Satan is Real

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Satan is Real by Apply Wisdom.com

Many believe and teach that Satan is figurative and doesn’t exist. But the biblical truth is that Satan is real and he hates you and wants to kill you using direct or indirect methods.

Although we want to always focus on our loving God Yahweh (YHWH), it is naïve and dangerous to ignore Satan the deceiver. Satan and his workers exists and so we must address them.

Consider this illustration: Yahweh (YHWH) is a loving teacher in the math class of life and Satan is a bad student. YHWH is teaching long division to myriads and myriads of angels (Revelation 5:11) and to billions of humans. Satan stands up and defiantly tells everyone that YHWH is a liar and that he (Satan) has a better way of doing the long division of life. YHWH could have crushed Satan for his disobedience and disrespect. But if YHWH would have crushed Satan then the rest of the angels could have eventually developed doubt and though that YHWH crushed Satan because Satan was right. This doubt could have eventually caused other angels to rebel. Thankfully, YHWH invites Satan to the chalk board and allows Satan to prove before the entire class that his way for doing the long division of life doesn’t lead to the solution. By doing this, all the angels in the classroom see that YHWH’s ways are best and that Satan is the liar. We are now in the final days of Satan’s system of things. Satan has proven that his ways of life do not feed the poor, maintain justice, inspire love, and give peace. Satan’s way of doing the long division of life is in the final days of proving itself wrong.

We are warned in Ephesians that our struggle is against wicked spirit forces. Ephesians 6:11-12 Put on the complete suit of armor from God that ​YOU​ may be able to stand firm against the [methods] of the Devil; because we have a wrestling, not against blood and flesh, but against the governments, against the authorities, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the wicked spirit forces in the heavenly places.

Satan is a man killer and the father of the lie. We see this truth when Jesus is righteously shredding to pieces the hypocritical religious leaders of his time. John 8:44 YOU​ are from ​YOUR​ father the Devil, and ​YOU​ wish to do the desires of ​YOUR​ father. That one was a manslayer when he began, and he did not stand fast in the truth, because truth is not in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks according to his own disposition, because he is a liar and the father of [the lie].

Satan’s origins are from long ago when he was a fallen angel. Isaiah 14: 12-15 “O how you have fallen from heaven, you shining one (“Lucifer” in KJV), son of the dawn! How you have been cut down to the earth, you who were disabling the nations! As for you, you have said in your heart, ‘To the heavens I shall go up. Above the stars of God I shall lift up my throne, and I shall sit down upon the mountain of meeting, in the remotest parts of the north. I shall go up above the high places of the clouds; I shall make myself resemble the Most High.’ “However, down to Sheol you will be brought, to the remotest parts of the pit.

Satan has many followers (also fallen angels who ignored their assigned role in heaven) and we usually call them demons. In Genesis 6:1-5 we read about angels who came down to earth right before the time of the flood to take wives from the daughter of men.  Jesus in several places in the gospels cast out demons (Matthew 8:16, Matthew 12:22, Matthew 17:18.).

When the hypocritical religious leaders of Jesus’ time were slandering Jesus, they said he (Jesus) was using the power of Satan, the “ruler of demons”. Matthew 12: 24 At hearing this, the Pharisees said: “This fellow does not expel the demons except by means of Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”

The deceiver is described as the one misleading the entire earth. Revelations 12:9  So down the great dragon was hurled, the original serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, who is misleading the entire inhabited earth; he was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him.

This world is lying in the power of the evil one. 1 John5:19 We know we originate with God, but the whole world is lying in the [power of the] wicked one. This truth is one which many do not want to accept. Of course, YHWH is in charge and sovereign and all capable. But Satan runs the world right now. It only takes a minute to see that human governments have failed man, and that starvation, death, sin, and selfishness abound. Is that a reflection of our holy God of love? No way. The only answer to the problems of this world is God’s Kingdom, which will set it all straight again. That is why Jesus said in Matthew 9: 9-10 “YOU​ must pray, then, this way: ‘Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified. Let your kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth.” Nothing short of YHWH’s kingdom coming will end the evil effects of Satan upon the current system of things.

Satan’s first sentence referenced in the bible ignored the name of YHWH, used the word “God,” and was a distracting lie designed to turn Eve and Adam away from YHWH. Genesis 3:1 “now the serpent proved to be the most cautious of all the wild beasts of the field that YHWH God had made. So it began to say to the woman: “Is it really so that God said: YOU ​must not eat from every tree of the garden?” First of all, Satan knows the name of YHWH and did not use it. What a deceiver. Secondly, by using the word god, he begins the process of implying that there can be other gods out there who have power. As it turns out, thousands of years later, Satan has been successful in accomplishing this and the world now thinks there are thousands of other gods out there. But the truth is, there is only one god, and His name is YHWH. Thirdly, Satan twists the words of YHWH to infuse doubt and question YHWH’s sovereignty.

We see from Genesis 2:16-17 that YHWH said eat from all the trees, just not the tree of knowledge: “And YHWH God also laid this command upon the man: “From every tree of the garden you may eat to satisfaction. But as for the tree of the knowledge of good and bad you must not eat from it, for in the day you eat from it you will positively die.” Yet Satan twists words to make YHWH seem unreasonable. From the first sentence out of his mouth, Satan is deceiving and misdirecting and trying to make people wonder off from YHWH.

The deceiver hates YHWH and wants to steal kill and destroy. John 10:10 The thief does not come unless it is to steal and slay and destroy. I have come that they might have life and might have it in abundance. But when the deceiver is finally defeated and “hurled into the lake of fire and sulphur” (Revelations 20:10), no one will ever have even know his name.

“Satan” is not a name but a descriptive name.  It means “resister”. The “devil” is not a name but a descriptive name.  It means “slanderer.” “Beelzebub,” or “Baalzebub,” is a Philistine god and is commonly translated “the lord of the flies”.0F[1] As we discussed a few paragraphs ago, “Lucifer” is a name given by only the King James version to the “shining one,” and is a symbolic reference to Satan but a literal prophecy (which came true) against Babylon.

We are encouraged to not be ignorant of Satan’s methods. 2 Corinthians 2: 11 that we may not be overreached by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his designs.

Satan uses as many methods for pulling people away from worshiping YHWH as he can. In the bible, we read many stories about Satan hurting people through demon possession. That doesn’t happen much these days. Satan has it easier these days to mislead people because sin is everywhere. Let us just take two simple examples: Pornography and Materialism. Not long ago, to obtain pornography, people had to go to a sex shop. Today, people are just a click away from pornographic material via the internet. Not long ago, to purchase something expensive you had to save for a long time then pay it in cash or in trade. Today, the world tells you: “buy today and pay tomorrow.” Credits and credit cards are the most used payment methods in this materialistic world and I do not need to tell you that materialism is a dangerous trap.

Satan has bombarded the world with many false religions, which tell people what they want to hear. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 For there will be a period of time when they will not put up with the healthful teaching, but, in accord with their own desires, they will accumulate teachers for themselves to have their ears tickled; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, whereas they will be turned aside to false stories.

The reason so many don’t see the truth is that they follow the lies and false teachings of their ministers who are following demons pretending to be angels of light or ministers of righteousness.

Satan and his demons are very successful when they transform themselves into false angels and ministers. 2 Corinthians 11: 14-15 And no wonder, for Satan himself keeps transforming himself into an angel of light. It is therefore nothing great if his ministers also keep transforming themselves into ministers of righteousness. But their end shall be according to their works.  This is an essential scripture for understanding the lies that your church has been telling you throughout your entire life.

 

All false gods are nothing other than demons leading many people astray. Let’s take just three examples: Buddha, Allah, and the Mormon god. Buddha’s real name was Siddhartha Gotama, a man born in 563 BC who spent all 80 years of his life in a place now called Nepal. He was not, nor did he claim to be a god. He was a man who taught a path to enlightenment from his own experience. Satan has exploited this enlightenment and now billions have been led away from the only, true, living God.

Another man, named Mohamed, was manipulated by Satan to write down false prophecies and make declarations about another false and powerless god, Allah. Of course, Mohamed existed and actually heard a miraculous voice. But the truth is that what he heard was not from the true God, YHWH, but was a demon pretending to be the false god, Allah. It is interesting to note that Allah is not a name but is just a title. When translated, Allah means nothing else but “Lord” or “Master.” Billions of Muslims have been misled into following a powerless and nameless “master.”

The false god of the Mormon church is the same. A demon, pretending to be god, manipulated Joseph Smith to create another false religion. As a result, millions of nice people have been misled away from the truth.

Modern day faker Christians who “hear from god” or “hear from Jesus” are nothing more than men and women who are being manipulated by demons.

The tactic of pretending to be a false god to mislead people from YHWH is nothing new for Satan. He has always been a deceiver.

Be careful, Satan exists and he wants to kill you or mislead you.

There are only two sides: The “Good Side” or the “Bad Side.” He that is not on my side is against me, and he that does not gather with me scatters” (Matthew 12:30).

On the “Good Side” you have Yahweh, His angels, and His worshipers. Yahweh has given us life, purpose, and direction through His scriptures. His worshipers are recognized by obedience to the Bible and are known for their love.

On the “Bad Side” you have the devil, demons, and those they have deceived. Satan is misleading the entire world to pull people away from Yahweh. Those who worship Satan or are deceived by him are atheists, agonistics, followers of false gods and false religions, or believers of doctrines which violate biblical truth.

Whose side are you on?  Are you sure about that?

[1] New Advent, Catholic Encyclopedia, http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02388c.htm