God Chose To Reveal Evil

As many of you, I too have been hearing people speak about the warning signs of the last days. Believers are warning other believers and warning unbelievers. Hopefully, people will heed the warnings.

We do not read much about Satan in the Old Testament. Actually, he is mentioned in only 4 of the 39 Old Testament books. He is mentioned as Satan and he is mentioned 18 times in those 4 books and 14 of those are in the book of Job. Yes, he is mentioned as Lucifer but only once in Isaiah 14:12. After Lucifer fell he is now known as Satan.

Isaiah 14:12-24 KJV  “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
[13] For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
[14] I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
[15] Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
[16] They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
[17] That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
[18] All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.
[19] But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.
[20] Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.
[21] Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.
[22] For I will rise up against them, saith the Lord of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the Lord .
[23] I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the Lord of hosts.
[24] The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:”

Scripture is clear, there were three archangels Michael,  Gabriel and Lucifer and Lucifer rebelled against God and he took one third of the angels with him. This is not a post about angels though.

Interestingly we see Satan mentioned in 4 Old Testament books but when it comes to the New Testament,  Satan is mentioned in 14 of the 27 books. About half of the New Testament mentions Satan.

So if the Jewish people wanted to know about Satan, they had Job’s experiences, Zechariah mentioned Satan twice, David once and God mentions it was Satan that provoked King David to sin in 1 Chronicles 21:1 KJV  “And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.”

Why do you think God mentioned Satan in only 4 books out of 39 Old Testament books and in 14 books of 27 New Testament books? Jesus mentions Satan 15 times! And Paul? Paul mentions Satan 11 times. Then he is mentioned in Acts 5 and several times in Revelation.

Clearly God opens our understanding to a spiritual realm in the New Testament. But there are two verses that stood out to me today. One, God tells us he does as he thought. Look at Isaiah 14:24 KJV
“The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:”

And God was pleased with Job after Satan attacked Job, why?
Job 2:10 KJV “But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.”
Because after everything Job went through, he watched what he said. He guarded his lips. Look at how many times lips, mouth, speech are mentioned in Proverbs 16.

Look at  Proverbs 16:23-30 KJV
“The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
[24] Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
[25] There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
[26] He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.
[27] An ungodly man diggeth up evil: and in his lips there is as a burning fire.
[28] A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
[29] A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.
[30] He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.”

We may watch what we say when things are going smooth but what about when trouble or problems come? And if thinking and speaking good can bring good then thinking and speaking evil things can bring evil.

Clearly, the New Testament brings mankind into a new knowledge of God that was pretty much hidden in the Old Testament because Satan is only mentioned in 4 of the 39 books. God wanted us to know who Satan is, how he works, how we can defeat his attacks and remove the blinders we had on toward spiritual attacks. So God mentions Satan by name in 14 of the 27 New Testament books.

How can you fight against an enemy you do not see, know or understand?

Ephesians 6:10-18 KJV  “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
[11] Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
[12] For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places .
[13] Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
[14] Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
[15] And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
[16] Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
[17] And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
[18] Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”

Until next time.

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