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                                                                      BIBLE STUDY - SATAN.

Satan, also called the Devil, is a real created living being, with a spirit body, he was an angel. He rebelled against God the Father in Heaven and was cast out from there. Satan has many evil spirits or demons and followers. There are many that deny the existence of Satan. The greatest lie Satan could even have people to believe is that he, Satan is not real. They claim that Satan is a 'principal of evil', or all in the mind of men. The only source of information about the history of Satan is the Bible. Satan is not the 'God' of the earth, the earth belongs to its Creator - God. The Bible states that he is ruler of the powers of darkness, on the earth, Ephesians 6:12. Satan hates all Christians, he is walking around like a roaring lion, 1 Peter 5:8. The blood of our Lord Jesus Christ overcame him, Revelation 12:11. The Bible teaches that we can resist him in the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, James 4:7. Satan gave birth to lies, way - back in Genesis 3:1 - 5. We read in John 8:44, that Jesus said, Satan is the father of all lies.

Satan is a created being and he is a king and has a kingdom as can be seen from the following:

1.  Satan was the guardian and protector of the 'Throne of God'. He was perfect in all his ways from the day that he was created, until iniquity was found in him. In him was the fullness of wisdom and the perfection of beauty that caused the pride that was his downfall. He was clothed in a garment that was covered with the most rare and precious gems all woven in with gold. He dwelt in the 'Garden of God' and on the 'Holy Mountain' of God, Ezekiel 28:11 - 19.

2.  We read in Isaiah 14:12 - 14, "How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation, on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High". 

3.  "Yet you shall be brought down to Hell, to the lowest Pit. Those who see you will gaze at you, and consider saying: 'Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, who made the world as a wilderness and destroyed it's cities, who did not open the house of his prisoners? Isaiah 14:15 - 17.

4.  Jesus said of Satan, "And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?", Matthew 12:26. Satan's kingdom consists of subjects like any other kingdom. ANGELS are his subjects, as can be seen in Revelation 12:9, 'So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to earth, and his angels were cast out with him'. See also Matthew 12:41, 'The everlasting fire is prepared for the devil and his angels'. DEMONS are his subjects, 'Then one was brought to Jesus who was demon - possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw', Matthew 12:22. See also Matthew 15:22; Luke 4:35; Luke 8:26 - 36; Luke 9:42. UNREGENERATED or unsaved human beings are Satan subjects, John 8:44, "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do". We read in Acts 19:13 - 16, 'Then some itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves  to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, "We adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches." Verse 16 'Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded'.

5.  Satan has brought to the Church of today many false and deceiving ideas. He has brought in teaching such as, 'Do not teach or preach Hell it frightens people', 'If you can not live with your husband, get divorced', 'Keep the peace in your church and everybody will be happy', 'It is better to have a crowd than a rough', 'If you are not tithing you can not serve on the church counsel' etc. These are teachings from the pit of Hell, may God have mercy on their souls. Satan also inspired certain so - called denominations to 'translate' their own 'Bibles', they omit very important verses and even add their own verses to fit their own false teachings. We are warned in more that 26 New Testament verses about 'false teachers and preachers' that will twist the Scriptures to their own teachings. Satan's hope is that the 'Gospel of Peace' can replace the 'Gospel of Truth' for a church like that, will become a 'Social Service' to those that will sit there Sunday after Sunday. It has become a competition amongst ministers and pastors to see who can have the biggest building. Satan is diverting the attention of Christians to secondary things, no wonder churches become showroom floors.

6.  Satan's doom will be when Christ shall return to the 'Mount of Olives' at the close of the 'Tribulation Period'. An angel from Heaven will chain Satan and cast him into the 'Bottomless Pit', where he shall remain for a 1000 years, Revelation 20:1 - 3. Then we read Revelation 20:7 - 10, 'Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. And the devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever'

                                                          Compiled by: Chris Mengel Snr.

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