Saturday, 13 June 2009
THE SERPENT TRAP
Hello again folks! I was watching one of those David Attenborough-type programmes about snakes the other day. And this thought crossed my mind. How do snakes catch their prey? The answer is that they either bite; poison and render unconscious their victims before swallowing them or they crush their victims to death and then swallow them. Either method is extremely effective. Revelation 12:9 states:
"And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, his angels were cast out with him."
From Genesis to Revelation we are presented with quite a few descriptions of the Devil. One of the most familiar is that of a snake, serpent or even dragon. Peter uses these words to describe the enemy of God:
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walking about, seeking whom he may devour ..." [I Peter 5:8]
Both scriptures uses terms that are applied to predators. Whether it's done via a quick bite, poisoning and a helpless death or by slow constriction and also a helpless death - the end is the same and so is is the goal of the adversary. Ultimately; the devil is after souls to destroy and souls to join him in the lake of fire for eternity. And he will attempt it by any means: deception; murder; a slow or a fast death. From Marduk [the serpent dragon of Babylon] through direct luciferian worship [satanism] to the occultic practices of tarot card reading and Ouija boards [both popular among today's generation] et al to freemasonry [indirect - at least at first - luciferian worship] and all false religion [including evolutionism]; that old dragon is spreading a large net for those souls on the wide road to destruction. And like a snake he is a cold blooded killer. He will wait for his prey as long as it takes; attacking; biting with vicious venom or by coiling himself around his victim until it's too late. What happens in the natural is a picture of what is going on in the spiritual. Hence Jesus' quadruple warning to His disciples to beware of deception in these last days in His Olivet Discourse [Matthew 24-25] should be considered seriously. And this is what has being going through my mind this week with respect to snakes! Most people don't like 'em and have an inbuilt dislike and inbred distrust of them. It all goes back to Genesis and the Fall. And it won't end until we reach the end of the book of Revelation [or thereabouts]. And that is why every God-breathed Word of scripture will not return void and should be taken literally unless otherwise stated. Be Bereans; watchmen must warn; evangelists must compel! God bless you and God bless Israel ... Keith J Sinclair ... 13-June-2009