Is God or Satan Winning?
"The God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly"-#Ro 16:20
DO YOU KNOW:
That God created Lucifer perfect, but he rebelled against God (##Isa 14:12-20; #Eze 28:12-19), and so became Satan (adversary), Godís enemy?
That Satan is a person-not an evil principle-for he abode not in the truth,† spoke to God, reasoned, etc. (#Joh 8:44; #Job 1-2; #2Co 2:11; 11:14,† 15)?
That God created Adam perfect and told him if he disobeyed he would surely die,† but Satan won control over mankind by his first lie: "Ye shall not surely die"† (#Ge 2:17; 3:4; #Eze 18:4, 20; #Ro 5:12; 6:23)?
DO YOU KNOW:
That God sentenced Adam to die: "Unto dust shalt thou return," but also said† that the womenís seed shall bruise Satanís head (#Ge 3:14-19)?
That, starting with Cain and Abel, Satan has tried to destroy or ensnare the† seed of the women?
That Satan before the Flood induced some angels to materialize and marry women,† thus producing hybrids and very evil conditions (#Ge 6:1-7; Jude 6, 7)?
That God by the Flood destroyed that "old world" (Greek, kosmos, social† order)-not the earth (#Ec 1:4)-saving only Noah and family (2 Peter† 2:4, 5)?
That Satan with the aid of his fallen angels soon enslaved Noahís progeny† through Nimrod, began various false religions, etc., and thus by usurpation† became "the god [mighty one] of this [ípresent evilí] world" (Genesis 10; 2† Corinthians 4:4; #Ga 1:4; #Joh 12:31; 14:30)?
That God promised righteous Abraham that through him and his seed all nations† would be blessed (#Ge 12:1-3; 17:19, 21; 22:15-18; 26:4; 28:14)?
That Satan consequently made special attacks on Isaac, Esau (causing him to sell† his birthright), Jacob, Joseph, Moses, the Israelites, Saul, David, Solomon, his† progeny, the prophets, etc. (#Lu 11:47-51)?
That God finally sent His only begotten Son, the promised Seed, to give His life† a ransom, so all would be given one full individual trial for eternal life† (#Ga 3:8, 16; #Mt 20:28; #1Ti 4:10; #1Jo 2:2)?
That Satan tried to ensnare or destroy Jesus and finally succeeded in crucifying† Him (#Mt 4:1-11; 8:24; #Lu 4:29; 22:3-6, 47, 48; 23:33, 34)?
That God raised Jesus from the dead and exalted Him to the Divine nature (Acts† 5:30, 31; #Php 2:9-11)?
That Satan, no longer able to attack Jesus personally, tried to destroy the† Church, His Body, for it also is a part of Abrahamís Seed, that is to bless all† mankind (#Ro 12:5; 4:13-16; ##Eph 1:18-23; #Ga 3:7-9, 29)?
That God, despite Satanís persecutions, prospered and multiplied the early† Church (#Ac 2:41; 5:14)?
DO YOU KNOW:
That Satan, failing to destroy the Church by persecutions, perverted it with† false doctrines and bad practices (#Mt 13:24-28; #2Th 2:3-10; 1† #Joh 4:3), so the true Church became almost unrecognizable, because of so many tares (imitation Christians)?
That God kept His promise never to forsake His loyal people, so amid all Satanís† errors and the "gross darkness" upon the people, God gave His true saints "a† little help" though such faithful servants as Marsiglio, Wyclif, Huss,† Savonarola, Luther, Zwingli, Cranmer, Wesley, etc. (#Heb 13:5, 6; Matthew† 28:20; ##Isa 60:2; #Da 11:34; #Mic 5:5)?
That Satan controlled Christendom by "the chained Bible," ignorance,† superstition, heathen philosophies clergy and aristocracy-and to support his† first lie (#Ge 3:4), consciousness of the dead, inherent immortality of the† human soul and the blasphemous doctrine of eternal torment, using figurative† Bible texts and parables literally and confusing Hades and Gehenna so as to† deceive?
That since 1799, in "the time of the end," God has greatly increased knowledge† (#Da 12:4; #Na 2:3, 4)?
That with the dispelling of his old errors, Satan and his demons ("seducing† spirits") have brought forth new "doctrines of devils" (#1Ti 4:1)-Evolution, Theosophy, Christian Science, New Thought, Mormonism,† Rosicrucianism, Universalism, Scientology, etc.-and are multiplying "signs and† wonders" (#2Th 2:9)-witchcraft, black art, fortune-telling, alleged† talking with the dead, Satanism, clairvoyance, spirit-rapping, sorcery,† crystal-ball gazing, tea-leaf reading, spirit-writing, hypnotism, ESP,† astrology, poltergeists, horoscopes, tarot cards, ouija boards, "flying† saucers," etc.?
That God forbids His people to have anything to do with such media (Exodus† 22:18; #Le 19:26, 31; 20:6, 27; #De 18:9-14; #1Ch 10:13,† 14; #2Ki 21:6; #2Ch 33:6; ##Isa 8:19, 20; 19:3, 4; #Jer 29:8, 9; #Zec 10:2; #Ga 5:19-21; #Re 21:8; 22:15)?
DO YOU KNOW:
That Satan is desperate, seeing God through Christ victorious in refuting his† errors by the truth and in using the Time of Trouble (World War, Revolution and† Anarchy) to bind him and demolish his empire, preparatory to establishing Godís† Kingdom on earth (#Re 19:11-21; 11:15-18; 20:1-4; #1Ki 19:11, 12;† #Ps 46:8-11; 76:8-10; #Da 12:1; #Mt 24:21, 22; 12:29; 6:10; Micah† 4:1-4)?
That God "shall bruise Satan under your [the elect Seedís] feet shortly"; for† God "will have all men [including the non-elect-#1Ti 4:10; #Heb 2:9; 1† #Joh 2:2] to be saved [from Adamic condemnation] and to come unto the [exact]† knowledge of the truth" (#Ro 16:20; #1Ti 2:4-6; #Nu 14:21; #Isa 11:9)?
That in "the new earth [social order]" mankind will have their judgment (trial† for life) as they come up the "highway" to human perfection (#Ac 17:31; #2Pe 3:7-13; #Isa 35; 65:17-25; #Re 21:1-5; 22:17)?
That Satan, when loosed for mankindís final testing, will soon gain a host of† followers, but God will annihilate him and all the wicked (#Re 20:3, 7-10; 21:8; #Ps 37:9-11, 38; 145:20; #Isa 43:17; #Heb 2:14)?
That God will thus have won the contest; for Satan will be no more, "all† iniquity shall stop her mouth," and all creatures will praise God and Christ† forever (#Eze 28:19; #Ps 107:42; #Re 5:12, 13)?