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 Revelation 12:7-12 talks about the casting out of Satan-two times. One was at the beginning when he rebelled in Heaven, just before creation of life on earth, and the second was at Calvary.

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And 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. (Revelation 12:7-9) 

This war was in Heaven; two groups against each other- Michael and the loyal angels on one side, and Satan and his angels on the other side. In this first battle Satan and his sympathizers lost their place in Heaven. They were thrown out from Heaven to earth.

Obviously, this earth was still uninhabited. It was “without form and void and darkness was on the face of the deep” (Genesis 1:2).

God had to throw him out of Heaven into a particular place. As the whole universe is God’s, Satan had to be somewhere in God’s vast creation. And earth was the place.

And when God created life on planet earth (according to His prior plan and set time), He warned Adam and Eve of this wily foe.

Satan would not have got a hold on this planet had Adam and Eve stood the simplest of test, just once! God then would have cut short the time period of Satan.

ONE MIGHT SAY: Why did God create life here, if Satan was already around?

Well, let me tell you, if God was scared of Satan He would not have created life here. A stronger person does not fear a weaker one. God made all arrangements for Adam and Eve not to fall, and if at all they did, by their own choice, He had a great plan of restoration ready, that would unmask the devil fully, and reveal an amazing and sacrificial God!

And it did not matter as to where Satan would have been thrown. If God threw him to another place, Satan would still come to tempt the newly created pair, as he would tempt all of God’s intellectual creatures. Remember he was visiting Heaven for the heavenly meetings even after he was cast out, as the representative of earth (See Job 1:6). If he could travel to the city of God, don’t you think he would have gone to try out his tricks in the other worlds too! And it was only when our first parents fell, Satan got hold of this planet. And now he has a home from where he continues his battle with God.

In Genesis 2:17 God told Adam and Eve of the test. That revealed that the devil was around and that he would come anytime to tempt them. He was already cast out from Heaven by then, with the third of Heaven’s angels.

When Christ was here as a man, he told His disciples about the falling of Satan from Heaven. Notice, He put it in the past tense, indicating that it already happened.

And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. (Luke 10:18)

In the book of Job we see Satan telling God that he came from earth, the planet he has usurped.

And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou?

Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. (Job 1:7)

Also, in the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness we see the devil declaring that he is the ruler of this planet, that he got this dominion (when he defeated Adam):

And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, showed 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. (Luke 4:5, 6)

So the casting out of Satan and his angels took place just before the creation of man in the Garden of Eden. After the fall of our first parents, Satan and his fellow devils got their residence stamped on planet earth. This would be their home along with human beings.

But God had a different plan. Satan thought he won a decisive victory when he got the people who were just made in the “image of God”, on his side. Forever, he thought, humanity would be his, and this planet would be his, as it was given to man. The One who cast him out of Heaven in the first battle, would cast him out again in an unbelievable and glorious second battle on earth itself, the home ground of the fallen angel and his rebels!

Against all odds, Christ won gloriously! It was the enemy’s ground. His own people did not accept Him; the religious men of

Israel were His worst enemies. He took a nature like ours and yet did not give in to temptations. His own friends betrayed Him, denied Him, and all His disciples forsook Him, when He wanted them most!

Even when He was hungry, He controlled His appetite and hunger. A hungry God overcame a full devil in the wilderness! The devil tried his best with all his temptations and crafts to get the Man Jesus, but failed thoroughly. Praise God for that victory! He won the battle for the universal family! He won the most decisive battle, which will be the hot talk for all eternity! The science for eternity- the science of all sciences-will be the science of salvation!

There was another casting out of Satan. Christ Himself mentioned it prior to His death. Referring to His death, He said:

Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. (John 12: 31)

You see the second casting out of the devil was at the death of Jesus!

John the revelator talks about this second casting out after talking about the first casting out.

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. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Revelation 12: 10, 11)

There are clear clues in the text itself. This second casting out of Satan was when “salvation” came, when “the blood of the Lamb” was shed. That was at Calvary. That was what Jesus also referred to in John 12:31.

In this second casting out of Satan, it is mentioned that “the accuser of our brethren is cast down”. Remember the story of Job 1: 6-12? Satan had access to Heaven as he represented planet earth after Adam and Eve became his captives. As he accused God regarding Job, he accused every child of God as worthless (see also Zechariah 2:1, 2). And it was not a pleasant moment at all for God or the holy angels.

At the Cross, Satan’s access to Heaven was forever shut. Since Christ won the most decisive battle with Satan, the Lord Himself would represent the human race in all the Heavenly meetings from then on. What a relief it was for the angels of Heaven! No more he could create unhappiness, and disturb the holy atmosphere of Heaven.

Now, from the time Jesus won that battle on Calvary, He became man’s Representative, Jesus being the Son of man Himself.

He is the eldest brother of our race! No more the “accuser of the brethren”, is there to accuse, we have now “an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous”! (1 John 2:1)

You think the devil is happy about all this? Not at all! He is more upset and more determined to wage war on Christ’s children on earth. The Bible continues:

Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them.

Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. (Revelation 12:12)

The devil realized his days are numbered. That victory of Jesus on Calvary, and that triumphant cry of the dying Savior, “It is finished” (John 19:30), sent waves of joy to Heaven, but shivers of shock down Satan’s spine! He knew the meaning of the message.

From then on, his time to live was short.

He knoweth that he hath but a short time. (Revelation 12:12)

How much shorter it is now after 2000 years! Soon God will wind up history. Get ready for Heaven, as Satan gets ready for extinction!