The Bible boldly declares that this world is not going to be here, forever! One day Jesus will come and set all things right! Until then, however, ‘the prince of the power of the air,’ rules in the affairs of men!
Americans often think they are immune, given our circumstance and standing in the world. That notion should have been all but erased, given the last 50 years of our history! However, many Church people still believe things are going to get better and better, until Jesus comes. Kenneth Copeland said as much, just in the last few weeks: “God Is Re-Birthing America!” He sees the ‘end of the Babylon system’ attempting to take over America!
But what saith the scriptures? Unless you are living under a rock, this world is NOT getting better! America is NOT getting better! Millennials are enthusiastic about supporting an avowed Socialist for President!! The next generation is even more disconnected from reality.
We are being threatened by cultural issues, financial issues, political issues, global issues and religious issues. The threat of nuclear destruction has never been more imminent and/or possible. North Korea is threatening to drop a Hydrogen bomb on New York City.
What’s Going On? The Bible teaches us that God created this world; that almost immediately Adam gave this creation over to Satan, as Conservator or Steward. The Principle is found in Romans 6:16: “...to whomsoever ye yield yourself to obey, his servant ye are.”
The principle is illustrated in the ancient Jewish or Eastern legal system. Under that law a man might purchase a property but not receive the benefit of it, until / unless he came and took possession. Until then, those who were there or poachers could work the land and reap the benefit, even though it was not their’s.
That Principle is being worked out where this Earth is concerned. Jesus bought it back, on the Cross, paying The Price. One day He will return to take possession and rule over this, His rightful possession. Until then, interlopers are in charge. Satan and his minions have control, even as we believe civil authorities do.
The Bible reflects this in a number of places and ways. It refers to this world system as lying “in wickedness.” [I Jn. 5:19] That the “course of this world” is being determined by “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.” [Eph. 2:2] That we are not dealing with men and political philosophy, but with “principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” [Eph. 6:12]
Satan is now called ‘the god of this world,’ his minions, the demons, are rulers, ‘princes,’ over the Earth. Ex: When Daniel prayed, God answered [Dan. 10]. Yet the angel, sent to give Daniel the message from God, was delayed 21 days by ‘the prince of the kingdom of Persia.’ [v. 13] Michael was sent to aid this angel who said he and Michael spent those 21 days with ‘the kings of Persia,‘ [demons, no doubt] who rule over this part of Earth.
As Michael was explaining things to Daniel, he mentioned the ‘prince of Grecia,’ another demonic ruler, while Jesus later referred to Satan as “the prince of this world” [Jn 12:31; 14:30]. Paul referred to Satan as “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.” [Eph. 2:2]
There are other allusions to this demonic organizational structure in the Book of The Revelation. John is given the vision of three unclean spirits coming out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, in Rev. 16. We are told they are “the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.“
The Point Is: This earthly world and all its inhabitants are governed by the forces of darkness and evil! The godly do not have an real power. At best, believers are the “leaven” [yeast] providing a Restraining Force, until The Time is right. During this period, Satan is busy working out his purposes: to be like God! God is graciously permitting all this….within limits.
For Satan to succeed, the “Restraining Force or Influence” must be removed. This is The Church: the Bride of Christ, in which dwells His Holy Spirit. When that occurs, the stage will be set for The Great Tribulation! A 7-year battle between the largely unrestrained forces of evil and Israel. Jesus interfering just before Israel is defeated!
Today? Satan and his minions know their time is short. They continue to deceive, through lies, signs and wonders. They sow discord and seek to create that global Economic, Political and Religious Structure which will be used to dominate the world.
Look Around! It’s working! the Family is destroyed, Decency, Honor, Integrity are Gone! The Financial Systems are teetering. The Political systems are in disarray. The Church has almost ceased to exist! It has certainly been co-opted and marginalized. Will it get worse? Oh, Yes!
It will get far more dangerous for Christians and then for everyone else! When it doesn’t seem that things can get any worse, Jesus Will Come! He will put down the rebellion and ascend His Rightful Place: The Throne of David! From here He will rule the Earth.
“Even So, Lord Jesus, Come!”