Well, given the holiday, I thought there would be nothing more appropriate to discuss today than this. Hahaha, relax it’s a joke. I know if you celebrate Christmas you’re probably in horror that I would say that, but don’t worry, I know this holiday has nothing to do with Jesus Christ. Though perhaps it does have something to do with one of Satan’s plans of mass deception, but that’s debatable speculation, and I digress. But there’s something important to be learned here, which will continue to help us in carefully studying the Word just like the Bereans did in Acts 17:11. What we’re going to learn here, is that we should not follow the Scripture on the basis of traditional or even present man-made teachings as some do, and follow the Scripture on the basis of what it states and indicates. As Paul so eloquently states in 2 Thessalonians 2:15, “So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.”
The common presumption that has been taught is that Satan was an angel in heaven who got too prideful and was banished from heaven by God. What’s interesting is I’ve yet to find this direct story anywhere in Scripture. Now some point to Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 as proof of this happening, but the context has to be considered of whose being spoken about in those verses. In Isaiah 14:4, it makes a beginning statement that the words are being directed to the King of Babylon, so the verse that people point to in verse 12 about the fallen star, that’s being directed to the King of Babylon.
There’s no mention in this chapter whatsoever of Satan. Ezekiel 28:2 similarly states that the words are being directed to the King of Tyre. So verses 11-18, are not describing Satan, but are words being directed to the King of Tyre. And again, Satan is never directly mentioned in these verses. If we go back to Isaiah 14:12 for a moment, in the KJV, some have attached the word Lucifer to mean Satan, but looking at the Hebrew translation of the word Lucifer, it actually means morning star. Newer translations translate it as such. Satan to my knowledge of all Scripture I’ve ever read was never referred to as a morning star.
To further bring thought on this traditional concept that Satan was once a good angel, let’s consider these verses. 1 John 3:7-8 states “Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8 Everyone who commits sin is a child of the devil; for the devil has been sinning from the beginning.” John 8:44 states, “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.” Now the first verses we looked at said the Devil, who is Satan just to be clear because Scripture shows he’s referred to as both Devil and Satan based on Revelation 2:20, has been sinning from the beginning. The second verse stated that he was a murderer from the beginning. Now if he was both a sinner and a murderer from the beginning, it seems to leave no room for Satan to have ever been good. Based on these verses, it seems difficult not to conclude Satan was always evil.
I have one last scriptural analysis for consideration. What if we were to presume that it’s true that Satan was in fact an angel once? Let’s consider these verses. 2 Peter 2:4 states, “For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment;” Jude 1:6 states, “And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day,” Theoretically, based on these verses, if Satan was ever an angel who sinned against God or did not keep his own abode, he would be in a pit of darkness eternally bound until the day of judgment. But numerous verses show that Satan is an active force in this world throughout Scripture in the times then and in times now. So it would be difficult to conclude that Satan was ever an angel, because if he was, then he wouldn’t be an active evil force in the world right now, because it seems doubtful an angel could do much evil if they were eternally bound under darkness until the Day of Judgment by the all-powerful God we serve.
With all of that said, that’s all I have for you today. I hope this helps you to think more about how you read Scripture, and make sure you’re following it the way it’s given to you, and not by the lens of whatever tradition you were raised in has taught you to see it. May God bless the true followers of Christ.