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  • Spiritual War Between Lucifer and Michael

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    Spiritual War Between Lucifer and Michael

     

     

     

     

    The Unseen War


    “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:7-9).


    As referenced in the quote, “In human history, there have been only
    three weeks of peace,” by Alvin Toffler, the greatest futurist of this century, the history of mankind is a history of war.  But Revelations chapter 12 states that before there was war on the Earth, there was war in Heaven.  This was the first spiritual war in the universe, unseen by human eyes, between two powers.  These two powers were Michael and the Devil, also known as Satan.  In the end, Michael defeated Satan and Satan was cast out of heaven onto the earth with his angels.

     

    Lucifer, the One Who Was Not the Light


    “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” (Isaiah 14:12).


    Isaiah 14 speaks about Satan who had fallen from heaven.  His original name, Lucifer, meant “son of morning.” This “son of morning” refers to Venus, the “morning star,” which is the brightest star in the solar system.  The English name “Lucifer” originates from the Latin words “lux (light)” and “ferre (to bring);” not the light, but the light-bringer.  This meant that the morning star only shines in the company of light.  Although Lucifer could only shine when he was with the light, one day he tried to become the light out of his arrogance.  In the end, Lucifer was cast out of the world of the light.  And having lost that light, he became the source of all darkness.

     

    Satan, Who Turned the Truth and the World Upside Down

     

    “O Lucifer…which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God…I will be like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:12-17).


    The cause of Lucifer’s corruption was the arrogance to compare himself with God.  In short, he tried to take possession of a position that required God’s permission to take.  As it is written, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1), the position and shape of the heaven and the earth and everything in between was decided according to the will of God
    , the Creator.  But Lucifer tried to turn this truth upside down.  He asserts the word “I,” a word that challenges God most directly.  And in the end, Lucifer contended with the truth that, “Without Him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3) and turned the world upside down with the root of evil, “I am able.”

     

     

    The Special Name that Defeated Satan

     

    The name of Michael, the one who defeated Satan, means, “Who is like God?”  In other words, “There is no one like God” or “Only God is able.”  His name testifies God’s absolute sovereignty.  Likewise, Jesus Christ, who is the only one to defeat Satan on Earth, testified that “I can of mine own self do nothing” (John 5:30), completely despising the word “I.”  In conclusion, the one and only power that can defeat Satan, the one who desired to be like God, is the unchanging truth that “There is no one like God.”

     

    The History of Light and Darkness


    If you look in the Bible and the history of man, you can see the unending history between God, who is the Light, and Satan, the power of darkness that tried to be the light.  Examples include the garment of leaves made by Adam and the tunic of skin made by God, Cain and Able, Isaac and Ishmael, Jacob and Esau.  Also in history there are Judaism and the early church, Roman Catholicism and the Reformed Church, Orthodox and modern evangelism.  Unfortunately it is modern evangelism based on humanism that dominates today’s Christian world.  This makes it difficult to find an orthodox evangelist who claims God’s absolute sovereignty.

     

    The Orthodox Evangelist of this Generation


    “Although there were countless struggles in my life, the reason I was able to overcome each and every one of them was that I did not try to be in control...All things are achieved through God.  There is absolutely nothing that I am able to do.”  (Pastor Ock Soo Park / Just as Peter, p. 168, 180)

     

    Although Pastor Ock Soo Park faced countless struggles, he clearly testifies that it was through God that he was able to win, by denying himself and relying only upon God.  In this board, we will illuminate the long history between the light and the darkness (especially on modern evangelism based on humanism and orthodox evangelism based on theocentrism) by focusing on the spiritual outlook and life of faith of orthodox evangelist, Pastor Ock Soo Park, who has lived his life relying only upon God.  We hope that you, the reader, will also deny yourself and live a life of faith relying only upon God.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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