"But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory. which none of the rulers of this age knew, for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory." - 1 Corinthians 2:8 (NKJV)
"In as much then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil." - Hebrews 2:14 (NKJV)
"He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil." - 1 John 3:8 (NKJV)
"The devil, who decieved them, was cast into the Lake of Fire and brimstone where the Beast and the False Prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever." - Revelation 20:10 (NKJV)
One of the reasons why the Holy Scriptures are maligned and mocked in these last days is due to the fact that the enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ, the devil, or Satan, is desperately attempting to keep people away from what God's Word declares about him and his fate of which he cannot escape or hide. All of the decieved followers of the devil who either openly worship and exalt him with horrid and blasphemous rituals and practices to the garden variety pagan who dismisses the very idea of an evil, malevolent entity, or the existence of God altogether, rather to be content in his belief that everything we know, do, and experience ends when we take our last breath and assume room temperature, to end up either in a grave or an urn on a mantle.
Satan and his minions, also known as the demons, have blinded humanity's eyes to the fact that we think that we're essentially doing all right and as long as we give adequate mention of some binding force that keeps us together on special days, there really is nothing of which to be seriously concerned in a spiritual sense. Reprobate humanity, whose sinful behaviors and words keep them out of the coming kingdom of God, have taken it upon themselves over the course of history, to do everything within their power, with the assistance of the devil working quietly in the background, to shut down, threaten, persecute, and eliminate all of us who are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ and His message of salvation and redemption only thorugh Him (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).
Christians have had to suffer the most bloodshed and terrors from other faiths, governments, and all who were and are hell-bent on removing evey vestige of the name and person of Jesus Christ from both this nation and those around the world ever since the time of the resurrection and the establishment of the church in the first century. Emperors, barbarians, popes, self-professed "prophets", infidels, intellectuals, false teachers, radicals, and others have made Jesus Christ and His people the target of their rage and hatred of the standards that God has expected of us since the days of creation.
For over two thousand years, streets, towns, rivers, cities, and pulpits were and are now stained red with the blood of the martyrs who have laid down their lives for the glory of the Lord and the mission of spreading the gospel to both individuals and nations. Christianity in the United States has gone from being a part of the fabric of the country to now the enemy of what some are calling "the New World Order" and the coming establishment of a world government that will be headed by the prophesied Antichrist (Revelation 13, Daniel 7, 9, 2 Thessalonians 2). When that time comes, the devil will loose every vestige of his evil powers and fanatical hatred for God upon all who would come to Christ during that period known as "the Great Tribulation", spoken of by the Lord Jesus while discussing the coming conclusion to history on the Mount of Olives (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21).
We who are of the Lord Jesus now will escape this time of terror and genocide on the part of Satan by being taken off this earth to meet the Lord in the air along with our brethren in Christ, both living and dead, all of whiom will be given new bodies free from sin and the promise of eternal life with the LORD (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58). Now, common sense and the fact that Jesus' death on the cross for our sins and His resurrection from the dead would tell you that His triumph over death, hell, and the grave, gave a death blow to all of the devil's plans and actions, and sealed his fate to be cast into hell forever (Genesis 3:15; Matthew 25:41).
The devil knows all of this, but is, in these last days, is doing his best to blind people to the fact that, despite all that has happened to us as the people of God, he still hasn't gotten rid of us, and the message of Jesus Christ continues to transform lives. Nothing he has done to us has worked or been successful, and the blind devotees he has under his sway don't get it. He has been a viscious, hateful, cruel, despicable, murderous, slandering, deceptive, malevolent, evil creature towards those of us who trust in Christ over the centuries and we have shed tears and times of agony in all types because of his deeds and words.
He is not be ignored or downplayed by any means, but sometimes his schemes remind me of Wile E. Coyote attempting to catch the Road Runner. No matter how elaborate the plans, methods, or determination he can muster, he always ends up either falling off the cliff or getting hammered by one of his own devices, while the Road Runner goes merrily down the road. God gives him just so much space and room to do his deeds, then his chain gets yanked and everything he has put together is thwarted by the Sovereign God of all Creation, who will use all things for His glory and who directs the very path of history. Satan will never and has never gotten one over the LORD, or has caught Him unprepared.
If this fallen angel had any sense of futility or of walking away to accept his fate, much of what we have had to endure would have been avoided, but he and his gullible followers will keep trying to one up God without any success or victory. He is a defeated foe. We need to be on the watch for his schemes, to be sure, but we should also take comfort in that one day he will be forever confined to the Lake of Fire, never to roam again. Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks he is smarter than the LORD or believes that in serving Satan, he has more power to cause trouble. My King has beaten up your prince, and those of you reading this who do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ need to settle that issue now. You have been warned.