Satan's Big Secret
Satan does not want you to read the following text and definitely doesn't want you to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savour.
Many have asked the question..."If Satan will be destroyed in the end because he has been defeated by Christ on the cross, why does he still fight against God?"
The following text will expose his selfish, and at your expense, reason why...
For the sake of simplicity and ease of reading, I am breaking this topic up into two sections.
In Section 1, I will explain the importance of and reason for the Sanctuary and the Day of Atonement... Section 1 is the foundation for Section 2.
In Section 2, I will build upon your understanding of the Day of Atonement and reveal what Satan does not want you to know. It is important that you understand Section 1, so you can see that this is Bible Truth and not just my opinion or religious myth.
As a point of interest, this topic is something that most Christians do not know and will come as a surprise to many. As you will see, everything in this topic is plain and simple to understand and most importantly, is grounded in Biblical Fact and Scriptural Context.
As an Advisory Note: This topic is not for beginner Christians. This is considered an advanced topic and would not be considered Milk from the Word for new Christians. So please keep this in mind.
In order for you to understand what is about to be said we need to set, as our foundation, the understanding of God's Sanctuary. We first start with the story of when Moses met with God on Mt. Sinai. If you remember from your Bible school classes, Moses was out tending sheep in the field when he noticed a burning bush that was not being consumed by the fire within it...
(Exodus 3:2) And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
(Exodus 3:3) And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
We find, from the story of the burning bush, that God instructed Moses to lead God's captive people, Israel, out of bondage from the land of Egypt. Moses met with the Pharaoh over several encounters until the Pharaoh finally relented to God's pressure and let the people of Israel go. It was after the release of God's people that Moses started his trek to the Promised Land. (Read Exodus 3 - 25 for full story)
In Exodus 25, God instructed Moses to receive an offering from the children of Israel and this offering was to be used to construct a Temple and Holy Sanctuary so God could live amongst His people. This Sanctuary had specific instructions of how it was to be built and was to reflect exactly the pattern of things in Heaven which was in the presence of God.
(Exodus 25:8) And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.
(Exodus 25:9) According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it..
In the Sanctuary Moses was instructed to build specific furniture for God's temple. In the Courtyard, Moses was instructed to build an Alter, where all burnt offerings were sacrificed to the LORD. The Laver was to be located between the alter and the entrance to the Sanctuary and was used by the priests to wash their hands and their feet in it before entering the Holy Place.
Moses was also instructed to build The Arc of the Covenant which was one piece of furniture comprising two parts: the Ark of the Covenant and the atonement cover (or “mercy seat”) on top of it. The ark was a chest made of acacia wood, overlaid with pure gold inside and out. It was 3 feet, 9 inches long and 2 feet, 3 inches wide and high. God commanded Moses to put in the ark three items: a golden pot of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the two stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments were written.
Moses also was instructed to build a Table of Shewbread which the priests used to hold baked bread which was baked using fine flour and placed on the table before the Lord for a week; every Sabbath day the priests would remove it and eat it in the Holy Place, then put fresh bread on the table. Only priests could eat the bread, and it could only be eaten in the Holy Place, because it was holy.
Moses also built a Seven-Branch Candlestick which was the only source of light in the Holy Place. The light shone upon the table of showbread and the altar of incense, enabling the priests to fellowship with God and intercede on behalf of God’s people. God commanded the priests to burn incense on the Alter of Incense every morning and evening, the same time that the daily burnt offerings were made. The incense was to be left burning continually throughout the day and night as a pleasing aroma to the Lord.
The Tabernacle was to have two rooms, The Holy Place and The Most Holy Place. In the Holy Place he was instructed to place the Table of Shewbread, Seven-Branch candlestick, and the Alter of Incense.
In the Most Holy Place the Ark of the Covenant was to be kept. (Exodus 25:10-22) This was the only article of furniture that was allowed in this most holy area. It should be noted here, between the two Angels on the Arc of the Covenant, was the Mercy Seat. This represented God's Throne in Heaven and where God dwelt. (Exodus 25:17-22)
The Purpose of the Sanctuary
Moving forward in time, we come to the purpose of the Sanctuary. The Sanctuary was a foreshadow of God's plan of Salvation and was a foreshadow of the coming Messiah, Jesus, who would shed His blood to save Mankind from their sins. So to understand salvation we need to understand the connection of the shedding of blood, with the importance of the Sanctuary.
(Hebrews 9:22) And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
(Matthew 26:28) For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
... and the reason why a blood sacrifice was required was because...
(Leviticus 17:11) For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
The Ceremonial Process and the Significance of the Sanctuary Service
Note: Now I know the following paragraphs may sound a little alarming and gruesome, but please read on.
So what was the significance of this ceremonial act of forgiveness of one's sin? After one sinned, God required the sinner to bring an animal to the Sanctuary to be sacrificed. The sinner was responsible for providing the animal sacrifice which had to be free of any defects.
The sinner had to place their hands on the head of the animal and confess their sins. They then had to kill the animal and capture its blood in a basin. After this sacrificial act, the sinner was considered innocent because the slain animal was now symbolically guilty of the sins of the sinner and it had paid the wages of sin... Death. This sacrificial ceremony and sacrificed animal represented a foreshadow of Christ.
This horrific act indelibly impressed upon the sinner the reality that the consequences of sin was death. The innocent sacrificed animal represented a substituted savior for the sins they had committed. Without this substitute "Savior", no one had any hope of salvation.
(Leviticus 1:4) And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him.
(Leviticus 1:5) And he shall kill the bullock before the LORD: and the priests, Aaron's sons, shall bring the blood, and sprinkle the blood round about upon the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
When a sacrifice was offered for the sins of all the people, the blood was taken by the priest, who represented Jesus, into the Sanctuary and the blood was sprinkled before the veil which separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place where God dwelt. The sins of the people were removed from them and symbolically transferred to the Sanctuary.
Remember, Jesus represents both our High Priest and our Spotless Sacrificial Lamb for the atonement for our sins. The Sanctuary services in reality show the movement of Christ through the Sanctuary revealing God's plan of redemption and salvation for mankind.
If one committed sin and did not bring an animal to the temple for sacrifice and repent of their sins, that individual's sins were unforgiven and they were responsible for their sins. This meant that there was no hope of salvation for that person and the full consequence for their sin was upon their shoulders. These individuals were ostracized and removed from the community. Remember, all this was a precursor to what Jesus was going to do for His creation. He was going to come to be the sacrifice for our Sins. (1 Corinthians 15:3) All we need do is confess our sins to Him and He is faithful and just to forgive our sins.
(1John 1:9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
((1John 1:9) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(Hebrews 9:21) Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.
(Hebrews 9:22) And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
(Hebrews 9:23) It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
The Day of Atonement and It's Significance
Now, once a year, on the what was called The Day of Atonement, an important cleansing ceremony and day of judgment took place in Israel. Since all the confessed sins of the people were symbolically placed into the Sanctuary over the course of the year, a special ceremony was conducted. This ceremony was to cleanse the Sanctuary of all the shed blood of the sacrificed animals, i.e. doves, oxen, goats, lambs and to ceremonially rid the Sanctuary of the confessed sins of the people.
(Leviticus 23:27) Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
On this special day, two goats were selected , one goat representing the Lord's goat and the other represented a Scapegoat. (Leviticus 16:8) On this day the Lord's goat was slain and the blood was offered for the sins of the people (Leviticus 16:9) which was then taken into the Most Holy Place and sprinkled upon and before the Mercy Seat. This was a corporate sacrifice for all the people, rather than an individual sacrificial offering. Only on the Day of Atonement was the priest allowed to enter into the Most Holy Place. Any other day was forbidden by God.
I became curious as to why two goats were used instead of a lamb and a goat for this ritual. They could have used a lamb to represent Jesus and a goat to represent Satan, but why two goats instead? I did some research and found the following which I thought was interesting and I decided to share this with those interested...
(Mathew Henry's Commentary)
Some think that goats were chosen for the sin-offering because, by the disagreeableness of their smell, the offensiveness of sin is represented: others think, because it was said that the demons which the heathens then worshipped often appeared to their worshippers in the form of goats, God therefore obliged his people to sacrifice goats, that they might never be tempted to sacrifice to goats.
(Strong's Hebrew and Greek Dictionary)
A masculine noun meaning a male goat, a buck. Occasionally, the word can be used figuratively to mean a hairy one. Under the Israelite sacrificial system, a male goat was an acceptable sin offering. This noun is used many times in conjunction with the sin offering, in which a male goat without any defects was offered by the priest to atone for the sins of himself and the people (Lev_9:15; 2Ch_29:23; Eze_43:25). On the negative side, the Israelites worshiped the goat as an idol in times of rebellion against God; the same noun is used in these references (Lev_17:7; 2Ch_11:15).
(Brown-Driver-Briggs' Hebrew Dictionary)
Goats BDB Definition
1) hairy (adjective)
2) he-goat, buck (noun masculine)
2a) as sacrificial animal
2b) satyr, may refer to a demon possessed goat like the swine of Gadara (Mat_8:30-32)
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: from H8175
--- A rpim root; to storm; by implication to shiver, that is, fear: - be (horribly) afraid, fear, hurl as a storm,
--- be tempestuous, come like (take away as with) a whirlwind.
Just a Friendly Pause...
If you're like me, I like to jump to the punch line... But if you've jumped to this section without reading Section 1 of this topic, please make sure you understand the purpose of the Day of Atonement.
Understanding Section 1 is crucial in order for you to fully grasp what is written in this section. If you do not understand the Sanctuary Ceremonies and the purpose of the Day of Atonement, then I strongly suggest you go back and read Section 1. If you don't, you may feel what is written here is of my own fabrication.
We now come to the very point of this whole topic. This is something Satan does not want you to know or understand. Satan wants Mankind to remain in Total ignorance of the following and is ferociously fighting anyone's acceptance of Jesus because of what is written in this section.
After the ceremonial slaying of the Lord's goat, its blood was offered for the sins of the people. It was at this point, that attention was shifted towards the Scapegoat. The priest would now lay his hands on the head of the Scapegoat, also known as Azazel, and would transfer ALL the CONFESSED SINS of the people to the Scapegoat. These were ALL the sins that had been symbolically stored in the Sanctuary for that whole year.
Then, this Scapegoat was led off to the wilderness and released. This goat was not slain, but rather released into the wilderness.
(Leviticus 16:21) And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as he had appointed, speaking unto Moses, that he should make it according to the fashion that he had seen.
(Leviticus 16:22) And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.
The wilderness here was a literal place but it also symbolically represented a place that was strong and hard, where life could not survive. It represented a place where the Scapegoat would suffer in an unforgiving environment where death was it's only reward.
So what is the significance of the Scapegoat? Obviously the Lord's goat represented the future Messiah, Jesus.. Here the Scapegoat signifies and represents, Satan. At the end of time, Satan will not only be responsible as the originator of SIN, but Satan will also be responsible and pay for the confessed sins of those who place their trust in Jesus Christ.
You see, the rules of the Sanctuary says if one didn't bring a sacrifice and repent of their sins, they were responsible for those sins and would be forever separated from the congregation. They would suffer separation and death themselves.
But those who repented and confessed their sins, they were accounted as innocent. Those confessed sins and the punishment for those sins, were stored in the Sanctuary until the yearly "Day of Atonement". It was during the Day of Atonement that those stored sins were placed on the Scapegoat, the symbol of the Originator of sin, Satan.
Satan will be responsible for and pay for those confessed sins and will receive punishment in the Lake of Fire for every confessed and forgiven sin. Satan will pay the ultimate penalty for sin, Death! He will be destroyed in the Lake of Fire, never to exist again. The length of his stay in the Lake of Fire is affected by those confessed sins.
(Romans 6:23) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Concept of the Wilderness, The Millennium and Satan Being Chained
This hints at what will happen to Satan during the 1000 years, the Millennium. Satan will be chained for 1000 years in the wilderness with nothing to do but to brood over the total failure of his self centered government and he will be forced to examine what he has done to the Human race. After this 1000 years is over, the second resurrection of the wicked will happen and the Great White Throne judgment will occur, after which Satan, his fallen Angels and the wicked will be devoured by fire that falls down from Heaven. This will create the Lake of Fire. Satan will pay for his sins and the confessed sins of those who accept Jesus.
The concept of Satan being "Chained" has been misunderstood. Satan will not be chained with actual chains, as some believe, but rather will be "Chained" by his circumstances. What are these circumstances you may ask?
After the Second Coming of Jesus, "All" the wicked who are alive during this time will be killed by the brightness of Jesus' coming. There will be no one alive on Earth accept Satan and his fallen angels after the Second Coming. The redeemed will be caught up in the air when Jesus comes so there will be no Humans on Earth for 1000 years.
Satan will have no one to deceive because "All" the wicked will be dead and the redeemed, both those alive and those who will resurrect when Jesus comes, will be with Jesus in heaven during the 1000 years or Millennium time period.
So the distillation of what I am saying here is this.. Satan Does Not Want You to Accept Jesus As Your Lord and Savior, BECAUSE... if YOU reject Jesus, YOU will be responsible for and pay for your own sins, NOT Satan.
Satan's ONLY selfish motivation is for you to have your place in the Lake of Fire to pay for your own sins rather than he paying for them himself because you've repented of your sins and have accepted Jesus.
Satan knows that for everyone who accepts Jesus, he will have to endure a longer period of time in the flames of Hell Fire. Satan wants you to be there with him, paying for your own sins, so he will not have to suffer any longer than he has to. Satan doesn't give, to put it bluntly, a damn about you. All Satan cares about is himself.
Wait a minute, when Jesus died on the cross, He paid the price for our sins. Since my sins are forgiven, aren't the sins also paid for by Jesus? Please continue to read on..
What is written in this topic may be difficult to understand since we have been raised to believe that because Jesus has atoned for our sins, our sins no longer exist. But scripture makes it clear that our forgiven sins do still exist and if we reject Christ after having a relationship with him, we are then responsible for our own sins since we have rejected the only atonement which God has made available.
(Ezekiel 18:24) "But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? All the righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; because of the unfaithfulness of which he is guilty and the sin which he has committed, because of them he shall die. NKJV
(Ezekiel 18:20) The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. -NKJV
(2 Corinthians 5:10) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. -NKJV
If we confess our sins to Jesus, aren't we forgiven for those sins because Christ died on the cross? The answer is yes, Jesus did pay for the sins of the whole world, but this forgiveness must be accepted individually. If our sins are forgiven, then what happens to those sins? Are they destroyed or do they still exist? Those forgiven sins still exist and I will show you where the Bible teaches where they are held. Let us allow scripture and reason to uncover understanding for this topic.
Two Important Questions:
Question 1: What happens if a person has been a Christian all of their life, but the last 10 years of their life, they choose to reject Jesus and return to sin? When they stand before God in the judgment, is that person only responsible for the last 10 years of sin or are they responsible for all the sins of their life?
Question 2: If that person is responsible for all the sins of their life, then where is the accounting of those prior sins held?
The Bible makes it clear that when we reject Christ after knowing him, then we are in a worse state than before we knew Christ.
(2 Peter 2:20) For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. NKJV
(2 Peter 2:21) For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. NKJV
This is a very important point to remember... When you repent and confess your sins to Jesus, you do not get to keep that forgiveness unless you remain in relationship with Christ 100% throughout your whole life.
The Unmerciful Debtor
Do you remember the story of the unmerciful debtor found in Matthew 18? In this parable a king forgave the debt of one of his servants who owed him much. This servant later found a fellow servant who owed him a small amount of money, but he had his fellow servant thrown into debtor prison because he could not repay his debt?
Remember what happened to the unmerciful debtor when the king found out that his servant had thrown his fellow servant into prison for non payment of a small debt? Read the following parable to find out...
(Matthew 18:23) Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
(Matthew 18:24) And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents.
(Matthew 18:25) But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made.
(Matthew 18:26) The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, 'Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.'
(Matthew 18:27) Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.
(Matthew 18:28) "But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe!'
(Matthew 18:29) So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.'
(Matthew 18:30) And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt.
(Matthew 18:31) So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done.
(Matthew 18:32) Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me.
(Matthew 18:33) Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?'
(Matthew 18:34) And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.' NKJV
As you can see, the king forgave his servant a large debt, but after the king had heard that his servant would not forgive the debt of a fellow servant, this angered the king and he reinstated the punishment which had been forgiven by the king and the servant was punished for ALL that he had been forgiven.
This parable is about forgiveness and forgiveness of others, but this also shows that forgiveness and release from penalty can be revoked.
It foreshadow of God's justice. It teaches that if we are forgiven a debt of sin and then return to sin or reject the forgiveness given, forgiveness is withdrawn, and we are responsible for the payment of all our transgressions.
Christ's work on the cross was complete for the forgiveness of sin, but it's what we do with that forgiveness which is on center stage here.
The answer to question number 1 is, that person will be responsible for all their life of sins, not just the last 10 years if they go back into sin. You're either covered by the blood of Jesus for your sins, or you will pay for your own sins yourself. The condition for forgiveness is a continued obedience and relationship with Jesus. It's not that Jesus pays for some of our sins and we pay for some, it's either all or nothing.
The Books of God
Since our sins can be reinstated if we reject Christ's provision after having had a relationship with Him, scripture teaches that there is a place where our sins are accounted for and stored. In scripture, this place of accounting is referred to as the Books of God. See scripture below. In these books, God keeps track of whether we are allowing Him to recreate our character into the likeness of Christ or choosing to bear the character of Satan.
These books contain the record of our lives, the record of our character. Our character is created by our choice to practice sin or by following Christ and allowing Him to change our character over the course of our life. This answers question number 2 as to where our sins are recorded and kept. They are kept in the Books of God which are in His Holy Temple, Sanctuary, in Heaven and reflect the character we are obtaining.
The information stored in these books is not just about the transgressions we've committed, but more importantly, the character we have developed. Have we allowed God to change our character? Sin causes self-indulgence or self-worship. God is asking us to care for others and live by the standard that Jesus lived by. Our character portrayed in the books will show who we have become. It's not about a list of does and don'ts, but rather, are we allowing God to conform us into the likeness of His son Jesus, so that we are fit to enter into His Kingdom.
Sins of Omission:
(James 4:17) Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. NKJV
Sins of Commission:
(1 John 3:4) Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. NKJV
(Daniel 7:10) A fiery stream issued And came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, And the books were opened. NKJV
(Revelation 20:12) And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. NKJV .
Sin no More
There is coming a time when God will eliminate sin, as well as, the records of all our individual transgressions. Our sins are forgiven when we ask Jesus for forgiveness, but the record of those sins will exist until God casts all sins into the depths of the sea and Earthly time is no more.
Remember, God wants to re-create us into the likeness of His son, Jesus. He wants to write upon our hearts, or mind, His character, which is Love.
(Revelation 22:4) They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. NKJV -- (Note: His Name is synonymous with His Character... God's name is His character.)
Did You Have a Choice to Live Under a Sinful State?
As you know, because we live under a fallen sinful state, we are all guilty of sin because we have sinned and are sinners. Because we are sinners we will pay for our own sins after the judgment, unless we trust in the finished work of Jesus. Sin and Death have legal ownership and rights to claim us because we have sinned. This may be unfair, but this is the case.
Did we have a choice to live under this penalty of sin? No we didn't, it was forced upon us by Satan. What do we call it when someone is forced into a sexual act?. it's call rape. In essence, Satan spiritually raped the human race through deception. Sorry for the graphic mental picture, but mankind did not have choice because of the deceptions of Satan. Adam and Eve were deceived by Satan. The virus of Sin was passed on to us by our original parents, Adam and Eve. We were infected by sin just as if we had been infected by a virus. We had no choice. Remember, sin doesn't just affect you, it also affects and touches others.
Did Jesus ever sin? No, Jesus never sinned. Does sin and Death have legal ownership or rights to claim that Jesus should die the Second Death? The answer is no. Sin, Death and the final judgment have no hold or legal rights to destroy Jesus in Hell Fire. Because Jesus was sinless, Satan has no legal right to claim that Jesus should be put to death in the final destruction, or Second Death. Just as we will, Jesus did die the first death, but Jesus will not suffer the Second Death because death has no legal claim on Jesus because He was sinless.
On a Final Note
If you do not know or have drifted away from God, please consider what I've written here. Satan mocks those who reject Jesus, knowing they will suffer the Second Death.
Remember, Belief Cannot Change Reality and the reality is that God exists and wants nothing more than to have a relationship with you through His Son Jesus. Please hearken to His call on your life.
If you do not have a relationship with Jesus, please consider turning your heart and life over to Christ...