How Can God Let this Happen?!

It's evident that we are living in the end times season. Scripture makes that clear. Our Creator is the LIVING God and without Him we are nothing. Without Him victory is impossible. The chaos we are witnessing is also spoken about in scripture and things are going to get worse. We need Him! He is not responsible for the chaos, we are because of how many people have chosen evil over good giving the enemy open doorways to do what he's doing. Our paganistic culture has invited and continues to invite evil in and because of this, we suffer. Our paganistic world is worshiping the world, false gods in the form of the New Age religion, and many other false religions, comprising of multiple satanic beliefs and sugar coated lies, which many naïve and blinded people accept as being good rather than evil. We have entered the season which is preparing humanity to accept the Antichrist. Chaos is breaking out everywhere so that the ungodly powers ruling this world can offer a fake solution in order to shut people up, make us complacent and willingly accept the outrageous evil to come in, take it's position, and when everyone is calm and quiet, like sheep to the slaughter, unleash their evil agenda on us. Don't be deceived! The Bible lays this agenda out clearly in the Book of Revelation and warns us of what is to come, therefore, we must turn to the Lord, repent and surrender fully to His authority so that we are cognizant of their evil desires and plans to destroy humanity and secure eternal separation from God.

Firstly, we must understand and accept that God is a God of Justice and Righteousness. The day will come where we will stand before His throne and be judged. God is not ignoring all the evil going on in our world today. Every evildoer and wicked schemer will get their due. That is guaranteed. God makes that clear and we should find comfort in knowing this. "But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgement will be revealed. God will repay each person according to what they have done. To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honour and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are SELF-SEEKING and who REJECT THE TRUTH AND FOLLOW EVIL, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; but glory, honour and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favouritism." Romans 2:5-11 (NIV) Hebrews 4:13 states that nothing can be hidden from God, thus no-one will get away with anything! "Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give an account." God sees every part of our lives, inside and out. It doesn't matter that no human can see what you do in private when you're alone or, your secret thoughts. God knows, and that's what matters! Instead of living in guilt and shame we are turn to the Lord, confess our deepest darkest secrets to Him and surrender to his power of forgiveness. We don't have to confess our behaviour to Him because He doesn't know about it, He does. He wants us to voice to Him what He already knows so that He can take us through the healing we need in order to become overcomers in Christ.

Romans 12:19 says "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord." (KJV) When we believe God to avenge on our behalf we can rest assured there is nothing that we can do that is more powerful than what God can do to ensure that evil and wickedness will pay in a way we cannot fathom. We, as believers in what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross, are to be obedient to what He is instructing us to do because He already has a plan to ensure that whatever evil has been unleashed on us, God's children, will be addressed by our supernatural all-powerful (omnipotent) Father through His Son, Jesus Christ. What God is going to do to the evil and wicked schemers of this world is far more extreme and deserving that what we can vengefully do. We MUST trust Him!

Secondly, it is CRUCIAL that we understand that the verse in Romans 2:7 is NOT saying that if we DO good deeds it will get us on the right side of God's judgement and receive eternal life. Lost souls and wicked men and women "do good." Feeding the poor, taking care of orphans, widows and the homeless is nothing in God's eyes if you don't have faith and believe His Living Word - Jesus Christ. These deeds as believers are a natural desire as a result of our love for God and to serve His Kingdom, not an act to please God. It is ONLY through the gift of grace through faith in what Jesus Christ did on the cross for us that we are saved. Once we are saved by the Gospel of what Jesus did for us we are then to LIVE a life that reflects our walk with Christ. Our FAITH is what God rewards; our perseverance by leaning on Him for EVERYTHING, and no matter how much evil is going on around us, not falling prey to it. The world is evil, we know this, so focus on Jesus Christ who is GOOD and not on the evil. When we are distracted by the evil of the world we very easily fall into fear and lose faith. It's important to know what's going on around us, but it's dangerous to get so wrapped up in it that we lose sight of who is protecting us, fighting for us and providing for us.

Thirdly, it is important we grasp the fact that Satan, the enemy of God and thus our enemy, is the ruler of this age. "The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God." 2 Corinthians 4:4. Because so many people have rejected the truth about God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, the enemy has legal license to harm, oppress, torment and harass. Diane L Hawkins in her book How Satan Gains Access to work in our Lives writes "I would like to look at some of the avenues through which Satan’s forces are given legal ground to affect our lives. Many Christians erroneously believe that because a believer cannot be “demon-possessed,” they don’t have to worry about any kind of satanic involvement in their lives. If this were so, we would not be given so many admonitions in Scripture to resist the devil and not give him a foothold (Eph. 4:26-27; 1 Peter 5:8-9); nor would we have been given instructions to put on the spiritual armor in order to stand successfully against our adversary (Eph. 6:11-17). The truth is that while the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin, we are responsible to rid ourselves of those behaviors and thought patterns that make us vulnerable to attack and influence by evil spiritual beings (2 Cor. 10:5). This is part of the sanctification process for which God thoroughly equips us (2 Peter 1:3).

Instead of asking “Can a believer be “demon-possessed?” Chris Hayward, President of Cleansing Streams Ministries, believes the question should more appropriately be asked: “Is it possible for a Christian to be tempted, to be tormented and harassed by the enemy, to open themselves up to addictions and uncontrollable habits, to have a worldly mind-set and to be taken advantage of by the enemy, to be subject to divisions and strife within the church, to give way to pride, to suffer with fear, rejection, unforgiveness, bitterness, anger, shame, guilt and condemnation?” All of these symptoms, which are clearly possible in the believer’s life, indicate that the enemy has gotten his foot in the door and is hindering the work that God wants to do within that person to give him a fruitful and abundant life and bring glory to Himself (John 10:10; Rom. 3:23).

Adam and Eve were the only people (apart from Jesus) who ever came into life with a clean spiritual slate. Along with all that God created, they were pronounced “good” in every sense of the word (Gen. 1:31). Because God wanted them to have a choice in regard to the supernatural being they would love, honor, and depend upon to meet their needs, however, He created Lucifer as an alternative object of devotion for them and allowed him to have access to them in the Garden of Eden. When they chose to believe and act on his words instead of those of God, man’s life and relationship to the spiritual realm changed drastically. Satan (as he was then called) gained dominion over them (Rom. 6:16). This not only affected their eternal destiny but also allowed Satan to establish an internal “rule” over the part of man’s soul that became known as the “flesh,” thus gaining access to man’s innermost drives. The flesh is so devoted to evil and self-seeking pleasures that Scripture says it absolutely cannot please God (Rom. 8:5-8). Even when a person is born again and transferred from the dominion of Satan into the Kingdom of God, the flesh remains as an internal dynamo thirsting for evil. While the flesh no longer has absolute authority over man’s soul and must fight against the Holy Spirit’s presence to get its way, it is generally the source of the evil connections established in a believer’s life (Rom. 7:21-25; Gal. 5:16-17; Col. 1:13).

In recent years we have come to differentiate more clearly three distinct types of such connections. “Demonic footholds” are established through ungodly character traits and ongoing patterns of sinful indulgence. They allow lower-level evil spirits, or demons, to work in and through a person’s life on a consistent basis. What we are now calling “cosmic strongholds” involve connections to higher-level, evil beings that are established when a person’s ungodly behavior patterns become more deeply embedded or when deliberate dedications to these entities have been made. The effect on the person in these cases is much more powerful and enduring. “Generational inheritances” are cosmic connections that are established through specific curses uttered against an individual and his family line or when deep patterns of unrepentant sin continue through successive generations." She continues to list the open doorways the enemy uses to come against us which are the areas of our lives in which we need the Lord most. We are sinful by nature, and because it is so easy for us to be tempted, we need the Lord's strength to get us through seasons of temptation, anger, unforgiveness and faith-testing.

Although this excerpt is referring to how believers can be oppressed by legal ground given to Satan, we must also understand that people who have been deceived about God's nature through false religions, the new age being a colossal proponent in this area seeping into into homes all over the world, and churches, and those who consciously practice Satanism, are inviting demonic spirits into this world which we are witnessing as the upsurge in ungodliness. Sexual immorality, homosexuality, greed, hate, violence, abortion, pride and unforgiveness, to name just a few, is rife in society and because all of this goes against the word of God it has given Satan a foothold, legal ground, to get his way and unleash more of this evil on the world. God's Word tells us this time would come and He also tells us that the time is coming where this evil will be judged and brought to an end.

Why does God let this happen to the degree that it's manifesting? Because so many people choose self-seeking pleasure, instant gratification, money, fame, worldly honour, and the pleasures of the world over God's Word. People choose Satan instead of God because they wrongly believe God's Word deprives them of the sensual pleasures of life in this world - temporary pleasure rather than the pleasure of eternal life with God that is to come after this age passes away. People are focusing on the now rather than the promise of what is to come by dying to the deceptions of the world and choosing Christ. Earth is a battlefield where Satan is vying for the souls of humans so as to permanently destroy their eternal inheritance and cause them to suffer eternally as he will. He doesn't want us to benefit from the gift of grace God has given us through the blood of Jesus Christ because there is NO salvation for Satan and his minions. Satan wants you, me and our children to suffer for eternity in the Lake of Fire with him. There are people who have been mesmerized by the lures of the enemy and stubbornly refuse to give up their temporary pleasures, and there are others who believe they are serving God under the deceptive New Age religion who are too self-absorbed, ignorant and arrogant to open their minds to what Jesus Christ is truly all about. I was one of the latter. Their false Jesus has blinded them to the truth. We see this made known in scripture too. God does not gain any pleasure out of destroying anyone, (Ezekiel 22:11) however, if they persistently reject Him and choose Satan's lies, He hands them over to a depraved mind.

God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. Romans 1:18-32 (NIV)

These verses in Romans say it all. I'm sure you will agree that this is the state of the world today. Like any parent trying to steer a rebellious child in the right direction, there comes a time when the parent must let go and let the rebellion teach their child necessary lessons so that when the lesson is learnt through their personal experience, they will return to their parents with a remorseful and repentant heart, and as a result, CHOOSE to change their ways and live differently. God, our Father, disciplines us in the same way when we stubbornly and rebelliously refuse to believe Him and follow His instructions. So instead of becoming overwhelmed by the fulfilment of prophecy and God's warnings we are witnessing and giving into fear, lean into the Lord even more. Let it sink in that Jesus Christ is not found in religion as such, but in a close and intimate one-on-one RELATIONSHIP with Him. Learn to accept Him as your most intimate and best friend to whom you can turn to with EVERYTHING and for ANYTHING. That is what He wants from us because He loves us so much. If you're a parent, don't you want your child to be able to rely on you for everything they need, to be and feel safe, provided for, nurtured and able to trust you? God, through Jesus Christ, wants the same for and from us. Trust that His Word has promised to protect us. Strengthen your relationship with Him by asking Him to help you with the areas in your life giving Satan an open doorway to attack - anger, hatred, unforgiveness, unbelief, idolatry, addiction, pride, greed etc. When things appear to be going South and you can't pray, read scripture or feel His presence, tell Him that. If you're struggling to trust and believe in Him. Tell Him that. If you don't understand His will for your life. Tell Him that. If you are angry with Him for whatever reason. Tell Him that! He will not abandon and forsake you because you are feeling what you're feeling. Instead He will show you mercy and help you overcome the challenges you're facing. We can only overcome these things with the help of the Lord! "Not by might and not by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord." Zechariah 6:4.

God does not want any of us to perish. In the days of Noah He gave the people 120 years to change their ways and return to Him before He destroyed the earth. Since God is longsuffering with mankind, He “waited patiently” (1 Peter 3:20, NIV). He did not bring judgment upon the world hastily. Our gracious God did not fail to give mankind ample time to repent. However, the Lord’s longsuffering is not eternal suffering. He did not wait forever. Rather, as the Lord said in Genesis, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years” (6:3). It seems biblically consistent and perfectly logical to conclude that this period of 120 years was the amount of time that the human race as a whole had to repent before the Flood waters destroyed the Earth. The Lord is again calling to us to change our ways and return to Him, and as in the days of Noah, there will come a point of no return and the "door to the ark" will be closed. Game over.

A Call to Persevere

17 But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 18 They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19 These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.

20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. Jude 1:17-23 (NIV)

So what can we as believers do to change this? Well, we can't change what God has written will come to pass. However, we can pray for as many as possible to be snatched from the fire and turn their faces to Jesus Christ and accept Him as their Lord and Saviour. Pray for those who judge and persecute you, pray for your lost friends and family and have faith that the Lord knows already who will turn to Him and who won't. Rest peacefully in the knowledge that the Lord has promised our household will be saved. Acts 16:31 tells us this - "They replied, 'Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household." God is faithful and unfailing in His love. I was saved out of 25 years as a New Age practitioner and the Lord has already worked miracles in saving three of my 4 children, and I believe fully that my eldest son will come to Christ too. Because God has promised this will be done. For more about my walk to Christ listen to my updated testimony released on 18 September 2020 here. I suggest you also take a look at this article.

May our Living God move supernaturally in your life and the lives of those you love and care about revealing that He is alive, merciful, forgiving and will remember our sins no more when we turn to Him, repent and choose His ways rather the ways of the world.

God bless and keep you and your family,

Michelle Manders

The New Age Religion is the fastest growing and most insidious religion on earth today. This satanic religion and worldview is infiltrating churches, homes and the minds of millions of people. Many are ignorantly opening their lives and their families to the oppressing demonic kingdom by willingly inviting them in through New Age practices that on the surface seem loving, kind and empowering, yet at the core, are satanic. Sadly, most people practicing new age beliefs are not aware of the satanic roots of this religion and, like me once, believe they are serving God. But which god? Satan and his minions masquerade as angels of light deceiving millions with their lies and empty promises. Read my blogs for more about this. 

Even scarier is to witness how fast Christian occultism is growing. This, I believe, is because many professing Christians don't have an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ of Nazareth and don't know the Word of God. We are living in the end times and Jesus Christ gave clear warnings what this would look like. He warned us clearly not to be deceived by false teachers, prophets and preachers who would introduce doctrines of demons and call what is evil good and good evil. My website is dedicated to exposing these New Age lies and honours what the Lord has called me to do. He has taken what I came to know about Satan's plans during my 25 year walk and use it to expose his demonic agenda to those who have the eyes to see and ears to hear. Take a look at my videos here.

Feel free to contact me should you like to know more or to arrange speaking engagements to address your church or any related interviews. If you have been saved from this demonic religion, I'd love to hear your testimony. 

My husband, Sean, serves as a counsellor under the authority of the Holy Spirit and offers a 9-week programme to help you redirect and realign with Christ. Click here for more information.

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