Rev 13:15 – “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.”
Here, we are told that the beast of the earth (symbolic of the false religions of the world) have the power to “give life” to the idolatrous image which was made by man.
We have seen previously, the image symbolizes human works of righteousness that result from following these false religions.
Some of these works include many practices of the false religions (religious rites, practices and celebrations, etc); human works that are done to gain favor with the false god (acts of obedience, contrition, etc); as well as humanistic beliefs put into practice (decision making based upon situation ethics and moral relativity, etc). Satan is an absolute master at giving these things “life”. In other words, Satan takes these false religious practices and gives them new, added appeal to the masses…
The New Age Movement is a perfect example of Satan’s giving of new life to that which is ancient. For example, the ancient practice of speaking to dead spirits by way of a “medium”, is now described as “channeling”; “out of body experiences” are now called “astral projecting traveling”; the “god” of the New Age movement is a combination of ancient heresies such as humanism (man as god) and pantheism (everything is god), turning God into a “personal life force”. These beliefs and practices are just a few examples of Satan giving life to ancient heresies through the use of the New Age Movement.
The same principles can be applied to many of the observances of the Catholic faith which are a combination of Christian observances united with pagan observances of times past. A few of these include: Christmas is the celebration of Christ’s birth united with the winter solstice. Easter is a remembrance of the resurrection of Christ united with the celebration of the Goddess Ishtar. These and many other practices of the Catholic church are linked to pagan practices of ancient times.
Folks, these are just a few of many, many, examples of Satan’s restoring of ancient practices and doctrines of false religions remaking them into very appealing practices in today’s world.
This has been the way that Satan has worked from day one in the garden of Eden. Stop and think about it. Satan’s mode of operation in the garden was to make that which was forbidden look very desirable. He did this by totally deceiving (beguiling) Eve (2 Cor 11:3). What did the deception of Eve entail? It was making the fruit appear desirable and beneficial….
Gen 3:6 KJV – “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise,…”
Instead of seeing the fruit for what it really was… a fruit that was harmful and forbidden by God, Satan made it look beneficial and acceptable to be eaten. He continues to use these same tactics today as the spiritual warfare continues.
May we all be on guard for Satan’s schemes to beautify and make desirable that which is harmful to us!
1Jn 2:16 KJV – “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
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