Satan's Ultimate Destiny
Part Seven - Satan's Ultimate Destiny
I have been working as the instructor of an internet Bible Class and I have found the experience very rewarding. One of the joys of this class is the great discussion that takes place as we talk about the Bible and how it relates to us personally. The depth of the material is probably beyond many Christians in Churches today. Too few Christians are interested in getting into the deeper things of God and it is a real tragedy because these Christians are missing out on so many wonderful truths that would draw them closer to God and enable to live a victorious Christian life.
This week I would like to take one of these “deeper” matters in our discussions and share it with you. The matter I have chosen to discuss is the judgment of Satan and his angels. What awaits these fallen angels when time passes and we enter into eternity? You might be surprised to learn that the Bible does have to say regarding their judgment.
First, the Bible tells us that the moment Satan and his angels sinned (possibly 1/3 of all the angels created) that God created a place for them to spend eternity. In Matt. 25:41 Jesus declared, “the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” The fact that this place is everlasting is an indication that these angels will not burn up in this fire but rather it will be a form of punishment that they will have to endure forever. To confirm this Jesus goes on to say in verse 46, “And these will go away into everlasting punishment.” Because all who are unbelievers are under the kingdom of Satan and Satan is their father rather than God (John 8:44), they will find that this place their eternal abode as well. God shares some additional disturbing information about this horrible place.
Matt 13:42; 50-51, “the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
Mark 9:43-44, “to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched — where 'Their worm (maggot – that which eats dying flesh) does not die and the fire is not quenched.”
2 Thes. 1:8-9, “in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power.” They will be removed from all the wonderful blessings that are found in the presence and the glory of His power. Man has yet experienced what it means to be cut totally off from the presence of God. God presently shares all of creation and His presence with both the just and the unjust. However, in the Lake of Fire all these blessings will be gone forever. The things they enjoyed in life will be forever gone. Food, fellowship, friendship, interests and hobbies, loved ones, rest, light, entertainment and the list goes on and on.
Rev 14:10-11, “He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name." No rest from the torment day or night to those who end up in the everlasting lake of fire.
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.”
Rev 20:13-15, “And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” Death will be a constant companion and spiritual torment (Hades) will also be there.
Secondly, the Bible tells us there is a temporary place of torment that God created for angels who commit the most vial sin, refusal to surrender to His will. Fallen angels, though they sin and are working against God still must work within the parameters that God set for them. They can not do anything without God permission. We see this in the first two chapters of Job as the fallen angels regularly have to report to God. One of those angels is Satan and he is clearly restricted by God as to what he is able to do to Job, God’s servant. When angels refuse to work within the parameters that God has set, God places them in a prison called the bottomless pit or Tartarus. There they are chained in darkness until the end of time and the Day of Judgment (2 Pet. 4, Jude 6). Even Satan will find that he is bound in this place for a period of 1000 years during the Millennial reign of Christ (Rev. 20:1-3).
This bottomless pit is in the center of the earth and appears to be a part of Hades or Hell, the abode of unbelievers when they die. This being the case, it should be noted that if Satan must be chained to keep him in this place, it is not a place he desires to dwell in. This is a false concept that many believe and perpetuate. That Satan’s home is hell and that he likes it there. In reality the only way he can be kept there is to chain him there. Likewise in Luke 8:30-31, the demons who are confronted by Christ beg Him not to send them to hell. In Rev. 12 we read that Satan and his angels want to dwell in heaven and the only way they can be removed from there is with force during the middle of the Tribulation (Rev. 12:7-9). If Satan and his angels seek to avoid hell should that not be a message to all unbelievers that hell is not the desirable place that many paint it up to be. Hell is to be shunned. The only way to do that is placing our trust in Christ to rescue us from Hell by removing our sin.
The choice is yours. Only you can make it. To do nothing means you will spend an eternity of terrible unimaginable punishment along with the fallen angels in the Everlasting Lake of Fire (John 3:16-18). However, God has made a way of escape. Christ died on the cross to atone or pay for all of your sins. If we go to Him in prayer, repenting of our sins and putting our trust in Him to deliver us out of eternal punishment and unto eternal life, God says He will rescue us. Are you relying upon Christ for your eternal destiny? Why not do so today!