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The Satanic Rebellion: Background to the Tribulation: SR4: Satan's World System

The Satanic Rebellion: Background to the Tribulation: SR4: Satan's World System

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The Satanic Rebellion: Background to the Tribulation: SR4: Satan's World System: Babel, Tower of Babel, covenant, covenants, chronology, Nephilim, dispensations, science and the Bible, Millennium, Tribulation, birth of Christ, census of Quirinius, mystery of Christ, mystery of the Church, uniqueness of Israel, seven millennial days, seven days of human history, biblical chronology, Satan's world-system, cosmos, kosmos, cosmos diabolicus, pilgrim, demon, demons, demon possession, satanic influence
The Satanic Rebellion: Background to the Tribulation: SR4: Satan's World System: Babel, Tower of Babel, covenant, covenants, chronology, Nephilim, dispensations, science and the Bible, Millennium, Tribulation, birth of Christ, census of Quirinius, mystery of Christ, mystery of the Church, uniqueness of Israel, seven millennial days, seven days of human history, biblical chronology, Satan's world-system, cosmos, kosmos, cosmos diabolicus, pilgrim, demon, demons, demon possession, satanic influence

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The Satanic Rebellion: Background to the Tribulation
 
Part 4
 
Satan’s World-System, Past, Present and Future
(also available on-line at www.ichthys.com) by Dr. Robert D. Luginbill
Contents of the Series
: The Satanic Rebellion: Background to the TribulationPart 1: Satan's Rebellion and FallPart 2: The Genesis GapPart 3: The Purpose, Creation and Fall of ManPart 4: Satan’s World-System: Past, Present and FuturePart 5: Judgment, Restoration and Replacement
Contents of Part 4:
 I. Strangers in the Devil’s Realm1. Sojourners in the devil's world2. The vanity of life3. The hostility of the world4. The battlefield5. The enemyII. Satan’s Position after the FallIII. Satan's Order of Battle1. The current heavenly truce2. The Kingdom of God versus the kingdom of Satan3. The organization of holy angels4. The organization of fallen angels5. God's employment of evil spirits6. Angelic combat7. Believers versus UnbelieversIV. Satan’s World-System: Tactical Doctrine1. Satanic Lie #1: "I don’t need God"2. Satanic Lie #2: "I am like God"3. Satanic Lie #3: "God needs me"4. The integrated Satanic world-system:5. The believer's perspectiveV. Satan’s World-System: Tactical Methodology1. Names for the devil2. Demon Influence: the Tactics of Temptation3. Demon attack 4. Demon possession5. Accusation of believers6. Resistance
 
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Introduction:
The world that Adam and Eve entered after their expulsion from the garden of Eden could not have been more different from the perfect environment they had so recentlytaken for granted. Instead of abundant prosperity, ready at hand, they had entered a world of limitation, shortage and scarcity. Instead of a world where all their needs were instantly provided for without any effort on their part, back-breaking toil was now necessary for survival,and uncertainty for the future entered into the equation. Life was now a matter of pain, sweat,tears and trouble. Our first parents would also now experience for the first time the full gamut of destructive and sinful emotions, including fear, jealousy and hostility. The domestic tranquilitythat had reigned in Eden as a matter of course would now be infected by anger, frustration, bitterness and resentment. Before too many years had passed, Adam and Eve would even cometo see one of their own children murder his brother. And finally, in crowning futility, when theyhad lived out their finite years, the ground would receive them back to itself as the Lord God had proclaimed. Death would put an end to all they had worked and striven for in the sorrowfulinterim.But God did not leave them orphans on the earth, completely bereft of all hope and of Himself.In the same judgment that rendered our first parents mortal, God also promised them the Seedwho would one day crush the head of the serpent who had deceived them. Christ’s sacrifice wasalso foreshadowed in coats of skin with which He graciously clothed them, replacing thegarments born of their own efforts with symbols of the coming One who would one day die intheir place (discussed in Part 3). Thus before they even left the garden of Eden, God had givenAdam and Eve a new tree of life to replace the one they had forsaken: that is, the cross of JesusChrist (foreshadowed in the animal skins and in the prophecy of the Seed). Like their descendants after them, Adam and Eve were thus given the opportunity to regain the spiritualrelationship with God lost at the fall. He Himself would make the promised sacrifice that would blot out sin and destroy the advantage the devil had gained, crushing Satan’s head first at thecross and making a final end of him at the conclusion of history. It only remained for our first parents to accept our Lord’s generous offer of boundless grace, trusting in Him for their deliverance from the inevitability of the grave, the unavoidable reality which had now becomelife’s central issue.From a spiritual point of view, life remains essentially the same for us today as it was when our first parents trekked out of Eden some six thousand years ago. The critical issue for everyhuman being is identical now to what it was then: we must all choose whether or not to acceptthrough faith God’s solution to the problem of sin and death (in the person of His Son JesusChrist). And just as Adam and Eve were left in the world beyond the point of faith, so also wetoday are not immediately transferred to our heavenly home after salvation, but remain here inthe world to prove our faith, to grow in it, and to help others do the same. But this world is noEden. As followers of God and believers in Jesus Christ, we can be forgiven for feeling ill atease in this present world where we scarcely even seem to belong, for it is not a place where theknowledge of God abounds and the will of God is always done. On the contrary, this parlousworld through which we pass lies largely under the influence of the evil one (1Jn.5:19).
I. Strangers in the Devil’s Realm
 
 
31. Sojourners in the Devil’s World: Though no doubt relieved that the Lord God had not visitedupon them a swift and fiery judgment, Adam and Eve would have been anything but comforted by the harsh realities of the new world east of Eden into which they were forced following their eviction from the garden. This, assuredly, was no paradise. Life was no longer wonderful,especially in contrast to the bounty so recently lost. Everything was now flawed, and strangelyunsatisfying. The pain, the privation, the decay and corruption – and more than the anything elsethe absence of God – must have driven home the contrast to Eden.Unlike our first parents, we do not possess the experience of a perfect Eden as a vivid point of comparison to this imperfect world we now inhabit. But despite the fact that familiarity tends toinure one to hardships, this unforgiving world of trouble and tears has a tendency from time totime to slice through even the most deep-rooted Stoicism, and through even the most fortunatecircumstances, reminding us all that this is not a paradise designed by God for our happiness and pleasure. On the contrary, this is the devil’s world.That Satan’s world of deep unhappiness is essentially corrupt is a truism evident at life’s everyturn. Everything decays. Nothing good lasts. Sin and evil are ubiquitous. And not too far downthe road in every individual life lies the grave, the reward and legacy awaiting us all, no matter how blissful or disappointing our lives have been in the interim. Only God is truly meaningfulhere on earth, if we would but search for Him. Only Jesus Christ offers a solution to the futilityof life and the inevitability of death, if only we would believe in Him. Only on the other side of this life is there true meaning, true fulfilment, true and lasting happiness, when we are at last re-united with the God who loved us enough to sacrifice His Son on our behalf, if only we havechosen Him in this present life over the deceptive vanities of the devil’s world. Until that time,like our first parents Adam and Eve before us, we have been left in this strange and alien worldwhere the blinding reality of God is largely obscured from view, revealed almost exclusively inHis Word to those who seek Him out. Until that time, we wait for something better as homelesswanderers in a world which finds our perspective and our hope worthless, even idiotic. But byour faith and the actions that faith produces, we show the world that we are not of it, do not loveit, and acknowledge that we have no true part in it – except for the God who is the focus and theobject of our love all the days of our sojourning here in the devil’s inhospitable desert (cf.1Chron.29:15; Ps.23; 39:12; 63:1; 84:5-7; 119:19; Heb.11:37-38; 11:13-16; 13:13-14; 1Pet.1:1;2:11).Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
Psalm 73:25 NIV
 2. The Vanity of Life: In His judgment upon Adam and Eve, God laid down the fundamentalcalculus of human life outside of the garden: that we must earn our bread through sweat and toilthroughout our short lives and afterwards return to dust (Gen.3:16-19). The curse of a life filledwith difficulties followed by an inevitable death will only be removed when God has broughthistory itself to an end (Rev.22:3). In the meantime, the cycle of painful birth, thistles andthorns, and return to the ground from whence we were originally taken is destined to repeat for us, one and all.

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