As a Christian, we can be in bondage, but we need to recognize when we are in bondage and how to get out of it. We need to know how to get “free” and stay free indeed!
Beware Of Chaldeans
In Acts Chapter 13, Paul is in Antioch, and this is where the greatest missionary Christian Church was. Paul preaches a message and ends the message with a strong caution.
Acts 13:40 – “Beware therefore, lest what has been spoken in the prophets comes upon you: (Verse 41) “Behold, you despisers, marvel and perish; for I work a work in your days, a work which you will by no means believe, though one were to declare it to you.
Paul is referring to when the prophets spoke of God becoming a man, to die on a cross for the world’s sin, which is salvation; and that the Messiah has come. He’s telling them they won’t believe this even though someone tells them its true. He tells them there is an enemy who is trying to blind them to the truth. Paul is quoting from the book of Habakkuk, Chapter 1:
Habakkuk 1:5 – “Look among the nations and watch – be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe though it were told you. (Verse 6) For indeed I am raising up the Chaldeans, a bitter and hasty nation which marches through the breadth of the earth, to possess dwelling places that are not theirs.
The first part of this verse is about the Messiah, but the enemy will blind many in the second part.
In that day, when Paul quoted this Scripture, if the people had gone back and read this chapter, where it said, “Beware, lest it come on you,” the doubters of that day would have said, “I think Paul is out of his mind, because there are not any more Chaldeans!” But they missed it entirely. The Chaldeans had been utterly destroyed in 539 B.C. The Chaldeans were never again referred to as a nation or as a people. They were completely destroyed. They didn’t understand that Paul was not talking about the Chaldeans literally, but spiritually what they represented.
In the same way that the skeptic’s in Paul’s day didn’t understand about the Chaldeans, the skeptic’s today would say, “There are no more demons!” But yes there are! They are still trying to possess dwelling places that are not theirs. The Chaldeans represent demons in many passages:
They Are Thieves
Satan comes only to steal, kill, and destroy, but many times in Scripture, it refers to “the work” of Satan, not Satan himself. Satan is not omnipresent! Omni means all. Only God is present everywhere, all-powerful, and holds all knowledge.
Satan came to Jesus to tempt Him and that was really Satan not a demon under his command. When people say that they saw Satan, it was more than likely a demon. Satan has an army of demons and we need to be aware of them.
Psalm 83:1 – Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace, and do not be still, O God! (Verse 2) For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; and those who hate You have lifted up their head. (Verse 3) They have taken crafty counsel against Your people, and consulted together against Your sheltered ones. (Verse 4) They have said, “Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” (Verse 12) Who said, “Let us take for ourselves the pasture (houses) of God for possession.”
If you are going after God, the enemy is coming after you! Too many think demons are going after the unbelievers, no they are not! They already have them. They want what God possesses! You! Their job is to keep the believers defeated so they don’t win other people to Christ.
The Exhaustive Dictionary of Bible names, says it like this: Chaldeans: as it were demons; (root = to lay waste; to destroy). Wanderers.
Look what Jesus said about demons: Matthew 12:43 – “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. (Verse 44) “Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. (Verse 45) “Then it goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”
When the demon comes back to the house, he finds it swept clean and in order, but it’s empty! How many times do people come to Christ, get saved; their behavior is cleaned up and put in order, but don’t fill their house with the Word of God? How many people can you think of that their “cleaning up” only lasted a short time and before you know it, they are right back into bondage, but it is worse than before they became a believer?
When the Bible spoke of the Chaldeans, they were never a big nation. It was only about 40 miles wide; they were about the size of New Jersey; and they were actually never conquered. They were destroyed when God’s purpose was finished with them. God used the enemy all through the Old Testament to teach His children to call out to only Him.
Too many times we don’t think we need God until we are in trouble and then we call out to Him. Think about this: The Chaldeans actually took over Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar was a Chaldean. When Nebuchadnezzar took over, he took the same two things that Satan is trying to take today.
Daniel 1:1 – In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. (Verse 2) And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the articles of the house of God, which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the articles into the treasure-house of his god. (Verse 3) Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles, (Verse 4) young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans.
(The future young leaders) (Verse 5) And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king’s delicacies and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training them, so that at the end of that time they might serve before the king.
So, Satan is trying to steal the “tithe” and the “next generation!” Nebuchadnezzar took the gold and the silver from the temple that had been dedicated to God and he took the future leaders. The world is trying to train this young generation in their language and their literature, instead of being trained in the Word of God. Have you ever lived in a time when every word is defined to mean something else and it becomes offensive?
Do you realize that a lot of young people, and some older people cannot even find a certain book in the Bible without having to use their phone. They are not familiar with the Bible at all. Satan wants what is in our mind; wants to dictate what we put in our body; and wants to control what we do with what belongs to God. It becomes the pride of life; the lust of the flesh; and the lust of the eyes, says 1 John.
Any Christian that doesn’t want to tithe, is arrogant, because they think they that their money is their’s and they earned it and God didn’t have anything to do with it. When we don’t tithe, we open a door to demons. Satan wants us to steal from God. We have to learn to “Kick the squatters,” demons, out of our house.
Chaldeans Are Vicious
Satan never, ever, uses mercy! Habakkuk 1:7 – They are terrible and dreadful; their judgment and their dignity proceed from themselves. (Verse 8) Their horses also are swifter than leopards, and more fierce than evening wolves. Their charges charge ahead; their cavalry comes form afar; they fly as the eagle that hastens to eat. (Verse 9) They all come for violence, their faces are set like the east wind. They gather captives like sand.
They are like wolves: Ezekiel 22:27 – “Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, to destroy people, and to get dishonest gain.”
Wolves feed at night! Demons also will attack at night. They want to attack our sleep with thoughts. They try to get our thoughts to go the wrong way or to worry. Acts 20:29 – “For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.”
The Lord did not teach us about predators so that we could learn “animal control,” or to believe in “children’s fables.” He wants His children to be warned of what is coming. Wolves and sheep cannot co-exist. Wolves will show up acting all casual and innocent and they are even interesting to watch, but they are studying their prey. They size them up before they attack. The more indifferent they act, the bigger the danger. Then the pack shows up and they circle their prey and then attack. Demons do the same thing by listening to what people say and get their state of mind. They go after the weak and isolated ones, the one that is off to themselves.
Sheep have to stay in the fold next to the Shepherd. Satan is the accuser of the brethren. He never gives up and is constantly surrounding God’s children to see when is a good time to attack.
They Are Cunning
The Chaldeans will try to become your friend, crafty, and then they take over. Chaldeans are also called magicians and sorcerers: Daniel 2:2 – Then the king gave the command to call the magicians, the astrologers, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans to tell the king his dreams.
A magician distracts us so we only see what they want us to see. They deceive us. A sorcerer deceives by actual spirits that can “tell the future.” An astrologer tells the future by using natural events that we don’t have any control over. Instead of saying that God tells our future, he says the “stars’ will determine it. (This has nothing to do with Astronomy, two different studies.) Don’t read your horoscope. It’s demonic. I remember the woman named Silvia Brown who was on all the talk shows years ago, saying her gift was a gift from God. Bull!! It was sorcery. She was just too blind to see it. The devil had convinced her that contacting the dead was fine with God, but it is not!! If you are a believer, stay away from that mess!
Habakkuk 1:15 – They take up all of them with a hook, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their dragnet, therefore they rejoice and are glad.
They basically try to figure out what “bait’ we like, and then figure out to put that “bait’ in front of our faces. When Satan was tempting Jesus in the wilderness, he put “bread” in front of Him, because Jesus had nothing to eat for 40 days. However, Jesus didn’t take the bait, and the devil departed from Him.
Look what happened to David when he saw Bathsheba taking a bath on the roof of her house. Who else but a master-mind could have set that up with perfect timing for David to see her? Satan is cunning and a master-mind at what he does.
Ephesians 6:11 – Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand the wiles of the devil. We have to stand against the plots and plans of the enemy.
The world mocks the devil by dressing him up in red underwear and carrying a pitchfork. However, Satan has an entire army and they are organized, like locus that come in and devour everything in sight. They know exactly where they are going and what their orders are.
There are times in Scripture that demons are called by another name: 1) Thrones (2) Lordships (3) Rulers (4) Authorities (5) Principalities and powers (6) Rulers of darkness (7) Evil and Unclean Spirits.
It helps when reading the Bible to understand this because it will make more sense if we keep it in context of the passage we are reading. Not all thrones in Scripture, obviously, but there are times when this word is used to represent places of demonic possession of certain areas.
Satan will make the saints weary, beat them down, compile crises after crises. Daniel 7:25, (ESV) – He … shall wear out the saints of the Most High.
The Chaldeans are the one’s that stole from Job and Satan had God’s permission to do so. Abraham was born and raised in Ur of the Chaldeans and God pulled him out and told him to go to Canaan. So don’t think that you can’t be pulled out by the hand of God because nothing is impossible for God.
Warnings are all through God’s Word: 1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Being sober simply means to be in control. Be under the control of the Holy Spirit. Why do you think alcohol is also called “spirits?” Be vigilant – be watchful. But remember, Jesus pulled Satan’s teeth, as an old lion has none, when He defeated him at the cross. He is a defeated foe. Revelation 5:5 – …the Lion of the tribe of Judah has prevailed.
His rod and His staff comfort us – He uses His rod to beat off the wolves, not for beating the sheep. Do you want the Chaldeans to flee?
Stay in the fold and close to the Shepherd!!