This next event, a war in heaven, will not be able to be seen with the naked eye by the people who are still left on the earth as the 7 year Tribulation starts to unfold.
What happens in this next incredible event is that Satan and all of his fallen angels are cast out of heaven and cast down onto the earth by St. Michael and his army of angels. There will literally be a war in the heavens between God’s angels and Satan and his fallen angels.
To really understand what is happening with this war in heaven, you need to know there are three heavens. The apostle Paul says that he was taken up to the third heaven, Paradise, where I believe he encountered Jesus and possibly God the Father. He says he does not know if he was in his body or out of his body when he had this experience. Here is the verse:
“It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord: I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago – whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows – such a one was caught up to the third heaven.
And I know such a man – whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows – how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which is not lawful for a man to utter.” (2 Corinthians 12:1-4)
Many believe that Paul was talking about himself, that he was the one who had the experience. If this verse is telling us that there is a third heaven, then there must be a first heaven and a second heaven. If God and Jesus live in the third heaven, then the first heaven has to be our earth.
The second heaven then has to be the “air” or the atmosphere between heaven and our earth. Satan is called the prince of the power of the “air” in the Bible. This is where he and his demons live and roam in.
I believe Satan and his fallen angels were cast out of the third heaven where God and Jesus live at long before we humans were ever created on our earth. Satan had rebelled against God before we were ever created and he thus was cast out of the third heaven down into the second heaven – the air.
This is why the Bible calls Satan “the prince of the power of the AIR.” Here is the verse that will specifically tell us this:
“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience.” (Ephesians 2:1-2)
Satan is not confined to the Bottomless Pit or the Lake of Fire and Brimstone at this time. He is free to roam in the “air” until Jesus comes back to us in His second coming. After Jesus comes back, Satan is then thrown into the Bottomless Pit for a 1000 years and then eventually into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone at the end of the 1000 Year Millennium Kingdom.
What happens in this next event is that Satan is cast from the second heaven down to the first heaven – which is our earth. The Bible says that Satan really gets mad and furious when this event occurs because he knows he has but little time left before Jesus comes back for His second coming to throw him into the Bottomless Pit for a thousand years.
The Bible then says woe to the people who are still living on the earth when this event happens because Satan will then start to release his wrath upon the earth! He will first go after the Jewish people, but God will provide protection for 1/3 of the Jews, so he will not be able to kill all of them.
The Bible says that he will then turn his attention to the rest of God’s people, the saints in Christ. This is where you get the 42 months that God’s saints will allowed to be given into the hand of the Devil and the Antichrist for mass persecution.
This war in heaven will probably occur right around the midpoint of the Tribulation. This event may also help explain why the Antichrist all of a sudden in the middle of the Tribulation, breaks off his peace treaty with the Jewish people and then proceeds to seat himself up in the Jewish Temple proclaiming himself to be God and then starts the mass persecution of the Jewish people and God’s saints.
Some people think Satan himself may actually possess the Antichrist at this time since he has now been officially cast down onto the earth.
Why would God cast Satan out of the second heaven? Why not just wait until His Son comes back and then cast him into the Bottomless Pit from the second heaven?
I believe that when Jesus comes back the second time, He will start His descension from the third heaven where He now resides. He will then pass through the second heaven and then land on the first heaven, which is our earth at the Mount of Olives.
I believe God may want the second heaven cleaned out from Satan and all of his demons before His Son Jesus starts to descend from the third heaven. The Bible says that God’s saints will be coming back down with Jesus when He comes back the second time.
If Jesus and all of God’s saints are coming together at one time for this event, I believe God may want the second heaven free and clear of any demons in this middle realm.
Satan will obviously know this when he is cast down onto the earth, and the Bible says from this point on, he knows his time is short and that is why he becomes so furious. Satan will thus have the last three and half years to wreak as much havoc as he can through the Antichrist and False Prophet before Jesus comes back and finally puts an end to his reign of terror.
I really believe that God is going to give all of us an incredible history lesson when we see what happens when Satan merges with the Antichrist and False Prophet to cause as much destruction as they possibly can for the last three and half years – especially if the Church has already been raptured before all of this begins to take place.
Without God and His Church in the big picture – man, in union with Satan and his fallen angels, will wreak nothing but pure havoc and destruction on a mass scale to a degree that no man would have ever thought was possible.
For all those who think that man is basically good and that we do not need God in our lives, and that we are capable of creating an utopian type paradise on our earth through our own human efforts – these people will be shown first hand what will happen when the earth is left in the hands of humans under the influence of Satan and all of his demons.
The result will end up being mass chaos and total destruction to a degree that the world has never seen before and will never see again! Jesus Himself said that had these days not been shortened by God the Father, that no flesh would have survived this horrible time of trouble.
The Scripture Verse
Here is the Scripture verse that will tell us exactly what will happen with this event.
“And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.So the great dragon who was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down … Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them!
Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.
Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.
So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.
And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Revelation 12:7-17)
The “woman” mentioned in the above verse is Israel. The “male child” that the woman had given birth to is Jesus.
Notice that the woman Israel is given under the protection of a great eagle after Satan is cast down upon the earth. This protection is for a time and times and half of a time. We already know this stands for three and half years from the prophecy of Daniel already talked about in one of my earlier end time articles. So we know that this is referring to the last three and half years of the Tribulation.
As I stated in my article titled, “Basic Overview of Main End Time Events,” some people think this great eagle may be the United States since we have the national symbol of an eagle.
Our country is still on good terms with Israel and we would be the most obvious choice to protect Israel if we are still considered a major super power and not under the control of the Antichrist at this time.
Now that Satan, the Antichrist, and False Prophet are given incredible authority and power to carry out this unholy reign of terror for three and half years, how does God go about getting anyone saved during these last days if His Church and main body of believers have already been raptured off the earth?
For this answer, go to the next article titled, “God’s 4 Avenues to Reach the Lost During the Tribulation.” God will arrange for an incredible counterbalance to take place during this time of trouble in an effort to get as many people saved as He possibly can.