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PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “Demons Unleashed (Part 1)” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”
Satan’s oldest trick is self-deception. When he tempted Eve in the garden, he appealed to her selfish desire to be like God. It was the same desire that had led to his fall in the first place. And there is something selfish enough in all of us to be vulnerable to it as well. C.S. Lewis said, “What Satan put into the heads of our remote ancestors was the idea that they could ‘be like gods’…and out of that hopeless attempt has come nearly all that we can call human history…the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.”
Satan was once called Lucifer, “son of the dawn,” but he was cast from his lofty position in heaven, along with the angelic hosts that rebelled with him. The Bible calls this rebellion the “mystery of lawlessness.” Satan and his angels willfully and deliberately sinned against God. Jude 6 says they “did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode.” Second Peter 2:4 adds, “God did not spare the angels that sinned, but cast them down into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment.”
Prior to his fall from heaven, Satan was called “star of the morning,” and he “drew the third part of the stars of heaven” with him. Billy Graham writes, “Thus, the greatest catastrophe in the history of the universal creation was Lucifer’s defiance of God and the consequent fall of perhaps one-third of the angels who joined him in his wickedness.”
OCCUPY TILL I COME: We are continuing our journey through the book, “Coming Events and Present Duties,” by J.C. Ryle. This section is titled, “Watch” (Part 10) based on the parable of the foolish and wise virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. J.C. Ryle writes:
We have got into a wicked habit of taking all the promises spiritually — and all the denunciations and threats literally! The denunciations against Babylon, and Nineveh, and Edom, and Tyre, and Egypt, and the rebellious Jews, we have been content to take literally and hand them over to our neighbors. The blessings and promises of glory to Zion, Jerusalem, Jacob, and Israel — we have taken spiritually, and comfortably applied them to ourselves and the Church of Christ. To bring forward proofs of this, would be waste of time. No man can hear many sermons, and read many commentaries, without being aware that it is a fact.