Chapter 24 Preview: 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. This chapter explains virtually everything that the Bible has to say about the topic.
Most of humanity believes in the doctrine of the immortality of souls. They believe that all of Yehovah’s created beings, humans, Spirit Messengers (angels) and demons have an eternal consciousness. The truth is that “The compensation for sin is death [did Satan sin?]; but the pardoning of sin by Yehovah results in eternal Life, thru our Master Yeshua the Messiah”. (Romans 6:23). Paul believed in “who alone has immortality, living in unapproachable light, who no one has ever seen or even can see. To Him be honor and dominion forever and ever”! (1 Timothy 6:16) Check out the exact meaning of “immortality” in Greek and English: it means “not die”! Yet billions believe that the devil is also immortal.
Let’s begin this study by examining a passage that presents a significant clue as to Satan’s fate. Prior to the Great Tribulation, will Satan know that his days are numbered?
Revelation 12:12 So the heavens should be joyful, and those of you who live there. Pity the earth and the sea, because the deceiver has come down to you filled with rage, knowing that HE HAS LITTLE TIME LEFT.” —The Gabriel Version
Yehovah intends to stop Satan by slaying him, because “if it weren’t for those days [of Satan’s reign] being terminated, no one would survive”. Yehovah’s purpose is to conquer the earth before we destroy ourselves. Yehovah (God) is no respecter of people” (or Satan), and “the wages of sin is death”.
Satan’s first death will last until the 1,000 years is over.
Revelation describes his stay in “the abyss” [abussos, “bottomless pit”].
Satan’s first death is similar to that of his beastly government and leader:
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.
 The Greek seemingly says “were not”, as virtually every translation from it says. The Aramaic says “are not”. But names are in the Book of Life unless they are blotted out. Revelation 3:5; Exodus 32:33; Deuteronomy 29:20. Weymouth may be the only translator who understood this verse—that it doesn’t contradict the other verses about the Book of Life. His version says, “whose names are not in the Book of Life, having been recorded there ever since the creation of the world.” The Weymouth was freshly translated from the Greek in the nineteenth century, without reference to previous versions. It wasn’t simply a revision of the Tyndale, like virtually every other Greek translation appears to be.
Up until now, Satan has been a very useful tool, helping Yehovah to quickly and accurately separate the “wheat” (the harvest of humanity) from the “tares” (worthless weeds). Notice that the tares are burned BEFORE the wheat is gathered into “my barn”.
Matthew 13:30 They must both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I’ll tell the harvesters to gather the tares out first, and tie them in bundles to be burned, and then bring the wheat into my granary.’”
Once Yehovah has carefully chosen His Kings and Priests to share the responsibilities in helping Him to govern the planet, the conversion process will change dramatically. The rest of humanity will be openly dealt with in a “hands on” manner and Yehovah’s knowledge will fill the earth. Until the end of the “thousand years”, Satan’s “services” will not be required.
Isaiah 14:12-21 revealed some of the most enlightening information about Satan.
Verse 15: Yet you’ll be brought down to Sheol, to the depths of the PIT.
Is Satan made of tougher “stuff” than Yeshua is? How is it that Yehovah was able to convert His Son to mortal flesh and then allow Him to be killed by men? Logic would indicate that an all knowing Creator would never create a being, give him tremendous power, and make him of more permanent “stuff” than Himself! Will you ever be made of more permanent “stuff” than Yeshua?
Verses 16 and 19 indicate that Satan’s form will be changed, people will have difficulty comprehending that this is the being who “made the earth tremble”, (v.16) he won’t appear invincible then. Satan will be “thrown out of his grave”, (v.19) he won’t have a decent burial. He, once converted to a fleshly body, will be subject to death, as was Yeshua. He will literally be “thrust thru with a sword”. (This is his first death. There is a “second death” by fire for the wicked (Revelation 2:11), and there is death by “fire” in store for Satan as well, as we’ll see.)
Finally he’s tossed into a pit. None of this seems to indicate that Satan is immortal! Earlier in the chapter there is an obviously dual prophecy—its later fulfillment is of far greater importance. The prophecy concerns the ancient King of Babylon, ruler of the nations, (v.6). Satan has always strongly influenced the actions of human leaders. Satan is the real ruler of the nations.
So Isaiah saw Satan die in the future.
As Luke said (4:5-7) When Satan tried to corrupt Yeshua, he took Him “up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world” and said “So if you’ll pay homage to me, everything will be Yours”.
Isaiah 14:3-4, 7-11 continues: During this time, Yehovah will give you rest from your sorrow and trouble, and from the harsh labor that you endured. 4 You’ll taunt the king of Babylon by saying: “How the tyrant has ceased! The slavedriver has ceased!”... 7 The whole earth is at rest, and quiet. They burst into shouts of joy. 8 Even the cypress trees and the cedars of Lebanon gloat over you and say, “Since you were downed, no lumberjack has come against us.” 9 Sheol [the grave; “hell”: KJV] below is excited about meeting you at your coming. It wakes up the spirits of the dead for you, all who were leaders of the earth; it raises all who were kings of the nations from their thrones. 10 They will all say to you, “Even you have become as weak as we are! You have become like us.” 11 Your pomp is brought down to Sheol, along with the sound of your stringed instruments. Maggots are spread out like a bed beneath you, and worms are your covers.
At Satan’s first death he will become maggot food!
Finally, Ezekiel tells us that, as the city of Tyre, Satan will be exterminated:
Ezekiel 27:36 ... You have come to a terrible end, and you’ll cease to exist forever.’”
As the human prince of Tyre “will die the death of the slain” (Ezekiel 28:8) that is how Satan’s first death will be. These verses are as clear as any in the Bible. It is apparent that the human prince of Tyre was possessed by Satan himself, as he was “wiser than Daniel”—Satan incarnate! The historic death of this infamous being, who insisted that “I am a god” (v.2), exactly parallels Satan’s death when Yehovah will again say: “You are a man [mortal] and not a god”! And as men killed him with a sword “amid the seas” (v.8), so Yehovah will kill Satan in “the seas”. This is the manner of Satan’s first death.
Ezekiel saw Satan die in the future.
The at least somewhat symbolic use of the word “seas” is an interesting study in itself. It is quite frequently associated with people being led by Satan in opposition to Yehovah’s people. The first reference in this regard would be Exodus 14:20-28, concerning the destruction of the Egyptian army in the Red Sea. Revelation 21:1 describes the end of the “sea”. I associate this “sea” with the “flood” of Revelation 12:15-16. Other references concerning the “sea” are: Isaiah 23:11, Isaiah 57:20, Jeremiah 6:23, and Ezekiel 26:3,5,16-17.]
There are three chapters in the Bible that reveal most of what we know about Satan. Let’s start with Job 41: the Leviathan. Is this entire chapter describing an extinct sea creature or does Leviathan have the unique earmarks of Satan? Could there be more to this than a fire breathing fish tale? Leviathan certainly is invincible right now. You can’t “hook” or “snare” him (v.1), he is beyond “overcoming” (v.9), you can’t skin him (v.13), no “sword” has yet hurt him, nor “spear, dart or javelin (v.26), nor arrow” (v.28). Most revealingly, “He is KING over his proud children” (v.34).
Job never mentioned seeing Leviathan’s destiny. He didn’t see him die. What was to become of Leviathan, the “king” may have been left as a mystery to Job. Perhaps it was a way of informing Job that without humility (that he aptly proved himself quite short on in the previous 40 chapters), his destiny too was being called into question.
So Job didn’t see what was to happens to Leviathan, the answer was hidden from him, but it shouldn’t be hidden from you:
Scripture reveals the “who, what, where, when, how and why” of Leviathan’s destiny. There are three other verses scattered thruout the Bible that briefly mention Leviathan, here a little, there a little. ALL of these references indicate that he will die! Psalm 74:14 clearly states WHO destroys Leviathan. “You [Yehovah] broke the heads of Leviathan in pieces ....” This beast has multiple heads—parallel to the beast of Revelation. Another reference says: “There is that Leviathan”, and like the rest of Yehovah’s creatures He sustains them, yet, “You take away their breath, they DIE and return to the dust”. (Psalms 104:26-29) Who is Leviathan?
The final reference in Isaiah puts the destiny question about Leviathan “that twisted serpent” most succinctly; how he will die:
Isaiah 27:1 During that time, Yehovah will pay Leviathan a visit, along with His fierce, large and very sharp sword, the fugitive Leviathan, that twisted serpent, and He’ll kill the dragon * in the sea.
After the demise of Leviathan in verse 1 we see that:
Isaiah 27:6 In the time to come, Jacob will take root. Israel will blossom and sprout. They’ll fill the surface of the earth with fruit.
WHERE does Leviathan die? “In the SEA”! Keep this location in mind. WHEN does Leviathan die? The timing for Leviathan’s death coincides with the Restoration of Israel, as the entire context of Isaiah 27 shows. Verse 1 was not randomly inserted. Yehovah had a reason to put the final reference to Leviathan where He did!
Isaiah 27:13 Also during that day the great shofar will sound, and those who were dying in the land of Assyria and those who were banished to the land of Egypt will come and worship Yehovah on the Kadosh Mountain in Jerusalem.
And WHY will he die? Yehovah will stop Satan, BY SLAYING HIM WITH A SWORD, because, “If it weren’t for those days [of Satan’s reign] being terminated, no one would survive.”. “The second coming” is a rescue operation! Once Yehovah has sifted out all of the people who are inclined to want to follow Satan’s way of life, He will be poised to rule the world:
Actually ALL of Isaiah 26 is describing the same time period—the time when Leviathan is destroyed.
Isaiah 26:9 ... when Your judgments are on the earth, the world’s inhabitants will learn righteousness.
This wonderful time will be preceded by the Great Tribulation; and again Satan knows that he will die soon.
1 Corinthians 15:24 Then the end of these events comes, when He’ll have handed over the Kingdom to Yehovah the Father, when every ruler and every government and every powerful force will have been overthrown.
We shouldn’t assume that Satan will be given preferential treatment in regard to eternal life:
Some people, noticing the connection between the end time human “Beast” and Leviathan, assume that Leviathan merely symbolizes a human army. Armies are often tools of Satan, but notice the strict distinction between the end time “Beast” and his army:
Satan does get some “preferential treatment” when it comes to death! I surmise that Satan and one of his chief demons will possess the bodies of two deplorable people and pass themselves off as Yehovah’s “Two Witnesses”.
Job described Leviathan as a seemingly invincible beast frolicking in the sea. Leviathan is a many headed beast (Psalms 74: 14) in the same sense as the beast of Revelation’s account.
Revelation 13:1 As I stood on the sand of the sea, I saw a predatory beast [Aramaic “a beast of the tooth”] coming up out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on his horns and blasphemous names on his heads.
Compare this to the “sea beasts” that Daniel saw:
Daniel 7:2-3 In my vision that night I saw four spirits [or winds] from Heaven stirring up the ‘Mediterranean’ Sea. 3 Four huge wild beasts came out of the sea, each different from the others.
Of course the term “beast” is illustrative of the savage nature of the kingdoms that are described by Daniel:
However, Daniel’s end time account also specifies that the beastly armies are led by a pompous speaking “horn” ruling over ten other horns. These horns are defined as kings:
Daniel 7:19-25 Then I wanted to know the significance of the fourth wild beast, since it was different from from the rest of them, so very terrifying. It crushed and devoured its victims with iron teeth and bronze claws before trampling what was left with its feet. 20 I also wanted to know about the ten horns on its head, and the other horn that came up before the three that fell down, namely, the horn that had eyes and a mouth that boasted so arrogantly, and that seemed larger than the others. 21 As I watched, this horn was waging war against the faithful, and overpowering them, 22 until the Ancient of Days [the Father] came and pronounced judgment in favor of the kadosh ones of the Highest One, and the specified time came for the faithful to take possession of the Kingdom. 23 Then he explained, “The fourth wild beast will be a fourth royal super power on earth. It will be different than any other kingdom. It will devour the whole earth, trampling and crushing it. 24 As for the ten horns, ten kings will come from this kingdom, then another will rise to power after them. He’ll be different from the previous ones, and he’ll subdue three kings. 25 He’ll speak against the Highest One, and wear down by constant harassment the kadishea [saint] of the Highest One, and his [the Beast’s] intention will be to change the Appointed Times [or designated times] and the Torah [Law, possibly human laws], and the kadishea will be handed over to him for a time, times and half a time.
The account ends with the “chief beast” having his “sovereignty” or “realm” (alternate translations of “dominion” removed forever. Satan will never again be sovereign over the world’s spiritual, political and economic realms again.
Matthew 25 describes a first hand narrative by Yeshua about His return. “When the Human Son comes” (v.31) there will be a Judgment Day. “Then he will say to those on is left hand, depart from Me you cursed, into the ‘ever’ [age] lasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels”. This judgment includes Satan, as well as the (human) beast and the false prophet (Revelation 19:20) and the immediate judgment of many other incorrigible men. (Isaiah 66:15-16, Matthew 13:30)
Some survivors of the Great Tribulation, when given “a new lease on life” will not be grateful. Isaiah spoke of a time when judgment was coming—after judgment had just come and peace was being established:
Isaiah 26:10-14 Even if favor is shown to the wicked, they still don’t learn to do what is right. Even in a land of right ways they go on doing evil, and disregard Yehovah’s majesty. 11 Yehovah, Your hand is lifted up to strike, but they don’t see it, but they’ll see Your zeal for the people and be ashamed. Indeed, fire will devour Your enemies. 12 Yehovah, You’ll establish peace for us, since you’ve already done everything else for us. 13 Yehovah our Elohim, other masters besides You have ruled over us, but we only acknowledge Your name. 14 They are dead, they won’t live again. Those departed spirits won’t arise. You have punished them and destroyed them, and deleted every memory of them.
Immediately after the “thousand years”, more tares will have accumulated in the latter harvest. Satan, fresh out of the pit, will personally “gather them together to battle” effectively, bundling them for Yehovah to burn:
Revelation 20:7-10 When the thousand years are finished, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and go out to seduce the nations in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, and gather them for battle. Their number is like grains of sand in the sea. 9 They rose up over the broad expanse of the earth, and then encircled the kadosh assembly of the kadishea, the greatly loved city. And fire came down from Yehovah out of Heaven and consumed them. 10 The Accuser who seduced them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the predatory beast and the false prophet were thrown. They’ll be tormented day and night for a period of time, an age.