|Satan Evicted: The Foundation|
Satan Evicted: The Foundation
The tale of God’s dealing with mankind is long, complex, and multifaceted… It is humanly impossible to summarize God’s plan within a few brief paragraphs; therefore, within this study, I will present simplified elements illustrating a single facet of the entire story. When pieced together, those elements help paint an overall portrait of God’s message. I will begin with the role of Satan as “god” of this world.
The Garden: Satan’s Obtains the Lease
kingdom: basileia: kingship, sovereignty, authority, rule, especially of God, both in the world, and in the hearts of men; hence: kingdom, in the concrete sense.1
The kingdom of God is not yet a physical, earthly kingdom. Since the Gospel of Jesus Christ now belongs to the Gentile as well as the Jew, an individual may either be a subject in the kingdom of God or of the ruler of this world – Satan. It’s really just a matter of legal status.
Genesis 1:27-28: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (KJV)
When God created man, he made Adam the ruler of planet Earth… The world was the kingdom of Adam – God gave Adam an eternal lease on the planet Earth. There was only one requirement for Adam to retain this dominion – obedience to God. Unfortunately, Adam was not obedient to God; instead, he (through Eve) succumbed to the serpent’s (Satan) temptation… he was obedient to the Satan… he surrendered his dominion to Satan.
2 Peter 2:19: They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you. (NLT)
Thus, the Satan became the sovereign (god, prince) of this world.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4: Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don't understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. (NLT)
John 12:30-31: Then Jesus told them, "The voice was for your benefit, not mine. The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out. (NLT)
After man’s second chance following flood, the authority given to Noah was different than that of Adam – there was no command to have “dominion” over the earth:
Genesis 9:1-3: And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. (KJV)
Along with losing sovereignty over the earth, man experienced separation from God and physical death.
Genesis 3:23-24: Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. (KJV)
Thus, through the Adam’s disobedience, the legal status of man and the earth was altered:
This penalty was applied not just to Adam, but to all men.
Romans 5:12: Wherefore , as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. (KJV)
The Crucifixion: Notice of Intent to Evict
The Good News of the Gospel was that this legal situation was going to be reversed:
Jesus, a man of the flesh, did NOT succumbed to the temptation of Satan
Luke 4:5-8: And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, “All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.” And Jesus answered and said unto him, “Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, ‘Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.’” (KJV)
Matthew 4:8-10: Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto him, “All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” Then saith Jesus unto him, “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, ‘Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.’” (KJV)
By being obedient to God, Jesus reclaimed the earth from Satan
Matthew 3:16-17: And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (KJV)
Luke 22:42: Saying, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” (KJV)
Acts 26:18: ...to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. (KJV)
Colossians 1:13-14: For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (KJV)
By being obedient to God, Jesus closed the separation from God (spiritual rebirth)
John 3:5-17: Jesus answered, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again... And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (KJV)
John 6:38-39: For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. (KJV)
Romans 5:18-21: Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous… That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV)
By giving his life on the cross, Jesus paid the penalty of physical death (the resurrection)
Luke 22:15-17: And he said unto them, “With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it [the real Passover] be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. “(KJV)
1 Corinthians 15:21-22: For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. (KJV)
Hebrew 2:9: But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. (KJV)
At one point during Christ’s crucifixion, the total weight of man’s sin is assumed by the Jesus and God the Father turned his back on the Son. Engulfed with the grief of separation, Christ calls out, “ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” that is, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?” Then a short while later, Christ asks for some vinegar and then proclaims, “It is finished.”
I’ve read articles that discussed the “difficulty” with Christ taking the vinegar (a form of wine) while on the cross. During the last communion with his disciples, Christ asserted that he would not drink wine until the kingdom of God comes:
Luke 22:18: For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes. (KJV)
Matthew 26:29: But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom. (KJV)
Mark 14:25: Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God. (KJV)
I see no “difficulty” with Christ drinking the “fruit of the vine” at this point on the cross. He had just assumed the full burden of man’s disobedience and incurred the penalty due – spiritual death – the separation from God. Thus, the gulf between God and man had been fully bridged… the kingdom of God had fully come. Christ, the disciples, and all who are obedient to God could now drink it new…
However, there remained one more phase in the redemption process remaining – the penalty of physical death. When that penalty was paid, the legal requirements for redemption of planet Earth and mankind were complete. Among the events and earthquake of that moment, there is a scripture of special note:
Matthew 27:52-53: …the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. (KJV)
This event only appears in Matthew’s Gospel and cannot be validated; however, it does help to illustrate a few points:
Those with a realized eschatology view might be inclined to say, “This was it. Christ is now reigning in heaven and all New Testament prophecy is being fulfilled within the current age.” However, we need to remember that it was several years between David’s anointment and his ascension to the throne.
The Current Age: The Eviction Hearing
The Eviction Process
Although the “legal” requirements for the redemption of planet Earth and mankind were fulfilled at the cross, Jesus Christ has not yet taken physical possession of planet Earth.
Many biblical scholars claim that we are now are now living in the “millennial” reign with Jesus Christ ruling from king David’s throne in heaven. They assert that Satan is already bound and unable to deceive the nations. They also contend that the next great global action with be the general resurrection followed by the white throne judgment and the new heaven and new earth. What these scholars fail to realize is that the eviction of Satan as the god of this world is a multistep process.
Within the United States, there are several steps a landlord must take in order to evict a tenant from their property. Although the process varies from state to state, the process generally follows four steps:
The process can take as little as twenty days and may take several months or even years. The giving notice and subsequent removal does not occur at the same moment. In the case of planet Earth, nearly two millennia have passed since the tenet (Satan) was given his “Notice of Intent to Evict.”
Why the delay? God is just and compassionate. Just as an earthly judge provides wayward tenets an opportunity to correct rental deficiencies, God provides mankind an opportunity to “get right with God.” As an individual, we have a chance to continue down the path of disobedience, demonstrating an allegiance to Satan, or we have a chance to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, demonstrating an allegiance to God. God is patiently waiting for all souls elected for salvation to be born and saved. This concept is best illustrated in the Parable of the Wheat and Weeds:
Matthew 13:24-29: The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew.
The farmer’s workers went to him and said, “Sir, the field where you planted that good seed is full of weeds! Where did they come from?”
“An enemy has done this!”the farmer exclaimed.
“Should we pull out the weeds?” they asked.
“No,” he replied, “you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.” (NLT)
Matthew 13:37-43: Jesus replied, “The Son of Man is the farmer who plants the good seed. The field is the world, and the good seed represents the people of the Kingdom. The weeds are the people who belong to the evil one. The enemy who planted the weeds among the wheat is the devil. The harvest is the end of the world, and the harvesters are the angels.
Just as the weeds are sorted out and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the world. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will remove from his Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. And the angels will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand! (NLT)
God is patiently waiting until the wheat harvest is full:
2 Peter 3:9: The Lord isn't really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. (NLT)
The Written Complaint
Within our eviction analogy, God the Father serves as the judge and Jesus Christ serves as the landlord. In order to obtain an eviction judgment, Christ needs to demonstrate two requirements before the judge:
Jesus Christ’s actions during his earthly ministry and upon the cross demonstrate that he has fulfilled the conditions of the first requirement:
Revelation 5:9-10: And they sang a new song with these words: “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. And you have caused them to become a Kingdom of priests for our God. And they will reign on the earth.” (NLT)
Revelation, Chapter 12, outlines seven counts of conspiracy that compose a written indictment of Satan’s offenses towards God, Jesus Christ, and mankind. Although this is a criminal indictment, it is sufficient to demonstrate that Satan has not fulfilled his requirements as a faithful tenant:
The term “conspiracy” is defined as:
from Random House Dictionary
The unindicted coconspirators are numerous and include:
The Eviction Judgment
As of this very moment, all requirements necessary to satisfy an eviction judgment have been fulfilled; however, the judge, God the Father, has not yet rendered the Eviction Judgment nor has the Notice of Intent to Vacate been posted. At the end of the current age, when the harvest is full, the judge will hand law enforcement officials the Eviction Judgment – God the Father will hand Jesus Christ the scroll with the seven seals (Revelation 5:1) and the final removal process will begin (Revelation 6:1-20:3):
The book of Revelation provides a description of the final eviction process, justification for that eviction, Satan’s final efforts to retain possession of planet Earth, and the ultimate results of that eviction. Many Christians feel that the book is too “difficult” for individual study, and there is widespread confusion and conflict over the book’s meaning. However, the book of Revelation is the inspired Word of God and an equal partner with the other books in the Bible. It is worthy of our attention:
Revelation 2:7, 2:29, 2:11, 2:17, 3:6, 3:13, 3:22: Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.
Revelation 1:3: Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
Revelation 22:7: Look, I am coming soon! Blessed are those who obey the words of prophecy written in this book."
Rev. 12: Justification for the Outpouring of Wrath
Revelation, Chapter 12, also serves as a criminal indictment against Satan and those individuals who show allegiance to Satan. The placement of Chapter 12, after the sounding of the seventh trumpet, serves to justify the seven vials of wrath that will be poured out upon the earth. Make no mistake, this wrath will be poured out upon all humans who have denied Jesus is the Christ and has come in the flesh:
1 John 2:22: And who is a liar? Anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ. Anyone who denies the Father and the Son is an antichrist. (NLT)
2 John 1:7: I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They deny that Jesus Christ came in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist. (NLT)
Just as those who repent, confess, and have faith in Jesus Christ will be saved; those who deny Jesus Christ are antichrists and have already been condemned:
2 Peter 2:3-6: …But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed. For God did not spare even the angels who sinned. He threw them into hell, in gloomy pits of darkness, where they are being held until the day of judgment. And God did not spare the ancient world—except for Noah and the seven others in his family… Later, God condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and turned them into heaps of ashes. He made them an example of what will happen to ungodly people. (NLT)
God is a loving God; however, he is also a God of wrath and revenge:
Deuteronomy 32:35: 'Vengeance is Mine, and retribution, In due time their foot will slip; For the day of their calamity is near, And the impending things are hastening upon them.' (NASB)
Deuteronomy 32:41: If I sharpen My flashing sword, And My hand takes hold on justice, I will render vengeance on My adversaries, And I will repay those who hate Me. (NASB)
Before he pours his wrath upon mankind, God has repeatedly provided opportunities and warnings to the earth’s inhabitants:
The creation, our universe, bears witness to the divine nature of God
Romans 1:20: For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. (NLT)
During Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry, he provided ample warning of the signs that will occur just prior to the outpouring of wrath
Matthew 24:33: In the same way, when you see all these things, you can know his return is very near, right at the door. (NLT)
The Holy Spirit came on the day of Pentecost and serves as a witness to Jesus Christ
John 15:26: But I will send you the Advocate--the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me. (NLT)
During the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, the breaking of the first six seals warns mankind that the end of the age with its subsequent outpouring wrath in upon them
Revelation 6:8: I looked up and saw a horse whose color was pale green. Its rider was named Death, and his companion was the Grave. These two were given authority over one-fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword and famine and disease and wild animals.
During the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, God will send three angels with three messages to divinely deliver the Gospel and warnings to all of mankind
Revelation 14:6-10: And I saw another angel flying through the sky, carrying the eternal Good News to proclaim to the people who belong to this world—to every nation, tribe, language, and people… Then another angel followed him through the sky, shouting, “Babylon is fallen—that great city is fallen—because she made all the nations of the world drink the wine of her passionate immorality.” Then a third angel followed them, shouting, “Anyone who worships the beast and his statue or who accepts his mark on the forehead or on the hand must drink the wine of God’s anger… (NLT)
During the latter portion of the Great Tribulation, God will send two witnesses who give warning of God’s wrath soon be poured out upon mankind
Revelation 11:3-4: And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will be clothed in burlap and will prophesy during those 1,260 days.” These two prophets are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of all the earth. (NLT)
The inhabitants of earth are without excuse. When Jesus Christ comes in the clouds with his angels to gather his elect from the four corners of the earth, those who will be left behind will fully comprehend the event:
Matthew 24:30: And then at last, the sign that the Son of Man is coming will appear in the heavens, and there will be deep mourning among all the peoples of the earth. And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (NLT)
Luke 21:26-27: People will be terrified at what they see coming upon the earth, for the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with power and great glory. (NLT)
Revelation 6:10-11: Then everyone—the kings of the earth, the rulers, the generals, the wealthy, the powerful, and every slave and free person—all hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. And they cried to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. (NLT)
1“basileia,” Strong’s Concordance: Biblos.com, 2011. < http://concordances.org/greek/932.htm> Oct. 15, 2011.
2“kabash,” Strong’s Concordance: Biblos.com, 2011. <http://concordances.org/hebrew/3533.htm> Oct. 15, 2011
3“radah,” Strong’s Concordance: Biblos.com, 2011. <http://concordances.org/hebrew/7287.htm> Oct. 15, 2011
4“mora,” Strong’s Concordance: Biblos.com, 2011. <http://concordances.org/hebrew/4172.htm> Oct. 15, 2011
5“chath,” Strong’s Concordance: Biblos.com, 2011. <http://concordances.org/hebrew/2844.htm> Oct. 15, 2011
6“nathan,” Strong’s Concordance: Biblos.com, 2011. <http://concordances.org/hebrew/5414.htm> Oct. 15, 2011
7The anointing does not mean that he had assumed King David’s throne; after David’s anointing, several years passed before he assumed the throne.
With all glory, honor, and praise to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit...
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