Faith
Wednesday September 17, 2008
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
"Understanding Satan’s Role"

Although discussed throughout your Bible, Satan continues as one of God’s most misunderstood creations.  You begin to see the importance of understanding Satan’s role in 2 Thes. 2:3 KJV where you are told that just before Christ returns, the son of perdition (Satan) is revealed to you.

Let no man deceive you by any means:  for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;”

The “Falling away” is the apostasy and here you begin to see that the role Satan plays is larger than the one with him standing in a red flannel suit, waving you into the fiery furnace of hell with his pitchfork.

Coming soon, he will be playing the role of Christ!  In Isaiah 14:13–14 KJV Satan lets you know that, while sitting upon the Mount of Congregation, God’s seat in Jerusalem, he 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: 

[14] I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

Ezekiel 28:13 KJV tells you that in his attempt to be God, Satan has the looks to convince you that he is.

Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold:  the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.”

Satan used his beauty in the Garden of Eden and this verse points out that God held nothing back when He created Satan. Ezekiel 28:14 KJV tells you that before Satan turned bad, God held a special place for him in His Heart.

Thou are the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so:  thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.”

Michael was a cherub (archangel) and so was Lucifer (Satan) but unlike Michael, authority spoiled him.

Ezekiel 28:6 KJV shows that Satan’s attributes went to his head as he decided that he would take God’s place:

Therefore thus saith the Lord God; because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God”

Lucifer’s greed and envy caused God to take him down.  Taking on a new role as Satan, Ezekiel 28:8


 

KJV shows him what lay ahead in his future.

They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.”

Rev 9:11 KJV is where you learn that the one assigned to the pit is Satan…Abaddon in Hebrew.

And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.”

Your Strong’s Concordance translates “Apollyon” from its Greek meaning in the manuscripts:

Apolluon; active participle of Greek 622 (apollumi); a destroyer (ie satan) :- Appollyon.

There’s no doubt that all the verses you have read are addressing Satan and his title “destroyer’ is earned…his only goal is to destroy you. The good thing is that this can only accomplished during the apostasy when he attempts to convince you that he is Christ.  Understanding Satan’s role prepares you for his attempt as it disallows anything that he can do to convince you that he is Christ.

God light continues to shine on Satan’s identity and in 2 Thes 2:4 KJV the missing link to understanding Satan’s role surfaces:

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

Are you visualizing the beauty of this evil one? Is digging deeper into God’s Word bringing you closer to understanding Satan’s role?

 

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com