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Satan's plan for mankind
{Mini Bible Study} Satan’s Plan for Mankind
            The bible teaches us that Satan and one third of the angels in heaven at some point in the past rebelled against GOD and were cast out of heaven to earth. Since that time Satan has tried to control the planet and lure people from following GOD. We are mostly taught that Satan’s main purpose for wanting to lure as many people from GOD as possible is that he is angry at GOD for defeating him and simply wants to deny GOD the lives of as many of GOD’s children as possible by getting them to sin and reject Jesus Christ.
            But Satan is the king of deception, and if we study the bible closely we can find that Satan’s plans are much more devious and cunning than just wanting to “take as many people down with him as he can”. Satan is a vain and arrogant being who still believes he can take the place of GOD. To understand the full scope of how Satan thinks he can accomplish this goal we need to make a quick study of end time events, the very end time events. Our study will start with the second coming of Jesus Christ.
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)
            When Jesus returns to claim his people everyone on earth who has ever lived, and accepted Christ, will rise up from the earth to meet Jesus in the air. First the dead who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior will rise, followed by all that are still alive and that have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. Let’s continue with the next event,
“For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” (1 Thessalonians 5:2-3)
            In the very next chapter of the book of Thessalonians we are told that Jesus will come unexpectantly, like a “thief in the night”, and that all the people that are left on the planet will experience “sudden destruction” and that they “shall not escape”. Modern mainstream Christianity teaches that after the return of Jesus there will be a seven year period of tribulation, but this seven year tribulation cannot be found anywhere in the bible, instead the bible itself tells of the sudden destruction of all those left on the earth who have not received Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Let’s continue,
“And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on … Satan, and bound him a thousand years … and after that he must be loosed a little season. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.” (Revelations 20:1-5)
            In the book of Revelation we now get a description of what becomes of Satan after the sudden destruction of all mankind left on earth. We are told that angels come down and bind Satan in a “bottomless pit” for a thousand years. This bottomless pit is a symbolic pit, how could you actually bind someone to the bottom of a pit with no bottom? Pit is just another word in the bible for “grave”, and the entire sphere of the earth at this point in time has become a huge grave with the bodies of all those destroyed for having rejected Christ in the last generation, laying unburied on the ground for a thousand years. Satan is bound to the earth by “chains of circumstance”, forced to wander the circle or “bottomless” pit or “grave” of the earth and think about all the sin he has caused.
            This verse also tells us that those who accepted Jesus reign in heaven with Jesus for those same thousand years that Satan wanders the earth alone. Notice that at the end of that verse it states “But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished”, indicating that all those that rejected Jesus would be resurrected at the end of the thousand years. This resurrection is the resurrection of the damned, when they are called up to stand for the final judgment for their sins.
            But Satan will try to take advantage of this sudden resurrection of all those who rejected Jesus.
“And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.” (Revelations 20: 7-8)
            This verse is telling us that after the sudden resurrection of all those who rejected Jesus and GOD during their lives Satan goes out to “gather them together to battle”. What is literally happening at this point in time is that every human being that has ever lived throughout all time and rejected GOD and Jesus is now suddenly resurrected to stand for their final judgment and punishment from GOD. But Satan sees this as an opportunity to rally these billions of people for one last assault against GOD. Even after the previous defeats he, Satan, has suffered at the hands of GOD his overwhelming pride and arrogance has him thinking that he can still dethrone GOD.
            The next image we see is that of the city of New Jerusalem, with GOD, Jesus and all the saints, descending from heaven to take up their eternal residence here on earth.
“And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Revelations 21:2)
            When the city of New Jerusalem sits down on the plane of the earth Satan then rallies all his newfound troops to take up positions around the city.
“And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city…” (Revelations 20:9)
            Satan in all his arrogance still thinks that he can take the place of GOD. Satan’s final plan is to take GOD’s holy city New Jerusalem by force using the billions of people that have rejected Christ as his army. But the verse tells us he will not win…
“…and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.”  (Revelations 20:9)
            The armies of Satan are consumed by the final Judgment fires of GOD. The armies of man kneel one last time before the power of GOD almighty before being forever reduced to ash by the rain of fire from GOD out of heaven.
            So by doing this study we can see that Satan has never given up on his quest to dethrone GOD and take GOD’s place. Instead he has tasked himself with building an army, for every person that rejects Christ in this life becomes a soldier for Satan in that final battle that cannot be won. Satan just doesn’t want us to be “evil” or “mean”, he wants us to reject Jesus because he actually needs us to fight for him at the end of time. Satan has nothing to lose, he must try, he has no other option, but he will fail.
            And as we can see, at that final battle of Armageddon, to be fought on the destroyed, rubble strewn, dead and decayed face of the earth that has lain abandoned for one thousand years there will only be one safe place to be…
…and that safe place is INSIDE the city of New Jerusalem, with Jesus and the Saints, protected from the final cleansing of the earth and the judgment of the damned. Those who will go through the second death and never know the complete peace, happiness and safety that only GOD can provide.
            So that leaves us with just one final problem, one final puzzle to solve. How do we ensure that WE are inside New Jerusalem at that time? What is the key to that city? How do make sure that we and all our loved ones and our children will be beyond a doubt safe and secure within the walls of New Jerusalem when the cleansing fire falls?
We consult our handbook of life, the Holy Bible.
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” (Rev 22:14)
            The key to the city is the observance of GOD’s holy Ten Commandments, all ten of them. Blessed are they that DO HIS COMMANDMENTS as they MAY ENTER INTO THE GATES INTO THE CITY.  Jesus also tells us,
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10)
            So as far as GOD is concerned we must keep all Ten Commandments or it is as if we are keeping none! GOD cannot make it any simpler than that. The keeping of the Ten Commandments ensures you a place inside the perfect protection of GOD’s love in HIS most holy city.
            The stakes are too high not to obey, the clock has run short. We may feel that we can “skimp” by and as long as we “say” we love and obey GOD that will be enough. But what if it isn’t? What if there is just a 1% percent chance that that isn’t enough and that we need to be doing the best we can to be in full compliance to GOD’s Ten Commandments? Is a 1% chance an acceptable risk when it comes to the well being of your children?
            This parent says there is no “acceptable” risk when it comes to the well being of our children. We need to be sure we are doing all we can to be in full, biblical compliance with GOD’s Ten Commandments. We cannot afford to rely on our pride or what our pastors or parents have told us, we can only rely on the Holy Bible itself. Here are the keys to the protection of you and your loved ones.
1)      Have no other GODS but the GOD of the Holy Bible
2)     Do not engage in idol worship
3)     Do not take the LORDS name in vain
4)     REMEMBER the Sabbath Day and keep it holy. GOD’s Establish SEVENTH DAY SABBATH on Saturday, not the beast’s/antichrist’s counterfeit SUNDAY Sabbath. (Remember, you break ONE you break THEM ALL and Satan has worked very hard to make sure all mankind breaks the fourth commandment for a reason!)
5)     Honor thy mother and father
6)     Do not murder
7)     Do not commit adultery
8)     Do not steal
9)     Do not bare false witness (lie)
10)  Do not covet (greed and envy)
            These are the keys to the city, freely given by GOD for our own protection. Let’s take GOD up on HIS offer and not fall into the plans of Satan.
Peace and GOD BLESS
ken elliott jr 2009