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Hideous acts of terror are plaguing unsuspecting victims around the world. The mass shooting in Las Vegas is now the most deadly in U.S. history. Many are searching for answers: what is the motivation and why is this happening now more than ever?

 

The Scriptures indicate that in the “time of the end” something even more sinister will be behind these attacks — unseen forces which compel the mentally deranged to commit unparalleled evil. While fallen man is much to blame for these acts of violence, wicked spirits often enter sick or deluded minds, suggesting sadistic acts of violence. What we see happening today is a result of continued malicious meddling by Satan and his legions of demons as they prey upon the weakest of humanity.

 

Satan Not a Principle of Evil but an Intelligent Being
Seeking to Destroy True Faith

The Word of God leaves no doubt as to the existence of a personal devil and his demon host. It gives a comprehensive description of Satan, his emissaries and his aims. Satan is represented in Scripture as being the orchestrator and source of evil in the universe — the unrelenting enemy of God and man.

Yes, Satan, though unseen, is a real being with definite influence upon hearts and minds. In fact, shortly after Jesus was baptized, he was challenged by Satan with suggestions to commit some miraculous act to impress the people. Although Jesus was weak from a forty-day fast, his mind was perfect and could repel such temptations. But those whose minds are fallen and broken are easily tempted toward suggestions of evil.

The Apostle Paul recognized the existence of a personal, invisible devil and gave him the title “the god of this world.” (2 Corinthians 4:4) Paul also called Satan “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.” (Ephesians 2:2) These words imply that there are not only evil principles at work, but that behind them there are invisible evil spirit beings opposing all that is good. “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Satan’s Associates in Evil — Legions of Demons

“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” (Jude 1:6) This points out that Satan, known as “the prince of the devils,” had gained legions of angels who have actively supported his evil schemes. (Matthew 9:24) Because Satan’s spiritual minions meddled in the affairs of mankind, they were cast out of heaven and placed in “chains of darkness” — relegated to the earth’s atmosphere — unable to re-enter into the heavenly, holy realm. Satan has also been isolated from God and the holy angels. Together, Satan and the fallen angels have been cooperating as mischief workers amongst men, and they have never let up their unrelenting desire to create a society under their control. (Matthew 9:34; Isaiah 14:12-15) The Scriptures describe in detail such incidents and the misery caused by evil spirit influence and possession. Matthew 8:16; Mark 5:15; Luke 4:41; Luke 22:3

Anyone who claims to receive messages directly from God, but apart from sound Bible teaching, leaves the mind open to suggestions from these wicked spirits. The Apostle John admonishes the faithful to beware of such prideful notions: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1

Although many of the horrible attacks are carried out by psychotic individuals such as the Las Vegas shooter, Muslim extremists are wreaking worldwide panic through acts of terror as well. They, too, have weak characters, and have been brain-washed by "doctrines of demons" — believing that they have a God-directed mission to execute their victims. (1 Timothy 4:1) But, unlike the god of Muslim extremists, the Judeo-Christian God, Jehovah, is a God of love. (1 John 4:16) God has told those who love Him in spirit and in truth that there are seven things which are an abomination to Him — among these are hands that shed innocent blood, hearts that devise wicked plans, feet that run swiftly to evil and those who spread strife. (Proverbs 6:16-19) These activities describe well the acts of hateful extremists — no matter their religion.

 

Today’s Headlines Written Nearly 2,000 Years Ago

In His foreknowledge, God could look down to our time and see the hate and sin-sickness in the human heart that would escalate into the devastating worldwide violence of our day. In His wisdom, God has permitted this extreme level of evil under Satan’s temporary reign that it might teach an everlasting lesson to all mankind. This limited experience living in a world with evil is teaching mankind to hate iniquity and to long for a better day under a righteous ruler — Messiah.

Therefore, to provide hope to His people, God placed in His Word prophetic indicators which would point to the time when Satan’s kingdom of evil would begin to collapse. Four signs were given to the prophet Daniel which would mark the time of the end — the end of this present evil world under the dominion of Satan. Daniel 12:1, 4; Galatians 1:4

“many shall run to and fro” — In the past 100 years, numerous modes of transportation have been invented, increasing the speed of travel from 20 mph to over 25,000 mph. This has been a blessing to most of humanity, but it has also brought with it a means for terrorists to spread their evil rapidly, far and wide.

“knowledge shall be increased” — More than ninety percent of all scientists who have ever lived are alive today, and more than fifty percent of the world’s inventions have been created within the last four decades. Additionally, sophistication in communication allows man to see and hear global news instantly. This has created amazing tools to benefit mankind, but it has also provided terrorists the tools to spread their hate.

Messiah will begin to “stand up” for Daniel’s “people” — Israel’s rebirth as a nation is a miracle of history. Never before has a nation been destroyed, its people dispersed to the ends of the earth and then—nearly 2,000 years later—regathered and reestablished as a nation. But, one of radical Islam’s most hated enemies is Israel. A horrible reality of terror has been playing out almost every day since Israel’s formation as a nation in 1948. And now, the other countries of the world are experiencing firsthand the fear of living their daily lives in expectation of yet another terrorist attack.

“a time of trouble such as never was” — Unprecedented trouble is the hallmark of our time and is confirmed by these recent tragic events. True, the world has always had trouble, but, prior to 1940, the potential for the annihilation of humanity by the single flick of a switch was unheard of. In the first three quarters of the 20th Century at least 100 million lives had been lost to war (TIME Magazine, March 9, 1970). Thirty-four wars were being waged in 1988 alone. And today, “the weak say I am strong.” (Joel 3:10) A few, “the weak,” have brought the strong nations of the world into a state of extreme distress. Weakness, fueled by jealousy, hatred, misinformation and prejudice punctuates Daniel’s vision of unprecedented trouble.

 

Maintaining Faith in an Unstable World

All four of these signs given to Daniel should give God’s people hope that the end of Satan’s evil regime is near. Yet, as Satan and the fallen angels struggle to maintain power, it is hard to hold on to faith in this unstable and frightening world. This makes it even more necessary that we, as Christians, take up the whole armor of God that we might be able to “withstand in the evil day… having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God…” Ephesians 6:10-17

Yes, in this unstable world it takes an extreme, educated faith to believe that God’s plan will provide a constructive end to all the tears caused by evil — to believe that God is not indifferent to every sorrow. The Scriptures declare that He desires mankind to live in a world without fear, but He now allows Satan to rule for a limited time in order that each individual may learn valuable lessons — experiencing the results of evil and selfishness. Thus we read, “This sore travail has God given to man to be exercised therewith.” (Ecclesiastes 1:13) It is comforting to know that when God finally says through His Son, It is enough — peace be still, we can rest assured that there will be great changes in the earth, and all will begin to see that the permission of evil was both educational and preparatory to the ushering of mankind into the ages of blessing to come, wherein “all the families of the earth will be blessed.” (Genesis 28:14) The promise is that once God, through His Son, puts an utter end to all evil, “affliction shall not rise up the second time.” (Nahum 1:9; Job 34:29) In other words, the harsh lessons of evil will never be necessary again when all the families of the earth learn, by contrast, that love, peace, righteousness and unselfishness are far more preferable than living in this present evil world.

 

The Desire of All Nations Shall Come

The Scriptures assure us that all of “the inhabitants of the earth will learn righteousness” when the “knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth as the waters cover the deep.” (Isaiah 26:9; 11:9) The time is coming when Satan and his demon host will be destroyed — never to hurt nor deceive the world again. (Revelation 20:1-3; 20:10) The love of God will abundantly bestow blessings of life, peace and happiness upon all.

Yes, the influence of God’s benevolent Kingdom will have an overwhelming transforming effect on the hearts of men. Of this mighty future work we read, “And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.” Ezekiel 11:19-20

There is great cause to rejoice, for it is the severity and hopelessness of the world’s problems that mark us at the threshold of these promised Kingdom blessings. Just as the terror of today was prophesied, the resurrection of all who have ever lived is also assured in prophecy. Then, all those who perished in the terrors of this day will be reunited with their loved ones, and “the desire of all nations shall come.” Haggai 2:7


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