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Satan’s Conspiracy for the Heart

Ever since Satan’s great deception in the Garden of Eden, he has been conspiring with his fallen host to deceive the whole world.

Two endeavors stand as Satan’s greatest attempts to overcome God besides his attempt at Christ on the cross.  These were at Job of old, who was God’s delight, and the man, Christ Jesus at the time of his baptism and wilderness trial.  These were his greatest endeavors because so much was to be gained.  In these trials God expressed his delight in the servant quality shown by both Job and the man, Christ Jesus.  God, as it were, laid his sovereignty on the line.  A victory, at least in Satan’s mind, would have put the seat of authority in the lowest echelon of hell.  Satan failed and in rebellious tenacity he conspired against the church of God and, today in particular, he conspires against the remnant of the seed of the woman.

How foolish for the devil to think he can overcome Sovereign God.  And why does he not learn?  Despite his long (six thousand years) battle against God, the devil is a finite spirit creature.  Because of this limitation, he is unable to plumb the depths of God’s knowledge and eternal council.  Also, unlike God’s redeemed – the seed of the woman, Satan will not and cannot believe.  He has no saving faith, and he has no desire to serve as a servant; therefore, he will never believe.

Revelation 12, which is a recapitulation and representation of things past, sets the scene of conflict.

The dragon awaiting the birth of the man child to devour him went hungry because the man child was snatched up to heaven by God.  Following, in heavenly warfare, Michael and his host defeat the dragon and his host.

The dragon was cast into the earth because there was no place for him in heaven.

Upon the heavenly proclamation, “Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ…”  Satan (the dragon) is wroth.  There is also given a heavenly warning, “woe unto you inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”

The dragon then attempted to kill the woman but was thwarted.  “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

The tactics of the devil according to Revelation 12 are a very threatening thing to every Christian personally in the days in which we live.

In the beginning the devil directly assaulted God and he failed.  He then assaulted the woman (church institute).  Though making martyrs of many and minimizing her size often throughout history, he has not been able to eliminate her and therefore has failed.

It is not to be said that Satan does not attempt to dethrone God or eliminate the church today.  He does as can readily be seen in the latter.  The church today is soddened with error and misleading.  Only in clusters, strongly fought for, does the earthly manifestation of God’s Church exist.  The church of the day has become, in many cases, the very tool Satan uses to do his bidding.

With such conspiracy in place, the devil is now turning his deceitful ways upon individuals more than ever.  As a salesman for the local union works amongst the factory workers stirring discontent and envy, dashing the legitimate authority of the employer, so Satan is now by way of many modern tools conspiring for the remnant of the seed of the woman.

As is the case in any spiritual warfare, God has established the boundaries within which the battle is to be fought.  In the case of the remnant of the seed of the woman, the place of battle is the human heart.  That which initiates this battle is God’s imperative requirement; “keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”