…the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.
Paraphrase from Ephesians 2:2
It is not difficult to imagine that we have entered one more dark history of humanity on a long string of dark histories. I want to say that others have suffered much worse, and they have. We can think of those in the path of Genghis Khan; the early Christians under Rome; medieval Europeans under siege by Vikings, Huns, or Charlemagne; almost anyone in France in the late eighteenth century; Armenians in the Ottoman Empire; those living in between Germany and the Soviet Union in the 1930s and 1940s; Chinese under Mao; Vietnamese under napalm; Arabs under drones.
But I think I am on safe ground to consider that never before in the recorded history of humanity has the entire population of the world been under siege simultaneously and placed in a medical experiment, forced to face the risk of early death regardless of the path chosen. All of humanity; one-hundred percent. More than seven billion people.
Ephesians 6: 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
These sons of disobedience, are they merely ghosts? Or do they walk among us, flesh and blood? Certainly, as the Apostle Paul writes, they are in the heavenly places, but he also writes that they are world forces. We find this reality elsewhere:
1 Peter 5: 8(b) Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
The Apostle Peter doesn’t say he is floating, coming only in a dream to fill our heads with evil thoughts. He prowls, like a lion; he devours – a physical act.
Jesus furthers this idea that they walk among us, on the surface quite religious and devout. He says to the Pharisees:
John 8: 44 You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Those to whom Jesus is speaking are the sons of disobedience; the sons of their father, the devil. They want to do the devil’s work. We see them on television daily; they fill every major outlet. Their father was a murderer from the beginning, and they want to do his work. We also have come to see them in positions of church leadership, bowing in obedience to the sons of disobedience, speaking lies as their father does. They are doing their father’s work and teaching others that they also must do their father’s work.
One of the paths I have taken at this blog is a significant examination of the many false histories we have been taught, the lies used to justify action, the way evil was described as virtuous. When I began that journey, I was already somewhat skeptical of the narrative; as I worked through that journey, I have come to conclude that everything being described to us about meaningful events in our history is a lie.
The sons of disobedience always lie, because their father always lies. It is in their nature because it is their father’s nature. Every major event in my lifetime (and for centuries before this) has been based on a lie or explained away by a lie.
For this reason, I didn’t believe for a minute that we faced a plague of medieval proportions (see my earliest thoughts here, here, and here – all from March 2020). I didn’t need to have a complete answer of the truth; just that I knew what we were being told was a lie.
Revelation 9: 11 They have as king over them, the angel of the abyss; his name in Hebrew is Abaddon [destruction], and in the Greek he has the name Apollyon [destroyer].
Their king brings only destruction. And the sons want to do his work; they want to please him and actively strive to do so. Lying and destruction comes as easily to them as breathing does to me and you.
The Apostle Paul knows that many Christians will be deceived and follow the destroyer, becoming sons of disobedience themselves:
2 Corinthians 11: 3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.
There are several important factors I consider regarding which church to attend, and it is a question I – like many of us, I suppose – have had to face in the last year. I am coming to the conclusion that the highest factor on the list might be how that church dealt with the nonsense of the last eighteen months. Closing last Easter…I still can’t believe how willingly this was done.
Revelation 2: 9 ‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Is Satan himself physically going to cast believers into prison, or will he act through his sons of disobedience? The faithful will suffer tribulation, it is a tribulation from which there is no escape – we will be made to physically suffer whether we obey the lies of Satan or we don’t:
1 John 5: 9 We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
The world lies in his power; but we have a means to resist:
Ephesians 6: 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
Stand firm. Remember that no matter which path you take, you face the risk of physical death: follow in the path of these sons of disobedience, and you will have poison pumped into your arm; do not follow in their path, and they may shut you out of society.
But this is only the physical death.
In the face of this, how should we then live?
Ephesians 6: 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
1 Peter 5: 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
James 4: 7 Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.