“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” (2 Cor. 4:4)
How much power does unregenerated man have over the plans of Satan, if any at all? Is he ever thwarted in his endeavors by what the wicked do, are his plans altered because the lost have done some unforeseen thing? I offer one instance here, a very minor one, but it can give us a glimpse into the path of contemplation of these matters.
The Prime Minister of France, a Mr. Macron, just lost the majority rule in his country, his word is no longer as viable as it was before, and seeing how he is a chosen vessel, if you will, of the World Economic Forum, and that forum is a design of our adversary, was this action foreseen, or did it come as a surprise to Satan? If indeed it was an outcome not predicted, does that mean that Satan must alter his plan of attack, or is this the intended plan?
I offer a more Scripture based analogy, that of the Lord Jesus rising from the dead on the third day. It is widely presumed by many Christians that it was the intended goal of Satan to see that the Lord was killed, but I offer you these truths for your contemplation. On the road to Emmaus, the Lord spoke to those individuals, “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” (Luke 24:27) Our adversary knows the Scriptures quite well, in fact, it would not surprise me if he had the entire Old Testament memorized by the time the Lord arrived, and he knew for a fact what was going to happen.
It is surmised by some that the Lord’s prayer found in John chapter 17 was in a way Jesus asking the Father that Satan would not interfere with what was to happen, that He would not die or be killed before the moment on the cross. It, and this is only conjecture, may be in part why He used the word “If” when He said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” (John 12:32) He did not say “when I am lifted up.”
Can Satan hinder the plans of the Almighty, and can wicked men do the same to Satan?
“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.” (2 Thess. 2:7) We have been blessed by the Lord with His Holy Spirit, and part of our responsibility is to stand by His power against evil, we are being used by the Lord for His glory to hinder evil. The days of the apostacy are clearly seen as the truth, for evil can gain no foothold when righteous men stand against it, and that is only done when we willingly submit with no fear of the personal consequences to ourselves to the will of God.
Satan knew that our Lord was to die on that cross, and he did all he could to stop that.
As the Almighty lowers the hedges, the enemy is more clearly seen, and the righteous man must pray for more strength in every area of his life to continue standing against that evil. By now, our adversary has the entire Word of God memorized, his goal is to attempt to modify what is written, but he will fail. The question is, can mankind, saved or lost, do anything to hinder his forward momentum?
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5 is the answer for the saved, we are to submit to the Master’s call, no matter what that calling is.
As for the wicked, the unregenerated man, I cannot say, our adversary is beyond brilliant, he is subtle beyond comparison, but he is no more than a created being.
I offer you one last point of contemplation here that is in context to the subject matter. The Word of God says that Satan will be bound for a thousand years, since he knows this to be truth, has he accepted it as such, or does he believe he can alter this truth? The best questions my friends are the ones that only God Himself can answer, for they lead us to seek after Him even more each day.