We live in the middle of a war, a war that began a long time ago. You see the first Adam, our forefather, disobeyed God and joined forces with the enemy. Of course Adam never intended to be involved in a war but the fall did fine him joined to the enemy’s seed.
Immediately after Adam and Eve sinned, God showed up to declare the consequences and this is what He told the serpent. He said, “Because you have done this, cursed are you more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you will go, and dust you will eat all the days of your life; and I will put enmity (open hatred) between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel” (Genesis 3:14-15 NASB).
There you have it. God announced the fate of the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman. The good news is even though there would be open hatred between the two, the seed of the woman would be victorious. For those that know their Bible’s you know the “Seed” of the woman is the same seed God promised Abraham, King David and Mary. The Seed is Jesus Christ himself according to Galatians 3:16.
The prophet Isaiah said, about the coming seed, in chapter 9:6-7 “a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace…” In other words, this child will be the Messiah, the promised seed of the woman, and He will rule.
Remember the declaration was open hatred, or warfare, between the two seeds; so what do you think the seed of the serpent would do when he discovered the arrival of this child? Well, if you look in Matthew 2:16 you will see. It says, Herod “became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi.” Herod was being operated by the seed of the serpent wanting to wipe out the seed of the woman so badly he really didn’t care how many others had to die in the process.
The more I thought about how we are all in the middle of this war the more 1 Peter 5:8 seemed to resonate, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert, You adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” If you’re in a war you have to remain focused or you will get taken out!
In the Revelation of the apostle John, he tells us the end result of this battle between the seeds. In Revelation 12 he saw a vision of a dragon standing before a woman about to give birth. The dragon’s plan was to devour the child as soon as she gave birth but the scriptures say, “She gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and His throne.” Then we are told there was war in heaven between Michael and his angels and the dragon and his angels. It seems the serpent’s seed has grown into a full blown dragon at this point.
Reading a bit further in Revelation 12 you will see that the way we combat this dragon is “by the blood of the lamb, the word of our testimony and not loving our own lives even to the death.” You see it isn’t only the woman the dragon is at war with it’s her offspring too. Since the dragon was enraged with the woman he went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus–that would be us!
Any soldier knows identifying the enemy is essential. In Ephesians 6 we’re told our enemy isn’t flesh and blood. We are not at war with one another, rather we are at war with the dragon. The tricky part is we can’t see the dragon because he’s spirit. This is where we get deceived most of the time. We get shot at from the real enemy, but he’s working through a relative or co-worker, so we almost instinctively shoot back. If we’re not careful we will see our fellow soldiers as the enemy and find ourselves fighting among ourselves. The enemy likes nothing more than to stir us up against one another in this way because it makes his job much easier. If the enemy can get us to believe our fellow church member or sibling is the enemy in time we’ll become fixed in our warfare with them and forget all about him.
The Apostle Paul gives us some excellent advice about this in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” Even though it is tempting to take matters into our own hands with some people, it isn’t the way to fight the dragon. Christians are called to fight in a way completely foreign to the world’s methods. We are told to see ourselves as spirit, rather than fleshly, therefore we use spirit methods such as perseverance in prayer and faithfulness. After all, we do already know the outcome of this war don’t we? The Seed of the woman crushes the head of the serpent’s seed. In fact, on the cross Jesus Christ has already accomplished just that.
Have you ever found a snake in your yard and used a shovel to kill it? Have you ever noticed how you can cut it’s head off and it’s body still moves for a while longer? I think this is a perfect picture of what happened to the serpent seed. Through Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection the death blow has been given and even though the serpent seems to have a bit of life left, the truth is he’s finished!
THE BATTLE HAS BEEN WON!
JESUS CHRIST IS KING!