“Is Satan Alive and Well on Planet Earth? – Part 1”

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Beginning this week and continuing for the next two (D.V.), we will be examining whether or not, the commonly held view among evangelicals, that “Satan is alive and well on planet earth,” is Scripturally valid. But first, I must forewarn you, that I do not believe that it is, and will seek to demonstrate it by showing you that Satan is presently: (1) a cast-down foe, (2) a crushed-serpent, and (3) a shackled-dragon. 

Let us begin, then, by seeing that he is certainly alive on planet earth, but he is not doing very well! In fact, Satan is presently a “cast-down foe.” In Revelation 12:7-8, we read of a war in heaven between Michael (the archangel) and his angels with the dragon. However, the dragon and his angels were not strong enough, and thus, there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. Further, in Revelation 12:9, we learn that, “...the great dragon was thrown down ... he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him ... for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down ...” Now, this conflict (in its “final” sense) occurred at the same time as the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We see this in John 12:31, “Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out” (which was exactly what the demons feared would happen [Mark 1:23-25; 3:11; Matt 8:14-17,29]). For they knew that this time had been prophesied by Zechariah (13:1-2). In addition, Revelation 12:10 tells us that, “...Now the salvation, and the power, and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ has come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.” This event is seen elsewhere in the New Testament where we find confirmation that a victory of this sort over Satan was accomplished by Christ on the cross (cf. Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 2:14). And, practically-speaking, Revelation 12:9-10 tell us that Satan is no longer to be seen as the “present” accuser of believers (Romans 8:1,33-34), even though he may attempt to do so! For Christ’s death ended his accusative career, which was his principle role under the Old Covenant (Job 1:6-2:7; Zechariah 3:1). Finally, Revelation 12:10 also helps us to see that in Satan being cast-down, the Kingdom of God has come (Matthew 12:28-29). Remembering this truth, and adopting its necessary perspective, will help us to understand the present weakness of Satan, and then move us to, “Submit [ourselves] therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7); because, “… he who is in you [the Holy Spirit] is greater than he who is in the world [Satan]” (1 John 4:4). May praying through and meditating upon this Biblical fact, give you joy-filled worship tomorrow morning! Next week, we will see that Satan is also, at present, a crushed-serpent.

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