Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | July 31, 2020

Lockstepping with Satan, a Fiery Finish!

The Problem is Not Environmental!

Frequently, one hears of the imagined environmental impact on behavior; if only the environment, the life situations people faced, could be improved or corrected to some arbitrary standard then everything would be just perfect. People would behave, society could finally work as it should and all would be well.

The truth of the matter is the problem is not external, it is internal, the dead spirit, the fallen nature of man inherited from Adam is the root cause of the matter! We read in the Bible:

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? Jeremiah 17:9

This has been the fatal fallacy intrinsic to all the socialist experiments; communism or socialism both stumble and fall over their refusal to acknowledge the fallen nature of man. Man is not inherently good; he is inherently evil and is born with a dead spirit and a fallen nature to sin; any plan that doesn’t factor in this basic reality of humanity is doomed to failure. While no one is saying capitalism is perfect, it does, however, work best with the fallen nature of man.

The Perversity of the Human Condition

I was born in this country and have lived through many national emergencies; I was born in the Great Depression and grew up during the Second World War. I served my country in the United States Navy during the Korean War and have lived through various plagues, diseases and assorted wars that impacted our nation. There were actually times when the American people were unified in their devotion to the United States, sadly this unity seems to have disappeared.

Although the United States still offers the very best opportunity to develop one’s personal goals and achieve some degree of happiness; an increasingly large segment finds the freedoms and the opportunities available in this country to be grossly inadequate. Numbers of unhappy people protest and riot, tearing down symbols of tradition and destroying that which belongs to others.

An Environmental Mystery

As I reflect on the situation today, I’m reminded of something that has always puzzled me. At the close of the Millennial reign of the Lord Jesus Christ, Satan is released from his confinement and is then free to deceive the people of the earth once more.

Let us think, for a moment, on the Millennial environment. The Lord Jesus Christ has been reigning from Jerusalem for the last 1,000 years and the entire world is enjoying an unprecedented time of peace in perfect conditions in all regards.

Then, at the very end of the 1,000 years, Satan is released and begins to deceive the people of the world on a massive scale; this is described in Revelation 20:7-10 where it is written:

When the thousand years come to an end, Satan will be let out of his prison. He will go out to deceive the nations—called Gog and Magog—in every corner of the earth. He will gather them together for battle—a mighty army, as numberless as sand along the seashore. And I saw them as they went up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded God’s people and the beloved city. But fire from heaven came down on the attacking armies and consumed them.

10 Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

What is happening here, after 1,000 years of perfection, Satan is able to gather a mighty army of people who have always lived in perfect environment, and lead them to attack Jerusalem and its King, the Lord Jesus Christ.

How can that happen? Although initially, the world will only be populated by born again believers, these believers will have children who will in turn, have more children until over the 1,000 years a huge population will have been born to mortal parents. Life during the Millennium will be glorious beyond our ability to imagine and even then, the fallen nature of man will not be satisfied.

While many will receive Jesus Christ as Savior, many will not in spite of perfect environment! When Satan is released, the unbelievers will flock to Satan and join the attacking army.

Enough is Enough!

Today, God is still patient with the attacking mob, they appear to be having their way as they destroy and riot with seeming impunity. At the end of the Millennium, God’s patience will have run out and fire from heaven will come down on the attacking armies and consume them.

While this age of grace is coming to an end, the door of opportunity to be born again into God’s family is still open, the Welcome mat is still out! Please, please, please don’t let this opportunity to benefit from God’s grace pass you by; when this age of God’s grace comes to a close, God’s judgment is coming with absolute certainty!

I make this point to re-emphasize the true nature of the problem; mankind’s problem is not external, it is internal; every human being, with a mortal father, is born spiritually dead and must be born again by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The only solution to man’s problem is the new birth by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and God!

You Must be Born Again!

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | July 24, 2020

Lockstepping with Satan!

This is Not Only Annoying, it’s Disgusting!

Satan has been very busy recently, using his world-system to stir up trouble; while this is to be expected from Satan, I find it totally disgusting how many people of the world have chosen to lockstep with Satan in these deceptions!

The world has a three-fold problem but the world has been deceived by Satan and ignores the three matters that count most. These three matters are described in John 16:7-11 where it is written:

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

Of sin, because they believe not on me;

10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;

11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

These three issues have faced the world since the First Advent; sin, righteousness and judgment; the Holy Spirit has been sent to the world to convict the world of those three matters. The world’s sin is rejection of Jesus Christ as Savior; I have written more on this in “Is There One Unforgivable Sin?

One receives Jesus Christ by faith which triggers the new birth; our Lord told Nicodemus in John 3:3 where it is written:

“3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

There is one and only one decision that every human being must make to avoid eternity in the Lake of Fire; believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. That is the only decision that must be made to avoid eternal damnation! 

The new birth is the only issue with eternal consequences; during our mortal lives on this earth, this is the only decision that counts for anything of importance! Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, experience the new birth and your life will have been a resounding success regardless of whatever else may happen to you!

Satan is Determined to Keep the Second Birth from Becoming Popular Conversation!

Anything and everything under the sun must be thrown into the news to keep the people ignorant of that all-important fact, the fact you must be born again! Today, as we examine the headlines, we see a vast amount of human waste being circulated as headline news but nothing, whatsoever, about the issues that really count!

Even a cursory examination of the headlines reveals a wide assortment of violence, discord and mayhem based on a varied assortment of real or imagined complaints. There seems to be a notion that the United States needs to be changed from the ground up and turned into something totally different.

One commentator recently observed that while the United States is not perfect, it has done a better job of providing an opportunity to pursue life, liberty and happiness than any other nation in the history of mankind and I’m inclined to believe that’s true.

What is the Problem Then?

I believe the problem is deeply rooted in the fallen nature of man; every human being, born of a human father, died spiritually in Adam when Adam disobeyed a direct command of God.

The Bible is clear when it tells us we must be born again; we must experience a new birth into a new family, the family of God. The new birth comes when an individual receives Jesus Christ as Savior and the Holy Spirit baptizes them into the body of Christ and then enters into them to abide with them forever!

Those who have experienced the new birth have a living spirit, while those who have not experienced the new birth have the dead spirit with which they were born. We have two distinct species walking the face of the earth today, those with living spirits by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, and the walking dead who have not received Jesus Christ as Savior.

The Bible makes it clear the division created by the new birth is solely based on whether one has a living or dead spirit; ethnic divisions, the appearance of our tent, is totally irrelevant. I have written more on this in “Racism, Satanic Deception in Action.”

Any racial distraction or division is simply playing into Satan’s diversionary tactics and lockstepping with Satan! All mankind is descended from one man, Adam; we are all one race and that is not now, nor has it ever been the true issue! The true issue is the new birth, you must be born again!

Next time, The Problem is Not Environmental

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | July 17, 2020

To the Soldiers in the Spiritual War, Victory and Celebration!

The Tribulation

Although the Rapture of the Church is not the catalyst that starts the Tribulation, it is likely the Tribulation will start within a few years of the Rapture. The second half of the Tribulation will get very bad as God’s judgments rain down on an angry and rebellious world. The Lord points out in Matthew 24:21-22, ” 21 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.”

The Second Advent of the Lord Jesus Christ brings the Tribulation to a dramatic close. In Revelation 19:11-21 it is written:

Christ on a White Horse

11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in [f]fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

KING OF KINGS AND
LORD OF LORDS.

The Beast and His Armies Defeated

17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, 18 that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.”

19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.

Unlike the Genesis flood where only 8 were saved, at the end of the Tribulation there will be thousands of believers who will have survived to begin life again during the Millennial reign of Christ.

The Millennium

Although there will be something of a cease fire in the spiritual war it is not really over yet. For the moment, sin will have been dealt a devastating blow, but it is not finally disposed of.

The Millennial reign of Christ will initially be populated by four groups: mortal believers who have survived the Tribulation, the Church who returned with Christ at the Second Advent, the Old Testament saints and the angels of God.

Unbelievers who survive the Tribulation will be cast into the Lake of Fire along with the beast and the false prophet to await the arrival of those who are condemned to go there at the Great White Throne judgment. 41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels, Matthew 25:41

Environmental Perfection

In a way this will be a second chance at perfect environment on earth with only one flaw, the presence of the fallen sin nature in the mortal believers who survived the Tribulation and those who will be born to them during these 1,000 years. The descendants of those believers who survived the Tribulation will still be born with the fallen nature inherited from Adam. It seems that perfect environment is still not the answer to man’s sin problem, it didn’t work in the Garden of Eden and it’s not going to work during the millennial reign of the Lord Jesus Christ either.

Over the years, as children are born, some of those children will receive Christ as Savior but others do not. The Bible reveals that Satan, who had been confined, would be freed to exert his influence on mankind at the end of the Millennium with predictable results as described in Revelation 20:7-10, “7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. 9 They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. 10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

The Great White Throne Judgment

By this time, the earth and the entire universe that we have always known will have been destroyed (or purified, Romans 8:18-22) by fire. The great white throne judgment will finally bring the spiritual war to an end. This fearful event is described in Revelation 20:14-15, ” 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” The spiritual war is now over.

Victory and Celebration!

There are some scenes in the “Star Wars” movies that bring tears to my eyes, the scenes of celebration when victory over the forces of evil bring joy and celebration. These scenes bring vividly to my mind the coming celebration when the Lord Jesus Christ shall defeat the forces of Satan and evil and the spiritual war that has been raging for thousands of years will finally be won with Satan’s resounding defeat.

The thought of that precious moment brings tears of joy and happiness to my eyes as I envision the wonderful change that will have been put in place by our great Lord and God, Jesus Christ! That time will come, it is absolutely certain and I look forward to it with all my being! There will be no ghostly figures observing from the sidelines; all, whose names have been written in the Book of Life, will have heavenly bodies and join in the celebration!

Finally, the creation that God wanted for us all along is fully realized; a place of unimaginable beauty and great joy. “3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” Revelation 21:3-5

Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | July 10, 2020

To the Soldiers in the Spiritual War, the Church Age Ends

 The Visible and the Invisible

It is important to recognize that the spiritual war is being fought in both the visible and strictly spiritual realms at the same time. I suspect that if mortal human beings should catch a glimpse of the battles at the spiritual level we would probably faint dead away.

One example of the war at the spiritual level is given in Daniel 10:12-13,

12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.”

The prince of the kingdom of Persia must be a very powerful demon to delay a messenger from God for 21 days; what is of particular interest to me is very likely it is this same demon that is influencing affairs in Persia today which is called Iran. While all of this is still going on, God’s clock is counting down toward the final events in the spiritual war.

The Church is Removed from the Earth

A time is coming, it is inevitable, when the true Church will be called home; the final chapter of the Church on earth will have fully played out. This is most specifically not a reference to organized religion as religion will, for at least a short time, prosper under the Antichrist.

The removal of the Church will have devastating consequences for the earth; not only the disappearance of millions of people from all over the world, but the removal of the restraining ministry of God, the Holy Spirit. For those who love sin, this will be sin on steroids! This is described in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12:

“2 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

He who now restrains is the Holy Spirit and He will be taken out of the way at the Rapture of the Church. Only God knows how bad the world situation will get before the church is removed; attacks on Christians are becoming more common all over the world. The Rapture will be an instantaneous event, after which, the world will never again be the same!

The Welcome Mat is Out and the Church Door Stands Wide Open!

The door to the true Church, all born-again believers in Jesus Christ, is still open; don’t miss your opportunity to walk through those doors to life and light!

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and You Will be Saved!

Next time, “Victory and Celebration!”

 

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | July 3, 2020

To the Soldiers in the Spiritual War, Second Time Around

The First Adam versus the Second Adam

God created man, the first Adam, in his own image, but man failed catastrophically by disobeying Gods direct command! Disobedience bought instant spiritual death and eventual physical death. The entire race of man inherited the dead spirit and eventual physical death. God, in great mercy, grace and love sent a second Adam from above, the Lord Jesus Christ, to correct the mistakes made by the first Adam.

Only two men did not have human fathers, Adan and Jesus Christ; Adam was the originally created man and Jesus Christ had the Holy Spirit as his earthly father. We, as born-again Christians, also have experienced the new birth by the power of the Holy Spirit, our old Adamic nature was crucified with Christ at the point of our salvation and we were born-again by the power of God, the Holy Spirit, into the family of God.

That is why, in a spiritual sense, we are joint heirs with Christ; there is more to Romans 8:15-17 than might first appear:

15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.”

The second time around, God was taking extra steps to make sure mankind would not fail again; as each born-again individual is brought back to spiritual life by the power of God, the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit indwells that individual and will never, ever leave! Every Christian man or woman becomes a new creation, eternally indwelt by God, the Holy Spirit, and secured in God’s family by the power of God!

What Does This Mean?

God has done an enormous thing in creating this new creation, the Christian; those who have been born-again have been blessed beyond measure by being made a dwelling place for God. The Christian can never be separated from his creator because his creator is in him, forever. This should be the dominant thought in the mind of every Christian, we are the temples of God, we are the vessels through which Christ lives His life on earth.

There are several sections of the Bible where this is revealed:

19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:9-11

20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

15 “If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. 19 “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” John 14:15-21

What an unqualified cause for rejoicing and gladness; this knowledge alone should make every day of your life a joy and be a never-ending source of praise and thanksgiving!

We have every reason to rejoice in Christ always and delight ourselves in the blessings He has poured out on us. The words of Philippians 4:4-7 should dominate our thoughts, “4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

One More Thing

While the Holy Spirit is now indwelling all those who are born-again, there is another ministry of the Holy Spirit to the world which is described in John 16:7-11 ” 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me;10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.”

The Holy Spirit is restraining sin in the world today, as bad as it seems to be it will get worse when the Church is removed at the Rapture; things will become more like they were before the flood when, “5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Genesis 6:5

In the next part of this series we will cover the balance of the Church Age and the removal of the church from the world scene.

 

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | June 26, 2020

To the Soldiers in the Spiritual War, The Flood Changes the World

After the Flood

In my previous article I related the history of the ancient spiritual war through God’s judgment on the earth by the world-wide flood. By way of summary we covered the original act of sin when Lucifer became Satan, Lucifer’s fall from grace followed by his successful effort to destroy the spirit of man and his almost successful effort to corrupt human DNA.

We discovered that although Satan no longer has a place in the kingdom of God, he still has access to heaven and is seen in God’s presence having a discussion about Job. The next big shift in the spiritual war is about to develop.

The Birth of the Seed of the Woman, our Kinsman Redeemer

Despite Satan’s best efforts, human DNA remained pure through Noah and the seven members of his family. It has been estimated that the earth’s population at the time of the flood was around 9,000,000,000 people, all but 8 drowned; which is certainly a catastrophe of Biblical proportions!

Now the work of correcting the distortion that had been created by Adam’s sin would be begun by the one person who could do it, the Lord Jesus Christ. The eternal Second Person of the Trinity, the one who created the universe and continues to sustain it by His power, would humble Himself so as to become a man, flesh of our flesh and bone of our bone and, as our Kinsman Redeemer, restore mankind to its rightful place as intended by God.

In the perfection of His saving work, He would even elevate us to a much higher plane than Adam ever knew, we were to become children of God and joint heirs with Christ in God’s eternal family. It was this that Satan dreaded and hated and sought to stop by his unsuccessful effort to corrupt human DNA. God’s promise to Adam and Eve of a seed would be perfectly fulfilled in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Most of us are familiar with the story of the birth of Christ and Herod’s attempt to kill him; our Kinsman Redeemer was born in order to die on the cross on our behalf and nothing was going to interfere with His perfectly achieving that goal at the precise time prophesied!

The Victory is Won

It may seem strange to think of a horrible death on a Roman cross as a moment of victory, but that is exactly what it was; at that point the ransom was paid and the earth redeemed from Satan, Christ’s work of redemption was finished. While the First Adam had failed, the Second Adam, from above, was totally victorious over sin and death!

It pleased God to delay the final implementation of this redemption to allow all who would be called to enjoy the blessings of salvation; this delay has resulted in our becoming part of God’s family and more are being added every day across the world in even greater numbers!

The Next Big Step

Around 50 days were to pass after the resurrection before a new type of human being would be created by the power of God; this process of re-birth would continue until the Church was removed at the Rapture. The Holy Spirit of God came to earth to indwell all who had received Christ as Savior; the fabled temple in Jerusalem had been replaced by frail human bodies as the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. From that point on, the world contained two distinctly different classes of people, those who were spiritually alive and indwelt by God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and those who were not and were still spiritually dead.

For an unrevealed number of centuries, God would be creating a new form of life, the born-again Christian who collectively would form the true Church, the body and bride of Christ. It would be impossible to overemphasize the vitally important nature of this change; God Himself would now indwell each individual Christian and never leave that individual either in time or eternity.

Individual human beings would be added to this group by the power of God starting at Pentecost and ending at the Rapture of the Church; before that there was no equivalent creation and after that process is closed, at the Rapture of the Church, that process will be stopped forever.

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | June 22, 2020

To the Soldiers in the Spiritual War, Who Started this War?

Last week we covered some recent developments in the Spiritual War; this week we’ll look at the beginning of the problem.

Going Back to a Time Before Time

The problem with sin did not begin with Adam’s direct disobedience to a command from God, but at a time, possibly before the creation of time, in eternity past. There are a number of brief references to this event given in the Bible. Let us start with what appears to be an account of the earliest recorded incident which is described in Ezekiel 28:12b-17; the following is believed to describe Lucifer who is later known as Satan:

“‘You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: carnelian, chrysolite and emerald, topaz, onyx and jasper, lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. 14 You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. 15 You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. 16 Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. 17 Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor.”

We are given further information in Isaiah 14:12-15 where the infamous five I wills of Satan are recorded:

12 How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! 13 You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. 14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” 15 But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit.”

At this point Lucifer/Satan had lost his position in heaven but still had access to heaven; we encounter Satan in heaven speaking with God in Job 1:6-7:

“6 One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. 7 The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”

Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”

Notice how Satan brags of his authority over the earth; when Adam sinned, the human race died spiritually and forfeited its position of authority over the earth to Satan, Satan became the “Prince of the Power of the Air” and mankind became spiritually dead slaves to sin as described in Ephesians 2.

“2 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.” Ephesians 2:2-3

The World and God’s Plan Put in Danger

If this was not enough, a Satanic plan was put into effect to try and eliminate any possibility of one who would be the seed of the woman and crush the head of the serpent as described in Genesis 3:15:

15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

The reference to the offspring of the woman is seen as the first promise of the Messiah and the victory that would someday be won at the cross when Christ would spiritually crush Satan’s head. The striking of his heel is seen as the death of Christ on the cross, a short lived victory as Christ rose from the dead three days later.

Satan’s plan involved a corruption of human DNA that would prevent the promised redeemer from ever being born; a dangerous plan that required extreme measures to defeat it, the death of billions of human beings by a world-wide flood. This event is described in Genesis 6 and has been covered in some detail in other articles. It is sufficient to point out Satan’s plan was defeated and those most directly responsible, the sons of God who kept not their first estate, are being severely punished.

4 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; 5 and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly” 2 Peter 2:4-5

6 And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day” Jude 6

Next time, “The Flood Changes the World”

 

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | June 15, 2020

To the Soldiers in the Spiritual War, CHAZ/CHOP!

CHAZ

Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone

We are witnessing today, a phenomenon I had never expected to see in the United States; a large American city that has willingly abandoned a significant portion of the city to a group of anarchists. Seattle, Washington is allowing a group of anarchists to occupy a portion of the city, and is giving tacit permission for them to be there.

A member of the Democrat controlled city council is even suggesting the police station in the area should be turned over to them completely. The CHAZ area has been designated as a “no cop” zone and police are not welcome in the zone. Internal disputes have arisen over the name, some wanting the area to be designated as Capitol Hill Organized (or Occupied) Protest, CHOP.

When you add this to the rioting in Democrat controlled cities all over the United States, it seems as if the spiritual war is beginning to heat up! It seems the carnage which has largely been absent from this struggle is beginning to proliferate across the country.

We Have Been Warned!

It would appear there is a spirit of deception raging across the United States. The events we are witnessing make no sense at all; one feels at a loss to understand the driving force behind these bizarre events. In the Bible we have been warned about the end times and it appears to me we are there right now. In 2 Timothy 3:1-5 it is written:

You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!

If these are truly the times referenced, then we know God is setting the stage for the Antichrist and the removal of the church is coming soon. In the meantime, as soldiers of the cross who will live out our entire lives on the spiritual battlefield, we simply must accept the fact that we can only operate in the power of God, the Holy Spirit.

I first published this series on the Spiritual War in June of 2014; in light of current developments I thought it fitting to update it and publish it again.

Like it or Not, You’re a Soldier if You’re a Christian

Have you ever thought of yourself as a soldier? There are few classic physical manifestations of warfare in most of our lives; we’re not surrounded by bombed out villages and carnage so we may doubt the reality of a spiritual war or be lulled into thinking we really don’t have to be involved in any “spiritual warfare.” If you’re thinking any variation of these thoughts then you’re wrong and potentially endangering yourself and others.

Although it will change during the final conflict, we are now dealing with destruction and carnage in the lives of everyone at a spiritual level as the spiritual battle for men’s soul’s rages around us. The carnage is being displayed in many lives as people make bad choices and cause themselves and others serious harm. Broken lives, broken marriages, broken commitments of many sorts litter the battlefield of this war.

What is Going On Today in the World?

Last week (June 10, 2014), I wrote on right and wrong and this week I would like to dig into more of the background that has produced the framework for this spiritual battle between right and wrong. While the trend in society seems to involve an abandonment of objective moral standards; the problem of right and wrong, and good versus evil, goes back to a time before the creation of man.

It is entirely possible that we are approaching the climax of this ancient struggle; the Bible has outlined the general conditions that will prevail at that time and it appears that more and more pieces are falling into place. God moves according to His own timetable so this climax may occur within the next few years or the next few hundred years.

I feel it a real blessing that God is waiting; it is pointed out in 2 Peter 3:8-9, “8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

I suspect each of you can join with me in an outpouring of praise to the Lord for our opportunity to join the body of Christ by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. By God’s grace we are still living in a time when an increasing number of people all over the world are being saved. “And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:47b It is exciting to see how many are coming to the Lord in faith and being saved each day that passes!

Photo from KNKX public radio. “Ranked as one of the most popular public radio stations in the nation, KNKX has served the Pacific Northwest since 1966.” www.knkx.org.

Next time, some background information.

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | June 8, 2020

A Happy Occasion

Saturday a Milestone was Reached!

I have served as an online missionary for Global Media Outreach since February of 2012. Over those intervening years I have worked many hours each day responding to seekers who have contacted one of the websites sponsored by GMO.

This past Saturday, I received my 15,000th reply from a disciple and was pleased and happy to have had such an opportunity. I was glad the 15000th reply was from a devoted student of God’s word who lives in South Africa.

As you might expect, those numbers continue to climb and as of this morning I have a new total of 5678 people helped and 15013 replies received.

It has been a joy to get to know Christian brothers and sisters all around the world and share in their hopes and dreams. It has been a particular joy to work with those whose hunger and thirst for God’s word has compelled them to come back, time after time, to study, learn, and apply God’s commands to their lives.

I had wondered how I would spend my retirement years and had absolutely no plans when I retired; there was no need to feel any concern as the Lord already had something planned for me that greatly exceeded my expectations.

In addition to my work with Global Media Outreach, the Lord has enabled me to publish 450 essays on “Life from a Christian Perspective” since June of 2011. Needless to say, boredom has never been a problem in my retirement; I’m deeply grateful to the Lord for his loving grace that has permitted all this!

Let me encourage you to consider sharing in this effort of reaching the world for Jesus Christ; believe me, the opportunity to help people all over the world while you sit in your own home is a rich blessing especially at this time of personal isolation. If you would like more information please contact, Global Media Outreach.

Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | June 1, 2020

Racism, Satanic Deception in Action!

Christianity Today

(I am convinced that racism, in any form, is a Satanic effort to conceal the true issue facing mankind; the issue of spiritual life verses spiritual death.This alone, is the true issue that demands a clear answer if one is to avoid eternal consequences of a totally horrendous nature! The recent death of George Floyd, while in police custody, is a tragic event; although George has departed his earthly tent, it is possible he is a spiritually alive, born-again Christian man and now in the presence of the Lord! 2 Corinthians 5:1-5)

In July of 2016 and February of 2019 I published the following essay, “Are you a white man or a black man?”; in light of the current focus on race, I felt it was timely to update and publish it again. I see racial conflict as a tool of Satan to hide the true issues mankind faces, issues of eternal consequences; racial divisions are a perfect example of Satanic deception!

“Are you a white man or a black man?”

I am sorry about this question but I truly want to know you.”

The two headings above are copied directly from a letter I received from a precious Christian brother in Nigeria which I answered from a Christian perspective. The overall tone of the letter was gracious and loving but it was the very first time I had been asked that question out of many thousands of letters I have received during my years as an online missionary for Global Media Outreach. That question and comment triggered a line of thought and meditation which has resulted in this essay.

It seems race is becoming an ever greater point of consideration, contention or even confrontation on the world scene; reports on the recent killings in Dallas reference a black shooter who said he, “wanted to kill white people.” The truly sad fact of the matter is despite the intensity of focus by the protesters and the media, race is of no importance at all with regard to spiritual matters of eternal significance.

There are Only Two Distinct Classes of People!

The entire population of the world is made up of only two classes of people; those spiritually alive and those spiritually dead! The second birth is the exclusive distinction that makes a deep and eternal difference in the lives of all people and there is no visible difference between the spiritually dead and the spiritually alive; race is truly irrelevant!

Racially we all descend from Adam through Noah; the gene pool was greatly reduced by the flood and while we can all claim Noah as an ancestor we are, at this point, divided between the three sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Genesis 10

There are many different nationalities in each group, those spiritually alive and those spiritually dead, but their racial differences are of absolutely no consequence when it comes to their being spiritually alive or spiritually dead! The point of differentiation comes with the matter of the new birth; it is only by being born again by the power of God, the Holy Spirit that one moves from the dead to the living. People of any nation or ethnicity can make the transition from death to life by personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior!

Satanic Deception

Why then is the real issue of spiritual life and death so widely ignored? How is it that relatively inconsequential issues dominate the media and the minds of mankind? There is one obvious explanation for this, we are living on Satan’s world and Satan is the prince of the power of the air.

In the Bible we read:

“2 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. Ephesians 2:1-3

“9 This great dragon—the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world—was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.” Revelation 12:9

The children of wrath, the sons of disobedience, are deceiving and being deceived by the influences of Satan and Satan’s world; the truth that could set them free is being obscured by multiple fantasies of Satanic deception! Racial conflict, at any level, is playing right into Satanic deception by obscuring the issue of the second birth!

A Spiritual Battlefield

I have written extensively on the subject of the spiritual war and the search facility in the upper right-hand corner of this website will produce many examples. I have noted the very existence of a spiritual war is often ignored by the organized church and many Christians have no knowledge that such a war is even in progress much less understanding they are a soldier in that war. This continues to be a dangerous omission for the Christian community.

One of the major factors in this war for men’s souls is the world-wide ministry of God, the Holy Spirit. In John 16: 7-11 we are told of the Holy Spirit’s ministry to the world:

“7 But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you.8 And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. 9 The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me. 10 Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more. 11 Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged.”

I draw your attention once more to verse 9, “9 The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me.” Why is that the world’s sin? Because all other sins were paid for in full by Christ’s death on the cross. I have written more on this in “Is There One Unforgivable Sin?”

When Christ said, “It is finished!” He really meant it! This is why the focus of the Satanic attack is to divert attention elsewhere; deception and distraction to keep the world’s attention on anything and everything but the person and the work of the Lord Jesus Christ and the critical importance of being born again! Sadly the organized church is falling into Satan’s trap and letting inconsequential issues take center stage while overlooking the critical preeminence of the second birth.

Whereas the ultimate victory has been won by Christ’s death on the cross, the battle is still raging and the Satanic forces of evil are still causing damage and destruction using many deceptions including racial conflict. Many thousands are, however, being turned from death to life by the power of God, the Holy Spirit but the warfare is still raging all around us.

A Strategic Withdrawal

At a time known only to God the true church, the body of Christ, will be removed from the Earth along with the restraining ministry of the Holy Spirit; at that terrifying time Satan and sin will begin to have it’s way in a manner unprecedented on the Earth. Later, a covenant will be signed by Israel with the Antichrist and this event will start the last seven years God promised to Israel, a time known as the Tribulation. The time of the church’s strategic withdrawal may be near, only God knows the date He has planned for that event from eternity past.

In view of the staggeringly major events God has ordained for what I believe is the near future, let those of us who long for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ turn our backs on any form of Satanic distraction including racial division or conflict and keep our eyes and attention on what really matters. The mission of the church is to bring people to Christ by the new birth and help them as they grow towards Christian maturity. Let us join with the Holy Spirit in this epic battle to complete the body of Christ.

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