Lucifer’s Original Position and Fall

We can say with certainty that the devil and demons are fallen beings because the Bible says they are. They have fallen from whatever estate they once occupied

(Rev. 12:4,9). And the Bible does shed light on the origin of Satan, or Lucifer, as he was originally called.

Where did Satan come from originally? Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 give us a picture of Lucifer’s existence in the beginning as God originally created him and his rebellion and fall. We know that God didn’t make Satan as he is today because God made everything in the beginning and it was all good (Gen. 1:10,12,18,21,25; James 1:17).

In Ezekiel chapter 28, the Bible describes Lucifer before his expulsion and fall from Heaven.

EZEKIEL 28:12-16

12 … Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, FULL OF WISDOM, and PERFECT IN BEAUTY.

13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; EVERY PRECIOUS STONE WAS THY COVERING … the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that THOU WAST CREATED.

14 Thou art THE ANOINTED CHERUB that covereth; and I have set thee so: THOU WAST UPON THE HOLY MOUNTAIN OF GOD; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

15 Thou was PERFECT IN THY WAYS from the day that thou wast created, TILL INIQUITY WAS FOUND IN THEE.

16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and THOU HAST SINNED: therefore I will cast thee AS PROFANE out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O COVERING CHERUB, from the midst of the stones of fire.

In this passage the Bible refers to Lucifer as a created being, “an anointed cherub,” not as a human being: “Thou was perfect in all thy ways from the day that THOU WAST CREATED, till iniquity was found in thee” (v. 15).

God didn’t create Lucifer as we know him now. After Lucifer’s expulsion and fall from Heaven, he became the devil, but he was not created that way. God created Lucifer perfect in his ways (Ezek. 28:15), full of wisdom and perfect in beauty (v. 12). The Bible also says that Lucifer was “… upon the holy mountain of God …” (Ezek. 28:14), so we know he had some access to God.

Here is another interesting thought about Lucifer as he was originally created. Ezekiel 28:13 tells us: “… the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.”

Evidently Lucifer had something to do with music. Perhaps he was Heaven’s chief musician before his expulsion and fall from Heaven. Did you ever notice how music plays a part in the plan and program of God, as well as in Satan’s plan?

The right kind of music prepares you to yield to the Spirit of God, and the wrong kind prepares you to yield to the spirit of the devil. The devil works through the flesh or unregenerated soul, but God works through your spirit by the Holy Spirit.

The Bible says iniquity was found in Lucifer (Ezek. 28:15). What was his sin?

EZEKIEL 28:17,18


18 Thou hast DEFILED thy sanctuaries by the multitude of THINE INIQUITIES….

Lucifer was lifted up in pride because of his great beauty. Because of his pride, he wanted to become like God and ascend into Heaven so he could usurp God’s authority. The Bible talks about Lucifer’s iniquity in Isaiah 14, where God tells us Lucifer’s evil intentions based on his five declarations or “I wills.”

ISAIAH 14:13,14

13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I WILL ascend into heaven, I WILL exalt my throne above the stars of God: I WILL sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

14 I WILL ascend above the heights of the clouds; I WILL be like the most High.

Evidently Lucifer was a free moral agent and had free exercise of his own will, for Lucifer said, “I will.” He could choose. And he made the wrong choice; he tried to exalt his throne above God’s throne. Because of that, God said to Lucifer, “… thou hast sinned …” (Ezek. 28:16).

Then in Ezekiel 28, notice how God responded to Lucifer’s five “I wills” with five “I wills” or declarations of His own. When God declared, “I will” He decreed righteous judgment for Lucifer’s rebellion, which resulted in Lucifer’s expulsion and fall from Heaven.

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