Universal Salvation: Satan Part One
Revelation 1:1 says: "The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants - things which must shortly take place..."
Revelation 20:7-10 says this: "7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. 9 They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. 10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever."
The moment that God gives a prophecy, it has to come true, because God can not tell a lie. If God ever gave us a prophecy which did not come true, He would lose all credibility.
Satan, which means resister, adversary, opponent, is the worst in evil that it is possible to get. Where evil is concerned, he is the best. There could never be a better opponent of God than Satan.
However, what does not make sense, is that when there is an easy way of defeating God, why does Satan not take it? If you were trying to win a battle, and there was a plan whereby you could win the battle, would you not do so?
"But there is not a plan whereby God could be defeated, is there?"
Well, yes, in actual fact, there is. And it is so simple that it does not take a genius to work it out. It is well within Satan's thinking capabilities. All he has to do, is not do the things God says he is going to do in this prophecy, and he will have won. God would have said something that is untrue. Game, set, and match to Satan. That is all he has to do. If you stop and think about it, it could not be easier. If Satan were to resist going through with this prophecy, he would have defeated God.
And I have to tell you right now, that God is not scratching His head wondering if Satan will resist fulfilling this prophecy. If Satan were not completely under control, God would have something to be concerned about. But he is completely under control. And since it is impossible for God to tell a lie, this prophecy has to come true. God is not a God of chance, and this prophecy is not within Satan's powers to change. Our Heavenly Father is not the author of confusion, which means that Satan is not a runaway horse.
When he was first created, he was not a Satan; he did not resist God.
In Ezekiel chapter 28:11-15, there seems to be a parallel between Satan and the king of Tyre. In fact, it becomes obvious that some of the things it says could not possibly be speaking of the king of Tyre, but typify Satan.
"11 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 12 'Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, "Thus says the Lord GOD: 'You were the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes Was prepared for you on the day you were created. 14 "You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. 15 You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you." ' " ' "
Verse 12. Speaking of Satan…"You were the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty."
"You were the seal of perfection…" literally, the sealing of a pattern. The Amplified Version says, "You are the full measure and pattern of exactness…" The Latin Vulgate says, "Thou wast the seal of resemblance…" So it is speaking about a sealing of a pattern, or a resemblance, or an exact likeness of someone. Satan was sealed with the same exactness of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit in nature. All had the same nature as God; the difference being that Jesus was trained, and the other two were created to the allotment of a pattern. But all three had the same nature; two could not sin by restriction, and one (Jesus) theoretically could sin, until proven otherwise.
Verse 12 continues, "…Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty." And since true wisdom, which has its source in God, leads to the reverence of God, Satan must have worshipped and loved God.
Verse 14: "You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones."
"You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you;…" Now that indicates high office, with God-given authority and God-given responsibility. He was anointed to that office. And the duty of cherubs was to guard and protect God's interests.
Genesis 3:24 says: "So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life."
They were guarding and protecting God's interests.
The one who became Satan was the anointed cherub who covers, established by God. That was his office; to guard and protect God's interests, whatever the cost. Are you under the impression that someone who has been sealed with the exact pattern of God, could somehow do what he had not been programmed to do? Is that credible? If this anointed cherub, who became Satan, failed to do what he had been programmed to do, who do you think would be to blame? He was supposedly sealed with the exact likeness of God. If he was sealed with the exact likeness of God, then it would be impossible for him to sin. Therefore, it would be impossible for him not to guard and protect God's interests.
At this time, God already had Jesus prepared as His Word and Saviour to be.
He already had the Holy Spirit prepared as the caretaker of His power.
And now He had someone prepared to guard and protect His interests.
So what do you think was necessary to protect God's interests?
One thing was absolutely necessary: evil, without which full truth could never become available. And without which Jesus could never fulfil His role as Saviour of the world. Without evil, there could never be freewill for anyone, because no one could ever come to a full understanding of truth. And without a full understanding of truth, there is always the possibility of doubt in God Himself; and doubt in God is sin. If there were only a remote possibility of doubt, then everyone would always have to be under restriction. Without evil, you could not have Universal Salvation.
If this anointed cherub really loved God, and could only serve God's best interests, there was only one course of action he could take. Since it was in God's interests to create people, and give them all eternal life with freewill, the greatest thing that he could do for God would be to take on evil, and become the greatest resister possible. It would be a sacrifice, and he would have to lose his own life.
But as John 15:13 says, "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends."
Jesus was going to lay down His life in sacrifice. And, since the wages of sin is death, as a sinner this anointed cherub of God would have to lose his life too. Both Jesus and God's anointed cherub were about to sacrifice their lives, so that everyone, including themselves, could have eternal life with freewill.
Ezekiel 28:15: "You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you."
"You were perfect in your ways…" And he was, because he was programmed with the nature, or character, of God. But as with the Holy Spirit, that does not mean that he was perfect; because of his being restricted, he did not have free will.
Verse 15, continued: "…Till iniquity was found in you."
In English, that makes it sound as if iniquity were simply found in this anointed cherub.
"Oh, look, Father, we have just found that your anointed cherub is unrighteous. What shall we do?"
And that is not so. The verb "was found" is in niphal perfect, and in niphal, "to be found" means "to be present."
He was the exactness of God, by nature, until iniquity was present; and there is no indication whatsoever that this iniquity was present due to himself. In fact, quite the opposite. The verb is in the passive voice; indicating that it was present due to other means, rather than himself.
The only conclusion that you can come to, is that if God's anointed cherub, who was the exactness of God Himself, could not sin by restriction, then for him to be able to sin, the restriction would have to be removed. And since what was necessary was the worst evil possible, the exactness of God would have to be changed to the exact opposite of God. But, once again, with restriction.
This anointed cherub was exactly like God in nature, until the exact opposite nature was installed by someone else; making him now a Satan, and resister of God, but controlled. That is why he has no option but to go through with the prophecy we have been speaking about.
Even though he is the worst evil possible, and since being programmed with evil, he can not do good, there are still rules of engagement that he can not break. It is impossible for him to change God's plans, which, as we have seen, would be easy. He even needs, at times, permission from God to do things. Does this sound like someone out of control? If Satan were not restricted, and had total freewill, there is no way that God could win - which would be down to God for allowing a situation that was not under control. Therefore, Satan being under control is a foregone conclusion, on the basis that God is not a God of disorder.
God created evil because it was necessary, as part of a perfect plan. He did it in such a way that it was not only the worst evil possible, but at the same time, was totally under control. Evil is part of the education necessary to give everyone free will. And once everyone is perfect, evil will never be a part of our lives again. It will take us to where we are going. But once we are there, it will have done its job, and will be a thing of the past.
Like Jesus, Satan has sacrificed his life, as part of a team which makes it possible for God to take everyone up to Universal Salvation. He is only looking after God's interests; which is what he was anointed to do in the first place. Do you really think that God will abandon him?
Whatever Satan has done, he has done out of love and faithfulness for his God. Which, in turn, means that he has also done it for all of us.
Satan is part of a team which is responsible for Universal Salvation. And Universal Salvation includes himself. Do you know what that means? It means that, like Cinderella, one day Satan will go to the Ball. The difference being, that Cinderella is a fairy story; Universal Salvation is reality.
"But does not the Bible say somewhere that Satan was a murderer from the beginning?"
Yes, it does.
Be sure to read "Universal Salvation! Satan Part Two".
Next article: Satan Part Two