Thursday - Batwings, here we come. In ANGEL OF WRATH, by Bill Myers we are actually shown this creature. It is described, generally speaking, as a creature having a large wingspan. It differs in different parts of the book. The drawing on the cover I think depicts what the author was trying to get across, a creature with wings like a bat. He describes it in one place as having wings that were strong and leathery, like a bat's wings. If you're paying attention to detail, however, you will notice that the body of the creature represents that of a man, although it has large, iron-hard, taloned claws. In other words it is a monstrosity, and not a creation of God. This is a body that demons have created to be their host.
The thing I find interesting is that, unlike other depictions of demons with bat-like wings, the Angel of Wrath has wings that at first appear as a dark cloud or mist. Even when trying to strike it you seem to go right through it. Yet, at the same time this mist has the capability of reaching out and causing physical harm. So, unlike past authors, Bill Myers has created a monster that appears as a vapor or something, while at the same time giving it the power to inflict bodily harm. Not only can it inflict bodily harm, but it can cause emotional distress and spiritual anxiety. In one sense you might say it is vampiric, in that it feasts on the fears and doubts it creates in others.
This beast is only a host, however. We are given it's name, and whether by choice or accident, the name of this beast is Legion. In Scripture (Mark 5:9 and Luke 8:30) the demons within a possessed man identifies itself as Legion. In the account in Mark when Legion was released from the man it entered into a herd of 2000 pigs. This would mean there were at least 2000 demons living in this man. Also in that account notice how the man couldn't be bound with chains or anything. Yet Jesus comes up to him and commands the demons to leave. One of the things I like about this work is that while we are shown what Satan and his demons can do, we are also shone that he only has power when we give it to him. Satan's power over all humanity was crushed by Jesus' death on the cross. The problem is, whenever we voice doubt or give credit to Satan or the demons we give him power over us that he doesn't have, nor is rightfully his. In Christ we have been set free. The serpent's head has been placed beneath the foot of Jesus, and although it caused the Son of God pain, He crushed it's head. (Genesus 3:15)
Today the battle continues, but for those who put their faith and trust in Jesus, the outcome has already been decided. That's why the Angel of Wrath cannot stand the prayers, the praises, the songs nor the worship of God's people. For when this happens God is present and Satan's weaknesses are made known. As darkness is drven away by light so also are the demons sent to flight in the presence of the Light of the World. In the Gospel of John the writer says that Jesus is the Light of the world, but in Matthew, Jesus speaking of those who would follow Him said, "You are the light of the world." Know therefore that if you let Christ reign in you His Light shall bring about the victory.
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