Satan is not equal to God. He is not even a king. He claims to be a god and a king, but he is a liar. The highest rank ever attributed to him is "prince", and his realm is a subordinate "power". He, along with everything and everyone held within his power, is accountable to God. The "Most High" God is still in control.

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Scripture References
  • "…the enemy…is the devil…" (Matthew 13:37-39 KJV)
  • "…I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven." (Luke 10:18 NKJV)
  • "I know…where you dwell, where Satan's throne is…" (Revelation 2:13 2:13 NKJV)
  • "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do." (John 8:44 NKJV)
  • "He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters." (Luke 11:23 NKJV)
  • "...I now send you, to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me." (Acts 26:17-18 NKJV)
Commentary
  • God has given humanity limited "free-will". The first man, Adam, choose to obey Satan rather than God and in so doing condemned all of us to follow in his footsteps. Throughout history man has choosen evil instead of good and, despite claims to the contrary, continues to do so to this day.
  • Jesus declared Satan to be the "enemy" and those people who mimic the enemy's desires to be the devil's children. All men do not have the right to call God "Father". Jesus taught the only way to the Father was through the Son, and that we are either with Him or against Him. We either lead others to Him, or we oppose them.
  • The devil's primary goal is to delay, if not deny, the expansion of the kingdom of God's Son.
    • His main strategy: set up strongholds in the hearts of men to resist that expansion.
    • His standard tactic when engaging Christ's disciples is to get them out of the primary fight or, at the very least, diminish their effectiveness in it.
  • For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel. -- Martin Luther (1483 - 1546) Table Talk
  • Thankfully Jesus did not come to condemn the world, but to save it. As you learn about the enemy, make sure you learn about Christ. Don't focus on the problem, focus on the solution. For every three vistors who visit this site to learn about the enemy, only one takes the time to learn about Christ and the power of His life available to all of His disciples. PLEASE be one!

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