When Satan tempted Christ (Luke 4), Christ countered each argument with a quote from scripture. Christ
did not, however, deny Satan's claim that the world was Satan's to rule. Here is what they said.

"And the devil, taking Him (Christ) up into an high mountain, shewed unto Him all the kingdoms of the
world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto Him,
All this power will I give Thee, and the glory of
them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it
. If Thou therefore wilt worship me,
all shall be Thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind Me, Satan: for it is written,
Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve." (Luke 4:5-8).

Satan accomplishes his rule of the earth by deceiving the nations. This is the reason that Christ (or the
Holy Ghost in the name of Christ), comes from heaven to chain up Satan.

"And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his
And he laid hold on the dragon, 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." (Rev. 20:1-3). Satan is unable to deceive the nations during the Millennium
Kingdom, so he can not rule the world during that time.

To find the clues to Satan 's rule, one must look for his henchmen, because Satan's stranglehold on the
earth rests in the hands of his disciples. Satan's henchmen have historically hidden themselves in secret
societies. There they recruit future generations of like mindset. There they scheme for the power that will
enable them to continue to be lords over their fellow men with the opportunities for wealth and prestige
which such power provides.

Some of Satan's disciples are criminals outright, but the most dangerous of Satan's minions are famous,
and wealthy, and seem to be respectable. Currently the most powerful
secret policy-making group on the
earth is the Bilderbergers. Given that the world we live in is clearly satanic, at least some of the members
of every secret society that ever influenced the nations must have had hidden satanic motives.

Now days, people whose ancestors gained wealth by satanic means (oppressing their employees in their
wages, keeping slaves, criminal behavior, etc), avoid looking upon the horrors of poverty as if it has
nothing to do with them. They make little or no effort to improve the lives of their fellow men. And the
world is grim for most people. Factories sit idle, workers have no jobs, children starve, people slaughter
each other in competition for food, refugees depend on food handouts, and those who have pity for the
world have too little money to help. Satan rules the world.

To find the signs of Satan's rule, we must simply follow the money. Those who serve Satan do so for the
money and power; in contrast, those who serve God do so for God's Kingdom and glory. "No man can
serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and
despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." (Matt. 6:24). To quote Easton's Bible Dictionary,
mammon is "a Chaldee or Syriac word meaning "wealth" or "riches" ... also, by personification, the god of
riches." Satan is the God of wealth.

The love of money has always been a snare. "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while
some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
(1 Tim. 6:10). Judas betrayed Christ for money. "Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto
the chief priests... And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought
opportunity to betray Him." (Matt. 26:14-16).

Samuel's sons betrayed their father for money. "And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made
his sons judges over Israel. And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took
bribes, and perverted judgment." (1 Sam. 8:1,3). Lucre is from the Latin word lucrum which means gain
(like money or property).

I am not concerned about the souls of those who have chosen money over godliness. I am concerned
with the disorder of the world they have created. There is a connection between the farmers of the world
going broke and the poor of the world starving. That connection is a world economy which benefits
primarily the rich, and nations that enact laws to sustain that world economy.

Economists talk of supply and demand. There would be a plentiful supply of food if farm prices were
sufficient to sustain farm families. There would enough money for everyone to buy food (sufficient
demand to sustain prices), if everyone who wanted to work could find a job, at a fair wage, producing
something useful. But these concepts mean nothing to the disciples of Satan, who have given us a dog
eat dog world.

The rich pay politicians to run the world for their benefit. Politicians have responded by creating a world
with few, mostly low, tariffs. This opens the door for foreign goods to be imported.

While on the surface it benefits the third world when factories are located there, the real beneficiaries
are the factory owners who take advantage of local poverty to offer meager salaries to their workers. The
shipping companies also benefit since their services are necessary to move the factory's products to
distant markets. Since the rich have no interest in paying wages that would allow their workers to buy the
goods they produce, there are no local markets.  

Despite the additional cost of transportation, goods produced far from the countries where they are sold,
are still 10% to 20% cheaper than the same goods produced locally. So the local factories are undermined
and eventually forced out of business. This puts more people into poverty and further reduces the
number of people who can afford food, appliances and housing. Do the powerful care? No!

Even now, in a world wide depression / recession which has cost many their jobs and their homes, the
powerful have merely regrouped to survey what they can buy at fire sale prices.

I have thought for decades that it is immoral to be rich in a world where people are starving. Christ said
something similar. "And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle,
than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." (Matt. 19:24). (The needle Christ referred was the
needle gate of Jerusalem, a tight squeeze for a camel.)

God loved a rich man, Job. Here is God's reason. "Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when
God preserved me; when the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness
to me: because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. The
blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy. I
put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem. I was eyes to the blind,
and feet was I to the lame. I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out. And I
brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth." (Job 29:2,11-17). Job is an example
of a rich man who would be welcome in God's Kingdom.

God has promised a great judgment on those who underpay their workers. "And I (God) will come near to
you to judgment; and
I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and
against false swearers, and
against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the
fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not Me, saith the Lord of hosts." (Mal.
3:5). By this we know that God hates the economic abuse of the powerless.

Through Job's mouth, God foretold the lot of the rich who oppress their employees in their wages. "This
is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the heritage of oppressors, which they shall receive of the
Almighty. If his children be multiplied, it is for the sword: and his offspring shall not be satisfied with
bread. Those that remain of him shall be buried in death: and his widows shall not weep.
Though he heap
up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay; he may prepare it, but the just shall put it on, and
the innocent shall divide the silver
. He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth that the keeper
maketh. The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not.
Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night. The east wind carrieth him
away, and he departeth: and as a storm hurleth him out of his place. For God shall cast upon him, and not
spare: he would fain flee out of His hand. Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his
place." (Job 27:13-23).

That God hates the economic structure of the world actually makes little difference. Those Christians who
would change the world have not the power to make the changes. The money men will never improve the
world because there is no profit for them in so doing. So the world will continue making the lot of the
poor man worse and worse.

On this website I have always urged people to leave a system that is both corrupt and dying and find
places far from the cities where they can live a self sufficient life. The world can't be fixed. The henchmen
of Satan are solidly in control. On the other hand, a tiny community with a local economy can survive even
the plagues.

God's wrath is on the world for the innocent blood of the children who starve or are slaughtered in
genocides. The Lord will judge the earth for innocent blood, as He judged the land of Judah (with the
destruction of Jerusalem) for the sins of king Manasseh. "And also for the innocent blood that he shed:
for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the Lord would not pardon." (2 Kings 24:3).

It is time for Christians to separate themselves from the evil world, because the power of Satan is unlikely
to be broken by anything less than the seven last plagues. I repeat the words of a martyr, "And I heard
another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and
that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered
her iniquities." (Rev. 18:4,5).

Amo Paul Bishop Roden