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Who Rules This World

by R. Jerome Harris on October 2, 2010

A common – and un-Scriptural – misconception is that since God created the heavens and the earth, he "Has the Whole World In His Hands."

What a great many fail to gain insight into is that there is a difference between earth and world. The earth belongs to the One who created it. Worlds that are placed within the earth come from different sources.

For example, a world (on the earth) came and went. What world was that? The world of Noah's Day. That wicked world was destroyed was it not? But what remains? The earth.

Learning Who Rules the Present World From Jesus' Temptation

At his temptation in Matthew Chapter four, Satan had taken Jesus to a very high mountain and showed him all of the kingdoms of the world. What did Satan offer Jesus?

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me.

He offered Jesus all of the kingdoms of the world. How can Satan offer these to Jesus of they were not his to offer? Jesus never at any time said that they were not Satan's.

It is extremely important – and vital – that we understand this because it tells us exactly who owns and controls all of the nations of the world today.

Scripture Teaches That Satan is the God of This World

Consistent with what I have already written. the Scriptures at 1 John 5:19 says of Satan's influence and control over the entire world.

We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

John 12:31 shows Satan to be the world's ruler.

Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.

Note: This casting out of Satan spoken of at John 12:31 is not a casting out of Satan out of the earth, but out of heaven. Satan, at present, is free to leave and re-enter heaven as he pleases. He has not yet been cast out of heaven permanently.

In the future Satan will mislead all of the earth. How can he do that? Because he owns and influences this entire world in which we live and everything – yes, that includes religion, even the one called Christianity – in the world. Revelation 12:9 says of Satan:

The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

Revelation 12:9 actually tells us when Satan is cast out of heaven. When, in the future Lord's Day.

What the Apostle John saw and wrote down in what we know today has The Book of Revelation, were events that he saw occurring in the Lord's Day.

On the Lord's Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea."

There many many more Scriptural evidences that support the thought that Satan is in control over this world. Though a temporary control.

Sobering it is to come to the knowledge that Satan has not been cast down to the earth yet. But he obviously has free roam between heaven and the earth. It was on the earth that Satan came down to tempt Jesus was it not?

Dear reader, look around you and beyond the periphery of a local religious organization or church. We live in a very violent and dangerous world. The real dichotomy is that we live in a world full of religion, yet a world that is dangerous. Such a world would not have originated from God, but from the one who is presently it's ruler.

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Joy Jones January 25, 2013 at 6:38 am

I find much truth here but noted that you use scriptures from the “book.” I am confused. I agree that prayer is always our greatest source of God. Many mentioned in the “book” read and quoted the scriptures written by men. Many in the “book” wrote, like you wrote, what God communicated to them. How else would we learn about Moses, David, and all these great men of God? God speaks to the heart. Would God have not spoke to the hearts of all people to come to Him and not the “book?” God does not want His people suffering from lack of knowledge as mentioned in Hosea 4:6. Am I misled reading the “book” though I love the Lord as much as anyone? Would God not have told me so in my many prayers of how to best follow Him? Much of your knowledge came from the “book.”

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R. Jerome Harris January 27, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Much of what I was taught as “error” came from a book called “The Bible.” Much of what I believe is the truth did not. It comes from God through his Christ himself. Why? Because I ask God for His wisdom, understanding and knowledge. If you look at my articles, very little is in them that are in agreement with what is taught by the world at large who refer to the Bible. I read the Bible because Jesus is quoted in SOME parts of it as well as The Most High God. What makes me different is that I do not view the what men call The Bible as The Word of God. I view Christ as The Word of God. I am telling the truth, there is something that “eventually” comes upon one when they attached themselves to Christ as “his” disciple: It is Holy Spirit (Baptism with Holy Spirit). If the Bible vanished forever tomorrow, I have something inside and always available to me (God through Christ) that I can ask wisdom, understanding and knowledge of. While you might want to believe for yourself that most of my knowledge came from a book, I would know that better than you, don’t you think? Part of the problem among us all is that we put things in our box so that we can make sense of it. Long ago I resolved not to let others define who or what I am. God and His Christ will be my judge.

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