The Doom of Satan
Dr. Joe Temple

Review

Open your Bibles, please, to the book of Ezekiel, chapter 28, as we continue the discussion we began some weeks ago—namely, the origin, the destiny, the work, and the doom of the Devil. We want to think with you about the ultimate doom of Satan. But in order to correctly understand the ultimate doom of Satan, it is necessary for us to go back over several passages of Scripture and find the Devil's doom in relation to the past, the present, the immediate future, the future, and eternity.

There are a number of ways in which we might discuss this particular subject, but I want to present it to you in regard to the word cast . The word cast , as followed through the Word of God, will give us the story of the Devil.

We want to begin back in chapter 28 of the book of Ezekiel and notice the paragraph which begins with verse 11. We have noticed this paragraph before, and we have discovered that the paragraph that begins with verse 11 and continues through verse 19 is addressed to none other than the Devil. Now, if you did not hear our discussion of this particular portion of the Word of God, you might take issue with that statement and say, “Well, I notice in verse 12 that it seems to be addressed to the king of Tyrus.” But as you read the whole chapter, you will find that the Holy Spirit is taking a liberty with language that He often takes in the Word of God to address the individual that prompts the person who is in His immediate view.

For example, in the first part of chapter 28 of the book of Ezekiel, the king of Tyre is very definitely addressed. The Holy Spirit is not flattering at all in the remarks that He makes about him. In the last part of the chapter, He addresses His remarks no longer to the king of Tyre, but to the individual who made the king of Tyre what he was—namely, that individual is the Devil.

We have a New Testament illustration of that very same thing. You will remember, when at the announcement by the Lord Jesus Christ that He was going up to Jerusalem to give His life as a sin ransom for the whole world, Peter said, “Lord, I am not going to let You do it. Far be it from You to do a thing like that. We will prevent You from doing it.”

The Lord Jesus Christ said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan, for the thing that you say does not sound like anything that God would say. It sounds like something that is of the world.” He was actually talking to Peter, but He addressed it to Satan because He knew that Satan was causing Peter to say what he said. That is an illustration of the truth that is presented to us here in Ezekiel, chapter 28.

The Anointed Cherub

Glancing at chapter 28 very briefly, we notice that Satan was created an angel, and that he was the wisest and most perfect of all of God's creatures.

In verse 13 we find that Satan's dwelling place was in the Garden of Eden, and the place in which he lived was a palace of precious stones.

In the last part of verse 13, we find that he was an unusual individual with a built-in pipe organ, figuratively speaking, and he had the most beautiful singing voice that any of God's creatures had ever had. It is important for us to know that because we need to keep in mind that the Devil was not created an awesome being who spits fire. He was created the most beautiful of all of God's creatures.

In verse 14, we are told that he was the anointed cherub. A cherub is an angelic being that was given special concern from the throne of God, and here we are told that he was the chiefest of all the cherubim. It was his place to officiate at all the official functions in Heaven at the throne of God. We find that is what is meant in the statement, “Thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.”

Cast Out Of The Mountain Of God

In verse 15, we find an ugly cloud appearing on the scene. In the midst of all this wonderful story that we have been relating so far, iniquity was found in Satan. Notice verse 16:

Ezekiel 28:

16By 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.

We are not going to take the time to read it, but were we to, we would find in chapter 14 of the book of Isaiah what the sin of Satan was. The reason that Satan was cast out of the mountain of God was that he desired to displace God on His throne. That is, he desired to knock God off His throne and to take God's place on the throne and become as God is. Because that desire was in his heart, though he was never able to carry it out, he was cast out of the mountain of God as a profane person.

Notice the words cast out in that verse. They come from one Hebrew word which means “to deprive one of his position.” So the first thing that happened to Satan was that he was deprived of his position as the anointed cherub. Look at verse 17 of this same chapter:

Ezekiel 28:

17Thine 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.

Look at the word ground . It comes from a Hebrew word which elsewhere in the Old Testament is translated “earth.” So it is not a question of Satan's being just knocked down, so to speak, but it is a question of Satan's being cast down to the earth.

Look at the word cast . It comes from a different Hebrew word from the one we have just been noticing. It comes from a word which means “to hurl with a great force the object to another place.” That is exactly what happened to this individual we know as the Devil. Because sin was found in his life there in Heaven, he was deprived of his position and cast out of the mountain of God. He was hurled down to the earth. He was cast down to the ground.

We do not have time to follow in detail what happened when he was cast down to the earth. But we did notice it when we were noticing Ezekiel, chapter 28, in detail. We discovered that the thing that wrecked the earth—the thing that put the earth on the axis that it is, the thing that caused the great devastation that you find in verse 2 of chapter 1 of the book of Genesis—occurred when the Devil was cast out of Heaven to the earth, when the Devil was hurled out of Heaven onto the earth.

Please turn in your Bibles to the very last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation, chapter 12, as I continue the thought with you. Perhaps you are wondering exactly what happened to the Devil when he was cast down to the earth. What was his job? What was he going to do? He was unemployed, certainly, because he had been very, very busy in the mountain of God. Now he was cast down to the earth. How was he going to occupy his time? “Oh,” someone says, “that is simple. The Devil is in Hell, and he is stoking the fire down there. He is assigning everyone the place he should occupy when he goes to Hell.”

Beloved, you have been reading Milton instead of the Word of God. Milton's Paradise Lost is a wonderful piece of literature, but it is not Scriptural in every respect. The Devil is not in Hell. The Devil is going to and fro on this earth, up and down throughout the earth, as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.

That is not all. The Devil at this present moment is making periodic pilgrimages to Heaven. You say, “Is the Devil able to go to Heaven?” Yes, he is. He makes periodic pilgrimages there, and he does it for a purpose.

Please notice the paragraph that begins with Revelation, chapter 12, verse 7:

Revelation 12:

7And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9And 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.
10And 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.
11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
12Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

We are going to stop our reading right there and, before we examine this passage of Scripture in detail, emphasize that what is recorded here in chapter 12 of the book of Revelation is future, as far as we are concerned. Will you keep that in mind? The thing that is described here has not yet happened. It will happen by and by.

God Deals With Human Race According To Dispensations

When is it going to happen? If all of us had the same background in the study of the Word, it would not be necessary for me to take this little time to lay a foundation for the things I want to say. But since we do not all have the background, please indulge me for a moment as I remind you that God is dealing with the human race on the basis of dispensations, or periods of time. When Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, for example, God was dealing with the human race on the basis of innocence.

When they were cast out of the Garden of Eden, God began to deal with the human race on the basis of human conscience. Every man did that which was right in his own mind.

God sent the flood as judgment upon the world. When the flood was gone, God began to deal with man on the basis of human government. He laid down a number of laws. For example, our law related to capital punishment had its roots back in the days just after the flood.

After God dealt with man for a period of time on the basis of human government, He began to deal with man on the basis of promise. He gave them precious promises and said, “If you will do so-and-so, I will do so-and-so.

After that period of time, God began to deal with man on the basis of the law. This is what we commonly refer to as the Ten Commandments. He said, “This do, and thou shalt live.”

When the law failed (and we all know that it did, for no man has been able to keep the Ten Commandments, then or now), the Lord Jesus Christ was sent to this earth in order that in Him might be fulfilled all the law that we were unable to keep, and that His sacrifice on the cross might be the atonement for your sin and mine, and for the breaking of the law.

Then there began the period of time in which we live right now, called the Age of Grace . It is called the Age of Grace because God is dealing with the human race on the basis of grace. If he were not, all of us would be dead. If God dealt with us according to our iniquities, there would not be one of us that would be able to stand. But God does not deal with us after our iniquities. He deals with us on the basis of grace, His unmerited favor. It is something that we do not deserve. He expects nothing in return for it.

This period of grace in which we live is going to come to an end. When it will come to an end, no one knows. As we examine the signs that are recorded in the Bible, we are led to believe that the Age of Grace cannot continue very much longer. Even scientists tell us that we are coming to the end of an age. They do not know what the age is. They do not know why we should be coming to an end, but they feel that we are.

It is an interesting thing to know that throughout the Bible, God has dealt with man on the basis of two-thousand-year periods. This two-thousand years is almost over. The Age of Grace is almost over.

The Age of Grace is going to end with the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His Church. When I speak of His Church, I am speaking of every born-again believer. Every born-again believer, when the Lord Jesus Christ comes, is going to be translated, and is going to be taken up to Heaven.

Then there will begin on this earth a new period of time called the Tribulation . It is called the Tribulation because it is going to be a time of great suffering. It is going to be a time of great judgment. It is going to be a time of great heartache and great sorrow upon the earth. It is going to last for exactly seven years. The Bible teaches that very plainly. We do not know how long this Age of Grace is going to last, but we do know that the Tribulation period is going to last seven years.

Doors Of Heaven Shut To The Devil

Right in the middle of this seven-year period is the thing that we are thinking about. If we are all settled down in our thinking now, as far as time is concerned, we are in the middle of the Tribulation period. We read in Revelation, chapter 12, verse 7, that there is war in Heaven. Michael the archangel and the lesser angels fight against the dragon and the angels who follow the dragon. We know from verse 9 of this chapter that the dragon is the Devil. We find that the war is a very tough one, but a very successful one for the angels.

The Devil and his angels are cast out of Heaven, and if you will look down in the last part of verse 9: “He was cast out into the earth.” If you will look down in the last part of verse 10: “For the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them day and night for ever and ever.”

Notice the emphasis I have placed upon the words cast out and cast down . They all come from the same Greek word which means “to hurl.” But there is a significant thing about them, as far as their construction is concerned. Each one of these verbs is in the aorist tense in Greek, which means that it happened once and for all. So you might read this passage of Scripture, verse 9, this way:

Revelation 12:

9And the great dragon was cast out, [once and for all] that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, [once and for all] and his angels were cast out [once and for all] with him.
10And 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, [once and for all] which accused them before our God day and night.

What does it mean? It means that finally the doors of Heaven are going to be shut to the devil. Never again can he enter into the presence of God. You may be saying, if you are not familiar with your Bibles, “Why does the Devil want to enter into the presence of God anyway? Why does he want to go there? What does he go up there for?” We have our answer right here in the passage of Scripture before us. Notice again verse 10:

Revelation 12:

10And 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, [once and for all] which accused them before our God day and night.

What does the Devil go up to Heaven for? He goes to Heaven for the express purpose of accusing the children of God.

When you have time, read carefully the first chapter of the book of Job. You remember the story, how one day sons of God (that is, the good angels) were gathering together for a council in Heaven, and the Devil made his entrance. He had free access at that time to Heaven. God addressed the intruder in this heavenly council and said to him, “Satan, where have you been? What have you been doing?” And he said, “I have been going up and down, to and fro, on the earth.” And God said to him, “What have you found? What did you discover?” The Devil said, “Well, God, I have discovered that most of the people down there who say that they love You are hypocrites. They don't love You. They don't really care anything about You. They are not even interested in You.” And God said, “Oh, is that so? You can't find one person down there who really loves Me?” The Devil said, “Not a person.”

Job's Victory Over The Devil

God said, “Well, what about this man, Job, who lives in Ur of the Chaldees?” The Devil said, “I thought about him. Do you know what I think, God? The only reason he lives for You, and the only reason that he loves You, is because You have been so good to him. You answer every prayer he prays. You never disappoint him in anything at all. Let me tell You something, God. If You would let a few bad things happen to him, he would not love You as he does. If You would tear down that hedge that You have built around him, he would be like all these other folk. He is just serving You for what he can get out of You.”

God said, “It is not so. I do not believe it. I believe that Job would love Me and serve Me no matter what happened.” The Devil said, “All right, You just see.” And God said, “All right. I will take down the hedge. You do anything you want to to Job.”

The Devil was getting ready to run out of Heaven, you know, and have a big holiday, and God said, “Now, wait just a minute. You cannot kill him. You cannot even do anything to him personally yet. You just do what you want to with what he has.”

You know the story in the book of Job. The Devil took away every material possession that Job had. Then he reported back to God, and God said, “Well, what did you find out?” And he said, “I am a little bit stumped. He hasn't cursed You yet. He still loves You. But You know, I have not touched him. All a man has, he will give for his life. You let me put my hand on him, and he won't love You any more.” And God said, “All right, You go ahead and put your hand on him. I know Job, and I know that he will be true to Me. You touch his body, but do not kill him.”

You see, Beloved, the Devil cannot do one thing more than God lets him do. We really do not need to be as afraid of him as we are, if we are in the will of God. He cannot do one thing more than God will let him do.

God said, “Touch his body, but do not kill him.” You know the story of the book of Job. Job suffered for thirty-eight chapters, and finally reached the place where he said, “I do not know what is going to happen to me. I may die, but even if I die, I am going to trust God.” The Devil knew that he was licked then, and so he had to admit that Job had been true to God no matter what.

War In Heaven

What the Devil did with Job, he is doing with you and me all the time. He is accusing us. One of these days, when he comes to Heaven in the middle of the Tribulation period with a whole stack of accusations against everyone he knows, Michael and his host of angels are going to meet him at the door and say, “No, the door is closed. You cannot come in here any more.”

And the Devil and his angels are going to say, “What do you mean, we can't come in here? We have been coming in here for centuries—for thousands of years.” “Well, you can't come in any more!” The Devil will say, “Well, we will see about that. We will crash the gates of Heaven.”

So a war starts, and Michael and his angels fight, as we are told in this passage of Scripture. The Devil and his angels fight, and they are cast down to the earth, once and for all. They know that there is no point in trying to get back into Heaven again. You know, when that happens it will start a camp meeting in Heaven, so to speak. They all begin to sing, and they all begin to shout, “Thank God. The accuser of our brethren is cast out. He cannot come up here any more. He cannot accuse us any more, at all, at any time.”

You know, the people on the earth don't know what is happening. The people in Heaven do. They look down here on earth, and they say, “Oh, those poor people who live on the earth.” That is what verse 12 says: “Woe to the inhabiters of the earth, for the Devil is come down unto you. Oh, if you only knew what is going to happen to you.”

Why is it so terrible to have the Devil come down, to be cast out of Heaven once and for all? Here it is in the last part of verse 12: “…having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” He has only three and one-half years to do all the damage that he is going to do, so he is going to intensify his efforts.

Beloved, the Devil may be giving you a hard time now, but you have not seen anything like what the people who are living on the earth during the last half of the Tribulation are going to see. You may think this is a wicked generation in which you live. Believe me, it is. I do not hold with this business that it is no more wicked than the last generation. It is a bad generation. I am not talking about people only. I am talking about the course of this age. People have been the same all through the centuries, but the age in which we live is worse that it has ever been. The Devil knows that he is approaching the time when he is going to be cast out of Heaven for the last time, and he is intensifying his efforts. That is the reason there are more appeals to sin today than there have ever been in any age in which anyone has ever lived. He knows his time is short. He knows that it will not be long until he will be finished.

The Bottomless Pit

So will you turn with me to chapter 20 of the book of Revelation, where we notice once again this word cast . The Tribulation (This is future, mind you.) is over, and the Battle of Armageddon has been fought. The Antichrist has been defeated. The false prophet has been cast into the lake of fire. Notice in chapter 20, verse 1:

Revelation 20:

1And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
2And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
3And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

Notice the phrase, “the bottomless pit.” This is one of the places of incarceration described in the Bible, and you need to become familiar with them if you are going to understand your Bible correctly.

The Bible Speaks in the New Testament of a place that is called Hades . It is translated “Hell” in your Bible. It is translated “Gehenna” in your Bible. It is a place where all people who die without the Lord Jesus Christ go. It is a place where every person who has neglected to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior goes at the time of death.

You say, “Well, do you think thieves go there? Do you think murderers go there? Do you think adulterers go there?” Beloved, everyone who does not receive the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior goes there. It is not a case of s-i-n-s. It is a case of s-i-n—the sin of rejecting the Son of God as Savior. All unsaved people go to Hell, or to Hades, or to Gehenna, as it is described in the New Testament.

Let us now look at another place of incarceration that is described in the New Testament. It is called Tartarus . It is described in II Peter, chapter 2, and it is the place where the angels who sinned are imprisoned until the day of judgment.

The third place of incarceration is the one we are thinking about at the moment. It is called the bottomless pit or the pit of the abyss . It is a place where demons are incarcerated. It is a place where the Devil will be imprisoned—not for life, not for eternity, but for one thousand years. Notice in Revelation, chapter 20, verse 3:

Revelation 20:

3And cast him into the bottomless pit, [or the pit of the Abyss] and shut him up, and set a seal upon him…till the thousand years should be fulfilled…

The Devil To Be Set Free

I spoke to you a few minutes ago about the periods of time in which God deals with the human race, and about the Age of Grace in which we are now. I took you into the Tribulation period. Now I would like to take you one period farther—a period that is known as the Millennium . It comes from two Latin words which mean “a thousand years.” It is a reign of righteousness. It is a golden age. It is a period of time toward which all the earth is moving.

One of the things that is going to make it a wonderful period of time is that the Devil is going to be bound. He is going to be chained. He is going to be imprisoned in the pit of the abyss for one thousand years. He will not be able to go out and deceive the nations or individuals any more.

Someone says, “I am a little bit confused because I thought the Devil was already bound. I thought the gospel had bound the Devil, and I thought that we did not have to worry about him any more.” Beloved, let us be really practical. I do not know whether or not you have any trouble with the Devil, but I have an awful lot of trouble with someone. If it is not the Devil, then I am tremendously confused as to who it is. But as I study the Word of God and realize the character the Devil is, I believe that it is none other than the Devil himself. He is not bound now. He is very much alive, and very active. He does not like what I am saying about him right now. He would like for you to think he is bound because you would blame your mother-in-law, or someone else, for your troubles. But it is the Devil that causes you trouble—no one else.

He is going to be bound and cast into the bottomless pit for one thousand years. At the end of the thousand years, he is going to be loosed. He is going to be set free. His sentence is going to be commuted. You will notice in Revelation, chapter 20, verse 8:

Revelation 20:

8[He is going] to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
9And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

Someone says, “Why in the world did God let the Devil loose? If he had him bound, why didn't he keep him bound?” Because God never forces His will on anyone. If you are unsaved, you are unsaved because you want to be. If you are going to Hell, you are going because you want to go. God is not going to force you into salvation. God is not going to force His will on anyone. If you and I would learn a little bit from God, we would not be trying to force our will on anyone either. God wants you to love Him because you want to love Him. He wants you to serve Him because you want to serve Him.

When the Devil is bound for a thousand years, people cannot sin any longer. So God lets him loose just to see what people will do. You have heard it said, time and time again, I am sure, (and perhaps you have said it), “Well, I do right, but everyone else is wrong. I would do right, but the people I work with make me do wrong. My family is such that I cannot live the way that I want to live.”

God is going to fix it so that everything is going to be just right. The people will have a thousand years to live right before the Devil is let loose. God will say to the Devil, “Now see whom you can get.” And the Devil will go up and down throughout the whole earth, and he will get a whole army of people who will try to help him to do the thing that he was cast out of Heaven for doing to begin with. He was cast out of Heaven because he wanted to get God's throne. So he gets a great army of people to fight against God, ready to get God's throne. And God lets fire come down from Heaven to devour all his armies.

Yes, I am a literalist when it comes to interpreting the Word of God. I believe that if God says that fire is going to come down out of Heaven, fire is going to come down out of Heaven. These people are going to be destroyed by fire.

The Ultimate Doom Of Satan

But what about the Devil? This is the ultimate doom of Satan. Will you look at verse 10:

Revelation 20:

10And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Do you see our word cast in this verse? It is the same word that we have been following through the Word of God. The Devil is cast, once and for all, into the lake of fire. He will never escape. No, he is not on a throne in the lake of fire, reigning over everyone else and trying to raise money to air-condition the place, as ignorant people make jokes about. He is down there being tormented, day and night, like everyone else in the lake of fire.

This is the fifth place of incarceration in the Word of God because you read further down in verse 14:

Revelation 20:

14And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire…

All the wicked dead are taken and set before what is termed here in Revelation, chapter 20, the Great White Throne Judgment of God . There they are judged because they have not taken the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. They are cast into the lake of fire with the Devil, where they are tormented, day and night, forever and ever.


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