Satan "EQUAL" with God?

BOOK: "THE STORY OF REDEMPTION "

Easy English Edition

By Ellen G. White

Published and Copyrighted By: The Christian Record of Lincoln, NB

THE FALL OF LUCIFER (SATAN)

 

Before his rebellion, Lucifer [who became Satan] was the highest angel in heaven. God's Son had the first position. Lucifer's face showed the same peace and happiness that was seen on the faces of all the angels. His forehead was high and wide, showing that he had great intelligence. Lucifer's body was perfect. He looked the same as a king. A special light shone from Lucifer's face and all around him. That light was brighter and more beautiful than the light that shone around the other angels. But Christ, God's dear Son, was higher in rank than Lucifer and the other angels. As a member of the Godhead, Christ lived with the Father before the angels were created. Lucifer became jealous of Christ. Little by little, Lucifer began trying to take the place of leadership that belonged only to Christ.- God, the great Creator, called the angels together. He wanted all the angels to watch as He gave special honor to His Son. The Son was sitting on the throne with the Father.

The holy angels were gathered around the throne. The Father told the angels that he wanted them to understand that Christ, His Son, was equal with the Father. Everywhere the Son would go it would be the same as if the Father were there. The Son was to be obeyed in the same way that the Father was obeyed. The Father had given the Son the authority to rule over the angels. The Son was to work with God in a special way in creating the world and everything that would live on this earth. In the work of creation the Son would not do anything by Himself. The Son would create only what the Father wanted and planned.

Lucifer was jealous of Christ when he heard what God said. But when the other angels bowed to honor Jesus as God's Son and to show that they knew Jesus had the right to rule them, Lucifer bowed too. But, his heart was filled with jealousy and hatred because God had told His [God's] plans to Jesus but not to Lucifer. Lucifer would not have been able to understand the purposes of God. But Jesus was the ruler of heaven and had as much power and authority as the Father had.

Lucifer believed he was liked and favored by the other angels. He had been given a high position. But Lucifer did not thank or praise his Creator for the high position he had been given. He wanted to be the same as God. (Lucifer was proud to be the highest angel. He knew he was honored by the other angels. He had a special work to do for God. Lucifer had been close to the great Creator. The glorious light that always shone around God had shone on him in a special way.

The other angels gladly obeyed Lucifer. Lucifer's clothes shine with light, they were very beautiful. So why should Jesus be honored more than Lucifer?. Lucifer was filled with jealousy against Jesus, so he left his place that was close to the Father. Hiding his real plans, Lucifer called the angels to a meeting. At the meeting he began talking about himself. Lucifer told the angels that he felt hurt because God had favored Jesus more than He had favored Lucifer. He told them that from this time on the angels would no longer have sweet freedom. Now Jesus was to be their ruler. Lucifer said that the angels would have to obey Jesus as slaves.

The reason Lucifer had called them to the meeting was to let them know that he would not let his and their freedom be taken away. Lucifer told the angels that he would not bow down to Christ again. Instead he would take the honor upon himself that God should have given him. He, Lucifer, would be the ruler of the angels who would follow and obey him.

The angels argued among themselves. Lucifer and the angels who believed him thought that they could improve God's government. They were unhappy because they did not understand why God gave Jesus a high position and unlimited power to rule over them. They rebelled against the authority of the Son. The angels who were faithful and true to God tried to help Lucifer understand that God was fair in giving authority to His Son. They did their best to help Lucifer understand that God still honored him [Lucifer] as much as He [God] had in the past. God did not take away any of Lucifer's honor when He told them Jesus' true position.

The angels explained that Jesus was the Son of God. He had lived with the Father before the angels were created. Jesus always had stood at the right hand of God. Never before had Jesus' kind and loving authority been questioned. Every command Jesus had given had been a joy for the angels to obey. The special honor Jesus had received from the Father before the angels did not take away any of Lucifer's honor.

The faithful angels cried. They urged Lucifer to give up his wicked plans and to accept the authority of Jesus as Creator. There had always been perfect peace and harmony in heaven. Why should Lucifer now disagree and rebel?" Lucifer refused to listen to the angels. He turned away from the faithful angels, calling them slaves. The angels who were true to God were surprised to see that Lucifer was able to turn many other angels against God. Lucifer became the leader of the rebellion. He promised the angels a new and better government. Lucifer said that his government would give freedom to every one.

A large number of angels decided to accept Lucifer as their leader. When he saw that so many agreed with him, Lucifer was encouraged to believe that soon all the angels would join him. He thought that he would then be equal with God. He, Lucifer, would command all the angels of heaven.

Once again the faithful angels warned Lucifer. They told him what would happen if he continued to rebel. The God who created the angels had the power to punish their terrible rebellion. God's law is as holy as God Himself. How could an angel rebel against God's law?

The angels who were true to God urged Lucifer and the angels who joined in the rebellion to go to God and confess that they were wrong. They never should have doubted God's authority. Many of the angels who had agreed with Lucifer in the argument wanted to repent for having turned against God. They wanted to once again be united with the Father and His dear Son._ Lucifer told them that he understood God's law. He lied, saying that if he decided to serve God and obey the law again, God would take Lucifer's honor away from him. He no longer would hold a high position.

Lucifer said that the rebels had gone too far to turn back. It was too late now for them to change and join God again. Lucifer told the angels who joined him that he would bravely face the results of what he had done. He would never bow in worship to the Son of God. God would never forgive him or them. So they must take by force the position and authority that God refused to give them. The faithful angels hurried to Jesus and told Him what was happening among the angels. The Father talked with the Son He loved so much. They were deciding what to do to stop Satan's (Lucifer's) rebellion.

What would be best for the faithful angels? God could have immediately thrown Satan and his angels out of heaven. But that was not the way He did things. God decided to give the rebellious angels a chance to measure their strength and power against Jesus and His faithful angels. In this battle every angel would choose whether to be on God's side or on Satan's side.

To allow rebels to stay in heaven was not safe because the rebellious angels had turned against God's law that could not be changed. Their rebellion could not be stopped. If God had used His power to punish only Satan, the rebellious angels would not have been separated from the faithful angels. So God decided on a different plan. God's plan would let the angels understand His judgment was fair.

War in Heaven: All heaven was troubled and confused. Satan was guilty of the highest crime when he rebelled against the government of God. Satan had been fighting against the law of God because he wanted greater honor and power for himself. He did not want to bow in worship to Jesus nor accept the authority of God's Son, who was heaven's (second) highest commander.

"The Son of God was next in authority to the great Lawgiver. He knew that His life alone could be sufficient to ransom fallen man." (Ellen White, Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 2, page 9, also in Lift Him Up, page 24)

James 4:12 "There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?"
Isaiah 33:22 "For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us."

I can of mine own self do nothing . . . (John 5:30.)
My Father is greater than I . . . (John 14:28.)
And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent (John 17:3.)

"The man Christ Jesus was not the Lord God Almighty." -Ellen G. White (1903, ms 150, SDA Commentary V, p. 1129)


1904 "To Christ had been given an exalted position. He has been made equal with the Father" (Testimonies vol. 8, p. 268)
  1. Satan’s position in heaven had been next to the Son of God. He was first among the angels.(Ellen White, Selected Messages, book 1, page 341)
  2. Satan, the chief of the fallen angels, once had an exalted position in Heaven. He was next in honor to Christ.(Ellen White, Review & Herald, February 24, 1874) 
  3. Speaking of Satan, our Lord says that “he abode not in the truth.” He was once the covering cherub, glorious in beauty and holiness. He was next to Christ in exaltation and character. It was with Satan that self-exaltation had its origin. He became jealous of Christ, and falsely accused him, and then laid blame upon the Father. He was envious of the position that was held by Christ and the Father, and he turned from his allegiance to the Commander of heaven and lost his high and holy estate. (Ellen White, Review & Herald, October 22, 1895)
The following is the Statement of faith that was published in 1874, this statement was not changed until 1931, sixteen years after the death of Ellen White.

"1. That there is one God, a personal, spiritual Being, the Creator of all things, omnipotent, omniscient, and eternal; infinite in wisdom, holiness, justice, goodness, truth, and mercy; unchangeable, and everywhere present by His representative, the Holy Spirit. Psalm 139:7.

2. That there is one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Eternal Father, the One by whom God created all things, and by whom they do consist...."- Signs of the Times, June 4, 1874 

  • "The warning has come: Nothing is to be allowed to come in that will disturb the foundation of the faith upon which we have been building ever since the message came in 1842, 1843, and 1844. I was in this message, and ever since I have been standing before the world, true to the light that God has given us. We do not propose to take our feet off the platform on which they were placed as day by day we sought the Lord with earnest prayer, seeking for light. Do you think that I could give up the light that God has given me? It is to be as the Rock of Ages." (GCB April 6th1903)
  • "Those who stand as teachers and leaders in our institutions are to be sound in the faith and in the principles of the third angel's message. God wants His people to know that we have the message as He gave it to us in 1843 and 1844. We knew then what the message meant, and we call upon our people today to obey the word, "Bind up the law among My disciples." In this world there are but two classes,--the obedient and the disobedient. To which class do we belong?" (GCB April 1st 1903)
  • "We have, as had John, a message to bear of the things which we have seen and heard. God is notgiving us a new message. We are to proclaim the message that in 1843 and 1844 brought us out of the other churches. We need the Holy Spirit to kindle in our hearts the zeal and earnestness that were then seen among God's people. I thank the Lord that there are still living a few who can remember those days, and who know whereof they speak."(RH Jan 19th 1905)

  • "The truths that we received in 1841, '42, '43, and '44 are now to be studied and proclaimed. The messages of the first, second, and third angels will in the future be proclaimed with a loud voice. They will be given with earnest determination and in the power of the Spirit." (15MR Ltr 75 1905)

  • "All the messages given from 1840-1844 are to be made forcible nowfor there are many people who have lost their bearingsThe messages are to go to all the churches.  {21MR 437.1}(LTR 54 1906)

  • God bids us give our time and strength to the work of preaching to the people the messages that stirred men and women in 1843 and 1844."     {MR760 30.1}(July 4th 1907)

     


In the divine program and government of God there is an unmistakable chain of command. Unquestionably, God our heavenly Father reigns supreme, and our Lord Jesus Christ stands next to Him. Jesus said, "For my Father is greater than I."

There are two superimportant passages we must Examine before we go any further, because they show clearly when Jesus was brought forth and when He was crowned as equal to God. The first passage is found in the New Testament in Heb. 1:1-5. See if you can picture this overwhelming scene.

"God who at sundry (various) times and in divers (different) manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, By whom also He made the worlds (Look at this next statement); who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person (He looked just like His Father), and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they (God gave His Son an inheritance isn’t that great! Lets see What that inheritance was). For unto which of the angels said He at any time, thou art my son, this DAY have I BEGOTTEN thee?"

Just think beloved that there was a certain specific day when God brought forth His Son .... Way, way back (even though it is impossible to think back that far into the past) God brought forth His Son! There was a time when Christ was not in existence! Way back at sometime far beyond our comprehension and imagination Christ Jesus issued forth from God the Father. Amazing isn’t it,

Continuing with the questions. This question was asked in vs. 6.

"And again I will be to Him a Father and He shall be to Me a Son. And again when he bringeth in the FIRST BEGOTTEN into the world He saith and let all the angels of God worship Him."

At a specific point in time, God the Father brought His Son Christ Jesus right beside Him and told all the angels that now Christ was to be worshipped like Himself. This is proclaiming Christ as Divine and worthy of praise and adoration. Therefore there was a point and time when Christ was set up as equal divinity. Vs. 8 makes this clear: "But unto His Son He saith Thy throne 0 God is forever and ever." It will last forever. Isn’t it amazing how we read something in scripture that was always there and when the truth of it reaches you, it seems new?

There is an astonishing Old Testament passage that is almost a perfect parallel to what we just read in Heb. 1, only this passage goes on to tell us when this thing happened to Christ Jesus. That passage is found in Prov. 8:22-30. Here is what it says,

"The Lord (God the Father) possessed me in the beginning of His way before His works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or (before) ever the earth was"

When did the Father set His Son before the angels of heaven and all the unfallen Universe and tell them that He was now to be worshipped like He Himself was? Sure! Before the earth was created. Let’s continue and we will see this clearly.

"When there was no depths (of the sea) I was brought forth: when there was no fountains (rivers and lakes) abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills, was I brought forth."

That is quite clear isn’t it? It was before the creation of the earth. As we read on it becomes more evident that it was before planet earth and our solar system were created.

"While as yet He had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest parts of the dust of the world, when He prepared the heavens (surrounding our planet) I was there. When He set a compass upon the face of the deep, when he established the clouds above, when He strengthened the fountains of the deep; when He gave to the sea His decree, that the waters should not pass His commandment; when We appointed the foundations of the earth: then I was by Him, (watch this) as one brought up with Him and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him." (Prov. 8:22-31)

Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ declares that He existed before He came to this earth. We know that, because He said so several times in the New Testament. But in this passage He takes us back to the time He was BEGOTTEN. Look again at what He said:

"Then I was by Him as one brought up with Him and I was daily His delight rejoicing always before Him."

God’s word establishes the fact that there is only one supreme being. One God over and above all. It clearly tells us that God brought forth a Son and He came into being through His Father’s omnipotent miraculous powers. Therefore the Son has not been in existence as long as His Father, because naturally the Father is always older than His Son.

The angels in heaven were divided into groups with a leading angel in command of each group. Every one of the angels was called to be judged by the Father. The case of each was to be decided. Satan was not ashamed to tell everyone that He did not want Jesus to have more power and honor than himself.

Satan stood proudly and urged that he should be equal with God. "He wanted to join the Father and the Son when they talked about plans. He thought he should be allowed to understand all of God's plans.

God told Satan that He would explain His plans and secrets only to Jesus. He said that everyone in heaven, including Satan, must obey Jesus without question. God said that Satan could not be trusted to stay in heaven any longer. Satan proudly pointed to the angels who had joined his rebellion. Almost half the angels had followed Satan. He said to God, "These are with me! Are you going to force them to leave heaven with me? Are you going to make heaven that empty?" Satan boasted that he was ready to fight against the authority of Jesus. He [Satan] would put his might against Jesus' might, his [Satan] strength against Jesus' strength.

The good angels were sad when they heard Satan's proud, boasting words. God announced that Satan and the rebellious angels could not to stay in heaven anymore. They had been happy in heaven only because they obeyed the law that God had given to be a blessing to them. There was no way to save those who refused to obey the law of God.

Satan became bold in his rebellion. He boasted that he hated the Creator's law and would not let the law control him. Satan said that angels did not need God's law. If they were left free to do what they wanted to do, they would always do what was right. God's law limited their freedom. Satan said that his reason for rebelling was to destroy God's law. He thought that the angels would have a better life without the law.' God did not agree with Satan's arguments. God had made His laws equal to Himself. The angels could be happy only if they obeyed all of God's laws. Each angel had been given a special work to do. There had always been perfect order and harmony in heaven until Satan rebelled.

Then there was war in heaven between Jesus, the Son of God, and Satan. Jesus and the faithful angels fought against Satan and the rebellious angels. The Son of God and the angels who were true to Him won. Satan and the angels who followed him were thrown out of heaven. Then the angels who were left in heaven praised and worshipped God for His justice. The rebellion in heaven was finished. There was peace and harmony the same as before the rebellion. But the faithful angels were sad because angels who had been their friends were now gone. The good angels missed the fallen angels.

 

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