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Spiritual Warfare (16 of 18)
Series: Simple Faith
Few topics have more varying beliefs than that of spiritual warfare. Some deny the existence of any supernatural opponent, while others exalt Satan into a rival god. And you'll find anything in between these two extremes. These variations are nothing new. Even in Jesus' day, not only did the people have varying superstitions, but there were also groups like the Sadducees, who denied the supernatural. The Sadducees were religious leaders along with the Pharisees, but they denied the resurrection, afterlife, and denied the existence of angels137.
The only way to deny the spiritual world is to discredit the entire Bible. This includes denying the teachings and resurrection of Jesus. Christ made it clear that each of these exists. This includes Satan.
Unfortunately, people add personal beliefs to the scriptures, take the spiritual world, and create something that does not exist. There is a tendency to make Satan into something more powerful than he is. Once I listened to a sermon on the radio where the pastor said, "Satan is a being of incredible power and we should be afraid of him."
That isn't exactly what the Bible says about Satan. Let's take a peek at the end of all things and see how the 'mighty' Satan is bound. Revelation 20:1-3
1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;
3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.
There is an interesting fact in this passage that most people overlook. When God is doing something great, He sends a high ranking angel. When God sent an angel to the prophet Daniel, it was Gabriel. The n ...
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