Will Satan be cast in hell with humans?

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By BibleAsk Team


The destiny of Satan, often depicted as the archenemy of God and humanity, is a subject of theological inquiry and debate within Christian eschatology. The Bible provides insights into the ultimate fate of Satan and his followers, indicating that they will face judgment and utter destruction for their sins.

The Rebellion of Satan: A Cosmic Conflict Unfolds

The narrative of Satan’s destiny begins with his rebellion against God, recounted in passages such as Isaiah 14:12-15 and Ezekiel 28:12-17 (NKJV). These passages depict Satan, originally known as Lucifer, as a powerful and majestic being who sought to exalt himself above God but was cast down from heaven due to his pride and rebellion.

Isaiah 14:12-15 (NKJV) reads:

“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit.”

Ezekiel 28:17 (NKJV) similarly states:

“Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, That they might gaze at you.”

These passages highlight the pride and rebellion that led to Satan’s fall from grace and his subsequent expulsion from heaven. The imagery of being cast down to Sheol, the lowest depths of the Pit, conveys the severity of Satan’s judgment and the depths of his spiritual degradation.

Satan’s Activity on Earth: The Adversary of Humanity

Following his expulsion from heaven, Satan becomes the adversary of humanity, actively seeking to deceive and destroy God’s creation. The New Testament portrays Satan as the ruler of this world (John 12:31, 2 Corinthians 4:4) and the instigator of sin and suffering (1 Peter 5:8, Ephesians 6:12). His primary objective is to thwart God’s purposes and lead humanity astray from the path of righteousness.

Despite his malevolent intentions, Satan’s power is limited, and his ultimate defeat is assured through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. Colossians 2:15 (NKJV) declares:

“Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”

This passage affirms Christ’s victory over the spiritual forces of darkness, including Satan, through His death and resurrection. While Satan continues to exert influence in the world, his ultimate defeat is certain, and his judgment is imminent.

The destiny of the devil and his demons is already determined. Jesus said, “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41, NKJV). The fallen angels “who did not keep their [a]proper domain” (Jude 6-7, NKJV) are going to perish in the fires of the last day (2 Peter 2:4).

The Millennium: Satan Bound and Christ Reigns

The concept of the millennium, a period of one thousand years during which Christ reigns in heaven with His saints while Satan is bound in earth with the dead wicked, is a central theme in Christian eschatology. Revelation 20:1-3 (NKJV) describes the binding of Satan during the millennium:

“Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished.”

During the millennium, Satan is bound because the wicked are all dead with no one to influence. Thus, he is prevented from deceiving the nations. This temporary restraint of Satan’s influence demonstrates God’s sovereignty over evil and serves as a prelude to Satan’s final judgment.

The Final Judgment: Satan’s Doom Sealed

Following the conclusion of the millennium, Satan is released from his prison for a brief period as the wicked are raised for the final judgement. Revelation 20:7-10 (NKJV) describes Satan’s final rebellion and defeat:

“Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

This passage depicts Satan’s final attempt to deceive the nations and wage war against God’s people, culminating in his decisive defeat and eternal damnation in the lake of fire. The imagery of fire and brimstone symbolizes the severity of Satan’s punishment.

After the 1000 years, the holy city will come down from heaven with the saints in it (Revelation 21:2), the wicked will attempt to capture it. At that time, God will rain down fire from heaven upon the earth, and it will destroy the devil, his angels, and all the wicked (Revelation 20:9,10).

The Fate of Humans

While Satan’s destiny is sealed in the lake of fire, the fate of humanity is determined by their response to the gospel message. Those who reject Christ and align themselves with Satan’s rebellion will share in his judgment, facing annihilation in hell (Matthew 25:41, Revelation 20:15). Conversely, those who place their faith in Christ and receive salvation will inherit eternal life in the presence of God (John 3:16, Revelation 21:3-4).

The devil will be cast into hell at the same time with sinners. The Last prophecy in the Bible talks about God’s final act of judgement on the angel of darkness and his followers: “The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone” (Revelation 20:10).

The Duration of Hell

The Bible does not tell us how long Satan and the sinners will be there before dying in the fire. But God says that humans will be judged according to their works. This means some will receive longer punishment than others, based upon their deeds (Luke 12:47, 48). But eventually hellfire will go out for in God’s new kingdom all “former things” will have passed away. Hell, being one of the former things, is included, so we have the Lord’s assurance that it will be abolished. Hell will not last forever.

Then, God will recreate the earth and the heavens: “I saw a new heaven and a new earth. … And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:1, 4). Conditions as we know today will pass away. There will be nothing left that bears the mark of the curse of sin (Revelation 22:3).

Conclusion: Satan’s Final Destiny and the Triumph of God’s Kingdom

In conclusion, the New Testament provides a comprehensive framework for understanding the destiny of Satan and his followers and their ultimate judgment and annihilatioin. While Satan continues to exert influence in the world, his defeat is assured, and his destiny is sealed in the lake of fire.

As believers await the fulfillment of God’s kingdom, they are called to remain vigilant against the schemes of the devil and to stand firm in their faith, knowing that Christ has already achieved victory over sin and death. In the end, God’s kingdom will prevail, and Satan and his followers will be utterly destroyed, while those who belong to Christ will experience the joy of everlasting fellowship with their Creator.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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