by Scott Jones
June 28, 2014

God gave Lucifer, also known as Satan, access to the garden of Eden from the very beginning. Although Lucifer had not yet manifested any sin, yet God knew what was in his heart. In other words, God knew that Satan was full of malice and deceit and murder and a liar (John 8:44), and that he was going to foment his rebellion through Eve and Adam as soon as he entered Eden.
God also knew that Eve stood no chance against Satan. From the beginning, Lucifer was the very highest and most powerful and by far the most intelligent and cunning of all created beings, whether angels or men (Ezekiel 28:12-19, Isaiah 14:12-19). Eve never stood a chance, and God knew this. So did Satan. God also knew that Adam never stood a chance, either, that Adam did not possess the grace within himself to let go of Eve and remain loyal to God, and Satan likewise knew this as well.
Moreover, this all happened very quickly after God placed Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. Very quickly, for Satan knew that he had to move against Adam immediately, that he had to move against Adam and Eve right away, almost instantly, not only before they put forth their hands and ate of the Tree of Life (Genesis 3:22-24), but likewise, lest Adam come together with Eve and the two of them conceive a child while still in their sinless state, for if this occurred, if Adam and Eve came together and Eve conceived before they sinned, then Adam and Eve would have produced a holy seed, and thus, by overcoming Adam afterwards, this would have given Satan dominion only over a portion of mankind instead of over all of mankind in toto. That is, by failing to conquer Adam before Adam obeyed God's command to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:27-28), by failing to conquer Adam before Adam and Eve produced holy seed, then Satan consequently could only have possessed dominion over Adam's future progeny, not the holy progeny already conceived in their sinless state. Which is to say, Satan could not have gained dominion over the holy seed that Adam and Eve had produced beforehand merely by corrupting Adam and Eve, but rather, Satan could have only possessed dominion over Adam and Eve and any future children they might bring forth after their sin, in which case it is likely that Satan believed - due to Satan's knowledge of the outward glory of God - therefore it is likely Satan concluded that God would have immediately entered into judgment with them all right then and there, right there on the spot... Satan, Adam, Eve... had Adam and Eve already produced holy seed before they sinned, that is, in which case, after their sin, the three of them could have been punished and confined to everlasting damnation right away, while at the same time God could have chosen to preserve any holy seed that had been produced prior to that time.
However, that Adam and Eve might have produced holy seed before they sinned is of course a purely theoretical construct, for God never intended it to be so, as we shall see - not in his decretive will - but neither angels nor men understand God's personal secrets, so that the possibility of Adam and Eve conceiving holy seed before they sinned was never an ultimate possibility in the decretive will of God in the first place, but only a practical possibility in Satan's mind - yet a very real practical possibility at that - especially since God had commanded Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply.
So Satan had to move, and move fast, for Satan understood that this would nullify his entire scheme, that is, Satan's entire scheme would have been null and void if Adam and Eve had actually conceived any seed beforehand, before they sinned. So Satan moved against Adam and Eve immediately upon their being placed into the garden of Eden in order to prevent them from eating of the Tree of Life or producing a holy seed, for while God did not command Adam and Eve to partake of the Tree of Life, but only forbade them to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, yet God DID command Adam and Eve to produce holy seed when he charged them to be fruitful and multiply.
So in other words, to conclude this first part, Satan moved against Adam and Eve before they could fulfill God's command to be fruitful and multiply... Satan moved against Adam and Eve before they had their first sexual encounter. Satan had to... he had to move against Adam and Eve immediately... if his scheme was to succeed... before they ate of the Tree of Life, and before they conceived.
Alas! it is difficult for people who know nothing of the true spiritual realm to comprehend just how fast things move and occur in the spiritual realm - not to mention how intensely - but those who are born of the Holy Spirit and who have any real maturity in the Holy Spirit understand the dynamics of the spiritual realm very well (2 Kings 6:15-17, Luke 10:18, &c.), seeing as how a genuinely born again Christian is CONSCIOUSLY and EXPERIENTIALLY introduced to the spiritual realm in the MOMENT he is regenerated - there are no exceptions - albeit he is certainly a babe in spiritual matters at that point, and certainly still has a great deal to learn about the spiritual realm from that moment forward, nevertheless, the newborn is suddenly aware of the true spiritual realm instantaneously upon being regenerated, with an awareness that no unregenerate man on this earth possesses.
In any case, as he who has come to genuine maturity in the Holy Spirit will recognize, this statement by Thomas Manton is dead on the money...

"The angels fell from their first state as soon as they were created, so short and uncertain is all created glory." Thomas Manton, Christ's Redemption And Eternal Existence

The massive, humanly incomprehensible intelligence and wisdom of the angels, and their seemingly incomparable power over the physical realm, enabled them to immediately formulate and prosecute within their own supra-rational minds an all-encompassing understanding of their own relationship to the Godhead, their relationship to each other, and their relationship to the universe, both spiritual and physical, literally within moments of their own creation, of their own coming into being, for what was true of Lucifer in the beginning was true of all the angels - not with regard to Lucifer's rank and position and privileges and powers as the head of the entire angelic order - but with regard to the respective status in which each angel was originally created, with each angel receiving his respective attributes instantaneously upon creation, even as (among other Scriptures) the following passage patently and distinctly discloses...

"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 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." Ezekiel 28:13-15

Ergo, the angels knew instantaneously - from the very moment they were created - the angels knew instantaneously how the universe generally works, both spiritual and physical, in the same manner, for example, that a baby wildebeest born on the African savannah knows immediately that it must get to its feet right away, and that it must find and suckle from its mother's teat, for it must be able to keep up with its mother as she grazes or moves or flees from predators if it is to survive. The baby wildebeest is born with this intrinsic knowledge in place. And this is exactly how the angels were created, only in a vastly and exponentially more cosmological way, with immense volumes of ultra-encyclopedic knowledge likewise already in place... with angelic DNA, you might say. In other words, as the Scripture above infallibly testifies, that's how the angels were prepared right from the start, but with incomparable sophistication, for unlike the baby wildebeest, the angels were created mature and unabridged in the instant that they were brought into being, exactly like Adam and Eve, who were also created mature and unabridged in the instant that they were brought into being, and who also possessed perfect faculties and intelligence as regarded the nature of man, with far more innate intelligence than men today, but who - though created in the image of God, which the angels weren't - were yet created on a lower plane than the angels, with less intelligence and less power at that point in time, and thus by God's decree it fell to the angels to be immediately endowed with volumes of wisdom and intelligence and power that the natural man cannot even conceive of, for the knowledge of the angels literally spans the universe. In short, their capabilities and intelligence and comprehension are all vast beyond words.
Moreover, Lucifer, from this moment forward, from this very instant, along with a third of the remaining angels (Revelation 12:4), Lucifer and his cohort were left by God from the very beginning to stand in themselves. That is, God's electing grace was never administered to them. It was withheld. Thus they were created in their own being, and left to their own created capabilities, to stand within themselves alone.