That old Serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world

Satan holding to his kingdom on earth

In the ancient times the serpent was the most adored subject throughout the whole world. The Serpent was one of the most earliest form of representing a item of worship and in all ancient rites we find some allusion to the serpent.  It was worshiped in India, Egypt, Phenicia, Babylonia, Greece, and Italy. Now much worshiped in Freemasonry thanks to modern technology and various Masonic writers who took the effort collecting and uniting various ancient pagan beliefs.

Sumerian seal of snake, woman and a man

This Sumerian seal shows a man and woman near a tree, a snake is beside the woman

The universality of the nature of worship observed using the snake or the serpent does make one wonder that there is something more than just consequence. We cannot conclude it to be just chance. Not every cavemen around the world just thought, “Oh that snake must be a good thing to worship! Let us all give worship to the Snake!”  Without communication between groups, tribes, and cultures living in different parts of the ancient world, there must be far more convincing truths why all the cavemen around the globe suddenly came up with the same idea of worshiping snakes. It is not surprising that it has been regarded by some writers as the primitive religion of man. In some nations as the Egyptians the serpent was the representative of the good principle; but in some beliefs the serpent is believed to be the Evil principle.

The Snake and the Bible

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world.

The whole concept of exalting the snake to be a deity is directly in contrasting the Jewish or Christian belief where the snake or the serpent represents Satan. The Serpent is introduced right back in Genesis chapter 3 itself talking to Eve in the Garden of Eden the devil deceives her, “..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.” Genesis 3:3-5

Lucifer the Cherub who was in charge of almost everything in heaven, a position possibly next to God himself, grew proud of himself and the Bible says “iniquity was found in him” which triggered his great fall out of Heaven into the celestial realm of the created universe.  The Bible dramatically describes his fight against the powers of Heaven in the book of Revelation chapter 12:7-9:

Lucifer falling

He was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. – Rev. 12:9

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

In just one verse the Bible describes Satan as The Dragon, the Old Serpent, the Devil, and Satan – indicating that all these different terms point to the same person – the devil. Therefore it is very clear that the Serpent worship in the ancient world is certainly made to the devil who is in disguise, or who exalts himself to be a god and who is in this physical realm to influence us. It is we who must make a careful study on these subjects and we must be careful to identify what spirit are we giving worship to.  The Bible warns not to believe every spirit, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1 so let us be clear minded not to give worship to anything and everything just because it is a spirit, but rather ‘test the spirit’ whether it is of God.