There are many names describing this angel in the Bible. Some of the names are Satan, the devil, the adversary, the ruler of this present world, son of the morning, Abaddon (means the destroyer), the accuser, angel of light, the anointed Cherub, the beast, the dragon, the son of perdition, the tempter, the king of Tyre, the Antichrist, the god of this age, deceiver, the father of lies, Beelzebub, the prince of the power of the air and many more. But who exactly is Satan? Is he a human? Is he equal in power to God? Is he like God? Despite the stories of the Devil being a person wearing red with a tail and holding a pitch fork his physical appearance is quite the opposite. He is not a fable character nor is he human. He is a Cherub angel; one of the top ranking of all the angels. Angels are not humans who have died. That is we do not become angels when we die. Angels are a completely separate creation of God. Cherub angels are the most high ranking of the angels and they surround God’s Holy throne room. In Ezekiel 28:14, Lucifer is described as “…the anointed cherub who covers;…”. We also find in this passage that he was guardian of the very throne of God where it states, “…I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones.”
No other created being was given the intelligence that God gave Lucifer. The very name of this Cherub angel is ‘Lucifer’ which means the “shining one” or “son of the morning”. (Isaiah 14:12 ) The Bible tells us that Lucifer was a very beautiful angel , wise as well, (Ezekiel 28:12). In fact, he was a well respected angel as one of the top angels in the entire angelic creation. But all of that was going to change and in his own beauty he allowed the sin of pride to overcome him.
“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.” (Isaiah 14:12-14 KJV)
Lucifer wanted to be as God, with ultimate power. He devised a plan so that he could overthrow God’s throne. You need to realize that would be impossible as God is all powerful and all knowing. Yet, Lucifer became so blind in his pride he thought his plan would accomplish this.
Rebellion In Heaven
With all his intelligence and power of influence over other angels Lucifer rebelled and starting to divide the angelic host through deception. He began to deceive other angels. The Bible says that he was able to deceive and gain a following of 1/3 of the angelic order (Revelation 12:3-9) and that is likely millions of angels (Hebrews 12:22). God then judged Lucifer and those angels that followed him and threw them out of heaven (where God’s throne resides) and down to the Earthly realm as we see in Revelation 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.” (Revelation 12:7-9 KJV)
The angelic host of angels that remained true to God fought the rebel angels and kicked them out of Heaven. Here we see the Arch Angel Michael headed the engagement. The Arch Angel Michael is also the one that will sound the trumpet at the Rapture of believers in Christ . Michael is a very powerful angel and he heads an army of God’s angels even today.
There’s a Snake In The Garden
“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5 KJV)
It is interesting that once God sentenced the Devil and his angels, and threw them out of Heaven, we see Satan (which means adversary) in the Garden of Eden. He is trying to deceive the newly created beings called “humans” (Adam and Eve) into sinning against God. I say it is interesting because if you think about it maybe this is why Lucifer rebelled with pride to overthrow God and His Throne? This is just an opinion of mine but maybe it is also why Lucifer was successful enough to have one out of every three angels to go along with his point of view. I mean, here is Lucifer, the top dog of angels and closest to God’s throne and the most intelligent being created and God is about to to create the human race. But ultimately, God’s goal is to have this human race, being billions of souls, to be like the Son of God, Jesus Christ. And that the ultimate outcome will be these humans being above even the angels in power and rank, in the end.
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” (1 John 3:2 KJV)
Satan and his fallen angelic army is already sentenced to the lake of fire and a place called “Hell” for the evil acts and corruption of the universe. However, the appointed time for the sentence to be carried out has not yet come. Fallen angels (also known as demons) know they are already sentenced. I say this because there is a New Testament proof of this, right from a demons own words. Jesus is about to cast out a demon from a person and the demon speaks through the person, “… saying, “ And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?” (Matthew 8:29 KJV)
From the time of the fall of humankind in the Garden of Eden Satan tried to stop the bloodline of Christ so that the Messiah would not be able to save us from our sins. First through tempting man to murder (Cain) and even going as far as Genetically corrupting all humankind. God of course prevailed and Christ came just as the Bible prophecies stated. Remember, Satan is not even close to the power of God. Satan is a created being and as such can only be at one place at a time and is not all knowing.
God on the other hand is everywhere at all times and knows everything, including the future. And when Christ called out on the cross “It is finished!” – Satan was immediately defeated. The Savior of the world has come. However, Satan’s sentence has not yet been carried out and for a time he is the ruler of this world to an extent, otherwise we would have utopia already and we obviously do not. But Christ will return and take over this rule with full effect. God is ultimately in full control. Since the time of the cross Satan is doing everything possible to prevent humans from accepting Christ. Satan can read the Bible too you know! He knows what is coming and is trying everything to thwart God’s ultimate plan for humankind – to be like His Son, Jesus Christ, ruling and reigning with God forever and ever. He knows that he is soon going to be chained up and placed in a prison called “the bottomless pit” when Christ returns to Earth in the end times in which we are now living.
“And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.“(Revelation 20:1-3 KJV)
Satan will in these last days control a worldwide government ruler and dictator which is to come, known as the Antichrist. At some point, Satan will take over this person and Satan will imitate all the prophecies about the return of Jesus Christ. He will demand that the world worship him as God and he will deceive many in the Tribulation period, when God’s Wrath will be poured out upon the Earth on those left behind at the Rapture event (which can occur at anytime now!). Ultimately, at the White Throne Judgement (Revelation 20:11) Satan and his fallen angels, as well as all the unbelieving and unrepentant sinners (called the wicked), will be cast into he Lake Of Fire and Hell.
Hell , in fact, was created for Satan and his angels – not for man. (Matthew 25:41) It is God’s plan that all of humankind be redeemed through Christ. Those that reject such a great gift (Jesus paid with such a steep high price,) of forgiveness and the righteousness of God through Christ will stand at this judgement and will be judged as Satan and his angels because they chose to side with Satan and not God.
Where there is no acceptance of Christ’s act of atonement for our sins, their sin remains and they will be judged by their sinful works and deeds during their life. Their sins were not forgiven and they have chosen the wrong side and the ‘wicked’ will share in the punishment of Satan and the fallen angels.
The Lake Of Fire Is Completely Avoidable For You!
Do not reject such a great gift from God! He wants you with Him for all eternity in Heaven on Earth. And I am not saying this to scare anyone into believing either. Christians going around saying “turn or burn” are not helping people come to the truth of Christ’s salvation. Paul wrote to Timothy, “…my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.” (2 Timothy 1: 2 KJV)
Paul then goes on to say,
“Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,0 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:1 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.” (2 Timothy 1:8-11 KJV)
The Gospel of Jesus Christ and the coming of he Kingdom Of God is what was preached. That is the HOPE of the world. Saying “turn or burn” without sharing the true Gospel first makes God look like an angry God who is waiting to pounce you on the head with a hammer all the time. God forbid! God is just the opposite, giving His own Son as a Ransom for our sins so that we could be forgiven. God did not give us a spirit of fear but of faith. (2 Timothy 1:7) The Devil uses fear to deceive the whole world! As a Christian, do you want to be doing the devil’s work thinking you are doing God’s work? NO WAY! But you should know that this can happen if you are not careful nor attentive to the true word of God. It happened to Peter!
“But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.” (Mark 8:33 KJV)
Is it true that the unrepentant will end up in hell? Yes, it is Biblical. But the knowledge of how much God truly loves us is what makes a person believe… not just fear from hell fire. Did Jesus talk about the reality of hell? Yes, many times. But He was preaching the gospel first. Yes, we all want to avoid Hell and everlasting torment. But just saying that to scare people into believing will never work. It is the love of God that saves! God is REAL! The facts of the Bible being the real word of God are being shown to you on this website. And since this is so, then what the Bible says is true reality, and God has given you his own Son in blood so you can be forgiven and made the very Righteousness of God in Christ. What greater love is there then this?!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.“(John 3:16-17 KJV)
God wants to give you all things and loves you.
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
(Matthew 7:7-14 KJV)
Jesus is the narrow gate!
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:1-6 KJV)
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36 KJV)