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 The Misanthropic Kingdom of Satan

Most people do not acknowledge the kingdom of Satan. Many people do not believe Satan exists, at least not in the traditional sense of a malign, active accuser of humanity who seeks to destroy. Some, who do acknowledge Satan’s existence, do not even consider Satan to be the eternal ‘Enemy’ of humanity. Even fewer worship Satan as their God, a god, or some sort of supernatural aid. This paper rejects the Dualist perspective1. It rejects the simplistic, uninformed conclusion that if God is all-knowing and all-powerful (Monotheism) then He must be evil because the existence of evil is self-evident. The Biblical perspective of this paper is that Satan’s evil activity only exists because it serves the purposes of an all-powerful, wholly-good God who will salvage those from a rebellious humanity who resist, desire their freedom from Satan’s power, and turn to follow Jesus.

Why is this an important question?

It has been known since ancient times that failure to recognise the “enemy”, or to know your own limitations, leads to defeat.

 Sun TzuThe Art of War

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

Does Satan Have a Kingdom?

Logically, God2 knows the answer. He has revealed it in the Bible for us – Satan’s human adversaries and captives.

  • Satan offered Jesus the kingdoms of this world because he claimed to have authority over them. It makes no sense for Jesus to fulfil his mission of human salvation if it were not true.
    • Luke 4:5-6 Then the Devil led Him up and showed Him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the Devil said to Him, “To You I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please

 

  • Unbelievers5, and the ‘ruler of the authority of the air6.
    • 2 Cor 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
    • Ephesians 2:2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience
    • 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7 And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time.For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.

 

  • One day Jesus Christ will take away the kingdoms of this world from Satan and they will become His. Satan’s kingdom will end. It will be destroyed. But, presently, Satan has control.
    • Revelation 11:15 …The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and His Christ; and He shall reign forever and ever.” 
    • 2 Thessalonians 2:8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.

 

Features of Satan’s Kingdom

There is dispute amongst Christian commentators as to whether Satan’s Kingdom exists. But the reality is that evil exists. Just look around at the world. It is self-evident. The Bible teaches that the greatest of evil powers is Satan, a personal, created spiritual being who rebelled against God because God made man in God’s imageeffectively placing humanity above the angels, including the most majestic spiritual being, Satan himself  1 Corinthians 6:37. For this reason, Satan hates humanity, particlarly humans who actively resist Satan’s power.

Satan’s kingdom must be global – it must necessarily transcend national boundaries.

What evidence is there for Satan’s kingdom across the world?

The key identifier of Satan’s Kingom is that it is misanthropic8. Ask the following;

  • Do we see the emergence of harmful misanthropy linked to misinformation in modern economic, political, and social spheres?

    • Remember, Satan’s objective is the destruction of humanity.
      • “You are of yourfather the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44
      • Features of Satan’s Kingdom in our human reality?

        How can one tell if one is dealing with Satan’s kingdom?” In essence it is misanthropic and operates through misinformation, undermining ‘truth’.
    • Are these harmful things based on dubious (even ‘scientifically’ dubious) evidence ?
      • An example of this might be the myths promulgated with poor scientific evidence justifying the normalisation of the homosexual lifestyle9. Another might be the illogical notion that biological differences between the sexes have no bearing on gender differences. Homosexuality is not a Satanic behaviour, it is a disordered human behaviour. Though historical gender differences are largely based on societal myths, ignoring any gender differences is a fabrication (until proven otherwise). Sexual and unrestricted gender fluidity simply ‘confuses’ the vulnerable, particularly children10, adolescents and young adults, allows the medical and allied professionals to economically exploit them, counters the heterosexual family unit upon which civilisation is built, and polarises societies.
    • Are good and evil being deceptively ‘redefined’, so that evil is called good, and good is labelled as evil?
      • Remember Satan works by deception and misdirection.
        • He will mix falsehood and truth to misdirect and decieve. The greatest example of this is his words to Adam and Eve in the garden,
          •  The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.‘ ” [TRUE]
          • You will not certainly die,”[FALSE] the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened [TRUE], and you will be like God [FALSE], knowing good and evil [MISDIRECTION] Genesis 3:2-5
          • Ask the subsequent question, “How would Satan appear to the unenlightened masses?“. He would “masquerade as an angel of light,” 2 Corinthians 11:14. Those whose minds are closed to the Spirit can’t tell the difference. History, science, experience and our own literary heritage proves that human beings can ‘reason away’ anything their deceitful heart desires11. It is not the ‘blind leading the blind’. It is Satan who leads the blind.

            Most leaders are blind to matters of the Spirit

            But it is not the ‘blind leading the blind’. It is Satan who leads the blind.
        • Redefinition of what is right and wrong is the most subtle and effective way to misdirect the gullible who have chosen to ignore God, or his communication to us in the Bible, warning us about our enemy. In this context. ‘Redefinition‘ is basically about changing the content or meaning of words.
          • Laws can then reflect such redefinition and be used by the ruthless, the deluded self-righteous, and ruling elites to do harm. The greatest harm of all is that redefinition leads to re-education so that unsuspecting humans fail to recognise their enemy who seeks their death via the people who knowingly or unknowingly serve Satan or promote Satan’s kingdom.
          • The redefinitions would be called ‘progressive’. It is necessary to somewhow take advantage of the the overwhelmingly positive view of the liberal humanist movement in recent Western history and argue that the societal changes which follow the redefintiions are progressive12. In fact, they are regressive13. The content of the word ‘progressive’ is being redefined.
        • How could this redefinition occur in Western Democracies with the rule of law, free speech and media, and an educated populace?
          • A broad collaboration of the political class and the economic elites14 would take time to develop, many decades at least. The political elite would need to proclaim just enough socialist ideology to appear benevolent and camouflage a misanthropic capitalism, the economic elite would need to increase their share of wealth and power while proclaiming socially responsible causes,
          • The media would need to be the mouthpiece of it’s politicoeconomic masters, a sort of secular priesthood. Free media would obey economic elites, govenrment funded media would serve the collaborating political classes. Overall, the vast majority of media would need to be controlled within boundaries that serve the politicoeconomic elite. It would need to selectively report information, reinterpret inconveniences, portray misanthropy as ‘good,’ and ridicule opponents of the establishment. Competeing media, particularly uncontrolled diffuse media, such as social media, would be be a severe problem until mechanisms for regulation within acceptable boundaries are established.
          • The academic elite would need to be screened in some manner and be engaged in educating the young to ignore inconvenient truths, and to be confused;  “…by their fruit you will recognize them.Matthew 7:20
          • Laws would need to protect the redefinition of right and wrong
          • Political correctness would need to be portrayed as progressive rather than regressive, and become the redefinition of ‘respectability’, a sort of ‘self-righteous’ delusion of a secular religion
          • Freedom of speech and thought would need to be suppressed
          • How are they getting away with redefining right and wrong amongst educated populations?

            The media has become the mouthpice of the establishment , the political elites portray just enough benevolence, the economic elite appear socially responsible, the academic elite ignore inconvenient truths, the populace is confused, laws limit freedom, politically-correctness permeates respectable social discourse
    • Is broad social consensus15 regarding right and wrong, good and evil, under assault?

      Is what is good being redefined? As God’s people in whom God’s spirit dwells, Christians have a special role as ‘salt’ 16 and ‘light’ 17, in whatever societies they live, regardless of whether the majority in society believe in God, follow Jesus or trust the revelation of Scripture. Four tests of whether Satan is successfully undemining the cohesivness of society through redefinition are :

      • Are Christian communities finding it increasingly difficult to find consensus with the societies within which they live regarding right and wrong, good and evil?
        • Christian’s are obliged to define, to educate and to seek such consensus because they are spiritually equipped to use their understanding to discern good and evil. Therefore, the Apostle Paul exhorts; Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8–9.
        • It is an uncomfortable notion to most non-Christians who do not accept the existence of God and the spiritual realm that they may not be able to discern the impact of rebellious powers in that realm upon on their own thinking. Most modern thinkers are extreme materialists 18 who deny the existence of such a realm, the existence of Satan or even of almighty God above all Gods who has revealed much that would be otherwise unkowable. Prudence and  equipoise in critical thinking is best served by the materialist philosopher’s acceptance of the unique contribution of Christians, rather than denial of the possibility of the spiritual realm and the God of the Bible. Logically, maintenance of equipoise requires humble recognition of the materialist philospopher’s own epistemiological limitations and the avoidance of materialism in its extreme forms.
        • Once communities with Christians move away from consensus which includes Christian thought, the nature of Christian identity in a risen Jesus inhabiting the spiritual realm and speaking to His people means the identification by Christians with the wider community will diminish to it’s detriment.
      • Are Christians ridiculed, harrassed, penalised or persecuted for upholding the Biblical definition of what is right and wrong (for themselves and for society) in the societies in which they live? Do they risk economic sanctions if they do not comply? It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.” Revelation 13; 16-17
      • Are’ limitations’ on freedom which are supported by Christians misinterpreted as unreasonable and offensive? Freedom is invariably abused. Boundaries are always pushed by the ruthless, the uncaring, the greedy and the confused. Freedom without limitation is harmful. The principle is clear in the Bible, “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.  No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.” 1 Coritnhians 10:23-24. The key benefit of Christians to non-Christians is not their morality, but their ability to discern when freedom is excessive because it leads to harm. As an example, Christians would support freedom from persecution of individuals engaged in consensual adult homosexuality in private, but oppose the ‘normalisation’ of the homosexual lifestyle, including redefinition of marriage to include a union between homosexuals.
      • Is there a broader assault on freedom?
        • Freedom’ is a fundamental Christian prayer for all societies in which they live.I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 2 Timothy 2:1-2.
        • Biblical Christianity is opposed to tyranny “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13.
        • A properly functioning society in which people are individually free requires broad consensus. Politically, freedom expresses itself in terms of governance by a form of democracy amongst individually free peoples sometimes described as ‘government by consent’19 20, coupled with the societal expectation and the government’s own identification with the notion that it is the people’s government, governing for all the people, irrespective of specific partisan values of those currently in power. Echoing both Pericles’ Funeral Oration recorded by Thucydides[2] and Biblical principles, US President Abraham Lincoln, in his Gettysburg Adress [4] recognises the importance  of a “government of the people, by the people, for the people“. The government must do the right thing but with the consent of all the people who are free to give or withdraw that consent.
        • The misanthropic consequences of the absence of government by consent is that
          •  free people can withdraw their support for government and even the system of government. For example, the insurrection which led to the American War of independence and the emergence of the United States of America and it’s incredible Constitution.
          • under certain circumstances free people rightfully resist imposed laws with which they do not agree and or rightfully overthrow the ruling authorities21 For example, a great deal of suffering and tragedy could have been avoided if the German people had withdrawn their consent from the system that delivered Adolf Hitler as their democratically elected leader in 1932 22. Instead, he redefined good and evil, acted according to laws which contained such redefined content, and destroyed government by consent operating through broad consensus. The subsequent holocaust that engulfed the world is history.
          • those who resist tyranny almost always also cause suffering unintentionally or intentionally.
          • Satan will definitely exploit the situation to amplify the harm of such such situations.
    • Is there an appeal to laws which are ‘bad’ laws?
      • An evil ‘alignment’ 23 can look ‘lawful‘. In fact, in order to deceive democratic populations it needs to look ‘lawful.’ The social elite would need to champion a commitment to the ‘rule of law24 This is an important feature of a ‘just’ society.25. Law itself is neither ‘good’ or ‘bad’. The ‘rule’ of ‘bad’ laws facilitate injustice.
      • Those ’empowered’ by Satan must look ‘good’, otherwise their agenda would be resisted by ‘good-natured’ people around the world. So the Bible warns. “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light” 2 Corinthians 11:14. They do not look good if they are lawless (externally) as portrayed in the wider human society by the media and the education system. Thereby, it is expected that they will deceive many; “and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people”. Matthew 24:11. There will be many people working together to implement the misanthropic agenda whether they know it or not. Inevitably, just as Hitler did in Germany in the 1930’s their redefinition of what is good and what is evil finds it’s way into law. This then allows :
        • Satisfaction of the need for self-righteousness and the diminution/debasement of others?
        • It will justify the control of people’s thinking and speech, oppression of those who do not agree or comply, or persecute others who are not part of the Satanic agenda?
        • offering of inducements which are misanthropic but are actually a form of enslavement. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.” 2 Peter 2:19.
      • Is being simultaneously evil and lawful a delusional state?
        • It is delusional but the deluded are ‘blinded’ and cannot see it because God has made sure that when the time of reckoning comes, there will be no dispute regarding their evil alignment. From a Biblical perpective, being evil is actually lawlessness, even though it operates under a veneer of lawfulness. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lieand so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” 2 Thessalonians 9-11 
      • Doesn’t the ‘rule of law’ and ‘equality before the law’ prevent this?
        • the rule of law is an artificial construct that works to promote benefit to human society and mitigate harm when
          • the laws are ‘good’ and not bad
          • those implementing the law are not corrupted by power, wealth and status or their own pride
          • there is widespread adherence to these principles
        • When the laws or those implementing them are bad or corrupt, the law become the most likely intrument of misanthropy.
      • If the Kingdom of God opposes the Kingdom of Satan, should it not uphold the rule of law?
        • The Kingdom of God is not characterised by law. In human society where broad consensus is necessary, societal laws which do good and mitigate harm are supported by Christians. The God of the Bible is concerned with justice not law.  If broad consensus across societies results in the non-corrupt application of laws good for society then God would expect Christians to uphold the law.
        • Christians are not about keeping ‘rules’. For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace” Romans 6:14
        • The God of the Bible is concerned with justice not law

          If broad consensus across societies results in the non-corrupt application of laws good for society then God would expect Christians to uphold the law
  • Do any elements of this misanthropy cross national, ideological, religious, social and cultural boundaries?

    • If Satan has a kindom that is global, the misanthropy must be global and be capable of incorporation of diverse sovereign states, ideologies, religions and cultures. It must be able to ‘breach’ such ‘boundaries’. Though they might remain distinct entities, they must be united by Satan’s power in one essential characteristic – they do harm to people in society.
    • Globalisation26 is a modern term which describes a ‘boundary breaching’ process – is it simply related to trade or is there a broader sociopolitical agenda in the name of economic liberalisation and material prosperity?
    • This is important because a broader economic agenda must also impinge upon the self-determination of peoples, national or ethnic sovereignty, politics, education etc, because they are connected intricately27.
    • Such a process, impinging on so many other aspects of human life in diverse societies and geographical locations, can have unintended consequences. It can potentially allow globally active powers seeking governance influence across the globe to implement a global agenda.
    • Is this boundary breaching effect evidence of ‘coordination of harm’ across the world?
      • Boundaries are unlikely to be breached unless strongly held differences are somehow rendered unimportant, or subservient to ‘higher’ agenda. How can this occur unless something very strong and powerful is over-ruling traditional national, ideological, religious, social and cultural boundaries.
    • Is there evidence for a ‘misanthropic’ ‘conspiracy28 being implemented by the ruling elites29 across the globe?
      • This would require influential individuals and/or institutions controlled by the economic/political/ideological elites in each country to pursue a misanthropic agenda
      • It would require infiltration and use of transnational or multinational institutions, such as arms of the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, G20 meetings etc, to be driving change that is harmful to humans and their societies
      • Why would they do it? The motivation of the individuals amongst the elites implementing the misanthropic consequences would be expected to reflect the motivations of power, status or wealth. Satan historically uses people by facilitating their acquisition of such things, providing a narrative justification, an ideological basis, and identifying those who stand in the way for removal. The  eternal spiritual opponents of Satan – Christians, would be specifically targeted. This would be denied and perception of persecution by Christians would be justified by the ‘progressive’ nature of the changes implemented. It is not surprising that in this day and age, Christians are the most persecuted people across the world, because Satan’s Kingdom is real.
  • How could a disparate group of national, transnational and international ‘elites’ work together to implement a global misanthropic agenda?
    • They would need a narrative (national myths, perhaps with the development of overtly complying ideologies), opportunity through economic (business & unions) and political position (governmening authorities) , and the ‘silence’ of the majority by controlling information (via the media) and ideas (via education systems). They would also need some sort of legal system which they could use to support the agenda (UN documents, transnational agreements such as Trade or Cultural agreements, intergovernmental conventions etc).
    • Christians have always known that those serving Satan also need a supernatural ‘power’ behind them. Otherwise, it is the nature of diverse humanity and it’s tribes to compete and devour one another rather than unity at such a large scale. Christians are told in the Bible Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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 6:11-12.  This uniting and coercing ‘spiritual’ power is referred to as sorcery or magic in the Bible comes from the word pharmakea (farmakeia)30 Galatians 5:18-21, Revelation 19:21, Rev 18:23. So Christians are required to consider the ‘spiritual’ element behind ideologies that drive misanthropy. This is an important element of the protection of the societies in which Christians live whether or not the majority believe in God, follow Jesus or trust the Bible. Christians are their spiritual ‘alarm system’ and through prayer their means of protection. Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1
    • The complacency or arrogance of many educated non-Christian or nominal Christian ‘good-natured’ people who could otherwise champion opposition to this misanthropic power, especially in Western nations, means that the Satanically empowered elites, greedily seeking their own interests at the expense of the rest of humanity, are rapidly gaining ground. This is expressed amply in collective Western literature :

In 1770 the Irish statesman and philosopher Edmund Burke wrote about the need for good men to associate to oppose the cabals of bad men. He said “No man, who is not inflamed by vain-glory into enthusiasm, can flatter himself that his single, unsupported, desultory, unsystematic endeavours are of power to defeat the subtle designs and united Cabals of ambitious citizens. When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” 

In 1867 the British philosopher and political theorist John Stuart Mill said “Let not any one pacify his conscience by the delusion that he can do no harm if he takes no part, and forms no opinion. Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.He should stand to his principles even if leaders go wrong.”

In 1910 Chicago Daily Tribune quoted Burke, ‘When bad men combine, good men must organize.’

  • Is there conflict between the global elites as collaboration of all the ruling elites for a global misanthropic agenda is imposed upon them?
    • The premise here is that rebellious spiritual powers and their proxy human elites would not naturally collaborate. Satan rules by terror, fear, intimidation, murder and misinformation. When this is unpalatable, he will masquerade as an angel of light. So powers and authorities will jostle with each other as they intimidate, kill and compete for spoils with one another. So the answer to this question is quite complex. Nevertheless, it needs to be asked when we do see that some ruling elites are not part of the ‘club’. They are on the outside because, even though their impact on humanity within their sphere of influence might be harmful, is is not coordinated with the global misanthropic ‘conspiracy’.
    • It is not surprising then, that certain countries are targetted by Western countries with incessant Western media criticism of those counties, while other countries where the rule of the elites is just as harmful are considered friends by the Western media. Take for example the pernicious Islam of Iran being unacceptable whereas the equally pernicious Islam od Saudi Arabia being acceptable. Or the totalitarian state of North Korea being unacceptable while the totalitarian state of China being acceptable.
    • A Biblical Christian worldview would argue that behind all these elites (including the Western elites and their infiltrated mechanisms of rule) stand spiritual powers; Isaiah 24:21 . And it is reasonable to conclude, from a Biblical perspective, that behind the global misanthropic conspiracy stand those whose alliegence is to Satan and his Kingdom.

Pax Diabolica

The ruling elites who do not comply with the global misanthropic agenda of the Kingdom of Satan can be expected to be in conflict with it, even if their rule too is harmful to humanity

  1. Is there persecution of Christians or are Christians restricted from proclaiming the gospel or teaching the Bible?

    • Are Antidiscrimination Acts being used to restrict Christians from offending others with their beliefs, speech or other actions?
    • Are those in society who would be persecutors of Christians freely organising economic boycotts, pressuring other entities into dissociating themselves from Christians, or maligning Christian people or seeking their dismissal from employment or position of influence, with relative impunity? For example, are social media organisations filtering out Christian content, or government instrumentalities prosecuting Christians who refuse to participate things offensive to their conscience so that ‘political correctness’ is upheld.
    • Is ‘offending’ others with ‘the gospel’ 31 being defined as hate speech by the elites and debated as such in the public sphere?
    • Are the children of Christians being ‘abused’ or ‘corrupted’ in the eyes of their Christian parents by educational or other ‘authorities’
    • Are Christians prevented from benefitting the societies in which they exist by being not permitted to do in public what they are uniquely equipped to do – discern the spiritual power behind ideas, people, and events? Are Christians ridiculed or silenced when they discern the origin and motivation of the spirit(s). It is Christians who can answer the question, “Is this from God the creator, or a created spiritual power or entity seeking to mislead and enslave humanity, with ultimate misanthropic motives.”
      • 1 John 4:1 “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
      • Satan Seeks to Mitigate the Unique Role of Christians in Society

        Though all humans made in the image of God have a conscience, Christians uniquely function like a ‘canary in a mine’. Their persecution and death is the most powerful sign that the Kingom of Satan holds power in any society.

 If one can see evidence that affirms a misanthropic agenda why is this not evidence of the Kingdom of Satan? Are there alternative explanations?

Dealing with the Reality of Satan’s Kingdom

Stand firm, do not waver. This only possible through a personal relationship with Jesus who strengthens your heart and your mind with the power of His Spirit

  • Ephesians 6:14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,

Do not allow good to be ‘redefined’. God defines what is good and evil, right and wrong. He has revealed this in the Bible for us

  • Mark 10:18 Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.
  • 2 Corinthians 10:4–5 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and wetake captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ”
  • Prov 13:20 The one who associates with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm”

Satan must be bound for people to be saved. Jesus is the only one who can do this, and he is for us

  • Mark 3:27 In fact, no one can enter a strongman’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house

Do not fear man

  • Proverbs 29:25 “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe”

Anxiety, fear and depression compound one another

  • Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety in the heart of man brings depression.”
  • Isaiah 41:10 “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Ignore the expectations of others

  • 2 Corinthians 10:12 We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.”

Only compare yourself with a man who follows Jesus, not with what society around you tells you should be like
Beware worldly lures – money, power, wealth

  • Matthew 13:22 The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.”
  • Matthew 5:29 “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.”

Christians must prepare for war against Satan and his Kingdom

  • Saturate your mind with Scripture and do not waver
    • 1 Peter 13–16 Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled.
    • Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
  • Spiritually exercise. Ask yourself questions. Look to God in prayer, Scripture and other Christians to answer them
    • 1 Corinthians 9:25 Each competitor must exercise self-control in everything. They do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one
  • Be wise in the way you live , by applying the Bible
    • Eph 5:15 “Therefore be very careful how you live – not as unwise but as wise,”
  • practise discerning what is good and what is evil by upholding God’s assessment in Scripture
    • Hebrews 5:13-14 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.  But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
    • 1 John 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
  • Don’t be afraid to be Christian, and a follower of Jesus, knowing God as your Father, not a remote, unknowable, potential enemy
    • 1 Peter 1:14–16 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
  • Help each other overcome the world
    • 2 Timothy 2:25–26 Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will (emphasis mine).”
  • Be implacable, loyal only to Jesus
    • Matt 6:24“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

Understand who is a Christian and who is not a Christian, because Satan infiltrates the follower’s of Jesus with imposters, often seeking leadership

  • Those motivated first and foremost with the pursuit of power, status and wealth
    • 1 John 2:15Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him,”
  • Those who undermine relationships between Christians, exploit Christians, act or speak deceptively or misguide them
    • Romans 16:17-18 Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.”
    • 2 Timothy 3:1-5 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,  traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,  having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” The last days are between the first and second coming of Jesus. Our current days.

Pray about all things because prayer and alertness go together

  • Ephesians 6:18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

Love. Love God and His people

  • 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.”
  • 1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” 

Be Brave

  • 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.  Let all that you do be done with love.”

Be confident that you will overcome the Kingdom of Satan

  • Phillipians 4:13  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

Christians uniquely have the power to overcome Satan

Phillipians 4:13  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

Be patient, God will fulfil His promises. He will come. He can’t help Himself, faithfulness is who He is.

  • Luke 12:45–46 “But suppose the servant says to himself, “My master is taking a long time in coming,” and he then begins to beat the menservants and maidservants and to eat and drink and get drunk. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.”
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  1. Evil exists because there is a balance between Good and Evil Spiritual powers in the universe
  2. By definition, God knows all things
  3. the majority of the world’s population and many who claim to be Christian leaders and other ‘nominal’ Christians3 are said to be under the authority of Satan and his power.
    • Acts 26:18 to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me
    • Matthew 12:25-26 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand?
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    • While acknowledging Satan’s defeat on the cross, it will not be fully realized until Christ returns. During this interval period, Satan is ruling this evil world system as the ‘god of this age4between the first and second comings of Jesus
    • essentially describing humanity, living and breathing the air of this material universe
    • Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life? 
    • Misanthropy is the general hatred, dislike, distrust or contempt of the human species or human nature. A misanthrope or misanthropist is someone who holds such views or feelings. The word’s origin is from the Greek words μῖσος (misos, “hatred”) and ἄνθρωπος (anthrōpos, “man, human”)? – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misanthropy
    • Sexuality & Gender :  Findings from the Biological, Psychological, and Social Sciences Lawrence S. Mayer, M.B., M.S., Ph.D. and Paul R. McHugh, M.D. Number 50, Fall 2016.  John Hopkins Universtity http://101.0.115.80/~thedebri/articles/religion/scientific-evidence-born-gay-transgender/
    • Transgender Ideology is producing Large Scale Child Abuse, Michelle Cretella, M.D., is president of the American College of Pediatricians http://101.0.115.80/~thedebri/articles/religion/transgender-ideology-and-child-abuse/
    • Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”
    • ‘progressive’ means changes which are good for society
    • regressive changes are harmful for society
    • business and labour organisations would reach an accommodation and work broadly together to exploit the population
    • consensus is agreement of the mind to what is proposed or state by another; accord; hence, a yielding of the mind or will to that which is proposed;….We give consent, when we yield that which we have a right to withhold The American Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webster (1828)
    • You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. Matthew 5:13
    • You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14
    • Those who refuse to accept the existence of anything beyond the material universe.
    • In political philosophy, the phrase consent of the governed refers to the idea that a government‘s legitimacy and moral right to use state power is only justified and legal when consented to by the people or society over which that political power is exercised.
    • Article 21 of the United Nation’s 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government”
    • 17th century Enlightenment Philosopher and physician John Locke believed that people were born with natural rights.  People were a product of their environment and what they experience.  From this he further explained government existed to protect the people’s natural rights, life, liberty and property.  If government failed to do so then the people would exercise their right to rebel.  The people then would give their consent to another government to rule never relinquishing their right to rebel. 
    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_presidential_election,_1932
    • behaviour consistent with Satan’s misanthropic agenda
    • Rule of law implies that every person is subject to the law.
    • A common statement in western nations is “you get the law you pay for” or “how much justice you get depends on how much money you are willing to pay”
    • For those emphasising economic globalisation, the main part of the package is increasing integration of the global economy through product and factor markets by way of trade, direct investment and financial flows, greatly aided by deregulation of markets and the liberalisation of trade and capital movements. http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/rp/rp0102/02RP07#what
    • While economic aspects remain central, globalisation embraces more, if less precise, transformations through the associated spread of information, perceptions and ideas. These latter influences, in particular, have themselves provided the organisational flexibility that leads to various characteristics of economic globalisation. ……….. Clearly, as already noted, there is much more to globalisation than economic changes. The international connections include as well as economics and technologies, social, political and cultural links that, as with the economic and technology links, increasingly tend to override territorial, legal and political barriers and change the nature of political and social governance. http://www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Parliamentary_Departments/Parliamentary_Library/pubs/rp/rp0102/02RP07#what
    • a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful
    • Those who can effect change within each society
    • sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it
    • the good news of salvation by grace through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus
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