9 And [kai] the great [megas] dragon [drakon] was cast
out, [ballo] that old [archaios] serpent, [ophis] called [kaleo] the Devil, [diabolos] and [kai] Satan, [Satanas] which [ho] deceiveth [planao] the
whole [holos] world: [oikoumene] he was cast out [ballo]
into [eis] the earth, [ge] and [kai] his [autos] angels [aggelos] were cast
out [ballo] with [meta] him. [autos] KJV-Interlinear
9 And the
great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and
Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his
angels were thrown down with him. NASB
And here the dragon is
identified as Satan or the devil. Satan means adversary, while devil means
accuser. Both terms carry connotations of judicial protocol.
Which means that
although there is an angelic conflict, the entire confrontation between God and
Satan, is also a judicial process. Satan committed a crime. God called him on
that crime. Satan refused to repent. Satan was arraigned, charged, tried,
convicted, and sentenced.
His sentence is the Lake
of Fire, however as in every judicial proceeding, the formal sentence is not
carried out pending appeal. Human history is that appeal process.
Satan is not attempting
to reverse his conviction, but instead is trying to ruin God and therefore
trying to remove his conviction by means of discrediting God and Gods right to
try him in the first place.
Satan is called the
deceiver, ‘planao,’ which likewise carries the connotation of one who deceives
habitually. It is his nature and habit to deceive people and the entire world.
Deception means the effort of withholding truth and misleading with lies, and
doing this intentionally.
He is called the father
of lies, John 8:44.
With his removal from
heaven, his appeal formally ends. Satan will contest his removal, but will eventually
be cast into prison during the 1000 year millennial reign of Christ, in which
Christ will demonstrate that without Satan, the world will enjoy unbelievable
prosperity and health.
With Satan in the world
these past many millennia, hardship and difficulty have been the norm.
At the end of the 1000
year reign of Christ, Satan will be released, and demonstrate that he has
learned nothing. He will rebel once again against Christ, and that rebellion
will be put down immediately. The sentence of the lake of Fire will then be
executed thus ending history as we have known it.