If Satan had won the war in heaven what would life be like?

Question: “What would life on earth be like if Satan won the war in heaven?” – Vilmar Alexandersen

Pretext: some of my readers side with the Chapel that the war in heaven hasn’t taken place, that it is a future event. This is a critical false doctrine they teach – that prior to the great tribulation in the future Satan will be cast down to earth. The war is OVER. Satan is defeated and has already been cast out of heaven. He persecutes the woman now – she represents the elect of God.

My answer…

The only way for Satan to have won is for Jesus to never had been born or made it to the cross – which is impossible because God had ordained it from the foundation of the world.

Satan was cast down during the ministry of Jesus when he ushered in the Kingdom and his ultimate defeat was sealed at Calvary.

Satan is allowed a short season of limited operation to test humanity but his fate in the lake of fire is assured.

Jesus sent out the disciples to heal and preach that the kingdom of God had come in Luke 10. They return were amazed that demons were subject to them in the name of Jesus. Jesus then said, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”

Jesus is the strongman who binds Satan. This binding and plundering of Satan’s and his kingdom come into full force when Christ defeats the power of sin and death through his sacrifice.

Why believe Jesus is the Son of God and not just a prophet?

QUESTION: “Why believe Jesus is the Son of God and not just a prophet?”Shehab Muhammed

PRETEXT: Most within the Islamic faith will argue in favor of Jesus status as prophet and not the divine Son of God. This completely nullifies the nature of Christ. This is in complete opposition to the teaching of the New Testament – there is no reconciliation between Islam and true Christianity.

My Answer…

Because Jesus Christ came into the world to die for sin. If he were a mere mortal then he would have been sinful. Jesus Christ was without sin and was fully human and fully divine – He was a sacrifice without spot and blemish. If he were a mere mortal his atonement would been in vain.

Is A Gap of Time Between the 69th & 70th Week of Daniel?

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And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” – Daniel 9:27

As we have noted before, the Shepherd’s Chapel is dispensational. This is very ironic as we find that Murray rails against the system of deception in which he is in bondage. He swings at the low-hanging fruit of a pre-tribulation rapture while expanding the essential ideas of dispensationalism even further…

To recap – E.W. Bullinger lived during the emergence of a now popular system of scripture interpretation called dispensationalism. Bullinger is a very close cousin of Scofield but pioneered his own system and study bible to rival the Scofield bible. Bullinger’s form is called hyperdispensationalism, as it has the church starting later in Acts.

If you go to the Companion Bible – notice his notes for Daniel 9:26-27 will detail his position. You can read his appendix 91 here to see for yourself…

Here are Bullinger’s own words in the appendix, “THE THIRD PERIOD. The last, or the seventieth seven. This period is yet future, and awaits the same literal fulfillment as the other two periods.”

So as you can see, Bullinger makes this passage in Daniel about a future Antichrist as he splits the 70th week off into the future. This is a classic example of dispensationalism. There’s a lot more but I simply want to demonstrate that there is no gap. The 70 week prophecy is one continuous prophecy with no gaps.

Once you begin to realize this, it will help you break free from a lot of the madness within futurism, a system of biblical interpretation that was invented by Roman Jesuits and passed down to the Anglican church and then on to the evangelicals of today.

Shepherd’s Chapel though it has it’s own variety of dispensationalism it bares many of the hallmarks, including the gap between the 69th and 70th week. In Murray system, the 70th week commences at the 6th trumpet and lasts a period of 5 months. 7 years is truncated to 5 months based on Jesus words… 

And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” – Matthew 24:22

The 1260 days, 42 months and time, times and half of time (the great tribulation) is shortened to just 2.5 months.

The reality is this: dispensationalism completely distorts the meaning of prophecy when it adds this gap in time.

In the prophecy of the 70 weeks, Jesus the Messiah is the context throughout. During his earthly ministry he confirmed the covenant (the new covenant) with many, performing miracles, proclaiming the kingdom and forgiving sins. In the midst of the week he was cut-off in crucifixion thus bringing an end to the sacrificial system. He said, “it is finished” when He died and thereby ratified the new covenant…

The old covenant worship system continued on in form until it became a blasphemous caricature of worship and a stumbling block to all – it was swept away in judgment by the Romans a generation after the crucifixion of Christ…

That said, there remains a period of time after Christ’s death – the last half of the 70th week… I will address some issues on how to interpret this in an upcoming post.