This discussion has raised a number of questions about the angelic rebellion. Was it a single, initial event with the consequences explained over time? Or were there multiple events as some may have been persuaded to rebel over time? We are clearly aware of Satan's activities in Eden. Was this the 1st rebellious act or had Satan already fallen and did he fall alone? Next, we see the rebellion of Gen 6.1-4 which resulted in their imprisonment in hell (2Pet 2.4) Was this a 2nd rebellion perhaps influenced by a persuasive Lucifer, or was this just an event the already fallen ones entered into? The next question concerns the aftermath of Babel where God put angels in charge of the nations. Were they fallen when they were assigned their duties, and if not, when did they fall and was this a separate rebellion from Lucifer's and the angels in Gen 6.1-4? It almost looks like a rebellion that has been growing throughout history. My final question is when did Satan become the ruler (prince) of this world? Even though the earth is the Lord's, Jesus and the apostles refer to him as a prince. We know God gave authority to certain angels over the nations, but when did Satan become ruler of this world?
- There's no evidence that Satan fell before Eden. There's no evidence that the sons of God in Gen 6 were lured by Satan; certainly the 2nd Temple literature doesn't suggest that. Regarding Babel, there's room for debate, because scripture doesn't tell us. Some suggest they were put over the nations, and then over time, rebelled, accepting worship and eventually allying under Satan's dominion. That makes the most sense to me. Others say they had already rebelled and were put in charge as judgement, because they wouldn't be very nice rulers. That doesn't resonate with me, because being cast away from God is enough judgement, and in many cases, the other nations were nice places to live.
- Hm, what about the existence of the tree of good and evil in Eden? If the fall was after Eden than the existence of this tree would be a peculiar thing... just sayin'
- Is it the tree of "good and evil" or "good evil"? There is no "and" in the original Hebrew. That might change the whole meaning, right?