“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” – Ephesians 6:12
Spiritual warfare is very real. Behind every deed, sermon, and gospel proclamation is a battle for the souls of mankind. Satan’s main objective is to disrupt the will of God as much as possible before he meets his demise.
Continue reading to discover 4 facts you might not have known about Satan and his demons. Perhaps you’ll learn something new that can help you ward off his temptations or discover how little a challenge he poses to God and his followers.
Revelation 20:10 says, “And the devil… was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur… [and] will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”
This proclamation made by John was recorded right before the turn of the second century (AD 96) and reveals the future home of Satan and his demons.
In Genesis 3:15, God announced Satan’s curse for deceiving Adam and Eve saying, “He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” On the cross, we see this prophecy come to fruition as Jesus crushes death (Satan) by conquering the grave just three days after he was buried.
Often times we look at false teachers as either misguided or narcissistic, seeking their own financial gains. We push them to the side and pay them no mind. Although it’s wise to keep one’s distance from those who want “to distort the gospel of Christ” (Gal. 1:7), these false teachers should not be left alone to do as they please.
False teachers are agents of Satan. Whether they are privy to his influence or not, they are intentionally leading people astray to follow after “a different gospel” (2 Cor. 11:4). Satan desires for Christ’s followers to be lured away from biblical truth.
The story of the demonic Gerasene man in Mark 5 is not just an ancient tale that has no relevance today. If a person could be controlled by a demon in the first century, there’s no reason a modern-day person would be immune.
After Jesus commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man, the Legion of demons begged Jesus saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.” Even the demons are afraid of the power of Jesus.
It’s important to note that followers of Christ cannot be possessed by demons. It is impossible for a person to be the dwelling place of both the Holy Spirit and a demonic force. Although we can be influenced by demons, we cannot be controlled by them.
Although sin entered the human race in Genesis 3, disobedience toward God came into the picture long before creation. Genesis 3:1 introduced “the serpent [who] was more crafty than any other beast of the field…” who deceived Eve in the Garden.
Later, in Revelation 20:2, Satan is described as the “ancient serpent” as well as “the dragon.” In Revelation 12:7, “the dragon and his angels (demons) fought back” against Michael and his angels in a heavenly war.
Satan and his demons once held a place of honor in heaven before pride and arrogance took control. Even though they already lost, they continue to plague mankind–so be vigilant.