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152 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
world today (Rev. 12:9 and 20:3). Being invisible, people do not
see or hear him.
This prince of the power of the air - this god of this world -
IS THE REAL SOURCE OF WHAT WE HAVE COMETO CALL "HUMAN
NATURE"!
Here is the real CAUSE of all the world's evils!
But it seems
nobody
understands it, and therefore the world
does nothing about it - except to go along with it blaming human
nature and supposing it was Goo who created us with an evil na–
ture when actually it is Satan's.
Let me give you an illustration of how we can be swayed, in–
ftuenced, and driven by Satan's broadcasting through the air.
When God wanted to cause captive Jews in ancient Babylon to re–
turn to Jerusalem to build the second temple, He put it in the
mind of Cyrus, king of Persia. The Persian Empire had taken over
the rule of empire from Babylon. Following is the explanation of
how God moved Cyrus to do what God wanted.
"Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia ... the [Eterna!]
stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a procla–
mation throughout all his kingdom ..." (Ezra 1: 1) that a contin–
gent of Jews return to Jerusalerr..
God did not speak to Cyrus in words or direct communica–
tion, as He talked with Moses and God's prophets. God reached
Cyrus
through Cyrus's spirit.
God stirred up his spirit, causing him
to want to do it. God did cause King Cyrus to know that in issuing
this proclamation he was doing it according to the will of God.
Utilizing this same principie, Satan, prince of THE POWER OF
THE AIR, stirs the spirits of humans, injecting into them altitudes,
moods, and impulses of selfishness, vanity, lust, and greed, alti–
tudes of resentment against authority, of jealousy and envy, of
competition and strife, of resentment and bilterness, of violence,
murder, and war. People do not recognize the source of these alti–
tudes, feelings, motives, and impulses. As 1 said, they do not SEE
the invisible Satan. They hear no audible voice. They do not know
the attitude carne from Satan (Rev. 12:9). But they come to FEEL
such altitudes, impulses, and desires. That is how Satan DECEIVES
THE WHOLE WORLD.
People will feel depressed and won't realize why. But those