Afternoon. It was December 14, in the Year of our Lord 2012. News has reached the northeast islands of England. We Christian religious are saddened, stunned, and weep with bitter tears and prayers for the souls of the precious children and teachers slain by a demonic gunman who slaughter the innocent in minutes, then killed himself! We pray constantly for the families who must endure the aftermath.
I remember from Scripture the power of Satan as he sought to kill the Christ Child. And how he raised up King Herod to do the deed. We find the account in the New Testament, in the Gospel According To Matthew, in chapter two, verses 13-18:
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.
Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men.
Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying:
“A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more.”‘
Satan is the arch-enemy of God. He is of blood and death; his fallen angels-demons-spirit beings are present today just as they have been in every century of world history! But especially since Christianity came into the world and awakened the souls of mankind. He is the culture of death, and that, carried over through the centuries is ever apparent in Hollywood and the guns in American society today! The innocent are not looking for this; there is no vigilance among the good and the just and the innocent! However, God is of light and life and love and mercy, and people who love their fellow human beings are of God, and could not, cannot do so vile and hideous an act of shooting children and teachers!
Satan is a spirit being, a cherub of the highest angelic order. He is a fallen spirit being. He is the prince of the atmosphere above, and the prince of this age. He is behind the scenes of all human government and power and plots! His followers are fallen angelic beings who are the unclean spirits Jesus spoke of, the demons who can control an unbeliever, and certainly even influence a believer.
We should not be surprised when evil happens! And even though the Holy Spirit holds back much of the evil tide, yet it is still rampant in the world today. Do a research project of Christian and Jewish communities slaughtered over the centuries in all parts of the world and you will see the Satanic influence at work. If you miss it, you will fail to understand the “why,” indeed, the senseless, inexplicable events of every age.
The world cries, “peace,” “peace,” as if it is something a man can do. But there can be no lasting peace until God returns! No real peace until that time future, as foretold in the Holy Scriptures, when the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the coming of the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords returns to earth to establish the golden age of His Kingdom of God. And we shall reign with Him for a thousand years. Only then will there be world peace. Only then will the demonic bloodshed and the slaughter of the innocents stop. And only then will Satan and his mighty, demonic, bloodthirsty horde of utter evil and wickedness be removed.
Until that time, we must use the means we have to keep the little ones safe. And we shall always be in prayer to God, the Holy Trinity, in faith, to keep us safe and sound. O, my precious, precious twenty-seven souls now with the Lord Jesus in heaven. Until that day when we shall all meet, you are forever in my heart.
Even so, come Lord Jesus. Amen.