What Does the Devil Want?

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What does Satan the devil want? How is it related to the blessings God gave him and his job as a covering cherub? How is what we wants linked to the Ten Commandments?

Manifold Blessings

God made Lucifer the most perfect being he could by fiat (Ezekiel 28:12, 15). This spirit being who would eventually turn himself into Satan the devil was blessed with an unmatched combination of spiritual gifts and abilities.

Lucifer was given, at his creation, unparalleled wisdom and understanding (Ezekiel 28:12). He was made "perfect in beauty" by God who personally adorned his body with precious stones and rare metals such as rubies, diamonds, jaspers, emeralds, gold and others (Ezekiel 28:12 - 13). He was specially gifted with musical talents that enabled him to compose and play any kind of music he desired (Ezekiel 28:13).

A Throne Over Earth

Lucifer, before turning into the devil, had fulfilled his responsibilities as a covering cherub (see Ezekiel 28:14) so well that He was rewarded. The reward he received was a throne to oversee one-third of his fellow spirits on the earth (Revelation 12:4). This unique promotion of an angelic spirit is the only one mentioned in the Bible!

Fall of Rebellious Angels
The Fall of the Rebel Angels
Luca Giordano, 1666 A.D.

For you (the devil) have said in your heart, "I will ascend into the heavens, I will exalt MY THRONE above (all) the stars of God (the angels) . . . " (Isaiah 14:13, HBFV).

A Twisted Mind

Lucifer, next to God, was the most powerful spirit that existed. All that he possessed, however, was not enough. Over time he began to believe his beauty and wisdom made him superior to everyone else (including his Creator, Ezekiel 28:17). This vanity completely warped Lucifer's mind and turned him into Satan the devil (Ezekiel 28:15 - 18).

Lucifer, when he served at God's throne, witnessed firsthand the obedience and worship the Lord received. His out-of-control vanity led him to believe that he deserved, more than his Maker, the obedience and worship of all others! The devil's lust to be worshiped drove him to deceive one third of the angelic host and lead them in a failed attempt to knock God off his throne.

"I (devil) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High." Yet you shall be brought down to the grave, to the sides of the pit." (Isaiah 14:14 - 15, HBFV).

The devil, though cast back down to the earth (Luke 10:18), retained all that he had including his throne of authority over the planet (see John 14:30, 16:11, 2Corinthians 4:4). He also still maintained his singular driving desire to be obeyed and worshipped.

One Goal

We now fast forward to the start of Jesus' earthly ministry where the devil is allowed to tempt the Lord for forty days. The most deceptive temptation our spiritual adversary dangles before Jesus reveals what Satan prizes above all else and the goal of his evil existence.

After that, the devil took Him (Jesus) to an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory, and said to Him, "All these things will I give You, if You will fall down and worship me." (Matthew 4:8 - 9, HBFV).

Future Pursuit

The devil, in the near future, will again attempt to storm heaven in his relentless pursuit to depose God and force the universe to worship him (Revelation 12:7 - 12). His failed effort to do so will redirect him to take advantage of a brief window of time (42 months, Revelation 13:4 - 5) that will offer him an unhindered opportunity to deceive mankind.

". . . Woe to those who inhabit the earth and the sea! For the Devil has come down to you, having great wrath because he knows that he has only a short time." (Revelation 12:12, HBFV).

What is the goal of Satan's end time deceptions and the destruction he will bring? It is the same as it has always been.

And he (the End Time Beast) was given power to make war against the saints, and to overcome them; and he was given authority over every tribe and language and nation. And all who dwell on the earth will worship him . . . (Revelation 13:7 - 8, HBFV).

The soon coming global worship of the devil is referenced an amazing ten times in the book of Revelation (Revelation 9:20, 13:4, 8, 12, 15, 14:9, 11, 16:2, 19:20 and 20:4)!


Lucifer possessed the greatest mind, beauty, talents and authority God blessed any of his created spirits. His vanity, however, followed by lust, damaged his mind beyond repair and turned him into the devil. His perverted thinking doomed him into forever wanting and pursuing the impossible dream of being obeyed and worshiped like God.

The rebellion and subsequent attack by the devil, coupled with his never ending desire to be worshiped, is likely one of the factors that led God to make the first of the Ten Commandments to be "You shall have no other gods before (in place of) Me." (Exodus 20:3, HBFV).

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