Did God forgive the devil, when He cast him out of Heaven?

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All right. So Barbara is asking, did God forgive the devil when he cast him out of Heaven?

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All right, so that was an interesting question because when we read things, we ought can read it from a particular framework we already have in our head. So when I say God testing out Satan, I always think right off, okay, well that was a bad thing. But I suppose for some people it could be a question of yeah is they didn’t given a chance to be forgiven. Like why is he still allowed to run around and do things? So let’s take a dive into this.

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Barbara, great question. So let’s take a look first at the situations when God does give forgiveness. So it’s not that we’ve talked about before, but it’s important to keep in mind. So first let’s check out Acts 822. This is Peter speaking to, I believe, Simon Maggots, and he says, Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray to God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven of you.

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So what does he need to do to be forgiven? You’re saying you need to repent. Then you go to Second Chronicles. 714. Love this verse.

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It says, if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and heal their land. So when will God forgive them and heal their land? It says, when they humble themselves, pray, seek his face and turn from their wicked ways. That’s like a good visual understanding of repentance to turn away from being on the wrong path and going on God’s path.

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So this is the requirement to be forgiven. And then we have Satan now who’s cast out of heaven. So we look at Revelation twelve nine. It says, and the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old called the devil, and Satan, which they saved the whole world, he was cast out into earth, and his angels were cast out with them.

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And was he forgiven? Let’s check out the couple verses forward. Revelation 1212 so therefore rejoice you heavens and you that dwell in them, woe to the inhabitants of earth. So for us here on earth it’s a bad thing satan’s cast down. Why?

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For the devil has come down to you having great wrath. He’s very angry because he knows that his time is short. So why is he angry? Why is his time short? So obviously he lost.

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He got booted out of heaven. He’s not repented at all, right? And he knows his time is short. God has promised judgment against him. Two, Peter 24 says, for if God spare not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into changes of darkness to be reserved under judgment.

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I mean, the verse goes on so this is a segment of it. But talked about how these angels kicked out of heaven. Now they’re trapped here on earth. They’re stuck here waiting to be judged. Same time when the wicked humans will be judged.

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And then Jude one six, same thought. And the angels which kept not their first estate, those that didn’t stay in heaven but left their own habitation, he God has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day. So here it’s even more clear that the wicked angels are trapped here on earth until they’re going to be judged. And I should say not necessarily judged. They’ve already been judged.

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They’ve already been judged, has fallen. They have already been found unworthy to be in heaven and now they’re just awaiting the final judgment in terms of the execution of the judgment. And the wages of sin is death and God will purge sin from the whole world. And we see this sort of discussed in Ezekiel. So let’s flash to Ezekiel and say dash is going to be destroyed in a unique way.

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Ezekiel 20 816. It says, by the abundance of your trading, and I believe this verse is speaking of Sadie, it says, by the abundance of your trading, you became filled with violence within and you sinned, therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God and I destroyed you, covering cherub from the midst of the fiery stone. I kick you out, kick you out of heaven. Ezekiel 28 now versus 18 to 19. So going forward couple, you defiled your sanctuaries by the multitudes of your inequities, by the iniquity of your trading and talk about how Satan is trying to bring everybody down with them.

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Therefore I brought fire from your midst, it devoured you and I turned you to ashes upon the earth. And the sight of all who saw you, all who knew you among the peoples are astonished at you. You’ve become a horror and you shall be no more forever. And you’re like, well this is past tense. Yes, this is the past tense.

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But basically this is God’s obituary for Satan. So God has already written the obituary for Satan and he’s going to carry it out and it will cause fire to just come up even in the midst of Satan and devour him and he’ll be destroyed forever.

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Satan has not repented. God never wanted it to come to this. But he has to, he has to bring an entice in and it’s just like if you’re weeding in the garden and if you’ve ever just pulled up a weed and you just pulled the top, come back a week later or two and it will shot up even more. And now you have to dig even deeper. You have to yank a weed up by the roots and pull up all those little roots.

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For us it’s going to keep coming back. And it’s the same thing with sin and the root of the sin is Satan. He’s the father of all lies. He is a murder from the beginning and he has to be eliminated or there will always be suffering. Pain, death, sorrow.

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That’s the unfortunate thing. God doesn’t want to do it. It’s his strange act, as he calls it. But that’s the sad thing. Satan has not been forgiven and judgment has already been determined for him.

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