Satan the Deceiver
In His Presence: 1 Peter 5:8
In several places in the Bible, we are told who Satan is. He is called “the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9). We know what his future will be. “[The angel] laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed: after these things he must be released for a short time” (Revelation 20:2-3).
Before God created man, He created angels. Chief among the angels was one named Lucifer. His name meant “the shining one.” Some of his story is told in Ezekiel 28:12-19. “You were the anointed cherub who covers, and I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God; you walked in the midst of the stones of fire. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created until unrighteousness was found in you” (Ezekiel 28:14-15).
Some of Lucifer’s story is also told in Isaiah 14:11-16. “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, you who have weakened the nations” (v. 12). Lucifer desired to be equal with God, though God was his Creator. Since then, he has been the Deceiver on earth.
One Minute Please
One of Satan’s first deceptions was to convince us that he doesn’t exist or that he is inconsequential.
Source: Sermon Notes, June 29, 2003.
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