The Serpent’s Eyes
“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as Gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons” – (Gen.3:5-7).
The serpent’s eyes are protected by a transparent scale that is shed with the scaly skin several times a year when it molts. This scale keeps his eyes always open and because he has no eyelids, science cannot prove he sleeps. When God created the serpent He foreknew that he would be the symbol of Satan and He designed him accordingly. We can learn much spiritual truth about Satan by meditating on the serpent’s make-up. In this sermon we’re going to zero in on the serpent’s eyes. May God open the eyes of our understanding and enlighten us by the Holy Spirit so we may know our enemy and be forewarned.
Satan the serpent was a cherubim named Lucifer before he sinned in pride and God created the cherubim with a body full of eyes (Ezk. 10:12). Cherubims are God’s watchers and special angelic creatures, but after Lucifer sinned his eyes became evil eyes and he became the enemy of God. Evil eyes of sin and the lust of the eyes are what the serpent’s eyes stand for. And he ever tempts man to use his eyes for evil also. “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye…” – (Mk.7:21,22) I’ve seen some ‘evil eyes’ in people since I got saved and they’re straight from the pits of hell – they are Satan the serpent’s eyes. Eyes are the soul’s windowpane – shaded not they will explain. Eyes can show the state of the inward soul.
The serpent said to Eve – “Your eyes shall be opened” and when Adam and Eve sinned – “The eyes of them both were opened.” Their eyes were opened to sin and evil like the serpents eyes – that are forever open. Their eyes were now open to sins of all kinds but they were blind to spiritual truth – “In whom the God of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” – (2 Cor.4:4). They were now spiritually dead in trespasses and sins and darkness entered within and the fleshly, physical part of their being became paramount. The lust of the eyes and their carnal nature took the place of their spiritual eyes. “Because that darkness hath blinded his eyes” – (I Jn.2:11). God wants us to open the Bible and get saved by Jesus Christ so God can open our spiritual eyes that we lost because of sin. “And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” – (Luke 24:31,32). The only way that blind, fallen man can have his spiritual eyes opened again is by being saved by God’s beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The best example we have of this spiritual blindness of sinners is the conversion of the Apostle Paul. He was on his way to persecute and murder the saints of God at Damascus when he met the blinding light of the Lord Jesus who told him things and sent him to Damascus. “And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened; he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him to Damascus. And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightiest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized” – (Acts 9:8,17,18). Paul was a blind sinner and immediately when he got saved scales fell off his eyes and he was given ‘spiritual’ sight. These scales point directly to the serpent’s eyes who has transparent scales covering his eyes. It shows us how sinners are spiritually blind until they get saved by Christ and they receive their Holy Spirit sight. Years later Paul tells what Jesus told him on the road to Damascus in (Acts 26:18) “To open their eyes, and to urn them from darkness to light, and form the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” Have your spiritual eyes been opened by Christ? Are you born again? Have the scales of a sinner’s eyes fallen off you and loosed you from the serpent’s power? (The transparent corneas that cover the eyes of sinners are the scales - and we think of contact lens also).
The serpent and his devils have many eyes and they run to and fro tempting people to sin, but Satan is not all-seeing as God is – “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do” – (Heb.4:13). When the Father sees someone repent of their sins and turn by faith to Christ to save them, he opens their blind spiritual eyes and they receive their spiritual eyesight. And it’s all by God’s amazing grace.
I once was lost, but now I’m found.
Was blind but now I see.
The serpent deceived Adam and Eve because their newly opened eyes of the flesh would soon close in death – “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” – (Rom.5:21). The serpent’s lack of eyelids shows that he has the power of death over man because when they sin they die. “On my eyelids is the shadow of death” – (Job 16:16). When anyone dies and his eyes are opened they immediately close their eyelids. That’s what happened to Adam and Eve and every other human being. Their eyes are closed in the sleep of death – (Ps.13:13). Only Jesus Christ can open our spiritual eyes and give us eternal life. The disciples were given power in Christ’s name to raise the dead to life – “But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up” – (Acts.9:40). O’ yes, the serpent’s eyelids of death is reversed by the Lord Jesus.
The serpent’s number one man during the great tribulation is ‘the beast’ of Revelation. Daniel Chapter 7 also describes the beast. He had a vision of the beast’s horns and in one horn “Were eyes like the eyes of a man and a mouth speaking great things” – (Dan.7:8,20). The beast will have great speaking ability and probably something unique with his eyes. But one thing I believe is that the mark of the beast will be a computer digit. It will be in the right hand or forehead (between the eyes). The mark of the beast will allow people to buy or sell. The mark is proof of ‘Eye-dentity.” Iris scans are now being used. A person’s eyes are scanned in order to prove eye-dentity – amen. Certainly the eyes that Daniel saw points to the mark of the beast and his master behind the scenes, that old Serpent with his evil eyes. “And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast…” – (Rev.13:4).
God created the wicked serpent with no eyelids and therefore no rest or sleep in order to show us – “But the wicked are the like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked” – (Is.37:20,21). This is probably one of the most picturesque descriptions of the wicked in scripture. Like the troubled sea, the wicked person can find no rest or peace in his wicked ways outside of Christ. He whas no peace of mind and heart at all – he has an unpacified conscience. But Praise the Lord Jesus for the gospel of peace – “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ“– (Rom.5:1). When we’re saved we no longer are the enemy of God like the serpent, but we make peace with God through the blood of the cross. “When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet” – (Prov.3:24).
To the saved, born again saints of God, death is only a sleep because we have our rest in Christ, as Jesus so plainly showed us with His resurrection of Lazarus. “Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep” – (Jn.11:11-13). “For we which have believed do enter into rest…” – (Heb.4:3). As it is written – “Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall hot all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” – (I Cor.15:51,52).
But to all the lost sinners who have spurned and rejected the grace of God in His beloved Son on the cross, they die without eyelids, as it were, and spend eternity in the lake of fire where they have no rest day nor night. “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name” – (Rev.14:11). “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” – (Rev.20:15). All the unsaved sinners will join with the Serpent in the lake of fire and have no rest. They refused to repent of their lust of the eyes and their wickedness, and they will not sleep. The second death in the lake of fire is not sleep. Like Jesus’ parable of the rich man – “The rich man also died and was buried. And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments…” – (Luke ). No rest for the wicked. – amen. “And the way of peace have they not known” – (Rom.3:17).
We continue in these end days – “Preaching peace by Jesus Christ” – (Acts ). Jesus Christ is the only way you can have remission of sins and peace with God. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace” – (Jn.16:33). I pray that the Lord will open your spiritual eyes by the light of His Word and you will get saved by the Savior. I pray that you will turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God and find forgiveness of sin. Repent of your sins and turn from your wicked ways and turn to Jesus Christ by faith and you will be saved.
The Serpent’s evil eyes
Preacher Mike Storti
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