MID-WEEK MANNA FROM PASTOR NAT’S DESK:
November 15, 2023
God’s Saving Enmity
WHY GOD’S ENMITY AGAINST SATAN AND SIN SEEMS TO SLUMBER
“His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.” Isa. 56:10.
“Woe unto the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down upon you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” Rev. 12: 12, KJV.
Because “The great dragon, that old serpent, Satan the Devil” knows his time is short, what does he do and continues doing?
“Satan summons all his forces, and throws all his powers to combat. [But] why is it that he meets no resistance [when God immediately ‘put enmity between him and the woman’ in Eden (Gen. 3:15)? Why are the soldiers of Christ [in the professed ‘Bible and Bible only’ Christian churches] SO SLEEPY AND INDIFFERENT? [See Isa. 56:10 above].
“Because they have  so little connection with Christ [even if they are fully connected with the ‘church’]; because they are  so destitute of His [Holy] Spirit.  Sin [‘the transgression of God’s law] is not to them repulsive and abhorrent, as it was to their Master  They do not meet it, as did Christ, with decisive and determined resistance.  They do not realize the exceeding evil and malignity of sin, and they are BLINDED BOTH to the CHARACTER AND POWER of the prince of darkness.
“There is LITTLE ENMITY against Satan and his works, because there is SO GREAT IGNORANCE concerning his power and malice, and the VAST EXTENT of his warfare against Christ and His [true] church. MULTITUDES ARE DELUDES HERE. They do not know that Satan is a MIGHTY GENERAL, who controls the MINDS of evil angels, and that with well-matured plans and skillful movements he is warring against Christ to PREVENT the salvation of souls [living persons].
“Among professed Christians, and even among MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL, there is heard scarcely a reference to Satan, except perhaps an INCIDENTAL MENTION in the pulpit. They OVERLOOK the evidences of his continued activity and success; they NEGLECT THE MANY WARNINGS of his subtlety; they seem to IGNORE his very existence.” -E. G. White, Great Controversy, 1911 ed., pp. 507-8. (All emphasis and bracketed words mine).
If you have been spiritually asleep in these most solemn period of earth’s history, self-confident in carnal security having been assured by popular “peace-and-safety’ messages, “now is the time to awake out of sleep” and “make your calling and election sure” “for your soul may be required of you tonite. And how will it be?”
To be continued next MWM, God willing. Bless all, NMF.