1. The Lord Jesus Christ’s Testimony
When the seventy whom Jesus had sent out returned from their preaching, Jesus took the opportunity to reveal a mystery of the spiritual realm to them. He told them: "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven" (Lk 10:18).
This testimony was from Jesus’ own knowledge as the Word made flesh. To have seen Satan falling from heaven transcends any human experience, but Jesus witnessed this process in His role as the Eternal One and revealed it to us. From Jesus’ statement —“Satan fall…from heaven”—we can deduce that Satan was one of the members of heaven. Falling out of heaven in the original text is ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ (ek toú ouranoú) which means that Satan originally belonged to the kingdom of God.
[To be continued…]