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The Doom Of Satan

Revelation 12:7-12 reveals the defeat of Satan and his angels in the middle of Daniel’s seventieth week, but his doom was predicted much earlier than this. Right after Adam and Eve sinned, when God pronounced upon them the curse of their fall, He also predicted Satan’s doom, saying, "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel" (Gen. 3:15). Isaiah also prophesied of the defeat of Satan, fallen angels and demons at the battle of Armageddon:

And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited. Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously. (Isa. 24:21-23)

Speaking of the blessings of the Millennium, Isaiah also prophesied that God would destroy "the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations" (25:7). The idea here is the removal of all satanic darkness now covering the nations. The prince of the power of the air that works in all sons of sin will be removed from all hearts and minds. Then men will, for the first time since Adam’s influence, be free from all satanic influences. Satan is the ruler of the darkness of this world, and he and all his agents will be confined to the abyss during the thousand years of Revelation 20:1-6.

Genesis 3:15 was fulfilled on the cross when Jesus uttered the words, "It is finished" (Jn. 19:30). It was at the cross that Jesus "spoiled principalities and powers" (Col. 2:15). When Paul says that Christ "made a shew of them openly" (Col. 2:15), he uses the Greek verb deigmatizo which means to expose to public infamy and shame. The allusion is to the custom of conquerors making a public demonstration of conquered enemies. Satan and his human agents publicly shamed Christ by crucifying Him, but the cross turned out to be their public defeat and shame. The final expression of Satan’s doom will be his thousand-year confinement to the abyss (Rev. 20:1-6), followed by his defeat at the battle of Gog and Magog, after which he will be cast into the lake of fire which was "prepared for the devil and his angels" (vv. 7-10; Mt. 25:41).

In Mark 13:24-26 we read, "But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory." The words "powers that are in heaven" refer to the satanic hosts that now rule the air (Eph. 2:1-3; 6:12). They are now above us, but will not be at the coming of Christ, for they will be cast down to earth three and a half years before then (Rev. 12:7-12). Isaiah spoke of them being defeated at the end of this age (Isa. 24:21-22; 34:4). Both Isaiah and Jesus made predictions of them while they were powers in the heavenlies. At Christ’s coming they will not only be completely defeated, but will be cast into prison for one thousand years (Isa. 24:21-22; Rev. 20:1-10).

The word "host" means a mass of persons, an army, a great company, and is so used about 466 times of men and angels. The planets and the hosts of heaven are distinguished in 2 Kings 23:4-5. The hosts of heaven are intelligent beings that have been worshipped by men in past ages (2 Ki. 17:16; 21:3, 5; 2 Chr. 33:3-5; Jer. 8:2; 19:13; Zeph. 1:5; Acts 7:42). That they could not refer to the material heavens is clear from Hebrews 12:26 where God says He will shake heaven only once more. This will be when the heavens and earth are renovated by fire, one thousand years after "the host" and "powers of heaven are shaken" as in the above prophecies (2 Pet. 3:5-13).

The purpose of the thousand-year reign of Christ after the second advent will be to suppress all rebellion (1 Cor. 15:24-28). The final defeat of Satan and his hosts at the end of that period (the Millennium) must be accomplished before the earth is entirely rid of rebels. They must be confined to the lake of fire forever before rebellion is eternally overcome. The earth will be purified by fire and made perfect the third time. The kingdom of God will then be universal, as it was before rebellion was started by Satan and Adam in their respective kingdoms.

Thus we have numerous scriptures predicting with certainty the eternal doom of Satan and all his followers. Every child of God should thus be encouraged to resist the devil "stedfast in the faith" (1 Pet. 5:9), knowing that Christ will be victorious in the end.

—Heavenly Hosts
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