A Study of Satan
Part One -- Satan's Beginnings


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The angels KNOW

In the very instant that you become a Christian you are "sealed with the Holy Spirit."

Being sealed, you are a MARKED person. Who knows what the mark is? Perhaps the mark says, "God's property." Perhaps it says, "God's child" or "God's soldier."

Whatever that mark might be, every angel in the universe immediately KNOWS exactly who and what you are.

To God and His holy angels, you are a cherished loved one.

To Satan and his legions of evil angels, you are an ENEMY. Moreover, these spiritual hosts of wickedness fully intend to engage you in a deadly serious wrestling match. You are in a battle!

  In Him (Jesus) you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise (Eph 1.13)

we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Eph 6.11-12)

Know your enemy

Rule One in any battle is KNOW YOUR ENEMY. Accordingly, the goal of this essay is to teach you about Satan, the chief of all your enemies. Herein you will learn of Satan's origin, his nature, his goals, and the tactics he will use against you. Most importantly, you will learn how to gain the victory.

Know this for a certainty -- one of Satan's main tactics is to DENY HIS OWN EXISTENCE. Failing that, he seeks to ensure that anyone who teaches that he DOES exist is promptly laughed out of town.

The world says, "Satan does not exist."

  • Cartoonists portray Satan as a comical character with horns and a pointy tail, wearing red long-johns, and carrying a pitchfork.
  • Liberal preachers with doctorate degrees smilingly assure you that Satan is no more than a myth, dreamed up by superstitious, uneducated people.
  • Motion pictures and television depict Satan as just another fictional boogey-man, on a par with Godzilla and other movie monsters that screen writers dreamed up to give audiences an entertaining scare.
  • Suave TV commentators and learned college professors assign labels like "religious fanatic" and "lunatic fringe element" to anyone who admits to believing in Satan's existence.

Jesus says, "Oh yes he DOES!"

  • The Old Testament mentions Satan in 7 books - Genesis, First Chronicles, Job, Psalms, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Zechariah.
  • The New Testament mentions Satan in 19 of its 27 books.
  • Every New Testament writer refers to Satan's existence.
  • Lord Jesus mentions Satan 15 times.

Four parts

Satan's career is long and intricate. Accordingly, this essay is composed of Four Parts...

  • Part One (located on this page) describes Satan's beginnings, BEFORE he rebelled against God.
  • Part Two describes Satan's rebellion against God.
  • Part Three describes Satan's on-going efforts to prevent the Messiah's coming.
  • Part Four covers Satan's present activities and final destiny.

Road Map for Part One

Shown below is a Road Map of the main topics to be covered by Part One of this essay...

A) Foundational Information

B) The origin and physical nature of Satan

C) Satan's original job and domain

A) Foundational Information -- A1) There are angels called kings and princes

God's angel visits Daniel

In the days of Daniel chapter 10, the prophet Daniel and the people of Israel were held captive in Persia. They had been enslaved for many years.

Daniel prayed and fasted for three weeks, seeking God's answer as to when the Israelites would be set free.

Finally Daniel's prayers were answered by a visit from an angelic person, whose appearance is described by the verses alongside.

But why had God's messenger taken three weeks to respond?


I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was girded with gold of Uphaz!

  • His body was like beryl
  • his face like the appearance of lightning
  • his eyes like torches of fire
  • his arms and feet like burnished bronze in color
  • and the sound of his words like the voice of a multitude. (Dan 10.5-6)

God's angel explains

God's angel immediately explains to Daniel why he had been so long in coming. Namely, God's angel had been engaged in battle for 21 days with "the prince of the kingdom of Persia" and "the kings of Persia."

Assisted by "Michael, one of the chief princes," God's angelic messenger had finally been freed to come to Daniel. The chief prince Michael who aided God's messenger was an archangel (Jude 1.9), the defender of the nation Israel (Dan 12.1).

The prince and kings of Persia who battled God's angel were themselves ANGELS, not humans.

  • Humans could not even have seen God's angel as he passed through their territory.
  • Moreover, mere humans cannot successfully take on an angel in direct battle, as is clearly demonstrated by the quoted passage from 2 Kings 19.35.
  Then he (God's angel) said to me (Daniel), "Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia." (Dan 10.12-13)

And it came to pass on a certain night that the angel of the Lord went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses all dead. (2 Kings 19.35)

A) Foundational Information -- A2) In Ezekiel 28.11-17, the king of Tyre is an angelic being

The anointed cherub

The passage alongside is addressed to "the king of Tyre." This king is clearly an angelic being for the following reasons:

  • The study at Road Map A1 showed that there are angels who the Bible calls princes and kings.
  • The king of Tyre is said to have been "perfect in your ways from the day you were created... ," whereas all descendents of Adam and Eve are born sinners (Rom 3.23).
  • The king is referred to as "the anointed cherub." A cherub is an angelic person, not a human. This is proven by many Bible verses, including but not limited to Genesis 3.22-24, and 2 Samuel 22.11.

Moreover the word of the Lord came to me (the prophet Ezekiel) , saying, "Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, `Thus says the Lord God:

  • "You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty...
  • 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.
  • You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created... ' '' (Ezek 28.11-12, 28.14-15a)

A) Foundational Information -- A3) In Ezekiel 28.11-17, the king of Tyre is Satan

The rebellious king

Road Map A2 showed that the king of Tyre is an angelic being. In our OPINION the king of Tyre is Satan. The reasons for this opinion are as follows...

  • Throughout the Bible, Satan is consistently characterized as God's premier enemy, a rebel against all that God stands for. In fact, the Hebrew word "satan" means "enemy."
  • Like Satan, the king of Tyre rebelled against God.
  • Like Satan, the king of Tyre conducted his rebellion in God's own heaven.
  • Like Satan, the king of Tyre sinned and became God's enemy.
  • In Luke 10.18, Jesus reports that He witnessed Satan "fall like lightning from heaven." Like Satan, Ezekiel 28.17 states that the king of Tyre was cast down from heaven.
  (God said to the king of Tyre:) "By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within, and you sinned; therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God; and I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones." (Ezek 28.16)

And He (Jesus) said to them, "
I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven." (Lk 10.18)

B) The origin and physical nature of Satan -- B1) Satan is a created being

A rebel by choice

Unlike God, Satan has not always existed. Instead, Satan was created by God.

However, Ezekiel 28.15 clearly states that Satan was NOT created evil. Rather, when God created Satan, God gave him the ability to make moral choices.

As you shall see in Part Two of this essay, it was Satan's OWN choice to rebel against God.

  (Spoken to Satan as king of Tyre:) You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created... (Ezek 28.15a)
Praise Him,
all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! ...Let them praise the name of the Lord, For He commanded and they were created. (Ps 148.2, 148.5)
For by Him (Jesus Christ) 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. (Col 1.16)

B) The origin and physical nature of Satan -- B2) Satan was created before the earth or humans existed

At the throne of God

Job 1.6 describes a scene wherein "the sons of God" and Satan presented themselves before the Lord in heaven. Thus, it is apparent that "sons" of God" refers to angelic beings.

Job 38.4 and 38.7 show that the sons of God were present when God created the earth. These angels shouted for joy at the wonder of God's creative act.

Clearly, therefore, angelic persons, including Satan, were created by God BEFORE He created the earth and humans.

  Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. (Job 1.6)

(God said:) "Where were you
when I laid the foundations of the earth? ...and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" (Job 38.4a, 38.7b)

B) The origin and physical nature of Satan -- B3) Satan was created to fill up the sum of beauty and intelligence among all God's creatures

God's pattern

"Thou sealest up the sum" -- When God created intelligent life forms, He evidently had in mind an upper limit as to how much wisdom and beauty He would bestow on any particular one of his creatures. In Ezekiel 28.12 this limit is referred to as "the sum."

  • To a frog, God bestowed a small percentage of "the sum." To a dog, God bestowed a higher percentage of "the sum." And so forth.
  • On Satan, however, God bestowed the FULL LIMIT -- "the sum" of wisdom and beauty. Thus, Ezekiel 28.12 says that Satan "sealest up the sum, FULL of wisdom, and PERFECT in beauty."
  • In other words, Satan is the most intelligent and most beautiful creature that God ever made!

Of course, we are talking about EXTERNAL beauty here. As to Satan's heart, you shall see in Part Two that it became quite black and totally ugly.

  (God said:) "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." (Ezek 28.12)

C) Satan's original job and domain -- C1) Satan's original job was to serve as an anointed guardian of God

Guardian of God

Guardianship is the main job of cherubim (plural of cherub), as is demonstrated by Genesis 3.24, and as is illustrated by Exodus 26.18 and 25.22a. (See also Ezekiel chapters 1 and 10.)

As stated in Ezekiel 28.14, Satan is the cherub who was anointed by God to the incredibly high honor of serving as a personal guardian to God's presence and holiness.

  So He (God) drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life. (Gen 3.24)
(God said:) "And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work you shall make them at the two ends of the mercy seat... And there I will meet with you, and
I will speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim... (Exod 25.18, 25.22a; NKJV)
(God said to Satan as king of Tyre:) "
You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you... (Ezek 28.14a)

A side issue

Whoops! Why would the all-powerful God need guardians? The simple answer is, God doesn't NEED anything or anyone -- guardians or otherwise. Rather, for reasons God has not seen fit to reveal, He has CHOSEN to administer His creation in and through His creatures, angelic and human alike.

  (God said:) "Now see that I, even I, am He, and there is no God besides Me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; nor is there any who can deliver from My hand." (Deu 32.39)

C) Satan's original job and domain -- C2) Satan's original domain was Planet Earth

Three heavens

In the Bible there are three places called "heaven"

  • 1) The earth's atmospheric envelope or sky, from whence falls the rain. (Gen 8.1)
  • 2) The celestial heaven, wherein the stars are located. (Gen 15.5)
  • 3) The "third heaven" called Paradise, whereat God's throne is located. (2 Cor 12.2-4)
  ...the rain from heaven was restrained. (Gen 8.1b)
Then He brought him outside and said, "Look now toward
heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them...''' (Gen 15.5a)
I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows -- such a one was caught up to
the third heaven. And I know such a man whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows how he was caught up into Paradise... (2 Cor 12.2-4a)

Realms of the heavenly places

The spiritual hosts of angels reside in "the heavenly places" wherein the stars and planets are located.

The heavenly places are governmentally organized into principalities, powers, and so forth.

It is conceivable that angels occupy the entirety of the celestial heavens which we call "outer space."

  to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, (Eph 3.10)
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against
spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Eph 6.12)

A garden of minerals

Satan's original domain was Planet Earth, where he resided in the garden of God called Eden.

  • This was NOT the Eden that God made for Adam and Eve.
  • The Eden of Adam and Eve was a garden of vegetation -- "every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food." (Gen 2.8-9)
  • On the other hand, Satan resided in an earlier version of Eden that was a garden of minerals -- sardius, topaz, diamond, and so forth. (Ezek 28.13)
  (Spoken to Satan as king of Tyre:) You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: the sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. (Ezek 28.13a)

The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made
every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. (Gen 2.8-9a)

Summary of Part One

  • Satan is a cherub, created by God.
  • Satan was created "perfect all in his ways" -- NOT evil.
  • Satan was created before God created the earth and humans.
  • God created Satan as the most intelligent and beautiful of all His creatures.
  • God anointed Satan to serve as a guardian of God's presence and holiness.
  • Satan's original domain was Planet Earth, in the garden of God known as Eden.

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