“Michael v Satan – Arguing Over What?”

Posted: March 10, 2013 in Bible Prophecy, Death, Jude

Warning!  Most of what you’ll read today won’t make sense to you if you’re not a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.  It will seem foolish to you as a “natural man” or if you’re a “carnal Christian” (1 Corinthians 2:14; 3:1-3; Hebrews 5:11-14).

Several years ago we traveled through Egypt, Jordan, and Israel.  It was quite a memorable trip.  We visited the pyramids outside Cairo.  (I could hardly breathe there since the air pollution was so bad).  Then we traveled by bus (not on foot as the Israelites did for 40 years) on a journey that led us to Mt. Sinai where God gave Moses the 10 commandments.  (I personally think that Mt. Sinai is probably located in Saudi Arabia).

Nebo.  As we continued our journey we came to Mt. Nebo on the east side of the Dead Sea where God buried Moses.  Imagine this.  When he was 80 years old he began to lead about 2 or 3 million grumbling Jews across the Red Sea and through the wilderness for 40 years until he was 120.  He died with good eye sight and natural vigor (Deuteronomy 34:1-8).  But he had committed the “sin unto death.”  What about you?  Are you about to die prematurely because of your rebellion against God (1 John 5:16)?

Temper Tantrum.  Because Moses lost his patience with the griping Jews, he struck the rock instead of speaking to the rock from which God brought forth water (Numbers 20:7-13).  For doing this, Moses was not permitted, at that time, to enter the land that God promised to give to the believing Jews as an eternal inheritance.  But he has been in that land when he appeared with Jesus and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:3).  He will also be resurrected 75 days after the Great Tribulation to enter the millennium where Christ will be the King of kings and Lord of lords (Daniel 12:12; Revelation 19:16).  Resurrected David will be the king on earth under Christ and His bride the church (Jeremiah 30:7-9; Ephesians 5:32; Revelation 21:9; 22:3).

Politicians.  Our politicians should read Genesis 15:18-21 before trying to force the Jews to give up land for peace.  What are your feelings toward the Jews? Is God done with them as a nation (Romans 11:1ff)?  Will another holocaust come on them alone or on the whole world (Revelations 6-19; Jeremiah 30:7)?  How long will it last (Daniel 9:27)?  Then what (Matthew 24:29; Revelation 19:11ff)?  For more information, read our prophecy “Blogs” on the Internet.

Miracles.  Now, I know that some of you skeptics don’t believe in miracles (God’s circumventing the normal “laws” of nature).  But since He made the “laws” of nature, He can change them when He wants to do so.  While Christ was here on earth He performed many miracles to prove that He was/is fully God manifested in human flesh and had/has power over His creation (John 20:30, 31).  The last enemy that He will destroy is death (1 Corinthians 15:26).  He will do this by raising everyone from the dead, each in his own order (1 Corinthians 15:23, 24).  In which resurrection will you participate?

Cruel?  Before you hastily say that God imposed a cruel or unusual punishment on Moses for smiting the rock, consider that God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11).  He will punish sin/lawlessness (Romans 6:23).  By the way, someone has to pay the debt that you and I owe to God.  Since we incurred the debt by sinning against God, we should have to pay the penalty.  But that would mean our having to spend eternity in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:15; 21:8).  The only way we can avoid having to pay this debt is for someone else to pay it for us (Isaiah 53:6; Romans 5:8; 1 Peter 3:18).

Paid In Full.  Our debt was paid in full by One of the persons in the Godhead, the Lord Jesus Christ (1 John 2:2).  He was and always will be God (John 1:1-18).  He is not inferior to God the Father or God the Holy Spirit (Colossians 2:9).  As predicted, He was born of the virgin, Mary (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23).  He lived a sinless life (Hebrews 4:15).  He went to the cross to die for all our sins, past, present, and future (Isaiah 53:4-6; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  But unless you accept the gift of pardon that He has extended to you, you won’t be set free (John 1:12).  Apart from “special revelation” from God through a human writer to us, we couldn’t know these facts (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21).

Value.  The value of Christ’s death comes from His being God.  The reality of His physical death comes from His being a man.  God cannot die. Mortal men can and do die daily.  Since Jesus was/is God, He could/did suffer a spiritual death (separation from God the Father) for three hours while He was on the cross (from noon to 3 P.M.).  This was an equivalency of our having to spend an eternity in hell to pay our debt of sin to God the Father.

Heavy?  Yes, I realize that this is pretty heavy stuff for some of you.  If you watch again the Passion of Christ during this season of the year, remember that Christ’s physical suffering was not nearly as bad as His spiritual suffering.

Forsaken.  While on the cross, in fulfillment of Bible prophecy, Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me” (Matthew 27:46; Psalm 22:1)?  For the first and only time in history, God the Father forsook God the Son and broke fellowship with Him so that we wouldn’t have to be eternally separated from God in the lake of fire.  He died physically and spiritually for all our sins (yours and mine) whether we realize it or not.

Ignorant.  Yes, in fact, had the rulers of the day known what they were doing when they crucified Jesus, they would not have done it (1 Corinthians 2:8).  In their ignorance and defiance toward God, they unknowingly provided a Savior for all mankind including themselves (Acts 3:17).

Wisdom.  As the good angels watch God outmaneuver Satan at every turn, they marvel at His wisdom (Ephesians 3:10).  They are also amazed by God’s ability to take wretched sinners and turn them into saints (1 Corinthians 1:2; Romans 8:28-30).  You might be interested to know that you don’t have to die to become a saint.  Every Christian is one but he/she doesn’t always act like one. (Would you be interested in knowing the difference between positional, practical, and ultimate sanctification?  If so, ask us about it.  It could revolutionize your life and bring a lot of joy and peace to you.)

Unplanned.  Since this article has become much longer than I had originally planned, I will (Deo Volente) get back to the argument that Michael the archangel had with Satan over the body of Moses. What was the big deal?  Sorry for the “cliff hanger.”

Urgent!  But in the meantime, if you want to escape the eternal lake of fire, that was prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41), you need to know the facts of the Gospel, accept them as being true, and then transfer your trust from yourself and your good works over to Christ Himself.  Otherwise you will be “believing in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2).

Gospel.  First the bad news:  You are a sinner like all the rest of us (Romans 3:10, 23; 6:23).  Good News:  But Christ died for sinners…and rose again bodily from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).  Believe on Him exclusively and you will be saved (Acts 16:31).  We are not saved by our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).  It’s all underserved (grace).

Questions/Comments?  We invite you to call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at www.kelseypeach.com.  These articles often correspond to our talks on Sundays.

 

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