Sunday, March 5, 2017

Satan has used his “puppets” throughout history to try to thwart the plan of God. 509 - 7 - 5

God hates pride. Pride was the motive behind Satan’s fall when he sought to rise above God. Satan appealed to Eve in the garden first through doubt and then by appealing to her pride by saying “you could become like God.” There are warning against pride in the Book of Proverbs. Proverbs 13:10 "Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom" and Proverbs 16:18, "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."
Lust is another tool in Saran’s toolbox. God called King David “a man after his own heart,” however, 2 Samuel 12:10, “Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.”
Murders and betrayals were legion with the descendants of King David. Most notably was the horrific actions around King Jehoram of Judah and his wife Athaliah.    
“2 Chronicles 1:4-6 Judah's fifth king chose to walk in the way of the kings of Israel instead of in the way of David. Jehoram was a murderer and an idolater. He ruthlessly killed all his own brothers to strengthen his hold on the throne. Scripture leaves us in no doubt as to the evil influence that caused Jehoram to act so wickedly: His wife was Ahab's daughter (v. 6). Earlier Jehoshaphat had arranged the marriage between the two kingdoms, and now Judah was infected with the same wickedness that was ruining Israel. Ahab's daughter Athaliah was a tool in Satan's hands to bring judgment on God's people.”
[Believer's Bible Commentary]
After eight years Jehoram died and his son Ahaziah was crowned king. Within one year Ahaziah and his brothers and their sons were murdered. Athaliah became queen and then “destroyed all the royal seed of the house of Judah” except for Joash.
Israel (Northern Kingdom) was defeated by Assyria and the northern tribes exiled and co-mingled with other races losing their Jewish identity. 2 King 17:6, “In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.”
The evil and prideful Haman plotted the massacre the Jews after Mordecai’s refusal to bow to him. Esther 3:6, “And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had shewed him the people of Mordecai: wherefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews that were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus, even the people of Mordecai”
So many plots against Israel throughout history including:
Antiochus IV (Epiphanes) ransacked Jerusalem, prohibited Torah practice, and set up the “Abomination of Desolation” in the Temple. God raised up the Maccabean who recaptured and rededicated the Temple.
The Roman Catholic Church has long been hostile to the Jewish race. The RCC’s Concordat with Hitler’s Third Reich was pretty much a blessing to exterminate the Jewish race.
Reich Concordat 1933.
"The Reich Concordat was an agreement that was intended to regulate the relationship between the German Reich and the Catholic Church. It was signed by representatives of both entities on July 20, 1933, and ratified on September 10, 1933."

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