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How do we read that Satan had received authority over all the kingdoms of the world? That is, he received them, and so offers them to Jesus in the following verse (and of course he cannot offer something to Jesus that he does not possess).

Luke 4:6-7 (NIV)
6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.”

How are we to read, "it has been given to me"?

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In order to fully unpack Luk.4:6-7 we need to have knowledge and understanding of what transpired, before, during and after the creation account. As a son of God, Adam was created perfect, in his Father's image and likeness (Luk.3:38). The only visible difference, I believe, was that this man (Adam) occupied a physical body (flesh) which was subject to his soul, and his soul, in turn, subject to his spirit man. We are told in Rom.8:16 that the two fold witness is God's Spirit speaking to man's spirit.
Father gave His son to rule and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over ALL the EARTH. It is important to note that the ownership of the earth was not given away to man, only its management. The earth belongs to the Lord and the fullness thereof. In all things, Adam's spirit dominated, until Eve arrived on the scene. She seduced him in his soul dimension with the fruit. By allowing their spirit man to be subjected under their soul dimension, both man and woman realised their nakedness, and hid away. They both lost their spiritual covering and their sonship of the Father, to become "orphan sons". As orphan sons they were both driven out of the garden and from then on had to rely on their environment (earth) for survival. Satan now obtained management of the earth, and as the earth got populated it became the "world", as we know it today. A world system can only produce orphans, who are disconnected from their heavenly Father. Another Son had to come to reconcile orphans back to the Father. The definition of "reconcile" is to restore to the exact position that somebody previously enjoyed. The kingdoms of his world are beastly systems. Rev.13:1 speaks about the beast with ten horns and ten crowns, which denote kingdoms, that will come out of the sea. In scripture "sea" represents multitudes or nations. The beast is already here and people, including christians, are carrying his mark on their foreheads. This is a teaching for another time!

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Remember that Satan has a habit of claiming or taking that which is not rightly his.

The idea of a Satanic kingdom is acknowledged in scripture very plainly.

Luke 11:18 [1]

If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.

As far as the authority, I do not find scriptural support for the idea that there was a mechanism whereby because of The Fall, Earthly authority was transferred from Adam to the Lucifer. I do however find support in the principle that Satan's Kingdom was his ability to influence mankind and corrupt us. Whether that be through govt., false prophets/chruches, cults. In Revelations 13:1-2 we see that there are multiple Kingdoms established throughout the world, but we know that they are all of the Kingdom of Satan.

Revelations 13:1-2 [2]

1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

The statement that the Kingdom has been given to Satan, I can only imagine to explain that as at best an assumption, that by God not removing his authority/power it was being granted, God being Omnipotent. Alternatively, that it was just a lie, one that was used to assist in his attempt to corrupt the Savior. Let's not forget who the father of lies is.

John 8:44 [3]

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

[1]https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/luke/11.18?lang=eng#17 [2]https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/rev/13.2?lang=eng#1 [3]https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/john/8?lang=eng#44

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What we must 1st understand about Satan is what Jesus says about him,

"He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.(John 8:44)

Therefore, we must not trust what comes out of a liar's mouth.

Since Jesus doesn't take issue with the devil's statement, we can conclude that the devil certainly 'exercised' authority over the kingdoms of the world, yet there is nowhere in Scripture that records the devil being given authority by God; that authority was given to Adam,(Gen. 1:28)

"And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth."

God gave Adam dominion, which in Hebrew : רָדָה(radah) along with : כָּבַשׁ(kabash) means to "reign over and bring into submission". Therefore, man rightly exercising his authority before God, would bring into subjection and submission all of God's creation.

When Adam disobeyed God's commandment,(Gen. 3) they "gave" their dominion to Satan; by accepting his 'offer' to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and become like him, and he, being the "strong man"(Mark 3:27), was able to bring men into "dominion"(reign over and bring into submission). God extended man mercy, prophesying that one day the woman's seed would crush the head of Satan(Gen. 3:15), but until that time worldly government remained under Satan's dominion, although Godly men from time to time have ruled.

Men indeed have subjected themselves to Satan, worshipping him in idolatry and giving themselves over to perversions and evil, in violation of God's commands. Furthermore, as Jesus addressed the Jewish leaders, those that oppose Jesus are of the devil(John 8:44) and whoever is not for Jesus is against Him(Matt. 12:30)

In Summary: Satan obtained "dominion" by taking it away from Adam & Eve. The 2nd Adam, Christ(1 Cor. 15:47)

the second man is the Lord from heaven.

And the 2nd Adam will reign, undoing all the work of Satan(1 Cor. 15:24-25)

"Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet"

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