But how many of our countrymen -- or fellow Christians, for that matter -- will even take notice? Who will understand what this means and act appropriately to defend against this vigorous attempt to defame and defeat YHWH? In case you don't know the details, here they are: The religious sect which calls itself The Satanic Temple plans on placing the five points of a Pentagram star around the city of Lancaster, California, located in northern Los Angeles County. Spokesmen for the group claim that "drawing this symbol around the city represents a solemn promise from the Satanic Temple of Los Angeles to stand with the good people of the City of Lancaster and struggle for their constitutional right to individual liberty, freedom of expression and the separation of church and state in the community".
Here's what we all need to understand ... this display of rebellion against God is no different than the Enemy's plans that have been revealed and recorded in the Bible. I just finished reading the Book of Jeremiah, and I could not help but identify with the ancient prophet's frustration over the blatant disobedience and defiance of God's commandments to those who professed to follow Him. Just like in the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, the people of our nation have followed after, and are worshipping, false gods. But do we understand that these gods are not just names of "things" we idolize like celebrities, houses, and cars, or carnal pursuits such as wealth, fame and power? Do we realize that behind these idols are spiritual entities that are very real and their desire is to influence and control you to win the war?
|Bel, aka Marduk|
It is important that we get this! Bel and Marduk are not just some wooden statues that the nations bow down to. And Babylon is more than a city and a nation. They are real spiritual entities -- gods, although false -- who involve themselves in the lives of real people and in the existence and actions of nations. They were able to influence God's chosen people and induce them to rebel against God and turn aside from their covenant with Him. It is no different today.
As noted prophecy expert Paul McGuire tells us, "Currently in America there is intense competition among various belief systems, religions, philosophies, and ideologies. This competition is expressed openly as different groups and faiths seek to promote their belief systems and win converts to their religion or cause." That is what happened as the Israelites entered the Land of Canaan and became exposed to the Moabites, the Ammonites, the Edomites; and later when they were taken into captivity in Assyria and Babylon. They were introduced to the gods of these other nations, who are every bit as real as YHWH. But they are not the One True God and they are under the guidance and supervision of Lucifer, the fallen angel who proclaimed himself the god called Satan.
So, now in 21st Century America we find ourselves inundated with all kinds of false gods vying for our attention and our worship -- Islam, Mormonism, Scientology, Hinduism, Buddhism, Satanism, Wicca, and Paganism to name just a few. As Mr. McGuire points out, "Wicca, along with witchcraft and paganism, is currently the fastest growing religion in America. Islam is also a fast growing religion. Christianity, and specifically Evangelical Christianity, is declining faster than most people realize." Do you get that? Can you see that the battle lines have been drawn and these other gods have their troops engaged in battle plans like encompassing entire cities within a Pentagram and dedicating the people and land to the devil?
What are God's people doing? What is our battle plan? Are we actively praying against the influence of these other gods? Are we asking YHWH how He wants us to execute against His enemies? Do we know how to defend against the enemy's attacks? This generation of Christ-followers have been lulled into "Christianity Light" for too long, and are woefully unprepared, as the Body of Christ, to take on the Enemy forces who have centuries of plans and victories under their belts. Our world is going to be shaken like we've never seen, and the self-centered gospel that has been the center of the Modern Church will offer little defense.
It is time we fight back, putting on the full armor of God, and seek the help of His heavenly host as we stand our ground against the onslaught of evil coming our way. Take a moment to pray against the Satanists around this nation who will be performing their evil rituals today. Ask God to send an army of angels to surround any areas claimed for this false god. Picture the battle in the spiritual realm, and know that it is real! We must start seeing with spiritual eyes and get in the fight! We need to recognize when the Enemy is advancing, call on the Lord, and engage in the battle with Him! Are you willing to join me in this mission?
Isaiah 54:17 "No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from me,” says the Lord."