Satan’s Con and the Sting of Death
“…Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin: and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” – (I Cor.15:54-57).
“At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder” – (Prov.23:32).
The sting of death started in the Garden of Eden with Satan, disguised as a serpent, and Eve. A con man is short for confidence man. He’s a con artist who uses deception to gain other’s confidence in order to swindle them. Satan is the master con man from the beginning. See his great con in con-vincing Eve to eat the fruit from the forbidden tree which causes death. Eve was the ‘mark’ who was marked for death. She was the object of his attack and the victim of His con. The Bible says he was subtle (Gen.3:1) and that he beguiled Eve through his subtilty – (2 Cor.11:3). Satan conned Eve; He beguiled her through his wiles and deception, all the traits of a master con artist. This was the first ‘sting’ in human history, and she was swindled out of life: it was the sting of death; deadly, deceitful trickery.
A string is an elaborate con game. The sting of Eve caused the sting of death upon the whole human race. “The sting of death is sin.” Eve broke God’s first law – “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” – (Gen.2:18). Eve was stung by the serpent, but the poison of sin didn’t kill her immediately and she lived for years, but she died. The slow but sure poison of sin kills all the children of Eve. We’ve all been conned by Satan as Eve was. “And so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” – (Rom.5:12). Like the scorpion, the sting is always in the tail – at the end – last. The serpent poisons you with his deceitful mouth, but the sting of death comes at last.
You don’t think Satan in disguise of a serpent was threatening or brought fear to Eve do you? O no, he was very likable to Eve. A likable personality is key to a con artist’s trade. Satan conned Eve into believing his words instead of God’s Word. God said if she ate the fruit – “Thou shalt surely die.” “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shalt not surely die” – (Gen.3:4). Eve had the Word of God. With that word of truth to guide her, she was more than a match for her foe and his lies. All the craft and cunning of Satan would have availed him nothing had Eve simply responded with “it is written”, as Jesus did when tempted by Satan – (Mt.4:1-11). Many of the devil’s con men are performing scams on the computer today – the knowledge machine. Just like Satan did in the tree of knowledge.
Antichrist will be a master con man, a slick accomplished liar like Satan. Satan, the master con man, will have trained his Antichrist to also be a master con artist. Antichrist will be his front man, his con man protégé. The whole world will be Antichrist’s ‘mark,’ the objects of his attack and victims of his deadly sting operation. When people get his mark – 666 in their foreheads or in their right hand, they cannot be saved but are doomed for the lake of fire, which is the second death. “If any man worship the beast and his image and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God… and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone… and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name” – (Rev.14:9-11).
Satan’s intent was for the born again saints of Christ to be his ‘mark’ and intended victims. And it’s true that the saints will not receive the mark and will be killed by the Antichrist-Beast (Rev.13:15). But this is only the first death; they will not be hurt by the second death in the lake of fire. And so because they’re saved by Christ, they get the victory over the sting of death and the grave. “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” – (I Cor.15:57). “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” – (Rom.6:23). God is working another sting operation within Satan’s sting operation and so the stingers because the stingees – amen. Yes, there’s victory in Jesus forever.
It is written, “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes” – (Ps.118:8,9). Do not place your trust in any man or put your confidence in any politician’s words. Place your faith and trust only in the Word of God, which is Christ. “…and his name is called the Word of God” – (Rev.19:13). Only Christ can conquer your death and give you eternal life – trust Him and be saved by Him.
Over and over God warns us in the Bible not to trust men, especially those that are religious and political rulers. The natural, unsaved man is easily deceived by the words of cunning men because they have rejected God’s Word of truth. “Thus sayeth the Lord; cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord” – (Jer.17:5). He that places his trust and confidence in mortal man and their words, will find he has no sure anchor. Our trust must be anchored in God’s Word and not man’s changing flip-flop words. Don’t put confidence in man, he’ll end up being a ‘confidence man.’
Men are always far too eager to believe the great ones of the earth, and forget the ‘Great One’ in heaven, and that could be deadly. It is extreme folly to believe and trust in them. So live as to deserve their trust, but do not give them your trust – (Rom.13:1-4). They are all con men to some degree, don’t put your confidence in them. Knowing whom to trust is a matter of life and death. Adam fell; therefore lean not on his sons. Man is a helpless creature without God, therefore look not for help from them. All men are like the few who become rulers, they are all appearance and not reality, more promise than performance, more apt to help themselves than others. In the hour of death only the Lord Jesus can help with the sure promise of eternal life to whosoever will be saved and born again. Don’t put your confidence in con men, whether religious or political, they’re just conning you.
One man said “that most of his political contacts in Congress consider
Obama a con man and they say it with great seriousness.” Another said “it’s a
shame so many people in this country are misled by a charming smile, an astute
orator who lies to our face, and millions believe him. This is the skill of a
professional con man. The media’s adoration of Obama sees no flaws in him and
it’s shocking.” Another said “we had a horrible president for 8 years. A ‘good
old boy’ con artist. We are now ready for a Harvard-trained con man. His slogan
should not be the ‘audacity of hope’ but ‘the audacity of hype.’ Obama is
mostly all hype and
Obama is an untrustworthy con man and needs to be watched closely by the body of Christ. Obama wrote in his memoir. ‘Dreams From my Father,’ about learning the art of being a con artist with white people. “It was usually an effective tactic, another one of those tricks I had learned. People were satisfied so long as you were courteous and smile and made no sudden moves. They were more than satisfied; they were relieved – such a pleasant surprise to find a well-mannered black man who didn’t seem angry all the time” – (pgs. 94-95).
These tricks of the con artist’s trade are why Obama’s doing so well. By his own admission, he’s an adept actor, a charlatan, a dissembler and a phony. He’s an accomplished con man who like most con men does it with a likeable personality and is non-threatening. Yes – “it is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes” – (Ps.118:8,9). Don’t put confidence in man – he’ll end up being a confidence man.
Whom you place your trust in is soon coming to a head on planet earth.
Soon will come Antichrist and the choice will be him or Christ. Whom you place
your trust in will be a matter of life and death. Your eternal destiny depends
on which one you choose; the wicked Antichrist or the sinless Christ. O place not your trust in the president of the
Have you trusted Christ for salvation? If not, repent of your sins and believe on Christ in your heart by faith and you will receive forgiveness of sins and become a new born again creature in Christ. Born again describes what happens to you when you truly believe. “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away: behold, all things are become new”- (2 Cor.5:17). You don’t change yourself by your good works, Christ changes you instantly when you truly believe. Christ is the only change we can believe in.
O do not spurn the love and grace of the Father who gave us His beloved Son who shed His precious blood for atonement for our sins and be our Savior. Choose eternal life in Christ – “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him”- (I Jn.4:9). Again – “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son’ – (I Jn.5:11).
Trust Christ – it’s a matter of life and death.
Conquer the sting of death through Christ.
Pastor Mike Storti
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