“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”
The above Scripture tells it like it is! The “history” of Lucifer (aka Satan, the serpent, the beast, the devil, etc.) is very clear. We see that Satan was in Heaven but due to his narcistic, arrogant belief that he was equal to God, rebelled against God and as a result was thrown out of Heaven. At first, he was thrown to the air and eventually, through his access to the earth, deceived Adam and Eve into entering into sin. During this time he still had access to the throne of God in order to accuse believing mankind of their sin before the Throne of God. Eventually, there will be a war in Heaven and Satan will be thrown down to earth, with no further ability to speak to God in Heaven. He will know his time is short and when his anti-christ partner “confirms” the covenant between Israel and many others, his actions will usher in exactly 7 years of pure hell on earth, also referred to as the Tribulation. At the end of that time, Jesus Christ will Return and cast Satan’s minions, the anti-christ and false prophet, into hell to be tormented forever. Satan will be bound for 1,000 years in a bottomless pit during Christ’s Millennium reign of peace and righteousness on earth and at the end he will be “loosed” for a short period of time in order to attempt to again deceive the mortal men living on earth during the righteous reign of Jesus Christ. In short order, at the end of the Millennium Jesus will then throw Satan into hell where the anti-christ and false prophet have previously gone and he also will be tormented with them there forever!
We know Satan previously had his two members of the ungodly “trinity” (the anti-christ and false prophet) attempt to defeat God on earth but what about his “fallen angels”?
“And there was a war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon (Satan); and the dragon fought AND HIS ANGELS (capitals mine), And prevailed nought; 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 (capitals mine).”
We know what happened to Satan but now we also know what happened to those angels who were also created by God, along with all other angels, before the creation of the world. The followers of Satan were also “…cast out with him”.
“And his (Satan) tail drew the third part of the stars (angels) of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman (Israel) which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child (Jesus) as soon as it was born.”
Apparently, when Satan/Lucifer rebelled against God in pre-history, one third of all the angels in Heaven followed him and were also cast out of Heaven. Why Satan believed he was equal to the Creator, God, I don’t know. But, the Scriptures above clearly tell us that Satan attempted to place himself equal to God and as a result, there was a war in Heaven. Of course God the Almighty won that battle! The archangels and their heavenly angels fought against Satan and his fallen angels. Satan and his followers lost and were kicked out, but not straight to hell. Rather, like Satan they were kicked out of Heaven to the air and to the earth where they were given a certain amount of power and authority.
“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore is is no great thing in his ministers (demons) also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
2 Corinthians 11:14-15
During Creation God gave Adam and Eve, who He created in His image, the ownership or rights to this world. When they were deceived by Satan into believing they could be like God knowing good and evil, just as Satan thought he could be like God, they in doing so gave up their rights to this world and gave it to Satan, the father of lies and deceit. With their sin, mankind went from being immortal to mortal and just as they sinned, their descendants after them also were born into sin.
“He (God) cast upon them fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels (demons) among them.”
Satan is neither omniscient, omnipotent nor omnipresent as God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit are. He doesn’t know everything! He is not all powerful! And, he can’t be everywhere at the same time! With these limitations he must instead rely on his fallen angels to do much of his dirty work deceiving mankind and causing sin to flourish. Now you might ask, “Why doesn’t God just end Satan once and for all and put an end to this evil?” Well, the fact is Adam and Eve voluntarily gave up what God had given them and in His Righteousness, God can not simply take away what Satan was given. Instead, God has a plan of Salvation made available with the sacrifice of Jesus’s blood for all who would accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, ask for forgiveness of their sins and turn away from a sinful life. Jesus died on the cross for our sins 2,000 years ago and God has since allowed His Word to be spread throughout the world until all men have made their eternal decision to accept or reject Jesus. After that those who have died believing in Christ and we who are alive will in the twinkling of an eye be Raptured to be with Him forever in Heaven. Then God will pour His Wrath upon the unrepentant world that remains. During the following 7 year Tribulation period, Satan and his demons (I have a hard time referring to them as angels) will wreak havoc on this world in a last ditch effort to dethrone Jesus and take over final control of this world.
“And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon (the destroyer), but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.”
Let me be clear! In Satan’s world, just as in Heaven, there appears to be a hierarchy of angels. Just as God has the archangels, seraphim and cherubim, higher “ranking” angels, Satan also has demons that have a higher ranking than others. Apollyon above is NOT Satan but rather is a surrogate of Satan who at this time is the king over the bottomless pit. The day will come when Apollyon will have the bottomless pit opened and the world will be flooded with fallen angels who will be unleashed as a horde of locusts. They will not be able to kill the believers alive at that time but will be able to torment ALL others who have succumbed to the lies and deception of Satan. If mankind does not have the seal of God in their foreheads but instead has the Mark of the Beast, they will suffer unimaginable pain and torment for 5 months. It will hurt so bad they will wish to die! But, of course God will not allow that to happen.
“And he opened the bottomless pit: and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts (demons) upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power, And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.”
Near the same time unbelieving mankind is being tormented, other fallen angels are also hard at work.
“And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.” “For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty (the day of the Battle of Armageddon).”
Revelation 16:12, 14
When it becomes apparent to Satan he has lost the battle, he will make one last effort by drying up the Euphrates River which will allow for the kings of the east eventually to be able to cross so they will be able to gather together at the site where the final battle will be fought between Satan and his angels and Jesus Christ at His Second Coming with His Saints (previously Raptured Believers). This, as you have probably guessed, is the Battle of Armageddon, in Israel.
“Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand (200 million): and I heard the number of them.”
When the Euphrates River is dried up for the soon coming armies from the east, there will also be a release of four angels who have been bound in the River, probably since the Fall of Man in the Garden of Eden (which was near the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers). These four angels are believed by most Biblical scholars to be so bad they have not been allowed to be let loose on the earth and they prove it when at a God specified “…hour, and a day, and a month, and a year” they will be empowered to kill one third of all mankind. Assuming that could happen today, when we have a global population of almost 8 billion people, this means a demonic army of 200 million will kill approximately 2.67 BILLION people in the world!
“Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”
Those in Heaven, and those Believers on earth who came to Believe in Jesus during the Tribulation, will jump for joy when they see this happen. They know Jesus’s Return will happen very soon! Unfortunately for Satan and his fallen angels, they also know their time is short and they will want to cause as much damage as they can before they are finally punished for their ageless rebellion against God.
“Then shall he (Jesus) also say unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, PREPARED FOR THE DEVIL AND HIS ANGELS (capitals mine).”
When Jesus Returns He quickly puts an end to the pain, torment and mayhem created by Satan and his followers. He immediately and forever casts the fallen angels into hell where they will be tormented forever. This is not an unfair judgement by God. They were created by God and had their place in Heaven but they knowingly and willingly left their “…first estate” to follow the lies of Satan, even though they were right there before God and knew who He was/is/shall be. They still made their own decision to follow Satan!
“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgement of the great day.”
As bad as Satan and his fallen angels are, they are smart, probably attractive and reasonable. You wouldn’t follow a hideous monster but someone who came across as caring and intelligent might be able to convince you, as Satan told Adam and Eve, “Did God really say you would die?” Yes, they will be convincing so we must all stay watchful and vigilant and understand the Devil for who he is. It is just as important we understand his fallen angels for who they are. All of them have the same intent and that is to not follow the Word of God.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”
1 Peter 5:8
Satan and his fallen angels history shows us they went from living in Heaven with God Almighty, to being cast down to the air and earth with Satan. Eventually Satan will be defeated by Jesus and will be bound and cast into the bottomless abyss for a thousand years until he is loosed to try one last time for a short season to sway mankind into following him. Then Satan will finally be defeated and thrown into the Lake of Fire forever. When he gets there he will have the opportunity to meet up with his fallen angels who were previously cast into the Lake of Fire when Jesus Returned at Armageddon.
If you think about it, we have the ability to do just the opposite as Satan. Because we were born as sinful creatures, we were destined to spend eternity in hell with Satan. However, if we believe Jesus came to earth as a sin free man and died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins, and if we accept His Gift of Salvation, we will be saved. At the Rapture, whether we have already died as Believers or are still alive on earth as Believers, we will, in the twinkling of an eye, meet Him in the clouds and go with Him to Heaven where we will be with Him forever! It is so GREAT knowing we don’t have to mimic Satan but can actually reverse his story in our own history. I am comforted daily with this knowledge, especially knowing “…because greater is he (Jesus) that is in you, than he (Satan) that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4. With Jesus’s strength and our faith in Him, we will be saved forever. If you are as comforted as I am with this knowledge of what God has told us in the Bible, PLEASE help me spread His Word by doing what He has told us to do and that is to “…therefore comfort one another with these words.” Do it by Sharing this on Facebook, LinkedIn or forwarding this as an email to your friends and family. We don’t have much time! He will be Returning very soon!
May God Bless you!