Satan, The Serpent, The Devil

Fiction, Friend or Foe

Revelation 12

The First Personage: A Woman Clothed With The Sun (12:1-2)

1Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. 2Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.

This was the first of a series of events called "signs" or "miracles" (12:3; 13:13-14; 15:1; 16:14; 19:20). As signs they were symbols of something that God was about to reveal and usually contained an element of prophetic warning. Though this sign was seen in heaven, the events which followed obviously occurred on earth. The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament: Electronic Edition c 1997, Parsons Technology, Inc.

The woman symbolized Israel, as indicated by Genesis 37:9-11, where the sun and the moon referred to Jacob and Rachel, Joseph's parents. The stars in the woman's crown clearly related to the 12 sons of Jacob and identified the woman as Israel fulfilling the Abrahamic Covenant. The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament: Electronic Edition c 1997, Parsons Technology, Inc.

In the Old Testament, Israel is often compared to a woman, and even a woman in travail (Isa. 54:5; 66:7; Jer. 3:6-10; Micah 4:10; 5:2-3). The apostate world system is compared to a harlot (Rev. 17:1ff), and the church to a pure bride (Rev. 19:7ff).

The Second Personage: The Red Dragon With The 7 Heads And 10 Horns (12:3-4)

3And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.

red dragon, having 7 heads and 10 horns, and 7 crowns on his heads. From similar descriptions in Daniel 7:7-8, 24 and Revelation 13:1, this beast represented Satan's control over world empires in the Great Tribulation. Revelation 12:9 identifies the dragon as Satan. The color red might indicate the bloodshed related to this period. The 10 horns presented symbolically the 10 kings (see Dan. 7:24) who reigned simultaneously with the coming world ruler and who were mentioned both in Daniel 7:7 and Revelation 13:1. Satan is most obviously active throughout the period of the Church Age (cf. Acts 5:3; 1 Cor. 5:5; 7:5; 2 Cor. 2:11; 11:14; 12:7; 1 Tim. 1:20; 1 Peter 5:8). The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament: Electronic Edition c 1997, Parsons Technology, Inc.

The dragon will have seven heads symbolizing the seven Gentile world governments that Satan has led since the beginning of creation. It will also have ten horns, symbolizing the ten kings that will reign with him during the entire Tribulation Period. The Bible teaches that these ten kings will rise to power, and that the Antichrist will come on the scene in a unified Europe (The European Community). The Antichrist will subdue three (Daniel 7:8, 24) of those ten kings so that their power will ultimately be concentrated into seven crowns (or seven divisions) of the last world government. This must not be taken lightly. A one-world government empowered and controlled by Satan is a terrible thought. Some say it will make what Adolf Hitler did during WW II look like a Sunday picnic. Revelation: God's Word for the Biblically-Inept; Duck, Raymond R.; Electronic Edition

Satan has always been a murderer (John 8:44), and now he seeks to destroy Christ. During OT days, Satan did all he could to keep the Savior from being born; when Jesus was born, Satan tried to kill Him (Matt. 2:16ff). During His earthly life, Christ was attacked by Satan in various ways, culminating in the cross. Satan also attacks the Jews. Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament; Warren W Wiersbe

The Third Personage: The Male-Child, Christ (12:5-6)

5She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. 6Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

a Son, a male Child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter--was born, He was snatched up to God and to His throne. The Child obviously is Jesus Christ (Ps. 2:9; Rev. 19:15). The Bible Knowledge Commentary: New Testament: Electronic Edition c 1997, Parsons Technology, Inc.

Notice that Jesus will not rule the nations with love but with an iron scepter. The world is full of people who are in rebellion against God because they follow false teachings or religions (i.e. atheists, communists, Moslems). However, when Christ returns he will crush these rebellions with an iron scepter. Revelation: God's Word for the Biblically-Inept; Duck, Raymond R.; Electronic Edition

The Fourth Personage: Satan Cast Out Of Heaven (12:7-12)

7And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

The War in Heaven (12:7-12) The first two chapters of Job make it clear that Satan now has access to heaven, and Zech. 3 reveals that Satan accuses the saints before the throne of God. In the middle of the Tribulation, Satan will be cast out of heaven to the earth. Michael is the archangel assigned to protect Israel (Dan. 10:13, 21; 12:1; Jude 9). His name means "who is like God?" Satan said, "I will be like the Most High!" but God defeated him; and now Satan is cast from heaven. Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament; Warren W Wiersbe

Once he was the highest of God's angels, but he rebelled against God and was cast down (Isa. 14:12-15). Interestingly, as God's church faithfully serves Christ and wins the lost, Satan is also cast down and defeated (Luke 10:1-2, 17-20; Matt. 16:18; note also 12:29). Of course, when Jesus Christ died on the cross, it meant Satan's ultimate defeat (John 12:31-33). Satan will one day be cast out of heaven (Rev. 12:7-10), and then finally cast into hell (Rev. 20:10). What is this celestial conflict all about? The fact that Michael led God's angels to victory is significant, because Michael is identified with the nation Israel (Dan. 10:10-21; 12:1; note also Jude 9). The name Michael means "who is like God?" and this certainly parallels Satan's egocentric attack on Jehovah--"I will be like the Most High" (Isa. 14:14). Apparently, the devil's hatred of Israel will spur him to make one final assault against the throne of God, but he will be defeated by Michael and a heavenly host. Be Victorious-Revelation, Electronic Edition; Wiersbe, Warren W.

12:9 Several judgments have and will be passed on Satan: (1) his removal from guarding the throne of God (Ezek. 28:14, 16); (2) the prophecy in the garden of Eden (Gen. 3:15); (3) his defeat at the Cross (John 12:31); (4) his being barred from heaven (here in v. 9); (5) his confinement in the abyss (20:3); and (6) his torment in the lake of fire forever (20:10). Ryrie Study Bible; Ryrie, Charles Caldwell, Th.D., Ph.D. Electronic Edition

How does this future war apply to the church today? The same serpent who accuses the saints in heaven also deceives the nations on earth (Rev. 12:9); and one of his strategies is to lie about the church. He deceives the nations into thinking that the people of God are dangerous, deluded, even destructive. It is through Satan's deception that the leaders of the nations band together against Christ and His people (Ps. 2; Acts 4:23-30). God's people in every age must expect the world's opposition, but the church can always defeat the enemy by being faithful to Jesus Christ. Christ's shed blood gives us our perfect standing before God (1 John 1:5-2:2). But our witness to God's Word and our willingness to lay down our lives for Christ defeats Satan as well. Satan is not equal to God; he is not omnipotent, omnipresent, or omniscient. His power is limited and his tactics must fail when God's people trust the power of the blood and of the Word. Nothing Satan does can rob us of "salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ" (Rev. 12:10), if we are yielded to Him. God's great purposes will be fulfilled! Be Victorious-Revelation, Electronic Edition; Wiersbe, Warren W.

10Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 12Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time."

The Fifth Personage: The Offspring Of The Woman Persecuted By The Dragon (12:13-17)

13Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. 14But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. 15So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. 16But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. 17And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

God will prepare a special place where the Jewish remnant will be protected and cared for. It is interesting that the remnant's escape from Satan is described in terms of a flying eagle, for this is a repeated image in the Old Testament with reference to Israel. God delivered Israel from Egypt "on eagles' wings" (Ex. 19:4), and cared for the people in the wilderness as an eagle would her young (Deut. 32:11-12). Their return from Babylonian Captivity was like "mounting up with wings as eagles" (Isa. 40:31). Be Victorious- Revelation, Electronic Edition; Wiersbe, Warren W.


There are several practical lessons to be learned from this chapter. (1) Satan is at war with the saints, and we can overcome him only through faith in the Word of God. (2) Satan is the accuser of the brethren. The sins of the saints give Satan all the evidence he needs before God's throne. Thank God we have our Advocate in Christ! (1 John 1:9-2:2) When we confess our sins, Christ cleanses us, and Satan is silenced! (3) Let us not be found accusing the saints, for if we are, then we are on Satan's side and not the Lord's. "Love covers a multitude of sins." (4) We must never be guilty of anti-Semitism. The Jews are God's elect people, and were it not for Israel, we would have no Savior or Bible. We must love Israel, pray for its peace, and seek to win our Jewish friends to Christ. The nation of Israel may not always be right politically, but they are God's people and have an important task to fulfill in this world. We must pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament; Warren W Wiersbe


Doctrine of SatanExistence of Satan

The primary witness to the reality and existence of Satan is not experience or sensational stories but the testimony of Scripture. Both the Old Testament and New Testament affirm the reality and existence of Satan. When Genesis 3 discusses the serpent, it is recognized that the serpent was Satan and that the judgment pronounced (Gen. 3:15) must be a reference to him. Satan is specifically mentioned in Job 2:1 as he came to accuse Job before God. In 1 Chronicles 21:2 Satan led David to take a census of the Israelites. In Zechariah 3:1-2 Satan is seen accusing the nation before God.

Although Satan is not so-named in Isaiah 14:12-17 and Ezekiel 28:11-19, these passages are understood with good reason to refer to his original state and subsequent fall.

The New Testament evidence for Satan's existence is extensive. Every New Testament writer and nineteen of the books make reference to him (cf. Matt. 4:10; 12:26; Mark 1:13; 3:23, 26; 4:15; Luke 11:18; 22:3; John 13:27, etc.). Christ Himself makes reference to Satan twenty-five times. The fact of Satan's existence finds ultimate support in the veracity of Christ's words.

Aside from prefall terms like Lucifer or cherub, there are many names for Satan in both Testaments that cumulatively establish his existence and evil character.

Personality of Satan

Satan exhibits attributes of personality. Scripture mentions three major features of personality when discussing Satan. Satan reflects intellect in that he schemes and is crafty in his work (Eph. 6:11). His work of deception22-14 indicates his ability to think and plan a course of action that will be successful in deceiving people (Rev. 12:9). His knowledge and facility with Scripture (in deception) further illustrates his intellect (Matt. 4:5-6). Satan's emotion is seen in his desire to exalt himself above the rule of God (Isa. 14:12-17); note the "I will's"). Satan desires to trap new converts through their conceit (1 Tim. 3:6). Recognizing he has only a short time on earth, Satan vents great wrath (Gk. thumon), "burning anger" (Rev. 12:12). Satan demonstrated his will in attempting to entice Christ to sin (Matt. 4:3). Satan's will is most clearly reflected in his wish to be like God (Isa. 14:13-14).

Satan exhibits actions of personality. Satan speaks (Job 1:9-10), tempts Christ (Matt. 4:3), plans (Eph. 6:11), and accuses believers (Rev. 12:10).

Above all, Satan is deceptive, scheming to defeat Christians. His intent and opposition to believers is graphically portrayed in 1 Peter 5:8. In his opposition he is as ferocious as a lion, continually walking about with the intent of devouring someone. He continually brings legal accusations against Christians (Rev. 12:9-10). He schemes (Gk. methodeia) against Christians to make them fall (Eph. 6:11).

All of these elements demonstrate that Satan is a person.

 

Origin and Nature of Satan

Satan's original state. Ezekiel 28:12-15 describes Satan prior to his fall.22-15 He enjoyed an exalted position in the presence of God; the brilliance of heaven was his surrounding (28:13). He was called the "anointed . . . covering cherub" who enjoyed the position of highest honor before God (28:14, 16). Isaiah refers to this supreme angel as "star of the morning (kjv Lucifer; niv morning star), son of the dawn" (14:12). After he became God's chief adversary (Heb. Satan) he is never again called by any of these honorable titles. But in his prefall splendor he was filled with wisdom and beauty, and he was blameless (Ezek. 28:12, 15).

Satan's fall. Satan's fall is described in both Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14. Because of his sin Satan was cast from the presence of God (Ezek. 28:16). The reason for Satan's downfall was his pride; his heart was lifted up because of his beauty, and his wisdom became corrupt (28:17). The statement indicates Satan must have had extraordinarily high rank that led to his pride. Isaiah 14:12-14 further describes the sin that led to his downfall. Five "I will's" emphasize his sin (14:13-14). He desired to enter the very presence of God and establish his throne on God's throne above the other angels. He wanted to be like the "Most High." For that reason God thrust him down out of heaven.

Satan's moral responsibility. Satan is a morally responsible person, accountable to God (Job 1:7). He does not have freedom in an unrestricted sense but is subordinate to and restricted by God.

Judgment of Satan

Satan fell from his original exalted position. As the anointed cherub Satan led a host of angels, possibly one-third of all the angels, from heaven in his fall (Ezek. 28:16-17; Rev. 12:4).

Satan's ultimate defeat was pronounced in Eden. God informed Satan that he would have a minor victory ("you shall bruise him on the heel"), but Christ would have a major victory through the cross ("He shall bruise you on the head" Gen. 3:15).

Satan was rendered powerless through the cross. Christ partook of humanity, and through His substitutionary death He defeated Satan, rendering him impotent in the believer's life. Satan had the power of death over people but that power was broken through Christ (Heb. 2:14).

Satan will be cast out of heaven during the Tribulation. The casting out of heaven (Rev. 12:13) is an act of judgment and probably refers to the stellar heavens, also known as the second heaven (not the presence of God).

Satan will be bound in the pit for 1,000 years. At the triumphant return of Christ, Satan is bound for 1,000 years and shut up in the abyss, no longer able to deceive anyone on earth for the duration of the Millennium (Rev. 20:2-3).

Satan will finally be cast into the lake of fire. At the end of the Millennium Satan is released whereupon he deceives many people, leads a rebellion against God, is defeated and finally cast into the lake of fire for eternity (Rev. 20:7-10).

The Moody Handbook of Theology; Copyright © 1989 by The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America.; Electronic Edition STEP Files Copyright © 1997, Parsons Technology, Inc. Author: Enns, Paul P.

Satan, The Serpent, The Devil

Fiction, Friend or Foe

1Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. 2Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.

3And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. 5She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. 6Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

7And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

10Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 12Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time."

13Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. 14But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. 15So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. 16But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. 17And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

 

Is Satan real or is he just a character that we have developed to be the scapegoat for all our failings. Is there really a devil that is really like what the Bible says?

Generations ago much of the Christian Church gave up on the idea of a personal devil. But the next thing they gave up on was the idea of personal sin and then even denying the existence of a personal God.

Especially when we get to the book of Revelation someone might want to say that the devil is just a emblem for evil in the world. But the text makes it very clear that this is not just an emblem but a real person who has intelligence, will, motives, plans. That he is described quite extensively in this passage no one could deny.

Many of the descriptions are symbols but they are symbols that represent realities.

  1. The Reality of Satan
    1. His Creation
      1. Ezek 28:12-15 12 "Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: the sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created. 14 "You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. 15 You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you. (NKJ)
      2. He was perfect in his creation by God
      3. Full of wisdom
      4. Perfect in beauty
      5. He was to look upon as looking at all the beautiful gemstones.
      6. He was the anointed cherub who covers
      7. Some have concluded that this angel was the royal guard for the throne of God.
      8. He was perfect until iniquity was found in him.
    2. His Original Position
      1. Enjoyed the position of highest honor before God (28:14, 16).
      2. He was "the anointed cherub who covers"
    3. His Fall
      1. Ezek 28:15-18 You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you. 16 "By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within, and you sinned; therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God; and I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones. 17 "Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, that they might gaze at you. 18 "You defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your trading; therefore I brought fire from your midst; it devoured you, and I turned you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all who saw you. (NKJ)
      2. Isa 14:12-15 12 "How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! 13 For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.' 15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit. (NKJ)
      3. It was pride that led to the fall of Satan.
      4. He desired to be exalted even more than where God had placed him even to being exalted to be equal with God.
      5. No longer was he obedient to God.
      6. No longer was he willing to do what God had given to him.
      7. He wanted to be like God.
      8. He wanted everything for himself.
  2. Satan's Designs (what is he trying to do?)
    1. With reference to God
      1. To be like God, equal to God
      2. To usurp God's position and authority
    2. With reference to mankind
      1. Blind lest they see the gospel
        1. Have you ever wonder why people can't see the truth of the Gospel. It is because their eyes are blinded by Satan.
        2. 2 Cor 4:3-4 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. (NKJ)
      2. Deceive
        1. Rev. 12:9 "Satan, who deceives the whole world"
        2. Do you realize that this is what has been done.
        3. In Paul's day it was with paganism and idol worship.
        4. In our day it is with evolution and New Age teaching.
        5. All of which takes away from God's honor that is due Him.
      3. Enlist followers
        1. Some people he insights to do evil.
        2. Others are willing helpers and fellow labors.
        3. As we look at the evil of some people we understand that they must be under the control of Satan.
        4. He desires for people to worship him like they worship God.
        5. Worship of false gods is to worship Satan.
        6. 1 Cor 10:20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. (NKJ)
        7. Rev 9:20 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. (NKJ)
      4. Cause misery and suffering
        1. Satan cares not for anyone but himself.
        2. His goal is to murder John 8:44
        3. It is not that this fallen world isn't bad enough but Satan makes the most of the disasters and our own depraved nature.
        4. Jesus told Peter that Satan had desired to sift him.
        5. Satan led Ananias to lie to and brought about his death. Acts 5:3 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? (NKJ)
        6. Satan desires to do the same to you and everyone else.
    3. With reference to Christians
      1. To destroy by persecution
        1. Rev. 12:17 17And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
        2. During these latter days, there will be unrivaled persecution of those who follow Jesus.
        3. Even today in over a dozen countries around the world Satan is persecuting Christians, even to death.
      2. To destroy by temptation
        1. Christians are not beyond temptation and even yielding to temptation.
        2. It was temptation that brought Peter to his knees.
        3. It was temptation that caused Judas to hang himself after betraying Jesus.
        4. It was temptation that caused the death of Ananias and Sapphira.
      3. To destroy them by compromise (neutralization)
        1. Satan desires to destroy any godly influence that we might have.
        2. He will do this by in some way
        3. By discouragement.
        4. By hatred and unforgiveness.
        5. By jealousy and envy.
        6. Any way that he can keep us from doing God's will.
      4. By apathy
        1. Satan's greatest weapon is apathy.
        2. The idea that there is no hurry, we can do what God wants tomorrow.
        3. The idea that what God wants is not all that important.
        4. The idea that we have done our share and now it is someone else's turn.
        5. If he can just lull us to sleep in a comfortable position then we will not be bothering any of his designs.
  3. How Can We Defeat Him?
    1. By the blood of the Lamb
      1. Satan is a defeated foe.
        1. His fall was predicted in the garden of Eden.
        2. Jesus was triumphant over him at Calvary and the garden tomb.
        3. When Satan tries to enter our lives we need to tell him we belong to someone else. We have been bought by the blood of the Lamb of God.
      2. Satan has no power over the Christian.
        1. He can only do in our lives what we allow him to do.
        2. But when he can't get to us personally he works through someone close to us.
        3. But he has not power over us but what we allow him to have.
        4. Our God has promised that He will never leave us or forsake us.
    2. By the word of their testimony
      1. Satan has no power against the Word of God, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
      2. He has no power against a Christian's testimony that he cannot compromise.
      3. Where ever Christians are persecuted for their faith, countless multitudes are brought to Jesus Christ by their unfailing testimony.
      4. How is your testimony for Jesus?
    3. By not loving their lives to the death
      1. God has and does allow his people to be persecuted to the death for their faith.
      2. It is a testimony to their faithfulness.
      3. Jesus said that if we loved anything more than Him we were not worthy of Him.

What role does Satan play in your life? Tempter, adversary, accuser, or is he your friend and leader. Leading you away from God.  

This message was preached at FBC Toulon, by Albert Harmon. See it at http://toulonbaptist.com