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Bible Q & A

Q. You’re always saying that this is Satan’s world. If something is mine, I am free to do with it whatever I please. Yet you say Satan can only do what God allows, or else he would do what he likes and completely destroy God’s human creation. Daniel 4:32 says, God “rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.” How can you then say that this is Satan’s world, when he can’t do what he wants with it?
A. When the Bible speaks of this as Satan’s world, we must understand that the word “world” in the New Testament is usually derived from the Greek word kosmos, meaning “world” not in the sense of the planet earth, but rather this world’s organized system or civilization. The Greek word aion (“age) is also occasionally translated “world,” again implying the system or civilization characteristic of this “age” in which humanity populates the planet.

Satan is the “god of this world (aion or “age”) (II Cor. 4:4), and as such has guided, influenced and affected the thinking and culture of mankind. God as all-powerful Creator owns this planet as well as the entire universe. He has allowed Satan’s control, generally keeping hands off for the duration of this age as a means of better accomplishing His ultimate purpose –but He retains the right to step in and overrule Satan at any particular time He chooses. This arrangement suits God’s purpose for the present, but the time is coming when a new age will dawn “wherein dwells righteousness.” Satan and his minions will be bound and the earth will be at peace for a thousand years, ruled by Jesus Christ, who qualified for that rulership when he overcame the devil in the cosmic battle of wills recorded in the Gospel accounts (see Matt. 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13; Mark 1:12-13). So although Satan is temporarily in charge, he has already been disqualified and will be deposed at Christ’s second coming.
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