Are Satan And His Angels Cast From Heaven In The Beginning And The End?
Welcome to Bible Question and Answer, our bi-weekly series where we provide Bible verses, answers and advice to the questions and concerns you have. During the course of the last two weeks readers have submitted their questions and today we are going to answer some of them.
Name: Michael P.
Question: The Bible describes Satan and his angels being cast out of heaven before mankind was created. In Revelations it describes Satan and his angels being cast out again. Could you help me with this seeming discrepancy? Thank you and God bless your ministry.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Michael.
In The First Earth Age mankind was naturally living on earth where our Father has always intended for us to live. The only difference is we occupied our true bodies which are our spiritual bodies that never get sick, old or die.
We can document that in our Bible study, “The World That Was, The First Earth Age“. It was during that time that Satan rebelled against God and when Satan was condemned to death. You can learn more about this rebellion in our study, “Satan’s Sin“.
Satan certainly has walked on the face of the earth many times. Even during this age of flesh we find ourselves in, which is the second Heaven and Earth age.
In Job 1:7,
“The LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.”
Then we have the moment in time when Satan “tempted” our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the wilderness, (Matthew 4:1-11).
These are just two documented instances of Satan roaming the face of the earth, however, he no longer roams in his physical form, instead only his spirit is able to roam the earth as Michael has control over Satan in Heaven at this point in time, (Revelation 12:7-9).
I think it is important to understand being born in the flesh is not a punishment, neither is being on earth. Since Satan rebelled against God in The First Earth Age our Father wants to see where each of His children will stand, being born innocent and without recollection of that time long ago. It would probably be better said, God wants them to decide their own fate. He provided us the Rule Book which we call the Bible, now it is up to each one of us to follow that Rule Book and seek Him out in order to prove ourselves as faithful servants to Him.
As Satan tempted and led God’s children astray so long ago, God is going to allow it again during the Tribulation and one final time after that during the Millenium as well.
To see who will stand for God and He will graciously reward those who do stand with Him.
Satan led many astray in The First Earth Age and he continues to do so today through his and his angels wicked spirit.
The point here is, there is a difference between being cast to the earth and just being on earth. Being cast to the earth certainly is punishment for Satan. He does not want to go when our Father gives Michael the order to send Him to earth as Satan knows his final days of existence will begin to count down.
Having laid that groundwork, I believe you are confusing Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 with Satan’s past actions on earth. In Ezekiel 28:17 when God told Satan,
“I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.”
That is a future event.
While Satan has roamed the earth, he was not laid before kings by God. However, when Revelation 12:7-9 becomes a reality we certainly know Satan will not only be laid before kings and rulers of the earth, but before the inhabitants of it as well.
The entire world in that moment will “behold” Satan and his angels. If we continue to read the next verse in Ezekiel we have Satan’s death sentence issued by God,
“I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.”
This has not happened yet either, but will after the Millenium, (Revelation 20:7-10).
When we study scripture, we must consider the context of the discussion and for me, the biggest give away is God said He, His order would lay Satan before the kings of the earth so they could “behold” (Strong’s: H7200) him which means to “see, gaze, view” and “stare” at Satan, (see: The Hour of Temptation: They Worshipped The Dragon).
This has never happened, it is a future prophecy that awaits fulfillment, one we inch closer to by the day.