Kingdoms at war

 

by Homer slack

In the last issue we focused on the kingdom of God but now we must tell you about the kingdom of the devil that is at war against the kingdom of God. This battle which started in heaven now continues upon the earth splitting the peoples of the earth between the two kingdoms, those who are for the Lord versus those for the devil. As it was in the first war in heaven so shall it be in this second war on earth, the devil and his angels shall not prevail and as no place was found for them in heaven so no place will be found for them, or their people, on earth. The only place that will be left for them all to go will be in the lake of fire. It will be an epic war to end all wars, the entire cosmic balance will be righted finally, as God reasserts His rule upon the earth and among His creation, disposing of Satan the pretender and ridding the earth of his host of illegal occupants.

The Rebellion
Many events are predicted in the Bible to happen before the world ends. One is referred to as 'the rebellion' where human beings rebel against God and every God-instituted authority. Rebellion is: action against those in authority and against the rules... (Cambridge Dict). The Apostle Paul warns us to "not let anyone deceive you in any way. For the Day will not come until the final Rebellion takes place and the Wicked One appears, who is destined to hell." (2 Thessalonians 2:3) This demonic spirit of rebellion is gathering momentum as it takes over children, teenagers, adults, governments and even the religious. Children now choose not to submit to their parents or teachers' authority and their insubordination goes without consequences; husbands and wives no longer submit to each other, citizens no longer submit to governments, governments reject God's laws and in the courts God has been outlawed!

This rebellion is clearly played out where people everywhere are adopting the culture of self satisfaction with everyone doing what is right in their own eyes. As rebellion against God's authority grows so also will rebellion against God Himself. People are beginning to believe that it is ok or that they have a right to openly oppose and curse God. We see evil openly and brazenly showing itself: perversely vampires are sex symbols, demons are guardians, paganism, magic and witchcraft are legally practised. Have we such short memories or have we fallen under a spell of ignorant naivete`? Have we learnt nothing from history? Have our forefathers' example of banning Satanic practises and turning to God, gone in vain? Evil is real, it is not a joke, and its sole purpose is to steal our souls, it has no mercy and it will stop at nothing to destroy us. It is patient and will engage in whatever type of warfare it takes to meet its objective. God warned man from early on of the devices of Satan, we are fools to think we can outwit an ancient principality who once walked in the very halls of Heaven and was able to persuade a third of heaven's loyal angels to join his doomed plan of resistance. Why would we mere mortals think we can outsmart him?

Call Out War that was in heaven... now on earth!
As mentioned earlier the rebellion on earth is only a continuation of the rebellion that started in heaven. The bible says, "Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, who fought back with his angels; 8 but the dragon was defeated, and he and his angels were not allowed to stay in heaven any longer. 9 The huge dragon was thrown out—that ancient serpent, named the Devil, or Satan, that deceived the whole world. He was thrown down to earth, and all his angels with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, "Now God's salvation has come! Now God has shown his power as King! Now his Messiah has shown his authority! For the one who stood before our God and accused believers day and night has been thrown out of heaven. 11 They won the victory over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the truth which they proclaimed; and they were willing to give up their lives and die. 12 And so be glad, you heavens, and all you that live there! But how terrible for the earth and the sea! For the Devil has come down to you, and he is filled with rage, because he knows that he has only a little time left." (Revelation 12:7-12) The dragon [the Devil] and his angels are here to enlist a great number of mankind to join their rebellion against God as the ultimate authority so he, the devil (also called the beast) can be instituted as the one to be worshiped. The Bible predicts this for sure… "All people living on earth will worship it, [the beast] except those whose names were written before the creation of the world in the book of the living which belongs to the Lamb that was killed.[that is Jesus ]9 "Listen, then, if you have ears! (Revelation 13:9)

We are at war... spiritual war!
There is no demilitarised zone in this war you are either on God's side or the Devil's so choose wisely today which side you are on. Paul says, "For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age. (Ephesians 6:12) Another Bible prediction is "the great falling away" where, again, by the devil's persuasion people will abandon faith in Jesus Christ and reject God's rule, but we must resist the devil for only then will he flee from us. We are engaged in a spiritual war in which we must use spiritual weapons. This war is a war of words on the battlefield of the mind. We are fighting Lies with truth. We can observe this in the first spiritual battle ever fought between the Devil and a human being. This happened in the Garden of Eden when the serpent tempted Eve. First he tested her knowledge of God's word.

Eve's Epic Fail
"Now the snake was the most cunning animal that the Lord God had made. The snake asked the woman, 'Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?' 'We may eat the fruit of any tree in the garden,' the woman answered, 3 'except the tree in the middle of it. God told us not to eat the fruit of that tree or even touch it; if we do, we will die.'" She did well with this answer but he then tested her faith in God's integrity with the following statement, "That's not true; you will not die. 5 God said that because he knows that when you eat it, you will be like God and know what is good and what is bad." (Genesis 3:1-5) In other words, Satan is saying God is a liar and intentionally neglecting to explain to Eve that being separated from God is the true death. This time Eve failed to answer with God's word so she along with Adam fell into sin by keeping their mouths shut and disobeying God by eating the fruit. Where Adam and Eve failed, Jesus did not because He knew and confidently spoke God's word to the devil every time. He never doubted God's integrity (See Matthew 4).

We are Destined to Win!
Our victory is guaranteed because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and the power of God's Words. We must remain selfless and faithful to God. The bible clearly predicts that "The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever...15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:10-15)

The Devil, his Fallen angels, and now his people, are warring against God and His Holy angels and His people but we shall "overcome them by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony, and by not loving our lives to the death." Any human being who has not, accepted that Jesus' death on the cross was a sacrifice for their sin [had the blood of Jesus applied] or does not have the testimony of Jesus [experienced him as their personal saviour and Lord] or is not willing to lay down their very life for His sake will worship the beast [Satan in human form] and join his rebellion.
2 Peter 3:13 says "...we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells." Heaven and earth finally cleansed of all that defiles i.e the devil, his demons and the evil people who joined him. "If anyone has an ear, let him hear."

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