The World Under Satan’s Control
Gen. James Green
F IRST JOHN 5:19 says, “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one” (NIV). The KJV has, “…the whole world lieth in wickedness.” The TCNT has, “…all the world is under the influence of the Evil one.” The Weymouth translation has, “…in the power of the evil one,” while the RSV reads, “…and the whole world is in the power of the evil one.”
I think we get what St. John was saying: Satan is the “god” of this world. He is EVIL and his power CONTROLS this present evil age (see also Lk. 13:16; 2 Cor. 4:4; Gal. 1:4; Eph. 6:12; and Heb. 2:14). In Mt. 4:10, we find Jesus saying, “Away from Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only,’” quoting from Deut. 6:13: “Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve Him, and shalt swear by His name.” Verse 14 adamantly says, “Ye shall not go after other gods…” Verse 15 tells us why: “(For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth” (see my long article on “The Jealousy of God”).
In 1 Chron. 21:1 we find, “And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.” We also find Job being tempted by Satan (chs. 1 and 2). We find David mentioning Satan in Ps. 109:6. He is also mentioned in the book of Zechariah 3 times (3:1, 2). When we step into the New Testament era we find his name/person many times.
WE DO HAVE a choice in the matter: we can choose to serve Christ or Satan. Of course First John tells us in 2:15-17, “Love not the world.” “The world” has several meanings. Commentators generally insist that the term “world” (κόσμος), in vv. 15-17, and usually in the Gospel of John, refers not to the order of creation (including man), but to men’s lives as alienated from God. “Do not love the world” appears, indeed, to suggest a markedly different aspect of the world from those sayings which speak of God’s love of the world (Jn. 3:16) or of Jesus as the Savior of the world (1 Jn. 4:14). There are verses, and some in this epistle (1 Jn.), where the meaning of the term is evidently narrowed so as to refer to the world in its human aspects; 1 Jn. 3:1, “The world does not know us,” and 4:5: “The world listens to them” (contrast 3:17; 4:17); so, the meaning of the term varies in different passages.
But here in 1 Jn. 2:15-17, “world” means more than “mankind fallen away from God,”—it deals with the “Satanic.” 1 Jn. 5:19 states that “the whole world lieth in wickedness” (KJV), or, “the whole world is in the power of the evil one” (RSV). The picture of the “world” laying helplessly in the GRIP of EVIL is very much true. It is the Christian’s duty to present the WAY OUT!: “And we know that the Son of God is come…that we may know Him that is true; and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life” (v. 20, KJV). This text gives one of the most explicit statements in the New Testament of the deity of Christ.
So, we can get to KNOW our Savior by repenting of our sins and asking God to forgive us…inviting Christ into our lives to be both Savior and Lord, thus escaping from the grip of Satan.
First John 3:8 reads: “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifest, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” This was Jesus’ mission-to-earth.
Satan is the father of the children of the world; Christ is the father of the children of light. Jesus makes it clear in John 8:44 that His adversaries… “are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires…”
You see, Jesus is very much concerned with the depth and malignancy of SIN. Jesus was always rebuking the “religious” of His day, for they were inwardly FALSE; how could false teachers/prophets lead people OUT OF SIN?! LOOK AT TODAY’S RELIGIOUS LEADERS—FALSE! THEY PRETEND TO BE “CHRISTIAN,” even presenting sorts of “celestial benevolence,” but still are servants of the “world” and of the “evil one.”
Jesus came to destroy the works of Satan; faith in the Incarnation of Christ delivers us from the grip of sin, repenting finalizes it.
The “world” represents hate and death; “Christ” represents love and (eternal) life (see vv. 1 Jn. 3:11-18).
THE BIBLE RELATES to us about the world’s first murder and murderer. 1 John 3:12 points out the culprit: Cain… “who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother” (KJV). The RSV has “murdered his brother.” Cain is already, “of the evil one,” for the devil (Satan) “was a murderer from the beginning” (Jn. 8:44), hence, Cain is of the devil and his wicked deeds reflected it.
Why did Cain murder Abel? Verse 12 tells us, “Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.” This indicates more than mere jealousy, it was HATRED!, for verse 15 tells us so: “Whosoever HATETH his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.”
The Bible also teaches us that the darkness shrinks from the light and HATES it; and Christ observes that because He has given God’s Word to His disciples, therefore, “the world has HATED them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world” (Jn. 17:14).
JESUS WAS AND IS the depiction of love, “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us…” (1 Jn. 3:16). You see, while we were ALL sinners, Christ died for us...not when we were righteous. By our repenting of our sins, we receive eternal life—which is “ethical love.” The antithesis here is: hatred vs. love and death vs. life. John recollects a time when he and his fellow believers were in death (v. 14, “we know that we have passed from death unto life...”). If you have never experienced this great transformation, it is yours for the asking (I did it back in 1971).
Over against all the world’s HATRED is Christ’s love…the message for this mess-age. All this New Age hype, about how every man/woman can find in themselves life, love, and light, is sheer madness. Love—true love, is rooted in the love of God the Father and the Son. Collectively, those who will not receive Christ’s love will remain in death, slaves to the wicked one.
ALL THESE PERSONS WHO CLAIM TO BE “SAVIOURS” ARE THEY THEMSELVES IN NEED OF A PERSONAL SAVIOUR. The New Age philosophies of today conceptualize man’s passion to immortalize himself/herself and their cultures—to pass from death into life—in the symbols of saviours who have attempted in history to deliver disintegrating societies from the “grip of death.” Only the God-incarnate in a man conquers death. “God was in Christ, reconciling the (lost) world unto Himself…and hath committed unto us the Word of reconciliation” (2 Cor. 5:19). Verse 18 tells us that, “all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ.” Verse 17 relates that, “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (creation): old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Reconciliation (Greek, katallage, Strong’s G2643) is an aspect of redemption. It refers to the restoration of the sinner to fellowship with God (see our magazine on “Eternal Salvation”).
Currently, America is undergoing a revolution, with the “Left” trying to regain the “death grip” they once had on America. By “Left” I mean the disciples of Saul Alinsky (who wrote “Rules for Radicals,” see our latest DVD–“The Roots of America’s Dangerous Left”), which are none other than Communists/Socialists.
In “In These Times” (March 2017, a Socialist magazine), the Big Headline on the cover is, “The Fight of Our Lifetime,” the climate movement goes to war with Trump. In the Letters section, under Democratic Socialism, we read:
“I’ve been a democratic socialist like Bernie since the 60s and have been waiting for this country to realize that democratic socialism is good for all of society rather than just the elites (“Socialism’s Trump Bump,” February).
“It’s not rocket science. Denmark and Sweden have healthy economies. Their people have free education and medical care, and make a living wage. Live and learn” (Kathy R., via Facebook).
This is just the kinda BULL I was referring to about “Saviours.” Communism/Socialism has NEVER worked for the good of the people as a whole. Remember the Commies murdered over 100 million of their own citizens in the beginning, not to count the millions since those years of trial.
These poor misguided SUCKERS are really BLIND! Well, the Clintons, the Bushes, and Obamas have been in power for the past 28 years. Place the blame on these psychos, not on Trump [at least not yet]. Place the blame on ultra sicko George Soros, who sponsored much of the revolutions, perversions, etc. that have made the world much more DANGEROUS and nugatory.
I’LL END THIS ARTICLE with a call to stand up for Jesus. Stop believing what the socialist Media reports (—with their LIES / PROPAGANDA / DISINFORMATION), and seek God instead. The “solution to the pollution is counter-revolution.”