goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a
fall." Prov. 16:18.
9. How does the prophet Isaiah describe Satan's fall?
"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!" Isa. 14:12.
10. Why was Satan cast from his high position?
"By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with
violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the
mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones
of fire." Eze. 28:16.
11. When cast out of the mountain of God, to what place were Satan and his angels
banished, to be kept till the judgment?
"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." 2 Peter
NOTE.-This, we understand, is the darkness surrounding this world, and is symbolic of
the darkness of utter hopelessness and despair in rebellion and sin. When Satan led man to
sin, darkness was brought upon this world. But God did not leave man to hopelessness. In
His mercy and great love He caused "the light of the glorious gospel of Christ"
to shine, to call men "out of darkness into His marvelous light." That Satan and
the angels who fell with him had a period of probation and opportunity to repent, there
can be no doubt. Their fate is the result of stubborn rebellion and persistence in sin in
spite of the overtures of mercy and the offers of pardon. For this they were cast out of
heaven. The wicked angels are kept in everlasting chains of darkness.
12. How is the conflict which took place in heaven between Christ and Satan
described by the revelator?
"And there was war in heaven: Michael and His angels fought against the dragon;
and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any
more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and
Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels
were cast out with him." Rev. 12:7-9.
13. In what terms did Christ refer to Satan's fall?
"And He said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven."
14. Has Satan ever appeared before God since his fall?
"Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the
Lord, and Satan came also among them." Job 1:6. See also chapter 2:1.
15. When asked whence he came, what was Satan's reply?
"Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth,
and from walking up and down in it." Job 1:7. See Job 2:2.
NOTE.-By tempting man to sin, Satan usurped man's dominion over the earth. Rom. 6:16; 2
Peter 2:19. This he now claims as his kingdom (Luke 4:6); hence the temptation in offering
the kingdoms of this world to Christ. As the "god" and ruler of this world,
Satan, for four thousand years before the crucifixion of Christ, appeared before God among
the representatives of other worlds, as the representative of this world. After
accomplishing the death of Christ, the Son of God, the sinless One, Satan was cast out of
this council, or assembly, and has not been permitted to enter it since. This was his
second fall, and the one doubtless, to which Christ, just before His crucifixion, alluded
when he said, "Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world
be cast out." John 12:31. His final fall and destruction are still future.
16. What has been the character of Satan since his fall?
"He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the
beginning." 1 John 3:8.
17. Was he ever in the truth?
"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was
a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no
truth in him." John 8:44.
NOTE.-The expression "abode not in the truth" implies that Satan was
once in the truth, but that he did not remain there.
18. What is the only "beginning" of which we have record?
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Gen. 1:1.
19. What besides a murderer did Christ say Satan is?
"When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the
father of it." John 8:44.
20. What did God tell Adam and Eve would be the result if they transgressed by
partaking of the forbidden fruit?
"Thou shalt surely die." Gen. 2:17.
21. What did Satan say to Eve concerning this?
"And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall NOT surely die." Gen.
NOTE.-This, as far as the record shows, was the first lie,- a direct denial of
the word of God. By persuading Eve to accept and believe it, Satan led our first parents
to commit sin; and, as "the wages of sin is death," by it, also, he caused their
death, and so became, in reality, the first murderer. A lie, therefore, is a twin brother
to murder, and one of the most hateful things to God, the "God of truth." See
Prov. 6:16-19. "The lip of truth shall be established forever: but a lying tongue is
but for a moment." Prov. 12:19. "All liars shall have their part in the lake
which burneth with fire and brimstone." Rev. 21:8. See also Rev. 21:27; 22:15.
22. What has been the result of sin's entrance into the world?
"By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin." Rom. 5:12.
"By one man's disobedience many were made sinners." Verse 19. "The
whole world lieth in wickedness." 1 John 5:19. "In Adam all die."
1 Cor. 15:22.
23. When Christ came to redeem man, what did Satan do?
"And immediately the Spirit driveth Him into the wilderness. And He was there in
the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan." Mark 1:12,13. See also Matt.
24. How severely was Christ tempted of Satan?
"For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our
infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin."
25. What has the church suffered since the days of Christ?
"And when the dragon [Satan] saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted
the woman [the church]." Rev. 12:13.
NOTE.-Many millions of the people of God have been put to death since the beginning of
the Christian era, under pagan and papal persecutions, all of which have been instigated
by Satan. See Buck's Theological Dictionary, any commentary or church history on the
subject of persecution, and the readings in Chapters 51., 59., 60. and 108. of this book.
26. Is the remnant church to feel his wrath, and why?
"And the dragon ,vas 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." Verse 17.
27. How will Satan deceive men in the last days?
"And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles
which he had power to do in the sight of the beast." Rev. 13:14.
NOTE.-This, we understand, refers to Spiritualistic manifestations and miracles to be
wrought to fasten men in error and deception.
28. What will influence the nations to gather for the great battle of Armageddon?
"They are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the
kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great
day of God Almighty." Rev. 16:14.
29. Why will men be allowed thus to fall under the delusion of Satan?