So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
New York authorities recently warned people about accepting $100 bills. A group of counterfeiters figured out how to chemically strip the ink off $1 bills, which are then reprinted as $100 bills. Since the paper is genuine, it’s difficult to detect the ruse.
In the Bible, Satan is presented as a counterfeiter who specializes in imitating the Lord. He has false teachers, false doctrines, a false church, and even a false trinity. In Revelation 12 and 13, we have a trio of evil personages who try to mimic the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The anti-Father is Satan, the dragon, the serpent (Revelation 12:7-17). The anti-Christ is a beast from the sea, empowered by the dragon and seeking global worship for himself (Revelation 13:1-9). The anti-Spirit is like a beast from the earth who performs great signs (Revelation 13:11-18).
The false trinity will try to mimic God. They will never compare or measure up to the one true God, but the descriptions about them in these passages are warnings for us to beware the wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:11).
To Christ the devil was one of the most real persons. He recognized his person, felt and acknowledged his power, abhorred his character, and warred against his person and kingdom.
E. M. Bounds