[Before I start this post, I’d just like to let everyone know, that for now my Sabbath verse postings are on hold. I’m working on a number of different projects in addition to working full time, and I just can’t spread myself out enough.]
On November 11th, in Canada and in much of the world, we recognize Remembrance Day, and in the USA it is recognized as Veterans Day, but no matter what you call it, the day is a day to remember those who sacrificed everything so that we can enjoy the freedoms and lifestyle that we have today.
This year, on November 11, 2018, we marked the anniversary of the first Armistice Day that occurred on November 11, 1918 at the end of the First World War. At 11:00am on that date, bells rang out around the world to celebrate the end of the Great War. Over 16 MILLION people lost their lives during that four year conflict. The last official casualty was a young Canadian soldier named George Lawrence Price from Nova Scotia, Canada. He was killed at 10:58am, just two minutes before the fighting subsided! (More about George Lawrence Price)
With the deaths of more than 16 million people, you would think that man would’ve learned that no one wins in a war, but World War Two followed not long after, and then Korea, Vietnam,Iraq, and Afghanistan, to name just a few major conflicts that have continued man’s obsession with eliminating itself! As we get “smarter” and more technologically advanced, we find new and greater ways to kill our enemies off, but it doesn’t really accomplish anything at all. People still die in astounding numbers, usually the most disadvantaged of society are affected first, while the leaders still live in relative comfort! (Continued below)
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There is another conflict that has been going on for much longer though and has claimed many more lives. Since the beginning of time, Satan (or Lucifer) has been in conflict with God. It started long before the encounter in the Garden of Eden though. Lucifer used to sit alongside God, and was one of His greatest angels. But pride and power got in the way, and Lucifer felt he should be more powerful than God! The battle was on, and God banished him from heaven along with all his angels (or followers).
Since that time, Lucifer has been trying to re-establish his position in the universe by working on God’s children. Lucifer knows that Jesus will be returning soon to take His followers to the New Jerusalem, and knows that his only hope is to convince as many of us to follow him instead of God. But God doesn’t want us to follow Lucifer because He knows that the end result of that is death, as told in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord“.
God wants you to be with Him in the end, but gives you free will to make your own choice. If you wish to follow Lucifer, then the ultimate result will be eternal death, but if you choose to follow God, then the ultimate result is eternal life. And SPOILER ALERT: God wins in the end as told in the Book of Revelation!
BTW, there are two excellent sources that provide information about the continuing conflict between God and Satan. The first is The Holy Bible which is our guidebook that describes everything that God needs us to know. The other is a book called The Great Controversy written by Ellen G. White, which provides great detail of the conflict. Request a free copy here!
So while the man-made conflicts that have occurred, especially in the 20th and 21st Centuries are terrible, and I would never diminished the suffering that they have caused, the ongoing battle between ultimate good and evil is much worse. We all have a choice to make, to follow evil and suffer eternally, or follow good and ultimately see the New Jerusalem!
God wants you to be with Him!
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The Great Controversy gives a startling overview of the mighty conflict between Christ and Satan from its origins in heaven thousands of years ago to its conclusion on earth in the days just ahead of us. This still-timely book reveals how God will ultimately rid the universe of evil and make all things new.