Sunday, 19 August 2018

Shaking the Nations

Haggai 2 v 6 - 7: "For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;
7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts."

Isaiah 55 v 11: "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."

We are in the grip of a spiritual storm in which the unseen war of the heavenlies is manifesting on this planet.  It is shaking the nations day after day as the political, financial, climatic or health turbulence increases without finding practical solutions.

Behind it all is the shadow of ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah and the Taliban among others.   There is the migrant problem caused by civil war in Syria plus the collapse of ISIS in its unilateral declaration of a Caliphate leading to harder to find terror cells threatening to strike anywhere.  Many people are afraid, including governments who need to find a way to control it and solve these terrors and disasters.

The people of the world who do not know Almighty God and His Son Jesus, try to work out these problems with laws, barriers, weapons and strategies within the limitation of man's wisdom.  They fail to understand the actual origin of the problem so the solution will evade them. Billions will be spent to safeguard lives but you cannot counteract a spiritual event with a man-made answer!

God is shaking the heavens.  The domain of evil spirits and Satan's kingdom is in the air around us.  An unseen controller of the affairs of this world.  The bringer of death and destruction, perversion, terror, murder, hate and disease.  We are too learned and sophisticated to believe this gobbledygook and would rather wander endlessly in the wilderness of blissful ignorance.

The Holy Bible clearly tells us that there is a war going on between good and evil. In the heavens.  The defeated demons are sent to Hell, situated in the fiery core in the centre of Earth.  They pass through our countries, cities, towns, homes, causing havoc as they fall.  It's being going on since Eden.

There is only one hope for mankind, Jesus Christ.  The devil and the demons hate Him because He has defeated them by destroying the power of sin by His death and the shedding of His Blood.  When you believe in Him and yield to His Lordship, whether alive or dead, you are saved and free.

The world is ruled by Satan through the media, music, idols, religions, military, governments, humanitarians, money, lust, sexual sin, gambling, addictions, plagues, Hollywood, false doctrines abounding in churches, false prophets etc.  Christians are passing through this world to eternal life in Heaven but they are not part of it.  

So the world hates us and persecutes us to their own peril.  The world is subject to sin and is under the law, Christians are subject to the righteousness of Jesus under whom there is no law.  When Christians fall into error they immediately fall back under the law, and there is a huge number trying to live with Mosaic Law, Sabbaths and commandments for this wrong reason.  They will be shaken.  Like dry leaves in Autumn.

Those nations that reject Jesus and are working to overthrow Christianity by glorifying those things that God calls abominable will also be shaken.  Because God does not change and what He has said is not subject to debate.  His Word is not void, it will accomplish what He sent it to do.  His Word manifested in the flesh in the form of Jesus.  If we call Him a liar who is the truth, the way and the life, what hope is there for us?

The abominations of this world are Satan's joke on mankind. It gives him leverage with God.  He thinks if he has more humans on his side he wins.  He and all those who follow him are deceived and destined for Hell.  It is the work of Christians to love the sinner and hate the sin.  So militant Christians are also on the wrong track.  We need to walk the walk to show those in the world the love of Jesus, not to condemn them but to save them.  The war in the heavens will end after the end of the world when the Day of Judgment dawns.

The war in the heavens started when Lucifer the archangel became filled with pride and decided he could rule everything better than God.
Isaiah 14 v 12 - 16: "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 
 13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
 14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
 15  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
 16  They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms."

Revelation 12 v 7 - 10: "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
 8  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
 9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
 10  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night."

Humans are the cannon fodder that Satan uses as leverage with God.  He hates us because of who we are to Him and his only agenda is our destruction.  The way Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran feel about Israel is his exact feeling for the whole human race.  Utter annihilation.  

He is the ultimate megalomaniac, the sum total of every monster of our nightmares.  Everyone who is not a born again believer, a living witness of Jesus Christ is subject to Satan, in ignorance or not.  Jesus came to save every one of us from this horror.  And the horrors to come.  He laid down His own pure life for us to be saved from Hell.  There was no plan B.

I pray that everyone who reads this message will have their names written in the Lamb's Book of Life now, so that on the day of Judgment they will be the ones who spend eternity in Heaven.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Your enemy started this war in the heavens trying to take over from You.  You would have ended it sooner except for Your love for all mankind.  You sent Your Son to save us.  All who believe in Him will come into Your Kingdom.  Thank You. In Jesus' name. Amen.