Satan and His Helpers
We have seen how God set Lucifer over this world as its ruler. And, how he became ambitious to be God Himself. We saw that he actually ascended into the heavens to take God’s throne but was cast back to the earth and became Satan (Ez. 28:12-17; Isa. 14:12-14). Hepresently has the rule of all the earth. “The devil taking Him” (Christ) “shewed unto Him all the kingdoms of the world and said all this power will I give thee for that is delivered unto me: and to whomsoever I will, I give it” (Luke 4:6).God, Himself , has given Satan rule of this earth! It was “delivered” to Satan by God!
Has Satan any helpers to aid him in his deceptive rule? If so, where did they come from? Rev. 12:3 says, “A great red dragon drew the third part of the stars (angels) of heaven? Where did he draw them? He deceived them into aiding him in his rebellion against God and was instrumental in having them cast onto the earth (Rev. 12:4). Of this II Peter 2:4 says, “God spared not the angles that sinned, but cast them down to hell (Greek word tartaroo -- place of restraint – this earth) and delivered them into chains (a spirit of error) of darkness.” The darkness is the world (Matt.4:16).
Do you understand? A third part of the angels were cast back upon this earth and are allowed to go about doing evil deeds and deceiving people! They have become demons. Satan has a vast host of invisible helpers!
The future world will not be put under the subjection of (fallen) angels, or demons. “For unto the (fallen) angels hath He not put in subjection the world to come” (Heb. 2:5).But this world is, for we see them now going about entering people and in other ways helping the Devil who rules the earth (Matt. 4:24).
Speaking of the manner in which Satan misleads people, Paul says to those who were formerly not Christians, “Ye walked according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience” (Eph. 2:2). The spirit of the Devil works in the disobedient! Hitler was undoubtedly demon possessed and through him Satan swayed millions of people. Now we can understand better how Semiramis was inspired by Satan to do his will.
We have seen that Satan has invisible helpers, now what about his visible helpers? Listen! “For such are the false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ? And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angle of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness” (II Cor. 11:13-14).God Himself says that Satan works through ministers who appear (remember the Mysteries) to be the ministers of God!
Does this apply to our time? Yes! We do not need to wonder if it applies for God has seen to it that this information will be available to us. He has put it in the Bible. He says the ministers today are of this type! “Woe to the shepherds that do feed themselves! Should not the shepherd feed the flocks – they are scattered because there is no shepherd. I am against the shepherds” (Ez. 34:2, 5, 10). “I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet the prophesied” (Jer. 23:21).
God commands, “Prophesy against the prophets of Israel” (the preachers of the United States and Britain) woe unto the foolish prophets, prophets that follow their own spirit. Because ye have spoken vanity and seen lies. I am against you” (Ezk. 13:1, 3, 8). These prophecies were written long after our forefathers, ancient Israel, had been scattered among the pagans. They couldn’t have been for them! They are for their descendants, the United States and Britain today!
The ministers today do not represent God. If the ministers today do not represent the True God then they represent other gods and the people worshipping under them are worshipping in idolatry! This is the one thing above all things that God will not tolerate. Never can they obtain eternal life by this means. They are breaking the first commandment, “Thou shall have no other god before Me” (Ex. 20:3).
Herod was inspired by Satan to kill Christ when He was born. Rev. 12:3-5 says, “There appeared a great dragon (identified as Satan in v. 9) and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all the nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God.” Christ, after His death, returned to heaven but will come to the earth again to rule it with a rod of iron (Rev. 2:27).
Our own carnal lusts which God has placed within us also disposes us to desire to sin. “Every man is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own carnal lust, and enticed” (Jas. 1:14).Semiramis lusted to retain the power her husband had and Satan enticed her to do it by evil means. Notice verse 15,”When lust hath conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin brings forth death.”
Now we are going to find how efficient Satan is in his deceptions. You are going to be surprised.
When Lucifer led his angels into sinning against God by rebelling against Him, they sinned. God makes waste places that sin against Him, witness Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 19:24). Ancient Babylon today is not standing. He destroyed all physical life off the first earth’s surface and made it a place of confusion. “God formed the earth and created it not in vain (Isa. 45:18). The Hebrew word for “vain” here is “tohu” which means “confusion.” God created the earth not in confusion. It was beautiful (Ez. 28:13, Gen. 1:1). God is not the author of confusion (I Cor. 14:33) but Satan is – he sinned and God, as a consequence, destroyed the earth’s surface (Gen. 1:2; Jer. 4:23). Later God renewed the face of the earth (Gen. 1:3-31, Ps. 104:30).
The point is that God destroyed all physical life from the face of the earth when its sins were great enough! When Satan led the angels to sin, he caused this.
Now what about the flood at the time of Noah? Again Satan was active prior to this time. “The wickedness of man was great in the earth” (Gen. 6:5).Satan and his fallen angels had been active deceiving the people of the earth. It was for this reason that the future Savior, while He was still God and had not yet come to this earth in human flesh, “went and preached unto the spirits (these fallen angels) in prison: (confined to this earth and having a spirit of error) which sometimes were disobedient while the ark was a preparing” (I Peter 3:19). God was warning the fallen angels to stop aiding Satan in his deceptions of the people of the earth even while the ark was being built!
Were Satan and his demons very successful in deceiving the millions of people on the earth then? God says only “eight souls were saved” (I Peter 3:20). The rest were drowned. He was extremely successful. The Devil had the whole world deceived!
What does God – not man – but God, say of the future of this world we are in? Is the whole world of this time being deceived? “Satan which deceives the whole world: he was cast out onto the earth” (Rev. 12:9). God was speaking prophetically of the future as though it already had been accomplished. Satan is deceiving the whole earth. Soon these human ministers of the Devil will have their power increased and they will deceive “them that dwell on the earth by means of miracles” (Rev. 13:14). It is the people of the whole earth who will be deceived.
And what is going to happen to this whole deceived world that has been led into sin by Satan? “The earth and the works that are therein shall be burned up” (II Peter 3:10).God is going to destroy it and all mortal flesh that is upon it by fire. This will be the third and last colossal world destruction. No wonder Satan will be ultimately tormented forever in “the lake of fire” (Rev. 20:10). God had foreordained that mortal mankind would rule this earth for a fixed period, after which the earth would be destroyed and the saved would become immortals on the new earth (Rev. 21:1)
God has allowed a thousand year period for the salvation of mankind before the earth is finally burned. Satan will be chained so he cannot deceive (Rev. 20:3) and God will really start to save people for the first time. Even then however the great majority will not, because of their own lusts, wish to meet the conditions of salvation and much pressure will have to be exerted on them.
The great marriage supper of Luke 14:16-24 and Revelation 19:9 tells of this. The first group invited to the supper “all began to make excuses” but some came in (v. 18). Then God (the “certain men” in the parable) tells His servant to go out and “compel them to come in, that My house may be filled.”
We must conclude that Satan has his own ministers both visible and invisible and that evidence shows they have been very successful in the past and are being equally successful in our time in deceiving the whole earth. They have accepted the teachings of the Babylonian Mystery Religion and have promulgated it throughout the world!