[From Nov. 14, 2012]
"And the inhabitants of the earth, whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, will be amazed when they see the beast, because it was, is not, and is to come."
In the first chapter of Revelation, God declares, "I am the Alpha and the Omega... who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." We in the Church like to use that phrase for God: who was, and is, and is to come. But later in Revelation, a variation of that same phrase is used for the devil's agent (aka "The Beast"): It was, is not, and is to come.
That's a brilliant statement! The embodiment of evil has been around since the beginning... and will continue into the future. We, as humans, tend to be drawn towards evil, as part of our sinful nature. But as exciting, enticing, and alluring as evil may be (so seductive at times!), it really is hollow. It doesn't fulfill. It's emptiness, heartache, and destruction. In short, despite what it promises, sin/evil "IS NOT" what it's cracked up to be.
Only God was, is, and is to come.