The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short. (Revelation 12:9, 12, NIV 1984).
My Musing – “It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” From a 1939 quote by Winston Churchill, speaking about Russia.
Riddle – A mystifying, misleading, or puzzling question posed as a problem to be solved.
Mystery – Something not understood or beyond understanding.
Enigma – Puzzling, mysterious, or difficult to make sense of.
The rest of the quote? “But perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.” No matter how mystifying the riddle, how difficult to understand the mystery, how puzzling the enigma, Russia would do what was in their best interest.
So it is with Satan. He knows time is running out. He’s counting on mankind continuing to be deceived by his cunning, that the designs he has against us remain “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma,” for he wants to take as many of us with him as he can. “There is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44, NIV 1984).
There is a key, however. He will always do what is in his self interest. He is only interested in destroying what God holds dear. “When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman [Israel?] who had given birth to the male child [the Messiah?]. Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring—those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus [the Church?].” (Revelation 12:13, 17, NIV 1984).
Need any proof that Satan’s time (and so mankind’s) time is short. Why after nearly 2000 years or dispersion did someone like Hitler rise to power and attempt the “final solution” against the Jews? Why after all those centuries, having regained their homeland, has Israel’s “neighbors” been persistent in their aim to finish what Hitler started? Why after having gained predominance, at least in the western world, is Christianity under increasing ridicule and persecution, and in decline? Why are so many “deceitful workmen” now meddling with the sound doctrine of the Scripture, preaching a “different spirit, a different gospel?”
My Advice – “I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. [But] if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, [do not] put up with it. For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.” (2 Corinthians 11:3-4, 13–15, NIV 1984).
Don’t fall for it. Do not waver. Do not put up with it. Stand firm in the faith. Hold fast to the truth. Let nothing move you.