In studying chapter 4 of judges you will be able to paint a picture within your minds eye the reality that history is about to repeat itself. We must also understand history has and will continue to repeat itself until the second coming of Jesus Christ. The reason for this is laid out within Ephesians chapter 6:10-12 which reads as follows:
Finally my brethren be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. (11) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
These verses are clear that we are constantly battling within the realm of Spiritual Warfare. We are not wrestling against flesh and blood (PERSONALITIES) but against PRINCIPALITIES which are demonic leaders and rulers within the spiritual world which actually claim the battle is against the devil himself and his demons. The battle is over darkness which most individuals suffer from, which is SPIRITUAL BLINDNESS. There are believers and non believers who are spiritually blind and never fully understand this is why history repeats itself.
The fact is flesh and blood are as ashes to ashes and dust to dust yet principalities and rulers continue to influence and agitate. This is why so many individuals battle with repetitive sin. The influence continues because we do not discipline ourselves to putting on the armour of God.
The spiritual armour you must put on is as follows: (verses)
(15) Gospel of Peace
(17) Word of God
We must understand (world-sin-individual) history continues to repeat itself because of the principalities and rulers of the darkness which where here from the beginning and will be here till the second coming of Christ Himself. We are once again witnessing history repeat itself because the influencing spirit over the area of Iran Iraq etc is actively influencing the leaders of the region / territory, specifically the leaders of Iran and the PLO.
Lets breakdown Judges chapter 4:
A prophetess named Deborah is judging Israel, which is being tormented by Jabin the King of Canaan and Sisera the military leader of Jabins army. Deborah, who is part of the political process has called upon a military leader named Barak to defend Israel against the military of Sisera. The call for Barak to attack Sisera comes by a very demanding Deborah, who insists God will deliver Sisera unto the hands of Barak. We also read the political tension between Deborah and Barak is intesifyig because they are concerned with who receives the glory from the people after Sisera is destroyed. After much prodding from Deborah Barak decides to stand against Sisera and prevails in defeating his massive army.
Lets breakdown Iran today:
A high ranking State Department official named Hillary Clinton has been standing in the gap for Israel and has been a harsh critic of Iran and their determination to obtain nuclear weapons. Hillary has made her position very clear about Iran and has been decisively more critical of their leadership than the President, Barak Obama. The President has actually been quite reserve in his critique of Iran, he has actually advocated for their research of nuclear energy even with their anti-Semitic positions towards Israel. Is History repeating itself, are we witnessing the re-emergence of the principalities and powers of the darkness over the region of Iran influencing the Clerics and military leaders to obtain nuclear weapons ad threaten the existence of Israel. The interesting dilemma is between Clinton and Obama, they are both politically active and have a history of polling the people of America prior to major decisions. Could they be politically posturing and using the Iranian conflict for future political gain as did Barak and Deborah of Judges chapter 4.
The truth is we cannot stop history from repeating itself, but, we can stop ourselves from repeating the same sin over and over. We must put on the whole armour of God all of which are spiritual principles. This armour does not make us righteous, but does shield us from the fiery darts of the enemy. The spiritual armour is what allows you and I to come before our Lord and ask for forgiveness of our sins, it’s the armour of God, which allows us to enter His throne room.
HINT: If you continue to repeat the same sin, you may have a piece of armour missing, or you never fully bought the whole armour of God.
God Bless The Repenter!!