We live in the Physical Plane of this world. There is a Spiritual Plane, also. I suspect that if we knew or understood what occurs in the Spiritual Plane, we would be very frightened because there is a battle going on. The battle is for men’s souls and for preeminence. Of course, we know that Jesus has already won the victory. In fact, the Apostle Paul says that the rulers of this age (Satan and his minions) would not have caused Jesus to be crucified if they had understood the victory it gave him.1
A Christian missionary to Tibet, who lived there in the 1930's, tells an enlightening story. One morning he awoke to a great commotion being raised by the Tibetan monks. They were upset because their spirits would not come to them. They were informed that one thousand of their “gods” had gone to Germany to assist the spirits there. We know from history that Adolf Hitler was rising to power in Germany at that time, and that he was heavily involved in the occult. There was a great spiritual evil at work in Germany during the 1930's.
This gives us a glimpse of the work of evil spirits in the Spiritual Plane. Paul told Timothy that the Last Days will be perilous times.2 The Greek word used here, chalepos, is defined as dangerous, fierce, savage. It is only used one other time; in describing the Gadarene Demoniac,3 who was so fierce that he broke the chains used to bind him. This word is also said to describe an insane rage.
In the recent news:
A man on a Greyhound bus sitting next to a man he has never known, stabs him repeatedly. When the bus stopped and the passengers fled, the killer decapitated the dead man.
A father killed all his children and then himself.
A mother drowned her own children.
A man drove over a woman twice, and killed her, as a result of a minor traffic accident.
We live in insane, dangerous, fierce and savage times. We live in the End Times. This is not the Day of the Lord, but it must be the Last Days. How else to explain current events?
But fear not! “ . . . this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God.”4
There is great evil going on about us, but we are the Lord’s. This is a matter for great praise to His name, and for great prayer for our loved ones, our Brothers and Sisters in Christ and our country. “Yet you do not have because you do not ask.”5
. Prayer is important. “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”6
1 - First Corinthians 2:8
2 - Second Timothy 3:1
3 - Matthew 8:28-33
4 - First John 4:4-6
5 - James 4:2
6 - Second Chronicles 7:14