issue. The question, then, is not one of might,
of raw strength; it is primarily a moral issue.
However, because of God’s invisibility and because Satan
has exerted every effort to blind men’s minds, Jehovah’s
power or even his existence has at times been
Re 12:9) Men have mistaken the reason for God’s
patience and kindness and have themselves become more
2Pe 3:9) Because of this, it has taken faith, along
with suffering, to serve God with integrity. (Heb
35-38) Nevertheless, Jehovah purposes to make his
sovereignty known to all. In Egypt he said to Pharaoh:
"In fact, for this cause I have kept you in existence,
for the sake of showing you my power and in order to
have my name declared in all the earth." (Ex
9:16) Likewise God has allowed a time for this world
and its god, Satan the Devil, to exist and develop in
their wickedness, and He has set a time for their
2Pe 3:7) The prophetic prayer of the psalmist was:
"That people may know that you, whose name is Jehovah,
you alone are the Most High over all the earth." (Ps
83:18) Jehovah himself has sworn: "To me every knee
will bend down, every tongue will swear, saying, ‘Surely
in Jehovah there are full righteousness and strength.’"—Isa
it-2 pp. 1011-1012 Sovereignty
5:19) We know we originate with God, but the whole world
is lying in the [power of the] wicked one.
12:9) So down the great dragon was hurled, the original
serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading
the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and
his angels were hurled down with him.
8:11) Because sentence against a bad work has not been
executed speedily, that is why the heart of the sons of men
has become fully set in them to do bad.
3:9) Jehovah is not slow respecting his promise, as some
people consider slowness, but he is patient with YOU because
he does not desire any to be destroyed but desires all to attain
11:6) Moreover, without faith it is impossible to please
[him] well, for he that approaches God must believe that he
is and that he becomes the rewarder of those earnestly seeking
11:35-38) Women received their dead by resurrection; but
other [men] were tortured because they would not accept
release by some ransom, in order that they might attain a better
resurrection. 36 Yes, others received their
trial by mockings and scourgings, indeed, more than that, by
bonds and prisons. 37 They were stoned, they
were tried, they were sawn asunder, they died by slaughter with
the sword, they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, while
they were in want, in tribulation, under ill-treatment;
38 and the world was not worthy of them. They wandered
about in deserts and mountains and caves and dens of the earth.
9:16) But, in fact, for this cause I have kept you in
existence, for the sake of showing you my power and in order
to have my name declared in all the earth.
4:4) among whom the god of this system of things has
blinded the minds of the unbelievers, that the illumination
of the glorious good news about the Christ, who is the image of
God, might not shine through.
3:7) But by the same word the heavens and the earth that
are now are stored up for fire and are being reserved to the
day of judgment and of destruction of the ungodly men.
83:18) That people may know that you, whose name is
Jehovah, You alone are the Most High over all the earth.
45:23-24) By my own self I have sworn—out of my own mouth
in righteousness the word has gone forth, so that it will
not return—that to me every knee will bend down, every tongue
will swear, 24 saying, ‘Surely in Jehovah
there are full righteousness and strength. All those getting
heated up against him will come straight to him and be ashamed.