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"You were in bondage to beings that by nature are no gods...elemental spirits, whose slaves you want to be once more?" (Galatians 4:8,9)
"See to it that no one makes a prey of you...according to the elemental spirits of the universe..." (Colossians 2:8)
"But where are your gods that you made for yourself? Let them arise if they can save you in your time of trouble; for your gods are as many as your cities." (Jeremiah 2:28)
"Then the mariners were afraid, and every man cried out to his god...but Jonah was fast asleep...Then they said to him, 'For whose cause is this trouble upon us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from?' ...So he said to them, 'I am a Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.'...Then they were exceedingly afraid..." (Jonah 1)
The Dark Powers That Bind by Peter Dunstan © 2005; 224 pages
I invite you to meditate on the verses quoted above and the first sentence of Section 1, Mesopotamia. Just 8 people emerged from the Ark. And how many were inundated? Noah and his family may have been much better behaved than the people surrounding them, but they were not perfect or without sin. They were saved by a classic act of the Sovereign's grace, finding undeserved favor in the eyes of the LORD God. But how many perished? If you have any grasp of the degree of unbelief in the world today, or in any generation for that matter, you can be sure that the ratio in the coming and final destruction will be much the same.
True, Abraham was promised that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars he could count in the sky. But for a start we are told that not all of this family tree is faithful. Quite the opposite if we look at the sons of Ishmael (Arabs) or the stubborn and hard-headed descendants of Isaac. Not all of Israel (by flesh) is of the true Israel (born of the Spirit) as the Exodus through Sinai clearly revealed. Only two of the adults rescued from Egypt made it to the promised land! And as for the stars, those you can see with the naked eye are not actually a lot compared to what is out there. Ever tried counting a thousand stars? Ten thousand? A hundred thousand? A million? Whatever the number of the elect, which only God knows since He wrote their names in the Book of Life before the world was made, the number of the lost will be galactic in proportion.
This principle remains the same throughout Scripture. Just as there were a few who escaped Sodom while the rest remained to be incinerated, there is always a remnant saved by grace, as the great prophet Elijah discovered when he despaired at the thought that there was no one else with true faith in his time. But it is always a tiny remnant, and this truth is endorsed many times by the Lord himself. Few stay on the hard path and enter the narrow gate. Multitudes take the easy road and enter the wide gate. The vast majority of mankind will be found chained to the world, clinging to one or other of the many dark forces that bind them.
The Genesis account, particularly the story of Noah and his sons, is critical in identifying the dark powers that bind. If you find you are having problems with this because of the totally unscientific yet worldwide dogma called evolution (Darwin himself said people had "made a religion out of it") you should consider reading God & Evil as an aside to this book, and think hard the next time you look at a star or seashell. For the approximate time period involved, read Creation to Flood & Age of Earth. Consider too that the apostle Peter wrote of the Flood and Sodom and Gomorrah as facts (2 Peter 2:5,6; 3:6) and the apostle Paul clearly identified Adam as the first man. (Romans 5:12; I Corinthians 15:21,22,45) Jesus himself spoke plainly and authoritatively about events such as the first man and woman (Matthew 19:4), Noah and the ark (Matthew 24:37-39), the story of Jonah, which foreshadowed his own three days and nights in the depths (Matthew 12:39; 16:4), the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Matthew 11:20-24), and he made many references to the dark powers, especially their existence in churchmen. (John 8:44-47)
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