Lucifer made sure the
Israelites witnessed the Canaanite worship of demon gods. The heathen
worship was exciting as there was plenty of food and alcohol, nude
dancing, and sexual gratification. The Hebrews worshiped God in
reverence, holiness and prayer with animal sacrifices. This was dull in
comparison to the heathens who turned their worship into orgies with
The Israelites walked away from God and became just as evil as the
Canaanites! As a result, they were repeatedly judged for their sins. God
would lift His protection and allow a foreign nation to occupy the
Promised Land, sometimes up to 20 years, before the Hebrews repented of
their sins. God responded by forgiving them and setting up a judge that
led them in battle against the oppressors.
It was a
rollercoaster ride as the Hebrews endured one invasion after another,
but stubbornly refused to learn from the past, as they were continually
enslaved by conquering nations. Lucifer was able to control Israel for
more than 375 years and must have thought that he had found a method to
keep the Godhead from being able to usher in a Redeemer.
The Godhead reflected
how to stop this vicious circle that Lucifer had embarked upon. It was
not enough to have the Levites and judges lead Israel, something
stronger was needed, and the decision was made to start sending prophets
who would act as a mouthpiece for God.
This period of
history looks strikingly similar to our times. We would like to think of
ourselves as more refined, but Israel’s brutal history and spiritual
battle is remarkably similar to ours. The solution back then is still
the solution today. The question remains… what are you going to do?
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Yours in Christ,
Pastor John S. Torell