Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Satan Isn't Stupid

Satan isn’t stupid. He may be a lot of things, but he isn’t that. God created Satan as a beautiful creature, one of his angels, but Satan turned against God and was cast from heaven along with those who followed him. I’ve often wondered how a being like Satan could stand in the presence of God and still imagine himself to be God. Though I suppose it is not unlike those of us who see how amazing this world is but reject the God who created it.

Another thing I’ve often wondered about is Satan’s role in the crucifixion of Jesus. Did Satan not understand what was happening? Was Satan like many of the leaders of that time who thought Jesus was setting himself up to declare himself king of the Jews? Jesus died at the time of Passover. I can’t help but wonder if the leaders feared that Jesus would follow in the steps of Moses and attempt to lead the people out from under Roman rule at the end of Passover. But is that what Satan thought?

And what of the end of the world? We know that Satan reads the Bible, but some of what the Old Testament says about the crucifixion isn’t clear until we compare what happened on the cross to it. Even the Apostles didn’t understand until they saw how the crucifixion fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament. But the end time prophecies have Satan’s name written all over them. Don’t you think that if God told you that you would do something and fail that you would try to avoid doing that thing? Maybe try a different approach? But Satan will go through with it.

There are two possibilities that I have considered. One is that God has hidden a portion of the prophecies from Satan. I’ve pretty much rejected that idea because God spoke directly to Satan back in the garden when he prophesied about what Jesus would do to Satan. The other possibility is that Satan believes he can win. He knows what the prophesies say and he has studied them well, but he thinks he has a way to prevent them from taking place. It wouldn’t take much. If he could just get one of them to fail, that would be enough. If one thing that God says will happen doesn’t, that would make God a liar and no better than Satan. Since Satan isn’t stupid, I think this is most likely his plan.

We might ask why Satan didn’t try harder to prevent the crucifixion, since so much rests on it. Why didn’t he put a stop to Judas betraying Christ? Satan isn’t stupid, but he isn’t all-knowing either. I think Satan’s plan was to convince Jesus to come down off the cross. We see a similar tactic in the wilderness temptation. The cross is God's greatest work, but it is also when he was the most vulnerable. Jesus sweat drops of blood before he went to the cross because he didn’t want to go through it. With God at his weakest point, Satan must have thought there was a chance to defeat him.

I don’t know Satan’s plans from here on out. We’re told part of them and he hasn’t given up. It is possible he is in the mode of just trying to take as many people to hell with him as he can, but I think he still believes he can win. Following the rapture will be Satan’s best opportunity to be the god of this world. Without the Christians here to oppose him, he has the opportunity to get everyone to follow him. He knows that God is predicting his demise, but at no other time has he had such a large percentage of people who have rejected Christ. If he can turn them to his will and get them to follow him as their god, he wins. If he can bring lasting peace to the middle east, he wins. He isn’t afraid to walk in the path of prophecy because that is his best chance of winning. Satan thinks he can do it. God says otherwise. On which side do you put your trust?

6 comments :

val said...

The woman of Revelation 12 is now here… God is very precise: A woman delivers the true word John1:1, Rev 12:5, Rev 12:13 who restores Acts 3:21 all things to the world before Christ’s return. This woman exposes the lies of Satan who has deceived the whole world Rev 12:9. This woman creates a new thing in the earth by fulfilling God's promise to Eve Gen 3:15, Jer 31:22, Isa 14:16. She is meek like unto Moses Num 12:3, she was raised up Acts 3:22 from the Laodicean church that becomes lukewarm because they refused to hear her Rev 3:14-17. She is also bold like Elijah Matt 17:11, her witness alone turns the hearts of the fathers to the children Mal 4:5-6 to prepare a people for the Lords return before the great and dreadful day of the Lord Matt 17:3, Luke 9:30. Moses and Elijah are together with the word Matt 17:3 they all three are in this one woman. Those who will not hear Acts 3:23 the true word of God now delivered to the world free of charge, as a witness, at the heel of time from the wilderness Rev 12:6 will not be allowed inside the walls of God’s coming kingdom from heaven Rev 21. This true word turns the hearts of the fathers to the children of God by giving the truth that not one child of God will be put in a hell fire no matter what their sins. It never entered the heart or mind of God to ever do such a thing Jer 7:31, Jer 19:5. God created evil Isa 45:7 to teach his children the knowledge of good and evil Rom 8:7, Gen 3:22 so that at their resurrection they become a god Matt 22:29-30, Ps 82:6. Prove all things. Be a workman that needeth not to be ashamed. You cannot rightly judge this unless you read all that has been written by this woman first Pro 18:13 http://minigoodtale.blogspot.com check out the bruising of Satan.

Timothy Fish said...

Val,

My understanding of the woman of Revelation 12 is that she is Israel and the child is Jesus. So, in that sense, the woman is here. As for the rest of what you wrote, I don't know what to say other than to say I'm not sure what you are trying to say.

Whitehawk said...

Very interesting topic. I have wondered how satan could be so foolish as to believe he could take God's throne. I have to believe pride is a big part, if not all of, what blinds him.

I have imagined that in heaven we will have some way to "play back" scenes from history. If we have tevo I'm sure God has something better.


Anyway... I want to see the look on satan's when when he first saw the empty tomb.

Timothy Fish said...

Whitehawk,

That's an interesting thought. I really hadn't thought about tevo in heaven. Perhaps it will be there. At the very least, we'll have access to many eye witnesses, both men and angels.

val said...

Several prophecies are being fulfilled right now...
The woman of Revelation 12 is now delivering the truth.
It is written: One woman delivers the true word John 1:1, Rev 12:5, Rev 12:13 that restores Acts 3:21 all things to the world before Christ’s return. She exposes the lies of Satan who has deceived the whole world Rev 12:9. She creates a new thing in the earth fulfilling God’s promise to Eve Gen 3:15, Jer 31:22, Isa 14:16. She is like Moses Acts 3:22, Num 12:3 and she is like Elijah Matt 17:11 her witness alone from the wilderness Rev 12:6 turns the hearts of the fathers to the children Mal 4:5-6 to prepare a people for the coming millennium before the great and dreadful day of the Lord Matt 17:3, Luke 9:30. Moses and Elijah are together with the word Matt 17:3. These three are in this woman. Woe on those who claim to be Christians but refuse to hear Acts 3:23 the true word of God commanded to be written and delivered to the world free of charge, as a witness and a warning Rev 12:12-13, at the heel of time. This true word delivered turns the hearts of the fathers to the children of God by giving the truth that not one child of God will be put in a hell fire no matter what their sins. It never entered the heart or mind of God to do such a thing Jer 7:31, Jer 19:5. God created evil Isa 45:7 to teach his children the knowledge of good and evil Rom 8:7, Gen 3:22 so that at their resurrection they are ready to become a god Matt 22:29-30, Ps 82:6. Prove all things. Be a workman that needeth not to be ashamed. You cannot rightly judge this unless you read all that has been written by this woman first. A true witness delivereth souls… all souls are now delivered Pro 14:25, 1 Pet 2:5, 1 Pet 2:9. Start at this website... http://minigoodtale.blogspot.com

Timothy Fish said...

Val,

I'm still not sure what you are trying to say, other than to point people to your blog. I don't really have a problem with people doing that, as long as it doesn't get out of hand. But I'm not sure what your comment has to do with what I posted. Although, I will say that I don't really think I can agree with your first statement. While there are some Jews that have accepted Christ, most have not and they are not teaching the truth.