Revelations 9:1 The fifth angel sounded his shofar; and I saw a star that had fallen out of heaven onto the earth, and he was given the key to the shaft leading down to the Abyss. 2 He opened the shaft of the Abyss, and there went up smoke from the shaft like the smoke of a huge furnace; the sun was darkened, and the sky too, by the smoke from the shaft. 3 Then out of the smoke onto the earth came locusts, and they were given power like the power scorpions have on earth. 4 They were instructed not to harm the grass on the earth, any green plant or any tree, but only the people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 The locusts were not allowed to kill them, only to inflict pain on them for five months; and the pain they caused was like the pain of a scorpion sting. 6 In those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them. 7 Now these locusts looked like horses outfitted for battle. On their heads were what looked like crowns of gold, and their faces were like human faces. 8 They had hair like women's hair, and their teeth were like those of lions. 9 Their chests were like iron breastplates, and the sound their wings made was like the roar of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. 10 They had tails like those of scorpions, with stings; and in their tails was their power to hurt people for five months. 11 They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is "Abaddon" and in our language, "Destroyer."
The devil, Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub, King of Babylon, and all the other names this Adversary is called, calls us many of us answer the call. The talent this set of individuals has is spanned across the lifetime of this earth. Most of us think it’s just one individual and this is known when we read Job. But you see in the Hebrew Bible the name of the one who can talk to ADONAI is “Adversary”. We also see in Job when ADONAI asked what the Adversary had been doing in Job 1:7, the Adversary answered …. "From roaming through the earth, wandering here and there." The name of the same one who goes back and forth to heaven and converses with God is called the Accuser in Revelations 12:10. We also find in Revelations 9:11 the name Abaddon, which in Hebrew means destruction. This angel is king of the bottomless pit. If we go throughout the Bible we will find various names that describe Satan. In the Book of Enoch I also discovered the breakdown of even more names of the angels who fell from heaven. The catch to this is all of these angels committed a sinful act with the women of this earth accept for the one individual who can come back and forth and converse with The Almighty. Now to give a name to that individual again is time consuming but we all know that one as Satan.
Now, is Satan a bad existence? It’s all in how you perceive Satan. Here’s why I say this, most of us would not fall down if it were not for Satan. I realize that the things that Satan deceives us with gets us in some predicaments but the Devil has a purpose. Although the Devil has a mission upon which is good at, we on the other hand need to gain focus on the image we are to have. Is it Satan’s fault that we listen and follow the gestures he creates? First off, we all are born with the understanding of good and bad through our senses. Some philosopher’s will argue this statement but if you put something sweet into a new born babies mouth, the child will not spit it out. If you put something sour into the baby’s mouth, the child will spit it out. This is just an example of our innate senses. Satan is aware of our innate senses but Satan will disguise the sour taste we all reject with something sweet. We have to distinguish that the sour taste is still there and acknowledge it.
I began this with the story of the “Seventh Seal”, which begins in Revelations the 8th chapter, this revelation brings to light how destruction on the earth will occur once the “Seven Seals” are opened. Here’s the deal, none of us want to be present when this occurs because it will not be a pretty event. Satan has already screwed up and so has a third of the angels who were cast down from heaven. Satan is trying to get as many followers possible and it continues with you and I. Satan is in the churches, on the street corner, in our homes, everywhere utilizing things that will bring us down to his level. But we have to stop it, we have the knowledge of good and evil, but we first must understand it. Understand that Satan will disguise the sour with the sweet. Understand that whatever we are experiencing in our lives has its good and bad points. Acknowledge that what Satan is tempting us with is not good for us. Say to Satan what you are tempting me with will not benefit my wellbeing but if I act as my Savior did and tell you to get behind me maybe you’ll find out what you should be doing. This lifestyle you’re trying to present to me is not what The Father has in store for me and I’m working on my reflection of my Creator. Maybe if you had not tried to be more than the One Who Created you would not be troubled by the end result you are about to face. We have to tell Satan I’m on the road to being a righteous creation acceptable in Eyesight’s of the Almighty God. I don’t need to be standing in the pit of the ungodly, I want to be standing in the glory of my Almighty Creator. My eyes have seen the coming of the Glory of my Lord. You can’t take away my joy devil because my joy comes from up high. My God talks to me and I listen so when you come I’m already prepared for your foolishness, now get behind me Satan cause I’m following Christ’s example.
In the whole land," declares the LORD, "two-thirds will be struck down and perish; yet one-third will be left in it.
This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, 'They are my people,' and they will say, 'The LORD is our God.'"
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin: and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. T he Christian soldier may with the greatest propriety, be said to war a good warfare (I Timothy 1:18) . He is engaged in a good cause. He fights under the eye of the Captain of his salvation. Though he be weak in himself, and though his enemies are many and mighty, he may do that which in other soldiers …
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 2
Zechariah 13:1 When that day comes, a spring will be opened up for the house of David and the people living in Yerushalayim to cleanse them from sin and impurity.
· A fountain - The blood of Christ. Opened - The spouse is to Christ a fountain sealed, but Christ is to sinners a fountain opened. Inhabitants of Jerusalem - The inhabitants of Jerusalem are all to whom the gospel is preached. For uncleanness - For purging away all manner of sins and uncleanness’s.
2 "When that day comes," says ADONAI-Tzva'ot, "I will cut off the very names of the idols from the land, so that no one even remembers them anymore. I will also expel the [false] prophets and the spirit of uncleanness from the land;
· Cut off - I will utterly destroy idols and idolatry. The prophets - The false prophets.The unclean spirit - The devil who sets the false prophets to work.
3 so that if anyone continues to prophesy, his own father and mother who brought him into the world will tell him, 'You cannot continue to live, because you are speaking lies in the name of ADONAI'; then his own father and mother who brought him into the world will stab him to death.
· Prophesy - Falsely. His father - His dearest friends. Shall thrust him through - That is, shall wound, shall chastise him with stripes that may leave their marks behind.
4 When that day comes, each one of the prophets will be shamed by his vision when he prophesies. He will stop wearing a hair cloak to deceive people; 5 and instead, he will say, 'I'm no prophet, I just work the soil; since my youth I've only wanted to be an ordinary man.' 6 If someone asks him, 'Then what are these gashes between your shoulders?' he will answer, 'I got hurt at my friends' house.'
· With which I was wounded - To recover me from ruining myself and others by imposture
In the time mentioned at the close of the foregoing chapter, a fountain would be opened to the rulers and people of the Jews, in which to wash away their sins. Even the atoning blood of Christ, united with his sanctifying grace. It has hitherto been closed to the unbelieving nation of Israel; but when the Spirit of grace shall humble and soften their hearts, he will open it to them also. This fountain opened is the pierced side of Christ. We are all as an unclean thing. Behold a fountain opened for us to wash in, and streams flowing to us from that fountain. The blood of Christ, and God's pardoning mercy in that blood, made known in the new covenant, are a fountain always flowing, that never can be emptied. It is opened for all believers, who as the spiritual seed of Christ, are of the house of David, and, as living members of the church, are inhabitants of Jerusalem. Christ, by the power of his grace, takes away the dominion of sin, even of beloved sins. Those who are washed in the fountain opened, as they are justified, so they are sanctified. Souls are brought off from the world and the flesh, those two great idols that they may cleave to God only. The thorough reformation which will take place on the conversion of Israel to Christ, is here foretold. False prophets shall be convinced of their sin and folly, and return to their proper employments. When convinced that we are gone out of the way of duty, we must show the truth of our repentance by returning to it again. It is well to acknowledge those to be friends, who by severe discipline are instrumental in bringing us to a sight of error; for faithful are the wounds of a friend, Proverbs 27:6. And it is always well for us to recollect the wounds of our Savior. Often has he been wounded by professed friends, nay, even by his real disciples, when they act contrary to his word.
In most cases, Satan’s job is important in a sense of balance. The temptations brought by Satan are just tools we can use to make better decisions. Satan has planted the seeds of a sinful nature, which are found in Galatians 5:18-21; which are sexual immoarility, impurity, bebauchery, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, disseensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and the like. This nature is the reaction of how we live our lives. But you see it all begins within our minds, how we perceive something. For example, someone says something to you that degrades the character of someone you care for. In a caring sense we would want to defend that person by cussing the accuser out. But if we do that, anger will be a part of our demeanor. The lifestyle of Christ demonstrated how to handle all situations. First, put anger behind you, then help the accuser understand how you feel about the whole situation. Christ also planted some seeds in verses 22 and 23 of Galatians 5; which are love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
The devil is in the church and most of us are looking for a physical devil. Stop looking because the seed of Satan is in all of us. I don’t care saved you think you are that seed is in all of us, trying to grow. Take a look around yourself and then go back to Galatians, lets define each “sinful nature:
1. Sexual immorality - Interpersonal activity involving sex organs that does not conform to God's revealed laws governing sexuality.
a. The account of creation (Gen 1:1-28) includes reproductive activity as an essential part of the developmental scheme. This important function is given special prominence in the narrative describing the creation of woman (Gen 2:21-24). In a process cloaked in mystery, God takes an aspect (Heb. sela, improperly translated "rib" in many versions) of Adam and fashions it into a genetic counterpart that is specifically female, and which matches Adam's maleness for purposes of reproducing the species. Adam and Eve are thus equal and complementary to one another, of the same physical and genetic composition apart from the slight difference that governs the characteristic nature of male and female fetuses. God tells them to "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill all the earth and subdue it" (Gen 1:28).
7 "Awake, sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me," says ADONAI-Tzva'ot. "Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered; I will turn my hand against the young ones.
· O sword - Afflictions, persecutions, and the cross. My shepherd - Who is my faithful shepherd, and will lay down his life for my sheep. My fellow - This speaks Christ; man with us, and God with his father, God - man in one person. The shepherd - This great and good shepherd. Turn mine hand - God will turn his hand in favour, and for protection will keep the new, and weak disciples
8 In time, throughout that land," says ADONAI, "two-thirds of those in it will be destroyed - they will die, but one-third will remain. 9 That third part I will bring through the fire; I will refine them as silver is refined, I will test them as gold is tested. They will call on my name, and I will answer them. I will say, 'This is my people' and they will say, 'ADONAI is my God.'"
· Two parts - Not precisely two, but the greater part shall die a temporal death, by the sword of Titus, or in eternal death under unbelief. The third - A remnant, the lesser part, shall escape or be preserved.
Here is a prophecy of the sufferings of Christ. God the Father gave order to the sword of his justice to awake against his Son, when he freely made his soul an offering for sin. As God, he is called "my Fellow." Christ and the Father are one. He is the Shepherd who was to lay down his life for the sheep. If a Sacrifice, he must be slain, for without shedding of the life-blood there was no remission. This sword must awake against him, yet he had no sin of his own to answer for. It may refer to the whole of Christ's sufferings, especially his agonies in the garden and on the cross, when he endured unspeakable anguish till Divine justice was fully satisfied. Smite the Shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered. This passage our Lord Jesus declares was fulfilled, when all his disciples, in the night wherein he was betrayed, forsook him and fled. It has, and shall have its accomplishment, in the destruction of the corrupt and hypocritical part of the professed church. Because of the sin of the Jews in rejecting and crucifying Christ, and in opposing his gospel, the Romans would destroy the greater part. But a remnant would be saved. And if we are his people, we shall be refined as gold; he will be God, and the end of all our trials and sufferings will be praise, and honour, and glory, at the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ cleansed the church, he took the building built on the foundation of life and clraned up to it’s original glory. The dusty anger,