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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 not.

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 adversary.

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 Cliffs, NJ.

  • 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

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