Exactly when did Satan fall? My guess is that it occurred before creation since Satan tempted Adam and Eve in the beginning. I am also curious to know is it possible for angels to still fall from their position in heaven today? Last, I have never found anywhere in the Bible where it says Satan was God's most beautiful creation, nor does it say anything about Satan having the name Lucifer. My guess is that the name Lucifer was given to Satan since it was attributed to the king of Babylon and his great fall as the "Morning Star." Could you help shed some light on these questions? -- Chad Fincher

The Bible does not say when Satan fell, though it seems likely to me that this took place before the creation of mankind. As for angels falling today, since the New Testament speaks only of fallen (evil) spirits and elect angels (1 Timothy 5:21), I doubt it is possible for angels to fall now. About Satan's beauty, perhaps this has been inferred from passages like Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28, which describe political rulers (the kings of Babylon and Tyre, respectively), but I think this is really stretching it. The Latin name "Lucifer" appears in some early versions, but is not in the original Hebrew. "O morning star, son of the dawn" (Isaiah 14:12) is a human being, who in this passage is being compared to a falling star, or perhaps (definitely, according to many expositors) to the devil himself.

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