Saturday, February 19, 2011

Brief notes on the Devil aka Satan and Lucifer

(Please take the time to read the verses in the King James Bible)

The identity of Satan
In the book of Ezekiel whilst talking to the Prince of Tyrus the narrative talks a break and goes into a description of Satan which likens the Prince of Tyrus to a type of Satan. A description of Satan is given here.
Read Ezekiel 28:2-17
Satan is the anointed cherub and there are now four cherubim which, as he rebelled against God, he would have been the fifth, the one that covered the throne perhaps? Since reptilians and amphibians are not represented among the cherubim in Ezekiel 1 and 10 and the four beats in Revelation 4 we might assume that Satan is reptilian in appearance, particularly if you connect the dots starting with Isaiah 27:1 linking Job 41 with Revelation 12, or Leviathan with the Dragon, who is Satan.
Satan is a cherubim of the reptile class. What he is not is a fallen angel. The confusion comes from the statement that he can appear as an angel of light as per 2 Corinthians 11:14. The confusion is also compounded by the fact that he leads rebellious angels in Revelation 12, whether you believe that is past or future.
The position of Satan
He is the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4). He is a king over all the children of pride (Job 41:34). He is the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2). He is the prince of this world (John 14:30).
How he got there from being the anointed cherub the covereth
In another passage where prophecy likens an earthly ruler to Satan, in this case the king of Babylon, it is said in Isaiah 14:12-15 that he tried to put himself above the stars of God. Stars are likened to angels in Revelation 1-3. He wants to exalt himself above the angels of God. He wants to be like God. But, this is the result of his efforts in Luke 10:18. Go back to Ezekiel 28 and that he was beautiful but iniquity was found in him.
His base of operations
First, note that the results of the second day of creation do not have this statement following them, “and God saw that it was good”. Read Genesis 1:6-8. Then note these statements; Job 25:5; Job 15:15 and then note that those aforementioned realms are not man’s to explore; Deuteronomy 10:14 and Psalm 115:16 together. Now compare “the deep” in the context of Luke 8:31 after which the devils throw themselves into the lake through the swine. Now, understand that this Greek word, Abussos, translated as “the deep” is also translated as the “bottomless” of the “bottomless pit” in Revelation. But, here, is it a description of down into the bottomless pit, or Hell, before their time? Rabbi Edward “Levi” Nydle claims that this use of abussos is a reference not to the depths of the earth but outer space. However, the circular center of the earth would be a pit without a bottom. Still, there are some Christian writers who claim that as Satan is not bound, as yet, and has yet to be thrown down to the earth for a short time as Revelation demands, that his habitation is in space. Notice, the context of “the deep” in Job 38:30-32, which is space. However, it must be made clear that the pit inside the earth is a place of punishment as Hell was created as a place of punishment for the devil and his rebel angels Matthew 25:41 says, while the bottomless pit, mentioned seven times in Revelation, has a king over it as per Revelation 9:11 who is the angel of that pit who is cast back into that pit and chained for a thousand years as per Revelation 20:3.
Yet, Isaiah 14:15 seems to link Hell with the bottomless pit with a reference to the “sides of the pit” where Satan will be cast but as a future reference. The question could become, is the abyss of space Satan’s abode and the bottomless pit of earth his place of prison for a thousand years?
But, then death and Hell will be cast into the lake of fire in Revelation 20:14. Satan and the Beast and the False Prophet will be cast there as well as per 20:10.
In ancient Greece, abussos, the abyss, was also a reference to the chaos or dark void of space from which the earth and other heavenly bodies were formed according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and “the deep” a place of infinite size and ungovernable fury. The context of Genesis 1:2 is the waters in space. Read through verse 8. Then note 2 Peter 3:5 which cannot be a reference to the flooded earth because all of it was covered over to a specific depth as per Genesis 7:20. Philo of Byblos, the Phoenician, denotes “the deep” of Genesis 1:2 as the vast watery, expanse of the universe.
The ISO discovery of a huge water vapor factory in Orion that produces enough water to fill the earth’s oceans 60 times over each day is proof positive of the meaning of Genesis 1:7-10.
Think also of the Hydra Constellation, as some would say, the Lemaean Hydra, the many headed serpent that Hercules was to have killed. Think of Quetzlcoatl, the flying serpent of Aztec religion and the god of the morning star, god of dying and resurrection, of books and knowledge, blonde haired and bearded.
In any event, the Bible and common sense makes it clear that Satan would not be, at present, operating from his future place of confinement. Logically, then, as he is not confined to earth but is free to wander about, outer space is the realm of Devils and the Dragon.

His methods
Under the guise of a serpent he calls into question God’s word, calling God a liar (Genesis 3:1-5). He questions a saint’s faithfulness to God and torments him with the evil actions of other men and natural events like the weather (Job 1 & 2; Revelation 2:10). He tries to destroy us or get us to disobey God (Matthew and Luke 4; 1 Peter 5:8). As we saw from Mark 5: 1-5 he can be many and even has his own ministers (2 Corinthians 11:15).

His destination
The lake of fire as per Revelation 20:10.
How we are to deal with him
Resist him as per James 4:7. Insist on obedience to God and His words as per Luke 4 and Matthew 4. Ask God to rebuke him as per Jude 1:9 keeping in mind 2 Peter 2:10 and Exodus 22:28 with Jude 1:8,9. Don’t be foolish and attack him verbally yourself but ask the Lord to rebuke him. See also Zechariah 3:2. Remembering that the Holy Spirit within us is greater than Satan as per 1 John 4:4.

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