In the Bible, the apostle Paul wrote to the people of Rome, “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet” (Rom 16:20). Paul said that the destruction of Satan, and the return of Jesus Christ, would happen soon. If Paul wrote these words nearly two thousand years ago, then how “soon” could it be? Was Paul deceived? Wrong? Did the Bible make a mistake?
These events are imminent. But what does the Bible mean by imminent? Let me give you three ways to understand this word.
First, the events are certain, though the timing is unknown. While we cannot figure out when Jesus will return in order to crush Satan, this event is certain. It will happen. Just because we don’t know the time, doesn’t mean we don’t know the level of certainty. Think about it like this: I will “soon” be hungry. Though I don’t know when, I know it for certain.
Second, these events are the next in God’s plan. Nothing else needs to happen first. Returning for his people and crushing Satan are next on God’s “to-do” list. There is no other item on his agenda before this. “Soon,” to borrow a term from baseball, means “on deck.”
Third, the destruction of Satan will happen sooner than your ability to wait will fail. In other words, sooner than Satan will crush you, you will crush him. Before your life flies apart, his will. We might want to give up, but God knows us better than even we know ourselves. He knows how long we can wait. He looks at our weary souls and says, “Your complete deliverance from your enemy will be soon. I know how I’ve made you. I know how strong you are, especially when you rely on me. Let’s wait together, relief will be soon.”
Jesus is coming soon. It’s certain, it’s next on God’s agenda, and it won’t be a second longer than your ability to persevere. Now take a look at your feet. “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” How are you walking today? Where are your feet carrying you? Those who truly long for evil to come to an end, will not just talk the talk, but will walk the walk.
God put on our boots and is forcefully advancing in our steps. On the cross, Jesus crushed Satan’s power; through his church, Jesus will soon crush Satan’s presence.
This means that you and I can help.