The Apple Of God's Eye

February 22, 2010

Where Did The Devil And His Demons Come From?

One of the great mysteries in religion is the origin of Satan the devil and his demons. But it doesn’t have to be a mystery, since the Bible explains all to us.

John 1:1 states: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” That is the very earliest prehistoric record. It could have been millions or thousands of millions of years ago. The two eternally living Spirit Personages, (God who later became the Father and the Word who became Jesus Christ) together constituted the ONE God family and were alone in empty space. There was no physical universe-yet!

But, even as man thinks, and designs and plans before making-so did God conceive the plan and design to create angels-immortal spirit beings, composed wholly of spirit. God created angels before creating the earth. We know they had been created prior to the earth because they sang together and shouted for joy at earth’s creation (Job 38:4-7).

Angels were the first thinking, reasoning, separate entities created by God. They were created with minds-ability to know, reason, make choices. But their creation could not be a finished creation until character-either good or evil-was developed in them. God initially instructed them in His way-that of righteous character. It was the way of God’s spiritual law-the basis of God’s

Apparently God placed a third of the angels He had created on earth. They were given opportunity to share in God’s creating activities by finishing the earth-working in and with its many elements, improving, beautifying, completing it. But instead of improving, beautifying and completing the earth, however, the angels rebelled and brought it to desolation and ruin (tohu and bohu) – Gen. 1:2.

The second verse of Genesis is not actually the original creation of the earth. It is a re-creation due to angelic rebellion and destruction – see Psalm 104:30:

“Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.”

So the third of the angels (Rev. 12:4) inhabiting the earth before man sinned (II Pet. 2:4). Their leader, the super-archangel Lucifer (Isa. 14:12-14), had been perfect in all his ways from the day of his initial creation, till iniquity-lawlessness-was found in him. “Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering… in the day that thou wast created. 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. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee” (Ezek. 28:12-15).

Lucifer was not satisfied with rule over only the one planet. He wanted to rule the entire universe at once. He said, “. ..I will exalt my throne above the stars of God…” (Isa. 14:13). He had been created with exceeding beauty, which “lifted up his heart” in vanity (Ezek. 28:17). He became lustful, jealous and envious of God, decided on a war of invasion, attempting to overthrow God on the heavenly throne of the universe. He led his angels into rebellion. These angels “kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation”-meaning this earth (Jude 6.) But Lucifer and his angels were cast back to earth (Rev. 12:4). Lucifer’s name was changed to Satan the devil. His angels became demons. Their minds had become perverted for eternity.

Satan is now the god of this world (II Cor. 4:4) and he continually deceives the entire world (Rev. 12:9).

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