An Accusing Spirit
When we read about the angels in Revelation their numbers are vast. It speaks of "ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands" (Revelation 5:11). But these are only two thirds of the angels, for one third was cast out with Satan who drew a third of the stars with him. (Revelation 12:14) John tells us that those stars are symbolic of angels. (Revelation 1:20)
Ten thousand times ten thousand alone is one hundred million, so even if we take one half which would be one third of the original total before the rebellion, we would have 50 million at the very least. And where are these millions of fallen angels? Right here on the Earth, working against the Kingdom of God and the moving of the Holy Spirit. We might want to think that these are found among the sinful masses, keeping them enslaved to their lusts and addictions. However, we are warned that they are more likely to be posing as "ministers of righteousness." (2 Corinthians 11:15) Their work is to infiltrate the church and cause division and despair, to create doubt and distrust. How do we recognize them if they are so cleverly disguised?
Jesus told us how. He said, "“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves." (Matthew 7:15-16) They wear sheep's clothing. They feign an air of righteousness to deceive the flock, but as ferocious wolves they tear at the sheep in an attempt to cast them down as they themselves once were cast from heaven. How do they do this?
The Bible tells us how, for it warns us of the work that their master the Devil directs and they implement. We are warned that the "accuser of the brethren" is amongst us. (Revelation 12:10) They never relent in their accusations, accusing the saints "before God" of their sins. It does not take much to look about us and see many who are engaged in this very work. Their spirit of accusation comes into our Sabbath Schools, our church meetings, our socials. They are implacable in their accusing hatred of those who have been set free in Christ. (John 8:36)
But we should not lose heart, for their very existence and their unrelenting accusations are testimony to the value of the relationship with Jesus that we hold dear, and as their attacks and accusations increase, the end is drawing ever nearer. If we do remain faithful in spite of the onslaught from Satan's minions in the household of faith, if we remain steadfast and our love and compassion can endure to the end, we will one day find it was worth everything we had to endure.
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