Satan versus The Bride of Christ
Before the church as the bride of Christ, even before the creation of man God was in heaven together with all the angelic beings and all hosts of heaven who spent day and night in adoration and worship of the almighty. The worship in heaven seemed to continue for an eternity until one particular cherub thought he could also get the coveted attention and worship and decided to shake things up. This was a particular cherub who was put in charge of the First Eden referred to as the garden of God (Ezekiel 28:13-14) before the earth became formless and void (gen. 1:1-2). The Cherub thought that he could dethrone God and take his place. His actions led to the two Greatest Spiritual battles the world has ever experienced, with a third and final one on the way. The two battles are the one before the creation of man while the other took place during the lifetime of man.
The First Great Battle
(Isaiah 14:12-17, Ezekiel 28:11-19, Rev. 12:7-9)
The War in Heaven
The Bible gives us a detailed account of what happened in heaven before the creation of man when the Devil, then Known as ‘Lucifer’ which means the shining one, son of the morning or the ‘morning star’ decided to overthrow God and take His place. His name therefore is no longer Lucifer but Great Dragon, Old Serpent, Devil, Satan (Rev. 12:9). Through the prophets Isaiah, Ezekiel and John in Revelation we see how these events took place, where Satan was and what he was doing at the time.
After being thrown down to earth God decided to do ‘repairs’ to the earth which was now formless and void as a result of the first war. We see this in Genesis 1:2-31. Remember the creation of the heavens and earth had already happened in Genesis 1:1. So we don’t know how old Heaven and Earth were by the time God started setting things in order as from Gen. 1:3. What we see here is God bringing back to order the chaos which were already in the earth. So what we know from the time this order was made and Man ultimately created, is that humanity has been existing on earth for about six thousand years now.
Battle for Earth
We see another fact coming out in Gen. 2:8 that says God planted a garden East of Eden and placed man there. This means that Eden had already been in existence way before man was created and we find this evidence in Ezekiel 28: 13. By this time the war is not over but only the first battle has been won against Satan. So what does God do but to tell man to have dominion on earth and subdue it and even gave him authority against every living thing on earth including Satan and his fallen angels. (Gen. 1:28.). By being asked to subdue the earth, man had already been given a clue that there was another power possessing the earth and he had to take it from him. The Hebrew word for subdue is Kabash which means to conquer or bring into subjection. Man was supposed to conquer the earth and subdue it from from the authority of Satan.
The Great Deception
By being unaware of Satan’s presence of earth, man was duped and fell into the traps of Satan leading to one of the longest tug of wars between Man and Satan, between good and Evil. One of the greatest schemes the Devil has used successfully against man over the centuries and is still using it successfully today is ‘Corruption of the Word of God’. Satan knew he cannot do away with the word of God. All he needed to do with the word is twist it a little, corrupt it and throw it back to man. By so doing, man will never realize that with time he moves further and further away from the TRUTH of the Word. He may think that He’s still very much a follower of the word of God but in truth he lives in deception.
This deception has been very successful through the centuries that we see the church today so much bound by it. We first come across this deception in the conversation between Satan and Eve. Satan begins by asking a question; ‘Did God really Say?’ (Gen. 3:1, NIV). This line of questioning is always effective in planting the seed of doubt into the mind of the one being questioned. Satan did not say the opposite of what God had told man but rather pointed to Eve what he feels God meant by twisting the truth a little and Eve fell for his words.
Satan told Eve that God lied to them that if ever they ate the fruit that they would die. Well, we know the consequences of that. Satan had one agenda in his mind; to regain full authority over that which was taken away from him and overthrow man from his power and dominion over the earth. He succeeded in this and put man under his authority, dominion and rule. He could now control humanity and God’s creation as he wished. Man no longer had power over the creation and the entire creation of God was subjected to an existence in bondage. Paul talks of this and the expectation of the creation of God upon man in Romans 8: 19-23. This loss of man to Satan is what led to the Second Great Battle.
The Second Great Battle
(Matthew 2:1-18, Luke 4:1-13, John 10:15-17, Acts 4:20-12, Phil. 2:6-11, Col. 2:14-15, Heb. 9:24-28, 1 Peter 3:18-19, Rev. 1:18; 4:5-7)
The Second Adam
As opposed to the first battle, in this battle Satan uses God’s own creation against Him in his quest to retain his power and authority over earth and every creature therein. So God uses the same to outwit him by bringing in the Second Adam (1 Cor. 15:21, 22, 45, Phil. 2:6-11, Heb. 2:7-10, 16). Jesus came in place of Adam since after Satan lost the war in heaven he no longer had hope until he got man under his power and authority through Adam in the Garden of Eden, and it’s only through man that this second battle can be won.
It is obvious Satan knows nothing about the future except the judgment that has already been passed on him and the hell fire awaiting him. So any plan that God has for his people and the end of days is known by the Devil the same way every other person knows them, through prophecies and the word of the prophets. So anything Satan knew about the coming of Christ as a man into this world and his assignment of salvation were known to Satan through prophesies prophesied by prophets like Isaiah (Isaiah 53). As much as he knew them among many other prophesies he could never fully understand them. This is only made possible through the Spirit of God whom Satan has no contact with. This is the main reason Satan could not foresee and understand the coming of Jesus Christ, his mission, death and resurrection which would be Satan’s ultimate doom.
The Birth, Temptations and Trials of Jesus Christ
Having known of the promise of the messiah and his mission on earth, the Devil made it his personal ambition to end the life of Christ here on earth before he could fulfill his mission. However, lack of revelation and understanding caused the Devil to play into the hands of God by killing Jesus Christ as an attempt to end his mission of salvation not realizing that by doing so, he ended up fulfilling it and losing his entire authority over mankind. The beginning of the Second Great Battle can be traced to the event of the birth of Jesus where Satan used the king Herod to try and kill him as a child ending up in the slaughter of numerous new born babies and those under two years in Bethlehem and its coasts Matthew 2:1-18). This was not the last time Satan tried to end Christ’s mission. We see him coming to him the same way he did to Eve and used the same deceptive scheme to try and divert Jesus Christ from his destiny through temptations while Jesus was fasting (Luke 4:1-13). After that we see Satan leaving Jesus for a while but throughout his ministry, Satan makes attempts on the life of Christ through the Jewish people and the Pharisees but his time had not come (John 7:30).
The Cross and Victory
We see the schemes of the devil in this second battle changing whereby he uses God’s creation against God. Now that man was under the control of the desires of the Devil, he could manipulate man’s mind as he wishes and set him against God. Little did he know that it is for that very reason that God chose the form of man in order to defeat him at his schemes. So as a blind man being led into a pit, Satan hurriedly rushed his scheme of nailing Jesus on the cross.
Even the Devil never expected Jesus to rise from the dead, leave alone go to the underworld and take the keys of death and hell from Satan himself. So what Satan meant for evil, death and destruction was turned into an instrument of salvation, victory and conquest, even the cross. The cross to Jewish people symbolized a curse, oppression and death but God changed it to symbolize blessings, freedom and life in Christ Jesus Deut. 21:23//Gal. 3:13, Col. 2:14-15). The cross therefore led to the birth of the Church which is the Bride of Christ.
Deception in the Church
This caused Satan to review his battles against man. He had to be very cunning in his deceptive ways. There was only one thing he could ever do to win this battle; allow the Church to believe in, practice, preach and follow the ways of their teachings but turn them away from what the cross really represents and deny them the power of the cross and the gains made by Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection. To do this Satan had to review all the teachings of Christ, twist them, corrupt them and throw them back to the church. So he resorted to using used scriptures in counteracting scripture.
This scheme has been used by the Devil so much against many Christians today especially those in Ministry, in Seminaries and theological institutions. The desire to understand the word of God has led to extensive studies of the word of God and what scriptures mean for the church. This has led to endless interpretations of the word of God and numerous translations of scripture that lead people further and further from the word of God.
Trying to understand the mind of God is an exercise in futility without the Spirit of God. His ways are not our ways and His thoughts not our thoughts so we need the Holy Spirit to understand the deep things of God (Isaiah 55:8-9). There is only one way to understand the mind of God; through the Holy Spirit (John 14:26, Romans 8:27, 1 Cor. 2:9-14). This can only happen when we have fellowship with Him. I’ve discussed this in detail in my book; ‘The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit’. Without the Holy Spirit, no amount of study or Scholarly training can ever help us understand the mind of God.
Warning to the Bride of Christ
So Satan deceives man by twisting the word of God and bringing in false teachings, ideologies and doctrines to the Body of Christ. This is his way of conquering the church and he is succeeding tremendously. Jesus himself warned of this deception (Matthew 24: 22-24). The apostles talk of some of these deceptions engulfing the church in their letters (Col. 2:8, 1 Tim. 4: 1-2, 2 Timothy 3: 1-5, 4:3-4, 2 Peter 2). The church as the Bride of Christ only needs to be awake. Tolerate and embrace only the TRUE Gospel and the Teaching of the Cross, not the watered down Gospel that is ‘friendly’, ‘sweet’ to the ‘ears’ and does not ‘offend’. The Scriptures are in Black and White.
Any form of Abomination that is FORBIDDEN by scriptures should never be embraced in the name of ‘Living in the time of Grace’. It is like crucifying Christ a Second time and putting him to open shame (Heb. 6:4-6). There is nothing permissible which God said in His word that he hates or is an abomination to Him. If He were to allow it then it would make God a Liar or one who changes His mind, but we know what scripture says of Him; that He is not a man that he should lie nor a son of man that he should repent (Num. 23:19).
There is another battle coming; it is the Third Great and Final Battle in this Spiritual War of Kingdoms, we all know it and even the Devil knows it’s coming soon. That is the war that will end with the Lake of Fire, and time is already running out. That is why we’re reminded by scripture that the Devil is roaming around the earth like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).
When the Bride Groom Cometh, Will your lamp be brightly burning, or will it have run out of Oil. Will you be dressed in WHITE or will your garments be SOILED.
*REMEMBER!! Christ is coming for a Holy BRIDE; your position or status in the Church or Body of Christ whether Apostle, Bishop, Pastor, Cardinal or others doesn’t matter. Only one thing matters:- Will He deny you before the Father and say “I never Knew You?” (Matthew 7:22-23, 10:33).