Worship of Satan
Extracts and comments from Revelation Chap. 9
And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues, yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not (a)worship (b)demons, and (b)idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
Neither (c)repented they of their (d)murders, nor of their (d)sorceries, nor of their (d)fornication, nor of their (d)thefts.
(a) Worship"; the rebellion of man against God, opens him / her up to Satan's infiltration and control. The will of the individual is given over to Satan, the mentality clearly declines, so that the God given mental power is focused on anything other than the TRUTH. The worship which should be directed to the Almighty is then given to Satan and his agencies, demons. There is little doubt that the demons then empower people, and they are given a false sense of worth, status, entity and power in their mundane existence.
(b) "Demons", "idols"; The source of all the false religions in the world is Satan. He originated the practices, the use of images (idols), to give the counterfeit to the "One True God", which Israel should have evangelised worldwide. The demons are the helpers, servants and perpetrators of all this activity, and in many cases they not only affect, but enter into a person, and take control. At that level, as shown in the Gospel accounts, release and cleansing is a Divine prerogative, which entails the sincere will of the individual to effect release, and is not a subject to be played with, as many groups of people are doing.
(c) "Neither repented they"; terrible happenings have taken place up to this point, and yet the remaining population will not repent, or have remorse. There can be little doubt that the source of the events will be known. It will be common knowledge that the real God, "Jehovah Zebaoth", is extending His righteous wrath on the Earth's inhabitants, because Bibles are everywhere, people are talking about Christ, His return, His love, and there will be many happenings, in the land of Israel, to say nothing of the strangely immune group of Jews (144,000) that appear to speak and act with impunity! However, the world's peoples will not repent. This outstanding characteristic is already very wide spread in the world. People, even children, will not admit to fault, which stops the process of self examination, which can lead ultimately to Salvation in Christ. Paul's comments on this subject to Timothy (2Tim. 3:1-9) concludes in V.9, "but they shall proceed no further". As in the case of Jannes and Jambres (Ex. 7:1), & (2Tim. 3:8), so will be the case for mankind that will not bend the knee to Jehovah / Christ.
(d) "Murders", "sorceries", "fornication", "theft"; these are the usual manifestations of the great Enemy Satan. They are now universally spread in the world and these and other signs are those described by Paul the Apostle to Timothy, related to the "perilous times".
See: Satan's Demise!