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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

17 THINE HEART WAS LIFTED UP BECAUSE OF THY BEAUTY, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom BY REASON OF THY BRIGHTNESS….

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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Satan’s Names Reveal His Nature and Character

In the garden of Eden we get a glimpse of Lucifer, or Satan, as he was called after his expulsion and fall from Heaven. This passage also reveals Satan’s nature and character after his fall. The Bible says, “Now the SERPENT was more SUBTIL than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made” (Gen. 3:1). Once tempted, Eve told God, “The serpent BEGUILED me, and I did eat” (Gen. 3:13), showing Satan’s crafty and deceptive nature.

Once an anointed cherub in the mountain of God, Satan was cursed by God and took the form of a serpent: “And the Lord God said unto THE SERPENT, Because thou hast done this, THOU ART CURSED above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; UPON THY BELLY SHALT THOU GO, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life” (Gen. 3:14).

What do the Scriptures say regarding Satan’s nature and character? The biblical names given to Satan reveal his nature, character, and also show his realm of authority on this earth.

Adversary: “… your ADVERSARY the devil…walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

Thief: “The THIEF cometh…to steal, and to kill, and to destroy …” (John 10:10).

Murderer and liar: “Ye [the scribes and the Pharisees] are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a MURDERER from the beginning …he is a LIAR, and the father of it” (John 8:44).

Accuser of the brethren: “… THE ACCUSER OF OUR BRETHREN is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night” (Rev. 12:10).

Deceiver “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which DECEIVETH the whole world …” (Rev. 12:9).

Angel of light: “… for Satan himself is transformed into an ANGEL OF LIGHT” (2 Cor. 11:4). As a deceiver, Satan transforms himself into an angel of light.

The prince of this world: “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall THE PRINCE OF THIS WORLD be cast out” (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:8,11).

Prince of the power of the air: “… in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to THE PRINCE OF THE POWER OF THE AIR, THE SPIRIT that now worketh in the children of DISOBEDIENCE” (Eph. 2:2).

The god of this world system: “In whom THE GOD OF THIS WORLD hath blinded the minds of them which believe not…” (2 Cor. 4:4).

If people understood that Satan is the god of this world, it would clear up a lot of confusion they have about why evil exists on this earth.

Some people are so taken up with the evil in the world that they think the universe is basically evil instead of good. Some people have accused God of being the author and creator of evil. For example, I read an article some time ago written by a well-known newspaper columnist here in America. He said he was not religiously inclined, didn’t belong to any church, and never had. He didn’t believe the Bible was the Word of God, and he didn’t know if God existed or not.

In his article he said, “Christians say there is a God who created everything and that God is running this universe. Logically speaking, it would seem a Supreme Being did create the universe. But if God is the Ruler of this universe and He’s running everything, He surely has things in a mess. Why doesn’t He put a stop to war and poverty and innocent babies dying?”

He was trying to understand why a good God who is ruling the world would allow evil to exist. But this newspaper columnist had only heard one side of the argument—he didn’t know that the Bible says Satan is the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4).

If this journalist had known and believed the Bible, he would have known that God made the world in the beginning and saw that everything was good (Gen. 1:10,12,18,21,25,31; James 1:17). God made man and gave man dominion over the work of His hands.

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Hints of a Possible Pre-Adamic Kingdom

The origin and fall of Satan, or Lucifer, as he was called is made fairly clear in Scripture. He was called Lucifer before his expulsion and fall from Heaven, but Satan after his expulsion and fall. The origin of demons, devils, or evil spirits is not made so clear.

Some Bible scholars believe millions of years elapsed between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2. And some believe there could have been an original earthly kingdom before the creation recorded in Genesis.

Genesis 1:1,2

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

The evil spirits that are here on earth now could have been part if that original pre-Adamic kingdom. Many Bible scholars agree that even before the flood, a pre-Adamic kingdom existed, because we know from archeological discoveries that dinosaurs and mammoth animals once lived on the earth.

Where did they come from? Maybe those creatures came from a different kind of creation that existed on the earth before Adam—some kind of a pre-Adamic creation. In Isaiah, we have hint in Scriptures of a pre-Adamic kingdom.

Isaiah 14:12-14

12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

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 had some kind of a throne indicating some kind of authority. Lucifer probably reigned below the clouds and stars because verse 13 says, “… I will exalt my throne ABOVE the stars.” implying that Lucifer’s throne was below the stars. If Lucifer’s throne was below the stars, it could have encompassed and included the realm and domain of the earth.

It’s possible that Lucifer ruled a kingdom here on earth which existed before Adam but at the same time pre-historic animals roamed this earth. Maybe Satan ruled his kingdom during this pre-Adamic creation, and the evil spirits we now have on the earth were fallen spirit beings from that creation. We don’t have chapter and verse for it; but on the other hand, Scripture doesn’t refute it either. We do see hints of it in the Scripture.

Also, we do know that there are evil spirits here on the earth today. So where did they come from? The other possibility is that evil spirits include those angels that fell in Lucifer’s rebellion (Rev. 12:4,9).

Man was not part of that pre-adamic creation, for the Bible indicates that Adam was the first man: “And, so it is written, The FIRST MAN Adam was made a living soul…” (1 Cor. 15:45). But some kind of creation could have existed before Adam—even an entirely different kind of creation than we know today.

I’m not presenting this theory dogmatically because we don’t have enough light on it in the Scriptures to be dogmatic. We can’t be dogmatic on matters we can’t support scripturally. Sometimes we wish we had more light on the origin of evil spirits, but evidently God told us in His Word what He wanted us to know.

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Satan and His Kingdom

Believers are seated with Christ in heavenly places, far above all powers and principalities of darkness. No demon can deter the believer who is seated with Christ far above all the works of the enemy! Our seating and reigning with Christ in heavenly places is a position of authority, honor, and triumph not failure, depression, and defeat.

Since the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ has the triumph and victory over the devil and his cohorts in every encounter, why. does it seem so many believers are subject to Satan and his deceptions?

Whether or not believers are victorious over the devil depends on what view they have of themselves as the Church – militant, defeated, or triumphant. It all depends on how well they understand their position in Christ.

The militant Church depicts a body of believers who are not yet seated in heavenly places in Christ and are still “battling” to try to gain the victory over an enemy that hasn’t been defeated yet by the Lord Jesus Christ.

The defeated Church also gives us a picture of a Church which is ignorant of the fact that they are seated with Christ and that they are supposed to be reigning in life through Jesus Christ. Because they are ignorant of their position in Christ or they’ve never used the authority they really possess, these believers are constantly ravaged by the wiles of Satan and are in a state of continual failure and defeat.

But the triumphant Church is the biblical perspective of the Body of Christ seated with Christ in heavenly places far above all powers and principalities (Eph. 1:3; 2:6). The triumphant Church scripturally portrays a Body of believers who not only know but exercise their authority in Christ and therefore reign victoriously in life through Jesus Christ over Satan, a defeated foe (Rom. 5:17).

In this age when demon activity is increasing around the world, it is vital that believers know what their redemption in Christ entitles them to. We need to be fully convinced of the authority that is ours because of the victory Jesus has already won for us over all the power of the enemy. The only way we can have confidence in our authority over the enemy is to know and walk in the light of the written Word of God. With that introduction, let’s go to the Book of beginnings, Genesis, and start our study by investigating the origins of Satan and lis kingdom.

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