All about Satan

This is a summary of everything the Bible has to say about Satan.

Who’s Satan?

Satan is the prince of demons, and the enemy of Jesus. Also known as the devil, the evil one, the accuser, the tempter, the prince of this world, the ruler of the kingdom of the air, Beelzebul, Belial, etc.

What does he look like?

According to the one verse in the Bible that describes his appearance, the devil is red and has horns. More specifically, he’s an enormous red dragon with seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns.

Where does he live?

He lives in the city of Pergamum. But he roams all over the earth.

What does he do?

He does bad things. And he causes others (including God!) to do bad things. The devil is the father of lies. He was a murderer from the beginning, and he holds the power of death (or at least he used to).

Does he ever do anything good?

Sometimes Satan pretends to be good, and the Bible mentions him actually doing “good” things at least twice (good according to the Bible, anyway): Paul said that Satan would destroy someone’s flesh so that person’s spirit could be saved. And he said Satan would teach people not to blaspheme.

How powerful is he?

Satan can perform all sorts of signs and wonders to display his power. The whole world belongs to him and is under his control. But he has no power over Jesus, and he can’t harm anyone born of God. With the help of God’s protection, Christians have overcome the evil one. The devil will flee from anyone who resists him.

He sounds pretty easy to beat. What’s going to happen to him?

In the end times, the archangel Michael and his angels will fight against the dragon and his angels. Since Satan isn’t strong enough, he’ll lose his place in heaven and be hurled down to the earth. Again.

Wait, since when does Satan live in heaven?

*ignores question* An angel will seize the dragon and lock him in the Abyss, to keep him from deceiving the nations for a thousand years. After that, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations and gather them for battle.

Who’s letting him go free, and why?

*ignores question* They will surround God’s people, but fire will come down from heaven and devour the nations. Then the devil and his angels will be thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where they will be tormented day and night forever.

The ultimate punishment for the devil is to go to hell? But isn’t that his home already? Doesn’t he rule over hell?

Where’d you get that idea? The Bible doesn’t say anything like that. The Bible doesn’t say a lot of things that people think about Satan. If you have any more ideas about Satan that aren’t mentioned in this blog post, those ideas probably have no basis in the Bible.

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