DID GOD "KICK" SATAN OUT OF HEAVEN?
number of people have told me that God does make war against His
enemies because He made war against Satan in heaven and kicked him out.
They quote Revelation 12:7 to prove their point. I would only say in
reply that God did not hurt Satan then anymore than He has since.
God has never used force or coercion and He never will. Jesus cast out
demons with His word. “And he cast out the spirits with his word, and
healed all that were sick.” Matthew 8:16.
In Matthew 12:28 we read that He “cast out devils by the Spirit of
God.” And Mark 16:17 tells us Christ promised us, “In my name shall
they cast out devils.” Since Christ never changes, we can safely
believe that Satan was cast out of heaven in the same way that he was
cast out of human beings when Jesus walked the earth in person. Jesus
revealed Himself in truth and power and Satan was very glad to get out
of His presence.
Jude 6 indicates that Satan and his evil angels left heaven of their
own free will. “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but
left their own habitation....” And Revelation 12:4 tells us that it was
the dragon’s “tail,” which drew the third part of the stars of heaven
and did cast them to the earth. And in Lamentations 2:1 we see God
taking the blame for Israel’s fall by Nebuchadnezzar. God claims to
have “cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel.” We
know Israel destroyed herself by disobedience.
The point in all this is that people are always so eager to blame God
for sin. They want to picture the Creator as the one responsible for
this whole mess, concluding that because of the sin problem, God has to
use carnal methods to deal with a situation which is out of control.
Such is the picture most people have of God. Is it any wonder so few
people serve God out of a pure motive of love? Hopefully, this study
will change that picture in many minds.
As we look at the Bible as a whole, we can see the image of Jesus in
every text. He never changes. We can trust Him. Notice how Job resolves
this casting down question. “The steps of his strength shall be
straitened, and his own counsel shall cast him down. For he is cast
into a net by his own feet, and he walketh upon a snare.” Job 18:7.8.
In these two verses we see the beginning of Satan’s fall and his final
destruction by the hand of his followers in the lake of fire. See
have maintained from the beginning of my study on the character of God
that Satan was not kicked out of heaven as we think of someone being
kicked out of an organization here on earth. No, God is not that kind
of person. Notice what Jesus said on this very subject when He was
here. “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this
world be cast out.” John 12:31. This was a plea and a warning to Satan.
If you compare this with Revelation 12:10 you can see that Christ was
referring to the casting down of Satan in the eyes of the holy angels
and the unfallen worlds.
they saw Satan lead the Jews to crucify their Creator, their eyes were
opened and they no longer wanted to listen to the Devil’s lies about
God. This is no doubt what Jesus was talking about when He said, “I
beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” Luke 10:18. If God forced
Satan out of heaven then it was not a “fall.” But the Bible teaches us
that Satan “fell.” He was not pushed, shoved or tripped. He “left,”
Jude 9 says.
The unfallen worlds made a decision (a judgment) that they would not
entertain Satan as a guest ever again. This was what the angels had
decided in the precincts of heaven in the beginning of the controversy.
The loyal two-thirds of the angels voted him out, and Satan left to go
to the remainder of the universe to see if he could gain a following
and prove them wrong. This planet is the only one which was deceived by
him. The rest have always remained true to God. We are the one lost
sheep. Matthew 18:12; Luke 15:4.
WILL SATAN DIE?
people ask me how Satan will die in the end. Ezekiel 28:16 states, “and
I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of
fire.” Please note that the fire which destroys Satan does not come
from God, but originates from the midst of Lucifer, Ezekiel 28:18.
Lucifer’s own angels and his closest followers will turn upon him and
“destroy” him in the end.
Of course, the way God destroys is made plain in Psalms 5:10. “Destroy
thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels.” In other words,
the “death” of the wicked in this age (aion or eon) is something God
allows or permits but does not do directly. Yet, in the Scriptures, He
makes Himself responsible for it, taking the blame, because He is the
Creator. We see this in the death of King Saul who committed suicide.
But the Bible claims that God killed him. I Chron 10:4,5, 13, 14. It is
also very interesting to note the progression of understanding in the
Bible from the Old Testament prophets to the New. For example, the
prophet Ezekiel, as noted above, states that God is going to “destroy”
Lucifer. The Hebrew word is nethar, Strong’s 5426, meaning “to shake
off,” which is from 5425, nathar, which is defined as meaning “to jump,
i.e. be violently agitated; causat, to terrify, shake off, untie:...let
loose, make, move, undo.” Before I go to Paul’s writings regarding the
death of Lucifer (now Satan) please note that the Hebrew word can mean
to “untie or let loose,” which means the Creator is going set Lucifer
free in the final end and this will effectively stop or cure his
rebellion. Now, let us go to Hebrews and I think you are going to be
pleasantly surprised how beautifully the brilliant theologian Paul
explains the “death” of God’s first created angel. First, let’s read
the King James Version. “..He (Jesus) also Himself likewise took part
of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power
of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of
death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Hebrews 2:14, 15.
The Greek word here is kataluo, Strong’s 2673 and is from 2596 and 3089
which includes the basic meaning “to loosen down or dissolve, come to
nought, overthrow.” The word “destroy” does not mean to annihilate or
put out of existence by fire or any other means. The New American
Standard Bible translates this verse thusly: “...that through death He
might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the
devil.” In other words, Christ’s death on the cross, unmasked Satan so
that the universe and all of us living today know the real truth about
Lucifer. This revelation of the Father and Satan has taken away his
power. It has unplugged his battery, so to speak, and disabled him.
Ezekiel 28:8, 9 indicate that Satan will die the same kind of death as
all of the lost outside of the city. And what kind of death will that
be? It is the death they never died in this life, the death to self,
the death of their pride and ego, their desire to always be right and
to have their own way. This is the second death which is explained in
Rev 20:14. “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is
the second death.” This does not mean that Satan and all of his
followers are going to get off easy.
The suffering in Lucifer’s mind will be terrible as he sees how wrong
he has been. Paul tells us that “every knee shall bow,” before Jesus.
That includes Satan. Philippians 2:9-11. Isaiah 14:16,17 and Psalms 9:6
prove Satan destroys the earth in these last days.
And Jesus described the death of the wicked in this way. “Then shall he
(Christ) say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye
cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Christ did not say that He had prepared the fire, but simply stated
that it had been prepared. Revelation 11:18 indicates that men will be
destroying the earth in the last days when Christ comes to “destroy”
them with the glory of His truth, which will cause them to destroy each
other as they “consume away” on their feet. Zechariah 14:12. This is at
the end of this age. The great “age of the ages” will take place after
the 1,000 years or millennium. 2 Peter 3:7 tells us that the “heavens
(atmospheric heavens or first heaven) and the earth...are kept in
store, reserved unto fire against the Day of Judgment and perdition of
At this point, someone might say, “Well, sure God is reserving the
earth and heaven so He Himself can destroy it.” But, it doesn’t say
that. It simply states that God is reserving it or preventing it from
being destroyed right now. Who has the power to destroy the earth right
now with his bombs and rockets and germ warfare? Not God, but man.
So, the Lord is allowing man to pollute the air, water and even his own
body. Can’t we logically expect an ecological kickback from all of this
abuse of our environment and even of our own bodies? God is simply
giving man up to himself and his own willful, lustful, carnal and
selfish desires...his own counsels (Psalms 5:10) and ways. This is
God’s wrath. How could it be any plainer? God has nothing to do with
man’s destruction. Man is obviously committing suicide very
methodically without God’s help and against His will for the human
race. “I am come that they might have life,” the Savior told us. John
10:10. But Satan, the “god of this world,” 2 Corinthians 4:4, is
blinding the eyes of men so they cannot see who is really
systematically leading the world to self-destruction. All the while
Satan puts the blame upon God.
But, let us get back to the final death of Satan. Of all the Scriptures
I have ever read in the Bible, I believe Ezekiel 28:6-10 is probably
the clearest and easiest to understand. “Behold, therefore I will bring
(permit to come) strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and
they shall defile thy brightness. They shall bring thee down to the pit
(grave), and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the
midst of the seas (people).” Revelation 17:15. Now, I quoted
only verses 7 and 8. The Lord didn’t want anyone to misunderstand, so
He gave us five verses with 124 words to make sure everyone got the
In addition to that He gives several more verses in the same chapter,
plus other verses in other chapters and other books. And it is always
punctuated with a clear, “thus saith the Lord,” so no one will
Yes, my friend, it is none other than Jesus Christ Himself speaking to
us through the prophets of old, telling us how Satan will finally die.
What a horrible experience this will be for such a once beautiful
angel. The day of judgment will finally come for Lucifer and his
suffering will be very great. The Lord has wanted to save him from this
but Lucifer refused to listen. Read Isaiah 14:12-17. But let us go into
the death of Satan in more depth than we ever have before. In Ezekiel
28:12 the Lord told the prophet, “Son of man, take up a lamentation
upon the king of Tyrus.” Now, is he referring to the literal king of
Tyrus here? No, because notice that he says, “Thou sealest up the sum,
full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the
garden of God...” Ezekiel 28:12. We know that the prince or king of
Tyrus was not in Eden nor was he “wiser than Daniel.” v. 3. Nor was the
king of Tyre “perfect” at any time or covered with “every precious
stone.” v. 13. Furthermore, Ezekiel refers to this same being (Lucifer)
in Ezekiel 31:2, 3 under the title of Pharaoh king of Egypt and “the
Assyrian,” and Eden is once again mentioned, v. 9. The Lord is simply
covering up for Lucifer, (Satan), all the while appealing to him to
repent. “Thou art the anointed cherub that covers and I have set thee
so.” Ezekiel 28:14. The Lord never demoted Lucifer or kicked him out.
He is weeping for him. But let’s go down to verses 18 and 19.
“Therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall
devour thee (Satan, the adversary) and I will bring thee to ashes upon
the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know
thee (as an adversary) among the people shall be astonished at you: You
shall be a terror, and never shall you be any more.”
Notice, beloved, that the fire is coming forth from Satan, not from the
Lord. In the final day of judgment the Lord will bring forth from
Satan’s mind all of the memories he had when he was first created.
These will include all of the good times he had with his Creator in the
beginning before he rebelled. Then it will include all of the memories
of God’s long suffering with him in spite of all the evil Satan has
done against God, His only Son and His innocent, holy people. This is
what will bring Satan to “ashes.” Now, let us define the word ashes.
“Among the ancient Hebrews, to put on sackcloth and ashes, or to lie in
them, or to sprinkle ashes on the head was a token of grief and
mourning , 2 Sam 13:19; Esther 4:1, 3; Job 2:8; Neh 9:1. To sit in
ashes was also a sign of penitence Jonah 3:6; cf. Job 42:6.” Bible
Dictionary, page 82. Therefore, when we see the word “ashes” in Ezek.
28:18 we know this is a sign and prediction of a future event when
Lucifer will be brought to “grief, mourning and repentance” in the
sight of the whole universe. What a most humiliating and humbling
experience that is going to be for Satan. So, when Satan truly repents
he will never be Satan again but will be reborn, or born again into the
kingdom of God, for the place and position which the Lord created him
to fill in the first place, his covering cherub, Lucifer. This will be
the return of the first prodigal. And he will be fully restored. So, it
is true after all, Satan will never enter heaven. But after he truly
repents, and is born again, he will have the same right to be in heaven
as the thief on the cross for God’s forgiveness has no limits or
expiration dates. We all have sinned and come short of the glory of God
but when we repent, like the prodigal son we are welcomed back with
open arms. And Lucifer is the first prodigal son and the last to
finally come back home.
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