Lucifer’s Insurrection: A Score Yet Unsettled
Revelation 12:9 makes a significant statement. A “being” is mentioned, as one who is responsible for “deceiving the whole world.” This is not a frivolous accusation when considering the confusion and damage he has caused over the centuries of human history. Clearly then, is there any doubt as to God’s justification and right to hold this “spirit being” named Satan, accountable for the “sins of mass destruction” he has caused?
Undeniably, the history of mankind is pathetic. Now I know, some of you may disagree, saying that’s unfair and rather harsh; and arguably, I suppose you could make the case there are a lot of good things humanity has developed, designed, and accomplished. However, so much of human history is tainted with destruction, bloodshed, suffering and injustice. And unfortunately, in that framing with all of the billions of human beings that have been sliced and diced, raped, robbed, and pillaged, enslaved, mistreated, tortured, and unfairly judged, there is a ring of truth to the perspective of mankind’s history being indeed pathetic! But sadly, most of humanity is completely ignorant and oblivious of this major contributing factor: a real living rebellious spirit world surrounding and interacting with the human realm, complicating the circumstances and exacerbating the conditions we find ourselves confronting. Keep in mind, Satan the devil is not called “the god of this world” for nothing! (2 Corinthians 4:3, 11:13-14). Satan’s authority, his activity, and influence upon the civilizations of mankind down through the ages are indisputable according to the scriptures of your Bible. So, who is this being named Satan? Where did he come from? Will he ever be held accountable for his culpability in so many horrific sins of mass destruction?
Some Fundamental Satanic History
If there is a God, how can He allow such wretched human conditions to exist?”
This is a good question considering the dilemma of reconciling our real-world-realities with a God of love—and therein lies the anomaly.
Logically then, there seems to be good reason to suspect something is missing in this glaring theological contradiction—and there is! In Isaiah 14 the prophet discloses some background on this missing dimension: a former “Covering Cherub” that went bad.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O
Lucifer, son of the morning!” (Isaiah 14:12)
We are told here his original name was Lucifer. It means Morning Star, Light bringer, or Day Star. This was his original name and function,
“ …the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: Thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; …thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity [lawlessness, rebellion] was found in thee.” (Ezekiel 28:14-15)
These two sections of scripture explain quite a bit of information about Lucifer in his original role, giving us an encapsulated summary of his origin and profile.
It’s plainly stated; he was at the very throne of God as one who had great beauty, wisdom, and authority. Originally, he was “perfect in his ways,” as far as God was concerned. But a time came when he lifted himself up, violently against God, attempting to exercise power and authority over God Himself.
“For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars [angels] 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.” (Isaiah 14:13-14, emphasis added)
This arrogant posture of prideful rebellion resulted in an awesome amount of destruction; the evidence is stunningly clear. We are surrounded by the pre-eminence of this devastation; just look around! Consider the reality of the current condition of the Universe. This was by no means, a small event. This was huge! It was a monolithic battle that was gargantuan in scope, of which caused a massive amount of overwhelming desolation and division within the physical and spirit realm of God’s dimension.
It also caused catastrophic conditions here on Earth, devastating the planet and all of what we consider to be the pre-historic world that existed prior to the creation of Adam and Eve. The materials of that pre-historic world were buried under prodigious amounts of water and earth, turning it into a thunderous raging and fierce turgid solution, which became a deep dark ball of water covering the complete surface of the Earth, while suspended in space, for who knows how many eons.
“And the earth was [or became] without form [Hebrew: Tohu; desolated, wasted] and void [Hebrew: Bohu; empty, ruined, chaotic]; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:2, emphasis added)
This was the condition and status of the earth when we pick up the story where God begins to “renew the face of the earth” (Psalms 104:30) for the purpose of reproducing Himself with mankind. The earth was simply an orb of H2O; water!
Clearly then, what we have described in Genesis chapter one, is the re-creation or remodeling of the Earth, after a global catastrophe occurred, but now is down scaled around God’s purpose for man’s destiny: reproducing living creatures in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27) with the potential of becoming literally, “born again” except, this time of spirit (John 3:6-9; 1 John 3:1- 2), into His family. This is the awesome potential of mankind, which Satan is committed to subvert and destroy!
Another consideration many don’t realize is, when this rebellious insurrection occurred, Satan took one-third of the whole host of heaven with him, dividing the angels against each other. This was a real event in universal history. There was chaos and war in heaven! This is an undeniable fact of biblical history concerning the universe.
“And his [Satan’s] tail drew the third part of the stars [angels] of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: …And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon [Satan]; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.” (Revelation 12:4-8)
Satan lost this battle. In addition, Jesus confirms this event when He mentions He was an eyewitness to Satan’s expulsion from heaven.
“And he [Jesus] said unto them [the disciples], I beheld [Greek-Theh-o-reh’-o: to be a spectator] Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” (Luke 10:18)
That’s right! Jesus asserts that He, first person, before His human birth, literally was a spectator and experienced the visual. He literally witnessed this spiritual battle and watched Satan become exiled to Earth.
However, this war and rebellion remains currently active, but presently contained to the proximity of this planet. It is a war in progress. Satan has not yet been formally charged with blame, judged, or punished for his culpability in the many sins of mass destruction committed upon mankind and originally directed at God Himself! God the Father has yet to settle this “issue” with this former “light bringer” who at one time was the apex of His creation.
Remember, Lucifer was perfect in all his ways from the day that he was created, until rebellion and avarice, vanity and pride was found in him (Ezekiel 28:15-17). Therefore, until he is blamed, judged accountable, and punished by being banished from the Earth, the score remains unsettled between these mighty spirit beings. These are the hard facts about an event that actually occurred many years ago in the spirit realm and was originally and personally directed and targeted at God; therefore, it really is important to God! And since it really did happen, it demands to be resolved by God, with Satan and those angels who followed him.
The Invisible War Presently Surrounding Us
This former covering cherub, who originally was part of a Triune relationship with Archangels, Michael and Gabriel, has since his rebellion been engaged relentlessly against God in an on-going effort to “divide and conqueror” everything God has planned. Satan and his minions have consistently been nothing but trouble while exiled here on Earth. From his original charming proposition to Eve (Genesis 3:1) to his final punitive fate described in Revelation 20:10, the Bible is filled with the fingerprints of his attempts to derail the plan of God. Satan has dedicated his life to thwarting God’s efforts.
Unequivocally, the Bible teaches that Satan the devil, formerly Lucifer, is God’s adversary (enemy, accuser, or slanderer). He is contradistinctive to everything God represents. His will is set in opposition to God and this deserves punitive judgment. Anything less, would be a dereliction of duty and unjust in the light of God’s law; and we know He is a God of justice and plainly states,
“…Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” (Romans 12:19)
So, justice will be served! God and His plan of salvation will be vindicated, regardless of Satan’s efforts to destroy it.
“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” (Jude 6, emphasis added)
Notice what Peter says,
“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell (Greek- Tartaroo: a place of restraint, currently the Earth) and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment” (2 Peter 2:4, emphasis added)
And notice what Paul says,
“Know ye not that we shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life?” (1 Corinthians 6:3)
This judgment is a real prophetic, literal, future event that God fully intends to execute upon these rebellious demons that tirelessly attempt to destroy everything He has tried to build and share. (For more information, request our free booklet: The Devil, You Say?)
Undeniably, like it or not, all of us are involved in this spiritual war. We are living in the midst of it. The damage incurred over the centuries to world governments, cultures, and ruined lives of individuals, is profoundly incomprehensible! Because of this destruction, animosity, and the incorrigible attitude Satan has, God is determined to resolve this vicious cycle of violence against humanity and Himself! God fully intends to hold Satan responsible and destroy his work. Notice what John said concerning another important reason Jesus Christ came to Earth,
“He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God [Jesus Christ] was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8, emphasis added)
Presently, it is also by and through Christ in us that human beings are able to resist this spirit of disobedience and minimize his influences in our lives (Ephesians 2:1-10). This is at the core of this war between good (God) and evil (Satan). Central to God’s plan is the reproduction of His character in those He has called through the empowerment of His Spirit. (Request our free booklet: How to Build Godly Character).
However, central to Satan’s agenda is the destruction of that process. This is why Paul insightfully presents the perspective he does when he said,
“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness [or wicked spirits] in high places.” (Ephesians 6:11-12)
With that said, understandably, Peter describes Satan as a lion stalking his prey, looking for weaknesses he can exploit to the destruction of the individual Christian (1 Peter 5:8-10). He is the accuser of the brethren (Job 1:6-12, 2:1-7; Revelation 12:10). Whether Satan is disputing over some issue, as he did concerning the body of Moses (Jude 9), or blocking God’s angels from answering the prayers of the saints, as he did to Daniel (Daniel 10:9-21), Satan and his minions are committed to wreaking havoc and chaos with God, His angels, and His called out ones: the church (Revelation 12:12-17). Satan is relentless in his efforts throughout the world and will not rest, because he knows his days are numbered, having a relatively short time to accomplish his goal of defeating and destroying everything God has set out to do.
It becomes plainly apparent that until Satan is completely taken out of the sphere of influence he now enjoys, the restitution of all things will not be possible (Acts 3:21). This demon has set his will against God, thereby becoming the anti-thesis of everything God represents. He is the ultimate contradistinction that signifies the quintessential opposition to God’s reproductive plan He initiated some 6000 years ago in the Garden of Eden. God has emphatically stated He will bring Satan down to the “pit” (Isaiah 14:15). And he will be punitively banished from the Earth, consigned to eternal torment, “day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10). But it will happen at a designated time, yet out ahead as prophesied to occur and metaphorically illustrated in the Day of Atonement.
The Resolution Of The Issue: Revealed In The Day Of Atonement
This event of punitive banishment is captured in the symbolism of the Day of Atonement. Admittedly, the judgment of Satan and his minions is yet to occur. They are presently reserved unto judgment. Clearly, this indicates they have not yet been judged or punished, but rather remain chained to that destiny because of their unrepentant attitude towards God and His Reproductive Plan of Salvation. Unfortunately, for this rebellious group of fallen angels, their future is not good, as is revealed in the metaphor of events contained in the symbols of the Day of Atonement.
Those of us familiar with the events described in Leviticus 16 understand the Azazel goat, (which by lot was made distinct and separated from the one that represents the Lord), ultimately, receives the blame and is held accountable for sin. Recall, “…the devil sinneth from the beginning…” (1 John 3:8). It is plainly described that one of the final acts that serve to conclude the ritual of Atonement is the High Priest (representing Jesus Christ at this juncture) by the laying on of hands, transfers the sins to this Azazel goat (representing Satan, his minions and all their evil), banishing it to the wilderness as a punishment.
[NOTE: This “act of transfer” for the purpose of blame is conducted after the reconciliation portion of the ritual has been completed (Leviticus 16: 20). Plainly illustrating, this final action has nothing to do with the reconciliation associated with the goat representing the Lord, but rather everything to do with the Azazel (Satan) and its separate, distinct banishment (judgment/punishment) to the desert wilderness.]
This now clears the way for making possible the total restitution of all things. And then ultimately, true to the reality described in Revelation 20:10 and as was previewed at the beginning of the millennium (Revelation 20:2-3), this unrepentant, rebellious, ill natured, and mean spirited fallen cherub and his minions, will finally be expunged, banished, and separated from the presence of God and His Kingdom for all eternity (Jude 13; Revelation 20:10). Clearly, this prophetic event connects up nicely with the picture captured in the Atonement ritual (Leviticus 16) and provides the answer as to how the transition of power is finally taken from Satan, the “god of this world,” and given to the King of kings and Lord of lords: Jesus the Christ!
We must remember, Satan’s current role as the “god of this world” is no small matter and is confirmed in the scriptures. His evil actions and original insurrection demand, by God’s own admission, vengeance, judgment and punishment! Assuredly, Satan will be removed and replaced by Jesus Christ and the Saints who will reinstitute the government of God (Daniel 7).
However, we cannot ignore the reality of this score yet unsettled between these mighty spirit beings. It’s very real to God and was originally a serious betrayal and breach of His laws that qualify as sin (1 John 4:3) and consequently, requires punishment. All that Satan has done portrays an enormous, ongoing, never-ending evil role over the history of man’s existence, which only goes to substantiate the necessity to hold him accountable for his rebellion, and ultimate punishment for his original sin and those he exacerbated throughout mankind’s history.
Admittedly, we want to be careful about obfuscating our responsibility for the sins in our own lives. It’s been said, we can be our own worst enemy and if the truth were known, many times if not most, Satan had nothing to do with our own individual sin! Rather, it was simply our own fault, by failing to exercise the character to control our “fleshy appetites.” Clearly, that illustrates why we need a Saviour who is able to forgive and cover sins we are responsible for committing.
However, by contrast, this still doesn’t dismiss the fact that Satan does have ways of aggravating the circumstances and conditions we contend with in our lives; nor does it mitigate, marginalize, or eliminate his direct involvement in so many “sins of mass destruction” over mankind’s history. Until the potential and possibility of Satan’s real influence is completely eliminated by “pitching, or purging” him from the activity of God, the restitution of all things cannot be fully achieved, or really appreciated.
However, thankfully, by accepting the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ and His intercessory ministry for the forgiveness and covering of our sins, as portrayed in the Passover—in combination with the future banishment of Satan and his minions, as portrayed in the Day of Atonement—only then, can we be assured this issue will be settled and God will be vindicated. This will result in the restitution of “all things” and God’s plan will be accomplished with the successful birth of the Sons of God who will co-inherit “all things” with Christ (Romans 8:14-23; Hebrews 2:6-13). When that is accomplished, a New Heaven and New Earth will be established where there won’t be any more pain, suffering or death to deal with and Satan will be banished forever!
All things will be new!
All things will be spiritual—literally!
All things will be eternal and we will be immortal, living with our Father, and tabernacling with Him and Jesus Christ, our Lord, for all eternity in a Kingdom without end! (Revelation 21:1-7; Revelation 22:1-7; Isaiah 9:6-7).