Tuesday, July 7, 2015

What's his Name & his Limitations!

                                                        Gustave Dore, 1866, Public Domain

There are many names the Bible uses for the devil and his minions. I came across an interesting tidbit about the name 'Satan,' but first, here's a bit of an overview (not exhaustive) of some of the names he is called in the Bible. Some of these are interesting and I suggest you look those up.

Abaddon- Hebrew name meaning 'destruction.' Rev 9:11
Accuser - Rev 12:10
Adversary - 1 Peter 5:8
Angel of Light -  How he likes to present himself. 2 Cor. 11:14
Annointed Covering Cherub - Before the Fall.  Ezekiel 28:14
Apollyon - Greek name meaning 'destroyer.' 
Beast - Rev. 14; 9,10
Beelzebub - "Ruler of demons." Matthew 12:24
Dragon - Rev. 12:9
God of this age - 2 Cor. 4:4
King of Tyre - Ezekiel 28:12
Lucifer, Son of the Morning - Isaiah 14:12-14
Prince of the power of the air - "The spirit who works in the sons of disobedience." Ephesians 2:1,2
Ruler of Darkness - "Over spiritual hosts of wickedness."  Eph. 6:12
Ruler of this world - "Who will be cast out." John 12: 31,32
Serpent of Old -  "Who deceives the whole world." Rev. 12:9
Son of Perdition - "He sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God." 2 Thess 2:3,4
Wicked One - Eph 6;16

And there are many more, including 'Satan.' 

In many cases, the translators chose to transliterate 'saw-tawn,' which means 'adversary, accuser or opponent' as 'satan.' Then they changed the word into a name by using a capital 'S,' so 'saw-tawn' was turned into a proper name, 'Satan.'

Saw-tawn in Hebrew, and satan in Greek is not a proper name. It is simply a word that means adversary, accuser or opponent! 

So now you know! :) 

What are his limitations?

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness int he heavenly places."
Ephesians 6:12

There's no doubt that he is powerful, but he is not like God. Satan is a creature, as Ezekiel 28:15 states. He is a created being! However, we must also remember how the archangel Michael did not make any reviling accusations against him when they were contending over the body of Moses, but merely said, 'the Lord rebuke you!' (Jude 1:9). If an archangel was careful in how he confronted Lucifer, perhaps we should be too?

Regardless of this, he does have his limitations, as listed below.

He is not omniscient: 

Only God knows all things, but Lucifer does not. He can make guesses because he knows man, mankind's history and not just the prophetic words of the Bible, but the whole Bible.

(It's a big bit of an advantage, therefore in addition to knowing God and having relationship, this is one more important reason we have to read the Word of God!)

Those who rely on mediums and fortune tellers should know that when their 'prophecies' are not outright deceits, they are just guesses based on the information given and the medium tapping into the spiritual hosts of wickedness who are familiar with man. Thus, familiar spirits...but this is not necessarily true knowledge, nor will it ever be true knowledge of what is to come. 

God made a challenge to all false gods in Isaiah 41:21-24.  He states that they are less than nothing and their works are utterly worthless! 

He is not omnipotent:

He cannot do anything he wants to do. God puts boundaries on him. Remember the story of Job? Only God is omnipotent!

He is not omnipresent:

He cannot be everywhere at the same time. He wanders to and fro on the earth seeking whom he may devour (Job 2;2).  However, he does have many angels doing his bidding since a third of the angels (now called demons) fell with him. 

The true God can help all who call on Him, all at one time!! He is omnipresent.

We must never underestimate the devil, neither must we overestimate him.

God is our strength. He limits Lucifer and will never permit us to be tempted above what we are able to handle, and he will always provide a way of escape (1 Cor. 10:13).


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