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Who Still Rules The World Today?
by Wayne Blank
Many readers of The Bible are somewhat puzzled when they come across the above verses. Satan said that the kingdoms of the earth were the devil's to give, and more surprisingly, Jesus Christ didn't refute that claim!
Satan's World, For Just A Little While Longer
When Lucifer (see Did God Create The Devil?) rebelled, he was defeated and cast down from the heavens back to the earth:
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground" (Isaiah 14:12 KJV).
Jesus Christ also described the fall, as He witnessed it in His pre-human form (see The Logos):
"I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven." (Luke 10:18 RSV).
Although he may not be absolutely confined to earth (e.g. Job 1:6), the earth is where Satan now resides and has his throne:
"And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: 'The words of Him who has the sharp two-edged sword. 'I know where you dwell, where Satan's throne is; you hold fast My Name and you did not deny My faith even in the days of Antipas My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells." (Revelation 2:12-13 RSV) (see That Old Serpent)
The "god of this world"
Incredibly, The Bible refers to Satan as "the god of this world."
"And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the likeness of God." (2 Corinthians 4:3-4 RSV) (see What Does Satan Look Like?)
Satan's Greatest Fear
Despite the horrendous evil that he is still inflicting upon humanity, Satan has already been defeated; he just hasn't been removed yet (see The Lame Duck). The Return Of Jesus Christ will mark the end of Satan's rule and influence on earth. He will soon get all that's coming to him, and he knows it.
"But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!" (Revelation 12:12 RSV)
Fact Finder: Did The Son of God appear to destroy the work of the devil?