In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
From the very first verse of scripture in the Bible, we learn that God has the power and the ability to create. To create is to bring something into existence from nothing. Creating is not the process of mixing ingredients, already in existence, into a new form or fashion. To create is to start with nothing and finish with something.
From Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, there is only one who ever demonstrates the power and ability to create, and that one is God, Elohim, the Creator of the heaven and the earth.
This is the first point that needs to be handled when working to understand the beginning of all evil. God is the only One who has the ability to create, to bring something into existence from nothing.
Then what was the beginning of all evil? Was God the author of evil?
A movie, once put forth the opinion that God was the source of evil, so that, people would have some type of gauge to enable them to understand good. That is as logical as saying I am going to put poison in your evening supper to help you understand what it means to have a nutritious meal.
Even before this movie was released you could hear similar logic expressed by men and women who have stood for God and taught His Word. In Timothy we read that God has not given us a spirit of fear but of love and power and a sound mind? The Greek word for a sound mind could be translated a sane mind. This logic has nothing to do with sanity. It is utter foolishness.
However, for the sake of argument, is it available for God to be the source of both good and evil?
Many people today, even Christians, think that God has done some evil things in order to accomplish the greater good. In other words, people are saying that situation ethics applies to God. With God, some are willing to apply the saying, “The ends justify the means.” This illogic has only been allowed to creep into Christianity to give people an excuse for their poor or evil behavior. For God, as we will see in His Word, can never be the source of both good and evil.
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
This is a very simple principle. Fruit is a product of seed. An apple seed will only produce apples. Likewise, an orange seed will only produce oranges. We saw this principle set up in Genesis when God said, “seed after his [its] kind.” Similarly, good and evil is not one and the same thing. They must come from two separate authors. There must be one author of good and another author of evil. Good and evil cannot come from the same source.
And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he [Jesus Christ] said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God:...
Only one is good
and that one is God.
If God is good then it is unavailable for evil
to come forth from God.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
God gives good gifts and perfect gifts. He cannot be the source of evil if He is the only source of good. Further, this verse states that God does not change. With God there “is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” The goodness of God’s character and His nature will not vary. God is good and He is the author of all that is good. A tree is known by its fruit.
What then is the source of evil?
There were three leading or ruling angels that God speaks of in His Word. They are Gabriel, Michael, and Lucifer. These ruling angels have also been called archangels.
And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.
Gabriel is God’s chief messenger.
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
Michael is the ruling angel that is the protector. He fights for God’s people.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Lucifer was second in position only to God. Lucifer was the most prominent of the three ruling angels; he was God’s angel of Light.
Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
This is a figure of speech that refers to the position and beauty of Lucifer. These stones are spoken of in connection with the High Priest, who had these stones on his breastplate. Of course, the High Priest was the highest position for a priest. Another time, when these stones are spoken of, they are the foundation for the New Jerusalem, in the third heaven and earth.
The name Lucifer means, the shinning one or brilliant; and “son of the morning” means, morning star . This was the position of Lucifer as a ruling angel. He was the shinning or brilliant morning star.
There is another in God’s Word that is called the bright and morning star, he is Jesus Christ.
I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches, I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
Jesus Christ, as the bright and morning star, is second in position only to God. Other than God, there is no one greater than Jesus Christ. This again gives some indication of the exulted position of Lucifer. This may sound as though the Bible has two placed in the same position, Jesus Christ and Lucifer. However, when you understand the scope of the Bible, you see that Lucifer began as the brilliant morning star and fell from that position in his rebellion against God. Jesus Christ replaced Lucifer becoming the bright and morning star due to his obedience and walk before God.
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 was perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
The word for anointed is used only here. No other angel is ever referred to as anointed of God. But Lucifer is anointed, and God has set him in this position. When God created Lucifer he was perfect. God did not forget parts nor have a poor design when He created Lucifer. He was beautiful in appearance and he was filled with wisdom. Lucifer was perfect. But something happened; there was a war in heaven when Lucifer rebelled against God.
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Lucifer rebelled against God.
He started a war in heaven.
When Lucifer rebelled against God his name was changed to reflect his new nature. He is called the Devil, Satan, the old serpent, the dragon and other names.
When Lucifer rebelled he was cast out of heaven, this tells you the place of the conflict. He was cast out of heaven to the earth. Lucifer is the source of all evil. He is the beginning of all evil, when Lucifer rebel’s evil begins. He is the first one to act in disobedience toward God.
Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me saying, Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
Understand, the men and women of the Old Testament are natural men. They have a very limited spiritual understanding. God needs to use things in the physical world in order to get their attention and to teach them. Therefore, there actually is a king of Tyrus that carries himself in this manner and according to these ways. However, the greater truth is the spiritual reality behind the account of the king of Tyrus.
This king of Tyrus must have been a good looking man to be called perfect in beauty. However, consider these things in light of Lucifer. Eve was not speaking with something ugly and evil looking in the Garden. She was dealing with the brilliant morning star, Lucifer, who was perfect in beauty. It is true that by the time Lucifer is speaking with Eve that he has already fallen from the high position God had given to him. So Lucifer is an evil being by the time he speaks with Eve but the Word of God never declares him to have lost the beauty of his appearance. Therefore Eve is dealing with a being that was very beautiful in appearance.
This word perfect means to be complete , and beauty means brightness . Lucifer had complete perfection in brightness. This verse also says that he was full of wisdom. Wisdom is to receive instructions and to exercise correct or right judgments . When Lucifer was created, until the day iniquity was found in him, he received God’s instructions and carried them out accurately and correctly.
Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God;...
There are no specific records left but the city of Tyrus was famous for its gardens to the many different gods they worshipped. Somewhere within that city there had to be a Garden, named Eden. God is trying to impart some spiritual understanding by way of using the physical things in the world.
...every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee 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.
Iniquity means unrighteous judgments . One day Lucifer moved from receiving the instructions of God and carrying them out in an accurate and right manner, to simply acting against the will of God. Lucifer made a freewill decision to disobey God!
By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
Because of Lucifer’s thoughts, the midst of him was filled with violence and he did sin. His heart was lifted up because of his splendor. He was so perfect and beautiful that he seemed to forget he was still created by God. He corrupted his judgment, his wisdom lay in ruins.
Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
Lucifer defiled his holiness or sanctuary. God gave Lucifer instructions and Lucifer turned the other way, this is the word iniquity. Unlike his days of righteous and correct judgments, now his judgments and dealings were evil. Lucifer became too entangled in his “own” beauty or splendor. He was dazzled by his own brightness. The one main point Lucifer had forgotten was who had made him to be that brilliant, splendid, and wise.
It is very easy to see Lucifer’s overwhelming ego at work; his self deception due to his self love. But exactly what did Lucifer do in his rebellion against God?
For thus saith the Lord that 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: I am the Lord; and there is none else.
Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you; (For the Lord thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the Lord thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.
God uses figures of speech in these verses in the Old Testament. God does not get jealous or angry; neither does He destroy anything or anyone. But man needed to have the words of God written in terms he could understand.
God is not interested in anyone inventing or worshipping a false God. He stands alone in all that He is; there are no comparisons with another. Remember Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created”, no other help was asked for, neither was any needed. When it comes to God, there is none else and He wants no false god placed in front of Himself.
Lucifer decided he could become God! Lucifer decided to try to overthrow God and to become the new God.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Again, Lucifer means the shinning one or brilliant one and “son of the morning” means morning star. Also, the stars of God should be translated, “the star, God,” placing the emphasis on God.
Lucifer got it into his heart that he could be God! He thought he could overthrow God. Lucifer wanted to be worshiped. When you look at the pattern of evil as laid out in the book of James, you can see the path that Lucifer traveled on his way to becoming the Devil. Lucifer hits every step on his way down, until finally, his lust seized him and that lust brought forth his sin. Lucifer was drawn away by “his own” lust. Look at all of the pride and ego in these verses. I will do this and I will do that. This is the beginning of the pattern of evil in James, excessive desire.
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
Remember this verse the next time you hear someone say that God is tempting them. If the Bible is true, then the person who makes such a statement must be wrong. This verse also adds to the truth that God did not do this to Lucifer. Lucifer did this of his own accord and desire.
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
The key words in verse 14 are “his own.” This was an act of freewill on the part of Lucifer. Remember Isaiah 14, “I will”, “I will”, “I will”...who’s will was Lucifer doing? Lucifer was doing his own will. Compare this to the statement of Jesus Christ in the Gospel of John.
Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
The desire of Jesus Christ was only to do the will of his Father. What a striking contrast to the will and desire of Lucifer as his freewill decisions change him into the Devil.
Lucifer’s excessive desire for worship enticed him. This desire for worship acted as bait and caught him. Then, like a fish, the hook was set. Lucifer’s excessive desire for worship seized him and he sinned. Desiring to be worshiped above God is not the Will of God. This is not a righteous judgment according to the righteous instructions he received from God. And, according to Isaiah, this was in his heart.
Lucifer was not created to fail nor was he created in an imperfect manner. Lucifer was perfect in his ways as long as he continued to obey God. When he decided that he had a better idea than God, he sinned. Lucifer made this decision out of the freedom of his own will. Since the time when he was created in perfection, Lucifer has changed greatly. Now as the Devil, his wisdom lies in ruins. No longer does he exercise right judgments according to instructions. Now, among other things, he is a liar, murderer, and thief.
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning [not the beginning of the time he was created, but from the beginning when iniquity was found in him], and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
There was a time when Lucifer exercised right judgments according to the right instructions he received from God. Now this has been replaced by lies. No truth is in him! This is a great point to remember when the world, his kingdom, is making you some awesome sounding promises. “He is a liar and the father of it.” Did Adam and Eve become as god? Lucifer lies!
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy; I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
This is the contrast between the Devil and Jesus Christ. The Devil is a thief who steals, kills and destroys. This verse contains the figure of speech, polysyndeton, or many ands. When we make a list of things there are different ways to write it. We can list the items and before the last item use the word and. This is not a figure and places no special emphasis. Another way to write a list is to use commas to separate the individual items. This type of list is a figure of speech called asyndeton. With asyndeton the emphasis is placed on the conclusion, the final statement.
In this verse, John 10:10, we have the figure of speech polysyndeton where the word “and” separates each item on the list. This figure tells the reader to consider each item carefully. You do not rush to the end of the list for the conclusion, as in asyndeton. Here, with polysyndeton, we are to consider each item of equal importance.
The Devil is a thief that comes to do three things: STEAL, and to KILL, and to DESTROY. This figure of speech tells us where the author of the Bible, God, wanted to place emphasis. God wanted us to understand that the Devil, Lucifer, only wants to steal, and kill, and destroy with each and every person that draws breath. He is completely evil and contrary to God. He has no good within himself, no love and no care for any living being.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickness in high places.
Lucifer has moved from the angel of light, to the prince of darkness.
Isaiah 14:12-15I willLucifer’s freewill decision verse 15iniquity = unrighteous judgments verse 17beauty = splendor wisdom = receiving instructions exercising righteous judgments verse 18sanctuaries = holiness
iniquity (1st) = turn the wrong way
iniquity (2nd)= unrighteous judgment
traffic = dealings or trade
Lucifer is the source of all evil. He is the originator of all evil. Lucifer is the beginning of all evil. However that raises a few questions. If God is the only One who can create something, how did Lucifer begin evil? Did God somehow create evil within Lucifer? Or does Lucifer also have the power and ability to create? Can Lucifer start with nothing and finish with something, in this case, evil?
The answer to each of these questions is no!
I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things. Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the Lord have created it.
At first glance, these verses do not appear good for saying God did not create evil. However, understanding comes in the Hebrew language.
The word for create is again bara, as in Genesis chapter one. However, this word is used in more than one manner. When the word bara is in the KAL form, it means to bring something into existence from nothing. Literally it is something from nothing. When in the KAL form, bara never means to mix ingredients, already in existence, into a new form or fashion. But when bara is used in the POEL form, as a participle, it simply means to bring about.
I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.
Here the word bara is used in the KAL form and means something from nothing.
For thus saith the Lord that 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: I am the Lord; and there is none else.
Again, the word bara is in the KAL form and literally means to bring something into existence from nothing.
In Isaiah 45:7, the word create is in the POEL form, as a participle, and therefore means to bring about. God did not create darkness or evil. God simply brought them about. Now how does God bring about darkness and evil?
When you couple the information present in the previous paragraphs with the figure of speech that is used here the verse becomes much clearer. The figure of speech used here is idioma of the verb, by permission. This figure was used by the Hebrews not to express the doing of a thing, but the permission. With this figure, action verbs are used but only the permission to do the thing is given.
Now couple the usage of the word bara with this figure and what you have is, God brought about darkness and evil because he gave permission for these things to occur. How did God give His permission? God gave His permission by allowing the transfer of power from Adam to Lucifer and also by giving Lucifer, and mankind, freedom of will. In his freedom of will Lucifer rebelled against God. Adam used his freewill to hand over the power and authority he had received from God to Lucifer.
God is the One and only Creator. And all that God creates is perfect and good. The Devil has neither the ability to create nor the power to bring forth that which is good. Rather he is the author of and the father of evil.
Evil did not come from nothing, rather it steals from other ingredients and mixes them into another form or fashion, thus producing evil. When Lucifer, or man, uses his freedom of will to disobey God, there is evil.
If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.
Everyone has freedom of will. Freedom of will only allows a person to move in one of two directions. Either you obey God and His Word or you disobey God and His Word. If you decide to disobey, like Lucifer, then you have done evil. Evil is not a created thing. Evil is a parasite and a counterfeit.
Characteristics of All Evil
2. Parasitic in Nature
Evil is not a created thing.
It is taking something, the words of God,
and mixing them into a new form or fashion.
Good has and will exist without evil.
Good stands on its own.
Evil is a parasite.
Without good, evil could not exist.
Evil is a parasite because it feeds off of good. Evil requires good to be in existence. Good can, has, and will exist without evil. But evil cannot exist without good.
Evil is a counterfeit because it is not the original. It is taking something, the words of God, and doing less or putting something along side of it. The best counterfeit looks the most like the real thing, and many times that is exactly what evil does. It steps just to the side of the true Word of God to still look good, but it is less than what God has said. It is disobedience.
Eve did this exact thing while in the Garden. God never told Adam or Eve to not “touch” the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Eve added to God’s Word, she laid something else along side of God’s Word. God told Adam, “in the day you eat thereof, you shall surely die.” Eve changed this to “lest” you die. Again, she changed God’s Word. Eve also forgot the word “freely” when speaking of Adam and Eve’s ability to eat of the trees in the Garden.
None of these are major changes to what God had to say to Adam. Yet they are still changes to the Word and will of God. Eve’s word was a counterfeit. She was close to the original but close to what God clearly says is still a lie, it is still evil! Eve followed Lucifer’s example of disobedience to God.
The beginning of all evil was the freewill decision of Lucifer who exercised his freedom of will to disobey the Word and Will of God.