From Melvin Rhodes: The End of Satan’s Time
July 11, 2010
“Because he knows that he has a short time”
I sometimes take two of our granddaughters to a nearby grocery store. When we go, they like to have a donut. When we have made the purchase of two donuts, we sit down in the small cafeteria area so they can eat them.
On a recent visit, I observed an elderly couple walking with some difficulty toward the next table over from us. They stopped at the water fountain and filled cups with water. Then they sat down. The man opened a sandwich bought at the store. I noticed the orange sticker on it, which meant it was a day or two old so the price was reduced 40 percent. They divided the single egg sandwich into two, the husband passing the other half to his wife. Before they ate, they bowed their heads and gave thanks to God for the food.
Paul Krugman, who won the Nobel Prize for Economics, wrote an article for the New York Times a few days ago, predicting “a long depression.” The International Monetary Fund, an organization that normally gives financial advice to Third World countries, warned the United States of America on July 8 that our debts were dangerously high. It also warned of a second big dip in house prices as the economy in the U.S. continues to deteriorate.
Meanwhile, European leaders have expressed grave concern about inevitable austerity and the consequent risks of civil wars in some countries or the end of democracy.
Sound familiar? It’s the 1930’s all over again – and we all know how that ended!
In a world with little hope, we are reminded of just how important it is for us to preach the gospel of the coming Kingdom of God, a message of hope for all mankind. The very word “gospel” means “Good News,” the title of our flagship magazine.
I am writing this on the Sabbath morning of July 10. In a little over 24 hours, Beyond Today premieres on WGN America, a major television station that is viewed right across North America. Our program time is 8.30 a.m., a very good time.
We hope and pray for the success of the program, that through it, God will open the minds of countless numbers of people, leading them to repentance, just as He did us. We pray that He will call some into his Church, the Body of Christ, enabling people to share in the same hope and joy that we have.
But as our media efforts improve, we can also expect opposition. Satan wants to thwart the plan of God. Knowing that his time as the “god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4) is rapidly drawing to a close, his desire to destroy us, individually and collectively, will only increase. “For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” (Rev 12:12).
Satan has many weapons, which is why we are told to “put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).
One of Satan’s weapons is accusing the brethren (Revelation 12:10), causing division within the very Body of Christ. Is it just coincidence that he is busy accusing and dividing at exactly the time we are increasing our media efforts? Each one of us has a responsibility not to allow Satan to exploit us, using us to negatively affect the Work of His Church.
It certainly looks like the thirties all over again. Whether this decade ends up the same way as the decade of the thirties remains to be seen. But Satan is aware that this is the time of the end, his end. We should only expect him to increase his activities in the time immediately ahead of us.
Melvin Rhodes—Chairman, Council of Elders