by Kenneth O. Peterman
The recent world-wide terrorist attacks prove that Satan is alive and well in our world. Someone has said, “Sin gratifies Satan. When lust or anger burns in the soul, Satan warms himself at the fire.” You might ask, how do you know Satan is behind these attacks? It is true because Scripture teaches that Satan has full power over every unsaved soul. In 2 Corinthians 4:4, Satan is called the ‘god of this world,’ “In whom the ‘god of this world’ hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” Satan is also called the ‘god of this world’ or alluded to as such in John 14:30; 16:11; Ephesians 2:2 and 6:12.
Remember during the temptation of our Lord when Satan took Him to a high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world, he said, “All these things I will give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” It is interesting that Jesus did not reply, “You don’t have the right to give all these kingdoms to me.” But He did say, “Get thee hence.” The Lord did not challenge Satan’s right to all the kingdoms of the world because He knew that Satan was the ‘god of this world’ and had legitimate control over all but God’s children.
Satan originates these world-wide terrorist attacks and carries them out by conscienceless men. If we are in the last days before Jesus returns, Satan knows his time is short and will wreck as much havoc upon the world as possible. In our better moments we must acknowledge that these horrific terrorist attacks demonstrate an evil supernatural force or element at work in our world today. These attacks are so evil they must be more than the acts of man; they must be the acts of the father of evil itself – Satan.
Once a man realizes these terrorist acts are clearly supernatural in origin and scope and evidences the presence and working of Satan, he is forced to acknowledge the reality of the battle between God and the Devil. He must make a decision which side to follow: Jesus Christ, the God of heaven or Satan, the god of this world.
To follow Satan you must do nothing. To follow Jesus Christ, you must acknowledge your sin (Romans 3:23), believe that Jesus died for you (John 1:12; 3:16; 1 Peter 2:24) and call upon the name of the Lord to be saved (Romans 10:13).