Satan’s 5 ‘I Wills’

Posted on September 28, 2021


By David Ettinger

Who He Is
Though the unbelieving world scoffs at the notion of Satan, Bible-believing Christians know he is real – very, very real.

The first thing Christians need to understand about Satan is that he is our enemy. We read in 1 Peter 5:8: “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” So, yes, he is your adversary – your enemy – and if God would permit it, he would certainly devour (that is, kill) you.

Another thing you should know about Satan is that God has given him authority over the unbelieving world. Of course God is sovereign over everything, but he has given Satan a realm of authority. God limits this authority – as is clear when reading Job chapters 1 and 2 – but never mistake the fact that Satan has been given a degree of latitude to wreak his havoc.

Key verses which speak of Satan’s realm of authority include (emphasis added):

John 14:30: “I [Jesus] will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming …”

2 Corinthians 4:4: “… in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving …”

Ephesians 2:2: “… in which you previously walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.”

His Objective
As a general principle, Satan’s objective is to wrest control of the universe from God that he may rule everything. Nowhere is this better expressed than in Isaiah 14:13-14, a passage of Scripture known as “Satan’s 5 ‘I Wills.’” It reads (God speaking) as follows (emphasis added):

But you [Satan] said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’

This is a being with a clear-cut purpose for his existence: to be the greatest, most illustrious, glorious, powerful, and authoritative entity in all creation. The theme of his “I Will” proclamations is self-exaltation as he will, he declares, “ascend,” “raise,” “sit” (as supreme ruler), “ascend” (again), and “will make” himself God’s equal, if not surpass Him.

This has always been Satan’s objective since his fall from grace (Ezekiel 28:12-18), and he has zeroed in on it throughout history. The very notion that he can usurp God is preposterous, but it doesn’t stop him from trying.

The Ramifications
Despite his destined failure, there are ramifications for the human race – particularly God’s people – which will result from Satan’s “I Will” objectives.

Yes, he has wreaked havoc upon Planet Earth since the beginning of time, but God has only allowed him to go so far. As we draw nearer to the return of Jesus Christ, God will extend Satan’s leash, giving him the most power to wreak havoc he ever possessed.

This will come in the form of the one-world-government ruler he will appoint, the Antichrist (Revelation 13). The Antichrist will seek to do many things on behalf of one who empowers him, among them destroying the people of God during the final 7 years of this era of human history (Daniel 9:24-27).

Indeed, Christians WILL be on Earth during most the final 7 years (I believe the Rapture will occur around Year 5), and WILL encounter the Antichrist. He – in order to grant his master’s wishes – will wage war against the people of God – and kill them:

Daniel 7:25: “And he [the Antichrist] will speak against the Most High and wear down [kill] the saints of the Highest One …”

Revelation 13:7: “It was also given to him [the Antichrist] to make war with the saints and to overcome [kill] them …”

The Final Sentence
For now, Satan’s “5 I Wills” still stand, and he is feverishly attempting to fulfill them; as he does, we on Earth will feel the brunt of it.

Of course, Satan will never fulfill even one of his “I Wills” as the true Sovereign of the Universe has already declared his final sentence: “And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Revelation 20:10).

So yes, things are going to get very tough, but if you are a Christian you have nothing to fear. Satan will win a few battles – and in the process make things very difficult for Christians – but in the end, God wins – and we His people with Him!