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What You Should Know About the Devil
Due to a lot of misinformation going around, many people have been given a false idea as to who the Devil is; a once beautiful angel who fell from Heaven and became the bat winged, red skinned, goat horned, pitchfork carrying angel with cloven hooves for feet that rules a realm full of fire and brimstone. What if you figured out that according to scripture all of those things are 100% false? Want to see for yourself? Please keep reading.
Nowhere in the scripture can you find the image of the Devil, especially not one like this. The modern day image we see today is the result of pagan influences. Cloven hooves, horns, tail, shaggy legs and pointed beard - These are the attributes of fauns or satyrs from Greco-Roman mythology, and has also been rumored to have come from neo-paganism. We also get the idea of him carrying a pitchfork from Pluto/Hades, who carried one. The red and black colors are generally associated with evil things, so it came naturally. And we get the bat wings from medieval bestiaries. How ironic that we use an inspired image of the Devil from paganism, a set of religions from the Devil. So you are basically letting the Devil tell you who he is, which will of course lead to deception.
He Doesn't Over A Realm of the Damned
In Ephesians 2 2 he is called the "prince of the power of the air". He is the "ruler of this world" in John 12:31. Nowhere in scripture do we see that he is given dominion over any realm of the afterlife. He is given dominion over the Earth because a majority of the planet serves him in some way. This idea came from a poem written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and 1321 called The Divine Comedy, or as some people would know as today as the video game inspired from it, Dante's Inferno. The poem is a mixture of the Bible, Roman Catholicism, mythology, and medieval tradition.
Selling Your Soul Is a Complete Myth
The scripture has no instance of a person “selling their soul” to the Devil Now there are instances of them worshiping him, but there is a difference between devoting yourself to him and then selling it. Selling it implies that he gives you something in return and that you cannot get it back. It does not work that way. As “the god of this world,” Satan has dominion over those who live without the truth in the world (2 Corinthians 4 4).
This comes from the story of Faust. Dr. Faustus, a man makes a deal with the devil: in exchange for his body and soul, the man is to receive supernatural power and pleasures for 24 years. The devil agrees to the trade, and Dr. Faustus enjoys the pleasures of sin for a season, but his doom is sealed. At the end of 24 years, Faustus attempts to thwart the devil’s plans, but he meets a frightful demise, nonetheless.
Lucifer Is NOT Satan
Source: Lucifer King of Babylon
"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!"
"For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of Elohim: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:"
"I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High."
See, Christians misinterpret this and think that Lucifer was the highest angel who then became prideful and rebelled, resulting in him being cast down. But I want you to notice something. Isaiah 14 isn't dealing with celestial angels. It is about a prophecy regarding the children of Jacob.
Now go back to Isaiah 14 12, but read until verses 15 and 16. Notice how in 16 it says, "Is this the MAN that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;". Why would they be calling Lucifer a man if he is a spirit? Why didn't they say angel? Because Lucifer is basically a name used for the ruler of Babylon, not the name of a spiritual being.
The N.I.V. and other modern versions have set out the text of Isaiah chapters 13-23 as a series of “burdens” on various nations, e.g. Babylon, Tyre, Egypt. Isaiah 14: 4, sets the context of the verses we are considering: “Thou shalt take up this proverb (parable) against the king of Babylon...” (Isaiah 14 4). The prophecy is therefore about the human king of Babylon, who is described as “Lucifer”. On his fall: “they that see thee shall...consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble...?” (v. 16). Thus Lucifer is clearly defined as a man. Lucifer was a human king , “All kings of the nations...shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?” (vs. 9-10). Lucifer was therefore a king like any other king.
Some may say that this is impossible since they believe Isaiah did not live during Nebuchadnezzar's time. But here's the problem; Nebuchadnezzar was not the only king of Babylon. Isaiah 13 prophesies that the Medes and Persians would overtake Babylon. Who fulfilled this? Cyrus the Persian and Darius the Mede. The Chronicle of Nabonidus gives contemporary information about the rise of Cyrus and the erratic behavior of the Babylonian king Nabonidus, who leaves Babylon and spends several years in the oasis Temâ in Arabia.
There's a good reason why the King of Babylon is described as "the morning star", or Venus. The Babylonians believed that their king was the child of their gods Bel and Ishtar, both of whom were associated with the planets- they thought that their King was the planet Venus.
The passage about "Lucifer" is referencing a Babylonian myth. Heylel, the morning star (Venus), tried to climb the walls of the northern city of the gods to make himself king of heaven, only to be driven from the sky by the rising sun. In Isaiah 14:12-20 this mythis given a historical application. Isaiah is mocking the myth, and saying that the King of Babylon was acting like Heylel in the myth- but would be thrown down not by another planet, but by the Almighty himself.
I could go on about Ezekiel 28, but I found an article by fellow Hubber Alexander Gibb who covered it, and I do not want to risk being called a duplicate on this article. Click Here
Who Controls Evil?
Is Satan the enemy of the Most High? Does he fight against him? Is he out of control? Let's see.
In Amos 3 6, the question is asked "shall there be evil in a city, and Elohim hath not done it?" The prophet Amos is asking a rhetorical question here, and the Most High answers the question himself in Isaiah 45 7. He forms the light, AND darkness. He creates peace AND destruction. He does all of these things. Satan doesn't do this. The Most High is the one responsible for this.
1 Samuel 2 6 says he kills, makes alive, brings you to the grave, or brings you up. If someone is on the operating table, he is the one who says if it will go good or not. Yes you have the doctors working, but he is the one who says "I want you to die", or "I want you to live". Verse 7 says he makes the poor and makes the rich. So he is responsible for all of the poverty and the rich.
Psalm 78 49 says he casts upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending EVIL (or destroying) ANGELS among them. So while he himself is not going out there to do these things, he is sending the angels to do his bidding. It's all from him. He controls both good and evil. Proof? There are a few stories in the scripture that show us this exact scenario.
Saul: 1 Samuel 16 14 says that Saul was given an evil spirit from the Most High. Why? He didn't do what was scriptural in order to get out of his troubles. The spirit of righteousness therefore had to depart. So the Most High himself sent this evil spirit.
Ahab: In 1 Kings 22 20-23 we see that the Most High is selecting among different spirits who are making plans, and one of them is chosen to tempt Ahab. This spirit was going to be a lying spirit in the mouth of the prophets of Ahab.
Job: Read the Book of Job and you see that the Devil came before the Most High and they're talking about what Satan can do to tempt Job. Notice how they're not fighting with each other. Satan is asking what he may do. He is not an enemy of the Most High. He works for him.
So all good and evil events are from him. He allows all of these things to happen. He can be doing it to test you like Job, or to punish you like the others. All of this is from him alone. Nothing can happen without his permission.
I hope you understand the truth now. Peace and blessings.