"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. There are absolute reprobates who either openly worship and exalt him with horrid and blasphemous rituals and practices as well as those we would call the "garden variety pagan", who dismiss the very idea of an evil, malevolent entity, or the existence of God altogether. He tends to be content in believing that everything we know, do, and experience ends when we take our last breath and assume room temperature, ending up either in a grave or an urn on a mantle. The destiny of the devout and the deceptive in either case ends in the same eternal abode of terror and punishment.
Satan and his minions, also known as the demons, have blinded the eyes of the world to 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 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 opposing religions, governments, and every individual or group hell-bent on eliminating evey vestige of the name and person of Jesus Christ from both this nation and those around the world ever since 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 exclusive target of their rage and hatred.
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 Gospel to all peoples and nations. Christianity in the United States has gone from being the centerpiece of our country to being the enemy of what some are calling "the New World Order" 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 the approaching "Great Tribulation", prophesied by the Lord Jesus while on the Mount of Olives with His disciples (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21).
The Scriptures proclaim that those who are truly in Christ will escape this time of terror and genocide by being taken off this earth to meet the Lord in the air along with our brethren in Christ, both living and dead. We are given glorified bodies free from sin and have the promise of eternal life with the LORD (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58). Jesus' death on the cross for our sins and His resurrection from the dead demonstrated and affirmed for all time His victory over death, hell, and the grave. His sacrifice on the cross for our sins and His resurrection completely destroyed all of the devil's plans and actions, sealing his fate and that he will be judged, condemned, and thrown into hell forever, along with his demonic hordes and all who have rejected Christ (Genesis 3:15; Matthew 25:41).
The devil knows this all too well, but in these last days is doing his best to blind people to the fact that despite everything 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 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.