For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12
My life is a meaningful story. The author is God.
On the night I was born, in response to the miracle of life, an army of angels gathered in the heavenly realms. They were great in number and they were fitted for battle, covered from head to foot with thick gold armor. They resemble men of great strength but they are fairer with a heavenly translucency that shines from within. They march with organized strength and determination toward the spiritual forces of evil awaiting them.
Opposing them is an army of demons. In form, demons are terrifying creatures. They were not protected by armor but they stood in height much taller than the angels even though they stand hunched over at the shoulders, a mix of human and beast. Most of them are mangled and injured in some form. They have bite marks or bleeding open wounds. This is from the many times they have turned on one another. They are a noisy and uncontrolled army. Sometimes it appears that there is a dark cloud that moves with them, but upon closer inspection, it is their constant transformation from spiritual to physical. They outnumber their opposition in mass so large that their number can not be counted.
At my birth, the demons hissed and shrieked and cried out. Dark powers know the potential of a small baby. A seed grows into an oak tree. Tidal waves are made of small drops of water. Revolutions begin with a single being. The dark world seeks to destroy the human race one life at a time.
In response, the angels began a beautiful song that started in a soft whisper but grew in volume. It was a message, a statement of power. The angels were not opening their mouths but they were glowing, and the light around them and through them grew brighter and brighter. The demons held their ears and shielded their eyes.
With a great crescendo, there was complete silence. An angel named “Life” stepped forth. He spoke with a deep booming voice that commanded attention, “Turn to me. Give me your regard!”
The demon crowd continued to shield their eyes. Among the howls and expressions of pain, an authority among them hissed with a painful scream, “We loath your light.”
The light dimmed until the demons slowly turned their heads and gave their notice.
Life continued, “Show me an opponent. Give me an equal. I will crush you. I fight for the Lord, the God of Heaven and Earth. This child has been claimed since the foundation of the earth. You fight in vain. Dare to stand against me and let me remind you of when my God crushed your god and flung him into Hell. And let me foretell of macerating you for eternity. My Lord God will reign forever.” He paused a moment and then his voice boomed again with an intensity of authority and frustration, “Is there no one?”
A demon stepped forward, leaving the cloud, and assuming a more stable form. Demons alter between many appearances. A dark cloud is their appearance when they stand in a group in the heavenly realms but while roaming the earth, they inhabit beautiful human forms. They prefer the company of other demons. When they stand alone and the spiritual eye sees them for what they are, they are seen as individual tangible grotesque beings. This outspoken demon was smoky in color. He looked like a mangled and deformed tall brown bear fused with a man. He had patches of missing fur and scars and mutilations covering his body that did not make him look weak, they only added to his hideousness. He moved as a creature of strength. His presence commanded respect and fright. He spoke with a low guttural sound of hostility and a dark vapor escaped from his mouth and nostrils when he talked. “My names is Death. I was there with Cain while he slew his brother Abel. I drank the blood when infants were sacrificed in Peru. I shriek with delight while families are slaughtered during present day genocides in Africa. I stand as a proud parent while followers rape young women in the Middle East. I find glorious excitement while politicians waver under personal glories to the downfall of a great country in the fragile United States of America.”
“America,” he hissed, “bites the hand of God who has blessed her. Oh so soon will be her downfall.”
“I am your equal opponent. Me!” He snarled. “Me! I will fight you. I will find pleasure in her suffering. I will add her to my trophies. I will slaughter those she loves. I will abort her children. I will begin by killing her mother!”
The army behind him joined him in taunts and shouts of approval. Encouraged by them, he shouted, “I will tear her husband from her! I will spit in her face!”
He turned back toward the host of angels, “I will claim her to suffer for eternity by my side. I will drink plentifully of her pain and it will satisfy my lustful desires of human sin and suffering.” Excited with the satisfaction he thought was soon to come, he cried out, “I am hungry! Hungry! I will bring agony and torment and I will…”
“Enough!” Angel Life interrupted, “Enough! You speak with pride but you lack authority. This child will be protected by me. I was there when God formed Adam from the dust of the ground and breathed life into his nostrils. I was there when the human baby, Jesus Christ, came into the world in a small stable to conquer you and your army and your god forever. But you only speak of the past and soon to be because you fear the future and you know what is to come. In the future, I will be there at the side of this baby when she crosses over from that world into eternal life. And in the future, I will be there when my God conquers Death and Pain and Suffering once and for all and claims the victory over this war. And I will be there for all eternity praising Jesus Christ as God and Savior over all humanity. This is already certain. Her pain will be temporary and I will guide her in life. You forget that you cannot persuade me with your empty lies. Another has been chosen to be joined with her in life. He is guarded by Angel Victory. You can hurl on them physical pain and suffering and even death but you can only battle for a short period. How pathetic you are when you stand against Life and Victory! These words are trustworthy and true.”
Unlike the distracted demon, unable to concentrate because his mind was preoccupied by his own lustful cravings, the angel stood fixed and tall and peered straight toward the demonic murky cloud, with resolute confidence never turning to the left or right or looking for support from the military force that stood organized behind him. With confidence in God he served, Life raised his sword and cried out, “Defend this child of God!”
The multitude of angels raised their swords and spears in unison and cried out, “Amen!”
To be continued…
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