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As we make all preparations for the arrival of Jesus Christ and look forward to reigning with Him through the Millennium, it is right and proper to spare a thought for those poor individuals who are already condemned—the doomed ones.  For in these days of distress and destruction when the dreadful words of Jesus are being fulfilled before our very eyes and ears:  “You will hear of wars and rumours of wars… Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be famines, earthquakes and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from Heaven,”[1] it is important for you to never forget that the Lord our God, our Father who is in Heaven, is as merciful and compassionate as He is perfect, and that His love of His enemies is filled with kindness and mercy.  So that when you see these disasters take place and one third of mankind perishing with the forests being burned, the fish dying and the rivers turning to blood,[2] remember, in the midst of His wrath and judgement, God is still merciful.

The extent of God’s mercy is so great that even the one who is already condemned is given an opportunity to avoid his fate, even if it means breaking the Scriptures.  As Jesus said concerning Satan, “in regard to judgement, because the prince of this world now stands condemned,”[3] Satan, as he is now, stands condemned to a series of events that will lead to his final fate.  Having been thrown out of Heaven along with all his angels to Earth, “he is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”[4]

Although the non-return of Jesus Christ in the last two millenniums may make these words sound like a lie, it is only because the failure of the disciples of Christ has permitted Satan an extension on his paltry days on Earth.  The failure of the first eleven apostles to scatter from Jerusalem at the first persecution in Acts 8, so that these words of Jesus would be fulfilled, provided Satan with his first opportunity of delaying the return of Christ.  For Jesus said to the twelve, “When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another.  I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.”[5]  Yet Luke recorded for us:  On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.[6]  All except the eleven, when Jesus said, “flee to another … You will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.”

In the mercy of God, as it were even to the condemned, Satan had a stay of execution, and perhaps it was then that he realised that as long as he prevented the church from fulfilling the words of Jesus, words that had to be fulfilled before Jesus could be sent back, then his days of ‘freedom’ could be prolonged.  The absence of Jesus from this Earth in the flesh is due in no small part to Satan’s successful distraction of the church from her true mission, and so the church, like Eve, listened to the wrong spirit.

You can be angry with the church and hate Satan, but that is not the best way, as Paul wrote:  And now I will show you the most excellent way.[7]  Be not angry with the church for all its failings, but remember Christ loves the church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to Himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.[8]  And He commanded us to “Love your enemies.”[9]  So then, love the church and love Satan.  Love even the prostitute church who herself is also doomed to destruction as it is written:  “Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her; death, mourning and famine.  She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God, who judges her.”[10]  And love Satan, for we were never commanded by Jesus to hate our enemies, but rather, and often it is taken out of context, it was about our father, mother, children, wife, brothers, sisters, yes, even our own lives we are to hate to be His disciples, with the sure promise that we would get them back many times as much, even a hundredfold in this age.  So that when Jesus used the word ‘hate’, it was so that we would get a hundred times more of the good things of God.

In fact, when Jesus commanded us to “Love your enemies,” and then said, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be My disciple,”[11] He set up a paradox that men without the Spirit of God cannot understand, but it can only be understood by those to whom the Spirit of God has opened the eternity that God has placed in all men’s hearts for them to see and look through and behold the way of the Lord.

Love your enemies; be kind, compassionate and merciful to them.  Why?  Because unless they repent, you will never see them again, and if they repent, you will never see them again either, for they will have changed.  Either way, the enemies you see before you today, you will never see again, because they will either be changed or be destroyed.

Satan is doomed, condemned, for it is written that when Jesus arrives, an angel will chain him up and throw him into the Abyss for a thousand years.[12]  And after the end of the thousand years, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the Earth—Gog and Magog—to gather them for battle.[13]  With the battle lost, the devil… was thrown into the Lake of Burning Sulphur.[14]  So, Satan’s fate is already determined and sealed by God’s Scriptures:  free for a short time, then imprisonment for a millennium, then one final rebellion, and then destruction.  Destruction, yes, but not oblivion, for together with the false prophet and the beast, they will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.[15] 

God’s mercy is that no one is destined for oblivion, but will have eternal existence, living in eternal destruction, but never completely destroyed, so that no one, not even those who condemn themselves to oblivion by saying in their hearts that there is no God, are ever utterly destroyed, but will be changed and purified, even if it takes forever.  It is just a sad fact that it will take forever before Satan is made pure again, and so his place in the Lake of Sulphur will be forever.  A woman once said this, “But God does not take away life; instead, He devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from Him.”[16]

And if God truly is perfect, merciful and compassionate because He loves His enemies, then even to Satan there must be evidence of this.  And there is, for the word of God has predicted that Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the Earth—Gog and Magog—to gather them for battle.  However, if Satan would not use his newly given freedom at the end of the Millennium, if he would just be still and silent, then Scripture would be broken, and he would have delivered himself from his final fate.  In a way, he would have won the war!  Do you see it?  Have you eyes to see the graciousness and mercy of our God that He gives even those who are already condemned a way out to escape their condemnation.

If that is the case for Satan, then how much more for all others who were deceived who never heard the Gospel of Jesus preached with power to heal the sick, to open blind eyes and cause food to multiply be given an opportunity not to escape destruction, but to start anew!  God is Justice, and it is not justice if those who have never heard the Gospel are condemned alongside those who rejected the Gospel.

So, it is perfect justice that the prostitute church who enriched herself with the kings of the world, in whom is found all the blood of prophets and of the saints, and of all who have been killed on the Earth,[17] should have all her riches and luxury completely destroyed.  And yet for all her practices of magic arts that lead the nations astray,[18] she will be among the dogs outside:  “those who practise magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”[19]  Babylon the Great, the Mother of Prostitutes, she who practises magic, who is sexually immoral, committing adultery with the kings of the Earth, who murdered prophets and apostles and all who have been killed on the Earth, who fills her temples with idolatry, especially idolatry of silver and gold, and preaches lies in the place of the words of Jesus—she will be spared, though her wealth will be ruined and destroyed, to be outside of New Jerusalem as one of the dogs, and all her children with her who will not repent now.

Such is the mercy of our God and Father, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  For darkness, death and destruction in the hands of God are the instruments by which He can bring light, life and prosperity to a sinful world.  As elect of the Holy Spirit, you must know the Lord your God, and not only know Him, but understand Him, for He has said, “I am the Lord, and there is no other.  I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.”[20]  Through the death of His Son, Jesus, He gave life to all who believe, without leaving His Son dead, but raised Him from the dead and declared Him with power to be the Son of God. 

Even when Jesus foretold of the conditions of these last days, “nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be famines and earthquakes in various places,” He said, “All these are the beginning of birth pains.”[21]  Birth pains are a sign of new life about to enter this world, not death.  The days of distress and doom you and I are called to face, are days of God’s impending hope and comfort, so much so that even His most hated of enemies are brought closer to the day of their final release, if only they learn to be still and silent before the Lord, and know that He is God.

You see, Satan had in mind destruction for mankind, and in their despair, mankind chased after oblivion, denying that God created them, but that they came from nothing and are going back to nothing.  But God’s mercy is such that even Satan will be used for the glory of God to display His kindness and justice, so that all will be part of the glorification of God and some even the very personification of God. Destruction, oblivion, glorification and personification—Satan planned the first for us, and we chose the second when we denied God’s existence, but God’s plan for all is glorification, and personification of Him for some. 

So, in the days to come of distress and destruction, do not despair, for you know the God you serve.  If there is a chance of a final reprieve even for Satan, then know for certain all will be given a final opportunity of reprieve.  For God said, “Be still and know that I am God.”[22]  “Be silent before Me…”[23] 

So listen well, Satan, and remember on the day of your release from prison, “Be still and be silent… and you will not go to the Lake of Burning Sulphur.”  And to all mankind, this is what God says, He who formed the Heavens and the Earth, who sends His rain on the wicked and the righteous and allows His sun to rise on them both:  “Therefore wait for Me, for the day I will stand up to testify.  I have decided to assemble the nations, to gather the kingdoms and to pour out My wrath on them—all My fierce anger.  The whole world will be consumed by the fire of My jealous anger.”[24]  Fire came down from Heaven and devoured them…  Earth and sky fled from His presence, and there was no place for them.  And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened.  Another book was opened, which is the Book of Life.  The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.  The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done.[25]  “Then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the Name of the Lord and serve Him shoulder to shoulder.”[26]  “And everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.”[27]  “As for you, because of the blood of My covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit.”[28]

For out of doom, out of darkness, distress and destruction, God has shown us by the life of His Son, Jesus, doomed before the Creation of the world to be slain, comes life, light and prosperity.  Out of these days of distress that face the world, we are to shine as its light, holding forth the life that death cannot touch and the hope of the prosperity of one thousand years with Christ, reigning on the Earth.

For God has doomed no one without giving them the hope of reprieve, not even Satan.  And if not Satan, the architect of sin, then all who were deceived by him, spirits and men, and all who came to be by his sin, the spirits of Nephilims, have a sure hope of reprieve.

So, be not ignorant, but listen and watch the way of God in Christ, His Son.  Be still and be silent, for even fools are then thought to be wise.  When you can begin to understand and see the mercy of God to all who are doomed, to see God who doomed His Son to death on a Roman cross, then you will understand that all who are doomed from here on, are doomed by their own will and not God’s, for God is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.[29]  So, judge nothing and no one until the Lord comes, but be found dressed and ready to greet Him on His arrival.

But woe to him who has received full power but forsakes godliness; who uses his power to exercise the authority of Satan on behalf of the first beast to deceive the many, even the elect with signs, wonders and miracles, even calling down fire from Heaven in the sight of men.  You will be thrown alive into the fiery Lake of Burning Sulphur.[30]  False prophet, you alone with the image of the beast you raised are shown no reprieve, but are truly doomed.  Understand this and tremble in fear of the doom you have chosen for yourself.  You are doomed beyond hope.  Amen.

[1] Matthew 24:6-7; Mark 13:7-8; Luke 21:10

[2] Revelation 8:7-9; 9:15,18; 16:3

[3] John 16:11

[4] Revelation 12:12

[5] Matthew 10:23

[6] Acts 8:1

[7] 1 Corinthians 12:31

[8] Ephesians 5:25-27

[9] Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:27

[10] Revelation 18:8

[11] Luke 14:26

[12] Revelation 20:1-2

[13] Revelation 20:7

[14] Revelation 20:10

[15] Revelation 20:10

[16] 2 Samuel 14:14

[17] Matthew 18:24

[18] Revelation 18:23

[19] Revelation 22:15

[20] Isaiah 45:6-7

[21] Matthew 24:7-8

[22] Psalm 46:10

[23] Isaiah 41:1

[24] Zephaniah 3:8

[25] Revelation 20:9,11-13

[26] Zephaniah 3:9 

[27] Joel 2:32

[28] Zechariah 9:11

[29] 2 Peter 3:9

[30] Revelation 19:20


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