“watch, and pray, that ye may not enter into temptation: the spirit indeed is forward, but the flesh weak.'.” (Matt. 26:41, YLT)
This word “enter” is the same word, Strong’s Gr. 1525 that is used at Luke 22:3. According to the definition at Thayer’s 2a. “entering into” is metaphorically used of a change in a condition or state of things. Thayer’s definition #1 denotes a physical change of place, but then qualifies that at 1a. as an Hebraic phrase that “usually denotes whole mode of living and acting” as in Deu. 28:6, and 1 Sam. 29:6. (Source: Biblehub)
Most people read Luke 22:3 with pagan beliefs and ideas of demon possession, which is not real. This takes a hard study to come to an understanding of how the Zorastrian two-god belief system has overlaid God’s word. We are told in Deu. 32:17 that,
“They sacrifice to demons -- no god! Gods they have not known -- New ones -- from the vicinity they came;” (YLT).
The definition of “demons” is a pagan idol, a no-god. It is used again for pagan idols in Deu. 32:20, and Psa. 106.37. Pagan idols were “demons” and “devils” in the Hebrew Old Testament (Lev. 17:7; 2 Chron. 11:14-15). Paul confirmed this in 1 Cor. 8:
”As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.” (1 Cor. 8:4, KJV)
And, again in 1 Cor. 10:
”18 Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? 19 What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing? 20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.” (1 Cor. 10:18-20, KJV)
Therefore, the words “demons,” “devils,” and pagan idols are the same thing – a no-god. This language has always been used in God’s word for false pagan idols, and false beliefs in other “gods” than the one true God, YHWH.
And, as God tells us that evil comes from within the heart of man (Gen. 6:5; 8:21; 50:20; Deu. 15:9; 25:54; Prov. 12:20; Matt. 9:4; 15:19; Mark 7:20-23, etc) then where does “ha satan” reside? What exactly is meant by “ha satan?” Isn’t it really the heart of man? Isn’t it our own evil thoughts and desires? Who was it that was always doing evil in the sight of God but wicked men. Satan is a personification of our own evil deeds.
”They also that render evil for good are mine adversaries; because I follow the thing that good is.” (Psa. 38:20, KJV)
The word “Satan” was not a name.(1) It was not capitalized in the original texts. That concept of an evil being named “Satan” came during the intertestmental period and is a result of pagan ideology. The word is an adjective or a verb and means an adversary, or one who stands against another, mainly any who stand against God or God’s people. Anyone who opposes God is an adversary, a satan. The specific person in the context of the specific scripture is “the” adversary, “ha satan”. The serpent in the garden was not Satan. (2)
Paul makes it very clear that the blame for the fall in the garden was Adam and Eve (Rom. 5:18; 1 Cor. 15:21-22). It was the condition of their hearts that succumbed to the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eye, and the pride of life.
So, what entered into Judas was a change of his heart, a change that overcame him as a result that he fell into temptation of the lusts of his heart, greed and pride. To say that a foreign spiritual entity caused Judas to betray Christ is to say that Judas was not responsible for his actions; and that would mean that God would have punished Judas unjustly. There was no demonic or satanic possession going on.
And, therefore, Judas felt remorse for his actions because he realized how greatly he had wronged Christ.
This takes a great deal of study and consideration to rethink what we have always been taught about this “satan.” Please read the following posts for more scriptural support of how we need to change our thinking about demons and the devil.
Testing The Spirits – Part IV(a) – Demons, Devils, & Idols - ShreddingTheVeil
Testing The Spirits – Part IV(b) – Demons… ShreddingTheVeil
Testing The Spirits – Part IV© - Demons,…. ShreddingTheVeil
Strong’s Heb. 7853, Biblehub
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