Summary: 6 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,-#VI
I recently watched a portion of a TV show called ‘America’s Top Dog’.
It is based on running certain law enforcement K-9 units(trained dogs) thru a standardized timed course. The course highlights each dog’s skillset or lack thereof, as well as the dog’s obedience to their handler.
I noticed immediately after the timer had begun & one dog & his handler were about to enter the course area, that the dog looked completely away from the doorway he was supposed to enter. The dog looked intently to his left & into the audience with great interest. The audience totally took the dog’s attention! However, at the exact time the dog was looking to his left, his handler saw what was happening & immediately commanded the dog, trying to get him focused on the race at hand.
The dog unhesitatingly listened to the voice of his master & won the course run.
Likewise, Satan is ‘sitting in the audience’ & continuously trying to steal your attention away from your Master(Jesus) & the tasks God has for you.
Satan’s end-time strategy preys upon & depends upon the surrender of your free-will to the weakness of your flesh...
The strategy you may concoct on your own to fix your situation may not be very effective, so that it ‘comes back to bite you’ as it were...destined to fail.
And, If your strategy is well thought out it MAY indeed be effective...though spiritually unsuccessful...
*However, if it is well thought-out by God’s design in Christ, then it WILL ABSOLUTELY Be SUCCESSFUL!
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.
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. 6:11-13—We are exhorted to:—“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh & blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, & having done all, to stand.”
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)
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). POLARIZATION His Way(:5-6)
6—Satan’s strategy for his finest hour Turns...
ALLOWANCE His Way(:7a)
:7—“And it was granted to him to make war with the saints & to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue & nation.”
“And it was granted to him to make war with the saints...”
“War”—This is not a description of individual battles or skirmishes. It is a depiction of the focus upon a full-scale all-out war with the intent of soundly defeating the enemy(God’s people) until they are completely subdued!
Dan. 7:21, 25—“I kept looking, & that horn[king/ruler/authority] was waging war with the saints & overpowering them” And he will speak out against the Most High & wear down the saints of the Highest One, & he will intend to make alterations in times & in law; & they will be given into his hand for a time, times, & half a time.”
The term “saints” is Scripture is actually a designation for all of those who are considered ‘holy’—those who are born again. It is a term describing those who not only do not worship or submit to the beast, but for those who readily give themselves to God Almighty, & are the bane of the devil!
In that day, governmental authorities submitting to their own devices, will take that allowance to extreme ends against the “saints” of God...Because it will be the beast’s(Antichrist’s) government!
Keep in mind that there is absolutely no good in ‘The Slanderer.’ If Satan is given opportunity, the adage is true regarding his prideful selfishness—‘if you give him an inch he’ll take a mile!’