Summary: Although Satan is a defeated enemy, it helps to know who our enemy is
Satan – Know your Enemy
One of the reasons for the success of the recent war in Iraq was a result of the militarily superiority of the American forces.
• Better aircraft, better tanks, better soldiers, better morale
• One other advantage the Americans possessed which should not be minimized was their knowledge of their enemies capabilities
• They had Special forces units behind enemy territory, satellite surveillance, manned aircraft and drone surveillance, AWAC surveillance
• Iraq forces couldn’t sneeze without the US knowing what was going on
• One of the republican guards elite tank units moved out of Baghdad to engage the American forces just south of the city under cover of darkness
• But the Americans were watching their every move
• They simply took out the lead and rear units and the others were stuck on the road with no escape making easy targets for US attack aircraft
• Christians too are involved in warfare. Paul calls it spiritual warfare
• Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
• So we see we have a real live enemy out – these principalities and powers are the reason we have the evil we see in the world today
• So we are in a fight whether we like it or not. And just like the US forces gathered all the intelligence they could on their enemy, we too need to understand our enemy
Today we’re going to talk about Satan the Devil, AKA, Lucifer, Abaddon (Destruction), Adversary, the Evil One, the Enemy, Murderer, Liar, Ruler of Darkness, God of this Age, Apollyon (Destroyer), Dragon, Accuser of the brethren, Deceiver
• With those names, not exactly the best company to hang with
• We only have to look at events like Sept 11 or Bali to know there is something terribly evil in the world
• Events like these make a myth of the caricature of Satan as an ugly red creature with pitchfork, horns, and a tail who gladly reigns in hell
• we have a couple of authors to thank for these misconceptions, mainly the 13th century work of Dante’s Inferno and Milton’s Paradise Lost, written in the eighteenth century
• Satan would love us to think of him as this benign caricature who is content to stoke the fires of hell
• But he is far from being benign
• He is evil personified. He is a Christian’s sworn enemy. He wants to destroy us. He is in direct opposition to God and all that God is trying to achieve
Today we are going to look at a number of questions that come up about Satan
• Where did Satan come from?
• Can Satan change?
• What is Satan’s fate?
• Do we need to fear Satan?
Where did Satan come from?
• The bible doesn’t give us a lot of information on this subject except for a couple of accounts in the old testament
• This is one of these sections of scripture we need to be careful with. This was originally written about the King of Tyre, but as we will see, some of the attributes mentioned can only apply to Satan
• Ezekiel 28:11-15 11 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying,12 “Son of man, take up a Lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “You were the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes Was prepared for you on the day you were created.14 “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. 15 You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you.
• This cherub was the epitome of the spiritual creation – perfect in every way, possibly standing behind God’s throne covering it with his wings
• Had everything going for him, until that last phrase, iniquity was found in you.
• Being top dog of the angels wasn’t good enough, he wanted more
• keep your place and turn back to Isaiah 14, This reference starts off as referring to the King of Babylon, possibly Nebuchnezzar, but again there are supernatural overtones to this passage