Satan’s rebellion was to be a lesson to the universe through all coming ages- a perpetual testimony to the nature of sin and it’s terrible results. The working out of Satan’s rule, its effects upon both men and angels wojuld show what must be the fruit of setting aside the divine authority. It would testify that with the existence of God’s government is bound up the well-being of all the creatures He has made. Thus the history of this terrible experiment of rebellion was to be a safeguard to all holy beings, to prevent them from being deceived as to the nature of transgression, to save them from committing sin, and suffering its penalty.
…To the very close of the controversy in Heaven, the great usurper continued to justify himself. When it was announced that with all his sympathizers he must be expelled from the abodes of bliss, then the rebel leader boldly avowed his contempt for the Creator’s law. He reiterated his claim that angels needed no control, but should be left to follow their own will, which would ever guide them right. He denounced the divine statues [ the Commandments of God] as a restriction of their liberty, and declared that it was his purpose to secure the abolition of law; that, freed from this r estraint, the hosts of Heaven might enter upon a more exalted, more glorious state of existence.
Satan Became the Accuser of the Brethren.
With one accord, Satan and his host threw the blame of their rebellion wholly upon Christ, declaring that if they had not been reproved, they would never have rebelled. Thus stubborn and defiant in their disloyalty, seeking vainly to overthrow the government of God, yet blasphemously claiming to be themselves the innocent victims of oppressive power, the arch-rebel and all his sympathizers were at last banished from Heaven.
Conclusion: Rebellion from the First in Heaven to do away with the Law of God. The same spirit that prompted rebellion in Heaven, still inspires rebellion on earth. Satan has continued with men the same policy which he pursued with the angels. His spirit now reigns in the children of disobedience. Like him they seek to break down the restraints of the law of God, and promise men liberty through transgression of its precepts. Reproof of sin still arouses the spirit of hatred and resistance. When God’s messages of warning are brought home to the conscience, Satan leads men to justify themselves, and to seek the sympathy of others in their course of sin. Instead of correcting their errors, they excite indignation against the reprover, as if he were the sole cause of difficulty. From the days of righteous Abel to our own time, such is the spirit which has been displayed toward those who dare to condemn sin……. Now the question remains, what will you do? Obey God or Satan?
The whole universe is watching what planet earth is going to do about the sacrifice that Jesus made for them concerning the question of sin and violation of God’s law that governs the entire universe. Are you serving God out of #love or #fear of what judgment will be issued?
Even when it was decided that he could no longer remain in Heaven, infinite wisdom did not destroy Satan. Since the service of love can alone be acceptable to God, the allegiance of His creatures must rest upon a conviction of His justice and benevolence. The inhabitants of Heaven and of other worlds, being unprepared to comprehend the nature or consequences of sin, could not then have seen the justice and mercy of God in the destruction of Satan. Had he been immediately blotted from existence, they would have served God from fear, rather than from love.. The influence of the deceiver would not have been fully destroyed, nor would the spirit of rebellion have been utterly eradicated.. Evil must be permitted to come to maturity. For the good of the entire universe through ceaseless ages, Satan must more fully develop his principles,that his charges against the divine government might be seen in their true light by all created beings, that the justice and mercy of God and the immutability of His law might forever be placed beyond all question.
May the Lord add His blessings to all those that read this discussion of Satan’s Rebellion and how it affects the entire universe. God is kind, merciful and forgiving, but we must realize our sinful condition and our need of a saving and magnificent God whose hands are extended out to us always to receive us into the family of God for eternity with God (Revelation 21:1-3).