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All About Satan and his work #1

Our greatest enemy


                         Finis Dake


Again I agree with Dake on this subject about 99%, so I here
present his comments, with a few of mine as added where I felt it
was needed to add my comments.



He is not an evil principle, an error of the mortal mind, a
disease germ, an abstract power, or a being with hoofs, horns,
tail, and Persian shoes with a pitchfork presiding over a lake of
fire and the realm of the dead.


The Bible makes it very clear what Satan is, and answers any
question one could ask about him that needs to be known.

(1) He is a real person: Personal statements in Scripture prove
he is a person. We read that "Satan stood up against Israel, and
provoked [enticed] David to number Israel" (1 Chron.21:1). Satan
has access to Heaven according to Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7; Rev.
12:7-12. He stands up against people to resist them as any other
person can (Zech.3:1-2; 1 Pet.5:8-9; Ps.109:6).
(2)  Jesus Christ dealt with him as with a person. In the
temptation Satan tested Christ for forty days before he was
permanently dismissed (Matt.4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13).
(3)  Jesus Christ waged war on Satan as on a person. He went
about destroying the works of the devil and delivering men from
his power (1 John 3:8; Acts 10:38; Luke 13:16).
(4) Christ taught that Satan was a real person. He said that He
had seen him fall from Heaven (Luke 10:18); that he was the
deceiver of the whole world and the personal leader of many
angels (Rev.12:7-12); that he will give his power to Anti-
Christ and receive personal worship (Rev. 13:1-4) ; that he will
fight at Armageddon and will be taken and bound by a chain and
cast into a literal prison for 1,000 years (Rev.20:1-3); and that
he will lead one more rebellion against God and then he will be
put into the lake of fire to be tormented forever (Rev.20:7-10).
(5) The apostles fought with Satan as with a real person: "We
wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world,
against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Eph.6:10-18). Paul
said concerning his trying to get to Thessalonica that "Satan
hindered us" (1 Thess.2:18). Peter referred to Satan as an
"adversary" and that he, "as a roaring lion, walketh about,
seeking whom he may devour" (1 Pet.5:8-9).
(6)  The apostles warned men against a personal devil and told
saints to not "give place to the devil . . . . stand against the
wiles of the devil . . . . Resist the devil" Eph.4:27; 6:11; Jas.
4:7; 1 Pet.5:8-9). Statements of this kind could refer only to a
(7)  Personal singular pronouns are used of Satan as are used of
any other person, such as "he" (Matt.12:26); "himself" (Luke
11:18); "him," "me," "thou," and I" (Matt.4:7-11).
(8)  Personal statements are made to him as to any other person:,
"The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan" (Zech.3:1-2). See many personal
statements made to him in Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7; Matt.4:1-10; Isa.
14:12-14; Ezek.28:11-17; Jude 9.
(9)  Personal conversation is carried on with him as with other
persons (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7; Matt.4:1-10; Isa.14:12-14; Judge 9.
(10) Personal descriptions are given of him (Ezek.28:11-17; Isa.
(11) Personal names and titles are given to him. He is mentioned
over 175 times n Scripture by many names-Lucifer (Isa.14:12-14);
Devil and Satan (Rev.12:9); Beelzebub (Matt.10:25; 12:24); Belial
(2 Cor.6:15); Adversary (1 Pet.5:8-9); Dragon (Rev.12:3-12;
13:1-4; 20:1-3); Serpent (2 Cor.11:3; Rev.12:9); the God of this
World (2 Cor.4:4); the Prince of this World (John 12:31); the
Prince of the Power of the Air (Eph.2:1-3); the Accuser of our
Brethren (Rev.12:10); the Enemy (Matt.13:39); Tempter (Matt.4:3);
the Wicked One (Matt.13:19,38); and That Wicked One (1 John
(12) Personal acts are ascribed to him.(See work of Satan, Point
6 below.)
(13) Personal attributes are ascribed to him.(See next point.)
(14) He is an angel with a body, soul, and spirit like all other
angels....He is described as a most beautiful creature who fell
through personal pride over his own beauty (Ezek.28:11-17; 1 Tim.
3:6). He has been seen with a body (I Chron.21:1; Job 1:6-12;
2:1-7; Ps.109:6; Zech.3:1-2; Matt.4:1-11; Rev.20:1-3). He will be
bound bodily with a chain and cast into a prison (Rev.20:1-3). He
has a heart (Isa.14:12-14); pride (Ezek.28:17; 1 Tim. 3:6);
speech (Job.1:6-12; 2:1-7; Matt.4:1-11); knowledge (Job 1:6-12;
2:1-7; Matt.4:1-11; Rev.12:12); power (Job 1:6-22; 2:1-7; Acts
10:38; 2 Thess.2:8-12; Acts 26:18; Rev.13:1-4); a kingdom (Mark
3:22-26); desires (Luke 22:31); a dwelling (Rev.2:13); lusts John
8:44; Eph 2:1-3); access to Heaven (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7; Rev.
12:9-12); and many other bodily parts, soul passions, and spirit
faculties. He goes from place to place in a body like anyone else
(Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7; Matt.4:10-11; Mark 4:15), and does many
things that others can do, proving he is a real person with a
body, soul, and spirit, as we shall see in Point 6 below.
(15) He is a great celestial and terrestrial ruler (Eph.2:2;
6:10-18; 2 Cor.4:4; John 12:31). He rules the business, social,
political, and religious activities of the majority of mankind.
His realm is divided into organized principalities and powers in
the heavenlies (Eph.6:10-12; Dan.10:12-11:1; Matt.12:24-30). His
subjects are fallen angels, fallen men, and demons of various
kinds (Matt.25:41; Rev.12:7-12; John 8:44; 1 John 3:8-10; Jas.
2:19). He must be a person in order to rule such a vast dominion
of free moral agents. He is head of man's religion and is a
leader in religious affairs (Rev.2:9; 3:9; 2 Cor.11:14).


He was created by Christ along with all other principalities and
powers in Heaven and in Earth (Col.1:15-18; Job 38:4-7). He is
definitely referred to as a created being in Ezek.28:11-17: "Thou
was perfect in thy ways from the day that thou was created, till
iniquity was found in thee." Thus he was not always the devil or
an adversary of God. He was created perfect and sinless and
became the enemy of God and man through sin in trying to exalt
himself above God....


According to Isa.14:12-14; Ezek.28:11-17; Luke 10:18; 2 Pet.
3:4-8; Jer.4:23-26; and other passages, Satan, known as Lucifer,
had a kingdom on the Earth long before the six days of Gen.
1:32:25 and the creation of Adam. These passages reveal that he,
through pride, fell and led an invasion of Heaven and was
defeated. At that time the Earth was cursed, and all life was
destroyed by the first flood, as in Gen.1:2. (This will be
abundantly proved by many Scriptures in the next lesson.)
How long Lucifer ruled the Earth in perfect harmony with the
kingdom of God is not known, but it was for a long period, for it
took a long time to work up such a rebellion as he did. He caused
over one-third of God's own angels to rebel, as well as all his
own earthly subjects, as we shall see.
He regained dominion over the Earth in Adam's day and usurped
man's dominion by causing the fall of man and by being the
stronger of two sets of rebels after Adam did sin. Adam submitted
to Lucifer who got the upper hand of all human rebels because he
had the power of sin and death. When Adam fell there were only
two human rebels, but opposing them there were innumerable fallen
angels and demons. Naturally the stronger set of rebels would
come to dominate the weaker, and this is what happened in the
case of the spirit and human rebels on the Earth. If man had not
fallen he would have had power over all the spirit rebels and
would have ruled them. He would have been able to overcome them,
and they never could have regained dominion over the Earth; but
when man sinned, he became powerless against the many spirit
rebels and fell under their control.
Man lost the power he had with God and severed partnerships with
the Creator and therefore could not cope with so many and more
powerful spirit rebels. It is only when man lays down his arms of
rebellion against God and regains the favor of the Creator and
partnership with Him by the new birth (being converted and
receiving God's Holy Spirit - Keith Hunt) that he will be able to
have power over these fallen spirit rebels. This is why....the
full surrender to God for the endowment of power is necessary
before man can conquer and cast out demons and destroy all the
works of the devil....

Satan's relationship to man through the various ages has been
that of a usurper of man's dominion; and as long as man tolerates
his dictatorship over him, that long will he remain subject to
him in the individual life. Each man now can, by the power of the
gospel, defeat Satan and get rid of all demon relationship in his
own life. This is what God demands, and He has provided the means
whereby it can be attained......Man no longer needs to be
defeated and always be sick, sinful, helpless.....
Although man cannot get rid of Satan's present power over his
dominion by himself except as an individual who will meet the
conditions of the gospel, man's dominion will be fully restored
to him when the Messiah comes. Then Satan's present position as
ruler of this world's system and as prince of this world will be
ended forever. Man will again inherit the Earth and will live
again in the Earth forever as before the fall. Satan's dominion
is forcing its rule upon men by sheer force of power. This power
will be broken....


We have several plain Scriptures describing the fall of Satan. He
fell through pride over his own beauty (Ezek.28:11-17; 1 Tim.
3:6) and because he tried to exalt himself above God (Isa.


His works are of a varied nature. He is a religious leader (Rev.
2:9; 3:9; 2 Cor.11:14). He has been worshipped as god through the
ages, and worship of him will be revived in the future under
Antichrist in a greater measure than ever before (Rev.13:1-4).
His work in general is to oppose God in any age when he possibly
can. For this reason his work varies in some respects with
the purposes of God in the different ages and dispensations. His
great work in the Old Testament was to cause the fall of man and
to rule his dominion. Above all this, His work was designed to
prevent the coming of the Messiah into the world in order
to avert his own defeat and pending doom.....

He is the deceiver of all men (Rev.12:9; 20:1-10; 2 Cor.11:14).
He had the power of death until Christ conquered death, Hell, and
the grave (Heb.2:14; Rev.1:18). He is the leader of all sinners
and backsliders in the human race (1 John 3:8-10; 1 Tim.5:15) and
of all spirit rebels (Eph.6:10-18; Matt.9:34). He causes all
sickness and diseases and physical and mental maladies in the
human race (Luke 13:16; Acts 10:38). (Well I would put it as he
CAN cause sicknesses, but some diseases and sickness simply come
by the laws of God being broken, wrong living, bad mistakes, and
time and chance of all this disregard for God's way of life,
hence some innocent people are the victims of sickness and
disease - Keith Hunt). He takes advantage of all adversities of
men to further their rebellion and hold them captive (2 Cor.
2:11; 1 Tim.1:20; 5:11-15).
He tempts men (Mark 1:13; 1 Cor.7:5); provokes to sin (1 Chron.
21:1); causes offense (Matt.16:23); transforms himself into an
angel of light (2 Cor.11:14); resists others (Zech.3:1-2); enters
into union with others against God (Luke 22:3; John 13:2); sends
messengers to defeat saints (2 Cor.12:1); hinders the gospel 
(1 Thess.2:18; Acts 13:10); steals the Word of God from people
lest they should believe it (Matt.13:19; Luke 8:12); works
miracles (2 Thess.2:9); contends with messengers of God and
sometimes holds them captive (Dan.10:12-21; Jude 9); hinders
answers to prayer (Dan.10:12-21); sets snares for men to fall
into sin (1 Tim.3:7; 2 Tim.1:26); makes war on the saints (Eph.
6:10-18); causes diversions and blinds men to the gospel (2 Cor.
4:4); causes double mindedness (Jas.1:5-9); doubt and unbelief
(Rom.14:23; Gen.3:4-5); darkness and oppression (2 Cor.4:4; 2
Pet.1:4-9); deadness and weakness (Heb.6:1; 9:14); delay and
compromise (Acts 24:25; 26:28); and divisions and strife (1 Pet.
5:8; 1 Cor.3:1-3).


The greatest and most important work of Satan now among men is to
counterfeit the doctrines and experiences of God as revealed in
Scripture in order to deceive saints.
Men are commanded to prove and to test all doctrines and
experiences in the supernatural realm to see if they are of God
or of Satan (1 Cor.2:12-16; Phil.1:9-10; 1 Thess. 5:21-22; 1 John
4:1-6). It is certain that every religion, doctrine, and
experience among men cannot be of God; so we must judge them by
the plain written Word of God. The greatest danger for spiritual
believers is to accept anything and everything in the realm of
the supernatural as being from God. Such believers have
consecrated themselves to yield to the Holy Spirit and the
leadings of God, and they think that they cannot be deceived and
be led by evil spirits through counterfeit doctrines and
leadings. But 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 the believer. In fact, believers are the ones he
concentrates upon and wars against.
Paul said, "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into
an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his
ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness;
whose end shall be according to their works" (2 Cor.11:14-15 ).

This makes it clear that counterfeits of Satan will be
substitutes of truth and as near to the light and truth as
possible in order to deceive seekers after truth. So it will pay
everyone to be careful about what he believes and what
supernatural power he yields to. 

There are definite ways outlined in Scripture by which one can
detect what kind of spirit is seeking control of him. In brief we
may mention a few general principles that one can use to detect
good and evil spirits and their operations and doctrines:

(1) Any doctrine that denies or in any way causes doubt and
unbelief concerning anything taught in Scripture is from demons.
Any religion that denies the inspiration of the Bible; the
reality of God as a person; the divine sonship of Jesus Christ as
the only begotten Son of God; the virgin birth; the pre-existence
of Jesus Christ; the divinity of Christ and His miraculous power
and supernatural ministry; the death, burial, bodily
resurrection, and the 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
reality and power of the Holy Spirit and His ministry among men
to convict of sin, to create men in Christ and to carry on the
work of God among men; the reality of Christian experiences as
the new birth, (repentance and conversion - Keith Hunt) cleansing
from sin, living free from sin, divine healing, the Spirit
baptism, gifts of the Spirit, miracles and signs following
believers, answers to prayer, fulfillment of the promises...and
the numerous other experiences of the New Testament; the reality
of Satan, demons, sickness, sin, and the fall of man; the
creation of all things by God; the free moral agency of men; the
universality of sin and the depravity of man; the necessity of
repentance and the born-again (conversion - Keith Hunt)
experience; the penalty of sin as being eternal loss of the
soul;(life, loss of life forever - Keith Hunt) the necessity of
the atonement; the reality of Heaven and eternal Hell; (the lake
of fire and the second death - Keith Hunt) the resurrection and
judgment of all men.....Any religion that teaches contrary to
these and all other fundamental doctrines of Scripture is of the
devil and is for the purpose of causing the soul to be damned in
eternal Hell.

(2) Any power, influence, or doctrine that causes one to become
passive, inactive, submissive, and unresisting to all workings of
supernatural spirits which seek to control the life contrary to
Scripture, is not of God. ***God's Spirit always and without
exception wants free and active choice in the surrender of the
will as it gets light according to the Scriptures.*** God seeks
intelligent action, while demons demand the surrender of the will
without active choice to do as one intelligently sees fit to do
according to the Bible. They demand passivity on the part of
their victims. They demand that man be a mere machine, an
automaton, and that he be non-active in submissiveness to them.
They seek absolute and compulsory action through men.
***When anyone asserts that the spirit demands of him that he do
something and it is forcing him to do it, this is a sure sign
that he is being moved by the wrong spirit.*** Demons work to get
men to act quickly and unintelligently and to do acts regardless
of the outcome to the cause of Christ and lost souls. ***The
spirits of Christians are always subject to them, and anything
that demands that the personal spirit be not under the
individual's personal control is the wrong spirit (1 Cor.
14:32).*** The Holy Spirit never causes people to act indecently
and disorderly or to call attention to self in public services;
things which they never would do in private.***
The causes of passivity among believers may be summed up thus:

They have a determination to obey the supernatural, thinking that
surrender is a guarantee against demon operation; entrance into
the spiritual realm opens to them supernatural communications
which in turn leads them to believe that all supernatural
influences and spirits must be God; the desire to be wholly
surrendered to God and to be submissive to Him in all things
leads them to submit, subdue, and make all things subject to the
supernatural; their ignorance of supernatural leadings and
guidance, and ignorance of the Scriptures and wrong
interpretation of them give demons ground for operation; and
yielding to supernatural manifestations and impressions. They
are, in the majority of cases, not able to detect the true source
of supernatural manifestations, so they often yield to the wrong
One must realize that ignorance is no guarantee against workings
of evil spirits. In fact, this is one of the chief means by which
they try to control man. If they can get anyone to accept their
suggestions, doctrines, ideas, leadings, and guidance in the
least degree, then they will be satisfied with that much ground
gained; but they will be tireless in activity to gain more
ground. Paul warned believers not to "give place to the devil"
(Eph.4:27) and to "put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be
able to stand against the wiles of the devil . . . to quench all
the fiery darts of the wicked" (Eph.6:10-18). When a person
becomes contentious over doctrines not plainly stated in
Scripture, and that are contrary to Scripture, he is a victim of
demon possession (or "influence" - Keith Hunt) and demon

A person under the control of the Holy Spirit will be gentle,
humble, honest, and open minded to truth. He will be eager to
accept as truth what is shown him to be plainly written in the
Word of God. He will not be stubborn to hold on to personal ideas
or to prove that he is right in total disregard of what the Bible
says. He will be ready and willing to accept new truth and to
walk in the light as he receives it (1 John 1:7).

(3) When one is born again )converted - Keith Hunt) and becomes a
spiritual person, he enters into the realm of the supernatural
and spiritual; and he should begin a study of the Bible to see
what it teaches and how he should walk and how to conduct
spiritual warfare.
If he neglects to be on guard and fails to be aggressive against
satanic powers, he is liable to be defeated by them. There is not
one thing to be afraid of if one lives a conscientious Christian
life by reading the Bible and praying daily and by walking and
living in the Spirit according to light received by the Bible
(Col.2:6-8; Gal.5:16-26; Rom.8:1-13; 1 John 1:7). One should get
up every morning and pray and have faith in God's help through
the day. He should always meditate on the Scriptures and refuse
to do one thing contrary to the known will of God as he sees the
Bible and there will be no danger of being deceived.


A. A Christ-like spirit of love, patience, and faith in God.
B. Soberness and keenness of spirit vision.
C. Deep humility of heart and meekness of spirit, with a
lion-like courage against sin, sickness, poverty, disease,
discouragement, failure, and every other thing that could cause
defeat in the Christian life.
D. Absolute clearness of the mental faculties in intelligent
action to carry out Bible instructions concerning known duty and
personal life as a Christian.
E. Freedom from all fault-finding, surmising, whispering, or
slander to anyone, and freedom from all the works of the flesh
that are listed in Rom.1:29-32; 1 Cor.6:9-11; Gal.5:19-21; Mark
F. The lack of any condemning and judging spirit, or seeking to
hurt anyone by thought, word, or deed. All divine leadings will
be for the edification and betterment of all concerned and will
be in accord with the golden rule (Matt.7:12).
G. Freedom from any ignorance concerning the divine will at the
moment. When one is moved upon to act quickly and urgently
without knowing whether the act will glorify God or not, it will
be best to wait and pray until it is clear beyond all doubt that
God wants such action. If it is God moving one to something, it
will not insult Him to try the spirit and intelligently judge
whether the proposed act is biblical or not, for God commands
this kind of judgment on our part before we act. If it is God,
one can wait until he is assured by God in several ways before he
acts. Like Gideon of old, who sought two impossible signs before
he knew the will of God. However, one must not be guided entirely
by so-called fleeces. He must judge all fleeces by the Word of
God and wait until he knows it is God asking him to do something.
All acts of God will be primarily for the liberation of men from
sin, for the deliverance of the body from pain, sickness, and
want, or for some other good things that someone needs to have
done for him. All work of the devil tends to blind, cause sin,
discouragement, lack of faith, and failure in life. (Also riches
and physical blessing can come from the Devil, and many people
are kept or led away from God because of the material blessing
they have. Then on the other hand material blessing are not wrong
per se, they can be used for great glory in god's service to
others and God's Kingdom, many in children of God in the bible
had great physical wealth - Keith Hunt).

Just as the devil requires lies in the minds of men to hold them
in bondage, so God requires truth in the mind for the true
working of the Holy Spirit. Demons will cause one to be hindered
in every conceivable way from getting truth that will set one
free from their hold on the life. With these things in mind,
saints must beware of neglecting those things that will cause
enlightenment in spiritual warfare; of falling an easy prey to
criticism of others; of pressing cares of life which will keep
them occupied from taking time to wage a successful spiritual
warfare; of forgetting easily those things that will give victory
over sin and Satan; of neglecting prayer and reading the Bible to
be spiritually prayed up and alert against the foe; of being
discouraged when the conflict for the moment seems to be going
against them; of failing to use the authority of Christ through
His precious blood, His name and the Holy Spirit against evil
powers; of failure to call upon God and resist the devil in
special conflicts; and of failure to do the whole will of God
intelligently as it becomes known as they walk in the light of
the Word of God (1 John 1:7).
Man is deceived when he thinks that sin will not have any effect
upon him; that he will inherit the kingdom of God regardless of
sin (1 Cor.6:9-11; Gal.5:1921); that he will not reap what he
sows (Gal.6:7-8); that it is not necessary to obey the Bible
(Jas.1:22; 2:10); and that he cannot be deceived (1 Cor.
10:12-13; 2 Cor.11:3-15; 1 Tim.4:1-9; Eph.6:10-18).
Man must be on his guard concerning doctrine, experience, and
every phase of the Christian life. He must learn not to believe
anything unless it is definitely stated in Scripture. It matters
not if it comes from the best ministers in the land. It should be
judged by what the Bible says before it is accepted as truth. He
must learn to guard against every impression, revelation, or
whatever it might be, whether it comes from dreams, visions,
preaching, or even while in prayer. The fact of a possibility of
being deceived should keep everyone on guard and open to test
everything by the Bible.

Many latter-day delusions can be traced back to a crisis in the
life of the founders of the new religion who wanted truth and
more of God. They threw themselves open to the supernatural and
accepted demon doctrines and powers instead of judging what they
received by the Bible. No man should blindly obey any spirit or
believe any doctrine. Many of these leaders were more or less
honest to begin with, and may yet be somewhat honest, but honesty
is no guarantee against the working of the devil. Satan has no
principle of righteousness and he will take advantage of an
honest heart if permitted, as quickly as of a dishonest one.
Until one gets acquainted with the Scriptures and the spiritual
realm into which he enters in finding God, he should walk very
carefully in prayer and read the Bible for more truth to obey. He
must not permit anything to side-track him. If he falls, he must
get up and rededicate himself to God and go on more aggressively
against his foe than ever before. During the period of learning
to distinguish truth from error, very few can guarantee that they
are obeying God in every detail, and God only, because there are
many factors likely to intervene, such as the mind, spirit, will,
desires, imaginations, imperfect knowledge and submissiveness,
false ideas, and personal feelings, as well as numerous deceptive
intrusions of evil spirits. The beginner must learn, to discern
false spirits as well as false doctrines.
The knowledge of truth is the first essential in warfare on
demons and error....As you get to know truth, accept it and be
thankful for it, and above all conform to it; and your life will
become rich in knowledge and experience in the things of God.
God wants you to know He answers prayer and fulfils His promises
to everyone that will have take hold of the promises
and pray in faith daily until you get what you want.....
take the same dogged and patient attitude in destroying doubt and
unbelief and in having faith in God and His Word, and He will
answer prayer and give you what you ask.
You must be eager for more knowledge. Seek it earnestly,
fervently, and prayerfully and with a sincere desire to know it
and obey it as light is given. Don't permit one doubt to assail
you. Kill all doubt. Refuse to live in unbelief and defeat. This
is not your lot in life. You are now a child of God....
Deliverance from believing lies must be by believing truth.
Nothing can remove a lie but truth. Nothing can give you complete
victory over evil but God through the precious blood of Christ.



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