September 17, 2015 Brethren Letter
A few days from now we’ll be observing the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:26-32). This day pictures the time when Satan will be removed from his current rulership over this earth, and bound for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-3). He will no longer be able to influence mankind during that time. The Day of Atonement also points to a time when man will finally be at one with God (AT-ONE-MENT).
For the rest of tonight’s letter, I will include a section from Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong’s book, The Wonderful World Tomorrow, What It Will Be Like.
Please have a wonderful Sabbath.
Your Brother in Christ,
Satan Removed at Last!
This most glorious event in all earth’s history — the supernatural majestic descent to earth, in the clouds, of the glorified all-powerful Christ — will at long last put an end to the subtile, deceitful, invisible rule of Satan.
The coming of Christ in supreme glory as King of kings and Lord of lords is recorded in Revelation 19.
But in Revelation 20:1-3, the advance news is recorded: “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit, and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that, he must be loosed a little season.
The day of man, swayed, deceived, misled by Satan for 6,000 years, will be over.
No longer will Satan be able to broadcast through the air into the spirit in man. No longer shall he be able to inject into unsuspecting humans his satanic nature — which we have been misled into calling “human nature.”
Human Nature Not to Disappear at Once
But that does not mean that the acquired satanic attitude will disappear from human minds immediately. The multiplied millions shall have acquired it. And even though Satan will then be restrained from continuing to broadcast it, what has been acquired as habit will not be automatically removed.
Yet God has made us humans free moral agents. He has given us control over our own minds, except as we may be blinded by Satan’s pull of evil by deception.
But no longer will earth’s mortal humans be deceived! Now the all-Powerful Christ, and the immortal saints ruling under Him, will begin removing the scales that have blinded human minds.
That is why I say complete utopia cannot be ushered in all at once. Multiple millions will still hold to the attitude of rebellion — of vanity, lust and greed. But with Christ’s coming shall begin the process of re-education — of opening deceived minds — of undeceiving minds, and bringing them to a voluntary repentance.