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Satan's Search&Destroy Mission

Q. What is Satan's motive in searching out people to "devour?" Does possessing or destroying life somehow give him more power? Is it simply, "that is what evil does?" Doesn't he already know that Jesus conquered death, that God has already "won the game?"


Good questions. For the sake of our readers you are referring to Peter's warning:

"Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8, NASB).

Title Deed to Planet Earth

At this point in time we need to understand that Satan is the "ruler" of the earth. He owns all of it. He has the title deed to planet earth.

When Satan showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world during the Wilderness Temptation and offered to give them to Christ if He would worship him, it wasn't just a silly story. He really does own earth's real estate (Matt. 4:8-9). That's why he had the ability and authority to offer it to Christ.

Ruler of the Planet

1 John 5:19 says our entire world is in the power of the evil one. John 14:30 notes Satan is the "ruler of this world."

This isn't hard to believe when we observe all of the terribly evil things going on worldwide that simply defy human explanation - such as the nations' intense hostility against Israel, Jews and Christians.

Hated Siblings

Early on Satan was aware that a Messiah would be born who would rule the world during the Millennial Kingdom (yet future). Satan is also aware that the church will become co-heirs and co-rulers with Christ over the earth and possibly the universe (see Psalm 8:3-6).

So we are like hated siblings to Satan. He doesn't want us to succeed at replacing him as rulers. He hates us because we will "usurp" his power. He is jealous of our future power over him.

Centuries to become Psychotic with Rage

According to Donald Barnhouse, Satan has had centuries to become insane or psychotic with jealous rage. He wants to torture, maim and wipe-out all Jews and Christians everywhere.

We see this through the history of the Jews prior to the coming of the Messiah. Satan tried to destroy the Messianic line - the genetic line from King David through Jesus' earthly parents. Later, Satan tried to wipe out the Jews through Hitler's insane attempts at genocide. Now Satan is trying to wipe-out all Jews and Christians through "holy war."

His Earthly Kingdom Destroyed

Why would Satan want to commit international genocide of Jews and Christians?

To prevent the return of Jesus Christ who will set up His kingdom on earth (yet future). There are a set, preordained number of people who will become believers. Once that number is reached Satan knows his days are limited. His earthly kingdom will be taken away from him when Jesus sets up His millennial rule from Jerusalem.

Gems&Jewels - Planet Krypton?

We tend to either forget or minimize the glory and power Satan once possessed. He once ruled in a strange world consisting of mineral beauty (rather than organic beauty). We see this in the lament over the "king of Tyre" in Ezekiel 28:11-19.

This alien world might have been similar to the fictional Superman's birthplace - the planet Krypton - filled with crystalline beauty, if you have read or seen the original story. The Bible describes something similar:

"You were in Eden, the garden of God -
every precious stone was your
sardius, topaz and diamond,
beryl, onyx, and jasper
sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle
and crafted in gold were your
and your engravings.

…I placed you - you were on the holy
mountain of God,
in the midst of the stones of fire
you walked…"
(Ezekiel 28:13-14, ESV)

Satan is one furious, former beautiful leader of an alien universe consisting of gems and jewels rather than plant life!

DNA Tampering

The only thing Satan has left is rulership over this temporary planet filled with dying creatures, dying men, and dying plant life. Death rules over us. It's even possible that it is Satan himself who tampered with the DNA of life to produce all of the death and decay we see around us. Hebrews 2:14 says he holds the "power of death" over us.

Yes, Satan knows that Jesus conquered death and that "God has already won the game." But, he wants to make our lives as miserable as possible before our future glory comes to pass.

Portals to Evil

Satan may very well gain power by destroying life through rites of sacrifice. L.A. Marzulli suggests that Hitler and his forces opened a "portal" or a doorway to evil through human sacrifice of the Jews.

In this manner it is possible that Satanic beings manifested in our space-time continuum. Dr. Missler has an interesting "take" on this, too. He notes that all the places Joshua did not conquer as commanded, are now areas of Palestinian terrorist strongholds in the Gaza Strip! Who knows? These are interesting speculations for further study. But, someday we will find out the answers…



Barnhouse, Donald Grey. 1965. The invisible war. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Marzulli, L.A. 2007. Politics, prophecy&the supernatural. Crane, U.S.A.: Anomalos Publishing.

Dr. Chuck Missler&Dr. Mark Eastman, Alien Encounters Conference (Coeur d'Alene, ID: Koinonia, 2003) Tape-set, "As the Days of Noah Were."

Authors Valorie Emilio holds an MA in History from UCLA focusing upon Christian origins. Ken received the MA in Biblical Studies from Louisiana Baptist University.

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