Unlike the teenagers of the movie Rebel without a Cause (starring James Dean), who didn’t know why they were rebels, there is a growing population among this generation that are rebels with a cause. That cause is an ancient one, led by the most hate-filled of all rebels. The cause is twofold: hatred for mankind in general and for the Jewish race in particular.
Satan, the original rebel, determined that he had no equal. He could not abide the Creator bringing into existence a creature that would share his (Lucifer’s) importance in the eyes of God. Iniquity was found in him, and he determined that he, himself, was equal in glory and magnificence to the Creator, thus was as powerful and would magnify himself and put himself above the throne of God. Isaiah the prophet tells the story.
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. (Isaiah 14 13-14)
This rebel has had as chief among his causes to destroy the creature that he saw as his rival for preeminence. Once cast from Heaven, he entered the garden of Eden and set about to do just that. Our history books are replete with a record that traces the old serpent’s trail. He has observably inflicted great damage, as is witnessed by our daily news headlines. He has had no problem enlisting in his cause a large number of those who share in his rebellious hatreds for anything and everything that the God of Heaven has set in place.
We, each and every hour, see his influence and his recruits’ acquiescence to and embracing of Satan’s hatred for all things godly. Without reservation, I include in his army of rebels those who rage against anyone who opposes the inflicting of homosexuality on our society and culture. I include anyone who believes it is preferable to murder babies in the womb so that life can be more convenient for those who don’t want the babies–only the carnal pleasure involved in procreating them.
Homosexuality and abortion each bring to the war against humanity the insidiously clever methodologies Satan employs in conducting the battles that he and his army wage daily. In each “cause”–homosexuality and abortion–the destruction of human life and prevention of human life through the perversion of sodomy are presented as nothing more or less as the right of the individual to choose what is right in his or her own eyes. Who is this God that He should interfere with man’s business?
Part of the cause Satan has inspired his army of rebels to push in the war on mankind involves the whole matter of population control. Abortion and homosexuality aren’t doing away with mankind quickly enough. Here again, the evil genius of the master manipulator–Lucifer the fallen one–is seen at work. Mankind must be taken off the planet so life can be better and survivable.
Officials within the UN are pushing the notion that the human population should be reduced in order to effectively combat climate change. The long standing notion was continually pushed by Christiana Figueres, the past Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). In 2013, Figueres had a conversation…regarding “fertility rates in population,” as a contributor to climate change. (UN Climate Change Official Says “We Should Make Every Effort” To Depopulate The Planet, Rapture Ready News, 4/8/15)
The other major assault in Satan’s never-ceasing war against God and mankind is inspiring hatred against the Jewish race. This hatred is an easily traceable anger that began in Eden.
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (Genesis 3:15)
This, of course, is when God promised that He would send a Savior to redeem fallen man from sin. Satan and his schemes to oppose God at every turn and exalt himself to position above the God of Heaven, according to this promise, would be thwarted by this person who would eventually be born into God’s creation called man. This happened when Jesus was born through the virgin birth to a young girl from the house of Israel. The Jewish people were chosen to bring the Christ into the world.
Satan hates all of mankind, but his hatred has been, throughout the ages, particularly focused on the progeny of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (whose name was changed to Israel). This is just as the prophet Zechariah foretold, as recorded in Zechariah 12:1-3: Hatred is becoming more violent the closer we get to the wrap-up of this dispensation (the Age of Grace).
This rebellious spirit against Israel, through whom the Savior was born, leaps at the observer more and more often through incidents such as reported in the following newstory a number of years ago.
They were dressed in their team’s colors and chanting passionately and excitedly–the only problem was they weren’t in the stadium cheering on their team. Bosnian soccer fans who were in Vienna, Austria on Friday for a match between Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina changed “Kill the Jews” alongside pro-Palestinian demonstrators in central Stephanplatz square before heading to the game. It was a frightening spectacle that proved anti-Semitism is still a jarring reality in Europe.
At first they stood calmly and shouted “Free Palestine” back and forth. Then, one can hear a single voice among the protestors shout out “Kill the Jews.” The calls to violence swelled as the other protestors joined. In a swarm of rage, they began to jump up and down shouting “Ubij, ubij Zidove,” which means “Kill, kill the Jews.” (Chilling: Bosnian Soccer Fans Join ‘Kill the Jews’ Chant in Vienna, The Guardian, Courtney O’Brien, Townhall.com)
The army of rebels is growing, and so is the scope and virulence of their cause–to fulfill Satan’s end-times assault on Israel and, incidentally, on true Christians.