Who is Satan?

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Who is Satan?

Post  ilovejesus on Sat 16 Jan 2010, 5:20 pm

His Origin

Satan has not always existed. He and all the other angels were created (Ps. 148:2, 5; Col. 1:16). In Ezekiel 28:12-15 we find a description of Satan before he sinned. Although the prophet was speaking to the king of Tyre, there are certain indications in the passage that he was speaking beyond the king to Satan himself. Created by God as "the anointed cherub who covers" (v.14), he was "full of wisdom and perfect in beauty" (v.12) and covered with "every precious stone" (v.13). He was in "Eden, the garden of God" (v.14). Satan most likely had a special place of prominence in his service to God.

His Sin
Referring to Satan, Ezekiel 28:15 states, "You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you." Ezekiel then added, "Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor" (v.17).

Satan's sin originated in pride, grew into self-deception, and ended in rebellion. In Isaiah 14:13, 14 we read, "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...; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High'" (Is. 14:13, 14). Satan's pride so deluded him that he claimed equality with God. This led him to spark a rebellion in which he induced a large number of angels to join him (Rev. 12:4).

His Punishment
After Satan sinned, God threw him out of heaven to the earth (Is. 14:12; Ezek. 28:16, 17). His final punishment will come shortly after the end of the millennial reign of Christ on the earth. At that time, Satan will be "cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever" (Rev. 20:10).

His Names
We can learn a great deal about who Satan is by looking at the different names, titles, and representations of him throughout the Scripture:

- Satan (Zech 3:1; Matt. 4:10; Rev. 12:9; 20:2), used 52 times, comes from the Hebrew word satan meaning "adversary" or "opposer." - Devil (Matt. 4:1; 13:39; Eph. 4:27; Rev. 12:9; 20:2), used 35 times, comes from the Greek word diabolos meaning "slanderer, accuser." - Lucifer (Is. 14:12) means "son of the morning, " "shining one," or "light bearer." Even though this describes him before his fall, Satan currently "transforms himself into an angel of light" to deceive the world (2 Cor. 11:14). - Anointed cherub (Ezek. 28:14) indicates that he had one of the highest (if not the highest) ranking of all the angels. - Evil one (Matt. 13:19, 38; John 17:15; Eph. 6:16; 1 John 5:18,19) describes him as the personification of evil. - Ruler of this world (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11) refers to his power over the evil world-system of men and demons. - God of this age (2 Cor. 4:4) is used in reference to his power to blind the minds of the world to the gospel. - Prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:2) describes his pervasive spiritual influence. - Serpent (Gen. 3:1; 2 Cor. 11:3; Rev. 12:9; 20:2) portrays his deceit and craftiness. - Dragon (Rev. 12:3, 7,9) indicates his fierce nature and power to destroy. - Accuser (Rev. 12:10). - Tempter (Matt. 4:3; I Thess 3:5). - Deceiver (Rev. 12:9; 20:3). - Murderer (John 8:44). - Liar (John 8:44). - Sinner (1 John 3:8). - Beelzebub, ruler of the demons (Matt. 10:25; 12:24,27; Mark 3:22; Luke 11:15), literally translated means "lord of the flies." - Belial (2 Cor. 6:15) means "worthless" or "wicked." - Roaring lion (1 Pet. 5:8) describes him as hungry and on the prowl to devour Christians.


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Post  Janette on Sat 16 Jan 2010, 6:43 pm

Very informative - Blessings in Jesus

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