An enormous question that always seems a question of debate is about Satan. I’ve heard many different interpretations from many people, some think he reigns over a fiery hell while others think he doesn’t exist at all.
Here is the truth about Satan.
“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! 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: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?” (Isaiah 14:12-17).
“Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 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. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. 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. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more” (Ezekiel 28:13-19).
“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” (Revelation 12:9).
Here’s the narrative as I understand it: In the beginning, Satan was called Lucifer (which means “Light Bearer,” i.e. “covering cherub”). He was made perfect until the day iniquity was found in him, which was that he wanted to be the highest being in all of existence. Simply, he wanted to outshine the Lord and became jealous of him.
Let’s move forward some time later to the creation of Earth. On the eighth day, the Lord created Adam, and then Eve. Satan, who had become jealous, decided to intervene with these new creations. It’s unclear whether he was trying to prove these beings to be flawed or simply trying to ruin the Lord’s garden, but what he did is clear.
“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Genesis 3:1).
After Satan tempted Eve, who tempted Adam, and caused them to sin, the Lord was exceedingly angry with him. He cursed Adam and Eve with death, among other things.
“In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return” (Genesis 3:19).
“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: (Genesis 3:14)”
At this same time, he cursed Satan by demoting him from Lucifer (Light Bearer) to Satan (Adversary). It’s important to note that he was not cast out of Heaven here, but was cursed to walk to and fro in the Earth. This is when he became the angel of death, no longer being a covering cherub.
“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;” (Hebrews 2:14).
A little later we see Satan again, in the book of Job. We can infer some things about his position and relationship with the Lord based on what he does here.
“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD” (Job 1:6-12).
For one, we can see here that Satan was not cast out yet, being fairly welcome at this gathering. We can also see what he has been up to, that being his going to and fro in the earth. Not much changes with him until the New Testament.
The exact time of when this happens is not clear to me. It could be earlier or later than I think, but I believe it occurred during Jesus Christ’s time on Earth. We know that Satan mounted an army and waged war on Heaven.
“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven” (Revelation 12:7-8).
This is when Satan was cast out of Heaven for good. No place was found anymore for him, meaning he wasn’t even allowed on the premises. I reason out that the war occurred then because Jesus spoke and said this: “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:17-20).
When Jesus Christ rose from the grave, he took back the keys of hell and death from Satan: “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” (Revelation 1:18).
Regardless, though, of when it happened, we know that this war was when Satan pulled down a third part of the angels with him.
“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” (Matthew 25:41).
“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;” (2 Peter 2:4).
“Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever” (Jude 1:13).
I believe Satan and these fallen angels are now present in the Earth, possessing and influencing mankind. Which brings us to now. We, the remnant and believers of Jesus Christ, are at war with Satan and his masses. We fight by not forsaking Christ and not letting go of our belief.
“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17).
So, who is Satan? Now, he is the voice from the radio, the voice from the television, the voice of the wicked, and the voice of temptation and sin. Anyone who can see truth sees the state of this world. These are the darkest days of all, is there any doubt that Satan is more active than ever?
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:” (Deuteronomy 30:19).
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