Did God Create Satan?

God is the creator of all things but did God create Satan? Why would he create such an evil creation? To understand where Satan came from we will search the scriptures once more. The Word of God can always give us information we need even if it is found scattered throughout various chapters.

* Garden of Eden *

Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Ezekiel 28:13 KJV

The scripture says he was in the Garden of Eden and every precious stone covered him. His whole body was an actual instrument that would be able to bring praise to God.

14) Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Ezekiel 28:14 KJV

He was an anointed cherub. A cherub, more commonly referred to as a cherubim, is a celestial being. They are to serve the will of God, perform divine duties on earth and minister to us humans. Their initial responsibility was to protect the Garden of Eden as you see referenced in Genesis. This anointed cherub was allowed to walk in the holy mountain of God.

15) Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. Ezekiel 28:15 KJV

This cherub was perfect in what he did since the time he was created until iniquity was found in him. Iniquity is defined as gross injustice or wickedness; sin. In a previous post sin was defined as disobedience. 

16) By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Ezekiel 28:16 KJV

He was filled with violence and then he sinned. God, therefore, cast him out of the mountain of God.

17) Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Ezekiel 28:17 KJV

His heart became corrupted. He was filled with pride because he was so beautiful and bright, his wisdom was also corrupted.

* His Name*

There is a scripture in Isaiah that gives us his original name. 

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!  Isaiah 14:12 KJV

Lucifer means shining one or bearer of light. He was so bright with the glory of God upon him. 

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:  Isaiah 14:13 KJV

God knows the intentions of the heart and he knew Lucifer wanted to ascend to heaven and exalt his own throne above Him. This is pure evil! To think he could put himself in a position higher than his own creator is ludicrous. This is what can happen to God’s creation when given a choice. There is always freewill. God will let you choose your path but there are always consequences to your choices. There are blessings and cursings. The angels are no different. Lucifer was already in a high position. It would appear he was in a status higher than all the other cherubims or angels. 

The last scripture we read in Isaiah puts the nail in the coffin, so to speak. He wanted to ascend to heaven and exalt his own throne. But what happened in heaven? Let’s continue the study. 

* One Third of the Angels*

And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.  Revelation 12:4 KJV

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8) And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9) 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.  Revelation 12:7-9 KJV

From reading the scriptures we can see Satan enticed 1/3 of the other angels in heaven to follow him and started a war in heaven. The archangel Michael and other angels fought against Satan and they were kicked out of heaven. Once they were kicked out it seems his mission was to destroy the child who was destined to be king. Jesus even said he saw satan fall like lightning.

* Fall Like Lightening *

And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Luke 10:18 KJV

Satan was cast out of heaven so fast he looked like lightning falling from the sky.  The bible also tells us what happened to the angels that followed him on this rebellion.

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 Peter 2:4 KJV

According to the scriptures those rebellious angels are in chains in hell waiting for judgment for what they did even unto this present time. It is not going to look good for them. Once Satan fell from heaven he was on earth. Where did he go or what did he do next? It would make sense this is when he would go to the Garden of Eden to deceive Eve and control what was given to man. 

God created man in his image and gave him power, authority and dominion on this earth. God gave earth to man to multiply, replenish, subdue and live.

26) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28) And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Genesis 1:26-28 KJV

So God created man in his own image. He later placed him in the Garden of Eden. One dreadful day the enemy, also known as the serpent, came and posed some questions to Eve. He caused Eve to doubt her own identity and she believed God was withholding knowledge from her. 

Now the serpent was more subtle 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? Genesis 3:1 KJV

And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5) 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. Genesis 3:4-5 KJV

* The Accuser *

The Hebrew word for “satan” means “accuser, hinderer, or tempter”.  In the New Testament the Greek word is “satanas” and means “an adversary, one who resists”.  We can say Satan was created or transformed when he was cast out of heaven and thrown to earth because he was now considered the “adversary” of God and Christ. He was no longer the light bearer. He was and still is an adversary. 

Through his subtle suggestions and lies he convinced Eve to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. She immediately enticed Adam to do the same. Their eyes were opened and they saw they were naked. 

In this same event they also experienced fear. They had not felt this feeling before. We must always remember fear does not come from God. It is a feeling that began in humans once they were spiritually separated from God. In this same occasion Satan, the serpent, tempted Eve and he hindered God’s plan or at least he thought he did. God had a response to this rebel from heaven. He began to prophesy the coming of the Messiah, or savior in Genesis 3:14-15.

And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: 15) And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.  Genesis 3:14-15 KJV

Satan, the serpent, brought a seed of death and through the woman there would be a seed of life

 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.  Hosea 13:14 KJV

Lucifer used to be able to stand in the presence of the Lord but since he rebelled he was and no longer is welcome there nor is he able to stand in his presence. He wasn’t allowed to stand to leave his presence either. He had to crawl on his belly. 

In Psalm 44:25 there is a scripture that refers to the people seeking God on their bellies. Their soul was also bowed to the ground but God was not answering them because of their disobedience. 

Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever. 24) Wherefore hidest thou thy face, and forgettest our affliction and our oppression? 25) For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.  Psalm 44:23-25 KJV

* Lost The Dominion *

Once Adam and Eve disobeyed God they lost their dominion on earth. Satan became the god of this world. He held the keys to death. Everyone who died before the crucifixion of Christ went to hell or Abraham’s bossom to wait for the Messiah. 

9) (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10) He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) Ephesians 4:9-10 KJV

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  2 Corinthians 4:4 KJV

In this chapter of Corinthians we read that Satan is the god of this world and he blinds the minds of them that do not believe in God or his Christ. One of the capabilities Satan has is to be able to transform himself to appear as an angel of light. 

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14 KJV

Just as God created man he also created the angels. He did not, however, create sinners nor did he create Satan the accuser of the brethren nor the tempter. He gave everyone free will. Disobedience and pride were the culprits in these two corruptions. Satan does not have power like mankind because God lives in us. God does not live in any of the angels, therefore, Satan only has the power to deceive, lie and tempt someone. He wants us to go against the Word of God. Our job is to know the Word and stand our ground when he comes to lie or tempt us.