What is the desire of Satan
the enemy of God and man? What is his plan? These are questions that can only be answered accurately through God's inspired
Word, the Bible; for it is written: "How you are fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down
to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my
throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will
ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.'" (Isa. 14:12-14) Here, Isaiah makes perfectly
clear what Lucifer, who is also called Satan, intention is. He intends to usurp the place of God.
By the way he presented himself and through his persuasive
speech, Lucifer deceived Eve into disobedience to God's command. However, Adam was not deceived. He received the original
command from God not to eat fruit from a certain tree. Adam willingly disobeyed God who said not to eat of the tree
of the knowledge of good and evil; Adam became the sinner who pass on the infectious disease of sin to
all men. The account of our/mankind's fallen nature/condition from grace into sin is given in the following text:
"Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD GOD had made. And he said to the woman,
'has God indeed said, you shall not eat of every tree of the garden'? And the women said to the serpent, 'we may eat the fruit
of the trees of the garden; but the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat
it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'" Then the serpent said to the woman, "you will not surely die. For God
knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil...."
She took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. (Gen. 3:1-6)
It can be concluded from Isaiah and Genesis that
both Lucifer/Satan and Adam/Man want to be God. "Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death
through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned." (Rom. 5:12) Those of us who love the Lord and wait,
while also looking for His appearing, are not without hope; Scripture states: "For as in Adam all die, even
so in Christ all shall be made alive." (1st. Cor. 15:22) Almighty God told us at the beginning of sin and death that
He would send His Son to crush the head of the serpent and restore mankind back to God's original purpose. (Gen. 3:14-15)
The account of the fulfillment of this prophecy is given in the books of Matthew,
Mark, and Luke: It is written: "From that time Yeshua/Jesus began to preach and to say, 'Repent, for the kingdom
of heaven is at hand.'" (Matt. 4:17) This warning from the Christ of God is no more or less than what the one preaching
in the Spirit and Power of God was prophesied to do in Malachi 3:1; "Behold, I send My messenger,before Me and he
will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant,
in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming, says the Lord of hosts." (Isa. 40:3)
So the one
who was prophesied to prepare the way for Christ is spoken of in Matthews 3:1; The Scripture reads: "In those days
John the Immerser came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, 'Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand'! For
this is He who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah saying: 'The voice of one crying in the wilderness:prepare the way of the
LORD; make His paths straight'" (Isa. 40:3) John the Immerser preached the same message that God The Son preached: "Repent
for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
In the Book of Matthew chapters 5-7 Christ gives a
perfect example of the true principles of the kingdom of heaven: the kingdom of heaven is the worldly sphere of mankind and
Yeshua/Jesus, is the King, soon to be enthroned, of this worldly kingdom. It is written: "And seeing the multitude,
He went upon a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them saying."
(Matt 5:1-2) What Christ said can be grouped into several areas of conduct leading to eternal life. Matthew chapters 5-7 is the
"Sermon on the Mount" setting forth the standard for entering into the Kingdom of Heaven.
The NKJV of the Scofield Study Bible points out several major facts in understanding the
Saviour's teaching on the principles of the His Kingdom. (1) His sermon reaffirms the Mosaic Law (5:17); (2) The
attitude of men concerning the law will determine their place in the kingdom (5:19) Christ makes plain that He fulfills the
Law not abrogating it. He instructs us that the Law of God deals with the thoughts and motives of ones heart as well as their
actions. (5:27-28 and also Matt. 19:8)
The Sermon On The Mount is God's Divine standard for
righteousness proving that all men are sinners (5:48). The Law is Scripture that is "Profitable for doctrine, for reproof,
for correction, for instruction in righteousness". (2nd Tim. 3:16) This is for the redeemed of all ages. Note: These
comments taken from the Sermon On The Mount are used from the NKJV of the Scofield Bible (Study System).
In Luke chapter 18 there are two themes to take note of; the first is given between verses 1-14 and have to
do with the persistent believers being rewarded. The Son of God asked: ..."When the Son of Man comes, will He really
find faith on the earth?" As the Church forsakes all Scripture and God's people, Israel, the answer is not hard to conclude!
Until the next time; In His service,
James A. Chisolm
There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. (Prov. 16:25) Christ is the Way,
The Truth and The Life. If you don't know Him, seek Him while He may be found!