PERSONAL INTERACTION BETWEEN SPIRITUAL FORCES OF EVIL AND HUMANITY
by DR. EUSEBIO A. TANICALA
We all believe that there is a personal interaction between the spiritual forces of evil and such personal interaction started at the Garden of Eden and will be so up to the end of this material universe. The Book of Revelation reveals the ongoing epic struggle of humanity against Satan, the chief demon. The Paradise of earth, the Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve lived in disappeared and the earth has been cursed because of Satan the deceiver.
Please read Genesis 3:17-19. Romans 8:14-25 tells us that the material universe including the saints who are alive groan under the oppression instigated by Satan who is the God of this present age according to 2 Cor. 4:3-4. And Satan continues lying and deceiving humankind, says Christ himself in John 8:44. In poetic language, Genesis 3:1-5 pictures Satan as a serpent who is more cunning than any beast of the field which Yahweh has made. Satan was originally a cherub who was perfect in all his ways from the moment He created him. Read Ezekiel 28:12-17, but in his free will, he opposed the true God. His nature as an adversary against the one true God has become hardened in him from which he cannot anymore change. Satan is a cunning and scheming evil spirit. He can disguise himself as a friendly, sympathetic angel of light, says Apostle Paul in 2 Cor. 11:3-4.
Satan interacted with Adam and Even. He interacted with Archangel Michael and with the Israelites who attended to the corpse of Moses (Jude 9; Deut. 34:5-8). Satan interacted with King David in 1 Chron. 21:1-8. Satan interacted with Joshua the high priest in Zech. 3:1-5. He interacted with the Lord Christ Jesus in Matt. 4:1-11. Satan entered the body of Judas Iscariot said Luke 22:1-6; and Satan had instilled in the heart of Judas Iscariot the evil plan to sell and turn traitor to the Teacher (John 13: 2, 27). Satan is an aggressive and cruel adversary, says Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 5:7-8.