Is Satan Alive and Well on Planet Earth Part 1

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Many years ago, the well-known Christian end-times writer Hal Lindsey was on top of the publishing world. His book “The Late Great Planet Earth” was on New York Times bestseller lists throughout the 1970’s (and has sold over fifteen million copies to date). In the midst of all of this literary success, he also wrote many other books including the bestselling “Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth”. 

Beginning today, I will aim to answer the question “Is Satan alive and well on planet Earth?” in three installments by demonstrating from the Bible that the thinking behind Hal Lindsey’s book and title cannot stand the test of Scripture. Throughout these studies I will seek to show you that Satan is presently: (1) a cast-down foe, (2) a crushed serpent, and (3) a shackled dragon. Let’s begin, by first  discussing Satan as a cast-down foe. In Revelation 12:7-8, we read of a war in heaven between Michael the archangel and his angels and “the Dragon and his angels.” The Dragon and his angels were not strong enough, and thus, there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. Furthermore, in Revelation 12:9-10, we learn that, “…the great dragon was thrown down…he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him…for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down….” Now, this conflict (in its final sense) occurred at the same time as the atonement and the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. In John 12:31, Jesus affirmed this: “Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out.” This is exactly what the demons feared would happen (Matthew 8:14-17, 29; Mark 1:23-25; 3:11; cf. Zechariah 13:1-2). In addition, Revelation 12:10 states, “And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, ‘Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.’” This event is seen elsewhere in the New Testament where we find confirmation that a victory of this sort over Satan was accomplished by Christ at his death on the cross (Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 2:14). Practically speaking, Revelation 12:9-10 tells us that Satan is no longer to be seen as the “present” accuser of believers (Romans 8:1, 33-34). Christ’s death ended Satan’s accusatory career, which was His principle role under the old covenant (Job 1:6-2:7; Zechariah 3:1). Revelation 12:10 also helps us to see that, in Satan being cast down; the Kingdom of God has come. Matthew 12:28-29 states, “But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can someone enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house.” Next week, we will see that Satan is presently a crushed serpent. So then, rejoice tomorrow with God’s people and offer true worship to our victorious Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ – Savior of our souls!!

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