Who is satan?
As previously discussed the Bible states that Satan is currently in charge of this world. Even Jesus Christ Himself, shortly before His arrest and crucifixion, acknowledged Satan’s authority: “I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me” ()
Satan cleverly influences world events by injecting his evil ideas into the minds of human beings, much as a television transmitter broadcasts its signal into the air to be received in people’s homes. This analogy can help us see why Scripture calls Satan the “prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others” ( ).
God created a powerful and beautiful archangel named Lucifer, who—along with Michael and Gabriel—served at God’s throne in heaven. Why did this Lucifer fall and become Satan?
The Bible informs us in “above the heights of the clouds” to take the throne of God ( ), leaving their “proper domain” or assigned responsibility ( ) below the clouds here on Earth. Unsuccessful, God cast them back down to the Earth ( )and that Lucifer and a third of the angels ( ) rebelled against God. At some point in the distant past, Lucifer led these angels
Satan failed in his rebellion, but he remains in the office God gave him, where he is ironically still instrumental in God’s plan. God’s children are spending what is left of a figurative 6,000 years living our own way, influenced by Satan’s spirit of selfishness and evil. Many of us are writing with our own blood, sweat and tears the history of what it is like to live in disobedience to God’s way.
God Has a Plan
Jesus Christ came to earth a little more than 2,000 years ago as a human being (’s help, human beings can live in obedience to God, and reject Satan’s influence. ( )., ). Living a perfect life—filled without measure with the Holy Spirit— Jesus demonstrated that with God
It is because of Jesus Christ sacrifice that Satan’s rule on the earth will soon end. That is why Satan is called the god of “this age.” An age is soon coming when Jesus Christ will replace Satan as the ruler of this world. Many people call that time “the Millennium.” Jesus Christ, who came to the earth as a human being and lived a perfect sinless life, will return as King and remove Satan from his rule.
Since the Millennium is not here yet, what can we do to escape the evil effects of Satan’s rule? Those who accept Jesus Christ’s sacrifice can, through the power of the Holy Spirit, come under God’s government now and receive the power to resist Satan’s influence in their lives. “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded” ( ).
God is watching to see who is obeying Jesus Christ, and who has surrendered to evil. “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey God’s laws? Now, ‘If the righteous one is scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?’” ( ).
When the Prince of Peace returns to set up His government over the nations, Satan’s rule will end. “Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out” ( ).
God’s Kingdom Rule
With a better understanding of Satan and first hand experience of living under his rulership, one may ask the question of what we can expect in living under God’s rulership after Satan’s rulership and influence over our lives end?
Well, the Bible tells us that “….Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:3, 4)
The Bible further tells us that “The poor and the needy will be treated with fairness and with justice. His word will be law everywhere in the land, and criminals will be put to death. Honesty and fairness will be his royal robes. Leopards will lie down with young goats, and wolves will rest with lambs. Calves and lions will eat together and be cared for by little children. Cows and bears will share the same pasture; their young will rest side by side. Lions and oxen will both eat straw. Little children will play near snake holes.They will stick their hands into dens of poisonous snakes and never be hurt. Nothing harmful will take place on the LORD’s holy mountain. Just as water fills the sea, the land will be filled with people who know and honor the LORD.” (Isaiah 11:4-9)
Many people believe that the above verses refer to living in Heaven. If so, what must we do to secure an eternal place for ourselves in Heaven. Please read our article entitled, ‘Will I Go to Heaven’ for more information.