The last message of mercy to be given to the world is a revelation of His character of love.
“The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” Luke 4:18
It is the darkness of misapprehension of God that is enshrouding the world. Men are losing their knowledge of His character of love. It has been misunderstood and misapprehended. Satan blinds the minds of men so that they look upon God with fear – they think of Him as severe and unforgiving. Satan led men to conceive of God as a being whose chief attribute is stern justice – one who is a severe judge, a harsh exacting creditor.
“He pictured the Creator as a Being who is watching with jealous eye to discern the errors and mistakes of men, that He may visit judgments upon them.” (SC11)
Satan misrepresents God. He deceived angels and is deceiving men. He leads them to doubt the word of God and to distrust His goodness. Because God is a God of justice and terrible majesty, Satan made us look on God as severe and unforgiving. Satan seeks to invest the loving Creator with his OWN evil characteristics.
When we look at God as a mean-spirited, cold, exacting, and harsh being, we are actually looking at Satan. That is how Satan would be if he were the judge of this world. Force, manipulation, jealousy, a mean-spirit – these are all attributes of Satan’s government.
Thank God that Satan is a conquered foe. Thank God that He has wrested the dominion of this world out of Satan’s hands, and we may now rejoice in the dominion of the God of mercy and hope.