Those of us who grew up watching The Wizard of Oz on television once a year know all about “the man behind the curtain.” Unfortunately, since that movie came out in 1939, younger generations simply don’t get the reference because they’ve never seen the movie. It’s like old preachers saying, “God would have to send me a telegram to get me to pastor that church.” Nowadays, we have to say something more like, “God would have to personally message me on Facebook to get me to pastor that church.”
For those of you who don’t know what “the man behind the curtain” reference means, let me explain. Young Dorothy and her dog Toto are inside Dorothy’s farmhouse in Kansas when the house is picked up by a tornado and carried away to the strange land of Oz. Once there, it lands on the wicked Witch of the East, killing her in the process. Magically, the witch’s ruby slippers are removed from her feet and transported onto Dorothy’s feet. Dorothy is then instructed by Glinda, the good Witch of the North, to follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City and ask to see the all-powerful Wizard of Oz because he is the one who can help Dorothy get back home to Kansas.
What follows is Dorothy’s journey to the Emerald City. Along the way, she is joined at periodic intervals by the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion as each new member of the traveling party wants the Wizard of Oz to grant him something. The Scarecrow wants the Wizard to give him brains, the Tinman wants the Wizard to give him a heart, and the Lion wants the Wizard to give him courage. The only problem is that the wicked Witch of the West torments them along the way because she wants those magic slippers her sister, the wicked Witch of the East, once wore.
When Dorothy and her three companions finally reach the Emerald City and stand before The Wizard of Oz, he tells them that no wishes will be granted until they bring him the broomstick of the wicked Witch of the West. The foursome then travel to the witch’s land and end up in her castle. It’s there that Dorothy, after the witch has set fire to the Scarecrow, throws water onto the fire and in so doing accidently douses the witch. As luck would have it, water is the one thing that can kill the witch, and so she slowly melts away and becomes a puddle.
With the witch’s broomstick in hand, Dorothy and her three friends return to the Emerald City and come before The Wizard of Oz again. The Wizard, however, speaks to them roughly and refuses to grant their wishes. But as The Wizard’s voice booms out and his head is surrounded by various kinds of special effects, Dorothy’s dog Toto runs over to a curtain off to the side and pulls it back with his teeth. There, behind the curtain, is a little old man who is speaking into a microphone and operating what amounts to a 1939 version of a computer. The all-powerful Wizard of Oz, as it turns out, is just a simple man who had landed in Oz years earlier by way of a balloon and had used his technical abilities to create a large screen onto which he projected the head and voice of an intimidating Wizard. Thus, the phrase “the man behind the curtain” came to popularly refer to the true power behind the throne, the unseen person who pulls all the pulleys and levers and makes the Wizard what he is.
Here, now, is how all of this applies to us today. As we watch our nation and our world plunge further and further away from God and His written word, we need to realize that the true man behind the curtain who is orchestrating the downgrade is Satan. And as Bible proof of that, I’ll offer a lengthy list of passages as the close to this post. Please don’t click away or swipe away before you thoroughly read each passage and comprehend what it is saying. By doing this, you’ll gain a proper understanding of just how much control Satan has over this world and the people who occupy it. Here now are the passages (all from the N.K.J.V., boldfaced emphasis mine):
- Job 1:7; 2:3: And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”
- Luke 13:16: “So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound — think of it — for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?”
- John 8:44: “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”
- John 12:31: “Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.”
- John 14:30: “I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.”
- 2 Corinthians 4:3-4: But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
- 2 Corinthians 11:13-15: For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
- Ephesians 2:1-2: And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience.
- Ephesians 6:11-12: Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
- 1 Thessalonians 2:18: Therefore we wanted to come to you — even I, Paul, time and time again — but Satan hindered us.
- 1 Peter 5:8: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
- 1 John 5:19: We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.
- Revelation 12:9: So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world: he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.