God, Man, and Satan Through New Eyes

James Jordan tells us that man is a “special symbol” of God. That is to say, we can learn about God by viewing man. It also works in reverse: what God is, man is to be. I want to add a third dimension: what God is, man is to be, and Satan is a reverse image of that.

We know that Revelation presents the anti-liturgy of Satan’s temple, wherein Satan himself is presented as a part of an anti-Trinity (between himself, the Land Beast, and the Sea Beast). Revelation isn’t the only place Satan is presented as a third*:

  • God is a Rock (Deuteronomy 32:4; Ephesians 2:20); so man must be like a rock (Matthew 16:18). Satan is an anti-rock (Deut 32:31).
  • God is like a lion (Isaiah 31:4; Rev 5:6), so man, in David, is also a lion (Genesis 49:9). Satan is an anti-lion, an anti-Davidic type (1 Peter 5:8).
  • God is like the sun (Psalm 84:11), and so should we be (Judges 5:31). Satan masquerades as an angel of light (2 Cor 11:14)

What we learn about God is what we should expect man to become, but it is also the opposite of what Satan ultimately is.

 

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