Was Satan kicked out of heaven? Is he going around on earth today? Is Satan up in heaven like the book of Revelation talks about? Thank you.
Revelation 12:7-9 describes a war in Heaven that took place after the dragon was unable to kill the male child born to rule with a rod of iron. That male child was Jesus, who escaped the slaughter of the innocents following His birth and the visit of the wise men (see Matthew 2:13-18).
And there was war 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 astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.
This means that conditions on the earth are not the same as before Jesus came and died for our sins to destroy the works of Satan. Verse 12 of Revelation 12 continues,
Therefore, rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.
This is why 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.“ Cast out of heaven, the devil is “bound” to this earth now, where he wages war against those who obey God and hold to the testimony of Jesus (Revelation 12:17).
That, however, is not the whole story. Revelation 12:10-11 says:
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 Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.
They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death….
Note that our brothers – that is Christians – overcome the devil “by the blood” of Christ and by “the word of their testimony.” Their spirits bear witness with the Holy Spirit that they are children of God” (Romans 8:16). As children of God, they have the Holy Spirit living within them as a gift from God (Galatians 4:6). These who overcame also had no fear of death because they loved God more than they loved their own lives!
James 4:7-8 promises us,
Submit yourselves, then to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.
Though the devil is indeed a fearsome force on this earth, we have God’s assurance that if we resist him, he will flee. Because of the Holy Spirit in us giving us the power of our Lord, we need not fear the devil and his plots against us – though we do need to be sober and alert. Out attitude toward the devil should be respect, but not fear. Respect his craftiness, but do not live in fear because Jesus has bound him.
There is more assurance!
…. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13
We have God’s promise that He will not permit more temptation than we can bear. There have been many times in my life when I have prayed, “Lord, you must think more of my ability to bear than I do!” However, God was looking at my ability to bear in the power of the Holy Spirit, not in my strength alone.
In Christ, we can put the devil to flight. He is not able to accuse us before God as he did Job when he came from going to and fro in the earth to stand before God in heaven (see Job, chapters 1 & 2). Because of Jesus, his activity is limited to earth. He has been cast out of heaven, but even here on earth, we can resist him and overcome, though it may mean a struggle – even unto death.
The answer to your question is, “Yes.” The devil is going about the earth today because Michael and the other angels of God threw him out of heaven. He goes about as a roaring, hungry lion seeking to devour us. However, the devil is not the only power on earth. God has sent His Spirit to be with us to help us. Because of God’s help, we can overcome.
Let these words encourage you as you walk with Jesus each day.