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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 4125 Satan, agents of
4125 Satan, agents of

4125 Satan, agents of

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; 1Jn 3:8-10,12

Satan works through people to oppose God’s purposes Ac 5:1-9 Ananias and Sapphira; Mt 16:23 pp Mk 8:33 Simon Peter Judas Iscariot: Lk 22:3; Jn 6:70; Jn 13:2,27
Ac 13:8-10 Elymas, the sorcerer

Examples of people doing Satan’s work

False prophets Dt 13:5; Jer 23:26-27; Jer 28:15; Jer 29:21; Eze 13:6-9; Mt 7:15; Mt 24:24; 2Pe 2:1-3

Others who lead people away from God Dt 13:13; 2Ki 21:9-26 Manasseh and his son, Amon; Pr 7:21 the adulteress; Isa 3:12; Jer 50:6; 2Pe 2:18-19

Satan works through his spiritual agents

Satan’s angels Mt 25:41 See also 2Pe 2:4; Rev 12:7 “angel” and “messenger” are the same word in Greek

Satan’s demons Lk 13:11-16 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 1Jn 4:1-4; 2Jn 7

The man of lawlessness 2Th 2:3-10

The beast Rev 11:7; Rev 13:1-8,11-18; Rev 14:9-11; Rev 16:13; Rev 17:8; Rev 19:20; Rev 20:10

The false prophet Rev 16:13; Rev 19:20

The prostitute or Babylon the Great Rev 14:8; Rev 16:19; Rev 17:1-18; Rev 18:1-10,18; Rev 19:2

See also

4116angels opposed to God
4131demons, kinds of
4609beast, the
7774prophets, false
9115antichrist, the

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