Two biblical passages that speak about Satan's role before his fall include Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14. The King James Version of Ezekiel 28:13 states, "The workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created." Based on this verse, some believe Satan was a music leader or was in charge of music in heaven. Is this true?
Prior to his fall, was Satan in charge of music in heaven?
The Hebrew text of this verse has been difficult to interpret. Modern translations offer a slightly different rendering: "and crafted in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day that you were created they were prepared" (ESV). The Greek translation of the Old Testament (the earliest translation of the Hebrew text) includes the list of stones used in the breast piece of the high priest in this verse. Though uncertain, the focus appears to be on the various stones that represent beauty rather than on music.
However, music is a part of what takes place around the throne of God in heaven. For example, Revelation 5:8 and 15:2 mention harps used in the worship of God. Worship of God in heaven will certainly include singing as well. Before the fall of Satan, he served as an angel before the Lord, likely involved in praising God. Though it is not clear if he led music, he was called the "anointed guardian cherub" (Ezekiel 28:14).
Despite Satan's high rank in God's presence, at some point he turned against the Lord in pride: "You said in your heart, 'I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High'" (Isaiah 14:13-14).
Satan was clearly a leading or the leading angel in heaven, but it is unclear whether he served as leader of the music. This detail is not directly answered in Scripture. He would have worshiped God as other angels did, likely including worship through song or possibly an instrument. Yet his fall led to his rejection from his position and a future eternal torment (Revelation 20:10). Satan now serves his own agenda, living as a liar and father of lies, seeking those he can devour (John 8:44; 1 Peter 5:8).
In connection with Satan's possible use or leadership of music in heaven, some see concerns regarding certain music on earth being used by Satan as well. However, music was created by God to bring glory to Him. His people are called to use this art form to honor His name and to serve others. Believers must be discerning in their own use of music to make sure their choices honor the Lord rather than serve their own interests or dishonor the Lord through promoting sinful actions that promote the work of the evil one.
Who is Satan?
When was the fall of Satan, and how did it happen?
If God knew the Fall was going to happen – that Satan would rebel and Adam and Eve would sin – why did He create them?
Why did God allow the Satan and the demons to sin?
Does God love Satan? What does God say about Satan?
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