The Fall of Lucifer
LUCIFER in heaven, before his rebellion,
was a high and exalted angel, next in honor to God's dear Son. His countenance, like those
of the other angels, was mild and expressive of happiness. His forehead was high and
broad, showing a powerful intellect. His form was perfect; his bearing noble and majestic.
A special light beamed in his countenance and shone around him brighter and more beautiful
than around the other angels; yet Christ, God's dear Son, had the pre-eminence over all
the angelic host. He was one with the Father before the angels were created. Lucifer was
envious of Christ, and gradually assumed command which devolved on Christ alone.
The great Creator assembled
the heavenly host, that He might in the presence of all the angels confer special honor
upon His Son. The Son was seated on the throne with the Father, and the heavenly throng of
holy angels was gathered around them. The Father then made known that it was ordained by
Himself that Christ, His Son, should be equal with Himself; so that wherever was the
presence of His Son, it was as His own presence. The word of the Son was to be obeyed as
readily as the word of the Father. His Son He had invested with authority to command the
heavenly host. Especially was His Son to work in union with Himself in the anticipated
creation of the
earth and every living thing that should exist upon the earth. His Son
would carry out His will and His purposes but would do nothing of Himself alone. The
Father's will would be fulfilled in Him.
Lucifer was envious and
jealous of Jesus Christ. Yet when all the angels bowed to Jesus to acknowledge His
supremacy and high authority and rightful rule, he bowed with them; but his heart was
filled with envy and hatred. Christ had been taken into the special counsel of God in
regard to His plans, while Lucifer was unacquainted with them. He did not understand,
neither was he permitted to know, the purposes of God. But Christ was acknowledged
sovereign of heaven, His power and authority to be the same as that of God Himself.
Lucifer thought that he was himself a favorite in heaven among the angels. He had been
highly exalted, but this did not call forth from him gratitude and praise to his Creator.
He aspired to the height of God Himself. He gloried in his loftiness. He knew that he was
honored by the angels. He had a special mission to execute. He had been near the great
Creator, and the ceaseless beams of glorious light enshrouding the eternal God had shone
especially upon him. He thought how angels had obeyed his command with pleasurable
alacrity. Were not his garments light and beautiful? Why should Christ thus be honored
He left the immediate
presence of the Father, dissatisfied and filled with envy against Jesus Christ. Concealing
his real purposes, he assembled the angelic host. He introduced his subject, which was
himself. As one aggrieved, he related the preference God had given Jesus to the neglect of
himself. He told them that henceforth all the sweet liberty the angels had enjoyed was at
an end. For had not a ruler been appointed
over them, to whom they from henceforth must
yield servile honor? He stated to them that he had called them together to assure them
that he no longer would submit to this invasion of his rights and theirs; that never would
he again bow down to Christ; that he would take the honor upon himself which should have
been conferred upon him, and would be the commander of all who would submit to follow him
and obey his voice.
There was contention among
the angels. Lucifer and his sympathizers were striving to reform the government of God.
They were discontented and unhappy because they could not look into His unsearchable
wisdom and ascertain His purposes in exalting His Son, and endowing Him with such
unlimited power and command. They rebelled against the authority of the Son.
Angels that were loyal and
true sought to reconcile this mighty, rebellious angel to the will of his Creator. They
justified the act of God in conferring honor upon Christ, and with forcible reasoning
sought to convince Lucifer that no less honor was his now than before the Father had
proclaimed the honor which He had conferred upon His Son. They clearly set forth that
Christ was the Son of God, existing with Him before the angels were created; and that He
had ever stood at the right hand of God, and His mild, loving authority had not heretofore
been questioned; and that He had given no commands but what it was joy for the heavenly
host to execute. They urged that Christ's receiving special honor from the Father, in the
presence of the angels, did not detract from the honor that Lucifer had heretofore
received. The angels wept. They anxiously sought to move him to renounce his wicked design
and yield submission to their
Creator; for all had heretofore been peace and harmony, and
what could occasion this dissenting, rebellious voice?
Lucifer refused to listen.
And then he turned from the loyal and true angels, denouncing them as slaves. These
angels, true to God, stood in amazement as they saw that Lucifer was successful in his
effort to incite rebellion. He promised them a new and better government than they then
had, in which all would be freedom. Great numbers signified their purpose to accept him as
their leader and chief commander. As he saw his advances were met with success, he
flattered himself that he should yet have all the angels on his side, and that he would be
equal with God Himself, and his voice of authority would be heard in commanding the entire
host of heaven. Again the loyal angels warned him, and assured him what must be the
consequences if he persisted; that He who could create the angels could by His power
overturn all their authority and in some signal manner punish their audacity and terrible
rebellion. To think that an angel should resist the law of God which was as sacred as
Himself! They warned the rebellious to close their ears to Lucifer's deceptive reasonings,
and advised him and all who had been affected by him to go to God and confess their wrong
for even admitting a thought of questioning His authority.
Many of Lucifer's
sympathizers were inclined to heed the counsel of the loyal angels and repent of their
dissatisfaction and be again received to the confidence of the Father and His dear Son.
The mighty revolter then declared that he was acquainted with God's law, and if he should
submit to servile obedience, his honor would be taken from him. No more would he be
intrusted with his exalted mission. He told them that
himself and they also had now gone
too far to go back, and he would brave the consequences, for to bow in servile worship to
the Son of God he never would; that God would not forgive, and now they must assert their
liberty and gain by force the position and authority which was not willingly accorded to
them. [THUS IT WAS THAT LUCIFER, "THE LIGHT-BEARER," THE SHARER OF
GOD'S GLORY, THE ATTENDANT OF HIS THRONE, BY TRANSGRESSION BECAME SATAN,
"THE ADVERSARY." --PATRIARCHS AND PROPHETS, P. 40.]
The loyal angels hastened
speedily to the Son of God and acquainted Him with what was taking place among the angels.
They found the Father in conference with His beloved Son, to determine the means by which,
for the best good of the loyal angels, the assumed authority of Satan could be forever put
down. The great God could at once have hurled this archdeceiver from heaven; but this was
not His purpose. He would give the rebellious an equal chance to measure strength and
might with His own Son and His loyal angels. In this battle every angel would choose his
own side and be manifested to all. It would not have been safe to suffer any who united
with Satan in his rebellion to continue to occupy heaven. They had learned the lesson of
genuine rebellion against the unchangeable law of God, and this is incurable. If God had
exercised His power to punish this chief rebel, disaffected angels would not have been
manifested; hence, God took another course, for He would manifest distinctly to all the
heavenly host His justice and His judgment.
It was the highest crime to
rebel against the government of God. All heaven seemed in commotion. The angels were
marshaled in companies, each division with a higher commanding angel at its head. Satan
was warring against the law of God, because ambitious to exalt himself and unwilling to
submit to the authority of God's Son, heaven's great commander.
All the heavenly host were
summoned to appear before the Father, to have each case determined. Satan unblushingly
made known his dissatisfaction that Christ should be preferred before Him. He stood up
proudly and urged that he should be equal with God and should be taken into conference
with the Father and understand His purposes. God informed Satan, that to His Son alone He
would reveal His secret purposes, and He required all the family in heaven, even Satan, to
yield Him implicit, unquestioned obedience; but that he (Satan) had proved himself
unworthy of a place in heaven. Then Satan exultingly pointed to his sympathizers,
comprising nearly one half of all the angels, and exclaimed, "These are with me! Will
you expel these also, and make such a void in heaven?" He then declared that he was
prepared to resist the authority of Christ and to defend his place in heaven by force of
might, strength against strength.
Good angels wept to hear the
words of Satan and his exulting boasts. God declared that the rebellious should remain in
heaven no longer. Their high and happy state had been held upon condition of obedience to
the law which God had given to govern the high order of intelligences. But no provision
had been made to save those who should venture to transgress His law. Satan grew bold in
his rebellion, and expressed his contempt of the Creator's law. This Satan could not bear.
He claimed that angels needed no law but should be left free to follow their own will,
which would ever guide them right; that law was a restriction of their liberty; and that
to abolish law
was one great object of his standing as he did. The condition of the
angels, he thought, needed improvement. Not so the mind of God, who had made laws and
exalted them equal to Himself. The happiness of the angelic host consisted in their
perfect obedience to law. Each had his special work assigned him, and until Satan
rebelled, there had been perfect order and harmonious action in heaven.
Then there was war in heaven.
The Son of God, the Prince of heaven, and His loyal angels engaged in conflict with the
archrebel and those who united with him. The Son of God and true, loyal angels prevailed;
and Satan and his sympathizers were expelled from heaven. All the heavenly host
acknowledged and adored the God of justice. Not a taint of rebellion was left in heaven.
All was again peaceful and harmonious as before. Angels in heaven mourned the fate of
those who had been their companions in happiness and bliss. Their loss was felt in heaven.
The Father consulted His Son
in regard to at once carrying out their purpose to make man to inhabit the earth. He would
place man upon probation to test his loyalty before he could be rendered eternally secure.
If he endured the test wherewith God saw fit to prove him, he should eventually be equal
with the angels. He was to have the favor of God, and he was to converse with angels, and
they with him. He did not see fit to place them beyond the power of disobedience.
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