Who is Satan? Who is the ultimate evil? We all think we know who Satan is. But, how much do you truly know?
Lucifer, also known as Satan, was a holy angel of God. To reference his origins and history, I will highlight a few Bible verses but there honestly aren’t that many. Some mention what seems like Satan, but if you look at the context of these chapters, it’s talking about an evil king or someone else (Isaiah 14:12-14 and Ezekiel 28:11-19). I am not saying that these verses aren’t talking about Satan, but I am not 100% sure because of the reference to King Babylon in Isaiah 14 and the King of Tyre in Ezekiel 28.
As a Christian, my thoughts and experience on this topic have never been if Satan is real or not, but, “What can I do to stop him from having authority in my life?” Yes, Satan is real, whether you want to believe it or not. Gravity, air, and many other invisible forces exist on Earth and in the universe and we do not contest them, yet to consider that an evil force out to make our lives a literal hell is hard to believe. I have found that it’s usually more modernized nations like the USA that believe Satan is a fairy tale, yet people with less resources and options tend to see the spiritual side of life much clearer.
I would like to highlight a few points that show different characteristics of Satan’s nature, and how we can avoid failing into his traps. Look over each verse and learn about his motives and how he works, because in that way you will know how to live in freedom.
Luke 22:31-32 – A sifter (someone who wants a Christian to stop believing in Christ). As Christians, Christ is the pillar and core of our faith and His resurrection. Without that, we are left with just another religion, just like the other hundreds that exist.
2 Corinthians 4:4 – Apostle Paul explains that Satan is able to blind unbelievers from the truth which shows that he has power over the spirit realm. This is why many times when people try to understand the Bible or receive Christ, they reject it so quickly or they don’t understand salvation at all. It’s like you’re talking to a wall. You see this confusion in atheists, solely religious people (as opposed to those who have a relationship with Christ), and people who hate the name of Jehovah.
1 Thessalonians 3:5 – The Apostle Paul mentions the tempter in scripture as well, being that Satan is a tempter of sin since the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3). In 1 Thessalonians 3:5, he sent Timothy, his disciple, to check up on his church to see how they were doing or if they had fallen into sin.
Revelations 12:10 – Another example of Satan is that he is an accuser. Even in the book of Job (Job 2), long before the book of Revelation was even written he was talking bad about believers before God’s throne. Things haven’t changed, but we have One that is greater pleading our case before our Heavenly Father and standing in the gap for our protection and holiness (Romans 8:34).
2 Corinthians 11:14 – Satan also disguises himself as an angel of light. To me, this is the most successful of his tricks, as many people (including Christians) believe that his appearance is ugly, evil, and frightening. Often, it is the reverse. Satan will conceal himself as your best friend, a pleasure, or even what seems like an “opportunity” when in reality, it will lead you to destruction. Seek wise counsel or ask God to reveal to you the truth before you swallow the lie.
Regardless of his past, I do know one important fact about the Devil. He doesn’t win and ends up in the lake of fire burning for all of eternity. I refuse to join him in suffering, so I don’t care what the world thinks or any religion or atheist thinks of me. My faith and life is in Christ. To hell with the devil, I have no pity on him and I declare he is under my feet in Jesus’s name. All his power over my life and my family’s life is broken, and I pray in Jesus’s name that the same happens over your life right now.
I want you to pray and ask Jesus Christ into your life as Lord and Savior. Ask Him to forgive your sins and reject the lies that the Devil has been feeding you all these years. You are not a loser, you are not without purpose or meaning, you were created in God’s image and likeness. The Devil has no hold over you anymore and all those years of dealing with addictions and lack of forgiveness in your heart stops today.
You have two choices. Either get to know who Satan is or get to know who Jesus Christ is. It’s up to you, but personally, my choice is already made.
Let’s take us back to basics. The name “Satan” first appears in the Bible in 1 Chronicles 21:1. As it turns out though, chronologically, the real first mention of Satan would be in the book of Job.
What does “Satan” mean? Well, in Hebrew it means “adversary” which is exactly what Satan is. He is an adversary of us and, more importantly, God.
Where does the name “Lucifer” come from? If you take a gander at Isaiah 14:12 then you will see the name “Lucifer” used. This is the one and only time the name is brought up in the entire Bible.
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” – Isaiah 14:12
What does “Lucifer” mean? “Lucifer” comes from Latin and not Hebrew like Satan. Lucifer in Latin means “light bringer” and this leads us into…
Was Lucifer always evil? Simple answer to this question is no. Satan was created good and chose to rebel kind of like Adam and Eve. If you look at Isaiah 14:12 again then you will see how the Bible speaks about Lucifer falling from heaven.
Did God create Satan? Yes. In Colossians 1:16, Paul tells us how God created absolutely everything.
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” – Colossians 1:16
Why would God create Satan if He knew Satan would rebel? I have a better question. Why did God create you if He knew you were going to sin? We all have free will to do as we choose. Everything has consequences though.
Is Satan a snake? No, Satan inhabited a snake. If you look at Luke 22:3 then you will see how Satan inhabited Judas. Heck, Satan even influenced Peter in Matthew 16:23. It is not hard to come to terms with Satan inhabiting and influencing a mere serpent.
Bryan goes into intense details below about Satan. However, I will leave you with one final thought. Satan loses in the end. God called his shot like Babe Ruth calling a home run.
“Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!” – Revelation 12:2
“He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.” – Revelation 20:3