Anyone preaching a message about we should gear up for a physical conflict is not in line with the New Testament. They’re ignoring or disobeying critical, fundamental teachings of Christianity and spiritual warfare.
Hello Readers, hope all’s well. Time for another End Times post.
I’ve written a few times on my blog on the worsening division and hostility in the world. First was Part 13, when I said that Jesus warned us there would be division and hostility in the last days. Then again in Part 28, when I said that a civil war (in any country, not only the U.S.) is exactly what Satan wants: Brother against brother, blinded by hatred and rejecting love. Rejecting not only the love of God, but also His commandment to love one another.
And besides those two posts I’ve also written about division here and there. Division is a frequent topic on my blog, because if we turn on any kind of media or news it gets shoved in our face.
I hope my message each time I write on the topic has been consistent. And that would be: Don’t play into the division. Don’t engage in that. Rise above that, tune it out, it’s a distraction. Don’t feed that fire by giving it attention and energy. In fact, pour water on the fire by loving our neighbors and our enemies, like the LORD commanded us! We must not let our love grow cold in the End Times, even if the world’s love does.
To go along with that, we must not listen to the messaging of fear, hatred, and division we’re being bombarded with. That’s today’s topic.
Satan’s Divide-and-Deceive Agenda
Sadly, even within Christianity there are many voices playing into the division agenda of the day. And make no mistake—it’s an agenda. An agenda being pushed on the people of the world by the one who sits at the very top of the world’s power structure: Satan. We know Satan is the ruler of this world because Jesus said this in some verses in John 12, John 14 and John 16. We also know it from, well, the terrible state of this fallen world.
The end of this fallen world is the beginning of God’s new world. Satan knows this, and knows his time is short. So he’s now raging harder than ever before, spreading chaos and misery and destruction everywhere. He’s hoping to damn as many souls as he can before his time is up by causing them to lose heart and turn away from God. He’s trying to do this in many ways in the End Times, and one of the main ones is by sowing division.
If Satan can make people break God’s commandments by hating their neighbor and their enemy instead of loving them, he wins. And if he can get them to fight and murder each other? Why that’s even better for him!
So be well aware: The division agenda is being pushed on us by the powers that be. The powers in control of this world, in this age. The powers of darkness. They are the ones who want us divided. They are the ones who want us to hate and fight each other. And they are our only real enemies, never forget that. As long as we’re fighting each other, we’re not fighting the true war.
(12) For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)
Anyone who is pushing messages of fear, hatred, or division now is helping the devil’s agenda. They most likely won’t accept that or admit it, but they are helping the devil’s agenda. Satan and his agents are bombarding us with messages of division, and anyone preaching messages of fear, division, or violence is playing along.
The only message we should be preaching now in this time of great division is that of Christian love for all. The message of God’s love for all people, and His commandment that we love each other.
That’s the message that’s needed right now. Anyone preaching messages of fear, ones that get people scared and ready to fight and kill their neighbor, such people are adding fuel to Satan’s fire. Such people are playing right into Satan’s hands, and are helping his agenda. Such people must be spiritually counseled, but that’s a topic for another time.
Satan’s Little Helpers
There are Christians who, after this summer’s events in the U.S., have fallen into the demonic trap of calling for civil war and conflict and so on. One, who I won’t name so I don’t boost his message, claimed to have a vision of an upcoming civil war in the Unites States. He felt it was a good thing. He saw militia groups fighting in urban combat all over the country and felt it was a good thing.
Well, we can receive visions from both God and the devil. So we need to think carefully about the content and hold it up against Scripture. We need to test every spirit, in other words (1 John 4:1). Is there anything in the Gospels, Epistles, or Revelation that talks about believers taking up arms against their neighbors and “enemies” in the final days? Is there anything in the Gospels, Epistles, or Revelation that teaches us to get ready for a physical conflict using physical weapons, against our fellow man? Against our own brothers and sisters?
NO! And we can’t say that enough: NO!
Once again, a civil war is exactly the kind of thing Satan wants. It doesn’t glorify God in any way. God doesn’t want us killing our neighbors we disagree with; God hates that kind of violence. Instead, He wants us to work things out with each other. He wants us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us (Matthew 5:44).
(44) But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,Matthew 5:44 (NIV)
So what do the Gospels, Epistles, and Revelation teach us, then? Among other things, they teach us that:
- This war is spiritual, not carnal (not physical, flesh)
- Our weapons are spiritual (empowered prayers), not physical
- Our enemies are not flesh and blood (humans), but Satan’s demonic kingdom (Ephesians 6:12)
- Jesus commands us to keep His commandments to the bitter end—we must love one another
Anyone preaching a message of gearing up for a physical conflict is not in line with the New Testament. They’re ignoring or disobeying critical, fundamental teachings of Christianity and spiritual warfare.
First, they’re disobeying Jesus’ teachings that we love our neighbor as ourselves, and that we love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. Disobeying this is the biggest problem, as it takes us out of agreement with the LORD’s Will and puts us in agreement with Satan and his demons.
Next, such preachers are ignoring or disobeying the fundamental teachings of spiritual warfare. One is Ephesians 6:12, which I quoted above. Our enemies are not physical (human), but spiritual. Our enemies are Satan and his demonic kingdom, as he and his filthy kingdom are responsible for every evil in this world. Also, the weapons we fight with are not physical. We fight with spiritual weapons, prayers empowered by God. That’s 2 Corinthians 10:4-5.
(4) The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (5) We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NIV)
So here is an important bottom-line. Preachers with a message that we should gear up for a coming civil war, a physical conflict, these preachers are not speaking a message in line with the LORD’s Will. But their message does fit right in with Satan’s agenda though.
Don’t help Satan with his agenda! Christians, listen: Don’t play into this agenda of division being pushed on us by the dark spiritual ruler of this world! Don’t feed that fire, don’t give it energy. Instead, we as Christians must pour water on the fire of this demonic agenda by preaching the message of the Gospels. By preaching the message of God’s unconditional love for all people. His great love for us, and His expectation that we obey His commandment to love one another. That’s the message we should be preaching and engaging with right now in these troubled times.
The more we preach or accept messages of fear, hatred, division, and violence, the more those demon spirits (spirit of fear, spirit of hatred, etc.) will come to us. The more we indulge the unGodly thoughts and emotions of those filthy spirits, the more we come into agreement with them. The more we come into agreement with the demon spirits of Satan’s kingdom, the more we fall out of agreement with the LORD. And that never ends well.
Douse the Fire
Scripture warns us many times, in many different Books, that the last days would be dangerous. We were warned the End Times would be full of all kinds of suffering. And one thing we were warned about was the division between people in the End Times. Jesus told us the love of many will grow cold in the last days (Matthew 24:12).
It’s on us as Christians to make sure that our love doesn’t grow cold, even when the world’s love runs out!
The Gospels, Epistles, and Revelation tell us what we need to do. Besides keeping Jesus’ teachings to the bitter end (which is not easy by the way, and I’m not saying it is), we also know our warfare is spiritual, not physical. We do have a war to fight, yes, but it’s not a physical one with guns. And it’s certainly not against our fellow human beings, created in God’s image! Our enemies are Satan and his demons, and they can’t be defeated by any physical means.
Preaching a message that we should fight a physical war against each other, brother against brother, that simply isn’t Biblical and in line with the LORD’s Will. It goes against Jesus’ crystal clear teachings, and the principles of spiritual warfare. Don’t get fooled.
And don’t play into this either! Don’t support or spread such messages. Don’t give them energy, but rather confront them when you can. The division we see so much of today is a part of Satan’s agenda. Preaching that we should gear up for a civil war is about as divisive as you can get. What a great way to help Satan with his agenda! It’s even more helpful to him because if the message is being preached in churches, believers are being deceived. Remember that Christian believers are his favorite target. Remember that and be wise to his tricks and strategies.
The division of today is a demonic agenda being pushed on us. Don’t engage with it, don’t spread that message. Don’t give in to fear, hatred, or violence, or those demon spirits will come to us. Don’t accept and don’t preach such a message. Don’t help Satan do his evil work—don’t feed the fire of division.
Don’t feed that fire, pour water on it instead. Pour water on it with the Gospels, with Jesus’ teachings. Douse it with God’s Word, and replace it with a new, holy fire by preaching the message of God’s love for us all.
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