Desolation The Enemy wants to separate us and get us far from God!

In Apologetics, Chrisitian, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Prayer, Satan, Saved, Sin, Sunday School, Trinity on March 20, 2010 at 10:35 am

(Dan 11:27-32 ESV)  And as for the two kings, their hearts shall be bent on doing evil. They shall speak lies at the same table, but to no avail, for the end is yet to be at the time appointed. And he shall return to his land with great wealth, but his heart shall be set against the holy covenant. And he shall work his will and return to his own land. “At the time appointed he shall return and come into the south, but it shall not be this time as it was before. For ships of Kittim shall come against him, and he shall be afraid and withdraw, and shall turn back and be enraged and take action against the holy covenant. He shall turn back and pay attention to those who forsake the holy covenant. Forces from him shall appear and profane the temple and fortress, and shall take away the regular burnt offering. And they shall set up the abomination that makes desolate. He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant, but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action. And the wise among the people shall make many understand, though for some days they shall stumble by sword and flame, by captivity and plunder. When they stumble, they shall receive a little help. And many shall join themselves to them with flattery,

 We see a picture of the enemies plan in Daniel 11 he uses Antiochus IV Epiphanes to separate the children of Israel from the daily worship of the sacrifice and even went as far as to make the temple an abomination.

 We learn through the Apocrypha (those different books in some Bibles in the middle) some history:

 (1Ma 1:10-15 KJVA)  And there came out of them a wicked root Antiochus surnamed Epiphanes, son of Antiochus the king, who had been an hostage at Rome, and he reigned in the hundred and thirty and seventh year of the kingdom of the Greeks. In those days went there out of Israel wicked men, who persuaded many, saying, Let us go and make a covenant with the heathen that are round about us: for since we departed from them we have had much sorrow. So this device pleased them well. Then certain of the people were so forward herein, that they went to the king, who gave them licence to do after the ordinances of the heathen: Whereupon they built a place of exercise at Jerusalem according to the customs of the heathen: And made themselves uncircumcised, and forsook the holy covenant, and joined themselves to the heathen, and were sold to do mischief.  

(1Ma 1:20-25 KJVA)  And after that Antiochus had smitten Egypt, he returned again in the hundred forty and third year, and went up against Israel and Jerusalem with a great multitude, And entered proudly into the sanctuary, and took away the golden altar, and the candlestick of light, and all the vessels thereof, And the table of the shewbread, and the pouring vessels, and the vials, and the censers of gold, and the veil, and the crown, and the golden ornaments that were before the temple, all which he pulled off. He took also the silver and the gold, and the precious vessels: also he took the hidden treasures which he found. And when he had taken all away, he went into his own land, having made a great massacre, and spoken very proudly. Therefore there was a great mourning in Israel, in every place where they were;

 (1Ma 1:30-33 KJVA)  And spake peaceable words unto them, but all was deceit: for when they had given him credence, he fell suddenly upon the city, and smote it very sore, and destroyed much people of Israel. And when he had taken the spoils of the city, he set it on fire, and pulled down the houses and walls thereof on every side. But the women and children took they captive, and possessed the cattle. Then builded they the city of David with a great and strong wall, and with mighty towers, and made it a strong hold for them.

 First Maccabees gives us a summary of what happened after the people were flattered and manipulated into stopping the daily sacrifice. You see the enemy always misspeaks with ½ truths that are whole lies. In the Garden “Hath God said?” “He will command His angels concerning you, to guard you.” How does this apply to us today?  Satan is trying to get us to cease sacrificial living through self realization, self actualization, and the study of self and self esteem. The doctrine of the post modern age it’s better to care and make aware than to just commit your time, and your resources for the long haul. After all you have a life and it has its own demands. We are told we can take shortcuts to everything why not a sacrificial life. Have you bought in? If it’s uncomfortable do you really need to do it? Give from excess not need after all wanting to give and meaning to give are just as important. If the cost is too great shouldn’t you hesitate, maybe wait don’t be too quick about committing to much of anything especially yourself. Are we being seduced by the enemy to only see thing through how much something coats us instead of being a living sacrifice? Are we weighing selfishness vs. sacrifice?

 The scriptures show us a different story as Beth Moore said in the study” If we miss the sacrificial life we miss our life’s calling or purpose.”

 (Rom 12:1 ESV)  I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

 (Luk 9:23-25 ESV)  And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?

 How do we get fooled?  The enemy uses flattery or manipulation as we see in the 32 verse of Daniel 11.

 (Dan 11:32 ESV)  He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant, but the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.


 1. False praise; commendation bestowed for the purpose of gaining favor and influence, or to accomplish some purpose. Direct flattery consists in praising a person himself; indirect flattery consists in praising a person through his works or his connections. Simple pride for flattery makes demands. Just praise is only a debt, but flattery is a present. 2. Adulation; obsequiousness; wheedling. 3. Just commendation which gratifies self-love.  We become hypocrites when used in the Bible means straying away from the right path.

 (Tit 1:16 ESV)  They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.

 (Jas 1:8 HCSB)  An indecisive man is unstable in all his ways.

 (Jas 1:21-22 HCSB)  Therefore, ridding yourselves of all moral filth and evil excess, humbly receive the implanted word, which is able to save you. But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.


 1. One who feigns to be what he is not; one who has the form of godliness without the power, or who assumes an appearance of piety and virtue, when he is destitute of true religion. And the hypocrite’s hope shall perish. Job 8.

2. A dissembler; one who assumes a false appearance. Fair hypocrite, you seek to cheat in vain.

 After hypocrisy takes root we start compromising everything in our lives, negotiating with sin trying to maintain outward appearances while we are crumbling inside. Usually with the final stages resulting in half apologies like “I never meant for it to go this far!” – Satan did and so much further. The enemy when he can’t stop us from becoming believers starts working on trying to make us hypocrites. Remember everything we think we do in secret is waiting to be revealed. No one gets away with secrets and deceptions on either side of eternity. The truth is our calling will found on the other side of selfishness. WE can’t have it all!! WE can’t do all!! Trying to have it all will cost us our calling and I can personally testify to miss your calling and settle for anything else lacks any satisfaction or peace in the longer term of your life.

 (2Co 4:2 AMP)  We have renounced disgraceful ways (secret thoughts, feelings, desires and underhandedness, the methods and arts that men hide through shame); we refuse to deal craftily (to practice trickery and cunning) or to adulterate or handle dishonestly the Word of God, but we state the truth openly (clearly and candidly). And so we commend ourselves in the sight and presence of God to every man’s conscience.

 We have a purpose and destiny a reason for being here. More than the acquiring of things we are made to glorify God with our lives every day. This is done when we come to the understanding His calling our conversion will cost us everything. Unless it costs us it won’t be priceless. And if it isn’t priceless irreplaceable captivating then we have to question have we really repented unto salvation or have we tried to resolve our guilty conscience to rid ourselves of bad feelings.

 (Jas 4:8 HCSB)  Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, double-minded people!

 (2Pe 1:3 HCSB)  For His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. By these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness,  godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.


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