Angels and Demons: Debunking the Myths
Lesson 8Satanology: Part 3
Lesson 8 Continued
As we continue the third in our series of lessons on Satan, recall he is the chief of liars and the master of deceit. We now turn our attention to his sinful nature and judgment. Closely examining his sinful nature and character, we will see Satan as he truly is. Correspondingly, we can also rest in the assurance that our faith will be validated and rewarded by God’s final judgment on him.
Let’s consider the following characterizations and aspects of Satan:
Satan According To The Old Testament
- Earlier in our study, we observed that "Satan" moved David to sin by his numbering the people. In general, how do references to Satan in the Old Testament depict him? See 1 Chronicles 21:1, Psalm 109:6, Zechariah 3:1-2 and the entire book of Job.
Satan According To The New Testament
- The true character of the coming conflict between God and Satan is revealed in the New Testament. What do the following two passages tell us about the warring kings of the time: Revelation 16:13-14 and Revelation 19:17-21?
Satan’s activity, as described in the New Testament, can be divided into two classifications: (i) that activity which comes through his authority as king over the evil spirits, and (ii) that activity which comes through world dominion.
Satan Judged At The Cross
- In Ephesians 2:12-16, Paul describes Christ’s death on the cross as removing the barrier between Jews and Gentiles by enabling salvation for those who call on his name, but it also means judgment for Satan. What is the final judgment for those who do not chose Christ, including the fallen angels. See Matthew 25:41 and Revelation 20:12-15.
- What do the following verses tell us about Christ’s death on the cross: Colossians 1:19-22 and Colossians 2:14-15?
- Christ specifically addressed Satan’s judgment in these passages: John 12:31, John 16:11, and Hebrews 2:14. What do they tell us?
The Execution of Satan’s Judgment
We will examine Satan’s judgment, as it is carried out in three successive events:
- Satan’s being cast out of heaven, as described in Revelation 12:7-12.
- Satan’s judgment at Christ’s Second Coming, as described in Matthew 24:30 and 2 Thessalonians 2:8-10.
- Satan’s final judgment, as described in Revelation 20:10
- First, Satan was cast out of heaven (see Revelation 12:7-12).
- How is he cast out?
- What does this mean to Satan?
- Who will Satan’s heaviest wrath fall upon on, as symbolized in Revelation 12:13-17?
- Second, Satan will be judged at Christ’s Second Coming, as portrayed in Matthew 24:30 and 2 Thessalonians 2:8-10.
- What does Revelation 20:1-3 indicate to us regarding Satan’s judgment upon Christ’s return?
- What happens after Satan is subsequently released from the abyss? See Revelation 20:7-10.
- If we contrast events occurring during the time before Satan is thrown into the abyss with events during the time when he is confined to the abyss; we see that war is prevalent before, and then it ceases. Similarly, contrast the Millennial period with post-Millennial period when Satan is released: again, war resumes. What can we infer from this?
- Finally, after Satan’s final judgment as recounted in Revelation 20:10; what is his ultimate punishment?
Satan’s Evil Character
- Man has innumerable ways to sin regarding things of the flesh, the material world, and the spirit world, including lust, covetousness, the black arts, greed, murder, etc.; however, angels can only sin in two ways. Can you identify these two from the following verses?
- Read 1 Timothy 3:6, Ezekiel 28:17, and Isaiah 14:12-14 and identify the first way that they can sin.
- Read John 8:44, 1 John 3:8, Romans 1:21-22, Romans 1:25, Romans 1:28-31, and 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; and identify the second way that they can sin.
- Given that Satan and the demons can only sin through two primary ways, this implies that popular impressions regarding the character of Satan and the demons are mostly in error. What are some of these popular impressions?
- In terms of Satan’s sinfulness and deceit, what do the following passages indicate to us: Revelation 2:24 and 1 Timothy 4:1?
- Let’s see how much we have retained from our study so far. Fill in the blanks in the following statements regarding Satan and his fallen angels:
- Satan and his fallen angels can do nothing outside the _____________.
- They have great knowledge, but are not ___________.
- They have vast power but are not ___________.
- They cover the world but they are not ____________.
- They can _______ evil, but they cannot coerce the will of another creature.
- They can spread snares and devices to ruin the children of God, but they cannot ________ any other being to comply.
- They have power over nature when permitted to use it, but they ______ create anything.
- Read Luke 22:31-32, 1 Corinthians 5:5 and 1 Timothy 1:20. In these examples, what is God using Satan for?
Satan is a liar and deceiver—as are his followers. He is the prince of the air and the ruler over the present "cosmos"—this world. In the next lesson, we will look at the world according to Satan and see why Christ said, "I am not of this world".
May God continue to bless you through this study.