The Origin of Satan is covered pretty well in the Old Testament. Since we’re covering different things to be equipped against the Kingdom of Darkness, I guess it behooves me to go through what the Bible says about the guy that started it all in this fifth installment of the ‘Are Demons Real’ Series.
As I’ve stated in previous posts in this series, after completing this series, reaction to these prompted me to write the book Kingdom of Darkness in a Fallen World and is available now. It covers all kinds of different topics, and will help you to spot spiritual defilement coming at you from a mile away, and show you how to avoid it. You’ll enjoy the book and will without a doubt be blessed by it.
So far in this series, I’ve caught some heat from believers as I’ve covered this whole topic, so up front I want you to know a few things before we get into it.
Why am I Giving this so much Attention?
It’s been made abundantly clear to me since beginning with this, many people (particularly fellow Christians), are (willingly or unwillingly) ignorant about the things in this world that we’ve been charged to stand against and resist. The Bible tells us keep watch and pray. And when I keep watch and find that believers out there actually think that Satan is an equal opposite of God, I get kinda concerned!
Without having at least a rudimentary idea of what Satan, demons, fallen angels, powers of the air, etc., are trying to get away with around us, how would we know that we’re watching the right things? Maybe with a clear biblical view of our enemy and how it relates to today, prayer can be more effective, and the spiritual weapons of our warfare can actually get some use, and we can better do all to stand, and recognize the stumbling blocks before they become a problem.
I’m not in any way saying that we should all become demonologists (the study of demons), but to at least know what the Bible has to say about things and why. The Holy Spirit put everything that’s been kept preserved in the Bible for a reason. Both the good and the bad. And I can say with certainty that he did not put these things in there to be ignored. I believe the Lord wants for us to know the origin of Satan to be that much better equipped against him. So, without further ado, let’s start looking into this character We call Satan, the Devil, Lucifer.
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No Sympathy for the Devil
To make sure we’re all on the same page, I’d like to go over the well known and very broad word ‘Devil’. That word is used in a few different ways in the KJV, and it would be good for us to recognize what those different usages are. I actually did some digging into this word via Google, and was shocked at all the mud slinging going on concerning the usage of this word. Reason is, Many of the different translations will say demons instead of devils, as devils would refer to demonic forces, and THE Devil is Satan, or otherwise known as Lucifer.
You always hear about someone being possessed by the devil. Well, that’s only somewhat true. They may have been possessed by a devil, but not the devil. Though the word is shared, there is no more similarities between the two, aside from who they hate, and their vendetta against God and all of creation. So to reiterate, The Devil is Satan. “Devils” or “A devil” refer to demons.
Satan Entered Judas
However, There is one instance that I believe Satan himself did not leave it up to a lackey to get what he wanted done. To kill Christ Jesus. Now in the accounts found in the Gospels concerning Satan entering Judas, you’ll find that there are 2 different places that Satan has entered him. First, when he got upset at Jesus about the woman who broke open the alabaster box full of ointment, the second, was Just after Jesus Called him out.
Also worth noting is that both times that it’s mentioned that Satan entered him, Judas took off to see the Pharisees to arrange his arrest. I’ll just go over it quickly for you to see what I’m talking about.
9 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her. 10 And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them.
See what just happened there? Right there, is the first time Satan actually enters Judas, this is how Luke puts it:
3 Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve. 4 And he went his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him unto them.
So in this case, we get the physical happenings in Mark, and the spiritual ramifications of it in Luke. And then of course we have toward the end, Satan entering in once again:
27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.
Sidebar: Was Jesus talking to Judas or to Satan? Just a piece of brain candy for you!
Because it’s obvious that Satan entered into Judas twice, it reveals that Satan did not dwell. He didn’t stick around as we find in normal accounts of demonic possession. He didn’t set up shop so to speak. It really tells me that Jesus made Satan nervous enough, that he seemed to have found the need to take matters into his own hands. It seems that Judas was a special case, and here’s why I come to that conclusion…
To me anyways, I believe that Satan, being the author of pride and most certainly full of dark pomp, would probably see it way too far beneath him to actually full on possess someone. Would you honestly think that the most prideful being that is in existence, would care to spend more than 2 seconds getting his hands dirty, and opt to spend some time in a lowly inferior human? We’re talking about someone who thought that he could dethrone God Almighty! I tend to think not. Also remember that he is an angel, that has many capabilities that demons have never had. One being a body, which is described below.
See, the Gospels make it clear that Judas harbored an iniquity, greed, and would rob from the ministry’s treasury for himself. That there was an open window that Satan could use. And in the situation of the alabaster box, he was offended at Christ, and the woman who broke it, and Satan entered him and he took off to make a deal with the Pharisees.
Iniquity is a heart condition that can cause any of us to leave ourselves open for all kinds of ugliness. Please check out the page found in the Bible Study Tab – I Never Knew You, for more about iniquity. We’ll be seeing that word iniquity again when talking about the fall of Lucifer.
The Origin of Satan
If it isn’t common knowledge among believers, than it should be, that Satan is the name that Lucifer acquired since falling. It’s the same being. But yet again, the word Satan is sometimes thrown around with more of a plural meaning at times. The Hebrew word satan means an adversary or one who resists. Satan was the top angel in heaven, a cherub, which is noted to be among the most powerful that we are given any insight to.
Here are two very descriptive accounts given in the Old Testament concerning the origins and the ultimate downfall of Lucifer. I figured that since we are talking about demons and fallen angels, we might as well get to the root of why we are at war with them. So here they are:
12 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!
13 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: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. 16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; 17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
In Ezekiel, we have God telling Ezekiel to take up lamentation to the King of Tyrus. After reading past the first verse, it’s clear that God was speaking to the real power behind the throne of Tyrus, not to the man who was King himself.
12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him,
Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 13 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.
14 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. 15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
16 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.
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, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
So there’s some good biblical references to what he was like before he decided to think too much of himself. It is a good reference to see how he was, and who he is today. Notice we don’t see any real big changes in Satan as he had fallen from grace in rebellion against God. He did not become less beautiful or less wise. Nor was he stripped from any power that he possessed. What he lost was his place in Heaven, and ultimately his future.
What Satan is Not
We’ve gone over what Satan is, let’s have more fun by going over what he is not. This seems to be a good idea because every once and awhile, Satan gets way too much credit. So let’s take a look and see where he stands once he’s cut down to size.
Satan is not equal in power with God.
Satan is a being who God created. Yes, maybe the most powerful angel that was once in Heaven, but in no way is within reach at all to God the Father.
He is not at par with Christ Jesus.
Often times you’ll find in TV or movies, that Satan is set up to be Christ’s equal somehow. This is not even close to the reality of it. Please review the Gospels where Satan wound up doing whatever he was told. Jesus said to go, Satan had to go, etc.. And that was even before Christ was risen glorified. Also take care to note in the book of Revelation who casts Satan and his angels out of Heaven! It was Michael and his angels, not Christ, or the Father. But when Jesus does get himself involved physically, there’s no contest. A very underwhelming battle scene as Christ enters into the fray in the end. No contest at all.
Satan is not omnipotent.
He is not all powerful, though he is the most powerful in his Kingdom of wickedness, he is limited to what he can do.
Nor is he omnipresent.
He can only be at one place at a time, omnipresence is something that only the Godhead enjoys.
Satan does not own this earth.
He does have the world at his fingertips, because Adam wound up giving the deed over to him so to speak. But the earth itself is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.
He does not care about anyone.
He is not loving and there is no love in him. All he cares about is vengeance against God and his children, and his own rule. That’s it. No more, no less. Anything else is a lie. Anyone who believes that Satan is somehow looking out for them, will indeed find out the hard way exactly who he is. Unfortunately for most, it will be too late.
Satan will not get his way.
He is already defeated by what Jesus did for us on the Cross. Even up till the end, he will not truly ever have control over this place, which has been his goal for about 6,000 years or so. He’ll come close enough to drive him even more mad than he already has been. He has lost the war, and the final battle itself, he’ll lose as well. It’s all in the Book!
He does not know what the future is.
He can not look into the future. That’s God’s territory, nobody else has that ability, unless of course it’s given by God, to serve God’s purposes. Done by way of prophecy or what have you. And even in those situations, it’s God doing the work, and man just either hearing it or seeing it like John did in Revelation. But Satan does not at all have that ability. All that he knows is what God has allowed him to know. And I believe that some things have been kept secret from us, for the sole purpose of keeping it from Satan. All Satan knows is that his time is coming to a close, and God has kept him in suspense for approx. 6,000 years, constantly anticipating his own end, and trying to figure out a way to weasel out of it. Not going to happen. What God says, will indeed come to pass.
A quick 5 minute video worth every second! Chuck Missler giving a quick rundown on Satan. This is courtesy of Koinonia House YouTube channel.
There has been a war going on now for several thousands of years. This guy started it, Christ will finish it. Actually, you’ve seen that I quoted Genesis 3 a few paragraphs ago… God makes it clear right in that chapter actually. In a way, he prophesied the end right from the beginning. Just as he always has.
But before I post about that particular seed war that God talks about in Genesis 3, I will post about why God put Satan here on this earth with man. It is a reasonable question that I believe should be an addition to this particular series. Keep your eyes open for it!
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Thank you for reading this Biblical study: The Origin of Satan.
- Prince of the Power of the Air
- Demons in the Bible – New Testament
- Why did God put Satan on Earth?
- In the Person of Christ – 2 Corinthians 2 Part 3
- Why was Jesus Tempted in the Wilderness?