As a society, we love a good story. Writers can make millions of dollars crafting thrilling tales to keep us on the edge of our seat. The most common formula used is that of good versus evil.
The story is made most interesting by keeping the reader guessing as to which side will prevail. Many have applied this view to the world itself, believing that the universe is locked in an epic battle between good and evil. Is this a contest with no certain outcome? Or, can you be sure that good will triumph over evil and that the very embodiment of evil, Satan the devil, will meet his end?
First, it is important to recognize that Satan is a very real being. Many people have wrongly used human logic to try to argue away the very existence of a devil. They are deceived! The Apostle John describes Satan as “that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9). One of his greatest deceptions is the myth that he does not even exist!
In the September-October 2010 edition of Tomorrow’s World, Richard Ames takes a look at what the Bible actually teaches about Satan the Devil. In his article titled “Who Is the Devil?” he shares with us this insightful synopsis: “He is neither an imaginary figure, nor a comic-book character in a red suit with horns and a tail. He is not a creature to ‘have fun about’ on Halloween. The devil is your enemy, and wants to see you destroyed.”
Next, it’s important to know that the Bible not only tells us the devil exists, it also tells us the end of his story.
Those who keep God’s Holy Days, listed in Leviticus 23, are reminded each year of the seven crucial steps in God’s master plan. This includes the removal of Satan! The Day of Atonement pictures a time in the not-too-distant future when Satan will be taken out of the equation. John saw this in a vision and recorded it for us in the book of Revelation:
“Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and 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 20:1–3).
Satan will be bound for a thousand years, and then released for a short while before being put away for good! We do not need to remain on the edge of our seat, wondering who will be victorious. There is no contest. God cannot lie (Titus 1:2), and His word makes it clear that the devil’s end has been decided; that Satan’s days are numbered!
If you would like to know more about the powerful implications of events pictured by the Day of Atonement, or would like to discover the path to truly understanding God’s plan for all mankind, then please do not delay in reading online or ordering our free booklet titled The Holy Days: God’s Master Plan. God has given us the Holy Days so that we can skip to the end of the story, confident that God will triumph over Satan and that He has a wonderful destiny for us. Do not miss this opportunity to peek into your future!