Is There Really a Being Called Satan?

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More people believe in God than they do in Satan.  Is there really a being called Satan?  Does he really exist?  Is Satan a threat to Christians?  What does the Bible say about a being called Satan?

Believing in God

It is ironic that more people believe in God than believe in Satan, even though the Bible clearly teaches that Satan does exist.  If God exists, and He does, then Satan must exist too because that is what God’s Word, the Bible teaches.  You can’t have a God and not have an adversary, Satan also called the Devil.  Fox News reported that 93% of Americans believe in God but only 68% believe in the Devil.  How can one believe in God and not believe in the Devil?  Good question.  Just as perplexing is the fact that more people believe in heaven (86%) than in hell (82%).

Did God Create a Devil?

No, actually God created a powerful angel called Lucifer which means “light-bearer.”  He was said to be perfect in every way.  Before he was the Devil or Satan, he was Lucifer.  Ezekiel, 28:12-13 shows that he was most beautiful, “You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you.”  God created him to be over the throne of God, and was created without flaw, “You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you” (Ezek 28:14-15).

Lucifer was created in beauty and in knowledge but he became lifted up in his mind or as the Bible says, he became proud.  God said that Lucifer became full of pride and he “sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth” (Ezek 28:16-17).  He was cast down to the earth because he became prideful and wanted to overtake God’s throne -even to be like the Most High God (Isaiah 14:14).  Lucifer said in his heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars (angels) of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain” (throne of God) (Isaiah 14:13).  Pride is listed as the number one sin amongst the seven deadly sins mentioned in Proverbs 16:16-19. In fact, pride is present in all sin.

Lucifer Becomes Satan or the Devil

When Lucifer sinned, he no longer was a “light-bearer” but became an adversary and the accuser of the brethren (Christians).  His name became Satan, which means the opposer or to obstruct, to accuse, or to be an adversary.  And Satan is certainly the opposer of every Christian today and day and night he accuses all the believers before the throne of God (Rev 12:10).  The name he is also assigned is the Devil, which means the slanderer or the destroyer in some languages.  So when Lucifer sinned and became full of pride, he fell and great was his fall.  He has further to fall because someday he will be “thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Rev 20:10).  The Devil knows that his time is running out and we should expect an increase in demonic activity the closer we come to the return of Christ at the Second Advent (Rev 12:12).

When Lucifer-turned-Satan was cast down to earth, he took 1/3 of the angels with him (Rev 12:4).  When these angels rebelled with Satan, they became demons and they too are headed for the lake of burning sulfur.  Their fate is sealed (2 Peter 2:4) and today the demons and Satan try to tempt and influence the believers of God into sin but God (1 Peter 5:8), through Jesus Christ, has already achieved victory over the Devil (John 12:31, John 16:11, Heb 2:14-15, James 2:19).  Jesus defeated Satan (John 19:30). John 16:11 shows that, “the prince of this world (Satan) now stands condemned.

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Satan or the Devil is only a threat to Christians in that he tempts us, as do the demons, to sin and rebel against God.  Today Satan is the ruler of the world of those who do not belong to Christ as 1 John 5:19 says, “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.”  Satan has blinded those who do not believe in Jesus, and is called, “The god of this age (who) has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Cor 4:4).

Satan is no longer a threat to a believer’s salvation but he still holds sway over the unsaved world (Rev 12:9).  In fact, Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness by offering him a short cut to be king over the world that Satan already had as his own and thus Jesus could have avoided Calvary but only if he worshiped Satan.  Satan, “took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.  “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me” (Matt 4:8-9). Of course Jesus rebuked Satan and when we flee temptation and rebuke him in Jesus’ name, he must depart (Matt 4:10). Satan is an adversary to believers even if he can’t rob our eternal life from us, but this is why Peter warned us to, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Pet 5:8).

War in Heaven – God One, Satan Zero

Revelation 12:7-9 tells just how warped Satan is by thinking he can overtake the throne of God: “Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.  But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven.  The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.”  How warped the Devil’s mind must be to think that he could overtake the God that created him.  Satan never had a chance, but pride blinds one to one’s own capabilities and Satan was cast down to the earth.

Even the angels that Satan persuaded to rebel with him deceived themselves.  Their fate is sealed.  “And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.” (Jude 6).

Satan or the Devil is a real being.  The Bible tells us he is real.  The Bible also says his fate is sealed but those who belong to Christ are no longer in the Devil’s hold and we are no longer blinded by him to the gospel.  He will be cast into the lake of burning sulfur someday.  All those who have not placed their trust in Jesus will also be cast into hell…a place that was originally created for the Devil and all his demons.  Jesus says to those who refuse to repent and believe in Him that they are headed for the same fate as Satan.  Jesus says, “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt 25:41). Hell was not created for humans but for Satan and his fallen angels (demons).  Today, before Christ returns, you can choose heaven over hell – eternal life over eternal torment.  I pray you will place your faith in Christ Jesus and be spared the same fate that awaits Satan and all his dastardly demons.

Another related article that you might want to check out is:

Does The Bible Say What The Devil or Demons Look Like

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Sheryl March 15, 2012 at 8:33 am

Great column, Jack!

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Jack Wellman March 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I want to thank you so much Sheryl. What an encouraging comment. It is so good of you to stop by and visit the site. Please do come again when you have time. God bless friend.

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C-Dawg March 16, 2012 at 11:06 am

You post some great articles Jack. I like to share alot of stuff I find interesting so I wont be thought of not knowing whatever I ever talk about. Great !!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jack March 16, 2012 at 11:59 am

Thank you so much C-Dawg for you comment. You are truly too kind. I am glad that you obviously have a hunger and thirst for the knowledge of God and that is a strong indicator of the Holy Spirit working in you and living in you my friend. Please come back again soon.

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Carole in The UK March 21, 2012 at 7:19 am

My goodness, Jack, thank you for sharing this information!!

I have never, ever, fully understood the story of Satan, being ‘thrown out of heaven’.
This is the first explaination I have fully understood, that I can share with others quite confidently.

God Bless you

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Jack March 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Hello Carole. I thank you so much for your kind words. Thank you for sharing this with others. I am overjoyed that you liked the explanation and I do hope that you will come back again to visit us. Please do. Blessings to you Carole.

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alex March 26, 2012 at 6:13 pm

hey jack great article! One thing that ponders me is that if satan was created to be perfect, and he and the third of angels who follow him, got to actually meet god and see how great he is. why would they still rebel? does satan continue to torment people because he thinks he can defeat god? Does he know hes doomed to suffer in a burning lake of fire? Do you think satan tempts people because he knows his fate and does what he does because he knows theres no way out? i know these are some tough questions, i appreciate the time you put in to answer these.

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Jack Wellman March 26, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Good to hear from you again Alex. Why did He rebel? Pride. That is why anyone rebels. They think that they know better than God. Ezekiel 28 explains this well.

Satan knows that He can not ever defeat God. Job one shows that He needs the permission of God to harass or persecute God’s children. He continues to torment unbelievers for no child of God can be possessed by Him or demons (read:http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/can-christians-be-demon-possessed-a-biblical-analysis/

Satan knows the Bible well as he quoted several Scriptures in the temptation with Christ in the wilderness and the Devil knows his fate, most assuredly (Rev 20:10).

Satan and the demons tempt people, Christians included, yes, but ultimately he loses and no devil can snatch us out of God’s hand (John 10:28-29, Rom 8:38). I believe he knows his fate and wants to drag as many people he can to hell with him but those that are saved, he can not touch us because he has to ask God for permission or Satan can do only what God’s sovereign will allows him to do.

I hope this helps Alex. God bless and thank you and good to hear from you again.

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Kale April 4, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Hi Jack. I really enjoyed this article and how you pulled together all those verses to show the full story behind Satan. Very helpful! I think you have a typo though in this sentence – “Just as perplexing is the fact that more people believe in heaven (82%) than in hell (86%).” or maybe I’m just reading that wrong.

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Jack April 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Great point Kale. I believe you nailed it sir. This proves that man is fallible but only the Word of God is perfect. Thank you sir…no, you did not read it wrong. I typed it wrong! My mistake and I am indebted to you sir for finding this. I believe the percentages are the other way around sir. Sharp eye…the writer? Not so much! LOL I will try to get this corrected and I so appreciate your grace in pointing this out to me. I once told my church that “Part of the sermon today will be perfect and without error…the part where I read out of the Bible!” 🙂 Please come back and see us again soon my friend.

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Samuel A. Huber December 25, 2013 at 9:44 pm

One of the greatest trick Satan has ever pulled off is managing to convince so much of the world that he doesn’t exist.
Humbly,
Samuel A; Huber

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Jaida May 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Hey I don’t want you to think i’m a dunder head or somethin’, but I just wanted to ask why Satan, tempted adam and eve. Why does he want others to suffer? Is it just some sort of jealosy, or anger, or just pure random hatred to those who never even wronged him.

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Jack May 21, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Jaida, that’s actually a very good question and so thank you for asking it. Satan was to be replaced as ruler of the earth someday by Jesus Christ and all who would believe in Him would reign with Him as Kings and Priests and so Satan wanted to destroy humanity because he was jealous of their future role on the earth in the Kingdom of Heaven. Of course, pride was the central issue and why Satan fell in the first place. You are right…we never hurt him but Jesus will cast him and his fallen angels (called demons) into the Lake of Fire someday.

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Samuel A. Huber December 25, 2013 at 9:52 pm

I have noticed, here as well as other postings over time, and even to people that I talk to in person that many seem to think that the third that followed Satan at his rebellion are one and the same as the “Fallen angels”. They are in fact two separate events and two separate groups of angels. Although there is no doubt that some individuals took part in both events, there is no proof of how many.

Humbly,
Samuel A, Huber

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Jack Wellman December 26, 2013 at 8:27 am

Thank you Mr. Huber. I can see you have much to add and often disagree with others and even the writers at times but I think that the reason people think that Satan took a third of the angels with him in his rebellion is Rev 12:4 which says “His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it.” and the context of the stars of God are almost always angels. I don’t know exact numbers either but the important thing is that we know that Satan exists because God exists.

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Jaida May 22, 2012 at 5:35 am

Thank you for sharing this with me, you are very helpful.

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Allan July 31, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Hi Jack,

Great article! thanks for sharing, but may I ask, If God created Satan, why did He let pride exist with him, which is actually I believe the root cause of all evilness. Thanks again!

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Jack Wellman August 1, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Hi Allan. God gave Satan freewill, just as he does humans. Otherwise, we would all be program, robots with no free will. You nailed it spot on Allan. Pride IS at the root of all evil. That is awesome insight Allan. Wow….you do better than a lot of theologians do. To check your answer, please read about What Are the Seven Deadly Sins and Their Meanings?”

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-are-the-seven-deadly-sins-and-their-meanings/

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Allan August 1, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Hi Jack,

Thank you for your answer. And may our Lord bless you abundantly! I will surely read more of your articles and may you continue to be of service to us. Thanks again!

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Jack Wellman August 1, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Allan, it is my good pleasure my friend. I get this sense of peace about you my friend, that you hunger and thirst after the knowledge of God and God is seeking after such as you my friend who desire to grow in grace and knowledge. There is just something special about you and please do come back my friend.

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Newton (India) August 16, 2012 at 10:03 am

Just came across this website today, and absolutely loved all the information provided here for others to understand. I find it really amazing Jack W. how you find the time (in this fast paced world) to reply to everyone to clear their doubts on the word of God. May God bless you and give you the grace to continue the absolutely brilliant work you are already into !

I love you Jesus,

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Jack Wellman August 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Hello Newton. I appreciate you so much saying what you did. I do hope you’ll come back again soon. May God bless you for your wonderfully encouraging words.

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Linda S from Texas September 3, 2012 at 12:54 am

Hello Jack..
I just found you today and was reading all about the thing you wrote. I am not a every good reader, every thing you wrote helped me under so much. Clear up a lot of things for me. As a young child I went church and in my life now. I find the Bible is so hard to read. But you made it so easy for me to understand. I thank you for that. I am 64 years of age. I belive that things come to you at the right time in your life and that their are Angel all around you when you need help. I talk to God all the time. When my Husband was in a real bad accident in 2006 an dead 3 time God and was with us. God cased the Satan away from him so he wound live. I belive that earth is hell and we are tested every day until we see God… Thank you leason to me and God bless you..

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Jack Wellman September 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Hello Linda. What a beautiful post. I truly believe that you are reflecting your hunger and thirst for the Word of God. I look forward to the day that I can meet you in person in the Kingdom of God.

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Linda S from Texas September 4, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Thank you so much. I have some question to as. I have dreams that come true and I don’t understand why. I don’t dream a lot but when I do they all come true. I saw my father kill. I saw my Husband accident. But no one will leason to me. I just don’t understand , because they think I am out of my mind. I ask God why… ???? I read my Bible to find answeres,but I am not sure I am finding them. I am so lose. I think if I do the wrong things and say things the wrong why I will not go to heaven. But when I was a kid I saw Jesus in my church and he was so beautiful in a white & blue out fit. I could hear him talking to me. I was saved then. Then when I was older I think I lose my way. I went back to church and saved again was it wrong to be babtised twise? I just don’t think I am good enough. Does that sound nuts to you. This is the first time I have talked to anyone about this. Please can you help?

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Jack Wellman September 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Hello Linda. We all dream and sometimes these dreams just by chance happen to come true. I can not answer why your dreams come true. Let me say that you do NOT sound nuts to me. It is not wrong to get baptized twice but no one can be saved and be lost again only to be saved again. I urge you to read the link at the top of the webpage called “Come to Jesus” to see if indeed you are saved right now. No one is saved by baptism but by believing in Jesus Christ. It is in trusting Him that a person is saved (Rom 10:9-13). Just click on this link and find out how you can be saved today and not have any doubts about whether you are saved or not or need to get saved again. I urge you to do this today and let us know if this answers your questions Linda. We care. God bless.

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Tejus Mathew September 3, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Dear Sir,glory to be to our Lord who gave you such wonderful insight and wisdom. It was very valuable for me…
Sir i wanted to ask you some doubts of mine, why does Lord allow satan to test humans including christians.? I know may be to test whether we are loyal or not. But then is it satan who tests,or Lord? Abraham was put to test by Lord,then was abraham tested by Lord or satan? Sir negative feelings or depressive thoughts,discouragment, undue guilt does it comes from Satan,or is it created by one’s own mind and thoughts.? Sir im not trying to be a hypocrite or a show off by asking such questions,i really wanted your insight..! Thanq. LORD BLESS.

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Jack Wellman September 4, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Hello Tejus. I am so grateful for your comment my friend. Abraham was tested for his faith and God saw that Abraham was faithful. Satan tempted the Lord, not so much tested. Jesus of course conquered the Devil. Satan does test humans but since he can only be in once place at the same time, it is likely we are more tested by demons but this is not a test that will bring us to hell if we fail but to build character like Joseph had. Satan is only as strong as God allows and he can not take a persons life nor can the demons.

Yes, doubts, negative feelings or depression can come from demons or the Devil but the difference between guilt and conviction from God for sins is just that guilt from the Devil tells us that we are no good, we can’t possibly make it to heaven but conviction (might feel like guilt) tells us that we should ask for forgiveness for that sin and confess it to God. I know you are not trying to be a hypocrite…you asked some very good questions. My compliments. Does this help you? If not, please let me know and thank you.

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Pamela Rose Williams September 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Thought I would share this with y’all. My husband preached about the reality of Satan in this past Sunday’s message. If you would like to listen you can go here: http://wisdom4today.org/wisdom/preaching-is-satan-real/

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Jack Wellman September 4, 2012 at 6:21 pm

Thanks Pam. I will have to check his sermon out. “Preaching to the choir” has its advantages too! LOL Knowing him and knowing you, I am certain it is biblically sound and so would recommend anyone that reads this article to listen up!

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Tejus Mathew September 4, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Thanq sir for replying.. It surely surely was helpful and precious.. Thanq so much..! Sir could you please help me ,how can we know whether the guilt one faces in life is a conviction from God to ask forgiveness before God, or a false accusation from Satan or Demon( the deciever)?? For even when i try to do good to others and be in peace with others, and unintentionaly i sin(like while in a conversation with others,if by mistake something which is not exactly a lie,yet which is a half-truth comes out of mouth which didnt harmed or hurt others in anyway ),for it is written not to lie..! Then accusations from all around starts coming in my mind,that i might have sinned.. Does this type of guilt,are accusation from Satan?,or conviction from God?.. Why Satan try to imitate “God’s conviction(which is good)”,and show as if Satan’s accusation(which is bad) is not from Satan,but from God? For i know God forgives all our sins,and would never make us feel guilty after he has forgiven us..!! Is confessing my sins before God against whom i have sinned enough? Or shud i also confess before men ,against whom im not sure i have sinned or not? I know sir,my questions are not pretty much related to your article regarding satan’s existence… Im sorry for that.. Thanq sir once again.

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Jack Wellman September 4, 2012 at 7:08 pm

In the first place, all sin is against God. All sin! So we must confess all sin, each and every single sin to God and ask for His forgiveness. Now, when we sin against God and others are involved, we also need to ask them for forgiveness. Let’s say that I lied to a co-worker. I sinned against God and so I ask for God’s forgiveness and He will forgive me..but then, I need to go to my co-worker and ask for him or her to forgive me. Even if they don’t forgive me, I have at least asked for forgiveness from them and I can’t make them forgive me. So we sin against God but we must also realize that our sins hurt those who we sin against and so ask God and any person we sin against.

Now, the difference between Satan’s guilt and conviction of our sin by the Holy Spirit. What’s the difference between guilt and conviction?

I have probably spoken with hundreds of people over my lifetime who struggle with guilt. And by “hundreds” I mean Christians. So many believers are living with guilt over their sins of the past and those that they still battle with, however there is a world of difference between human guilt and the conviction by the Holy Spirit.

Guilt is like Satan accusing the brethren before the throne of God, day and night (Rev 12:10). Even though we are forgiven we are naturally not perfect. Guilt from the Devil says that we are worthless, hopeless, and have no chance to be saved. We have too much baggage to possibly be saved, even by God. Guilt says, “Who do you think you are!? What makes you think that you are a Christian… just look at what you do?” Guilt takes us away from God. Conviction is different. Conviction points us to God and of our need of forgiveness. When we sin, and we all do (1 John 1:8), we feel God the Holy Spirit showing us that we need to go to God and ask for cleansing, which He promises to do (1 John 1:9). We are convicted about our sin but not about our relationship before God.

Do you have unnecessary guilt? God’s grace is available to you. God has forgiven you…now you must learn to forgive yourself. Thank God for the conviction of the Holy Spirit this points us to our need to go to God. Guilt makes us feel afraid and unworthy to go to Him. Conviction makes us run to God for a cleansing of our sin. Guilt wants to make us severe the relationship with God…conviction makes us run into His presence for forgiveness. Guilt leads to condemnation…conviction leads to repentance. That’s a huge difference. If you know the difference, you would do well and have more peace of mind.

And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment (John 16:8 ).

Does this help Tejus?

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Tejus Mathew September 4, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Yes Sir..! Thanq so much dear sir, for everything..! Lord bless you abundantly..!! It helped me a lot..!! Thanq sir.. You have been a blessing to me..! I have saved your article in my mobile phone..! You replied to my questions and doubts im so happy sir.. Lord be with you. Thanq.

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Jack Wellman September 4, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Praise God Tejus…for really I have not told you anything that God has not written in His Word, so truly all glory go to Jesus Christ our Lord. I am so pleased the Scriptures could give you peace of mind. Please come back and thanks for saving the article.

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Tejus September 5, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Sir is being too conscious about sin,is also a sin? Because in this world, following all the laws of Lord consciously is not possible everytime,im bound to sin one or the other time..!!
Sir,what if while i had decided to have a cup of coffee in my heart,and was on my way to buy a cup of coffee,suddenly a friend of mine comes and asks me where im going. Unintentionaly i just said im going for having tea.. Thou i know i have all intentions of enjoying a cup of coffee,but at that moment in quick reply not conscious about what im saying i said tea,rather than coffee.. Sir am i guilty of lie? Did i lie? Have i sinned against my friend? And against lord? Pls give me guidance.. Might sound bit funny my doubts,still i have no one to share this with.

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Jack Wellman September 5, 2012 at 6:28 pm

No, this is not sin. You did not lie…you just said the wrong thing. Lying is an intentional act to deceive or take something or do something you know is wrong. Not a slip of the tongue. I urge you to talk to your pastor. Do you have a local church? Then you should be talking to your pastor about your many concerns. It sounds like you are very unsure if you are saved or not. Jesus died on the cross for ALL of your sins but those things that you accidentally tell people the wrong thing is not sin. Do you have a church home? No Christian should be living outside of the church because Jesus is the Shepherd and He is the Head of the church and if you are not in a church, you will forever be having doubts about your salvation or when you are or are not sinning. Sin is taking something that is not yours on purpose or lying to trick or deceive someone…not when you say what you didn’t intend to. Sin is intentional, mistakes are just that…mistakes because you did not want to sin. Does this help?

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Tejus Mathew September 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm

:-] yes sir,it did help me this time..!! Thanq Lord Jesus for helping me through Sir Jack Wellman. Lord Loves u sir.
Thanq :-]

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Jack Wellman September 5, 2012 at 6:54 pm

I am so glad. May God be with you. He loves you so much that any accidental or even intentional sin will never, ever separate you from Him (John 10:28-29) and He will not cast you away for making mistakes, ever (John 6:37)! So good to hear that we can help you. Please come back soon my friend. ><>

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Joey W. January 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Thank you Jack. You truly know what you are talking about. I am really glad and blessed that I found this site. I want to personally thank you!

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Dereck March 14, 2013 at 9:05 am

Hi Jack,

I read about the angels who became demons. I did not think Angels could change their minds and do their own thing. Can you discuss this with us?

Peace and Love

Dereck

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Jack Wellman March 14, 2013 at 11:26 am

Thanks Dereck. From what the Bible indicates, all created creatures, angels and humans have free will and are free moral agents. I don’t think that it changes their form as much as it changes them internally. For example, I was a vessel of wrath and a sinner headed for hell until I put my trust in Christ and even though I am not sinless, I do sin less. If God didn’t create us with the ability to choose or change our minds, then we would be autobots or robots and there would be no love in that because love is a choice and a verb…it’s what you do my friend. Does that help?

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Dereck March 14, 2013 at 8:12 pm

It does, Thank you. It just boggels my finite mind.

Dereck

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Jack Wellman March 14, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Thanks Dereck my friend. My tiny little finite brain always has difficulty getting itself around an infinite God…and that’s why He is God and I am not! LOL Bless you friend.

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Samuel A. Huber December 25, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Jack,
are you sure about “all” ? I agree almost all, especially angels and humans, but didn’t God create some that have no free will? I think they are called zoy or zoi. (I also seem to remember another form of the name/title as being zun.? Like the ones around his throne spoken of in Rev. 4:8 “And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.” ?

And also possibly the “Cherubims” that God put in the garden? Gen. 3:24 “So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”

Thanks Jack, for your wisdom and even more for your desire to share it with others.

Humbly,
Samuel A. Huber

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Jack Wellman December 26, 2013 at 8:29 am

So you disagree that angels did not have free will? I see you disagree with this article too as you do many others. Do these “zun” not have free will then? I am not sure why you disagree with this article too and that angels did not have at one time free will.

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Samuel A. Huber December 26, 2013 at 9:33 am

Jack,
I am sorry, you must have misunderstood. I do not disagree with you about the angels at one time having free will. I said I think “almost all, especially angels and humans.” were created with free will. And as for the Zoon (I looked it up, the Greek word translated as “beasts” in Rev. 4:8) I was asking what you thought because I am not sure, because they seem to only have that one job. I was also thinking that maybe the “Cherubim” that was placed in the Garden may also be of this same creation.

Sorry for any misunderstanding, I was not so much disagreeing as asking for clarification. I will try to be less disagreeable in the future.

Humbly,
Samuel A. Huber

Godwin June 9, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Praise God Pastor.
This is so encouraging to unearth these details to the Christians. I am particularly encouraged and I will read carefully to the end.
May God bless you and give you more wisdom to build His Church.
AMEN!!

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Genesis June 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Hello Jack I know you know about my doubting situation and I have a question, when satan makes me doubt do you think he is blinding from me believing or just turnin me away from god as a Christian ? I think it’s the Christian one

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Jack Wellman June 28, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Thank you Genesis…I think you answered your own question. Good insight. Yes, Satan wants us to turn away from God and since he thinks this is possible (which it isn’t), the Devil is the one who is actually blinded…by his own pride and jealousy of God and hatred for the believers knowing that we have eternal life that can not be taken away by him.

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Noble Web December 16, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Hey Jack! thanks for the article, I have a question about Revelation Chapter 12. Quoth the article:
“The Devil knows that his time is running out and we should expect an increase in demonic activity the closer we come to the return of Christ at the Second Advent (Rev 12:12).
When Lucifer-turned-Satan was cast down to earth, he took 1/3 of the angels with him (Rev 12:4).”

The episode with the women and the Dragon appears to happen in the end times, nearing the second coming, yet you say that the Devil already has been thrown out of heaven taking 1/3 of the angels with him, evidenced by Rev 12:4. You say one is future and one is past from the same chapter, upon examining the english passage, it is talking about the same time period in both 12:4 and 12:12. I am aware that in Ezekiel 28 it describes what appears to be the Devil, and is most often interpreted that way. Is it possible that Ezekiel is writing in Past Prophetic tense about the future eventual end times? Can you explain the seeming inconsistency in your interpretation of the text? Can you explain Ezekiel 28 and how it relates to the king of tyre? (last time I checked king of tyre didn’t dwell in the garden literarily and the devil dosen’t seem to have done all of the things listed in the part that is explicitly about him). In Christ.

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Jack Wellman December 16, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Thank you my friend. You asked “Is it possible that Ezekiel is writing in Past Prophetic tense about the future eventual end times?” Yes, that’s a great point. Indeed, he may be writing about what happened when Satan was cast out of heaven and of his time in the Garden of Eden when he cause the fall.

As far as the inconsistency, there is always in the Jewish vernacular, duality and this is what it appears to be. We know that a real human king of Tyre could not have lived in the time of Ezekiel’s writings and also be in the Garden for the Garden had Cheribum guarding it and closed it off to mankind. Therefore, I believe it is really speaking about Satan because he was thrown to earth and even Jesus said that “I beheld how Satan fell from heaven.” The Devil was in the Garden and he was in heaven prior to being cast out and did try to overtake the thrown of God “to be like the Most High (God)” was to really “be God.” I am not sure I made it worse or not. Let me know my friend. If it wasn’t Satan, then who was it because no human could have done these things.

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Samuel A. Huber December 30, 2013 at 12:30 pm

No need for apologies on your part Jack, I can only imagine what it must be like on/from your end. We are ALL a work in progress, at least we can count ourselves among those who recognize this fact and make conscious efforts to improve upon said work.
I apologize as well as my people skills admittedly need work, thanks for being patient with me.

Respectfully,
Samuel A. Huber

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Jack Wellman December 30, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Thank you kindly sir and that is something that I myself must consider seriously if I am to reflect God in my life. Well said and I myself will take to heart what you have said sir. Thank you also for your patience toward me Mr. Huber.

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Tom Bonvie April 24, 2015 at 3:36 pm

Love your explanations……one question that eludes me is:

why would God cast Satan down to earth thus being a threat to his creation and causing mankind to sin? Why didn’t God cast him elsewhere to avoid temptation to mankind?

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Jack Wellman April 24, 2015 at 3:44 pm

Good question sir. Firstly, God cannot allow sin and by Satan’s presence, in heaven for no sin is allowed there. As for casting Satan to earth, in God’s sovereignty, He knew that we would fall because it is said that Jesus, the Lamb of God, was slain “before the foundation of the earth” (Rev 13:7). The “why” I cannot fully answer but I only know it’s true. As Martin Luther said, “Even the Devil is God’s Devil.”

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rocky May 9, 2015 at 4:45 am

hi jack,not that i’m disrespectful or anything,but i don’t understand how God can allow Satan to do anything,isn’t Satan God’s enemy?..surely you wont allow your enemies to do you any harm or let alone interact with them..thank you!

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Jack Wellman May 9, 2015 at 8:38 am

Thank you Rocky. No disrespect taken my friend. That’s a good question. God can use evil for good. Just look at the cross. Satan was behind much of the illegal trial and crucifixion of Jesus but look what good came of it. God can use evil for good and all things, both good and bad, work out for our best, so says God’s Word (Rom 8:28).

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Keith Miller October 15, 2015 at 4:56 pm

You nor anything needs to know value in order to BE value. Everything and everyone is ABLE to BE value and to be valuable. As soon as we give in to believing we know or can know the being of value we become prideful. We end up ignoring or forgetting that the eternal presence of God and our BEING with God as VALUE is itself mysteriously not limited to the known. Limited known value is of this world and of Satan and always eternally comes with an element of pride. Any selfish oriented reasoned or language based sense of KNOWN value and even sensual perception based sense of value is seperation from the ever present BEING VALUE mystery. We can be open and loving to, with and as God and Christ. Free of the known. When Jesus said, I think it was to to Peter, get behind me Satan, it was due to Peter’s belief in thinking or knowing a better way for, or of this known world.

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Matthew Cano March 6, 2016 at 10:51 am

Thank you Pastor Wellman.
I really love to read all your articles. This article gave me a quick but in-depth review about Satan. With this, I can confidently share the bible’s truth about the presence of good and evil and God and Satan.

Also please pray for me, as I am soon to work in Saudi Arabia, a country that persecutes Christians. Your articles would be a great help in maintaining my spiritual growth during my 3 years stay there.

Thank you very much. God bless you and your family Sir.

Your brother in Christ,

Matthew

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Jack Wellman March 9, 2016 at 2:49 pm

Praying for you sir. Please forgive my late response to your request Mr. Cano. I am sorry. Yes, will pray for those who are believers in Saudi Arabia, for they are our brothers and sisters and like us, are the children of God. May God richly bless you sir and thank you for your blessings.

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Jack Wellman December 26, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Thank you Mr. Huber. I believe that I am often too sensitive because I get frequent criticism and I should have not taken it that way and so please forgive me sir. Your humility convicted me and to which I apologize. I am still a work in progress and for godly men of such humbleness as you I am indebted sir.

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