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We often hear terms like Zeitgeist, turnings, astrological ages, culture cycles. The Bible also spoke of ages, and a so-called “god of this age,” who is influencing the present time, known as Satan or the devil.

A series of cycles or a single age?

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

– 2 Corinthians 4:4

The word Zeitgeist means “the defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history, as reflected by the ideas and beliefs of that time.”

This present time in history certainly seems to have Zeitgeist. It is a time of change, or at least attempted change.

In the book The Fourth Turning, authors Howe and Strauss propose that human life goes through cycles that span roughly 80 to 100 years, and the worst of these is the fourth turning, which they say we are in now in the outcome doesn’t bode well for the US.

Astrology also has ages, and depending on your source, we are either in the age of Pisces or Aquarius. A strong argument can be made that we are currently in the Aquarian Age, which is a time of renewal, rebellion, technology, information in a move away from religion and spirituality that defined the Piscean age. Whether you believe in astrology or not, it is interesting in its implications.

The age of Satan?

“We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”

–1 John 5:19

In the world at the present moment, there is a thrust to completely upend traditional values.

People no longer believe humans are solely male and female, and are trying to redefine gender.

Truth is now seen as something fluid as well, rather than being objectively yes or no. Postmodern thinking tries to declare that is subjective, a matter of from whose perspective it is made from.

Millennia ago, the Bible saw this coming.

“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”

– 2 Timothy 4:3

As this kind of thinking goes against the Bible, people are abandoning religion. And even though Christianity spread across the world for 2000 years, the Bible also foresaw its decline, which according to the most recent statistics, we appear to be witnessing.

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,”

– 1 Timothy 4:1

The Bible tells us that for time – until God takes away his power – Satan is in charge of this world. Even Jesus acknowledged this before his crucifixion.

“I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me,”

–John 14:30

A great deception

“The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,”

–2 Thessalonians 2:9

From the very beginning, the Bible tells and warns us of the deceptive powers of Satan. Through deception, he misled Adam and Eve to sin. The devil’s chief aim is to leave humankind away from God. You’ll do this the way he has done from the very beginning, by deceiving human beings.

“In order that Satan should not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.”

–2 Corinthians 2:11

The Bible reminds us that one way in which Satan tries to deceive us is by making darkness (bad things) appear as light (good things).

“And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”

–2 Corinthians 11:14

Satan also tries to reverse what is good and evil. At this present time, a great many people keep commenting that “the world is upside down.”

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”

– Isaiah 5:20

Lastly, the Bible warns us to remain alert because Satan is trying his best to influence us.

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

–1 Peter 5:8