Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Losing Venture

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Isaiah 14:14

Satan is not like the Lord.  He can neither create nor can he think creatively.  His greatest attempts to be something special are simply copies of what he sees in the God who can create ex nihilo, from nothing. He has no way to think beyond the power and the glory and the majesty of God the LORD.  His wish is simply to be like GOD.  Yet, even in this endeavor he is severely lacking the needed prerequisites since  he lacks the needed attributes of YHWH Elohim.  He is not omniscient, not omnipotent, nor is he omnipresent.  However, the Tribulation will allow him to get as close as he is going to get.  His intermediary or second person of his version of the Trinity will be the Antichrist, and Satan will give him all of Hell's resources in this short lived pathetic experiment in deity.  Again, he cannot think of anything beyond God so he has to make a  sorry attempt to ape the Trinity.  He puts himself as the father in this losing venture, the Antichrist mocks the son, and the False Prophet tries to draw men to the Antichrist as the Holy Spirit draws men to salvation in the atoning blood of Jesus.
Computers have brought about what Daniel prophesied; the prophet of the Lord GOD who knows all about the past, present, and future.  God showed this faithful servant that in the last days knowledge would increase exponentially (Daniel 12:4).  Some statistics show that knowledge is growing at a rate of 66% annually.  At this rate knowledge doubles every few weeks.  Wow!  With this vast knowledge, the Antichrist will be able to control every field of human knowledge.  No wonder the losers who follow him will fall before Satan and the Antichrist saying, "Who is like unto the beast?  (Revelation 13:4)  Even with the dragon (Satan) giving him all of the knowledge he can muster, he will never attain unto the Alpha and the Omega--Jesus Christ the sum off all available knowledge.  Jesus knows all: past, present, and future.  Who is like the Lord?  No one!

Satan will try to exercise dominion like no other through the Beast as well.  The Antichrist will be the most powerful fallen man that ever has lived.  He will control every aspect of power from the military, police, courts, and kingdoms.  He will even have power to overcome the Tribulation saints. (The gates of Hell cannot prevail against the church so the church has been gone by this time--they are away with the true source of all power!)  However, he lacks the ability to overcome God, Israel, the raptured Church in heaven, and the two-third angels who remained faithful to God during Satan's foolhardy rebellion.  The Antichrist may control most of the world, but two great prophets and 144,000 Jewish super evangelists give him fits.  When he thinks he has pinned the two prophets by death, they arise in front of everyone and ascend into heaven alive after three days of lying dead in the streets of Jerusalem. He also can't hold on to his  power, as it appears that a series of rebellions from the Kings of the East and others show his ultimate weakness.  He doesn't even have the power to keep himself from bowing before Jesus Christ and proclaiming him as the Lord to the glory of God the Father before being thrown into the Lake of Fire.  Who is like the Lord?  No one!

Finally, he will give his best try to be omniscient.  Have you noticed the great advances in surveillance?  When men receive the mark that contains tracking technology to their demise, they will not be able to get away with child abductions, drug deals, and other "sins".  Society will think that they have arrived with the power of the Beast.  Yet what will seem like order is only chaos as the Antichrist will bring the earth under the despotic rule of Satan.  The Bible lets us know that if the Tribulation were not shortened, there would not be anyone left alive.  Notice that it is the 2nd Beast, the False Prophet, that tags man with the mark of the beast (Revelation 13).  It is another pathetic attempt to be like God.  The Holy Spirit has great power to restrain evil.  Satan, too, will try this as well--unsuccessfully.  As we see in the witness of the 144,000, the untold number of Tribulation Saints, and the two Prophets, he certainly cannot limit the Holy Ghost!  Who is like the Lord?  No one!
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Revelation 20:10

1 comment:

  1. Amen John!
    Preach it! Who is like the Lord, NO ONE! Why O why does he even try?
    I often wonder why, with all that Satan had, why he would turn away from God like that.And then we find out that not only can men sin, but sinless Heavenly Angels can also sin and Did sin, with him.
    He sinned with no tempter.
    I have a theory.
    I think that God didn't display a lot of power back then so maybe the devil thought he was just as powerful as God, and that he could take Him.
    Because in scripture it says things like "So God, wanting to make His power known..."I think that now He is proving to every creature just how powerful He really is, so that all will have a healthy fear of Him and will never even think to try what Satan did again.I think saving all of His anger for that day where He will turn it all loose is going to be forever etched in everybodies memories, that He is no one to mess with, but to obey!
    The other theory I have is that Satan knew God's power, but didn't think that God had the heart to use it. Maybe he thought that God's great love for him, made Him weak, so that He wouldn't really punish him.Maybe he thought God loved him too much and couldn't stand to see him suffer so he figured that God would never carry out any punishment.At least not one so severe.
    Who knows, whatever the reason, Satan has made a mess out of his own life and countless others around the world and for centuries are suffering because of him.
    Its one of those mysteries that someday we will know but right now its all speculation and thinking out loud on my part.
    God bless you John Notter Jr, "the good pastor"