6b. Is Satan part of Gods council of gods
If Satan is part of Heiser's so called divine council of gods, sons of God, if there had been such a council, (which Biblically, there was not), the entire council would consist of fallen gods also, because biblically, he is the leader of the fallen angelic realm of creatures. Heiser says they fell sometime after they were assigned by (the) God over the 70 nations in Gn.10.
Heiser takes the position that Satan is not a name of a individual but a term used for any accuser, he then shows more duplicity. “Scholars have long recognized that the satan is performing a well-defined role for council activity at Ugarit that was carried over into the Hebrew Bible. Quoting Handy once again: The Satan works for God, not against him . . . [his] duty is to patrol the universe for those who break the rules of the cosmic authority of Yahweh. . . We are clearly not dealing with a member of the lowest level of divinities.” (THE DIVINE COUNCIL IN LATE CANONICAL AND NON-CANONICAL SECOND TEMPLE JEWISH LITERATURE)
God does not need any creature to roam the universe to find rebels, God is perfectly capable to know where every creature is doing at all times. Where does the Bible teach that God assigned any creature to do anything like this, but Heiser adds to gods word claiming it is satan assigned to patrol 'the universe' (not just the earth) for rebels. When he is the greatest rebel of all.
Again he speaks of scholars who talk as if they know what they are talking about on the Bible but they are misrepresenting the Bible and do not know anything on accurate Bible doctrine, claiming the Ugarit writings were c arried over into the Old Testament Hebrew. This is a false assertion by Heiser who is denying Gods direct revelation given to Moses, like nearly all the LIBERAL scholars of academia.
Heiser teaches that Satan is part of Yahweh’s council that had its headquarters in the Garden of Eden at the time of Adam and Eve. However, since a council in the Garden of Eden was never recorded in the Bible, Heiser utilizes the un-Godly Ugarit, where every error he attempts to convince the world of can be found. Could Heiser be a liberal scholar who has self-planted himself inside the Church?
The problem is that Job is no rebel. The LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?" ( Job 1:8).
For God to send the greatest rebel in all creation to go identify other rebels would be like a gang leader going to identify his own gang members in order to be able to create more rebellion; Heiser is not teaching the Bible nor is he teaching the God of the Bible.
Michael Heiser often refers to the Second Temple Jewish literature saying, “The dark figure of Genesis 3 was eventually thought of as the ‘mother of all adversaries,’ and so the label satan got stuck to him (The Unseen Realm ) insinuating the writers decided to rename him.
This rejects Biblical revelation given as the truth by Jesus and the apostles, very sad that anyone would accept or believe this over the Scripture.
Satan is no lightweight creature, he is a military strategist, the most intelligent creature made by God and he can deceive scholars and academics just like he can deceive anyone else. They are not immune to deception without using the Word of God as the truth. And I might add he is not divinity as He claims. Heiser teaches he is part of Yahweh’s council that had its headquarters in the Garden of Eden, but we can’t seem to find any of this council in the garden of Eden in the Bible. But then there’s the Ugarit, where every error he speaks can be found.
Mr. Heiser takes what is in the Ugarit and inserts it into the Bible, like that of most liberal ‘scholars. Most say Heiser is a conservative s academic, however it is liberals he quotes from continuously, something no conservative would do; is Heiser a liberal scholar in the Church?
Heiser states, “All the major scholarly works on the divine council agree that Zech 3:1-7 is a divine council scene.” In Zechariah 3:1-2, a passage that has similarity to Job 1-2, Satan is pictured as an adversary, as a prosecutor against the high priest, not for him. The Lord calls out Satan with these words: ‘ The LORD rebuke you, O Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you !’” These words of rebuke are not the words one would expect to hear God speak to a godly member of his divine sons. Likewise, why does Jesus say to Peter when he was being influenced “ Get behind Me, Satan? For you are not mindful of the things of God” (Mark 8:33) if he is what Heiser says he is?
When did this general term for what he calls Satan not be an individual who is called the Devil?
Hesier uses his academic status to tell the Church Satan is not the Devil, the devil is not the serpent in the garden and Satan is not the serpent. If accepted you succumb to the deception from the great deceiver who is all three. If you look at the whole of Scripture you find how wrong Heiser really is.
To say Satan is NOT a cosmic evil entity in the Old Testament is to neglect the consistency of the one whom the Bible describes as the Serpent, the Devil and Satan.
Heiser includes these Scriptures, along with others (Job 1:6–9, 12;2:1–4, 6–7; Zech 3:1–2). The satan described in these passages is not the devil. Rather, he’s an anonymous prosecutor, as it were, fulfilling a role in Yahweh’s council—bringing an accusatory report. The instances of satan in the Old Testament that lack the definite article also don’t refer to the devil or the serpent figure . Those occurrences describe either humans or the Angel of Yahweh, who is occasionally sent by God to “oppose” someone or execute judgment (e.g., Num 22:22–23). (Unseen Realm)
It may not say it in those exact passages, but so what, it says it elsewhere; numerous times. How many Satan’s are there? So this Satan who acts like The Satan is not Satan? Is there more than one Satan who opposes Gods people in heaven?
Just because it is not said in the selected passages Heiser lists, does not mean it is not mentioned by God elsewhere in the scriptures numerous times. How many Satan’s are there? So, this Satan who acts like The Satan is not Satan? Is there more than one Satan? According to the Bible NO! Heiser brings confusion into the body of Christ on this.
Heiser’s “The” Satan refers to any adversary. The unrighteous fallen adversary who deceived Eve is not the same Satan who appears before God, he says Satan is righteous and a servant in the book of Job. Heiser also says that Satan went rogue in the time of Job, However, there is nothing in the Bible that points to this. Yet he also says he was obedient, serving God, which is it?
While the word Satan can be used in a broader/general sense at times (meaning accuser), when it is referred to a person and individual, (such as specific angel, the Devil in both Testaments) it is describing an individuals character. In the gospels (Matt 4:1-11; Mark 3:22-26; Luke 10:18; John 13:27), Paul’s Letters (Rom. 16:20; 1 Cor. 5:5; 7:5; 2 Cor. 2:11; 11:14), or John in the book of Revelation writes in Rev 12:10 “ the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down .” The verse prior tells us who this is v.9 “ that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan”, and we find accompanying him “and his angels were cast out with him.” We read in Matthew 25: the Devil has angels.
Luke 22:3 “Then Satan entered Judas.” John 13:27 “ Satan entered him.” Is this any accuser? John 13:1-2 “ And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot.”
Did just an adversary enter him or the one all of Scripture speaks of? How can Heiser say Satan is not the Devil? This is ludicrous and deceptive as we see the Scriptural evidence mounts for this.
2 Cor. 2:10-11 “ I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ, lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.’
Heiser claims that where the word Satan shows up in the Hebrew Bible, it doesn’t refer the Devil. That is a misnomer because the whole Bible is basically written by Hebrews. It may not be the Hebrew language but Jews are the authors of nearly all of it.
There is evidence in the New Testament that Satan is the Devil. Jesus made it clear!
Mark 4:15 “ And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.”
Luke 8:12-13 “ Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. ”
Both are speaking of the same person who steals the Word (because the recipients lack understanding). Do you not understand this because of what Heiser has taught you?
Heiser claims that when the word Satan shows up in the Hebrew Bible, that is was not originally written by the Hebrews, but rather was borrowed from Ugarit writings. However, this is wrong because the whole Bible, (both the Old and New Testaments) were Inspired and given by God and written exclusively by Hebrew men. The New Testament was originally written in the Greek language, with a very small amount of Aramaic, but it was all written by Jewish/ Christian men.
Heiser says : “ The book of Job does not identify the satan in this scene as the serpent of Genesis 3, the figure known in the New Testament as the devil.” “ The satan described in these passages is not the devil. Rather, he’s an anonymous prosecutor, as it were, fulfilling a role in Yahweh’s council—bringing an accusatory report . The instances of satan in the Old Testament that lack the definite article also don’t refer to the devil or the serpent figure .”
If what he says is true, t(which it is not) then there is no reference to the serpent in the garden at all in the Old Testament other than Gn.3! This is strawman argument that does not address the real issue, because Job is one of the oldest books of the Bible so of course it cannot be in the book of Job itself. Job would not identify him with the term the Devil which is strictly a New Testament term, (just as there are other new terms introduced later). But it is introduced to readers of the Scripture by none other than Jesus. Jesus words completely refute Heisers argument. So his argument on this is useless, unless you believe Heiser instead of Jesus.
(Job 1-2) Whenever Satan goes into Heaven, he does so for one reason: to be an accuser, that is what he was to Job. He is an accuser against Israel (Zech. 3:1), and an accuser against the saints (Rev. 12:10) he opposes anything Godly.
Michael Heiser is either completely ignores these biblical facts, or he is completely oblivious to them, because his so-called academics of the Ugarit have crippled his biblical understanding. He seems to be unable to see the clear teaching of the Bible because of it. Heiser claims that it is “Satan’s job to be a prosecutor, which is nowhere to found in the Bible, Satan’s nature is as corrupt as corrupt can be, he is the highest fallen angel and would be completely unable and inadequate to be a prosecutor in any court of justice upon the earth, much less than in some Heavenly court, if there was one.
Who is Satan According to the bible?
Is there proof that satan in Job is an evil angel, a spirit being opposed to God, Gods people, and opposed to Gods work? Yes there is if you have ears to hear the Scripture, and heart to believe the Word.
Satan is mentioned in seven of the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament, and he is mentioned in nineteen out of the twenty seven books of the New Testament. He is mentioned by every New Testament writer.
‘Lucifer’ is the Latin translation of the Hebrew word Day-star, i.e. son of the morning (Isa. 14:12). The angels as a group are called morning stars symbolically. The Hebrew emphasizes him as being “the shining one,” which was his original State. Though fully corrupt, he can still appear as an angel of light as he once was (which is what nachash is described as in Gn.3)
2 Cor. 11:14-15 “ For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.”
Is Satan an office? No, a general term anyone can fill? No. Or an individual that is transforming himself to look as if he is a righteous being. Heiser denies that Satan is the devil, which is simply a very biblically ignorant thing to deny.
Is this not an individual that is transforming himself to look as if righteous, and those under him
This same creature that fell in heaven who desired to be as God is the same creature who came to tempt Eve and persuade eve to have the same desire to cause the fall of man into sin and rebellion against God. Thus we have a Bible doctrine connection of who fell in heaven as the same being who lied to Eve in the garden with the same desire he had. Heiser did not consider that if Satan didn’t fall before Genesis 1:2, then he had to have fallen sometime after.
He makes it all convoluted and confounding, at that point he then attempts to revise the word. God makes his word very clear to us through the writers of Scripture, in order that we would be able to plainly understand and to identify Satan as our ultimate enemy.
Throughout the New Testament Satan, called the Devil is viewed as an evil spirit opposing the work and will of God. This is made very clear in the Gospels (Mt. 4:1-11; Mk. 3:22-26; Lk. 10:18; Jn. 13:27), Paul (in Rom 16:20; 1 Cor. 5:5; 7:5; 2 Cor. 2:11; 11:14), and in the book of Revelation (2:24; 12:9; 20:2, 7). Satan is consistently associated with other angelic beings (Mt. 12:24; Rev. 12:9). He is a spirit being, just as all angelic /celestial beings are.
1 John 5:19-20 “ and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” Satan is the one who influences people to sin, rebel and to do wrong.
He is the one who has influence to have people sin and do wrong.
Who is the wicked one?
In the parables of the sower, Matt .13:19 “ then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart.” Mark 4:15 “When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.’ According to Jesus Satan is the wicked one.
Satan and the Devil are exchangeable in the New Testament for the same fallen Angel, so Heiser is completely wrong on this. That is unless you want to believe his interpretation[s] over the Bible. He has chosen to believe his own interpretation[s] over the Bible. Remember, Heiser was not there, Jesus was, and Jesus saw Satan fall from heaven and had it recorded in the Bible for us to know how and when.
Luke 8:11-12 “ Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.”
The devil takes away Gods Word so that it is not understood. The devil is Satan. We are told to study to show ourselves approved. We can know the Scripture in the wrong way, or the right way. An orderly study of the Scripture allows the Holy Spirit to teach and lead anyone who is willing into the truth of any matter.
Matt 13:38-39 “ the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil.”
The Devil is the wicked one, nineteen of the twenty-seven New Testament books refer to Satan (4 other books refer to demons).
We are told in Eph. 6:11 “ Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” V. 16-17 “ above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one . Yes the wicked one is the devil, who is Satan according to the Bible. John repeats it twice. And he tells us in Rv. 12:9 “ that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan,” Rv. 20:2 “that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan.”
In Hebrews 2:14, Satan is pictured as having power and authority. It says in Acts 26:18 “ to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God”
This being that has fallen has great power, this is why the power of God is in the gospel in order to release captives. 2 Thess. 2:9 “ The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders. ”
Satan has the ability to convince people that he is not the devil, even when Jesus said he is. Satan is the deceiver (Rv. 12:9), not just an accuser, or a liar. This is what he is continuously doing: deceiving by falsehoods, by twisting the truth of God’s Word, and making people confused, even inside the Church.Heiser's Satan that is not the Devil or the serpent in Eden?