Satan’s Role in the Great Tribulation
The history of Satan has been a sordid one from the time pride was found in him and he was ejected from Heaven. Full of hatred and wrath, and forever deceitful, he has done a good job of leading man astray, tempting him to sin, and sending millions to Hell. In the Garden of Eden and ever since, he has lured mankind to sin against his Creator.
But there have been limits to his power and influence. The Spirit of God working through His people always stood in the way. The dawning of the End of Time – the Tribulation – is about to change that. Now Satan’s literal presence on earth fully unleashes and dramatically increases his damnable influence over man. With the Holy Spirit out of the way, Satan races to set up an unchallenged kingdom here on Earth. Life to him holds no value as he runs roughshod over humanity. Man, after all, is God’s creation and he is determined to make subjects of them all—or kill them if they don’t submit.
In fact, Satan's powers over man are heightened exponentially when, in mid-Tribulation, he and all his angels are “cast out into the earth” (Revelation 12:9) by Michael the Archangel. Now Satan and his demons are literally here on Earth, with no restraints placed on their power to kill and deceive. They take full control, and unimaginable sorrows set in for their opposition.
Working with Satan to wipe out all opposition is the very antithesis to Christ: the Antichrist. Empowered by Satan, the Antichrist becomes the first world leader, albeit the worst leader the planet has ever had. Apparent friend to Israel in the beginning, after three and one-half years, the Antichrist Beast is revealed for his true self. The veneer that glossed over his true intentions disappears as Satan empowers him, and he commits the abomination of desolation.
Inspired by Satan, the Antichrist turns on Israel and desecrates the temple of God, and exalts himself as God. With this declaration, Satan, acting vicariously through the Antichrist, officially and boldly proclaims his true intentions— universal worship. For Satan, that level of worship is now an attainable obsession. Heretofore, he pursued his dream through the likes of Hitler and Stalin, but it was not yet time for him to seize full power. Now, in mid-Tribulation, Satan has a worldwide kingdom, with subjects from every nation, to adore and worship him. Now that he fancies himself to be God, Satan thinks there can be no opposition to his plans. Secular man feels the devil’s wrath, but it is the Christian and the Jew who are marked for extinction.
Ironically, Satan marks his foes by their refusal to be marked. Coincident with his fall to earth and Antichrist’s rise to power, the second beast (the False Prophet) appears, performs miracles that deceive man into making an image to the first beast (Antichrist), gives life to the image, then mandates that every human being worship that image or receive his mark of ownership (commonly called “the mark of the Beast”). This mark, in the right hand or forehead, is mandated in order for any man to buy or sell any product.
Once identified, dissenters are doomed. Refusal to worship the Beast’s image results in death. Refusal to take the mark eventually results in starvation. Again, it is Satan’s way of ridding the earth of all who would oppose him. After all, that is his moniker: steal, kill, and destroy.
After mocking their God and their worship, Satan breaks his promise with Israel and kills two-thirds of the people. Failing to achieve complete extermination, his anger then compels him to make war with the Christians, who “keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17). Through the mark, he singles them out, and the second mass killing begins.
For more on the Great Tribulation, see my recently-published book, America's Role in Armageddon.