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This is a very interesting question. First of all, we see that Satan makes his first appearance in the Garden of Eden in front of Eve who in turn tempts Adam. Read: Gen. 3:1-6, “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” Here, Satan slandered God and tempted Eve which resulted in both Adam and Eve sinning. Since that time, man has continued to sin, “For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23) Now, another account is found in Job 1 where Satan is fully preparing himself to tempt God’s servant, Job. The name Satan means “Adversary” and it is implicated in the Scriptures that he is the enemy of God. He is called the devil (meaning slanderer) or Apollyon (meaning destroyer and deceiver). This describes his purpose and work. In addition to these names, he is also described as the angel of the bottomless pit (Rev. 9:1); the prince of the world (Jn. 12:31); a liar and a murderer from the beginning (Jn. 8:44); and the god of this world. (2 Cor. 4:4) So, we know what and who Satan is, but where did he come from? It is believed by many that he is an angel who was puffed up with pride (1 Tim. 3:6) and was cast out of Heaven. Notice these verses: “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;” (2 Pet. 2:4) “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” (Jude 6) “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.” (Rev. 12:7-9) Now, according to these things, it can be suggested that Satan became the leader of all fallen angels who were also in rebellion against God. However, how do we know that any of these fallen angels was Satan? First of all, Rev. 9:1 talks about a star that fell from Heaven and refers to that star as, He. Second, when we look back at the book of Job, it says, “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.” (Job. 1:6) Now, not only was this He a star fallen from Heaven, we notice here in Job that Satan stood among the sons of God who also stood before the Lord. In addition, we know that Satan had access to the ear of God. Zachariah records, “And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.” (Zech. 3:1-4) Fourth, 1 Kings 22 may shed more light on this subject. It speaks about how Judah and Israel agreed to fight Ahab’s brother Benhadad and how they inquired of Jehovah to do things right, so they called for the prophet of God. However, the King of Israel, Ahab, did not like the prophet that was sent him, Micaiah and said that this prophet spoke evil even when the prophet tried to assure him that he only spoke what the Lord told him to speak. Now listen, “And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left.” (1 Kgs. 22:19) All the host are angels. “And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.” (1 Kgs. 22:20) Notice here that the righteous angels did not want to entice Ahab. However, one did, “And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him.” “And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.” (1 Kgs. 22:21,22) There was an angel in the midst of them who was willing to do evil. So, let’s puts some pieces together: We know that angels sinned and were cast down and left their first estate or habitation. We know that Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels. Notice Matt. 25:41 that hell is prepared for the devil and his angels. We also notice that a star fell from Heaven which was not a ball of fire, but labeled as a, He. We can also see from Job 38:7 that the “morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.” Finally, that Satan was labeled with the sons of God also called the host of heaven who had access to the ear of God telling God that he would sin willingly as if he had nothing to lose. Now, we know that angels do not have the ability to repent because they have everything they could ever desire and can not die. Yet, when an angel refuses to be subject to God, he his sinned and is exiled because they have no excuse and this is exactly what happened to Satan. Furthermore, we know that Satan is not like Jehovah (without beginning) because Neh 9:6 states, “Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.” Robert Notgrass

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