Dear Loved One,
I was little more than a teenager when I first heard Pastor Earl’s sobering words about the rising intensity of evil. Although at the time they puzzled me, even today I can still quote them almost verbatim because he said them every week. Each Sunday at the end of the church service after the altar call, he’d invite people who were struggling under some onslaught of the devil to come forward for prayer. Then he’d say this:
“In these last days just before the coming of Christ, while the heavens are being cleansed in preparation for His return in clouds of glory, there is a compression of the powers of darkness coming down upon our world. Many people are experiencing torment and bondage like they have never known before, nor has mankind. If you are suffering from these things Jesus Christ is the answer to the need in your life.”
Even as a very young man, some 60 years ago, I knew those statements were based on the Bible. I’d read in Luke 21:26 that in the last days the powers of the heavens will be shaken. I’d seen in Revelation that in the end times Satan and his hosts would loose a heavenly war and “be cast to the earth” (Rev. 12:9). But I still didn’t really understand what Pastor Earl meant. As I grew in the Lord, however, it dawned on me. I not only saw what my wise pastor had seen in the Scriptures . . .
I saw the stark reality of it unfolding before my very eyes.
I realized that right now, in the last days of this age, wicked spiritual powers that have ruled this present world are being cast down from the places they’ve occupied in the atmosphere above the earth. They’re being increasingly compressed—as Pastor Earl described it—onto the very surface of this planet.
We witness the evidence of it every day on the news: Hellish hatred and vicious acts that defy the imagination are on the rise all over the world. In the Middle East, Israel and even here at home, violence, kidnappings, persecution, and the slaughter of innocent people is escalating on all sides.
We are living in increasingly blood-soaked times. The powers of hell are indeed sweeping down on mankind more and more because they are losing their place of rulership in the heavenlies. With every passing day it seems the world takes another step closer to the fulfillment of the words of Revelation 12:12:
Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.
Yet for us as believers, in the midst of it all, there is good news:
You and I don’t have to cower under Satan’s attack!
We can fearlessly stand against him. Why? Because Jesus has already defeated him for us. Through the blood of His cross and His resurrection, He has “disarmed principalities and powers” and “made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them” (Col. 2:15). He has raised us up to sit with Him in heavenly places and made us more than conquerors in His victorious Name.
That’s why Satan hates us so much.
While he is falling, we are rising. We’re moving into the place of glory and anointing he has lost. We’re marching forward, armed with the scriptural assurance that the God of peace will crush Satan under our feet and we’ll leave this earth in triumph at the shout of our Savior and the sound of the last trumpet.
Loved one, we are God’s people of prophecy! As part of the end time Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, we’re living in the days about which Revelation 12:10-11 says:
Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
Exactly how do you become that kind of overcoming believer? What are you supposed to do?
Follow the example the Old Testament Israelites!
On the night of the first Passover they overcame a plague so deadly that it killed all the firstborn in Egypt—and they did it with the blood of a sacrificed lamb! They painted that blood on the side posts of their doors and on the lintels overhead. Then they spent the night inside under the covering of that blood while the plague passed over them. As a result, they came through unharmed and departed from Egypt in victory.
On that side of Calvary, the Israelites couldn’t have imagined, as they watched the blood drip down from their doors, what we can see today: It was an image of the cross. A prophetic picture of the sinless blood of Jesus that would be shed not only for Israel’s protection on that occasion, but for the ultimate protection of all humankind.
It is this blood—the blood of God’s Perfect Passover Lamb—that’s the answer to the rising intensity of evil that is facing us as believers today! It has the power not only to redeem us from the pull of sin and death but to conquer the devil’s darkness with Kingdom light and life. But to experience the full benefits of it we must apply it.
We must paint it over the doorposts of our lives
through prayer and declarations of faith!
Christians in days gone by used to refer to this as “pleading the blood.” As a child I heard that phrase in church and thought of as some sort of begging exercise. But I eventually discovered that in this context the word plead is courtroom terminology. It refers to exercising one’s legal rights by entering a certain plea.
As a believer when you come before the court of heaven in prayer and plead the power of the blood over a situation, you’re exerting your legal right to expel evil. You’re exercising your authority to challenge and overthrow the very works of hell with the divine resource which has been proven to defeat them. There is no difficultly in life you cannot overcome by standing firm in the victory that’s yours through Jesus’ precious blood!
Because of what’s happening in the world, I feel this kind of prayer is especially important right now. So this month, as a thank you gift for your support, I want to send you my book, Penetrating the Darkness: Discovering the Power of the Cross Against Unseen Evil. Click here to receive your copies.
Reading this book will help you develop a battle plan to counter the current attacks of the devil. It will show you how to release God’s power in your life so that even in the darkest of times, His light can shine—into your home, your community, and your world.
In the meantime, keep stirring up your faith in the power of Jesus’ blood. Memorize verses from the Bible about it. Sing songs about it. Lift it before God in prayer, use it to put Satan on the run, and thank God that He truly has given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
Standing in His Strength,
P.S. Now more than ever, it’s vital that we as believers understand the weapons in our spiritual arsenal and know how to confront and defeat the devil. So I’d like to get my book, Penetrating the Darkness to you right away. I also want to send you my message on CD, Seven Keys to Seeing the Invisible. Be sure to click here to find out how to receive then. Click here to get them both.