Whether we are always aware of it or not, we are all engaged in a battle. We are in spiritual combat right now and there is an Enemy. One of the most important strategies of warfare is to know your opponent. How well do you know yours? I don’t mean to scare you, but the Enemy certainly knows you.
He goes by many names: Satan, the devil, the serpent, the dragon, the accuser, the evil one, Lucifer. But who is he? The devil is a fallen angel. Lucifer (meaning “light bearer”) was the highest of all the angels that God created. However, he abused his freedom, choosing to disobey God. His “Non serviam!” (“I will not serve!) was the ultimate act of pride. Milton in his Paradise Lost has Satan sneer, “Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.”
After his rebellion, Satan was cast out of heaven. This was the first act of evil: evil was a historical event. As we read in the book of Revelation 12:7-9: