Q. In the Book of Revelation Chapter 12:7-9 it talks about Satan being cast out of heaven. My question is this a future event that hasn’t happened or has it already happened and it is just retelling the event?
7* And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war,
8* and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven.
9* And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
I believe these verses illustrate what took place when Christ died and was resurrected from the grave. We need to remember that Christ died to forgive the sins of those who lived before him as well as for those who live after the cross. Before Christ died the devil could accuse everyone of living in sin because Christ had not died to forgive those sins. When Christ died and made the sacrifice for those sins, the devil could no longer accuse God’s people of sin. They were forgiven. This war was a continuing war which had taken place since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. When Christ died, he won that war and Satan was cast out of heaven in a figurative sense because he could no longer accuse God’s people of being in sin.
The actual key to these verses is verse 10 which says,
10* Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.
Notice the things which took place when the devil was cast out.
1. Now salvation has come: The sins of God’s people were forgiven. This took when Christ died for our sins.
2, The kingdom of God came. This is the church and it was given to us after Christ died on the day of Pentecost.
3. The power of Christ: Rom 1:4 says,
4* who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,
4. All of these things happened because the accuser (devil) was cast down.
Take this one step further.
4* But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
5* even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
6* and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
7* so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
We have been “made alive” together with Christ and made to sit is heavenly places. When we obey Christ through baptism our sins are forgiven and we are spiritually resurrected to sit with Christ or reign with him in the church. The church is the “heavenly place” on this earth.
Now notice that the devil was cast out of the “heavenly places” down to the earth. So, the heavenly places represent the church where Christ dwells and the earth represents those forces of evil working in the world today all around the church. If we are in the church we are not supposed to be of this world. In other words, we do not partake of the evil of this world.
The Devil cannot reside in the church. He may tempt us, but he cannot harm our spiritual lives if we remain faithful to God. Our sins are forgiven and the Devil has no control over us. He cannot accuse us of living in sin before God.
Thanks to Lonnie Woodriff