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Our studies on angelology and demonology are prepared to provide sound doctrinal information about the dimension of the spirit. We ourselves are spirit beings, fashioned and created in the image and likeness of God, who is spirit. We have a soul and live in a physical body in such a way that we can interact with this normally unseen dimension.

Misleading information, false impressions and simple assumptions leading to error and lies has held many a good person in bondage and fear. All too often this fear is instilled simply because God's people do not know the truth. The devil is a trickster... a liar and his deceptive nature in opposing the work of the Lord, has allowed him to pose in roles that have caused men to think of him in any way other than his true character. A common misconception portrays him as a red faced being with horns, hoofs and a forked tail who carries a pitchfork and is dressed in a red suit. Sometimes he is pictured as an ugly, grotesque being with an evil, cunning grin on a leering face. Whilst evil spirits and demon forces may be ugly in this way, Lucifer really is far from such a picture. The bible reveals that the truth is otherwise when he appears to men and if he came in such a guise, few would follow him.
Unlike popular belief, Satan's dominant purpose is not to be unlike God, but to be like God. Isaiah 14:14 says that he wants to be like the most High. 

I have often heard believers say that the devil is attacking them and that really annoys me. It infuriates the Lord, because He dealt with the enemy hordes at Calvary. I recall a time He shared information on such matters with me in a way that was startling to say the least. He was very angry... very angry indeed and it is one of two times only that I have seen Him angry. His anger was due to the over-emphasis placed on the devil, likening it to worship by default when people say that he is attacking them. In summary, the Lord said that those people who say such things are as good as telling Him that (in His own words) Calvary was not good enough!

There are a few core scriptures I want to share with you as a foundation for our studies. The first is taken from the book of James, where he is dealing with similar issues that caused Lucifer's fall and we shall see more of this in due course. Having spoken along the lines of ambitious pride, quarreling and arrogance, James said-

So place yourselves under God's authority. Resist the devil, and he will run away from you. Come close to God, and he will come close to you. Clean up your lives, you sinners, and clear your minds, you doubters. Be miserable, mourn, and cry. Turn your laughter into mourning and your joy into gloom. Humble yourselves in the Lord's presence. Then he will give you a high position. James 4:7-10.

Please take notice of what he said. He told us to submit to God, to place ourselves under God's authority and to draw close to God. The act of humbling ourselves is a deliberate step to be taken and is a choice process made by an act of our own volition. God never sends us sickness, poverty or other things to teach us lessons and to humble us. Most such statements are pure lies and religious gobbledook. We choose to humble ourselves, regardless of financial or other status.
The other point to look at is the authority a believer has in Jesus. Any blood washed believer can make a positive stand and resist the devil! The bible tells us that when we do this, the devil has to flee.
To qualify for this status however, we must be born again and we must declare what God has declared. In other words, we are to speak the relevant word of God at  that time in a given situation. Jesus did that when the devil tempted Him! On each occasion, Jesus replied to the temptation with the opening phrase, 
It is written. See Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13.

The second passage of scripture is-
...to keep Satan from getting the advantage over us; for we are not ignorant of his wiles and intentions. 2 Corinthians 2:11.

Paul said that we can see right through every one of the devil's schemes and plots and that we can prevent him from getting the edge over us!
We can walk in the victory when we know who we are, what Jesus did for us and what Jesus has given us. When we exercise our authority in Christ, we overcome. This is not to say that we do not have problems or opposition. We do, but we do not have to yield to them, because the devil is not a roaring lion as some people say, but is like one! He is on the prowl looking for a loophole. He is not as powerful as you think.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 1 Peter 5:8-9.

If he is more powerful than a believer, we could not resist him! He is also wandering around looking for a weak person who does not know his position in Christ, looking for a way to get him!

In conjunction with our studies on God's holy Angels, I present this information on the devil and his fallen angels, with other relevant matter to you so that you will know who they are, where they originated, what they do and their status in the sight of God to help you and better equip you.

Definitions

The word Angel appears in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.
In the Old Testament, the word used is ‏לאך‎ or Malʾāk.
It means a messenger or a representative. The title of messenger is really an inadequate description, because such a person or an angel is one who carries out a wide range of tasks on behalf on another. They carried messages of course, but also performed other specific commissions. They officially represented the one sending them, so it was more than merely conveying a message.

Being both human and angelic in origin, the messages could announce good news, make requests, or pass on threats or warnings. They could also be sent out as spies.

Prophets could possibly be legitimately classified as angels, because they represented God in the above categories.

The supernatural being we call an angel such as the cherubim in the Holy of Holies and other ranks of angels present something above these things. Their presence often revealed an aspect of God's glory.
No mere messenger could do that.
See Genesis 28:12-17; Psalm 148:2; Isaiah 6:1-3; Ezekiel 1:1-28; Revelation 4:6-8.

The Greek Angelos (ἄγγελος) of the New Testament, also means Messenger.
Such a being is one who brings news or tidings. It also suggests that preachers, such as a pastor, or an evangelist could be classed as an Angelos.

Something to note is that you do not need to be an ordained minister to qualify! If God sends you on an errand of some kind, you could legitimately be called an Angelos because of that fact. Similarly, one who is a Sent One is likened to an apostle, sharing the same word as the actual ministry gift of an Apostle!
Please do not misunderstand me. Such offices are definitely high callings that should never be taken lightly, but I share that to illustrate that we aught not place too much emphasis on such people... for all are human!

These specific illustrations however relate to God's holy angels. They are messengers of God, but there is another species of angel who, as fallen angels, are the messengers of Satan who is called The god of this world.
We shall see more of this aspect and about the ministry gifts elsewhere.

The need to know

Satan should never be given undue prominence, but it is important to know that he occupied a very prominent place in the bible in ages past, holding title of Lucifer. He is known by many other names which we shall see elsewhere on this page.
It is evident that he is a real being, despite the denial of come people. In like manner, the existence of Hell is also doubted, but when one dies, or at the end of this age, scoffers and unbelievers will acknowledge all these things.
It has become quite popular to speak of him as a mere figure of speech, or a metaphorical personification of evil. Scoffers think that those who believe in his existence are under a delusion, but it is interesting to discover that this approach only seems evident or is more prevalent in so-called Christian countries!

I am of the opinion that he has tricked those folk into such denial to achieve his own ends. It is to Satan's advantage to have his presence denied so that he may be enabled to work more subtly in deceiving Mankind.

Satan, his Hebrew name, is found on five occasions only in the Old Testament.
In Genesis 3:1-15 he is seen in the guise of the serpent who tempted Eve and caused the first sin on this earth.
1 Chronicles 21:1 says
And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.

Twice in Job he is seen-
when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.
There was a legal confrontation between him and God that permitted him (by Job's own actions) to cause temporary harm. See Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7.


The last record is seen in Zechariah, when God rebuked him for his slander against the man of God.
The LORD said to Satan, "I, the LORD, silence you, Satan! I, the LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, silence you! Isn't this man like a burning log snatched from a fire?" Zechariah 3:1-2.

The New Testament refers to him as Satan, or the devil about seventy-two times. I think that this is because Jesus had come in fulfilment of the prophecy in Genesis 3:15, when Christ, the seed of the woman, was born of the flesh, coming to achieve victory over Satan and purchase redemption at Calvary. The battle lines so to speak were then drawn and we can now see the unfolding of prophecy before our very eyes as the devil's time is fast running out.
We need to know what is happening.

About him

Our studies will look at his nature, character and personality and answer typical questions like, Where did he come from? What does he do? What will happen next?


Once we have shared those points, we shall look at where a believer stands in the equation.
 

Since Calvary, things radically changed. Jesus is seated at the right hand of God as our Great High Priest making intercession for you and me.
We are seated with Him. According to the word of God, we are more than conquerors and this willbe made evident in the various studies on my web site, but I can assure you, based on the word of God that we win! Hallelujah! We win!

A created being

Lucifer is a created being, as are all angels and creation. See Psalm 148:1-14.


God cannot and did not create evil or anything that is bad. Everything God made is good according to Genesis 1:31, so when He created Lucifer, He created a beautiful and highly intelligent being with character and personality. He was full of wisdom, perfect in beauty, the anointed cherub. See Ezekiel 28:12–19. he was perfect in all his ways according to Ezekiel 28:15.

He was called Lucifer because he reflected the glorious light of god. He was the lightbearer. The name Lucifer is ‏הֵילֵל‎ (hêlēl).
It talks about shining and brightness, like the Morning Star, with associated meanings of praise, glory, boast, commended, celebrate and more. It relates to bright colours, to make a show, to boast and so on.
God is light according to 1 John 1:5. He dwells in light. See 1 Timothy 6:14-16. When John saw the Heavenly City, he said-
...And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. Revelation 21:22-23.

When I visited Heaven, it was always brilliant. There were no shadows whatsoever. I did not get to the City itself, but saw through a blazing brilliance that dazzled my eyes so much I had to shield them, to see what looked like the outlines of buildings, with an even brighter radiant, pulsating light, shimmering behind her. See the page Heaven for the account. 

A more detailed account is found in Ezekiel 28:12-19. Verse 13 is very interesting
You were in Eden, God's garden. You were covered with every kind of precious stone: red quartz, topaz, crystal, beryl, onyx, gray quartz, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald. Your settings and your sockets were made of gold when you were created. Ezekiel 28:13.

Lucifer was garbed that way to reflect the glorious light of God. If he moved, God's light shimmered and sparkled brilliantly. If God moved, each facet of those precious gems exploded in blazing colours better than ten million simultaneous fireworks displays.
Little wonder that Isaiah 14:12–17 called him Lucifer, the son of the morning or the bright star.
Some theologians do not think this refers to Lucifer, saying that Isaiah was speaking only of a wicked tyrannical king, but I am of the opinion that this hasa double meaning, that embraces both personalities. After all, if Satan motivates people for evil and has a dominion as we shall see in our studies, he could just as easily controlled that king!

The main point to consider here is this...
Lucifer, the devil, satan or whatever name you use is a created being. He is a fallen angel as we shall see, but a blood washed believer is a Son of the Living God! He is not! He never will be and his ultimate destiny is not yours! You have an inheritance and have the right, authority, honour and privilege of being able to call God Abba... Father!

His personality

We have seen that Lucifer is a created being. This means that he has a personality. Satan and evil spirits are by no means figures of speech. No metaphor could offer a kingdom to Jesus, or cause a child to throw himself into a fire, cause a whole herd of swine to run violently over the edge of a cliff, or scream out loudly to beg Jesus not to punish them prematurely.


The bible clearly speaks about Satan as a being with a discinct personality and does so just as much as it describes the personality of a human being.
 

If anyone doubts the personality of Satan then they must also doubt the personality of Jesus!
Satan is constantly referred to as a personal being. Personal names and titles are applied to him.

  • Serpent: Genesis 3:4
  • Lucifer: Isaiah 14:12 (also known as son of the morning and the like) 
  • Satan: Job 1:12
  • Devil: Luke 4:13; Hebrews 2:14; 1 John 3:8
  • Prince of this world: John 12:31
  • Wicked: 2 Thessalonians 2:8
  • god of this world: 2 Corinthians 4:4
His origin

It all began when Lucifer lifted his will above that of God Almighty. Pride was a major failing in Lucifer. His selfish pride caused him to rise above the reason or purpose he was created and the and service assigned to him. As a result of this rebellion, Lucifer was cast out of the heavenly realm and office which he had held.We see several statements he made saying, "I will"...

Isaiah describes it this way in Isaiah 14:12-17

How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! 

How you are cut down to the ground,  you who weaken the nations! 

For you have said in your heart, “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;

I will sit also on the mount of the congregation, in the recesses of the north; 

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.” 

Yet you shall be brought down to Hell, to the sides of the pit. 

Those who see you shall stare at you and ponder over you: 

Is this the man who made the earth to tremble and shook kingdoms,

who made the world as a wilderness and destroyed its cities, who did not open the house of his prisoners?” 

See also Ezekiel 28:2; 14-19; 2 Thessalonians 2:4

Jesus said in Luke 10:18 that He saw Satan fall as lightning from heaven.

Some commentators believe that Jesus' words were prophetic and refer to Revelation 12:9.
Others hold to the position that these words of Jesus look back to that historic judgment of Lucifer, when he was expelled from Heaven and became Satan.

Paul told Timothy that novices should not be promoted to office to avolid being lifted up in pride and fall into cpondemnation of teh devil lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. See 1 Timothy 3:6.

We are not sure if Satan still has access to Heaven. In Job 1:6-7 we see that the sons of God presented themselves to God and Satan was with them. When the Lord asked him about it, Satan said that he had been going to and fro in the earth and walking up and down in it.
Please take note that he walks around pretending to be a roaring lion seeking weak people for the purpose of wrecking their lives. See 1 Peter 5:6-9. The inference here is that we are well able to resist him. This is supported by James 4:7 that states  that because of our submission to God, we are able to resist the devil and he would flee from us.

Jesus came here to destroy the works of the devil. See 1 John 3:8. Because of Calvary, Jesus has all power and authority, having spoiled all princapalites and powers according to Colossians 2:14-15.

It appears that his function now is nowhere as effective as it was before Jesus came and he seeks weaaknesses in believers, mainly as the accuser of our brethren according to Revelation 12:10.

Please do not undestimate this being nevertheless . He is still god of the world system (notice the lower case "g") who, despite his abilities, has never regained his former position of honor and influence. Think of it as a person who has been arrested for a crime, taken to court and been sentenced by the judge for his crime, Judgement has already been made and the sentence is yet to be fulfilled. 

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