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He and his host of demons are doing their utmost to keep anyone from being saved by the blood of CHRIST. But if someone does get saved through the power of the HOLY SPIRIT, then it is his task to keep that person from becoming an effective Christian, loving and serving GOD.
In order to live the Christian life, we must put on the whole Armour of GOD in order to withstand the fiery darts of Satan. (Ephes. 6:10-18) "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the LORD, and in the power of HIS might; Put on the whole armour of GOD, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of GOD, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness: And your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of Salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints."
The question arises "WHY" if GOD knows everything and all the future (and HE does) -- why then didn't HE just destroy Satan when he first sinned? GOD could have -- He had the right and the power to destroy him. But what about the myriads of angels looking on: how would they know if GOD was being just or unjust: and what of GOD'S own nature of love, long-suffering, etc.? He could not violate HIS own nature. So Satan has been allowed this time to prove his awfulness.
However, the day is coming when Satan will be put away forever. After the Church Age and during the 7 year Tribulation period, Satan will be very active. After the Tribulation, before the 1,000 year Millennial Reign of CHRIST, Satan will be bound in the bottomless pit (Rev. 20:1-3) "And I saw an angel come down from Heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled; and after that he must be loosed for a little season."
At the end of the 1,000 years, verses 7, 8, and 9 tell us: "And when the thousand years are expired, Satan will be loosed out of his prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city; and fire came down from GOD out of Heaven, and devoured them."
BUT NOW, -- Verse 10: "And the devil that deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are; and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever."
Good-bye Devil -- AMEN AND AMEN!!