We will look at this verse twice. Ye are of your father, the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.
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Revelation And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon [Destroyer], but in the Greek tongue has his name Apollyon [Destroyer, both in Greek and Hebrew]. If you do not understand how bitter your enemy is, you'll not be prepared either to defend yourself or to overcome and defeat him in your life and the lives of your family members.
Many people do not know that at one time the devil inhabited Heaven. The prophet Isaiah gives us a glimpse into what caused his fall, resulting in his becoming Satan, our adversary. He was majestically beautiful. Verses are a song taunting the whole Babylonian system. But then the passage changes course… Isaiah How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
A heart lifted up with pride sealed his fate. No sooner did he utter that challenge than the thunder of God's wrath rolled down the corridors of Heaven, and he was banished. Turn to Luke and compare verse 12 above in Isaiah to Luke. For context, look at the verses immediately preceding what Jesus said. See verse What were the disciples excited about?
How foolish is that? Ezekiel helps us understand how Satan could ever think he could overthrow his Creator: his wisdom was corrupted because of his pride. Turn to Ezekiel chapter The chapter begins with God commissioning Ezekiel to pronounce judgment upon the King of Tyre.
But by verse 12, similar to the Isaiah passage, the focus changes. We know this because verses cannot refer to a human being, for this person has superhuman qualities. It is not a human being.
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It is Satan. In what ways was he perfect? Where had he been that no humans except Adam and Eve had seen? What were his coverings? His responsibilities were the most impressive: he guarded the throne of God. Pride was his downfall.
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The last part of verse13 reads:. From this text, it may be that when Lucifer the archangel spoke, it would be like great music. It would be like an oratorio. He had pipes and tabrets within him. His voice may have sounded like a pipe organ.
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Verses pronounce his judgment, an end that will finally occur in Revelation , when he and his minions are cast into the lake of fire:. You are of your father, the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own, for he is a liar, and the father of it.
The devil is methodical. He's willing to wait. He'll let you succeed, that you might further fall. He will let you get away with sin, that sin might greatly entrap and then snare you. He is quite content to be patient. He has great power. It is sheer folly to underestimate the power of the devil, or to doubt his power.
Why do we need deliverance? Acts and Ephesians speak of the power of Satan. He has supernatural power, dark power, devilish power, unholy power, chilling power. His power and craft are great and armed with cruel hate. On earth is not his equal. When Lucifer fell, He took one-third of the angels with him.
Today we call them demons, and Satan is lord of them. Through his demon spirits, he not only controls individuals, but literally works to control nations. So often at the UN, at the negotiating table, the devil is an unseen presence. If you question that, consider this:. We must understand just how dangerous our enemy is. The Bible teaches that in the last days there will be a resurgence of demonic power, destroying civilization as we know it. I believe the world is about to enter into the Great Tribulation after the Rapture of the church.
What will people be like during the Great Tribulation? Revelation Murder —look at the violence now in our streets and the unrepentant abortion rate. The devil is behind the drug culture, and the biggest pusher is the devil himself.
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Fornication — Satan is a destructive force through all forms of media and the internet. Sexual sin dominates the world of music, movies and TV. Almost all sex on television is outside of marriage.
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Remember the Ezekiel passage we looked at, which some scholars believe may indicate that Lucifer was also particularly gifted in music. Much of rock music glorifies drugs, sex, and even devil worship. Here the apostle Paul is lamenting the presence of false teachers who appeared in the early church and began wielding influence. Thievery : graft, greed, corruption, bribery—they run the gamut from politicians and corporate titans down to the smallest embezzlement from an employer.
Turn to 1Timothy They preach another Christ than the Christ of the Bible. The devil has warped and twisted the minds of people as he has denied, perverted and twisted the Word of God. All this looks very grim, and it is. The kingdom does not belong to Satan ultimately. It belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ. He legally purchased it back with His own blood at Calvary.
The Resurrection put Gods seal upon the contract! Are your sins under the blood of Christ? Are you saved by the power of the blood? Jesus breaks the power of cancelled sin, as the hymn says. His blood can make the foulest clean.