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(ALL Riajirg RESERVED.] BIBLE STUDIES ( CONDUCTED BY PASTOR RUSSELL. PRINCE OF DARKNESS v. PRINCE OF LIGHT. I The Le&on :-Lllke xi. 14-26. xxxiii. 36. I The Text:—"Look, therefore whether the light that is in thee be not darkncHS. "— Luke xi. 35. However much the woridly-wiso may scoff at the Bible teaching that there is a per- sonal Devil, prince over a demon hest of spirit beiiicrs-rebeli against Gcd 's govern- ment—let I's always remember that this i. the teaching of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. The difficulty with the worldly- wise is that their good reasoning faciiltie«- are not guided by the Word of God. They say it is difficult enough to believe in a Gcd and an angelic host, spirit beings, invisible to men. Much more difficult is it—yea, to them unreasonable—to believe in another spirit ruler and another spirit host, the ad- versaries of God. They reason that God would not create beings opposed to Himself; or, that if, after being created holy, they became the adversaries of righteousness, an all-powerful Creator would not permit them to continue their evil opposition. The Bible explains that Satan was the first transgressor that previously he was a cherub, who lost his loyalty to God through pride and ambition; and that he seduced into disobedience those whom the Bible now designates a demon host. Everywhere the Scriptures set forth that this lio,;t of spirit beings are associated with our earth, and not in some far-off fiery furnace torturing- the human dedd. The Bible indicates that God does not lack power to deal with these rebels; but that lie is permitting them for a time to manifest the fruitage of sin. anger, malice, hatred, envy, strife, as a lesson for angels and men. They are under certain limita- tions, which the Apotle calls "chains of darkness." They have not been permitted to materialise as men since the Deluge. But they have sought intercourse with humanity; and their victims are said to be, obsessed with evil spirits. When their vic- tory is complete, the victim is said to be possessed of the demon and insane. DEMON POSSESSION. It is estimated that fully one-half of those in insane asylums are demon-possessed, the demons belonging to the very class so fre- quently mentioned in connection with our Lord's ministry. in the past, inter- course was sought through witches, wizards, necromancers, etc.. so to-day, intercourse with humanity is sought through ouija boards, plancheites, and spirit mediums. Humanity, deceived by the doctrines of these demons, inculcated in the Dark Ages (I. Tim. iv. 1), neglect God's testimony in the Bible that the dead are asleep and. "know not anything" (Eccles. ix. 5). "Their thoughts perish," until their awaken- ing iil the morning of the New Dispensation, otherwise called "The Day of Christ "the Times of Restitution "—the Millennial". Day (Phil. i. 10; Acts iii. 21). To-day's Study introduces the Master de- livering a man from demon possession. The people rightly understood what was tilft difficulty; but being opposed to the Master. some of them evilly declared that the demons obeyed Jesus because he himself was the Prince of devils. Others said, Your miracles are all earthly; show us some sign from Heaven. Jesus answered the objection that he was the Prince of demons rather than the Prince of Life by showing that for Satan to cast. out his own hosts would signify a warfare in the camp of the evil ones, which would imply that Satan's house was divided and would soon fall. It would be foolish, there- fore, for Satan to cast out Satan: conse- quently such an argument should have no, weight. Jesus' power in casting out demons showed that be was t l iorou I that he was thoroughly competent to deal with Satan; and that had the Kingdom been set up at that time, Satan and his would have been bound, or restrained, then. However, in view of the foretold rejection. oT Jesus and the Kingdom, the work of binding Satan did not progress, but delayed until the second comt'nq of Jesus. Then ho will take his great power and reign. At thnfc time he will deal with Satan and his sub- ordinate demons, yea. with all that have cultivated sin and the spirit of Satan. THE BINDING OF SATAN. Our Lord tells that in the end of the Gospel age Satan shall be bound for tlio thousand years of Messiah's glorious reign, that he may deceive mankind no longer, lie lia.s been deceiving and deluding them for six thousand years, misrepresenting the Heavenly Father as the worst being imagin- able, predestinating thousands of millions to eternal torture. Jesus pictures Satan's control of the world, likening him to a strong man armed and guarding his palace. lie can maintain his control until a. stronger one overcr-m^a him and takes possession of his wrongly- acquired valuables. Thus Jesus foretold that his own Messianic Kingdom will be stronger than that of Satan. The result will he the deliverance of mankind from the curse of sin and death which has rested upon tl:<* race for now six great Days of a thousand years each. Messiah's Kingdom will lit- during the great Seventh Day, or Sabb;:th» in which all who will accept the Savio.ur may enter into rest. Meantime Jesus, according to the plan. Ihrough his own message and the mes- sage of the Apostles, has been gathering rrt of the world a Bride class, to be his joint- heirs in the Kingdom. Satan is allowed considerable liberty in the testing cf the loyalty of all these. There can be only the two masters. Knowingly or ignorant'v» people are serving either the One or t hOt other. As Jesus said, "He that is not with me is against me." THE WHOLE WORLD OBSESSED. St. Paul declares that the Prince cf this world (Satan) "now works in the hearts cf the children of disobedience." Je.sus took n this same thought, and likened the world to the poor demoniac whom he had released from Satan's grasp. Similarly, all who accept Christ are delivered from the JT V,<T « of Satan. Let not sin, therefore. h e dominion in your mortal bodies.— Rom. vi. E) Jesus represents such hearts a« swept a d garnished—sins forgiven and grare of Gf-d received, but he declares that Paten ,11. seek to regain control of such thrcngh .I.C' pint of the world—pride, anger, ir hatred, strife, works cf the flesh a'd of fh> Devil: Matt. xii. 43-45.) "Whom rt •-»csdfast in the faith," writes the Ave.- "e (] Pet. v. 0). H Satan be not resisted. '■ 'ie danger is that the light and the blessing ceived through the knowledge of God a become a curse and an injury, and that the result with, such a person will be worse than before he came into relationship with Christ. Jesll" emphasised this, declaring that as a. candle should not be put under a bushel, Aq also the light of the Truth, the grace of God received, must not be hidden, but must shine to the glpry of God. Otherwise th& light wouM become extinguished and the darkness will prevail. The eye represents intelligence; and as long as we have the true enliglitmenV, or intelligence, the whole body is blessed thereby. But if the intelligence be dctroyd, the whole body will suffer and be in darkness. Every one, therefore, receiving the light should take heed lest he lose it, and have darkness instead. The eye, the light, here T-epresents the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. which has the greatest power too us; and this,, if lost, would mean to us even a greater darkness than that which we ,ill,i(-i,e,-i before coming to a knowledge of the Lord.