| The Angelic Conflict
- Part One
Ancient Beings -Satan, Demons
Before man existed there were, and still are, billions of heavenly
creatures identified as "angels". These creatures are
vastly superior to man in every way. They have bodies of light
and an extremely well developed intellect. There are many other
characteristics of this creature, which we will not examine here,
but suffice it to say that angels are only creatures (Psa
148:2-5), as we are, and yet they were endowed with natural
attributes, which far surpass even the greatest of men.
Angels were created in eternity past, before the creation of
the human race or in pre-historic times. It could have been billions
of years ago...we simply do not know actually how long!
Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Now, this is not the beginning of God because God has no beginning;
He is eternal!
Nor is this the beginning of the angels because the angels were
already around before God created the heavens and the earth; we
know that from Job
Speaking to Job in Job 38:4-5, the Lord said, Where were you
when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have
understanding, Who set its measurements, since you know? Or who
stretched the line on it?
Job 38:6-7 On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone,
When the morning stars [angels] sang together, And all the sons
of God [the angels] shouted for joy?
So the angels were around before Gen 1:1. At some time in eternity
past, before the creation of the universe, God created the angelic
host. Notice that in Job 38:7, when God laid the foundation of
the earth, all the sons of God, not some but all the angels, shouted
for joy because they were undivided at that time. Lucifer and
one-third of the angels had not yet rebelled in arrogance, therefore
all the angels shouted for joy.
So in Gen 1:1 the universe, the heavens and the earth, were originally
created as the domain of the angels. Here they ruled and performed
whatever responsibilities and tasks God had for them.
Lucifer as a cherub
The most glorious of these creatures was one called Lucifer,
Son of the Morning.
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the
morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken
Lucifer was a class of angel called "cherub", which
was the highest ranking class of angel, and he was the highest
of all Cherubs, for his appointed station was God's "Anointed
Cherub", and his office was standing watch at the "Holy
"Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have
set thee so: thou was upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast
walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire." (Ezek:28:14)
There is little in the Bible that explains exactly what Lucifer's
duties consisted of, but enough to establish the fact that his
was an exalted position among the angelic civilization. He is
also described as the most beautiful creature ever to come from
God's hand. The verse, below, is a description of an angel with
skin that reflected the many faceted hues of various gemstones
under intense light, and a voice with mesmerizing resonance. Add
to his breathtaking beauty an intellect that can only be described
as multi-genius, and powers second only to God, Himself.
"Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious
stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the
beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and
the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of
thy voice were prepared in thee in the day that thou was created."
The coup attempt
But Lucifer's beauty worked a terrible hardship on him, by his
own volition, for he was overcome by the lust to exalt himself,
and even to seize the ruling power over God's kingdom.
Satans fall from heaven is described in Isaiah
14:12-14 and Ezekiel
28:12-18. While these two passages are referring specifically
to the king of Babylon and the king of Tyre, they specifically
reference the spiritual power that was behind those kings - Satan.
These men were apparently both at different periods in history,
indwelt by Lucifer himself. The description of events in these
sections of scripture could not possibly refer to the actual human
kings themselves, therefore most theologians agree that these
verses are addressed to Satan himself.
In the Book of Isaiah we get a glimpse of Lucifer's motivation
and an understanding of the original, first sin in creation.
The Fall of Satan or the Five "I wills" of Satan
"I WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN."
- ascend into
= take over
- refers to the third heaven, the throne room of God.
- This is the arrogance of the
CREATURE trying to dethrone the CREATOR.
"I WILL EXALT MY THRONE ABOVE THE STARS OF GOD."
- stars of God
- refers to angels (Job 38:7; Jude
13; Rev. 12:3-4)
- This means, "I will
rule the angels."
- One-third of the angels fell to Satan. (Rev.
- This is ambition for power
"I WILL SET UPON THE MOUNT OF THE CONGREGATION."
- refers to the seat of government on earth.
- refers to Israel.
- This means, "I will
rule mankind from Jerusalem."
- Satan is seeking Messianic
"I WILL ASCEND ABOVE THE HEIGHTS OF THE CLOUDS."
- There are about 150 references
to clouds in the Bible.
- At least 100 references to
clouds refer to divine presence and glory.
- Satan seeks glory which belongs
to God alone.
"I WILL BE LIKE THE MOST HIGH."
- most high
- a title signifying possessor of heaven and earth.
- Satan's purpose is to be
like the Most High, possessing authority over heaven and earth.
As Eze 28:12 says, Lucifer was the sum total of perfection, yet
he wasnt satisfied, and so he made a decision against the one
who had given him all his perfection. He had everything people
ordinarily think would give them happiness. I think the majority
of us would say that if we had perfect brains and perfect beauty
in a perfect environment, we would be happy...but were just kidding
ourselves. People who have all of these things, or part of these
things, always want something else.
Theyre not happy...somethings missing! And do you know what
it usually is that they think is missing? POWER! They want power!
They want approbation! They want to be recognized!
You see, thats the power of beauty! Whats beauty if someone
doesnt say youre beautiful? Now, Satan had beauty and brains
from the start of his life and he also had authority as the anointed
cherub...but he got tired of being second in charge! He started
yawning in perfect environment. He became bored. He wanted something
more! He had everything except Gods power and thats what he
The first sin ever committed not only gives us some understanding
about the one who committed it, but it sets up the norm and the
pattern of all sin. It demonstrates the element in sin which
makes it exceeding sinful (Rom 7:13), which is the sin of independence,
or the choosing of our will over Gods will. Satans independence
led to the first revolution and conspiracy in all of the universe.
God was forced to deal with this insurrection, and He did so.
But before He judged Lucifer, knowing that billions of other angels
actually sympathized with Lucifer, God presented the question
to the angels in His world, "Which will you follow; Satan
or Me?", and a third of all the creatures in heaven lined
up behind the devil. They, too, were beguiled by his superior
beauty and intelligence.
We aren't told how many angels fell with Lucifer,
but they were very likely in the billions. We have some clues
as to the scale of the demonic hosts in scripture. In Rev. 9:14-15
just one of the three demonic armies released during the Tribulation
is said to number 200 Million.
In effect, this situation paralleled our own dilemma, in that
angels had to choose for or against God. Although the mechanics
of our salvation are far different that the angelic path to deliverance,
for there was no Savior as we have, the identical issue was at
the heart of the matter; The exercise of our volition to either
humble ourselves before our Creator, or defy Him. (Heb
Thus, a dramatic event took place, a "trial" we will
call it, in which Satan (translated as "lawyer for the defense"),
and his billions of followers, were sentenced to the lake of fire
and brimstone. (Matt.
13 , Revelation
But the arrogant leader of the heavenly rebellion had no intention
of accepting his fate meekly, for he challenged the ruling of
the Almighty, and a conflict began which has continued to this
very moment, and will continue for at least 1,000 more years.
To be continued in The Angelic Conflict - Part Two
Compiled and Condensed from the writings of
several authors and pastors including J Hampton Keathley , Robert
Mclaughlin, Robert Dean, Gene Cunningham, Ric Web, R.B. Theime
and Lewis Sperrry Chafer.
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