How satan holds unbelievers in captivity

Unbelievers are children of satan (Matthew 13:38; John 8:44; Acts13:10; 1 John 3:10). They are the personal properties of satan. Satan has them in his pocket and he can do any thing he likes to them at any time. Thus, every unbeliever is in bondage, slavery or captivity of satan. Bear in mind that every human being is born a slave or prisoner of satan because of the sin that Adam and Eve committed in the garden of Eden in chapter 3 of Genesis. When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden of Eden sin entered the human race and from that point on, every human being born has a sinful nature since every human being born is a decendant of Adam and Eve.

Every human being is born as a child of satan because s/he is born with a sinful nature and satan is the first sinner in the history of the creation of the universe. That is why the Bible says satan sinned from the beginning (1 John 3:8). So every human being is born in bondage or captivity of satan. Every human being is born a prisoner of satan. You only become a child of God by being born again (John 3:3-6), that is, being born spiritually into the family of God

(John 3:6). You are born again when you accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour.That is why the Lord Jesus came. He came to set the captives free. He came to preach good tidings unto the meek; to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound

(Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:18-19). Only the Lord Jesus Christ can set you free from the slavery or captivity of satan and if He (Christ) sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:36). Since every human being is born a slave, prisoner or in bondage or captivity of satan, he (satan) does not want to loose any of his slaves, prisoners or captives and so he uses every means available at his disposal to hold them (unbelievers) in captivity just as human prisons in various countries in the world are always fortified or protected to prevent prisoners from escaping. Satan has already been judged (John 16:11) and condemned to suffer everlasting punishment in the lake of fire and brimstone as revealed in (Matthew 25:41). He (Satan) does not want to suffer alone in the lake of fire and brimstone and so he has vowed to deceive, destroy and to take humanity to hell fire.

He (satan) is saying that:

“I am Lucifer; humanity cannot be saved from my hands.

Oh no, humanity cannot escape from my hands.

I will destroy humanity once and for all.

I will destroy humanity and take humanity to hell fire.

Humanity is doomed,

Humanity is doomed.

No one will escape,

No one will escape” (John 10:10a)

Satan is 100% serious to deceive humanity and 100% serious to destroy humanity and to

cause humanity to rebel against God so that humanity shall suffer everlasting

punishment in the lake of fire and brimstone.  

In a nutshell, satan is 100% committed and 100% determined to take humanity to the lake

of fire and brimstone. In this respect, satan uses various ways to hold his children (unbelievers) in captivity in order to prevent them from believing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ so that they shall all die and go to hell. Below are some examples of how satan holds his children (unbelievers) in captivity in order to prevent them from knowing the truth and accepting Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour. 

1) Satan tries to prevent unbelievers from accepting the Gospel. He does it in two ways:

-Firstly, by blinding their minds, so that when the gospel is preached, they don’t comprehend exactly what the issues are (2 Corinthians 4:3-4) and

-Secondly, when the Gospel is preached he (satan) snatches the word of God from their hearts before it can take root, lest they should believe and be saved (Luke 8:12)

2) He holds unbelievers in captivity through his lies (John 8:44)  

3) He has unbelievers under his dominion (Acts 26:18)  

4) He is the god of this world, that is, the god of those who believe not (2 Corinthians 4:4)

5) He is at work in the life of unbelievers to influence them to live as they like  (Ephesians 2:2) so that they should perish without believing the Gospel (John 3:15-16)

6) He deceieves and traps unbelievers (2 Timothy 2:26)

7) He holds unbelievers captive to do his will (2 Timothy 2:26)

8) He is the father of those who practice sin (1 John 3:8-10)

9) He holds unbelievers in his power (1 John 5:19)       

10) He promotes attraction to falsehood in the following two ways:

i) through religion and false doctirines (1 Timothy 4:1-3 and 1 John 4:1-4) and

ii) through unbiblical living (Ephesians 2:1-3; 1 John 2:15-17)

11) He can kill unbelievers at any time they are serving him (Daniel 3:22)

12) He causes unbelievers to suffer and oppresses unbelievers (Acts 10:38)

13) He uses unbelievers at his will (Mat 13:25-39)

14) He uses unbelievers as his tools to pervert the Gospel (Acts 13:8-10)

15) He uses money to hold unbelievers in captivity (1 Tim 6:6-10)

16) He holds unbelievers in captivity by causing them to be very busy (for instance, in their profession) so that they would never think of the Lord let alone his coming untill they perish without believing in the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 17:26-30)

17) He uses science or technology to hold unbelievers in captivity (Genesis 11:1-9)

18) He deceives unbelievers by causing unbelievers to harden their hearts

(Hebrews 3:7-19; Matthew 13:13-15; Matthew 15:8)

19) He holds unbelievers in captivity by causing them to think that they know everything or have the answers to all problems. Only God knows everything (Isaiah 46:9-10)

20) He holds unbelievers in captivity by causing them to divorce (Matthew 19:3-8)

21) He holds unbelievers in captivity by causing them to believe a lie about satanic theories of creation known as big bang and evolution theories contrary to Genesis 1:1 so that they should perish without the knowledge of the Lord the creator of the universe

22) He holds unbelievers in captivity by causing them to rely on Hospital for all diseases instead of the Lord (Psalms 103:3). No hospital in the world can cure a spiritual case

23) He holds unbelievers in captivity by causing them to love the world (1 John 2:15-17)

24) He conceals eternity  from unbelievers (John 8:44) unlike the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16).

                      From the aforesaid examples, it is clear that satan’s ultimate goal, objective, mission is that you should perish. In other words satan’s ultimate goal, objective, mission is that you should die without having believed the Gospel of Chirst so that you should go to hell (a place of torment) after your death (John 10:10a).

His ultimate goal is that you should die without Christ so that you should be cast into the everlasting lake of fire on the Day of the Great White Throne Judgment in which there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Revelation 20:15; Matthew 25:30). 

                      Once again Satan is 100% serious, determined and committed in your destruction. Praise the Lord, for, God has provided a way of escape through the Lord Jesus Christ. The goodnews is that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only one who can set

you free from the captivity of satan. If he sets you free from the captivity of satan then you are free indeed (John 8:32). You cannot fight satan if you are not born again (John 3:3-6). In order to overcome satan, you must  believe in Jesus Christ as your LORD and personal saviour. That is the greatest decision that you shall ever make in this life.        

                      The conclusion is that whatever satan, his demons and his human agents do, whatever move they make is to steal, kill and destroy you. Satan’s ultimate goal is that you should perish. In other words, satan’s ultimate goal is that you should be cast into everlasting lake of fire on the day of The Great White Throne Judgment as revealed in

(Revelation 20:11-15).

                      If you are reading this text and are not yet born again, Please, do the following in order to be born again:

-Accept that you are a sinner (Romans 3:23) and sin has a penalty (Romans 6:23),

-Believe that: (1) Jesus Christ paid the penalty for your sins (Romans 5:8) and that

                       (2) Salvation is a free Gift (Ephesians 2:8-9)

-Confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is your Saviour (Romans 10:9-11).

 Praise the Lord, you’r now born again (John 3:3-6) and you are now a new creation in 

 Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17), henceforth:

-Declare (or testify about) Christ to others (Psalms 22:22; Matthew 10:32-33;

                Luke 12:8-9; Revelation 12:11)

-Ensure that you study the Holy Bible always (Joshua 1:8)

-Fellowship with those who are born again ( Acts 2:42-47;Hebrews 10:25) in a Bible believing Church that preaches the truth (John 14:6), Righteousness (Romans 14:17), Godliness (1 Timothy 2:2b; 3:16; 4:7-8; 6:3-10; Titus 1:1; 2 Peter 1:3; 3:11) and

Holiness (Leviticus 11:44b, 45b; 19:2b; 1 Peter 1:13-25; Hebrews 12:14b).

-Go ye into the world and evangelize starting from where you are living (Acts 1:8).

May God Almightly richly bless you as you do the above. Contact us and we’ll pray for you.

 

You and your future, you and your destiny

                      Death is a foregone conclusion. After your death you will go to heaven or hell. You must choose which one to go to after your death and you must do so before you die.  The only way to choose Heaven is to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour before you die because He alone is THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN (John 3:16; Acts 4:12; John 14:6). You can only change your eternal destiny BEFORE you die physically and NOT after your physical death.

Every unbeliever that is dead is being tormented in flame in hell and is pleading for mercy. S/he is saying that ”I repent now Lord”, ”have mercy on me” (Luke 16:23-24). Unforturnately, it is too late for him/her to repent in hell because repentance is exclusively here on earth and NOT in hell, Mercy is here on earth, Forgiveness is here on earth, Salvation is here on earth, Atonement is here on earth and Redemption is here on earth. Only those on earth still have the opportunity to repent and be saved from everlasting torment in the lake of fire and brimstone (Revelation 20:15). It’s too late for you to change your eternal destiny after your physical death. Anybody can die physically at any time and thus, the wisest thing for you to do is to accept The Lord Jesus Christ now as your Lord and personal Saviour because the next minute let alone the next hour might be too late for you since you are not in any way in control of time or what will happen to you the next minute, the next hour or tomorrow (Luke 12:20). If you have ear hear what The Lord is saying (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22). Please, don’t harden your heart and perish (Hebrews 3:7-19). Please, there is no longer time. The next minute might be too late for you. Please, repent now and be saved from everlasting punishment in the lake of fire and brimstone (Revelation 20:15).

-If you are not born again, Please, be born again now (John 3:3-5) because the next minute might be too late for you since you are not in any way in control of your life, your future or what will happen to you the next minute (Luke 12:20). It’s a matter of death or life. Please, see this link for details on how to be born again (include the link here).

-If you are born again, then the question is: are you living aholy life? The standards for Heaven are: Truth (John 14:6), Righteousness (Romans 1:18; 14:17) and Holiness (Leviticus 11: 44b, 45b; 19:2b; 1 Peter 1:13-25; Hebrews 12:14b).

If you are born again, please, repent of your worldliness and begin to live a Holy life.

-1 John 2:15-16 states:

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world”.

-Romans 1:18 states:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness” and

Proverbs 28:13 states:

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper; but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy”.

Please, repent and forsake (that is, stop) your wordliness and begin to live a Holy life now. The Lord Jesus Christ is coming for those born again believers in the Church who are Holy. He is coming for ”a glorious church not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that which is holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27).

Holiness unto the Lord (Zechariah 14:20; Exodus 28:36; 39:30-31) should be your watch words in these last days. In other words, Truth, Righteousness and Holiness should be your watch words in these end times. May God Almighty richly bless you as you obey His Word, live a holy life  and prepare for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

                      Dear reader, only the wise understands the times in which we live (Luke 12:54-56;

1 Chronicles 12:32). Only the wise understands (Daniel 12:10b) that the last days are upon us. The Lord Jesus is coming right away. Are you ready for His coming? Please, be ready for His coming, for, He is coming right away. He is coming any moment from now.

We are now ”looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13), for, ”the time is at hand” (Revelation 1:3b) for Him to come and take us home (John 14:3). The Lord Jesus Christ states categorically:

Behold, I come quickly” (Revelation 3:11; 22:7,12,20). His coming is imminent. He is about to come. He will come any moment from now. He is coming right away.

He which testifieth these things saith,Surly I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).

                                                                                       Nkemzi Theodore

 

                                                 

 

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