Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.(Genesis 3:1) ESV
We (that’s me and the Holy spirit) refute the widely held belief that Satan was in the garden of Eden and that he brought about the fall of man. It fails to take into account the relationship between cause and effect.
There are five reasons why Satan couldn’t have been in the garden of Eden at the fall of man, and they are the same as the reasons for why Satan isn’t the anointed cherub.
We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.– Matty’s Razor
The Anointed Cherub – Navigation
|The Anointed Cherub||Ezekiel 28:14|
|1||Cherub Classification||Ezekiel 1:5-11|
|2||Till Iniquity was Found||Ezekiel 28:13-15|
|3||The Curse on Women||Revelation 12:1-6|
|Labor Pains||Genesis 3:16|
|4||Is Satan Limbless?||Revelation 12:4|
|5||The Multitude of Merchandise||Ezekiel 28:16-19|
This means that it’s impossible for Satan to have been in the garden of Eden, either to be or to influence the serpent, because he was still in heaven at the time that this happened.
It appears that Satan observed the fall of man, which involved a terrestrial serpent (the Cockatrice). He saw that the punishment wasn’t the immediate destruction of Adam and Eve. At that point he realized that he could rebel against the Lord God, and God would probably be merciful. He opportunistically led a rebellion in heaven.
It may have felt like mercy when Satan was allowed to survive and run amok on the Earth causing untold destruction and, it would seem, getting away with it. The thing is, Satan’s time is running out. Rapidly.