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The Little Book of Daniel - Pete Garcia -
If you are anything like me, watching or reading the news can be a stomach-churning event. The wickedness in this world is continually trying to outdo itself, which is both nauseating and disheartening. The battle against good and normalcy has been an unceasing one. The pervasiveness of evil and wickedness of this world has been relentless. Everywhere you look; something has or is in the process of being corrupted to accommodate a world in decline. Even worse is the western churches role in aiding and abetting this cultural Titanic. Most churches today are not interested in warning people against this ill-fated journey but are actively helping people climb aboard.
For the purposes of this article, let me lead off with two caveats.
The first is I generally do not like posting huge portions of Scripture, primarily because I am limited in space, and can provide either the verse or hyperlink in a much more expedient manner. In fact, I expect you to read the passages for yourself so you do not have to take my word for it. However, I have to make an exception with this particular topic because the similarities these passages bring out.
My second caveat is that this teaching/concept is not original to me. Over the years, I have come to appreciate and utilize resources from a variety of teachers. This concept comes by way of a Perry Stone video. Now, for those of you not familiar with Perry Stone, most people either love him or hate him. He has plenty of detractors. However, I am not here to cheerlead for him. Nevertheless, his eschatological teachings (personal visions aside) are usually pretty spot on. Personally, I do not have a strong opinion on him one way or the other. I only mention this to give credit where credit is due. However, the conclusion at the end of this article is my own. Now, on to the topic at hand.
"But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase." Then I, Daniel, looked; and there stood two others, one on this riverbank and the other on that riverbank. And one said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, "How long shall the fulfillment of these wonders be?" Then I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever, that it shall be for a time, times, and half a time; and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these things shall be finished. Daniel 12:4-7
Most prophecy students are well aware of Daniel 12. It is an intriguing, jam-packed chapter with a lot of information to investigate. Some of the main things that stick out in that chapter are the descriptions of the end times (knowledge and travel increase), and that Daniel's book is sealed. Let us take note of the particulars. It contains:
Most students of Bible prophecy are not as familiar with Revelation 10. When I say familiar, I mean understand it fully. In this chapter, we read about a vision John is given that seems somewhat out of place given the surrounding chapters.
I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a rainbow was on his head, his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire. He had a little book open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars.
When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices...The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hand to heaven and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be delay no longer but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets....
Then the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, "Go, take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the earth." So I went to the angel and said to him, "Give me the little book." And he said to me, "Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth."
Then I took the little book out of the angel's hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter. And he said to me, "You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings." Revelation 10:1-3, 5-11
Again, let us look at the similarities concerning this portion of Scripture.
In biblical times, it was not uncommon for an angel(s) to convey divine messages to prophets and others on direct orders from God. At this point in Daniel's life (given the other interactions and dreams he was given), the message was to seal his writings until the time of the end. But did that end mean when John would receive his vision of the Apocalypse, or is the end in our day?
Perhaps the end refers to some future point in time. John was given the Revelation o/a 95AD, yet most of what he was shown, were things far off into the future. Certainly, the book of Revelation does reveal things that were hidden to those generations beforehand, but much of Revelation still remains a mystery...and will, until it finds its fulfillment inside the Tribulation. So let us look at what the symbolism potentially means.
Nevertheless, in both passages, the angel(s) raise their hand(s) to heaven and swear by God that something will be done. In Daniel, the angel raises both hands to heaven and swears by God that fulfillment will be done in times, time, and half a time (3 ½ years). In Revelation, the angel only raises one hand (the other is holding the little book) and swears by God that there should be delay no longer but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished.
In summary, it is my belief that after the Rapture, the arrival of both the Two Witnesses (Rev. 11) and the conversion of the 144,000 (Rev. 7) are instrumental in bringing many Jews back to their Messiah, Jesus. This is when the Jews will finally start to make sense of the Old Testament prophecies and its correlation with the New Testament. This will naturally lead them to the book of Revelation. In so doing, they (believing Jews) will come to the realization that they are about to enter into the most horrific time in human history. This is why the little book represents symbolically both the sweet and the bitter. It shows them what is in store for them and their non-believing Jewish brethren in the time of Jacob's Trouble (Jeremiah 30:7-11). Not a pleasant thought and probably why it made John's stomach turn.
When you talk to unbelieving or orthodox Jews today, they still cannot (or will not) understand Daniel's 70 Weeks because it points directly to Jesus Christ. Furthermore, their current spiritual blindness is ordained until the fullness of the gentiles is complete (Romans 11:25). The book of Daniel will then serve as the transition book to Revelation for these believing Tribulation Jews, and will use it as a guide to surviving in those difficult days. Both Revelation and Daniel will point them back to Matthew's Gospel, and in particular, the Olivet Discourse. Here, they will read their Messiah warn them specifically,
"Therefore when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place" (whoever reads, let him understand), "then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake those days will be shortened. Matthew 24:15-22
Even so, Maranatha!
Target Israel? Iran Recruits 80,000 Shi'ite fighters In Syria - http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=2215
Iran has at least 80,000 Shi'ite Muslim fighters in Syria at a training base near Damascus, Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon warned the world body on Thursday. Many are believed to be from Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Holding up a map of the Iranian training base, Danon told members of the Security Council: "What you can see here is Iran's central induction and recruitment center in Syria. There are over 80,000 Shi'a militants in Syria under Iranian control.
It is at this base, just over five miles from Damascus, where they are trained to commit acts of terror in Syria and across the region."
The major concern about these militias is not just that they are connected to Iran but that they are putting down roots. "Iranian militias in the south are keeping the territory they conquer instead of handing it over to the regime".
Meanwhile, Danon, who was elected vice president of the 72nd Session of the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, also warned earlier this week that Hezbollah now possesses over 120,000 missiles--more than 17 times the number it had a decade ago during the Second Lebanon War. Hezbollah remains at the center of Iran's Shi'a foreign fighter network.
The Lebanese terror group now has "more missiles below ground in Lebanon than the European NATO allies have above ground," Danon said as he presented evidence to the Security Council on Tuesday.
"When the war ended, this Council pledged that Hezbollah would no longer be allowed to threaten Israel and hold the people of Lebanon hostage," he said. "I have the unfortunate task of informing this Council that 10 years later, the situation has gone from bad to worse. The government of Lebanon never stopped Hezbollah, and Hezbollah never stopped its military buildup."
Syrian Monitor: Twenty-Six Fighters, Mostly Iranians, Killed in Missile Attack - by Aaron Klein -
TEL AVIV - Syrian state television on Sunday reported that "enemy" rocket attacks struck military bases in Hama province and in the Aleppo countryside, with reports of 26 or more pro-regime fighters, mostly Iranians, killed in the blasts.
SANA, Syria's state-run news agency cited a "military source" claiming that a "new aggression targeted military positions in the countryside of Hama and Aleppo provinces with rockets at around 10:30 PM."
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that one of the blasts, identified as a rocket attack targeting the "Brigade 47 controlled by Iranian forces and regime forces" in the southern countryside of Hama, resulted in the deaths of at least 26 people. The monitor said the casualties included "4 Syrian fighters and the rest are of Arab and Asian nationalities, the greatest portion of whom are Iranian."
The monitor said the casualty count is expected to increase, with some 60 fighters still missing.
The target of the attack in Hama was an Iranian depot housing missiles, accounting for the huge explosions seen at the site, the monitor further reported.
The Associated Press reported on conflicting Iranian claims regarding the attacks:
Iranian state television, citing Syrian media, reported the attack.
However, an Iranian semi-official news agency denied reports that Iranian fighters were killed or that Iranian-run bases were hit. The Tasnim news agency quoted an unnamed Iranian informed official in its report but did not elaborate on the denial.
Another semi-official news agency, ISNA, said the strike killed 18 Iranians, including a commander, in a suburb of the central city of Hama. It cited "local sources and activists" for its report.
It was not immediately clear which country was behind the alleged strikes. The Syrian Observatory monitor speculated that Israel was behind the attack. The Israel Defense Forces has a policy of not commenting on operations beyond the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Notably, the attack took place hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talked on the phone with President Trump and the same day Netanyahu met in Jerusalem with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Netanyahu on Monday held an emergency meeting of his security cabinet in light of the developments in Syria.
On April 9, strikes blamed on Israel hit the Iran-run T-4 military base that was reportedly used to operate Iran's advanced drone fleet. The strikes came after the base was brazenly used by Iran to send an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) into Israeli territory in February before it was quickly shot down by the Israeli military. The IDF revealed its investigation concluded the Iranian drone sent from T-4 was carrying explosives and seemingly deployed to attack an Israeli target.
On April 14, there were reports of a "violent explosion" in the southern section of Aleppo province in Syria in an area where Iranian forces were present. Hezbollah-affiliated media outlets at the time claimed the incident involved a controlled explosion.
Silence in the Pulpits - By Daymond Duck -
In Terry James' new book "Deceivers" Jan Markell writes, "Hundreds of people have told me that they cannot find this message (preaching on Bible prophecy) in a single church in their community."
I had trouble believing that a few years ago, but I received an e-mail from someone in Seattle, Washington, a city of about 700,000 people, that said the same thing.
Now, like Jan, I have heard it from others on many occasions, and I believe it.
The list of prophets includes Jesus, Daniel, Isaiah, Elijah, John the Baptist, etc.; all Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable (II Tim. 3:16); Jesus will give a crown of righteousness to those that love His appearing (II Tim. 4:8); the return of Jesus is the Christian's blessed hope (Titus 2:13); the return of Jesus is the Word of the Lord and a message of comfort (I Thess. 4:13-18); it is a message that causes people to give up their sins (I Jn. 3:3), etc.
If these words are true (and I believe they are), why is there silence in so many pulpits?
In a city of 700,000 people, in a nation that was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, why is it difficult for people to find a church where the prophetic message is preached?
Since 25-40% of the Bible is prophecy, why do so many preachers avoid the subject like a plague?
Since God put prophets in the church (Eph. 4:11) and the church was built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ (that prophet) himself being the chief cornerstone (Eph. 2:20), why are so many pastors silent on this God-given subject?
While I was pondering this, it occurred to me that there is fulfilled prophecy (history) and unfulfilled Bible prophecy (future events) in the Bible.
Obviously, all prophecies were unfulfilled when God gave them, but that is no longer the case.
The Christmas story, the Easter story and the gospel were all prophecies at one time.
Concerning the Christmas story, the virgin birth of Jesus; the fact that His ministry would be preceded by a voice crying in the wilderness; that people would call Him Immanuel; that He would be called out of Egypt (after the flight of Joseph and Mary into Egypt); that Herod would murder the babies, etc., were all unfulfilled prophecies. But today they are all fulfilled prophecies (history if you will).
Concerning the Easter story, the fact that Jesus would ride into Jerusalem on a donkey; that He would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver; that false witnesses would rise up against Him; that He would be hated without cause; that He would be wounded for our transgressions; that His hands and feet would be pierced; that He would be mocked; that people would cast lots for his vesture; that He would be raised from the dead, etc., were all unfulfilled prophecies. But today they are all fulfilled prophecies (more history if you will).
Concerning the gospel, the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus is fulfilled prophecy (more history).
So, the problem isn't that some preachers aren't preaching on Bible prophecy; it is that they are only preaching on fulfilled Bible prophecy (history), and they are content to remain willingly ignorant (and to let their church members be ignorant) of unfulfilled Bible prophecy (future events).
The fact that Jesus condemned the Pharisees and Scribes for watching the weather and not the signs (Matt. 16:1-3); the fact that Jesus wept because the Jews did not know the day of His Triumphal Entry (Luke19: 41-42), and the fact that Jesus told us to watch over and over again is casually brushed aside like it doesn't matter whether people watch or not.
Why is this important?
For one thing, in the Great Commission Jesus said teach all of the things that He commanded (Matt. 28:20). "All of the things" includes Bible prophecy.
For another, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable, etc. (II Tim. 3:16). Since God inspired the prophecies, they shouldn't be ignored.
For another, the idea that God doesn't want people to know the prophecies before they are fulfilled is ludicrous. Why would God promise someone a crown for loving those Scriptures, if He didn't want preachers to preach on them? Why would God not want preachers to preach on something that is the Church's blessed hope? Why would God not want preachers to preach on something that will cause people to give up their sins? Who or what is silencing our preachers?
In the Old Testament, the role of prophet and priest was sometimes different; and in the New Testament, the role of prophet and pastor is sometimes different (Eph. 4:11).
In the Old Testament, God sometimes raised up prophets to urge priests that had gotten off track to repent and get back on track.
That may be happening today as many prophecy teachers are urging pastors to preach on prophecy at least every now and then.
Those that have been called to preach the Word have probably been called to preach all of the Word, not 60-75% of it.
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Mole Rats Help Archaeologists Discover Davidic Dynasty City - By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz -
"But a shoot shall grow out of the stump of Yishai, A twig shall sprout from his stock." Isaiah 11:1 (The Israel Bible™)
Archaeologists, aided by burrowing mole rats, discovered a building in the valley below the hills of Hebron attributed to the kingdom of Biblical King David. The discovery is a milestone in the ongoing debate over the veracity of Biblical King David as a historical figure with most archaeologists now looking to the Bible as having a factual basis.
"20 years ago, no one would have said that King David was a historical figure," Professor Avraham Faust, co-head of the archaeological dig, told Breaking Israel News. "I am not the first, or only one, to attribute an archaeological find to King David. There may still be a dispute over this, but today, most archaeologists agree that King David was a historical figure."
The dig, led by Professor Faust and Yair Sapir of Bar-Ilan University, is at Tel Eton, in the valley near the Hebron hills, approximately 30 miles south of Jerusalem.The city that once stood at the site has been identified by scholars as Eglon, a city which fought against the Israelites as part of the five Amorite kings coalition and was later listed as part of the tribe of Judah.
This was the portion of the tribe of the Judites by their clans...Lachish, Bozkath, Eglon. Joshua 15:20,39
The discovery has become part of an ongoing dispute among archaeologists about whether King David actually existed as real historical figure or whether he was just a mythological figure existing only in the pages of the Bible. Faust and Sapir claim that the city was once part of David's kingdom.
"This has bearings on the date in which social complexity evolved in Judah, on the debate regarding the historicity of the kingdom of David and Solomon," Faust and Sapir wrote in Cambridge University's journal Carbon.
Dr. Faust explained how they came to this remarkable conclusion.
"We, of course, did not find any artifacts that said 'King David' or King Solomon' but we discovered site signs of a social transformation in the region which are consistent with a change from Canaanite culture to a Judean culture," Professor Faust told Breaking Israel News. "Since it took place at a time we believed the Kingdom of David began to spread into this region, it is clear this building was part of the events in the Bible ascribed to the Kingdom of David."
This connection between the Bible and archaeology made by Professor Faust can be problematic, as Dr. Eilat Mazar, a prominent Israeli archaeologist, explained.
"Archaeology does not begin with a belief and the Bible and then a search for proof," Dr. Mazar told Breaking Israel News. "We first find evidence and then try to understand the truth behind the evidence."
For the most part, evidence of Biblical events is lacking, Dr. Mazar noted.
"Even with what is written about David, one of the more prominent figures in the Bible, there are very few events that would leave evidence we could find archaeological proof of today."
Nonetheless, Dr. Mazar uses the Bible as a resource to guide her work. This has set her at odds with many other Israeli archaeologists who reject the validity of this technique.
"We can use the Bible as a source to guide our search, but we cannot use the Bible as proof," Dr. Mazar said. "But conclusions are drawn after a very long and thorough process of proof. After proving the connection using archaeological methods, the Biblical connection can now be brought."
Her methods speak for themselves as Dr. Mazar is credited with many major finds.
AnaRina Heymann, director of Jerusalem Watch and the outreach coordinator for the City of David, frequently encounters skeptics who question the historical validity of King David.
"Until 1993, there was no way we could prove that King David existed," Heymann told Breaking Israel News. "That was when archaeologists discovered the Tel Dan Stele."
The Tel Dan Stele, currently on display in the Israel Museum, is a broken stele (inscribed stone) discovered in 1993 during excavations at Tel Dan in northern Israel. It consists of several fragments making up part of a triumphal inscription in Aramaic, left most probably by Hazael of Aram-Damascus, an important regional figure in the late 9th century BCE. The inscription boasts of victories over the king of Israel and his ally the king of the "House of David". It is considered to be the earliest accepted reference to the name David as the founder of the Kingdom of Judah.
"The Tel Dan Stele absolutely one hundred percent proves that King David existed," Heymann said. "It refutes any claim that King David was merely a story."
If verified, Tel Eton will be the second major archaeological site attributed to King David. In 2007, Yosef Garfinkel of the Hebrew University found a large military fortress at Khirbet Qeiyafa approximately 20 miles southwest of Jerusalem. He eventually dated the fortress to the early 10th century BCE when King David is thought to have ruled over Israel concurrent with the structure at Tel Eton.
Professor Faust noted that the site at Tel Eton indicates a remarkable level of cultural sophistication, indicating the society under King David was complex politically and advanced culturally. The archaeological site covers 15 acres, making it the third largest in the Judean region behind Jerusalem and Lachish. When Professor Faust's group first began excavations, they discovered fortifications, suggesting the regional importance of the site. Most of the buildings at the dig were from the 8th century BCE, several hundred years later than the period of King David. But further studies suggested the site had a much more ancient history.
The archaeologists recently announced the discovery of a new structure at the top of the tel (an artificial mound formed from the accumulated remains of civilizations that existed on the same site for hundreds or thousands of years) that was notably well-constructed, suggesting its role as a regional administrative center.
"The structure was what we call 'four-room house' which is an architectural style that was exclusive to the Hebrews," Professor Faust said to Breaking Israel News. "The structure was excavated, almost in its entirety, and was composed of a large courtyard with rooms on three sides. "
"The building was nicely executed, including ashlar stones in the corners and openings," Faust said in Popular Archaeology. "Hundreds of artifacts were unearthed within the debris, including a wide range of pottery vessels, loom weights, many metal objects, botanical remains, as well as many arrowheads, evidence of the battle which accompanied the conquest of the site by the Assyrians."
Researchers believe the city was destroyed by King Sennacherib and the Assyrians in 701 BCE.
The ashlar stones, finely cut and squared-off masonry, were the earliest examples of such masonry found to date. The structure was built on a deep foundation, indicating a high level of sophistication indicating a highly developed civilization.
While exploring the foundations of the structure, the archaeologists discovered a pottery bowl which they believed was an offering to God as a supplication for protection of the building, something archaeologists have encountered before in more ancient digs. This type of foundation offering enabled the researchers to date the building to Canaanite Bronze Age and early Iron Age around 1200 BCE. This was backed up by radiocarbon samples from a foundation deposit and olive pits and coal found on the floor, indicate that the house was first built in the late 11th century BCE.
Faust theorized that these foundation offerings indicate Tel Eton was originally a Canaanite settlement that was later colonized by Israel as it extended its borders to the west under the leadership of King David.
"This has bearings on the date in which social complexity evolved in Judah, on the debate regarding the historicity of the kingdom of David and Solomon," Faust and Sapir write.
The researchers were aided by mole rats, burrowing rodents that live in the region. Archaeologists have little idea of what lays underground when they begin digging and many hours of meticulous work may be spent in a fruitless effort. By sifting through the earth brought to the surface by the burrowing rodents, archaeologists can glean clues about what lays below.
Daily Jot: Disgraceful White House Correspondent's Dinner - Bill Wilson - www.dailyjot.com
The White House Correspondent's Dinner is usually where the media gets together once a year and roasts the President. In years past, maybe because the "president" has been one of their own (translated: Leftist), the jokes have been tempered with a bit of respect for the office. But then again, the immediate ex-"president" told the attendees in 2016 that the media and his Administration were partners and worked together with the same goals to bring truth to America and to preserve democracy. The current president has refused to even attend the gala, saying that he would rather not be stuck in a room with a "bunch of fake news liberals who hate me." He is right. The dinner was full of left-wing, vulgar disrespect.
Headlining the evening was comedian Michelle Wolf, who left no doubt of the evening's agenda. She attacked Trump and his White House relentlessly with vulgar, inappropriate, disrespectful "jokes" that most Americans would not dare repeat at the dinner table. Sexual innuendo was checked at the door as Wolf openly described sexual body parts, used the slang name of the female sex organ to describe the President; attributed perverted sex acts to members of the Administration, and said Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was an "Uncle Tom" to women-with Sanders sitting at the same table from which Wolf was speaking. She called Sanders and Kellyanne Conway liars and the President a racist.
While not a "White House Correspondent," I often covered the White House when Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan were in office. I also covered the 1980 Presidential campaign between Carter and Reagan. As a reporter, I believed in conducting myself above board, respectfully, yet firmly, showing respect for the Office of the President, while at the same time, a toughness to hold accountability to the truth. One can be friendly, but not friends. Also, as a correspondent or reporter, one must seek to report the news without bias, without a political agenda. If it is your opinion, that must be stated up front. It seems all those rules that good journalists once lived by are gone with this generation.
Allowing an agenda-driven leftist disguised as a comedian to address the premier gathering of America's White House reporters with such blatant disrespect and vulgarity speaks volumes about the character and agenda of those bringing so-called news to the world. The New York Times motto is "All the news that's fit to print." When those reporting the news are unfit, the news is also suspect. A free press should not have a political agenda. Today's press is not free because of its agenda. As the Apostle Paul writes in Romans 1:22, "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools." Michelle Wolf's vile, inappropriate monologue, as embraced by the White House correspondents, is evidence of their reprobate minds-a disgrace to free speech and to the title "Correspondent."
Daily Devotion: Keep Moving Forward - By Greg Laurie -
A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. -Ephesians 6:10
During a call-in segment of a radio program I was doing, a man asked, "Does there come a point in the Christian life where somehow you just don't get tempted to think evil thoughts anymore?"
"Yes, it's funny you should ask that," I told him, "because I just reached that point yesterday. It's great."
I was kidding, of course. In reality, this doesn't ever happen in the life of a Christian. Some believers are surprised to discover that the Christian life is not a playground but a battleground. It isn't easy being a Christian, because immediately we discover that we have an adversary, the Devil, who wants to bring us down. The spiritual battle is raging every single day.
As I have often said, the Christian life is a constant process of moving forward. And the moment we stop moving forward, we will start moving backward. We need to put our spiritual armor on. We need to suit up. As we are told in Ephesians 6, "Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places" (verses 11-12 NLT).
And you know what? This wrestling match won't end until we are safe in the arms of Jesus. Wouldn't it be great to think that as a Christian, you somehow could reach a plateau at a certain moment in your life where you would be above it all and no longer be vulnerable? This spiritual fight will rage on until the final day. So keep your armor on. Be aware and alert. And constantly move forward.
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