and Destiny of Satan
1. HAVE any others than the human
"God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down
to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved,
unto judgment." 2 Peter 2:4.
2. What is the name of the one who led the angels to sin?
Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared
for the devil and his angels." Matt. 25:41.
3. By what other names is he known?
"And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil,
and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world." Rev. 12:9. See also Isa. 14:12,
where he is called "Lucifer."
4. What was Satan's condition when created?
"Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou
till iniquity was found in thee." Eze. 28:15.
5. What description is given of him by the prophet Ezekiel?
"Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and
perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every
precious stone was thy covering, . . . the workmanship of thy tabrets and
of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
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." Verses 12-14.
this it is evident that Satan was a high and exalted angel before he
fell, a masterpiece of wisdom and beauty. From the reference
to his "tabrets" and "pipes" it seems probable that he was chorister
of heaven, and led the angelic host in song. In the earthly sanctuary
the cherubim overshadowed the mercy-seat. Ex. 25:16-22; Heb. 9:3-5; Ps.
6. What unholy, ambitious spirit took possession of Satan, and led to
"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: I will ascend above the
heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High." Isa. 14:13,14.
7. Did pride also contribute to his fall?
"Thine heart was lifted up
because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy
brightness." Eze. 28:17.
8. What does Solomon say precedes destruction and a fall?
"Pride goeth before destruction, and an
haughty spirit before a fall." Prov. 16:18.
9. How does the prophet Isaiah describe Satan's fall?
"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!" Isa. 14:12.
10. Why was Satan cast from his high position?
"By the multitude of thy
merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou
hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain
of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of
the stones of fire." Eze. 28:16.
11. When cast out of the mountain of God, to what place were Satan and
his angels banished, to be kept till the judgment?
"For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to
hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto
judgment." 2 Peter 2:4.
NOTE.-This, we understand, is the darkness surrounding this world,
and is symbolic of the darkness of utter hopelessness and despair in rebellion and sin. When Satan led man to sin, darkness was brought upon
this world. But God did not leave man to hopelessness. In His mercy and
great love He caused "the light of the glorious gospel of Christ" to
shine, to call men "out of darkness into His marvelous light." That
Satan and the angels who fell with him had a period of probation and
opportunity to repent, there can be no doubt. Their fate is the result
of stubborn rebellion and persistence in sin in spite of the overtures
of mercy and the
offers of pardon. For this they were cast out of heaven. The wicked
angels are kept in everlasting chains of darkness.
12. How is the conflict which took place in heaven between Christ and
Satan described by the revelator?
"And there was war in heaven: Michael and His angels
fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and
prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the
great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and
Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth,
and his angels were cast out with him." Rev. 12:7-9.
13. In what terms did Christ refer to Satan's fall?
"And He said unto
them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven." Luke 10:18.
14. Has Satan ever appeared before God since his fall?
"Now there was a
day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord,
and Satan came also among them." Job 1:6. See also chapter 2:1.
15. When asked whence he came, what was Satan's reply?
answered the Lord, and said, From going to
and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it." Job 1:7. See
NOTE.-By tempting man to sin, Satan
usurped man's dominion over the earth.
Rom. 6:16; 2 Peter 2:19. This he now claims as his kingdom (Luke 4:6); hence the temptation in offering the kingdoms of this world to Christ.
As the "god" and ruler of this world, Satan, for four thousand years
before the crucifixion of Christ, appeared before God among the
representatives of other worlds, as the representative of this world.
After accomplishing the death of Christ, the Son of God, the sinless
One, Satan was cast out of this council, or assembly, and has not been
permitted to enter it since. This was his second fall, and the one
doubtless, to which Christ, just before His crucifixion, alluded when
he said, "Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of
this world be cast out." John 12:31. His final fall and destruction are
16. What has been the character of Satan since his fall?
committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth
from the beginning." 1 John 3:8.
17. Was he ever in the truth?
"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will
do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth,
because there is no truth in him." John 8:44.
"abode not in the truth" implies that Satan was
once in the truth, but that he did not remain there.
18. What is the only "beginning" of which we have record?
beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Gen. 1:1.
19. What besides a murderer did Christ say Satan is?
"When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and
the father of it." John 8:44.
20. What did God tell Adam and Eve would be the result if they
transgressed by partaking of the forbidden fruit?
"Thou shalt surely
die." Gen. 2:17.
21. What did Satan say to Eve concerning this?
"And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall NOT surely die." Gen. 3:4.
NOTE.-This, as far as the record shows, was
the first lie,- a direct
denial of the word of God. By persuading Eve to accept and believe it,
Satan led our first parents to commit sin; and, as "the wages of sin is
death," by it, also, he caused their death, and so became, in reality, the first murderer. A lie, therefore, is a twin brother to murder, and
one of the most hateful things to God, the "God of truth." See Prov. 6:16-19. "The
lip of truth shall be established forever: but a lying tongue
is but for a moment." Prov. 12:19. "All liars shall have their part in
the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone." Rev. 21:8. See also
Rev. 21:27; 22:15.
22. What has been the result of sin's entrance into the world?
man sin entered into the world, and death by sin."
Rom. 5:12. "By one man's disobedience many were made sinners." Verse
19. "The whole world lieth in wickedness." 1 John 5:19. "In Adam
die." 1 Cor. 15:22.
23. When Christ came to redeem man, what did Satan do?
the Spirit driveth Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days,
tempted of Satan."
Mark 1:12,13. See also Matt. 4:1-11.
24. How severely was Christ tempted of Satan?
"For we have not an High
Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but
was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." Heb. 4:15.
25. What has the church suffered since the days of Christ?
the dragon [Satan] saw that he was cast unto the
earth, he persecuted the woman [the church]." Rev. 12:13.
millions of the people of God have been put to death since the beginning
of the Christian era, under pagan and papal persecutions, all of which
have been instigated by Satan. See Buck's Theological Dictionary,
any commentary or church history on the subject of
persecution, and the readings in Chapters 51., 59., 60. and 108. of this
26. Is the remnant church to feel his wrath,
"And the dragon ,vas wroth with the woman, and went to
make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments
of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Verse 17.
27. How will Satan deceive men in the last days?
"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." Rev. 13:14.
NOTE.-This, we understand, refers to Spiritualistic manifestations
and miracles to be wrought to fasten men in error and deception.
28. What will influence the nations to gather for the great battle of
"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." Rev. 16:14.
29. Why will men be allowed thus to fall under
the delusion of Satan?
"Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be
saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that
they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed
not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." 2 Thess. 2:10-12. See 1 Kings 22:20-23.
30. For how long is Satan to be bound at the second advent?
"And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the
bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the
dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him
a thousand years." Rev. 20:1,2.
31. What is to take place at the close of the
"And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of
his prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the
four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to
battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea." Verses 7,8.
career began in rebellion against God in heaven,
and ends in rebellion against Him on earth.
32. As Satan and his host compass the camp of the saints, what will take
"And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp
of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God
out of heaven, and devoured them." Verse 9.
33. What is to be Satan's final doom?
"I will bring thee to ashes upon
the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know
thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a
terror, and never shalt thou be any more." Eze. 28:18,19.
NOTE.-A gladsome thought! Satan, sin, and sinners are finally to
come to an end, and be no more. Then God will have a clean universe.
34. Why did Christ partake of our nature?
"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and
blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through
death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the
devil." Heb. 2:14.
35. What exhortations are given to Christians in view of Satan's hatred
against God and all that is good?
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a
roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist
steadfast in the faith." 1 Peter 5:8,9. "Resist the devil, and he
will flee from you." James 4:7.
36. With what weapon did Christ successfully meet Satan's temptations?
The Word of God. "It is written, . . . It is written, . . . It is written."
NOTE.-The Word of God is the "sword of the Spirit." Eph. 6: 17.
If Christ met and vanquished the enemy with this, so also may we. But no
one can use it who is unfamiliar with it. How important, then, that we
search, study, and know it! See first readings in this book, and
reading on "Importance of Sound Doctrine."
GRACIOUS Father, guard Thy children
From the foe's destructive power;
Save, O save them, Lord, from falling
In this dark and trying hour!
Thou wilt surely prove Thy people,
All our graces must be tried;
But Thy Word illumes our pathway,
And in God we still confide.
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