Why is there so much trouble and evil in our world today, what can we do?
We can give so many answers as to why evil prevails, but the true answer is to be found only in The Bible and it also explains why.
Most people will say, but if God is a loving God, why does He allow all these bad things happen to us.
Revelation 12:9: explains to us that the Devil was cast out of heaven
- "So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him".
Here, the word describes a powerful spirit being, called the Devil and Satan, as "the great dragon" or "that serpent of old."
And here we learn an amazing truth, which few people today believe, that he has deceived the whole world. He has decieved us of what or whom?
In Deuteronomy 18:9–14: we read that "God warned ancient Israel to reject the occult and all false worship that He did not establish:
When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners".
Shockingly, despite God’s clear warning, we see that every year, especially on "Halloween", millions of parents encourage their children to dress up as witches, demons, and other scary strange demon like figures, making light of the occult and making a mockery of God’s command to shun such practices! Churches all around the world encourage these so called un-harmful practices to have fun or to keep tradition alive, even hosting events in honor of these practices.
While many millions of people "play with" the occult unknowingly or in ignorance, only a relative few openly and knowingly worship the evil one, Satan and his demons or participate in the occult.
It is not unheard of and from time to time we read here or there of deadly rituals of human sacrifice. In South Africa it is common practices amongst Sangoma’s (Witch doctors) to use human parts for evil spells and muti’s.
Others practice that they consider to be "innocent" forms of occultism and paganism is "Wicca" a form of polytheistic nature worship that is even recognized as a religion.
Many people are drawn into witchcraft through "white magic", a supposedly harmless form of magic or "good magic". We see from the word of God that any form of witchcraft is evil.
How common, then, is devil-worship?
Most people who worship the devil do not even realize that they are worshiping him!
The Apostle Paul explains that Satan will not always appear as a serpent or a dragon, but will disguise himself as an angel of light!
In 2 Corinthians 11:13–15 we read "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.
And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works"
Apostle Paul warned that Satan has his own ministers who appear as ministers of righteousness. That is why I urge you not to believe everything from the pulpit as truth. Just because a preacher asserts something as truth, that does not mean it IS truth. For this reason I urge you to go to your Bible and see for yourself if it is the truth.
Remember the Bereans in Acts 17:11? "search the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so." We all need to do that!
How can you identify a minister of Satan?
A minister of Satan may be sincere, but sincerely deceived, or one who preaches against the words of Jesus Christ and God the Father.
Anyone who contradicts the word of God is certainly not a true minister of Jesus Christ, no matter how sincere he may be.
For example, some ministers preach that Christians need not strive to keep the Ten Commandments (which Christians know is possible through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit) saying we are living under grace and grace is sufficient for salvation.They believe that Christians are free to disobey their Saviour. In effect they approve of rebellion against God, just as Satan does!
Remember, as it is written, in 1 Peter 4:17 "For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?"
Paul also warned those who disobey God’s truth, in Romans 2:8–9 "to those who are self seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek"
The Bible plainly teaches obedience to the truth, the gospel, the Ten Commandments and God’s righteousness. Counterfeit religion is one of Satan’s deceptions. He appears as an angel of light, but leads millions away from the true light of God’s word.
Can you recognize and overcome the power of evil around you?
Scripture say that the truth will set you free as we read in John 8:32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free".
Whatever God does the Devil counterfeits immediately. Satan’s plan is to get you into hell and he will try to trick you, lie to you and to deceive you from the truth. I urge everyone who is reading this Hub to seek the Saviour now.
The saving power of the Lord Yeshua is so great that He can and will wash all sin out of your heart and mind and establish His Kingdom in you. It is a wonderful and awesome reality that you can be under new management.
Now is the time to seek the Lord!
Each year, millions of people celebrate Valentines - Day in the month of February.
Red rose become unaffordable and young and old are looking for his or her Valentines love. Secretly - millions of heart shaped cards, red roses, boxes of chocolates, red and white teddy bears and lots more, are given as gifts, on this DAY of love.” People of all ages get involved into this act, and asking the opposite sex to “be there Valentine.”
Did you ever asked yourself, where does this originated and why do we celebrate Valentine?
Is valentine Bibles?
What is the origin of this unusual day?
Why the red roses?
The sad fact is that most people never question the origin of the customs that they involve themselves with.
Most people do not ask questions but do what everybody else does, never stopping to consider how God feels about their actions. They are been dragged along by the masses, in the "Valentine Money making madness".
Why is the heart shape and the color red so important? Where did the heart shape come from, and what does it all mean?
Let us go to the true answer, only obtained in the Word of God. The Bible say this about the heart.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his wages, and according to the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 17:9-10
So here we see that God is searching the heart of all people and that it can be desperatly wicked, so Valentine has to do with hearts, the red color of blood but where is it roots from?
As seen from the Bible, Jeremiah say that God can see the wicked ways of our hearts, noting to celebrate there so the origin must be pagan worship, let me explain!
In the days of the Roman Empire, the month of February was the last and shortest month of the year.
February originally had 30 days, but when Julius Caesar named the month of July after himself, he decided to make that month longer and shortened February to 29 days while making July a month of 31 days. Later when Octavius Caesar, also known as Augustus, came to power, he named the month of August after himself, and not be outdone he also subtracted a day from February and gave the month of August 31 days.
To this very day it remains that way. The ancient Romans believed that every month had a spirit that gained in strength and reached its peak or apex of power in the middle or ides of the month. This was usually the 15th day, and it was a day when witches and augurs, or soothsayers worked their magic.
Since February had been robbed by Caesars and had only 28 days, the ides of February became the 14th day of that month. Since the Ides of a month was celebrated on the preceding eve, the month of February was unique, because it was the 13th day that became the eve of the Ides that month, and it became a very important pagan holiday in the Empire of Rome.
The sacred day of February 14th was called “Lupercalia” or “day of the wolf.” This was a day that was sacred to the sexual frenzy of the goddess Juno. This day also honored the Roman gods, Lupercus and Faunus, as well as the legendary twin brothers, who supposedly founded Rome, Remus and Romulus.
These two are said to have been raised by wolves in a cave on Palatine Hill in Rome. The cave was called Lupercal and was the center of the celebrating on the eve of Lupercalia or February 14th.
On this day, Lupercalia, which was later named Valentine’s Day, the Luperci or priests of Lupercus dressed in goatskins for a bloody ceremony. The priests of Lupercus, the wolf god, would sacrifice goats and a dog and then smear themselves with blood.
These priests, made red with sacrificial blood, would run around Palatine Hill in a wild frenzy while carving a goatskin thong called a “februa.” Women would sit all around the hill, as the bloody priests would strike them with the goatskin thongs to make them fertile. The young women would then gather in the city and their names were put in boxes. These “love notes” were called “billets.” The men of Rome would draw a billet, and the woman whose name was on it became his sexual lust partner with whom he would fornicate until the next Lupercalia or February 14th.
Thus, February 14th became a day of sexual lust.
The color “red” was sacred to that day because of the blood and the “heart shape” that is popular to this day. The heart shape is not in the shape of the human heart, but it represents the human female reproductive organs.
On February 14th a ritual began as their sexual sacrament, the following was spoken: “Let the seed of light descend into thy bridal chamber, receive the bridegroom… open thine arms to embrace him. Behold, grace has descended upon thee.”
Valentine’s Day began when the early Roman Catholic Church tried to Christianize an ancient pagan Roman holiday called Lupercalia. That celebration was a licentious festival that honored Lupercus, the hero-hunter of wolves. This festival was so popular among the Roman people that church leaders included it in their calendar.
As time went on, the Orthodox Church suppressed the Gnostic Catholics and manufactured “St. Valentine”, whose day continues to be celebrated in these modern times.
Valentine’s Day is known as “Lupercalia”or the “Day Of The Wolf.”
Men become wolves, as they carry on the Satanic rituals of fornication, which means sexual intercourse without marriage. We have heard of the “wolf whistle”, and we all know that wolves do not whistle. It is lustful men and women, who carry on Satan’s blasphemy to this very day.
Romans 12:2: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…”
Valentine's Day is not mush appealing to the true Bible believer, when seen where the roots of this pagan worshiping feast originated.
TRUE children of Jesus Christ will have nothing to do with this satanic offering or to be part of it.
I definitely don’t want to be someones Valentine, to became blasphemous to my God, by partaking in this sexual Satanic worship. That is exactly what you do if you partake in this ritual. Be Holy and be seekers of the true living God.
Give flowers to your wife often and tell her that Jesus loves her, and that you love her. Pray for her and love her. That is the best gift you can ever give your children, is to love there mother.