Have you ever wondered what Satan or the Devil looks like? What about demons? What are their appearances? Does the Bible say what Satan or the demons look like? Are demons fallen angels? Is so, why did they fall away and did they become demons?
What Satan Does Not Look Like
First of all, the images of Satan or the Devil with horns and a pitchfork are inaccurate according to the Bible. If we use the Bible as our authority, then the Devil looks nothing like we can imagine. His name originally was Lucifer and he was described like a bright morning star. Satan was the greatest of all of God’s creation. The greatest of all the angels and the most powerful being that God has ever created, including any human being ever made. When he was created by God, there was nothing like him in the entire universe and in all of God’s creation.
In Hebrew, the name Satan means “the accuser”. And the Bible describes him as the accuser of the brethren or the saints of God in Revelation 12:10, “For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night.” The Devil is sometimes, shockingly, behind a pulpit and spewing forth false gospels as he appears as an angel of light, yet he is the father of lies (2 Cor. 11:14).
Satan; Created in Power and Beauty
In Ezekiel 28:12-18 you will find God describing him: “Thus says the Lord GOD, You had the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The ruby, the topaz, and the diamond; The beryl, the onyx, and the jasper; The lapis lazuli, the turquoise, and the emerald; And the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets, was in you. On the day that you were created they were prepared. You were the anointed cherub who covers, and I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked in the midst of the stones of fire. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created. Until unrighteousness was found in you.”
So Satan was created a cherub and he originally was “the anointed cherub that covered” the very throne of God. He was perfect and “blameless”. Reading God’s description in Ezekiel, you see all the precious stones that have ever been created are a covering of his: gold, emeralds, jasper, and so on. He was “full of wisdom and beauty” but his pride lifted up his self-worth and he became “unrighteousness” before God.
Satan’s Power and Rank
Satan was of the highest rank of all angels created; greater in power and rank than Michael and Gabriel. But Satan’s pride caused his downfall and he managed to convince about 1/3 of the angels to rebel with him and these rebellious angels became demons. This is explained in Revelation where “…another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven, and threw them to the earth” (Rev. 12:3-4). They too are powerful but not as powerful as Satan or as Michael or Gabriel. Satan also convinced Eve to take from the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Regardless of what you have read or heard, it was not an apple. We really don’t know what it was on that tree but the fact is Eve and her husband Adam disobeyed God and were cast out of the Garden of Eden, just like Satan was cast out of heaven.
What Satan and Demons Look Like
So Satan is a cherub angel. What do cherubs look like? If you could actually see an angel, they would frighten you. They are not the chubby little angelic and winged baby-looking creatures you see pictured so often. In fact, not all angels have wings. But a cherub, in particular Satan, could be enormous in size, power, and strength however Satan is likely the most powerful of all beings that God has ever created in the universe. Some angels had wing spans of 8 feet long and under each of their four wings there were what looked like the hands of a man (Ezek. 10:8). Satan is probably no exception. The angels Ezekiel saw not only had four wings but they also had four faces (Ezek. 10:21)! Imagine how frightened Ezekiel was when he was recording this in Ezekiel chapter ten.
Satan and likely most of the demons entire body, including their back, their hands, and their wings were completely full of eyes, including the four wheels they had (Ezek.10:12). Their four faces where faces of a cherub, a man, an eagle, and a lion (Ezek. 10:14). Similar creatures or angels that may have become fallen were likely those that were over the Most Holy. These had six wings and one looked like an ox, another like a lion, one like a man, and another like that of an eagle (Rev. 4:6-8). Satan and these fallen angels are spirit beings and so, thankfully, they can not be seen because they would be terrifying to anyone. Even so, Satan and his demons are subject to God’s sovereignty and can do nothing over and against the will of God and are not allowed to take human lives (Job chapter one and two).
Satan Deceives and Blinds the Whole World
Satan has deceived the whole world and much of the world doesn‘t even know he exists (Rev. 12:9). In fact he has blinded the eyes of those who are lost so that they can not see the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 4:4). If you don’t know Christ as Savoir and Lord, as far as God is concerned, you are blind too. Here’s how you can have the scales removed. Mark 10:46-52 tells us how:
“Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.”
I too was once blind and a poor beggar and could not see the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ, but God gave me the free gift of faith and now I can see. And like the blind man who could now see and received my sight, I “…followed Jesus along the road.” Will you follow Him too? I pray you will.
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