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23 MAY 2017

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Chapter 5

Earth – Final Conflict

In Judaism it is said that each human being has two impulses, one for evil and one for good. That dual nature means that you are neither inherently good or bad; and you are, or become, what you do.

I love this title by Gene Roddenberry. It pretty much says it all. And before I get into the techniques used by Satan, I feel it necessary to continue with the discussion of Satan’s past by looking into his future.

Revelation 12:8-9, 12, 17

And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world; was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him …Therefore rejoice, [ye] heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time… And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have a testimony of Jesus Christ.

Satan “prevailed not” and was cast from heaven “out into the earth” for a “short time”. He, having great wrath, makes “war” with those who keep the commandments of God and have a testimony of Jesus Christ.

WAR! Make no mistake about this war. He is at war with you. No one is immune. You’re not. I’m not. In the heavens, as stated in the scriptures, 1/3 of the stars of heaven are already among his casualties. One in three… This is a tremendous loss. So, Satan’s WAR on this Earth is a continuation of the war in heaven. Satan doesn’t like you... He has declared war on you.

You may not be at war with God or anyone else, but Satan is. Beware -- he will never give up until he is locked up... you may be sure that this ancient enemy will kick any door open with the proverbal “six-guns blazing”. He will try to convince you to join that mutinous rebellion against God and his Son, Jesus Christ.

In all my historical reading and experience, I’ve come to the conclusion that Satan has had and is having his war day. He has and will convince men through rhetoric of one type or another to do his warring. With silver and gold, he buy’s armies and rules with terror, pain, hurt, force, and anything else which suits his needs; or in short he is ruling with “blood and horror” on this earth continuing his war with the remaining 2/3 of mankind which did not accept him as their “god”. He wants more casualties. Unfortunately, he is getting them.

Revelation 20:1-3, 7, 10

And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he had laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: after that he must be loosed a little season…

And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison …

And the Devil that deceived them was cast into that lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [are,] and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Revelation indicates a thousand year imprisonment. Then a little season of being loosed followed by permanent death. Now this permanent death is not a real dieing as we know the body. It is called “the second death” in the Doctrine and Covenants. This second death being the everlasting punishment of God. (See D&C 76)

In verse 10 the Devil becomes cast off forever and ever to the lake of fire and brimstone. D&C 76:38 also confirms the casting off forever and ever in describing their state with these words, “Yea, verily, the only ones who shall not be redeemed in the due time of the Lord, after the suffering of His wrath.”

And again later in verse 44 stating “Wherefore, he saves all except them – they shall go away into everlasting punishment which is endless punishment, which is eternal punishment, to reign with the devil and his angels in eternity, where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched, which is their torment.”

My Conclusion:
We, the sons and daughters of God, are at war with Satan; or shall I more rightly say: Satan is at war with us! We chose God’s way in that past “Council of Heaven”. Satan, in his wrath and vindictiveness, wants to hurt God for not giving him His glory. Satan wants to hurt you and me for not letting him become our God. Satan knows that he has been condemned to be cast out forever and ever. He is so insanely angry at you and me that he wants us to be cast out with him where he can torment us and our earlier decisions and to have some influence or control over our souls. And finally, this earth is now the conflict center in that war.

When someone wants to hate you, it doesn’t matter about facts, you are just a target. You are Satan’s target.