Who Is Satan?: What Does the Bible Say About the Devil?

Who is Satan?

Satan or the Devil is often portrayed as some guy in a red suit with horns, a pitchfork, and a tail.

According to the Barna Group, the majority of Christians do not believe that Satan or the devil actually exists. However, according to an AP-AOL news poll, up to 97% of evangelical Christians believe that angels exist. Contrary to the beliefs of many, Satan is not the opposite of God—an anti-god. According to the Bible, Satan is a created being, having been created by God as His most powerful angelic helper. So, Satan is an angel who rebelled against God. The Bible says that Satan was created by God as a cherub, the most powerful of God’s angelic beings. Some time after his creation and before the creation of mankind, Satan rebelled against God and took one third of the angels (now referred to as demons) with him into rebellion.

What does Satan look like?

No, Satan does not look like the cartoon character in the red suit with a tail and horns and a pitchfork. Contrary to the beliefs of some Christians, Barak Obama is not Satan. Angels, including Satan, don’t have male or female characteristics in their heavenly state (which Jesus told us through His teaching). However, when they come to earth, they can take on human form. In the Bible, all angels who take on human form appear as males. All biblical references address Satan by the personal pronoun “he.”

However, in their heavenly state according to the Bible, a cherub is a large creature—up to 18 feet in height with 8 foot long wings. In the prophet Ezekiel’s vision, the cherubim (plural of “cherub”) had four wings. Under their wings were human-like hands that could could be used to carry things. All the surfaces of the cherubim, including the wings, were covered with eyes. Each cherub had four faces, one “of a cherub, the second the face of a man, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.” The New Testament book of Revelation describes similar creatures, only with six wings each, with faces of a lion, an ox, a man, and an eagle. So, these creatures look nothing like the cute little cherubim you can buy for your garden or bookshelf. Satan himself is described as being “perfect in beauty,” being adorned with all kinds of precious stones.

The fall of Satan

Satan was created as a perfect being. He is described as originally being wise and completely righteous. However, pride caused Satan to fall, (“your heart was lifted up because of your beauty”), since he wanted to receive the worship due to God alone. At that point there was rebellion in heaven, when Satan convinced one third of the angels to rebel against God. Michael, an archangel of God, fought with God’s angels against Satan and his angels, with Satan losing the battle and being cast from heaven down to earth. It isn’t certain when Satan rebelled against God, but a passage from the book of Job (Job 38:4-7) suggests it occurred between the creation of the earth and the creation of Adam and Eve. In describing the creation of the earth to Job and his friends, God said that “all the sons of God shouted for joy.” Presumably, “all the sons of God” would have included Satan as well, suggesting he hadn’t rebelled at the point the earth was created.

However, Satan wasn’t finished in his rebellion against God. Satan took on the form of a snake in the garden of Eden to tempt Eve. He managed to convince Eve that God’s instructions against eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil were done as a way of keeping something good from her. She believed Satan’s lie that she would “become like God.” We don’t know where Adam was at the time of Satan’s temptation, but he followed his wife’s lead and also disobeyed God’s instructions.

Satan’s continued rebellion

Satan continues in his rebellion today, since he hates God and His plans. He wants people to worship him and follow his evil ways. He opposes Jesus Christ—God who took on the form of a man to redeem humanity from their sin, and restore their relationship with Him. A comparison between Jesus and Satan is given in the table below.

Satan’s ultimate fate

Satan, by Lewis Sperry ChaferThe Bible says that Satan will continue in his rebellion against God until the very end. Near the end, a “beast” (world ruler) will arise from the “sea” (the gentile nations), having been given power by Satan to perform signs and wonders for the world. In addition, a false prophet, a religious leader empowered by Satan will deceive people into worshipping him. The beast and the false prophet will convince the leaders of the earth to follow them into war against God and His people. However, the armies of the leaders of the world will be destroyed at the battle of Armageddon and the beast and false prophet will be thrown into the Lake of Fire. At this point, Satan will be locked up for 1,000 years, while Jesus Christ rules the earth with His saints. At the end of that period, Satan is released for a short period of time, deceives the leaders of the world again, and convinces them to attack Jesus and His rule on the earth. The battle is short as fire from heaven consumes the rebels. Satan is then thrown into the Lake of Fire (hell) to “be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” Following Satan’s demise, the saints of Jesus Christ will judge the angels who joined him in rebellion.

Overcoming Satan

The apostle John says that believers can overcome Satan when “the word of God abides in you.” When Jesus was tempted by Satan, He cited scripture to him (Matthew 4:1-10). In addition, Paul tells us that the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God, is our only offensive weapon against the Satan (Ephesians 6:13-17). In the parable of the sower, Jesus said that there were those who heard the word of God, but failed to take it in, and so were led astray by the devil (the seed that fell by the side of the road). So Christians resist the devil by knowing and memorizing scripture so that we cannot be deceived by the lies of Satan. The Bible gives believers the following instructions about resisting the devil:

  • Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
  • “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. (Ephesians 4:26-27)
  • In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (Ephesians 6:16)
  • Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. (1 Peter 5:8-9)

Conclusion

Satan is often comically portrayed as a guy in a red devil suit. He probably likes it this way, since most people (including Christians) are apt to disbelieve in his existence. As a “non-existent” force in people’s lives, Satan is free to influence them without being discovered as the cause of many of their problems. However, the Bible says that Satan is a beautiful and powerful fallen angel, who would like to do nothing more than take away the joy of Christians through deception, and lead people into rebellion against God. Although Satan is destined for the Lake of Fire, biblical prophecy indicates that he will deceive entire nations and kingdoms before he is relegated to eternal damnation, along with the other fallen angels he led into rebellion against God.

Jesus 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. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:18-20)

Is It Wrong To Celebrate Halloween?

Is Halloween the devil’s holiday? Are Christians sinning if they dress in costumes for a party or trick-or-treating?

The History of Halloween

What began as a holiday to mark the harvest time and the changing of seasons, ancient Celtic traditions used to emphasize the spiritual. The night between Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 was seen as a window of chaos when the spiritual world was especially accessible to the physical world. Masks, costumes, and bonfires were adopted to keep away evil powers and spirits of the dead.

Catholic influence led to the creation of All Saints’ Day around AD 600 to honor dead Christians and church leaders from the past. All Saints’ Day was Nov. 1, making the night of Oct. 31 All Hallows Eve, which is where we get the name for Halloween (via BBC).

What God Calls Evil

Evil spirits, mythical creatures, and demonic activity get a lot of attention around Halloween. It’s essential to use God’s perspective in the Bible to draw distinction between what’s merely a cultural tradition and what’s destructive.

Witchcraft, sorcery, and other practices are wrong because they’re harmful for people and elevate connection with spiritual forces instead of connection with God (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).

It’s essential to use God’s perspective in the Bible to draw distinction between what’s merely a cultural tradition and what’s destructive.

Getting involved in and obsessed with the spiritual world apart from Jesus often leads to a dangerous place of openness with demonic powers. God warns against trying to speak with spirits and the dead because He’s got a better life in store for us (Leviticus 20:6-7).

Trick or Treat or Not?

What about candy, costumes, parties, and trick-or-treating?

The Bible doesn’t directly say not to participate in Halloween. What the Bible doesn’t explicitly prohibit, we have the freedom to make decisions about using wisdom and guidance from the Holy Spirit to lead us. If we listen to Jesus and do what He says, He will never lead us away from Himself.

If dressing in costumes and going door to door offends your conscience, don’t do it.

If it doesn’t bother you, celebrate Halloween.

But we must not impose our personal conscience issues on others. We have freedom to navigate these decisions because God gave us this freedom (1 Corinthians 10:23-30).

How Christians Can Celebrate Holidays

Holidays aren’t inherently good or bad. They’re simply specific days different people celebrate for different reasons, and that’s OK (Romans 14:5-6). A person is not more or less godly for celebrating (or not celebrating) a certain day of the year.

The most important question is not whether you will observe Halloween, but how and why you celebrate it.

The most important question is not whether you will observe Halloween, but how and why you celebrate it. For some, Halloween is an opportunity to make memories doing something fun with their children. For others, it’s a great chance to meet their neighbors, grow a relationship with them, and eventually invite them to church and to meet Jesus.

Faith in Jesus doesn’t restrict our options; it allows us to use God’s wisdom in choosing the best option in every situation (1 Corinthians 10:31-33).

By: John Weirick

6 THINGS SATAN WANTS FOR CHRETIAN LIFE

The enemy has a plan for your life: to steal, kill, and destroy. God calls us to “be alert and of sober mind,” watching out for the schemes of the devil who “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). The devil wants to devour our lives, keeping us from the joy of living in a relationship with Christ. In order to avoid being devoured, be alert of these 6 things that the devil wants to see in your life:

1. Doubt God

In John 20, the disciples shouted that they had seen Jesus raised from the grave, but Thomas’ doubt kept him from believing in the miracle of salvation. Jesus  appeared to Thomas and said, “Stop doubting and believe” (John 20:27).
When the devil tempts you to doubt God, don’t let your circumstance determine your God; let your God determine your circumstance.

2. Live in fear

Fear is not the absence of faith, it is the misplacement of it. The devil doesn’t want to rob us of our faith, he wants our faith to be in anything but God. Life in Christ is life not in fear!
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears”  (Psalm 34:4).

3. Feel insecure

Don’t let the devil tell you that you are unloved or not good enough! You are God’s handiwork (Ephesians 2:10) and, in Christ, we are not only good enough, “we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).

4. Skip church

The more uninvolved with the body of Christ you are, the more involved with the world you are. When you, as a part of the body of Christ in the church, leave the community you were made for (1 Corinthians 12), you are destined to be devoured.

5. Be led astray

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves” (Matthew 7:15).
When we rely on the words of men or ourselves in place of God’s word, we can lead others away from Jesus and be led away from His truth ourselves.

6. Fail

The devil wants to destroy us. He wants us to settle for what the world has given us and accept our lots. 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 says, “We are hard pressed on every  side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”  When you feel like you’re going to lose, take heart, Christ already won for you!
Don’t want to be devoured? It’s simple: “Stop doubting and believe” (John  20:27).

Must We Be Baptized For The Forgiveness Of Our Sins?

Paul was not told “to pray the sinners prayer and ask Jesus to come into his heart in order to be saved.” This is foreign to the scripture. You cannot find anywhere in the Bible where anyone was ever told to do this. Since God in the Bible has never told anyone “To pray and ask Jesus to come into your heart in order to be saved”, who else but men could have come up with such an idea? Forgiveness occurs in the mind of God and not on the basis of man’s feeling in his heart. Only when we have done what God has said that we must do, will God forgive our sins. We cannot devise our own plan as to how our sins are to be forgiven. Do not misunderstand. We do not “earn” our salvation by being baptized. Salvation is a gift from God. Even though salvation is a free gift from God, he has laid down certain conditions upon which he will give it. One condition to receive his gift is faith: Hebrews 11:6, “whithout fait it is impossible to please Him” These are God’s conditions. Believing in God and Christ with all our heart, repenting of all our sins, confessing Christ and being baptized are allequally important to our salvation. If any of these are lacking, then we will not be saved. You can’t have one without the others There is nothing that we can do to merit salvation. Whether it be believing in Jesus or being baptized, we can never “earn our salvation”. The only way we can show our faith in Christ is if we are willing to accept and obey what He says.  But it is in baptism that God has chosen to impart his wonderful grace of salvation to us as a willing believer.

VERSET

(Jérémie 29:11) Car Je connais les pensées que J’ai sur vous, dit le Seigneur, pensées de paix et non d’affliction, afin de vous donner la fin de vos maux et la patience.

(Nahum 1:7) Le Seigneur est bon, Il réconforte au jour de l’affliction, et Il connaît ceux qui espèrent en Lui.

(Matthieu 5:38-42) Vous avez appris qu’il a été dit: Oeil pour oeil, et dent pour dent. Mais Moi Je vous dis de ne point résister au méchant; mais si quelqu’un t’a frappé sur ta joue droite, présente-lui encore l’autre. Et si quelqu’un veut t’appeler en jugement pour te prendre ta tunique, abandonne-lui encore ton manteau. Et si quelqu’un veut te contraindre de faire mille pas, va avec lui pendant deux autres mille. Donne à celui qui te demande, et si quelqu’un veut emprunter de toi ne te détourne pas.

(Matthieu 5:43-48) Vous avez appris qu’il a été dit: Tu aimeras ton prochain, et tu haïras ton ennemi. Mais Moi Je vous dis: Aimez vos ennemis, faites du bien à ceux qui vous haïssent, et priez pour ceux qui vous persécutent et qui vous calomnient; afin que vous soyez les enfants de votre Père qui est dans les Cieux, qui fait lever Son soleil sur les bons et sur les méchants, et qui fait pleuvoir sur les justes et sur les injustes. Car si vous aimez ceux qui vous aiment, quelle récompense aurez-vous? Les publicains ne le font-ils pas aussi? Et si vous ne saluez que vos frères, que faites-vous d’extraordinaire? Les païens ne le font-ils pas aussi? Soyez donc parfaits, vous, comme votre Père céleste est parfait.

(Matthieu 10:29-31) Deux passereaux ne se vendent-ils pas un as? Cependant il n’en tombent pas un à terre sans la volonté de votre Père. Les cheveux mêmes de votre tête sont tous comptés. Ne craignez donc point; vous valez mieux que beaucoup de passereaux.

(Matthieu 11:28) Venez à Moi, vous tous qui êtes fatigués et qui êtes chargés, et Je vous soulagerai.

(Luc 12:31) C’est pourquoi, cherchez premièrement le royaume de Dieu et Sa justice, et toutes ces choses vous seront données par surcroît.

(Jean 14:27) Je vous laisse la paix, Je vous donne ma paix; ce n’est pas comme le monde la donne que Je vous la donne. Que votre coeur ne se trouble pas, et qu’il ne s’effraye pas.