Matt 24:28                             The Last Battle                                            8/3/2008         ßà   

 

 

 

 

#1.       The FTP Is the Last Battle (Matt 28:18, 24:29,24,28)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2.       All the Fowls That Fly (Rev 19:11-21, 1Cor 15:50, John 12:48)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3.       The Last Battle Within (Judg 5:23, Matt 12:29-30)

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 24:21 (2X). In the past few weeks we have seen why the Final Tribulation Period (FTP) came into being. It came into being because the Gospel of grace must be preached into all the world before the wickedness of man is able to snuff it out. Since man voluntarily submitted himself to the authority of the Devil ever since the Garden of Eden, the Devil and all his host of demons, with the help of many men, fought against this spread of the Gospel of grace, and generated the abomination of desolation standing in the holy place, which are the pulpits of most churches throughout the world. And the abomination of desolation is the charismatic gospel that features signs and wonders, and tongues, dreams and visions. By this we know that the FTP has begun.

Mt 24:21-29  For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

The statement of verse 21 tells us that it will be a time of tribulation that will be different from all the sufferings that were on the earth since the beginning of the world. In other words, it will be different in character, and it will not be a suffering in the body but in the soul. It will not be a physical suffering, but a spiritual suffering, because to be cut off from God is a far greater evil than any temporary pain in this life. For a person to be cut off from God means that he will have to endure an eternity in Hell, and that is far worse than any temporary pain in this life. Therefore verse 22 cannot refer to physical flesh, but refers to persons. The entire context of verse 22 concerns spiritual matters, and not physical. And thus, verse 22 tells us that if the Lord tarry, and the time of spiritual troubles lasts long, it will have the result that there would be no saved people on this earth. Why not? Because the Lord says in verse 24 that false christs and false prophets shall arise and shall show great signs and wonders; not just little signs and wonders, but great signs and wonders, to prove that they were sent from God. But they are lying, for the Lord says in Rev 20:7 that near the end of time Satan shall be loosed out of his prison of darkness (Jude 6) and that he will be as powerful as he was over all the earth before Christ came. So convincing are their signs that even the elect would be deceived, if that were possible. Therefore, this is the environment where we bring our children into. And so, since there are so few faithful parents left, our children, in their rebellious years, will choose to be unequally yoked to those who are not true believers, and in this way the Gospel shall be snuffed out. This exactly, was the same reason why God destroyed the first world at the time of Noah. For we read in Gen 6:2, “That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose”. Then in Gen 6:3 God says that this was the reason why He destroyed that world by water. When the measure of iniquity was full, God sent His judgment on all mankind, after rapturing His elect. Quite similarly, in the FTP when the measure of iniquity is full, God will send His judgment on all the earth, after rapturing His elect. Therefore, the FTP is the last event before the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. In fact:

#1.       The FTP Is the Last Battle (Matt 28:18, 24:29,24,28)

Right now, the Lord Jesus is the sovereign ruler over all creation, whether it be heaven, or earth, or anywhere in this universe. We know this from the Bible, for after His resurrection the Lord Jesus said in Matt 28:18, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All authority is given unto me in heaven and in earth”. But His absolute authority is not undisputed, for the Devil and his angels, and all unsaved man-kind, are disputing His authority over them. In this they commit terrible blasphemy, for they are bearing and taking the Name of the Lord in vain. And so, there is a spiritual battle going on between Christ and Satan, or between all those who are on the side of Christ and those who are on the side of Satan. From all that we are seeing in the world, it appears that Satan is winning. But from all that we are reading in the Bible, we know that Christ is winning. The FTP is such a spiritual battle. But in Matt 24:29 we read,

Mt 24:29  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

In other words, this is the end of time when Christ shall come the second time, to rapture His saints and to judge all the unsaved for their ungodly works. But the Lord says in Matt 24:29 that this occurs “Immediately after the tribulation of those days”. In other words, the FTP is that spiritual battle, that last battle between the armies of Christ and the armies of Satan. Presently we are living in this fearful time period when the forces of Satan seem to be winning. However, in the midst of these fearful statements the Lord gives us words of comfort. In verse 24 the Lord says, “Insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect”, or more literally, from the Greek text, He said, “so as to cause to err, if possible, even the elect”. Hereby He implied that it is not possible to deceive the elect for God will watch over us to prevent that those thoughts would enter the minds of His elect. Now, this is of great comfort to all His saints. Let me give an application of this great comforting principle, and let me use some specific dates so that it will be easy for you to connect. If in the year 1994 the pastor of a church is one of the elect, and by the mathematics of probability this must be a true condition in many churches throughout the world, then if that pastor is still living today and is pastoring a church, he will be preaching the true Gospel in that church, which will be a faithful church, and it is absolutely impossible that this would be a church that has fallen away to the Devil. And so, the doctrine floating around today that all churches would be abandoned by the Holy Spirit in the year 1994 must be declared a lie, for the elect cannot be deceived. And so as long as these elect pastors preach faithfully the true Gospel in their churches, this preaching will continue to draw unsaved people to Christ, until the last of the elect will be saved. But let us now focus on an intriguing concept that the Lord Jesus stated here in Matt 24:28,

Mt 24:28  For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

Who is represented by the carcase? And who do the eagles represent? Certainly the Lord Jesus is not speaking about literal carcases and literal eagles, for there are not enough eagles to peck away on seven billion people who have been struck dead. And besides, on the last day God is going to destroy the world by fire, and so there would not be any eagles left. And so, we want to have a good look at:

We must keep in mind that Matt 24:28 speaks of a point in time when the last battle between the armies of Christ and the armies of Satan is finished. All the unsaved of mankind have been killed, and are ready to be resurrected in their repulsive bodies, and to stand before the judgment throne of Christ. Please put a sticker here in Matt 24, and please turn to the Gospel According to Luke, Luke 17:34 (2X). Let us compare Matt 24:28 with this passage in the Gospel of Luke. In the Gospel of Luke we find the chronological sequence when the eagles shall be gathered together. It will be after the rapture of the saints, when we shall be with the Lord forever. We read in Luke 17:34-37,

Lu 17:34-37  I tell you, in that night there shall be two in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.

We can see clearly that this refers to a point in time after the rapture, when the last battle will be finished. The enemy is defeated and dead. Let us now compare Luke 17:37 with Matt 24:28, for these two verses must be harmonized, for these two verses speak about the same thing. In Luke 17:37 “the body” is the Greek word “soma” <4983>, which is a whole body, either living or dead, and can refer to the body of beasts, or of man, or of the church. In Matt 24:28 “the carcase” is the Greek word “ptoma” <4430>, which refers to that which is fallen, a corpse, or a carcase. And so, by harmonizing, the body in Luke 17:37 must refer to a dead body, not a live body. Can this body refer to the church, the spiritual body of Christ, or the bodies of the saints? That is impossible, for the saints are alive, and Christ is alive, and the church on the last day may be small, but it is still alive. The only body this can refer to is the defeated and dead body of all the unsaved who are awaiting their physical resurrection. It cannot refer to Satan and all his fallen angels, for they do not have bodies. We need to keep this in mind in all other passages in the Bible referring to the last battle. Who do the eagles represent? Both in Matt 24:28 and in Luke 17:37 the word for eagles is the same Greek word. The word for eagle in the Bible has been used primarily in two ways: In some places an eagle pictures how fiercely God is protecting His children, like in De 32:11-12, “As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him”. But in most places the eagles represent the enemies of God and enemies of the children of God. When we look at Matt 24:28, and Luke 17:37, could the eagles here represent God? No way, for God is never represented by a multitude of eagles. Could the eagles represent here represent the saints who are coming down with Christ to judge all the unsaved? That is also an impossibility, for eagles are unclean animals, and after the rapture the saints are translated into a kingdom where only righteousness dwells. The same can be said of the elect angels who are keeping themselves unspotted in this world of sin. Who else are the enemies of unsaved mankind? How many groups of created beings are there after the rapture has occurred and all the unsaved have died in a fire that destroyed this entire world? The only ones remaining after this fireball are the elect angels, the saints, the unsaved of mankind who lay dead, and the fallen angels who are now called demons. Let us now carefully consider Luke 17:37,

Lu 17:37  And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.

What did they ask the Lord Jesus? It can be understood as, “Where are they who are raptured taken to, Lord?” Or it can also be understood as, “Where are those who are left, Lord?” We already know the answer to the first question. They who are raptured are taken “to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord”. Therefore it is the second question that is at hand here in Luke 17:37. If I may paraphrase, the Lord Jesus answered them, “Wheresoever the dead conglomerate body of all the un-saved is gathered, there will also the demons be gathered together”. This also is the meaning of Matt 24:28, exactly the same. And why will the demons also be gathered there? The answer is that they too shall be cast into Hell, and go to the same place where all unsaved mankind will spend eternity. But there is a more sinister aspect of this togetherness. You see, in several places in the Bible God invites the fowls of the air to feast on the defeated bodies of God’s enemies, who formerly shouted, ” We will not have this man to reign over us.” (Luke 19:14). What is in view when God extends this invitation to the demons? Is He not inviting them to be the executors of His wrath upon the unsaved in Hell? And this is indeed the case. Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Ezekiel, Ezek 38:1 (2X).

In Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39 we have another picture of the last battle between Christ and Satan. God is addressing here a person by the name of “Gog”, who is also identified as “the land of Magog”. In other words, all the people in the land of Magog are addressed together as “Gog”. This is how we can understand Rev 20:8, where Gog and Magog are defined as “the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth”. And thus, Gog and Magog are representing all the unsaved on the earth, who are together ganging up on the tiny camp of the saints. Can Gog represent Satan? No way, for Satan does not have a body, like he is described in Ezek 38. But Satan and his demons use people to indwell them.

Eze 38:1-4 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:

God says that He will put hooks in the jaws of Gog. Therefore Gog cannot represent Satan, but must represent Antichrist, the embodiment of Satan in human form. But since Satan is not omnipresent, he has delegated his demons to occupy a multitude of pastors and Bible teachers throughout the world. But since this story in Ezek 38 and 39 has a climactic end, like the end of the world, we realize that this story must be understood as a spiritual battle. It is the last battle between Christ and Satan. The entire army in these chapters represents an army of demons ready to attack the church in the world, who spiritually are dwelling safely in the mountains of Israel. But which Israel does God have in view? No, not the physical children of Jacob, but the Israel of God, the spiritual Israel who are spiritually living in peace on the mountains where God is found. When God says in Rom 9:6, “For they are not all Israel which are of Israel”, He means that they who are blood descendants of Jacob are not all part of the Israel of God. There is a remnant chosen by grace out of all the nations of the world who are the Israel of God. Please drop down to Ezek 39:1 (2X). Here God describes the spiritual battle in a rather physical way.

Eze 39:1-4 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.

Verse 4 says that Antichrist an all his bands shall be defeated upon the mountains of Israel. Who shall defeat them? God will do this, for it is too difficult a job to leave to mankind. Only God can take on Satan, and God promised that the birds will feed on them. Please drop down to verse 17, Ezek 39:17, 

Eze 39:17-22  And, thou son of man, thus saith the Lord GOD; Speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves, and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel, that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood. Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan. And ye shall eat fat till ye be full, and drink blood till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you. Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord GOD. And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them. So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.

This is the last battle of Antichrist and his armies against the Lord Jesus Christ and His armies. And again the human beings are the ones who are defeated and killed, and the demons are invited to feast on them. Now watch the words of verses 21 and 22. What does God mean when He said, “I will set my glory among the heathen”? Does it not mean that He will also save a remnant from the Gentile nations? And what does God mean when He said, “So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God”? In other words, it is in this way, by saving a remnant from the heathen, that the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God, for it is in this way that the fullness of all Israel shall come in.

#2.       All the Fowls That Fly (Rev 19:11-21, 1Cor 15:50, John 12:48)

Now, this last battle of Christ against Antichrist is also portrayed in Rev 19. Please turn in your Bibles to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 19:11 (2X). Again we read about a very physical battle that is fought here on earth. But remember that this is again a picture of the last battle, which is a spiritual battle, and we know that all these last battles in the Bible must be harmonized with the spiritual battles we find in Matt 24 and in Luke 17 and in Luke 21. Externally the world is at peace, but within the church a battle is raging, and it will seem as if Satan has won this battle. We read in Rev 19:11-21,

Re 19:11-21 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse,    which sword proceeded out of his mouth:    and all the fowls

were filled with their flesh.

What are we seeing here? Christ is coming out of heaven riding on a white horse. Are there horses in heaven? Absolutely not, for “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” (1Cor 15:50). This is the surest indication that we must interpret this passage spiritually. Moreover, Christ is not riding on a horse with a sharp two-edged sword protruding out of His mouth, and at the same time He is “treading the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God”. For sure we know that we must understand this passage spiritually. Therefore, this is a picture of the last battle here on earth, and Christ is going to win this battle, for He is King of kings and Lord of lords. And now, all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven are invited to feast on the dead bodies of Antichrist an all his armies, which are actually all the unsaved on this earth. And then we read in verse 21, “And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse”, which means that those who were not leaders of the rebellious movement against Christ were slain by Christ, by using the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, to judge them, as He has promised in John 12:48. And then we read in verse 21 these ominous words, “and all the fowls were filled with their flesh”. Throughout the NT always the fowls are representing the Devil and his demons. And so, it is very clear that God is inviting the demons to be the executioners of the penalties that the unsaved must pay during their stay in Hell for an eternity. There are several passages in this prophecy of Revelation that picture the last battle. But one that causes much confusion among the true believers is the battle of Armageddon. Let us be clear that this is also picturing the last battle, and thus it must harmonize with Matt 24:28 and Luke 17:37. Please turn a few pages back to Rev 16:12 (2X).

Many people regard  Rev 16 as a description of Hell,  since it comes after the blowing of the seventh trumpet. But just like the 7th seal is expanded into the seven trumpets, so the 7th trumpet is expanded into the seven vials of wrath. And thus only after the 7th vial of the wrath of God is poured out is the blowing of the 7th trumpet completed. Let us then consider the pouring of the 6th vial of wrath, for this should coincide with the FTP and with the last battle between Christ and Satan. We read in Rev 16:12- 

Re 16:12-16 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

What is the symbolism here? The river Euphrates supplied water to the city of Babylon. By drying up that river God tells us here two things. #1. The water of the Gospel was dried up, so that in the church, pictured as Babylon in Rev 17 and 18, the Gospel was totally taken away. #2. The way old Babylon was conquered was by diverting the riverbed of the Euphrates river, so that the Medes and the Persians walked through the dry riverbed into Babylon. And so, when the 6th vial was poured it spelled the end for modern day Babylon, the apostate church. But Satan does not give up that easy. That is why the spirits of the infernal trio went forth through the whole world to gather almost all in the world to the battle of that great day of God Almighty, the last battle. The only ones who could not be gathered with them were the elect, who were saved by grace, for God shall prevent them that they join hands with all those who were deceived by the beast and by the false prophet. And he gathered them together in a place called Armageddon, which means the mount of Megiddo, referring to the place where Sisera and his armies were defeated by the children of Israel. Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Judges, Judg 5:19 (2X). In Judges chapters 4 and 5 the children of Israel were delivered by Barak and his armies from Sisera and his armies, which was a picture of the last battle between Christ and Antichrist. During this battle the chariots of Sisera were made useless by a mighty rainfall, so that the chariots were stuck in the mud. Then in chapter 5 Barak and Deborah sang a song of victory. We read in Judg 5:19-23,

Jud 5:19-23 The kings came and fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo; they took no gain of money. They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought against Sisera. The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength. Then were the horse hoofs broken by the means of the pransings, the pransings of their mighty ones. Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty.

Then we read in Judg 4:16 these important words, “And all the host of Sisera fell upon the edge of the sword; and there was not a man left”. This gives us a clue that this battle was a picture of the last battle between Christ an Antichrist. The river Kishon was a tool in God’s hand to give the victory to the children of Israel. God speaks of the river Kishon as “the waters of Megiddo”. And the mountain from which Barak and his army descended was mount Tabor, also known as mount Megiddo. The Hebrew word for mountain is “Har”. And thus we can see that combining Har with Megiddo produces the name Armageddon, for in the Greek the H is dropped. At the mount of Megiddo is where Sisera was defeated by Barak and his army. Likewise, at Armageddon is where Antichrist and his army are defeated by Christ and His army. But we must keep in mind that there is only one last battle, which means that the battle of Armageddon in Rev 16 is the same battle that will be fought in Rev 19, of which we have seen already that this is a spiritual battle, which is the same spiritual battle between Christ and Antichrist that is called the FTP. An interesting note is this: The Hebrew word “Har” occurs 546 times in the OT. In all 546 times the Septuagint translates this word as Armageddon. Today the logic behind this translation is clearer from a NT perspective. “Har”, the mountain of God, is indeed Armageddon, which is the place where the saints rally behind the banner of Christ, to fight against all those who have chosen to be on the side of Antichrist. Did they choose to be on that side? Yes indeed. All men sin voluntarily, even unsaved man sins voluntarily, and it is for this reason that God can justly cast them into Hell. How many times have you testified of the Scriptures explicitly, and people who call themselves Christians have either ignored it or twisted it? How many times have you heard, “That is just your interpretation”. The fact is that many are ignoring God, or are ignoring what God said, because they have no fear of God. And where there is no fear of God, there is no conscience. That is why they can reject and even deny God’s Word. So, when they hear the testimony of the Word of God, they ignore it, or change it, or pretend it is not there. This is why I say, “They choose to be on the side of Antichrist”. But let us now consider:

#3.       The Last Battle Within (Judg 5:23, Matt 12:29-30)

Remember the last verse in Judg 5:23 was, “Curse ye Meroz, said the Angel of the LORD, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty”. And did we notice who said this? It was the Angel of the Lord, it was the Lord Jesus Christ who said this, “Curse ye Meroz”. It is immaterial where Meroz was, and how large a city that was, and for what reason they wanted to stay neutral. The principle that God laid down is this: What have WE done to assist in the fight against the deception from Antichrist. Please turn to the Gospel According to Matthew, Matt 12:29 (2X). What have we done for the furtherance of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ so that God  will be glorified? The Lord will take it as a serious offense if we remain on the sidelines and refuse to be involved. The sweet, compassionate, loving Lord Jesus Christ says here, “Curse ye Meroz”. Does Christ need our assistance? No! He does not need it, but we need it. We need it to show our love and affection for our Redeemer, our Savior, who was willing to spend the equivalent of an eternity in Hell for us, because we liked our sins too much. And within ourselves we need to come to terms whose servants we are. This is our last battle within, for we must be ready to come into His presence tomorrow. The Lord Jesus was speaking about the cross when He said in Matt 12:29-30,

Mt 12:29  Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

Mt 12:30  He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

The Lord was speaking about binding the strong man, Satan, when He was crucified and died in our place. He spoke about spoiling Satan’s goods. What was He talking about? He spoke about US, about taking us out of the kingdom of Satan, past the gates of Hell which shall not prevail against us, and into the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ, where we will be immediately drafted into His army, for there is a continual war going on between the kingdom of Christ and the kingdom of Satan. And how is the Lord continually spoiling the house of Satan? He said in Matt 12:30, “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth”; words that are similar to His earlier statement in Judg 5:23, “Curse ye Meroz, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD”. Let us remember this last battle within.      AMEN.            Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.