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! 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. 15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
There is a tendency in our modern world to refer to the devil as just being a figment of our imagination, or just being evil thoughts and desires that are inherent in man,s fallen nature. Modern science rejects, for all intents and purposes, the scriptural testimony that he is an intelligent fallen angel who once lived in heaven. Furthermore the devil is well pleased to have himself depicted as a hideous monster with a pitch-fork shoveling souls, by those who call themselves intelligent, for in so doing they will not be prepared for his bold literal intrusion into our modern society in the near future. Today we will read for ourselves what the Bible has to say about satan and the unexplained phenomena such as u.fo.'s, and also the agencies and operations of evil spirits.
Fact (1) Satan is extremely good-looking, gorgeous and glorious, unlike anything mortal eyes have ever seen. The Bible states this truth very explicitly. Let's read:
Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
When the Bible speaks of "The king of Tyrus" it's referring to the devil who was controlling the mind of the king king of Tyrus, for there is only one person who fits the following description given in the scriptures. Note well the "beauty" that the Bible goes on to describe, which cannot be attributed to a mortal man. Let's read:
Ezekiel 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
Fact (2) The devil is much more intelligent than any human being. He delights to hear persons refer to him as lacking understanding, for in so doing they are not prepared for his intelligent and well executed plans and machinations. As a matter of fact, those who deny his existence are more readily controlled by him for they are not aware that he can exercise his power over their minds. Let's read:
Ezekiel 28:12 "Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty".
To get an idea of that "wisdom" we only need to examine the testimony of the angel Gabriel as he battled satan for the mind of the king of Persia. Let's read:
Daniel 10:12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
1st Chronicles 21:1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel. 2 And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it.
Here we see plainly that satan is able to infuse human minds with his own thoughts and purposes, if our minds are not garrisoned by the word of God and the power of His Holy Spirit at all times. This was not the first nor the last time he has done this, for it's an everyday occurrence with most people, including Christians. Let's read:
Matthew 16:22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. 23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
Fact (3) The devil can, and often makes direct interferences in the lives and experiences of persons. There are stories of ufo sightings and"crop circles" that baffle the scientific mind, but this need not be the case, for the Bible explains the fact that he can work miracles, including the interference of crops. Let's read:
Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. 7 And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 8 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? 9 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. 12 And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.
In this passage of scripture the Lord pulls back the curtain to reveal what actually takes place behind the scenes when His protecting hand is briefly removed. Note the direct and literal interferences which follow. Let's read:
Job 1:13 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: 14 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: 15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
In the modern insurance industry, many "natural" disasters are described as being "an act of God", but here and elsewhere, the Bible shows that they are mostly direct acts of satan, as we will read:
Job 1:17 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee. 18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house: 19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Thus in less than a day, the devil destroyed all of Job's flocks, herds, crops, and his children, and the only reason why four of Job's servants were spared, is so that they could bring Job the bad news. That "wind" that came from the wilderness and destroyed the house where Job's children were socializing, was a tornado. And that's why the problems we are currently facing with increasing extremes of weather cannot be only chalked up to "global warming". There is a potent, destructive force of evil in operation, and sooner or later modern science will be have to be reconciled to that fact, for there will be major convulsions of nature in the near future, for which there will be no scientific explanation. Let's read:
Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 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:
Revelation 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
Fact (4) The devil is an expert in the scriptures and studies the Bible more diligently than most professors of theology. Let's read:
Matthew 4:5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Luke 4:33 And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, 34 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God. 35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not.
Fact (5) The devil is scheduled to make several personal appearances in different parts of the earth, and he will be conversing with heads of states and prominent politicians who have rejected the word of God. Let's read:
2nd Thessalonians 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Revelation 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
Question: why is it important for us to know these things? Why does the Bible give us so much inside information on the operations of satan in the earth, and the coming great deception? These truths are written for our admonition and instruction so that we can make wise choices in this life. The Bible rightly presents Jesus as the only way out of our dilemma, and it rests with us to not only believe, but also to take the necessary proactive steps so that we can be shielded from the assaults of the evil one.
The scriptures expose his devices and snares, and we can only be aware of them if we study diligently, the Bible each day. That's why satan has invented numerous distractions in our world today so that the scriptures which are the shield and guide of life, would not be studied as they ought to. We therefore end with a caution and admonition to all those who make Jesus Christ the Lord and savior of their lives. Let's read:
Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
May God add His blessing to the study of His word. God bless!