- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Bible Questions and Answers about Satan
- Published on Thursday, 19 November 2009 12:29
Angels spoke with human voices when they appeared as humans (Luke 24:4-6, 23), so these spirit beings can communicate with a physical voice. These elect angels appear as humans by divine direction, not by their own will. Their speech capabilities are divinely imparted. This does not seem to be the case for Satan or for fallen angels who serve him.
To speak to Eve, the devil used a serpent (Genesis 3:1, 14). To communicate with the Lord in the presence of His disciples, he used Peter (Matthew 16:23) and Peter was responsible for his words (v. 23b). Evil spirits used the voice of those whom they possessed (Mark 5:5, 7, 9).
The one apparent exception requires some examination. Satan spoke to the Lord during His temptation in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-12). While the temptations involved physical issues such as hunger, bread, bowing in worship, and coming suddenly to His temple, was the conversation in the spiritual, mental realm? Or, for this unique occasion of divine purpose, did God allow Satan the special power of a human voice?
If a believer hears a physical voice that he attributes to Satan, one of three things is possible: a satanically induced thought comes with such power that it seems to have a physical voice; a nearby person has allowed himself to be an accomplice of Satan; the voice is delusional.