Characteristics of Satanís kingdom
- In rebellion against God (Daniel 10:13, 20)
- God is preparing Satan's kingdom for final destruction (Revelation 20:10,14)
- Inferior to God's Kingdom: Jesus demonstrated this by casting demons out (Matthew 12: 24-30).
- Maintain Satan's rule of the earth (John 12:31, Revelation
- Oppose God's kingdom and the redemption of people (Revelation
- Promote rebellion against God (sin) (Ephesians
- Steal, kill and destroy (John
- Draw worship, devotion and service from people to assist in mission accomplishment (Luke
4:7, Revelation 13: 1,3-4,8,11-12,14-15)
- Formerly Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12), who was the covering cherub angel
for God's throne (Ezekiel
28:14-16). (See Ezekiel
10 and Ezekiel
1:5-26 for description of the cherubim angels)
- Served in the midst of the fiery stones before the throne of God (Ezekiel 28:14,16)
- Created perfect in beauty, adorned with precious stones and full of wisdom
- Established by God with tremendous power (Isaiah 14:9-11, Ezekiel 28:14)
- Sinned by pride (Isaiah 14:13-14, Ezekiel 28:17)
- Is/was a destroyer of nations and cities (Isaiah
- God cast him out of heaven (Isaiah 14:12, Ezekiel 28:16-17, Luke 10:18)
- Became Satan ("the adversary") and accuser of the brethren (Zechariah
- Satan is the ruler of the earth (Lke
4:5-6, John 12:31). He is also referred to as the "Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: "
- Has authority, power and a throne (Revelation 13:2), and may give his authority over
the earth to whomever he wishes (Luke 4:5-7). He will ultimately give his throne,
his power and great authority to the beast (Revelation 13:2).
- Primary tactics: steal, kill, and
10:10). He also uses death (Hebrews 2:14), deception (Revelation 12:9),
lust (Proverbs 11:6, 2 Peter 1:4, Ephesians 2:1-3) and pride (1 John 2:15-17) to rule the
- He is stealthy, seeking opportune times to attack (Luke 4:13)
- Asks for Godís permission to afflict certain people: Peter (Luke
- He is the father of lies and there is no truth in him (John 8:44)
- He is a murderer (John 8:44)
- Has the power of death until both he and death are destroyed during the
establishment of Godís everlasting kingdom on earth (1 Corinthians 15:24-26,
- Able to supernaturally move people (Luke 4:9) and project temptation into
the mind (Luke 4:5, John
- Strong deception powers to deceive
individuals (2 Corinthians 4:4) and nations (Revelation 20:3, 8,10).
- Can transform himself into an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14)
- Can travel back and forth on earth and also to heaven (1 Peter 5:8, Job 1:6-7, 2:1-2)
- His power and rule are limited (Revelation 12:9, 20:1-3)
- Not omnipresent (Luke 4:13)
- Forces include principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this age, spiritual
hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12)
- With the exception of people used by evil, Satanís forces are spiritual, not flesh
and blood (Ephesians 6:12)
- Satan deceived a third of the angels in heaven and them to serve himself
12:3-9). Since there are "myriads and myriads" of God's
angels, it follows that a third of them is also a large number (Hebrews
- Fight with God's angels over matters involving human events. Daniel 10:13,20
depicts warfare between good and evil angels.
- Will fight God's Archangel Michael and other angels and will be cast out of heaven with
- Will ultimately be tormented in everlasting fire (Matthew
Imprisoned forces: Some rebelling angels were
imprisoned just before Noah's flood and now await final judgment. They rebelled
by taking human wives and produced offspring (Genesis
They helped draw the human race into continual evil. God
sent the flood to wipe out this corrupted race, and imprisoned the
guilty angels in Hell (2 Peter 2:4, Jude
6). Jesus Christ proclaimed his victory over all
evil to these imprisoned spirits during His resurrection, sealing their destruction (1
- Dwell on the earth and seek bodies to inhabit. (Revelation 18:2, Matthew 12:43-44, Mark
- Know they will suffer at the hands of Jesus at an appointed time (Matthew 8:29)
- Recognize Jesus Christ as the Son of God (Mark 1:24-26, Mark 5:10-13). They also
recognize those operating under the authentic authority of Jesus Christ (Acts 19:15).
- Communal. When re-inhabiting a former host person, a demon will take 7 spirits more
wicked than himself and reoccupy the person (Matthew
12:43-45). Examples of multiple demons inhabiting a person are found at Mark
16:9 (Mary had 7 demons) and Mark 5:9 (Gadarenes man had a legion of demons). Also,
in James 3:16 NKJV, James confirmed their communal traits, "where envy and
self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there."
- Have intellect and will (Matthew 12:43-45)
- Vary in level of wickedness (Matthew 12:43-45)
- Description: Jobís friend, Eliphaz, described an
encounter with an evil spirit in Job 4:12-21.
The spirit was characterized by fear and disquieting thoughts.
Eliphaz saw the spiritís form but was unable
to discern itís appearance.
- Limited power; they require rest (Matthew 12:43-44)
- Can travel (Matthew 12:43-45)
- Can affect the "state" of their host person (Matthew 12:43-45) ranging from
total possession (Mark
5:2-8) to periodic influence (Mark
9:17-18). They are able to influence the emotions, thoughts and actions of their
host toward destruction. Examples include the Gerasene demoniac cutting himself in
Mark 5:5 and the boy who was being thrown into the fire in Mark 9:22.
- Vary in power level. Some are only routed through prayer and fasting
(Matthew 17:21, Mark
- People can be used by evil powers to accomplish satanic purposes. Examples include
Judas betraying Christ (John 13:27), Elymas thwarting Paulís ministry (Acts 13:8-10)
and David numbering Israel's army (1 Chronicles 21:1).
- Can be used as false apostles and deceitful workers (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).
- Satan's forces can speak through Christians (Matthew 16:22-23). Satan spoke
through Peter, tempting Jesus to avoid suffering and death.
- Satan may enter people to influence them directly (Judas - Luke 22:3, Ananias Ė
Sin nature: Our own sin nature can
be our worst enemy. Evil powers may try to manipulate us
by appealing to our sin nature and use sinful desires to war against us (1 Peter
2:11-12, James 1:14-15).
- Native kingdom language is deception. Satan is the father of lies (John
- Forces are able to communicate individually and as a group. This is illustrated in
the examples of the legion of demons in the Gerasene demoniac (Mark 5:2-8) and the demon
returning with 7 other demons to his host in Matthew 12:43-45.
- Evil words: Can be used to promote destruction, fear, doubt, blasphemy and curses
(James 3:6,10-12). One example of how evil forces can use evil words is found in Ecclesiastes
10:20. Solomon talked about how a "bird of the air" could reveal
a person's evil thoughts and words spoken privately to other people. The
Amplified Bible refers to a "winged creature," which could suggest a fallen
angel or demon that intercepts thoughts and words.
- Idle words: can provide a foothold for affliction and judgment of the speaker (Matthew
- Blocking: Evil angels attempted to block God's angel from
bringing the answer to Daniel's prayer in Daniel 10:13,20.
- Counterfeit spiritual gifts: evil forces may use counterfeit spiritual
manifestations to accomplish their purposes. Divination, necromancy, witchcraft,
fortune telling, palm reading and sorcery are all examples of manifestations of evil power
(see occult sin page for more info and refs).
Future: Jesus Christ will crush Satan's kingdom completely, and the
last enemy to be destroyed will be death (1 Corinthians 15:24-26). The Archangel Michael
will defeat Satan and hurl
him down from heaven (Revelation 12:9). Next, he will be bound by an angel and thrown
into the pit for 1000 years (Revelation 20:1-3). Finally, Satan and his forces
will be cast into the lake of fire permanently (Revelation
20:10,14-15). Jesus Christ will then triumphantly hand over the kingdom to God the Father (1
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