The Feast of trumpets and then Tabernacles typifies the coming kingdom of God and the 1,000 year rule on earth at which time Satan the devil will have been bound somewhere between the two. This article is focused on the need for that event in reality to take place.
Christ’s Gospel was about this coming Family or kingdom of God to rule on earth, with the Government and Laws of God. We have to be constantly aware of how we get there from here, where we are now in time—to the actual fulfilling of the Gospel’s prophetic message. The Feast of Trumpets is the 4th step and the feast of Tabernacles portrays the 6th step in God’s plan.
The festival of Trumpets, (1st. day of the seventh month (Num.29:1) on the Hebrew calendar-See article Parallels-Calendar & Bible study on the Festival of Trumpets for more) and is to bring salvation to the first fruits by resurrection/change to Spirit. (1Thess.4:16-18) Then peace for mankind will ensue, after this 5th step is completed, as humanity then moves toward salvation in the millennium. That step, Trumpets, pictures the second coming of Jesus Christ. (Heb.9:28—plus many other passages)
When the Day of Atonement, which is the 5th step of this plan comes, it pictures the binding of Satan, so that is the title of this article and it reveals WHY this must happen! (See Lev.16 & Rev. 20:1-3 for more about the Day of Atonement specifically) The thousand-year rule of peace on earth cannot come until this event has taken place in reality. We need to have it firmly fixed in our minds that Satan is not yet bound, and we have to be on guard for his subtleties, which are ever-present today.
Today, as you well know, we live in a world filled with violence and evil, hatred and animosity—people against people everywhere you turn, which is getting worse all the time. Even those who claim to be the COG are in competition against others outside their “group” and false doctrines are beginning to appear! We are on the verge of world-shaking events that could erupt at any time. Humanity in general however, does not know about what the Day of Atonement pictures nor does it see the need to be free of the devils influence. Most people hardly ever seriously think about the devil having any real power over their lives, which is exactly what he wants them to think. That way he keeps them blind to the Gospel and the majority of any God given truth. The average person is not thinking about this world having Satan as its god, nor being under the influence of his spirit, yet that is what your Bible says. Even some in the COG seem oblivious to the amount of influence Satan has and are not properly on guard.
2 Cor.4:3-4 (NKJ) says; “But even if our gospel (Same Gospel of the kingdom) is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.” So he keeps humanity in the dark but they do not know it. He has infiltrated their minds and taken them captive, as we all also were, before God called us and began to open our minds to His truth. The Holy Spirit gives us the ability (Or discernment) to detect the workings of Satan, but we must not ignore the signs of his influence, or he will pull us right back into that captivity, which is already happening with many in this era of Laodicea.
Satan’s evil influence works in the mind of man to block out truth; he does not want you to believe God or even certain points of truth! Satan has to be bound before that evil influence will stop. We are not at that time yet, so Satan is still prowling to see whom he may deceive next. The true COG understands that Satan is the prince of the power of the air & has to be eliminated, for peace to come. We find that recorded in Eph. 2:2-3, where it says; “in which you (talking to those considered the COG) once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.” So this very important point of Scripture shows this will have to change for man’s mind to be free of that captivating evil influence.
Back in the Garden of Eden and without Eve even realizing what was happening to her, (As is also happening to so many today) Satan began to work subtly in her mind, by the power of influence and mixing truth with error—lies! The devil convinced her God was withholding something from her, in the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, that she should take of and that she needed to be wise. So, through influence in her own mind and with his lies, he took her captive. When Adam ate that same fruit in disobedience, yielding to and following after his wife, they both (and mankind to come from them) became the captives of Satan. (If Adam had taken from the tree of life, he would have had strength to resist Satan (and) help Eve, but he had not done so) That is the way the devil works (Looking for the weaker and most susceptible link to deceive) and that influence still works in the minds of men and women everywhere and will continue, until he is removed.
But how susceptible are the members of the COG today? Do they get a pass because all have been called out of the world? Some do not respond totally, never internalizing the Holy Spirit and others do not continue to faithfully follow the lead of the Holy Spirit, once it is received. Paul, speaking under inspiration to the Church in 2Cor.11: expressed his concern for them and us today; V.2 “For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”
So Paul also takes our thoughts back to the beginning, where Satan began blocking truth with subtlety, lies and deception, taking the unsuspecting mind of Eve captive, then Adam followed in direct disobedience. Paul knew Satan wanted very much to get at the COG and destroy it. There will be no peace on earth until this influencing spirit is bound, so we need the binding of Satan to save humanity and bring peace. However, Christ has already conquered him, while here in the flesh, by never yielding to his influence or any of his temptations. It is the goal and purpose of every true Christian to succeed in doing the same thing, by growing Spiritually to the point of overcoming in every trial or temptation and rejecting Satan and his ways completely. (The purpose of eating unleavened bread for seven days is a type of this and shows our willingness to be coming out and away from sin.) The people in the coming world ahead or 1000 year rule of the kingdom of God on earth will no longer have to battle Satan’s evil influence on the mind.
The worst time in human history is still to come, called the great tribulation, because of this evil captivity of the mind of man and an unwillingness in most to repent.
Notice a bit of this in II Thes.2:9-11 cutting into the context; V.9 “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, (these same age old tactics that started in the Garden of Eden will come again with greater force and catch those not prepared.) 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, (Nor did some who heard respond) that they might be saved. (that is the majority of the world today) 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,” (KJV and other translations have “A” lie—which could be any lie or deception that comes from the devil’s influence) but according to the Greek, this actually reflects back to the devil’s first lie to Eve. This same unbelief of what God says allowed into any mind (on any point of truth) can start a new blockage of understanding truth to begin to grow once again; thus that mind will become corrupted or taken back into that same captivity or bondage of Satan, unless this is recognized (through constant prayer and contact with God) and repented of. (The person deceived into thinking they already have and are being led by the Spirit of God are the hardest ones to reach with truth. If it does not agree with what they already believe they will quickly block that truth out and hold onto their error.)
So the Day of Atonement pictures Satan being bound up and locked away to stop this captivity of the human mind, and that is why the world cannot come to any lasting peace. Satan is the invisible cause of all suffering and the Bible says he holds man captive, so the world is held captive. Paul is giving Timothy instructions, and we find this; 2Tim.2.25 “in humility correcting those who are in opposition, (Those not converted) if God perhaps will grant them repentance, (They however have to desire it and come to acknowledge error) so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.” Too many even in the COG want to cling to the things of this world and their own understanding, more than pleasing and just believing God. They do not know what manner of spirit they are of, most of the time. (Luke 9:55)
Anyone can be brought right back into that same captivity of the mind and lose out on salvation, if not diligent in wanting and letting the Holy Spirit lead them. Thanks be to God, there will and has to be a binding of Satan to remove his influence. Once Christ has returned at the last trumpet, the saints will be resurrected and join Him in (the clouds and the air) becoming a part of the Spirit realm, as God’s newly born children. Christ will begin immediately to intervene in world affairs, with them now by His side, putting down the armies of man that fight against Him, then He will send the angel to take hold of Satan, as we see here in Rev 20:1-3 “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished.---“ so there it is my friends and brethren; The record of the angel binding Satan and making peace on earth possible! God Speed the day! But it is not here yet and so we must stay alert as the world around us descends into more and more chaos.
Even now Satan’s evil influence has to be seriously guarded against and rejected, no matter how it may seem to hurt or what you have to give up in this life; the mind of those converted today must resist him or they could lose their crown and be taken captive to do his will. He attacks at the most unsuspected of times, places and thru people whom you & I would not expect it. God is not going to allow that to be going on in the kingdom of God, but today we must be on guard. (Luke 21:36) We are in a time of testing, which will continue to worsen as time draws to a close and false doctrines will be circulated, which is even now already beginning. God is separating those who cannot yet overcome in trials from those who can and do—and sometimes it is the more faithful who seem to suffer the most. However that is temporary and is for their good. (Rom.8:28) Some of the unconverted are the more “care-less” minded (selfish) and are the ones who will use subtle deceit for their own gain, who also hardly ever reach out with true heartfelt compassion to the ones they seem to hurt the most, in this life. They become too stubborn to repent. That is a sure sign of still being under the influence of Satan the devil and not letting the Holy Spirit lead. However, we are quickly approaching a time when the “man of sin” will come on the scene and will seem to have great compassion, only in order to deceive the masses.
Col 2:8 (NAS) “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles (RSV-elemental spirits) of the world, rather than according to Christ.” (So this is two opposing spirits—one produces heresy and deception with great subtlety, even posing as a convert— the other gets away from this mindset as quickly as possible and has the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to help them be able to discern the different spirit.)
Satan has found his way into the minds of some in the COG organizations and he is working thru them when possible to try and affect others. He loves to get at the top leadership, because that can affect that whole organization, if those people are not on guard for this subtle deception. They will then persecute you, who hold fast if you do not conform to their teaching or yield to their disillusioned minds, simply because they are convinced they are right and you are wrong, just like Satan did when deceiving Eve.
So pray every day for the kingdom to come as we are told, believe the Gospel because the kingdom will come—and pray for the time of binding Satan to come in reality, which the Day of Atonement pictures.
(Editor for TCOGMSO)