20:6 Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection.
Accepting the “binding” of Satan as a fact of history, based on Christ’s expulsion of demons, can we find in history an event that “released Satan to deceive the nations” 20:7-8?
Yes...offered as a firm possibility, though a personal observation. The Origin of the Species, by Charles Darwin, published in 1859, has deceived the nations, who have been willingly, cheerfully and thoroughly deceived. No single writing has had a more deleterious impact on the human race. It loosed on society a viciously satanic view of humanity: that we’re the product of chance, morphing through various stages, not the intentional, directed, planned, instant creation of Almighty God in his image. It has done more to secularize America life than any Hollywood production, though its views of life originate in Darwin’s hypothesis. It has done more than any theory to undermine, dismiss and pillory Biblical morality than any salacious novel that merely reflected Darwin’s conclusions.
Face it. If enough people believe we came from a life form presently beneath us, any anti-social behavior is expected since it reflects vestiges of our beginnings. Indeed, it congratulates us for already lifting ourselves by personal effort above our lesser beginnings. Given enough time—the favorite lie of the evolutionist—we’ll find more ways to minimize, if not eliminate, the misfit, the vindictive, the criminal, the abuser, the killer, the robber, the thief, etc., etc., etc.
The Bible denies that comforting nonsense as satanic deceit. Since we originated by God’s holy perfection, the innocence of our original parents could have been advancement into perfection by simple obedience to his single command Genesis 2:16-17. Instead, from innocence they fell into sin in the Garden of Eden, then into depravity outside it Genesis 4:8, 19-24. Until falling into complete depravity brought destruction by the universal flood Genesis 7:11-23.
From 1859 to 1926 Darwin’s theory filtered through colleges and universities to listening ears. In 1926 it became an everyday point of discussion with the Scopes trial in Tennessee. In that trial agnostic Henry Darrow defended Biology teacher John Scopes as a teacher “denied academic” freedom by not being allowed to teach evolution. Question: why don’t agnostics today defend dedicated creationist teachers who are “denied academic” freedom to teach “intelligent design” as an alternative to mindless evolution?
For, while in 1926, evolution couldn’t be taught in Tennessee’s public schools, in 2020, 95 years later, nowhere in public schools, at any level, of any kind, throughout the country, and likely the world, can “intelligent design” be even considered, let alone taught as an alternative to Darwin’s baseless speculations. Until this very day evolution is accepted at all levels of education, careers, politics, publications and histories, etc. Every aspect of society and human life is so saturated with the lie that qualified, brilliant professors in universities cannot keep their positions as believers in Almighty God if they even mention, let alone suggest, let alone demand, intelligent design as a realistic option/alternative to organic evolution.
It’s no wonder that prayer is no longer welcome in school classrooms—or in the Pledge of Allegiance. After all, that dreaded word GOD will be spoken! It’s no wonder that prayer in Christ’s name isn’t welcome in community meetings. After all, that most dreaded word JESUS will be spoken!
In society’s eyes, humanity doesn’t need God in Christ to be decent human beings. Any other deity would be acceptable, but not God in Christ. And, following necessarily in that view, in the perspective of the secularist, anyone who insists that God in Christ is essential is but a narrow-minded bigot not fit to live in a wonderfully secular, diverse culture.
Such is the impact of Darwin’s flawed, lying, deceiving false Origin of the Species.
Now...Christians...do not be disheartened, defeated, discouraged and demeaned. Satan’s native arrogant mendacity thinks that, as he has fooled the unsaved, he can as easily convince the redeemed. Never! Aware of the vicious nature of the Enemy, we KNOW MORE CERTAINLY the POWER, AUTHORITY, MAJESTY and TRUTH of the Living God in Christ. As Elisha told his servant, II Kings 6:16-17; as the apostle John repeated in I John 4:4, the one who is for us is greater than ALL congregated against us.
It’s still true in our depraved culture. Therefore, buck up, stand up, straighten up, speak up and stalwartly defend Jesus Christ! Our Great Friend has banished the fear of DEATH and will eventually destroy all other enemies as God’s Living Word! Fini