Sunday, 21 May 2017
Satan's Great Opportunity (BW02)
Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Right in the midst of the great revival in 70s and 80s, Christians were looking forward to the coming of our Lord for true revival transforms the carnal and nominal into spiritual and godly Christians.
Rom 8:5-6 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Every revived Christian wanted to be with the Lord and prayed that He will be back soon. This was the common greeting among Christians 'Jesus is coming back soon'.
Eph 5:3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;
Revived Christians feared God and tried to keep His words. They are sensitive to sin, abhorred fornication, covetousness and lies, and tried to live holy lives to glorify the Lord. Many Christians gave up businesses, good jobs and comforts just to be able to serve Him. Christians were excited in end times prophecies for many expected Rapture to be soon. (I thank God that I was born again in this glorious generation)
Dan 12:9 And he said, "Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end."
Since it was not end time yet and our Lord had not revealed the end time mysteries, the wrong teachings (all types of 'tribs' in the various schools of thought) of the famous teachers caused great confusions, which had destroyed the faith of Christians in His words. But revived Christians (churches, Sunday school, etc.) started or continued to read, meditate, memorize and preach His words and setting up family altars to draw closer to Him. Witnessing was the norm in those days for they were expecting the Lord to come back soon.
In 1990 Iraq, suddenly attacked and then annexed Kuwait, causing US and the collision forces of UN to liberate Kuwait by March 1991. At that time there were more than 25 serious civil wars or intrusions worldwide. This brought great excitement to Christians that Rapture was imminent. Many wrong end time teachings mislead Christians to wrong conceptions and beliefs. Majority who followed the Dispensationalists, expected Rapture to be in year 2000 AD, with many believing that a Peace Treaty should be signed in 1993 (seven year beforehand).
PLO-Israel Peace Treaty
Satan took advantage of this misconception and used US President Clinton to officiate the signing the PLO-Israel Peace Treaty in 1993. This abominable Peace Treaty required the Israelis to reduce Yahweh and the OT as myths by ceding immediately the land of
1. Jericho (wall tumbled down),
2. Gaza strip (Goliath the giant),
3. West Bank in stages.
Unsuspectingly Christians were partakers of the abomination of this peace treaty, which Satan disguised as the righteous work of President Clinton.
Brethren, today, a generation later, we can hardly find these revived Christians who fear God, love His words and His coming and fearlessly proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. Why?
at May 21, 2017