Lucifer’s Alias: Satan
The word ‘Satan’ in Hebrew means, "arch-enemy
of good: adversary." (Strong’s #7854)
Satan’s role in this earth age is that of the adversary.
His purpose is to test and scrutinize all of God’s children by looking for
flaws in our character. When any flaws are discovered, then Lucifer, in his
role as the devil, brings these allegations to court and accuses us before
God. This scrutinizing attack by the enemy is relentless. This war is fought
in the spiritual sphere day and night, which means it is never ending. Peter
was under this same type of spiritual assault when Satan demanded to test
him. Jesus did not deny Satan’s demand but He prayed that Peter’s faith fail
Luke 22:31-And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold,
Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I
have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted,
strengthen thy brethren.
The word ‘desired’ in Greek means, "to demand
for trial." (Strong’s #1809)
The word ‘sift’ in the Greek means, "a sieve;
to riddle." (Strong’s #4617)
The word ‘riddle’ defined by Webster’s Dictionary
means, "to find and show flaws in."
The ultimate temptation and prototype for all Christians
to follow was given to us by Jesus when He stood against all the fiery darts
of temptation that Satan threw at Him in the wilderness.
Matthew 4:6-8-And the devil said unto Him, All this power
will I give Thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and
to whomsoever I will I give it. If Thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall
be Thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind Me,
Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the LORD thy God, and Him only
shalt thou serve.
In the temptation of Christ in the wilderness, the
apostle Matthew identified the Devil as the tempter, but Jesus knew the
temptation that was directed against Him was coming from Satan. Instead of
Jesus addressing the Devil by saying, "get thee behind Me, Devil" in his
office of accuser, Jesus addressed the enemy that He knew was attacking Him
in the wilderness by saying, "get thee behind, Satan" in his office of the
The Devil standing close by in the wilderness anxiously
hoped that the rapidity of Satan’s assault would weaken Jesus to the point
of Him sinning, so that he, as the accuser, could go before God and bring
legal charges against Christ. The scriptural story of Lucifer’s four offices
of deception is covered throughout God’s word. Understanding how each of
these entities, the Dragon, that old Serpent, the Devil
and Satan, operate within their perspective offices is an important
weapon to hold spiritually in our fight to defeat him. I thank you for
studying with Men As Trees Teaching Ministry and encourage you to view some
of the other Bible studies on this website.
Study References Are Listed Below
The Companion Bible: The Authorized Version of 1611
(KJV). Kregel Publications. Grand Rapids, MI.
The Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance Of The Bible: By
James Strong. Hendrickson Publishers. Peabody, MA.
Webster’s New World Dictionary: Second College
Edition. Copyright 1980, By William Collins Publishers Inc. Englewood
Funk & Wagnalls Standard Desk Dictionary. Copyright
1964 by Funk & Wagnalls Company, Inc. New York.
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. Britannica
Encyclopedia 2005 Deluxe Edition. Published by Avanquest USA, 1259
Camino Real, Menio Park, CA.
Related Bible Studies On This Website Are Listed Below
1) Satan’s Impregnation Of Eve