The Devil's Downfall

By David Embury

HIS DOOM:

Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel."

**2Pet 2:4 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment;

**Jude 1:6 And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day;

**Reading in the context of Jude verse 5 there is reasonable supposition that these verses in referring to "angels" could in fact be referencing the "messengers" [same Greek word] of the Old Covenant that abandoned their priestly function before God as His ambassadors to the world. On the meaning of "angel" J. Marcellus Kik writes:

However, the Greek term aggelos does not always refer to such heavenly spirits. The meaning of the term must be determined by the context. In the following passages the Greek word aggelos is translated by the word messenger: Matthew 11:10; Luke 7:24, 27; 9:52; Mark 1:2; James 2:25. John the Baptist is called an aggelos. The disciples of John the Baptist were also described as angels. And this was true in regard to the disciples of Christ. In James 2:25 the messengers sent to Rahab were called 'angels.'

J. Marcellus Kik, An Eschatology of Victory (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 1971), p. 147f.

Now regardless of how one might understand the above, one thing is unmistakable – there was coming a promised end, and it came.

HIS DEMISE:

Mt 8:19 And suddenly they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?"

Mt 12:28-29 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can one enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.

Mark 1:24 …saying, "Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are--the Holy One of God!"

Mk 3:27 No one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house.

HIS DEFEAT:

Lk 10:18 And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.

Jn 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.

Jn 16:11 …of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

Col 2:15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

HIS DESTRUCTION:

Mt 25:41 "Then He will also say to those on the left hand, "Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:

Heb 2:14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,

1Jn 3:8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

Rev 20:10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

HIS IMPENDING POSITION PRE AD70:

Rom 16:20 And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Eph 4:27 nor give place to the devil.

1Jn 2:13 I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, because you have known the Father.

1Jn 5:18 We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him, and the evil one does not touch him.

HIS POSITION POST AD70:

Heb 2:5 For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels.

To bring under subjection, subordination or influence on whatever level is to wield power; whether of good or evil, the writer of Hebrews makes clear that such power of control was no longer under the auspices of angels to exert.

The "world about to [μελλω – mello] come" was that of the all-encompassing Kingdom of God [Psa 24:1] of which Christ brought to fruition in His AD70 Parousia. In this world of the new creation, the world in which righteousness dwells, there is no 'spirit' bondage, Satan is no longer the accuser of the brethren, or anyone else [Rom 2:14-16] – the Devil's doom, demise, defeat and destruction by Christ was total and complete. This truth is further borne out by Paul's words to the pre AD70 first-fruit saints:

1Cor 6:3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?

So what of the tyranny of evil in our world today – how does one account for it? According to the Scriptures it is none other than the heart of man not walking in the light of the redemption procured for humanity in Christ [Mic 6:8]. What saith the Scriptures:

Jas 1:14-15 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?

Gen 4:7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it."

Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world.

This world's problem is not Satan but SIN, this world's problem is not the Devil but DOUBT – doubting the power of forgiven sin in Christ. Some will say "I have encountered the demonic!" – one could equally counter: "your experience may well be valid, your INTERPRETATION of said experience, however, might not." According to Rev 20:10 there is no longer any demonic deception of the nations for the Deceiver has been cast eternally into the Lake of Fire, and this, the Second Death knows no resurrection.

An oft heard quote: "A man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument" – perhaps, but experience that engenders belief does not always accurately define the truth, e.g., Many years after the close of World War II, a lost Japanese soldier was found in the jungles of New Guinea. Unaware that Australia and Japan had long since been at peace, he thought his rescuers to be enemies, when in fact they were his reconciled friends: His limited experience had long been at variance with the facts.

Which brings the greater clarity – Scripture or experience? "Let God be true and everyman a liar". Rom 3:4 – as the apostle Paul goes on to say: "what saith the Scripture?" Rom 4:3.