Summary: What Satan has always wanted: worship of men and angels
Seventy five years ago this October, in 1938, masses of people were duped across the United States. Orson Welles, radio actor and director of Mercury Theater, unintentionally created the greatest case of mass hysteria ever seen.
What Welles did that was so unusual was that he intentionally made his broadcast sound like a show with dance music. What seemed to be 'breaking news reports" sounded incredibly real as Welles intentionally did not announce the radio drama to create dramatic effect. These news reports, interlaced with cutback returns to the dance music were filled with the "news" that explosions could be seen on Mars, followed by the fall of what was thought to be a meteorite in Grovers Mill, New Jersey, then followed by the emergence of Martian invaders bent on taking over the planet.
Panic ensued, as people believed the radio show to be real. "People packed the roads, hid in cellars, loaded guns, even wrapped their heads in wet towels as protection from Martian poison gas in an attempt to defend themselves against the aliens", fully believing that the end of the world was upon them (www.transparencynow.com). Seems laughable, but the world will fall for an even greater lie, an even greater deception, during the end times.
Last Week In Revelation
So far in Revelation 13, we have seen in the imagery seen by Apostle John:
Satan calling up Antichrist out of the sea of humanity, specifically the peoples of the Mediterranean Sea;
That the rise of Antichrist will be mercurial in speed, brutally strong and vicious in conquest, and will demand the attention of the world
That Antichrist will have the qualities that are an amalgam of different kingdoms of antiquity, and will lead a ten nation confederation of countries that will rule the world
He will be, most likely, of Roman, Grecian and Jewish descent
Antichrist will suffer a fatal blow by sword to the head, specifically to the right side of his head, putting out his right eye, withering an arm
Satan will have a demon possess the dead but healed body of Antichrist, while Antichrist's spirit will go to Hades upon death
This demon possession of Antichrist's body will be passed off as a miraculous resurrection meant to overshadow and replace the Resurrection of Jesus Christ in importance
This week, we continue in Revelation 13, and study what the real motive of Satan is in this great lie and delusion that will be sent upon the earth.
So 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?" Revelation 13:4
What Satan Has ALWAYS Wanted
When the people fall for the great delusion of the fake resurrection of Antichrist, they will give Satan what he has always wanted: worship. Satan's pride in feeling he could take over heaven was also coupled with a jealousy of the worship of God. One problem that those that are greatly blessed with talent, with beauty or with riches is that there is often a tendency for those folks to feel that they are above others. In Satan's case, his beauty, talent, intelligence and standing with God made him want to not be the servant but to be the master.
Lucifer, as Satan was then called, made the five fold statement which are known as the "five I wills" of Satan:
"How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.' Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit." Isaiah 14:12-15 (NKJV)
I will ascend into heaven: "With the first I will, he desired to usurp God's throne and sit in the place of the Messiah" (Arnold Fruchtenbaum, Satanology: The Doctrine of Satan).
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: Stars are often a euphemism for angels, and that is the meaning here. Satan wanted the worship of the angels, to be over each and every one, including Michael the Archangel.
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north: Fruchtenbaum notes that this is a reference to the Millennial Kingdom, and that Satan's desire was to be over Israel itself. One problem with this thought: How would Lucifer have known about the Millennial Kingdom?
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds: "Whenever the word cloud is used symbolically, it is always a symbol of the Shechinah Glory (Ex 16:10, 40:34-38, 1 Kings 8:10-11, Matt 26:64). This unique glory, a glory that belongs only to God, is something Satan desired for himself" (Fruchtenbaum).