The title of this blog might sound strange. It is about the end of Satan’s story after his long war against God. What we want to discuss is the goal of God versus the goal of the devil and what the final outcome will be.
To refresh memories: It was decided by the Godhead before creation, that
‘man will be redeemed by the precious blood of Christ, a Lamb without blemish or defect.’ 1 Peter 1:18-19
The event that made it necessary for man to be saved by the Almighty God, took place in the Garden of Eden. Man lost his relationship with God and became a stranger to Him. So he needed to be restored to that blessed relationship with God. Job 33:28 tells us,
’He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit, and I shall live to enjoy the light.’
We are all familiar with God’s promise to the devil in the Garden of Eden. It is a promise that is central to God’s Kingdom plan,
‘And I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head, and you will strike His heel.’ Genesis 3:15
Please note that we write the ‘He’ in capital letters, because we believe the ‘He’ refers to the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. He bought (redeemed) man back from the devil, to live eternally with God in glory.
Now Satan is an ambitious angel. He said, as recorded,
‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly; …I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ Isaiah 14:13-14
Make no mistake, he was not going to let God’s promise that Someone will crush his head, stand between him and the high position he aspired to. In case people might think that Satan is just a minor issue, look at the following verse that describes his character,
‘The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.’ Revelation 12:9
Scripture tells us the history of Satan’s strategies against God’s promise of Genesis 3:15. We will discuss the following,
- Satan did not know which woman would give birth to the one who would crush his head. His first strategy was to pollute the pure blood of Adam and Eve. So his angels (demons) married women and had children with them. It failed.
- Then God narrowed the ‘woman’ down to one family, the family of Abraham. Satan thought he had an easy victory to kill all the male babies during the Israelites’ slavery in Egypt. It failed.
- God then narrowed the family down to David’s offspring. The devil used the queen mother, Athaliah. She attempted to kill all the boys in the bloodline of David. It failed.
- During the Babylonian exile, Satan attempted to kill all the Jews through Haman. It failed.
- Finally the Messiah, the promised Seed, was born. The devil instigated Herod to kill the baby. It failed.
- Before He began His ministry, Jesus fasted forty days in the wilderness. The devil thought He was weakened and tried to bribe Jesus. It failed.
- Then he decided to outright kill Jesus, but it was part of God’s plan. So it failed.
- His strategy for the last 1,500 years is to destroy the Book that explains his failures and God’s victories. This one will also fail.
- Revelation tells us that Jesus is the final Victor. Satan’s kingdom will be completely destroyed. He will finally depart into the lake of eternal suffering.
To be continued….