From the book “THE TRUTH ABOUT ANGELS”
by Terry LAW
The Rise and Fall of Lucifer
Do you believe in the existence of Satan? Fallen angels? Demons? A Time pollshowed that 49 percent of Americans believe that evil angels exist.2 So the other half believes either that there are no supernatural beings or that supernatural beings are only good. Some Christians believe that bad angels exist but that only good angels can impact their lives.
Unfortunately, belief does not make anything true or false. All belief does is influence the way you deal with a truth or a falsehood. Sincerity is no substitute for truth. To the question, Does Satan exist?, the Bible answers affirmatively.
Seven books of the Old Testament and every writer in the New Testament refer to Satan. Of the twenty-nine specific references in the New Testament, Jesus is speaking in twenty-five of them. To reject something as false that Jesus Himself accepted as true, including angels, is to deny the authority of the Bible and to impugn the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.3
The reason why Christians today tend to discount Satan is because of the delusion caused by the stereotypical images of him developed since the Middle Ages. Greek mythology has strongly influenced the image Christians have of the devil and angels. According to Boice, the church in the Middle Ages developed a symbolic image of Satan to convey biblical truths to a mostly illiterate population.4
The result was a translation of the pagan satyr-—a half-human, half-beast figure—into the Christian devil. Instead of becoming a symbol, however, that caricature became our image of Satan—a figure in a red suit with horns, a tail, cloven hooves, and carrying a pitchfork.
In the twentieth century, the devil has been transformed into the sophisticated Mephistopheles of the eighteenth-century German play Faust. This image became the modern stereotype. In this persona, the devil usually is very good-looking, has dark hair, a suave manner, and a debonair mustache. Neither stereotype fits the biblical picture of Satan, and both are easy for people to discount as unbelievable.
The authors of The Foundations of Pentecostal Theology wrote that this tendency to speak of the devil as a figure of speech, a metaphorical personification of evil, or a delusion of unsound minds only occurs in Christian lands.5 People in non-Christian lands have no problem believing in wicked supernatural beings.
It is important to understand the reality of Satan and just who he is: the father of lies and essence of evil. He is the first and chief sinner.
Chafer wrote, "The fall of this mighty angel was not a compromise between good and evil. He became the embodiment of evil and wholly void of good." What's more, we should not elevate him to an evil equivalent of God.6 The Bible shows that Satan is very limited, and he is never given a position equal to God.
God knows all things, but Satan does not. Nor does Satan know the future.
[NOT SO IN REALLITY - HE CAN UNDERSTAND THE PROPHECIES OF THE BIBLE JUST AS MUCH AS HUMANS CAN, EVEN BETTER THAN MOST HUMANS. HE KNOWS WHAT’S COMING TO FULFILL END TIME PROPHECY, BUT IS SO DECEIVED HE STILL THINKS HE CAN WIN IN THE LONG-RUN - Keith Hunt]
His one advantage over man is having observed human nature for millennia. Therefore, as long as man acts out of the flesh—the Adamic fallen nature—Satan can predict and influence what we do. The way to keep the devil from knowing our business is always to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. The redeemed nature of man is something Satan has never been able to understand.
Satan cannot be in more than one place at one time as God can. He has to delegate assignments to his followers.
Satan's power is limited to what he was given when he was created. It is nothing compared to God's. Much of Satan's "power" always has consisted in influencing people to do his evil works. However, he has absolute sovereignty over fallen angels and demons.
The Problem of the Origin of Evil
There is a classic problem with the origin of evil: God is wholly good and cannot have created anything that is not good. This leads to the questions most of us have asked at one time or another.
How could a perfect, holy being fall?
How could the first unholy affection arise in an angelic being?
Where would the will get its first impulse to turn from God?
Theissen wrote, "It is helpful to remember that the creature originally had what the Latin theologians called ‘ability posse peccare, etposse nonpeccare,’ that is (the ability) to sin and not to sin.'"7
We call that ability freedom of choice, or the ability to choose. We are not told when this "fall" occurred. However, it had to have been before the Fall of man because Satan already was a deceptive, wicked being in the Garden of Eden. (See Ezekiel 28:11-19; Isaiah 14:4-17.)
Augustine dealt with the problem of the existence of evil in his fifth-century book, The City of God. His conclusion was that good may exist on its own, but evil cannot. Therefore, evil is simply a perversion of something that was originally good.8
That is why Satan has never created anything. He perverts, distorts, copies, and destroys. Evil cannot stand alone but must have good as a beginning foundation. Therefore, Augustine reasoned, evil is a choice, not an original part of the nature of creation.
Another "question of the ages" accompanies any discussion about evil: Why does God allow it? All evil must exist only by divine permission. Therefore, evil is under divine limitations—or the human race would have been destroyed in Noah's day when the "end of all flesh" came before God (Gen. 6:12-13). The flood only cleansed the earth of those whose natures had been corrupted by their choices. Evil had destroyed the earth, except for Noah and his family.
[THE TRUTH OF NOAH’S FLOOD BEING WORLD-WIDE IS A FALSE TEACHING. THIS IDEA IS GONE INTO IN DETAIL TO SHOW THE FLOOD OF NOAH WAS NOT ALL OVER THE EARTH. I BELEIVE THAT STUDY IS UNDER
I have found Chafer's explanation of why evil exists to be the best. It becomes clear that Satan's determination-—which constituted his initial sin—to build a vast structure of independent relationships around himself as the center and wholly autonomous with respect to the Creator... was permitted of God to be tested experimentally to its bitter end.
God could have hindered him, but He rather allowed Satan to take the course he desired to follow, and to allow that course to become, in the end, the ground of its own universal condemnation.
When Satan and his theory come up for final judgment and execution, "every mouth will be stopped" (Rom. 3:19) and all will be guilty….in the light of the colossal failure of the whole enterprise. The lie will be conceded to be a lie?
Apparently God, out of respect for man's free will, feels it is important to demonstrate for all eternity that any way but His way does not work. In the end, the presence of evil will never again affect the universe: no more sickness, poverty, sin, warfare, or death. The father of evil will have become a sneer and a byword to all creation (Isa. 14:16-17).
In the meantime, we must live in a world affected by Satan, so we need to be able to answer these questions: What kind of character or nature does Satan have? What is his personality?
[THE TRUTH OF EVIL IS SHOCKING TO MOST CHRISTIANS, SO THEY DO NOT EVEN THINK OF ITS ORIGIN. HENCE THEY WILL READ NOT OR JUST GO RIGHT OVER IT WITHOUT THINKING. THE VERSE IS FOUND IN ISAIAH 45:7 “I CREATE EVIL…” YES GOD SAYS IT….. HE CREATED EVIL! DID GOD SIT DOWN AND SAY, “I WANT TO CREATE EVIL” - OF COURSE NOT; GOD FORBID SUCH AN IDEA; BUT AS HE IS THE MASTER CONTROLLER OF EVERYTHING IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE, PHYSICAL AND SPIRIT, HE COULD HAVE SAID NO EVIL, NO SIN AGAINST MY HOLY CHARACTER WILL EVER BE ALLOWED; HENCE NO FREE AGENT IN SPIRIT BEINGS OR HUMANS WOULD EVER HAVE EXISTED OR MADE. OBVIOUSLY SUCH WAS NOT THE CASE. SO GOD THEN TAKES RESPONSIBILITY FOR EVILK AND SIN TO EXIST. HE ALLOWS IT AS HE CREATED FREE WILL AGENCY. IN THAT SENSE HE SAYS HE CREATED EVIL - Keith Hunt]
The Names of Satan
The more than forty names by which he is called in Scripture give us glimpses into Satan's character and personality.10 However, the "root" of his identity is pride, self-will, and rebellion intertwined. Together these characteristics spell "independence" from God, or a spirit of lawlessness.
Names that concern aspects of his position are:
Anointed Cherub Who Covers and Lucifer, "son of the morning" (past)
Prince of Demons (present)
Names that concern his character are:
* Devil, which signifies slanderer, or "one who trips up," used thirty-five times
* Old serpent, meaning "subtle or crafty"
* Great dragon—a terrifying and destructive beast
* The evil one—in Greek this name means "one not satisfied to be corrupt in himself, but who seeks to corrupt others."
* Abaddon, which means "destroyer"
* Murderer and liar, the father of lies, and the father of unbelievers, by inference (John 8:44)
* Beelzebub, which originally meant "lord of the flies" but later was changed by the Jews to "lord of the dunghill," where flies like to congregate (Matt. 10:25)
* Wicked, evil, or lawless one
* One who comes "as" a roaring lion—in other words, one who attempts to paralyze you with fear by his roar so he can overtake and devour you.
Names that convey a sense of his activities include:
* Satan, the opposer of God's program, God's will, and God's people, which is used some fifty-six times, accentuating his activities as the chief adversary
* Tempter, accuser, deceiver, spirit that works in the sons of disobedience
* Angel of light, the greatest deceptive role Satan plays
Other names referring to him show his present dominion
* Ruler of this world, meaning his power over the world order or the world's systems (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11). The Greek word archon, translated "ruler," literally means "a political ruler."
* Prince of the power of the air, suggesting his rulership over the fallen angels. Ephesians 6:12 shows that there is a highly organized army behind the world's systems.
* God of this age. "Age" is the Greek word aion, which often means the prevailing thought of a certain era. So the implication of this name is "god of culture."
How did Satan acquire these titles?
In The Triumphant Church, Hagin wrote that if people could understand Satan is the "god of this world," it would clear up a lot of confusion about why evil exists! Hagin said evil has become so prevalent that some people think the universe is fundamentally evil and that God created evil. Hagin and others believe that the following steps occurred to make Satan "god of the cosmos" for a limited time.11
[SO HAGIN HAS DONE WHAT MOST HAVE DONE….. READ RIGHT OVER ISIAH 45:7…..IF HE’S EVEN REARD IT. I DID NOT WRITE IT, THE WORDS “I CREATE EVIL” HAS BEEN THERE FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS. WHY GOD CAN SAY THAT I’VE JUST EXPLAINED ABOVE - Keith Hunt]
God gave mankind, through Adam, "dominion" over the earth as recorded in Genesis 1:26 and 28. The Bible does not say that God gave mankind the earth, only the rule over it (Ps. 8:4-6). The earth and its fullness belong to God (Ps. 24:1; 50:12). Chafer pointed out that though creation itself was affected by the Fall, it still remained under God's ownership.12
At the Fall, Adam's dominion was forfeited to Satan (Rom. 5:14). We know Satan did not have authority over the earth before Adam "gave" it to him, because in Ezekiel 28:16-18 and Luke 10:18 we are told that Satan lost his authority when he rebelled against God.
Even after Jesus defeated Satan on the cross, Satan was still called the "god of this world" (2 Cor. 4:4). Satan retains the authority he usurped from man until God establishes His kingdom on the earth.
If Satan were not the god of this world's systems, his offer to give Jesus the kingdoms of the world would have been no temptation (Luke 4:5-7).
Jesus, as all man and all God, now owns the earth and is the real King of kings and Lord of lords (Rev. 17:14). However, He will not take over completely until Adam's lease runs out. Then Satan's dominion will end.
Until the ultimate restoration of all things, we must live amid Satan's world systems. How long will that be? We do not know exactly.
We do know, however, that God has already predetermined a limit. Perhaps Derek Prince explained best this idea of Satan's time of rule:
Time is directly and inseparably related to our present world order. With this world order, time came into being, and with this world order, time will once again cease to be.13
There was a beginning to evil, and there will be an end to evil. The "reality" we know as time is a temporary lease that will run out, releasing the earth from bondage and darkness.
The Cosmos Diabolicus:
All of the World's Systems
In order to understand the difference between the earth itself and dominion over it, we need to understand the meaning of the Greek word kosmos. Transliterated, kosmos means "order, arrangement, adornment, or ornament."14 It is used 187 times in the New Testament, with Jesus using it more than anyone else.
Cosmos literally refers to the economic, political, cultural, educational, social, and even "religious" systems that operate in the world. It is the orders or systems man has developed that conform to the ideals, aims, and methods of Satan. This would include all of them, not just the ones that are overtly evil such as Nazism. As Chafer says, "It is civilization now functioning apart from God."15
I agree with Hal Lindsey that not every government is totally evil or immoral. However, every government—even Israel under the kings of the Old Testament—is a mixture of God's ways and the world's ways. The world's ways usually are Satan's ways. Lindsey wrote:
Satan is not the man below, heaping coals into an eternal furnace. He is the original "jet-setter"; he is "right on" with the latest cause. What a picture! Satan "trucking" all over the earth, constantly "doing his thing" in every spot he can! He's working in our world's systems through governments, education, business, and culture. You name it, he'll tame it!
Extremes of criminal behavior are not the only ways in which Satan works. His control of the atmosphere of thought in the world system is more deadly than the cold steel of a gun in your back. His modus operandi has been so successful that even Christians are constantly being lured from the divine viewpoint of life into Satan's web of deceit.16
Both the way to keep from being caught up in this cosmos dia-bolicus and the way to be able to live in the world but separate from it (2 Cor. 6:17) begin in our minds.
Every action, philosophy, or system began with thoughts, which are under the authority of Satan (more on this in chapter sixteen).
Even after salvation, our minds are not instantly transformed to the thoughts of Jesus (Rom. 8:29, 12:2). Nearly everything that we think about or believe in this world must be overhauled in the light of the Bible.
The Foundational Lie of the Satanic Cosmos
One specific lie is the foundation for all other falsehoods and antichrist ideas and practices, and the devil is the father of it. The lie is the denial of God as God and the deifying of the created being.
This is the essence of Satan's character, and its cause is found in Isaiah 14:12-17, summed up in two words: "I will," with the emphasis on "I." Actually there were five "I wills" in Satan's original declaration of independence, summed up in the last one: "I will be like the Most High."
Everything Satan does or tries to do is an attempt to turn the lie into reality.
C. Peter Wagner, professor of church growth at Fuller Theological Seminary, wrote of this lie as being the thing that seems to upset God the most: serving the creature rather than the Creator (Rom. 1:25). He wrote that God especially hates it when human beings use visible creation to glorify Satan and other evil demonic beings.17
In the Garden of Eden, Satan began to brainwash mankind into accepting his lie as truth and God's truth as error. I believe the most recent form of this subtle perversion is so-called political correctness. Political correctness calls for tolerance of other cultures, which seems good. But Wagner has pointed out that Christianity by nature is "intolerant." Christians believe that only through Jesus can we regain a relationship with God; therefore, "Christianity is anything but politically correct."18
God loves the people who live under the world's systems, but He hates the systems. The vast world order always has been based on the devil's character, and it fulfills his purposes.
"But I see good in some of these systems!" some say.
"What about democracy?"
"What about good social programs?"
"What about the part where environmentalists are right?"
Next to the lie itself, Chafer wrote:
The greatest delusion Satan imposes... is the supposition that only such things as society considers evil could originate with the devil. Satan has always adapted his methods to the times and conditions. If attention has been gained, a complete denial of the truth has been made, or, when some recognition of the truth is demanded, it has been granted on the condition that that which is vital in redemption should be omitted. This partial recognition of the truth (part-truthism) is required by the world today19
In light of all of this, where does Satan operate now?
Satan's Present Position and Power
Satan and his leaders, the fallen angels, dwell in the second heaven. However, Satan still had access to the third heaven in Job's day, and by inference, he still does in ours (Rev. 12:10-11). At least at one point he had a throne on earth at Pergamos (Rev. 2:13). So we see two things:
Satan is permitted access to heaven (Job 1:6).
Satan's main sphere of operation is the earth (Job 1:7).
One doctrine that has become quite popular is that Satan already is in the lower regions, if not in hell itself. Nothing in the Bible, however, supports this. All of the references to the lake of fire are future tense. (References are only in the New Testament.)
There is to be a time when Satan is first bound in the abyss (Rev. 20:2-3) and then, a thousand years later, finally cast into the lake of fire forever. That is the final "prison" of wickedness, but he has not been sent there yet (Rev. 20:10).
[OF COURSE THAT FIRE WILL NOT BE ETERNAL, AS SOME ERRONEOUSLY TEACH; THE EXACT ETERNAL PUNISHMENT FOR SATAN AND THE DEMONS IS YET TO BE DECIDED UPON. AS PAUL WAS INSPIRED TO SAY, WE CHRISTIANS WILL JUDGE ANGELS (1 COR. 6) - Keith Hunt]
As "political ruler" of the earth and through his fallen angels, Satan influences governments to make laws and allow things that oppose God. He influences man to develop religions that range from worshiping him in disguise to putting something—a person, establishment, or doctrine—between mankind and God. In other words, he sets up substitutes for God.
Throughout history, the church was a check on Satan's activities, according to the degree in which the church operated in God's truth. The more truth the church had, the more it could check Satan's activity. Today, the church as a whole appears to have little influence.
Education is one place where Satan has moved in to fill the vacuum. References to and even belief in God have been eliminated in schools. History has been rewritten to take out Christian references, and ungodly philosophies have been substituted for truth.
In cultural affairs, Satan has been more subtle and progressive. Culture includes religion, the arts—music, drama, literature, visual arts—and social habits and trends. We can see films and television as being part of the cosmos diabolicus, but do we realize what has happened to our music as well?
Satan was created as the ultimate musician. When he fell, his musical ability was not taken from him, but it was corrupted.
The information about Satan's musicianship comes from Ezekiel 28:13:
The workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
Pipes apparently were built into his very body. Notice that pipes is plural, meaning more than one. He was a master musician. I am inclined to believe that God created him with a harmony of sound and chord in the wind instruments (pipes) that was the basic structure for melody as we know it.
Tabrets are what we understand to be percussion instruments. They would give him the ability to give rhythm to the music he played. In Isaiah 14:11 there is mention of the "noise of thy viols," which are six-stringed instruments. This could represent all of the stringed instruments, from violins to guitars to pianos.
We see in this being created by God a musician who not only is able to lead others but also is himself a living orchestra. Satan had been given a special, very distinctive commission from God to minister unto Him and cover His glory with music through worship and praise.
Brad Young, associate professor of biblical literature at Oral Roberts University, specializes in the Hebrew language. He is recognized by a rabbinical school in New York as one of the top Hebrew scholars in the United States.
Because some versions of the Bible eliminate references in Ezekiel 28:13 to musical instruments in favor of "settings and mountings" for precious stones, I asked Young to give me his opinion on Satan's musical equipment. I quote from his letter to me:
While I understand well why many modern translations have preferred to render the Hebrew words melechet, tupechad, unkavechah as being a continuation of the precious stones described in the immediate context, I tend to feel that the KJV, which sees these as musical instruments, is preferable. The Hebrew text is somewhat unclear and could be rendered either way. Nevertheless, I believe that greater accuracy is found in some type of musical instrument resembling drums and flutes. My analysis is based in part on the meaning of the root words in Hebrew and partially upon medieval Jewish commentators who were outstanding scholars for all time. The word tof from tupechah refers to a drum. The other term, unkavechah, is more difficult but seems to be derived from the root nakav, which means "to pierce." It may well refer to the holes which were pierced into a cane or reed, to fashion a flute-like instrument. The famous commentator Rashi explains it like this: "drums and flutes which will produce the melodious sounds, like a drum." And the great Hebrew scholar Radak described them (tabrets and pipes) as "drums... for dancing and pierced instruments for music, which have holes made in them."
LaMar Boschman, a well-known musician and teacher on praise and worship, wrote in his book The Rebirth of Music.
The day Lucifer fell, music fell. Music that was once used to worship almighty God became music of an earthly nature. He still has that same powerful ministry to create worship, but now...Lucifer uses that ministry to get worship for himself, because he craves it.20
* Music is used in advertising to make us feel a certain product will change our lives.
* Music is a means for communicating, influencing, and controlling our spirits, minds, and bodies.
* Music is a powerful vehicle for achieving positive or negative goals.
When Lucifer fell from heaven, a vacancy was created. However, I believe God has a plan for replacing the "anointed cherub" who fell. I believe it is the church who is going to bathe God in the glory of worship. The church is going to sing "love songs" to the Father. The church is going to make the universe ring with praise and worship of God, and the time to begin is now while we are still on Earth.
[SO TODAY WE HAVE SO-CALLED MUSIC THAT GOES CRAZY WILD, OFTEN SHOUTING AND SCREAMING INTO OVER VOLUMED AMPLIFIERS. I TAUGHT GUITAR, BANJO, MANDOLIN FOR DECADES. I ONCE HAD A YOUNG LAD WHO HAD BEEN TAKING LESSONS FOR 3 OR 4 YEARS WITH ME. HE TOLD HE HE AND FRIENDS AT SCHOOL WERE FORMING A BAND TO PLAY AT TALENT NIGHT. HE TOLD ME WHAT INSTRUMENTS THEY HAD. I ASKED IF HE HAD A SINGER. HIS ANSWER WAS, “OH THAT’S NOTHING FOR US TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT, WE JUST HAVE TO SHOUT AND SCREAM.” WOW I THOUGHT, YOU GOT THAT RIGHT! - Keith Hunt]
Satan's second major vehicle for gaining influence in today's cultural affairs is in the area of sex—from widespread pornography to legalized abortions.
I once heard Jack Hayford, pastor of The Church On The Way in Van Nuys, California, address the question of the devil and sex in his Sunday morning service.
Hayford said he believes the reason Satan has set out to so pervert our relationships in the sexual area is because he does not have the ability to procreate, and he is angry that we can do things he cannot, despite all of his original beauty, abilities, and power.
Therefore, Satan has done what he usually does with our good gifts from God. He has perverted sex, making substitutes for it or destroying what he cannot pervert. Obviously, his anger at God is turned on God's creations, and he hates mankind with a vengeance. As Mark Bubeck wrote in his book, The Adversary:
The understanding of our foe also entails an awareness of the powers of darkness that work with him in his kingdom.21
These powers of darkness do exist, as we will see……
TO BE CONTINUED
A GOOD UNDERSTANDING OF THE FACTS ABOUT THE DEVIL OR SATAN - Keith Hunt