Key precept: Humanity has a relentless enemy.
There was one son of God who was made so closely in God’s likeness that he was called Lucifer, which means “Bringer of light”, and “son of the morning”.
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer / Bringer of light, son of the morning!” (Isa 14:12)
These are key attributes of God.
“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” (Gen 1:3)
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness…That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.“” (Joh 1:1-9)
“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:” (II Pet 1:19)
Compare Lucifer’s description to the description of 1) God himself, 2) God’s High Priest, Melchizedek in whom the Spirit of God resides (more on him later), and 3) the new Jerusalem, God’s eternal residence.
“Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy [musical] tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.” (Eze 28:12-14)
“…behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.” (Rev 4:2-3)
“as the Lord commanded Moses. And he made the breastplate of cunning work, like the work of the ephod; of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen. It was foursquare; they made the breastplate double: a span was the length thereof, and a span the breadth thereof, being doubled. And they set in it four rows of stones: the first row was a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this was the first row. And the second row, an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond. And the third row, a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst. And the fourth row, a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper: they were inclosed in ouches of gold in their inclosings. And the stones were according to the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet, every one with his name, according to the twelve tribes.” (Ex 39:7-14)
“And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones…jasper, sapphire, chalcedony, emerald, sardonyx, sardius, chrysolyte, beryl, topaz, chrysoprasus, jacinth, amethyst, pearls…and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass…the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof…and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.” (Rev 21:19-24)
Lucifer was flying high. Then he heard about God’s plan to promote the powerless mortal people made with bodies of clay, i.e. “mud people“, above the mighty immortal angels, to make us God’s family and heirs, give us dominion and power and glory while keeping the likes of him mere servants.
“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and [yet] hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:” (Psa 8:4-6)
Lucifer’s rivalry with Adam is laid out for us in the Sumerian documents, where Adam is called Enlil, the third of the three most powerful gods.
Enlil is considered in most traditions to be the first-born son of An“ (Vase Inscription of Lugalzagesi, Wang 2011: 134), and brother of the goddess Aruru (Enmerkar and En-suhgir-ana.
In Sumerian tradition Enlil is called ” the great Kur,” meaning “foreigner” or “alien,” turning the tables on what we humans call Enki’s kind. Biblically, Enlil corresponds to the first-born human son of God, in contrast to the previous celestial sons of God. He is the first Adam to whom God ceded anu-tu, the Anu-power.
“For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world [the first sinless human Adam, then the last human Adam], he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever…” (Heb 1:5-8)
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion.” (Gen 1:26)
Enki’s / Lucifer’s reaction to this unexpected delegation of authority and transfer of power is described in the book of Job.
“Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered and said…Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof. In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men, Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake. Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up: It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying, Shall mortal man be more just [competent to pass judgment so put in charge] than God? shall a man be more pure [the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but truth] than his maker? Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly: How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth? They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it. Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.” (Job 4)
So Enki / Lucifer set out to seize that power from Enlil / Adam. According to Sumerian creation story, “Enlil, the great Kur, has empowered you [Enki].”
Biblically speaking, it is true that Adam did empower the Adversary, Enki. This happened when he submitted himself to the serpent instead of God in the matter of eating the fruit of the tree. Much more detail on this as the study proceeds, but just briefly here – after Adam ceded his power to the serpent, God’s word to give dominion to mankind waited to be fulfilled until the Seed of the Woman, the second Adam, won it back.
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Ro 6:16)
It takes infinitely good judgment and wisdom to process data and devise solutions to multiple and competing needs simultaneously, which surely humans don’t possess. Most of all, it requires use of the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, because truth is reality, and as soon as you act on a falsehood you aren’t dealing with reality, and the inevitable results are dysfunctional and destructive. Anyone capable of maintaining the perfect balance of forces in nature has to be absolutely right-acting (righteous), all-knowing, and 100% accurate in judgment calls. Lucifer questioned God’s judgment in preferring humans, who compare so unfavorably to angels.
“What is man, that he should be clean? And he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous? Behold, he [God] putteth no trust in his saints [sinless ones, angels]…How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?” (Job 15:14-16)
“How then can man be justified with God? Or how can he be clean that is born of a woman? Behold…the stars [angels] are not pure in his sight. How much less man, that is a worm?” (Job 25:4-6)
Lucifer’s pride was his undoing. He couldn’t accept God’s decision to promote frail, imperfect humans above the mighty stars – to rule creation? Seriously? He revolted against God’s decision.
“Thou was perfect in thy ways from the day thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. (Eze 28:12-15)
He proclaimed his intention of seizing dominion and becoming the master of the universe, setting in motion the conflict that has raged ever since.
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! …For thou hast said in thine heart: (Isa 14:12-14)
- I will ascend into heaven, i.e. lay hold of the knowledge of heaven, be omniscient.
- “I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy. Who hath ascended up into heaven…?” (Prov 30:3-4)
- “O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.” (Psa 139:1-6)
- I will exalt my throne above the stars of God, i.e. rule over the other stars / sons of God.
- “After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman…and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him.” (Est 3:1)
- I will sit also [upon the mount of the congregation,] i.e. sit while everyone else either bows or stands out of respect, be honored by everyone else, as still is the case in a court of law when the judge enters and takes his seat.
- “And all the king’s servants, that were in the king’s gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence.” (Est 3:2)
- I will ascend above…the clouds, i.e be the judge of what is right and wrong, bringing judgment of wrongdoers in the clouds.
- “…can any understand the spreadings of the clouds…For by them judgeth he the people…(Job 36:29-31)
“The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof. Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne. A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about…Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.” (Psa 97:1-7)
- “Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are! And thou sayest, [note, the following questions are by a sceptic] How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud? Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; [statement of denial by one who doesn’t want God to see what he does] and he walketh in the circuit of heaven [he oversees all]. [Rebuttal by a believer.] Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee…lift up thy face unto God. Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee, and thou shalt pay thy vows. Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.” (Job 22:12-17)
- “Behold, he [Yeshua] cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.” (Rev 1:7)
- I will be like the most High.” i.e. in the full attributes of power and authority.
- “…who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD? God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him. O LORD God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto thee?” (Psa 89:6-8)
Do you recognize Lucifer’s competitive attitude? The prerogatives Lucifer wanted to seize for himself were being freely given to human sons of God.
- Gifted with knowledge – “When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men….apostles…prophets …evangelists…pastors and teachers…till we all come in…the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man.” (Eph 4:8-13)
- Rule over the angels – “…we shall judge angels.” (I Cor 6:3)
- Sit in honor – “…God…made us sit together in heavenly places in Yahweh’s Chosen Savior/Messiah Yeshua/Christ Jesus…” (Eph 2:4-6
- Ascend above the clouds – “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in The Chosen One / Messiah / Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (I Thess 4:16-17)
- Identified with God – “…in him [Messiah] dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.” (Col 2:9-10)
Lucifer devised a clever plan to destroy his rivals by leading them away from the source of life into death. How? By representing himself as the true benefactor of mankind, the source of power and means to overcome human limitations to become immortal gods. Since the sun is the universal symbol of life-giving light, he appropriated the symbol of the winged Sun.
“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings...” (Mal 4:2)
This is the symbol of Gnosticism, which became foundational to all ancient religions. It symbolizes the teaching that a Chosen Few can achieve godhood through knowledge of mysteries hidden to ordinary humans, by joining mystery cults in which the secrets are incrementally revealed over time as the initiate proves himself worthy of the sacred knowledge. It is the antithesis of the Bible’s teaching that everyone can achieve godhood through a free gift from God.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Eph 2:8-9)
Lucifer’s dissociation from the true light changed his essence and therefore his name to Satan, i.e. Adversary.
“…we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.” (I Thess 2:18) [So he wrote a letter instead, and for the next two thousand years how many millions more people got his message?]
His only goal is to destroy humanity, which he accomplishes by deceitfully claiming to be The One Who Brings Life.
“”Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Gen 3:1-5)
When we grasp this rivalry, we understand the background to “Yahweh’s Savior / Yeshua / Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (Joh 14:6)
God actually uses Satan to discipline his children.
“It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife…concerning him that hath so done this deed, In the name of our Lord Yahweh’s Savior/Yeshua Messiah/Jesus Christ..deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” (I Cor 5:1-5) [And it worked, according to the followup letter:] Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many. So…forgive him, and comfort him…confirm your love toward him.” (II Cor 2:6-8)
“Hymenaeus and Alexander…I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.” (I Tim 1:20)
“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (II Cor 12:7-8)
The oldest book in the Bible gives us the most information about this tactic, and describes how God allows Satan to prove our commitment to God and mature us.
“There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil...Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan…Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power…” (Job 1:1-12)
He is called the devil, i.e. Slanderer. He primarily slanders God, such as claiming that he is withholding good things from us, or that he doesn’t love us or he wouldn’t let us suffer the consequences of our choices (even though that’s how we learn).
“Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise; For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause. For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer. And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love. Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand. When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin. Let his days be few; and let another take his office.” (Psa 109:2-6)
He is called the tempter because he attacks God’s people through temptation, seducing us through our existing desire for power, money, attention, security, comfort, whatever particular selfish desire we may have.
“Then was Yahweh’s Savior/Yeshua/Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread...Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone…Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Yahweh’s Savior/Yeshua/Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.” (Mat 4:1-11)
“And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel...And God was displeased with this thing; therefore he smote Israel. And David said unto God, I have sinned greatly, because I have done this thing: but now, I beseech thee, do away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.” (I Chro 21:1-8)
“…when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.” (I Thess 3:5)
“…a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?” (Act 5:1-3)
“When Yahweh’s Savior/Yeshua/Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?…And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Chosen One/Messiah/Christ, the Son of the living God. And Yahweh’s Savior/Yeshua/Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven…[This is the true “as above, so below”. Admit it. This kind of power would totally go to your head, and so it does with Peter. So who will Satan target to get at Yeshua?] From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.” (Mat 16:13-23)
He is characterized as a devouring lion and an angel of light. Whichever tactic works.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist steadfast in the faith…” (I Pet 5:8-9)
“Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness.” (II Cor 11:45-15)
According to the Book of Enoch, celestial beings are indeed shape-shifters who can appear as humans as well as other forms. This revelation is confirmed in scripture.
“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” (Heb 13:2)
Before all these things Enoch was concealed…He was wholly engaged with the holy ones, and with the Watchers in his days…and when they pleased they assumed the likeness of men…I saw a place on the other side of an extended territory…which had neither the firmament of heaven above it, nor the solid ground underneath it; neither was there water above it, nor anything on wing; but the spot was desolate. And there I beheld seven stars, like great blazing mountains, and like spirits entreating me. Then the angel said, This place, until the consummation of heaven and earth, will be the prison of the stars, and the host of heaven. The stars which roll over fire are those which transgressed the commandment of God before their time arrived; for they came not in their proper season. Therefore was He offended with them, and bound them, until the period of the consummation of their crimes in the secret year. Then Uriel said, Here the angels, who cohabited with women, appointed their leaders; (Enoch 12-19)
Prior to Yeshua’s atonement for sin, we find Satan preoccupied with making accusations against God’s people.
“And he shewed me Yahweh’s Savior/Yeshua/Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. And the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? Now Yahweh’s Savior/Yeshua/Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment. (Zech 3:1-4)
After Yeshua’s atonement for sin, human sons of God were declared righteous in him, and Satan could no longer accuse them of sin.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death…What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” (Ro 8:1-2,31-34)
Satan and his angels were cast out of heaven. In this context he is identified as the dragon and that old serpent. This should be viewed as his true identity.
“In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.” (Isa 27:1) with “Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook?…Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear. He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.” (Job 41)
“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars…And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne…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. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Messiah/Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night…Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child…And the dragon was 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 Yahweh’s Chosen Savior/Yeshua Messiah/Jesus Christ.” (Rev 12:1-17)
It is essential that we understand that we are at war with Satan. If we are going to win our battles, we have to understand that victory is only made possible when we are empowered by God through connection with his Chosen Savior/Messiah Yeshua/Christ Jesus.
“God and Father of our Adonai Yahweh’s Chosen Savior/Yeshua Messiah/Lord Jesus Christ…hath blessed us with all spiritual blessing in heavenly places in The Chosen One/Messiah/Christ: according as he hath chosen us [humans vs angels] in him before the foundation of the world…having predestinated us [humans vs angels] unto the adoption of children by Yahweh’s Chosen Savior/Yeshua Messiah/Jesus Christ to himself…” (Eph 1:3-5)
“For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Yahweh’s Savior/Yeshua/Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Heb 2:5-15)
What does that mean? “Through death he might destroy him that had the power of death.” The plot thickens. But before we investigate that, let’s summarize what we’ve learned about the main plot line so far.
God created the universe and everything in it, including powerful spirit beings commonly called angels, and less powerful material beings commonly called man, short for human. At this point, control over the universe clearly belonged to God. God chose to delegate control. That’s his prerogative. But when God told the angels that he elected to give dominion to humans instead of angels, a powerful angel, Lucifer, pitched a fit and defied God’s decision. He announced that he would seize power.
Was this an impulsive, emotional response, as is usually the case with decisions made in the heat of anger? After all, Lucifer couldn’t actually wrest power from God himself. Aaah, but he didn’t have to take it from God! He only had to take it from humans. For a powerful angel like Lucifer, that was like stealing candy from a baby.