Can Satan really go into God’s presence in heaven today? The answer to this question is YES. The first evidence is found in Luke 22:31-32. Jesus told his disciples that he had seen Satan asking God for permission to tempt them.
The second undeniable and undisputed proof is found in the book of Job. If you open Job chapter 1 verse 6 you will find that Satan went into the very presence of God in heaven!
One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. Job 1:6 NIV[This was the second, out of the seven Scriptures the Lord presented in this vision]
The second undeniable and undisputed proof is found in the book of Job. If you open Job Chapter 1 verse 6 you will find that Satan went into the very presence of God in heaven!
Now there was a day when the sons [the angels] of God came to present themselves before the Lord and Satan [the adversary and accuser] also came among them. Job 1:6 TAB
In the Scripture above we see the holy angels presenting themselves before God in heaven. The Hebrew Language in which the Old Testament was first written used ‘sons of God’ to mean God’s angels. Today some Bible versions still use ‘sons of God’ when referring to God’s angels. Some believers have been misled to think that the sons of God, as referred to by some Bible translations, are the ordinary Christians meeting in a church or any believers’ fellowship on earth. The sons of God referred to here are actually God’s holy angels who serve our Father in heaven, as explained in the Amplified Bible. We can further verify this fact from the Good News Bible:
When the day came for the heavenly beings [Supernatural beings who serve God in heaven] to appear before the LORD, Satan [a supernatural being whose name indicates he was regarded as the opponent of humanity] was there among them.
Job 1:6 TAB
* Footnotes included in this Scripture
The holy angels continually report to God after completing assignments in the heavens and on earth. In the Scripture above used the opportunity when the holy angels were presenting themselves before God to present himself also. This is the method Satan uses to go before our Father in heaven. It is the method Satan used in the Old Testament, the New Testament, and continues to use even today.
Where does Satan live today?
Another fact we learn from the book of Job is that Satan is not locked up in hell, as some Christians tend to believe. In this book, as soon as Satan presented himself in heaven, God asked him where he was coming from. Look at the answer Satan gave. Did he say he was coming from hell? No. He said he had been roaming through the earth, going back and forth in it. Another day, when Satan presented himself again before the Lord in heaven, when God asked him where he was coming from, again he said he had been roaming the earth going back and forth in it.
God’s holy angels did not resent Satan!
Dear Christian, two perplexing things are noted as the devil presented himself before God’s holy presence in heaven in Job 1:6 Job 1:6. First, one is anxious thinking the holy angels would exert all their strength to prevent the devil from going before our Father in heaven. The truth, according to the first and second chapters of the book of Job, is that the holy angels didn’t even complain when Satan mixed with them. They allowed the Devil to go with them before our Father in heaven!
God did not rebuke the Devil!
Secondly, I thought that God would be very angry and chase the devil from his presence. God’s reaction was puzzling. Contrary to my anticipation, our heavenly Father neither rebuked, nor chased away Satan! God allowed the Devil to present himself before his holy presence! Why have we always overlooked all this truth in the Bible?
The third proof showing that Satan goes into God’s presence in heaven is still found in the book of Job. The Word of God says,
On another day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them to present himself before him.
Job 2:1 NIV.
According to this Scripture, Satan not only goes into God’s presence in heaven once, twice or three times. Satan continually goes into God’s presence in heaven even today. The written Word of God says in Revelation 12:10 that Satan goes before God day and night.
The book of Job is still alive today.
Today some Christians try to deny the facts presented in the book of Job by justifying unto themselves that this book is a record of very ancient stories of little importance today. Some Bible scholars have been so confused by this book simply because they refuse to accept a recorded fact that Satan can go into God’s presence in heaven. Don’t you wonder why some Christians doubt the Book of Job yet in their Statements of Faith they stress that they believe in all the 66 Books of the Bible as God’s infallible written Word? Christians should learn from our Lord Jesus Christ and take all written Scriptures, including all the books of the Old Testament as if they are all alive today. Before Jesus was baptized he had read over and over, again and again all the books of the Old Testament. That’s why during His ministry on earth he constantly quoted the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Samuel, Psalms, Isaiah, Daniel, Hosea, Jonah, Micah, Zechariah and Malachi. In the book of Matthew alone Jesus quoted writings from the books of the Old Testament more than 33 times! Therefore, let all Christians be assured that our Father’s written Word in the book of Job is still shining today, lighting the road leading to our eternal living.
A good Christian may ask the following questions.
It is true Satan was originally a loyal and faithful servant of God in heaven. But he became proud, exalted himself and wanted to be like his creator. Then God expelled him from serving in heaven. However, despite that fall, we are about to see the reason why Satan continually goes back into God’s heavenly presence.
This is possible. We have already seen it happening in Luke 22:31, Job 1:6 and Job 2:1. Further proof is found in the Old Testament. In 1 Kings 22:19-23 God was seated on his throne in heaven with multitudes of his holy angels on his left and right. God was fed up with King Ahab’s rebellious ways. He wanted him to be lured and enticed into a battle where he would be killed. Since the holy angels could not carry out an assignment involving deception, and yet God wanted this operation to be carried out, an evil wicked lying spirit, went before God’s holy presence in heaven with a dirty plan to drive King Ahab into battle. This spirit only needed God’s permission to deceive Ahab’s prophets. The Lord permitted this wicked spirit to carry out this proposal and, as a result, all Ahab’s prophets told lies to their king. Ahab firmly believed their false prophecies and attacked Ramoth Gilead, where he met his death – just as God had wished.
This fact is further illustrated in the life of King Saul. The Word of God tells us that God was fed up with King Saul and he permitted an evil spirit from his heavenly presence to go and torment him (1 Samuel 18:10).
God sent Jesus on earth to re-unite human beings with their creator. The curse of Adam had contaminated all his descendants and sin had separated human beings from the Almighty. However, we have to remember that Satan is not a human being like you and me. Satan is in the category of angels, but he is a fallen angel. Unlike we human beings, Satan retained some angelic characteristics which enable him to go into God’s heavenly presence, as you are about to see soon.
God created angels to be around his throne, to worship and praise him, and to carry out his assignments in the heavens and earth. The Bible is full of examples of the activities of God’s angels.
Satan still has many abilities of the holy angels.
There are some men and women in the past generations whom God anointed to serve him in the power of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. However, as time went on, some of these servants sinned against God and they fell away. They completely stopped serving God. What amazed many believers is that despite their fall, some of these men and women continued having their spiritual gifts God gave them. Many believers have attributed this to the Scripture in Roman’s 11:29 which says that God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. Just as Isaac could not revoke his blessing upon Jacob ( Genesis 27:36-37), in many instances God does not revoke his gifts and anointing given to angels and human beings. Many of the powerful ministers of God you see in the world today will possess their call and gifts to serve even if they decided to turn against God. This is exactly what happened in the case of the devil. Satan was originally a powerfully anointed loyal and holy angel, but he became wicked and God stopped him from serving in heaven. Despite of this fall, God left Satan with some abilities similar to those of the holy angels. God’s holy angels have many characteristics and abilities. Below I mention only a few of these angelic traits God left with Satan.
Angels were already with God before the earth was created. According to the Word of God, all the angels sung and shouted for joy as God laid the earth’s foundation and marked off its dimensions (Job 38:4-7). Therefore Satan existed before man was created.
According to the written Word of God Satan is an angel, and has the outward beauty of angels (Ezekiel 28:12). The main difference between Satan and the holy angels is that Satan’s heart is full of wickedness (Ezekiel 28:15). It is full of pride, murder, jealousy, lies, malice, envy, sexual immorality, hatred, betrayal, corruption, violence, brutality and other vices. Probably this is why the Devil is always depicted as an ugly creature.
God’s angel shut mouths of lions so they could not eat Daniel. Also, think of God’s angel who supernaturally opened prison doors and set free the apostles of Jesus. God left Satan with the ability to perform things beyond human understanding and imagination as well. Think of how Satan, in the Book of Job, was able to present himself, together with the holy angels, before God in heaven. Also imagine, during his temptation, how Satan led Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple in Jerusalem as if taking a weak person.
When the Assyrian army invaded King Hezekiah of Judah, God sent an angel who killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers in one night (2 Kings 19:35). God left Satan with the ability to kill human beings as well. Think of the millions who have died as a result of satanic powers.
When Zachariah didn’t believe what Gabriel told him, the angel struck him dumb (Luke 1:20). God left Satan with the ability to afflict human beings with diseases and infirmities. Think of the painful boils Satan put on Job. No wonder most human diseases and infirmities today are caused by Satan.
When God assigns an angel to minister to a particular individual on earth, that angel first reads God’s heavenly Books where your whole life – past, present and future is written. The angel has to minister to you at a specific time, as per God’s will recorded in the heavenly books. Dear reader, God left Satan with this supernatural intelligence which is very clearly displayed as Jesus was being tempted. Satan reached a stage when he changed tactics and started quoting the Bible! He accurately quoted Psalm 91:11 and Psalm 91:12 to our Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 4:10-11).
This is the capability that concerns us most in this message. God’s angels were created to serve around God’s throne. It is their operational base. They have the ability to go direct to their operational base in heaven. This is clearly illustrated in the dream Jacob had at Bethel (Genesis 28:11-16). In this dream Jacob saw God’s angels coming direct from, and going back direct to God’s throne in heaven. Jesus confirms this characteristic of God’s angels in John 1:51 when he told his disciples that time would come when they would see angels descend direct from God’s throne in heaven, and ascend from him back to God’s throne. Dear Christian, God left Satan with this attribute as well and will continue having this ability until the fulfillment of the End Time prophecy given in Revelation 12:10, when he will be denied any further access to the heavens.