The Boogeyman and His Buddies

One night while I was sleeping, I felt a presence in my room.
Looked down at the foot of my bed and there stood Mr. Gloom.
He tried to put his fear on me, but I know I heard him weep,
when I spoke the name of Jesus, then I went right back to sleep
Ain’t got time for you devil, don’t waste your time on me.
Ain’t got time for you devil, cause Jesus lives in me.
Well the devil is like a lion, roaming to and fro.
Seeking whom he may devour, and trying to steal my soul.
But the Lion of Judah’s in me, and I have nothing now to fear.
Satan you have lost control, so get on out of here.
Ain’t got time for you devil, don’t waste your time on me.
Ain’t got time for you devil, cause Jesus lives in me.
Well the devil is a liar, and the truth he cannot tell.
So when he says he’s got you, just send him back to hell.
Jesus whooped the devil, and He showed him who was boss.
Took the keys of death, hell and the grave, and said Look what you’ve lost.
Well the devil’s not too smart you know, showing up at every turn.
I just smile and go on by, seems the devil never learns.
Ain’t got time for you devil, don’t waste your time on me.
Ain’t got time for you devil, cause Jesus lives in me.
sung by Walt Mills, Southern Gospel Music (written by Ric Gordon)

Who is this boogeyman?

Where did he come from? 

What does he look like?  

How will I know him if I see him? and Is he the Antichrist?  

What do I need to do to keep him at bay?

great-deceiver-2Who is this boogeyman?

First and foremost he is our enemy.  He goes by other names such as Satan, the devil, the dragon.  His delight in life is to promote chaos and evil.  He is our adversary, quick-sighted and cruel, full of subtlety, crafty, and cunning.  He is full of bitter hatred.  He never gets tired.  He is a great puller of strings a puppet master if you will, for how many people in the world have been, and are, evil to the core…guess who had a hand in their lives…

Elizabeth Bathory, it was believed she had cannibalistic tendencies; Talat Pasha, was responsible for the rape, torture, and genocide of around 1.5 million Armenian people; Josef Mengele, he was responsible for sending more than 400,000 innocent Jews the gas chambers; Osama bin Laden, founder of the Islamic extremest group Al-Qaeda and his attack on the world trade centre left 3,000 people dead with a further 6,000 injured; Saddam Hussein the president of Iraq, who was responsible of the genocide killings of approximately 2 million of his own citizens, record these executions and watch them at his house for amusement; and Idi Amin president of Uganda responsible for the execution of hundreds of thousands of his own people, in total he killed and tortured between 300,000 to 500,000 Ugandans.

These are just a few of the boogeyman’s buddies in the world.  And yes these are all dead…but there are others to carry on the traditions.

satan-cast-out-2Where did he come from?

Satan was created by God as a perfect angel. Satan was called Lucifer and he lived in heaven.  Lucifer was above every other angel in heaven. His appearance was beautiful and dazzling.  Ezekiel 28:12, “You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.”  Then Lucifer became proud.  Lucifer became jealous. He set out on a campaign to prove that he was above Jesus. Lucifer began to be proud of his own glory and wisdom.  Ezekiel 28:6, “you have set your heart as the heart of a god.”  Ezekiel 28:17, “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor.”  Then over time, one third of the angels in heaven chose to side with Lucifer and to worship him instead of Jesus. God wanted Lucifer to repent but Lucifer refused to admit that he was wrong.  So God reluctantly removed Lucifer from his position of Chief Covering angel on God’s holy mountain and was thrown out of heaven, along with his angel-followers.  Isaiah 14:12-14“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation  On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’”  Once he left heaven his name became Satan and Satan and his angels are now the boogeyman and his buddies who rule over the evil on this earth we live on.  So when bad things happen, don’t blame God. 

great-deceiver-1What does he look like?

Well, he could look like you or me.  An ordinary businessman.  The gal next door.  The kindly grandmother type.  A giant computer…who could say.  He can take on any disguise that the occasion may call for.  He could boldly smile at you and charm you and then stab you without thinking twice about it.  

antichrist-1If you’re lucky, you could see a glimpse of pure evil in someone’s face, a wavy grotesque image, do a double take and what you think you saw is now gone, like a mirage.  Something that gives you the willies!  He was once very handsome, beautiful in fact, but evil turned him ugly and demonic.  Satan is alive and real!  He and those with him live in the spirit world. They tempt and influence people on earth, but most of the time they are invisible to us.  (Watch for tract on “False Teachers”)

devil-as-star-of-the-morningHow will I know him if I see him? and Is he the Antichrist?

Very soon Satan will transform himself into an angel of light. When he appears as an angel of light he is called “the beast”.  2 Corinthians 11:14  “For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.”  Note that the Bible doesn’t say Satan is an angel of light; it says he only masquerades as an angel of light. In other words, sometimes Satan puts on a disguise (as it were), and makes it look like he actually stands for good instead of evil.  He will pretend to be God and he will have the appearance of God.  His demons will come with him and they will appear to be angels from heaven.  The Bible clearly states that Satan, the Devil is a master at the art of deception:  Revelation 12:9“So the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, who deceives the whole world…”.  He has been a liar from the very beginning as Jesus said in John 8:44, “…He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him.  When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”     

antichrist-2In 1 Thessalonians 2:3-12, Paul teaches that before the Day of the Lord the antichrist will be revealed. This coming world ruler will attract followers from all over the world with his magnetic personality.  He will be a financial and political genius.  He will be boastful and egotistical, a megalomaniac in his quest for world power. He will come preaching peace.  Even back in the Old Testament Daniel says (Daniel 8:25),“Through his cunning he shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule; and he shall exalt himself in his heart, he shall destroy many in prosperity.  He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without human means.”   He will be a master deceiver, able to make many people think good is bad and bad is good. During his administration, everyone will receive an ID number (mark of the beast). You won’t be able to buy food or anything else unless you have this government-issued ID.  His authority will be overpowering, his hatreds intense, his political techniques first rate.  You think the group mentioned above were ruthless…they were nothing compared to this guy.  During his time he will try to convince every person on earth to worship him. Do not be deceived. He is not God and you should not worship him.

come-to-christ-1What do I need to do to keep him at bay?

That’s the easiest thing you can do.  Come to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Accept Him as your Saviour.  Trust in Him for all things and He will remove you from all the nastiness noted above.  You won’t have to worry about the boogeyman and his buddies because you won’t be around.  In the twinkling of an eye you will be safe with Jesus far removed from the tribulation. (Watch for tract on “It May Read Like A Sci-Fi Novel…But It’s Not”) 

Yes, Satan is our foe–but never forget he will not win! By His cross and resurrection Christ has defeated Satan, and some day “The devil, who deceived them, was cast [will be thrown] into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” Revelation 20:10

Whose side are you on?