People frequently ask me questions about the Bible and theology. I tend to write long answers to questions (considering they usually ask via Facebook message), and it occurred to me that I could convert these already written responses into blog posts.
I’m not a seminary professor and I don’t have doctorate. I’m just a pastor sharing my answers to questions which people have asked. I’m open to feedback or alternative perspectives.
TODAY’S QUESTION | When did Lucifer’s Fall Take Place?
It’s a very interesting question that’s a little bit tricky to answer.
First off the word “When” relates to how we in the physical world measure the passing of time IN the physical world. However, Lucifer’s fall took place in the spiritual realm. So, in a sense, asking the question “when” forces us to cram the spiritual world into the limitations of the physical world. Likewise, the question assumes that the spiritual world’s timeline runs parallel to our own. In reality, we actually have no idea how exactly the spiritual world works.
Second, The Bible says far less about Satan/Lucifer/The Devil than most pastors will acknowledge. While there are multiple full books in the New Testament intricately explaining sin and salvation, Lucifer is more like a character that appears from time to time, and you get a little bit of clear statements in the New Testament. But, there’s no clear chapter which walks us through exactly how all of that works; only when you put the pieces together do you get an understanding of Satan.
What Do We Clearly Know About Satan?
- The angels who rebelled with Satan are prisoners of Hell (2 Peter 2:4)
- Satan and the other rebelling angels were trying to abuse their authority (Jude 6)
- The name Lucifer comes from the Latin Vulgate’s translation of Isaiah 14:12. The literal meaning is “Light Bringer.” Since the early church days, Isaiah 14 has been believed to describe the devil.
What Are Some Common Beliefs About Satan’s Fall That Aren’t as Clear in Scripture?
- Lucifer was the Music Leader in Heaven – Ezekiel 28 is believed by some to be a prophecy about Satan. Verse 13 mentions some instruments. Somewhere along the line, people interpreted this as he was the music leader in Heaven.
- Lucifer took a 1/3 of the Angels With Him – This comes from Revelation 12:4, but the context doesn’t seem to be explicitly speaking about Satan’s fall.
Lucifer Fell Before Our World Was Created (Genesis 1:1)
Lucifer Fell After our World Was Created (Genesis 1:31 and Genesis 3:1)