Consequently, Satan is an important tool for God’s work. Had he
not been of use, God would not have allowed him in the Garden of
Eden. Paul shows in the following verse that the devil has a snare
for those who would do right. It is his business to cause people to
sin. Furthermore, people can fall captive to his will.
2 Timothy 2:26 And [that] they may recover themselves out of the snare of the
devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
Paul shows further that the devil has the power of death over us and
the Messiah has destroyed that grip of evil power, by His own
death. Remember that the wages of sin is death: And it is through
His death that the Messiah takes away our sins. This shows clearly
that the root <cause> of sin is Satan. The devil has the power of
death over us because of sin – the wages of sin is death. We need a
reversal of this curse and we receive that possible mission through
the receipt of the holy spirit the new nature in the converted man.
Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and
blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he
might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
One must not escape the fact that man has his part in this process
otherwise the human existence would be futile. The converted man
does not drift with the inclinations of the carnal mind – rather, he
exercises the mind of God within him, which cannot sin.
Sin is of the devil!
John is even plainer. He tells us that one who commits sin is of the
devil. The devil committed the first sin. In addition, the devil’s
work is to cause people to sin. This is the reason that the Messiah
came into the world to destroy the works of the devil.
1 John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from
the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he
might destroy the works of the devil.
Satan’s work is to deceive the whole world. This deception is to
cause people to sin. For Satan knows that if he can cause us to sin
we will reap eternal death. Of course, the Messiah has come as our
remedy for sin and thwarted Satan’s plan.
Revelation 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and
set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the
thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little
Satan deceived Eve into believing that the fruit was something good
for her to eat. Therefore, Satan caused Eve to sin. He continues to
deceive the whole world by means of his evil spirit. Sin entered into
the world through Adam, for Adam got, as a gift from Satan, a bonus
for eating the fruit. Not only did Adam sin, causing God to throw
him out of the Garden, but he also got the spirit of Satan and it was
by this means that sin entered into the world!
Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, 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.
Satan Also Deceives Through Others
Therefore, Satan is the deceiver. However, sometimes he deceives
us through other men. He has the whole world blinded and they
must receive the light through the Messiah if they are to escape the
deception of the devil.
Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no
man deceive you.
Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
This does not excuse man for allowing himself to be deceived to do
sin. We are each responsible for our own sins. However, by
resisting Satan, we become stronger against sin.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will
flee from you.
Satan is our adversary. Yet, in what way is he that adversary? He
seeks to cause us to sin! That is the way that he devours us.
Everyone in the world who has the holy spirit must constantly be
vigilant against the effects of Satan’s influence to cause them to sin.
1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring
lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are
accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
It is true that we many times sin because we make the wrong
choice. However, what is it that is in our minds confusing us and
influencing us to make the wrong choice? Our adversary the devil
bombards us daily, for it is his business to cause us to stumble and
fall, if he can possibly make us do so.
What Is The Meaning Of The Scapegoat?
Whatever the meaning of the two goats, we should be able to
understand from the above information that Satan is the root cause
of sin. The Messiah takes away our sin. Furthermore, it is our sin
because we are the ones responsible for making the decision to sin,
regardless of who or what is the cause.
Sin entered into the world through Adam by means of the spirit of
Satan, which God allowed Satan to use in order to influence
humanity to sin, after Adam ate of the forbidden fruit. Sin does not
pass from generation to generation by the genetic code. Rather,
what does pass on is the license for Satan to broadcast his evil spirit
into the minds of all who are born into the world. Satan got that
license because Adam ate of the tree that gave God the knowledge
whether Adam would go the good way or the evil way. Therefore,
sin passed into the world through Adam. Adam made the decision
for the whole world when he ate of the forbidden fruit. However,
the author of sin is Satan. Satan is the source of sin. Moreover,
Satan is the one who keeps sin alive from generation to generation.
Now let us look at some of the Scriptures that tell us about the two
kid goats chosen for the Day of Atonement pageantry.
Leviticus 16:5 And he shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel
two kids of the goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering.
Lev 16:7 And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the LORD
at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
8 And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the LORD, and the
other lot for the scapegoat.
9 And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the LORD'S lot fell, and offer
him for a sin offering.
10 But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented
alive before the LORD, to make an atonement with (over) him, and to let him
go for a scapegoat into the wilderness.
Leviticus 16:26 And he that let go the goat for the scapegoat shall wash his
clothes, and bathe his flesh in water, and afterward come into the camp.
Proverbs 16:33 The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof
[is] of the LORD.
The following verse shows that the Messiah was <chosen> of God.
This word chosen means to elect or pick out. In other words, in
order to choose there must have been more than one from which to
1 Peter 2:4 To whom coming, [as unto] a living stone, disallowed indeed of
men, but chosen of God, [and] precious,
As we saw earlier, Satan is the god of this world. God could have
chosen him to continue to rule over the earth. However, instead,
God chose the Word of God – another name or title for the Son of
1588 eklektov eklektos ek-lek-tos'
from 1586; TDNT-4:181,505; adj
AV-elect 16, chosen 7; 23
1) picked out, chosen
1a) chosen by God,
1a1) to obtain salvation through Christ
1a1a) Christians are called "chosen or elect" of God
1a2) the Messiah in called "elect", as appointed by God to the most exalted
1a3) choice, select, i.e. the best of its kind or class, excellence preeminent:
applied to certain individual Christians
The Day of Atonement pictures the process of putting humans, made
in the image of God, back <at one> with God. Adam and Eve were
at one with God until Satan entered the scene in the Garden and did
his dirty work. Therefore, it is obvious that until God removes
Satan from the scene, there will be no harmony between God and
The picture on the Day of Atonement is that God chose from two
goats, which would be the sacrifice for humanity. Because of His
death, the goat chosen for sacrifice clearly represents the Messiah.
However, once the goat chosen for sacrifice is dead, the High Priest
becomes the representation of the resurrected Messiah. The High
Priest enters the most holy place with the blood of the slain goat.
This is representative of the entrance into heaven of the Messiah, as
our High Priest, after He was slain and then resurrected. When the
priest returns from the most holy place, he represents the second
return of the Messiah from heaven. At that time – figuratively – the
Messiah is the one who placed the sins of the people on the live
Obviously, the Messiah did not place the sins of the people on
Himself. What happened to the live goat after the priest placed the
sins of the people on him? A fit-man (a ready champion) led him into
the wilderness. Once the Messiah returns from heaven, He does not
go into a wilderness. The bible does not describe heaven as a
wilderness. The analogy all breaks down if we try to say that the
live goat is the Messiah. Nevertheless, when the Messiah returns,
what happens to Satan? An angel (a fit-man) casts Satan into the
bottomless pit until the thousand years are complete.
Rev 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the
bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and
Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon
him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years
should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
At this point, the restoration of the earth begins; the earth comes
into harmony with God. The whole earth becomes a Garden of
Eden – as it was before Satan got to Adam and Eve! God achieves
atonement in His called-out ones through the blood of the sacrifice
of the Messiah. However, the cause of the disharmony disappears
when God has Satan “taken away”. In other words, God
accomplishes the atonement of peace with Satan’s removal.
However, what happens the moment that God allows Satan to come,
once again, into the Garden? He begins his deception of the nations
all over again. After he has done his work of deception, God finally
destroys Satan in the lake of fire.
Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out
of his prison,
8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the
earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom
is as the sand of the sea.
9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of
the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of
heaven, and devoured them.
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and
brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are (were cast), and shall be
tormented day and night for ever and ever.
What About The Word Azazel?
As for the word <azazel> there are at least three theories. One is
that Azazel is a name for Satan, the other is that this word is a
combination of two Hebrew words, <goat> and <removal>. Others
would break the word down as two Hebrew words, <stout> and
<El>. The word <scapegoat> is an interpretation by the KJV
translators; however, the facts do not show this to be a correct
One writer has combined both the <stout><El> and <scapegoat>
together to arrive at a conclusion, with the implication that the
second goat represents Christ. It is obvious on the face of it that
<stout El> has no connotation of <scapegoat>. Stout Goat does not
mean scapegoat. A stout goat does not portray a being that is
humbled by the sins of the world and led away by a ready champion,
into an uninhabited wilderness. Who is the waiting champion to lead
the Messiah into the wilderness on his return from heaven?