My, How You’ve Fallen! (Part 3) by Pastor Carl W. Mann, II
Isaiah 14:12 (KJV) “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!”
There is much to be studied and shared concerning the spiritual realm. Many refer to the spiritual realm as something that is other-dimensional, mysterious, or imaginary; but, to those whose spiritual eyes have been opened to the marvelous Grace of God, the spiritual realm is merely the “water” in which we live as if we were fish in a large aquarium to be viewed by those who dwell in the reality of the spiritual.
Last week we discussed the principle that God created us in His image and likeness more fully. Lucifer was “there” when God created Adam. I mention this, because this is a critical fact that brings “light” to today’s Scripture!
NOTE: I’ve heard many preachers refer to Satan and the devils as being in Hell or commanding them to return to Hell – “from whence you came.” The Enemy laughs when this is done and desires God’s children to continue the practice. You see, Satan thrives in conflict, contradiction, and confusion.
While God has placed some fallen angels (devils) in “everlasting chains, under darkness unto the judgment of the great day” (Jude 1:6), the majority of fallen angels have NOT been banished to Hell. Hell is NOT a place where individuals can go “in and out” (Luke 16:26).
When Jesus confronted Satan (Matthew 4:1-11), and cast out evil spirits, He did NOT command the devils to “return to Hell.” Their judgment will not come until they are “judged” by those who overcame them (1 Corinthians 6:3). Satan will ultimately be cast out of heaven in the Great Tribulation (Revelation 12).
I mention again – Lucifer was “there” when God created Adam. It is reasonable to believe that he watched as God reached into the clay of the Earth and began to “fashion” Adam into an adult human male. He must have been intrigued as God “fashioned” eyes, ears, a nose, a mouth, hands, fingers, feet, toes, etc.
Lucifer could see that the vessel that God “fashioned” had no life in it. I do NOT believe that Lucifer was privy to God’s conversation, “Let us make man…” Therefore, he must have wondered what God was going to do with this creation. BUT, then he watched as God placed His mouth over Adam’s face and “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.” Immediately, Adam became a “living soul!”
Now, remember, God created us in His image and likeness with the intent that we would be His personal representations. Creation would look upon mankind as “gods.” Lucifer had already been “spoiled” because of PRIDE. He considered himself as equal with God and he could not accept he was a mere created being whom God had created to serve Him.
In his prideful hatred for God, Lucifer must have bristled as Adam stood erect and immediately worshipped, served, and pleased God! He was “there” when He heard God’s declaration over His creation AFTER He “fashioned” man, “it was very good” (Genesis 1:31).
Since Satan thrives in conflict, contradiction, and confusion, I believe that the concept of “fashioning idols” entered Satan’s heart as he watched God create man. He is so deceived that he believes he can do everything God does.
After the fall of Adam, Satan has continually influenced fallen men to “fashion” their own gods, just like God “fashioned” them. Therefore, God said…
Exodus 20:2-6 (KJV) “I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments” (Emphasis Added).
When a devil “possesses” a soul, that is the closest Satan can come to “fashioning” his own god. You see, unlike God, Satan CANNOT create something from nothing. Martin Luther referred to Satan as “the ape of God,” meaning he can only attempt to imitate God. Satan will NEVER be God!
Paul referred to Satan as the “god of this world,” in 2 Corinthians 4:4. In that same Scriptural setting, Paul also reminds us that we are “vessels” whom God created and in whom He placed His “treasure” (2 Corinthians 4:7).
Paul referred to Satan as the “god of this world,” because fallen mankind had fallen prey to Satan’s prompting, philosophy, and pride. When Adam and Eve sinned, they became spiritually dead, and began to “buy in” to Satan’s way of thinking and teaching. This was Satan’s first attempt of “fashioning” idols. Consequently, Satan continued his idolatrous influence with the focus on diminishing God and those who God had created in His image and likeness. Therefore, Satan primarily focused on prompting mankind to “fashion” idols in the “likeness” of beasts or other created things.
One of Satan’s seeming “victories” was the creation of Dagon, the chief god of the Philistines. According to legend, Dagon was the father of Baal. (Isn’t it interesting that Satan began to “imitate” god having a son?) The Hebrew word “fish” is “dag;” therefore, Dagon is the “fish-god) represented as half-man and half-fish. The concept of “Evolution” began long before Darwin came on the scene!
Dagon is first mentioned in Judges 16:23 where the Philistines offered a great sacrifice to Dagon because they believed he was responsible for delivering Samson into their hands. The second mention in Scripture is 1 Chronicles 10:10 where it is written that King Saul’s head was placed in Dagon’s temple. My, how Satan must have danced around in celebration with these “victories!”
I love God’s sense of humor! (Every time I look in the mirror, I’m reminded of his humor.) The third mention of Dagon in Scripture is found in 1 Samuel 5. The Philistines have captured the ark of God and decided to place it in the Temple of Dagon to show how their god was more powerful than the God of Israel. (I know, I’m chuckling as I’m typing!)
The Philistines placed the ark of God in front of their god, Dagon and left it there overnight. When the priests of Dagon entered the temple the next morning, they found their god lying face down in front of the ark of God as if their god was worshipping Israel’s God. So, the priests of Dagon lifted their god back to his place. I find it interesting, the God of Israel NEVER needed help to stand up; for, He NEVER fell!!!
The next morning, when the priests of Dagon entered the temple, they found their god’s head and hands had been severed from its body and the remaining portion of their god was lying before the ark of God in humble obeisance!
The anger of God was kindled, so He struck the people of Ashdod with painful boils in their “nether regions!” (I can’t stop laughing as I type this!!!) Pay attention to this Verse, 1 Samuel 5:7 (KJV)“And when the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, The ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us: for his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our god” (Emphasis Added). This is one more Scripture that encourages me NOT to have to a “spanking” from God!
So, while Satan was rejoicing believing that he had won some “victories” with Dagon, his “fashioned” god, his celebration was short-lived! When his priests entered the temple, and saw their god beheaded, and hands removed, I wonder if they said, “My, how you’ve fallen!”