Question: Why did God send Satan to earth?
Answer: God sent Satan to earth because he rebelled against God and caused a third of the angels in heaven also to rebel. Jesus said in Luke 10:18, “And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven”. This shows that Satan was expelled from heaven.
Satan, the devil, is a created being just like all the other angels, the point to be noted is that he was not created as an evil being. He was created as a holy angel and the fact that he was created a holy being is in the verses Ezekiel 28:13-19. He had access to God in heaven (1 Kings 22:21; Zechariah 3:1, Job 1:12) but when he rebelled he was thrown out of heaven.
Why did Satan rebel?
God said to Satan in Ezekiel 28:17:
“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.”
and in Isaiah 14:12-14:
“13 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: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”
Piecing these together, it’s clear that Satan was a beautiful angel and it is pride and a desire to be like God Himself that caused Satan to sin. Satan was the first sinner!
The question arises then: why did God create someone who would cause sin to enter the earth and wreak havoc on humanity? God is all-knowing and He sees the end before the beginning – He knew that Satan would fall and lead humanity into sin as well. Yet He created not just Adam and Eve but also all the angels, including Satan and all the angels who would rebel against God. Why? The answer is free will. God did not create either the angels or man as automatons or robots with no freedom. In His infinite love and mercy He decided to give us the freedom to accept or reject Him. He extended this also to the angels. But we were not affected by the sin of the angels till Adam and Eve sinned. So did God create sin? No. God gave free will which we abused.
We and the angels were created to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31). But He did not and does not force us to. He has given us the choice to willingly accept Him as God and glorify Him or to reject Him. The world may be at the devil’s mercy but believers in Jesus are not. He who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world. Job’s experiences are proof that the devil cannot touch God’s children without His permission.
If you do not know Jesus as your Saviour, you are in danger of hell.
Remember, God does not want to send anyone to a devil’s hell.