Boy, I will catch heat for this one. The answer to this question – drum roll please – is, no!
Contrary to what is being taught about Satan’s location, he still has full access to the heavenly realm and to the earth below. I will explain why?
A Look At The Serpent’s Sin In The Garden
We know that the Serpent thoroughly deceived the woman Eve in the Garden. (Gen 3:13; 1 Tim 2:14). What the Serpent told the woman was a lie and an act of abject rebellion against the Most High God. The Serpents deception of the woman had dire consequences not only for her and her husband, Adam – who knew better and was not deceived – but also to their offspring: All of mankind. Yet, did the Serpents lie, deception, and rebellion against God limit or prevent his access into heaven? Did these acts land him in some underground fiery hell? No, they did not because much later after the event in the Garden of Eden we see Satan taking his station in front of God along with the other sons of the true God and carried on a conversation with God concerning the man Job. Job 1:6 reads:
One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them.
Now I ask: “What event of rebellion, deception, lying or other sin has Satan committed that was greater in magnitude in what he did in the Garden that would get him “kicked out of heaven?’ The answer is none. Satan to this day still has full access to the heavenly realm and before the Father in heaven.
Satan is our accuser to this very day. He accuses us before God as he did the man Job. If Satan was not accusing us day and night before, we would need no mediator or intercessor between us and God. Yet, that we do have a mediator and intercessor between us and The Most High God, shows that Satan is accusing us. Notice how 1 Tim 2:5-6 reads:
For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.
Notice that it is not followers of Christ that he (Christ) meditates in behalf of; but for all of mankind.
A Mistake In Teaching
The religious system called by men, Christianity for a very long time has taught that Satan is in some fiery hell; an eternal and fictitious place that they (Christianity) created. Scripture shows that the punishment for the unforgivable sin is eternal destruction (no longer existing), not eternal torment. 2 Thess 1:9 confirms this:
They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.
Some denominations within the religious system called and created by men, Christianity, teach that Satan is not in a fiery hell but on earth influencing mankind to do bad. That makes no sense because on the day that Adam took some of the fruit from his wife and ate it, his eyes were opened and he knew good and bad for himself. In other words, he (Adam) would define for himself the things that are good and the things that are bad. Adam, not God, defined that it was bad that he was naked. Today, all of mankind is like Adam. Each defines for himself what is good and what is bad. What others may define as good, is bad to others. What others define as bad is good for others. So it is a cop out to ascribe all of the heinous acts that mankind has committed upon each other as Satan causing them to do it.
Satan did not influence Cain to kill his Brother Abel. Scripture shows that Cain out of a bad heart and heated anger and jealousy killed his Brother. This same attituded is displayed among the nations today as they slay one another and they enter into their Synagogues, Mosques, and Churches to have their consciences and evil acts massaged away. To Cains credit, at least he did not blame Satan as so many do today.
The Time For Satan Ousting
The most important book in existence today is what is called The Book of Revelation. More accurately it is A Revelation By Jesus Christ That God Gave Him. That, in my opinion, is what the book should be entitled. Why do I say it is the most important document mankind has in its possession? Because as I just stated, it is a revelation from Jesus Christ that God Himself gave him. No other book in what men call the Bible can claim this. Notice how Revelation 1:1-2 reads:
The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.
While the revelation is from Jesus, God gave it to him. Therefore, God Himself is the originator of the revelation message. No other book can make this claim.
What has not been realized by the religious system called by men, Christianity, is that nothing in the Revelation By God has had a start of being fulfilled. That so many believe that it has, will (and has) serve as a springboard to misleading them.
Rightly should the Revelation come from God Himself! Why? Because He will be the one who will install His Son as King over the earth for 1000 years. The Most High God will place the crown upon his Son’s head. That is why we read in Revelation 1:1-2 that God gave the Revelation to His Son who will have a definite kingdom of 1000 years over the earth. And, therein lies the key as to when the revelation will have fulfillment. Follow this.
What many fail to see is why the revelation was given to Christ by God in the first place. The answer is right there at Revelation 1:1:
to show his servants what must soon take place.
To show them what must shortly take place after what? Let’s face it, it has been nearly 2000 years since the Apostle John and other servants back then died. So in reference to their time period, how can one qualify shortly? You can’t. That means, then, the reference to show his servants what must soon take place must apply to another period. Which one?
Since Christ is involved here and he was given the Revelation by God, it would have to do with his kingdom of 1000 years that is yet to come. But the Revelation by Jesus Christ would not be about what occurs during his 1000 year Kingdom over the earth because Satan is locked up for the duration of it. Additionally, Christ 1000 Kingdom will be a paradise. (Luke 23:43)
Therefore, the only time period that would fit would be that one after Christs 1000 year Kingdom will have ended; and that is exactly what the Revelation By Jesus Christ is a warning about. It is a warning of what will shortly take place after Christs 1000 year Kingdom ends. (Rev 20:6-7)
The ending of Christs 1000 year definite Kingdom over the earth is not the end of this world as it will have been destroyed 1000 years before Christ’s Kingdom stands up, but the beginning of something to follow: Satan’s ascension out of the Abyss. (Rev 20:7)
It is during that time after Christs 1000 year kingdom has ended that Satan ascends to establish a Beast (a worldwide throne and government over the earth), an Image of that throne (a worldwide Constitutional document), a False Prophet (men and women in positions of influence and satanic authority campaigning support/worship of that government) and other things on the earth. The act of establishing things takes an element of time. No government is built over night; and, neither will Satan’s. But we do not know how long it will take Satan to establish his beastly system or how long it will exist. Neither will the world initially know that it is Satan who is behind the establishment of this future world government and its image. In fact, Satan’s government will so closely resemble what it took Christ 1000 years to establish, that that future world will think it is still under Christ’s government. They will even call Satans period of rule over the earth a time period of “Peace and Security.” Something that future world of mankind will not want to relinquish to any power that comes down from above: God’s Kingdom. (That is the subject of Armageddon. Read article here, What Is Armageddon).
It is also during that time period (establishment of Satan’s throne) that the Great Tribulation and Armageddon occurs.
The Revelation By God that He gave Jesus is a warning of what is going to take place shortly after Christ’s Kingdom of 1000 years ends.
Jesus’ disciples at Matthew 24:3 were keenly interested in when Christ’s kingdom would begin and when it would end. That is what they are asking him. They are not asking Jesus when this world end, but when his kingdom would begin (his return) and when his kingdom would end (the end of his age or kingdom).
Satan’s (and his angels) ousting from heaven occurs when Christ is coronated king by His Father in heaven. What many refer to as “Christs’ Second Coming” is not a literal return to the earth; but rather, a coming as King over the earth reigning from heaven. A ruler does not have to be physically present to rule over what is his.
One of Christs first acts as King over the earth is to bring Satan down to it and imprison him on it’ rendering him for 1000 years inactive and blind and powerless. In effect Satan is out of the way, and unable to interfere with Christs 1000 year administration over the earth.
Christ has not yet been coronated king as some religious organizations claim. Such untruthful claims really skew (actually screw) things up and have peoples minds focused and existing in the wrong place and time. In other words, they have been led (misled) to a wrong time and place.
The effects of a new ruler would be felt worldwide and anyone with an inkling of common sense can see that the nations today and their leaders are doing as they please. A new powerful ruler and king over the earth would not allow the nations to do as they please within his kingdom. This is powerful evidence that Christ has not been given the earth yet as its King by His Father in heaven.
So since Christ has not been coronated as king … yet … by his Father in heaven, neither has Satan been ousted from the heavenly realm.
Satan has to be – MUST BE – present for the event of Christ’s coronation by his Father in heaven as it will serve as a witness to him who the Father has given His authority and a kingdom over the earth for 1000 years. Therefore, Satan still to this day has full access to the heavenly realm.
Jesus’ disciples asked him for a single event that would signal his return as king over the earth. We read their question to him at Matthew 24:3:
Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming …
Notice that it was not a series of events – or signs – that they asked, but the sign?
Jesus answers their question at Matthew 24:30 as he says:
Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.
Look at Jesus’ response very closely. Notice where the sign is seen: It is seen in heaven. In other words, no one on earth will see it. Only those who reside in heaven – Angels, to include Satan – will witness this sign. Additional clues in Matthew 24:30 help us identify what that sign is. Notice the reference to the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. This is a King! A powerful king with great glory. Therefore, the sign is Christ’s coronation as king over the earth by his Father. The place this coronation occurs is in heaven. No human on earth can see into heaven.
Matthew 24:30 does not say that humans will see the sign in heaven. It only says that they will mourn when they see (perceive) Christ is king. How?
Another one of Christs acts as king after he Abysses Satan, is to resurrect ALL of mankind born since Adam to include Adam from the dead. His promise to do this is stated at John 5:28-29 where he says:
Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.
When one comes out of their grave after hearing a voice – Christs voice – that once dead person will know who it was who resurrected them. It is in this manner that they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds. Their mourning will not be mournings of sadness, but elation and astonishment. Yet, Jesus said do not be amazed at the incredible event of the resurrection.
Much of the world has been mislead and deceived concerning the truth of Satan’s location and the Sign of Christs coming. Yet, that is the primary reason the religious organizations claiming to follow Christ stand up today: Not to lead persons to Christs’ teachings, but to mislead them away from them by snaring many with a truthful acknowledgment about Christ, and once having ensnared them, mislead and deceive them. Jesus said this would happen in a very large way at Matthew 24:4-5:
Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.
Jesus’ prophetic statement accurately describes what stands up on the earth today: Christianity. Yet, the rafter in its own eye is so large that it can see what it is. It becomes offended and lashes out at any that exposes it what it is: An impostor; a counterfeit; an opposer of Christ’s teachings. It prefers it’s traditions and icons and teaches others to follow its traditions and rituals.
This impostor loudly proclaims to all of the world the lie and error that Satan is in a fiery hell or confined to the vicinity of the earth, no longer allowed to enter into heaven.