The scriptures say that God created man in His own image. Some ancient text scholars say it means that man was created by God to be His image bearers or imagers. I think that is at least partly correct. We can look at other passages and get some light on what this means. Scripture tells us that Jesus is the express image of God (Heb 1:3) and we know that Jesus as God’s image has the capacity to be God over all creation. In like manner, man made in the image of God was given the capacity to rule over the whole earth. Genesis later implies the same thing when we read that God gave man dominion over the earth.
Genesis also tells us that Adam and Eve lost at least some of their capacity as the imagers of God on earth when Eve was deceived by the Devil, and Adam sinned through disobedience and rebellion. After sin entered into their souls, Adam and Eve were booted out of the Garden of Eden and their spiritual covering from God was removed. They became natural mortal beings and although they reflected the features of the Son of God and the angels they lost much of their capacity to be able to perform the mission that God gave them.
We might wonder why the Devil even wanted to deceived Eve in order to bring Adam to sin, and where does the Devil now want to take fallen mankind? The first answer can be surmised from scripture. From Ezekiel 28 13-19 we understand that the Devil had also sinned. This sin probably occurred before man was even created or perhaps even because man was created to rule earth. This Ezekiel passage and others tell us that the sin of Lucifer was pride. He wanted to become like God and he wanted to be worshiped like he was God. Revelation 12:4-9 implies that a third of the angels are under his control and that they will be cast out unto the earth with him after a war in Heaven near the end of the age. So the Devil wanted man to sin so that man would reflect his own sinful nature.
The second question probably can be answered by saying that Satan is now trying to keep mankind in his fallen sinful state so he can play God over mankind. Scripture does call Satan the god of this world (system). As long as man remains a natural being with a rebellious spirit like a beast he cannot become the image bearer that God created mankind to be. When man fell into sin he also reflected the dark light of Satan and he became the image bearer of dark light rather than the true Light. Man in his fallen body of sin and death like a natural beast born to die has no hope other than trusting in the mercy of God to one day redeem his body and to be made like the risen Christ and once again be the image bearer of God.
The Bible tells the story of how Jesus fulfilled the role of the Kinsman Redeemer of Adam. Through His word and through His physical incarnation on earth, Jesus showed man that he was the true Light and He displaced the darkness of Satan for all given to Him by the Father. The proof of salvation was that they put their faith (trust) in Him and died with Him to the fleshly nature that was held captive by the Devil through sin and death They then rose into a new creation and were given the presence and light of the Holy Spirit as the down payment that one day they will again be made into eternal image bearers of God when Jesus comes for his Church.
So then what is Satan’s agenda, where does he believe he is taking natural mortal man that is still full of darkness and pride? Obviously the Devil wants man to believe that he is God and that the biblical God is really the enemy of man. He wants mankind to believe that they are just a product of evolution and just a natural highly evolved animal that evolved through time and chance. The lie is that man can continue to evolve to become like God but the God image offered by this progressive demonic agenda is in reality the Devil.
We read in Revelation that when Satan and his angels are cast unto the earth and that they know their time is short, that they immediate lead man to a mass rebellion against the God of heaven. Also, when Satan is let out of prison after the millennial reign, Satan again immediately leads man into rebellion against God’s order on earth. So Satan’s progressive agenda has always been to turn mankind into acting like rebellious evolved animals that reflect the black light that come from him.
That is where the lie of evolution comes in. The lie of evolution is to get man to believe that man has evolved and can further evolve to become like God. It seems that the strong delusion mention in 2 Th 2:11 is to get man to believe that through progressive physical and spiritual evolution mankind can achieve that goal. I think the mark of the Beast somehow plays into that. At the very least it is an initiation where man rejects the true Light and chooses to become the image bearers of Satan’s black light. The lie may be that you can become like the Beast if you identify with him through the “mark”. It will probably be packaged as a great evolutionary step forward where man can become near deity while still in their fleshly fallen human state by some genetic manipulation or becoming transhuman. In other words, the deception might be the belief that man can become like God without first dispelling the darkness through the light of being in Christ.
At the end of the age all the powers of darkness will lead all people in darkness to rebel against the true Light of the world at His coming. All the sons of pride will believe the lying signs and wonders that will display to them that Satan is their savior God and through his power he will save them from the wrathful Jehovah God of heaven. I think at least part of the lying signs and wonders will be claims from these demonic beings that they came from another world or dimension to help man to evolve to become part of the collective universal consciousness and to save them from the forces of a hostile alien Jewish race led by Jehovah. This is a core belief of pagan New Age teaching and there are such extraterrestrial theories in the UFO cult.
Lies rooted in the “science of evolution” and New Age/New Spiritualism pantheism provides the legs for progressive lies that bring man to rebel against the true God of heaven. The claim will be that humans are evolved creatures that now needs to be guided by more evolved enlightened beings into humankind’s full evolutionary potential.
So is it any wonder that the world’s progressive agenda for those that reject any message of redemption act out the nature of demonic rebellious beasts?
God said that this would happen to unregenerate mankind in Romans chapter 1, 2nd Peter chapter 1, and Jude chapter 1.
Rom 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
2Pe:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
Jud 1:10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.
So here is the point. The Bible says that evil people will wax worse and worse and that people would act like brute beasts in the last days and now we see that the progressive agenda of the demonic is bringing mankind to do just that.
People not born of the Lord are more and more acting like mad rabid animals. That is now being reflected throughout society and even by some who claim to be in Christ or Christianity but practice:
- Homosexuality, fornication, pornography,adultery, pedophilia, and other sex abuses
- Drug trafficking and drug use
- Hatred toward others
- Lying, false accusing and being false witnesses
- Thefts, robberies and covetousness
- laziness, collectivism, wanting others to provide for their own living.
- Idolatry, following after false gods
- Pride, pride in evil life choices
- Rebellion against authority
- Blasphemous speech against God
- Being heretics and followers of heretics, following those that place philosophies and psychologies of men above God’s word
- Being false prophets and following false prophets
- Witchcraft, mysticism and spiritualism, Gnosticism, trying to manipulate some God force by their words or deeds
- Intolerance toward the only gospel of salvation and the only Savior that can change man’s nature
- Distortion of the scriptures or denial of the truth in the scriptures
- Hatred of Israel
- Tyranny or support tyrants and control freaks
- Murders, assaults and other violence, abortion and child abuse
I think what we see going on in our nation today is predictable. Throughout history kingdoms fell when the citizens started acting like animals. God judges nations when they got to the point where the people degrade themselves into practicing perversions like they are deranged brute beasts, it is a sure sign of demonic activity. If you look at the state of our nation, God may judge our nation sooner than you might think. One big difference from more distant history is that these things are now taking place over all the world at the same time and that points out that a general judgement of the world is growing ever closer. Mankind is acting out his fallen animalistic nature just like he did in the days of Noah. God said this would be one of the signs of the end times.
Satan and his angels will soon be limited to earth and he is going to play God to all the people that reject the truth. Then he is going to lead them like beasts to the slaughter. After that, over a thousand years later, the Devil will again be released to deceive the nations to actions that will cause their own destruction. That is the Devil’s agenda and God is using him toward His own end to reveal the Sons of Light.
Satan wants man to believe that they are only products of time and chance, so he deceives people to follow lies of evolution and demonic spiritualism. The Devil wants man to think that they were created to be like animals rather than being the sons of the Light. For if man remains in darkness thinking that they are only natural beasts they can easily be led to their slaughter and they never will be able to fulfill mankind’s commission of being imagers of God.
Don Koenig founded www.thepropheticyears.com website in 1999 after almost thirty years of independent study on the Bible and learning from many astute teachers within Christendom. Don created his website to write about Bible prophecy, biblical discernment and his Christian worldviews. Don wrote a free Revelation commentary ebook in 2004 named "The Revelation of Jesus Christ Through The Ages". The World and Church and Bible Prophecy section of this website was started in 2007.