Take your best shot. Tuesday October 29th, 2002
Yup I would bet many of you have heard or said the above, some have done both. Well, today we are going to look at a time when God said basically that to satan, and after satan took his best shot, Jesus laughed in his face, because satan's best shot was as a two week old swatting at the heavy weight champ of the world.
Let us start by going back to the very beginning, to the time when Adam and Eve had sinned and God had to have a little talk with them and the serpent, the punk we call satan.
And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; It shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel.
What God told satan was this, "It shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel." What that means is simply this, God was saying to satan, Jesus will smash you in the head, the most you'll be able to do to Him, is to hurt his heel a little bit.
Satan lived in fear of that prophecy, he knew that the only way he could prevent this from happening was to prevent the people of God from being able to survive, so for the next 4,400 years satan did everything in his power to destroy the Gods people and the Jews. And when the Lord was born he tried first to find Him and then failing that, to kill Him, by killing every baby under two years old. While satan was successful in killing all the babies under two, the Lord had escaped to Egypt.
Later, when satan finally got his hands on the Lord through the use of his flunkies in the Sanhedran and in the Roman command, all he could do was take his best shot and that proved to be worth nothing. Satan had his minions, beat the Lord, spit on Him, whip Him, nail Him to a cross, stab Him and shove Him in a cave. And for next three days the Lord lay in that cave, but not actually in that cave, for during that three days the Lord went down to the pits of hell and showed Himself For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also He went and preached unto the spirits in prison; (1 peter 3:18&19) and then on the third day, Sunday morning, He arose from the dead. And satan knew he had lost.
Then, after that, Jesus ascended up into heaven and from there, He commanded John to take dictation and to publish the book of 'the Revelation of the Lord Jesus to His Apostle John'. And in this book Jesus tells how He will smash the head of satan. First by bruising it a bit and then smashing it. For in the book of Revelation Jesus tells how He will cast satan into the bottomless pit for just under 1,000 years and then satan will be released for a little time, but then he will be recaptured and sentenced to eternity in the lake of fire, a never ending outer darkness of fire and pain and suffering and gnashing fo teeth. And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the devil, satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. And when the thousand years are expired, satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city:
And fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (Revelation 20:1-10)
So, as you go through your day, and satan throws stones in your way, as he causes you grief both at home and away, don't worry, be happy, for all satan is doing is taking his best shot. And his best shot isn't worth any more than the word of Bill Clinton.
The Lord our God, Messiah Yeshua, be with you all.
God blessed America when she feared Him, now it appears, she may face His wrath.
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