When I see stories about the increasing number of attacks on Christian Churches and the persecution of Christians around the world, I consider those attacks to be a part of the expanding spiritual warfare that is happening between the spiritual forces of God and His spiritual kingdom of light and the spiritual forces of the Devil and his spiritual kingdom of darkness.
Although this warfare has been going on for thousands of years, it has been getting more intense because of the realization that the time is getting shorter until the time when Jesus Christ come back to earth to establish God’s earthly kingdom as shown by the fulfillment of many Bible prophecies relating to the time when Jesus will return.
Because the Devil realizes that, he has his spiritual forces of darkness working hard to get rid of Christians and Christian institutions that are spreading the light of God’s spiritual kingdom through proclaiming and living by God’s principles for living found in the Bible.
The Devil is trying to do that so he can try to replace God’s spiritual light with his tyranny of spiritual darkness and then he can try to build his New World Order and an army that will try to fight off the armies of Heaven that will come with Jesus when he returns to earth.
There are many ways that the Devil is using to try and either decrease or get rid of the light of God’s spiritual kingdom as it is spread by God’s people.
One of these ways is to use the mystery and spirit of lawlessness (as it is described in Second Thessalonians chapter two) to deceive and empower people into committing many actions of great lawlessness in attacking Christian Churches, other Christian institutions, and persecuting Christians.
Another way that demonic forces will try to destroy God’s light on the earth is to attack and destroy any influence that God’s principles for leadership and living found in the Bible have as a part of the principles and actions of any government agency.
A third way to decrease God’s spiritual light on earth is to try and hurt the spiritual life of Christians by throwing many kinds of worldly temptations or demonic deceptions at them in an attempt to distract them from following God’s principles for living and get them doing things that will break God’s laws and thus bring God’s discipline or judgment on them.
When Christians spiritually see these spiritual warfare battles happening in their area there are some things that they can do to fight off the attacking spiritual forces of darkness.
The first of these is to realize that in order to effectively fight spiritual warfare battles Christians need to have a good working knowledge of God’s principles of living found in the Bible, have a good working knowledge of how to use the spiritual weapons described in Ephesians 6:10-18, and they need to be able to use the power of the Holy Spirit to fight spiritual battles.
When Christians are equipped with these abilities, then when they see spiritual warfare battles developing; they need to ask God for guidance about how to best fight that battle.
As Christians see big battles developing they can inform other Christians about the coming battle, band together with them, and then as a group they can use their spiritual weapons, the name of Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit to bind the attacking spiritual forces of darkness and cast them into the abyss/lake of fire to stay there forever.
Since spiritual warfare battles are increasing in these last years before Jesus returns to earth and with the armies of Heaven and conquers all forms of evil on earth; then Christians need to be ready to fight the spiritual battles when they see them happening.
In order to be ready to do that Christians need to keep having a close relationship with God, keep talking to God in prayer about their problems, keep reading the Bible to learn God’s principles, and keep using the power of the Holy Spirit both to live by God’s principles and be able to fight the spiritual warfare battles around them.
As Christians do those things they will keep being a beacon of light in the midst of our modern world that has many forms of darkness in it.