This Present Age of Evil and the Spirit of Antichrist
One of the key verses in Galatians is:
Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. (Galatians 1:4)
Paul refers to “this present evil age.”Since the fall of Man in the Garden of Eden, and the entrance of original sin into the world, we have lived in an age of evil. This period of world history will continue until the return of Jesus Christ to establish his eternal Kingdom on the Earth.
Satan is temporarily the God of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4), meaning that he influences everything in this world for evil, causing society to resist God and Truth.
Satan is also call “the prInce of the power of the air” in Ephesians 2:2. He is also referred to as the “ruler of this world” in John 12:31.
Belivers in Christ are no longer under the rule of Satan (Colossians 1:13). But unbelievers are caught in the snare of the Devil (2 Timothy 2:16), lie in the power of the evil one ( 1 John 5:19), and are in bondage to Satan (Ephesians 2:2).
Satan is therefore not the ultimate authority in this world because God is still sovereign. But Satan rules over the unbelieving world in a specific way. The god of this world blinds the minds of unbelievers, so they cannot see the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:4).
His deceptive plan includes the promotion of false philosophies in this world – philosophies that blind unbelievers to the truth of the gospel. These false philosophies imprison people because they cannot receive the truth.
At the heart of such humanistic philosophy is pride: the assertion that man knows better – is wiser than God. As a result the creature or created being is worshipped, rather than the Creator who created all things. As a consequence of unbelief in God, secular humanism has replaced God’s Truth. The so-called collective wisdom of this fallen world even declares that all religions worship the same god. And in so doing men reveal how foolish they have become, and the extent to which they have been blinded by Satan.
The god of this age has blinded the proud minds of men to worship themselves ; to glorify themselves, even to declare that they are gods. But the God who created all things will not be mocked. When history has finally run its course, everyone will stand before the judgement seat of God, the doorway to heaven and hell. And all those whose names are not found in the Lambs Book of Life will face eternal damnation because of their rebellion against Almighty God.