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Armageddon: Cosmic Battle of the Ages (3 of 12)
Stages of Armageddon
Last week we talked about the visible and the invisible battle and how the invisible battle is constantly raging. What we see visibly happening in our world is an expression of the invisible battle that takes place that we cannot see. Behind the kings and the kingdoms, behind the political powers of this world, there is an evil force. There is an evil personality, not only a force but also personality. Satan is a personality, he is a real being and demons are real beings. These beings have been waging a war against God since the very beginning of time. We learn from scripture that when Lucifer fell according to Revelation 12, Lucifer waged war against God and he took 1/3 of the angels with him and was cast out of heaven. When it says cast out of heaven, it is God's presence of heaven, cast down to the earth and that is the atmosphere around the earth. And God is permitting him to have a realm, a certain authority, and a limited power to test mankind, to have a limited realm of operation. He continues to exist in this realm of operation today. During the time that we have been studying about when the world will enter in to another phase of the world's existence known as tribulation, Satan will continue his war against evil.
I don't know how many of you saw the movie this week on "The Passion of the Christ". I would recommend that you all go to see this movie. I would not recommend that you take young children; it is one of the most violent movies I have ever seen. The violence in this movie is very, very graphic, very bloody. Of course it doesn't matter how graphic it is, it can't be more graphic than Roman crucifixion actually was. I told someone the Romans didn't conquer the world by being nice guys. If you have ever done a study of the Roman Empire then you know just how cruel and how vicious they were. They were known as the "iron boots" of Ro ...
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