Jesus Christ, as presented by The Father and Jesus' testimony
is according to the Word, "And Jesus came and spake unto them,
saying, All power s given to me in heaven and in earth . . . " (Matt. 28:18).
He is revealed as Deity with absolute sovereignty and authority for eternity.
Pat Holliday, Experiencing Jesus
PRINCE OF DARKNESS.
God has permitted Satan to maintain a degree of authority to deceive the
nations and to give a man his POWER, THRONE AND AUTHORITY. But
it is man who has given him THE RIGHT to do it. How is that? Because
Satan rules the darkness of this world, his realm (kingdom) of operation, and
that darkness is found in the hearts of men who refuse to love the truth.
Notice in (Rev. 13:2) that the devil (the dragon) has power: "the dragon
gave him his power." Strong's (G1410) says the word "power" means
"miraculous power." He has "a seat," meaning "a throne" (Strong's G2362).
He has "great authority," meaning "exceeding authority" (Strong's G1849
G3173). Also the devil, the head of "the rulers of the darkness of this world,
. . . spiritual wickedness in high places" (Eph. 6:12), will give all of this to
one man, who will manifest the adversary's miraculous power and great
authority from the throne he receives from Satan.
The devil or Satan is introduced to us as a person who opposes God and His work.
"Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the
LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, ye
shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the
serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden," (Gen. 3:1,2).
Satan - a Hebrew name meaning literally 'adversary, the accuser' In the
Greek of the New Testament, the name Satan (AS) is the leader of fallen
spirits (See Matt. 12:24).
Satan 'Excels in strength." (Psalms 103:20; Jude 9).
Yet as a supernatural being he is a limited being, (see Job 1:7) and he
can operate only by divine permission (Job 1:12; 1 Cor. 10:13).
He dominates all the kingdoms of mankind (Lk. 4:6), seeking their
destruction (1 Pet. 5:8)
Satan was a highly exalted angel but he sought to supplant God, and thus
Today Satan still incites people to evil (Acts 5:3; 1 Cor. 7:5; 2 Cor.
2:11) and he is able to change himself into an 'Angel of light' (term which
refers to his deceptive nature, (2 Cor. 11:14).
Satan knows that his time left is short (Rev 12:12). With the return of
Christ, Satan is to be bound (Rev. 20:2-3, CF. Isa. 24:21-22).
His final release will accomplish only the destruction of those he
deceives, after which he is cast into the lake of fire forever (Rev. 20:9-10).
He is real, don't play with him, and come to Christ.
"For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you," (Rom. 15:22).
He continues to hinder Christians (1 Thess. 2:18), and he is still the
'prince' of the power of our earthly atmosphere (Eph. 2:2) but if we resist
Satan he will flee from us (As. 4:7).
He is the "god of this world," who blinds the minds of the people to
the truth of God's Word "In whom the god of this world hath blinded the
minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of
Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them," (2 Cor.s 4:4).
"Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world,
according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in
the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our
conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of
the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as
others," (Eph. 2:2).
Having rebelled against God, he was cast out of heaven; then he
caused man's fall in paradise. Jesus calls him often as an "angel of light"
"And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the
ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works,"
The apostle John shows him as seeking the ruin triumphed over
Jesus at the Cross-of Calvary, "He that committeth sin is of the devil; for
the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was
manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil," (I Jn. 3:8).
In His resurrection, and he will finally be condemned and destroyed (Rev. 20).
REALITY AND PERSONALITY OF SATAN
"When anyone heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it
not, then cometh the WICKED ONE, and catcheth away that which was
sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side . . . The
ENEMY that sowed them is THE DEVIL; the harvest is the end of the
world; and the reapers are the angels" (Matt. 13: 19--39).
"And supper being ended, THE DEVIL having now put into the
heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him" (Jn. 13:2).
"But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the
Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land" (Acts 5:3).
"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against
the WILES OF THE DEVIL. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but
against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of
this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Eph. 6:11,12).
"Be sober, be vigilant; because YOUR ADVERSARY THE DEVIL, as a
roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Pet. 5:8).
The subject of this message is the Origin of Satan. The historical basis
of his beginning is unfolded in (Ezek. 28:11-19).
"Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, take
up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the
Lord God; Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone
was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx,
and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the
workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day
that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I
have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked
up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways
from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the
multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence,
and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the
mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the
midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty . . . "
This scene takes place in Heaven before God's Throne . . . previously
to the creation of man.
The description here is not that of the earthly King of Tyre alone
although he was the very incarnation of pride and self-will. These verses
definitely refer to one who had a special position at the Throne of God. God
was referring to the angel Lucifer and could say of him, "Thou sealest up the
sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty . . . every precious stone was thy
covering . . . Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth . . . perfect in thy
ways . . . till iniquity was found in thee . . . Thine heart was lifted up
because of thy beauty . . . never shalt thou be anymore."
Men often ask why God created the Devil ?
The answer is. He never created the Devil. God created a pure spirit
being of great wisdom and glory, but this spirit dared to conspire against the
Throne of God, and so the greatest of all the angels became the archenemy
of God and man. It was pride that turned an archangel into the Devil. Lucifer
was certainly of a special angelic order near the Throne of God. He was the
cherub that led the worship of the universe. In his pride, however, he tried to
direct to himself worship that properly belonged to God.
Until this time there was no sin, God reigned supreme among the angels
in glory. (Jer. 14:12-14) tells of the desire of Lucifer NOW SATAN, to take
God's place and pit his own will against the will of God.
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning? How
art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou
hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne
above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in
the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be
like the most High."
Let us notice clearly the pride and rebellion of Satan.
Sin was born in him when he said, "I WILL ascend into heaven; I WILL
mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I WILL ascend above
the heights of the clouds; I WILL BE LIKE THE MOST HIGH." We have
already seen this same truth in (Ezek. 28:15):
"Thou wast perfect in thy ways . . . till iniquity was found in thee."
This is the introduction of sin, which is the self-will against God's
will. When God created mankind, Satan was once more on hand to try to
ruin this creation. He succeeded because Adam and Eve chose SELF-WILL
instead of God's will, and sin was born in the human race. From then on the
entire human race inherited a sinful nature.
We see, therefore, that Satan tried to overthrow God's perfect,
righteous, just ruler ship in order to obtain worship for Himself.
He also tried to exercise power over the Lord Jesus Christ by tempting
Him in the wilderness. Satan promised Christ, "All these things will I give
thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me." (Matt.4: 9).
God cast Satan out of Heaven because of his sin.
"Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit" (Jer.
14:15). In (Lu. 10:18), we read the words of the Lord Jesus, "I beheld Satan
as lightening fall from heaven."
A popular notion about Satan and his angels is that they are presently in
Hell. This is not true. Satan and his angels are at liberty. Satan is a king and
has a kingdom. We read in Eph. 6:11,12: "Put on the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. for we wrestle not
against flesh and blood, but against PRINCIPALITIES, against POWERS,
against the RULERS of the darkness of this world, against SPIRITUAL
WICKEDNESS in HIGH PLACES."
From this we see that his kingdom consists of principalities and powers.
He is "the prince of the power of the air" (Eph.2: 2) and "the god of this
world" (2 Cor.4: 4).
To understand this better, let us notice that the Bible speaks of three
(1) The heaven of the earth's atmosphere. "God gave us rain
from heaven" (Acts 14:17). This is the area in which the birds
move about. "...And fowl that may fly above the earth in the
open firmament of heaven" (Gen.1: 20).
(2) The heaven of the stars. Here are the "high" or heavenly
places where the principalities and powers of evil have their
abode (Eph.6: 12).
(3) The Heaven where God dwells. It was to this "third heaven"
that the Apostle Paul was caught up (2 Cor. 12:1-4). Paul calls
it both the "third heaven" and "paradise." It is the abode of the
The prophet Ezekiel tells us of when Satan was first cast out of Heaven.
"Thou has sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain
of God" (Ezek. 28:16-19). These verses refer to the time that Satan first
sinned by rebelling against God's authority.
The Bible teaches that Satan is still able to enter God's presence,
however. We read in the first and second chapters of Job that it was the
custom in Job's day for the "sons of God" (angels), to appear at stated times
in the presence of God and that Satan always appeared with them. "Now
there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the
Lord, and Satan came also among them" (Job 1:6 and 2:1).
When the Lord said to Satan, "Whence comest thou?" he replied. "From
going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it" (Job 1:7
and 2:2). Satan then was at liberty on the earth and had access to God. He is
still at liberty in the heavenlies and on the earth. In (Rev. 12:10) Satan is
spoken of as "the accuser of our brethren," indicating that he still appears
before God to accuse the Lord's children.
John saw in his prophetic vision a future time when Satan will no
longer be able to come into God's presence.
This is recorded for us in (Rev. 12:7-9): "And there was war in heaven:
Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought
and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in
heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the
Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the
earth, and his angels were cast out with him." At this time there shall be
great woe on the earth because of Satan's wrath that he shall exercise
through the Antichrist (Rev.13: 2-8), for he will then know that his time is
We have seen, however, that at the present time Satan still has his abode
in high places in the heavenlies and has access to God. Although he is the
prince of the power of the air, he works in a special way on the earth. Peter
also tells us this in (1 Pet. 5:8): "Be sober, be vigilant; because your
adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may
In the Old Testament we find Satan walking about the Garden of Eden in
the form of the serpent in order to tempt our first parents. "Now the serpent
was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.
And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every
tree of this garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the
fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the
midst of the garden, God hath said, ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye
touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, ye shall not surely
die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall
be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the
woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the
eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof,
and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat" (Gen.
This story shows us the relationship of Satan to man and man's sin. This
teaching is very different from the current view of man, which is based on
evolutionary theory. According to current ideas, man is climbing a great
ladder, pushing ever closer to the top, ever closer to perfection. He is
evolving and improving in every way - physically, mentally, emotionally,
socially, morally. The Bible repudiates such teaching, which attributes man's
ills to heredity and environment. Man is a fallen creature, a sinner from
birth. He will never reach perfection, he will never even improve, nor will he
ever enter Heaven, unless he is born again.
The Bible teaches that when God created Adam and Eve He placed
them in the Garden of Eden.
He instructed them to dress and care for the garden. God then gave
Adam a test of obedience in order to emphasize man's relationship to God.
The relationship is that man is subject to divine authority. God promised
death for disobedience. The word death in the Bible often means more than
physical death. It usually includes spiritual death, which is separation from
God. (Gen. 2:16,17):
"And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest
freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it:
for IN THE DAY THAT THOU EATEST THEREOF THOU SHALT SURELY DIE."
God spoke here of both spiritual and physical death.
Adam did not die physically the moment he sinned; he did die spiritually
for he was immediately separated from God and their fellowship was broken.
After God instructed Adam and Eve about the tree.
Satan came and tempted them. Eve listened to Satan's voice instead of
saying; "Get thee behind me, Satan." This is exactly the way the Devil works
today. He comes to young people and new converts and whispers to them to
do this or do that, tempting them in things which are not right in the sight of
God. Instead of turning aside they often listen to him speak. Martin Luther
used to say, "You cannot stop a bird flying in your hair but you do not have
to build a nest for him to rest." So it is with Satan. Satan may come to tempt
you but if you are a believer the promise of (2 Pet. 2:9) is for you, "The Lord
knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations."
Satan, the angel of light, deceived our first parents by questioning
"Yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" Are
you sure this is what God says in His Word? Perhaps God did not say that
after all. Perhaps He did not mean what He said! Hell may not even be a
literal Hell. And certainly God could not mean for us to accept the Bible
literally when it contradicts modern scholarship and scientific teaching! Yes,
our Adversary the Devil is very much alive today and is working to destroy
the authority of God's Word, the Bible.
The Devil is not terribly interested in leading men and women into
gross sin as you might expect.
He would be satisfied just to get man's heart away from God. So he
works in a special way in the realm of religion. He wants to substitute his
own word for the Word of God. He wants men and women to be in
subjection to him rather than to God. He substitutes his own lies for divine
Satan's final effort in (Gen. 3) was to convince Eve that if she
would heed his lies rather than God's Word she would receive
knowledge and wisdom that God was withholding from her.
"For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall
be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil" (Gen. 3:5).
This is the same false promise Satan dangle before the eyes of our high
school and university students. They are taught that to be learners of truth
they must accept the authority of modern scholarship over and above the
authority of the Bible. It is the same lie of Satan that is being introduced in
modern Sunday curricula school where enticing words are used to draw
pupils away from the truth, which is in Christ Jesus.
The archfiend is called 'Satan' which means an adversary.
'The old serpent' because of his guile; 'A liar,' 'a liar from the
beginning,' 'the father of lies,' and 'when he speaks to a lie, he speaks of his
own.' He is called 'Apollyon' which means Destroyer because he delighteth
in destroying the souls of men, and as a 'roaring lion, walketh about, seeking
whom he may devour.' Not only is he a destroyer, but 'a murderer,' a
murderer of both bodies and souls; all his arts of seduction have murder as
its ultimate object. All the sin and misery of our world for six thousand
years, and all the sin and misery of its future history, and all the misery of
hell, are not only the result of his agency and influence, but results in that
which he and his minions find their gratification."
Satan's essential character is one of pride. (Ezek. 28:17).
"Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted
thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground . . .
"This angel, who was created for the highest position and service, fell
(1Tim. 3:6) speaks of the danger of appointing a young and
inexperienced convert to the office of bishop or elder. The reason a new
Christian should not be given a responsible position is, "lest being lifted up
with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil." As God's judgment
came upon Satan for the sin of pride, so the novice may fall into
condemnation or judgment because of his pride.
Satan's character is also revealed by his lies. Jesus said in (Jn. 8:44):
"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 speak to a lie, he speaks of his own: for he
is a liar, and the father of it."
In this verse Christ points out that if we are not children of God by
means of the new birth we are children of the Devil. When we believe on the
Lord Jesus Christ and receive Him by faith as our own personal Saviour, we
become children of God. But before that time, we are sinners by birth and by
Jesus said to the Devil "abode not in the truth, because there is NO
TRUTH in him. When he speaks to a lie, he speaks of his own; for he is a
liar, and the father of it." As "a liar" the Devil not only misrepresents the
Person and character of God, but he also distorts God's purposes and ways.
Two Greek words are used in the Bible for sin. The first word, amartia,
means to miss the mark. Satan missed God's perfect purpose and will to
become the antigod destined to the lake of fire forever. The other word,
anomos, means without law, or lawless. It speaks of the rebellious nature of
Satan as it was manifested in his original sin.
From this master deceiver springs all the untruth of our day. The plan
designed by God our Creator was that man's chief end should be to glorify
God and to enjoy him forever. But we live in a day when self substitutes for
God. There is self-seeking, self-glorifying and self-planning on every hand.
The result is misguided and ruined lives. Satan disowns the truth of God and
has the power of deception. He is "a liar, and the father of it."
In contrast, Jesus reveals Himself as "the truth" (Jn. 14:6). Christ came
forth from God and is very God as well as very man. He was THE TRUTH
manifested in the flesh and as the perfect Man He abode in truth, doing only
those things that pleased the Father. It is impossible for one to be of God and
to reject the Lord Jesus Christ who was sent into the world by the Father.
"Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? Whosoever denieth
the Son, the same hath not the Father" (1 Jn. 2:22,23). No one can be a
Christian and reject the deity and virgin birth of Christ. In (Jn. 8:24) Jesus
said, "If ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins."
The final manifestation of Satan, the father of lies, is revealed in (2
Thess. 2:1-12), "Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord
Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon
shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as
from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any
means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first,
and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and
exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he
as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Remember ye not that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And
now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the
mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he whom now letteth will let, until
he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the
Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the
brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of
Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all
deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received
not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God
shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all
might be damned who believe not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
The person of Antichrist will be Satan's last and most misleading
deception for the whole world is destined to follow him. (Rev.13: 4-8).
Antichrist is called "the lawless one" because he is directly related to
Satan and obeys his lies. The followers of this "man of sin" are those who
reject God's truth. Because His Word is, despised God will send strong
delusion upon the unbelieving world that the people might believe a lie. In
the end they will be judged for rejecting God's truth. The stage is already
being set for this today. The rejection of God's truth is universal and Satan's
lies have become an integral part of our present world system.
It is important that believers understand the relationship of this present
world system to the Devil. The Greek word kosmos is found in the New
Testament 187 times and is translated, with one exception, world. This world
system is evil in character. Our Lord Jesus Christ "gave himself for our sins
that he might deliver us from this present evil world" (Gal. 1:4).
In the 186 uses of the word kosmos, it is related to Satan's influence and
authority. The following are just a few of these verses: (Jn. 12::46; 16:8;
16:33; 17:14; 17:25; 18:36; Rom. 5:12; 3:19: 1 Cor.1: 21; 1 Cor.5: 10; 11:32;
Eph.2: 12; As. 1:27; 2 Pet. 1:4; 2 Pet. 2:20).
This world system embraces all godless governments with their many
conflicts, armaments, and jealousies. Included also is the philosophy of the
world in education, culture, and religion. The world system is properly called
the satanic system.
During the temptation of Christ in the wilderness, Satan declared that
the kingdoms of this world are his and to whosoever he wills he give them
(Eps . . . 4:5-7). During the Great Tribulation Satan will confer world-rule on
the man of sin.
Christ referred to Satan as "the prince of this world" (Jn. 12:31). The
Apostle Paul wrote that the Christian's warfare is "against the rulers of the
darkness of this world" (Eph.6: 12). Read also (Jn. 14:30 and 16:11; Eph.2:
2; 2 Cor.4: 4; 1 John 5:19).
This message will help believers to see our proper place in this
world and to understand that the ministry of the church is not to clean
up the world but to preach the Gospel. Through the preaching of the cross
of Christ, God is calling out of this world system these people to become
members of His body, which is the church. The kosmos is not a battleground
whereon God is contending with Satan for supremacy. But God permits sin to
go on that the lie may have its full Revelation.
This is truly a Christ-rejecting world system. Its princes crucified "the
Lord of glory" (1 Cor.2: 8), and would crucify His followers today if they
thought they could get away with it. The people of the world may favour
some of the teachings of the Lord Jesus but salvation through His blood is
spurned and rejected. Jesus said: "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated
me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own:
but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world,
therefore the world hateth you" (Jn. 15:18,19).
There is victory in Christ for every believer over the "god of this
world" and the "present evil world" system. (1 Jn. 4:4): "Ye are of God,
little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you,
than he that is in the world." This world is not our home. Our home is in
Heaven. That is why we live with eternity's values in view.
The Bible tells us the Devil quotes scripture (Matt.4: 6); he transforms
himself into an angel of light (2 Cor.11: 14); afflicts the body (2 Cor.12:
7); causes weakness that paralyzes Christian activity (1 Cor.5: 5);
snatches away the seed of God's Word (Mark 4:15); sow harmful tares
(Matt.13: 38, 39); brings impure thoughts (1 Cor.7: 5); tempts us through
pride (1 Tim.3: 6); uses outward circumstances to hinder (1 Thess.2: 18);
causes evil men to pervert the Gospel of Christ (Acts 13:10); seduces
some from Christ by pleasure (1 Tim.5: 11, 15); seeks to intimidate others
by persecution (Rev.2: 10); sifts some quickly, like Peter (Lu. 22:31);
oppresses some for long periods, like the bent woman with the spirit of
infirmity (Lu. 13:16); buffeted Paul (2 Cor.12: 7); made shipwreck of
Hymenaeus and Alexander (1 Tim.1: 19, 20); tempted Ananias to lie and
Saphhira to hypocrisy (Acts 5:3); made one apostate - Judas (Jn. 13:27) and
he shall have other followers in these last times: "Now the Spirit speak to
expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed
to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils" (1 Tim.4:1).
Not only should we thus recognize the work of the Devil, but we must
also know our place in relationship to him. The Bible cautions us that he is
as a roaring lion (1 Pet.5:8). We are commanded to resist him as the
tempter to pride (As 4:7). We are forbidden to hold any discussion with
him as the provoker to wrath (Eph.4: 27). We are instructed to fight with
truth the one who is the foe to righteousness (Eph.6: 14). We are
promised that the Evil One shall not touch us (1 Jn. 5:18).
While we know from experience some of these attacks of Satan, we are
certainly promised a life of victory.
Let us consider an important passage in (Rev. 12:7-11): "And there was war
in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon
fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any
more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called
the devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into
the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice
saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of
our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast
down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame
him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they
loved not their lives unto the death."
Before we can have victory over our enemy we must have knowledge of
his ways. Let us learn what the Bible teaches concerning the enemy of our
souls and how we may triumph over him in practical ways.
This passage in (Rev. 12) speaks of warfare. There is always a conflict
between the Devil and the believer. In the verses just quoted he is called the
great dragon, the old serpent, Satan, and the Devil. He is also called the
accuser of the brethren. As the father of lies, he accuses us before the
Lord and also to one another.
But let us notice in this passage "they overcame him." There is victory over
the Devil. Do you long to have victory in your life? Notice that they
overcame him "by the blood of the Lamb."This takes us back to Calvary
where Christ, the Lamb of God, died in our stead by shedding His blood.
When we are properly identified with Christ through the new birth, we are
united with Him. It was through Christ's death, burial, and resurrection,
and by virtue of His blood, that He brought defeat to Satan. The "blood
of the Lamb" now becomes our victory. His victory is our victory for we are
in Him and He is in us. The word by has the meaning because of and because
He broke the power of sin and Satan by the shedding of His blood, we who
are united with Him can participate in His victory. We are to reckon that
Christ's victory is our victory wrought for us on Calvary.
We are here told that they overcame him also "by the word of their
testimony." Faith in the death of Christ is to be followed by a witness to His
living, powerful Word. It is not silence, nor is it argument, that defeats Satan,
but a word of testimony, which, of course, must be based on the Word of
There is nothing more powerful than a simple word of testimony. We are
taught today that unless we are highly educated and have a degree, we are not
able to fight the good fight of faith. No amount of education, however, can
accomplish the work of a believer's Spirit-filled testimony. We would have
more victory over Satan if we testified more to our relationship to Christ and
the reality of His living Presence in our lives.
The word testimony means martyr and the testimony that will really count for
Christ and against the Devil is the testimony that carries with it the martyr
spirit. Christ did not count His life dear unto Himself. He taught that, "Except
a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it
bringeth forth much fruit" (Jn. 12:24).
"They overcame him." We, too, can overcome the enemy and enter into the
victory, which Christ wrought for us on Calvary by proper identification with
Him day by day. Let us be taken up with our raised Lord. Let us wage
warfare against the Devil. Let us yield our lives as living sacrifices unto our
In (Matt. 25:40,41) we read: "And the King shall answer and say unto them, .
. . Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil
and his angels." Hell was not made for men and women but if they continue
on as the children of the Devil they will have to go to the Devil's abode. Only
the children of God, born again by the Spirit of God, can go into the
mansions of glory being prepared by Christ for His own.
During the Millennium the Devil is bound. Following this one thousand-year
reign of Christ he will be loosed for a season. In (Rev. 20:10) we have the
account of his final doom: "And the devil that deceived them was cast into
the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and
shall be tormented day and night forever and ever."