I love that children are not hindered from asking frank questions! As adults I think we sometimes become lax and don’t take the time to really think about things or aren’t bold enough to admit there are things we don’t know, or are unsure of, or just need to do a little research and brushing up!
This morning a sweet mom friend of mine sent me a question from her elementary age son.
“Does Satan feel tortured/tormented in Hell or is exempt from that because it’s his realm?”
Okay…my first thoughts were Satan is not in Hell yet, but when he gets there he will be tormented. I don’t always trust my thoughts though; so I wanted to make sure and go to God’s Word. (References below are in the New Living Translation – easier for a child to understand.)
Answer – Part 1:
Satan is not yet in Hell, but roams the earth until the end of time. The world is his realm for a time. God allows him to have authority in the world because of sin (We as humans lost that right in the garden…kind of like we turned over our deed to the earth and rights & authority God meant for us to have.) Satan is still subject to God in all things; he does not have any authority unless given to him by God. Ex: He had to ask permission to sift Peter and Job.
Job 1:6-7 “One day the members of the heavenly court came to present themselves before the Lord, and the Accuser, Satan, came with them. 7 “Where have you come from?” the Lord asked Satan.” Satan answered the Lord, “I have been patrolling the earth, watching everything that’s going on.”
John 12:31 “The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out.”
2 Cor. 4:4 ”Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.”
1 Peter 5:8 “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”
1 John 5:18-19 “We know that God’s children do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them. 19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.”
*** (My personal favorite and would recommend as a great memory verse!) – 1 John 4:4 “But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.”
Part 2: Satan will not rule hell; He will be tortured/tormented there like anyone else there.
Matthew 25:41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons.”
Revelation 20:10 “Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”
So…some things to think about. I love to be reminded that yes, we are to be alert & aware of Satan’s activity, but greater is He (Jesus) that lives within us as believers than he that is in the world (Satan). Satan is NOT equal to Jesus. Satan is a fallen creature (angel – Ezekiel 28; Isaiah 14); Jesus is God the Creator. (John 1; Colossians 1) Be encouraged…God has already won the battle for us!
Be aware….but don’t despair!