IX. Satan’s Entrapment
There has been a strange silence within Christendom concerning the purpose and work of Satan to destroy Bible obedient
Christians. This silence is the result of ignorance to the boundaries of jurisdiction between Christ and
Satan that center in the Ten Commandment Law. And yet, in the days of Christ and His Apostles, all was
made known concerning the restrictions of Satan’s legal rights and how his authority was to be overruled.
All of the devil’s snares that lead men to sin were identified. Nothing was omitted from Scripture
concerning his many lures of deception. The Apostle Paul verified the need for this crucial knowledge:
“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not
ignorant of his devices.” II Cor.2:11. But
the churches today are woefully ignorant of Satan’s devices because very few “Christians” will inherit eternal
life according to Scripture’s warnings (Hos.4:6; Matt.7:14; I Pet.4:18).
Satan’s methods of entrapment have one objective: to lead men to violate the same Law that condemns him: the
Ten Commandment Law. This is verified by GOD’S Words to Satan, “Thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will
destroy thee, O covering cherub.” Eze.28:16. It was Satan’s
mutiny against the Ten Commandments that inaugurated the very first “war
in heaven.” It was Satan’s defiance
of GOD’S Law that he “was cast out into the earth,
and his angels were cast out with him.” Rev.12:9. It was
Satan’s defiance of GOD’S Law that led Adam and Eve into sin. It was man’s defiance of
GOD’S Law that led the bitterest of enemies, Jews and Romans, to unite as one and murder “the Christ of God.” And
it will be man’s globally united defiance of GOD’S Law that leads to Earth’s final battle, Armageddon.
Therefore, Satan’s sole purpose is clear: to overrule the authority of the Ten Commandments as the Moral Standard
1. What is the first indication that man has cast caution to
Deuteronomy 12:8 Ye shall not
do after all the things that we do here this day, every man ________________ ____ __________ ____
_____ ______ ________.
Why is there danger in following one's natural
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof
are ______ _______ ____ ______________.
1. What then is the principle that assures us of our safety
the gift of everlasting life?
There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto
him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be
with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the
kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's
womb, and be born? Jesus answered, [v.5] Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and ____ ______
___________, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
4. Just how easy is it to receive the Born-Again Spirit of
21:22 And all things, _______________ ____ ________ _______ in prayer, believing, ____ _______
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: _____ _______ _______ shall your
heavenly Father give _____ _______ __________ to them that ______ him?
5. Do I have to be free of my sins before I can approach to
All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and _____ ______ ___________ ____ ____ I will
____ ____ ________ cast out.
6. Are we to be vigilant in harnessing the truth of Jesus and
not merely trust in the
opinions of others?
_____ _____ ______ ________ in princes, _____ ____ ______ ______ ____
_______, in whom there is no help.
Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all ________________
____ _______, and searched the scriptures daily, ___________ ________ _________ _______ ____.
7. In the assurances given
to us by our religious leaders why
are we to be guarded in our acceptance of their words?
II Corinthians 11:13-15 For such
are ________ ____________, _____________ ____________, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And
no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be
transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
8. How can we know when we are on safe ground?
Isaiah 8:20 To _____ ______
[the Ten Commandments of GOD] and to _____ ____________________ [the Holy Bible]: if
they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
Isaiah 34:16 Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read; ____ ______ of
these ________ ________.
Are there people who live up to their conscience who
have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ
or of GOD’S
Romans 2:13-15 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but ______
_________ of the law ________ _____ __________________. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do
by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: [v.15] Which _______
_____ _______ ____ _____ _____ _____________ ____ _______ __________, and
their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
This principle of the Apostle Paul assures us of GOD’S perfect design and full breadth of salvation through Christ,
declaring that multitudes will be in heaven who never heard the name of Jesus, nor had any knowledge of the great controversy
between Christ and Satan over the Ten Commandment Law. They lived up to the light of their understanding and they refused
to violate their conscience concerning the leading of the Holy Spirit in their lives. And while Scripture declares that
there is no other name “given among men whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12), this must never be used to disannul
the other passages of the Bible allowing for the innocently ignorant or even those who reject a sinful and corrupt version
of Christianity, but remain obedient to the Holy Spirit’s leading in their lives. Many will be surprised
who is in heaven and who is not because GOD looks on the heart and knows who allows His Spirit to lead in their lives and
those who refuse His Presence (I Sam.16:7).
Zechariah 13:6 And one shall say unto him, _______ _____ _______ ___________ ____
_________ ________? Then he [Jesus Christ] shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.
The above verse teaches that many will hear the Gospel of Jesus for the first time in heaven. All throughout time, GOD
has known His own in every walk of life and in every religion. And in our day, He will gather them “out
of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” (Rev.5:9) before the last great test to come to the human race
as the end of our present history draws near. A last message will go forth where the LORD “will plead
with all flesh” (Jer.25:31).
10. If GOD knows His own in all walks of life why did Jesus
give the commission: “Go ye into all the world the
preach the Gospel to every
Hosea 4:6 [GOD said,] _____ _____________ ______ _______________ _____ ________
That “knowledge” is found in knowing the dangers and acting on them as the Bible instructs,
and not as men prescribe. Jesus
desires us to know of His personal Presence in our lives: that we may rest and rejoice that “the Saviour” Himself
is with us in all that we say and do (Matt.28:20). But Satan is diligent to tempt the mind with ideas and suggestions that contradict GOD’S Word and His purposes
for His children. These temptations are intended to create confusion, thus leaving the human mind ignorant
of the devil’s scheme to destroy their souls. Through confusion, ignorance prevails.
And through ignorance, sin remains in the life.
11. Does Satan desire church
ministers to be ignorant of
his tactics to pervert “the testimony of Jesus Christ?”
His watchmen are blind: they are all ___________, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to
slumber. [v.11] Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds ______ __________
______________: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.
12. What miracles does Satan use to lead people to reject the
Gospel of Christ and the Law He obeyed to redeem man?
Deuteronomy 18:9-12 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth
thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. [v.10] There shall not be found among you any one
that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire [sacrificing human life to appease an angry god], or that useth
________________ [psychic or fortune telling powers], or ____ ______________ ____ ________ [astrology],
or ____ ________________ [hypnosis], or ___ ___________ [those who ally themselves with demon angels for supernatural
power], [v.11] Or ___ ______________ [use of superstitions], or ___ _______________ ______
_____________ __________ [open contact with Satan’s demon angels], or ___ ____________ [magicians and sorcerers],
or ___ ___________________ [communication with demons posing as deceased human beings]. For all that do these things
are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times,
and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.
These verses, written over 3,400 years ago by Moses, outline the dangers of evil spirits: everything from selling one’s
soul to the devil for wealth and power to having communication with the dead for comfort and counsel. This includes
the disgraceful doctrine of Catholicism who misleads their congregations to turn to the dead Virgin Mary and the dead saints
for intercession, guidance and blessings. This pagan doctrine of Rome robs from Christians the only Intercessor
for our blessing: Jesus Christ: “For there
is one God, and one mediator between God and
men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” I Tim.2:5,6.
In essence, Satan leads man to turn to anything & anyone but Jesus Christ for salvation. And when men
allow Satan’s delusions to lead their lives “the second death” becomes a real and present danger.
As we see the spiritualism in today’s churches, who are ignorant of the warning counsel of GOD, and who “rejoice
in a thing of nought” (Amos 6:13), this displays the age-old trap of Satan to lead men to turn to him for their salvation
in place of Jesus Christ.
13. Can Satan raise up false prophets and false Christs to
GOD'S work of redemption?
Deuteronomy 13:1-3 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign
or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which
thou hast not known, and let us serve them; [v.3] Thou shalt ______ _____________ ______ _____ _______
____ _______ __________, or ________ ____________ ____ __________, for the LORD your God proveth
you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Deuteronomy 18:22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of
the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which _____ ________ _______ ______
_____________, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise ____________ ____________
and __________ _____________, and shall show _________ _________ _____ _______________, insomuch that,
if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Galatians 1:8 But though ____, or ____ ________
_______ ____________, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be _______________.
Satan’s agents pretend to be loyal followers of
Acts 16:16,17 And it came to
pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters _______
_______ by soothsaying: [v.17] The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, _________ ______ ______
______ _____________ ____ ______ ________ ________ ______, _________ _______
______ ____ _____ _____ ____ __________________. [v.18] And this she did many days. But
Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And
he came out that same hour.
II Corinthians 11:12-15 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off
occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. [v.13] For such are _________ apostles, ______________ workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And
no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing
if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
how destructive is the lust for selfish gain in the
I Timothy 6:10 For the love of
money ____ _____ _________ ____ _____ __________: which while some coveted after, they have
erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
The brutal history of popery proves their
lust for domination.
16. What other traps
of Satan have ensnared multitudes of
professing Christians into disobedience to the Gospel
5:19-23 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; ___________ [unfaithful in wedlock], ________________
[sexual immorality], uncleanness [impurity], ____________________ [morally unrestrained], [v.20] ___________ [placing exaggerated
value on people, ideas and materials], witchcraft [demonic demonstrations of power], hatred, _____________ [striving competitively
against another], emulations [rivalry with malice], _________ [actions of rage], strife [selfish ambition], seditions [unreasonable
opposition to authority], heresies [opposing opinions to the everlasting truth of GOD’S Law as demonstrated through
the sacrifice of Jesus Christ], [v.21] Envyings [spiteful jealousy], murders, _______________ [habitual intoxication], revellings
[mocking merriment], and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which
do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
Jeremiah 3:5 Will he reserve his anger for ever? Will he
keep it to the end? Behold, thou hast ____________ and _______ evil things as thou ______________.
Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh
on a woman to lust after her ______ _______________ ___________ ______ _____ already in his heart.
A most profound warning is rarely addressed from the pulpit: men will be judged by the sins they would have committed had
they been given the opportunity. A secretly cherished sin is all that is needed to disqualify the Presence of the Holy
Spirit from the soul (Isa.59:2). But this truth must be united with the other Biblical truth as we reviewed earlier
declaring that our facing temptation is not the same as sinning. Temptation is not sin! We are not
sinning when we are tempted! It is only by entering the temptation, indulging its pleasure that leads to
sin; “and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” Ja.1:15.
50:31,32 Behold, I am against thee, 0 thou _________ ___________ saith the Lord God of hosts: for thy day is come,
the time that I will visit thee. [v.32] And the most proud shall ____________ _____ ______, and _______ shall
raise him up: and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him.
6:16-19 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: [v.17] A __________ ________,
a ________ ___________, and ________ _______ ________ _______________ _________, [v.18] An heart
that deviseth __________ ____________________, feet that be swift in __________ ____ ____________, [v.19]
A ________ _____________ that speaketh lies, and he that ___________ _____________ among brethren.
Proverbs 26:12 Seest thou a man ________ ____ _____ ______ ___________? there
is ________ ________ _____ ____ ________ than of him.
I John 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and __________ ______ _____________,
he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
I John 2:11 But ____ _______
__________ ______ ___________ ____ ____ ________________, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth
not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
I John 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that ____
______________ _______ ___________ _______ abiding in him.
Revelation 21:8 But the ____________, and ________________, and the ______________________,
and murderers, and ______________________, and _____________, and ____________, and all _______, shall have their part in
the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
17. How successful is Satan’s work leading Christians to
renounce GOD’S call to repentance and thus perish in
I Peter 4:18 And if _____ ________________ [referring to church members (v.17)]
____________ ____ __________, where shall the ungodly and sinner appear?
Matthew 7:13,14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide
is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and ________ there be which go in thereat. [v.14] Because
strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and ______ there be that find it.
Peter used the
word scarcely to describe the extremely low number of the redeemed among professing Christians.
This warning declares that the vast majority of professing Christians will not escape the condemnation of sin.
Christ’s call to “Repent” has been overruled by leaders in the church who evangelize the transgression of
GOD’S Law as a legitimate part of the Gospel, even declaring this as acceptable service to Him. But to live in
open sin while leading others to follow their example guarantees their condemnation before Jesus Christ (Matt.5:19).
The greatest privilege as well as the greatest danger for a man in this world is to lead another to Christ’s salvation.
Far too many take this responsibility lightly! While viewing themselves as “saved” they
stand void of entering Solomon’s prayer to the GOD of Heaven, “Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart
to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?”
I Ki.3:9. In summation: Faith and sin are not partners in salvation!
Mark 7:6-9 He [Jesus] answered
and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me. [v.7] Howbeit in vain do they worship me, _____________ _____
________________ _____ ____________________ ____ _______. [v.8] For laying aside
the commandment of God, ye hold ______ _________________ _____ ______, as the washing of pots and cups:
and many other such like things ye do. [v.9] And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that
ye may keep your own ________________.
Isaiah 5:20,21 Woe unto them
that call evil good, and good evil; that put ________________ for _____________, and ______________ for __________________;
that put _______________ for _____________, and _____________ for _______________. [v.21] ______ ______ __________
_________ ______ ________ ____ ________ ______ _______ _____ _____________
_____ ________ ______ _____________.
18. How are Christians to pray concerning man’s defiant
GOD’S Holy Law?
__________ ____ _________ ______ ________ ______ ______ because they keep not thy law.
Ephesians 4:26,27 ____
____ ________, _____ _____ _____: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the
James 1:20,21 For the wrath
of man ____________ _____ _____ _________________ ____ _____. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness
[immorality] and superfluidy [excess] of naughtiness [wickedness], and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is
able to save your souls.
Matthew 5:44,45 But I say unto you, _____ _____ _____, _____
_____ that curse you, _____ _____ to them that hate you, and _____ _____ _____ which despitefully use you,
and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil
and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
The Bible’s standard of forgiveness, mercy and care for our fellow man is gained through two sources:
1. True love only comes
from above. Only the Presence of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit can this love be demonstrated.
2. “With all thy
getting get understanding.” Prov.4:7. When we come to terms with the fact that “we wrestle
not against flesh and blood” (Eph.6:12) we see the value of Christ’s words for His executioners, “Father
forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Lu.23:34).