Satan is the enemy of God, Christians, and Christianity as a whole yet many Christians do not understand who Satan is, they fear him as the boogie man and feel they cannot escape his hand. Satan has used ignorance to his advantage in this area. I encourage you to read through this list and check the scriptures as you compare it to your current view of Satan, let the Word wash and cleanse you of any misconceptions or religious assumptions.
Satan was created by God -Ezekiel 28:13
Satan was perfect before he sinned -Ezekiel 28:15
Many ask in vain why did God create evil, well the answer is that God never made anything evil. God made humans and angels with the free will capacity to choose right or wrong. The evil that exists now was caused by Lucifer choosing against God (and no longer being called by his angelic name) and man’s choice to do evil. Satan was good at first but then became evil on his own doing.
Because Satan was created by God; he is still under the authority and power of God. We have been given spiritual authority over Satan as well but it’s not of our own right, but by the powerful name of Jesus that Satan and his angels must flee. No matter the darkness God is always bigger and if He’s on your side you have nothing to fear.
Satan planned to overthrow God -Isaiah 14:13-14,
Satan sinned on his own -Ezekiel 28:15-18, 1John 3:8
Satan was sent out of heaven -Isaiah 14:12, 15, Luke 10:18, Revelation 12:9
Satan engaged in battle in heaven -Revelation 12:7-9
Satan’s sin was pride -1Timothy 3:6
So at first Satan was good, in fact he was the highest ranked angel and because of this powerful position he became prideful. He took for granted his blessings and did not remember his proper position under God. Satan wanted to do his own will instead of God’s and he wanted to be above god. Satanism as well as Atheism follows the same route – you are your own god and sovereign authority.
Because of Lucifers sin there was no place in heaven God created hell for him and his rebellious angels to dwell in. This is similar to how Adam and Eve were sent out of the Garden of Eden because of their sin. Imperfection cannot dwell with God, this is why we cannot go to heaven on our own account, we must have the righteousness of Christ on us before we enter heaven.
Satan was covered with beautiful stones -Ezekiel 28:13
Satan had timbrels and pipes made for him -Ezekiel 28:13
Satan fought as a dragon in heaven -Revelation 12:7
Satan can appear as an angel of light -2Corinthians 11:14
Satan used a serpent to deceive Eve -2Corinthians 11:3
When talking about the image of Satan first, remove from your mind any skinny red suited being with a tail and a pitchfork. Second, remember Satan is a spiritual being which are not subject to the same rules as us physical humans. Satan is seen represented or taking different forms throughout the Bible story so it is not too far fetched to believe that rebellious spiritual being have some ability to control or morph their form at will. Angels however, being obedient to God have not changed their form but are able to enter in to the physical world and interact with it tangibly. Many people have claimed divine revelation from angels, or have spoken with Mary/others who appear as beautifully shining beings. This should worry anyone who has studied the Bible because Satan knows how to appeal to our senses and grab our attention.
Satan tempted Job to curse God -Job 2:5-7
Satan tempted Jesus 3 ways -Matthew 4:1-10
Satan tested Peter -Luke 22:31-34,
Satan tempted Ananias to lie -Acts 5:3
Satan tempts us in our weakness -1Corinthians 7:5
Satan was the anointed cherub in heaven -Ezekiel 28:14,15
Satan opposed Joshua in a vision -Zechariah 3:1
Satan was rebuked by the Lord in a vision -Zechariah 3:2
Satan will not free someone of demonic activity -Matthew 12:26
Satan has had people turn to him -2Timothy 5:15
Satan has power to make signs and lying wonders -2Thessalonians 2:9
Satan deceives -Revelation 20:9, 2Corinthians 11:14
Satan used scripture to deceive -Matthew 4:1-10
Satan influenced Judas to betray Jesus -John 13:2
Satan oppresses -Acts 10:38
Satan takes advantage of our sin -Ephesians 4:25-27, 1Peter 5:8, 1Corinthians 10:11
Satan can hold people captive to his own will -2Timothy 2:25-26
Satan opposes Christian ministry -1Thesallonians 2:18
Satan can become an angel of light -2Corinthians 11:14
Satan has angels under him -Revelation 12:7, 9, Matthew 25:41,
Satan has power or limited authority -Acts 26:18
Satan steals, kills and destroys -John10:10
Satan is a busy fellow, especially these days. From studying the Word we can see that he is a very real and present being, his plans are to derail the Christian, to keep the sinner from the cross, to depopulate heaven and populate hell. His will is opposite of God’s, full of confusion, hate, sin, and evil. Why? Because he is the loser and he can never win. I figure because he can’t win another fight against heaven he is trying to take us down with him, his activity surrounds corrupting the prize creation of God – mankind. There is a reason Jesus instructs us to pray for protection from him- because he is a real threat to the Christian. However, compared to the power of Christ he is no match.
Satan was in Eden -Ezekiel 28:13
Satan was on the holy mountain of God -Ezekiel 28:14
Satan kicked out of heaven -Revelation 12:9
Hell was made for Satan and his angels -Matthew 25:41
Satan came before the Lord -Job 1:6
Satan roams the Earth “to and fro” -Job1:7
Satan shall be brought down to the pit -Isaiah 14:15
Satan will be bound for 1,000 years in the Pit -Revelation 20:1-3
Satan will be released, defeated, and thrown in to the lake of fire -Revelation 20:7-10
It appears that Satan was cast down to hell after losing the fight in heaven, now taking in to consideration that hell is in the center of the Earth (either physically or spiritually) Satan and his fallen angels were sent to Earth in a sense. Clearly based on Satan’s activities he is not restrained to hell like some think he is. It is also obvious that Satan and his angels are not omnipresent, they can only be in one place at a time.
Satan was originally stationed on the mountain of God, but now is destined for the lake of fire after he is defeated in a final battle after the millennial reign. He will have gained some serious frequent flier miles!
“Satan” -Revelation 12:9, 1Chronicles 21:1, Job 1:6, Zechariah 3:1, Matthew 4:10, Luke 10:18,
“Devil” -1John 3:8, Revelation 12:9, John 8:44, Ephesians 6:11, James 4:7, 1Peter 5:8
“Dragon” -Revelation 12:4, 7, 9
“Lucifer” -Isaiah 14:12
“Serpent” -Revelation 12:9, 2Corinthians 11:3
“Evil one” -Matthew 6:13, Luke 11:4, John 17:15, 2Thessalonians 3:3
“Wicked one” -Ephesians 6:16, Matthew 13:19, 38, 1John 2:13, 3:12, 5:18,
“Accuser of the brethren” -Revelation 20:10
“Prince of the air” -Ephesians 2:2
“god of this world” -2Corinthians 4:4
“Adversary” -1Peter 5:8
“Thief” -John 10:10
These “names” of Satan are simply titles used by the authors of the New Testament to remind us of his workings and will. He is evil, he accuses, he rules this world, and he steals. Lucifer appears to be Satan’s angelic name which he is no longer called by after his fall. This is why it is only listed once. However, there are many that believe Lucifer was actually a separate entity from Satan all together.