Of Demons, Demoniacs and the Devil – Part 3

Clearly, Jesus had come to destroy the work of the devil. Jesus’ works, his healings, his forgiveness, his miracles in the world meant that Satan’s hands were tied and Christ was plundering his house. The battle of the ages was being waged on earth and its effects were felt in the spiritual realm. The death of Christ was a betrayal by one man. At the heart of that man Satan had made a contract; Matthew 26:14-16 “Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16 And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.”

Betrayal of a friend for money!

Betrayal of a friend for money!

And in another place, we read, “…Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve; 4 he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers of the temple police about how he might betray him to them. 5 They were greatly pleased and agreed to give him money. 6 So he consented and began to look for an opportunity to betray him to them when no crowd was present.” Luke 22:3-6.

I do not think that either man or monster knew the ramifications of Christ’s death. It was religion that wanted Christ dead. It was the man who sought to profit by it and it was by Satan’s conspiracy the deed was completed. In Romans it is written, Romans 5:10  “For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. This brings us to those scriptures of earlier note: “14 Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death.” Hebrews 2:13-15. The effect of Christ’s death ended Satan’s power of death. For by his death, Christ was resurrected. “…he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him— “Colossians 1:22

Christ descends into the realm of death.

Christ descends into the realm of death.

And for those who believe in the power of Christ’s death, they can say that he, “… saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, … it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 2 Timothy 1:9-10.

Satan never had anything over on God. Jesus understood this as he prepared his disciples for the events that would lead to his death. “I leave you peace. It is my own peace I give you. I give you peace in a different way than the world does. So don’t be troubled. Don’t be afraid. 28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am leaving, but I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be happy that I am going back to the Father, because the Father is greater than I am. 29 I have told you this now before it happens. Then when it happens, you will believe. 30 “I will not talk with you much longer. The ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me. 31 But the world must know that I love the Father. So I do exactly what the Father told me to do.” John 14:27-30. With this said it should be clear that the conflicts in the spiritual realm had real consequences on the world of humanity and the events that were about to happen in the physical world were about to have eternal consequences on the unseen world of spirits.

An empty tomb: “When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his people.”

An empty tomb: “When he ascended on high he made captivity itself a captive;
he gave gifts to his people.”

Over the next 40 years, as the news of the death and resurrection of Christ was preached, thousands believed and were baptized into Christ as a symbol of dying to sin and rising to live a new life. As those who responded to the message were added to the protection of the New Covenant of Christ, Satan’s dominion over humanity diminished. By the time the time the message had established a church in Rome, Paul could conclude, ” For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil. 20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” Romans 12:19-20. This would fulfill the promise God made in the garden. The serpent did bruise the Christ, but death could not hold him. Satan’s head was about to be crushed within lifetime of those early disciples. This final blow was portrayed in the Book of the Revelation, a letter written to the early saints just short of the Roman destruction of the Jewish Nation.

 

Within the pages of the book of Revelation, the writer speaks repeatedly that the events contained therein were “about” to happen. From chapter 1 to chapter 22 the promise was made that the revelations were, “…things that must soon take place.” Rev. 1:1. Christ demands change of his people to whom the letter was written. If they do not change he says, “… I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth.” Rev. 2:16. To the existing churches, he said, “I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have.” Rev. 3:11. After all, is revealed to the early Christian churches concerning the end of the age of Moses, Bible repeats, ” And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.” Revelation 22:5-7. And Christ guarantees those to whom the book was written, “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” Revelation 22:6-8 And several more time relevant promises made by Christ himself guaranteed the early disciples that the contents of the Revelation were to take place in their lifetime.Revelation 22:1-13 and 20.

 

"Behold, I am coming soon."

“Behold, I am coming soon.”

Without going into the peripheral setting of the real world events associated with the writing of the book of Revelation at this time, a strong case can be made that at the end of the age of the Jews, Satan’s final battle against God and God’s chosen people, ended the devil’s reign on Earth. He is thrown into the “second death”, the lake of fire and sulfur. Rev. 20:7-10. “7 And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. 9 And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, 10 and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” It is only after the judgment of the enemies of God that all things are restored. A heavenly city (spiritual city) brings God down to Earth, to live in the hearts of men and to bring a healing reconciliation to the world. Read Revelations 21-22. A brief study shows the characteristics of the city to meet every NT description of the collective church of Christ, a kingdom not of this world.

John 18:36 Jesus answered (Pilot), “My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servant’s fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.”

" I saw the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven." "For the dwelling place of God is with men."

” I saw the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven.” “For the dwelling place of God is with men.”

Conclusion

Today there are no demonic possessions occurring.  Only through Hollywood’s best efforts are demoniacs and devils fictionally portrayed. There are no demons today roaming the earth. Miracles have ceased. Prophets have nothing to say that adds to God’s word and the Devil has been permanently put out of commission. Christ reigns on earth through a spiritual dimension “for the kingdom of God is within you”.  And Angels have taken second place to Christ’s permanent authority over all mankind, as king, as judge, as the mediator, and as God. Many will not agree with this assessment of the scriptures. But a new heaven and a new earth are in place (2 Peter 3:13).

 

"A new heavens and a new earth."

“A new heavens and a new earth.”

 

The old has passed away. Behold all things are made new (Rev. 21:5).

 

Dan

 

 

 

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