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Would the devil’s acceptance of Jesus as the Sovereign will accelerate the return of His coming?

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    This questsion is either a polling for opinion (not what SE site formats are about) or in need of further scope tightening as the text of the question, not the title, is a hypothetical ... which also is a poor fit for the SE format. – KorvinStarmast Jan 15 at 13:17
  • I was just trying to fit in. Go easy on the newcomers. – Singleminded Compass Jan 15 at 13:20
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I read the title question as "Does Satan need Jesus' love and forgiveness to be saved?". Well, of course, everyone does. The issue with this question is, Satan has chosen to reject that love and forgiveness from the foundation of the world. He does not want to be saved. He just wants other people to also suffer like him.

In Revelations, it is prophesied that after Jesus return, but before the final judgement, Satan will be bound for a time, and then released some time prior to the final judgement to again tempt and seduce many people.

This makes the question in the body a hypothetical one. Also, why would that accelerate the return of Jesus? First of all, without a devil we are still capable of sinning, otherwise how could we be made responsible for our actions? Second, the time when Jesus will return, while being unknown, seems to be a time where men are exceptionally bad, not exceptionally good. Third, nothing will "accelerate the return of His coming". He will come one day, that is a fixed time. The prophecies we have tell us about what the world will be like at that time, are maybe meant as signs that the return is nearing, but should not be understood as triggers that we can or should somehow work towards.

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  • Biblical prophecies about negative events were meant to be warnings rather than immutable outcomes. You can check Wikipedia’s sources for that on the page called “Prophecies”. – Singleminded Compass Jan 15 at 13:03
  • I was trying to be helpful. – Singleminded Compass Jan 15 at 13:17
  • OK, I'll remove that comment – KorvinStarmast Jan 15 at 13:22
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    @SinglemindedCompass Warning works for me, but I don't think I'll adapt that part of the answer. Many, many prophecies are warnings, as you correctly state, regarding what is going to happen if people do not repent. Explicitely so even, "if you don't repent then XYZ will happen". Notably, Jona is an example where the prophecy does NOT come to pass because of repentance. – kutschkem Jan 15 at 15:05
  • Forgiving the Devil seemed like a revolutinary idea to me when I first thought of it, how good someohow manages to come out of every kind of major evil in the world. – Singleminded Compass Jan 15 at 15:14

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