The Five W’s of God
The who, what, when, where, and why of God and His plan for creation
 

Chapter 4 

Satan

   "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he doesn't exist." This is a quote from the movie, The Usual Suspects, but it is true, as we read in Revelation 12:9: "that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world." For all the people in the world who believe in God, few know much about Satan. When most people think of Satan, they think of that guy in the red suit with two horns and a pitchfork. They picture him ruling over a fiery hell in which souls are tormented day and night on some kind of eternal charbroiler. None of this could be further from the truth, and we should know better, "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices" (II Corinthians 2:11). In fact, let's address the fiery-hell myth right up front.


    The English word hell comes from the Anglo-Saxon hel, or in the genitive   case helle, which means a "hidden place", from the Anglo-Saxon word helan, meaning "to hide". The word for hell in the Old Testament is the Strong's Concordance word #7585 sheol in Hebrew, which simply means "grave." In the New Testament it's the Strong's word #1067 geenna, or gehenna, in Greek, which was the name of a valley outside of Jerusalem where the city trash was burned. The word was meant to portray a state of degradation and death, rather than a geographical location of burning souls. In eleven other locations of the New Testament it is the Strong's word #86 hades in Greek, meaning "unseen place" or "grave". Whether it's the word sheol in the Old Testament, or gehenna or hades in the New Testament, they all mean either the grave or a state of death.

          If we refer back to the scriptures we have already covered in this book, we know that the soul leaves the body immediately after death and returns to God in Heaven to await the consummation of this age and then judgment. "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God Who gave it" (Ecclesiastes 12:7). "We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord" (II Corinthians 5:8). Remember the story of Lazarus in Luke 16:20 where we are shown where all the dead are waiting with a gulf that divides them that have overcome in life from those that have not? Hell is a state of death for unrepentant sinners, in torment on the wrong side of the gulf awaiting judgment. It's not an eternal "Dante's inferno!" 

     

            There is a lake of fire in the book of Revelation however, but that's a one time situation that exists at the end of the Millennium, and only for the purpose of final judgment. It's at that time that hell, along with death, are cast into the lake of fire and cease to exist. 

     

            Now for what Satan really looks like. In Ezekiel 28:12 he is referred to by the name of "king of Tyrus": "Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, 'Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.'" Far from being the two-horned red devil, Satan is perfect in beauty and has all the options a being could have. The term sealest up the sum means having the sum of all the options or attributes. We see his greatness and beauty in Ezekiel 31:3, where Satan is referred to as "the Assyrian" who was a "cedar in Lebanon," symbolic of God's people using the tree analogy again:


 

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