Every person is a mixture of good and evil. Inside each of us dwells both prey and predator. All people reach an age of mature reasoning when they choose which side of their nature to rely upon. The choice made to seek a life of goodness, or to seek personal gain by the power of evil, depends upon inborn nature, environment, and personal desire. People who seek to live a good life by their own effort will never be able to completely, overcome the dark side of their nature and those who give themselves to evil will retain some remnant of goodness. However, evil is the power of death and in a world ruled by death the predator finds favor with the Prince of this world. The prey is regarded as nothing more than a weak victim, to be devoured and those who eat them have no regard for those who sustain them. This is a predator’s weakness: though they think themselves mighty by the power of death, they can’t live without the body and the blood of the innocent prey they consume. Those who give themselves to evil, seeking power and life through death, they will end powerless, in death. At the end of time, Death will consume itself and evil will vanish. On that day, all who have suffered as prey will rejoice and sing joyful praises for they will not be hunted and devoured anymore.
Jesus Christ, the begotten Son of God came to earth as a sacrificial lamb. Jesus offered Himself as prey and spiritual sustenance to those called as His own; to the One who now sits on God’s right hand to perform God’s good works, designed to free the world from the Prince of evil and Death. Those who recognize the predator living within and the fallacy of seeking life through the power of death and honor the One who offers Himself as the only food that gives eternal life, gratefully and spiritually feed on the body and blood of Jesus; and thereby, are empowered to complete the good works assigned to them by the power of Christ living in them. Jesus living in them by the Holy Spirit is the power to conquer the predator within. The battle is fierce, lasting a life-time, but the spiritual gift of joy is courage to endure and achieve victory. The triumph is sure because it is written by He who sits outside of time and is much greater than the evil one who rules by the power of Death.
The world today, is very dark. The evil one knows his time is short and the predators who serve him, roam the spiritual night, looking for prey. Those who belong to Jesus are favored targets because they not only offer a tasty meal but are a threat to the darkness that protects them. It is hard to read of people being beheaded in foreign lands and shot here in America, for no other reason than they name Jesus, and not be afraid. It’s difficult when targeted by someone who wishes you evil, not to fear the pain and destruction they long to inflict on your person. Pure evil is difficult for reasonable people of faith to comprehend or accept but true evil is wholly, unreasonable. Evil is real, it lives in flesh and blood, seeking to feed its huge appetite and destroy any threat to its self. If we allow them to fill us with fear, we are weakened and vulnerable. When threatened, we must turn to Jesus and remember that He has already, conquered the enemy and because of His victory over Death, a predator may destroy our body but we will not die. Death is reserved for those who give themselves to it and they will never find lasting life by the practice of evil. Their destruction drives them and pursues them. Those who belong to Jesus have the joy of righteousness that He earned by His obedience available, as courage against the evil spirit of fear. Even though they destroy our bodies as they destroyed the body of Jesus, we have the power to endure it as we testify to the One who sustains us, and delivered us, from the predator within.
Jesus is coming back but he will not return as prey. His sacrifice was complete; His blood and body the dowry for the bride He will claim upon His return. He will take her to safety and then destroy all predators, as the mighty Lion of Judah, the full wrath of God that will cleanse the world of evil, and make way for the 1,000 year rule of Jesus the Christ and His Righteous Kingdom. In that Kingdom there will be no more prey and predator, they will lie down together. No one will be hunted and no one will be driven to hunt because Satan and his evil ones will be locked in prison, with the power of Death greatly diminished. God will provide His sustenance and fear, pain, and seemingly endless, tears will end. At the completion of Christ’s one thousand year reign, Satan will be set free and then quickly, vanquished forever. Death will die. The old world will be forgotten as the eternal world is fully revealed. Joy will increase to become rapture and happiness will become eternal bliss!
Isaiah: Chapter 11