Some people think if you have a Bible the devil is going to run, or when he sees a church he goes in the other direction. No, the devil is not afraid of church. He just wants God’s position, to be the object of worship, causing conflict and confusion among God’s people.
Acts 20:29-30: “I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number, men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.”
Matthew 7:15: “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.”
Jesus said in the last days in Matthew 24:5-6: “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars, see that ye be not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places.”
Matthew 24:20-21: “But pray ye that your flight is not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day. For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.”
Though know one knows the time or day of his coming, the Bible does describe a time of season in the ending times. Note that some of these events have already come upon us. One of the first events was in Matthew 2:1-12 where King Herod sent the three wise men to find Jesus, who followed signs of the star to Bethlehem.
Psalm 147:4: “He telleth the number of the stars, and he calleth them all by their names.”
Jesus said in Luke 21:25: “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars, and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring.”
Biblical Astronomy vs. Astrology
This is not Astrology, this is the lost Bible of Astronomy. Satan being the author and master of magical illusions and tricks of paranormal methods, he manipulates natural forces and uses supernatural elements as a theme of misdirection. Because he is of the spirit and not of the flesh, the devil causes conflict and confusion to control us. When Satan was cast out of heaven with a third of his angels, he knew better than to try to battle the spiritual power of Jehovah, for He is not of the flesh.
An angel from heaven told Mary, “The Holy Spirit is among you and you will have a child and you will call him Immanuel.”
God used Mary to manifest the spirit into the flesh, who became baby Jesus. Now that the Holy Spirit has manifested into the flesh, the devil Satan knew human weakness through the flesh that he would try tempting the Son of man as he did in the wilderness.
Matthew 4:9: “And he said to Him, ‘All these things I will give you if you will fall down and worship me.’”
He hoped that through the weakness he would be successful. Though church is a good place to recharge our spirit bodies, it’s also a place where the devil can hack into our spirit bodies through the flesh. A good example of this is when you are driving along singing Hallelujah to the Lord and then “BAM” someone cuts you off! In a flash of a second you lose all control, and your face turns red and you start honking instead of doing what would Jesus do.
You can see how the devil sneaks in through our flesh that brings us doing things we normally wouldn’t ever do. We exercise our body to keep fit, but what about exercising our spiritual abilities. We should be training our spiritual bodies as if we were training for the Olympics, rather than relying on the flesh.
Many times you will hear said, “he got a lot of spirit, look at that boy run!” We know that the devil wants to be Lord of Lords, that’s exactly why he was kicked out of heaven. Isaiah 14:13: “I will ascend into heaven, I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, and I will be like the Most High.”
2 Corinthians 11:13: “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.”
They try to look like apostles and they teach doctrines to get their own following, for they’re interested in self worship. Question is, how do you know? Well it’s hard to tell when they’re wearing sheep’s clothing. Satan can be transformed into an angel of light, so how do you know?
Matthew 7:15: “You will know them by their fruit.”
You also know them by their teachings in similarities that sound like they’re biblical. Apostles also had problems with wolves among the sheep. John talked about some who had turned on him in the letter of 3 John 1:9-10: “I wrote the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us. Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, preaching against us with malicious words.”
Back in those days there was a church leader, the apostle John, who was turning people away from an apostle that’s got to be pretty bad. John was a nice guy, he was the apostle of love. You find out that one of the first spiritual miracles Jesus did was the casting out of demons. Luke 4:31-33: “Then He went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and was teaching them on the Sabbath and they were astonished at His teaching, for His word was with authority.”
In the synagogue or gathering place, there was a man with an unclean spirit. Luke 4:33: “And he cried out with a loud voice, saying ‘Let us alone! What have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Did you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!’
Keep in mind these fallen angels knew Jesus before creation. Because he occasionally shares some good theology doesn’t mean anything, he’s still the devil. James 2:19: “You believe there is one God. You do well. Even the devil and his demons believe and tremble!” They are not polytheistic, they’re monotheistic. They know there is only one God. Mark 4:15: “And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. Where they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.”
The devil goes to church undercover wearing sheep’s clothing. He hates for people to hear the word of God, and sometimes the devil goes into church to use you and me. Are you aware that the devil does not hunt for haunted houses, he hunts people to haunt like you and me, and every time the word is being preached, he will try to snatch it away like in the parable in Mark 4:15: “Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown.”
As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in their heart. Some seed fell on the wayside and the ravens came along and snatched it away. Mark 5:6-9: “When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. And he cried out with a loud voice and said, ‘What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore you by God that you do not torment me.’ For He said to him, ‘Come out of the man, unclean spirit!’ Then He asked him, ‘What is your name?’”
By using confusion, the devil does not have much of a problem gaining control using the art of performing supernatural feats.
“So it’s not that the devil goes to church. He started church.”
A formulation of Dunndeal Publications from Amazing Facts