God Casts the Devil Out of Heaven
Dr. Joe Temple

Review

We continue our discussion of our arch enemy, the Devil himself. We have suggested to you the need for prayer as we continue this series of messages for the next several weeks. It has been our experience in times past that when we have been bringing messages that are informative about the Devil, he does not like it. He does do everything he can to interfere with our proclamation of the Word of God, and especially with the truth that is related to him, because, remember, he is the liar of liars, the father of all lies.

He doesn't want you to know the truth about himself. He wants to deceive you in every way that he possibly can, to keep you from knowing exactly what he is, where he is, and what he is doing at the present time. That is the reason he is delighted with the Hollywood version of the Devil. He would like for you to think that he is some awful, terrible creature that you need to be afraid of because of his very looks. He is not that at all. He can take on any form that he wants to. He can deceive you in any way that he wants to deceive you. He can blind you to what he really is.

Open your Bibles, please, to chapter 14 of the book of Isaiah. Before we read it, we would like to remind you that in our last lesson, we looked at chapter 28 of the book of Ezekiel, in which the Devil is presented to us in what we refer to as his pre-historic existence. We discovered that the Devil was created as a cherub. You are familiar with the word cherubim , which is the plural of the word cherub . He was created as the anointed cherub.

We learned in our last lesson that he had several very important positions. One of his positions was the direction of the heavenly choir, and in order to direct that choir adequately, he had a built-in musical system. He was the prime minister, so-to-speak, of the government of Heaven. He was God's chief envoy.

We learned that he had one specific realm of operation. The earth was committed to the care of the Devil while he was yet the anointed cherub. It was his business to oversee the pre-Adamic earth. Then we learned from looking at Ezekiel 28 that the Devil in such an exalted position was removed from his high office because iniquity was found in him. God took him out of his place of responsibility.

As we look at chapter 14 of the book of Isaiah, we are going to see what the iniquity of the Devil was, what happened to him, and the tremendous results of that thing that occurred. We are not going to read all of the 14th chapter. We are going to begin our reading with the 12th verse. The first part of chapter 14 declares the deliverance of the nation of Israel, and the restoration of the nation of Israel to their land from the hand of their old enemy, Babylon. Because the king of Babylon was inspired by the Devil, God speaks to the king of Babylon. And then, without telling us what He is doing, He speaks to the individual behind the king of Babylon—the Devil himself.

Keep in mind that when we looked together at chapter 28 of the book of Ezekiel, we read exactly the same thing. He was talking to the king of Tyre, and then He ceased to talk to the king of Tyre. He began to speak to the one who was inspiring the king of Tyre—namely, the Devil himself.

We suggested to you that such a procedure is not an unusual thing at all. The Lord Jesus Christ did that while he was here on the earth. We gave you the illustration of the very foolish statement that Peter made when the Lord Jesus Christ said that He was going to Jerusalem to be crucified, and Peter said, “Lord, I won't let you go.” The Lord Jesus Christ said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan, for these things are not of God; they are of men.” So God recognizes the inspirer of all evil to be the Devil.

In verse 12 of Isaiah 14, God ceases to speak to the king of Babylon and speaks to the individual about whom we speak—the Devil himself. Will you look at verse 12:

Isaiah 14:

12How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
15Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
16They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
17That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
18All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.
19But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.
20Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.
21Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.
22For I will rise up against them, saith the Lord of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the Lord.
23I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the Besom of destruction, saith the Lord of hosts.

At the beginning of our discussion, I said rather affirmatively that this passage of Scripture deals with the Devil. Now, you would have a right to question that. There is no reason you should accept it merely because I say so. I want to give you two brief reasons that we know that this passage of Scripture is dealing with the Devil.

Extra Scriptural Opinion

One of them is a very ordinary, practical reason, something that is outside of the Word of God itself. That is that this passage of Scripture has been considered by all students of the Bible to refer to the Devil. You notice that I made a rather broad statement: all students of the Bible. For example, Jewish scholars who have no respect for Jesus Christ, who are not interested in seeing Him as their Messiah and who have no interest in the New Testament at all, give forth the consensus that the subject of this passage of Scripture is the Devil. So this is not some fantastic idea that a few Christians have. This is the accepted opinion of learned Rabbis of the Jewish faith. And of course, Bible scholars who are under the influence of the Holy Spirit of God and have learned to “rightly divide the word of truth,” believe that this is a reference to the Devil.

It is an amazing thing to read commentaries of even liberal theological people—people who do not believe in the fundamentals of the faith and people who do not believe in the inspiration of the Bible. Even they are prone not to dismiss this passage of Scripture without some reference that this is an unusual passage of Scripture, and they say (even the liberals) that certainly it is not talking about the king of Babylon. It is talking about some unusual individual. Some of them who look with real charity on fundamentalists add a footnote that some fundamentalists believe that it might be speaking of the Devil.

Scriptural References

Perhaps more important than these outside reasons is that this passage of Scripture is referred to either by direct statement or inference elsewhere in the Word of God. Will you look at the word Lucifer . The word Lucifer means “day star.” We learned when we were looking at the 28th chapter of the book of Ezekiel that that is another title for the Devil—Day Star . You will notice in the 12th verse of Isaiah 14:

Isaiah 14:

12How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer [Day Star], son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

Will you turn in your Bibles to the 10th chapter of the gospel of Luke. We would like to give you the basic informative points so you may have the reason behind our statement. In the 10th chapter of the gospel according to Luke, the 17th verse, we read:

Luke 10:

17And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils [the demons would be a more correct rendering]are subject unto us through thy name.
18And he said unto them, I beheld [notice]Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
19Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
20Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Here the seventy disciples had been sent out by the Lord Jesus Christ on a ministry of preaching and healing. They came back full of their success and proud of what they had accomplished. They began to boast about what had happened. The Lord Jesus Christ was immediately reminded of an event that had occurred in the pre-historic past—an event that had occurred in pre-Adamic times. For remember that the Lord Jesus Christ lived even before He came to this earth. He said, “I remember a long time ago how an individual was filled with the same thing that you are filled with. He was filled with pride just as you are filled with pride. And I saw Satan cast out of Heaven, coming to the earth so rapidly that it was like a streak of lightning.” And then He said, “Don't rejoice because you have power. Rejoice, rather, that your names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.”

Satan Cast Down to Earth

The Lord Jesus Christ Himself ought to know what He is talking about because He was there when it happened: when Satan was cast down to the ground, according to the 12th verse of Isaiah, chapter 14—literally, “cast down to the earth.” Now, why was Satan cast down to the earth? Go back to Isaiah 14 and notice the 13th verse:

Isaiah 14:

13For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Go back to the beginning of the 13th verse and notice that he said, “I will ascend into heaven.” We learned in the 28th chapter of the book of Ezekiel that God at one time had given the Devil the place of the anointed cherub at the throne of God. Then God gave to the Devil the rule, the reign, the jurisdiction of the earth after it was created. He let him live in a palace in the pre-Adamic Garden of Eden.

So the Devil was down here, and I am going to use the term on this earth so we will not have to go into a lot of detail remembering that the earth as we know it now was not the way the earth was created. The Devil was given the jurisdiction of this earth and was placed on this earth for that purpose.

Satan Has Access to Heaven

But he was not satisfied. He was not satisfied to be God's governor of the earth. On the earth he became dissatisfied, and he said, “I will ascend into Heaven.” Now, why did he want to ascend to Heaven? Is there any reason he could not go back to Heaven any time that He wanted to? No. He could go back to Heaven any time that he wanted to. He can even do that today. No, the Devil is not shut up in Hell. The Devil has free access to Heaven today. He has been up there today accusing some of us folk right down here. That is his business. I would not be at all surprised if he has been up there today accusing me of faithlessness because he knew that I was going to teach about him. It is his business to go up there in the presence of God and accuse, and say, “God, look at Joe Temple down there—the old liar, the old hypocrite.” That is why the Lord Jesus Christ stands to His feet and says, “Wait a minute! I died for Joe Temple. My blood covers him. You can't talk about him that way.” The Devil is our accuser, and the Lord Jesus Christ is our advocate at the throne of God. So the Devil can come and go to Heaven as he likes. If you want a Scripture for that, read the first chapter of the book of Job when you have time.

Desired to Be Like God

The Devil did not want to ascend into Heaven because he was shut out of Heaven. He wanted to ascend into Heaven for a special purpose. What was it? Well, as he goes on in detail, he mentions four other things he was determined to do. He said, “I will exalt my throne above the stars of God.” His throne was on the earth in the pre-historic Garden of Eden, but he was not satisfied with that. He said, “I am going to put my throne above the stars of God.” We learned in the passage in Ezekiel 28, as well as in this one in Isaiah 12, that the stars of God here are not a reference to the stars as we see them in the sky, but are a reference to the angels of Heaven. “I am going to put my throne way up there above the angels of Heaven. I am not going to be little. I am going to be big.”

Notice the third thing that he said: “I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation in the sides of the north—I will sit enthroned also upon the mount of the congregation in the sides of the north.” What in the world is he talking about “in the sides of the north?” The Panhandle of Texas, or Alaska, or what? Well, let's turn in our Bibles to the book of Job, and you will notice that Job was right pleased with himself and all that he had been able to do in his own righteousness. The men who had come to sit with Job, and to reason with Job about his relationship to God, needed taking down a notch or two, so we read in the 26th chapter of the book of Job:

Job 26:

1But Job answered and said,
2How hast thou helped him that is without power? how savest thou the arm that hath no strength?
3How hast thou counselled him that hath no wisdom? and how hast thou plentifully declared the thing as it is?
4To whom hast thou uttered words? and whose spirit came from thee?
5Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.
6Hell is naked before him, [that is, before God] and destruction hath no covering.

Look at the 7th verse:

Job 26:

7He [God] stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.

It is an interesting thing to know that with all the tremendous discoveries that have been made about space and the heavenly bodies, constellations, stars, etc., no astronomer has ever been able to locate anything in what is called the empty space of the north. They can train the most powerful heavenly instruments on the sky in the north, and there is nothing but an empty space. The reason for it is that God's throne is in the sides of the north. Going back to Isaiah 14, when the Devil said, “I will also sit up on the mount of the congregation in the sides of the north,” he was saying, “I am going to say, 'God, move over. I want to sit on Your throne. I am not content just to be down here on this earth. I want to sit upon the throne upon which You sit'.”

And then you will notice in the 14th verse, he said, “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most high.” When he said that, that was the straw that broke the camel's back, so-to-speak. That was the last thing that God would permit him to say in blasphemy, and as we read in the 12th verse, he was cast down to the ground. God cast him out of Heaven saying, “Never again will you have the authority and the place that you had. You are through!” And He cast him as a bolt of lightning down to the earth.

Devastation of the Earth

What happened when the Devil was cast down to the earth? Will you turn with me to the book of Genesis, the first chapter, and will you notice the first verse:

Genesis 1:

1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

If you read this passage of Scripture without thinking it through clearly, you will be of the same opinion that a great many people are—that God created the earth some shapeless mass without any form. That He created it some empty void that was absolutely worthless. But God did not create the earth that way. Look again at the first verse of the book of Genesis:

Genesis 1:

1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2And the earth [became] without form, and void;…

God did not create it that way. It became that way. Something happened to knock the earth out of shape. Something happened to change the form and the outline of God's created earth. You may be saying, “Well, now, how do you know? How do you know that God created the earth perfect? How do you know that something happened to it? What right do you have to say that the earth became ?

The reason that we can say that the earth became is because that is the literal meaning of the word was . The reason that we can say that God created the earth perfect is because we have a Scriptural reason for saying so. Turn in your Bibles, please, to the book of Isaiah, chapter 45, verse 18:

Isaiah 45:

18For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.

Notice how distinct and definite is this separation. God Himself formed the earth. He made it. He established it. He created it not in vain. He formed it to be inhabited.

Reconstruction of the Earth

When God created the earth of Geneses 1:1, He created it a beautiful, wonderful earth to be inhabited. And one thing we do know is that it was inhabited by the Devil before he became the Devil. It was inhabited by a great host of heavenly beings who were under the direct control and dominion of the individual whom we know as Satan. So the pre-Adamic earth was inhabited by heavenly beings, as we read in Ezekiel 28. When God cast Satan out of Heaven and cast him to the earth, so awful was the deed, and so terrible was the catastrophe that the earth became without form and void. It would have remained in that condition but for what we read in the last part of the second verse:

Genesis 1:

2…And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3And God said, Let there be light:…

We have presented to us in the first chapter of the book of Genesis what we might call the reconstruction of the earth, rather than the creation of the earth. I would like for you to keep that in mind, especially you students, because you will be informed (as you can be informed even without going to school, if you read your newspapers and periodicals) that the Bible is all mixed up; that the earth could not be 6,000 years old, because there are fossils and rocks, etc., that are many millions of years old, instead of just 6,000.

Satan Destined for Hell

Will you go back with me to the 14th chapter of the book of Isaiah, because we are not through with the Devil yet. He was not only cast down to the ground, but as you will see if you will look at the 15th verse, eventually he will be cast down to hell, to the sides of the pit. You will say, “Well, I thought the Devil was in Hell already.” No, he is not down there stoking the furnace. He would like for you to think he is down there stoking the furnace, because if you think that, you won't know that it is he that pushes you into sin the next time you fall into it. He wants to deceive you all that he can. He is not down there stoking the furnace.

He is right behind you right now. You don't need to tell him to get behind you, because he is right behind you right now. He will give you a shove the first chance that he has to get you into some kind of sin. He is very much alive today and very much around.

God said that he is going to be cast down to hell, to the sides of the pit. People who are in hell will recognize the Devil when he comes. There is nothing in the Bible that says the Devil is going to sit on a throne in hell and order people about and say, “Johnny, you can have this spot over here. Jim, you can have this one, etc.” He is not doing that. Hell is full of folk, and when he comes down there, they are going to be surprised at him. Do you know why they are going to be surprised? The great, big, bad Devil—this great, big, bad, brave Devil that scares everybody to death right now—is going to be a cowering, whimpering fool when he gets to hell. And people are going to say, “Is this the man?” And the word man here is a generate term which does not refer to the human race exclusively. “Is this the individual who made the earth to tremble and did shake kingdoms? Look at him! He is shaking in his boots.” That is what they are going to say, because the Devil is going to be scared to death when he goes to hell.

Power Over Kingdoms and Cities

If you are without the Lord Jesus Christ, and you die that way, that is where you are going. You are going to hell. You may be scared to go to hell. The Devil is scared, too. Hell is an awful place. It is a terrible place. And when he goes down there, the people who are already down there, (and there are a lot of people down there today,) are going to say, “Is this the individual that did make the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms, that did make the world as a wilderness and destroyed the cities thereof, and opened not the house of all his prisoners? Is this the fellow that did all of that?” They can't believe their eyes that such an abject, cowering creature could have had as much power as he did. But he did have tremendous power, and he does have tremendous power now.

Did you notice that the folk in hell are not misled about who is doing all these things? We think the communists are going to make the world a wilderness, but, Beloved, it is not the communists. It is the Devil behind the communists who is going to do it. He may use them, and he probably will, because they are good material for his use.

Notice the last part of this 16th verse. The Devil does make the earth tremble, and the Devil does shake kingdoms. We can talk about political mistakes all we want to. We can talk about political maneuvering all we want to, but it is the Devil that shakes the kingdoms. It is the Devil that makes the world a wilderness and destroys the cities thereof. We are scared to death. This whole generation is scared to death of nuclear warfare. We are scared that this earth of ours is going to be turned into a wilderness, and cities are going to be destroyed. I would not belittle that one bit, and I think we need to be concerned about what might happen, but let me tell you something. You had better be a whole lot more scared of the Devil than you are of some bomb. It may be in the grace of God that nobody will ever push the button that sets off the bomb, but the Devil does not have a button for anybody to push. He is destroying the earth, and making the earth a wilderness, and destroying cities everywhere even now.

That is the reason you need to be scared of him. Never be afraid to say that you are afraid of the Devil. You need to be. Michael the Archangel (and I suspect that he could take any of you on without a bit of trouble) was scared of the Devil. When he was fighting with the Devil over the body of Moses, Michael said, “Lord, You tell him off. I am afraid to.” You need to be afraid of the Devil!

Prisonhouse of Satan

Notice the last thing that is said about the Devil: He opened not the house of his prisoners. Up to this point, though we may have read about it in history, etc., we may not have personally seen the earth tremble at the hand of the Devil. We may not have been in any particular part of the land where the kingdoms have been shaken by the Devil. We may not have seen the world as a wilderness. We may not have seen any of the cities destroyed, necessarily, by the Devil. But if you open your eyes even a little bit, you will be able to see people that are held prisoner by the Devil. And he won't let them go. He won't open the prisonhouse to let the prisoners free.

It may be all right for you to sit around in the comfort of the grace of God and say that so-and-so ought to quit this, and he ought to quit that, and he ought to straighten up and be a man. It may be all right for you to say, but you may as well face the fact, Beloved, that the Devil has a lot of people in prison, and he is not ready to open the doors. That is the reason people do some of the things they do. You say, “Oh, they could help themselves if they wanted to.” No, they can't. They are prisoners of the Devil. There is only one thing that can unlock the prison door and set the prisoner free, and that is the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ when applied to their hearts by faith.

Satan's Determination Continues

The remaining portion of chapter 14 of the book of Isaiah tells us that even the kings of the nations of the earth had a decent burial, but the Devil is cast down to hell without any notice or fanfare whatsoever. And why was this? Because he said, “I will be like the most high.”

Mark what I say to you—He has never given up that desire. That is the reason that you do not need to look for the Devil in the den of iniquity, so-called. You need to look for the Devil in a Bible class. You need to look for the Devil in a prayer meeting. You need to look for the Devil in the pulpit. You need to look for the Devil every place that you expect to find the Lord Jesus Christ because he said, “I am going to be like Him, and I am going to do everything that I can just as He does.”

That is the reason we will have an Antichrist. That is the reason the Devil is going to bring to the earth an Antichrist, just as God did His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. That is the reason he is going to make his Antichrist to be killed, and that is the reason he is going to raise him from the dead. He is going to be like the most high. But God will cast him down to hell, to the sides of the pit!

Be On Guard

I said to you in our last lesson that there is no point in our having information for information's sake. Unless we are able to make personal application to our own lives, it is not valuable at all for us to know these truths. So I would like for you to turn with me to three New Testament Scriptures in closing, and I trust the Spirit of God will use these as a means of exhortation to all of our hearts. The first passage of Scripture is in the first epistle of Peter, chapter 5, verse 8:

I Peter 5:

8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

Ever since the Devil was cast out of Heaven (Isaiah 14) to the earth, he has been on this earth as your adversary. He is going about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. The sad thing about that is that you do not know he has roared until he has you in his mouth. Therefore, you need to be vigilant. You need to be sober. You need to be on your guard. You need to recognize that the Devil is out to get you. You need to resist him, steadfast in the faith.

It is a sad thing to have to face, but we do have to face it—the Devil has devoured many of God's dear children. The Devil has them, and that is the reason they are doing what they are doing and living as they are living. The Devil has them. Oh, how we need to pray for them, that they will be delivered from the clutches of the Devil and be set free.

Will you turn with me to the epistle of Jude, verse 5:

Jude:

5I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
6And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
7Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Beloved, most of us are prone to pass by warnings in the Bible because they conflict with theological opinions that we hold. Instead of being fair and accepting the warnings at their face value, we spend all our time trying to explain them away.

Heed the Warnings

I say without apology, and I believe that I have the Word of God for saying it, that I believe in the security of the believer, and I make no “ifs and ands” about that. But, Beloved, I believe that you and I had better not take these warnings that are in the Word of God lightly, just because we believe in the security of the believer. God said that the angels sinned, and he did not treat that lightly. It was a serious thing.

I want to say to you that if you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your own personal Savior, you had better not go around shrugging your shoulders and saying, “Well, I am God's child, and I know I ought not to be doing this, but I will go ahead and do it and ask God to forgive me. Everything will be all right.”

Turn to II Peter, chapter 2, and notice verse 4:

II Peter 2:

4For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
5And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
6And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
7And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
8(For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
9The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

If God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to Hell, Beloved, you had better take warning. If you are without the Lord Jesus Christ, you had better not make light of it. I do not think any of you will ever measure up to an angel, as far as living is concerned. And if God cast angels out of Heaven because they sinned, what makes you think that you can play fast and loose with the mercy of God and escape? You can't!

Conclusion

If you have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ, and if you have done what the Apostle Paul warned us against doing—if you have turned the grace of God into lasciviousness and made light of the mercy of God; if you have lived the way you want to live and laughed at God—remember this: God cast the Devil out of Heaven because he got smart, and God is not going to let you go unpunished because of your lusts.


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