How can Satan be on Earth and Heaven?

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How can satan be on earth (Job 1:7) and be in Heaven chained by Michael?



Hello RW:

As you correctly state, satan WAS on earth {Job 1:7}, but he is now incarcerated in Heaven by Archangel Michael {Rev 12:7}. I understand your question, but when were the events in Job, and when are the events in Revelation? You have to “rightly divide the Word” {2nd Tim 2:15} as to time frames when the various events occur.

The book of Job is actually the oldest book in the Bible (See: The Companion Bible; in the preface to the book of Job).

Satan used to be able to roam the earth, but no more! We know that satan was in the Garden of Eden (as the serpent), and then as you state, we saw him again in the book of Job. When he was taken out and imprisoned in Heaven is not clear, but some feel that it was in {Mt chpt 4 & Lk chpt. 4} when, after tempting Jesus in the wilderness, Jesus told satan: “Get thee hence, Satan” {Mt 4:10}. I feel that is reasonable. Jesus tells satan the get “hence”, which means “get behind me”. Jesus is now in Heaven, so if satan is behind Him, then satan is in Heaven (incarcerated by Archangel Michael {Rev 12:7}).

Matt 4:10-11

10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. (KJV)

God Bless!



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