Summary: To strengthen the Christian life when confronted with the Devil
THE LION IS OUT OF HIS THICKET!
(Jer 4:5 KJV) "Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry, gather together, and say, Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the defenced cities."
(Jer 4:6 KJV) "Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction."
(Jer 4:7 KJV) "The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant."
(1 Pet 5:8 KJV) "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:"
In the text the lion has reference to Nebuchadnezzeer. But in 1 Peter 5:8 Peter likens the devil to a lion also, and he is no longer hiding.
INTRODUCTION: There is a terrorist loose and attacking every person alive. He will show no mercy toward any person regardless of creed, color, or culture. He is wicked and extremely dangerous. We must be on the alert for any and all attacks that may come our way. There will be no warning of his coming attack. There is only one safeguard against his merciless attacks.
The Bible describes this terrorist as a Lion Out Of His Thicket!
I want to explain where he has already attacked the American people.
I. HE HAS ATTACKED THE WORD OF GOD!
This is not a recent attack. It started in the Garden of Eden. In Genesis three, Satan told Eve that God did not really say they would die if they ate of the forbidden fruit. He changed the Word of God to fit his plan. He has been doing that ever since then.
A. Satan’s Ultimate Goal Is To Change Himself Into The Almighty. (Isa 14:12) "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!"
(Isa 14:13) "For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:"
(Isa 14:14) "I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High."
(Isa 14:15) "Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit."
This one mention of the name “Lucifer” is the only time it is mentioned in the entire Word of God. The NIV has taken “Lucifer” out completely. There is a design behind that mind set.
Satan’s effort has always been to exalt himself above God. He has attempted that by attacking the Word of God. The only authority man has from God is the Word of God. If that can be changed to transfer authority from God to Satan then Satan will have accomplished his goal. The effort to accomplish this will be through the attacks on the Word of God.
The NIV has become the best tool for accomplishing this. If some of the Baptist leaders in this country heard me make this statement they would immediately declare me as being the #1 enemy to Christianity and the Word of God in America. However, what I am about to say is authenticated in the very pages they hold so dear – the NIV.
Here is what it says: Isaiah 14:12 identifies Satan, Lucifer, as “son of the morning” in the KJB. In Rev 2:28, and 22:16, Jesus Christ is identified as the “Morning Star”.
The NIV takes the Isa. 14:12 scripture and changes places with Lucifer and Jesus Christ. You follow in your KJV as I read from the NIV, “How you have fallen from heaven, O Morning Star, son of the dawn:” With this slight of hand switch Satan changes places with Christ and now Christ is the fallen one from heaven.
What will happen to generations that know nothing but the NIV? They will see Jesus Christ as being in the place of Lucifer.
If a person grew up knowing no other Bible than the NIV they will know a totally different Jesus than does the KJB present. So let me ask you, “Has the Lion attacked the Word of God”? A great big loud “YES”!!!
Many SBC churches use only the NIV. The children’s mind will be ruined. Mom and dad may be getting strong enough for this teaching not to matter much, but the 4’s-5’s-6’s year old are being taught that Satan is the Jesus Christ of heaven. Unless the children are given the truth twenty five years from now most of the teaching force will be by those who know only the corrupt NIV.