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Isaiah 14:13-14: “For 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: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”
In part one of this lesson, we asked the question: Where did Satan come from? According to the Bible, Satan was originally created as an angel named Lucifer. Lucifer was beautiful, wise, and powerful, and he had a position of leadership in Heaven before he was cast out because of his sin against God.
On last week, we asked the question: What was Lucifer’s sin? Scripture tells us that Lucifer lifted up his heart with pride. He began to think that he was fit to rule the world. He wanted to set himself above God in power and authority, and, apparently, he was able to convince one third of the other angels in Heaven that he would make a better ruler.
The Bible reveals that there was a great battle in Heaven when Lucifer tried to overthrow God. A part of the prophetic book of Revelation states: “And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon… And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth… And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
As we consider this issue today, most of us would agree that it was foolish for Lucifer to try to do what he did. How could a created being ever think that he could overpower his Creator? It sounds absurd to us, but that is what pride did to Lucifer.
Let’s examine the issue of pride a little further. Before he sinned, Lucifer had loved God and enthroned God as King in his heart. When pride took over, Lucifer began to love himself. He no longer chose to have God on the throne of his heart. Instead, he put himself on that throne. This sin of pride led to self-love. Self-love led to self-will and self-will led to rebellion against God. No longer was Lucifer content to be the highest angel under God. Now he wanted to be God! God saw what was in his heart and cast Lucifer down from his exalted position. His name was changed from Lucifer (light bearer) to Satan, which means “adversary.” Thus, Satan began his career of opposing God, and he has been opposing God ever since.
The philosopher and theologian Thomas Aquinas wrote: Inordinate self-love is the cause of every sin. This was initially epitomized by Lucifer, and he has employed it successfully on humanity for thousands of years, steering people away from the one true and holy God.
Although Satan was the first angel to rebel against God, many other angels followed him in his rebellion. These angels are called “fallen angels” while those who remained true to God are called “holy angels.” Satan, along with these fallen angels, set up a kingdom opposed to God and His kingdom. Ever since the time of Satan’s rebellion, there have been two kingdoms in the universe—the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan.
These two kingdoms are exactly opposite in character. Satan’s kingdom is the kingdom of darkness; God’s kingdom is the kingdom of light. Satan’s kingdom is the kingdom of lies, wickedness, and hate while God’s kingdom is the kingdom of truth, righteousness, and love. In his foolish pride, Satan still feels that he can overthrow God and corrupt God’s plans in the earth.
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of thirty-four books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report and the Second Coming Watch Update. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.