SATAN: Past, Present and Future

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Introduction

What do you know about Satan? How did you come to the conclusions you have about him? Did you learn from a friend, a book, a pastor, a Satanist maybe, or did you actually study the scriptures to see what you could learn from God? Regardless of how you got the information you have, perhaps you can still learn some more. Let's look into the scriptures to see what we can find out about Satan (a.k.a. Lucifer).

Who is Satan?

Satan (a.k.a. Lucifer) is the god of this age who has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God (2 Corinthians 4:4). In other words, he is the one behind all the evil in the world. He has blinded the minds of those who do not trust God, and prevents them from accepting truth.

Where did he come from?

Satan was created by Almighty God. He was created full of wisdom and perfect in beauty, and blameless in his ways from the day he was created. In Ezekiel 28:12-15 God spoke to Satan through the King of Tyre and said...

12 " 'You were the model of perfection,
full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.

13 You were in Eden,
the garden of God;
every precious stone adorned you:
ruby, topaz and emerald,
chrysolite, onyx and jasper,
sapphire, turquoise and beryl.
Your settings and mountings were made of gold;
on the day you were created they were prepared.

14 You were anointed as a guardian cherub,
for so I ordained you.
You were on the holy mount of God;
you walked among the fiery stones.

15 You were blameless in your ways
from the day you were created
till wickedness was found in you.

He was so great that pride got the best of him and he decided to ascend to the Mountain of God and take over His throne. That is when God stepped in and destroyed the whole earth where Lucifer lived and ruled over his demonic empire before Adam and Eve were created.

Why does he hate God?

Satan hates God for several reasons. First of all, he is jealous of God. He wants to be number one. When God stopped his hostile takeover, and destroyed his earthly kingdom, that gave him another reason to hate God. Then God remade the earth and put mankind in charge. This really made Satan mad. Satan decided then to do anything and everything to ruin God's plans.

What does he want from humans?

Satan wants to destroy the lives of humans, and ultimately cause them to be cast into Hell. He knows if he can deceive humans that he can prevent them from seeking God for salvation. He is the author of all kinds of confusion.

1 Peter 5:8 warns us to be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

How does he operate?

Satan has many demons that do his dirty work for him. They put ideas in people's heads and cause them to do things they would not do otherwise. They tempt us and lie to us. They especially like to operate in church congregations to cause bitterness and discord. They also encourage killings and all kinds of violence, greed and sexual sins.

Do humans help him?

Yes, humans do often help the cause of Satan. Once a person is deceived by Satan he then becomes a tool and mouthpiece for the evil one. For example, there are false prophets and false teachers in numerous churches who spread lies and false doctrines. Satan has these people working for him, and they don't even realize it.

Are demons around us?

Yes, we all have demons around us. They live with us, go to work or school with us, and they know our faults and weaknesses. They know how to push our buttons to cause us to doubt God and commit sin. They are constantly oppressing us anytime they get a chance. Christians cannot be possessed by demons but we are definitely oppressed by them.

Is he all powerful?

No, Satan is not all powerful. He has limits. He cannot be everywhere at once. He cannot do anything and everything he wants. He can only do what God allows him to do.

Conclusion: What will eventually happen to him?

Eventually Satan will be cast into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). Also in Revelation 20:10 it says And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

So you see, God will deal with Satan. He who has deceived many over the centuries will be tolerated no more, and he himself will be tormented day and night forever.

Then Jesus Christ will rule supreme over the whole universe, and sin and pain will be gone forever.

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