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“Satan's Great Desire”
by Art Sadlier   
December 1st, 2011

In Ezekiel 28:16 Lucifer is called the “covering cherub.” Evidently he was created to hover over the throne of God and guard the holiness of God. From his vantage point he observed the glory of God and the worship that He received and the way He ruled over heaven and earth. Lucifer determined that he would take the place of God and be worshipped and rule as God ruled and was worshipped.

We read about that great desire in Isaiah 14:13-14, “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

Satan has been driven by that desire ever since that time. By the permissive will of God Satan was able to tempt Eve and through Adam bring the human race under his control. He was also able to lead a large contingent of angels in a rebellion against God.

This contest between God and Satan has continued as Satan has struggled to consolidate his kingdom and remove God from His throne altogether.

Satan’s first attempt took place at the tower of Babel. Satan works to accomplish his purposes through men. We read about this attempt in Genesis 11:4, “And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.”

This first attempt was an attempt to establish a “One World Government,” and a “One World Religion.”  That first attempt failed as God came down and confounded their language.

Satan is planning one more attempt to establish his kingdom and actually replace God altogether.

Satan has three goals to achieve his desire, a world government, a world church, and the destruction of Israel. That sums up his program, and it will unfold in the tribulation period. It is now beginning to unfold even prior to the tribulation period. We see these scenarios now well under way.

  1. A World Government. There is, and has been for some time now, much maneuvering to set the stage for world government. That coming world government will be based in Europe where the antichrist will suddenly appear and take control of ten European nations as a base for his government. The World Government will not materialize until the mid tribulation point. The turmoil in Europe at the present time is setting the stage for antichrist to appear and take control of Europe. This present situation is unfolding in Europe just as foretold by Daniel.
  2. A World Church. We have watched for some years this coming world church forming through the ecumenical movement. The present apostasy of evangelicalism is a major step in this direction. When the Bride of Christ is raptured this counterfeit harlot church will rise to fill the earth and rule for 3 1/2 years with Antichrist.Satan will use this harlot church to bring the world to worship his man, the antichrist, whom he will indwell.

      3. The Destruction of Israel. It is hard to comprehend the level of hatred in the world against Israel. Men are satanically inspired by Satan to hate Israel. This hatred of Satan for Israel is the focal point of the age long war between God and Satan.

The reason that Satan wants to destroy Israel is found in Luke 1:31-33, “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”

Satan knows that God has promised to restore Israel to her land and to send Christ (Messiah) to rule over Israel from the throne of David in Jerusalem. That would mean an end to Satan`s hope of ruling over this world in place of God.  Satan rightly knows that if he can destroy Israel God will not be able to fulfill his promise and he would defeat God.

There will always be an Israel, God has proclaimed it and Israel`s enemies will be destroyed instead of Israel. Today we are watching the unfolding of the cataclysmic war of the ages. This war is between God and His adversary, Satan. It is a spiritual war and it being fought by the hands of men, by demons and by angels.

We are now standing on the threshold of the exploding of a great conflict that will dramatically unfold and climax with the coming of Christ from heaven seven years after its beginning.    

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