History of Satan
Before looking into the actual place, we should first look at who it was originally intended for; Satan (a.k.a. Lucifer). Lucifer as many should know was once a very great angel that became very conceited. In Ezekiel chapter 28, a lot is provided for us related to bible history relating to Lucifer. To start off, when can understand what Lucifer use to look like:
Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 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. 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. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. [Ezk. 28:12-15 KJV]
First thing to make note of, almost everything in the above passage is in past tense which means it does not apply now. The first characteristic we find is that Lucifer sealest up the sum which could be applying to sum of all things good. A popular phrase with opposite definition is ‘sum of all fears’ which represents that all fears in existent (whether known or not) is added up to equal one ending result, in this case of the example, one very horrific fear. Next, it is described of him being full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. It goes on stating he was in the garden of Eden where he tempted Eve but then states he was covered in 10 precious stones:
- Sardius (carnelian) – nobility, royalty, mercy
- Topaz (stone can be one of many colors) – beauty, worthiness, precious/seasonable
- Diamond – stability, brilliance, virtuous, right standing with God
- Beryl (possibly aquamarine) – a spectacle, brilliant
- Onyx – good of faith, spiritual good
- Jasper – glory of God, splendor, magnificence,
- Sapphire – representing God’s law, beauty, hardness, natural excellence
- Emerald – glories of God, eternal life, fresh, integrity
- Carbuncle – to glitter, lighten, flash
- Gold – highly valued
Next we see that the scripture tells of the workmanship of tabrets and pipes. Tabrets is coming from the Hebrew word toph which also is referenced along with timbrel. According to some it is referring to a tambourine however timbrel is understood in the Middle East around the 1500s as a drum. What can be clear is that some sort of “drums” percussion instrument was designed for Lucifer upon his immediate creation. Along with this was also the pipes which in the 1580s was noted for use in voice probably intended for music; an angelic voice. Another understanding, it could be referring to musical wind instruments however note that both the tabrets and pipes was “prepared in thee.” Nonetheless, it is clear that Lucifer was an angel designed with musical talent.
Continuing in verse fourteen, it is stated that he was “the anointed cherub that covereth.” We know that one being anointed is, in other words, described as consecrated or holy/blessed. Cherub is a rank of a winged angel. These types of angels are commonly associated with special/rare events within the bible. Below is some related events with cherubims in the bible:
- First introduced in Exodus to be on the Ark of the Covenant (they must have already seen and knew about them)
- A song from David in 2 Samuel, Psalms
- Was designed in Solomon’s temple in 1 Kings, 2 Chronicles, Ezekiel
- A placed named Cherub in Babylon mentioned in Ezra, Nehemiah
- Ezekiel’s encounter of the wheels cherubims are present
One thing interesting to note about the cherubims, in general, is one aspect of the description of their faces. It is commonly portrayed that they have faces like us but in Ezekiel we can understand this to be wrong:
And everyone had four faces: the first face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle. [Ezk. 10:14 KJV]
One description that can be overlooked is that he was a cherub that covereth. According to the Hebrew word sakak (pronounced saw-kak’)it meant as though to entwine as a screen, figuratively it meant he was one that protected.
In verse fifteen, we see again that he was described again, in past tense, being perfect up until he was found with iniquity. What does this tell us? He sinned and he knew that he was sinning upon doing so. Now, the question is, what did he do to get kicked out of heaven? This is answered clearly here:
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! 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: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. [Isa. 14:12-15 KJV]
Within this section it describes five iniquities of Lucifer’s heart which said:
- 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
- I will ascend above the heights of the clouds
- I will be like the most High
These are why the number 5 is seen throughout the occult world.
Below is the incident that I believe happened next upon Lucifer being found out of his sins:
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 KJV]
Then we can see Jesus’ perspective afterwards:
And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. [Luke 10:18 KJV]
So what happened to Lucifer upon being kicked out of heaven?
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. 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 may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, the the iniquity of thy traffick: therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more. [Ezk. 28:16-19 KJV]
After the reiteration of him committing sin, we see that it is declared God will destroy him, followed by being cast to the ground. The punishment is continued to state that kings will see him, a fire comes from the midst of him, and he is brought to ashes upon the earth (can be noted from Luke 10:16 as previously mentioned) in the sight of all that see him. People will be astonished and he is then described that he will be a terror and ultimately will never be.
Notice at this point several things are brought out in which helps reference a time frame of this event:
- Two statements hint to earth’s creation was already completed
- Two statements also hint to the creation of people has already been completed
From this section we can see him being destroyed and, looking at how people will react towards his appearance, we know that he has drastically changed. From being jeweled and perfect in beauty he is brought to destruction by fire.
Thus, after being cast to the ground, we come to the next event where he tempts Eve in the garden. Upon him deceiving Adam and Eve, and after their explanations of that event, we find the first thing to be addressed before addressing Adam or Eve:
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: 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. [Gen. 3:14-15 KJV]
It is not stated here that this serpent was Lucifer but the connection was established from a previous scripture mentioned above, in the beginning of Ezekiel 28:13 (was in Eden) and the second connection in Revelation 12:9 (that old serpent). Once again, more punishment is establish: first upon thy belly, shall eat dust, enmity between him and the woman, and then enmity between his seed and her seed.
One thing to think about here is an obvious assumption that, before hand, the serpent had limbs of some sort. Regardless of what the previous state was, it is clear that the punishment resulted in the serpent crawling on its belly. Looking at the word ‘enmity,’ the Hebrew word eybah (pronounced ay-baw) means hostility/hatred. Hatred and hostility was created between serpents and the women. . Furthermore, the mentioning of her seed and his seed establishes this relationship is to be continued for their future generations.