7 And [kai] there was [ginomai] war [polemos] in [en] heaven: [ouranos] Michael [Michael] and [kai] his [autos] angels [aggelos] fought [polemeo] against [kata] the dragon; [drakon] and [kai] the dragon [drakon] fought [polemeo] and [kai] his [autos] angels, [aggelos]KJV-Interlinear
7 And there
was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. And the
dragon and his angels waged war, NASB
Since the fall of Satan,
eons ago, there has been an ongoing conflict between God and Satan. At some
point in the past, two-thirds of the angels decided to side with God, while
one-third of the angelic population decided to side with Satan.
Angels have lived for a
very long time. They have lives that have lasted perhaps tens of thousands or millions
or even billions of years. We just do not have any idea as to how long they
have been around. Only that they existed before the universe was created, and
apart from that, we know nothing.
Angels live in this
physical universe. However, they can be seen or they can make themselves
invisible. They can travel between the earth and heaven. They, demons, can even
take over or indwell humans or animals under certain circumstances. But again,
we have no knowledge of their makeup, strengths, or weaknesses.
All that we do know is
that between the good angels and the bad angels, there is an ongoing conflict, Isa
14:12-14; Ezek 28:11-18, and there is some type of ability or weapon or power,
that allows one or the other to overcome their opponent. Again, we have no knowledge
of what that ability is.
One day soon, there will
be a final conflict between Satan, and the angels who have sided with God.
This final battle will
be between Michael the archangel, Jude 9, and Satan.
This battle is herein described
as a horrendous war. The repetition of the word fought, ‘polemeo,’ describes a
fierce battle. For Michael, it will be a battle of purpose and finality, and
for Satan, it will be a battle of accelerated frustration and panic.
Up until the middle of
the Tribulation, when this battle occurs, Satan will have had free access into
heaven and before God. This free access will come to a halt, thus signaling the
end of Satan’s endless stream of accusations against humanity, believers and