Faith
Wednesday June 18, 2008
Hartsville News Journal
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FAITH COMMENTARY
"Satan's Tribulation"
With a better understanding of God’s Tribulation, it is imperative that you gather the facts on Satan’s.

Not commonly taught, Satan’s Tribulation will be an attempt by Satan to convince you that he is Jesus. The danger lies in the fact that this attempt takes place five months before Christ returns.

Satan’s Tribulation is documented; both the Old and New Testaments show it to be a certainty.

Moses, in Deut. 4:30 KJV addresses this tribulation:

   When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;

When “latter days” is mentioned in scripture, it is referring to the days immediately preceding the return of Christ.  You, living in the “later days”, see how well the manuscripts document this to be Satan’s “Tribulation”:

  sar, tsar; or tsawr; from Hebrew 6887 ; narrow; (as a noun) a tight place (usually figurative, i.e. trouble); also a pebble (as in Hebrew 6864 (tsor)); (transitive) an opponent (as crowding) :- adversary, afflicted (-tion), anguish, close, distress, enemy, flint, foe, narrow, small, sorrow, strait, tribulation, trouble.

Claiming to be Christ, Satan is the foe, the enemy that brings you tribulation, anguish, and trouble.

Mark 13:19 KJV is where you find the New Testament warning you of Satan’s Tribulation:

    For in those days shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the creation which God created unto this time, neither shall be.

Your focus is on Satan as Mark draws attention to the same tribulation that you read about in Deuteronomy. Observe how the manuscripts connect the words “affliction”, used here, and the word “tribulation”, used by Moses…with Satan’s Tribulation:

thlipsis, from Greek 2346 (thlibo); pressure (literal or figurative) :- afflicted (-tion), anguish, burdened, persecution, tribulation, trouble.

Tribulation, anguish, and trouble, are common ingredients of the words used by Mark and Moses to describe Satan’s Tribulation.

Seeing your bible document Satan’s Tribulation is part of the story, you also have reason to respect it:

Originally set for seven years, the book of Daniel reduced it to three and a half.  Recognizing how weak the flesh is, God, once again, shortens Satan’s days. Mark 13:20 KJV shows God protecting His Chosen:

    And except that

 

the Lord had shortened those days, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.

Shortened because of Satan’s wisdom, beauty, and supernatural power, you certainly can anticipate him being a problem. Ezekiel 28:17 KJV shows that God spared no effort when creating Satan, (Lucifer):

Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

With Satan appearing here as Jesus, this verse assures you that he has everything he needs to play the part.

It is now time for a reality check. Where is Satan, and what may he be pursuing?

A little research reveals that, before Satan fell, he was the archangel Lucifer. He boast in Isaiah 14:13-14 KJV that, while sitting upon the Mount of Congregation (God’s seat) in Jerusalem, he will be like the Most High.

[13] For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

[14] I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

While being tempted by him, Christ, in Luke 4:8 KJV orders Satan behind Him:

And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Yes, two thousand years ago, Christ ordered Satan behind Him, and with no choice in the matter, he remains there to this day. In heaven, Satan is stuck, until Michael boots him out. Rev. 12:9 KJV reads:

    And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Satan and his fallen angels will be here the “five month” period before Christ arrives. Satan only has one thing in mind…Convincing you that he is Jesus. Rev. 6:16 KJV shows that he knows how: 

    And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

Not looking for him, most everyone will accept Satan, the “antichrist”, as Christ.  You can feel the agony they experience when realizing they have accepted Satan instead of Christ. Interestingly enough, the manuscripts show that “antichrist” means “instead of Christ”:

anti, Greek 473, a primary particle; opposite, i.e. instead or because of (rarely in addition to) :- for, in the room of. Often used in composition to denote contrast, requital, substitution, etc.

Satan is going to be substituting himself for Christ. Accepting him “instead of Christ” means you have “jumped the gun” as Christ is not here…yet.

Satan’s five months is confirmed in Rev. 9:5 KJV where you get the details of the torment that he has in store for you:

    And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they

should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.

In connecting this verse to Satan’s tribulation, you are required to draw an analogy between Satan and a scorpion.  You see, a scorpion has no stomach.  After paralyzing his prey with his stinger, he inserts his digestive juices.  This turns his victim’s inside to mush, allowing its outer body to become his stomach.

A scorpion is descriptive of Satan. Your torment is putting up with his effort to convert you. Paralyzed by his beauty, you will be stung by his lies and he will not let go until you have been consumed.

Revelation uses much the same format to teach that Christ used when teaching in parables.  Here, Satan is described by the scorpion and just a few verses away, the locust army are used to describe the fallen angels.

God’s Word always delivers the Truth and right before your eyes, prophecy is opening to you.

Are you placing both tribulations into perspective? How prepared are you for the First One?

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com