The Bible

Satan and the Bible

There is no full account of Satan given in any one place, and the Scripture teaching on this topic can only be ascertained by combining a number of scattered notices from Genesis to Apocalypse, and reading them in the light of patristic and theological tradition. Almost absent in the Old Testament, the Devil is mentionned 188 times in the New Testament :

62 as a “demon”
36 as “Satan”
33 as the “Devil”
37 as a “Beast”
13 as a “Dragon”
7 as “Belzeebuth”

Summary of the role played by Satan in the Scriptures

Satan is an angel (Job 1-2).

God made him before the world began (Job 38:4-7).

Satan was very powerful (Revelation 12:3: “ten horns”) and very wise (Revelation 12:3: “seven heads”).

But he became the first sinner (1 John 3:8).

Apparently at one point in the past (or possibly future) he led a rebellion in heaven against God (Revelation 12:7).

In Satan’s fall, he drew a vast number of angels with him (Revelation 12:4, 9).

Some of the fallen angels are loose and some are bound in a place called the Abyss (Luke 8:31).

The loose ones we call “demons”. Of the bound ones, there are two kinds, permanently bound (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6) and temporarily bound (Revelation 9:1-11).

Satan and his demons now wage war against God’s kingdom (Revelation 12:17).

Some people think that Satan lives in hell, but hell is where Satan and the wicked will be sent at the last judgment. Satan now dwells on earth (Job 1:7).

At the Second Coming of Christ, he will be bound for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-3).

After the thousand years, he will be set free for a short time and will go out to deceive the nations (Revelation 20:7-9).

The devil’s final end will be in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10), which was prepared by God for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41).