As a part of humanity, whether acknowledged or not and whether one happens to be a believer, an agnostic or an atheist, ALL of mankind is at war with an unseen enemy, whom the Bible says walks about as a roaring lion seeking them whom he can devour!
The Bible is actually a love letter that has been given to God’s children, and in it we are given the history of all that God has done in order to be reconciled with His estranged and much loved children.
It also contains a road map that gives directions to all of God’s estranged children, of all who will heed His message and respond by faith, in how they can enter into covenant relationship with God and be restored back into His eternal family.
The oldest book in the Bible is the book of Job (believed to have been written between 2000 – 1800 BC), and in it we are given a view behind the veil, in what goes on behind the scenes in what the Bible terms the Second Heaven, which I believe not to be a geographic location that can be seen in the natural or physical realm, or plotted on a map; but rather I believe it to be another dimension.
There are Astro Physicists today who have stated that they believe there may be as many as 11 different dimensions, and only 3 of them are discernable in the natural.
Interesting enough, the ancient Hebrew Bible scholars of old had arrived at that same conclusion and/or hypotheses many years ago, just from their understanding and study of the Scriptures alone.
Jesus said that God is a Spirit and all who would worship Him (meaning also to have communion with Him) must do so in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:24).
As members of mankind, as created beings ourselves, the Bible tells us that we are God’s offspring, and that we have been created in the image and likeness of God; and though we are created after His image and likeness, it is not in our physical makeup, or in a physical sense here that is being talked about; but rather it is our spiritual man who is created in the image and likeness of God.
We are in fact spiritual beings who happen to live in a physical earth suit, called our bodies, which the Bible terms as a temporary tent, if you will, or habitation.
It is these natural earth suits, which are our natural bodies, which are made of mere clay, that gives to us the ability to relate to our natural environment and interact and relate to the natural world around us; and we do this through our five natural senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.
The Bible tells us that God has given to man (the descendants of Adam) what amounts to a 6,000 year lease in the earth; and God has also commanded that ONLY those who have this earth suit, who are also of the descendants of Adam, that only they are to have dominion in the world.
However subsequent to the fall of man, though Adam’s disobedience, there has been a separation between mankind and their Creator; and owed to the fact that Adam and his descendants were barred from partaking of the Tree of Life, this tent, which is made of clay, eventually wears out and dies; and then the natural components of our body returns to the earth from which it came; this is not so however with our spirit man, for it is our spirit man that is made in the image and likeness of God, and as such it is eternal.
We are told in the Bible that it is sin that has entered into the human race, and this thing called sin has caused this estrangement between God and His beloved creation and offspring, which are His children.
Now what this thing called sin is has also been explained for us in the Bible.
It is this natural tendency which we all have, which we have inherited from our father Adam, where “All of us as sheep have gone astray, each choosing his/or her own way; and the Lord has laid on Him (Yeshua—Saviour and Messiah) the inequity of us all“
In other words, that one tendency which is so common to us all, as members of humanity, which by the way is something that is very often championed by the world, in what the world has called self assertion and ambition, when exercised apart from the will of God and the destiny of God for our lives, it is that very tendency that the Bible has characterized as “sin,” that has caused this estrangement and separation from God; and if it is not dealt with according to God’s justice system, then it will keep us estranged and separated from God for all eternity.
Where we will live in eternity, after this life on earth is over, and whether we will reside in unending communion and fellowship with God, who is our Abba Father and Creator; or whether we will be forced into living in eternal estrangement and separation from God, that is the subject of the Bible, and the resolution of this very serious problem is what the Bible calls the Good News (the Gospel), and it is also what the message of the Bible is all about.
In the Bible we are given a road map of how we can reenter into a process of reconciliation and forgiveness, and be reunited in covenant relationship, fellowship, and communion with our Creator; and this is done as we receive the gift of salvation and forgiveness for our sins, which has been paid for in full through the sacrificial life, death, and reconciliation of Messiah Yeshua, who is our Passover Lamb, who died in our stead in order to pay the penalty for our trespasses and sins; that we can be free to reenter into communion and fellowship with God, who is our Heavenly Father again.
This is God’s agreement or covenant that He has ordained with His estranged children that began first with the covenant which He made with father Abraham:
The Sign of the Covenant
1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. 2 And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.”
3 Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: 4 “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations.
5 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.
6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.
7 And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.
8 Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”
God later promised to make a new covenant between Himself and Israel:
“‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah-not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them,’ says the Lord” (Jeremiah 31:31-32).
How and why did the Israel fail to fulfill their obligations under their covenant with God?
- “They did not keep the covenant of God; they refused to walk in His law, and forgot His works and His wonders that He had shown them” (Psalm 78:10-11).
- “And may [they] not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not set its heart aright, and whose spirit was not faithful to God” (verse 8).
- “Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever!” (Deuteronomy 5:29).
- By disobeying God—flouting His laws—Israel violated the terms of the covenant. They simply did not have a desire, commitment or willingness to follow God’s ways and instructions; and they did what comes naturally for ALL mankind, which is they disobeyed God and they hated His law (Romans 8:7).
But God had a solution to resolve this estrangement problem, which has been caused by “sin” and that solution involved God Himself paying the penalty for our sins; where He became our Passover Lamb, in the person of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, and His blood applied to our lives brings us the long sought after forgiveness and reconciliation back into God’s heavenly family.
The day Yeshua became our Passover Lamb:
“Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world.”
Lamb of God – The Messiah
The Messiah is called the “Lamb of God” throughout the Bible’s New Testament. This may seem a peculiar label to those who aren’t familiar with biblical idioms, but to those who know their Bible, it is a cherished title for the beloved Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Lamb of God – Biblical Roots
Prophetic pictures and references to the coming Lamb of God are scattered throughout the Bible’s Old Testament.
Indeed, many Bible scholars believe that the entire Bible (66 books written by 40 authors over a period of approximately 1,600 years) tells the story of Jesus Christ.
Every story, every genealogy, every number, every page, every detail speaks of our Lord and Savior.
In the first book of the Bible, Genesis, we find one of the better-known prophecies of the coming Lamb of God. In Genesis 22, God commands Abraham to offer his beloved son Isaac as a sacrifice. God is not endorsing child sacrifice among men — He is foretelling His Child sacrifice for men.
Abraham is obedient to God, not willing to keep anything from God, even his beloved son. This was a test for Abraham and a testimony to the world. On the way to the altar, Isaac asks his dad, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” In response, Abraham prophesied, “My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together” (Genesis 22:7-8).
When they arrive at the place of sacrifice, Abraham prepares to offer Isaac to the Lord, but before Abraham could slay his child, God stops him. We read, “Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ So he said, ‘Here I am.’ And He said, ‘Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me'” (Genesis 22:10-12).
Before they leave the mountain top where Abraham was to offer Isaac, Abraham again prophesies the coming of the Lamb of God, “And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, ‘In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen'” (Genesis 22:14).
Approximately 2,000 years later, upon that very same mountain just outside of Jerusalem, God offered His only Son, the Lamb of God, as a sin offering to reconcile fallen man to the Holy Living God Almighty.
Lamb of God – The Passover Lamb
The Lamb of God is dramatically revealed in Exodus 12 and 13, with the Jewish Feast of the Passover. This is perhaps the most compelling foreshadow of the coming Lamb of God, the Messiah.
The Passover Feast occurs each year on the 14th day of the Jewish month of Nisan. It is eaten in remembrance of the Lord “passing over” the houses of those who had sacrificed the Passover Lamb and sprinkled its blood on their wooden doorposts and mantles, while the angel of death visited those who had not sprinkled the blood of the lamb.
The angel of death was the final of ten plagues sent by God to redeem His people from slavery in Egypt, the land of their bondage. Approximately 1,500 years later, on the 14th day of Nisan, the Passover Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, was sacrificed upon a wooden cross for the sins of all mankind. When the Day of the Lord comes, those who have covered themselves in the blood of the Lamb by accepting Christ will be kept safe while the world pays for their rebellion against God.
Lamb of God – “Who Takes Away the Sin of the World!”
“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
This was John the Baptist’s declaration in John 1:29 upon seeing Jesus for the first time.
John the Baptist was “the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight'” (Isaiah 40:3; Matthew 3:3).
He warned the world to “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2).
The Apostles “went out and preached that people should repent” (Mark 6:12), and Jesus declared, “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3,5). “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord…” (Acts 3:19).
God Almighty has given this testimony to a fallen world: “it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
In the scriptures below, given in John Chapter 3, a man by the name of Nicodemus, who was a Pharisee and a member of the Sanhedrin, comes to Yeshua (Jesus) by night; and it is here that God’s remedy and solution for this estrangement problem is given.
This forgiveness and reconciliation comes to us as a free gift, by grace; and all that is necessary for us to be included in this reconciled relationship, and to have our sins forgiven, is for us to accept Messiah Yeshua’s sacrifice on Calvary’s cross by faith:
1 There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee. 2 After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.”
3 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again,[a] you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
4 “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”
5 Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.[b]
6 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.[c]
7 So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You[d] must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”
9 “How are these things possible?” Nicodemus asked.
10 Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? 11 I assure you, we tell you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe our testimony. 12 But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man[e] has come down from heaven. 14 And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.[f]
16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.
19 And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.[g]”
But here is where the battle begins:
1 Peter 5
Shepherd the Flock
1 The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: 2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly,[a] not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.
Submit to God, Resist the Devil
5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for
” God resists the proud,
gives grace to the humble.”[b]
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because[c] your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may[d] the God of all grace, who called us[e] to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
In the following devotion David Wilkerson expands on this subject and tells us how God has stacked all the odds in our favor, so that we can overcome and defeat this enemy, called the Devil or Satan!
It happens first by our having our sins forgiven, by entering into covenant relationship with God through faith in Messiah, as spelled out for us in the “Operations Manual” (the Holy Bible); and then by our learning to live by faith, as Father Abraham did; whereas the Bible says that he learned to look upon those things that are not, as though they were, through the eyes of faith, looking solely to the promises of God’s Word as his guide. Selah
YOU ARE GOD’S TREASURE
by David Wilkerson | November 22, 2010
The Word says, “The adulteress will hunt for the precious life” (Proverbs 6:26) The adulteress spoken of in this verse is Satan. And he hunts down those who are precious to God.
The Bible gives us a vivid illustration of this in Numbers 13 and 14. Israel had sent twelve spies to search out the Promised Land. When the spies returned after forty days, ten of them planted three lies in the hearts of God’s people: (1) “There are too many people in the land; they’re too strong for us.” (2) “The cities are walled too high; the strongholds are impregnable.” And (3) “There are giants in the land, and we’re no match for them. We’re helpless! Finished!”
These lies took the heart right out of Israel. Scripture says the people endured a night of despair. “All the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night” (Numbers 14:1). More than 2 million people were weeping, wailing, moaning—focused completely on their weaknesses and inabilities. Their wails of unbelief bombarded heaven.
Beloved, the devil throws the same three lies at God’s people today. “Your trials are too numerous. Your temptations are too overwhelming. You are too weak to resist the power coming against you.”
The word that God spoke to Israel is for us today also: “Ye shall be a special treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine” (Exodus 19:5). “Thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar [precious, special] people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth” (Deuteronomy 14:2).
Joshua and Caleb had a revelation of their preciousness in God’s eyes. They knew Israel was special to the Lord. That was the key to their hopeful spirit. Joshua said, “If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it to us” (Numbers 14:8). In other words, “Because he delights in us, the land is as good as ours already.”
This is the same revelation David had: “He brought me out and delivered me—because he delighted in me.” Likewise, every victorious Christian today has this same revelation of their loving heavenly Father. “We can’t fail! All our enemies are meat for us, because we’re precious to the Lord.”