An expose on Satan and his cohorts
What People Saw at Calvary
Roman soldiers – saw clothes to be gambled for
Jewish Priests – saw an enemy destroyed
One thief – saw only another criminal like himself
The other thief – saw a hope for heaven
The ruler of the Passover – saw a body that had to be removed before the Sabbath was polluted.
Mary – saw her firstborn son die
John the Apostle – was not sure what he was looking at.
Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea – saw a body that needed to be buried.
What Do You See When You Look At The Cross?
What do you see?
Do you see precious blood dripping and hitting the floor for you.
That blood is speaking – it is saying something to you.
What is it saying?
Every drop that hits the floor says “victory,” “victory,” “victory” in every case.
Here is the truth: Satan, the original terrorist, knows that you have the victory and he is afraid of you! Moreover, he does not want you to know it!
We are going to turn the tables today and talk about terrorizing him. Let us look at terrorizing the terrorist.
What does the Bible say about our enemy?
Just Who Is Satan?
Isaiah 14:12–17 (ESV)
12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! 13 You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ 15 But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit. 16 Those who see you will stare at you and ponder over you: ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, 17 who made the world like a desert and overthrew its cities, who did not let his prisoners go home?’
Ezekiel 28:11–19 (ESV)
11 Moreover, the word of the LORD came to me: 12 “Son of man, raise a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, Thus says the Lord GOD: “You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle; and crafted in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day that you were created they were prepared. 14 You were an anointed guardian cherub. I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked. 15 You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you. 16 In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned; so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God, and I destroyed you, O guardian cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 17 Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you. 18 By the multitude of your iniquities, in the unrighteousness of your trade you profaned your sanctuaries; so I brought fire out from your midst; it consumed you, and I turned you to ashes on the earth in the sight of all who saw you. 19 All who know you among the peoples are appalled at you; you have come to a dreadful end and shall be no more forever.”
o These 2 passages give us a tremendous amount of information on Satan. They tell us…
o Satan was created full of wisdom and beauty
Ezekiel 28:12 (ESV)
12 “Son of man, raise a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, Thus says the Lord GOD: “You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
o This phrase ‘signet of perfection’ means that anything God created before He created Lucifer only partial filled the pattern or the standard for beauty and wisdom. When God created the other angels, when He created the living beings that surround the throne that you see in Revelation, He only partial filled the standard of beauty and wisdom. However, when He created Lucifer, He ‘hung the moon’ so to speak; “He filled up the pattern.” Satan completely ‘filled the pattern or blueprint’ for beauty and wisdom. He was the most beautiful and the wisest of any being that God created to that point.
o All of the pictures that artists have portrayed about ‘an ugly Satan’ are incorrect. The depiction occurs because we associate depravity and the stench of sin with ‘ugliness’. However, you would be completely astonished if you actually saw this being.
o Just a side note on the subject of beauty: Today many across the world are being bombarded by the media’s false standard of what real beauty is. Many are overburdened trying to achieve this false image. Nevertheless, the fall of Satan is ultimate proof that ‘beauty is only skin deep.’ Satan, the most beautiful creature God made’, the being that filled up the pattern of beauty, is now the ugliest being on the planet. If you look with an open eye, you will see what real beauty is. You do not look at size to determine it; you do not look at shape; neither do you look at color.
o What is a real beauty? A beautiful person is a born again person! A beautiful individual is a Holy Spirit controlled individual! A beautiful human being is a giver that oozes with the love of God. That is what beauty is and that is what the Bible declares – God Himself beautifies the meek with salvation!
Psalm 149:4 (KJV 1900)
4 For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: He will beautify the meek with salvation.
o We now understand that Satan filled up the standard of beauty and wisdom.
o One day he was lifted up in pride because He became consumed with his attributes.
o So how do you terrorize the terrorist?
o Walk continually in humility and meekness.
o Consider other people better than yourself. Talk about Jesus and lift Him up instead of lifting up yourself. Mark this down, you do not have to have sign your name to everything God uses you for.
o Remember these five statements and hold them close to yourself.
o You know nothing by yourself.
o You can do nothing by yourself
o You have nothing because of yourself
o You are nothing in yourself
o You are not by yourself! – You can take comfort in this singular fact; that the longest day you live on planet – on that day – you are not alone!
o When you walk in humility, you remind the enemy of how he should have walked and you terrorize the terrorist.
o Satan was anointed
14 You were an anointed guardian cherub. I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked.
o DEFINITION: the Hebrew word for anointed means ‘outstretched wings’ or ‘expansion’ – a state of having special authority
o The phrase ‘holy mountain of God’ references the throne of God. Satan had special authority around the Throne; He was the guardian of it. He was anointed to do it. However, because of his sin, he lost his anointing; because of his iniquity, he lost his ‘specialness’. He was cast out of heaven. Jesus said so in these words:
Luke 10:18 (ESV)
18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
o Now, there is a dilemma in heaven. There is no longer a special anointed one around the throne. Satan has been cast out. So what did God do?
o He replaced him! He invited you there! He raised you up and made you sit in heavenly places in Christ! He anointed you instead.
Ephesians 2:6 (KJV 1900)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
2 Corinthians 1:21 (ESV)
21 And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us,
o How do you terrorize the terrorist?
o Walk in your anointing
§ Do not trade your anointing in. Guard it; maintain it. It is precious. If the Lord uses you in any special way, guard it, treasure it, and nurture it. How easy it is for us, though, to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of good things in life. Then, you wake up one morning and you find that you are dry spiritually. You walk around throughout the day feeling empty. Do not trade your anointing in for the busyness of life!
§ Churches are full of stagnant Christianswho have not maintained constant growth. Christians, who rock back and forth in their spiritual rocking chairs, wearing holes in the carpets of their churches. Compare that with someone like Moses who after seeing the Red Sea split, and the great miracles in Egypt, yet pressed in for more of God when he cried out ‘Show me your glory!’ (Ex. 33:18).
§ Some churches are full of spiritually fat Christians that sit there and soak it all in and do not do a thing with it.
§ It is amazing that in our circles, we talk about what ‘bad’ sermons are being preached elsewhere. Yet we sit up, listen to good sermons, and do not do anything with what we have heard. The result, in the end, is the same in both cases.
§ It is not only the quality of ‘Word’ that you hear that counts. It is what you do with what you hear.
o I am challenging you today to rise up and walk in your specialness.
o I am challenging you today to hang out around the Throne of God.
o I am challenging you today to walk in your authority.
o I am challenging you today to guard your anointing.
o When you do those things, you terrorize the terrorist!
o Satan was self-willed.
Isaiah 14:12–14 (KJV 1900)
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
o The five I wills of Satan are about deification. They are about Satan’s desire to become God. He was not satisfied with the will of God for him. Instead, he wanted more.
o I will ascend into heaven
§ Satan desired to have his abode in God’s place
§ The word ‘ascend’ implies that Satan’s’ throne or dominion was in the realm of earth. At one time, Lucifer had ruling authority on earth. These events occurred between the chronological time gap between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. Because of his rebellion, he was demoted and his authority was stripped from him in the earth and given to Adam (Gen. 1:26) instead.
§ The irony is striking. What Satan desired for himself was instead purchased for man through Jesus Christ.
§ When we had no hope…Jesus ascended to heaven and raised us up to sit with Him there. We have ascended to the throne instead of Satan.
Ephesians 2:4–6 (ESV)
4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
o I will exalt my throne above the stars of God
§ Satan wanted to rule over all the angels.
§ Again, this privilege was given to man.
1 Corinthians 6:3 (ESV)
3 Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life!
o I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north
§ Psalm 48:1-3 gives us a clue as to what the ‘sides of the north’ are.
Psalm 48:1–3 (KJV 1900)
1 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised In the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. 2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, On the sides of the north, the city of the great King. 3 God is known in her palaces for a refuge.
§ Psalm 48 describes the future rule of the Messiah in the earth. Satan desired to be that conquering Messanic ruler in the earth.
§ That position did not belong to Satan; it belonged to Jesus who then made man joint heirs to rule and reign with Him.
Revelation 5:10 (KJV 1900)
10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
o I will ascend above the heights of the cloud
§ Satan desired the glory due only to God. God gave it instead to Jesus and Jesus turned around and gave it to us.
§ Jesus is praying here in John 17…
John 17:22 (KJV 1900)
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
o I will make myself like the Most High
§ Satan last ‘I will’ deals with identity. He was a created angelic being but he wanted more. He wanted to be like the most High.
§ God instead gave this to man.
Genesis 1:26 (KJV 1900)
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
o Are you seeing the pattern yet? Everything that Satan desired to acquire through self-will was instead given to man through Jesus Christ.
o This is the reason the enemy hates you so and does everything he can to attack, to mar, to disfigure you. Everything that Satan wanted, was given to man.
o How do you terrorize the terrorist?
o Walk in God’s will for your life instead of your own will.
§ Follow God’s plan fully for your will.
§ The will of God for your life should be the most important thing to you on planet earth.
§ Show Satan how it is done!
o Learn everything you can about what God did for you in Christ and walk in it!
§ Walking in the fullness of your redemption rights, sticks it to the enemy and reminds him of his defeat at Calvary.