“How, why, and when did Satan fall from heaven?”Satan’s fall from heaven is symbolically described in Isaiah 14:12-14 and Ezekiel 28:12-18. While these two passages are referring specifically to the kings of Babylon and Tyre, they also reference the spiritual power behind those kings, namely, Satan. These passages describe why Satan fell, but they do not specifically say when the fall occurred.

What we do know is this: the angels were created before the earth (Job 38:4-7). Satan fell before he tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden (Genesis 3:1-14). Satan’s fall, therefore, must have occurred somewhere after the time the angels were created and before he tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Whether Satan’s fall occurred a few minutes, hours, or days before he tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden, Scripture does not specifically say.The book of Job tells us that, for a time at least, Satan still had access to heaven and to the throne of God. “One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. The LORD said to Satan, ’Where have you come from?’ Satan answered the LORD, ‘From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it’” (Job 1:6-7). Apparently at that time, Satan was still moving freely between heaven and earth, speaking to God directly and answering for his activities. At what point God discontinued this access is unknown. Why did Satan fall from heaven?

Satan fell because of pride. He desired to be God, not to be a servant of God. Notice the many “I will…” statements in Isaiah 14:12-15. Ezekiel 28:12-15 describes Satan as an exceedingly beautiful angel.

Satan was likely the highest of all angels, the most beautiful of all of God’s creations, but he was not content in his position.

Instead, Satan desired to be God, to essentially “kick God off His throne” and take over the rule of the universe.

Satan wanted to be God, and interestingly enough, that is what Satan tempted Adam and Eve with in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-5).

How did Satan fall from heaven?

Actually, a fall is not an accurate description. It would be far more accurate to say God cast Satan out of heaven

Isaiah 14:15

Instead, you will be brought down to the place of the dead, down to its lowest depths.

Ezekiel 28:16-17

Your rich commerce led you to violence, and you sinned. So I banished you in disgracefrom the mountain of God. I expelled you, O mighty guardian, from your place among the stones of fire.Your heart was filled with pride because of all your beauty.Your wisdom was corrupted by your love of splendor.So I threw you to the ground    and exposed you to the curious gaze of kings.

Satan did not fall from heaven; rather, Satan was pushed out of heaven.

What do you know about Satan and the Fall?

The ruler of darkness… the Tempter… the Great Red Dragon… Apollyon; the Destroyer… One being is revealed to have all these titles and more… names that reveal his horrific nature… All names given to Satan, your adversary who comes like a lion “seeking whom he may devour”.1 Peter 5:8Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

Today, many people question and even mock the very existence of Satan, as well as the reality of evil. Even in the church, there are few biblical resources that effectively counter the destructive claims raised in today’s humanistic culture. Through The Fall of Satan: Rebels in the Garden you will discover the answers to 35 captivating questions, such as:

  • Who is Satan?
  • Why would God, who is not evil, allow evil to continue to exist?
  • Shouldn’t Eve have been shocked that a serpent spoke?
  • Did the serpent originally have legs?
  • When did Satan rebel?
  • Was the forbidden fruit an apple?
  • Who were the Nephilim?
  • Where can the answers be found to such provocative, spiritual questions that have been asked so many times over? Carefully consider the biblical response, since it is the only completely reliable foundation for information about Satan. We must reject unqualified conclusions drawn from sources outside the Bible, such as the current ideas and traditions of the culture. No believer should be unaware of these sound answers found in the Bible. It is our absolute authority. In The Fall of Satan: Rebels in the Garden, sound answers await you!


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