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Questions you know they are pouring in from all over the world and of course. We always get our answers to those questions from from what book yes of course from the holy bible. So lets get right to it our question for today comes from a mr.
Nick mclean. Figueroa. Hope.
Im saying his name correctly. Mcclain figueroa from denver. Colorado.
And his question concerns. A war a war mentioned in the holy scriptures. The last book of the bible.
The book of revelation. Well lets take a look at mcleans question. Heres it be on the screen.
My question today is about the war in revelation that the devil wages against gods people is this a literal war and if so who will be fighting in this war. What were very thankful to maclean for his question. And his question as we all saw a concerns war thats mentioned in the book of revelation as i just said well you know maybe you have vowed read about it or heard about it learned about about this maybe.
Maybe you have a vision in your mind about it from from movies from books from other multimedia outlets of different sorts sensationalizing. This war mentioned in the last book of the bible. The book of revelation.
So the question of maclean. Though was like well what kind of a war is this were gonna pose a lot of questions about this war of together is it a war like the many armageddon style of movies. Where they have like these are these great armies marching into battle against each other well one thing.
Thats easy for everyone to agree with is that in a war. Theres always what what is always in a war an enemy right theres theres always an enemy. I know some of you were gonna say guns and bullets and all that stuff so thats why i answered quickly okay in war.
Theres always not always guns and bullets by the way. But theres always an enemy in this great war is it is this a war thats between human beings. With a guns and bullets and such is this war even the greatest crisis that a person should concern themselves with we gotta pose.
Some important questions together for example. I mentioned about an enemy right every war has has has opposing enemies okay well who is our enemy in this great war asked about in the in the video clip by maclean and what is the enemys evil motive against us whats the whats the point of the war do we have a reason to be afraid of the war. What actions should we take are these questions being posed up youre good so i hope we can remember remember those okay.
What is it then that we have to understand about this war. And heres a very important question that will include is whose whose side should we be on as this war rages all around us well these are the questions that not i just because im the one standing here in front of you. But these are questions that the bible the holy scriptures will answer for us here today on thats okay where where are the things that are happening all around us in this world today.
We know that the end of the world or christs second coming is very near. Weve studied all about that quite meticulously and in depth here in our program. All of the signs given by the lord jesus christ signifying that we are really very very near to the end this prophetic statements of jesus have all been fulfilled.
We are really at the threshold. This is why weve got to know all the answers to the questions that we have just posed about this war in the book of revelation. So what was the first question.
You still remember what was the first question should. I say who is the first question. What whats the first question.
Lets get the question right who is the enemy is it other human beings. What do you think okay lets start answering all these questions that weve posed together ephesians chapter. 6.
Verse. 12. Apostle paul says this our fight is not against human beings.
It is against the rulers.
The authorities and the powers of this dark world. It is against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly world. He was apostle paul addressing the 1st century church and talked to them about this battle recording them to apostle paul our fight.
Its not against each other its its not against other human beings. Its against rulers authorities described them as as powers of this dark world. These are not our words those are the words of apostle paul.
It is against the spiritual forces of evil. Whats the motive of our enemy. And of his companions in waging.
This war to defeat us thats the point of any war right to defeat us and ruin our lives and most especially our eternal life are we really sure that thats that thats the the enemys motive. Lets continue receiving answers from the bible. We turn to the book of luke 8.
12. The lord jesus responds this way the seeds along the path are those who have heard then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts. So that they may not believe and be saved.
There is a mode of his got a purpose and the evil motive of the enemy. The devil in this war that he rages against us is too as we just read from jesus take away the word of the lord god from our hearts. Why does he want to do that because he does not want us to believe in it and if we would then not believe in it we would not be not be saved would be destroyed.
And thats his end goal. So then what this verse. Then clearly shows us is that there also it shows that there are those who are planting gods word.
So that people could believe it and be saved. And there is an enemy whos trying to steal it back or to take it back so that we would not believe. God has preachers that are preaching his words planting his words in the heart of people that would become his very own people.
But then as as wars go the enemy. Doesnt doesnt want that didnt like that so hes gonna use so the devil himself and his instruments are waiting to act waiting to attack those who have heard the word of god those who have heard the truth and he will try then to steal it and take away wide. What was his purposes as we read because he wants to lead people to their destruction.
Dear friends. No one here in the studio audience. No one watching online or on directv or anyone else youre having to tune in to this program.
Today. No one should allow that to happen dont let it happen. How fierce how fierce is the enemy.
The devil. According according to the apostle peter this time. Lets continue posing the questions.
Lets continue turning to the bible for answers. Apostle peters wrote this stay alert watch out for your great enemy. The devil.
He prowls around like a roaring lion. Looking for someone to devour your friends. Here.
The apostle peter gave us some very important insight. It said the devil is looking for victims. He wants to destroy and its looking for victims of his destruction.
Does anyone among us here want to fall victim to the devil. Whats your answer. What do you say thats an easy question is it none of us want that of course therefore therefore we need to be careful we need to always figure that was the instruction of apostle peter right he gave that in the format of an instruction.
He said be alert how do we do that how are we gonna resist how can we resist our enemy hes stronger than me hes strong hes a strong enemy and if the enemy is stronger. What do you do if its an in wartime. The enemy is stronger your your your your getting pinned down.
Oh. Youre getting overwhelmed youre getting beaten up. What do you do come on military guys you call in reinforcements right come on i need help i need help come on and pin down here.
So if the devil our true enemy. And his instruments in this world of deception around us seems to be overwhelming us and we acknowledged. We need reinforcements were outgunned.
What do we need to remember in this spiritual battle. How do we how do we call in reinforcements again. We turn to the holy bible.
This time. We turn to the book of james chapter. 4.
Verse. 7. So then submit yourselves to god resist the devil.
Wait a minute. Let me pause for a second. Here.
Did he say.
Oh just surrender. Youre outgunned. You just surrender.
You know the enemy is is stronger. Oh. No.
Whats the expectation of god. Resist dont surrender submit yourselves to god resist the devil and he will run away from you answer of god dear friends resist if someone will say if someone would say how can i do that because we just discussed the enemy is very strong we have human weaknesses. We might fall victim to temptation or get discouraged or have problems or troubles.
What what what did he say hes the apostle said submit ourselves to god give ourselves completely over to god without reservation without hesitation ok. But may not be a fully complete answer to our question. Just yet.
So how do we do that lets lets turn to the book of romans apostle. Paul. Once again romans chapter 10 verse.
3. For they know not the righteousness of god. But seek to establish their own righteousness and because of this they have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of god.
How do we submit how do we submit to god give ourselves completely over to god. Hes the reinforcements. Hes the one that is stronger than the enemy.
We need those reinforcements we need the help so. He said alright submit listen ill be the one to protect ill be your reinforcements. He said.
All right submit ourselves completely to the lord but our question was how do we do that so we have to know gods righteousness in order to submit to that right it would be evil for us wrong for us. Lets say to instead seek and insist and our own righteousness. Said.
The apostle who are the people that insist on their their own righteousness. Their own standard of right and wrong good and and bad. Because because maybe someone watching this the program or maybe someone here in our live studio audience.
Maybe would want to say okay. I wouldnt do that i wouldnt try to change gods righteousness and make up my own thing. Maybe if were thinking like that it may be that they dont yet fully know gods righteousness or they know it but they still dont want to submit to it what what does that mean it only means that a person has already been victimized has already been overwhelmed by the enemy.
None other than the devil himself and has now begun to have that way of thinking that i dont have to submit to gods righteousness. Im smart. Im intelligent iii can think for myself i can do what i want this is what i want this is what they think this is what my opinion is this is my perception of good bad right and wrong.
Im all right already therefore. They have already lost the spiritual battle being raised. So mcclain who posed the the initial question.
What does jesus teach us as a way that that wont happen that we will not be deceived. We will not surrender ourselves to the trickery and guile of of the of the enemy. We wont lose lose the war.
We wont even lose a battle. Within that war we turn again to the holy scriptures. Matthew.
10. 16. Jesus said this behold.
Im sending you out like sheep in the midst of wolves be wary and wise as serpents and be innocent harmless guileless and without falsity as doves. Whats the instruction of the lord. How can we how can we defend ourselves we give ourselves we submit herself completely to the lord.
But whats hidden whats an important element of that jesus taught us as we just read together to be weary to be to be wise for what reason so that we would avoid being deceived by the enemy. The devil. Why should we be wise.
Because he also mentioned it because the devil uses what gaia uses trickery uses deception. He pretends to be concerned like what he did when he deceived the the very first couple who is the very first couple whos the first couple. Yeah adam and eve.
What was his motive to lead people to their destruction. And he was successful because he convinced them to believe his lies. How can we how can we fight.
The devil. Lets continue asking that question we turned first peter 5 verse. 8 and 9.
He said be well balanced temperate sober of mine be vigilant and cautious at all times for that enemy of yours. The devil roams around like a lion roaring in fierce hunger seeking someone to seize upon and devour withstand him be firm in faith against his onset rooted established strong immobile and determined knowing that the same identical sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood whole body of christians throughout the world. This is the instruction of the lord through the apostles.
Dear friends. We were taught to be temperate. Taught to be sober of mine were taught to be taught to be a vigilant were taught to be cautious how can we withstand the enemy.
If we will just be so casual in our in our treatment of our faith.
A person if i may digress for just a second if a person if you buy a new garment. What do you do you you check all the seams right geez is it ripped is it is it old is there a stain maybe there you look you buy a car do you just go in there and say okay heres my money ill drive it away with it now youre gonna have it checked either look at the tires. You didnt look at everything does it have a steering wheel youre gonna check everything isnt it those are just things that you would examine so thoroughly before you will call them your own faith when it comes to the attainment of eternal life will you be just so casual and just swallow.
It hook line and sinker without truly examining it and making sure that it is really what youre supposed to have what youre supposed to do what was the instruction is it be firm be firm interface dont be wishy washy. Remember that we are taught as we also read there you heard me read it hopefully. It was up on up on the screen as well.
We were taught to be wise. So that you will not be deceived. Therefore.
How can we all become wise are we all wise okay i wont expect you to answer answer. That okay are we wise enough to defend ourself when the enemy attacks us proverbs chapter 8 verse verse. 33.
Maybe we asked the question this way too what is gonna make us wise enough against the onslaught of the true enemy. The devil in this battle or spiritual war that he rages against people in 833. The lord said this here in the book of proverbs listen to my instruction.
So that you may be wise and do not neglect. It are we gonna be wise wise and our own understanding wise and our own measurement of ourselves. Oh know what he said he said listen to my instruction.
Thats what will make you wise. The lords instruction is the weaponry that we need to defend ourselves against the true enemy. We need to listen to his instructions that will be the defense mechanism against the devil.
Where can we find the true instructions of god instructions they will not only lead you to wisdom. But it would be your defense against the devils attempt to ruin your life in this world and eternal life. Where are you going to get those instructions live audience.
Whats your answer. Where you gonna get that in the bible. So thats thats where we conclude then just join us here.
The answer to the question of mcclain. What about this war. Its a spiritual war not not bullets in guns spiritual war being raised by whom whos the enemy.
The devil. What will he use to try and ruin us the truth lies trickery deception guile all of that we read whats our defense. The words of god what will it provide us wisdom wisdom unto us how to stand our ground against the enemy.
How can i acquire that wisdom how can i gain. The weaponry. Contained here in the holy scriptures.
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