Prophecy 81 – Evil Spirits – Satan – Angels, Fallen; Revelation 9:11-21
We have been looking at Satan, his fallen angels [demons], and how they came about. Today we will begin with some things that he brought about after receiving God’s sentence.
In addition to ruling the world of unsaved earth dwellers (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11) and opposing God and His people (I Peter 5:8), the primary activity of Satan seems to be to stop God’s judicial sentence against him.
His utter defeat by the woman’s Seed, or Jesus, the Conqueror – Savior (Genesis 3:15 KJV, the word “bruise” means “crush”). His efforts to defeat God and stop God from carrying out what He has prophesied concerning Satan’s destruction can be traced throughout Scripture (the following was adapted from the several Christian Theology books.
We want to see 16 things that can help us in understanding Satan’s attempts to stop God.
- Satan attempted in several ways to destroy the human line of descent from which his Conqueror would be born. But God stopped Satan each time.
- Cain was led by the Devil to slay Abel (Gen 4:8).
- But Eve bore Seth (v. 25).
- The Devil brought destruction to the human race by unprecedented corruption (Genesis 6:1-13). We can see this today in idol worship, perverted or sexual misconduct, drunkenness and rebellion of people against God’s Word.
- God stopped Satan by preserving Noah and his family (6:8- 8:19).
- Satan influenced the post-flood world that turned to idolatry (Romans 1:21-25). But God scattered the people at the Tower of Babel.
- God appeared unto Abram in Ur, saved him, and led him to sojourn in Canaan (Acts 7:2-4).
- God promised Abram that he would be the father of the messianic line into which Jesus would be born (Genesis 5:5-6; Galatians 3:16).
- The adversary had the Israelites enslaved in Egypt and their male infants slain (Exodus 1:7-22).
- God stopped Satan as he raised up Moses to deliver them from their house of bondage (Exodus 3:9-10).
- Satan led Israel into idolatry and other gross sins, which finally brought Judah and David’s house into Babylonian captivity (2 Kings 24-25; Isaiah 1:1-9).
- God used the Persian conqueror of Babylon, King Cyrus, to allow Jews to return to Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 36:22-23).
- Satan had induced Judah’s king Jehoiakim to burn God’s Word, and by this to incur the divine judgment that blocked any of his posterity from ruling on David’s throne (Jeremiah 36:30; also 22:30).
- God circumvented this curse by Jesus’ virgin conception and by Mary’s marriage to Joseph, heir to David’s throne (Matthew 1:20,16).
- Later the Devil unsuccessfully plotted against Jesus’ life (Matthew 2:1-16). King Herod tried to kill Jesus as a baby and God sent Joseph and Mary with Jesus to Egypt before Herod could succeed.
- Satan’s temptations also sought to divert Jesus from the work that He came to earth to do (Matthew 4:1-10; Luke 4:18-29). Satan’s success to tempt Jesus to sin was stopped by Jesus using God’s Word’s. Today, we can stop Satan from having success in our lives by using God’s Word (Psalm 119:11-16).
Satan’s work against Christ in the present:
FACT: Satan is doing all he can, within the limits of God’s permissive decree, to oppose saved people and to hinder the Lord’s work of building His church (Ephesians 6:10-12). No doubt it causes Satan to react when he sees his former subjects serving the Lord Jesus Christ and bearing witness to the gospel and its truth. Men will hate you, and cast out your name as evil (Luke 6:20-26).
FACT: Satan will attempt to do all he can do to render their lives and testimonies ineffective. Satan walks around looking for whom he can destroy. (I Peter 5:8-9).
FACT: It is a fact that the Lord Jesus is faithfully protecting His people from the evil one (Psalm 23; John 10:27-30).
“But the Lord is FAITHFUL, who shall stablish you, and KEEP YOU FROM EVIL” (2 Thessalonians 3:3).
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God IS FAITHFUL, WHO WILL NOT SUFFER YOU TO BE TEMPTED ABOVE that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it“ (I Corinthians 10:13).
Satan has also persecuted the Jews throughout the present age. During Adolf Hitler’s control of Germany (1933-45), SIX MILLION European Jews were systematically slaughtered.
Satan also opposed the formation of the state of Israel in 1948 and afterward incited her Muslim foes to make several attempts to overrun the nation. Satan is now opposing Israel’s efforts to establish peace with her Muslim neighbors, but this accord will succeed (Daniel 9:27; Ezekiel 38:8, 11, 14).
Having explored the past and present a little, we will now look at Satan’s work in the Future:
As we have been seeing in our study of Revelation, Satan is going to be very busy in the future as he realizes just how close his end is.
- In the middle of the coming Tribulation Age, Satan and his angels will be confined to earth (Revelation 12:7-10; Isaiah 14:12-17).
- Realizing that his time is short, the Devil will attempt to destroy Israel (Revelation 12:13-17; Jeremiah 30:6-7), for he knows that the Lord Jesus will not return until the elect remnant of Israel repents and turns to the Savior (Deuteronomy 30:2-3).
- Satan will attempt to destroy Israel through his human agent (the Antichrist), “the Beast out of the sea,” by whom he will rule the earth and will persecute God’s people (Revelation 13:1-8; Daniel 7:21-25).
But Satan will not succeed in this endeavor.
NOTE 7 THINGS:
- As Satan attacks, God will preserve His elect people (Revelation 12:14-16).
- God will bring them to repentance (Hosea 3:4-5; 5:14- 6:3).
- The Lord will return to earth in power and great glory (Matthew 24:29-30; Revelation 19:11-16).
- The Devil’s human confederates will be destroyed in the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 19:11-21).
- Satan and his evil angels will be cast into the Abyss for a thousand years (Revelation 20:1-3).
- At the close of the Lord’s millennial rule over the earth, the Devil will be released from the Abyss to lead a final revolt of unsaved earth dwellers against King Jesus at Jerusalem (Revelation 20:7-9).
- The Human rebels will be killed by divine fire and Satan will be cast into the lake of fire (v. 10), where he and his allies will remain forever (Matthew 25:41, 46).
NECESSARY DEFEAT OF SATAN BY JESUS
With His incarnation:
- The Lord Jesus came to earth as the Last Adam (I Corinthians 15:45).
- He came with the title to everything, including this world (John 3:35; 13:3; Hebrews 1:2; Psalm 2:6-7).
- However, He could not claim His inheritance until He had defeated Satan in the arena where the first Adam had lost his authority to the Devil.
- Also, before He could evict the usurper (Satan), the Lord Jesus had to bring the adversary to justice (John 16:11) by confirming the justice of the divine sentence against him.
- He also had to defeat the adversary’s personal attacks against Him and break his power of death by His own death and resurrection.
- Needless to say, the Devil did everything he could to destroy Jesus.
SATAN’S DEFEAT AT JESUS’ FIRST COMING:
NOTE 7 THINGS:
- At His first coming, the Lord Jesus broke Satan’s lethal power. By His obedience to the Father, Jesus defeated Satan during His pre-ministry years in Nazareth (Matthew 3:17).
- At the beginning of His work, the Lord Jesus was victorious over Satan’ temptations to abandon His mission (Matthew 4:1-10).
- He also defeated Satan throughout His public ministry when the adversary approached Him through His enemies who sought His life (John 7:30, 44; 8:40-44, 59; 10:31, 39; Matthew 22) and through the sentimental urges of His friends to avoid the cross (Matthew 16:22-23).
- When Satan tried to kill Jesus in Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-39), the Lord declared his commitment to the Father’s will and was divinely preserved (Luke 22:42-43).
- The Lord was victorious over the adversary in His trials and at the cross. Committing Himself to the Father and His will (Matthew 26:42-44; I Peter 2:23), the Lord Jesus submitted Himself to the abuses of His enemies (John 18:4-11; Matthew 26:51-68; 27:26-32).
- He did not respond sinfully nor respond with hostile acts and retaliatory threats (Matthew 26:63-64; I Peter 2:22-23).
- He also gave Himself to crucifixion (Luke 23:33-34), the most humiliating of all executions.
These anguishing experiences revealed the hatred of Satan and of unsaved people against God and the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:17-20). What Satan and the world did to Jesus was self-incriminating. It confirmed the justice of their divine condemnation (John 12:31; 16:11).
The Lord Jesus decisively defeated Satan by breaking his lethal power. Uniquely laying down His life in death (John 10:18), Jesus invaded the Devil’s domain, yielded to death’s power, and snapped the bond of death and Satan by His resurrection (Colossians 2:14-15).
Death could NOT hold Jesus, for it had no claim to Him (Acts 2:22-24) because of His sinlessness (Romans 6:23; I Peter 2:22; I John 3:5). Today the risen Lord Jesus has authority over death and Hades, the place where dead unsaved people and imprisoned evil angels are detained (Revelation 1:18), as well as over all angels, both holy and evil (Ephesians 1:20-21; I Peter 3:22).
SATAN’S DEFEAT AT JESUS’ SECOND COMING:
At His second coming, the Lord Jesus will break Satan’s earthly political power. Why? Because of His previous victories over Satan and His subsequent exaltation, together with the repentance of the elect remnant of Israel at the close of the Tribulation Age (Deuteronomy 30:2-3).
The Lord Jesus will triumphantly return to earth as King of kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:11-16). He will deal with His human enemies in the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 19:17-21) and will confine Satan and his demons to Hades (20:1-3). The Lord will then establish a new political world order based on the inheritance and mandate that He will receive from the Father (Psalm 2:8-9, John 3:35).
The Lord’s worldwide reign will continue for one thousand years (Revelation 20:1-7; Psalm 2:7-9; 72:8-11; Matthew 11:27; 28:18). As the Father’s anointed slave and the Last Adam, He will do what the first Adam failed to do — subdue and rule earth for God’s glory (Hebrews 2:5-9).
As we have seen, the millennial kingdom will close with Satan’s release from Hades and his leading earth dwellers in a final revolt against King Jesus (Revelation 20:2-9). These rebels will be consumed, and Satan will be crushed and cast into the lake of fire where he will remain forever (v. 10; Matthew 25:41).
Through the Lord Jesus, the chosen Anointed One (Isaiah (42:1-4), God the Father will have gloriously triumphed, not only in putting away the enemy forever but also in accomplishing the divine purpose for the Devil’s existence and his wicked deeds (Romans 9:22; Revelation 11:15-18).
We who are saved can look forward to this triumphant event (Romans 16:20). God will also accomplish His purpose, too, for man’s rule over the earth in the administration of the Lord Jesus — the Last Adam, the Second Man (I Corinthians 15:45,47).
SATAN’S DEFEAT IN THE LIVES OF SAVED PEOPLE
Although he has been defeated by the Lord Jesus in every contest thus far, the Devil is still very active in his warfare against his former earthly subjects, the Lord’s people.
However, we who are saved can have occasions of victory over this adversary. We are to prepare for the conflict and take those steps that lead us to victory (Ephesians 6:10-18). Let us be clear, there are occasions of victory; however, if we fail to do our part, we shall be temporarily defeated by the adversary. God can only give us victory in our skirmishes with the Devil as we look to Him to help us (James 4:7-8). Happily, these defeats do not determine the outcome of the campaign; however, they do sully our testimony and hinder our spiritual progress.
One day, when the Lord completes the Church, the Lord will remove His people from the scene of this spiritual warfare (Galatians 1:4; I Thessalonians 4:13-18). To experience victory over this enemy, we must prepare for his attacks and take those steps that lead to victory over this enemy. Also, we must ALWAYS be on the alert for his next strike.
In our next study we will follow the Lords will and prepare before Satan attacks. You will not want to miss this next study on how to be victorious.
Please read through this study and find just one principle that you can use in your daily walk through life.