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What is the name of the devil / satan?

For many years the existence of troops like the Green Berets, Army Rangers, Delta Force, and other special forces was so secretive that almost no one had ever even heard of them.

Once their existence did begin to become known, even civilians, with no military attachment whatsoever, felt as though they really shouldn’t be talking about them.

The same is true for various spy planes that continuously fly all over the earth. The stealth existence of all of these assets added to their effectiveness.

The stealth satan
One of the satan’s most effective weapons has been to convince people that he doesn’t even exist. Despite the clear teaching from the Word of God, there are many people who believe that neither hell nor the satan exists: But he does. In this way, he has been able to inflict more pain and death without it being attributed to him.

Not only have many people been taught that the satan doesn’t exist, but they have even been taught that Yahweh, the God of love and life, is the one responsible for all of the hate, disease, and death in the world.

For the satan, it can’t get much better than that: Reak havoc in the lives of people and then orchestrate it to be blamed on God. It’s a great strategy.

The satan is a very real entity
The Bible tells us that the satan is a very real entity. He is a “personality” as are the demons who serve him. He fights, thinks, plans, strategizes, hurts, torments, plagues, tortures, murders, and otherwise executes as much evil as he possibly can in every way he can, on every person and thing that he can.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:
1 Peter 5:8

“The” satan
I am sometimes asked why I refer to him as “the” satan rather than just “satan”. The reason for that is because, in the Bible, the word “satan” is translated from a Hebrew word meaning “adversary”, and it is translated from a word that means “accuser” in the “New Testament” (Renewed Covenant).

So to say “satan afflicted someone”, would be like saying “adversary / accuser” afflicted someone”. It is obviously grammatically incorrect.

Along with that, for whatever reason, the word “satan” has morphed from being a synonym for the words adversary and accuser to being a “name”. Translators, authors, and others utilize the descriptor of “satan” as a “name”.

“satan” is not a name or title and should not be capitalized
Capitalization is reserved for a proper name or title; the word “satan” is neither. Capitalization is also an expression of respect. That is why you see “The Lord” capitalized in the Bible in reference to the Most High God, Yahweh.

Why would you want to show the satan the same respect that you give “The Lord”? You shouldn’t.

The satan deserves absolutely NO respect as you would give a decent person or even an animal.

The “satan” is neither a name nor a title: Rather it is simply a descriptor or identifier. Just as you would not say “Curtain swung in the breeze” neither should you say “satan will burn in hell”.

Better sentence structure would be “The curtain swung in the breeze” and “The satan will burn in hell”: And by the way, that day will not come soon enough for me. I look forward to the day that the satan receives his eternally long sentence of burning in hell.

The adversary that is unworthy of a proper name
As far as I know, the satan does not have a name. As far as I am concerned, he does not deserve a name as it would help to distinguish him. He certainly does have an “identity”. He certainly does exist, but I would rather not flatter or honor him by acknowledging him with a specific name.

He was called Lucifer: But that was before he rebelled against God and was subsequently kicked out of Heaven. That was a prideful, stupid thing to do.

In the Bible, he is referenced in various ways such as baal, abaddon (which means destruction), and other assorted ways, but I consider these words to be descriptors rather than “names”. I prefer to not dignify his existence by attributing a specific name to him.

An exception to this rule that I have made for myself may be how he is referred to in Mt. 12:24: “beelzebub“, Strongs #G954, which means “dung god”. If there is a good name for him, that might be it.

The satan deserves no honor
The satan is vile and deserves no more respect other than that which you would give the most ruthless, vile, appalling, contemptible foe you can imagine encountering. In fact, few can even imagine how ruthless, vile, appalling, and contemptible he is.

The good news is that Yeshua has given every Child of God power and authority over the works of the devil.

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Luke 10:19

A fight to the finish
The only respect I give to the devil is to his power. I respect him as I would if I were a professional heavyweight boxer stepping into the ring with another professional heavyweight boxer.

Just as stepping into the ring requires knowledge and training, so does learning to combat the satan. The difference is there is no referee and it is a fight to the finish with no holds barred.

Until you learn how to put him down, beelzebub and his minions will likely persist in pursuing you; he is often relentless until he finally accepts the fact that you know how to defend yourself against him.

Lest the satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
2 Corinthians 2:11

Without proper training, attempting to take dominion over the devil would be like an average person stepping into the ring with a heavyweight professional boxer: It doesn’t go to well. In fact, it can be deadly.

The satan is no match for the King of Kings
The satan is powerful. However, He is not to be compared to Yeshua.

The devil is in no way equal to Yeshua. Jesus has been given all authority in Heaven and earth and He is far, far, more powerful than the satan: And if Yeshua is living in you, that means that you have been given the power and authority to overcome this most vial enemy of your spirit, soul, and body.

The spiritual forces of evil that are being released into the world today are beyond human comprehension. I can’t encourage you enough to become equipped to overcome them in Yeshua’s name.

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