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Agents of Satan

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Satan works in this world through people and through those spiritual beings who acknowledge his authority. His agents oppose God’s will and purposes.


Satan works through people

Satan’s human agents pursue his evil desires

Jn 8:44 Jesus Christ speaking of the relationship of some unbelieving Jews to Satan.
See also Ac 13:10; 1 Jn 3:8–10; 1 Jn 3:12

Satan works through people to oppose God’s purposes

Ac 5:1–9 Ananias and Sapphira; Mt 16:23 Simon Peter

Judas Iscariot:

Lk 22:3; Jn 6:70; Jn 13:2; Jn 13:27
Ac 13:8–10 Elymas, the sorcerer

Examples of people doing Satan’s work

False prophets

Dt 13:5; Je 23:26–27; Je 28:15; Je 29:21; Eze 13:6–9; Mt 7:15; Mt 24:24; 2 Pe 2:1–3

Others who lead people away from God

Dt 13:13; 2 Ki 21:9–26 Manasseh and his son, Amon; Pr 7:21 the adulteress; Is 3:12; Je 50:6; 2 Pe 2:18–19

Satan works through his spiritual agents

Satan’s angels

Matthew 25:41 NKJV
“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:
See also 2 Pe 2:4; Re 12:7 “angel” and “messenger” are the same word in Greek

Satan’s demons

Luke 13:11–16 NKJV
And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.” The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?”
See also Mt 12:22; Lk 11:14–15

Satan’s agents are identified by various images and titles

The little horn

Da 8:9–12 This probably represents Antiochus Epiphanes.

The prince of Persia

Da 10:13 probably representing a demon with influence over the Persian kingdom

The king of the North

Da 11:28 probably representing Antiochus Epiphanes

The antichrist

1 Jn 4:1–4; 2 Jn 7

The man of lawlessness

2 Thessalonians 2:3–10 NKJV
Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

The beast

Re 11:7; Re 13:1–8; Re 13:11–18; Re 14:9–11; Re 16:13; Re 17:8; Re 19:20; Re 20:10

The false prophet

Re 16:13; Re 19:20

The prostitute or Babylon the Great

Re 14:8; Re 16:19; Re 17:1–18; Re 18:1–10; Re 18:18; Re 19:2
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