My Mom taught us against going to movies.
At age 17, I snuck out to see my first one:
“You Only Live Twice.”
Out in June 1967, this was the fifth spy film in the James Bond series and the fifth to star Sean Connery. Early on the plot has 007 faking his death and being buried at sea, so the villain Blofeld, head of SPECTRE, doesn’t look out for him anymore and the MI6 agent can operate undetected.
This brilliant strategy reminds me of satan the devil who stealthily puts the whole world in Bondage.
My Mom saw right through my carefully plotted escapade. Thankfully she let me keep on living once.
She didn’t ground me—like God did when Lucifer, lifted up in pride and vanity, swooped up to heaven trying to knock Him off His throne (Isa. 14:13-14). Satan was swatted down to become the unseen ruler of this earth (John 12:31) who “has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe” (2 Cor. 4:4 New Living Translation).
Paul warned us in 2 Cor. 2:11 “lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
Surely satan’s best tactic
is to deceive so many people into believing that he doesn’t even exist. Even many Christians! A Barna survey in 2009 found that only 35% of Christians thought Satan exists as a living being rather than personifying evil. You’d have to think that figure would be less in 2017.
The military cloaks a plane or submarine so it can be right upon the unsuspecting enemy.
So c’mon, a little red man with a pitchfork?
What fun to laugh at Flip Wilson in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s about “The devil made me do it!” Flip had to blame somebody for buying the dress he was wearing! Not himself for donning women’s clothing though God says it’s abomination (Deut. 22:25). Why do we let others con us into laughing at sin?
So here we are at sunset tonight through sunset Saturday night, Sept. 30—It’s a double Sabbath,
The Day of Atonement
which pictures the glorious day when satan the devil is put away. So many would scoff that there’s nobody to put away! Those of us observing this crucial Holy Day know better (Lev. 23:23-32).
Since Jesus was crucified on a Passover, and it was on a Pentecost that the 10 Commandments and Holy Spirit were given and the Church was started, satan’s removal will surely take place on the first Day of Atonement of Jesus Christ’s millennial reign on the earth.
In the Day of Atonement ceremony, the “goat of departure” [Green’s Literal Translation] representing satan is sent “away into the wilderness by the hand of a suitable man” (Lev. 16:21).
“Scape goat” is an incorrect translation because satan is guilty of all the sins the High Priest places on his head. If you start thinking “God is unfair,” suspect you are tuning in to radio K-DEV, “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2) via your spirit in man.
Rev. 20:1-3 describes the fulfillment of satan’s ousting by a powerful angel. Surely removing an archangel is a task for another archangel. I’m guessing Michael. He seems to be the warrior archangel.
Replacing satan with Jesus Christ is going to make all the difference for the earth! The source of deception, suffering and evil will go into bondage as the world is freed from it!
For those not duped into thinking he doesn’t exist, satan’s next bag of tricks is to get us to
Underestimate his power
Satan deceives the whole world (Rev. 12:9). Do you catch yourself thinking: How can they be so dumb? Do you read that: except me?
“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” (Eph. 6:12). We must not be ignorant of his holds or he’ll pin us to the mat—with a dagger if he has his way!
Jesus fasted 40 days and 40 nights to be ready to face satan for rulership of the earth. He didn’t underestimate him! Satan loves to distract us from diligent daily Bible study, but Jesus defeated him by quoting the Bible (Matt. 4:4). Satan pulls out all stops to get us to
“Neglect so great a salvation” (Heb. 2:3)
“Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away” (verse 1). A powerful tool in the Christian toolbox to give “earnest heed” is to fast.
For this Day of Atonement, the Bible commands us to “afflict your souls” with fasting for only the 24-hour period. The Hebrew word for afflict is “anah.” Think anah not gnaw. Think Yom (Day) Kippur (of Covering or Atonement) not Yum. Going without food and drink helps us humble ourselves.
The Hebrew word “kippur” is used 23 times in Lev. 16, and the Day of Atonement pictures the whole earth becoming at-one-ment with God after Jesus returns and the devil is put away.
Why do we fast just five days before the Feast of Tabernacles which pictures joy and bounty being restored to the earth? So we can relate to people suffering under satan’s rule—feel their pain—when God installs us as servant leaders.
God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humility helps us resist “the devil [who] walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet. 5:5, 8). A lion goes after loners away from the herd. Just you and me, Lord!
King of the beasts is so appropriate for Satan because he is the father of lyin’ (John 8:44) and he’s lyin’ in wait to destroy us.
This Day of Atonement he wants us DOA … dead on arrival! And I’m not talking about how we feel during the fast. He doesn’t want us in the first resurrection we just pictured by keeping the Feast of Trumpets Sept. 23. He doesn’t want us serving in Christ’s millennial kingdom on earth which we will picture by keeping the Feast of Tabernacles Oct. 5-12.
Satan is angry because he knows he has only a short time left. He is instigating hatred and division on every front with more intensity each day building up to the Great Tribulation.
May this Day of Atonement 2017 help us “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” and “quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one” (Eph. 6:11, 16).
Only with God’s help can we uncloak him. Resist his daggers. Have a great Feast!
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I personally recommend a booklet called “God’s Holy Day Plan” you can get FREE by mail or download at https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/gods-holy-day-plan-the-promise-of-hope-for-all-mankind