THE DEVIL AND THE LAKE OF FIRE
What you probably do not know about the devil. Day by day, even hour by hour, sometimes even minute by minute your thoughts are filled with evil which is put there by the devil, also called Satan, and also known by many other names.
But you probably do not recognize or understand that the multitude of evil, angry, rebellious, hateful, lying, contentious, mean, self-centered thoughts you have are actually put in your head and heart by Satan. The Bible clearly reveals that these thoughts from the devil will not be present in people when he is cast into the bottomless pit and has a seal put upon him so he can deceive the nations no more till the millennium is fulfilled-ref Rev 20:3.
Ultimately, following the millennium, after the final rebellion Satan, which is called the devil, is cast into the lake of fire. He will not reign in the lake of fire. He is the chief victim. Despite all his vast powers of deceiving the whole world-ref Rev 12:3, he will be powerless in the lake of fire.
There will be no escape for him and all those that followed him upon the earth since Adam and Eve, and Cain which killed Abel. The estimated trillions of people that have lived from the time of Adam and Eve, up to and including this present time, as well as after the millennium which is yet to come, and then the little season thereafter---all those that did not choose to follow Jesus but chose to follow the wrong thoughts the devil put into their head and heart---all will be eternally tormented in the Jesus but chose to follow the wrong thoughts the devil put into their head and heart---all will be eternally tormented in the lake of fire. Chances are, you may be among them because many follow the devil, but only a few, that is a very, very, very, few choose to follow Jesus.
And among those that profess to be a Christian, nearly all of them are not a Christian at all, but are a Christian only in their deceived thoughts. They may go to a Christian church, but that does not save a person. The lukewarm Christians perish-ref Rev 3.. Only those few, those very few that are unfire for Christ, that obey His Word, and whose faith has been tried and tested and been found to be true, those few shall inherit eternal life.
WHAT THE DEVIL CAN DO TO YOU AND OTHERS ALSO
1 Jn 3:8-He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
Rev 12:9-And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:…
2 Tim 2:26-And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
Acts 13:10-And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?
Eph 6:11-Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Rev 20:10-And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Rev 20:11,12,13 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which was in it, and death and hell delivered up the dead which was in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire
Jn 13:2-And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;
Jn 8:44-Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Lk 8:12-Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
Lk4:6-And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
Lk 4:3-And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. Satan can put thoughts into a person’s head and heart, and the person thinks it is their own thoughts because their heart agrees with it.
Mt 25:41-Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
Mt 4:8-Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
Mt 4:5-Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
Mt 4:1-Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
1 Pet 5:8-9-Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. Before summarizing some of the things the Scriptures have told us of the devil, we also need to consider the following of what Satan believes of himself.
12…O Lucifer, son of the morning!…which didst weaken the nations! 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: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Satan is so powerful, that he himself believes he can exalt his throne above the stars of God. He believes he can ascend above the heights of the clouds. Satan believes he can be like God the Father.
The battle ground is in heaven and on the earth. The angels were tested to see if they would follow Satan or God. Humanity is being tested to see if they will follow Satan or God. God has given humanity God’s Word-the Bible which is “truth”. Jesus is the Word.
Satan has been given enormous powers of deception to work in the hearts and minds of people. Each person will ultimately choose whether to believe God’s Word or to believe the lying thoughts in their minds and heart which contradicts God’s Word. Those that choose to believe and obey God’s Word will inherit eternal live. Those that choose to believe Satan’s lies in their hearts and minds will ultimately inherit the lake of fire. Life is the period of testing
The Scriptures clearly reveal to us that Satan is the most intelligent and evil being God has ever created. Satan is pride. Satan is the most self centered being God ever created. Satan believes himself to be so powerful that he can challenge God Himself.
The Devil’s power to deceive people in their hearts and thoughts is very great, yet a few do break free of Satan’s power through humbling themselves, repenting, believing and obeying God’s Word. His power to deceive people is so strong that he is able to make people believe he does not even exist.
He is able to make people fully confident that they are doing the right things when in fact they are doing what Satan has put in their minds and heart to do. It is only a few, a very few that can escape the cunning devices, and the what seems to be powerful, hypnotic power of deception of the devil. Only through faith in Jesus Christ, Who is come in the flesh, and through denying themselves, and letting Jesus Christ reign and rule their lives, can a person break free of the devil which deceives the whole world. But even then, even among nearly all preachers, few, very few can recognize most of Satan’s deceptions that he puts in their hearts.
Note, it says most. People throughout the world greatly underestimate the power of the devil to deceive and to twist Scriptures in a person’s mind. As it is written: SATAN DECEIVETH THE WHOLE WORLD and THE DEVIL WHICH DECEIVED THEM. Satan’s power to deceive is such that he deceived 1/3rd of the angels of heaven, and they turned from following God to following the devil. Hear some of God’s Word again:
the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:…
who are taken captive by him at his will.
And the devil that deceived them the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts
The devil can put thoughts into your heart as it is written: (the) devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him;
The devil can stir up your ungodly lusts or desires as it is written: the lusts of your father ye will do The devil can take you places and show you things to entice you to do wrong as it is written: the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
Now the question is asked. Which God will you follow? Is it the god of this world, the god of your pride, the god of wanting your own will, the god of being your own boss, the god of wanting to reign over yourself, or is it the— God of heaven which commands you to repent, believe, obey, and follow the Gospel. A person’s only hope is to trust in Jesus Christ as your only hope of salvation. As the billions of people that have existed before you have made that choice, so you also will make that choice. To do nothing is to perish because all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.