Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while. (Revelation 20:1-3)
From the preceding scripture, I’d like to draw your attention to, “Seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is devil and Satan and bound him…so that he….” These are decisive, descriptive, emphasis indicating that Satan is a real person not a myth or an imaginary figure or a character whom we shouldn’t worry about as some have conveniently taught us to believe. The pronoun “him,” is a clear indication that Satan is not an “It” since “it” references inanimate objects.
Know this! Satan had a name-change. Satan’s original name was Lucifer and was changed to Satan and his name change is a representation of everything antithetical to goodness. Individuals who do not have this understanding of who the devil is, usually become casualty to his insidious ploys.
The word serpent speaks of snake. Snake sneaks subtly via likeable personality(s) into our lives with a decisive agenda to do damage. Therefore, sometimes, looking at things that are so obvious to see could distract us from dictating the subliminal undertakings of the devil.
Satan, indeed is a real person and living in juxtaposition of you and me. While Satan may appear powerful, his power is not real in that he uses deception to achieve his objectives. Satan’s power, nevertheless, has limitations, because his day of arrest and incarceration is not in far distant future. We are told that he –Satan—has existed long before Adam and Eve, that he is the serpent who deceived Eve, that he is the devil and Satan who is bounded.
Be wise to keep from becoming a victim of his.
Rev. Christian O. Nwakaihe