Isaiah14:12 “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!”
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”
Again, we reiterate the fact that, the above quoted scriptures do not have anything in common; they are not referring to the same thing. One was a human Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar, the other is the spirit that worked in the children of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2)
Revelation 12:10 “And 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”
Verse 10, “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven”
This was a song of victory. The great enemy and its deceptions was expelled; the cause of God and truth was triumphant; and the conquering hosts of the Saints, Jews and Gentiles Christians, whom the enemy was attacking with his deception as Devil and Satan are here united in celebrating the victory over thus descriptive spirit.
So we know that this is a song of victory as can be seen throughout the Bible, like that of Moses at the Red Sea (Exodus 15:1), the song of Deborah (Judges 5:1), the song of David when the Lord had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies (2 Samuel 22:1 and Isaiah 12-25).
These songs come anytime the enemy and its host, of God’s people has being defeated.
2 Corinthians 2:14, “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.”
What time did this defeat happen?
So what time of victory was symbolized here? This would certainly relate to the triumph of the Church and of truth on the earth as the Church triumphs, beginning from the Cross of Christ.
Historically, it alludes to the joy and triumph of the heavenly hosts-the saints when Satan and his apostate legions, Emperor Worship, were expelled from the throne of the Roman Empire with the enthronement of Constantine in AD.313.
Therefore we can also see that this heathen (Roman) power is called that old serpent which deceived the whole world, from its subtlety against the Christians, making the whole Roman world, as far as it was in its power, to embrace the foolishness of paganism.
It is called the devil here because of its continual false accusations and slanders against the true worshippers of God, then called Satan, an adversary, in relation to the frequent persecutions of the Christian Church.
The dragon and his angels, were cast out not to be found any longer in heaven, or on the throne of the Roman empire. Heaven here standing for the ruling authority being dethrone from all offices of trust in the empire with his paganistic religion, first only tolerated, and then totally abolished by the imperial power. This great event was not just the work of a single day; it took up many years, contending with the deep-rooted prejudices of the heathen, who as much as possible to the very last tried to uphold their declining superstition.
Paganism received several deadly blows in the time of Constantine and his sons Constans and Constantius. It was further reduced by the great zeal of Jovian, Valentinian, and Valens; but was finally suppressed by the edicts of Gratian, Theodosius I., and his successors. It was not untill A.D. 388 that Rome itself, the residence of the emperor was generally reformed from the tricks and deceptions of paganism; but the total suppression of paganism soon followed the conversion of the metropolitan city. And at about A.D. 395 the dragon may be considered, in an eminent sense, to have been cast out into the earth, that is, into a state of utter subjection to the ruling dynasty of Christian emperors.
Bear this in mind that Christianity was born at the time the Roman Empire was in place and Israel was under the government of Rome. Hence Pilate working for Rome could try Jesus.
The above is on the historical perspective as touching the casting out of Satan not Lucifer mind you from the throne of the Roman Empire. This is relevant because like i said Tom was in power when Jesus was born and when this Book was written also.
“The accuser of our BRETHREN is cast down”
I would like to draw your reverent attention to this phrase. “Brethren”, is a word used for those who are born again by the spirit not angelic beings in heaven. It speaks of the church on the Earth. Peter rightly used the word on the day of Pentecost; Acts 2:29
“Men and BRETHREN, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David”
Telling us that the word “brethren”, is a word for men of like faith. Therefore those who were rejoicing in Revelation 12:10, of the casting down of Satan were believers in the Roman Empire and not what happened way back somewhere in the blue.
Now we read;
John 12 “31Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. 33This he said, signifying what death he should die”.
This was Jesus talking about His death. Meaning Satan as it were was not cast out before the Cross of Jesus, as the word “NOW” spelt out His death on the cross and the release of the Holy Spirit thereafter.
Same thing He said when the disciples came back with the reports of devils being cast out of people, when He sent them out, see it here.
Luke 10 “17And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. 18And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. 19Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”
In other words, you are now heavenly citizens. (See Hebrews 12:22-23.)
The fall of Satan from heaven; the realm of authority is clear here that as Christ gets to the cross to destroy the enemy’s power, His followers will not only regain their position in life but will also receive power to cast the demons out from the throne of God in the hearts of People.. This He also demonstrated before the cross in His earthly ministry.
Matthew 12:28 “But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you”.
So the casting out of devil from heaven was primarily fulfilled at Jesus’ crucifixion, resurrection and ascension, when He said;
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying; All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth”. (Matthew 28:18)
“All power [Greek, ‘exousia,’ ‘authority,’ is given unto Me in heaven and in earth”.
We therefore can see that the devil was never cast out before the cross of Christ. So, to state that the devil was cast out some years back when there was war in heaven even before Jesus came is not scriptural, but at best the figment of human imagination in theological jingoism. There was nothing like that, neither is this episode of the devil being cast out anything to do with a creature called Lucifer. No connection here as seen in Revelation 12.
Try all you can, you can’t pin Lucifer to Satan. They are not the same and never have been. It’s religion that says they are the same person. Not God. Not the word of God.
To be continued…