Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | February 1, 2019

Satanism and the Antichrist, part 1

Satanism in the USA

Toying with the idea of Satan and things associated with Satanism has achieved something of a cult status in the United States. In the minds of some, it is a fashionable game to be played with others who share similar interests in the supernatural. The representations of Satan are usually rather garish and fearful; intended to strike fear into the observer.

A fearful notion of Satan is the total opposite of the way Satan really works; historically Satan has appeared as a sympathetic problem solver who just wants to offer helpful suggestions, to help one find an easy answer to problems. It is vital to understand that deception is the tool of choice, not fear.

Satan is Real!

Also, let it be understood, Satan is a real created being, a fallen angel, of great power, who has been responsible for a lot of misery over the course of history. Satan did not start out that way however, originally Satan had a different name, he was called Lucifer and here is his story as described in the Bible.

“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 was your covering:
The sardius, topaz, and diamond,
Beryl, onyx, and jasper,
Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold.
The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes
Was prepared for you on the day you were created.

14 “You were the anointed cherub who covers;
I established you;
You were on the holy mountain of God;
You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones.
15 You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created,
Till iniquity was found in you. Ezekiel 28:12b-15

At some point, before the creation of the world, Lucifer aspired to something greater and became obsessed with ambitions to be more than what he was.

12 “How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart:
‘I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’
15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol,
To the lowest depths of the Pit.

 Isaiah 14:12-15 NKJV

Lost to Satan

The Bible tells us that at the time of Adam’s disobedience, he died spiritually and the dominion he had been given over the earth was forfeited to Satan; we now live in a world which is under the control of Satan who the Bible describes as “the prince of the power of the air.” Ephesians 2:2

I mention this at the beginning as Lucifer’s five I wills have established a pattern for Satanism that is followed at this moment in the United States. Even a casual look at Satanism in this country will reveal the similarities between the contemporary principles of Satanism and the historic five I wills of Lucifer. If you enter the word, Satanism, into your search engine, you will encounter a massive quantity of references, I found 157,000,000.

Satanism focuses on the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life; it is best left in the trash-bin of history, but should you have any interest in researching Satanic beliefs there is an abundance of information available on the web; I encourage you to keep the five I wills in mind as you read.

Satanism’s Appeal to Man’s Fallen Nature

Satan is the master of deception; his preferred approach is as a solver of problems. He approached Eve in that manner, he approached Jesus in that manner and he still uses the same formula today all over the world. Satan’s lie is he provides easy, quick fixes to all your problems, just trust him, OK?

Satanic influence appears as benevolent, friendly, helpful, kind and helps achieve immediate gratification, the quick fix! The problem is, none of his suggestions really work; they provide a shortcut to destruction. Jim Jones and the Jonestown tragedy serve as a good example of Satanic influence resulting in disaster.

The Bible is clear in declaring all mankind died spiritually in Adam when he disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden. In Romans 5:12 it is written:

12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—”

As a result of Adam’s sin, everyone, born of a human father, is born spiritually dead with an active sin nature; spiritual life can only come by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and the new birth by the power of God, the Holy Spirit. With the new birth comes the ability to quench the power of the sin nature by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Sadly, the sin nature is not removed but is considered to have been crucified with Christ and no longer has total control of the born-again Christian. When there is no unconfessed sin in the Christian’s life the power of the Holy Spirit is released and can lead the Christian.

The unbeliever, spiritually dead and controlled by the sin nature, finds the Satanic message comfortable and appealing; the Satanic deception has a ring of truth to it that strikes a harmonious chord.

Where is the USA?

Nationally there is a movement to remove God, and the Bible from the public arena; as this movement progresses the resulting moral vacuum is being filled by rebellion and anarchy. Many, who have studied the Bible’s end-times portions, have wondered about the clear absence of the United States as a dominant world power during the last days.

While the Bible does not reveal God’s timing for the end-times, it does describe the world situation and the United States is nowhere to be found; I believe we are seeing the reason for that play out before our eyes. The removal of all Christians will severely cripple this nation and subject it to a vicious attack by nations who see it as the enemy. I have written more on this in “What is Coming Next for the Church and Israel.” This is the first of a three-part series on the end-times.

Next time, the Antichrist and the end-time events.

Painting, “Stars” Adele Bower©


Responses

  1. Fascinating topic!

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    • Karen,

      I believe it is important to not be deceived by a distorted idea of the nature of Satanic temptation; the historic way of Satan is through attractive deception, not ugliness and fear.

      Dad

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  2. Thanks David for the reminder of how attractive the “Deceiver” is and we can never let our guard down. Stop, turn around and run away is what I remember being told years ago. Still applies today.

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    • Kathy,
      Thank you for your comment and your subscription! I believe the best defense against the “Deceiver” is a Biblical knowledge of his strategy and tactics; he has been successful and has not deviated from his game plan of deception.
      David

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