Satan

From the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary it says that Satan is a transliteration of the Hebrew word meaning “adversary.” The Hebrew term appears in Num. 22:22, 32; 1 Sam. 29:4; 2 Sam. 19:22; 1 Kings 5:4, 11:14, 23, 25; Ps. 109:6; normally translated in English as adversary or accuser. In Job 1-2; Zech. 3:2;  and 1 Chron. 21:1 the same term is translated as a proper name such as (Devil, Satan; Evil; Demonic. Etc.).

 

Below is what the Bible has to say to educate us about Satan:

Accuses and slanders believers

Job 1:6-11   Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?”

So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”

So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!”

 

Revelation 12:10   10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.

 

Barred from heaven during tribulation

Revelation 12:9, 10    So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.

 

Deceives whole world

Revelation 12:9    So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

 

Entered into Judas

Luke 22:3    Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve.

 

John 13:27    27 Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.”

 

Fatherhood of the devil

John 8:44    44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

 

Fosters spiritual pride

1 Timothy 3:6    not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil.

 

God of this evil world

2 Corinthians 4:4    whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

 

Has followers

1 Timothy 5:15    15 For some have already turned aside after Satan.

 

Hinders answers to prayers

Daniel 10:12-20    12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. 14 Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come.”

15 When he had spoken such words to me, I turned my face toward the ground and became speechless. 16 And suddenly, one having the likeness of the sons of men touched my lips; then I opened my mouth and spoke, saying to him who stood before me, “My lord, because of the vision my sorrows have overwhelmed me, and I have retained no strength. 17 For how can this servant of my lord talk with you, my lord? As for me, no strength remains in me now, nor is any breath left in me.”

18 Then again, the one having the likeness of a man touched me and strengthened me. 19 And he said, “O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!”

So when he spoke to me I was strengthened, and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”

20 Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? And now I must return to fight with the prince of Persia; and when I have gone forth, indeed the prince of Greece will come.

 

Instigates jealousy

James 3:13-16    13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.

 

Is a Cherub

Ezekiel 28:14    14 “You were the anointed cherub who covers;

I established you;

You were on the holy mountain of God;

You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones.

 

Jesus came to destroy

Hebrews 2:14    14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,

 

1 John 3:8    He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

 

Jesus tempted by devil

Matthew 4:1-11   First Temptation

1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ”

Second Temptation

Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written:

‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’

and,

“In their hands they shall bear you up,

Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ”

Jesus said to him, “It is written again, You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”

Third Temptation

Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”

11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

 

Mark 1:13    13 And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him.

 

Luke 4:2    being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.

 

Liar and murderer

John 8:44    44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

 

Lied to Eve

Genesis 3:4    Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.

 

Lucifer (Satan) rebelled against God

Isaiah 14:12-15   The Fall of Lucifer

12        “How you are fallen from heaven,

O Lucifer, son of the morning!

How you are cut down to the ground,

You who weakened the nations!

13   For you have said in your heart:

‘I will ascend into heaven,

I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;

I will also sit on the mount of the congregation

On the farthest sides of the north;

14        I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,

I will be like the Most High.’

15   Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol,

To the lowest depths of the Pit.

 

Ezekiel 28:13-18    13 You were in Eden, the garden of God;

Every precious stone was your covering:

The sardius, topaz, and diamond,

Beryl, onyx, and jasper,

Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold.

The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes

Was prepared for you on the day you were created.

14        “You were the anointed cherub who covers;

I established you;

You were on the holy mountain of God;

You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones.

15        You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created,

Till iniquity was found in you.

16        “By the abundance of your trading

You became filled with violence within,

And you sinned;

Therefore I cast you as a profane thing

Out of the mountain of God;

And I destroyed you, O covering cherub,

From the midst of the fiery stones.

17        “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty;

You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor;

I cast you to the ground,

I laid you before kings,

That they might gaze at you.

18        “You defiled your sanctuaries

By the multitude of your iniquities,

By the iniquity of your trading;

Therefore I brought fire from your midst;

It devoured you,

And I turned you to ashes upon the earth

In the sight of all who saw you.

 

Masquerades as angel of light

2 Corinthians 11:14    14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.

 

One-Third of angels followed Lucifer in rebellion

Revelation 12:4    His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.

 

Plants doubt in minds of believers

Genesis 3:1-5    1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

 

Prideful

1 Timothy 3:6    not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil.

 

Prince of demons

Matthew 12:24    24 Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”

 

Prowls like a roaring lion

1 Peter 5:8    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

 

Resist the devil

James 4:7    Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

 

Rose up against Israel

1 Chronicles 21:1    1 Now Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel.

 

Satanic possession

Mark 3:22    22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebub,” and, “By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons.”

 

Spoke to Lord about Job

Job 1:6-9, 12    Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?”

So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”

So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing?

12 And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.”

So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

 

Synagogue of Satan

Revelation 2:9   “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.

 

Tempts believers to immorality

1 Corinthians 7:5    Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

 

Tempts believers to lie

Acts 5:3    3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?

 

Wear spiritual armor for protection

Ephesians 6:11-18    11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

 

Will be bound in chains for a thousand years

Revelation 20:2    He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;

 

Worked through Peter

Matthew 16:23    23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

 

Terms used to describe Satan

Accuser of brethren

Revelation 12:10    10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.

 

Beelzebub

Matthew 12:24    24 Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”

 

Belial

2 Corinthians 6:15    15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?

 

Devil

1 Peter 5:8    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

 

Dragon

Revelation 12:3    And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.

 

Evil one

1 John 5:19    19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.

 

God of this age

2 Corinthians 4:4    whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

 

Prince of the power of the air

Ephesians 2:2    in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,

 

Prince of this world

John 12:31    31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.

 

Satan

2 Corinthians 11:14    14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.

 

Serpent

Revelation 12:9    So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

 

Tempter

1 Thessalonians 3:5    For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor might be in vain.

 

Satan is a deceiver of many names. He goes against the God of Heaven. He is the prince of the air and ruler of this world we live in and he and his followers will deceive anyone at any moment Therefore we must put  on the armor of God that He has given us to be safe. Satan deceives the whole world. Satan is the God of this evil world and he has wicked followers. At any moment they can slip into your mind and deceive your thoughts. He masquerades as the angel of light. Satan tempts believers to immorality and to lie. Jesus came to destroy Satan and will bind him in chains for a thousand years.

 

Remember that hearts can be renewed by Jesus. Christ can make a heart strong. God can create a new clean heart. God can give singleness (one God) to a heart. The Lord can cleanse the heart and renew its spirit.

Please remember that if we have any hope in our Lord and Savior who gave us “everything” we must be continually faithful to the Lord, first. Remember, God loved us first, even before He created us.

God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods mind?

Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the joy of the promises of God’s blessings in His time.

 

Prayer:   Father in heaven, I praise You for Your Son and the Holy Spirit. I praise You for Your grace in sending us Your wisdom about  “Satan.”  Please bless those who have read this article for they too are seeking Your righteous truth, love, wisdom and understanding.

May God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights, our safety nets and our inspiration for loving happiness in all of Your kingdom. Father into your hands I commend my spirit. Not my will, but Yours be done. Please come Lord Jesus.

I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of the Holy Spirit,

Amen.

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