Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, showing himself to be God.[2 Thessalonians 2:3-4]
The theological thread of the Serpent and his seed runs through the pages of Scripture from beginning to end. This rival dichotomy remains in view from the day the LORD declared war on the Dragon in the garden and cast him out of God’s holy mountain [see Ezekiel 28, Isaiah 14] until the day the Son of Man will come once again to crush Satan and remove his own son from Mt. Zion — Jerusalem — the City of the Great King.
In my previous posts in this series — see Post here and also here — I delved into the rebellion of the watchers [aka sons of heaven] and their unsanctioned procreation of hybrid offspring, who became the mighty kings of the antediluvian age.
I established how this particular faction of 200 watchers — according to 1 Enoch — descended upon Mt. Hermon in the days of Jared to take human wives and attempt to rule the earth by proxy through their giant offspring.
The rebel sons of God were shown no mercy by the LORD of hosts and were cast into prison — held in chains in the darkest depths of the abyss until the great day of God’s judgment. Enoch provides the insights, context, and theological backdrop to the severity of God’s unique punishment of the watchers — making examples of the fallen sons of God who once were royal members of the heavenly household. These “angels” who sinned in the days of Noah were cast into the pit [Tartarus] for their transgression.
And while it is written that the devil and his angels ultimately will share the same fate as the rebel watchers at the end of this age, it is equally apparent that the devil and his faction of angelic princes have not yet been bound in the least but obviously are still operating in both heavenly places and behind the evil empires of the earth.
Since Satan and other fallen angelic princes were not bound with the watchers before the flood, it stands to reason that the Serpent did not commit the same forbidden act of taking human wives and procreating offspring with them. In other words, Satan did not participate in the watchers unsanctioned rebellion.
At least … not yet.
Move — Counter Move
Satan is shrewd in this cosmic game of thrones and realized that his only chance to avoid his own judgment was to eliminate the seed of the woman before the Messiah was ever born, which is precisely what the watchers almost did in the days of Noah.
It is also just as likely that the Serpent initially planted the seeds of this rebellion in the minds of the watchers and persuaded them to abandon their proper domain and openly defy the universal laws governing God’s creative order. It’s not like the rebellion of the watchers wouldn’t be to his advantage — it certainly was — but at the same time the devil was able to avoid personal implication or guilt by association — buying himself valuable time to work out his own agenda.
Satan has opted to play the long game and take every conceivable path to position himself with an opportunity to devour the seed of the woman [Revelation 12:1-6]. After generations of making war with the offspring of Abraham, Isaac, Israel, Judah and David, Satan was waiting on the day Messiah was born to a virgin daughter of Eve. He was working through Herod to murder all the young boys in Bethlehem. He was tempting Yeshua in the wilderness to abandon His ordained mission. He was leading the chief priests of Israel and the Sanhedrin in the conspiracy to commit murder.
And eventually Satan took matters into his own hands by entering Judas himself — the son of perdition — to finish the inside job and ensure that the the Son of God was nailed to the cross. And yet only if Satan and the rulers of this age had known what they were doing, they never would have crucified the Lord of Glory! For in conspiring to kill God’s Beloved Son they literally were fulfilling God’s redemptive plan and sealing their own fates before the courts of heaven.
Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9But, as it is written,“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,[1 Corinthians 2:6-9]
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him.”
But it already was too late, before the sun could rise on the first day of the week, the Son of God would be resurrected in power on the third day — immortal, invincible — overcoming the powers of darkness, conquering death and the grave, destroying the works of the devil, and delivering a crushing blow to the Dragon.
The Coming Hybrid Son of Satan
Once Satan saw that He could not kill the Son of God, he has been on a relentless war path, leaving a destructive trail of blood and tears in his wake, while at the same time whispering his lies into the ears of mankind and dragging as many down to hell with him as he possibly can.
The Dragon knows — better than anyone — that his appointed time is coming and that his time is short, and his skull will be crushed by the Son of God at His Second Coming.
The coming great tribulation at the end of this age will be the point in the coming future when Satan will no longer be able to prolong the inevitability of Christ’s return and his subsequent judgment, and he will act on every machination of his demented mind — holding nothing back and eventually launching an all out assault against the LORD and His Anointed.
With nothing to lose, Satan will combine every conceivable power at his disposal to resist the certain return of King Jesus from heaven to reclaim Planet Earth, much like the watchers attempted to do before the flood.
The Dragon and his alliance of 10 rebel princes will once again descend to the earth in godlike fashion offering irresistible knowledge to mankind, and having produced and prepared their own offspring as 10 hybrid kings to govern their end-times empire, the entire world will be enamored with the Beast and will worship the Dragon and deny the God of heaven.
Satan, being supreme in wisdom and more powerful than all the other evil princes will install his own human/hybrid son on the throne to rule them all — giving all power and all authority to this man of sin. The 10 rebel princes in league with the Dragon eventually will transfer all their authority to the Dragon and his seed [see Revelation 17:12-14].
The antichrist will come as the counterfeit savior of mankind in supernatural fashion — fully demonstrating himself to be “god” with many intoxicating signs and wonders. The son of Satan will convince millions to take his own genetic signature and receive his mark, which permanently perverts the genetic integrity of the human race and seals the souls of the ungodly to suffer the same condemnation in hell as the devil and his angels.
Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’[Matthew 25:41]
Satan and his hybrid son will again seek to either transform humanity into their own perverse image or eliminate humanity altogether. Either way, Satan will be on a kamikaze mission to face Jesus in an all out war of cosmic proportions, doing as much damage as possible to the very end. Yeshua reminds us that if those days were not cut short, no human being would survive, and yet for the sake of the elect, Christ will come in flaming fire to wage war on the son of Satan and his armies and will once and for all decimate his evil empire on that great Day of vengeance.
Bound for Tartarus
Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. 2And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, 3and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while.[Revelation 20:1-3]
Before it is all said and done, Satan will have committed the same grievous abomination of the watchers by leaving his proper domain, inducing lawlessness in the earth, illicitly procreating his own hybrid son, all the while blaspheming the God of heaven to His face. Satan will take as similar path as the watchers and will suffer a similar fate.
And just as we would expect, what is the Dragon’s punishment? He and his co-conspirators will be bound in chains of gloomy darkness in the depths of the same bottomless pit for 1,000 years. The devil and his angels will be bound with the watchers for the final day of judgment when they all will be cast into the lake of fire burning forever.
The earth shall be utterly empty and utterly plundered; for the LORD has spoken this word.The earth mourns and withers;
the world languishes and withers;
the highest people of the earth languish.
5The earth lies defiled
under its inhabitants;
for they have transgressed the laws,
violated the statutes,
broken the everlasting covenant.
6Therefore a curse devours the earth,
and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt;
therefore the inhabitants of the earth are scorched,
and few men are left.
On that day the LORD will punish the host of heaven, in heaven, and the kings of the earth, on the earth.22They will be gathered together as prisoners in a pit; they will be shut up in a prison, and after many days they will be punished.23Then the moon will be confounded and the sun ashamed, for the LORD of hosts reigns on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and his glory will be before his elders.[Isaiah 24:4-6, 21-23]
The past reveals the key to unlocking the future.