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  • Is There Really a Devil? The Enemy of Mankind

    in Christianity

    One primary cause lurks behind the suffering and tragic circumstances that afflict so many people. The Bible reveals that a powerful, intelligent and vastly influential being actively orchestrates the wickedness that dominates our planet. Most of us have heard of him. The Bible most often calls him the devil and Satan.You may have wondered whether he really exists. After all, to many the devil seems like a fairy-tale character—a grotesque, blood-red creature with horns, a pointed tail and bat’s wings who

  • Did God Create the Devil?

    in Christianity

    Where did the devil come from? How did such a creature come to be? Did God purposefully create an evil being? The Bible reveals the answers to these questions. They can help us understand why Satan really is the enemy of mankind. To understand Satan’s origin, we must go far back in time, before man existed. Genesis 1:1 tells us that “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” However, as is usually the case, the Bible doesn’t tell the whole story in one or even several verses. We find more details elsewhere in the Bible, in this case in the book of Job. When Job, beset with terrible calamity and suffering in spite of being a very devout follower of God, began to question God’s judgment

  • Satan’s Work in Our World

    in Christianity

    Now that we have seen that Satan is a real being with real powers, we need to understand how he uses his powers. We should also understand his intentions and overall goal. We saw in the previous chapter that Satan led other angels astray in a misguided attempt to overthrow God’s authority. His vanity, pride and lust for power led him into war against the ruler of the universe. Failing at that, Satan spitefully tried to thwart and disrupt God’s dealings with the human race, doing whatever he could to bring harm. And his evil work has been incessant.

  • The Fall of Satan’s Kingdom

    in Christianity

    If we consider the whole picture, there should be no doubt that this is Satan’s world rather than God’s. Paul even refers to our era as “this present evil age” (Galatians 1:4). However, Satan will not always dominate planet earth. Bible prophecy reveals that an astounding series of events will shake our world as never before and usher in a new age—a 1,000-year era under the reign of Jesus Christ in the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:10; Luke 21:31). This good news of the coming Kingdom of God is at the heart of Christ’s teaching: “Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying

  • The Good News of a World Set Free

    in Christianity

    To him the deception is what appears normal—it’s the truth that seems odd! We need to grasp the fact that Satan has constantly deceived and manipulated mankind on every conceivable level. The prophecies of the book of Revelation only begin to scratch the surface of what must take place for the Kingdom of God to be established. One message that comes through loud and clear is that Christ will have to tear virtually everything down and start over. It will be the only way to root out the last vestiges of Satan’s system. Tearing down and starting over When you read through the book of Revelation you learn that it isn’t only the obvious areas of deception

  • Are We Living in the Time of the End?

    in Christianity

    For thousands of years people have been fascinated with predictions of the end of the world. People who read and study the Bible are not the only ones concerned about where our world is headed. The late author Isaac Asimov, in his book The Choice of Catastrophes: The Disasters That Threaten Our World, listed and explained at least 15 dangers that could jeopardize human survival. Many of these potential global disasters, including nuclear war, have arrived at our door only in the last few decades.

  • The End of the Age

    in Christianity

    Some think the subject of the end time in the Bible is mainly confined to the New Testament. But beginning in Genesis, the first book of the Bible, the Scriptures look beyond our present evil age to the time of the  establishing of God’s Kingdom. Old Testament scriptures have much to say about events that take place during the end of this age and the following “world to come.” In the Garden of Eden, God revealed that a time would come when Satan’s earthly reign and influence would end. To Satan, God said: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed [Jesus Christ]; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel” (Genesis 3:15). Although Satan was destined to harm the Savior (by instigating His crucifixion), the devil could not prevent Jesus from coming back to life and cannot prevent

  • Jesus Christ’s Olivet Prophecy: Where Are We Now?

    in Christianity

    Jesus Christ, in His Olivet Prophecy recorded in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21, foretold several major trends that would increase and intensify before His return. The trends He emphasized were religious deception, wars, famines, disease epidemics, earthquakes and devastating storms. This is especially apparent in response to His disciples’ inquiry concerning what signs would precede His return and the end of this age. “Take heed that no one deceives you,” He warned. Many would come claiming to represent Him, “and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.

  • God’s Framework for End-Time Prophecy

    in Christianity

    How should we view prophecy? Can it provide spiritual benefits? The apostle Peter mentioned that prophecy should serve to strengthen our hope and faith in the future. He said: “And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts …” (2 Peter 1:19).Here Peter compared Bible prophecies to a light that provides visibility until the final coming of God’s Kingdom, brought by Jesus Christ to earth. When this occurs every eye will see His glory as if it is a great light (Matthew 24:27, 30; Revelation 1:7).

  • Preparing for the End Time

    in Christianity

    Approximately a fourth of the Bible is prophetic in nature. Much of this material is profoundly connected to world-changing events. The Bible is a perennially up-to-date, applicable book. Regarding earth-shaping trends and occurrences, no section of Scripture is more applicable to our world than the Olivet Prophecy, recorded in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. This is where Jesus Himself warns us to be vigilant about our spiritual state. He describes and summarizes the conditions and events that will lead to His second coming. What should we be doing—or not doing—

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