The Devil is a Joke! Pt 2
What the devil does (or what he’s capable of)
In the first part of this series I told you who the devil is. I did that by taking you through the Bible and outlining some high points in his history. Specifically I outlined five things about him with scripture references and my own commentary on those scriptures. I told you.
1. He was created perfect. (until iniquity was found in him)
2. He lost his perfection. (how and why)
3. When he fell. (approximately)
4. He fell from Heaven. (because of his pride)
5. He fell to the Earth and he didn’t fall alone. (with 1/3 of the angels)
What he is capable of.
I want you to realize two things specifically that I told you about the Devil and the serious and dangerous implications of them. And then two more that are the most important of all.
1. He is an experienced adversary.
First I told you how the Bible says in Job 38 that he was around at the creation of the world. That means we have an adversary that is over six thousand years old. That’s only if you believe in a young world like I do. If you believe in an old world, he’s even older than that! This means he has experience and he knows what to do when it comes to destroying you.
2. He’s in charge of a vast army.
Revelation 12:4&9, 4a And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: 9 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.
Hebrews 12:22 But ye are come unto mountSion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, (1/3 of innumerable is still innumerable.)
Second I told you that he has command 1/3 of a countless amount of fallen angels. I’m talking about Demons! He has command of an army greater than any army this world has ever seen.
3. He has nothing to lose.
Another thing you need to understand about the Devil which is undoubtedly the most important. He knows that he’s fighting a losing battle.
James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
Why do they tremble? Because like the verse says, they believe God. God’s Word says that they are defeated. So the devils believe that they are defeated. God’s Word says that Hell was created for them and they will burn forever. So the devils believe that they will burn forever. The devil knows that he’s already lost.
Why is that the most important thing for you to know about the devil? Someone who has already lost has nothing to lose! You are dealing with one violent son of a gun, with nothing to lose! You are dealing with a six thousand year old, violent, psychopathic, spiritual being in charge of a vast army of other such beings with nothing to lose! Another thing that God’s Word says is that God loves you. So the devils believe that God loves you. And the devils hate God. But since they know that they can’t touch God they’ve set their sites on the people that He loves. They’ve set their sites on us, they’ve set their sites on you!
4. He is a psychopath.
Matthew 11:12a And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence,
You notice something funny about that verse? I do. It says from the days of John the Baptist. Why not from the days of Eden? That’s when the war heated up right, at the fall of man? Or even before that. Why doesn’t it say from the days of the fall of Satan? That’s when the war ultimately started.
It says from the days of John the Baptist for one simple reason. Prophesy. John the Baptist fulfilled prophesies. Nothing stirs up the devil and gets him in a fighting mood more than prophesies fulfilled. For good reason. Put yourself in the devil’s place for a moment. Imagine that you are a fallen angel. Imagine that you have sinned against God and as a result you know that you are gonna burn in Hell forever and ever and ever. Knowing that there is nothing that you can do about it. You know that it’s gonna happen but you don’t know for sure when it’s gonna happen. All you know is that certain things (prophesies) are gonna happen first. Every time you saw one of those things happen wouldn’t it drive you a little nuts? Wouldn’t it make you a little more violent each time one happened?
Now consider this. Prophesies are coming to pass more often now than ever before. I heard the evangelist John Hagee say once that prophesies have been coming to pass so often in the past fifty years. That if you were to write a book today cataloguing every one that has come to pass to date. Your book would be out of date in thirty days! I believe him.
So if just the prophesies coming to pass back then stirred him up imagine what he’s like now.
It’s time to get violent!
Once again you are dealing with a six thousand year old, violent, psychopathic, spiritual being in charge of a vast army of other such beings with nothing to lose! And that have declared themselves the enemy of you!
So when you come up against him, you had better be just as violent. And I’m gonna explain later how you had better not have anything to lose either. But first you need to get violent.
I remember when I got violent about dealing with the devil. I remember when I had the epiphany the revelation of who the devil is and how he had ruined my life! You see, when I first got saved. I was just overwhelmed with all that God had saved me from. I didn’t understand why He had to save me and I didn’t really care.
Before I got saved I lived a hard life. I endured a lot of death, a lot of betrayal and caused a lot of problems myself. One of these days I’ll post a hub about my testimony. But I don’t want this hub to be longer than it looks like it’s already gonna be so for now you’ll just have to take my word for it that I lived a hard life. But when I got saved I thought that I had lived the life that God has chosen for me. I had therefore subconsciously decided to forgive God for my life up to that point. (I know crazy huh?)
I believed that God had some plan for my life that involved all the pain and so I wasn’t going to question that part but rather just be happy that I was saved now. I knew that I was supposed to serve God, God had even begun to reveal to me my calling (another story.) But I hadn’t yet realized who my true enemy was. Until one day I watched a TV evangelist tell a story about seeing all the starving kids in Africa and how she was questioning God about it. She had just gotten back from a mission there and was depressed about what she saw. She said she shook her fist at God and asked how such a “loving” God could let that happen. Then she claimed that she saw a vision of a beautiful garden full of beautiful people, there was no war there, no hunger and no crime. God said to her “behold the garden of Eden, my plan for man.” Then she said she saw a snake entering into the garden and God said “He did this to you!”
(He did this!)
She had no idea what she was doing to my heart when she told that story. I began to look back through my life at everything that had happened to me. And for the first time I realized that I had been robed and it was the devil that robed me! That God had nothing to do with all the bad things that had happened in my life. For every man I ever looked up to and loved to be stolen from me. My grandfather that was eaten by lung cancer, my brother that passed out drunk and choked to death on his own vomit. My best friend since childhood was shot in the face five times by rival gang members. My Daddy that hanged himself to death cause after losing his first and second family he couldn’t handle his third wife leaving him and another destroyed family. On and on.
And then all the destruction that I myself had caused in other people’s lives as a gang member, a pimp, and a dope dealer. That’s why I don’t like it when people tell me that it was God’s plan for me to go through what I went through in order to reach people that are also going through it. It’s false theology and it doesn’t make sense. If God put me through that to reach other people that are going through the same thing. Was God putting them through what they’re going through to reach even more people, and so on? Why is God so mean? Why not just spare us all that so that it won’t take someone like us to reach us? Well it didn’t take somebody like me to reach me. The evangelist that lead me to Christ was a small town part time preacher full time farmer.
God didn’t put me through any of that to give me a “testimony,” as so many have told me. The devil was putting me through that in order to try to steal my testimony!
What I want you to realize is that, that day in the garden when that old snake slithered in he didn’t just destroy Adam that’s the day he destroyed us all. That’s the day he stole our freedom. That’s the day he stole our power. And God wasn’t lying when he told Adam that on the day he sinned he would surely die because that is the day that we all died to the life that God had chosen for us!
I told you about the day I got mad at the devil, now I’m telling you that if it hasn’t happened already it’s time for you to get mad at the devil! It’s time for you to be the violent!
Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
In the final part of this series, I finally get to the best part, what the bibles says about you. Not only do I get to tell you what the bible says about you. I get to finally explain why I titled this series “The Devil is a Joke!” The devil really is just a joke. A fallen angel masquerading himself to be a god. A nobody, a wannabe. If you’ve enjoyed this series so far if it’s been at all educational or enlightening you’ll love the last part. “How to stop the devil and how to defeat him.” You’ve gotten this far there’s no point in stopping now.