who is satan

Posted: May 22, 2017 in Uncategorized

His name means adversary, and as that would imply, Satan is portrayed in the Bible as the chief antagonist of God and humanity. In the New Testament he is called Abaddon and Apollyon, both meaning destroyer. He is also called Beelzebub, Belia, the Enemy, the accuser of our comrades, the devil, the deceiver of the whole world, the great dragon, the evil one, a murderer, the father of lies, the ruler of this world, the ancient serpent, and the tempter. His many different names and descriptive references do not confuse his character, but serve to identify him as the source of all aspects of evil. Beginning with the temptation of Adam and Eve, the Bible consistently depicts Satan as the great deceiver who not only tried to foil God’s plan for all humankind, but who still “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1Peter 5:8).
The prophet Ezekiel presents Satan as a created being with limitations and describes him in his original state as the model of perfection- blameless, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. However, as a result of these exceptional qualities, he grew proud and used his wisdom for evil rather than good, desiring to be like God and to rule over him. Because of his rebellious ambition and self-deification, Satan was cast from heaven and hurled to the earth, where he was given the temporary position of “ruler of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2)
The Book of Revelation depicts this event as a war in heaven where Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels. The dragon was defeated and thrown down with his angels to the earth because there was no longer any place for them in heaven. Thus began the conflict between God and Satan, good and evil, divine will and self will, holiness and sin, life and death.
Even though Satan is neither eternal or all powerful, he still has the ability to seduce and deceive the human race. After his fall from heaven, he began his pursuit of people without delay, tricking and misleading Eve into believing that God didn’t really say what she heard him say. Adam and Eve gave in to Satan’s allure, allowing him to succeed in establishing control over humankind. Scripture, however, does not leave the human race without hope in the face of this powerful evil. The Bible states that through the death and resurrection of God in the flesh (Jesus Christ), the power of Satan was broken so that “through death he (Jesus) might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil”
Satan’s unsuccessful attempt to make Jesus sin and shift his allegiance, Satan was attempting to destroy God’s plan to send the Messiah as the savior of the world. The principal role of the Messiah was to destroy the works of Satan; when Jesus was crucified on a Roman cross, he also destroyed Satan’s power over humanity, offering potential deliverance from Satan’s control to every person. According to Scripture, in the futile display of Satan’s power in the desert and at Jesus’s victory on the cross, Satan was defeated by the only one who has authority over him.

However, Scripture also says that even though the war with Satan was won at the cross, the conflict between good and evil continues. The Bible tells of an ongoing warfare and prophesies of a final battle that will seal the inevitable doom of Satan and his followers. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus alluded to an eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. The Book of Revelation describes the final judgement that will be meted out upon the devil and his followers. Satan’s future includes confinement in a sealed bottomless pit for 1,000 years, a time period during which the earth will know peace, free from the deceptive and enticing customs of Satan. At the end of the 1,000 years, Satan will be loosed from the pit for a period of time during which he will resume his ambition to destroy and delude the world. In the end, he and his angels will be defeated eternally and thrown in tothe lake of fire and brimstone where “they will be tormented day and night forever”(Revelation 20:10)

Satan in the presence of God
Job 1:6
One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them.

Zechariah 3:1-2
Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. 2 The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you,Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?”

Handed over to Satan
1 Timothy 1:20
Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.

1 Corinthians 5:5
hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord.

Insights into the character of Satan
Luke 10:17-19
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.

Revelation 12:7-9
Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

2 Corinthians 4:4
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

2 Corinthians 11:14-15
And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.

Revelation 2:24
Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets, ‘I will not impose any other burden on you,

Revelation 20:7
When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison

Isaiah 27:1
In that day, the Lord will punish with his sword—his fierce, great and powerful sword—Leviathan the gliding serpent,
Leviathan the coiling serpent; he will slay the monster of the sea.

Foreshadows of the Antichrist

The King of Babylon (Human King Indwelt By Satan)

Isaiah 14:12-20
How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit. Those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate: “Is this the man who shook the earth and made kingdoms tremble, the man who made the world a wilderness, who overthrew its cities and would not let his captives go home?” All the kings of the nations lie in state, each in his own tomb. But you are cast out of your tomb like a rejected branch; you are covered with the slain, with those pierced by the sword, those who descend to the stones of the pit. Like a corpse trampled underfoot, you will not join them in burial, for you have destroyed your land and killed your people. Let the offspring of the wicked never be mentioned again.

The Ruler of Tyre (Human King Indwelt By Satan)

Ezekiel 28:1-10
The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, (human king possessed by Satan) ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “‘In the pride of your heart you say, “I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas.” But you are a mere mortal and not a god, though you think you are as wise as a god. Are you wiser than Daniel? Is no secret hidden from you? By your wisdom and understanding you have gained wealth for yourself and amassed gold and silver in your treasuries. By your great skill in trading you have increased your wealth, and because of your wealth your heart has grown proud.
“‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “‘Because you think you are wise, as wise as a god, I am going to bring foreigners against you, the most ruthless of nations; they will draw their swords against your beauty and wisdom and pierce your shining splendor. They will bring you down to the pit, and you will die a violent death in the heart of the seas.Will you then say, “I am a god,” in the presence of those who kill you? You will be but a mortal, not a god, in the hands of those who slay you. You will die the death of the uncircumcised at the hands of foreigners. I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.’”

The King of Tyre (Satan Himself)

Ezekiel 28:11-19
The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre  (Satan himself) and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “‘You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: carnelian, chrysolite and emerald, topaz, onyx and jasper, lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones.Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings. By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries. So I made a fire come out from you, and it consumed you, and I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching. All the nations who knew you are appalled at you; you have come to a horrible end and will be no more.’”

The Antichrist

Daniel 11:36
“The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place.

2 Thessalonians 2:3-12
Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

Revelation 17:8-11
The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because it once was, now is not, and yet will come.
“This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for only a little while. The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.

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