by Stan Coffey

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The Angelic Rebellion (12 Of 16)
Dr. Stan Coffey

Many famous military strategists have pointed out if you want to win a victory it is essential to know your enemy. Being able to predict what your enemy will do is very important. That principal is no less true in the spiritual realm. The better we understand our adversary, the better we will recognize his weaknesses. Only then does he become vulnerable to us. That is why it is important to conduct a study on Satan. On the one hand we don't want to glorify him, but on the other hand we want to unmask him so that we can see him as he is, a corrupt and defeated being.

We have previously noted that since Satan is an angel, he was created by God along with the rest of the angels - Job. 38:4-7. Satan now operates with the angels who rebelled with him, designated as thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers - Col. 1:16. The words translated thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers are titles which signify the ranking of angels. The words "were created" is in the aorist tense implying that all the angels had been created at the same time by a direct act of God.

I. THE REBELLION OF SATAN AND HIS ANGELS. (At some point between their creation and Genesis 3 something happened to some of the angels. In Genesis 3:1 Satan appears as an evil serpent in the garden. The large group of angels who rebelled with him are known in the Bible as demons.)
A. The end comprehensibility of the rebellion.
1. The reason for the angelic rebellion - Lucifer's desire to be "like the most High" - Isaiah 14.
2. The result of the angelic rebellion - men's sinful condition - Genesis 3.
B. The identification of the rebellion.
1. In Matthew 25:41 Jesus refers to "the devil and his angels."
2. Revelation 12:3 refers to Satan as the great, red dragon and verse 4 says "his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven and did cast them to the earth. "
3. We know from Job 38:7 that ...

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