TEXT: 2 Corinthians 2:11; Revelation 12:9
INTRODUCTION: Every Doctrine in the Bible has been denied in one way or another. The Bible teaching regarding Satan is no exception. There is nothing that advances the cause of the Devil more than false ideas about him. False teaching about Satan gives him an unspeakable advantage. By the same standard, there is nothing that disturbs the Devil more than to be exposed by the Bible. There are many who deny his existence or explain away the Bible truths concerning him. Satan is referred to both in the Old and New Testaments. All the New Testament writers mention him. There are many names, titles, and designations that identify and describe Satan and his activity. (1) LUCIFER (Isaiah 14:12). (2) THE GREAT DRAGON . . . THAT OLD SERPENT . . . THE DEVIL . . . SATAN (Revelation 12:9). (3) ADVERSARY (1 Peter 5:8). (4) ENEMY of Christ that sows tares among the wheat (Matthew 13:25). (NOTE: He opposes everything Jesus does.) (5) THE TEMPTER (Matthew 4:3). (6) THE ACCUSER OF THE BRETHREN (Revelation 12:10). This is his role in the Book of Job. (7) THE PRINCE OF THIS WORLD (John 14:30) & THE PRINCE OF THE POWER OF THE AIR (Ephesians 2:2). (8) THE SPIRIT THAT NOW WORKETH IN THE CHILDREN OF DISOBEDIENCE (Ephesians 2:2). (9) THE GOD OF THIS WORLD (2 Corinthians 4:4). (10) A ROARING LION (1 Peter 5:8) & AN ANGEL OF LIGHT (2 Corinthians 11:14).
I. THE ANCIENT HISTORY OF SATAN - Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:14-17.
A. Satan's Origin - Ezekiel 28:15.
1. He is a created being.
2. In his original estate, he was created perfect by the Lord.
B. Satan's Original Condition - Ezekiel 28:14.
1. He was a holy angel of the cherub order.
2. Now, he is a fallen angel.
C. Satan's Original Position - Ezekiel 28:14.
D. He once occupied a special, high position in God's organization.
E. Satan's Original Sin - Ezekiel 28:15, 17.
F. His sIn was prIde. He had "I" problems.
G. Satan's Original Rebellion - Isaiah 14:13, 14.
H. He attempted to overthrow God and take His position.
I. Satan's Original Expulsion - Isaiah 14:12; Ezekiel 28:16, 17.
J. Because of his sin and rebellion, God cast Satan out of heaven.
II. THE PRESENT WORK AND ACTIVITY OF SATAN.
A. Satan is not imprisoned in Hell at this present time, but the sphere of his activity is this world we live in (Job 1:7; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2).
B. Satan TEMPTS people to do evil - 1 Thessalonians 3:5.
C. Satan OPPOSES the servants of God - Zechariah 3:1.
D. Satan CONFUSES people about the things of God - Matthew 13:25.
E. Satan DECEIVES people - 2 Corinthians 11:13-15. (NOTE: The lie is one of his most effective tools - John 8:44).
III. THE FUTURE DEFEAT OF SATAN.
A. The basis of Satan's defeat is the Crucifixion of Christ - Genesis 3:15; Hebrews 2:14.
B. Satan is destined to be apprehended, bound, and imprisoned for the duration of the Millennium (the thousand years of Christ's reign on earth) - Revelation 20:1-3.
C. Satan's final defeat and his eternal fate are foretold by the Scriptures - Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:7-10.
CONCLUSION: The reality of Satan in the Scripture is obvious. The fact of his activity in the world is evident by the opposition we face as we serve the Master. The destiny of Satan is assured by the faith we have in God's Eternal Word. Satan is not to be feared unless we forsake God and attempt to live our life without the power and presence of our heavenly Father. The victory has been assured over him by putting on and using "the whole armour of God" (Ephesians 6:10-18).