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The End of Days

In Spiritualism on May 22, 2012 at 8:00 am

In a chapter referring to the last days, the Lord says by the prophet, “Behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people.” (Isa. 60:2) In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness?” (Matt. 6: 23) Jesus declares of  Himself, “I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12)  The psalmist wrote, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Ps. 119: 105) In the teachings of Christ, in the revelations of the word of God through the prophets, the light of God is shining in the darkness of this world. Satan, the prince of darkness, has always counterworked God’s Spirit of light and truth. Sometimes he directly opposes the work of God, and leads his subjects in open rebellion. Sometimes he unites with the professed people of God, and, by insensible degrees, leads them into error, until the very light which is in them “becomes darkness.” And then are fulfilled again the words of the Scripture which says:—“And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” (John 1: 5) Satan has ever endeavored to counterfeit the work of God. Every prophecy of the Bible he fulfills, if possible, in his own way. Any method to lead the world into darkness, and away from God’s true light, is employed by himself and his angels.

The Second Coming of Christ

Satan is a close student of prophecy. With a mind while in heaven second only to that of Christ, and though fallen, yet possessing a keen and brilliant intellect, sharpened through six thousand years of cunning and deception, he can quite accurately forecast the times and seasons as foretold in the Scriptures.  He knows that the time is near when Jesus will come again. To meet and forestall the solemnizing effect of the message of this great event, he employs many counterfeits and  He cares not what they are, only that they  lead away Men from the real issue.  Some are made to believe that Christ comes at death for the purpose of taking the immortal soul to glory. To others he appears at the conversion of the sinner. To some Spiritualists the coming of so-called”new truths” answers the requirements, while to others He appears in person in majestic form, from the secret cabinet of a private seance. Each variation is made to meet the peculiar “credulity” of the individual mind. Satan cares not a straw as to which error is accepted, for all are alike false and fatal. But to the student of God’s word our Saviour has Himself laid bare all these deceptions. In His great prophecy of Matthew 24, He says:

“Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” Vss. 4, 5.“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” Vs. 11.“Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, He is in the desert; go not forth: behold, He is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning Cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Vss. 23-27.

Satan cannot counterfeit the Manner of the second coming of Christ, as described in the foregoing verses, but he will appear in many places, working miracles, and claiming that he is Christ.

A Message of Woe.

“Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” (Rev. 12 : 12) How does Satan know that he has but a short time? Because he studies the prophecies, and believes the prophecies, although he is able to convince the most of the world that they are untrue, that they mean something else, or, if true, they are of little moment. Why is the devil possessed of such “great wrath?” Because he knows that the end is near, and that he has but a short time ,in which to work. This fact incites him to fury, and he works for the destruction of humanity as he has never worked before in all his six thousand years of evil. What he does must be done quickly. He realizes that his race is nearly run. So with all the devices which his ages of experience in evil have given him, he redoubles his attacks to deceive the dwellers on the earth. Through Spiritualism, through the avenues of a lukewarm, fallen, and apostate church, and through the utter evil of fallen and wicked men, he pursues his victims to the limit of his ingenuity.

Fire from Heaven

“And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do.” (Rev. 13: 13, 14) The miracles of Christ were presented by Him as the evidence of His Messiahship. He said, “Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works’ sake.” (John 14:11) Elijah called down fire from heaven to consume his sacrifice, and thus proved to Israel that Baal was no true god, and that Jehovah alone was God. Miracles are being, and will be shown still more abundantly, through the channels of Spiritualism, to prove its authenticity. The supreme test of fire from heaven will yet, with other miraculous demonstrations, be used to sweep the world off its feet. Let us not make the mistake of calling these miracles frauds. The text declares that Satan has power to do them. We must be ready therefore to know and understand the source of this power.

Source of Miracle-Working Power.

“For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” (Rev. 16:14)  This scripture presents the last, closing work of this deceptive power, and places the responsibility upon the devil, where it belongs. Just before Christ comes, the deceptive powers of evil will gather the nations of the earth together in one sweeping, closing, clash of arms. This is the call to the awful battle of Armageddon of verse 16. In chapter 14:19 it is spoken of as the “wine-press of the wrath of God.” In this fearful battle the carnage will be so great that the blood is described as flowing “even unto the horse bridles.”

What a climax to the six thousand years of the malignant workings of Satan and the fallen angels! What a maelstrom of horror and woe this presents for the contemplation of those who are willing to be led by this great deceiver! What a warning to the earnest Bible student! The deceptions are so cunning that there is only one place of safety for any soul, and that is in the “secret place of the Most High.” None else will escape the destruction which is soon to sweep the world. The “elect” will know and be safe, because they alone heed the warnings of God’s word, and have their abiding place “under the shadow of the Almighty.”

Satanic Knowledge

In New Thought and Pantheism, Satan, Spiritualism, The Devil, The Last Days, Uncategorized on April 5, 2012 at 11:59 am

Paganism and the gross forms of heathen idolatry, are not adapted to our present enlightened and social state.  It only needs another name: the name of ” Free Love,” and the sanction of laws which Satan himself has helped to frame.   Some can be led as the willing slaves of their lusts. But, there are others, Satan must secure by other means. Reason is their god. To them, the revelations of the Most High are, enigmatic hints of things they cannot comprehend.

“For the god of this world hath blinded their minds, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine into their hearts, and give them the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ“, (2 Cor.4:4-6) They must have certain knowledge, and such a knowledge of secret and future things, as God, in His infinite wisdom, withholds from man; for he would have man “walk by faith, not by sight,” (2 Cor. 5:7.) But, what God withholds, Satan offers to impart. They would lift the veil that hides the unseen world from them, and seek to know from those who inhabit it, the things which God has hidden from them, and purposes they shall not know.

The knowledge of Satan is not like ours. We can know nothing of the invisible world from our own observation. Satan can and does.— The invisible world is all untrodden ground to us. To him it is all known and familiar. He, doubtless, does and can know facts, and reveal them too, which it would gratify the curiosity of our nature to know. Facts, long since transpired, even before the birth of any now on earth, are not blotted out of the memory of Satan, who, we may suppose, retains all the knowledge he has ever had of our world for the past 6000 years. These facts he may communicate to man, (and none can prove that he cannot); and these facts being found to be true, the door is now opened wide for the full belief of any number, or any kind of real or supposed facts that Satan may see fit to communicate. The reality of one truth will pave the way for many falsehoods, all of which may be believed with equal faith. In this way, Satan will satisfy the minds of multitudes of the philosophically wise. And as they judge they can find that knowledge in and through his communications which they cannot obtain from the Word of God, the result is easily foreseen. They will reject the revelation which God has given them, as a work behind the age, and not meeting the demands of the times. If this be not so with those who now believe in the revelations that God has made to them in His Word, they will super-add to it these supposed revelations of facts by Satan, and thus will they virtually set aside the Word of God entirely as a rule of life.

Luicfer, (A.K.A.) Satan

In Satan on April 5, 2012 at 11:31 am

The writers of the Sacred Scriptures nowhere attempt to prove the existence of God. Moses takes it for granted, and proceeds to state, in the first chapters of Genesis, what God has created. Nor do they attempt to prove the existence of a Spiritual Being, whom they call in the Hebrew, Satan; which means an opposer, a foe, an enemy. They speak of it as a fact that needs no proof; for the world is full of the evidences of his real, personal existence, and of his mighty power, and unremitting hatred of God and of man. We are fully aware of the fact that the personal existence of Satan is admitted by nearly all those who bear the Christian name. It is at least among the articles of their faith. But by the great majority of professing Christians of the present day, it is so feebly realized, and so superficially regarded, that their faith is, in a great degree, inoperative, and the fact of his existence, and influence upon the minds of the people, is virtually disbelieved. One striking difference between the experience of Christians, as recorded in the New Testament is that they felt and acted as if there was a great and mighty adversary for them to oppose ; and they speak of their spiritual conflicts with him ; but the wisdom and philosophy of our day have looked upon his existence as a myth, or at best, but another name for the wayward disposition of man.  This, however, is not the scriptural representation of the matter.

The Bible speaks of him as a mighty spirit, once holy, but now fallen through pride; as the deceiver of man ; as the usurper of the dominion of this world, and as ‘the Prince of this world’, and also of the power of the air, and ‘the Spirit that worketh in the children of disobedience.’— Through his influence and wiles, our first parents lost the image and the likeness of God in which they were created, and also the dominion over the earth which God had bestowed on man. Satan deposed man, and took his place. Since then he has not ceased to exert his influence over man; to enslave his mind by gross superstitions ; to debase and defile his body by vile affections ; to shut him out of heaven by leaguing him in with himself in opposition to God. Accordingly we find that although the agent, Satan, is the same at all times, yet the mode of his operations differs in different ages and among different people, according to the degree of their intellectual culture, or the amount of Scriptural truth and knowledge they might possess.   In an age like ours, where intellectualism and mammon are the gods to the masses of the people, Satan must suit his wiles to the spirit of the age, and to the character of the people, if he would succeed in leading them to bow down gods of reason, and to ignore their Creator and the revelation he has given them.

The Arch-Deceiver continually varies his wiles. Old forms of spiritual delusion pass away; but from their seeds other forms spring up, which are just as far from the truth as the former.— Each successive age or generation boasts of its freedom from the follies of the past, and laughs at the ignorance and superstition of their fathers, while it is itself the victim of those Satanic delusions which are more in accordance with the circumstances, advanced knowledge, or philosophic spirit of the age. And just as we change our garments and adapt them to the season of the year upon which we may enter, while our nature remains the same—so will it be with these varied exhibitions of Satanic power; their forms differ, but their essential features are the same; and these varied manifestations will continue to come and to go, until the kingdom of Satan, on earth, be overthrown, the reign of sin be superseded by that of holiness, and the kingdoms of this world become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ.

The Prince of the Power of the Air

In Angels, Luicfer, The Devil on January 31, 2011 at 7:34 pm

When Lucifer, or Satan, as he is now called, was cast out, he realized that he had lost heaven forever. His nature was now changed completely, and his heart was filled with anger and hatred toward the entire government of God. His history shows that from that time his motto was, in the language of Milton, ”Evil, be thou my good.” His change of name indicates his change of character. Lucifer means “light-bearer.” The word devil means the opposite,—“darkness.” He is now the prince of darkness.

Revenge now filled that heart where once the love of God abode, and all his powers were exerted against God and His work. Every artful device of Satan and the evil angels has since been used to lead men to follow them in sin and rebellion against God.  It is well for man to know the strength of the foe he has to meet. Satan and his angels have on earth the same wisdom, and much of the power, which they had in heaven before their fall. To this is added six thousand years’ experience in their terrible work.

In heaven Satan’s influence was so great as to deceive and lead into rebellion a vast number of the holy angels. If his influence in the very courts of heaven was so great, can we not readily understand how it is possible for him to lead mankind astray?  With such power and influence as he has at his command, we can never overcome Satan in our own strength. If we let go our hold upon God, we step onto the enemy’s ground, and he will always be there to meet us. Under such conditions we are sure to be “taken captive by him at his will.” (2 Tim. 2 : 26) But we need not be overcome by the enemy. Christ has twice conquered this foe,— once in the battle in heaven, when Satan was cast out; and again as a man on earth when He met all his temptations, and came off victorious. Hence Satan is to Christ a conquered foe. If we trust our Lord fully, He will give us strength in every hour of need, and thus we may become “more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” (Rom. 8 : 37)  Not only does Satan seek to draw man away from his allegiance to God, but he uses also the elements of the earth, sea, and sky to work his destruction. Paul calls Satan “The prince of the power of the air.” (Eph. 2:2.)  The name is well applied; for it is he who causes the terrible cyclones, the tidal waves, and other awful disasters. Only the restraining hand of God prevents him from bringing devastation to the whole world, more awful than has yet been known.  The experience of Job, as recorded in the first chapter of that book, is evidence that Satan controls, not only the hearts and actions of wicked men, but also, as far as permitted, the very elements. When God allowed him to afflict Job, four great calamities came upon him in such quick succession that one bearer of evil tidings could not finish his report before another was waiting with his account of disaster.  They were as follows :—

First, a band of Sabeans fell upon the servants who were plowing, and slew them, and took away the oxen, and the asses that were feeding beside them. It was Satan who stirred up these wicked men to do this deed.

Second, fire from above burned up the sheep as they were feeding, as well as the servants who were caring for them. This storm of fire was brought down by Satan for the purpose of causing this very destruction.  The text reads, “The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them.” (Job i : 16)  This was the language of the messenger, giving an account of the disaster as he understood it. By a reading of the twelfth verse we can not avoid the conclusion that these calamities were not sent by God, but were the means the Lord permitted Satan to use in his effort to destroy the integrity of Job.

Third, three bands of Chaldeans fell upon the camels, and carried them away, and slew the servants who were keeping them. These Chaldeans were idolaters, hence were servants of Satan, and were led and influenced by him in this raid upon the property of Job.
Fourth, a wind from the wilderness smote the house where the sons and daughters of Job were eating and drinking, and killed them all. This awful bereavement was the last of the four great calamities brought upon him at this time. In this instance the winds obeyed the will of Satan, so justifying the statement made by Paul, that Satan is “the prince of the power of the air.”
The “working of Satan” is to be “with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish.” (2 Thess. 2 : 9, 10)  “And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven [the atmospheric heavens, which surround this earth] on the earth in the sight of men.” (Rev. 13 : 13)  As we near the end, Satan will become more and more active in bringing disaster upon the world. The apostle-prophet John says of this time, “Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” (Rev. 12 : 12)

 

Luicfer, Son of the Morning

In The Devil on January 28, 2011 at 8:00 am

Satan, who is now the representative of all evil, was once a commanding angel in heaven, beautiful and powerful. His name was Lucifer, which means, “Son of the Morning,” or, “Shining One, Son of the Dawn.” (Isa. 14 : 12)

The first nineteen verses of the twenty-eighth chapter of Ezekiel have a double application : — First, they describe the beauty, riches, pride, arrogance, and wickedness of the city of Tyre, which was located near the borders of Palestine, on the Mediterranean Sea. Secondly, in reading Eze. 28 : 12-15, a deeper meaning is discovered, and it becomes evident that a being is there described who has, at some time, held a high position in heaven, near the throne of the Almighty. Such a description can apply only to Lucifer, who, since his fall, is known as the devil, or Satan.  It will be seen also that in the writings of many of the prophets the condition and fate of nations are frequently taken as object-lessons, pointing to still more important events that have transpired in the past, or are to take place in the future.   In the twenty-eighth of Ezekiel, the power and beauty, the pride and wickedness, and the final overthrow of Tyre are taken to represent the high position of Lucifer in heaven, his sin of pride and rebellion, and his final fall.

He was, next to God and Christ; and is still, the wisest being in the universe; for God said through the prophet, “Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom.” Vs. 12.

He was also the most beautiful being in all the creation of God, for the text says he was “perfect in beauty.” Vs. 12.

He visited earth, the home of Adam and Eve. “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God.” Vs. 13.   His visits were for no good purpose, and resulted finally in the fall of the human race.

His apparel was beautiful beyond human conception. “Every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold.” Vs. 13.

As a musician he excelled, and doubtless presided as leader of the angelic hosts in their morning and evening songs of praise to God. “The workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.” Vs. 13.

This quotation shows that he was “created” by the power of God.  Angels were created full grown, not born as children, hence it is evident that this text describes a heavenly being.

“Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so.” Vs. 14. Lucifer was beside the throne of God, with his wings outstretched above it.

Thou wast upon the holy mountain of God.” Vs. 14. He stood, therefore, in the very presence of God, near His throne.

“Thon hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.” Vs. 14. The glory of God radiates like fire from the golden pavement around His throne. Paul says, “For our God is a consuming fire.” (Heb. 12 : 29)  These surroundings were familiar to Lucifer.  He stood in the presence of the great Creator, and the ceaseless beams of glory enshrouding the eternal God, rested upon him.