Gustave Doré, Depiction of Satan, the antagoni...
Gustave Doré, Depiction of Satan, the antagonist of John Milton’s Paradise Lost c. 1866 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To begin the experiment, God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. Then he chose Lucifer, the archangel, and filled his mind with iniquity. Lucifer was injected with the power of God’s evil, and by this transformed into Satan. Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.

       For ministers, Satan was given a contingent of angels. They were turned to the folly of rebellion; their minds were bound in blackness, and their desires twisted to destruction. Satan and his entourage were then thrust down to the earth, to establish the Kingdom of Darkness. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

       With the making of Satan, all the knowledge of evil that was hidden in the mind of God, was loosed upon the creation. But this evil was carefully constrained to a single tiny speck in the cosmos. Evil was imprisoned on earth, the only planet with air. According to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.

 

       Earth was made the celestial repository of wickedness, corruption, and rebellion. Permeating the atmosphere, these evils were ingested by everything that breathes, that all might come under their sway. Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth. Earth thus became a unique habitat of iniquity; a place where some of God’s creatures could go to experience things never before imagined. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

       Planet earth became the Kingdom of Darkness, tyrannically ruled by a demented monarch. Power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.Accordingly, the rules of earth are different. They are unlike any others in creation. Here, for a brief time, evil will flourish. God’s light will be eclipsed by a furious cloud of raging depravity. Malignancy will prey on good as a parasite that kills its host. Disease and discord will course through the veins, corrupting all flesh. The inhabitants of earth will be turned to insanity, to feed on cravings for worthless trinkets. The earth is given into the hand of the wicked. In this crazy world, decay and death will reign supreme, for a time, the seemingly invincible victors of every conflict. This is your hour, and the power of darkness.

      In this dismal maze the Living God is forgotten, hidden, shrouded from view. His will appears to be thwarted, his purposes maligned. His love seems to be rejected, his deity trampled by pitiful defiance. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

       The impious creatures who roam the globe have grotesquely altered God’s visage, preferring instead the deranged doctrines of their own making. I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes. The people of earth have dismantled God’s character, corrupted his truth, and deserted his plan. In their silly dementia they cackle, relegating God to a groveling place as a beaten and humiliated loser. Me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

       Earth is an environment of perfect evil. It is a terrarium of iniquity, hand-crafted by a loving God. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil. … I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

       In all the ages past, evil has never before been seen by any creature. But now, according to God’s plan for eternal blessing, evil has been manifest upon the earth. Like a celestial theater, earth is a stage where the masque of good & evil is played out, while all the creation looks on.

       Bewildered, the angelic realms peer into this quagmire to watch the unfolding wisdom of God. The amazing sight is sickening and yet addictively intriguing. They have never seen anything like this before. They have never witnessed rebellion or disobedience. They are accustomed to God’s directives being accomplished with lively devotion. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

       But in spite of appearances to the contrary, the reins of earthly evil are firm in the grasp of God’s hand. The evil of earth is like a little cone of shadow, surrounded and constrained by the light of God’s glorious purpose. He has intended every tear and purposed every pain. They are a wonderful schooling for the observing angels of God, and the promise of eternal perfection for the participants. Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses.

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