"How you are fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning (Day Star)! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations!" Isaiah 14:12
Who is this Lucifer, where did he come from, and why should we concern ourselves with him? Well, for one thing this fallen angel was created as one of God's own angelic sons, perfect in beauty, full of wisdom, stronger than any other angel, he was a sight to behold, that is until iniquity was found in him and he was cast out of Heaven. Lucifer, Beelzebub, devil, dragon, Satan, a creature of many names and disguises, non the less he is the "Anointed cherub who covers"!
Cast out of Heaven for rebellion, trying to take over the kingdom, he convinced a third of the angels to revolt against the Most High God! Blinded by pride and selfish ambition he stormed the gates of paradise only to be defeated by his angelic brothers, Gabriel and Michael leading an angel band who defeated him and threw him out along with his cohorts only to descend into the earthly garden prepared for God's newest creation, Adam and Eve. Like a stealthy predator filled with anger and violence Lucifer eyed the humans, watching their every move like a hungry lion and then suddenly he appeared before them in the form of a beautiful serpent. Startled by his appearance before them and hearing him speak mesmerized them as they listened to his smooth silky voice, "Has God said?"
God had given Adam a command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and expected him to inform Eve of His instruction, but obviously she wasn't listening and told the serpent that they were not to eat of the tree or touch it or they would die. God didn't say anything about not touching the tree because it was part of their duties to take care of it, but not to eat it's fruit. At that point the serpent struck them right between the eyes when he said, "You surely shall not die!" Have you ever heard those words whispered in your ears as you were being tempted with evil as they were, well, I would bet most of the world's population have been seduced by the serpent's lies, leading them into sin and ultimately death?
Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die. "For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." Genesis 3:4,5
THE NATURE OF HIS GAME
"Pleased to meet you, hope you get my name, but what's puzzling you is the nature of my game!" Sympathy for the devil, The Rolling Stones
The nature of Lucifer's game is and will always be to rob, kill and destroy all that God has created. He is the supreme master of disaster, hell bent on the destruction of the body of the living Lord Jesus on the earth. The body of Christ today for the most part is totally ignorant of the devil's diabolical scheme against them to take them captive and lock them away in a tomb of religious ritual and tradition, choking the spiritual life out of them and ultimately destroying the mission of the church of Jesus Christ!
Like little innocent sheep, naive and unequipped, led by greedy shepherds who because of ignorance, pride, greed and selfish ambition have locked them away and chained them in a prison of shame, obligation, guilt and mechanical repetition so they slowly die of malnutrition and spiritual apathy. Like a frog in a pan of water in which the heat is slowly turned up to the point of boiling he never knew what was happening to him until it was too late! It took hundreds of years for Lucifer to seduce men to move back into a dead religion but like the frog, the heat was turned up so slow that they too never knew what happened until it was too late. Through tradition, ritual and just enough love for the world and its culture, not to mention the right amount of paganism, the church slowly sunk into a comatose condition as it remains today.
This angel of light has been totally underestimated in his ability to deceive us using subterfuge and outright lies to bring about such a huge diabolical plan to destroy the body of Christ, but he has succeeded in his endeavors by injecting a powerful and deadly dose of religion into her veins putting her to sleep in her coffin of consumer driven, event motivated, only on Sunday, assembly of the dead. Say its not so, but it is, remember the parable of the ten virgins? Five were wise and five were foolish and remember what woke them up? The blast of a trumpet of warning and so it will come to pass as true men of God begin to preach truth and restore to the church that which Lucifer has stolen, a relationship with the Lord Jesus bringing about the return of His glorious presence!
Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses (wake up) and escape the snare (trap) of the devil, (Lucifer) having been taken captive (possessed) by him to do his will. II Timothy 2:22-26
SOUND THE ALARM!
Blow the trumpet in Zion. And sound and alarm in My Holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; for the day of the Lord is coming, for it is at hand; a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, like the morning clouds spread over the mountains. Joel 2:1,2
Several months ago one of the men in our fellowship brought to my attention the fact that strange sounds were being heard in various places around the world and no one could figure out what they were or where they were coming from. When I asked the man to get the sounds up on his I-phone I listened and immediately knew what it was, the sound of a ram's horn, the same as Israel used when sounding the alarm that the enemy was coming. Only those who have ears to hear will know the sounds of the warning to awake and heed the voice of the Most High to prepare to meet the Lord Jesus!
When Jesus came suddenly to His temple, Israel was in a state of spiritual decline, trapped in a dead religion of tradition and ritual as we are today and the only way to free His people was to totally destroy the old in order to bring in the new. By His death on the cross the old priesthood was also pronounced dead and a new and living way came into being, a new priesthood of believers would emerge making up a human temple in which the Holy Spirit would now reside. Hundreds of years ago Lucifer conceived a diabolical plan to destroy the works of God and to defeat His new body by ensnaring them and resurrecting the old priesthood in which the natural function and growth of the believer was stunted and eventually stopped all together by keeping the new converts in a perpetual kindergarten where they would remain children, never attaining full maturity in Christ!
Because we have been born into this traditional religious system it is ingrained in our minds and hearts that this is the acceptable way that God planned for His people and so we continue to go to church instead of being the church of the living God! Housed in a building, led by a man, kept in the dark and made to believe this is the right way, the once royal priesthood is turned into a multitude of spectators cheering for a team which doesn't even exist. A church on every corner, divided from one another, the family of God splintered into little sheep pens of despair leaving the body unable to function in their gifts or fellowship with their other family members because greedy shepherds hold them in bondage to "their" church. For your information, the church belongs to God, not man, and for a pastor to say that you belong to him is a lie from the pits of Hell!
"And at midnight a cry was heard: Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet Him!" "Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. "And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' "But the wise answered, saying, 'No lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.' "And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came and those who were ready went in with Him to the wedding; and the door was shut." Matthew 25:6-10