As loathe as I am to draw any type of attention to this creature, he has to be addressed if we are to be prepared for what lays ahead as well as what is on our plates right now. I am referring to the prince of darkness; Satan. Like General Patton, we must know our enemy. General Patton (WWII) read Field Marshall Rommel’s book on tank warfare and thus drew insight into how his enemy thought. Although the devil doesn’t really have a play book we can apply the same principal here.
Realize that the devil was once the “covering angel” which means he probably was standing behind the throne of God with his wings spread. Ezekiel 25: 14- “Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.” Verse 15- “Thou was perfect in they ways from the day thou was created, till iniquity was found in thee.” God goes on to speak of how Lucifer became enamored with himself because of his great beauty. Lucifer got one-third of the angels to rebel and was thus cast out of heaven, along with the angels that conspired with him.
If we look at Isaiah 14 we see that God is referring first to having mercy on Jacob and then to Israel. But in verse 12 He takes a sudden departure and begins to talk about Lucifer. “How are thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how are thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!”
Verse 13: “For thou hast said in thine heart I will ascend into the heavens, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation in the sides of the north. Verse 14: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the most High.”
What you have to see here is a highly intelligent creature who is also very organized. He was the covering cherub and he learned a lot just by being so close to God. (And we don’t know how long it was before he rebelled, either.) So when scripture says he can pass himself off as an angel of light and deceive many, it is because he one time was an angel of light and he knows a lot about God to do so. So, it puts him in prime form to inhabit a man who is the Antichrist, which means he will be masquerading as Jesus Christ. Not the demon with horns from the pit, Hollywood style.
He has studied mankind very closely for a very, very long time so he knows exactly how to deceive you. He and his army have a laser focus upon us; to bring us down and destroy us. He will even use others disguised as Christians, (Matt. 13:24) but are not, to lead you astray. This is especially true if you are not close to God and have no ability to discern or ” Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). It is so crucial to our relationship and safety to stay close to God and I know how things get in the way. We must be discerning and be aware of the fact we all have targets on our backs. BUT, at the same time, know completely that what is in us (Jesus Christ) is greater than what is in the world: Satan. Hence, “Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might” (Ephesians 6:10). Many of you have been experiencing his hatred toward you already and maybe you are constantly out on the battlefield. Some days it seems relentless but don’t give up. Have faith and go to our Father.
I know there is much to the story we don’t know right now and we will eventually know all of it once Christ returns and we are changed in the twinkling of an eye. I know I personally have a lot of questions about it all. In the meantime, we have to be as gentle as doves but as wise as foxes. We have been admonished in scripture to be vigilant because our enemy is prowling like a lion, seeing who he can devour. Take out your sword and give him a good lashing. Remember always that Jesus has already defeated Satan on the cross. Satan has already lost the war.