The Destroyer’s Destruction

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He’s known by various names – Beelzebub, Diablo, Satan, Lucifer, the devil, prince of darkness, the god of this world, the tempter, the serpent, the dragon, the thief, the father of lies and the adversary. He delights in destruction. You can observe his work all around us.

Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. – 1 Peter 5:8*

Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time. – Revelation 12:12

You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. – John 8:44

[T]hen the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved. – Luke 8:12

A greater one – Jesus – has intervened to destroy the works of the destroyer.

The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. – 1 John 3:8

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. – John 10:10

You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. – Acts 10:30

The destruction of the Destroyer is coming.

And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. – Revelation 20:10

Until then, we’re instructed to resist the devil through faith in Christ.

 Do not give the devil an opportunity. – Ephesians 4:27

 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition [d]pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.  – Ephesians 6:10-18

Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. – James 4:7

* All Bible scriptures are from the New American Standard translation

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