The Horned Serpent
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend about the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit” – (Is.14:12-15).
“And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns upon his heads. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world…” – (Rev.12:3,9).
The most publicized rattlesnake of all is the sidewinder or horned rattlesnake. The name conjures up a sneaky devil bent on harm. It’s the smaller of the two rattlesnakes found in AZ, the other being the diamondback. It moves by thrusting its’ body into loops that literally carry it sideways. It has two horn-like scales above each eye which gives it a distinctly evil, devilish look. As God’s watchman I’m blowing the horn and warning you about the horned serpent and his lust for power and glory.
When God created the serpent He foreknew that he would be the symbol of Satan and He designed him accordingly. In this series of sermons on ‘Light on the Serpent’ I’m trying to give you a comprehensive word portrait of the Serpent. We can learn much spiritual truth about Satan by meditating on the serpent’s make-up. In this sermon I’m preaching on the horned serpent and his pride and lust for power and glory. Because the horn is used by animals as a weapon, it came to symbolize power. The devil is always pictured with two horns, exactly the like horned rattlesnake, and rightly so. The devil is the horned serpent who lusts after power.
The two great powers upon earth are political power and religious power and Lucifer covets both. God created him as an anointed cherub, the highest order of angels and the highest created being in the universe. But because of his sinful pride he coveted the very throne of God and desired to be worshipped as God is, and God has abased him down to the ground, symbolized by a serpent, and one day he will be cast into hell. Jesus said – “And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted” – (Mt.23:12). And Satan fights to keep the human race in sin and pride and not to humble themselves and repent of sin and believe on Christ so they may be saved. Satan wants proud man to join him in hell.
Let us look deeper in the Bible at the horns of
power. Zedekiah, a false prophet, said to the King of Israel – “And Zedekiah the son of Chenanah
made him horns of iron: and he said, thus saith the Lord, with these shalt thou push
the Syrians, until thou have concerned them.” – (I Kings ). The two horns represented the military power of
the two kings. That they should return from the battle in victory as
conquerors. The horns and the crowns and the military all speak of political
power. Again in (Ps.75:5-7) it is written – “Lift
not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck. For
promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge:
he putteth down one, and setteth
up another.” Here God tells us not to be proud and desire power and glory
for it is God who promotes and demotes from positions of power. That from God
alone Kings receive their power. He is the origin of power and promotion and He
showed this plainly with Emperor Nebuchadnezzar of
In (Dan.8) God gave Daniel a prophetic vision of a
ram with two horns and a goat with one great horn and they smashed into each in
other in the fury of their power. The angel Gabriel gives the interpretation to
Daniel – “The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of media and
When Satan tempted the Lord Jesus in (Luke 4:5-8) it is written – “And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, all this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Here again we see the horned serpent Satan tempting the Lord Jesus to lift up his horn on high and become proud and to covet the power and glory of being emperor over the world and worship Satan. Jesus knew he was a liar and a deceiver because God His Father ultimately rules over the kingdoms of men and doeth His will on earth. If it suits God’s will for Satan’s man to assume power, then God allows it, otherwise He overrules it. Jesus came the first time to be the suffering Savior of the cross, shedding His precious blood for atonement for sins. He’s coming back as emperor over the whole earth ruling and reigning forever in justice and righteousness. Emperor Jesus Christ will have many crowns upon His head, denoting all power and he will be worshipped worldwide by everyone. For this is the will of God. “And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS” – (Rev.19:16). He’s coming back in power and great glory.
Just before Jesus comes back to rule the earth, the horned serpent, makes his move and succeeds in getting his two beasts into worldwide power and they must be evil men who worship Satan and covet the temporal power and glory of this world. Just before the great tribulation, Satan, that old Serpent, is cast out of heaven to the ground. He is symbolized in (Rev.12) as a great red dragon (a giant winged- serpent) having seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. His great serpentine tail drew one third of his evil angels with him who also followed his heavenly rebellion against God. It pictures Satan with seven heads and on each head a crown but four heads have one horn and three heads have two horns totaling ten horns. How plainly God’s Word shows us the proud horned serpent in all his power and glory. Satan in mighty but God is Almighty – amen.
When Satan is cast out of heaven, he has his two evil men already prepared in positions of power on earth. Satan will be worshipped through the beast. Notice the beast is like his master Satan – “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.” Yes, the proud beast is exactly like his Father the horned serpent, Satan. He too has the horns of power and glory and notice the word ‘power’ in the next verses. “And the dragon gave him his power and his seat and great authority” – (Vs.21). (He accepts what Jesus rejected from Satan). “And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast” – (vs.4). “And power was given unto him” – (Vs.5). “And power was given unto him over all kindred, and tongues, and nations” – (vs.7). The beast will be the last emperor on earth before King Jesus comes and he’s Satan’s man.
Now see the second satanic beast of the great tribulation, the religious beast who helps the first beast receive the worship of God. “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon” – (vs.11). He also has religious power over the whole earth signified by his two horns. “And he exerciseth al the power of the first beast” – (vs.12) “Miracles which had power to do in the sight of the beast” – (vs.14). “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast” – (vs.15). This proud religious beast also has coveted the horns of power and glory in religion. He sits on the pinnacle and summit of world religion. He is called the False Prophet.
Two human beast combine together to rule the world during the great tribulation. The political superpower beast is the political emperor called ‘the Beast.’ His religious sidekick is the religious superpower beast called ‘the False Prophet.’ The political beast rules as emperor because of superior military power and the false prophet rules because his religious empire is worldwide. These are the two great satanic powers that rule over the bodies and souls of men for a short time just before Christ comes back to rule as King of Kings and High Priest over the planet earth forever.
Jesus Christ is our Horn of Salvation – “And hath raised up
an horn of salvation for us in the
house of his servant David” – (Luke 1:69). Horns come out of the skull and
Jesus Christ is our horn of salvation on the cross of
Are you saved today? Repent of your sins and turn to Jesus Christ by faith for forgiveness of sin. God loves you and sent His beloved Son to die on the cross for you so you could conquer death and hell and have eternal life. Don’t reject the grace and mercy of God in His beloved Son. Don’t be proud like the serpent – humble yourself at the cross of Christ and turn away from your wicked ways and call upon the Lord Jesus to save you. First the power of God must save you from your sins. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth…” – (Rom.1:16). Don’t spurn the love and grace of God in his dear Son on the cross.
The Horned Serpent.
Beware of Pride and Power and Glory.
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla-
Would like to hear from you!