WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT....SATAN?
SATAN'S DESCRIPTION AND DEEDS
Who Is Satan?
II Corinthians 2:11 says "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for
we are not ignorant of his devices."
Before we discuss some of the devices of Satan, we first need to know who he is. The
name "Satan" comes from a Hebrew word signifying an adversary, an enemy, and an
accuser. In God's Word, we discover that Satan is God's enemy and is against all for which
God stands. He is the archenemy of good.
Surprising as it may seem to some, Satan was not always evil. In the beginning, he was
an angel created in perfection and beauty. Angels were given a will with a free moral
choice, and "Lucifer" (Satan's name before he was cast out of heaven) chose to
do evil and rebelled against God. He was cast out of heaven to the earth because of his
sin. His present domain is limited to the earth and hell.
Isaiah 14:12-15, "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! For thou
hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into 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: 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."
Satan's sins were pride and covetousness. He desired God's throne and set his will
against God's will. Five times he said, "I will" in this portion of Scripture.
This is still man's sin today: the refusal to do God's will, with the same attitude of
"I will." Satan chose to rebel and it brought him down to hell. Men are making
the same choice today and those who rebel will ultimately go down to the pit (hell) with
Lucifer had been gifted with beauty and had walked upon the holy mountain of God. But
even with all this, he was not content with his position and by trying to usurp God's
authority, sin entered into him when he attempted to overthrow God's kingdom.
Ezekiel 28:12-19, "...Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of
wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious
stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the
jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy
tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 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. Thou
wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in
thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with
violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain
of God: and I will destroy thee, 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. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities,
by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of
thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of
all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at
thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more."
From these verses, we see that God did not create Lucifer evil, but made him perfect.
By Satan's own choice, he became evil and was cast out of heaven.
SATAN CAST OUT OF HEAVEN
The Lord never meant for evil to exist. It was simply the opposite of good, and since
it takes a free will for evil to come into existence, Lucifer was the first created being
to exercise his will against God. Since that time, others have followed. Satan caused a
third of heaven to fall with him by influencing other angelic beings to make war against
God (Revelation 12:4a). They too were cast out of heaven. They have since become
evil spirits due to their choice. They now roam the earth, with Satan as their leader and
master. These invisible supernatural beings still have power, but it is directed toward
evil works of darkness. Satan is still ruling in the earth today, not only over the evil
spirits, but also over evil men who choose the same path of rebellion against God. He is
the dark prince of this world. We can see a glimpse of his evil wisdom, strength, glitter,
and his inevitable end by reading the previous passages. We must remember that he has only
limited power, but nevertheless he does have power, and those who do not know him and his
devices inevitably become his victims.
JESUS DEFEATS SATAN
Those who are "born again" and filled with the Spirit of God have no need to
fear this evil foe as he has been defeated by our God. Jesus defeated him and stripped him
of his power two thousand years ago. Jesus paid the price of our sins on the cross and
then rose from the dead bringing life to all who would follow Him. Satan's authority has
been taken away from him. We now have authority over him through Jesus Christ. "I
am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the
keys of hell and of death" (Revelation 1:18).
Revelation 12 records the account of Satan's overthrow by Christ. We are first
given a vision of what takes place in heaven, then the Bible reveals the earthly scene:
Revelation 12:7-12, "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought
against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was
their place found any more in heaven. 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, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven,
Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his
Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God
day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their
testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens,
and ye that dwell in them. 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
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