A Study of Satan
Part Three -- Campaign to Prevent Messiah's Coming
This is Part Three of a four-part study about Satan. Herein you will learn about Satan's on-going battle to prevent the coming of Messiah.
In His Bible, God did not see fit to record every little detail of Satan's activities and motivations. Therefore, a goodly portion of the narrative that follows is no more than "reading between the lines" of what God HAS seen fit to reveal.
Yes, there are MANY Bible scholars who have reached conclusions similar to my own.
How do you separate my OPINION from God's facts? In every case, I have been careful to quote the main Bible verses upon which my opinion is based. As a good Berean (Acts 17.11), you should...
Special Note: In this study, Lord Jesus is sometimes referred to as human. And that is true. The incarnate Jesus is fully human AND fully God, at one and the same time.
Satan's rebellion against God began uncounted eons ago, and continues even today.
Satan's strategy strikes at a "weakness" of God. Namely, God LOVES.
Prior to his rebellion, Satan held the high office of serving as personal guardian of God.
Because of Satan's rebellion, God imposed the following judgments:
...you (Satan) sinned. So I (God) drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, O guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones.
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 (angelic kings).
|When Satan was divested of his dominion over Planet Earth, he was
undoubtedly curious to know who God would choose to reign in his place. Would God give rulership of earth to some
other powerful angel? Worse yet, would God give dominion to Michael, the archangel who was Satan's hated enemy?
God's decision on this matter was surely a source of amazement, not only to Satan, but also to the entire host of heaven.
Instead of placing earth under angelic rulership, God created a NEW kind of creature to exercise dominion...
The new creature that God made to rule the earth was (drum roll) -- MANKIND!
Satan must have instantly realized that this new creature was not a spirit person. No, this creature -- this "Adam and Eve" -- was a puny bag of fragile flesh and bones, bound to the earth by gravity and the creature's need to eat and breathe.
Satan determined to immediately challenge these puny humans for earth's rulership. And he had no doubt that he would win!
|Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." (Gen 1.26)
|Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend
and keep [shamar] it.
So He [God] drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard [shamar] the way to the tree of life. (Gen 3.24)
Adam was warned that he had an enemy.
Yes, Adam was put on notice that an enemy would come. And Satan DID come.
In the guise of a serpent, the enemy undertook his treacherous subversion
of Adam and Eve.
serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord
God had made. And he said to the woman, "Has God indeed said, `You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?''
And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. (1 Tim 2.14)
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. (Gen 3.6)
|Again, the devil took Him [Jesus] up on an exceedingly high mountain,
and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, "All these things I will give You if You will
fall down and worship me.'' (Mt 4.8-9)
(Jesus said:) "Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me." (John 14.30)
...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 Cor 4.4)
|By virtue of Adam's willful disobedience of God, Satan usurped mankind's dominion over Planet Earth.
In Matthew 4.8-9, Jesus did not contest Satan's right to offer Him rulership of earth's kingdoms.
Satan's dominion over earth is further attested to by his titles, "prince of this world" (John 14.30) and "god of this world" (2 Cor 4.4).
Genesis 3.14-19 records the judgment that God pronounced on the human race because of our sin in the garden of Eden.
From that time on, childbirth would be painful & people would die.
At the same time, however, God gave the first hint that He would some day provide mankind with a Messiah, the man Christ Jesus.
No, God did not mention Jesus by name. Instead, God gave Jesus the strange title of "her Seed."
Satan immediately understood what God was saying.
(God said:) "I will put enmity between you [Satan] and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed
He [the seed of the woman] shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.'' (Gen 3.15)
Suddenly, Satan had a new foe to conquer. A foe that Satan knew only as "her seed." Of course, Satan missed the significance of the fact that God called the Messiah "her seed" -- a title that meant the Messiah would be a child of a woman, and ONLY of a woman. A title that meant the Messiah would be VIRGIN-born!
|And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering
of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel
and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. (Gen 4.3-5a)
(Jesus said:) "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning..." (John 8.44a)
|Satan felt certain that his new foe, the Messiah, would be a child of
Eve's. When Eve gave birth to two children -- Cain and Abel -- Satan waited to see which of them was Messiah.
Genesis 4.3-5 records that God respected Abel, whereas He did not respect Cain. Aha! Abel was undoubtedly God's Messiah, Satan decided.
So Satan moved Cain to slay Abel and poof! No more Messiah. Or so he thought.
John 8.44 proves that it was Satan who caused Abel's murder, because Jesus said the devil "was a murderer from the BEGINNING."
|But Satan's murder of Abel was to no avail, for God gave Eve yet another
child, whose name was Seth.
Satan realized that murdering Seth wouldn't work -- God would simply provide another son.
So Satan set out on a different tactic. Namely, Satan began a campaign of fostering mankind's sinful nature, and of perverting mankind's sexual nature.
This campaign must have lasted many decades of years, but the end result is clearly described in Genesis 6.5 -- the human race eventually became so totally wicked that God would not permit its continued existence.
|And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name
Seth. "For God," said she, "hath appointed
me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew." (Gen 4.25)
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Gen 6.5)
And the Lord said, "I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them." (Gen 6.7)
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