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The Daily Word of Righteousness
A Missing Element, #13
And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. (Deuteronomy 8:2)
God gives authority to Satan, to Antichrist.
And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. (Revelation 13:7)
It is useless for the believer to rage at the sin in the world or the hindrances in his own life. God is in control of all matters. God never causes anyone to sin. It is the lawlessness that is born in us that is the occasion for our troubles.
We are encouraged when we understand that the wrestling match will have a conclusion. God through Christ shall crush Satan under the feet of the saints as soon as their obedience has been fulfilled. Then the saints will possess the Kingdom of God. It is not that the saints merely will enter the Kingdom, it is that they will possess it, inherit it, own it.
It pleases God to do all things through Christ. It pleases the Lamb to do all things through His saints, His Bride. All authority in Heaven and on the earth is to be given to the saints as soon as their judgment has been completed.
The saints will judge the world. The saints will judge angels. The saints will sit on the highest throne with the Lord Jesus. The saints will be given the keys of the Kingdom, the authority to permit people to enter the Kingdom of God, and also to withhold the Kingdom and eternal life from people—a dreadful authority indeed!
Before such terrible authority and power are given to the saints they first must be tested in every conceivable manner. This is why the Lord's saints have suffered through the centuries.
Satan's days are numbered. The Lord's conquerors will take the Kingdom and rule to the ages of ages.
But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him. (Daniel 7:26,27) (from A Missing Element)