Satan, Who Is He, Who Created Him?

Question: “Satan, who is he, who created him?  God did not create Satan, so who or what did create Satan?  Does he have power to hurt us?  Do we have power to effectively fight against him?”

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Did God create Satan?  Most people believe that God create Satan, but God did not create Satan.  God created Lucifer, an archangel.  Pride created Satan when Lucifer’s pride grew so large that he rebelled against God.  In the same way, man’s pride is causing man to rebel against God today.  

Lucifer means "morning star."

Satan means "the adversary" and has become the proper name of the angelic being who tries to destroy people because of his hatred of God.

Devil means "false accuser."  Devil is another name for Satan.  He delights in accusing the saved of sins that God has already forgiven.

When Lucifer rebelled, he and one-third of the angels were defeated and cast to earth.  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceive the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him (Rev. 12:9).

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth (Genesis 1:26).  Note that man is made in the image of God and constantly reminds Satan of God, hence one of the reasons Satan wants to destroy mankind, especially Christians.  

God did not give Adam dominion with any qualifications. There was zero qualification for this power and authority. God spoke it and that was it.  In Psalm 89:34, God says, My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.  God cannot lie.  He told Adam and Eve they had dominion, authority, and power to subdue and to rule.

Satan understood the honesty of God’s Words. When he saw that Adam and Eve had unconditional authority, he wanted what they had.  In a way, they had been made the gods of this world; it was theirs to rule with authority. The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men (Psalm 115:16).

Lucifer knew that if he could deceive Adam and Eve into willingly relinquishing their authority to him, that he could take the authority that was given to mankind and would become the god of this world.

Satan said to Adam and Eve, your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil (Gen 3:4, 5).  God had told them not to eat of the tree of knowledge, but Satan convinced them to eat.  Adam had dominion over every living thing (Gen 1:28).  God had told Adam to guard the garden.  He had dominion over the serpent, but disobeyed God.  He could of said, “In the name of God, serpent, I command you to leave this planet and never return.”  And Satan would have been gone forever. Instead, Adam bowed his knee to Satan and allowed the curse to come upon the earth.  Satan then had Adams power and authority.

Satan became the God of this world.  In whom the god of this world has 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 Corinthians 4:4).  The whole world lies in the power of the evil one (1 John 5:19).  Satan is called the ruler of the world (John 12:31), and the prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:2).

We are warned Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:11).

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12). Our true enemy is not those we can see, but Satan working through them with spiritual forces of evil, Satan’s kingdom, which deceives us as much as we permit him.

Satan's most powerful tool is deceit.  Jesus said of Satan: You [Pharisees] belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44).

Satan's greatest advantage is that many people do not believe he exists. Overtime he has been portrayed so often as a cartoon with horns, a tail and a pitchfork that millions consider him a myth.  

Satan’s greatest weapon is gradual deception that builds into sin.  Today, Satan continues to use demons/evil spirits to cause havoc and destruction in the world. Through the death and resurrection of Christ, Satan's final destruction is assured. Click for more info on the End Times.

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