Satan, Devil, Diablos, Old Dragon

The Bible teaches that Satan exists. If you don't believe that Satan exists, then you call God a liar. Satan has other names such as Diablos, old dragon, serpent, wicked one etc. Here are some scriptures showing the usage of these names.

Understanding the Snake

There are reasons why Satan is called a snake.

A snake has a forked tongue. The end of its tongue is split. To detect prey, the tongue is pushed out of its mouth and the tongue with its forks wiggles around in the air, gathering chemicals from the air, otherwise known as scent. Then the tongue is pulled into the snakes mouth and it "smells" the scent on its tongue. The subtle difference between the right fork and the left fork of the tongue tells the snake in which direction the prey is.

When Satan tempts us, he is smelling for lust. Will we be his prey? Does he detect weakness? Do we know God's commandments? Do we have faith in the commandments of God? Are we unsure of what God has commanded us? Do we believe that God is good and is looking out for us? Or does Satan detect that we are ready for an appealing, subtle, pleasing lie from him that will make us his prey?

I've thought back on the times when Satan has led me astray. He was subtle and wickedly wrong. Listening to Satan and disobeying God has cause me much pain. I thank the LORD for having compassion and mercy on me to remind me of my sin so that I could repent and be reconciled again, thanks to the blood of Jesus Christ.

The scripture was written for our learning. I highly recommend you read up on how the snake uses its forked tongue to hunt prey to devour.

Satan as the Serpent

Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Satan as the Dragon, Devil, Old Serpent

Rev_20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years...

Satan as The Wicked One

Mat 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

Who is Satan? Satan Is a Fallen Angel and Evil Spirit

2Co 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Luk_10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

The Bible teaches that angels are spirits

Psa 104:4 Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:
Heb 1:7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

Satan's Appearance

Satan has the appearance of an angel of light. The Bible teaches that Satan appears as an angel of light and his ministers as ministers of righteousness. If someone asked you to look for something but gave you the wrong impression of what it looked like, it would be hard to find it. In the same way, if you think that Satan walks around with two horns and a pitchfork, then you have been deceived and will find it hard to identify Satan and his works.

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Characteristics of Satan

In the following headings, I will give scriptures that tell more about Satan.

Satan is Subtle

Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

How subtle is Satan? It says that the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.

Is it hard to detect someone that is subtle? Yes, it's very difficult. That's the very point of someone being subtle. You have to listen to what they say very carefully. Usually people who are subtle are wanting to deceive you which causes you harm. I know the workers can be very subtle in their answers and preaching.

Satan is a Murderer and a Liar

Joh_8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Satan Promotes Misunderstanding of Scripture

Mat 4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Satan Tempts

First I should give the Biblical definition of temptation:

Jas_1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Mat 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
1Co_7:5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

Satan is the Father of Lies and Liars

Joh_8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

The Works of Satan

Satan Deceives

In the Bible we read about how Satan as the serpent deceived Eve into eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, against the commandment of God. We can read of Satan's lies, how he misrepresents God and makes his story enticing and convincing. Satan even pretends to be acting in the best interest of Eve. How wicked is that?

Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

Satan Takes Away the Word of God So People Cannot Believe

This plain and simple teaching is found in the most basic parable of the sower, seed and soils the gospels of Matthew and Luke.

Mat 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
Luk 8:12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

Satan Fills People's hearts to Lie

Act_5:3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?

Satan is Transformed as Angel of Light

2Co 11:12 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

You don't have to choose to worship Satan. If you don't believe in Jesus Christ, you will go to hell as a result of your sins.

Satan's Ministers

What Do Satan's Ministers Look Like?

Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Satan as Subtle and the Serpent

There are 36 verses in the KJV Bible that list "serpent" and 13 verses that list "serpents". The first thing we see the serpent doing is being subtle; questioning whether God said something. Satan focused on the one thing God told them not to do. Satan is very subtle. People who worship Satan are very subtle. What do you think would draw a proud person away from God quicker? The appearance of belonging to a home church that talks about God? or living as a harlot on the street?

Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

Satan Does Work that Is Destroyed by Jesus Christ

1Jn 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Satan is a Tempter

Mat 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
1Th 3:5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.

Satan Deceives the Nations

Rev 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
Rev 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

Satan as a Provoker

There are 49 verses in the KJV that list "satan".

1Ch 21:1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.
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Satan Deceives Eve

Satan's Ministers

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What is a Lie

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