I don't know anyone who feels sorry for Satan nowadays, but I imagine there are some.
Everyone knows that after his humiliating defeat at Golgotha, just one debacle among a string of many, Lucifer's only chance of prolonging his earthly rule is to utterly destroy the Jewish race. Following Jesus' resurrection, Satan's next big chance came along in AD 70 when a young Roman named Titus Flavius and his legions squashed a seditious Judea. But the Jewish rebels were a resilient lot, and they managed to survive the brutal sword of the Roman Empire.
Throughout history, other heads-of-state have tried to rid the earth of God's chosen people, eventually yielding to Adolph Hitler, the monstrous and most despicable anti-Semitic of all time. This evil leader came closest to succeeding but ironically, the Fuhrer's failure paved the way for the fulfillment of one of the great Biblical prophecies--the rebirth of national Israel (Isaiah 66:8). Hitler's murderous reign initiated the ongoing fulfillment of another set of amazing prophecies, the Aliyah, the immigration of Jews from the diaspora to the land of Israel (Ezekiel 20:34; Isaiah 11:11 -- 12).
One would think that with all the tools he has at his disposal today, Satan would finally be able to attain his vile goal. Most nations of the world have turned their backs on Israel. Its miniscule population of 8 million is dwarfed by the 422 million mostly-Muslims that surround the tiny democracy. Many in these nations virulently hate their neighbor and are committed to its destruction. The latest tidings out of the Middle East reveal that Islamic terrorists have finally acquired almost 90 pounds of uranium compounds, essential toxins in a "dirty bomb." And America, once Israel's strongest defender and closest ally, is effectively on the sidelines, neutered by a shillyshally administration in Washington.
So given odds that are overwhelmingly in Satan's favor, why would someone be tempted to feel sorry for him? If comparably supplied in a game of chess, the fallen angel would have all his pieces, while his under-equipped opponent would be fielding a set of six pawns. Hardly seems fair, does it?
From humanity's perspective, Satan has his best field position since 1948. However, he has a big problem. Muslims are killing Muslims at an alarming rate. Heads of Muslim nations are squandering huge cash reserves and precious natural resources to control seditious factions within their borders, while the rebel leaders are strutting around desert wastelands, blowing up the mosques and shrines of their rivals, destroying national treasures, and committing barbaric atrocities that are reminiscent of Muhammad's early exploits.
What causes men to behave like ones possessed by hellish demons? Reminds me of another prophecy. The angel of the Lord told Ishmael's mother, Hagar, that her son will be
"a wild donkey of a man: his hand will be against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers" (Genesis 16:12).
A few chapters later, Moses recites Ishmael's genealogy and says,
"And they lived in hostility toward all their brothers" (Genesis 25:18b).
But besides having to contend with the squabbling members of a dysfunctional family of nations, Lucifer has to put up with the likes of Caliph Abdullah Ibrahim Ibn Awaad Ibn Ibrahim Ibn Ali Ibn Muhammad of Quraysh al-Baghdadi of the tribe of prophet Muhammad. That's his name! Really! Let me explain. I'm referring to the leader of the terrorist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), but this long string of characters is not his birth name. He discovered that the last Caliph of Islam (the Mahdi) must carry one of Muhammad's 99 names, so he added "Abdullah" to his own. Then he learned that the Mahdi is to come from the lineage of Muhammad, so "of Quraysh Al-Baghdadi of the tribe of Muhammad" was appended. My fingers will cramp up if I have to type that name each time, so let's call him "Caliph Ibrahim" for short.
Caliph Ibrahim was also taught that the Mahdi is supposed invade Israel from the east, so now he's figuring out how to roll through Jordan on his way to Jerusalem. Sounds pretty complicated, doesn't it?
Most followers of Jesus understand that God supernaturally orchestrates the fulfillment of Scripture's prophetic passages from beginning to end. We understand that any role mankind plays in the fulfillment of prophecy is consequent to actions initiated by God. However, "prophecies" in the Qur'an are more like a set of assembly instructions that are to be carefully followed by fanatics of Muhammad. They must work hard to make conditions on the ground match up to the words in the Qur'an. In other words, they rightly believe that if they don't take matters into their own hands, the "prophecy" can never come to pass.
Sporting flowing robes and a Rolex watch, the self-proclaimed caliph recently pronounced grisly platitudes while exhorting his disciples to follow him in jihad (except it's nearly impossible to follow your leader into battle when he's hiding in a cave, the favorite past time of the seldom seen caliph). Emerging briefly from his hiding place a few days ago, he feigned humility as he told his audience in Mosul's Great Mosque, "If you see that I am wrong, advise me and put me on the right track...". Right! Which of his cowering comrades would dare correct him after carrying out his orders to sever the heads of his enemies?
Yet this is the one many predict will create an Islamic Caliphate across the Middle East, eventually giving rise to the "Islamic" antichrist. However, a true caliph must be proclaimed by the entire Muslim world. Most Sunni and Shia Muslim leaders do not support this caliph-wannabe. More than 95% of Syrians oppose him, as do the leaders of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and other moderate Muslim nations. Even al-Qaeda has disavowed affiliation with the caliph's Islamic State.
Bottom line? I believe it will not be long before the maurading butcher is ushered into the presence of Muhammad by a well-positioned drone, a rival, or a firefight. He and his army of ten thousand thugs will be defeated when a bigger bully tires of his antics, or Israel decides the threat to Jordan can no longer be ignored.
So what of the much ballyhooed talk of an Islamic Caliphate that gives rise to the Antichrist?
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The god-man: seed of Satan is the first in a two-part, pre-wrath rapture thriller that tells the riveting story of the rise of the treacherous Antichrist, the god-man who will come to prominence during the seventieth week of Daniel.
Bruce Biller, a longtime student of the Bible and the End Times, believes that Christians will live through the Great Tribulation before Christ's return, rather than being taken to heaven first. His novel set during the last few years of human history, The god-man: seed of Satan, is his vision of how life may be for Christians during the rise of the AntiChrist.
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