Chapter VIII - Satanel: Tempter of Christ

Chapter VIII - Satanel: Tempter of Christ
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    In this chapter I’d like to examine the so-called “temptation of Christ” in scrutinizing detail. The account is listed in three of the four Gospels with Mark’s account being the shortest; “Immediately the [Holy] Spirit [from within] drove Him out into the wilderness (desert), And He stayed in the wilderness (desert) forty days, being tempted [all the while] by Satan; and He was with the wild beasts, and the angels ministered to Him [continually] (Mark 1:12-13 amp).” These passages are essential to understand because they shed more light on Satan as a deity and prove his age-old tactics of “adding to or taking away” from the Word of Yahweh. By covering these two remaining accounts we shatter any possibility of Satanel being a myth because God cannot be tempted with evil (James 1:13) and as Jesus Christ “God was manifest in the flesh (I Timothy 3:16).”

Temptation I: Stone Loaves

    “Then Jesus was led (guided) by the [Holy] Spirit into the wilderness (desert) to be tempted (tested and tried) by the devil. And He went without food for forty days and forty nights, and later He was hungry. And the tempter came and said to Him, If You are God's Son, command these stones to be made [loaves of] bread. But He replied, It has been written, Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:1-4 amp).”

    “Then Jesus, full of and controlled by the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led in [by] the [Holy] Spirit For (during) forty days in the wilderness (desert), where He was tempted (tried, tested exceedingly) by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days, and when they were completed, He was hungry. Then the devil said to Him, If You are the Son of God, order this stone to turn into a loaf [of bread]. And Jesus replied to him, It is written, Man shall not live and be sustained by (on) bread alone but by every word and expression of God (Luke 4:1-4 amp).”

    The Holy Spirit led Jesus out of the river Jordan because it is a direct gift of water baptism and He was our perfect example. Peter says; “Repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it) and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of and release from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38 amp).” Jesus goes to a barren and desolate place to fast for forty days, which is a period that denotes trial. After His long fast and at what Satanel feels is His weakest point he starts his temptations by appealing to Jesus’ flesh and requiring a sign (Matthew 16:4). Jesus refuses both (I Corinthians 10:21) by quoting Deuteronomy 8:3 (amp); “He humbled you and allowed you to hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you recognize and personally know that man does not live by bread only, but man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.” “Man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord” is a teaching that is extremely important in today’s apostasy. The hunger in the end times is for the Word of God not physical food and Jesus told Peter to feed His sheep if he loved Him.

Temptation II: Bruised Heels

    “Then the devil took Him into the holy city and placed Him on a turret (pinnacle, gable) of the temple sanctuary. And he said to Him, If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, He will give His angels charge over you, and they will bear you up on their hands, lest you strike your foot against a stone. Jesus said to him, On the other hand, it is written also, You shall not tempt, test thoroughly, or try exceedingly the Lord your God (Matthew 4:5-7 amp).”

    Then he took Him to Jerusalem and set Him on a gable of the temple, and said to Him, If You are the Son of God, cast Yourself down from here; For it is written, He will give His angels charge over you to guard and watch over you closely and carefully; And on their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. And Jesus replied to him, [The Scripture] says, You shall not tempt (try, test exceedingly) the Lord your God. And when the devil had ended every [the complete cycle of] temptation, he [temporarily] left Him [that is, stood off from Him] until another more opportune and favorable time (Luke 4:9-13 amp).”

    Satan attempts to twist the ancient curse placed upon him in the garden by Yahweh. For example, the exclusive term “her seed” appears only once in scripture and is found in Genesis 3:15; “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” This foreshadowing of the coming virgin-born redeemer is essentially a deathblow for Satanel and his bastard seed. The prophecy Lucifer is attempting to twist is actually “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone” (Psalm 91:11-12). Directly after the authentic Rock (I Corinthians 10:4) is tempted by the artificial stone “angels came and ministered unto him” (Matthew 4:11) and angelic beings upholding Jesus was also apparent before and after after the crucifixion (Luke 22:43 & Matthew 28:5-6 respectably.)

Temptation III: Worldly Power

    “Then the devil took Him up to a high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the habitable world in a moment of time [in the twinkling of an eye]. And he said to Him, To You I will give all this power and authority and their glory (all their magnificence, excellence, preeminence, dignity, and grace), for it has been turned over to me, and I give it to whomever I will. Therefore if You will do homage to and worship me [just once], it shall all be Yours. And Jesus replied to him, Get behind Me, Satan! It is written, You shall do homage to and worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve (Luke 4:5-8 amp).”

    “Again, the devil took Him up on a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory (the splendor, magnificence, preeminence, and excellence) of them. And he said to Him, These things, all taken together, I will give You, if You will prostrate Yourself before me and do homage and worship me. Then Jesus said to him, Begone, Satan! For it has been written, You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him alone shall you serve. Then the devil departed from Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him (Matthew 4:8-11 amp).”

    Satan is considered to be “the prince of this world (John 12:31, 14:30 and 16:11)” and all worldly influence and dominion belongs to him. He is the supreme ruler of this world’s darkness; “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:11-12).”

    Truth be told - Lucifer is not "tempting" to Yahweh's children in any way.

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