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Where in the Bible does it say Satan was once a glorious angel in Heaven?

satan-angels-heavenHello D,

Thank you for your question. 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.

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.

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, “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 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 “… 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.”

Satan was cast out of heaven and found a stronghold on earth after he successfully deceived Adam and Eve. Now he, along will 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. They 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,

The BibleAsk Team

 

 

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  • Eleanor Pat Hawkins

    Excellent Reading

    • ProofDirectory

      Thank you 🙂

  • Ezekiel is speaking about the human being, not Lucifer. There is no explicit reference in the Bible that Lucifer was an angel, only that he was a leader of them but demonic in nature.

    • ProofDirectory

      Hello Bilal, we appreciate your feedback. While I understand where you’re coming from, the Bible tends to answer itself. I think it’s best to start by looking at Isaiah 14:12 and from there seeing Lucifer, who was called son of the morning and that he was in heaven, implying that he was an angel as only God’s angels live in heaven. In regards to Ezekiel 28, I agree that in this chapter it does begin by speaking about a human being. However it shifts into a comparison with the great enemy, which is Satan. Just as Satan started as a beautiful cherub (as it says in verse 14), so did this prince turn evil because of his blessings. It is clear, however, that this is Satan, as it says in Ezekiel 28:13, that he was in Eden, which we know Satan was in as a serpent. Thus, we know that this is no longer speaking about the human prince of Tyre, but of the enemy of mankind Satan. The same is shown in Isaiah 14, where the king of Babylon is compared to Satan in his character, as he was filled with pride which caused him to fall and forsake God.

      • Well, Adam and Lucifer were both in Eden and Heaven, Lucifer deceived Adam. Nowhere does the Bible say that Satan was a cherub, rather it seems he was a demon/sprite and placed amongst the rank of the angels. The point is that the Bible isn’t explicit in this matter.

        Linguistically you can’t shift to speaking about a subject without prior mention of it. Rather the apparent first person address in Ezekiel is directed towards the human being like the verses before it “You were the seal of perfection…”

        • ProofDirectory

          Thank you for your response. May I ask who is the anointed cherub in Ezekiel 28 that was cast out of heaven? Who then had iniquity?

          • Mollyzin

            It was Adam and Eve, made to together be the image of God who were perfect and beautiful, and in whom iniquity was found. When the Serpent told them that by eating the fruit they would be like God, their actions showed that they agreed. It was Adam who said in his heart, “I will be like the Most High,” not the serpent. It was they who were cast out of the place where they walked and talked with God. The main reason Satan is traditionally held to have been an angel is because Ezekiel calls its being a cherub, and people assume that cherubs are angels. The actual meaning of the word “cherub” is used many times in the scripture to describe some kind of an image or representation–and it was Man who was called the image, not Satan. Satan is actually a title, “Ha Satan”. The Ha is the equivilant of “the” and it means there was only one. The title is “The Adversary”.

            Another interesting thing is that the word “anointed” means “with outstretched wings.” Every community on earth has been found to have the desire to fly. The cherub in Ezekiel was “cast to the ground”, as Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden and made to work the soil for a living, and cast out of the previously unhindered relationship with God. But Isaiah says that those who hope in the Lord will mount up with wings like eagles. So perhaps when God restores all things, we will no longer be limited to the ground as we are now. I love that idea!

        • Olarotimi Onayemi

          It’s apparent. I have knoen it for ages. What does Bilal seek?

          • You may have been taught it by your pastor but it is not explicitly mentioned in the Bible. The problem that arises is that the angels were created without free will, they were only created to carry out God’s command and cannot contradict it.

          • Tina

            Thank you for your comment. We encourage questions and discussion, as that is how we learn. I would ask that you pray for our brother who is seeking truth as the truth will set us free.

        • Tina

          This Bible prophecy that was given to Ezekial 28 verses 11-19 are its own prophecy, thus not needing prior reference. The idea that this is referring to Satan is based on clues in the text. In Ezekial 28: 17 that he was “cast to the ground,” in like manner, it states in Revelation 12:9 ” 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.” It also states in Ezekial 28:16, that he was cast from the “mountain of God.” This is clearly in heaven, just as Satan was cast out of heaven in Revelation 12:8-9, 12.
          The fact that this being was in Eden until iniquity was found in him give the idea that this could possibly be Adam, however it goes on to say in vs 19 ” never shalt thou be any more.” This is most probably not Adam, as Adam had the opportunity to repent and was given robes of covering by God and was told the plan of salvation in Genesis 3:15 which was taught to his children.This short prophecy in Ezekial 28:11-19 most clearly shows the story of the rise and prophesied fall of Satan and serves as a warning to not follow in his footsteps of pride when given a position of power or other blessings.

      • David Christman

        Satan started as a beautiful cherub…Which all depictions in art are naked babies with wings…you are getting your information from church tradition (largely developed in the middle ages) not from the bible itself.

    • George Mason

      Actually EZEKIEL IS A PROPHECY THAT SPEAKS TWO FOLD..THE ACTUAL AND THE LIKENESS THERE OF..SO THIS IS APT..Not screaming just had the caps on…but then I went back to research it some more and now..I don’t think this is about satan per say..but about the world empire of false religion…

  • Justin M. Roberson

    This idiot takes verses and flips them around for his own purposes.

    Whoever wrote this big answer is what the bible warns about. Talk about False teachers. God has a special place in he’ll for people as such.

    • Fortunately there are plenty of Bible verses for people to look up for themselves and judge the matter independent of what commentators may say. The use of proper or improper language also reveals the sort of spirit that moves us.

  • John Lawrence Baclohan

    I appreciate how you present this as objectively as possible. 🙂

  • David Christman

    Ezekiel is not talking about Satan at all, but rather the King of Tyre, and there is no mention of Satan or the Devil in the preceding passages. Its about a man not a supernatural power. Also even if you tried to make the comparison by the phrase “you were in Eden” that would be incorrect, because Satan/Devil is never mentioned in the Genesis account (but the entire passage is allegorical anyway so why even go there). It is merely a snake that can talk. The hebrew word for Satan is only mentioned 3 times in the Hebrew bible and a handful of times in the New Testament.