Satan is a counterfeit master. His entire existence is rooted in deception. He lies, steals, cheats and deceives to emulate God, taint all that is godly and destroy the people in this world.
Satan was once an angel who lived in God’s heavenly Kingdom. His privileged position granted him a certain amount of power and first-hand knowledge of God’s Kingdom secrets. This included how God ruled the Heavens and established His angelic hierarchy.
“And war broke out in Heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in Heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the Earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Then I heard a loud voice saying in Heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the Kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O Heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the Earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” Revelation 12:7-12
After Satan was expelled from Heaven, along with the other fallen angels who followed him, he set up shop, so to speak, here on Earth. Ever since, with the assistance of his followers, He has been disrupting the world and corrupting the people. Even in this, however, God is still in control and the Bible tells us that his days are numbered.
The devil knows his time is winding down therefore things are ramping up in the demonic realm. People in this world who are not following God have been deceived into thinking their way of living will benefit them in some way. Unfortunately, because of their sin, they have opened the door to Satan’s influence and have allowed themselves to be indwelled/controlled by demons/evil spirits. Some are doing this willingly while others are doing this unknowingly. After the devil has taken control of their lives, these people are strategically placed for the purpose of infiltrating, contaminating and destroying entities such as families, government, the entertainment industry, the media, the educational system and everything else in between. Unfortunately, this does not exclude the Church body.
Why did God allow Satan to retain the power He gave him? God allowed it because the devil has a job to do, just like you and me. God uses the limited amount of power that the Lord has given the devil to sift the evil out of this world. God has Satan on a leash. Yes, he is wreaking havoc, but only for a time and only under the controlling of almighty God. When his time is up, not only will the devil be cast down into the fiery pit of Hell, all who follow him will join him.
Satan knows he is defeated. Unfortunately, his followers do not. Prayerfully, Satan’s diabolical demonic deception doesn’t include you.