Saturday, May 28, 2011

Christ's Victory, Satan's Defeat, our Liberty!

by Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
      “Be sober, be vigilant: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour; Whom resist steadfast in the faith…” (1 Peter 5: 8, 9)

     The Bible warns us of the treachery, duplicity, cunning and deceptive abilities of the Evil One to tempt, snare and kill the children of men who are created in the image and likeness of God!
      Every time that Satan looks upon a human being he rages with hatred, fear and a deep foreboding because of his failure to destroy the Jesus Christ (Incarnate Son of God)) Who had come to this earth to defeat him and liberate us!
       He cringes in fear because he knows that he must bow before our Lord Jesus Christ and declare Him King of kings and Lord of lords to the glory of God the Father. And he trembles in agony as awaits his doom of being cast into the ‘lake of fire’ forever! (Rev.20: 10)
      He is haunted by the sound of Jesus’ blood falling to the earth on Calvary’s Hill and Jesus’ cry, “It is finished.” (Tetelestai: gr. It is finished. It is fulfilled. It is paid). Knowing that he will hear those words throughout eternity, and forever remember that it could have been different had he not committed High Treason against his Creator, Almighty God. (Is.14: 12-14; Ezek.28: 2-6)
      In his blind hatred, pride and rebellion he soldiers on in his unjust, evil and wicked cause against God and the jewel of His creation, Man!

      BILLY GRAHAM stated: Man’s fiercest foe from the Garden of Eden right to the end of time is not cancer, communism, disease or death.  It is the devil.”
       Dr. Rebecca Brown wasn’t doing research for a book on witchcraft when she met Elaine, nor was she thinking about evil spirits, demons or the occult.
      Brown, a medical doctor, was shocked by Elaine’s story of fear, torment and bondage.  When therapy and drugs failed to help, Brown was amazed at her patient’s recovery by her acceptance of Jesus Christ.
      After Elaine’s dramatic healing and escape from Satanism, other tormented young people in similar straits began calling the MD’s office, seeking similar assistance.
       Dr. Brown’s recent book He Came to Set the Captives Free is the clinical report of many of her patients, who decided after deliverance, to publicize their traumatic encounters with the devil.
      After seven years of medical and psychological research, the medic was convinced that Satanism is a most destructive and evil power, a power that can be conquered only through faith in Christ.
       This should come as no surprise since Jesus said that Satan - the thief - had come “only to kill, steal and to destroy”. (John 10:10) 
That Satan is a liar is no secret!  That he is the “father of lies” is well known.  Jesus stated: “He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.  When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it”. (John 8:44)

1)     Satan: ‘sah-tahn’- (heb.) for ‘the hater, opponent, enemy, adversary: one who resists, obstructs, hinders that which is good’.  When the form ‘ha-satan’ (the adversary) occurs, the translation is usually (Satan), not his name, but his accurate description: hateful enemy!  Strong’s #7854
2)     Devil:  (gr.) for liar, false accuser, traducer!
3)     Beelzebub:  (gr.) for god of flies, god of filth!

Satan is the enemy of God and man.  The devil is a liar extraordinaire.  He is the filthiest of the filthy: more corrupt and perverted than any abominable sex maniac, sadist, suicide bomber or serial killer!
You may ask, “How can you be so sure that Satan is to blame for all the bad things that are happening in our world”!  PLAIN and SIMPLE:
His hands drip with the blood of millions of souls through his emissaries who enslave, rape, mutilate, murder and terrorize!  He works through power-hungry, hate-filled political and religious leaders who brainwash others into following them on the same path of destruction; hijacking airplanes, taking hostages, bombing public buildings, hospitals, schools, TV stations, buses, trains and bridges, injuring and killing innocent people! 
Satan is the architect of fear, torment, enslavement and war!  He pits man against man and causes divisions in families, communities, nations and churches; resulting in major upheavals, which inflict long term spiritual, physical and psychological scars on all concerned – especially children – bringing untold misery to society.
You must ask yourself: “Who is the originator of sin?”  The answer is: “Satan!”  Again, “Who is responsible for sickness, disease and death?”  The answer again is “Satan, the destroyer”!

      Dr. John Wesley White warns:  “The devil.  We all wish he’d go away.  But he’s around a lot more than he was yesterday, and he’s going to be more visible and vocal tomorrow than he is today.  Like a vast, vicious virus that won’t stop, his iniquitous vices are on every hand.  To be ignorant of his tactics is to lay ourselves open to chronic peril”.

     In his book, The Second Coming:  Satanism in America, Arthur Lyons states “that from a scientific or secular viewpoint, the 1970’s revival of devil worship, witchcraft, sorcery and occultism in America was totally unexpected.  Most intellectuals had expected belief in the devil to disappear within a few years”.
        The Bible states that he is Abaddan the destroyer, and St. Paul warns that he is such a deceiver that he will “appear as an angel of light”. (2 Cor. 11: 14)
       Dabbling in the occult can open the door to possession and a controlled life, which turns people into Satan’s slaves, observes Brown.
       Elaine’s story is one of sadistic and sexual bondage to evil spirits and a ritualistic marriage to the devil.
       Other experts are also sounding the alarm, warning of the dramatic rise in Satan worship in the US and the psychological damage it is doing to unsuspecting youngsters.  As well as the terrible trauma it causes to their families, friends and communities!
       Earlier, Satanism was dismissed as a harmless fad that would soon die out, but now sociologists and clergymen are encountering new, scary and very real problems linked to devil worship.
       Police have been checking out reports that covens of young people are gathering in wooded areas near Los Angeles, to worship the devil.  Sacrificial satanic rituals like killing cats and dogs have been confirmed and officials suspect humans have been sacrificed!


      So serious is the problem, churches in the area sponsored a seminar several years ago on Satanism and neo-paganism just to learn more on the subject.
       The seminar featured a Christian response to evil, exorcism and satanic deception. “Satanism is alive and well, and the sad thing is that it is growing among teenagers”, states Roger Burt, a Christian authority.
       Dr. Billy Graham declares:  “A generation ago, when I began as an evangelist, people generally, and intellectuals in particular thought of the devil as an anachronistic symbol, a handy expression of profanity, or as a superstition believed in chiefly by religious eccentrics.  Today, the devil is getting maximum exposure, precisely as the Bible predicted would happen prior to Christ’s return.”
       According to prophecy, Satan will make a momentous comeback just before Jesus returns.
       He will orchestrate the world’s greatest confrontation, the Battle of Armageddon’.  In the end Satan loses totally.  Only one angel will be needed to cast him into the bottomless pit forever!
       For a short while he will bask in the limelight as a part of a troika - the unholy trinity - together with the antichrist and the false prophet. Then, he will be cast into the Lake of Fire forever. Hallelujah!
      St James gives us some very good counsel: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.
      “Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up.” (James 4: 7, 8, 10)