What Paris Should Remind Us Of

Posted on November 16, 2015


By David Ettinger

The True Significance
parisThe recent ISIS attack on Paris which killed at least 129 people should serve as a reminder to all Christians. The word “reminder” implies that the points which follow should already be biblical common knowledge.

With this in mind, let’s look at the true significance of this ghastly occurrence.

Satan Firing on All Cylinders
The world scoffs at the notion of Satan, which is exactly the way he wants it. Believers, however, understand that Satan is real, active, and nearing the top of his game.

Once the most beautiful of God’s created beings, Satan sought to usurp God, and was cast out of Heaven (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:12-19), but not permanently. Job 1:6 and 2:1 make clear that Satan still has access to God’s throne (though he no longer resides in Heaven), and Revelation 12:10 tells us that Satan is “the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night.” Satan “has God’s ear,” doing everything he can to destroy believers.

Meanwhile, here on earth, Satan’s goal is to bring death, both physical and spiritual. Hebrews 12:4 tells us that Satan “holds the power of death.” John 8:44 says, “He was a murderer from the beginning.” This past weekend in Paris, Satan did what he does best.

graveyardFurthermore, Satan’s time is running out. At the end of the age, Revelation 12:7-9 tells us that Satan and his fallen angels will wage war with the archangel Michael and his angelic armies in Heaven, lose, and be cast permanently to earth. When that happens, we are warned, “But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short” (Revelation 12:12). This climactic event signaling Satan’s sure destruction has not yet occurred, but is drawing near. In preparation, he has ramped up his destructive ways and is firing on all cylinders. Satan is waging war against God’s people and the world God so loves (John 3:16) as never before, his ultimate goal to prevent God’s end-times scenario (culminating with the return of Christ) from occurring. Christians must be on their guard as never before.

The Fight is Spiritual
It is election season here in the U.S. and our minds are politically geared, but we must remember that the Paris attacks had nothing to do with politics. Ultimately, terrorist attacks rarely do. Rather, they are spiritual, as Ephesians 6:12 clearly states: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Most often, these satanic forces work through people. There is no doubt Satan uses his false religions of this world to promote his destructive means, which happened in Paris. Again, always remember, the most important battle you will ever engage in is that for the souls of men and women. There is nothing more crucial. Believers must be fighting Satan with everything we have, our foremost weapon being prayer. We must be praying that from the ashes of death, salvation of souls will arise.

Christians Must Get Their Priorities Straight
silver crossI am a staunch proponent of nations having a strong military – such is the world we live in. And yes, we should elect a president who will be dedicated to protecting our borders, but this should be of secondary concern to Christians. Don’t forget, Satan is the “prince of this world” (John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11) and he is the one who raises up evil forces. In 1 John 5:19 we learn “that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.” Even if we could obliterate ISIS, Satan will simply raise up another faction to do his bidding. He can do this because God, with limitations, permits him to do so.

Again, the battle is all about the souls of men and women. God wants all people saved (2 Peter 3:9); Satan wants all people to perish. Even if all the armies of the world can destroy every trace of evil from this planet, what good is “world peace” without salvation in Christ? What if from this day forward all war and violence is banished from the earth, but not the curse wrought on humanity resulting from the Fall in the Garden of Eden? In such a scenario, all that would have been accomplished is making people’s path to eternal damnation much more comfortable while living the “mortal” phase of their eternal existences. What good is peace on earth if eternity in hell follows?

The Christian’s priority must always be the salvation of souls; in the end, this is all that matters.

It Will Only Get Worse
revivalSatan is nearing the most effective part of his agenda, and the havoc he will wreak on earth is like nothing humanity has ever witnessed. We must recognize that government can’t save us, armies can’t save us, and “religion” can’t save us. This era of human history (since the Creation) will end precisely as God has ordained. A new world is coming and it will be glorious.

Until then, however, we fight the spiritual battle with prayer and strive to communicate the Gospel, specifically, that Christ is the only way to salvation from eternal damnation. More death and destruction – and in far greater volume than Paris – is coming, but the souls Christ has redeemed are untouchable.

May God find us faithful to being the ambassadors He has called us to be in these last – and utterly amazing – days.