Quick! Where does Satan live? If you are like most people you answered, “Hell.” We all have the impression that Satan is residing in Hell with his pitchfork, horns and a pointed tail stabbing at people only to torture them. Our impression is that Satan hangs out all day checking in people whom he will be able to dominate and control for all of eternity. It is a pretty wild thought to say the least. The only problem is that it is not supported in Scripture.
The truth is we do not know if he owns a pitchfork or any other gardening tools for that matter. He does not sport horns and a tail either. Satan is a spirit, he is not a material being at all. Don’t get me wrong though, he is a real being, and he is a powerful entity.
What we do receive from Scripture is that Satan is an egomaniac who fell from grace as he wanted to be a god (Isaiah 14), and he took a third of the angels down with him when he fell. He is prince of this world but is in not in overall control of the world and he has already been judged (John 16:11). He is here on the earth, and in the spirit world. He is on the move, looking for people to lead astray. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Satan’s goal is to hinder people’s relationship with God!
The fact is he is not even yet in Hell. Actually, at the end of the Tribulation he will be thrown into “The Pit,” his holding cell. After the Millennium, the thousand-year reign of Christ on earth, Satan will be taken from “The Pit”, have an opportunity to run amuck for several years and then after all is said and done, at the end of the Millennium, he will be thrown into the Lake of Fire where he will suffer for all of eternity. Even then, he will not have any control there. Finally, THEN, death and Hades itself will be thrown into the Lake of Fire, which is called Gehenna, the Greek word for Hell (Revelation 20:14).
So you see, the fallen angel never gets the control he really has wanted all along. He doesn’t even have power over his own destiny. Just like in the days of Job, Satan only has the authority which God has granted him for a limited amount of time. Does he know this? He certainly does. In fact, I would assert that Satan knows Scripture as well as anybody, he just refuses to abide by it. Satan has been and will continue to be set against the will of God until the end.
Anyway, just a few thoughts I wanted to share that you may not have known. Lots of interesting events are going to happen in the end times of mankind’s existence on this earth, and much of that involves one of our greatest spiritual foes-the Devil.
Who is Satan? What is his plan? How can we stand against him? All are important questions. Maybe you’d like to know more.
Over the next couple of weeks, we will investigate these questions in our series, “Satan, Demons and Hell,” in an effort to be informed.
You’re welcome to come and join us as we learn that our strength is in Christ alone as, “greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world,” and for those of us who are indeed in Christ, we need not worry. Christ has won the victory!