It’s true, Satan was once a glorious angel in Heaven. There are several Bible texts that explain to us the origin of Satan. Many people get surprised to find out that he was first one of the most honored of all angels (Ezekiel 28:14). Satan was originally called Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12). But his name changed to Satan (Job 1:6-9; Matthew 4:10). The majority of the Bible verses that talk about Satan before his fall as a glorious angel are found in Ezekiel chapter 28.
Origin of Satan
Ezekiel 28:12-13 describe how beautiful Satan was, God created him to be perfect in wisdom and beauty, a spectacle of flawlessness and gave him special capabilities in music and voice. “You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created till iniquity was found in you” (Ezekiel 28:15). This verse is significant in that it explains that God did not create evil, He created something perfect. Satan is the one who created evil.
What happened in Heaven
The question is, how could something so perfect go so wrong? The answer is pride. “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor” (Ezekiel 28:17). Satan started to think too highly of himself because of all his gifts, he started to crave the honor that was bestowed on God for himself. Isaiah 14 is another chapter that we can draw clues from concerning this and in verses 13 and 14 it says about Lucifer (read full passage of Isaiah 14):
“For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’”
Lucifer becomes Satan
Lucifer wanted the honor that should only go to the Creator. He wanted it so badly that he was even willing to fight against God for it. Revelation 12:7-9 reveals the fact that there was an actual war in heaven (read full passage of Revelation 12):
“… Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 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.”
As a result of that war, Lucifer was cast out, he and all those that chose to follow him. In His own words, Jesus described the scene as “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” (Luke 10:18). Some then ask how many angels chose to follow Lucifer? The Bible does not say, however in Revelation 12:4 we read:
“His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.”
This may be literal in that Satan deceived a third of all the angels in heaven. If that’s the case, it is no wonder Christ had to allow sin to run its course, so that the whole universe can see the outcome and never question God’s justice again.
Satan was cast out of heaven and found a stronghold on earth after he successfully deceived Adam and Eve. Now he, along with all of the fallen angels who are now known as demons (Revelation 20:2) are trying their best to make sure that they deceive as many humans as they can.
The devil and his angels want to hurt God, who loves humans and gave Himself for them, and the best way they can do that is to continue the rebellion against Him here on earth and take as many as they can down with them because they know their time is short; they will be destroyed in hell fire (Matthew 25:41). That’s why Peter warns us to, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
Jesus overcame Satan, and Jesus has offered us the help that we need to overcome Satan, too. God is infinitely stronger than the devil. If we unite ourselves with the Savior, we can overcome anything (Philippians 4:13).
In His service,
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