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Your Adversary... the Devil (3)

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Study on the Devil

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PART 3
11-11-08
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1 Peter 5:8–9 KJV 1900
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
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9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
LUCIFER, THE BRIGHT AND SHINING ONE, SON OF THE MORNING, WAS THE WISEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL OF ALL GOD’S CREATED BEINGS.
HE WAS GIVEN THE PRIVILEGE OF STANDING IN THE PRESENCE AND REFLECTING HIS GLORY AS NO OTHER.
HE ALSO WAS GIVEN DELEGATED AUTHORITY OVER ALL ANGELS
WE WERE TAUGHT THAT THE VERY THING THAT GOD HAD GIVEN HIM, BEAUTY AND WISDOM, BECAME A SNARE THAT BROUGHT ABOUT HIS DOWNFALL.
LUCIFER DESIRED TO CLOTH HIMSELF WITH THE GLORY THAT BELONGS TO THE CREATOR ALONE.
Isaiah 14:12–14 KJV 1900
12 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! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
WE SUMMED UP THE SIN OF SATAN IN ONE WORD “PRIDE”
SATAN DESIRES IS TO BECOME INDEPENDENT OF ALL EXTERNAL AUTHORITY.
IF HE IS TO EXERCISE THE POWER AND AUTHORITY OF GOD THEN HE MUST TAKE OVER GOD’S CONTROL OVER ALL CREATED THINGS AND EXERCISE THAT CONTROL INTO EVERY REALM.
LESSON 3
WE WILL FIRST CONSIDER SATAN’S DESIRE TO RULE IN THE ANGELIC REALM
BECAUSE WE HAVE NEVER SEEN AN ANGEL, WE KNOW LITTLE ABOUT THEIR NATURE, ABOUT THEIR ACTIVITY, ABOUT THEIR MODE OF EXISTENCE OR, ABOUT THEIR PURPOSE.
THE WORD OF GOD GIVES US A VERY CLEAR REVELATION CONCERNING THE ANGELIC REALM AND BEFORE WE CAN UNDERSTAND SATAN WE MUST UNDERSTAND SOME ESSENTIAL FACTS ABOUT ANGELS.
IN THIS MATERIALISTIC WORLD WE EVALUATE SOMETHING BY ITS WEIGHT, SIZE, AND SHAPE.
THE WORD OF GOD TEACHES US THAT WHEN GOD BEGAN HIS WORK OF CREATION THAT HE BEGAN NOT IN THE PHYSICAL REALM BUT IN THE ANGELIC REAL.
Colossians 1:16 KJV 1900
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible,
CREATION IS CATEGORIZED
HEAVEN AND EARTH
VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE
THRONES, DOMINIONS, OR PRINCIPALITIES
THE PLACE OF THE VISIBLE AND THE PLACE OF THE INVISIBLE BOTH CREATED
THE ONE SPHERE IS NO LESS REAL, BECAUSE IT IS INVISIBLE, THAN THE OTHER
Psalm 148:1–5 KJV 1900
1 Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: Praise him in the heights. 2 Praise ye him, all his angels: Praise ye him, all his hosts. 3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: Praise him, all ye stars of light. 4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, And ye waters that be above the heavens. 5 Let them praise the name of the Lord: For he commanded, and they were created.
2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.
4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.
for he commanded, and they were created.
5 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.
IN SCRIPTURE ANGELS ARE VIEWED AS BEINGS WHO POSSESS THE CAPACITY OF PERSONALITY, INTELLECT, EMOTION, AND WILL, AND ARE UNDERSTOOD AS INDIVIDUAL BEINGS WITH THEIR OWN SEPARATE IDENTITY AND EXISTENCE.
ANGELS WERE CREATED TO MINISTER
Hebrews 1:13–14 KJV 1900
13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? 14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
Are they not all ministering spirits,
14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
THEY ARE TO MINISTER TO THE HEIRS OF SALVATION
Psalm 91:11 KJV 1900
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, To keep thee in all thy ways.
ANGELS WERE CREATED TO ADMINISTER THE WILL OF GOD ON EARTH AND ARE OFTEN INSTRUMENTS OF DIVINE JUDGMENT.
ANGELS WERE NOT CREATED TO ORIGINATE A PLAN BUT RATHER TO EXECUTE GOD’S PLAN.
ANGELS DO NOT KNOW EVERYTHING
Matthew 24:36 KJV 1900
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
no, not the angels of heaven,
ANGELS DO NOT DIE NOR REPRODUCE
Matthew 22:30 KJV 1900
30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
but are as the angels of God in heaven.
SPIRITUAL BODIES
1 Corinthians 15:38–44 KJV 1900
38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. 40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
There are also celestial bodies,
41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
CELESTIAL – EXISTING IN HEAVEN
44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
CELESTIAL – EXISTING IN HEAVEN
THE ANGELS HAVE A BODY SUITED TO THE HEAVENLY, NO LESS REAL THAN THE EARTHLY BODY.
THE HEAVENLY BODY IS NOT SUPPORTED BY THE BLOOD PRINCIPLE.
Luke 4:29–30 KJV 1900
29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. 30 But he passing through the midst of them went his way,
29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
30 But he passing through the midst of them went his way,
WALKING ON THE WATER
John 20:19 KJV 1900
19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
HIS BODY WAS NOT LIMITED BY TIME OR SPACE
THE NATURAL LAWS OF EARTH DID NOT APPLY
ANGELS WERE CREATED TO LIVE IN THE HEAVEN AND NOT AS AN EARTHLING THAT IS TO DEPEND ON THE EARTHS ATMOSPHERE TO SUSTAIN THEM.
THE NUMBER OF ANGELS WE DO NOT KNOW
GOD EXECUTES HIS WILL THROUGH ANGELS
THERE IS A SUBDIVIDED ADMINISTRATIVE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ANGELS
Hebrews 12:22 KJV 1900
22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
innumerable company of angels,
ANGELS ARE DIVIDED INTO MANY DIFFERENT RANKS AND EACH RANK HAS ITS OWN RESPONSIBILITY
Daniel 12:1 KJV 1900
1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
standeth for the children of thy people:
Matthew 18:10 KJV 1900
10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
That in heaven their angels
DAVID’S SIN IN NUMBERING ISRAEL
DAVID’S SIN IN NUMBERING ISRAEL
2 Samuel 24:15–16 KJV 1900
15 So the Lord sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even to the time appointed: and there died of the people from Dan even to Beer-sheba seventy thousand men. 16 And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the Lord was by the threshingplace of Araunah the Jebusite.
the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it,
there died of the people from Dan even to Beer-sheba seventy thousand men.
16 And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD was by the threshingplace of Araunah the Jebusite.
245 TIMES GOD IS REFERRED TO AS “THE LORD OF HOSTS”
THE HOST BEING THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN
2 Kings 6:15–17 KJV 1900
15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? 16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
WHEN LUCIFER REBELLED AGAINST GOD BEFORE HE COULD MOVE GOD FROM HIS THRONE AND RULE AS SOVEREIGN IN THE UNIVERSE IT WAS NECESSARY FOR HIM TO BRING ANGELIC CREATION UNDER HIS AUTHORITY AND CONTROL
A CIVIL WAR BROKE OUT IN HEAVEN
Revelation 12:7–9 KJV 1900
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
ONE THIRD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN SIDED WITH LUCIFER AND FELL
Revelation 12:4 KJV 1900
4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth:
Jude 6 KJV 1900
6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
first estate, but left their own habitation,
ESTATE – SOCIAL RANK, POWERS, ORDER, CONDITION
HABITATION – THEIR DWELLING PLACE IN THE 2ND HEAVEN
IN PRIDE THEY BECAME DISCONTENT AND ATTEMPTED A REVOLUTION
KEPT IN CHAINS OF DARKNESS (NOT LITERAL) BUT SPIRITUAL BONDAGE WITH NO HOPE OF BEING SAVED, NO LIGHT, NO REPENTANCE OFFERED, NO BETTER DAY COMING, NOTHING BUT WALKING IN GLOOM AND DOOM CHAINED TO THE KNOWLEDGE THAT HELL AWAITS THEM
Matthew 25:41 KJV 1900
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
prepared for the devil and his angels:
THOSE WHO FOLLOWED SATAN IN HIS REBELLION WE REFER TO AS DEMONS
THEY ARE SIMPLY FALLEN ANGELS WITH ALL THE POWER AND WISDOM THEY HAD BEFORE THE FALL. AND THEY OPPOSE ALL THAT IS GOOD AND HOLY.
Ephesians 6:12 KJV 1900
12 For 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.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
THROUGH THE RANK AND FILE OF DEMON SPIRITS SATAN STILL ATTEMPTS TO FRUSTRATE THE PURPOSE OF GOD AND RULE THE WORLD.
HAVING ONCE CHOSEN TO OBEY SATAN THEY OBEY HIM PERFECTLY AND COMPLETELY IN ORDER TO EXECUTE THE WILL OF SATAN IN YOUR LIFE.
AND SATAN’S WILL FOR YOU IS TO DEFEAT THE WILL OF GOD FOR YOU AT ANY MOMENT OF YOUR LIFE.
2 Corinthians 4:3–4 KJV 1900
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
the god of this world
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
OUR HOPE IS TO CHANGE KINGDOMS
Colossians 1:13–14 KJV 1900
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
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