Satan’s Final Work Pt.2
Part 2: The Message
Many times there are sections of scripture that are prophetic concerning some future even, yet in some instances there are truths within that prophecy that can have a practical application for us today. Some want to make practical applications out of every scripture, and though that is true about most scripture, sometimes it won’t work.
Revelation 12 reveals how Satan will attack the Jewish remnant on the earth to try and destroy them, the seed of the woman. Yet it also reveals the four stages of Satan’s assault against every believer. Satan comes along and he hears the progression of the battle. Here is a woman travailing to give birth. We give birth to things in the spiritual realm just like a woman gives birth in the natural realm. The seed is dropped in us, the seed is cultivated and begins to grow and suddenly that seed begins to bring forth and we birth that for which we have believed. We plant the seed of God’s Word within our spirit and water that seed in the light of God’s Word and through prayer and intercession and it grows and builds within us. Then finally we begin to see a visible manifestation of that thing we have been praying for, whether a loved one to be saved, or a new ministry. Satan stands ready to devoir the seed as soon as it is born.
Mark 4 tells us about the sower sowing the Word and then Satan immediately comes to steal the Word that was sown into their lives. This can happen through a variety of circumstances. You may see a loved one get saved, but then they don’t seem to be growing in the Lord. The enemy steps in to devoir the seed. When you receive a blessing that God births through you and that blessing is manifested, Satan will try to come and steal and devoir through circumstances that which God has given you. If you can get victory over that attack, then there is a second level of attack.
Revelation 12:4 “And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.” In the midst of all this, God is going to protect you in a wilderness experience. (V.6) “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.” The next level you go into if Satan cannot rob you of that blessing and steal that seed, then you will go into a wilderness experience. In a wilderness there is no water and no food, a dry place in which you are totally dependant upon God. One of the Hebrew words translated wilderness is (midbar: mid-bawr') meaning to speak to, but also it is where the sheep lie down. It is a place where God has a chance to speak to you, but a place without rain, no outpouring of the holy spirit, no fresh water coming from heaven, no refreshing coming into your spirit, no food. Have you gone through a time where you didn’t feel like praying, reading the Bible or anything else spiritual. That is a wilderness experience. God will preserve you in that experience if you will be faithful to Him.
Once you have come through those wilderness experiences, you will discover Revelation 12:13 and that Satan will then attempt to persecute you. “And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.” This is found in Mark 4, being persecuted for the word’s sake, and some are thereby offended. What is this persecution? What does it mean? People at work will call you a religious fanatic or crazy. Family members and friends that you love will talk about you and put pressure on you to make you back away from and back down from that which you believe God is giving you and calling you to.
Revelation 12:14 “And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.” God will take you out of the area of persecution and lift you above it. God can lift you above your enemies and sit you in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus to where what is happening around you has no affect or impact upon you. You have to stand in the persecution, which is meant to make you back away from what God is doing in your life and that which He wants to do in and through you. If you can stand and survive the persecution then you will eventually come to Revelation 12:16. “And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.” In this chapter that talks about Satan being cast out of heaven to the earth, it mentions the dragon throwing water out of his mouth (V.15). “And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.” Normally a dragon is thought to breath fire out of his mouth. If this verse read that the dragon was spewing out fire against the woman and her seed it is obviously a trail of your faith, a fiery trial that is much more precious than gold tried in the fire. But it doesn’t say that, but that the dragon spews water out of his mouth.
Revelation 12:10b “The accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.” Satan is an adversary but the word Diablo means a slanderer. He slanders you by accusing you. What is an accusation? It is like a policeman stopping you and saying ‘I’m giving you a ticket for speeding’, and you know that you weren’t speeding. It’s happened to me, twice in my lifetime. In fact before they left they both admitted that I wasn’t speeding, but I still got the ticket. You have been accused, not slandered. Jesus is called our advocate. If we sin, we have an advocate with the Father. Advocate is a word for lawyer, someone who takes your case before the throne of God. That is an advocate. An accuser is a prosecutor, someone who stands against you and says you’re guilty of a crime. The Advocate is saying, no, he is not guilty. Satan stands and accuses you of sin, but Jesus is there to make intercession for you and I before the Father. That is the ministry of Jesus for us today, as advocate and high priest. When we have sinned Satan says, I have caught so and so in a sin and you go before the Lord, confess your sin and apply the blood, then Satan has no right to accuse you. The case he presents before the throne will not stand because you have a heavenly advocate that says the charge is not valid.
Jesus is not in heaven building mansions. If you read the King James bible and see that verse, even it says, in my Father house are, not will be, not I’m going to go build, but are and the Greek Word for mansions literally means dwelling places. But they are already there. We look for a city with foundations whose builder and maker is God. The New Jerusalem already exists and did before we were ever born. It has existed since the beginning of time. The place Christ prepared for us is access to the Father in heaven, not mansions. Jesus isn’t spending His time building on new rooms for somebody else that got saved. Jesus is sitting on the throne at the right hand of the Father making intercession for you and I.
Satan’s role is to accuse you and I, day and night, as he accused Job before God, then accuses God to Job, playing both ends to try and make Job look bad in the eyes of God and God look bad in the eyes of Job. Satan arose to provoke David to number Israel, he is working to accuse you and cause you to fall.
How can the dragon which is supposed to have fire, produce water? When water is typically a symbol of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament? In James 5 it speaks of the early and latter rain, alluding to the Holy Spirit. In Isaiah it speaks of God pouring water upon him that is thirsty and floods upon dry ground, pouring his spirit out upon your seed and blessing upon your offspring. Acts 2 speaks of the Holy Spirit, John 7 says “out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water. This spake He of the Holy Spirit, that they that believe on him should receive.” When you read the prophecies of water and rivers flowing and the New Testament you see allusions to the Holy Spirit. So what is the dragon doing spewing water out of his mouth?
The church has learned that Satan is a liar, so that when the national media writes an article against a ministry or pastor, we know they’re biased and bigoted and have a motive of attacking the church because they have done it so many times. So the church knows not to believe everything the secular media says. So Satan has wised up and knows that he can’t use the secular media as affective as before. If an atheist attacks the church or believers we pull together. So he knows an outside source to attack the church is not so affective. So now he has started bring the attack from the inside.
Judas was the treasurer and in prophecy he was called “mine own familiar friend.” Psalm 41:9 “Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.” Judas betrayed Christ and was among his circle of 12 who cast out devils and healed the sick. Today, Satan has Christians who are ‘spirit filled’ saying things about other Christians because it adds credibility to the lie. I also know that first hand. If the world were to tell a lie on me, I could document and give you the facts and you would reject what the world has said because we understand their bias against God and his people. However, when someone who calls themselves a Christian who has known that person for a long time starts saying things about another Christian, then others will believe it and accept it without considering that there is a personal slant to what is being said. They don’t consider the motive of the person speaking evil about you and there are always two sides to every story. Satan is spewing a flood of words out of his mouth at the woman, representing Christians who are spirit filled spewing dirty water out of their mouth against other Christians. This is the final assault of Satan. To move upon people in the local church that will have credibility to come against the men of God in the churches to hurt the local congregation.
Now, normally most of the intercessors in a church are the women. Men are the warriors, the workers and women the prayer warriors. Men of God pray but they don’t understand travail and birth in the way women do. But how many times have supposed intercessors in the church become super spiritual and instead of doing what they are supposed to do, which is to pray for the people and for God to move in their lives and circumstances and leaving the work up to the Lord, they decide to take matters into their own hands and expose people in the church. These immature believers decide to fix or correct a problem they see exists and then start going to weaker women or young believers and start gossiping. They will sometimes even say, now I want to tell you something, but it’s confidential between you and me, but I believe - and the gossip begins with an air of suspicion and allusions that are not purely factual and it becomes accusations without basis. Others don’t even bother with the air of keeping something confidential but just begin a campaign of accusation and attack to hurt someone for whatever reason they have that they think makes them justified to spew vomit out of their mouths against other brethren and especially leadership in the church. Some claim the gift of discernment when telling their tales, but its nothing more than the gift of suspicion in which they read into things that which is not there. The gift of discernment allows a person the ability to discern the presence of angels or demons or the ability to discern human spirits, what they are going through. So when a true intercessor discerns a problem, what they are supposed to do is go before the Lord in intercessory prayer and not announcing what they see or believe is a problem in another believers life to everybody around them who will listen.
Ecclesiastes 10:20 “Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.” Now we know this is not a real bird, but we know that when the sower sows the word, the birds of the air, demons, come to devoir the seed which has been planted. We also know that angels can have wings. This scripture is telling us to be careful what we say for it can become known. In 2nd Kings the Assyrian army was invading Israel and the general would in his private chambers give the plans and then when they would go to attack Israel, Israel would not be there. He thought someone within was a traitor giving Israel their military secrets. Then they found out that Elijah was hearing in his prayer chamber in the spirit what the king of Assyria was saying in his private chambers. So that is an example of that which has wings telling the matter to another.
If there is something about to happen or someone is about to fall or has fallen, you are to pray, not go around gossiping. You don’t need to expose sin; God Himself will do that when He chooses. There are things we have to leave in the hand of God for when we take them into our own hands we create more trouble and problems and will in the end reap of what we have sown. Even God says the wheat and tares grow together in the church until harvest time and then the angels are sent to separate the wheat and tares. This is because if you go into a field with both wheat and tares and take your hand and try to pull up the tares, you will pull up the wheat also because the roots of the tares have interwoven with the root of the wheat. So why do you want to damage good people who love God who are trying to live right by trying to remove a tare? The problem is that men try to deal with spiritual matters themselves and they do so in the flesh and just make things worse for everyone. The only way that problems can be dealt with is by prayer and allowing the Lord to deal with the problem His way because your ways are not His ways. Prayer will expose the attack of the enemy and sin in people’s lives. If you see a problem or think you see a problem in another’s life you are to go to them individually, privately, one on one and talk to them. You follow the scriptural pattern of Matthew 18:15-17. “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican.” But always, if it is one believer and another it must be done through and under the authority of the elders of the church. The thing to do as a member of the body is to first pray and not go running your mouth. What if you are wrong? What if you suspect something about another and it turns how to not be true, but false? There was nothing to it but your suspicions and not truth. Too many in the church today go around telling others, ‘the Lord told me this and the Lord showed me that,’ especially in the Charismatic Churches. They use these words loosely and freely and it just isn’t so. Jeremiah 23:21 “I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.” And they are nothing but fleshly individuals and even false accusers and slanderers. Just because you think something or ‘feel’ something don’t go around speaking it as truth and fact or say, ‘the Lord showed me.’
Satan can’t hurt the credibility of God’s Word for it is true at all times under all circumstances. His Word is eternally settled in heaven. Psalm 119:89 “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.” 1 Kings 8:56, 2 Corinthians 1:20 “For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” Since Satan can’t affect the written Word, he tries to attack your integrity. He will attack your integrity by getting others within the body of Christ to say things about you, or getting you to say things that are not true and you are found to be untrue. But most comes by gossip and slander and innuendo. Normally, if a person leaves a church or a ministry, you don’t want to listen to anything they have to say because they will have a biased opinion and have a wrong motive are just trying to damage someone’s reputation and hurt them. If you were to check out their story with those whom they are talking about you would find the truth to be something entirely different. Opinions are like noses, everyone has one. And opinions are like armpits, they usually stink. You cannot determine the truth based on the biased words of a person with an agenda and motive who goes around speaking evil of others. Remember, Satan is the accuser of the brethren.
Satan is now getting people within a church to get upset, leave that ministry and then work to devastate them by what they speak to others in the body of Christ. Then others consider them credible because they were within the ministry. Somebody who gets mad and leaves a ministry has nothing good to say or anything you should even listen too. It will be opinion and half-truths and even outright falsehoods. We need to head the admonitions of scripture. Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, … honest, … just, … pure, … lovely, … of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Yet Satan is using people who are or have been on the inside of a ministry who are supposed to know what is happening, to expose weaknesses or problems they know about or to just outright slander them. When we are dealing with someone who has fallen the scripture tells us about dealing with it. Galatians 6:1 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.”
I remember some years ago what was called the tele-evangelists war. Evangelist JB had just confessed to a sexual sin and indiscretion some years ago, that he had repented of. Evangelist JS having just come back from an overseas crusade heard some things the media said about how another evangelist (JF) was trying to take down and take over Evangelist JB’s and he got on the air and spoke something rashly he should not have and said that Evangelist JB was a cancer that had to be eradicated from the body of Christ. That spelled the end of his own ministry. He attacked a fellow brother and minister publicly that was wounded and hurting and that is something God will not accept from a believer. Evangelist JS also attacked another minister publicly for a sexual sin. A year later Evangelist JS was confessing to even worse sins. Psalms tells us what happens when you send an arrow out against others. Psalm 64:1-3 “Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy. Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity: Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:” He is comparing the words of men to arrows. (V.4) “That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.” These people have no fear of God and speak these words in secret behind another’s back. (V.5-6) “They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them? They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.” Remember the scripture in Revelation about the depths of Satan? These secret counsels who are cutting down men of God who are serving Him, trying to do what is right, criticizing. The thoughts of their heart are deep. (V.7-8) “But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded. So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.” The day will come that those who verbally attack a brother, especially in the ministry, one who is having problems or even who has fallen, who is a man of God that loves the Lord, the scripture says the time will come that God will shoot at you and make you fall. Remember Shimei?
That is what happened when Evangelist JS came against Evangelist JB in 1988. He then fell. He said that he prayed and prayed for two years and couldn’t get relief, couldn’t get deliverance because those arrows sent out against the brother that came back and tore down his own hedge of protection. We just cannot speak about another, especially in the ministry and get by with it. We must pray for them and allow God to deal with them, for they are His servants, not ours and they are His responsibility, not ours. If you speak against another, in that area of your life, God will allow you to be tempted and fall. I know about this first hand and have so experienced and suffered loss. Ecclesiastes 10:8 “He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.” Remember when Satan was talking to God about Job. He couldn’t touch him because of the hedge. As long as the hedge was up, Job was supernaturally protected, but as soon as the hedge came down, he was able to attack him. Psalm 34:7 “The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.” Round about speaks of a hedge.
Whatever you sow you will reap. I have seen this again and again. Just like when you preach something, the Lord will allow you to be tested in that which you preach, when you mock another who has fallen, the Lord will allow you to face that same thing so you will know what it is they went through and learn empathy and forgiveness and not be so critical and easy to condemn. The merciful receive mercy, not the judgmental. Example. A young girl in church gets pregnant. The mother is hurting and grieving. Another mother in the church condemns that mother for not raising her daughter right and criticizing her. The next thing she finds out that her own daughter got involved with someone and is pregnant. The world says, ‘what goes around, comes around.’ God said it better, ‘whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.’ I wish I could say that has never happened to me or that I have never done such and reaped for it. When you criticize another believer who is wounded and hurting you are sinning against Christ and He will permit your hedge to come down in that same area and you can learn what they were going through and felt like so you can learn to be compassionate and not critical. I know the reality of this. This has happened to many ministers. Every minister who has criticized another - has faced the same thing. The Lord is merciful and gracious to have forgiven us our sins and He requires that we be forgiving of others. Part of the punishment if we are not forgiving is that we are turned over to the tormenters and we will be tried in that same area. We have to keep our spirit pure and when we hear someone gossiping, we need to stop it and not listen. Many of God’s people are so immature they will listen to and believe gossip given with a motive and agenda and accept rumors as truth. This is sad. It is a most affective means of doing damage to the body of Christ, and that is why Satan is using it. Satan knows that the integrity of a minister is all he has. Every man should have the right to give an account and answer an accusation. What about 1 Timothy 5:19? “Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.” 2 Corinthians 13:1 “This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.” Deuteronomy 19:15-20 confirms this originated in the Law.
The end-time attack of Satan is not coming from the world against the church but from within. If the world attacks the church it will make the church stronger. The attack is from within. We all need to guard our minds and our mouths and not repeat what we hear about others, especially elders in the church. Why should you listen to some devil making accusation against a saint of God? Satan is the father of lies.
Another example. A demon possessed drunkard who is a relative of a minister went into his church one day and said out loud in the service, these people don’t know you like I know you, that you drink secretly… and it was a total lie. Yet some members started repeating this, saying that it was rumored by a relative that the pastor drinks secretly. The credibility came from the fact that it was a relative even though it was a man not even saved. And I know what it is to be falsely accused by family members and friends who believed something told to them by another. They take the reproach of the one speaking evil against you and then they hold these things against you personally and act as if you wronged them. They took the reproach of the one who gossiped and slandered and they took that bitter spirit that was passed on from the hatred of the one who started it. Satan is the accuser of the brethren. That is his purpose, his main plan and project. He is not just accusing us before God, but before other brethren and it is working because many listen and repeat a rumor or accusation without proof or going to the one whom it is about, taking a evil report and then themselves holding something against a brother as if you had sinned against them and they have no mercy, no compassion, or desire to check it out or that you should be restored and forgiven if you have fallen. The church is the only army or group of people where we step on our wounded and try to kill them instead of heal them. We don’t heal the wounded and bind the wounds and restore, we try to destroy and kill the fallen and wounded. This is not the spirit of God or the work of God, but of Lucifer. Our position and the desire of God for the body of Christ is according to Isaiah 61:1. “The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.” God will Himself do according to Ezekiel 34:16. “I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.” We have to guard out hearts. Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Ephesians 4:26 “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.”
If you hear a vicious rumor repeated, you need to let them know that you are going to tell the person what they are saying about them and who said it. You should take a stand and stop it. We need to stand with one another and protect one another not try to destroy one another. We need to stand with our brothers face-to-face, back-to-back and shoulder-to-shoulder. Face-to face is how we know each other in church. Shoulder-to-shoulder is how we work together in church, lifting up one another and bearing one another’s burdens. Back-to-back is how we protect one another in time of spiritual battle.
Even if someone comes and says, I heard so and so about this person. What if it’s true? Well, what if it is? So what? Don’t you think God is in control and has the power to deal with people, especially His own servants? Do you not believe God has the power to change things and people? And if a person who has fallen, repents of a sin, who are you to stand up and try to accuse them when God has forgiven them? You are then standing with Satan and becoming his emissary. If any person repents of sin, we accept them as a brother and love them, as we have been forgiven and accepted by God. Ephesians 4:32 “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” Luke 6:37 “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.”
Would you like for someone to bring out all the skeletons in your closet that have been forgiven of and keep pointing an accusing finger at you for something you once did, but repented of? If we want God to show us mercy then we must be merciful. With the same measure we mete out judgment and condemnation against a brother, it shall be meted out to us by God. You cannot get around or past this fact because God will do it. We must protect and guard one another in the body of Christ and if we see that a brother has fallen we should go to them and help them, to try and restore them. Why? God doesn’t want them to perish but be restored, otherwise he would not have given us the story of the prodigal son. We need the heart of God in having mercy and forgiveness as a way of life. We must walk in these graces and live by them and have this attitude toward others. It is the end time attack of the enemy to spew dirty water and filth out of the mouth of professing Christians against their brethren to destroy and to hurt not only that person but also the church. Such things hurt more than the one individual we speak evil against. May God help us to understand that we are all members of one body and Jesus is the head of the Church and He is in control and it is up to Him to discipline and correct in the church by the working of the Holy Spirit and not give place to the devil! There are many more verses on this subject but this should be adequate to help us understand the wiles of the enemy and how he is working against the people of God in the greatest way. By attacking and destroying ministers, Satan hurts many more. He knows that when the shepherd is smitten, the sheep will be scattered and it is the way to do the most damage to the body of Christ and hinder the work of God. This very kind of attack has nearly destroyed my life and ministry. I know the end of many of these things personally and have suffered them. I will close with Matthew 12:37. “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” Remember, those who gossip and speak evil of others have a bad spirit and are not full of the Holy Spirit. They have bitterness, unforgiveness…
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