God sovereignly rules from the Throne of Heaven. Jesus Christ is at the right hand of God the Father ruling and reigning with Him.
10All Your works shall praise You, O Lord, And Your saints shall bless You. 11They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, and talk of Your power, 12To make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of His kingdom. 13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And Your dominion endures throughout all generations. Psalm 145:10-13
But to the son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter or righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.” Hebrews 1:8
Why then is it necessary for Christ to return to set up His kingdom here upon this earth? Because this world belongs to Satan, and will until Christ returns physically to destroy the Antichrist, along with his evil kingdom, bind Satan for one thousand years and set up His righteous kingdom upon this earth with its seat of governance located in Jerusalem. We will look at the verses found throughout the Bible that verify what has been specified in this opening statement.
Throughout the Scriptures we are confronted with the assertion that Satan rules this fallen world system. The oldest book in the Bible, Job, portrays the enemy’s possession of the evil sphere in which we live.
7Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.” 8Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” Job 1:7-8
Here we see Satan’s claim to the earth without any refutation from the Lord. How did Satan lay claim to the earth? It happened after he fell and then deceived Adam and Eve in order to destroy the height of God’s creation and usurp their ownership of the earth.
26Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26
17Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. 18Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. 19In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:17-19
We saw from the verses out of Job that Satan rules this world. This truth is taught by the Lord Jesus Christ in John chapter 17.
15“I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” John 17:15-16
This truth is expressly stated in 1 John 5:19:
We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. 1 John 5:19
There are two kingdoms existing in this age of grace, the kingdom of God comprised of His beloved redeemed saints, and the kingdom of Satan comprised of the lost, whether religious or not.
Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen Galatians 1:3-5
‘I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’ Acts 26:17-18
Satan is the ruler of this fallen world system and Jesus Christ will receive back the kingdom of the world when He returns to destroy the Antichrist’s kingdom and bind Satan for one thousand years.
It is unfortunate that fallen man has perverted the clear Word of God by adulterating it with doctrines that undermine the doctrine that Jesus Christ will return to this world physically to wrest back its ownership to mankind through the ruler ship of God. The initiation comes after Satan and his demons are cast out of heaven.
7And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 12Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” Revelation 12:7-12
Satan then sets up his Antichrist on earth and all mankind worships the beast, the dragon, and are deceived by the false prophet.
4So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” 5And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. 6Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. 7It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. 8All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 13:4-8
The beast, Antichrist, receives his authority from Satan, because Satan has transferred it to him. Here we see the clash of the two kingdoms, the kingdom of Antichrist makes war with and overcomes the saints. If anyone does not belong to Jesus Christ then they belong to the Antichrist and worship him and will share in his eternal damnation. The kingdom of Satan is overthrown and destroyed when Jesus Christ returns in glory with His saints and angels.
11Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called the Word of God. 14And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. 17Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, 18that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.” 19And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh. 1Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while. Revelation 19:11-20:3
There are many who twist the Scriptures to say that Jesus Christ is already reigning here on earth, but the Scriptures are clear that Satan is the ruler of this dark age, and only when Christ Jesus returns will he be dethroned and the rightful righteous King ascend to His glorious throne to rule His kingdom for one thousand years. Do not believe the lie that there are numerous acceptable doctrines regarding the return of Christ. You do so to your own peril. The enemy is using the lie that Christ is already here to lull many into a false sense of peace and prepare them for the acceptance of the Antichrist. Let us not embrace the lie that orthodoxy is defined by accepting variant teachings on the return of Christ, or being tolerant of this twisting of Scripture. Let us as the beloved redeemed of the Lord whose names are written in the Book of Life of the Lamb reject the lie and contend for the truth of Christ soon return. May God equip us for standing true to Him for His glory and the blessing of the brethren.