2 Kings 25; 2 Chronicles 36; Jeremiah 40,41; Revelation 12
“Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring — those who keep God's commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.” (Revelation 12:17)
War has been declared, and Satan’s goal is to devour God’s children, as it was to overthrow Jesus Himself. We find in the 4th verse, these telling words: “Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born” (Rev. 12:4). One-third of the angels fell with Lucifer to the earth and when Jesus was to be born, the enemy used Herod to kill off all the male babies 2 years old and under in order to try and eliminate the plan of God to redeem mankind! (see Matthew 2:16). The enemy has again declared war on God’s people and he uses modern-day “Herods” to accomplish his heinous work.
The tactics he uses include:
- Misinformation and deception – getting people to believe what is not so.
- Leaders using their influence and example to persuade others toward worldly ways.
Using the things of the world as bait to allure. So, I must hold to the testimony of Jesus Christ even though that makes me the target of the enemy. I will do what I can to reach as many with the Gospel so their minds will be opened to the will of God and see events more clearly, pursue God’s best, and become wise in eternal things.
Jesus, teach me to be a warrior and soldier of Christ, yet with a shepherd’s heart. Help me to be more like You — as I understand the warfare we are in, but instead of growing tougher, may I grow wiser.