|Hebrews 2:14 – “…Jesus did this so that, by dying, He could destroy the one who has the power of death – the devil. Jesus became like these people and died so that He could free them. They were like slaves all their lives because of their fear of death.”|
Satan was the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. He was anointed a guardian cherub. He was on the holy mountain of God and walked among jewels that sparkled like fire. Every precious stone was his covering; sardius, topaz, diamond, beryl, onyx, jasper, sapphire, emerald and carbuncle, all crafted and set in gold. His heart was proud because of his beauty. He was blameless until he corrupted his wisdom for the sake of his splendor.
He was puffed up with pride and as a result, God cast him to the ground! Jesus said “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” Revelation tells of this great fall. War broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail. Satan, who deceives the whole world, was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
He came down to earth having great wrath. The dragon is enraged, because he knows that he has a short time (might seem long to us, but putting things in perspective, it’s short) and he went to make war with those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Our enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
Never fear! Satan is ultimately cast into the bottomless pit for a thousand years. Wow, the one who causes so many to fall, takes the greatest fall of all! After that, he is let out of the pit for a short time and ultimately is cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. They will be tormented day and night forever and ever. That beautiful creature, turned into something ugly and frightful when he turned away from God.
(References to this interesting study on Satan are from the Bible Scriptures: Ezekiel 28; I Timothy 3:6; Luke 10:18; Revelation 12; I Peter 5:8; Revelation 20:3.)
– Vicki Rance