I have found this teaching in the Christian novels, but I have
not been able to find it in the Scriptures. The scriptures
teach that Satan will be released for a short time, but they do
not say that all opposition to him will be taken away.
Rather, they are emphatic that all authority in heaven and on
earth belongs to Jesus.
A little thought shows how ridiculous this teaching is.
God loved the world so much that he sent his only son to die for
it. Why would he withdraw his church
and Spirit and let the devil have a free go at destroying
Imagine a father who owned a beautiful mansion. It had
been in his family for hundreds of year. The entire
mansion had been personally built and designed by members of his
family. All the contents had been collected by various
family members. Would the father, who was going to leave
this house to his son as inheritance, move out and let the Hells
Angels gang move into it until he came back. No
sensible father would do this with his children's inheritance,
because he would not want the precious things the his family had
built up over the centuries to be wrecked. Yet we seem to
think God will do this with the world. The creation of the
world is a manifestation of his creative power. He does not
want to see it handed over to evil.
- Good and evil will grow up together. They will only be
separated at the end of the age.
- The Kingdom of God grows slowly but continuously over time.
- Jesus has given us the keys to the kingdom
- All authority in heaven and earth has been given to Jesus.
- The gates of hell will not prevail against the church.
If Christians understood Gods concern and care for the world,
they would be more concerned about the pollution of the
world. We are so focussed on heaven that we have not cared
for the world. If we understood that this earth would
be the inheritance and home for the church for the next two or
three thousand years, we would be more serious about caring for