The kingdom of darkness is a kingdom of hate, malice, contempt, scorn, envy, regret and countless other horrors. Screwtape’s final letter is a flurry of angry words unleashed upon the underling nephew Wormwood. Screwtape addresses him as “My Little Sissy” and it is not a term of endearment. Screwtape is not capable of affection. He does love the nephew in a lustful way, he would devour him like a Krispy Creme donut. Screwtape is the wolf and Wormwood is the prey.
Screwtape is furious with Wormwood for letting his patient or mark escape undamned. With a scowl and a howl, Screwtape said, “‘You let him slip through your fingers“. Screwtape is as angry as hell; he hates to see the human vermin take a hot bath and cleanse themselves of the dust of the day, let alone be totally cleansed by the blood of Christ. He assures and reassures Wormwood that they will be hell to pay.
Screwtape cannot get past Wormwood’s failure. He keeps second guessing the little demon, telling him where he missed the mark. The more he rants the more angry he becomes. Screwtape really believed they were so close to damning a soul and yet he escaped. The lost is tormenting and he cannot get the painful defeat off of his devilish mind. Oh, the utter humiliation of a human standing up to the demonic world as if he were a creature of infinite worth. How could this piece of slime, this dirt ball outwit the demonic world by turning to the Savior. Oh, the shame of it all and it is all Wormwoods fault. How could this happen. It is inexplicable. No quarter is to be given to the inept demon Wormwood.
I know that we are not supposed to feel pity for demons but it is almost impossible not to feel some sympathy for Wormwood, bless his heart, he catches hell. Screwtape accuses him of being worthless, a total failure. The debacle has Screwtape in a fit of despair. He even has some doubts about himself and his future but his faith in his father Satan drives him on. In the end, the demons must win. After all their cause looks very promising. One view of the nightly news and you would think that Screwtape was on the right track, but at last, things are seldom as they seem. In the meantime, Wormwood had better lay low and stay out of the reach of his uncle. If they meet, it will be ravenous.
Of course Screwtape is wrong: evil does not win in the end, it cannot. We have God’s word on that and every fiber of my being echos loud and clear…Evil can not win anymore than darkness can overcome light. In the Present Crisis writes James Russell Lowell–Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne, – Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown, Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own. Obviously the demonic world cannot accept the truth that in the end, righteousness prevails and Jesus wins. It will not be that much of a battle in the final analysis. I think it will be similiar to our redeption when Christ simply spoke three words, “It is finished”. That is about the size of it in my estimation, Christ returns and says, “It is finished” and so be it.