Heaven used to be a peaceful place where righteousness abounded. It was so until the day “Michael and his angels fought against the dragon”… the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan…That same Satan who was once called Lucifer
And who was Lucifer?
In the book of Ezekiel we read..
“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. Ez 28:14
The prophet states
“The Lord has shown me that Satan was once an honored angel in heaven, next to Jesus Christ. His countenance was mild, expressive of happiness like the other angels. His forehead was high and broad, and showed great intelligence. His form was perfect. He had noble, majestic bearing.” Spiritual Gifts V1 pg.18
But how is it that such a being, the one who was next to Christ, next in command, became the originator of sin.
“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.” Is 14:12-14
The spirit of prophecy paints the picture very well. We read…
“The great Creator assembled the heavenly host, that He might in the presence of all the angels confer special honor upon His Son. The Son was seated on the throne with the Father, and the heavenly throng of holy angels was gathered around them. The Father then made known that it was ordained by Himself that Christ, His Son, should be equal with Himself; so that wherever was the presence of His Son, it was as His own presence. The word of the Son was to be obeyed as readily as the word of the Father.” Story of Redemption pg.13
God wanted to make sure that His Son, through whom all things were created, was equal with Him in the eyes of every created being. However this was not the case.
We continue reading…
“Lucifer was envious and jealous of Jesus Christ. Yet when all the angels bowed to Jesus to acknowledge His supremacy and high authority and rightful rule, he bowed with them; but his heart was filled with envy and hatred. Christ had been taken into the special counsel of God in regard to His plans, while Lucifer was unacquainted with them. He did not understand, neither was he permitted to know, the purposes of God. But Christ was acknowledged sovereign of heaven, His power and authority to be the same as that of God Himself. Lucifer thought that he was himself a favourite in heaven among the angels. He had been highly exalted, but this did not call forth from him gratitude and praise to his Creator.” Story of Redemption pg.13
Lucifer chose to be dependent upon himself. He decided in his heart that he will be like the most High. That he will be recognized just as Christ was recognized. He chose to separate himself from God and the position that he held. He refused to remain connected with God and His Son. It is this separation that instantly made him unrighteous. No created being that decides to separate from God can remain righteous. In the book of Mark we read “And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.” Goodness comes from God and God alone. Satan chose separation and rebellion from the Father and the Son.
A controversy thus began in heaven and a different unrighteous rulership was established led by the rebel, that fallen star. Unfortunately this controversy entered into humanity and our race has been placed in a position to choose between these 2 rulers. May we look up to Christ and allow Him to fill us with that goodness which Adam lost in the beginning of his journey. “But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you.” Romans 8:9