In the beginning, God created all that we know and much, much more. So I am going to suggest something weird to you. In order to understand the Bible, you must understand some things you have to infer from the text. So we will look beyond the word but still firmly on solid Biblical ground.
I am sure you have heard of the devil. The king of hell who rules with a pitchfork and who stands in opposition to God. Well, get that picture out of your head. There is not just one, there are many, though there is one very much so notable. His name is Lucifer.
Now there are only two verses in the Bible that we really get a clear image of Lucifer.
12 How you have fallen from heaven,
You star of the morning, son of the dawn!
You have been cut down to the earth,
You who defeated the nations!
13 But you said in your heart,
‘I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne above the stars of God,
And I will sit on the mount of assembly
In the recesses of the north.
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’
15 Nevertheless you will be brought down to Sheol,
To the recesses of the pit.
16 Those who see you will stare at you,
They will closely examine you, saying,
‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble,
Who shook kingdoms,
17 Who made the world like a wilderness
And overthrew its cities,
Who did not allow his prisoners to go home?’
18 All the kings of the nations lie in glory,
Each in his own tomb.
19 But you have been hurled out of your tomb
Like a rejected branch,
Clothed with those killed who have been pierced with a sword,
Who go down to the stones of the pit
Like a trampled corpse.
20 You will not be united with them in burial,
Because you have ruined your country,
You have killed your people.
May the descendants of evildoers never be mentioned.
21 Prepare a place of slaughter for his sons
Because of the wrongdoing of their fathers.
They must not arise and take possession of the earth,
And fill the surface of the world with cities.”Isaiah 14:12-21
“You had the seal of perfection,
Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 You were in Eden, the garden of God;
Every precious stone was your covering:
The ruby, the topaz and the diamond;
The beryl, the onyx and the jasper;
The lapis lazuli, the turquoise and the emerald;
And the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets,
Was in you.
On the day that you were created
They were prepared.
14 You were the anointed cherub who covers,
And I placed you there.
You were on the holy mountain of God;
You walked in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 You were blameless in your ways
From the day you were created
Until unrighteousness was found in you.
16 By the abundance of your trade
You were internally filled with violence,
And you sinned;
Therefore I have cast you as profane
From the mountain of God.
And I have destroyed you, you covering cherub,
From the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Your heart was haughty because of your beauty;
You corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor.
I threw you to the ground;
I put you before kings,
That they may see you.
18 By the multitude of your wrongdoings,
In the unrighteousness of your trade
You profaned your sanctuaries.
Therefore I have brought fire from the midst of you;
It has consumed you,
And I have turned you to ashes on the earth
In the eyes of all who see you.
19 All who know you among the peoples
Are appalled at you;
You have become terrified
And you will cease to be forever.”Ezekiel 28:12-19
This set of verses gives all the information about Lucifer that we need. Lucifer was most likely leader of the worship of God. He was one of the first creations of God, and he was beautiful. The important thing to recognize about these verses is not one of these charges against Lucifer, include the fall of Adam and Eve whom we will talk about next time. This time, I want to hammer out the conflict of good and evil.
If you don’t find that strange, then how about his charge of being thrown down before Kings? When did this happen? If you read these verses, you can easily miss what is going on here. This is not an I will, or it’s prophesied these things will come to pass. No, this has happened. So the question is when. This has troubled many scholars. So there is no ambiguity about my statements I am going to say it. Lucifer fell at sometime between verse Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2.
This is a preposterous statement, and many people have gone elsewhere by now. I have evidence, however. Let’s look at those verses, though.
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 And the earth was a formless and desolate emptiness, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.Genesis 1:1-2
God created the heavens, and the earth is pretty definitive. Now there are some people that hold the view that is a summary statement. However, that is not. I think that is a statement.
The beginning of verse two is where things get interesting. In the Hebrew, the word for formless and desolate emptiness is “Tohuvubohu” it has a sense of becoming that way. So it would be more appropriate to say, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And BECAME formless and desolate emptiness,” This would place Lucifer in a world that was already made a heaven that was already made and then his rebellion against God happens. Everything around the world is destroyed.
The earth is ruined because of Lucifer and the angels that joined him. This would also explain some verses in Job which seem strange if you think about it.
“38 Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind and said,
2 “Who is this who darkens the divine plan
By words without knowledge?
3 Now tighten the belt on your waist like a man,
And I shall ask you, and you inform Me!
4 Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding,
5 Who set its measurements? Since you know.
Or who stretched the measuring line over it?
6 On what were its bases sunk?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
7 When the morning stars sang together
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8 “Or who enclosed the sea with doors
When it went out from the womb, bursting forth;
9 When I made a cloud its garment,
And thick darkness its swaddling bands,
10 And I placed boundaries on it
And set a bolt and doors,
11 And I said, ‘As far as this point you shall come, but no farther;
And here your proud waves shall stop’?”Job 38:1-11
We have God speaking to Job here. There is one thing I want to point out. The morning stars, aka angels, are already on the scene. So, they existed before God created the universe. I think I have shown enough proof for now. There will be more as we go through this study.
Let’s go on and finish the verse. “And darkness was over the surface of the deep”. This is another portion of a verse that should make you pause. The word for darkness here is not the normal darkness, this is a supernatural or spiritual darkness. Think the plague of darkness over Egypt. This is a darkness you can feel. Its chashak in Hebrew.
So then lets go along too deep. This is the abysso. The abyse. In some languages, it is called Tartarus. It is as far below earth as earth is heaven. I don’t know where that is, but I do not want to be there.
We have a cosmology forming. We have this dark, dark abyss above that we have a destroyed world and above that we have a destroyed heaven.
“and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” Now we see the Spirit of God hovering the surface of this dark place. Calming it perhaps?
Now we witness how God creates. Genesis 1:3 God creates light. There was already darkness. More evidence of my theory.
Now the rest of Genesis God lists in extensive detail what he is doing and how he is making everything. You can find some very extensive work online about how this matches with know science and what not. That is not my calling. Now and then I will share some interesting ideas and what not but the science of the Bible I really care little about.
In the end, God explains things to a person who does not understand what he is saying. There is an entire mountain of hidden treasures though, if you search the scriptures for them. This is a basic Bible study though and we don’t want to get too into the weeds. A few times we will, but mainly this is just to give you the basic idea of what the Bible talks about.
However, if you go verse by verse, you can find wondrous things and I encourage everyone to.
Now, back to Lucifer. Lucifer is chief among fallen angels. He is the leader of them. He is called Satan now. Satan means the Adversary or Opponent. So it is not a proper name but a title. There are many Satans in the Bible in the Hebrew or the Greek. So don’t get ruffled when you are going through the book in the original language and you see that word used of something unanglic.
That being said, the entity that God calls Satan is very much your opponent in every way. Now don’t get it twisted. The Satan of the Bible is extremely different from the pop culture Satan or the Satan that you most likely are familiar with. He is a fallen angel with a command of roughly one third of the angels.
That means our guys outnumber his forces two to one. So what we know about him is from the above verses. You can infer that he was a worship leader of some sort. It mentions his pipes at one point which most likely is pointing to his skill with song. Ask the music industry about his skill at music. I am sure many of them will tell you they pledged themselves to him for talent.
It also mentions the way he gained favor with the angels. He campaigned against God. It was the goods he sold they wanted; their right place as God in his kingdom. He was violent to those that did not conform to his kingdom. And they brought him down for it.
So that leaves the question… who are the other fallen angels. Fortunately, we don’t need to know the other fallen angels to understand God’s message. We only need to know of God above. He will do the work on ridding them and foiling their evil schemes.
Angels are powerful and even other angels don’t rebuke other angels with their own power, but with God’s. We would be wise to do the same. So, with those understandings out of the way, lets look at Adam and Eve next time.