POWER PLAYS BY SPIRIT BEINGS

It would be helpful if you read all of the papers on this website about demons before reading this paper.  These are:  Know Ye Not That We Shall Judge Angels, Demons and Health, Our Delivery from Slavery, Prisoner of War Have You Been One?, Satan and the Demons,  Satan’s Execution, See Satan Coming, Physical Creation, He Went and Preached to Spirits in Prison.

There are two positions behind what I am calling “power plays.”  God has a position and Satan has his own position.  Satan’s position is to take over everything that God has, does and controls.

Let us look at Satan’s position first.  It is described in Isaiah 14:12-14 and Ezekiel 28:12-15.

Isa 14:12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

Isa 14:13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Isa 14:14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Eze 28:12  Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

Eze 28:13  Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

Eze 28:14  Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

Eze 28:15  Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

Satan’s position of taking over the Father’s throne and becoming the TOP being in the cosmos has caused untold misery in the angelic as well as the human realm.  It must have started early on in Satan’s life after he was created.  John 8:44 says that Satan created sin from the beginning.  Satan’s gross greed, vanity and lust defy understanding.  Consider the position he was created into, the Garden of God as one of the Cherubim that Covered God’s throne.  Why was that not enough?

John 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

God’s position is found in Ezekiel 29:3 and Exodus 9:16.

Eze 29:3  Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

Exo 9:16  And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to show in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.

Exo 9:17  As yet exaltest thou thyself against my people, that thou wilt not let them go?

Notice that pharaoh, King of Egypt, is the Great Dragon or Satan himself.  In Exodus 9:16-17, the physical Moses is dealing with the physical pharaoh.  This physical scenario happened and was written for Christians to act out in the end time spiritually.

1Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

“Examples” is Strong’s #5179: “a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar; by anal. a shape, i.e. statue, (fig.) style or resemblance; spec. a sampler (“type“), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).”

Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says: “type, as a constituent element of a parable or model of some reality which was yet to appear, a prototype of that which was yet to be developed and evolved.”

“Admonition” is Strong’s #3559: “calling attention to, i.e. (by impl.) mild rebuke or warning.”

“World” is Strong’s #165: “prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):—age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the , while the) world (began, without end).”

Notice the bold statement that God makes in Exodus 9:16 above.  I will try to put this into today’s common language.  Satan, the reason I allow you to exist is to show my power over you as my servants preach (declare) the gospel to all the earth. DID THE ORIGINAL MOSES DECLARE GOD’S NAME THROUGHOUT THE EARTH?  No.  All of the original Moses’ activities were limited to the small region on the earth that the Bible describes in the first few books. Exodus 9:16 is a prophecy for the end time church.

Who is caught in the middle of these power plays? Mankind in general, Christians in particular.

Do you remember the hellish experience of Job, what he went through? Read Job 1:11-19.

Job 1:11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

Job 1:12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

Job 1:13 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:

Job 1:14 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:

Job 1:15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

Job 1:16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

Job 1:17 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

Job 1:18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:

Job 1:19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

This is what I am talking about: power plays. Notice verse 12. Satan was given unlimited power over Job to unleash the worst evil that he could come up with. The only limitation was that he could not touch Job’s body.

These same verses show us that Satan has power over the world’s armies, bad guys, etc.  Verses 15 and 17 mention the Sabeans and Chaldeans. Also he has control over what we call nature. Verse 19 describes some kind of tornadic action.

Verse 16 describes some kind of fire from the sky display. Could have been some sort of lightning activity? It is very interesting also in verse 16 that God gets blamed for it.

An interesting thought comes to my mind. Was Satan behind the two recent hurricane disasters here in the U.S., Katrina and Rita, August and September 2005?  More on that later.  It is easy to see Satan’s hand in the Iran nuclear threat in April 2006.

Job did not crack as Satan predicted in verse 11, so another power play developed all at God’s expressed permission, Job 2:2-7.

Job 2:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

Job 2:3 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.

Job 2:4 And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.

Job 2:5 But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.

Job 2:6 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.

Job 2:7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.

Satan is given all power over Job with the only restriction being to save his life.  Here is a helpless human being caught in the middle of this power play by these powerful spirit beings. Satan very well can be tied for the fourth most powerful being in the spirit world. God the Father, Christ and the angel described in Rev. 20: 1-3 being stronger.

Revelation 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

Revelation 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Revelation 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

Satan seems to be equal in power to the archangels Gabriel and Michael.  Study Daniel 10:13. This spirit being that Michael came to assist in this three-week standoff of beings of equal power must be Gabriel.

Daniel 10:13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

Dan 10:5  Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:

Dan 10:6  His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in color to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.

Dan 10:7  And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.

This had to be a vision of Christ.  The word “man” in verses 5 and 7 are Strong’s #376. That is the same word used in Daniel 9:21 to identify Gabriel.

Daniel 9:21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.

This Job scenario will affect many Christians in some form. That door is wide open for Satan to devise whatever means he desires. God just sets the boundaries.

God allowing and being involved in the power plays with completely powerless humans caught in the middle is a fact all humanity not only Christians have to live with.  It has seemed to me for many years now that HUMAN LIFE does not play a very big part in these power plays.  I suppose the reason is that God can take human life in an instant or restore it in a flash.  I have also thought for many years now that it is like a chess game between Christ and Satan with humanity as the pawns.

Let us look at some information that God gives us in the Bible that shows us why things are the way they are.  It might make it easier to live with.  The most important key to understanding end time events as well as events in your personal life is 1Corinthians 10:11.  Review the definition on page 2.  This verse opens up a scope of understanding that makes things in the world as well as your personal life make sense.  These power plays by God and Satan are among them.

Study the definition of “examples” in 1Corinthians 10:11.  Job’s case was one that happened and was written down for us to imitate. The Bible simply says what it says and it means what it says.  If it says that these things happened and were written for examples for the end of the age people, it does not mean anything else.

Now look at 2 Corinthians 4:4.

2 Corinthians 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.

If you are a student of the Bible, you know who the god of this world is: it is Satan.  Christ did not deny that Satan is the god of this world. Read Mat. 4:8-10.

Matthew 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

Matthew 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Think about what these verses say.  Satan is in control of all the kingdoms of this earth, even now, September 2005.  If you control the kingdoms, you control everything in the kingdoms. Satan even has mind control, 2 Corinthians 4:4 above.  This mind control is very evident today in the churches of God. Everybody is right in their own mind and expects every other Christian to come to their way of thinking.  This mindset continues regardless of what the Bible says.  The Bible is supposed to be a guide to a Christian’s life, but it has no effect on Christian lives at this time except where it fits their own agenda.  Satan’s mind control is also on display in many other areas.  Did you ever wonder how a peaceful demonstration by a group of people suddenly turns into an evil ugly scene?  What about the brutality of some crime scenes, for example, a recent murder here in the USA and the planned cannibalism of the ten-year-old victim?

As god of this world, Satan seems to have the power to do anything he wants and God does not intervene except when He has to force things to go the direction He wants.  Guess who is caught in the middle of this entire power struggle, we totally helpless, powerless humans are.  Humanity receives the brunt of Satan’s evil fury, of Satan’s evil ways in general. Today the church is totally helpless and powerless against Satan’s actions.

Another example of the Bible saying what it means is found in 2 Timothy 2:25-26.  If this verse does not apply to you, you are not a Christian.

2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, WHO ARE TAKEN CAPTIVE BY HIM AT HIS WILL.

This simply says that Satan can take us captive at his will.  The word “captive” is Strong’s # 2221 and means primarily “to take alive (make a prisoner of war)…”  It says in these applications that Satan cannot kill us.  This is the boundary that God sets and backs up by His power. Satan cannot cross it.  Notice also it says we have to recover ourselves by acknowledging the truth and repenting.

These two verses are a blanket statement by God.  I am not the exception.  You are not the exception.  Here again are two powerful beings, one on either side of the fight, with powerless, helpless humans caught in the middle, but we will not always be powerless or helpless.  The burden is put on us to escape from Satan’s captivity.  In verse 26 above, we are to recover ourselves.

This being the year 2005, let us look at some verses that show Satan’s involvement in the church that are so plain that they cannot be denied.  These verses also open understanding to the condition of the world today.

Exodus 9:13 And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me.

Exodus 9:14 For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth.

Exodus 9:15 For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth.

Exodus 9:16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.

Exodus 9:17 As yet exaltest thou thyself against MY PEOPLE, that thou wilt not let them go?

Now after reading that, you may be thinking what do these verses have to do with my life today.  I say, plenty.  Now study Ezek. 29:3.

Ezekiel 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

This verse identifies Pharaoh King of Egypt as the Great Dragon who is Satan.  This is made clear by Rev. 20:2.

Revelation 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Here is a perfect example of 1Corinthians 10:11.  Here are historical events that happened and are written down for us to imitate in the end time.  As this starts to come clear to you, you need to realize that we as Christians do a spiritual imitation in most cases.  I have been aware of this for seven or eight years and going from memory, there may be a few things we will imitate physically.

Now take another look at these verses in Exodus with power plays and helpless humans in mind.  We know in verse 13 that Pharaoh is Satan.  In verse 14, Satan is going to know that there is none like God in the whole earth.  In this verse, servants and people are primarily demons, but that may not be 100% correct, since there are many, many humans with what looks like a direct connection to Satan.

It is undeniably plain what God’s intentions are in verses 16-17, and that this is an end time scripture.  God says to Satan, I have raised you up to show in you my power.  God’s superior power is exalted for all to see in these power plays.  Where are all the powerless, helpless Christians during these displays of power?  The church especially is caught in the vice-like squeeze.

The last part of verse 16 makes it very clear that this is an end time verse, “and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.”  Did Moses do this?  NO.  He just restored the knowledge of God to the Israelites and led them out of Egypt.  The earth today is much larger than the known earth back then.  This may be the first mention in the Bible of the end time Church’s assignment.

Romans 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Mark 16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Notice in verse 17 of Exodus 9 above, the struggle to be superior on Satan’s part continues as God pressures him through his superior power.  Again, who is caught in the middle of this power play?  It is the end time Christian, still powerless and helpless against Pharaoh King of Egypt.  The Great Dragon is turning up the heat on true Christians here, just as the physical Pharaoh did to the physical Israelites.  Do not forget 1Corinthians 10:11.  Review the definitions on page 2.  The end time church acts out on a spirit level what physical Israel experienced.

We can be sure that this exalting of Satan against God’s church in this power play will take on much evil ugliness against God’s people.  Another verse that should catch our attention is Rev. 12:17.

Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

RIGHT NOW, WE CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT THIS WILL LEAD TO IN HUMAN SUFFERING.  The hopelessness that this knowledge creates in a “thinking” Christian mind will be turned to optimism for Christians who will believe and do God’s word.  Philadelphians will seize the opportunity when it comes along.  Many of the other church members will not.

1Corinthians 10:13 is not written in vain.

1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

This verse as well as many others shows that Christians have to be the aggressors.  A passive Christian will have a hard time obtaining the Kingdom, more on the aggressor part later.

The question needs to be asked, how many natural disasters are truly natural? Are many of them caused or made worse by Satan and the demons?  Look at a couple of verses that may cause you to think differently about that.

Luke 11:24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.

Matthew 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

“Rest” in both verses is Strong’s # 372 from 373 meaning “intermission; by impl. recreation:- rest.”  The word “dry” in both verses is #504 meaning “waterless, i.e. dry:- dry, without water.”

Are these verses and surrounding verses not saying that demons get their recreation from possession and tormenting of humans?  Are they also not saying that Christians are the prime targets?  A waterless mind has no Holy Spirit.  This is what Christians call an unconverted person.  Many verses indicate this.

John 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

A prime target for a demon to torment is a person with the Holy Spirit. They can have more “recreation” and “fun” trying to take a Christian’s salvation.  It is also clear from past and present world events that the demons spend a lot of effort having their kind of recreation.  Let us look at a sampling of the demonic insanity of the world we live in.

The Second World War was the biggest power play of all time involving humans.  There is sufficient Biblical evidence to make one think there could have been a bigger one on a spirit level.  In WWII the suffering and death of powerless, helpless humans was staggering. If my memory is correct, about 24 million Russians lost their lives. The Japanese casualty count was astronomical compared to the Americans.  The reason was their fight to the death philosophy.  This concept is caused totally by demon possession or domination.  The same thing applies to the SS in Germany.  An example of the lopsided casualty count of U.S. versus Japan was the battle for Iwo Jima where the Americans lost 6800 to the Japanese 24,000.

All this misery, death and destruction was caused by Satan or some other powerful demon possessing Hitler and moving him to conquer the world eventually in order to install his 1000 year millennium, that is to beat God to the punch by installing his millennium first.  This power move by Satan caused inconceivable misery.  Satan’s top underlings or Generals if you will were behind the Japanese expansion in the Far East and Mussolini into Africa.  Read Ezekiel 28:1-19.

Ezekiel 28:1 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

Ezekiel 28:2 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

Ezekiel 28:3 Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee:

Ezekiel 28:4 With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:

Ezekiel 28:5 By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:

Ezekiel 28:6 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;

Ezekiel 28:7 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.

Ezekiel 28:8 They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.

Ezekiel 28:9 Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.

Ezekiel 28:10 Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 28:11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

Ezekiel 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

Ezekiel 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

Ezekiel 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

Ezekiel 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

Ezekiel 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

Ezekiel 28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

Ezekiel 28:19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.

Verses 12 and 16 are clearly describing Satan.  He is called the king of Tyrus.  In verse 2, you have the Prince of Tyrus.  These spirit beings were using the above despots in a move to conquer the human world.  In a massive power play God eventually smashed the Axis powers completely flattening Germany while the Americans developed the first two atomic bombs to use against Japan.

These two evil spirit beings the King of Tyrus, Satan, and the prince of Tyrus were playing out a “fantasy,” Satan trying to be God the Father and the prince trying to be Christ.  Isaiah 14:12-20 gives more information on this.  Notice especially verse 14, “I WILL BE LIKE THE MOST HIGH.”

Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

Isaiah 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Isaiah 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Isaiah 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Isaiah 14:16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;

Isaiah 14:17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?

Isaiah 14:18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.

Isaiah 14:19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.

Isaiah 14:20 Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.

The gross suffering of humans in these power moves seems not to be a factor in God’s mind, at least from a human’s point of view.  God has His means, methods, and outcomes, and we humans have to live with it.

I have heard television interviews about World War II where people who have been in Hitler’s physical presence tell about this aura, presence, and power they felt while near him.  This probably was Satan himself or some other powerful demon plying their trade.  I mentioned earlier about the question of all natural disasters really being natural.  Some may be, while some may not be.  The two latest major hurricanes to hit the USA in August 2005 were Katrina with Rita following a few weeks later.  Katrina flattened whole small towns, swept them away and displaced hundreds of thousands of people.  The latest estimate of damage caused is about 100 billion dollars.

Satan has an underlying motive, which makes me think he was behind Katrina and God allowed the disaster.  The motive is to bring the USA to its knees financially, because the USA has the wealth and freedom to be a major player in getting the end-time work done.  If a lot of our infrastructure is destroyed, Satan thinks that will stop or hinder God’s work.  The Gulf Coast is a major producer of our nation’s crude oil, as well as refining it.  With hurricane Katrina, Satan seemed to have a free hand, so along came Rita, either caused by Satan or taken over after it formed. It strengthened into a category 5 storm headed straight for the Houston, Texas area.  If it had stayed at this strength and on this course, it could have very well exceeded the impact of Katrina.  Now, it seems that God took a hand, for it weakened and changed directions enough to put the landfall into a mostly uninhabited 25-mile wide swampy area while diminishing to Category 3.  Rita did extensive damage, but it could have been much worse.  Why did God not just zap these two storms out in mid-ocean somewhere?  It would have eliminated a lot of human suffering.  Christ zapped a small storm and walked on the water.  Did we just witness Exodus 9:16?

Exodus 9:16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.

Did God just show Satan where the real power is though this storm Rita?  If this was the case, the humans caught in this power play paid a very high price.  But this is the way it is on Earth with physical humans and we have to live with it.

There are numerous other examples of this type. Back in 1964 before I was associated with any of the Churches of God, I was living in eastern Tennessee working on Road Construction.  It was in the summer, tornado season.  One formed, touching down just northeast of where I was working that afternoon.  It was a rural area, so the damage was to trees, farms, livestock, etc.  The following Sunday I went out to the damage area and walked in the path of the destruction. Being a young man of 23 years old at that time, I have never forgotten my first thoughts.  It really looked as though somebody was driving that tornado.  I remember being totally amazed at what I was seeing. It all made sense many years later after I started to understand demons, their power and their motives.  Their only intention seems to be to kill, hurt, destroy, and torment humans.   What we call inhumane treatment of humans by other humans such as Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, etc. is demons having their recreation.  These are all power plays and God allows it to happen.

Just two days ago in October 2005, a young woman threw her three little children, ages 18 months to six years, off a pier into San Francisco Bay.  How incredibly horrible and repulsive!  Just last night the news reporter was calling her actions “inexplicable.”  These types of things are easy to explain once you see the demon behind the human action.  Again, humans pay the price for powerful spirit beings actions and GOD ALLOWS IT.  As I mentioned earlier, human life seems to mean little in the equation.  God’s position seems to be, “I can take a life in an instant.  I can restore it in an instant also.”  Will it always be like this?  For the world in general, YES, until Christ returns.  For Christians, NO.

There is plenty of instruction in the Bible concerning how the true end time Christian will deal with Satan and the demons.  God gives us the power to make it happen by changing outcomes of situations, putting demons out of commission, overwhelming them with all the power of Christ.  Part of the end time Church will have this power, the Philadelphians in particular.  Remember that Christ identifies seven different churches.  The Philadelphians will be in the middle of these power plays using the power of Christ to make a difference as the end time work is accomplished.  Look at James 4:7.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

The word “resist” is Strong’s #436 meaning “to stand against, i.e., oppose:- resist, withstand.”  “Flee” is Strong’s #5343 meaning “to run away (lit. or fig.): by impl. to shun…”  When was the last time this was true in your life?  The way it has been in the past in my life I would try to apply this verse and promptly be punished.  The way it has been is not the way it is going to be.  This is going to change for any Christian who will accept it.  The Philadelphians will. Enormous spiritual power is coming to us.  Take a look at Rev. 3:8-9.

Rev 3:8  I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Rev 3:9  Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

I covered this more thoroughly in my article, Credentials of a Philadelphian.  The word “strength” is Strong’s # 1411 meaning “force (lit or fig): spec. miraculous power (usually by impl. a miracle itself:)…”

When was the last time you or I could perform a miracle with God’s power?  This is late October 2005 and miracles are in short supply in my life, but if God’s Word is not true there is no salvation.  The way God expresses this in verse 8, it is a guaranteed outcome.  This miracle working power is used to do the end-time work.  It is a daily fact of life for Philadelphians.  There is more to it.  Go to Luke 9:1-2.

Luke 9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.

Luke 9:2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

Do not forget 1 Corinthians 10:11.  Review the definition on page 2.

What the disciples in the early church did was written down for us to imitate.  It was a model for us, only we will do it in a much bigger way since the current world today is much larger and more densely populated.   In Luke 9:1 the word “disciple” is Strong’s # 3101 meaning “a learner, i.e., pupil:- disciple.”  Are all real true dedicated Christians not considered disciples?  Yes, if our heart is in the right place.

The word “power” in Luke 9:1 is Strong’s #1411.  That is the same word translated “strength” in Revelation 3:8.  Review the definition above.  The word “authority” is Strong’s # 1849 meaning “(in the sense of ability): privilege, i.e., (subj.) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (obj) mastery, super human…”

If you compare these twelve disciples with the definition of Philadelphians, it is clear they would be classed in the Philadelphian church.  They were sent to preach the Kingdom of God just as we will do in the end time Philadelphian church.  They were armed with power over all demons, with power to heal demon possessed people as well as those who were sick physically.  At this point, we will be in the thick of the fight.  We will be players in the power plays, not the victims as we have been in the past.  There is more in Luke 10:17-20.

Luke 10:17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

The word “subject” in verse 17 is Strong’s #5293 meaning “to subordinate; reflex.- to obey; -be under obedience…”    Here the power is starting to be overwhelmingly on our side.  In verse 19, the first word “power” is Strong’s #1849. It is the same word translated “authority” in Luke 9:1.  Review the definition above.  The second word “power” is Strong’s #1411, translated power in Luke 9:1 and “strength in Revelation 3:8.  Review the definition above.

The word “tread” in verse 19 is Strong’s #3961 meaning a “path; to trample (lit or fig.):- to tread (down, under foot).”

Revelation 20:2 and 9:2-3 give us the definition of serpents and scorpions.

Revelation 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Revelation 9:2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

Revelation 9:3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

If we as disciples, pupils or learners are to walk on serpents and scorpions physically or spiritually, they must be incapacitated in some way.  Generally speaking, we will be doing the spiritual application.  We are starting to see that as Philadelphian Christians we will be a “power” in the spirit world, a force to be reckoned with, a fulfillment of what God told Pharaoh the King of Egypt the Great Dragon back in Exodus 9:16.

Exo 9:16  And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to show in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.

God and Christ will be expressing their power over Satan through us lowly humans, the humans who will accept God’s written Word. There is still more.  Go to 1 Corinthians 6:3.

1Corinthians 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

The word “judge” is Strong’s #2919 meaning “to distinguish, i.e., decide (mentally or judicially); by impl. to try, condemn, punish, avenge, conclude, damn…”  It is ludicrous to think we would judge righteous angels.  It is the fallen ones that we will be judging with the tremendous power that God will give us over them.  Tie this to the preceding verses we just covered.  This word “judge” is the same as used in Revelation 20:12-13.

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Revelation 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

How and when will this judging of angels occur?  It happens when we are attacked by a demon and learn as time goes on to recognize the attack for what it really is.  We decide how and what kind of punishment we want inflicted on the demon.  Then we ask God to do it and it will be done.  If we are casting a demon out of someone, command him in Christ’s name to come out.  When you cast out a demon, do not just cast him out and leave him loose.  FINISH THE JOB.  Command him in Christ’s name to go to the Bottomless Pit. Draw your own conclusion as to the scope of 1Corinthians 6:3.  It seems to me that situations like some of the past injustice that demons and Satan have inflicted on us can be dealt with in the future with overwhelming power.

Every Christian has to go one on one with Christ and the Father.

Phi 2:12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

This personal relationship is what the Father and Christ want.  This one on one relationship with God will lead to many miracles being accomplished by many people.  We Christians have to be the aggressors.  WE CANNOT SIT BY PASSIVELY and “just let it happen.”  Study what God says and intends in the following two verses.

Mat 11:12  And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

Luk 16:16  The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

The word “violence” is Strong’s #971 meaning “to force, i.e. (reflex.) to crowd oneself (into), or (pass.) to be seized:- press, suffer violence.”    Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the New Testament says of Strong’s #971 “to overpower, compel…”   The word “violent” is Strong’s #973 meaning “a forcer, i.e. (fig) energetic, -violent.”  The word “presseth” in Luke 16:16 is Strong’s #971, so review the definition above.

Do these two verses say that we can sit by passively and let it happen?  No, WE HAVE TO TAKE THE KINGDOM.  We have to force our way into it.  We have to be aggressive.  Will you live by every word of God?  Will you be doers of the Word?  It is your choice.

Jam 1:22  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Jam 1:23  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

Jam 1:24  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

We have to take on the whole armor of God to be battle worthy.  If you refuse to do this, you will become a casualty early on.

Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Eph 6:13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Eph 6:15  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Eph 6:16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

OUR ENEMIES, THE “SPIRIT SUICIDE BOMBERS,” JUST KEEP COMING and we will have to keep sending them to the bottomless pit, OR, we can use other methods.  At the beginning of this paper, I described two positions held by Satan and God.  God uses his position to polish and refine Christian humans.  God is also using these power plays to cause polishing and refinement in the angelic world.  Just because angels were created perfect does not mean that they stayed perfect.  Let us do not kid ourselves.  It is a good bet that sin is rampant in the angelic world also.  What will be your response to the information above?  Will you believe God’s word and let the Holy Spirit lead you into action?

Joh 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.

Will you be a doer of the word as in James 1:22, or will you quench the actions of the Holy Spirit?

Jam 1:22  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

1Th 5:19  Quench not the Spirit.

The choice is yours to make.

Published December, 2007

© Edgar Y. Bennett
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