The Origins Of Evil 1

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The Supernatural Face Of Evil

The Bible does not speculate about the origins of evil. Instead we see two pictures of rebellion against God  -
•  first in HEAVEN
•  then on EARTH

A. Rebellion in Heaven: ISAIAH 14:12-17; EZEKIEL 28:13-19

These two passages begin with a description of God's anger at two earthly kings - The King of Babylon and the King of Tyre - both of them implacably hostile to God's chosen people, Israel. But closer inspection shows they cannot be referring to a human being. In each case we see a picture of a supernatural being.

The table below summarises the characteristics of the angelic being before and after his rebellion.

   BEFORE the rebellion   

AFTER the rebellion

 You were in Eden, the garden of
God, adorned with precious stones. 

    Your heart became proud
because  of your beauty


You were anointed as a guardian cherub.
You were on God's holy mountain
& walked among the fiery stones.

  I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God
& expelled you, 
guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones.


You were blameless in your ways
from the day you were created
until wickedness was found in you


I threw you to the earth.   
cf  LUKE 10:17-19








This angelic being was a GUARDIAN ANGEL, ANOINTED BY GOD, BEAUTIFUL & BLAMELESS. But his heart was set on usurping God's position and power through PRIDE & REBELLION, in which he apparently managed to attract a third of the angels with him (REVELATION 12:4) before they were BANISHED TO EARTH.

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