What, do you think, will happen if the devil were to take over your town? I'm fairly sure you will say "Oh dear me, lots of mayhem, immorality, lawlessness, suffering of believers," etc.
Here are two scenario's:
It has been calculated that between the first persecution under Nero in 64 to the Edict of Milan in 313, Christians experienced 129 years of persecution and 120 years of toleration and peace.
We all know that the church grew exponentially during those first 300 years. I know there are many reasons - foremost it was te Spirit of the Lord who made it happen. But, in some respects it was also because the church could offer an alternative to the then current social and religious decadence.
During Old Testament times Israel was repeatedly warned to mend its ways, but Ii peresisted in idolatry, persuing materilalism and prosperity at the expenxse of "God-centredness", exploiting the poor, etc.
Christians offered a change, which many accepted.
The Israelites were content in their sinful ways and did not want to change.
The devil has tried persecution, etc and it did not seem to work for him.
So what will happen if he takes over? He wil not want people to change and become christians. He will not want christians to be Christ-focussed. He will create a society of contentment, because if you are content, why would you want to change?
Society, including christians, is materialisitcally and prosperity focussed these days. We are so taken up with self-esteem, self-improvement and self-help recipies, living the "golden rule," being humanitarian, etc.
Crime will dissapear, prosperity will ensue, the churches will be full hearing sermons with themes like "Seven Biblical principles for a better self-esteem." Or "Nine ways to improve your relationships based on the Bible." Or "Biblical perspectives on the environment." Or "What the Bible says about reaching out to people." Or "On the virtue of being tolerant towards blasphemers because their blsaphemy is not directed towards God (after all, He is almighty, so He can protect His holiness, can't He?) - it is directed at christians to irritate them." Or "On being patient with those who differ from you in their faith - it is not heresy, it is a new way of contemplating faith or God." Or even more of the "health and wealth" gospel that we know so very well. (Some say "blab it and grab it" gospel) This gospel gives you some "biblical" formula that you must follow to the letter and you are guaranteed to be healthy and wealthy, and of course if it doesn't happen, you didn't follow the formula correctly of do not have enough faith, etc.
Does all this seem familiar to you? But don't you miss something crucial?
I know this is all in the Book of Revolutions only. The New Testament paints a different picture - or does it? Anyway, to me it is a sobering thought.