When Did Satan Fall?

Jan 20, 2018
Harold Camping

(An Excerpt taken from: “Feed My Sheep”)
We read in I John 3:8 that “the devil sinneth from the beginning.” Was this the beginning that we read about in Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Did Satan sin before the six days of creation? If he did, then Satan must have been created a sinful being or his rebellion occurred so close in time to that specified in Genesis 1:1 that for all intents and purposes it was almost simultaneous with the “beginning” of this verse. Other Biblical evidence points to a time when Satan or the angel Lucifer did walk in perfection. This is suggested by the name give to him and the statement about him in Isaiah 14:12, “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!”

The thought of sin in the world of angels coming some time after their creation is also suggested in II Peter 2:4, “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.”

Perhaps a clue to the timing of the angel Lucifer’s sin can be found in Mark 10:6, where we read: “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.” Note that this verse speaks of beginning even as I John 3:8 speaks of the beginning when Satan fell, but the “beginning” in Mark 10:6 is identified with Adam and Eve. This suggests that possibly Satan did not sin at least until Adam and Eve were created.

The concept that Satan’s rebellion occurred at about the same time that Eve sinned is further strengthened when we consider God’s curse upon him, recorded in Genesis 3:14-15, “And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because though 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.”

In the case of man and creation, it was at this moment in history that the ground was cursed (Genesis 3:17-19), and man was condemned to return to the dust. The parallel curse came upon Satan. One can suspect, then, that Satan’s fall was simultaneous with man’s fall.

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