"Satan Fell Out Of Heaven?"
By: Gary Colley
Though some think they have found in the Bible a time when "Satan fell out of Heaven," there is really no passage in which this thought is taught. There are passages that refer to Satan, Christians' arch enemy, and passages testifying to the purity of Heaven, but the two do not mix. Sin is the transgression of God's law. Sin is not allowed in Heaven, nor anything else that causes "sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain (Revelation 21:4)." Some angels did sin, and have been cast down to hades . . . committed . . to pits of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment
(II Peter 2:4)," but it is not stated that they "fell out of Heaven." There are many things which the Bible does not reveal and which we cannot know (Deutoronomy 29:29). There are some passages which are thought to shed some light on Satan's "fall from Heaven," but which upon closer examination, are hardly conclusive in that reguard. 1. Luke 10:17-20 teaches that God's power is greater than that of Satan. In this reference, Satan's POWER FELL "AS" LIGHTENING FROM HEAVEN, meaning that when the seventy cast out devils, Satan's power fell rapidly or quickly like the lightening flashes. It does nto say Satan "fell out of Heaven." 2. Some tell us that "Lucifer" is the Devil, and that he "fell from heaven," but when studying the context we learn that Lucifer does not refer to Satan, nor his "fall from Heaven," but rather the reference is to the king of Babylon
(Luke 10:4), and it is his glory that is referred to as the "day-star (Isaiah 14:12)." 3. We need to remember that Satan is NOT an eternal being as God. He does not have the same power as God. He is a created being (Colossians 1:16, John 1:1-5). All that God made in the beginning
(Genesis 1:1), was pronounced "good (Genesis 1:31, I John 3:8)." That which was "good" became evil after creation. 4. Revelation 12:7-9 speaks of war in heaven between Michael and his angels and the devil and his angels, and Satan being cast down to the earth, but remember this is a symbolic description in the book of Revelation of the battle between the Lord's church and the forces of Satan. This does not refer back to the fall near the beginning, but to Satan being "cast down" or overcome, "because of the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 12:10-11)."