Who Created Satan?
by Wayne Blank
God Created Righteous Lucifer; Lucifer Created Wicked Satan
The horrendously wicked spirit-being that we now know as Satan has not always existed. Lucifer, the one who became Satan, was created by God, not as the evil loser that he is now, but as the above Scripture describes, created "full of wisdom and perfect in beauty." Satan was, at a time long ago, when he was known as Lucifer (Lucifer, meaning light bringer, is how his name was rendered in translation; his actual name, as it was written in the Scriptures, is pronounced in Hebrew as hay-ale, which means brightness), perfectly righteous and obedient before God. But Satan went bad, very bad:
"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" (Isaiah 14:12-14 KJV)
God created the perfectly-righteous Lucifer, by God's choice. Lucifer created the absolutely-wicked Satan, by Lucifer's choice.
Satan didn't just refuse to obey God any longer, which was bad enough; he actually tried to overthrow God, to make himself a god. The attempted coup failed of course, as described by Jesus Christ:
"I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven" (Luke 10:18 KJV)
Satan has been on earth ever since, as stated in this example from the time of Job:
"And The Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou?"
And of course Satan was there at the time of Christ's sacrifice:
"Again, the devil taketh Him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto Him, All these things will I give thee, if Thou wilt fall down and worship me." (Matthew 4:8-9 KJV)
Satan has been the ultimate enemy of Christians, a war against the truth that will intensify as Christ's return draws nearer:
"And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child ... And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 12:13,17 KJV)
But Satan's time is running out. He will be caged when Christ returns:
"And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season." (Revelation 20:1-3 KJV)
Satan was defeated at the time of his rebellion. But he chose to remain evil. He will be defeated again and locked up at the time of Christ's return, but as stated in the verses above, he will be released a thousand years later. Will Satan repent after all of that? Or will he again choose to remain evil? See the Fact Finder question below.
Fact Finder: What is Satan going to choose to do after his release? Will he repent, or will he immediately resume his evil behavior, upon which God will imprison him forever?