From just observing life and the actions of mankind, anyone possessing even a small degree of conscious awareness must admit that there are opposing powers at work in the universe. There is that which is evil and that which is good.  While we often equate evil with that which seeks to cause harm and destroy, Scripture reveals that evil possesses a motivating force that seeks to oppose God’s plan and timing by attempting to duplicate or bring into existence through human effort that which God has purposed to do with His creation.  Numerous passages speak of a time in the future when Christ will establish His earthly kingdom and bring dramatic changes on earth. The prophet Isaiah gives us insight into the reign of Messiah over Israel and the world.  “But with righteousness he will judge the needy; with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He [Christ] will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.  Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.  The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.  The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox.  The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child put his hand into the viper's nest.  They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Is 11:4-9). The prophet continues his description of changes in the temperament and nature of animals.  "The wolf and the lamb shall graze together, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox; and dust shall be the serpent's food. They shall do no evil or harm in all my holy mountain," says the LORD” (Is 65:25).  “For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise. God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne. The nobles of the nations assemble as the people of the God of Abraham, for the kings of the earth belong to God; he is greatly exalted” (Ps 47:7-9).  Satan, knowing these Scriptures, and understanding that if these are fulfilled he will be incarcerated in the lake of fire, seeks to preempt and usurp this future reign of Christ and create a utopia on earth and in doing so, claim the honor and worship that belongs to Christ.  His instrument of choice to accomplish his plans is mankind.  Thus he motivates through high sounding words of “do goodism” to bring into existence a state of perfection in the world.  He proposes to save the planet in direct contradiction of Scripture that teaches that God is going to restore this earth to its pristine state in the Garden and later will destroy this present world and create a new heaven and earth. Satan’s global view is to accomplish that before Christ can. This is consistent with his efforts to convince each individual that there is no need of a Savior, for man supposedly can obtain favor with God by accomplishing good deeds.  Once again the Scriptures condemn that lie and emphatically state that salvation is on the basis of grace and not works.  “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast” (Eph 2:8-9). The challenge for each of us to learn of God and His plan for the ages, fulfilling our responsibilities as stewards of His creation, but not accepting the demonic fabrication that mankind is in control of creation and his destiny.  God is Sovereign!  Only He is worthy of our devotion, honor and praise.  Our faith is not based on human effort, but on the perfect work of Christ on the Cross. Therefore our focus must remain steadfast on His Word and Person … “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12:2).

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