained, and a seal shall be put on him, so that he can deceive the nations no longer.
Jesus Christ will reign and rule the world for 1000 years. There will be peace and love. The world will love the Jew. People’s life span will be multiplied many times. The curse comes off the ground. All those wicked, rebellious, hateful thoughts that people now have will be gone, because Satan can deceive no longer. The resurrected and raptured saints shall reign and rule with Jesus.
After the thousand years are expired, Satan is let loose. Immediately, people’s thoughts are again filled with the fruits of the devil.
The billions of people that have been born during the thousand year period will have to be tested, just as we are being tested now to see who will follow Jesus and who will follow the devil.
There is one final war, as the people of the world surround the camp of the saints and the beloved city.
Fire comes down from heaven and destroys them.
Heaven and earth pass away.
The final judgment, the judgment of the damned, which is called the Great White Throne Judgment is held. The people are delivered up from hell for the final judgment and then cast into the lake of fire, which is called the second death. There they shall remain forever and ever, being tormented day and night. Thus, it is written, and thus, it shall be-Rev chapters 20 and 21.
God creates a new heaven and a new earth-Rev chapter 21.
The city of God called New Jerusalem comes down from heaven. The description of it is breathtaking-Rev 3:12; Rev chap 21.
All those that followed Jesus Christ and successfully resisted Satan’s deceptions shall dwell with Jesus with great joy, serving God for eternity.
Many that are reading or hearing this message may think this is nonsense.
Have you ever wondered why people seem to only curse the God of the Bible, but do not curse other gods? It is because God is alive, and all others are no gods at all.
It is because Satan is alive and has a mission. As it is written: Rev 12:9…SATAN, WHICH DECEIVETH THE WHOLE WORLD, including you.
Mt 16:26-FOR WHAT IS A MAN PROFITED IF HE SHALL GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD AND LOSE HIS OWN SOUL?
Right now, you have another chance to receive Jesus Christ as your only possible hope of being saved.
Will you surrender your life to Jesus now?