Satan in the Sanctuary?

Written by JEFF CARLSON on .

HH-Desecrated1If there is ONE issue that seems to be troubling our nation in this hour, it is the loss of the truth from public discourse. There is not a single day that goes by that we are not deluged with bold lies from political candidates, the media, our universities, foreign governments and a host of other sources. Once these lies get into the thinking of the public it is almost impossible to find the real truth. This clearly applies to this coming national election in November, but it extends to every aspect of life and every decision we will ever make. No one can make a good decision when the information used for that decision is based on lies. As an example, if you think Washington D.C. is north of New York City, you will never find it. If you go north looking for it you will end up at the North Pole and die of hypothermia. One lie wrongly believed and acted upon can have a disasterous effect on our lives.

The most important thing for any Christian to know in this hour is that all lies started with Satan. The Lord Jesus addressed this issue in John 8:44 and shared these words with those in leadership that were trying to kill Him.

You belong to your father the devil and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no Truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
 
In the above passage, Jesus tells us that Satan is source and father of lies. Our Lord is telling us that whenever you find a pattern of consistent lying, devoid of any attempt to find and hold on to the truth, you are dealing with a satanic spirit. This fact is truly one of the great tests for anyone trying to discern and evaluate our world today. And when these lies are especially used for the purpose of deceiving others to gain political or personal power and control over them, it is always a reflection of Satan himself and his desire to deceive, gain power and be like God.
 
Now the Bible does not give us many details about Satan, lest we take our focus off the Lord. However, what we do know from Scripture is that Satan was created by God for good, but ended up leading some sort of rebellion to challenge the Lord and His authority. This rebellion was eventually was passed on to Adam and Eve in Genesis 3. Passages such as Isaiah 14:12-14, Ezekiel 28:12-19, Matthew 4:8-11 and Revelation 12:7-9 give us insight into the conflict going on all around us today over who rules our world. All of us are a part of this great spiritual battle between the Lord Jesus and His people and Satan and his people, even if we don't understand it.

This great battle reached its fullness when our Lord came into the world to begin His public ministry that ended in the Cross and Empty Tomb. Our Lord's atoning death was God's perfect plan to reverse the deadly effect that Satan's lies and rebellion had on humanity ( Colossians 2:13-15). Jesus had entered God's Presence or Sanctuary with truth, not lies, and made the full payment for our sin through His precious blood. The moment our Lord died on the Cross the curtain in the Temple or Sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom allowing for a new beginning of restored fellowhip between the Lord and His people forever (Matthew 27:50-51).

What every Christian needs to know in this hour is that Satan is making one last attempt to seduce the world with his original lies and rebellion that mankind can be as god and rule the world without the Lord. We see this pattern of lies and deception reflected in a corrupt media and the current political campaigns. Some people seem to have an irrational and obsessive desire to want power and control over others at any cost. As a result, there are candidates that seem willing to literally "sell their souls" to Satan to simply get elected. This obsession with gaining power is destroying our political process and deeply disalllusioning much of our nation in this hour. How sad that so few seem to see and discern the real spiritual issues and satanic power at work.

This seemingly mad attempt to gain power over others is the spirit of antichrist that will culminate with the soon coming of the Antichrist himself ( I John 4:1-3). The Antichrist's final act of history will be to counterfeit the Lord Jesus' work on the Cross by entering a rebuilt Temple or Sanctuary and declare himself to be god (II Thessalonians 2:4). All the players for this final drama are beginning to take the field right now. History is moving us to a final campaign that was outlined in the Bible from the beginning. This final act of human rebellion and satanic power will once again demonstrate in a dramatic way that no one can replace the Lord and His loving and just rule over the world.

And finally, as this incredible drama is unfolding before our eyes, how good to know the plans and purposes of the Lord for His people. The Lord Jesus Christ is coming soon for those who want Him to be their King. The Bridegroom is coming for a Bride that is ready and interested in a new life that will never end. May our hearts be passionate and ready for the sound of the coming trumpet call and a joy that will never end. Even so come Lord Jesus!