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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Antichrist—the Worship of Self, continued
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:3,4—NIV)
In order to understand how and why Satan will attack the saints in Heaven we must understand the dual personality of each true saint. The Bible states that we are dead and our life is hidden with Christ in God, that is, our new born-again life has been raised to the highest throne, the most awesome position of power and authority in the universe.
But we have another life. The other life is our body and soul which are alive on the earth, or our soul which is somewhere in the spirit realm if we have died.
Antichrist is not worried about our body and soul on the earth, or our soul in the spirit realm. His concern is our new nature, which is of Christ and already is located at the right hand of Power. It is this part of our personality that will drive him from the heavens and the earth.
How does Satan attack our life at the right hand of God? By inviting us to emphasize our body and soul so our attention and faith are pulled down until we no longer have our mind set on things above. By many kinds of lies including worldly attractions, the lusts of our flesh, and particularly our willingness to follow our own course instead of looking to the Lord. He also employs the threat of sickness or danger to swerve us from obedience to God.
His desire is to tear us down from our high place in God so our personality consists only of that which is human. Then we are no threat to him.
People will claim it is impossible for us to lose our crown of authority. If that were the case the Lord Jesus would not have cautioned us to let no one take our crown.
In our own day we have seen prominent ministers torn down from their high place in God until they no longer are a threat to Satan's kingdom.
In the twelfth chapter of the Book of Revelation we notice that a third of the stars of Heaven are cast down to the earth by the tail of the dragon. That this is referring to the saints is evidenced by the fact that after the casting down of a third of the stars, Satan and his legions of angels fight against Michael in the heavens. There is no indication that Satan already has lost a third of his army. Why would Satan cast down a third of his warriors when he knew he would need them to fight against Michael? To be sure he would be defeated?
Did God not say He would shake not only the earth but also the heavens?
At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." The words "once more" indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain. (Hebrews 12:26,27—NIV)
Only that which is firmly established in Jesus Christ cannot be shaken. All that is created, that is, the works of the flesh and carnal mind, will be removed in that day. All rebellion and the symptoms of rebellion shall be driven from the Kingdom of God.
To be continued.