The Devil is a Joke! Pt 1
Who the devil is
When I was a boy I watched a movie called the exorcist. I don’t think Christians should watch those types of movies but I wasn’t saved at the time and neither was my family. But anyway it was years ago so I don’t remember all the details. But I do remember that a preacher came to cast the devil himself out of a little girl and in the end when the preacher failed. He finally made a deal that if the devil would leave her he could then enter the preacher. Something like that my memory could be a little off like I said I was a boy.
Now if that were a true story I would call that a draw or a tie between the Devil and the Christian.
Probably 99% of every movie I’ve ever seen where a Christian came up against the Devil the fight ended in either a tie or the Devil just stomped all over that Christian and it took a non Christian to defeat him. Like another movie I watched called the “Dragon Slayer.” That movie wasn’t outright about the devil but biblically a dragon always represents the devil so I think the example applies. In that movie a priest tried to take on the dragon first and was just burnt to a crisp. In the end it took a pagan sorcerer to defeat the dragon.
How the world sees the devil and Christians
Now, Christians see those types of movies and get offended because they think that Hollywood is trying to attack them. But Hollywood is not trying to attack anyone they are simply trying to be real. In other words they are writing their movies according to what they have been lead to believe is reality. They see the Devil as this powerful supernatural god to be weary of and afraid of. He is someone to beware of but not someone to be afraid of. I’ll talk more about that later. They don’t think he can be defeated by a mere human but if by chance he can be, it would never be done by a Christian. They see us as deceived victims of a man made and man organized religion. We’re the last ones they would rely on to defeat the devil.
How the Church sees the devil and Christians
The world’s view of the devil and us isn’t that far from some of our own misguided views of the Devil.
The church knows that the devil is not an all powerful god to be weary of but rather a wannabe god, fallen angel. But you wouldn’t know that by the actions of some Christians or even their words. I’ve met all kinds of Christians that blame every little thing that goes wrong in their life on the devil. One in particular I’m thinking of used to always talk about a demon he had identified as the spirit of Jezebel. Jezebel was always messing with him. He couldn’t catch a break because of Jezebel. His ministry would be nationally known and successful if it wasn’t for Jezebel. Jezebel, Jezebel, Jezebel. I used to ask him why he put up with it. Why not just rebuke the little wannabe pipsqueak and move on? He would look at me like I was crazy. He didn’t understand the true power that a Christian has over any demon. Any demon or even the Devil himself is no competition for a Christian!
It’s time to know the enemy.
The reason that both the world and most of the Church have this distorted view of the Devil is for a lack of an education. What the church needs to know is three very important things about the devil.
- Who the devil is
- What the devil does (or what he’s capable of)
- How to stop the devil and how to defeat him
This is a very important topic and too complicated to try to put it all into just one hub. I don’t want to dumb it down to the point of irrelevance just to keep it short enough for people to want to take the time to read it. So I’m going to publish it in a three part series subtitling each by the three listed above.
Who the devil is
In order to tell you who he is I’ve got to take you through just a few places in scripture. The Bible does not have a specific place that tells us the story of the devil and who he is. Rather it mentions him from time to time and from putting together the statements about him found throughout the Bible we get a pretty good idea of his biography.
Example: my testimony is scattered throughout my writings and messages in stories to illustrate certain points. So if you had never heard my testimony but had access to all of writings and recorded messages you could piece together a pretty good idea of my life. That’s how we get Luciferian theology. The Bible doesn’t think he’s important enough to just lay it all out for us, but it does mention him enough here and there for us to get a pretty good idea.
So here’s what we know about him from the Bible.
1. He was created perfect.
In Ezekiel 28:13-19 we know that he was created perfect. His title was “the anointed cherub that covers.” He was beautiful until sin was found in him.
Ezekiel 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee
He was created perfect. I’ve been asked if he was created perfect how then could he sin. He could sin because he was created perfect. The inability to sin is an imperfection. If he were created without the ability to disobey God, that would be an imperfection. God did not want an imperfect being that had no choice but to love and obey him. He wanted a perfect being that could choose. If I created an android woman and then programmed her to wake up every morning and tell me that she loved me. Even after ten years of hearing that every morning, I would still not feel loved. She would have no choice.
2. He lost his perfection.
The bible says that he was perfect till iniquity was found in him. Like I just said in order to be perfect he must have the ability to obey or to disobey. But there is a catch 22 to perfection. Whenever you exercise the ability to disobey you lose your ability to obey, that is your ability to choose to be in the perfect will of God. In order to be in the perfect will of God you can never have sinned. That is why we as human beings needed a savior because we have all sinned and lost our ability to obey as well. Thus the Bible says he was perfect “till iniquity was found in him.”
What was that iniquity? His sin was that of pride. He wanted to exalt his throne above God’s. He thought he could be better than God.
Isaiah 14:13-20,13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Ezekiel 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness:
C.S. Lewis taught that Pride is the cause of every sin not just the original sin. I believe him because I see it in God’s word.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
3. When he fell.
We also know that his fall was sometime after the creation and before the fall of man according to
Job 38:4&7, 4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. 7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
In that verse and many others in the Bible stars mean angels. In fact the word Lucifer actually means “morning star.” So we know from that verse that when God created the world not only was the devil still on God’s side he was very much excited about what God was doing. Because all of the morning stars (angels) or sons of God (also angels) sang together and shouted for joy. Not just some of them, not two thirds of them, but all of them. That is until he came into Eden.
Ezekiel 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God;
He was there causing the fall of man.
Genesis 3:2-4, 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
4. He fell from Heaven.
We know that when he sinned he fell from heaven.
Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Luke 10:18 And he (Jesus) said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
5. He fell to the Earth and he didn’t fall alone.
Revelation 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth:
So we know from that verse that he fell to the Earth and that he took down 1/3 of the stars of heaven with him. As I pointed out earlier, in the Bible stars usually means angels. So then he took one third of the angels with him.
Hebrews 12:22 says that the angels are “innumerable” in other words the Devil has 1/3 of a countless number of angels on his side. Are you good at math? If so figure this one out. What is a countless number divided by three? I’ll tell you, a countless number divided by three is still a countless number.
I’m trying to say he’s got a lot of back! That’s just one of the things you need to beware of. It gets much more serious and much more dangerous than that. So you don’t want to miss the next part of this series about what the devil does and what he’s capable of. That he has nothing to lose, why he’s a homicidal psychopath and why he wants to destroy you.