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Satan, Demons, Hell, & Evil
Revelation 12:9 - And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.  

 

Jesus said of Satan: "The thief comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10)  And of Hell: "Where their worm doesn't die, and the fire is not quenched." Mark 9:46-47


Satan knows the Word of God as he proved in tempting Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11)
as he quotes Deuteronomy 8:3 and Psalm 91:11-12.


Satan is a rebellious fallen angel driven by envy and pride, he existence is dedicated to undermining God's creation. He is the "father of lies," a murderer, deceiver, tempter, and uses "fools" to create counterfeit designs of God's creation, with the most disturbing being that of marriage and family, as they are the basis and foundation that God provided in establishing civil societies. 

Jesus called Satan the prince or ruler of this world. (John 12:31) Paul called him the prince or the power of the air. (Ephesians 2:2)

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (2 Corinthians 4:4) Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. (2 Corinthians 2:11) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour: (1 Peter 5:8)

Satan's goal is to hide the truth of the gospel in order to keep unbelievers in his grasp. How does he accomplish this? The Greek word tuphloo, translated "blinded" in this verse, means, "to dull the intellect."

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.  (1 John 4:4) 

Who is the "thief" Jesus typified in John 10:10? Jesus in addressing the scribes and Pharisees said: "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." (John 8:44) - - The "thief" is an offspring of Satan (Genesis 3), false teachers and prophets, who in the same manner wish to cause evil.

He (Jesus) answered and said unto them, He that sows the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. --Matthew 13:37-42

Revelation 20:7-15 - The Defeat of Satan - Then when the thousand years are completed, Satan will be loosed from his prison and he will come out to deceive the heathens who are in the four corners of the earth, (Ezek. 7:2) Gog and Magog, (Ezek. 38:2-39:10) to gather them for the war, whose number is as the sand of the sea. And they went up upon the breadth of the earth and they surrounded the army of the saints and the beloved city, and fire descended from the sky and consumed them. (2 Ki. 1:10, Ezek. 38:22; 39:6) Then the devil, the one who was deceiving them, was thrown violently into the lake of fire and brimstone (Isa. 30:33, Gen. 19:24, Ezek. 38:22, Ps. 11:6) in which place also the beast and the false prophet had been cast, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. The Judgment at the Great White Throne Then I saw a great white throne and the One Who sits upon it, from Whose presence the earth (Ps. 114:3, 7) and the sky fled and a place was not found for them. Then I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. And scrolls were opened, and another scroll was opened, which is of life, (Exod. 32:32, 33, Ps. 69:29, Dan. 12:1) and the dead were judged according to their deeds, (Isa. 59:18, Jer. 17:10, Ps. 28:4; 62:13, Pro. 24:12, Rom. 2:6, 1 Cor. 3:8) by what had been written in the scrolls. (Dan. 7:9, 10) Then the sea gave up the dead that were in it and Death and Hades gave up the dead, those in them, and each was judged according to his works. Then Death and Hades were thrown violently into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if someone was not found written in the Book of Life, he was cast into the lake of fire. (Isa. 30:33)

"Whenever and where ever the devil can get you to doubt the Word of God the result is always the same: an ultimate shipwreck of your faith and heart oppressed by doubts and fears." "And Signs Followed" by Charles S. Price

Demons - Satan's "angels"

 

Demons are under Satan (Matthew 12:24-30), powerful (Luke 8:29), numerous (Mark 5:8-9), unclean (Matthew 10:1), can possess humans (Matthew 8:29), overcome men (Acts 19:13-16), instigate error (1 Timothy 4:1), and know their destiny (Matthew 8:29).

 


 

Hell

 

Prepared for Satan, his demons and all who do not "know" Jesus "which do iniquity."

 

The "everlasting fire is prepared for the devil (Satan) and his angels (demons)." (Matthew 25:41, Revelation 19:20, 20:10). Satan does not reside in hell (2 Corinthians 4:4). Hell is where he will be cast. (Revelation 20:7-15)

 

Luke 12:4-7 - "But I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but after these things they do not have anything more they can do. But I shall show you something you should fear: you must now fear the One Who after He kills has authority to throw you into Gehenna. Indeed I say to you, you must now fear Him! Are not five sparrows sold for two assarions? And not one of them is forgotten in the sight of God. But even the hairs of your head have all been counted. You must not be afraid: you are worth more than many sparrows."  

 

(Gehenna is the Greek spelling of the Hebrew term, Ge Hinnom, for valley of Hinnom, the place outside Jerusalem where garbage, trash, dead animals, and even executed criminals were disposed of. Fires burned continuously to get rid of the trash and also the bodies. Worms lived in whatever had not been consumed by the fires. The smoke, fires, and worms were a constant reminder to the residents and visitors to Jerusalem of the description of Sheol, so Gehenna was used as a synonym for Sheol. From early in the history of Israel this valley was used for human sacrifices, offerings of babies to the heathen god, Moloch. Joshua 15:8 is the earliest reference, then Joshua 18:16, Jeremiah 7:32; 19:2, 6; 32:35, and 2 Chronicles 28:3, and 2 Kings 23:10 uses the full name of the valley, Valley of the Sons of Hinnom. Hinnom means wailing, lamentation.-- One New Man Bible: Revealing Jewish Root and Power)

 

Revelation 21:6-8 - And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

 

Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. 14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. (Isaiah 5:13-14)

 

2 Peter 2:4-9 - For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

 

Matthew 13:41-43 - The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who has ears to hear, let him hear.

 

Jesus also depicts hell in Luke 12:4-4, Luke 16:19-31, and Mark 9:41-50.

 

1 John 3:8 - For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

 

Ephesians 6:10-17 - Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

 

And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21:5-8)

 

(Recommended: A Devine Revelation of Hell Baxter, Mary)

 

The question of evil

To answer the question "How could God let this happen?," we could go to Einstein's rebuke of a professor using temperature. Cold does not exist; it is a lack of heat. We do not measure how cold something is; we measure how hot something is. It is not that God allowed it to happen; God has been uninvited from our schools, trains, and public places.  The basic laws of society have been banned. God has not allowed anything to happen. We as a world have ignored our Creator's guidelines and are playing God. --Eric Miller

Ezekiel 18:23, 32 - Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? Says Adonai, the LORD*, and not that he should return from his ways and live?! ...For I have no pleasure in the death of the one who dies, says Adonai, the LORD*. Therefore turn3 back yourselves, and live.

Being created with free will allows makes it possible for mistakes, errors, choices and disobedience, with results being either good or evil.

"Free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.” --C.S. Lewis

Man did not know evil before he chose to disobey his Creator. It is only between the fall of man and the coming of the new earth that evil exists.

Genesis 2:15-17 - And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die.  

Revelation 21:1-4 - And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 

Our iniquities prevent God from hearing our prayers and "hides His face" from us.

Psalms 34:16 - The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

Psalms 66:18 - If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

1 Peter 3:12-22 - Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

     And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

     For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

2 Chronicles 7:13-14 - If I shut up heaven so there is no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people: if My people, who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I shall hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Isaiah 59:2 - But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

See both Apostle Paul's description (1 Corinthians 10:1-33) of the Jewish people "overthrown in the wilderness" in Deuteronomy 31:16-18, where God "hid His face."

See these parables from Jesus in Luke 13: 1-10 as well.

Isaiah 45:5-10 - I AM the LORD*, and there is no one else, there is no God besides Me. I girded you, though you have not known Me. So they will know from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is no one besides Me. I AM the LORD*, and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness. I make peace and create chaos. I AM the LORD* Who does all these things. Drop down, you heavens, from above and the skies will pour down righteousness: the earth will open and bear the fruit of salvation and acts of loving kindness will spring up as one. I AM the LORD* Who created it. Woe to him who strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Will the clay say to him who fashions it, What are you making? Has your work no hands? Woe to him who says to his father, What are you begetting? Or to the woman, What have you brought forth?

Deuteronomy 28 outlines God's blessings in obedience and the curses of disobedience.

Deuteronomy 29:24-29 - Even all nations shall say, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus unto this land? what means the heat of this great anger? Then men shall say, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them forth out of the land of Egypt: For they went and served other gods, and worshipped them, gods whom they knew not, and whom he had not given unto them: And the anger of the LORD was kindled against this land, to bring upon it all the curses that are written in this book: And the LORD rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day. The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Genesis 45:1-8 - Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren. And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard. And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; does my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence. And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. For these two years has the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

Proverbs 19:23 - The fear of the LORD tends to life: and he that has it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.

Ecclesiastes 2:26 - For God gives to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he gives travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before.

Ecclesiastes 12:12-14 - And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Natural Disasters

 

Excerpts from The Cause And Cure Of Earthquakes (Sermon One Hudred Twenty-Nine) by Charles Wesley (First published in the year 1750.)

 

     Of all the judgments which the righteous God inflicts on sinners here, the most dreadful and destructive is an earthquake. This he has lately brought on our part of the earth, and thereby alarmed our fears, and bid us "prepare to meet our God!" The shocks which have been felt in divers places, since that which made this city tremble, may convince us that the danger is not over, and ought to keep us still in awe; seeing "his anger is not turned away, but his band is stretched out still." (Isa. 10:4.) That I may fall in with the design of Providence at this awful crisis, I shall take occasion from the words of my text... 

     I am to show you that earthquakes are the works of the Lord, and He only bringeth this destruction upon the earth. Now, that God is himself the Author, and sin the moral cause, of earthquakes, (whatever the natural cause may be,) cannot be denied by any who believe the Scriptures; for these are they which testify of Him, that it is God" which removeth the mountains, and overturneth them in his anger; which shaketh the earth out of her place, and the pillars thereof tremble." (Job 9:5, 6.)

    "He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth he toucheth the hills, and they smoke." (Ps. 104:32.)

     "The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth." (Ps. 97:5.)

     "The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt. Who can stand before his indignation, and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? His fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him." (Nahum 1:5, 6.)

     Earthquakes are set forth by the inspired writers as God's proper judicial act, or the punishment of sin: Sin is the cause, earthquakes the effect, of his anger. So the Psalmist: "The earth trembled and quaked; the very foundations also of the hills shook, and were removed, because he was wroth" (Ps. 18:7.) So the Prophet Isaiah: "I will punish the world for their evil, -- and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible: -- Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shalt remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of host, and in the day of his fierce anger." (Isa. 13:11, 13.) And again. "Behold, the Lord maketh the earth empty; and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down," (in the original, perverteth the face thereof,) "and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. For the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake. The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall and not rise again." (Isa. 24:1, 18-20.) "Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the God of Jacob." (Ps. 114:7.) "thou shalt be visited of the Lord of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise." (Isa. 29:6.)


Prayer Proclamations

By This I Overcome the Devil - By Derek Prince

I testify to Satan personally as to what the word says
That the blood does for me.

Through the blood of Jesus,
I am redeemed out of the hand of the devil

Through the blood of Jesus, all my sins are forgiven

The blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son,
Continually cleanses me from all sin

Through the blood of Jesus I am sanctified,
Made holy, set apart to God

My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit,
Redeemed, cleansed, by the blood of Jesus Christ

Satan has no place in me, no power over me
Through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

Let Us Cleanse Ourselves with the Blood of Jesus

Father, we cleanse our hands
With the blood of Jesus.

We apply the blood of Jesus to our eyes, Lord,
So that we might see into the Spirit realm
Clearly and with clarity.

We apply the blood of Jesus to our ears,
To cleanse our ears out of any defilement,
Wickedness, garbage, gossip or slander
That has been poured into our ears,
So that we might hear clearly
What You are speaking to us.

We apply the blood of Jesus
To our lips and to our tongue,
So that You would be able to cleanse us
Of those things that we have spoken
That really haven't been of You at all.

Father, we apply the blood of Jesus
To our hearts and our minds -
The heart being the production center of the soul
That produces all the emotions and thoughts.

So Father, we ask You to put the blood of Jesus
On our hearts, our thoughts, and our emotions
And to cleanse our minds from the dead works
So that we might serve the living God.

Father, we apply the blood of Jesus to our feet.
Cleanse us from the corruption in this world
And from the dust of the world.

Father, cleanse us of those places
In which we have walked
That really haven't been ordered of You.

Lord, we receive the words of the Bible that say,
The steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord.
We will have holy steps
Walking on that highway of holiness.