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Satan or Lucifer was cast out of Heaven because of sin.
Ezekiel 28:16 "By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within, and you sinned; therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God; and I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones.
Ezekiel 28:17 "Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, that they might gaze at you.
Lucifer's Five "I Wills" Cause His Fall.
Pride enters into the heart of one of God's mightiest creatures and causes his destruction and made Lucifer into the devil.
Isaiah 14:13-14 For you have said in your heart: `I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.'
- I will ascend into heaven...
- I will exalt my throne above the stars of God...
- I will sit upon the mount of the congregation...
- I will ascend above the heights of the clouds...
- I will be like the Most High...
Lucifer wanted to sit where God is and wanted his throne to be in heaven, not on earth. The name "Most High" in the Bible is the word "El Eloim" which not only means "most high," but also means "the possessor of heaven and earth." Imagine, that a creature, a created angel, wanted to be possessor of heaven and earth. This is why he failed and became the devil.
Lucifer did not want to get closer to God because of love. He wanted to get closer because of jealousy. He was not satisfied with just getting closer, he wanted to sit on the throne.
When Lucifer fell and was cast out of heaven, he was thrown out of the third heaven. The Lord Jesus saw Satan fall from heaven like lightening.
Luke 10:18 And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
Jesus simply meant He saw Satan fall from the third heaven as lightning. Right now the devil is still in the heavenlies. His place today is in the second heaven. He dwells there as much as he dwells in the earth. He rules from his place of authority, the heavenlies. This is the place we wrestle against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Eventually Satan will be thrown out of this realm of heaven as well. This happens just prior to the great tribulation.
Revelation 12:7-8 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.