Seven Reasons for Desiring the Lord’s Return: Reason 2
By Dr. David Reagan
2. For Satan to Receive What He Deserves
There is a second reason why I want to see Jesus return and that is because I want Satan to receive what he deserves. What he deserves is defeat, dishonor, and humiliation!
Satan was defeated at the Cross. The Bible teaches this very clearly that as a result of the death of Jesus on the cross Satan was defeated. But, his defeat has not yet been realized in history. The realization in history has been postponed until the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
We are taught that clearly in the Bible, for just look at Hebrews 2:8, “All things have been subjected to Him [Jesus], but we do not yet see all things subjected to Him.” And, consider 1 John 5:19, written long after the cross, “The whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” And, 1 Peter 5:8, which was written long after the cross, “Your adversary the Devil prowls about like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.” Yes, Satan is still prowling around even though He is a defeated opponent, but his defeat is yet future.
I am sick of Satan. I am sick of his plots, and his schemes, and his lies, and his deceptions. I am sick of his temptations. I am also sick of his physical, emotional, and spiritual pollution. I am fed up with his sicknesses. I am fed up with his plagues. I am tired of watching him wreck families and societies. I am tired of his wars. I am tired of his terrorism and his international plots.
I am sick of his corrupting of the Church. The apostasy in the Church today is beyond anything you can imagine. It is just roaring out of hand. The Church is being apostatized by Satan because he wants to destroy the Church in these end times.
But, let me tell you, a day is coming when Satan will be dealt with. Just look at Revelation 6:10. Sometimes I also feel like crying out, “How long, oh Lord, holy and true, will you refrain from judging and avenging our blood.” I just feel like that.
And, sometimes I feel like Isaiah who cried, “Oh, that you would rend the Heavens and come on down.” Just come on down, Lord, and get it over with! Stomp Satan under your foot and put an end to all of these things that he is doing.
Look at these verses which promise that a day of reckoning is coming. Luke 18:7 proclaims that God will vindicate His elect who cry out to Him day and night. Look at Matthew 25:41 which says a place of eternal torment has been prepared for the Devil and his angels. Revelation 20 foretells that the Devil, his Antichrist, and the False Prophet will be thrown into a Lake of Fire where they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Satan’s fate is coming! Satan doesn’t want to go to Hell alone, though, that is the important point I want to make to you. He doesn’t want to go to Hell alone. He wants to take as many people with him as he possibly can. I want to see an end put to them. I want to see the end put to his temptations. I want that evil work stopped. And, it will stop when Jesus Christ returns.
In the third part of our series concerning why we should be desiring the Lord’s return, we’ll take a look at the third reason.