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The Daily Word of Righteousness
If You Love Me . . ., #22
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. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, (Hebrews 12:26-28)
There can never be a peaceful doing of God's will on the earth until first the heavens have been shaken and all rebellion removed.
Let us look at our verse once again.
It set itself up to be as great as the Prince of the host; it took away the daily sacrifice from him, and the place of his sanctuary was brought low. (Daniel 8:11)
The Prince of the host of God is the Lord Jesus, as we understand it. Antichrist removed the daily sacrifice from the Lord. It may be difficult for us to realize but the day will soon come when the whole world is worshiping the Lawless One. And this after the latter-rain revival has brought the witness of the Kingdom of God to every nation on earth!
All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. (Revelation 13:8)
The place of Christ's sanctuary is the hearts of the believers. The sanctuary will be brought low in that many who have worshiped the Lord Jesus will be deceived and begin to worship the Man of Lawlessness.
The Lord warned us to be careful that our crown not be taken from us. If we are not faithful in the things of God our place of ruling in God, our "stardom" if you will, will be removed from us and given to another, as in the parable of the talents.
When a Christian leader, a saint, succumbs to worldliness, or lust, or unforgiveness, or self-will, that is the bringing low of Christ's sanctuary.
Because of rebellion, the host of the saints and the daily sacrifice were given over to it. It prospered in everything it did, and truth was thrown to the ground. (Daniel 8:12)
There is rebellion against God even in the saints. This will be manifest in the last days. When Peter and his fellow apostles strove among themselves concerning who would be greatest in the Kingdom, that was Satan expressing himself. Satan stated that he would put his throne above the stars of God.
You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain." (Isaiah 14:13)
What was Jesus' response? "Satan has desired to sift you as wheat."
Satan will sift all the stars of God before the Kingdom of God finally comes to the earth. Satan will sift you and me!
"Truth was thrown to the ground." The battle revolves around truth. Is Christ the truth or is Lucifer the truth? Which one is the true day star that announces the Day of the Lord? What is your answer? Your answer will be tested by every conceivable device in the days to come.
Christ has the power to keep you from all spiritual harm, but only as you have in you the love of the truth. Numerous Christians of our day love their traditions and they hold to them, but they are not seekers after truth. If the truth disturbs their comfort they turn again to their traditions just as did the Pharisees of old.
Are you a lover of truth or of your church traditions?
To be continued.