Job 1:1 - 22
ESV - 1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. 2 There were born to him seven sons and three daughters.
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In Revelation 12 the Bible tells us about Satan rebellion and him being cast out of heaven. In Revelation 12:8, the King James translation says: "And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven." That is being interpreted by some Bible scholar that Satan was expelled and lost his heavenly privileges forever. The Bible gives no clear indication that Satan is being permitted back into God's heaven; however, knowing that God is holy, and that there is no sin permitted in His presence (Habakkuk 1:13) (Isaiah 59:2), it is difficult to imagine a time and for what purpose would God allow Satan to re-enter heaven. Most of the speculations regarding Satan's access to heaven comes from Job 1:6: "Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them." But the text does not say where the meeting took place, just that "sons of God presented themselves before the Lord" in an unspecified location; we are just assuming that the meeting was in heaven. It could have been anywhere in the universe or even on the earth, the Bible doesn't say. Other Bible text used to demonstrate that God allows sin in His presence is Hebrews 4:15-16 : "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." In this text, the writer (most likely Apostle Paul) is urging us to boldly approach God's throne with our needs in prayer. It is extremely unlikely that Paul is talking about us approaching God's throne in our physical body, that would be an impossibility. Paul also makes a similar invitation in Philippians 4:6. See also Solomon Proverbs 15:29.
Does Satan still have access to Heaven? Why does God allow Satan to enter Heaven, as recorded in the Bible? Yes Satan does have access to heaven during the church age. The Bible reveals in Revelation 12 that Satan's final access to heaven will be terminated in the future in event. Revelation 12:7-10 says "And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon 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. 10 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." (NKJ) The above account describes Satan gaining access to heaven to accuse the brethren and his subsequent and final exclusion from the presence of God forever. Satan goes down to the nations of the earth having great wrath, knowing that he had but a short to accomplish his evil purposes. Could this suggest that Satan could be aware of some of the futuristic events in God's calendar? The next question goes: Why does God allow Satan to access heaven? Satan is a creature of God and is accountable to God for his activities. He is not independent of God. We notice this from Job 1 where he appears among the sons of God. There are circumstances when God expressly permits Satan to carry out certain activities for His higher purposes but subject to divine restrictions (See Paul's thorn in the flesh account in 2 Corinthians 12). There is a period fixed by God during which Satan will temporarily reign on earth as the prince of this world [a reference to the world of the disobedient and wicked] (Ephesians 2:2). In Rev. 20:10, Satan is finally consigned to the lake of fire, bringing a resounding conclusion to his wicked works and his battles of rebellion.
Shalom! In the future, EVERYONE, not just HaSatan, will have access to stand before the Throne of God. "And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded..." Rev 20:12-13 However, not ALL will remain in Heaven. At that time, we ALL will give account for our actions. Those whose names are not found in the Book of Life will be cast into the lake of fire along with HaSatan and his angels. From those scriptures in Revelation, we can see how Satan had access to Heaven during the time of Job, but he could not reside/remain in Heaven.
When Lucifer/Satan was cast out of Heaven, he hit the earth with a thud! And, as the Bible tells us in Revelation 12:7, 8, "7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven". Satan and his rebel angels were never to enter the Heaven of God anymore. Therefore, they will not. Any attempt to place him in Heaven again, are all false interpretations and not in accord with the Word of God. The "sons of God" in Genesis 6 and in Job 1 and 2 are all men who believe in, and worship regularly. Sorry!
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