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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…

    • Kasey Nichols

      Bilal Brown I haven’t read everything you said but I tell you alot what I’m reading you haven’t understood right and is not seeing things how you should but one thing I saw instantly that really made me say something to you is you were saying about a war in heaven in revelations I know what your saying about revelations and idk if your being deceitful or just misunderstood but REVELATIONS IS THE END all that’s in there is what is going to happen when the end times come on earth as we live THAT NEEDS TO BE CLEAR NOW because you are saying there’s things in there about interpretations of the beginning of what happened at the beginning before Adam and eve that’s false ill read again to make sure but I never saw anything in there of the beginning or telling of things in the beginning I don’t what your getting at or your playing at but I needed that to be CLEAR for everyone who reads this

    • Kasey Nichols

      Yes demoninc in nature he is a demon and the others are one I mean the they turned demon and when in nature like he himself sees his dark the true light he’s the father of LIES

      • Kasey Nichols

        The they are the all the demons not meaning Satan he is even worse then a demon he’s demonic In nature He is Absolute Darkness to try and be pure light the true light HE IS THE FATHER OF LIES HE WILL BE DEFEATED AND ALL OF IT WILL BE DONEE ALL OF TGE DESTRUCTION HE HAS AND WILL WILL BEEEE DDDDONNNNEEEEEE

        • Kasey Nichols

          DEMONIC IN NATURE HES A LIVING DEMON THE OTHERS WERE TURNED DEMON HE LIVVVES TO DO AND BE A DEEEMMMOONN BUT HES JUST A FOOL HAVE NO FEAR WITH GOD BEING FOR US WE HAVE LITERALLY NOTHING TO FEAR STAY STRONG BE FAITHFUL AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL

      • Sorry, but I’m not sure what you are alluding to. There is nowhere in the Bible that states that Satan was an angel, it is only an (incorrect in my opinion) inference made by some people.

  • 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.

  • Md Gouws

    satan/devil or Lucifer was infact not an angel at all . He was one of the Sons of God’s (which includes Jesus our saviour). there’s literally not a single instance where he was called an angel in the bible. but more than 4 times he was specifically called among the Sons of God. Lucifer sag at the high council of Our Father. Angels didn’t . besides angel doesnt have the gift of free will . and thus for then to rebel they have to be under the commandents of God or ….. One of the Sons of God (Like Jesus which is actuality named Yheshua ). Ps 82:7 reads “But ye shall die like men and fall like one of the princes. never did God call an angel “Son” or a “prince” . if lucifer was angel hand he fell then he would of been called a demon and not “The Devil” and no another demons would’ve obeyed him because they would of been equal. But yet again Angels can’t rebel without a higher authority giving them commands ,for they have no self will . they we’re made as workers/messengers for God .Lucifer was called the “The morning star” just as Jesus was called the morning star in the book of revelation. I can’t really understand why most people think that he was an Angel. an angel cant even think about rebelling against God and is completey impossible for an angel to overpower God. That’s why Lucifer thought that he had a chance to overthrown His/ Our Father because he was a Son of God and is alot greater than an Angel . Lucifer = Prince of the darkness . Jesus= Prince of peace.

    • Tina

      Thank you Md for your comment.
      To address your thoughts, let us turn to the Bible once again.

      1. Satan or the devil was a “covering cherub” (Ezekiel 25:20) and we know that was a very special type of angel, as it is seen in the Most Holy Place of the Sanctuary on the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25:20). This cherub, which is a special angel, is depicted as facing another cherub with its wings covering the presence of God. Everything in the sanctuary on earth is a pattern of the Sanctuary in heaven (Exodus 25:40, Hebrews 8:2). Thus, Lucifer, who became Satan was indeed once a type of angel.

      2. The term “sons of God” is used to describe anyone who is a follower of God. The story your referring to is in the book of Job, specifically chapter 1 verse 6. This was a counsel of heavenly beings presenting themselves before God and it says that Satan “came also among them.” This was obviously a meeting he knew about, but was no longer welcome to come to, as he is no longer a “son of God.” The word “sons” int the phrase “sons of God” is in lower case as well as plural, making it a general term. Those of us here on earth who are led by the Spirit of God are called “sons of God.” (Romans 8:14; 1 John 3:1).

      3. Jesus is the only begotten Son of God, which is specific only to Him (John 1:14; John 3:16; 1 John 4:9). Satan is in no way equal to Jesus, as Jesus only has “all power in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18) including authority over all devils (Luke 9:1), making Jesus of higher rank as the devils follow Satan, but Jesus has authority over them all. Jesus is also the only one who is equal with God (Philippians 2:5-60) while Satan (formerly Lucifer) desired to be “like the most high” (Isaiah 14:12-14), indicating that he indeed was not.

      4. Lucifer is never called the morning star. He was called the “son of the morning” (Isaiah 14:12), which is also a lower case term of “son.” Also, the term “morning star” is yet another general term, as all of the sons of God are called “morning stars” (Job 38:7).

      5. An angel does have freewill, as a third of the angels in heaven chose to believe the lies of Satan and followed after him (Revelation 12:4, 5, 9; Isaiah 9:15). The fact that they left God to follow Satan demonstrates free will, otherwise they would not have been able to reason and make the decision to follow Satan.

      In His service,

      BibleAsk Team

      • Md Gouws

        it’s beautiful answer but unfortunately doesn’t change anything. ive translated 3 codecs which was the very first handwritten greek and Hebrews manuscripts which later on became the corrupt “Bible ” as we know it today. there are more than 14.000 mistakes and differences. there are atleast 20 complete books missing from the modern bible. and there’s alot more than only 10 commandments. how about you try more that 67 commandments…. it took me years and years to translate them but youll all be in shock and denial if i had to tell you whats really going on around you. Angels possess absolutely no free will which is written very boldly and very hard to miss . for angels were created to servev as messsngers and workers of Our Father . Only Djinn’s (which were also created to serve God ,but got corrupted by Lucifer), humans , and obviously the Sons of God.

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  • Kasey Nichols

    The person down below is right about this guy he has flipped things around and putting a form of misunderstanding of things in here for I hope not but bad intentions believe me if you want me to explain I will just know that alot of what he was saying he’s trying to be deceitful there isn’t all truth here for. What he has been saying EXPESIALLY REVALATIONS HE WAS TRYING TO BUT THE END TIMES AS A BOOK ABOUT THE BEGINNING LIKE THERE IS NO END AND YOU WONT FIND THE END FROM THERE I SAW WHAT YOUR DOING YOU SIR NEED TO TURN FROM YOUR WICKED EVIL INTENT NOW

  • I have opened my third eye and met a spirit who told me its name is satan

    • Tina

      I would recommend you stop your meditative practices of opening your third eye and stay away from this or any other spirit. These spirits will deceive you and have only your destruction in mind. For your sake, I pray you look to Jesus as your Savior and find what you are looking for in Him.