Prelude: satan's messengers declaring the battle over

Premature victory party?

Its happened before, so this is no surprise to see satan methodically releasing his emissaries into the public arena to declare that the battle is over and the people of God should surrender. You will see more of this in the coming years. Societal voices who are influential, socially and religiously ecumenical and accomplished will declare that any opposition to homosexuality is futile. We have told you before and say again the promotion and defense of  homosexuality is a signal weapon in the antichrist push to destroy the church of the Living God. We must understand the times and seasons. This didn’t just began with the modern gay rights movement, its been in the plan since Sodom. Jesus specifically told us that. In short, we are on the cusp of an inevitable war.

But before all out battle takes place satan is attempting to beat down as much resistance as possible.

The messaging now combines an insistent yet syrupy tone.  That’s to convince those with marginal commitment to the Lord Jesus to voluntarily silence themselves on the issue. Incrementally, it will grow to demands and then finally threats and persecution against anyone who will not fall in line with the “new reality”.  All the elements are in place: government (illegitimate authority), religion (credibility) and media (to amplify the false prophet’s voice).

First, what we call history is repetitive. After some disastrous human madness occurs, people swear “never again!”. But then they unwittingly turn and empower the next madman or mad movement to do it all over again. Since the tower of babel, we are caught in a cycle of humanism that disavows God’s sovereignty. Thus, humanity will circle in the wilderness until he comes and puts all foes under his feet. Satan,  is the consummate opportunist who manipulates every evil work to his advantage. His agenda can be summed up in 3 words: kill, steal and destroy. And he will use anyone to accomplish that goal.

This isn’t just antichrist spring fever. There’s no way to talk about what we are seeing and hearing on the world stage and in our own country without inclusion of the “spirit of the antichrist” as a significant factor. Michealjournal.com explains:

“Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. (Cf. Luke 18:8: ‘But when the Son of man comes, will he find any faith on earth?’ and Mathew 24:12: 12: ‘And with the increase of lawlessness, love in most people will grow cold.’) The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth (cf. Luke 21:12; John 15:19-20) will unveil the ‘mystery of iniquity’ in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. the supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh. (Cf. 2 Th 2:4-12; I Th 5:2-3; 2 Jn 7; I Jn 2:1 8, 22.)

Epic battles

That’s why —if you read your bible—  the spirit of the antichrist is both predictable and astonishingly oblivious to the historical facts where God has defeated him with little to no effort. You can almost clock its point by point progression.  Allow me to refresh your memory.

The first example occurs in 1 Chronicles 20:1-24.  The aggressors are two countries God had spared on Isreal’s march to the promised land. This was treacherous aggression.  You should read it carefully and watch how God masterfully allows it to play out. You will witness what happens when the tide is against the people of God.  Several things of note:

  • Messengers were sent out in advance to spread intimidation and fear.
  • The king was told a “vast army” was coming against him and Isreal. Just like today we are being told that more and more people are joining the gay is okay army against dwindling number of people who will be on the “wrong side of history”.
  • Numbers and perceived victories have no bearing with God. In fact, the greater the numbers and odds stacked against us, the better. It allows for God to showcase his power.
  • We are expected to suit up for war and go out as if we are going to fight but its only part of his plan to embolden the enemy’s rage against us.  Again, he wants to push their threats to absolute maximum to show how great he is.
  • Defeat of our foes will be utter and complete.

The second case I want you to examine is from 2 Kings 18:17-36 which concludes at 2 Kings 19. This time the aggressor is the arrogant leader of the Assyrians. And take note that

  • A messenger is sent out in advance to spread intimidation and fear
  • The aggressor brags how he has taken down others who have opposed him
  • The numbers against the people of God were overwhelming
  • A personal insult is issued against God
  • The enemy suffers a stunning and decisive defeat

In both cases, each king of Isreal and Judah plead their case directly to God, calling on him to remember the threats of the enemy. And God sends a prophet to tell them what will happen.

Enter the rat maker

Don’t become a experimental lab rat by listening to the messengers of satan.

This time a  member of  USA Today’s  board of contributors whose gangly contemproism all but crows “the battle is over”.  Tom Krattenmaker‘s opinion editorial about Christian leaders confronting homosexuality is making its rounds. Krattenmaker  is predicting that a coalition of cultural giants led by the homosexual movement will inevitably vanquish the voice of the righteous.  To avoid defeat, he suggests we either “adapt” or turn our attention to “other things”. First Krattenmaker cites several “victories” in favor of gay rights which he claims are signals that the battle has turned in favor of the  giants of perversion. Don’t you find it bizarre that anyone would root for Goliath? Krattenmaker does.

“If the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” weren’t enough to signal the turning point, or the classification of several gay-resisting Christian right organizations as “hate groups” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, there came news that Exodus International was ending its involvement in the anti-homosexuality “Day of Truth” in U.S. high schools.”

Get the message? If you resist the gay change patrols, you will be marginalized. People like Krattenmaker see the hordes of goose stepping gay rights troops and “allies”  seeming to defeat every opponent in their path.  They see the social, political, religious victories. They see that many religions are fearfully caving in and “welcoming” homosexuals despite what the scriptures teach. They see that the government has taken their side and come to the premature conclusion that these things mean certain defeat for those of us who stubbornly stand against homosexuality. Listen at the litany of threats satan’s messenger has come to deliver.

“Prayerful discernment and simple Christian decency would strongly suggest the latter. The alternative looks worse by the day — a quixotic battle more likely to discredit its fighters and their fine religion than win any hearts and minds for Jesus. Christianity has far worthier causes than this.

For all its drama and rally-the-troops appeal, “fighting to the end” is a sure loser. More and more Americans — young people in particular, Christians very much included — know gay men and lesbians and see how the anti-gay talking points and caricatures fail to square with the reality under our noses.” (our bold)

Conservative Christian leaders ought to be very careful about their rhetoric going forward — careful not to continue giving the impression that being Christian is in large measure about opposing gay rights, and careful not to let the public expression of their faith become primarily associated with something that looks, sounds and feels like hate to growing segments of the population.

Fighting to the end might sound gallant, but it’s not a road to glory so much as a ticket to infamy — an infamy akin to that borne by the likes of Bull Connor, George Wallace and other villains of civil rights history. Is that any hill for Christians to die on?

So what shall we say to all these threats? Let the Word of the Lord answer:

The LORD is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked advance against me  to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident. Psalms 27:1-3

Wait on the LORD and keep His way, and He shall exalt thee to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it. 35I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. 36Yet he passed away, and lo, he was no more; yea, I sought him, but he could not be found Psalms 37:34-36


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12 thoughts on “Prelude: satan's messengers declaring the battle over

  1. I believe it will be the homosexual issue that “shuts the doors of the church.” First I am sure there will be a few true Word of God men that will suffer persecution, jail, harassment etc. But here is the thing. Ask your pastor if his church is a 501-c3 government institution. I will bet you it is. If it is…then it WILL have to submit to the governments rules and regulations regarding what messages come from the pulpit, with respect to the “Hate Crime Bills” and future tweaking on that bill which will tighten the leash of the preachers…if preacher brings any message deemed by the law to be hateful or inconsiderate even to the point of risking that someone MIGHT be offended, that will be considered a crime and the church will be shut down. Period. We have let it get to this point, so don’t cry “how did this happen?” It happened because we sat quietly will “certain men crept in unawares”…..When the pastor decided to seek government involvement in his church by TRADING ‘outside legal authority’ for the HOPE of more money through tax-free donations….that preacher sold his soul.

    That preacher will preach every Sunday about a “BIG God who can meet all your needs”….but obviously the pastor doesn’t believe his church can survive without tax incentives for donors. I guess God isn’t that big. He needs the government. Actually when he convinces you that if you sow a seed God will pay you back…REALLY it is Uncle Sam our loving and trusting government that will pay you back through deductions for charitable giving. What you don’t know is with the 501-c3 comes some perks/rights for the government. Such as rights to information such as a list of church members names, phone numbers, addresses and a list of their donations. The government also reserves the right that the church must submit to orders issued by the government regarding a host of issues. Such as: Promoting agendas. Promoting US Governmental programs such as vaccinations. Involvement in Social Justice programs. Conferences on the Awareness and Understandings of equal rights and protection for all…including and especially HOMOSEXUALS. These agenda’s if refused by the 501-c3 church comes with the risk of losing such status and come under penalty of law for having broken with the governments agenda. This is how the church gets broken, the pastor must make a huge decision, the congregants will be further brainwashed now through the church.

    This isn’t new. As far back as the 1930’s when Margret Sanger started the American Eugenics program (today known as Planned Parenthood) she suggested to rural southern communities to find preachers that will accept a rather large donation in exchange for convincing his congregants that abortion is the best option. Yes, those preachers sold out his flock for cash. But my point is government involvement in the church. Now think. As much as the CIA has infiltrated every nation on Earth, and every institution from Universities to Google, to Facebook, do really think they do not have a “pocketful” of lackey high profile pastors doing their “bidding” for them?

  2. brdavision, I was thinking the same thing. The love of money keeps Christian preachers from preaching on sin because either they or some of the people have been participating.

    The only thing that will get through this is a body of disciples of Christ standing in the truth that they truly believe. God will stand with us in the midst of rebellion. Regardless of what happens to us we win. I had to break fellowship with a friend I had for almost 20 years. I will not go into the insane details as of why other than to say he has gotten so into this madness that he decided to publish our private emails and Facebook messages with our names and slander us on his homosexual blog, even after we asked him to stop (and him promising to do so). We have no contact with him. He is gaining popularity with an Internet radio program where famous people are guests. I have no idea if our names are being slandered on there or not.

    This is an example of what Christians will go through if they decide to stand for righteousness in this arena. You better know that you know God’s word is the truth and truly believe it. You will be challenged and publicly slandered in the process. I have nothing against him because I know his end if he does not repent. He is also an object lesson for me to never allow my heart to get hardened. It is deadly.

  3. I feel the need to reinterate my major point which is not why people in church or leadership betray the Lord, but moreso seeing what we are facing the need for us to remain steadfast and unmoveable until our Lord returns.

    The two examples from the OT show that historically the Lord’s people have always been outnumbered and outgunned but it will only mean a greater victory for our God.

    [You] occupy till I come.

  4. So on point Pastor Foster. I’m going to study those chapters you mentioned in this story more indepth. We have to be aware of the sign of these times. The blessing is, no matter how bad or heated the battle gets, God’s remnant will have the victory!

  5. Indeed ! It’s Rab-shakeh speaking, and if we ever wondered before, we now know why he appears in two books of the Bible,- 2Kings18 and Isaiah 36. It is a serious warfare tactic – to scare & or seduce you into
    accepting captivity & defeat when God already has plans to deliver you. Everytime you open the newspaper, turn on your tv or computer and you see the gay agenda being pushed in your face, to the point where you feel like “wow! these guys are everywhere!” – that’s Rab-shakeh speaking. When you see parts of the church embracing sin in the name of love, and bowing to that which God called an abomination – that’s Rab-shakeh speaking, no – shouting in the ears of the people on the wall.
    In 2011 and beyond, the people of God on the wall will have to choose believe and obey God or believe Rab-shakeh and surrender to him and his master. Thanks for the wake-up call Pastor Foster.

  6. This article is awesome ….we (Christians) not CINOs (Christian In Name Only) are facing the worst attack from the devil by each day. The devil is, im sure complete mobilizing homosexual bishops in churches so that homosexuality can be accepted and to an extent they are really ”winning”..but this reminded us of 1Thes5v3 ”For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape”.
    We have to stand up for the truth brethren or else we will be taken down wen the day dawns…remember the darker the darkness the brighter the light and it shines in a convincing manner…lets keep on shinning in the midst of all this foolishness and mess..which is going on especially in churches which have nothing for God to look at but to distaste…
    What i know is that our Lord Jesus is coming for a perfect Bride lets take heed tht even as we stand we fall not and wen he comes we wont miss Him
    Watch and pray!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. chris, it mosty definitely is. And I could think of several more words to describe it. But thats what they call themselves.

  8. Pastor, I recently left my Church (AGC, Associated Gospel) after hearing a speaker representing a ministry that wants churches to accept GLBT people and to provide a safe place of worship. There was no mention of messages of conviction, counselling programs or evidence of these people experiencing victory over their life styles, in otherwords NO FRUIT. I attended a Q&A in the afternoon and witnessed a video showing a number of young people who claimed to be believers but were enslaved to a Homosexual lifestyle. To me it was propaganda, the video paraded a bunch of defeated Christians with no hope. I hardly believe that God’s plan for their lives was to be enslaved to a Homosexual lifestyle. I confronted a member of the church who is a Family Doctor, I asked her if she agreed with Homosexuals raising children, she would not answer my question, all she said, that it was a complex issue ???????????? My take on the message was to accept people with various perversions but leave out messages of correction and conviction. What is your take on this type of ministry?

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