THE SPIRIT WORLD
The following notes are quoted from DAKEíS ANNOTATED REFERENCE BIBLE by Finis Jennings Dake, Dake Publishing, Inc., Post Office Box 1050, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046.
I found the information contained in Dakeís to be extremely well presented. I have learned much from this project.
"THE SPIRIT WORLD (Psalms 104:4)
The words spirit and spirits are found 551 times in Scripture. From these references, the 297 times angel and angels are found, and from over 20,000 others about God who is a spirit being, we learn all there is to know about the spirit world. by the spirit world we mean all the various kinds of spirit beings that inhabit the unseen material worlds in space and under the earth (Phil. 2:10; Rev. 5:3, 13).
10 KINDS OF SPIRIT BEINGS BESIDES GOD
1. Seraphim (Isa. 6:1-7)
2. Cherubium (Gen. 3:24; Ez. 1:5-28; 8:1-4; 10:1-22)
3. Zoa or Living Creatures (Rev. 4:6-5:14; 6:1-8; 7:11; 14:3,9-11; 15:7; 19:4)
4. Spirit Animals shaped like the fleshly ones we have on earth (2Ki. 2:11-12, 6:13-17; Zech. 1:8-11; 6:1-8; Rom 1:20; 2 Cor. 12:1-4; Rev. 19:11-21)
5. Archangels or Chief Angels who rule kingdoms and planets (Col 1:15-18; 1 Th. 4:16; Jude 9)
(i) Michael, one of the chief princes, the prince of Israel Dan. 10:13,21; 11:1; 12:1; 1 Th 4:16; Jude 9; Rev. 12:7-9)
(ii) Gabriel, who stands before God (Dan. 8:16-19; 9:20-23; 10:8-11; Lk. 1:19, 26)
(iii) Lucifer, the original ruler of the planet earth and present pseudo-ruler of man's dominion on earth (Isa. 14:12-14; Ez. 28:11-17; Mt. 4:1-11; Lk. 10:18; Eph. 2:2; Rev. 12:7-9).
(Note from Libby: I may add more to this one later.)
(iv) Unnamed princes of Persia and Grecia (Dan. 10:13-11:1; Rev. 11:7; 17:8)
6. Common Angels (more info to come further down)
7. devils - This word appears only 4 times in the O.T. Psalm 106:37; Lev. 17:7; Dt. 32:17; 2 Chr. 11:15), but 51 times in the N.T. It is found in the singular 61 times in the N.T., but not once in the O.T. Thee are many devils, but only one chief devil. Two Heb. words are trans. devils: shed, a spoiler; destroyer, a malibnant, evil spirit (Dt. 32:17; Ps. 106:37) and sair, shaggy, hairy one; kid; goat; satyr; devil (Lev. 17:7; 2 Chr. 11:15). Devils are the familiar spirits of the O.T. (Lev. 19:31; 20:6; Dt. 18:11; I Sam. 28:3,9; 2 Ki. 21:6; 23:24; Isa. 8:19; 19:3), and the supernatural spirits behind witchcraft.....
Luke 12:29 Gr. meteorizo, to raise in mid-air, suspend, fluctuate, be anxious, or be carried about as meteors moved about with the currents, tossed up and down between hope and fear. The rebuke concerns the heathen who superstitiously seek guidance by meteors, planets, signs fo the zodiac and all the magic and witchcraft and traffic with demons in the name of astrology, etc., which are condemned by Scripture. (will share more later).
8. Demon locusts (Rev. 9:1-11)
9. Demon horsemen (Rev. 9:12-21)
10. The inner man, or soul and spirit of human beings.
DEFINITION AND USEAGE OF "ANGEL"
The word literally means messenger and is used of Christ, angels and men.
1. Christ, the second Person of the Trinity appeared to men as the messenger of God (I Cor. 10:4,9; 11:3). He is called:
(1) The angel of God (Gen. 21:17; 31:11; Ex. 3:2; Judg. 6:20; 13:9; Acts 27:23)
(2) The angel of the Lord (Gen. 16:7-11; 22:11,15; Ex. 14:19; Num. 22:22-35; Judg. 2:1,4; 6:11-12, 21-22; 13:3-6, 13-21; 2 Ki. 1:3,15; 19:35; I Chr. 21:12-30; Ps. 34:7; 35:5-6; Isa. 37:36; Zech. 1:9-19; 3:1-6; 12:8; Acts 7:30-38.
In all other places where the angel of the Lord is found, the term refers to ordinary angels as in Mt. 1:20,24; 2:13,19; 28:2-5; Lk. 1:11-38; 2:9-21; Acts 5:19; 8:26; 10:3; 12:7-23
(3) His angel (Gen. 24:7,40; Ex. 23:20; 33:2; Num. 20:16; 2 Chr. 32:21; Dan. 3:28; 6:22)
(4) The angel (Gen. 48:16; Ecc. 5:6; Hos. 12:4)
(5) Mine angel (Ex. 23:23; 32:34)
(6) Angel of His presence (Isa. 63:9)
(7) Angel (Rev. 8:3-5; 10:1-11:3)
2. The word angel is used of common angels in Ps. 104:4
3. It is used of men in Rev. 1:1,20; 2:1,8,12,18; 3:1,7,14; 19:9,10; 22:6-8,16. In other places it is nearly always clear that common angels who are spirit beings and heavenly creatures are referred to.
1. The nature of angels. They are heavenly spirit beings with:
(1) Personal spirit bodies with bodily parts, as faces, and other parts which men have (Gen. 18:2,4,8; 19:1-22; Judg. 13:6).
104 Appearances of Angels to Men: To:
1 Hagar (2 times; Gen. 16:7-11; 21:17)
2 Abraham (3 times, Gen. 18:2; 22:11,15)
3 Lot and Sodomites (Gen. 19:1-22)
4 Jacob (3 times, Gen. 28:12; 31:11; 32:1)
5 Moses (Ex. 3:2)
6 Balaam (Num. 22:22-35)
7 Joshua (5:15; Ex. 23:20-23, 32:34)
8 Israel (Judg. 2:1-5)
9 Gideon (judg. 6:11-22)
10 Manoah's wife (Judg. 13:3-5)
11 Manoah and wife (Judg. 13:9-21)
12 David (II Sam. 24; 1 Chr. 21)
13 Elijah (4 times, I Kings 19:5-7; II Kings 1:3,15)
14 Elisha and servant (II Kings 6:16-17)
15 Assyrians (II Kings 19:35; Isa. 37:36 )
16 Hebrew children (Dan 3:25-28)
17 Nebuchadnezzar (Dan 3:24-25)
18 Daniel (5 times, 6:22; 8:16; 9:21; 10:5-21; 12:5-7)
19 Zechariah (7 times, 1:8-19; 2:3; 3:1-6; 4:1-5; 5:5-10; 6:4-5; 12:8)
20 Joseph (3 times, Mt. 1:20; 2:13,19)
21 Mary (Lk. 1:26-38)
22 Zacharias (Lk. 1:20-38)
23 Shepherds (Lk. 2:9-14)
24 Jesus (2 times, Mt 4:11; Luke 22:43
25 Women (Mt. 28:1-5)
26 Disciples (Acts 1:11)
27 Peter and John (Acts 5:19)
28 Philip (Acts 8:26)
29 Cornelius (Acts 10:3, 30-32)
30 Peter (Acts 12:7-11)
31 Paul (Acts 27:23)
32 John (52 angels in Revelation)
(2) personal souls with emotions (Lk. 15:1-10), passions (Gen. 6:1-4, notes; Jude 6-7), appetites (Gen. 18:8; 19:3); anger (Rev. 12:12; enmity (Gen. 3:15); lusts (Jn 8:44); vengeance (I Peter 5:8); desires (I Peter 1:12); pride (Ez. 28:17; I Tim. 3:6); and other soul passions, feelings and desires.
(3) Personal spirits with intelligence and wisdom (II Sam 14:20; 19:27; Mt. 24:36; Eph 3:10); patience (Num. 22:22-25); meekness (II Pet. 2:11; Jude 9); modesty (I Cor. 11:10); holiness (Mark 8:38; obedience (Ps. 103:20; Mt. 6:10); knowledge (Mk 13:32; I Pet 1:12); willpower (Isa. 14:12-14); ability to speak languages (I Cor. 13:1); and other spirit faculties.
2. GENERAL FACTS ABOUT ANGELS. They are glorious (Lk 9:26); immortal (Lk 20:36); powerful and mighty in body (Isa. 37:36; II Thess 1:7-10; Rev. 18:1; heavenly spirit beings (Ps. 104:4; Mt. 18:10; 22:30; 24:36; Heb. 1:14); NOT DEMONS (Acts 23:8-9); limited in knowledge (Mk. 13:32); and higher than man (Ps. 8:5).
They need no rest (Rev. 4:8); can eat food (Gen. 18:8; 19:3; Ps. 78:25); appear visible and invisible (Num. 22-22-35; Jn. 20:12; Heb. 13:2); operate in the material realms (Gen. 18:19, 22:11; II Sam. 24; II Kings 19:35; Acts 1:12); travel at inconceivable speed (Ez. 1; Rev. 8:13; 9:1); ascend and descend (Gen. 28:12; Jn 1:51); speak languages (I Cor 13:1); and can do anything man can do, including sin.
They were created by Christ before the earth (Job 38:4-7; Ps. 148:2-5; Col. 1:16); ARE NOT TO BE WORSHIPPED (Col. 2:18); are organized into principalities and powers with thrones (Col. 1:16; 2:18; Rom. 8:38; Eph 6:10-18; I Pet. 3:22); are innumerable (Lk. 2:13; Heb. 12:22); to be judged or ruled by saints (I Cor. 6:3); are subject to God (Mt. 22:30); interested in earthly affairs (Lk. 9:26; 15:7-10; I Tim 5:21; I Pet 1:12); and are being taught wisdom by the church (I Cor 4:9; Eph. 3:10). They desire to look into the things of salvation (I Pet. 1:10-12); observe us (I Cor 4:9); can cook (I Ki. 19:5-7); wear garments (Jn. 20:12); appear unawares (Heb 13:12); have been tested (Job 4:18, I Tim 5:21); dwell in heaven (Rev. 12:12; 13:6); stand before God (2 Chr. 18:18). Christ is better than angels (Heb. 1:5-2:16).
3 THE WORK OF ANGELS. They carry on work daily and meet responsibilities that only beings with personal bodies, souls and spirits are capable of.
(1) They drive spirit horses (II Ki. 2:12; 6:13-17; Zech. 1:7-11; 6:1-6)
(2) Guard gates (Rev. 21:12)
(3) Wage war in actual bodily combat (II Th. 1:7-10; Rev. 12:7-9)
(4) Execute judgements (Gen. 19; II Sam 24; II Ki. 19:35; II Chr. 32:21; Ps. 78:49; Mt. 13:41-42; Acts 12:23; Rev. 8:1-9:21; 15:1-16:2)
(5) Minister to saints (I Ki. 19:5-7; Dan. 6:22; Mt. 4:11; Acts 10; Heb. 1:14)
(6) Rule nations (Dan. 10:13-21; 12:1)
(7) Help each individual (Mt. 18:10)
(8) Sing, praise, and worship God (Ps. 103:20; 148:2; Lk. 2:13; Rev. 5:11)
(9) Strengthen in trial (Mt. 4:11; Lk. 22:43)
(10) LEAD SINNERS TO GOSPEL WORKERS (Acts 10:3)
(11) Direct preachers (Acts 8:26; 27:23)
(12) Appear in Dreams (Mt. 1:20-24; 2:13-19)
(13) Minister before God (Rev. 8:2; 14: 15-19)
(14) BIND SATAN (Rev. 20)
(15) GUARD THE ABYSS (Rev. 9:1; 20:1-3)
(16) REGATHER ISRAEL (Mt. 24:31)
(17) PROTECT SAINTS (Ps. 34:7; 91:11; Acts 12:7-10)
(18) Separate the good and the bad (Mt. 13:39-41)
(19) ACCOMPANY CHRIST TO EARTH (Mt. 16:27; 25:31); 2 Th. 1:7-10)
(20) Witness confessions (Lk. 15:8-9)
(21) RECEIVE DEPARTED SPIRITS (Lk. 16:22)
(22) Give laws (Acts 7:53; Heb. 2:2)
(23) GUARD THE TREE OF LIFE (Gen. 3:24)
(24) GIVE REVELATIONS (II Ki. 1:15; Dan. 8:19; 9:21-23; 10:10-20)
(25) IMPART GOD'S WILL (Acts 5:19-10, 10:1-6)
(26) BRING ANSWERS TO PRAYERS (Dan. 9:21-23; 10:12-13; Acts 10)
4 ANGELS ARE CALLED:
(1) Watchers (Dan. 4:13-23)
(2) Sons of the mighty (Ps. 89:6)
(3) Sons of God ( Gen. 6:1-4; Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7)
(4) Congregation of the mighty (Ps. 82:1)
(5) Saints (Ps. 89:7)
(6) Hosts (Ps. 33:6; 103:21; Lk. 2:13)
(7) Spirits (Heb. 1:14)
(8) The elect (I Tim 5:21)
5 SATANS ANGELS.
THEY ARE MADE SUBJECT TO CHRIST (I Pet 3:22); are sinful and rebellious (Job 4:18; II Pet. 2:4; Jude 6-7; Rev. 12:7-9); EVIL (Ps. 78:49); to be punished (Isa. 24:21-23; 25:7; Mt. 24:41); Jude 6-7; to be cast out of heaven (Rev. 12:7-9); WILL FIGHT AGAINST CHRIST AT ARMAGEDDON (Isa. 24:21-23; 25:7; Rev. 12:7-9; 19:11-21); ARE ORGANIZED INTO PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS (Eph. 1:21; 3:10; 6:10-17; Col. 2:10,15; Rev. 12:7-12). THEY DECEIVE MEN (II Cor. 11:14); OPPOSE SAINTS (Rom. 8:38; Eph. 6:10-18); FELL ORIGINALLY WITH LUCIFER (Isa. 14:12-14; Ez. 28:11-17; Mt. 24:41; Rev. 12:7-12); HELL IS PREPARED FOR THEM (Mt. 24:41).
6 THERE ARE TWO CLASSES OF FALLEN ANGELS: THOSE BOUND (2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6-7; Rev. 9:11,14; 11:7; 17:8 AND THOSE WHO ARE STILL LOOSE WITH SATAN AND WHO WILL BE CAST DOWN TO THE EARTH IN THE MIDDLE OF DANIEL'S 70TH WEEK IN THE FUTURE TRIBULATION (Rev. 12:7-12; Eph. 6:10-17).
REASON WHY SOME OF SATAN'S ANGELS ARE NOW BOUND (Gen. 6:1-4; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6-7).
DEMONS OR UNCLEAN SPIRITS (Ps. 106:37)
1 Definition and usage of the terms devil and demons. The word demon is not found in Scripture, but it means evil spirit or devil. The word devil is used of Satan, the prince of demons (Mt. 9:34; 12:24). He is the chief devil and the original source of evil in the universe. The Greek word for devil used in connection with Satan is diabolos, meaning adversary, false accuser, slanderer, devil. It is used of men and translated false accuser and slanderer in I Tim. 3:11; 2 Tim 3:3; Tit. 2:3. It is translated devil once as applying to Judas when he became an adversary of Christ (Jn. 6:70). In 34 other places it is translated devil and used of Satan as the chief adversary of God.
In the other 77 places where the words devil and devils are found, they refer to evil spirits or demons and are derived from the Greek words daimonion and daimon, meaning evil spirits or devils, and daimonizomai, to have or be possessed by a devil. There is only one prince of devils but many demons. He has an angelic body and cannot enter bodily into anyone else. Satan, as an angel, could not possibly enter bodily into Judas, for he has his own personal spirit body as big as a man. The so-called doctrine of interpenetration, that is, persons entering bodily into each other, is false. The Bible does speak of the Corinthians and Philippians being in Paul's heart (2 Cor. 7:3; Phil. 1:7); God being in Christ (2 Cor. 5:19); Christ being in God (Jn 14:20); God and Christ being in each other (Jn. 14:10-11); men being in both the Father and the Son (I Jn 2:24); men being in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17); men and the Spirit being in each other (Rom. 8:9); Christ being in men (Col. 1:27; Rom. 8:10); man and Christ being in each other (Jn. 14:20); all creation being in God (Acts 17:28); and Satan entering into men (Lk. 22:3; Jn. 13:27). However, these passages refer to being in union with, being consecrated to the same end---one in mind, purpose, and life. They do no teach bodily entrance of one being into another. It may be best understood by a man and woman becoming one in life together, being in each other's plans, life, etc. Hence, Satan entering into Judas simply means Judas submitted to Satan's temptation to betray Jesus. He became one with Satan, like men become one in spirit with God when joined to Him in consecration (I Cor. 6:17);
BUT, DEMONS ARE DISEMBODIED SPIRITS, and do not seem to be able to operate in the material world EXCEPT through possession of the bodies of men or beasts.
2 THE NATURE OF DEMONS. They are evil (Judg. 9:23; I Sam. 18:9-10); intelligent and wise (I Ki. 22:22-24; Acts 16:16); powerful (Mk. 5:1-18); disembodied spirits (Rev. 16:13-16); NOT ANGELS (Acts 23:8-9); NOT HUMAN, for they possess mean and can be cast out (Mt. 10:8; Mk. 16:17); and are individuals (Mk. 16:9). They have knowledge (Mt. 8:29; Lk 4:41; Acts 19:15); faith (Jas. 2:19); feelings (Mt. 8:29; Mk. 5:7); fellowship (I Cor. 10:20-21); doctrines (I Tim 4:1); wills (Mt. 12:43-45); MIRACULOUS POWERS (Rev. 16:13-16); emotions (Acts 8:7); desires (Mt. 8:28-31); and other soul and spirit faculties.
3 THE WORK OF DEMONS. They possess people and cause: dumbness and deafness (Mt. 9:32-33; Mk. 9:25); blindness (Mt. 12:22); grievous vexation (Mt. 15:22); lunacy and mania (Mt. 4:23-24; 17:14-21; Mk. 5:1-18); uncleanness (called unclean spirits 20 times; Lk. 4:36); supernatural strength (Mk. 5:1-18); suicide (Mt. 17:16; Jn. 10:10); convulsions (Mk. 9:20); lusts (Jn. 8:44; Eph. 2:1-3; I Jn. 2:15-17); COUNTERFEIT WORSHIP (Lev. 17:7; Dt. 32:17; 2 Chr. 11:15; Ps. 106:37; I Cor. 10:20; Rev. 9:20); error (I Jn. 4:1-6; I Tim. 4:1); sicknesses and diseases (Mt. 4:23-24; Acts 10:38); torments (Mt. 4:23-24; 15:22); deceptions (I Tim. 4:1-2; I Jn. 4:1-6); lying (I Ki. 22:21-24); enchantments and witchcraft (2 Chr. 33:6); heresies (I tim. 4:1); wickedness (Lk. 11:26); fear (2 Tim. 1:7); love of world (I Jn. 2:15-17; I Cor. 2:12); bondage (Rom. 8:15); discord (I Kings 22:21-24); Mt. 13:36-43); violence (Mt. 17:15); betrayals (Jn. 13:2, I King 22:21-23); oppression (Acts 10:38); SIN (Jn 8:44; 1 Jn 3:8); persecution (I Pet. 5:8; Rev. 2:10); jealousy (I Sam. 16:14; 18:8-10); FALSE PROPHECY (I Sam 18:8-10; I Ki. 22:21-24); and every other evil they possibly can, to work against man and God.
4 THEY CAN TEACH (I Tim. 4:1); steal (Mt. 13:19; Lk 8:12); fight (Eph. 4:27; 6:10-18; I Pet 5:8); BECOME FIERCE AND WRATHFUL (Mt. 8:28; Rev. 12:12); TELL FORTUNES (Lev. 20:27; Acts 16:16); BE FRIENDLY (called FAMILIAR SPIRITS) 16 TIMES; Lev. 20:6, 27; go out and come back into men as they will, UNLESS CAST OUT AND REJECTED (Mt. 12:43-45); travel (I Ki. 22:21-24); Mk 5:7, 12); speak (Mk. 1:34; 5:12; Acts 8:7); IMITATE DEPARTED DEAD (2 Sam 28:3-9; I Chr. 10:13; Isa. 8:19; Dt. 18:11); and do many other things when in possession of bodies they are permitted to operate through.
5 THEY ARE CALLED DEVILS (Mk. 16:17); familiar spirits (Lev. 20:6); unclean spirits (Mk. 1:27); evil spirits (Lk. 7:21); and seducing spirits (I Tim. 4:1)
6 GENERAL FACTS ABOUT DEMONS. THEY ARE SUBJECT TO CHRIST and MADE SUBJECT TO BELIEVERS BY THE ATONEMENT , THE NAME OF JESUS, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT (Mt. 8:16-17; 12:28; Mk. 16;17; Lk. 10:17; Acts 19:15). Thousands of them can enter into and take possession of one man at the same time (Mk. 5:9) . THEY MUST BE DISCERNED, TESTED, RESISTED, AND REJECTED BY BELIEVERS (I Jn. 4:1-6; I Cor. 12:10; Eph 4:27; 6:10-18; I Pet. 5:8-9). They have more than ordinary intelligence (Mt. 8:29). THEIR RIGHTFUL PLACE IS IN THE ABYSS (Lk. 8:31; Rev. 9:1-21). They have personality (Lk. 8:26-33); are disembodied (Mt. 12:43-45); are Satan's emissaries (Mt. 12: 26-29); and are numerous (Mk 5:9). THEY CAN ENTER into and control both men and beasts (Mk. 5:1-18) and seek embodiment (Mt. 12:43-45; Lk. 8:32). DEMON POSSESSION AND DEMON INFLUENCE ARE DIFFERENT (mt. 4:23-24 with 16:21-23). DEMONS KNOW THEIR FATE (Mt. 8:31-32) and RECOGNIZE THOSE WHO HAVE POWER OVER THEM (Acts 19:13-17). THEY FEAR GOD (Jas. 2:19); INFLICT PHYSICAL MALADIES (Mt. 12:22; 17:15-18); WAGE WAR ON SAINTS (Eph. 6:10-18); and INFLUENCE MEN (I Tim 4:1-5; 2 Pet 2:10-12). All unbelievers are more or less in league with them (Eph. 2:1-3). The only resources against them are PRAYER, BODILY CONTROL, AND THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD (Mt. 17:21; Eph 6:10-18).
There are demon spirits for every sickness, unholy trait, and DOCTRINAL ERROR known among men. They must be cast out or resisted in order to experience relief from them. Disease germs, which are closely allied with unclean spirits, are really living forms of corruption which come into the bodies of men bringing them to death. Just as refuse breeds maggots, so man in his fallen state of corruption breeds germs through unclean living and contact with corruption in the fallen world. THEY ARE AGENTS OF SATAN, CORRUPTING THE BODIES OF HIS VICTIMS.
7 TRAFFIC WITH DEMON SPIRITS IS FORBIDDEN IN BOTH TESTAMENTS (Lev. 19:31; 20:6; Dt. 18:10; I Chr. 10:13-14; Isa. 8:19; Lk. 4:41; Acts 16:16, I Tim. 4:1-5; 2 Pet. 2:1-3; 1 Jn. 4:1-6). "
WHAT HE IS NOT
Satan is NOT evil principle, an error of the mortal mind, a disease germ, an abstract power, or a being with hoofs, horns, tail, and Persian shoes, holding a pitchfork and presiding over a lake of fire and the realm of the dead.
WHAT HE IS
1. Satan is a real person (I Chr. 21:1; Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7; Ps. 109.6; Zech. 3:1-2; I Pet. 5:8-9; Rev. 12:7-12)
2. Jesus Christ dealt with him as with a person (Mt. 4:1-11; Lk. 4:1-13)
3. Jesus Christ waged war on Satan as on a person (Lk. 13:16; Acts 10:38; 1 Jn. 3:8)
4. Christ taught that satan was a real person (Lk. 10:18; Rev. 12:7-12; 13:1-4; 20:1-10)
5. The apostles fought with satan as with a real person (Eph. 6:10-18; I Th. 2:18; I Pet. 5:8-9)
6. The apostles warned men against a personal devil (Eph. 4:27; 6:11; Jas. 4:7; I Pet. 5:8-9)
7. Personal singular pronouns are used of satan (Mt. 4:7-11; 12:26; Lk. 11:18)
8. Personal statements are made to him (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7; Isa. 14:12-14; Ez. 28:11-17; Zech. 3:1-2; Mt. 4:1-10; Jude 9)
9. Personal conversation is carried on with him (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7; Isa. 14:12-14; Mt. 4:1-10; Jude 9)
10. Personal descriptions are given of him (Isa. 14:12-14; Ez. 28:11-17)
11. Personal names and titles are given to him:
(1) Lucifer (Isa. 14:12-14)
(2) Devil and Satan (Rev. 12:9)
(3) Beelzebub (Mt. 10:25; 12:24)
(4) Belial (2 Cor. 6:15)
(5) Adversary (I Pet. 5:8-9)
(6) Dragon (Rev. 12:3-12; 13:1-4; 20:1-3)
(7) Serpent (2 Cor. 11:3; Rev. 12:9)
(8) god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4)
(9) The prince of this world (Jn. 12:31)
(10) Prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:1-3)
(11) Accuser of our brethern (Rev. 12:10)
(12) Enemy (Mt. 13:39)
(13) Tempter (Mt. 4:3)
(14) The wicked one (Mt. 13:19,38)
(15) That wicked one (1 Jn. 5:18)
12. Personal acts and attributes are ascribed to him NOTE: this will be dealt with below under THE WORK OF SATAN.
13. He is an angel with a body, soul, and spirit like all other angels (Ez.. 28:11-17; Rev. 12:7-12)
14. He is described as a most beautiful creature who fell through personal pride over his own beauty (Ez. 28:11-17; I Tim 3:6)
15. He has been seen with a body (I Chr. 21:1; Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7; Ps. 109:6; Zech. 3:1-2; Mt. 4:1-11; Rev. 20:1-3)
16. He will be bound bodily with a chain and cast into a prison (Rev. 20:1-3)
17. He has a heart (Isa. 14:12-14); pride (Ez. 28:17; I Tim. 3:6); speech (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7; Mt. 4:1-11); knowledge (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7; Mt. 4:1-11; Rev. 12:12); power (Job 1:6-22; 2:1-7; Acts 10:38; 26:18; 2 Th 2:8-12; Rev. 13:1-4); desires (Lk. 22:31); lusts (Jn. 8:44; Eph. 2:1-3); and many other bodily parts, soul passions, and spirit faculties
18. He goes from place to place in a body like anyone else (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7; Mt. 4:10-11; Mk. 4:15)
19. He has a kingdom (Mk. 3:22-26)
20. He has access to heaven (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-6; Rev. 12:9-12)
21. He is a great celestial and terrestrial ruler (Jn. 12:21; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:2; 6:10-18)
22. He rules the business, social, political, and religious activities of the majority of mankind.
23. His realm is divided into organized principalities and powers in the heavenlies (Dan. 10:12-11:1; Mt. 12:24-30; Eph. 6:10-12)
24. His subjects are fallen angels, fallen men, and demons of various kinds (Mt. 25:41; Jn. 8:44; Jas. 2:19; 1 Jn. 3:8-10; Rev. 12:7-12)
25. He is head of some religions and is a leader in religious affairs (2 Cor. 11:14; 2:9; 3:9)
THE ORIGIN OF SATAN
Satan was created by Christ along with other beings, principalities and powers in heaven and earth (Job 38:4-7; Ez. 28:11-17; Col. 1:15-18)
SATAN FIRST RULER OF EARTH
According to Isa. 14:12-14; Jer. 4:23-26; Ez. 28:11-17; Lk. 10:18; 2 Pet. 3:4-8 and other passages, Satan, known as Lucifer had a kingdom on earth LONG BEFORE the 6 days of Gen. 1:3-25 and the creation of Adam. These passages reveal that he fell, led an invasion into heaven and was defeated. At that time the earth was cursed and all life destroyed by the first flood, as in Gen. 1:2. Satan regained rulership over the earth in Adamís day, usurping manís dominion by causing his fall. His relationship to man through the ages has been that of a usurper; and as long as man tolerates his dictatorship, that long will he remain subject to Satan. Each man can now, by the power of the gospel, defeat Satan and rid himself of all demon relationship. This is what God demands, and He has provided means whereby it can be attained (Mk. 16:17-18; Lk. 10:19; 24:49; Acts 1:8; Eph. 6:10-18; Jas. 4:7; I Pet. 5:8-9). Satanís present position as ruler of this worldís system and as the prince of this world will be ended forever when Christ comes (Rev. 19-20), and man will again inherit the earth and live in it forever.
THE FALL OF SATAN
We have several plain scriptures describing this. He fell through pride over his own beauty (Ez. 28:11-17; I Tim 3:6), and trying to exalt himself above God (Isa. 14:12-14).
THE WORK OF SATAN
In general, his work is to oppose God whenever possible. For this reason his work varies in some respects with the purposes of God in different ages and dispensations. In O.T. times Satanís great work was to cause the fall of man, usurp his dominion, and try to prevent the coming of the Messiah into the world in order to avert his own defeat and pending doom..
26 BRANCHES OF SATANíS WORK
(1) He IS the deceiver of ALL men (2 Cor. 11:14; Rev. 12:9; 20:1-10)
(2) He exercised the power of death until Christ conquered death, hell, and the grave (Heb. 2:14; Rev. 1:18)
(3) He IS the leader of ALL sinners and backsliders of the human race (1 Jn. 3:8-10; I Tim. 5:15), and all spirit rebels (Mt. 9:34; Eph. 6:10-18)
(4) He causes ALL sickness, disease, and physical and mental maladies in the human race (Lk. 13:16; Acts 10:38)
(5) Takes advantage of ALL diversities of men to further their rebellion and hold them captive (2 Cor. 2:11; I Tim. 1:20; 5:11-15)
(6) Tempts men (Mk. 1:13; I Cor. 7:5)
(7) Provokes to sin (I Chr. 21:1)
(8) CAUSES OFFENSE (Mt. 16:23)
(9) TRANSFORMS HIMSELF INTO AN ....ANGEL OF LIGHT... (NOT MORNING STAR AS DEPICTED IN NEWER VERSIONS OF BIBLE!!!) (2 Cor. 11:14)
(10) Resists others (Zech. 3:1-2)
(11) Enters into union with others against God (Lk. 22:3; Jn. 13:2)
(12) Sends messengers to defeat saints (2 Cor. 12:7)
(13) Hinders the gospel (Acts 13:10; I Th. 2:18)
(14) Steals the Word of God from men lest they should believe it (Mt. 13:19; Lk. 8:12)
(15) *****WORKS MIRACLES***** (2 Th. 2:9) (Deceiving)
(16) Contends with messengers of God; endeavoring to hold them captive (Dan. 10:12-21; Jude
(17) HINDERS answers to prayer (Dan. 10:12-21)
(18) Sets snares for men to fall into sin (I Tim. 3:7; 2 Tim. 2:26)
(19) Causes diversion and blinds men to the gospel (2 Cor. 4:4)
(20) Causes double-mindedness (Jas. 1:5-9)
(21) Causes doubt and unbelief (Gen. 3:4-5; Rom. 14:23)
(22) Causes darkness and oppression (2 Cor. 4:4; 2 Pet. 1:4-9)
(23) Causes deadness and weakness (Heb. 6:1; 9:14)
(24) Causes delay and compromise (Acts 24:25; 26:28)
(25) CAUSES DIVISION AND STRIFE (I Cor. 3:1-3; I Pet 5:8)
(26) Makes war on the saints (Eph. 6:10-18)
WAR ON THE SAINTS
The greatest and most important work of Satan among men now is to counterfeit the doctrines and experiences of God as revealed in Scripture, in order to deceive saints (2 Cor. 11:14-15; Eph. 6:10-18; I Tim. 4:1-7); Rev. 12:9-12). Men are commanded to prove and test all doctrines and experiences in the supernatural realm to see if they are of God or of Satan (I Cor. 2:12-16; Phil. 1:9-10; I Th. 5:21-22; 1 John 4:1-6). It is certain that every religion, doctrine, and experience among men cannot be of God. We must, therefore, judge them by the plain written Word of God. The knowledge of truth is the first essential in warfare against demons and error. Great is the danger when believers accept anything and everything in the realm of the supernatural as being from the Lord. The fact that the believer is a child of God does not stop the devil from trying in every conceivable way to imitate God to him. BELIEVERS ARE THE ONES SATAN CONCENTRATES ON AND WARS AGAINST.
There are definite ways outlined in Scripture whereby one can detect what kind of spirit is seeking to control him. But if one neglects to study the Word he may fall prey to one of Satanís demons through ignorance. It must be realized that ignorance is NO GUARANTEE AGAINST WORKINGS OF EVIL SPIRITS. In fact, one of the chief means by which Satan and his forces try to control men is through ignorance. It accounts for their widespread success in getting men to accept their suggestions, doctrines, ideas, leadings, and guidance. Among the guiding principles useful in detecting good and evil spirits, and their operations and doctrines, the outstanding ones are these:
1. Any doctrine that denies or causes doubt and unbelief concerning anything taught in Scripture is from Satan and his demons (I Tim. 4:1-8). Any religion denying the inspiration of the Bible; the reality of God as a person; the virgin birth an divinity of Christ; His miraculous power and supernatural ministry; the death, burial, bodily resurrection, and bodily manifestation of Christ after His resurrection; the bodily ascension to heaven and coming again of Jesus Christ to set up a kingdom in the world forever; the necessity of the new birth, cleansing from sin and living free from sin; and the numerous other experiences of the Bibleóany religion denying these fundamental truths is yielding to "the spirit of error" and not "the spirit of truth" (I Jn. 4:1-6)
2. Any power, influence, or doctrine that causes one to become passive, inactive, submissive, and unresisting to the workings of supernatural spirits seeking to control his life contrary to the teachings of Scripture, is not of God. The Bible says, "Resist the devil" (Jas. 4:7; I Pet. 5:8-9). An inclination to approve sin and ignore the necessity of repentance and holy living, and a tendency to remove the penalty for sin or doubt that hell is literal and eternal, is promoted by Satan, not God. Just as God requires truth in the mind for the true working of the Holy Spirit in a life, so the devil requires the believing of lies in the minds of men to hold them in bondage. See 1 Cor. 6:9-11; 10:12-13; 2 Cor. 11:3-15; Gal. 5:19-21; 6:7-8; Eph. 6:10-18; I Tim. 4:1-9; Jas. 1:22; 2:10.
3. The Holy Spirit can be recognized by the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance (Gal. 5:22-23)
6 EARMARKS OF HOLY SPIRIT MANIFESTATION
(1) A Christ-like spirit of love, patience, and faith in God
(2) Soberness and keenest of spirit vision
(3) Deep humility of heart and meekness of spirit, with a lion-like courage against sin, sickness, poverty, disease, discouragement, failure, and everything else causing defeat in the Christian life.
(4) Absolute clearness of the mental faculties and intelligent action in carrying out Bible instructions concerning known duty and personal life as a Christian.
(5) Freedom from faultfinding, surmising, whispering, and slander; and freedom from all the works of the flesh listed in Mk. 7:19-21; Rom. 1:24-32; I Cor 6:9-11; Gal. 5:19-21; Col. 3:5-10
(6) Freedom from any ignorance concerning the divine will. When one is moved upon to act quickly and urgently without knowing whether the act will glorify God or not, it is better to wait and pray until it is clear beyond all doubt that God approves such action. Always remember that I Jn. 4:1 commands, "try the spirits whether they are of God."
THE CHARACTER OF SATAN
The names and various descriptions of Satan reveal his true character as follows:
1. He is the enemy of all good and the accuser of God and man (Ez. 28:11-17; Mt. 13:28; Rev. 12:9- 12)
2. The father of lies (Jn. 8:44)
3. A murderer (Jn. 8:44)
4. A sower of discord (Mt. 13:39)
5. An adversary (I Pet. 5:809)
6. The first sinner, the first rebel, and the first to consecrate himself to self-gratification and to wage war against all society (Isa. 14:12-14; Ez. 28:11-17; Rev. 12:9; 20:7-10)
7. He is cunning (2 Cor. 2:11; 11:14; Eph. 6:11-12)
8. Wicked (Mt. 13:18,38; Jn. 8:44; I Jn. 3:8; 5:18)
9. Malignant (Lk. 8:12; 2 Cor. 4:4; I Pet. 5:8-9)
10. Cowardly (Jas. 4:7)
11. Tempter (Mt. 4:1-11)
12. Thief (Jn. 10:10)
13. Without principle in taking advantage of men in their weak moments (Mt. 4:1-11; Lk. 22:40; 2 Cor. 2:11; 11:3); in tempting men after great success (Jn. 6:15); in suggesting the use of right things in a wrong way and at a wrong time (Mt. 4:1-11); in slandering God to man and man to God (Gen. 3:1; Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7); in appearing as an angel of light (NOT THE MORNING STAR OR DAY STAR AS DEPICTED IN NEWER VERSIONS) to deceive (2 Cor. 11:14); and in deluding his followers as to their eternal end (2 Th. 2:8-12; Rev. 12:9; 20:7-10)
14. Presumptuous (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7)
15. Proud (Ez. 28:17; I Tim. 3:6)
16. Deceitful (2 Cor. 11:14; Rev. 12:9; 20:10)
17. Fierce and cruel (Lk. 8:29; 9:39; I Pet. 5:8-9)
18 Aggressive (Eph. 4:27; 6:10-18; I Pet. 5:8-9) Satan has never been known to be merciful, good, loving, kind, gentle, pitiful, patient, or to have ANY of the graces of God and man. In Scripture, he is compared to a fowler (Ps. 91:3); fowls (Mt. 13:4, 19); a wolf (Jn. 10:12); a destroyer (Jn. 10:10); a roaring lion (I Pet. 5:8-9); a serpent (Rev. 12:9; 20:3); and a dragon (Rev. 12:3-12)
METHODS OF SATAN
1. He uses every conceivable means to hold men in subjection to himself and keep them from turning to God. If he fails in this, he tries to kill the believerís testimony and ruin his influence for God.
2. If one falls he tries to make him stay fallen or commit suicide. He endeavors to cause men to end their lives by insisting it is the best way out; but he hides the true fact that this will be only the beginning of real torment in eternal hell.
3. Satan tries to get others in a lukewarm condition and, if he succeeds, urges them to stay in that condition so that God will cut them off in the end.
4. He dares men to do many things which they would not do under ordinary circumstances; and men are foolish enough to think they are not brave if they do not accept his dares.
5. Makes people think they are missing everything in life if they do not go into all kinds of sins which, in the end, will damn their souls.
6. Emphasizes sin and sinful pleasures as innocent enjoyment.
7. Stirs unholy passions in men and women, causing them to throw away all restraint and live a life of revelry.
8. Tries to make people think there is no joy in serving the Lord. This is one of his greatest errors. Serving Christ and winning souls who will be thankful forever pays the greatest dividends and affords the greatest pleasures known!
9. Preaches to the diligent in business that he needs to take all his time for getting rich before serving the Lord; while the fact is that if one will truly serve the Lord, he can be abundantly prosperous with Godís help.
10. Urges churches and their leaders to make religion a paying proposition by appealing to the rich and influential through lowering the standards of holy living, making salvation easy for all, and compromising essentials of the faith; and b feeding the sheep messages on current events and book reviews instead of the infallible Word of God.
GODíS PURPOSE IN ALLOWING SATAN TO CONTINUE
1. To develop character and faith in the believer (Jas. 1:12; I Pet. 1:7-13; 5:8-9; 2 Pet. 1:4-9; Jude 20-24)
2. To keep the believer humble (2 Cor. 12:7)
3. To provide a conflict for saints that they may be rewarded through overcoming (I Jn. 2:13; 4:1-6;
Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 26-28; 3:5, 12, 21)
4. To demonstrate the power of God over the power of Satan (Mk. 16:17-20; I Cor. 4:9; Eph. 2:7; 3:10)
5. To use him in afflicting people to ring them to repentance (I Cor. 5:1-6; 2 Cor. 2:5-11; Job 33:14-30)
6. To purge man of all possibility of falling in the eternal future (Rev. 21)
THE DOOM OF SATAN
1. Predicted in Gen. 3:15
(1) At the 1st advent (Jn. 19:30; Col. 2:14-17)
(2) At te 2nd advent (Rev. 20:1-3)
(3) At the battle of Gog and Magog (Rev. 20:7-10
The purpose of the thousand-year reign of Christ after the 2nd advent will be to suppress all rebellion (I Cor. 15:24-28); and the final defeat of Satan and his hosts at the end of that period (the Millennium) must be accomplished before the earth is entirely rid of rebels. They must be confined to the lake of fire forever before rebellion is finally and eternally overcome. The earth will be purified by fire and made perfect the 3rd time; and the kingdom of God will be universal over all free moral agents, as it was before rebellion was started by Satan and Adam in their respective kingdoms.
DUTY OF SAINTS REGARDING SATAN
When one is born again he enters the realm of the supernatural and spiritual ; he should begin a study of the Bible to see what it teaches regarding how he should walk and conduct himself in spiritual warfare with Satan and demons. Saints are to:
1. Put on the whole armour of God (Eph. 6:11-18)
2. Know Satanís devices (2 Cor. 2:11)
3. Give him no place (Eph. 4:27)
4. Resist him (Jas. 4:7; I Pet. 5:8-9)
5. Be sober and vigilant lest he devour them (I Pet 5:8-9)
6. Overcome him by the Word (Mt. 4:1-11; I Jn. 2:14)
7. Overcome him by the blood of Christ and testimony (Rev. 12:11)
8. Overcome him by Christ and His name (Jesus Christ) (Eph. 1:19-22; 2:6; 2 Cor. 2:15)
9. Overcome him by birth of the Spirit and faith (I Jn. 2:29; 3:9; 5:1-4, 18)
10. Overcome him by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:1-13; Gal. 5:15-26)."
In closing, my prayer for those of you visiting this site is:
Father, in the Name of Jesus Christ, Your Son who was crucified and rose again I pray that you will remove the spiritual scales from those who come to this forum seeking whether knowingly or unknowingly. I pray for their salvation. I ask that You cover each and every one with the Blood of Your precious Son, Jesus Christ, surround them with Your Hedge of Protection and Your Holy Wall of Fire. In Jesus precious Name, I praise and give you all the glory. Father, in the Name of Jesus Christ Your Son I bind every demon in hell that has a mission, an assignment against each and every person who attend this forum and pray that You protect everyone from every dart of the enemy. In Jesus Name, AMEN. God Bless, Libby