“Endangered By Ignorance?”

Posted: July 9, 2014 in Bible Prophecy, Bible Study, Christian Life, Crowns, Dispensations, Israel, James, Salvation, Tribulation

Far too many Christians are ignorant of Satan’s devices (2 Corinthians 2:11). Rather than resisting him, they usually give in to his temptations and find themselves dominated or ensnared by him (2 Timothy 2:26). Others blame him for things when they should be taking responsibility for their own actions. Are you blaming others for your bad behavior? All unsaved people have a sin nature (disposition) but so do Christians who have been “born again from above” (John 3:6; 1 John 1:8). Those Christians who say that they don’t have one are simply deceiving themselves, not others.* We have three spiritual enemies: Satan, our own sin nature, and the present world system.  Do you know how to live victoriously?  Read on.

Stand. To enable us to stay standing rather than falling before the devil when he’s allowed to tempt us (1 Corinthians 10:13; Ephesians 6:13), we must be aware of his subtle enticements to sin and take the appropriate Biblical steps to resist him (1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-17). His temptations include:

Independence From God. Lucifer (Day Star), the bright and shining one, became dissatisfied with the role he had in God’s government even though he was above all other spirit beings including other cherubs, seraphs, and angels. He wanted to be like (not unlike) the Most High God (Isaiah 14:12-14). He didn’t like the idea of having to be accountable to God. Do you have the same problem? He sinned when he seduced one third of the angels to follow him in his rebellion against God (Ezekiel 28:14-19; Ephesians 6:12). He became Satan – God’s adversary.

Flood.  Then God flooded the whole earth that included Eden, the rock garden (Ezekiel 28:13), from where he once ruled under God (Genesis 1:2).  The flood of Noah’s day came later (Genesis 6, 7).  God did this to demonstrate to all the spirit beings how displeased He was with the heinous nature of Lucifer’s act of rebellion and sin against God. We’re not told how long God the Holy Spirit brooded in grief over the face of the waters that covered the whole earth at that time.

Eve. Being unhappy to see Adam and Eve with the authority over the earth that he once had (Genesis 1:26), Satan probably spent quite some time observing them to see where they might be most vulnerable to his temptations.  He wanted to regain the dominion over the earth that God had given to them. He used the serpent to communicate with Eve (Genesis 3:1-5; Revelation 12:9). God even used a donkey on one occasion to rebuke Balaam, a hireling prophet (Numbers 22:28-30; 2 Peter 2:16).

Conscience. When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, they got a conscience but lost the image of God that apparently included a garment of light. They knew that they had been stripped and saw their own nakedness (Genesis 3:7). So they sewed fig leaves to cover themselves. True believers will get a garment of light in the future (1 Corinthians 15:49; 1 Timothy 6:15; 1 John 3:2; Daniel 12:3). Do you know what happens to all unbelievers (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8)? What’s wrong with man’s conscience and how did that era (dispensation) end (Judges 17:6; 25:21; Genesis 6, 7)? In which group will you be found in eternity future? You can be sure of it before you die (1 John 5:13).

Miracles. They are nothing more than the circumvention of the normal laws (phenomena) of nature. God made everything (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Hebrews 1:2) including these laws and can change them when He wants to do so. We don’t believe in uniformatariansim (i.e. that all things have happened the same way since the beginning of time).** Scoffers don’t agree with God’s Word (2 Peter 3:1-13; Genesis 7). Are you one of them? God, Jesus, the devil, demons, and many saved and unsaved people have performed miracles (Exodus 7, 8; Matthew 7:21-23; John 20:31; 2 Corinthians 12:12). Are they still extant today (1 Corinthians 13:8-10)? In the future the Antichrist and his assistant, the false prophet, will deceive many people by performing the same kinds of miracles that Jesus and His apostles did while they were on earth (2 Thessalonians 2:9; Acts 2:22).

Resurrection. The future Antichrist (Man of Sin), who will be killed in a battle with Russia and her allies during the Tribulation (Ezekiel 38, 39), will even be raised back to life to imitate Christ’s resurrection (Revelation 13:3-18). He’ll want to be worshiped by mankind, especially the Jews. They will refuse and then be persecuted intensely for the next 3 ½ years, known as “the time of Jacob’s (Israel’s) trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7; Daniel 9:27; Matthew 24:15ff). We don’t set dates, but these events don’t seem to be that far off from today. Are you ready? Don’t boast about tomorrow (Proverbs 27:1; James 4:13-17).

Jesus. After His baptism, He was driven out into the wilderness by God the Holy Spirit to be tempted by the devil for 40 days (Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13). The devil and demons knew that He was the Son of God (Matthew 8:29). We know from the Greek language of the New Testament that He actually said, “[Since] you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread” (Matthew 4:3). This was a temptation for Jesus to act independently of His Father and to do something before God’s timing. Waiting for God’s timing is a real problem for some folks (Psalm 46:10). Is it for you? Is this why you’re full of worry and cares (Philippians 4:6, 7).

Good Works. No one is saved by good works but by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily. (Ephesians 2:8, 9; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4). Christians must do God’s work according to His rules if we want to be rewarded (2 Timothy 2:5; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15). The end doesn’t justify using illegal means to accomplish a good goal (Romans 3:8). Do you break God’s rules? Do you know which ones are for believers today? If not, ask for our FREE “Dispensational Chart.” It could open up the Scriptures for you in ways you never knew before. It did for me.

The Devil’s Fourteen Temptations – To be continued.

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*Sin Nature – http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/doctrine/1natjm00.htm

**Uniformitarianism – http://www.gotquestions.org/uniformitarianism-vs-catastrophism.html

 

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