Speaking to Pilate, the Lord Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight so that I should not be delivered to the Jews, but now My kingdom is not from here!” John 18:36
Considering His words, it is good to look at what this world’s kingdom is all about! In this short series of articles we will look at various aspects of this kingdom. To understand its character we need to first know who its king or ruler is.
That old serpent
In Genesis 3:1 this ruler is introduced as the serpent bringing the down fall of the human race by deceiving Eve and causing Adam to sin by disobeying the commandment of God. The serpent, previously Lucifer, the greatest angelic being God ever created, was cast out of Heaven causing man to sin and taking over his world dominion.
The dominion of the world was not given to angels but to man (Hebrews 2:5). Now through sin Adam forfeited his right to reign, and it was taken over by another. The desire of Satan is to be worshiped and will reach a climax when he enters into the Man of Sin to sit in the temple as God (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).
Satan is the enemy
Since the beginning of time he has been in direct opposition to God, the People of God (Israel), the Son of God, the Spirit of God, and the Church of God and will be in opposition to Israel again in the future during the great tribulation.
He will come to a sad tragic end in the Lake of Fire (Revelation 20:10). However, he has taken over many roles and titles and always assumes the authority. He is referred to as the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4) and the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2).
The great red dragon
In the coming day of the great tribulation, he will be the great red dragon who will be out to deceive the whole world (Revelation 12:3). He is the lawless one, a liar, murderer, deceiver, destroyer with many more evil characteristics.
Once we grasp fully how he operates we can see how much influence he has in bringing the world under his sway and control!
Here are some of his influences in our society today: SEDUCTIVE & dangerous TRENDS through the MEDIA
Movies – TV – Commercials – Sit Coms – Soap Operas – Films
Although there are some good programs and films available, the vast majority are revealing violence, sexual immorality, profanity, etc. Sadly many people are infatuated with movie stars whose lifestyles are undesirable role models for them.
Sports – Super Heroes – Multimillion Dollar Contracts
There is nothing wrong with sports activities which can produce good healthy exercise for mind and body. However there is a serious danger for the believer to give most of their time and energy to them to the detriment of spiritual pursuit and activities.
Music – Musicians – Songs
While some songs are wholesome, much of the world’s music promotes lifestyles which are contrary to the Word of God. Once again the pop stars are worshipped and looked upon as role models for the younger society! Dear believer, who are you seeking to emulate? The apostle Paul tells us to “Imitate Christ” (1 Cor 11:1).
Newspapers –Magazines – Advertisements – Books
In many publications today the devil pours in his lies so we must be careful as to what we read and be discerning what is true or false! Watch your reading material!
Religion – Cults – Prosperity Gospel – Occult
Satan’s greatest work is in deceiving many by masterminding every religious system and controlling men’s and women’s hearts by what is false and contrary to the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. Believers be aware of Satanic deception!
In coming articles we will look more closely at the Kingdom of this world and consider how the believer should stand against it.