Why a lesson like this – All around the world we see and hear of rebellion and breakdown of law and order, within and against governments, within families and society at large. Why is this and what is its origin?
1 Samuel 15: 23
Rebellion, Sin, Witchcraft - definition
1 John 3: 4
Sin is transgression of the law/let us look at the originator of the first rebellion, sin and witchcraft.
Revelation 12: 7 – 9
The first rebellion took place in heaven led by one with the titles of the great dragon, old serpent, devil and Satan. Let’s look further at him.
Ezekiel 28: 14 – 17
The one who led the rebellion is a cherub angel who is charged with violence and sin. Let’s see what angels are.
Hebrews 1:7, 14
They are serving spirits, not flesh and blood beings. Let’s look further at this cherub angel.
Isaiah 14: 12 – 15
His heavenly title was Lucifer which was taken away and he was called Satan the Devil after he led the rebellion. His wisdom caused him to become proud and he managed to persuade a third of the angels in heaven to follow him. He led this rebellion using witchcraft, turning minds to disobey the laws of God which is sin. Satan and the angels who rebelled are now called devils, evil or unclean spirits. This rebellion took place before God created man upon the earth.
Genesis 1: 1, 26 – 28
God lays out the blueprint for man to rule over the earth and the seas and then bring man into existence.
Genesis 2: 7 – 9
Jesus is tree of life, lets see who else was in the garden with the man and Jesus – hold your spot
Ezekiel 28: 13 – 14
Satan the Devil – back to Genesis 2
Genesis 2: 16 – 17
Man could eat fruit and veg for physical food but could also consume knowledge of Jesus, spiritual food to enable him to become immortals in the God family. However, man got very clear instructions, don’t communicate with Satan because the day you do you will die.
1 Corinthians 10: 21
Mankind cannot be partakers at Satan’s table and God. After giving the man this command God put the man to work preparing him to be responsible before he gave him a wife.
Genesis 3: 1 – 20, 22 – 24
Here we see witchcraft in action, Satan putting a spell on the woman’s mind by contradicting the word of God to get to the man to entice them to sin. People ask me why God allowed Satan in the garden so he could tempt man. My response why didn’t man believe and obey God? Let us look further at Satan’s witchcraft
Genesis 4: 1 – 8
Satan influenced Cain to murder his righteous brother, God had tried to correct Cain’s behavior beforehand, but Cain yielded to Satan and God disinherited him.
1 John 3: 11 – 12
Cain followed Satan in becoming a murderer like him. Satan has set up a counterfeit Christian system and majority of the world have fallen prey to his wizardry. How did he succeed in doing this?
2 Corinthians 11: 3 – 4, 13 – 15
By his ministers who preach another Jesus, another gospel and another spirit. The Jesus born 25 December, who is taking people to heaven, who declares Sunday to be the Christian sabbath day, good Friday Easter Sunday doctrine, doctrine of the trinity, we don’t need to keep the laws as Christ done it all. This is backed up with a whole heap of emotionalism and music with a bit of truth here and there but mixed with deadly lies. Let us look at a conversation between church people with their leaders and Jesus.
John 8: 37 – 44
Satan wants Christendom to believe they are serving the true and living God but has bewitched them to follow him to the lake of fire. That’s why we read in Revelation 12 that he deceiveth the whole world. No wonder the Apostle Paul writes
Who hath bewitched you? In other words, who has cast a spell on you? Through Noah’s son Shem, the Lord raised up Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and Jacob became the father of the twelve tribes of Israel who were enslaved in Egypt and God had a plan because through Israel he was going to bring forth the savior to get man from under the death penalty. The Lord raised up Moses and Aaron to go and deliver a message to Pharaoh to let my people Israel go.
Exodus 5: 1 – 2
Pharaoh said who is the Lord that I should obey his voice and I will not let Israel go.
Exodus 7: 1 – 6, 8 – 12
The Lord starts to show signs and wonders through Moses and Aaron, Pharaohs two witchdoctors/obeah men started to produce magic. Who were they?
2 Timothy 3: 8
Jannes and Jambres
Exodus 8: 16 – 19
Finally Jannes and Jambres couldn’t stand the pace with Moses and Aaron and recognized the hand of God. The Lord got tired of messing around and instituted the Passover
Exodus 12: 21 – 23, 29 – 31
. The Lord was going to pass through the land of Egypt and judge man and gods. All who believed God was to kill a lamb and place the blood over their door and stay in their houses all night. When the Lord saw the blood on the doorpost he would pass over that house and the people would be saved by their faith. This lamb represents Jesus. How did the Lord destroy Egypt?
Psalm 78: 1, 5 – 8, 10, 43 – 49
By using evil angels/unclean spirits/ devils – they too are still serving spirits, they wouldn’t do good, so God uses them to bring evil upon individuals and nations.
Deuteronomy 18: 9 – 13
God lays down the law to Israel his priest nation who have the responsibility to teach the other nations his laws. Let’s go to the new covenant
Acts 8: 5 – 13, 18 – 23
The lesson of Simon the sorcerer – even after believing the word of God and being baptized Simon was still had spells upon his mind and only through repentance and the truth of the word of God being preached are the spells broken and the devils driven out. (strongholds of lies)
Acts 13: 1, 6 – 11
Bar Jesus (son of Jesus) Elymas the sorcerer/an Israelite but a false prophet. False prophets always seek to turn people away from the truth and are children of Satan the Devil.
1 Samuel 13: 13 – 14
God fires King Saul because of his constant disobedience
1 Samuel 16: 14
God took away the angel or holy spirit assigned to King Saul and allocates an evil spirit to him instead. People of God be warned, all this is written down for our consumption lest we decide to walk in disobedience to God. Once the Lord rejects someone who used to serve him, that person is on the way to destruction.
1 Samuel 28: 3 – 8, 11 – 19
Saul having been rejected by God turns to a witch who contacts an evil spirit who pretends to be Samuel the dead prophet. Saul learns of his fate, the fate of his sons and that of Israel and is sore afraid.
1 Samuel 31: 1 – 6
Saul didn’t commit suicide here, he committed suicide when he chose to persistently disobey the commands of God. Let us go and look at Balak the king of the Moabites who was in league with the Midianites and in awe of Israel and wanted them destroyed.
Numbers 22: 1 – 7, 9 – 12, 15 – 18, 20
Balak sought to employed Balaam a witchdoctor, God thought it so serious that he intervened. God told Balaam not to go to Balak but someone else showed up and told Balaam to go. Let’s show you what can happen when we disobey God
1 Kings 13: 1 – 6, 7 – 10, 11, 14 – 19, 20 – 26
Beware of lying prophets and prophetesses because they will kill you if you listen to them.
Numbers 22: 22 – 34
Why was God angry? In verse 12 he gave a command to Balaam don’t go with these men so who was it who told Balaam to go with the men but only say what I told you (Satan) when your donkey starts talking to you in a human voice, pay attention!
Numbers 23: 5 – 12, 19 – 20
Balaam could only bless Israel, he could pronounce no curse for the Lord was in charge of his mouth
Numbers 24: 1 – 9
The Lord placed his word in the mouth of Balaam to prophecy concerning Jesus the lion of the tribe of Judah
Genesis 49: 8 – 10
This is Jacob prophesying the word of the Lord concerning his twelve sons before he died and spoke about Jesus.
Joshua 13: 22
Balaam clearly did not learn his lesson after his encounter with the Lord God Almighty, so the Lord had him killed by the children of Israel when he brought judgement upon the Moabites and the Midianites
Deuteronomy 30: 11 – 19
The word of God which is nigh us is the bible, on the book shelf at home, under the bed, in the closet gathering dust, in our laps, we need to read it because the Lord has declared within it, life and death, blessings and curses and he tells us Therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.