Satan’s evil plans concerning the baby Messiah
“Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give berth so that it might devour her child the moment he was born.” Revelation 12:3 – 4. The “dragon” in the book of Revelation refers to Lucifer, the Satan. The seven heads are the seven kingdoms on the earth. Six kingdoms played a role before the birth of the Messiah. The seventh kingdom will play a role in world affairs before Jesus as the King of kings returns. The “ten horns” play a role in giving this earth back to the dragon as his principality. (The seventh kingdom and the ten horns will be explored later in this series of blogs.) The dragon, Satan, stood before the woman who was about to give birth to the Messiah. He tried his best to prevent the birth of the Messiah, but he failed. He should have known, and he did know that God’s plans cannot be disrupted.
Satan, the dragon, was angry because he could not destroy God’s chosen people and prevent the coming of the Savior of the world. He was angry that God did preserve a remnant in Judah through whom the Messiah would come. Satan was furious that the Messiah had been born in Bethlehem, as promised. Accordingly, the dragon, Satan, sprang into action determined to destroy the child, Jesus. To accomplish his plan, he enlisted assistance from the Roman King Herod. When King Herod learned from the Magi that the “King of the Jews” was born, he was alarmed. “When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.” Matthew 2:3. He then acquired of chief priests and teachers of the law where the Messiah is to be born? They replied, in the town of Bethlehem, in Judah as prophesied. Micah 5:2.
The Magi asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?” Matthew 2:1. They did not ask, ‘Where is he who is born Christ, or Messiah. King Herod used the noun, Christ, or Messiah, indicating that he was familiar with the time when the Messiah will be born. The priests and the teachers knew that it is time for the Messiah’s birth. They were expecting that the birth of the Messiah would be announced to them first. They may have been offended that Herod, a Roman, knew before they did.
The chief priests and the law teachers answered to Herod, without hesitation, that the Messiah will be born in Bethlehem. They knew the prophecy by Micah, to their discredit. The prophet Micah prophesied more than seven hundred years before the Messiah’s birth that He will be born in Bethlehem. King Herod, upon hearing that it is Bethlehem where Christ is born, begun his evil plan. Herod first inquired of Magi when did they first observe the star? King Herod then instructed them to find Christ and come and tell him that he can go and worship the Messiah. However, he did not realize that God is in charge; therefore, his plan was spoiled.
To be continued in the next blog.