Excerpts from Genesis 3:
“Now the serpent was more crafty (subtle, skilled in deceit) than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And the serpent said to the woman, ‘Can it really be that God has said, “You shall not eat from any tree of the garden”… ‘You will not certainly die,’ the serpent said to the woman. ‘For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil’…
…Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this that you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.’ … The Lord God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all wild animals; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.’ “
And the devil goes from … what? a sly snake to a … snake? No, that doesn’t make sense. God was handing out punishments. In the case of the “serpent”, He handed out a curse. “On your belly you shall go”? Isn’t that what all snakes have always done?
Unless of course the serpent wasn’t what we call a snake today. Maybe, something more like a dinosaur … ?
Was it just realizing their nakedness that made Adam and Eve afraid? Could it have been … THIS?
Listen to the message God gave the prophet Ezekiel to give to “the King of Tyre”:
“Moreover, the word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, raise a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, “Thus says the Lord God: You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle; and your settings and your engravings were crafted in gold. On the day that you were created they were prepared. You were an anointed guardian cherub. I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked in the midst of the stones of fire. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you. In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned; so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God, and I destroyed you, O guardian cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor.”
No human king who ever walked this earth can say he was in the Garden of Eden. And “created”, not born? As for “walking among the stones of fire”? That might be a figure of speech, or it might be literal truth. If the above description is of the devil, and I think it has to be, anything is possible. Remember that the devil said to King Jesus, “All this [all the kingdoms of the earth] is given to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.” So it’s correct for God to address satan as “the king” of various nations that God is dealing with.
What happened, and / or had already happened, or is going to happen, to the devil? The prophet Isaiah has the answer, in a dirge that God told Isaiah in chapter 14 to command Israel to use as a taunt against “the king of Babylon”: excerpts:
“When the Lord has given you rest from your pain and turmoil and the hard service with which you were made to serve, you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon:
‘How the oppressor has ceased, the insolent fury ceased! The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of rulers, that struck the peoples in wrath with unceasing blows, that ruled the nations in anger with unrelenting persecution. The whole earth is at rest and quiet; they break forth into singing … The realm of the dead below is stirred up to meet you when you come; it rouses the spirits of the departed to greet you – all those who were leaders in the world; it makes them rise from their thrones – all those who were kings over the nations. They will all respond, they will say to you, ‘You also have become weak, as we are! You have become like us.’
All your pomp has been brought down to the grave, along with the noise of your harps;
maggots are spread out beneath you and worms cover you.
How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!
You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit.”
I believe that this occurred before the history of humanity on earth. Now picture satan thinking he had won when he conned Adam and Eve into eating the forbidden fruit, and then having a curse put on him that even includes the loss of arms and legs.
Would “the son of the dawn”, who was once “the seal of perfection”, who “walked among the stones of fire”, be bitter? Would his anger boil over? He heard God pronounce that the offspring of the woman, not the man, would “bruise his head” and he, the devil, would only “bruise his heal”. This curse upon one who at one time was apparently second only to God in power and majesty. Would he look for a way to destroy God, to injure God? Of course. And when he encounters a couple of hairless bipeds, tiny compared to him, perhaps, having no power to compare to his, and they are the living image of God – would he launch an all-out war against them? You know he would. Only God’s protection prevented the devil from savagely murdering the two innocents. But he did manage to get them to reject God’s command, and separate them from God spiritually.
Picture this vastly powerful, extremely intelligent, supernatural being grinding his fangs in frustration for millennia. He sees every plan of his fall ultimately apart, sees God re-establish contact with those soft, weak bipeds. Finally, in what he thought was his greatest triumph, his long-lusted-for victory over his ultimate enemy, God Himself, he sees King Jesus snatch the keys of death and of hell from his very hands and rise from the grave!
We will pause here for a resounding HALLELUJAH! AMEN! Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!
The Heavens must have echoed from one end of infinity to the other with the raging screams of hatred and anger of the devil when he realized that he might hurt and kill and maim in this world, but he had lost the war. Battles would be won, but when the stone rolled away from that tomb and the Lord walked out alive, the devil knew forever that he had suffered his final defeat.
But he was by now so steeped in hatred, so rancid with it, that he could not stop. His only thought now is to hurt, to torture, to devastate, to ignite the worst instincts of evil people to commit genocide and horrors such as the lucky don’t even imagine.
“Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that primeval*** serpent**, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him…
(*** “Primeval”, in the sense that a geologist or anthropologist might use it, is exactly what the Greek word means. In the Greek, the word is “archaios” – “archaic”. That word is used twice, in Revelation 12:9 and 20:2.
**The Greek word for “dragon” is “drakon”, per Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance “a great serpent, a fabulous animal”.)
… Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short! (From Revelation chapter 12)
This is the enemy of our souls. The Terminator looks like a shy, gentle Boy Scout compared to him. And that is one of the reasons why we should avoid sin, because it gives this nightmare creature or his demon followers a chance to destroy our health and happiness and our witness for our Redeemer.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication…” (From Ephesians chapter 6)
We are at war. And it will not end until King Jesus returns or calls us home.