“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer [Satan’s pre-fall name which meant ‘Light Bearer’] son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit” (Isa 14:12-15)
Five times Satan crosses “God’s will” with “his will”. Five times Satan declares his self –will in opposition to God’s will (vs.13-14). Clearly we can see Satan’s pride and rebellion against God. Satan desired (and still desires) to replace God’s sovereign rule with his own. He also wants to function independently from the Most High God. Satan invites, tempts, intimidates and snares men into these two sins of self -exaltation and selfish independence. It would seem that Satan before his fall – and all the other angelic beings – were originally created with the ability to love, honor, worship and serve God. As we have said, to create beings with freedom of choice brings a great risk. There is the danger of rebellion.
The results of those wrong choices can be tragic. To reject God’s love, truth and goodness is to reap the results of hatred, error and evil. To reject one is to choose the other. Just as when you flip a coin -one side or the other will turn up. Sadly, Satan made the wrong choice!
Yes, the Scriptures in Ezekiel and Isaiah seem to show that Satan had been created by God for a high and noble purpose. He was perfect in his beauty and wisdom. He had been given great power and authority.
The cherubim (plural for cherub) in the Book of Revelation are related to heavenly worship. It is possible that Satan at one time not only ruled the hosts of heaven as “the anointed cherub who covers” (Ezek 28:14) -which indicates a high office with authority and responsibility -but also led them in their worship of God. This seems to be indicated by Ezekiel 28:13 where there is reference to musical instrumentation included in Lucifer’s (Satan’s) created being. Many see this as supporting the idea that one of Lucifer’s duties was to lead the heavenly host in worship of the Most High. His duty and responsibility was to guard the holy will and word of God and to honor the Lord in all ways. It seems he was an “overseer” of the heavenly host.
Because of his beauty and position, pride entered Satan’s heart (Ezek 28:15,17). Paul, when listing the qualifications for being an overseer, warns them about pride, and uses Satan as an example:
“…not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil ” (1 Tim 3:2-6).