Unholy alliance against God
Mark 15:6 Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired.
Mark 15:7 And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.
Barabbas was a dangerous man, a terrorist.
Mark 15:8 And the multitude crying aloud began to desire him to do as he had ever done unto them.
Their desire was to release one prisoner. Jesus had been badly treated, whipped and abused by Herod and then by Pilate. Pilate wanted Herod to deal with Jesus and the Jewish leaders:
Luke 23:6 When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked whether the man were a Galilaean.
Luke 23:7 And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time.
Luke 23:8 And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by him.
Luke 23:9 Then he questioned with him in many words; but he answered him nothing.
Luke 23:10 And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused him.
Luke 23:11 And Herod with his men of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate.
Luke 23:12 And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.
The kingdom of darkness is united against the kingdom of God; the kingdom of light and truth. Jesus had spoken earlier to the Jewish leaders:
Mat 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
Mat 12:25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
Mat 12:26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
Mat 12:27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.
Mat 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
Mat 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
Mat 12:30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
Remember this when you witness, you will find people who will join with you, having the Spirit of God. Also, you will see people come together, who have only one thing in common: they oppose Jesus and his light of truth. One more you may find, those truly seeking what only Jesus can give; forgiveness and eternal life. There will be a fight for the soul of them who seek. God is greater, we fight in the Spirit by prayer and the word of God. We do not argue with darkness, we give the light of God's word. We battle in the Spirit, by His Spirit, witnessing by His word and our testimony.
Mat 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
We fight for the souls of the lost.
2 Cor 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
2 Cor 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
2 Cor 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
We are obedient to God and His word, the light of truth joins together in unity against the kingdom of darkness, to save the souls of the lost who are seeking God. Often I have received opposition from those who claim to walk in truth, they are not of God's spirit.