THE BOOK OF REVELATION: A Study of The Last Prophetic Book of Holy Scriptures, 1919 Kindle Edition
THE THINGS WHICH SHALL BE HEREAFTER.
The “WAR IN HEAVEN” is started by the attempt to expel the DRAGON and his angels From the Heavenlies. That the DRAGON (Satan) and his angels were not cast out of Heaven at the time of his “Rebellion” (which antedates the present earth), and confined in some “prison house,” is clear, for he was at liberty to visit the Garden of Eden and tempt Adam and Eve, and he had access to God in Heaven in the days of Job, 2000 years before Christ (Job 1:1; 2:8), and he was free to visit the earth in Christ’s day and tempt Him in the Wilderness, and later to sift Peter. His origin is more or less shrouded in mystery, but one thing is certain, he is a “created being,” and that of the most exalted type. He was before his rebellion “The Anointed Cherub That Covered.” That is, he was the guardian or protector of the “Throne of God.” He was perfect in all his ways from the day that he was created until iniquity was found in him. In him was the “fulness of wisdom,” and the “perfection of beauty,” but it was his “beauty” that caused the pride (1. Tim. 3:6) that was his downfall. He was clothed in a garment that was covered with the rarest and most precious gems, the sardius, topaz, diamond, beryl, onyx, jasper, sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle, all woven in with gold. He dwelt in Eden, the Garden of God.
This probably refers not to the earthly Eden, but to the “Paradise of God” on high, for Satan dwelt on the “Holy Mount of God.” All this we learn from Ezek. 28:11-19, where the Prophet has a “review” of the Antichrist under the title of the “King of Tyrus,” and as Antichrist when he becomes the “Beast” is to be an incarnation of Satan, the Prophet here describes Satan’s original glory from which he fell, for there has never as yet been such a King of Tyrus as here described. The cause of Satan’s rebellion, or fall, is given in Isa. 14: 12-20. He is there called “LUCIFER, SON OF THE MORNING.” This was his glorious title when he was created, and this world of ours was made, at which time — “The ‘Morning Stars’ (probably other glorious, created ruling beings like himself), sang together, and all the ‘Sons of God* (angels) shouted for joy.” Job 38: 7.
It is well to note that the one here called “LUCIFER,” is in verse four (Isa. 14:4), also called the “King of Babylon.” As there never has been a King of Babylon like the one described here, the description must be that of a future King of Babylon. And as “Antichrist” is to have for his Capital City Babylon rebuilt, this is probably a “review” by the Prophet of Antichrist as indwelt by “LUCIFER” (Satan) in that day when he shall be King of Babylon, and also King of Tyrus.
The common notion is that Satan and his angels are imprisoned in Hell. This is not true. The angels are described in 2. Pet. 2 : 4, and Jude 6, as having left their “first estate,” and being “reserved in ever-lasting chains under darkness,” are not Satan’s angels. They are a special class of angels, spoken of as “Sons of God,” whose sin of marrying the “Daughters of Men” caused the Flood. Gen. 6: 1-8. They are the “Spirits in Prison” of whom Peter speaks in L Pet. 3: 18-20. They are now confined in “Tartarus” awaiting the “Great White Throne” Judgment. Jude 6.