When we think about the first sin, we usually think about Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. But before Adam sinned, there was the fall of Satan.
In the book of Genesis, the serpent is already IN the garden. Satan was already a fallen angel but Genesis does not explain how he fell.
But in our reading in the book of Isaiah this week – we read about Satan before his fall. In Isaiah 14, there is prophecy referring to the fall of the kings of Tyre and Babylon. But as you read on, you begin to see by the exalted terms used in the passage, that the prophecy is actually referring to Satan and not the kings.
Isaiah 14:12-15 says:
“How you are fallen from heaven,
O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground,
you who laid the nations low!
13 You said in your heart,
‘I will ascend to heaven;
above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
in the far reaches of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’
15 But you are brought down to Sheol,
to the far reaches of the pit.
10 Facts About Satan’s Fall, Influence and Future
1.) Satan is the Anointed Cherub named Lucifer.
We see in verse 12, Satan is called Day Star and Son of the Dawn. In the Hebrew, the name “Day Star” means shiny one. In Latin, shiny one is the word lucifer which means light bringing and it is not capitalized. So that is how we get the name Lucifer for Satan.
You will see in Ezekiel 28:14 (below) that Satan was the anointed Cherub. The assignment of the Cherubim is to surround God’s throne with worship. So essentially, Lucifer was heaven’s praise leader.
2.) God is not the source of Satan’s evil.
In verse 13, we see that pride was found IN Satan’s heart. There are 5 “I will” statements in Isaiah 14. He says, “I will ascend to heaven.” “I will set my throne on high.” “I will sit on the mount of assembly”. “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds.” “I will make myself like the Most High.”
Pride was Satan’s downfall. The source of evil came from within Satan. He had a choice to be what God created him to be, which was the heavenly worship leader or to pridefully exalt himself.
3.) Satan was perfect in beauty.
In the book of Ezekiel, we see more prophecy regarding the king of Tyre and once again, as you look closely, you will see that it is a double prophecy referring to Satan. Notice in the verses below – it says that he was “In Eden, the garden of God.” Only Satan could fulfill that. The king of Tyre was not in the garden.
Satan was absolutely BEAUTIFUL!
Look at Satan’s beauty and perfection described in Ezekiel 28:12-19:
“You were the signet of perfection,
full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 You were in Eden, the garden of God;
every precious stone was your covering,
sardius, topaz, and diamond,
beryl, onyx, and jasper,
sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle;
and crafted in gold were your settings
and your engravings.
On the day that you were created
they were prepared.
14 You were an anointed guardian cherub.
I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God;
in the midst of the stones of fire you walked.
15 You were blameless in your ways
from the day you were created,
till unrighteousness was found in you.
16 In the abundance of your trade
you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned;
so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God,
and I destroyed you, O guardian cherub,
from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Your heart was proud because of your beauty;
you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor.
I cast you to the ground;
4.) Satan was cast out of heaven.
In Isaiah 14:15 and Ezekiel 28:17, we see that Satan was cast out of heaven. Jesus also speaks of this to his disciples when he says he saw Satan fall like lightening from heaven.
Satan fell fast!
Take a look at Luke 10:17-18:
17 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”
5.). A third of the angels were cast out of heaven with Satan.
When Satan fell, he did not fall alone. In the book of Revelation, we see Satan pictured as a great dragon and the great dragon sweeps a third of the stars of heaven with his tail and throws them to the earth. This is a picture of Satan taking millions of angels – which are called demons – along with him.
Take a look at this picture in Revelation 12:4:
4 His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth.
So a third of the angels joined Satan’s rebellion and are the cause of the demonic force in our world today. Satan is the source of ALL evil in our world and he has millions of demons to do his dirty work. But do not fear, there are twice as many holy angels doing the work of God!
Also, you may wonder how I got the number “millions”. In Revelation 5:11, it shows angels around God’s throne and it says they numbered “myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands.” In the Greek, that is millions and millions times thousands and thousands.
So, when Satan was thrown out of heaven, he was not alone. He was immediately doomed to eternal punishment and instead of becoming the king of heaven, he became the king of hell, along with his demons.
6.) Satan is the Father of Lies.
God is truth. Satan is a liar. Every single lie in your head or you are fed from this world – originates with Satan.
Jesus is speaking in John 8 and he says:
43 Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
7.) Satan is the god of this world and he is blinding unbelievers.
Just as God is at work in the lives of his people… Satan is at work in the lives of people. Satan is pure evil. There is no good in him and he is seeking to deceive you and your loved ones and turn you against God.
2 Corinthians 4:4 says:
The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
Satan does not want you to believe the gospel. He does not want you to be saved. He does not want your loved ones to become children of God. Satan is seeking to deceive us all.
Are you deceived?
Do his lies work on you?
You see there is something greater going on each day, when you wake up, than what your eyes can see. There is a great cosmic battle between good and evil – God and Satan – the angels and demons and the question is…
Who are you following?
Also, we should not be so baffled when unbelievers act in ungodly ways. The god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers. For some – they will never understand the truth of God’s word you share with them because they have believed the lies of Satan.
8.) Satan’s end is in the lake of fire.
Revelation 20:10 tells us how it all ends for Satan:
10 and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
9.) Those who do not follow God – follow Satan and their end will be the same as Satan’s – in the lake of fire.
It is with deep sadness that I write #9. I do not want anyone in hell with Satan. But God’s word says it – so I want to be faithful to teach it.
Revelation 20:10 tells us that Satan’s end is in the lake of fire. And sadly for those who reject Jesus, on judgement day, they too will be thrown into the lake of fire.
12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. 13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
10.) Satan hates you but God loves you.
Jesus says in John 10:10:
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Satan wants to steal your joy, steal your peace, steal your love and steal your future. He wants to see you destroyed in the lake of fire with him.
So why do we sometimes listen to his lies and fall into temptation?
Oh friends, do not fall for his lies!!! He hates you! But Jesus loves you. Through Jesus’ death on the cross and the forgiveness of your sins – he offers you an abundant life of joy, peace, love and a future in heaven with him. Listen to God’s truth and do not give in to the lies of this world. Be strong!
Each day, you have a choice…who will you choose to follow?
Satan is at work on social media. As you scroll, beware of the lies you may be fed.
Satan is at work in the music industry. As you listen on Spotify, beware of the lies you may be fed.
Satan is at work in the movie industry. As you watch Netflix, beware of the lies you may be fed.
Satan is at work everywhere! He is working on college campuses, in the political realm, and even in our churches – he is seeking to divide and destroy.
God is not the author of sin. Satan is the author of sin and so through salvation we see that sin is not eternal. One day we will enjoy heaven without the pain and heartache of sin! We will be free!!!
But until then, we are going to face spiritual warfare daily as we live in this world full of lies and opinions and goals and views that are contrary to God’s word. Satan is God’s enemy and therefore our enemy. Do not give him a foothold or edge in your life. Remember you are a child of God and he is with you and he loves you.
Keep walking with the King,