October 14th: When Darkness Masquerades As Light (PART 1)

Posted by JRed

I will boldly state that I firmly believe that this could very well be one of the most important columns I've ever researched let alone written. Written in three parts, I've also worked to support each and every claim with the facts as they exist and are readily available to anyone as well as with Scripture, which is the most important.

What do you do when you're a Christian who is torn between reporting the facts of what could be the biggest news story in the history of mankind, but you fear that to do so will negatively impact your testimony for your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ let alone your reputation as a business professional and rational thinking human being?

This is the dilemma that I have struggled with for the past few weeks. Regular readers of
RNN and Look Up Fellowship will recognize that this seems to be a trend with me lately.

I mean, after all, a Christian is supposed to spread the Gospel and bring glory and honor to God wherever and whenever they possibly can. Subsequently, we are instructed to watch for the signs of His return - His Second Coming - so that we can alert others that time is short.

Needless to say, the last thing you ever want to do is give unbelievers more ammunition when they already think that you're a "nut" to begin with due to your religious beliefs. Worse, are the so-called Christians who believe that unfulfilled prophecy found in the Bible is irrelevant to us today and not worth their time and consideration, and they demean anyone who suggests they see "signs" that God is trying to get our attention and speak to us. Sadly, they can be the ones who are more vocal and condescending whenever another Christian tries to discuss such things.

After prayerful consideration and careful thought, I firmly believe that to report on a topic such as this especially given the current geo-political situation worldwide would ultimately accomplish the clear mandate of every Christian since this could be an integral part of His prophetic timeline manifesting itself here in the present. That being said, my next instinct is to simply remind myself that it's not about me - it's about Him and His story; His plan for all of us - and that I should be much more concerned with what He thinks of me than with what any man or woman might think of me.

With that in mind, perhaps the best course of action is to begin by grounding myself in His Word so that I can establish a firm foundation of truth before moving forward.

GOD'S WAYS ARE NOT OUR WAYS

Isaiah 55:89, James 1:2-5 and Philippians 4:4-7 emphasize several truths we need to know and be reminded of:

1. He is infinite and we are finite.
2. He knows the end from the beginning while we see just a short part of the now.
3. He knows the whys, while we grasp for wisdom.
4. Examples through Scripture and experience clearly illustrate that His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts.

In spite of our difficulty in understanding God's ways and thoughts, He in His mercy and promise provides. He offers us wisdom instead of confusion, peace instead of anxiety, and all we ask in faith believing.

Moses had never seen a bush that burned, but did not burn up. It got his attention and it drew him to God. When Jesus appeared on the water in the middle of the night during a storm, the disciples exclaimed, "It's a ghost!" They had never seen a man walk on water. This led to a great miracle - Peter walked on the water, too. When Jesus asked Peter to catch a fish and get the coin from its mouth to pay their taxes, you can imagine what Peter must have thought about those instructions. When Moses got to the Red Sea, he ran out of options. God had an unexpected solution to the Israelites' problem - He parted the Red Sea to demonstrate His power and allow the people of Israel to cross over to flee the Egyptian army.

Each of these new paradigms was a stepping-stone of an encounter with God so that the individual would experience God in a new way. God used these times to enforce the principle that His ways are not our ways. Whenever we try to predict that God will act in a certain way, He changes the paradigm to keep us from becoming our own little gods.

God is in the business of changing our paradigm from no personal experiences to God-experiences. However, if you operate on a level of rigid logic, you may never have the privilege of having the God-experiences. That's why we need to keep our hearts free to experience new paradigms with God today. That's why I encourage you to keep an open heart and an open mind concerning what I'm about to present. Then, take such things to God in prayer and ask Him to reveal the truth about what you've just read.

I don't know about you, but I can only speak about my own experiences of how God has shown Himself to be a living and personal God involved in my day-to-day life.

As I've grown closer to Him over the years, and especially the past few months, I've come to recognize when He is trying to get my attention about certain things. Now that I've written that I've grown accustomed to knowing when "God is speaking to me" there are some people who I'm sure will immediately equate that to mean that I am "hearing voices," although I know that there are many of you reading this right now who know what I mean.

Whether it's the Holy Spirit convicting us of something (or prompting us to action) or, the way in which God orchestrates things so that we might recognize His handiwork and clearly see a pattern - a common thread - emerge, I'm sure you can relate to a similar experience.

That's what I've been dealing with for these past few months - deciding whether or not I should even write about this, and then trying to discern how to tie these "common threads" together in a simple and succinct way for others.

I can't quite explain it, but lately when a topic is placed before me God won't let me go until I do something about it, which is to say that He won't leave me alone until I finally get my act together and make the time to write about it. What's truly remarkable to me each and every time is how I can let things sit there without giving them much thought. Most of the time I'll just make a mental note to go back and take another look when I get the chance. Then, as a divine mystery of sorts, the very moment when I'm able to go back and spend some quality time with the material always seems to be the EXACT TIME when it is needed and/or the EXACT TIME when everything else seems to fall into place. That's what leads me to believe that this is important and prophetically significant in some way. It has to be for a time such as this.

So, now you know how God operates, and how things work in my life and how I operate.

Getting back to the task at hand, I recently stumbled upon something that gave me chills and made my spirit recoil a bit. Perhaps that should tell me everything I need to know about this. Please allow me to set the stage for us. First, we'll need to review the being that is Satan.

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT SATAN?

The Bible is our only source of true, reliable knowledge about Satan.

The name "Satan" comes from a Hebrew word signifying an adversary, an enemy, and an accuser. In God's Word, we discover that Satan is God's enemy and is against all for which God stands. He is the archenemy of good.

Surprising as it may seem to some, Satan was not always evil. In the beginning, he was an angel created in perfection and beauty. Angels were given a will with a free moral choice, and "Lucifer" (Satan's name before he was cast out of heaven) chose to do evil and rebelled against God. He was cast out of heaven to the earth because of his sin. His present domain is limited to the earth and hell (
Isaiah 14:12-15).

God had created Lucifer a perfect spirit being, but He also gave him free moral agency, that is, the ability to choose to follow good or evil. Lucifer chose to become Satan the Devil, the Adversary, by allowing sin to mold his character. His rebellion against God sealed and hardened his evil nature, and now he opposes all that is good, right and godly (Matthew 13:38-39; I Peter 5:8; Revelation 9:11; 12:9-10).


By blinding the minds of men to the true gospel of God, Satan has set himself up as a counterfeit of the Creator God. As the prince of the power of the air, he broadcasts his evil, rebellious attitudes to all humanity, and except for a few whom God has called out of his deceptions, the whole world lives under his sway (Ephesians 2:1-3; I John 5:19; Revelation 12:9). Before his insurrection, Satan was among the highest of all angels and the "brightest in the sky."

Before his fall, Satan was also associated with music in heaven. Ezekiel 28:13 says of Satan before his fall, the workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created. Apparently, the musical career of Satan did not end with his fall, because the sound of his stringed instruments is only brought down when he is imprisoned in hell.

It's also interesting to note the origin of the word "Lucifer" because it is a Latin word. The Bible was not written in Latin, but in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. Also, the word means "Light Bringer" or "Morning Star" or "Day Star," referring to a brightly shining object in the heavens.

Lucifer had been gifted with beauty and had walked upon the holy mountain of God. But even with all this, he was not content with his position and by trying to usurp God's authority, sin entered into him when he attempted to overthrow God's kingdom (
Ezekiel 28:12-19).

From these verses, we see that God did not create Lucifer evil, but made him perfect. By Satan's own choice, he became evil and was cast out of heaven. The Lord never meant for evil to exist. It was simply the opposite of good, and since it takes a free will for evil to come into existence, Lucifer was the first created being to exercise his will against God. Since that time, others have followed. Satan caused a third of heaven to fall with him by influencing other angelic beings to make war against God (
Revelation 12:4).

They too were cast out of heaven. They have since become evil spirits due to their choice. They now roam the earth, with Satan as their leader and master. These invisible supernatural beings still have power, but it is directed toward evil works of darkness. Satan is still ruling in the earth today, not only over the evil spirits, but also over evil men who choose the same path of rebellion against God. He is the dark prince of this world. We can see a glimpse of his evil wisdom, strength, glitter, and his inevitable end by reading the previous passages. We must remember that he has only limited power, but nevertheless he does have power, and those who do not know him and his devices inevitably become his victims.

Revelation 12 records the account of Satan's overthrow by Christ. We are first given a vision of what takes place in heaven, then the Bible reveals the earthly scene:

Revelation 12:7-12,
"And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. 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."

Satan and his demons now look to destroy and deceive all those who follow and worship God (
1 Peter 5:8; 2 Corinthians 11:14-15). The demons are described as evil spirits (Matthew 10:1), unclean spirits (Mark 1:27), and angels of Satan (Revelation 12:9). Satan and his demons deceive the world (2 Corinthians 4:4), attack Christians (2 Corinthians 12:7; 1 Peter 5:8), and combat the holy angels (Revelation 12:4-9). Demons are spiritual beings, but they can appear in physical forms (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). The demons/fallen angels are enemies of God – but they are defeated enemies. Greater is He who is in us than those who are in the world (1 John 4:4).

That sets the stage for us moving forward. However, before wrapping things up here I also want to quickly touch upon another important aspect to all of this.

I'm going to assume that if you're here and reading this it's because you're pretty astute as a student of prophecy. Case in point,
I'm also going to assume that most of you hold the same perspective when it comes to the Alien and UFO phenomenon - that they are not "little green men" or "space ships from outer space" as the mainstream thinking believes, but that they have a spiritual and sinister origin as the fallen angels (Satan's demons) that the Bible talks about, and that they will play a significant role in the "Great Deception" of the end times scenario.

This is absolutely critical. If you do not hold that position I wholeheartedly encourage you to examine the biblical evidence that many have written about including RNN's own Tom Horn as well as David Flynn. The biblical evidence is overwhelming. Plus, it's only with that foundation that the rest of this will make any sense at all.

Simply put, the Bible indicates that the demons are fallen angels – angels who along with Satan rebelled against God, and were cast out of Heaven. Given what we know about Satan and these angels, it becomes obvious that the last 50 years have prepared us for the greatest spiritual deception of them all!

In Part 2 we will examine an organization that is making international headlines and how that relates to all of this.

In Part 3 we will conclude with the prophetic implications of such news.

Stay tuned!

4 comments:

  1. Anonymous said...

    I hate religions of all my heart!

  2. Anonymous said...

    Hate religions of all my heart

  3. JRed said...

    Anonymous,

    Thanks for visiting. I'm sorry you feel that way although I can definitely relate because I held the same sentiments only a few short years ago. I hope that you will consider coming back and keeping an open mind. If nothing else, I would love to engage in some stimulating, thoughtful discussions with you here.

    Jeff (JRed)

  4. Anonymous said...

    Hey JRed,

    Going back and reading this one at your recommendation. I notice here you claim that fallen angels and demons are one in the same. I think that by reading some of your more recent posts, you may now realize that is not the case, but if not, check this out:

    https://www.biblestudying.net/angels-demons1.html

    Read parts 3a, 3b and 3c. (see top of page) The link gets you to 3a.

    The demons are the spirits of the dead Nephilim which were destroyed with the flood.

    -Unworthy1

    Hey, why is it telling me I have a wrong password every time I try to use the google/blogger function thingy...