God’s Warriors Are Not Removed
For all those with a spiritual battle, that seems to be lost
About 20 years ago, I was given a quatrain from Nostradamus that was supposed to be a prophecy over my life:
Nostradamus , date1558
These people did not know me, but just sent this to me, based on my name and birthdate.
I thought maybe they made a connection between Venus and me on the fact that in astrology, Venus rules Libra, and I am Libra.
But so are many other people born under that sign as well.
How did they attach this verse to me?
Since I had given up astrology, being obedient to God, I could not attach myself to this interpretation. I would just wait and see what would happen.
While I see Nostradamus as not biblical, and also confusing, I found this interesting enough to keep around.
Sometimes, there is a little truth in odd predictions, even if just by coincidence.
It turned out to be true, and a summary of my entire life, not just a prediction of the future.
So, since it has proven true, I will look at it closer, to see if there is a larger truth here for everyone.
I interpret this quatrain on a spiritual level:
Someone beautiful (in spirit at least), talented, and loving (Venus) enters a place of learning (Florence), or any place of what seems to be positive human activity.
Peace and goodness is expected by those who enter innocently, but evil lurks there, waiting for the unprepared.
As a place of oppression, many would leave as mistreated, fired, shamed, used, harmed, or quitting as a result of the harmful conditions.
They leave in secret due to shame, after being falsely discredited, or described negatively to others, or fear of more harm.
They leave sick, disabled, or weak.
Even worse, some die there.
Those that experienced a spiritual/social/career/material death, of themselves, or loved ones, are aware when the Great One (Venus) is also harmed and killed.
People secretly watch to see what would happen to Venus, the Great One, and mourn at the material death / defeat they saw with their eyes as well.
The death is to stop the work of Venus.
But Venus only dies in some aspects, and has victory in others, giving hope to others, who then rejoice.
Because the Great, Great One, God Himself, keeps her/him in the spirit realm, to continue the work of His kingdom, even though her / his work in the worldly realm has been destroyed.
Battle is won, but the soldier dies
We all like to think of spiritual warfare, or military warfare, ending in victory for those who are “right.”
But with every battle and war, good soldiers die.
Does this mean the life was wasted, if they did not seem to make it?
Did the good soldier fail in some way, that caused his death or discontinuation?
The victory cannot be celebrated by the dead. Or can it?
Sometimes our victory is not personal, but is for others, or a common good, like freedom.
When it is for others, or a higher cause, the soldier shares in this victory, whether he made it or not, on a personal level.
So when we see wounded warriors, or gravesites, we should see past their personal demise, and see the higher cause.
This is a physical, or material, level of battle.
The soldier dies, but his country is still free.
The soldier lives on through his country’s freedom.
The same is true on the spiritual level, with other kinds of battles.
There is the employee, for example, or the family member, that had to sacrifice greatly, to help others, but yet is not compensated, nor appreciated, for what they have contributed.
They may fight a personnel battle on the job, against discrimination or abuse, and may win the battle, but gets laid off with bad references, because the abusing parties resent the battle, and get revenge.
He may end up jobless, struggling, but the workplace is now free, and changed for the good, with the evil removed.
So, the work environment is better, or the family is better off, because of that one person’s dedication and sacrifice.
A mother may give up her career to care for her children, or elderly mother.
A father works extra shifts at low pay, but his family is cared for.
He has no time to go to school to get a better job, or to advance himself.
He stays at the bottom of his career his whole life.
His children are a success, while he looks like a failure to the outside world.
There is the prayer warrior, who gives up any social or personal life, to pray for others, either close by, or long distance.
They have little or no material compensation, but someone has been saved, or healed, which is the greater good.
Praying for the deliverance of those bound by demons can be threatening as well, and the unprepared should not get involved.
I am reminded of the old movie, “The Exorcist,” from the 1970s.
The demon was finally cast out, but the priest was killed in the process.
Both the victim and the priest had victory, not defeat.
The hoped for goal is always that the devil is defeated, and the soldier lives.
So the next time you see a homeless person, a disabled person, a poor person, or a jobless person, you may be looking at a spiritual warrior who “died” in battle, or gave up or lost everything, so that others could win, or that God could have a victory.
They are defeated looking on the outside, but inside of them, they may have the spiritual victory we all need.
Prepare for battle.
The devil is not going to let anyone off easy.
He will fight to destroy anyone belonging to God.
Put on your spiritual armor each day. (Ephesians 6:11-17)
Pray, learn, read scripture.
When attacked, submit to God, and resist the devil.
Fight, and keep fighting.
Remember, no matter what happens, or how, you will not be removed….
Always, in some way, you will still be serving the Kingdom of God, and the victory will still be yours.
So, NEVER give up…..NEVER,NEVER, NEVER give up!
If you get knocked down, get back up!
Know also, that if it seems you have been cast down in battle, that God will raise you back up from the flames, stronger and better, and a bigger threat to the enemy than you were before.
Armor of God prayer: