Satan’s Playground;“ Modern Day Religion”
One of the main reasons that modern day Christians are not eagerly preparing for God’s great harvest is a belief that the theory called ‘the rapture’ is God’s cure all in man’s existence. This scripturally unsupportable belief of a removal of living people to heaven, promotes the understanding that by maintaining some sort of Christian appearance for security sake, the rapture will remove them from the Day of judgment or tribulation on the earth. This thought gives believers the idea there is nothing more to anticipate as coming from God but the future rapture of the church. This mind-set establishes for most the belief that if they can just keep a kind of Christian belief until the rapture comes, they will make heaven their home. This type of belief places believers into a state of idleness and complacency that causes them to miss some of God’s greater and better blessings.
God has many blessings for the disciple who press on to know the Lord’s greater blessings available in this present age and the age to come. Mark 10:29-30
Is not the church the field where Christ is planted as a seed and His people are the wheat? So, it is within the church that Satan has also planted the tares, the seed of modern day carnal religion, where both have been growing together until this time of harvest. Satan’s playground now reveals the carnal corruption that has poisoned the churches with deception and death. However, notice that the harvest time has the tares receiving judgment and a removal from the church. Matthew 13:39-43, Matthew 3:12, Revelation 14:17-20
- The wheat and tares stay together until maturity.
- Maturity first reveals the corruption and then the removal of the wicked.
- With the
removal of the wicked fruit, the righteous fruit shall shine
forth as the sun, a Church without spot or blemish.
Now consider Israel, they were God’s chosen people to be a nation where He might dwell among them manifesting His goodness. However, note that while they had received from God all they needed to become His righteous people through obedience to His covenant laws, it became increasingly evident that through their shortcomings and disobedience they became more like the nations living around them. God’s purpose was for them to be a people separated unto Him and all His ways. Meanwhile, among all their rebellion, God still showed His love by bringing forth the prophets of truth, but the populace rejected them also. This rebelliousness consistently found an influence among their Kings to lead the people astray. Nevertheless, even among this rebellion and their captivity in Babylon, God was willing and prepared to redeem and restore them to His promises. This types the church of today as it also, for the most part, has allowed Satan’s carnality to live among them to resist God. Therefore, we also see the lack of the presence of God among the people as they turn to doctrines of devils, deception and falsehoods. Modern day religious practices have opened the doors for every foul, unclean and hateful manifestation. A church removed from the holiness of God. Rev. 18:2, And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the Great [modern day religion] is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils [demons] and the hold [prison] of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. In this, note that maturity concerning the wheat and the tares reveals the tares as being a poison filled seed that is separated from God through judgment upon those who receive such mind-sets, a time that is about to come upon the whole world.
In ancient Israel, we see a type of today’s modern day religion called the church who, by allowing the carnal mind and man’s deceitful doctrines to replace the things that God has purposed for His people, they lost sight of God’s purpose to have a people who would be a light to the nations and His witnesses. Isaiah 49:8, Isaiah 43:10
The judgments of God and His wrath are upon those who promote and believe in false teachings, idol worship and following all the ways Satan has devised to lead people astray. False belief is that which spots the garments of the church. Thus, while modern day religion has become Satan’s playground and is therefore appointed to God’s wrath, God’s true righteous people are not so appointed, 1 Thess. 5:9 and will be protected during His Day of vengeance and wrath.
Ref: James Lloyd