Satanís War With The Saints.
In todayís church there is a war going on among the saints over trivial maters. One such battle is over the validity of words that describe the end times. Doctrines vary from one person to the next and whoever teaches hopes that he or she has the persuasiveness to affect a change of mind in his or her student. Prophecy of the end times is another area of dispute. Christ was asked this question about the end times
Christís first words were:
This answer was out of place, but it seems as if Christ was always correcting his disciples for one thing or another. Christís disciples were not up to speed in spiritual matters and I think that is still true today. I am the worst among Christians, for the longer I am with the Lord the more fault I find in myself and that is when I need to lean on the Lord.
Has the church been deceived? Is the church actively seeking the Lord and attuned to his voice? The answer is some are and others are not. We live in times when it is difficult to find time to seek God and allow ourselves to be occupied with worldly things. Then we go to Church and let the beliefs of the pastor shape your beliefs. It is a spiritual duty to make a sacrifice of our body to present our selves holy and pleasing to god by the renewing of your mind. The idea is to have the mind of Christ.
The question of who you are listening to can be ascertained by what you believe and the treasures released by your mouth. False doctrine and misinformation is a ploy of the enemy that is waging war with Christians for the sole reason that we worship the true God. Before God brings Jesus back a second time Satan will demand the worship the inhabitants of the earth above every other god including the creator all things. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. Matthew 24:22
The question asked of Jesus Christ is still of major interest today. Some Christians have worked for their lifetime researching the end time for answers. God has been innovative in how he has revealed his plan making his knowledge and instructions available to the saints today. Godís innovation is the reason I think every one will be surprised with the sequence of events of his return as they unfold. Godís coming is not going to happen as we think it will. His plan is scattered throughout the Bible with part of the plan in the Old Testament and another part in the New Testament. Putting his plan together must involve every part of the plan for every piece to fall together and be accurate. God says this about his plan.
It would be nice to say that I have a handle on Godís word and can put God into a box so I could say what he is going to do. I donít believe that God has called me to be a prophet, but I believe he has called me to write about his plan from Godís prospective. Please bear with me as I attempt to do just that. Man does not have the privilege to change Godís plan as poor interpretation does so frequently.
Jesus was asked this question.
After he said do not be deceived he went on in the Olivett discourse to tell us what would happen, some of those events have been ongoing since then. Jesus pointed to one event that would be the sign of his return.
The abomination that causes desolation spoken by the prophet Daniel is something the saints need to understand. Daniel spoke of the abomination that causes desolation three times (9:27, 11:31, 12:11) within his writing. 9:27 involves his dream for the restoration of the temple, 11:31 is when Gabriel interprets the dream to Daniel, Danielís question was answered by the words written in 12:11. Lets go over what is written about the Abomination that causes desolation in the Old testament.
The remaining chapters of Daniel is the explanation of the dream given to Daniel to write down so that you and I could understand too. Gabriel revealed the conquests of the Persian, Greek and the Roman empires. What is important is that during the Greek occupation of Israel the Greek forced their gods upon on what the Greeks considered to be pagan Jews. The Greeks wanted to convert the Jews to worship the Greek gods and set up the image of Zeus in the temple of God and tried to stop all worship of the creator. The Jews rebelled considering the image of Zeus an Idol. (Read the Silent Years.)
A portion of The reply to Danielís question is as follows.
God thought idolatry was an abomination and you can detect his feelings toward idolatry as he mocks the intelligence of those who make and worship idols. Abomination is defined as a disgust for a thing or person and specifically for idolatry. In addition we learn that God is a jealous God. Remember the first commandment "you shall have no other God before me". Worship of an idol is the same as seeing your spouse having intimate relations with another person. Whatís seen in those times creates feelings of jealousy and the outcome is the uncontrollable desire to make them feel the your pain.
Anyone who has read the Old testament knows the struggle God had with Israel over idolatry. Israel was surrounded with Idol worshippers saw that the peoples around them prosper. This roused Israel with the desire to want to be like them. Time and time again God sent his prophets to warn his people to turn away from the worship of worthless idols that could not hear or respond to their needs. When God had enough He told them let your gods save you.
In the spiritual war with the children of God, Satan is trying to place a wedge between God and his children. Anything that can divert your attention and your time to focus on God is being used to achieve temporal happiness. However, you may delight in the things of life for a short time but they do not bring happiness or the peace of mind.
Desolation is a basic form of robbery and in war the action of plundering and depriving something of value by force. Peace of mind and the certainty of your future is something that you receive from the true worship of God not from the things of the world.
What has idolatry to do with the end times?
On the surface it doesnít look as if Jesus is telling us to look for the reemergence of worldwide idolatry. Satan is focusing his plot specifically on the children of God and the spreading their beliefs throughout the world. The passages of prophecy indicate in places that the battle may be focused on Israel. For example, Jesus warns those living in Judea that when they see the abomination causing desolation to find shelter in the mountains. This becomes apparent as you read beyond his warning to the disciples.
Satan is pressing forward with his plot to take the throne that rightfully belongs to God. However, God has revealed Satanís plan to his people and has allowed Satan to proceed slowly for the time being. God revealed that Satan or his cohort will do perhaps in hope that the Saint will stand his ground with trust in God.
God doesnít use the words 'the abomination that causes desolation to describe the fulfillment of Satanís plot in the New Testament. However, he does say let the reader understand the prophecy of Daniel. The Old Testament reveals the hatred God has for Idol worship and it is understandable when you know that God is a jealous God. The scope of Godís plan demands the following of his saints.
Satan has a potential stronghold in the world with those who refuse to repent and as disciples of Christ we are to teach them the commandments of God. The worldly Christians passes the buck on to others, especially to the pastor of the flock. Itís his job they say when it really belongs to every Christian. God commands this and that, but do the children of God pay attention to their father.
If you are willing to listen, God revealed the rest of Satanís plot. Chapter thirteen of revelation is dedicated to reveal Satanís plot to deceive man.
He ordered the inhabitants of the earth to erect an image of the first beast. Idol worship plain and simple.
Is it possible that the inhabitants of the earth will believe these miracles are things that only God is capable of doing. This event initiates the kingdom of Darkness and reveals the man of Lawlessness. Just as God does not want wickedness in Heaven Satan does not want holiness in his kingdom. But it calls for,
Lets return to the prophecy of Jesus in Matthew for a moment and read the following.
Just as God does not want wickedness in Heaven Satan does not want holiness in his kingdom. According to Godís messenger, Gabriel the power of the saints will be broken, but Satan will not be happy until all the inhabitants of the earth worship him. He will order that anyone refusing to worship his image to be put to death. He will attempt to annihilate completely everything related to the worship of the only true God.
Jesus warns the disciples that when they see the abomination that causes desolation they are to flee to the mountains. He also said this.
The good news is that God may have revealed what he meant by cutting those days short for the sake of the elect with the following.
Think about Daniel 12:11-12 and you be the judge of what God has revealed.
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