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Q. Where did the devil and his demons come from?
A. The third of the angels (Rev. 12:4) inhabiting the earth before man (see previous question) sinned (II Pet. 2:4). Their leader, the super-archangel Lucifer (Isa. 14:12-14) had been perfect in all his ways from the day of his initial creation, till iniquity—lawlessness—was found in him. “Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering…in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee” (Ezek. 28:12-15).

Lucifer was not satisfied with rule over only the one planet—as the testing ground to prepare him for all planets. He wanted to rule all at once. He said, “…I will exalt my throne above the stars of God…” (Isa. 14:13). He had been created with exceeding beauty, which “lifted up his heart” in vanity (Ezek. 28:17). He became lustful, jealous and envious of God, decided on a war of invasion, attempting to overthrow God on the heavenly throne of the universe. He led his angels into rebellion. These angels “kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation”—meaning this earth (Jude 6).

But Lucifer and his angels were cast back to earth (Rev. 12:4). Lucifer’s name was changed to Satan the devil. His angels became demons. Their minds had become perverted for eternity.
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