The reason why a lot of us are falling into deception and other Satanic attacks is not because we do not know that Satan is real. It’s because we do not truly know the gravity of who Satan actually is! If we falsely believe in the illusion that we can just sit down and relax, then you are joining the wrong fight! Spiritual warfare is very real, and it is not just a horror film. Today, I challenge you to pray to the Lord, and ask the Holy Spirit to help you gain the spiritual vision you need to survive this lifelong battle. The Lord Rebuke thee, Satan, for our weapons are not carnal, but spiritual, fighting for the kingdom of the light!
It is useless to obtain a high level of expertise and be educated in the most challenging and practical fields, graduating in prestigious Ivy League schools if you are void of Godly wisdom. It is better for a man to have no education, and great wisdom and spiritual insight than it is for a preacher to have a theological degree and be contaminated with folly. An idiot feeds off his ego, and thinks he knows everything there is to know about everything. To be spiritually intelligent is to humble yourself, and come to the difficult truth that one has limitations, and that such Godly knowledge comes from the Holy Spirit. Amen!
Tonight, before you retire and go to bed for the night, reflect on the tasks you have accomplished to enhance your productivity, and glorify the work of Jesus. Tomorrow is another chance to continue that great work, or improve on the work you have started. Rest your bodies, saturate your mind with the water of the Word, and always be open to God-ordained dreams that speak to your spirit, and teach valuable lessons you will cherish in your daily journey. Do not allow Satan to cloud your mind with dark thoughts that serve to tear down and deterriate your spiritual and personal wellbeing, belittling you with condemnation and hatred. However, when times like these arise, they can serve two purposes: To destroy and hinder your faith and your God-given joy and passion for Jesus, or take you to the next level of Heaven’s ladder of wisdom and excellence. Amen!
The piece was featured in a comprehensive project called “Capturing Satan: A Closeup View of The Antichrist”, and will be featured again in Act 3, Scene 4 of “Satan Visits The Church”.
Inspired by the 2005 film, “Sin City” is a narrative poem that portrays the falling away of the Earth, the rise of sin, and the rise of the Antichrist. This piece was primarily inspired by a passage from Matthew 24:10-13, where Jesus describes a season where many will grow cold to righteousness.
The story begins in a ship where an evil ruler of a nation leads his flock to gravely sin against each other. He instructed his flock to “adore hatred
And despise affection.” (Armstrong, 3-4) The story continues in the battlefield where soldiers willfully protest and rebel for their right to become “the naughtiest of all.” (Armstrong, 8). The clash that takes place in this story represents man’s willful decision to love their sin, and glorify what is evil in the sight of God. This is the spirit of rebellion.
Next, we transition to an allusion to the scene in the book of Revelations where the whore of Babylon is disguised as a virgin, and gives birth to the Antichrist, who is son of perdition. In this story, this woman would appear as an innocent toddler, but would later betray the tree that was planted, symbolizing the covenant of God. The woman referenced in book of Revelations and in this story is a skilled master of secrecy in its artistic forms.
The tiger in this story represents the Antichrist. The tiger appears as a silent teenager, and would lead at attack on those who refused to worship and obey his commands toward the flock. Similarly, the Antichrist will appear as a messiah, but would behead those who refused to swear a sacred allegiance to worship him. Remember, since Satan gave him power and authority to dominate the Earth, he will perform many fake miracles and signs to deceive the world.
Finally, we see another ruler who encourages his flock to abstain from their conscience and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to yield to temptations and fleshly impulses that would lead to destruction. This ruler reprepents the false prophet (the Second Beast), who encourages everyone to receive a mark as an allegiance to the Antichrist and the kingdom of Satan.
Just as we have seen in the book of Revelations, Satan will assign rulers to lead their citizens to a path of hatred, deceit, and sin. Notice the connection to “Satan’s Pulpit”, where a leader uses deception to lead others astray. In the passage mentioned in the previous slide, Jesus warned us that many false prophets would rise to power, and would lead others to the wide path that leads to destruction. Prophets and kings of this world are rulers of a kingdom. Hence, the cunning nature of Satan, many of those who rise to power will work for his kingdom, and manipulate people to follow his blasphemous commandments.
The master forced his flock
To sail on a great ship
Where they would adore hatred
And despise affection.
The hand of angels
Would be burned with a wall of flames;
The mouth of a sheep
Would be smeared with poison.
Soldiers would gather
In the battlefield
To maintain their right
To become the naughtiest of all.
A woman would appear
As an innocent toddler,
But would later betray
The tree that was planted.
The captain would heed
To the cries of scorpions;
They would make a deal
To save him, and curse the other.
A tiger would appear
As a silent teen,
But, would lead an attack
On the predators that dared to rebuke him.
They will sail to a temple
That would advertise them a great kingdom,
And would scatter the poor,
The weak, and the feeble.
Then, a king would instruct his flock
To abstain from their conscience,
And take heed to temptations
That would dictate their downfall.
From drunkenness in bars,
To gambling in casinos,
To dehumanizing our opponents,
And spewing gossip about our neighbors.
Two years in darkness;
Two years of great upheaval.
Welcome to Sin City!
The land of vices.
Welcome to the ancient kingdom
Where the majesty of mischief dwells within.
Welcome to the valley
Where the Antichrist rests.
Welcome to the nation
Where no man condemns evil.
Repentance is rusty,
The seed of the serpent
Is sown from tree to tree.
Focus Passage: Exodus 14:13-14 (WEB)
13, Moses said to the people, “Don’t be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of Yahweh, which he will work for you today: for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you shall never see them again.
14, Yahweh will fight for you, and you shall be still.”
A Personal Reflection
As I laid in my bed in prayer last night, I briefly recalled a time in my life during Covid where I faced periods of anxiety and little moments of discouragement. The day before my school was shut down in 2020, I remembered crying in the middle of PE, wondering what was going to happen next, now that the world is coming to a screeching halt, and everyone is talking about the apacolypse and blindcakouts. Some days, it just seemed that I was this brave warrior praising God, and other days, it seemed like the world’s disasters had me stricken down. I even remembered a time during summer vacation where I was watching the television, and Satan tried to convince that Covid would “defeat me”, meaning that I should not rely on my faith to overcome this uncertainty that was happening on the brink of starting my sophomore year.
After Labor Day, my Christian club was holding its first meeting of the 2020-2021 school year via Zoom. We just welcomed in a new Vice President (a senior) who also turns out to be a woman who is passionate about her faith. Like me, she played the piano, was musically talented, and showcased her talents in church.
Me and the coleader were getting ready to host our first virtual 9/11 commemoration when I had the opportunity to speak to this new President via email and briefly get to know her personally and spiritually.
The above verses helped her navigate her internal struggles and setbacks throughout quarantine, and has resonated with her since. Having struggled academically and personally, scoring low on math tests and navigate through family challenges, this young lady truly exhibited the traits of an outgoing and bold sister of Christ who is willing to be a helping hand even in the lowest part of the valley. I am truly grateful that God led her to share her experiences with me so I may grow in my faith, and be challenged to look beyond the surface, and see God working behind the scenes to fight for me and protect me every step of the way.
Jesus Overcame The World And The Kingdom of ⠠⠙⠜⠅⠰⠎
I want to encourage anyone who is going through the fire today to trust the Lord with all your might, and to keep working for the kingdom of God, even in the heat of opposition. Rejoice, because God will fight your battle for you, and WITH you.
You are apart of an army of courageous champions. Go, rejoice, and sing to your Father in Heaven, because you are apart of the family of Jesus! Because you have answered the call of salvation, you no longer are a member of the family of Satan. You do not have to listen to the accusations of your enemies, nor do you have to be swayed by Satan’s discouraging lies he whispers to you! If God is for you, who can be against you? Go, embrace your freedom, and keep shining for Jesus in the fire, no matter how great it is. Amen! 🙂
Let us all continue to remain on fire for our Lord Jesus and remain steadfast in our faith, standing strong against the kingdom of Satan! 🙂
You know, every now and then when you are a practicing Christian, sometimes, you just gotta laugh at some of the things you hear from churches. Now, I am not trying to mock anyone, nor accuse you of being fake. However, this is rather a short comical story we can all relate to on some degree.
So, there is this 70-year-old woman with three grandchildren who went to church every Sunday. It was 7 AM one Sunday morning, and it was the pastor’s 50th year preaching youth ministry.
While she is cooking some good old fashioned chocoloate pancakes that her mom used to make for her as a little kid, she flipped around her Bible to Psalms chapter 91. As she sang Amazing Glace in her most soft-spoken voice, her two-year-old was throwing a tantrum while fighting with her brother over who would get the last pancake.
“No, I want the last pancake, and that’s final!” She screeched while banging the bedroom wall. Then, all of a sudden, the fire alarm was blaring for five minutes straight. And the grandmother said, “Get your house-burning hand away from me, Satan!”
Then, the eleven-year-old granddaughter came up and said, “Gramma, you do realize you burnt your own breakfast? Why you waistin’ time rebuking the devil when he got better things to do than burning your creamy chocolate pancake?”
“Mm-hmm. He know dang well I can’t miss that celebration today,” Grandma replied.
Lesson: Give Satan (and God) Credit When It is Due
Sometimes, out of fear or a lack of solid and sound discernment, we often blame God and/or Satan for our own human failures. Through this short comedy, we learn the value of accepting responsibility for our own wrong choices, and accept the conseques that follow. In this example, the elderly churchgoer was attached to her Bible Study while neglecting family responsibilities (in this case, making breakfast and dealing with the sibling rivalry between her two grandchildren.)
Another mistake she made was to pioritize the pastoral celebration while neglecting the object of worship: Jesus Christ. Because of this, the grandmother had a counterfeit picture of Satan and Jesus simultaneously. Jesus, in her mind, was like Santa Claus (who gave her everything she wanted for her own gain), while her version of Satan was nothing more than a cartoonish Grinch who always ruins her own selfish plans instead of a spiritual enemy who sabotages God’s plans of salvation.
This comedy actually paints a picture of the condition of the American church. The church is not a place of spiritual growth; it is a place where little religious brats can cling to their pastor to bottlefeed them with a blessing for every donation they make. But, when things go wrong, either God or Satan gets the blame, when they chose to remain entitled and cling to a false version of spirituality.
As my dad says to me and my sister: Money does not grow on trees. It’s the same thing with a blessing. Blessings are supposed to be rewards for our diligence to God, and for being obedient to what He talls us to do, not for selfish pleasure and entertainment.