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SATAN’S EFFECTUAL WORK
Let us now consider Satan’s purpose in the works of God. Yes, Satan does indeed have a purpose in Yahweh God’s design, for as we have already seen in Job, he is sent by Him. Isaiah 45:6-7 clearly states, “I am Yahweh, and there is no other, the One forming light and creating darkness, causing well-being and creating evil; I am Yahweh who does all these.” And as you will see, there are many purposes in Satan’s work, and we will begin with the matter at hand.
Regarding Paul, we see that Yahweh God gave him over to Satan to torment him so as to keep him from exalting himself. What was His purpose in turning Job over to Satan? He proved Job, for Yahweh said that he was blameless, upright, feared Him, and turned away from evil. And in the end, as with Paul, Satan’s work humbled him: “Therefore I retract, and I repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:6). And what about the church? What is Satan’s purpose in them? This is of course a most relevant and important question.
First, in The Issue, page 3, we note that what Satan did to Christ at the hands of the Romans, so he does to the Body of Christ. Christ was blindfolded so that He could not see, so Satan blinds the Body of Christ so they do not see. Thorns were placed upon His head, so the cares of this world are placed upon the head of Christians. He was beat beyond recognition (Isaiah 52:14), so the Body of Christ does not look like the free and victorious Christ. They balded His cheeks (in other words they shaved off His beard, Isaiah 50:6), so the church has lost its masculine identity and is feminized. And the list goes on as to how Satan has afflicted, altered, and corrupted the Body of Christ. All of this was done so that the Body would stand in the place of the Crucified Christ. And of course for 2,000 years they have gone to death.
Adding to this, there is yet another testimony we see regarding the angel Satan and the church, and that is in the wilderness wanderings of the sons of Israel. What do we find there regarding Satan’s purpose? In Exodus 33:2-3, we find that because of the continual failures of the Israelites, Yahweh declared that He would not go with them into the Promised Land, but would send an angel to go with them: “I will send an angel before [or in the presence of] you and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite. Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, because you are an obstinate people, and I might destroy you on the way.”
We find that this forty-year wilderness journey was in fact a type of the period of Christianity. There are many evidences of this, some of which can be seen by reading here. And, this is confirmed by the equally attesting like account of Yahshua’s own forty days and forty nights in the wilderness, where He was tempted by the angel Satan. To read more about this clear testimony, click here.
Now, you will recall that Yahweh said He would send an angel with them into the wilderness. Undoubtedly, this was one that would deliver them. However, this was not the case with Christianity’s wilderness. Instead, the angel they received was the angel Satan. And, this is testified to in what is written about the Israelite’s wilderness. In Deuteronomy 8:2 and 15, we read:
“You shall remember all the way which Yahweh your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. . . . He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; He brought water for you out of the rock of flint.”
There is a great deal of similarity between this account and that of Paul’s account regarding the thorn in the flesh. It is quite interesting that the Greek word for the “thorn” that was in Paul’s flesh, “skolops,” literally means “pointed.” And similarly, in the wilderness there were scorpions with their pointed stingers. And of course while Paul spoke of the angel Satan, the wilderness had its same type—the fiery serpents!
Whether it be the angel Satan tormenting Paul, or the testimony of Satan in the fiery serpents in the wilderness, or Yahshua in the like wilderness being tempted by Satan, or even Satan being sent to afflict and test Job in his own wilderness experience, we see in each the evidence that the angel Satan has been sent into the church to effect these like purposes. And one of the most revealing testimonies is that stated in Deuteronomy 8: “that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.” How well has the church done in this test? They have failed horribly!
Let us now look at another purpose in Satan’s role in the church. In fact, this is so significant and impacting that it will be covered in its own section. This is the role of Satan as the covering or head of the church for 2,000 years.
Continue to page 3 of The Messenger for SATAN—THE COVERING, THE HEAD