How to Win and How To Lose: Know Thy Enemy

You cannot win a war unless you correctly identify your enemy.  All efforts directed at the wrong enemy weakens you and strengthens them.

Pretending there is no enemy is even worse.

Satan is the adversary but he does not work as a disembodied spirit forcing evil on the world.  From the very beginning he worked through others.

The serpent/dragon was a wise and powerful creature, crafty. This serpent allowed Satan to work in him and through him.  God cursed that dragon so that his descendants would crawl on their bellies, as snakes.  The flying serpents of ancient myth are gone, now; God held that Serpent accountable.

Cain was of the evil one.  God cursed him.

Jesus Christ cursed the Viper’s brood and very clearly identified who they were, much to their consternation even today.

The seed of the Serpent are enemies, not just the enemies of the Church, but the enemy of all men everywhere.

ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men.                            (1 Thessalonians 2:14-15)

Lucifer came disguised as a wise, helpful and reasonable creature, an angel of light.  He appeared not to be who he was, which is evil beyond all comparison.  Eve was deceived and so is the Church today.

The Church must recognize that the war — the utter hatred — has been going on since Genesis 3:15.  It must identify the offspring of Satan, and that is not hard at all — Jesus Christ makes it abundantly clear.

Any attempt by a Christian to make peace with the Serpent’s seed is siding with the Devil.  This is true from the story of Judas Iscariot, James 4:4, 2 John 11, Revelation 18:4, Matthew 23:15 and many other Scriptures.

For the sake of “all men,” Christians need  shake off the cowardice, and boldly tell the truth:

Satan has children.

They are contrary to all men.

They are pretenders, just as their father Satan. (Revelation 2:9 and Revelation 3:9)

For those “Christians” who will not do this, I refer them to Mark 8:38 and the story of Judas Iscariot, who was a reasonable man, well loved by his own people, hailed Christ as “Rabbi” and greeted Him with a kiss.

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For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels. Mark 8:38

Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Revelation 3:9

 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. (Revelation 2:9)

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. Matthew 23:15

Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Matthew 23:33

You ·snakes [brood/offspring of vipers]! You are evil people, so how can you say anything good? [For] The mouth speaks the things that ·are in [overflow from] the heart.
Matthew 23:33

You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:4

for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.
1 John 1:11

 The Lord God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this,
    cursed are you above all livestock
    and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
    and dust you shall eat
    all the days of your life.

I will put enmity between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring[a] and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
    and you shall bruise his heel.”
Genesis 3:14-15

And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. Matthew 26:49

Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,: “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins lest you share in her plagues;  Revelation 18:4

 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44

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