The devil's Playground
The worshipers of the devil have been around for a very long time; from the early days of baal to the more modern versions of satanism and the occult.
"And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." - Mt 24:12 The word "iniquity" used here is translated in Strong's Bible Concordance as: illegality, lawless, without law, transgressor. So, because transgression against God's law will be so prevalent we see the natural love of many growing cold. And that perfectly describes the world we are living in at present.
This lawlessness didn't happen by accident or as a natural course, it was provoked, and what Jesus did in Matthew 24 was prophesy the results. For the sake of argument we will only go back a few hundred years to the time of the Knights Templar. These were the military order answerable only to the pope in Rome. At first they were to lead Christians through a perilous journey to "the Holy land" on pilgrimage and act as body guards due to the many dangers they could face. The Crusades however ended up bringing the Templar to far away places such as Egypt, and India, not only Israel/Palestine. And it was during these Crusades that the Templar were exposed to kabbalah, eastern Gnostic mysticism as well as black magik and incorporated these occult and satanic beliefs into their own faith, so much so that they were eventually excommunicated and disbanded by the pope and branded heretics.
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: " - 1Pe 5:8. Unfortunately that is what happened with the Knights Templar. After being forced underground they did not dare re-surface as themselves for fear of the papal edict calling for their abolition, so they re-invented themselves as other groups, to test the waters, as it were, to see how far they could push their occcult beliefs before getting any push back. This is about the time they hijacked Freemasony from being just "practical masons" to now include "theoretical masons", and that group has flourished as a secret society embracing much of the teachings of Gnosticism. Another group that came along were slated to take over the huge influence in the banking world that the Templar had achieved (they were some off the richest and most influencial bankers In Europe) and became known as The Illuminati, and supported by yet another group, the Zionists. But the most important group to have emerged from the going to ground of the Templar were another military order under the direct control of Rome, The Jesuit Order or Society of Jesus as it is also known. These are still very much of the same mind as that of the Knights Templar, and just as shady,but having learned their lesson now work from behind the curtain, leaving their puppet groups in the limelight to take the heat for their nefarious deeds.
So, why is the world in such a mess? It is essentially led by occultists/satanists whose goal is not to spread the love of God but to be AS God, taking His place. To whom do the kingdoms of the world belong to? The Bible says: "Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me."- Mt 4:8-9
"Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. "- 2Cor2:11. He comes in with subtlety and flattery."Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast,,,"- Gen 3:1 The word "subtil" used here is defined in Strong's #6175 as: cunning (not in a good way), crafty. And in Daniel 11 it says how the devil incarnate, the anti-Christ, will use flatteries (v 21,32,34) to obtain and corrupt. strong's # 2519 - treacherous.
And so it is, that ever so slowly the wolrd we live in has been corrupted by subtle flatteries and treacherous cunning. "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived."- 2Tim 3:13 It is not about to get any better, quite the contrary, we can expect it to get worse and worse as the occult incessantly digresses to return to it's glory days that were before the flood.
We are in the devil's playground, but we are not alone, "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."- Heb 13:5 "But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:"- Rom 5:20