Updated: Mar 12
Why would John say that the reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work, if the devil isn't real, as some believe, or insignificant? People in general tend to shy away from speaking about the enemy of God, and thus, our enemy too. Yet, scripture speaks about him often and calls him by a number of names, which I will go into in this blog. Satan, also known as the devil, and his first name prior to his fall, Lucifer, has blinded the minds of many believers and non-believers alike by diluting just how much he impacts and oppresses people. He is the instigator of man's downfall and the one who slandered God, tempted Eve and succeeded in getting both Adam and Eve to disobey God. He's addressed as the cunning serpent in the 3rd chapter of Genesis, immediately after we learn about the creation of the world! When Jesus Christ spent 40 days in the wilderness fasting, Satan came to tempt Him when He was in a weakened physical state. When Jesus was predicting His death, Peter tried to convince him otherwise, yet Jesus recognized this as Satan speaking through Peter trying to deny prophecy and said, "Get behind me Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns." Matthew 16:23. And the betrayal of Jesus Christ - who was actually betraying Him? James 1:13 tells us - "During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him.." Doesn't that tell you something about his relevance to our story? So why ignore this key character when he is behind the destruction of the world, and most importantly, consumed by the desire to destroy our relationship with God Almighty, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit?
I'd like to add here that I'm not writing this so as to glorify Satan or to fixate on him. Quite the contrary. By recognizing him, as Jesus did and tells us to, we are able to resist him and glorify God! By understanding how the enemy works we are wise to his ways and can nip temptation in the bud before he implants lies, like parasites, in our minds, which become difficult to overcome if we don't recognize the source of the lies deceiving us and leading us away from eternal life with God.
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)
Another reason I'm writing this is so that we can truly recognize that it's not flesh and blood that we wrestle against, but rather demonic forces working through people, knowingly or unknowingly, to upset and rattle our cages. It's also important that we better understand how and why the enemy comes against us. More on that later. However, the main reasons are to destroy our relationship with God and to get us to commit sin. Pride, selfishness, vanity, lying, anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, rage and lack of self-control are just the tip of the iceberg and the things the enemy baits us into, which become legal ground for him to accuse us before God. None of us are perfect and there will be times where we as Christians wrestle with anger, hatred, unforgiveness, bitterness etc., which is WHY we need the Lord to help us through these times of dealing with frustration, hurt and betrayal.
For now, I want to address who Satan is by outlining the many names he's known by. Before I do this, I'd like to add that ignoring Satan doesn't mean he's ignoring you. Before I gave my life to Jesus Christ I was a New Age practitioner. 25 years of my life was spent in this false new age religion. I was fully invested in it and raised my 4 children with this worldview too. For 21 years of those 25 years I was a channel, channeling ascended masters who are demons posing as "good guys" (read my related blog) and practiced as a astrologer for the last 10 years of my career. I was also about to complete my doctorate in metaphysics. This gives you an idea of how heavily invested I was. I spoke at international conferences in London, Dublin and Canada about the Divine Feminine and also traveled to 27 countries promoting and teaching what these impostors were teaching me, which was Satanic to the core. Yet, at the time I didn't realize this, until the Lord revealed the truth to me in June 2016, the first of three parts of revelation He gave me in my conviction process. Many new agers refuse to speak about negative forces, as they call it, and get quite defensive, denying it's existence or believing that if you don't entertain it, it won't affect you. This is based on the erroneous Law of Attraction belief, which is also a misleading doctrine getting many people into hot water without realizing it. Focus on God and what He's doing in our lives, not on the enemy, however, knowing what the enemy does to distract us is wise. Now, back to the purpose of this blog.
"Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down." Revelation 12:10 (NIV)