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23 MAY 2017


Chapter 2

Why a Devil?

BIBLE DICTIONARY The English word devil in the KJV is used to represent several different words in Greek, i.e., slanderer, demon, and adversary, and Hebrew, i.e., spoiler.

Again, let us reference the same scripture as in Chapter 1.

Moses 4: 1-4

  1 And I, the Lord God, spake unto Moses, saying: That Satan, whom thou hast commanded in the name of mine Only Begotten, is the same which was from the beginning, and he came before me, saying—Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely I will do it; wherefore give me thine honor. style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">

  2 But, behold, my Beloved Son, which was my Beloved and Chosen from the beginning, said unto me—Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever.

  3 Wherefore, because that Satan rebelled against me, and sought to destroy the agency of man, which I, the Lord God, had given him, and also, that I should give unto him mine own power; by the power of mine Only Begotten, I caused that he should be cast down;

 4 And he became Satan, yea, even the devil, the father of all lies, to deceive and to blind men, and to lead them captive at his will, even as many as would not harken unto my voice.

The first thing we observe in this scripture is that Satan was ‘from the beginning’. He is literally a spirit son of God and was at one time an angel in authority in the presence of God (Isa. 14: 12; 2 Ne. 2: 17).

This angel in authority, this individual we call ‘Satan’, attempted to do several things. First, he wanted to replace Jesus Christ as the Savior of mankind for in verse one he states, “I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind”. Second, he wanted to destroy mankind’s agency as referenced in verse three. And third, he wanted to be elevated above our Heavenly Father and take the place of God by getting His honor (verses one and three).

Satan rebelled in the premortal life and persuaded a third part of the spirit children of the Father to rebel with him (D&C 29: 36; Moses 4: 1-4; Abr. 3: 27-28). They were cast out of heaven, were denied the opportunity of obtaining mortal bodies and experiencing mortal life. Since the time the devil was cast out of heaven, he has sought constantly to slander or spoil all the work of God (Rev. 12: 9; 2 Ne. 2: 27; 9: 8-9).

We must understand this great battle of the preexistence called “The Counsel in Heaven” or “War in Heaven”. We are taught that we participated in that counsel. Those who followed God kept their first estate, came to earth, and received bodies (Abr. 3: 26). Since our mortality means that we kept our first estate, we know that we chose the counsel of God and Jesus Christ. This means conversely that we are not a part of that third of God’s children which Satan convinced to follow him. In other words, Satan did not in that "Counsel of Heaven" convince us to follow him.

The second part of that ‘Great Counsel’ is the consequences of that war of words. Our consequence is positive. We received bodies. We have families. We have agency. We have opportunity. You see, God knew, that to become like unto Him we must have Agency.

Satan’s consequences and those who were with him were quite different. They were cast out of heaven. They were denied mortal bodies. They were denied families. They were denied the opportunity of receiving honor and glory. They will be eternally damned. They are indeed in a miserably situation.

Satan is furiously angry at our Heavenly Father for these consequences. He is angry at us... because we stood against him in that great counsel. Satan is angry and vindictive that he cannot have a physical body with its accompanying glory. Actually Satan is more than angry or vindictive, he is insanely mad. MAD! MAD! MAD!

With this insaneness, Satan is a demon out to spoil. Satan desires to have all in pain. He desires us to be miserable. He is out to deprive us of our opportunity. Satan is out to hurt you and me. Satan is out to injure God. He desires us to become eternally damned like he is.

My Conclusion:
This individual who became a Satan, wanted glory, power and dominion over God and all His children. He wanted to be the supreme ruler. Because Satan cannot have God’s glory (honor), power and dominion over God and God’s children, he is insanely mad. This thoughts are basically, "If I can't have it, no one can!" Because he was thrust down from heaven and is eternally damned, he desires all associated individuals to be miserable and in pain. He is out to hurt. Satan rebelled and now is attempting to mutiny God’s plan by influencing you to also mutiny. Satan is not your friend.