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Satan’s role in introducing sin into our world will be addressed. The strong man will be bound.

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Binding the Strong Man

In the present age Satan has been allowed access to humanity. He has used that access to undermine and interfere with human being's development into fully spirit born children of God. Humans are guilty of allowing Satan's influence to lead them into disobedience towards God... but Satan' guilt is unique... it is not shared with any other... no one led him astray... His rebellion against God was of his own imagination.

When Jesus Christ returns to administer the rule of God on earth His first executive action is to depose Satan and confine him so that he has no ability to access or influence humanity for 1,000 years. The source of deception and evil thinking will be removed and the earth will experience what it is like to live without Satan for that 1,000 years.

That removal of Satan is pictured by the 5th biblical festival, the Day of Atonement.

Leviticus 16:20-22 Leviticus 16:20-22 [20] And when he has made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat: [21] And Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: [22] And the goat shall bear on him all their iniquities to a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.
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 On the day of Atonement the Azazel goat is cast out into the wilderness carrying the sins of the nation of Israel on its head... this is a prophecy of a future moment in history when Satan will be seized by the angelic servants of God, bound, cast into a bottomless pit, and sealed in Isaiah 27:1 Isaiah 27:1In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.
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Satan’s role in introducing sin into our world will be addressed. The strong man will be bound.

How Did Satan Get Here?

Isaiah 14:12-15 Isaiah 14:12-15 [12] How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations! [13] For you have said in your heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also on the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: [14] I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. [15] Yet you shall be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
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 Satan is present on earth because He rebelled against God and does not repent. God did not destroy Satan at that time... God demoted Satan... sent him into exile [which is one of the figurative meanings of the Hebrew word Sheol]. That place of exile is earth. He is "fallen" from a former position of honor and service in the throne room of God. Previously he had been one of the cherubim who covered the throne of God with their wings.

The Nature of Satan's Fall

Ezekiel 28:12-17 Ezekiel 28:12-17 [12] Son of man, take up a lamentation on the king of Tyrus, and say to him, Thus said the Lord GOD; You seal up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. [13] You have been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of your tabrets and of your pipes was prepared in you in the day that you were created. [14] You are the anointed cherub that covers; and I have set you so: you were on the holy mountain of God; you have walked up and down in the middle of the stones of fire. [15] You were perfect in your ways from the day that you were created, till iniquity was found in you. [16] By the multitude of your merchandise they have filled the middle of you with violence, and you have sinned: therefore I will cast you as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy you, O covering cherub, from the middle of the stones of fire. [17] Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty, you have corrupted your wisdom by reason of your brightness: I will cast you to the ground, I will lay you before kings, that they may behold you.
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 Satan's fall was a loss of status but it was also a moral failure. Satan was created perfect, he was beautiful and had a mind that was capable and creative. But He became corrupted in his mind... he became obsessed with how awesome he was... until he could no longer accept the idea of anyone over and above him... even his creator. He rebelled.

On one hand he was ejected from the throne room of God... on the other hand he departed by his own choice to reject the authority of God.

The Geography of Satan's Fall

Satan fell from honor and glory in heaven to exile and confinement on earth. Scripture does not link Satan with some sort of subterranean underworld. The idea of Satan's realm being some sort of vast system of caves and caverns under the surface of the earth is based on human tradition. In pagan and folk religion evil was connected with the underworld because dead bodies were buried underground. Death was the ultimate evil… death took buried under ground… hence the connection.

People had these ideas and then creatively forced them back into scripture. But the idea is foreign to scripture which clearly depicts Satan [and demons] as active on earth in the realm of the living.

Job 1:6-7 Job 1:6-7 [6] Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. [7] And the LORD said to Satan, From where come you? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
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 although Satan has been removed from his position of honor in the heavenly throne room of God he still has access to the throne room of God. Here is appears before God along with other angels to make some sort of report on his activities [see also 1 Kings 22:19-23 1 Kings 22:19-23 [19] And he said, Hear you therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. [20] And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner. [21] And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him. [22] And the LORD said to him, With which? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, You shall persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so. [23] Now therefore, behold, the LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these your prophets, and the LORD has spoken evil concerning you.
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Satan is elsewhere described as the accuser. He is allowed to present himself before God to make his accusations. However, his access is controlled... he comes at God's good pleasure... presumably, when summoned.

Luke 10:17-20 Luke 10:17-20 [17] And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject to us through your name. [18] And he said to them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. [19] Behold, I give to 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 to you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
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 the disciples had been assigned to go in advance to all the towns Jesus was planning to visit. When they returned they were very excited at the idea that as mere humans they  were able to exert power over demons when they invoked the authority of Jesus. He tells them what is more important is that they are written into the book of life and have an eternal future to look forward to.

Jesus refers to the demotion and exile of Satan in as a fall from his position in heaven to earth... Jesus also makes it clear by word and by demonstration that whatever authority Satan wields on earth it is not absolute.   

Satan can be overruled by God - Jesus rebukes, over-rules, and drives out demons multiple times to demonstrate this. And as we just read He grants that same over-riding power to his people. You can resist and rebuke the devil in Christ's name and he will flee from you.

Satan has to get permission from God for anything he does to God's chosen - Satan had to get God’s permission before he could afflict Job… Satan had to ask repeatedly that he might be allowed to "sift Peter like wheat"... to uncover every weakness or flaw... to accuse him before God... to undermine Peter's faith. What rescued Peter's was Jesus intervention.

Note: we are all looking forward to the time pictured by the day of Atonement when Satan will be bound and restrained completely... but those of us who believe and are in Christ... we have the power to drive Satan away now by calling upon the superior authority of God. So, call upon Christ to intervene for you!

By the time Satan is thrown into the abyss and sealed over for 1,000 years those who are Christ;s will have already been resurrected... beyond any possible reach of Satan and the power of death. The driving away and binding of Satan prophesied by the day of Atonement is for the sake of those who do not yet believe.

In the verse we read from Luke Jesus  also refers to this falling of Satan as a past event, not a future event.

The Chronology of Satan's Fall

Matthew 25:41 Matthew 25:41Then shall he say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
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 Satan's fall does not all happen at once. Instead there is a sequence of events that move relentlessly forward from the day when that moment when Satan chose to rebel toward that final casting of Satan into the lake of fire.

Even the binding of Satan for 1,000 years as prophesied by the day of Atonement is only a stage… headed toward the completion of Satan's fall Revelation 20:2 Revelation 20:2And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
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, 7-10. 

Matthew 8:29 Matthew 8:29And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with you, Jesus, you Son of God? are you come here to torment us before the time?
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 Satan's fall is moving forward in sure and measured steps... like a modern court proceeding which has a sequence: arrest, confinement, hearings, arraignment, trial, sentencing, and punishment.

Satan's moment of rebellion appears to have occurred before Adam. By the time Satan appears to Eve he has already become a liar, accuser and opposed to God... he was also at this  point on earth… the place of his confinement.

Satan's fall moved forward at the time of Christ's coming in the flesh   and His death to pay the penalty for sin.

John 12:31 John 12:31Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
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 Jesus demonstrated his suitability to take over the dominion of the earth. He is the second Adam who will fulfill his responsibility without bowing to Satan.

John 16:11 John 16:11Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
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 the judgment of Satan has moved forward to sentencing [krino]. The official declaration of an end of Satan's time is connected to the work of Christ that took place in 31 AD. [1980 years ago].

But clearly evil is still present on earth... Satan and demons remained active after the death and resurrection of Christ. The execution of the sentence is yet future.

There appears to be a certain point where Satan's access to the heavenly throne room is terminated Revelation 12:7-13 Revelation 12:7-13 [7] And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, [8] And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. [9] And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. [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 brothers is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. [11] And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives to the death. [12] Therefore rejoice, you heavens, and you that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time. [13] And when the dragon saw that he was cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
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Satan and the demons have known they have a limited time to dominate the earth. Since no one but the Father knows the exact time when Christ would return... Satan and the demons also did not know the exact date when they would be removed from their position of power on earth

Prophecy indicates there are key events that must take place leading up to the return of Christ. Satan and the demons know that when that access to God's throne is repealed their time is very short.

Their anger, frustration, and anxiety at seeing their time coming to an end coincides with the end-time sequence... time of tribulation, persecution, the final resurrection of t he beast etc.

From this point to the end God no longer restrains Satan's activity

Satan's case will move forward yet again when Christ returns. Christ has died in the flesh and risen to the fullness of eternal spirit life. He has been designated as the God ordained ruler over the earth and will be inaugurate into office at the appointed time. The strong man is bound 100% for 1,000 years.

Satan's fall will be complete when he is thrown into the lake of fire after the 1,000 period of Christs' rule are ended and after the final period of judgment for human beings.

God's Restraint of Satan

1 Peter 3:19 1 Peter 3:19By which also he went and preached to the spirits in prison;
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 Satan's is the prince of this world... but this position he currently holds on earth is subordinate to God, but also a form of punishment. The earth is Satan's prison as his case works its way through the courtroom of God 2 Peter 2:4 2 Peter 2:4For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved to judgment;
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 [tartaros - a place of exile and confinement - refer to Titans of Greek mythology]

Satan is here on the material earth... but he is spirit... to interact with the material world he primarily works through human beings. Note: Satan apparently has the ability to afflict through direct manipulation of physical things [virus, bacteria, natural disaster, etc.]. The most important and spiritually deadly aspects of his dirty deeds is performed through human beings.

This manner of operation is now at work… and has been from the very beginning... but it is especially pronounced during the time of the end. He will work powerfully through:

Government officials: Revelation 13:1-4 Revelation 13:1-4 [1] And I stood on the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads the name of blasphemy. [2] And the beast which I saw was like to a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. [3] And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. [4] And they worshipped the dragon which gave power to the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like to the beast? who is able to make war with him?
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beast of the sea

False religious figures: Revelation 13:11 Revelation 13:11And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon.
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 beast of the earth

2 Thessalonians 2:1-11 2 Thessalonians 2:1-11 [1] Now we beseech you, brothers, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together to him, [2] That you be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. [3] Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; [4] Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. [5] Remember you not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? [6] And now you know what withholds that he might be revealed in his time. [7] For the mystery of iniquity does already work: only he who now lets will let, until he be taken out of the way. [8] And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: [9] Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, [10] And with all delusion of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. [11] And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
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Verse 1-2 tells us this relates to the time of Christ's return and the resurrection of the saints

Verse 3-4 although the spirit and teaching of lawlessness is present throughout human history... this is telling us about a unique time of rebellion 1) in future 2) close to time of Christ's return

a human being who works together with Satan as an opponent of God... teaching and legislating against God's law [note: its hard to tell if this is the beast of the sea or of the earth]

a human being who exalts himself over God. Satan gets a human being to replicate his own grievous rebellion way back in the throne room of God... and humanity accepts it... remember, they worship the beast!

Verse 5-7 this takes place at a time when there is a lifting of the restraints put upon Satan. The lifting of restraint leads to an all out war with God on earth.

happens at the appointed time

Paul taught about prophecy and considered it important!

Verse 8 Satan and all the systems of human government and religion that are working together with him are exposed and overthrown by Christ at His return.

Verse 9-11 these human authority figures of the end time are puppets of Satan. He works through them to produce powerful deception. Although they are deceived… all humanity is held responsible for acting in accordance with deception.

Restrain Upon Satan is Total

In order to have the peace, prosperity, and joy of pictured by the feast of tabernacles we must first have the complete binding and restraint of Satan pictured and prophesied by the day of Atonement.

Matthew 12:24-29 Matthew 12:24-29 [24] But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow does not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. [25] And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: [26] And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? [27] And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. [28] But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come to you. [29] Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
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 Christ is coming as king of kings to bind the strong and powerful one who sows confusion, malice, and opposition to God on earth.

The court court case has been heard... the defendant has been found guilty... he will be sent to prison.

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