10/15/2020 – The Marked – Where Did They Go? Where is Satan?

Hi brothers and sisters in Christ! As we fellowship together in this blog, I must say, I find myself richly blessed every time, as I compare God’s Bible prophecy and world events. As I pray for the influence and will of God’s Spirit, I am amazed each time that the words flow out of me. In comparison, when I forget to start out with a prayer for power, I struggle with how to word the thoughts and scriptures in my head. I didn’t make this comparison until one night my sister asked me how my blogging was going. I told her I was having a very difficult time getting my thoughts to flow. Then, it hit me, I hadn’t prayed – once I did pray, the blog was completed without a hitch. God is so good isn’t He, Amen!

Let’s pray! Heavenly Father, we present ourselves before You, asking forgiveness for our sins as we extend forgiveness to others. Put Your agape love in our hearts that we can love all Your children, even those that chose to do the evil work of Satan, our adversary. Holy Spirit, give us words of kindness and offers of prayer to all that are placed before us – let us show the love of Christ where He is not welcome, so that the seeds we plant may lead to the softening of their hearts by the Holy Spirit, opening the door for Jesus to enter. Thank you for the privilege of working in Your vineyard, and witnessing souls brought back to You. Be with us as we discuss what happens to Satan and his followers when Jesus returns in the clouds of glory. May the words I write convict us to do all we are able and called to do so that more may be saved in Your kingdom. For it is Your will that no one is lost, in Jesus name, Amen!

Without God there is no hope, no comfort, no agape love, no salvation. I am sure for many of us, hope for all God offers is what carries us through this very difficult time. I truly believe, for the first time in history, the whole world is feeling the impact of evil upon us all. The impact is not localized, is not affecting a portion of the world, but has our whole world in chaos, upheaval, civic unrest, – out of control.

In my career, as a special education teacher, I fondly remember one of my students with autism. I was a new teacher in his life and that can be very difficult for young students in the autism spectrum. I have always believe that everyone – irregardless of IQ, ability, disability, etc) can reach higher than they think and I was requiring behaviors and tasks that he was not accustom to doing. One day, when he was struggling to do what I asked, he turned to me and said, “Mrs. G, you are out of control.” Then he laughed and hugged me. I will never forget my lesson that day – my student, in a loving way, was teaching me to be patient, to slow down, to let my students catch their breath – to accept the fact that it would take time.

Why did I feel compelled to share this story? I haven’t thought about that student in a long time, so why did the Holy Spirit bring it to my mind just now? It wasn’t part of my research, list of scripture, or thoughts I planned to share. It just came to me when I typed “out of control.” Thank You, God, Amen!

The world is out of control! I am convinced every person of the age to be mindful of the events around us, are aware that our world is on the verge of monumental crisis. Look at the increase of survival food and gear ads on media outlets. These businesses are racking in the money because people believe this upheaval and chaos is not going to end well. Just yesterday, I read that the CDC has declared that shutdowns are not good for us. The outcomes of COVID 19 are becoming worse than the pandemic. Suicide rates, substance abuse, and alcoholism have skyrocketed. Their are so many without hope, living in fear, in darkness. The out of control world needs hope, they need Jesus, they need the Light of Life before time is up and the gates of heaven are closed.

So why hasn’t God put an end to the out of control global crisis? I have had many ask me this question, as I am sure many of you have. Why does God allow this to go on and on? How can He let little children suffer, Christians be persecuted, why doesn’t He put a stop to it? I don’t pretend to know all the answers, but God does. However, I do believe that I was reminded of my student because I had a lesson to learn – we have a lesson to learn. It takes time to prove student success – it takes time to prove sin is evil.

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) God alone knows what it will take, what needs to be exposed, how bad it needs to get, before humankind will declare forever and ever that sin is evil – God’s governing power is the true path for His creation. A trillion years from now, all humankind, all creation must firmly believe that evil can never be repeated. Remember, even a zillion years from now, we will have the power of choice, we will still be made in the image of God, we can still rebel – but we won’t. We won’t because we will know, have first hand knowledge of evil in all of its horrendous darkness, and will choose never to go there again.

God could have just destroyed Satan and 1/3 of His angels and been done with it. But, He didn’t choose to do that because He, in His infinite wisdom, knew that the same situation would continue to rear its ugly head again and again. God, because of His great love for us, knew He had to let it run its course so there would be no doubt in the minds of his children, that evil rebellion did not work and will never work to our best interest. God’s way is the only way that leads to peace, security, safety, and true agape fellowship with Him and all humankind.

So, we find ourselves here today, in the midst of a world gone mad – daily destruction and mayhem. It is hard to set our minds on that which is Godly, just and right – but we must so that everyone is giving an opportunity to be convicted of the truth in Jesus. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” (John 3:16, 17) Our Gospel Commission is based on this scripture. God loves the world of people, He sent His Son to save the world of people – not just a select few. God is telling us that every person living will have a genuine opportunity to be convicted of truth and decide whether or not they will follow Jesus.

Those that feel the convicting influence of the Holy Spirit, yet reject the calling to come to Jesus, willfully make the choice to cling to their sinful ways – to serve self. This choice is exceedingly painful for God to bear, but He honors their choice and allows them to die along with their sin. The price Jesus paid on Calvary was for every single sin ever committed by humans so that all could have eternal life through Him. Our perfect, sinless Jesus did that for the whole world of people, yet many will reject the gift freely offered. Not only is that painful for God to bear, but among those people will be loved ones, friends, co-workers, people who led a decent life but just weren’t interested in Jesus, people who called themselves Christians but never or rarely reached out in service to others, prayed for a closer relationship with Jesus.

So, what will happen to those that reject Jesus? Let’s turn to Revelation for our answers. “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice He judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns. He has a name written on Him that no one knows but He Himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following Him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of His mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on His thigh He has this name written: King of kings and Lord of lords.” (Revelation 19:11-16) Jesus will come in the clouds of glory to give to each their reward. “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.” (Revelation 22:12) The light of Jesus’ glory will destroy those who choose to remain with their sinful ways. “They called to the mountains and the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!” (Revelation 6:16) They will die the first death and be resurrected after the 1000 year reign in Heaven, to wage a final battle against God and His people.

God has a different plan for Satan. “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished.” (Revelation 20:1-3) Satan will be alone, no one to tempt, to ponder his evil course, to view his destructive nature, for 1000 years. His opportunity to snare God’s children with his false truths and lies will be over. He is furious because he knows better than we do, that his time is short. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 1:13) He is doing everything he can to drag as many as he can down with him. We are witness to these actions now, but his time is running out, Amen!

Our time is running out as well – we have the most important work to do right now – life saving, life changing work. Our focus must be set on bringing lost souls to Jesus – pull them free of Satan’s grasp and take them to the foot of the cross. It is amazing how little comments, small acts of kindness, a smile, a hug can spread so many seeds for Jesus. Everything we do, everything we say, should be to that end. Time is so short and there is much work to be done. We don’t have to overthink it, travel far away, quit our job to reach out for Jesus as the Holy Spirit calls some to do. We just need to submit, surrender to His will and the Holy Spirit will use us in a mighty way to spread seeds that He can nurture. “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” (2 Corinthians 9:10) Pray for each other, that we will remain faithful, that we will submit ourselves to the greatest calling a person can receive. I am praying for all of you!

Until my next blog, May our God of mercy and love complete the plan He started in you. (Jeremiah 28:11)

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