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The Fallen Cherub - Selected Scriptures

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September 16, 2019 1:00 am

The Fallen Cherub - Selected Scriptures

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September 16, 2019 1:00 am

When we think of cherubs, we think of the fat, little Angel-babies which have been popularized by famous works of art and sculpture. But did you realize that the chief cherub is actually Satan himself? In this message Stephen clears up our misconceptions about these mysterious creatures and warns us not to take the angelic world lightly.

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You specifically called the accuser in Revelation 1210 is called the deceiver in Revelation 12 nine. Another name for Satan is the enemy we call the enemy.

Matthew 1339 John 844 is called the father lives. That is the originator of lies.

God is the originator of truth. Satan is the originator of the live is also called in the same verse or murder. Another term, the powerful combination of titles utilize the people and they are deceived and then they die forever.

John spent the first three sessions in this series talking about Angels, but today he shifts gears a little bit because in the lesson you're about to hear today. Stephen talks about a fallen angel. In fact, he's the chief of the fallen angels and his name is Satan. Satan is not a cartoon character. He's real and today Stephen will clear up some of our misconceptions about Satan and warned us not to take the angelic world to lightly lesson you're about to hear is entitled the fallen cherub.

I'm glad you joined us. So grab your Bible. If you're able and let's get started with today's lesson. CS Lewis wrote these provocative words, there are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall with regard to devil one is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.

The demons are equally pleased by both errors and welcome a materialist or a magician with same delight.

I personally believe he is so right on the one hand is the materialist is Lewis call them. This is the person that either denies the reality of Satan and his power or he simply outlives with spiritual lethargy and complacency and he never engages in the disciplines of spiritual warfare. He doesn't invest his time, his energy, his thought into ever thinking that there is another world out there, and he never considers that he is to advance the cause of Christ. There is course in this materialist view the liberal Would deny the reality of hell.

Though the reality of demons. The reality of Satan. They like to talk of hell is a concept they like to talk of Satan as a mythical power or some evil force, but not a literal person get on the other hand, Lewis referred to the magician.

This is the mystic who certainly believes in the reality of the demonic world but sees a demon behind every bush sees Satan behind every event you become so fascinated with the the demonic world that his world revolves around conflict with them. It isn't uncommon to hear a mystical leader speaking along these lines of breaking territorial strongholds of binding demons of rebuking Satan. They have created a world of demonic encounters that is defined not by the Bible, but by encounters with demon even though we been told that demons are set about to deceive can we bind Satan and his fallen angels and if we can bind Satan.

How long will he be bound and if I bind a demon or Satan is bound in your life as well or just in mind and how long will that binding last are we to break strongholds of territorial demons are we to reclaim cities and territories and countries by simply praying.

To that end. Were we to go over there with the gospel of Christ. Let's go back to the Bible and over these next weeks builder understanding of the fallen Angel world by what Scripture actually says now let's begin by asking and answering the question of the materialist or the debate of the materials does Satan really exist. The answer is yes. In the Old Testament evidence alone is conclusive. Text such as Genesis 31 which tells us the serpent came to deceive Eve. Combining that with Ezekiel 2013 which informs us that Satan was in the garden of Eden, along with second Corinthians 11 three where Paul writes, I'm afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ in Job chapter 1 verse six we read there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord and Satan also came among them. The Lord said to Satan, from where do you come then Satan answered the Lord and said, from roaming about on the earth and walking around on it. Classic terminology for a person a personality in first Chronicles 21. The Bible says. Then Satan stood up against Israel and moved to David to number Israel again in Zechariah 31 we read that he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him.

The Lord said to Satan, the Lord rebuke you Satan.

Indeed, the Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you know Satan is a mayor force you would have to say that in this text, the Lord is a mayor force that Joshua really wasn't a person and Jerusalem is a make-believe city cannot say that all of those other things are literal and yet Satan or the reference to him is some sort of mystical force of evil, the evidence mounts dramatically in the New Testament. 19 New Testament books refer to Satan by at least one of his many names.

Jesus Christ referred to Satan at least 25 different time. Satan really exists well. Just who is Satan. Take your Bibles and turn to Ezekiel chapter 28. I want to point out for insights about the origin and nature of Satan. Ezekiel chapter 28 insight number one before we get into the text. Is this. If you're following notes. Satan was created along with the other angels. Now in this text, the Lord let Ezekiel to address a literal kingdom behind this king was satanic or demonic power.

In fact, so much of the speech here clearly reveals the attributes and characteristics of Satan himself. Look at verse 11. Again the word of the Lord came to me saying Son of Man take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, thus says the Lord God, you had the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty, you were in Eden, the garden of God. Every precious stone was your covering of the Ruby the topaz, the diamond barrel, the onyx the Jasper, though at this is Uli the turquoise and the emerald, and the goal.

The workmanship of your settings and sockets was in you on the day that you were created. They were prepared. This verse clearly teaches the origin of Satan. He was created along with the other angelic hosts sometime before creation and fell defecting from heaven sometime before the fall of man insight. Number two is this Satan was created a cherub cherub. By the way we hear the word cherub we think of fat little baby angels, a cherub is simply the singular Hebrew word for cherub beam which is the plural form of this angelic class of being a look at verse 14.

You were the anointed cherub who covers and I placed you there you were on the holy mountain of God.

You walked in the midst of the stones of fire. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, until unrighteousness was found in you. So from this we can concur that Satan was evidently created a member of this heavenly class of beings known as cherub beam. They were angels, so to speak that stood closest to the throne of God not to go back into the Old Testament and study the cherub beam you find some fascinating truths about Satan himself, when the Ark of the covenant was built to remember God prescribed that it would be constructed with two cherub beam on either side of the lid or the covering the mercy seat and it was between these two cherub beam that were pointed downward their wings touching in the middle that the glory of God resided cherub he were the ones chosen to guard the garden of Eden when Adam and Eve were sent out. Each cherub was holding a flaming Lord when Solomon built his temple.

The workers at God's prescription carved the design of cherub beam into walls and doors and build huge replicas of these angelic beings. It must've been an amazing stunning site. These cherubs were the beings created with four wing and for faces that formed a square one face facing north Southeast and West, and their faces and the way they were created, allowed them to fly in any direction without ever turning as they sped through the heaven one face Ezekiel tells us was the face of a man, the other the face of a lion. The face of an ox face of an eagle. We know from other passages that angelic beings at least the higher order of them, especially those sent by God to perform certain acts upon earth were able to change their form and their appearance and saw angels as simply men. Others solve flaming white creatures that sparkled like lightning.

Matthew chapter 28 now there are many things obviously about the cherub beam and the Seraphim and the angelic host that we cannot comprehend were told that we cannot understand what the Bible says that Satan was a fallen cherub, a member of that class.

Evidently capable of changing his appearance yet created with four wings and for faces a creature of incredible brilliance, capable of masquerading we know in one form that is the angel of what angel of light is more here Satan third wasn't just any cherub.

He was the highest ranking cherub in heaven over 16 tells us by the abundance of your trade. You were internally filled with violence. That is, in effect, by the success of your your role and your closeness to the throne you were filled with envy and pride and violence and notice this and you soon angels choose to obey or send just as Adam and Eve were confirmed in their sinful nature.

After falling in the garden so the Angels after they chose confirmed that either holiness or unholiness and we don't have any record where they are going back and forth between good angel and fallen Angel from fallen Angel to good angel. It seems that they were confirmed in either state once they chose in here were told that Satan sinned. Therefore, God says further in verse 16 I have cast you as profane from the mountain of God, and I have destroyed you owe covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Another word anointed over in verse 14, you can draw a circle around then draw a line to the description in verse 16 covering cherub, those phrases indicate that before Lucifer fell.

He was the highest stationed cherub of God. Back in verses 12 and 13 remember were told that he had the seal of perfection. He was full of wisdom.

He was perfect in in beauty he occupied, as it were the closest proximity to the throne of God filled his heart with pride he was and still is the leader in Matthew chapter 25 we actually read in verse 14 of the demons being called Satan demon is that they belong to him so he was the highest ranking cherub one more thing that comes from this he lost his position by sinning against God through pride and envy the people say why would God create Satan if he knew Satan would become an evil enemy for that matter. Why would God create Judas or allow them to be born knowing that Satan would inhabit him and try to save your God creates them for the same reason that he allows everybody in this room to be born into the world, whether they reject him or love him. He gives mankind as he gave in time past to the Angels what we call self-determination is the ability to choose to sin. Satan shows to rebel, and we will choose to either submit to God or rebel against God if I sin tomorrow. I cannot say the devil made me I have self-determination and a loving God has created us with the ability to worship him and to choose as we did a moment ago to sing with hearts filled with praise. Verse 17 tells us that God did not create robotic angels. That would, by the way have been unloving informs us, your heart was filled or lifted up because of your beauty you corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor, I cast you to the ground.

I put you before kings, that they may see you. So this high, incredibly brilliant and beautiful magnificent startling cherub chose to lead the defection were told in Scripture that one third of the angels follow is a living person created with three ingredients of personality one. He was created with intellect. Ezekiel is Artie told us of his incredible wisdom.

Second Corinthians 11 three reminds us that Satan was able to intellectually leave, he was able to lower her with incredible intellect and it says in that text Eve by Satan's craftiness was deceived. Paul also warns the believers not to have their minds and that text led astray.

The mind led astray and by the way the battleground is the battleground of the mind as a man thinks in his heart so is he. The battleground will be and whether or not you with your will, your intellect, and of course your emotion submit to God. Secondly, Satan was also created with a motion first Peter 5/8 is be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary the devil prowls around a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour door devour their means to discredit to destroy document a believer.

He seeks to discredit those who are entrusted with the reputation of God.

Matthew 1618, Jesus Christ, that I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against the gates is a euphemism for the leadership of that organized evil kingdom. Satan third was created with a will is a 14 says, how have you fallen from heaven of Star of the morning sun of the Dawn you have been cut down to the earth, you who have weakened the nations. What you said in your heart, I will ascend to heaven, I will raise my throne above the stars of God. I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the North. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will make myself like the most high.

Nevertheless, you will be thrust down the shield to the recesses of the pit. I will I will I will I will I will this cherub said what are the names of Satan. There are at least 21 that we spend this morning going through $0.21 and I thought it was interesting that I have found 21 names of Satan. Let me give you as I have organize these names.

Three categories. First of all, there are names depicting Satan's position number one.

The anointed cherub is in Ezekiel 28, number two, the prince of this world and John 1231 and chapter 16 verse 11. By the way, the word world is the Greek word cosmos.

It can be translated organized system. He is the prince of this earthly organized kingdom is he he attempts to be like God, he tried to take that kingdom and he couldn't so he now seeks to make this his kingdom. Those who follow him and do his bidding his subjects.

He is the Princeton over the wall and cosmos is also called the prince of the power of the air in Ephesians 22 you could render this. He is the ruler of the Empire of the atmosphere. Interesting thought.

It simply a phrase that conveys his leadership over not only fallen men but the fallen angels who inhabit the world around us.

He's called the God of this world that this is a different word for world. It is in Cosmas since I own the emphasis is not here on a system and organize kingdom ion has to do with philosophy or a way of thinking.

He is the God of this philosophy. He is the ruler of fallen speculations.

We have a phrase in the Bible talks about the demon or the doctrines of demons. This is his theology as it worth it is counterfeit.

It is deceptive.

It is the religions of the world. He is the God of this fallen philosophy, the world may think that they are worshiping Buddha or Allah or the Jesus of Mormonism or the Christian of the bug Vanita. They think that but they are deceived they are in fact following the God of this fallen philosophy simply repackages his lies in a myriad of form deceives the world, is called the ruler of demons.

Luke 1115 and Matthew 12 is called be eligible simply means the Lord of the flies term of leadership. Overall this corrupt indicating word finds its origin in Canaanite idolatry infected comes from the root bail. Remember bail was the chief god of the Canaanite. You can only imagine then ladies and gentlemen the blasphemy of those who attributed the power of Christ to bail. These are names that speak of Satan's position. Secondly, there is another category. There are names describing Satan's disposition. Lucifer is a 14 this was his original name refers to his aura of splendid light is beauty.

The name Satan course which means adversary or opposer the name devil commonly used by Jesus Christ, and that means slanderer or accuser or the devil. By the way, accuses the believer before God. Job teaches us, and he accuses God before you, the believer another lesser-known title is the red Dragon and Revelation 12 determined that reveals his disposition for bloodshed and violence is pension for war.

His pension for killing is known as the evil one in first John 213 another name is a poly or Abaddon poly on is the Greek Abaddon is the Hebrew same thing.

A reference to Satan's relationship over the dead were over the graves.

These are the names to describe Satan's disposition.

Thirdly, then there are names describing Satan's imposition. Webster defines one who opposes what another is one who deceives or takes advantage. There are many names of Satan which described his imposition. His deceiving methods is destructive ways is called first attempt or in first Thessalonians 350 by the way, lest everyone blame him. I was given this question and I appreciate any questions you may have.

I was given this one asking if he is on my present the Bible makes it clear that he is not only God is the Bible tells us that Satan went in and out of the presence of God in Job one.

The Bible encourages the Christian to resist the devil to draw near to God and Satan will what flee from you or from your presence.

In other words, you can't be temping one person in California and attempting another at the same time, North Carolina. From the looks of it, he spends a lot of time in DC all the more reason to pray. By the way, he will be there. He will be wherever he can influence the most. Then we talk about Hitler bombing Great Britain Hitler was never in a plane and never push the button and drop any bombs but we talk about him because he was behind it. So we talk about Fekete Hitler bombing Great Britain, so also I think in one sense, it would be correct. When we say Satan did this or Satan did that because he is indeed the power or the strategy behind all the demonic activity. Another he is specifically called the accuser and Revelation 1210 is called the deceiver, and Revelation 12 nine. Another name for Satan is the enemy we call the enemy. Matthew 1339 and John 844 is called the father of lies. That is the originator of lies. God is the originator of truth. Satan is the originator of the lie is also called in the same verse or murderer. Another term, the powerful combination of titles he he lies to people and they are deceived and then they die and are forever judged. He is called the adversary. First Peter 58.

He is called in Revelation 12, nine, that old serpent. Now I think God is a sense of humor. I really do and I think that's a wonderful phrase because in the very first book of the Bible we are introduced to him as the serpent now in the last book of the Bible. He's referred to as the old serpent, finally, is called the angel of light limit close our session with five things to remember the power of Satan is delegated the influence of Satan is limited.

The success of Satan is permitted the judgment of Satan is already determined the destruction of his kingdom is guaranteed now. Make no mistake, while Satan's power and influence and success are avoidable and can be alluded by the obedient believer while his judgment and his destruction is guaranteed and already determine he is at this moment influencing the world.

The world system, the world's philosophies and what he wants to do is influence us to not give God the glory and not worship him. But look to ourselves. He is so delighted when we cease giving the Lord our submission and are glory may review one more parable, Satan called a worldwide convention in his opening address to his evil Angel. He said this and we can keep the Christians from going to church. We can keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth.

We can even keep the Christians from forming intimate abiding relationships with Christ. Once they gain disconnection with Christ our power over them is broken. So let them go to their churches let them have their lifestyles that are conservative, but let's steal their time so they can't gain that close relationship with Christ. This is what I Satan want you to do distract them from maintaining closeness with Christ. How shall we do this shouted his fallen angels. He replied keep them busy and the nonessentials of life and vends innumerable schemes do occupy their minds. Tempt them to spend spend spend and borrow, borrow, borrow, persuade the wives to go to work long hours and the husband is the work 6 to 7 days each week 10 to 12 hours a day so they can afford their empty lifestyles keep them from spending time with her children and other family fragments soon. Their home will offer no escape from the pressures of life over stimulate their minds so they cannot hear that still small voice.

Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive to keep the TV, VCR, CDs and or PCs going constantly in her home and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays nonbiblical music constantly. This will jam their minds and break sweet fellowship with Christ. Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers found their minds with the news 24 hours a day invade their driving moments with billboards flood their mailboxes with junk mail mail order catalogs, sweepstakes, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products, services and falsehoods keep the models on the magazines of the husband will believe that external beauty is what's important. They will become dissatisfied with life that will fragment those families quickly, even in the recreation.

Let them be excessive. Have them returned from the recreation exhausted, disquieted and unprepared for the coming week and when they meet for spiritual fellowship involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences and unsettled emotions. Let them be involved in winning souls, but crown their lives.

With so many good causes. They have no time to seek after the Lord.

This will work the fallen angels cry was quite a convention.

The evil angels when eagerly to their assignments, causing Christians everywhere to get more busy and more rushed going here and there ladies and gentlemen, the enemy cannot destroy the believer, but he can distractible this week. Be on guard. I hope that Stephen's lesson today helps clarify who Satan is and what he can do. I also hope you remember the challenge to not allow the enemy of your soul to distract you from what God wants you doing today's lesson is called the fallen cherub.

It comes from the series entitled angels, demons and other flying creatures. If you'd like to get a copy of the study guide for this series, please give us a call today at 86 648 Bible we have the study guide available this month is our featured resource. We'd like to give you information on how you can get a copy once again that number is 866-482-4253 when we come back tomorrow.

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