Thursday, March 16, 2017

Satan's Fall

A QUESTION I received: Is Satan hurled to earth with his angels (unfaithful anointed) Rev 12:9, when the faithful anointed wake up & witness to the truth they receive from Christ, which causes Satans eventual defeat? Rev 12:11; REV 20:10
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Please be patient as the supporting information to the answer you seek, is first provided. Please read the scriptures as you come to them. I will arrange my reply, into Three Parts.


It is important to remember once again, that Revelation is presented in symbolism. The name, "Revelation" (Greek: apokalupsis), literally means, "unveiling"... to "uncover".
By means of this "scroll", the final scene of Satan's world, and the advent of God's Kingdom, is symbolically depicted. When the time arrives for all it's symbols to be deciphered and fulfilled, it's previously "sealed" (hidden) information, will be "unveiled"/disclosed (2Pet.3:10; Luke8:17)
(Dan.8:26; 9:24; 12:4,9; Rev.10:4) (Rev.22:10,6,16-17; 10:7-8; 1:1-2; 11:3; 20:12)
The scroll of "Revelation" will be "opened", made understandable and available, for any who wishes to partake of it, at the "marriage feast" (Rev.21:6; 22:7,17; 19:9). Those "leaving the 'city' " and who discern the "disgusting thing" (Mark 13:14), will be invited to it (Matt.22:9-10)
[The "marriage feast", is also the "slain"
(Luke17:34-37; Rev.12:11; 11:3,7)
and the "mountains"
(Matt.24:15-16; Eze.36:8; Luke21:21-22; Rev.18:4),
...depending upon which illustration/parable,
Jesus was using to describe these events.]

Returning to Rev.12:9-11...
The "oikoumenEn" (that has been translated, as "the whole world"/"earth"/"inhabited earth"), which Satan is said to be wholly deceiving and causing to "stray", is God's "dwelling"/habitation (as "oikoumenEn" is used and referred to, at Col.1:19; 2:9; John14:23; 1Cor.3:16; 6:19).
In the time of the end, God's "temple"/"habitation"/"dwelling", is being hijacked through deception, by trespassers (Mark 13:14) ..."Gentiles", who are trampling it into subjection, to them (Rev.11:2; 13:7; 2Thess.2:4; Dan.8:11,13; 9:26; 11:31,36; Matt.24:15,6,21; Dan.12:1; Mark13:13; Luke21:24; Rev.2:9; 13:10,7; Luke19:43; 21:20; Rev.20:9)... causing, the "great tribulation", which as stated, is being caused by the "abomination" (Gentiles/"man of lawlessness"/Wild sea-Beast/counterfeit priests/Idol Rev.13:7-8) of "desolation" (abasement/trampling/loss of power, authority, and service to God), to God's "holy place" (holy ones/Temple/city, and body of Christ).
It tells us (at Rev.12:9), that Satan and his messengers, are "cast into the land" (Greek: "gen"). This "land"/earth, is not the same word as God's "dwelling" ("oikoumenEn"), (which "dwelling", Satan is causing to go astray/misleading), --although both Greek words have been commonly mistranslated, as "world" or "earth".
Because translators have not relayed the literal meaning of the original Greek, nor shown the distinction between these two words (due to their often translating them into one word and meaning), ...confusion about the meaning of verse 9 has resulted, as well as all the truths, which clarity rests upon one's understanding of this verse.
To clarify the significance of this verse; the Bible is telling us that it is God's entire dwelling/habitation of His spirit ("oikoumenEn"), that is being mislead by Satan... but it is to another realm ("gen"), that Satan and his angels, are cast down, to.

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So then, to where is Satan, cast down?
The "earth" ("gen"), is said to be God's footstool (Acts7:49; Isa.66:1).
If we read Luke20:43; Ps.110:1; and Acts2:35, we see that a "footstool", refers to a conquered enemy.

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The Faithful anointed conquerors, also attain a "footstool" (Rom.16:20; Rev.3:9). Those Faithful attain a citizenship in heaven... and no longer belong to "gen"/earth (Heb.12:22-23; Luke10:20; Eph.2:6).

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To be "hurled to the earth", is certainly to lose out on a heavenly dominion (Rev.8:10; 2:5)... but also,
to be of the "earth" ("gen"), is to be subjugated... subdued and conquered (as a footstool), by God and His faithful (1John5:4).

During the Great Tribulation, conditions are reversed.
Those with the "heavenly calling" have been overcome, made powerless, trampled, and taken captive. Can you perceive how a total subjugation of Christ's Body on earth, would cause Jesus kingship and rule over his then-present kings, to conclude? (Dan.8:11-12,24-25; 11:22,31; Rev.20:7-8; 12:17). The conclusion of Christ's "thousand year" kingdom, is associated with Satan's release from the abyss (Rev.20:7), the start of the great tribulation, and the conquering of the holy ones.

But if we peer even deeper into this symbolism...
God's throne is said to be, "in 'heaven' " (not earth/"gen") (Acts 7:49).
God rules through Christ (Eph.1:22)
inside the hearts/bodies, of the living stones (1Pet.2:5)
of his dwelling/Temple (1Cor.6:19; Eph.2:22; Gal.5:25,16; Col.3:17,15)
Those who have Christ as their ruler and "head" (Rev.19:16,12; 1:5; 5:10)(Col.1:18; 1Cor.12:27),
are, of "heaven" (Phil.3:20; 2:15; Eph.2:6; Heb.12:22-23; Rom.8:9)(Rev.14:1; Ps.110:2)(Isa.52:7; Ps.146:10; Isa.24:23; Heb.12:22; Acts7:49-50; Eph.2:10). (Ps.103:18-20)

When we are being deceived by Satan, we are not yet of heaven. Satan holds a power over us, and if deceived by him, he becomes our master and king, rather than Christ. Satan's agents can then, trample us (Matt.5:13; Dan.7:21,25; Rev.12:17; 13:1,7; 11:2; Luke21:24; Col.2:8; 2Tim.2:26; Rev.13:10; 1Tim.4:1; Rev.16:13-16; 20:7-8; 12:9). << This "captivity" befalls the entirety of God's "dwelling"/Temple, during the great tribulation (Rev.13:7; 11:2; Eze.22:30)... until "Michael", "stands up" (Dan.12:1; Rev.12:7; 20:7-9) and empowers his angelic messengers and "two witnesses" (his "arm") (Isa.63:5; Rev.11:3,5; Jer.5:14; Matt.10:20; John12:38; Isa.52:10; Rev.22:17; 19:9; 22:6) to "stand in the gap" uphold and restore the "wall" of truth, which defends God's "city" (Isa.58:12; 61:3-4; 59:20; Nahum 2:2; Eze.39:24-25; Isa.49:6-7; Rom.11:26-27; Joel 2:32; Mal.3:1-2; Luke 1:76; Matt.17:11; Rev.22:16; 10:7; Zech.3:9; 4:10,14; Rev.11:4). The royal dominion of Christ over his anointed congregation (Eph.1:22; Col.1:18), must be re-instated until all the enemies of truth, are made his "footstool" (1Cor.15:25; Ps.110:1-3).

Can you now see, how "being cast out of 'heaven' " ("heaven", symbolizing the hearts of those of heaven, over whom God and Christ gain rulership), can apply to Satan's influence being expelled and conquered, from within the "heavenly" hearts of those who act with faithful decisiveness?
(Rev.3:21; 1John2:14; Rev.2:26; Matt.19:28; 25:21; 2Tim.2:12; James4:7; Rev.12:10-11)
(1Cor.15:49; 2Cor.3:18; Ps.84:7; John17:22; 1:14; Rom.8:29; 1Cor.13:12,9; Rev.10:7; John16:13; Rev.22:6; Mal.3:1; Rev.10:1; Gen.9:13).
Can you see how the only realm left for Satan afterward, is for Satan to dominate and manipulate, the hearts of those still of "earth"/("gen")?

Any anointed one who chooses Satanic deception after the truth comes to light [and the judgment scrolls have been "opened" (Rev.20:12; Luke 24:45; Rev.3:7; Matt.13:11)], would also be eternally consigned to an "earthly"/"footstool status (because, through the faithful actions of God's victorious slaves, those who take a contrary course by comparison, are condemned -Prov.14:33-35)
[Heb.11:7 (Luke17:26,30); 1Cor.6:3; Rev.12:7; 19:11,14; 17:14].

The contextual verses help us. I will put them (verses 7-11)...
Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world (dwelling) astray. He was hurled to the earth (land/"gen"), and his angels with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down11  They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb  and by the word of their testimonythey did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death."
There are key words above, that help to answer your question.
First, the faithful had to oppose Satan (verse 7). This is significant. For us, it meant questioning WT's false doctrine...
[and the expectation of it's leaders, that we must worship
(under threat of "death" -Dan.3:6; Rev.9:2; John16:2)
the Image of the organization, as divine/"spirit-directed"
...finally refusing to accept and tolerate it's errors, and then standing up to oppose and expose them (Rev.2:20,2; 12:10-11; 6:9-11; 11:3,7; 14:13; Mark8:35; 13:13; Eph.5:11).
In that sense, Satan proves to be "not strong enough" (Rev.12:8; 2Cor.2:11; Luke10:18-20). His lying machinations and expert twisting of the truth, can no longer work effectively through Satan's agents/"angels" (Rev.16:13; 2Thess.2:9-12)... to suppress those who are willing (like Christ -Rom.6:5; 2Cor.5:15), to die for God's truth... thereby becoming God's messengers/"angels".

Those "Called and Chosen", have been battling against Satanic deception (2Cor.10:3-5; Eph.6:12; 2Tim.4:7) (Micah 4:2; Ps.110:2; Rev.2:27), sacrificing their lives for the sake of truth (Rom.6:5; Rev.6:11; Mark8:35), and attaining a seal as God's faithful slaves and warriors (Deut.11:18; Rev.14:1), since the first century (Luke21:32; Ps.112:2).
While under the "thousand year" reign of Christ (previous to the time of the End), each sealed one among those "144000", has conquered Satan during Christ's "thousand years", and during their own lifetime.
But Satan was not fully conquered during that time. He was still awaiting his release from the Abyss, when he would "wage war" with the "remaining ones" of the woman's/(covenant's) seed.
When faced with the Great Tribulation, how would that "remnant" respond?
It is not until the conclusion of Armageddon, that the harvest of all faithful anointed and their "children", is concluded... the "rest of the dead", come to life... the in-gathering of the faithful "wheat" is completed... God's Temple is completed... and Satan's dominion over the new creation, is fully removed, forever.
(Rev.20:5; 14:14-19; 7:9,13-14,17; 22:17; 1Cor.15:26).
This occurs, when the last of God's priests and temple stones (Rev.7:14-15; 1Pet.2:5,9-10; Eph.2:20-22) ...through personal victory,
is put in it's place (Zech.4:7-14; Rev.11:4; Rev.12:10-11).


Because the last of courageous faithful, overcome the power of Satan's dark abyss (by the saving call of Christ, "knocking at the door" -Rev.3:20; John 10:27,4,16; Rev.7:17; Isa.42:16; Matt.25:6; Heb.13:13); Satan "looses his place in heaven"...
or, within the hearts of those who are then, OF heaven.
Once a priest wakes up and acts in faithfulness...
two things happen.
The entirety of God's condemnation of his entire nation (Eze.22:30), is removed (Jer.5:1; Zech.3:9; Obadiah 1:17-18; Joel 2:32). Only those unresponsive to the seventh trumpet, who cling to the lie (Isa.28:15,18; 2Thess.2:10-12), will be abandoned, to the lie.
2. The contrasting wicked, are thereby sealed as condemned (Heb.11:7; 1Cor.6:3), and become of earth ("gen"), or, a "footstool" (conquered enemy).
Satan's "angels" are thereby confined to, and "hurled to, the earth".
Consequentially, the only throne left for Satan, is over those conquered/of "earth"("gen")... those who choose to believe and teach demonic deception. So Satan's dominion also, is constrained to the "earth"/"gen"... as one conquered by the faithful, never again to influence those of "heaven", again.
Since the dominion over which Satan is again limited to, is one of darkness-- divorced from the light and life from God; he is symbolically once again, abyssed.
For those who overcome the power of Satan's abyss of deception and death, those powers, are destroyed by truth (Rev.20:14; Jer.23:29; 2Pet.3:7,10-12)
When those things are accomplished, it can rightly be proclaimed... "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Messiah".
In what sense, have the salvation, power, and kingdom of God been manifested, as well as the authority of Christ?
All four conditions, occur in the heart of the Victors.

This victory for God within the heart of His sealed servants,
is a huge change from what conditions were, while under the dark dominion of Satan, his Beast, and the false prophet (Col.1:13; 1Pet.2:9; Eph.5:11) which followed Satan's release from the abyss.

"The accuser... has been hurled down" (Rev.12:10 b).
On what basis was Satan previously able to "accuse" the unsealed anointed brothers and sisters of Christ... while maintaining his station in "heaven"?

Was it not through their being trampled into subjection, under an organizational idol, over whom Satan was king? (Rev.9:2-4,11; 13:4,7-8)
During that time, Satan kept his hold over the entire present sanctuary and Temple of God, including a victory over it's "messiah" ("the heavens") (Dan.9:26 A).
But see in Rev.12:10 b, that Satan's expulsion from heaven, ceases his ability to accuse.
Rev.12:11 tells us...
"By the word of their testimony" to truth, even when facing death, they thereby conquer Satan.
How can Satan continue to accuse those who abandon Satan's greatest lie about an Idol, stop their service to it, and speak up for truth no matter what the intimidation or cost? (Rev.16:14; 17:14; 19:11,14,8; 6:9-11)
How can Satan continue to be ruler of such a heart?

Satan is not strong enough to retain his hold on such ones,
but is "hurled down", to rule among those condemned.
These End-Time events are pivotal and of lasting consequence.
They cause the harvest to conclude, because Satan's release from the abyss has forced the issue...
Will each one, love the lie;
or, will they love the truth enough to face Satan, his demons, and all his powerful army and allies... in the greatest spiritual Battle of all time?
Certainly such a choice is facing every anointed one, today,
and certainly, each one of them is making their distinct choice (Mal.3:18; Luke10:16)(Matt.17:3; Mal.4:5-6; Acts3:22-23; Rev.11:3,5) (Matt.17:3; Rev.11:4).

In conclusion,
Satan is "cast down" on an individual basis, every time a "called, chosen and faithful" one, is sealed.
But, in the time of the end;
there is a final culmination and conclusion to Satan's "fall", when the last of God's called and chosen, prove faithful...
despite the greatest test ever devised by the Adversary.
Satan's release from the abyss, and the test and war to follow,
concludes the harvest of "wheat" and "weeds" as well as "the vine of the earth",
and ushers in the Eternal Kingdom of God.
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