Bible Prophecies and the Characters of Christ and Satan
There is much that we can see of the character of God in the process of creation. As God created the world during creation week, He created not just things, but systems. He created our atmospheric system, our oceanic system, our fresh water system, our climate system, and all the life forms and subsystems that together comprise our food production system. Each system, as created in perfection, was more complicated that we can comprehend. Genesis chapter 1 tells us that after He created each system, God assessed them and found them to be “good”, which we can take to mean perfect. And after all systems and life forms of the earth were created, and each system intermeshed in perfection with all the others, Genesis 1:31 tells us that God saw everything He had made and found it to be “very good”.
There is a great deal we can tell of the character of God from the creation of the earth. We can tell that He is organized, systematic, deliberate, that He plans in perfection and carries our those plans in perfection. And we can tell that God is generous and God is love – because He created such a perfect and spectacular world for us. The world was so amazing at creation that we are told in Job 38:7 that the angels sang together and the sons of God shouted for joy. It was that good.
If we can learn about the character of God from the creation of the world, so too can we learn about the character of Satan in the destruction of the world. After all, we are told in Revelation 12:9 that Satan was expelled from Heaven and cast to the earth. We are also told in 2 Corinthians 4:4 that Satan is the god of this world – that is god with a lower case “g”—so we know he has a measure of control over this earth. We also know he brought sin into the world. And from the suffering, death, and destruction all around us, we can see why God was so opposed to sin entering the universe. We can also gain additional insight and understanding into the plan of salvation. We sinned, and in doing so were conquered by Satan, who took the dominion of this world that God gave us. In sinning we rejected God and set in place the destruction of the earth and untold suffering by humans, for the consequence of sin is death. In response, He activated a plan to save anyone who would accept salvation by having His own son take our punishment in our stead. According to human understanding, we don’t deserve the grace God is showing us. But God is God and this is one more demonstration of His character.
But we can’t go to our new home just yet. All prophecy must be fulfilled, including the terrible events of the last days, as the cumulative effects of sin are fully manifested. From Christ’s own description of these days in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21, we know that the very systems of the earth that were created in perfection are in steep and accelerating decline and that there is tremendous suffering and terrible disasters.
As this series continues we’ll look at the major systems of the earth that God created, and how in their accelerating decline we see the effects of sin, the character of Satan, and the fulfillment of prophecy. But take heart for the times we live in. In Luke 21, Christ described the last day events that are now unfolding, then in verse 28 He said, “Now when these things begin to happen, look up, lift up your heads, for your redemption draws near.”