There are two opposing spiritual kingdoms. The kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom that interacts with the tri-universe. It is owned and operated by the sovereign King and Creator of the entire tri-universe. He is the one true God. Like us, He too is triune, but in a different way. He reveals Himself as the Father, the Son—Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Unlike us, God was not created. He is eternal, all loving, all-powerful, all-knowing and all-present. The awesome cosmos with its 50 billion trillion stars is all His doing! None will ever be His equal. However, Lucifer missed that memo.
Lucifer was a glorious angel, created by God. He became proud and led a rebellion to usurp God’s kingdom. He was swiftly kicked out of heaven, deceiving a third of the angels to follow him. They sealed their fate in hell by doing this, and they’ve hated God ever since. Lucifer became better known as satan, the devil or “the god of this world”.
So began the kingdom of satan. Like God’s kingdom, satan’s kingdom is also a spiritual kingdom interacting within the tri-universe. However, it has only limited access to operate. It is on a restraining leash, so to say. God’s Kingdom controls that leash.
The spirits in satan’s kingdom are enemies of God. They hate Him. For that reason, they also hate us humans. Why? Because they know we are God’s precious creation whom He loves dearly. They know it is God’s desire for us to become part of His Royal Family—His adopted children! So, it is satan’s primary aim to disrupt our relationship with God—to keep us spiritually separated from the heavenly Father who adopts us and gives us new life if we respond to His invitation.
One might ask, “Why would a good God allow satan and demons to continue to exist?” In the writer’s humble view, the simple answer is love. There is no possibility of loving God if we are forced to. Love can’t be forcefully demanded. Love must be of our free will if it is to be real. God desires our authentic love...not forced robotic love which would be meaningless. In order for true love to exist, there needs to be free will with a true choice—a real alternative with true appeal. And so, we have the tempter.
As a result, anyone choosing to love and follow God is clearly doing so intentionally by personal choice, having to say no to the many opposing lures, distractions, deceptions and instant gratifications that satan’s kingdom offers, to say nothing of the lure from the world and our sinful nature! It takes true love to follow God in this setting.