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“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” (Revelation 12:9).
When God created Lucifer, his beauty was flawless and breathtaking and his brightness was awe-inspiring (Ezekiel 28:12-15). Today, some portray the devil as a red, half-man and half-beast with horns and tail or have an animal appearance of a monster or dragon. This concept came from pagan mythology and pleases the devil. He knows that thinking people reject monsters as fable and so they will be led to deny his existence altogether.
Paul said the devil can transform himself into an “angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14) and that he can appear in various forms. This indicates that the description of a dragon or serpent is only symbolic. Satan and his demons can appear and pose as righteous people, even clergymen. And Satan will appear as a glorious angel of light with power to call fire down from heaven. He will even impersonate Jesus. His deceptive power will be so great that our only safety will lie in refusing to go to see him (Matthew 24:23-26).
In Revelation 12:3, the dragon is described as “red,” probably because of the fact that in all his connection with the church of God he has appeared in the role of persecutor and destroyer. Throughout the ages, it has been his goal and purpose to destroy the children of the Most High.
In His service,
The BibleAsk Team