Paul tells us that, “None of the rulers of this age understood this [secret and hidden wisdom of God], for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory“ (1 Cor 2:8). This is important to note because we often act as though Satan knew God’s plan all along, but the truth is that he didn’t. The Bible tells us that, “Satan entered into Judas“ (Lk 22:3). This should grab our attention because it clearly illustrates that Satan did not know the cross was the crux of redemption. He was baited into putting Jesus there, causing what one scholar called a “grand cosmic exorcism” of sorts in which Satan is dealt with directly and cast out (Jn 12:31). For reasons like this, Michael Heiser rightly concludes that:
The story of the cross is the biblical-theological catalyst to God’s plan for regaining all that was lost in Eden. It couldn’t be emblazoned across the Old Testament in transparent statements. It had to be expressed in sophisticated and cryptic ways to ensure that the powers of darkness would be misled. And it was. Even the angels didn’t know the plan (1 Pe 1:12). (Heiser, Michael S. The Unseen Realm. p. 243.)
Now you know why it’s so hard to understand how Jesus fulfills some of the prophetic words that are given in the Old Testament. Satan is not omniscient and if God had just told us about the cross in detail, Satan would have avoided getting Jesus killed. Instead, God tricked Satan into crucifying Him, knowing his evil heart would be his downfall. His dark ways were predictable and it would cause his kingdom to self-implode.
Some of God’s words are more fully understood in retrospect through the eyes of the Holy Spirit. Likewise, someday the Holy Spirit will open our minds to understand the book of Revelation in light of it being behind us and we’ll all say, “Oh, now I get it. I completely misunderstood that part.” That’s why it’s important to note that you’re wrong if you think you’ve figured out how the apocalypse is going to play out—or at least I hope you’re wrong, because if you figured it out, then so did the enemy.