Hello Doc,<quoted text>Well,John,see,somethin g that many people don't understand about the invisible spiritual warfare going on around us in this world is that Satan the devil KNOWS that there are many things going on in our world that God CAN NOT DIRECTLY INTERFERE WITH...O.K.?? Satan K-N-O-W-S that God can not interfere. I heard a sermon on local radio one time where this preacher was talking about a covenant between God and man,or something to that effect,and how Satan KNEW that God had to 'back off' for His Name's sake in certain human affairs. It was so enlightening,so powerful!!! But,at the same time,I have NO DOUBT that the anger and the vengence of the Lord is trained upon the evil,the wicked,EVERY DAY,until His Holy punishment comes upon them for their wicked deeds.
I wouldn't say that God has backed off. The Holy Spirit is with us. Everything is in acordence with his plan. The plan he chose. He is the one in control. The devil is aware of prophesies that must be fulfiled. Had he have understood them then he would have attempted to destroy them. The book of Revelation is given in a coded way. The Book of Daniel too.
I see this world as our everlasting lesson. We are to become as the angels. Satan fell as an angel. So better to fall on earth and be picked back up again. In way, our beginning is Lucifer's end. Our end is to be as Lucifer's beginning. Born as devil's to become angels. He was the angel who became the devil.
It sems to me you do have a grasp of the spiritual warfare that is going on.
God bless you.