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Where Was His Satan Original Dwelling Place

If this being attempted to put his throne above the stars, then must he
have had a throne somewhere else. If he aimed to ascend into heaven
and be like the Most High, he must have had some dwelling place which
God had assigned to him. There is no positive Scripture concerning
this place. Yet by inferential evidence the knowledge can be gained
that our earth in its original condition was the domain of this great
creature of God.

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." We do not
know when this was. In certain Bible editions the date 4004 B. C. is
placed in the margin over against Gen. i:1. But that is incorrect. It
would make the earth not quite 6000 years old. Science has
demonstrated the fact that our globe is of a very great age. No human
being can tell the exact time when God created the heavens and the
earth. It may have been 2 million or 20 million or 200 million years
ago. We know, however, that the human race became a recent tenant on
this earth. The human race is not older than about 6000 years.

In that distant past before man was created the earth was in a
different form. At that time there was a gigantic animal creation and
an equally gigantic vegetation in existence. It has been brought to
light through the fossil beds; but in none of these fossils is found a
trace of a human being. This great original creation was plunged at
one time into an awful catastrophe. Death and destruction came upon
it, every living thing was extinguished, while water covered everything
and all was enveloped in darkness.

This is exactly the condition of the earth as described in the second
verse of the Bible. "And the earth was without form and void; and
darkness was upon the face of the deep." If we turn to Isaiah xlv:18
we find a significant statement: "For thus saith the Lord who created
the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath
established it, He created it not in vain; He formed it to be
inhabited." The word vain (tohu) is the same word used in Gen. i:2 and
translated "without form." From this we learn that God did not
originally create the earth as without form and void, enshrouded in
darkness. It became this through a judgment which fell upon it.
Between the first and second verses of the first chapter of Genesis is
therefore a long, immeasurable period of time. Now, if this original
earth was ruined and passed through a judgment, why did this ruin and
judgment take place? This question must remain unanswered unless we
bring that first judgment in connection with the revolt and fall of
Satan, who had his dwelling place on this earth. This explains not
only the ruined condition of the earth in Gen. i:2, but throws a great
deal of light on Satan's successful attempt to get back his lost
dominion through man and his tenacious hold on the earth, as the prince
of the world and god of this age.[1]

Man Upon The Earth

In God's own time this earth was put into the condition to become the
habitation for the human race. Of this we read in Genesis i:3-31. God
then created man in His own image, and said, "Let them have dominion
over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the
cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that
creepeth upon the earth" (Gen. i:26). "And God blessed them, and God
said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and
subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the
fowl of the air, and over everything that moveth upon the earth." Thus
the earth, which was originally Satan's habitation, was given to man.

The Fall of Man

When all this took place this great fallen being was no doubt an
eyewitness. He beheld God working in rearranging the chaos of the
original earth produced by his revolt. He saw how God created man. He
heard how God spoke to man and gave him to possess his former estate
which he had lost by his rebellion. He beheld God putting man and
woman into the garden of Eden. He listened when God said "Of the tree
of knowledge of good and evil thou shalt not eat of it, for in the day
that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die" (Gen. ii:17). Then he
must have been moved with envy and jealousy. He sees another in
possession of his past domain. Something like this must have come into
his mind--if I only can get man ruined and turn him against God, if I
can make of man a rebel and lay hold on him, I shall get back the place
which once was mine and then defy God.

The third chapter in Genesis shows how he succeeded in carrying out
this plan. Through the serpent he approached the woman and said, "Yea,
hath God said, Ye shall not eat of any tree of the garden?" God had
spoken; the first word to man had come from His lips. Satan's first
work was to make God's creature doubt God's Word. The first
destructive critic who denied that God hath spoken was Satan. Every
man, no matter what learning he may claim, who denies the inspiration
of the Bible, and that the Bible is the revelation and Word of God, is
the mouthpiece of Satan. Emboldened by the woman's answer he said "Ye
shall not surely die," an out and out denial of what God had said; and
then adds the lying promise, "Your eyes shall be opened and ye shall be
as gods." He wanted to be like the Most High, and now he injects his
own character into man. The transgression followed; sin came into the
world and death by sin, the moment God's commandment was disobeyed.
What a sneer and laughter, what a triumphant shout Satan must have
uttered when the deed was done! And with the fall of man he laid hold
again on this earth and became its prince.

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