The Battle in Heaven

When Did it Occur?

(Fall of satan)

There is a lot of controversy concerning the so-called "battle in heaven," between the forces of our Eloah, whose name is Yahuwah (yah-hoo-WAH), and the forces of satan. This controversy is like so many others in that men have decided what they want to believe about something, and then refuse to look at the evidence as delivered. The only direct mentions of this event in the Scriptures are found in YashaYahuw (Isaiah) 14, Yechezq'el (Ezekiel) 28, and Revelation 12.

Using these same three passages, and fragments of the supporting evidence that they can use to reinforce their particular stand, many different men, scholars and common men alike, have developed many different theories about when the described event will occur, did occur, and some even say that it is now occurring.

For instance, if we are to believe the observations found in Dake's Annotated Reference Bible, according to Revelation 12 this event is still somewhere in the future during the "time of the tribulation." Some members of the Southern Baptist Convention teach that this battle occurred millennia before the creation of the heavens and the earth, and that is when "Lucifer" became "satan." Many other well-known and generally respected "Bible" authorities have widely divergent views concerning this same event.

After all of the so very well educated experts get through picking apart each others theories, reinforcing their own, and in general making nuisances of themselves, their credibility reaches such low points in the minds of those who would really know the truth that everything these so called experts say becomes suspect. This is bad, insofar as in our distrust of what they are saying, we may discard the truth with the error. But it is also good, because insofar as our individual salvation and our relationship with our Master are concerned, we dare not take any man's word for what is the truth.

Man can guide us in our search but what we believe is ultimately our responsibility. So we must be very careful to test everything we hear, are told, and read, concerning the things of Yahuwah.

This writer claims no special insight into the Sacred Scripture but does make the statement that if it be Yahuwah's will, anybody can determine for themselves what is meant through the reading and studying of the book of the word of Yahuwah under the tutelage of the His Spirit. For anyone to do this, however, they must be truly seeking Yahuwah as we know that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him in truth. If there is something with which they need a man's help, Yahuwah knows this in advance and will send them the man they need to show them what they need to be shown, when they need to be shown. They need to be careful to test whoever shows up when they are in need to ensure that it's the one Yahuwah sent and not one of satan's devices.

In order to prove or disprove what follows, you will need a copy of the scripture (I recommend The Sacred Scripture of Yahuwah, Restored Names Version, available free on this web site) and be willing to study the referenced verses and all the surrounding verses to ensure that correct context is adhered to. Please, as you read and study, take the words for what they mean, and not what someone tries to twist them to mean.

YashaYahuw (Isaiah) 14:1 For Yahuwah will have mercy on Ya'aqob (Jacob) and will yet choose Yisra'el and set them in their own land and the strangers shall be joined with them and they shall cleave to the house of Ya'aqob.

This passage is the start of some very interesting reading and is obviously future tense from the time that it was written, and it should be recognized as pertaining to the reign of Yahushua. The strangers are non-Yisra'eliy by birth who become Yisra'eliym by the shed blood of Yahushua. Read at least the rest of this chapter and notice that Yahushua continually says "I will," "I shall," and YashaYahuw keeps saying future tense things also, such as, "they shall do this or that," and "this or that shall come to pass." The reasons for the punishment that satan must face is past tense but when that punishment is to occur is always future tense.

Yechezq'el 28:1-10 The word of Yahuwah came to me again saying, {2} "Son of man, say to the prince of Tsor, 'Thus says the Sovereign Yahuwah, "Because your heart is lifted up and you say, 'I am an el! I sit in the seat of Elohiym in the midst of the seas,' yet you are a man and not an el though you set your heart as the heart of an elohiym. {3} (Behold! You are wiser than Daniy'el! There is no secret that can be hidden from you! {4} With your wisdom and your understanding you have gained riches for yourself and gathered gold and silver into your treasuries. {5} By your great wisdom in trade you have increased your riches and your heart is lifted up because of your riches.) {6} Therefore thus says the Sovereign Yahuwah, "Because you have set your heart as the heart of an elohiym, {7} behold, therefore, I will bring strangers against you. The most awe-inspiring of the nations and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom and defile your splendor. {8} They shall throw you down into the pit and you shall die the death of the slain in the midst of the seas. {9} Will you still say before him who slays you, 'I am an elohiym?' But you shall be a man and not an el in the hand of him who slays you. {10} You shall die the death of the uncircumcised by the hand of foreigners, for I have spoken," says the Sovereign Yahuwah.'"

Same thing applies here as to YashaYahuw. Read this entire chapter, the chapter preceding and the chapter following. Make sure that what you understand from these chapters is what Yahuwah intended. Notice the separation of the future tense and the past tense. Just like YashaYahuw, the past tense refers to the things that require punishment, and the future tense refers to when that punishment will be delivered.

Revelation 12

Verse 1
And there appeared a great wonder in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet and upon her head a crown of twelve stars,

This is nation of Yisra'el (Israel). The stars in the crown are the twelve tribes of Yisra'el.

Verse 2
and she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

This is the coming of the Anointed as Yahushua.

Verse 3
And there appeared another wonder in the sky, and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

This is satan.

Verse 4
And his tail drew the third part of the stars of the sky and cast them to the earth and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered to devour her child as soon as it was born.

satan would try to destroy the Anointed while He was still a child and before satan thought He had gained enough strength to overcome him.

Verse 5
And she brought forth a man-child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto Elohiym, and to his throne.

satan failed, of course. Yahushua was brought forth, is the Anointed, He triumphed, and now sits on the right hand of our Eloah.

Verse 6
And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared of Elohiym, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

The earthbound portion of His assembly (Yisra'el) was put in a place of safety to await His return.

Verse 7
And there was war in the sky. Miyka'el and his deputies fought against the dragon and the dragon fought and his deputies {8} and did not prevail, neither was their place found any more in the sky. {9} And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called Diablos and satan, which deceives the whole world. He was cast out into the earth and his deputies were cast out with him.

This is the battle that the controversy is all about.

Verse 10
And I heard a loud voice saying in the sky, "Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our Elohiym, and the power of his Anointed, for the accuser of our brothers is cast down, which accused them before our Elohiym day and night."

The slaves of Yahushua NOW had the power, as per Yahuwah's plan, to bar satan from any further association with them. Obviously they did not care for the previous association as they called him the "accuser of our brothers." Notice to whom satan was making the accusations and where he was making them. Also notice that the loud voice said, "NOW is come salvation."

Verse 11
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony and they did not love their lives unto the death.

The slaves of Yahushua were empowered by the blood of Yahushua and without that shed blood could not have had the power to overcome satan. We know about when His blood was shed, so therefore we can know about when this battle occurred.

Verse 12
Therefore rejoice, you skies, and you that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For Diablos is come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.

Up until this eviction took place, satan had the liberty to go back and forth, wherever he wanted to go. Prior to his eviction he was accusing the brothers before Yahuwah daily, so he wasn't confined anywhere. In the book of Iyowb (Job) we are told that he came "with the Sons of Elohiym" before the throne, and said that he had been walking around on the earth, so this shows that he was at liberty to come and go well after the creation. This verse says that satan is come down to us and can no longer appear before Yahuwah and His throne. It does NOT say that he will be coming later, but that he has come already, so the battle has been fought, and is not a future event as supposed by Mr. Dake. Since he was ejected by the power of the blood, and we know that the blood was shed early in the first century, it follows that satan's eviction and therefore the battle had to occur around that time, or around 2000 years ago. Now he is restricted to the earth and not very happy about it. (According to Keph [Peter] he is "walking around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.")

Verse 13
And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man-child. {14} And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. {15} And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. {16} And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood, which the dragon cast out of his mouth. {17} And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of Yahuwah and have the testimony of Yahushua the Anointed.

This woman is the picture of the unified assembly that Yahushua founded and is building. He said the gates of she'owl shall not prevail against it, and so they shall not. Look up prevail. He did not mean that satan will not be able to cause the assembly a lot of grief. He said and meant that satan cannot win.

This is what Yahushua said about satan falling, and when it would occur.

Indeterminate tense in the Greek.

Loukas (Luke) 10:18 And he said to them, I beheld satan as lightning fall from the sky.

Present or near future tense in the Greek.

Yahuchanan (John) 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world. Now shall the prince of this world be cast out.

Yahuchanan 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you, for the prince of this world comes, and has nothing in me.

Yahuchanan 16:11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

C.F. Castleberry