“The Spirit reveals, unfolds, takes of the things of Christ and shows them to us, and prepares us to be more than a match for Satanic forces.” Smith Wigglesworth
6. Michael and his angels fought the dragon in the sky.
The dragon lost the battle. That is good news.
Following his defeat in the war with Michael, Satan was thrown out of heaven and down to the earth.*
*The Greek word translated as heaven — Strongs #3772 — has also been translated as air, sky, heaven, and heavenly. Perhaps as in Ephesians 2:2 it refers to Satan’s prior realm of authority as “prince of the power of the air.”
Some commentators believe this dragon-beast is an entity other than Satan. In Ezekiel 28:12-14, Satan is described as a beautiful being and does not resemble this seven-headed monster with ten horns.
However, Revelation 20:1-3 identifies the dragon as Satan.
Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while.
If this is not Satan himself, Satan is certainly encouraging and empowering whatever evil force the dragon represents.
7. Satan’s relationship with God
Satan was created by God as a holy angel. His pre-fall name is rendered Lucifer in the King James Version. Lucifer means brightness or morning star. (Strongs #1966)
He became prideful about his beauty and desired to exalt himself above God. (Isaiah 14:12-15)
Satan means adversary or one who opposes. (Strongs)
Devil means slanderer.
In Job, Satan was among a group of angels who came into God’s court to offer their reports of man’s activities.
Satan sounds jealous of the way God is blessing Job.
When God created man in His own image, that probably started the whole thing.
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”
So God created human beings in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”
The Rabbinic note on Exodus 14:7 where Pharaoh took 600 of Egypt’s best chariots:
“There was war among those above and among those below, and there was great war in heaven.” Adam Clarke’s Commentary. (emphasis added)
8. God’s power versus Satan’s power
Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority (all power of absolute rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Matthew 28:18 AMP
As someone once said, “All means ALL.”
Since God the Father gave Jesus ALL power, we can see that no person or being has any power outside of the power given or allowed by God.
Satan had to ask God to remove the hedge of protection He placed around Job. Satan could only go as far as God allowed.
Satan opposes God, and he opposes the welfare of man.
Satan seeks to kill, steal and destroy.
He loves to induce fear. Any dream or situation that paralyzes us with fear comes from the evil one. Since perfect love casts out fear, we can look to Jesus with words of love and adoration.
Satan also creates counterfeits of God’s kingdom. Pharaoh’s magicians reproduced some but not all of Moses’ signs.
Satan doesn’t know our thoughts and cannot be everywhere at once, but he knows general human weaknesses. Through media and other means, he places temptations in our path. He wants to take our minds off God and think about self-gratification.
I love that Job humbled himself and worshiped God when he received four tragic reports in a row. “Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.” Job 1:22 AMP
He didn’t even ask, “why?”
In the end after listening to his friends’ accusations and trying to defend himself based on his own works, Job finally makes his own court appearance before God. (He should have done that in the first place, instead of having endless conversations with his “friends”. I’ve made that mistake myself way too often.)
Job finally realizes God’s grace and mercy are his only justification. Job’s restoration follows.
That’s our only defense—God’s grace and the blood of Jesus and not our own efforts.
Joyce Meyer says, “Sometimes you just have to ignore the devil.”
The following story I heard about evangelist Smith Wigglesworth came to mind when I read question 8:
One night, Smith heard a racket in his kitchen. When he got up to investigate, he saw Satan slamming cabinet doors. Smith said, “Oh, it’s only you.” Then he turned around and went back to bed.