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Summary: Where did Satan from? Was he an angel gone bad? How much power does he have? We hope to answer these and other questions in this study.

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What Do We Know About Satan?

Biblical Names

A. Devil - 61 times KJV (only in NT) from Gk

diabolos

B. Satan - 19 times in OT, 36 times in NT -

Hebrew word describing arch-enemy of

good, from Heb. Verb = “to lie in wait”

In NT, from Gk. Satanas = accuser,

adversary

C. Beelzebub - 7 times in NT from Gk

Beelzeboul(beh-el-zeb-oo) = dung god,

lord of filth, prince of evil spirits

D. He is also referred to as Prince of this

world (John 12:31, 14:30,16:11), he took

on the form of a serpent (Gen 3) and

symbolically is the great dragon (Rev.

12:9).

E. What about Lucifer? This is not a

Biblical name for the devil (cover

in detail under Origin of the Devil).

Origin of the Devil

A. The Devil isn’t Lucifer!

1. Isaiah 14:12 (sure looks like it!)

2. Lucifer - from Heb heylel (hay-

lale) = morning star.

3. Context here is fall of king of

Babylon (likey Belshazzar of Dan.

5:30) Note vs. 4 & 13 - not

talking about the devil!

B. What about Rev. 12:7-9?

1. First of all, this is a vision,

it’s not literal, it’s symbolic.

If it were a real story of

Satan’s origin, then there would

have to be a real dragon with a

tail long enough to reach the

stars (cf. vs. 4).

2. The war in heaven, the dragon,

the angels, etc. are all symbols

in this vision that embodies a

truth - Satan is a loser. He

couldn’t defeat Christ on earth,

now, in this vision he races to

heaven & fights Christ there and

looses!

C. Satan wasn’t an eternal being - he was

created!

1. An eternal being is deity (to

look upon as a god) - note the

characteristic’s of God (Deut

33:27; Ps 102:27; John 1:1; Rev

1:8).

2. Deity is omnipotent (having

unlimited power & authority) -

(Gen 17:1; Job 42:2) - only God

has the creative power and power

over life & death (Gen 1:1;

2 Pet 3:10; Eph 1:20).

3. Deity is omnipresent (present in

all places at the same time)

Heb 4:13; Jer. 23:23-24.

4. Deity is omniscient (om-nish-ent)

knowing all things) - Ps.139:1-6;

Is. 45:21

5. Satan isn’t omnipotent -

1 John :4; Luke 22:31; he isn’t

omnipresent - Rev 20:10 (being

placed here means he can be

confined to a place); he isn’t

omniscient - Job 2:3-5.

6. Simple deduction, if Satan is not

deity, he can’t be eternal, thus

he must be a created being - Neh.

9:6; Col. 1:16; Eph. 3:9; Ps.

148:1-5.

Was Satan Created “Evil”? - We’ve determined that Satan isn’t eternal nor deity and thus was created. The questions now are: When was he created? Was he created Evil? If not, what was he originally?

A. Gen 1:31 - 4 key words: all (everything),

made (created), very good!

B. We have to deduce that God didn’t create

Satan as an evil adversary,rather, Satan

became evil! (get to in a bit).

C. What about Is. 45:7? Evil is not God’s

nature (Deut 32:4).

IV. Is Satan an Angel gone bad?

A. There are hints in Scripture that Satan &

others departed their righteous state &

rebelled against God - Job 4:18; 2 Pet

2:4; Jude 6.

B. Satan is referred to as “the prince of

demons” (Mat. 12:24), while Mat. 25:41

speaks of “the devil and his angels”

(talk about demons in a bit) - thus we

can conclude that the devil is the leader

of a group of angels who rebelled against


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