When did Satan fall? Basically there are three main positions set forth. We will look at these different thoughts.
1. The Gap View: This position believes that between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 there was a period of time when Satan fell. The first verse speaks of God’s creation, and verse two is what is left after Satan’s rebellion. The people holding this position feel that Satan was placed in charge of the earth and he destroyed it as part of his rebellion.
2. The Days Of Creation View: (Post creation) This view sees Genesis 1:1 as the introductory statement and then 1:2 is the beginning of the creation. Chapter one and chapter two are parallel texts describing the creation. Then chapter three develops the idea of the fall. The Devil fell sometime between Genesis 2 and Genesis 3.
This is based on Job. 38:7. The creation seems to follow the creation of the angels in vs. 1-7. Those saying that the devil fell post creation use verse 6- 7 to show that all The sons of God were present at the creation, thus the fall had not yet occurred. They build their thought on the fact that the
Sons of God mentioned are ALL of the angelic host. They fail to understand that the fall may have occurred and that the Sons of God mentioned do not include the fallen host. The fallen angels would not necessarily be called the sons of God after the fall, thus proving nothing more than the angels were created before the creation of heaven and earth disproving their own theory.
This fall was in the spiritual world not in the physical realm, thus the creation need not be in existence. Indeed, there is little if any evidence to show that it was.
3. The Pre-Creation View: This view holds that Satan fell before creation was set into motion. Job. 38:4-7 indicates the angels were in existence before creation. They are spirit beings and as such do not need the material world to operate in. There is no reason that this could not be the time of Satan’s rebellion.
SATAN’S FINAL DOWNFALL
1. His Sentence Was Prophesied In The Garden: Genesis 3:14,15,
“And the Lord god said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life. And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; he shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
2. His Sentence Was Mentioned By Christ:
“Now is the judgment of this world; now shall the prince of this world be cast out.” John 12:31
Christ was speaking of the cross.
The indication is that the Devil is cast out of some place. This would be fitting to the book of Job and the Devil having access to the throne of God. It would seem that this text is stating that the Devil after the cross did not have access to the throne area. (some suggest that this merely states that the Devil won’t gain the position of replacing the Lord. [Dickason])
3. His Sentence Was Mentioned In The Context Of The Ascension: “. . .the prince of this world is judged.” (John 16:11) The judgment seems to be a done deal for the Devil. Christ was talking of the ministry of the Holy Spirit and part of that ministry was based on the fact that the Devil is judged.
4. His sentence was mentioned in relation to the work of the cross:
“And, having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” Colossians 2:15
5. His Sentence Was Mentioned By The Writer Of Hebrews: He declares that the Devil is destroyed.
“Forasmuch, then, as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same, that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil,” Hebrews 2:14
6. His Sentence Was Mentioned In The Revelation: John tells us that the Devil will be cast down to the earth in Revelation 12:7-12. The indications of this are one of three.
a. The Devil will yet future be cast from the throne area to the earth area.
b. The Devil will yet future be restricted to the earth ONLY as opposed to the principalities and powers of the air.
c. The Devil was cast out from the throne area, at the time of the cross. Without giving a day or two over to the Revelation text it seems that the content of this text would best fit the end times. Since the Gospels and Colossians seem to indicate that the Devil has been thrown out of the throne area then this text would best fit a restriction of the Devil to the earth for a season. (The mention of those that overcame with the blood of the Lamb demands that the statement be at the very least, post cross.)
7. His sentence was mentioned as having a final fulfillment: The Devil’s final end is recorded for us in Revelation 20:10,
“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.”
This is a very good verse to prove that the lake of fire is eternal, for the beast and false prophet were there for the one thousand years and they are still there. If they didn’t burn up in 1000 years then it must be for eternity. (Revelation 19:20 shows that the beast and false prophet were cast into the lake prior to the kingdom Revelation 20:1-3; Revelation 20:10 shows that they are still there.)
His sentence will be controlled by Christ. Revelation 1:18 shows the Lord as the one with the power to carry all of this out.
“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen, and have the keys of hades and of death.”
There is a period between the Revelation 12 text and his final end in the lake of fire. In Revelation 20:1-3 it tells us that there is a thousand years in the end time during which the Devil will be bound and unable to work.
This is during the Millennial kingdom.
After the one thousand years is up the Devil will be released for “a little season.” 20:7 shows his release.
So let us recap what we have seen. The Devil fell at some point before the creation of the heavens and the earth (Job 38:1-7). His fall left him to wander the earth, the atmosphere and the heavens. He had access to the throne of God to make accusation against the saints in the Old Testament economy (Job 1 and 2). At the cross, there was a judgment that was set. There seems to have been a limiting of his activities to the atmosphere and earth proper (Principalities and powers of the air). In the book of Revelation there is a further limitation which will keep him on the surface of the earth. He will be limited completely for the Millennial kingdom, but then he will have freedom for a brief time to assemble his followers for one last rebellion in which all will find their physical destruction and their eternal end. He will be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity.
THE NAMES OF SATAN
Do you know what your name means? I looked up Stanley once many years ago and found that it meant a “stone lay”. In today’s idea lay means a string of flowers that the pretty Hawaiian girl gives you when you disembark in Hawaii.
Now, imagine a string of stones hung around your neck. How uncomfortable can you get? I told a class once that they could probably relate to the meaning of my name, and the way I piled on the homework.
In the old English a lay was a valley or plain. A plain made of stone. This is all very irrelevant to our study of Satan, except to draw attention to the fact that his names have meaning, other than just names. Names don’t mean much any more unless it is Kennedy or Getty or Onasis. In the Biblical times the names had great meaning.
We want to spend some time on the names of Lucifer and see if they don’t have some meaning to us in our walk with the Lord.
1. He Is Called The Devil: He is called the Devil and is described as our adversary in 1 Peter 5:8,
“Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary, the devil, like a roaring lion walketh about, seeking whom he may devour;”
We oft think of the devil in red, with horns and a long pointed tail. I
believe he is much more hideous than that. I don’t think anyone would care to look at him.
Some picture him as hairy with goat’s legs, ears, and horns. This comes from the fact that the Hebrew word translated devil in other literature means hairy or shaggy, and is translated goat or satyr in Isaiah 13:21; 34:14.
There are four terms translated Devil in the New Testament. We will only look at one of them, but a study of these four terms might be profitable.
The term used in 1 Peter is “diabolos” which means slanderer, traducer, malignant accuser. Now you know where the slanderous Christian gets his or her ammunition.
The term adversary is quite needful of our understanding. He is our enemy. We ought not mess around with his troops and his methods, or we may get ourselves into trouble.
So if he is our enemy we should think of the idea of enemy. How many Americans during WWII would have gone to Germany and put on a German uniform and hollered Hey I’m an American? You say, “Not many.” So why do so many Christians go into the world and take on the dress, activities, and philosophies of the enemy and call themselves Christians? So why do so many go into the business world and operate under the worlds practices and methods and call themselves Christian? Dangerous, in my way of thinking.
2. He Is Called Satan: Satan means adversary or opposer. 2 Corinthians 12:7 mentions, Paul’s thorn in the flesh or “messenger of Satan”. 1
Thessalonians 2:18 mentions, “Wherefore, we should have come unto you, even I, Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.”
The hindrance of Satan can take on many forms. It may be a physical problem that slows us down or hinders our thinking. It can be financial problems that hinder us from doing those things that we would like to do for the Lord.
We need to remember that there is nothing that the Devil hinders that God hasn’t allowed (Job 1, 2). We need to work through and around those hindrances to gain the glory for the Lord. When I first studied the Devil for a series of sermons, I found that there were great hindrances that were not present before nor present after the series was finished. I found myself in a multitude of problems, not impossible problems, not large problems, not bad problems, but just many, many time-consuming problems that took time away from the proper study of the subject. Ultimately all was completed and the Lord blessed the study both to my own life and understanding, but also to my students.
3. He Is Called The Accuser Of The Brethren: Revelation 12:10 states, “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ; for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, who accused them before our God day and night.” In the Old Testament economy the Devil accused the brethren of wrongs that they had committed (Job 1, 2). In the days when we had baby sitters we always told the children that we would ask for a report when we arrived home. When we arrived the sitter would report and the children knew that misbehavior would gain a spanking. They were usually — I repeat usually, found without accusation. The Lord must have enjoyed those saints that gave the Accuser little ammunition to use in his accusations.
4. He Is Called Enemy: In the explanation of the parable of the tares, Christ called the Devil the enemy. Matthew 13:39 tells us,
“The enemy that sowed them is the devil;
the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are the angels.”
This shows the Devil as the enemy of God and His program. Since believers are God’s children and are an integrated part of His program, it is safe to say that the Devil counts us as enemies as well.
5. He Can Be An Angel Of Light: 2 Corinthians 11:14,
“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”
The context of this passage is false teaching. It is wise to look very carefully at all teaching that you receive and compare it to the Scriptures. You should get yourself into the habit of questioning all commentaries and books — even if they are written by fundamental people. You will find some false teaching if you look. Don’t allow the Devil to gain a foothold in your life through false teaching even if it comes from an innocent source.
6. He Is Called The Prince Of Devils: Matthew 9:34, “But the Pharisees said, He casteth out demons through the prince of the demons.” Matthew 12:24,
“But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out demons, but by Beelzebub, the prince of the demons.”
He is in charge of the demons and is very much aware of our weaknesses. He will use his workers in any way that he can to hinder our work for the Lord.
7. He Was Called The Anointed Cherub: Ezekiel 28:11-17 This shows the high position of his past and is a stark contrast to his present position. All because of pride.
8. He Was Called Lucifer: Isaiah 14:12-14 tells us of this fact. The term means “morning star” which is a name given to the Lord Jesus, Himself in the Revelation.
The term morning stars is applied to the Cheribium in Job 38:7, however is a general term, in my opinion. The Revelation passages mention “the” morning star. The term “the” is an article, referring to a specific person.
This along with Satan’s name indicate that there are two usages of the term. One, a name for a specific being, Christ and Satan, and the other a
general term for a class of the angelic host (Revelation 2:28; 22:16). The term Lucifer is even a nice name if you can get by the stigma of it.
9. He Was The Son Of The Morning: Isaiah 14:12-14
10. He Is Called The Prince Of The Power Of The Air: Ephesians 2:1- 3 He is the prince of the air. He operates within that sphere. Talk About Air Pollution.
11. He Is Called The Prince Of This World: John 12:31, “Now is the judgment of this world; now shall the prince of this world be cast out.” John 14:30,
“Hereafter I will not talk much with you; for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.”
He is behind the world system and it is not hard to see evidences of his influence upon that system. Look at the corruption of our own country and it’s people in politics, crime, etc.
In the 1992 presidential elections, it was evident that the American public was more interested in their pocket book than with moral issues. They elected a man that favors homosexuality, abortion, and deception because he promised to fix their money problems. Something is very wrong.
It was encouraging to know that the popular vote was close and that many of the independent votes would have gone to president Bush had Mark Perot not run. America is slipping slowly into a spiritual state which God will judge.
12. He Is Called The God Of This World: 2 Corinthians 4:4,
“In whom the god of this age hath blinded the minds of them who believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
He has not only blinded, but they have bought his line completely in our society.
13. He Is Called The Tempter: Matthew 4:3,
“And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.”
1 Thessalonians 3:5 also mentions the term. Have you experienced him?
14. He Is Called The Wicked One: 1 John 5:18,
“We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not, but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one
toucheth him not.”
Some promise. (see also 1 John 3:12)
15. He Is Called Beelzebub: Matthew 12:24,
“But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out demons, but by Beelzebub, the prince of the demons.”
The term means Lord of flies or prince of devils. Can you imagine being called the Lord of flies? What an honor.
16. He Is Called A Murderer: John 8:44, “…He was a murderer from the beginning….” He will truly live up to this in a physical sense in the Tribulation and post Millennial times, when he will lead many to their deaths. He is busy leading people to their spiritual death today. He has been in this business, both past, present and will be yet in the future.
17. He Is Called A Liar: John 8:44, “…for he is a liar….” If you are a liar, then you know who you serve. He is called the father of the lie in this same text.
He is called many other names as well. I will just list these for your future study.
Angel Of The Bottomless Pit: Revelation 9:11:
Belial Which Means Good For Nothing: 2 Corinthians 6:15:
Crooked Serpent: Isaiah 27:1:
Deceiver Of The Whole World: Revelation 12:9
Evil One: 1 John 5:19
Great Dragon: Revelation 12:9 Great Red Dragon: Revelation 12:3 Leviathan: Isaiah 27:1
Old Serpent: Revelation 12:9
Piercing Serpent: Isaiah 27:1
Ruler Of Darkness: Ephesians 6:12
A Roaring Lion: 1 Peter 5:8 A Serpent: Revelation 12:9 A Wolf: John 10:12
A Thief: John 10:10
There may be some that I missed as well. And lastly we need to realize that he is a tremendous Fundamentalist of sorts. He believes in Christ being the perfect Son of God. He believes in Christ’s ascension. He believes in Christ’s coming again. He believes many things that we do. He knows doctrine. And he memorizes Scripture.
Augustine gave him one further name from the Latin, “Simius Dei” (pronounced dai). Simius = imitator and Dei = of God. Imitator of God. “The ape” as Augustine called him.
1. What’s in a name? Lot’s if you are talking about Lucifer. There is nothing for us to fear from him, however if we will only resist him. We have the power of God to resist with, if we only will.
2. The more that you know the enemy the easier it is to defeat him. We need to study and know the Devil so that we can counter his attacks upon us.
I trust that these introductory thoughts to the Devil will spur some on to even greater study. There is little written on the Devil, his effect on believers, and his control over the lost. Check your local Bible college library to see how many books you can find on the Devil. You will probably find few.
 Stanley L. Derickson Ph.D. B.A. (n.d.). DERICKSON’S NOTES ON THEOLOGY: A STUDY BOOK IN THEOLOGY.