Is there a real devil or is the devil merely a personification of the concept of evil? The Bible tells us that Satan’s existence is just as real as the existence of people on Earth. To help us understand how he came to be who he is today, God gives us two detailed accounts of Satan’s origins in the Old Testament (OT). In these two accounts, Jehovah also lets us know the ultimate end of the archnemesis of the household of God.
The first account is in Isaiah 14 where God tells a proverb about Satan’s ultimate defeat:
4 …thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased! 5The LORD hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers. 6He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth.
This is a parallel prophecy of the fall of Belshazzar, last king of Babylon, and the fall of the spiritual entity who held him up–Satan. Satan started all false religion and one of his great accomplishments was at Babel which became Babylon. The ideas started there continue today. Those who know God’s truth know that false teachers love to babble on because their doctrines are from Babylon. The oppressor is Satan. One day he and his earthly rulers will have their power taken away. Satan loves to devour people in his unrelenting anger and that’s how he rules over the nations. But one day the persecutor will be persecuted by God and no one one will stop it.
7The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing. 8Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us.9Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. 10All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us? 11Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee. [Isaiah 14]
When Satan is finally defeated, the whole earth will rejoice, including nature. Even the trees will be safe. In hell, the kings of nations who are there will see Satan being cast into the lake of fire where they are and will be amazed at how weak he really is in that he suffers the same fate as them. Even the noise of Satan’s music industry, which predominates the airwaves of our world, will be silenced.
12How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!13For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.15Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.16They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;17That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? [Isaiah 14]
Lucifer, a name that means light-bearer, was so puffed up that he thought he could dethrone Jehovah in heaven and rule over his fellow angels. Instead, God made his domain hell and one day mankind will see that although Satan talks a good game to boast about himself, to deceive people, and to make them fearful by his threats, his power will not even come close to Jehovah’s power. The destroyer will be destroyed. The one who makes people his spiritual prisoners will be imprisoned.
The second detailed account of Satan’s origins in the OT is in Ezekiel 28:
12Son 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.13Thou 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.14Thou 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.15Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
Jehovah tells us Lucifer was a created being among the class of angels called cherubs. God created him with perfection. Lucifer “sealest up the sum”, which is to say he was the pattern and example of perfection in his physical form, in his actions, and in his wisdom. He was clothed in gems and precious metals of many colors. Having a coat of many colors is symbolic in the Bible of God’s blessing and favor. God created him with the ability to craft musical instruments like no one else to make beautiful music. Is it any wonder that he controls the secular music industry and that they worship him?
Jehovah created him to be an anointed cherub that covered the throne of God with his wings as symbolized in the ark of the covenant. He was one of the highest ranking angels. But all angels, like men, were created with a free will. Lucifer became prideful because of his position, beauty, and good works. He chose to sin and became sin’s originator.
16By 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.17Thine 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.18Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; 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.19All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more. [Ezekiel 28]
Lucifer became Satan in his rebellion against God. When he chose to rebel against the Most High, he enlisted 1/3 of the angels [Revelation 12:4] to start a war in heaven in an attempt to take God’s throne so he could rule the universe–a war they lost and they were kicked out of heaven [Revelation 12:7-9] since they did not keep their first estate, leaving their own habitation. Some of them are roaming around freely while others are reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day [2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6].
You can also notice in this passage that Satan is a merchant, a trafficker. He has all kinds of sin to sell and often uses violence to promote his goods in his trafficking. He also has “sanctuaries” throughout the earth where people worship at altars of their iniquity. His sanctuaries of sin include mosques, pagan temples, false churches, your local adult video store, and secular radio stations, among other things. But one day Satan’s wickedness will end and God will give him a perp walk before the rulers and sinners of the Earth before he is destroyed by fire.
So what good is it to follow Satan? Compared to God, his power is useless and he’s such a loser.
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–