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He said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”__Matthew 4:9__
Satan is working to the utmost to make himself as God, and to destroy all who oppose his power. And today the world is bowing before him. … It seems that the whole human creation has wondered after the beast. The kings and rulers of the earth, those who are called noblemen, think themselves altogether too great to submit to the yoke of Christ. But they are willing to bow at Satan’s bidding.
Behold Satan’s miracle-working power. Every object in the earth, in the air, and in the water has been employed to confirm his claims. Those who yield to these claims are alive with intense activity, one influencing and stimulating an-other by confirming the greatness and glory of their kingdom.
See the activity, the restless surging of the mass in their determination to take and occupy the place of the throne of God. What eagerness, what rage they exhibit in their religious enthusiasm. Mark the defiant rebellion written in their countenances. Their warfare is against their Creator and Redeemer. How vast is the procession they, form! How mighty they think themselves to be in their countless numbers!
But they do not see all things. The cloud of judicial wrath hangs over them, containing the elements that destroyed Sodom. John saw this multitude. This demon-worship was revealed to him, and it seemed as if the whole world was standing on the brink at perdition. But as he looked with intense interest, he beheld a company of God’s commandment-keeping people. They had upon their foreheads the seal of the living God, and, he exclaimed, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” (Manuscript 139, October 21, 1898)
The devil truly is working to the utmost, but God is in control. The words that Christ gave to His disciples were, “Follow Me.” These words are still given to every person today.