Sabbath Meditation #12 – An Act of Spiritual Warfare
By Kelly McDonald, Jr.
“And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out [or harass] the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time” (Daniel 7:24-25, KJV).
“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him…And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 12:9, 17).
“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Rev. 14:12).
Have you ever found yourself fighting to get through the week? Sometimes it may seem like every obstacle is being thrown at you. You may even feel like you are walking through mud. If you ever find yourself thinking this way – do not be troubled.
Daniel is one of the books of the prophetic Bible. Prophetic books foretell the future – either at the time they were given or at a time that has not yet arrived. In Daniel 7:25, we learn about a figure who will attempt to change the times and laws, which includes the Sabbath. He will also attempt to wear out or harass the saints. He also wars against God! While the prophecy refers to the figure known as the Pope, we know that the ultimate enemy of our faith is Satan. He wars against those who keep the commandments of God (Rev. 12:7-17).
While satan fights against you and even uses other people to fight, reject, criticize, or threaten you – realize that one objective is in his mind. He wants you to surrender your Sabbath observance. He wants you to give up the fight to arrive at rest. He knows the strength from Heaven it imparts into your life. We have reviewed the supernatural provision available on the Sabbath in previous meditations.
“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses” (I Timothy 6:12).
Continue to resist satan. Fight back by pressing forward into His rest despite hindrances. Resist them even when they come on Sabbath. You will be rewarded with His rest and His presence on His Holy Day.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
He rewards those who earnestly seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).
Kelly McDonald, Jr; BSA President; www.biblesabbath.org