Friday, April 13, 2018

Danielou: satanic powers

Friday, April 13, 2018
    One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?”
    —Revelation 13:3-4 (NIV)
    There is an evil power, a Satanic power, which holds souls in error, and which persists.
    It is interesting to note that in the first centuries of the Christian era many demoniacal phenomena appeared in countries in the course of being converted from idolatry to Christianity. The same is true of pagan civilisation today. In my research into the fourth century, I was surprised to find a great recrudescence of magical practices at the very moment when Roman civilization under Constantine was about to be snatched away bodily from paganism and enter... into the kingdom of the Son; at that time, all the rites of sorcery took on an incredible virulence.
    ... Jean Daniélou (1905-1974), The Salvation of the Nations, London: Sheed & Ward, 1949, p. 42 (see the book)
    See also Rev. 13:3-4; 2 Thess. 2:3-4; 1 Pet. 5:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are our sole defender against the enemy.
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