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Discover the Book - May 9, 2009

  • 2009 May 09

What Is Satan Up To Right Now


What is Satan up to right now? Do you know? We can't see him, hear him, track him—but we do know exactly what he is up to with his vast army, because God's Word has told us! 

Paul concludes his mighty epistle to the Ephesians with some sobering words, often unheeded by many believers to their own harm. In Ephesians 6, Paul COMMANDS (by way of the Greek imperative) the constant guardedness and readiness of a combat soldier, for every born-again believer.  

Five times in seven verses Paul says "I COMMAND you to do this NOW!” Turn there with me and let God speak through His Apostle Paul—to each of our hearts tonight. 

“Are you ready for the battle?” 

Ephesians 6:10-18 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 

In the angelic host of the Lord God in heaven, above the archangels and above the seraphim and above the cherubim, there was one that God chose to be the crown prince of them all. 

His name was Lucifer, the star of the morning, the leader of the host of heaven, the guardian of the throne of God.  Into Lucifer’s hands was committed all that the Lord God had made and all of the angels that He had created. He was beautiful.  He was perfect.  And in his beauty, and in his perfection, and in his pride he said that he would be like the Most High God.

Where did Satan come from?   

The Bible does not explain how Lucifer could fall into sin, as a perfect being in a perfect environment—God's Word just declares that he did.  

But Ezekiel gives us the description of what took place in Lucifer’s heart (Ezekiel 28:17) when he records “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor.” Lucifer became enamored with his beauty instead of God’s, his splendor not God’s, and that produced in him the sin of pride, which led to his rebellion.  

The Old Testament Hebrew prophet Isaiah describes even more clearly how completely pride drove Satan’s downfall. Look with me at Isaiah 14:12-15

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!  How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!  For thou hast said in thine heart,  

  • I will ascend (that is self-assertion) into heaven,
  • I will exalt (that is self-promotion) my throne above the stars of God: 
  • I will sit (that is self-centeredness) also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 
  • I will ascend (that is self-exaltation) above the heights of the clouds;
  • I will be like (that is self-deception) the most High.  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. 

Beware of any self-assertion, self-promotion, self-centeredness, self-exaltation, and self-deception—for each of these acts leads to pride, pride makes us act independent of God and that is always sin, and sin always has horrible consequences as Lucifer, now Satan’s life so clearly testifies. 

God Reveals Satan’s Fall 

The most glaring portrait of sin is Satan, a creature rebelling against creator. The most glaring portrait of pride is Lucifer, made glorious and powerful by God only to try take the credit for himself.   

God also describes Satan’s fall in both Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14. By comparing many Scriptures with these two passages we can draw the following observations: 

  • Satan’s extraordinarily high rank led to his proud thoughts recorded in the five “I will’s” (Isaiah 14:13-14).  
  • Satan then fell from his position of being the “anointed cherub who covers” (Ezekiel 28:14a), the highest ranking angelic being, concerned particularly with the glory of God.
  • Satan was cast out from being “on the holy mountain of God,” and “walked in the midst of the stones of fire” (Ezekiel 28:14b), dwelling in the immediate presence of God.
  • Satan fell into sin and God says that “unrighteousness was found in you” (Ezekiel 28:15).
  • Satan fell sometime after the sixth day of creation of man in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 1:31).
  • Satan was also cast from his station among the other holy ones who serve in God’s Presence because of his sin (Ezekiel 28:16).
  • Satan’s downfall was his pride; his heart was lifted up because of his beauty, and his wisdom became corrupt (Ezekiel 28:17).
  • It was then that Lucifer became the Serpent of old; Satan, the adversary; Apollyon, the destroyer; the Devil, the slanderer; the Roaring Lion stalking believers; and the Accuser of the saints (I Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:9-11).
  • Satan is still allowed to come before God at various times to accuse believers before the Presence of God (Job 1:6; Zechariah 3:1; Rev. 12:10).  

God has Given Satan’s Resume 

  • Satan is the author of sin.  

He introduced sin into the universe: Ezekiel 28:15 You [were] perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you. (NKJV)   

He incited Adam and Eve to follow his rebellion against God: Genesis 3:13 And the LORD God said to the woman, "What [is] this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." (NKJV)  

“Sin was not a creation but an origination. It came into existence by the aid of that which had prior existence, namely, personality and the power of free choice. God created this being not as the devil, but as a holy angel, who originated sin through disobedience and transformed himself into the wicked Devil which he is today”.  

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