What does the Bible say/not say regarding Satan?
Had someone in our small group ask the question -
when did Satan come to earth? before Adam or after??
Where can I find answers for them?
It's interesting question isn't it?
Firstly, the Bible doesn't say Satan fell in relation to the creation of Adam.
That's the simple answer.
The longer answer involves establishing the known facts about Satan.
(i) We know that Satan was an angel who rebelled and was cast down to earth.
(ii) We presume that 1/3 of the angels went with Satan.
(iii) We also presume that God had confidence in Adam to deal with Satan's presence.
(iv) When God looked at the earth He had created up until the creation of Adam He declared it "good", and after the creation of Adam and Eve He declared it "very good". Perhaps we could similarly presume that since it was "very good" at the time of Adam and Eve's creation there was no trace of rebellion on the landscape. Therefore, it's reasonable that Satan was not yet on earth during the creation week.
Hope this helps.
Andrew Corbett, 7th August 2006.