We have discovered heaven is bigger than our whole universe! And there are most likely billions of angels with jobs, positions, authority, etc. And more than that – they have free will! In fact, when Lucifer rebelled against God, he had an army consisting of 1/3 of all the angels with him!
The Journey before us This week – Satan’s fall Next week – Mother’s day The following week – creation vs. evolution The week after that – Genesis 1-2 And then, Genesis 3-4 the fall of man
Before creation eternity past Timeline of creation Trinity & Angels World Satan’s Man Heaven Eden Fall
Genesis 1:1 We will do an introduction to the book later – today we need to finish our study of angels, so we will peer into the fall of Lucifer.
First, why is the important to study? All evil, bad, sickness, and death come from Satan. It is important to know that God did not create evil, but in giving angels free will, He allowed it to enter in so that mankind would have free will. There had to be evil in order for us to choose good. Without a choice, there is no true love!
Some main points Lucifer was created good He was created before this universe, so in the creation of this universe God could call everything ‘good’. He chose bad and became evil He was cast down from heaven, but still has access to heaven At the breaking of the sixth seal, he will be cast out of heaven for ever.
Theories Some say Satan sinned between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 – the gap theory It could be he sinned after the creation of the world, before the creation of man. Either way, his pride was his sin, and caused all evil in the universe! And Satan was cast down to earth So, when did Satan fall? First we need a little reminder…
Flash forward…we now have authority over Satan & his demons! Luke 10:18 18 And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” How do we have authority over the enemy?
Jas 4:6 But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, "GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE." Jas 4:7 Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Jas 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
So, back to our question – when did Satan fall?
Gap Theory Gen 1:1 In the beginning H7225 God H430 created H1254 (H853) the heaven H8064 and the earth. H776 Gen 1:2 And the earth H776 was H1961 without form, H8414 and void; H922
Gap theory Gen 1:2 And the earth H776 was H1961 without form, H8414 and void; H922 Gen 2:10 And a river H5104 went out H3318 of Eden H4480 H5731 to water H8248 (H853) the garden; H1588 and from thence H4480 H8033 it was parted, H6504 and became H1961 into four H702 heads. H7218
Satan being cast out of heaven is in two phases, just like the coming of our Lord Jesus had a first coming and there will be a second coming. Satan was cast out of heaven, but still has access to the throne of God. The second time Satan will be cast out of heaven will be permanent.
Jesus witnessed the first time Satan was cast from heaven… Luk 10:17 The seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name." Luk 10:18 And He said to them, "I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning.
When good angels choose to do bad… Angels were given free will – example: Dan 10:13 "But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty- one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.
Dan 10:21 "However, I will tell you what is inscribed in the writing of truth. Yet there is no one who stands firmly with me against these forces except Michael your prince.
The fall of Lucifer Most likely happened after the creation of the garden, before the creation of man. Before we explore this, a quick question: What kind of angel is Satan?
Eze 28:13 "You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The ruby, the topaz and the diamond; The beryl, the onyx and the jasper; The lapis lazuli, the turquoise and the emerald; And the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets, Was in you. On the day that you were created They were prepared. Eze 28:14 "You were the anointed cherub who covers, And I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked in the midst of the stones of fire. Eze 28:15 "You were blameless in your ways From the day you were created Until unrighteousness was found in you.
Gleanings from the text… This is a word about Satan, not the King of Tyre – how do we know? Because he was created, not born. Also, he walked in the Garden of Eden! He was created good, and chose evil… Most people say Satan was an archangel like Michael, but here he is called a ‘cherub’.
We already discussed Cherubim – review… The Bible portrays cherubim as the guardians of the Garden of Eden (Gen_3:24) and seemingly reflecting glory of the Lord (cf. Eze_10:3-4, Eze_10:18- 20); as flanking the throne of God (Psa_99:1; cf. Isa_37:16 Cherubim: highest order with indescribable power— appearance as man, lion,– four wings Satan appears as – ‘Angel of light’, ‘Roaring lion’, etc.
God rides on Cherubim! 2Sa 22:7 "In my distress I called upon the LORD, Yes, I cried to my God; And from His temple He heard my voice, And my cry for help came into His ears… 2Sa 22:11 "And He rode on a cherub and flew; And He appeared on the wings of the wind.
He walked in Eden – so when was Eden complete? Turn to Genesis 1 We know Satan fell after walking in Eden! Adam and Eve walked in Eden as well, so we know the fall must have taken place after Eden was finished, before mankind was created! So now we must ask, why did Satan fall?
Isa 14:11 'Your pomp and the music of your harps Have been brought down to Sheol; Maggots are spread out as your bed beneath you And worms are your covering.' Isa 14:12 "How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations! Isa 14:13 "But you said in your heart, 'I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north. Isa 14:14 'I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.' His sin was to usurp the hierarchy God established!
This is why women are not allowed to have authority over a man or teach a man… To do so would be to rebel against the hierarchy that God established. 1Co 11:3 But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.
So, when women pray or prophesy publically they need to where a veil or covering – The covering is not her hair.. 1Co 11:6 For if a woman does not cover her head, let her also have her hair cut off; And she must wear it on account of the angels…
1Co 11:10 Therefore the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. ‘ought’ – to owe or be bound legally to a debt, to be legally commanded to perform a duty that one owes in fulfillment of a judgment.
It is a legal judgment because of Eve’s fall into sin… Gen 3:16 To the woman He said, "I will greatly multiply Your pain in childbirth, In pain you will bring forth children; Yet your desire will be for your husband, And he will rule over you."
So we know that… All angels were originally created “holy.” God cannot create something that is sinful. Some angels chose not to obey God and sinned. Peter refers to “the angels that sinned” (2 Pet. 2:4). Jude mentions “the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation...” (Jude 6). Jesus referred to hell as “everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Mt. 25:41). Evidently, Satan’s angels are the angels which chose to follow Lucifer in his quest for the worship that belonged to God.
Isaiah continued… Isa 14:15 "Nevertheless you will be thrust down to Sheol, To the recesses of the pit. This won’t happen until the second coming of Christ(Rev. 20:1-3) Rev 20:2-3 And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he threw him into the pit/abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed;
What we do know about Satan from New Testament revelation “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies. Jn. 8:44 And the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. Rom. 16:20 But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. 2 Cor. 11:3 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 2 Cor. 11:14 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Rev. 12:9
Satan AdversaryMatt 4:10 Devil Slanderer/Accuser/Gossiper Matt 4:1+ Evil One Intrinsically evil Jn 17:15 Great red dragon Destructive creature Rev 12:3 Serpent of oldDeceiver in EdenRev12:9 AbaddonDestructionRev 9:11 AdversaryOpponent 1 Pet 5:8 BeelzebulLord of the fly (Baalzebub)Matt12:24 god of this worldControls philosophy of world 2 Cor 4:4 Ruler of this world Rules in world systemJn 12:31 Prince of the power Control of unbelieversEph 2:2 of the air EnemyOpponentMatt 13:28 TempterSolicits people to sinMatt 4:3 LiarPerverts the truthJohn 8:44 AccuserAccuses believers before God Rev 12:1 Names & Activity of Satan
1. In Christ’s ministry a. He tempted Christ (Matt.4:1-11). b. He attempted to thwart Christ’s work (John 8:44; Matt.16:23). c. He possessed Judas to accomplish the betrayal (John 13:27). 2. In unbelievers a. He blinds their minds to not understand of the gospel (2 Cor.4:4). b. When the gospel is heard or understood, he tries to hinder its effect (Luke 8:12). c. He uses persecution (Rev.2:10) and false religions (Rev.2:13) to hinder the effect of the gospel. 3. In believers a. He tempts believers (to pride – 1 Chron.21:1-8; to materialism – John 2:15; James 5:1-7; to immorality – 1 Cor.7:5; to lie – Acts 5:3; to discouragement – 1 Pet.5:6-10; to be unforgiving – 2 Cor.2:10,11). b. He hinders the ministries of believers (1 Thess.2:18; Rev.2:10). c. He promotes false teaching among believers (1 John 4:1-4). d. He promotes anger, bitterness and division (Eph4:26,27; 2 Cor2:5-11). Direct Activity He works directly by deception, temptation, attack and possession
He inspires false prophets and is able to do false miracles Mat 24:24 "For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.
Thus we are commanded to test 1Jn 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Much revival in the Church today is false revival! 1Ti 4:1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 1Ti 4:2 by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron,
Signs of False revival Raw emotionalism Sorcery rather than true miracles Fortune telling rather than true words from God Spiritual drunkenness, laughter, loss of control Much of what occurs is contrary to the fruit of the Spirit: Galatians 5:18
Why is there sickness, death, and bad things in the world? Because we gave title deed of the earth to Satan! Joh 10:10 "The thief(Satan) comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
In the beginning, God gave the earth to mankind… Gen 1:26 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
God gave us all authority over the earth with only one rule… Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?"
Some say the serpent isn’t Satan… Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world
Gen 3:2 The woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; Gen 3:3 but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'" Gen 3:4 The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die! Gen 3:5 "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."
Satan became the ruler of this world at this point – when man broke covenant with God and was cast out of the garden. Title deed of the earth was given from man to Satan.
Mat 4:8 Again, the devil *took Him to a very high mountain and *showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; Mat 4:9 and he said to Him, "All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me."
Act 26:18 to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.' Now, the Earth is Satan’s dominion…
For now he still reigns over the earth and has access to heaven Job 1:6... 6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. 7 And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”
He now is ruler of this world Mat 4:8 Again, the devil *took Him to a very high mountain and *showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; Mat 4:9 and he said to Him, "All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me." Mat 4:10 Then Jesus *said to him, "Go, Satan! For it is written, 'YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'"
Ephesians 2:2:... And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,
Joh 12:31 "Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. Joh 12:32 "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself."
1Th 2:18 For we wanted to come to you--I, Paul, more than once--and yet Satan hindered us. We are in a battle! 53
1Pe 5:8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
When we are born again, we come out of Satan’s domain Php 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; Satan will give his dominion to the Antichrist…
Rev 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority. But Jesus paid the price for the earth – and He will have dominion! But until then – the breaking of the sixth seal – when we are revealed as the son’s of God, even the earth itself cries out for a redeemer from Satan and his wicked reign…
Jesus said this because it was finished at the cross, but He doesn’t take back the earth until the proper time… So for now, we are in enemy territory! Fighting a spiritual battle! All creation longs for the coming of our Lord to take back this earth!
Rom 8:19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. Rom 8:20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope Rom 8:21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. Rom 8:23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. And Jesus, when He breaks that final seal, will take it back!
Dan 7:24 'As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings will arise; and another will arise after them, and he will be different from the previous ones and will subdue three kings. Dan 7:25 'He will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law; and they will be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time. Dan 7:26 'But the court will sit for judgment, and his dominion will be taken away, annihilated and destroyed forever. Dan 7:27 'Then the sovereignty, the dominion and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saints of the Highest One; His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him.'
Jesus get’s dominion back Dan 7:13 "I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him. Dan 7:14 "And to Him was given dominion, Glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations and men of every language Might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed. When? After all seven seals are broken and He begins to Judge the earth! The sixth seal starts the final battle in heaven, the seventh gives Jesus dominion! That scroll with seven seals is most likely the title deed to the earth!
Satan looses his dominion over the earth and is cast out of heaven! Rev 12:6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she *had a place prepared by God, so that there she would be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days. Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, Rev 12:8 and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Rev 12:10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. When is this? At the breaking of the sixth seal (battle in heaven, great tribulation on earth) and is completed with the breaking of the 7 th seal!
All death and suffering come from him… Joh 10:9 "I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. Joh 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
He is a liar Joh 8:44 "You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
He wants to destroy mankind 1Pe 5:8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1Pe 5:9 But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.
Many angels followed him in his rebellion against God… Rev 12:3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. Rev 12:4 And his tail *swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.
The Activity of Demons Satan's chief goal is to establish his own counterfeit kingdom in opposition to God's kingdom. They want you to worship and be addicted to anything but God They want to bring false doctrine and practice into the church
So the battle is mainly in the mind… 2Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 2Co 10:4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 2Co 10:5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
1Jn 4:4 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 1Jn 4:5 They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. 1Jn 4:6 We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
We are no longer under Satan’s domain! Col 1:9 For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, Col 1:10 so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; Col 1:11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously Col 1:12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. Col 1:13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son
So now, we are ambassadors of God’s kingdom to this lost world still in Satan’s domain… 1Pe 2:11 Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. 2Co 5:20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
Eph 6:11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. Eph 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Eph 6:13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.