Rebelling Against the King!

a teaching rhyme
by JD Collier

Locked in a struggle behind the veil that man cannot observe,
Battles fought in spiritual realms, where angels and demons serve;
A tempter, a thief, a fallen star, prince of the power of the air,
Immortal warrior, archangel of yore, Apollyon,[1] king of despair;
An angel from the bottomless pit, this horrid, despicable thing;
This dragon, this serpent, this beast from the sea, is rebelling against the King.

He was once called the “morning star”; Lucifer, “son of the dawn”.
In his arrogance went against God and the battle lines were drawn.
How it happened, no one knows, how pride came to fill his heart,
How he chose to challenge his God and to set himself apart;
And how his self regard went so far, his angelic posture shed,
And failing to bow to the Holy One, these were the words he said:
“I will be like the Most High God, to heaven I will ascend.
Enthroning myself on the Holy Mount, all knees to me will bend.
I will make the nations tremble, sitting upon my throne,
For I will be king of the utmost heights—yes, I will be god alone!”[2]

Descending to earth, he began his attack on the man that God had made.
Disguised as a serpent, he spoke and charmed till Adam and Eve were swayed.[3]
Creation followed in Adam’s way, was wounded and crippled by sin.
Satan had lied, man’s spirit died; and thick came the darkness within.
He became prince of this darkening ball where mankind blindly yields.
His fiery darts silently marks where very few have shields.[4]
With deftness he walks and cunningly stalks until he has trapped God’s man.
Like a lion he creeps, voraciously leaps, and devours as quick as he can.[5]

He thought he had won when God sent a flood, to destroy the man in his sin.
“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord,” was saved, to start again.[6]
Then Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob too, and many prophets from old,
Joined with God in the war of the ages, including the saintly Job.
But this cherub that chose his God to oppose does not give up his pursuit,
And as the accuser, stands before God in continuous dispute.[7]
Persistent are his accusations against the saints of the Lord;
He quibbles, contends, wrangles, and bends, distortions continuously poured.

But his battle is with the Lord of Hosts.  The Maker he seeks to unseat.
Engaging in war on terrestrial ground, God’s Son he attempts to defeat.
If he can wrest control of the world away from the God above,
By killing the rightful king of the earth, the Son of God’s great love,
Then he would be king and all would be his, the rebellion would succeed;[8]
Evil would reign, the darkness remain, and he would retain earth’s deed!

A woman appeared to be clothed in the sun, great was this heavenly sign
The moon dwelt firmly beneath her feet; twelve stars in her crown did shine.
She cried out in pain, about to give birth, when another sign appeared.
A great red dragon with seven heads stood at her feet and sneered
Ready to pounce when she gave birth and devour the son she bore
The Godhead revile, destroy the child, with the woman go to war.[9]

And so began the battle of battles, Satan pursuing the Son.
From the desert temptation to Golgotha’s cross, the battlefields did run.
When Jesus refused to bow to Satan, this liar from ancient days;
Though offered the world, instead of betrayal and the thirty coins it pays,[10]
And when he refused, though hunger abused, to make bread out of stone,
But quoted the words of Satan’s Creator, “You can’t live by bread alone,
But every Word from the mouth of God.” The desert temptations had failed.[11]
The devil retreated, to wait for a time when better conditions prevailed.
The Son had won this battle, yet still, He knew what lay ahead;
The cross—not deny, both suffer and die. . . . but then be raised from the dead![12]

Then Satan entered Iscariot, Judas; his purpose: destroy the Son.
Conspire with the leaders, betray with a kiss, his definitive act begun.[13]
Jesus, arrested, tried and convicted, beaten and scourged and crowned;
A headdress of thorns, with shouting and scorns, from those who had gathered around.
They kneeled and mocked, spit and balked, with satanic fury accost;
Lifted up high, and left there to die, the Savior was nailed to the cross.
With fiendish delight, his venomous bite did what he did not intend.
He unwittingly followed the plan of God that provided redemption to men.[14]
While Satan fought, salvation was wrought, defeating his horrid campaign.
And raised from the dead, He bruised serpent’s head.[15]
The King became destined to reign[16].

The war cry sounded, the archangel Michael, the good angels on his side,
Moved against Satan and all of his angels, who followed him in pride.
Michael and all of his angels fought, the dragon and his fought back.
The dragon, defeated, was cast from heaven, on earth began to attack.
Be glad, O heavens, you servants of God, but woe to the earth and the sea.
His fury is great, and the time is late, to complete his destroying spree.
And with his goal thwarted, the devil resorted to one remaining play;
Exterminate, halt, with massive assault; devastate, weaken, and slay.

Pursuing the woman, who birthed the Son, the Israel of God,
He sent a torrent, a flood of destruction, wherever the woman trod.
Working in darkness where none can see, nonstop, this beast from Hell;
Brings relentless aggression and unceasing blows against God’s Israel.
Because of the Son, and the battle He won, with righteousness as His staff,
The woman must flee to a wilderness shelter for times, time and a half.
The dragon, enraged, because of the woman, goes after the rest of her clan
He wages a war on those who bear witness, the followers of the Lamb.[17]

He sends two beasts, from the land and the sea, to gather all people to him,
To acknowledge his power, give him control, and crown him king and then
Demand that all receive his mark, and everyone worship his name,
Those who refuse can’t buy or sell.  He plays a deadly game.[18]
The people of earth are forced to decide, a test that faces mankind;
Worship the beast or follow the Lamb, the choice is clearly defined.
The archangel Michael no longer restrains, but watches the battle unfold,[19]
As the people of God refuse to submit, in faith, stand firm and bold.
They understand the heavenly plan and to life no longer cling;
Choosing to die, and not to deny, that Jesus Christ is King.[20]

Then comes a day, like no other day, known as the “Day of the Lord,”[21]
A great tribulation in Satan’s realm; God’s wrath on earth is poured.
It begins when a good angel harvests the earth, and rescues those who believe.
They’re lifted away for a heavenly stay, no longer to earthly things cleave.[22]
With the archangel call, believers enthrall at meeting the Lord in the air.[23]
A loud trumpet blast, salvation at last; saved from all earthly despair.

Those left writhe in pain as many are slain in the winepress of God’s wrath;[24]
Having nowhere to run, rejecting the Son, they embrace the antichrists path.
The lost have allied with Satan’s deep pride.  Repentance is not their way.
They choose. They receive. They will not believe; and to God refuse to pray.[25]

Satan will make one final attempt, his last, most desperate rage.
To Armageddon, a place of great dread, the predestined battle stage,
He sends the spirits of demons with signs, to gather earths Kings to war.[26]
But they are no match for the armies of God.  They suddenly are no more![27]
The Dragon is thrown into the abyss, is bound for a thousand years.[28]
And he and his minions no longer exist on earth or in heavenly spheres.
Their twisted minds no longer define how people on earth behave.
No more to devour, they’re free from his power, no longer the dragon’s slave.
And in that day Jacob will root, Israel bud and bloom;
The Lord has punished with powerful sword, the serpent has gone to his doom![29]

Jesus will reign, as has been ordained, crowned King on Zion’s hill.
And from this time, His glory will shine; and peace on earth instill.
With none to dissent, His government will circumscribe the earth. [30]
And justice will be no anomaly, and kindness will not be in dearth.
The wolf and lamb together will stand, in harmony they will live.[31]
The earth will flower, and God will empower nature to fruit and give.
Hallelujahs and yeas, both cheering and praise, all over the kingdom is heard.
They shout and they sing! Christ Jesus is King!  He fulfilled the infallible Word!


[1]Greek name for Satan meaning “Destroyer”. “And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.” Revelation 9:11
Isaiah 14:12-14
Genesis 3:1-7
Ephesians 6:16
I Peter 5:8
Genesis 6:8
Job 1:6-8. Revelation 12:10
This same scenario is described in the parable of the tenants.  Matthew 21:33-40
Revelation 12:1-6.  The “woman” is Israel and the “Son” is the Christ.
Matt 26:14-15  Then one of the Twelve — the one called Judas Iscariot — went to the chief priests  and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins.  NIV
Matthew 4:1-11 Three times Satan gave this unspoken message: “Simply submit to my suggestions.  What I say is true.  1) You can make bread out of stone.  2) God’s angels are watching after you.  3) And I am the prince of this world.  I can give you the kingdom now—without the pain of the cross.  Simply submit to me.”  Each time the unspoken answer was:  “Unlike you, I submit to God’s authority.”
Jesus knew fully well what would happen and spelled it out in detail to the disciples in Luke 18:31-33.
Luke 22:3-6
Eph 1:11-12  “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.”  NIV
Genesis 3:15
Eph 1:9-10  “And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,  to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment — to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.”   NIV
Revelation 12:7-17
Revelation 13
Dan 12:1 “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then.”  NIV The Hebrew word for ‘arise’ in this passage is also translated ‘cease’ or ‘stay’.  The sense of the passage is that Michael’s protection ceases or is stayed to allow the time of distress.  2 Thess 2:6-9 reads:  “And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.  And then the lawless one will be revealed.” NIV The context is that the lawless one (antichrist) will not be revealed until the one that is holding him back ceases to do so.  A probable interpretation is that this is referring to Michael the archangel of Daniel 12:1.
Rev 13:7-8 “He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.” NIV The 5th seal in Revelation 6:9-11 also describes these martyred ones.
The Day of the Lord has two aspects:  The wrath of God and a victory celebration.  Read Isaiah 24 for an example of both aspects.
Revelation 14:14-16.  The Day of God’s Wrath does not begin until the harvesting of those who are made righteous by the blood of Christ. 1 Thess 5:9 “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  NIV This is commonly referred to as the rapture.
1 Thess 4:16-17 “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.” NIV
Rev 14:18-19 “Still another angel, who had charge of the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, ‘Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth’s vine, because its grapes are ripe.’  The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath.”  NIV
Rev 16:9 “They cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.” NIV
Revelation 16:12-16
The battle is described in Revelation 19:11-21
Revelation 20:1-2
Isaiah 27:1 “In that day, the LORD will punish with his sword, his fierce, great and powerful sword,
Leviathan the gliding serpent, Leviathan the coiling serpent; he will slay the monster of the sea.”  NIV  Isaiah 27:6 “In days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit.” NIV
Isaiah 9:7 “Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.  He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.”  NIV
Isaiah 65:25

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