Satans' Fall From Heaven
By Wendell Tenison
All angels were created including Satan.
Psa 148:1 -5 "Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights...... Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts...... Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light...... Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens...... Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created."
Jesus saw Satan fall from heaven as lightning. The question is when?
Luke 10:18 "And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven."
Revelation the twelveth chapter gives the account of Satans' fall.
Rev 12:7-9 "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...... 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."
Satan came along with the sons of God when they appeared before him in the book of Job. Job was written circa 1930 B.C. The Patriarchal age lasted 2666 years until the law of Moses. The law of Moses lasted for 1500 years until the death of Christ. This means that Job was written about 50 years after the children of Israel entered into the bondage of Egypt for which they remained for 430 years. We do not know when the actual life of Job occurred compared to the writing of the book. Job was the first recorded book of poetry. Was God in heaven or on earth when the sons of God appeared before him? There is no doubt that the Lord was in heaven.
Job 1:6-7 "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." See also Job 2:1.
Also in the book of Job, we find that God put no trust in his angels and the heavens were not clean in his sight. This means that Satan had not yet been cast out with his angels.
Job 4:18 "Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:"
Job 15:15 "Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight."
The book of Isaiah was written circa 760 B.C., wherein the Lord, instructs Isaiah, to take up this proverb against the King of Babylon. From verse 4 of chapter 14 thru verse 16, this proverb is speaking to the king and not as many believe to Satan. However, this proverb is calling the King of Babylon Satan and compares him perfectly to the one cast out of heaven. That would be the same as someone calling another the devil, or saying, he is the devil incarnate in the flesh. From this we can safely say that Satan was cast out of heaven between 760 B.C. and 1930 B.C. Verse 16 is very clear that Isaiah is speaking to a man and not Satan.
Notice in particular verse 12 where Isaiah states the Lucifer had fallen from heaven. The Brown-Driver-Briggs-Gesenius Hebrew-English Lexicon, page 237, says that this is the epithet of the King of Bablon.
Isa 14:4-16 "That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased!.....The LORD hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers...... He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth......The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing......Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us...... Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. .....All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?.....Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee...... 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;"
There was another king who thought the same as the King of Babylon and God also rendered judgment upon him for his sins. That was king Tyrus, Ezekiel 28:1-19. It bears worth of reading.
Hundreds of years after Job, we find in the book of Psalms that the angels do his commandments. Also, indicating that the heavens were clean.
Psa 103:20 "Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word."
After his coming, the Lord put up with Satan until he had enough. He states that he was cast out. This means that his power was stripped to the point that he could no longer enter people and control their minds. Otherwise, there would be no church of the Lord, because all Satan would have to do is enter into the saints minds and control them and that would be the end of the church.
John 12:31 "Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out."
John 14:30 "Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me."
John 16:11 "Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged."
There are a great many and some in the church who are more afraid of Satan than of God. We shall see in the next verse who has the greater power, Satan or the called of God. Why would Satan turn tail and run? He is afraid; of who, of course God.
James 4:7 "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
The final destination of Satan.
Mat 25:41 "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:"
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