The Devil And His Angels
In Matthew 25:41, the Lord, speaking of the final judgment, says, “Depart from me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels.” In 2 Peter 2:4 Peter, we read, “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them into pits of darkness, reserved for judgment.”
Although Satan is mentioned a lot in the Bible, Satan is not the main focus of the Bible. My understanding is that Satan was an archangel who disobeyed God. In response to his sin of rebellion, he was basically separated from God’s presence because of that sin. As a fallen angel he is now leading other fallen angels who have also sinned in a similar way. Again, as I have said, this is my understanding of that situation.
When we search the Word of God, we quickly find that there are a total of 174 references to Satan in the Scriptures. The first reference to Satan comes in the opening verses of Genesis 3. He reveals himself to be both a deceiver and a liar. Every New Testament writer referred to him. Jesus himself directly referred to Satan at least 15 times. Satan is alive and well. He wants us to forget that he is very well and active in our world.
However, there are some passages that are taken out of context. Isaiah 14:12-14 is one of them. We read about “the star of the morning, son of the dawn” that has been “cut down to the earth.” Whoever this being was said in his heart, “I will ascend to heaven, I will raise my throne above the stars of God,” but God will throw this being “down to Sheol, to the recesses of the pit.” At first it sounds like Satan. Yet when we read the entire chapter, we find that Isaiah is actually talking about the king of Babylon! In verses 3-4, Isaiah is to, “take up this taunt against the King of Babylon” and then the prophesy begins. Unfortunately, in verse 12, the KJV says, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!” Lucifer simply comes from a Latin word meaning, “bearer of light.” Light bulbs today are rated by their “lumens”. “Lumens” and Lucifer have the same root word which the KJV Latinized it and came up with “Lucifer”. So “Lucifer” is both a mistranslation and a misapplication actually referring to the King of Babylon. Lucifer is not Satan!
Similarly, Ezekiel 28 has a number of verses seem to apply to Satan. But at the beginning of the chapter, God very clearly says that the prophecy applies to the “leader of Tyre.” Powerful language is here but these passages do not actually apply to Satan as many suggest.
Also in Luke 10:18 where the Lord said, “I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning.” And if this one statement was all we had, we might think: “That’s it!” However, in context, the Lord had sent out the disciples with power to cast out demons. When they reported back later, the Lord made that statement. He was not talking about the literal fall of Satan, but he was referring to these disciples exercising God’s power over Satan and his angels.
Revelation 12:7-9 is not talking about the Original fall of Satan, but losing his final battle in heaven. The brethren overcome him because of the blood of the Lamb (v. 10). His attention is now focused on the earth.
Some Ways Of The Devil And His Angels.
Here are the main points:
1. ONLY GOD IS ETERNAL. SATAN IS NOT GOD. Satan is not equal to God, nor equally powerful as God. Satan must have been created good, but made the choice to become bad. Yet, he is engaged in a battle with God, which he cannot win and refuses to give up.
2. SATAN AND HIS ANGELS ARE INTENT ON OUR DESTRUCTION. The Hebrew word for Satan means “adversary.” If something is good for us, Satan is against it. If it is bad for us, Satan is for it.
3. While Satan does have some level of power today but by the power of the victorious Jesus, SATAN IS RESTRAINED or “bound” (Revelation 20:1-6). Think of a vicious dog chained to somebody’s front porch. So the picture of Satan is this: Satan has been restrained but he is still dangerous.
The KEY, then, is to know how Satan operates.
· He tempts us to sin against God – in 1 Corinthians 10:13, we learn that Satan cannot force us to sin. Satan tempts us, but when we are tempted, God steps in and makes sure that we always have a way of escape. “And they may come to their senses AND ESCAPE from THE SNARE OF THE DEVIL, having been held captive by him to do his will. (2 Tim. 2:26)
· Satan constantly lies telling us we cannot escape. “Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8). He says, “I gotcha. Don’t struggle so hard.” Satan is also referred to as the Devil, literally means, “Slanderer” or “accuser” (Revelation 12:10).
· Satan (the Devil) constantly throws stuff at us to try to hurt us. Many ask, “Why is God doing this to me?” Rarely is it heard, “Why is Satan doing this to me.” Satan is Cruel, and we need to be aware of how he works.
Remember, S-C-U-D – SATAN CONSTANTLY USES DISTRACTIONS. We all know that life’s situations do affect our lives. Satan tells us that they are impossible to deal with. Satan has found them very effective to distract us from reading, studying and memorizing the Word and praying.
Finally, Satan is not this creepy little critter with horns and a long pointy tail, carrying a pitchfork. Satan is still at work, and he does not fight fair. He is alive and well. He wants us to forget that he is very well and active in our world.
May I simply close with this encouragement: “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7). Should you need for any spiritual reason to study with a Scriptural teacher, you may contact us 24/7 by email, by phone, or in writing.
In the task before us of taking CHRIST to the WORLD,
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