Spiritual Warfare  - 2

Updated: Nov 21, 2019

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Who is this Satan character?


We begin with quotes about Satan::

“A created but superhuman, personal, evil, world-power, represented in Scripture as the adversary both of God and men.”[1]


There are many who deny the existence of Satan. They claim that what we call Satan is only a “principle of evil.” That this “evil” is a sort of “malaria,” an intangible thing like disease germs that floats about in the atmosphere and attacks people’s hearts under certain conditions. The existence of Satan cannot be determined by the opinions of men. The only source of information is the Bible. That is the reason why Satan tries to discredit the Word of God. He is not a “principle of evil.” ” is a — Person.”[2]


Satan. Spirit being who opposes God and seeks to frustrate his plans and lead his people into rebellion.”[3]


In the last study, I mentioned that materialism was the primary reason that people do not believe in spiritual beings. Clarence Larkin cited this for the same issue in 1921! The cure is the reading of Scripture to learn about the “Spirit World.” [4]


The rebellion of Satan and his angels


Isa. 14 prophesies the return of Israel to Jerusalem and the entire household of Jacob, reuniting in the Promised Land. The current political state of Israel should not be confused with Isaiah’s prophecy. For example, that country gives up land for peace even though the prophesied kingdom should reach the Euphrates river. Isa. 14:1–11 talks about the downfall of a human king. When the king dies, the underworld will devour him as his punishment.

The subject changes from the king of Babylon to a “morning star” in verse 12. Morning star refers to a spiritual being. For more information, please see Heiser’s book, where he discusses the term in great detail. [5] Whatever evil was by the king reminds the writer of a rebellious spirit being. God gives five pieces of evidence that this creature has rebelled against god:


13 You said in your heart,

I will ascend to heaven;

above the stars of God

I will set my throne on high;

I will sit on the mount of assembly

in the far reaches of the north;

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;

I will make myself like the Most High.’ [6]


This passage is commonly called the 5 "I wills” since this creature seeks to take over the Creator’s throne. Ezekiel 28 has a similar situation with the king of Tyre. Please visit the first lesson in this study for that analysis. These passages add extra definition to the rebellion we are discussing:


Job 4:17–18 — The passage asks two questions. Can a man be righteous or pure before God? Job 4:17 has a question posed with a distinct “no” answer. The passage states that God does not even trust His servants. To add emphasis, the author says that this applies to the angels that errored. For the group of rebellious angels that rebelled there destruction is their punishment.


Luke 10:17–20 tells an event with Jesus’ seventy-two disciples. They return from their journey excited because they expelled demons in Jesus’s name. Jesus replies that he saw Satan fall from heaven. Jesus was there to see the event. When did this happen? More importantly, why is he still around on earth?


Rev. 12:7–9, 12 — Satan, the great dragon, and his angels started a war against Michael and other angels. They lost and no longer in heaven. Now that God has contained Satan on earth, the earth experiences his fury.


The results of the rebellion of Satan and his angels.

The warfare will not end until the return of Jesus Christ. Going back to Rev. 12, verse 17 plainly says that Satan takes the battle to those that follow Jesus. The following passages shed light on the different ways this war manifests itself:


Mt. 16:21–23 — Peter tells Jesus that his plan cannot be right. Jesus assigns this error on Peter’s part to Satan. We have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to help discern which ideas are “good,” but in reality, attack the plan of God. Peter assumed that Jesus would never die on a cross. From an emotional standpoint, this reaction is our first impulse. The impulse where Satan is most effective.

Acts 13:9–12 — Paul accuses an individual of evil and obstructing the plans of God. For this person, punishment came at once in the form of blindness. The demonstration allowed others to believe in Jesus.


2 Cor. 11:12–15 — Satan sends spies posing as apostles to derail Christian communities. Again, we point out that the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is there to help us discern good from evil. We describe this truth next.


Gal. 5:16–18 — The lure of evil in Satan’s domain is powerful. Think of the effect pornography has on men today. Hours spent looking at pictures and videos that displace time with family and time in the Word. The way to navigate these waters in prayer and time in Scripture.


1 Tim. 3:1–7 — The qualifications of an overseer are that he does not fall into the devil’s trap. The list in the first four verses is all part of the power of this world. Without the Holy Spirit, we can never meet these requirements.


James 4:1–8 — Consider the five “I wills.” Wanting what you do not have is the lure of Satan’s world. He seeks to ensnare everybody with the temporary pleasures that are eye candy.

1 Pet. 5:8–9 — This passage sums up what Satan’s purpose. If you follow Christ, Satan will try to entice you to fail. Satan will block the gospel from unbelievers since their conversion is repulsive to him (2 Cor. 4:2–4).


God’s Punishment


Peter describes the punishment of false prophets by comparing them to punishment already decreed (2 Pet. 2:1–5). After the sins of the human agents are detailed, Peter states that their end is assured. Verse 4 asks what did they expect since even the fallen angels are in jail (Tartarus) until the final judgment.


More Scripture passages about Satan’s punishment:

Matt. 25:41, Rev. 19:20, Rev. 20:10 — Satan’s final destination is an eternal fire.


Notes:



1. Sweet, M. L. (1915). Satan. In J. Orr, J. L. Nuelsen, E. Y. Mullins, & M. O. Evans (Eds.), The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia (Vol. 1–5, p. 2693). Chicago: The Howard-Severance Company.









2. Larkin, C. (1921). The Spirit World (p. 8). Philadelphia, PA: Clarence Larkin.












3. Elwell, W. A., & Beitzel, B. J. (1988). Satan. In Baker encyclopedia of the Bible (Vol. 2, p. 1907). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

4. Larkin, C. (1921). The Spirit World (p. 1). Philadelphia, PA: Clarence Larkin.










5. Heiser, M. S. (2015). The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible (First Edition, pp. 83–86). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.











6. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Is 14:13–14). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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