Satan has not yet been cast out of heaven
But it could happen any day.
By Craig C. White
The Devil was once an attractive angel named Lucifer. It is evident that the Devil has fallen from his former more glorious estate. The name Lucifer means “morning star”. The name Satan means “adversary”. But Satan has not yet been cast out of heaven for good.
Ezekiel 28:14-17 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. 16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
In the previous verses God says that He will cast Satan out of heaven and also that He will cast him to the ground. After God throws Satan to the earth, Satan will be further humiliated so that earthly kings will look at his demise. This has not happened yet but it will happen when Jesus Christ returns at the end of the Tribulation period (Rev 20:2). By the way, the prophecy of Ezekiel 28 was written around 580 BC, so Satan had not yet been cast out of heaven at that point.
Satan still has access to God’s throne in order to accuse believers. In the book of Job Satan is seen traveling between heaven and earth. The book of Job is thought to be one of the oldest writings of the Old Testament.
Job 1:7-11 And 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. 8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? 9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
Satan is again seen accusing believers in Revelation 12:10. In Revelation Satan is cast out of Heaven. This event ushers in the kingdom of God.
Rev 12:9-10 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
Satan is cast out for good sometime before the Tribulation period begins. In 2Thessalonians chapter 2 the Apostle Paul tells us that two events must happen before the Tribulation can begin. They are the casting out of heaven of Satan and the revealing of the Antichrist with Satanically enabled false signs and wonders.
2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.
2Th 2:9-10 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
Yes “a falling away” is the casting out of heaven of Satan. In 2Thessalonians Paul isn’t giving us new details about the end time. In other words, he isn’t telling us that the Holy Spirit will be removed from earth or that the Church will fall away from faith. Instead Paul is referencing Old Testament prophecy. In 2Thessalonians 2:15 Paul tells Church age believers to rely on the Old Testament and also on Paul’s letters in order to determine which events precede the period of God’s wrath on earth known as the Tribulation..
2Th 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
Satan will be cast out of heaven to the earth. He will then empower the Antichrist to perform false miracles. Turkish President Erdogan is identifiable as the end time invader of Israel. In Ezekiel 38:1-3 he is called the “chief prince” of Turkey. So Erdogan is the Antichrist! He has already been proclaimed as the divine Mahdi of Islam using false miracles. After Satan falls we can expect to see satanic signs following. It is High Time to Awake!