Satan His Infernal Majesty
WHO IS HE?
He has many aliases . . .
Angel of light
The evil one
Prince of demons
Satan = The accuser
The devil = The slanderer
Belial = The wicked one
Beelzebub = Lord of flies
Apollyon & Abaddon = Destroyer
The great dragon
That ancient serpent
Prince of the power of the airThief
The father of lies
Prince of darkness
Prince of this world
The god of this age
The angel of the Abyss
The oppressor of the saints
The sower of discord
The enemy of all good
The spirit that works in the children of disobedience
His biography . . .
Satan is an angel. God made him before the world began (Job 38:4-7). Satan was
very powerful (Revelation 12:3: "ten horns") and very wise (Revelation 12:3:
"seven heads"). But he became the first sinner (1 John 3:8). Apparently at one
point in the past (or possibly future) he led a rebellion in heaven against God
(Revelation 12:7). In Satan’s fall, he drew a vast number of angels with him
(Revelation 12:4, 9). Some of the fallen angels are loose and some are bound in
a place called the Abyss (Luke 8:31). The loose ones we call "demons". Of the
bound ones, there are two kinds, permanently bound (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6) and
temporarily bound (Revelation 9:1-11). Satan and his demons now wage war against
God’s kingdom (Revelation 12:17). At the Second Coming of Christ, he will be
bound for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-3). After the thousand years, he will be
set free for a short time and will go out to deceive the nations (Revelation
20:7-9). The devil’s final end will be in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10),
which was prepared by God for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41).
Picture by C.Stokes 1999. A.D.
His limitations . . .
Satan is not self-existent. He is created.
He is not sovereign.
Satan rules a domain of demons, but he does not rule beyond the bound of
that confinement of rule which God has given him.
Satan never has cast off the government of God, since the rebellion totally
failed. He has been exiled to the earth and the domain around it (Ephesians
Satan’s chain stretches just so far and God allows him to go that far and no
farther. He operates completely within the sphere of God’s allowance (e.g.
Job 1:12; 2:6).
God even uses Satan to His own ends (2 Corinthians 12:7).
Satan is not omnipotent (all-powerful). He is powerful, yes, but not all
powerful (1 John 4:4).
Satan is not omniscient (all-knowing).
Satan is an angel and angels don’t know everything (1 Peter 1:11-12).
There is no indication in Scripture that Satan can read our thoughts. But
he’s pretty good at predicting our behavior, because he’s an expert on human
Satan is not omnipresent (everywhere at the same time).
He’s fast, but not omnipresent.
But he is the head of a network of subordinate devils who make his influence
practically worldwide (Matthew 12:24).
THE POWER OF SATAN OVER THOSE OUTSIDE OF CHRIST . . .
Satan has the whole world of unbelievers under his control (Matthew
4:8-10; John 14:30; 1 John 5:19).
Unbelievers belong to him (1 John 3:8,12) and are his children (1 John
Satan has the power of influence and blinding. He blinds the minds of the
unbelieving (2 Corinthians 4:4). He prevents the gospel from entering
their hearts (Matthew 13:19; Luke 8:11). Satan speaks through
fortunetellers (Acts 16:16), cult leaders (1 Timothy 4:1-2), and false
preachers (2 Corinthians 11: 13-15). He seeks to deceive about his
existence, his purposes, his activities, and his coming defeat. He is the
deceiver of the whole world (Revelation 12:8). His ultimate deception will
be in the anti-christ (2 Thessalonians 2:9).
Satan can control a person’s body. Demons can cause muteness (Luke 11:14),
mental disorder (John 10:20), violent action (Luke 8:26-29), and crippling
(Luke 13:11,16). In these examples Satan caused people to be handicapped
although there was nothing physically wrong with them.
Satan influences governments and nations. Daniel 10:12-13,20-21 gives us a
glimpse into the spiritual realm of angels and demons and how they affect
nations. The "prince of the Persian kingdom" (v.13) is apparently a demon
exercising influence over the Persian realm in the interests of Satan. The
archangel of God named Michael finally overcame his resistance. Likewise
the "prince of Greece" in verse 20 is also a demon.
SATAN’S POWER OVER BELIEVERS . . .
Satan tempts believers to . . .
disobedience (1 Chronicles 21:1-7).
lose faith in God (Luke 22:31-32; 1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:16).
lie (Acts 5:3).
immorality (1 Corinthians 7:5).
be preoccupied by the world (1 John 2:15; 2 Timothy 4:10).
be proud (1 Timothy 3:6).
discouragement (1 Peter 5:6, 7, 10).
He also tries to create doubt (Genesis 3:1), persecutes the Church
(Revelation 2:10), hinders our service (1 Thessalonians 2:18), infiltrates
our ranks—and so confuses the world as to what a Christian really is (1
John 4:1-6; 2 Peter 2).
but . . .
Jesus cast out demons as evidence of His victory over the prince of
The truth is that "his infernal majesty" is bound and is powerless before
the Son of God (Mark 3:27).
Christ has defeated Satan (John 12:31). He defeated Satan and all spiritual
forces of evil at the cross (Colossians 2:14-15). Satan has fallen from the
heavens (Luke 10:18). He is cast out of heaven and into the earth and no
longer has the ability to accuse us before the Father (Revelation 12:10,
Christians do not need to fear Satan, because . . .
Satan can only do to believers what God permits him to do (Job 1:12; 2:6).
In Christ we have been delivered from Satan’s power (Colossians 1:13; Acts
We have the promise that God will not allow us to be tempted beyond our
capacity (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Christ keeps us safe and Satan cannot lay hold of the believer to harm him
(1 John 5:18).
Demonic powers cannot separate us from God’s love in Christ (Romans
Those who are in Christ can overcome Satan (Revelation 12:11; Romans
16:20; 1 John 2:13-14).
Greater is the One who is in us than Satan who is in the world (1 John 4:4).
We can resist the devil and he will flee from us (James 4:7).
The weapons that we have been given can pull down strongholds (2 Corinthians
If we use the armor of God, we have God’s promise that we can take our stand
against the devil’s schemes (Ephesians 6:11,13).
Copyright © 1999 C.Stokes All rights reserved.
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