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All the counterfeit systems satan has simply reveal his desire to be like the Most High. Part 9.

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

1. Satans major purpose behind these five “I wills” is to be like the Most High - having the title of the “possessor of heaven and earth.”

2. As a part of his strategy to become like the Most High, those under the influence of his false doctrine teach others how to improve human nature while ignoring the new creature created by God.

3. The presence of gross evil in the world is not due to Satans intention to have it so, rather it indicates Satans inability to be like the Most High.

JOH 18:36 “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting, that I might not be delivered up to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.”

MAT 26:52-53 Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?”

4. Satans ambition to be like God has led him to take on more than he can handle.

5. Satan deceives the world and even the Christian church into thinking that he is totally opposite of God, which is true inwardly; however what makes his deceptions so great are the overt similarities that he has with God.

6. The one thing Satan is after is worship from man. During the Tribulation period he will demand the worship of the people of the earth or they will pay the penalty of death, REV 13:15.

7. Any plans to clean up the world and make it a better place to live complements Satans evil goals and policies to be like God.

8. All the counterfeit systems Satan has simply reveal his desire to be like the Most High.

9. Religion is his counterfeit - a. Counterfeit Gospel, 2CO 11:3-4. b. Counterfeit Ministers, 2CO 11:13-15. c. Counterfeit Doctrine, 1TI 4:1.

d. Counterfeit Communion table, 1CO 10:19-21. e. Counterfeit Spirituality, GAL 3:2-3. f. Counterfeit Righteousness, MAT 19:16-28.

g. Counterfeit Righteousness -self-righteousness, MAT 23:13-36. h. Counterfeit Power and dynamics - miracles, healing, tongues, 2TH 2:8-10. i. Counterfeit System of gods, 2TH 2:3-4.

REV 20:10 And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

“You will be thrust down” - Hophal - jaradh = a passive form; it means that he will receive this.

REV 20:10 and MAT 25:41 indicate that Satan will spend eternity in the lake of fire, and he will have company,REV 20:12-15, those members of the human race who rejected Christ as Savior.

JOH 17:4 “I glorified Thee on the earth, having accomplished the work which Thou hast given Me to do.”

Before Satans fall, there was one will in the universe and that was the will of God.

a. There was no previous example of sin and rebellion, this was the beginning of rebellion against the Most High God.

b. He was created beautiful and perfect; he lacked nothing as the greatest of all creatures.

c. Satans sin is especially monstrous because his greatest of all intelligence gave him greater light and understanding of the greatness and goodness of the God whom he sinned against.

d. Satans sin is especially monstrous because his highest position gave him the privilege of the greatest service to God.

e. Satans sin is especially monstrous because in his perfection and holiness, he had the privilege of intimate fellowship with God.

1. Verse 12 - there will be banishment from heaven, “How you have fallen from heaven,” says God to the one who desired to ascend to heaven.

2. The corruption of character - the one whose name was the “star of morning, son of the dawn,” now has become Satan, the opposer and adversary of all that God is.

3. The perversion of power. Satans power which was once used for Gods glory and the good of His creatures, is now turned to disruptive and destructive purposes.

4. The retention of dignity. Though he was cast from his exalted position, Satan yet retains some of his great dignity; even Michael the archangel “did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment,” Jud 9.

5. He is destined to the pit. He will “be thrust down to Sheol, to the recesses of the pit,” ISA 14:15, REV 20:3,10.

Why did a holy and righteous God who is all powerful and all knowing allow the fall of Satan and his angels to occur?

a. God is perfect, therefore His plan is perfect and He allowed evil to come into being.

b. Perhaps He allowed angels to sin in order that He might give an explicit example of the wretchedness and degeneration of sin and rebellion.

c. He used the test to gain a group of angels to serve Him from their own free will and personal love.

d. It may have been necessary to allow the fall of angels to finally show the grace of God in the preserving of some angels and in the redemption of unworthy, sinful man who fell because of Satan.

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