A Serious Caveat
We preface this most important writing with a very serious warning. The concepts contained herein are not meant, in any way, to diminish the danger of the horrendous creature about which it is written. Satan is the most dangerous entity ever to threaten mankind, and if not stopped, he will annihilate the race and destroy the planet we inhabit. No greater peril has, does, or ever will confront the human race.
This writing is intended to enlighten, by putting the threat into proper perspective, and empower those who perceive the true threat with the only defense possible against the power this terrible beast possesses.
♦ I Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
The Church View:
Satan is behind everything that disagrees with the doctrine of the church, every event causing a low attendance at church, anything that threatens the collection plate, and anything the church does not understand. Many religions believe Satan is the source of the UFO phenomenon. Satan is not Earth but flying in our skies.
The Bible View:
Satan is in behind anything on the planet that does not bear love for all of mankind. There is no indication in scripture that Satan has anything to do with UFOs. Satan is now, and has been directly influencing the affiars of men throughout history, on the planet, not from the “heavens”
Satan’s Impact on Humanity
There are only a few instances in the Bible where Satan is described as specifically having a significant impact on the affairs of humans:
♦ Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
The temptation of Eve by the serpent, although not specifically stated, is believed to be Satan.
♦ 1 Chronicles 21:1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.
This reference is only a passing reference concerning the census of Israel and seems to have no great impact on mankind.
♦ Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.
This is the beginning of Satan’s challenge to God to test the faith of Job. It should be noted that Satan’s attempt to prove Job was weak failed.
♦ Zechariah 3:1 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. 2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?
♦ Matthew 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
Here Satan is trying to turn Jesus from the Father while he is in a very weak state. Again he failed.
♦ Luke 13:2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him;
Satan uses Judas to betray Jesus, which eventually leads to his death and resurrection. This sets the stage for the victory over death, which brings salvation, and guarantees inheritance into the royal Family of God to all mankind. By helping mankind, a race Satan has been deceiving and intends to destroy, he again fails.
· In the Revelation to John the Apostle the deception of humanity in the last days is detailed over many chapters. It is accepted that this deception and its consequences are from Satan. In the end, Satan fails.
♦ Revelation 12:7 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.
Here a war in the sky is described and Satan is defeated; another failure. Many think this is the final battle after the last days, but this is contradicted by further disclosures in the Revelation, as well as in a statement by Jesus:
♦ Revelation 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Since Jesus is on the throne, on the planet, it is obvious Satan will not be allowed to torment mankind. If this is speaking of a “final” battle in the end days, it is completely out of context since the description of tribulation continues for several chapters. The following verses show what the true end of Satan’s control over the planet will be:
♦ Revelation 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
This verse clearly shows that the battle in the sky described in Revelation 12:7 above, is a past event, as Satan certainly would not be able to continue his deception of mankind while he is bound in the bottomless pit. The eyewitness testimony of Jesus shows positively that the battle described in Revelation 12:7 is a past, not a future event.
♦ Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
If Jesus saw him fall from the sky, this happened over 2000 years ago and certainly not in the future.
Of the few times Satan is mentioned as having any significant impact on, or influence over, the affairs of mankind he fails miserably in all but one, the temptation of Eve. Considering his actions after this success, which helped to save mankind, even this becomes a failure. He tries, he fails, and he tries again. Considering the condition of the world in this precarious age, one might conclude that he is successful now.
What most do not realize is that by the sacrifice Christ performed for all humanity, he has lost and is now only secretly preparing the human race to fight for him against its own creator. In truth, he has generously written the case for prosecution against himself. In the testimony before the highest court in the universe, which convicts him, will be the ultimate object lesson for mankind that will guide it and keep it safe, free, and progressive forever.
The Real Danger from Satan
The consistent failure of Satan should in no way diminish the threat he poses to mankind. The following two verses contain the identification of the deceiver, and the way he will deceive the world:
Here it is clearly stated Satan will deceive the nations:
♦ Revelation 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
And, this verse clearly connects global corporate power to that deception:
♦ Revelation 18 23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
This is the connection between big business and the deception of the nations that positively ascribes that deception directly to Satan.
Knowledge Gives Advantage
The most serious omission from the pulpit is how he manages to deceive the world. A more thorough examination is found in the next section of this work on the true deception, but the Bible is clear that knowledge is the key. Logic tells the wise that there are more ways to influence the affairs of men than direct manipulation. If Satan can control all aspects of human life, from birth to death, he can control the attitudes of society.
♦ 2 Corinthians 2:10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; 11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
· devices – noema, pronounced no’-ay-mah; a perception, i.e. purpose, or (by implication) the intellect, disposition, itself:
Was Satan a High Angel?
The following verse provides considerable doubt about whether Satan actually was the high angel he is considered to have been:
♦ John 8: 44. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Is There Protection?
Despite the great power ascribed to Satan, scripture makes it clear that just standing up to him is sufficient to make him flee.
♦ James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Resist comes from the Greek word ‘anthistemi’. pronounced anth-is’-tay-mee; to stand against, i.e. oppose: