Money is constantly referred to by men as the bait Satan uses to tempt men.
But is it?
What does Satan use to tempt the “man who has everything“?
Revelation 20 provides an interesting look into the future–and into human nature and the present, as well:
“And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.”
“And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.”
Revelation 20:1-3, 7-9
This is the situation after Jesus returns for that portion of mankind which has their judgment deferred:
- men will live in a perfect environment: food will be plentiful and easy to obtain. (God’s curse will be lifted from the Earth – Revelation 22:3).
- Lifespans will be once more increased (Isaiah 65:20).
- For a thousand years, there will be no devil to tempt mankind.
- Perfect government, with Jesus as the king, will rule (Revelation 11:15).
- Men will no longer learn war, nor will there be any more war. (Isaiah 2:4).
After 1000 years of such a life, Satan is then loosed “for a season” and tempts and deceives the nations. The interesting questions: What is it that Satan can offer these people that they don’t already have? What does he use to tempt them from a seemingly-perfect life to utter destruction?
Answer: Satan will use the same things that he used to tempt Eve, when Eve had the perfect life.
He will introduce doubt about the goodness of God and Jesus Christ.
He will question their motives.
He will introduce doubt that they are living a perfect life: a questioning of their satisfaction. He will no doubt call their lives “boring” and tempt them to try something more “exciting.”
And then, he will offer them something they already have, but in a way that deceives them into disobedience.
It’s speculated that he will offer them the same illusion which tempts so many today: FREEDOM. Or rather, the freedom to sin.
Or, freedom disguised as “fun.”
Throughout history, “freedom” and “fun” have often been the enemy’s buzzwords for “rebellion”–and Satan, as the world’s first rebel, knows rebellion.
Yes, money can be a temptation. But it is far from the only temptation.
Lacking originality, Satan almost always offers what that person already possesses (Genesis 3:4) to tempt that person to sin against a loving and perfect God.
Being persuasive, men (which are made of dirt) fall for Satan’s temptations nearly every time.
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:”
—2 Corinthians 4:3
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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