By Daymond Duck
Some say Satan is an evil force but the Bible teaches that Satan is a real being (Job 1:6). He talked to Eve in the Garden of Eden and Jesus in the wilderness (Gen. 3:1-6; Matt. 4:1-10).
Some think he is a fallen angel (Job 1:12; II Cor. 11:14). Jesus taught that he heads up a kingdom of evil spirits which would make him a ruler of demonic beings (Mark 3:22-27).
His name, Satan, means “adversary, accuser or opponent (I Pet. 5:8). He is an adversary of Jesus and all believers (Gen. 3:15; Rev. 12:10). He holds the highest position in the spirit world and many scholars believe he actually wants to replace God (Isa.14:12-21; Ezek. 28:1-15).
John called him “the ruler of this world” (Jn. 12:31; 14:30). Paul called him “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2) and the “god of this world (age; II Cor. 4:4). He is trying to take dominion over this world (the UN, the nations and all those that don’t believe) and were it not for the death of Jesus on the cross of Calvary he would already have all of it.
He plans to devour the whole earth with a world government (Dan. 7:23). He will empower an evil man (Christians call him the Antichrist) and world leaders will give him dominion over “all kindreds, and tongues and nations” (Rev.13:7). Multitudes will worship Satan and his Antichrist (Rev. 13:4).
Satan plans to persecute believers and establish his own religion. John said the Antichrist will open “his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Rev.13:6-8).
Satan couldn’t do anything without God’s permission but God will give him permission. God also gave the world signs so people can know when the day is approaching (Heb.10:25). This article will briefly discuss three of those signs: Wars and rumors of wars, persecution and anti-Semitism.
First, concerning wars and rumors of wars, God has blessed this writer with more than three quarters of a century of life in the greatest nation on earth. During this time God has allowed me to live while many horrific wars were going on. But I can honestly say that I can’t remember anything like the world is experiencing today.
Wars and rumors of wars are engulfing the Middle East and other parts of the world. Citizens are hearing the sound of bombs in Syria, Yemen, Nigeria, Iraq, Libya, Ukraine and more. Chaos, brutality and savagery abounds.
People are being beheaded, buried alive and burned alive. Babies are being cut in two and children are being trained as soldiers. Refugee camps are more than full. It is ethnos against ethnos, tribe against tribe, race against race just like the Bible says it will be as the end of the age approaches (Matt. 24:6).
Second, concerning persecution, in my more than 75 years of life I have read a lot about persecution in many parts of the world, but I can honestly say again that I can’t remember anything like the world is experiencing today. Christians in the Middle East are facing demonic brutality, crucifixion, slavery and more.
Christians in the U.S. are facing astonishing attempts to silence them and the speed by which it is growing worse, is mind-boggling. The America that most of us grew up in doesn’t exist anymore. It is waxing worse and worse at a dizzying speed. And lest anyone think it is just me, I have received many e-mails from Christians expressing major concerns for the future of Christians in America. Many say they are praying for the Rapture.
Third, concerning anti-Semitism, the holocaust was before my time and worse than anything in my lifetime, but I believe anti-Semitism is worse today than it has been at any time since I was born. Jews are beginning to flee Europe in droves. European governments say they don’t want them to leave, but they do little about the threats and attacks.
In the United States, I never thought I would see the day that an American president would treat an Israeli prime minister with the disrespect that our former president Obama has; or that an American president would threaten, discriminate and endanger Israel the way our former president Obama has.
Or that an American president would lead the charge to force a peace treaty on Israel, divide the Promised Land, divide Jerusalem and divide or give away the Temple Mount as reports say our former president Obama intended to do.
Or that an American president would threaten to let UN sanctions against Israel clear a vote in the UN Security Council as our former president Obama had threatened to do; or that so many institutions of so-called higher learning would be so intellectually dishonest and blatant in their discrimination.
Simply put: This world is Satan’s domain and things are waxing worse and worse just like the Bible says. The increase in wars and rumors of wars in the world, and especially the Middle East is bizarre and unprecedented.
The increase in brutality and persecution of Christians is remarkable and stunning. The anti-Semitism in the world and especially the U.S. is abnormal and extraordinary. Uncommon things are going on in Satan’s Domain.
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Daymond & Rachel Duck