Our great, glorious God’s plan is to establish an eternal Kingdom of Peace and Love on the new heaven and earth. There He will live with all people who accepted and loved Him this side of the grave. He will be our God and we will be His people. The 66 books of the Bible contain this revelation of God to man.
It took us many years to understand it. After decades in the church, we realized that we were not ready to meet God. We closed our business and began to seek God full time. It is during these years that our wonderful heavenly Father started to reveal more and more of His plan to us.
In the process we learnt that:
- Believers in God live as strangers in hostile surroundings in this life. Scripture tells us that we are aliens and will not be popular with the world:
- ‘All these people [like Noah, Abraham and others] were still living by faith when they died…. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.’ 1
- ‘To God’s elect, strangers in the world….’ 2
- ‘If the world hates you [Jesus’ disciples], keep in mind that it hated me first.’ 3
2. We live as aliens on this earth, because the ruler of the world is a very evil liar and murderer:
- ‘…the devil…was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.’ 4
- ‘…the whole world is under the control of the evil one.’ 5
3. So it looks as if the odds are stacked against the followers of Jesus. So we had some questions:
- Will God accomplish what He promises?
- Will He be able to get rid of this world ruler?
To find out, we want to look at some very specific promises of God which were all opposed by the devil, and see what the outcome was. That should give us an idea of what we can expect at the end of this age.
4. We are going to look at:
- God’s promise in Genesis 3:15. This is the promise that, if fulfilled, will mean God’s plan will succeed, no matter what. We want to trace the events flowing from this basic promise, namely God’s promises to:
God’s ‘big’ promise in Genesis 3:15
Very early in the Bible’s history, God promised the devil,
- ’…I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring [seed] and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.’ 6
- Obviously it does not apply to a physical snake. The enmity between the offspring of the woman and the serpent has to do with someone who will be born of a woman who will crush the head of the devil.
- God addressed the literal snake when He said, ’Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.’ 7 That was meant for the real snake, who must have looked different from the snakes of today who are cursed because of their ancestor.
- God distinguished between the snake and the serpent (Satan) and judged each one individually.
What did Satan make of God’s ‘promise?’
He, the exalted, fallen angel with his wisdom and pride, was not in the least impressed. After all, he successfully initiated a full scale angelic defection from God’s Kingdom and got the first human couple to obey him instead of God. So does God want to tell him that some person, born of a woman, will someday crush his head? Yet he knew God and realized that he will have to be on the watch for someone to be born of a woman.
Genesis 3:15 is basically a promise that a Redeemer would arrive to free humans from the tyranny of the devil. The great dragon, that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, would eventually be crushed. 8 This was not a pleasant thought to the devil. So he designed a strategy to destroy this promise of God.
The devil’s first major offensive – against the seed (offspring) of the woman
The devil knew that the key to thwart God’s promise lies with women, someone who would give birth to one who would be victorious over the ‘serpent.’ All he had to do was mess up the ‘seed’ of the woman. In his evil mind he conceived a plan: get his demons to intermarry with women. So he planned that his demons leave their assigned place, cohabit with humans, marry women and produce ‘mixed’ blood offspring. This he did:
- ‘When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful and they married any of them they chose.’ 9
If the devil’s plan succeeded, he could tell God that the blood of the Messiah is tainted by his demonic influences. Therefore demons should be included in salvation, or no human being could be saved. Either way he wins. However, God decided to get rid of the mixed blood humans. A universal flood would be used to destroy all humans, except Noah and his family. They were untainted by the demonic influence. The flood proved that the devil’s carefully designed strategy failed. Would the devil try his luck again? No, since:
- God promised never again to destroy the earth by a flood.
- God punished the angels who took part in this ploy:
- ‘And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home – these He has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the Great Day.’ 10
- ‘…God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment….’ 11
These fallen angels who left their assigned positions of authority (they were not created to physically mingle with humans), were treated differently from Satan’s demons (fallen angels). At present they are still roaming around, harassing humans. The devil probably realized that his demonic host will just be depleted if he tries again to get his demons to marry women. So he admitted defeat and just keeps on trying to thwart God’s plan of an eternal Kingdom. He still has millions of demons doing his bidding:
- ‘What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?.’ 12
- ‘…and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but He would not let the demons speak because they knew who He was.’ 13
- ‘The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.’ 14
The first offensive of the devil against God was a complete failure.
Note! For more information on the ‘sons of God’ in Genesis 6 and what they did, refer to J Sarfati, The Genesis Account, Creation Book Publishers, 2015, p 473-480.
- Hebrews 11:13
- 1 Peter 1:1
- John 15:18
- John 8:44
- 1 John 5:19b
- Genesis 3:15
- Genesis 3:14
- Revelation 12:9
- Genesis 6:1-2
- Jude 6
- 2 Peter 2:4
- Mark 1:24
- Mark 1:34
- 1 Timothy 4:1