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Satan, His Tactics, and His War With God and His People (Part 01) - Satan's Origin

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Satan, His Tactics, and His War With God and His People

I. There are two mindsets about Satan that he loves.
1. Believing that he doesn't exist.
A. Atheism has been on the rise for decades, and with it the denial of spirits, angels, and devils.
B. We essentially live in a culture of atheistic Sadducees (Act 23:8).
C. This would seem be a major victory in Satan's mind because not only are people en masse rejecting God, but they are also unaware of Satan, His aims, and means.
D. An adversary that is unknown will not be understood.
E. Thus, an adversary that is unknown will not be resisted.
F. Therefore, if people don't believe that Satan exists, he can operate more freely in the world and manipulate people without them realizing it.
2. Being obsessed with him.
A. This opposite extreme is also welcomed by Satan.
B. Satan wants to be like God (Isa 14:14), and therefore wants to be worshipped (Mat 4:9).
C. The scriptures, and the God they declare, are the continual meditation of devout Christians (Psa 119:97).
D. Therefore, Satan would love nothing more than for Christians, or anyone else for that matter, to be consumed with thoughts and investigations of him and his machinations in the world.
3. The goal of this study is to give us a Biblical view and understanding of Satan and his devices.
4. We do not want to know the depths of Satan (Rev 2:24), but only what the scripture tells us about him.
II. Satan's origin
1. Before he was called Satan, he was Lucifer (Isa 14:12-15).
A. Lucifer was created by God as a perfect angel (Eze 28:12-15).
i. Cherub - 2. In extant use: A being of a celestial or angelic order. a. One of the ‘living creatures’ mentioned in the Old Testament, and figured in the Jewish Temple.
ii. He was the head of the angels (the anointed cherub that covereth) (Eze 28:14, 16).
iii. There are currently four cherubim (Eze 10:9, 14-15), which are the four living creatures (Eze 1:5, 15 c/w Eze 10:14-15).
iv. Lucifer was apparently the 5th and chief cherub.
B. Lucifer is the subject of both Isa 14:12-15 and Eze 28:12-19.
i. A similar condemnation is given in both passages.
ii. He fell from heaven.
a. "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!" (Isa 14:12)
b. "I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God" (Eze 28:16)
iii. He was cut down to the ground.
a. "how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!" (Isa 14:12)
b. "I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee." (Eze 28:17)
iv. He was cast into hell.
a. "Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit." (Isa 14:15)
b. "I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee." (Eze 28:18)
C. Satan is Lucifer who fell from heaven (Luk 10:18).
2. Though Eze 28:12-19 is addressed to the king of Tyrus (Eze 28:12), and Isa 14:12-15 is addressed to king of Babylon (Isa 14:4), it is evident that Lucifer (Satan) is being spoken to through those kings because he was the spirit that was animating them, which is proven by the following:
A. Satan was in the garden of Eden in the form of the serpent (Eze 28:13 c/w Gen 3:1-6 c/w 2Co 11:3 c/w Rev 12:9).
i. The king of Tyrus was not in the garden of Eden.
ii. Therefore the king of Tyrus nor the king of Babylon were being directly addressed in Eze 28:12-19 and Isa 14:12-15.
B. Lucifer was perfect in his ways from the day he was created until iniquity was found in him (Eze 28:15).
i. The king of Tyrus was a man and therefore was a sinner from birth (Rom 5:12; Psa 51:5; Psa 58:3).
ii. Therefore, the king of Tyrus nor the king of Babylon were being directly addressed in Eze 28:12-19 and Isa 14:12-15.
C. In the Bible, the devils that are controlling kings (Rev 16:14) are referred to as the kings themselves.
i. This was the case with the devil behind the prince of Persia (Dan 10:13) and the prince of Grecia (Dan 10:20).
ii. It is impossible for the prince of Persia to be the man himself because a man could not withstand an angel (2Ki 19:35).
iii. We fight not against flesh and blood, but against the spirits that animate them (Eph 6:12).
3. When was Lucifer created?
A. God created everything in heaven and in earth in six days (Exo 20:11).
i. God created Lucifer and the other angels (Eze 28:13; Psa 104:1-5; Heb 1:7).
ii. Therefore, Lucifer was created at some point during the six days of creation.
iii. The angels watched and rejoiced as God laid the foundation of the earth (Job 38:4-7).
iv. The earth was created on the first day of creation (Gen 1:1).
v. The laying of the foundation and cornerstone of the earth, which the angels beheld, had to have happened on the first day since they the foundation of a thing is the first part created.
vi. Therefore, Lucifer and the rest of the angels had to have been created before the foundation of earth was laid on the first day of creation.