As I watched, this horn was waging war against the holy people and defeating them, until the Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the holy people of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom. Daniel 7:21-22(NIV).
One of my favorite movie quotes is from one of the Harry Potter movies. In the fifth movie, Luna Lovegood says to Harry, who seems alone and isolated, “Well if I were You-Know-Who, I’d want you to feel cut off from everyone else; because if it’s just you alone, you’re not as much of a threat.”
This is a theme we’ve talked about before: without God, we don’t stand a chance. Sure, you can go through this life as an atheist, agnostic, or whatever, rejecting the Almighty. You’ll get by; you might even know success. You might even be a “moral” person, though you’re likely to eventually see that there is no separating morality and Jesus. Without Jesus, there is no real morality, not even “good people.” When you die, you’ll face Him, and you’ll answer for just why you rejected Him despite a lifetime of His mercy and proof. I’m hoping there’s something we’ve missed in the Bible because what the Bible says will happen to you after that is worse than any of us can imagine.
That’s the good news.
When you reject God in this life, what’s more likely to happen is that you’ll experience misery and angst for most of your time. That’s because Satan makes war against us as long as we live. Then you die, and you’ll then get to give God that same answer for why you rejected Him. And then you’ll get those dire consequences.
My friend, you know there’s a better way.
Without God, we don’t stand a chance. With God, Satan and his minions can’t defeat us, even if it kills us. The little horn made war against believers, and it killed many. I wonder if many more didn’t simply give up their faith to appease the beast (only to find that there is no appeasing evil). In Daniel’s world and ours since, this has always been the way. Satan attacks us in hopes of peeling us away from God. It’s really God he’s after; we’re just pawns in the way.
Yet the good news in this is truly the Good News. Jesus died and rose for us so that we don’t have to be eternally defeated by the evil one. We can be part of His eternity now and forever by confessing our sins, then letting Him take the helm. Without Jesus, we are alone and not much of a threat to Satan. With Jesus, Satan doesn’t stand a chance.
For further reading: Mark 8:35, Revelation 13:7, Daniel 7:23
Lord, I believe in You alone. Thank You for saving and fighting for us!
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