The Creation of Satan.

THE CREATION OF SATAN.

Bible Study Guide/ The Doctrine of Angels: Satan/ 76-011 (Ezekiel 28:14)/ Key Text: “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones.” (Ezekiel 28:14, NKJV)

Opening Remarks: God created a perfect, beautiful angel called Lucifer. Satan’s original name was “Lucifer” (Isa. 14:12, NKJV) or, literally, “Day Star” (RSV), Heb. Hêlel means “shining one,” “brilliant one,” from halal, “to flash forth light,” “to shine,” “to be brilliant.” The word “Lucifer” comes from the Latin, Lucifer, “Light Bearer.”

Satan was not created as an evil angel, as an evil devil. God brought him into existence as a perfect, beautiful, wise and glorious angel.  He was created holy, undefiled (GC 493-4; PP 35) “a sinless being. (Ezek. 28:15) =“You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you”

THE CREATION OF ANGELS.

[1] Who created the Angels? Jesus Christ— NOTE: Review Lesson # on the Creation of Angels.

  • The Father wrought by His Son in the creation of all heavenly beings. “By Him were all things created,… whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things were created by Him, and for Him.” (Patriarchs and Prophets, 34).
  • Before the creation of man, angels were in existence; for when the foundations of the earth were laid, “the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.” Job 38:7. After the fall of man, angels were sent to guard the tree of life, and this before a human being had died. Angels are in nature superior to men, for the psalmist says that man was made “a little lower than the angels.” Psalm 8:5.” (The Great Controversy, 511).
  • When the Lord created these [angelic] beings to stand before His throne, they were beautiful and glorious. Their loveliness and holiness were equal to their exalted station. They were enriched by the wisdom of God, and girded with the panoply of heaven.” (The Signs of the Times, April 14, 1898)

THE CREATION OF LUCIFER.

[2] Who created Lucifer (now known as Satan)? He was created by Jesus Christ.

  • “Yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.” (1 Corinthians 8:6, NKJV) “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:16–17, NKJV)
  • The Bible states three important things about Lucifer. First, he is a creature, God says “I established you” (Ezek. 28:14). Second, when God created him he was “perfect/ blameless”; and Third, “wickedness was found in him” (Ezek. 28:15).
  • God made him (Lucifer) good and beautiful, as near as possible like Himself.” (The Review and Herald, September 24, 1901).
  • God had made him (Lucifer) noble, had given him rich endowments. He gave him a high, responsible position. He asked of him nothing that was unreasonable. He was to administer the trust given him of God in a spirit of meekness and devotion, seeking to promote the glory of God, who had given him glory and beauty and loveliness.” (Sabbath-School Worker, March 1, 1893).
  • Though God had created Lucifer noble and beautiful, and had exalted him to high honor among the angelic host, yet he had not placed him beyond the possibility of evil. It was in (Lucifer’s) Satan’s power, did he choose to do so, to pervert these gifts.” (The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 4, p. 317).

[3] When was Satan created? The Bible does not tell us when Satan was created. The Bible teaches that all of creation was made good and therefore Satan’s original state as an angel was part of that creation. All angels, including Satan, were created as holy beings (Mark 8:38), by God through Christ (John 1:3; Col. 1:16–17), before the creation of the earth (Job 38:7), and by decree (Ps. 148:2, 5).

Although there is no time reference given, many biblical interpreters understand Ezekiel 28:11–19 as a reference to the creation of Satan. If so, then his creation must have been prior to the garden of Eden (Gen. 2:8) of which Ezekiel speaks (28:13). [H. Wayne House and Timothy J. Demy, Answers to Common Questions about Angels & Demons, (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2011), 45–46].

THE HOLINESS OF HIS CREATION

[4] What does the Bible has to say about the holiness of Lucifer’s? “You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you.” (Ezekiel 28:15, NKJV)

  • Satan was created not as “Satan” (the opposer, the adversary) but as “Lucifer” (the day-star, the son of the morning). He later became “Satan” through his sin, through the misuse of the moral freedom given to him by God.
  • Lucifer was the anointed cherub. “The original position of Satan is illustrated by the cherubim overshadowing the mercy seat in the Jewish Temple. Lucifer, the covering cherub, stood in the light of the presence of God. He was the highest of all created beings, and foremost in revealing God’s purposes to the universe.” (SDA BC 4:676).
  • Christ created him, and the Trinity elevated him to his position. They gave him his beauty too, and he lived amidst the holiness and relational love of God. He had every incentive to revel in the amazing blessings lavished upon him. It seems that God gave him so much so that he would never have an excuse for the controversy God knew he would launch. For Satan to win a third of the angels (Rev. 12:4a) to his side must have taken crafty reasoning and patience, and it must have been motivated by his promise to improve their lot. For why else would they want to rebel? They had everything and seemed to lack nothing.” [Norman R. Gulley, Systematic Theology: Creation, Christ, Salvation, (Berrien Springs, MI: Andrews University Press, 2012), 136].

THE ORDER OF HIS CREATION.

Logic and certain Scriptures indicate that the creation took place in the following order:

[1] The third heaven (the heaven where God dwells) was created (Psa. 148:4, 5)—Before God created persons, He created a place for persons.

[2] The angel Lucifer (the person ordained to head the angelic creation) was created (Ezek. 28:13, 15)—No doubt the head of the angels, Ezek. 28:14, was created before the remainder of the angels were created.

[3] The angelic hosts were created (Col. 1:16)—These were all “good angels” until a part of them sinned, 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6. NOTE: Angels were created individually, so they are not a race (as are men) but are a company, Heb. 12:22.

[4] The second heaven and its starry hosts were created (Psa. 147:4; Psa. 148:3–5)

[5] The atmospheric heaven and the earth were created (Job 38:3–9; Rev. 10:6)—“The morning stars (the stars of second heaven) sang together and all the sons of God (the angelic sons of God) shouted for joy,” Job 38:9, as the Lord created the earth to be the habitation of the angels (and later, to be the home of man).

[6] The human race was created (Gen. 1:27)—God created Adam and Eve, Gen. 1:27; 5:1, 2, and from Adam and Eve came the human race, Gen. 1:28. Acts 17:26. Man was the culmination of God’s creative program. [Roy E. Gingrich, The History of Satan, (Memphis, TN: Riverside Printing, 2000), 5–6].

DEVOTIONAL IMPLICATION: Satan is not self-existent; he is a created being, not a deity. Satan was a created cherub and one of the highest among the angels. Although he has enormous power and is temporarily unrestrained in the world, he is still under the rule of God and will one day be judged and condemned for eternity.

Before Sin Arose, God Had a Plan:  Jesus Christ is “the Lamb (of God) slain from the foundation of the world.” (Revelation 13:8, NKJV) “The idea that the Lamb was slain from the foundation of the world is closely related to Peter’s statement, “… as of a lamb without blemish …: who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world” (1 Peter 1:19, 20). Inasmuch as the decision that Christ would die for the guilty race was reached before this world was created, and confirmed at the time man fell (see PP 63, 64) – (SDA BC 7:819).

God and Christ knew from the beginning, of the apostasy of Satan and of the fall of Adam through the deceptive power of the apostate. The plan of salvation was designed to redeem the fallen race, to give them another trial. Christ was appointed to the office of Mediator from the creation of God, set up from everlasting to be our substitute and surety.” (Selected Messages 1:250).

“The plan for our redemption was not an afterthought, a plan formulated after the fall of Adam. It was a revelation of “the mystery which hath been kept in silence through times eternal.” Romans 16:25, R.V. It was an unfolding of the principles that from eternal ages have been the foundation of God’s throne.… God did not ordain that sin should exist, but He foresaw its existence, and made provision to meet the terrible emergency.” (The Desire of Ages, 22).

THE GOSPEL’S VOICE: Avoiding Satan’s Snares, Part2. Beloved, every day we are dealing with a very hateful, cunning yet an intelligent being called the Devil. The scriptures says that we ought to “keep Satan from getting the advantage over us; for we are not ignorant of his wiles and intentions.” (2 Corinthians 2:11, AMP).  But how can we avoid his wiles, his snares? The answer is found in 1 Peter — “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8, NKJV)

Today, we will look at Part 2 of “How to Avoid Satan’s Snares,” namely, “Don’t strut.” The scriptures says: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18, NKJV)

Some Christians lack humility. They desire the praise and honor of people, rather than the approval of God: “Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” (John 12:42–43, NKJV)

Jesus, our example, was humble. He declared that He could do nothing by Himself, but He depended on the Father. He pleased His Father. “And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.”” (John 8:29, NKJV)

We must be humble too. We avoid Satan’s snares by doing those things that are pleasing to God and by giving Him first place in our lives “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4:10, NKJV)

ACTION STEP: What response do you think this lesson should inspires us to do? Humble yourselves before the Lord! Acknowledge Him; Depend on Him fully and you will win the Batter (instigated by the Devil). “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2, NKJV)

Have a Blessed Day: “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:7–8, NKJV)

The Gospel’s Voice/ Bible Study Guide/ Doctrine of Angels/ Satan—the chief opponent of God/ Lesson # 11.