9/15/2006 ~ Running with Dogs, Pigs, and Vipers

Hate and deceptions.
There is apathy and disorder everywhere.
A spiritual disorder combined with a physical one.
Proton decay leaves us with a universe of disintegration.
Hearts hang open.

He turned their heart to hate His people, To deal craftily with His servants.
~ Psalm 105:25

... and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth
and the works that are in it will be burned up. ~ 2nd Peter 3:9-10

The world will pass away, will you?

... the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
~ 1st Peter 5:8

There is a BEAST trying to devour souls.

... the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth,
to devour her Child as soon as it was born. ~ Revelation 12:3-4

... serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world;
... ~ Revelation 12:9

... he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, ... ~ Revelation 12:17

Woman Seed
Faithful remnant <─┘        └─> The Faithful    

We are all in a spiritual battle.

... we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, ...
~ Ephesians 2:1-3

There is a BEAST that wants to lead us all to ruin.

He has delivered us from the power of darkness ... ~ Colossians 1:13

As Christians "escaped" from the BEAST,
~ he seeks even more to destroy us.

... Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against
the wiles of the devil. ... ~ Ephesians 6:10-13

We can not win this battle without Christ.

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 10:4

... let us put on the armor of light. ~ Romans 13:12

... you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. ...
~ Ephesians 6:14-18

We must resist the BEAST with the ARMOR of GOD.
Be sober, be alert.

"... I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise
as serpents and harmless as doves." ~ Matthew 10:16

... He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. ... ~ 1st John 4:1-6

The beast is an angel of light and works in righteousness.

... For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 11:13-15

He appears as our friend as working righteousness
... but they are flesh and blood as we are.
False teachers will be prevalent.

... savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. ...
~ Acts 20:28-30

They will speak perverse things
that do not align with the Apostles and Christ.
  It will be contrary to the Apostolic message.

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing,
but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. ... ~ Matthew 7:15-20

Christ came that the truth would be revealed to us.

... "Go, tell that fox, Behold, I cast out demons ... ~ Luke 13:31-32

Subtly, in the shadows, they cunningly work their crafts.

For certain men have crept in unnoticed, ... ungodly men, ... ~ Jude 1:4

They would say all are saved under Godís grace
~ so there is no need to repent.

... false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in
destructive heresies, ... ~ 2nd Peter 2:1-2

... the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine,
but according to their own desires, ... ~ 2nd Timothy 4:2-5

... in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed
to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, ... ~ 1st Timothy 4:1-3

"... many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,'
and will deceive many." ~ Matthew 24:4-5

... "Take heed that you not be deceived. For many will come in My name,
saying, 'I am He,' ..." ~ Luke 21:8

... "Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name,
saying, 'I am He,' and will deceive many." ~ Mark 13:5-6

... false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders
to deceive, ... ~ Mark 13:21-23

... many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. ~ Matthew 24:10-14

" '... in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments
of men.' " ~ Matthew 15:9

... Let no one decieve you with empty words, ... ~ Ephesians 5:5-7

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, ...
~ Colossians 2:8

But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, ... ~ 2nd Timothy 3:13

Satanís messengers are treacherously cunning.

Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! ...
~ Philippians 3:2-3

"Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, ..."
~ Matthew 7:6

For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked
has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet; ... ~ Psalm 22:16

... You shall not bring the wages of a harlot or the price of a dog
to the house of the Lord ... ~ Deuteronomy 23:17-18

Prostitutes and homosexuals will forever remain abominable to God.
His truth remains pure and prophetic!

... "A dog returns to his own vomit, and, "a sow, ..." ~ 2nd Peter 2:20-22

Would you choose weakness over strength?

There are people who do not regard religion as holy.
They can not see any difference between profane and sacred.
A crowd frolicking free to please all desire as they roam.
Some intellectuals put Aristotle, the writings of Confucius,
and the Gospel all in the same pot; historical interest at best.
... The truth remains whole!

┌─> (Acts 19:21-32)
... I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me?
If the dead do not rise, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 15:32

... speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever
they know naturally, like brute beasts, ... ~ Jude 1:10

Unreasoning animals go by impulse by what they feel.

... by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple.
~ Romans 16:17-18

They donít react to things outside themselves.
  We can not afford to be simpletons.

... "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?"
~ Matthew 3:7

Gossip, slander, evil things that proceed out of the mouth.
How do you defend yourself in a world where we canít see the beast?

See that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,
redeeming the time, ... ~ Ephesians 5:15-17

... praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, ...
~ Ephesians 6:10-18

Watch out for those that tell you we have nothing to fear.
We must rely on God as the Devil wages war.
Be careful as we walk in this battle.

... outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers
and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. ~ Revelation 22:14-15

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