Beast Permitted To Wage War Against Saints

Spiritual warfare is here!  Remember that Satan and his minions know scripture and they are willing to twist it to test your faith.

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Here’s an example:

Let’s say you have parents that have verbally denounced their faith in Jesus Christ and have asked you to never speak about your faith or you are no longer part of the family. Those parents may take this out of scripture:  “Honor Your Father And Your Mother”.

Well honoring your father and mother does not include compromising your faith.  We are to always show them the characteristics of Christ and pray for them.  Do not respond with any hate, unforgiveness or anger in your heart.  Sometimes we have to walk away from those that refuse the truth.  You must love them, no matter what they do or say.

Satan tempted Jesus and quoted scripture.  Here’s how Jesus responded to him:

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Matthew 4:1-11

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. 2 After He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, He was hungry. 3 Then the tempter approached Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”  4 But He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
5 Then the Devil took Him to the holy city, had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: He will give His angels orders concerning you, and they will support you with their hands
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
7 Jesus told him, “It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God.”8 Again, the Devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 And he said to Him, “I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus told him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him.” 11 Then the Devil left Him, and immediately angels came and began to serve Him.


Revelation 13

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The Beast from the Sea
And I saw a beast coming up out of the sea. He had 10 horns and seven heads. On his horns were 10 diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names.

2 The beast I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like a bear’s, and his mouth was like a lion’s mouth. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.

3 One of his heads appeared to be fatally wounded, but his fatal wound was healed. The whole earth was amazed and followed the beast.

4 They worshiped the dragon because he gave authority to the beast. And they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to wage war against him?”

5 A mouth was given to him to speak boasts and blasphemies. He was also given authority to act for 42 months.

6 He began to speak blasphemies against God: to blaspheme His name and His dwelling—those who dwell in heaven.

7 And he was permitted to wage war against the saints and to conquer them. He was also given authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation.

8 All those who live on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name was not written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slaughtered.

9 If anyone has an ear, he should listen:

10 If anyone is destined for captivity, into captivity he goes.
If anyone is to be killed with a sword, with a sword he will be killed.
This demands the perseverance and faith of the saints.

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The Beast from the Earth
11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; he had two horns like a lamb, but he sounded like a dragon.

12 He exercises all the authority of the first beast on his behalf and compels the earth and those who live on it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed.

13 He also performs great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in front of people.

14 He deceives those who live on the earth because of the signs that he is permitted to perform on behalf of the beast, telling those who live on the earth to make an image of the beast who had the sword wound and yet lived.

15 He was permitted to give a spirit to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast could both speak and cause whoever would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.

16 And he requires everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to be given a mark on his right hand or on his forehead,

17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark: the beast’s name or the number of his name.

18 Here is wisdom: The one who has understanding must calculate the number of the beast, because it is the number of a man. His number is 666.

Mustard Seed Faith — Remember Our Authority In The Name Of Jesus

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Luke 17:6   “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,” the Lord said, “you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.

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Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there among them.”

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Mark 16:14-18

14 Later, He appeared to the Eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table. He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who saw Him after He had been resurrected.

15 Then He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.

16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages;

18 they will pick up snakes; if they should drink anything deadly, it will never harm them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will get well.”

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Psalm 17
A Prayer for Protection
1 Lord, hear a just cause; pay attention to my cry;
listen to my prayer— from lips free of deceit.
2 Let my vindication come from You, for You see what is right.
3 You have tested my heart; You have examined me at night.
You have tried me and found nothing evil;
I have determined that my mouth will not sin.
4 Concerning what people do: by the word of Your lips
I have avoided the ways of the violent.
5 My steps are on Your paths; my feet have not slipped.
6 I call on You, God, because You will answer me;
listen closely to me; hear what I say.
7 Display the wonders of Your faithful love,
Savior of all who seek refuge from those who rebel against Your right hand.
8 Protect me as the pupil of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings
9 from the wicked who treat me violently,  my deadly enemies who surround me.
10 They have become hardened;  their mouths speak arrogantly.
11 They advance against me; now they surround me.
They are determined to throw me to the ground.
12 They are like a lion eager to tear, like a young lion lurking in ambush.
13 Rise up, Lord!  Confront him; bring him down.
With Your sword, save me from the wicked.
14 With Your hand, Lord, save me from men,
from men of the world whose portion is in this life:
You fill their bellies with what You have in store;
their sons are satisfied, and they leave their surplus to their children.
15 But I will see Your face in righteousness;
when I awake, I will be satisfied with Your presence.

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Psalm 91
The Protection of the Most High
1 The one who lives under the protection of the Most High
dwells in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 He Himself will deliver you from the hunter’s net,
from the destructive plague.
4 He will cover you with His feathers; you will take refuge under His wings.
His faithfulness will be a protective shield.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night, the arrow that flies by day,
6 the plague that stalks in darkness, or the pestilence that ravages at noon.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand,
the pestilence will not reach you.
8 You will only see it with your eyes and witness the punishment of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord—my refuge,
the Most High—your dwelling place,
10 no harm will come to you; no plague will come near your tent.
11 For He will give His angels orders concerning you,
to protect you in all your ways.
12 They will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the young lion and the serpent.
14 Because he is lovingly devoted to Me, I will deliver him;
I will protect him because he knows My name.
15 When he calls out to Me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble. I will rescue him and give him honor.
16 I will satisfy him with a long life
and show him My salvation.

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Ephesians 6:10-20

Christian Warfare
10 Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength.

11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil.

12 For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.

13 This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand.

14 Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist,
righteousness like armor on your chest,

15 and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace.

16 In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish
all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

17 Take the helmet of salvation,  and the sword of the Spirit,
which is God’s word.

18 Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.

19 Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel.

20 For this I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I might be bold enough in Him to speak as I should.

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Matthew 10:21-22 (Persecution)

21 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will even rise up against their parents and have them put to death. 22 You will be hated by everyone because of My name. But the one who endures to the end will be delivered.

 


“I Shall Not Be Moved”


“When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder”


“Nearer, My God, to Thee”

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14 thoughts on “Beast Permitted To Wage War Against Saints

  1. This looks like an EXCELLENT post.
    It’s one very appropriate to the time we are in now.
    I always pray Psalm 91, and often “The Armor of God.”
    Psalm 17 is not one I have thought to use, but it looks very good.

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  2. We are now living in a most deceptive time. The Trump victory has bought in My eyes a short reprieve for salvation! But now is not the time to sleep but to keep the flag of Christ high.

    The most devastating war against you as a saint is the one you dont know is waged against you!

    Remember the Vietnam war americans? The most innocent looking ploys were used to attack american servicemen with devastating effect to morale.

    Now you have recently won what seems a victory, the enemy is cunning! He will attack in the midst of euphoria. Trust the Lord and his words not earthly seemingly safe ground.

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    1. My exact thoughts Stig! Most alternative news are now on the Trump bandwagon so are not reporting movement by military, UN etc. Our little road has been slammed today with high speed motorcycles, unusual military trailers, white vans etc. Just odd, and all I see on reports is the “yay trump” stuff.

      On another note……the warfare has intensified also. I got slammed for a day I thought I was totally gonna lose it. Praise the Lord His Peace broke back through when I started praying for everyone! What He showed me though, didn’t become clear until today. Watching those closest to us change before our eyes…………literally “seeing and feeling” that spirit not of Christ, is a time for targeted warfare as never before. There’s a spirit that is strong sweeping the lands and it ramped up with all going on via elections, and anger, hatred, immorality ……..the war for souls has never been greater!

      It is indeed going to take a huge event to wake up many. My prayer is people will hit their knees seeking Jesus, vs blaming God …………

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  3. Daily Devotional — 11/15/16

    PAYING THE PRICE
    Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. Ephesians 6:19-20

    Martha was a young Chinese Christian engaged to be married but decided to postpone her marriage for two years to answer the call of God to deliver Bibles where they were urgently needed in her country. David Wang shares her story:

    I recall meeting her once in the city of Xian. We had arranged to meet at 9 p.m., but she did not turn up until about 1 a.m. She was delayed because she had been delivering Bibles in a nearby village. But the local commune leaders discovered what she was doing. They beat her up, robbed her, and threw her on a deserted road. It was a miracle that she was able to make it to our appointment.

    I noticed something was wrong with Martha. She was thin as a wire and her face was bloated. I asked, “What is the matter with you? Did they beat you up?”

    “Oh, no,” she said, “I’ve had this problem for some time now.” Then she rolled up her pants to show me legs covered with stings and mosquito bites. As she traveled in the remote countryside of China, often she had to sleep in deserted huts or even out in the fields. She was literally eaten up by bugs and mosquitoes.

    “Tomorrow we must go to a doctor,” I urged her.

    “No, no,” she said, “I have to catch an early train tomorrow to go to Inner Mongolia. Where are the Bibles?” Her only concern was to get Bibles delivered!

    In August 1983, Martha disappeared – as though she had just vanished into thin air. That was during China’s ‘Anti-Crime Campaign’ when many people were arrested and executed throughout China. We became concerned for Martha.

    Later we got a letter from her through her friends. It was not really a letter – just a little piece of paper. She had been arrested and charged for distributing “superstitious materials” in the People’s Republic of China.

    The little note read: “I don’t know what the penalty will be, but please pray for me.” She quoted Paul’s words in Ephesians 6:19-20. A few weeks later, we received word that twenty-four-year-old Martha had been executed. She paid the price.

    RESPONSE: Today I will pay the price in serving Jesus in my area regardless of the risks.

    PRAYER: Lord, Martha’s story humbles me. Help me love and serve You as much as she did.

    Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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  4. Daily Devotional — 11/16/16 (Sharing today’s devotional may offend some — I am simply providing the scripture they referenced below it. I make no judgment against anyone. There are some that like to pick and choose the scripture they like and avoid the ones they don’t).

    The Way God Intended

    Song of Songs 8:6–7
    Recommended Reading: Genesis 2:18–25; Matthew 19:1–9; Hebrews 13:4

    This passage, perhaps as powerfully as any other in the entire Bible, defines and describes for modern readers God’s intentions when he invented and defined the institution of marriage.

    Marriage as a concept lies deep within our collective psyche. Preschoolers role-play the family unit as part of their playground fun. Preteen girls dream of the day when they’ll walk down the aisle in a flowing white gown. Matchmaking businesses and Web sites thrive as people look for that elusive one perfect person to know and love for the rest of their lives. The vast majority of adults who live in Western cultures either are, have been or someday intend to be married. Such hopefulness in the face of a consistent 50 percent divorce rate! And yet, despite the well-publicized antics of the Hollywood set, marriage remains one of the key building blocks of family life and society as a whole.

    And that’s just what God intended. The language in this passage is powerful as it speaks to the implications of marriage. One scholar has said that this passage “characterizes marital love as the strongest, most unyielding and invincible force in human experience.” Now that’s saying something! Despite the failure of individuals, the bar of God’s expectations for marriage is set sky-high. And note the implications of the last part of verse 7: True, lasting marital love involves deep integrity on the part of both parties. To paraphrase: “Money can’t buy me love.”

    The power of marriage lies in the power of a promise, sealed with God’s stamp of approval, that one man makes to one woman. The promise to love another person “until death do you part” is as deep a commitment as one can make in this life. As one pastor put it, “The power to make and keep a promise is one of the strongest in the world, for it brings the promise maker within a millimeter of what it means to be like God, who makes and keeps his promises to his people.”

    True, enduring, lifelong commitment is God’s expectation for marriage, and it has been since the Garden of Eden. That’s not to say that God expects us to be perfect as we relate to one another; we are, after all, still living under the effects of sin. But despite our failures, the goal for the respect we are to show toward the institution remains the same, “for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave” (Song of Songs 8:6).
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    Referenced Scripture:

    Song Of Solomon 8:6-7
    6 Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm.
    For love is as strong as death; ardent love is as unrelenting as Sheol.
    Love’s flames are fiery flames— the fiercest of all.
    7 Mighty waters cannot extinguish love; rivers cannot sweep it away.
    If a man were to give all his wealth for love, it would be utterly scorned.

    Genesis 2:18-25
    18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper as his complement.” 19 So the Lord God formed out of the ground every wild animal and every bird of the sky, and brought each to the man to see what he would call it. And whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all the livestock, to the birds of the sky, and to every wild animal; but for the man no helper was found as his complement. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to come over the man, and he slept. God took one of his ribs and closed the flesh at that place. 22 Then the Lord God made the rib He had taken from the man into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 And the man said:
    This one, at last, is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh;
    this one will be called “woman,” for she was taken from man.
    24 This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh. 25 Both the man and his wife were naked, yet felt no shame.

    Matthew 19:1-9
    Divorce & Adultery

    19 When Jesus had finished this instruction, He departed from Galilee and went to the region of Judea across the Jordan. 2 Large crowds followed Him, and He healed them there. 3 Some Pharisees approached Him to test Him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife on any grounds?”
    4 “Haven’t you read,” He replied, “that He who created them in the beginning made them male and female,” 5 and He also said: “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.”
    7 “Why then,” they asked Him, “did Moses command us to give divorce papers and to send her away?”
    8 He told them, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because of the hardness of your hearts. But it was not like that from the beginning. 9 And I tell you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”

    Hebrews 13:4
    4 Marriage must be respected by all, and the marriage bed kept undefiled, because God will judge immoral people and adulterers.

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