beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Gen. 1:1.
What has been the result of Satan's bringing sin into the world through our first parents? "And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness." 1 John 5:19.
When Christ came to redeem the world, what did Satan do to Him? "And immediately the Spirit driveth Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto Him." Mark 1:12, 13. See also Matt. 4:1-11.
How severely was Christ tempted? "For we have not a High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." Heb. 4:15.
Has the church suffered persecution since the days of Christ? "And when the dragon [Satan. verse 9] saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman [the church] ." Rev. 12:13.
NOTE. - Many millions of the people of God have been put to death since the Christian era by papists, to say nothing of those who suffered martyrdom at the hands of pagan persecutors. See "Buck's Theological Dictionary," and any commentary or church history. See also reading on "A Remarkable Symbol." page 146.
Will the last, or remnant, church feel his wrath? and why? "And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Rev. 12:17.
How will he deceive men in the closing work of the gospel? "And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he hadpower to do in the sight of the beast." Rev. 13:14.
What will be the tendency of this work? "For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty." Rev. 16:14.
Why will men be thus allowed to fall under the delusion of Satan? "They received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie, that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in un. righteousness." 2 Thess. 2:10-12.
What will be his last work? "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." Rev. 20:7, 8.
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