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#436862 - 06/04/13 08:28 PM the devil is real
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"The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist" - Charles Baudelaire

I did not write this, but I wanted to share it with you.

In the King James translation of the Bible, the word “devil” is found only in the New Testament. It is translated from the Greek “diabolos” which means a traducer, a slanderer, a false accuser, a calumniator (one that makes malicious and knowingly false statements). The very definition of his name defines the devil’s nature to be one of lies, deception and slander.

In the scriptures, the devil is also known as satan, beelzebub, lucifer, and the prince of demons; and is consistently represented to be the malignant enemy of God and man’s evil adversary.

Revelation 12:10 gives him the epithet “accuser of the brethren”, “...the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”

In John 8:44 Jesus called him the father of lies, “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.”

The devil is the father of lies (from the root “pseudomai” - to attempt to deceive by falsehood).

The word “father” is translated from the Greek “pater” which means the generator or male ancestor, the originator and transmitter of anything. Thayer’s Lexicon says that “prater” also conveys the meaning of nourisher, protector, and upholder. In other words, the devil first conceives and then transmits his lies and deception throughout the world. He nourishes, protects, and disseminates lies, false statements and slander to anyone who will listen to him.

Whereas, God is called the Father of lights in James 1:17, the source or giver of whatever provides illumination and revelation; the devil is called the father of lies and false statements. He cloaks everything in a mystery, attempting to keep the truth hidden from our view, and is intentionally misleading in everything he says and does. Every word the devil speaks is a lie, because that’s all he knows. And the purpose of his lies is the destruction of mankind.

Jesus said the devil was a murderer from the beginning (“arche” - a commencement, beginning or origin; first in time, order, or place). The word “murderer” is the Greek “anthropoktonos”, a compound word that literally means a man slayer, one that kills “anthropos” or human beings.

The devil is out to destroy the lives of every man, woman, and child on the earth. Jesus called him the thief in John 10:10, the one who steals, kills, and destroys. If your life is being diminished in any way, the devil is either the directly or the indirectly involved. He is the enemy of all mankind.

Hell was created for the devil -

In Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus describes the Day of Judgment, when the nations of the world will be gathered before the throne of God and separated into two groups. On God’s right hand will be gathered the sheep, the people who have been made righteous through the blood of Christ; and on His left will be gathered the goats, the wicked who have denied Christ and lived an unholy lifestyle.

Jesus said the righteous will be ushered into the kingdom prepared for them from the foundation of the world and will spend eternity in the presence of God. But the wicked will be sentenced to everlasting punishment.

Matthew 25:41 says, “Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand (the wicked), Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil (“diabolos”) and his angels.”

It is interesting to note that Jesus taught the everlasting fire of hell was prepared, not for man, but for the devil and the angels that rebelled with him. Hell was not created for man.

Was “hell” the devil’s original abode, corrupted when satan fell into sin and rebelled against God? Was “hell” a pleasurable place until satan sinned, which caused the glory of God to be removed from it’s atmosphere and everlasting fire to begin consuming it? We can’t be sure. But Jesus clearly taught that the everlasting fire that will receive the unrighteous at the end of days was originally prepared, not for man, but for the devil and his angels.

The devil sows tares among the righteous -

Jesus explained the parable of the good seed and the tares in Matthew 13:36-43. He said the Son of man sows good seed in the world, which are the children of the kingdom; while the devil sows tares in the world, which are the children of the wicked one (“poneros” - of a bad nature; working evil, wicked and harmful deeds, bad).

Matthew 13:39 says, “The enemy that sowed them (the tares) is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world and the reapers are the angels.”

Jesus taught that the devil turns some people into agents of his wickedness. These people refuse to submit to the goodness, morality, and truth of God’s Word; and, instead, give their lives over to the evil and wickedness the devil has sowed in their heart. They imprison, rule, and murder human beings with such malevolence that they can only be labeled as evil, under the control of the wicked one.

In this parable, Jesus taught the end of the world will be a time of great harvest, not only of the righteous, but also of the wicked. Matthew 13:41-42 says, “The Son of man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity. And shall cast them into a furnace of fire; there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

The devil even sowed a tare in the ranks of Jesus’ disciples. In John 6:70 Jesus was talking to his disciples and said, “...Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot...for he it was that should betray him...”

The Bible says the devil deleteriously effected the heart of Judas until he finally submitted and betrayed Jesus into the hands of His enemies. John 13:2 describes the event as taking place during the Last Supper, “And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him.”

During the last supper, Jesus handed a sop (a morsel of food) to Judas. John 13:27 says, “And after the sop satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.”

His power has been destroyed by Christ -

The Bible clearly teaches that the devil’s power has been destroyed through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I John 3:8 tells us, “...For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.”

The word “destroy” is translated from the Greek verb “luo” and means to loose, dissolve, sever, and break. Rotherham’s translation says “undo” and the Basic English translation says “put an end to” the works of the devil. The purpose of Jesus coming on the earth was to put an end to the works of the devil. To undo their effect, break their control, and sever their influence in your life.

The word “works” is translated from the Greek noun “ergon” and means business, employment, to be occupied with, that which one undertakes to do. Every tactic or device the devil employs against you has been severed from your life. You no longer have to listen to his lies, follow his suggestions, or fall prey to his snares. He has no business with you. There is no occasion where you have to serve him, obey him, or be afraid of him.

Hebrews 2:14-15 further explains why Jesus had to manifest Himself on the earth, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. And deliver them who through the fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Jesus had to partake of a mortal, flesh and blood body to secure your deliverance and destroy the devil’s power.

Here, the word “destroy” is the Greek verb “katargeo” and means to render entirely useless, to make of none effect, to make void, to do away with, to abolish. The Berkeley translation says that Jesus was manifested that He might neutralize the devil’s power. Goodspeed says, “ His death He might dethrone” the devil. Rotherham’s translation says, that He might paralyze him.

Christ’s death and resurrection have rendered satan entirely void of power as far as you are concerned. His strategies have no effect in the life of a knowledgeable believer who has learned to be an overcomer in Christ; because he knows that the devil’s power had been neutralized by the blood of Christ.

The only way he can hurt you is if you submit to his lies, buy in to his suggestions, or accept what he is telling you as truth and therefore inevitable. However, if you refuse to give him permission, the devil cannot devour your life. Christ’s resurrection has enabled you with authority and power to successfully resist the devil.

You can resist him -

Ephesians 4:27 says, “Neither give place to the devil.” The Amplified says, “Leave no room or foothold for the devil, give no opportunity to him.” Without a foothold, satan has no place to operate in your life; and therefore has no power over you.

The word “place” is translated from the Greek noun “topos” and means a place, an opportunity, a spot, room, or position.

When we allow fear and strife to have a place in our minds, we are giving place to the devil’s operation in our life. When we allow the thoughts of condemnation, guilt, or criticism to linger; we remain vulnerable to satanic control. This is why we must remove every stronghold of fear, every imagination of strife, and every thought of condemnation from our minds. If the devil has no base of operation, he can’t control us.

The Goodspeed translation says, “...give the devil no chance.” The NEB says, “...leave no loophole for the devil.”

Ephesians 6:11 tells us to, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

The word “wiles” is translated from the Greek noun “methodeia” which the Strong’s Concordance defines as a travesty or trickery. A travesty is a false, derisive, or impudent sham. It is designed to cause you to believe what is not true, to accept a false report, and to act on wrong information.

You are no longer a defenseless victim that is subject to the wiles of the devil, because the armour of God will protect you when the devil attacks. You can put on the breastplate of righteousness and the helmet of salvation that keeps your mind secure in God. You can girt your loins with truth and become established in the gospel of peace that keeps you on the right path. You can take up the shield of faith that quenches all the fiery darts of the wicked, so “...that you may be able successfully to stand up against all the strategies and the deceits of the devil” (Amplified).

James 4:7 tells us, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” The NEB says, “Stand up to the devil and he will turn and run...” The Amplified says, “...stand firm against him and he will flee from you.”

The word “resist” is translated from the Greek verb “anthistemi” and means to stand against, to withstand, to oppose and resist. Each member of the Body of Christ has been invested with power and authority through the resurrection of Christ, to stand against every work, every device, every assignment the devil tries to use against them.

“Anthistemi” is a compound word that has it’s origin in “anti”, a preposition that means against or in opposition to; and “histemi”, a verb that means to stand in an upright and active position. In other words, we are instructed to take a forceful position by actively standing up to oppose every attack of the enemy.

When you indulge the devil and entertain his lies you are giving him permission to stay in your life. If you remain gentle and tenderhearted towards him, the devil will run roughshod over your live and keep you bound to the kingdom of darkness. You must stand in an upright and active position and vigorously oppose every thought, every assignment, and every demonic device that he tries to work in your life. Then, he will flee from you.

I Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist (“anthistemi”) steadfast in the faith...”

The Amplified says, “...that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.” The NEB says that satan is “...looking for someone to devour.”

Notice, the Bible says that satan walketh about ‘as’ a roaring lion; it does not tell us that he ‘is’ a mighty beast. While he pretends to be powerful, the Bible teaches that you have more power over him than he has over you. In fact, the devil only has power over your life if you acquiesce to his lies and passively submit to his tactics.

When you use the authority that Christ has given you and actively resist his lies, the devil will flee from you.

The snare of the devil -

The Apostle Paul warned about the traps the devil lays to ensnare our minds. I Timothy 3:7 speaks of “...the snare of the devil.” The literal translation reads, the snare of “diabolos” the accuser and slanderer.

The word “snare” is translated from the Greek “pagis” and means a trap, a snare (as fastened by a noose or notch). These traps are cunningly designed and created to draw us away from the truth of God’s Word.

I Timothy 4:1 warns us, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” The phrase “giving heed” comes from the Greek “prosecho” which means to turn the mind towards, to give attention to. When you open your mind to the devil’s lies you will be deceived.

I Timothy 4:2 adds, “Speaking lies in hypocrisy...” which is translated from the Greek “pseudologos” and means to teach a pseudo or false word. Strong's defines “pseudologos” as promulgating erroneous Christian doctrine.

Tempting people to believe an erroneous Christian doctrine is one of the chief snares that the devil uses to draw us away from God.

However, II Timothy 2:26 says that it is possible to recover ourselves from this snare, “And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”

When we refuse to believe the devil’s lies and refuse to allow him to pervert our understanding of God’s Word, “diabolos” cannot take us captive at his will. When we are established in God’s Word, the devil won’t be able to manipulate us, to exploit us, or maneuver our lives in any way. The Amplified says that, any time we choose, we can come to our senses and escape from the snare’s he has laid for us.

The phrase “recover ourselves” is translated from the Greek “ananepho” and means to return to soberness, as from a state of delirium or drunkenness. When believer’s fall into the snare of “diabolos”, they become intoxicated with the devil’s lies and his perversion of the truth. Recovery is only possible by repentance (“metanoia” - to change the way your are thinking) and acknowledgment of the truth of God’s Word.

II Timothy 2:25 tells us, “In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.” The Amplified says, “...that they will perceive and recognize and become accurately acquainted with and acknowledge...” the truth of God’s Word.

The devil is the father of lies; everything he tells you is a perversion of God’s truth. However, Jesus said, “...If ye continue in my Word, then are ye my disciples indeed. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Our best weapon of defense to fight off the lies of the devil is a full and comprehensive knowledge of the Word of God.

The tempter -

The Bible teaches that the devil is the one who tempts all men to do evil; he even tempted Jesus. Matthew 4:1 says, “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.”

After He was baptized in the Jordan river, Luke 4:1-2 says that Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, “Being forty days tempted of the devil...”

After a series of temptations, Luke 4:5-6 says, “And the devil, taking Him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto Him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them; for that is delivered unto me, and whomsoever I will I give it.”

The Amplified says, “...I will give all this power and authority.... for it has been turned over to me, and I give it to whomever I will.”

How did satan gain power and authority over the world? Genesis 1:26 tells us that God originally gave the authority to rule over the earth to man, “And God said, Let us make man (“adam”) in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion (“radah” - to rule over, have dominion).... over all the earth...” Therefore, the devil must have stolen man’s authority over the earth sometime in the past.

Psalms 8:4-5 says, “What is man, that thou art mindful of him?.... For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.” What makes this verse interesting is the word “angels”. It is translated from the Hebrew “Elohiym” which is translated God, the Supreme Being, two thousand, three hundred and forty-seven times in the Old Testament and “angels” only once.

Man was created to be second, only to God. All of the angels, including Lucifer, were created to be under man in both rank and authority. Psalms 8:6 adds, “Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou has put all things under his feet.”

The word translated “dominion” is the Hebrew “mashal” and means to have dominion and to rule over, but with a twist. The Gesenius Lexicon says that “mashal” also conveys the idea to make like another thing, in the sense of judging, forming an opinion, ruling or having dominion over. Strong’s Concordance says it conveys the idea of superiority in mental action. In other words, man was created to be like God, to think like Him, to act like Him, and to rule over this planet like God would rule.

However, Adam’s sin changed all that. We are now living in a world that is ruled by the kingdom of darkness and therefore susceptible to the devil’s temptations.

The best way to foil the tempter’s arrows is to employ the same tactics that Jesus used. In every instance, Jesus resisted the devil’s temptations by quoting from the Word of God.

Luke 4:13 ends the story of Jesus’ temptation, “And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.” For a “season” is translated from the Greek “kairos” and refers to a fixed and definite time or season.

Luke 8:13 tells us that there is a “time (“kairos” - season) of temptation.” A limited period of time when the devil will try to entice you to sin.

This season of the devil’s temptation usually follows the preaching of the Word. In Luke 8:13, Jesus talked about the different seasons that follow the sowing of God’s Word, “...when they hear, (they) receive the Word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while (“kairos”) believe, and in time (“kairos”) of temptation fall away.” Notice, there is a season of faith (believing) and a season of temptation.

You can prolong your season of faith by resisting the devil’s season of temptation just like Christ did on the mount of temptation. You do not have to yield to the devil’s temptations. Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.

The author of sickness -

Physical disease is connected to the introduction of evil into the world; which makes satan, either directly or indirectly, the cause of all sickness and disease.

Acts 10:38 says, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power; who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.”

This verse indicates that those who are in need of healing are being oppressed of the devil. The word “oppressed” is translated from the Greek verb “katadynasteuo” and means to exercise harsh control over one, to use one’s power against someone else.

The TCNT says, “...curing all who were under the power of the devil.” Moffatt’s translation says, “...curing all who were harassed by the devil.” Knox says, “...curing all those who were under the devil’s tyranny.”

Sickness and disease are the direct result of satan bringing evil to this planet. Even the diseases that are biological or genetic in nature, would never have polluted the human race if Adam would have resisted the devil and prevented him from introducing sin into this world. Genesis 1:31 says, “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good...” The planet that God originally created was perfect; sickness and disease did not exist.

But after sin polluted this planet, God said in Genesis 3:17, “...cursed is the ground (“adamah” - the earth, where adam dwells) for thy sake...” The Amplified says, “...the ground is under a curse because of you...” The literal translation is, because you crossed over.

When Adam bowed his knee to the temptation of the devil and sinned, he crossed over from the kingdom of light to the kingdom of darkness; he went from the glorified state that God created man to dwell in, to the polluted and contaminated world that sin created. At that moment, satan became the god of this world (II Cor. 4:4, Eph. 2:2-3) and sickness and disease began to reign in man’s, now, mortal body.

In Matthew 13:35 Jesus said, “...I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.” The word “foundation” is not the usual word translated foundation; rather, it is the Greek “katabole” which means to cast or throw down, to overthrow. In other words, Jesus preached revelation that had been locked up since the “overthrow” of God’s creation.

The state of God’s original creation has been overthrown by the works of the devil. Therefore, all sickness and disease are indirectly caused by the oppression of the devil. The Bible also teaches that some sickness is directly caused by an evil spirit.

In the thirteenth chapter of the Gospel of Luke, Jesus attributed a woman’s infirmity directly to the devil. The Bible says that she had a spirit of infirmity that was controlling her life for eighteen years. Luke 13:16 tells us what Jesus said after He healed her, “And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?”

If this woman could have been examined by a modern physician, the diagnosis would probably have been some type of arthritic or muscular condition or possibly curvature of the spine. But Jesus said that her physical condition was being caused by the devil; or, as verse eleven says, a spirit of infirmity.

Some sickness can only be cured through the prayer of binding and loosing in the Name of Jesus.

The devil in the book of Revelation -

Revelation 12:7-10 tells us that there was a war in heaven; where Michael and his angels defeated the dragon (the devil) and his angels and cast them out of heaven.

Revelation 12:9 says, “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil, and satan, which deceiveth the whole world; he was cast out into the earth...”

Revelation 12:12 says, “...Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” Knowing that he only has a short time left, satan roams the earth, seeking whom he might devour.

Revelation 20:2 describes an angel coming down from heaven at the end of the Great Tribulation period, “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the devil, and satan, and bound him a thousand years.” On the eve of the new millennium, the devil is bound for a thousand years.

Having failed to defeat God’s purpose of making this earth the Kingdom of Christ, satan is bound in the bottomless pit for a thousand years.

Then, at the end of the Millennium, satan is loosed for a while and personally heads up the last conspiracy against Christ and attempts to once again deceive the nations of the world.

Then, Revelation 20:20 says, “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”

At the conclusion of the Great White Throne Judgment, Revelation 20:14 says that the devil, along with “...death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.” The devil is never heard from again. He can no longer hurt God’s elect.

In the Old Testament, his name is translated from the Hebrew “satan” which means adversary, an enemy, one who withstands or opposes.

In the New Testament, his name is translated from the Greek “satanas” which means the accuser, i.e. the devil, the prince of evil spirits.

The Bible refers to him in many different terms. He is called the devil and the dragon in Rev. 12:9, the old serpent in Rev. 20:2, the prince of this world in John 12:31, the prince of the power of the air in Eph. 2:2, the god of this world in II Cor. 4:4, the prince of devils, Beelzebub, in Mt. 12:24, Lucifer in Isaiah 14:12, pretending to be a roaring lion in I Peter 5:8, the wicked one in Mt. 13:19, the accuser of the brethren in Rev. 12:10, the ruler of the darkness of this world in Eph. 6:12, and our adversary in I Peter 5:8.

No matter what name you give him, satan is consistently represented in the Bible as a perverse and wicked enemy of both God and man.

In John 8:44 Jesus said that satan, “...was a murderer from the beginning...” The word “murderer” is the Greek “anthropoktonos”, a compound word that literally means a man slayer, one that kills human beings (“anthropos”). Satan literally hates every human being and does all he can to destroy their life and defeat God’s plan of grace.

Satan wields power over man primarily through the use of deception and lies. John 8:44 continues, “... 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.” Whereas, God is called the Father of lights in James 1:17, the one who provides illumination and revelation to all believers; satan is called the father of lies (“pseudos” - a conscious and intentional falsehood). Every word the devil speaks is a lie, because there is no truth in him. He uses deception and lies that are intentionally designed to lead man away from the truth of God’s Word.

Revelation 12:9 says, “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil, and satan, which deceiveth (“planao”) the whole world...” The Greek “planao” means to lead astray, causing one to wander from the right path. Satan works feverishly to make man believe what is not true so he’ll remain bound to the kingdom of darkness.

II Corinthians 11:13-15 tells us that satan works through false apostles and deceitful ministers, and that, “... satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” The word “transformed” is the Greek “metaschematizo” which means to wear a disguise, to change the outward appearance. Satan is a master of disguise; always pretending to be something other that what he really is. Cloaked as a messenger of light, satan travels the world to put people in bondage and spread his message of lies and confusion.

Pretending to be righteous, I Timothy 4:2 says that his ministers are, “ heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils. Speaking lies in hypocrisy...” which is translated from the Greek “pseudologos” and means to teach a pseudo or false word. Strong's Concordance defines “pseudologos” as promulgating erroneous Christian doctrine.

Confusing people with erroneous Christian doctrine by spreading lies and deception are the chief tactics that satan uses against mankind.

satan’s origin -

There are several passages in the Old Testament that shines light on the origin and fall of satan.

Job 1:6 informs us that satan is an angel who once had access to the throne of God, “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and satan came also among them.” In the Old Testament, the phrase “sons of God” is generally regarded as referring to the angelic order of beings (ex. Genesis 6:2-4 explained in Jude 1:6-7).

Satan is also called Lucifer in the book of Isaiah. When iniquity was found in him, Lucifer was cast out of Heaven for leading the revolt of angels against God.

The fourteenth chapter of Isaiah begins with the LORD speaking against the earthly King of Babylon, a mortal man, and then abruptly changes to describe the fall of Lucifer, a created being that existed thousands of years before Babylon.

Isaiah 14:12 says, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” The Amplified says, “How have you fallen from heaven, O light-bringer and daystar, son of the morning...”

“Lucifer” is translated from the Hebrew “heylel” and means morning star, light bearer. “Heylel” comes from the root “halal” which means to shine, to make a show, to boast, to be clamorously foolish, to rave; and is translated “praise” over one-hundred times in the Old Testament.

Some use this definition to conclude that Lucifer once led the angelic choruses of praise and worship to God. Ezekiel 28:13 says, “... the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.” Lucifer once was an instrument of praise and music.

But Lucifer’s pride and ambition led him to concoct a plan to overthrow the throne of God, which eventually caused him to be cast out of heaven.

Isaiah 14:13 continues, “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven...” (indicating that satan’s original domain was somewhere beneath the region called Heaven); ”... I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north.” (informing us that satan had a throne and ruled over a kingdom).

Tay’s translation says, “...I will ascend to heaven and rule the angels, I will take the highest throne...” Not satisfied with the domain that God had given him to rule, Lucifer wanted to be like God, his Creator.

Isaiah 14:14-15 says, “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” Moffatt’s translation says, “...and down you drop, to the world below, down to death’s abyss you go.”

Hell is Lucifer’s final resting place. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus taught that the everlasting fire of hell was originally prepared, not for man, but for the devil and his angels. Revelation 12:9 tells us when satan was cast out of heaven that “...his angels were cast out with him”; indicating that a large number of angels followed Lucifer in his rebellion.

His fall from heaven -

In Ezekiel chapter twenty-eight, the LORD once again begins speaking about a mortal man, the earthly King of Tyrus, and then abruptly changes to describe in detail the fall of Lucifer.

Ezekiel 28:13-14 says, “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God... Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth...”

Obviously, the King of Tyrus wasn’t alive during the time of Eden; nor was he an anointed cherub (“keruwb” - an angelic being) who walked upon the holy mountain of God. The word cherub or cherubims is used twenty six times in the Book of Ezekiel, and always refers to angelic beings or their likeness.

Cherubims are first spoken of in Genesis 3:24, where God “...placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword, which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”

Ezekiel 28:14 continues, “Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.”

God gave Lucifer his throne and his kingdom, and appointed him the anointed cherub that covereth. “Anointed” is translated from the Hebrew “mimshach” (found only in this verse) and defined in Strong’s Concordance as anointed in the sense of expansion, to be outspread (i.e. with outstretched wings). The Hebrew word for “covereth” is “cakak” and means to cover over and protect. Like a sovereign ruling over his kingdom, Lucifer is portrayed as a sentinel, keeping watch over his domain with outstretched wings. And God said, I have set thee so.

But Lucifer wasn’t satisfied with the position that God gave him; he wanted more. Ezekiel 18:15 says, “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”

“Iniquity” is translated from the Hebrew “evel” and means violent deeds of injustice, wickedness, depravity, and perverseness. “Evel” comes from the root “aval” and means to distort (morally), to act unrighteous. Evil, perverseness, and iniquity, all have their origin in Lucifer, the fallen angel.

Ezekiel 28:16-17 continues, “By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence (“chamac” - cruelty, oppression, injustice), and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane (“chalal” - defiled, polluted, desecrated) out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee (“abad” - to wander away, i.e. to lose oneself, to extirpate [pull up by the roots]), O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.”

The NEB says, “...your beauty made you arrogant, you misused your wisdom to increase your dignity.” The Knox translation says, “...a heart made proud by it’s own beauty, wisdom ruined through it’s own dazzling brightness.”

Pride, arrogance, restless ambition, and iniquity were the cause of satan’s downfall.

Then God says in verse eighteen (Amplified translation), ‘You have profaned your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities and the enormity of your guilt, by the unrighteousness of your trade. Therefore I have brought forth a fire from your midst; it has consumed you, and I have reduced you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all who looked at you.”

There is a consuming fire burning deep in the center of Lucifer’s being. He must be in a great deal of pain and mental anguish, as the fire continually eats and burns away his strength and beauty.

The kingdom of darkness -

In Acts 26:18, the Lord gave the Apostle Paul a synopsis of the ministry that He was calling him to fulfill, and included revelation about satan and the kingdom of darkness that he now rules. Paul was being sent to the Gentiles, “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith...”

Rotherham’s translation says, “ turn them from the authority of satan.” Goodspeed says, “ turn them from satan’s control.” The Amplified says that believers can, “...turn from the power of satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness and release from their sins.”

The Bible clearly teaches that satan is the god of this world (II Cor. 4:4) and rules over this planet with the kingdom of darkness. Ephesians 2:2 calls satan, “...the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.” The Amplified says that the world is “...obedient to and under the control of the demon spirit that still constantly works in the sons of disobedience...” Evil spirits, under the control of satan, are exercising authority over nations, over cities, and over families.

Ephesians 6:12 in the Amplified says, “For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.”

There are two kingdoms operating in the earth today; the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness. The former ruled by Christ, the later ruled by satan. Accepting Christ as lord and savior is the only way to be delivered out of the kingdom of darkness and translated into the kingdom of light.

Isaiah 49:6-9 prophecies the effects that the Lord’s death and resurrection had on the people of the earth, “...I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.... That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Shew yourselves...”

Christ’s resurrection has given man the power and authority to break free from satan’s kingdom of darkness. The ASV says, “...say to them that are bound, go free.” The NEB says, “...say to the prisoners, go free.” Moffatt’s translation says, “...say to the captives, come forth to the light.”

Colossians 1:12-14 says, “Giving thanks unto the father, which hath made us meet (“hikanoo” - to enable, to make qualified) to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.” Wuest commentary states, the words “in light” qualify inheritance, not saints; i.e. our inheritance is to be found only in the light. Therefore, in order for us to partake of the blessings afforded us through Christ’s resurrection, we must turn from the power of satan and come out of the kingdom of darkness by accepting Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of our life.

Colossians 1:13-14 continues, when we accept Christ as savior, God works a transformation in our lives, “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son. In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”

We have been “translated”; which comes from the Greek “methistemi” and means to transfer, to remove from one place to another, a change of situation or place. Rotherham says, “...Who hath rescued us out of the authority of the darkness.” Tay says that we have been removed, “...from the darkness and gloom of satan’s kingdom.”

Notice that our deliverance isn’t something that will happen in the future (i.e. after we die and go to heaven). Paul writes that the Father “hath” already delivered us out from under satan’s authority (his power to direct and to rule over our lives), and “hath” already translated us into the authority of God’s kingdom.

Anytime you choose, you can cast off the works of darkness and accept the glorious light of salvation in Christ. Isaiah 60:1 in the Amplified says, “Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you - rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.”

Be not ignorant of his devices -

The Apostle Paul said in II Corinthians 2:11 that we should be quick to forgive, “Lest satan should get an advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.” The Amplified says, “...for we are not ignorant of his wiles and intentions.”

The word “devices” is translated from the Greek noun “noema” and literally means a mental perception, the thoughts or purposes of the mind. In other words, satan seeks to gain an advantage over you by influencing your mental perceptions of life; by controlling what you think.

II Corinthians 4:4 tells us that satan, “...the god of this world hath blinded the minds (“noema” - the mental perceptions) of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ....should shine unto them.”

Satan is trying to alter your perception of reality by bombarding your mind with lies, half-truths, and deception. If he can alter your perception of God, of other people and yourself, he can then cause you to believe the wrong things, to take wrong actions, and to accept the wrong results. If he can confuse your understanding of the Gospel, then he can limit your freedom in God.

However, I Peter 1:13 tells you that the thoughts and the imaginations that journey through your mind are under your control, and not satan’s. You have the power to “...gird up the loins of your mind” by becoming selective in your thought life. You have the right to refuse every perverse thought and every wicked imagination that satan tries to plant in your mind.

II Corinthians 10:5 admonishes us, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought (“noema” - mental perception) to the obedience of Christ.” You can bring your mind under control. You can control your attitude and perceptions about life.

In II Corinthians 11:3 Paul warned us that satan will try to deceive us the same way that he deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden; by using specious arguments and half-truths that contradict God’s Word, “ the serpent beguiled Eve (“exapatao” - to deceive thoroughly) through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”

Satan rarely attacks openly. He prefers to use subtilty and craftiness to cloak his lies in a manner that makes them palpable and believable. But always, satan’s purpose is to corrupt your mind (“phtheiro” - to destroy by means of corrupting, and to bring into a worse state). He rules by subverting people’s minds.

The word “subtilty” is translated from the Greek “panourgia” and means craftiness and cunning, especially a specious or false wisdom. Specious describes words that are deceptively attractive; having the ring of truth or plausibility but are actually fallacious and filled with error.

If you don’t renew your mind to the truth of God’s Word, satan will fill you with deceptive arguments and half-truths that will eventually cause you to fall away from a condition of holiness and purity of doctrine.

Remember that Jesus said Satan is the father of lies and there is no truth in him. When he offers you false perceptions of God’s Word, you must refuse them. When he tries to make you feel condemned or unworthy, or tries to make you condemn others, you must discipline yourself to cast these thoughts down and refuse to entertain them.

In John 8:32, Jesus said that if we continue in the principles of God’s Word, then “ shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” If you remain stedfast and obedient to the truth of God’s Word, satan will not be able to gain an advantage over your life.

He tries to rob the Word from our heart -

In the forth chapter of the Gospel of Mark, Jesus taught the parable of a sower sowing the seed of God’s Word in the hearts of believers; and then said this is the principle that defines how the Kingdom of God works. Receiving and then nurturing the Word sown in our hearts is the key ingredient for our spiritual maturity.

Satan understands this principle and works hard to dislodge the Word from our hearts before it can take root and grow. In Mark 4:15 Jesus said, “And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.”

Matthew 13:19 in the Amplified says, “While anyone is hearing the Word of the Kingdom and does not grasp and comprehend it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart.”

As we said earlier, II Corinthians 4:4 tells us that satan is trying to blind our minds to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He wants to stop the revelation of God’s Word from taking root and thereby changing our lives.

The Apostle Paul had some of the greatest revelation of any man that lived during the first century. God inspired him to write over two-third’s of the New Testament. However, his abundance of revelation knowledge concerning the Word of God came at a steep cost as satan continually harassed Paul’s ministry and tried to silence his voice.

Paul wrote about his battle with satan in II Corinthians 12:7, “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.”

For centuries, theologians have preached that Paul’s thorn in the flesh was an infirmity or sickness in his flesh. But Paul clearly tells us what the thorn was: a messenger of satan, sent to buffet me.

The word “messenger” is translated from the Greek “aggelos” which is the New Testament word for angel (translated 179 times “angel”). An envoy or angel of satan was assigned to harass Paul constantly.

In I Thessalonians 2:18 Paul wrote, “Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but satan hindered us.” The word “hindered” is translated from the Greek verb “egkopto” and means to impede one’s journey by cutting off his way, to detain. Vine’s dictionary says “egkopto” is used of impeding persons by breaking up the road, or by placing an obstacle sharply in the path.

Satan was constantly hindering Paul’s ministry to stop him from preaching the Gospel to the world. Paul was stoned, beaten, shipwrecked and whipped five times (II Cor. 11:24-28). But he never quit. Paul refused to let satan rob the word from his heart and never ceased preaching the uncompromised Word of God.

Having overcome every attack of satan, Paul eventually wrote Romans 8:38-39, “For I am persuaded (“peitho” - to be convinced, to assent to evidence or authority, persuaded beyond doubt), that neither death, nor life, nor angels (“aggelos”), nor principalities, nor powers, nor things, present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Sifted like wheat -

In Luke 22:31 Jesus warned Peter, “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat.”

The word “sift” is translated from the Greek “siniazo” and means to riddle, to sift, and shake in a sieve. The Dictionary defines riddle as to pierce with numerous holes (i.e. riddle a target with bullets), to find and show flaws in, to criticize and disapprove.

Satan, who’s name means “the accuser”, tries to riddle us with condemnation and criticism. He continually reminds us of our faults and tells us things like God doesn’t love us, and you don’t deserve to be blessed of the Lord. But these are all lies, designed to distract our hearts from the message of God’s love and grace that is presented in the Gospel.

Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

Fully realizing that Peter was going to deny Him before morning, Jesus still showed love and mercy to Peter and told him that everything was going to be alright in Luke 22:32, “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not; and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”

In other words, even though we fall into sin and make numerous mistakes throughout our life, God still loves us; and He will continue to use us as ministers of His grace and mercy. There is nothing that satan can do to stop the love that God has for His children. “For I am persuaded.... that nothing shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39).

satan and the antichrist -

The Apostle Paul unveils satan as the lord over a rebellious world power in the last days that will be headed up by a personality known as the “antichrist”.

The antichrist will be a mortal man who is empowered by satan to deceive the people of the earth during the seven year period that precedes the Second Coming of Christ. At which time, both he and his armies will be destroyed when Jesus returns to the earth to defend Jerusalem and to set up God’s millennial kingdom of peace.

But before he is destroyed, Paul writes that satan will empower the antichrist to deceive many people on the earth and cause them to believe a lie. II Thessalonians 2:9 says, “Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”

Revelation 13:2 says that the dragon, or satan, will give the antichrist his power, and his seat (“thronos” - his throne), and his authority. At the end of seven years, the antichrist will be destroyed in what many call the battle of Armageddon.

Jesus talked about this event in Matthew 24:29-20, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days.... then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven; and then shall the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”

The whole earth will know when Christ comes to earth this second time to destroy the armies of the antichrist. In Matthew 24:27 Jesus said, “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

Paul says in II Thessalonians 2:8 that the antichrist shall be destroyed, “...with the brightness of His coming.”

With the antichrist taken care of, God now turns his attention towards satan (the real author of man’s sorrows). Revelation 20:1-3 tells us that an angel shall come down from heaven, “...And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the devil, and satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit...”

satan in the book of Revelation -

Revelation 12:7-10 says that there was a war in heaven, where Michael and his angels fought against the dragon (satan) and his angels; and eventually defeated the devil’s forces and cast them out of heaven.

Jesus referred to this event in John 12:31, explaining the significance of His death and resurrection, Jesus said, “Now is the judgment of this world; now shall the prince of this world be cast out.”

Revelation 12:9 says, “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil, and satan, which deceiveth (#4105 “planao” - to lead into error, to cause to stray) the whole world; he was cast out into the earth...”

Knowing that he only has a short time left, satan roams the earth, seeking whom he might devour. However, Revelation 12:11 tells us, “And they (the people of the earth) overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony...”

We overcome satan through the power of the blood covenant that was ratified through the death and resurrection of Christ, and by the word of our testimony. Through the cleansing blood of Christ, we are made righteous in God and victorious over the kingdom of darkness. Though the words of our testimony, our faith is released to overcome the attacks of the devil.

Then, towards the end of the Great Tribulation, Revelation chapter twenty says the angel that has the key of the bottomless pit comes on the scene to arrest satan. Revelation 20:2 says, “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the devil, and satan, and bound him a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled...”

Revelation 20:7 tells us, at the end of the Millennium, “And when the thousand years are expired, satan shall be loosed out of his prison.” Satan will be loosed one last time, to personally lead the final conspiracy against Christ and attempt one last time to deceive the nations of the world.

Then, Revelation 20:20 says, “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”

At the conclusion of the Great White Throne Judgment, Revelation 20:14 says that satan, along with “...death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.” Satan is never heard from again. He can no longer hurt God’s elect.

bad news:
The devil is real.
He is rex mundi.
Lord of the flies.
The father of lies.
We are all sinners.
The wages of sin are death.

good news:
God is real.
JHVH is god.
He is love and mercy.
He is the creator.
The devil is only a part of creation, just another creature.
Salvation and victory through Messiah Jhsvh (Jesus Christ).
Jesus is the path to life.


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