Last week we started looking at the names of Satan in the Bible, “Prince of this world, Prince of the power of the air, The god of the age, The Prince of demons Lucifer, and last the Devil.” This week we will look at the other names of Satan.
Old Serpent- “And the great dragon was cast, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan , which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:9). This refers to Satan as he appeared to Eve in the garden of Eden. This is indicating that he has been around for a long time. We
see that he is referred to as “the Great Dragon” because of his propensity to “steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10); he is the “old serpent” because in his first appearance in the Bible, he chose to work through a serpent: thereby, he is what the curse caused the serpent to be, wryly subtle, and treacherous.
The Wicked One- “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicker one toucheth him not” (1 John 5:18). He is the patron of all that is evil. He is the one who opposes all that is good. He is not corrupt in himself and must work to corrupt all others.
The Great Dragon - “And thee appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads” (Revelation 12:3). “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels” (Revelation 12:7). A terrifying, destructive beast whose wrath against God and His people attempts to totally devastate them.
Destroyer - “And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon” (Revelation 9:11). His name in Greek is Apollyon, and in Hebrew is Abaddon. This gives us further insight into the spirit world of darkness. This is a powerful fallen Angel, who evidently threw in his lot with Lucifer in the great rebellion against God. Only four Angels are named in Scripture, “Gabriel, Michael, Lucifer and Apollyon ,” the first two being Righteous. Apollon is angel of the hell. He torments and destroys both physical and spiritual life.
Tempter - “And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread” (Matthew 4:3). Tempter (Satan) wanted Christ to use His Power for His Own benefit, which Christ would never do. The Tempter’s constant purpose is to entice man to sin. He encourages sin by presenting great excuses and advantages to sinning.
Accuser - “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night” (Revelation 12:10). “Accuser of the brethren.” The Greek indicates that this is a continuous ongoing accusation of God’s people. Satan is in God’s presence incessantly accusing us to God.
Father of Lies - “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44). The metaphoric use of father indicates that Satan was the first liar. Satan also is the greatest of all liars. He originated the family of liars.
Murderer - “ Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44). Satan is a man killer. Satan’s work is to deceive and destroy. If he can’t deceive-- he will destroy. If he can’t destroy, he will deceive.
You now have the total names that Satan is called and you see what each name means. Satan is not a joke, he is real!