Summary: Where did Satan from? Was he an angel gone bad? How much power does he have? We hope to answer these and other questions in this study.
What Do We Know About Satan?
A. Devil - 61 times KJV (only in NT) from Gk
B. Satan - 19 times in OT, 36 times in NT -
Hebrew word describing arch-enemy of
good, from Heb. Verb = “to lie in wait”
In NT, from Gk. Satanas = accuser,
C. Beelzebub - 7 times in NT from Gk
Beelzeboul(beh-el-zeb-oo) = dung god,
lord of filth, prince of evil spirits
D. He is also referred to as Prince of this
world (John 12:31, 14:30,16:11), he took
on the form of a serpent (Gen 3) and
symbolically is the great dragon (Rev.
E. What about Lucifer? This is not a
Biblical name for the devil (cover
in detail under Origin of the Devil).
Origin of the Devil
A. The Devil isn’t Lucifer!
1. Isaiah 14:12 (sure looks like it!)
2. Lucifer - from Heb heylel (hay-
lale) = morning star.
3. Context here is fall of king of
Babylon (likey Belshazzar of Dan.
5:30) Note vs. 4 & 13 - not
talking about the devil!
B. What about Rev. 12:7-9?
1. First of all, this is a vision,
it’s not literal, it’s symbolic.
If it were a real story of
Satan’s origin, then there would
have to be a real dragon with a
tail long enough to reach the
stars (cf. vs. 4).
2. The war in heaven, the dragon,
the angels, etc. are all symbols
in this vision that embodies a
truth - Satan is a loser. He
couldn’t defeat Christ on earth,
now, in this vision he races to
heaven & fights Christ there and
C. Satan wasn’t an eternal being - he was
1. An eternal being is deity (to
look upon as a god) - note the
characteristic’s of God (Deut
33:27; Ps 102:27; John 1:1; Rev
2. Deity is omnipotent (having
unlimited power & authority) -
(Gen 17:1; Job 42:2) - only God
has the creative power and power
over life & death (Gen 1:1;
2 Pet 3:10; Eph 1:20).
3. Deity is omnipresent (present in
all places at the same time)
Heb 4:13; Jer. 23:23-24.
4. Deity is omniscient (om-nish-ent)
knowing all things) - Ps.139:1-6;
5. Satan isn’t omnipotent -
1 John :4; Luke 22:31; he isn’t
omnipresent - Rev 20:10 (being
placed here means he can be
confined to a place); he isn’t
omniscient - Job 2:3-5.
6. Simple deduction, if Satan is not
deity, he can’t be eternal, thus
he must be a created being - Neh.
9:6; Col. 1:16; Eph. 3:9; Ps.
Was Satan Created “Evil”? - We’ve determined that Satan isn’t eternal nor deity and thus was created. The questions now are: When was he created? Was he created Evil? If not, what was he originally?
A. Gen 1:31 - 4 key words: all (everything),
made (created), very good!
B. We have to deduce that God didn’t create
Satan as an evil adversary,rather, Satan
became evil! (get to in a bit).
C. What about Is. 45:7? Evil is not God’s
nature (Deut 32:4).
IV. Is Satan an Angel gone bad?
A. There are hints in Scripture that Satan &
others departed their righteous state &
rebelled against God - Job 4:18; 2 Pet
2:4; Jude 6.
B. Satan is referred to as “the prince of
demons” (Mat. 12:24), while Mat. 25:41
speaks of “the devil and his angels”
(talk about demons in a bit) - thus we
can conclude that the devil is the leader
of a group of angels who rebelled against
C. Based upon references such as these, it’s
clear God created angels with the ability
to reason and choose (just as we do).
1 John 3:4 says sin is lawlessness, thus
in some fashion, the angels’ sin
consisted of breaking God’s law by not
keeping their proper habitation.
D. Notice Ezek. 28. Strange prophecy
(written around 588). First, Tyre
had an insignificant role in life & times
of Israel (there king did speak out
against Jerusalem, but certainly didn’t
warrant such attention.
1. First half of chapter (vs. 1-10)
God’s judgment is pronounced
against Tyre’s king.
2. Note the second half (vs. 11-19) -
why repeat judgment? It’s
believed here the king is
symbolic of Satan. Notice the
text: only one being fits — Satan!
E. Based upon Ezek, and passages above, a
picture of Satan’s origin begins to
- Satan was created as one of the host of
- He had the ability to choose and reason
- He was exquisitely beautiful, the
anointed cherub, the captain of the
- Sometime prior to the creation of the
natural order (get to later)he became
vain about his beauty & position &
- He and his rebellious following were
expelled from heaven.