Satan Lifts Up His Heel Against Christ - Again

 

“Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me” – (Ps.41:9)

I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me” – (Jn.13:18).

 

   Immediately after the Passover supper with His 12 apostles, Jesus washed their feet. In (chap.12) Mary anointed and kissed the feet of Jesus and anointed His head and wiped them with her hair because He was the Christ, the Anointed One of God, whose feet would crush Satan’s head. Here in (ch.13) Christ washes the feet of the twelve with water. The feet speak of the walk, and saved Christians are to walk in the truth of God’s Word and not be defiled with sin – “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk  in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth” – (I Jn.1:6). – like Judas. We must keep our Christian walk clean.

 

   Judas was possessed by Satan himself as Satan moved in to kill the seed of the woman prophesied in (Gen.3:15). Christ had eaten bread with Judas many times and here they had eaten the bread, that typified the body of Christ. Not only had they eaten bread together as friends in fellowship but Christ had washed the feet and the heel of the very one whose heel was raised up against him to kill Him – Judas. As if Satan, through Judas’ body, would inflict upon the seed of the woman, the serpent’s inflicted wound.  Judas was the champion heel – (a contemptible person). He probably ate the heel of the bread.

 

   It is written in (Gen.3:15) as God speaks to Satan the serpent – “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Judas, one of the 12 apostles, was about to betray Jesus to death. Judas’ body was the vehicle Satan used to kill God’s Son. Judas was Christ’s trusted friend and they broke bread together in fellowship, and yet Judas lifted up his heel against Him and became the son of perdition, the son of Satan in a special way. Satan bruised Christ’s heels on the cross with nails, both the heels of His hands and of His feet. But then came Christ’s glorious resurrection. He’s Christ’s ‘Arch’ enemy.

 

   Satan will do the same thing again at Christ’s second coming as he did at His first coming. He will possess the body of the Antichrist-Beast, who will lift up his heel once again against Christ to prevent His second coming at Armageddon to rule the whole world as emperor. The only other person called the son of perdition is Antichrist – “and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition”- (2 Thes. 2:3). Antichrist means against Christ as Judas was, and in the same deceitful way, by pretending to be a Christian.

 

   God began to teach me about spurs that attach to the heels of boots that are used by riders to spur their horse on – (to incite to action – to urge on). President Bush, when he was governor of Texas in 1999, made a wager with the governor of N.Y. as to which team would win the basketball championship – the San Antonio Spurs or the N.Y. Knicks – the Spurs won.  Gov. Bush bet “cowboy boots complete with spurs.” Judas lifted up his heel against Christ but the scribes, Pharisees and chief priests were the spurs on the heel urging him on so they could kill Christ. “And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things: Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him” – (Luke 11:53,54). And again – “And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people. Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them. And they were glad, and covenanted to give him money. And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude” – (Luke 22:2-6).

 

   If we put this spur on the heel of the boot of Italy, we can plainly see how Satan will once again soon lift up his heel against Christ at his second coming. In (Dan.2) we see the prophecy of the Roman Empire signified by the legs and feet of the image pointing directly to the boot of Italy. And the feet of the image signifying the last empire of Antichrist before Jesus returns – this is the renewed Roman Empire. Antichrist will be the last emperor and receive the last emperor worship. I keep seeing the spur on the heel of Italy and this verse keeps going through my mind – “He hath lifted up his heel against me”again. Satan will try to put his spurs to Christ and kill him once again as he did through Judas, but Christ will be the one who makes His enemy His footstool and crushes the two beasts with His heel at Armageddon. Christ will never die again – He is alive forever more – amen and amen.

 

   Christ was the promised seed whose heel will crush Satan’s head at Armageddon. We see God showing us a type of this promised seed in the births of Israel’s twin sons, Esau and Jacob. It is written in (Gen.25:26) “And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob”. Later on we see Esau despising his firstborn birthright and selling it for bread and a bowl of pottage. But from the beginning in the womb we see Jacob’s pursuit of the birthright. When he reached forth to catch hold of his brother’s heel he was reaching for the birthright, he was reaching for the great honor of being an ancestor of the Lord Jesus, who is the promised seed whose heel would crush Satan’s head.

 

   O’, do you see the heel? God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – not Esau. Jesus Christ is the son of Jacob according to the flesh. Jacob was the born again one, if you will, the spiritual one, the one who got the blessing of the birthright. While Esau stands for those who are born only of the flesh, that despise their birthright and refuse to be born again by Christ and want only this world. Esau was a heel like Judas, the greatest heel of all. Jacob teaches us to earnestly desire salvation and the new birth in Christ and “take it by the heels”, take a tight grip on it and never let it go. Are you a part of the promised seed – Christ? Are you born again of the incorruptible seed, by believing the Word of God? – (I Pet.1:23). Are you like Jacob, the spiritual one, or are you an Esau of the flesh?

 

   With Esau God was already showing us Judas who despised his spiritual birthright also and ate the same bread as Esau and lifted up his heel against Christ and betrayed Him. Will you inherit the blessings of eternal life and all things as a born again child of God? With Esau and Jacob, God is showing you that the second birth inherits the blessing. The first birth of the flesh like Esau will never inherit heaven. You must be born again of the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ the promised seed, to inherit the blessing of the Heavenly Father. Go after the birthright - grab it by the heels – be born again.

 

   Jacob gripped his brother’s heel in the womb – at birth and God was showing us the birthright of the first born to be in the line of the promised seed of the Savior, Jesus Christ. And God was showing us this as they were being born so you won’t miss it. But Esau despised his birthright and sold it for the world’s pottage. And Jacob got the blessing of the birthright because he earnestly desired it. God was showing us that it’s the second birth that gets the promises of the blessing. Not the first, fleshly birth but “being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God which liveth and abideth forever” – (I Pet.1:23). Be born again and become part of God’s  church of the first born” – His true church made up of all that inherit the blessings through Jesus Christ – (Heb.12:22). “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” – (Eph.11:3).

 

   Do not despise your chance of a spiritual birthright by being born again through Christ. Do not sell your birthright so cheaply for a short, temporal life on this earth. Be a Jacob not an Esau. Repent of your sins and call upon the name of the Lord Jesus to save you and give you remission and forgiveness of sins. Become a new creature in Christ, born again of the Holy Spirit and an heir of God and joint-heir with Christ. Don’t miss out on the greatest blessing in the universe – eternal life. Take heed to Esau and remember that the satisfying of the sensual appetite has ruined millions of precious souls. It is folly indeed to lose your heavenly birthright in exchange for the riches, honors and pleasures of the world, as bad a bargain as Esau and Judas that sold their birthright for the world’s pottage. Don’t be a heel – be saved.

 

   Most of the Jews of Jesus’ day were like Esau and despised the Lord Jesus and rejected Him and so despised their birthright. But a remnant got saved and were like Jacob and got the born again birthright. “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him: he was despised, and esteemed him not” – (Is.53:3). Remember Esau – “Thus Esau despised his birthright” – (Gen.25:34).

 

   Yes, Satan will lift up his heel against Christ again at His second coming. He will use Antichrist and his False Prophet as he used Rome and Judas and the chief priests at Christ’s first coming, and Satan will lose again. Then Satan has his Antichrist raise up all the armies of the world to war against the second coming of Christ at Armageddon. We can truly say – “Heel with spurs” because it will be with all the combined firepower of the world. “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. They have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the lamb, and the lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of Lords, and King of Kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful” – (Rev.17:12-14).

 

   During the great tribulation, many unsaved people will betray the saints of God who refuse to worship the Beast and receive his mark – betrayed even by family members and church members. Satan, though his two beasts, will lift up his heel against the body of Christ, the true church, as he did to the first century Christians. “Then shall they deliver you up to be offended, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another” – (Mt 24:9,10). The rich, well-heeled Beast will persecute the poor, down-at-the-heel saints.

 

Grab hold of your birthright now – be born again today.

Be a member of God’s – “church of the firstborn”.

  

 The promised seed, the firstborn of God, is the Lord Jesus. In Him are all the blessings of God. Jesus said – “That which is born of the flesh is flesh: and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again” – (Jn.3:6,7). He will place His heels upon His enemies and make them His footstool.

 

   Pastor Mike Storti

5000 N. LaCholla- Lot 76

Tucson, AZ  85705

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