A Short Time Left

by Greg Laurie on Sep 29, 2021
Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God
—2 Corinthians 4:4

Why are things the way they are in our world today? One reason is that Satan is allowed to have his way. He’s a fallen angel, which the Bible describes as “the god of this world” and “the prince of the power of the air” (2 Corinthians 4:4 NLT; Ephesians 2:2 NKJV).

The Bible also tells us that one day he will be dethroned. He may be insidious and invisible, but he is not invincible. He’s going down, and he knows it.

In fact, Revelation 12:12 says, “For the devil has come down to you in great anger, knowing that he has little time” (NLT). That phrase “great anger” could be translated as “a violent outburst of rage.” It’s a term that describes turbulent emotional fury, not simply rational anger but effectively freaking out. That’s because the Devil knows he isn’t going to continue his reign.

Even if some liberal theologians don’t believe it, the Devil believes that Jesus Christ is coming back soon. He knows that he has only a little time, so he has great fury. And he wants to take as many people down with him as possible.

However, God is sovereign, which means that He is ultimately in control. But He does allow wickedness, and He has allowed the Devil to have a certain leeway.

Yet there is coming a day when that is going to change. There is coming a day when Satan will be stopped dead in his tracks. No human system will bring that about, however. God will bring it about.

The return of Jesus Christ is bad for Satan, but it’s good for us as believers. For the Devil, it’s an incentive to attack our faith and try to cause us to stumble and fall. But for us, it’s an incentive to share our faith and seek to live holy lives.

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