The Great Masquerade
The whole Bible is the history of the conflict between our God and the rebel, Satan, also carried on between their children. Didn't you know that they both had children? (Yes, I do mean CHILDREN, not merely followers.) If you don't know this, you should read your Bible more carefully. Luke 3:38 tells us that Adam was the son of God and surely you know that Adam had children and descendants down through our own generations. In many other places, God refers to His children.
For just a few of these, consider Deuteronomy 32:19, "And when the Lord saw it, He abhorred them, because of the provoking of HIS SONS AND OF HIS DAUGHTERS." Again Isaiah 43:6, "I will say to the north, 'Give up;' and to the south 'Keep not back': bring MY SONS from afar and MY DAUGHTERS from the ends of the earth." Isaiah 45:11: "Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel and his Maker. Ask me of things to come concerning MY SONS and concerning the work of My hands command ye Me." "I have said, "Ye are Gods; and all of you are CHILDREN of the most HIGH."
In the New Testament, we read in John 11:51‑52, "he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation and not for that nation only, but also that He should gather together THE CHILDREN OF GOD THAT WERE SCATTERED ABROAD."
Paul in Romans 8:14,16 says, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, THEY ARE THE SONS OF GOD. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF GOD."
As to the children of Satan, this also is affirmed in the Bible from beginning to end. First in Genesis 3:15, where God tells Satan, "I will put enmity between thee and the woman and between THY SEED and HER SEED." The same Hebrew word for "Seed" or descendants is used in both instances. So, Satan is to have just as literal seed, or children, as the woman Eve. Jesus Christ Himself affirmed this several times.
For example in Matthew 13:38‑39, where He said, "The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the Kingdom: but the tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy that sowed them is the devil." In John 6:70‑71, Jesus said to His 12 disciples, "Have not I chosen you 12 and one of you is a devil?
Again, very carefully read John 8:31‑55, where Jesus said to the people, "I speak that which I have seen with MY father: and ye do that which ye have seen with YOUR father. They answered and said unto Him, 'Abraham is our father.' Jesus saith unto them, IF ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill Me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: Ye do the deeds of YOUR father."
They tried to masquerade as God's children, but they couldn't deceive Him: they said, "We have one father, even God. Jesus said unto them "IF God were your Father, ye would love Me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; YE ARE OF YOUR FATHER THE DEVIL, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. It is MY Father that honoureth Me: of whom ye SAY that He is your God: Yet ye have not known Him." Jesus was not using vulgarly abusive language to them, he was stating a biological fact, with scientific accuracy.
Paul also does not hesitate to identify certain people as the children of the devil. Meeting one in Acts 13:6‑10, Paul plainly called him "thou child of the devil." In the thousands of years of this conflict, whenever we have remembered that we are the children of God, remained loyal to Him and remembered that God Himself put enmity between HIS children and SATAN'S CHILDREN, we have had prosperity and high civilization, with very little crime. The wars which the wicked started against us ended quickly with tremendous victories in our favor. Satan's tactics have always been the same down through the ages.
First he tries to crush us by force, as the Bible records many times and as we saw a few years ago in Japan's treacherous attack upon us. But these attacks always fail, when we remember who WE are and who THEY are and act accordingly.
Then Satan tries another method. Since God has given us the victory whenever we remember that we are HIS CHILDREN and have nothing to do with the children and the ways of Satan. The only way to conquer and enslave or destroy us is to make us forget this division between the CHILDREN OF GOD and the CHILDREN OF SATAN, get us all mixed together so our ways will be corrupted with theirs, our children will learn their evil, our government will be controlled by their power and they will make us enemies of God like themselves. Only when we are in rebellion against God, and therefore do not receive His help, can Satan and his children hope to destroy us. We were warned of this, as of all other dangers.
In Deuteronomy 7:2‑4 we got the first warning: "Thou shalt smite them and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor show mercy unto them: neither shalt thou make marriages with them: thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. For they will turn away thy son from following Me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the Lord be kindled against you and destroy thee suddenly."
But we have allowed them to enter our land in great numbers, multitudes of them were admitted illegally under the Roosevelt administration. We have allowed them to take control over our commerce, our government, our schools and now they who hate our God are even laying hands on our churches. God warned us not to allow them in the land. "For they will turn away thy son from following Me."
They have done this. Their organizations have made such a bitter fight against any mention of the name of Jesus Christ in our schools that many schools boards have yielded to their pressure. They have sometimes been able to put some of their own people into public office, where they have ruled officially that we cannot even read one verse from the Bible in our schools, because it offends them!
Our children are not allowed to hear the name of God in our schools and now even our churches are being infiltrated and corrupted in the same way. Under the guise of "interfaith" movements, supposedly Christian ministers have been induced to bring into their pulpits those whose official doctrine calls our Savior, Jesus Christ, a liar and a fraud.
To avoid offending these people, supposedly Christian ministers carefully avoid preaching anything from the Gospel of John. They practically deny their Savior to please His enemies. So, our children, who cannot hear the name of our God in school, often cannot hear it in their churches either. The evil of which God warned us has come upon us.
How are Satan's children able to do this? By a great MASQUERADE, in which they pretend to be God's children and have corrupted most of our clergymen until these no longer tell us who WE are. We received warning of this also, if we would only heed it.
In II Corinthians 11:13‑15, where it says, "Such men are sham apostles, dishonest workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ." No wonder, as even Satan himself masquerades as a shining angel. So it is nothing strange if his servants also masquerade as servants of uprightness. But, their doom will fit their actions. So we are told by them that these people are God's chosen, that they must be helped to invade and steal other people's land and that our own institutions must be changed so as not to offend them and that our churches must abandon Him in order to have fellowship with them. But God warned us NOT TO HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH DEVILS.
All masquerades must reach an end and this one is almost finished. It has nearly succeeded in bringing us to destruction. But God will save us because we are HIS CHILDREN. Though most of us have forgotten our identity, He has not forgotten. Masks will be removed and our true identity revealed. In Isaiah 51:1‑2, God has told us, "Hearken to Me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord: look unto the rock from whence ye are hewn and to the hole of the pit from whence ye are digged. LOOK UNTO ABRAHAM YOUR FATHER AND UNTO SARAH THAT BORE YOU." That is, look to your ancestry, recognize that you are Israel, God's children. STOP MASQUERADING AS GENTILES. Tear the mask off Satan's children who masquerade as you. (Taken, in part, from a study entitled “The Great Masquerade,” by Pastor Bertrand L. Comparet)