Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Satans Story: Ancient Origins

Dr. David R. ReaganPDFBy Dr. David R. Reagan

Satan is a spirit being who was created by God before the creation of the heavens and the earth (Job 38:4-7). He is in no way equal to God. He is not omnipresent. He is not omniscient. Many believe he was one of three archangels (the other two being Michael and Gabriel), but the Bible identifies only one archangel by name — Michael (Jude 9). However, the book of Daniel indicates that there may be other archangels when it says that Michael was "one of the chief princes," obviously implying there are other angels of his type (Daniel 10:13).

We are specifically told that Satan was "an anointed cherub" who was responsible for covering or guarding the throne of God (Ezekiel 28:14). In the Scriptures, cherubim appear to be angels of a higher order who are assigned special guard duties by God. The first mention of them can be found in Genesis 3:24 where we are told that after the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, God stationed cherubim on the East of Eden to prevent them from having access to the tree of life (Genesis 3:24).

Some have concluded that one of Satan's main responsibilities may have been that of a worship leader. That's because there is a reference in Ezekiel 28:13 to his "tambourines and flutes." However, the words here in Hebrew are uncertain. The King James Version refers to "tarbets and pipes." The New International Version translates the words as "settings and mountings." The New American Standard Bible refers to "settings and sockets," but provides the alternative translation of tambourines and flutes.

More definitely we are told in the Scriptures that Satan was created in perfection, and that therefore he was "full of wisdom" and "perfect in beauty" (Ezekiel 28:12-13). We are also told that he was covered with precious gems (Ezekiel 28:13).

In the next segment of this "Satan's Story" series, we'll look at what the Bible says concerning Satan's fall from annointed angel to ruler of the demons.


Dakota said...

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DrNofog said...

Of course, wouldn't you know it?

Right after I read yesterday's article: Satans Story: Not Taken Seriously, a couple of Jay Hovah's Witlesses [still haven't figgered out who that character is, but it's certainly not the Ancient of Days; YHVH!] showed up at the door with an arm full of Watchtower bird-cage liners; a young lady in probably in her early 20s and a lady probably in her 80s who started by identifying themselves. I said "I assume you are training the young lady..." but she lied and said that the girl was probably training her, and then proceeded to start with the spiel.

I cut her off by saying that "You guys really don't have anything at all to offer me because I already have eternal life just like the Bible says, because I have asked the Lord Jesus, the 2nd person of the Trinity, to be my Lord and savior.

Furthermore, the 2nd half of Isaiah 43:10, where you claim to get your name, condemns your belief that He is a god, created by YeHoVaH [they insert "a" in John 1:1].

Have a nice day as you ponder the place of eternal torment that you don't believe in, that you're obviously headed towards for removing it from the Word of God. That's a very bad No-no..." And I closed the door to a couple of dropped jaws.

It is sad that many don't take the whole Word seriously, Hell and Satan, especially when they obviously don't have much time left on their meter...

Rodney said...

Notice the depiction of two Cherubim with wings extended covering the mercy seat on the Ark of The Covenant. Satan a.k.a. Lucifer was once one of these, the "Annointed Cherub that covereth". The earthly Ark was but an example of the Heavenly Throne Room.

Anonymous said...

I had a bunch of them call in on me early this year. I can't remember what I said exactly - I was pretty busy at the time. I think it was something like - "know all about it, I'm a fundamentalist Christian, so no thanks".

They smiled and left.


DrNofog said...

Hi RG, happy new year.

I was somewhat surprised at how it flowed out. It wasn't something I had rehearsed and I didn't feel any leading to continue and lay out the plan of salvation so I assumed that it was more of a witness of warning of the fiery judgment to come, ala Jude 23. "And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh...", "I tell you, Nay, but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish..." [Luke 13:3] rather than the love of God aspect of Jude 22 "And of some have compassion, making a difference..."

Paul said...

I have had opportunity to have some very cordial conversations. One day I decided I knew better than garmin which way to go so naturally got lost. Stopped at rest area and was approached by two JW women. They offered their watchtower and my wife said she would take them if they would take some CMA (Christian Motorcyclist) tracts. We had a long conversation and was able to explain who we believed Jesus really was. Can't say what happened to them after we parted, but I can't help but believe we were there at that place by appointment.

Rodney said...

At least one thing can be said about Jehovah Witnesses in that they boldly approach strangers in an attempt to convert them. The same can not be said for the Protestant Church today, which spend their time, attempting to find a hidden formula within the scriptures for gaining wealth and entertaining the masses with elaborate musical and drama presentations.

These Jehovah Witnesses put the Church to shame in their zeal for evangelism. Instead of patting ourselves on the back because we do not follow their false doctrine, we should be asking what good is it to know the truth, if you do not share it and are ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. I have seen Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses come to my door and many in my neighborhood, one thing I do not see are those professing themselves to be doctrinally pure Christians.

Before you claim the crown, you have to run the race!

Billy said...

I don't think anyone of non-Christian faiths zealously pushing their false religious beliefs are due any positive spin on that activity. They are doing severe damage to the only true religion of Christianity by spreading lies. They are nothing less than predators!

As for Rodney's saying "Before you claim the crown, you HAVE (emphais added by me) to run the race!" I don't understand that.

You get your crown solely on your belief in Christ and don't have to show you converted or ministered to "x" number of people (or anything else for that matter).

Now, rewards are another story. Rewards will be based on works. But not our crown.

(If I am mistaken then someone please correct me. Thanks!)

Paul said...

predators? probably some. Deceived 100%. Going to hell without Jesus 100% It doesn't take long to tell if you can have a fruitful or at least cordial conversation with them. I find it easier to share the gospel with someone who comes to my door than someone who claims to be a Christian, or Catholic, or Jew or whatever.

Billy said...

Predators? Absolutely! For I feel they are (perhaps most unknowingly) a tool used by satan to spread his lies, distract, and ensnare people from the truth. I'd call that predatory.

Rodney said...

Billy, the Apostle Paul documented the fact that his life was comparable to an Olympian running a race, and he was confident that he did run it well.
He also commented that a crown of righteousness was laid up for him, stating that only the victor gets the prize. If these crowns were only based upon our profession of faith, then why is it we cast them at the feet of the Lord in acknowledgement that without him we could accomplish nothing. These crowns are earned.

Church members today are content with their Sunday-Go-A-Meeting Christianity or their religious social clubs instead of reaching out to the lost. It is sad the the JW's and the Mormons peddle false religion and doctrines, yet just imagine for a minute how effective the Church would be if they had their zeal for evangelism. In this Laodicean era however they will never have to worry about competition from the Church.

Billy said...

While I agree most Christians do a bad job of evangelism (including me) I would never agree that JW or LDS or any other person preaching a false doctrine should be used as an example in any way.

Nathan Jones said...

Dakota, great site! Keep up the good Web evangelism work for the Lord.

Expected Imminently said...


I appreciate the point you are making, but ‘they’ don’t really put the Church to shame as ‘he who wins souls is wise’.

‘Cold Calling’ without invite is not wise. Mum’s feeding the baby, elderly struggling with a walker to answer the door … two of many reasons why they are an in-considerate nuisance. They don’t do it to ‘save your soul’; it’s their way of earning ‘Brownie Points’ for their own ‘salvation’.

An Englishman’s castle is his home; if the drawbridge aint down then; beep beep!


Expected Imminently said...


'…raising ducks' – from the dead or can’t they fly? :D

Well done on your site.
God bless
Silly Sue

Rodney said...

E.I., with all due respect, the Lord himself went to those in need and tasked us with the same. The Lord sought diligently for the Lost Sheep of Israel. It seems to me that Church has become an isolated camp and the gospel is our personal secret. To go knocking on the doors of strangers and sharing with them the "Good News of Christ" will open us up to a challenge. Many are not equipped to face this challenge because they themselves are ignorant concerning the Word of God and the One they claim to worship. The loss of zeal for evangelism in the form of personal intervention is a character trait of the Laodicean Church of this age. It is a sad day when perveyors of false doctrine and fables are able to claim many souls because the Church is satisfied with only preaching to themselves, embracing themselves, and exalting themselves. Reminds me of the Good Samaritan.

Expected Imminently said...

The Lord went OUT - and the crowds followed him and he taught them. Jesus sends us OUT - not into homes where we are not welcome.

He only went into homes when invited. As do I.

Its when we are out and about we witness to people whose heart the Holy Spirit has prepared. It is a big presumption you have made that the 'church' does not witness,like cults do, well speak for yourself!

If you go knocking on the doors of private homes here, you would be breaking the law of 'Neighbourhood Watch' of 'No Cold Callers' set up for our protection AND you would be a danger of having your head ripped off - people DONT LIKE intrusion so you have allienated them from the start.

The Lord always leads if you take time to listen.
He who wins souls is wise!

Sal said...

Dude speak for yourself rodney. You've a serious beef with the church and need to get out of your house to see whats going on out there. If Christ's the head then your mocking his leadership.

Rodney said...

It should be obvious that today we have a collection of excuses not to commit to what is now considered old fashioned. Going "Door to Door" in an effort to evangelize has been replaced with entertaining drama and musical programs.

The end of the Church Age or Age of Grace is upon us, apostacy or the departure from the faith is evident. The love of many has indeed waxed cold. Laodicea is represented all over the United States as well as the slumbering and comatose Churches of Europe.

Thanks be to God however that he has prepared 144,000 Jewish evangelists to complete the task the self absorbed Church of today so readily avoids. The first shall be last and the last shall be first. It will be during this time of severe persecution within the Tribulation, that the greatest harvest ever seen will be accomplished.

Expected Imminently said...

Sal said
"If Christ's the head then your mocking his leadership".

Spot on! The Holy Spirit is not failing in His task to save souls. One sows, another waters, but it is GOD who gives the increase.

Its true about Emergent entertainment; its dreadful. but that is the visible Church.

However Jesus is Lord.He is in perfect control and winning hearts to the INvisible Church in spite of the error. The true INvisible Church, Christ's body, is altogether beautiful and resplendant in her heavenly apparel.

Look up, by faith we are seated in heavenly places. Not everyone is doing 'nothing' when Jesus leads. Unless The Lord build the house, they labour in vain who build it.
i.e. hay, wood and stubble.