The Rolled-up Scroll:
End of Satan's Kingdom
Sabbath Day Sermon, Saturday 22 May 2004
"I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, 'Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?'" (Rev.6:12-17, NKJV).
About three weeks ago I had a most unusual experience. I was lying in bed meditating when suddenly I saw a vivid vision of a landscape. All around me were mountains, hills, valleys, rivers and lakes that stretched far into the horizon. And then quite suddenly, it was as though two invisible hands took two of the 'corners' of this scene and began rolling it up very slowly like a roll of paper. I could see the three-dimensional scenery turning upwards and rolling round an invisible cylinder to then disappear. The whole advanced slowly towards me when the vision abruptly ended. I was at once reminded of the passage of scripture that I began with today, only in this one it was the sky that was being rolled up, and in the opposite direction.
Such images are perhaps a little difficult for us to appreciate if for no other reason that we don't use scrolls anymore. Most of our written materials are either in the form of books whose pages one 'turns' or are held in databases which are viewed in 'screen-fulls' on a computer. But anciently everything was written on very long pieces of papyrus which were rolled up. You can still find scrolls in Tibetan monasteries or in Jewish synagogues. The Bible was originally a collection of scrolls. The ancient library of Alexandria in Egypt, the largest library in the ancient world before it was burned to the ground, contained thousands of scrolls all neatly stacked on one another on deep shelves. The nearest I have seen to a modern version of this was in Düsseldorf when I visited a Soviet cartographical centre where I saw the same arrangement.
I did, of course, wonder why Yahweh would show me such a vision, and why at this particular time. Nothing He reveals is accidental, and nothing is given just for our amusement or to titillate our love of knowledge for its own sake. I know that what I saw was a representation in biblical symbolism of something 'big' that was starting - after all, it was the world that was being rolled up, as though the surface of the planet was being taken away, its purpose served, as when one rolls a map away which one has no further use of.
I got a second clue last early Tuesday morning. I sort of half woke up and became aware that I was having a very impure dream. A part of me was somehow aware that what I was seeing was not 'me' and yet there it was taking place apparently 'inside' my head. The experience was something like reading a magazine, turning a page and suddenly being confronted by a pornographic picture - you had no idea the magazine contained the picture until it confronted you. It was like that in the dream. Realising that something was not right, I immediately went into prayer, rebuked the spirit of lust, bound it, and cast it out. It was then that something extraordinary happened: I became aware that what I was viewing was a bit like a cloth on a table because suddenly 'something' in one of the 'corners' of my field of vision began to 'drag' the visual layer away, just like a cloth on a table being pulled away by one of the corners. The 'screen' or image-layer began to turn into a brown colour and crumple up and then was yanked completely out of view, revealing another image underneath ... my natural dreaming picture.
The nearest way I can explain this is a TV screen with two layers - the one artificially superimposed upon the 'normal' screen by some sort of holographic apparatus. I do not know how demons do it exactly but I have concrete proof through my experience that they are able to superimpose images on our minds and make us view whatever it is they want us to see. This occurred in the dream state but it can equally well happen in visions whilst one is awake because I have experienced that too. We human beings are therefore frequently the victims of unplanned and unwanted deception by demons trying to deflect us from the path of holiness. This they do by sophisticated layering of images and, of course, sounds - we all know how demons whisper to us. Of course, if they are inside, they are more readily able to tinker with our whole system of being, changing our behaviour by integrating with out personalities so that we are no longer just ourselves but also 'them' as well. When this takes place it is because of commandments broken giving demons legal grounds to enter us and take up residence. Sorting out dreams and visions in this state is almost impossible until the demons have been ejected, and this can only happen with a change of lifestyle accompanied by personal deliverance by Christ. I suppose what really interests me are the overcomers - those who have accepted Christ and are actively seeking to purify their lives - who may get external interference of the kind I have been speaking.
Life is complicated enough without having invisible spirit-entities trying to deceive and waylay us. I remember as a young man wandering through West Berlin and being shocked by all the pornography, sex shops and open prostitution everywhere, something which was not so blatant in England in those days. That's all changed now, of course, as immorality is blasé - nowadays immorality is openly paraded as it was anciently in such places as Sodom and Gomorra prior to their destruction. Those of you who were born into this modern world will not have had the contrast that I had, or for that matter the generation before us. You tend not to react to things when you have been brought up surrounded by wickedness unless you have been sheltered. It is not a good thing to grow up in cities these days.
The vision I saw three weeks ago was a very clear sign to me that Yahweh is starting to roll up the world system. I do not know how long this will take, only that He is personally intervening in a new way to actively end it. I am sure Satan is aware of this and is even more acutely aware than ever that his time is soon over. This will probably embolden him to try to hasten his plans as fast as he can in order to destroy as many souls as possible before Yah'shua (Jesus) returns. So just what is he thinking? And what does he plan to do?
To get an insight into the mind of the devil, it is useful to study those whom he has used in the past to cause great destruction. Adolf Hitler, of course, springs to mind as one of the most demonised despots ever. The more insightful of his Generals knew that Germany could never launch a world war and win, even before Poland was invaded. When Germany enjoyed lightening victories in 1939 and 1940 against Poland and France, Hitler became emboldened and began to believe he was invincible. Even the Generals began to wonder whether they had been too pessimistic. So Hitler decided to attack the Soviet Union - the Generals balked knowing that the USSR was a very different kettle of fish to France and the Low Countries. But as victory after victory mounted as the Soviet armies were routed, so Hitler got even bolder still. The Generals and their Führer were on giddy heights and totally unaware of the calamity that was about to befall them. By 1943 it was obvious that Nazi Germany could not win - she had simply taken on more than she could ever hope to defeat. And yet they went on, and on, and on .... Most of the Generals wanted to surrender and get what they could for Germany in a peace settlement, but Hitler refused. Why? Simply because he did not care about Germany one whit - all he cared for was his own skin, and he knew that if he was captured, no mercy would be shown him. So he prolonged Germany's and the world's agony in order to stay alive as long as possible. Only when Germany was in ruins and the Russians were at the very doors of his bunker did he finally kill himself.
The mentality of Satan and of demons can be understood in the mentality of this man who was their slave. I recently read an interesting article about the nightmares Hitler used to have - according to some of his closest confidants, like the Gauleiter of Danzig, he would wake up in terror because of the demons that were driving him. Satan, like Hitler, believes in his own lies. And like Hitler, the more power he gets, the more emboldened and the more daring he becomes. Power is both intoxicating and blinding. And yet Satan is not like Hitler - he is no mere mortal. Unlike Hitler, Satan knows he was defeated 2,000 years ago by Yah'shua (Jesus) on the Cross. All his demons know this too. They may try to ignore it, or forget it, but are constantly reminded of it when they meet Yahweh's servants who confront and defeat them in specially selected battles. Then they start remembering - they remember that their time is shortly to end.
When you are consumed by hate and know that you are finished, you are driven by a kind of reverse suicide - not for yourself (since Satan cannot kill himself) but for those whom Yahweh loves most - his children, us. For Satan, then, the ultimate revenge is to destroy as many people as he can before he is put in chains and cast into the pit. It's what Hitler did - that tyrant threw young and old into the battle lines simply to prolong one life - his own - and knowing fully well that Germany was finished. His only interest was 'Number 1'. Hitler promised his followers the power than comes from enslaving others, the identical promise Satan has made to his followers, devil-worshippers, Satanists, and the like. They have all been deceived into believing they will be rewarded for their faithfulness, even if it was forced on them. Many Satanists I have spoken to tell me that they follow Satan because his is the 'winning side', the same rationale that caused many of Germany's enemies like Vichy France to collaborate with the nazis. Well, we all know what happened to the collaborators at the end of the war, and we all know who won the war even though the odds seemed impossible stacked against the freedom-loving nations at its beginning.
Satan has been steadily growing in power in the world for the last half century, and arguably even earlier. He has done so for no other reason than foolish human beings have let him. It is a cycle that we have witnessed many, many times throughout history. Each time evil men have grown emboldened and cocky as they have been unopposed, and each time Yahweh has intervened and destroyed their folly. Yahweh does not play the 'numbers game'. The fact that there were only 8 righteous souls alive amongst millions - perhaps even billions - in the days of Noah meant nothing to Him. And this is the great weakness of those seduced by evil - they do not know the power of Yahweh, and assume Him to be impotent, and they cannot see into the future: their perspective is limited by the ends of their noses: they see only what is immediately in front of them. In short neither they, nor Satan, are omniscient. And intelligent though Satan is, before Yahweh-Elohim, the Almighty Father of Heaven and Earth, he knows nothing.
Satanists are incredulous that I am on the supposed losing side, but they do not know what I and other Christians who have received the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) see. About six months ago one of the most powerful psychics in the satanic camp tried to 'read' me and was astonished because all she could see was a white cloud around me. She was unable to read my mind or history. That lady, incidentally, has since met the resurrected Christ and has discovered that the power that operates in true believers is greater anything Satan could ever force on her. She is also a signal to the Satanists who have been abusing her all her life that Satan's kingdom is about to be rolled up as a scroll.
I do not want anyone to think that Yah'shua (Jesus) is necessarily going to return tomorrow, or within a few months, or even years. No one knows the day He is coming back - nobody. There could well be many years to go yet, perhaps even another generation. One thing is certain, though, is that Satan will now no longer be unopposed: a costly, but ultimately glorious, war is about to be waged. And the stakes are human beings. What this means in practice is that a new generation of Christians is about to be raised that will replace the old one - a generation composed of overcomers. I'm afraid the nominal believers will not fare well in this end-time because they will not be equipped for the coming war. That is why my appeal is to all who claim the Name of Christ to repent and earnestly strive to lay aside the man of sin whose presence in their souls is a Fifth Column. For if they do not, they will be deceived and become enemy collaborators because they did not love Christ more than their own lives. The great shaking in Christendom today concerns these two categories of believer, and along with it the revelation that "he that commits sin is of the devil" (1 Jn.3:8). The "synagogue of Satan" is in the very heart of Christendom (Rev.2:9; 3:9) which is why Christendom must be purged and the two camps fully separated out for this last battle.
My appeal today is primarily to the fence-sitters - to those who will not commit themselves one way or the other, and who may have persuaded themselves that they can remain uncommitted for as long as possible. I assure you that neither Yahweh nor Satan will allow you to remain uncommitted for very long, not now at any rate, with a major battle approaching. Amongst the fence-sitters are those predestined to salvation and those predestined to destruction. And to illustrate the kind of choice they must make, I would like to relate an incident from the Napoleonic wars.
As those of you who are historians know, about two centuries ago Napoleon set about conquering Europe and, like Hitler, nearly succeeded. Napoleon built his power base on the principles of the French revolution which was formulated around socialistic and atheistic ideas - it was, in fact, the forerunner of communism. Apart from Great Britain, the only power not conquered by France, the rest of Europe fell before Napoleon like a stack of cards. Italy, Austria, Spain, the German states, and almost Russia. These nations fell because their Christianity was corrupt and the people were not collectively living their faith. Napoleon was finally defeated by two nations who were destined to be allies but whom Satan later successfully managed to keep apart and moved to fight each other in two disastrous world wars in which only evil was ultimately the victor. Prussia was defeated by Napoleon and, like the rest of Europe, enslaved, becoming an unwilling collaborator. For a while she too sat on the fence as the British alone stood against Napoleon at Waterloo. Protestant Prussia at last rose to the occasion and joined the Protestant British, finally defeating the socialistic-Catholic French once and for all. Without Prussia all would have been lost.
Those of us who are fighting the enemy today need the Prussians of Christendom to rise to the occasion and join us. The Prussians were brave and fearless warriors who built a kingdom for themselves out of virtually nothing. And that, brethren and sisters, is what we are being called to do today as well. I know Satan is intimidating and that the cowardly within us would rather avoid confrontation and keep on the sidelines. But I do most soberly say to you today that the sidelines will soon be swept away - you have to choose one way or another. Be assured - because Yahweh's Word says so - that Satan's power is derivative (Lk.4:6) meaning that he can only exercise his activity within the limits that Yahweh lays down (Job 1:12; 2:6; 1 Cor.10:13; Rev.20:2,7). Yah'shua (Jesus) tells us that "everlasting fire" is "prepared for the devil and his angels" (Mt.24:41) and John saw this come to pass in vision (Rev.20:10). We who are born of Christ know what the outcome of this battle is going to be - so does Satan, but he would rather not remember. The Enemy is doomed to be "cast out" (Jn.12:13) and "judged" (Jn.16:11). These are facts which will not go away. What Yahweh has spoken has always come to pass, and will assuredly come to pass. So do not be deceived by the 'winning side' or 'numbers' argument or by the illusion that you can stand aside from the conflict and do nothing. My job - and the job of all preachers - is to turn men and women from the power of Satan to Yahweh (Ac.27:18) so that they can be delivered. Thus Paul could say, "the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly" (Rom.16:20). Satan's defeat will become obvious and complete at the end of this age which even now is being rolled up as a scroll. In the meantime, do not be deceived by the propaganda - do not judge by numbers, or apparent power, but by truth. Remember the dizzy heights that Hitler rose to between 1939 and 1942, but by no means forget the smoldering ruins of 1945 or the burned corpse of a dictator dedicated to evil and destruction that lay in a shallow grave in the Reichs Chancellery garden.
Lies, immorality, violence, abuse, devil-worship, demons and Satan are not mankind's friends. I know that there are those who read these sermons who belong to the enemy's camp who are fishing for information. Ask yourself why Satan commands you to do this if he is so powerful. Yet he isn't. He is fallible. He's a loser, and you are his victims.
The Good News for Satanists and fence-sitting Christians and unbelievers alike is that the One who conquered Satan 2,000 years ago, and who will shortly return in wrath (Rev.6:16) to judge the wicked, is extending an invitation to you to join His army and receive of His endless blessings.
In the First World War army recruitment posters appeared all over Great Britain with a picture of Lord Kitchener pointing at the viewer with the words, 'Your Country Needs You!' Our poster appears at the end of the Book of Revelation and I'd like to conclude by reading to you what it says:
"Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie. I, Yah'shua (Jesus), have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star." And the Ruach (Spirit) and the bride (Body of Christ) say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely" (Rev 22:14-17, NKJV).
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