Day 5 – Shaytan descends to strike the Masih

The prophet Isa al Masih PBUH had prophesied the signs of his return to earth on Day 4 of his final week.  The Injil then narrated how the religious leaders wanted to arrest him.  Shaytan (or Iblis) used this as a way to strike at the prophet – his avowed enemy.  Here is how it is recorded.

Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people.   Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve.  And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. They were delighted and agreed to give him money.  He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present. (Luke 22: 1-6)

We see that Satan/Shaytan took advantage of this conflict to ‘enter’ Judas to betray the prophet.  This should not surprise us.  The Holy Qur’an  says of Satan that:

Say to My servants that they should (only) say those things that are best: for Satan doth sow dissensions among them: For Satan is to man an avowed enemy. (Al-Isra 17:53; see also Az-zukhruf 43:62, Ya sin 36: 60, Al-Baqarah 2:168)

Towards the end of the Injil, Satan is described in a vision:

Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon,and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.  (Revelation 12: 7-9)

Satan is also your avowed enemy, pictured as a powerful dragon with enough cunning to lead the whole world astray.  He had tried previously to tempt the Prophet Isa al Masih PBUH.  Now, this enemy took control of Judas to destroy the prophet Isa al Masih PBUH.   As the Injil records:

From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. (Matthew 26: 16)

The next day – Day 6 – was the Festival of Passover that the Prophet Musa PBUH had begun 1500 years beforehand.  How would Satan, through Judas, find his opportunity on this Holy day?  We look at this next.

Day 5 Summary

The timeline shows how on the 5th day of this week, the great dragon, Satan, moved to strike at his greatest enemy – the Prophet Isa al Masih PBUH.

Shaytan, the Great Dragon, enters Judas to strike the Prophet Isa al Masih
Shaytan, the Great Dragon, enters Judas to strike the Prophet Isa al Masih

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