There is an element in international conflicts not readily apparent to the uninitiated. Angelic beings under the command of Satan are responsible for a great portion of the death and destruction in the world.
According to sacred tradition, Satan and his third of the hosts of heaven (Revelation 12:4) wrested the dominion of the earth from the father of humankind through the Temptation and Fall (Genesis 3). Adam was displaced by Satan from the Council of Heaven (Job 1:6, 7) in which Adam held title to "Prince of this World". Satan offered the kingdoms of this world to Jesus if Jesus would forego His sacrifice and worship him (Matthew 4:8-10). Jesus refused. Jesus deposed Satan from heaven (Revelation 12:4) by offering His righteous life vicariously for all humankind in Adam's stead (John 12:31-33; Romans 5:14-21). But whereas Satan was evicted from heaven, it remained for him to roam the earth as a destroyer (Revelation 12:9, 12, 13; 1 Peter 5:8) until such time as Jesus' successor, the second of the biblical Dual Messiahs, imprisons Satan in the "bottomless pit" (Revelation 20:1-3). This second messiah is properly known as the Antichrist.
In sacred tradition, the Antichrist is usually depicted as the enemy of Jesus Christ. The characterization of the Antichrist as bad rather than good is the great fraud of history.
TACTICS OF SATAN
When speaking to the Jews who plotted His death, Jesus said in John 8:44, "Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it".
The chief tactic used by Satan to destroy is deception. The ultimate consequence of a policy of deception is murder. Satan and his human followers incite brother to murder brother over lies.
A half-truth can constitute a lie when withholding part of the truth is likely to result in deception. Courts swear to uphold the truth, the WHOLE truth, and nothing but the truth.
TRUE AND FALSE ANTICHRIST
The Bible teaches there are two complementary messiahs. This doctrine is known as Dual Messiahs.
Satan has been successful in dividing Jews and Christians by his deception there is one and only one messiah. Christians believe Jesus Christ is this one messiah and that Jews who reject Him have forfeited any claim to salvation. Religious Jews who do not embrace Jesus Christ meanwhile await their messiah.
These positions are reconcilable through the doctrine of Dual Messiahs. The wide adoption of this theory should eventually result in an end to conflict.
Satan's deception has been two-fold. Firstly, as stated, he has led most people to lose sight of the doctrine of Dual Messiahs. Secondly, he deceives us regarding the nature of the messiah yet to appear, the Antichrist. He has portrayed the Antichrist as bad when in fact the genuine Antichrist is good.
The Apostle John warns of false, impostor antichrists when in 1 John 2:22, he writes, "Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son". The genuine Antichrist would deny neither the Father nor the Son. The genuine Antichrist, as a complementary messiah, would elevate the Jesus Christ.
Satan saw an opening for division in the prefix "anti-", which has contradictory meanings. It can mean "against" in the sense of opposition; but, it can also mean "in place of" in a neutral, non-hostile sense. The latter suggests a second-in-command, such as our modern notion of a vice president.
In Matthew 1:23* we are introduced to a messianic sign by which we may know that God is present with us. Matthew quotes from Isaiah 7:14, 15:
[T]he Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
We are thus confronted by the choice between versions of the Antichrist as evil or good. God's servant possesses the spiritual perception to see through the fraud by choosing the good.
This distinction is vital to international relations and particularly the national future of the Jews. When the Good Antichrist arises, he binds Satan and institutes one thousand years of peace on earth. Revelation 20:1-3.
THE ROLE OF SATAN AND THE ANTICHRIST IN INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT
While Satan foments conflict, the Good Antichrist is a consummate peacemaker.
Demons, under the command of Satan, attempt to foment chaos and obstruct peace and justice in the world. They operate in a dimension of reality rarely discussed, yet belief in angels is widespread. There are numerous popular books available that document the accounts of individuals who claim to have met angels. These accounts are not restricted to any particular religion.
Although the evidence of these stories is anecdotal, their frequency and similarity warrant serious consideration. While the angels typically discussed are benign, such as the guardians of children, there are angels commissioned by God to execute His wrath. In Kings 19:35 we read, "[I]t came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they [were] all dead corpses".
In Revelation 7, we see four angels poised to loose the winds of strife on land and sea. In chapter 15, seven angels possess seven vials containing the seven last plagues.
The Bible is firmly rooted in the supernatural. It states, "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares" (Hebrews 13:2). The Bible acknowledges a vast power exercised over souls and nations by spirits, both good and bad. Ultimately goodness prevails.
We have limited power over ignorance. Religion is a source of knowledge and insight into the unknown. The power derived from this knowledge may be employed for peacemaking.
* "Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."