Lucifer, A Fallen Rebel ArchangelAuthor: Josué Mora Peña
I hope you had a chance to read the verses I recommended on my last sermon. If you didn't, please do it now. It is Isaiah 14:11-15, Matthew 25:41 and Luke 10:18. They will help you understand better this sermon. On the previous sermon we talked about Genesis 1:1 and we will continue with verse 2 which reads: "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." We ended our last sermon saying that we can not conceive a God who would do such a thing, what we just read in verse 2. Something must have happened between these two verses that caused the earth to be void and without form and full of darkness.
Some of the theologians and commentators from whom I have read regarding this Bible passage, have come up with several possible solutions to our unanswerable question, but these solutions are nothing more than speculations. They may be right, they may be wrong. So let's see what might have happened between verses 1 and 2 of Genesis chapter 1. Now I know that some people don't like the idea of speculating. They want facts, but, if facts are not available, well, I'm of the idea of speculating. I'm one of those persons who often think, "what if?" What if what happened the way it happened would have happened in some other way? (Pardon the redundancy); what if Adam and Eve would have had a son before falling into sin? What would have happened if Adam had refused to eat of the forbidden fruit, which Eve had already tasted? What if Jesus had refused to go the way of the Cross? What if, What if, What if.
When God created the heavens and the earth, He created also the angels, archangels, seraphims and cherubims which are, of course, angelic beings. Some commentators believe that what we read in Isaiah 14, verses 11-15, took place after God created the universe and everything else. There was this angel called"son of the morning". It is believed that he was in charge of all the angelic beings and he became jealous of God, became envious of the Almighty and wanted to be like Him. Five times he 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" (verses 13-14). God does not allow any other god. He is a jealous God. Exodus 20:5 says, speaking of other gods, "Thou shall not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God". God told Lucifer in verse 15, "Yet thou shall be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit".
Matthew 25:41 tells us that there is a hell and God created it, not for His children but for Lucifer and his angels. What we read in John 3:16 is a fact, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life." God loves us and He will not send anybody to hell. God has given us free will. We chose the place where we want to spend eternity. It all depends if we have asked God to forgive our sins and Jesus is our Lord and Savior. God was not going to create a hell for His perfect creation: the human race. I believe God created Hell the moment Lucifer rebelled against his Creator. Verse 41 says, "Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels." Jesus said in Luke 10:18, "And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven." Jesus said these words to His listeners. He "saw" Satan coming down from heaven to earth when God cast him out. Jesus, being part of the Holy Trinity, was in heaven when this happened.
Lucifer, being cast down from heaven, he brought with him two thirds of angels who became demons (Revelation 12:4). (And continue keeping in mind that we are speculating in some of the things we're saying). The Bible tells us that Jesus always had an encounter with them. He commanded them to leave the body of the person where they dwelled. It is believed that demons need a body to dwell. These demons always flee from Jesus and again, what would have happened if Lucifer would have gone to any other planet but earth? You see, he came down directly to the Planet Earth because it was already dressed up. It had life. The sun and the moon and the plants and everything else were in place.
Well, the moral of this story is, God is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. He also made you with His own hands and we all have a spark of God. We were made in His image and after His likeness. Not in the physical but in the spirit. And if we have God in ourselves, then we're heaven-bound. Praise God for this truth.
We take this opportunity to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2007 full of God's blessings.