A Question I Was Asked:

Where in the Bible Does it say Where Satan Gets His Power? Also, Does Satan Still have Powers?

Where in the Bible does it say where Satan gets his power?

Also, does Satan still have powers?

UK Apologetics Reply:

God has temporarily allowed Satan to have certain power. It seems that God's great plan needed an evil figure with some power to see how human beings would respond to it; see Isaiah 45:7. We are looking at the big overall picture here, of course. Hard though it may seem, this will eventually work out for great good.

Right now Satan does not have the power which he had in the past (don't forget that before Constantine declared Christianity as the religion of the Roman Empire, many religio-political systems through the world had quite openly worshipped idols and demons and had employed horrific torture methods). Many historians have noted that it was the influence of Christianity more than anything else which caused torture to be gradually restricted and increasingly thought to be unacceptable (even though we all know it still occurs). Satan and his demons also now operate only from Earth. He (and they) were cast down when the Gospel started to be preached. Look at this:

17. The seventy-two returned with joy and said, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name." 18. He replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." (Luke 10:17-20).

So Satan is effectively 'chained' in being able to operate only from Earth, unable to manipulate things in quite the way he was able to in the past.

28. But if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29. "Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house." (Matthew 12:28-29).

So here Satan is likened to a 'strong man' who needed to be chained in order for people to come to Christ. This also means that Satan can no longer bring accusations against God's people to Heaven itself (as he was once apparently able to do), so he cannot prevent the called and chosen Elect of God from coming to God and receiving salvation. Look at this:

25. Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father's name testify about me, 26. but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. 30. I and the Father are one." (John 10:25-30).

See: Can Satan Still Enter Heaven to Accuse the Brethren?
When Was Satan Thrown Out of Heaven?

Right at the end, just before Jesus returns in glory and power, Satan will - just for a very short spell - be allowed increased power once again (Revelation 20:3). Most believe this has not yet happened but some believe that this final phase has already started to occur. Witness the huge increase in the persecution of Christians throughout the world during the last 10-15 years or so.

Robin A. Brace. March 19th, 2018.