LUCIFER'S REBELLION BEFORE ADAM
AND A THIRD OF THE ANGELS
GO WITH HIM
REBELLION AND OVERTHROW OF THE FIRST
(Gen 1:2; Isa 14:12-14; Jer 4:23-26; Ezek 28:11-17;
2 Pet 3:5-6)
IV. ISAIAH'S TEACHING ON THE OVERTHROW OF THE PRE-ADAMITE WORLD
In Isa. 14:12-14 we have conclusive proof that Lucifer ruled the
Earth before the days of Adam. It could not have been since Adam
that he ruled and fell from Heaven as in this passage, for he was
already a fallen creature before Adam was created.
In Adam's day he regained dominion of the Earth and has been the
prince of this world ever since. In this passage both Satan and
the king of Babylon are in view. This is what is known as the law
of double reference, that is, a visible person is immediately
addressed while at the same time an invisible person who is using
the visible person as a tool to hinder the plan of God is also
addressed. For example, when Jesus said to Peter, "Get thee
behind me, Satan: for thou art an offense to me: for thou
sayest not the things that be of God, but those that be of
men" (Matt.16:23), He did not mean that Peter was the personal
devil, but that he was being used as a tool of Satan to keep
Christ from getting to the cross.
Hence, both Peter and Satan are addressed and involved in the
statement. To understand such passages, one should understand
that part of the passage that can refer to an earthly person as
referring to a man, and that part that cannot possibly refer to
an earthly person as referring to the invisible person also
In Isa.14:12-14 we have some statements which cannot possibly be
made of an earthly king of Babylon. The passage is universally
accepted as referring to the fall of Satan. We shall quote it and
then note the facts:
"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! For thou hast said in thine heart, I
WILL ascend into heaven, I WILL exalt my throne above the
stars of God: I WILL sit also upon the mount of the
congregation, in the sides of the north: I WILL ascend above
the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High."
Note the following facts this passage proves of Satan:
1. That his name is Lucifer.
2. That he was a son of the morning, and therefore, no earthly
3. That he fell from Heaven. This could never be spoken of a man.
Satan is the only person in all Scripture who is spoken of as
falling from Heaven (Luke 10:18).
4. That he was cut down to the ground in his fall.
5. That he had weakened nations on Earth.
6. That he was exalted in his heart.
7. That he invaded Heaven, where God rules.
8. That he was a king, for he had a throne and subjects over whom
9. That he wanted to exalt his kingdom above the clouds, stars,
and into Heaven itself to dethrone God.
10. That he wanted to be worshipped in the congregation (Ps.72:1;
82:1; Isa. 6:1).
11. That he led a rebellion against God but was defeated.
12. That his kingdom was on Earth, or he never could have tried
to ascend above the clouds, stars, and into Heaven. When a
kingdom is located under the clouds it has to be on the Earth,
for one can stand on certain parts of the Earth and still be
13. That the ground, clouds, stars, and Heaven were already
14. That it had to be before Adam, for this was not the position
of Lucifer when he was in Adam's Eden. Adam had dominion at that
time. He had no kingdom on Earth at the time of Adam and has not
had since in the sense of a visible, personal rule on Earth. He
has only ruled through others since Adam's day; so this must
refer to a time before Adam.
15. That he was not in Heaven when he rebelled, else he could
not have desired to ascend into Heaven. He was under the stars,
or he could not have desired to be exalted above the stars. He
was under the clouds, or he could not have desired to ascend
16. That God's throne is located in the north part of the
universe (Ps. 75:6-7).
Thus, this passage proves the location of Satan's original
kingdom and the time of his fall. It was located on Earth, and
his fall was before Adam. In Col.1:15-18 we read of Christ
creating thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers in Heaven
and on Earth. They were located somewhere in the heavens and on
the Earth. Lucifer was given a kingdom here on Earth, as proved
by the passages cited above. His own subjects were earthly
creatures of various kinds which were all destroyed when the
flood of Gen.1:2 came upon the Earth. God created the Earth to be
inhabited by earthly creatures (Is.45:18). They are called
"nations" in the above passage....
Thus Isaiah teaches that the Earth was inhabited before Adam and
was ruled by Lucifer, whose kingdom was overthrown when he
V. EZEKIEL'S TEACHING ON THE OVERTHROW OF THE PRE-ADAMITE WORLD
In Ezek.28:11-17 we have another description of Lucifer before
he fell and of his position on Earth and the cause of his
rebellion. This passage is another example of the law of double
reference, as explained in Point IV above. The earthly man
addressed was the king of Tyre. (See Josephus, Apion Book 1, 21).
Let us also quote this passage and then note the main facts
"Thus saith the Lord God; 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 workmanship of thy 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 has walked up and
down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou was perfect in
thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity
was found in thee. 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. Thine heart was lifted
up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by
reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I
will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
Thou has defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine
iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will
I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour
thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the
sight of them that behold thee" (Ezek.28:11-19).
Note the following facts this passage proves of Satan:
1. That he was full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
2. That he had been in Eden, THE GARDEN OF GOD, not a mere summer
residence of some earthly king of Tyre, but the garden of God as
referred to in other passages (Isa.51:3; Ezek.31:9,16,18;
36:35; Joel 2:3). This Eden, however, was the one that was on
the original Earth before Adam, for "every precious stone" was
not the covering of Satan, nor was he perfect and sinless and the
ruling cherub when he was in Adam's Eden. It was the garden that
God made as the location of Lucifer's kingdom as pictured in this
3. That he was the ruler of this Eden, for at that time "every
precious stone was thy covering . . . . Thou art the anointed
cherub that covereth [protecteth]; and I have set thee so . . .
Thou wast perfect in thy ways." This must refer to the time
Lucifer fell, and that had to be before Adam and the Eden that
man was given dominion over.
4. That he was a created being; so it could only refer to Satan.
5. That he was the anointed cherub (angel) that protected or
ruled the Earth.
6. That God had placed him in this position.
7. That every precious stone was his covering.
8. That his position was upon the holy mountain of God and that
he walked up and down in the midst of precious stones of fire.
9. That he was perfect in his ways from his creation until he
exalted himself, as in this passage and in Isa.14:12-14; 1 Tim.
10. That he was created a perfect, sinless angel.
11. That he became a sinner through pride (1 Tim.3:6).
12. That his beauty was the cause of his pride.
13. That sin was found in him.
14. That he became filled with violence by his "merchandise"
(Hebrew, traffic, as in verse 18, that is, going about as a
slanderer in a moral sense. He began to accuse God and get others
to rebel with him).
15. That he was cast out of the mountain of God in the garden
where he had his throne and was driven out of his position and
16. That his wisdom was corrupted.
17. That he was cast down to the ground, as in Isa.14:12-14;
Luke 10:18. This will also be done in the future tribulation when
he will be on Earth .... and then will be put in the abyss at the
second coming of Christ (Rev. 12:3-14; 19:11-20:3). In the Hebrew
such statements as "I will cast thee as profane" and "I will cast
thee to the ground" are literally, "I profaned thee" and "I did
cast thee to the ground." They must be understood in the past
tense to harmonize with the rest of the passage, thus proving
that this could not be the then - reigning king of Tyre. It could
only refer to Lucifer, as in Isa.14:12-14; Luke 10:18. If this be
true, then there were "kings" (probably spirit angel kings or
governors over certain functions on the earth at the time of
Lucifer's rebellion - Keith Hunt) on the Earth that beheld him
when he landed on the ground and before God totally destroyed
everything by the flood of Gen.1:2
18. That he had sanctuaries (a sanctuary, according to many
ancient manuscripts), which he defiled by his iniquities and
slander. This suggests a long and bitter feud between God and
Satan before God took action to remove him from his position and
curse the Earth. Satan was bitter in his slander of God and no
doubt accused God of being tyrannical and unjust in all His rule
over ... agents. He no doubt accused God of all the things that
he still accuses Him of ... God was longsuffering; but when the
final invasion of Heaven took place, God quickly put down the
19. That Lucifer was brought down to utter defeat and humiliation
to the Earth. The fire devouring Satan and bringing him to ashes
on the Earth is a figurative statement of absolute defeat and
humiliation. The same figure of speech is used of Abraham and
other living persons who did not become literal ashes
(Gen.18:27; Job 13:12; 30:19; Ps.102:9; Isa.44:20; 61:3). When
we know that the passage is talking of a spirit being that cannot
be burned to ashes, then we have another reason why we must
conclude that the language is figurative of humiliation, the
chief principle of true Bible interpretation is: TAKE THE BIBLE
LITERALLY WHEREIN IT IS AT ALL POSSIBLE. WHEN THE LANGUAGE CANNOT
BE TAKEN LITERALLY, THEN WE KNOW IT IS FIGURATIVE. Since we know
that the language cannot be literally true of a spirit being,
then it must taken in a figurative sense. If the language is
literal, then this part of the double reference refers to the
king of Tyre who is the visible person addressed.
The other statements above could be used only of an angel, for no
king of Tyre ever was a cherub, a created being; and not one of
them ever was in Eden, as stated of this created being in Ezekiel
28:11-17. No such king ever was a "cherub that covereth." The
Hebrew word for covereth is 'sakak,' meaning to entwine, fence
in, protect, defend, or hedge in, thus showing that Lucifer had a
responsibility in protecting and ruling over the Eden and
mountain of God in this passage. The Hebrew phrase 'har ha'
Elohim' occurs seven times in Scripture and always of a literal
earthly mountain, thus proving Lucifer's rule for God was on
Earth and on a mountain that God had established as the capital
of the Earth when He gave Lucifer dominion to rule for God
(Ex.3:1; 4:27; 18:5; 24:13; 1 Kings 19:8; Ps.69:15; Ezek.28:16).
See also passages where 'par Jehovah,' the mount of the Lord, is
found, which also is used seven times of an earthly mountain
(Gen.22:14; Num.10:33; Ps.24:3; Isa.2:3; 30:29; Micah 4:2; Zech.
20. That these facts could refer only to Satan before the days of
Adam, for he did not have this position when Adam was created,
nor could these facts be true of him on the Earth since he
regained dominion of the Earth through Adam. Ezekiel, therefore,
teaches that Lucifer had a kingdom on Earth ....
In this section Drake tries to use Jeremiah 4:23-27, to prove a
the same as Isaiah and Ezekiel, but this passage has nothing at
all to do with the "world before Adam" - it is only a vision that
Jeremiah had of the coming desolation and captivity of the house
of Judah. So I leave all this out of the study.
TO BE CONTINUED