Revelation 12:7-9 talks of the war in heaven before the foundation of the earth:
"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."
In summary: there was a war in heaven before we came to earth. Satan and his angels lost the war and were thrown out of heaven to the earth. They are here on earth to tempt and try us so they can get us to be miserable like them.
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Isaiah 14:12-15 goes more in-depth about what was mentioned in Revelations (above):
Summary: before the war in heaven, Satan wanted all the glory, and wanted to become either equal to or more powerful than God. Instead he will be brought down to hell. His fate is sealed at the end of the world and God will triumph.
Revelation 12:4 gives us a semi-obscure answer:
"And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born."
The Doctrine and Covenants, a book of scripture which includes revelations given in the 1830s and later, verifies that a third part of the hosts of heaven were cast out to the earth with Satan— this is found in Doctrine and Covenants 29:36-37.
In summary: there was a war in heaven before we came to earth and Satan convinced a third part of God's children to follow him. The number of Satanic followers remains purposefully obscure. We can only conclude from the texts that there were three parts of unspecified size or identity, and one of the parts followed Satan and hence fell. They were all cast down to earth where they would never receive a physical body. (Read more about the Pre-mortal Existence of mankind.) The followers of Satan don't receive bodies but are spirit in form. They try to tempt us to make wrong choices and avoid repentance so we will suffer the same pains of hell that they will eventually have to. (Edited by Dr. Craig R. Frogley, Retired Religion teacher)Order a freecopy of the Bible below or chat online below to ask questions about the angels who were cast out of heaven with Satan or the pre-mortal existence of mankind.
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