In our second article concerning Godís purpose for future
events we noted three tragic consequences of man joining
Satanís revolt against God. First, Godís theocratic
kingdom rule was lost from planet earth. Second, by
getting Godís earthly representative, Adam, to defect from
God, Satan usurped the rule of the world system from God,
and Satan and his forces have dominated the world system
ever since. Third, all of nature was subjected to a curse
that caused radical changes.
This present article will begin to examine how Satanís
revolt against God and these three tragic consequences of
man joining Satanís revolt relate to the future events
that God has scheduled for planet earth.
Once Satan succeeded in persuading other angels and human
beings to join him in his revolt against God and thereby
become his subjects, his kingdom was established and began
to function in the universe. In the expressions "the power
of darkness" (Luke 22:53; Colossians 1:13), "the power of
Satan" (Acts 26:18) and "the prince of the power of the
air" (Ephesians 2:2) the word translated "power" refers to
"a sphere of dominion," a "kingdom" (Werner Foerster, "exousia,"
Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, Vol.
II, pp. 565, 567). More specifically it refers to "an
organized kingdom under the single ruler Satan" (Werner
Foerster, "aer," Theological Dictionary of the New
Testament, Vol. I, p. 165).
Thus, as a result of Satanís revolt against God, there
were now two powerful spiritual kingdoms operating in the
universeóthe universal Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of
Satan. As noted in the previous article, Satanís goal in
his revolt was to become just like Godóthe ultimate
sovereign of the universe. But there can be only one
ultimate sovereign, and God was already that
sovereign. Since that was true, the only way that Satan
could become the ultimate sovereign would be to
overthrow God and then take His place. Therefore, as Godís
great enemy, Satan began to wage war against God and His
This spiritual warfare between the universal Kingdom of
God and the Kingdom of Satan that began near the beginning
of this present earthís history has continued throughout
its history to the present time. It is being waged today
and will continue for a while into the future.
This continuing warfare is the key to understanding the
ultimate purpose of history. Satanís purpose for history
is to overthrow God and make himself the ultimate
sovereign of the universe. Godís purpose for history (the
ultimate purpose) is to glorify Himself by
demonstrating the fact that He alone is the ultimate
sovereign of the universe, and that none of His creatures,
no matter how intelligent or powerful, no matter how much
time given to try every possible means, can ever overthrow
In order to fulfill this ultimate purpose for history,
there are three things that God must do before the history
of this present earth comes to an end. These three things
are directly related to the three tragic consequences of
man joining Satanís revolt that were noted in the previous
First, God must crush His enemy Satan and remove his
kingdom rule from this earth before it comes to an end.
This earth began with Godís theocratic kingdom rule
administered over it, but then Satan usurped the rule of
the world system from God and has exercised his evil
kingdom rule over it ever since. In light of this, if God
does not crush His enemy Satan and rid this present earth
of his evil kingdom rule before the history of this earth
ends, then God will be defeated by His enemy Satan within
the scope of this present earthís history.
In light of this first thing that God must do to fulfill
His purpose for history, it is important to note a
significant prophecy concerning Satanís future doom that
God declared to Satan immediately after he succeeded in
getting Godís earthly representative, Adam, to defect from
God. He told Satan that the womanís "seed" would "bruise"
his "head" (Genesis 3:15). The word translated "bruise"
means "crush" (Victor P. Hamilton, "shup," Theological
Wordbook of the Old Testament, Vol. II, p. 912). God
used language that fit the serpent form that Satan took
when he tempted man to defect from God. If a human being
brings his heel down hard upon the head of a serpent, the
serpentís head will be crushed. Through this language God
indicated that in the future a human offspring of woman
would do Godís work of crushing Satan and his kingdom.
Later God revealed that this Redeemer would be Godís Son,
the Messiah ("his anointed") (Psalm 2:2, 7-9; Revelation
19:11-20:3), who would be born of a woman (Galatians 4:4).
In line with this, the Apostle John wrote, "For this
purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might
destroy the works of the devil" (1 John 3:8).
In Genesis 3:15 God also stated that Satan would "bruise"
the "heel" of the womanís seed. Once again God used
language that fit Satanís serpent form when he tempted man
to defect from God. If a poisonous serpent sinks its fangs
into the bare heel of a human, that human will die if he
does not obtain help quickly. God thereby foretold that,
as a result of Satanís work in the world, the human
Redeemer would die. Why would He die? In order to fulfill
His purpose for history by reversing the tragic
consequences of man joining Satanís revolt against God,
sometime during the course of history God would have to
get rid of the cause of those consequences. Since the
cause of those consequences was sin (manís rebellion
against God), it would be necessary to get rid of human
sin. Later God revealed that the only thing that could
remove mankindís sin would be the sacrificial death of the
Messiah Redeemer as a substitute for fallen mankind. Thus,
by revelation of God the Prophet Isaiah wrote the
following concerning the Messiah: "He was wounded for our
transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: . . .
the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all," and the
Lord "shall make his soul an offering for sin" (Isaiah
53:5, 6, 10); John said of him. "Behold the Lamb of God,
which takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29), and
the writer of Hebrews stated, "He appeared to put away sin
by the sacrifice of himself" (Hebrews 9:26).
In light of Godís Genesis 3:15 prophecy, it is interesting
to note that, on the night before He died, the Messiah
Redeemer, Jesus Christ, indicated that His death would
involve the activity of Satan and his kingdom of darkness
against Him (Luke 22:53; John 14:30), but that it also
would bring judgment upon Satan and his world
systemójudgment that would cause the forceful casting out
of Satan from the earth in the future (John 12:31; 16:11).
Thus, as a result of Satanís work in the world, the
Messiah Redeemer died, but His death sealed the doom of
Satan and his kingdom. It guaranteed that in the future
Satan and his kingdom would be crushed and removed from
this present earth. Thus, several decades after that
death, the writer of Hebrews signified that the Messiah
came to the world and became a human so "that through
death he might destroy . . . the devil" (Hebrews 2:14),
and the Apostle Paul could declare that Satan would be
crushed in the future (Romans 16:20; see Revelation
In Genesis 3:15 God indicated that the key to His crushing
Satan and ending his evil kingdom rule would be the coming
and work of His Son, the Messiah Redeemer.
The next article will examine further how the tragic
consequences of man joining Satanís revolt against God
relate to future events.
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