“How you are fallen from heaven,
O shining star, son of the morning!
You have been thrown down to the earth,
you who destroyed the nations of the world.
For you said to yourself,
‘I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars.
I will preside on the mountain of the gods
far away in the north.
I will climb to the highest heavens
and be like the Most High.’
In the operation of His kingdom, God rules by the principle of delegated authority. This angel ruled as God’s prime minister par excellence.
How long this harmonious arrangement continued in the distant past is not recorded. His decision was final, and he never repented.
Lucifer, however, was not alone in this choice. Regardless, God has a plan and is using these rebels to accomplish another purpose.
The central fact to observe is that God did allow the formation of a kingdom of darkness. This counterfeiting effort of the devil is his most effective ploy, for the more closely he can imitate God’s work, the less likely people will be inclined to seek God or pursue His will.