October 29, 2014 Steve Sabz
Devil art project (Photo by fotokostic)

Devil art project (Photo by fotokostic)

Satan claimed to have been given all authority over all the kingdoms of the world. However, does the Bible actually support his assertion?

The devil led him [Jesus] up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.

The Devil to Jesus the Christ in Luke 4:5-7 (circa early-60's A.D.)

Contrary to Satan's claim in the passage above, the prophet Daniel revealed to Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II (605-561 BC) that "the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest of people" (Daniel 4:17; see also Psalm 47:8-9, Psalm 22:28, Romans 13:1-7). This revelation is consistent with God's initial command to the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, to "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground" (Genesis 1:28). Daniel's reference to the "lowliest of people" was ultimately an inference to "Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, [and is] now crowned with glory and honor..." (Hebrews 2:9; see also Philippians 2:5-8). Satan's deceptive influence over the kingdoms of the world, however, is acknowledged in the Bible (1 Chronicles 21:1, Isaiah 14:12, Revelation 12:9 & 20:7-10).

Satan, also known as the dragon, serpent, or devil, (Revelation 12:9 & 20:2), is a "fallen" angel who rebelled against God (Luke 10:18) shortly after Creation (Genesis 3:1-7).

Other references to Satan as "god of this age" (2 Corinthians 4:4), "prince of this world" (John 12:31, 14:30 & 16:11), and "ruler of the kingdom of the air" (Ephesians 2:2) were specifically in regard to the 1st-century, pagan-Rome-governed and apostate Jewish world at the time whose inhabitants "loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil", and who rejected the Light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that came into the world (John 3:19-21). The end of that age (Matthew 24:3, 13:49), when Satan was allowed to deceive people (Revelation 12:12, 20:3), occurred in 70 A.D. with the destruction of Jerusalem and its 2nd temple by the Romans.

Scripture informs us that it was only in the late 60's A.D., that Satan was given "power and great authority" over emperor Nero and his Roman Empire for 42 months (Revelation 13:2-5, Daniel 7:23-25) during the Great Tribulation (Revelation 7:13-15). However, Satan has since been bound in the Abyss for an indefinite period of time (Revelation 20:1-3). Satan will be released for a short time and allowed to deceive the nations once more after all of Israel accepts the historical-Biblical Jesus as their Messiah (Romans 11:26). Finally, Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire and will never be allowed to deceive the nations again (Revelation 20:7-10, Romans 11:26).

Thus, Satan was lying (John 8:44) when he claimed to possess "all their [the kingdoms of the world] authority and splendor" at the time of Jesus' temptation circa 30 A.D. God alone is sovereign over all the world's nations, and has given "authority, glory and sovereign power" to His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ (Daniel 7:14, Matthew 28:18, Revelation 1:5). Jesus is reigning everywhere right now from His throne in Heaven. He is currently building the Church (i.e., His spiritual kingdom) which will one day fill the whole earth (Daniel 2:35, Luke 13:18-19). The wickedness present in the world today is a result of the fallen nature of Christ-rejecting humanity, not the Devil (Genesis 4:7).

Sabz, S. (2014, October 29). Did God give Satan authority over all the nations of the world? Retrieved from https://scienceandbibleresearch.com/satan-authority-nations.html

Steve Sabz

Steve Sabz

Steve Sabz is the author and founder of Science and Bible Research. He is a professional educator with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from William Paterson University,  where he also completed graduate level courses in Human Physiology and Endocrinology. Currently, Steve is pursuing a Master of Arts in Systematic Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary.  Steve is also the author of Evolution's Complexity Problem: See How Evolution Falls Apart At Its Beginning and End Time Rewind: An Exploration In Bible Prophecy And The Fate Of The World.