It is not intellectually fashionable today to believe in the actual existence of a devil, but biblical revelation says differently.
Biblical prophecies say plainly that in our time, today, the WHOLE WORLD would be deceived. Notice one such prophecy in the book of Revelation, chapter 12, verse 9: “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world.” This Satan is revealed as the archdeceiver who has deceived the whole world. But how did he manage to deceive the human race?
In the third chapter of Genesis he is shown as the deceiver of mother Eve. Through her, he caused the first man, Adam, to commit the first sin by a human.
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Satan was still here on earth as the god of this world (II Cor. 4:4). He is also the “prince of the power of the air” today (Eph. 2:2), holding sway over the whole of mankind.
Christ’s message revealed the advance news of the total abolition of Satan’s power over the world and his banishment from the earth. It revealed that Christ was coming as his successor to take over the RULE of all nations. In Satan’s mind, it was necessary for him to go all out to prevent that message from going to the world.
But how could he do it?
First, he moved to destroy the Christ child and thus prevent His growing up to proclaim that message. He influenced king Herod, the Roman provincial ruler over the land of Israel, and Herod caused all infants in Bethlehem and surrounding areas two years old or under to be put to death. But God warned Joseph and Mary about this, moving them to flee to Egypt with the infant Jesus until Herod was dead.
Again, when Jesus was about thirty years old, Satan sought to destroy Him spiritually before He qualified to preach a word of His message. But the supreme temptation with which Satan planned to ensnare Jesus became the very test which qualified Christ to depose Satan and to become ruler over all nations. Jesus thus qualified to restore the government of God on the earth and to set up the Kingdom of God. However, it was not in God’s master plan for Christ to be inducted into that office until the end of mankind’s first 6,000 years on earth.
Nevertheless, Jesus proceeded with the mission for which He had come to earth at that time. He proclaimed His message and taught it to His disciples.
Satan, however, still was the invisible power that swayed the world. Even though many of the Jews to whom Jesus preached believed on Him as the promised Messiah, they were swayed against believing His messageHis gospel.
How did, and does, Satan deceive, move, and sway humanity? The amazing answer will be given later.