Satan's Kingdom. Satan's Fall
From Heaven's Highest to Hell's Lowest
by Pastor John Hamel

Fortunately we have a very good account of not only Satan’s origin, but where he is ultimately going.  

The Bible says God created Satan to do good, not evil.  Holy God did not create evil within Satan.  Evil creates itself.  Satan was created with a free-will and free-will always carries with it the potential for evil. Free-will carries with it the potential to turn away from God and to cease to be like God.  

There was no evil in Satan when Holy God created him, only free-will. 

God does not create robots.  He creates moral free agents who can live for Him or against Him, all as a conscious act of their own free-will.  Angels and human beings must choose to love God.  God will force no one to love Him for that would be  manipulation and control.  God craves voluntary love.  This is also why all human beings crave voluntary love, because they are created in God’s image. (Genesis 1:26) 

Satan was created with free-will just like you and me, and he chose to use his will to rebel against God.  Up until this point there was no evil found in him, only the potential for evil.  That is the risk God was willing to take to ultimately end up surrounded by a family of human beings and angels who came to Him to love Him, as an act of their own free-will.  Love is not love unless it has someone to be loosed upon. 

Human beings take the same risk when they marry.  Marriage carries with it the potential for great love or great destruction.  Human beings enter into marriage believing the best because they are created in God’s image.  Having children also has the potential for great love or great destruction.  Human beings are willing to take the risk that comes with having children because they crave to love and to be loved, just like God.

Out of His great desire to love and to be loved God was willing to take the same risk creating Lucifer that He took when He created all of the angels and Adam and Eve. 

Satan’s Roots Can Be Traced Directly to Heaven

“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 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 God.  Yet thou shalt be brought down to Hell to the sides of the pit.” (Isaiah 14:12-16)

Evil did not exist anywhere in creation up until the point when Lucifer used his will to attempt to overtake the Most High God.  Evil came forth from Lucifer.  One could even say it was created by Lucifer, as a direct result of his misusing his God-given free-will.  

As we will see, Lucifer, who later had his name changed to Satan beginning in the book of Job, was originally created to oversee all the worship in Heaven.  One might even refer to him as God’s Executive Vice-President next to the Trinity. 

Lucifer blew his position of honor through pride.  He began to believe his gifts were not gifts after all, but intrinsic, special abilities that he cooked up on his own. Lucifer’s fall was a direct result of believing a lie about himself.  That is what pride does, it believes lies about oneself.  Pride always has the same result.  Pride is destructive.  Pride is predictable.  Anyone who follows Lucifer's example of pride will soon fall even as Lucifer fell. 

More Details Regarding Satan’s Roots

In the passage we will look at now, God is speaking to the Prophet Ezekiel and is referring to Satan who had possessed the King of Tyrus.  This will become clearer. 

“Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me saying, Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the King of Tyrus and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.” (Ezekiel 28:11-12)

Lucifer was the epitome of angelic creation and the only one in all of Scripture described as “perfect in beauty.”  He was once an Archangel. 

“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 pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.” (Ezekiel 28:13)

Ezekiel lived 3000 years after Adam and Eve lived in the Garden.  Adam and Eve were no longer alive in Ezekiel’s day.  No one else alive on Earth at that time had been in the Garden 3000 years earlier, only Lucifer.  It is not possible that the Holy Spirit speaking through Ezekiel could be speaking to anyone other than Lucifer here. 

Notice, Lucifer had precious stones for his covering.  We still see this today in the music industry where musicians cover themselves with robes, rings, gemstones, etc.  In many, though not all cases, this is a perversion of Lucifer’s former anointing.  We see this particularly demonstrated in the lives of homosexual entertainers such as Elton John, Liberace, etc.

This passage also reveals that tabrets and pipes were built into Lucifer making him a walking worship ministry.  There can be no doubt that he was Heaven’s ultimate worship leader.  To this day Lucifer is intimidated by true, humble, anointed worship leaders because he is envious of them bringing praises to God.  This is why Lucifer tempts so many to take their musical gifts out of the Church and bring them into the secular world to be perverted and misused.  

Worship leaders, above all others, must continually guard against the spirit of pride.  

Many wrongly believe that because they are anointed to bring people into the presence of God with music, in order that Ministers may preach more effectively, that they, too, can do just as good a job preaching as any Minister.  This is far from true.  One must have the anointing to preach.  Just because someone is gifted and anointed in one area does not mean that they are gifted and anointed in all areas.

Many anointed worship leaders and musicians have wreaked havoc upon the Body of Christ, attempting to stand in the Office of the Prophet or the Pastor when they were not anointed to do so. Sadly, Christian television has been a great promoter of this particular error. 

Lucifer Was Created

Notice also God told Ezekiel that Lucifer was “created.”  He could not have been referring to the King of Tyrus being created because Adam was the only man created by God.  He is referring to a former angel, Lucifer, who was possessing a world leader known as the King of Tyrus.

“Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: Thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.” (Ezekiel 28:14)

This is a reference to Lucifer having once been covered by the radiant Glory of God. That Glory equipped him to lead worship in Heaven beyond man’s present ability and even beyond that which man is capable of understanding.  God told Ezekiel that He had “set” Lucifer so, meaning he was created by Holy God for that very purpose. 

Evidently, the “holy mountain of God” reveals that Lucifer had access to the elevated place where God abides. 

The “stones of fire” Lucifer walked in the midst of is believed to reveal that Lucifer once walked in the very presence of God without being consumed. 

“Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.” (Ezekiel 28:15)

Someone once said, “I don’t believe Lucifer could have been perfect if evil was found in him.”  I said, “Then you don’t believe the Bible, because the Bible says he was perfect from the very day he was created, meaning there was no imperfection in him.” 

The Bible is to be taken literally, unless it is very obviously figurative.  Even when it is figurative, we are to then look for the literal meaning.  If the Bible says Lucifer was perfect and free of imperfection, then that is exactly what he was.

The term “iniquity was found in thee” becomes clearer by focusing on the word “found” which means “appeared, occurred, originated and came forth.” 

As stated at the beginning of this study, with free-will comes the potential for disaster.  But because God is family-oriented and not robot-oriented, He went ahead and created men and angels with free-will so they could choose whether or not to love Him.  No one is gratified by forced, controlled, robotic love.  

From Heaven's Highest to Hell's Lowest

“By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: Therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God : And I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.” (Ezekiel 28:16)

Lucifer had in his possession possibly more power than any created being.  But out of his lust for even more power, he became violent.  He sinned and deliberately set himself against God for the express purpose of killing Him.  

Why did God let it come to that?  After all, He knew when He created Lucifer that the potential existed for rebellion.  The answer is because it is impossible to have voluntary love without trust.  

From eternity past Holy God determined that He would surround Himself with moral free-will agents who came to Him to love Him as a conscious act of their own God-given free-will.  A risky move indeed, but one that will ultimately pan out for all of eternity.

God said to Lucifer, “I will cast thee out as profane.”  Beauty became the beast through misuse of Lucifer's free-will.  The word “profane” means “word-breaking, stained, polluted, prostitute and defiled instrument, as in music.”

Lucifer literally went from Heaven’s highest executive, next to the Trinity, to Hell’s lowest over one single, prideful decision, “I will exalt myself above the Throne of God.” 

“Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty; thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness:  I will cast thee to the ground.  I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.” (Ezekiel 28:17)

When someone begins to become obsessed with themselves, their beauty and/or their gifts, their heart becomes lifted up with pride. When that happens, the Spirit of God and the anointing upon them are thrown right out the window.  All gifts, all talents, all abilities and all good comes from God and from God alone. (James 1:17)  

The Apostle Paul himself said, “I am what I am by the grace of God.” (1 Corinthians 15:10)

The Apostle Paul also said the following, "For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things that are mighty; and base things of the world and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yeah, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in His presence." (1 Corinthians 1:26-29)

It is important that those called to any type of Gospel Ministry, particularly music Ministry, keep this one thing in mind. They were chosen because they are foolish, weak, base and despised, not because they are special.  To forget this is to follow in the footsteps of Lucifer.

God also said of Lucifer “thou hast corrupted thy wisdom.”  

So many wonderful Ministries have been destroyed when people got into pride over the gifts God gave them.  The worship leader wrongly thinks because he can sing he should be the Pastor.  Or the Pastor wants to be an Apostle or a Prophet.  These are good ways to die prematurely.  

God gives someone a new car and they want two.  God gives someone a new home and they want another house on the lake.  Next thing you know, they are not even going to Church anymore because they are too busy working on the homes and driving around in the cars God gave them.  Prayer and fellowship with God  get thrown right out the window.  

I would rather ride the bus and be anointed than to drive a Rolls Royce and lose my anointing and credibility. 

God said to Lucifer in his pride, “I will cast thee to the ground.”  

Anytime anyone deliberately transgresses the known laws of God particularly concerning pride, they go into a tailspin and are now on a collision course with tragedy.  

They risk losing everything from health to prosperity and joy. This is not God’s plan.  

The path of the righteous is to grow brighter and brighter, not sicker, broker and meaner. (Proverbs 4:18)

Pride's Guarantee: "I Will Bring You Low"

Everyone knows someone who was cast to the ground because they were blinded by their own self-importance and self-righteousness.  We must never allow our good preaching, singing, administrative skills or any talents corrupt us because of pride.  

God resists the proud but He gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6-10)  

God told Satan, “I will lay thee before kings.”  Every Born Again Christian in the world is called to help God with this one.  We are all called to expose Lucifer (Satan) before the nations of the world.  We are called to expose Satan as the one who causes divorce, pornography, addiction, manipulation, fear, hatred, unbelief, etc.  We are all called to set the captives free in Jesus’ Name.  

Satan is a wicked, cruel taskmaster, an accuser, a tormentor, a liar and a deceiver.  All Christians, from the youngest to the oldest, are given authority over him. (James 4:7) 

“Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: Thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be anymore.” (Ezekiel 28:18-19)

The word “sanctuaries” is “consecrated places.”  Another clear reference to the fact that Lucifer/Satan once held one of the highest places of spiritual authority.  But he defiled God’s holiness in his life through pride and rebellion.  How easily the Christian can defile God’s holiness in their life through pride and rebellion. 

Although the Bible says Lucifer became defiled by the multitude of his iniquities, it all started with one primary sin – the sin of pride.  He stopped exercising mastery over his free-will in one area and it spread like a cancer into every area of his existence. 

We have seen in this study clear evidence of both Satan’s existence and his origin.  He does not want you to believe that he really exists.  If you do believe, he does not want you to know his back has been broken by Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection and ascension.

“I will bring forth a fire from the midst of thee” is a clear reference to the fire that created him, fire he once walked in the midst of so freely, drawing his very life from it.  That same fire of God will destroy him from the inside.  

There is no chance for repentance for Lucifer/Satan.  The chaos and destruction he brought to God’s creation will not be forgiven. God permanently decreed his destruction when He said, "I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth.”  

Everyone who ever lived since Adam will one day look and say, “Is that the one who was behind every wicked world power? Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece, Rome, Nazi Germany, Communism, Iran and Islam?  I expected someone much bigger and more powerful.  Why is he so frail and weak?  Listen to him beg for mercy.  Why was I afraid of him?”

Scripture Reveals Satan’s Ultimate Destiny

Jesus cast Satan out of Heaven and into the Earth, eventually stripping him of power, and anointing Believers to incarcerate him until His return.  At that time God’s angel will come and lock him in the pit of Hell for all of eternity.  

In his Patmos Island vision, the Apostle John actually saw Satan’s final destiny.

“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 he 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 … and the devil that deceived them was cast into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone, where the Beast and the False Prophet are and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever.” (Revelation 20:1-3, 10)

Lucifer was cast out of Heaven for his rebellion, cursed in the Garden of Eden, judged at Calvary, defeated in Hell and sentenced ultimately to the Lake of Fire forever.  

Cast out, cursed, judged, defeated and sentenced does not sound like someone that anyone who belongs to Christ should ever fear for any reason.

Jesus said, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19)

However, it is worth stating that if Heaven’s most anointed and powerful Archangel could fall out of the very presence of God so easily, Believers best watch themselves.

Yes, Jesus did say no one could take us out of His hand, but He never said we could not fall or jump out of His hand through pride and other sins.  

Being placed in God’s hands and deliberately staying in God’s hands are two different things altogether.

There is a lot a Christian can learn from a fallen angel.  

“See then that ye walk circumspectly (soberly) not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” (Ephesians 5:15-17)

Be Blessed ... John and Barbara Hamel



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