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Paul wrote to Timothy: Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen. Indeed, God is such a King… but rarely has He displayed the truth of the fullness of His power in such a way that we recognise Him as the King invincible.

It is interesting the word ‘invincible’ does not appear in the NIV or KJV translations, but yet when you come to know the Lord our God, the Warrior, and you see His humility and gentleness in the fullness of His power, you soon realise He is not only eternal, immortal, invisible, but also invincible. A reality of God our King that I fear all His enemies have not realised, and worse still, a reality that His own people and servants do not realise.

Perhaps it is because His people have suffered defeats at the hands of their enemies even when they had prayed before going into battle, or because when they cried out for deliverance, there was no deliverance, so that they think God is not able to help them, and if God is not able to help them… then God is not invincible. Perhaps His enemies have been able to get away with so much that they think God Almighty has a weakness.

After all, Satan defiled God’s image and revealed their nakedness with sin… and all God did was kill an innocent lamb to cover their nakedness and spoke curses against Satan. To the angelics watching… they did not see God draw His famous sword and cut Satan in two there and then. Perhaps that was what emboldened them into their reckless raping and marrying of the daughters of men as they chose to father their own abominations of Nephilim.

What all who do not know or understand God do not realise is this… that God is slow to anger, patient and forgiving… not because He is weak, but because He is truly invincible… invincible not only as being impossible to destroy, but invincible as in being irresistible. That which He wills and desires will happen when He wants it to happen. That which He plans will happen when He wants it to happen. And when He acts… no one can reverse it, as He stated in Isaiah 43.13: “No one can deliver out of My hand. When I act, who can reverse it?”

Paul saw this and recognised this invincibility of God when he wrote: For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. There is no more powerful delusion that God can send than Jesus, His Son, in the flesh to die on a roman cross. The Holy One of God Almighty with enough power to destroy this Creation and replace it with an infinite number of other creations, allowed Himself to be tortured, flogged, nailed to a cross and pierced by a spear, to die as One strangled and cursed. To the unbelieving and the wicked… they saw a mere Man, unable to save Himself despite all His claims as they taunted Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.”

For He had displayed some power with the miracles, yes, but not enough to protect and save Himself. So, even when they heard the reports that He had risen from the guards who witnessed it, they were deluded enough to order them to say, “ ‘His disciples came during the night and stole Him away while we were asleep.’ ”

And then for 1900 years He has allowed the church to carry on as it has without returning as He promised. A church that had some degree of miraculous power, but not enough to resist the Roman legions and gullible enough to be led back into useless religiosity and become a tool for ambitious, wicked men to use to build their own kingdoms. It is as if one could ask, “He may be God, but He can’t do everything, and since He knows Satan is roaming free on the Earth, why hasn’t He come back to stop him and rescue His church?” One is almost tempted to think that Jesus is not as powerful as some make Him out to be.

Remember, a delusion is not a lie, for God does not lie, but rather, it is a presentation of the truth so that those who are not of sound mind would misinterpret the truth and come to a wrong conclusion according to their thoughts.

Jesus dying on the cross was not God lying about His immortality, but rather, God presenting the truth that not even death can hold Him down. Him – Jesus – not appearing to the elders and the priests after the resurrection was the delusion to His enemies that He was still dead, so that they would believe their own lies. For, as any man would think… if Jesus had risen from the dead, surely He would have appeared to the elders and priests who got Him crucified with their lies as well as to Pilate. And that is what those murderers thought likewise after a time when they did not see Him but only saw the rabble who were His disciples causing a disturbance in Jerusalem with their teachings… they would have thought He is dead, and these disciples are just making up the story of His resurrection to gather support for their cult. After all, if He is alive, surely He would have come to us and shown us our error… but He has not… therefore, He remains dead.

However, God knows He has time on His side, for time runs out for all men who are mortal and all who have not believed in Him will die, and then there will be more than enough time to settle any outstanding debts and scores. That is what He did to those members of the Sanhedrin… let them continue in their delusion until too late… they are dead and are before Him.

There is one creature on the Earth though who now knows the truth and that is Satan, for when he was cast down to the Earth… “He is filled with fury… because he knows his time is short.” Such is the power of God that even those who are immortal know their time is limited. The fury of Satan is not anger, but desperation… the desperation that comes from knowing that God is invincible, even when Jesus was at His weakest. Indeed, it was when Jesus was hungry and thirsty after lasting forty days in the desert that baited Satan into tempting Jesus and caused Satan to express his murderous intent and lie, and had him kicked out of the Heavens.

It is this knowledge that drives Satan furiously to do everything possible to delay the return of Jesus, for he knows, Satan knows, he cannot defeat Jesus. No one can. It is this knowledge that causes him to give his authority to the beast… so that men will worship him in the hope that they will forget Jesus.

However, have you not read, have you not seen, have you not realised… that when Jesus arrives …the beast and the kings of the Earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the Rider on the horse and His army. But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf… and Satan is not with them. He leaves the fighting to the beast and the false prophet because they believe they can stop Jesus with the armies of the world, but Satan who knows better is not found on the field of battle.

That is why when the demons saw Jesus, they asked Him, “Have You come to destroy us?” or begged Him, “Swear to God that You won’t torture me!” and not to send them to the abyss, for they knew He could. And that is why at the Name of Jesus demons can be driven out if they know you believe in Him.

So invincible is our King that He has permitted the disobedience of the churches to bring Him even greater glory… even though our obedience could have facilitated His return sooner and reduced a lot of the suffering on this Earth sooner. Remember… the core problem – the ingratitude of men – is not solved even with the return of Jesus, and the millennium will prove that for all times. However, the delay of His return by our disobedience to have all the Scriptures fulfilled has meant that the armies of the world that will be gathered against Him will not be armed with bows and arrows or stone catapults, not even with cannons and muskets, but with nuclear warheads mounted on missiles. He is returning at a time when the armies of the world are at a height of power unimaginable by the Romans. They now have enough firepower to destroy the whole Earth many times over. He is returning at a time when men have the knowledge to create life, but not the compassion to preserve real life… as mankind pours the resources into cloning a single man whilst millions of children starve and die of sickness. He has waited until man has telescopes powerful enough to see the storehouses of hail and snow that God reserved for times of war and to even see the Rock out of the Heavens approaching them.

His invincibility, which He showed the disciples as He overcame every problem a man could face – devils, hunger, nature, sickness, lack and injustice as He allowed them to crucify Him and died before their very eyes and again before their very eyes ate with them – this same invincibility would be theirs too, if they believed, if they had faith, for anyone who has faith and believes in Him will be able to do what He has been doing and even greater things.

And He purposefully hid Himself from the Sanhedrin after His resurrection to show them His tactics. The command He gave them to turn the other cheek was to allow those who would believe and practise to discover for themselves that they too shared the same invincibility. And even if they were killed as He was killed… they would come back with Him at the first resurrection, whilst those who killed them would watch, grinding their teeth in the darkness.

In an instant He turned Satan’s most powerful weapon into His greatest apostle on the road to Damascus. When He told them of the harvest at the end of the age concerning the sons of His enemy, the devil, He called them weeds and said, “First collect the weeds and tie them into bundles to be burned…” He also said that like fish they will be caught and pulled to shore, and the bad fish will be thrown away. Straight away you should see that the sons of the devil are as hapless as weeds before a harvester when the angels begin to take them away. There is no fight, there is no battle possible, no more than weeds can fight against a man armed with a sickle. No wonder they begged Him not to torture them. They know resistance is futile and they can only prolong their days by delaying the harvest, nothing more… but once the order is given, the battle is so one-sided that it is like a harvest.

As a harvester goes through a wheat field, so are the efforts of men, even the sons of the Kingdom of Heaven, to resist God’s will, futile… and like fish caught in a net, no one can escape.

For not only is our King eternal, immortal, invisible… He is also truly invincible. So invincible is He that He can be patient, slow to anger, humble, gentle and gracious to His enemies, even showing them love as He does good to them with His power. That is why it is said God wages war not to destroy His enemies, but to protect them from themselves, for truly as Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And soon all men will come to kneel with Job and understand why he replied to the Lord, saying, “I know that You can do all things; no plan of Yours can be thwarted. You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures My counsel without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.”

But if you would repent and return to listening to Jesus, if you would humble yourself and apply yourself to the practice of His words diligently, then one day you will be like one who can “…boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on Earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord. For Paul shared with Timothy, God his King, whom he had come to know by the grace of God, writing: Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God be honour and glory for ever and ever.

And by that same grace and mercy shown me who was brought out of the darkness of the abyss… now comes the King… invincible as He is eternal, immortal and invisible. Amen

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