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April 21, 2020 2:00 am
Without the lens provided by the book of Revelation, our vision of the future is obscured. In the message "Cosmic Conflict," Skip helps you comprehend some of the events of Revelation, allowing you to grasp the plan of God.
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Don't let Satan stop Christ from ruling over you is a rule over the world but individually he places the power within us the power of choice to say yes to him to say no to him to reject him or to receive. Don't let Satan stop Jesus from ruling so the war that started in heaven made its way to the theater of his or and you and I are involved, but you don't have to be scared when it comes to spiritual warfare rest secure in the knowledge that the wars already one that doesn't mean you is real battle today on connect. Skip Heitzig's people to the spiritual conflict raging around encouraging you to trust in Christ ultimate victory at the end of today's program Skip and his wife Linda talk about why it's important to understand the spiritual conflict wherein it grants us over the battle, but it grants us that we have armor that we can put on that we should that we can walk daily as needed without we haven't seen that yet wanting that he may be putting up a plaster and going down went by that we know ultimately he's going to be changed for ever and that The lake ironed up and so I just realize that sometimes you may be in the situation we feel like many in the battle that you are given when you want to hear more.
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You can steer the book of Revelation now, including helpful frustrations, your copy would you give a generous gift of $35 or more to help expand the Bible teaching outreach of Skip Heitzig just call 800-922-1888 to get today hundred 22 1888 to forgive all it securely skip.com/offer skip.com/offer Revelation chapter skip. Isaac starts to her side of Revelation 12,000 so the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world and he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with the 13 times the book of Revelation refers to Satan is a Dragon here's what's important to understand this is a symbol of a reality, it is not a physical description of the of the devil to moral description. It speaks of his vile character. What is important, because the whole idea of the devil, wearing a tight red suit with little red horns and a pitchfork come from this passage and people in assuming that this is the physical description of the devil. They have pooh-poohed the whole idea of a literal devil will come on you expect him to believe in that little devil running around with pitchfork and the horns that's comic book stuff Gallup organization to the pole and they said you know most Americans believe in God but most Americans do not believe in a literal devil. And it's because of images like this that people have taken and assume that it is a physical description. All of this is a symbol to point to how vile the creature here is how cruel and fierce CS Lewis said humanity falls into two equal and opposite errors concerning the devil one. Some people taken too seriously. Number two, others don't take them seriously enough. So on one hand you have denial on the other hand, you have obsession. Many people denied that there is a devil.
As I just mentioned. But you know what you can have a more powerful enemy than the one you don't believe exists. If you have an enemy that you don't know about. He's got you. You are under his control.
He's outflanked and outmaneuvered, you simply because you don't know is there. But the other extreme is obsession. I have met far too many Christians who seem to be obsessed with the devil they want to cast them out of their scrambled eggs and every person ever made. There's a devil behind it all.
We fail to realize greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. I love what John White. He wrote that the one of the greatest books I've ever read on Christian living, called the fight and he gives good balance to this issue saying have no delusions about demons reality or their hostility they will oppose you as you obey Christ if you play it cool and you decide not to be a fanatic about Christianity, you will have no trouble from them. But if you are serious about Christ being your Lord and your God.
You can expect opposition now look at this Dragon's description here. Seven heads and 10 horns.
He's a seven headed monster. That's one ugly Dragon. That's one fierce Dragon what is all this me by now you should know that the number seven is a significant number in the book of Revelation and throughout the Bible and seven is a number that speaks of what don't say perfection. It speaks of totality completion, just as seven days make a total or complete week seven notes make a total or complete scale. The idea of seven heads speaks of a comprehensive intelligence. I put it this way, Satan has an IQ that is off the charts.
He was an intelligent being that crafted a mutiny in heaven. It got him kicked out of heaven, but also he managed to take 1/3 of the angels with him to be pretty intelligent people that he has studied human nature and human character for thousands of years. He knows all of your weak points and he can craft temptation specifically suited for you. Seven headed Dragon but also is 10 horns, and animals horn was the animal strengthens what he used to fight with. It was its weapon, Satan has dominated the world.
He has authority over all realms of the world. He is called the God of this world and you'll notice that the authority was given to him. There are crowns on his head he's been coordinated, the citizen of this of this world have yielded that authority and power over to him and in the end times don't have time to get into it today. We will see that the counterpart to the devil called the antichrist manages to put together a coalition of 10 world empires or kingdoms together to forge his own powerful kingdom on the earth. In the end times so we have a mega woman. We have a mega Dragon woman symbolizes Israel the Dragon is none other than the devil himself, but something about this Dragon he doesn't come off as a Dragon. He's revealed by God for his true colors here, but the Bible says that Satan can disguise himself as an angel of light. He wants people to think he's benign or he doesn't exist or he's not that bad or that people under his sway aren't that bad, etc. etc. he's an angel is very very craft reminds me of a story I read a true story about polar bears in the Arctic when they hunt for seals, polar bear arbiter trick Udell taken a deep breath dive under the ice go to where the holes of the seals the feeding holes of the seals are and no scratch with their little with her big claws on the ice to imitate the movement of fish under the ice so that the seal not knowing it's a polar bear scratching thinks it's fish swimming so that the this seal is lured into diving into the hole to get at supper, only to discover it's the main course for the bear this massive ugly Dragon disguises himself as an angel of light is 1/3 thing characteristic about this conflict. It entails a pursuit. This conflict entails a pursuit now this is where the understanding comes to us if we fail to see this all of history will not make any sense.
Most of the Scripture will not make any sense and prophecy will make any sense unless we realize this conflict between the woman Israel and the Dragon Satan has to do with 1/3 character introduced here that is the male child. Look at verse four once again, his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven drew them to the earth.
The dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her child as soon as it was born.
She bore a male child was to rule all the nations with a rod of iron and her child was caught up to God and to his throne.
This Dragon, Satan hates this woman Israel, why because of the child. It's all about the child.
It's all about getting to this child destroying this child why because this child would one day rule the world and take away Satan's own authority that he usurped. Remember the prophecy in Isaiah 9 we talk about it every Christmas for unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon his shoulder. In other words, the child born will be the king who reigns Satan not only knew that prophecy, but he was there in the garden of Eden after Adam fell, and he heard the curse uttered and he heard the prophecy uttered that a seed of a woman would crush his own kingdom, and ever since that promise was given. The thought of a counter strategy to destroy that child that seed who would destroy his own kingdom. So the cosmic conflict has been a pursuit to destroy the seed that would crush his own authority and kingdom, and there are several examples of that. I give you just a few in Genesis chapter 4 we read about Cain killing Abel.
Abel was the righteous son of Adam any.
I believe Satan inspired came to kill Abel. The Bible even says Satan was a murderer from the beginning and John in his writing said it was Satan who inspired them to do that. Why would he do that.
It's an attempt to destroy the seat.
Maybe this is the seed. This is the child who will destroy my kingdom will. It wasn't. And even though Abel was dead, God raised up Seth to continue that godly line. Then we get to Genesis chapter 6 and we discover that Satan cause such evil to pervade the entire earth. God had only one choice and that is to destroy everything on the earth and everyone on their and they all perish, except for eight people and that lying that would bring us the seed of the Messiah continue we get to Genesis 27 we discover that Esau tries to kill Jacob. Jacob why Jacob because Jacob was Isaac's son of promise, there would be Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the 12 tribes of Israel and the tribe of Judah who would eventually bear the Messiah. We get in the book of Exodus and we discover a guy by the name of Pharaoh.
One of the kings of Egypt gives this strange edict that if the male Hebrew child is born.
It is to be killed effectively.
Try to wipe out an entire race of people. I believe that was Satan's attempt.
He was an agent of Satan trying to destroy the Jews.
We get to the book 1st Samuel we discover that over and over again. King Saul attempts to kill almost like a madman, almost like a crazy person sometimes for no reason at all to destroy David. David would be the royal line through which Jesus the son of David would come we get to the book of Esther, a guy name Heyman wants genocide on every Jew in the kingdom, and there are so many more examples in the Old Testament. I don't have time to go through them. But let's go to the New Testament soon as Jesus is born, the male child is born of the woman a guy by the name of Herod decides that every child two years and below ought to be exterminated from Bethlehem again. Satan's desire and attempt to get at that seed would become the ruler who would crush his kingdom and destroy. I think we see further proof when Satan himself tempts Jesus and suggests that Jesus throw himself down from the pinnacle of the temple. No doubt hoping that he would die in the process. I think we get a hint of that in the synagogue at Nazareth.
When Christ proclaims that he is the Messiah and the people of Nazareth taken to the brow of the hill and want to throw him over and I think this warfare. This pursuit continues all the way until one Friday afternoon at 3 PM. There must've been a party in hell when Jesus limp body was taken off of a cross in place in a two and Satan thought we dotted boys. We've done it.
We destroyed the male child. We destroyed the seed but he Satan didn't read the fine print you see in the fine print, Jesus made a promise he said no man takes my life from me. I lay it down of myself. I have the power to lay it down. Here's the fine print and I have the power to take it up again in three days later he did exactly that. I tell you, on Easter morning there was not an Easter party in hell.
Satan now turns all of his wrath and fury on the new followers of this Messiah.
This resurrected Messiah and the church gets persecuted throughout history. But not only the church but Israel said why Israel in the promises he couldn't.
He couldn't overturn the Messiah was born the male child was born. Why would he stop persecuting Israel why is there a continual anti-somatic push that continues up to this day like never seen before why it's a very good question. I'm glad you asked.
Think of it, strategically. Think of it, it's as playing Chestnut checkers. If God's promise of redemption requires the existence of the nation and the continuance of that nation. If you can destroy that nation you will afforded God's purpose. If God requires a nation to establish a literal kingdom, God made several promises in the Old Testament that Israel would be rained from by a Messiah in Jerusalem that is never happened yet. If you can destroy that nation.
God can't keep all of his promises, so the conflict entails a pursuit me take you to the fourth and and final notable characteristic before we close now. This brings up positive note, take you to verse five and have you close with these great thoughts.
This conflict ends in primacy primacy is a word that means dominance or superiority. Christ will rule Christ will reign. Whatever the conflict is Satan will lose and Jesus will win. Make sure you're on the right side verse five she bore a male child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. Her child was caught up to God and his throne and the woman fled into the wilderness where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there 1260 days. That's the last 3 1/2 years of the tribulation. So we go from the fall of Satan all the way to the end of the tribulation. In six versus more on that next week but think of this thought is relief.
Christ will rule with a rod of iron. What is that mean a rod of iron is in antiquity.
The strongest metal was iron. It was unbreakable and iron rule man absolute authority. Listen when Jesus comes back as King of Kings and Lord of lords.
He will be voted into office he won't have to caucus anywhere or schmooze people or make promises he just taken over. He created it and he will rule and he will reign you will rule the nations with a rod of iron.
Something about that word. The word rule is the word point mono which doesn't just mean the rule terrain, but the word point mono is the New Testament word for shepherding or to shepherd a pastor is called a point man in the Greek language. Paul said to the elders of Ephesus in the book of acts chapter 20 shepherd the flock of God which is among you were this point mono tandem. So now we see the tender side of Jesus, eternal rule and reign. He is the tender enforcer. He is the gentle warrior is the firm shepherd and just as Satan, the Dragon couldn't stop them from being born in Satan, the Dragon couldn't stop him from enacting his redemption and Satan.
The Dragon couldn't stop them from ascending to the right hand of the father. He will be able to stop his eternal rule and reign forever. Let me say this. Don't let Satan stop Christ from ruling over you is to rule over the world but individually he places the power within us the power of choice to say yes to him or to say no to him to reject him or to receive him. Don't let Satan stop Jesus from ruling over you. So the war that started in heaven made its way to the theater of this earth and you and I are involved, but you don't have to be scared I meet too many frightened believers who forget the promise greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world yet but Skip 1/3 of the angels fell with Satan.
That's a pretty big number yet.
I try to third fail. Don't forget they're outnumbered to the one two thirds didn't fall and those of the good guys that help you out. So you're on the right side you're on the winning side. Satan is outnumbered 2 to 1. I want to close by giving you what I think is the proper balance. It was given by Martin Luther.
He wrote many things including hymns.
Some of you may know, the Martin Luther was himself the target of the devil on a number of occasions, or so he writes. But in one of my favorite writings when my favorite hymns written by Martin Luther. There's a stanza in it goes like this, and though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us.
We will not fear for Christ has willed his truth to triumph through us.
The Prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him.
His rage we can endure for low.
His doom is sure one little word will fail him just one word from Christ and he's down he's down. The question is the most important question to leave with now is are you under the primacy of Christ. Are you under the dominion the rule with Jesus. I know one day every knee will bow. I know that every tongue will confess, but then it will be enforced about doing it willingly. Now that Skip the message from the series. What's next.
Now let's hit into the studio with Skip as they talk about why it's so vital to understand the spiritual conflict in today's message pointed out that we are involved in conflict state Army that we don't have to meet air. How can studying and understanding the conflict Sarah in our faith and walk with the Lord.
We understand in studying Scripture that Satan is a real being is not just metaphor for evil is not just a title we paste on things that we don't understand Satan is a powerful angelic being. He fell from God from God's grace, he, he rebelled against God, the Bible reveals and with him felt 1/3 of the angelic being.
So that's a that's a sizable conflict. Okay, that's a exercisable rebellion. But what that means is though 1/3 fail two thirds are left so he's outnumbered that that's the important perspectives okay and and Satan doesn't create Satan is a created being. He is in fact a contingent being like everyone else. That is, we are completely dependent for our existence on God. God could pull the plug at any moment and and as a created being as a contingent being Satan will have an end. The Bible predicts that in the Bible details that it so. The Bible then tells us in Paul's writings to be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armor of God so it grants us that were in a battle, but it grants us that we have armor that we can put on and that we should, and that we can walk in victory.
It said that he really is a defeated foe. We haven't seen that yet that he's walking and defeat and so he may be putting up a blaster and going down with a fight, but we know ultimately he's going to be changed for ever and I cast into the lake fire me up and so you know, just realize that sometimes you may be in that in the situation we feel like you're winning you're losing the battle that you are going to win the war and ultimately got an invite all the wrongs and get in my hand. We hope you enjoy getting to know Skip in line after this conversation now take an active role in helping to connect more listeners like you to God's work impacted by this radio broadcast getting a one-time gift today: making the commitment to help other listeners like natural nourishment through biblical teaching, hundred 9218 8800 9 trillion again tomorrow. Skip Heitzigs inclusive actions and motivations of the enemy of God and what you can do to stand against his Skip presentation of connection communications through