Why did Satan so fiercely oppose the coming of the Messiah?
John did not answer the unstated but implied question directly but included the war in heaven as an answer. “Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost the place in heaven. Revelation 12:7 – 8. We understand from the fifth seal’s opening that Satan rode out of heaven, determined to conquer. Because he lost his home in heaven, he needed to get another one. However, he did not have the right to take property by force. The inhabitants of the property must give it to Satan. In his quest for a new home, Satan deceived the woman, which led Adam to give this planet to Satan as his principality. We do not know why did Adam make such a dangerous decision. Satan gained a home for him and his angels. He proceeded to enslave humankind in his kingdom of sin and darkness. Fortunately for the sinful humankind, God still loved them, and He determined to save the helpless humanity.
Satan knew that the child Jesus, whom he wants to kill, will overthrow him as the prince of this world. Satan knew that God plans to save humankind from guilt and punishment for sin and return the earth into His Dominion. Therefore, Satan was determined to employ his most venomous evil to ensure he will retain the world as his principality. Consequently, Satan wanted to ensure that the child Messiah does not grow, defeat Satan, and redeem the people from slavery to sin and darkness. Because he was not a sovereign ruler, Satan knew that he could not attack Jesus by himself. So, he enlisted the earth’s inhabitants, who were not in God’s camp, to carry out his plan to kill child Jesus.
After King Herod had died, and Jesus’ sojourn in Egypt has come to an end, God instructed Joseph to return Jesus to Palestine. Matthew 2:20. Because Herod’s son ruled Judea, Joseph returned to Galilee. Matthew 2:22 – 23. God educated the representative of the old humankind concerning the Enemy. God loved the newly-created humanity. He would not keep them in darkness and have them face the Enemy without proper knowledge. In the same manner, God prepared Jesus to meet the same temptation the first Adam did. Jesus grew strong in spirit, and God was with him. Luke 2:40. Jesus, in the desert, while being tempted by Satan, made a correct decision. He conquered temptation, and his life became perfect. Hebrews 2:10.
Thus, Jesus made it impossible for the Enemy to establish his brand of long-enduring life on the earth. “Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against rest of her offspring – those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.” Revelation 12:17. Satan, because he could not prevent the birth of the Messiah, and could not kill the child Jesus, is determined to lead as many as possible away from Jesus Christ. His method is to entice the people to turn their eyes to self instead of on Jesus Christ. To avoid Satan’s evil snare, all should heed God’s advice. “Turn to me and be saved all you ends of the Earth; for I am God, and there is no other.” Isaiah 45:22.
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