“The Fall Of Lucifer,
Whose Name Is Now Satan”
By C.W.Wood April 2000
Is Satan a defeated enemy, or is he still a free moral agent who can act independent of his Creator, God? Is Satan working mightily on earth to carry out a plan of his own and destroy as many of God’s people as he can, or is he a defeated foe being used as a tool in the hands of his Creator? When the Elect of God use their faith and place their lives in the hands of their God, can Satan come and disarrange that life? Or, is all that happens under God’s control and meant to “Work together for good to those who love the Lord?” (Rom. 8:28) Are we to believe that after we, by faith, give ourselves unreservedly to the Lord, that He will allow the enemy to move against us to do anything at all that has not first been judged by Father, then allowed for our own good?
To believe in the power of God and the power of Satan at the same time is to be “double minded.” James 1:8, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” The answer to the above questions will depend entirely upon the faith of the individual.
If a man believes that Satan can usurp authority over God and move against one of His Children independently, then this opens the door for Satan to do so. At the same time if a man believes that Satan is a defeated enemy being controlled by his Father in all that he does, then this comes to pass in his life. Jesus said, “According to YOUR faith be it unto you.” (Matt. 9:29) Two supreme powers, with conflicting plans, cannot rule in the same territory at the same time. One must of necessity overcome the other or his rule is not supreme, only partial.
And, so we ask the question, “Is Satan defeated or not?” This question will have to be answered in the individual’s heart. It would be foolish to expect this sermon to be met with general approval throughout our Message Churches. The trend is toward glorification of the Devil rather than his Creator. The effects of such preaching are more far reaching than most realize. Few, very few, today really believe in the total and complete defeat of the person called Lucifer. Many who accept that God has sent a prophet, and who testify that he had “Thus Saith The Lord”, still preach the power of Satan rather than the sovereignty of almighty God.
Those who speak of Satan’s power and his inherent free will to exercise that power, do but voice their ignorance of God’s revealed Word brought by His Prophet, Brother William Branham. If there are few who believe that Satan has been absolutely defeated, there are fewer still who believe in the absolute sovereignty of God. It will take much preaching and writing to offset the effects of unscriptural teaching concerning the power of Satan and to replace the fear it produces with faith in God. It is our purpose, with the help of the Lord, to cause the Bride to transfer whatever faith they may have had in Satan, to the precious Lord Jesus Christ.
To do so, we will go to the scriptures as usual, and then to the Prophet’s explanation of them.
Ezk. 28:1-19, gives us God’s Old Testament account of The Prince of Tyrus (Lucifer) and his defeat. (Please read in you Bible) In verse two, this Prince had set his heart to, “Sit in the seat of God,” but was told, “Thou art a man AND NOT GOD.” In verse nine, He was asked, “Wilt thou yet say before Him that SLAYETH THEE, I am God?” Then he was told “Thou shalt be a man and NO GOD, in the Hand of Him that slayeth thee.” In verse ten we read, “Thou shalt die the death of the uncircumcised....for I have spoken it saith the Lord.”
Did Lucifer die in the sense that he no longer exists? No, he is still around. Then how did he die? He died in that he was no longer a free moral agent. He could no longer choose the way he would go. His plan to unseat his Creator had been absolutely foiled. His sovereign Creator stripped him of his power and authority, and from henceforth he was under total subjection to our Father. This came about because Lucifer sinned away his “DAY OF GRACE.” We do not have to doubt but what God gave him “space to repent” (Rev. 2:21), but when he refused to do so, and in God’s own time, his day of GRACE was over. He will die the second death.
We know his day of grace was over because God pronounced sentence upon him. In Ezk. 28:16, it is written, “.........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.” In verse 18 he was told, “....I will bring thee to ASHES upon the Earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.” The word ASHES used here denotes the uselessness and helplessness of this mighty Prince who had once been God’s right hand man. He had been turned over to “A reprobate mind” (Rom. 1:28), and would now be only a tool in the hands of His Creator, actually being used to bring to pass the very plan of God that he had thought to interrupt. His sentence was to be “Cast out of the Mountain of God”, and so he was. Jesus said, “I beheld Satan as lightening fall from Heaven.” (Lk. 10:18)
What is the real meaning of the sentence that God has passed on Lucifer? What does his casting out amount to in a spiritual sense? To this writer it means that rather than being able to choose for himself whom to devour, he can only, “Walk about seeking whom he MAY DEVOUR.” The word may was not used by accident. It indicates that authority must be granted before Satan devours. In my high school English class, I had a wonderful teacher. I would at times raise my hand and ask, “Mrs. Davis, CAN I go to the rest room.” One day she corrected me saying, “ Don’t ask CAN you go. You have the ability to walk there, but you need PERMISSION to go, so ask May I go.” Now, apply this simple truth to the scripture in I Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he MAY devour.”
Many have supposed that the scripture here is teaching that we should fear Satan, and without revelation about what God is really saying to us, have set out, unknowingly, to teach this “fear doctrine.” (I Tim. 4:1) Far from the Holy Ghost teaching fear of Satan, he is actually teaching a reverential fear of God Himself. The true revelation here is that we would fear God in that we follow and obey Him, repenting when wrong, so that our Father will not give our enemy PERMISSION to devour us.
It is true that God still allows him to “roar” as he walks about, but we are told to RESIST his bluffing by exercising our faith in the One who crushed His head at the Cross. God will only allow him to bring those afflictions that will be beneficial to us. Realizing this, fear of the evil one is replaced by a powerful faith in Jesus Christ. Two things are becoming very apparent to the Bride and will eventually be without dispute in their minds. God is totally sovereign, and Satan is totally defeated! God sent His faithful Prophet to preach this.
QUOTE: POSSESSING THE ENEMY’S GATES, PAGES 10-11, “Now, we have a right to conquer all sickness. We don’t have to conquer it, it’s already conquered. We just have to claim the promise and go take it. It’s already conquered. Death’s conquered, hell’s conquered, sickness is conquered, temptations are conquered, ALL DEVILS ARE CONQUERED, hell’s conquered, death is conquered the grave is conquered. We stand in the gate taking it! Don’t have to fire a shot. Its already been paid for.” (End quote)
Page 11, “Aren’t you happy this morning to know that we stand now more than a conqueror. Oh, there’s nothing TO FIGHT ABOUT. THE FIGHTS OVER, the whistle’s blowed, the flag’s rose: and in the midst of every sin pile, the midst of every sick room is the old rugged Cross planted by the Blood of Jesus Christ, a CONQUEROR. Only thing we do is look, believe and live. I’ll be with you, I’ll prove it.” (End quote)
Page 13, “See, there’s no fighting to do. We....the fight’s over, we just own it. (We have) an abstract deed to it, a written guarantee by our God, our Father, who raised His hand and said, “I’ll swear by myself that his seed shall possess the gate of the enemy”.......To feel that glorious feeling to know that it’s exactly in line with the WORD OF GOD, it gives us such a wonderful consolation to know that - that God is our father.” (End quote)
God testifies in many places in the scriptures of His control over Satan and his demons. This is to help us overcome the fear of Satan. “God has not given us the spirit of fear.” (II Tim. 1:7) He knows that the “Things we fear come upon us.” (Job 3:25)
In I Kings 22:19-23, is the story of a meeting God had called. In verse 19, all the host of Heaven were standing by Him, and in verse 20 God said, “Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-Gilead?” In verse 21 and 22, an evil spirit stood before him and said, “I will persuade him....I will go forth and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.” Then God (not Satan) said, “Thou shalt persuade him, GO FORTH AND DO SO.”
The time had come for the judgment of God to fall on Ahab, and we are clearly shown in verse 23, that it was, “ The Lord THAT PUT A LYING SPIRIT IN THE MOUTH OF AHAB’S PROPHETS.” No devil moves without the consent of our God. Then who is it we should fear, the Devil or the One who has power to “Destroy both soul and body in Hell.” (Matt. 10:28)
In Job 1:6, God had called a meeting. “Now there was a day when the Sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.” God was about to test and try His servant, Job, and He had work for Satan to do. Did you notice who it was that instigated the trial of Job? God said to Satan, “Hast thou considered My servant Job?” In answering the Lord, Satan confessed that he knew God had placed a hedge about Job, and about his house, and about all that he had on every side. Dear friends, every true servant of God has this same protecting hedge today. It is only by permission of our Father that any enemy can move against us. In verse 10 God said, “All that he has is in thy power, only upon himself put not forth thy hand.”
God had a wonderful purpose in allowing the enemy to come to Job. The later, spiritual and material end of Job was far ahead of what he had been previously. As the darkness deepens and doctrines of demons become more and more prevalent in the churches, and the minds of the people are more and more turned aside, the duty of God’s ministers to point out the one sure Rock to rest on becomes more apparent. The Babel of religious tongues would have us to believe that our Creator sits in the Heavens in this twentieth century, wringing His hands helplessly over Earth’s condition. But we stand on His unchanging WORD that says He is, “Working all things after the Counsel OF HIS OWN WILL.”
One Pentecostal writer said, “Satan is shaking this last day Church like a rag doll.” But, the Bible declares that it is our God that is doing the shaking. Isa. 2:19, “And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth for FEAR OF THE LORD, and for the glory of His Majesty, when HE ARISETH (In the last days) to shake terrible the earth.” Satan is God’s tool, being used to shake the Earth, taking orders as to WHO and WHAT to shake, WHEN to shake, and WHEN to stop. And so the Word of the Lord to His Bride is, “Satan has no power at all over you except it be given him from above.” (John 19:11) Jesus said, “I give YOU power to tread on serpents and over ALL THE POWER OF THE ENEMY.” (Lk. 10:19) The Bride has power over the enemy, not the enemy over the Bride!
QUOTE: POSSESSING THE ENEMY’S GATES, PAGE 14, “We already possess all the gates of the enemy. It has been given to us and we have the master key in our hand. The name of Jesus shall open every gate of the enemy. Take this key, the key of the name of Jesus, and open every gate of the enemy that has you bound away from any promise.” (End quote)
The basic goal of all preaching and teaching should be to put more faith in our hearts toward God. (Prov. 16:4), “The Lord hath made ALL THINGS for Himself, yea, EVEN THE WICKED for the day of evil.” With this Word in our hearts, we can be happy and free.
QUOTE: WHY, PAGE 19, “You were made to be happy and free. You were made to live like children before your Father and to know that He makes EVERYDAY AND EVERYTHING TO WORK RIGHT FOR YOU EACH DAY.” (End quote) God makes even the evil work for our good.
QUOTE: THIS DAY THIS SCRIPTURE IS FULFILLED, PAGE 2, “I watch little things. Just every little thing has a meaning to me. I don’t believe that ANYTHING happens to a Christian by chance. I think it’s ordained of God because Jesus said He would make all things work together for good to them that loved Him.” (End quote)
How could God tell us in I Thess. 5:18, “In EVERYTHING give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you,” if Satan was doing some things contrary to His overall plan?
Yes friends, it is our God that is, “Ordering the steps of His people.” (Ps. 37:23) It is “His Eye that is guiding us.” (Ps. 32:8) He is the One who said. “There is no God beside Me....I am the Lord and there is none else...I form the light and create darkness. I make peace and create evil; I the Lord do all these things.” (Isa. 45:5-7)
Can anything happen to a Christian then, except it first be weighed and judged by our God, and made to work out for the best?
QUOTE: REVELATION CHAPTER 4, PART 1, “And can anything happen to a Christian with out it being for the best? No! No! So why did God get John (The Revelator) out there on the island alone for? To give us this Book of Revelation.” (End quote)
What would seem to have been an evil happening in John’s life, and something that Satan was doing to him, was in reality the plan of God being carried out. It was so also in the life of Joseph, as his brothers sold him into Egyptian slavery. The Bible says that it was God that sent Joseph to Egypt to save many lives. On and on we could go, telling of things that happened to God’s Children in the scriptures. Things, that on the surface seemed to be of Satan, but which were ordained of God and Satan was only a tool in His Hands.
QUOTE: BE CERTAIN OF GOD, PAGE 9, “When they were going to the fiery furnace... they were certain that if God let them burn up, He would raise them up again in the resurrection. They were certain of God because they knew that God would WORK EVERYTHING FOR THEIR GOOD. AND WHEN WE ARE CERTAIN OF GOD, WE KNOW THAT GOD WORKS EVERYTHING OUT FOR OUR GOOD.” (End quote)
Faith is ever occupied with God. Faith endures “As seeing Him who is invisible,´(Heb. 11:27) and endures the disappointments, the hardships, and the heartaches of life, by recognizing that all comes from the Hand of Him who is too wise to err, and too loving and kind to mistreat one of us. But, so long as we are tricked into thinking that the enemy has any say so at all concerning our circumstances, there will be neither rest for the heart, nor peace in the mind.
How then can we reconcile the Prophet’s teaching that this world is Satan’s Eden, and that he is in control of it? The answer seems very simple. The Lord Jesus, when He was here said, “According to your faith be it unto you.” Our faith determines our well being in this Devil’s world, and our lack of it spells our doom. For those who BELIEVE that their Father God is controlling every circumstance of their daily walk, then He is doing exactly that. But, for those who have more faith in Satan than in God who created him, and BELIEVE in his power to disrupt and kill, then Satan is free to do exactly so.
Faith works, whether pointed toward God, or the enemy of our soul. This being so, the Bride is even now walking in complete victory through Satan’s Eden. She knows that Satan is only a tool in God’s hands, being used to perfect a Godly character in her. She has submitted her all to God, therefore she can resist the devil according to James 4:7. She is receiving “strength as her days” (Deut. 33:25) and will survive Satan’s Eden to finish the work assigned her by God.
But, for those without faith in God’s rule over His Family, they are under Satan’s rule, and this world is surely Satan’s Eden for them.