Satan Has Many Roads That Lead To Him But Jesus Only Has One

Matthew 7:13-14

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

The wide gate and the broad road says, “we all lead to the same mountain of God.” While it is true that they all do meet at the same mountain, however, it is not the mountain of God but of Satan the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4). Below is a picture of the broad and wide road that leads to hell.

 

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The girl with the cross is a liberal Christian. A true believer in Jesus Christ will never compromise The truth

 

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (1:16-20)

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16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.

The seven stars represent seven angels that are assigned to the churches mentioned in verse 11. The angels can be literal or may mean human messengers who are sent to the churches as the Greek word for angels could mean. I personally believe that it refers to real angels because of Hebrews 1:14 which says,  14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

The phrase “and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword”, refers to His Word as seen in Hebrews 4:12 which says, 12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Through God’s Word Jesus defeated Satan in the wilderness (Matthew 4) and likewise in the future, see Revelation 19:15-21.

Jesus’ face shining like the sun reveals His divine nature because it is attributed only to God. An example of this is seen in Psalms 84:11 which says, For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.


17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.

Jesus’ presence is so powerful that it shows how weak we really are. It is also a picture of our sinful nature that only Jesus can make us alive again through faith in Him. The phrase “I am the First and the Last”, Jesus is declaring to be God, see the commentary on verse 8.


18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

Jesus identifies Himself has the one who died on the cross and proclaims His resurrection so that we may know that our faith in Him is not based on a dead man but on one who lives and is eternal. We can be assured that after we die believing in Jesus we will live because He lives.

The phrase “And I hold the keys of death and Hades”, Jesus is the only one with the authority to send someone to hell or to heaven, depending if the person has trusted in Him or not.


19 “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.

Jesus tells John to write down the vision that He is showing him so that the churches may know where their spiritual growth is at and what will take placed in the future.


20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Jesus is the only one who can reveal mysteries and give one understanding of His Word. The angels are sent to God’s churches to protect those who have eternal life (see Matthew 18:10 and Hebrews 1:14).

Why Did It Take Jesus Two Tries To Heal The Blind Man?

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Mark 8:22-25

22 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”
24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”
25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.

Why couldn’t Jesus heal the blind man on the first try? Context, especially in this incident, plays a pivotal role. Let’s take a look and see the verses before the healing of the blind man took place.


Mark 8:14-21

14 The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15 “Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.”
16 They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.”
17 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”
“Twelve,” they replied.
20 “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?”
They answered, “Seven.”
21 He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”

Jesus was trying to teach His disciples what was happening to them in their understanding of God’s Word. Jesus’ healing of the blind man was purposely made in two stages to show His disciples that they were on the first stage like the blind man. In the first stage, the blind man only saw partially but not clear. Jesus’ disciples at the moment only understood partly what Jesus was teaching them. The second stage of the blind’s man healing was to show the disciples that ultimately on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2) after they would receive the Holy Spirit they will understand everything that Jesus had taught them as seen in John 14:26 which says, But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. The process of the blind man’s healing was to show them where they were at but He was assuring them through the end result of the man’s healing that they wouldn’t stay with limited understanding for a long time.

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (1:11-15)

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11 which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”

The revelation was to be distributed to the seven churches.

Ephesus: It was located in Asia minor and was a Roman province. It was one of the most important cities in Asia Minor, especially because the goddess Diana was there. Every year pilgrims would go to worship her there.

Smyrna: It was a large ancient city that had a theater on the slope of Mt. Pagus that seated 20,000 spectators. The temple of Zeus and Cybele were located there.

Pergamum: It was 3 miles from the Selinus river and 15 miles from the sea. One of the wonders of the ancient world was located in Pergamum which was the altar of Zeus being 40 feet high.

Thyatira: The city had a population of about 50,000 people. It was considered as the best place for dyeing fabrics in purple. Paul’s first convert to the Lord was in Thyatira by the name of Lydia which is found in Acts 16:14. The main deity there was Apollo who was worshiped as a sun-god with the surname Tyrimnas.

Sardis: The city was about 50 miles East of Smyrna and was located on an important commercial route which ran E and W from the kingdom of Lydia being the capital. It also made beautiful jewelry.

Philadelphia: The name means “brotherly love” a city in Lydia. It was about 28 miles SW of Sardis and 100 miles W of Smyrna. Earthquakes have almost destroyed the city several times.

Laodicea: The city was 90 miles E of Ephesus and at the time of the apostles it was mainly Jewish.


12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands

The lampstands represent the seven churches that the Book of Revelation was going to go to (see verse 20).


13 and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest.

Son of man is a title that Jesus used to describe the side of His humanity and is also connected to the Son of man who is referred in the Book of Daniel. John saw Jesus full of glory and honor. Robe in the Old Testament when referring to God means righteousness (Isaiah 61:10) and Yahweh is also mentioned as being enrobed in His throne (Isaiah 6:1).


14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.

This description points back to Daniel’s vision of God which is found in Daniel 7:9 which says, 9 “As I looked, “thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze.

That’s another verse that clearly identifies Jesus as God.


15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters.

Jesus was reflecting the Fathers glory (Matthew 16:27). His feet glowing like in a furnace and His voice which sounds like rushing waters reveal tremendous power which is heard and seen.


Note: All geographical background information came from “New Unger’s Bible.” and “Biblehub.com.”

“An evil spirit from the Lord”: What Does This Phrase Mean?

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King Saul trying to pin David to the wall with his spear

1 Samuel 19:9-10

9 But an evil spirit from the Lord came on Saul as he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand. While David was playing the lyre, 10 Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear, but David eluded him as Saul drove the spear into the wall. That night David made good his escape.


If God is good and righteous without any sin (Psalms 92:15) why would He send an evil spirit, demon to attack Saul which in turn tried to kill the one God anointed as king and the line of which Jesus was going to come from?
Let’s take a look at some passages in the Book of Job that will give some light to this question.

Job 1:6-12

6 One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. 7 The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
8 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
12 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”

As you can see from the verses above Satan asked God permission to attack Job and see if he can make Job curse God. Satan thought that Job’s love for God was based on God’s blessing towards him. God wanted to show Satan that true love doesn’t hinge on material blessings from Him but from the individual sincerely recognizing that He is good, loving and no one else can save but Him alone. Only God deserves worship, honor, glory and thanksgiving.

The phrase “an evil spirit from the Lord” simply means that God allows the enemy to attack the person for the purpose of testing and refinement of their faith.

The evil spirit wasn’t concerned in tormenting Saul but used Saul’s torment to have David come in into Saul’s presence and play the musical instrument to get an opportunity to kill the one the Lord anointed. That was the evil spirit’s true intent. God allowed this attack on David so that he would learn to depend on Him. The Psalms that David wrote was the fruit of king Saul’s pursuit in trying to take his life.

Another example of why God allows the enemy to attack a believer is found in Luke 22:31 which says, 31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

Satan asked permission to sift Peter which occurred when Peter denied knowing Jesus 3 times but through that experience, after Peter repented his faith was strengthened which in turn helped his brothers through their weaknesses for the task of taking the gospel to all nations.

God is not the One who sends an evil spirit for the purpose of causing harm to a person but the evil spirit comes to God and asks permission to attack Christians. The enemy thinks that he will hurt us but God turns the enemy’s attack around to strengthen us.