And He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like lightning.
Satan is one of the major key players in the Bible, yet, he is hardly discussed in church and Bible study alike. Instead, he is revered in Hollywood, and this tame, watered down version of the devil is quite deceiving. He is also more than a red shiny demon with horns, a pointed tail, and a fork.
Let’s start with Lucifer
Ultimately, this topic is for another day, as I have a lot to talk about where it concerns the name Lucifer, but I want to start here. I grew up to believe that Lucifer was the proper name of Satan before he rebelled. However, after reading/studying The Word, it does not explicitly states so, as every time we meet Satan, he’s described as a “tempter” (Matthew 4:3), a “serpent of old” (Revelation 12:9), the “father of lies” (John 8:44), and “prince of this world” (John 12:31).
We come across the name Lucifer for the first and only time in Isaiah 14:12. The name does not come from Hebrew, but Latin, and it means “light bringer”. Some Bible scholars believe that Lucifer is incorrectly used as Satan’s angelic name. Rather, they believe that this scripture was discussing King Nebuchadnezzar, as one of his titles was “morning star”. The King was arrogant, and he thought himself equal to God, so Isaiah called him “Lucifer”.
Regardless of what/who Lucifer represents in this scripture, ONLY Christ is the true light of this world; Satan is just an imitator.
He is not light, but made to be a light (2 Corinthians 11:14).
Pride goes before the fall
Originally, Satan was created as one of God’s highest angels. He was created, therefore, he cannot be the equal opposite of God and Christ. Originally, Satan was blameless and good, but he wanted to be like God, and to sit on the throne. In the end, he was cast out of Heaven along with the angels he sweet-talked into rebelling against their Creator (Luke 10:18).
Satan’s own selfish desire caused his pride, so he had to fall. Jesus was there to witness his fall from heaven.
Now, imagine that imagery. Not even a work of art could capture such image!
Hmm, maybe that explains why human beings have flaws! They’re there to remind us that we’re only human, and to keep us from being prideful.
Satan means adversary. He is the originator and chief practitioner of sin (1 John 3:8), he is wicked (1 John 5:18), and a thief (John 10:10).
Have you ever wonder why Satan is referred to as a serpent? It’s because he bites (you) when you least expect it.
I often used to wonder, why do people question God’s existence, but seldom Satan’s? Why so many songs about sympathy for the devil? Why so many TV shows and movies are determined to show him in a “good” light? It’s all a trick, an illusion on the devil’s part. He wants us to believe that his name is good, whereas God’s is bad.
However, Satan is not your friend, and he NEVER will be.
He’s the enemy that disguises himself as our friend, just so he can taint God’s good name. His greed for power has caused him to be cast out of heaven, and ever since, he’s been influencing both small and great to be as greedy and nasty as can be.
Yet, God is in control regardless of what the world looks like today (1 John 4:4), so take heart.
I leave a few scriptures that the Word taught me about this dangerous enemy:
^ Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7).
^ He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8)
^ And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14)
^ And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. (Romans 16:20)