It struck me this morning, as I looked out over the sea coast, that this world is currently under the power of Satan. Jesus referred to him as “the ruler of this world” (John 12:31), and Paul calls him “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2) and “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4). John makes a further distinction when he says: “We know that we are of God, and the whole world is in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19).
The Bible frequently uses “the world” or “this world” to refer to the present evil system of opposition to God. So, the Bible never teaches that Satan actually rules over the entire world, but that he is ruler over the current system of sinful opposition to God. In other words, he’s leading the rebellion against God.
It’s also interesting to note that in the Garden of Eden, God says in Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”
According to this verse, there will be enmity between the individual woman (Eve) and the serpent who deceived her. The word enmity indicates a blood feud. There will also be enmity between his seed and her seed. God promised that eventually the serpent would bruise the heel of the seed of the woman. However, the seed of the woman would also bruise (or crush) the head of the serpent. This will be a fatal blow. Who is the seed of the woman and who is the seed of the serpent?
The ultimate seed of the woman would be Jesus Himself. Therefore, we have in Genesis 3:15, the first promise of a Redeemer. It is the beginning of a long line of prophecies concerning the coming Messiah. The Promised One would be from the woman’s seed an indication of the eventual virgin birth of Christ.
The phrase seed of the serpent also does not mean the physical descendants of the Devil but rather those who are his spiritual descendants as in unredeemed humanity beginning with Adam and Eve’s first son Cain and continuing on to all those who oppose God. Jesus called the religious leaders of his day the children of the Devil (John 8:44).
The seed of the serpent would bruise the heel of the seed of the woman. On the cross Satan bruised the heel of Christ, causing His death. Bruising suggests something that was not ultimate or final. Christ died on our behalf being made sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). He bore our judgment upon Calvary’s cross and, in doing so, bruised His heel. Though wounded, the damage done to Jesus was not final, for He came back from the dead three days later.
It is for this very reason that the Son of God took on flesh and blood was “that through death he might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14). When Jesus died on the cross, he took away our sins, satisfying the demands of God’s law, and he triumphed over Satan, disarming the power that he holds over people–the power of death, because sin leads to death (Colossians 2:13-15).
The rebellion is still underway and Jesus now waits for the final judgment and the decisive victory over Satan to be accomplished, when he will be “thrown into the lake of fire” and “tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10), and his kingdom and authority will be taken away from Satan and given back to King Jesus, its rightful Author and Owner.
Did you ever notice when it comes to testing of the spirits, what the qualifier of authenticity is?
1 John 4:1-6 reads as follows: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”
Couple of things that I would like you to notice. The subject here is knowing when it is that the Spirit of God is speaking through a prophet. Note that in order for the Spirit of God to speak through a prophet, there will of necessity need to be a prophet. Secondly, the test to confirm as to whether the spirit that is speaking through the prophet originates from God is whether or not the spirit confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. If the spirit that speaks through the prophet confesses this truth, the spirit speaking through this prophet is the Spirit of God and if the spirit that is speaking through the prophet cannot confess this truth, then this confirms that the prophet is a false prophet.
With all the prophets that are so plentiful within the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) movement, and all the prophecies and decrees being made by these prophets, why is it that you NEVER see this testing of the spirits being done?
Why is that critical? Because God has determined that a false prophet with a spirit of the antichrist, will NOT be able to confess this truth. And why is this truth critical? Because even though God has allowed Satan to lead the rebellion against Himself on this world or planet, the fact that God sent His own Son in the flesh to oppose and nullify this rebellion for believers, must be acknowledged and the acknowledgement is confirmed by the spirit of the antichrist NOT being able to make this confession, while prophecies uttered by a prophet via the Spirit of God WILL be able to do so.
Interesting to note that naturalism denies that there is a spiritual realm or reality.
Interesting to note that false prophets claim to speak from within the spiritual realm.
Interesting to note that the opposition to the reality of God sending us His Son and what He accomplished on our behalf is attacked from both without and within the church.
I’d be interesting on any feedback you may have on this one!
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!