Chapter 24, Part 2: The envoy (apostle) Paul believed in “the King of Kings and Master of Masters Who ALONE has immortality”. Is Satan immortal as well? Elohim (God) said to Satan: “You were the seal of perfection” and “You were in Eden”. He then proclaimed, as if it were already accomplished: “I’ve thrown you to the ground” and “I destroyed you” and “I turned you into ashes on the earth” and “you’ve become a terror, and you’ll cease to exist forever. Part 2 continues explaining virtually everything that the Bible has to say on the topic.
Satan has a literal “second death” along with the rest of the wicked. But even Satan’s fire will burn out in a period of time.
Revelation 19:20 The predatory beast was captured along with the false prophet who performed miraculous signs ‘on his behalf’. By these signs he deceived those who had accepted the mark of the predatory beast and who worshiped his icon. They were both cast as still breathing mortals into the lake of fire ablaze with sulfur.
Revelation 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. —King James Version
The added word “are”, used in many modern Bibles and in the KJV would indicate that the beast and the false prophet are living in eternal flames. Using the implied word “were” is more accurate in this verse because people burn up! The tense of this thought must be determined by the context.
...“They were both cast...” Who are “they”? Is someone else mentioned in this context going to be “tormented day and night”? “THEY will be tormented” but they will become ashes! If Satan is really to burn “forever” then “they”, that is, “the beast and the false prophet” will also! It also appears to say that humanity will suffer forever, however it is “the smoke” (the effect) of the fire that lasts forever (Revelation 14:9-11). In light of all the rest of the Bible, this also must be taken to mean that only the effect of the burning is forever. For more on this see Heaven and Hell. The outcome is much better than you were probably taught.
How long is the aion, or age, that the beast and the false prophet and Satan will be “tormented”? This is important to explain fully because the “forever” guys hang all of their hopes on this one verse! The literal wording in Greek is “to the ages of the ages”. Must that mean “for eternity”. It can be translated that way, but can another duration be specifically determined from the Bible? Examine some other places where John used “to the ages of the ages” to gain some insight. John used the phrase more than all of the other gospel writers put together.
Revelation 22:5 There will be no more night, and they’ll have no need for the light of a candle, or of the light of the sun, because YHVH enlightens them, and They’ll reign forever and ever.
Notice that the “forever and ever” that we will rule only lasts for a thousand years!
Revelation 20:6 Blessed and kadosh is anyone who has part in this first [or best] resurrection, over them the second death has no influence, but they’ll be priests of YHVH and of His Messiah, and they’ll reign with Them during the thousand years.
Here is the key! Reigning “to the ages of the ages” simply means that We will rule over our human brothers and sisters as “Kings and Priests” with Yehovah and His Messiah for exactly a “THOUSAND YEARS”, and then something else will happen. This arrangement won’t last forever. “Forever” in Greek can simply mean an unspecified period of time. Context is necessary to determine the duration. At the end of Revelation, we are talking about a millennium.
“Forever and ever”, or “to the ages of the ages”, is about “DOMINION” and “KINGS” and “KINGDOMS” and “REIGNING” and “THRONES” for specifically “A THOUSAND YEARS”! It does mean something else for Satan and his Babylonian system tho: And THEY will be tormented day and night ‘forever and ever’ or “to the ages of the ages”. “Forever” ends for Satan shortly after “the thousand years have expired”.
Revelation 19:3-4 Again they shouted, “Hallelujah! Her smoke ascends forever and ever.” 4 The twenty-four elders and the four beasts fell down and worshiped YHVH, who was seated on the throne saying, “Aw-main! Hallelujah”!
The stinking smoke will also end!
King David also spoke about “forever and ever” in the same terms:
Psalm 145:1-4,10-15,20-21 (A Psalm of praise by David.) I’ll exalt You, my Elohim the King. I’ll praise Your name forever and ever. 2 I’ll praise You every day. I’ll extol Your name forever and ever. 3 Yehovah is great and most worthy of praise! No one can fathom his greatness! 4 Each generation will commend Your works to the next, and tell of the powerful things You’ve done. ... 10 Everything that You have made will thank You, Yehovah. Your kadosh ones will praise You. 11 They’ll speak of the splendor of Your Kingdom, and talk about Your power, 12 to reveal to ‘humanity’ His mighty acts, the splendor of the majesty of His Kingdom. 13 Your kingdom is an Everlasting Kingdom. Your dominion endures thruout every generation. Yehovah is faithful in all His words, and loving in everything He does. [Clarke’s Commentary] 14 Yehovah supports everyone who falls, and raises up all those who are bent over under burdens. 15 The eyes of all look to You. You give them their food in due time. ... 20 Yehovah protects everyone who loves Him, but He’ll destroy all the wicked. 21 I will tell of Yehovah’s praises 'aloud'. And every creature will bless His kadosh name forever and ever.
Notice that all of the references to “forever and ever” are tied directly to “generations” of humans, the 1,000 year “kingdom” and even providing “food”. Who believes that “ALL FLESH shall bless His kadosh name ‘forever and ever’”
Then Yehovah is forever finished with Satan. Satan’s second death is vividly portrayed in Ezekiel.
Satan himself is claiming to be Elohim and sitting on His very throne:
Ezekiel 28:2 “Human son, tell the leader of Tyre, ‘The Sovereign Yehovah says: You are so ‘conceited’. You’ve said, ‘I am El, and I occupy the throne of Elohim amid the seas.’ But you are a man, not Elohim, tho you ‘pretend’ to be Elohim”.
Most Bibles translate the above verse inconsistently. The first reference to el they say is “a god” and the second they translate as “God”. The subject did not make a radical change in mid sentence. Satan incarnate—will not claim to be “an elohim”, he will claim to be Elohim!
Ezekiel told of the time when Satan will be converted into human form and will sit “in the seat of Elohim” still claiming “I am God”, as if the event had already happened. Notice that this time, Satan’s death is caused by “spontaneous combustion” and his ashes will be scattered on the earth!
Ezekiel 28:11-19 The Word of Yehovah came to me. He said, 12 “Human son, raise a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and tell him, ‘The Sovereign Yehovah says, “You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and exquisite in beauty. 13 You were in Eden, Elohim’s paradise. You were adorned with every kind of precious stone: ruby, topaz, diamond, beryl, onyx, jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald. Your tambourines and mountings were crafted in gold. They were prepared on the day you were created. 14 You were the anointed cherub I appointed to overshadow. You were on the kadosh mountain of Elohim, you walked among the fiery stones. 15 You were blameless in your ways from the day that you were created, until violence was discovered in you. 16 Due to your lavish merchandising, you were filled inside with violence, and you sinned, so I threw you out of Elohim’s mountain as something profane, and I will [imperfect 'tense'] destroy you, overshadowing cherub, amid the stones of fire. 17 You became arrogant because of your beauty. You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. So I threw you to the ground in the presence of kings so they could gaze at you. 18 By your many sins and your dishonest trade, you’ve profaned your palaces. So I brought a fire from within you, and it consumed you. I’ve turned you to ashes on the earth in the sight of everyone who sees you. 19 Everyone who knows you thruout the nations will be appalled at you. You’ve come to a terrible end and will cease to exist forever.
Revelation also mentions Satan’s second death—his death by fire, as we’ll soon see.
A friend of mine, Regina Wilson, after reading my rough draft of this chapter began an effort to persuade her church’s doctrinal committee to consider all of the evidence that Satan and the demons will be destroyed. She cited the following verses as a part of the evidence, in letter form, on 1/25/00.
Mark 1:23-25 In their synagogue there was a man with an unclean spirit who began shouting, 24 “What do you want with us Yeshua of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? We know who You are—the kadosh One of YHVH.” 25 Yeshua scolded him. He said, “Muzzle your mouth and come out of him.”
The demons are also to die and they know it!
Hebrews 2:14-15 Since the children all shared a flesh and blood existence, He too shared in these very things, so that by His death, He could [ultimately] destroy the one who possessed the power of death, namely Satan, 15 and liberate those who were slaves all of their lives due to their fear of death.
Yeshua died in order to “destroy” Satan! Did you ever wonder why Yeshua had to give His life instead of saving the world in some less painful manner? Here is the simplified answer that Yehovah has revealed! There may be a story behind this Biblical reference that is awaiting us. I think perhaps Satan “had” obtained or been entrusted with a special “power”, more specifically “kratos”: meaning “great dominion”. Somehow “through death”, Yeshua deprived him of that “power of death”, freeing us of the “fear of death”. Yeshua became our Passover Lamb and Satan’s executioner!)
Strong’s concordance translates the “destroy” used in the above two verses as, “to destroy fully, destroy, die, lose, mar, perish”.
“Destroy” seems like a clear enough word in the Greek, but Regina’s “Church” ) representative attempted to use a Protestant dictionary to weasel out of the clear Biblical understanding. Rather than argue Greek, Regina responded; “you chose to use Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, 1985, translation of “apollumi” as “The idea is not extinction but ruin, loss, not of being, but of well being.” She added, “Yet, I think you would agree, this same this same word ‘apollumi’ when used in all of these [following verses] really does mean to ‘utterly destroy’”.
Here are the other verses she quoted using “apollumi” in her follow up response.
Matthew 2:13 After they left, a Messenger of YHVH appeared to Joseph in a dream, and said, “Get up and take the Child and His mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, because Herod is going to search for the Child in order to destroy Him.”
Matthew 10:28 Don’t be afraid of those who can kill the body but can’t kill the consciousness [psyche, Gr: psuche]. Instead, be afraid of the One who can destroy both your ‘spirit’ [Gr. psuche, “inner self”] and your body in Gehenna.
Matthew 21:41 They replied, ‘He’ll utterly destroy them and lease the vineyard to other sharecroppers who will give him his share of the harvest.’
Matthew 27:20 But the high priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to demand Bar Abas and destroy Yeshua.
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Faced with sheer logic, the church rep chose to agree to disagree.
There is another word derived from apollumi that is worth noting:
Revelation 17:8 The predatory beast that you saw who was, and is not, is ‘destined’ to reascend before long from the bottomless pit and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth will be amazed (everyone whose names are not written in the Book of Life that was written from the creation of the world), when they see the predatory beast that was, and is not, and yet is coming.
Apoleia means “the destruction of damnation [judgment]”.
Another friend, in a paper on Azazel, used a lexicon rather than check the usage of “abad” in other Hebrew contexts in an effort to conclude that Satan will not die.
“In Ezekiel 28:16 we read about Satan:16 Due to your profuse merchandising, you were filled inside with violence, and you sinned, so I threw you out of Elohim’s mountain like something profane, and I will [imperfect ‘tense’] destroy you, overshadowing cherub, amid the stones of fire.
The words “I’ll destroy you” are a translation of the Hebrew verb “abad”.
Abad is defined as follows:
Gesenius’ places a great deal of emphasis on an exception to the rule. While “abad” can occasionally have other applications, such as lost sheep etc. A simple search of all the places where abad is used shows that the overwhelming majority of uses of the word simply have to do with “utter destruction”.
Here is an example from the Hebrew word “abad” being used exactly as “apollumi” is in the Greek.
Psalm 21:7-12 The king trusts in Yehovah. Because of the loving kindness of the Highest One, he’ll stand firm. . 8 Your hand will find all of Your enemies. Your right hand will ‘seize’ those who hate you. 9 You’ll make them blaze as in an oven when You ‘appear’. Yehovah will consume them in His anger. The fire will devour them. 10 You’ll annihilate their descendants from the earth, their posterity from the human race. 11 Tho they intended to harm you [as does Satan] and conspired against you, they won’t succeed. 12 You’ll put them to flight, when You aim arrows from Your drawn bows at their faces.
Yehovah didn’t mince any words.
“Destroy” used here clearly means that they will die. Look up all of the other places that “abad” is used, there is virtually never any ambiguity in the understanding that it simply concerns death!
My friend drew another conclusion in the same paper concerning Leviticus 16:20-28 that I question. I’ll summarize his perspective: Leviticus has an account of two goats: one “for the Lord” and the other “for the scapegoat” or the Azazel goat. The scapegoat, supposedly representing Satan, is set free “into the wilderness” where he is to this day. The other, representing Yeshua, is killed “for a sin offering”.
He concluded that because the scapegoat is not killed here, that Satan would never be killed. However, if this chapter were about eternal destiny, then Satan would be living forever and Yeshua would be left dead forever! It will be just the opposite in the end. Eternal destiny is obviously not the purpose of Leviticus 16! In fact neither of these sheep represent Satan, but that is another story.
When exactly did Satan fall from heaven (in this case the sky) and take a third of the angels with him? Yeshua made a very short reference to it:
Luke 10:18 He told them, “I saw Satan fall like a lightning flash from the sky.”
The context has to do with casting out demons. He seemed to be saying “You were surprised to see a demon temporarily inconvenienced” (after all, they have a way of returning after they have been cast out: Luke 11:24-26), “but I saw Satan himself falling right out of the sky.”
Here is a question to consider. Can we assume that Satan falling from the sky is the same event that Peter spoke of in reference to the time of the flood? Here is all Peter had to say about it:
 Tartaroo is actually a Greek verb! That’s about the only accurate thing to be found in a lexicon, since verbs simply aren’t nouns! So I ‘doubly verbalized’ tartaroo into ‘tartarooed’ to make a point. These angels will burn during the Judgment (Deuteronomy 32:22-24), but they aren’t burning now. The Aramaic brings out the fact that they are in “Sheol” (1 Peter 3:19)! Revelation 9:14 says they are in the Euphrates river, while verse 11 calls their place of restraint ‘the abyss’! An abyss is usually a very cold and wet place.
If you think that Satan has been in a place of restraint since then it’s time to wake up.
A name that Satan claimed for himself is Morning Star (Lucifer! This is the being who I intend to show is yet to be seen falling from the sky. Yeshua saw this falling star the same way that John saw him, as he described in Revelation:
Revelation 9:1-2 The fifth messenger blew his shofar, and I saw a shooting star in the sky fall to earth. He [the star] was given the key to the bottomless abyss. 2 He opened the bottomless pit and smoke came out of the pit, like smoke from a blast furnace. The smoke from the pit darkened the sun and the air.
Don’t be confused by the past tense that the book of Revelation is written in. He wrote in the past tense as an eye-witness account of what he actually saw. And whether you believe he saw a vision, or believe that he actually “time traveled” into the future and reported what he saw, he still told the whole account as if it had already happened.
So far we have only seen snippets of angels in restraint. But here is the only place where angels getting their wings clipped takes place, and the context puts it squarely into the future. Not to say that these angels hadn’t already defected, the point is that Revelation 12 is a prophecy, not a history lesson. This little chapter provides all of the context relevant to timing necessary.
Revelation 12:1-12 ‘Amazing imagery’ was seen in the sky: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon beneath her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head. 2 Being pregnant, she cried out from birth pains and the agony of giving birth. 3 Another sign appeared in the sky, a huge fiery Dragon [Gr. drakon] that had seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems were on his head. 4 His tail ‘swept’ away a third of the stars [angels, Revelation 9:1] in the sky and cast them to the ground. The Dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that as soon as she had given birth he would devour her Son . 5 She gave birth to a Son who is to rule all nations with a scepter of iron. Her Child was quickly taken up to Yehovah and to His throne. 6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness where YHVH had prepared a place for her, so that THEY could nourish her for 1,260 days. 7 Then there was war in the sky, Michael and his messengers fought against the Dragon, and the Dragon and his angels waged war, 8 but they were ‘defeated’. They could no longer inhabit the sky . 9 The huge Dragon was thrown down, the ancient Dragon who is called the Deceiver and the Adversary, who seduces the entire inhabited world—he was thrown to earth and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 I heard a ‘loud’ voice from the sky say, “Now there is eternal Life and power, and the Kingdom of our YHVH, and the dominion of His Messiah, because the Accuser of our Friends who accused them day and night before our Aloha has been thrown down. 11 They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and because of their spoken testimony. They didn’t love their lives ‘so much that they wouldn’t risk’ death. 12 So the heavens should be joyful and those of you who live there. Pity the earth and the sea, because the deceiver has been cast down to you, filled with rage, knowing that he has little time left.
 This is apparently dual in meaning. It refers to the whole house of Israel being reborn as a nation—not just Judah. Isaiah 66:7 mentions her Son Yeshua being born, while verse 8 refers to the rebirth of Israel: “As soon as Zion had labor pains, she gave birth to her children!”. Israel is the “woman clothed with the sun...moon...stars” (Genesis 37:9).  Satan presently rules over the lower atmosphere. He is “the prince and power of the lower atmosphere” (Ephesians 2:2).
Revelation 12: (Resuming) When the Dragon saw that he had been cast to the ground, he persecuted the woman who had given birth to the Son. 14 The woman was given the two wings of a huge eagle so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place of habitation, where she would be nourished for a time, times, and half a time, from the ‘presence’ of the serpent. 15 The Dragon spewed water from his mouth like a river toward the woman, attempting to sweep her away by the flood. 16 But the earth helped the woman. It opened its mouth and swallowed the flood that the Dragon had spewed from his mouth. 17 The Dragon was furiously angry with the woman, and he went off to make war with the rest of her offspring, those who obey the Commandments of YHVH [TORAH] AND have THE TESTIMONY OF YESHUA.
So when Yehovah finally “grounds” Satan and his angels, he is going to be very angry and take out his wrath on the kadishea (saints).
Making sons of His Messengers (angels) was never a part of Yehovah’s plan, and the existence of mortal man is no proof that the angels (or demons) are immortal. Men will die and angels will die!
Yehovah is quite capable using the earth as a “proving ground” for men and angels “whether or not” His master plan for them and for the universe is understood during the test! After the coming worldwide conflict, Yehovah will just sift out the wicked and continued working with the rest!
How did Christianity come up with the idea of the Serpent, Satan, being immortal—certainly not from the Bible. A likely source is The Egyptian Book of the Dead. The Early Egyptians believed that Sata was immortal—so long as he was reborn daily. I will quote just one small part from this ancient religious text:
“I am the serpent Sata whose years are infinite. I lie down dead. I am born daily. I am the serpent Sa-en-ta, the dweller in the uttermost parts of the earth. I lie down in death. I am born, I become new, I renew my youth every day”.
Could it only be the strangest of coincidences that Sata the serpent, when fitted with an “n” is Satan the serpent?
Satan’s first trick is to get you to believe that he doesn’t even exist: Out of sight—out of mind.
If that fails, then he wants you to believe that he will always exist! Sin a little because “resistance is futile”.
Why would anyone want Satan to be around forever? When I was a small child I asked my grandfather, a protestant minister, if he was sure about hell and burning forever. He was sure, but I remained unconvinced. The idea of eternal misery appears no more logical, for an Elohim of love, to me now than it did when I was a child. The only reason one could really “worship” such a vengeful “God” would be to avoid that punishment. In my teen years, I learned that Yehovah was too merciful to permit man to suffer that way. Why should Satan be any different? Sure, he has brought untold misery to mankind, but Yehovah caused us to occupy the same planet! I am distressed when one of my chickens is suffering, but Yehovah watches over even the sparrows. Furthermore, Yehovah detests unclean things. Why would He cleanse everything else, eliminating even the memory of the names of the wicked, but leave such an abominable thing out in the back forty? I won’t bury trash on my property, even when it is far more expedient than hauling it away, because I’d simply know that it is here!
If Yehovah were to leave it up to you: life in the lake of fire for Satan or capital punishment, which would you choose? Which fate would be more merciful? Is Yehovah less merciful than you? What motivates people to want to leave Satan in misery forever? Does the Bible back up that claim?
/ Chapter 25 is “The Restoration of All Things”