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September 24 - Morning

"The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.  And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone
I want to.
If you worship me, it will all be yours."

- Luke 4:5-7

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The Ruler of the Kingdoms of the World    

The word “world” is “oikoumene”, which refers to the “inhabited world” - not the whole planet or the worldly system identified with the Greek words “ge” and “kosmos.” “Oikoumene” was used to refer to the Roman Empire (i.e., the inhabited world of that time), which indicates Satan controlled the Roman (146 BC- 476 AD) system as he also had controlled the previous five major world empires:

  • Egypt (1450-745 BC),
  • Assyria (745-612 BC),
  • Babylon (612-539 BC),
  • Persia (539-330 BC),
  • Greece (330-146 BC).

These six empires are likely six of the seven heads on the beast referred to in Revelation 13:1:

“I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.”

According to Paul’s words written to the Corinthians in 56 AD, Satan is the "god of this age.”
(2 Corinthians 4:4)

In today’s text verse above, Satan is offering Jesus an opportunity to begin his reign as Messiah
under Satan’s authority in Satan’s kingdom. Theoretically, Satan pictures Jesus bypassing his mission of salvation in order to begin his Messianic rule of the earth.

Satan’s power and authority in the world is often mentioned in Scripture:

“Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.” - John 12:31

“I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me” - John 14:30

“the prince of this world now stands condemned.” - John 16:11

“We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.” - 1 John 5:19

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, “ - 2 Corinthians 4:4

“…in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.”
- Ephesians 2:2

“The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority.” – Revelation 13:2

In Luke 4:5-7 Satan claims to have been given the world’s:

  1. "exousia" - Authority, Control, Mastery, Influence, Jurisdiction, Strength
  2. "doxa" - Glory, Dignity, Honor, Splendor
The word “worship” is “proskyneses” and literally means “bend the knee to.” To receive what Satan offered, Jesus would have had to submit to him. Adam had already done this when he bent his knee to Satan by listening to Satan’s words instead of God’s. Satan was given the authority and splendor of the world when Adam bowed his knee to him.
  Christian Quote from Church History

"Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless
we love the truth, we
cannot know it."
– Blaise Pascal
French mathematician, physicist





Something to Ponder??
Concerning the variety of
views in life and Christian teaching there would be
more light and less heat generated if those
involved in the debate understood history.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

'ot (Hb) - Sign (Eng) - the Hebrew word 'ot means "sign" or "symbol." The word referred
to the variety of ways that God communicated with his people. It could be a monument
of twelve stones piled up from the Jordan to commemorate a historical event.
Prophets could predict events that would serve as 'ot (signs) to confirm their message.
Jesus and the early church had 'ot to confirm their message.

  In 2008 an ostracon was found at Khirbet Qeiyafa (biblical Shaarayim of 1 Sm.17:52),
a ancient city in the hill country of Judah. The inscription on the clay ostracon dates from the
days of the Judges
(1000 BC) and agrees with
the social climate and
political events described
at the end of the book of Judges and in the early chapters of 1 Samuel.
It speaks of:
- oppressive judges,
- weeping widows
- oppressed children
- the establishment of a kingship by the chief men.
(see more here)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Am I presenting the savior to the world?
Do the people in my world know the savior has come to save them, not condemn them?
Today I will let someone know that Jesus came to save them, not condemn them.
  "An honest answer
    is like a kiss on the lips."
- Proverbs 24:26
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Open doors for economy growth Minister to the lonely Minorities Oman - continued Christian freedom
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Diagram explaining three false views of the Trinity. (click on image for larger size)

The steps leading up to the synagogue in the citiy of Korazin in northern Israel near the Sea of Galilee. The gable from the front of the roof is sitting on the top of the stairs (click on image for larger size)

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