Satan, Lucifer, the fallen angel and his hoard, who is he or it? Does he have any control over what we do or what happens to us? Be careful as you learn about the devil, that you don’t get so involved and fearful that you forget “how great a salvation” we have in Christ our Lord.
First, let’s look at what Jesus said and saw. Luke 10:18, “And he (Jesus) said to them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.’”
Isaiah 14:12 gives a description of what happened. Lucifer/Satan, an angel, wanted to be like God. Less familiar, Ezekiel 28:12, describes Lucifer’s created beauty and his ultimate pride. Sounds like “Pride goeth before the fall.” (Prov. 16:18) Some scholars think these verses apply to the earthly kings of Babylon and Tyre, but they certainly apply to Satan’s fall.
Satan is the ruler of this evil world. (John 14:30) The whole world is in the power of the evil one. (1 John 5:19) He is the prince of the power of the air. (Eph. 2:2), and he tempts (Luke 4:5). He is our adversary, and prowls around seeking someone to devour/destroy (1 Peter 5:8). Satan blinds and veils the eyes of non-believers (2 Cor. 4:4).
But as Rev. Pink mentions, “…the created cannot thwart the Creator.” There is hope. James 4:7 says, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” 1 John 4:4b, “..He who is in you is greater that he who is in the world.” In 2 Chronicles 20:5 and following, Jehoshaphat’s prayer pleads with ”..the God in heaven.. (who) rules over all the kingdoms of the nations..in Thy hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee.”
So where does that leave us? Who is in control of the world? We need to look further into the Sovereignty of God.