ISAIAH 14:12-17; EZEKIEL 28:11-15; JOB 38:4-7; JOB 2
SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION
QUESTION: How did an exalted supernatural being of
incredible beauty, power and intelligence named LUCIFER come to be
SATAN/DEVIL? Scripture offers
us some insights which, it must be said are not accepted by all.
Read over the following notes and ask the Holy Spirit to assist, to
Note: `MORNING STARS` - `ANGELS / SONS OF GOD` each
refer to angels which have a greater intelligence and more power than man.
They have a personal audience with God.
Notice that when God created the universe these spirit beings
`shouted for joy` at the demonstration of God's power … they were not
fighting or arguing about their position – they were in harmony with
each other and with God i.e. no rebellion had taken place at this time.
V1-2: A ruler is introduced as `PRINCE OF TYRE` - one
who became vain about all his riches and intelligence to the extent he
thought he was `god-like`
V12-19: Now the focus is upon the `KING OF TYRE` a
different person. In the
original Hebrew, this passage is a `SONG OF SORROW`, in which God is
mourning over this creature He had created.
Notice some of the statements made of this person …
OF PERFECTION – i.e.. the SEAL or PATTERN OF PERFECTION
OF WISDOM - AND – PERFECT IN BEAUTY – quite incredible
statements which indicates that he was the most beautiful and wise of
all God's creation.
CHERUB – which means he enjoyed the favour of God -
`guardian/one who covers` indicates that he led other angelic beings,
to extol, praise God.
EDEN, (THE GARDEN OF GOD) - HOLY MOUNT OF GOD WALKED AMONG THE FIERY STONES – each
indicates that this one had a personal relationship with God, walking
regularly in God's presence … THIS IN NO MERE MORTAL!!
* The above refers to the greatest being God ever created, one who
had unequalled strength, wisdom, beauty, privilege and authority.
This one, according to Isaiah, was named LUCIFER – THE SON OF THE
MORNING – (THE SHINING ONE), each title speaking of great beauty that
reflected God's glory
V16 – "YOU WERE BLAMELESS – UNTIL WICKEDNESS/UNRIGHTEOUS FOUND IN YOU" - ??
ISAIAH 14:12-14 – describes this `WICKEDNESS/UNRIGHTEOUSNESS` again the tone of the passage is that of
mourning as FIVE TIMES – LUCIFER said – "I WILL …!"
Lucifer it seems, caught up by his magnificent
beauty, power, wisdom and authority, decided to have some of the worship
of the universe for himself – so he rebelled.
The power of his incredible beauty, his intellect, persuasive
wisdom was such that one third of the angelic host joined in his
rebellion. It is a tribute to
the grace, mercy, the unconditional love of God, that when He created the
angelic realm alongside Lucifer, the greatest of all these beings,
endowing them with self-will and determination, i.e. he did not create
`ROBOTS`, but real live creatures who could respond to that love and have
spontaneous fellowship with Him.
Clearly God judged the crimes of Lucifer and the
rebellion severely, they were sentenced to eternal punishment i.e. Matthew
25:41 – "Hell created for the Devil and his angels". Thus we know our enemy today, not as Lucifer, the beautiful, shining one
reflecting the glory of God, but as SATAN, THE DEVIL, THE EVIL ONE.
Satan meaning, `the resistor or adversary,
Devil meaning `the accuser and slanderer`.
* Three `titles` within the bible describe to us something of Satan's work.
OF THIS WORLD – John 14:30 – is that which indicates that he
is constantly at work within the areas of human government and
political systems. Read John 12:31; 16:11. The
word `RULER/PRINCE` literally means a `political ruler`, one who
controls and manipulates; read DANIEL 10:13, AND EPHESIANS 6:12
OF THE KINGDOM OF THE AIR (PRINCE OF THE POWER OF THE AIR) – Ephesians 2:2 – this title plus the clause following – speak of
the spiritual disguises that motivate and shape the way men think and
act. Satan literally is
the power behind the `air/atmosphere` of the thoughts of the world
system, which thereby is hostile to God, so before anyone can be `born
again, born from above`, they are unwittingly dominated by this
atmosphere of thought. In
this `role` Satan injects his lies, treachery, anti-God propaganda
into the educational system, the philosophy, the mass media, the arts,
the style and culture of nations.
OF THIS AGE – 2 Corinthians 4:4 – this refers to the
prevailing thought of a particular era. Satan thus changes the `IN` thing so that when you get to
`where it's at` you find you're where it was! The pace is accelerating, everything is changing so fast that
even the world can't keep up with it. This creates a tremendous state of instability, anxiety and
emotional disturbances that can result in psychological problems –
nothing it seems is dependable, stable or certain.
This title also refers to Satan's activity in
religion, he loves religion, he knows the heart of man is empty until he
finds God – so he counterfeits, providing as many gods as people desire,
in as many varieties as they can handle, to the effect that all who
worship in any religious form, outside of Christ, are being deceived by
Satan's incognitos are very clever, he hides behind
religion, intellectualism, poetry, music, art, psychology, human
understanding – thus the bible says – 1 John 5:19 – "the whole
world is under the control of the evil one".
* Remember Job 2:2? – what a picture of evil on the
loose. Satan consistently
doing his thing in every sphere he can!
He works in our world system through governments, education,
business and culture – you name it – he'll tame it!!
NOTE – can you see why EPHESIANS 6:12 –
makes it clear that as Christians we are involved in a life and death
struggle with a highly organised kingdom, peopled by evil, rebellious
spiritual beings - ?? Read
this verse carefully, "for our wresting match is not against flesh
and blood, not against people with bodies, but against rulers in various
areas and descending order of authority, against the world dominators of
this present darkness, against spiritual forces in the heavenlies".
NOTE - "rulers of various areas, descending order of authorities"
- "dominators of this present darkness"
- "wrestling match" – hand to hand – body to body, an intense conflict in
which every trick, every skill is used to succeed …… i.e. TOTAL CONFLICT.
* The above notes are given that we `RECOGNISE OUR ENEMY` i.e. know
what we are up against in every area of life, but we should also remember
a) Satan/Devil is a defeated foe
b) Believers are on the winning side
c) "Greater is He that is in you – than – he who is in the world
* How we engage such a formidable foe, the enemy of our souls will be
covered under the area of `Spiritual Warfare`
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