From beginning to end, the Bible teaches us about Satan, his followers, and their methods of deception.
The Old Testament, the Hebrew scriptures, is full of murder, torture, vengeance, hatred, death and destruction, animal and human sacrifice, and blood rituals and sacrifice to please Lord God. Lord God required Israel to sanctify things under the old covenant with blood.(Heb 9:18-22) He required a high priest before him once a year, with blood.(Heb 9:7 & Lev 16:1-34) Lord God's religion required blood. (Prov 16:4 & 1Kings 18:26-28)
The New Testament, the teachings of Jesus, which God the Father gave to him to give to us, speaks out against the Old Testament and its religious leaders. The New Testament reveals many of the Old Testament teachings are false, that the religion of those times had long ago become the Synagogue of Satan. The New Testament reveals the Old Testament's Lord God as the Wicked One, Satan, by revealing the love and peace and Righteousness of God the Father, the Living God of truth and light.
Jesus teaches that "an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth" is wrong. That we should not only love our friends and family, but we should love our enemies for "they know not what they do". That we should love all, both the just and the unjust, for none of us can "cast the first stone". That we should be righteous, just as our Father who art in heaven is forgiving of us all for our rebellion.
The New Testament of the Bible provides us with everything we need for salvation - if - we truly are seekers AND are willing to "apply" the teachings of Jesus to ourselves and make the necessary changes that will allow us back into Heaven.
But I fear, "lest by any means," as the serpent beguiled Eve, so have our minds been corrupted from the simplicity that is in the teachings of Jesus.
Yes, as Satan deceived Eve by his craftiness, so have our minds been led astray by religion, spirituality, philosophy and psychology; led astray from the light and understanding of the Living God's Word.
Today, Satan has all but destroyed any belief in himself, and so goes too the belief in God.
Satan works through the intellect and pride of the soul, on our arrogance of being smarter, better, more deserving and beautiful. There is no evil; evil is just a part of the human condition of nature and nurture, "the devil didn't make him do it," it is just something to be embraced as the evolution of a species . . . and since there is no evil, there is no supernatural intervention, and so there is no God.
Satan knows the Bible, just as he knows every religious and spiritual book, cover to cover, because he has access to everything through the souls of men. He knows the Bible, word for word, and can quote it against you just like he tried against Jesus in the wilderness when he quoted Psalms 91:11-12, leaving out "in all your ways."
Yes, Satan tried to temp Jesus in all the areas he temps us today; physical needs and wants, pride and ego, anger and hatred, greed and attachments. And as Jesus demonstrated, we are not to fight against Satan, we just quote the righteous Word of God back at him and he leaves - "for a little season."
We cannot reason with Satan, nor can we safely converse with him, as Eve found out. However, as Jesus demonstrated, Satan can be "resisted." (James 4:7) Therefore, "resist the devil;" (1Peter 5:6-9, Eph 6:10:18) muster up your WILL and quote scripture at those wrong thoughts he slides into your mind.
Fighting the devil, his demons and his evil soul inside is a defensive campaign, not an offensive campaign. We do not go on the offensive because we are way out of our league. Remember, Satan is the most powerful of all the angels, very powerful, and you will loose, everytime.
Jesus plainly tells us that Satan is the "god," the ruler of this world. That Satan has control over all those in high places. (How else could he offer Jesus the whole world and all the nations therein?)
Long ago, way before Jesus' time, Satan had established a political and religious system around the world, headed by loyal fallen angels under his control. These sons of the Wicked One were sown among the sons of God; walking among us with a pious outer appearance (not as humble little children). - Matthew 13:37-43
These "followers of Cain," lode men with burdens grievous to be borne; they build the sephechures of the prophets whom their fathers murdered. They have taken away "the Keys of Knowledge." And because of their continued unrighteousness they cannot return home, and neither do they want you to return home: so they hinder any progress. (Lk 11:47,52)
This is Satan's world, and his followers rule all aspects. These "kings and rulers of the earth" take counsel against the Living God and his anointed. They have all been made drunk with the wine of Satan's fornication. (Rev 17:2) Blood rituals and Blood sacrifice; you know them as crime and war.
Satan is the "God" they openly talk about in public, and pray to in church; as you watch and believe they are talking about and praying to the God they have educated you to talk about and pray to. Reading John 4:21-22, "Ye worship ye know not what. We know what we worship, we worship the Father."
Our ignorance and innocence is their delight, as we stand there with heads bowed, praying to an image of a false idol hanging on the wall, or pictured in our minds, believing the fable they have instilled in our souls. (Remember when Jesus prayed? He looked up to heaven, like a humble little child looking up to his Father.)
Religion has been Satan's greatest and most powerful deception; raining death, destruction, and blood sacrifice world wide, down through the ages. No matter where in this evil world, no matter what the religion, its roots are steeped in blood sacrifice.
For certain, men whose condemnation was written about long ago, have secretly slipped in among us; false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. (2Cor 11:13) They are godless men who have changed the Word of God into a lie.
There is a deceptive church, (Rev 2:9) with a deceptive doctrine, (1Tim 4:1) and a deceptive gospel. (Gal 1:8) There are deceptive ministers, (2Cor 11:14-53) preaching a deceptive righteousness (Rom 10:8) and a deceptive Christ. (2Thess 2:8-10, Rev 13:8)
Satan has set up "religion" as the liberator and saviour: his greatest deception. Satan is deceiving the whole world, even the Elect. (Gen 3:15, Heb 2:14-15, LK 10:16-20, John 12:28-33, Col 2:12-15) Satan has added many deceptions to the Word of God, to create his satanic system of worship, no matter which religion.
It is very easy for any one to get caught up in the letter which killeth, "forever reading and never able to come to the truth". It is very easy to get caught up in Satan's religious myths and fables, in the doctrines and dogmas of men, and lose sight of the goal. (1Tim 1:3-4, 4:7, 6:20, 2Tim 2:16, 4:3-4)
Satan has deceived many into believing that all they have to do is read your Bible and believe what "they" tell you, and you are saved; to believe in God, believe in Jesus, believe in whatever they tell you to believe in, HOPE it's true and your FAITH will redeem you. Just "thinking and book knowledge can save you.
Satan does not want you to have this knowledge, nor does he want you to APPLY it to yourself: for in the day that you do, the scales will fall from your eyes, and you will begin to see and understand the Truth that has always been right there in the Bible for all to see, but seeing you did not see, and hearing you did not hear, for "they" have led you astray. Satan DOES NOT want you to "apply" these teaching, to have your own personal experience with "revelation" from God the Father.
Satan is the serpent, the great deceiver, and he always masquerades his lies as God's truth. (2Cor 11:13-14) One's only defense is that which Jesus used when tempted directly by Satan, or others; Jesus used the Word of God. ("Get Behind me Satan.")
Jesus came into this evil world of death, from Heaven (a world of Life), to teach us about Satan, his evil world and his soul of "good & evil" inside each one of us: and Jesus taught us what we must DO to overcome this evil world and return back home to Heaven.
However, two thousand years ago Jesus also warned us that, "many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many." (Mtt 24:11) Shortly thereafter, just as Jesus prophesized, "many false prophets are gone out into the world;" (1John 4:1) and "even now are there many antichrists;" (1John 2:18) and "many deceivers are entered into the world." (2John 1:7)
Satan and his fallen angels controlled this planet before Jesus came, during Jesus' time, and continue to rule today. Satan has given power to his followers to rule over all kindreds and tongues and nations, over all that dwell upon the earth: they are like the "gods" he promised them they would be if they followed and worshiped him.
Beware of those false prophets who come in sheep's clothing, bearing false witness. There have risen many false prophets and false christs, showing great signs and wonders (phenomena); they have deceived the very elect. (Mtt 24:24) And what did Jesus say about "signs?" "An evil, wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign, and there shall no sign be given. (Remember Moses giving signs, and the court magicians duplicating them?) (Mtt 12:39, 16:4 Mk 8:12, Lk 11:29)
Outwards these followers of Cain look strong, powerful, beautiful, have great charisma (kundalini/the serpent energy); they are arrayed in fine clothing and expensive jewellery, but inwards they are full of guile and deceitfulness. They hold the upper and key positions in government, industry and religion; the masses do not even know they exist.
Religion is a very great and powerful deception, which plays to the emotions of the soul: false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into representatives of Christ (2Cor 11:13) They blind the minds of the fallen angels so they cannot see, nor understand the teachings of Jesus on the pages of the Bible.
Satan uses scripture to tempt people (Mtt 4:6, Psalms 91); he does his best to tempt every follower of Jesus. (1Pet 5:8) He twists and perverts written documents to serve his purposes. He can take advantage of Saints (2Cor 2:11), "who are taken captive by him at his will". (2Tim 2:26)
Satan does not approach us showing his true nature, he masquerades as a counterfeit, an imitator. He whispers through the soul, imitating our inner voice. Don't let Satan deceive you; that soul is the "dark urges of the so-called human psyche."
Satan will do whatever it takes to keep you from reading AND especially APPLYING these teachings of Jesus.
Satan will use the soul to raise up questions in your mind and create doubt; because doubt is always the first step towards derailing the truth. The soul subtlety imitates your thought-voice inside your head with a dozen reasons why these are not the teachings of Jesus.
Satan will do whatever it takes to lead you away from and keep you from "applying" these teachings. He will distract you and cause doubt; he will confuse you and make you critical; he will work his deceptions through others to pull you away; he will arrange interruptions and cause interference in your life; he will keep you forever reading and asking questions so you can never come to the truth through application, change, and by receiving revelations from God the Father. Satan doesn't want you to learn about him, his wicked followers, his evil world of death, and his soul of good & evil inside.
"These are not the Teachings of Jesus," Satan whispers, "Just believe in God, on the name of Jesus, the cross, or anything else the church tells you, and you will be saved." Some of his greatest deceptions (lies). Satan heaps false guilt on us to cause self-condemnation and unworthiness; (Rev 12:10) however, Jesus tells us, "Your sins are forgiven; go and sin no more."
Satan tries to thwart God's plan of salvation in every area and by every means possible. Satan has corrupted and counterfeited God's Word (gospel).
When the true gospel is heard by anyone, it enters into the soul and immediately Satan hears and comes to take it away. (Mtt 13:19) And reading Luke 8:12, "Those who hear the Word of God, then cometh the devil and taketh away the word, out of their souls, lest they should believe and be saved." The devil hasn't done this with your religious beliefs - Why?
If the gospel is veiled, it is veiled because "the god of this world has blinded your mind: to keep you from seeing the light (knowledge) of the gospel, and the glory (righteousness) of God". (2Cor 4:2-4)
Use Romans 8:1-17 to silence the reproaches of Satan, his devils, and that evil soul inside. "The mind set on the flesh is death; but the mind set on the Spirit is peace and Life." So walk after the Spirit because it frees you from sin and death. Let the Spirit of God dwell in you, that is, let the Mind of God dwell in you, a Mind of Righteousness shall quicken you by his Spirit that dwells in you. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God; for the Mind bears witness with our mind, that we are the children of God the Father, that we are one.
Now I urge you brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to these teachings of Jesus and turn away from them; for such men are slaves, not of our Lord Jesus Christ, but of their own appetites, of their souls, of their god, Satan. Because of their lack of self-control and self-correction, Satan controls them from within through their souls, and from without through their fleshly appetites. By their smooth and flattery speech they deceive the souls and minds of the unsuspecting. Be not ignorant of Satan's many schemes.