2 Corinthians 4:4 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.
Isaiah 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. 16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, saying, is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms? 17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
In this current dispensation he is an angel of light – he uses scripture and so-called Christian preachers, as well as Christian preachers to fulfill his agenda.
2 Corinthians 11:14 – And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
But in times to come he will fulfill his agenda in the following manner :
1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
In this current dispensation we are told to :
Ephesians 4:27 – Neither give place to the devil.
In times to come believers are instructed to :
James 4:7 – Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
The reality in this current dispensation :
Ephesians 6:12 – 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.
We might think, or be under the impression that people persecute us, lie about us, mock us, deceive us, but in reality it’s Satan who uses these people. Satan even uses believers to come against other believers. In this current dispensation, if Satan cannot deceive you into losing your salvation (which he cannot do), the next best thing he can do is to come against you(as a believer) in order that you either give up the race – hang up “the gloves” and stop fighting in the war.
This can clearly be seen in times past too, how he used even Peter :
Matthew 16:23 – But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
Ephesians 2:2 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Remember, Satan has absolute no integrity, he’ll use whomever or whatever he wants to come against you as a believer, but his modus operandi today to deceive you is mainly via doctrine – if he can get you to believe twisted doctrine, his will is fulfilled. If he can get you working (foresaking your liberty in Christ), so much the better too – as you won’t be running a race, instead you’ll be running around in circles.
Satan’s agenda is basically two-fold : (1) To get Christians believing garbage in order for them to quit the race (give up their faith), and (2) to keep lost people hell-bound and it amounts the opposite of 1 Timothy 2:4 (which is God’s will) :
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.