Thursday, August 21, 2014

Unmasking Satan, The "Villain" Of The Drama Of Revelation







There is a lot of confusion today over whether or not there is a Satan...

and if so, whether Satan is a person or just a term for an impersonal force. 

There is even confusion over who Lucifer was and is today. 

Was Satan once a covering cherub and if so, what happened?  

How did evil enter the universe? 

Who is responsible?

I have shared my own personal experiences on this topic in several interviews and here in various articles in my blog.

Now I wish to share with you what I consider to be one of the best teachings I have ever come across on this topic. 

It is Lesson 3 of the seminar series "Unlocking Revelation" by Dr. Roger Lucas.

I hope you will watch all 20 lessons.

This Lesson is titled: 

"The "Villain" Of The Drama Of Revelation".


I share with you the detailed notes I made from this lesson:
"The Villain of The Drama Of Revelation":

We were created in the beginning with the desire to worship. The truth is that all of us worship something. With some it may be our own opinions or our assets. We give homage to Satan when we permit anything other than Jesus to have first place in our lives. 

The shocking sobering facts are that every person on this planet is this very day either worshiping Jesus or giving homage to Satan. Many pay homage to Satan innocently. They would turn from him in disgust were his strategies exposed. The central purpose of this seminar is to expose the archenemy and uplift Jesus, our redeemer. 

Lucifer (Satan) stood in God's presence and many believe, led the Heavenly choir. 

If there is a good God, why is there evil in the world?

Suffering and evil are everywhere in this world. Who is responsible?

If there is a God who is loving, kind, good, and all powerful, why then do we have such suffering and evil in the world?

Common explanations for the existence of suffering and evil.

1.)  God: All things were created by God, including good and evil.
What that means is that God is the author of evil and suffering. That would make Him an uncaring God, or if He cared it would make Him weak, impotent, unable to anything about it. 

2.)  Natural process - evolutionary process, survival of the fittest. 
There is so much intelligent design in the world and the universe.  Also the fact that there is love and morality shows that this is an unsatisfying solution to the question. 

3.)  People make bad choices. They are getting back what they do.
The problem with this theory is that sometimes we do reap the consequences of our bad choices, but sometimes we have been the innocent party of something we didn't have any part of and have gotten hurt.  So, this doesn't answer the question of why do good people suffer, why the innocent suffer.

4.)  Satan, the Devil causes suffering and evil. 
To what degree? How? Why is it allowed?
We need to find the answers rather than be guessing.

We go to God's account about suffering and evil in the Bible.

The Villain of Revelation, the Devil or Satan.

The book of Revelation reveals a struggle between good and evil.

- When your conscience is telling you to do something good and right, you are being pulled by forces that are on the side of Christ. 

- When ever your conscience is telling you not to do something, you are being pulled in the opposite direction to do it, in which case there is a big struggle. 

Jesus said, "He who is not with me is against me." (Luke 11:23)
(You can't be on the fence.) He said this because there is NO neutral ground!

All are in a daily choice of whom we will worship.

- If we worship possessions and run after that, that's our god. 
- If we worship status, pleasure, fame, these are the things that people rush after. 

There is a personal and inward battle for our minds. 

Satan works to get us to worship him primarily through two means.

1.)  Force: life circumstances (pressure), family, friends, economic pressures: Revelation 13. (No man can buy or sell without the mark of the beast. The systems that are opposed to God.)

2.)  Deception: disguising error; (mixing in enough truth that it seems palatable and throws the error in along with it. by signs, wonders, miracles, and false teachings: Revelation 13 and 2 Thessalonians 2:9: "Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,"

The best way he works to disguise himself is he tries to convince us that he does not exist. 

Satan wants us to think he does not exist.

He creates myths about himself, like silly cartoons that portray him as having horns carrying a pitch fork and wearing a red costume.  He doesn't want people to think he is a real personal being with an existence. 

SATAN'S MANY TITLES

1.) What are the names or titles applied to the devil in the book of Revelation?

"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."  Revelation 12: 9

"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 God day and night, has been cast down."  Revelation 12: 10


- SATAN'S MANY TITLES: Dragon, Serpent, Devil, Satan, the accuser.

NOTE: Satan is specifically mentioned 55 times in the book of Revelation.
In addition he is referred to indirectly, scores of times as he works through his agents to destroy God's work and His people. 

"Satan" means "adversary" or "enemy". Satan is from the Hebrew word.
"Devil" means slanderer". "Devil" comes from the Greek word, diabolos.

2.) Where did the devil come from?

"And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought,"  Revelation 12: 7

Notice the word "war" and "heaven" are in the same verse. You would think that heaven would only be a place of peace and tranquility.  It was!...until there was a Satan. 

"but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer."  Revelation 12:8

"So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world;"  Revelation 12: 9

NOTE: Jesus said in Luke 10:18: "I beheld Satan as lightening fall from heaven."

So, Where did the devil come from? 
- Heaven.

Where did Satan and his angels fall?  Where were they cast out?

"He was cast to the earth and his angels were cast out with him."  Revelation 12:7-9

A conclusion: Satan and his angels are not in a place called "hell", but upon the Earth.

Jesus said in Luke 10:18: 
"Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy."

Again, where is Satan? 
- On the Earth.


Mark 1:27 "With authority he commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him"  

Jesus was entering into his ministry and the strongest way he could prove that he was now in charge was that he found people who were possessed of evil spirits and he cast them out of the people. Jesus went into battle on Earth with the evil spirits.  He showed his power over them.

"He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew Him."  Mark 1:34

How did they know him? They were in Heaven with him before they fell. 

"And He went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons."  Mark 1:39

"Now the ruler of this world will be cast out."  John 12:31
"The ruler of this world is judged."  John 16:11

Satan is also called "the ruler of this world", "god of this age", and "prince of the power of the air". 

"Whose minds the god of this age has blinded."  2 Corinthians 4:4
"The prince of the power of the air."  Ephesians 2:2

"Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against the powers, against the spiritual host of wickedness in the heavenly places."  Ephesians 6:11-12

Satan works through people and circumstances to wear you down, influence you etc. You are not waring against that boss or that nature. You are waring against spiritual powers.  You need to see past the physical to see the spiritual battle that is going on.

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

"The Lord said to Satan, 'Whence have you come?'  Satan answered the Lord, 'From going to and from on the earth, and from walking up and down on it.'"  Job 1:7

"My name is Legion; for we are many."  Mark 5:9


3.) Why did he (Satan) leave Heaven? 
"So the great dragon was cast out Revelation 12:9
- He didn't decide to leave, he was cast out. 

Why was he cast out? 
- Because he had sinned.

4.) Who were cast out with him? 
"He was cast to the earth and his angels were cast out with him." Revelation 12:7-9
- His angels.

5.) How many angels were cast out with him? 
"His tail (of the dragon or the devil) drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to earth."  Revelation 12:3-4

"Then I looked and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders;and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands."  Revelation 5:11

10,000 x 10,000 = 100 million.
1,000 x 1,000 = 1 million. 

100 million and millions of millions.

Another key is that God has angels helping those who seek Him and He even has angels helping those who are not seeking Him, trying to get them to become His disciples. 

In 2013, the estimate of  the population of people on earth was 7,171 billion.

When you do things that are dark and oppressive and negative, when you live your life apart from where Christ is calling you, you draw evil angels to you.  They can bind you sometimes like being spell bound. 

When you reach out to Christ and say "I need you, I can't do it myself.", the good angels come to push the evil angels out, who have already been defeated once, they are defeated again on this earth because you cry out to Him.  If you keep calling out to Him, you will gain the victory. 

It is a real battle going on. We may not see it, but it is real.

NOTE: It all fits together when we note the Bible comments on the subject. 

- Job 38:7 says the morning stars, or angels, sang together at the time of creation. 
- Revelation 12:3-4 shows that one third of them fell with Satan.  
- 2 Peter 2:4 confirms that God did not spare the angels who sinned. 
- Jude 6 confirms that angels did fall. 

Just think of it! One third of heaven's angels were deceived by Satan! He has incredible power to deceive and convince. He who deceived the angels an MUCH MORE EASILY deceive people. We must never forget that. Staying close to Jesus is our only safety.

6.) What is the origin of the angels, including Satan? 

"For by Him (Jesus Christ) all things were created that are in heaven and that are on the earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him."  Colossians 1:16

- They were created by Jesus.

NOTE: Think of it! Both Jesus and the angel, who became Satan, lived in Heaven before the creation of this world. Since Jesus created everything, he also created the angel who introduced sin into the universe.  Doubtless, the two loved each other deeply at one time. How it must have torn at Jesus' heart to see rebellion and sin begin and develop in the heart of this great angel till it was necessary to oust him from Heaven.  And sin is still the same today.  It always brings separation from God, heartache, sorrow and woe. 

7.) What was Satan doing in Heaven before his fall, and what was his name?

(Ezekiel 28:14, Psalm 80:1, Isaiah 14:12).

- He was a covering cherub. His name was Lucifer. 

NOTE: In these passages of Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14, Satan is depicted under the figure of the prince of Tyre and the king of Babylon. The imagery transcends a mere local application to these two rulers. What we see reflected in these heathen powers are the characteristics of their real king, Satan.

Because of the circumstances that Ezekiel and Isaiah faced in their time, God gave them insight into what happened in the great rebellion in heaven.  In their descriptions of the great rebellion, we have actually described the very thoughts, the very process, and the intentions of Satan as he was in the process of this rebellion. This is like pulling back the curtain and seeing way, way, back when. 

The prophet Ezekiel described the arrogant and evil Prince of Tyre in the first half of chapter 28. Then in the second half he addressed a supernatural being and called him the King of Tyre. The earthly Prince of Tyre is loosing his power because of his pride and arrogance. 

So with divine insight, the prophet exposes the REAL spiritual source behind the Prince as being the spirit of the King of Tyre, referring to Satan, the supernatural being who launched a self-arrogating attack against God. 

What happened long ago in heaven was then playing out on the earth with the Prince of Tyre. Here we catch a glimpse of the original thoughts and intentions of the great adversary of God - Lucifer, who became Satan. 

(The True Star Wars)

"Thus says the Lord God: 'You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.'"   Ezekiel 28:12

"You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering:"   Ezekiel 28:13

Who do we know that was in Eden other than Adam and Eve?
Satan who came in the guise of a snake or serpent.

Ezekiel describes his beauty in earthly terms: 

"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."   Ezekiel 28:13

If this was referring to a human being it would say "the day you were born". This is a being who was never born.  Angels don't have mothers and fathers, they were created. 

"You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you;"   Ezekiel 28:14

What is a "cherub"? 
In the Bible we learn about the cherubim, which is plural of cherub. They are a special class of angels who occupy a special organizational position for God who are very close to God and who reveal His purposes to others. 

Here it says that he was among those cherub who covered, which means he was very much in the presence of God. Some cherubim shield the brightness, glory and majesty of God before all the other angels, before all the other inhabitants of the universe who come to worship before God. 

"You were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones."  Ezekiel 28:14

Why are the stones "fiery"?
Because God is described in the Bible as fire. "The Lord our God is a consuming fire." It is an energy field of Holiness and Power.  To angels who have no sin, it's like basking in the sun. 

"You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you."   Ezekiel 28:15

Iniquity means sin. 
According to Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, the word "iniquity" in Ezekiel 28:15 is the Hebrew word: 'evel which means (moral)evil:-iniguity, perverseness, unjust (-ly), unrighteousness (-ly), wicked (-ness).

Further, the word, 'evel comes from Hebrew word: 'aval, which means: to distort (morally) deal unjustly, unrighteous. 

God didn't create a devil. God created this marvelous, majestic, wonderful, powerful supernatural being to share in His very presence. He filled him with wonderful abilities and talents to be almost a conduit, a channel which He could declare is glory to other created beings. But he spoiled it and turned himself into God's enemy. 

Lucifer:
- Was created perfect.
- Was full of wisdom.
- Was full of beauty.
- Was in God's very presence.
- Was God's special minister.
- Was blameless in everything. 

Yet, he became dissatisfied. 

Lucifer was the first being to ever conceive of selfishness and indulge in thoughts and feelings of covetousness

Covetous: Having a very strong desire for something that doesn't belong to you.

Although he had all that any created being could possibly have, he reasoned within himself that he wanted more - even what God alone can have and be. 

We are God's creatures. We will never be God. We are human beings created in God's image, but we are never to be God, Himself or equal to Him. 

That is what Lucifer wanted. 

"Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor."   Ezekiel 28:17

Lucifer was the first to conceive the idea of living for oneself instead of for others.  As a result, he desired to be worshipped in place of God.

Is the purpose of your life you...or others?

Is your life all about you,...governed by your self-centeredness, selfishness desires, self worship, self, self, self, always putting yourself and what you want above everyone else?...or is your life lived with concern and caring for others, where your thoughts and actions are governed by love for others?

"How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning..."   Isaiah 14:12

"For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;"   Isaiah 14:13

"I will also sit on the mount of the congregation, on the farthest sides of the north;'"   Isaiah 14:13

"I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High."   Isaiah 14:14

"I will, I will, I will, I will, I will."  (his, Lucifer's will, not God's Will.  It's all about him. He was an ego maniac.).

Back to the second half of question number 7.

7.) What was Satan doing in Heaven before his fall, and what was his name?
His name was Lucifer. 

"Lucifer" is a name that means "light-bearer." It is a Latin term and refers to the planet Venus that appears in the evening and morning sky.  It is the brightest object except for the sun or moon. The underlying Hebrew term is "morning/day star or "son of the dawn."

God created a Lucifer and he turned himself into Satan.

Why did that happen?
Because God gave him the ability to do it. God didn't want him go that way and likely reasoned with him like a parent reasons with their child, explaining to him the consequences, but he chose to do it anyway. 

Why would God give His creatures the ability to turn away from Him? 
Because if they couldn't, they could never actually truly love God, they would only be puppets. (Automatons, Programmed).

God created the angels to have the ability to make their own moral choices. This was very dangerous thing to do, but God saw the end from the beginning and He knows that in the eternity ahead, it's worth it and in the meantime, He would pay the price with His own self, knowing that the future is so great and so wonderful that we can't miss it.  So, it was the freedom of choice. The reason there was freedom of choice was so that there could be love.  You can't love without freely giving yourself!

What type of angel was Lucifer?
- He was a Cherub.

"Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth."  Psalm 80:1 (Possibly meaning two cherubims.)

According to Psalm 80, verse 1, God's throne is located between cherubim (angels). Possibly there are two as is represented on the ark of the covenant. The cherubim who stand next to God's throne, are in a position of highest honor and trust. Lucifer was one of these cherubim before he fell. 

LUCIFER'S WISDOM AND BEAUTY

8.) How does God describe Lucifer before his fall? 
Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. Every precious stone was his covering. The workmanship of his pipes was prepared in him the day he was created. 

The word "pipes" is uncertain. Some translations have "settings and engravings". 

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance: Hebrew word: neqeb which means pipe or bezel.

It is inconclusive as to the purpose of the "pipes".  We do not know for a fact whether Lucifer led the Heavenly choir or not. If he did, God would have been made perfect for that task. 

God made Lucifer perfect. That is fact. 

NOTE: The myth that Satan is a strange mixture of half beast-half man has caused thinking people everywhere to deny his existence. Thus, they become easy prey to his brilliant deceptions. 

9.) What caused Lucifer's fall? (Ezekiel 28:17, Isaiah 14:12-14).
Because of his brightness, wisdom and beauty he became proud. He didn't have to become proud. He chose to. Pride and self-exaltation caused him to decide that he would be like the Most High (God).  Lucifer chose to become proud. 

This applies to us today. Just because we have a thought, doesn't mean we have to follow through with that thought and act on it. We can turn to God and admit we want something wrong and ask for His help to keep us from wanting it and to help us to have the strength to not act on our dangerous thoughts. This is what Lucifer could have done, but he chose not to. 

Lucifer wanted to be like the Most High God in character or power? 
- Power.  Lucifer wanted the Power and to be worshiped as The Power.   

NOTE: 

Lucifer wanted to rise above, and rule others, even God.  

Jesus, on the other hand, took on the humble form of a man and became a servant. 

The lesson is clear: 

- To serve and love and to give is to be like Jesus

- To insist that others serve us and to force and covet and grab is to be like Satan

All of us will be on one side or the other. (Two different natures.)

Lucifer was operating out of selfishness, NOT love. We have plenty of examples in history of power hungry, arrogant people void of love who ruled by instilling fear in others. This is Lucifer's way, NOT God's way.  

Lucifer Desired:
1.)  A higher position.
2.)  An exalted throne.
3.)  Rulership and Dominance.

Let's imagine how it all got started.  Lucifer couldn't come out alone and attack God directly.  He had to think this thing through and present it in a favorable light to get support which eventually led to a confrontation. 

He may have first presented it in this deceptive manner: "Isn't God great and doesn't He do marvelous things? But you know, I have been doing some thinking as to how we can increase some happiness here.  I'm thinking that we could do a little bit more planning for one's own self.  I have the idea that...maybe if we look into doing a little more of what we want to do, rather than do just what God tells us to do, then maybe we could have some extra happiness and share it with God." 

Lucifer questioned God's fairness. 
Lucifer claimed that God was:
- Harsh 
- Arbitrary
- Selfish
- Unfair
- Legalistic

Lucifer Accused God of Being A Tyrant.
1.)  God is unfair to require created beings to worship only Him.
2.)  God's laws are too hard to keep.
3.)  God asks too much from His creation.
4.)  God is really selfish and arbitrary. 
5.)  God will destroy the disobedient.
6.)  God is restricting beings from their full potential.

The truth...what a contrast: 
Christ who was God, humbled himself to become a man, in the face of and angel, who is a creature, that exalts himself to become God!

Christ humbles himself four times:
- From being God, to being a man.
- As a man, to being a servant. He didn't come as a king.
- As a servant, willing even to die.
- Willing to die, even on the cross.

All of Satan's charges and claims that God wasn't fair, that He wants too much, that His way is the way of slavery, were now put in contrast to the life of Christ. 

10.) What strategies and characteristics of Satan are revealed in Revelation and other parts of God's Word? 
a.  He persecutes God's people. - (Revelation 12:13).
b.  He deceives God's people. - (Revelation 12:9). 
c.  He is an accuser of the brethren. - (Revelation 12:10).
d.  He puts God's people in prison. - (Revelation 2:10).
e.  He kills or martyrs God's people. - (Revelation 2:10,13).
f.  He is very angry with the remnant who do God's will. - (Revelation 12:12,17).
g.  He is a liar and the farther of it. - (John 8:44). 

a. " Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child."  (Revelation 12:13)  In Bible prophecy, the woman represents God's people.

b.  "The Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world."   Revelation 12:9

Satan persecutes God's people and deceives. (Some of God's people actually fall into deception!).

c.  Satan is also "the accuser of our brethern, who accused them before God day and night."   Revelation 12:10

d.  "behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison"  Revelation 2:10

e.  "Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life."   Revelation 2:10

"I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth."   Revelation 2:13

f.  "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 short time."  Revelation 12:12

"And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."   Revelation 12:17

g.  "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."


SATAN'S STRATEGY EXPOSED

11.) What amazing twofold warning does God give us regarding the devil's most effective deceptive strategy?  

- Satan can appear as an angel of light and his ministers as ministers of righteousness.

"His ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness."   2 Corinthians 11:13-15

NOTE: Satan seldom poses as an evil one, but rather as a warm loving friend or Christian worker.  He thus deceives the unwary by the millions.  In this guise, he is at his most damaging evil worst.  Satan usually does not work openly.  Rather, he works through human agents whom he can willingly or unwillingly - or even unbeknown to them - use or manipulate.  See Ephesians 6:12

12. Can Satan really work miracles or does he just appear to do so?
 - Yes. By spirits of devils working miracles.

"And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet."  Revelation 16:13-14

"For they are spirits of demons performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty."  Revelation 16:14

(Signs means miracles. Satan's miracles will be so convincing that he will actually get the majority of the world to support him and do battle for him.)

"The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders."  2 Thessalonians 2:9

(Though Satan does work trickery, he doesn't have to work trickery to fake miracles. He has the power to create miracles.)

13. How effective are Satan's miracles in deceiving people?
a.  So effective that if it were possible they would deceive the very elect of God.
b.  So effective that in the judgement day many will think they are saved until Jesus tells them they are lost. 

"For false christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect."  Matthew 24:24

Who are "the elect"?
- The elect are those people who have given themselves to Christ 100% genuinely. The are not perfect people, but they have given themselves totally to Christ to transform them and believe that Christ will transform them to be like him when he comes back. These are the ones Satan is after. He's got the world.

We need to learn how to hold onto Christ in the troubled times ahead. 

Counterfeits are not always easy to recognize. 
No one advertises himself to be a false prophet. 

"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven."  Matthew 7:21

That verse means that those people consider themselves "Christians". 

"Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?"  Matthew 7:22

(Prophecy is a gift of the Spirit. Casting out demons is another gift of the Spirit.)

But what does Jesus say to them?
- "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'"  Matthew 7:22

What is lawlessness?
- Lawlessness is obeying God with less law.  It is obeying only where it is convenient for you to follow. It is choosing to follow what fits your lifestyle and leaving out the laws that do not fit your lifestyle. 

What's the ultimate sin?
WIIFM ("What's In It For Me.") That's the radio station many of us are tuned into.  Jesus wants us to tune into him and listen to him. 

14. Would Satan ever quote scripture in order to deceive? 
- Yes. Satan even quoted scripture when he tempted Jesus. Misuse of scripture is often Satan's most formidable weapon.

"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 concerning you' and 'In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.'"  Matthew 4:5-6

Satan is actually quoting scripture from Psalm 91, but from a different perspective. Jesus knew that throwing Himself down from the temple pinnacle was not God's way to win people to the truth. Jesus also knew that He didn't have to prove anything to Satan. 

Jesus answered Satan by quoting scripture in it's proper and full perspective. ("Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God." which means we are not to put God to the test.) 

Again, misuse of scripture is often Satan's most formidable weapon. 

15. Who is Satan particularly infuriated with in these last days?
a.  Those who keep the commandments of God.
b.  And have the testimony of Jesus.

Revelation 12:17 "And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."

Make war with who?
Her offspring.

And how are they described?
Those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

What do you think are the commandments of God? 
There are lots of commandments in the Bible. 
The basic ones are what?
- The Ten commandments. 

16. How can I be certain that Satan will not deceive me? 
a.  I must check my religion by the law and testimony (ie. the Word of God).
b.  I must submit all new light to the scrutiny of the scriptures. 
c.  If I am willing to do Jesus' will, I will know of all doctrine whether it be of God.
d.  I must receive the love of the truth. 

a.  Isaiah 8:20 gives us a basic foundational principle:

"To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." 

"The law" basically means the Bible and "the testimony", the word of God. 
If they do not speak according to this testimony, there is no light in them. 

You need to do your home work!  
You need to find out what the Bible says on various important topics. 

b.  "They received the word with all readiness, and searched the scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so." Acts 17:11

What must we do?
- Submit all new light to the scrutiny of the scriptures.
  (Search the scriptures to see whether something lines up with the scriptures.)  

c.  John 7:11 "If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine."

If you want to do what God wants, no matter what, you aren't going to be persuaded by your own personal convenience, you will want to know what God's will is instead because you want to follow it. 

d.  2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 "They did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved." 

- We need to have love for the truth!

In Matthew 7:22, those who will parish, knew the truth, but they didn't love it.  

NOTE: Be careful what you believe.  Life and death are involved.  Satan's masterful misuse of scripture is destroying millions.  Check every belief carefully by the Word of God.

Satan even sought to cause Jesus to fall!

Again, How can I be certain that Satan will not deceive me? 
a.  I must check my religion by the law and testimony (ie. the Word of God).
b.  I must submit all new light to the scrutiny of the scriptures. 
c.  If I am willing to do Jesus' will, I will know of all doctrine whether it be of God.
d.  I must receive the love of the truth. 

17. What dangerous animal is Satan like today and why?
- A roaring lion because he knows his time is running out. 

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

Revelation 12:12 "But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!" 


SATAN'S FINAL FATE

18. Where will Satan finally be placed? 
- In the lake of fire and brimstone. 

Revelation 20:10 "And the devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone." 

19. What will the fire do to him and with what result? 
a.  It will turn him into ashes.
b.  He will be destroyed by Jesus. 
c.  Never shall he be any more. 

Ezekiel 28:18-19 "'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. All who knew you among the peoples are astonished at you; you have become a horror, and shall be no more forever.'"

Hebrews 2:14 "That through death He [Jesus] might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil."

Satan will be turned into ashes, destroyed by Jesus and be no more. 

NOTE: Satan will be completely put out of existence. What a blessed relief to know that soon the tormentor will be gone forever! 

20. How can we defeat the devil?
Revelation 12:11 "And they overcame him by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony, and did not love their lives to the death."

Three things we can do to defeat the devil:
a. By the blood of the lamb.
b. By the word of out testimony.
c. By being willing to die rather than knowingly dishonor God. 

a. By the blood of the lamb.

Satan is the accuser of the brethren. He wants us to feel miserable about ourselves. 
When Satan comes to you to tell you that you are a failure, when he tells you that you guilty, when he tells you that there is no use going on, that you are a plaything in his hands, and when you have no hope at all, and to give in. 

That may be true for other people, but it is not true for you. What should you do? 
You should say, "You're right. I am a failure. I have failed and I have sinned, but Jesus came to save sinners. I lift up the blood of Jesus so that my sins can be washed away. I trust Jesus Christ to get me through my miserableness." 

Satan sometimes puts a spirit of heaviness and discouragement upon us and then picks on us and tells us that if we were a Christian, we wouldn't feel that way. 

You tell this to Satan: "I am a Christian and by faith I claim the blood of Jesus Christ and I am going to get better because my Savior will not leave me nor forsake me and I will have the victory!!"  

That's the blood of the lamb!

b. By the word of your testimony:

Go out and tell people about the things God has been doing in your life.  It's not about bashing people with the Bible.  Just share naturally with others in your everyday encounters and conversations with them. Sometimes it isn't our words that testify, it is our everyday actions.  

When you share your faith, you will find that the Holy Spirit lifts you up and strengthens you.  It gets harder for Satan to bring you down when you are sharing your faith with others. That's how you over come Satan by the word of your testimony! 

c. By being willing to die rather than knowingly dishonor God.

God doesn't want us to die, but there might come a time when that happens.  Christians are dying all around the world today for their faith. 

James 4:7-9 "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you." 

What is the first thing we are to do?

- Submit to God.

Then you do what?

- Resist the devil.

You may believe that you have a strong will and can overcome temptation with your own will, but you will be stronger if you have power from God's Holy Spirit. 

How do you get that?
- Before you go out to slay giants...

You need quiet time with God.  Submit yourself to God.  You need to study.  You need to pray.  You need to get close to God and receive the power of His Holy Spirit.  Everyday and perhaps several times through out the day.

We need to be close to Jesus everyday, every hour of everyday to be successful and happy in this life and we will over come Satan. 

Revelation 22:17 - Jesus says to all, "Come!" For you to come and be his child. 

21. In the light of Jesus' matchless love for you, right now in His blessed invitation of Revelation 22:17: 

Will you decide to ask Jesus control your life and bear testimony to others of his love, of his power and consider your relationship with Jesus a matter of life and death?

"Father in Heaven, we have looked at this grand theme, of the origin of evil and as much as we have talked about it, there's much more.  Much more in terms of trusting you in times of darkness, times of suffering, trusting Your hands, trusting Your way, knowing that evil comes from Satan and his rebellion and at times bad things happen to good people, but the promise is strong to us that all things will work together for good for those who keep on loving the Lord, who are called according to His purpose, that You turn out everything for good. We claim that now and I ask that you would put your Holy Spirit upon those who desire this from You. In Jesus' name, I pray, Amen." ~ ( Adaption of  prayer by Pastor Roger Lucas.)


TRUE AND FALSE QUIZ

1.) Lucifer was created with a defect in his character.
- False. (Satan was created perfect.)

2.) Satan is in the religion business to deceive as many as he can. 
- True. (He can transform himself into an angel of light and his ministers also. We need to be aware and test all with the word of God.)

3.) Satan and one-third of the angels were cast out of heaven because of rebellion. 
- True.

4.) Satan can work miracles today. 
- True. 


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