- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Bible Questions and Answers about Satan
- Published on Thursday, 19 November 2009 16:50
Was Satan in Heaven when he sinned and fell?
This page was adapted from an answer at Truth and Tidings Magazine by David Oliver.
In the gospel of Luke 10:17, the disciples were glad to be able to control the demons (v. 17). Christ gave them the authority to control Satan's agents; they acted in Christ's name. Christ then said, "I saw Satan as lightning fall from heaven" (Luke 10:18). Comparing Christ's words with the eventual expulsion from heaven (Revelation 12:8), some people see Christ's words as a prophecy of a future event. However, the word, "saw," means he was watching an event in the past rather than looking forward to the future. Most likely, the Lord is referring to his preexistence and supremacy. Being obedient to His name should not have surprised them. Satan’s expulsion, attributable to the Lord Himself, was like lightning: immediate; downward; devastating. "To fall from" sometimes expresses a fall from favor; in this case, it refers to Satan’s sin. In the future, he will be cast from the created heavens (Revelation 12:8, 9). In the past, he fell from the uncreated heaven, the dwelling place of God.
Although God’s power was shown in expelling even Satan, it cannot rival the greatness of what God will accomplish by redemption (v. 20).