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Summary: 5 of ? God furnished, to the apostle John, a picture of Satan’s finest hour. Those who trust Scripture are furnished a clear picture of Satan’s end time strategy. What strategies will mark Satan’s last days? Satan’s strategy for his finest hour Turns...

The STRATEGY For SATAN’s FINEST HOUR--part A,-#V

Revelation 13:1-18

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•‘Grade school’ is potentially a successful strategy for a child’s betterment. It supplies the child with the minimum of what our culture supposes to be useful for a practical citizenry. Grade school also provides much to encourage the child’s consideration of how to approach the potential of their future endeavors.

•Liberal-Arts College education offers a congealing effect for those seeking to focus their education more solidly.

•Post-graduate education is for those who want to expand their knowledge & skills in very specific areas.

All the above compose a strategy for successful citizenry in the United States. But what exactly are students taught?...& with what strategic attitude are the principles caught? There is an overall strategy behind it all!

Satan’s end-time strategy preys upon & depends upon the surrender of your free-will to the weakness of your flesh...

Satan’s strategy is well thought out & is effective at keeping people from living by truth, yet pride being the driver of that Satan’s strategy, it is ultimately doomed to failure. Praise God that Satan’s end-time strategy is limited in time.

By examining ‘Satan’s Finest Hour’, then we are better able to plan around his trickery/wiles/schemes/cunning...

We will then be able to see our own spiritual shortcomings & needs, & see that our needs commend themselves to God’s ability rather than Satan’s, our own, or someone else’s.

In avoiding Satan’s deceptions, we will lead fulfilled spiritual lives & lead others to experience that same fulfillment.

Eph. 6:11—“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. God furnished, to the apostle John, a picture of Satan’s finest hour.

Those who trust Scripture are furnished a clear picture of Satan’s end time strategy.

What strategies will mark Satan’s last days?

2 major strategies for Satan’s finest hour are...

A--Satan’s Counterfeit CHRIST(:1-10)

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B--Satan’s Counterfeit PROPHET(:11-18)

Today we are going to continue looking at Part-A

A--SATAN’s COUNTERFEIT CHRIST(:1-10)

We will examine some Satanic strategies that are wielded thru the counterfeit Christ.

Previously we’ve discovered that

Satan’s strategy for his finest hour Turns...

1. POLITICS/Rule His Way(:1-2a)

2. EMPOWERMENT His Way(:2b)

3. ATTENTION His Way(:3a)

4. COMMITMENT His Way(:3b-4, 8)

5A(:5). POLARIZATION His Way(:5-6)

5B(:6)—Satan’s strategy for his finest hour Turns...

POLARIZATION His Way(:5-6)

:6—“Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, & those who dwell in heaven.”

“Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God,...”

We have been told that the dragon(Satan) has been cast out of heaven for good(12:7-9). Satan thus denigrates & blackens anything of heaven, which is completely against his power to occupy or move.

•Bullies say derogatory things about the one(s) they are picking on, even though the statements the bully makes are twisted & thus not true.

•A bully, like the devil—a blasphemer & slanderer—attempts to denigrate or ruin someone’s reputation, so that it sets up a false comparison. Then the bully will ‘appear’ ‘good’ &/or ‘right’, & as a result, be idolized by others—others who will not make time to research & discover the truth.

You “blaspheme” someone whenever you rail against someone for personal reasons.

•A pastor can be wrongly denounced when he mentions specific sins, that may apply directly to your situation. IF you take the pastor’s warnings as a malicious personal vendetta against you, then you will probably denounce/blaspheme him to others.

“Opened”—anoigw—Verb—1) To open. Strong—To open up(literally or figuratively, in various applications).?From—ana—a primary preposition & adverb; properly--Up; but by extension, used distributively--Severally, or locally--At(etc.).—&—oigw(to open).

“Mouth”(See :2, 5)—stoma—Noun Accusative Sing. Neuter—1) The mouth, as part of the body: of man, of animals, of fish, etc.—1a) since thoughts of a man's soul find verbal utterance by his mouth, the "heart" or "soul" & the mouth are distinguished; 2) The edge of a sword. Strong—the mouth(as if a gash in the face); by implication--Language(& its relations); figuratively--An opening(in the earth); specifically--The front or edge(of a weapon).

“In/Into”—eiv—Preposition—1) Into, unto, to, towards, for, among. Strong—a primary preposition; To or Into(indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or figuratively--Purpose(result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.

“Blasphemy/Calumny”—blasfhmia—Lit=‘injurious fame/report’—Noun Fem.—1) Slander, detraction, speech injurious, to another's good name; 2) Impious & reproachful speech injurious to divine majesty. Strong—Vilification(especially against God). Used 19X.?From—blaptw—a primary verb; properly--To hinder, i.e. by implication--To injure.—&—fhmh—1) Fame, report; Strong—A saying, i.e. Rumor(“fame”).

“Against”—prov—Preposition—1) To the advantage of; 2) At, near, by; 3) To, towards, with, with regard to. Strong—a preposition of direction; Forward to, i.e. Toward(with the genitive case) the side of, i.e. Pertaining to; (with the dative case)--By the side of, i.e. Near to; (usually with the accusative case)--The place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, i.e. Whither or for which it is predicated.

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