This article is about the figure who is labelled “Satan”. For the general concept of devils, see Devil. Abrahamic religions who brings evil and temptation, and acts as a deceiver to lead humanity astray. A figure known as “the satan” first appears in the Tanakh as a heavenly accuser or prosecutor, a member of the bible of the adversary pdf sons of God subordinate to Yahweh, who acts as a “Lying Spirit” in mouths of King Ahab’s prophets, slaughters 170,000 people as punishment for David’s census, tests Job’s loyalty to Yahweh by inflicting woes against him, and appears in a vision to Zechariah as the prosecutor against the nation of Judah.
During the intertestamental period, possibly due to influence from the Zoroastrian figure of Angra Mainyu, the satan developed into a malevolent entity with abhorrent qualities in dualistic opposition to God. In the Synoptic Gospels, Satan tempts Jesus in the desert. Satan is described as the “ruler of the demons” and “the God of this Age”. In the Book of Revelation, Satan appears as a Great Red Dragon, who is ultimately defeated by Michael the Archangel and cast down from Heaven.