The more we know about something, the more control we have over it. So let's look at Satan's beginnings.
We know from the Bible that he was a high-ranking angel, a cherub given the name of Lucifer (Angel of Light or light bearer) by God.
(A cherub -plural cherubim- is a protector and obeys God's many instructions).
For sy bol meanings, see bottom of page.
At one point he was sent to the "Holy mount of God" = Garden of Eden. He was there before Adam and Eve. We are not told how long before Ezekiel 28:14-15. As I have said in another place, I think it is highly likely he committed his first sin upon God by eating from the same Tree of Life that he later persuaded Adam and Eve to eat from, and that is why he turned evil.
He became known as Satan, (which means enemy or adversary). He is identified as the Devil, Satan and a serpent in Revelation 12:9.
He was cast out of the mount of God Ezekiel 28:16.
Description of Satan
NOTE: In Ezekiel 28:11-19 Ezekiel wrote down what God "Sovereign Lord" (superior, greatest, supreme in power and authority, ruler, and independent of all others) told him ("son of man"), and for him (Ezeliel) to take up a lament (mourning aloud) "concerning the King of Tyre and to say to him" (him = Satan, who had inhabited the body of the King of Tyre) "This is what the Sovereign Lord says"
Ezekiel 28:11-19; The word of the Lord came to me:
12 “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him:
‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“ ‘You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: carnelian, chrysolite and emerald, topaz, onyx and jasper, lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl.
Your settings and mountings were made of gold;
on the day you were created they were prepared.
14 You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you.
You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones.
15 You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created
until wickedness was found in you.
16 Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned.
So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones.
17 Your heart became proud on account of your beauty,
and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor.
So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.
18 By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries.
So I made a fire come out from you, and it consumed you,
and I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching.
19 All the nations who knew you are appalled at you;
you have come to a horrible end and will be no more.’ ”
Scholars believe this was the location of Eden as described in the Book of Genesis as the source of four tributaries. However, there is no proof as of yet.
John 16:13; When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.
God gave him immense love and beauty, but Satan (Lucifer) used this to rebel.
As a garden cherub, Lucifer was probably supposed to minister to Adam and Eve; and to "declare to" Adam and Eve "the things that were to come," and these words were to come from God (as it is with the Holy Spirit that we have today). John 16:13. He was probably not to "speak on his own authority".
Isaiah 14:13; You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.
Instead, he decided that he could "raise his throne above the stars of God." (probably because he had sinned by eating the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Life when he was in the Garden of Eden before Adam and later Eve).
One of the MANY operating procedures of Satan:
As we can see a woman is very happy on the beach. All is going well. This is when demons like to attack.
Demons enter body parts and make them sick. They can make the brain worry and send negative messages into your mind (the mind of YOU the human spirit). See 'YOU, YOUR BRAIN, AND YOUR MIND'.
The woman above goes into worry. worry and more worry. Talking to others about it See 'YOUR TONGUE AND YOU'.
After a while, the woman goes to the doctor.
The woman having worried for several months/years has CREATED the cancer that she gets diagnosed with.
It is not the doctor's job (though it would be nice) to show or demonstrate to you the power of your mind and the Holy Spirit. See 'HOLY SPIRIT'.
The doctor's job is to examine what you have done to your body with the power of your mind, give you an analysis and recommend a treatment with the 'human wisdom' he has acquired.
Satan had entered into Judas Iscariot and Jesus knew it, and He also knew that Judas was about to betray Him and told him to do it quickly. Judas did exactly that. Judas later committed suicide, probably after Satan left his body, and Judas realized what he had done.
Jesus knew that He was sent here to Earth to be the Lamb of God (in other words the sacrifice. Back in those days they sacrificed a lamb for sins and then their sins would be forgiven). That is why God gave His only Son to be sacrificed for all the sins of the earth and for them to be forgiven and to take them out of the clutches of Satan who uses sins to manipulate. After the death of Jesus, we have a new start and our sins are no more. The Law of Moses is ended, and we enter the period of Grace which we have today.
This means that Satan or his demons can enter into us and make us enemies of others, or people around us and have them turn against us.
If we were to use our imagination, one can imagine a marriage having a hard time because one demon in one person is arguing with another demon in the spouse, both demons with the intention to destroy the marriage.
More on demons
Matthew 9:32-33; While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. 33 And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”
Mark 5:1-17; This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. 4 For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones. (I recommend you read the rest of this passage which is too long to put here)
Luke 13:10-13; On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
Demons also infect body parts and make them sick. That is why some healings are miraculous as the demon/s depart when a believer along with God or his Holy Spirit enters the picture.
There are many places in the Bible where Jesus or His apostles cast out demons and bring health and sanity to their victims. There are those who do that today as well. It is no shame to have demons. Even Mary Magdeline had 4 which Jesus cast out. The important and vital thing is to spot them, their unknown control in your life, and get rid of them.
Jesus' description of Satan
John 8:43-44; Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires.
Here, Jesus is having one of many conversations with the Pharasees (who usually want to kill Him) and He is describing how they belong to Satan and that is why they connot understand him.
He is saying Satan is a "murderer" and the "father of lies" and that "there is no truth in him".
Crucify the flesh
This, without a doubt, has been the hardest task for me! My brain - after an abused upbringing - had a continual onslaught of messed-up messages it was sending. I had to try to ignore them just to survive. I couldn't even walk across a room, and certainly talking to people was impossible! I had no idea that this would be a necessary forerunner to Romans 6:6 (below).
Romans 6:6; knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;
Galatians 5:24; Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If we crucify the flesh, then that could defeat Satan/demons because we are not listening to the flesh, we are only listening to our Holy Spirit and seeing our vision for our future.
This helps us to separate our mind from the thoughts of the brain/body/flesh.
Where do Satan and his network of demons live?
I personally believe Satan has a network of demons strategically placed around the world, so he is kept informed as to what is happening. He does seem to be very organized despite his limitations. He probably has control centers in various places and a hierarchy of demons in various positions of power and then other demons which wander upon the earth, in or out of us, who are under the instruction of Satan and his organization.
In today's world of 79 billion people, Satan probably suffers a shortage of demons, since they do not have babies anywhere in the Bible.
Ephesians 6:12; For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
2 Corinthians 12:2-4; I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter.
This verse shows that there are 3 heavens. One heaven would be God’s (third heaven); and another (first heaven) we see when we look up to the sky. That leaves the 2nd heaven. Many authorities believe that Satan rules in the 2nd heaven.
Satan rules to manipulate people through his demons which inflict pain, lies, and misfortune in order to bring them away from God. The picture of the 2nd heaven, is not hell, it is Satan and his demons torturing and murdering people here on earth. These people are located on Earth, but are infected by the demons of Satan, who sometimes inhabit them.
The stand we can take against Satan and his demons
Satan holds the people of this world captive to do his will 2 Timothy 2:26.
Satan has authority over all the kingdoms of this world Luke 4:5–7.
Satan is called the ‘ruler of this world’ in John 14:30.
Despite the above Satan is still un-powerful.
The only power he has gained is that which we have given him. God gave the rulership of Earth to humans in Genesis 1:28. It is only our believing Satan's lies that we can become controlled by him and by doing that, gradient-by-gradient, Satan gains more and more control.
He can only infect us with our permission usually received by lies and deceit. He has no power of his own without God's permission Job 1:8-12. He only has our power, if we give it to him.
He has to have a shortage of demons, because they have not increased in number (there is no mention in the Bible about Satan/demons having babies) and we now have 79 billion people here on earth.
Satan (Lucifer) was an angel who "was driven in disgrace and expelled" from the Garden of Eden.
Satan is a servant. He was sent to minister to Adam and Eve - Hebrews 1:14; "Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? "
We are destined to inherit salvation - Satan who was a ministering spirit - is not.
Satan's end is stated in Revelation 20:10; and he is going to be thrown into the lake of fire to burn forever and forever. Is this someone to be worried about?
He is paranoid in the fact he thinks he is as wise as God and can ascend to greater heights than God.
Lucifer was to be a servant (a servant - to serve Adam and Eve) to minister to them. In Ezekiel 28:14. He was sent to the Holy Mount (mountain) of God (which is on Earth and is the Garden of Eden- see Map). He became evil and wanted to ascend higher than God. Since he had no power of his own (as a ministering spirit and since the power of rulership was given to Adam and Eve), his only option was to trick Adam and Eve into a forbidden act. Today, that is still his only option, to lie, cheat, steal and murder.
EPHESIANS 6:10-12; Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can make your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
You need the armor of God. You and the Holy Spirit can ensure it is there.
With my acceptance, the Holy Spirit washes through and out of me constantly. I flow out to others. This way Satan/demons have a hard time getting a foothold.
Sometimes it is a process
Daniel 10:12-14; Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. 14 Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.”
God heard Daniel right away and sent His angel, but it took 3 weeks for his angel to arrive because of the evil forces of Satan and so he was detained and was helped by the angel Michael.
Sometimes, Satan does delay. But he NEVER wins, as long as we follow God and keep His faith.
Satan is a thief. We can demand he pay us back 7-fold what he has taken from us.
IT IS A RULE OF GOD. HE MUST PAY.
If you believe in Satan/demons as I do, and there are many Bible verses which verify their authenticity, then you will realize that Satan/demons are here to lie, cheat and steal your joy. They can inhabit the body and limbs and wither them.
Please understand that one of Satan/demon's favorite places is on your back. Note that when it talks in Ephesians 6:10-17 about your armor of protection against Satan, it does not say to cover your back. I am sure it is implied in the rest of the statements. However, watch your back.
A really good authority on Demons who was world-famous is Derek Prince. I recommend you study him. and learn about demons. Here is one of many links.
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Satanic Symbols (Picture top of page): These symbols are evil: They do not work in the presence of God, His angels and the Holy Spirit and.... our unwavering FAITH.
Evil Eye; (in background) Can cause injury/misfortune of the target.
Unicursal Hexegram; Used to erase memories.
Black sun; Symbol of Chaos.