As we move into the prophetic material of Daniel, God’s future reign over the kingdoms of the earth becomes apparent. The four beasts described in these verses represent the empires of Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. Because these nations war against God’s agenda for humanity, the world’s hostility toward Christianity and Scripture should not surprise us. Rather than be dismayed, however, we ought to rejoice knowing that today’s satanic influences are temporary. Though the whole earth is under the power of the wicked one (1 John 5:19), the Son of God gives us eternal life. The accelerated wickedness we see today is but a forerunner to God’s final word of vengeance. Until Christ comes, we must be diligent to resist the lawlessness that is already at work around us. Knowing that rebellion will increase before the Day of the Lord due to the spirit of antichrist, we should be careful to hold fast to the faith once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3). Ours are not hopeless days, but we cannot afford to be careless either.
What evidence do you see of Satan’s influence in our world today?