The restoration of Satan
The apostle Paul declared: “For the creation waits with eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to vanity, not of its own will, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of decay into the liberty of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. Not only so, but ourselves also, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for adoption, the redemption of our body” (Rom. 8:19-23). We have to consider a few things in these five verses:
1. If creation waits until the apostolic age for the manifestation of the children of God, they have not been manifested, that is, they were not revealed, or they did not come to light. How would we explain Gen. 6:2, where we read: “God’s sons saw that men’s daughters were beautiful, and they took for themselves wives of all that they chose”? The children of god were manifested 4,000 years before the manifestation of the true ones. Those were false children of God because they were manifested doing evil. They were manifested in lust, and the true children manifest themselves in freedom from their slavery to corruption, as Paul said in Rom. 8:21.
2. If the entire creation is subject to futility, not for their own will, but because of the one who subjected it, that is, Satan, a fallen angel, and Jehovah declares the following, “See now that I, even I, am he, There is no god with me. I kill, and I make alive. I wound, and I heal. There is no one who can deliver out of my hand” (Deut. 32:39), and also, “For Jehovah of Armies has planned, and who can stop it? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?” (Is. 14:27), plus, “Yes, since the day was I am he; and there is no one who can deliver out of my hand. I will work, and who can hinder it?” (Is. 43:13), Jehovah announces that he has complete power over creation and that, in case there were another god, this one would never be able to interfere with his purposes. And was it Satan the one who subjected all creation? This is like a person who brags to be a demolisher and a black belt in king-fu who within a month is in the hospital with five broken ribs. It is better not to boast, than to do it and be overcome. This is embarrassing (Rom. 8:20).
3. In Rom. 8:23, Paul declares that the true children of God, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, that is, they are inhabited by the Holy Spirit, also mourn, heavily weighed down, waiting for the adoption, that is, the redemption of their bodies. The power of the subjection and of the yoke of corruption is so strong that the redeemed mourn, burdened, until the resurrection of their bodies. This is a problem for the ones who say: “No one escapes from my hands”, or “I will work, and who can hinder it?” The power of slavery of sin is such that Christians, tired from fighting and falling time after time, say that it is impossible to not sin (1 John 1:8-10). They forget that John further says: “You know that he was revealed to take away our sins, and in him is no sin. Whoever remains in him doesn’t sin. Whoever sins hasn’t seen him, neither knows him” (1 John 3:5-6). If Christ does not deliver man from sin, this one is not a new creation, and has not been born again (John 3:3-6; 2 Cor. 5:17).
4. Creation, therefore, is subject to Satan: “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19). The world lies, that is, it is fallen, lying down, or dead. This is how the world is. Where is the power that Jehovah arrogates for himself in Deut. 32:39; Is. 14:27; 43:13? Did the almighty kneel before Satan?
5. The Garden of Eden did not particularly belong to Jehovah, for Satan had free access and freedom to minister his doctrine full of deadly poison. The word of the dragon prevailed over the word of Jehovah, for Satan drove Adam into disobedience, and Jehovah did not hinder him, or was not able to hinder him (Gen. 3:1-6).
6. As punishment for such evil, Jehovah cast a curse over the serpent: “Jehovah God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you are cursed above all livestock, and above every animal of the field. On your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life” (Gen. 3:14). It happens that serpents do not feed on dust, but on meat. In the allegoric language of Jehovah, meat is dust, for he said to Adam, “By the sweat of your face will you eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken. For you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Gen. 3:19). Adam, before he died, was dust, and after he died he went back to dust, because he was made of the dust of the earth (Gen. 2:7). And David declared in the Psalm 22 that dust is death: “You have brought me into the dust of death” (Ps. 22:15). Therefore, when Jehovah said to the serpent, “you shall eat dust all the days of your life”, he was allegorically saying that Satan feeds on the death of man, for his kingdom is made of dead men. We read in the letter to the Hebrews: “Since then the children have shared in flesh and blood, he also himself in the same way partook of the same, that through death he might bring to nothing him who had the power of death, that is, the devil” (Heb. 2:14). And the devil is also the dragon, the old serpent, which is Satan (Rev. 12:9). And if the flesh of men is dust, and dust is death, when Jehovah says that he is the god of all flesh, he is declaring to be the god of the dust and of death (Jer. 32:27).
7. Paul reveals that the Church is going to tread on the serpent’s head: “And the God of peace will quickly crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you” (Rom. 16:20). Therefore, Jesus is not going to fulfill the prophecy of Gen. 3:15, but the Church is, that is, the saints are (Eph. 4:22-24). Paul’s explanation for the prophecy of Gen. 3:15 is Rom. 16:20. The apostle John reveals to us which the eternal destination of the devil and his allies will be: “The devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet are also. They will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Rev. 20:10). And the lake of fire is the second death: “The devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet are also. They will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Rev. 20:14). And the lake of fire is also the eternal destination of torment for all men and women, whose works are perverse, and therefore their names are not found in the book of life of the Lamb, who has the power to regenerate them, but they did not believe. John’s text says: “If anyone was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire” (Rev. 20:15). We can understand with the assurance of faith that in the new heavens and the new earth that Jesus Christ will create there will not be any more death, or pain, or sin, or condemnation, or crying and suffering (Rev. 21:3-4). There will not be false prophets, or beasts, or heathens, or Satan, which is the dragon, and there will not be demons, for all of them will be in the lake of fire.
But Jehovah had other plans: He said: “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former things shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be you glad and rejoice forever in that which I create; for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people; and there shall be heard in her no more the voice of weeping and the voice of crying” (Is. 65:17-19). And Jehovah went on: “There shall be no more there an infant of days, nor an old man who has not filled his days; for the child shall die one hundred years old, and the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed” (Is. 65:20). This new earth of Jehovah does not agree with the new earth of Jesus, for there will be death, sinners, and curses in it. So, the new earth created by Jehovah is just like the old earth. And Jehovah goes on to say something very frightening concerning the new heavens and the new earth: “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox; and dust shall be the serpent’s food” (Is. 65:25). The plan of Jehovah is the resurrection of Satan, that is, the restoration of the dragon. In Revelations Jesus declares that Satan will be cast into the lake of fire. Jehovah declares, though, that Satan, the dragon, will live forever in his kingdom, whose capital is the Jerusalem of the earth, feeding on the Israelites who have died. Whose is the truth? Jesus’ or Jehovah’s? We of the IBAR believe in Jesus and do not believe in Jehovah.
By Pastor Olavo Silveira Pereira