A Tactical Analysis of Satan’s Methods of Operation.

                                A Tactical Analysis of Satan’s Methods of Operation.

(written by traveler)
Like just about everybody else satan has his favourite methods of operating that he has developed over time and he uses these with differing variations so as to achieve his objectives.

What is being done here is to look at a few of his earlier campaigns where these methods were practised in a simpler form and then look at what is happening today so as to see the correlations in the patterns with the desired results.

The first one comes from 1 Chronicles chapter 21.

As background king David had just been established as the King over Israel, He had united the kingdom, beaten all the other kingdoms around about him and forced them into a stance of submission where they were now paying Israel tribute. You could say that he was riding a high and was well blessed by God.

As the nation of Israel was Gods chosen people and supported by him, logical deduction would say that the other nations belonged to Satan and as they were getting the worst end of it Satan need to put the breaks on so as to prevent any further loss of human resources from his side that was now haemorrhaging badly.

Now Satan could not attack the nation of Israel directly because they were protected by God and he did not have the power to lay a finger on them. So He handled the situation as shown in the following verses.
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1Chr.21

[1] And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.

[2] And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beer-sheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it.

[3] And Joab answered, The LORD make his people an hundred times so many more as they be: but, my lord the king, are they not all my lord’s servants? why then doth my lord require this thing? why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel?

[4] Nevertheless the king’s word prevailed against Joab. Wherefore Joab departed, and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem.[/quote]

You see, although Satan could not harm Israel, God could! Now if he could introduce some form of of sin into the nation that would be of a type that required instant action to prevent spreading then his work would be done for him and the nation weakened so as to bring a halt to their rapid expansion.

If we take a closer look at those verses we can gather the following.[quote]
[1] And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.

[2] And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beer-sheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it.[/quote]

Now Satan tempts and provokes men through the negative emotions. He started pumping David full of pride and arrogance, Look at what a great king you have become, listen to how the people praise you. You have done far more than King Saul your predecessor ever did. Now you need to get organized and get some order in this place and establish a few rules around here so as to consolidate some form of control.

The problem was that the nation did not belong to David, it belonged to God. David was only the caretaker of it by Gods pleasure! So he steps into sin and starts the first tensive step towards the issuing of numbers to the citizens of the nation.

Gods kingdom operates on freedom of the individuals, thus allowing the move of the Holy Spirit freedom to operate and develop the souls which is the whole point of establishing this soul plantation we call earth in the first place. Satan’s kingdom operates through control thus enabling the higher archie to dominate over the lower ranks. In one fell swoop Satan introduced his kingdoms values into Gods holy nation thus guaranteeing a disruptive response as God goes about stamping this practice out before it takes permanent root. One swat accomplished via a good smite.
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[3] And Joab answered, The LORD make his people an hundred times so many more as they be: but, my lord the king, are they not all my lord’s servants? why then doth my lord require this thing? why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel?

[4] Nevertheless the king’s word prevailed against Joab. Wherefore Joab departed, and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem [/quote]

Now this poor guy Joab instinctively knew that there was something horribly wrong here and tried to talk the king out of it but pride has a habit of closing the ears. In the end he had no choice but to obey the king and do as he was told. Thus the sin was accomplished, opening the door for the needed correction that had to come in a timely fashion.

Now what was the result of all this.

Long story short it was this. But never again was any attempt made to number the people of that nation.
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11] So Gad came to David, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Choose thee

[12] Either three years’ famine; or three months to be destroyed before thy foes, while that the sword of thine enemies overtaketh thee; or else three days the sword of the LORD, even the pestilence, in the land, and the angel of the LORD destroying throughout all the coasts of Israel. Now therefore advise thyself what word I shall bring again to him that sent me.

[13] And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let me fall now into the hand of the LORD; for very great are his mercies: but let me not fall into the hand of man.

[14] So the LORD sent pestilence upon Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men [/quote]

After the losses that the Nation endured there was a set back in its expansion which was what Satan set out to achieve and King David’s popularity was brought into check. The lesson David also learned was that he was only the king under God and if he messed up again, it would be the people that would have to pay.

Second example

Have you ever wondered how the Whole house of Israel could start off so well and then over the course of a few generations go so far off the rails that they ended up in the Babylonian captivity. Lets face it, their start with Moses was one of the greatest displays of the power of God that was given to the human race in all of its recorded history yet their fall was so dramatic because the lack of knowledge of God at the end was so pronounced.

How it happened was like this

At the start God gave a whole lot of laws that if obeyed would have protected Israel and kept it the Holy Nation it was intended to be. Among them were the following.

1) Do not marry outside of the nation.
2) Future kings were not to heap to themselves an excessive number of wives
3) Do not copy the pagan practices of the nations they were displacing
4) Gods laws and statutes were to be taught to the people in each succeeding generation, that is what the feast days etc were for.

A covenant was entered into between God and this nation that carried with it both a blessing and a curse. If this nation obeyed the commands then good things would happen but if they went the other direction then bad things would happen. Simple , straight forward.

Then along came King Solomon. Despite all the good things that he did for God at the beginning of his reign and despite his supernatural wisdom that gained the nation fame and wealth it was he that opened the door to the disasters that first split the nation and then took the two treacherous sisters into separate captivities. The House of Israel to Assyria and the house of Judah to Babylon.

Wisdom with out obedience is worthless.

Because Solomon had become a great king all the other nations wanted to stay on the good side of him so they would offer him a wife from their respective royal houses so as to keep the peace.
1000 wives and concubines latter he had quite the collection. All collected through the required dictates of multinational diplomacy.

Now all these wives would serve the king faithfully because that is what they were there for as the representatives of their respective nations but that did not mean that they were going to serve the God of the Israelites.

They were satans ticking time bomb. Friendship with the world is enmity towards God.

It got so bad that towards the end of his life Solomon actually built pagan alters on the high hills etc for his wives. This is all found in 1 Kings chapter 11.

Now the problem here is that the nation follows the leadership and the example they set. The introduction of the pagan practices came out of the royal household under the covering of the governing bodies of the land. It could not help but be adopted by the rank and file down the line.

It is from this that all the other conflicts resulted that culminated in the captivities. As for the following kings going from bad to worse, they were themselves descended from these pagan wives, what else could happen.
If you take a look at 2 kings chapter 22 it can be seen that things had deteriated to the point where the book of the law was refound and when the people read it in the presence of the king they were shocked to discover just how far they had gone from serving him. They didn’t even know and understand what they were doing wrong anymore at that point in time.

 

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